Thursday, August 29, 2013

[Video]Close to My Heart CTMH Artbooking Teacher Gift Bag

School has started here in Texas!  So, it felt appropriate that today's quick Close to My Heart Artbooking Cricut project is this fun teacher gift bag!
Using the real dial size button, I cut all the elements for the bag - see the sizing above.  Interestingly enough, even though the apple is layered and usually those don't cut well using real dial size, this one did.  I think it's because the layers were exactly the same height so it worked out.
 Do you like to make gift bags?  Once you start making them, you will find that they are a ton of fun!  And very economical as you can get the base gift bags in a big pack from Michaels or Joanns with a 40% off coupon.  Multi-packs of the bags come in 5"x8" and 8"x10", in kraft, cream and white colors.

I used the Close to My Heart Artbooking cartridge bundle which you can get HERE:

Check out the video below to see how to make this (click HERE if you can't see the video):



New Giveaway - Just Released "Create A Friend" Cricut Cartridge - made by Nancy Kubo, who made Create A Critter 1 and 2:
How can you win?

1) Leave a comment below - Have you ever been on a scrapbooking retreat?  I am heading to one in mid-September and it's my first in 4 years!
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2) That's it!

Winner will be announced on September 1, 2013 and has two weeks to claim prize.  U.S. Residents only, please, over 18.  Void where prohibited.

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Finally, everyone who purchases a Close to My Heart Artbooking Bundle from me will get access to an exclusive live online event in September where we will make two Artbooking projects, have a live chat with questions and answers as well as door prizes.  It will be recorded also so you can watch it again.

*While the stamp set is free in August, tax and shipping will still be assessed on the stamp set retail value.

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120 comments:

  1. Love the bag. I've never been to a scrapbooking anything. No one I know is into paper crafting so I do everything alone. There was a CKC in Houston in June and I would have loved to go. Then I realized my son was coming in from Florida that weekend so I missed out. That's the closest I've ever come to this kind of event.

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  2. Adorable, I have not made gift bags, maybe I should:)
    cathyplus5.blogspot.com

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  3. Cute bag. I have been to a few retreats with some frineds. It is a fun way to get some projects finished & see what other scrapbookers are doing.
    Donna K U

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  4. Cute bag. Yes I've been on many retreats, although it's been a while! Think it's time for another.

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  5. love the bag. No, never been to a scrapbook retreat. My daughter went to one with friends in Gatlinburg, TN and had a ball.

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  6. I love going to retreat! My scrappy friends and I are
    Overdue for another! Have a great time!

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  7. Super cute! Yes, I love retreats!!
    Ra6352 (at) gmail (dot) com

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  8. First of all the bag is adorable. Scrapbook retreats are FANTASTIC!!! I have been to a few and they are worth it...so much fun.

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  9. Very cute teacher gift bag--love the apple. No I have never been on a scrapbooking retreat.

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  10. I live close to a Scrapbooking retreat place! I'd love to go. Never been. I hate to leave my babies at home.

    Love your teacher bag! Thank you for the inspiration!

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  11. You are a genius!! Photo mats as tags, LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!!!

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  12. Cute little gift bag! I've never been on a scrapbooking retreat, but that sounds awesome!

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  13. No, I've never been on a scrapbooking retreat, but my daughters have. They have a great time.

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  14. Scrapbook retreats are awesome. We do them at a beach house. Love the bag today! Thanks for sharing.

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  15. I have not been to a scrapbook retreat they do sound fun. Love the bag.
    linda
    lmkindell1@verizon.net

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  16. What a great gift for a teacher starting her year off!! My one and only retreat is the one you and Tammy hosted - The Stampede in Frisco! That was the most fun I have ever had! Everyone was so nice and willing to help us newbies!! Thanks for a chance to win the cart!

    bdcampers@msn.com

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  17. Really cute bag. I need to do this more often. Have never been on a scrapbooking retreat.

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  18. I haven't been to a retreat- sounds like a lot of fun but I don't know anyone that would go with me and the idea of trying to pack all my stuff up to take with me is a little daunting!

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  19. I must say I've never "made" gift bags except to cut "Happy Birthday" or "Merry Christmas" to put on them. Yours are adorable. May have to try that sometime.

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  20. Love the gift bag. I make my own all the time and actually even make the bags and of course it always impresses everyone! I have never been to a scrapbooking retreat. They are probably a lot of fun.

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  21. Very nice gift bag - never been on a SB retreat but would love to!!!

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  22. I've been to three Paper Trey Ink Stamp Affaire events--one in Cincinnati held by PTI and two in the home of event hosts. Also when our parents passed away, they left us their house in Louisiana and we frequently go there for weekend clean ups but we reserve at least two days for nothing but crafting and playing with paper. It's so much fun! I know you are going to really enjoy yours... can't wait to hear all about it!!

