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Pocket Talk

In the pocket talk podcast, Jess Forster interviews pocket page scrapbookers from around the world about their creative process. Design to be inspire and educate, this podcast will answer specific questions you may have about pocket page scrapbooking.
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Sep 19, 2017

On today's show, Jess speaks with the fun and fabulous Tracie Claiborne and Tiffany Lowder aka The Scrap Gals. Living in Nashville TN and Bowling Green KY, these close friends have been creating scrapbooking podcasts for the past three years. In addition to inspiring conversations in their online creative group, they also host in person retreats with Crafty Jen Schow. This a fun cross over conversation where we chat about the logistics of taping an audio show, the secret to Tracie and Tiffany's friendship, what co host is the most organized and what is making them creatively happy right now. Enjoy the show!

Jul 10, 2017

On today’s show, Jess speaks with scrapbook design guru, Cathy Zielske. Living in St Paul Minnoesta, with her husband Dan, daughter Aiden and son Cole, Cathy has been creating clean and simple layouts for more than a decade and has two books to prove it! Cathy has also been working behind the scenes in the scrapbook industry: first as Creative Director for Simple Scrapbooks magazine and currently as Art Director for Scrapbook and Cards Today. In our conversation, Cathy shares her motivation for updating her newest class, Design Your Life 2.0, shares how Stacy Julian impacted her teaching style and why card making is currently making her happy.

Enjoy the show!

 

Cathy's Digital Projects

Cathy's Simon Says Stamp Products

Jul 7, 2017

On today’s show I am speaking with the fun, fantastic, technique focused, Vicki Boutin. Living with her husband and two kids in St Catherines Ontario Canada, Vicki has been scrapbooking for more than 15 years. In 2006, Vicki won the Creating Keepsakes Hall of Fame. Currently is a contributing writer at Scrapbook and Cards Today Magazine, and travels the world teaching scrapbooking classes. Recently, Vicki became a product designer releasing her own mixed media line with American Crafts. Full disclosure, I could listen to Vicki talk for hours about her creative process; and in this interview, I let her take the stage to do just that. Vicki’s passion for memory keeping and fondness for this creative community is infectious. I am so priviledge to know Vicki and to call her my friend. I hope you get as inspired to try something new, as I did by our conversation. Enjoy the show!

Jun 30, 2017

On today's special "on the road" episode, Jess talks with attendees and organizers of the June 2017 Ali Edwards' Story Camp. Held on Friday June 2 and Saturday June 3, 30 attendees and 9 creative team members traveled across the US and Canada to Eugene OR. This once in a lifetime opportunity / small memory keeping event was organize by Ali’s right hand woman, Katie Jaeger. Over the of the weekend, Ali taught three classes which include sessions on design and storytelling. Enjoy the reflections on the weekend that was!

May 11, 2017

On today's show, Jess' shares an audio diary from a recent weekend crop, Crop and Create Moncton. Join Jess as she reflects on her own teaching process, events of the weekend and interviews with attendees; teachers, and organizers like Catherine Tachdijan, Vicky Boutin, and Nicole Nowosad. Jess hopes this episode inspires you to scrapbook with friends, attend a crop at your local scrapbook store or sign up for Crop and Create event.

 

Scrapbook and Cards Today

Tracey Bank's Moncton 2017 Crop and Create Video 

My Stamping Studio 

 

Apr 13, 2017

On today's roundtable, Jess' speaks with Ali Edwards, Brandi Kincaid and Pam Baldwin about all things Week In The Life! In this conversation we chat about streamlining our process, how a project like this can help you reflect on the life you want to live and how to be "successful". This is a great conversation for anyone interested in completing an intensive project like this.

Enjoy the show!

