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November 11 Remembrance Day
Crop A While will open at noon

Remembrance Day 2022


June 23 - Calling All Card Makers!

Crop A While is pleased to once again support the Ottawa Caring Hearts Card Drive. Mark your calendars for our free kick-off crop on July 24, 2022.
Caring Hearts Card Drive Crop July 24 2022
Here are the details ...

  • Please make the cards for Christmas or Holiday Wishes. Anyone can send a card, your children, church group, scout troops, etc.
  • Please stick to just cards - standard size A2 or 4-1/4" x 5-1/2" - as this will help us in sorting and packing more efficiently.
  • All cards need to have a message inside (it can be stamped or hand written).  
  • Please sign your name (first name only is fine) and where you are from (inside the card). 
  • Please include an envelope for each card - but do not put the card inside the envelope.
  • For safety, please do not use any pins on your cards.

2022 Timeline ...

The 2022 initiative will run from Sunday, July 24 until Sunday, November 20. Drop off your completed cards - whether you've made one or lots, they are all appreciated - to Crop A While, 2297 St. Joseph Blvd, Ottawa (Orleans). The cards will then be sorted and packed for distribution. More details will follow in the fall.

Happy card making!! The Caring Hearts Ottawa Card Drive Team

June 2, 2022
In her latest blog Heather Telford introduces an absolutely lovely card project ... and we couldn't resist passing it along!
Fleeting moments card imageFor details, check out her blog post at

2021 holiday hours
Slimline cards are really popular this season, so Carole has designed a quick and easy card and envelope that can be adapted to any occasion. Here are the Photos & Instructions Have Fun!


Many card makers in our Crop A While community have been asking if we are going to participate again this year and the answer is a resounding YES!!

For those who are new to this project, the Caring Hearts Card Drive was started in the US by Vera Ling in 2009. The goal was to send out holiday cards to the elderly who live in nursing homes to let them know that they still matter and are not forgotten. Over the years the initiative spread across the world and the Crop A While community took up the torch here in Ottawa in 2017  - creating and distributing hundreds of card each year. The initiative was going strong until COVID-19 halted everything in 2020.
Caring Hearts Card drive Oct 23 to Nov 28 2021While we had to take a break in 2020, a team of Ottawa volunteers has confirmed with nursing homes in our area that they would very much like to receive holiday wishes for their residents in 2021. This past year has been difficult and lonely for many and the bright holiday wishes bring smiles to all. Initial numbers indicate that we need approximately 3,000 English cards and 500 French cards.

 Here are the details ...
  • Please make the cards for Christmas or Holiday Wishes. Anyone can send a card, your children, church group, scout troops, etc.
  • Please stick to just cards - standard size A2 or 4-1/4" x 5-1/2" - as this will help us in sorting and packing more efficiently.
  • All cards need to have a message inside (it can be stamped or hand written).  
  • Please sign your name (first name only is fine) and where you are from (inside the card). 
  • Please include an envelope for each card - but do not put the card inside the envelope.
  • For safety, please do not use any pins on your cards.

Drop off your completed cards - whether you've made one or lots, they are all appreciated - to Crop A While, 2297 St. Joseph Blvd, Ottawa (Orleans) by Sunday, November 28. The cards will be sorted and packed for distribution. A team of volunteers will be delivering the cards during the week of December 7. There are many nursing homes in the area so if you have a couple of hours to spare during that week and are willing to do some delivery, please let Carole know by email at

Happy card making!!
The Caring Hearts Ottawa Card Drive Team

Crop A While's team of instructors is ready to do in-person classes again. We have rescheduled classes that were postponed at the beginning of the pandemic and are adding new classes each week. Croppers at Work Tuesday and Thursday groups have also resumed getting together. See CLASSES section for details. Register online or by calling 613-424-6831. Here's what's coming up this week (to October 18):

COFFEE TIME WISHES - October 13 - New date and times
Alcohol Ink Colouring with Shelley Lanthier
Afternoon: 3:00 to 5:00 pm
Evening: 6:00 to 8:00 pm
Cost: $30

NORTHERN LIGHTS - October 14-15-16
Technique/Card Class with Carole Fulton
Oct 14 Evening: 6:00 to 8:00 pm
Oct 15 Afternoon: 1:00 to 3:00 pm
Oct 16 Weekend: 1:30 to 3:30 pm
Cost $20

Card class with Carole Fulton
Weekend: 10:00 to noon
Cost $25

class with Nicole Primeau-Gagnon
For kids 6 to 12 years old
Sunday: 1:00 to 3:00 pm
Cost: $15
See you soon ...

