Organize Your Stuff Challenge (2010). Week 14. Crop Supplies.

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Posted 4/1/2010 by ~crisann~ in General Scrappin'
 

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Posted: 4/1/2010 8:27:35 PM
Good evening ladies!

This week we're going to organize our crop supplies. Count me out... I don't have crop supplies. This is my week to get caught up.

wookiemouse's blog

two peas thread

Question of the week: Do you go to crops?

[will add links for past weeks]

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Posted: 4/1/2010 9:02:43 PM
I go to about 2-3 crops a year. My paper is organized in totes. My tools are in a basket I made to hold silverware. I also try to make as many page kits as I can before I go to a crop. These are stored in 12X12 boxes and carried in a rolling tote.

Ms. Liz
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Posted: 4/1/2010 9:10:01 PM
I don't often go to crops, but when I do, I just bring a few page kits with me. They're so easy to put together. When I get my prints enough for a dozen or so LOs, I sit down and decide on the basic designs and then

1.) select the papers and cardstock I want to use. If I need to use any paints or inks on my papers, I do it now.

2.) prepare materials for titles and journalling. If I need the computer for any print jobs, I do it now.

3.) gather embellishments and shove them into a ziplock. If I'm creating a special embellishment to include (like a stamped image or a paper piecing,) I do it now.

At home, I keep the kits in a drawer, and I work on them as I get to them. So it's really easy to quickly grab what I need to go crop elsewhere. And when I get to the crop, I show up with a tote of 12 x 12 kits and a bag of tools. I spend the night just cutting ang gluing rather than fussing with my embossing powders and other messy (but fun!) projects. There's never enough room at a crop for the messy projects.

It works for me because I don't feel I need to bring everything I own, but I still feel confident that I have what I need.

weaser
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Posted: 4/1/2010 9:44:17 PM
I rarely crop at home. I usually go to 1-2 crops a month and 1-2 retreats a year. So my stuff usually stays packed between crops. So not much to do this week.

I used to make page kits for crops, that was before we added child #3 to the mix. Now I just make sure that I have pictures to take! I do think that with this challenge (the entire challenge, not just this week) that I'll be more organized and better prepared to take my stuff to go.

Nantini
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Posted: 4/1/2010 11:08:42 PM
I don't do crops either, but I do need to catch up on some things.

artist-ju
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Posted: 4/1/2010 11:22:33 PM
This is an area that I think I will struggle with because I was invited to a retreat at the end of this month and I'm the kind of person that likes to bring everything just in case, but I really would like to be organized with page kits and less supplies. My friends really groan when they come to pick me up because I usually have so much stuff but they sure love it at the crop when I have something that they forgot. I think thats where most of the problem lies because I also like to share my tools and supplies with close friends.

QOTW: My friends and I try to get together once a month to crop and now we get invited to a retreat once a year.

elinemom
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Posted: 4/2/2010 2:46:45 AM
I've just recently started going to crops. Since the end of January I've been to two. It's been fun to meet other scrappers in real life, as none of my friends scrap. But I haven't honed my packing skills...

I've read about making page kits, and seen videos about making page kits, but have yet to make a page kit myself! I receive a monthly kit, so what I have done in the past is to shove a couple of months into my bag, add some embellies and tools and go to the crop. I would like to be a bit more organized!

That said, since I don't have an upcoming crop just now, I also thought I would go back and try to get a handle on photos. I have actually wowed to stop whining and just get started

pitje
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Posted: 4/2/2010 3:57:45 AM
I almost never go to crops (once in 3 years) so I take a vacation this week, yay! The last two years I took my smal totebag on summer holliday with me. The first year the weather was bad and I did scrap a mini album for the holliday pics. I did not prepare anything just had to do with I threw in there and it worked!! Last year I did not scrap anything we had lots of sun..

Is anybody eating alot of eggs this weekend???
In my husbands family they have a tradition to eat together on sunday evening with the whole family uncles aunts cousins everybody is there (about 40-50 people) and they cook 250 eggs. It's sort of a contest who eats the most eggs. Mostly my husband wins the special trophy they made for it. The most eggs that where eaten was a few years back my husband got 31 eggs but did not win because his cousin eat 32 (mind you this only take about 20 to 30 minutes )
anyone else having strange easter traditions???

