…with the first lot of parcels delivered to my door this week!
The Memory Gifts Project has now become a reality with the arrival of 50 albums from Aussie Scrap Source and a ton of LO’s donated by the lovely friends I have who are the readers of this Blog. 🙂 I’ve said it before but I’ll say it again – you guys ROCK 🙂
So far I have had over 10,000 layouts promised. That is one HUGE amount of layouts and what makes me even more excited is that it means we can put a full album into the hands of every family that has lost a house or loved one in Victoria 🙂 No one will miss out. No one will have to be told – sorry, none left.
So far the list of people to thank for helping me this project up and running has been enormous – but a very special thankyou goes to Deb from Down Under Direct who has sponsored the freight of these layouts coming to me from every major city in Australia. Deb, I have been inundated with calls since your email and I have to say thankyou from the bottom of my heart chook. 🙂
Many many thanks also goes to all of the scrapbook shop listed below as drop off points for your layouts and albums – many of these shops are holding classes, crop nights, crop days and other drives in order to get together as many albums as they can. Your support has been phenomenal girls!
SO, where to from here?
The next step in the plan is to start collating the layouts I have into themes and slip them into the albums. Then I plan to put together some “Starter Kits” to go with each album so that each family receiving one can add their own touches.
We have now started talking to many other scrap shops in Australia and the plan from now on will be to get 5 ladies together at each class and “sponsor” an album – meaning that they buy the album for about $20 and split the cost between them – then fill them with the layouts they make for the cause. That might save a bit of time at this end getting things collated.
It’s very important from now on to keep this message being spread and getting everyone organised to complete their layouts and post them to me. The plan is to deliver these albums to the counsellors by Mid – to late April. So there is still plenty of time to get together with your friends and hold a crop night or just a scrap session – go for it!
If you are still considering participating in the Memory Gifts program – PLEASE DO SO. I would dearly love and still need your support. These families are going to have to face a very long battle over the coming months and years – it won’t go away although the attention from the media will. I want to keep them in our thoughts for a long time 🙂
If you need to find the places for drop off, or are considering joining a crop, please see the POST BELOW – it has all the details for all the shops acting as drop offs all around Australia. If there is anyinformation you need and can’t find here on the Blog, no problems – just leave me a quick comment and I’ll get right back to you. (The reason I am asking for comments to be left rather than my email is the amount of spam I was getting 😦 – sorry if it’s a bit awkward guys).
Onto other things….
You may well wonder whether I have two minutes to scratch myself and the anser, suprisingly, has been yes. In between phone calls and emails I have managed to clean the house and scrap a few pages. That saying about asking a busy person to do something is true, isn’t it?
I visited Sasha at Shop and Crop last week and over $100 later I left with the entire range of Marrakesh and Porcelain from Basic Grey. Good grief! I LUUURRVE the new ranges – just gorgeous. Here’s a few shares to show you what I have done with them:)
And one page done with the new Porcelain range:
But my favourite page of the week would have to be the simplest one:
Just a photo, a journaling spot and some flowers – but with the new “Urban Junque” papers from Autumn Leaves, it looks like a full and busy page. Those papers are just amazing but I will say they have one drawback – they are not printed onto thick enough paper. They are really the sort of paper you need to use as a background but they lack the strength – I mounted mine onto cardstock for extra support.
Gotta fly – there’s a few more email to answer and a tummy that needs filling! lol
Have a great day everyone,
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