Thursday, September 18, 2014
Saturday, September 6, 2014
For new scrappers interested in attending ...
For those newbies wondering why registration is a big deal. We only have space at our accommodation for a set number of scrapbookers. In the first few years we had to beg people to attend- i think we may have had 40 or so come along… over time and reputation, the numbers crept up until about three years ago when we reached 80 and felt we were at absolute capacity. I can hear people wondering "why not hold it somewhere else where there is room for everyone who wants to come?". We live rurally and hold the retreat in our nearby local 'city' which is still pretty small. There are no other accommodation options locally that would hold that many, have the space and freedom that we currently do. Plus holding the retreat where we do is what helps us keep our e2c costs down. Many have said that e2c would lose 'something' if we went to the more expensive venue or moved the whole shebang to Adelaide. We love how friendly and 'country-fied' our retreat is, and it is most definitely an ego free zone. We want to keep that special feeling. While limiting numbers is incredibly frustrating (for attendees and for us) hopefully you can understand why it is so.
The wait list...
The registration emails received tomorrow are processed in a strict 'time in inbox' method. We have always taken pride in our fair system. Once our spots get filled, and there are no seats left, your name will be placed on the 'wait list'.
While many despair at not getting the initial congratulation 'you are in' email, in the past we have worked through our wait lists as time goes by and other commitments crop up. Last year we had someone fill a vacancy one night before the actual retreat date and we had NO ONE LEFT ON OUR WAIT LIST. Everyone who had sent a registration email in had a chance to attend.
So if you get a 'oh no' email - please don't feel like it's the end of the world. There are always cancellations and there is EVERY chance your name will come up and you will get the opportunity to come along too.
Wednesday, September 3, 2014
Tuesday, September 2, 2014
With the e2c registration day only a few sleeps away i thought it would be a good idea to discuss our 'proxy' rules.
If you don't need to proxy - don't.
We developed this idea for people who may not have internet access, if they are at work or have other commitments at the time of registration. It was NOT for people thinking that they are doubling their chances of getting a spot. In fact it's quite the opposite.
The past few years there has been a lot of 'doubling' up of registrations ie. Jasmine emails her registration in and also has Shirley as a proxy. Shirley sends in her own registration and has Cindy as a proxy. Cindy sends her own email in.
As you can see it can get quite convoluted. The whole thing is time consuming for us trying to process everyone fairly and also completely pointless. It clogs the e2c inbox up, is frustrating to sort through and does not increase your chance of getting through in time at all.
If there is a need - please use it… but we need names and email addresses.
For those who do need to use the proxy rule, please only ask one person to do it for you.
The person that submits your proxy will need your name, postal and email address to include on the initial registration email. The proxy registration will be null and void without this info.
We are trying to be fair to everyone.
We understand how coveted the seats are at e2c. We get that. We totally do.
Please rest assured that we have a strict 'first in, first served' policy and hold great importance to truth, fairness, and the integrity of our system. With only 80 spots up for grabs and such a high demand, plus 7 years of retreat planning under our belt we believe we have a great registration process which gives everyone an equal opportunity to attend.