Friday, January 20, 2017

live inspired: the always inspiring stacy julian

This week, on the Live Inspired podcast, I am so honored to have as my guest, the always inspiring, Stacy Julian.

If you've listened to me for any length of time, you know that my approach to scrapbooking is very influenced by Stacy's philosophies and writings on the subject. We chat about her scrapbooking journey from taking a beginner's class to teaching core composition to becoming the Founding Editor of Simple Scrapbooks and Creator of Big Picture Classes. We'll find out what she's up to now and hear some words of wisdom from her about making our memory keeping more meaningful.

I started out this show feeling giddy and by the middle I was absorbed in her story to the point that I had to remind myself I was the host of the show. ha! By the end of the show, I felt tears rising as I realized what a profound affect Stacy's words have had on my life. Listening to her makes me remember why I am a memory keeper. This hobby is so important!

If you aren't already following Stacy Julian, I highly recommend you go now and follow her on Instagram, Facebook and at her blog.

If you only read one thing from her, read this blog post.

Here's a sneak at the project we discussed from Stacy's class called The 20% Club. You can still take four months of this class at Big Picture Classes. If you don't have a membership, sign up for a free trial! 

Hopefully she will get her books online soon but if you'd like to buy a used copy, here's a link to sellers on Amazon that have a copy of The Big Picture. It will change the way you think about memory keeping! 

I also love, love, love her book Photo Freedom and her book Simple Scrapbooks

If you'd like to learn more about The Scrap Gals Retreat in Salt Lake City, April 28-30, click this photo...

Thanks for all your support for my first 50 episodes of Live Inspired and thank you to my darling husband, Mike Claiborne, for composing my new theme song. It makes me so happy!! 

Friday, January 13, 2017

live inspired: documenting 2017 with crafty jen schow

This week, on the Live Inspired podcast, Crafty Jen Schow and I discuss documenting 2017 with Project Life. We also share our thoughts on social media: the role it plays in our life and how we can use it to inspire us.

We are super excited about our upcoming cruise to the Eastern Caribbean! We would love for you to join us February 11-18, 2018. Here's a picture from our last cruise. This ship is similar to the one we will cruise on. The upcoming cruise will be on The Oasis of the Seas by Royal Caribbean.

Can't wait to see that blue green water again! We'll be going to St. Maarten, Puerto Rico and my favorite, the private resort at Labadee, Haiti. I requested these spots and the lovely ladies at Cruise and Crop worked with us to find just the right cruise. We are making big plans for our classes and crop time on the cruise. To register or find more info, click this link.

The number one thing I'm excited about seeing is this beach where the plane flies right over you at St. Maarten!! Amazing! My friend went and said it makes you cry from the sheer awe of it.

Can you believe it? I'm going to stand right under that plane and take a million pictures!

Hope you can join us!

Thursday, January 05, 2017

live inspired: practicing self-love with laura rahel

Hello you! After a good, long holiday hiatus, I am back with a new episode of Live Inspired and you are going to love it! My guest this week is the lovely Laura Rahel: scrapbooker, teacher and positivity guru.

In this week's podcast, Laura and I talk about how to use memory keeping as a way to encourage self-love and positivity. We discuss her new class "Hello, Gorgeous" which offers 16 lessons to help you create an album about how awesome you actually are! Laura and I also discuss finding your best path in 2017, documenting the everyday stories of our life, the format Laura is creating in this year and more.

When I meet people like Laura who have so many good things to say and so many great ideas about memory keeping, I am always amazed that we've never met. We connected instantly and she is just a joy! I told her she will now be a recurring guest on Live Inspired because she is so full of great ideas and I just love everything she had to say.

Be sure to check out her blog, YouTube channel and Instagram feed. I know you're going to love Laura as much as I do!

You may notice that the intro and outro music is missing from this episode. That's because, this year, I'm taking Live Inspired in a bit of a different direction. The first year of this show was about learning all I could about the business side of scrapbooking and talking to other creative entrepreneurs. I learned a lot and I'm thankful for their candor and willingness to talk to me.

Now, I want to just have a spot where I can talk to people who truly inspire me with their art and their ideas. I have a long list of illustrators, lettering artists, scrapbookers, art journalers, mixed media artists, YouTubers, card makers and more to talk to. In some shows, we'll simply go through their Instagram feed and talk about their art. Other times, like this week, we'll have deep, thought provoking discussions about our art and how it impacts our life. I'll have a new theme song soon and I'm excited about the direction I'm taking the show. I hope you approve!!

