Tuesday, December 25, 2007



It is Christmas Day today! We wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Take this time to enjoy the company of loved ones, not to mention the food and drinks! :D


We have had MANY enquiries, asking us when the tickets are available for sale. We are happy to announce that

Tickets to CROP FOR KIDS are now available for sale!!

Event: Crop For Kids All-Day Fundraising Crop
Date: Saturday, 15th March 2008 (the weekend before Easter)
Time: 10am to 5pm
Venue: Springvale City Hall in Springvale
Price: Tickets are A$30.00 per person

Group bookings will be available for groups of 8 or more. This not only guarantees that you will sit together, but as an added incentive to book as a group, there will be a special draw on the day for one group to win a small prize. Group bookings must be paid for in one payment, and the payment must be received within 1 month of booking via cheque or direct deposit.

EMAIL US right now to book a spot for yourself, and your friend, and her friend, and her friend's friend .... :) :) Please do not hesitate to CONTACT US if you have any questions.

Once again, we thank you for your support for Crop For Kids. We can't wait to see you at the crop!!!!

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Kim Archer is our latest 'guest designer'!

Check out this gorgeous page Kim has created using the Crop for Kids embellishments! Kim has used the ceramic circle and star pack from Crafty Matters and we love the way she's used the 'kids' circle in the row of buttons. These embellishments are just so versatile. Thanks for being one of our guest designers Kim!

We have now sold over 300 packs of embellishments, and have ordered more. Remember that these are all exclusive to Crop for Kids and will only be available for a limited time. Scroll down to see the other embellishments, or click on the link in the sidebar to take you straight to that post. At only $2 a pack, you really can't go wrong!

Friday, November 30, 2007

Real Men Wear Pink online class by Rachael Scholz

Hello ladies
Our next designer is no other than a Scrapbooking Memories master and fabulous Scraptacular design team member Rachael Scholz!
Rachael's online class focuses on how to use pink, flowers and bling for boys!! Although she will be teaching only one layout in the class, she will also show you how to turn this into a double page layout. And don't worry if you don't have a boy....it's a pink!

Details of the class:
Class: Real Men wear Pink by Rachael Scholz
Date: Tuesday, 11 December 2007
Time: 7.30pm - 9.30pm
Cost: A$10.00 per person (class only)As you can see on the gorgeous sneak peeks, Rachael has used one of our little chipboard people which are available for sale. As a very very special and generous gesture, Rach has sponsored 10 packs of these Scrapware chipboard people which will be sent out FREE to the first 10 people who register and pay for their class.

So ladies, what are you waiting for? It's pink...it has bling....and there's something you may get for free......quickly register for the class right now at cropforkids@gmail.com. When payment has been received, you will receive a materials list for the class and will be sent login instructions closer to the class date.

Remember, instructions of the class will be left online for a few days if you are not able to attend it at the time. If you are available at the time, just join in for some chatting.

First layout

Product sales have gone wild already, with over 60 embellishment packs sold! That's over $120 raised just yesterday afternoon for the Royal Children's Hospital. But it also means if you don't want to miss out, you'd better get your order in fast!

Our first designer showcasing our embellishments is the mega-talented Lusi Austin. Lusi has used the chipboard people and the acrylic rocket in a beautiful page about her father and her daughter "She is Besotted". I love the way Lusi has drawn stitching around the people!

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Crop for Kids EXCLUSIVE embellishments!

Yes, it's finally time for the grand unveiling of our exclusively designed Crop for Kids embellishments. That's right ladies, you can't get these gorgeous pieces anywhere except through us! We'd like to extend our heartfelt thanks to Scrapware, Crafty Matters & Julie's Craft Stop who so generously agreed to donate a limited number of these products so that 100% of the sales price can be given to the Good Friday Appeal.

Check them out!

Aren't they fantastic! And at only $2 a pack, extremely affordable.

