Thursday, January 16, 2014

2014 Bertram Inn Fall Retreat Information!!

Please join us for a weekend of scrapping fun at the 7th Annual Fall Retreat at the Bertram Inn in Aurora, Ohio with Work in Progress Kits!!

Friday,November 7, 2014 through Sunday, November 9, 2014.

You’ll enjoy a whole weekend at a beautiful hotel eating the most delicious food. All you need to do is bring your scrap supplies, and the rest will be left up to us! Check in time is 3:00pm on Friday, November 1st. You will also be permitted to set up at your table in the ballroom at that time as well, where you’ll have an entire 6 foot table all to yourself. There will be a welcome reception served that evening, and the ballroom will be available day and night for however long you wish to stay. When you decide to retire to your room, you simply leave your table and return to it the next morning!

On Saturday, you return to where your table for a full day of more fun! There will be a breakfast buffet served to us right outside our ballroom, a boxed lunch and later on we will also be served an early dinner. I elected to set it up this way so we all have room to enjoy a fondue bar on Saturday evening without feeling the least bit guilty!! You know we need that chocolate to keep the creativity flowing. And just like the previous night, you retire at your leisure and return to the same spot the next day. On Sunday, you’ll be served breakfast, and check-out time is noon. You are free to continue scrapping until 2:00pm in the ballroom. And believe me when I tell you--you won’t want to leave.

Now if that wasn’t enough--I will be offering one break-out class on Saturday, and another on Sunday. Once registration is complete, I will reveal a list of classes and you can decide to partake in these or not--it is simply an option. Most of the break-out classes will be short and sweet, and project related (since Christmas will be on all of our minds by then for sure!). Pre-registration for classes won’t begin until July 1st, and since class size is limited, it will be on a first-come basis. More information will follow. I can’t say enough about the facilities at the Bertram Inn. The food there is what sold me on doing this entire event, and I hope you take a chance and decide to join me for a weekend you won’t soon forget! The hotels also offers a restaurant and a variety of other amenities, and if you’d like to see more of what is available, please visit the website for the Bertram Inn here.

Accommodations and Pricing: Prices listed are for the entire weekend package, including meals, a water station and scrapbook space with proper lighting. Availability is on a first come basis, and deposits are NOT refundable. The first deposit (half of the fee) along with the registration form is due by Friday, March 14, 2014, with the remainder due by Friday, September 12, 2014. When registering, please list all roommates, as seating will be assigned. Pricing for 2 nights and above meals listed are: Single Occupancy:$449 per person Double Occupancy:$339 per person Triple Occupancy: $319 per person Quad Occupancy:$289 per person **Please note, deposits are not refundable, but they are transferrable. **For more information, or to reserve a spot for the weekend, please email Trish Turay at Hope to see you there! ******************************************************
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Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Homemade Gingerbread House

I absolutely LOVE this idea!!  My niece is going to love it, too.  Perfect for this weekend's sleepover!!  You can read more about it here.
Enjoy your day!!

Monday, December 2, 2013

Coach's Gifts

Wanted to share a few recent collages I've made for coach's gifts.  I had them printed out at Costco (size 16x20 is only $5.99).  They're personal and made in a pinch--and once you make one, you're sure to do it again!
Instead of buying a frame with a mat, I simply added a border to enhance the colors.
You can use any type of editing software, and if you google "free collage templates" you'll also find a ton of freebies.  Believe me, if I can do it, you can too...
Enjoy your day!!

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving!!

From my family to yours, Happy Thanksgiving!! I'm SO incredibly grateful for you, dear reader.
Enjoy your day, and take a nap. 

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Our 2013 Christmas Card

This is our Christmas card this year.  I searched for what I wanted, looked and looked for 2 days, and finally pulled the trigger with Minted.  Their customer service is unmatched.  The weight of the paper, the color, the fact that they send you a proof before they're fully printed--I can't say enough about them.  This, coupled with a $25 coupon and free shipping made me a happy camper.  What's not to love?  For more info on their cards and new personalized wrapping paper, click here.

Enjoy your day!!

Monday, November 18, 2013

Recreating Photos.

Are you at all familiar with Dear Photograph? The concept of taking a photograph of a photograph, from the past, in the present. You can read more about it here. Fell in love with the concept a while ago, and always wanted to do it.
Well, these boys took it to a whole new level.  They recreated photos and put them in a scrapbook, as a gift to their mother.  How beautifully awesome is THAT????
You can read more about it here.  I'm so dragging my sister out for a remake of something this Christmas. 
Enjoy your day!!

Saturday, November 16, 2013

DIY Thanksgiving table setting for kids

This year, I'm thankful to traveling somewhere else for dinner.  BUT--if you're entertaining, I thought the ideas here were fabulous.  So I thought I'd share.
Enjoy your day!!

Schedule a holiday mini session!!

I only have a few openings left, so if you're interested, please email soon!!
Enjoy your day!!

Thursday, November 14, 2013

What I did with the Fall Mega Kit

I wanted to share what I did with the Fall Mega Kit today. I made two albums, using only the contents of the kit. This 8x8 album contains photos and journaling on my Top 10 Favorite Things to do in the Fall...
The cover page:
Family Time...
Apple Picking...
Boyart's Farm...
Our Annual ALS Walk for my brother in law, Hoyt...
Friday Night Lights...
My Daughter's Volleyball...
Soccer for my son Evan...and my son Griffin...
And Carving Pumpkins.  As you can see, I need to print out a few more photos and journal a bit more.  But I'll get there!
 This would be the second mini album I made with this kit.  It houses my simple 4x6 photos perfectly.  The theme of this book is simply favorite pictures taken this season...

 Thanks so much for allowing me to share!!  I have ONE of these awesome kits left, so if you're interested, please email Trish at  The cost of the kit is $32 plus shipping. 
Enjoy your day!!

Monday, November 4, 2013

December Daily 2013 and Bertram Leftover Kits for sale now!!

Work in Progress Kits--December Daily 2013--$30

The 2013 December Daily Kit is here, and ready to ship!!  The kit is packed in order, making assembly a snap!  These are by far the most popular yearly kits from Work in Progress, so if you'd like one, please contact Trish at, or purchase this kit using the Paypal button below.  Note:  This kit comes with an email containing photos for simple assembly.
 Christmas Mega Kit--$30
A Close-up of the contents of this kit:
I made these three projects with this kit:
The 2013 Christmas Mega Kit
Contents of this kit include:  16 papers from Echo Park and Lily Bee, an 8x8 scalloped chipboard mini album, a 4x6 graduated acrylic album, 6 felt colored snowflakes, October Afternoon mini alpha stickers in red, jump rings, Echo Park cardstock stickers, Echo Park alphabet, various die cuts and 2 yards of ribbon.
 40 Christmas Tags--SOLD OUT
Adventure Awaits Mini Book--$20
This 5x7 mini book uses October Afternoon and Studio Calico papers and embellishments to create a book about things you want to do--a virtual Bucket List--in a mini.
The Best Decision I Ever Made--Mini Book--$25
A mini book about your life, and the big decisions you've had to make that led you to where you are now.  The 5x7 mini book is made using Teresa Collins and Jenni Bowlin's paper and embellishments.
Fall Mega Kit--$32
Samples of the two mini books I created from this kit include a 5x7  scalloped book, and an 8x8 post bound mini about my Top10 Fall Favorites (see below).

These kits are all PACKED AND READY TO SHIP today!!  If you'd like a Paypal invoice, please email Trish at, and they'll be shipped immediately!!  Thanks so much!!
Enjoy your day!