This weekend I had the opportunity to get away from the family and surround myself with dozens of inspiring gals at a scrapbooking retreat in Mystic, Connecticut. This one was hosted by Scrap-a-way Retreats. I have attended several different retreats over the years including Croppers Delight and Crop Classix, and have enjoyed them all. Retreats are usually 3 day CROPS.
Whether or not you're a scrapper, you might wonder whether or not someone could really work on scrapbooking pages for three days straight. The answer is an easy one -- absolutely. In fact, I barely sleep at these events. There is always good food, a little shopping, games to be played, etc but, like most people, I attend crops to get work done. There are no usual distractions -- no laundry, no errands, no one needing me to do anything for them. The meals are prepared for me, drinks are always available and everyone is pretty friendly and ready to give a second opinion if I want one.
Scrappers all have different methods to their madness and everyone seems to be working on different projects so you can get lots of ideas. There are typically two kinds of scrapbook albums -- the first ones are specific to an event (wedding, vacation, etc) and the others are the day-to-day LIFE albums (what most photos are!). Most scrappers try to do their pages in chronological order but NOT ME. I like to scrap pages as they inspire me so I divide my albums into themes: People We Love, Places We Go, Things We Do, Celebrations, Sports, and Just Because.
No matter how many scrapbooks pages I've done, I am no where close to being "caught up" and I'm really okay with that. For this retreat I just opened a bunch of shoeboxes where I have thousands (honestly) of photos stashed and grabbed pictures from all different years. The result was a weekend trip down memory lane. Each page I did brought back some wonderful memories for me and, I hope, will evoke the same emotions for the people in them.
. . .and now I happily share with you my latest journey: 1995 - 2010