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Scrapbooking on the go! Easy tips to learn how to pack everything you need in a shoulder tote.

Scrapbooking on the go! Easy tips to learn how to pack everything you need in a shoulder tote.Scrapbooking on the go, it’s possible and works great… when you know what to pack.

I’ve been scrapbooking since 1999, so by now I have a few tricks up my sleeve and I’d love to share them with you!

I recently spent a few days away from home and packed my scrapbooking supplies to go. I knew I’d have a bit of time for scrapbooking. The only problem was I had nearly no space to pack supplies.

scrapbooking on the go selfie


Let me show you!

In my early days  of scrapbooking I didn’t know how to pack for a crop so I literally packed everything I owned.

Here’s proof: (2002)

Alice packing for crop 2002 too much stuff

Scrapbook supplies, food and clothing are included… what you don’t see… the multi-drawer Generations rolling drawers that I also brought – YIKES! DON’T PACK LIKE THIS!!

This is only part of the supplies I brought to a TWO DAY crop in 2002. What was I thinking?

Actually, I know exactly what I was thinking. I was thinking the same thing that every scrapper who packs way too many supplies.




Let me show you.

scrapbooking on the go shoulder tote

It’s possible to pack everything you’ll need to make gorgeous layouts into a small shoulder tote.

scrapbooking on the go whats in the tote

Here’s a peek into the bag.

scrapbooking on the go supplies

The essential supplies for a ‘scrapbooking on the go’ trip.

What’s in the bag?

  • Paper Trimmer
  • Scissors (I bring 2 pairs, my Tim Holtz and a pair of micro tip)
  • Adhesive tape runner
  • Adhesive refill
  • Liquid glass – to add shine and to use as adhesive
  • Black stamp pad
  • Mini Alpha Stamps
  • Stamp cleaner (you can use wipes instead)
  • Black Journaling pen
  • White Journaling pen
  • Paper pack of co-ordinating patterns
  • Pocket cards that co-ordinate
  • White and black cardstock (or cardstock that co-ordinates with the patterned paper)
  • Alpha title letters
  • Washi tape
  • Sparkle tape
  • Co-ordinating embellishments
  • PHOTOS!!

What are the pocket cards for if you aren’t pocket scrapping?

I love to use pocket cards as a great way to add co-ordinating elements to my layouts. They have words and images that I cut apart and use to embellish my layouts. You can check out this post about Using Pocket Cards Outside the Pocket.

What I forgot:

  • Glue dots
  • Foam tape
  • Glitter glue
  • My ruler

Is that enough to scrapbook with? Can you make beautiful or creative layouts?


Here’s two layouts I created using ONLY items in the kit above!

Love You layout with fun textured background, black and white and red. Post is about scrapbooking on the go! Simple layout with a long title. Post is about scrapbooking on the go!


  1. Make sure everything works together. You can use a pre-made kit or put together your own co-ordinating kit with patterned paper, cardstock, title alphas, and all embellishments.
  2. Bring only basic tools, unless you need a specialty item.
  3. Be sure to bring a variety of adhesives.
  4. Embellishments: be harsh! What do you really NEED to bring? For me that would mean washi tape and sparkly things but you need to make sure that they are the essentials that you can’t scrap without.
  5. A smaller bag is better. If you have more space chances are that you will fill it. By using a smaller bag you have to be ruthless and only pack the necessities.

Oh No! I forgot…

What do you do when you realize you’ve forgotten something you need?

Now is the time to be creative!

In the ‘Love You’ layout above I made a huge mistake on the journaling… which was inconveniently directly on the background paper! Now what?

I decided to cover the journaling with new paper. Then when I didn’t like how that looked I crumpled the paper softly. Then I added more pieces of crumpled paper around the edges of the background paper.

Now is the time to make do!

In the second layout, “Jonas and the …” I really wanted some foam tape to pop up the arrow and the little circle with the heart.

I could have waited until I was home again but instead I decided that I would attach them to the page… without popping them up. Is it as good? Maybe not. Does it work? Of course.

This is not rocket science… it’s scrapbooking. If you are telling your stories and including your photos that’s all you really need.

Wait until you get home.

You can always wait until you get back home to add any extra things you didn’t pack with you. Make sure you leave yourself an easy way to add the extra embellishment and keep going!

Okay… it’s your turn! What do you consider to be an essential for scrapbooking on the go? Let me know in the comments.

What to Pack to a Crop the EssentialsIf you are heading to a scrapbook crop you should check out this post: What to Pack to a Crop: The Essentials.

Let your creativity shine, and get scrapping!


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  • Karla 12 February, 2015, 12:48 pm

    The picture of you in 2002 …. that’s ME every.single.crop!!!! I’m going to one next weekend (Feb. 20-22). Can I “taper down” some of what I take? Maybe. Will I? Probably not! LOL I like the idea, Alice, but I’m just not sure I can do it. I think I may “try” on Sunday this weekend to see if I can make a few “kits” with what I have so I don’t have to take so much. The crop I go to has a lot …. like the sponsor brings a TON of punches and grids and templates. There is a CTMH lady there … paper and embellies. So…..I SHOULD be able to do as you say …. and I’ll try! Thanks for the informative article!

  • Alison 12 February, 2015, 2:55 pm

    I’d even add die-dutting embellishments or other elements beforehand…I’m going to a crop in March and I’ve been debating whether I should bring my carts and borrow one that’s already there, or cut them beforehand. Will I plan my layouts beforehand??? We’ll see lol

    • Alice. 12 February, 2015, 3:15 pm

      I don’t usually pre-plan the whole layout. My best advice for planning is: Don’t get too technical. Mostly I have a plan of the topic I’ll cover and the supplies I’d like to use. To me that IS a plan! Lol! 😉

  • Renee T. 18 February, 2016, 9:50 am

    The photo of you with the luggage cart is priceless! I remember the days when crops meant packing up your entire scrap room!

    • Alice. 18 February, 2016, 3:16 pm

      Lol! I was almost too embarrassed to show that photo! It’s a sign of the times I guess!