|Posted: 6/15/2013 12:23:55 PM|Hi Ladies,
I'm going to my first weekend crop next month (Friday afternoon - Sunday afternoon) and I'm planning out my page kits right now. I'm following Glitter Girl's advice Kit Me Up on creating small page kits for each set of pictures I want to scrap. So here's my question: since I've never been to a weekend crop, how in the world am I supposed to know how many of these page kits I should bring? I have page kits for both 1 page and 2 page LO's.
Any help from the veteran croppers is MUCH appreciated!! Thanks!
|Posted: 6/15/2013 12:30:17 PM|
I have never been to a crop, that said I think it depends on how fast/slow you create/work. For 3 days I would plan 5 layouts/day. I would also have a sketch for each kit. This would give you time to finish any layouts not previously done, or any that you got stuck on.
Hope this makes sense.
Loc: Enterprise, AL
|Posted: 6/15/2013 12:30:22 PM|
Well, it depends on how fast of a scrapper you are. A weekend crop is a lot of hours to scrap, so I say take more than you think- you don't want to run out! If it takes you hours to nail down a layout, maybe 5-10 kits, but if you can crank some out quickly you may want 10-25 layout kits ready to go. I find when I kit I finish layouts much faster than starting from scratch at home, so I bring lots. Have fun at your event!
Loc: Pacific NW
|Posted: 6/15/2013 12:37:07 PM|
At the weekend crops I have been to there is a huge variation in the number of pages people get done at the same event for the same number of hours.
Your best bet is to determine how long YOU spend on a LO if you already have a page kit made up- one hour? Two hours? Three hours? 15 min (haha)? Moat people have some idea of how long they take. Then plan out with the amount of time you will be cropping...subtracting of course of socializing, any shopping etc.
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|Posted: 6/15/2013 12:39:33 PM|I take way more than I ever do. However, it depends on how disciplined you are. I go mainly for the socializing...actual scrapping comes in at a close second!
The thing is, if you take a lot of them, if something just isn't working for you, you have more to move on to!
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|Posted: 6/15/2013 12:44:16 PM|
Thanks everyone! I am definitely a planner and when I have a kit already put together for a layout I can work pretty fast. I was working off a kit from a subscription company the other day and I made 3 1page LO's in one day in probably 2 hours, that was amazing to me! If I'm starting from scratch it'll take me 2-3 hours just to make one LO (whether that be a 1pg or 2pg LO) I know I'll be choosing photos, paper and embellishments b/c if I don't I'll end up taking my whole scraproom with me! LOL!
|Posted: 6/15/2013 3:47:57 PM|
How many pages would you do in a day if you were at home? I would make that the minimum. If you think you would do more, than add more kits.
For me crops are social events, and I often get less done there than at home because I'm chatting, and admiring the layouts others are working on. So, if I bring at least my minimum number of kits, I usually get them done to some point.
I generally don't bring all of the embellishments and tools with me, so I don't get layouts 100% complete at a crop. I am generally satisfied to just get the photos on the page and maybe some journaling. I wait to add titles and embellishments until I get back home so I won't have to carry that many items with me to the crop. Sometimes, I just take a singe project or two like using scraps to stamping journaling tags.
Have a great time at the crop!
Loc: Where the polar bears live
|Posted: 6/15/2013 3:57:23 PM|
For weekend crops I usually take with me 30 kits, and will make approx 15 layouts. A friend of mine is happy to get one done. I like to chat whenI'm scrapping, while she can't focus when she's talking.
|Posted: 6/15/2013 4:47:15 PM|
I usually average a page an hour. I make kits with me too for weekend crops. Last weekend I brought 40 kits and did 28 of them so that wasn't too bad!!
|Posted: 6/15/2013 5:08:12 PM|
Well, I am the minority!! I go to several 3 day crops a yr and my average is 80 pages without page kits. I have been know to do over 100. I am pretty focused so I work pretty diligently.
|Posted: 6/15/2013 8:41:17 PM|
I have no idea how many I could do if I just had a day to scrap to myself! With 2 kids and a third on the way I'm really going more for scrapping than social hour. I'm pretty introverted but I'm going with my mom. We used to scrap together all the time until I moved away but we have a pretty good groove together and seem to be able to talk and scrap.
Ancient Ancestor of Pea
|Posted: 6/16/2013 8:26:48 AM|
The last 3 day weekend I went to I completed 68 ( 2 page LOs), that was some years ago and we arrived late Friday around 3 and checked out at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday. We shopped and goofed off too. I was the only person who finished that many. But, its also about how you put your kits together and I've noticed here the systems can very. I like complete pages, nothing to do but put them into the book when I return home. Everything that page calls for has been concerned and created Titles, embellishments, inking or painting has been done and created. I work from my own sketches so I've designed where everything goes and I've attached elements to the page(s) with removable adhesive tabs that I buy from Office Max, they hold things in place for years, so I work off of page kits that I've put together quite some time ago. My scrapping jumps around from events in my life, sometimes to events that happened before I was born. I use 13 x 13 Scrapbook pockets that I have purchased from the Container Store, M's and HL. If they aren't 3 ringed then I punch them so that they can travel in my Generations' zipper binders. I have 4 that I use and fill these with page kits. Each one holds about 20 page kits comfortably, so that 40 pages each with all the bells and whistles to complete that LO.
