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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Scrapbook Pages Using Paints, Stencils & Stamps & 2017 Calendar Rollout

Hi everyone, I hope you are having a fantastic week and you are getting a lot of scrapbook pages done! I plan on sending the 2017 calendar rollout in the newsletter tomorrow. If you aren’t already on the newsletter list make sure to email me at Kelly@scrapdivaretreats and I will add you to the newsletter.

Recently I’ve been excited about using paints, stencils and stamps to create more artistic scrapbook pages. Below are a few of these scrapbook layouts.

This scrapbook technique focuses on choosing either one or two photos to highlight. Then you get to have fun using products such as Dylusions paints, Dina Wakley paints along with stencils and stamps to make stunning art scrapbook pages. It’s a great way for you to spice up a scrapbook page. I call this an art scrapbook page. It’s a cross between creating a layout that feels artsy and a scrapbook page!

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Check out my Youtube Video if you want to see more scrapbook page examples!

I really hope this video inspired you to try paints out and get a bit messy with your scrapbook pages.

Dad & Kelly Scrapbook page

 

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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!

 

 

 

Scrap Divas at the Scrapbook Expo – Anaheim

We had a fabulous time at the Scrapbook Expo in Anaheim last weekend!

Scrapbook Expo

We reserved four tables at the Saturday night crop so that we could all scrapbook together. The expo crops are always so much fun because you can shop and crop in the same convention center the entire day! What could be better then shopping and cropping until you drop?

Scrap Diva – Toy

One of the great parts about attending an expo crop is meeting new people and making new friends who enjoy this amazing hobby. We had a couple new Divas join us during our crop this year!

If you’ve never gone to a scrapbook expo I highly recommend checking it out. In fact, the Ontario, California Expo is coming up on  November 4th-5th 2016. If we have enough Divas request it, Scrap Diva Retreats might reserve another set of tables at the next scrapbook expo so be sure to subscribe to our newsletter if you want to be notified of where we are scrapbooking next. We would love to scrapbook with you soon!

Scrap Diva Stephani

Scrap Diva Stephani

The expo offers a ton of vendors who have the latest and greatest new products and awesome new tools. There’s an entire day dedicated to make-and-takes and there’s plenty of scrapbook classes that you can take to inspire your crafting.

 

During a scrapbook crop there’s never a dull moment! Everyone brings whatever scrapbook pages and/or craft projects they’re working on we all get to scrapbook in a huge convention center together with 500 other crafters!

Throughout the entire crop the expo gives a way a ton of prizes and there’s fun contests going on. The theme of this crop was “slumber party”. We decided to wear the new “I’m not a Princess I’m a Scrap Diva” t-shirts along with PJ bottoms.

 

 

Diva - Kathy

Scrap Diva – Kathy

Kathy, made everyone these  adorable Diva pillowcases and we had a fun “mock pillowcase” fight together.

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We would love to have you join us the next time we crop 🙂 

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

Affirmation Tags

  • 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

Affirmation Card

#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.

Art Vision Board

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

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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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.

 

 

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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