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Packing For A Scrapbook Crop

Updated on May 3, 2015
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Professional scrapbook artist, paper crafter, and author, I have taught people how to make family memories into legacies for 20 years.

There is nothing more fun for a scrapbook artist then to gather with other people who share their passion at a crop event. Being together with people that share your passion for scrapping, nit only is fun, but you will learn so many new techniques and ideas ! But if the thought of packing your supplies and hauling them to a scrapbook event. seems crazy, don't despair. here are the tips you need to be prepared to pack and go to your crop without any anxiety. First timer to seasoned scrapper, here's what you need to know to pack for your next crop.

What Is A Crop

A crop is a gathering of people, often with different experience levels who gather together to spend time creating scrapbook pages. You are given a space of your own to work. They can be an online event, a day event, a weekend event or even a cruise event. Often there are giveaways, games, and food. The event can be themed or have classes. There are often vendors there as sell as swap tables. You pay a fee for the event. Sometimes there are classes or ideas. There are often some electronic cutters and other tools available. Some times there are prizes given away. The point of the whole thing is to have fun and share your love of scrapbooking.

You can expect to pay a fee for a crop event. Depending if you are staying overnight or not, there might be a cost for a hotel room. Food may or pay not be included in the fee, so make sure that you understand what is included in your crop event.

Always carry a scrapbook with you to your event so that the pages that you create will get home as fresh as when you made them

Use a bright washi tape to wrap around your pens or markers. Things get moved around in a crop-you will always know your supplies if they drift around on a work table.

Bring A Pen And Notebook

So the purpose of a crop is to gather together with others and create scrapbook pages. But the most exciting thing about a crop is that you will be sharing ideas and learning new techniques . So, I like to carry a notebook and a pen. You may well meet new people and want to share phone numbers or email addresses. Having that pen and paper will make your event more enjoyable

Mark your inkpads with a dot of bright acrylic paint so there is no mix up

Scrapbook Crop Packing List

Basic Tool Suggestions

  • 12 inch personal paper trimmer
  • Fine tipped scissors
  • Adhesive and refills- carry more than you think you will actually need
  • Straight edged ruler
  • Craft knife
  • Acid free black pen
  • Pencil and good clean eraser
  • Adhesive remover
  • Photos
  • Cardstock
  • Patterned paper
  • Embellishments
  • Title or journaling supplies
  • Craft mat to cover your space
  • Page protectors

Extras If You Have The Room

  • Tweezers
  • Sanding disc, files or emery board
  • Hole punches -1/8 " and 1/4 "
  • Corner round punch
  • Decorative edged scissors

Personalize your crop bag so it does not get lost in the crowd ! Add a vinyl name or some fabric or ribbon to personalize your tote

Have You Attended A Scrapbook Crop?

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Create Your Own Custom Page Kits

You can save time when you go to a crop by creating your own custom page kit. Simply gather everything that you will want to create a specific page. As you get your photos developed or printed, you gather the coordinating paper, embellishments, and whatever else you will need to create these pages. Bag the kits up and you will be saving time and frustration at your next crop

Basic Tool Kit

The list below shows what you will need to bring to your crop or scrapbook class, but here's another way of looking at what you will need. There are so many gadgets and tools for scrapbookers. You can really get crazy over the variety. But look at it this way, every artist needs his/her tools and these are the tools of the trade. Keep these tools packaged together in your craft space. Then you can just pick them up when crops and classes come along. Learn how to pack a scrapbook tool tote. Click here.

Basic Scrapbook Toolkit

  • Cutting mat
  • Paper Trimmer
  • Scissors
  • Paper piercer
  • Straight edged ruler
  • Pencil
  • Craft knife
  • Archival Black Pen
  • Tweezers
  • Hammer
  • Hole punch
  • Eyelet setter
  • Wire cutters
  • Adhesive dots
  • Heavy duty double sided tape
  • Adhesive runner
  • Black and Brown ink pad
  • Chalks
  • Colored pencils

Find out what items may be available for your use at the crop. But remember that there is a group of people vying for the same tools, so you might have a wait

How To Choose A Bag For Your Crop Stuff

Now that you have all your tools and supplies put together, you need a way to get them to your crop event. There are a few things to consider when choosing a bag for your crops.

  1. Always go for a bag that has wheels ! It makes your life easier and your crop more pleasant. Lugging around several boxes in a bin is time consuming and hard to carry. A single bag with wheels is so much easier on the back.
  2. A size large enough to carry everything you will need. Again, it is well worth the investment to have a bag that will carry everything you need in one space.
  3. A bag that is sturdy enough to hold the weight of your supplies
  4. A bag that has sections to carry individual supplies

What Makes A Good Crop

If you are going to spend your money to attend a crop then there are a few things to consider:

  1. What is the fee for the event? How much is it and what are they giving you for the price? Are they offering make and takes, giveaways, games or are you only getting a space to work?
  2. Are lunches and beverages included, available, or are you going to have to bring your own?
  3. How much space are they providing for each participant?
  4. Will Someone be teaching a class at the crop? Is it an extra fee? What do you have to bring for the class?
  5. Who will be running the crop? Are they experienced? Are they promoting any products or lines
  6. Will they have vendors at the crop?
  7. Can a group of us reserve a table together?

Only you can decide if a crop is worth your time and money !

You can find crops in your area by simply typing "crops in (the name of your town, state , or location ) " into your browser

© 2015 Linda F Correa


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    • linfcor profile image

      Linda F Correa 2 years ago from Spring Hill Florida

      I do hope you go ! And let me know about your experiences

    • Akriti Mattu profile image

      Akriti Mattu 2 years ago from Shimla, India

      Wow what a lovely post. Your post convinced me to do it.

    • linfcor profile image

      Linda F Correa 2 years ago from Spring Hill Florida

      They are great fun, give it a try to let me know how your experience was

    • FlourishAnyway profile image

      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      I've seen these publicized but never participated. Now I think I just might have to do it.