Ms. Ruin's Playthings

"The imagination imitates. It is the critical spirit that creates." -Oscar Wilde

Saturday, May 3, 2014

NSD 2014

Happy National Scrapbooking Day from Ms. Ruin's Playthings! Here is my blogpost for The Crafty Scrapper...

Happy National Scrapbooking Day (NSD) from The Crafty Scrapper!  This is Design Team Member, Sonia Doneghue, coming at you live from the annual National Scrapbook Day Retreat in Milford, Texas.  The gals have rolled in from all over North Texas and even the Hill Country to celebrate 3.5 days of creativity, delicious food, laughter and camaraderie over our love for crafting.

As we say in Texas, "go big or go home" and the ladies at The Crafty Scrapper know how to throw a Texas sized craft party.  But what's a party without gifts?  Each retreater received a gorgeous mason jar project complete with all of the items needed to create this magical fairy scene.

Carolyn and company will also host random prize drawings throughout the weekend and I have to say that they truly thought ahead and provided each of us with a brand new Crafty Scrapper Tote complete with craft goodies and enough room to carry our prizes home.  Plus, on Sunday, one lucky lady will leave Milford with a Spellbinders Grand Calibur Die Cutting/Embossing Machine and 3 die sets.  I hope the grand prize winner has room in their vehicle because the amount of crafting supplies that arrive with each person is quite ridiculous but oh so necessary.  And if you ask any of us, yes, we do need all of those things and much more too!

In addition to catching up on our own projects, Carolyn and Gena are hosting make-n-take stations.  Each make-n-take is quite unique and allows us to work with the latest craft products plus learning new techniques is always a bonus.  One of the make-n-take's is this neat little tin by the kind folks at Maya Road that donated the material to make these fabulous pieces of art.  Thank you, Caroline.  You and your laundry basket are missed.

Now I wouldn't be a good National Scrapbooking Day Retreat correspondent if I didn't take you behind the scenes!  Here are some more photos from our weekend...

Gelatos with Gena Make-n-Take

I took a HUGE gamble and didn't bring any paper crafting supplies.  Instead I am giving sewing a whirl.  I churned out my very first dress.  Details on my blog soon.

Lots of scrapbooking going on --after all, we're in the business of preserving memories!

This is actually a VERY TIDY version of a scrapbookers work table.  
We tend to get a bit messy.

Craft goodies from our Crafty Scrapper Tote!  Drool...

You can see more behind the scenes photos from our weekend on The Crafty Scrapper Facebook Page.  We hope that your weekend is filled with crafty goodness and to further commemorate National Scrapbooking Day 2014, visit The Crafty Scrapper today, Saturday, May 3rd, and wish the associate behind the counter a Happy NSD to receive 10% off of your purchase.  Doors open at 10am and close at 5pm.

Gotta run --it's time for my massage and then I have to get back to sewing!  Until next time...

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