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.

Kelly's First Dance , Scrapbook

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

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Paper Piecing – Old School Scrapbook Technique!

I’m super excited because I finally figured out how to scan my scrapbook pages using my new Epson Perfection V500 Photo Scanner! The truth is…the scanner is not brand new because I bought it last year but it took me all day to figure out how to download the right driver and get some good scans. What I’m stoked about is that I figured out how to stitch the scans together using Photoshop Elements. I haven’t quite figured out how to get it perfect yet….in the scan you can see a blur near the C where the pages were stitched together. But this year one of my mantra is: “Done is better than perfect!”

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Dylusions Paints – Create Scrapbook Pages & Art Journal Pages

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Collaged Hearts Tag Class Using Distress Inks

These heart tags were so much fun to make! Distress inks are easy to blend and only require a small amount of patience. I love the bright distress ink colors pack that comes in four beautiful colors:

  • Picked Raspberry
  • Mustard Seed
  • Peacock Feathers
  • Spiced Marmalade

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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.
Dylussions Paints
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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!

 

 

 

Snow in Southern California, Happy New Years! Scrap Diva is Booked for 2015

Happy New Year’s everyone! I hope you had a safe and fun New Years!

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