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!!!

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! :)

If you'd like to subscribe and listen to Live Inspired in iTunes, here's a link!  If you're on Android, I recommend Pocket Casts as a podcast app.

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!