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!

 

 

 

Let’s Kick Off 2016!

Happy New Years everyone!

I hope you had an amazing first week of 2016!

Do you have plans to scrapbook this year? I hope you come scrapbook with us soon at one of our upcoming crops in January or February.  Be sure to check out our posting on the meetup website here.

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We had a phenomenal New Years Vision Board workshop last weekend where we created a vision board, a dream journal, a mixed media canvas and affirmation cards!

It was so much fun and I’m so proud of how awesome everyone’s vision board turned out!

Have you every created a vision board? I know what you might be thinking…. I’m too old to create a vision board or…. It’s too boring for me. Not so! It’s actually really really easy and lots of fun!!!

Check out Randy’s awesome vision board:

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Here’s Sherry’s phenomenal vision board:

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Here’s Antonia’s amazing vision board:

Here’s Bonita’s phenomenal vision board:

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Here’s Dena’s fantastic vision board:

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Here’s Yenni’s awesome vision board:

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So what’s the difference between scrapbooking and vision boarding? Basically, YOU get to choose how you want to create your future in vision boarding. Check out my short video here:

Difference between scrapbooking and vision boarding is…

Check out more pictures on our Facebook page.

We had an amazing workshop on New Years! Creating vision boards, a dream journal, mixed media canvas and affirmation…

Posted by Scrap Diva Retreats on Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Before the workshop, I created a vision board to manifest the feelings that I wanted the attendees to have. I wanted everyone to feel motivated to achieve the life they want and inspired to follow their dreams. After all… life’s not about finding yourself… it’s about creating yourself!

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New Years 2016 Vision Board Workshop

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Start the new year off refreshed, energized and clear on what you want to achieve next year. 

 Dream Bigger – Get Inspired – Visualize Goals – Affirm Your Intentions

Does any of this sound like you?

– You want to live a happier and more meaningful life but you’re not sure how

– You feel like your living on auto pilot just going through the motions every day

– You feel stuck in a rut but don’t know what to do about it

– You want to finally stop procrastinating and make progress on your dreams in life

– You’re smart and extremely talented but feel like you’re not living up to your full potential

– You spend all day taking care of other people and have no time or energy left for yourself

– You’ve always dreamed of ____ but it feels unachievable and your’e afraid to fail

– You want to try something different but you’re not sure what

Join us for an unforgettable vision board workshop

January 1st, 2016 12 – 9PM  – Scrap Diva Retreats (Murrieta, California) 

Click on the link above or email kelly@scrapdivaretreats.com

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During the Diva Vision Board Workshop you will create four gorgeous visual projects including a unique purpose driven vision board reflecting what you really want to achieve in 2016

#1 Vision Board – Create an amazing vision board to help you attract what you want in your life 

Vision Board Examples

  • You will learn how to create a vision board that will help you achieve your best year
  • You will gain clarity on what you truly want in your life and how you want to feel
  • You will learn the secrets on how to use images and words to super charge your vision board to attract your dreams with less effort
  • You will leave with 4 detailed worksheets and 4 videos on how to recreate the vision board process anytime you choose

#2 Dream Bigger Mixed Media Canvas

Dream Bigger Canvas

  • You will learn how to create a colorful mixed media canvas using acrylic paints, gelatos, texture paste and deco foil
  • The canvas will serve as a visual reminder to follow your dreams and continue to dream bigger
  • You will leave feeling inspired and empowered to rise above your circumstances and manifest the life of your dreams

#3 Daydream Journal 

Daydream Journal

  • You will learn how to create a decorated journal using gesso, colorful acrylic paints and deco foil
  • You will use your journal during the workshop for vision planning, goal setting and gratitude acknowledgment
  • You will learn exercises to awaken your dreams and use the journal as a compass to move toward achievement

#4 Affirmation Cards

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  • You will create 8 positive motivational affirmation cards using specialty designed print outs, glitter tape and gold decorations
  • You will learn how to use positive affirmations related to your goals to motivate, inspire and energize you all year long

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#5 Workshop Exclusives – Bonuses Support and Much More 

  • You will have an opportunity to connect with and develop a friendship with other motivated women like yourself on the same journey
  • You will receive access to a private Facebook community where you can join and gain support on achieving your goals throughout the year
  • You will receive a special 40% off coupon that can be used on any regularly priced item during the workshop
  • A few surprises will be announced during the workshop

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RSVP by clicking on this link.

