You can get a lot accomplished at a crop night, if you go in with a plan. I typically start preparing for a crop night about a week prior. Here are my steps:
- Look at my list of scrapbook layouts to do and decide which ones I'll work on that night.
- Gather all of the photos for layouts and organize (or have them printed in the correct sizes if that is not already done-I'll share my easy photo organization system in another post).
- Begin selecting cardstock and patterned paper to go with the layouts.
- Find the embellishments, stickers and ribbon that will add finishing touches (I do not include small embellies-buttons, brads, etc-that's a different step).
- Organize each layout's items behind dividers in my Crop in Style paper taker.
- Look at my button and brad organizer and make sure it is stocked with colors to compliment my layouts.
- Pack it all up in my Crop In Style tote.
- Check my crop tote and make sure it is restocked with adhesive and writing tools.
- Ready to go!
My crop tote is always stocked with my basic scrapbook tool kit:
-12" Trimmer, I use this one:
this American Crafts adhesive-which I am loving:
-My file set:
Cutterbee Scissors, they are super sharp and non-stick:
ruler, these are great for lining up letter stickers and placing titles:
-Self healing Cutting Mat, this is optional, but I'm a messy scrapper-I use a Martha Stewart Mat:
Creative Memories cutting tools, adhesive pop dots, twine, corner rounder, paper piercer, and Crop-a-dile. Some might say that I overpack. :)
Last but not least, don't forget your cup with a lid! Nothing is worse than working hard on a layout and then ruining it when you knock over that can of Coke!
This was my favorite mug (Chatterbox Scrapaholic), sadly it is no longer available. I am desprately searching for a new one-let me know if you see one.