Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Awesome Retreat

A few weeks ago, I attended the Tomball Scrapbooking Retreat at Willowcreek Retreat Center here in Texas. I had an awesome time. It was an opportunity for me to meet other scrapbookers in the area, find people that enjoy this hobby, get some layouts done and relax for a few days. Well if you have ever been to a scrapbooking retreat it is funny how those things happen.

As peaceful and as beautiful as the amenities were, some of us do not do much relaxing. We have been looking forward to uninterrupted scrapbooking time so we usually stay up late if we go to bed at all. I believe one night I went to bed at 2am. The fun part was that when I did, it was a peaceful night in a beautiful setting. Willowcreek is a beautiful location. Carla, the owner, was on hand and provided all of the food which was delicious.

Now, I must admit, I am a very finicky eater. Those that know me well, know I do not do many vegetables and can eat the same food everyday. (please do not laugh, to know me is to love me. lol)  Even though they cooked asparagus, one night I was able to find something delicious to eat. I was a happy scrapper!

Well, I had preplanned several layouts for the grandkids albums. Yeah...... I was organized!!!! Ok, sorry I digressed. Anyway, I had all these layouts preplanned, knowing that as detailed as I get, I would only get a few done but I was prepared just in case. I brought my laptop because I am a hybrid scrapbooker. I love to incorporate my computer into my scrapbooking. Well, most of the ladies there were Creative Memories ladies. Some were using CM Storybook Maker and Memory Manager.  OHHHHHHH WOW, was I in for it. I fell in love. I love Photoshop Elements (and still do), but this was a cool program for making books quickly and getting some of those pictures that I do not know when I will ever get done. So I wanted to learn more. I spent the weekend with a new friend learning Storybook Maker and organizing my 3000 digital photos on my laptop into Memory Manager. I love that I can find my photos now.  I had my own system for the past 6 or so years but this makes it so much easier. I understand PSE can do all that too and I will explain my thoughts on that later but this was a cool program for me for the price. Note I still use PSE, I can not give it up. If you are looking to go digital and have been scared this is a fun place to look. No I am not a CM demonstrator. Hahahahaha. If you want to go serious digital, we will talk PSE later.

So I had a fun weekend. 3 beautiful days spent making friends. Did I get any layouts done, you ask? I did get 2 traditional layouts done that I love. Did I accomplish anything? TONS!!!! All those photos are organized and tagged on my computer and I made two 5x7 20 page storybooks for my grandkids. YEAH!

Watch for photos.....

Happy Scrapping and Stamping,

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