Word Clouds Are The BOMB! Create Fast, Fun, Easy & Free Custom Design Elements!

Fast, Fun, Easy & Free; four words every Scrapbooker likes to see when looking for a new embellishment or focal point for one of their layouts.  With that in mind, I’m going to share with you one of my favorite custom elements and how you can create them fast, easy, and for free with an online word cloud generator!  Online word cloud generator, you ask???  Let me explain…

Chompin’ Drama!

For anyone not familiar with word clouds, they are basically an image or a shape that is composed of words used to convey a particular theme or subject, and normally the size and frequency of the words used in the shape denote the importance and relation to the subject.

Wow that’s a whole lot of words to say it’s using words to fill in cool shapes!  Anyways, they are really fun to play around with and are a great way to add some personalized custom elements to your layouts.  I’ve always been drawn to word clouds as a great way to title or theme a page without having to resort to putting a formal title across the layout in big bold letters.  They can be much more subtle than a formal title and really do add depth and visual interest to your layouts.

Finding a word cloud generator is also super easy.  Just type “word cloud generator” into your internet search and check out all the great options.  Lots of sites are out there and each one is a little different so be sure to check them all out and find the one that fits your particular vision.  Most sites offer basic word clouds for free and most also have access to premium content (high resolution graphics, etc) for a small fee.  The possibilities are endless and they are super-fast and fun!  So, if you haven’t already tried word clouds in your projects give them a try, and if you have used them in a layout or on a card, share a picture of them with our Facebook group:  https://www.facebook.com/scrapdivaretreats/ so we can all be inspired by your creativity!

I (HEART) SCRAPBOOKING!

Heartspiration!

With Valentine’s Day fast approaching I thought I’d take a moment and go over one of my favorite scrapbook and craft embellishments… the HEART!

Embellishing your projects with hearts is a great way to convey feelings such as affection, love, passion, and health.  They are also super versatile; you can add an arrow through the center to represent emotions like love struck or romance or break them in two to represent sadness or separation.  Shapes of the hearts can also be used to communicate things; for instance, two pink hearts with one smaller than the other can mean “love is in the air” and likewise a heart inside of another heart can be used to signify big love or a growing love for something.  Likewise, different colors can be used with the same heart shape to convey different meanings.  A yellow heart can be used to represent friendship or compassion.  A blue heart can can be a great way to denote loyalty and peace and a purple heart can be used to symbolize honor and sacrifice.   I just really love anything that can have so many different meanings and be so adaptable and for me nothing is better than the HEART!  So bust out those heart stamps, die cuts, and Cri-cut cartridges and express your (RED HEART) of scrapbooking.

I got the inspiration for this art journal page from a book I’ve been reading called “Love What Is” by Byron Katie. It’s about accepting reality and being at peace with the present moment. It’s been giving me some great art journaling ideas.

Last weekend I started scrapbooking a birthday gift album for a friend, her twins turned four years old. When I scrapbook gift albums I like to keep the pages simple and classic. I used some Cricut cartridges to make the embellishments for this scrapbook page.

 

Come scrapbook with us at our day crop at Scrap Diva Retreats on February 4th if you are available. I would love to see you! You can RSVP here on our meetup. 

10 Reasons to Scrapbook in 2017

10 Reasons to attend a

 Scrapbooking Retreat in 2017!

 

