About the Retreat...

About the Retreat...
We are SOLD OUT for 2018 -- check back in December for 2019 registration!
Our 2018 scrapbook retreat is October 19 - 21, 2018 at Ft. Worden -- just outside of Port Townsend, WA.
Registration fee: $200.
24-hour crop room access with individual 6 foot table and chair, welcome gift, door prizes, raffles, games/activities, card swaps, and hospitality extras.
Meals include: Friday dinner, Saturday meals (3), and Sunday breakfast. We also provide hot water/cups with choices of tea and hot cocoa.
Dorm style accommodations (double or single) with shared restrooms and showers. Linens and towels provided. This is Fort Worden -- so it is rustic!
Arrive as early as 9:00 am on October 19 and stay as late as 10:00pm on October 21!
Use Contact Us! feature for more information!

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Lost Keys at Fort Worden?

Hello, everyone!

I hope you are recovering from our amazing weekend and it's about time to gear up for the holiday season! 

Fort Worden emailed and shared they found a few keys in UPNORTH of M204 -- our meeting hall.

One key has polka dots, another has a chameleon face, and the last is a Schlage key.

If you are missing a key or keys, just email Fort Worden at: frontdesk@fortworden.org and they are happy to mail your key(s) to you.

Thanks! - Sheryl

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Bring Your Walkin' Shoes!


We are so excited for Friday!!! 

There is a fitness walk scheduled at 11:00 am on Saturday. Details will be at the retreat and don't forget to pack your walking shoes!

See you soon! --Sheryl and Yvonne

Friday, October 12, 2018

In Just a Week -- We'll All Be @ Fort Worden!

Hello, everyone!

Can you believe it -- our retreat is a week away! I'm sending out a few reminders and details as we prepare for our big weekend Friday, October 19 (9 am) through Sunday, October 21, 2018 (10 pm)

How To Stay Updated: Make sure you are subscribed to our blog with an email address you actually use! The blog is how we communicate information to the group. Just go to the blog and type in your email address below Follow Us by Email and Stay Updated!, on the right side. If you are subscribed -- it will let you know.  If not--it will send you a verification email -- that you need to open and verify.

What to Pack?: Visit our blog and make sure you look on the right -- there is a suggested packing listRemember to dress for comfort and all kinds of weather -- it is Fall in the Puget Sound!

Retreat theme is Sip n Scrap: Think old-fashioned soda, margaritas, and a pajama party with your BFFs!  Everyone is encouraged to wear their favorite pajamas to dinner on Saturday night as well as your favorite and most fun looking slippers. (Heck, wearing pajama bottoms is encouraged the entire weekend!) 

Cleaning out your craft room?: Going through supplies and realize you have too much or haven't used something for years?  Make sure you bring it all to the retreat for our Garage Sale tables, Free tables, and/or to donate to a worthy cause.  Someone else's unused item(s) is someone else's treasure!

Drawings and Raffles -- Oh, My!: Don't forget your items to enter into the Bumpy Basket drawings -- check out the blog for that post.  There are also several cash drawings -- so bring your cash for a chance of a big pile of cash! 

Swaps and Exchanges: There have been several blog posts to register for a card swap and a ribbon exchange. There may still be room if you are interested.  Just check out the blog posts to find contact information! 

Snacks n Stuff: You are welcome to bring alcohol and there always seems to be an abundance of snacks in each wing. There is no refrigeration in M204 or dorm -- so bring a cooler if needed. A microwave will be on site and we provide hot water and tea in DownNorth of M204.  There is a Safeway and food co-op just up the road from Fort Worden -- so if you forget something -- you will probably find it.  There is also a pub and espresso bar at Fort Worden.

What To Do When You Arrive to Fort Worden: Doors open on Friday, October 19 at 9 am in Building M204. Park near the building to unload your craft materials and then move your car to a parking space near the building or near our dorm -- Building 225 (head East and stop before you hit the water!).  We are given the keys to the building at 8:30 am - so please be gracious with us as we are usually setting up while early birds arrive.

Meeting Hall Information (M204): Each person will be provided with a 6-foot table and chair. Bring a sheet or tablecloth to cover your table (see Packing List for all things to bring). M204 opens at 6 am and locks at 10 pm and people are welcome to stay all night! Just be safe and use the buddy system! 

Dorm Information (Building 225): Check in for the dorm is at 4:00 pm in DownNorth (M204) -- so leave your overnight bag and belongings in the car until you receive your room key. Check out will be Sunday morning -- after breakfast - between 10:15 and 10:45 am. Linens and towels provided -- bring flip flops as the restrooms/showers are dorm style -- down the hall from your room! (Again, see Packing List!)

We have noticed many people requested a different dorm room due to location, noise, heating, bedding, etc. We will be the first to admit the dorm at Fort Worden should be the next project on their upgrade list. Fort Worden is rustic and it allows us to provide our retreat experience at a lower cost than many other retreats. We share all of your concerns with Fort Worden, in hopes changes will be made.

However, the dorm is our only option and we only have so many beds -- making it very difficult to accommodate every request. We of course make accommodations for mobility concerns (first floor vs. second floor stairs). However, we may not be able to meet expectations in regards to preferred room. We always recommend bringing extra blankets, earplugs, and pillows to make your stay better. Thankfully, we spend most of our time crafting and not in our dorm room!

Meals: We normally eat our meals at The Commons. However, there is a large fundraising gala the weekend of our retreat and The Commons will be used the entire weekend. Therefore, our meals will be served in the JFK Hall, building 246, http://www.fwfriends.org/pdfs/campusmap2018.pdf. The building is just North of the dorm. Many events are held in this building, that include meals -- so we are not concerned. With all of that sitting over the weekend -- we need our extra steps!

