Incredible! and a Giveaway

Incredible! That’s the women of Fellowship of Scrapbookers. I put out an email that we were doing our annual Christmas in July crop. Our charity was Operation Write Home. Our goal was to complete 500 cards for our deployed service men and women to send back to their families and friends. All had to meet Operation Write Home specifications.

Ruth and I just had returned Friday afternoon from CHA and Saturday morning we were having a 9am to 9 pm crop. The ladies are and were incredible as they came together to help me decorate, coordinate food and drinks, to help set up tables and get the kits to the tables, and to clean up. A special shout out goes to April for staying until I walked out the door finishing all the cleaning. Incredible.

My husband made sure to take care of lunch, brought tables from our home and the church, and help set up and tear down. My son, bless his heart all day long, worked hard to try and get all the heavy things for the women from their cars to their seat. Lexington Florist donated beautiful corsages for those who have heroes and are heroes themselves.

It was a day of pure fun and delight. They even talked me into making cards as tried as I was! LOL I wish all of you could have been there to enjoy the Price is Right fun we had or having our giggle boxes turned upside down as the day wore on.

Here is my layout I made with our group photo taken by our professional photographer, Kris Copeland and a few candid.

Paper is from Teresa Collins' new Christmas Line.
Stamps are from Artful Legacy (the sleigh and bird)
Letters from Basic Grey

Did we meet our goal? Oh, Yeah!

775 Cards for Operation Write Home.  Incredible!

I have one card kit that was given out at the crop I would love to send to a good home. Leave a comment and I’ll draw a name on Saturday!!

Gratitude List
1. surviving yesterday
2. friends
3. good and wonderful opportunities from God
4. precious time
5. God’s beautiful gift of life.


  1. Great layout! Love the musical notes and papers!

  2. Sounds like a wonderful crop! Love the LO. TFS Donna Fiskateer 6036

  3. Wow Debby, what a turn out and what a great cause. I know that my nephew serving in the U.S. AirForce would appreciate all of the work you all are doing! Thanks for the opportunity and I am glad you are back safe and sound!

  4. Do you mean you didn't even take a day off after CHA? You went right to a full day crop the next day? YIKES!! What a fantastic event though...with amazing results! Thanks for all you do Debby! Hope you've now had a chance to take a break!...Nancy :o)

  5. Great cause and a great turnout! Would love to win a card kit, thanks for the chance!

  6. wow! totally amazing when talented peeps get together. i bet the soldiers LOVE them. and your lo is wonderful. love it!

  7. Anonymous1:13 PM

    I love your gratitude list! Thanks so much for sharing!!

    Take care,

    Renee J.

  8. I didn't know Ruth went with you to CHA. I bet you all had TONS of fun:) I hope to go to one of those one day:) When and Where is the next one???
    I love the layout. Thanks for sharing it with us.

  9. What a sweet holiday layout! And what an amazing accomplishment on the OWH card drive. WOW! Way to go! And kudos to your husband and son for helping out during this worthwhile endeavor!

  10. Congrats Debby! I have sent cards to OWH before. What a lovely gift you've given our troops. And please tell your hardworking hubby and son that they are also special heroes too!

  11. Hi Debby, good to see you doing so well. Next time I come to Columbia we have to meet for lunch. I promise to give you plenty of warning! Take care and hope to talk to you soon.

  12. I just read all you latest posts. This looks like so much fun. Wish I was there.

  13. Debby, I always enjoy reading your blog, especially the posts about the kind things you do for others. Sounds like it was a *blast*. Good work, girl!

  14. TracyM #67736:56 PM

    Don't include me in your RAK Debby, just wanted to say congratulations on such a successful crop and for having a wonderful supportive family :)

  15. What a great idea! You totally surpassed your goal and it looks like a great group to hang with. I'm jealous! With a great bunch of friends like that it must be Christmas all year long!

  16. You are so blessed Debby! What a great idea and so uplifting how everyone pitched in! I also have been enjoying your CHA reports and photos. Thanks for sharing. You are an amazing inspiring woman of God!


  17. What a great group of people. Having friends like that is truly a blessing. I love your layout especially the lettering. I love the font.

  18. You certainly are a busy lady. I have a niece, her husband, and her brother that are serving in combat zones. What a great cause!(We so need to support our military and their families.) I love your scrapbook page and your gratitude list too. Barbara

  19. Wow! great layout i like the santa slay and the musical notes.

  20. You all did such a wonderful job of making so many cards for Operation Write Home! I have gone to their Web site and it is a pretty incredible operation they have going on!

    Thank you for sharing all of the fun with us!


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