  1. A creative retreat with your friends is a great way to indulge in a little self-care. One of the great things about getting away and going to a retreat is that it gives our inner voice the permission that we think we need to take time for ourselves and do what is right for us.
  2. A creative retreat is a great opportunity to learn or try something new. Every creative person I know is always looking for new and exciting ways to exercise their creativity and retreats offer a great way to explore new things.  Retreats give you the chance to set aside some dedicated time to work on a new technique or skill and they also give you the chance to draw inspiration from the group of awesomely creative people retreating with you!
  3. Retreats help you focus and can be extremely helpful in getting your projects to the “next level.” Devoting time and focus to your projects allows you to take your projects to a level you may find out of reach when trying to be creative at home with all the distractions and busyness of daily life.
  4. Retreats are a great way to relax and de-stress. On a retreat you’ll get to enjoy a space created specifically with you in mind with plenty of room to lay out your projects and a great array of tools and products for you to use and purchase.  Retreats offer a great way for you to relax, get your projects done, and leave feeling energized.
  5. Retreats are also a great way for you to connect with friends and share your creativity. I’ve always really enjoyed seeing what other creative people are working on and how they are putting their projects together.
  6. You really deserve a break! Taking a few days out of your busy schedule can be just what you need to reflect and re-evaluate and remember what’s really important in your  Focusing on your loved ones, friends, and your relationships when doing your projects can be such a great way to get your priorities back on track.
  7. Retreats are a good time to reflect and capture your memories, accomplishments and achievements from 2016. I’ve always really liked looking at lists that have things from “the year I was born” or “the year I graduated” and often wish I’d (or my Mom or Grandma) had taken the time to create a personalized list of how life was during a particular year.
  8. Your projects are one of the greatest gifts you can give to your loved ones. My most treasured keepsakes are my scrapbooks and the pictures and stories they contain about my family and friends.  Taking the time out to get away and focus on them has been one of the things I really find rewarding.  People are always so happy to get a beautiful personalized gift and it truly is a gift that keeps on giving and only gets better with age.
  9. Retreats are a great way to make new memories. Like, This one time a Scrap Diva….
  10. Retreats are really really FUN! So don’t delay, get your group together and set up that retreat; and if you’re not part of a group but are looking to get involved with one check out one of our day crops on Meetup and join us on Facebook!

We have two upcoming Scrapbook Crops! Come join us and have some fun scrapbooking.

January 7th 9AM – 7PM RSVP on Meetup

February 4th 9AM – 7PM RSVP on Meetup

 

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How to Organize an Amazing Scrapbook Retreat

First time

Let’s face it, the first time is a really big deal for every woman and it’s one that she’ll always remember… The anxiety… The anticipation… I remember my first time like it was yesterday…

Hey!  Not that first time!  I’m talking about the first time you organize a scrapbook retreat!

Recently Scrap Diva Angela had her “first time” experience organizing a retreat and she was kind enough to share her experiences and creativity with me, and since she did such a fantastic job organizing and shared some really great ideas, I’d like to share her story with you.  Her story has some great practical advice and some fun projects to help your group bond and have an enjoyable retreat. After all, a retreat is supposed to fuel your creativity and nourish your soul. Also, her story even included a dollar store shopping trip; what’s not to love!  Thank you so much for sharing your creativity and experiences with us Angela, you’re awesome and your story is Divalicious!

Angie's Scrapbook Diva Group

Scrapbook Retreat Tips:

  1. Choose a great group of women
  2. Pick a group name
  3. Meet and bond before retreat
  4. Set-up Facebook group
  5. Create a secret pal exchange
  6. Make fun gifts

How to Organize an Amazing Scrapbook Retreat: Written by Angela:

Once I agreed to organize a retreat, which I had never done, the panic set in.  I was determined that this retreat would be enjoyable for everyone and stress free.  Therefore, I was very selective of the women who were invited.

Then the questions and panic set in.  What am I supposed to do? How am I supposed to do it?  The questions floating around in my head were endless.  Once I took a step back and stopped worrying, a few ideas began to surface.

The first thing I did was call us a group of  “Women In Need Of Serenity” aka W.I.N.O.S.  WINOSOnce this happened, I made a closed Facebook page just for retreat attendees. This was the easiest way for us to communicate with the each other.

The majority of us knew each other. However, a few of only knew one or two of the ladies. So I decided to host a meet and greet at a winery in Temecula.  Where else would it be?  After all we are WINOS, right?