Volunteering?: This retreat effort is not a business -- it is completely run by volunteers -- so most everyone has some sort of job to do at the retreat!

Check out the blog for a description of volunteer duties. Roberta is finishing up coordinating volunteers and we will have your assignment for you at the retreat. 

Wifi/Cell Service:  There will be wi-fi and I believe cell service isn't too bad -- depending on your carrier. Bring your earbuds for music and take calls outside -- some of us are unplugging for the weekend!  

Forget something craft related??: There are vendors selling from their tables, garage sale and free tables, and I find people are willing to share if you ask! 

Massage Therapists: Sabrina and Andrea are joining us again to provide massage therapy. Check out this blog post for more information.  There tends to be space available for those who may not book ahead -- so not to worry.  

PLAN AHEAD for 2019!: The retreat dates for 2019 are October 25 - 27, 2019.  We are increasing the cost of the retreat to $250.00. Fort Worden increased their prices significantly from 2017 to 2018 and we subsidized the cost of each person ($25/person). Registration for 2019 will only be open to those who are attending the 2018 retreat. We will open registration to others in December. So bring your $30 deposit! 

Questions? Just email us via the blog: https://westernwashingtonscrapbookretreats.blogspot.com/.

See you soon! - Sheryl and Yvonne

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Ribbon Exchange -- Register by October 15!

The retreat is almost here!

We know all of you are shopping and preparing for the retreat. Each year we hold a Ribbon Exchange – who is in??

The details:
Each participant needs to bring 1 yard (3 feet) of pre-cut ribbon for each participant in their group (this includes you!). Each group will be made up of 12 participants. That is 12 pieces of 1 yard (3 feet) ribbon. All the same kind.  36 feet of ribbon -- total!

Please bring your pre-cut ribbon to Esther, who will be located in UpSouth, by the morning of Saturday, October 20.  Esther and Jen will sort and deliver a bag of different ribbons to you later in the day, Saturday afternoon.  This is exactly like the card exchange.... just with ribbon.

Interested? Please email Esther (esthergf85@gmail.com) by October 15 if you would like to participate. Esther will email participants to confirm count, share details, etc.

Hope you will join us!  

Schedule Your Massage Appointment

Hello, everyone!

It's your massage team, Andrea and Sabrina.  We provide massage therapy services throughout the weekend and look forward to working with you! Please review the following details and schedule your appointment via email or at the retreat.


  • 30 minutes - $45
  • 60 minutes - $85
  • 90 minutes - $125
  • Book 2 massages; $20 discount on second massage
  • Cash, check, Visa, MasterCard accepted

  • Friday | 3:00 - 6:00 pm
  • Friday | 7:30 - 11:00 pm
  • Saturday | 9:45 am - 12:30 pm
  • Saturday | 2:00 - 6:00 pm
  • Saturday | 7:30 pm - 12midnight (ish)
  • Sunday | 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Contact Sabrina at sabrinaott86@hotmail.com and include date, approximate time slot, and length of massage. Sabrina will confirm your appointment and more information will be at the retreat.

See you soon! - Andrea and Sabrina

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Be Prepared -- Bumpy Baskets! NEW THIS YEAR!

RECIPE FOR: “This Ain’t Your Granny’s Fruit Punch”
FROM THE KITCHEN OF: The Bumpy Basket Raffle Committee | Angel Townsend, Erin Anderson, and Michel Lindsey
Ingredients & Preparation:
• Bring newfound or current embellishments, examples, dimensional stickers, eyelets, brads, chipboard, ribbon or other fiber, etc.
• Please choose embellishments of $3-$5 value each.
• Each embellishment serves as a raffle entry. No limit!
New Directions:
• You will find -ONE- Bumpy Basket Raffle location downstairs. Please look for signs.
• Use the pens provided to write your name on each embellishment/raffle entry.
• Deposit embellishments/raffle entries in the Drink Dispenser. No limit!
• Last call for entries will be announced before each drawing.
• Enter one, two or all three drawings.
• First raffle will be at dinner on Friday.
• Second raffle will be at lunch on Saturday.
• Third, and final raffle, will be at dinner on Saturday.

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Card Swap -- Only 7 Spaces Remain -- Sign up NOW!

The retreat is only a few weeks away and we are pleased to announce the opportunity to join in the card swap! Please look at the guidelines below and email Shelley if you are interested in participating. The card swap is open to 20 people and 7 spaces remain. Sign up now!

Happy Crafting! -- Shelley and Jane

Type of Card
Any Occasion Card
RSVP for card swap
Shelley Wangen: wangen2@gmail.com
Number of people in swap
20 Maximum (Create cards equal to the number of participants. You will be notified of the final count a week before the retreat or as soon as we hit 20 participants.)
Due Date
Saturday, October 20 | 5:00 pm
Place cards in a Ziploc bag with your first and last name on the bag and deliver to Jane Thiemens (located in UpNorth). Cards will be sorted and returned to you!
1. Make 20 of the same cards and receive 20 different cards in return.
2. Each card must include an envelope.
2. The cards should be handmade, not from a kit.
3. Paper layering is required.
4. Please be mindful of clean stamping, cutting, gluing, no smudges etc.
5. Consider adding an embellishment (buttons, ribbon, brads, sparkles, bling, etc.) and/or a technique (embossing, pop dots, sanding, etc.)