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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Scrapbookit Retreat - October 2013

Hello Everyone,

What an absolutely wonderful weekend had by all!

We started arriving on Friday. Some of us believed that they would never get the car packed the same way again on Sunday afternoon...however, the unloading and settling in did not take very long at all. It was lovely to catch up with old friends and great to meet some new ones.

Throughout the weekend there were plenty of laughs (actually some of us complained of sore sides at several points), plenty of scrapbooking, some spending, plenty of eating, some drinking (cordial only!!!), great conversations, music and some of us even took a liking to singing aloud!!

We were blessed to have Melissa Kennedy from Kaisercraft join us. She ran a class for us using one of the newer paper ranges “Hidden Treasures.” With plenty of distressing, inking, tying, mounting, layering, tucking, journalling, hiding, sticking and dabbing we created two gorgeous single layouts. Thank you to Melissa for running the class, for sharing with us and for having a laugh with us, we had a ball and thoroughly enjoyed it.

We had a halloween themed dress up on Saturday night and even did some 'Trick or Treat' scrapping.

Here is Jo, Brenda and I...

 and the whole gang...

Our venue “Mountain View Retreat” was great. Our hosts were very kind to us all and provided us with plenty of yummy food, plenty of warmth (especially when Friday night was a little chilly) and smiling faces! Thank you so much to the team at Mountain View Retreat for your hospitality.

All in all, a wonderful weekend. 

A huge thank you to Jo for organising and running the retreat. They are always wonderful weekends and I, personally, know the hard work you put into the event behind the scenes that we all need to thank you sincerely for Jo! 

A huge thanks to Rhonda for running the shop and keeping the tallies for the weekend and for helping with the set up on Thursday night and Friday. An endless support to Jo - thanks Rhonda!

A huge thanks to all those who assisted with the pack up. Especially to Lyn and Kerry, who stuck around and packed the already full car with products to transport back to the shop. Also, a big thanks to Andrew (Jo’s partner) and Brittany, Casey and Lachie (Jo’s children) for all of their hard work with transporting the shop and setting and packing guys are awesome!

I was lucky enough to run a class on the weekend too!
It was a Christmas Card class, featuring three cards using the gorgeous Bo Bunny “Elf Magic” or the Bo Bunny “Silver and Gold” collection.
As I explained to the class on Sunday, our original intentions with this class was just to make the ‘Trinket box’ but felt that we needed a couple of extra cards for good measure. 

So here are some photos of the trinket box card...

What a wonderful little gift box and card! I can imagine buying a beautiful piece of jewelry to place in the box, writing on the easel card and then tying a big bow around it and placing it under the Christmas tree.

I have also made this trinket box card twice before for my niece and nephew. They loved the chocolates that filled the box for their birthdays!!

The next card is the Envelope/Tag card.

Basically, all I have used is my Kaisercraft card and envelope. I have decorated the envelope and then cut the card in half to create a tag to hold my message inside!
Something a little different!

The final card is a very basic card. I have used 1” squares, distressing and scrunching to create the background.

If you like these cards and want to give them a try, I believe Jo has some packs in the shop with a full set of instructions. Drop her an email and she can get one to you.

Well that is all for me today! I hope you have enjoyed hearing about our wonderful weekend and have enjoyed looking at my cards.

Make sure you pop back in to check out the new challenge for November and also to hear our new Design Team news!!

Until then, happy scrapping,


  1. Thanks for all your help as well, I have a great team and a wonderful family that makes these weekends possible.

  2. Everything was perfect from start too finish. I was no where near ready to go home. I loved Melissa class and working with the new range. Mel your workshop was just awesome. Your gift box/card I loved. I will be making some up for Christmas. Thanks Jo for a wonderful time. Hugs all.

  3. Looks like everyone had a great time! Your cards look awesome Mel, how cute is that Elf :)


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