EP. 79 // SCRAPPING & PLANNING w/ SABRINA POOLE

Today we have Sabrina Poole a.k.a. @mrsscrapandplan (whose birthday is today!!!) on the podcast! As her INSTA handle suggests, Sabrina SCRAPS & PLANS galore! She is as crafty as they come while also being a wife and mom and member of a variety of creative teams! We are so pleased to be able to bring her to you today!

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SUMMARY //

Sabrina Poole starts off by telling A + K the origin story of how @mrsscrapandplan came to be - from a tin she used to store scraps in as a kid to her foray into hybrid scrapbooking as an adult.

Sabrina then shares her thoughts and approach to planning, first bringing up how she feels the planner community can be a bit intimidating. Then, Sabrina goes into how she maintains two planners - one for planning and one for memory keeping.

CURRENTLY ROUND //

(inspired by Kristin's CURRENTLY CARD)

WATCHING: Roswell + The Society + Imposters
READING: My Lovely Wife, The Wild Robot
LISTENING TO: Poet X, The War in Treaty
MAKING: Jan ‘All About Me’, Project Life 2019, & Elle Studio projects
FEELING: happy
PLANNING: Week in the Life 2019
LOVING: going on a bike ride with her husband, new clothes from Old Navy

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

Where to find SABRINA //

INSTAGRAM | YOUTUBE | BLOG

SHOW NOTES //

@mrsscrapandplan
The Happy Planner™
#plannercommunity
The Founder
Sabrina’s memory planner + here too!
travelers notebooks
• #Thursday3
• Brandi on Commonplace Books
Library of Alexandria
Amanda left The Happy Planner®
Kristin’s IG break
one little word™
Rachel Hollis

AFTER-CHATTER SHOW //

Head to our Patreon page to sign up for just $5 a month and hang out backstage with Amanda, Kristin, and Sabrina to hear the conversation continue. xoxo

EP. 78 // BEING THE BEST YOU w/ SARA M. LYONS

SUPER FUN BABE ALERT! Today we have Sara M. Lyons - artist, illustrator, product designer, magic girl, muralist, cute weirdo - and she is an absolute crafty ass female to the MAX! Her hair, her vibe, her talent, and her Instagram presence are so kitschy + fresh and we couldn’t be happier to share her with you!

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SUMMARY //

Sara M. Lyons starts off by telling A + K what the ‘M’ stands for in her name, and then goes into the backstory of her creativity from making art with her mom to the fashion blog she expressed herself on to losing her office job to her Tumblr posts gaining traction to slowly developing an online business.

Sara started cutting out stickers on her couch and has developed her creative career in such a way where she has worked with brands like Urban Decay and illustrated a pop-up book on periods + vaginas! UHHH-MAZING!

Sara also opens up to Amanda + Kristin about how she responds to blatant plagiarism and has learned that she needs to choose which battles she will fight and which she will let go of.

CURRENTLY ROUND //

(inspired by Kristin's CURRENTLY CARD)

WATCHING: I Think You Should Leave
READING: Orange World by Karen Russell
LISTENING TO: Podcast: The Ride
MAKING: a new mural & illustrating a tarot deck
FEELING: overwhelmed & excited
PLANNING: projects coming up, working on new products, & launching a new version of her store
LOVING: that the wheels haven’t fallen off this wagon

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

Where to find SARA //

INSTAGRAM | SHOP | FB | TWITTER | TUMBLR

EP. 71 // Metalsmithing & Business w/ MEGAN AUMAN

We are so excited to bring you Megan Auman - designer, metalsmith, educator, and entrepreneur who has built a multi-faceted business around her passion for art and business - on the show today.

In addition to running her eponymous jewelry line, where she sells her work to stores across the US and online, she is the founder of Designing an MBA, which provides business thinking for artists and makers. Her latest projects are Artists & Profit Makers, an online community and mentorship program, and a new ebook, Try It and See: How to Get Sh*t Done While Overanalyzing Everything.  Megan lives and works in Jonestown, PA, a small town about 90 miles west of Philly.

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SUMMARY //

Megan Auman starts off by telling A + K her creative backstory and how she came into metalsmithing.

She talks about diving in head first exhibiting at her first trade show with no experience, with only two months to prepare for it, and repeating everything she heard in the next booth over. She says, “If you wait ‘till you’re ready, you’re never gonna be ready. Sometimes you have to jump in.”

Plus, Megan talks about the big ‘P’ WORD in running your own business: PRICING. She brings up the term 'artificial pricing’ for the first time on the podcast, and how ‘dream jobs’ are still JOBS and ‘work we love’ is still WORK!

Megan makes a case for what her jewelry has that big box stores don’t: a story, a REAL person behind it, and a connection. She finishes the conversation talking about the hashtag #endstudioshame, to end the anxiety + shame about how messy & un-Pinterest worthy the creative process in your physical space can get.

CURRENTLY ROUND //

(inspired by Kristin's CURRENTLY CARD)

WATCHING: Schitt’s Creek
READING: Digital Minimalism, Joyful
LISTENING TO: American Harry Potter audiobook
MAKING: the DeFeo necklace
FEELING: energized and happy and motivated
PLANNING: a new e-course about cohesive & full jewelry collections
LOVING: plants !!!

AFTER-CHATTER SHOW //

Head to our Patreon page to sign up for just $5 a month and hang out backstage with Amanda, Kristin, and Megan to hear us talk about the idea of Digital Minimalism and what Kristin’s IG break has been about. See ya there! xoxo

EP. 70 // The Reckoning w/ ERIN MAYA

BABE ALERT! Today we have Erin Maya - the founder, songwriter and lead vocalist of ERIN MAYA AND THE RECKONING, and the back-up singer of NYC’s female melodic-punk band BABE PATROL - on the show. Kristin + Erin went to grammar school together, were both in Girl Scouts, and the two have reconnected for this episode to talk about Erin’s mission as an artist: to give witness to the unseen/unheard; to be part of art that is inclusive because visibility is the beating heart of art.

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SUMMARY //

Erin Maya starts off by telling A + K what she’s been up to since grammar school (haa haa!) and what was involved in her track to being the musician and artist she is today.

Erin also shares her perspective on her past ‘broken’ relationship, how she feels they were both not ready for each other, and how going into massage therapy was the best thing she ever did because it forced her to have new experiences.

Erin opens up to Amanda + Kristin about the hardest part of leaving her ex, being rejected by the rebound guy, and singing words she had written in her journal.

CURRENTLY ROUND //

(inspired by Kristin's CURRENTLY CARD)

WATCHING: Russian Doll, Say Yes to the Dress
READING: Wild Women of Prescott
LISTENING TO: The Used, Laura Jane Grace & The Devouring Mothers
MAKING: new music about identity
FEELING: happy talking to us, but depressed lately

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Where to find Erin //

WEBSITE | | ERIN MAYA & THE RECKONING | SPOTIFY | FB | YOUTUBE | TWITTER | IG 1 | IG 2 | IG 3

SHOW NOTES //

Erin on SPOTIFY
Erin Maya & The Reckoning
Babe Patrol
Boston Conservatory
narcissist
Under the Tuscan Sun scene
A’s December Daily in 2018
North Arlington, NJ
Eliza Shlesinger: Elder Millennial
Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Yitzhak
Pauline Boss + ambiguous loss
Say Yes to the Dress ending theme song
Adam Ruins Everything
Seasonal Affective Disorder

AFTER-CHATTER SHOW //

Head to our Patreon page to sign up for just $5 a month and hang out backstage with Amanda, Kristin, and Erin to hear the conversation continue. xoxo

EP. 69 // KEEP GOING w/ AUSTIN KLEON

Amanda + Kristin couldn’t have planned any better that episode 69 (wink, wink) of the podcast would feature our very first MALE GUEST: the one, the only, AUSTIN KLEON! Laaaaaadies! We made it happen!

