Over the past two years I have had the amazing opportunity to be a part of a really great site — SONGBIRD AVENUE. Sonbird Ave was started by Jan Crowley and Meredith Fenwick. It was their dream to have a site that would allow the scrapping community to give back. Each month they collaborate with a great designers, design a kit, sell it, and then donate all of the proceeds to a charity of the guest designers choice. It is truly an amazing thing. In the past two years the site has dontated over $27,000 to charities.
This month they have teamed up with Ali Edwards to great this great kit, with proceeds going to Autism Speaks.
If I have learned anything over the last few months of running my own website it is that owning as website is A LOT of work and it is EXPENSIVE. There is so much “behind the scenes” time and money that goes into running a site that most people don’t realize. Running a charity site adds on the enormous responsibility of registering as a charitable organization, sending donations, providing proof of donation, and so on. So far, the site has paid for all of this out of pocket. That means, of that $27,000 collected from the sale of kits, NONE of it has gone towards paying for the site.
In order to help cover some of the costs involved with the site, Songbird Avenue has decided to offer up ALL PREVIOUS kits from the past two years. The contributing designers have generously (and wholeheartedly) agreed to put these kits back up for sale with they money going directly towards the site. The hope is that the sale of these kits will fund the site appropriately so that Songbird Avenue can continue to promote great charities and allow the scrapping community a way to give back.
Let me just say….ALL of the kids are incredible. The pages I have made from these kits over the past two years are some of my favorites. The templates I created for each of the kits are also some of my favorite. Check out just a few of the amazing kits you can get (all images are linked).
And the gorgeous and HUGE collab of the first year designers…TAKE FLIGHT
I hope that we as a community can support this site and all that it strives to do. May we realize how blessed we are and how wonderful it is to give back.