Looking forward to living a life inspired in 2017!

Friday, October 28, 2016

live inspired: jessica upton of colorcast designs

This week, on the Live Inspired podcast, the owner of Colorcast Designs, Jessica Upton, tells us all about how she started her business making acrylics and wood veneers. It is a fun and fascinating story that I know you will enjoy hearing. She also shares her story of getting started in the scrapbook business before she even knew how to scrapbook!

I had so much fun talking to Jessica! Isn't she a doll? I can see us being good friends going forward. She is a joyful, fun person that is so easy to talk to and she inspires me with her work ethic and talent.

The funny thing is, I have been so very busy that I failed to check out her Instagram feed until after the taping and when I did I was blown away!! Her work is perfection!!!!!! She is super talented and amazing!! I have actually gone to her IG three times today and just poured over her work. So clean and fresh and lovely.

You absolutely must check out her scrapbooking and her products. Fun, fun, fun.

Here's where to find Jessica and Colorcast online:

Colorcast Designs Website
Colorcast on Instagram
Jessica Upton on Instagram

Don't miss the chance to win a gift certificate. Click this link to visit her company IG account and comment on the post about this show.

Here's a peek at the newest version of Ready, Sketch, Go! Volume 3. Only four more days to catch it at the intro price!

Thursday, October 20, 2016

live inspired: cruise and crop review

How's it going with you? I've been missing in action a bit here but I have a good reason why. The first part of my October was spent teaching on a cruise with Crafty Jen Schow. You may have seen my barrage of photos on Instagram and if so, are wondering how it all went so Jen and I decided to tape an episode of Live Inspired to answer all the questions we've been getting. You can listen here:

As we say in the show, we are already making plans for a new cruise adventure in January 2018 so if you are interested in joining us, please comment below and let us know. The price will be around $600 per person for a 5 night, 6 day cruise plus a $200 crafting fee. We will have specific details soon so you can make a more informed decision.

To see loads of pictures from the cruise, check out my Instagram feed at this link. 

After the cruise, I was busy getting our life back in order and doing laundry from a 9 day vacation (we spent a few days in Florida). Because of that, I didn't have a Live Inspired last week but in case you missed the week before, I want to make sure you know about an awesome episode I taped with Andrea Gray aka Retrohipmama. She is so wonderful and the show so fun, I would hate for you to miss out on hearing it! Here's a player for that show...

I'm working hard on getting Ready, Sketch, Go! Volume 3 videos edited and uploaded so be sure to check back this Tuesday for the release of that class.

Thanks for listening and stopping by!

Friday, September 30, 2016

live inspired: designer, laura vegas

This week, on the Live Inspired podcast, I'm talking to designer, Laura Vegas. We discuss her recent departure from Bella Blvd., her plans for the future and her love of double pagers. Laura has been scrapbooking for 22 years so we talk about getting rid of old layouts, redoing pages and how she feels about the big picture of her work.

I really enjoyed talking to Laura. She has inspired me for so long. It's fun to chat with someone whose work I know so well.

I encourage you to check Laura out online here...


If you enjoyed this show and are inspired by her work, let her know! I'm sure she would appreciate it!

Here's one of my favorite layouts by awesome.

Thanks for stopping by and listening! Have a lovely weekend. I'm heading out to teach on a cruise with Crafty Jen Schow so looking forward to that! 

Friday, September 23, 2016

live inspired: scrap happy's alice boll

This week, on the Live Inspired podcast, my good friend, Alice Boll, and I are discussing what to do when you lose your motivation and inspiration for scrapbooking. Alice, owner of the Scrap Happy group and leader of the Layout a Day project, also shares info about her community and what it's like to do a Layout a Day several times per year. This show is chock-full of great information so grab a pen and paper to take notes!

As I'm sure you could tell by our talk, Alice has infectious charm and true joy that makes me happy. She's just one of my favorite people in the world. She sets the tone for the group she leads as it is also full of charming and joyful people. It was a delight to meet some of them in person this summer.

If you'd like to find out more about becoming a member of Scrap Happy, click this link and don't forget to use the code "family" at checkout to save 20% off your first year of membership.

Here's a link to Alice's Blog: Scrapbook Wonderland. If you'd like to check out the Scrapbook Improv she mentioned, here's a link to that. It was Alice's first time doing Improv and she has a lot of ideas to tweak it and make it even better so I look forward to seeing what she comes up with! 

