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!

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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 //

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?”

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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 //

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!

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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

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 //

Head to our Patreon page to sign up for just $5 a month + gain access to exclusive bonus content from Amanda, Kristin, & Eliza as they continue the conversation. Thank you for the continued support! xo

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.

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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 //

Head to our Patreon page to sign up for just $5 a month + gain access to exclusive bonus content from Amanda, Kristin, & Nicole as they continue the conversation. Thank you for the continued support! xo

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!

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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 //

Head to our Patreon page to sign up for just $5 a month + gain access to Amanda, Kristin, & Jess as they dive deep into anxiety & therapy & strategies that have worked.

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.

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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 //

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

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 //

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

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.

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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.                      

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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

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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

EP. 37 // Becoming the Artist She Is w/ Katie Smith

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 Katie Smith on the podcast. Katie is an artist + crafter located in Washington, USA. She loves anything + everything crafty – from sketching and painting to scrapbooking and art journaling, and even crochet and quilting. If it’s creative, she loves it! Her artwork focuses mainly on women, galaxies, and nature.  Katie shares all of her creative pursuits as well as creative tips and tutorials on her blog, www.studiokatie.com. Katie is a published artist in multiple magazines and books, including Creating Keepsakes, Stitch Craft Create, and Brush Mag.

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SUMMARY //

In this episode, the girls talk to Katie about moving from Texas to Washington, being artistic at a young age, starting her blog 9 years ago, and how the 'feel' of blogging has changed.

Katie talks about her early influences, the Design Teams she was on, and brings home the point that ARTISTS DESERVE TO GET PAID. Period. (Yes!)

She also talks about how having an online-based business to use her strengths over the internet works extremely well since she is a self-proclaimed introvert, and what a typical week is like for her.

FAVORITE QUOTES FROM THE EP //

Katie on future plans for Studio Katie :

"I want to sell more original paintings and turn my artwork into more prints or stickers...more product-based a little bit... it's a little bit scary because I don't really know how, but I'll figure it out as I go along." 
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Katie on claiming her power as an artist :

"Artists deserve to get paid just as much as anyone else who works." 

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

Where to find Katie //

WEBSITE | SHOP | BLOGIG | FB | PINTEREST

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AFTER-CHATTER SHOW //

Head to our Patreon page to sign up for just $5 a month and hang out backstage with Amanda, Kristin, and Katie to hear/watch them discuss more about why it's important (like, so super important) for artists to get paid. In today's After-Chatter, Katie talks about how she prices her work, the switch in her mind that gave Katie more confidence & power, what she thought she'd be doing if not managing Studio Katie, and working with brands on social media. WOO! SO GOOD! See ya there! xoxo

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. 35 // Creating True Success w/ Jaclyn Carter

Crafty Ass Female's 'Summer of Special Guests' is underway : 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!

Today we're talking to Jaclyn Carter, an entrepreneur, teacher, and mom to two little ones, who runs a company & lifestyle blog called Love Jac that helps you create, share, and connect through art. Jaclyn has expanded Love Jac in recent years to go beyond selling greeting cards. Jaclyn hosts adult craft classes in person and online, and teaches a kids' art class called “Artists & Crafts” where she introduces toddlers to famous artists and encourages the children to create their own age-appropriate masterpieces.

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SUMMARY //

In this episode, Jaclyn dives right into how her successful toddler art class ART(ists) & CRAFTS organically came to be + grow into what it is today. Five years in the making, she talks about the challenges at the beginning, how transitioned it from a side-hustle to her main source of income, and how she arrived at these key words for her business: CREATE. SHARE. CONNECT. 

Jaclyn also talks about how she doubled her income without even realizing it, and her NEXT BIG IDEA for an adult craft class!  

10% OFF CODE //

Jackie provided the code CRAFTYAF (which is hilarious 'cause it can also mean crafty AS FUCK) for all our listeners. That can get them 10% OFF all purchases both on lovejac.com and on her scrapbook class Best Summer Yet (see below)!

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FAVORITE QUOTES FROM THE EP //

Jaclyn on recognizing what's working & letting go of the original plan :

"I've just been keeping going and seeing what works and you know, NOW I'm looking at it as what can make me money... l LOVE this creative job that I've created an I KNOW it can make me money if I put on the business woman hat instead of just giving it all away...

...I don't feel like I failed [the original plan of selling greeting cards] but what works is what you put your energy & effort into, and if I'm not putting my energy & effort into the greeting cards, it's not going to be as successful."

