479-531-8518 (between the hours of 9am and 8pm Central
Croppin' Train; c/o Dora Poage; PO Box 982; Bentonville, AR 72712-0982

Imagine a weekend devoted exclusively to you and your favorite hobby... SCRAPBOOKING!


Sunday, May 31, 2009

Getting to know Melissa

How long have you been scrapping?

I have been scrapbooking for about 5 years now. When I was little I would put pictures into books and call it scrapbooking, but I didn’t actually start to scrap until 5 to 6 years ago.

How did you start scrapbooking?

I started scrapbooking when I joined Stampin' UP! as a demonstrator. That is where I met Dora and Pat. Dora and I attended a Stampin' UP convention in Orlando FL and have been playing with paper together ever since. I met Pat at a meeting we had for Stamp Camp that we would put on twice a year. It was through them that I learned the art of scrapbooking. However, I was not that confident and therefore did not get into it seriously until my buddies started scheduling play dates for us to get together and scrapbook. Now I cannot find enough time to do it.

What is your favorite scrapbooking line?

I like so many it is hard to narrow it down to only one. I like Stampin' UP!, K and Company, and Close to My Heart.

What are your favorite subjects to scrapbook?

I really don’t have a favorite thing to scrapbook, as what I like to scrapbook is very dependent on my mood at the time. Sometimes I have an event that I just can’t wait to scrapbook. Or sometimes it is a part of my life, part of what makes me, well me. One of my pages that is in progress that I am very excited about working on is my Chick-Fil-A page. Most people will tell you that my favorite drink is CFA tea, and I study at CFA almost every day when I am in school. So it is a huge part of my life. I am excited to do these pages, because it is what I am in the mood for today.

What do you watch/listen to when you're creating?

Not really anything. I get in a zone when I start concentrating on what I am doing, so I usually don’t pay much attention to anything else. This can be a problem when I am scrapbooking with friends J.

What do you snack on while scrapping?

I usually don’t snack while scrapbooking as I am trying to lose weight. Not to mention that I get so involved in what I am doing, I don’t think about food. However, if my friends offer me some goodie to snack on, then I will have no trouble trying it. But I ALWAYS have an un-sweet tea handy!

Any paper crafting pet peeves?

The only thing I can think of is when someone thinks that everything has to be done a certain way or it is incorrect. I feel that everyone has their own style and preference; therefore there is no wrong way or right way to scrapbook, only individuality.

What do you love about scrapbooking?

I love reminiscing about the past, watching my family grow, and the friendships that I enjoy and develop through scrapbooking. Scrapbookers are a great group of people!

What is your favorite color combination to use on your projects?

I seem to steer towards neutral colors, and earth tones. However, if you were to ask me what my favorite is, I would have to say that I don’t have one. It all depends on the layout I am working on. I love fun bright colors for the kids, fall colors for our hunting trips, soft pale colors for baby photos. It changes according to what I am working on, and what colors the photos bring out.

Do you distress everything, not at all or somewhere in between?

I am absolutely an in between. Sometimes I distress, sometimes I ink, and others…..nothing. Just depends again on what I am working on, the photos, and what mood I am in.

What is your favorite tool?

The one tool I cannot live without is my Carl Cutter. I do many layout kits, and projects that require a lot of cutting. If I didn’t have my Carl Cutter, I would spend most of my time preparing to play, instead of actually playing.

What is your favorite item?

My favorite item at the moment is Glimmer Mist and the Glimmer Mist stencils. I am always looking for a reason to use it on my layouts.

When creating a project, do you plan it out or go with the flow?

My layouts reflect my current mood. Therefore I am a go with the flow person. I like to look at pictures, think about how they make me feel and how they flow, then just go with it.

What type of adhesive do you use?

Duck, Duck, and More Duck! I use glue dots, x, Xyron, dimensionals as well as others, but I could not even work on a page without my Duck.

What is your favorite kind of cardstock?

For solid cs, I think that you just can’t beat Stampin UP! But for patterned paper, it is all about the patterns, instead of name brand.

Do you enjoy stepping out of your zone when creating new projects?

