Getting ready for the Merly Retreat!!

Hi Everyone,

The next couple of posts will be about the July Merly Retreat, getting ready for it then the actual retreat. Once these posts are done then hopefully I will be able to keep up to date with my blogging. The retreat took up so much time that I fell behind.

I actually started organising the retreat way back at the beginning of the year. There were some other bits of prep before this, but starting to think about and planning the kits etc started in January.

Here is the table setting for one of my delegates.

13516306_10209116658981060_1664907084816259505_nSo inside the box were three layout kits & a BTP, MDF kit. On top of the box in book form were all the instructions for each kit. At my crops and Retreats I do the method of “crafting at your own pace”, with detailed instructions and everything supplied in the kits, the delegates can get on and craft at their own pace and start with what ever project they want to, it all results in a very relaxed but fun weekend – no running to classes and tring to keep up with everyone else.  In the kraft bag was a bonus surprise kit for the delegates.

The jar in front of the box had each of the delegates name on it, so they knew where they were sitting (it was their name placement) and for this retreat I decided to do – not a journal jar as such but some fun (I hope) questions, quotes etc they could read out and have a chat about at the retreat to who ever they were sitting near to. At the last retreat it was full of embellishments. 2016-06-14 12.12.46………..and yes, we had 65 delegates and I stamped and hand cut out all the flowers & butterflies, I think in total there were almost 600 plus pieces to cut out, maybe 700. But anyone that knows me, knows I LOVE fussy cutting!!!!!!

So here are a few more photo’s of the prep of the name jars etc.

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13418825_10208939013140025_7636159705416143101_nThe questions/quotes all in the jars.


13406938_10208977703907270_7111665805898889109_nOh and the kraft bags, I stamped on these and added some more fussy cut butterflies and a few Kaisercraft Rhinestones to finish off.


That’s it for now, the next post will be about setting up for the retreat at Wyboston Lakes.

Happy crafting,


Chrissy xXx