This past weekend was so wonderful. I went on a ladies only scrapbooking retreat at the Magnolia Ridge Hideaway Crafter's Retreat House in the Wisconsin Dells.
Eighteen of us got together for a weekend of scrapbooking, food and fun. The weather was gorgeous, the views were beautiful and, being an avid scrapbooker, I got tons of layouts done!
My biggest challenge actually was in preparation of the trip. Normally, you just bring your clothes and toiletries and you're done. This time, I also needed to bring food (we all brought food to cook and share), my scrapbooking tools and all the layouts I planned to work on.
Since I haven't done this before, this took a little bit of extra thinking. Luckily, I started planning early enough to avoid any last-minute stress.
For my clothes and toiletries, I simply used my regular travel packing list--so I knew nothing would be forgotten. To make my suitcase light, I determined exactly what I would be wearing each day and only packed those items. Since we were in the Dells, which is a popular tourist spot, I figured if something spilled on the clothes I had and it was bad enough, I could always stop at a store and pick up an extra T-shirt if necessary. It wasn't necessary, and I wore everything I brought.
Instead of my regular slippers, which are a bit heavy, I just tossed in slipper socks.
Of course, instead of large bottles of shampoo, deodorant and the like, I just brought along travel-sized products.
For the weekend, I was able to put these things, including my camera, into one small, rolling suitcase.
For the food I needed to bring, I grabbed our rolling cooler and put everything inside. I even included a can opener and small strainer right in the cooler.
As far as scrapbooking tools went, I only brought the essentials--a trimmer, a pair of scissors, a tape runner, Glue Dots, and a hole punch/eyelet setter.
The pages I worked on took the most preparation of everything. I actually digitally formatted all my layouts in Publisher exactly how I wanted them to look when I scrapbooked them. I then printed out the layout in black and white so I would have a guide to follow.
I then printed all the photos, and my journaling, using my color printer. I gathered appropriate paper and cardstock for each layout. As far as my embellishments, I have one Crop N'Style zippered case filled with them, so I brought them along to pick and choose as needed. All the layout projects went into a 13 inch x 13 inch box. separated by a piece of cardboard.
Whew! It was a lot, but I had it all organized a few days before the weekend. Because of this, my mini-vacation was not only fun, but super productive!
Just goes to prove that a little bit of planning can go a long way!