One of my favorite things to do is to take the materials I must use on a layout, and then deciding how to use them. I love making layout kits for this reason. It is like a challenge. I know what I need to use, but how. That is the fun part. So yes, I like stepping out of my zone. Often I have to use materials that I would not necessarily pick, but that is what makes it fun.

When is the best time for you to scrap?

Well I would say anytime, but that would be a lie. I think that anytime will work, but then sometimes I sit down to work on a project, and then the entire family plus all of their friends, and their friends friends all need something ASAP. So I guess the best time is when I set up a play date with my buddies and we get away from the house, the family, and all distractions so that we can concentrate on only scrapbooking. Like retreats!

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

CKC Tulsa

We are so excited to be going to the Creating Keepsakes Convention in Tulsa this August. Dora has signed up for 7 classes. She hopes to learn lots of new things to share at the Fall 09 retreat. She is taking four glimmer mists classes so look forward to a Demonstration Station segment on Saturday of the retreat to share all her new skills. She is so excited to be training to be your glimmer mist "expert".

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Getting to know Dora

How long have you been scrapping?

Well, tricky to answer. I made my first scrapbook in junior high but scrapbooking like I do now – about 13 years or so.

How did you start scrapbooking?

I have always loved art, paper crafting and taking pictures. In junior high I made a scrapbook of my school years (no pictures). Then fast forward a few years. I started making cards and then gradually started making layouts.

What is your favorite scrapbooking line?

Kaiser Craft

What are your favorite subjects to scrapbook?

Nothing specific – I love to scrapbook all the pictures I take and that is too many to count. Hee hee

What do you watch/listen to when you're creating?

My friends. If I happen to scrapbook alone, I listen to Norah Jones or Enya. Calming music.

What do you snack on while scrapping?

Not much. Mainly I just need an ice cold iced tea – no sugar.

Any paper crafting pet peeves?

When someone says “I am not creative” or "I can't do that" Everyone can scrapbook. Sometimes all the creativity you need is to copy someone else’s layout. This kind of copying is allowed in scrapbooking, and encouraged.

What do you love about scrapbooking?

That I am creating a history of my life. It is a stress reliever and great therapy. When I am feeling lonely or down – I can pull out my books and reflect on the good and the bad and even the moments when I created the layouts.

I also love all the friendships I have made due to this hobby.

What is your favorite color combination to use on your projects?

This is always changing. It is reflective of the photos.

Do you distress everything, not at all or somewhere in between?

Somewhere in between. I ink edges on some layouts/projects. I also use a paper distressor on some. The pictures guide me.

What is your favorite tool?

This is hard – I have my top 12 on my blog but to name just one – Retractable Paper Piercer – no more stabbing myself.

What is your favorite item?

My husband built a scrapbooking desk for me. I love it. Now to get him to build a matching table….

When creating a project, do you plan it out or go with the flow?

I say I go with the flow (meaning I don’t sketch it out before hand). Sometimes I can grab pictures and paper and create a layout and sometimes I have to look though books and magazines to get inspiration first.

What type of adhesive do you use?

My favorite is Duck Brand Easy Stick Adhesive and the Glue Glider Pro (little gun). Although, I couldn’t scrap without mini glue dots and foam dimensionals

What is your favorite kind of cardstock?

Stampin’ Up (for smooth and textured) and American Crafts (for textured)

Do you enjoy stepping out of your zone when creating new projects?

I love to try new techniques.

When is the best time for you to scrap?

Anytime I can. I'm not picky.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Come join us for our 10th retreat November 13th to 15th

We are excited to have the retreat at the Embassy Suites in Rogers, Arkansas for the third time in a row. This venue is easily accessible from the highway, and is very centrally located to a variety of food establishments and other shopping areas. Oh, and did we mention there's a local scrapbook store just a mile down the road?

We are proud to offer one of the best Supply Depots in the area! Check out the "Supply Depot" post periodically - we are continually updating it with new tools, stamps, etc.

Our Boxcar Store offers an impressive array of products -- at very low prices (some so low we can't even post)! Check out our "Boxcar Store" post *coming soon*.

We will have classes and activities that we hope encourage you to be very productive at our retreat. Check out the "Classes and Activities" post for more info.

At the end of each retreat, we ask you to give us feedback on the retreat. We want honest feedback, the good and the bad. Check out our "We're Listening" post to see what we are changing.

