Creativity rarely happens on an island by yourself. The crafting community is filled to bursting with strength, support, and heart, which is just what we need to celebrate during a season of gratitude. My guest today is Eileen Hall, and she has certainly discovered all of those things and more. Eileen is a Paper Trail traveling adventurer who crafts her way across the country. Through her digital media, Eileen also teaches and shares her inspiration with followers from all over the world. What makes Eileen’s teaching even better is that she considers her “followers” her friends. She has learned how to lean into the crafting community, and as a result, she has created wonderful work that inspires so many.
Eileen isn’t just rambling about in her vintage trailer, Scotty; she is also creating die products for Sizzyx. Each die is designed and crafted with a team Eileen loves working with. These dies came about as a brilliant solution to a real crafting puzzle. Using both creativity and critical thinking, Eileen is determined to give you creative solutions to all of your problems.
I am so thankful to have been able to sit down and chat with Eileen today. Our conversation is filled with so much heart and compassion. If you are in need of a little pick-me-up, give this episode a listen, and make sure to check out all the ways you can be a part of Eileen’s creative community.
More in this episode:
- Eileen shares all about the products she creates for crafters and artists like me.
- What exactly is a design team? How did it turn into a fan club?
- Scotty the Vintage trailer is full of adventures!
- How Eileen uses Facebook Live to connect with everyone on all her adventures.
- The other craft adventures that Eileen teaches to others.
- From health care to crafting! Eileen shares how crafting became such a huge part of her life.
- How Eileen got involved creating dies.
- Share designs, even though the sad truth is that people steal.
- Eileen is motivated by deadlines, but she is rarely short on ideas.
- Crafters are kindred spirits.
- How to get your hands on Eileen’s designs.
- Last little thoughts on creativity.
- The beauty of community with Facebook Live.
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What does it take to run a successful creative business? Crafters and Artists have a unique set of challenges to face once we decide to turn our hobbies and passions into something profitable. Of course, there’s the dreaded Imposter Syndrome. For some, it might be a challenge to monetize their creativity. Marketing to reach an audience can also be a struggle for many. It looks like we might need a Creative Approach to solving some common business problems. I cannot think of anyone more creative than Jennifer Priest, my guest today.
Jennifer’s love of the arts started with scrapbooking but has since bloomed into a love of all crafts. She’s been doing online business for many years, but she started out as a teacher. Jennifer never thought she’d quit her 9-5 job and pursue her creative passions as a career, but when she was let go, that decision was made for her. She hasn’t turned back since! Now, Jennifer helps other creative business owners and entrepreneurs strategize their efforts and reach their audiences through social media. Jennifer is going to share with us today how you can utilize online tools like Live Video to promote your business and put some of those fears at ease. You will leave this conversation ready to step out and take action!
- Jennifer shares how she has collected crafts over the years.
- Translating creative approaches into an industry like marketing.
- Problems many people have in promoting creativity.
- Jennifer shares her upcoming teaching course #Pro.
- Coming from a creative family influenced Jennifer’s pursuit of a creative career.
- Being fired allowed Jennifer to have a Creative Entrepreneurial career.
- Efficiency and organization on your best friends.
- Learn the #1 Way to Be Organized.
- The huge social benefits of joining into the crafting community.
- Jennifer loves private coaching and consulting!
- Our suggestions for Social Media Role Models.
- Going Live is easy and profitable.
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One of the best things about art and design is its playfulness. Have you ever stopped to see your latest project as a playground? Maybe you are like so many of us and you caught up in chronological order, the perfect edges, and the ideal composition? Take a breath, take a step back, and let my guest Anna Aspnes show you a thing or two about how to have fun with your work.
Anna is a self-proclaimed creator of Digital Artistry, a style that blends traditional paper craft and scrapbooking elements with the unlimited potential of digital art. Anna is passionate about capturing memories through storytelling with a point of view entirely her own. As an Army Wife always on the move and living so far away from her native England, Anna started using Digital Artistry as a way to capture memories her growing family. Over time, she developed templates and teaching modules to help you bring her flavor of Digital Artistry into your favorite stories. With just a little knowledge of Photoshop, Anna can help you take personal memories into a playful space where you can express yourself. I am excited to bring to you today her design process and emphasis on genuine creative passion. Allow yourself some Artplay today!
