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.

10 why we scrapbook blog post 02.jpg

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.

FRANCE WISNIEWSKI blog post | Crafty Ass Female.jpg

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!

11 30 days of lists blog post 02.jpg

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.)

10 why we scrapbook blog post 02.jpg

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