Tuesday, September 13, 2011

blog hop & giveaway…join & create your future at CRAFT!

Fellow gypsies~ we are part of the CRAFT: Creating Reflective Art for Transformation Blog Hop! We are proud to be sponsoring this event, by Scrapbooking from the Inside Out. At the event, six talented and well-known instructors will be leading creative and meaningful workshops using 7gypsies products at this event right on the beach in beautiful Santa Monica, CA, November 11-13, 2011. Sounds pretty great, huh?  You’ll spend a 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 the blog hop here at the gypsy journal? If so, 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.  HAVE FUN!

This mixed media project with Ly. T. Le will integrate our Letterpress Tray in a technique-heavy workshop where you'll have the opportunity to play with paint, ink and transfers while creating a piece of highly dimensional art called 'Free Your Heart' that will explore what makes you feel free,  and what you feel when you don't.


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

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.

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! 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.

                                   For your next stop, make sure to check out  

Good luck and we hope to see you at CRAFT!    


Tammy Onderdonk Klass: 


Princess Poodle said...

I would like to explore pages on gratitude. I feel even though I have had a great deal of sadness in my life. I would like to focus on the positive and express the happiness that I have at this moment in time.

Sugar said...

I would love to explore hope.

Christi said...


Cassi said...


mitz said...

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

Joanne said...

Peace! the retreat sounds amazing!

Jan Garber said...

Disappointment, in myself and others in my life. Perhaps a closer look would change my attitude.

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...

I would like to work on my forgiveness of self.

Melanie said...

I want to look at all the things that make me feel grateful.

Nitasha said...

This looks like an amazing opportunity! Not to be a "Debbie Downer" LOL! but I would like to to explore how to scrapbook the feeling of 'sadness or depression'. Scrapbooking is usually about the happy side of things, but I would really love to know more about how to document the other side for when things are not all rosey. Thanks so much

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...

I would explore LOVE

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...

That letterpress tray looks like it will be an amazing class!!!
Looks like an awesome get away! Such inspiration. I am trying to incorporate more gratitude in my pages.

Glenda J said...

Confidence. Thanks for the chance to win!

Annette said...

this would be so amazing...I would explore confidence..

meredemaison said...

A scrapbook about gratitude would be a good reminder for myself and my family about all our blessings!

marilyn said...

I need to explore confidence.

MB said...

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

Melanie said...

Ooooohhhh.....I love the letterpress tray.... I wish I could take this class!!!!
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, plain and simple. :)

Kenzie9060 said...

I would like to learn how to scrap some of the sader times in our lives...happy moments are so much easier.

Margie said...

I would love to explore self confidence!

KellyG said...

I would like to explore strength and courage in scrapbooking!

brenda said...

I would like to explore either courage or love.

{VICKI} said...

I hope the LOve that I have for my family shows through in my pages

Vicki said...

I wish I could explore inner joy.

jengd said...

I'd like to concentrate more on the good things. 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.

Jean said...

How cool. Would love to explore confidence,.

Mom Cheryl said...

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

thriftycrafter said...

Technique heavy, liking the sound of that.
Acceptance, or have we done that?

TracyTracy said...

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!!!!

Melinda said...

I want to explore more about fear.

mari said...

I'm counting down the days! I would explore acceptance,enough and gratefulness.

Cynthia B. said...

CRAFT sounds amazing, and the 7Gypsies altered letterpress project looks cool.
I'd like to explore self-confidence. Something I still struggle with at times!

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.

Pearl Maple said...

How cool, I like to use my craft projects like a mood board in sorting my hopes and dreams for the future in order to put some plans in place