September 11-12, 2021 - 8 years and counting ...
8th Anniversary Open House
Saturday, September 11 - 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sunday, September 12 - noon to 4:00 pm

Happy 8th Anniversary Crop A While
Join the celebration! We have two fun days planned just for you!
Demos and make-&-takes will be set up so that social distancing can be maintained.

  • Draws every hour - that's a total of 11 draws! (you must be present to win)

  • Ongoing make-&-take with Nicole throughout both days - 'Envelope Love' card(designed by Dress My Craft)

  • Saturday - Product/Technique Demonstrations
    • Saturday - 11:00 to 11:45 am - Flaky Sparkle
      • Finnabair background technique with Tom

    • Saturday - 12:00 to 1:00 pm - Waxy Insect Fun
      • Embellishment make-&-take with molds and Finnabair waxes (Tom)

    • Saturday -  1:30 pm - Flower Shaping tips with Trina
      • Flower Tag make-&-take with Elizabeth Craft dies (Trina)

    • Saturday - 3:00 pm - Die Cut Washi Embellishments
      • Embellishment make-&-take with Pinkfresh Washi Tape and dies (Carole)

  • Sunday - Product/Technique Demonstrations
    • Sunday - 1:00 pm - Hot Foil demonstration with Tom
      • Foil Tag make-&-take (Tom)

    • Sunday - 2:30 pm - 'Transfer Me Sheet' Demonstration
      • Dress My Craft Transfer Sheet technique with Carole

An Anniversary Celebration definitely needs a sale!!!
From Saturday, September 11 to Sunday, September 19, save at least 20% off lowest price tag on all products in the store and online (except die cutting machines). For online savings, use coupon code 8ANNIV.

Sale poster
Join us for the Open House events (no registration needed) and shop for great savings.
See you soon!

July 25, 2021 - MERRY CHRISTMAS in JULY

New Christmas lines have started to arrive and it's time for Crop A While's annual sale 🥰 The sale begins at noon Sunday, July 25 and continues until 4 pm Sunday,  August 1. 

Save 15% off storewide: paper, stamps, dies, stencils, inks, paints, tools and much more (except die cutting machines, gift cards and classes)

Free Make-n-Take in-store / Free card kit with online orders

Shopping at Crop A While's Online Store? Use discount code CJ2021 to get your savings.
See you soon 😀
Christmas in July Sale

July 17, 2021 - Today, Tim Holtz and Ranger launched PRIZE RIBBON - the newest 2021 Distress color.

As Tim says on his blog "Say hello to Prize Ribbon, an award winning blue, celebrating the summertime nostalgia of the county fair. Available in 8 different distress products: Ink Pad, Ink Re-inker, Oxide Pad, Oxide Re-inker, Embossing Glaze, Spray Stain, Oxide spray, and Paint." 

Prize Ribbon Distress Products

Check out Tim's blog for a video and more details on Prize Ribbon launch. Crop A While had these products on pre-order and they should be arriving on Crop A While shelves shortly. Reserve your favorite products by emailing

See you soon!

June 27, 2021 - HELLO THERE
Sunday morning relaxation time (aka crafting time)🎨

It's a crafty morning in the Crop A While classroom.  I am getting caught up with the make and takes and projects from more than 25 recent trade show demonstrations, classes and make and takes.


Here is a simple, elegant card just to say hello. Echo Park Paper provided samples of the beautiful Flora no.4 papers and sticker sheet, as well as and make-and-take instructions for this project.

And as we all know, there are always leftovers LOL  So I designed a coordinating one-page layout using the leftover paper and stickers.

Hello There Family scrapbook layout
Thanks to #echoparkpaper and the #celebrationofcraft virtual trade show for a very enjoyable crafty morning.

More samples to follow - Carole 🤩





June 20, 2021 - Happy Father's Day

Time to celebrate all the 'father figures' in our lives.Happy Father's DayCheck out our Online Store's Holidays theme for great products to create special father-themed cards.

June 8, 2021 - COVID-19 UPDATE

Crop A While will re-open to in-store shopping June 11
Ontario will enter Step 1 of its COVID-19 re-opening plan on Friday, June 11, 2021. At that time, Crop A While will be allowed to open for in-person shopping at 15% capacity. This means we will be allowed to have two customers shopping in the store at a time. If we are already at capacity when you arrive, please wait in your car until it is your turn to come inside.

Crop A While's Online Store will remain open 24/7. Telephone orders and curbside pick-up will be available during our regular business hours. We will be open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm and Sunday from noon to 4 pm. Crop A While is closed on Monday.

We are looking forward to seeing you in person soon.

May 26, 2021 - New from Heather Telford

While Heather can't yet teach in-person at Crop A While, you can still enjoy her courses. 🎨

Heather's latest class, 'FLORAL FAVES', is an online class for stampers and card-makers. You will use floral stamps and watercolour techniques. Every project is taught through video along with downloadable instructions, photos, tips and complete supply lists. Crop A While has ordered several products for this class and they are on their way to the store.

