EP. 93 // Push Print Studio & Design w/ CAYTLYN COLE

Today on the podcast we have Caytlyn Cole, a graphic designer & illustrator currently working as a visual designer on the events team at AWS during the day and running her digital print shop Push Print Studio at night.

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Cay has worked with many craft and hobby brands during her time at American Crafts such as Project Life, Amy Tangerine, Pebbles, and Dear Lizzy, as well as designing products for Hobby Lobby, Micheals, and Target. She has also designed print, packaging and merchandise for Starbucks Global Creative Studio and worked as a print designer in house at Nordstrom. Cay recently got married and resides in Seattle, Wa with her husband in a home they are fixing up together.

SUMMARY //

Caytlyn Cole starts off by recounting her creative backstory to A + K and how she always knew she was going g to have a creative career. She also talks about how she got started in memory keeping & the creation, break from, evolution, and relaunch of Push Print Studio! YAY!

Amanda gushes about how good Cay’s designs are, and feels like Push Print Studio is a digital print shop where each card is like the favorite card you’d pick out of a whole collection!

CURRENTLY ROUND //

(inspired by Kristin's CURRENTLY CARD)

WATCHING: Younger
READING: ROADMAP by Roadmap Nation
LISTENING TO: Taylor Swift; Maggie Rodgers; Lizzo
MAKING: more Push Print Studio card sets
FEELING: ready for Fall
PLANNING:
her & her husband’s Honeymoon
LOVING:
her husband & the past two years in the house he built for them

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

Where to find CAYTLYN //

PUSH PRINT STUDIO | Cay’s personal site | INSTAGRAM: @pushprintstudio | @caytlyncole | @everyday.wknd | @caytlyn.cole

SHOW NOTES //

American Crafts
Amazon Web Services
Push Print Studio
silly putty
the art of giving up
Becky Higgins + Project Life
Taylor Swift sues guy
The Lovely Pear

AFTER-CHATTER SHOW //

Head to our Patreon page to sign up for just $5 a month to hang out backstage with Amanda, Kristin, and Caytlyn as the conversation continues. See ya there, friends! xoxo

EP. 92 // Pop-Culture Planning w/ RACHEL GAJARDO

Today we have #plannerbabe Rachel Gajardo - a health insurance agent by day and a professional sticker hunter by night - on the podcast. On her social media account @popcultureplanner she strives to be vulnerable about her health, wellness, and creative journeys, hoping to connect with other crafty planners and millennials everywhere.

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Rachel Gajardo is a crafty Filipina-Latina based in Huntington Beach, California. Her favorite color is peach and her weapon of choice is a glue gun. From a young age she had interests in performing arts, scrapbooking, and photography. After graduating from UCLA in 2016, she struggled to navigate post-grad life and started using Passion Planner as a way to cope with her anxiety. Her planner then evolved into a creative outlet where she was able to infuse her love of planning with pop culture. Her mom is her greatest hero and continues to inspire her with her silent strength and humility. She wishes to own a creative business in the near future.


SUMMARY //

Rachel Gajardo starts off by explaining to A + K how she created her Instagram account to get a planner company’s attention. She also talks about her ‘tunnel vision’ in thinking there is only one right way to be a creative person, and forgetting that there are so many possibilities & models for living a creative life! She’s proof!

Rachel’s answer the question ‘Why pop culture?’ and goes into detail about what we’re all dying to know about: (1) where does she get all her stickers and (2) her process from choosing a theme to the sticker hunt to how far in advance she plans. YAY!

CURRENTLY ROUND //

(inspired by Kristin's CURRENTLY CARD)

WATCHING: Stranger Things, S3
READING: Steve Jobs
LISTENING TO: Julia Michael’s new album
MAKING: a tofu salad
FEELING: nostalgic
PLANNING:
fall spreads
LOVING:
her family, friends, co-workers, and planner besties

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

Where to find RACHEL //

| INSTAGRAM : @popcultureplanner |

SHOW NOTES //

@popcultureplanner
Passion Planner
Amanda + The Happy Planner®
Archer & Olive notebooks
Leuchtturm 1917 planner
The Happy Planner® WELLNESS Planner
Kylie and the egg
Rachel’s Jenner spread
Rachel’s Lilo and Stitch
Rachel’s Stranger Things spread
E! channel
Project Runway
Stranger Things; Queer Eye
Red Bubble
etsy
GO WILD! Planner event
Rachel’s 26th birthday post

AFTER-CHATTER SHOW //

Head to our Patreon page to sign up for just $5 a month to hang out backstage with Amanda, Kristin, and Rachel as the conversation continues. See ya there, friends! xoxo

EP. 91 // Living a Grace-filled Creative Life w/ RUBYELLEN BRATCHER

Today we have blogger, mama, wife, home-schooler, heart ranter, maker, vintage lover + shop owner - constantly showing grace through faith - Rubyellen Bratcher on the podcast! Rubyellen blogs at mycakies.com celebrating family, style, abounding grace, and living life creatively.

