This is a behind the scenes look that I never shared from back in August 2013 when we were working on the Plus One collection. We were fully focused and had just finished up the style sheet and when Jennifer brought her 2 month old son, Everett into the American Crafts office. His smiles completely lit up the room.
Pinkfresh Studio sent over a package that came in a gorgeous hot pink envelope full of their latest products. It made me want to create immediately, so I made some 4×6 cards that can be easily slipped into Project Life page protectors or onto layouts at a later time. Love these retro Instaframes both for putting photos inside and outside.Pinkfresh Studio is offering 20% off through the end of April using the code: AMY20.
Last Saturday morning, Jack woke up crying at 4am stuck in the top right corner of his crib. He was in an awkward L position and there was no chance of him going back to sleep on his own. I picked him up, gave him a cuddle and decided to bring him back to our bed, hopeful for a couple more hours of sleep before my alarm was to go off at 6:30. Thankfully it worked.
JC was looking forward to some quality father/son time and I was looking forward to teaching a class at Studio Crescendoh. My mom and I got the car packed up and drove down to Santa Ana to spend a few hours with a wonderful group of ladies. The format for this workshop was slightly different than others, really laid back (well, they are all pretty laid back usually), with me not only demonstrating techniques, but also creating alongside these creative and talented women. We used watercolors and stamps, collaged and embroidered, and really just played. Although it would have been nice to have Jack there – it turned out we were all in our happy place.Thanks to everyone who joined. Thanks to Jenny for having me in your amazing studio space. Thanks to my mom for running the little shop we had set up in the hallway. When I got home, Jack was already on his 2nd nap after Daddy took him for an adventure and shopped for groceries for dinner. It was so nice to come home and just be able to relax. I almost didn’t know what to do with myself. And at that moment, it was finding the time to just be in the moment, to appreciate what a sweet Saturday it was. And a few minutes later, it became even sweeter because Jack woke up!
Yes, it’s true, I say it every year after Craftcation Conference, but I will say it again – all you creative/crafty types should try and attend. I will echo much of what I said in this wrap up from 2013. Held in Ventura, CA and going strong for 3 years now, I am humbled to have been a part of it since the beginning. The only difference from years past is that our crew included mommy, Buster, Bamboo and Jack. The hotel is dog friendly and baby friendly, but I still took his bathtub because I am crazy like that and there was plenty of room in my car. Sharing a room proved to only be tricky because of outbursts of barks during naptime. My BFF lives in Ventura and it was so great to see her. And she got to have her Jack fix too. Here are photos taken from my phone of the fun 3 days that I attended. I’ll try and do another wrap up posts from my classes taken on my DSLR soon.
Yes, that’s THE Lisa Congdon holding my rub-ons from my Plus One collection, along with Jack fast asleep in the Ergo. You can read previous Craftcation posts and sign up for the newsletter to find out more about next year’s event.
Love seeing how you all are using and sharing your projects with Plus One mixed with some of the Sketchbook collection. It’s fun for us to click on the hashtag (#amytangerine) and find all this great eye candy. I don’t always see it when it’s a mention (@amytangerine) on Instagram. Shop for our latest products online at Two Peas In A Bucket (where there’s a 20% off sale for a limited time) and Simon Says Stamp and HSN!
from left to right, top to bottom:
1. @magdamiz | 2. @feyintoscraps | 3. @talkaboutpriceless | 4. @paperissues | 5. @alwaysscrapping | 6. @ginalideros | 7. @olennka | 8. @violeta_scrap | 9. @olatzgarai
There’s a small area in my studio where I planned on putting up little bits of inspiration with pieces of washi tape. I haven’t made much progress from this Instagram taken at the beginning of March and the first Instagram taken the beginning of this year. . Some things have been moved around, and I just added this piece by Mye De Leon, a new sponsor you’ll see on the sidebar. Mye took Kal’s Life Scripted class (which you can still sign up for!), and decided to start this little business to support her son’s growing medical needs. You can read more about Alphonse on her blog. The print is a custom request – something I am trying to remain mindful of – being present, instead of always looking ahead and worrying about what that looks like. The giclee print probably should be framed, but in the mean time I took a piece of MT Casa washi tape and love that it’s hanging up right now at this very moment. I am excited to add more inspiring pieces to the wall and to see what sticks.
Even though we received these as gifts for Jack, they seem like they were made for me. They are from a wonderful friend named Heidi who always comes to the classes at Paper Tales. In fact I don’t remember a single one she has missed. I’ve just decided she’s one of the best curators for books. She chose Hands, First Book of Sushi and Beautiful OOPS. She used to be in publishing and has actually worked with Barney Saltzberg before. The Beautiful OOPS book is definitely a favorite – every single page is an interactive work of art. So whimsical and fun. I know Jack (and I) will love it for years to come. These are such amazing books, what a perfect gift – thanks Heidi!We are always looking to grow Jack’s library. Do you all have favorite books for little ones? Would love to hear your selections in the comments.
So I was just a bit ecstatic about meeting Lisa Congdon Thursday at the welcome dinner for Craftcation. She delivered a super inspiring visual treat of a keynote speech and slideshow – a delightful balance of honesty, humility, wit and wisdom. Bamboo met Lisa at lunch yesterday, and shortly afterwards she decided to curl up next to my signed copy of Whatever You Are, Be A Good One. Here’s a lovely page from it which pretty much sums up the whole experience.
We made it to Friday! And I know this was supposed to be a weekly regular feature, but I have failed to make it so. Forgive me?
1. When I spotted this gorgeous layout (and video tutorial) by Mandalika Designs, I knew I had to share. Such a great use of Plus One!
2. Check out this adorable Cut & Paste Daybook that Sakuralala made to document her CHA adventure!
3. I can’t get over all the incredible Plus One projects that Olennka has been posting in the SC Gallery! So much inspiration.
4. Now this is a quote I can get behind:
5. Having such a great time at Craftcation in Ventura!
I hope everyone has a great weekend!