EP. 27 // Planning, Family, Church, + Writing w/ Erica Canant

Let's keep the inspirational convos going, shall we?! We are thrilled to share the love & light of Amanda's really good friend, bae, boo, wittle deer, sister for another mister, bestie from Texie, Erica Canant, with ya'll today! (...who just had a birthday this past weekend! Happy Birthday!)

She is a mom of three, wife to Phil, writer, creative, #plannerbabe, Happy Planner® Design Team member, child of God, group leader, Crafty Ass Female to the MAX, super-force + modern woman in the world today, who loves lettering, Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber, face filters, lip-synching in the car with the kiddos, etc. She's all around awesome, with so much grace + wisdom to share!

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SUMMARY //

In this episode, Erica talks about choosing her 'YES's more wisely, making it a priority to be a good friend, the small group she + her husband lead in their home, & how God has revealed Himself to her through suffering.

The ladies also chat about the BOOK (!!!) Erica's in the process of writing, how she overcame the anxiety & was able to start, her break into the planning community, and quality over quantity on her personal social media channels! 

FAVORITE QUOTES FROM THE EP //

Erica's modern take on Church teachings:

"...when I'm unpacking the Bible, one thing that I want it to speak to is to women who DON'T know the Bible, is to women who DON'T believe in God, and they can be like, 'Whoa, THAT'S IN THERE?! Whoa, it talks about THAT?! Whoa, I totally relate to that! ...and I just had no idea because growing up I never heard the Bible taught in that way..." ...so I'm very passionate about...telling stories in the scripture about women because women are a vital, crucial, heart of the Bible..." 
  KAM ,  KRISTIN ,  MEGAN , &  AMY  planning   Awesome Ladies Live  2017  

Erica on comparison in the planner community:

"Man, I don't have, you know, 10,000 followers or 24,000 followers...when y'all chose me to be on the Design Team, I was like, 'WHY?!'...I do that comparison game...just getting over myself, getting over those things that I put in my head, or what others think about me. I think it's really easy in this community to care a little bit too much about what other people are thinking or saying..." 

Awesome Ladies Live // 

If you love this episode, and would love to be present at a LIVE taping of Crafty Ass Female, come join us at AWESOME LADIES LIVE! This event is a crafty weekend retreat hosted by Kristin and will be happening this year from August 17-19th in East Lansing, MI. Tickets are now available! A + K  hope to see you there!

AFTER-CHATTER SHOW //

You don't want to miss out on the AFTER-CHATTER SHOW for this episode! // Head to our Patreon page to sign up and hang out backstage with the girls + Erica getting real about tackling anxiety. 

PARTNERING w/ SUDIO // 

We've partnered with Sudio - a company who creates headphones that function as both a quality tech device and stylish accessory! // Amanda chose the Tre Pink design, Kristin chose the Regent Black style, + are LOVING them so far! 

Use our specific discount code CRAFTYASS15 to get 15% off any purchase you make from the website!  

EP. 26 // Diversity in Crafting + Choosing Joy w/ Nita Patterson

We are so honored to have Amanda's beautiful friend + fellow #plannerbabe, Nita Patterson, wife to 'a whole husband’, creative, child of God, fashionista extradordinare, super-force + modern woman in the world on the podcast today imparting inspiration + strength + life lessons + the most amazing wisdom.

This episode is dedicated to the loving memory of Christopher Aiden Patterson.  

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SUMMARY //

In this episode, Nita BRINGS IT and her light shines brighter than ever! She talks to A + K about how she's always been crafty, and how she got started in the planner community. Nita also shares her perspective on diversity in the crafting industry, and how being joyful through the tragedy of baby loss a IS A CHOICE. 

Also check out the ladies in their Patreon exclusive ‘After Chatter’ show, where you can sign up to watch a video of Amanda, Kristin, and Nita chat it up!

FAVORITE QUOTES FROM THE EP //

NITA ON DIVERSITY IN CRAFTING: 

OUT OF NECESSITY. "Being on The Happy Planner® Design Team kind of catapulted who I am in this planner community because again...there weren't a lot of women of color on the major design teams...women of color aren't represented...

...how many other amazing, super-creative women of color that I've met in this community that don't have a fraction of my following ...their work is not as recognized & they are amazing illustrators, scrapbookers, women that color with the copics... 

...part of that is I fit an image, and I've made it a point more to, like even with my natural hair...it's almost they're afraid if you're too strong, if you're too pro-black... you have to be very cautious of that... especally if you're on a PR team you are speaking on behalf of those brands, and for some of the women of color, they feel like some of the injustices and things that have gone on, they'd like to speak about them on their personal pages...but you risk not being able to represent these brands, or they don't want to be associated with that for FEAR that it's not as marketable, or it might rock the boat, or doesn't fit into this cookie-cut, this pristine brand that they have..."
 

NITA ON CHOOSING JOY:

"We can have pity parties in life, but again, it always takes me back to my grandmother saying: 'you need to leave your feelings under the pillows when you get up in the morning.' ...IT IS A CHOICE...usually in life, for me, when I've encountered tough situations, it has shaped me, in a way that only through experience you are able to do it. You can't take a shortcut...it's only through endurance you're able to get to the other side...the scripture tells us 'All things work together for good.'...it doesn't feel good to me, but God is still good...IT IS A CHOICE." 
 the innovative  DIY planner clips  Nita created that caught the attention of me & my BIG ideas 

the innovative DIY planner clips Nita created that caught the attention of me & my BIG ideas 