- Anna shares her design process with me.
- How Anna’s Digital Artistry has transformed over time.
- Teaching others how to master the concepts of Digital Artistry, including Photoshop.
- Anna is an advocate for Artplay; no perfectionism here.
- A bit of photography advice.
- The unsung power of capturing memories in a scrapbook.
- Fighting the sense of obligation by choosing projects that bring you joy.
- How Anna’s Military upbringing and marriage shaped her career in artistry.
Anna Aspnes creates DigitalART for people who want to create dynamic and effortless art.
Her passion is to help you commemorate and honor your life by helping you to flex your creative muscles in a way that is both unique and truly exhilarating.
Before she could walk, Anna spent endless hours at a coffee table intent on creating magic with a crayon in hand. Today, she shares this same magic at a different table by creating sophisticated contemporary DigitalART designed to be used by creatives and non-creatives alike.
Anna Aspnes offers digital art elements, mentorship, and education support through more than a decade of experience in modern memory keeping and DigitalART creation. As a pioneer in this industry, she breaks the rules and provides a unique approach to story-telling.
Anna is British native living in Colorado with her husband, 2 children, and dogs, enjoying the outdoors whenever possible.
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Has anyone ever tried to limit your creativity? Have you been criticized for “jumping from one thing to another”? My guest today is proof that varied interests and endeavors can enrich and enhance your innate creativity. Don’t be afraid to let your creative efforts flow in different directions!
Margot Potter is three notches too loud, five notches too sparkly, and is aging disgracefully. She’s either a Renaissance woman or a “Jill of All Trades,” depending on which day you ask her. She’s a woman of diverse interests and talents who is a jewelry-maker and designer, author, actor, singer and has entertained in bands, in theater, and on television. Her colorful personality goes far beyond her bright pink hair! It’s always a delight to speak with Margot and hear her lively, intelligent, and occasionally provocative opinions. Join me to hear more about Margot and her creative life!
What you’ll hear in this episode:
- Margot’s background in theater, her acting and musical career, and her time at QVC
- Margot’s books about jewelry-making and design, branding, and her upcoming book about life after 50
- Margot’s life outside of crafting and her weekly live Facebook event, The Lady Party
- The influences in Margot’s life: “finding joy in creativity”
- How everything around us is connected to art and music
- How nurturing teachers helped develop Margot’s creativity
- How reading everything as a kid led to endless interest and endless inspiration
- Find your spark and go with it!
- How a new direction for Margot unlocked what was already there
- Margot’s guiding force and mission: to arm people with the best products and techniques for discovering their own creativity
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Do you get a lot of joy from your experience of crafting? If so, you’re really going to love today’s episode, with Ursula Morgan, the Chief Executive Officer of Creative Bug. Ursula firmly believes in the joyfulness to be found in crafting, from the delight of making something to the pleasure derived from receiving a beautifully crafted, handmade gift. Listen in to find out more about Ursula and her joyfully creative approach to life.
Creative Bug, which will be turning five on the 15th of May, is the award winning DIY Art and Craft Instruction site, with over a thousand videos, for all skill levels. Before Creative Bug, Ursula had a successful career as an Art Editor. She was also an award-winning Magazine Publisher, for what is known by some to be the UK’s favorite Knitting Magazine. Ursula was the Vice President of all the US operations through one of the United Kingdom’s largest publishing houses. Listen in today and find how Ursula helps artists to spread more joy every time she grows the audience of Creative Bug.
Today, Ursula talks to Karen about:
- Creative Bug and what it has for creative people.
- The really inexpensive cost for getting instruction from the best experts in the country, at Creative Bug.
- The challenge of producing 2-4 shows per week.
- The creative atmosphere and the awesome team at Creative Bug.