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Austin Kleon is the New York Times bestselling author of three illustrated books: Steal Like An ArtistNewspaper Blackout, and Show Your Work!  His next book is Keep Going, a guide to staying creative in good times and bad. His books have over a million copies in print and have been translated into over two dozen languages.

He speaks about creativity in the digital age for organizations such as Pixar, Google, SXSW, TEDx, and The Economist. In previous lives, he worked as a librarian, a web designer, and an advertising copywriter. He grew up in the cornfields of Ohio, but now he lives in Austin, Texas, with his wife and sons.

SUMMARY //

Austin Kleon talks to A + K about his new book Keep Going and how it’s a bit of a corrective to the first two books in his three-part series.

Austin also shares his thoughts on library tourism, the importance of sharing the work of others, and his eye-roll reaction to the phrase ‘creative journey’.

A + K + Austin also discuss (1) how participating in a rich, creative life without the pressure of monetization can be a way to ‘build up your immune system’, (2) how feminism is the way for men to be free from their nightmares, and (3) how you should metaphorically try to ‘be your own gardener’.

FAVORITE QUOTES FROM THE EP //

Austin on how important it is to be ‘kept in check’ as a creative person :

“I wonder who says ‘NO’ to J.K. Rowling…and as a creative person, that is a HUGE liability. …When you’re starting out, you’re like, ‘That’s what everyone dreams about.’ They’re like, ‘If I had a million dollars, I’d make this & that & blah blah blah’ and it’s like, no: What you need is - early on - you need to find people who can say ‘no’ to you in a constructive way. …and people who really care about you and really care about your work and can kind of…keep you in check a little bit and be editors - real, strong, editors - and then when you get famous or rich, you need to keep those people around you….those are exactly the people you want in your crew because they will keep you from doing stupid things…like, Kanye West need those people…”

Austin on feminism :

“I think true feminism is a vision of the world in which hierarchical structures are broken down and there’s a kind of egalitarian thing that goes on and the way that I would put it is: my idea of feminism jives really closely with what I’ve discovered about art, which is the traditional notion of art is that it comes from the great genius, that there are these special people in the world - and they’re always dead white guys - and they come and they visit us and they grace us with their brilliance, and the rest of us are the audience, we witness…and the vision of art I always thought was a bit of a corrective was the idea of scenius.

…and God, I don’t want to sound like I’m man-splaining feminism…(but) for me, feminism…is literally a breaking down of the patriarchal, hierarchical structure…you’re collapsing that whole idea that there are people ‘on top’ and there are people ‘on bottom’.

…I just see feminism as a ‘way out’ for everybody. Like look: if you can get down with this, it’s gonna free you, man. This is gonna take you out of your own nightmares. It really will, like, TRUST ME.”

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Where to find Austin //

WEBSITE | TWITTER | INSTAGRAM | FACEBOOK | WEEKLY NEWSLETTER | BOOKS

AFTER-CHATTER SHOW //

Head to our Patreon page to sign up for just $5 a month and hang out backstage with Amanda, Kristin, and Austin to hear the conversation continue. xoxo

EP. 67 // WRAPPING UP WORKING HARDER NOT SMARTER (FINALE OF SEASON 3) w/ MEGAN ANDERSON

We are celebrating the FINALE of the THIRD SEASON of Crafty Ass Female (!!!) with the one, the only Megan Anderson! Most of you know her as Kristin's soul-lady + BFF or as the creative behind The Nerd Nest. Megan is a wife, mom & caretaker to many children of various ages, and memory keeper extraordinaire. Here we go!

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SUMMARY //

Megan Anderson has come back on the podcast to update us on what’s going on with her these days and different ways she has lived out our Season 3 motto which was WORK SMARTER, NOT HARDER.

Amanda + Kristin also talk with Megan about how she plans and making lists, what she did with the GET TO WORK BOOK® to ‘work smarter, not harder’, what it was like when she used to have her etsy shop & how it helped her learn about sunk cost.

Megan also generously chats with the girls about the relationship with her husband Jake and her perception of how they are doing as a married couple and where they might go in the future!

AFTER-CHATTER SHOW //

Head to our Patreon page to hang out backstage with Amanda, Kristin, and Megan to hear the conversation continue. xoxo

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WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT//

Season 4 will be kicking off next week - without interruption - with an update from A + K in the light of our new season’s theme: GROWTH. You will also not believe the line-up of interviews we will have coming in the next few weeks, plus an episode on physical health & PLANTS! We’re so excited!

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

WHERE TO FIND MEGAN //

WEBSITE | IG | FACEBOOK | PINTEREST | TWITTER

SHOW NOTES //

Baby Shark
Frozen + Frozen 2
Coco
Tangled
Don’t Bite Your Friends
Ava’s first snowman
Happy & Denamrk Co-Housing
• GET TO WORK BOOK® by elise joy
Mindware: Toos for Smart Thinking by Richard E. Nisbett
etsy
FOMO
The Good Place
PMDD
• Kristin’s Awesome Ladies Live
ROCD - Relationship OCD
Science For Her by Megan Amram

MEGAN’S LESS/MORE //

LESS: beige walls
MORE: sunshine, working toilets, creative time

CURRENTLY ROUND //

(inspired by Kristin's CURRENTLY CARD)

WATCHING: Gotham
READING: The Birth of Black America
LISTENING TO: Stromae
MAKING: January pocket pages, painted walls, and a poetry manuscript
FEELING: optimistic
PLANNING: her alphabet children’s book
LOVING: writing in notes on my phone

Thanks a bunch for making these past 67 episodes a blast and a half to create. Let’s keep on keeping on! Talk soon!

EP. 66 // WONDERFULLY WITTY WISDOM w/ CATHY ZIELSKE

Boy, did we land a ‘GET’ in today’s guest! We are thrilled to have the one, the only, the witty, the wise, and the wonderful Cathy Zielske on the show today. All hail the QUEEN of CRAP-FREE SCRAPBOOKING! Both Amanda + Kristin have followed her for years and agree that her presence + voice in this creative crafting community we all known & love is unmatched and unparalleled. It is our pleasure to bring her to you with this episode.

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SUMMARY //

Cathy Zielske (pronounced simply as Zil-ski) gives us the backstory of how she got to where she is today, from her job as an assistant editor for a magazine to having a baby and freelancing to her foray into scrapbooking and how she ‘got hooked’.

Amanda + Kristin also talk with Cathy about finding your ‘thing’ and staying afloat in the creative industry by pivoting when needed and always evaluating when you need to make a tweak.

Cathy also gives the girls the low-down about FIT: her online class all about documenting self-care. The class aims for its participants to to answer: Can you connect to what you need?