I began posting “getting to know you questions” on the FB page and encouraged everyone to participate. Prior to the luncheon I made pocket cards.  Inside each card was a name and the answers to the “getting to know you questions”.  I threatened to ground anyone who didn’t answer the questions.  Once the threat was made I was amazed at how fast I got answers. LOL.  Each of our ladies was given one of these with instructions not to open it because the name inside was their secret pal.  They were all asked to make a pocket letter to be given to their secret pals the 1st day of the retreat. I also gave each person a decorated card.  This was to be used as a focal point for a layout to commemorate our retreat.  These two “homework” assignments turned out to be loads of fun.

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I then tackled the art of etching glass.  I made each of our ladies a wine glass with our logo W.I.N.O.S.  with either a butterfly, humming bird, or flower etched on it.   After trying this I thought for a moment I’d lost my mind.  Once I got the hang of it and replaced a couple of the glasses they turned out great.   Thank goodness for the Dollar Tree. I also made goody bags, which were wine themed as well.

Another thing I did was arrange for a discount at our local scrapbook store and scheduled a “field trip” to Old Town Temecula.  Rather than worry about lunch the first day we all shopped and went to “The Bank” for lunch and margaritas.  Needless to say the letting your hair down started as we made our deposits.  Just so you know, what was once a bank is now a Mexican food restaurant.Angie's Divas

Once we returned from our field trip and got settled in we had the great reveal of the secret pals.  Once all was revealed the giggles, oohs and aahs lasted for quite a while.  We all had such a good time appreciating each lady’s artistic style and ability. The majority of us had never made a pocket letter, including me.

Once the layouts were revealed on day two more oohs and aahs.  Each layout was gorgeous.  With so much talent in one place for four days we all learned a little something.

With the help and camaraderie of this very special group of ladies the retreat was a huge success. I couldn’t have asked for a better group of ladies.  The retreat turned out better than I hoped or imagined.  I was quite surprised by these ladies.  Several ladies brought lovely hand crafted gifts for everyone in attendance.

Angela

I became very teary as several gifts and cards were handed to me to say thank you for organizing such a nice retreat.  I get teary every time I think about it or look at a card or gift.  These are the things that make it all worthwhile and memorable.  I will never forget those 4 days.

As you read this I hope you will not be afraid of organizing a retreat.  We all had a great time and are already waiting for the new schedule to come out.   Hint, hint Kelly.

Angela

 

If you are interested in booking your own scrapbook retreat weekend send me an email at kelly@scrapdivaretreats.com to get on our mailing list and I’ll announce the new schedule for next year in October.

I hope you have a DIVAlicious day!

 

 

 

New #CHASHOW Products

 

Mixed Media

Hi everyone, Karen helped me out this year at CHA and she wrote this awesome blog post about her favorite products! Check it out below.

Karen’s  Favorite New Products at CHA
There were so many great scrapbook and mixed media products to see at the CHA show!

There were products I knew I “needed” and knew I would get them for sure… one way or another!

Then there were the products that looked fun and maybe I would get them or at least play with them if they were readily available and I could get them for a good deal.

How do I choose my favorites?

Well let’s start with the products I actually played with. Ranger’s new Distress Crayons. There are 3 sets of 6 colors for now, distressed, brights and earth tones. They are so smooth and go on great, as Tim says, sort of like lip stick. They can be smudged or used as water colors and be used on light or dark colors. Can’t wait to play with my own!

Distress-Crayons

Ranger also released some new mini stencils. Basically, all the originals in a smaller sizes. They will come 3 to a package. Tim also designed some stamps that are miniature crazy birds! He also has stamps that are crazy cats! Although, I’m not a cat person, they still look fun.
Dyan Reavely has 6 new colors of Dylusions Paints. These paints are so so rich and creamy. I love them!

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Scrap Diva Arrives at CHA 2016 Mega Craft Show & Mixed Media Canvas

Hi everyone, I just arrived at the Convention Center in Anaheim California for the 75th Anniversary CHA Mega Show conference. This is my 3rd time attending the CHA show and this time I plan on doing tons of spontaneous LIVE periscopes so be sure to follow me on #Periscope at @scrapdivakelly if you want to see all the excitement!

