Do you have a hard time packing for a crop? More than once I’ve packed for a crop, brought SO MUCH STUFF that I could never have used it all in 6 straight months of scrapbooking, showed up and… OOPS! I forgot my paper trimmer! How do you scrapbook without a trimmer? (Yes, I’ve done this more than once!) 🙂
Here’s how to prepare for a crop, so you don’t have an experience, or two, like mine!
How to prepare BEFORE the crop:
- Figure out how much you can normally accomplish in the amount of time you will have at the crop. If you normally spend 5 hours on one layout don’t bring enough supplies for 20 layouts to a 5 hour crop!
- Preplan your pages. These don’t need to be perfect or exact! I recommend planning for the number of layouts you ‘expect’ to scrap, plus one. That way you have a back-up if you are super efficient!
- Develop photos. How many do you really need to bring?
- Call the host of the crop to find out what tools will be available. You won’t need to pack these things, especially if they are big, heavy and bulky!
- Find out if shopping will be available onsite too!
- Grab any idea books with layouts you want to scraplift.
What to pack, the essentials:
- Photos… this means you need to develop them before the crop!
- Paper Trimmer
- Spare blade for the trimmer
- Adhesive: tape runner, glue dots, foam tape, Sookwang tape, liquid adhesive, Xyron
- Journaling pen(s)
- Pencil and eraser
- Scrap paper for sketching ideas/journaling
- Sanding/distressing tool
- Distressing ink
- Paper piercer
- Craft blade and mat
- Ruler (0r just use the one on your trimmer)
- Your journal or notes you use for journaling
- Embellishments you PLAN to use: brads, buttons, glitter gel, ribbon
- Stamping supplies: stamps you PLAN to use, inks, cleaner
- Patterned paper you PLAN to use
- Stickers/Stamps for creating titles
- Cricut mat? Or other personal items to use on machines
- Cup holder? Not an essential but very handy!
- Water Bottle
Oh NO! I wish I had…
It’s inevitable, at the crop you will wish you had brought something from your stash. Oh well! At a crop challenge yourself to FINISH your layouts using only the supplies you have on hand, or can purchase onsite! This will give you a huge sense of accomplishment when you go home, and layouts can almost always be completed without whatever item it was you thought you needed!
ALICE’S TIP: For versatility on my scrapbook pages I always try to use other people’s tools when I’m not at home! Stamp sets, punches, fancy tools that I don’t own, etc. This makes my pages look and feel different without having to spend the money on these tools! Plus it is a great way to test a tool and see if I want to invest in it.
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