Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Last week, I organized my albums and got caught up on putting my layouts away.  This week, I sorted, organized and planned more layouts to do.  I have 3 crops in the next 3 weeks, so by getting my stuff together, I hope to get a lot accomplished.

Everyone has a different system for getting ready for a crop.  I start by sorting my photos and finding a layout that inspires me and fits those photos.  These layouts can come from magazines, website sketches, challenge blogs, or how-to books like CTMH's Cherish, Imagine and Magic.  I write down the reference info for the layout I want to use on a slip of paper.

Then I choose the papers I want to use.  I always add extra, including White Daisy or Colonial White as background or support paper.

Then I sort through my collection of embellishments and pull out those goodies that go with the layout.  This also includes the stamps I want to use.

Here's what my supplies could look like:

Then I bundle it all together.  I have special folders that I use, but you can also use 12x12 ziploc baggies that your CTMH papers used to come in, or that you can get at Zellers.

It's really amazing how much you can get done with a little pre-planning.  And it's really not that hard.  I prepped and organized close to 30 layouts in two evenings while I was watching TV.
How do you get ready for a crop?  Do you have any tips or tricks up your sleeve?  Please share in the comments below.


  1. Great idea! This time, though I'm working on craft fair items, so things are going to be VERY different for me. I'm glad you're comin' on Saturday.

  2. I may have to try some of this tomorrow to get ready for tomorrow nights papercraft club time and Krista's crop on Sat.


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