Copic Marker Storage Inspiration

One thing stays pretty much the same no matter which location the crop is at… storage.  We can all agree that for some of us organization is definitely not a strong point.  Some struggle with just how to organize all that great stuff, while the other majority seems to have it down to a science.

I’d like you to meet Steven.  Steven has been coming to Stamp & Scrapbook Expos for years, and not just one a year. He makes it to three of four Expos every year! The beautiful cards he creates first caught our eye at the crops, but we soon became mesmerized by his collection of Copic markers and then his organization of all his Copic markers!  A collection this vast is something to be proud of, and it definitely calls for some serious organization.

At home something permeant might be easy to commit to, but Steven likes to attend our crops, meet his friends, and go to craft parties.  He needed something that he would be able to travel with, something portable, something structured that he could have readily available.  Now if this set up doesn’t entail some major systematic planning, I don’t know what would.

When considering purchasing anything for our craft items we tend to ask ourselves a few questions.  First, is it practical?  Second, is it expensive?  Third, is it attractive?  The first and second questions can be overridden by the answer to the third question.  For Steven, this storage solution checked all the boxes he needed to be checked off!

Do you want to see this all packed up and ready to go to the next crop?  Michelle from the Crop Crew modeled it for us.

Did this leave you with enough inspiration to start getting organized? At least I know half of you are going to either get organized or buy some more Copic markers!  Both sound like a win/win for me!!

See you at the Crop!

Tina

Crop Table Decor Trends

Hi, Tina from the Crop Crew here!

One of the best parts about my job is getting to see how creative our guests get with the crop themes!  We unveil new crop themes each year and as soon as they are announced, people put their thinking caps on and start designing!  Here are some of the trends I have noticed so far.

This year has been an amazing year for our table decorating contests!  We have watched tables get transformed into racetracks, slumber parties, and the Land of Oz, with the latest theme being the Wild Thing Jungle.  It is not surprising that our guests are a creative bunch, but what impresses me half the time is the construction that goes into completing them.

We have seen people construct decorations with PVC pipes, pool noodles, and lots of cardboard.  Sometimes it takes people 20 minutes to construct a masterpiece, and sometimes I have watched others work for two hours straight.

A new trend that we see emerging is decorating the front of the table.  Sometimes putting items in the middle of your crop table takes up precious creative space. I totally get that.  But here is an option that doesn’t take up any space on your crop table with no more shifting things for your decorations. It’s a genius idea!

Another angle of the new trend of decorating the head of the table is that once you are sitting at your table, you feel a part of your decorations without having anything over your head.  These gals decorated both sides of their creation.  If you were walking by, your view of their creation would be the same from where they were sitting.  I loved the idea that they decorated both the front and the back to get the full effect of their design.

What else has been popular table decor trends at the crop, you ask? Staged photo ops!  After all, we are scrapbookers and we love pictures!  It is the best way to encourage interaction at our crops.  One of my favorite recent photo ops was this safari jeep!  We had some of the cutest pictures taken with this scene.  Once again, notice the trend here?  It is at the front of the table and takes up no table top space!

Are you worried because you aren’t a table of four?  No need to fret, look how these two gals decorated their table for two!  If you sit across from your friend you are able to put your decor down the middle of the table. Look at how sophisticated these decorations look! And the lights really caught my eye; it is so gorgeous.

If you are not one to decorate your table, you can still feel like you’re participating by taking a walk around the crop and looking at all the tables.  Snap a picture of your favorite decor and post it for all to see!  Don’t forget to use our hashtag #ssbecrop and you can see all the decorations from across the United States.  Enjoy marveling at all the creations!

See you at the Crop!

Tina

 

Come Crop with us at Stamp and Scrapbook Expo!

Hello Stamp & Scrapbook Expo croppers, I’m Tina one, of the crop hostesses. I’m so excited to introduce you to a new series here on the Weekly Scrapper blog. This series will keep you updated on what’s happening at our famous crops.  We see lots of great storage ideas, costumes, and table decorations for the crop contests we host, not to mention some really amazing work traveling around the shows.  I hope to share a glimpse of this with you twice a month here on the Weekly Scrapper Blog.