WE WOULD LOVE IT IF YOU LEFT US A WRITTEN REVIEW ON ITUNES HERE

Where to find Nita //

Instagram | YouTube | Apparel Shop

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SHOW NOTES //

@neatlyplanned
The Happy Planner™ 
Nita's DIY planner paper clips
• Ecclesiastes 9:10 hand verse
Lisa Frank stickers
Nita's bright planner pages
Barbie Rub & Color
Creative Card Angels
Black Women Who Plan & Create
BWWPC website
• Mary Burgess
@bwwpc on IG
The Honey B Shop
@thehoneybshop's Black Live Matter illustration 
Sweet Stamp Shop
Mommy Lhey Designs
A's EMPOWERED WOMEN haiku
Tammis Obsessions
Pop Art Gal Sticker Kit
The Happy Planner® SQUAD GOALS
Capital Chic Designs
Simply Me, Kish
Black Women Who Plan & Create National Conference
• Meka @yespleaseplanning
Heidi Swapp
Stephanie Fleming
Michael's Makers Team
A's Memory Keeping in The Happy Planner® class
Christopher Aiden Patterson 
@ourcitylights on losing her son, Max, HERE & HERE
Great Expectations & Miss Havisham
Grey's Anatomy
Weep Not by Dr. Michael D. Moore
Maranda Curtis

AFTER-CHATTER SHOW //

You don't want to miss out on the AFTER-CHATTER SHOW for this episode! // Head to our Patreon page to sign up and hang out backstage with the girls + Nita getting real about using affirmations. 

PARTNERING w/ SUDIO // 

We've partnered with Sudio - a company who creates headphones that function as both a quality tech device and stylish accessory! // Amanda chose the Tre Pink design, Kristin chose the Regent Black style, + are LOVING them so far! 

Use our specific discount code CRAFTYASS15 to get 15% off any purchase you make from the website!  

Awesome Ladies Live // 

If you love this episode, and would love to be present at a LIVE taping of Crafty Ass Female, come join us at AWESOME LADIES LIVE! This event is a crafty weekend retreat hosted by Kristin and will be happening this year from August 17-19th in East Lansing, MI. Tickets are now available! A + K  hope to see you there!

EP. 25 // Crafting + Kids w/ Megan Anderson

The best part about our month of May of guest interviews with some of the craftiest ass females we know is how wonderfully, wildly different lives all of us ladies lead, yet how interconnected EVEN STILL we truly are. 

We are honored to have Kristin's soul-lady + BFF, Megan Anderson, the creative behind The Nerd Nest, wife, mom & caretaker to many children of various ages, and memory keeper extraordinare on the podcast today to share what she knows about crafting + kids.

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SUMMARY //

In this episode, Megan discusses the different types of crafts she does with her kids, & how memory keeping plans changed during the fostering of her now-adopted daughter.

The ladies also chat about scrapbook albums Megan makes for herself + how mental health finds its way into our creative journeys in their Patreon exclusive ‘After Chatter’ show, where you can sign up to watch a video of them three chat it up!

FAVORITE QUOTES FROM THE EP //

Megan on being resourceful:

"...a lot of it is learning how to do things myself...I have to be really flexible with my time & try to figure out how to fit craftiness in & how to fit my own personal time in with my life with my kids ...I have to adapt to some difficult life curveballs..." 

Megan on being a mom in 2018:

"There's no rule book for being a parent of children in the age of the internet." 

Awesome Ladies Live // 

This event is a crafty weekend retreat hosted by Kristin and will be happening this year from August 17-19th in East Lansing, MI. Tickets are now available! Kristin + Amanda + Megan will all be there!

AFTER-CHATTER SHOW //

You don't want to miss out on the AFTER-CHATTER SHOW for this episode! // Head to our Patreon page to sign up and hang out backstage with the girls + Megan and get real about crafting with kids in your physical space and how mental health creeps its way into our creative journeys, especially during PMS. 

PARTNERING w/ SUDIO // 

We've partnered with Sudio - a company who creates headphones that function as both a quality tech device and stylish accessory! // Amanda chose the Tre Pink design, Kristin chose the Regent Black style, + are LOVING them so far! 

Use our specific discount code CRAFTYASS15 to get 15% off any purchase you make from the website!  

EP. 24 // A + K interview Ali Edwards

In honor of National Scrapbook Day coming up this weekend, the ladies of Crafty Ass Female bring you our personal memory keeping hero, the goddess of scrapbooking: Ali Edwards. (!!!)

Ali's passion resides in that very special place where the stories and images of life intersect. Her work includes memory keeping product and project design, teaching, and blogging. Author of four books about memory keeping, Ali is well known for authentically capturing everyday life with photos and words and creating memory keeping projects from those moments that pass by in an instant. 

This episode kicks off our month of May of guest interviews with some of the craftiest ass females we know! YES!

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SUMMARY //

In this episode, Ali discusses details about how she got started in the paper crafting industry, the inspiration behind her new Story Planner line, and her Week in the Life™ project - taking place next week, starting Monday, May 7th through May 13th.

The ladies also chat about social media in their Patreon exclusive ‘After Chatter’ show, where you can sign up to watch a video of them three chat it up!

Week in the Life™ // 

ALI on Week in the Life™ :

"I am the main character in this story...it's all from my perspective. The other people around me are all these supporting characters..."

FAVORITE QUOTES FROM THE EP //

ALI on being resourceful:

"Quick decision making...has been good for me in lots of ways...most of the projects that I do, I finish them, and part of that is because I don't spend a lot of time hemming and hawing...I have come to the conclusion that it's going to be good enough. I think that that serves me really well in moving forward with the stories that I'm telling, and getting to tell lots of other stories because I'm not stuck back here trying to figure out...trying to choose which photo of the ten photos...one photo is going to go in there and it's going to be good." 

ALI on having seasons for her stories & creativity:

"There are times when I've got nothing! There's a whole lot of nothing coming out, and a whole lot of Netflix going in!"

AFTER-CHATTER SHOW //

You don't want to miss out on the AFTER-CHATTER SHOW for this episode! 

Head to our Patreon page to sign up and hang out backstage with the girls + Ali as they share their feelings about social media, and Ali relates it to business and her family. 

PARTNERING w/ SUDIO // 

You guys! We're partnering with Sudio - a company who creates headphones that function as both a quality tech device and stylish accessory! // Amanda chose the Tre Pink design, Kristin chose the Regent Black style, + are LOVING them so far! 

