It seems like with the start of the new year my mind starts to reel with all of the possibilities of things I want to accomplish, make, share and more. The number one thing on my list is to "beef up" my bullet journal/planner. I have been using it consistently as a planner for many months and enjoy the multitude of lists and calendar features I'm currently utilizing, and now I want to take it a step further.
Pinterest is always a great source of inspiration and here are some things that caught my eye to implement.
We all could use a little more in savings - whether it be an emergency fund or savings for a particular item.
I love the idea of tracking what I spend my money on because often I use cash for my every day spending so I don't have the credit/debit transactions as record, plus I like being able to make notes about the purchase.
The whole point of maintaining a Bullet Journal or Planner is so you don't forget certain dates. However, having a couple of key pages dedicated to tracking specific dates can be really helpful.
And lastly, it wouldn't be a new year without setting at least a few goals.
If you want to work on your planner, bullet journal or traveler's notebook and get it ready for 2018, join us in the Palette & Paper studio on Saturday, January 13 between 11 am - 2 pm. It is an open "planner crop" time, but we do ask that you register here.
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!
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Palette & Paper is excited to celebrate National Scrapbook Day 2016 with you! The Shoppe will be open 9 am - 6 pm. Customers purchasing $25+ will receive a free goody bag!*
Product demos by instructor Margie will take place from Noon - 4 pm.
We are hosting a FREE Crop in our Studio that day. The hours are 9 am - 6 pm. Attendees will receive a free goody bag and our instructor Cindy will have a make & take opportunity for the attendees. Please register for the crop by emailing Mare@PaletteandPaper.com.
We can't wait to celebrate NSD and the crafting community with you!
As of this newsletter, only 6 spots remain!
* while supplies last
Eileen's back in town for the Indy 500 and so we snagged her for a couple of classes. We had a great time with her last fall so we hope you'll join us for some creative fun. Registration is open for both of her classes!
This is a great opportunity for your kids, grandkids, nieces or nephews to explore many different art & craft mediums. Cindy is a veteran paper crafter and Molly is studying Art Education at Herron School of Art here in Indianapolis! They are teaming up to create a wonderful experience for the children. See more details on our calendar and registration is now open!
Originally emailed via the newsletter distribution list on 3/16/16.
means lots of new items that debuted at CHA in January are now in stock. Paper collections from Simple Stories, Carta Bella (Echo Park), Photoplay, Graphic 45 and Bella Blvd are here! Distress Crayons from Ranger and beautiful dimensional paints from Art Anthology too. We now carry a small selection of alphabet stamps and embossing folders. And the stencil selection keeps expanding!
Sign up here for any of the following events!
Friday March 18 Noon-Saturday March 19 9pm
Juli's Card Class Sunday March 20 2-4 pm $20
Bible Journaling Tuesday March 22 10am & 6pm
Worthy is The Lamb Wednesday March 23 11:30
or 6pm $25
Originally emailed via the newsletter distribution list on 2/25/16.
Friday, February 26 beginning at Noon through Saturday, February 27 until 9pm $30
Saturday Only Option $25
We are expanding our usual All Day Saturday Crop to include Friday! Starting at Noon on Friday you can get a jump start on your workspace set up and productivity. Pizza supper on Friday with the regular delicious lunch on Saturday, page layout kits and prizes! This is open to any paper crafter, knitter etc...not just for scrapbookers!
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