Only 11 days left!!!!

Only 11 days until our 2012 Scrapbook Your Heart retreat!!!!  We are busy getting all the lovely details in place for this amazing weekend away with crafty friends and our "Lessons from the Garden of Life" theme (sneak peek above)!!

Meanwhile, check out this year's Optional Class by the talented Kelly Klapstein!!!  Register NOW to secure your spot at (Cost is $25 paid directly to Kelly at the retreat).

And we are pleased to announce that this year's onsite store is a VERY unique one...
The Scrapmobile is coming!!!!!!

And who is always a generous sponsor of this event has a pre-retreat special offer!!!  Use the below coupon to pre-order a kit and save!!!!!!  

We only have about 5 spots left so if you are still thinking of coming, REGISTER SOON!!!!

Featured Instructor: Kelly Klapstein!!

Kelly Klapstein

We are super pleased to introduce you to our featured instructor for this year's Scrapbook Your Heart retreat coming June 8-10, 2012 in Caroline, Alberta!!

Kelly Klapstein has been involved in the industry for several years and we were absolutely captivated by her beautiful style and even more impressed after meeting her in real life!!!  Here is her bio:

Scrapbooking has become my form of creative expression for a number of years, probably since childhood, actually! And I never grow tired of it. I am the daughter of a scrapbooker and treasure the albums my mother handed down to me. I used to teach high school, but stayed at home to raise our 3 children and now work as a freelance writer and Education consultant. I also teach layout classes at The Urban Scrapbook in Edmonton.   My passion is to explore new techniques and innovative designs and firmly believe that "Paper and paste are good for the soul!"

Here are some beautiful samples of her work...

And if you want to see even more of her work and learn more about Kelly and get as excited as we are to have her as our guest instructor, please visit her blog HERE!!

Registration for 2012 Opens Feb. 14!!

Registration for our next Scrapbook Your Heart retreat on June 8-10, 2012 opens

Tuesday, February 14, 2012 @ 7am
Valentine's Day!!!!

This year's theme:

Please note:
  • Scrapbook Your Heart is a retreat designed to encourage and challenge you through sessions and craft projects based on the theme!!  The cost includes your accommodations at Camp Caroline, your meals, the sessions AND the supplies for the projects!!  
  • This year your cabins will only be booked once we have received your payment so if you are anxious to get into a certain lodge, please forward your payment ASAP to secure your spot!!
  • Remember that space at this retreat is limited so register and forward payment SOON if you are anxious to attend!!

Optional Classes NOW OPEN for Registration!!!

We have our Two Optional Add-on Classes at this year's Scrapbook Your Heart retreat now open for registration!!!  Space is limited so register soon to avoid disappointment!

Click HERE to get more details and to register!!!!

NOTE:  Class descriptions and details have been forwarded to those attendees who have secured their spot at the retreat :)

Sneak Peek!!!

Our fourth annual Scrapbook Your Heart retreat is coming soon (May 13-15, 2011) and we are excited to share a little "sneak peek" with you from one of the projects you will be creating if you come!!!

Diana Kennedy has been busy creating some special treats including this beautiful project using Bo Bunny's new and gorgeous "Gabrielle" line and some goodies from a new sponsor Ezee Pzee...

We currently have about 5 spots still left for this life changing retreat experience so register SOON if you would like to be part of it!!

Also note, registrations and payments AFTER APRIL 15, 2011 require an additional $20 added onto the posted prices so do it soon!!!

Our Featured Instructor!!

We are pleased to announce our special guest and featured instructor for this year's Scrapbook Your Heart Alberta-wide retreat this May...

Hi!  I am Diana Kennedy from Edmonton, Alberta.  I have always been artistic in some way throughout my life.  I have tried my hand at drawing, painting, sewing, crocheting, clay sculpture, jewellery making and all kinds of dancing ranging from ballroom to belly dance.  More recently, I am teaching myself how to create art journals and mixed media art. My day job has me using my Master of Science Degree in Clothing and Textiles working as a manager of Arts in Healthcare Programs within an acute care hospital.    
I was introduced to scrapbooking in 2007 when I went on a retreat with a friend. I was scrapbooking my wedding and was instantly hooked!  I am presently on the design team for "Scrapbooking From the Inside Out" and have been published in Canadian Scrapbooker, and featured on Donna Downey's and Cathy Zielske's blogs.   My other interests include clean eating, baking/cooking, organic gardening, hiking, running, biking, being a Zumba® instructor and of course going shopping for scrapbook supplies.  

I am inspired daily by all the many talented people who tell their life stories through the art of scrapbooking and am anxious to help you do the same at the Scrapbook Your Heart retreat.

Diana is not only super sweet, but she is just over the top talented and is PERFECTLY tuned into what this retreat is all about!!!  As we say over and over, Scrapbook Your Heart is a retreat designed to help you explore and craft about deeper matters of the heart... it is about women coming together to help one another make it through this life on earth that is sometimes amazing, but many times nasty!!  And Diana is all about crafting the good, the bad and the downright ugly parts of what we all encounter in this life...

