More Scrap Diva Retreats Shop Hop Adventure Pics

In honor of the upcoming Shop Hop I thought it would be fun to share with you my scrapbook pages from Scrap Diva Retreats 2012 Shop Hop adventures.

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10 Reasons to Love The Shop Hop

Hi Divas, I hope you are all having an amazing time enjoying your summer.

July has finally arrived and that means its time for the AWESOME SoCal Shop Hop! The Shop Hop runs from July 17th to August 2nd. More information can be found on the official website www.socalshophop.com

10 Reasons to Love the So Cal Shop Hop 

  1. Discounts – With your passport you are eligible to receive 20% off your purchases.
  2. Decorations – Every store decorates and comes up with an amazing theme.  (Examples include: Stampin’ Post – A picnic, Scraparazzi – Hollywood, The Making Place – A Day at the Ballet, Custom Impressions – A Day at the Beach)  Day at Beach - Shop Hop
  3. Win Prizes – When you visit the participating shops you will be eligible to win prizes!
  4. Scrapbook Layouts – Each store will have a themed 6×6 scrapbook layout available for free if you spend $10 or more (pre-tax, post-discount). The promos are also available for purchase if you don’t qualify for the purchase minimums.
  5. Collect Charms – Each store will have their own themed charm. If you end up spending $20 or more (pre-tax, post-discount) you will receive their charm free.
  6. Pictures – Each store offers a unique opportunity for you to take a phenomenal picture with your friends. Like these Rubber Ducky Day pictures taken at Scraparazzi Scraparazii Rubber Shop Hop 2012
  7. Adventure- The Shop Hop is a great excuse to go out on an adventure and visit all those amazing local scrapbook stores owned by phenomenal entrepreneurs!
  8. Shop – Go ahead and splurge on yourself and pick out a few new scrapbook supplies!
  9. New Products – Check out all the awesome new products in stores.
  10. Friends – Have fun checking out all the store themes, make-n-takes and shopping with your best friends! You can meet some amazing new friends too!

In 2012 we visited all the participating scrapbook stores from Bakersfield to San Diego in Diva style! This year unfortunately I’m super busy with work but I wanted to share with you some of the scrapbook pages from those adventures a couple years ago and hopefully inspire you to get out there and shop hop around yourself. Hopefully next year I will take some time off work to organize some fun shopping adventures.

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School Scrapbook Layout #TBT

The next time you create a back to school layout, try this grid technique to get all your kid’s photos into one fabulous scrapbook layout. Its simple and you can easily see the progression throughout the years.

Dad

When my grandmother passed away I gathered all her pictures of my dad and created this layout.

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Who’s Your Daddy?

 

My daddy is funny, quirky and tenacious. He has the type of personality that can light up any room and he’s always the “life of the party.”

Daddy Layout

My daddy is the coolest kid in the world! He’s creative, funny and loving. My daddy enjoys collecting “things” such as books, records and art supplies. He runs around all day and does a million things at once. He’s extremely artistic and loves to play chess.

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5 Reasons You Should Scan Your Scrapbook Pages

Hi Divas,

I decided to embark on a quest to scan all the awesome pages in my scrapbook albums. This has actually been one of my long standing projects! Ok, maybe not every page is awesome but I’m still going to scan them all and make a copy to store on an extra hard drive.

I hope to inspire you to scan and share your own albums!

Here’s a few of the reasons to scan your scrapbook pages:  

  1. You can easily print copies and give them to family members for keepsakes.
  2. You can store the extra hard drive in a safe as a backup copy in case your original scrapbooks get destroyed.
  3. You can share the scrapbook pages with your friends on social media!
  4. It’s fun to go back and look at all the old school scrapbook layouts you have made.
  5. You worked hard on every scrapbook page! Taking the time to scan them helps you appreciate all your years of hard work!

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The First Diva Pose – 10 Years Old – Simple Scrapbook Layout

I’ve been having a fabulous time reminiscing and going through my old scrapbooks. It’s refreshing to look back on memories that I forgot and see new tidbits about my former self.

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Here’s the first evidence I found of my “DIVA POSE.”

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The best product at CHA – Dylusions Paints!

I’m so excited to share with you an amazing new product that will be coming to Scrap Diva Retreats soon! I experienced a fun and excited adventure at the Craft & Hobby Association Mega Convention (CHA) in Anaheim in January and of course fell in love with some new products that I had to bring home and share with you!

