Hey crafty pals! I am SO excited to share our very first event with you - a 3-day retreat among the trees in Tahoe, California!


Weekend in the woods

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

Relax with a group of 20 people who love the same thing you love - paper crafting & memory keeping! This 3-day retreat is a time to relax, get crafty, learn new skills & techniques, and make new friends. I am all about building community, and what better way to do so than bonding over our love of memory keeping in a gorgeous place?!




Friday, September 14th - Sunday, September 16th, 2018


The Coachman Hotel in Tahoe, California



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 Tahoe together, we’ll be one big crafty family!

  • Breakfast Saturday & Sunday (Please note: This is a set menu provided by the hotel and will not be able to accommodate food allergies or preferences.)

  • (5) 2-hour workshops, each with free materials provided by the workshop sponsor.

  • Over $300 in FREE SWAG (because we all love some free stuff!) from well-known brands in the crafting industry!

  • 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.

  • Complimentary beverages to keep you hydrated and caffeinated all weekend long, for ultimate craftiness!

  • Evening fire pit with complimentary s'mores.

  • Special event rate for rooms at The Coachman Hotel, including 10% off nights prior-to and directly after the event.

  • Complimentary on-site parking

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


What’s not included:


  • Transportation

  • Lodging: All attendees must be staying at The Coachman Hotel to attend the retreat. The Coachman is generously offering a special room rate for event attendees, as well as a discounted rate on days prior-to and directly after the retreat to work around flight and travel schedules.

  • 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.


About your Workshop Instructors


Andrea Gray of retrohipmama

Hi! I’m Andrea and am known as retrohipmama. Just a wee bit addicted to Instagram and pretty things. If I were to describe myself it would go something like this: God girl. Documenter. Crafter. Snacker. Homegrown California girl. Music obsessed. Football watcher. Lister.

I produce YouTube videos, a crafty podcast and run an online shop where I sell paper and digital goods! I am on several Design Teams and get to create using my very favorite products in the industry!

I'm an all things crafty girl. Not sure when I ever bought curtains. Graphic design and digital art are part of my history. And analog lettering is a staple in my life. Fabric is my friend and so are glue sticks, my staple gun, hammer and acrylic paints. You’ll even find me embroidering rap lyrics every now and then.

Inspiration comes in many forms. Typography, nature, architecture, my boys, color combinations and other creatives. Creating makes me feel like myself. Making something with my hands brings joy to my life and happiness to my heart. My goal is not to simply share my creations, but to inspire others to create as well. I hope to do that for a long time.

Find me here: Website | YouTube | Instagram | Shop


Suzanna SteiN of noodoso

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



Learn how to mix, match and coordinate colors in your paper and crafting projects. You will be challenged to create using fun color combinations and will learn how to focus on colors that bring your projects to life.


Taught by: Suzanna Stein of Noodoso

Using simple techniques, you'll learn how to incorporate mixed media into your scrapbook layouts to create beautiful backgrounds. You'll learn and practice skills in this hands-on workshop that are easy & fun for amateurs and seasoned artists alike!



We always hear that crafters wished they used their stamps more often. In this workshop, we will each share our favorite ways to use our stamps, basic stamping techniques, and fresh & fun ways to give those stamps some love in your layouts and crafty projects.


Taught by: Suzanna Stein of Noodoso

Learn the basics of layering, how to incorporate layers into your projects, and the trick behind clustering in this workshop. We'll cover the basics, along with more detailed techniques, how to mix patterns when layering, and more!


Taught by: andrea gray of retrohipmama

Using random and fun bits of paper products, we will create a junk journal that you can add photos and memories to or keep as a treasure of vintage and colorful goodness. Together we will get messy, mix paper sizes and play with patterns.



In order to support The Coachman Hotel, who has graciously welcomed our group for this retreat, all attendees must stay on-site at The Coachman Hotel.

Special room rate:

> $178 per night, plus tax

> 10% off best available rate for add-on nights directly before and after the event, to accommodate flight and travel schedules.

These rooms have two beds and are perfect for pairing up with someone to split the cost! Don't worry, if you're attending solo and don't have anyone to room with - you can meet a new crafty bestie in the private Facebook group who is also looking for a roommate!

An exclusive booking code will be sent to all attendees at the beginning of May to use when booking rooms.




and that's not all! Stay tuned for more 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, some 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.

Do I have to attend all of the workshops?

Absolutely not! We'll never force you to do something you don't want to do. However, please note: only workshop attendees that are present for the workshop at its set time will receive the free swag for that workshop. With that in mind, this is a community focused retreat. We encourage everyone joining us in Tahoe to attend all of the workshops being provided.


*Photos courtesy of The Coachman Hotel