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. 88 // A + K's CURRENTLY LISTS

KRISTIN’S CURRENTLY LIST. You know it & love it. Our guests orally complete it at the end of every interview, and A + K have done their own currentlies in After Chatter in the past. Today, we are getting an update from the girls via this super fun, low-impact little list.

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SUMMARY //

In this episode, A + K check-in with each other about where they’re at via Kristin’s super fun, low-impact little currently list that has been out in the world since 2012.

KRISTIN’S CURRENTLY ROUND //

WATCHING: Jane The Virgin; La Casa de Papel
READING: Finding Your Artist Voice; Trick Mirror; Six Seasons
LISTENING TO: Jamie Cullum’s “Age of Anxiety”
MAKING: a new website (!!!)
FEELING: great & wonderful
PLANNING:
Book of Me class
LOVING:
summer produce

AMANDA’S CURRENTLY ROUND //

WATCHING: The Office; The Sopranos
READING: Because of Winn-Dixie
LISTENING TO: Miami 2017; Truth Hurts, Jerome, Wish Wish; Nicki Minaj
MAKING: homemade Baked Clams w/ Grandma
FEELING: rested, grateful, & skillful
PLANNING:
to jump into the Passion Planner
LOVING:
summer off, this season of life


AFTER-CHATTER SHOW //

Head to our Patreon page to sign up for just $5 a month and hang out backstage with A & K to hear the conversation continue. See ya there! xoxo

EP. 86 // AWESOME LADIES LIVE post show

AWESOME LADIES LIVE 2019 has come and gone! Join us in giving Kristin a round of internet applause for the great job she did at this year’s creative retreat (her third one!!!) for the group of girls you see below. This event keeps getting better, and a great time was had by all!

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SUMMARY //

In this episode, you hear A + K talk about their perspectives on this year’s Awesome Ladies Live creative retreat. Kristin talks about her intentions behind this event, how she feels it succeed, and how she’s SO GEARED UP for next year’s (July 24, 25, 26)!

Amanda talks about how she wanted to use her time at the retreat to get back to that ‘play’ mentality…to use what she had on hand to finally document the past few months. SPOILER ALERT: mission accomplished!



AFTER-CHATTER SHOW //

Head to our Patreon page to sign up for just $5 a month and hang out backstage with A & K to hear the conversation continue. See ya there! xoxo

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WE LOVE YOU AWESOME LADIES!
TRACEY, MELISSA, JENNY, JULI, MEGAN, JUNELL, LAURA, MICHELLE & SUSAN (not pictured)


EP. 85 // MID-SUMMER CRAFTING: where we're at & where we want to go

HOW ARE WE ALREADY HALF-WAY THROUGH SUMMER 2019?!?! A + K are having the time of their life this summer, and felt the need to check-in with where they are in their crafting and where they want to go with it all.

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SUMMARY //

In this episode, A + K check-in with each other about where they’re at mid-summer, different angles you could take to tell your story, and where they want to go with their creative energy.

Amanda thought she would use summer to catch up on her memory keeping, and talks to Kristin about how she’s not doing enough PLAY / PRACTICE with her crafting. Kristin talk about her morning pages practice and how it allows her to “just play”.

A + K each talk about their identity as a creative artist and putting self-imposed rules on their projects. Amanda’s been exploring how she can use IG stories & her digital space to supplement her paper memory keeping..

The girls also reflect on where they are at with their one little words for the year. Amanda talks about what’s FOUND and Kristin talks about how she thought her word PROJECT would have been a louder word than it has been.


AFTER-CHATTER SHOW //

Head to our Patreon page to sign up for just $5 a month and hang out backstage with A & K to hear the conversation continue. See ya there! 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. 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. 77 // SUMMER CRAFTING & happenings!

HAPPY FRIGGIN’ MEMORIAL DAY! The unofficial start to summer has begun today and A + K are gushing about it!

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SUMMARY //

In this episode, A + K gush over the unofficial start of summer and share their upcoming summertime crafting plans. Amanda plans to jump back into her 9x12 project life album once the school year is over, and Kristin will be keeping up with her daily pages.

The girls also chat about the weird phenomenon of pre-grieving the end of summer before summer has even began. Kristin suggests looking forward to short term things that will be happening within your present day, not just at the end of the week or month.

AFTER-CHATTER SHOW //

Head to our Patreon page to sign up for just $5 a month and hang out backstage with A & K to hear them talk about what Kristin plans to do for her and Jeff’s 10th (!!!) Anniversary next month, and what makes a good relationship.

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



EP. 73 // Growth in Scrapbooking

A year and a half ago, Amanda + Kristin launched episode 10 of this podcast answering the question WHY WE SCRAPBOOK. With this season’s theme of GROWTH, we thought it was appropriate to revisit this question. We talk about how we’ve evolved our documenting hobby up until this point, and the shifts in our approach & execution.

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SUMMARY //

In this episode, A + K talk about scrapbooking as an amazing tool for personal growth since it causes you to be reflective, and how the craft of memory keeping blends the past, present, and future all at once.

