Saturday, May 16, 2009

May's Itinerary

Desert Scrappers Weekend Retreats
May 29- 31, 2009 Itinerary
Dear Laura,

I am almost ready for our big May Retreat. Are you excited? Please make sure you have received your confirmation
Here is all the important information for the weekend. Also remember that you do not have to be attending the Retreat to enjoy the classes offered. Just post to the blog to let the teachers & myself know in advance what classes you plan to participate in and I will make sure the teachers prepare enough kits.
If you have any other question please feel free to email me personally:
Pink Bind it Alls will be on special $70 including tax or $60 if you take a class using the Bind it All at the retreat.
If you couldn't make it to this retreat it's not too late to sign up for the Disney Retreat in July or September's Retreat in Palm Desert, CA!
Best wishes,
Laura Miller

***May 18th is the last day to pre-order Scrapbook Girl items at the discounted price. Contact Crystal for more information.

***May 20th is the last day to pre-order Close To My Heart at over 22% off.

How Do I Check-In

The doors will open at Noon and it will be first come first serve for seating arrangements. Except for large groups who have reserved their spots two weeks in advance. We will need EVERY MINUTE to set up for you. So please do not enter Salons 2-4 banquet rooms until the doors are open. Please don't sit where goodies bags or scrapbook supplies are. We ask that everyone try to be respectful of others around you. We really want this retreat to be GREAT for everyone!
Hotel room check-in is through the front desk in the lobby. Just let them know you are with Desert Scrappers. You may check into your hotel room at anytime, the hotel does its best to make sure rooms are ready before the usual check-in time but please be aware there may be a time that you have to wait for your room to be completely made up and ready for check-in.
** Doors open at 9am for those who have booked the Thursday add-on package.

We Have Classes!

OPEN TO ALL: You don't have to be a Retreat attendee
to take the classes offered!
Friday May 29th
3- 5pm
Make 'n Take $5
Host: Cherie
This is an awesome make-n-take. You will be making a mini tin album loaded with pics & personality. Work with fun & exciting products from Basic Grey, Tim Holtz.

4 pm
Home is Wherever your Heart Is $25
Stephanie Ackerman
About This Class:
I invite you to consider taking some time out of your relaxing & creative weekend to join me as we create a little book that holds a large amount of love..
Together we will create this mini book with the new Bind-It-all book and use products from the Teresa Collins "Documented" line, Jenni Bowlin, Prima and of course tips and techniques on how you can DIY by creating embellishments and the best part, all you need to bring is your trimmer & adhesive, plus 10-12 3x4 photos of those you love. This is a great way to use up your misc. memories by adding old "double prints" & wallet photos.

6:30- 8 pm
FREE Digital Demo:
Memory Manager 2.0 & StoryBook Creator Plus
Host: Kris

7:30 pm
Metal Mug... $15
About Judy Graham:
I am a Scrap-a-holic!!! I have been scrap- booking for around 13 years and I am the owner of ScrapYard 329. I do trade shows and have an online store

About This Class:
Looking for a great Fathers day gift or just a nice present for you? Look no further, we have the class for you. Make a great travel mug using Ten Seconds Studio products. This mug will be cherished for years to come

Saturday May 30th

8 am
Home is Wherever your Heart Is $25

About Stephanie Ackerman:
A self proclaimed "Simply Complicated" girl....I love the simple things & most of the time complicate them in a good way. I am an ordinary girl living an extraordinary life where I get to do what I love for a living.
I am a regular girl who love's GOD, my family, friends, neighbors, kids' school & the teachers who teach there & the volunteers who volunteer there. I am a simple girl. I LOVE paper, batter, fabric, dough (as in cookie dough) & paint, A LOT... probably more than the average person. When someone asks me how long I have been "creating", I explain that I started at birth. My first project was when the nurses stamped my tiny baby foot in ink and stamped it on something official. At any given moment I might be praying, doodling, running, baking chocolate chip cookies, watching my boys skate, surf, boogie board, play soccer, baseball, helping with homework, doing laundry, coordinating fabrics with paper, re-tying Ben's shoes, doing more laundry, REALLY loving paper, sitting at the skate park, volunteering at the kids school, try to pretend like I am organizing my piles, turning trash into treasures, sewing. I love being a mom, wife, neighbor, sister, daughter & I love paper (did I mention that?) I am a regular ol' suzy homemaker & just about 2 years ago, I married the boy that I fell head over heels in love with when I was 15! I am SIMPLY COMPLICATED and I am...happy.