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  23. Love your gift bag. Yes< I usually go on three scrapbooking retreats a year. Hopefully I will be able to continue that

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  24. I've never been on a scrapping retreat, but I have several friends who have & they LOVE them.

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  25. I want that cart so bad. Love your work. I have a camper that I go to every weekend, I guess you could say that is my SB retreat. But I would love to go to one that has other scrapbookers.

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  26. The gift bag is great. I have been on one scrapbooking weekend. Thanks for the chance to win the Create a Friend cart. Lyn

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  27. Have a great time at your scrapbooking retreat! I went to one this summer and was very productive, over 20 layouts finished (usually I only get about 10 done in a weekend retreat)

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  28. VERY cool! Yes - I do participate in a scrapcamp. Just one every year - it lasts for four days! I would love to attend more camps, but time is short!

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  29. I've never been to a scrapbooking retreat. Nor a scrapbooking anything. None of my friends scrapbook, so it makes it kinda hard to have a get together.

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  30. Love the teacher gift bag! Absolutely adorable! I have never been to a retreat or even a convention...would love to go but it's only me and I'm a big chicken when it comes to traveling to destination events by my self...oh well, I live vicariously through wonderful bloggers like yourself! Thanks for sharing his sweet gift bag.

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  31. I have never been to a scrapbooking retreat yet.

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  32. I have never been on a retreat. Would love to try one day. I am new to your blog and am loving it!

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  33. Never been on a scrapbooking retreat although when I made a scrapbook for my daughter, I spent an entire weekend working on it!

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  34. Yes I have been going on one a year for the past five years. It's so wonderful to leave my stuff out and ready to work on (I have no dedicated space at home). It's also been the most fun to get that time to stay connected with friends! We stay up late, laugh a lot, and eat good (bad for you) food. I look forward to it every year. Hope you have fun on yours!

    Rhonda from the Burg

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  35. This is such a darling gift bag. Live the color choice. No I have never been on a scrap booking retreat I bet they are a lot if fun.

    Luria

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  36. cute bag.
    marilyn2222 @ hotmail dot com
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  37. I love to get away for a scrapping retreat. I've been going to one yearly with my local scrapping group for a few years now. I am hoping to go to one in just a couple of weeks, if I can get some logistics nailed down. Thanks for the chance to win this cartridge! It's one I definitely want!

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  38. What a cute bag you made. I have never been on a scrapbooking retreat, I am now more into card making now that my child is older.

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  39. Cute bag, must add the new cartridge to my growing collection, no , I have never been on a scrapbooking retreat, but I would love to go...it would be so much fun..thanks so much for all the great ideas...

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  40. I treated myself to a scrapbooking weekend for my 50th birthday. It was wonderful to be pampered all weekend in a beautiful old Victorian home while having fun scrapping! Have fun when you go!

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  41. I have always either re-vamped bags for my purpose or bought a 3 pk at the dollar tree but for once just once I feel on top of the game!! Its just way easier now with all the tools... (ie) cricut and carts! Love the bag. I have an 8th grader so we do less and less for the teacher(s) now... but there is always a need for a bag so :)

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  42. I have never been to a scrapbooking retreat. That would be FUN. I make cards rather than scrapbooking. Roylene

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  43. What a super cute Bag :) I have not ever been on a scrapbooking retreat but sounds like loads of fun!

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  44. No but I need to go on one! It might be the only way I can get my daughter's high school album done! She's a senior and I have only completed her freshman year so far.

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  45. Love the gift bag! I just recently made my first thanks in part to inspiration I received on your blog.

    I have never been to a scrapbooking retreat. Hope you have a great time when you go!

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  46. I have not been to a retreat, but I think it would be tons of fun! Joy, once again you created something simple yet beautiful. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  47. The bag is adorable. I have made a few gift bags before, but I don't know why I haven't made more! I have never been on a scrapbook retreat other than a vacation to my friend's house and spending a week scrapping with her.

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  48. What a darling gift bag! Even though I've seen dozens of videos and projects that involved gift bags, I have never actually made one myself. I guess I don't think of it "in the moment". But this one is so cute and I love this cartridge, so perhaps the answer is to make the gift bags up ahead of time so they are on hand when I need them. Thanks so much Joy. I love your creativity!

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  49. I have never been to a retreat but have been invited many times. Cute gift bag! There would be many uses for this cartridge! Thank you for sharing!

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  50. Wonderful gift bag. Love the super school theme. TFS.
    D~
    http://designsbydragonfly.blogspot.com

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  51. I have never been to a scrapbooking retreat, it sounds like so much fun. Florence from Louisiana

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  52. Your bag is so cute. I have never been on a scrapbook retreat :( maybe someday.

