Friday, October 28, 2016

live inspired: jessica upton of colorcast designs

This week, on the Live Inspired podcast, the owner of Colorcast Designs, Jessica Upton, tells us all about how she started her business making acrylics and wood veneers. It is a fun and fascinating story that I know you will enjoy hearing. She also shares her story of getting started in the scrapbook business before she even knew how to scrapbook!

I had so much fun talking to Jessica! Isn't she a doll? I can see us being good friends going forward. She is a joyful, fun person that is so easy to talk to and she inspires me with her work ethic and talent.

The funny thing is, I have been so very busy that I failed to check out her Instagram feed until after the taping and when I did I was blown away!! Her work is perfection!!!!!! She is super talented and amazing!! I have actually gone to her IG three times today and just poured over her work. So clean and fresh and lovely.

You absolutely must check out her scrapbooking and her products. Fun, fun, fun.

Here's where to find Jessica and Colorcast online:

Colorcast Designs Website
Colorcast on Instagram
Jessica Upton on Instagram

Don't miss the chance to win a gift certificate. Click this link to visit her company IG account and comment on the post about this show.

Here's a peek at the newest version of Ready, Sketch, Go! Volume 3. Only four more days to catch it at the intro price!

Thursday, October 20, 2016

live inspired: cruise and crop review

How's it going with you? I've been missing in action a bit here but I have a good reason why. The first part of my October was spent teaching on a cruise with Crafty Jen Schow. You may have seen my barrage of photos on Instagram and if so, are wondering how it all went so Jen and I decided to tape an episode of Live Inspired to answer all the questions we've been getting. You can listen here:

As we say in the show, we are already making plans for a new cruise adventure in January 2018 so if you are interested in joining us, please comment below and let us know. The price will be around $600 per person for a 5 night, 6 day cruise plus a $200 crafting fee. We will have specific details soon so you can make a more informed decision.

To see loads of pictures from the cruise, check out my Instagram feed at this link. 

After the cruise, I was busy getting our life back in order and doing laundry from a 9 day vacation (we spent a few days in Florida). Because of that, I didn't have a Live Inspired last week but in case you missed the week before, I want to make sure you know about an awesome episode I taped with Andrea Gray aka Retrohipmama. She is so wonderful and the show so fun, I would hate for you to miss out on hearing it! Here's a player for that show...

I'm working hard on getting Ready, Sketch, Go! Volume 3 videos edited and uploaded so be sure to check back this Tuesday for the release of that class.

Thanks for listening and stopping by!

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....