This year I decided to change it up a bit on my cropping plans. I have always wanted to go to a weekend away crop in the mountains, so I got on the hunt last fall using all my Googling skills and found Tasha’s Scrapbook Studio and went to work on getting myself booked. I tracked down some comrades to go with and the countdown was on!! It met expectations, and then some!
I had big plans for all the scrapbooking I wanted to get done. So where do you start? Well, I went back though the photos I had printed and not used from my last crop (in September) and started a list of what I still needed to finish from that crop, which was all 2016 stuff that I just wasn’t inspired to do at the time. I started with that.
Secondly, I listed all I wanted to start. 2017 was busy, including our trip to the UK in April, which I plan to have as it’s own album. I went to town on uploading and printing and got that done in ample time. If you are new to scrapbooking, and especially to planning for a crop, the most important piece to your prep, is getting those photos printed, because, if you don’t, what are you going to be doing anyway???
I also wanted to challenge myself to pack as little as I could, while at the same time being best prepared for 48 possible hours of scrapbooking. Next tip: have lots of adhesive!! I went though about 6 refills and was just about on my last one as the crop closed 🙂 I’m not big on getting super detailed in my planning (some ladies will make kits and pick out papers, etc., that’s just not me), that being said, I do try to envision generally what I will need, for example, I select stamps that I might use, as well as inks that coordinate with any themes I have. For example, my UK album will have lots of greens, browns and reds due to the London colors and the Scottish landscapes so I was prepared for those. I go through all my papers and ensure I’m taking pieces I have purchases specifically for themes/events and away we go.
Here is a photo of my van packed and headed to the Rockies!
I started with finishing up 2016 and getting a few key events done for 2017 before moving on to the UK album start which I did get about 6 pages done of that. Overall, I felt extremely accomplished in what I got done and, more than that, was relaxed, content and inspired to come home and keep thinking about it all 🙂
Here is my work space as I’m working on a dance layout of the twins for 2017. Tasha does an amazing job putting this crop on! The space is great, lots of table room, comfy chairs, an 80s theme and music and amazing food!!
We stayed at the Best Western Pocaterra Inn and it was great! Here is pic of my view as I enjoyed my buffet hot breakfast before beginning a full day of cropping!
We were in the basement but the lighting was still perfect, I didn’t even dig out my Ott Light that I had packed. Ladies came from all over, Medicine Hat, Red Deer, Calgary and more! We all enjoyed the prizes and fun games!!
As the crop closed on Mother’s Day, I was a bit eager to get home to my girls, I knew that’d be excited so I was actually the first to leave, if you can believe it???? We would stay until afternoon on the Sunday but I left around noon to spend the rest of the day with my fam and head out for a Mother’s Day dinner with them. I will soooooooo be going back next year!! She does do a fall crop too, however, that is the weekend of Olivia’s birthday so I will have to pass. If you are interested in Tasha’s crops, check her out here: Tasha’s Scrapbook Studio.
One last stop before hitting the road home, some yummy Beamer’s Coffee of Canmore!
My first love is scrapbooking and as I have seen myself spend more and more time on cards, I have had to do some soul searching and make some decisions about my time. I will be pulling back on offering card classes in order to spend more time on “me” and my “therapy”. I also have struggling to devote as much time as I would like to my Bible art journalling so that is also going to be pulled more to the forefront of my craft space.
Remember, when you turn your craft into a job, be sure to do what you need for you and don’t forget why you started! Follow your passion and your heart.
A very special thanks to Tasha for a great weekend! Thanks to all my scrapbooking table mates and to all the new friends I met over the weekend!