We so appreciate our loyal Croppin' Train riders, those that keep returning to a Croppin' Train event, and we certainly hope to meet many new riders this year. We try hard to ensure each of you has an enjoyable Croppin' Train experience. It has been a pleasure, working to make our dreams a reality for the past five years, and, with your ongoing support, we hope to continue building on those dreams!

We're Listening

At the end of each retreat we ask everyone to full out a survey. This survey is anonymous. We ask for complete honesty, the good and the bad. We truly use this information to make our events better, to include things that you want. Below are some of the comments from the Spring09 retreat:

Cannot hear our announcements: we will have a microphone at the next event

People wandering in our room to stare at us: we will try harder to keep the doors closed.

Music over loud speakers was not the best: we will not have music on at the next retreat

Instruction on the Cricut: we will try to demo this on Fri night and we will ALWAYS do one on one instruction

Instruction on using rubber stamps: we will include this in our work on the mini Demo schedule for the Fall09 Retreat and we will ALWAYS do one on one instruction

Issues with the dining area: We are working with the hotel on having our dining area roped off or signed "Private Party"

Would be nice to have snacks provided: the hotel will not allow us to bring snacks in. We try to provide some in your gift bags and will continue with this.

Suggested we have a "Scrap Swap" where we set up tables that you can put your unwanted products on to trade or sale: we will try to work this into our room layout for the Fall09 Retreat. Watch for details on this when the event gets closer.

Announce 2nd and 3rd place in Layout contest: we will do this at the Fall09 retreat

Provide coffee: we ordered coffee and will do a better job in the Fall to ensure that we get it.

Comments for the Boxcar Store:
Provide Metallic Papers: we will have some metallic papers from American Crafts at the Fall 09 retreat
Provide layout/project kits: we are beginning work on some layout/project kits to sell in our store this Fall. We may also offer some on this blog from time to time.
Provide t-shirts/bags: we are looking into this. Would you want scrapbooking shirts and bags or Croppin' Train shirts and bags?

Friday, May 15, 2009

Die Cutting

Sizzix and other Dies Available (last update 1/09/2010)

Cuttlebug 2x2

  • Airplane
  • Flower #1
  • Garden Creatures
  • Scalloped Square
  • Sliders
  • Snowflake #2
  • Zoo Animals

Cuttlebug 3x3

  • Circle Frame

Cuttlebug Embossing Folder

  • Birds and Swirls
  • Candy Cane **NEW**
  • Diamond Plate
  • Floral Fantasy
  • Flourished Frame
  • Flower Circle
  • Happy Birthday
  • Heart Blocks
  • It's a Boy (set of 4)
  • It's a Girl (set of 4)
  • Owl Flourish
  • Perfectly Paisley
  • Petals-A-Plenty (SU!) **NEW**
  • Snowflakes
  • Spots and Dots
  • Stars
  • Stylized Flowers
  • Swiss Dots
  • Thanks (set of 4)
  • Victoria
  • Winter Jelly (set of 4)
  • Word-Filled Hearts (set of 4)

Sizzix Decorative Strip

  • Filmstrip
  • Lace Edging
  • Swirly
  • Train Track

Sizzix Green

  • Apple (Small)
  • Block
  • Candy
  • Cat
  • Christmas Light
  • Dog
  • Fish
  • Handprint
  • Heart, Double
  • Leaf #4
  • Ornament
  • Photo Corners
  • Safety Pin
  • Snowflake #2

Sizzix Red

  • Album Cover
  • Album Cover & Page Inserts
  • Album Page Inserts
  • Angela
  • Bookplates, Designer
  • Card, Window Rectangle
  • Charms, Buckles
  • Circle #1
  • Circles
  • Diploma
  • Dog Tags
  • Envelope, Manilla
  • Eyelet Washers #1
  • File Folder
  • Filmstrip
  • Flower, Daisy #2
  • Frame, Corner
  • Frame, Jelly
  • Frame, Slide Mounts & Coin Holder
  • Frames, Circle Combo
  • Hinges, Latches, Handle & Photo Turns
  • Library Card Pocket
  • Luggage Tag #1
  • Luggage Tag #2
  • Matchbook Cover / Page Inserts
  • Paper Clips
  • Pocket
  • Postcard & Stamp
  • Scallop Pocket Tag
  • School Supplies
  • Shaker Box
  • Slide Mounts
  • Square #1
  • Square Set
  • Tab, Triangle
  • Tag Set
  • Tag, Scallop Combo
  • Tag, Super Scallop
  • Tag, Super Traditional
  • Tags, Traditional Combo
  • Tickets
  • Train Engine
  • Tree, Bare
  • Tree, Pine (Large)