For more info check out Heather's Facebook page at or register for the class at

Thanks #heathertelford for keeping us inspired to stay creative.

May 16, 2021

Many orders have arrived and Crop A While has lots of new products on hand. We have expanded our selection of Canadian Vicki Boutin's fabulous Color Study collection. Check out the New Arrivals in the Online Store to see the new papers, stickers, pads, stencils, washi and more.
Thanks for some amazing designs

May 1, 2021 is National Scrapbooking Day and Crop A While is celebrating until Mother's Day

2021 National Scrapbooking Day Sale May 1 to 9
Crop A While's biggest sale of the year

  • Save 20% off storewide: paper, stamps, dies, stencils, inks, paints, tools and much more (except gift cards).
  • Shop at our Online Store and use discount code NSD2021 
  • Shop by telephone - 613-424-6831
  • Shop by email -

Points will not be earned during the sale however points can be redeemed when placing orders by telephone.

April 7, 2021 - COVID-19 Update

In accordance with Ontario-wide restrictions announced today, Crop A While will be closed to in-store shopping and activities as of midnight tonight.

Crop A While's Online store will remain open 24/7 and telephone orders can be placed during our regular business hours. Curbside pickup will be available to local customers and shipping will be available to other Canadian customers. Business hours will remain 10 am to 5 pm Tuesday through Saturday and noon to 4 pm on Sunday.

Please Take Care - Stay Safe

April 1, 2021 - Crop A While adapts to Ontario Grey lockdown restrictions

Ontario has been put into Grey zone restrictions as of this weekend. To conform to the new restrictions, help keep everyone safe and facilitate social distancing, Crop A While has set the following limits on people inside the store at a time:

  • Retail store area – maximum of 4 customers at a time.
    If capacity has already been reached when you arrive, please wait in your car and we will let you know when it is your turn to come in.
  • Oasis crop/class studio area – 0 customers.
    This space is closed as no indoor gatherings are allowed.

    Classes that were planned for April will be rescheduled as soon as gatherings of at least 5 people are once again permitted. As well, crop time will resume once inside gatherings are permitted.

Thanks for your cooperation as we do our part to keep customers and staff safe.

Carole & Tom


March 30, 2021 - Easter Wishes from Crop a While

Happy Easter - closed Apr 2 to 5

March 17, 2021 - Irish wishes for you on St. Patrick's Day

Happy St. Patrick's Day

March 10, 2021 - New Crop A While Facebook page

Crop A While's original Facebook page 'CropAWhilescrapbooking' has been locked up in a Facebook loop. You can see it but nothing new can be posted. When we log in we get a site issues message and are told to try again in a few minutes. Weeks later and it is still locked.

So we have started a new page - cropawhileottawa - please share the new page info with your crafty friends so our followers can find us again.



February 27, 2021 - Slimline Cards Sizes

As more and more Slimline stamps, dies and stencils arrive at Crop A While, card makers are asking us what the dimensions are. Here are the basic sizes (Thanks to #JenniferMaguire):


  • You really can do anything you want! But here are some popular sizes:
  • Traditional Slimline – 3 5/8″ x  8 5/8″ – To make, cut to 8 5/8″ x 7 1/4″… score at 3 5/8″
  • Popular Slimline – 3 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ – To make, cut to 8 1/2″ x 7″… score at 3 1/2″
  • Big Slimline – 4″ x 9″ – To make, cut to 8″ x 9″… score at 4″
  • Mini Slimline – 3 1/2″ x 6″ – To make cut to 7″ x 6″… score at 3 1/2″


  • Big Slimline Envelopes (size 10 – letter size) – 4 1/8″ x 9 1/2″
  • Traditional & Popular Slimline Envelopes (size 9) – 3 7/8″ x 8 7/8″
  • Mini Slimline Envelopes – 3 5/8″ x 6 1/2″

Hope this helps you create your own Slimline cards.

February 24, 2021 - Crop A While will be on CTV

Crop A While has been invited to do a 1 minute live interview on CTV's 'Curbside Pickup' new segment. It will air at either 5:45 or 6:20 Thursday, Feb 25, 2021. Time to be confirmed.

Hope you have a chance to watch.

February 19, 2021 - In-person shopping now open

It was great to have people back in the store and the Oasis cropping studio yesterday. We look forward to serving more of you in the coming days.

