About the Retreat...

About the Retreat...
Our 2019 scrapbook retreat is October 25 - 27, 2019 at Ft. Worden -- just outside of Port Townsend, WA.
Registration fee: $250.
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 25 and stay as late as 10:00pm on October 27!
Use Contact Us! feature for more information!

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

BIG WEEKEND Almost Here! Read This!

Hello, everyone!

Can you believe it -- our retreat is just a few days away! I'm sending out a few reminders and details as we prepare for our big weekend Friday, October 25 (9 am) - Sunday, October 27, 2019 (10 pm)

How To Stay Updated: While I believe I have added everyone to our blog subscription, 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 Camping: Think flannel shirts and s'mores with your BFFs!  I cannot wait to see what our Hospitality Committee has cooked up this year!

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 and Free tables.  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 (new raised embellishments are your entry for a chance to win a bag full of embellishments)  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 blog posts to register for a card swap and a ribbon exchange. There may still be room for both 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 bar and espresso bar at Fort Worden.

What To Do When You Arrive to Fort Worden: Doors open on Friday, October 25 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. You are welcome to stay in M204 as late as 10:00 pm on Sunday, October 27. 

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). Seating charts will be posted in the hall and you can check it out here.  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 - details will be at your table. 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 eat our meals at The Commons. Bring a To Go cup to fill up on fountain soda, ice and/or coffee and tea. 

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 and find your name on the Volunteer List. 

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 the details here.  There tends to be space available for those who may not book ahead -- so not to worry.  

PLAN AHEAD for 2020!: The retreat dates for 2020 are November 13-15, 2020.  Registration for 2020 will only be open to those who are attending the 2019 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

Sunday, October 20, 2019

Bring Your Walkin' Shoes!


We are so excited for Friday!!!

Fort Worden is a great place to explore and there is a fitness walk scheduled for 11:00 am on Saturday. Don't forget to pack your walking shoes and meet Stephanie in the lobby of M204!

See you soon! --Sheryl and Yvonne

Sunday, October 13, 2019

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)
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 posted at the retreat.

See you soon! - Andrea and Sabrina

Be Prepared; Shop Now! -- Bumpy Basket Raffles at Retreat!!

RECIPE FOR: “Old Fashioned Campfire Stew”
FROM THE CANTEEN OF: The Bumpy Basket Raffle Committee | Angel Townsend and Erin Anderson
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!
• 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 Stew Pot. 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, October 10, 2019

Card Swap - Sign up NOW!

The retreat is only a couple of weeks away and we are pleased to announce the opportunity to join in the card swap! Please look at the guidelines below and email Jane if you are interested in participating. The card swap is open to 20 people.

Happy Crafting!

Type of Card
Any Occasion Card
RSVP for card swap
Sheryl: wwscrapbookretreats@gmail.com by Friday, October 18!
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 26 | 5:00 pm
Place cards in a Ziploc bag with your first and last name on the bag and deliver to Cheryl Buhl (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.

3. The cards should be handmade, not from a kit.

4. Paper layering is required.

5. Please be mindful of clean stamping, cutting, gluing, no smudges etc.

6. Consider adding an embellishment (buttons, ribbon, brads, sparkles, bling, etc.) and/or a technique (embossing, pop dots, sanding, etc.)

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Ribbon Exchange -- Register by October 21!

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 (NOTE: Number may change; there may be more, there may be less). 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 26.  Ribbon will be sorted and a bag of different ribbons will be delivered 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 21 if you would like to participate. Esther will email participants to confirm count, share details, etc.

Hope you will join us!  

Thursday, September 26, 2019

2019 Retreat Updates

Hello, everyone!

I hope you are enjoying the beginning of Fall -- we look forward to seeing all of you in just under a month!

We have a few seats remaining and can take registration until October 10 -- so if you know someone who may be interested in attending the retreat this year -- share our blog and information!

Roberta is working on coordinating volunteer duties and information about the card swap and ribbon exchange should be out next week!

The theme for this the retreat this year is: CAMPING!  So get out your flannel shirts!

More information to come next week! 

Best, Sheryl and Yvonne