This is where over 400+ craft manufactures showcase over 12,000 new products! This is seriously Disneyland for craftahoilcs like myself! I’m so excited to be spending 4 fantastic days checking out all the new supplies and learning from the best designers in the industry. If there’s something you want to see at Scrap Diva Retreats let me know and I can see about buying some for our scrapbook retreat.

I’m thrilled because this year I’ve hired Karen Osborne to assist me with checking out all the awesome new craft supplies so we can share them with you when we come back! The first class we took was an amazing mixed media class taught by Marjie Kemper from New York.

 

Mixed Media

 

Marjie Kemper

Marjie was a very “together” teacher, everything was well organized and the class ran smoothly. I’ve seen Marjie’s amazing work online and I was so excited to be taking a class from her in person! I love all the gorgeous colors she uses. WOW… her portfolio is amazing! Take some time to look at her work, it really is a great site. WWW.marjiekemper.com.

Mixed media class

We made these gorgeous 5 x 7 mixed media pieces of art using a canvas board, paints, stamps and fantastic 3d elements. I especially liked adding the earring by punching a hole through he canvas using a cropadile. What a brilliant way to add dimension! I can’t wait to design a similar class to teach at Scrap Diva Retreats!

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After the mixed media class I took another amazing class by Helen Bradley and learned some awesome tips on how to take better photos. Here’s a few things I learned tonight about using my DSLR camera:

  • There are 3 things you can control the ISO, F-stop & white balance
  • Inside the showroom floor under fluorescents if you’re taking someone’s portrait you can try the following settings (depending upon the lighting)
    • AV =  Aperture priority
    • White balance = fluorescent
    • ISO = 1600
    • F 5.6
  • The smaller the F-Stop the more light it provides
  • You can set up an easy basic light box to take pictures of crafts with two inexpensive lights with daylight bulbs. Here’s the general settings for this:
    • AV =  Aperture priority
    • White Balance = daylight
    • ISO=200
    • F 3.6 (or lowest)

Take better photos

Be sure to check back tomorrow! I’ve got an phenomenal class itinerary lined up… Are you here at CHA? Tweet me at @scrapdivakelly or #scrapdiva! I would love to meet you 🙂

 

How to Scan Your 12 X 12 Scrapbook Pages

I was so excited to finally figure out how to scan my 12 X 12 scrapbook pages and I couldn’t wait to share all the details with you!

Here’s the products I used:

  • -Scanner: Epson Perfection V5000 Photo
  • -Photoshop Elements 13

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Got extra stickers? Try this amazing scrapbook technique!

What can you do with all those mismatched stickers? Paint over them!!!

If you have some stickers that don’t match or you don’t like the color you can easily paint right over them using Dylusions paints and Ranger’s mini ink blending tool! The great part about this is you scrap your stash while making those stickers go further.

Step 1. Put your title down and use the mini ink blending tool to color over the stickers.

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Step 2. Your stickers will now work as “double duty”! Pull off the stickers and use the new title on another page!

Extra Stickers on Scrapbook Page

I had fun using the bright bold Dylusions colors on these scrapbook pages. The colors are vibrant and fun! I painted these scrapbook pages using a variety of stencils and Dylusions paints which are sold at Scrap Diva Retreats. Check them out the next time you scrapbook with us.

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Santa Cruz will always have a special place in my heart. No matter where I live it will always be my home town!

How to Use Lots of Pictures on Your Next Scrapbook Page

One way to incorporate lots of pictures on your next scrapbook layout is to use them in your title. This is  a great way to scrapbook a lot of leftover pictures, landscape pictures or blurry pictures that didn’t turn out that great.

SAN FRAN Layout

 

 

SoCal Shop Hop Pics from 2012

We had a blast hanging out in our limo shopping at all the fabulous local scrapbook stores during the Shop Hop. It was so much fun!

If you are interested in checking out more information on the 2015 So Cal Shop Hop click on the link to see the details on my previous blog post.

 

Shop Hop Limo

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Here’s another fun scrapbook page I made with the extra make n takes from the 2012 SoCal Shop Hop.

Scrapbook Blessing Shop Hop

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