Friday, November 20, 2015

live inspired - video & challenge #4

Hello lovies! Thanks so much to each of you for all your kind words about Live Inspired, the podcast and the videos. It means so much to me to have your support! I truly mean that!

This week, my guest on the Live Inspired podcast is Jeana Goodwin, owner of Felicity Jane.

I'm really in awe of Jeana's talent and design skills and it was a pleasure to make a video based on her awesome work. I hope you enjoy it too!

Here's Jeana's layout that inspired me...

So cute! I knew this would be a fun design to replicate. I'll definitely use this design again soon. It's great if you have a lot of 3x4 pocket page cards and one photo you want to showcase. For this layout, I decided to use a photo of my bestie, Tiffany. I love this picture of her from a couple years ago when we went to the last CK Convention in Nashville!

My layout is a bit more neurotically neat than Jeana's but I think it bears a striking resemblance. :)

Speaking of striking, isn't my Tiff-Tiff a little doll in this picture? I love that girl! She really is all kinds of awesome so I used the Felicity Jane stamps to journal about her...

I love to see the layouts side by side each week. It just makes me giddy to know I got one more layout done!

Pretty cool, huh? Just a note: mine is one of those pages that is prettier in person. The acrylic letters don't really translate well to a photo. These colors pop in real life. I'm loving how it turned out. If you were inspired this week, I'd love for you to make a layout inspired by Jeana and share it using the hashtag #liveinspiredchallenge!

Thanks to each of you who made a layout inspired by last week's guest, Jana Eubank. The winner of the giveaway is announced at the end of the video above so don't miss it!!!

I've already taped next week's Live Inspired and it's a great one so I'm excited for you to hear it. :) Have a lovely weekend as we prepare for the holidays which have arrived a little too quickly for me!

Happy crafting!

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

live inspired - episode 4

On this week's Live Inspired podcast, I'm talking to Jeana Goodwin, designer and owner of Felicity Jane, a unique papercrafting company and monthly kit club. We discuss the ins and outs of building a business from the ground up from networking to design to packaging and shipping.

This episode is really the perfect example of what I envisioned for the Live Inspired podcast. Jeana is someone who created an entire company from just her own talent and passion. She took a leap of faith and it paid off! That is so inspiring!

Join me Friday for a blog post and video featuring Jeana's work and her Felicity Jane designs and a project inspired by them, made by me.

Be sure to check out Felicity There's an amazing amount of inspiration there! 

Friday, November 13, 2015

live inspired - video & challenge #3

Hello lovies! Ready for another round of inspiration?

This week, my guest on the Live Inspired podcast is Jana Eubank.

I was practically giddy looking through Jana's blog and on Pinterest at all her lovely layouts. It was hard narrowing it down to just a few to share with you and I think you'll see why in this video!

This layout came together so quickly, as most inspired layouts do. In a world where it is hard to find time for ourselves to play and have fun, we can make the most of our time by looking to someone, like Jana, for quick inspiration so we can enjoy the process of putting a page together. I was tickled pink by how this came out. Here's Jana's layout that inspired mine...

Here's how my layout turned out...

Here's the journaling...

Here's Jana's layout and mine. Very similar! I didn't use quite as many papers as Jana so mine's a bit more simple. I'm so proud of myself for using a pre-made title that's been in my drawer for years AND paper I've had just as long! Yay!!!

So are you up for a challenge? How about a giveaway? Yes? Okay! Make a page inspired by Jana's work and you can enter to win the "Golden Delicious Daily Diary Kit" by Noel Mignon!! To win, simply make a page inspired by Jana's work, post it online using the hashtag #liveinspiredchallenge (to your blog, Facebook, Instagram or Twitter) and then comment below or on my video and let me know where I can find your page! The winner will be announced in next Friday's video!

Check out this awesome kit I'm giving away, valued at almost $40! Thank you Noel Mignon!

Want a second chance to win!? Visit Jana Eubank's blog and check out her giveway! I know you're going to want to stop by there anyway, to see all the wonderful work she is sharing.

I truly hope I'm helping you to Live Inspired. I am certainly more inspired than every myself!

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

live inspired - episode 3

On this week's Live Inspired podcast, I'm chatting with someone who has inspired me for years! It's the incredibly talented Jana Eubank. Jana has worked in the scrapbook industry as a design team member, design team coordinator, blog coordinator, product designer, creative director, production manager and most recently, as the co-owner of a scrapbook company. In this episode, Jana shares with us her recent decision to walk away from the business side of creating to refocus and recenter her life.

I absolutely love what Jana had to say in this show. She inspired me to take a sincere look at my goals for 2016 and be realistic about what I'm working toward. She also inspired me with her positive outlook on life. I just can't say enough good things about Jana. I hope we'll be friends for a lifetime!

Join me Friday for a blog post and video featuring Jana's work and a project inspired by it, made by me.

Be sure to check out Jana's blog: Sharing My Creative Heart. Lots and lots of inspiration there!

Thursday, November 05, 2015

live inspired - video & challenge #2

Hello lovies! This post should have gone up Friday morning but I'm spending a few days with my friend at her cabin so I am putting it up early as we have plans in the morning. :)

This week, my guest on the Live Inspired podcast is Lisa Dickinson.

