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Those who signed up for a recent crop — an event for scrapbookers to work on projects while enjoying camaraderie and swapping ideas and techniques with others — were in it for the long haul.
The crop was set for 2 p.m. to midnight at Elite Gymnastics and Recreation Center in Waldorf with 13 women signed up to participate.
“When you have all this stuff, it’s not worth going out for less than five hours,” said Katie Palmer of Waldorf, referencing the rolling cases and tote bags bursting with paper, embellishments, scissors and other materials the scrappers brought with them and spread around separate tables to work on — and maybe complete — projects.
The crops are held four times a year, said Sheila Chaney, a party planner at Elite, a part of the Charles County Department of Community Services, which sponsored the event.
Snacks and a potluck dinner are included in the registration fee, but it is the social aspect that draws people in, she said.
“It’s the camaraderie factor,” said Linda Doran of Waldorf who has been scrapbooking for more than 15 years. “It is so much fun.”
“I like being surrounded by creativity,” said Roslynn Fox of Indian Head, an avid photographer and lifelong artist who likes that scrapbooking brings together both of her hobbies.
Fox said she could spend hours online looking at other peoples’ projects.
She takes part in weekend-long crops, which are popular enough that “you could be gone every weekend,” Fox said.
Palmer and her friends take four-day long weekends to Williamsburg, Va., to scrapbook while Roz Brown of Indian Head and a group of her friends head down to the Outer Banks in North Carolina in the spring, rent a beach house and designate one room as the scrapbooking space.
If the weather is bad, they stay in to put together projects. If it’s nice outside, they hit the beach. Either way, Brown said, a good time will be had.
“Scrapbookers are great people,” said Brown who was working on her 2013 journal scrapbook that chronicles her year in words and photos.
“We are capturing our past, capturing our special moments,” said Carmella Brown of Bryans Road, who has created scrapbooks detailing her husband Dennis’ military career, a book for her older son Brandon and is working on one for her younger son Cory.
While some scrapbookers were hooked into the hobby by friends, Aylish Walker of La Plata was just about born to the lifestyle.
Her grandmother Sally Schoeck of Waldorf started scrapbooking when Walker was born, and the girl was usually close by.
“As soon as I could use glue,” she said of when she started on her own projects. “Art class was always my favorite.”
She enjoys crops because creativity is shared and lauded.
“You can all have the same stamp and same paper, and everyone would come up with something completely different,” Walker said.
Schoeck said in addition to wanting to document her grandchildren’s lives through scrapbooking, she wanted to jot down moments after her mother developed Alzheimer’s disease.
“I had the urge to write things down so I don’t forget them,” she said. “And I have the tendency to jump in with both feet, and I had to have everything.”
Her hobby took off with her taking classes, and she became a vendor for a craft company.
“I wanted to teach classes,” Schoeck said.
“To support your habit,” Walker said from her station where she was working on a Halloween project with doll stamps.
“Yeah,” Schoeck said, nodding. “I needed to support my habit.”
Schoeck opened a studio at her house where Fox can confirm that they have all-night crops.
“We could stay up until dawn,” Fox said.
“We share ideas, share equipment. We solve the problems of the world,” Schoeck said. “[Scrapbooking] is about so much more than paper. It’s a fellowship.”
The next Shop, Crop, Scrap and Stamp event will be 2 p.m.-midnight April 12 at Elite Gymnastics and Recreation Center, 2745 Old Washington Road, Waldorf. There will be a fee for participants. Scrapbookers can sign up for uninterrupted craft time and learn new techniques and sharing ideas. Go to www.charlescountyparks.com/recreation/elite-gymnastics-and-recreation-center or call 301-705-6557 or 301-870-7938 for more information.