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

Welcome to the First 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.

(We've had a couple of technical glitches in the hop...please scroll to the bottom of this post to make sure you grab all the links!)

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.


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 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.

For your next stop, make sure to check out Stacy Cohen's blog. 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/


Sugar said...

man! I so wish I could go.. sounds amazing!

Christi said...

"joy"...........sounds like an awesome retreat! wish i could go.

mari said...

I can't Wait!!!! We are goint to have such a wonderful weekend.

prutsels said...


Cheryl Leong said...

Awesome!!! Hope to win

Angela Nebinger said...

This is a very exciting opportunity I wish I could go but winning would be almost just as fabulous! I'm interested in the emotion:: courage! How to discover courage of self, courage of discovery... or just how to discover myself though emotions.. / how to bring them out in my crafts!

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...

Janet said...

That getaway sounds awesome! I would like to explore inner peace!

Lora Oliver said...

This looks AMAZING. I would like to explore self forgiveness.

Melanie said...

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

Katherine said...

Sounds like an awesome retreat! Sure wish I lived closer! I would be there in a heartbeat!!

Kelly Massman said...
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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 - for family & USA

Mistylynn said...

This retreat looks like it would be so fun!! Trying to show more gratitude in my pages.

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? :)

mari said...
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mari said...

I was so excited I forgot to post I would like to explore acceptance, enough and gratefulness!

KarenC Inspired said...

Thankful is my word. thanks for the chance to win a fabulous prize!

Glenda J said...

Sounds like fun!
My emotion would be confidence.

Annette said...

I would love to go...sounds like a blast...
Thanks for the chance to win

meredemaison said...

Sounds like a wonderful time! I'd like to explore gratitude in my scrapbooking since I know I'm blessed in many ways and would like to "publish" those things/people I'm most grateful for!

brenda said...

Oh boy do I wish I could go to this! The emotion I would want to explore is "love"

Melanie said...

Wow! This looks amazing...wish I could go!!!

Nicole Austin said...


Tracey said...

sounds like an amazing weekend.

Margie said...

It looks so amazing!! I would love to explore selflessness.

KellyG said...

Strength! Sounds like a great event!

Vicki said...

Sound like a wonderful retreat. To bad work gets in the way of fun.

{VICKI} said...

i hope the love i feel shows through on my creations

Jean said...

How cool. Sounds like a great retreat. I would explore confidence.

Melinda said...

I wish I could attend! :( I'd like to explore fear.

thriftycrafter said...

Looks like you're going to have a wonderful time.
Have we done determination?

TracyTracy said...

Courage. Sounds like it will be a great weekend!

Cynthia B. said...

Wow, CRAFT looks wonderful!! SO wish I could go. Thanks for the chance at a kit, anyway.
I'd like to explore self-confidence. It's something that I've had to learn over the years, and just tonight, I was dearly hoping my 9yo daughter had some of her own. *sigh* all in good time.

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.

Altered Annie said...

sounds like a great time, have fun you lucky dogs!