Chipboard people - made by Scrapware and designed by our competition winner, Samantha Plowright these people are made from strong chipboard and stand approximately 2" tall. They come in a pack of one boy and one girl and link together in any combination, so why not buy a few sets and make a whole family! It takes 8 people (4 packs) to completely span a 12" page.

Ceramic pack - made by Crafty Matters this star and circle pack is made from strong, glazed ceramic. Each is approximately 1" tall making it the perfect size for any scrapbooking project.

Acrylic rocket - It can be hard to find great boyish embellishments, and this funky acrylic rocket is one of the coolest we've seen. Made by Julie's Craft Stop, it is approximately 3.5" tall.

If you keep an eye on this blog in the coming weeks you'll see pages by our guest designers using these fantastic pieces. We'd also love to see anything that YOU create! So send us photos and we'll add them to our sidebar as inspiration for everyone.

$1.80 for up to 8 packs sent within Australia. Postage on orders of more than 8 packs, or postage outside Australia will be calculated on a case by case basis.

Ordering information:
Orders can be placed via email to cropforkids@gmail.com
You need to include your name and address and the quantity of each embellishment you require. The total cost will be sent to you along with payment instructions. In all cases, payment must be received before the embellishments can be sent to you.

Be quick! We do have a limited number of these and you know you'd hate to miss out!

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Scraptacular Demo Day

If anyone in Melbourne has some free time on Saturday, I encourage them to drop in to the Scraptacular Demo Day at Shop 29, Thrift Park Shopping Centre, 171 Nepean Highway, Mentone. Scraptacular are a major supporter of Crop for Kids and will be holding a raffle on Saturday with all proceeds being donated to our fundraising effort. Plus, it will be a great day! Here's the information from their website:

Saturday 1st December 10am to 3pm.
Free Day filled with demonstrations on how
to utilise all those scrapbooking tools correctly.
Many tools will be on show in the workshop for you to use.
A special “Fiskars” demonstration with Sarah will start at 11.00am.
We will also have on display the latest
Making Memories storage organisers,
Quickutz Magpie Cabinets & beautiful new fonts,
Cuttlebug & Cricut Cartridges plus much more!
Perfect Christmas presents girls!!
With an extra special 10% discount applies for
all tools & accessories purchased or ordered on the day.
There will also be a fabulous Raffle held with all
proceeds raised donated to Crop For Kids.
Coffee, tea, drinks & refreshments provided

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

And the winner is....

After much deliberation, we have much pleasure in announcing that the winner of the Chippie Competition is Samantha Plowright! I won't spoil the suprise by telling you what she designed as it is currently in production by Scrapware and will be available right here on the Crop for Kids blog very soon. Congratulations Samantha, you have won a hamper of Scrapware products valued at $50, courtesy of Scrapware, and a $50 gift voucher thanks to The Scrapbook Establishment.

Deciding on the winner of this competition was extremely difficult, and there were two other entries that were exceptional. Rihani Rafeek and Vita Thai also submitted gorgeous designs and as a special runner-up prize we'd like to offer each of them a hamper of Scrapware products valued at $25.

Thank you to everyone who submitted designs. You made our job very difficult!

We hope to have not only the exclusive Scrapware chipboard embellishments for sale by the end of the month, but we will also have acrylic embellishments from Julie's Craft Stop and ceramic embellishments from Crafty Matters. Each company has contributed a limited number of their exclusively designed product and all proceeds will be donated to the Good Friday Appeal. So keep checking the blog so you don't miss out!

Monday, November 5, 2007

Danielle Quarmby's Mini Album Class

Hello Everyone! It's time to introduce our next talented designer, Danielle Quarmby. Danielle has designed a mini album to share with us. It has fabric, tabs, painting and photo silhouettes .... all very interesting techniques. And just look at all the gorgeous colour combinations! Danielle has written many articles for Scrapbook Creations. One of the latest online article is Stepping Out of Your Comfort Zone which is brilliant! Her layouts have been regularly published in Scrapbook Creations too.

