Emily Falconbridge is a free spirited creative soul who has been working as a writer and designer in the scrapbook industry for years. Her love for photographs and creating began when she was very young and she loves to used mixed media in her scrapbooks and play around with new techniques. She is mama to 3 and you can catch up with her here.

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Girl’s Weekend

What every girl needs at least a couple of times a year is a good girls weekend. You know – a chance to get away, be completely silly, get nowhere near enough sleep, eat junk and relax away from ‘normal’ life. It’s good for the soul and of course you can justify to your husbands that it will make you a happier gal for the next little while, and you know the saying – when mom’s not happy…no-one is!

So, your friends are slackers and YOU need to be the one to pull this baby off! Where to start? What to do?

I was recently invited to join my friends group of scrapbook buddies for their twice annual girls weekend. These gals have been partying since its 1999 together since, um, 1997 and have the festivities down pat. It all began as a weekly scrapbook night, and then as they moved further away from each other a weekend event to ensure quality time was spent!

First of all, they started a yahoo group just for them so be able to email back and forth easily amongst the group and organize things. Each of them takes it in turns to host the weekend at their house, kicking husband and kids out for the weekend (no distractions!). Everyone brings their own bedding (slumber party style), and the hostess for the weekend buys snacks, drinks and simple sandwich stuff for lunches. Dinner is go out or order in!

Space is a priority at one of these shin-digs if you plan to scrapbook or craft throughout the weekend. Personal or card tables may be needed to add onto the dining table or maybe big trestle tables in the family room/basement. In some cases of extreme space hogging masking tape will be required to mark off allocated spots (you know who you are, table huggers!). Good lighting is also important so you may need to gather extra lamps and things to have available. It’s always fun to have some good old fashioned girlie music and movies to play while you chat, eat and create!

The hardest part for me was deciding what to bring! Of course I needed ALL of my supplies, didn’t I? I have learnt from experience that I bring everything I possibly can, only to shuffle it around all weekend and not know what to do with it all. This time, I had a plan. I picked out photos and a project that I wanted to work on and brought basic supplies to get these done. I packed everything into a small suitcase that lay open behind my chair so that I could easily get to everything.

I also took a basket with all my favorite ‘goodies’ in, random supplies etc to sit in front of me and allow me to rummage whenever I needed something to add to my project.

The best part about scrapbooking or crafting with a group is that you get to share ideas, get inspired and borrow everyone else’s tools and things! A couple of gals were making Christmas cards, factory line style, and there was even a digital scrapbooker happily working away on her laptop (guess who created the most pages this weekend? AND hogged the least amount of space!).

One of my favorite parts of the weekend was the ‘white mans trash’ tradition, where everyone brings boxes of bags of old, unwanted supplies or outgrown clothing for another woman’s treasure! It was almost like throwing raw meat at a pack of wild and starving mountain lions!

Another highlight was the hiring of a masseuse to come in on our last night and be available for anyone who wanted to ease that girls weekend tension our of their backs! (all that hunching over a table working, laughing till it hurts from late night jokes and sleeping on a yoga mat can cause some aches and pains!).

Pajamas were the dress code for the weekend, chocolate our staple, and farting no longer something done in the privacy of a bathroom…yep, it was a girls weekend alright, and I am still coming down from the high of it! Do yourself and your family a favor, grab yourself some girly friends and start planning a retreat – it may turn into a regular and much needed event!

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