The New Scrapbooking Cruise Retreat

A new trend that has emerged in the scrapbooking industry is a scrapbooking cruise which can serve as an excellent retreat for like minded individuals. Not only will it give crazy croppers (as they often like to call themselves) a break from cooking and cleaning, deadlines and presentations, it will give them a great excuse to scrapbook.

Make advance reservations for your scrapbooking retreat and read all the fine print about the package. What is and what isn't included as far as air fare, meals, ground transfers etc. are concerned. What can you expect to accomplish at the scrapbooking retreat? Will there be any celebrity scrapbookers on board the scrapbooking retreat cruise etc.

The More the Merrier

It is always more fun to go on a scrapbooking retreat with friends. Of course you can make new fiends there, but having one or more of your own buddies can help break the ice as well as give you some time together from the daily hectic lifestyles so many of us lead today.

Some scrapbooking retreats can offer to teach you basics of scrapbooking while others also have intermediate and advanced technique classes on location. They also offer demonstrations by new and established names in the industry and some even offer sample goody bags to take home.

One popular scrapbooking retreat cruise promises that you'll have completed all your holiday cards before December and that is an accomplishment in itself. A vacation and a thing to do cut off your list is a very tempting proposition.

Supplies - Bring or Buy?

Some scrapbooking retreats offer supplies that can be purchased on location; others expect attendees to bring their own as they can not possibly cater to such varied tastes. Most offer unlimited use of die cut machines, paper trimmers, punches, scissors and some staples like card stock, page protectors and adhesive. Find out what if any products will be available on board and some approximate prices so that you know what to expect.

Of course, everyone's speed and ability levels differ, so don't get disheartened if you don't complete two scrapbooking albums or half as many cards as the pro on the table besides you. Remember it's a retreat, you're supposed to relax and treat yourself to some good times it is not a competition, so sit back an do as much as you can honestly enjoy doing.