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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Dina Wakley Scribbly Birds – New Class Announcement!

Hello fabulous Divas,

I’m so excited to share with you a new project I just created. I plan on teaching these tags on March 21st. RSVP quickly on our meetup we only have 4 spots available 🙂


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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
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!




Art Journal Page – Week 3 Documented Life Project

The theme for January is – The blank page and how to face it!

Week 3 – DLP January 17th, 2015
Art Challenge: The Color Wheel

Journal Prompt:

I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way . . .

– Georgia O’Keeffe

This prompt was so much fun for me because I LOVE LOVE LOVE COLORS!!! Of course I had a billion more things planned that I didn’t finish because I was playing in my art journal all weekend with colors! My favorite colors are Dylusions ink sprays. 


To get started with the prompt I first played with the warm colors…
Warm Colors

I had fun stamping Dina Wakley’s new stamp set on the background.


Then I played around with cool colors….

Cool Colors

I made so many swatches of color that I decided to create a rainbow of colors separating the warm colors from the cool colors. I just recently learned why it’s not good to mix warm and cool colors at the same time… Because they make mud! You might already know this color concept but if this is new to you…. it’s an awesome revelation! Especially if you are like me and love colors!

Color Swatches

Then I decided that I better get down to business and finish my art journal page with the quote so I grabbed one of my favorite stencils, Dyan’s new star stencil and some of the new Dylusions paints.

Dylussions Paints

Products used:

–  Dylusions Paints Bubblegum Pink, Vibrant Turquoise, Crushed Grape

– Dylusions sprays: Tangerine Dream, London Blue, Cut Grass

– Close to My Heart Stamp Set: Unicorn Dreams

Don't quit your day dream



Day 5 – Feeling Playful – Listen to your inner child!

Today is day 5 of our 21 Day Happy Adventure together! Feel free to follow along at any time. You can read more information in the first blog post here.

I was trying my best to dedicate 21 consecutive days to meditating with Oprah and posting a new piece of artwork each day…. but I have to be honest with you. I’ve fallen behind slightly and I’m behind on my blog posts. Nevertheless, I hope to finish the blog posts with you. It has been a fun adventure thus far and I’m learning a lot.

During today’s meditation we learned about the benefits of being playful and how play helps connect us to our joyful self. We learned how to listen to our own inner child and bring more fun and joy into our daily life. During the lesson, Deepak reminded us  that through the expression of play, our hearts, minds and bodies are lighter and happier. Play is essential to rejuvenation.

Today’s centering thought: Being playful renews the spirit.

For today’s piece of artwork I decided to showcase a mixed media canvas board that I made while taking an online mixed media course by Kelly Rae Roberts called “Hello, Soul Hello Mantras.” I had such a fabulous time taking her class and learned how to simply play with paints. I highly recommend it if  you get the chance!

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I titled this piece “Listen to your inner child at PLAAY.” I found it slightly ironic that I accidentally added an extra A in the word “play.” Once I saw it though… I thought it was a “happy accident” that ended up reinforcing the playful concept.

Here’s the first layers of paint and collage paper. You can see how I started off with some goblin paper with warm colors.

Just Play - The first layer As I was playing around with the papers and colors I decided to add cooler tones and added Dorothy with some unicorns dancing into the sunset.


I enhanced the canvas by having the Goblins peak out behind more layers of paint.

Throughout the canvas I have words such as “laugh” and “giggle” hidden behind the paint layers.


The title “Play” was added last….. of course I played around with the word “play” until it felt right…

Play - a few more layers

I think that finding a way to remain playful is key to enjoying life fully. Recently I’ve been playing around with tons of paint colors to learn how to create mixed media pieces without having a destination in mind.

As I randomly added paint layers to the canvas below I painted messages such as “release” and “let go” to remind myself to free up creative energy. When I let go of how I wanted the painting to turn out, I was able to spend more time having fun and being playful with the process. Instead of letting my left mind think about the process too much, I let my right brain follow my heat and encourage the painting to emerge itself.

Simply Play




Let go of overdoing and over thinking


“A grownup is a child with layers on.” – Woody Harrelson

“You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.” ― Plato

“We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing!”
― George Bernard Shaw

Check out 10 Ways to Make Your Life More Playful

Mini Album Taught by Shonna July 19th

I’m so excited to announce a very talented mixed media art teacher will be coming back to Scrap Diva Retreats in July! Shonna Bucaroff is an amazing local artist and teacher from San Diego. Check out her gorgeous art journal pages on her blog here: http://twistedfigures.blogspot.com


Shonna's Mini Album Class


Class: Art Journal Mini Album (18 pages)

Date: Saturday July 19th 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Cost : $45

RSVP:  http://www.meetup.com/ScrapDivaRetreats/events/169581482/

We will create our own papers by painting, doodling and using the Gelli Plate and then we will create a mini 18 page journal with the backgrounds all ready to add photos or more mixed media. We will also learn how to make mixed media stamps out of foam sheets!

