A Peek into my Craft Stay-cation Retreat and How to Plan your Own 1

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Now that you know how to plan your own craft retreat and have done all the major planning it’s time to start enjoying the retreat! Here is a recap of my two day retreat. I would love to know what y’all did for your creative retreats. Please share your ideas in the comments below.

Day 1

For snacks I have the following on my work desk and ready to go!
• Popcorn
• Candy
• Trail Mix

I am going to be making sandwiches for lunch and pasta for dinner. I will make the meals in the morning and then put them in the fridge so that I have no chores to do during the day.

Here a couple of recipes that you can follow for sandwiches and pasta!

Chicken Sandwiches:
http://southernfood.about.com/od/chickensandwiches/r/chicken-salad-sandwich.htm
http://allrecipes.com/recipe/grilled-chicken-mojito-sandwich/detail.aspx

Pasta:
http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/easy-pasta-alfredo/detail.aspx
http://www.cookingnook.com/alfredo-sauce-recipe.html

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First up I made ATCs and Inchies. I used all the fabric scraps and pasted them onto a card sheet to make a large fabric collage. I then cut up this collage into 2.5 x 3.5 pieces to make 50 ATC bases. I used the cuttlebug stamp die to die cut little PSIs (Plus sized inchies that measure 1.5 inches x 1.5 inches).

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I am going to put all these ATCs and Inchies in a box and then take them out when I want to do a little bit of creating. Adding the embellishments and finishing on top will take me a maximum on 10 mins per piece and this makes them perfect mini projects! If you want you can substitute paper with fabric and keeps lots of ATC and Inchie bases to work on in your spare time.

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I used the leftover piece of fabric collage to cover a couple of books…

Next I made the mixed media pieces for which I printed images onto dictionary pages. I absolutely love this technique – it’s fun and easy. I used these pages as a base, and used clear glue to stick them onto plain canvas. Then I used paints and pastels to add color and finished up with some vintage looking embellishments and die cuts. I absolutely love the way these turned out!

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I had to skip Old Magazine Art and making paper beads because the two projects described above tool a little more time than I thought they would and so I just skipped on ahead to my Scrapbook. It’s OK to improvise as you go, nothing is set in stone. Sometimes the creative process takes longer than we think.

This was great fun to make! I used the crop-a-dile to add holes to the CDs and covered them with paper. The same was done with the chipboard pages and then I randomly added them to a binder ring. Using clear transparent CDs really added to the look and I can’t wait to finish this book in December! I’ll probably use it as my December Daily.

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That was what I did on Day 1. Please share your thoughts and comments with me. Have you tried a creative stay-cation or retreat? On your own or with friends? I would love to hear from you!

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