Use our specific discount code CRAFTYASS15 to get 15% off any purchase you make from the website!  

EP. 23 // Podcasting + Patreon

Amanda + Kristin have been hosting this podcast for the past four months & releasing a show (or two) every week for your listening pleasure. In this episode, the girls talk about the growth + evolution that's taken place in such a short amount of time, and how bringing Crafty Ass Female to Patreon was the logical next step.

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SUMMARY //

In this episode you'll hear A + K:

  • express gratitude to you listeners
  • discuss typing an idea vs. talking it out
  • relate how podcasting has helped them find their voices
  • talk about podcasting as a medium
  • SPILL THE BEANS on next week's show w/ our very first interviewee (IT'S BIG!!!) 
  • explain about our Patreon page + how you can get access to exclusive content

So, What is Patreon?

"Patreon is a membership platform that makes it easy for artists and creators to get paid." 

For A + K though,  Patreon is where our community is going to live. It is where the conversations started in each episode will be continued & built upon in a 'bonus content' type of format. It is where our listeners will get the opportunity to invest in a way that will have a direct link to special features and activities A + K will provide. . It's underdogs supporting underdogs, and we kinda like that. We need to stick together 4eva, don't you agree? // xoxo

WE WOULD LOVE IT IF YOU LEFT US A WRITTEN REVIEW ON ITUNES HERE

SHOW NOTES //

Kramer's different entrances on Seinfeld
fireside.fm (thanks, Dan!)
A's 'Creativity is...' haiku
Ali + Katie (we're on first name basis now)
Crafty Ass Madness
old school patronage + "patron of the arts"
A working for We R Memory Keepers
A working for me & my BIG ideas
Starving Artist podcast + her last episode
Everybody (Backstreet's Back)
Am I There Yet? by Mari Andrew
Austin Kleon + his books
K's original Awesome Ladies
PBS + Jerry Lewis (<--that's who A couldn't think of)
@craftyassfemale on Instagram
Crafty Ass Female on facebook
@craftyassfemale on twitter

PARTNERING w/ SUDIO // 

You guys! We're partnering with Sudio - a company who creates headphones that function as both a quality tech device and stylish accessory! 

Amanda chose the Tre Pink design, Kristin chose the Regent Black style, + are LOVING them so far! 

Use our specific discount code CRAFTYASS15 to get 15% off any purchase you make from the website!  

 

AFTER-CHATTER SHOW //

The AFTER-CHATTER SHOW for this episode will be the first ever to be accessible to everybody, patron of Crafty Ass Female or not!

Head to our Patreon page to hang out backstage with A + K as they chat more about podcasting + Patreon, and how YOU can get involved. Kristin shares her screen + shows you how to navigate  the page so you can be ready to watch/listen to next week's AFTER-CHATTER with the one, the only...ALI EDWARDS! Believe us, you won't want to miss it. 

EP. 22 // A + K talk Mental Health

A lot of people suffer from anxiety + depression their entire life, but never understand what they are experiencing can be an illness -- until fear + hopelessness flood every inch of their body + there is a blaring sign that SOMETHING. IS. WRONG. 

We hope today's episode sheds light on why you might feel the way you feel, and let you know you're not alone. It is our part of this cultural movement to destigmatize mental illness & bring awareness to how the struggle w/ it is 100% REAL and common. <3 We are all in this together, friends.

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SUMMARY //

In this episode you'll hear Amanda + Kristin talk about their mental health history, what they've learned along the way, & different things that have helped.

AFTER-CHATTER SHOW //

Want to hear even more? This season A + K are bringing you behind-the-scenes after every episode with their brand new AFTER CHATTER show exclusively available to Patreon supporters.

Head to our Patreon page to start hanging out backstage with A + K as they discuss what went down after this week's episode. It feels just like we're besties casually hanging out. See ya there! // xoxo

PARTNERING w/ SUDIO // 

You guys! We're partnering with Sudio - a company who creates headphones that function as both a quality tech device and stylish accessory! 

Amanda chose the Tre Pink design, Kristin chose the Regent Black style, + are LOVING them so far! 

Use our specific discount code CRAFTYASS15 to get 15% off any purchase you make from the website!  

EP. 21 // #Thursday3 + taking SELFIES

Here on Crafty Ass Female, particular themes seem to make their way into a lot of our episodes. Some of those themes include social media, the comparison trap, and fun creative challenges to try! Those themes can be found in today's episode as well "...but FIRST lemme take a selfie." ...

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SUMMARY //

In this episode you'll hear Amanda + Kristin talking about selfies + Kristin's #Thursday3 weekly selfie challenge where she calls you to:

(1) take + post a photo of yourself, 
(2) share three 'right now' things, and
(3) tag three of your friends to do the same

Kristin defends feeling awkward in photos, makes excellent points on why taking a photo of yourself is better than having others take a photo of you, & provides a tip for taking 'mirror' selfies!

FAVORITE QUOTES THIS EP //

"Selifes are - more than anything - a way to control your own image. In a world that really tries to control your own image especially women, especially women's bodies...take back control with photos of yourself." -- KRISTIN

A + K's past #thursday3 //

SOME OF KRISTIN'S #THURSDAY3:
HERE | HERE | HERE | HERE | HERE

SOME OF AMANDA'S #THURSDAY3:
HERE | HERE | HERE | HERE | HERE

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OMG! Look at this selfie of Kristin on the left & a fan drawing of it by @lifethroughjournals! SO GOOD!

SHOW NOTES //

#Thursday3
Kam from Campfire Chic
Ali Edward's Day in the Life®
Ali Edward's Week in the Life®
Awesome Ladies Live 2017
Sebastian Maniscalco's skit on selfies
You Can Heal Your Life by Louise Hay
• Sarah R. Bagley's podcast
Sarah's bath self-timed photo
Erin Little's photo
Erin's Intuition podcast episode
K's soul-lady Megan Anderson
Project Life®
A's sudio headphones 
K's #100DaysofAllAboutMe

PARTNERING w/ SUDIO SWEDEN // 

You guys! We're partnering with Sudio - a company who creates headphones that function as both a quality tech device and stylish accessory! 

