Getting Away to Scrapbook and Create Personal Cards
Just about every serious scrapbook and personal card crafter has considered sneaking off to a secluded dedicated place where they can get totally engrossed in there crafting. Retreats are one way to get away to do just that. There are advantages and disadvantages to going to a retreat to work on your craft. Here are some tidbits of the why’s and why nots:
Reason to go to a retreat:
- The Prime reason to go to a retreat would be to engage in your scrapbooking craft by removing distractions at home.
- The opportunity to be around others with similar interests:
- The chance to share talent and information with others, and
- To learn new techniques and tips from others.
- The chance to see, and perhaps use, new tools and supplies, in addition to sharing what you may have to offer.
- Perhaps the chance to see and experience other sites and activities where the retreat is located–a mini-vacation.
- Not having to worry about preparing food or taking care of housekeeping chores.
- Opportunity to participate in classes to learn more.
Reasons Against A Retreat:
- Time – requires too much time, or not enough time based on your needs.
- Location is not where you’d like to go–too close or too far away.
- Number of participants–too few or too many.
- Lack of services, tools and supplies, which might require you to have to take more than you would want to take.
- Lack of classes or learning experiences.
Be sure you understand what is being offered by the retreat. What services are provided for your fee: Food, lodging (private room or dorm style–where you may have to bring your own bedding, etc.), supplies and tools they offer to use–or do they rent them, and are there items for sale? Where is the retreat located–is it close to an airport if you’re flying, and do they offer pick-up service or do you need to rent a car? What are their group rates (and the minimum number to create a group-you may want to do this to reduce costs)?
Be sure to understand the “fine print” when signing up. The primary concern would be the cancellation costs should that be necessary.
By-all-means be sure to correspond with the retreat by phone or email to ensure you have all the details clear in your mind.
Assuming you’ve decided going to a Scrapbooking Retreat is the thing for you, where do you go. First, check with your local scrapbook supply stores. They often have listings of retreats in you area. IF you are looking for sites in other states, here are a few links to retreats you may want to consider:
This list is not all inclusive, but should get you started on your search for a retreat or event that will suit your needs.
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