Username Post: preplan pages for crop or not        (Topic#1585247)
mindygail
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Hi! I am going to an expo/crop on friday and I dont have a ton of room to pack for it! I can fit all of my paper that i want into the bag i am taking BUT I have heard alot of people on here say they preplan their pages and only take what they need. What is my best bet for doing this? should i pre-plan and just take some paper or all? This is my first BIG crop!!!
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Mindy gail


 
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I always "preplan" - trying to take only what I need. If you have time to do this, I think it's a good thing. I seem to get more done that way, already having an idea of what I'm doing. I also make sure to bring some extra paper & embellishments that might coordinate with my plans... Have a great time - I LOVE weekend retreats!


 
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Ok I will give it a shot!! It is just a scrapbook expo and crop not a retreat never been on one of those or to an expo should be fun!!!
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have fun


 
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No matter how much I try to pre-plan my pages, I always chenge my mind once I am at the crop!. Still, I take many other papers, ribbons, embellishments, etc. ..or I make cards! Not very good with pre-planning! Have fun!


 
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Are you sure it's a crop?
The expos I have gone to have classes you sign up for, but otherwise, it's mostly vendor booths.
Have you signed up to crop?


I usually plan what I want to work on, and then throw in some extra photos or paper "just in case." I even sketch out my layout, then put everything for that layout in one envelope (with some extra things, if I change my mind).

The crops I go to are a group of friends, so we do a LOT of socializing. I can't focus on planning AND creating a layout AND talking!

I think it is easier to put some effort in planning ahead of time, rather than bringing your entire inventory.
I will typically plan my layouts for a week (or more) before the crop.


 
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I always try to preplan at least a little bit when I go on the retreat once a year....
I put in the photos, layout ideas and supplies that I think I'll need but like Linda, I always end up taking extra stuff!
I guess I don't take everything....that would almost be impossible! I do try to narrow it down, though....

Alison


 
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I usually preplan pages with pics but at a recent crops I have scrapped multiple pages from a single paperpack without pictures but pages that I know I will have pics for of my grandkids. At one I created a gift book for a friend who just had a baby. So I took a paperpack with coordinating printed papers with coordinating solids. The particular paper pack had all the differnet embellishments...chipboard shapes, letters, ribbon, buttons, etc. I made an entire albums with 16 double pages in 2 days. It was awesome!


 
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What I pack depends on the crop.

If I am cropping in a store, I will bring photos and coordinating embellishments. I can buy the rest at the store.

If I am cropping where I cannot purchase anything, I will bring photos, a coordinating paper collection, cardstock, and a handful of assorted buttons, eyelets, brads, etc. Anything I can't finish at the crop will be finished at home.

An expo crop can be a bit of a hybrid. The one closest to me has the crop in a separate building from the vendors. Yes.....you can go buy things if you need to, but it's a hike and it can be overwhelming to shop in a venue that huge. Another expo I attended had the crop area right next to the vendors. Handy, but very LOUD. In a loud area like that, I would feel too overwhelmed to make good choices. I think that for an expo crop, I would pre-plan my pages. Anything I need can still be purchased.


 
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Yes I preplan, even if it's only photos, sketch, papers and a pile of ribbons, brads, stamps etc.

And try to get all the wet stuff done in advance, such as Stickles on alphas, or misting. Packing up wet things is a major nuisance.

It sounds like a lot of fun - enjoy yourself!


 
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gotcha thanks girls!! I (this morning) went ahead and picked out some xmas papers from the pad of paper and paper cliped the photos to the papers.
I am going to have to buy red and black paper for one of the lay outs at the expo!!!


 
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I always plan my pages. I bring an assortment of choices and don't use everything I bring, but I like lots of choices. My embellishments are always in travel friendly storage and I toss those in my rolling storage. If I am going for a long crop, it all goes in my red wagon (Sam's). Since never get through all of my pages, I have started bringing fewer page kits and not bringing as much stuff. The best rolling storage I found ($ wise) was hockey rolling luggage. It held a ton and the wheels were super sturdy.


 
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I try to make page kits that include everything for the page, including embellishments. If I don't get this done I at least pick out the paper for the photos and just take many embellies to matchup there. I have to take so much when I don't make the kits and then I am not productive when I get there - just can't think! I usually take an extra project, like sorting pictures or a few magazines for when I am done with my pages or just need a break..... all can be so intense!!!


 
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I take a couple of pictures and a mix of media, tools, paper and supplies. Once I arrive I feel my way through what I want to scrap and be produtive. I wouldnt call it a kit since 75% of what I bring I dont use. I just have to have a stroke of genious and be without what I need.


 
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I typically only go to three day crops other than quick afternoon crops but I try to preplan paper and ribbon but then I take my clip it up with me with all my embellishments.


 
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pre plan for sure! i do pick the papers for the pics and most likely the sketch too - but I always end up working in two stages: first the background/layering/photo s then embellies. Mostly for the crops, I'd put together kits of the pic+sketch + paper (more than i'll use but some that I think may go with the pic/sketch or coordinate with others). this way I can concentrate on cutting-glueing-chatterin g without having to make hard decisions LOL) then finish embellishing at home, where there's time and space to spread out the possibilities and search out the embellies that match. the key is to enjoy the time))


 
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You will get sooooo much more done if you pre-plan even a little bit; however, I never follow that advice


 
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I try to pre-plan as much as time allows. I bring photos, a couple of different paper choices for each layout, my favourite ribbons, brads, letter stickers, etc.

