You all didn't seriously think I went to a weekend crop and only came away with 12 cards now did you????
First let me start by saying, I had a lot of comments about the amount of "stuff" I took to the crop. So I thought I'd share with you the "anatomy" of packing for a crop. And in case I didn't make it clear, this particular crop was a full weekend getaway - starting at noon on Friday and running until 5 p.m. on Sunday (although we left by 2:30 on Sunday - my ride had a dinner to attend!)
Bag #1. The Xyron 900 on the top of Bag #1 was something I took to sell in the yard sale. I haven't used it in years - it was great back in the days of school projects, but has sat in a closet since. I'm happy to say, it went home with a new owner.
In the bag itself is my baker's racks for holding tools and such, my cup holder/trash can that attaches to the table, my Epson PictureMate 4x6 portable photo printer, my Xyron 250, a blanket for when the ballroom gets cold (it does!), a plastic cloth for covering my work when I leave at night - basically all the odd bulky things that don't fit in with scrapping supplies.
Bag #2 is a small tote filled with mixed media supplies - inks, stamps, brushes, mod podge, etc.
Bag # 3 is FOOD! 8 bottles of water, apples, peanut butter, clementines, almonds, dried mango, oatmeal. (and my "Twelve" egg crate of embellies sitting on top of the water bottles). Some of our meals were included in the weekend, some not. And since I'm trying to eat healthy, I needed snacks that would keep me going.
Crate #4 - believe it or not, almost everything in that crate was for a single project... Rachel and Becca's "School of Life" albums for grades K-6. I figured since they are graduating high school this year, it's high time I got this project underway. In the crate - two unopened 12x12 dark green Dalee albums, a few pouches filled with school themed scrapbooking stickers and diecuts, two 12x12 clear expandable envelopes filled with all of the layouts I've already made that belong in these albums, and then all that stuff turned sideways... is 8.5 x 11" envelopes filled by grade with all their memorabilia (school photos, report cards, awards, papers, etc.).
Bag #5 - several 12x12 paper "stacks", a couple of magazines, idea books, my "Twelve" binder, etc. Oh - and squished there between bag #2 and bag #5, my pink "Tote-ally Cool" tool tote which holds my trimmer, ATG gun, scissors, pens, other adhesives, cropadile, corner rounder, tiny attacher... you know, all those things you just can't scrap without!
Bin #6 - large punches
Bag #7 (inside crate #8) - all this is a bunch of miscellaneous papers, stickers, and embellies for the yard sale. And everything in there that I didn't sell was donated to charity at the end of the crop - that bag came home EMPTY!
Crate #8 - other than the bag above, the rest of this crate is filled with page and project kits - basically everything I hoped to work on and accomplish during the crop.
Bag #9 - clothes! Jammies and slippers for at night and two days worth of clothing changes and toiletries all in a relatively small duffle bag - obviously my wardrobe was much less important than my "stuff"!
#10 - the only item not pictured - my computer! Laptop goes with me to crops too! And that bag also carries my p&s camera, cell phone charger, external hard drive, power strip, journal...
So you see... not really so much stuff when you see how critical it all is to being able to crop the weekend away...
And without further ado... what I did...
1. Twelve Cards!
I swiped everyone's photos from their blogs and then where I had them, I used those cute little colored faces from Mel's coloring exchange.
Hey, Kai - when you do yours, can you send me one???
Melissa - this tracker layout for my "Twelve" class (the chart was created by a fellow class member and I just printed it out and trimmed it down to fit). I can mark off as I create the layouts... how many of those little circles do you think I'll have filled in by the end of the year???
8. Got the foundation done for two School of Life albums and a few interior pages... but I haven't taken any photos yet, so that will be fodder for another post!