Shonna's Mini Album Class 3

**All supplies are included! No prior experience necessary!***

Here’s the Supply List we will be using:

Microsoft Word – Mini Mixed Media Art Journal

  • Various paint colors (including black)
  • Paint pens (Sharpies or Painters by Elmer’s is good)
  • White gesso
  • Paint brushes
  • Stamps
  • Ink pads (various colors including black)
  • Black Gel Pen
  • White-Out Pen
  • Bling
  • Small flowers
  • Various collage items (book pages, scrapbook paper, rub-ons, Washitape, ledger paper, stickers etc.)
  • Tiny Text Quote sheet by Cosmo Cricket (I used ”Dear Dreams”)
  • Black thin ribbon or brown Jute
  • Manila File Folders
  • Newsprint paper (18X24)-They come in a huge 50 sheet Pad.
  • Thin fun foam sheets (like little kids use)

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Start Living with Unlimited Possibilities!


Kelly's Mixed Media Collage

Start Living With Unlimited Possibilities!

What does being a possibilitarian mean to you?

To me it means that anything is possible, even my wildest dreams….even the wild dreams that I haven’t even considered yet! Here’s a few wild dreams I had last night:

♥  What if I take a vacation to Costa Rica next year with Flora Bowley, Kelly Rae Roberts and other artists to paint and inspire my soul?

♥  What if I wrote an autobiography that demonstrated the American rags to riches story and showed how someone from humble beginnings could achieve their wildest dreams…

♥  What if i created a blog with inspirational content that attracted a worldwide audience to pursue their dreams & realize it is possible to accomplish wild aspirations?

♥  What if I developed a female entrepreneur group that provided mentorship and support to one another?

♥  What if I created a program for “at risk” female youths that incorporated dream visualization, artwork and action planning into a system focused on enhancing self esteem and accomplishing big dreams?

♥  What if I created a series of positive affirmations/mantra art that was licensed and then mass reproduced on canvases, greeting cards and other merchandise to spread positive energy with the world?

♥  What if Oprah Winfrey wants to interview me because she is amazed by my positive energy, thrilled with my inspirational work and intrigued by my Autobiography?

I Believe I Can Fly

Kelly’s Mixed Media Collage

” I believe I can Fly”

In one of my reoccurring dreams as a child… I would fly. I would soar high above the world and soar into the clouds. Flying, wings and birds are all themes that frequently show up in my artwork. I’m taking an awesome online class by Ali Edwards called “One Little Word” and one of our assignments for March was to create a collage that was inspired by our word for the year.

My word for 2014 is Inspire.

This part of my collage says “Discover all the possibilities Live with gratitude”. This year I have found a lot of gratitude and it seems the more I recognize everything that I have to be grateful for, the more blessings come my way. This life is a miraculous, inspirational journey and I’m extremely grateful to be sharing it with all of you.

Inspired by Extraordinary Optimism

Optimism is one of those amazing gems that allows us to recognize we all have a choice how we view each situation. Think of all the miraculous opportunities and possibilities that can come your way when you view a situation with Extraordinary Optimism.

Think of how inspired you will be! Optimism is free it doesn’t cost anything.  When you walk into a room wearing optimism you are wearing confidence and since you are expecting a favorable outcome you have the power of intention to influence the situation.

op·ti·mism: “a disposition or tendency to look on the more favorable side of events or conditions and to expect the most favorable outcome”


Extraordinary Optimism is what opens hidden doors and it is often the magical key to open up hidden opportunities. It opens your heart and soul up to unlimited possibilities.


Believe in yourself

Believe that everything happens for a reason

Believe that whatever happens to you no matter how difficult it may seem… it is truly “the best thing that could happen to you”. Because if you truly believe this then your possibilities in life are endless.

Always believe in yourself and believe in the power of your dreams!

What does being a possibilitarian mean to you? What are your REALLY BIG Dreams?

Check out Kelly Rae Robert's Possibilitarian Project!

—– Check out Kelly Rae Roberts’s   Possibilitarian project