It was such an honor to have the opportunity to interview my all time favorite scrapbooker. Her work is so incredible! Lisa is a source of inspiration to so many and it's clear to see why in this week's video. I hope you'll catch my excitement about her work and be inspired to create your own layout inspired by hers!

I based my project on one of my favorite layouts by Lisa. This page has a mix of patterns and I love mixing patterns on a page more than anything else scrappy. I love the movement of the page, all the little details and that glorious title, custom made by Lisa.

Here's how my layout turned out....

I had a blast playing with my heart stencil and distressing tool....

You can see that this week I stayed pretty close to my inspiration source. It was fun to just relax and play. I didn't have to focus on the design too much...I already knew it would turn out great!

So are you up for a challenge? Make a page inspired by Lisa Dickinson's work and post it to your social media using the hashtag #liveinspirechallenge

We can do this! If you'll join me in this challenge, we'll make at least one page a week and won't that be wonderful? I think so!

If you'd like to check out Lisa's blog for more scrapbooking inspiration, please do so. Please let her know how much you loved seeing her work and hearing her on the show!

Now go and be crafty!

Wednesday, November 04, 2015

live inspired - episode 2

On this week's Live Inspired, I'm talking to my favorite scrapbook designer of all time, Lisa Dickinson! We discuss how often she scrapbooks, what helps her stay on track every day, consistency in design and the changing world of blog readership.

It was truly a delight to talk to Lisa and hear more about her thoughts on creative work. You can listen on the player above, listen on Podbean or subscribe and listen in iTunes. 

Join me Friday for a blog post and video featuring Lisa's work and a project inspired by it, made by me.

Be sure to check out Lisa's Blog and her Etsy store, where you'll find her custom cut files for sale.

Friday, October 30, 2015

live inspired - video & challenge #1


Thanks so much to those of you who were kind enough to leave a comment here and on my social media about my new adventure, Live Inspired. I've had so many kind and wonderful messages from my friends in the creative industry. Every word means so much to me!

This week, my guest on the Live Inspired podcast is Shanna Noel.

Today, as promised, I have a video to go along with the show. It was just a joy to peruse Shanna Noel's work and so easy to feel inspired. I can't wait to share it with you in the video. Shanna oozes with talent. This is my favorite layout she's ever done....

I feel like this video series is what I want to convey each time I do any podcast. As I talk about things, I always have images in my head that I'm describing. Some of you who listen see them too and some of you can't because it's something you're unfamiliar with. The beauty of video is that I can share all of these images as I talk about them. I hope you enjoy this video as much as I enjoyed making it for you!

Here's the layout by Shanna that I used for inspiration...

Here's my layout which in the end only mildly resembles Shanna's but that's okay! That's kind of the point of this entire series. Whether our layout is an exact replica or we are simply inspired by one element, when we translate the inspiration into our own creation, we learn how to live inspired. 

So are you up for a challenge? Make a page inspired by Shanna Noel's work and post it to your social media using the hashtag #liveinspirechallenge. It might take a while for this movement to get rolling...will you help move it along?

We can do this! If you'll join me in this challenge, we'll make at least one page a week and won't that be wonderful? I think so!

If you'd like to check out Shanna's blog for more scrapbooking inspiration, please do so. She now blogs regularly at Illustrated Faith but her scrappy blog is still a great source of inspiration for me! Let her know how much you loved seeing her work and hearing her on the show!

Now go and be crafty!

Thursday, October 29, 2015

join me on a journey to LIVE INSPIRED

A few months ago, I was lettering in a blank book, just doodling as I often do and I wrote the word "inspired." Then I started thinking about inspiration and how much I need it to build a creative business. I said a bunch of words out loud that were followed by "inspired" and then it finally hit me, the word I was looking for was "live." I realized that in order for me to have a successful creative business, I had to find a way to live inspired.

I started writing down the names of people who inspire me and as I wrote them, I thought about how they probably inspire each other too. Life is a big cycle of inspiration, especially in our creative community. We all inspire each other; everything we see makes an impression on our creativity. The question do we channel that inspiration? I wanted to figure that out so I sat and thought deeply about it for a while.

I realized that what I was picturing in my mind was a movement of inspiration. A fountain of creativity flowing down from a thousand sources, channeled in a way that would help me to help you to live inspired. I decided that first and foremost, I had to find out from all the people who inspire me how they live inspired. Then I felt a burgeoning excitement to share that knowledge with others, like myself, who work in the creative industry but I also wanted to inspire everyday real-life scrapbookers.

After much more doodling, a whole lot of brainstorming while chewing on pencils and after a few deep discussions with creative friends, my vision has finally become a reality.

I am so excited about this project and I hope you will catch my vision. The inspiration starts each Thursday with my new podcast called Live Inspired (what else?!). This week, I'm interviewing the most inspiring person I know...Shanna Noel, founder of Illustrated Faith! We discuss how she grew her business from the ground up and what keeps her motivated. (If you enjoy the podcast, please subscribe in iTunes!)