FAVORITE QUOTES FROM THE EP //

Cathy on sustainability & why she doesn’t want to go back to corporate America :

“If I don’t change and evolve and try new things, I might not be able to sustain this. And I want to be really clear too: I don’t know anyone who’s self-employed whose business just sustains without vigilance and constant effort. If I don’t come up with something, I don’t make money. If I don’t make money, I have to go back to corporate America, and if I go back to corporate America, I have to wear…A BRA!”

Cathy on ‘DOING IT ALL’ :

“We are fed this ridiculous idea…that we are limitless….the sky is the…you know. Here’s the reality: we are actually human and the very nature of being human is that we are limited.

I feel like this idea that we can ‘do it all’ or that we should be ‘doing it all’ actually can contribute to a lot of negativity because it’s just not accurate. Like, LIFE ISN’T LIMITLESS. We are born and - guess what?! - nobody is going to make it out alive…there is a span, and within that span, you have limits, so get it line with what is real, and figure out: What are my strengths? What are my weakness? Go from there…”

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

Where to find Cathy //

WEBSITE | BLOG | INSTAGRAM | FACEBOOK | YOUTUBE | TWITTER | CLASSES | SHOP

SHOW NOTES //

cathyzielske.com
• Cathy’s blog, scrapbooking, & card-making
the story of how Cathy got to where she is
Two Peas in a Bucket
Simple Scrapbooks Magazine
Stacy Julian
Cathy’s books
What’s Your Thing? episode
“opportunity meets preparation” quote
Ali Edwards
We can’t afford to act like it’s okay that ‘Girls can do anything’ got translated somewhere along the line into ‘Women must do everything’.
Cathy’s FIT class
TAKING CARE OF ME IS MY JOB… WHO KNEW?
Kristina Werner

CURRENTLY ROUND //

(inspired by Kristin's CURRENTLY CARD)

WATCHING: Game of Thrones
READING: absolutely nothing
LISTENING TO: 80s new wave music + Hungry Like A Wolf
MAKING: an effort to do brush lettering
FEELING: optimistic
PLANNING: new e-course to teach hybrid scrapbooking
LOVING: my relationship with my children

AFTER-CHATTER SHOW //

Head to our Patreon page to sign up for just $5 a month and hang out backstage with Amanda, Kristin, and Cathy to hear the conversation continue. xoxo

EP. 65 // WHAT IS & ISN'T SERVING YOU w/ TIFFANY HAN

We are thrilled to have Kristin’s homegirl Tiffany Han on the show today! Tiffany Han is a life coach who teaches smart, driven women how to raise their hands and say yes to all the things they want to do, be, and say without compromising their standards—or their sanity.

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As the host of the Raise Your Hand Say Yes podcast (now in its fifth year with over 1.2 million downloads!), Tiffany is most interested in telling the truth about a life of chasing your dreams—tangles and all. She's been featured by Inc.comsalon.com, and Flow Magazine and has delivered keynotes both domestically and abroad. With a penchant for keeping it real, her work focuses on how women can stop over-performing for the sake of the life that somebody else dictates for them and instead start saying yes to themselves.

Throughout her life, Tiffany has said yes to smart things, big things, and seemingly-impossible things (hello sobriety, starting a business, and having twins!), and along the way, she's learned that the road to a fulfilled life that feels like freedom is paved with bold moves made from deep within our discomfort zones, a vast understanding of ourselves, and a communion with our core values.

Tiffany lives in Northern Colorado with her husband and twin daughters and starts as many dance parties as possible in her spare time (ha!).

SUMMARY //

After a brief intro to Tiffany Han’s website and podcast and content and awesomeness, she jumps right into her story of getting sober. She talks about drinking as not necessarily being a capital ‘P’ problem, but the gentle whisper of something that just wasn’t serving her.

Amanda + Kristin also talk with Tiffany about the common thread she sees amongst the women who take her class and want to see a positive change in their life. Tiffany discusses the ‘knowing’ that most women have about what they want and need coupled with the misunderstanding of how to channel that ‘knowing’ into agency. SO GOOD!

The last topic the ladies discuss is taking an Instagram break, which all three have done or are doing.

FAVORITE QUOTES FROM THE EP //

Tiffany on social conditioning:

“…we’ve all been fed so many bullshit messages…we’ve all been fed these messages of like, ‘WORK HARD, PLAY HARDER’ or whatever…I was taught, you know, you want everyone to like you and the best thing that you can do is be beautiful and sweet. AND THAT’S SOME BULLSHIT, right? …and so I’ve been working really hard over the last dozen years to really unpack that and…since having my girls, what do I want to teach them, what’s most important, what do I want them to know growing up?”

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

Where to find Tiffany //

WEBSITE | PODCAST | CLASS | INSTAGRAM | PINTEREST

SHOW NOTES //

tiffanyhan.com
Raise Your Hand Say Yes
On Giving Up Drinking
Andrea Owen
Your Kick Ass Life
addiction is a spectrum
Tiffany’s class
100 Rejection Letters
How to Take a Social Media Break
The Instant Pot
our Less/More episode

Tiffany’s LESS/MORE //

LESS: thinking to have to be done around meal-planning
MORE: money, sex, freedom, space & ease

CURRENTLY ROUND //

(inspired by Kristin's CURRENTLY CARD)

WATCHING: Being Erica
READING: Echo in the Bone
LISTENING TO: The Dropout Podcast
MAKING: kits for her class
FEELING: good right now
PLANNING: Money, Sex, Freedom series on her podcast
LOVING: this conversation

AFTER-CHATTER SHOW //

Head to our Patreon page to sign up for just $5 a month and hang out backstage with Amanda, Kristin, and Tiffany to hear them talk about MONEY, SEX, and FREEDOM! See ya there!

EP. 64 // Constellation & Co. Snail Mail Superstar SARA McNALLY

We are so excited Sara McNally reached out to us to be on our show! Sara McNally is the owner of Constellation & Co, a letterpress stationery company and brick & mortar gift shop located in the Seattle Fisherman’s Terminal.

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Constellation & Co uses the power of words and the magic of snail mail to connect people and make us all feel less alone. Our line of cards and gifts are inspired by the events and occasions in life that are made sweet by close, honest relationships. Our work as Constellation & Co. is built for sharing joy and holding our loved ones close in the middle of pain.

Constellation & Co has been featured on a variety of publications such as Oh So Beautiful Paper, Creative Mornings, The Paper Chronicles, and more. Sara has been interviewed on podcasts such as Proof to Product, Let’s Talk About It, and The Postcardist talking about business, mental health, and her love of postcards.

When Sara’s not working at the shop, she’s sending snail mail to her loved ones, buying copious amounts of fountain pens, and spending time with her husband and son.

SUMMARY //

Sara McNally gives us her creative backstory from going to school for graphic design, designing greeting cards from home, working “terrible ad-agency jobs”, doing a letterpress printing internship, to ‘falling ass-backwards’ into owning her business. She talks about trying to figure out how to blend her love of making things, working with her hands, and writing.

Sara feels like her superpower is brevity + efficiency, and talks about the complexity of her designs is in their simplicity. Brilliant! She also talks about the abundance mindset vs. the scarcity mindset, ‘pruning back’ different aspects of her business, needing to learn how to delegate tasks to her team, + standing behind her business decisions.