The girls discuss supplies and not treating them so preciously. Also, A + K make a point that choosing supplies is not the only choice you need to make for a project. Crafters don’t realize that choosing the approach is equally if not more important.

How to extrapolate EASE and JOY in scrapbooking is what the girls are goaling to get across in the episode, and also suggest focusing on using all FIVE SENSES to pay attention to the little details of your life.

KRISTIN’S 100 QUESTIONS - HERE

ALI EDWARDS’S WEEK IN THE LIFE™

AFTER-CHATTER SHOW //

Head to our Patreon page to sign up for just $5 a month and hang out backstage with Amanda and Kristin to hear them continue talking about how perfectionism memory keeping moving forward! xoxo


EP. 58 (FROM THE VAULT) // Why We Scrapbook

Hey, crafty ass females! We are two weeks into the new year + here we go! Today’s show is another re-release from our episode archives that we are affectionately calling ‘FROM THE VAULT’. As we prepare for the second half of season 3 - we will be pulling some of our most relevant & favorite episodes from seasons 1 + 2 to share with you again. TODAY: a re-release of EP. 10 where Amanda + Kristin explore the question ‘WHY DO WE SCRAPBOOK?’. Enjoy, if you haven’t heard it yet.

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

SUMMARY //

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

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

FAVORITE QUOTE FROM THIS EP //

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

CALL TO ACTION // 

We would love to hear why you memory keep!  What are your reasons? How long have you scrapbooked? What started you scrapbooking? What has made you stay? If you left, what brought you back to it! Leave them in the comments below or share on our Discord channel!

EP. 36 // Paper-crafting #realtalk w/ France Wisniewski

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're bringing you the smooth-sounds (her voice is so soothing) of France Wisniewski, the paper-obsessed graphic designer & owner/creator of Bananafishstudio. She specializes in creating modern paper/digital elements as well as rubber and photopolymer stamps inspired by her love of memory keeping, paper-crafting, and simple straight-forward design.

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SUMMARY //

In this episode, France GETS REAL! She talks about how she got started in graphic design, and how she's been a part of the memory keeping community since the late 90s, but did not put her creativity out there right away. The girls then fast forward to present day and talk about Traveler's Notebooks & designing for the industry in 2018. 

France also brings up how modern day society is a 'quick dismissal' society, and doesn't give artists enough credit or time or money to evolve their art. 

She also gives us crafty ass females a unique perspective on the realities of Design Teams and what's going on when you're on them. Oh yeah. We go there. 

FAVORITE QUOTES FROM THE EP //

France on her chosen medium for memory keeping at any given time :

"We're so focused on 'rules' so to speak, that we don't blaze our own trail."
"There's no ONE WAY to scrapbook. There's no one-size-fits-all. I have made layouts, I have made minibooks, I have done all kinds of things...and I don't put any limits on myself. Right now I'm doing notebooks, I don't know if I'll do notebooks forever, but any way that I feel motivated to continue documenting my memories in this way is what I will do." 

France on society not having faith in it's creative people & not giving art enough time:

"I feel like we've become a society where we're so quick to shut down everything, to hate on everything the minute we hear it, the minute we come across it. Just give it some time. I feel like there's never any time to just let things percolate...we need more time...I feel like we never have any time..."
"We have less respect for creative people in this society...because there was time when someone would put out a movie, they would do it the way they wanted to do it, like Citizen Kane...the fact of the matter is sometimes you need to let artists DO THEIR ART. Put it out into the world. Don't try to push it down, don't try to force them into changing it...show that you have some faith in your creative people." 
"I feel like over and over again business and corporations are basically saying 'We have no faith in you...we don't believe in you, if what you do does not immediately gain traction, then you're not good at what you do.' ...it's expecting too much of creative people. It's expecting us to be magicians...it's turning future generations off of creative jobs in particular." 

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

Where to find France //

BLOG | SHOPIG | YOUTUBE | BIG PICTURE CLASS

SHOW NOTES //

Studio Calico
our Ali Edwards episode 
Travelor's Notebooks (TN)
• > > > France's TN layouts < < <
France's hybrid TN blog post
Kelly Purkey TN kits
Bananafishstudio for Kelly Purkey
Gossamer Blue
France's SHOP
Two Peas
Jenni Bowlin
Bananafishstudio for Studio Calico

LIGHTNING ROUND //

(inspired by Kristin's CURRENTLY CARD)

WATCHING: 90 Day Fiancé
READING: Into Thin Air
LISTENING TO: Cardi B's "I Like It Like That"
MAKING: knitted socks, hats, scarves
FEELING: relief (YASSS, girl, YASSS)

AFTER-CHATTER SHOW //

Head to our Patreon page to sign up for just $5 a month and hang out backstage with Amanda, Kristin, and France to hear/watch them discuss the closing down of Toys R Us. It's no holds barred in today's After Chatter (in the best way possible)! See ya there! xoxo

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

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

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

SUMMARY //

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

FAVORITE QUOTE FROM THIS EP //

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

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

CALL TO ACTION // 

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

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

EP. 10 // Why We Scrapbook

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

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SUMMARY //

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

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

FAVORITE QUOTE FROM THIS EP //

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

CALL TO ACTION // 

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

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