If the title needs to be cut on the Cameo or Cricut then I do it and attach it with tabs or put the letters in a clear bag and label the bag with a sharpie ( it erases easily later for reuse), I cut my mats or add the paper to the kit and make notes. Every brad, eyelet, embellishment is considered and decided upon that will be needed for that LO. It's counted and bagged as well. Preparation for LOs can take me several days, so I build it into my weekly crafting time as I make kits. I get my creative process and I can store kits for later. I paint, I ink and alter at home. The things I create are ready to go when I get to the crop. After years of doing this I have several kits on hand to work on or to go to crops at will. I can be social and meet people without the pressure of "Needing to get something done" because I will definitely be bringing home some completed pages kits. Preparation keeps me loose and free to enjoy the moment. Good luck with your preparation. No matter how you plan and create just plan to have a good time with your mom.
Loc: Queens NYC
|Posted: 6/17/2013 8:05:25 AM|
a few days before a crop i print out any challenges i want to complete at the crop or i go to pagemaps print out sketches and match the paper, photo and embellies. but them in seperate 12x12 ziplock bags usually i take at least 10 im a fast scrapper and if i know the crop will provide a cricut i bring my fav 3 cartridges for titles, etc.
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|Posted: 6/17/2013 12:45:21 PM|
I go to several 3 day crops a yr and my average is 80 pages without page kits.
Without page kits? Holy smokes! I'm impressed! I'm definitely going to need page kits b/c it takes me too long to just pick supplies to go with pictures and if I wait til I'm there I'll have to bring everything and that's overwhelming to even consider.
Cricutgirlg if I had the time to plan out my pages that well I would def take the same route as you! I'm a very careful planner but I think I'll be going more along the lines of arelys1228.
I'm thinking if I can get LO's knocked out at about 1 per hour, I'll put together 30-40 page kits and then bring a few random photos that look like they'll go with my subscription kits for backup. I know I won't be able to sit for 12 hours straight, I'll have to take breaks and such so I'm thinking that'll be enough to keep me busy. Plus we always have 'that one' LO that gives us trouble and we get hung up on, you know the one.
Loc: in my scraproom in PA
|Posted: 6/17/2013 1:09:04 PM|
A also pack kits. For bulky embellishments, I leave these at home and add these when I return home. I actually find page kits allows me to be more productive and keeps me from over packing. My last 3 day crop I took 30 page kits and completed 27. There are times I don't take photo with me and just place white photo mats where my pics will go. When I return home I go through my completed pages add last finishing touches and photos if needed. One rule of thumb.....don't pack it all, you won't need it all, you won't need it all and it's a pain to haul it all. Remember you can always make the finishes touches at home. Punches are heavy, so punch your items for each kit instead of taking them with you. And if you are going with other scrappy friends divvy up items that can be shared. So you don't have to bring it all.
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|Posted: 6/17/2013 1:37:29 PM|
I pack photos, paper, cs, and flat/integral embellies like ribbon or washi. Anything lumpy or bumpy gets left at home to be added later. On a very productive 3-day retreat I might get 40-45 pages done, typically it's more like 30. I like to take things like a kit for a whole album (i.e. a vacation) because it minimizes what I have to bring, then I[m likely to take a collection kit plus the embellies. For regular LOs I find the kitting process takes about as long as the actual time spent at the retreat...so I figure 40 hours of planning/kitting for 40 hours scrapping at the retreat. And I don't mind bringing home untouched kits, they make great fodder for an easy evening of scrapping with pre-planning done.
Ancient Ancestor of Pea
Loc: East Coast
|Posted: 6/17/2013 2:13:10 PM|
At my last 3 day crop, I got 20 LOs done. This was without page kits but using an entire collection for most of them.
My last 6 hour crop, I got 10 LOs done but I used kits. This really made a huge difference in my productivity and really didn't take more than a few hours to put them all together.
I'm definitely a kit convert now. Pics, papers, embellishments, it ALL goes in the kit. I finish LOs completely at crops. I use a lot of Thickers/letterstickers so I don't have titles to cut or anything. Although my Gypsy and mats do go with me as all my crop spots have a Cricut to use.
|Posted: 6/17/2013 2:49:21 PM|
I would aim for 40 pages kits then just keep going until it was time to pack up for the crop. You could always use the remaining kits when you get back home.
|Posted: 6/18/2013 2:47:46 PM|
I am just like cricutgirlg. That could have been written by me. I get tons done at crops. Plus I can go to a crop at a moments notice. Have fun.
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|Posted: 6/18/2013 3:02:10 PM|
The last crop weekend I went to, I think I got 25 single pages done.
I plan ahead as much as I can, and really try to use the time. I have two small kids at home, and it's hard to get much time there, so I have to take advantage!
Loc: Spokane, WA
|Posted: 6/18/2013 3:25:54 PM|
One tip that has helped me is that I print out layouts that I have posted to my Pinterest boards. I print them in wallet size and put them on a jump ring so that I can flip through for inspiration if needed. Usually there is no cell service at the crops I go to as we get pretty remote. Have fun!!!
Loc: New Jersey
|Posted: 6/18/2013 9:42:48 PM|
Wow, lots of good ideas here! I never page plan and always regret it! And I think it's so nice that you and your mom are going together! But yes, bringing too much or not having it organized means you'll get nothing much done!