New to Retreats

If you’ve never been to a weekend retreat, then you are in for a real treat!!  It’s like a “girls’ weekend” for women who love to scrapbook or do other crafts, with no interruptions.  You can even work through the night if you wish.  Some of us like to change into our “comfy PJ’s” after dinner and then get back to working until the wee hours.  Others may go to sleep early and be the first to start working in the morning.  I’m a night owl, but I do try to take a nap during the day to stay up late.  It doesn’t matter what you do… it’s your weekend to do your thing.  The best part is that you can just leave your things at your table and pick up where you left off the next day.  Once everyone has gone to bed (if everyone goes to bed, LOL!) the room will be locked until the first crafter is ready to start in the morning.

What do I take?

Everyone answers this question differently.  Personally, I take everything.  Yes, I said it… I take it all.  But in my defense, all my stuff is organized in plastic containers.  My papers are in plastic dividers, small embellishments are in bead boxes, pictures are in containers, my ribbons, stamps, pens, punches… all in neat containers.  Why do I take it all… because I never know how I’m going to do a layout until I have it in front of me.

Other crafters pre-organize what pictures they are going to scrapbook and what paper and embellishments they will be using on certain layouts.  These crafters can then pack according to what they will need.  This type of organizing also helps cut time when scrapbooking because you already have an idea of what your layout will look like and not have to start from scratch.

Whichever way works best for you, there are important things you do not want to forget… these are listed below.

  • PICTURES – do not forget these.
  • Adhesives – I typically go through about 10 refills on a weekend retreat.
  • Cardstock and patterned paper
  • Cutters – scissors, paper trimmers, etc.
  • Embellishments – whatever you think you’ll need (ribbon, brads, stickers, buttons, etc.)
  • If you’re a stamper – take your stamps and ink pads
  • If you ‘re a puncher – take your punches
  • Pens, markers, etc. for journaling
  • Did I mention PICTURES?

Worst case…. If you forget or run out of something, we have 3 fabulous craft stores nearby:

  • Michaels Arts & Craft Store
  • Hobby Lobby
  • Jo-Ann Fabrics & Crafts