Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Blog Hop and Giveaway…Join Us and Create Your Future at CRAFT!

Welcome to the
CRAFT: Creating Reflective Art for Transformation
Blog Hop!

This event is brought to you by our team at Scrapbooking from the Inside Out, the premier source for inspiration to explore your inner world. Six talented and well-known instructors will be leading creative and meaningful workshops using our generous sponsors’ latest and greatest products at this intimate, boutique event right on the beach in beautiful
Santa Monica, CA, November 11-13, 2011.

You’ll spend a magical weekend focused on embracing who you truly are and gaining the skills, techniques and tools to use our craft to understand yourself more deeply on an ongoing basis.

Are you just beginning at this blog? Make sure you stop at all the blogs on the list so you don't miss all the project, venue and special event sneak peeks
and your chance to win one of six kits!

Here's a sneak of one of my favorite parts of the event - the beautiful and beachy decor we're creating to make you feel welcome, comfortable and creative!

If you get lost, a list of all the stops on the hop is at the end of this post.

Three full days of crafting, creativity and camaraderie for only $450
(three consecutive monthly payments of $150 each.)
Spots are still available for this unique, pampering and heart-expanding getaway.
Register now at the event blog HERE.


• 6 emotion-focused, technique-teaching personal workshops ~ All CRAFTers participate in every class.
No need to choose ~ they're ALL yours in
CRAFT’s ocean-view,
beautifully styled, creative space
• 4 special Art and Soul experiences

• Scrumptious breakfasts and lunches from Hollywood hot spot Urth Caffe
~ Friday, Saturday and Sunday
• Sweets, treats and beverages all day long
• Transportation from The Ambrose to and from the Annenberg Beach House for all workshops and activities via the CRAFTy Cab
• Oodles of workshop supplies
(you’ll just need to bring your basic tool kit – checklist to be provided later)
• A fabulous welcome gift, a CRAFTy tote filled with goodies,
valuable giveaways and fun prizes!
*Lots more details on girls’ night out dinners, airport transportation, location, hotel and event venue and more are available HERE.
For questions, comments and special requests, please email me here.

The Dates:
November 11-13, 2011
The Times:
Workshops from 9-5 each day, broken into two sessions.


 What really sets CRAFT apart is unique mission of Scrapbooking from the Inside Out, kit club, inspiration source and online community. Thousands of participants all over the world have used SFTIO’s resources to explore their deepest emotions. They’ve lifted themselves and each other exploring Freedom, Gratitude, Anticipation and Wonder. They’ve faced their inner doubts and fears delving into Regret, Yearning, Loss and Vulnerability.

SFTIO’s trademarked and industry-exclusive approach to artistic motivation is the heart and soul of what makes us unique. Our monthly inspiration page with hand-selected music, stock photography, quotations and deep journaling prompts elevates scrapbooking to an expressive art form where members are guided to truly explore their inner worlds.
Click here for links to past Inspiration Pages to see more.

SFTIO raises the bar even more by providing challenges using the prompts that add a design twist, teaching members to use ‘visual journaling’ – powerful symbolism – to combine right and left brain expression. The result? Meaningful, rich, pages and projects that reflect all of who you are, Inside and Out.

CRAFT workshops will incorporate a variety of tested, proven multimedia inspiration tools combined with the special talents and techniques of a stellar teaching staff, supported by Art Therapist Rita Coufal, PhD and Artist/Therapist Joy Mauldin, PhD.

Growth is a journey…not a destination. And it’s a most personal one…only you know what you need out of this experience. In the intimate, supportive setting we've created for you, you’ll have the opportunity to practice being more and more yourself.

Our take on scrapbooking and creativity isn’t about a quick fix, or a set of ‘positive thinking’ reminders. It’s about a deeper approach, telling your truth – pretty or not, looking at both sides of the coin, and leaving our weekend together with the
creative skills and tools to be
more fully expressed in your life.


While you’ll be learning amazing techniques, styles, tips and techniques in every workshop, these are not cookie-cutter sessions – you’ll be challenged to dig deep, learn about yourself and personalize your project to reflect who you are and who you want to be.

American Crafts Design Team and Product Designer

Hambly Screen Prints Design Team

Mixed Media Designer

Copic Certified Designer

Creating Keepsakes Dream Team 2011
Lily Bee Design Team
Jillibean Soup Design Team

Copy/Creative Editor for Northridge Publishing
American Crafts Blog Hostess/Design Team

Founder and President,
Scrapbooking from the Inside Out

Creating Keepsakes Dream Team 2011
Prima Design Team
And now for a giveaway!

In celebration of CRAFT, SFTIO is giving away FIVE kits to FIVE lucky readers…make sure to leave a comment (before Noon Pacific Time on 9-15) on each blog you visit in the hop to increase your chances of winning. Tell us please, in your comment, what emotion you’d love to explore in your scrapbooking! Winners will be chosen from all blog comment entries and will be announced on 9-16 on the SFTIO blog.