Then of course my basics like pens, adhesives, trimmers etc. I always bring a black and a brown distress ink pad as a go to for distressing edges.

If I think I'm going to need punched shapes, I try to pre-punch those ahead of time so I don't need to bring bulky punches with me.

I'm jealous...have fun!


 
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two weeks and I have a weekend crop I'm so excited..I'm already packing have my mists stamps and punches ready have a lot more to get ready.


 
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I seriously preplan. I make my own kits with paper, cardstock, embellies, and even a sketch of what I want it to look like when its done. I just have to do the assembly.

Actually, whenever I work on my pages I get them all desgined and then I sketch out what I did and put them in a manila file folder and place it in my projects file. When I got to the last crop I had 70 pages ready to assemble.

Right now I think I have about 10 ready and like to build it up to 40 or 50. Some of the ones now have a lot of detail to be done and lettering.

Usually I can do a page in 15-20 minutes at a crop but sometimes the pages take an hour.

If I'm making letters on my Cricut I make the letters first and lift them onto drywall tape so I can just plop the letters on my layout and they are lined up. Saves so much time.

I take chalk with me to distress edges because that is simple and not messy, rarely take my distress inks unless I need them.

Mostly I take lots of extra adhesives and detail scissors and of course, my pages kits and several packs of black cardstock because I make my mats at the crop.


 
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cool, I need to buy paper @ the expo though.
Some of my pages are christmas related however i do have alot of xmas papers so I could easily plan them out but I never even thought about precutting my titles with my NEW CRICUT!!! Good suggestion!!
THANKS,
Mg


 
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DO NOT be jealous sweetie! It is my first expo/crop and yes I already signed up for the crop from 9am-midnight this FRIDAY!!woo hoo!!!
getting excited!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!
thanks for the great ideas girls!!!


 
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Just a suggestion - If you're planning on buying paper at the expo, bring some sort of paper carrier with you. This way, your paper wont get bent, wrinkled etc. while you're shopping.

Have fun!!


 
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Suggestion for cutting out your titles on your new Cricut - as you know, when you cut the letters are on the mat absolutely perfectly spaced and lined up.

Leave the cardstock on the mat and place drywall tape over the letters. Then lift - you may need to use the spatula that came with your Cricut if the mat is really sticky but you want to get the letters onto the drywall tape in the same position they are on the mat.

If one gets wonky and out of position, since the cardstock they were cut from is still on the mat, just pop it back in and lift it again so it will be positioned.

THe dry wall tape will not feel sticky but it is and nothing else I know of works the same - not even painters tape. I use the fine mesh.

Once you have it lifted, just put it on a piece of copy paper or any paper and it will hold the position of the letters.

You can see through drywall tape so at the crop just figure out where you want the letters to go, apply glue to the back of them (I use Zig pen) and place the trip of drywall tape and then lift hte drywall tape carefully. Your letters will be spaced perfectly and lined perfectly.

I use a ruler to line them up at the bottom becuase you can see through the drywall tape. They will go on perfectly and very quickly.


 
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thanks great ideas however for some unknown reason my ce2 did not come with a spatula/stylus thingy!!!!!! Makes me mad!


 
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oH yes I was told that buy a couple of girls on here and i already have an iris paper holder with my tote bag!!! thanks


 
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Henri would you like to come and make page kits for me I'm terrible at it


 
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I find the page kits really easy but I have a system. I develop massive amounts of photos after a trip and they go in a file with the imbellies and paper if I know what I'm using, otherwise just memorabilia and photos.

I pull one folder at a time and put the stuff on white 12 x 12 paper - not good paper but the stuff that comes in the protective sleeves that I don't use or insdie of the paper pack covers.

Ones I put them on the white paper, then things pop out at me and I can grab patterned paper, cardstock and embellies or whatever else I want to use. THen I play with them until I get a design I want, often by going through the gallery and the file of favorites that I've saved.

THen I make a sketch or take a picture so I remember what it is supposed to look like and on the sketch will make a note to add mats or other simple things. I actually print the picture if I use the camera instead of drawing out a sketch after I'm finished and put that in the file also.

Then it goes in the project file.

You have to keep in mind though Jane that my pages are NOT generally as artistic and pretty as so many. Mostly I'm documenting trips but sometimes I like to get pretty with the layouts of my granddaughter. (Just edited that because I forgot to type in the NOT and that is important. My pages are very plain compared to most!)

IF there are a lot of flowers and embellies I photograph it so I can reassemble it. If it is pretty straighforward and simple I save the ink and just draw a sketch.

Once I get the stuff on white paper, then things jump out at me and its easy to grab paper and things.

If I have the photos in my hand its harder for me to match and visualize. I have to use the white 12 x 12 paper to get an idea of what I'm doing. That also lets me know how many pages the layout is going to be.


 
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I have tried and tried I did gather paper last night and pictures so better then normal but I really can't decide on embellies!


 
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just wondering how your scrap weekend went? did you have an awesome time!


 
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Scrapweekend is this coming weekend and I'll have a blast get to see all my girlfriends that live in WV.


 
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