Sizzix Simple Impressions Embossing Folder

  • Asterisk #1
  • Asterisks #2
  • Best Friends
  • Border Swirls
  • Bottle Cap
  • Happy Birthday
  • Joy
  • Lady Bug
  • Leaf Border
  • Note Card Center
  • Pawprint
  • Peace
  • Swirls
  • Teddy Bear
  • Thanks
  • Thanks So Much with Flowers

Sizzix Bigz

  • Frame #2
  • Starburst, hanging

Sizzix Thick Cuts

  • Tags, Traditional
  • Flower, Daisies


  • Flower with Leaf and Swirl
  • Heart with Swirl
  • Button Set
  • Cherish Alphabet
  • Classic Alphabet
  • Dog Set
  • Girls are Weird Alphabet
  • Puzzle Set
  • Script Alphabet
  • Stencil Alphabet
  • Tag Set
  • Tiny Tag Set
  • Wedding Set
  • Zoo Set

Sizzix Yellow

  • Baseball Gear
  • Bathtub
  • Border, Road & Wavy
  • Border, Star
  • Candles
  • Crayon
  • Dolphin
  • Hammer & Nail
  • Mittens
  • Splats
  • Tree, Pine (Medium)
  • Watermelon

Sizzix Blue

  • Lollipop Alpha Lower
  • Lollipop Alpha Upper
  • Lollipop Numbers
  • Lollipop Punctuation
  • ShadowBox Alpha (upper)
  • ShadowBox Numbers
  • ShadowBox Question Mark

Tips for a retreat

To ensure a successful retreat weekend we have compiled a list of tips and suggestions

The number one suggestion we can offer is to wear comfortable clothes.

Before you leave for the retreat, double check your vehicle to make sure you have your photos.

Only bring what will fit under a 6' table and make sure you leave room for your legs too.

Bring along your clip-on cup holder. We cannot have open drinks at the crop table without one.

Please bring along your own favorite snacks. The hotel will no longer allow us to provide them.

Bring a pillow or cushion for the chairs -- or bring your own chair.

Bring the basic scrapbooking supplies. Some we recommend are: eyelet setting tools, paper trimmer, scissors, paper piercer, straight edge ruler, cutting mat, pencil, craft knife, black journaler, tweezers, stylus, hammer, hole punch, wire cutters, glue dots, black ink pad, pastels (chalks), water color pencils, lots of adhesive and of course your photos. We will have a lot of these tools available for you to use. Just don't forget your photos and basic adhesive.

How to pack for a crop: Create a traveling scrapbooking kit which includes the basic scrapbooking supplies listed above plus page kits. Steps to create your own page kit: 1. Gather the photos that you want on the layout and make journaling notes. Pre-journaling needs to answer who, what, when, where and why. 2. Choose cardstock and paper for background and mats and select the embellishments. 3. Include any sketches of what you have pictured for this layout.  4. Put everything in a Craft Keeper and you have your very own page kit. You can do this as you get your photos developed, then you will never forget the name of that person that came to the party... Since you will have done your pre-journaling, this will also help complete the layout when you are at the crop. No putting it into the over-growing pile of "needs journaling still". It can go straight into the album as a complete page!

Do you have a tip or suggestion that is not on this list? Email us at and we'll consider adding it to the list.