And a personal favourite that was picked for publication in Canadian Scrapbooker Magazine at the Great Canadian Scrapbook Carnival in Edmonton last fall... we simply couldn't resist her butterflies!!!!!!!!!!!

So as you can see, not only is Diana super talented, but she is beautifully vulnerable, inspiring and eager to share herself with us at Scrapbook Your Heart.  

Be sure to check out more on her blog and please give her some LOVE!!

And know that we are almost already sold out!!!  We only have 1 cabin left in Aspen Ridge and 3 in Creekside!!!  And we can hardly wait!!!   There is nothing else like this event... we may go home exhausted from lack of sleep, but you also take home the life changes, fresh perspectives, new friends and crafty projects to remind each one how incredibly special you are!!!  Please join us :)


Scrapbook Your Heart 


FRIDAY, FEB. 4, 2011 @ 7am 
for all PAST attendees!!!!

FRIDAY, FEB. 11, 2011 @ 7am 
for all NEW attendees!!!!

Click HERE to register!!!

Chapel at Camp Caroline...

Check out this beautiful photo of the little chapel out at Camp Caroline!!  It was a stormy summer evening when the sun broke through the clouds and shone on the chapel and a rainbow appeared!!!  It was there  for a fleeting moment and thank goodness I had my camera around my neck :)

I ended up using this photo as the title page in my "Scrapbook Your Faith" article that is published in the Winter 2010/11 Canadian Scrapbooker Magazine issue (on newstands now!!!) so be sure to check it out!!  You can also see one of the layouts from the article HERE

Also... the group shot from our 2010 retreat will be in the Spring 2011 issue so watch for that as well!!

Scrapbook Your Heart Retreat 2011!!!

Book the weekend NOW for our next annual Scrapbook Your Heart Alberta wide weekend retreat taking place May 13-15, 2011 at Camp Caroline in Caroline, Alberta!!!  We are still working out some of the session topics and themes, but know that this year is going to be AMAZING!!!!

Just remember that this is NOT a crop weekend, but rather a ladies getaway retreat with sessions, projects (supplies provided), optional classes and the opportunity to learn, grow, create, play, laugh, cry, hot tub, hike, take pictures, make friends and dig a little deeper into matters of the heart.

Space is limited and registration will open beginning of February... first for "repeat attenders" and then for "newcomers" until full.

Scrapbook Your Heart Retreat 2010!!

Oh what an amazing weekend!!!!!  This year's 
Alberta-wide retreat was simply the BEST ONE YET!!!!!  Just under 80 ladies from all across Alberta joined together for this weekend at Camp Caroline in central Alberta!  The camp has acres of natural forest, streams and walking paths... perfect surroundings for inspirational crafting... indoors AND outdoors!!

Our guest instructor Michelle Zemlak guided us through some deliciously layered layouts!!  Her store The Hope Chest is a MUST SEE so if you're ever in the Delburne area... it is soooooo worth taking the time out for a visit!!!  And we had some fun with a photo class and an all-day project designed by Christy Riopel that had the ladies painting, smooshing, glittering, beading and PLAYING to create their own unique "Joy Journals!!" 

The purpose of this weekend is far deeper than simply scrapbooking!  Yes, it is a girlfriends' get-away... and YES, we pamper and treat with things like a midnight Bernard Callebaut chocolate fondue!! But it is also so much more!!!  We dig deeper into the areas of life that many times get neglected, but desperately need our attention... our desire is to uplift and support one another through those times in life when it's most needed.... and on top of it all, to pamper, encourage and treat and love on each special woman that attends...

Our amazing team (Kandi Permann, Christine Collier, Christy Riopel, Allison Orthner and guest instructor Michelle Zemlak) spared nothing in making this retreat all we had hoped for!

is a weekend retreat of life changing fun for women!

Scrapbook Your Heart takes place nestled in a peaceful location in central Alberta with inspiring creation all around.  This retreat is offered to woman who are anxious to:
-  meaningfully and artfully explore matters of the heart
-  be pampered and feel special about who they are
-  share their life experiences in a safe environment
-  dig deep to discover new truths about themselves
-  laugh, cry, play, create, share, learn and grow together

And we'd LOVE to have you join us next year in May 2011!!!

Scrapbook Your Heart Optional Classes NOW OPEN!!!

The "moment" (get it?) you've all  been waiting for!!!  Our Optional Classes for this year's Scrapbook Your Heart retreat May 14-16, 2010 are now posted and OPEN for registration!!!!  We have 3 fabulous classes ready for your enjoyment!!

Click HERE to see the class descriptions and be sure to register SOON!!!  Spaces in each class are limited and priority will be given in the order that ladies registered (and paid) for the RETREAT.

UPDATE:  "10 Friends, 10 Days, 10 Kits" Fun Challenge... we are now at...

"5 Friends, 4 Days, 5 Kits"

ie. only 5 spots left and only 4 days to take advantage of the FREE kit for referring a friend!!!  See full details in the post below :)

This is getting EXCITING!!!!!!!!!!!

