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Posted 1/15/2013 by juliee181 in General Scrappin'


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Posted: 1/15/2013 3:51:04 PM
My Christmas gift from my husband was a scrapbook weekend. I'll leave home on Friday afternoon and return on Sunday evening. But I'm trying to figure out what to take, how much of it to take, and how to pack it all up. Any advice?

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March 2002
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Posted: 1/15/2013 4:01:24 PM
I try to pre-plan my pages so all I have to do is put them together. I bring a few embellishment basics like ribbon, brads, buttons, alpha stickers, etc. If I forget something, I just add it when I get home.

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August 2002
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Posted: 1/15/2013 4:14:19 PM
When I am going to be at a super long crop I try to pack all pages on the same theme or maybe two themes that relate. For instance, I do tons of Girl Scouts and tons of camping pages, so I take embellishments on those themes, plus lots of browns, greens, blues in things like cardstock, patterned papers, ribbons, etc.


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Posted: 1/15/2013 4:18:43 PM
I take everything I can fit into my car!

I've tried doing the kit thing, but inevitably, I want a button or brad or a strand of ribbon I didn't bring. So I pack a tote and several boxes. Some of the boxes stay in my car in case I don't need them. But I take a LOT of stuff when I go away. I'd rather have too much than not enough.

One caveat: if you're going to a retreat that has a store nearby, it's a lot less pressure to remember *everything* you might possibly need.

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March 2002
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Posted: 1/15/2013 4:21:09 PM
I do page kits. I also have a box of basic tools and embellies that I use most of the time.

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Posted: 1/15/2013 4:25:16 PM
I do page kits as well. Then I take all my letter stickers, washi tape, and mists. I also take extra cardstock. I only use three colors of plain cardstock, so that's easy enough. I used to take as much as I could and found that I wasted my time trying to figure out what to select. Have a great time on your weekend.

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November 2003
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Posted: 1/15/2013 4:30:00 PM
I like to just pack up an assortment of my absolute favourite supplies. I am not a page-planner. Baggies, small jars, etc work well for putting embellishments into. Or small tackle boxes. I try not to pack everything. I find having a limited supply of my faves can be quite inspiring. Even just looking through everything while packing is inspiring!

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February 2009
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Posted: 1/15/2013 4:40:10 PM
I like to make up page kits with everything I need for the pages. I also bring stamps, ink, and any little extras I might want or need on my pages. Have fun!

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Posted: 1/15/2013 5:02:54 PM
depends on how you work, AND how much space you'll have to work in. I take as much as I can fit into my car, including my laptop and my electric typewriter, lol! For me, the whole 'designing' part of the process is what takes the longest, so if I went through the work of making 'page kits' I might as well just make the entire page at home, if you know what I mean. (A point to consider, though- I take that much stuff with me because the place I go gives each person a 6-ft table, and I can pile stuff up around the edges. I'd have a problem with having that much stuff if I only had a 3-ft work space.)

I take a good assortment of rubber stamps, a few colors of ink, a small box of assorted ribbon / floss, a photo box of pictures, and practically all of my stickers, patterned paper, and cardstock (which fits into an Iris cart). I also have my ATG, and bring my main tools in an ArtBin box (adhesive, tiny attacher, pencils, eraser, that sort of thing.)

That way, I can work on whatever I want, type journaling right there, and surf the internet for inspiration if necessary.

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Posted: 1/15/2013 5:10:16 PM
Where are you going scrapping? I'm headed to one this weekend too!
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Posted: 1/15/2013 5:15:42 PM
I also make page kits for, cardstock, and patterned paper. Then I'll usually take some punches,journal stamps, ink, embellies. If I have enough time, I will cut out titles on my Cricut before I go. I only take my Cricut if it is a 3 day crop. I also take sticky notes in case I forget something, I'll tag the layout with the item I want to add when I get home.

I find the best thing about making kits is if I come home with some still to be put together, I can easily grab these to do at home or for another crop. Have fun!


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Posted: 1/16/2013 9:37:46 AM
I am packing for a 3 day crop next weekend. I normally take as much as I can fit in my SUV but this time I am trying to make kits. Or at least have any idea of what I want to work on and just take stuff for that.


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May 2002
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Posted: 1/16/2013 10:06:08 AM
This is what I do,too:

[I take everything I can fit into my car!

I've tried doing the kit thing, but inevitably, I want a button or brad or a strand of ribbon I didn't bring. So I pack a tote and several boxes. Some of the boxes stay in my car in case I don't need them. But I take a LOT of stuff when I go away. I'd rather have too much than not enough.]

I finally realized that my car is a great storage place for the weekend,and I don't have to unload all my scrappy stuff.


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Posted: 1/16/2013 10:16:42 AM
I too take as much as I can fit in my car. I now have to do the kit thing however for scrapping in the RV on our weekend trips. So both work for me. Not sure I will be going to a long retreat/crop in future however, finding that I work much better in my own room, with all my things right at hand. Really no reason to get away. The only reason would be the companionship of some really great friends to scrap with, but unfortunately I don't anyone that wants to get away for scrapping.

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March 2003
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Posted: 1/16/2013 11:15:50 AM
I am a "take whatever fits in the car" gal as well. The thought of leaving anything at home that I might needs sends me off the edge.

Once years ago, I totally forgot all my sticker binders. (YEAH it bothered me so bad I couldn't scrap. I drove home to get them and brought them back to the crop.. LOL (and I don't think I even used them..) how insane is that?


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November 2003
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Posted: 1/16/2013 8:24:55 PM
Have a great time !!!

Maybe we can get together again when you get back.

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Posted: 1/16/2013 9:26:54 PM
IF (big IF) I have time before I go, I try to organize a little. Not make page kits really but organize the photos I want to scrap and papers that might go with them. I've been stuck in the position of making a kit and getting to the crop only to realize that I don't like the stuff I brought to go with that. So I started taking everything 'just in case'.

I realize taking everything isn't the best option either because I spend more time hauling it all in and setting it up only to take it down two days later. So I try to plan a little bit and maybe take a crate with all of my Studio Calico kits in it. Then I have my stack of photos and I can dig through the kits looking for what I want to do. I've got the embellishments and papers all right there. I can journal or cut things on the Silhouette when I get home.

I guess I'm just not a planner.


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April 2003
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Posted: 1/16/2013 10:46:10 PM

I take everything I can fit into my car!

LOL :thumbup2 This is me!! The crop weekend I go to is about 50 women and my friends and I have been going twice a year for about 5 years and its usually all the same women. They all make fun of how much stuff I bring but I am the first person they come to when they need to borrow a tool or something they have forgotten!!


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