Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Last Stop on the CRAFT Blog Hop

Welcome to the Last Stop on 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!

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

I want to pay tribute and give thanks to the wonderful sponsors who are making CRAFT possible...who believe in our mission of using scrapbooking as a tool for understanding, healing and the self-awareness that brings peace.

You've seen the project sneaks, the decor, the venues
...but it absolutely won't be the same without you.


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 on the sidebar right 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 event coordinator
Paige Ramos 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.

Good luck and we hope to see you at CRAFT!

Hop List:
Stacy Cohen:
Linda Barber:
Paige Ramos: 
Amy Tan:
Paige Evans:
Tammy Onderdonk Klass:
Seven Gypsies:
Ly T. Le:
Melissa Elsner:
Jillibean Soup:
Rita Barakat:
Kai Baldwin:


  1. I love this! I would love to explore hope.

  2. Wow, just reading about the possibilities makes me start thinking about what I would, at my age of 55,explore...disappointment, regret, recovery? I would love to learn more!

  3. This is a very exciting opportunity.. I'm interested in the emotion:: courage! How to express courage of self, courage of discovery... or just how to discover myself though emotions.. (how to bring them out in my crafts)!

  4. ...finding a sense of happiness and inner joy.. thanks mitz_zee@yahoodotcom

  5. Peace! the retreat sounds amazing!

  6. Wow! This stirred something inside of me. I would be interested in exploring inner joy or Freedom. We forget to think of ourselves these days don't we. Catherine

  7. It is tough, but I would like to explore forgiveness of myself. I seem to be okay with forgiving others, but I struggle with treating myself the same.

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

  9. This was a wonderful Hop, in itself! I can only imagine all the fantastic things experienced at your retreats! Just wanted to let you know that I was unable to find the posts regarding the Hop on several of the links, but also found some new and amazing blogs that I will be following!

  10. I would love to explore confidence! I wish I could go to CRAFT! I'm sure it would be the most awesome experience! Other than the manu pages that didn't have the hop, I enjoyed looking at the faces of those who are involved in the wonderful retreat! I so wish I could afford to go!

  11. Love.

    Looks like a wonderful retreat for those that can do it.

    Just a comment, if another blog hop happens you might want to leave the comments open, the same question 20 times is kind of repeative =)

  12. 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

  13. I was disappointed that about 1/3 of the blogs on your blog hop don't have their posts up, so we couldn't comment on them! Sad panda face.

    Anyways, I would explore longing. Aren't most of our wish lists a mile long? :)

  14. Thanks for the chance to win!
    My emotion is confidence.

  15. This sounds so amazing...Mine would be confidence...Thanks for the chance to win..

  16. I would really love to go, but I am grateful for all the other blessings in my life and I want to be satisfied with that and an opportunity to win a kit that might help me with my "gratitude" documenting!

  17. I would love to explore gratitude!

  18. Looks like a great retreat! I would like to explore strength and courage in scrapbooking!

  19. The retreat looks wonderful! I would love to explore love or courage.

  20. I have been thinking of exploring more gratitude in my pages. I love the idea of this get away. It looks truly inspiring.

  21. i hope my LOVE for my family shows through

  22. I wish I could explore inner joy.

  23. How cool. Would love to explore confidence.

  24. Sounds fabulous- wish I could come! 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.

  25. I have always wanted to explore the idea of loss in my life, but in a more positive way, the loved ones I have lost, lost teeth, etc. Can I call that "unloss"?? I guess I can if I want to!!!!

  26. Wow, I made it! I cannot wait until Nov! I had said I would like to explore acceptance, enough and greatefulness. However, now after posting comments of each blog in the blog hop maybe it would be OVERCOMING (my fear on posting comments on blogs!) Thanks for making me go out of my comfort zone!!!!

    Mari Landreth- see I cant even make this comment post correctly! LOL

  27. I'd like to explore self-confidence. I thought of it tonight, after talking to my 9yo daughter. I wish she had more confidence, more belief in herself. *sigh* She's so like me!
    Thanks for the chance to win. I really wish I could go to this retreat - it sounds absolutely amazing!

  28. 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.