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.
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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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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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!
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.
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.
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.
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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 documenting. Trish 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.
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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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On today’s show, Jess is speaking with the prolific and passionate Autumn Nguyen. Born in Vietnam and currently living in Northern California, Autumn is wife to Jim and mama to son Samuel. When she is not teaching science to grade 8 students, you can find Autumn documenting family life on her instagram account: @simplyautumnnguyen. As a 2014 Becky Higgins Creative Team, it is quick to see this memory keeper has embraced Project Life as a way of life. In this episode, Autumn shares how she organizes the 100’s of photos she takes every week, her work flow during crops with friends and how she has completed Project Life for the past 5 years, through various ages and stages. I am so inspired by Autumn’s enthausiam and I think you will be too!
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On today’s show, Jess speaks with the fun and fantastic Lindsay Wright. A teacher / mixed media artist, Lindsay and Jess met in the fall during a project life crop. Although Linsday doesn’t consider herself a scrapbooker, she recently started to document family life with the Project Life App. In this conversation, Lindsay shares how she recorded a whole year in one month, why design K, N and P are her favourite page protectors and the types of pens she uses to right on her Project Life prints.
On today's show, Jess speaks with the lovely and super talented, Caylee Grey of South Africa. Starting in 2013, Caylee documents daily life with her husband T and adorable dog, Griffin. Caylee completes hybrid pages, combining digital elements and physical supplies with her beautiful handwritting. Currently Caylee is on the Paislee Press and Gossamer Blue Design Teams. In this episode, Caylee shares why she doesn't hoard physical supplies, her philosophy for creating pages and how she caught up from being 20 weeks behind in her Project Life album.
For more information about Caylee, check out her blog at CayleeGrey.com
On today’s show, I am speaking with the amazing, Rachel Del Grosso of Las Vegas, Nevada. An avid writer all of her life, Rachel transitioned into pocket page scrapbooking when she and her husband, Dom where expecting their son, DJ. Rachel was on the 2014 Becky Higgins Project Life Creative Team and currently is on 2015 Kellie Stamps Design Team. On this episode, Rachel opens up about struggling to find her personal style, how she saves time and money completing her weekly pocket page spreads and how she includes the small details of her week.
For more information about Rachel or her shop, please visit her blog, Big City Quiet.
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On today's show, Jess speaks with Petra Corcoran, of Brisbane Australia.
When she is not working as an CFO at an IT company, Petra is documenting daily life with her husband and three children on the "Gold Coast". Petra was on the 2013 Becky Higgins Project Life Creative Team as well as the Sweet Shoppe Design Team. Completing Project Life for the last four years, Petra discusses how she involves her family in documenting and reviews how she prints her photos at home. This is a great episode for anyone interested in completing a Photo-a-Day Challenge in their 2015 albums.
For more information about Petra, including her weekly project life layouts, how to videos and simple scrapbooking projects, please check out her blog at:
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Starting Project Life in 2012, Donya has successfully stuck with traditional pocket page scrapbooking for the past three years. In 2014, Donya was on the Becky Higgins Project Life Creative team and is currently on the Ali Edwards and One Little Bird Digital Design Team. When it comes to creating pages, Donya is the master at mixing black and white and colour photos. She also pays attention to detail, adding fun digital elements to her journaling cards. For those starting out, Donya gives specific tips on how to develop your style around the 19:00 minute mark of our conversation.