Dylusions Paint
Dyan Reaveley’s  new paints are amazing for art journaling and they match her Dylussions sprays which I’m in love with. They are so vibrant! I bought the entire set of 12 gorgeous, vibrant acrylic paints that complement and coordinate with her line of Dylusions Ink Sprays. I also bought some more Dylusions Ink Sprays. The paints are easily blendable, waterproof and dry quickly to a matte finish. You can also write over the top of them. They are perfect for art journalers! You can create beautifully blended backgrounds on paper or other surfaces. They dry quickly which makes it easy to doodle and journal without your pages sticking together.
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The colors are so vibrant and they blend perfectly with the Dylusions sprays. Check out this art journal page that I made recently and posted on the blog.
I love Dyan’s bold, vibrant, fun colors and personality!
Dyan Reasley
You can check out a video of her new paints here:
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I also ordered a few extra Dylusions Creative Journals. Which I plan on playing with later this year as I work on my documented life project. You can also join the Documented Life Project for free so check out the link.

The next time you visit Scrap Diva Retreats make sure to check out the new paints!
Also…. I plan on announcing two more day crops this year! So be sure to join our Meetup group so that you are first to get the notification of the crops.
Have a fabulous scraptacular day!

 

 

 

Christmas Wreath- Snowhaven CTMH Paper

I’m so excited to share with you a quick tutorial on how to make this gorgeous Christmas wreath using Close to My Heart Paper. Check out my quick 4 minute video on Scrap Diva Retreats YouTube channel here:

You can see a picture of the Christmas wreath in the Close to My Heart catalog on page 74.

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Scrapbook Retreat Recap

Here’s a quick recap of our phenomenal Scrapbook Retreat Weekend from a few weeks ago….

I hosted an open retreat where anyone could sign up via our meetup group. We all received the blessing to meet new Divas and make new friends.

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Top: Mattie, Diane, Letty, Michele, Jolane
Bottom: Becky, Donna, Kelly, Angela, Andrea, Lisa

 

Letty made a gorgeous Julie Nutting Mermaid doll for the guest book:

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Saturday was an adventure packed day full of lots of scrapbooking, crafting and laughter. I decided to come up with a Julie Nutting mixed media canvas and taught a class.

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I went to bed happy on Saturday night completely amazed with the amount of contagious positive energy the women were exuding from the crop room. On Sunday morning I decided to get up early to print our group photos and gave everyone the opportunity to win prizes through a scrapbook challenge using the group photo.

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Andrea's Scrapbook page

Andrea got 119 social media likes for this layout and won the challenge!

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Homemade Rolls

Enjoying a cup of coffee with Angie’s fresh homemade delicious cinnamon rolls!

Mattie

Mattie made awesome homemade aprons for the Divas!

 

Thank you Divas for an amazing Scrapbook Retreat Weekend! I can’t wait to scrapbook with you all again soon 🙂

 

 

Happy Thanksgiving

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend and enjoyed time with your friends and family! We went to visit my parents in San Ardo. On the way I had fun art journaling in the car and playing with my new “Project Life App” by Becky Higgins.

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San Ardo is a tiny town North of Paso Robles and suits my parents perfectly. Although the population on the sign says 576, most of the people have moved away and there’s only about 150 left.

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My parents are growing tomatoes, watermelon, green peppers and pumpkins in the yard.

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My dad has a ton of boxes and he kept some of my old Sandman comics from when I was a kid. It was awesome to grab a few of them.

 

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 Be grateful for every second of every day that you get to spend with the people you love. Life is so precious.

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It was a rewarding experience reflecting on all the things in life to be thankful for. I hope to continue this practice past Thanksgiving. Thank you for sharing the journey with me. 

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#12DaysOfThanksgiving

Day 1 – Be Thankful for What You Don’t Have

Day 2 – Be Thankful for Lacking Knowledge

Day 3 – Be Thankful for Difficult Times 

Day 4 – Be Thankful for your Limitations

Day 5 – Be Thankful for Each New Challenge

Day 6 – Be Thankful for Your Mistakes 

Day 7 – Be Thankful When You Are Tired & Weary

Day 8 –  101 Things I’m Grateful For 

Day 9 – Be Thankful For The Setbacks

Day 10 – Gratitude Can Turn a Negative Into a Positive 

Day 11 – Thankful for Scrap Divas

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