Show notes:

Ali's 2017 Prep Post

Jess' 2010 Week In the Life Album

Jess ' 2012 Week In the Life Album

Jess' 2016 WITL Photos & Words

Mar 31, 2017

On today's show, Jess' speaks with Diana Sanchez, Krista Wells and Crafty Jen Schow about being behind, "catching up" and some things we feel guilty about in our scrapbooking. The panel discusses strategies for dealing with these and tips and trick for moving forward. This is a thought provoking show for both traditional and pocket page scrapbookers! Enjoy the show!

Feb 10, 2017

On today's roundtable show, Jess speaks with Jen Chapin, Crafty Jen Schow & Tracy Banks about their experience creating process videos. Whether you are new to process videos or are looking to enhance your skills / equipment, this conversation has something for everyone. Enjoy the show!

Show Notes:

Jen Chapin's Youtube Video

Jen Chapin's Favourite Video

Crafty Jen Schow's Youtube Channel

Crafty Jen Schow's Favourite Video

Tracy Bank's Youtube Channel

Tracy Bank's Scraproom Video Tour

 

 

 

Feb 3, 2017

On today’s show, Jess speaks with the articulate and artistic, Pam Baldwin. Working as a nurse in Hamilton ON, Canada, Pam lives with her husband Brett, and two kids, Liam and Emily. Currently Pam creates for Ali Edwards Design and teaches the online workshop, Text Tricks at BPC. I love Pam’s breath taking work and how she balances her heart felt stories with clean design. In our conversation Pam discuss how interest influences her scrapbooking process and her love of typography. Pam also opens up on she documents motherhood and the messy stories that don’t often get told. I loved chatting with a fellow Canadian!

Jan 27, 2017

On today's show, Jess speaks with fabulous roundtable guests: Jennifer S Wilson, Krista Wells & Barbara Picinch. In our conversation we chat about how we documented 2016 and the plans we have for the new year. We also discuss what is making us happy with our memory keeping right now.

Dec 17, 2016

On today's show, Jess speaks with the wonderful and whimsical Kelli Rich. Known online as Forever and a Day Create, Kelly lives in Utah with her husband Quincey, and three sons: Radley, Greyson and Crew. A hairstylist by day, Kelli designs beautiful layouts for Coco Daisy and makes and sells adorable bow ties for kids. I love Kelli's use of white space and bright & bold pops of color on her pages. In this conversation, we discuss living with our memories, color choices and how she chooses between documenting in her planner vs. a mini book vs. a scrapbook page.

Dec 9, 2016

On today's show, Jess has another special roundtable episode; Jessica Upton of Colorcast Designs, Kellie Winnell of Kellie Stamps and Tracy Banks from her Mercy Tiara youtube channel, discuss how their are tackling their December Daily projects. Guests discuss a variety of approaches to documenting the holidays including incorporating their photos into an existing Project Life album and how to balance self care with being an intentional documenter during the month of December. This is fun / motivating conversation for those in the middle of completing their 2016 December Daily projects.

Dec 2, 2016

On today's show, Jess chats with the energetic and creatively enthusiastic, Barbara P. Living in Sacramento, California with her husband Larry and her daughter Simone, Barbara has scrapbooked since 1999. Formerly a Studio Calico Design Team member, Barbara currently creates for ColorCast Designs, Kelly Purkey Shop and is a teacher at Big Picture Classes. In our conversation, Barbara discusses her evolution from traditional to digital to pocket page scrapbooker and her favorite colour and font to create with. Barbara also reflects on what kind of crafter she is. This is a really fun chat that will make you want to scrapbook!

Nov 18, 2016

On today’s special roundtable episode, I am speaking with three great former Pocket Talk guests about December Daily. Jennifer S Wilson of Simple Scrapper, Krista Wells from the Kelly Purkey Design Team and Petra Corcoran from Jot Magazine share their tips and tricks for completing your favourite holiday project.

Enjoy the show!