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  53. Cute gift bag!! I go to 3 or 4 retreats a year. They are always so fun and you meet the greatest people there.

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  54. I have been to weekend retreats at my local scrapbook store. I had a blast! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  55. What a good idea for a teacher gift. It turned out really cute.
    dutchie

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  56. Love the teacher gift bag, thanks for all the wonderful ideas.
    sekala45@roadrunner.com

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  57. I love the teacher gift bag. I have never been on a scrapbooking retreat, but it seems like it would be a lot of fun.

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  58. Great bag. Thanks for sharing.

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  59. Cute, cute bag1 I have never been on a scrapbooking retreat! Have seen articles on blogs about them though and they look and sound like so much fun! Hoping to go to one someday! TFS!

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  60. Your bag is adorable. Never been on a scrapbooking retreat either, would love to someday.
    angel hugs
    Debby

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  61. Thanks for the chance to win this awesome new Friends cartridge. I loved your Create a Critter and I know this one will be great too. The teacher's bag is adorable. My grandchildren love me to make things for their friends and teachers so this would be a really great. Sure hope I can win for this cartridge is so-so cute. Grandma in Caney

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  62. I've never been on a scrapbooking retreat but I sure would love to!!! Have fun at yours :)

    Marta
    sassyscraps1@yahoo.com

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  63. Very cute gift bag!! I have been on a couple of scrapbooking reatreats...but not recently. My two daughters & I were just discussing that we need to do that again!

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  64. I am still trying to figure out how you manage to have time to make teacher bags + videos +++++++++++++++++++ and all your other creative stuff ? Great tote bag and no, I have not been to a retreat but I am going on the Teresa Collins Caribbean cruise in Oct. Why not join us???
    Creative Wishes
    Claire S
    www.scrapmyway.blogspot.com

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  65. Very cute bag! I love your idea for turning the frames into tags! Very innovative! No, I have not been to a scrapbooking retreat, but I really would love to go to one.

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  66. Cure bag! Thanks for a chance to win the new friends cartridge.

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  67. I have never been on a scrapbooking retreat. Would enjoy it without a doubt, but where ever would I get the time? I do enjoy your informative blogs and videos. That's my scrapbooking and card making resource! Thanks

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  68. this is a great give away, my grand daughters would love this. hope I win I love your blog and email post

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  69. I love scrapbooking retreats! I just signed up for one and I can't wait. Love this bag!

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  70. Great gift bag idea. I have never been to a retreat, but would love to they sound like fun.

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  71. Super cute gift bag!! I love the cuts~I love going the retreats..I try to go to at least 2 a yr:)
    Sherrie K
    http://sherriescraps.blogspot.com

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  72. Great teacher bag! I have never been to a scrapbooking retreat - just crops with local women.
    Evelyn

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  73. I only go to a couple day long crops per year. Would like to go to a retreat someday when I have the time and funds.

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  74. Very nice teacher's gift bag. I have never been to a scrapping retreat or any kind of retreat. Thanks for all your inspiration.

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  75. Yes, I love retreats! My last one was in January and was a 3 day weekend which was wonderful! However, I don't know of any upcoming ones and I'm getting the itch! Love the gift bag!!

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  76. Your bag is SO CUTE! I LOVE the photo thing as a gift tag!!!

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  77. Great little teacher gift bag!!!!..I love your videos!!!!!

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  78. Such a cute gift bag, I love the idea of making my own! Have fun at your retreat, I went to the Scrapbook Steals retreat last year in Salt Lake City, it was so fun!

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  79. Such a cute gift bag, I love the idea of making my own! Have fun at your retreat, I went to the Scrapbook Steals retreat last year in Salt Lake City, it was so fun!

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  80. Great gift bag. I've made a couple before but never any that cute.

    Haven't been on a scrapbooking retreat either. Didn't even know there was such an animal. LOL Hope you have lots of fun!

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  81. Always looking for simple but unique gift bag ideas. This one is at the "head of the class". It would be great for teacher appreciation or a teacher birthday gift bag.

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  82. No, I have never been on a Scrapbook retreat. I have read about them. They sound fun.
    I love the teacher gift bag. It is so cheerful to look at. Edwina Brown

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  83. I so need to get the Create a Friend! I LOVE the Create a Critter cartridges, so this is excellent! No craft retreats, but I have a little guy, so maybe when he's a little older. Cute gift bag!

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  84. Love the gift bag! You make everything so easy so make lol. I have been to two crop nights and they are very fun! Have fun at your scrapbook retreat!

    Veronica

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  85. I have never been to a scrapbook retreat. It sounds like fun. Love the gift bag. thanks so much

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  86. I've never been on a scrapbooking retreat, but sounds like a blast! Have fun! Cute gift bag, TFS!

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  87. I have never been
    to a retreat yet.
    Hope to one of
    these years!
    Have fun.
    Carla from Utah

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  88. No I haven't but always wanted to go.

