Wednesday, December 13, 2017

28: A Creative Approach to Storytelling with Stacy Julian


Today I am excited to bring to you a pioneer of online craft courses, and one of my personal scrapbooking and storytelling heroes. Stacy Julian is with me today, and we had ourselves a grand old time chatting about creativity, the boom of the online crafting community, and the kinds of projects that light a fire within us. If it were not for Stacy’s influence, this podcast might never have existed! She is one of my personal creative inspirations, and with that, I am delighted to introduce her to all of you.

When I think of Stacy, I think of color. Color and emotion are tied up together for Stacy, and that heart and vibrancy is present throughout everything she creates. Stacy is a published author, blogger, and presenter. Her passion for preserving family stories and histories has led her to develop systems for scrapbooking and organizing photos that have revolutionized the craft for so many.

Listen to this week’s episode to find out all about what Stacy has been up to lately, her new storytelling product launch, and the classes she will be teaching in the near future. I know you will enjoy her childhood stories that she has preserved so well. I hope it inspires you to follow your curiosity and learn a story or two of your own!

More in this episode:

  • Hear all about Stacy’s journey from scrapbooking to an online creative.
  • How Stacy became the founding editor of a magazine, the author of a book, and then the creator of an site that blew up overnight,
  • Our shared love of Family History.
  • Social Media can preserve some of your family history.
  • Stacy grew up filled with opportunity for imagination.
  • Stacy is synonymous with color.
  • How Stacy’s books can help you expand your stories through scrapbooks and albums.
  • The most important guiding principles of connection.
  • The best stories from Stacy’s family history.
  • How Stacy learned to write and edit on the job.

Links:

Find Stacy Online! 

http://www.stacyjulian.com/

Instagram

@StacyJulian

@StoryByStacy


Check out this episode!

Thursday, November 30, 2017

I do love to make scrapbook pages

I have been using some paper pages from a Mandy Melville class at Big Picture Classes as templates for some digital pages. I went on to explore the idea of a grid layout and think I might try a few of those plans over the next few weeks.
Here's what I have been creating recently. I think I may also try and reinterpret these ideas using paper, too.
Fingers crossed for more time to do this!

Mandy Melville page from BPC used as template
Kit - Studio ViVa Artistry, Sea Voyage
Stitching - Heather Taylor, Love Spoken Here

Shadows - Fiddle-Dee-Dee
Fonts - Avenir, Remington Noiseless

page design inspired by Mandy Melville 
kit - lgrieveson_daily_delight
stitching - just Jaimee

staples - one little bird

 I decided to engage a bit more with a grid in a page and introduced some circle shapes into the page. kit - JustJaimee September Storyteller 2014
shadows - Fiddle-dee-dee modified
fonts - Bebas Neue, Bradley hand

I love the challenge of translating a class page design from paper to digi and making it look realistic. It's fun to try to do it using only one kit, too. page design - Mandy Melville from BPC
Kit - one little bird-oneforthealbum
shadows - Fiddle-dee-dee modified

brads - My Life of Daring, The Digi Files

I had to play with this and used some of my faves, template - Fiddle-Dee-Dee, Number 27; kit - lgrieveson, emilia; fonts - quicksand, cherryla, kozuka mincho pro

Love,

Karen🐞

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Sometimes You Have to Tell A Pretty Story

 I woke up today with an urge to scrapbook. It's my time for computer art. I get to use some pretty things and tell some stories. Sometimes I use templates to arrange elements on a page, sometimes I come up with my ideas from scratch. I may decide to stick with one kit, and then I go wild and mix several together. It's all part of the fun. Rarely, I make my own elements.
Here are a few pages from the last couple of months. I love color, pattern, and texture.



                                           Kits: Digital Design Essentials_Real Life, lgrieveson_marinadelrey, Little Lam & Co_Hush, 
                                                                                   The Lily Pad_Life Is An Adventure


Megan’s Creations Reading by the Fire, 2012AutumnGarden Club Scrap Designs, 
Font - Remington Noiseless, Template SBCoach22-Layout03 GIS


template - Fiddle-Dee-Dee, Number 27; 
kit - lgrieveson, emilia; fonts - quicksand, cherryla, kozuka mincho pro




Love,

Karen🐞


Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Mountain Mandarin Festival 2017


 
A brief news report on a local festival. I LOVE Satsumas!

Love,

Karen🐞

Sunday, November 12, 2017


The holiday season is here.

Even weeks before Thanksgiving and Advent, we are being assaulted with Xmas. For a traditionalist like me who likes to celebrate Christmas from Dec. 25 to January 5, this makes for an over-extended holiday. Keeping spirits bright that long can be a challenge.

I can understand the fascination with Christmas. I know, much of the Christmas avalanche is driven by retail. This is the time of year when a lot of money is made. I also believe there is something about the holidays that is magical. We want to capture that wonder. The days are getting shorter, and if you are like me, that is depressing. Christmas signals the change in the days. Christians say it is the time when light came into the world.

Still, despite the promises of new beginnings and renewal, the extended holiday can feel at times like a trial. The important thing for me is to find other things to focus on.

I am looking forward to Thanksgiving. My secret to a less-stress turkey day - hope someone invites you over. We have a large family, so this is not too remote an answer. My next hint is to go to a restaurant. I'm not a big leftovers person, so these solutions suit me just fine.

