No Longer Attending Crops?

This entry is part 63 of 86 in the series Scrapworthy Lives Results

Each Wednesday, I usually write a post from my dissertation.

The last few weeks, I’ve written about attending crops. Some scrapbookers no longer crop with others for several reasons.

The scrapbooker now has a permanent space in her or his home to scrapbook eliminating the need for scrapbooking space elsewhere.

Some mention not fitting in with the scrapbooking community in some way. One respondent explains how she had cropped through crops organized by an Inspired Stories (pseudonym) consultant but no longer does because she feels the other croppers are too critical of her use of non-Inspired Stories products.

Others say they do not have time to crop outside the home with others. Unless the scrapbooker brings all of their supplies with them, they have to plan the pages they want to make ahead of time (i.e., pre-scrap[1]) and they do not always have time to do this. Another respondent never attended crops as a participant but did work at a convention center where crops are occasionally held. He talks about some of his observations and compares it to other hobbies, such as fishing. Few people can just get up one morning and go fishing. Most have to plan that activity. He sees people having to do the same thing with scrapbooking. In other words, a scrapbooker may have time to attend a crop, but does not have the time to actually prepare for attending a crop.

Did you attend crops in the, but don’t anymore? Why or why not?

[1] Pre-scrapbooking refers to selecting the paper, photographs, embellishments, and memorabilia the scrapbooker wants to include on a page. Some will sketch the layout they wish to create. The scrapbooker does everything, except assemble the page ahead of time.

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  • Renee J.

    This is a great question, Stephanie. I, too, have a scraproom now. Having said that, I still want to get together with others to scrap. I think that time is a factor here and prep as well. Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

  • mhestir

    I do both, but I prefer to scrap at home because all my options are there. I enjoy the social time at crops, but definitely don’t get as much done, nor am I as satisfied with the product, usually. Often, if I am scrapbooking away from home, and I get stuck on a layout because of lack of a needed embellishment or simply because of distractions, and I may not get back to finish it for months! Either I forget about it, or I have lost my desire (mojo) to work on that particular project.
    And here’s an interesting situation: we have a local weekly scrapbooking group that meets at one of the participant’s office. She and her best friend have all their scrapbook stuff stored there. While I know I can borrow their supplies, I still hesitate to ask if they don’t already have that tool or paper out. They want others to come join them every week, but have forgotten how hard it is to plan ahead and pull photos, papers, tools to drag down there. It really makes a difference if you have to build-in planning, packing, loading and unloading time.
    Hope you have a wonderful holiday season!
    -Rhonda H

  • I’ve actually made plans to crop with some friends next week. You are right about the time factor. Now I have to find some time to prep everything so I can actually get something done when I go. Thanks for commenting!

  • Thanks for commenting! If it is regularly occurring and roughly the same participants, could the group set-up a donation spot? All participants could contribute stuff from their stash for anyone to use without asking. I’m not sure if something like this might work. This way, no one has to ask, but there is a bit of inventory for people to select from if they need something. Have a wonderful holiday season to you, too!

  • Sara Grafton

    I have attended a handful or crops, but it has been a long time. I have shifted more to cardmaking groups for the social element. There is usually a cost, but someone else does the prep work for you. 🙂 I have throught about attending a crop at my LSS, but the prep work and not knowing anyone there has prevented me from going.

  • mhestir

    This is a good idea. I am participating in a scrapbook organization webinar series in January and February through and will probably have some items to donate to the community “pile”. I’ve been looking for a place to donate some of my purged material, since one of the suggestions in the webinar is to have a designated purge box, a destination and a date it goes out.
    I forget, do you have a section in your dissertation about the addictiveness of collecting scrapbook supplies? I have identified that part of my problem is I live in a small town with little or no scrapbook shopping, and whenever I travel somewhere with a good store, I “stock up” for a rainy day! Well, after 10 years of scrapbooking, I could never use up all the stuff I have! Because I don’t have that much time! Hopefully, during the organizational class, I’ll clean out some stuff I don’t love anymore.

  • Lorraine York

    I used to attend crops when I was a SAHM. Mostly for the social aspect of being with like minded people and it gave me an excuse to be away from home. Once I started working however, I did not have the time and it was easier to work from home. I don’t miss it. It was a different seaason.

  • Thanks for sharing. I wonder what the split is for crop attendees regading working outside the home/SAHM and so on…

  • The cardmaking groups sound like it would be easier to get there (no prepping and no hauling your stash with you).

  • I do talk a little bit about addiction….mostly the language of it (i.e., “I’m addicted to scrapbooking”). I also talk about how shopping for scrapbook supplies can be a cheap thrill. Really, you can spend ten bucks and come home with something new (maybe, not much, but something new).

    I live in a small town, too, so when I end up at a store, I too, “stock up.” And, if I order online, I want free shipping. This means, most purchases are easily $100.

    One of my friends was new a young boy who was scrapbooking. He lives a couple of states away and when she told me about him, I told her I would send him a box of supplies. I filled one of those “if it fits, it ships” boxes from the post office. He was so excited to recieve so many supplies. It was a bit expensive to ship, but got rid of some of my stash and made a child’s day. I don’t really have a good place to donate. I prefer giving my castoffs to people (especially younger people who do not have the money for it) who are interested in scrapbooking.

  • mhestir

    Sort of off-topic, but I recently heard Tiffany Spaulding describe the scrapbook industry as a “fashion-forward” driven hobby. I had never really thought about that, even though I’m one of the first ones to seek out sneak-peeks around CHA time. Scrapbooking doesn’t have to be fashion-driven. Although I love seeing new products and tools become available, I still love the practicality of a classically-designed scrapbook page. Since I’ll be doing a major scraproom re-org and clean-out in 2013, I am going to try to keep this in mind so I don’t keep too much trendy stuff. Have you ever addressed trends or changing styles in scrapbooking? What are your findings? Thanks, Rhonda H

  • Yes, there is definitely an element of fashion in this industry. At the begining of 2012 I had planned a series on the blog with my layouts inspired by the September issue of Vogue. I could not keep up with it and gave up the series very quickly. 🙂 The thing about scrapbooking, unlike fashion, is that if I use out-of-date products, no one really has to know except me. Honestly, most people looking at my pages are not going to know that I used last-season’s (or seven seasons ago) product. I think the rise of the blogs and gallaries puts pressure on us to use the latest, but really only other scrapbookers are going to know if you are using the latest.

  • Karad

    I used to attend them every few months. The store required a small deposit that went towards store products. I stopped becuase we moved further away, their price increased, and I now have a devoted crafting space. I still get together with friends every few months and organize pictures or put color schemes together. I’m a bit of a minimalist so my pages are simple. I took over 60 hours in design in college and there is a trend element for sure. Every ten years we will see a big shift in colors and techniques. I know a lot of moms that make online photo books from their blogs and then they have everything done and in one book. I like the tactile process of making a book, but I could see myself switching.

  • mhestir

    I, too am attending a small crop after the new year, and am having to do some prep in between wrapping, shopping, decorating and baking! I hope I can get some stuff together by then!

  • Yes, I like the tactile, too, but I have started making photobooks from vacations. I still make a paper scrapbook, too for all the stuff. I am going to crop with a friend today, and part of my plan is simply to organize some of the stuff/photos for some layouts.