Each Friday, I will post a video sharing my guest's work and a layout inspired by them. Then I'll challenge you to make a project inspired by the video and you can inspire others by sharing it using the hashtag #liveinspiredchallenge on your social media. You can also post your project in the Facebook community I host, on a Live Inspired thread I start each week.

If you're not into the creative business side of things, you can just watch the video or read the blog post with the challenge. I do think the show will be very inspiring to anyone creative because a) the people I'm interviewing are all inspiring and b) we'll be talking about their creative process and inspiration in general.

Are you feeling inspired yet? I hope so! This has been a long time in the making and I just cannot tell you how happy I am that I can finally tell you about it.

Check back tomorrow for a link to this week's video and challenge, inspired by Shanna's awesome scrapbooking and art! Have a great Thursday!

Sunday, September 13, 2015

in case you've never heard of me

Hi there! My classes on Big Picture and Get It Scrapped have brought some new readers my way so for all my new friends, I thought I would take a moment and tell you a little bit about myself.

This is me at two years old. I've pretty much been entertaining people since about this point. This is the real me...I'm just a little bit taller and fluffier now.

I grew up and married this cutie-pie named Mike. He has been a professional bass player for 35 years.

Nine years after we were married, we had this darling girl we call Sweet Caroline. I have homeschooled her from Kindergarten to her current year which is 10th grade.

We live in the hills of Tennessee, more specifically, very near Nashville. Yee-haw y'all! This is my little spot where I sit and make stuff up.

I started scrapbooking in 2001. My style is clean and classic with an emphasis on storytelling.

After working and teaching in four scrapbook stores, I became certified as a scrapbook instructor by EK Success and Michaels. I love to teach and talk about scrapbooking more than anything else in the world! My mission in life is to get people printing their photos, telling their stories and I want them to have fun doing it. If I can make someone laugh and feel happy, my job is done. :)

In early 2015, I left a job of almost eight years as a personal assistant to work full-time on my creative business. Many people wonder what that means so here's the answer:

I host three podcasts! They are The Scrap Gals Podcast with Tiffany and TracieMagic Memory Keepers: Documenting Your Disney Memories and...

I just started my third podcast, called Live Inspired. It's all about building a creative business and each week, I ask my guest, "When your job is to inspire others - how do YOU Live Inspired?" This show airs every Thursday.

I also have a new YouTube series to go along with Live Inspired. I post a new video every Friday inspired by that week's guest. 

I teach cards classes, beginner scrapbooking classes and host craft days at my local Hobby Lobby. I mainly do it because I like to help keep the crafty community alive and I enjoy setting aside time to just play.

I teach classes here on my blog. My first class was Easy Hand Lettering.

My next class is called Journal Your Life and will be available November 15th...

Journal Your Life is a good follow-up to the class I recently released at Big Picture Classes. It's called Start with the Story and you can find out more about it here. If you're not a member of BPC, you can get a FREE trial membership so you can take my class!

I also recently contributed to a class at Get It Scrapped with Debbie Hodge. It's all about Pocket Pages and it is chock-full of scrappy info! You can find out more about a membership at GIS here.

I'm a contributing blogger/designer for Write.Click.Scrapbook, a collaborative website with a group of ladies I've admired for a long while.

I spend my days chit-chatting in the Facebook group I host with Tiffany Lowder (my Scrap Gals Co-Host who is also one of my besties). This is a great group of 1,100+ ladies who love to talk all things scrappy. If you're looking for a place to hang out, join us!

As you can see, I'm a busy bee! Soon I'll be taking time off for the holidays, creating and sharing my 2015 December Daily project and gearing up for a big project in 2016.

I am SUPER EXCITED about what I have in store for you in 2016. My big project is something that's going to help all of us scrap faster and have more fun!

At the beginning of the year, I plan to release a collaboration class with one of my besties, Jen Schow. You can check her out here but if you do, get ready for some awesome scrappiness.

If you want to see samples of my work, here is a gallery. I love to make cards, mini-albums, pocket pages, art journals, artful memory planners and layouts. Oh! I also am obsessed with Disney. Here's a Disney album I made and I'm starting a new one soon.

So that's it. That's me. I hope you'll stop by and visit again soon!

Wednesday, September 09, 2015

join me for a live webinar!

Thursday, 9/10, at 4 pm Eastern time (3 pm Central), I will be interviewed by Debbie Hodge for Get It Scrapped. We'll be discussing my contribution to this awesome class/e-book:

Here's some more info:

In “Pocket Page Design” we take a look at the details of creating pocket pages–from favorite configuration to approaches for solid design to the specifics of working with basic page parts like photos, title, journaling, and embellishment. Guest teachers are Doris Sander, Adrienne Alvis, Tracie Claiborne, Amy Mallory and Amber Ries.
This class includes an eBook and a series of interviews and live office hours sessions with our five contributing teachers. 
Get It Scrapped offers a very extensive library of creative classes. If you're someone who wants to really grow in your design skills and look at your work critically to find areas you can progress in: this is the place for you! 
Follow this link to find more about membership! I hope to see you in the chat room for my live webinar!