03: Coloring Outside the Lines with Erin Manning

03: Coloring Outside the Lines with Erin Manning

Do creative people inspire you? Would you like to enhance your own creativity, or nourish it in your children? If so, let this week’s dynamic and versatile guest on  “A Creative Approach Podcast”, Erin Manning, encourage you to “color outside the lines” as she is interviewed by Karen Poirier-Brode.

Erin Manning is a warm-hearted, enthusiastic and talented photographer, author, teacher and media personality,  acknowledged for her friendly and clear style of teaching. She is best known as the host of the award-winning TV series “The Whole Picture”. Her methods encourage students to be bold and true to their innate nature. Let her innovative and entrepreneurial approach urge you towards living a more fulfilling and creative life as you “let your inner voice come out”.

Listen to Erin talk to Karen about:

  • How she became a trend setter while still in grade school.
  • Her love of clothes and fashion, which prompted her to seek creative ways to make money.
  • Her numerous bold and creative, youthful enterprises.
  • Her “Twenty-year college plan” to obtain her B.A. and why it worked for her to get her degree at the age of forty-one.
  • What shaped her attitude as a teacher.
  • How her passion for photography began at the age of seven.
  • How taking candid shots inspired her to write a book.
  • Her modeling career and how it helped her to become a better, more empathetic photographer.
  • The fun places that Erin teaches.
  • How she began teaching photography while traveling.
  • How her upbringing helped her creative development.
  • How she juggles many activities at the same time, all with the theme of being creative and creating imagery.


Erin’s website: www.erinmanning.com

Recommended Books:

Portrait and Candid Photography

Make Money with Your  Digital Photography


02: Add Depth to Your Digital Scrapbook with Cheryl Ashcroft

02: Add Depth to Your Digital Scrapbook with Cheryl Ashcroft

Are you looking for new and exciting ways to add depth to your scrapbooking projects? Would you love to learn more about the art of digital scrapbooking? If so, join Karen Poirier-Brode, on A Creative Approach Podcast, as she interviews Cheryl Ashcraft, designer of digital scrapbook kits and templates, as they talk about Cheryl’s creative approach to digital scrapbooking.

Cheryl, a hometown girl from Florida, creates richly layered, intricately designed digital scrapbook templates, to help scrapbookers tell their story without the fuss or mess. When she’s not busy creating fabulous new template designs, Cheryl loves taking family photos, decorating her house, doing detailed pen and ink drawings and lately, dabbling with watercolors and mixed media. She is also an avid reader and an occasional cross stitcher. Let her explain how you can use digital kits and templates to become more creative with your scrapbooking.

Today, Cheryl talks to Karen about:

  • Her creative influences while growing up.
  • How she started out scrapbooking and how it developed with the use of digital media.
  • How she converts her drawings to digital.
  • The advantages of digital scrapbooking as compared to paper.
  • How she used old files and layouts to create a slideshow in very little time.
  • A good reason to save old PSD files.
  • How she stared designing digital templates and her approach.
  • Themed templates as compared to non-themed ones.
  • How to add authenticity to a digital scrapbook page.
  • How to add depth to your scrapbook design, using digital tools and templates.
  • How to do art journaling, using a traditional digital scrapbook kit.
  • How to create ‘hybrid’ projects, using her digital templates.
  • Her advice for anyone wanting to pursue digital template or kit design as a career.
  • Her advice to anybody wishing to become more creative.



Cheryl’s website: www.fiddle-dee-deedesigns.com

Cheryl on Youtube: Watch Cheryl Scrap

Cheryl on Facebook: Fiddle-Dee-Dee Designs

Cheryl on Twitter: @fiddledeedeedzn

Cheryl on Instagram: Fiddledeedeedesigns

Cheryl on Pinterest: Fiddle-Dee-Dee

Cheryl recommends: www.thedigichick.com


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01: Finding The Creativity Within with Charr Crail

01: Finding The Creativity Within with Charr Crail

Would you love to be a creative person, but think that only certain people are born that way? Do you have a desire to express something creatively, yet feel that you’re not talented enough to do it? If so, break through your limiting ideas and become inspired by this week’s guest on “A Creative Approach Podcast”, Charr Crail, as she is interviewed by Karen Poirier-Brode.

Charr Crail is a photographer, artist, photojournalist, and teacher who has won countless awards. During her formative years, she often accompanied her Dad, a newspaper-man and photographer, on his assignments. This showed her some crazy things in life and gave her a sense of the journalistic point of view. She is wildly enthusiastic about creativity and teaches people about finding their passion and following it, using various apps and media. Listen in as she encourages us all to discover the creativity that “we all have within us”.

Listen to Karen’s interview with Charr as they discuss:

  • How an inner revelation, spontaneously expressed, ended up forming her career.
  • The “out of the box” first job that shaped her and taught her to ‘experience’ people around photography.
  • How she followed her instincts and got to where she is today.
  • How being open to possibilities and saying “yes” can unleash creativity.
  • How she views Photoshop as having tremendous graphic design possibilities.
  • That passion feeds creativity.
  • The unexpected ways that she came about doing what she really loves.
  • How an iPhone inspires her to teach people to do digital imaging with their photos as a canvas.



Charr’s website:

charrcrail.org (The “Learn” section has a list of workshops and tutorials.)

Check out our latest episodes:

00: Introducing A Creative Approach Podcast

00: Introducing A Creative Approach Podcast

Karen began her life in the Canadian prairies followed by several years of studying medicine in Montreal. Marriage, family, and career brought her to California where “Snow is optional. You can drive to it.” With a large extended, blended family and a love of travel, Karen’s hobby of scrapbooking has endless resources. An enthusiastic world traveler, she still has the continents of South America and Antartica to cross off her list. Karen loves meeting her network of online friends on her journeys.

Karen came to podcasting through scrapbooking and has been a co-host on “The Digiscrap Geek Podcast” (now on hiatus) and a guest on many other shows including a recent episode of “Shift Your Story” with Beca Lewis.
Karen remains a licensed physician in California, though currently retired. Karen has wide ranging interests including podcasting, blogging, medicine, and scrapbooking. She is a self-admitted genealogy nut, and life-long learner of art, history, science, business and anthropology with a passion for a sustainable world. She is an artist and a student and is fascinated by people’s stories of creating who they are and what they do. She is delighted to share her conversations on “A Creative Approach Podcast.”




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