Friday, August 19, 2016

live inspired: mandy elliott aka turquoise avenue

This week, I'm talking to my new friend, Mandy Elliott aka Turquoise Avenue. I recently discovered Mandy's work via Instagram and spent hours looking at her projects and feeling inspired. I knew I had to have her on the show to have a fun chat about scrapbooking. 

I had the best time talking to Mandy. As I said in the show, it's so fun to connect with people who get it. People who understand pocket pages and design and embellishments and pretty paper and pictures...oh my!

Be sure to check out Mandy's awesome work at her 
Website and her InstagramI know you'll love her as much as I do!

Congratulations to JoAnn Baker on winning the Freckled Fawn giveaway! Yay JoAnn!! :) Thanks so much to each of you who left a comment on that giveaway post and mentioned how much you love the show. It really meant a lot to me to read your words. :)

Have a lovely weekend! 


Friday, August 12, 2016

live inspired: freckled fawn's aesalina compton

This week on the Live Inspired podcast, I'm talking to my new friend, AesaLina Compton, owner of Freckled Fawn. AesaLina shares the story of turning a small store on Etsy into a thriving business of embellishment kits. This is a great behind the scenes look into a small business in the scrapbook industry. AesaLina is so interesting and fun to talk to, it's easy to see why Freckled Fawn is a success.

I absolutely LOVED talking to AesaLina and I feel like we'll be friends for a long while. She's just delightful and lovely. I love that her husband and sister work with her. I love that she couldn't walk away from what she had created without feeling sick. I love that she followed her gut and it paid off. I love that she had the ambition to educate herself to get the job done. I just love this girl!

If you don't already follow Freckled Fawn, be sure to check her out at these links:

At the end of this week's show, we have a special surprise for you! One lucky listener is going to win a year's worth of Freckled Fawn kit's!! What? Yes, it's true!! Go to this blog post to learn more about it!!  You'll also find a code at that link to enjoy 15% off your Freckled Fawn order, until Tuesday, August 16th. Yay!

Here's a peek at this month's embellishment kit. Deeelightfull! :)

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Thanks for listening and have an awesome weekend!


Friday, August 05, 2016

live inspired: catching up with amy heller & bella blvd.

This week on the Live Inspired podcast, I'm talking to one of my favorite designers, Amy Heller. I have loved Amy's work since she was a Garden Girl for Two Peas in a Bucket. She has a fascinating story to tell about how she came to work in the industry and what she's up to now as Marketing Director for Bella Blvd.

I really wish I had taken time to tell you in the show that Amy's work is amazing and she has a portfolio in the top right corner of her site where you can see her work in categories. Be sure to check that out!!

Her work is super inspiring to me and I just know you're going to love it too. Here's a link to where you can find her online:

Have a fabulous weekend!!

If you'd like to try a class by me, here's one for only $10....

Thursday, July 28, 2016

live inspired: we all love nancy damiano

This week, on the Live Inspired podcast, I'm talking to scrappy rockstar, Nancy Damiano. When I say her name to other scrapbookers, the response is always, "She's my favorite!" or "I love her!" Nancy and I discuss her journey in scrapbooking, from owning a scrapbook store for six years and teaching hundreds of classes to designing for multiple manufacturers per month. Nancy has a very specific process and she shares a lot of her creative strategies in this episode.

I'm sure you could hear my enthusiasm for Nancy's process in the show. She inspires me so much!!!! I really feel like printing my photos from my phone weekly will smooth out some rough edges in my process. I'm actually buying a Canon Selphy today to help with that.

Be sure to check out Nancy online at these links...

Have a fabulous weekend! Just four more days to get in on the intro special for Journal Your Life. Click this image for more info...

Monday, July 25, 2016

weekend update.

I was looking at the blog of my friend, Marie-Pierre Capistran, today and thinking, "Why hasn't she updated this?" I think that often when I'm looking up someone I want to catch up with. Then later it always hits me, you never say anything about your life on your blog, Tracie!

That is so true. Lately this place has become a landing spot for my podcasts and class announcements. So I would like to try and get back to a bit of regular blogging. No promises. Just trying to make it more of a priority. I got a new planner so I'm going to write a reminder in there weekly.

So Sunday night seems like a good time to catch up on the weekend. I'm sitting on the couch in the den right now, at midnight-thirty, listening to the hum of the fridge and the fan upstairs because Caroline is sleeping. There's a frog that's been on the window all evening, gobbling up moths and other unsuspecting fly bys. Speaking of moths, one just landed on my neck and fluttered against me like butterfly kisses. I screamed loud enough to wake the dead or at least my daughter but still she sleeps on. (Thankfully.)

