How To Water and Grow A Crop
I hosted my very first crop at my home last weekend. What a blast! Why didn’t I do this before? I have to say that I honestly don’t know the answer to that. I’ve had a friend over to scrapbook, but I’ve never hosted a real honest-to-goodness crop before. Because I have a new scrapbook business (www.TheScrapbookPeople.com — sorry, shameless plug), I provided some supplies, food and drink and a crash course for those who had never scrapbooked before. One of the reasons why I ran my crop in this manner is because I’m trying to develop a layout library (interested in posting your layouts on my site and getting the chance to win a nice gift? Submit yours to contests@TheScrapbookPeople.com). My crop ran for a day and a half, starting on Friday at 3 and going ‘til there was simply no more energy; and then again on Saturday.
Here’s what you do (it’s SO easy): Send an Evite (www.evite.com, it’s free) to all your friends who scrapbook, and some who don’t (why not recruit? I drafted 2 at my event), tell them to pass the invite along, unless of course you are short on space. Charge each guest $5 or $10 to cover the cost of refreshments or have a pot-luck. You supply the space (maybe even some basic tools – scissors, die cut maker, paper trimmer, pens — that you already own). Make it an ongoing event. Once a week or once a month. How about a door prize? Christmas tree shop or the $ store is a great place to get together some inexpensive goodies plus it adds some interest to your event. Afraid your crop will grow too large? Split the cost of renting a small community room or switch off with some of the other members. You shouldn’t meet with much resistance; after all, your friends definitely enjoy this piece of time to catch up on their scrapbook projects! If you want to get really fancy, have a guest speaker, a new idea for a layout, or a different theme each time. For those who are behind on scrapbooking (and who isn’t these days?), this is the perfect opportunity to finally get up-to-date. Not to mention a night out without the kids. Who wouldn’t like that (sorry kids, we still love you)!