Kris74
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Posted: 4/2/2010 8:07:19 AM
Morning!!!

I go to 2-3 overnight retreats per year and I pack a LOT!!
But I think I am pretty organized.

What I have:
- page kits in a big tool box tote I have. When I scrap at home the pages kits live in a large basket on the shelf. I have one basket of these all coordinated with the pictures already. The album/pictures I want to use the papers on are on a post it and the pictures have a post it that says "paper" so I remember I have something picked out.
- traditional toolbox ($5 on clearance!!) filled with tons of embelishments etc. This toolbox is always packed and I go through it every other month or so to reorganize.
- tool caddy with tools, my ATG, pens etc.

My issue is my usual procrastination when packing up and adding too many "just in case" projects ... which of course I never get to because I'm too busy visiting

Re Easter traditions -
We take one hardboiled egg and smash them with each other to determine whos egg is the strongest.

Pitje - Interesting tradtition!! I don't think I'd be entering that contest, but good luck to your DH this year!!

elinemom
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Posted: 4/2/2010 8:49:23 AM
Pitje, we were just now eating eggs, but not such quantities! Is that a contest/tradition just in you husband's family, or a broader dutch tradition?

Kris, I like the "strongest egg" contest. Funny!

I have gotten one step closer to organizing crop supplies, as I cleared out my pantry/storage room today. Found my crop backpack, and moved it into my space...

Nantini
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Posted: 4/2/2010 9:32:05 AM
Too many eggs = gas. LOL


angel97701
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Posted: 4/2/2010 4:26:10 PM
Before last Sept I used to go to crops about 3 times per year. We brought home our two boys from Russian in Oct last year, so I'm not back in to the swing of things. I did go to our closest CK convention, but planned on working on finishing up kits and making valentines day cards.

I have my tools in an AMM tote, and my mom made me a drawstring bag that fits over it while it is loaded. That stays on my desk while I scrap and is easily transported to crops. I have a Crop in Style Navigator, XL rolling tote, and a P3 tote (the one that expands and has 10 12x12 trays) that all get loaded when I go on a major 2 or 3 night retreat.

I have done the page kit planning for about 3 or 4 years, and it definitely keeps me from packing absolutely everything. But I still take along a variety of alpha stamps or theme stamps that will work w/ the pages in question. I also take all of my Quickutz because we always share around as needed!

Eclectic_Stuff
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Posted: 4/2/2010 4:47:22 PM
I'm always packed. Its like a crop at home minus the people. I guess this is the week I get my totes organised so I can go to a real crop. I've been to a couple and accomplished almost nothing but I had everything. Too much socializing!

After stamp week I've reclaimed my large tote. I like to look at the empty space, not useful, but satisfying. I hate to actually put anything in it.

I have to admit that after emptying the tote and cleaning the stamps I fell down on the labeling. At least everything is together now. Acrylics in a zippered binder and the rubber, foam, roller and other misc stuff in a shoe box. I had to keep the shoe box as some of the foam ones wouldn't fit in the CD boxes. Disappointing

There was a suggestion on in the original thread that since most people don't have a lot to do this week that we actually crop - you know like scrapbook, not organise. Would anyone like to do this and post their layout?

Scrappnbee you're doing great with your layouts. I loved all the stamping on the last one!

Abeatt
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Posted: 4/2/2010 5:06:48 PM
I do not crop outside my home, so a free week for me! That being said, my daughter commented the other day that I have been diligently working on this challenge since day one and my room doesn't look any better. Sadly, it's true. I have emptied out every drawer into containers in the middle of the room. I seem to have to made the biggest mess possible in working toward the goal of eventually being organized. I am not defeated, however, and will continue working this week on my many unfinished tasks.

I do not boil eggs to dye for Easter anymore since my baby is now 20 years old (I miss those days of dyeing, hunting, fixing baskets, etc.), but I do make deviled eggs for Easter dinner. I love the whites of hard boiled eggs but I don't think I could enter an egg eating contest! Pitje, so is the hosting family in charge of purchasing and boiling all those eggs? Is there a dinner involved or just egg eating? It is truly interesting to read about different traditions.

