Wednesday, April 6, 2011


Busy, Busy, Busy HERE!

This email is just sort of a checklist for you while you are preparing for the retreat.  Some of you have started packing... some of you are thinking about it... some of you know what you want to do... some of you have no idea because this will be your very first retreat!

I know it can be overwhelming if you've never attended one before.  But one thing I can tell you is you are going to have a blast! 

Don't worry if you forget something.  Someone there will have anything major.  And probably even minor.  So don't STRESS!  Just enjoy packing up your stuff.  And the car.

For me, it will be one week from today!  We will be loading up the truck in the morning.  And will be heading down to get all set up for you all to arrive one week from tomorrow!
WOW!  It really is almost HERE!

So, on to the checklist... not of what you need to pack, but what all will be going on next week! 

The Stone Castle Hotel and Conference Center(formerly Settle Inn)
3050 Green Mountain Drive, Branson, MO
Click HERE to go to their website for directions

Check in times for the Hotel Room is 2pm.

Check out is 11am. 

Check in times for Crop Room

If you are a 3 night-er, 1pm on Thursday. 
If you are a 2 night-er, 1pm on Friday. 
The Crop Room will be open all night!
We do have to be out of the scrap room by 1pm on Sunday.

Your Space... you will be sharing an 8 ft table with another person (this was not in the original plan, however, we were forced to move to another location... long story!).  There will be another shared table (trust me, you will plenty of space!).  Everyone will get an L-shaped work space.  You will have approximately 3 feet behind your chair, so you will have lots of room for your stuff... so bring whatever you want! Some people even bring their own chair since you will be in it for so long!   You might want to pack an extension cord and power strip if you have anything that needs to be plugged in.  And don't forget a personal lamp as the room seems dark to me.

Scrapbooks Forever... our onsite store.  I'm so excited to have Shirley this year.  And wait until you see all the technique classes she is going to teach!

Meals... there is a hot breakfast in the hotel and the other meals will be catered in.
Breakfast - 6am - 10am, Lunch - 12:30pm, Dinner - 5:30pm

Drinks... Coffee, Iced Tea, Lemonade, Hot Chocolate and Hot Tea will be available the entire time the scrap room is open.

Snacks... get you extra drawing tickets when you check in...
Here are those categories again....
BEVERAGES - 1 Ticket per item(ex - a 2 liter bottle of soda, a box of hot chocolate, etc)
STORE BOUGHT ITEMS - 1 Ticket per item (ex - a full size bag of candy, package of cookies, a cake/pie/donuts, full size bag of chips, dip, etc)
HOME MADE ITEMS - 2 Tickets per item(a full recipe of something homemade,like a cake, cookies, snack mix, etc)

DROP and SHOP table... This is simply an exchange table.  If you've got something you want to get rid of, leave it and if you see something you want, TAKE IT.  That's what it's there for!!  At the end of the retreat, what is left gets donated to a local woman's shelter.

the SCRAP POOL... is where you can sell items you no longer want and buy stuff at great prices!  Make sure you label your items clearly and place them so they can be seen.  Don't forget to include your FULL name and price. 
  SWAPS...All swaps are due to be turned in to Beth and Suzy by noon on Saturday...

Operation Write Home
(just a card drop off, no contest... email me if you have any questions)

Tool Station
Prizes, Prizes, Prizes
T-Shirt Deliveries
Close to My Heart Order Deliveries
Tombow Deliveries

Holy Moly!  We have a busy, busy week coming up! 
And with such a wonderful group of people! 

I truly can't wait to see you ALL!!!

If you have any questions, do NOT hesitate to send me an email or give me a call... I LOVE questions and comments!
So... off to finish preparing!  Time to sort the T-Shirt and Tombows!  Don't be a slacker and stop reading my emails... you never know when there will be another EXTRA TICKET OPPORTUNITY!


  1. Janis...Just want you to know that I am reading your blog, so all your work is not in vain. :) Getting excited and thank God I am feeling better, so I am ready to go!!!

  2. Way to go Lavon, looking forward to seeing you.

  3. can anyone out there say Tombows, Tombows, Tombows???