a bad crop…

Okay.  Have you ever been to a bad crop?  You like to think that we make the experience what it is…  but sometimes, no amount of magic or mojo or Mt. Dew can overcome a bad crop. 

When you only get two layouts done and you look around and everyone else there is in the same boat… you know.

When you feel locked into a space that is creatively stifling and no one is really happy or chatting… you know.

When the store staff is not interacting, inspiring, or participating…  you know.

I had an experience not so long ago that was like this.  I went in, totally psyched for an amazing crop and got…  well… a dudder.

It wasn’t until I left that I started to process what had happened.  It is possible to overcome a bad space with personality and involvement.  When the store is disconnected and the space is drab and depressing, there is not much that you can do other than try to overcome it.  When you look around and try to find inspiration in your fellow scrappers and see them all struggling the same way, desperately searching for a creative spark.  That to me is not a good sign…

So, how do you combat this?  I am not sure.  I have not had this experience before.  I have had times where my personal mojo is shot, but never where the entire crop is a depressing, uncreative minefield… 

This is a topic I have to really think about and process…  it is really bugging me.  It is, however, one answer to why some smaller stores are struggling.  If you can’t bring together people in a creative way at a creative store and you can’t inspire them to create with the products you sell, how can you succeed? 

Ok…  off to ponder this whole experience…



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4 responses to “a bad crop…

  1. patti

    perhaps you can one on one with the person in charge of the crop. You never know, some people are very open to others opionins. And perhaps if you are helpful she will be gratiful to you.

    I also beleive that you control your destiny, and need to make the best of a bad situation. You are a fun girl and you should have pumped up the fun level by just being you.

  2. Debby

    Most of the time I’m limited by space so I’m a bit use to it. We make jokes about moving into “others” space and we learn to laugh alot. Crops are not only for getting the layouts done, but it is for the fun and fellowship. The only time lack of space hurts me is in “professional” class when you are given a 12 x 12 inch space to work. Belive it or not Steph I’m a lot like you and can get a place rockin’ so I really depend on my mojo to be going. Good luck thinking this through.

  3. Tammy

    I know ont thing that can help get everyone in the mood is a challege. It can be as simple as the first person to finish a layout to a specific layout challenege. The prize doesn’t have to be extreme. A simple prize is just a little boost to get everyone working.

  4. Wow, I think you’re onto something. Tara shared with me recently she was at a “bad crop.” It was small, she didn’t bring an acquaintance and no one spoke! And it stifled her from talking and she loves to talk! I don’t mind the size of a crop, I think I prefer small to big b/c loud/crowds are too distracting to me. I go to a crop to socialize, though. If I didn’t want to socialize, I’d stay home and crop all by my lonesome. Just my .02

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