Jaclyn on true success & looking at your ACTUAL LIFE:

"My other light bulb moment too in this whole process was: when I entered that competition I was like, 'I'm going to TAKE OVER THE WORLD of stationery!" ...like literally nothing else except taking over the world stationery-wise was going to be success... you have to be HALLMARK... and then NOW, living my life and going day by day, you realize 'if I teach this class to 24 kids every year, that's AWESOME. Those 24 kids' lives have been better. Their nannies' lives, their parents' lives... I have made an impact and it's succeed.' I could do that with a scrapbooking class and have succeed. Instead of thinking 'I have to be the next Ali Edwards."

Jaclyn &amp; Amanda @ NSS back in May

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

Where to find Jaclyn //

WEBSITE | BLOG | SHOPIG | SCRAPBOOK CLASS

AFTER-CHATTER SHOW //

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

Head to our Patreon page to sign up for just $5 a month and hang out backstage with the girls while they dive right into (1) mental health and how we ALL have to deal with some degree of mental distress throughout our lives. A, K, + J touch upon (2) post-pardum, (3) therapy, (4) societal pressures of motherhood, and (5) the challenges of being a stay-at-home mom. Also, how (6) memory keeping as a mom is super important because of the need to navigate YOUR story as an individual and not just a mom. ...and OF COURSE the girls conclude w/ (7) social media & the pressure to share EVERYTHING in order to be authentic. The girls decide: NOT TRUE!  ; )

EP. 34 // Optimizing Your Craftiness w/ Danielle Spurge

Welcome to Crafty Ass Female's 'Summer of Special Guests' : 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!

Today we're talking to Danielle Spurge, a maker and craft business consultant who loves iced lattes and pop music. Through her work at The Merriweather Council, Danielle teaches creative people how to turn their crafty tendencies into profits. On her blog and podcast, Danielle aims to inspire and support makers in business and share insights from her eight years of experience selling handmade work online. Danielle believes in celebrating the reality of gainful self employment through craft and wants to help more artists, crafters and designers share their work with more confidence. 

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SUMMARY //

In this episode, Danielle Spurge shares how she 'just started' craft business, said 'YES' to everything, and leveraged Etsy to open herself to opportunities. She also talks about how that lead to her branching off into the craft business consultant she is today, teaching other makers how to make a profit off of their crafty tendencies. 

Danielle also explains the idea behind 'leveraging' and 'optimizing' your visibility + presence, figuring out what the unique opportunities are on each platform, and goes into the difference between the audience on Instagram vs. the audience on Etsy.  

Free Etsy Lessons //

Danielle has provided all of our listeners with this link to her FREE ETSY LESSONS email series: 
merriweathercouncilblog.com/craftyass

FAVORITE QUOTES FROM THE EP //

Danielle on starting her craft business :

"...that's basically how I started my business, from a place of like, 'Well, I may as well try this now' ...and so literally the day after graduation I just went home and slept for a while and then I started my business...it's just as simple as that. I just decided this was what I wanted to do and I just started doing it because I didn't know any better, so I didn't know if I was doing it right or wrong, I just was doing it." 

Danielle on having a 'business bestie':

"Business is better with a friend. No one wants to do this alone. It's already hard enough. Why make it harder on yourself? Also of course we're all going to learn from our own experiences as we do things, but truthfully, we can not have ALL of the experiences ourselves. ...so we HAVE to learn from each other."

Danielle's advice to combat social media overwhelm:

"I tell people: you want to have ONE PASSIVE social media and ONE ACTIVE at least, and depending on what you like, you add something else in." 

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

Where to find Danielle //

WEBSITE | BLOG | SHOPPODCASTIG | FB

SHOW NOTES //

Massachusetts College of Art & Design
MassART Fibers BFA
embroidery art
etsy 
The Merriweather Council
Etsy Teams
intro video on Danielle's website
Instagram Hits 1 Billion Users
the COUNCIL membership group
• Danielle's Summer UNSLUMP Bootcamp
• Danielle's PINTEREST page
• Danielle's 'BRAIN' embroidery 
Valentine, Danielle's fur baby

LIGHTNING ROUND //

(inspired by Kristin's CURRENTLY CARD)

WATCHING: cable & Fixer Upper
READING: Into The Water
LISTENING TO: Celine Dion
MAKING: embroidered initial necklaces + Christmas ornaments
FEELING: motivated + empowered
PLANNING: more time w/ the humans in her life
LOVING: reddit

AFTER-CHATTER SHOW //

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

Head to our Patreon page to sign up for just $5 a month and hang out backstage with the girls while they talk about (1) women & money & not feeling guilt over monetizing what we're naturally good at, (2) distinguishing between what obstacles you should bring to your support system for your business & which are for therapy, and conclude with (3) expert advice from Danielle for how us niched memory keepers, paper crafters, and planners can optimized OUR craft. It's so good! 

