Wednesday, August 12, 2009

It's been a long time...

Sounds like the title of a song to ME! So of course those of you who know me well can just imagine that I had to immediately Google it. I was thinking Doobie Brothers, but it's Bruce Springsteen, Rakim (???), Harry James, Bing Crosby, Donovan, Mykill Miers, Louis Armstrong, well you get the idea.

It's been a heck of a ride around these parts for the better part of this year. It's slowly but surely starting to smooth out a bit, but there is a long way to go and just proof that Whoopi had it right when she said that normal is nothin' but a setting on the washing machine. After all, you can only ride along on the cloud total insanity for so long. And yet, I constantly expect my life to somehow be normal.

The fall retreat is coming up. There are going to be some wonderful changes that I hope will create a more intimate and shared retreat experience for everyone attending. It is always my goal to give a great space for whatever creativity pops up, and I'm very excited about this retreat in particular. For our regular retreaters, this is what many of you have been asking for. For new retreaters, this is just another step in making our retreats the best retreat experience a creative person could ever ask for.

We will again be in Ukiah, the dates are Thursday October 15 at 10 am through Sunday, October 18 at 5pm. We do have room for a few more people, but I need to hear from you right away if you are interested. Ukiah is about an hour north of Rohnert Park, the hotel is super comfortable, the scrap room is well lit and accessible to our participants around the clock. Set your stuff up and you don't have to worry about it again until you pack to leave on Sunday afternoon. In addition to the retreat, we are planning a pre-retreat event at Helene's Scrapbooks in Santa Rosa with very special discounts and special purchases just for our retreat clients. We are also offering, for the first time: a free class at Helene's to help you get organized, use the supplies you already own, and to be able to make your scrapbooking dollars go much much further for the new stuff you DO buy. This class is FREE for anyone completing their registration (with payment) by September 1. And we will also be offering a special trip to Scrapbook Territory in Berkeley for another great shopping trip and exclusive make and take project. All this is of course included in the cost of the retreat.

If this sounds good to YOU, get in touch with me at or by phone at 707.328.0031 for rates and room availability. See ya there!

Monday, May 11, 2009

Countdown is so close-check out the timer!

It's Monday and the retreat is Thursday- that little timer is just whizzing away! I am organizing my stuff, trying to get my Power Layouts done so I don't end up bringing EVERYTHING I own this time! Picked up tons of photos from Costco over the weekend, and realize that I want to order more but need to spend some time in Photoshop first-maybe at 2 a.m., but other than that I am booked solid!

I was a little disappointed in some of my photos, two sets were very foggy looking-although they were shot outside on clear days. No amount of Photoshop helped, I was hoping for a miracle between hitting SEND to have them processed and picking up the envelope. No such luck. Then I realized what might have happened and checked it out. Sure enough- I had forgotten one of the most basic rules of photography there is. The lens was filthy! Giovanni recently decided that whenever the camera comes out, he needs to take his OWN photos-thank you very much! I have the Canon G7 and it's a little heavy and bulky for two year old hands, so his little fingers were undoubtedly all over the lens. Lens is now QUITE clean- so my next batch of photos should be dandy. But man-oh-man, forgetting the basics will get'cha every time.

My entire scrapping focus this retreat is Giovanni, I have to get his scrapbooks entirely current. Fortunately I have lots of photos from some of the fun things Charlie and I have done with him this year. We went to San Francisco via the ferry to satisfy his fascination with boats. Every time we drove by cows, he would claim to see elephants, not cows (he's a great teaser!. So we were off to the Oakland Zoo on a Sunday afternoon in March. We spent an afternoon at the park, and another at the library, so lots and lots of scrappable moments. It's so exciting to be scrapping using the concepts of the Savvy Sisters Design team 'cause I know I can get all my photos on just on layout and then move on to the next event. And I don't have to crop my photos down to nothing, or toss any if I don't want to. Love it!!!

Check the timer- it's almost time!

Monday, May 4, 2009

May Retreat less than 2 weeks away! Are YOU ready?

