Saturday, May 13, 2017

a Mother's Day freebie for you

I saw this beautiful plate in my Mother's house today and admired the words...

So I did a little lettering to make my Mom a card and thought I would share. Here it is several ways. Right click and save. This is sized to 4x6. If you'd like to print, I will probably need to e-mail you a copy so e-mail me at and let me know which version, 1-4 and I will send it back to you from my iPad where I created it. Enjoy!

If you share this on social media, please tag me! Thanks!

Happy Mother's Day to everyone! XO!

Friday, March 03, 2017

live inspired: six strategies for organizing your craft area

This week on the Live Inspired podcast, I'm talking about one of my favorite topics: organizing!

As you may know, I recently reorganized my entire studio and when I was done, I had a lot of thoughts about the best way to organize for maximum creativity and productivity. If you're feeling overwhelmed by your stash, this is the show for you; in it I offer six easy tips to help you tame your stash.

Here's my studio before my reorganization....

I've moved my desk to be parallel to the desk on the left wall. I'll share a video in the next few days that shows you exactly how it looks now!

I hope these tips inspired you and that you enjoyed listening to my tips!

There's still time to sign up for the Nashville Scrap Gals Retreat! Click this image to learn more...

Have a great weekend!

Friday, February 17, 2017

live inspired: craft a life you love with amy tangerine

This week, on the Live Inspired podcast, I'm talking to Amy Tangerine about her amazing new book, "Craft a Life You Love."

Amy's book offers proven tips for boosting your creativity. This inspiring workbook is a step-by-step guide to help you work through your creative obstacles. In this show, Amy and I discuss my favorite parts of the book and why it's so important to find time for creativity.

I know I say it a hilarious amount of times in the show but this book really is life-changing. My must-have books for creativity now are:

1) Clean and Simple by Cathy Zielske
2) The Big Picture by Stacy Julian
3) Craft a Life You Love by Amy Tangerine

I am looking forward to filling in each of the workbook prompts and I know this is a book I will read again and again. In fact, I'm starting over at the beginning this weekend. If you want to get in the creative zone and find out why you're not already - get this book!

The Nashville Scrap Gals Retreat is filling up quickly! Registration ends March 15, 2017. We must close it then to secure a venue and sponsors. You can find out more about the retreat by clicking the image below...

Let me know what you think about this week's Live Inspired and if you've read Amy's book, let me know your favorite part!

Friday, February 10, 2017

live inspired: kellie stamps owner, kellie winnell

This week, on the Live Inspired podcast, I'm talking to Kellie Stamps Owner, Kellie Winnell about her prolific scrapbooking.

Kellie shares how and why she makes time for memory keeping and why her personal Project Life album makes her happy. We discuss scrapbooking in a planner, random Traveler's Notebook inserts, Project Life in 9x12 and tips for remembering to take photos daily.

Kellie is a delight and I'm so happy to know her. She is someone who truly inspires me to JUST DO IT! :) I hope you feel the same way after listening to this show!

Be sure to check out Kellie's lovely line of stamps and other products and read her awesome blog at the links below:

Registration for our Scrap Gals Nashville retreat opens today (Friday, 2/10) at 5:00 pm Central! Registration will be a product in my shop, click the shop tab above at registration time. You may either register with a $100 deposit or pay the full amount of $295. Find out more details by clicking this image....

Don't forget, registration for our Scrap Gals Salt Lake City retreat closes at the same time. If you are interested in registering for Salt Lake City but were unable to by today, please e-mail me at and I can hold a spot for you. We have only four spots left so don't delay! 

Friday, February 03, 2017

live inspired: the beauty of minimalism with jen carlson

This week, on the Live Inspired podcast, I'm talking to Jen Carlson.

Jen designs for Ali Edwards, Kelly Purkey and One Little Bird. Her striking and minimalist designs are truly inspiring. Jen and I discuss scrapping 6x8, her love for pockets, how she developed her style and her carefully curated Instagram feed.

