1 – A warm-up exercise
Getting started can sometimes be the hardest part! If you find yourself discombobulated or running out of steam, make sure you bring something that is super easy to make, a little start-off point to get you going.
2 – Something you want to finish
Bring something you really want to finish. That way, if you are running out of ideas or motivation, at least you have one project you can get on with.
3 – A plan!
Your head is full of ideas and projects and creativity, I know. But make a list of things you want to accomplish, and what you want to craft; a list of layouts or cards, a list of stories or projects, make some quick notes and bring them. Once you sit down and have all those fun distractions around you, you might forget what you came there for!
4 – Photos
This might seem too obvious, if you are a scrapbooker. Of course you will bring photos! Just… don’t forget them. That will make things very sad. Oh, and remember to order photos in good time before the crop!
5 – Small craft tote, or container, for your crafting space
Let’s face it, the desktop area you’ll have to craft on will probably be very limited. There might be space under the table for bags and boxes, but reaching down there every time you need a tool or embellishment is a pain. A small craft tote or something like a basket where you can store those things will help you keep your designated desktop area clutter free, as well as keeping things you need close at hand.
6 – Basic tool kit
Yes, BASIC tool kit. If you haven’t used your eyelet setter in a year (or five), don’t bring your eyelet setter! Bring your good scissors, your paper trimmer, good adhesive, favourite journaling pens, baby wipes, black ink, but maybe leave your specialty items at home. Bring things you use.
7 – One big basic scrapbooking kit
Make a simple but complete kit. Decide how many projects it should last for. Maybe five? Maybe ten? Put in white cardstock if you tend to use that a lot. Pick things in colours you would usually gravitate towards, which will probably make it easier to incorporate any new goodies you buy when you are at the event.
8 – The little magic box of your fave selection
Yes, you will probably buy all new shiny things when you are there, but bring some goodies you love, the ones you tend to use most often. If there is a washi tape you almost always use, or an ink you splatter on everything, or cute wood veneer stars that almost seem to glue themselves to your project, put them in a little box, pat it gently and bring it along. You are allowed.
9 – Container for your finished projects
You need to safely transport your projects home. It would be a shame if they got all wrinkled up after all that work you put into them!
10 – A shawl or scarf to keep your shoulders warm
A crafter needs to keep their shoulders warm! Depending on what type of crop you are going to, the venue can be cold or drafty, and no matter what, when you loose a bit of energy and start feeling tired and shivery, a snugly scarf on our shoulders will do wonders. Trust me.
I hope you found this post helpful. Happy cropping!
/Jennie, a.k.a. jenandtricks
p.p.s. This article has also been posted on stuckintheglue.com, a cooperative crafting blog with me and my friend Therese. Wanna see more? Hop on over!