Stay safe - see you soon


February 16, 2021 -  COVID-19 Update

In-person shopping returning to Crop A While
Crop A While will reopen for in-store shopping as of 10:00 am Thursday, February 18, 2021.  The Online Store and Curbside pickup will continue to be available.
In accordance with City of Ottawa By-laws, masks and social distancing will be mandatory in the store area and the Oasis cropping studio. A maximum of 5 shoppers will be allowed in the store area at a time. As well, a maximum of 6 croppers will be allowed in the Oasis at a time. A cropper will be permitted in the retail area only when there are less than 5 shoppers. 

In compliance with Ottawa Public Health, Crop A While requires retail customers to self-screen before entering the store. Please follow these guidelines:

Covid-19 Client Questionnaire
New Expanded Hours:
Crop A While will also be expanding its opening hours beginning on Thursday, February 18th:
Tuesday through Saturday - 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sunday - noon to 4:00 pm

We are very much looking forward to serving you in-person once again.
See you soon.

January 11, 2021 - OMG What a Day 😍😍😍

We spent Day 1 of our trade show week with AlteNew, Spellbinders and Waffle Flower. Lots of new stamps, dies, stencils and more. Our heads are bursting with all the amazing ideas they shared - colouring with stencils, elegant new slimline designs, layering ...
We will finish our make and takes and have access to event resources tomorrow ... Stay tuned


January 11 to 15, 2021 - Trade Show Season Begins

January is usually when the craft industry gets together for the huge Creativation trade show. Hundreds of craft manufacturers/distributors  and thousands of store buyers gather (last time 2019 in Phoenix) to explore new products for the coming months. It was a fun and exciting time as we were able to learn about new products and network with suppliers and other store owners. We always came back with lots of goodies and ideas to share.

The COVID pandemic has made it impossible to hold an in-person trade show. But, as the saying goes, "the show must go on". Our distributors and suppliers have joined together to host smaller virtual trade shows. Tom and Carole will be participating in the first ones from Monday, January 11th through to Friday, January 15th. Since most of the classes and products demonstrations will be live, we will only be doing curbside pickup on Tuesday (Jan 12) when we have no live sessions.

Our kits for the events have been arriving since before Christmas and we can hardly wait to share the products and projects with you. Stay tuned to our Facebook page and our Blog for updates.

JANUARY 1, 2021 - Happy New Year

As we say goodbye to 2020, we want to thank all our clients, suppliers, friends and family who have supported and encouraged us during COVID-19 restrictions.
We very much appreciated your business and look forward to continuing to serve you in 2021.

Warmest wishes for a safe and happy 2021
Carole & Tom

September 13, 2020
'Christmas Cheer' Christmas Cards - LOTS of cards

Crop A While design team member Karen Neilson loves to use every bit she can from kits. So she decided to see how many cards she could really make from the PhotoPlay 'Christmas Cheer' card kit.

The 'Christmas Cheer' kit includes all the papers, stickers and instructions needed for 8 A2 sized cards. But by adding a few cardstock sheets for card bases - and her unique card-making touch - Karen made an extra 8 cards. A whopping 16 cards out of one kit!  And there were still bits and pieces that could be used on other cards.
This kit will definitely make your Christmas card creation a breeze. 'Christmas Cheer' is available both in-store and in our Online Store. Get your kit today while supplies last. 👍

September 1, 2020
September is an exciting month at Crop a While

Crop A While will be closed for one week September 5 to 11 (over the Labour Day weekend and the following week) as Carole and Tom move to their new home in Orleans. When we come back it will be a special time for Crop A While

September 12 to 30, 2020 - In-store and Online

In-store shopping: you will get 20% off everything in the store - and still earn your regular points (10%)
- Online shopping: as of Sept 12 use
ANNIV7 code to get 30% off your order (since we can't do points online)

- Chance to win prizes: Every purchase will enter your name in a draw to win one of 20 surprise prizes from vendors that arrived in our goodie bag from on an online retailer event in May. Winners will be announced October 3rd.

The NEW NORMAL Normal at Crop A While

The new normal brought by the COVID-19 Pandemic has been challenging as we adapt to shutdowns, social distancing, masks and increased sanitizing practices. But change also brings opportunities. At Crop A While, we are finding new ways of holding classes/crops and improving your in-store and online shopping experiences. We appreciate your ongoing support and welcome suggestions as Crop A While moves into its next seven years.

Store hours:
Monday: - closed
Tuesday to Saturday: 11 am to 4 pm
Thursday and Friday: 4 pm to 8 pm  - by appointment (as of Sept 17)
Sunday: Noon to 4pm

Cropping times are back: 
Crops have restarted (max 5 spaces) for Tuesdays to Saturdays. Pre-registration is required to ensure we have safe space for all. Crop A While has established hand, surface and equipment sanitizing processes as well as assigned seating to ensure 6ft distancing between croppers.