Sep 12, 2016

On today’s show, Jess' speaks with clear headed, kind and creative, Krista Wells. Living with her husband Matthew, adorable cocker spaniel, Eugene in St. Johns NewFoundland, Krista is the lover of food, fashion and travel. Currently, designing for Kelly Purkey & Feed Your Craft, Krista also teaches classes in person at The Paperie. She has also been published in Scrapbook and Cards Today. Scroll through her instagram account or blog, and you will understand why I think she is the "Canadian Kelly Purkey"! In this episode, Krista shares her product driven approach to pocket page scrapbooking and shares how she uses photos as “place holders” in her album. Enjoy the show!

May 6, 2016

On today's show, Jess speaks with the incredibly inspiring Diana Sanchez aka The Lovely Pear. Living in Midland Texas with her husband Shawn, son A&J as well as  two dogs & two ducks, Diana is currently on the 2016 Becky Higgins Project Life Creative Team. As a Project Life newbie, Diana has only been scrapbooking since June 2015. Her passion and enthusiasm for pocket page scrapbooking reminds us to "just start". Check out Diana's drool worth Instagram account or  her amazing 2016 title page - one of my favorites!  In this conversation we discuss how Diana got started scrapbooking with Project Life, the resistance her friends express to scrapbooking & how she styles her finished layouts for social media. We also chat about her favourite actions. Enjoy the show!

Apr 15, 2016

On today's show, Jess speaks with the charming and clever, Emily Webster (aka Emily Records). Living in Northern California with her husband Jeremy and daughters Sienna & Riley, Emily learned Photoshop in highschool and now is a digital scrapbooker. Currently she creates for Paislee Press & One Little Bird Designs. Formerly she was on the Ali Edwards Design Team - her first design team ever! What I love about Emily is her resourcefulness and "can do" attitude. In our conversation, listeners will learn Emily's three mantras for scrapbooking & how she uses her smart phone and computer for completing weekly layouts. This is a great conversation for anyone interested in scrapbooking on a budget using pocket pages. 

Feb 19, 2016

On today’s show, Jess speaks with the sweet and stylish, Emma from the website Create the Simple. Living in the UK with her husband, Emma works in London in finance and carves out time for memory keeping on evenings and weekends. Currently she creates for Ali Edwards Design and Kellie Stamps. What I love about Emma and her layouts, besides her clearly defined colour schemes, is how she has adapted her process & pages to fit her memory keeping goals. In our discussion Emma tells us her favourite fonts, why she switched from 6x8 to 6x12 and when she is most productive. It was a pleasure to talk with Emma! Enjoy the show!

Jan 25, 2016

On today’s show, Jess' speaking with the passionate and persistent Jessica Upton. Living in Colorado Springs with her husband Keith and her kids, McKenna, Riley and Kiefer, Jessica is the owner of the embellishment company, Colorcast Designs. Jessica has been a scrapbooker for the last 14 years and currently she is on the Sahlin Studio Design Team and the Amber LaBau Creative Team. What drew me to Jessica’s modern & colourful pocket pages is her ability to create texture and visual interest through the use of simple embellishments. During our conversation what impressed me the most about Jessica’s process is her clear sense of purpose for creating. In our chat Jessica discusses the rewards and challenges of owning her own business and what it’s like to manage a creative team and how she keeps herself accountable to create pages.  Jessica is such an energetic and open individual, I loved chatting with her. I am sure you will be inspired to scrapbook after listening to our talk.

Jan 15, 2016

On today's show, Jess speaks with Jen Carlson. Originally from St. Louis, Jen now lives in North Carolina with her fur children, dog / Winston and cat / Gracie. By day Jen is a process engineer and by night she is an avid scrapbooker. Don't believe me? Listen to the list of design teams Jen is currently on: Ali Edwards Design Inc, Colorcast Designs, One Little Bird, Sahlin Studio and Amber LaBau Designs! You can also check out Jen's work on her drool worthy instagram account: @jecarl

What stands out in this conversation is Jen's clearly defined process for mundane tasks like downloading and printing photos. In contrast, she then follows her inspiration to create pages. Jen discusses tips for taking great photos on a DSLR and how she approaches storytelling on her pages. 

