Hello everyone! Today I want to share a few tips and tricks about how to pack for a scrapbooking crop.
As I am SUPER EXCITED about going to my first big crop next weekend, I thought I’d do a special Storage Sunday Post. Me and my scrappy homies, Malin and Therese, are going to the Stockholm Scrap and Pearl event! It is basically a Scrapbooking and Jewelry Making Convention, and a huge crop, where they seat about 1,000 crafters each day for three days (here are some photos from earlier events). Amazing! I’ve never been, and Malin and Therese, my scrappy sweethearts, got us tickets as a birthday present! Such an awesome surprise.
This of course brings up the question of WHAT TO PACK, like erhmergeeerrrdh! I have never been to a big crop before, but have had some lovely crafting days with Malin and Therese at their places, and have made little notes every time on a list I like to call: “Scrapbook to go – The ‘I Things Completely Forgot’ list”. So I sat down and tried to make a plan, and my thoughts about packing for this crop centers around:
- Bonus material
- Non-scrappy essentials
- When all else fails
Now lets start to hash all this out! A detailed, printable packing list will be included at the end of this post. Enjoy!
1 – Planning
I now that I am a slow starter even at our little friendly mini-crops, so I felt I need to come prepared. I know myself too well; if I had the option and means to do it, I would probably bring half my stash. But, since I am not likely to scrap any FASTER than I would normally do at home, I can also set up a reasonable goal for how many layouts I think I’ll get done. I also have to take into consideration that I will be VERY distracted by fun people, coffee breaks and shopping! So I will:
- Decide on a decent number of layouts
- Choose my photos (and bring a few spares)
- Make page kits for those photos, so that I bring a fair amount of product
- Bring some journaling notes
The journaling notes, I feel, would be very helpful in case I go completely blank and don’t know what to write. So jotting down some quick thoughts about the photos/events, when they occurred, etc, will probably save me some frustration and heart ache. Making page kits feels like a revolution for me: I don’t NEED to bring half my stash because a good kit and some add-ons will make it fun and easy. I will bring what I PLAN to use. And should I miss something, I bet one of my friends has some, or, dare I say it, I can buy it in one of the shops!
2 – Essentials
Packing your essential tool kit can be as big or as slim as you wish it to be. You can go big and “pack the big’uns”, i.e. your photo printer, Silhouette, Big Shot, paper guillotine, your entire collection of dies just in case you might want to use it, and so on. After all, this IS a hobby with a looot of funky gizmos. It’s all part of the fun! But, I am opting a simple kit of handy tools and essentials, a basic collection that will get me very far. For example: A craft blade and a mat, a ruler, scissors, tweezers, paper trimmer, a corner rounder, my favourite journaling pens, plenty of adhesive, a black and a brown ink pad, ink applicators and my heat tool.
Except my beloved Fiskars paper trimmer, I think one thing that feels important to me is bringing a good amount, and maybe a variation, of adhesive. I want it to be non-messy, quick and durable (I don’t want my projects to fall apart before I even get home!). And thinking practical: bring paper towels, wet wipes and some scrap paper.
See a more detailed list in the printable at the end of this post!
3 – Bonus material
Now, bear in mind that I will already have put together page kits, with papers, products to make titles and matching embellishments. But I know one thing for darned sure: No layout I have ever planned has EVER, ever ever ever (like, evah evah?) turned out like I planned. Because part of what is fun about scrapbooking for me is the artful expression and following my whims.
Hence: I need bonus material. Some extra white card stock, an extra kits of wonderful papers I just love and adore, and a small collection of extra embellishments, preferably recent purchases or favourites. Just to bring some flava-flave, ya’ know?
On top of that: a few selected mists or sprays I know I constantly grab, a couple of versatile and simple stamp sets, a date stamp that I use on almost every layout, a punch or two, some washi tape (probably all gold… you know how it is).
More details in the printable below :)
4 – Non-scrappy essentials
Well, a long day at a crop is not just about the inhaling the scent of glue and paper and craft in a wonderful flow of complete crafting frenzy. You might have a few other needs as well, so maybe bring a few non-crafty goodies as well, like: your phone charger (how else are you gonna Instagram when your phone is dead?!), a water bottle (with a cap. Good crop neighbours don’t spill on fellow crafter’s designated desk space), hand sanitizer, lip balm, hand cream, and of course some snacks to keep your blood sugar up (but please make sure to check for allergy restrictions).
And of course a camera! (Or your smart phone). We are scrapbookers after all. We document life. We even document ourselves documenting our life. It’s a meta thing. Nobody else would understand. It’s ok. We have each other.
5 – When all else fails
So you’ve packed almost everything you need but that ONE thing you ACTUALLY more than need, but don’t have or have never even owned? Or you run out of adhesive? Or you run out of A’s from that one sheet of thickers you brought and can’t make a title? Or you DESPERATELY need a pineapple brad on that corner of your layout?
Here are a few things you can do:
- You can actually add your finishing touched to your project when you get home. It’s all good.
- You can befriend a table neighbour who happens to have a pack of 50 pineapple brads and ask if you can swap it for something else you brought. Maybe you have that exlusive banana brad that your neighbour lacks?
- You can SHOP. If rumour has it that there will be scrapbooking shops present at the event, fear not. This is a bit like going on vacation to a big city somewhere else in the world. They will have shops there. If you are in a sock crisis, you can get new socks. If you are in a pretty paper crisis, you will be able to buy more pretty paper.
I hope this post has been helpful in any small way, and that you take the chance to have a look at the printable that you can download below! If you think I have forgot something completely crucial (which I might have done, probably something obvious that makes me go “DOH!”), say hi in the comments below and let me know! I would love your feedback :)
Download my list here:
Have a great new week, people! On to new and scrappy adventures!
/Jennie, a.k.a. jenandtricks
p.p.s. This post has also been posted on stuckintheglue.com, a collaboration with my friend Therese. Pop on over and have a look!