Any moment now, I will see lights turn in the drive and my honey will be home after three days in Oklahoma. I'll be so glad to see him but it will only be for a couple of minutes before he falls, utterly exhausted, into bed and then rises early for a recording session with Tim and Myles Thompson.

This weekend, he played at the Quartz Mountain Resort in Lone Wolf, Oklahoma and he said they pulled into town and it was like an episode of the Twilight Zone. There was not one person in the town the whole time they were driving through! (Que scary music here.) The view from the resort's not too shabby! He always texts me a picture to show me where he is and I always say, "You dirty dog." or some such jealous remark. Truthfully I would rather be home but he sure does get to see a lot of great sights.

While he was gone, I was utterly worthless. After finishing my class last week, it's like I just needed to do nothing for no one. I meant to deep clean my house. Instead I watched YouTube videos and too many episodes of "The A-Team." I started watching it recently on a channel that shows 80's shows and it's pretty good!! It's not as cheesy as other shows from that time frame. Anyway, who could turn the TV off when "Face" is on the screen? Not me! All four of them are cute in their own way.

My only spot of productivity was spending time tonight planning in my new planner. It's not gonna be pretty inside, just workable.

I also came up with a plan for working in a Midori. I'm going to make a video about that this week but I want to actually do it before I talk about. Tomorrow, I'm ordering a gadget that will help me make more consistent videos. I'll get it and then tell ya!

Last night, I took Brandi Kincaid's class "Doodled" at Big Picture Classes. I loved every minute! After class, I sat and doodled and I love the results. This is just a start. I want to practice some more soon.

Let's see, what else did I do fun? Ate Mexican with a friend Friday night but didn't get a pic. I'm so bad about that. Then Saturday we ate at Cracker Barrel with my sister. Today we ate at Demos (Italian) with my sister and again, no pic. Tonight, Caroline and I went to Baskin Robbins and tried to eat outside but it was soooo hot! We ended up going inside to eat our ice cream and also on account of I love to look at the colorful sign in an ice cream shop and think about all the different flavors. I even like to hear what people order. Ice cream shops are happy places and I love to think about how all the people come in and get one or two scoops of summer joy. :) Caroline got Oreo Birthday Cake and Cotton Candy (blech!). I tried the Oreo Birthday Cake and it was so sweet I couldn't take it. I stuck with my standard, one scoop Rocky Road, one scoop Oreo.

I ended the weekend watching The Andy Griffith Show (of course!) on Netflix. The last episode tonight was "The Bookie Barber" where Floyd inadvertently allows a bookie to start running bets in his place. Barney dressed up as a woman to fool them into letting him see the bags full of loot. I kept thinking he needed a scarf to cover up that Adam's apple! ha!

Love this guy.

That's about it - nothing too exciting! My honey just got home and came in the room with his arms outstretched for a hug so I guess I will head to bed and wrap this up and hope you had a wonderful weekend too! 

Have a great week! 

Friday, July 22, 2016

live inspired: jess robyn aka bumble and bristle

This week, on the Live Inspired podcast, I'm talking to the amazingly talented Jess Robyn: Illustrator, Memory Keeper and Lettering Artist. I am blown away by her incredible art and humble attitude toward her talent.

As I said in the show, my new obsession is illustrating. I don't think I'll ever be able to do it but it's nice just to talk to people who do. If you'll check out Jess's Instagram feed, you'll see what I mean about her scrapbooking being amazing. Definitely not beginnerish at all! But her lettering! Swoon!!!

You absolutely must go to her Instagram to see her work. Click this link. It is chock-full of artistic goodness.

Also be sure to check out her Etsy shop!

Here are a few of my favorite images of her art. So awesome!

Her scrapbooking in a 6x8 album aka a Praise Book by Illustrated Faith:

An adorable family portrait she doodled...

And some art about herself. I just adore this!

Check out her amazing lettering!

Isn't she just a joy? Wow. So talented and such a great guest. :)

Thanks so much to all of you who purchased my new class, Journal Your Life. Here's a little promo video with a bit of information about it...

To purchase, click this link.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

journal your life

In May of 2015, I left my job and began to work on a full time creative career. That very month, I started work on a class that I quickly put aside due to other deadlines, commitments and collaborations. I'm so glad I did because I went back to the class to work on it often and kept it on my mind frequently. I tweaked it until I finally created a product I'm super happy with.

I know it's a much better class than if I had completed it one year ago: I've learned so much since then! My class process is smooth as silk now and you can even see a big difference in the first couple of 12x12 layouts I created for the class last year vs. my current style that shows up around Lesson 4.

