Maximize Your Cropping Adventures


Organized scrapbooking crops are not cheap. However, the memories you can make at them are priceless, which is why it pays to experience at least one or two in your lifetime.

In order to make the most of your cropping weekend adventure, it’s important to get organized, so you don’t waste precious time while you are surrounded by inspirational scrappers. Remember to pack your papers, embellishments, adhesives and tools. In addition, you may want to bring along a cushion to sit on. Some crops offer comfortable ergonomic chairs with padded seats, while others simply provide metal folding or banquet chairs.

Food and beverages are included in most crop weekend packages; however, when it comes to snacks the line can be a bit blurry. Some groups have strict rules about bringing your own snacks to crops, while others encourage participants to bring their favorite treats. If you are bringing your own snacks or beverages, be sure they are self contained. Covered cups are recommended at cropping tables so papers, photos and albums are protected from spills.

Other extras that you may want to pack in order to maximize your cropping weekend include lights (you can bring along a lamp and your own extension cord) and comfortable clothing. I’ve seen some women crop in their pajamas though your best bet is to dress in layers or bring a sweater in case you get chilly while you are crafting your albums. Depending on where your crop is being held, you may be able to adjust the thermostat in your area. However, keep in mind that there will always be someone who is cold while you are sweating bullets, which is why it’s wise to dress in layers, so you can add or subtract clothing as necessary.

Finally, most crops allow you to bring along an iPod, provided you listen to it with your headphones set at a volume that doesn’t distract others in your area. The majority of crops I’ve attended have a six-foot table set aside for each crop participant. If you are listening to music, be sure that it doesn’t bleed beyond your personal work space.

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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.