Danielle has also prepared a limited quantity of this mini album online class kit available for sale on KitiQ. 25% of the profits will be donated to Crop For Kids. Quickly grab them before they are gone!!

Details of the class:
Class: Dreams and Memories Mini Album .... by Danielle Quarmby
Date: Friday, 16 November 2007
Time: 7.30pm - 9.30pm
Cost: A$10.00 per person (class only)

So ladies, register for the class right now at cropforkids@gmail.com. Remember, instructions of the class will be left online for a few days if you are not able to attend it at the time. If you are available at the time, just join in for some chatting. :) :)

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Scraptacular Cup Eve Crop!!

Scraptacular is a proud supporter of Crop For Kids. Just look at what they have organised to help us raise funds. Mark your calendars!

Scraptacular CUP EVE CROP

Date: Monday 5th November 2007
Time: 10.00am to 6.00pm

Scraptacular will be open on Cup Eve this year and not only are they going to have a great day scrapbooking, they will also be contributing funds towards Crop For Kids. You will have a fun day with raffles, sweeps & a BBQ lunch will be organised for the day with proceeds and a percentage of all sales going towards Crop For Kids !!! So if you are looking for a prelude to frocking up on Tuesday, this will be it! Join them for a fun day, you will contributing to a
very worthy cause.

Call the shop on 95845000 to reserve your seat.


Scraptacular DEMO DAY

Date: Saturday 1st December 2007
Time: 10am to 3pm.

FREE Day filled with demonstrations on how to utilise all those scrapbooking tools correctly.
Many tools will be on show in the workshop for you to use. A special “Fiskars” demonstration with Sarah will start at 11.00am. They will also have on display the latest Making Memories storage organisers, Quickutz Magpie Cabinets & beautiful new fonts, Cuttlebug & Cricut Cartridges plus much more ! Perfect Christmas presents for yourself or your scrapbooking friend!! With an extra special 10% discount applied for all tools & accessories purchased or ordered on the day, you wouldn't want to miss this opportunity! There will also be a fabulous raffle held with all proceeds raised donated to Crop For Kids.

Coffee, tea, drinks & refreshments will be provided.

Friday, October 19, 2007

Online Class 4 - Chocolate Bling!!

Our next online class is very special. You will learn how to convert a digital photo into a chocolate-sepia by yourself, and then scrapping the photo. If you have always relied on purchased-actions for your photo conversion, then this is the time to learn to DIY!

There will be a step by step images of the photo editing in both Photoshop (compatible with PS7 and above) and Photoshop Elements (compatible with PSE 3.0 and above). It will be available to view a day prior to the class, for those of you who don’t print their photos at home. A hard copy of the steps in word document will also be emailed to you after the class is finished, so you can always use it for more editing in the future.

Our tutor for this class is Vita Thai. Vita is currently a Design Team member on For Keeps Creative Scrapbooking, and designs for Crafty Matters and Sketches Oz.

So if you have always wanted to learn how to change your photos digitally, this is one you shouldn't miss.


Date: Friday, 2 November 2007
Time: 7.30pm - 9.30pm
Cost: A$10.00 per person

EMAIL US right now to register and get the materials list! :) :)


Sorry, I'm 10 minutes late in announcing the winner. The winner of the FREE TICKET TO CROP FOR KIDS 2008 is ......


CONGRATULATIONS, LAURA!!!!!! You get to come to the crop on 15 March 2008 for FREE!!!!! Laura, please email me at myebelle@optusnet.com.au , your full name, address, and telephone number so I can keep a record on our end to issue you a free ticket when the tickets are up for sale.

Thank you to everyone who wrote in.

Have a good weekend!