50 States
A Child's Year
Accent Essentials
Animal Kingdom
Artiste - Close to my Heart
Art Philosophy - Close to my Heart (Dora-Gypsy)
Ashlyn's Alphabet
B is for Boy (Lite)
Base Camp
Camp Out
Campin' Critters
Christmas Cards (Lite)
Christmas Cheer
Christmas Noel Solutions (Lite)
Cindy Loo
Create a Critter
Cuttin' Up
December 25th
Designer's Calendar
Disney/Pixar© Cars
Disney© Dreams Come True
Disney© Happily Ever After
Disney© Mickey and Friends
Disney© Mickey Font
Disney© Pooh and Friends
Disney© Pooh Font Set
Don Juan
Elegant Cake Art (Martha Stewart)
Elegant Edges
Everyday Paper Dolls
Fabulous Finds
Flower Shoppe (Lite)
Forever Young
From My Kitchen
George and Basic Shapes
Going Places
Graphically Speaking
Gypsy Font (only on the Gypsy)
Gypsy Wanderings (only on the Gypsy)
Happy Hauntings
Hello Kitty Font
Hello Kitty Greetings
Holiday Cakes
Home Accents Solutions  (Lite)
Home D├ęcor
Independence Day
Inspired Heart (Lite)
Jolly Holiday (Lite)
Joys of the Season
Just Because Cards
Kate's ABCs
Lacy Labels (Lite)
Life is a Beach
Locker Talk
Love Struck 2010
Lyrical Letters
Mother's Day 2010
My Community
My World
Nate's ABCs
New Arrival
Nifty Fifties
Nursery Rhymes
Old West
Once Upon a Princess
Opposites Attract
Paper Doll Dress Up
Paper Lace
Plantin Schoolbook
Princess Party
Recess (Lite)
Rock Princess
Seasonal Cake Art (Martha Stewart)
Slumber Party (Lite)
Snow Friends (Lite)
Sports Mania
Stand and Salute
Stretch your Imagination
Summer Vacation
Sweet Treats
Tags, Bags, Boxes, & More
Tear Drop
Tie The Knot
Toy Story
Twinkle Toes (Lite)
Very Merry Tags 2009
Walk in My Garden
Wedding (Lite)
When It's Cold Outside (Lite)
Winter Frolic
Winter Woodland
Wrap it Up
last updated Nov 2012

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Supply Depot

If you see something you haven't used before and are curious, we will demonstrate it for you.

Over 50 colors of Scrapbook Paint (mostly Making Memories paint)
Crop-a-Diles! Big Bite
Assorted rubber stamps and ink pads. Stamps include images, shapes and alphabets. (see "Stamps" post for a list)
Cricut Expressions (12x12 cutter) and Cricut Cartridges (see "Cricut" post for a list)
Computer, Color Printer (small fee) and Scanner for your journaling needs. Computer loaded with many different font styles.
Assorted Punches
Light Tracing Table
Coluzzle Blade, Mat and Templates
Circle Cutter
Eyelet Tools
Watercolor Pencils
Paper Piercer
Heat Gun for Embossing
Fiskars Shape Cutter with 6 Templates
Xyron in Various Sizes (small fee may apply) - Stickers, Laminate, and Magnets
Assorted Pens
Pearl Ex
Various trimmers
A collection of decorative scissors including corner scissors
Cuttlebug Embossing Folders and dies (see "Die Cutting" post for a list)
Sizzix and Big Shot die-cut machine with several alphabet dies and many other die shapes (see "Die Cutting" post for a list)
And Much More

Pricing Options

***2018 Pricing***
Crop 'n Sleep (Formerly All Inclusive)

$265 each for Double Occupancy
$230 each for Triple Occupancy
$215 each for Quadruple Occupancy
$388 for a Single Occupancy Room

Final payment must be received on or before April 23, 2018. These rates are for a "Crop and Sleep" weekend which includes: 2 nights lodging (Friday and Saturday), over 50 hours of possible cropping time, 6 or 8 foot wide reserved cropping space per person, prizes, use of a Cricut Expressions and all our cartridges, and use of laptop and color printer (may be small per page charge for printing).

Crop Only (FormerlyCrop Eat but do not Sleep)

$140 for all weekend (Fri noon to Sun 2pm), crop with no hotel stay. This will include all the amenities ... "Welcome Aboard" Goodie Bag; Project Materials; Snacks; Door Prizes, etc.

Day Crop, the Scenic Route

Take the Scenic Route: Can you only come for a day and would rather sleep in your own bed? Check out our Day Rates:
Friday - noon. - ??? - $40.00
Saturday - 7:00 a.m. - ??? - $70.00

These day only rates include all amenities ... "Welcome Aboard" Goodie Bag; Project Materials; Door Prizes, etc.

