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Old 01-11-2012, 05:24 PM   #1  
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Hey everyone, im going on a retreat for the first time but i dont want to bring too much stuff! Cardmakers out there what kind of basic tool kit should i bring for a basic tool kit?
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Old 01-11-2012, 06:36 PM   #2  
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Oh, how fun! I guess it will sort of depend on what type of retreat...stamping, scrapbooking, mixed media, etc.

The most basic kit normally includes

* a good, black ink pad, waterproof if possible
* a good paper trimmer
* sharp pair of scissors for trimming images
* some sort of coloring media...markers or chalks are probably the smallest way to carry several color choices
* good white cardstock
* adhesive like a tape runner or a roll of doublestick scotch tape, and maybe a glue stick

I always like to carry personal care items, too...water bottle, gum or mints, hand wipes are handy. Also a pen/pad of paper if you need to take notes or jot down phone numbers. Oh, and don't forget a camera!

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Old 01-12-2012, 02:31 PM   #3  
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I am assuming this is a weekend retreat, not just a day gathering. If so, I'd bring:

base cardstock
variety of print and solid paper
trimmer
scissors
adhesive (ATG gun, Fabri-Tac, foam dots and maybe my Xyron X)
black & brown Memento ink pads (for Copics)
Copic markers
Scor-Pal (or Scor-Buddy, or bone folder)
ribbon to match paper
embellishments to match paper
stamps
other ink (if I want a color other than my black & brown Memento)
butterfly punch
oval & scallop oval punches
Stickles (takes a LONG time to dry, so only for an overnight retreat)
glitter & embossing powder & heat gun (only if I wanted to get down and dirty)
Big Shot (plus plates & pad)
2 or 3 embossing folders
2-3 different die
Chocolate & soda pop (retreat must-haves!)

But then, I always tend to overpack for retreats.
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You can also do the tried and true "shop from your car" method. Bring everything you even *think* you might want. Pack it in easy to get to containers. That way you can pack WAY more than you want to carry inside and have near your space, but if you really need something, it's close by.
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I like to have projects lineup up for the retreat, and throw in what I need for those projects. I will print off card ideas, or pages I like and throw the items together into a
page protector, to make mulitple for those ideas. I have never been a person to do trial and error cards. This way I don't have to think what I want to make that weekend, which is
energy exhausting. A lot of communication on a retreat can sway your line of thinking; and this way you just put the items together.
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Old 01-14-2012, 08:39 AM   #6  
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Thanks everyone for the awesome replies! Lots of ideas for me!
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I bring enough stuff to work for for the weekend. Which Cardstock, ink, spellbinders, cuttlebug machine, coloring tools. ribbon, embellishments.



I went away over this past weekend. Granted I didn't stay overnight there. I came home.

But I worked on Birthday cards and valentines cards. So I took enough stuff with me to work on these items.


I took about 10 stamp set's with me. coloring tools, ribbon, my spellbinder dies in notebooks, cuttlebug machine, cardstock,

I keep my cardstock in a 81/2x11' file envelope by color's. This way I know I have enough and I also took with my 6x6 Designer Paper packs as well as scraps.
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I have to second the notion that you should make a game plan ahead of time. Even if it is a loose one. I find that once I get to the retreat, I get a bit overwhelmed. So if I bring a couple of projects that I want to complete, I get started in the right direction.
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That doesn't mean that I EVER get as much done as I think I will!!!!
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I get together with 12 other gals for a scrapbook retreat twice a year. Friday is all about unloading my stuff, chatting with My Scrap Gurlz that I've not seen (in person) for months, and just getting settled in. Saturday is productive scrap time. Sunday is putting together the scrapbooking loose ends and cleaning up to go home. For me, scrap retreats are as much about socializing as it is about creating.
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