A new trend in the scrapbookers world are scrapbooking retreats. I ran across an article about scrapbook retreats in one of my scrapbooking magazines (scrapbooks etc.) a while back and it peeked my interest enough to search the internet for them. I was amazed at how popular scrapbook retreats were becoming and I had never heard of them before. There was quite a variety when it came to locations and the amenities that each location offered. Of course the prices varied also depending on the amenities. Most of the hosted retreats that I saw cost around $225.00-$250.00 per person for a 2-3 day weekend. The do-it-yourself or “unhosted” retreats were in the price range of $80.00-$100.00 per person for the weekend. It all depends on what you or your group are looking for.
When choosing a scrapbook retreat first decide on how many friends and/or relatives will be in your group. This will help when figuring out which location is desired and how much it will cost for everyone. At some scrapbook retreats the price changes with how many people are in the group.
At unhosted retreats the group of visitors are usually allowed full access to the kitchen, but do not have many amenities to choose from, if any. Sharing the meal preparations and cost is a great idea so that the responsibility does not all fall onto just one or two people. The price is great at these scrapbook retreats, but the amenities are low.
Hosted retreats are nice if your group wants to be pampered and not burdened with meals. The cost is definitely higher ranging from $225.00-$250.00, but these retreats provide your meals and usually snacks. Amenities vary from access to hot tubs to massages to manicures/pedicures and even games. Pay attention when checking into the amenities – some cost extra.
Most scrapbook retreats whether hosted or unhosted, provide tables, lighting and chairs for each scrapbooker. They might also provide scrapbook tools such as: computers, printers, die-cutting machines, punches, etc. The bedrooms provided usually room anywhere from 2-6 people. So if you enjoy bunking up this is for you!
Before leaving for your scrapbook retreat it would be beneficial to make a list of all the scrapbook supplies you might need for the weekend. This might include adhesives, paper, embellishments, ribbons and of course the pictures. You do not want to be at the scrapbook retreat ready for a weekend of heavy scrapbooking and not have all your items.
I found the idea of scrapbook retreats very interesting after learning more about them. They are a great idea if you have several friends and/or relatives that enjoy scrapbooking, can find a weekend that is free for everyone and a cost the suits everyone. It would be fun to have a weekend of girl talk, gossip and sharing scrapbooking ideas. I do not see myself going to one of these, but the idea is great for those interested.
Rullestad, Ashley. “Scrapbook getaways.” scrapbooks etc. April 2008: 86-90.