Crop-Paper-Scissors goes to Peru!

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Last month one of our employees traveled down to Peru in South America with scrap biking supplies so the children could make some fun, colorful crafts! Here is the letter she sent to thank us!

“Thank you Crop-Paper-Scissors!

I wanted to thank you for your generous donation in March to Kids Alive International. Last month I was blessed to be able to spend eight days in Peru, thanks to a huge earthquake in Chile. I went with the intent to see how the organization Kids Alive International was serving the poverty sticken areas in Peru. While there I spent time in several different types of climates and atmospheres: Lima (Coastal city), Pulcallpa (the jungle), Cuzco (the mountains), Machu Picchu (Andes Mountains) and Manchay (the dessert). I was able to see several of the projects there including the Oasis Care Center, the Juniper Tree Children’s Home, and The Pulcallpa Care Center.

From the Kids Alive website, I was able to get a lot of statistics. Currently in Peru, about 11% of the born children will die before the age of five. Out of the ones who survive, nearly 20% of the children are forced to work as child laborers to help their family survive. More than half of the population lives on two dollars a day, well below the poverty line. On top of this, over 570,000 orphans are on the streets. This is why Kids Alive International is in Peru. Right now, Kids Alive is working to expand what they are doing to reach more children, as well as families as a whole. At this time, they are serving more than 300 children through medical help, meals, and education. They give the kids a place to go to be safe. Their goal is to break the cycle of poverty, and they are succeeding.

While I was there, it was so amazing to see children who understood their situation, and wanted to be different; wanted to be better. One of my favorite people (out of many) was a thirteen-year-old girl name Vanessa. She is an orphan who lives in the Juniper Tree Home with her younger sister. She also spoke almost perfect English. One of the things taught in the schools is English, but she loved it so much that she worked harder than many of the other children to get ahead. While I was there, she acted as a translator for me to the other children. It was a really humbling thing for me to see someone going after their dream so fervently. Her goal is to go to school in Florida and learn other languages. Before I left, I told her to do it, and if she needed a place to stay in the states that she was always welcome to stay with me. Her eyes teared up and said, “You are acting like a mother. I wish you were my mother.” I almost cried then as well, because I was nearly old enough by Peruvian standards, to realistically be her mom.

Thank you for blessing me in being able to bring down crafting supplies to this region. I also have enclosed some photos from the trip. Please enjoy! Have a blessed day,

Avery Jackson”

***And don’t forget! This weekend is the All Weekend Crop! Come in Friday from 6 pm till Midnight for a pizza dinner for just $15! Then, on Saturday we have an All Day Crop! From 10 am till Midnight we will be enjoying snacks and drinks while crafting, then that night we will have a catered dinner! All for just $25, so call or stop by to reserve your spots today!
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Spring Has Sprung!

We are excited that the warm weather is bringing back the green on the trees and flowers in our window boxes (the flowers should be here soon…).

 We just got in a bunch of new spring collections including Simple Stories, Bazzill, Authentique, Fancy Pants, Carta Bella, Crate Paper & more!!!

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We could not think of a better way to see the new crafting supplies and invitations but to have a Spring Open House and Crop Night this Saturday, March 22! The Open House is from 11 am till 3 pm and the Crop Night is at its usual 6 to midnight time.

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Come in and see what we have been doing with the store, our latest projects, new scrapbooking paper, gift items and invitations for spring!

Grab a friend and your craft box and join us this Saturday for a fun-filled day!

Birthday Parties & More!

This past Saturday, we had two very fun birthday parties for some sweet gals! They had a great time creating custom designed clipboards! Check out what they did!

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And the Saturday before, miss Emma Ann had her very first birthday party! We enjoyed being a small part of her farm themed celebration!

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At Crop-Paper-Scissors we have a BLAST making personalized birthday banners, hats, invitations, and more! You dream it, we can create it! Come in and let us help you today!

No idea what you want? That’s ok too! We have examples of what we have done for other bride-to-be’s, expectant mothers, and birthday boys and girls! We also have SEVERAL huge books filled to the brim with styles for invitations, place settings, napkins, and more!

So come on in and create with us! 

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A Love Story Just in Time for Valentines Day

This week is dedicated to love. Valentines Day is about showing love and appriciation to those close to you, be it to a friend, a family member, or a sweetheart (I guess cats count to).

Just yesterday, a man walked into our store wanting to buy something special, not just for Valentines Day, but for his 15th aniversury with his longtime girlfriend today.

This morning, he asked her to marry him! And (fingers crossed) we hope she said yes!

He picked out some fun scrapbook paper to write a letter on and cut up to write little love notes with.

He bought one of our tall picture holders to clip photos of the two of them with their family, as well as some of the little notes he made.

Here at Crop-Paper-Scissors we love to watch stories like this unfold.

Every wedding we help with, we love learning about the bride and groom and celebrating them while planning details. for their special day!

Events like birthday parties, family reunions, sorority meetings, baby showers, and more are very fun and important for us!

Come on in and create invitations or find fun things for your special event today!

Unnamed Kevin Chambers is excited about his future wife!

How to Make an Awesome Valentine Card

Valentines Day is Friday!!! Still need to make valentines for your special someone or your children’s classroom? Come on in to the store and make your fun messes here!

Stephanie Voltmann is making Valentines cards (Superman Suckers!!!) for a preschooler’s classroom  and little Valentine’sDay bags!
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These cards were made by a few woman for their husbands, boyfriends and just for decoration! All you need is some cute paper, glue, scissors, and fun ideas (paper punchers never hurt either!).

 

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So come on in and join us in making beautiful messes in the name of Love & Fun!

Getting a Head Start for Valentines Day!

With the All-Crop-Weekend a HUGE success, we are excited to hold an All-Crop-Night this Saturday, the 8th, from six till Midnight, and another one on Friday the 21st. The cover is just $10 to cover all of the snacks and drinks!

Of course there will still be door prizes!

A class will be held this Saturday as well at 10:30. We will be making a Mini-Album with cold out pages where you can put fun photos! The cost is just $35 and you leave with a beautiful album (See photos)

And we know Valentines Day is nearly a week away, which mean you need to get your children’s Valentines Day cards ready to go to school with them. Why not head to the Crop-Paper-Scissors crop room with your glue and scissors and do them here? We have so much new inventory on the shelves, perfect for you and your kids to be creative! Have fun and leave your mess here!

You can call ahead and reserve a table if you want!

I hope to see you this Saturday for the 10:30 class and the Crop-Night at 6!