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Apples Mother’s Day Scrapbooking/Crafting Retreat!
October 18-22, 2017 (Wednesday through Sunday)

$310 per person for 2 nights
$405 per person for 3 nights
$500 per person for 4 nights
(based on double, triple, or quad occupancy)

This is not a retreat for just scrapbookers… all crafters all welcome.  If you scrapbook, quilt, paint, do mixed media, make jewelry or do ANYTHING crafty, then come along and join the fun!

Are you ready to have some fun!?  Then plan your getaway weekend now and have time to make payments for this weekend event!  This retreat will be held at Apples Bed & Breakfast in Big Bear Lake, located in the beautiful mountains of Southern California.

Choose 2 nights for $310 or add a third or fourth night for only $95 per night more.  Choose to stay any two or three consecutive nights.  Better yet, stay all four nights… it is all about YOU after all!  Prices based on double, triple or quad occupancy.

What’s included… Breakfast each morning, appetizers at 4:00 pm each afternoon, and amazing desserts each evening at 7:00 pm, a refrigerator stocked with soda, coffees, teas, a snack bar in the Main house, tons of great chick flicks to watch, and goodie bags!

On Saturday, all attendees will be provided with breakfast, lunch, appetizers, dinner, and dessert!  It’s a lot of food, but oh so delicious!

On Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday you’re on your own for lunch and dinner, but there are many great places to eat in the Big Bear area… or bring a crock pot and make a meal to share like so many of us have been doing!  Either way you can have the chance to get out and stretch your legs, find some great places to eat… and maybe do a little shopping or stay in your comfy clothes and hunker down for the weekend! 

Choose your dates from
3:00 pm, Wednesday, October 18th, 2017
3:00 pm, Sunday, October 22nd, 2017
Stay 2 nights for $310
Stay 3 nights for $405
Stay 4 nights for $500
(must be consecutive nights)

Prices are based on double, triple or quad occupancy. 

Check-in time begins at 3:00 pm on Wednesday and we have the crop rooms until 2:00 pm on Sunday.  If you are arriving on Thursday or Friday, you may arrive as early as you wish.  If you come up early on Thursday or Friday morning before 9:00 am and would like join us for breakfast, Apples charges $15 for the extra breakfast… just be sure to let me know that’s what you’re planning so I can let them know.  Otherwise, there will not be a breakfast available for you, as they only make enough of everything for the attendees present.

Crop Room Info:  There are TWO crop rooms available for our use the entire weekend…24 hour availability!  Each crop room has:
-NEW:  Each table now has an OTT lamp and cup holder attached
-Mounted TV’s with DVD, VHS players & a 5-CD player
-Mini kitchen (full size fridge) with ice and a fridge full of sodas
-A big coffee maker, cocoa and a variety of hot teas
-Full size sink
-Peanut M&M’s, Reese’s peanut butter cups & popcorn
-Executive task chairs
-Wire racks for extra space along the walls
-Fireplace or pot bellied heat stove provide the heat (if needed)
-Individual baskets for organization at your table/individual trash cans

PLUS… The main house has a large central room and is only steps away to borrow movies, curl up in the great room, start off your evening with appetizers, or enjoy one of Apple’s after dinner specialty desserts.  Enjoy a walk on the property, lounge on the patio, head 2 miles to Big Bear’s Main street for shopping or get some work done on all those great Scrapbooking or craft projects you’ve been hoping to work on!

FOOD… Each evening of your stay there will be early appetizers at 4:00 pm and homemade desserts served at 7:00 pm.  Each morning a gourmet breakfast is served at 9:00 am.  SATURDAY will include breakfast, lunch AND dinner for everyone (whether you are checking in or out that day)!  Throughout your stay snacks, sweets & beverages are available at all times!

SLEEPING ARRANGEMENTS… The rooms at Apples are all so cute!  There are a total of 14 rooms available to us during this weekend.  Some rooms have 2 twin beds, some have a King, some have a King and a twin.  Some are upstairs, some are downstairs.   I do my best to accommodate everyone’s needs, but some of you may have to share a bed with your friend.  Downstairs rooms are reserved first for those attendees with mobility or medical issues.  All room requests will be assigned as deposits are received… first come, first served.

DISTANCE… It takes about 2-1/2 hours to get to Apples from here in Huntington Beach.  I highly recommend skipping Highway 330 entirely and taking Highway 38.  It takes about 15 minutes longer, but the road is so much easier (not so curvy or life threatening)!

PAYMENTS… In an effort to save on credit card fees, I request that payments be made via Cash, check, or money order only.  This will put even more of your payment into great giveaways and prizes and it will help me budget the fun for your weekend better.  Spaces are first come/first served and receipt of your deposit guarantees your space.

If you will be paying with a credit card, please add $4 for every $100 charged to your payment to cover the credit card fees and put more money into goodie bags and giveaways!

