I chose pictures I already had preprinted. However if you are choosing pictures from your computer that have yet to be printed you may want to first chose a sketch so you can print your pictures in specific sizes.
Look for a sketch or idea
This step can be optional, Depending on how much time you want to dedicate to creating your power LO’s. However the more decisions you make prior to the crop the more time you have create at the crop. Choosing a sketch prior to picking out your papers & embellishments can help you decide what to bring.
When choosing a sketch I look at my photos and ask myself these questions… how many photos do I have? How many are Horizontal? Vertical? Am I willing to discard or crop any photos? What is my focus for my LO? Do I have one strong photo with supporting photos? Or, are all my photos important & need equal balance?
Pick out papers and cardstock
This is the fun part! First I usually turn to my stash to look for papers that work with my photos. When looking for paper I keep in mind, theme, & color. If I don’t have something in my stash then off to the scrapbook store I go! Make sure to take your photos with you when shopping, it will help you pick papers that coordinate not compete with your photos.
Pick out matching embellishments
Titles, & Journaling
Again this is somewhat an optional step prior to the crop. By pre-choosing a title I can decide what type of media I will be using to create the title (stickers, chipboard, digitally cut, printed etc..) If you are planning on doing your journaling on the computer by pre-typing & printing it out will have you one step further to having a completed LO at the crop. ( a sketch is helpful to decide on how much space you have to journal)
Now if your like me you will usually WAY over pack. but that’s OK. I’d much rather pack too many things than not enough!
Now to pack your crop bag. There are several ways to organize your power Layouts. two of the most cost efficient and easiest are to reuse sacks from your scrap store or use extra large ziplock bags.
I don’t recommend including your larger items with your paper and photos, such as punches, paint, or large boxes. For these items I either stash them in various pockets of my bag or in one large box. And I keep a tool box for all of my basic supplies like adhesive, pens, chalk inks, and more.
Ok now you have just under two weeks to get packing for ICE. One of the greatest things about creating power LO’s is getting excited about cropping. Now that I have all the items picked out for my next LO I’m really itching to create it! Make sure to drop by my crop table and say hi, I’ll surely be working on this LO sometime during the weekend!