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This is Me in 2023 Retreat

  • As the scrapbooker in your family, do you often find yourself missing from the pages?
  • More importantly, are your stories missing from the pages?
  • Would you like someone reading your albums to learn about the everyday stuff of YOUR life right now?
  • Would you like to spend a weekend completing a fun little project that shares snippets of the things you love, your day-to-day routines, activities, rituals and passions?
  • Would a weekend where the cooking & cleaning is done for you, where you are sitting with lots of scrap happy companions, and you will not be interrupted appeal to you?

Yes?  Then read on for more details.


ME23 Seasons

In a nutshell...

Unlike previous retreats where the focus was on recording events and milestones of the people you love or the places you've been, this time you have permission to make it all about you.

This is Me in 2023 Retreat is a weekend where you focus on completing album pages that share insight into your life in the present moment. We celebrate our love of memory keeping and allow ourselves to be the star of the album for a change.  You will make many pages, laugh a lot and enjoy 48 hours away from the daily grind at home. 

Once you have registered, I will provide you with a list of products to bring.   Everyone will make a 6” x 8” album using one full pack of papers, Stickers and co-ordinating cardstock from my shortlist. Choose the one that best matches your personality.

Every second page will be a pocket page so it’s quick to put together.

That’s all I need to know!  I’ll register now


This is Me in 2023 Retreat explained

4pm Fri April 21- 4pm Sun Apr 24,2023

Swan Valley Adventure Centre

On Friday night I will give you a very simple pattern to follow to pre-decorate 20 layouts for your 6” x 8” album. It's like a no brain kind of activity to just get you in the zone and shake off the week that you’ve had.  We'll start chatting about our photos and the laughter will come, along with insights into each other’s habits and idiosyncrasies.   

Over the course of Saturday and Sunday, you will add photos and stories covering 20 different prompts which I will help you select before the retreat.  You will complete the entire album. Guaranteed. This way, it's not going to be another project that you have to finish later.

The venue is well run, the cropping room is open 24/7, is well lit and the tables are spacious. The food is great and you don’t have to do the dishes.  You will sleep in share rooms, on comfy beds with linen provided.

Sounds fun.  I'm in!

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Retreat Preparation

After registering, you will be given access to the first module in the online component of this retreat.  This module outlines the prompts you might like to use for each layout in your album.  You can just have those percolating in the back of your mind as you go about your daily life.  Along the way you will connect something you are doing with a prompt and may snap a photo.  Add this to a ME23 Album on your phone for now.

A lot of your photos will not include you!  They might be your favourite cup to drink from; the books on your bedside table; screenshots from your phone; places you love; food you enjoy and the like.  You will doubtless end up with WAY more photos than you can use but I’ll help you focus in on the ones that best tell your story.

Beginning on March 10, I will email you each Friday for 5 weeks with suggestions for photos to take or locate that will work well in your ME23 album.  You will fine tune your list of prompts to suit the things you wish to share in your album and print the photos to go with them.

My goal is to have you arrive at retreat with a clear plan of action, just the supplies you need for your project and a simple system to make your pages.  If you register after March 10, I’ll catch you up on the emails you’ve missed.

Frequently Asked Questions

These are some of the questions people most frequently ask about this retreat:

Question #1 Should I only include photos taken this year?

This album is all about who you are right now so the majority of photos will be current.  If you are sharing about something like a hobby you've had a long time, then an older photo could be great.   

Question #2 Do I have to be in every photo?

You will include several photos with you in them but many of your photos will be of things, places and other people.  

Question #3 How many photos will I need?

We are working in a 6" x 8" album so you only need 1-3 photos per page.  The email sequence beginning March 10 will help guide your photo selection.

Question #4 How much journalling do I have to do?

That is completely up to you.  Some layouts will want a full story, others a list or a quote.  It's your album, you choose the content.

Question #5 Why do I have to use one of the collections from your list?

I've chosen papers that have no specific theme as we will be using it through the whole album and themed patterns won't work for all your photos.

Question #6 How much decoration do I have to include?

As much or as little as you like.  The album is designed so it focusses on the photos and story.  I like extra embellishments and stamping so my album includes those.  If you prefer a classic, simple design, you leave off the extras.

Question #7 I can't attend in person but would love to do this online sometime

If I have enough interest in an online option, I'll build the content out as a course.  use the form at the bottom of this page to register your interest and I'll be in contact after retreat.

What do you say, are you in? 

  • 4pm Fri April 21- 4pm Sun Apr 24,2023

  • Swan Valley Adventure Centre

Registrations close at midnight on March 24 unless booked out prior to this date

As a reminder, your $345 registration includes:

  • All meals
  • Shared room accommodation for two nights
  • A well-lit hall to crop in
  • Two crop talks
  • Shared, yet spacious, cropping table
  • Loads of prizes and fun
  • Friendship and laughter as you create alongside like-minded women

I’m coming                          

Feel free to share this event with a friend.  It’s an ideal beginner’s project too!

Cancellation Policy: If you cancel your registration before Mar 24, I will refund your payments less a $35 admin fee.  If you cancel after this time, I will save any notes and gifts for you but cannot offer a refund

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