Wednesday, April 18, 2018

37: Using Creativity to Impact Future Generations with Patricia Newman


The creative process of storytelling is both fascinating and inspiring. The stories we share and the ones we create play such a huge role in how we capture memories and shape the future. No one understands this better than Patricia (or Patty) Newman. Patty has a passion for telling stories, but her passion doesn’t stop there! I am excited for you to hear all of her thoughts on creativity!

Patricia Newman is the author of the Sibert Honor-winning Sea Otter Heroes: The Predators That Saved an Ecosystem as well as Zoo Scientists to the Rescue; Plastic, Ahoy! Investigating the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, and Neema’s Reason to Smile. With her books, she hopes to empower kids and to share stories about people who create change around the world. Patty is our first children’s author on the podcast, and her stories about social justice, careers, and the wide world around us are just fabulous. It is clear that Patty has the heart to use her creative gifts to empower our future scientists, business owners, and world leaders. We have so much to learn from her in today’s episode!

More creativity in this episode:

  • Patty shares her unique point of view on children’s stories.
  • Why Patty tends towards environmental themes in her books.
  • The journey behind Neema’s story.
  • Children are often very perceptive when it comes to more difficult topics.
  • Patty shares stories of her own childhood.
  • Making the leap from reading to writing is big but natural.
  • Patty wants to teach children to connect what they have learned to the rest of the world.
  • The main reasons why Patty picks her stories.
  • We need to share with our children that their voices matter.
  • It is easy to see creativity in fiction, but nonfiction requires it too!

Resources:

Patricia Newman

Books are available online!

Reason 2 Smile


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Saturday, April 7, 2018

36: Ireland Travelogue Highlighting Irish Coffee


It's always so tempting to travel! When my husband called me over the other day to check out a fantastic tour of Ireland that he found while looking at his tablet, it reminded me  that I had  not yet continued with the tale that I'd started in the podcast a while back, about the wonderful adventure we had last year, while touring around Great Britain and Ireland. So today I continue my story and I'm also going to let you listen in to a fun interview that I recorded on my trip, where I ask a host manager of a hotel for some information about Irish Coffee. Listen in- I really hope that you will enjoy the interview!

I'm occasionally a little shy, which I know is an odd admission for a podcaster, but on certain occasions, like trips abroad, it does tend to happen. Chatting to the local residents does tend to help me get over it, and this is one of the reasons that I really recommend that everyone takes some time to get to know the local people when traveling. In my experience, even taking the time for a brief chat can often prove to be the best part of an adventure! Listen in today to find out more about our tour of Great Britain and Ireland.

 

Show Highlights:

 

  • Taking tours can be very demanding, so be sure to leave on time and try to be the first ones there at any major attraction.
  • Some of the highlights of London.
  • Traveling to Windsor Station- a grand, English, industrial revolution, Victorian-style building, much of which is now a tourist mall.
  • Exploring the grounds of Windsor Castle.
  • About Canterbury Cathedral and the Black Prince.
  • The pastoral countryside was dotted with buildings with names like 'The Croft' and 'The Old Mill'.
  • The ancient castles and grand stone churches are reminders of Great Britain's long and fascinating history.
  • Touring the Royal Pavillion in Brighton.
  • Gaining a sense of the magic of Stonehenge.
  • Traveling in Cornwall.
  • The Priory of Saint Ives in Cornwall.
  • Taking a cruise up Plymouth Sound to Plymouth.
  • Bath- often the setting for titillating tales of Regency society.
  • Wales- a land of low mountains, tidy farms and signs with unpronounceable names.
  • Crossing St George's Channel to green, green Ireland.
  • The history of Irish Coffee, a recipe to make it- and even how to drink it!  

 


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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

35: Try New Things to Find What You Are Awesome At with Jen Cushman


Art is not just for the artist! My guest today, Jen Cushman, is an artist, a crafter, and a teacher who embraces that mentality wholeheartedly. Jen works best in multimedia. Any time she tries to stick to one medium, it never ends up well! From scrapbooking to mixed media collage to jewelry and so much more, Jen wants us all to push outside of our comfort zones and try something new and spectacular.

Today, Jen is going to share her amazing journeys in creativity. Along the way, she will share some of her brightest inspirations, favorite ways to create, and what it is like to develop a product. We will also get an inside look into her Deconstructed Reconstructed Retreats, which are fabulous and invaluable for someone interested in mixed media. Jen will also share with us why she loves working with power tools and blowtorches, and how jewelry making was opened up to her once she learned those skills.

Above all else, Jen makes art for anyone to enjoy that is also accessible to anyone. Because she loves teaching classes and writing books, Jen is ensuring that someone who might not consider themselves an artist in the strictest sense can still create something wonderful. Creativity is for everyone, and Jen and I are so excited to celebrate that with you today!

