Monday, November 26, 2012

A Creative Escape

I fell in love with the idea of going away to scrapbook at my very first retreat about 4 years ago. There is something very special about spending a whole weekend with ladies that are as addicted to this art form as you are.  Another perk is that no one looks at you like you're crazy when your eyes light up over new paper, embellishments, mist, or any number of cool products.

There are not very many retreats hosted in my local area, with most being held at camps and facilities a few hours away. In an effort to make it easier for people in the Central Alberta area to attend and to share my love of all things papercrafting with others I started with my very first retreat last year hosting 9 ladies at a nearby camp. It was a great weekend, however the food and accommodations were not quite up to my standards, so this fall I tried hosting a retreat at Sunnyside Christian Retreat Centre just outside of Sylvan Lake. The results were amazing! I had the pleasure of hosting 34 wonderful women for a three day retreat. We spent many hours doing make and takes, shopping at The Paper Box (a store owned by Glenda from Cold Lake), visiting, scrapping and enjoying delicious food.

Here are some snapshots from the weekend:

The before picture of your scrapping space.

Some of my classes that were available for sign up.

Everybody loves prizes! I'll explain the donkey later, just keep reading...


Having fun at the Make and Take table.

The "Donkey Game" as I have called it was played all weekend long. To win a prize you had to have donkey when the timer went off. To get donkey you had to go up to whoever had him and tell that person a story, joke or something about yourself. The donkey kept moving around the room while everyone got to know each other and in the end everyone was a winner and had met new friends.





Some lovely shopping provided by Glenda from The Paper Box. I had so much fun stocking up on supplies I had never seen in person before. There was an amazing selection!




Me and my friend/CTMH downline Jen. We had a blast visiting and crafting late into the night.




My good friend Val and I posing for a shot after many long hours of creating.






This cracked me up...even more so because Jodi didn't do it on purpose. She was just coloring some letters for a layout and left them drying when she went to bed.

I met so many wonderful and creative ladies this weekend! We had a blast and I'm already planning the next retreat. If you are interested in joining us I will be adding a fourth day so you can choose from a 3 day or 4 day option and there are some other surprises in the works for the next one. As for dates it will be May 9-12, 2013 which just happens to be Mother's Day weekend. What better gift to yourself than a weekend away from all responsibilities, having food cooked for you and lots of time to create and catch up with friends or make new ones. 

More details and prices will be coming soon!
A big THANK YOU  to all the ladies that joined me this year, it was a real pleasure getting to know you all and sharing my knowledge and creative passion with you all. I hope to see you all again in the spring! 

Chelsey

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