Creativity Heals: October 2010

by Dorathy Gilchrist




As Breast Cancer Awareness Month, October is the perfect time to put your scrapbooking skills to work by helping those who live with this disease. This month Creating Keepsakes magazine is highlighting two organizations that have been raising money for the last several years to support breast cancer research. Read on to find out how you can participate, with or without attending. You'll also learn about about a great new product line from DecoArt that's being sold to help fundraise for breast cancer reasearch.



BCA crop

Lisa Lebreux (center) with friends at the 2009 BCA crop.


Breast Cancer Awareness Crop in Dartmouth, Massachusetts

In the spring of 2004, Lisa Lebreux was diagnosed with breast cancer at a young age. She was devastated, but decided to organize the Breast Cancer Awareness Crop for October to share her story and to encourage others to get annual mammograms. That first year, over $3,000 was raised for the American Cancer Society in only 12 hours.  The crop has been held every year since. This year, the crop will be held Saturday, October 30.

This all-day crop includes:

* goody bags with scrapbooking embellishments and cancer literature

* homemade food items

* layout contests

* make-and-takes

* free raffles and paid raffles (the main fundraising event)

* chair massages

* scrapbook and other vendors on sight   


If you cannot attend the crop but would like to support it, you may donate items for the goody bags and raffle items to Lisa Lebreux, or you can donate funds to the American Cancer Society. To learn more or to register for the crop, visit or e-mail Lisa at



Survivor Crop in Vista, California

Photo by Suze Groenke/Suzetta Anne Photography

The Survivor Crop, themed after a popular TV show, began in 2001 and has grow to be the second-largest breast cancer fundraiser in the San Diego area. Each year, during the third weekend in October, Ever After Scrapbooks hosts a 24-hour crop filled with games, prizes, and lots of scrapbooking. This year's crop will be held October 16 and 17 from 9:00 a.m. Saturday to 9:00 a.m. Sunday. 


Here's how the crop works:

Attendees register and then fundraise for Komen for the Cure in the weeks before the crop. Each person raises a donation of at least $125. The person who raises the most money becomes "The Ultimate Survivor" during the crop. Participants also work as teams or "islands," and the island that raises the most money becomes "The Ultimate Surviving Island."  

This all-day crop includes:

* Saturday morning breakfast

* shopping

* games

* contests

* goody bag

* official Survivor Crop t-shirt

* silent auction (open to the general public)

* make-and-takes


To learn how to attend or sponsor the Survivor Crop, visit Registration is open until two weeks prior to the event.



DASK287 Pretty 'n Pink Picture Frame Stencil Kit
Includes: Wooden Picture Frame with instructions, Stencil - Live, Love, Believe, 2oz. Pretty 'n pink Acrylic Paint, 2-pot Paint Pot with Fun Fuchsia & Craft Twinkles Crystal, 2 sponge wedges


Fundraise for Breast Cancer Research by Crafting

DecoArt Inc. has a new product line out. Each time you purchase one of the Pretty 'n Pink limited edition items, a portion of the proceeds is donated to breast cancer research. To learn more about these products, visit or check out their Pretty 'n Pink Facebook page.


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