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The Story of Cool Crops…
First and foremost we are avid – well no actually addicted scrapbookers. We started out six years ago like most everyone with simple pages, paper and stickers. Over the years our pages have evolved and continue to. Eclectic would be the best way to describe my scrapbooking style.
After four years of running smaller events with rave reviews closer to my home I have decided to take my “concept on the road”. I believe there are three main reasons we love getting away to scrapbook.
I also believe that when we are at a retreat weekend there are a few elements that set those good weekends apart from the Ultimate ones!!
Cris Quinn lives in New Hampshire with her husband Jeff, her two teenage daughters Kelly and Shannon and her golden retriever Sadie. She started Scrapbooking about 10 years ago and especially enjoys the social aspect of the weekend crops. She like to scrap everything from simple quick pages to more elaborate ones that involve distressing and all the embellishments she can find! I love trying new things and meeting people who are so much more creative than me. Cris says that scrapping at home is not nearly as much fun as scrapping with 50 or more amazing women for a weekend!!
A Message from Cris…
Cool Crops was started after some thoughtful days trying to decide what I wanted to do when I grew up. I needed to find something I would be passionate about. “I’ve been out of the workforce for about 6 years and the thought of going back to a full time desk job while my kids are in middle and high school wasn’t my first choice. I wanted to find something I loved doing that wouldn’t take too much time away from my family life.
I have attended many crops all over the country over the past several years. I have also held smaller crops for the past 4 years – usually between 30-50 people. Year after year we have had rave reviews from all of our attendees. People loved our attention to detail and how everyone was treated as someone special. I had also been listening to my fellow scrapbookers and could tell they weren’t all that excited about some of their weekend crop experiences. So……….Cool Crops was born!
Cara Duchnowski lives in Clinton MA with her husband Dennis, her two children, Jarrid and Lindsay and her cat Chloe. She started Scrapbooking about 9 years ago and has really enjoyed learning about all the great products and techniques. Her style has evolved from very basic pages to now designing layouts and projects for our weekends. Cris and Cara have been friends for more than 20 years and love getting away to do these weekends together.
A message from Cara....
You lose something when the event is too big. We will keep our events under 100 attendees and we will strive to meet each and every person over the course of the weekend. We will include our classes in the registration fee. Competing for classes stinks! We love that everyone who wants to take a class will be able to. We also promise our classes will include new techniques and cool new instructors with unique ideas. We will always offer the Thursday evening early bird option…..maybe someday we’ll be starting on MONDAY!