FAVORITE QUOTES FROM THE EP //

Sara on being bold & networking in 2019:

“I have definitely been reaching out and looking for kindred spirits in the creative entrepreneurship world, and I’ve been trying to - in 2019 - put myself out there more often and just think about people out there as just friends I haven’t met yet.”

Sara on ‘SHOULD’ing all over herself:

“I spend a few days working from home, and Thursdays I’m home and everyone else is out of the house and I realize that is cherished time, like no one talks to me, no one else is in my orbit and I get to just like, hang out with the dog and do what I need to do.

It’s taken me so long to get rid of the, like, SHOULD mindset that if I have a day of childcare I SHOULD be at the shop. But I pay people to be a t the shop on Thursdays, so that I can get all my work done, and answer my emails, and record podcasts and do other things that are also really important for my life and my business. …It’s not so much that I don’t do the things that I want to be doing, it’s that I do them and then feel really guilty about them for some reason…”

AFTER-CHATTER SHOW //

Head to our Patreon page to sign up for just $5 a month and hang out backstage with Amanda, Kristin, and Sara to hear the convo continue! See ya there!

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

Where to find Sara //

WEBSITE | CARD CLUB | INSTAGRAM | YOUTUBE | FACEBOOK | TWITTER | PINTEREST

SHOW NOTES //

Constellation & Co.
EP. 12 // GALENTINE'S DAY + MAKING ADULT FRIENDS
SHOP SARA’S CARDS
Emily McDowell
Marie Kondo
• “Does this spark joy?
abundance vs. scarcity
Buffy + Buffy
Snail Mail Superstar YouTube Channel
• the new Instagram algorithm 
CARD CLUB
CARD CLUB Connect
Patreon
Kristin’s IG post

Sara’s LESS/MORE //

LESS: of saying ‘YES’ out of obligation
MORE: rest + blank space to be creative

CURRENTLY ROUND //

(inspired by Kristin's CURRENTLY CARD)

WATCHING: lots of YouTube (Satayla, Raw Beauty Kristy, The Pile I’m Standing In, Band of Weirdos)
READING: audio books/podcasts
LISTENING TO: Wild Thing
MAKING: a mess of my house
FEELING: cabin fever
PLANNING: collaborations + new releases for 2019
LOVING: experimenting w/ makeup

EP. 63 // Unapologetic Growth w/ Gretchen Klobucar

Today we have Gretchen Klobucar on the show. Gretchen is a New Orleans native + recovering perfectionist living in the Memphis area with her husband Adam and her two beautiful children, Nora (6) and Hunter (2.5). She works full time as the Director of Institutional Advancement at Bodine School, an elementary independent school for students with dyslexia  in grades 1-6. She oversees marketing and communication and is solely responsible for raising a quarter of a million dollars each year.

In addition to her passion for nonprofit work, she loves papercrafting—especially all things planning. She encourages inclusion + innovation as a Happy Planner®️ SQUAD member. She also serves as a brand ambassador for Chalkfulloflove (Handlettering books, drinkware, and other home goods). You can often find her unapologetically quoting Brené Brown, the Bible, and the latest hip hop hits all in one day. 

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SUMMARY //

Gretchen Klobucar is bomb right out the gate with talk of her one little word and The Enneagram Test. She quickly goes into the ways that she has grown and become more mature over these past few months. The girls also discuss their evolved definitions of ‘happy’ .

Gretchen reveals the meaning behind her handle @planfortomorrEAUX, her perspective on her online identity + being a brand ambassador, authenticity on social media, how grief has transformed her, her opinion on how the planner community should be made up of ALL TYPES of planner babes (and dudes), and her idea of ‘POWER POCKETS’ being what makes her work smarter, not harder.

FAVORITE QUOTE FROM THE EP //

Gretchen on exposing shame and her newfound awareness of what matters :

“Shame can not win when you expose it. When you talk about it, it’s gone. It disappears. It just absolutely evaporates when you call it out.

So if I’m being honest…yeah, I really got caught in the consumerism of the planner lifestyle, or yeah, I’ve really gotten caught in thinking that I’m only as valuable as the content I’m creating for my Instagram…

…It was such a critical realization for me that I hope anyone out there listening and wondering the same thing: it will bring you so much more joy and give you so much of your energy back if you recognize that you are so much more than what you do, and the checkboxes you have at the end of the day. ”

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Where to find Gretchen //

IG | FB | WELLNESS GROUP | PINTEREST

AFTER-CHATTER SHOW //

Head to our Patreon page to sign up for just $5 a month and hang out backstage with Amanda, Kristin, and Gretchen to hear the convo continue! See ya there!

EP. 52 // Craft Hangout w/ ELIZA KAPITAN

Today on the podcast we are thrilled to share the motivational musings of Eliza Kapitan. She is the creator and host of the podcast, Craft Hangout, which launched in March 2018. She is a seasoned professional accessories designer + artist in NYC. In 2014, she began creating deliciously whimsical and fun jewelry by hand after long days designing on a computer at a corporate office. After her day job, she would work on the fun stuff, handcrafting the cutest pieces with fun colors, sparkle, and a sense of humor. She did it for the love of the craft, and when too many people she didn’t know asked where they could buy Love Eliza jewelry (especially when some of her drinking necklaces were featured on Real Housewives of New York), Love Eliza, LLC was born!

Besides podcasting and jewelry design, she loves painting, drawing, marker rendering, customizing sneakers, textile/apparel art, sculpting in air dry clay, making insane toys, and is down for trying any new supply she finds at A.C. Moore. Eliza is proof that you can have a creative day job and balance a craft side hustle, all while being happy working both.

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SUMMARY //

Eliza Kapitan talks to A + K about how her podcast Craft Hangout came to be + how it’s evolved. She also discusses attending + speaking at Podcast Movement, the world’s largest gathering of podcasters.

The ladies then chat about keeping the imperfect parts of conversations while recording into the final cut of the episode, and how Eliza makes guests feel at ease right from the beginning.

FAVORITE QUOTES FROM THE EP //

Eliza on ‘working smarter, not harder’ :

“I’m always working hard, like, I can’t STOP, but there are things that I do to make things easier, and make things the most efficient they could be. So something that I do when I have a project…is to find out…what’s the timeline, what are the parameters, and then from that point, I try to figure out the best way possible… I feel like taking the time in the beginning to plan for it, actually makes it ease the best…”

Eliza on finding inspiration from things right in front of her :

“There’s also something very relatable to the mundane…the necklace that launched my business was inspired by reality TV…the necklace I made for my friend was inspired by Vanderpump Rules…you never know!…like, finding inspiration in places, like…’oh, you should be looking in a museum’…you don’t have to! …being smart about looking at what’s around you and being inspired by that too.”

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Where to find Eliza //

PODCAST | WEBSITE |  IG | ETSYCLASS | HER IG | FACEBOOK | PINTEREST

AFTER-CHATTER SHOW //

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EP. 49 // Intentional Memory Keeping w/ NICOLE REAVES

Today on the podcast we are thrilled to share with you our friend and fellow Awesome Lady, Nicole Reaves. She is a wife, a mama to one of each, and a life-long Michigander. She has been scrapbooking through a variety of formats over the last 13 years, though after several bouts of overwhelm + burnout, Nicole recently simplified her approach to memory-keeping to involve more intention + less stuff. As she rediscovers her authentic voice + style, Nicole has committed to mindful consumption in order to live, and document, her best life.

