Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Upcoming Scrapaholic Events

As well as our recent launch of Scrapping Away December will see the launch of Scrapaholic Australia (Aussie site not ready yet so check out the UK one). Scrapaholic Clubs are a nationwide network of clubs, which provide a social learning environment for scrapbookers. Each club is run by an enthusiastic instructor with the support and assistance of Scrapaholic Australia. If you are interested in becoming an instructor please email me.

Upcoming classes in Albury include:

Revisiting Rubons

Acrylic mini Albums (Albums designed by Midnight Oil Scrapbooking Designs)

Upcoming kit techniques for Dec to March include:

Making the most of Tags (Fancy Pants products)

Transparencies (Hambly overlays)

Doodling and scallops (7 Gypsies and The Crafter's Workshop)

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Website open for business

At long last, the website is operational! Take a look at www.scrappingaway.com.au
I will be adding more photos as rooms are ready and furniture is put together but we are now at a point where it is ready to use.
Opening date is February 29 and we have already had initial interest in the first few weekends. It is very exciting and will be the culmination of a lot of hard work. There are still a few jobs to get done in the next 3 months but all will be ready for a grand opening celebration in the last week of February and the first retreat kicking off on the 29th.

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Front Bedroom

This is the completed bedroom, it looks much better than it did in April when it had galvanised iron and wooden panelling along the walls. As you can see there is plenty of room for your bags, yourselves and your beds. Hope you like the look of the room, there are three more just like it! The other rooms are larger and have room for 3 beds.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

A Sneak Peak

Well it is here at last. Time for a sneak peak of one of the bedrooms. By the way this is the same room that had galvanised iron on the walls and was set up as a country bar.

I will take some more photos in the next day or so. I have only put two of the beds together so far. Once I have the other beds together and I have moved the dining room setting out of this bedroom I will post a photo of the whole room and also one of another of the bedrooms.

Unfortunately there is a hold up with our trestles as they need to be ordered in. I plan to begin using the website before the trestles arrive as I really don't want to wait any longer. I will take a photo of the scrapping room and hopefully you can imagine it with trestles in it. Everyone gets their own trestle so there is plenty of room to scrap and spread out your supplies :)

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

It's here!

Well the furniture arrived about an hour after its expected delivery time, so not bad. However I think I was under estimating the task ahead of us. Of course the 8 beds are flat packed and will need putting together. Before I can do that though I need to be able to get the gorgeous 9 piece dining setting out of the way.
Mmmmm Matt is working until late every night this week. I guess it will be the weekend before we even get started! As you can see in the photos, the task is huge and I have no chance of achieving it by myself.
Will certainly keep you updated with the progress and will aim to have the photos of a couple of furnished rooms on the website by the end of the weekend.

Now I am excited!!!!!!!!!

I just got a phone call to say the furniture can be delivered at 4:30 today!!!!! Drats! I have to go to work tomorrow, I would love to be organising rooms and taking photos to get onto here and the website. I guess there is always this evening, not that I should be moving furniture by myself what with being 4 months pregnant and all. Keep your eyes peeled for an update very soon with some furnished room photos.

Now to complete the day if I could get a few kinks sorted out on the web page all would seem right with the world.

Retreat Progress

Well, the last 7 months has been pretty full on, and we aren't done yet, but the retreat is taking shape. With the continued efforts of Matt and myself, as well as all the visitors we rope into helping us, we should be set for our late February opening. To give you some idea of where we have come from have a look at the photo of this bedroom before we began our renovations.

For some reason the previous owners had decided the country bar look was the way to go. Each to their own I guess. Thankfully, the room is now all fixed up and looking fantastic. Will post some photos once the furniture is delivered later this week. This was by far the worst of the bedrooms but each of them has required a great deal of attention and we have laid new floors, sanded and painted walls and ceilings, made and hung curtains, hung new doors, and so the list goes on. All will soon be revealed when the website is unveiled and we open for bookings.

The first weekend the retreat will be open for business is February 29th. There has already been a great deal of interest in making bookings and so we are working as quickly as possible to get everything ready for the launch of the website.