Two weekends ago I was able to leave everything behind and just work on my albums. I try to go to two weekend retreats a year and it is something I truly look forward to. One- it helps me get caught up on my own personal albums and two- I get to play with some of my favorite products and the new ones that just launched.
I try to set a goal for myself on how much I will get done. Sometimes I overestimate what I can accomplish but this past retreat I was so excited, I finished all the pictures I brought, completed about 50 pages and my son's album is up to date. (Well it was until last weekend when we took more pictures :-))
These retreats are great for some well-deserved girl time with my mom, sister and sister-in-law but they also help me reflect on what's important in life and why documenting our memories is a gift that will last forever.
I also took the opportunity to play with some of the new products and fell in love with the Custom Cutting System Jumbo Circle and new Jumbo Wavy Square. There are so many awesome possibilities with these two shapes. Here are a couple of the layouts I created using these new shapes.
If you've never been to a retreat before, I highly encourage you to attend one. It gives you a chance to work on your albums, totally uninterupted for a whole weekend, and catch up with friends at the same time. Plus it helps you realize the importance of preserving memories and telling the story behind the pictures. And if you haven't yet, check out these two new patterns, you'll love the possibilities.
Have you been to a weekend retreat before? What is your favorite part?