EP. 49 // NICOLE REAVES | Crafty Ass Female

SUMMARY //

Nicole Reaves talks to A + K about how she got into scrapbooking 13 years ago, why she started blogging + how it’s evolved. She also discusses her 20 Questions ‘birthday tradition’ books, the backstory behind them, & how they’ve become what they are now!

The ladies then chat about Nicole’s choice to leave Instagram, and how her mental health and the passing of her mother contributed to her decision to finally do it. She talks about the value of her newsletter as a creative outlet and upcoming December Daily®. YAY!

FAVORITE QUOTEs FROM THE EP //

Nicole on why she decided to leave Instagram :

“It really was kind of a long time coming. The short answer of why I ended up deleting it was probably, mostly, just mental health issues. I wasn’t dealing with comparison or anything so much, but I was noticing that I would go on there feeling horrible, and I would leave feeling worse. ”

Nicole on a subtle mind shift that will make work feel a little less hard :

“Instead of getting frustrated about what my roles or responsibilities are, like, outside of work and things like that…thinking that I ‘get to’ do something, instead of I ‘have to’ do something…so, I’m a stay-at-home mom, and I ‘get to’ be at home and work on my own thing and contribute financially for my family, but in the past that’s come with some resentment…and I am more, like, looking to my husband and I are more of a team…he ‘gets to’ do X because I’m here, or I ‘get to’ do whatever because he is out at work, so we BOTH ‘get to’ do things because of what we’re doing as individuals, not getting caught in that resentment…”

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Where to find Nicole //

WEBSITE | BLOG | BLURB | SHOPYOUTUBE | PINTEREST | NEWSLETTER 

SHOW NOTES //

Awesome Ladies Live
the panel at Awesome Ladies Live
Tiffany Han & The Inner Circle
Alisha Joy
Megan Anderson
Studio Calico
• Nicole’s 20 Questions (!!!)
“Your Story Matters” - rukristin
• Nicole’s Newsletter
• Ali Edwards’s December Daily®
• Nicole’s December Daily 2017
Brandi Kincaid
• Amanda’s “December Daily” 2017
Journal You Christmas w/ Shimelle Laine
Thanksgiving is November 22nd
Creative Mornings
• Nicole’s BPC: School Days
• Nicole’s BPC: Catching Up with School Days
OATLY! Oat Milk

Nicole’s LESS/MORE //

LESS: screens
MORE: sleep, conversations, & creative field trips

CURRENTLY ROUND //

(inspired by Kristin's CURRENTLY CARD)

WATCHING: Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee
READING: The Dispatch | Folk Rebellion
LISTENING TO: Chris Cornell, Peaceful Piano on Spotify
MAKING: her kids’ School Albums
FEELING: free
PLANNING: Thanksgiving getaway to Naples, Florida
LOVING: oat milk lattes

AFTER-CHATTER SHOW //

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EP. 48 // Scrapbooking Across the pond w/ JESS ROEBUCK

Today on the podcast we have our first overseas guest: Jess Roebuck. Jess is a single working mum to three-year-old Ben, living in England & working as a teaching assistant. She started scrapbooking using Project Life® in 2015 - when her son was born - despite believing herself to be purely academic + not at all creative.

Jess is on the Wild Hare Kit design team & mostly scrapbooks in a travelers notebook. She absolutely identifies as a ‘creative’ now, who loves taking photos, starting new projects, working on mini albums & telling her own stories.

We are happy she reached out to us looking to come on the show, since her interview is chock full of relatable goodness + is one of our new faves! BOOM!

EP. 48 // JESS ROEBUCK | Crafty Ass Female

SUMMARY //

Jess Roebuck, a listener of the podcast from the beginning, talks to A + K about how she just ‘went for it’ & reached out to us to be on the show, how she got into scrapbooking, and how she resourcefully figured out where to channel her professional energy.

The ladies touch on a fun variety of topics including UK vs. US maternity leave, what’s considered ‘dinner’ and ‘tea’ in England, tips for how to craft with glitter, the struggle to be a scrapbooker overseas, and memory keeping that you want to SCRAP vs. projects you want to SHARE.

FAVORITE QUOTE FROM THE EP //

Jess on memory keeping to tell HER story:

"…I started off just because I was having Ben and that’s when I started my first Project Life album…and then, I think it was towards the end of that year that I found ‘Listers Gotta List’…so I did a month of that in a little notebook that I got cheap from the local store that sells everything…and that was the first time that I was doing something that was like, ‘this is actually about me, and not about who I am as a mom’ and I did struggle quite a lot when I was on my own with Ben, when I became a single, stay-at-home mum, and I thought, ‘Wow, this is not where I expected myself to be when I was, you know, studying psychology or when I was training to be a teacher. I had always really valued the academic side of my identity, and to go from that…to being a stay-at-home mom on benefits…I felt like I had to justify myself to people…and so I think it was good for me to start to identify my own story and my own personality and my own experiences and document them…”

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Where to find Jess //

 INSTAGRAM | BLOG | YOUTUBE  

SHOW NOTES //

@jess.claire.creates
Wild Hare Kits
Project Life®
Strawberry Project Life® Core Kit
December Daily®
“How Not to be a Perfectionist Teacher”
maternity leave in the UK
travelers notebooks
Jess’s TN
Jess’s TN with binder rings
“Dinner, Supper, or Tea”
“A Very Merry Unbirthday to You”
Felicity Jane
We R Fuse Tool
Listers Gotta List w/ The Reset Girl
The Problem with Overachieveing
Week in the Life on a Budget
100 Days of All About Me
#100daysofallaboutjessclaire

Jess’s LESS/MORE //

LESS: stress + creating content that she’s not interested in consuming
MORE: movement: to get out with Ben + drive more places

LESS judging, MORE encouraging.

CURRENTLY ROUND //

(inspired by Kristin's CURRENTLY CARD)

WATCHING: How I Met Your Mother
READING: Girl, Wash Your Face
LISTENING TO: crafty podcasts + chill music
MAKING: weekly TN pages
FEELING: gratitude
PLANNING: birthdays & Christmas
LOVING: autumn

AFTER-CHATTER SHOW //

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EP. 46 // 'TIS THE SEASON of Ali Edwards

We couldn’t be more thrilled to bring back our very first guest interviewee, Ali Edwards, to the show today with this very special episode centered around the projects she hosts this time of year: December Daily® and One Little Word®. // Listen to Ali’s 1st interview with us here.

EP. 46 // ALI EDWARDS | Crafty Ass Female

SUMMARY //

Ali Edwards has returned & we couldn't be happier! This episode begins with Ali revealing the backstory + approach to her December Daily® project. Ali talks ‘foundations pages’ + album prep, and documenting travel during her December as a separate piece to incorporate in her album.

The ladies shift gears & chat about One Little Word®, how it’s a much ‘quieter’ project than December Daily®, and her new One Little Word® journal!