Classes will begin in October:
In August, we held the monthly Pocket Pages scrapbooking class to test out teaching with social distancing in mind. More classes will come (planned for October) as we get new equipment and instructors prepare their classes.

Sales events are being planned:
Sales will be held both in-store and online and will  be spread across several days. For in-store shopping, we will also control the number of people allowed in the store at one time. Check out the Anniversary Sale details above!!


Drop into the store or check out the New Arrivals on Crop A While's Online Store to the see the papers, collection packs, card kits, 6x6 paper pads, sticker sheets, stamp/die sets from PhotoPlay, Lawn Fawn, and Tim Holtz, as well as 2021 mini calendars from Frog's Whiskers.
  • “The New Normal”
    With the pandemic, what will getting back to routine look like for you this fall?  Document your unique experience with PhotoPlay's pandemic-themed collection.
  • “Gnome for the Holidays – Halloween and Christmas”
    In these collections the PhotoPlay Gnomes are just too cute all dressed up for trick or treating and for the holiday season. Lots of scrapbooking and card making possibilities!!
  • “Not a creature was stirring ...”
    This whimsical PhotoPlay collection covers all the holiday bases, from Christmas Eve to a fun-filled Christmas morning, and every holiday memory in between. Warm hues of cranberry red, balsam and pink frolic with gold, pine green and icy blue to bring an eclectic spirit to all that you create.
  • "Christmas Cheer"
    With the perfect blend of nostalgia and a dash of contemporary elegance, PhotoPlay's Christmas Cheer will make all of your projects jolly and bright. Double-sided papers in winter shades midnight black, berry red and crimson mingle together with a dusting of frosty white.

July 30, 2020

City of Ottawa's Temporary Mandatory Mask By-law - the new normal at Crop A While.

On July 15, the City of Ottawa's Temporary Mandatory Mask By-law came into effect and we want to clarify what that means for Crop A While clients.

Section 3 of the By-law states that "every person who enters or remains in an Enclosed Public Space shall wear a Mask in a manner that covers their mouth, nose, and chin." Since Crop A While is an indoor retail business open to the public, it qualifies as an Enclosed Public Space and shoppers, croppers and staff are required to wear masks while in the store.

This by-law does not apply to:

  1. a child who is younger than two (2) years of age, or a child who is under five (5) years of age chronologically or developmentally and who refuses to wear a Mask and cannot be persuaded to do so by their caregiver;
  2. a person with a medical condition, including breathing or cognitive difficulties, or a disability, that prevents them from safely wearing a Mask (No person shall be required to provide proof of any of the exemptions);
  3. a person who is unable to put on or remove their Mask without the assistance of another person;
  4. a person who needs to temporarily remove their Mask while in the Enclosed Public Space for the purposes of: receiving services that require the removal of their Mask; consuming food or drink; or an emergency or medical purpose;
  5. a person who is employed by or is an agent of the Operator of an Enclosed Public Space (e.g. Crop A While) is not obligated to wear a Mask under this by-law while: in an area of the premises that is not designated for public access; or when located either within or behind a physical barrier, including but not limited to a plexiglass barrier.

For more information about the by-law, please visit the City of Ottawa website at

Thank you for your cooperation and please let us know if you have any questions or concerns.

June 12, 2010
Reminder Karan Gerber classes that were planned for this weekend (June 13-14) at Crop A While have been cancelled.

It seems that our online registration system sends reminders out the day before classes. Please disregard that email. 
We have also sent out an email explaining the options for anyone who had pre-paid their classes. If you paid and did not receive that email, please let us know. 
Thanks and have a great weekend.


June 2, 2020
JUST ARRIVED at Crop A While - Great PhotoPlay products for documenting COVID-19 experiences and events

First Responders Thank You Card Kit
octors, nurses, policemen, firefighters, service men and women, and many other essential employees are working tirelessly through these uncertain times. Here’s a perfect kit to thank them! This kit makes eight cards and has many leftovers to make more. Kit includes eight card bases, die cut ephemera and 12×12 sheets of component parts.

Living the Quarantine Life:
"One day, and I hope it’s soon, we’ll all be looking in our rear view mirrors at the COVID-19 pandemic. We’ll wipe a single
tear from our eye, fondly remembering social distancing, homemade Purell and toilet paper hoarding. While we’re trying to laugh about it right now, this exclusive limited edition collection is perfect for documenting this moment in history."  PhotoPlay
This line includes four 12x12" two-sided papers, a paper pack, an ephemera pack and a stamp set.

We can just stay home:
erfect for scrapbooking all of your stay-at-home adventures, We Can Just Stay Home is filled with monster slippers, pillow fights, blanket forts and so much more. This line includes six two-sided papers, a paper pack, an ephemera pack and a sticker sheet.