Or email Kelly@scrapdivaretreats.com

We have 2 spots left 

New Years Vision Board Retreat

Hello everyone,

I’m so excited because I’ve been planning an EPIC vision board retreat for New Years 2016.

Do you want to accomplish your dreams, attract positive energy into your life and start living your life on purpose with clarity?

Then you will want to create a vision board! A vision board is basically a creative representation of your dreams, aspirations and the energy you want to attract into your life.

When I say energy I’m really talking about all things you want to do, see, feel and have. Basically everything has energy to it whether it is money, love, fortune or success.

So as Mary Oliver eloquently stated:

Tell me, what is it you plan to do
with your one wild and precious life?”

  • Do you want to lose weight or eat healthier?
  • Do you want to save more money or get that promotion at work?
  • Are you looking for a new relationship?
  • Are you wanting to start a new business or change your career?

A vision board can help you attract whatever you want in your life and I can show you how in our upcoming vision board workshop.

In this video I’m sharing with you one of the 4 vision boards I created this year. I plan on sharing the other 3 videos soon so be sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel if this is something you are curious about.

Are you interested in creating your own vision board? I’m currently in the process of creating a vision board workshop! Sign up below to get notified when I announce it.

Click Here to Receive Announcement

The vision board workshop retreat is going to be EPIC!!! You won’t want to miss it!

Don’t worry if you aren’t local because I will also be creating an electronic workshop for you! So please make sure to sign up in the link above if you want to be notified of the details.

Here’s a sneak peak at another vision board I created this year. I will post YouTube video sharing this one soon on my channel.

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I hope you have an amazing day! Thank you for reading this blog post.

Follow me on Periscope @scrapdivakelly Here’s How…

Hello everyone,

I’m SOOOOO excited about this new live streaming video app called Periscope. I hope you come check it out and follow me at @scrapdivakelly. I made this quick video to show you how to download Periscope and tell you all the awesome reasons you will want to follow me to check my spontaneous live broadcasts!


I hope you follow me @scrapdivaretreats on #Periscope. Here’s some of the items I plan on sharing:

  1. Behind the scenes live spontaneous videos at Scrap Diva Retreats
  2. Live training on art techniques
  3. You will get the first look at new products especially from CHA
  4. Live events – I plan on sharing some awesome live events throughout the year!

To recap here’s how you can download the FREE app:

  1. Go to the app store on your mobile phone and download Periscope
  2. Sign up using your Twitter account and you will automatically get updates via twitter and your followers will too
  3. Choose to get notifications of the people you follow
  4. Once you have downloaded the app on your phone click on the people icon in the lower right hand corner
  5. Click on the magnifying class in the upper left hand corner
  6. Search for @scrapdivakelly
  7. Click the plus friend button when you see the Scrap Diva Retreats logo
  8. Now you are following me and you will get a notification when I broadcast a live scope!

Here’s some of the new lingo:

Scope – I live broadcast session is called scope for short.

Scoper – The person who is broadcasting on Periscope.

Hearts – If you like a scope you can show some love to the scoper by tapping on the screen to give them hearts.

Replay – Scopers can choose to broadcast their recorded scopes for up to 24 hours for replay.

Follow – You can follow each other just like Facebook or Twitter.

 

 

Underwater Mermaid Canvas Class – 3 Spots Available

Hello Divas,

If you are free next Saturday on April 18th, we would love for you to join us for a fun class on creating this gorgeous mermaid canvas.

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Mermaid Picture Frame Class & Scrapbook Weekend

Hello Divas,

Do you love mermaids and want to create this gorgeous picture frame? Then come join us for an exciting class where you will learn how to gesso a frame, decorate using acrylic paint dabbers, stickles, glitter, stencils, stamps and paste.

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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.
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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!
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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!

 

 

 

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