Amanda chose the Tre Pink design, Kristin chose the Regent Black style, + are LOVING them so far! 

Use our specific discount code CRAFTYASS15 to get 15% off any purchase you make from the website!  

AFTER-CHATTER SHOW //

Want to hear even more? This season A + K are bringing you behind-the-scenes after every episode with their brand new AFTER CHATTER show exclusively available to Patreon supporters.

Head to our Patreon page to start hanging out backstage with A + K as they discuss what went down after this week's episode. It feels just like we're besties casually hanging out. See ya there! // xoxo

CALL TO ACTION // 

We want to see your beautiful face + read three random facts about your life right now. This THURSDAY (or any day really) participate + spread the word on Instagram about Kristin's #Thursday3! Cheers, friends!

EP. 19 // Crafty Ass Madness, PART 04 - TOOLS

In our A + K's FAVE SUPPLIES episode, we asked you babes to fill out a survey of what your favorite TOP 5 go-to supplies are! We collected the data, organized all of it into groups + themes, and The Crafty Ass Madness Spring Event was born - pitting your crafting essentials against one another to see what wins out! In today's episode we're talking about the supplies we categorize as TOOLS...the supplies that we need in order to make most every other crafty thing happen.

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WHAT IS CRAFTY ASS MADNESS? //

Crafty Ass Madness is a four-week tournament-style challenge where we’ll be pitting your favorite craft supplies against one another in a single-elimination bracket-style showdown.

HOW TO PLAY ALONG

This is the FINAL WEEK of our Crafty Ass Madness themed episodes (on color, paper, embellishments, and tools) + today is the last round of voting on your most favored/preferred crafty supplies of the bunch. 

We’ve gone from 32 Crafty Ass Supplies three weeks ago, to 16 two weeks ago, 8 last week, our very own Crafty Ass Female Final Four this week, and next week...we’ll crown the WINNER! Head over to craftyassfemale.com/madness to vote on which of the final four you think should claim the top spot.

BONUS: Download the Crafty Ass Madness bracket, make it awesome, and share with the world! We've made two styles of brackets for you to choose from:

Bring it up on your device, print it out, fill it out, be as creative as you want! Post it on Instagram, tag us @craftyassfemale and make sure to use the event hashtag #CraftyAssMadness! (You girls have been rockin' it!)

'TOOLS' MENTIONED //

TAPE RUNNER
TAPE GUN
PAPER TRIMMER
BLACK PEN
SCISSORS

TINY STAPLER
PUNCHES
CLEAR BLOCK

AFTER-CHATTER SHOW //

Want to hear even more? This season A + K are bringing you behind-the-scenes after every episode with their brand new AFTER CHATTER show exclusively available to Patreon supporters. 

This is a fun way for us to give back to our closest fans and subscribers. When you support the show, you're helping us build this community from the ground up into a place that we all want to hang out!

Head to our Patreon page to start hanging out backstage with A + K as they discuss what went down after this week's episode. It feels just like we're besties casually hanging out. // xoxo

CALL TO ACTION // 

Crafty Ass Madness is on its final week! Click over to craftyassfemale.com/madness to download your bracket (if you haven't already) + vote for your favorite supplies in this second week of our showdown! 

BONUS GIVEAWAY // 

Each week you participate in our spring event, you'll automatically be entered to win an AMAZON GIFT CARD! 

EP. 20 // #The100DayProject

Elle Luna + Lindsey Jean Thompson, the creators of #The100DayProject, define the challenge as such: a free global art project that anyone can participate in.  That is something we can TOTALLY get on board with.

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SUMMARY //

In this episode you'll hear Amanda + Kristin talk about their past experiences with #The100DayProject, share what artistic endeavor each is planning for this round of 100 days, and give a bunch of suggestions for how YOU can participate!

FAVORITE QUOTES THIS EP //

"I don't feel the need to go off an do a 'ME' project right now...I really really really want to do an 'US' project." -- KRISTIN

100 DAYS of ALL ABOUT ME //

NOTE FROM KRISTIN: Guys! I invite you to reflect on your personal stories with a single prompt about your life per day for 100 days! 

Here's How it Works:

SHOW NOTES //

The100DayProject.org
Elle Luna
Lindsey Jean Thompson
#The100DayProject
K's 100 introspective questions in her TN
The Scrap Gals podcast + FB page
Tiffany Lowder + Tracie Claiborne
Kristin's EP on The Scrap Gals podcast
K's stamped 100 Days 'All About Me'
elise joy & The 100 Day Project
elise's 100 pep talks + HER BOOK
• elise's #100plantsonfabric + quilt
adesignkit app 
A's 100 Days of Paper Play attempt
my mint minibook for #30lists
round 1 of 100 Days of Refreshment (FAIL)
100 Days of Refreshment (SUCCESS)
#100DaysofRefreshment printable + blog post
Hannah from The Happy Planner®
on low-impact projects
What is a haiku?
Melody Hansen
Rupi Kaur
Morgan Haper Nichols
Adam J. Kurtz
#100daysofkplovenotes
• Tiffany Han's #ayearoftruthtalks

PARTNERING w/ SUDIO SWEDEN // 

You guys! We're partnering with Sudio - a company who creates headphones that function as both a quality tech device and stylish accessory! 

Amanda chose the Tre Pink design, Kristin chose the Regent Black style, + are LOVING them so far! 

Use our specific discount code CRAFTYASS15 to get 15% off any purchase you make from the website!  

CALL TO ACTION // 

Do you plan on participating in #The100DayProject this round? If so - will it be your first time, or have you participated in the past? Tell us! Tell us! 