These new products are available both our physical and online store - these are limited edition products so order early to get yours!

May 15, 2020
Online Store Phase 2 - NEW ARRIVALS and Paper Lines Plus categories added

We have now added two new features to our Online Store:

1) A NEW PRODUCTS section is now at the top of the list of categories. It includes new products in alphabetical order by the name of the line - so all the elements papers, embellishments, stamps, dies are all together.
2) Under the Paper category, Printed paper 12"x12" has been changed to Paper Lines Plus. The 'Plus' means that all the other parts of the line are included - again so that all the pieces in the lines are displayed together.  The non-paper items are also displayed in their particular categories.

We have recently picked up several orders and have almost 100 new products - with more on their way:
- Echo Park - I Love Spring paper line and embellishments
- PhotoPlay - Camp Happy Bear / Monterey Bay paper lines, stamp/die combos and embellishments
- Prima - Pretty Mosaic paper line and embellishments
- Simple Stories - Best Year Ever / Hip Hop Hooray / Simple Vintage Garden District paper lines and embellishments

Happy Shopping!

May 2, 2020
Happy National Scrapbooking Day

To celebrate Crop A While's Online Store is now open and we hope you will come shop with us!

With more than 20,000 products in inventory, it will take us a while to get most of them online. So in this first phase, we are starting with items we thought you might be running low on - adhesives, plain cardstocks and inks - as well as  few other items
.  So head on over to the ONLINE STORE and check it out. We are really excited about this new adventure and hope you will like this new service!

PS. And don't forget that Mother's Day is coming up and Crop A While Gift Cards are always appreciated - also available online!

April 23, 2020
COMING SOON - Crop A While Online Store

We are very happy to announce that we are building Crop A While's online store. Products have been loaded into our system and we are busy attaching photos. The online store will be rolled out in phases. Essential products (we are sure many of you are running low on glues and double sided tapes) will be the first ones available. and then we will add other categories of products over the coming weeks. New releases of paper lines will also be added as they are available.

With Mother's Day just around the corner, we will also be adding Gift Cards in the early roll out.

Our target date is Saturday, May 2nd - National Scrapbook Day. Watch our website, newsletter and FaceBook page for more information - as it becomes available!

March 16, 2020
COVID-19 Precautions at Crop A While
As the coronavirus and COVID-19 are spreading around the world, we’re sure you, like us, have been implementing the strategies recommended by Heath officials.
For everyone's safety, the Crop A While team has disinfected all the Oasis tables, chairs, counters and equipment, as well as the cash counter and other surfaces frequently touched. The team also has supplies on hand to disinfect credit card terminals after each use.
On Friday, Ottawa’s chief medical officer, Dr. Vera Etches, issued a message urging residents to stay home unless necessary. In order to protect our team and clients, and to support efforts to stop (or at least slow) the spread of this virus through social distancing, Crop A While will be closed as of today, until next Tuesday, March 24. We will reassess the situation as new information becomes available.
As well, all classes and events through to the end of March are being postponed. If you are registered for the Spring Mega Crop on Saturday March 21, your registration fee will be carried forward to a future crop of your choice. As well, if you are registered for Heather Telford’s classes 'Watercolour on Black', Heather has confirmed that she will reschedule these popular classes once it is safe to do so.
We urge everyone to stay safe and, of course, take advantage of the extra at-home time to get your ‘crafty cap’ on.
See you soon, Carole & Tom.

March 2020 at Crop A While

(February 21, 2020)

Classes, Crops and Special Events for March 2020 have now been added to the Calendar page.

  • Mar 1 - Pocket Pages (Jan 2020) with Carole Fulton
  • Mar 6/8 - Spring into Action - card class with The Crafty Cigale (Liane Desmarais-Cavanagh)
  • Mar 7 - Ottawa Planner Meet up
  • Mar 14 - Flower Power - mixed media and acrylic painting project with Stephanie Pouliot
  • Mar 15 - Kid's March Break Craft Time - time to explore mixed media with Crop A While instructors
  • Mar 21 - Spring has Sprung 12-hour Mega Crop - crop / shop / mini-classes / challenges / draws ...
  • Mar 22 - Mixed Media Sunday - workshop with Sue Belleau
  • Mar 26/27 - Watercolour on Black - card class with Heather Telford
  • Mar 28 - Spring Flower Wreath - flower shaping and DIY project with Trina St Michael
  • Mar 29 - Pocket Pages (Feb 2020) with Sascha Lange
Looking forward to you joining us for some of these great activities.
Drop in or call the store at 613-424-6831 to register or register online for classes that have the Add to Cart option 🤩

Hello from Crop A While and Karan Gerber ✍️
(February 9, 2020)

There has been a change in dates for Karan's classes that were to be held at Crop A While on the Feb 22 -23 weekend. Sign ups have been a bit slow (we think due to winter weather) so we are moving the classes to June 13/14. This was the earliest date that worked for both the store and Karan.

