We’ve shared some of our favorite craft room organization tips in a prior post, but getting organized for crafting away from home can be difficult too. Today we are sharing some of our favorite tips to get organized and packed for a “Crop”. This can include attending the monthly “Creative Weekend” here at Palette & Paper or other “Crop” events.
No doubt about it, packing up for a Crop can seem a little overwhelming at first. The last thing you want to do is forget something important, but you also don’t want to pack so much that you don’t have room for it all at your crop table nor lug stuff around that never gets used.
Here are a few things I try to do in preparation for the Creative Weekend/Crop:
1. Refer to my “Project List” and hone in on a couple that I want to tackle at the Crop. (Note: I keep a running Google Document filled with ideas of things I want to make, inspiration pictures, etc. Since I dabble in a lot of different types of crafts this helps me determine what I want to focus on. You could keep a similar list written in your planner or in the notes section on your phone.)
2. Once I have determined which projects I want to focus on, I re-edit my list based on time limitations. I have a good idea of how long something will take me to complete, so if I pick two 4-hour projects and a 2-hour project for a day-long crop that is probably a good amount to pack up. If I realize my list includes about 20 hours of craft time for a day-long crop then I know I need to edit my focus!
3. With my projects in mind I start another Google Document (again, you can use pen and paper, notes on your phone, etc.) that includes my packing list of all of the items I will need to create my projects. I try to leave nothing to assumptions and even write the most basic essential items* (including scissors, paper trimmer, etc.).
4. In the days leading up to the Crop I review my list and make adjustments as needed – adding items or taking them away as I may adjust my project list.
5. A few days before the Crop I try to make sure I have everything I need.
6. Prior to the Crop, I print off my project and item lists and start packing (I’ll be honest, this usually happens the night before or the morning of, but with my printed list it makes things so much easier!).
7. Just like when I pack for a vacation, when I pack for the Crop I mark off each item as it goes into my bag.
8. Once I arrive at the Crop, my project list comes in handy also. It helps keep me on track to actually accomplish things vs. just staring at others’ crafty goodness and talking (granted, both of these are fun too!).
Here’s a quick look at items I consider essential and always bring with me to Crops:
If starting a list from scratch is a bit overwhelming, click here for a list to get your started.
Hopefully, this blog post will help you pack for futures Crops. Be sure to mark your calendar for the Creative Weekend at Palette & Paper being held July 7-9. The one this weekend is sold out! Can’t wait to see what everyone packs and creates!
Do you have any tips for packing for a Crop? Please share below!
Do you love to create? Do you like to paint? Do you love to make mixed media canvases? Do you enjoy creating chalkboard art? Have you made a scrapbook layout that brings a smile to your face? If you are reading this, you probably answered yes to at least one of these questions! What do you do with your creations though?
It is always nice to create items to give as gifts, but do you ever gift something to yourself?
Today we are sharing some ways to incorporate your artwork and creations into your home decor. After all, surrounding yourself with things that make you happy will lead to more happiness!
Creating a "gallery wall" in your home is a great way to incorporate pieces of your artwork along with other store bought items. If you artwork can be framed you could keep the frame consistent on your wall, but swap out the artwork it holds as you create new and exciting things (Dina Wakley does this in her home. She has a few large IKEA frames that she fills with her art).
A tip for creating a cohesive gallery wall is to have "repeating elements". Like you can see with the examples below the pops of white in the top wall and the overall rustic theme of the second picture are great examples of this.
If a full gallery wall is too much for your tastes, try a "gallery shelf" or a similar look can be achieved on a fireplace mantel.
If you don't have a full wall to decorate, nestle your creations into a corner.
Don't forget, your scrapbook layouts are frame worthy too! If you want to keep the original in your album make a colored copy to frame. You could keep it the 12x12" format or scale it down (or up!). You can pick up 12x12" frames at most places that sell frames.
If you love the idea of a gallery wall, but aren't thrilled about the number of nail holes it will require have no fear! Check out these great Command Brand hanging tabs. Click here for more details on how to use them.
If don't want to commit to set frames and want flexibility with your gallery wall, use clipboards! You can clip up creations, including smaller scale cards and tags along with larger items (plus it will give you the P&P Studio vibe like our clipboard calendar).
If you are looking for some more art to include in your gallery wall, don't forget to sign up for Ken Oliver's Reverse Painting class coming up in June. All the details for this class and his two other classes are here.
The most important take away from today's blog post is your creations are important! They bring happiness to you, the creator, which brings happiness to those around you. Share your art with the world (or at least your family and friends).
Did you know today was National Drawing Day? If that isn't an excuse to spend an hour or two getting creative, I don't know what is! According to the website Days of the Year, National Drawing Day is "dedicated to the artist inside of us and encouraging it to come out". That is definitely a holiday Palette & Paper can get behind!
Speaking of drawing, we have the new Prima Marketing Graphite Sticks, that are water-soluble, in stock! With these Graphite Sticks, get ready to create amazing effects with the versatile sticks! Use them for mixed media projects, watercoloring and sketching. The package includes six sticks that each have a different degree of softness and smudgability 2B, 4B, 6B, 8B, 10B and 12B. The monochromatic looks are stunning or use them in addition to other colored mediums.
Just look at some of the gorgeous creations that can be made using these Graphite Sticks.
Since May is the month of flowers, I thought I would share some flower drawing tutorials to help you celebrate today.
We hope you find the time to celebrate National Drawing Day today or sometime this week (tomorrow evening's Open Studio would be a great time to draw)! See you around P&P soon.
We are only 10 days away from Mother’s Day. Do you have gifts for the moms, aunts, mother-in-laws, mommies-to-be and more ready to go? If not, no worries . . . We have compiled a little round-up of fun gifts to buy and make for those special ladies in your life.
Is the “mom” in your life crafty? Or do they aspire to get crafty? Bring her to Palette & Paper so she can explore her craftiness. You could get her a gift certificate or sign-up her up for one of our classes (she would probably like it if you were there too!). We have a bunch of great things coming up!
Give her an early gift and celebrate Mother’s Day with one of our National Scrapbook Day classes featuring Graphic 45 this weekend.
Jann Gray is coming back to P&P later this month with bible journaling and other craft classes. Jann is still finalizing details and we will have details posted soon.
Barbara is leading another Coffee & Canvas later this month and you will be amazed at what you can create on canvas with watercolors and napkins (yes, napkins!).
We are going “global” with Beth Kingston in June. You might recognize Beth from when she was at P&P at the end of 2015 or from her many appearances on HSN.
Ken Oliver will be here for three classes in June also, and it is amazing what you can create with his ColorBursts. Click here for the rundown on all his classes.
Want to pick out a great crafty gift for your “moms”? Here are some of our current favs!
Help her get organized and record memories by setting her up with a Carpe Diem Planner and some amazing Prima Marketing stickers and more (starting at $4).
Is your “mom” a card maker? Help her expand her craft with some embossing folders and die sets to create some unique and unusual cards.
Is your “mom” into mixed media? We have some fun new items she can use in her art work, including these fun oversized “thickboard” oversized tags and new waxes from Finnabair.
Even if crafts aren’t your “mom’s” thing you can still share your hobby with her by giving her a handmade card or gift. Below is some inspiration.
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