- The hot off the press, great news about Creative Bug!
- That Joanne Fabric and Craft Stores have allowed Creative Bug to retain its full creative autonomy and awesomeness!
- Ursula’s creative life, growing up.
- How Ursula ended up as the CEO of Creative Bug.
- How she found herself able to ‘read’ spreadsheets and see a picture with them.
- The huge craft portfolio that she built up, going from one to many pillars in crafting.
- What she was doing in her job, when she moved here, to the US.
- The risk she took, leaving her job and starting out on her own.
- The ‘aha’ moments and breakthroughs she’s had in her crafting capabilities.
- Their Friday ‘Crafternoons’ at Creative Bug and the new things Ursula’s learned to make.
- Passions and deep passions.
- What brought her to study design.
- What brought her to the realization that you’re only limited by your own belief of what you can do, or not.
- Her philosophy around creativity- that you just need to give yourself the time to return to your creative self.
- They even have some sweet treats and baking classes at Creative Bug.
- That you can even learn to sew with Creative Bug.
- How you can find and sign up for Creative Bug and what you can get on the website.
- You can have a two week trial for free.
- That Creative Bug is now on Facebook Live.
- What creativity really means to Ursula.
- The Daily Challenges on the Creative Bug website.
- Ursula’s advice for people wanting to get into the more professionally creative side of crafting, or teaching.
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If you’re inspired by enthusiastic, multi-talented and really creative people, you’re going to get a lot out of today’s show, with Karen’s vibey guest, Kathy Cano Morillo, who is better known as The Crafty Chica, or The Queen Of Glitter. Kathy is a lively, positive and really warm person and she’s also a truly creative individual. Listen in today, to find out more about Kathy’s creative approach to life as she shares about how you can keep evolving and becoming more than you were before.
Kathy’s history includes being an artist, a crafter, a speaker, a writer of novels and an author of craft books. She combines all these pursuits with her life as a wife and a mother. Kathy describes herself as a third generation, Mexican American, left handed middle child, born under the sign of Sagittarius, who owns five Chihuahuas! Listen in as Kathy joins Karen today, to discuss her creative life and her gospel of glitter!
Today, Kathy talks to Karen about:
- What she’s busy with, at the moment.
- The joys of journalling.
- What you will find on her website (www.craftychica.com).
- Her Etsy Shop, with it’s wonderful items, also to be found via her website.
- Her organic approach to selling her wares.
- Her love for the Mexican Culture’s approach to crafts.
- How she’s always adding a new twist to things.
- Her DIY Latino Lifestyle
- That she actually glittered her garage floor! You can see the tutorial on her website.
- Her favorite thing- when she posts an idea and people actually do it and send her pictures!
- The business sense that she learned from Jamie at The Crafter’s Workshop.
- Her books: Waking Up In The Land Of Glitter and Miss Scarlett’s School Of Patternless Sewing.
- That her books speak about the driving force of creativity in the lives of women, which pushes them to create something.
- Why Publisher’s Weekly compared her second book, Miss Scarlett’s School Of Patternless Sewing, to Fried Green Tomatoes.
- Her third book, that she’s working on, about a cake decorator.
- That everything about writing started for her in the third grade, when she wrote her first story.
- The lasting impressions that teachers make on children.
- Growing up in a creative family, going back many generations.
- Her really creatively successful
- Celebrating both female and Latino artists with The Phoenix Fridas.
- Cultivating Craft Groups.
- The National TV Series which was shared on PBS.
- How her husband inspired her let go of her self doubt and make things to sell, before they got married.
- Evolving yourself beyond your old ideas and patterns.
- Why she thinks that creative people are the smartest people.
- The new big clients that she’s landed, like Coca Cola and Minute Maid.
- Her Crafty Chica Cruise to Mexico. (See her newsletter- subscribe via her website.)
- Why you really need to take control of your spending and what Kathy’s done to take control of hers.
- Some really creative things that you can do to make some money.
Kathy’s website: www.craftychica.com
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