I really love Jen's striking and clean style. She has such a great eye for design and I think her scrapbooking seems very doable. Often we see examples of scrapbooking online that are beautiful but seem a bit out of touch. Jen's style is striking in its simplicity so I think that's why it inspires me so. I love artsy and fussy pages but my heart will always be with a clean and simple style.

I hope you'll take a moment to check Jen's work out at these links:

Thanks for listening and stopping by!

Friday, January 27, 2017

live inspired: the frugal crafter's lindsay weirich

This week, on the Live Inspired podcast, I'm talking to Lindsay Weirich aka The Frugal Crafter.

Lindsay has an astonishing 300,000+ on YouTube so when I saw her channel and heard her enthusiasm for crafting, I knew I had to talk to her! We discuss her video titled Is Scrapbooking Dead? and Lindsay offers some very wise insight into the decline of interest in our hobby in recent years. She also gives us lots of practical tips on living a life of creativity.

I loved talking to Lindsay about art and scrapbooking. It's fun to connect with someone new and instantly have a lot in common. I really had some a-ha moments during the show thanks to her. I will be mulling over my new thoughts on the decline of scrapbooking for a while after this episode.

I hope you'll take a moment to check Lindsay out at these links:

If you'd like to check out Lindsay's Class on Craftsy "Mix It Up, Mixed Media Step by Step," click this link to purchase with a 50% off coupon code! 

Lindsay is also teaching in a collab called "Life Book" with 23 artists teaching mixed media techniques! Here's a link to Life Book. Use the coupon code FIREWORKS2017 for 20% off discount valid through 1/31/17.

Finally, here's a link to Lindsay's to Angela Fehr's "Creative Watercolour" course. Lindsay was a guest teacher in this class and she offers 45 minutes of incredible content. This course is aimed at hobbyists and papercrafters.

Be sure to check her out!

If you'd like more information on The Scrap Gals Retreat in Salt Lake City, April 28-30, 2017, click this link. We would love to have you join us there for a weekend of fun!! Registration is now open, at this link. 

Monday, January 23, 2017

on disagreeing

I've been thinking a lot recently about the division that is currently happening in our country. We are in a time of civil unrest and there is a clear division on many issues. Every day, I see hateful rhetoric and name calling from both sides that makes me ashamed of the human race. Every single day. 

This leads me to believe many people are lacking a skill that is vital to the success of America: the ability to disagree respectfully. 

One of my best friends sat on my couch this weekend and we had a three hour conversation about politics and religion. Yes, politics and religion. We each shared our viewpoint on our faith, the election and current affairs and guess what? Although we are on opposite sides politically, we agree on many issues.

On the issues we don't agree on, we can at least understand the other's point of view. She understands that I am not going to waiver on some of my beliefs. I understand that she sees the world through a different lens and is more open minded in her interpretation of how the world should be. During our conversation, we didn't just talk to each other....we listened to each other.

When you love someone, you make an effort to truly understand them and you go on loving them, even when you disagree. During the three hours, not one hateful word was spoken.

You see that is the the way of disagreeing, there can be no hatefulness. There can be no name calling. You will never win anyone to your side by calling them a name. Arrogance is unappealing. Vulgarity never impresses. Profanity is unnecessary and disrespectful. Respect for your argument is only gained when you can present it in a kind and gentle way.

Speaking of respect, did you know you can disagree with someone and still respect the office they hold? I have disagreed with many presidents, politicians and even pastors but I still showed them the respect they deserve. I am teaching my child to do the same. I am raising a child who understands that people in authority deserve respect. Were we not all taught that from a young age?

When you disagree hatefully, you lose credibility; your argument loses all merit. Even if there is a grain of truth to what you say...the truth is lost among the hate. It boils down to this: I cannot respect you if you disrespect people who do not share your opinion. Disagree...don't disrespect because disrespect causes division.

This is a lesson Americans (and our children) desperately need to learn.

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!