Preparing for Crops

 

Weekend scrapbooking crops are the perfect venue to learn new techniques, get inspiration from fellow scrappers and experiment with new tools.  The organized get-togethers are exciting and informative, but they can also be intimidating for newbies.

Depending on how large of a crop you attend, you could be looking at scrapbooking with hundreds of other memory book builders.  In order to keep the event running smoothly, there are typically quite a few rules to consider.  When I attended my first crop the following ditty circulated around the ballroom.  It was discovered on Scrapbook.com and speaks to the unwritten rules of mass cropping sessions:

The Unwritten Rules of Cropping Sessions

  • All space is on a first-come, first-serve base even if sharing a table with other fellow croppers.
  • All croppers must take at least a two hour break after arriving before starting their first LO.
  • Always ask permission before scrap-lifting.
  • Scrap-rookies are allowed to monopolize a scrapper snob’s time to overcome their crophobia.
  • Scrap-rookie should bring all their cropping supplies and tools.
  • All iPods and MP3 players must be fully charge and loaded with favorite songs to keep croppers happy and inspired.
  • Croppers have the right to adjust their iPod/MP3 volume to block out excessive bragging or talking from others in order to concentrate on LOs.
  • Only 50s and 80s music will be allowed as background music at the crop to bring on flashbacks for a desire LO.
  • Scrap-less gowns are acceptable attire. Extra discounts and prizes are given when wearing theme clothing for crop.
  • If children are present, they will be given a puppy dog and a Starbucks drink.
  • No pets are allowed expect in photos and must be in LOs at all times.
  • Spouses or significant others are only allowed to help carrying in cropping totes and supplies and making a Starbucks run for loved one and their fellow croppers.
  • Complaints about spouse or significant others are allowed to relieve stress in hopes of creating a LO.
  • Shouting for joy is acceptable when finishing your sixth LO while others are still working on their first LO of the session.
  • Scrap-apathy is allowed when a scrapbook project is finished during the time of the crop session.
  • Page prig is not allowed (no snippety when a page suggestion is being offered).
  • Scrapper snobs must refrain from scrap-booing when they are unable to finish their first LO as they are helping the scrap-rookie overcome their crophobia.
  • Scrap-looking is encouraged as a source of inspiration.
  • Croppers must be shabby chic at the end of the crop.
  • Scrapaholics are always welcome to crops.
  • Always remember page completion, not perfection.
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Michele Cheplic

About Michele Cheplic

Michele Cheplic was born and raised in Hilo, Hawaii, but now lives in Wisconsin. Michele graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in Journalism. She spent the next ten years as a television anchor and reporter at various stations throughout the country (from the CBS affiliate in Honolulu to the NBC affiliate in Green Bay). She has won numerous honors including an Emmy Award and multiple Edward R. Murrow awards honoring outstanding achievements in broadcast journalism. In addition, she has received awards from the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association for her reports on air travel and the Wisconsin Education Association Council for her stories on education. Michele has since left television to concentrate on being a mom and freelance writer.

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