Saturday, November 2, 2013

2013 Retreat--A Noteworthy Project

Happy Saturday to all! Thanks to Kay for officially kicking off "Retreat Week" here on the blog yesterday.

Now that our August and October events are completed, and most of our Retreat in a Box participants have received their precious cargo, we, as Retreat Workshop instructors, can finally share the projects we've kept a secret for so long!


I had the pleasure of leading two of the awesome Workshops taught at this year's Retreat. The first was held after dinner Thursday night. Thursday usually involves a long day of travel for our guests, so we like to offer a unique and interesting but yet not-too-mentally-challenging project. Our Altered Composition Notebook workshop fit the bill perfectly!

This isn't just ANY composition notebook, mind you. Ours features 5x5 graph paper inside, rather than notebook lined pages. The graph paper is perfect for jotting down crafting notes or sketching out card and page ideas. In fact, if you have that layout sketch stencil from a few years back, it is scaled appropriately to work with this notebook. Pretty cool, eh?



We added another twist to the project by creating file folder tab-style dividers to separate the notebook into different sections . . . using the Envelope Punch Board of all things! Everyone really seemed to love having yet another use for their punch boards. Oh, and the addition of a  handy pen/pencil holder was pretty clever, too.

A special printed paper was designed by Jac just for this project. The classic black and white print ROCKS "as is", but can also be customized by the owner using inks, paints, sprays or other favorite art medium.

Carolyn Rafferty's custom-colored version.
There are just a handful of Retreat in a Box packages left in our online store, so if you like what you see, you may want to act quickly. I hope you'll join us daily on the blog throughout the week next week as we celebrate all things Retreat.

SPECIAL INVITATION: On Saturday, November 9, we'll host a special Retreat Project Linky Party as a finale to "Retreat Week". So gather your completed Retreat projects (past or present, whether you attended Retreat or not), get 'em photographed, and prepare to share them here on the blog on Saturday for a chance at some yummy blog candy!

Creatively yours,
Karen

12 comments:

  1. SO MUCH FUN KAREN! Loved this project. Can't wait for your Retreat Linky Party to start. :)

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  2. Wonderful and I love my composition book and am looking forward to the retreat linky party as well.

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  3. I loved this project! I know a few teachers getting these this year :)

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  4. Karen...I too have some good ideas for this project. And I love the paper Jac created. I so hope there is more of this in the Pro Shop.

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  6. Really liked making this at retreat! Wish I had picked up more of the paper while I was there.....

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    1. You might be able to grab some at the online Retreat ProShop when it opens!

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  7. Ooh - I got posted!! I loved this project and the matching box - still need to fill the box.

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    1. I was glad to have an example from the galleria of a custom-colored version. Thanks, Carolyn!

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  8. Loved your projects at retreat, Karen. Such a good time!

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