Tuesday, September 13, 2011

CRAFT Blog Hop and Giveaway!

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 begin at the SFTIO blog so you don't miss all sneaky 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.

If you'll be joining us from out of town, we've got another treat in store for you...our official hotel, The Ambrose. Imagine the perfect mix of craftsman lines and zen energy...complete with a small garden and pond, a living room, and rooms designed with feng shui principles in mind. We've negotiated a special CRAFT room rate of $198 per night plus tax, so if you room with a friend (or we help you find a roomie) the cost is just $99 per night, which includes parking (if that applies to you), free wifi, and a daily organic continental breakfast from our event caterer, Urth Caffe. Transportation from the hotel to the Beach house is included in your registration, and airport transfers will be available for a nominal fee. Once at the hotel, you can utilize their cute london-style shuttle service to get you to shopping or anywhere else local you'd like to see! 


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 & Soul experiences
• Scrumptious breakfasts & lunches from Hollywood hot spot Urth Caffe
~ Friday, Saturday & Sunday
• Sweets, treats & 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 at craftbeachretreat@gmail.com 

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 them unique. Their 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.

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 SFTIO has created for you, you’ll have the opportunity to practice being more and more yourself. Their 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 the 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 tailor your project to reflect who you are and who you want to be.  

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

Mixed Media Designer
Copic Certified Designer

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

American Crafts Design Team and Product Designer
Hambly Screen Prints Design Team


And now for a giveaway! 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 chance 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.

Your next stop on this hop is the Jillibean Soup Blog
Good luck and we hope to see you at CRAFT!

And in case you get lost along the way, here is a complete list of all the blogs to visit in our hop:

SFTIO: http://scrapbookingfromtheinsideout.blogspot.com
Stacy Cohen: http://stacycohen.blogspot.com/
Linda Barber: http://milesofpaper.blogspot.com/
Paige Ramos: http://thebumpyride.blogspot.com
American Crafts: http://americancrafts.typepad.com/studio/
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/
Maya Road: http://mayaroad.typepad.com/mayaroad/
Kai Baldwin: http://www.enjoytheridetoday.blogspot.com/
Tattered Angels: http://mytatteredangels.com/blog/
CRAFT Blog: http://craftbeachretreat.blogspot.com/


Christi said...

"joy"....sounds like an awesome retreat

Mary Pat Siehl said...

oh wow does this sound awesome!

thanks melissa for stopping by my blog today and taking the time to write such a kind comment!

mitz said...

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

Joanne said...

Peace! the retreat sounds amazing!

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...

Jan Garber said...

The retreat sounds perfect! I would love to explore my feelings of "Disappointment" at this time in my life.

Lora Oliver said...

I would like to explore self forgiveness.

Melanie said...

I would like to reflect on the things that make me feel grateful.

Sugar said...

I thought I commented.. I get confused lol.. I would love to explore hope :)

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!

Lake Gaston Virtual Office Assistant said...

The emotion I need to explore is acceptance.

Kim H said...


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? :)

Glenda J said...

Confidence. Thanks for the chance to win!

Annette said...

Mine is confidence... Thanks for the chance to win..

Ursula said...

this sounds like a wonderful retreat! Wish I could join you!

meredemaison said...

Gratitude would show my love and appreciation for all of the blessings in my life and would be an uplifting subject to explore in depth!

marilyn said...

I need to explore inner peace.

MB said...

I'd love to explore satiation (food satisfaction)... love food and love food photography!

Melanie said...

I love "laughter "! My boys have the best laugh and I love creating layouts about the funny things they do and say!

Nicole Austin said...

joy joy JOY! :)

Tracey said...

'inner peace' so much hashappened over the past year

Margie said...

Retreat looks amazing-I would love to explore peace!

KellyG said...

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

brenda said...

I would say love or courage.

Mistylynn said...

Definitely trying to show more of gratitude in my pages! This retreat looks so wonderful.

Vicki said...

I wish I could explore inner joy.

{VICKI} said...

I hope the LOVE i feel shows through on my creations

Nitasha said...

I would like to explore forgiveness.

jengd said...

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.

Jean said...

How cool. Would love to explore confidence.

Mom Cheryl said...

I want to explore love...love of the everyday life...appreciate the small things and journal more. Thanks for the chance!

TracyTracy said...

Courage, most of all. The weekend sounds wonderful!

Melinda said...

Fear and in the process, learning how to let it go and/or not stop me!

mari said...

Cannot Wait! I would explore acceptance,enough and gratefulness.

Cynthia B. said...

The hotel sounds wonderful - oh, to be pampered! SO wish I could go with you.
I'd like to explore self-confidence. It's something I still work on!

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.