Saturday, October 13, 2007

GRUNGE! sneak peeks

Just updating Jill's class with some gorgeous sneak peeks. Believe me... the layout is awesome. You need to do the class. :D


Friday, October 12, 2007

Paperific!!! - amended

Is anyone going to Paperific in Melbourne???!!!! It's here in Melbourne this weekend, 12-14th October 2007. Most of the committee members are either involved in helping or going to visit, so we do hope to bump into you. :) Don't forget to pick up a Crop For Kids flyer ..... it'll be worth your while! ;)

There is a Crop For Kids flyer distributed at Paperific. If you get the flyer, come here and leave a comment, and don't forget to mention Operation Paperific! You will stand a chance to win an entry ticket to Crop For Kids 2008 worth $30! Tickets are not on sale yet, so you'll be the first to win one!

You have up to Wednesday, 17 October 2007 to leave a comment and winner will be announced on Thursday, 18 October 2007.

Edited to add .... yes this is the post. Date on flyer should read 12 October 2007 ..... typo error :) :)

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

DESIGN-A-CHIPPIE Competition - Extended!!

We have received many requests to extend the deadline of this competition because many are interested and have only just heard about this competition. Therefore, we have decided to extend the deadline of this competition to 31 October 2007. So now we will be expecting more designs! :)

Monday, October 8, 2007

Online Class 3 - Grunge!

First of all, a big THANK YOU to all who registered for the Cake Slice Gift Box class. It was another successful online class, and I believe everyone had fun making the gift boxes.

We have Online Class 3 lined up for you. Our next tutor is Jill Geraghty-Groves. I am sure Jill's work does not need much introduction. You would have seen her at Scrapapple, Everyday Garbage, Magistical Memories, and has been on many other design teams.

Jill has kindly offered to teach a layout .... GRUNGE STYLE!!!!! I know many scrapbookers are interested to do a GRUNGE layout, so you'll really want to keep your eyes peeled on this one. Sneak peeks will be available soon. If you want to see more of Jill's work, visit her blog to get an idea. Her work is AWESOME!! (Is that a 'grunge' word?) :) :)

Class: GRUNGE! - Jill Geraghty-Groves
Date: Thursday, 18 October 2007
Time: 7.30pm - 9.30pm
Cost: A$10.00 per person

***Please register early to receive your materials list!***

EMAIL US to book a spot for yourself (and/or a friend)!!!

Sunday, October 7, 2007


Design-A-Chippie Competition
Closing: 31 October 2007

We all love chipboard embellishments. We are blessed with so many choices in the market right now. But even then, we sometimes still find that we don’t have the perfect chipboard embellishment for our layout!

We are giving you the perfect opportunity to be a DESIGNER!!! We would like you to come up with your favourite chipboard designs and send them in to us. Be it a flourish, a scroll, a flower, a border, a train, a word, funky, sweet, trendy …. just WOW US!!! You could be a Chippie Designer in your own right!

Scrapware and The Scrapbook Establishment have generously sponsored this competition. Winner of this competition will win a $50 prize pack from Scrapware AND a $50 voucher from The Scrapbook Establishment. THAT IS A TOTAL VALUE OF $100 SCRAPBOOKING PRODUCTS YOU ARE ABOUT TO WIN!!!!!!


The winning design will be manufactured by Scrapware, and be made for sale exclusively on the Crop For Kids blog. What’s more, it is going to be a LIMITED EDITION chipboard!!! ☺ ☺


All you need to do is create your chipboard design(s), save or scan each image in JPG or BMP format, no larger than 500kb per file size. Send your design(s) to us with your full name, address, email address and contact number. The entry fee is $5 for up to 3 designs. You can submit as many times as you like but there will be a $5 entry fee for 3 designs. For example,

Submit 1-3 designs = $5 entry fee
Submit 4-6 designs = $10 entry fee
Submit 7-9 designs = $15 entry fee … and so on and so forth

All entry fees collected will be donated to Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal. Entry fees can be paid by:

Direct Deposit:
BSB - 083405 (National Australia Bank)
Account No. - 856251499
Name - Crop For Kids
Reference – Chippie – enter your surname

Send your entry to us via EMAIL after you have made the deposit.

