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!


Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Spring 2011 - Overall Winner

This stunning layout was the overall winner at the Spring 2011 Retreat. It took about two hours to hand-cut all of those little squares. Congratulations - thanks for sharing such beautiful work!

Spring 2011 - Winning "Other" Project

Cindy Tyner won for the best "other " project. She created this adorable mini-album entitled "Summer". Congratulations Cindy!

Spring 2011-Winning Scrapbook Layout

Randee Hallmark had the winning layout at the Spring 2011 Retreat. The banner on the left-side page was created using the Tie The Knot Cricut cartridge. Congratulations Randee!

Monday, March 28, 2011

Spring 2011 Retreat - Done!

Well, the Spring 2011 Retreat has all been boxed up and put away. We'll rest a bit, and then start preparing for our Fall 2011 Retreat.* (*More news about that retreat in a separate post). We had a wonderful week-end, with 43 people in attendance! We had croppers from Indiana, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas, and, of course, Arkansas! Mary Ellen created name tags in the shape of the state to represent each cropper. It was fun to see where everyone traveled from. As usual, we gave away lots of fun prizes, and free goodies! Dora taught a class on a 'waterfall' technique that was used on the free layout kit. I demoed how to stamp on your pictures, a technique that was used in the Early Bird layout kit. We also gave each cropper a mini magnetic bulletin board kit, and a test tube candy holder kit. 2Katies, a local design team, came on Saturday afternoon and taught a beautiful 2-page layout class. This was an optional, extra, class that people could purchase if they wanted. Saturday night we had our layout contest. We had 27 entries - lots of layouts and a few cards, mini-books, etc. All of the entries were awesome, but the winners were truly works of art! We'll post those in a separate, photo-heavy, post. Sunday comes awfully fast! All too soon it was time to give away the last round of door prizes, the grand prize, and then the "big" grand prize! :) At this Retreat, we gave away an Ott lite - many people have been asking about them, so we gave away a small one that can be used for travel - like coming to a crop! Our "big" grand prize is always a "free ride" on the next Croppin' Train. This time, Dana Reed, a first-time attendee, won the free ride. Dana - we look forward to seeing you again in the Fall! We hope everyone enjoyed themselves, and that you got a few things accomplished, too! All of us at Croppin' Train truly appreciate your attendance at any Croppin' Train event, and hope to see each of you again soon! Thanks for riding with us!! Pat


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Thursday, March 24, 2011

Spring 2011 Shirts

Our new shirts are here - and we are so excited...
S-XL are $10 and 2XL-5XL are $12

Monday, March 14, 2011

Another Sneak Peek!

For everyone that fully pays their registration early, we like to thank you with an extra layout kit. This Spring's layout kit will be using Vanilla, Black and Turqouise, with the following picture sizes: (1) 4x6 or 6x4, and (3) 3x3. You can do some stamping on this - you can even stamp directly onto your pictures if you'd like. The kit also includes two pre-cut Cricut pieces.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

“It’s the Little Things”

We are pleased to offer a third class opportunity for you this Spring retreat.

Join the 2 Katie’s of 2 Katie Designs for this fabulous 2 page layout class! This class will be on Saturday at 4pm.

They will focus on making pages fabulous while still quickly scrappin’ those 4x6 snap shots! Join them to create this memorable two page layout featuring a newly released paper line from Fancy Pants Designs. Capture the “little things” in your life while learning fresh scrapbook techniques that will leave you inspired and motivated to scrapbook the memories that are often forgotten.

This class is for an additional fee of $15. Click the paypal button to the right to sign up and pay for this class.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Spring 2011 Retreat Class Layout Teaser

It was requested last retreat to let you know what colors we are using for the class layouts you receive. Great Idea!

The layout kit is a Springy layout. The colors are yellow, orange, pink, red, green, cream. Lots of colors as you can tell.

You will need these photos: a 4x4 or 5x5 and seven 2x2's and a 4x4 and a 2.5x3.75

It features an interactive waterfall technique for the photos. We will have an actual class on how to construct this piece on Saturday of retreat at 10:30am.

We are excited to share this technique with you.