10 Days, 10 Friends, 10 Kits!!!

It's time to get excited!!!  Starting on National Scrapbooking Day (Sat. May1), we are launching a fun challenge for our Scrapbook Your Heart attendees to help us fill the last 10 spots!!

10 Days, 10 Friends, 10 Kits!!!

For each friend you refer to the retreat starting May 1 and going until May10, we will give you YOUR CHOICE OF A FREE kit at the retreat ($25 value)!!!

AND... we will wave the $20 late charges for your friends, but only for the next 10 days!!!

BUT... this is only for the next 10 spots!!!

Be sure to have your friends mention your name and this challenge when they register in order to WIN!!

Meanwhile, enjoy these SNEAK PEEKS of some of the beautiful crafting you will get to see and experience at the retreat!!!  

Start thinking NOW of what friends you could bring along for a great weekend get-away and get them to sign up starting May 1 for 10 days!!!  They don't need to be "uber crafty" in order to participate and who knows... they might actually discover an inner artist just waiting to be released!!!

Sneak Peek!!

Here is a sneak peek at one of the fabulous projects you are going to get to create this year at our Scrapbook Your Heart retreat May 14-16, 2010!!!

We will post more peeks and our optional classes over the next couple of weeks so be sure to watch for that!!!  Meanwhile, know that we are working with some AWESOME sponsors again!!

This is getting exciting!!!

Update - April 14, 2010

Good Day!

In about one month we will all be gathering for our amazing weekend retreat!!!  WE ARE EXCITED!!!

In today's update, we want to introduce you a bit better to Michelle Zemlak, our guest instructor!!

Michelle, originally from Red Deer, now residing in the cozy small town of 
Delburne AB. with her best friend and hubby John aka “the nicest man in 
Canada”, and her 4 fantabulous children and many furry friends who are all 
more often than not the inspiration behind her designs. 
Michelle is the owner & designer of a quaint scrapbook boutique  
The Hope Chest Scrapbook & Gift Co. where she is fortunate enough to be 
able to express her artistic abilities on a daily basis. Michelle has a passion 
for all things shabby and vintage! From her old character home, vintage style d├ęcor, to her scrapbook designs, its shabby & vintage all the way!  
Michelle is grateful to have found her creative outlet in scrapbooking which 
has enabled her to share her passion of “Living life creatively”  
with her family and others

We are very excited to have Michelle and her quaint store "The Hope Chest" join us this year!!

A few other assorted things to note:
  • a few of you have asked about the bedding at Camp Caroline... you bring your own!!  The cabins all have bunk beds with mattresses, but you bring along your own pillow and bedding/sleeping bag!

  • as part of a fun aspect for this year's retreat, we would like each of you bring a LITTLE gift under $5 value to do a gift exchange with another attendee!  We will give you more details at the retreat, but wanted to give you the opportunity to do this ahead of time (or if you run out of time, you can buy something at the retreat!  It can be scrapbooking related or not, but please keep it small and under $5 value!

  • the camp has allowed us pick our menu for this year!!  So know that even THAT is going to be specially designed for you!! 

  • if you think you've missed any of these emails or updates, know that we are also posting each one on our Scrapbook Your Heart BLOG at

  • Reminder that payment must be in the mail by tomorrow, April 15 or you need to add on an additional $20.  Cheques should be made payable to "Grace Baptist Church" and mailed to:
Grace Baptist Church (attn: Scrapbook Your Heart)
2670 Radcliffe Drive SE
Calgary, Alberta
T2A 7M2

We still have a few spots left so please tell your friends that they can still join you!!  


GBC Scrappers Team
Allison Orthner
Kandi Permann
Christine Collier
Christy Riopel
Susan Bruyn

Update - April 8, 2010

The GBC Scrappers team is anxiously planning all sorts of amazing goodies for the upcoming Scrapbook Your Heart retreat on May 14-16, 2010!!  Here are a few important things to note!

  • If you have not yet submitted payment, you must get it in the mail PRIOR to April 15!!  If you mail it past April 15, please add in an additional $20. After April 15, cabins may be reassigned (only 2 cabins left in Aspen lodge!)

  • We have some super awesome projects based on our "Time for Everything" theme!!  We will give you specifics of what to bring along including some photos.  Meanwhile, know that we are excited to work with the following major sponsors for these projects: 
    • Craft & Glitz
    • Scrapbook Pantry
    • The Hope Chest
    • Canadian Tire (got you curious???)

  • Our special guest instructor is Michelle Zemlak!  She is a talented and oh so sweet local Albertan and we will introduce you to her in a future email, but know that we are super EXCITED to have her join us!

  • There are also 3 optional classes that we will be offering.  Details will be revealed SOON!!

  • We will again be doing a fun fundraiser for two great causes!  The "IF" project for women and the Campership aid.  More details on both will also be coming.

Okay... is that enough to get you excited???!!!  

Know that we are looking forward to a great weekend together!!  Our mission is to truly provide a "retreat" to relax, be encouraged, be pampered, be creative, be challenged, be inspired!!

PS.  Please tell your friends who still haven't registered to COME!!  If we sell out again, there will be an extra special sumthin' sumthin' for each of you :)  We still have about a dozen spots available.