I’m Goin’ A-Croppin’ Tomorrow

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Yay, yippee, woot woot!! It’s been quite awhile since I’ve either held a crop or been to one. Actually, this weekend was APPOSED ta be an annual scrap retreat with my mom and 4 friends. But the dear friend who usually organizes it is going through some personal stuff and couldn’t handle the planning this year. I offered to take over the reins but the other girls were gone on a SCRAPPING CRUISE so I couldn’t reach them in time to reserve the lake cabin for the retreat. But since my mom was coming down anyway, I called one of the retreat girlies this week and said, HAY-AYYYYY! Why don’t we just have a croppy Saturday at your clubhouse? And she was all for it. Thus….I’m goin’ a-croppin’ tomorrow. And I couldn’t be happier. Well, okay, technically I COULD be happier. I could already be at a crop RETREAT but let’s not split hairs, shall we?

So it’s about 8:45 on Friday night and I just finished packing for my croppy Saturday. I’m getting pretty good at packing for crops. I’ve learned that it does not pay to take every thing I own. Rather, I figure out 1 big project I want to work on {this time it’s finishing up the Santa Cruz part of my San Francisco/Santa Cruz trip album}, and all the things I need to work on that project. In this case, it’s the 12×12 album with enough empty page protectors to hold the pages I’m going to complete, and an Iris clamshell case with all the papers, embellies, and Thickers I’m using for this album. Then I usually bring maybe 4 or 5 other sets of photos that are of similar theme, colors, etc. and then a paper stack and chunk of embellies/letters that I can pull from for these layouts. For tomorrow, I have photos of a birthday, a bike race (Lance Armstrong’s race came through our area yesterday!), the kids playing with the puppy, and a Superbowl party. Do you see what these event photos might all have in common? Yep, bright mostly primary colors. So I’m taking the American Crafts “Celebration” paper stack that I just got (talked about it HERE), a “kid’s life” stack, several kinds of primary and black or white letter stickers, and a handful of colorful embellies.

The one place I guess I overpack is with cardstock ~ I always pack all 3 Cropper Hopper vertical files full of Bazzill ~ because I cannot STAND being at a crop and not being to find the exact right shade of background cardstock I need. Usually, I take my Baby Bug (little Cricut) and cartridges but decided not to this time. Maybe someone else will bring theirs and if they don’t, I can get by with the Thickers and such that I’m bringing. Finally, and most importantly, I always take my Cropper Hopper Flat Pack and a mini Tote-ally Cool Tote with my often used tools, adhesives, scissors, etc., my 2 Basic Grey Magnetic Mats, and my Ott Lite. This time, I also threw in a few border punches, and my “baby X” Xyron adhesive machine. So, miracle of miracles, I got all my stuff into my XXL, Crop In Style shoulder tote, and a small rolling tote. Wish me luck that I didn’t forget anything crucial! Although the great thing is that, at crops, everyone is more than willing to share anything you might need.

I’m really looking forward to tomorrow. Not just for the creative opportunity to make some fun layouts, and the accomplishment I’m going to feel when I finish my travel album, but the time I’ll get to spend with my mom and my friends, just gossiping the day away, laughing, listening to music, having a nice dinner, and coming home feeling de-stressed, refreshed, and gung-ho to keep cropping in the coming weeks. Going to crops always gets me motivated in my scrapping again and I’m really needing that right now.

Have a wonderful weekend, dearies!

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5 Comments on I’m Goin’ A-Croppin’ Tomorrow

  1. Sherri S
    February 20, 2009 at 10:03 pm (5 years ago)

    That is a great idea to focus on one big project! I wish I was going a croppin! Have fun!

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  2. Sandra Collins
    February 21, 2009 at 1:01 am (5 years ago)

    this post makes me want to pack up all my stuff and go off to a crop myself.

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  3. Julie L.
    February 21, 2009 at 2:43 pm (5 years ago)

    This is totally off topic, well it’s scrap related, but since you’ve tipped me off to some new products at Michaels, just thought I’d mention that my Michaels was putting together a VERY large aisle display of the new paper packs. I had two kids in tow so what I saw was a blur, but there were more packs than I’ve ever seen…Bazzill paper packs, swiss dot, American Crafts, WeRMemory Keepers (papers have been out though), the DCWV (old news on that), K&Company, and MORE. Much, much MORE. There was this new line (g c d), never heard of it. Here’s a link to the one I bought: http://www.g-c-d.com/CollectionsDetail.asp?CollectionsID=28
    The paper is awesome, double sided, etc…
    The paper packs are supposed to be 30% off, but mine didn’t ring up that way, maybe because they new to the stock? Anyway, my gal gave it to me. Okay, had to share my excitement with somebody.

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  4. Christina
    February 21, 2009 at 5:40 pm (5 years ago)

    Have fun at your crop! Hopefully I will be able to attend one next month and I can’t wait.

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