About This Class:
I invite you to consider taking some time out of your relaxing & creative weekend to join me as we create a little book that holds a large amount of love..
Together we will create this mini book with the new Bind-It-all book and use products from the Teresa Collins "Documented" line, Jenni Bowlin, Prima and of course tips and techniques on how you can DIY by creating embellishments and the best part, all you need to bring is your trimmer & adhesive, plus 10-12 3x4 photos of those you love. This is a great way to use up your misc. memories by adding old "double prints" & wallet photos.

9:30 am
These are the Days - Perpetual Calendar Class $20

About Dawn Tumelty:
I have been scrapbooking for over 10 years, and love sharing my craft with others. I have served on design teams and have been teaching at local stores in San Diego. I am a photo taking, scrapbook making, cookie decorating, craft-a-holic that has one big paper obsession. I can typically be found elbows deep in paper, glue and cookie dough (hopefully not at the same time). The last decade has been an exploration of all facets of crafty goodness for me - stamping, scrapbooking, cardmaking, knitting, crocheting, baking... if it's crafty and messy, I love it! I am so excited to share my passion with you!

About This Class:
This wooden perpetual calendar! It is super fun, and pretty simple to put together - and makes a wonderful addition to your desk or as a fabulous gift that keeps on giving (especially teachers - think end of school year thank you's)! I was fortunate enough to have one of my calendars published in the May issue of Home & Heart magazine! My kits come with full color instructions, and paper pre-cut and embellishments - all ready to assemble. This calendar features the beautiful and versatile Daily Grind collection from Fancy Pants Designs! As a bonus, there will be some great Fancy Pants giveaways.

10:30 am
12 All Occasion Card Class $15

About Kris Compton:
Hi, I'm Kris. I have been teaching album making for more than 15 years!
I help people organize their photos, and create meaningful scrapbook photo albums.
I teach a step-by-step method that helps you to complete classic albums that are generational legacies for your families. I love what I do! My specialty is the step-by-step method of teaching to complete albums. However, I love sharing fast formulas for easy pages.
I can show you how to manage your digital images-from transferring your photos from your memory card on your camera to your computer to CD, DVD or printing a Storybook Album. You're going to love your options!

About This Class:
We'll be making 12 all occasion cards (including envelopes) in this class - These cards have titles, die cuts and 3D embellishments. Beautiful photo safe designs, elevated embellishments along with titles.
Please be sure to check out my display at the retreat!
I have kits for 12. All you will need to bring is adhesive of your choice to class- the rest is in the kit!

11:30 am
8x8- 20 page album $25

About Crystal Deckard:
My name is Crystal Deckard. I started scrapbooking in 1998. I was a Top Line Creations Premier Member. I live in Corona, CA with my husband and 5 children.

About This Class:
Make this special "All About Me" album for yourself, your family, or as a tribute to a loved one.
This class was taught at Creating Keepsakes University.
You'll get more than 1,181 pieces including:
1 matching 8" x 8" 20 page spiral bound linen album with keepsake box, 10 page protectors, 20 black cardstock pages, 926 rub-on letters with tool, and 100's of embellishments including cardstock, chipboard, metal, acetate, vinyl, fiber, and more. Class includes step by step instructions with colored pictures! Only 12 kits available

2 pm
Smile 6X6 Album - Prima Endorsed Class $20

About Nan Paturzo:
Nan is one of the founding Zutter Zisters - the design and demo team for the Bind-it-All, and is also a Prima Donna - a certified teacher for Prima Marketing. In addition to working full-time in advertising, she works part-time for Zutter Innovative as their marketing/promotions director. She enjoys teaching at events around S. California. She has been scrapping for 13+ years, and believes that scrapping should be FUN! Nan is also on the design team for the Red Bee, a scrapbook store in Tustin, CA. She lives in O.C., with her hubby Peter and daughters Marli & Franny.