Of course, for the first option, I'll still be responsible for some food, but I have several simple ideas. My husband makes preserves, and we have an excellent stash of cranberry chutney. That poured over some cream cheese or nondairy spread and served with tasty crackers is a great appetizer.

I also am a big fan of Sun Basket. Many of you know that was true even before I began an affiliate program with them on my podcast site. Well, that's actually a reason I became an affiliate. I'm going to promote them regardless! The best part of a meal service is the no outside my home shopping involved. I love having my food in perfect portions delivered to my door.

If you are cooking the bird, I'm also an advocate for buying a fresh turkey that you can pick up the day before the holiday.

I recommend you follow Alton Brown's recipe with brining of the bird. That method results in the perfect roast turkey.

Another break from too much "Ho, Ho, Ho" is skiing. The slopes near here will open soon.

You may wonder at that because I've mentioned my physical limitations because of my arthritis and nerve problems in my arms. My reply is that you should not expect to see me executing perfect telemark turns down a black ski run at Jackson Hole. However, you will see me in the Sierra, or perhaps other resorts, on the green runs and easy blue runs without moguls. Skiing, like some other sports, is easy to modify to a person's limitations.

I love playing in the snow and am grateful to be alive at a time when an activity like this is accessible.

Reading, knitting, art, and music are other activities that I access more often as winter approaches.

The year drawing to a close is time for reflection and resolutions.

Despite needing to take a pause from the assault of a prolonged holiday season, I do plan to enjoy it. I used to find the holidays a time of magic even as an adult. It seems harder to capture that now that the kids are grown, and the people close to me are less interested in the celebrations. Still, I look ahead to finding some of the magic this season.

I hope you, too, find magic in the next two months.

Love,💕

Karen

Monday, November 6, 2017

Home at last




I have finally settled to being at home. There are some trips I could take before 2018, but I'm saying, "Enough!"

I want to get bills and taxes squared away, organize and deep clean my home, concentrate on my podcast, this blog, and art.

My family has been a significant part of my travels; so, at least, that's an essential part of my life - enriched, not neglected, in my wanderings.

I have been scrapbooking lately and have thought about doing some process videos to discuss how I design and make my pages. I also have taken some video classes as I hope to incorporate some of that on my social media sites and here on the blog.

I love to learn as I have told you many times in the past. My favorite online sites are Udemy and Coursera.

I also am taking an art history class online from Los Rios Community College. It works well when you have a peripatetic lifestyle.

Here are some recent photos of some of my scrapbook pages.







I hope you've visited A Creative Approach Podcast or even better subscribed to the podcast on iTunes, Stitcher or Google Play Store. I started a YouTube channel for the podcast and am considering an app.

One of the things I learned in my class, Video for Social Media, was the importance of closed captioning. All future podcasts will have closed captioning. I have added CC to a few past podcasts, and eventually, all shows in the archives will have this feature.

My studio is slightly chaotic right now; but, after I organize it, I hope to work on a few long-postponed art projects. Classes often compel me to complete work. I need to get that motivation on my own.

I hope to post a few holiday projects in the days ahead. I am thinking of creating a couple of digital designs, either templates or products as I have done in the past. There, I said it. Now I have to get that done!

Love,

Karen💖




Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Can We Talk? Guns.

I would like to discuss gun violence. With recent tragic events, I feel sad and numb. I see little hope of effective laws enacted though I wish it would happen. Semi-automatic and automatic weapons have only one purpose, and that is to slaughter an enormous number of people quickly and efficiently. In my opinion, you just should not sell ordinary citizens weapons of war.

I also believe the studies that show having a gun in the home is more dangerous than not owning one. So, guns for personal protection may make people feel good, but is it rational? Guns and children is another topic that concerns me.

I am not a big fan of hunting, but I can understand the sport. However, some guns seem to provide such an unfair advantage. How about using a bow and arrow?

Nonetheless, it is likely that as long as people feel afraid of their government, we will never get rid of powerful weapons. Being afraid of government is an essential element of the American psyche. Isn’t that what the second amendment implies? However, it’s laughable that even these weapons would defend anyone from fierce “big black helicopters” or stealth fighters (or even armored vehicles like tanks) if the government decided to go against its people.

As to the sales of guns, all the background checks in the world will not help screen for all dangerous individuals. We even have capabilities to find some potential psychopaths now using brain scans and genetics. However, not everyone with these findings is a psychopath. It might take a head injury, a small stroke, a viral illness or an emotional trigger to activate these tendencies. So, even requiring screening for a few known genes or a brain scan would be infringing on the rights of people who might never become mentally deranged. A mental illness diagnosis is of little help in screening. Most individuals diagnosed with a mental illness are more likely to be victims not perpetrators of violence. A genetic screen/brain scan policy of weapons purchasers to determine the potential for violent behavior would miss people whose vulnerability we do not yet have the science to know. Even if we do get the information in the future, and have AI models that are highly accurate in using the data for prediction, what will that mean for society? Will there be different classes of society based on your capacity for violence?

It also seems to me that weapon technology is getting past our human capacity to control that technology. Semi-automatic vs. automatic weapons? They both are people-killing machines and likely to get even deadlier.

Rational discussion about gun violence needs to happen, even now at a time of sadness. Of course, an outpouring of the human capacity for love, kindness, and compassion is what we need at this moment.

Still, we need to talk.


Love,

Karen