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SUMMARY //

Rubyellen Bratcher starts off by explaining to A + K how her sewing blog transformed into a document & celebration of family life. They talk about sharing on a blog vs. sharing on Instagram, and Rubyellen’s energy about it all is infectious!

The girls also discuss her vintage online shop WOVENFOLK and how it is an extension of her innate creativity and love for thrifting and fashion.

Rubyellen shares her perspective on being in the present moment, navigating emotions, when to share the shitty stuff, decorating your home, and raising + homeschooling a troop of girls.

CURRENTLY ROUND //

(inspired by Kristin's CURRENTLY CARD)

WATCHING: Jack Ryan on Netflix
READING: Children of Open Adoption & Habits of Grace
LISTENING TO: Taylor Swift’s “Lover”
MAKING: a ring & a beaded necklace
FEELING: nervous for the new school year
PLANNING:
the school year & her sister’s baby shower
LOVING:
kombucha

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

Where to find RUBYELLEN //

BLOG | INSTAGRAM | SHOP | SHOP IG | HER BOOK !!!

SHOW NOTES //

Rubyellen’s 5 girls
WOVENFOLK
Let’s Sew Together
timeline of Instagram
the new Instagram algorithm
vintage basket bags
Generation Her
Rubyellen’s mom
the indoor hammock
• the term “SHARENTING”
SCOBY

AFTER-CHATTER SHOW //

Head to our Patreon page to sign up for just $5 a month to hang out backstage with Amanda, Kristin, and Rubyellen as they talk about the traditions she sets up for the family, and what makes her and Ben’s relationship so strong. See ya there, friends! xoxo

EP. 90 // What is a happiness architect? w/ ALISHA JOY

Today we have happiness architect Alisha Joy on the podcast! Alisha is a gorgeously messy human who shares more in common with you than you might think. When she isn't painting on rocks or wrangling her tiny humans, she likes to write about some pretty amazing and uncomfortable topics: shame, belonging, self-love, vulnerability, grief, jealousy (you know, the fun stuff!) But the thing that really gets her fired up is happiness: how to create it, where to find it, and why we sometimes feel it's out of our reach. (Don't worry, it's NEVER out of our reach. Like, never ever.)

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SUMMARY //

Alisha Joy starts off by explaining to A + K where the term ‘happiness architect’ derived from & the backstory of how she brought her services in this arena to Patreon. They also dive right into why she started painting rocks, what she does with them, and how her painted rocks Instagram account grew to what it is today. HINT: she got a little more honest.

…and speaking of HONESTY, Alisha and the girls also discuss her mantra of “tell the truth faster” and the almost-always lies people say: “It’s not a big deal” and “It’s fine.” Courage and vulnerability, says Alisha, are two sides of the same rock.

CURRENTLY ROUND //

(inspired by Kristin's CURRENTLY CARD)

WATCHING: Dead To Me
READING: Brian Andreas
LISTENING TO: Andrea Gibson
MAKING: ROCKS!
FEELING: so hopeful, so hopeful
PLANNING:
a vacation w/ saltwater & sand & fruity drinks
LOVING:
chocolate almond croissants

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

Where to find ALISHA //

PATREON | INSTAGRAM | ETSY SHOP

SHOW NOTES //

Awesome Ladies Live
Awesome Ladies Live 2018
@alishajoywrites on IG
Alisha’s Patreon
Alisha’s card shop: Paper with Ink
a rock that says “breathe”
The100DayProject.org
EP. 20 // #The100DaysProject
POSCA markers
Jack Canfield
Chicken Soup for the Soul books
10 Signs You’re a People Pleaser
EP. 12 // Making Adult Friends

AFTER-CHATTER SHOW //

Head to our Patreon page to sign up for just $5 a month to hang out backstage with Amanda, Kristin, and Alisha as they talk ab out social media & the effect it has on all of us. See ya there, friends! xoxo

EP. 87 // Good Words w/ MEGAN DOWD

Today we have self-described compassionate hardass Megan Dowd on the podcast! Megan is a mentor to creative woman and non-binary entrepreneurs ready to be loud + candid about what matters most. She best known for turning bullsh*t into brilliance using narrative strategy and creative coaching.

