Saturday, January 13, 2018

Getting busy around here!

 I'm getting excited about Creativation in Phoenix in a week and a Deconstructed Workshop with Jen Cushman for Charity Wings in 2 weeks. Will I have the energy for BlogHer Health in NYC after that? We'll see.

Podfest in Orlando, FL is coming up soon, too. The annual AMWA meeting in Philadelphia will be held in March, and then I think no more conferences nor travel until the summer. As I contemplate my trips, Cal has been looking at brochures for ocean cruises. I think I like the idea of another river cruise better. Maybe even one here in the USA? I believe that a lot of travel this year will be just too much.

I'm going to take a style class in journalism at a local junior college, too. There are some sticking points of grammar I need to work on, and I need to understand AP style requirements. I remind myself that more writing is always a helpful thing every time I write a blog post or prepare scripts for A Creative Approach Podcast. Getting a critique in a class on ones writing is a little nerve-wracking, but it is an excellent way to learn.

I'm just not finding time for art. I may need to enroll in a class later this year to get me going on projects I want to do but have not made time for them. I am creating, though. I entered the Lilypad's month of challenges, where one creates a scrapbook page a day that meets specific criteria. I may not stay the course with so much happening this month. Here are my first Baker's dozen entries. Details about the layouts can be found on my Facebook page. You'll notice that I've repeated a few templates. These designs have proved versatile and it's interesting to see how they adapt to different photos and themes.

















Love,

Karen🐞

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

30: The Unlimited Creativity of Online and Offline Scrap-booking with Jill Sprott


Creativity is allowed to grow and flourish in a community. We see it in just about every art or craft. Thanks to the internet, we are more connected to fellow crafters than ever before, and the results are stunning. Together, we can share stories, draw inspiration, and give perspective. The more connections we make, the deeper our wellspring of creativity seems to run. My guest today, Jill Sprott, knows that all too well. She is using her creativity to celebrate the diverse collection of artists that have joined together over scrapbooking and storytelling. Today, she is going to show us how the two go hand-in-hand.
Born and raised in Hawaii, Jill was encouraged by her mother and teachers to stretch her creative muscles. For a long time, Jill only expressed her creativity through writing. She found poetry and journaling to be the best medium to share her stories, but many times she found herself drawn to visual images as the best means of communication. After becoming an English teacher, Jill was introduced to Scrapbooking. Though at first she only thought of it as “pictures and stickers,” Jill realized that a scrapbook might be an excellent storytelling device.
Just like poetry can give form to our most personal stories, scrapbooks offer the same kind of form and structure. It is a blank canvas and a chance to make your mark. For Jill, taking part of the online scrapbooking community opened the door to the rest of the world. Now, she is giving back by teaching online classes and sharing her creative inspiration through writing. I know you will enjoy hearing how Jill has married writing and scrapbooking. She has made some incredible pieces, and I can’t wait for you to hear all about it. The creative community is a wonderful place to be, and I am so happy you are here with me.
More in this episode:
  • Jill tells us all about the many things she is interested in.
  • Learn where you can find Jill’s scrapbooking endeavors.
  • The online scrapbooking community is somewhat of a lifeline.
  • Creativity is a kind of sanctuary from fear.
  • Writing and visual art can go hand-in-hand.
  • Jill was more reluctant to start scrapbooking, but she quickly found her niche.
  • We want to celebrate the diversity in the community.
  • Jill shares what it is like to grow up in Hawaii.
  • Mothers and teachers can be the most inspiring cultivators of creativity.
  • The various challenges of online v. in-person classes.
Links and Resources
Jill’s blog: Word Play Word Work
Get It Scrapped: Debbie Hodge

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Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Capture!

My "word" for 2018 is Capture. I want to take more intentional photographs, "seize the day," and document more stories in scrapbook pages, blog posts and on my podcast, A Creative Approach.
I have been reflecting on how there is so little time in each day, it rushes by so quickly as we get older. Now, that is not all bad. Some days, weeks, months and even years are best when they are ended rapidly. Still, one thing about being in the latter part of one's existence is the sense of privilege and gratitude we have that life has given us so much. Some of it too painful for words; that is true. Yet, many do not have such good fortune to make it through. There are opportunities in the days ahead, no matter how short, for those of us still here.
I picked Capture because it has a sense of action and purpose. I look forward to new adventures. I want to tell stories of past, present, and future.
Let's be hopeful for an incredible year ahead as we enter 2018.
May it be a creative time. My wishes are that we will be brave and capture as much experience, learning, and joy as we can.

Here are just a few pages I've been creating recently -










Page details and supplies can be found on my Facebook page.

I have been working on a few scrapbook templates that I will share soon. I hope many of you found 12 days to document in this Advent/Christmas season. If you need more time, remember that Eastern Orthodox Christmas (Ukranian Christmas to me) doesn't even begin until January 7!

Love,

Karen🐞

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

29: Creative Photography with Shutter Sisters Founder with Tracey Clark


What is your artistic vision? The way you see the world is completely different than everyone else. And how incredible is that? As creative individuals, we have this great capacity to grow and heal through our art. This podcast celebrates the triumphs we as artists create, and I cannot think of a better person to celebrate with than today’s guest.
Tracey Clark is a photographer, first and foremost, but in reality, she is so much more than that! Tracey is an author, teacher, speaker, and founder of Shutter Sisters. I first learned about Tracey through her classes, but then soon discovered Shutter Sisters and was immediately on board with all that she does. Tracey lives and breathes the small moments of her life that she captures in so many fun ways. Whether you are a mom, a creative, or someone looking to add a little love to their life, you have a lot to learn from Tracey!
Tracey is all about creating safe spaces through her classes and with Shutter Sisters so that artists feel encouraged and empowered to share their vision. She challenges the idea that some people are not creative. Creative expression is more than photography and paintings. Listen today to hear us chat about what energizes Tracey, from her projects, her life’s story, and how photography is changing lives.
More in this episode:
  • All about Tracey’s diverse interests that go beyond photography.
  • Hear about Tracey’s teaching history and philosophy.
  • Tracey loves to share with people how to see the world a little differently.
  • Photography is accessible to everyone.
  • Phones or DSLR? Tracey makes a case for both!
  • Learning the artists skills are essential for boosting photography.
  • Every artist has their own vision and perspective.
  • Comparison is the worst killer of creativity.
  • Shutter Sisters was a way for artists to share photography free from comparison.
  • The work we make to please ourselves are some of the best expression of our artistic vision.
  • Tracey’s dad had a camera around, so that meant she had so many family moments captured and saved.
  • Motherhood and photography can go hand in hand.
  • Hindsight is important for Tracey’s work.
  • Join in the community events to push creativity.
  • An exciting announcement is coming in 2018.
Links:
http://traceyclark.com/
Instagram @ShutterSisters

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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

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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🐞