About This Class:
This is a chipboard album using Prima's "Makes Me Happy" line of paper, chipboard letters, flowers and brads. We will be using acrylic paint to add color to the pages, as well as 3X4 acrylic tabbed pages to add interest and a bit of interactivity to the album! We will sprinkle some "happy" quotes throughout the book to remind you all to SMILE - be happy :)

2:30- 4 pm
FREE Digital Demo:
Memory Manager 2.0 & StoryBook Creator Plus
Host: Kris

3:30 pm
Misted Memories$12

About Jennifer:
I teach scrapbooking classes at several Southern California scrapbook stores promoting Scrapbook Royalty. I've been teaching for 5+ years now and scrapping for over 10 years. I am also a member of the Who Gives A Scrap? Yahoo Group. You can find out more about Jennifer and her classes by visiting her blog at:

About This Class:
Have you heard of Glimmer Mist? Get familiar with one of the hottest products on the market today while creating a gorgeous scrapbook page and coordinating tag

4:30 pm
Bind It All Basics $20
Plus Optional Bonus class $10
Jennifer Priest

About This Class:
Are you anxious to start binding your own mini books? Whether you own a Bind-It-All already or you are just curious about how it works, this class is for you! Join Jennifer Priest of the Bind-It-All Design Team to explore tricks, tips, and techniques using the Bind It All. In the class you'll create your very own "Play Book" with directions for everything you'll ever want to do with the Bind-It-All.

About The $10 Bonus Class:
It's been said that the best way to learn something is to actually "do" it. After the "Basics" class, create a mini book using the skills you just learned. Not only will you have the instructor there to help you, you'll also have a chance to play with Zutter's newest creation, Cover-Alls! Mix various media for your pages - envelopes, acetate, chipboard, and more! We'll have an embellishment, border punch, stamp, and paper set up so you can create your own custom design during the class.

7:30 pm
My Peeps 6X6 Mini Album- Glitz Designs $20
Nan Paturzo

About This Class:
This cute, pink album says "My Peeps" on it, but you can title it anything you want with the full package of Glitz Designs cardstock alpha stickers! You also get these cute bird rub-ons, glitter ribbon, white Prima flowers and the appropriate bling! We will use some paper folding techniques to create unique pages and hidden photo/journaling spots. Check out the edgy pink paper we will be using from the Audrey collection from Glitz Designs. We are going to play with some of their rub-on rollers too :)

10- 11 pm
Charity Make 'n Take: American Diabetes Association
Host: Jennifer
Prima Mini-book

All of the vendors/teachers represented at Desert Scrappers Weekend Retreats are independent of Desert Scrappers and are independently responsible for all of their products, services and actions. Thank you.

Offered Friday & Saturday May 29th- 30th

Quick Links...
How do I get to the Retreat?
Directions & Hotel Website
Please feel free to use the mapped directions on the Desert Scrappers website or your own choice.
Laura's siplified directions:
I-10 East, exit Cook st. Follow Cook st for approx. 3-5 miles. Turn right onto HYW 111. The second light is Hospitality Row and there is the Embassy Suites. Pull to the left hand side for easier check-in.
Embassy Suites-
Palm Desert

74700 HWY 111
Palm Desert,
California USA 92260
Hotel Website
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The hotel will be providing a Made-to-Order Breakfast Saturday and Sunday mornings and Evening cold beverages and snack service. Saturday's lunch is catered by the Embassy Suites. If you would like to pack snacks and bring drinks other than the water and ice tea that I will have for you, you may do so! Don't forget there is a mini fridge and microwave in each guest room.

On the menu for Saturday's Lunch:

Green Salad with two dressings, tortilla chips and salsa, seasoned ground beef refried beans, spanish rice shredded cheese, sour cream, guacamole, shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes, crispy corn taco & flour tortillas.
Plus: Fettuccine, Penne Pasta, Marinara sauce, Alfredo sauce. Garlic bread; Dessert: Chocolate chip cookies and Churros

When it comes to music everyone has a different taste. Please feel free to bring your own Ipods or CD players to play but please always use headphones. The room is open so please be considerate of your fellow scrappers.