AFTER-CHATTER SHOW //

Want to hear even more? This season A + K are bringing you behind-the-scenes after every episode with their brand new AFTER CHATTER show exclusively available to Patreon supporters. This week we're diving even deeper into what we're hoping for our personal 100 Day projects and some of our best (and hardest) lessons learned. 

Head to our Patreon page to start hanging out backstage with A + K as they discuss what went down after this week's episode. It feels just like we're besties casually hanging out. See ya there! // xoxo

EP. 18 // Crafty Ass Madness, PART 03 - EMBELLISHMENTS

In our A + K's FAVE SUPPLIES episode, we asked you babes to fill out a survey of what your favorite TOP 5 go-to supplies are! We collected the data, organized all of it into groups + themes, and The Crafty Ass Madness Spring Event was born - pitting your crafting essentials against one another to see what wins out! In today's episode we're talking about the supplies we use to EMBELLISH!

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WHAT IS CRAFTY ASS MADNESS? //

Crafty Ass Madness is a four-week tournament-style challenge where we’ll be pitting your favorite craft supplies against one another in a single-elimination bracket-style showdown.

HOW TO PLAY ALONG

These next couple of weeks, after our Crafty Ass Madness themed episodes have aired (on color, paper, embellishments, and tools) there will be a round of voting on your most favored crafty supplies of the bunch. 

We’ve gone from 32 Crafty Ass Supplies two weeks ago, to 16 last week, 8 this week, and next week we’ll have our very own Crafty Ass Female Final Four! Head over to craftyassfemale.com/madness to vote on the next round of supplies right now.

BONUS: Download the Crafty Ass Madness bracket, make it awesome, and share with the world! We've made two styles of brackets for you to choose from:

Bring it up on your device, print it out, fill it out, be as creative as you want! Post it on Instagram, tag us @craftyassfemale and make sure to use the event hashtag #CraftyAssMadness! (You girls have been rockin' it!)

'EMBELLISHMENTS' MENTIONED //

STICKERS
LETTER STICKERS
STAMPS
WASHI TAPE

CHIPBOARD
WOOD VENEER
ENAMEL DOTS
EPHEMERA
LABELS

AFTER-CHATTER SHOW //

Want to hear even more? This season A + K are bringing you behind-the-scenes after every episode with their brand new AFTER CHATTER show exclusively available to Patreon supporters. 

This is a fun way for us to give back to our closest fans and subscribers. When you support the show, you're helping us build this community from the ground up into a place that we all want to hang out!

Head to our Patreon page to start hanging out backstage with A + K as they discuss what went down after this week's episode. It feels just like we're besties casually hanging out. // xoxo

CALL TO ACTION // 

Crafty Ass Madness is on week 3! Click over to craftyassfemale.com/madness to download your bracket (if you haven't already) + vote for your favorite supplies in this second week of our showdown! 

BONUS GIVEAWAY // 

Each week you participate in our spring event, you'll automatically be entered to win an AMAZON GIFT CARD! 

EP. 17 // Crafty Ass Madness, PART 02 - PAPER

In our A + K's FAVE SUPPLIES episode, we asked you babes to fill out a survey of what your favorite TOP 5 go-to supplies are! We collected the data, organized all of it into groups + themes, and The Crafty Ass Madness Spring Event was born - pitting your crafting essentials against one another to see what wins outs! In today's episode we're talking about PAPER supplies!

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WHAT IS CRAFTY ASS MADNESS? //

Crafty Ass Madness is a four-week tournament-style challenge where we’ll be pitting your favorite craft supplies against one another in a single-elimination bracket-style showdown.

HOW TO PLAY ALONG

For the next three weeks, after another one of our Crafty Ass Madness themed episodes air (on color, paper, embellishments, and tools) there will be a round of voting on your most favored crafty supplies of the bunch. 

We’ve gone from 32 Crafty Ass Supplies last week to 16 this week, 8 next week after, and then we’ll have our very own Crafty Ass Female Final Four! Head over to craftyassfemale.com/madness to vote on the next round of supplies right now.

BONUS: Download the Crafty Ass Madness bracket, make it awesome, and share with the world! We've made two styles of brackets for you to choose from:

Bring it up on your device, print it out, fill it out, be as creative as you want! Post it on Instagram, tag us @craftyassfemale and make sure to use the event hashtag #CraftyAssMadness! (You girls have been rockin' it!)

'PAPER' SUPPLIES MENTIONED //

PATTERNED PAPER
CARDSTOCK
PHOTO PAPER
SKETCHBOOKS
NOTEBOOKS
PLANNERS
VINTAGE 'FOUND' PAPER

AFTER-CHATTER SHOW //

Want to hear even more? This season A + K are bringing you behind-the-scenes after every episode with their brand new AFTER CHATTER show exclusively available to Patreon supporters. 

This is a fun way for us to give back to our closest fans and subscribers. When you support the show, you're helping us build this community from the ground up into a place that we all want to hang out!

Head to our Patreon page to start hanging out backstage with A + K as they discuss what went down after this week's episode. It feels just like we're besties casually hanging out. xoxo

 

CALL TO ACTION // 

Crafty Ass Madness is on week 2! Click over to craftyassfemale.com/madness to download your bracket (if you haven't already) and vote for your favorite supplies in this second week of our showdown! 

BONUS GIVEAWAY // 

Each week you participate in our madness challenge, you'll automatically be entered to win an AMAZON GIFT CARD! 

EP. 16 // Crafty Ass Madness, PART 01 - COLOR

In our A + K's FAVE SUPPLIES episode, we asked you babes to fill out a survey of what your favorite TOP 5 go-to supplies are! We collected the data, organized all of it into groups + themes, and The Crafty Ass Madness Challenge was born - pitting your crafting essentials against one another to see what wins outs! In today's episode we're talking about the supplies we use to add COLOR (oh sweet COLOR) to our projects!

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WHAT IS CRAFTY ASS MADNESS? //

Crafty Ass Madness is a four-week tournament-style challenge where we’ll be pitting your favorite craft supplies against one another in a single-elimination bracket-style showdown.

