EP. 28 // The Art of Being (an Artist) with Melody Hansen

This is the last interview in our May series of interviewees, our first batch of conversations from some of the Craftiest Ass Females we know, and we couldn't have been prouder to share their stories + wisdom!  

Today we're talking to Melody Hansen, one of Amanda's artistic inspirations. She is originally from Lausanne, Switzerland & currently living in Toronto, Canada, is a modern day artist that dabbles in graphic design, illustration, art direction, music, curation, + writing. Amanda recently took her creative workshop entitled The Art of Being (an Artist) + couldn't recommend it more! 

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SUMMARY //

In this episode, Melody Hansen talks about all the different ways she expresses her creativity, beginning with the time she spent on neopets!

The ladies also chat about Melody's evolution to becoming the modern day artist she is today, how she feels a lot of her work has been hand-in-hand with the internet, and art authenticity vs. popularity.

FAVORITE QUOTES FROM THE EP //

Melody on being creative & resourceful :

"I don't try to limit myself on what I can do, I mean I have all these ideas and things I want to accomplish...I still feel like there is a lot that can still be done, and so I guess the ideas that I have in my mind to me is what makes me creative, and finding those outlets and those platforms and those mediums that I can use...

...and resourceful, I think is the PEOPLE. I think the collaborations I've done in the past, the different type of people I've worked with from all sorts of different industries and organizations has been...the way that I have gotten to where I am now: keeping those people as the connections, but also building the friendships and relationships that I have."
 
KAM ,  KRISTIN ,  MEGAN , &  AMY  planning   Awesome Ladies Live  2017  

Melody on creativity being her weapon of choice :

"I sort of see my work being my weapon of choice. I feel like when I have these internal mental battles - that I think we all do and we all face - to me creating is that weapon to kind of like, feel powerful and feel like I am still in control and I can silence whatever thoughts or whatever feelings that are negative or dark or...and that comes through my work and I think that's where all the feelings and mental health comes in." 

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Where to find Melody //

SHOP | WORKSHOP: The Art of Being (an Artist)
Instagram | website | FB | twitter | pinterest | blog

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SHOW NOTES //

FEELINGS FEELING FEELINGS
The Art of Being (an Artist)
• What are neopets?
neopets.com
Melody + her sister + music
• song: BOULDERS
• song: 22 DAYS
To Write Love on Her Arms
Melody Hansen w/ TWLOHA
MySpace
Big Fish
Shrek
Back to the Future 
• Hitchock's Rear Window
Wizard of Oz play
Gaslight 
Gaslight movie (1944)
Arrival
#artvsartist on IG
PERSEVERE PERSEVERE PERSEVERE
Bates Motel 
The Black Panther album

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 and hang out backstage with the girls + Melody getting real about how social media effects art + the artist.

PARTNERING w/ SUDIO // 

We've partnered with Sudio - a company who creates headphones that function as both a quality tech device and stylish accessory!

 Amanda chose the Tre Pink design, Kristin chose the Regent Black style, + are LOVING them so far! 

Use our specific discount code CRAFTYASS15 to get 15% off any purchase you make from the website!  

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!

EP. 27 // Planning, Family, Church, + Writing w/ Erica Canant

Let's keep the inspirational convos going, shall we?! We are thrilled to share the love & light of Amanda's really good friend, bae, boo, wittle deer, sister for another mister, bestie from Texie, Erica Canant, with ya'll today! (...who just had a birthday this past weekend! Happy Birthday!)

She is a mom of three, wife to Phil, writer, creative, #plannerbabe, Happy Planner® Design Team member, child of God, group leader, Crafty Ass Female to the MAX, super-force + modern woman in the world today, who loves lettering, Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber, face filters, lip-synching in the car with the kiddos, etc. She's all around awesome, with so much grace + wisdom to share!

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SUMMARY //

In this episode, Erica talks about choosing her 'YES's more wisely, making it a priority to be a good friend, the small group she + her husband lead in their home, & how God has revealed Himself to her through suffering.

The ladies also chat about the BOOK (!!!) Erica's in the process of writing, how she overcame the anxiety & was able to start, her break into the planning community, and quality over quantity on her personal social media channels! 

