(inter)National Scrapbook Day 2019
Since we are coming up on National Scrapbook Day 2019, I thought I would talk about crops & retreats.
There are lots of differing opinions on Scrapbook Crops. Some people absolutely love them (me!) and some do not, for a variety of reasons.
A few reasons for attending would be to have uninterrupted time to finish a lot of pages or projects, visit with others who love the same hobby or maybe just to have some “me” time away from the responsibilities of home.
Others do not like them because they prefer to scrapbook alone, do not want to have to pack & unpack their supplies or have had a bad experience previously.
Crops can be anywhere from a couple of hours to all day while retreats are 3 to 4 days usually over a weekend.
They can be held in someone’s home, a scrapbook store, hotel or dedicated Bed & Breakfast style house.
Sometimes meals are included or it is pot luck style and sometimes you are on your own.
I personally love going to crops and retreats. I get ideas and energy from having others to talk to and seeing what they are working on.
When I am at home, it is too easy to be distracted by all the “should do’s” and “need to’s” but when I am at a retreat there is nothing else I am supposed to be doing except scrapbooking.
(To see which program I use to organize my photos so it’s easy to find them & print them when I’m ready to go to a crop, check out my blog post “Picture Overload.”)
Of course it’s not always possible to find one close to you or the time to go, so a few years ago, I found a great alternative through a group on Facebook.
Online Crops! There are several companies and Facebook groups that do them now and I have tried a couple but the one I like best is Scrapbook Generation.
You get the benefit of cropping with others without having to travel or pack all your supplies! There are games, challenges and Bingo; lots to choose from but you only have to do what interests you.
National Scrapbook Day 2019
It’s always fun and the reason I am bringing this up now is because starting tomorrow they are having a week-long online crop to celebrate National Scrapbook Day 2019 (It’s always the first Saturday in May).
I will be participating and thought I would share the information in case anyone else wanted to join in. You do have to be part of their group page on Facebook, but I think it is worth it.
They also have other challenges and giveaways on the page. Here is a link if you are interested: https://www.facebook.com/groups/sgscrapsquad/.
One of the posts will tell you what to expect and there is a printable schedule of the games and challenges as well. (This is not an affiliate post or anything, I am just really excited to participate next week!)
I am lucky enough to also have a friend that scrapbooks and we try to get together at one of our houses from time to time.
It’s always challenging when we are at my house because I have a furry friend who wants to “help” hold the papers down.
If you haven’t ever been to a crop or retreat, I think you should at least try it once.
No matter where you scrapbook, I hope that you are able to carve out some time to enjoy your hobby next week.
Everyone have a Happy (inter)National Scrapbook Day 2019!