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  89. I love going on scrapbooking retreats, but have not been in years. the new CTMH cart is super cute.

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  90. Though I've been to crops I've never been on a retreat boo hoo! I am dying to go on one so I'm anxious to hear how yours goes. This new cart is simply delightful, can't help but be all smiles when viewing it!

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  91. I have been on many retreats...relaxing, no sleep and my best advice...take all your charge cards ;)

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  92. I love just how dressed up a kraft gift bag can get just from paper and a Cricut cut! I also like that it's a good reason to make bigger cuts too.

    No, I've never been on a scrapbooking retreat. If I had more scrappy friends in real life, I might consider going, but I think I'd be too shy otherwise!

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  93. Labor Day weekend is a square dance festival so I will be dancing the night away.

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  94. Cute bag!

    I have never been to a retreat. Only a convention and it was super fun!

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  95. LOVE scrapbook retreats!! Adorable bag...

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  96. Yes, I've been on scrapbooking retreats, but many years ago. I loved them! I never really got a lot of pages done. I was always too busy bouncing from table to table looking at everyone else's great layouts!

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  97. What a cute bag. This cartridge has so much,
    Thanks for a chance to win,

    Mary O'Neal

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  98. Love this bag! I have been on many scrapbook retreats. Just went to a three day one last weekend that was so fun. I have another 3 day retreat at the end of Sept. I find I get so much done at these because it is nonstop cropping for three days and you can leave all your stuff out in the room for the entire time.

    Leslie
    cascrapper at gmail dot com

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  99. Attended a scrapbooking retreat just this past weekend. Wonderful time with three of my besties, we snuck out to spend a couple of hours on the lake in sailboat belonging to one of them. Scrapbooking retreats are therapeutic to me. I have a relatively stressful job and life, and getting away from it all (even if it's only 60 miles) keeps me sane. We scrap, giggle, laugh right out loud and give and take advice on our pages. I do much better work when I am together with my friends. "on your mark, get set- CRICUT!" a quote from one of the hubbies who well, just doesn't quite get it! LOL

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  100. I have never been to a retreat but my first one is in October. I have only been to a handful of day crops and have trouble with what to bring so a weekend might be more than I can handle. LOL.

    Love the bag! It is so nice when you can personalize a bag to someone. Thanks for the chance.

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  101. Yes, I am in a group of 6 ladies that get together 3 times a year to go on scrapbook retreats. That's about the only time I get to work on pages. Love it!!! Have fun on yours! Love the bag!

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  102. I prefer to go to retreats at our local scrapbook store...If I forget something, I can always pick up what I need. I also like working in small groups at the store.

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  103. Awww-how adorable!!!! Thanks for sharing!

    Patty

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  104. I attended a scrapbooking retreat years ago. It was at a hotel; I certainly didn't get enough sleep IMO, so that's something I'd probably do differently b/c I didn't enjoy the retreat as much as I could have: my mind wasn't clear and alert enough to be creative.

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  105. Great project! No, sadly I have not been on a scrapbooking retreat but maybe I will get a chance to one day. :)

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  106. I don't scrapbook, yet, but follow you for your Cricut ideas with cards. Love the artbooking cartridge and think it would be handy for cards, too. Thanks for sharing your creativity!

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  107. Pretty bag. I go to 3 or 4 scrapbooking retreats a year but they are close to home so I get to sleep in my own bed each night. I enjoy getting together with friends and meeting new people to scrapbook all weekend.

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  108. I went to a 3 day scrapbook retreat just last weekend! So much fun!

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  109. I really need to go stock up on some brown gift bags so I can start making my own! I love all of the examples you've posted recently.

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  110. That gift bag is adorable!!

    I have never been on a scrapbooking retreat, but I'm sure it would be a blast!

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  111. I have been on a few scrapbooking weekends and always look forward to the next one. They are a lot of fun! I am hoping to go on one in October!!
    Downey Ocean Scrapper

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  112. I LOVE this apple bag. It is SO cute!!!!

    I haven't ever gone to a scrapbooking retreat. It sounds like fun through. Hugs- Glora

    me(at)glorajean(dot)com

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  113. I need some healthy recipes for casseroles, my hubby is diabetic and had a recent heart incident requiring a stent. I'm trying to be more creative in cooking. I still love to barbecue! Maybe we could share some casserole recipes. Thanks for all you do for all of us!

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  114. Every November my friends and I have a scrapbooking retreat on the opening weekend of deer hunting. In February, we go to a bigger gathering at a campground. I look forward to these weekends all year!

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  115. Never been on a scrapbook retreat..always wanted to though. Have fun and enjoy yourself!
    Julie

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  116. Great bag!!! The ribbon works so great with the design!!!

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