More in this episode:

  • Jen shares all of her current projects and passions.
  • Jen travels around the world to teach others how to do mixed media art.
  • Teaching women how to use power tools was an accidental but powerful movement for Jen.
  • Why Jen started crafting and expressing her creativity.
  • Jen actually got her start in journalism!
  • How Jen got kicked out of a Creative Memories crop but then got into teaching scrapbooking.
  • The creative process involved with developing a project to sell.
  • What it’s like to teach and develop a class.
  • Advice for choosing a retreat.
  • Why Jen is hosting her next retreat at home.
  • Jen’s best thoughts on creativity.

Resources:

Jen Online

Making Metal Jewelry

American Woman’s Hospital Service


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Wednesday, March 7, 2018

34: A Creative Approach to Fine Art with Diane Richey-Ward


What really inspires your creativity? Do you ever use the time it takes to do your routine tasks as an opportunity to reflect on things? And if so, do you make use of those reflective moments for your inspiration? Some of my most creative ideas have come to me while preparing a meal, or while doing laundry. And at times I allow myself to really indulge in the sensory input from my surroundings while getting completely lost in the moment. I focus on the colors, textures and my feelings at the time and then the creative force usually follows a bit later. I also love to see what other people are making, as the creativity of others can be a wonderful source of stimulation for new ideas too! Today's story will offer many insights into the life of a fine artist, as I have Diane Richey-Ward with me as the guest on today's show. She's a fine artist based in Sacramento and she was also my drawing teacher a while back. Listen in today to find out about Diane's creative approach to fine art.            

Diane has been working mainly with the medium of drawing for the past thirty years. Every ten years she alters her approach, changing from drawing only to mixing drawing with sculpture or with other, different media. Her latest interest has been mixing drawing with photography and she's been busy with that for the last three years. She features her latest work in an awesome show which is going on currently, at the Eastry Gallery in Sacramento. Today Diane talks to us about her widespread experiences and about the shows she's had, all over the world. Listen in now to find out more!

Show highlights:

  • What inspired Diane's idea of mixing drawing with photography.
  • Diane discusses her love for both drawing and photography.
  • What gives Diane the fantastic feeling of unlimited potential that she experiences, as an artist.
  • How Diane's creativity has really increased, since her retirement
  • How architecture has featured prominently in Diane's latest work.
  • The way that traveling provides inspiration for Diane's work.
  • What art residency is all about.
  • What got Diane into teaching art for almost twenty-three years.
  • The most satisfying aspect of being an art teacher for Diane.
  • Why being retired is so much fun for Diane.
  • Why doing things other than art sometimes is a good idea.
  • How Diane initially got into art.
  • The hard work and perseverance that is required to become a successful artist.
  • The kind of venues that Diane prefers for her shows.
  • The key influences in Diane's life as an artist.
  • Some tips to help you when you apply for art residencies.
  • A way to get a fresh, new perspective on things, if you run into a creative roadblock.

Links:

Photos of some of Diane's work are available to everyone at www.acreativeapproach.com (on the Patreon page.)

They will also be available to the members of the Creative Approach Facebook group on the Creative Approach Facebook group page.


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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

33: Inspiration from People and Places for the Digital Creative with Lynn Grieveson


Where do you get YOUR creative approach? For many, it comes from the people in our lives or the places we travel. My guest today draws from both of those for her inspired digital scrapbooking designs. I’m a big fan of hers and I love using her designs for digital pages. I know you’ll enjoy hearing her story and learning about her creative approach.

Lynn Grieveson is a scrapbook storyteller, a digital designer, and a memory keeper. She designs digital scrapbooking kits and unique photobooks for documenting and preserving precious memories and stories. Although she has lived in many places around the world, she currently makes her home in New Zealand, one of the most beautiful and inspiring places in the world. Don’t miss my conversation with Lynn!

What you’ll hear in this episode:

  • Lynn’s scrapbooking history and the inspiration for her designs
  • How Lynn taught herself digital scrapbooking and has never looked back!
  • How she creates her designs with kits, brushes, colors, and themes
  • The benefits of Adobe Photoshop
  • Lynn’s inspiration for scrapbooking, beginning with her older daughter many years ago
  • The transition to digital scrapbooking: how it happened when she was “playing around”
  • Lynn’s background in art history and photojournalism
  • The biggest challenges as a designer? “The time it takes to create”
  • How traveling and living in different places inspires Lynn
  • The value of photo books in telling our stories
  • England, New Zealand, Australia, and more!
  • How she met her husband and learned to juggle work and motherhood
  • The circumstances and major influences for creativity in Lynn’s life
  • What it means to “think like a photojournalist”
  • Lynn’s thoughts on creativity: “It’s important for everyone, because you are making something. Keep at it and it will become automatic and satisfying.”

