How to host a scrapbook crop – a six-step checklist for new hostesses

Many people would keep a crop of scrapbooks at home if they knew more about how to make them fun events. I know the first few I’ve had were nerve-wracking affairs that had me biting my nails and hoping everything would work out. Now I am able to organize one pretty quickly and easily, without too much nerve! See if my check list helps you decide which houseplants to hold as well.

I like to give a lot of notice about when my harvest is due. This gives people a chance to think about what they are going to do, and what to pack to bring with them. Give a week or two notice if you can and stay in contact with people about the day throughout that time. Talk about it. What are you going to do and ask your friends what they are thinking of doing so they think about bringing just enough supplies to work on their particular projects?

When you first think about having friends over to work

On your scrap books with you, it’s important to think carefully about where and how people can work together:

Do you have a large dining room table or a picnic table? Think about the size of the trestle table. Most scrapers are comfortable with a half trestle table. How many half trestle table surfaces can you provide in your home? Try to set things up so everyone can face each other and feel part of a circle of friends. I have three trestle tables and a dining room table so I set up the trestle in a ‘U’ shape and make my dining room table a shared space for tools.

Once you know how many people you can accommodate, aim to ask that number of people on a day or evening to scrap with you. My crops usually run from 10am to 4pm with people coming and going as they are able.

Provide some trash cans for people

To use when they scrap. Small ones are enough – a neat ice cream container or plastic bowl can work well between two people. Or if space is at a premium, tape small plastic bags to the edge of the table for people to keep their scraps in. Keep an eye on the bins while people are working and quietly empty them if necessary. Or ask if people will bring a particular tool on the understanding that it will be shared by everyone that day. How lovely to be able to share the die and allow people to take home some freshly embossed or die-cut images! Ask them to label their equipment before they arrive so everyone knows who has what when it comes time to pack.

Are you going to eat that day? Make sure your food

Choices are scrapbooked friendly and won’t cause sticky problems for anyone’s projects. It helps to get out serviettes, baby wipes or paper towels for people to use. Also consider asking people to bring a food item with them to share, to cut down on the cost of feeding everyone yourself, if that’s an issue. I often

serve crackers and cheeses, olives, chopped veggies and dips, non-sticky candies like wrapped hard candies or jelly babies or mints, chopped fruits, etc. For a lunch, salad with chicken or cold meat and bread rolls Quick, easy and… not too messy or hard to prepare. (Many don’t want to sit down to a three-course meal and leave a lot of scraping time, but it depends on the group).

When your friends arrive, be prepared to help

With heavy items from their car. Provide them with glasses of water, tea and coffee. Scraping can be thirsty work! I always put out empty glasses and coasters before my friends come over. If you can provide a small area for people to prepare their drinks, it will also free you up to Skrotpræmie for longer. Oh and make sure everyone knows where the ‘facilities’ are at the beginning of the harvest.

Depending on the group, you could organize a small joint project such as making place cards, name tags or ATC when people visit. Vote about which one is the cutest and give away a small prize such as a pack of crystal embellishments or your own handmade embellishments. Or ask people to make a set of small embellishments to swap with others during the day.

Let people know they can bring items to trade with them on the day. We all have an item or two that we know we just can’t use – it could be someone else’s treasure! Also share books or magazines.

By Naveed

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