If you have already registered and paid, your space has been automatically reserved for the new dates.
With the many changes coming to Karan's family this fall, (building a new home; selling their current home, packing and moving) this will be the only weekend she will be booking with Crop a While for 2020! So make sure to register for your space as soon as possible.

February 2020 at Crop A While
(January 24, 2020)

Classes, Crops and Special Events for February 2020 have now been added to the new live Calendar page.
We hope you like the clickability where a click on the calendar items take you directly to their descriptions. Here's a summary of this month's activities.
  • Feb 1 - I Heart Crafting 12 hour Mega Crop
  • Feb 2 - Pocket Pages with Carole Fulton
  • Feb 7/9 - Blue Chip Stock ... - card class with The Crafty Cigale (Liane Desmarais-Cavanagh)
  • Feb 8 - Ottawa Planner Meet up
  • Feb 15 - Local artist Stephanie Pouliot is joining the Crop A While teaching team. Her first class will be:
    • This Is Us 2-page scrapbooking layout class
  • Feb 16 - Mixed Media Sunday - workshop with Sue Belleau
  • Feb 19 - Sweet Hummingbird & Rosie Rabbit Spectrum TriBlend card class
    - Shelley Lanthier + Your Next Stamp + Spectrum Noir TriBlends equals an amazing technique class.
  • Feb 22 and 23  - Karan Gerber is back at Crop A While with three new classes:
    • Feb 22 - Sound of Summer - mini album
    • Feb 23 am - Just Love Our Story - canvas layout
    • Feb 23 pm - Victorian Home and Classic Roses - card class
  • Feb 26 - Art Journaling with Stephanie Pouliot
Looking forward to you joining us for some of these great activities
Drop in or call the store at 613-424-6831 to register or register online for classes that have the Add to Cart option

January 2020 at Crop A While
(January 2, 2020)

Classes, Crops and Special Events for January 2020 have now been added to the new live Calendar page.

We hope you like the clickability where a click on the calendar items take you directly to their descriptions. Here's a summary of this month's activities.
  • Jan 10/12 - Not Cut from the same Cloth ... - card class with The Crafty Cigale (Liane Desmarais-Cavanagh)
  • Jan 11 - Ottawa Planner Meet up
  • Jan 15 - Desktop Post-It and Calendar Stand - mini-class with Shelley Lanthier
  • Jan 18 - Tracking Creativation 2020 - drop in with Tom & Carole
  • Jan 19 - Mixed Media Sunday - workshop with Sue Belleau
  • Jan 23/24 - Getting A-Round To It - card class with Heather Telford
  • Jan 25 - I Love My Dog/Cat - mini-album with Trina St Michael
  • Jan 26 - Pocket Pages with Carole Fulton
  • Feb 1 - I Heart Crafting 12-hour Mega Crop
How's that for a great kick off to the new year.  👍
Looking forward to you joining us for some of these great activities
Drop in or call the store at 613-424-6831 to register or register online for classes that have the Add to Cart option
Thanks to all the card makers who contributed hand made cards to the annual Caring Hearts Card Drive. Thanks also to those who came to Crop A While to sort and package them all. 🥰
Caroline Bredeson, a drive coordinator here in Ottawa, confirmed that she received a total of 4,498 cards:  1389 arrived by mail + 3109 from the Crop A While folks. They were distributed to nursing homes and seniors residences across eastern Canada to make sure that our seniors know they are remembered at Christmas.

Thanks to all who helped make many people's holiday season a little brighter.

The Countdown to 2020 Sale is on.
It's Day 1 and we've added AlteNew and Hero Arts products,
as well as Time Holtz stamps and dies, to the sale items.

As announced earlier in the week, Sizzix, Heartfelt Creations, Frog's Whiskers and paper kits are 20% off too.

Since we have repriced all the items on sale, our store is 'beginning to look a lot like Christmas' with red tags in every direction!
Come on in and check out the savings!

Can you believe that it's already been 20 years since we were doing a countdown to Y2K?
Fortunately 2000 arrived very smoothly and it looks like 2020 will do the same - seeing lots of goodies coming.

So to help you have a merry end to 2019, and to clear the way for new product lines, we are having

Pre-Christmas Sale: December 14 to 22, 2019
20% off on selected brands and products across the store. 
First up:  Sizzix, Frog's Whiskers, Heartfelt Creations, paper kits from various suppliers
We will be adding new products and brands to the selections throughout the sale.