Enjoy this conversation!

Jul 24, 2015

On today's show, Jess speaks' with the super crafty and creative Trisha Harrison of Here at Number 30. Trained as a dental hygienist, Trish is the wife to Tyler and the mama to son, Ethan and daughter, Ava. If you are like me, you are a super fan of how Trish's work and how she simply elevates everyday documentingTrish has been on the 2014 Becky Higgins Project Life and Paislee Press' Creative Teams. Currently she is on the Ali Edwards Design Team. In our conversation, Trish discusses her perspective on establishing a creative habit, she shares her crafting playlist and shares how Project Life has helped her cope with grief and loss.

Enjoy the show!

GIVEAWAY:

To celebrate the end of season one of Pocket Talk and the birth of my second child, one lucky resident of the US will receive a newly designed Emily Ley Project Life Baby Core kit. To our international listeners, I am giving away, Liz Tamanaha's  newly designed Moments Like These Card Collection from Project Life + Stampin Up. I have purchased both of these physical products recently and I am so happy to share them with two lucky winners....Exciting, Eh!

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2. Leave a comment this episode's post on Instagram. Tell me where you live, what you like about Pocket Talk and what you would like to see in season two of the show.

One entry per person. I will draw the US and International winners on Friday July 31st, 2015.

Thank you for your continues love & support and most of all for listening!

Jul 10, 2015

On today's show, Jess speaks with the sweet and stylish, Meghann Andrew. Trained as an interior designer, Meghann is the wife to Simon and stay-at-home-mama to Lizzy, a micro premie who is now 2 years old. Currently Meghann is on 4 design teams including: Elle’s StudioChickaniddy CraftsJot Magazine and the Scraptastic Club. In our conversation, Meghann discusses how she photographs pocket pages for design teams, her favourite go-to photo paper, and how she uses the collect photo app for completing Project Life and traditional pages. This is a great episode for memory keepers interested in incorporating pocket pages into their traditional scrapbooking process but who aren't sure how to start.

Jun 26, 2015

On today's show, Jess speaks with the lovely Tiffany Barker aka  Grey House Lane. Trained as an occupational therapist, Tiffany is the wife to John and stay-at-home mama to Kaley, Carolyn, Jake, Maggie and Amelia. Currently Tiffany is on the Big City Quiet and Love Day Seed design teams. Tiffany also sells her own digital Project Life products at her etsy shop. Calm and focused, you can see all of Tiffany's pages on her instagram account. In this episode, Tiffany shares how her style has evolved, her favourite lens and how she has developed her, "I just want to have fun attitdue". This is a great upbeat conversation about bringing fun back to memory keeping.

May 29, 2015

On today's show, I speak with the crafty and creative, Kellie Winnell of Give a Girl a Blog. From Victoria, Australia, Kellie is the wife to Luke and mama to 3 daughters: Kira, Chloe and Heidi. Currently on the Big City Quiet Design team and owner of  Kellie Stamps, her own online stamp shop, what I love about Kellie's pocket pages is how she documents her sense of humour and shoe collection. In this episode, Kellie shares her favourite embellishments, inks and iPhone apps and what she's currently struggling with. This is a great conversation about different journaling perspectives and how to include your kids in the Project Life process. On a side note: a huge thank you to Kellie for her patience as we recorded multiple times over a poor Skype connection!

 
May 15, 2015

On today's show, Jess speaks with the articulate educator, Jennifer S Wilson. From Champaign, Illinois, Jennifer is the wife to Steve and mama to daughter, Emma. As the owner of Simple Scrapper, Jennifer helps thousands of scrapbookers to focus on what matters most. In this episode, Jennifer shares how she combines pocket pages & the library of memories system, how she uses smart phones & DSLR photos in her layouts & why she considers pocket pages as “art journaling for left brainers”. This is a great episode for listeners interested in how to balance making pocket pages AND traditional layouts.

Enjoy the show!

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