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SUMMARY //

Megan Dowd starts off by telling A + K about where the ‘has good words’ part of her online identity derived from. They also dive right in to Megan’s morning pages & how daily lists can serve as a scrapbook in and of itself and show you your arc of personal growth.

The girls also discuss dressing for your day as a work from home creative entrepreneur, and Megan’s idea of conscious narrative - taking agency over the story your life writes. “My life tells a story,” Megan says, “…be conscious about it.” About humaning the best you can human.

The evolution of language was also a topic touched on in this episode, and Megan says we can’t use words just because they sounds ‘cute’ or ‘trendy’ when the meaning attached to them has evolved to something deeper.

CURRENTLY ROUND //

(inspired by Kristin's CURRENTLY CARD)

WATCHING: Blown Away
READING: The Butchering Art
LISTENING TO: My Favorite Murder; Bastille’s new album
MAKING: a Squarespace website for a client
FEELING: hungry
PLANNING:
where we’re going to eat in Portland
LOVING:
Portland; myself

AFTER-CHATTER SHOW //

Head to our Patreon page to sign up for just $5 a month to hang out backstage with Amanda, Kristin, and Lisa as they chat it up about authenticity and ‘performative’ behavior. Kristin offered a unique perspective and blew Amanda & Megan’s minds. You don’t want to miss it. We’ll catch ya there, friends! xoxo

EP. 84 // FINDING YOUR ARTISTIC VOICE w/ LISA CONGDON

Today we have THE ONE, THE ONLY Lisa Congdon on the podcast! Fine artist, illustrator and author Lisa Congdon is best known for her colorful paintings and hand lettering. She works for clients around the world, and is the author of eight books, including the her latest: Find Your Artist Voice: The Essential Guide to Working Your Creative Magic.

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SUMMARY //

Lisa Congdon starts off by telling A + K about her “early mid-life crisis” and what her really intense desire to be creative manifested into. Lisa then goes into the greatest lesson writing her first book Art, Inc. taught her.

Teaching is also a big part of Lisa Congdon’s creative life. She goes into what she loves about teaching and letting go of the preciousness of her work when teaching students how to “art” using her techniques. Lisa and the girls discuss copying vs. ‘being influenced by’, and how to embrace your own voice, ideas, and “wonkiness”.

Amanda + Kristin pick Lisa’s brain about being personal & political, and using her voice/platform to talk about topics she cares about. The girls discuss putting out messages of self-love, worthiness, self-care and being an influencer vs. being an impacter.

BUY HER LATEST BOOK:

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

Where to find LISA //

WEBSITE | CLASSES | INSTAGRAM | FB GROUP | TWITTER | PINTEREST | 99u’s AWESOME INTERVIEW


CURRENTLY ROUND //

(inspired by Kristin's CURRENTLY CARD)

WATCHING: Gentleman Jack
READING: The Librarian of Auschwitz
LISTENING TO: Ninth Street Women
MAKING: kale & lettuce in her garden
FEELING: gratitude
PLANNING:
her book tour
LOVING:
Portland & the shop in her studio

AFTER-CHATTER SHOW //

Head to our Patreon page to sign up for just $5 a month to see Lisa Congdon’s adorable color-coordinated outfitand + hang out backstage with Amanda, Kristin, and Lisa as they chat it up about Lisa’s studio/shop combo! We’ll catch ya there, friends! xoxo

EP. 83 // SCRAPPIN' DOWN UNDER w/ HEIDI BUTTERS-STABB

Today we have Heidi Butters-Stabb on the podcast! Heidi is an Australian/American dual citizen who has lived most of her life in regional Victoria (southeast Australia) and sees kangaroos in the wild on an almost weekly basis right now because of the ongoing drought. She also has strong ties to Minnesota in the US and understands what “real” winter is. She works as a University librarian and her wife is a high school teacher. They have two cats. Heidi is a scrapbooker, crocheter, cross-stitcher, quilter, failed knitter and wannabe writer.

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SUMMARY //

Heidi Butters-Stabb and the girls talk about what it’s like to be a queer, Christian Aussie scrapbooker and how she is unapologetic about all the facets of her identity.

Heidi also goes into the backstory of how she got into scrapbooking, what her favorite part about scrapbooking is, and how she’s slowly gotten over perfectionism and comparison in her crafting.