FAVORITE QUOTES FROM THE EP //

Erica's modern take on Church teachings:

"...when I'm unpacking the Bible, one thing that I want it to speak to is to women who DON'T know the Bible, is to women who DON'T believe in God, and they can be like, 'Whoa, THAT'S IN THERE?! Whoa, it talks about THAT?! Whoa, I totally relate to that! ...and I just had no idea because growing up I never heard the Bible taught in that way..." ...so I'm very passionate about...telling stories in the scripture about women because women are a vital, crucial, heart of the Bible..." 
KAM ,  KRISTIN ,  MEGAN , &  AMY  planning   Awesome Ladies Live  2017  

Erica on comparison in the planner community:

"Man, I don't have, you know, 10,000 followers or 24,000 followers...when y'all chose me to be on the Design Team, I was like, 'WHY?!'...I do that comparison game...just getting over myself, getting over those things that I put in my head, or what others think about me. I think it's really easy in this community to care a little bit too much about what other people are thinking or saying..." 

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!

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 and hang out backstage with the girls + Erica getting real about tackling anxiety. 

PARTNERING w/ SUDIO // 

We've partnered with Sudio - a company who creates headphones that function as both a quality tech device and stylish accessory! // Amanda chose the Tre Pink design, Kristin chose the Regent Black style, + are LOVING them so far! 

Use our specific discount code CRAFTYASS15 to get 15% off any purchase you make from the website!  

EP. 26 // Diversity in Crafting + Choosing Joy w/ Nita Patterson

We are so honored to have Amanda's beautiful friend + fellow #plannerbabe, Nita Patterson, wife to 'a whole husband’, creative, child of God, fashionista extradordinare, super-force + modern woman in the world on the podcast today imparting inspiration + strength + life lessons + the most amazing wisdom.

This episode is dedicated to the loving memory of Christopher Aiden Patterson.  

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SUMMARY //

In this episode, Nita BRINGS IT and her light shines brighter than ever! She talks to A + K about how she's always been crafty, and how she got started in the planner community. Nita also shares her perspective on diversity in the crafting industry, and how being joyful through the tragedy of baby loss a IS A CHOICE. 

Also check out the ladies in their Patreon exclusive ‘After Chatter’ show, where you can sign up to watch a video of Amanda, Kristin, and Nita chat it up!

FAVORITE QUOTES FROM THE EP //

NITA ON DIVERSITY IN CRAFTING: 

OUT OF NECESSITY. "Being on The Happy Planner® Design Team kind of catapulted who I am in this planner community because again...there weren't a lot of women of color on the major design teams...women of color aren't represented...

...how many other amazing, super-creative women of color that I've met in this community that don't have a fraction of my following ...their work is not as recognized & they are amazing illustrators, scrapbookers, women that color with the copics... 

...part of that is I fit an image, and I've made it a point more to, like even with my natural hair...it's almost they're afraid if you're too strong, if you're too pro-black... you have to be very cautious of that... especally if you're on a PR team you are speaking on behalf of those brands, and for some of the women of color, they feel like some of the injustices and things that have gone on, they'd like to speak about them on their personal pages...but you risk not being able to represent these brands, or they don't want to be associated with that for FEAR that it's not as marketable, or it might rock the boat, or doesn't fit into this cookie-cut, this pristine brand that they have..."
 

NITA ON CHOOSING JOY:

"We can have pity parties in life, but again, it always takes me back to my grandmother saying: 'you need to leave your feelings under the pillows when you get up in the morning.' ...IT IS A CHOICE...usually in life, for me, when I've encountered tough situations, it has shaped me, in a way that only through experience you are able to do it. You can't take a shortcut...it's only through endurance you're able to get to the other side...the scripture tells us 'All things work together for good.'...it doesn't feel good to me, but God is still good...IT IS A CHOICE." 
the innovative  DIY planner clips  Nita created that caught the attention of me & my BIG ideas 

the innovative DIY planner clips Nita created that caught the attention of me & my BIG ideas 

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

Where to find Nita //

Instagram | YouTube | Apparel Shop

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SHOW NOTES //

@neatlyplanned
The Happy Planner™ 
Nita's DIY planner paper clips
• Ecclesiastes 9:10 hand verse
Lisa Frank stickers
Nita's bright planner pages
Barbie Rub & Color
Creative Card Angels
Black Women Who Plan & Create
BWWPC website
• Mary Burgess
@bwwpc on IG
The Honey B Shop
@thehoneybshop's Black Live Matter illustration 
Sweet Stamp Shop
Mommy Lhey Designs
A's EMPOWERED WOMEN haiku
Tammis Obsessions
Pop Art Gal Sticker Kit
The Happy Planner® SQUAD GOALS
Capital Chic Designs
Simply Me, Kish
Black Women Who Plan & Create National Conference
• Meka @yespleaseplanning
Heidi Swapp
Stephanie Fleming
Michael's Makers Team
A's Memory Keeping in The Happy Planner® class
Christopher Aiden Patterson 
@ourcitylights on losing her son, Max, HERE & HERE
Great Expectations & Miss Havisham
Grey's Anatomy
Weep Not by Dr. Michael D. Moore
Maranda Curtis

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 and hang out backstage with the girls + Nita getting real about using affirmations. 