HOW TO PLAY ALONG

For the next four weeks, after each of our Crafty Ass Madness themed episodes air (on color, paper, embellishments, and tools) there will be a round of voting on your most favored crafty supplies of the bunch. 

We’ll go from 32 Crafty Ass Supplies this week to 16 next week, 8 the week after, and then we’ll have our very own Crafty Ass Female Final Four! Head over to Craftyassfemale.com/madness to vote right now.

Download the Crafty Ass Madness bracket, make it awesome, and share with the world! We've made two styles of brackets for you to choose from:

Bring it up on your device, print it out, fill it out, be as creative as you want! Post it on Instagram, tag us @craftyassfemale and make sure to use the event hashtag #CraftyAssMadness!

SHOW NOTES //

Michigan looks like a hand
Versafine Stamping Ink
Blick
personalized wine glass DIY
K's Crafty Ass Female scrapbook
Paint Nite
Bob Ross
Jane Davenport
Prima
Get Messy Art Journal
Ali Edwards
Martha Stewart
A + her sis pumpkin painting
Melody Hansen
medicine dropper as a crafty tool
rubberstamps.com
Paper Source

AFTER-CHATTER SHOW //

This episode kicked off Season 2 of the podcast, and a fun new feature we've added this season is our AFTER-CHATTER show! 

Head to our Patreon page to gain exclusive access to a short video of A + K's after-chatter on this episode & feel like we're besties casually hanging out. xoxo

CALL TO ACTION // 

Crafty Ass Madness has officially begun! Click over to craftyassfemale.com/madness to download your bracket and vote for your favorite supplies in Week One of our showdown! 

BONUS! Each week you particpate in our madness challenge, you'll automatically be entered to win an AMAZON GIFT CARD.

BONUS BONUS GIVEAWAY! Print out the Crafty Ass Madness bracket printable and share it on Instagram by March 18th! Be sure to tag @craftyassfemale + #craftyassmadness!

EP. 15 // Spring Cleaning + Organization

Happy first Monday of March!  We are only six days away from Daylight Savings beginning + functioning on summer's timing! YAAAASSSSSSSSSSS! A + K can't think of a better time to get motivated to spruce up your space! 

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SUMMARY //

Amanda + Kristin chat about clutter-busting, organizing their space, cleaning the eff up, & how it all contributes to a better state of mind + your craftiest self! Cheers to that!

A + K CALL YOU TO THINK ABOUT:
• What do you display VS. what do you hide?
• STORAGE STORAGE STORAGE!  
• Tossing what you haven't 'touched' in 6-months
• What belongs where? 
• How you can alleviate environmental 'roadblocks'
• Thinking 'outside the box' for creative storage
• Repurposing cardboard boxes for storage

FAVORITE QUOTE FROM THIS EP //

"Don't underestimate the power of having a place for something...splurge on 'the place for something'...I am one of those people that negotiates in my head why I don't need it, but we're trying to give you permission to buy certain things that could be helpful..." -- Amanda

K's #TIMESUP LEGAL FUND CONTRIBUTION // 

At the end of this episode, K mentions the #metoomovement + references #timesup. Here's some more information about the TIME'S UP Legal Defense Fund, which she'll be donating 50% of the proceeds from her destash sale and the me too movement that inspired this spark of dialog to begin. 

TIME'S UP Legal Defense Fund helps to defray legal and public relations costs in select cases for those who have experienced sexual harassment or related retaliation in the workplace. The Fund is housed at and administered by the National Women’s Law Center, an established, national women’s rights legal organization. A network of lawyers and public relations professionals across the country will work to provide assistance to those who have experienced harassment or retaliation.  Access to prompt and comprehensive legal and communications help will mean empowerment for these individuals and long-term growth for our culture and communities as a whole. 

The National Women’s Law Center will connect individuals who have experienced sexual harassment in the workplace or related retaliation with attorneys who can provide legal assistance including a free initial consultation.

The Me Too Movement In 2006, Tarana Burke founded the me too. movement to help survivors of sexual violence, particularly young women of color from low wealth communities, find pathways to healing. Using the idea of “empowerment through empathy,” the me too. movement was ultimately created to ensure survivors know they're not alone in their journey.

PURCHASE DESTASH BOXES HERE

A LITTLE 'THANK YOU' TO OUR LISTENERS // 

You guys! This 15th episode marks the END of the first season of Crafty Ass Female! Thank you for tuning in, for all your positivity + support + good vibes, and for sharing the show on your social media. 

Season 2 begins next week without a hitch! We're debuting our brand-new patreon-exclusive Crafty Ass Female After Chatter show and we're kicking off with the first episode of our Crafty Ass Madness series discussing the supplies you ladies submitted in the survey that was a part of our A + K's FAVE SUPPLIES episode! We are looking forward to expanding the podcast with a buttload of fun ideas including (but not limited to) guests interviews + the Crafty Ass Bookclub! 

We've also recently created the following new places to connect with the Crafty Ass Female community: INSTAGRAMTWITTERFACEBOOK, AND PATREON!!! All the love! xoxo

EP. 14 // Comparison-itis

Do you got the 'ITIS'? ...you know...that monster inside your head that makes it reeeeaaallly hard NOT to compare yourself to other crafters, artists, and humans who you feel are just doing better than you are. There's a definite difference between feeling INSPIRED by who someone is + what they do, and catching the ITIS about it.

  above image credit:   Mari Andrew  |  @bymariandrew

above image credit: Mari Andrew | @bymariandrew

SUMMARY //

In this episode you'll hear Amanda + Kristin talk about the 'rut of the mind' called COMPARISON-ITIS.

