It’s here! our second retreat - a 3-day retreat at the colorful whatever craft house!


Cultivate Creativity

Gather with crafty pals for a weekend of creativity, learning, and community building!

The Scoop

Get ready, this page is filled to the brim with info on this super fun crafty retreat! Please read this page thoroughly, including the FAQ section at the bottom. If you find your questions still have not been answered, feel free to send me a message here!


About the retreat

Dive deep into your creativity with a group of 16 people who love the same thing you love - paper crafting & memory keeping! During this 3-day retreat we’ll relax, get crafty, learn new skills & techniques, and make new friends. Whether you’ve been in a creative rut, are looking to reconnect with your inner creative, or just love crafting, this is the perfect event for you!




Thursday, May 16th - Sunday, May 19th, 2019
Check-in: Thursday, 1pm // Check-out: Sunday, 2pm


The Whatever Craft House in Newton, Kansas



What's Included

The following items are included in the ticket price. By purchasing a ticket, you will receive the following:

  • Access to a private Facebook group to get to know fellow attendees. By the time we’re in Newton together, we’ll be one big crafty family!

  • Accommodations for 3 nights at the Whatever Craft House.

  • (4) 2-hour workshops, each with materials provided by the workshop sponsor.

  • A goodie bag filled with items from well-known brands in the crafting industry! (because we all love some free stuff!)

  • Crafting free-time throughout the weekend AND a 5-hour craft-a-thon with a Craft Bar, where you can grab free supplies to use in your craft-a-thon projects.

  • Materials sent straight to your inbox leading up to the retreat to ensure you’re “in-the-know”, are prepared for what to pack, etc.

  • Small snacks each day for energy during workshops & craft time.

  • On-site parking

  • Access to a private Gather & Create Alumni Facebook group to keep in touch with your new crafty besties!

  • And more!!


What’s not included:

  • Transportation

  • Meals: We will be providing recommended food locations near-by and scheduling optional group dinners on Friday and Saturday. However, all meal costs for lunch and dinner are the responsibility of attendees.



While this retreat is packed full of learning and working, I wanted it to be just as much of a vacation. After all, a "retreat" is a period of retirement for meditation, in the traditional sense of the word. With that in mind, I have developed the schedule in a way that is filled with learning, crafting, AND relaxing - so you'll leave feeling refreshed, rather than exhausted.

Full schedule will be announced soon!


About your Workshop Instructor


Suzanna SteiN of made in mojave

Hey there! I'm Suzanna!

Born and raised in California, I have always had a love of sunshine. I try to reflect that sunshine and positivity into everything I do.

In 2014 I was diagnosed with Behcet’s Disease, a rare autoimmune disease. As my Behcet’s progresses, it has started to affect my central nervous system causing loss of memory among other things. Because of this, I am SO thankful for the ability to document my favorite memories as they happen to help me remember even the smallest of details. I like to think it turns a less-than-perfect situation into something pretty darn perfect!  It is my dream to share happiness with others and remind those struggling that your weaknesses do not define you! No matter what you are facing, tomorrow is another day, and you will make it through it!

I’m a bit of a coffee snob, Harry Potter obsessed, and a lover of animals. I'm silly more than serious, love to laugh, and hate wearing socks. If you want to know more about me, you can visit my personal blog – Noodoso.

Find me here: Blog | YouTube | Instagram


Workshop Descriptions


Inspiring Creativity

Workshop #1

In this workshop we’ll cover all things inspiration - where and how to find it, how to translate that inspiration into your projects, the difference between pulling inspiration from something and copying someone’s work, and more!

We’ll also cover topics like how to discover your creative style, get out of a creative rut, small creative practices to do when you’re not feeling crafty, how to practice creative authenticity, and how to get in touch with your creativity after a disconnect.

Scrapping your stash

Workshop #2

Learn to scrap your stash by building kits from the items you already have. Plus a bonus lesson on incorporating everyday items in your projects. After the lesson, practice your new skills by building a mini kit at the craft bar & create a project with it!

Mixed Media 101

Workshop #3

Learn the basics of mixed media in this 101 course. Everything from the basics of supply introduction and term definitions, to putting your new skills into action with some messy play!

Paper Play

Workshop #4

Want to take your paper crafting to the next level? In this workshop, we’ll discuss my favorite and most-used paper crafting tips & techniques, along with fundamental design principles that will help your projects feel perfectly balanced (no matter what type of layout or project you’re creating!)




Stay tuned for sponsors being announced, leading up to the retreat!



Who is this event for?

This event is for anyone that loves to get crafty, is ready to learn new techniques, and wants to hang out with other crafty people! Whether you're just starting out or have been memory keeping for years, everyone is welcome!

Will there be food?

A crafter after my own heart! While not all meals are included in your ticket price, snacks are. Please visit the "What's Included" section at the top of this page for details on what you'll receive with your ticket price.

Can I cancel my ticket for a refund?
How do I transfer my ticket to someone else?
Do you have a payment plan?

Ooo, these are some good questions! Because we know SO much goes into a decision on attending an event like this, we've laid out all of the ticket & financial questions here. Take a look!

How will I know what to bring?

After signing up, each attendee will receive a recommended packing list to help make your trip as stress-free and prepared as possible!

How Do I Pick my workshops?

For this retreat, all workshops are already set and will be the same for all attendees. By purchasing your ticket, you are automatically signed up for all workshops being offered.


*Photos courtesy of The Whatever Craft House