Have you ventured out to a crop lately?  Better yet, have you joined us at one of our crops at Stamp & Scrapbook Expo?  Are you wondering what you can expect from one of our crops?  Fun and excitement, to say the least!

Our crops give you the space and time to work at your own pace on your own projects.  It also gives you the capability to use your space as a home base during the Expo.  You can come and go at your leisure, dropping heavy shopping bags off at your table, leaving your big items while you take a class, enjoying lunch at your seat, or even just taking a load off your feet, but the best part is socializing with your friends. Not to mention contests and PRIZES!!  And who doesn’t love prizes?

We have an increasing number of husbands joining their wives at the crops as well.  It’s about time they realize our obsession is addicting yet relaxing… and they get it now!  Plus, just think of all the bags your hubby can hold for you if he goes! Or maybe all the extra stuff he will buy for you, or wait a minute, just think of all the supplies you can share now!   This is a trend I hope to see grow more in the future!

Don’t have a single friend who scrapbooks or makes cards?  No problem, this is a perfect opportunity to come and make some new friends who love it as much as you do. In all my years as a crop host I have seen many friendships blossom and grow from introductions they have made at the crop.  It makes me so happy to see new relationships being formed, all because someone made a crafty friend at the crop.

How do you make crafty friends at the crops?  You can always start by visiting our Facebook group page for the location of the expo you want to visit.  Start by being active in the group.  In New Jersey they started to wear Facebook buttons to identify themselves at the Expo because they all became such great friends online they wanted to continue the online friendships in person.  Lots of people always post on the Facebook page if they are looking for table-mates to sit with them at the crop.  It’s a good way to reach out to other crafters going to the same Expo as you.  Don’t need to make any more friends?  You can come alone!  Plenty of people just need a crafty place to get a lot of work done and that is okay, too!  People do it all the time and enjoy themselves just as much.

Are you a card maker? A stamper? A scrapbooker? A jewelry maker? A planner?  Are you just crafty in general?  This is the place for you!  Crops allow you to be inspired and to create.  Are you just crafty in general?  The Thursday Mega Make & Take Extravaganza might be the crop for you.  What exactly happens at the MMTE crop?  Pure bliss that is the best way to describe it – heaven!  Our VIP vendors come over to the crop and do a different make and take with you every half hour.  All of the projects vary, so it accommodates a little bit of everything crafty.  You learn lots of new techniques, experiment with different products, and learn more about what that vendor offers.  You are also eligible to shop with them at the special 4:00 pm shopping time and then after each VIP vendor present their project, you can shop with them after their presentation for special products and deals.

Each VIP vendor takes pure joy in teaching you their project.  The make it fun and entertaining while teaching you valuable tips all at the same time.

The Make and Take Extravaganza is almost like taking a ton of mini classes all in one night!  It is our most popular crop night and commonly sells out.  If you are contemplating joining us for a crop, this crop would definitely convince you to come!  Our VIP vendors take such pride in teaching you their projects, and it is a perfect time to get a little insight on what might be offered on the show floor the next day.

Gather your unfinished projects, or even your up-to-date projects, pack your stuff, and head on over to one of our crops. Where else can you crop with a few hundred of your closest craftiest friends, be able to shop for the latest and greatest products, score on great deals, and have a chance at winning prizes?  At a Stamp & Scrapbook Expo Crop, of course!

I can’t wait to tell you all about the excitement happening at the crops here on the Weekly Scrapper. I’ll see you here on the blog AND at the crops. Don’t forget to sign up for a crop at a Stamp & Scrapbook Expo near you. Please come find me and say “Hi”!

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Thank You Gift Basket

You will want to make one for every occasion! And not to mention, just in time for Easter. I’d like to send out a big thank you to Nichole Heady author of Inspired Papertrey Ink Blog for allowing us to share her adorable project with you today. I highly recommend visiting Nichole’s blog, you will soon be adding her to your favorites.