They touch on a variety of topics including:
• looking 'behind the curtain' of Design Teams
• tapping into yourself for joy
• knowing + setting up boundaries
• unfollowing those that don't serve your emotions
• the pressure of 'timelines'
• having a growth mindset vs. stuck mindset
• meditation - different types + how they help

FAVORITE QUOTE FROM THIS EP //

"When you feel like you are comparing your lows to someone else's highs, it's just not working for you...just don't..." -- KRISTIN 

CALL TO ACTION // 

Is comparison-itis getting you down?! If so, SHARE your thoughts & how you're dealing with it.

WHAT'S NEW w/ CRAFTY ASS FEMALE:
The podcast is happily growing + we've recently created the following new places to connect with us: INSTAGRAM, TWITTERFACEBOOK, AND PATREON!!!!

We've set up a PATREON page where you, the Crafty Ass Female community, can help support the rapid growth of our show with amazing rewards, great bonus content, and exclusive behind-the-scenes stuff you won't see anywhere else! You can listen (AND WATCH!) our the first exclusive Patreon episode: Where We're Going + How We're Taking You With Us. 


EP. 13 // A + K's FAVE Must-Have Go-To Craft Supplies

Oh, craft supplies! We love you! ...but for this particular episode, we wanted to focus on these two questions: What do you absolutely NEED to have by your side when crafting? and What do you NEVER STOP using?

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SUMMARY //

In this episode you'll hear Amanda + Kristin share what 5 must-have tools/supplies they need by their side when crafting, and how the items they choose would have been different if they chose years ago. (So funny how crafting evolves.)

A'S FAVES //

(1) Tombow Permanent Adhesive runner
(2) Fiskars Paper Trimmer
(3) Mildliners / Mr. Sketch pastels
(4) decorative sticky notes + basic sticky notes
(5) tweezer / BIC white out runner / mini scissors
WILD CARD: Crayola Slick Stix

K's FAVES //

(1) Scotch Advanced Tape Glider (ATG)
(2) Versafine Onyx Black Ink
(3) acrylic block(s) for stamping
(4) 6-hole hole punch
(5) alpha/number stickers + Pilot multiball pen
WILD CARD: 48-set Watercolor tubes

YOUR 5 FAVES & A GIVEAWAY !!! // 


**GIVEAWAY HAS SINCE CLOSED** // Click over to craftyassfemale.com/madness and list your personal 5 FAVE must-have go-to craft supplies! Your items could be similar to or completely different from the bunch A + K talked about in this episode, but be truthful, participate, and submit your answers!

BONUS! When you fill out the form, you'll automatically be entered to win a GIVEAWAY prize pack of some of A+K's FAVE SUPPLIES delivered right to your door! YAY! xoxo **GIVEAWAY HAS SINCE CLOSED**


EP. 12 // Galentine's Day + making adult friends

Ovaries before Brovaries! Uteruses before Dude-eruses! The spirit of Galentine's Day is alive on this podcast everyday since we love to celebrate you ladies, but today dives in to the specifics of the holiday + talks FRIENDSHIP. 

EP 12 - Galentine's Day

DISCLAIMER: Please note that Amanda's audio is a bit choppy in this episode + we apologize for any annoyance or inconvenience it might cause in your listening. We figured out what the problem was, and in future episodes, it is fixed. We appreciate your understanding on this matter. Thanks, babes!

SUMMARY //

Amanda + Kristin quote Leslie Knope, talk about friendships, the role social media plays, and why it's hard to make adult friends nowadays. A lot of things come into play.

WHY IT'S SO HARD TO MAKE ADULT FRIENDS // 

We're introverts! - Being around people IRL drains us! Nowadays the Internet allows us to make friends without the eye-contact and other cultural cues needed, that our brains are no longer wired for face-to-face interactions anymore.

• You visit adultfriendfinder.com + think it's an easy place on the internet to make life-long friends. Nope! (Meetup.com is better.)

• We get older + wiser, and no longer want to associate with people who partake in unnecessary drama or make us feel anything but energized.

We're all freakishly busy! Adulting is hard + expensive, & we as women CAN DO ANYTHING, but we're often pigeonholed in our lives into doing EVERYTHING! (Where do friends come in?)

SHOW NOTES //

Galentine's Day
Leslie Knope explaining Galentine's Day
13 signs you're an empath
Brandi Kincaid's IG "Give What You Need"
meme on friends + photos
Eleanor Roosevelt quote
Runaway Bride + the eggs
HAPPY documentary 
Denmark's Co-Housing
"women must do everything" article

CALL TO ACTION // 

We created some DIGITAL GALENTINES for ya!! Share one or two or ALL of the images below to your social media feed + tag your gal pals on the saying that applies to them. 

FREE PRINTABLE GALENTINES //

ALSO: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR NEWSLETTER to receive the FREE PRINT PAGE of 3x4 pocket card designs of the graphics to memory keep your sistas from other misters!

EP. 11 // 30 Days of Lists + low impact projects

#ListersGonnaList because DUH! we crafty ass females have a bunch of things to get done and we need to get them done efficiently! But what if the idea of lists could be reframed in our heads and thought of as creative exercise? ...a very low-impact, manageable way to get crafty? A + K say YES, PLEASE!

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DISCLAIMER: Please note that Amanda's audio is a bit choppy in this episode + we apologize for any annoyance or inconvenience it might cause in your listening. Let's use this as a friendly reminder that we have no big company backing, no fancy equipment, no specialized team of talent & we're learning as we go. We will adjust + make improvements as time goes on, & appreciate your understanding on this matter. Thanks, babes!

SUMMARY //

Amanda + Kristin talk about the creative listing challenge entitled 30 Days of Lists. They touch on prepping your #30lists album, how the challenge works, how they've participated in the past, and the benefits of these type of low-impact projects with an established community backing.