FAVORITE QUOTES FROM THE EP //

Ali on what December Daily® is really about :

"It’s kind of an attitude shift…

…one of the words that comes up a lot for me is kind of the MAGIC, right? …trying to identify, locate, and tell the story of ‘How does magic find its way into your season?’…even in very little things…

…again, the MAGIC for me- it really gets back to that. Even if I didn't have kids, it would still be, you know: How do you create magic for yourself? Where do you see magic happening in the world? Just the twinkle lights and the coziness…those are the things I want to bring into the stories that I’m telling. How can I PAY ATTENTION to those things? …which ALL of these projects are about: paying attention. That’s one of the core things for me, is like, encouraging people to pay. attention. to. their. life. …and make changes, if you want to…or not.”

Ali on ‘loosening up’ :

"One of the things that I’ve been thinking a lot about in general lately related to memory keeping is this idea of loosening up. …like ‘How can we get looser without feeling like we always have to have the exact same albums or the same sizes or the same…that everything needs to happen in the same way…?’ …and I like structure…but it gets back to people feeling the perfectionist thing, you know, that things need to be in this little row or I need to have exactly these products or I don’t have the same color white cardstock that I used yesterday, you know — all those kinds of things that become stopping points — rather than looking at everything as a tool and anything can go in there…the albums are just a container…it can hold all kinds of stuff in it…”

EP. 46 // Ali Edwards | Crafty Ass Female

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Where to find Ali //

WEBSITE | IG | FB | PINTEREST | TWITTER 

SHOW NOTES //

• Ali’s first episode on the podcast
December Daily®
Journal You Christmas w/ Shimelle Laine
Ali on Journal Your Christmas
Ghostbusters Firehouse
The Plaza
Home Alone 2 & The Plaza
Hamilton & Wicked
Crown of the Statue of Liberty
9/11 Memorial
Museum of Natural History
Christmas Tree at Rockefeller Center
Hudson East Food Court
Jess on AE Creative Team
Travelors Notebook
• Ali’s 4x6 Dec Daily album from 2012
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
chapstick meme
One Little Word®
Andrea Scher’s Superhero Manifesto
Big Picture Classes
• Ali’s olw 2018 : SPACE
• Ali’s ‘Overcoming Bariers & Making Things Less Complicated’ blog post
Merry Days by Crate Paper
Katie Jaeger
• Ali’s Story Camp

Ali’s LESS/MORE //

LESS: stuff
MORE: yoga

CURRENTLY ROUND //

(inspired by Kristin's CURRENTLY CARD)

WATCHING: CNN, Netflix’s Maniac, Sharp Objects
READING: The Story of a Happy Marriage, The New York Times
LISTENING TO: CNN, The Daily, Pantsuit Politics, Slow Burn
MAKING: December Daily® product play
FEELING: good overall, calm, drama-free
PLANNING: Story Camp & Prep Party for December Daily®
LOVING: Trader Joe’s sea salt chocolate-covered almonds

AFTER-CHATTER SHOW //

Head to our Patreon page to sign up for just $5 a month + hang out backstage with Amanda, Kristin, & Ali as they dive deep into friendship, being an introvert + how that plays in, making adult friends, & how much politics is too much politics. It’s SO GOOD! See you there!

EP. 45 // Creative Master Class w/ Jennie McGarvey

Today we have Jennie McGarvey on the show. Jennie is a SAH turned work-from-home mom of 3 school-aged boys, who has been scrapbooking since 2001 and involved online since 2011.  Jennie added a paper planner to my line-up in 2014 and has never looked back!  She’s been published in print magazines & a member of many design teams since getting involved.  Currently, Jennie is am a member of The Happy Planner® Squad, Doodlebug Designs Design Team and Citrus Twist Kit Club design team. In addition, she loves teaching, educating + meeting other paper-crafting and planner enthusiasts.

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SUMMARY //

This episode feels likes the Jennie McGarvey Master Class! Jennie begins the interview talking about the low-lows + the high-highs of her ‘Unexpected 2018’, including the passing of her mother & the opportunity she took to teach in Chile.

Jennie then takes us back through her scrapbooking journey - from the first day she was hooked! The ladies also talk about doing what works for you when it comes to social media, and how to redirect your thoughts and move on from the things we dwell on.

FAVORITE QUOTE FROM THE EP //

Jennie on why she makes & shares:

"…it was just fun! It was just…FUN! …and quite frankly, if I’m going to work on creative time, I really want to enjoy it. That’s all. I’m not trying to impress you, I’m not trying to impress anyone else…and if they like it, that’s amazing! That makes me feel good. It makes me feel validated, it makes me feel heard, but at the end of the day, I make them because I like them.”

“I don’t create it because it speaks to people, I create it ‘cause it spoke to me…and am I thrilled that it spoke to someone else? Of course I am! We’re not alone in this. We all want validation…so that’s wonderful. It feels good. …BUT, you really should be creating it because it makes YOU happy, or you wanted to try it, or you were interested in it…not because you wanted to get a boatload of followers…I’ve notice the authentic and the genuine ones that make me feel good are the ones that people really relate to…”

Weird Banana | Jennie McGarvey

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Where to find Jennie //

IG | YOUTUBE | BLOG | PLANNER CLASS | MEMORY PLANNING CLASS

SHOW NOTES //

The Happy Planner®
Doodlebug Designs
Kaitlin Sheaffer
Geralyn Sy
Citrus Twist Kits
Jennie’s regular planner
Travelers Notebook
• Jennie’s TN HERE + HERE
Jennie’s Commonplace book in her mini Happy Planner®
Jennie’s BANANA spread
Conan O’Brien’s quote

Jennie’s LESS/MORE //

LESS: STUFF!
MORE: meaningful experiences + time for experiences, connections, & friends

CURRENTLY ROUND //

(inspired by Kristin's CURRENTLY CARD)

WATCHING: Netflix; Vampire Diaries
READING: Big Magic + Into the Wild
LISTENING TO: podcasts; Casefiles
MAKING: in her planner, her memory planner, TN, & commonplace book
FEELING: hopeful
PLANNING: her son’s senior year
LOVING: this season of life

AFTER-CHATTER SHOW //

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EP. 44 // The Magic Behind Graphic Design w/ Cecily Moore

Today we have Cecily Moore on the show. Cecily is somewhat of a jack-of-all trades when it comes to crafting, but primarily she is a graphic designer + illustrator. She lives + works in New York City blogging and selling artfully designed paper goods for modern creatives at The Paper Curator, her online store. Her aesthetic is artful, bright, & modern & she specializes in hand-lettering + scattering handmade textures and patterns throughout her work.

EP. 44 CECILY MOORE // Crafty Ass Female

SUMMARY //

Cecily Moore starts with her background as a Girl Scout, scrapbooking since she was 9, her crafty mom’s influence, having a Bachelor’s Degree in Fashion Design, switching to become a graphic designer, and then starting The Paper Curator.

The girls also talk about losing your ‘craft mojo’ and getting it back, digital scrapbooking vs. manual, and realizing your niche. Cecily reveals her 5-year plan for The Paper Curator, and the process of making a collection!