(A)Thanks So Much Basket & Tag

As you can see here, the finished product with these new dies is just so polished & professional. The little “shaker-style” tabbed detail is definitely one of my favorite features!

Brad detail

Larger 1/4″ brads where used to hold the tabs together. You could also use buttons, mini brads, stitches and more to hold these beauties together.

Tag

The tag is die-cut with Fillable Frames #9 from Papertrey Ink’s white cardstock. The tag is stamped with one of the pre-arranged floral bouquets from Mini Blooms, doing selective inking with the points of the PTI ink pads using Lavender Moon, Winter Wisteria and Simply Chartreuse. The sentiment, also from Mini Blooms, was added using True Black ink.

Down

As you can see, the basket is a fairly good size, measuring 1-7/8″ tall, 4-1/2″ wide and 3″ deep without the handle. It could definitely hold a substantial amount of goodies and/or treats! Here is an adorable Easter version. Too cute!

Happy Easter Tag & Basket

For the small basket, die-cut the pieces from Aqua Mist cardstock and assemble it with mini brads to help keep with the scale of the project.

Side

You can see here just how cute the smaller version is! The handle become tall and narrow when used for this scale of bottom, just like a real Easter basket.

Bassket & tag

The tag was cut using Fillable Frames #9 from Spring Rain cardstock. It was than stamped with Mini Blooms using Fresh Snow ink. The bunny was cut from white cardstock and stamped with the coordinating image from Polka Dot Parade #1 using Winter Wisteria ink. A strip of Aqua Mist cardstock was added to the bottom of the tag to add the sentiment stamped in Spring Rain. Tag closeup

Note that the bunny’s adorable little tail is easy to die-cut and add with a bit of foam tape! The tag was tied onto the basket with Winter Wisteria Bitty Dot Ribbon.

In brief, you use one of the long tabbed side strips with the small bottom for the smallest basket. Or you can cut two tabbed strips and attach them end to end to be used with the large bottom. And another bonus? These dies were specifically designed to conserve cardstock. You can cut all the pieces necessary for one small basket from half a sheet of cardstock! And the large basket only needs a single sheet! Favor It Box 9 This die collection has everything you need to create little Easter baskets in two different sizes! Just in time to hold some sweet treats for someone special, you can create your own darling Easter gift packaging in style! And don’t forget, these sweet little baskets are great for packaging up goodies year round! Wonderful for party favors, teacher’s gifts and so much more!

The Details:

  • Favor It Box 9 die collection
  • Favor It Box 9 die collection contains a total of 6 dies. 3/8″ x 7-1/4″ (A), 7-1/4″ x 1-7/8″ (B), 3-5/8″ x 5-1/8″ (C), 1-3/4″ x 2-1/2″ (D), 2-3/4″ x 4-1/8″ (E), 1-3/8″ x 2″ (F)
  • These dies create baskets in two different sizes. The assembled small basket (without handle) measures 1-7/8″ tall, 2-1/4″ wide and 1-1/2″ deep. The assembled large basket (without handle) measures 1-7/8″ tall, 4-1/2″ wide and 3″ deep.

Be sure to hop on over to Nichole’s blog as she has a great video on making these cute baskets.

My hope is to inspire you to be fearless when it comes to your creativity, to try new things and most important to have fun!

Thanks for visiting and have a very creative day.

Supplies Used

Cardstock

White Cardstock Papertrey Ink      Aqua Mist Cardstock PTI     Spring Rain Cardstock PTI

Stamps

Mini Blooms Stamp Set

Ink

Lavender Moon Ink PTI     WInter WIsteria Ink PTI     Simply Chartreuse Ink PTI

True Black Ink Papertrey Ink     Fresh Snow Pigment Ink PTI

Dies

FIllable Frames 6 PTI     Favor It Box 9 PTI     Polka Dot Parade #9  PTI

Accessories

Winter Wisteria Ribbon PTI

From Your Own Stash: Brads