To send a payment for any or all of the rates, using PayPal, click on "Send Money" and send the payment to In the comments section of this payment, put in your name, phone number, email and what you are paying for. Then we will call or email for any additional information required.


A $50 non-refundable deposit will reserve your space at the Croppin' Train Retreat.

Please go to the "Registration Notes" post for more details.

Let us know if you are interested in a payment plan to pay off your retreat. We have a few options.

Contact Info

You may contact us with questions, special requests, and/or comments via


telephone: 479-531-8518 (between the hours of 9am and 8pm Central Standard time)

or mail: Croppin' Train; c/o Dora Poage; PO Box 982; Bentonville, AR 72712-0982

Classes and Activities


You will receive layout materials for two classes. We will have a tool area set up specifically for these class kits and have samples to view while you are at the retreat. These classes can be completed at your own leisure. And we are there to help you while you work too.


Throughout the weekend you will have many opportunities to earn tickets to use for some prizes. Each prize will have a bag in front of it. Every time you earn a ticket, you can place it in the bag in front of the prize you want to win. You can spread your tickets out among many prizes or if you really want to increase your odds of winning a specific prize, you can put all your tickets in one bag! A select number of winning tickets will be drawn on Saturday night and the rest on Sunday. There are no substitutions of prizes won and the only limit to the number of prizes one person can win is the amount of luck they have during the retreat! Ways you can earn tickets may include: completed layouts, the Floating Balloons, and arriving at the Demonstration Station, and many other opportunities!

Door Prizes

We will draw names throughout the weekend for those that are present.

Demonstration Station

We will demo new products, techniques and requests over the weekend. We try our best to do these at scheduled times. But if you happen to miss one - feel free to ask us to show you one on one. We are happy to share what we know anytime. =o)

Registration Notes

Please read the policies carefully. When you register, you will be asked to sign that you have read and understand these policies. If you have any questions, please contact us before you register.

Registration and Payment
The Croppin' Train Retreat is only $215 (for Double Occupancy). Final payment must be received on or before April 26th for 2 nights lodging (Friday and Saturday), , over 50 hours of possible cropping time, 6 or 8 foot wide reserved cropping space per person, prizes, use of a Cricut Expressions, and use of laptop and color printer (may be small per page charge for printing).
A $50 deposit will reserve your space at the Croppin' Train Retreat.
Please register by using paypal or you can register by phone at 479-531-8518 between the hours of 9am and 8pm Central Standard time.
We accept checks, money orders, cash, Visa, Mastercard, Discover and American Express for payments. We must receive your deposit within ten days of registration to reserve your space. You can contact us by phone to make arrangements to pay by credit card.
Let us know if you are interested in a payment plan to pay off your retreat. We have a few options.
Gift certificates are available for purchase in $25 increments.
Anyone can attend retreat. Our only restriction is that everyone is at least 15 years old.
If you have a special need, please let us know or indicate it on the registration form that is on the link on the right of this page.
The hotel will provide water. If you would like a soft drink, you can bring your own (you can have a cooler under your table) or use the soda vending machines provided by the hotel. Drink holders attached to the table are permitted. Small personal coolers will be allowed in the crop room under the tables. You are welcome to bring any snacks to the retreat. The hotel will not allow us to have any out for you.
Within 72 hours of any payment you will receive a confirmation email from us. Your confirmation will include your receipt, and your payment plan, if applicable. If you do not receive this confirmation, please contact us.
Returned checks will result in a charge of $40 and the immediate cancellation of your registration.
Cancellation Policy
Your deposit of $50 for the Retreat is a non-refundable deposit. There will be no refunds for "no-shows."
In the event you are not able to attend the Retreat, and have reserved a hotel room, we will retain funds to cover the hotel cost, in addition to the $50.00 non-refundable deposit.
No refunds will be issued due to perceived quality of the retreat, natural disasters, national emergencies, or acts of God.
Please contact us as soon as possible so that we can work with you.
What should I bring with me?
You should bring comfortable clothes, toiletry items and your cropping supplies. On the “Tips” post, we have a recommended tool list and hints to prepare your cropping supplies. We will have all of those recommended supplies available to use in our Supply Depot as well.