Tuesday, May 14, 2013

NSD Retreat Recap....



The first week of May I had the good fortune to run away from home.  I went away on a scrapbook retreat hosted by Cat's Creations (read all about what's newsy on her blog!)  I haven't been on a retreat for ages so this was WONDERFUL. 
What does one do at a retreat?  CREATE. CREATE. LEARN, PLAY, LAUGH, EAT and occasionally SLEEP.  Cat offers all of this and more.   National Scrapbook Day at Cat's takes FOUR days to celebrate.  We had a mass of classes to chose from, along with inclusive classes only available to the retreaters.  (But we'll get to those in a bit.)
I worked on some layouts for my kids scrapbooks.  Catching up on the school portraits for each year thing.  The above is Erin in the seventh grade.  I used some Heidi Swapp, Pink Paislee, my fabulous Tim Holtz stamps and a variety of tissue and washi tapes. I also played with goodies from a RAK I received a while back.
This page was created with papers from Graphic 45  (LOVE THESE)  I also dug out some Teresa Collins.  Erin is an eighth grader and they're referred to as "Crazy Eights"  So, I'm building everything around 8.  Now that I'm home, I'll bust out some metal embellishements and dig out my large chipboard pieces.
This last layout is built on Elephant Dung... WHAAAT?   It's a Cat's Retreat thing.. gotta go to find out!  This is actually Authentique mixed with some old MME and washi tapes.  The laser cut bicycle is my FAVORITE and I bought it at Cat's.   Ray has a new toy and he's constantly coming up with wonderful chipboard embellishments for us!  :D  This is Taylor at his spring concert.  Taylor is a freshman and a member of the Weatherford Community College Choir.. (it was a great concert!!)

Now these pages are still under construction, I have titles, journaling and embellies to add. I have three projects to share later.  I took three classes while on retreat, two taught by Mr. Pickle himself and one by Cat (her's is my favorite)

If you're able to attend any of Cat's retreats.. I strong recommend it (she has THREE a year), if you can't make a retreat, check her blog or website because she ALWAYS has something going on for you to learn or buy.  Card classes, mini-scrapbooks, tags... you name it.  You'll be hanging with some awesome women, learning fun techniques and creating/preserving your photo's. 

7 comments:

marilyn said...

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE these layouts of your kids. So much creativity! We did have a BLAST at the retreat...can't wait until the next one. Planning on going to the September retreat for lots of cropping fun!

Cat! said...

Shaunery these pages are stinkin' awesome! Totally love all the layers and depth in them. Thanks for all the kind words. I love it when the ladies have a blast at the retreats. Just never know what you will get at a Cat's retreat.

Debbi Tehrani said...

Looks like you had a blast, Shaunery! Wonderful pages. Those bricks on the top page are so cool!

AllisonG said...

Helloooooo, Shaunery! It was so much fun to sit near you at the retreat. Your pages are beautiful. I remember hearing you talk about the Crazy 8's but never saw your layout - great idea to focus on the number as a theme. Hope we get to do it together again soon! (Yeah, "it" is a retreat or crop! LOL) So impressed you've taken pics and posted what you did. I haven't even unpacked - life/work has been crazy busy here since I got back.

Val Thorpe said...

Ohhhh sounds like heaven to me. My girlie time away is my fave thing ever. I love these layouts that you created. Just awesome :D

Papel Scissors said...

wonderful LO's...I always enjoy looking at your creations!

Sandy Trefger said...

Awesome layouts as always! I really enjoyed sitting by you at the retreat! It made it even more fun!!
~sandy
visit my blog @ sandy's crafty creations

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