FAVORITE QUOTE FROM THE EP //

Cecily on working smarter, not harder :

"I’m an utter perfectionist, and I find it hard to release things when they’re not ready, so I found that, you know, just keeping a log of everything that I think is great, and then repurposing it where I can has been really beneficial for me…that’s half of my business now is stationery - which started because I had all these extra patterns that I had already scanned & already had digitized …that didn't end up going into a kit, but I loved them…and how can I repurpose them for something more functional? A lot of times, I’ll just make a bunch of brushstrokes and scan them and turn them into prints later, and so that’s one technique I’ve found to be smarter, not harder, and has really helped me when I am in a creative slump and I have no energy to sit there and paint or do hand lettering, I just, you know, pull out my library of things and can turn them into magic pretty quickly.”

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Where to find Cecily //

WEBSITE | SHOP | IG | FB | TWITTER | YOUTUBE | PINTEREST

SHOW NOTES //

Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT)
Rhode Island School of Design (RISD)
Shillington School of Graphic Design
Amanda’s past blog posts on Shillington
Cecily’s monthly scrapbook kits
Cecily’s stamps
reno alpha clear stamps
Bust Craftacular at Maker Faire
Hall of Science
Renegade Craft Fair
FAD Market
Cecily’s Project Life
Kristin’s morning pages
The National Stationery Show
NY NOW
• Cecily’s Crisp Air kit
Cecily’s HEAVY DUTY paper-cutter
Top 6 Must-Haves for Running a Stationery Business

Cecily’s LESS/MORE //

LESS: humidity & heart
MORE: money & tacos & snuggles with my cats

CURRENTLY ROUND //

(inspired by Kristin's CURRENTLY CARD)

WATCHING: Iron Fist & I Am a Killer
READING: Make + Mend
LISTENING TO: Spotify, Creative Biz Rebellion, Proof to Product
MAKING: sashiko embroidery + new products
FEELING: excited for the Fall + to visit The Color Factory
PLANNING: next year’s goals + the next winter collection
LOVING: MY CATS!!!

AFTER-CHATTER SHOW //

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EP. 43 // Crafting a Life You Love w/ Amy Tangerine

Today we are thrilled to share our interview with the lovely and talented Amy Tan of the Amy Tangerine brand! Amy is a creative director, collaborator, paper & picture lover, traveler, homebody, planner, scrapbooker, and author of the book Craft a Life You Love. She’s been a crafty inspiration of both Kristin & Amanda’s for a number of years, and getting to interview her on the podcast was a dream come true!

EP. 43 AMY TAN // Crafty Ass Female

SUMMARY //

Amy Tangerine walks us through the creation of her book Craft a Life You Love, doing life ‘out of order’, and having a positive outlook.

Amy & the girls also play an impromptu game of ‘my therapist said’ sharing some key takeaways from therapy including letting go of negative thoughts and limiting beliefs.

FAVORITE QUOTES FROM THE EP //

Amy on all those ideas you have in your head:

"All those ideas that you have in your head: it doesn’t matter how many you have, it’s how many you make happen. And that shouldn’t overwhelm you, it should inspire you because if you really do have a bunch of ideas, you putting one of them to work - now, today, taking action - is going to fuel everything that comes afterwards.”

Amy evolved definition of success :

“…Success to me has just always kind of been ‘GO GO GO’ and what I realized is, you know, true success is when you can do what you want, and if that means take a pause and say ‘hey, you know what? I’m just not feeling that good today’ or ‘I’m not feeling like doing that today, I need to take a wellness day and just go and sit at the park, or just get my paints out and do something just for me’…and I think that’s okay…I think that’s my definition of success lately…”

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Where to find Amy //

WEBSITE | SHOP | IG | FB | TWITTER | PINTEREST | YOUTUBE | VIMEO | AMY’S BOOK

SHOW NOTES //

• Amy’s book NEW | OLD
Amy’s surprise wedding
Amy’s Trader Joe’s wedding bouquet
Amanda meeting Amy at CHA
Lauren Hom
• amazon’s createspace
Human Beings VS. Human Doings
Brooke Castillo
cityyear.org
carved Jack stamp
@paper_afternoon

Amy’s LESS/MORE //

LESS: stress & struggle
MORE: harmony, flow, & love

CURRENTLY ROUND //

(inspired by Kristin's CURRENTLY CARD)

WATCHING: The Handmaid’s Tale
READING: Own Your Glow
LISTENING TO: whatever Jack listens to: Timber & Believer
MAKING: pages in her hobonichi & travelers notebooks
FEELING: trends joy & gratitude inside
PLANNING: more openings in my calendar
LOVING: that there are so many people out there doing what they love, taking chances, sharing stories, the openness, conversation, and sense of community

AFTER-CHATTER SHOW //

Head to our Patreon page to sign up for just $5 a month and hang out backstage with Amanda, Kristin, and Amy to hear them talk about social media & sponsored posts! See ya there! xoxo

EP. 40 // Cheeky Icons, Street Art & Stationery w/ Pinky Weber

We are so proud of how Crafty Ass Female's 'Summer of Special Guests' - our second series of amazing, inspiring interviews with a badass bunch of creative & resourceful women - turned out! Today's episode is our LAST of this series, and we're going out with a BANG! (Next week's show will be the finale episode of Season 2 of the podcast.)  

Today we have award-winning professional doodler, muralist shmuralist, zine queen, and donut enthusiast Pinky Weber on the podcast. She is the head of Pinky Weber Studio, Brooklyn’s finest female-run greeting card and accessory company, where wine o’clock starts promptly at 3 pm. 

By injecting reality with unexpected and playful imagery, Pinky re-evaluates the relationship between humans and ordinary un-celebrated everyday objects. She uses her work as a platform to transform the most monotonous, bland items into precious, vibrant, exciting icons — forcing the viewer to reconsider their typical relationship to physical space and reality. Cheeky and cheerful, Pinky Weber is perfect for parties, pick-me-ups, and presents between pals.

EP 40 PINKY WEBER | Crafty Ass Female

SUMMARY //

So is Pinky her real name? (The girls get to that right away.) Also in this episode, Pinky talks about going to Parsons School of Art & Design, how Brooklyn and living in New York influences her work, and being a woman in the street art community.

Pinky also discusses her cheeky, cheerful style and her desire to make the world more fun. The girls discuss understanding the inspiration behind everyday inanimate objects + giving them personality.

Other gems in this episode: Pinky's approach to her booth at the NSS trade show, whether or not she reached her goals for NSS, her feelings on licensing her work, advice to artists who are just starting to make art, and what she had hired help actually help her do. 

FAVORITE QUOTE FROM THE EP //

Pinky on how she's 'crafty' as RESOURCEFUL:

"I use both sides of the Swiffer® pad? (Haa Haa!) ...I think figuring out how to use my art in multiple ways and figuring out as many ways as possible that it works while still being ME. I really like doing illustration, I really like doing murals, I really like doing stationery...why can't I do all three?! ...

...and figuring out alternative ways where I don't have to go and sit at a cubicle and work, but still make money and be happy - even if it means putting more hours in, you know, having a tighter budget, eating dollar pizza four nights a week, that's fine. If I'm happy, you know, doing what I love just making ends meet, that's cool."

