How many bags would you be taking to a 14 hour crop?

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Posted 2/22/2013 by mamashosh in General Scrappin'

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Posted: 2/22/2013 10:47:37 PM

am packed for a 14 hour crop tomorrow, and I am, as always, overpacked I am sure.

I have a rolling tote, a backpack, and two smallish shopping bag sized totes (and of course my handbag).

I know some people will come with more---some roll in shopping carts full of things (like the kind of shopping carts that stores use) as well as rolling totes. But I always wish I could be one of those people who packs light.

So how much would you be carrying?


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Posted: 2/22/2013 10:51:34 PM
Too many!


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Posted: 2/22/2013 10:52:22 PM
I usually pack about the same amount as you. That is "packing light" for me. I have started forcing myself to pack no more than I can bring in/out in 2 trips. I do have a really nice small flatbed cart, and when I use it, I make just one trip.

also depends on the size and space at the crop. If I know the crop is crowded and space small, I TRY to plan and only take a few things, but I ALWAYS overpack....


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Posted: 2/22/2013 11:01:19 PM
One day? Shoulder bag of page kids (or shoulder bag with one Iris box). Tool tote, the Tote-ally cool one. I used to carry tons, but I can't do it anymore. For a 3 day retreat, I'd take a rolling tote and a bagged Cricut. Fotta do some serious preplanning fo rit to work, though.

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Posted: 2/22/2013 11:05:44 PM
I would do my best to use my one shoulder tote and if I were there that long, I might also take my tool turnaround so I could easily access my tools. I'd stick that in a huge flexible tote I own so nothing would fall out in transport. But I try not to crop unless I have a project kit put together, for example, my Disney album is a good thing to work on at a crop because it's about 500 pics going in a simple album with the same color cardstock and minimal embellies.

Sugar Snap Pea

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Posted: 2/22/2013 11:26:20 PM
The good news is that they are only allowing 20 people in a room that easily holds twice as many or more, so I know I will have lots of space. I'm sure I will have a double table to myself.


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Posted: 2/22/2013 11:32:57 PM
I have never been to a crop.. It sounds like a lot of fun! I would love to go to one but I feel like I'm too young for them lol I'm 28 and I haven't really come across that many people my age that really scrap like I do! 14 hrs is a long time for me to scrap lol.. I always over pack no matter what the occasion is! I think if you wanna bring that much and don't mind carrying it all then go for it.. After all you wouldn't wanna get there and later realized you forgot something you really needed


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Posted: 2/22/2013 11:37:27 PM
Jennifer, I think you might be surprised. I have seen lots of women in their twenties at crops.


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Posted: 2/22/2013 11:40:41 PM
Mamashosh - Do they have any spaces left? I think we met at CKU in San Jose

Anyways, I would carry what I always carry, my shoulder tote, my rolling tote and an empty canvas shopping bag since I can never get everything back into the same bags that they came out of.

The shoulder tote has tools and embellishments. The rolling tote, it's a small one, has page kits and inky things.


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Posted: 2/22/2013 11:57:54 PM
Hi Carolyn. This one is sold out, but Scrapbook Island has crops all the time. I am actually meeting a Pea there.

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Posted: 2/23/2013 12:01:14 AM
Two rolling totes and a bag that fits over the handle of one of them. If I have to make more than one trip to load or unload the car, I've taken too much stuff.

I adopted that rule so I'd stop dreading the processs ... and you know, it really does. Plus, I don't end up toting things I don't use.


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Posted: 2/23/2013 12:06:06 AM
Too much! I would bring 1 sterilyte trunk, 3 moderate sized bags

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Posted: 2/23/2013 12:07:02 AM

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Posted: 2/23/2013 12:51:50 AM
I have one bag that I bring to crops. It is a hand held tote. The reason I do that is because I have so much stuff to choose from when I make and design my own pages. There is no way that I can pre plan for crops because I don't know what type of embellishments I will be using for a particular layout. I have an idea of what I want to do, but I always end up with other things at the time of assembly. So I have just decided from now on I will bring kits. That way I can just bring one bag and not have to pack up my entire house!