You may pay all at once or you may pay in installments.  Non-refundable deposits and suggested payments are as follows:

If you stay 2 nights… ($310 total)
Deposit due at sign up of $110
Final Payment due no later than September 15th

If you stay 3 nights… ($405 total)
Deposit due at sign up of $105
Final Payment due no later than September 15th

If you stay 4 nights… ($500 total)
Deposit due at sign up of $125
Final Payment due no later than September 15th

If you need additional accommodations for payments, please let me know as I am willing to work with you so you can stretch your payments according to your abilities.

**ALL deposits are NON-REFUNDABLE.

Cancellation Policy… Initial deposits are non-refundable.  If you cancel before September 15th, any payments made over and above your non-refundable deposit will be refunded to you.  This policy is in accordance with the Apples Cancellation Policy.

Finishing up… OK everyone, that’s just about everything.  If you have questions, any questions at all, please let me know.  You can reach me anytime via email… I check it regularly and I’ll answer you immediately!  I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Discount… If you refer a new friend who has never attended one of my retreats in the past and they sign up, you will receive a $25 discount for each room booked!

Space is limited…..so register EARLY.

Please mail your deposits… remember rooms are assigned as deposits are received.
If you are not a past Apples attendee, please email me at melissapapke@gmail.com and I will respond with my mailing address for the deposits.  Thanks!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

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Mar 052014

St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner and in keeping with my 50% Irish heritage, I thought I’d share a little Irish saying and change Missy (my logo girl) in to an appropriate outfit to celebrate the occasion!
Missy for Saint Patrick's Day

Nov 252012

(The photo above is the Basic Grey sample for the new program.  To see both the Basic Grey samples and the additional pages and cards designed by Melissa Papke and taught in class for the current program, please click on the CLASSES tab above.)

The wait is over to get in on these classes!!  Signs up for the BASIC GREY Page of the Month and Card of the Month programs are now being accepted!!! Continue reading »

Happy New Year!

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Jan 012012

2012 is now upon us, which begs the greeting of HAPPY NEW YEAR!  I just wanted to pop in to tell everyone who ventures here that I am thankful for every one of you.  I would love it if you shared my site with your friends.  My goal is to have my STORE up soon, because I have a few kits and things to sell.

If you read about my upcoming May retreat, there are still 2 or 3 rooms available still… so if you’re interested, be sure to email me right away and let me know you are sending your $100 deposit to hold your spot.  I will be sending out another email to my entire database here very soon, so grab a spot if you want it.

The next Basic Grey Page of the Month Program begins in March and I will be offering flat rate shipping of $8 to anyone who would like to purchase the kits.  If you are interested in signing up to be a part of this program, please email me at melissa@thescrapbookgarden.com right away so I can add your name to my list of students so I will be sure to order enough kits later this month.   If you can’t make it to class because you don’t have time or you don’t live in the area, no worries!  All my photos of my pages will be up on the website.  Anyone who takes my classes knows that I have a tendency to change the Basic Grey layout… sometimes a little, sometimes a LOT, and even sometimes barely at all, but thanks to the magic of the internet you can see everything right here!  The last few months have been a little difficult for me adjusting to not having my beautiful store, The Scrapbook Garden, any longer, but 2012 will be better as far as getting things done in a timely manner.  If you have any suggestions for me on what you would like to see on my website and/or in my Basic Grey classes, please let me know.

So go on now and celebrate the fact that we have all made it through another year!  This coming year is fresh and full of possibilities, so let’s all get out there and make it happen!

Happy New Year with Love,

Melissa Papke
The Scrapbook Garden


Oct 042011

Welcome to the new website for The Scrapbook Garden by Melissa Papke!  This is where you will find all the information on my classes, kits and things for sale in the store, and upcoming weekend retreats!  You won’t want to miss a thing, so please take a few minutes now to see what this new website has to offer.

See all the tabs at the top of the page, just under the logo?  That’s your gateway to everything.  Upcoming classes are listed under CLASSES.  You will find photos of all the classes I’ve already done under PAST CLASSES, just in case you need to see what we did in order to catch up with your page of the month kits.  The RETREATS section is where you will find information on my amazing weekend retreats at Apples Bed & Breakfast in Big Bear… very popular!  In the STORE, you will find kits from past classes and maybe a few other goodies in the future.  The CALENDAR section will give you a broader look at everything by the month.  The the BLOG and CONTACT are all that’s left, and those are pretty self-explanatory.

The store is closed, but I’m not done yet!  I will still be teaching at local area stores and hosting the great retreats up at Apples in Big Bear that my customers have all come to know and love!

Check out the Class Schedule or the Calendar at a Glance to see what classes and retreats are in the future.  Information will change as more things are scheduled, so please check back often!

If you have any suggestions, please let me know.  I will do my best to keep up on blogging when ever there is something interesting to say, so check back often to see what ‘s new.  I look forward to seeing you at one of my classes or retreats soon!