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!

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!

Kelly 1992 Rave Shirt

 

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

 

Kelly Bay Fed

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.

Angie's Divas

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 🙂 

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

 

 

One Hit Wonder Scrapbook Page – On the Boardwalk

One of my favorite parts about the Shop Hop is all the awesome 6X6 scrapbook layouts you get to collect. I used some of the materials from the make-n-takes to create larger 12X12 layouts. It was fun being creative to see how many different looks I could create with the extra scraps.

Boardwalk Shop Hop

More Scrap Diva Retreats Shop Hop Adventure Pics

In honor of the upcoming Shop Hop I thought it would be fun to share with you my scrapbook pages from Scrap Diva Retreats 2012 Shop Hop adventures.

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