CURRENTLY ROUND //

(inspired by Kristin's CURRENTLY CARD)

WATCHING: Good Omens
READING: Six Tudor Queens, Katherine of Aragon
LISTENING TO: Jay & Miles X-Plain the X-Men
MAKING: last year’s 6x8 Tour de France project
FEELING: energized by this conversation
PLANNING: Kellie Winnell’s 31 minutes for 31 Days
LOVING: Harry Potter Wizard’s Unite

AFTER-CHATTER SHOW //

Head to our Patreon page to sign up for just $5 a month and listen/watch the conversation continue with Amanda, Kristin, and Heidi! See ya there! xoxo

EP. 82 // Launching Your Site w/ PROMISE TANGEMAN

Today we have Promise Tangeman - the CEO and Creative Director of GoLiveHQ, a team of Brand Strategists and Graphic and Web Designers who create and launch brands and websites for small businesses - on the podcast!

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SUMMARY //

Promise Tangeman and the girls talk about how many 'Promise’s they know and have met! They then go into her creative journey from double majoring in graphic design + fine arts and the days of branding out her & her freinds’ MySpace pages! Haa! Promise also talks about how the idea for GoLiveHQ came to be!

Also, this week is GoLiveHQ’s 4th of JULY Sale! Get 30% off Squarespace Website Templates Thursday 7/4/19 to Sunday 7/7/19. PLUS, you’ll get into GoLive’s FREE 5-day LAUNCH TOGETHER! workshop dedicated to helping you launch your site. YAY!

CURRENTLY ROUND //

(inspired by Kristin's CURRENTLY CARD)

WATCHING: The Bacholrette
READING: The Power of Now
LISTENING TO: RVRB
MAKING: a new GoLiveHQ mini workshop
FEELING: tired
PLANNING: our 4th of JULY Sale!
LOVING: her husband


AFTER-CHATTER SHOW //

Head to our Patreon page to sign up for just $5 a month and listen/watch the conversation continue with Amanda, Kristin, and Promise on work/life balance and to how she and her husband Brian make their 10-year marriage work. See ya there! xoxo

EP. 80 // SCRAPPY LIKE A FOX w/ TRACEY FOX

Today we have Tracey Fox a.k.a. @scrappylikeafox on the podcast! Tracey is a self-proclaimed scrapbookin’ feminist nerd living in central Ohio. She is a former middle school band director, has a master’s degree in Women’s Studies, and currently works as a fundraising data analyst at a large university. She still doesn’t know what she wants to be when she grows up, but scrapbooking is the one pursuit that has remained constant in her life.

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After deciding to dive deeper into the online crafty community and start saying “yes” to opportunities to connect with other creatives, Tracey found a whole new level of love for scrapbooking and its power to unite women in documenting their experiences, perspectives, and intentions through craftiness. Tracey is the host of the Scrappy Like a Fox Facebook group and the #scrappychristmasinjuly and #scrappytrendwatch initiatives online. She is also the creator of the printable scrapbooking-themed party game Scraps Incite Calamity! 

SUMMARY //

Tracey Fox starts off by telling A + K the origin story of how @scrappylikeafox came to be - including the time before smart phones when she used to carry around a point-and-shoot camera. (Been there. Done that.) The girls then go into what it means to be on the cusp of the millennial generation and

Tracey then shares her thoughts and approach to scrapbooking and why 12x12 pages are her JAM! She talks about her TREND WATCH series and celebrating other’s creative content.

JOIN TRACEY’S SCRAPPY LIKE A FOX FB GROUP!

CURRENTLY ROUND //

(inspired by Kristin's CURRENTLY CARD)

WATCHING: Mickey Mouse SHORTS
READING: spreadsheets
LISTENING TO: Booksmart soundtrack
MAKING: 12x12 pages about her Disney World trip
FEELING: so excited for Awesome Ladies LIVE

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

Where to find TRACEY //

IG | FB GROUP | TUMBLR | SHOP | PINTEREST

SHOW NOTES //

@scrappylikeafox
millennial generation
Kids These Days by Malcom Harris
Elder Millennial
Amanda’s 9/11 photo & blog post
Tracey’s personal IG @trrrracey
SCRAPPY TREND WATCH
TRACEY’S SCRAPPY LIKE A FOX FB GROUP!
The Awesome Ladies Project
Awesome Ladies LIVE!
Elle’s Studio Magical Memories

AFTER-CHATTER SHOW //

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

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

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

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

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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 //

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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!

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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…”

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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 //

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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?”

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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 //

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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!

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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

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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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