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Posted: 2/23/2013 12:55:54 AM
Thanks Mamashosh. I thought it would be but had a change of plans over dinner tonight so had to ask. Have a great time!


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Posted: 2/23/2013 7:04:08 AM
For a 14 hour crop I would probably only need 2 bags. I would have a rolling bag with page kits and my sketch notebooks in it and then my tool tote. If I had planned really well I wouldn't even need the notebooks.

Now, when I go for the long weekend crops I have much more stuff!


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Posted: 2/23/2013 7:13:25 AM
2 plus a die cutting machine

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Posted: 2/23/2013 7:19:53 AM
I always take too much but I do limit myself to 2 large rolling bags and 1 smaller one, no matter how long the crop is - 1 day or 3. I preplan layouts and projects but still find it hard to cut back how much I take.


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Posted: 2/23/2013 7:29:07 AM
For a day crop I bring my rolling tote, tool tote, and an over-the-shoulder bag to hold my wallet, phone, water bottle, snacks, etc. I could probably pack less but I like to bring along a bunch of stamps and card making supplies, just in case I'm not feeling inspired by the page kits I brought.

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Posted: 2/23/2013 7:47:11 AM
One rolling tote (that probably wouldn't be full) and my purse. I'm a really light packer!


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Posted: 2/23/2013 7:50:41 AM
I would bring a small rolling tote & the small shoulder tote that sits on top. I pack pretty light for a crop.

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Posted: 2/23/2013 9:09:01 AM
I only need 4.

Tool case tote, one bag of paper/layouts/photos, my laptop and a cooler with drinks/snacks.

I finally learned and accepted that I go mostly to shop, and chat. If I get any scrapping done it's a bonus. LOL!

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Posted: 2/23/2013 9:17:33 AM
1 Rolling tote + 1 Shoulder bag.

As long as the crop was in a SB store/somewhere I can shop while I'm working. If it was not, I would probably bring more...and still feel lost and unprepared while I was working.

Have fun!!!

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Posted: 2/23/2013 9:41:49 AM
That use to be the way I packed. Nearly drag my entire craftroom to a crop. About two years ago I realized it was too overwhelming and I spent more time digging for stuff than creating. Now I narrow it down to one tote and my tool bag. I pack page kits, a few mini albums and that's it. I very rarely pack photos. I usually place a mat of the exact size my photo would be in place of photos. I also stopped packing all of my thickers and focus on the base of the layouts which I complete with title and photos when I get back home. This has also helped with the frustration of getting home from a crop overwhelmed with having to put all that stuff back that I never used. Besides, with conversing and distractions at a crop do we really need all of that stuff.

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Posted: 2/23/2013 11:36:19 AM
I always bring way too much and don't end up using half of my stuff.

I'm going to a weekend crop over St. Patty's weekend and I think I'm going to start prepping now and taking some of the tips others have posted.
Thanks for posting something like this!


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Posted: 2/23/2013 2:08:13 PM
If it is just me, I would bring a shoulder bag, rolling tote and my tool box. Or just pics and my computer and i'll spend the day organizing my next group of pages.

When I crop with my girlfriends that's different because now I'm adding in cricut carts, stamps, embossing folders and embellishments. This would add 1 plastic tote and another rolling bag.
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Posted: 2/23/2013 3:57:35 PM
14 page kits, so one iris case, then my trimmer, adhesive, pens, etc.

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Posted: 2/23/2013 5:39:48 PM
A rolling tote and a small tool bag

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Posted: 2/23/2013 6:08:35 PM
Sounds about right

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Posted: 2/23/2013 7:16:19 PM
I would bring one rolling tote and my 12 x 12 thingie that holds LOs in progress.

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Posted: 2/23/2013 8:28:55 PM
I have my rolling tote, tool tote, and TH cargo case with inks etc, that always go in to crops, along with a project box. there will be more project boxes in teh car along with my quickutz alphas.

