Expand your supplies with borrowed stash

Hello friends. Do you remember the early days of scrapbooking? When everything you owned for the hobby fit in one tote and you would dutifully drag the tote to weekly or monthly crops at the local scrapbook store to work? You would plan your purchases carefully depending on what your friends had, if Susie has the oval coluzzle template you would get the heart, you would buy different stuff and you would use each otherstools so everyone had a good assortment to work with. It was so fun because you got to learn and try something new each time (and everything seemed new back then.) Well, our local store closed so for a while we took turns going over to each others houses to work, it was nice but the “craft nights” got less frequent until they stopped all together. Most of us set up tables with our supplies at home or even devoted rooms to our hobby. It was just easier to stay home and scrapbook. The rest of them, not having a place to work and reminder to do it weekly just stopped scrapbooking. Were am I going with this depressing tale you ask? A couple of years ago I met a woman who had a monthly scrapbooking group who met at the church monthly. I decided to join them (It’s where I met Lorainne-AAC co-host 1 in fact) and it was so nice to have a bunch of ladies to scrapbook with again. Last Friday was crop day, my friend Kathy had some stamps I wanted to use and she wanted to use my new Cheery Lynn flourish die. The crop ended up having a late start so Kathy came to my house (which was in chaos BTW) to work. I made this layout using her stamps:

DCF 1.0

This layout cost me 20 cents (the price I paid for a sheet of white cardstock) to make.  If I had to buy those stamps it would have cost $20, I really liked that Prima doll stamp but I know where it lives if I ever need it again just like Kathy knows my stamp collection is available to her whenever she wants it. So the moral of this story…morals?…is to craft with your friends more often, you can share ideas as well as supplies. Buy different things than your buddies have and you can swap them around. Sharing is caring! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Let’s Go To The CROP!

Howdy folks, Just a quick post today as I am getting ready to go scrapbooking today. After seeing many ladies bring everything but the kitchen sink to a crop and not get much done I decided to film a video showing you what to pack for a crop, or at least what I pack and trust me it is still more than you really need. The less you bring the more you will get done! Have a look-see:

 

So here is a list of basic supplies:

Cutting tools: 12″ paper-trimmer, strait scissors, x-acto knife & mat. I don’t worry about punches and circle cutters, if i need it someone else will have one or I can trace something;)

Adhesive: Doublestick tape/tape runner, fine tip glue, glue dots or foam squares. Also I love the Helmar 450 glue if you glue a lot of buttons and ribbons, it is like a cold hot glue ;)

Color mediums: Fine tip pens for journaling, markers, mini ink pads for stamping and distressing (make sure they have a raised surface so you can ink any stamp), colored pencils, chalk *you don’t need all of this but at least have one!

All of the above should go in one bag/tote that is easy to lift. This bag will stay as is, you will only need to add adhesive from time to time.

In another bag keep a rainbow assortment of cardstock and the photos/paper/embellishments/stamps for each project you will work on during the crop and unpack it after each crop and put back what you did not use and put your finished pages (you will have more finished pages with this system!) in albums!

Easy huh? Pack light and have fun at the crop! Happy crafting!

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