Only 10 days remaining til the May retreat. May 15-18 we will be scrapping, laughing, and scrapping some more at our wonderful Ukiah location. With a wonderful, HUGE, well lit scrap room available 24 hours a day, we have the option to scrap uninterrupted for up to 79 hours straight (assuming no sleep, of course- but you get the point!). Those amazing beds, the beautiful koi ponds, the good company and being surrounded by all our STUFF is just the best way to de-stress. We have one newbie joining us, a friend of Claire's- we welcome Brenda Martin to our roster!

Thursday 10 am is kick-off time, remember to bring snacks to share, we will have the share table up so if you have stuff you want to pass on to another scrapper, put it out, and then help yourself to anything you want from the table as well. And don't forget our cocktail party on Friday evening at 6pm. Please bring an appetizer of something sweet to share and it is BYOB.

It's going to be another great time, and we do still have some room available, so if someone out there has been on the fence, and would like to join us, get in touch with me at!

Monday, April 13, 2009

Counting down the days...

We are now a mere 31 days away fromt he Spring 2009 Retreat

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

May Retreat on the Horizon!

Only 5 weeks remain til the May retreat, and I'm hearing from everyone about how much they are looking forward to it! There is no doubt that the economy is having an impact and several of our "regulars" are having to cut back on the number of retreats they attend each year. We miss them dearly and hope they will be back with us soon, and we have new faces joining us as well.

There is room on the May retreat for more scrappers, and anyone who may be interested can contact me at with questions. The May retreat is always especially wonderful because the weather is typically GREAT, with lots of sunshine filling the scrap room, the pool looks so inviting, and a walk to get some lunch is too tempting to ignore! Tell your friends about the retreat, and make the 4 day party even better with new faces in the room!

Plan now for the Saturday night cocktail party, bring an appetizer and your favorite drink to share, no need for dinner that night for sure!

Saturday, February 28, 2009

The Winter Retreat 2009

Just one week ago I was happily surrounded by all my wonderful scrappin' pals at our winter retreat. It was quite possibly our best retreat ever- everyone attending has participated in many retreats with me in the past, so it was just a wonderful time spent with old friends. Four solid days of scrapping, and quite late into the night as well.

I usually try to keep my regular schedule in effect at the retreats (crucial for a lifelong insomniac), but as one of the two year olds in my households has recently begun waking up every two hours all night long- I no longer seem to HAVE a regular schedule! So I pulled three 2 am nights on this retreat. I didn't want to lose any precious scrappin' time so I was back up and at 'em first thing each morning as well. I CRASHED when I came home on Monday. But it was so GREAT! And the page I did of my little guy Giovanni is awesome- I'm so happy with the final product! One page AND ****** full 4x6 photos with an additional 3 3x3 photos. I used the yummy Cosmo Cricket Snorkel line, "borrowed" pal Dana's glitter and Crystal Effects technique, add a half sheet of Hambly's Clearly Heavy Overlay, and several Swings and there you have it; my current favorite layout ever! To see it, and all the other amazing layouts we've been creating, you'll just have to wait til the new book book releases on July 1st!

So now the countdown begins til the May retreat, the weekend after Mother's Day. What better Mother's Day gift could there possibly be? Start leaving hints now!

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Our Fabulous Retreats!

Since 2000 we have hosted scrapbook retreats in a variety of locations in Northern California. Typically we hold a retreat in February, May, and October every year. Our retreats are small by design, typically fewer than 24 participants. Each retreater has her own 6 foot table with plenty of space to spread all her favorite STUFF all around her! We start on Thursday at 10 am and go straight through till 5 pm on Sunday.

Our current location is a wonderful hotel in Ukiah, about an hour and a half north of the Golden Gate Bridge. They treat us like royalty-of course, and the beds are AMAZING. The scraproom is comfortable, well lit, secure, and available to particpants 24 hours a day. Breakfast is included, other meals are on your own.

We all bring goodies to share throughout the weekend, and frankly you could never leave the scrap room all weekend and not go hungry! But that's no fun-we also have a "cocktail party" by the pool on Saturday evening, just a brief break from scrapping-completely optional of course.

Your room has a refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker, and the hotel has a wonderful pool and hot tub. We have coffee and hot tea around he clock, and the schedule is whatever YOU want it to be. Scrap into the night, sleep in, scrap early and retire to watch your favorite television program without interruption- it's YOUR retreat, so make it whatever you wnat it to be!

Double occupancy and private rooms are available, as are Day Passes and 2 night retreats based on availability.