I don't mind sharing that with you because this is not a class about layout design. This is a class about my first love, storytelling. I've worked hard to create 12 proven strategies for meaningful journaling and in Lesson 12, I'll prove to you that they work!

This self-paced, online class includes:
  • 12 Proven Strategies for Meaningful Memory Keeping
  • 14 Videos with More Than 2.5 Hours of Content
  • 15 Page Full Color Class Handout
  • Journaling Checklist with 36 Prompts and Strategies
  • Over one dozen layouts, including eight custom created for this class.
  • Bonus Lesson with Audio Recording
  • Bonus Lesson and Handout "How to be a Master Storyteller Like Susan Branch"
  • Access to Private "Journal Your Life" Class Forum
Here's a link to purchase and please let me know if you have any questions!

Thursday, July 07, 2016

live inspired: doris sander: memory keeper. documenter. artist.

This week, on the Live Inspired podcast, I'm talking to my good friend, Doris Sander, about the ebb and flow of creativity and how her memory keeping has changed through the years. We discuss her creative journey, including her work for many years as Marketing Coordinator for Jenni Bowlin Studio aka JBS Mercantile.

As I said in the show, Doris is someone who just oozes creativity and a natural writer. I have always loved her 12x12 scrapbooking and she's excels at design and artistry in memory keeping. It really surprised me when she stopped doing as many layouts and went to Project Life and then I was again surprised when she went to a smaller format but I love that she embraced something completely different for her memory keeping and reignited her fire for it.

I think it's good for us to try something different sometimes and just see what it feels like. We can't really know if we like something unless we give it a try. Doris is a great example of this and I admire her for thinking outside the box.

Here's one of my favorite layouts by Doris that she did recently. Gorgeous!

Here's an example of her Midori Memory Keeping:

Don't let that overwhelm you. She's great at collage but you can do it clean and simple too.

Here's an example of her Hobonichi that she draws in. Love this!!!

She mentioned not updating her blog but it is full of great content so be sure to check her out there and on YouTube and Instagram.

You can find Doris Sander online at these links:


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I'm having dinner with Doris tomorrow night and looking forward to planning a crafty night. It's so nice to still have at least a couple local friends who are crafty! Have a great weekend!

Thursday, June 30, 2016

live inspired: inspiration conversation - volume one

This week's Live Inspired podcast begins a new series in which Crafty Jen Schow and I will discuss our current sources of inspiration. Chime in below and let me know what is inspiring you right now!!

I hope you are inspired by our conversation. What do you think about scrapbooking 6x8 size? What would you like us to talk about in future episodes discussing inspiration? Tell me!

If you don't already follow her, be sure to check out Crafty Jen Schow at her blog here.

If you're enjoying Live Inspired, I'd love you to subscribe in iTunes at this link and if you'd like to help with podcasting fees, I've added a PayPal donate button on the top right of the sidebar here on my blog. Thanks so much to each of you who support my podcasts and classes

Thursday, June 23, 2016

live inspired: designer, lilith eeckels

My apologies for not posting last week. I was traveling and had limited time to record and my guest had technical difficulties aka no internet connection. Thankfully we did connect this week and the results are very worth the wait, in my opinion!

This week, I'm talking to former Two Peas in a Bucket Garden Girl, Lilith Eeckels. Lilith and I discuss why she stepped away from design teams for a while, how her mood affects her scrapbooking style, why Project Life didn't work for her and documenting our journey through life with meaningful memory keeping.

As Lilith and I talked during the taping, I just felt like our paths crossed at exactly the right moment. I just finished creating a class all about journaling and making your memory keeping meaningful and I realized some things listening to her that I want to add to the class. As I said in the show, I've been using the word "heartfelt" for a while with regard to how I want my journaling to be written but I really like the word "personal" to describe how I want to approach my memory keeping. I'll be thinking of how I can put that into very practical application to go along with the lessons in the class.

I could have continued to talk to Lilith for a long, long time. She is truly a joy to know. Now that I know her heart, I'm looking forward to watching more of her videos to see her thoughts in action. I know you'll want to as well so here are links to Lilith online:

Blog: Lilith and Scrap
YouTube: Lilith Eeckels (109 Videos)
Instagram: lilitheeckels
Design Team: Altenew Blog

Two Peas YouTube Channel

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If you're enjoying Live Inspired, I'd love you to subscribe in iTunes at this link and if you'd like to help with podcasting fees, I've added a PayPal donate button on the top right of the sidebar here on my blog. Thanks so much to each of you who support my podcasts and classes

Have a great weekend!