Christmas Wish
List Sale: December 14 to 22, 2019
Ladies - don't forget to give your Christmas Wishlist to your significant others
They will get 10% off their order (except for Gift Cards)

Boxing Weekend Sale: December 27 to 29, 2019
30% off everything Christmas

1-2-3-4 ... Oops How many was that again? 🤓
Crop A While is presently closed for Inventory.
We will reopen at 10:00 am on Wednesday, November 6.
See you then

🎃Happy Halloween from the Crop A While Team 🎃
The Ghosts 👻and Goblins have been in the store and reduced everything Halloween by 20% - in addition to the inventory sale 20%. Pick up your supplies today and be ready to scrapbook your Halloween memories.

It's time for Crop A While's annual Pre-Inventory Sale
October 26 to 31, 2019

This is our BIGGEST sale of the year so you won't want to miss out on the savings of  20% to 70% off throughout the store.

  • 20% off ALL Regular priced items throughout the store (except die cutting machines)
  • 20% off the lowest price on all Red-tagged items and clearance papers.

  • Our store is packed with sale items - and lots of them are already at 50% off.  And more items are being added daily as we clear out discontinued products.

So come on in and replenish your stash of supplies at great prices.

Fine print ... You will be able to redeem your full points cards but you will not earn points during the sale.

See you soon

September 2019 at Crop A While
(September 4, 2019)

Classes for September and most of October have now been added to the new live Calendar page.
We hope you like the clickability where a click on the calendar items take you directly to their descriptions. Here's a summary of this month's activities.
  • Sept 6,13, 20 - Let's Start Lettering - 3-part beginner brush lettering class with heather Telford
  • Sept 6 /8 - Thankful, Grateful, Blessed - card class with The Crafty Cigale (Liane Desmarais-Cavanagh)
  • Sept 14 - Fall Memories - scrapbooking class with Roxanne Whiteley - suitable for new and advanced scrapbookers.
  • Sept 15 - CreativACTION - Caring Hearts Card Drive Crop
  • Sept 21 (am) - Fall Watercolours - card class with Trina St. Michael
  • Sept 21 (pm) - Cute Critters - interactive card class with Trina St. Michael
  • Sept 22 - September Pocket page scrapbooking with Carole Fulton
  • Sept 25 - Quick Colouring Pumpkins - TriBlends colouring and card class with Shelley Lanthier
  • Sept 26/27 - One Stamp Workshop with Heather Telford
  • Sept 27, 28, 28 - Alcohol Ink weekend with Kathryn Salamanchuk (
    • Sept 27 - Artist Demo and Meet and Greet
    • Sept 28 - Alcohol Ink - Fundamentals
    • Sept 29 - Alcohol Ink - the Power of Air
Whew - busy month 👍- Looking forward to you joining us for some of these great activities
Drop in or call the store at 613-424-6831 to register

Crop A While and Heather Telford are hosting their first Lettering Meet Up

Alumni of the Let's Start Lettering classes held in February and September are invited to our first 'Lettering Meet Up'. 

  • If you would like to try letter connections, capitals and greetings come to the meet up.
  • If you are keen to experiment with a range of different markers come along to the meet up. 
  • If you haven't pulled out your lettering supplies lately but would like to get back into it, why not start at the meet up. 
  • If you have questions or would like to see a follow up class, let's talk about it at the meet up.

Heather will have tips, tricks and tools for you, so why not join her for a relaxing lettering evening?

 Where: Crop A While
When:    Friday October 4, from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Cost:      $6 
What to bring: Your lettering pens,
pencil and workbook

Drop in or call the store at 613-424-6831 to register

Welcome to Crop A While's new website
(August 29, 2019)

After 3 months of behind the scenes work with our new service provider (Rain Retail/Like Sew) we are really excited to launch our new site.

Aside from the new 'look and feel', we are starting with improvements to the calendar and classes:

  • Live up-to-date interactive event calendar. With the new website, when we add an event (class, crop, sale etc.) it is automatically added to the Calendar. One click from our homepage to the Calendar, scroll through upcoming months to check out what's happening, click on an event and all the info you need will pop up - dates, times, costs, what's included, what to bring and more.
Stay posted, there's lots more improvements coming. We'll announce more new features as they become available.

We'd love to hear your feedback on the new site. The Contact Us page will open a direct email to us ...

Contact Info

Ph: 613-424-6831

  • Fax: 613-424-6832
  • 2297 St. Joseph Blvd,
    Unit E/F
    Ottawa (Orléans), Ontario
    K1C 1E7

  • Monday:
  • Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday:
    10:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Friday:
    10:00 am to 9:00 pm
  • Sunday:
    noon to 4:00 pm

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