Awesome Ladies Live // 

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

EP. 33 // Extravagant Hope & Grace w/ Brandi Kincaid

Welcome to Crafty Ass Female's 'Summer of Special Guests' : our second series of amazing, inspiring interviews with a badass bunch of creative & resourceful women that Amanda + Kristin can't wait to share with you!

Today we're talking to Brandi Kincaid, one of Kristin's artistic inspirations. Brandi is an illustrator and paper crafter who makes and records memories with her husband Andrew, and puppy Augie Roo, in Bellingham, Washington. She spends all her free moments listening closely, playing with paper and glue, and drawing a version of the world around her.

A few days a week you can find her helping guests and giving tours at her local art and history museum, which is, in her not so humble opinion, the best place to practice some of that listening she loves so much. When she isn't making a mess or dreaming up new designs, she's spending time at one of her favorite neighborhood bookshops, thrifting treasures, or watching episodes of Murder She Wrote, because nothing beats J.B. Fletcher.

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SUMMARY //

In this episode, Brandi talks about being a collector in this world, how she moved into full-time freelance illustrating by organically allowing herself to grow, the practice of creating and keeping commonplace books, and shares the BEST ADVICE SHE'S EVER GOTTEN (!!!) with us. 

The ladies also chat about how Brandi had to let go of the pressure she put on herself to use the tools she thought she SHOULD be using, and use instead what WORKS FOR HER, end of story. 

FAVORITE QUOTES FROM THE EP //

Brandi on her organic growth in the industry :

"Things opened up as I opened up." 

Brandi on TRYING & knowing your limits :

"At some point it's okay to decide: I've tried ENOUGH...and this is NOT the outlet for me.
I LOVE TRYING. I'm a BIG proponent of trying. I think we should all being trying, but I also think that TRYING at some point is NOT DOING, and it's okay to say 'I'm going to take that TRYING energy and put it toward something new that I'm going to WANT TO DO.' It's going to be okay after that. ...you have to always balance 'trying' and 'doing'." 

Brandi on what's worthy to pull from everyday life & turn into art:

"I think everything is worthy. I think everything is worth remembering, documenting...it's LESS about WHAT, and MORE about WHEN...kind of the TIMING of it...I write down more than I share and that's because I share them on the timeline that then makes sense, so I'm not depending on things to be important in the moment...I'm always wanting more from the small moments - and they give it to me - but they give it me on their own schedule." 

Awesome Ladies Live // 

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

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

Where to find Brandi //

WEBSITE | SHOP | IG | YOUTUBE 

SHOW NOTES //

Brandi's SHOP : The Shiny Bits
Brandi's products for FEED YOUR CRAFT
Brandi's work w/ Ellen Hutson's - Leading Ladies
Extravagent Hope - Brandi's monthly kit
Brandi on Project Life
Brandi's WEEK IN THE LIFE August 2015
• 2015 mini book HERE & HERE on IG
Elise from FEED YOUR CRAFT
Big Picture Classes
IPad Pro - 12.9 inches
Apple pencil
ProCreate for iPad
• Brandi's THINGS TAKE TIME post
J.B. Fletcher
Brandi's character Harriet the Hippo
• Brandi's #100DayProject this year
• 30 Rock's SHUT IT DOWN
• Brandi on Commonplace Books

LIGHTNING ROUND //

(inspired by Kristin's CURRENTLY CARD)

WATCHING: Obit + California Typewriter
READING: Hannah Green and Her Unfeasably Mundane Existence 
LISTENING TO: Eminem + Molly Parden
MAKING: marks & existing
FEELING: quietly hopeful (more on AFTER CHATTER)
PLANNING: an August release in her SHOP
LOVING: Richard Diebenkorn

AFTER-CHATTER SHOW //

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

Head to our Patreon page to sign up for just $5 a month and hang out backstage with the girls while they talk about (1) how Brandi loses followers every time she posts her face (!!!), (2) how we've stigmatized 'CARING' about social media (Brandi says it's okay to), (3) dealing w/ hard stuff, (4) showing up with grace, and (5) feeling quietly hopeful. It's a REALLY good one, and we hope you check it out! It's so worth the investment, and we don't say that lightly. GO! PLEASE! LISTEN! IT'S GREAT.