Lindsay Lohan Mugshots - EP 40 PIKY WEBER | Crafty Ass Female

 

AFTER-CHATTER SHOW //

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Where to find Pinky //

WEBSITE | INSTAGRAM | SHOP | FACEBOOK 

Head to our Patreon page to sign up for just $5 a month and hang out backstage with Amanda, Kristin, and Pinky to hear them continue the convo! See ya there! xoxo

As a $5 subscriber, you could also check out our July/Aug bookclub discussion on Austin Kleon's Steal Like An Artist (that went live on Patreon 8/3).

EP. 39 // Get your craft on w/ 30 Days of Lists w/ Kam Altar

Crafty Ass Female's 'Summer of Special Guests' has been awesome - and will be continuing through the end of August. It is our second series of amazing, inspiring interviews with a badass bunch of creative & resourceful women that Amanda + Kristin are thrilled to be able to share with you every Monday.

Today we have Kam Altar from campfirechic.com on the podcast. Kam is the crafty ass lady behind 30 Days of Lists, the creative journaling challenge for people who love to make lists. Kam lives in Southern California with her big orange cat + husband. When she doesn't have her face glued to her phone, you can find her playing Overwatch, binging true crime podcasts, or crafting a cheese plate to split with her husband. 

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SUMMARY //

In this episode, the girls talk to Kam about the origin story of her 30 Days of Lists challenge, how it's evolved, and gotten to the point where she now hosts it every March, September, + December of the year!

Kam + the girls also discuss all the different ways you can prep for the challenge and create your lists, whether it's in a notebook, in a pocket page album, on a post-it, as a blog post, or even as embroidery!!! 

FAVORITE QUOTE FROM THE EP //

Kam on the origin story of 30 Days of Lists:

"I started 30 Days of Lists with two friends in March 2011. ...it all started because I was doing a lot of these 30 days of _blank_ kind of creative challenges that were really popular at the time...and it was kind of my first time seeing a lot of art journaling online...I was doing this scrapbooking thing and ...I really wanted to be a apart of these communities 'cause like all the 'cool blogger-girls' are doing it...and I really wanted to be involved...
...but I was having a hard time keeping up with the prompts, and I was also feeling really discouraged because only certain styles of documenting were being highlighted. So it was only the really pretty pages being shown as examples ...I was seeing all this creative work, all this HONEST story telling that wasn't being shared...
...so I wanted to start something that's low-impact, easy to jump into, and didn't have the expectations of excellence or a certain style...and the BIG thing we decided was: there's no wrong way to make a list." 

AFTER-CHATTER SHOW //

Head to our Patreon page to sign up for just $5 a month and hang out backstage with Amanda, Kristin, and Kam to hear them continue the convo! See ya there! xoxo

As a $5 subscriber, you could also check out our July/Aug bookclub discussion on Austin Kleon's Steal Like An Artist (that went live on Patreon 8/3).

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

Where to find 30DaysofLists //

SEPT REGISTRATIONWEBSITEIG | FB | FREE!

Where to find Kam //

BLOG | IG | FB | TWITTER | PINTEREST

SHOW NOTES //

30 Days of Lists
campfirechic.com
Inland Empire
"I'm right on top of that, Rose!"
April Ludgate from Parks & Rec
Donna Pulsen from Suits
Amy Teegan
Ali Edwards
Ali's December Daily®
• Lizzi S.'s embroidered lists
Tessa Thompson
S.M.A.R.T. goals
animals in Kristin's backyard
trash panda
• Kristin's Awesome Ladies 
• A's March 2018's #30Lists that saved her life
• Ali's Week in LifeDay in the Life
Project Life
Moorea Seal
FAT MUM SLIM
accountabili-buddy
Trust the process! Joel Embiid

LIGHTNING ROUND //

(inspired by Kristin's CURRENTLY CARD)

WATCHING: Killing Eve on BBC w/ Sandra Oh
READING: I'll Be Gone in the Dark & No Day Like Today
LISTENING TO: Wine & Crime, polygon.com
MAKING: travel plans to go Sedona
FEELING: tired, but inspired (ha! that rhymes!) 
PLANNING: #30Lists for Sept & painting her office
LOVING: Reddit! ...HERE + HERE + HERE !!!

EP. 38 // Philosophies on Small Business w/ Joanna Alberti

Crafty Ass Female's 'Summer of Special Guests' is moving right along - and will be continuing through the end of August. It is our second series of amazing, inspiring interviews with a badass bunch of creative & resourceful women that Amanda + Kristin are thrilled to be able to share with you every Monday.

Today we have Joanna Alberti on the podcast. Joanna is an illustrator, product designer, and small shop owner located in Rochester, NY. She is the creator of philoSophies™ (pronounced fill-ahs-SO-fees) which is a greeting card + product line featuring the main character Sophie, her philosophies on different occasions, and inspirations on friendship, love, and confidence.                      

EP 38 JOANNA ALBERTI | Crafty Ass Female

SUMMARY //

In this episode, the girls talk to Joanna about her background + the origin of philoSophies™.  She talks about what SHE handles in her business, and what parts of her business she gives over to licensing.

Joanna + the girls also discuss 'Influencer' Commerce, playing the 'comparison' game, and what works for her.

The importance of saying 'NO', taking breaks, and being there to pick up packages when UPS drops them off are also gems found in this episode! 

FAVORITE QUOTES FROM THE EP //

Joanna on her business priorities :

"You don't have to do what you think is how every business should grow. You don't have to be this big box business. I enjoy being small... If I never hit the 'millionaire dollar' mark, that's fine for me. I'm doing what I love to do, and I'm doing the best that I can, and I think that people enjoy my art, and I'm grateful for that..."

Joanna on dealing with the pressures of being a creative entrepreneur :

"...I put a lot of pressure on myself. I think everyone that is a creative entrepreneur does. You just have these unrealistic expectations sometimes, and social media doesn't help because it's like...I love social media. You can get so many great ideas or just feel supported and fulfilled that someone liked your post and things, but also you see...these amazing pictures and thousands and thousands of fans, and it's like: 'It's okay. I'm obviously doing something right because I continue to get orders and I'm continuing to grow..."

AFTER-CHATTER SHOW //

Head to our Patreon page to sign up for just $5 a month and hang out backstage with Amanda, Kristin, and Joanna to hear them continue the convo! See ya there! xoxo

As a $5 subscriber, you could also check out our July/Aug bookclub discussion on Austin Kleon's Steal Like An Artist (that went live on Patreon Friday).

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

Where to find Joanna //

SHOPIG | FB | TWITTERPINTEREST | YOUTUBE

EP 38 JOANNA ALBERTI | Crafty Ass Female

SHOW NOTES //

Rochester Planner Event
philoSophies™ flip calendar
National Stationery Show
Boston University
Sports Club/LA
Filofax
• philoSophies™ planner stickers
• philoSophies™ seating charts
• philoSophies™ baby announcements
Fifteen Miles on The Eerie Canal
Joanna's store front
etsy.com
• Sophie in a real setting HERE + HERE

LIGHTNING ROUND //

(inspired by Kristin's CURRENTLY CARD)

WATCHING: The Bachelorette 
READING: Expand Grow Thrive
LISTENING TO: How I Built This, Marie Forleo
MAKING: This girl loves...
FEELING: POSITIVE! 
PLANNING: a trip to Colorado + a website update
LOVING: the longer days of summer