Be your own DJ:
As a charity fund raiser you may play
XM radio Cds or ipods that are hooked to the Desert Scrappers player. Music may be purchased in 30 min. blocks for an additional $5 fee.

Seating Arrangements:
You may sit where ever you desire! It is a first come first serve. With the exception of large groups who have requested reserve seating in advance. Please only sit where there is no goodies bag or scrap items. Each guest will still have six feet of table space. I ask that you be considerate of others when taking up space. Please also note that we no longer have a quiet scrappers area. But it is possible that a few focused scrappers may have request to be on the far right handside of the room. The tables and chairs are arranged differently so please be considerate of these ladies who want to get lots & lots done over the weekend. Thank you!

Scrapping Times:
You may set up on Friday at Noon (or 9am if you have paid for the add-on thursday package) and scrap all day and all night until 6pm on Sunday. You may leave your supplies up all weekend. Leaving your belongings out will be at your discretion. I have never had a problem in the past but, Desert Scrappers is not responsible for lost or stolen items. I do shut the doors each evening so no one may look into the area. The hotel has offer to allow the last person each night to lock up and the first person each morning to open the room since there will be no additional security. This is still on the honor system and no ID's will be checked

Swap Box:
We will have a box available to you to drop off things you no longer want and take items that someone else no longer wants that looks like treasure to you! This program works on the honor system. All items left at the end of the weekend will be donated to The Miriam House a local center for underprivileged pregnant women. They will use the items to make albums for their new arrivals. Any items that the Miriam House may not be able to use will be donated to local schools. As always we love additional donations especially for this and other worthy causes. Just please mark your item so they go to the correct charity group. Thank you!

Vendors & Classes:
We will have an opportunity to see all the latest and greatest products and shop all weekend long!

Vendor List:

Croppin' Cutie Scrapcans in both the mama and baby size will be making an appearance too.

Visit our blog for pictures and special offers from the teachers and vendors. You will received a program with an itinerary detailing the list of all our class times and descriptions when you arrive at the retreat. No need to print this.

Pack comfy clothes
and layers to wear due to the banquet room temperature variations. Evenings seem to be cool in the scrapbook room so you might want to bring a sweater or jacket.

Check the local weather.

*** Don't forget your PJ's for the PJ contest on Saturday night!!

A very limited amount of tools will be provided so please pack accordingly.

  • Sizzix
  • Cricut
  • Big Bite
  • Bind it All

New Blog:
Visit our new Blog, it has up-to-date information regarding the Vendors and Teacher at upcoming Retreats. Plus lots of important information and specials.
Blog Link

Earn Free Retreats!
Refer NEW guests!
Receieve a thank you discount!*

2 guests= $5.00 off the next retreat
3-4 guests= $15.00 off the next retreat
5-6 guests= $25.00 off the next retreat
7-9 guests= $75.00 off the next retreat
10-11 guests = $100 off the next retreat
12 or more guest and YOUR next retreat is FREE!!**
Thank you! Thank You! Thank You!

Save $$
Missed this retreat?
Don't miss the September 2009 RETREAT!!
Register at the Desert Scrappers Website before 5/31/09. Then email with promotion code sept11 as the subject, to receive the Alumni discount price.
Alumni pricing: $299 Single, $199 double or $160 triple for the Retreat
This coupon may be transferable and you may share the offer with your friends and family. Not good with any other offer.
Offer Expires: May 31st 2009
Missed this retreat?
Don't miss the Summer Disney RETREAT!!
Register at the Desert Scrappers Website before 6/1/09. Then email with promotion code disney as the subject, to receive the Alumni discount price.
Alumni pricing: $299 Single, $199 double or $175 triple for the Retreat
Plus lots of extra scrapping for a special $110 add-on package!
This coupon may be transferable and you may share the offer with your friends and family. Not good with any other offer
Offer Expires: June 1st 2009

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