FAVORITE QUOTE FROM THIS EP //

"The initial low-impact exercise of just grouping these images ends up - when you reflect and look at them - giving you clues into things you didn't even realize 'cause they're all subconscious. In the choosing and the writing of the list or the choosing of the images, things are happening and themes from your life are popping up that maybe you wouldn't have seen just when you're trying to think about them. The act of making the list or picking the images is what ends up fleshing out the themes...doing the work..." -- Amanda

KRISTIN'S PAST #30LISTS BLOG POSTS  //  AMANDA'S PAST PARTICIPATION HERE + HERE

CALL TO ACTION // 

Have you ever used a list in a creative way? If so, link to your creations in the comments! Will you be participating in 30 Days of Lists next month, and if so - will it be your first time, or have you participated in the past? Tell us! Tell us! 

ALSO: We're all in this together! We want to tackle the topics YOU want to hear about, and are opened to any suggestions + heartfelt feedback. You can leave them in the comments below or contact Amanda or Kristin with your thoughts. Thanks! xoxo

EP. 10 // Why We Scrapbook

Paper + memories. Memories + paper. A + K  have a deep love & affinity for both, and chances are you crafty ass females visiting this space today do too. Let's discuss!  // (NOTE: the pages below were completed in the Awesome Ladies Project Story Journal.)

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SUMMARY //

Amanda + Kristin explore why we as crafty ass females scrapbook / document / memory keep our life. They talk about how their memory keeping has evolved, and discuss documenting hard things.

A + K also explain that although they are ALL ABOUT paper + memories, you won't find them spending every waking moment posing + taking pictures for 'the scrapbook.' Life events are meant to be lived. The 'art' part comes later.

FAVORITE QUOTE FROM THIS EP //

"Taking a picture is a two-dimensional thing...a picture is a two-dimensional object...and sometimes you just really need to live in a three-dimensional world." -- Kristin

CALL TO ACTION // 

We would love to hear why you memory keep!  What are your reasons? How long have you scrapbooked? What started you scrapbooking? What has made you stay? If you left, what brought you back to it!

ALSO: We're all in this together! We want to tackle the topics YOU want to hear about, and are opened to any suggestions + heartfelt feedback. You can leave them in the comments below or contact Amanda or Kristin with your thoughts. Thanks! xoxo

EP. 09 // Crafter's Block + Creative Ruts

As crafty ass females, who love sharing our creativity with world, there's very little more frustrating than sitting down to make something beautiful and coming up with diddly squat! 

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SUMMARY //

Crafter's block + creative ruts are very real, and Amanda + Kristin talk about ones they've experienced, and how they worked through them.

9 TIPS FROM EP. 09 FOR HOW TO COMBAT CRAFTER'S BLOCK //

(1) Do something totally different. Kristin plays video games. Amanda goes dancing. Other activities: gardening, cooking, going for a walk, listening to a podcast, read a book, running.

(2) Talk back to the negative self-talk. Kristin says, "You DO know how to do this. You need to stop psyching yourself out."

(3) Create without judgement. (Yes, easier said than done.) Make what's in you to make, despite feeling like it isn't any good. (see Ira Glass quote HERE ---> )

(4) Limit the supplies you are using to create with. When you get stuck in the 'making' part, step away + create a 'kit' of supplies from your existing stash to reignite motivation.

(5) Prompts + challenges. Participating in these gives you guidelines to follow + a group to pull inspiration from. Knowing the 'rules' allows you to know which ones to break.

(6) Let go of things that aren't working. Let activities that feel like roadblocks turn you toward what's working with better flow for you.

(7) Make for the sake of making + try a different medium.  

(8) Get a crafting buddy! When you get stuck mid-project or lack motivation, being able to contact another creative will give you a second perspective to work with.

(9) Wait it out. Ideas + projects sometimes need time to marinate before they 'click'. 

SHOW NOTES //

Imposter Syndrome
Overwatch
• Liz Gilbert's HOBBY/JOB/CAREER/VOCATION post 
Ira Glass quote on "your taste"
decision fatigue
the lettering trend
Amanda lays alphas like nobody's business
Clique Kits interview
A's Love Notes collection
pineapple paper in It Factor
multipotentialites

IRA GLASS'S QUOTE THAT APPLIES TO THIS EPISODE // 

“Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase, they quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know its normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you will finish one story. It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions. And I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I’ve ever met. It’s gonna take awhile. It’s normal to take awhile. You’ve just gotta fight your way through.”

CALL TO ACTION // 

What has been your experience with crafter's block? How often do you get into a creative rut? Which piece of advice from this episode did you find most helpful? // Let us know in the comments section below, or tag @rukristin, @amandarosezamp, & #craftyassfemale on Instagram with your thoughts. // xoxo


EP. 08 // What's my 'thing'?

If there's one question we crafty ass females often ask ourselves + are often in search of the answer to, it's: WHAT'S MY THING? We hold - at a higher importance than most - this notion of doing in this world what we feel we were meant to do. ENTER: this episode...

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SUMMARY //

Amanda + Kristin explore what it means to have a 'thing', how you can go about finding a 'thing', what we think tapping into your 'thing' should feel like in your body, & other bits + pieces surrounding this question.

NOTE FROM AMANDA: Guys, THIS is my favorite episode we've recorded so far! This question rules my life + there are so many good nuggets that got me & will get you thinking.  There has never been a time in history where there's more opportunity to grow from your 'thing' than now,  but at the same time, EVERYBODY'S trying to do that so it makes it more challenging to get it going. Uh! Amen to that, right?! This episode addresses all this and more + I hope it's one of your faves too! xoxo

FAVORITE QUOTES FROM THIS EP //

"Questioning questions is one of my favorite things to question." -- Kristin
"The truth is that the EXACT conditions of your life are setting you up for the EXACT evolution of what your 'thing' is supposed to be." -- Amanda

CALL TO ACTION // 

Of all the episodes we've done, THIS is the one A + K want to hear feedback on! Where are you at in your journey to find your 'thing'? As females, our children play a major role in our 'things' whether they become part of our 'thing' or they become a giant interruption of us pursuing our 'thing'. What're your thoughts/experiences with this?

KRISTIN'S BLOG POSTS ON THIS TOPIC: HERE & HERE     |     AMANDA'S BLOG POST ON THIS TOPIC HERE