Angie

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Posted: 4/2/2010 5:23:00 PM

Question of the week: Do you go to crops?


Yes, I do go to crops but not often enough to justify all the bags and totes I have purchased to go to these things. I have enough bags to fit most of my stuff. Of course it would take two men and twelve trips to my car to get it! Perhaps it is time to let go of some of my precious bags.

Kris74
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Posted: 4/2/2010 7:56:49 PM
LOL Nantini!!!

elinemom
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Posted: 4/3/2010 4:49:35 AM
I've updated my blog (hah, it's a month since last time!) with photos from Week 13-stamps

Today I'll be busy putting wall paper up in our living room. Wish me luck!

luvs2lilboyz
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Posted: 4/4/2010 10:28:21 AM
Yes, I go to crops. Once monthly...sometimes twice.

Too much stuff. Re-organized down to one AMM totally cool supply tote, an Artbin full of cardstock and an Archiver's bag. I'm only taking the things I need to complete the LO's I have planned. Usually I have to come home and add embellishements, but that's okay with me. The base of the LO is finished, that's what matters to me.

pitje
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Posted: 4/5/2010 5:32:18 AM
shalom, for He is rissen!
We had a great easter weekend, hope you all did.
My husband won back the trophy and is egg champion again this year with 23 eggs. I stopped at 6 this year, my personal record is 13.
Abeatt: It is a bread meal (so not only eggs). The hosting family (this year at my PIL, hope that is the correct title)does the shopping and one uncle is alway's in charge of boiling the eggs, they have to be soft boiled. (try to eat 23 hard boiled eggs.....)
Oh and what are deviled eggs??
Kris74 during the meal you may crack your egg on the head of someone sitting beside you, (so do be careful who you sit beside )
elinemom: I've heard it is tradition in more places, mostly in the east of the country.
After the meal when it's dark outside the whole family goes to a bonfire.
Nantini:...... yah, that is a nasty side effect.....

LilacGal
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Posted: 4/5/2010 6:16:25 AM
What exactly are crop supplies? The last one I went to was Aug 09 and I just put what I wanted to bring in my tote. I guess the tote is a crop supply...bam! I organized my tote by sitting it in my closet. Woohoo! That was the easiest challenge to complete so far.

I'm still working on my ribbon. I'm down to my last four or five dozen to wrap. Then, I'm going back and catching up on the weeks I missed when life hit me in the face. I've got I think four weeks I missed. Yikes!

I do go to crops but not very often. I might go to a Sat night one at my lss this summer if I'm not on vacation somewhere. I hate packing all my stuff up. I always forget something I need. I like the comfort of my own house. I bought a second desk so if someone wants to scrap with me, they can. Anyone want to come over?

artist-ju
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Posted: 4/5/2010 4:39:36 PM
I'm still cataloging my stamps, still on the wood mounted ones. Very ...tired... of ...stamping...Any ways I'm going to do my crop supplies closer to my weekend crop time. I think that will be easier to do it then, plus, I won't have much to do in the next couple of weeks because those areas are pretty much organized already.

Brenda in SunnySoCal
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Posted: 4/5/2010 10:43:52 PM
Hi Ladies! since I started this challene last year with the original one, I just finish my studio re-do, here's a link to the pics here at 2peas: part 1 and part 2 this is the link to the pages on my blog which have more detailed descriptions
hope you like it!
Brenda

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Posted: 4/6/2010 3:35:01 AM
Hi all!

I did have a nice Easter weekend. I spent time with my parents, my in-laws, some friends... not all together though, so it was a very busy two days. It however did NOT involve the egg eating contest Pitje was mentioning LOL. I live in the northeast of the Netherlands and don't know anyone who did.

I have a 'easter branch' inside every year, that's a tradition in my family. You put the branch in a vase or large planting pot and hang it full of painted eggs and easter themed ornaments. Like a Christmas tree but on smaller scale. I will take a picture and try showing here.