For your next stop, make sure to check out Amy Tan's Blog here. Good luck and we hope to see you at CRAFT!

Hop List:

SFTIO: http://scrapbookingfromtheinsideout.blogspot.com
Stacy Cohen: http://stacycohen.blogspot.com/
Linda Barber: http://milesofpaper.blogspot.com/
Paige Ramos: http://thebumpyride.blogspot.com  
Amy Tan: http://amytangerine.blogspot.com/
Paige Evans: http://chrisandpaige.blogspot.com/
Tammy Onderdonk Klass: http://createdreamlive.blogspot.com/
Seven Gypsies: http://www.sevengypsies.blogspot.com/
Ly T. Le: http://www.lytlescrapper.com/
Melissa Elsner: http://theprofoundbrunette.blogspot.com
Jillibean Soup: http://www.jillibeansoup.typepad.com/
Rita Barakat: http://letsembellish.blogspot.com/
Kai Baldwin: http://www.enjoytheridetoday.blogspot.com/
CRAFT Blog: http://craftbeachretreat.blogspot.com/

Till next time...


Sugar said...

I so wish i could go! I would love to explore hope.

Bernice said...

I nearly wrote on your Facebook wall this morning about how much I have missed your blog. I LOVE LOVE LOVE the new look.

Christi said...


mitz said...

..finding the sense of happiness and inner joy.. thanks

Joanne said...

Peace! the retreat sounds amazing!

Jan Garber said...

This event looks amazing! Wish financially it weren't so impossible! The emotion I would explore would be "Disappointment" in myself and my family. After long consideration, perhaps I wouldn't feel so low... Your blogs are so insightful. Will follow all!

AbrewFamily said...

This sounds like an amazing retreat. I would love to explore inner joy or freedom. Many times, we rush through our days and don't spend time thinking about ourselves...

Lora Oliver said...

Forgiveness of self. And what a lovely setting to do it in.

Melanie said...

I would like to spend time thinking of all the things that make me feel grateful. This sounds amazing!

Katherine said...

I would love to explore scrapping myself.

Lake Gaston Virtual Office Assistant said...

The emotion I need to explore is acceptance.

Kelly Massman said...

I would love to explore confidence! I wish I could go to CRAFT! I'm sure it would be the most awesome experience!

Kim H said...

Love - family & USA

Mallika said...

wow !! i wish i could come too ..
sounds like awesome !
the emotions which i would like to work upon .. is Love for someone whum i have betrayed . I have lied to my love and i feel sorry and guilty . I want to potray that in my work ,.
I will be hopping along

Sierra said...

Longing. Aren't most of our wish lists a mile long? :)

Mistylynn said...

I love California in the summer!! Looks like an awesome get away! Such inspiration. I am trying to incorporate more gratitude in my pages.

Glenda J said...

Wish I could go! Sounds like a blast! I would love to explore confidence. Thanks for the chance to win!

Annette said...

SOunds like so much fun... I would explore confidence..
Thanks for the chance to win.

meredemaison said...

I'd be very grateful if I win and then I could scrapbook "gratitude!"

marilyn said...

I would love to explore finding happiness.

mari said...

I can't Wait! I would explore acceptance, enough and gratefulness. Glad to see a new post. Keep it up my friend!

brenda said...

I will say either love or courage

Melanie said...

I wish I could go to this retreat!

"laughter". I love my boys laughs and remembering the funny things they do.

Nicole Austin said...


Tracey said...

would be great to go on an art & soul retreat with good food & good company thrown in... maybe 'balance'

Margie said...

I would love to explore peace!

Margie said...

Wish I could go! I would love to explore self confidence!

KellyG said...

I would like to explore strength and courage in scrapbooking!

{VICKI} said...

I hope the LOVE i have shows through on the pages i create

Vicki said...

I wish I could explore inner joy.

jengd said...

I'd like to concentrate more on the good things in life. I've put down some of the more negative things trying to let them go but I need to finish up by replacing them with the good- happiness, joy, etc.

Jean said...

So cool. Need to explore confidence!

Melinda said...

Fear, thats what I want to explore more of.

Cynthia B. said...

I'd love to explore self-confidence. Something I still need to work on!
CRAFT looks amazing...you had me at the picture of your toes in the sand - SO wish I could go.

Betty-Ann said...

For me, it would be cool to explore "fear" for a real change of pace...with Halloween coming, this shouldn't be too difficult!

Nance said...

I would love to explore adventure where everything is new and there's a sense of satisfaction and happiness. I think this retreat is one fun adventure that i would love to go to. Thanks for the chance.

Abbey said...

I would like to work on finding/scrapping joy.