I hold three weekend scrapbooking retreats a year. My February and October retreats are inclusive 3- or 4-day weekends held at the Best Western Hotel & Conference Center in Monticello, Illinois. For my June retreat, you have the option of sleeping at the hotel or sleeping at your home. In June, there is also a single day option.
The retreats are designed as a relaxing get-away with hotel accommodations, the opportunity for an optional massage, and meals provided by a caterer. On Fridays and Saturdays, we enjoy an optional “Wine & Cheese Happy Hour” before dinner. The minimum age to attend a retreat is 15. Other Creative Memories advisors and other types of crafters may attend only if there is space available. Scrapbookers get first preference.
Scrapbooking: You will have use of your own 6 foot scrapping table for the weekend. We securely lock the scrapping room at midnight on Thursday and 1:00 a.m. on Friday and Saturday and reopen the room at 7:00 a.m. the following mornings. I provide demos of new tools and techniques and offer optional page-making classes. Creative Memories supplies are available to purchase, and I provide a large display of sample layouts. An Ambassador with Forever will be available to assist with online photo storage, media conversion and digital scrapbooking.
Accommodations: Rooms have two queen beds with mini refrigerators and microwaves. We sleep two per room and try to make compatible pairings if you do not indicate a preferred roommate. Single rooms are available for an additional charge. The hotel provides breakfast each morning and has an indoor heated swimming pool and a peaceful outdoor deck area. The hotel also provides free WiFi.
Cost: The fee for the October and February retreats is $165 for 3 days or $225 for 4 days (additional fees for optional massage and/or single rooms). The fee for the June retreat ranges from $45-$330 depending upon the option that you select. I enjoy these retreats so much myself and intentionally keep the fee as affordable as possible.
Julie G. I enjoy the retreats so much! I don’t have a chance to scrap very often at home, so these retreats are the perfect opportunity to work on projects, see old and new friends, and have a chance to see and purchase new CM products. No cooking, no cleaning, just fun!
Cheryl G. I am so glad that Karyn got me started with memory books! The workshops, picture parties, and retreats she organizes always include great products, fun people, personal attention (helping and teaching) from Karyn, and are a great get-a-way. I always look forward to the retreats!
Sherrill H. I absolutely love scrapbooking! I’m so glad that I met Karyn and was introduced to the scrap weekends. I love the fellowship of other scrappers. I’ve met so many friends. Karyn always has a lot of supplies in case you forgot that one container at home. I’d recommend these weekends to anyone. Oh, and the ideas you take from these weekends whether it be scrapbooking, recipes, ways to get organized – I just love it all!