During the show, we talked about two LOAD prompts that Alice made pages for. Here's the first page she made with the prompt, "Thank goodness my fairy godmother didn't grant THAT wish!" This prompt was for a special LOAD for International Scrapbook Day so if you'd like to check out the prompt and video for it, click this link to get an idea of what the February and May LOAD prompts look like.

Love it! I'm so glad Alice isn't 6' 6". My neck would hurt from looking up at her. haha!

Here's the other layout we discussed from the prompt, "Loving the taste of summer."

Love the design of that one. I'm actually working on something similar right now!

So as you can see, the prompts from Layout a Day are inventive and fun. If you would like to be more prolific and have fun doing so, be sure to check it out!

I hope you enjoyed our show full of tips for how to stay motivated and inspired with your scrapbooking. If we failed to mention a favorite tip of yours, please leave me a comment and let me know what it is!

Thursday, September 15, 2016

live inspired: designer & youtuber, missy whidden

This week, I'm talking to the super talented, Missy Whidden. Missy, well known for her awesome YouTube videos, designs for several major manufacturers and it's easy to see why her work is in high demand. Her mixed media style is fun, intricate and yet Missy makes it seem very easy to replicate!

Missy and I recorded this interview around 11 pm her time and we talked until 12:30 am! It was so fun to talk to her and she had so many great things to say, I just kept the conversation going. We have a long list of mutual friends but until our conversation, had never connected one on one and I must say....I'm so glad I got the chance to talk to her for so long and now have the joy of calling her a friend. What a talented human being and an inspiration for all of us. It's clear to see why she was often requested as a guest for this show.

Check out Missy's work here on her blog and at her Instagram feed!

Here's one of the layouts we discussed at the end of the show. This is a great go-to design, no matter your style! Break out your washi and put it in an L shape!

If you're enjoying the Live Inspired podcast, please let me know in the comments below. I'd also love to know who you would like to hear me talk to on this show. I'm sure you've noticed, I recently took the focus of the show off the business side and a bit more on the inspiration side and I plan to keep it that way. Mostly it just gives me an excuse to talk to all my favorite people. I find that YouTubers are the best people to interview because they are used to talking in a steady stream so tell me your favorite YouTubers and teachers! I'd love to hear who is inspiring YOU!

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

wanna try out Ready, Sketch, Go! for free?

Thanks to all of you who have purchased Ready, Sketch, Go! Volume 1 and/or 2. It's really fun to hear your feedback and to see the layouts you make with our sketches.

It's also fun to check my e-mail throughout the day and see the names of those who have purchased the classes. I've been amazed by how many of you have picked up the bundle for $50. The bundle includes over 18 hours of video instruction, 55 pages of .pdf handout and 30 sketches with go-to designs you can use again and again.

I know some of you haven't purchased the class yet but are interested in finding out more about it so Crafty Jen Schow and I decided to give you a little sneak peek today. We created a sample sketch, exactly like those we feature in class, and we both created a layout and video with it so you can get a feel for our teaching style.

Here's the sketch. Click image to download and print...

Here's the layout I created with it...

Here's my video lesson....

Here's Jen's video lesson....

You can find more about Jen's layout at her blog post, here.

Remember, the introductory rate of $30 for Ready, Sketch, Go Volume 2 is only good through this Thursday, September 15th! If you'd like to purchase Ready, Sketch, Go!, click this image to see your available options. :)

Jen and I are working on a new edition of Ready, Sketch, Go! right now. It's a special edition that we will teach on the cruise and then make available for sale mid-October. We'll announce more information about that class soon! 

Friday, September 09, 2016

live inspired: the ever delightful suse fish

This week, I'm interviewing one of my favorite designers in the scrapbook industry, Suse Fish. We discuss how she developed her style, how she gets those incredible photographs and what it was like to design a line for Felicity Jane. We also thoroughly discuss her simplistic lifestyle and her regular habit of disassembling layouts she has created.

Suse is such a joy to talk to, if you ever get a chance to connect with her, I highly recommend it!

Be sure to check her out at these links:

And the Facebook group, Faith, Hope, Washi, that Suse started is still alive and well although she does not participate in it. You can find it full of lovely people, right here.

Here's a peek at one of my favorite layouts by Suse... (I don't want to know if she tore this apart, LOL!)....

There are six more days to get in on the introductory price of Ready, Sketch, Go! Volume 2. Click this image to learn more....

Have a lovely weekend!!!