Cartonnage Retreat 2022 (in-person) - Colorway Arts

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Join us in the Cartonnage Retreat by the Lake Michigan! Have fun crafting and creating amazing fabric cartonnage projects!

From May 20-22, 2022 join us for this fun unique event happening in Holland, MI. 
Read carefully all the options and choose the best experience for you!  Classes have limited spots, and will be filled in a first come first serve basis,  so decide as soon as you can. 
This is not just a regular Retreat! Pick your favorite classes or just come and make your own while meeting lots of cartonnage lovers and enjoying not only the comfortable retreat center but also the beautiful nature - just a stair down to the lakeshore Lake Michigan.
Lodging and meals are included! If you don't want to stay with us for the whole time, registration may be opened for this option later if we still have spots available.

Supplies lists will be send later - You bring your own favorite fabrics!!

What?  In-person Cartonnage Retreat
Where?  At Camp Geneva, Holland, MI
When?  May 20 - 22, 2022



Want to come to the Retreat and take Claudia's main Class? So this is your option. You will come, have fun and make this amazing Fabric Wonder Chest in 10 h class with Claudia. This class take place on Friday afternoon and all day Saturday (May 20 and 21). To take this class is recommended that you have made (or make before the class) at least 2 simple boxes following Claudia's method.
On Sunday morning you can choose to take another class or enjoy your time by your own, in the DIY room - extra fee added for another class. 
Lodging for double occupation room and meals are included in the price. 
This option also includes a lifetime access to the video tutorials of the project (that will be released after the Retreat).
There are options for payment plans, choose the best one for you.

PRICE FOR THIS OPTION  - THIS OPTION IS SOLD OUT!  Stay tuned, we may have this class another time!

Click here for more information and to register for the JOYFUL ONE Retreat experience (with Claudia's class).

If you want to come to the retreat and take 1 or several classes with trained Cartonnage teachers, so you can make up to 3 different projects during your Retreat, all guided by teachers, this is your option.

Or, you may decide to take 1-2 classes and enjoy the rest of your time in the DIY room.... another possibility.

Classes have limited spots and will be filled in a first come-first serve basis, so, decide as soon as you can. 

As we don't have many more spots available for lodging to stay in the Retreat center, the OPTION NOW is choosing the classes you want and purchase them directly in the website.
PRICES for the classes, includes ONLY class with the DIY kit. If you want to stay in the retreat center, or stay in the DIY room, or even if you need to add lunch, please contact me at

Here are the classes available:


Class 1 - The Kiss lock box (with Jill Simaneck) 
This box is very unique with this metal frame! Easy to make, it's a great handmade gift! During the class you will be making the medium size of this box.

Class 2 - Embellishing cartonnage with cutting machines (with Lynn Hodge)
Lynn is specialized in cutting machines and will guide the group with many options and samples of how to make the cartonnage projects even more personal and unique embellishing with the cutting machines. She will have some machines in the class to demonstrate and give you lots of ideas.

Class 3 - Fabric Caddy organizer (with Vicki Moser)
How fun is organizing the tools in your desktop or craft room with a unique box like this one! So beautiful and functional! Great handmade gift!

Class 4 - Making and embellishing paper/fabric albums (with Joyce Gitter)
Make a simple journal with removable pages, then have fun as we make different kinds of embellishments using fabric scraps in a “junk journal” style, add magnetic flaps, tucks and pockets and end up with an interactive book you will want to share with others. Choose your style—vintage, bright or a mix of both. Use the journal for anything you want —a gratitude journal, diary, art journal, sketch journal, funny-things-my-kids/grandkids-say journal, cartonnage idea journal, anything!

Click here for more info and register for these classes of the  JOYFUL CHOICES 

Friday, May 20, 2022 
Lunch - 12:00pm (optional)
Welcome reception - 1:30pm
Classes - 2:00 pm to 5:30 pm:
The Wonder chest - part 1 (with Claudia)
Dinner - 6pm

Saturday, May 21, 2022
Breakfast - 8:00 am
Classes: 9 am to 12pm:
The Wonder chest - part 2 (with Claudia)
Class 1: The Kiss Lock box (with Jill)
Lunch: 12:15pm
Classes: 2pm to 5:30pm
The Wonder Chest - part 3 (with Claudia)
The Fabric caddy organizer (with Vicki)
Dinner: 6pm
Surprise activity: 7pm to 9:30pm

Sunday, May 22, 2022
Breakfast: 8:30am
Classes: 9:30 to 12:30pm
Making and embellishing albums (with Joyce)
Embellishing cartonnage with cutting machines (with Lynn Hodge)
Lunch: 12:30pm
Final celebration: 1:30 to 2pm

I'm Claudia Squio- founder of ColorWay Arts and host of this amazing in-person Cartonnage Retreat. I've been designing and making cartonnage boxes and other projects for a while, and it feels like forever! I'm the author of the Book Cartonnage Basics & Beyond - the complete guide for fabric box making. I have a real passion for crafts, especially fabric related, I love the texture, the combinations, but I was never good at sewing (don't tell anyone!), so I found gluing fabric relaxing and wonderful. And, most of all, I LOVE teaching and sharing this amazing technique with thousands of fabric/paper lovers through my local and online classes and my Cartonnage Club. I'm a Brazilian-American living in Michigan with my wonderful supportive family - husband and two kids.

Important details:

This unique Retreat will happen in a beautiful place by the Lake Michigan, in Holland.  See some pictures of the place below.
For a better in-deep experience of Cartonnage and for more fun it's recommended that you stay with us in the Retreat center. Lodging is included in the price and those will be the first spots filled. For those that just want to come to spend the day with us and go back home, the registration will be open later (if we still have spots left). 
As we have different options for the event, all registrations will be personally taken care, so, make sure to read all the instructions, fill the forms, and you will be contacted with a quote for the Joyful Choices. For taking Claudia's main class (The Joyful One) then you will register directly on the website and contact us if you need to upgrade or need any changes.

Claudia's personal guarantee:
If you come to the Retreat, make your project and you didn't enjoy making it, did not have fun, did not like your experience with us, not a problem, just talk to me and I will refund your money! 


Meet new friends, have fun gluing, and enjoy the comfortable Retreat center with hotel style rooms and the beautiful Nature by the Lake Michigan.

Located at 3995 Lakeshore Dr N, Holland, MI
* 15 min Northwest of Holland, MI
* 45 min west of Grand Rapids, MI
* 2h 45 min from Chicago, IL
* 3h from Detroit, MI
* 4h from Indianapolis, IN

Closest airport : Gerald R. Ford – Grand Rapids, MI