Retreat Gifts plus GIVEAWAY

I’m still coming down from my high from last weekend’s craft retreat. In case you’re new to my blog, every spring and fall I attend a craft retreat with some of my friends. Some old, some new, and we always have the best time. Click HERE to see last retreat’s gift. 
I always like to create a little something for the girls and this retreat I gave a notebook/pen set….
I’ve collected these for awhile. Most of the notebooks were purchased from Staples and a few from Target, which is where I got all of the pens. 
I tried to think which notebook and pen styles each person would prefer. For example, my sweet friend Tina…
…is so much fun. She is a ray of sunshine and I just knew she would love the mood pen in her set…

 A few examples of some other notebooks and pen sets…

I decided to decorate the front using THIS awesome notebook die and THIS stamp set from Paper Smooches….

…and THIS Ledger Hero Arts Background stamp was perfect in finishing off the notebook look. Adding a few coordinating strips of washi tape to hold the bag closed added a little color. 
I have two notebook/pen sets left from the retreat. For your chance to win, just leave a comment here by midnight EST on Tuesday, October 28th telling me what you would like to see on my blog in the future. I would love your input! 
Oh, and the winner from THIS post of the SSS November Card Kit is Blissmade Designs. Congrats! Hit the CONTACT button on the top of my blog and email me your address so Simon Says Stamp can mail out your kit! 🙂 
Thanks for stopping by! Have a great day! 


  1. Russell & Bromley
    November 13, 2019

    I always like to create a little something for the girls and this retreat I gave a notebook/pen set.
    Russell & Bromley Online Shop

  2. Lisa
    October 28, 2014

    Am I entering twice? I don't see my comment, nor do I see where it says awaiting blog owner approval.

    Anyway… sorry I missed out on this, last minute eek!

    Would love to see more gift ideas.

  3. Mary-Anne V
    October 26, 2014

    these are very cute gifts…i would love to see a series on masculine cards…how to makes them (design. colours etc).

  4. Ruby N
    October 26, 2014

    these are a fantastic idea! one can never have enough pens and notepads 😉
    would be interested in seeing watercoloring 😀

  5. ~amy~
    October 26, 2014

    Heather, wow! I love each of the goodie bags you made….you're a rockstar!!! Mass production skills…
    I always love to see little treat pkgs like today's 🙂

  6. ThePurplePlace
    October 25, 2014

    I absolutely LOVE this idea and would love to have a chance to WIN! I would ALSO love to attend one of these amazing retreats! Lots of my favorite people were there = what a dream to be part of such a cool event!


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