Money Order:
You can also pay using a Money Order. Please make sure you:

1. Make the Money Order out to Crop For Kids
2. Write on the back of the Money Order, Design-A-Chippie competition and your full name.
3. Mail the Money Order together with your entry to:
Crop For Kids
PO Box 127
Oakleigh South VIC 3167

Entries without payment will not be considered.


  1. By entering the competition, all participants agree to be bound by the Terms and Conditions of Entry stipulated.
  2. Entry is open to residents of Australia only. Crop For Kids committee members and competition sponsors are ineligible to enter.
  3. Submissions must conform to entry rules as stipulated in the ’How to Enter’ section. Submission must be your own original work, not previously submitted or published in any magazine or book, nor featured online as part of a commercial internet site or community-based internet group; nor displayed in-store by a craft or scrapbooking retailer.
  4. All entries must be received by 5pm, 31 October 2007.
  5. The winning design will be selected and the winning designer will win a prize pack worth $50 sponsored by Scrapware and a $50 Gift Certificate sponsored by The Scrapbook Establishment. The winner will be contacted by phone.
  6. All entries will be deemed as property of Scrapware. Scrapware will manufacture the winning design to be donated to Crop For Kids for exclusive sale on the Crop For Kids blog. Sale proceeds will go to Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal.
  7. Scrapware reserves the right to use any unsuccessful submissions for its manufacturing, advertising and distribution and sales after the Crop For Kids event on 15 March 2008. This right to manufacture will be revoked on 31 December 2008. Designers will then be allowed to submit their designs to other manufacturers.
  8. Contest closes 31 October 2007. Winner will be contacted by 7 November 2007.
  9. The judges’ decision is final and no further correspondence will be entered into.

SO! What do you reckon? Cool huh???? We are very excited, and we hope you are too. So what are you waiting for?! GET STARTED!!!!

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us by EMAIL.

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Online Class 2: Cake Slice Gift Box

After the first successful online class, we have another one awaiting you. I am feeling quite awkward introducing myself as the next online class tutor. LOL...

I will tell you a little bit about myself for those of you who don't know me. I am Michelle Vass, a SAHM of 2 kids who are too clever for me to keep up with. I have been scrapping for 2 years and am currently designing for For Keeps Creative Scrapbooking magazine, Addicted to Craft (Australian distributor) and a new home-grown Australian brand, Blueye Dezines. This is my first online class, so I hope you like what I have in store for you.

It is a Cake Slice Gift Box - a handy little gift box for you to present your gifts. Be it lollies, choccies, Easter eggs, a baby's tee (carefully folded) or even a little RAK for your scrapbooking friends! Use it for birthdays, for Christmas, for Easter or a 'just because' gift ..... It is genuinely a nice little surprise. These are the little sneak peeks.

If you are interested in joining me, these are the details of the class.

Date: Thursday, 4th October 2007
Time: 7.30pm - 9.30pm
Cost: $10.00 per person (own materials)
Tutor: Michelle Vass

Register now! Remember you don't have to be 'available' at the specified time for the class. You can have access to the template and class instructions even though you can't make it during the time specified. Although if you can make it, it would be great to have you around for a chat, or any Q&A. The instructions will be left in the classroom until the Sunday after the class.

To register or to ask any questions, please EMAIL US.

First Online Class: SUCCESS!!

We had our first online class on Thursday night. It was really good! Everyone was happy doing their layouts, some chatting with Lou, and some even completed the layout that same night! Overall, a great success!

Thank you, Lou and all the participants. We really appreciate your contribution and participation. The funds raised for this class will be donated to the Royal Children's Hospital's Good Friday Appeal. On behalf of the committee, I thank you all very much.