PARTNERING w/ SUDIO // 

We've partnered with Sudio - a company who creates headphones that function as both a quality tech device and stylish accessory! // Amanda chose the Tre Pink design, Kristin chose the Regent Black style, + are LOVING them so far! 

Use our specific discount code CRAFTYASS15 to get 15% off any purchase you make from the website!  

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!

EP. 25 // Crafting + Kids w/ Megan Anderson

The best part about our month of May of guest interviews with some of the craftiest ass females we know is how wonderfully, wildly different lives all of us ladies lead, yet how interconnected EVEN STILL we truly are. 

We are honored to have Kristin's soul-lady + BFF, Megan Anderson, the creative behind The Nerd Nest, wife, mom & caretaker to many children of various ages, and memory keeper extraordinare on the podcast today to share what she knows about crafting + kids.

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SUMMARY //

In this episode, Megan discusses the different types of crafts she does with her kids, & how memory keeping plans changed during the fostering of her now-adopted daughter.

The ladies also chat about scrapbook albums Megan makes for herself + how mental health finds its way into our creative journeys in their Patreon exclusive ‘After Chatter’ show, where you can sign up to watch a video of them three chat it up!

FAVORITE QUOTES FROM THE EP //

Megan on being resourceful:

"...a lot of it is learning how to do things myself...I have to be really flexible with my time & try to figure out how to fit craftiness in & how to fit my own personal time in with my life with my kids ...I have to adapt to some difficult life curveballs..." 

Megan on being a mom in 2018:

"There's no rule book for being a parent of children in the age of the internet." 

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! Kristin + Amanda + Megan will all be there!

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 and hang out backstage with the girls + Megan and get real about crafting with kids in your physical space and how mental health creeps its way into our creative journeys, especially during PMS. 

PARTNERING w/ SUDIO // 

We've partnered with Sudio - a company who creates headphones that function as both a quality tech device and stylish accessory! // Amanda chose the Tre Pink design, Kristin chose the Regent Black style, + are LOVING them so far! 

Use our specific discount code CRAFTYASS15 to get 15% off any purchase you make from the website!  

EP. 24 // A + K interview Ali Edwards

In honor of National Scrapbook Day coming up this weekend, the ladies of Crafty Ass Female bring you our personal memory keeping hero, the goddess of scrapbooking: Ali Edwards. (!!!)

Ali's passion resides in that very special place where the stories and images of life intersect. Her work includes memory keeping product and project design, teaching, and blogging. Author of four books about memory keeping, Ali is well known for authentically capturing everyday life with photos and words and creating memory keeping projects from those moments that pass by in an instant. 

This episode kicks off our month of May of guest interviews with some of the craftiest ass females we know! YES!

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SUMMARY //

In this episode, Ali discusses details about how she got started in the paper crafting industry, the inspiration behind her new Story Planner line, and her Week in the Life™ project - taking place next week, starting Monday, May 7th through May 13th.

The ladies also chat about social media in their Patreon exclusive ‘After Chatter’ show, where you can sign up to watch a video of them three chat it up!

Week in the Life™ // 

ALI on Week in the Life™ :

"I am the main character in this story...it's all from my perspective. The other people around me are all these supporting characters..."

FAVORITE QUOTES FROM THE EP //

ALI on being resourceful:

"Quick decision making...has been good for me in lots of ways...most of the projects that I do, I finish them, and part of that is because I don't spend a lot of time hemming and hawing...I have come to the conclusion that it's going to be good enough. I think that that serves me really well in moving forward with the stories that I'm telling, and getting to tell lots of other stories because I'm not stuck back here trying to figure out...trying to choose which photo of the ten photos...one photo is going to go in there and it's going to be good." 

ALI on having seasons for her stories & creativity:

"There are times when I've got nothing! There's a whole lot of nothing coming out, and a whole lot of Netflix going in!"

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 and hang out backstage with the girls + Ali as they share their feelings about social media, and Ali relates it to business and her family. 

PARTNERING w/ SUDIO // 

You guys! We're partnering with Sudio - a company who creates headphones that function as both a quality tech device and stylish accessory! // Amanda chose the Tre Pink design, Kristin chose the Regent Black style, + are LOVING them so far! 

Use our specific discount code CRAFTYASS15 to get 15% off any purchase you make from the website!