As far as the QOTW: I don't go to large retreats, since they are not very common here in the Netherlands. I know some people rent a small cabin to go cropping with friends that scrap, but I haven't any scrapbooking friends around here so I don't. The cost of the few large organised retreats I've seen are to high for me to attend. I do sometimes go to a friend to make cards together. I bring some scrapping supplies with me to use.
I have a rolling tote. It's not an official scrapping tote but it works for me. I have duplicate scissors, rulers, krafknives, a small papercutter and adhesive permanent in this tote, along with pens and some small amounts of ribbon, binding rings, etc. I store my foamstamps in it because they fit in, I don't use them often and I don't have another good place for them. When I go out I simply didge the foamstampboxes, put in some prefolded cards, papers, inks, stamps, embellies and sometimes a larger tool like the big bite or QK sqeeze and go.

I do have a AMM totally cool tool, it holds all my brads and eyelets, my Bind-it-all wires (and any wires and covers from old spiralbound notebooks, calenders etc. that I reuse with my BIT). It also holds my Cuttlebug plates and the few dies (all brands, but have not that many) I own. It will get a permanent place in my newly organised room, for now it stands in a corner waiting for better times.

I did once travel from my place to the other side of the Netherlands by train, with my heavily packed rolling tote. I had to walk 20 minutes from the trainstation to the place I had to be. it was a old part of the town, with all sorts of bumpy pavement. It was not a pleasant travel. So in future, when I attend something that involves traveling with a rolling tote ,I will make sure to have someone to bring me by car.

dulcemama
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Posted: 4/6/2010 9:57:04 AM
Well, I don't go to crops but this seems like a good week to make my confession... I have completely fallen off of the organizing wagon (anyone notice I had gone missing the last few weeks?) My room looks awful. And it all started when I was feeling inspired and started working ahead a bit. The next thing I knew I had all manner of things out of their sorted boxes and on my work space...which is heeped quite high with all manner of suppies again, just like when I started.

I am trying to get back on board and I am going to spend this week getting all my stuff sorted out again. And Damn! It's hard not to shop! I've fallen off that wagon several times as well. Amazing I haven't broke any bones with all the falling off and climbing back on that I've been doing.



elinemom
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Posted: 4/6/2010 1:57:58 PM
Hi Bonnie! Welcome back!
Now, I'm going to steal a line from Flylady - You're not behind, just jump in where you are. It sounds cheesy, but it's just so true. Don't focus on the things you haven't done in the past, rather focus on what you can do today to make a difference.

I just started back at work after the Easter holiday today. So, not much organizing done so far. The only thing I have done is put together a kit for a layout (two days ago).

I need to buy albums for my photo organizing, but haven't gotten to that yet.

elinemom
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Posted: 4/6/2010 2:00:29 PM
And, Martine, we do the branches inside, too. I love to hear about other people's traditions, how they're similar or different from mine

artist-ju
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Posted: 4/6/2010 11:26:15 PM
hilde,

I was just going to quote Flylady as well. Whenever I get overwhelmed I just start with 15 min of doing stuff or only do 10 things at a time. Small amounts.

ScrappnBee
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Posted: 4/7/2010 10:26:29 PM
Congrats on 6 eggs Pitje! I could'nt do it. THanks Eclectic Stuff!
Just got back from Easter in Monterey CA with my BIL & family (as my SIL became a Catholic on Saturday).

QOTW: I crop at least once a month! (and have the 3 crop bags to prove it!)

I try to preplan, but socializing usually halves the ammount of work that I actually accomplish.

Unique easter tradition: our easter bunny leaves eggs in the backyard with money...and our hard boiled eggs become texas breakfast (southern living recipe for egg gravy w/ corbread). SIL has easter bunny hide the baskets (which are wrapped in cellophane).

McLisa
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Posted: 4/9/2010 1:58:12 PM
I'm with crisann this week ... I don't attend crops.

My Crop In Style Navigator is only used when I scrap at a friend's house. It usually sits empty, but right now it is holding a bunch of cookie sheets needed for an upcoming project. I just pack a few projects and some tools/stamp sets I know she doesn't have and I'm off.

But it feels really good to cross another week off my list!

toodiefroodie
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Posted: 5/2/2010 7:03:22 PM
QOTW: Nope, I don't go to crops anymore. There isn't anywhere to go to!!! But before I moved here, I went faithfully and my friends and I had a blast.

So, this week I have nothing for the challenge to organize. Which is ok, because I will be able to get a start on next week's challenge since I am behind due to starting this challenge just a few weeks ago!
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