Monday, 10 October 2011

Scrap Retreat

This past weekend I spent at a Scrap Retreat. I had an absolute ball as usual. The scrapbook shop where I teach hosts 2 retreats a year, one in May and another in October. The cost is very reasonable as it covers all meals, accommodation and 3 classes. Guests arrive from 7pm Friday night and scrap till whenever. There are optional extra classes they can do on Friday night. This year I taught a 3 hour marathon class on Friday night. The lovely ladies got to complete 3 double layouts in 3 hours. I must say there was a lot of laughter and conversation thrown in to the class.
Saturday sees breakfast at 8.30am and then free time to scrap till the first classes start at 11am. After this one hour class it again is free time to scrap till lunch, then a two hour class at 1.30pm, and another 1 hour class at 4pm. Then its free time again to scrap until you can't stay awake any more.  Some of us scrapped till 4am on Friday and Saturday nights, or should I say mornings. Sunday is your own time all day till 3pm to scrap.
We have a lady come visit us on Sunday for $20 massages. And by this time some of the ladies really appreciate these.
The weekend goes way too fast. Lots of laughter, lots of chatting, lots and lots of scrapping, and way too much eating of chocolate. This year we even had a bird visit us.
We came back from dinner on Saturday night to find that we had a bird trapped in our scrapping room. Well the evening after that till nearly 11pm was a mix of scrapping, bird watching, opening all doors, turning off the lights and trying to shoo the bird out with brooms and whatever we could find. There were some hilarious suggestions which included a few suggestions around bras being used as sling shots. After all it was a room full of 50 women. Eventually the party got too much for the bird and he flew to freedom. The onsite caretaker said he had never heard such a loud celebration.
I had a wonderful bunch of ladies on my table and we shared many laughs. There were some serious moments when we discussed the big issues and especially issues with our children. We learnt some things and shared many funny stories.
Eventhough I was working, the socialising with our customers and the time to sit and scrap with great company outweighed this fact. It was an excellent weekend and I can not wait till our next one in May next year.
If you are a scrapper and haven't been on a scrapping retreat yet, what are you waiting for? Get down to your local store and enquire. You will have lots of fun and make some new friends along the way.

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