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. 


We are pleased to announce that registration for our Scrapbook Your Heart Alberta-wide retreat will be opening as follows:

Early Bird* opens 
Jan. 31, 2010 at 8am
Regular Registration opens 
Feb. 2, 2010 

*Early bird registration is open for those who have attended a Scrapbook Your Heart retreat in previous years.  We have reserved the first 50 spots for our early birds!! 

Details for pricing and registration are now posted on the Scrapbook Your Heart website!!  Please help us spread the word by posting on your blogs, facebook, emailing your friends, etc.!!!

This retreat is NOT a typical marathon of scrapbooking (there are many other great events that ARE that we encourage you to attend those if that is what you are seeking!!).  Please understand that this retreat is so much more and our desire is to fill it with women ready for a soul uplifting experience...

Scrapbook Your Heart 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

Registration for 2010 opening soon!

You've all been so patient in waiting... well it's coming soon!

Registration for our 2010 Scrapbook Your Heart retreat May 14-16 will open soon!  Watch here and on the website for more information... you won't want to miss this one!