Resources:

www.the-lilypad.com

www.lynngrieveson.com

www.getitscrapped.com

To enter the drawing for a free copy of The War Bride’s Scrapbook, by Carolyn Preston: visit the contact page on my website (www.acreativeapproachpodcastcom) or be or become a member of the ACA Facebook group. Leave a comment at either site with a valid email address before March 31, 2018. I’ll draw from those responses for a winner of the book!

 


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Wednesday, February 7, 2018

32: Creating Your Own Category with the Scrapbook Novels Author, Caroline Preston


Have you ever thought of doing something creative that has never been done before? My guest today, author and archivist Caroline Preston, is the creator of a whole new genre of literature. Her books and stories are exciting and revealing, combining her passions of writing and storytelling in a new and creative way. Ironically, Caroline’s mother kept scrapbooks and made collages, which were a significant part of Caroline’s past. She went on to work as an archivist at a museum in Salem, Massachusetts, before embarking on her writing career.

Her latest book is the second of her “scrapbook novels.” Following the Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt, The War Bride’s Scrapbook, is “a World War II love story, narrated through a new bride’s dazzling array of vintage postcards, newspaper clippings, photographs, and more.” In this novel, “Caroline Preston has once again pulled from her own extraordinary collection of vintage memorabilia, transporting us back to the lively, tumultuous 1940’s and introducing us to an unforgettable, ambitious heroine who must learn to reconcile a wartime marriage with a newfound self-confidence.” I hope you enjoy this conversation with a truly inspirational creative, Caroline Preston.

What you’ll hear in this episode:

  • Caroline’s roundabout path to being an author
  • How scrapbooks tell the story of World War II
  • The uncertainty of people’s lives during the WWII era
  • How women accepted their rules but were early codebreakers in emergent feminism, which is a theme in the book
  • The advertising messages for women during the era
  • The main character in the book, and what she leaves behind
  • Understanding what people’s lives were in history and how they influenced those that came after them
  • Why people didn’t think their stories were even important
  • Piecing together clippings, headlines, manuals, and flyers to tell the story
  • Caroline’s new approach: scrapbook novels with real material and artifacts
  • What “transformative use” means regarding permissions
  • How the “scrapbook novel” idea came to Caroline
  • Caroline’s archival work in Salem, MA
  • How women’s lives are told in history through letters
  • Putting it all together to tell a story
  • With new technology, will our stories even be findable and retrievable in the future?
  • Making everyday lives seem tangible
  • How scrapbooks record momentous events and answer the When? And Why?
  • The detachment of today’s society from military life—unlike the WWII era
  • Caroline’s thoughts on creativity: “I thought I would just try to do this. I knew if it’s interesting to me, then it will be interesting to others also.”

Resources:                                               

www.carolinepreston.com

The Ordeal of Elizabeth Marsh by Linda Colley

Caroline’s books:

The War Bride’s Scrapbook

Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt

Gatsby’s Girl

Lucy Crocker 2.0

Jackie by Josie


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Monday, January 29, 2018

31: Using Creative and Sustainable Technology to Solve 21st Century Problems with Mark Dorfman


The natural world is filled with so much creative inspiration. Artists and designers often look to nature when deciding the shape and form of their creative works, but have you stopped to consider how we might mimic how the natural world functions? Biomimicry is the study of how nature is already solving some of the toughest problems facing mankind. These scientists, designers, and engineers are using creativity in a truly fascinating and innovative way. I know you are going to enjoy learning about this vast topic with my guest, Mark Dorfman.

Mark Dorfman is a Chemist working for Biomimicry 3.8, a consulting firm focused on making the planet more sustainable through innovative design and creative problem-solving. Mark understand that there is so much humans have to learn from the natural processes going on around us. We can then mimic the processes and methods nature employs to innovate and imagine a cleaner, more efficient, and definitely more beautiful world.

Today, we are talking about why innovation can be daunting, but why it is such an opportunity for humanity to grow. We will be pushing the limits, solving the world’s problems, and seeing why failure can actually be fun! All of this and much more will be waiting for you in today’s episode. I know you are really going to enjoy Mark’s unique perspective on creativity!

More in this episode:

  • How Biomimicry 3.8 is trying to shape the world through creative innovations.
  • Using chemistry to solve pollution problems.
  • Understanding color by studying some of the most beautiful organisms on the earth!
  • We can look to the ecosystems to turn waste into byproducts that can be repurposed.
  • Mark dreams of factories that improve the environment, rather than degrade them.
  • Hear how the wings of a butterfly might change the way we make glitter!
  • How Biomimicry 3.8 tackles the tough problems.
  • Mark shares some of his favorite forms to study in nature.
  • Why Mark first became interested in Biomimicry.
  • We have the power to change the markets if we demand life-friendly substances.
  • Hear all of Mark’s thoughts on creative problem-solving.
  • It is so fun to create!

Links:

Mark Dorfman

Biomimicry 3.8


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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🐞