Tuesday, November 19, 2013

The other side of Retreat.

Tricia, Kay and I had the opportunity to go to a scrapbooking Retreat in the beautiful "north woods" of Wisconsin this past weekend. Tricia has been going to and teaching at the Silver Birch Ranch Scrapbooking Retreat for many, many years. Kay went for the first time in 2012. She had such a good time she convinced me to go this year.

The main dining hall, aka Scrap Central.
What a weekend! It was interesting to be on the "receiving end" of the Retreat experience. Our Silver Birch hosts were so friendly and accommodating! We were served three delicious meals a day, plus snacks and yummy desserts.

I got all 35 of my Christmas Card Swap cards done. Woot!
The weekend included a personal dedicated scrap space for the entire weekend (Thursday through Sunday). You could come and go as you pleased, and not have to tidy up. Score! Each guests' stay also included three Club Scrap workshops taught by the awesome Tricia Morris.

The lovely AND talented Tricia.
Our amazing host, Debbie Short, making the Desktop Organizer.

Sharon, Debbie and Sue showing off their Altered Comp Books.
Silver Birch Ranch is so quaint, and each building features charmingly rustic log-cabin touches. The great room where all of the scrapping (and eating) took place had huge, rough-hewn beams and a stone fireplace. Our cabin boasted all the modern conveniences. I even slept on a bed made from birch logs...so cool!

Isn't he cute?
The best part of the whole weekend, though, was the camaraderie of the attendees. It really was a great group of ladies. Scrappers are the best, aren't they?

Our 2013 Silver Birch Retreat crew.
I'm so thankful for my time at Silver Birch Ranch. Spending time in a quiet, wooded setting with no cooking or cleaning, and getting to do whatever I wanted without any responsibilities was just heavenly. At least I'm going back to the "real world" relaxed, refreshed and rejuvenated!

Creatively yours,


  1. Looks like an amazing weekend! Retreats are the best! :)
    Thanks for sharing your pictures with us Karen.

  2. Looks like fun! Now there are some Christmas stamps on that card Tricia made...... I was just wondering..... Are they by any chance CS Holiday stamps?!?

    1. I had to go back and look more closely.... and now I'm excited!! I might need to wait a bit before making my Christmas cards for this year!!

    2. Waiting, waiting, waiting and getting excited to see the CS holiday release! :) Looks like a great place for a scrapping weekend!

  3. Fun projects, good friends and a pizza box stuffed with finished pages- It was a great retreat! :) And I have 2 friends who say they want to go next year.

  4. So glad I was able to go again this year. Very fun and relaxing!

  5. Looks like - need one of those over here on the East Coast! Can't wait for that Holiday release to make an apppearance!!

  6. Looks like a fabulous place to spend the weekend! So glad you all had such a good time.


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