The class instructions will remain in the classroom until tomorrow. So if you haven't gone in to take down the details, please do so by tomorrow. If you have finished your layout, please feel free to EMAIL US or Michelle so we can share it on this blog.

I will have details of the next online class up later.


Sunday, September 9, 2007

Update on Lou's online class

Hi everyone.....

Thought we will give everyone an update on Lou's online class. It is filling up quickly and we are very thrilled to see everyone so excited about it. So if you haven't registered, don't wait any longer! :)

We have also received a few enquiries from some very interested scrappers, who are very keen on taking the class but won't be available on the day itself (or at the specified time). Well, the beauty or flexibility of most online classes, is that you don't have to be physically present during the time of the class. The step-by-step instructions will be uploaded onto the password-protected blog and will be left there up until the Sunday after the class. Our tutors will be available during the time of the class to answer your questions if you have any, and will continue to answer any questions you have up until the Sunday. So technically, the classroom is open for you for a few days, and we hope that should help most of the willing but unable. :)

Should you have any further queries about online classes, please feel free to drop us an email. We'll be happy to assist. :)

Until then... sign up, sign up, sign up!!!! :) :) :)

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Our first "Bigger and Better"....

Did anyone bother to take a guess at my hints from the last entry??????? LOL

So you can't come to Melbourne for Crop For Kids?? We bring Crop For Kids to you! :) :) One of our bigger and better plans for Crop For Kids, is to let more people from interstate (or even international) who are willing but not able, to still be part of this great cause. How else but to start conducting ONLINE CLASSES???!!! YES!!!!!!!! We have an impressive list of scrapbooking gurus lined up for you. They will be making layouts, projects, and even imparting some Photoshop tips and tricks (don't we all like this?!)! And proceeds will go towards Royal Children's Hospital in Melbourne.

Without further ado, I shall introduce our first scrapbooker who has agreed to teaching a layout for CFK, Louise Spiden. Lou is an avid scrapbooker who design and teaches for Simply Scrapbooking in Eltham, and is also on the Design Team for The Scrapbook Establishment. You may also see some of Lou's layouts here. If you don't know Lou yet, she is bubbly and nutty. You'll have tonnes of fun doing her class. Here are some sneak peeks of the layout Lou will be teaching.

Here are the details of the class:

Date: Thursday, 20th September 2007
Time: 7.30-9.30pm
Cost: $10.00

So what are you waiting for? To register for Lou's class, or for any queries, please EMAIL US HERE.

Friday, August 10, 2007

Let's ROCK N ROLL!!!!!!

The committee had our very first meeting on Wednesday and it was a success. A great bunch of scrapbooking ladies, all ready to make the next Crop For Kids bigger and better.

YES!!! We definitely have very exciting things planned for you. BUT FIRST, mark this date on your calendar if you had really wanted to come to the last one but couldn't make it, because ....




This is the Saturday before Good Friday. So no excuses ladies!!!! Mark this Saturday as your DAY OFF cos you are coming to Crop For Kids!!!! If you are planning to come from any interstate, keep your eyes peeled on those special offers by Jetstar and VirginBlue and what not cos we have a date!!!!

We are still negotiating a venue, so we will certainly keep all of you updated. BOOKMARK THIS BLOG!!! Add it to your Bloglines!!! And you won't miss out on the information.

As promised, we are not going to exclude the interstaters or anyone who cannot make it to the crop (but who has anything planned so far ahead anyway?? SURELY we are the first?!?!). We will be having lots of online activities for you to participate in so you won't miss out.

Hint: Brushes. Katie.
Hint: Instructions. Mystery Scrapbooker.
Hint: DYO - Design Your Own .... and win!

and many many more.... Enough to tempt you yet? :) :)

Please stay tuned. Feel free to drop us a line if you have any questions.

Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Crop For Kids 2008

YES!!! It is definitely happening in 2008!

We have a committee in place and will be having our first meeting on 8 August 2007. So bookmark our blog and watch this space!