Going to an Evening Crop

Once a month evening crops are common.  Some consultants will try to do two evening crops in a month.  Going to a crop is very exciting.  It is time away from your spouse and children where you can explore your creative side.

Going to a crop organized and with a goal in mind will ensure you accomplish more.  Here are some steps to help you achieve a productive evening as well as an enjoyable and relaxing evening.

  1. Sort through your pictures.  Decide which pictures you want to work on and how much you would like to finish in the evening.  Don’t overwhelm yourself and take too many pictures.
  2. As you choose your pictures, think about the events.  Do you have any memorabilia like tickets or brochures etc that you would like to include in your album?
  3. Now that you know what you are working on, think about how you would like your pages to look.  Some people like to sketch out ideas for their pages while other like to layout their pictures on blank pages and go from there.  Use whichever method you feel most comfortable with.
  4. Gather up your supplies.  You will need a type of acid-free adhesive.  The most common is tape runners which can be found at craft and scrapbooking stores.
  5.  You will need to pick out the paper you think you will be using to construct your pages.  Bring along anything that you think you will use or could use during the evening.  It is better to have too much than not enough and paper does not take up a lot of space.
  6. Now get your stickers, embellishments, pens, and letters together.
  7. Bring tools such as a trimmer, scissors and any punches you may need.  Keep in mind that your consultant will have most tools available for you to use and you many not want to pack all of yours to save space.
  8. Last but not least, enjoy your evening.

This may seem like a lot of prep work to get ready to go scrapbook but it really is not as time consuming as it sounds.  This is just a guideline.  Don’t feel as if you have to complete each step to be successful.


Getting Started – Basic Supplies

Scrapbooking is an easy hobby to start and does not have to be expensive. Only a few supplies are necessary to get started and always remember to purchase acid free products. Like with most things, as time goes on, you will find yourself collecting more and more supplies. If you go to a crop, the consultant will have all the basic tools for you to use as well as other supplies such as paper and stickers


There are a variety of styles and sizes out there. The most common sizes are either 8 12/ x 11, 12 x 12 or 8 x 8.  Albums can be purchased in a solid color or with a print on it.  For example, you may decide to do a Christmas album and look for an album that is a Christmas color or has a Christmas design on it.


You could start by purchasing pages to use and then put the pages in an album later.  If you purchase pages you may also want to invest in a storage box the size of your pages to keep them safe and protect them from any damage.

Scissor and trimmers:

Scissors or a trimmer is necessary to crop the pictures.  There is no need to buy expensive trimmers as they do the same job.  Trimmers come in different sizes.  Some are longer than others which allow you to crop larger pictures or cut larger pieces of paper.


You may find you don’t want to just trim pictures using a straight line.  Some pictures look better if they are cropped in a circle or oval.  In these situations you may want to invest in templates.  This is necessary if you crop at home.  When going to a crop the consultant will bring along templates for all guests to use.


Adhesives are used to attach photos to your page as well as embellishments and paper.  There are many types of adhesives such as glue, photo splits, glue sticks, glue dots or tape runners.  Everyone has their own preference on what type of adhesive they like.  Use whatever you feel comfortable with.

Pens and markers:

One of the most important parts of scrapbooking is journaling your pages.  A basic black pen is a good place to start, but as time goes on you will start to collect more colors.  You may want to use red and green for Christmas or orange and black for Halloween.  Other times you may want to use a different color to compliment the pictures or paper on your page.

Paper and stickers:

A wide variety of paper both plain or printed are available at local craft stores, drug stores and even the dollar stores.  The same is true with stickers.  When purchasing either check the label to ensure they are acid free to protect your photos.



First Time Scrap booking

You  have been invited to your first scrap booking class.   It sounds exciting  and yet a little scary.  Going to a scrap booking class  is a great way to get started and learn some basics.

Now to get ready for your first class.  First you will need to pick out 5 – 10 pictures that have the same theme.   For your first class you won’t need to bring a lot of supplies or make a big investment in scrap booking supplies.  You should bring an adhesive, pens, and a trimmer.  If you have any stickers or embellishments laying around the house that go with the theme of your pictures, bring those as well.   The consultant that is hosting the class will have paper and stickers available as well a a wide variety of tools to use.

During your first class, the consultant will explain cropping your pictures.  This is the hardest concept for a beginner.  Cropping is simply trimming or cutting your pictures.  Not to worry if you are mortified at the thought as most beginners are.  Everyone treasures pictures and to cut them seems surreal.  Believe me, the first time is the hardest and it will get easier as you go on.

Cropping your pictures is a process of focusing on the centre person or thing in the picture and removing any clutter that takes away from the main part of the picture.  Sometimes it is as simple as just trimming the edges a bit.  Other times you may want to cut your picture into a shape.  Circles and ovals are popular shapes to use.  How you trim you picture depends on what is in the picture and what the centre idea of the picture is.

After your pictures are cropped, the consultant will show you how to use simple borders to compliment your pictures.  You will then proceed to attach you boarders and pictures to your page with an adhesive.  Now you can complete the finishing touches to your page.  Letters can be used to title the page and stickers can be added to enhance the page.  The final step is to journal your page.   You can write a short story about your pictures or journal under each picture.  The idea behind journaling is to let others know about your page.  When journaling is done properly, a reader can look at the pages and not have to ask any question about what is going on.

After you finish your first class you will be hooked.  You will have a sense of accomplishment and pride in your finished product.