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Old 11-21-2007, 07:49 AM   #1
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I just saw a full page ad in Papercrafts from CTMH. They are holding a 2 day (I think) scrapbooking retreat for anyone. You get $300 worth of products, etc. (don't know the registration fee).

That got me thinking!!

I'm not into scrapbooking, so I'm encouraging all stamp/papercraft companies to consider hosting weekend retreats for customers (not just demos). Large companies have the resources to manage this, but smaller companies would need to band together like Gina K, Papertrey and Stamping Bella are doing with their cruise.

A week long cruise is out of the range money wise and/or time wise for most of us, but a weekend might work.

May I humbly start the ball rolling by suggesting a few of my faves -- in addition to our cruise companies: Lockhart Stamps, Impression Obsession and Cornish Heritage Farms.

I am willing to accept free registration and air fare for coming up with this suggestion.
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Smart thinking, Joan!

Companies: don't forget to think of Canada when you're planning your retreat locations.
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Oh! This is a great idea! Let's just pick WARM locations! I'm not a fan of winter...

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I LOVE THAT IDEA!!!
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Great idea, Joan!
Oh and Phoenix is very warm...hint, hint.
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I agree that the Phoenix area would be perfect!!!

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I would love to see AZ... count me IN
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Another Phoenix fan here (well, except during the summertime roast)!!! Great idea, Joan!
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Um, I'm in Virginia!!!
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Love the idea too! I've been on several weekend retreats, but never a company sponsored one. That would be awesome!
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Can I suggest Honolulu HI, I live here this way I don't have to travel far. I can't make the cursie cause I can't make it to Florida! So maybe something here. I will supply the sunscreen!!!
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ok how about I crank the heat in my house,grab some sand from my sons sand box and some good music and you all come here to Beautiful B.C.!!!!!
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Virginia is a beautiful state to visit!
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Great idea! Apparently no scrapbooking or stamping companies hold ANYTHING in Louisiana, so I think New Orleans would be a great choice!!
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Companies: don't forget to think of Canada when you're planning your retreat locations.
I'm with you on this one. Don't forget about those of us in the Great White North (or at least it's supposed to be by tomorrow morning...Snow Day!)
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its going to be sunny tom. and sunny on frid.and then rain on weekend here!!!
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It's just gorgeous here in OP, FL - 80 and sunny, no humidity, not bugs and such a pleasant change for all of you northerners.

I love this idea - I would love to do the cruise but just can't justify it (still trying though) but this would be wonderful!
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Very cool idea!!! And I agree with Kay...FL is for SURE the place to go! Just make sure I'm invited! (wink!)
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Okay---i vote for New England, now it isn't warm this time of the year, but a fresh snowfall is pretty and maybe we could get snowed in and have to spend a few extra days stamping or scrapping!
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I vote for FL, since I'm in the SW corner. Who's going to be the first company/companies to step forward?????
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I am willing to accept free registration and air fare for coming up with this suggestion.
Joan, you crack me up!! lol

And yall know...everything's bigger in TEXAS!!!!!!!!!!
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Joan, you crack me up!! lol

And yall know...everything's bigger in TEXAS!!!!!!!!!!
I agree! Everything is bigger in TEXAS and that includes bigger stamping PARTY ANIMALS
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Joan! You're brilliant! You're right, the cruise is beyond me, both monetarily and time-wise with three kids still in school. But a long weekend . . .oh where do I sign!!!
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Amen to that! There are all sorts of beautiful places to visit in Virginia.
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Pick Seattle!! It's sunny and nice in Summer (the rest of the family can come too, and go boating or hiking), and in the winter there's skiing for the rest of the family. On top of all that I have connections for the Washington State Convention and Trade center AND Meydenbauer (where CK holds their convention in WA) where we can hold the event!!
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Gosh, you guys make the wheels turn don'tcha? Great idea. I've been trying to talk several of my company friends into a techniques weekend retreat. Being near Branson isn't a bad pull. Virginia IS pretty. Lived there for a while too. I guess in a way I am truly split coast, I've lived in Richmond and San Francisco and I'm back in the midwest where I started. Also spent several months in both Florida and New Mexico for summer jobs. Hmmm...so I like all the locations!
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May i suggest New Mexico AND Virginia? Two retreats and ALL of the country can get to one or the other (and maybe a 3rd one in Hawaii so we could have a tropical version - since AFB gal is providing the sunscreen).

I'll take free registration & air fare too, for solving the dilemma!
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I'm in Massachusetts...but I'd pay for the plane ticket to anywhere around the US for three-four days. That's soooo do-able! I can't ever see being able to do more than for days that without hubby aboard for vacation. Ooohhhh..I would so be there...and so would my sister...it would be PERFECT!
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Hmmm...I own a company...AND I live in Virginia so the Virginia thing works for me...

My friend Sarah (from The Paper Cut) and I were discussing doing a very similar thing here next year.

I'm not totally sure how my 2008 is shaping up commitment-wise but I'm open to the idea...

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OK, I have been thinking of this kind of thing for years now...and Pensacola, FL --that's where my company is to it is definitely a go for me ---thinking in March or April...oh it could be a dream weekend get away! Sugar white sands!
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I just saw a full page ad in Papercrafts from CTMH. They are holding a 2 day (I think) scrapbooking retreat for anyone. You get $300 worth of products, etc. (don't know the registration fee).

That got me thinking!!

I'm not into scrapbooking, so I'm encouraging all stamp/papercraft companies to consider hosting weekend retreats for customers (not just demos). Large companies have the resources to manage this, but smaller companies would need to band together like Gina K, Papertrey and Stamping Bella are doing with their cruise.

A week long cruise is out of the range money wise and/or time wise for most of us, but a weekend might work.

May I humbly start the ball rolling by suggesting a few of my faves -- in addition to our cruise companies: Lockhart Stamps, Impression Obsession and Cornish Heritage Farms.

I am willing to accept free registration and air fare for coming up with this suggestion.
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How about a place most of you have never visited? Beautiful Idaho!
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Hmmm...I own a company...AND I live in Virginia so the Virginia thing works for me...

My friend Sarah (from The Paper Cut) and I were discussing doing a very similar thing here next year.

I'm not totally sure how my 2008 is shaping up commitment-wise but I'm open to the idea...

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Hmmm...I own a company...AND I live in Virginia so the Virginia thing works for me...

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I'm not totally sure how my 2008 is shaping up commitment-wise but I'm open to the idea...

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OK, I have been thinking of this kind of thing for years now...and Pensacola, FL --that's where my company is to it is definitely a go for me ---thinking in March or April...oh it could be a dream weekend get away! Sugar white sands!
Oohhh, Pensacola is beautiful. And March or April would be perfect weatherwise, not too hot, and not hurricane season! Can I put my name down now?
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Well I know that there *are* SU! retreats held all over Alabama....several times a year actually...that you get classes and product as part of the package...as well as food and lodging....

so they are out there...just not done on a company wide scale or as grand...
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Well I know that there *are* SU! retreats held all over Alabama....several times a year actually...that you get classes and product as part of the package...as well as food and lodging....

so they are out there...just not done on a company wide scale or as grand...
cool...now if some demos in VA would like to do this, please let me know!!!!
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