Monday, April 23, 2012

Take Twelve: April Retreat

Here's my Take Twelve layout for April! Too late for this month's giveaway at Ella Publishing but that's okay .... I am loving this project!

On this day I packed up and left for a retreat weekend at Milton House in Mantorville MN. But before I pulled out of the driveway UPS delivered a delicious box of cookies I won from Dancing Deer Bakery. Perfect for sharing with girlfriends! Then, {and this is so exciting} my new Canon Rebel T3i arrived days ahead of schedule!

The one hour and forty-five minute drive was a pleasure as I enjoyed passing through the rolling farmland of southern Minnesota. I was the first to arrive at Milton House followed a few hours later by Liz and Julie who could not have possibly fit another bag into Julie's new Explorer! Good times are a guarantee on retreat weekends.

Milton House was a local cheese factory at one time. In 1994 it was purchased and converted into a home. After making Milton House their home for 10 years, the owners transitioned the home to the unique and spacious retreat center it is today.

Our group was unusually small at this retreat with only seven of us. We all liked having the extra space to spread out and dig into our projects. I finished a batch of note pads, created a blog hop layout, made 4th of July invitations, played in Studio J, pre-cut a stash of AP shapes, power-sorted the rest of my daughter's {very large} baby album, blogged, pinned, read, and enjoyed the company of good friends.

Good times are a guarantee on retreat weekends.

I look forward to our next retreat weekend in August when we'll be in St Croix Falls, Wisconsin!

Supplies Used:
"Dotty for You" paper by CTMH
Kraft carstock by CTMH
Baker's Twine and Inks by CTMH
Cork Alphabet by CTMH
April lettering by American Craft
Cricut Cartridge: Stone Script

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  1. What an awesome layout! Love how you popped up the butterflies with the Dotty for You paper. Sounds like you had a fabulous weekend!

  2. I love it! I really like how you took all different kinds of pictures.

  3. The detailed touches are so perfect on this layout. The butterflies on butterflies - pure genius!

  4. great layout...great photos...sounds like a great time! I really like how you popped the butterflies from DOTTy!


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