I always have too much with me, and I regret it when I have to haul it all back in after the crop

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Posted: 2/23/2013 9:17:00 PM
tool tote, cameo in a tote, rolling crate with everything else.

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Posted: 2/23/2013 10:34:10 PM
Wayyyyyy too many

I am a serious over-packer!!!! I take a three drawer white rolling cart which holds all my embellishments and my embossing heat gun and powders, two three drawer office things with all my adhesives, bling, stamp pads and inks as well as a super super bag created for an industrial type sewing/embroidery machine filled with tools like my Big Kick and nestie dies and embossing folders, my Fiskars cutter, etc. I also have a rolling cart with paper/card stock I then have a large table-top tote with my hand tools ie scissors, adhesive guns, pens pencils, etc I also have two iris totes with my wedding album stuff and smaller snap totes with stamps!!!!

See I told you way overpack!

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Posted: 2/23/2013 10:35:01 PM
And for weekend crops I take my laptop and my Cameo too!!!!!

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Posted: 2/24/2013 1:35:09 AM
Well, I ended up bringing ten page kits and getting six double page layouts done. Four of them were very detailed and elaborate (and emotional--I scrapped the last photos I have of my mother, taken on Halloween 2011 and she died February 2012), and two were very simple.

Leaving my thickers/alphas at home is a good idea. I could definitely put the title in later and that was a big box I brought.

I never touched any of the punches I brought, nor the sprays and only a black ink and a brown ink. I could have left all the sprays and the other inks at home. That would have cut one bag out easily.

I am amazed that someone could fit 14 page kits in one iris box. My kits are huge--I never really know what I am going to use, so I grab a ton of papers and embellishments that just might work. I think this is my biggest problem. An iris box wouldn't hold more than four or five page kits if I am lucky, and possibly only two or three depending on how much I grab

I could never leave my photos at home though. My pages are built around the photos and I need to see the colors and the moods and the layout of the photos to design my pages around them.


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Posted: 2/24/2013 8:21:31 AM
A shoulder bag packed with 8-10 page kits (or one album project), ATG and extra adhesive, trimmer, pencil box of basics and folder with some letter stickers/Thickers.
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Cameo tote
Green apple, protein bar, gum

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Posted: 2/24/2013 8:33:15 AM
I'm packing for a weekend crop right now. I'm planning to scrap a cruise, so all of it is kinda themed. I'm taking paper collections and their coordinating embellishments, a range of CS, one of every Thicker I own , inks, ribbons, buttons, some generic embellishments (veneers, brads, stickles), an iris box of gems, one of pearls and my case of washi. And my Cameo and Selphy. Whew! That's a lot. But it's three days of scrapping so I need to keep the mojo flowing. I'll leave some in the car until I need it.

I'm up for joining the serious overpackers club. For a 6 hour crop, I bring a rolling tote (half of which is filled with my Big Shot, dies and nesties), a tool tote, 12x12 paper taker, and smaller tote. If I go for longer, I consider bringing my Cameo and laptop and more paper and embellishments. I think I need to get a rolling cart.


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Posted: 2/25/2013 7:14:31 AM
2 one for paper and my tools, glue tote

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Posted: 2/25/2013 10:54:23 AM
Just one. No matter how long a crop is, I only take one bag. I can't stand having to make 26 trips to the car just to unload. And then 26 more to re-load.

Pack a few page kits and enjoy the time, especially looking at other peoples work...

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Posted: 2/25/2013 11:31:09 AM
I like to bring a lot of stuff--2 trips to the car.

You should see me pack to go camping. I actually thought about camping near Pine City Scrapbook (Minnesota) so I could camp and scrap in one weekend but decided that would never work.


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Posted: 2/25/2013 12:35:06 PM
For the last 15 hr crop I went to, I only took my XXL rolling tote. For shorter crops, I only take a small over the shoulder tote with page kits and a few tools.



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Posted: 2/25/2013 12:36:44 PM
I try to keep it to one big tote bag.
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