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:


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

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

Subscribe to Live Inspired in iTunes 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

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, June 09, 2016

live inspired: mixed media artist, heather greenwood

This week, on the Live Inspired podcast, I'm talking to my friend, Heather Greenwood, about her contributions to the new book, "101 More Mixed Media Techniques" and her work with Shanna Noel and Illustrated Faith. We also discuss how Heather stays organized using multiple planners, her recent wellness journey and saying "no" unless you can say "heck yes!"

Heather's resolution to only say "heck yes!" or "no" to projects that come her way really hit home for me. I've been thinking a lot this week about what makes me want to jump on the bed and say "heck yes." I think that will be on my mind and heart for weeks to come. I know podcasting is on that list. Conversations like this one are always good for my soul.

I hope you are inspired to fill your days with things that bring you fulfillment and that you look up Heather's awesome mixed media tutorials and get your hands messy this week!! I know I'm looking forward to the next entry in my journaling Bible to illustrate my faith.

Here's where you can find Heather online:

Instagram: heathergw

Be sure to check out "101 More Mixed Media Techniques" at this link. This is an affiliate link and if you purchase anything at Amazon after entering through this link, it will help to support my podcasts so thanks in advance for doing that!

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

Wednesday, June 01, 2016

live inspired: taking the leap with victoria marie

This week, on the Live Inspired podcast, my friend, Victoria Marie, and I discuss her leap into working full-time in the creative industry. Victoria gives us the 411 on all her plans for productivity in 2016 and beyond. If you're interested in teaching classes online or growing a following to begin your own creative journey, this is the show for you!

I love Victoria's enthusiasm and ordered way of thinking! She makes me want to step up my game and be a bit more organized with my long-term planning. I think planning and goals are so essential to success, especially when working for yourself.

If you'd like to connect with Victoria Marie, follow these links. I know you're going to love her work!

Victoria Marie Facebook Group
Victoria Marie Blog
Victoria Marie on Instagram

If you enjoyed this episode, please let me know in the comments below. I'm scheduling guests for this summer so I'd love to hear who your favorite crafters are.

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, May 26, 2016

live inspired: brandi kincaid: thinker. maker. sharer.

This week on the Live Inspired podcast, I am so excited to share with you my heart to heart conversation with Brandi Kincaid about her utterly delightful art and soul inspiring words. If you do not already follow Brandi, before you listen to this episode, I recommend you check her out on Instagram at @brandeye8. Seeing her work and reading the letters she wrote to herself during her "week in the life" recently will give you more perspective on our conversation.

Brandi said so many amazing things in our conversation but one of the things you'll hear right off the bat is that "she gives herself grace" for her memory keeping and creative work. I think that's so important! Those words "giving myself grace" makes me kind of feel like I can breathe a deep breathe, sigh and everything will be okay. Creative work is supposed to be fun and never stressful, even when it's your job.

I just absolutely adore Brandi's illustrations and her memory keeping so I hope you'll take time to visit her Instagram account and her blog. I am just tickled pink I found such an amazing source of inspiration and it makes me wonder who else is out there that I'm missing out on!

If you know of someone who is super inspiring - let me know in the comments below. Who makes your heart go pitter-patter when it comes to their creativity? Tell me! I need to know! :)

Thanks for listening - have an awesome day!

Friday, May 20, 2016

live inspired: inspiration everywhere with jen schow

This week, on the Live Inspired podcast, I'm talking to Crafty Jen Schow about her recent YouTube series, "Inspiration is Everywhere." We discuss each idea from the series and how we can use her ideas to fuel our creativity for crafting.

It's always fun to talk to Jen since because she's so full of creative ideas. I hope you listen and leave feeling inspired yourself! :)

If you'd like information on the cruise we are teaching on this fall, click the image below!

Be sure to visit Jen's blog for a boatload of inspiration on a regular basis!!

Have a great weekend!