First real "vlog"?

Shot footage this morning, edited this afternoon and uploaded to youtube this evening. It took a while, but if I'm going to make posting a video every weekday in May (just a few more days to go) it's time to get creative and try some more experimenting. 

After traveling and being out of town for about two weeks, it's so nice to be home. I didn't intend on making this video so long - I really wanted to keep it under 10 minutes, but I included some random details that may or may not be interesting and of course some cute clips of Jack. My cousin (also known as Ah-Yi/Cindy) and my mom (Ahpo) live in our guest house and they along with our Jack Russell Terrier, Bamboo make an appearance in what is my first vlog...

Inspiring Others

expand in success

After watching Marie Forleo's video about How to Stop Self-Sabotage, I had to script out this quote by Gay Hendricks. I'm adding his book The Big Leap to my wishlist. I ended up writing the quote a bit lower that I had intended, so I stamped what might be my favorite flower ever, from a past Studio Calico kit at the top and filled it in with grey watercolor. 

Gay Hendricks quote scripted by Amy Tangerine

Hope to continue spreading more motivation for each of your Mondays this year using this watercolor set from Michaels and a brush that says Royal 2 on it (can’t remember where it’s from, sorry!). I also found some alternative watercolor options here and here. If you have a favorite quote – snarky, silly, or simple in its’ wisdom, please share in the comments!

Design on Time with author Kristin Harmel

I was so excited when my dear friend and bestselling novelist, Kristin Harmel agreed to join as the guest challenger for Design On Time. Last week when I was on the first leg of an 8 day long trip I was able to finish The Life Intended. I was in tears toward the end and maybe a little bit throughout as well. Such a moving story about love and choosing happiness. If you liked the movie, Sliding Doors (or even if you didn't), I think you'll enjoy this book as well. 

Kristin challenged us with some cool things and as usual, we made quite the mess. Well, at least I did. Jamie usually stays pretty neat and tidy, and I don't know how she does it.

Design on Time
Design on Time

Supplies: Jen Hadfield & Pebbles products | alphabet stickers for CHOOSE | floral paper | Tim Holtz Distress Sprays

In case you missed it - Design On Time : episode 1 | episode 2 | episode 3 | episode 4 | episode 5 | episode 6 | episode 7 | episode 8 

Because it's Friday and we all deserve a little TLC, this week's episode of Design On Time features a special gift for all our viewers.  As part of our challenge I handmade a printable background that you can customize with photos, stickers, memorabilia and journaling!

Amy Tangerine Choose Happiness GiveAway.jpg

Here is your CHOOSE HAPPINESS free printable download!

It's sized 10"x10", so most people can print it on their home computers and then feel free to mount onto a 12"x12" page! If you're going to be sharing what you've done, please use the hashtag #designontime. 

We're also giving viewers a chance to win an autographed copy of The Life Intended! To win, leave a comment on this week's episode of Design on Time telling us what you do to Choose Happiness! We'll select a winner and announce next week!

Motivational Monday quote - How to Earn Your Freedom

Fortune favors the bold.

One of the things I most value in life is time and freedom. I realize that while I have always been willing to put in the hard work necessary on projects of all kinds, one of my greatest accomplishments was realizing there's more to life than just working hard and working all the time. While I have been blessed with working in various creative fields, my workaholic tendencies have gotten in the way in the past for complete fulfillment. It's a constant struggle and balancing act. A dance of sorts. For the past few years, I have been on a mission to find creative ways I can work smarter, thus freeing up more time to do the things I want to do. Because I've turned several hobbies into my job, the lines between work and play can often be blurred. While work fuels me on different levels, I have found that the need for personal fulfillment can come (and should come) from other areas of my life. After listening to this How to Earn Your Freedom podcast on a run, I had to come back to the studio and write down this quote. Since I have had many requests about how I do my watercolor scripting, I thought I would also record a video at the same time. Well it turns out that it's easier said than done. Although I have to admit that it took me forever to actually get the scripting correct, the process was an integral and important part that I felt was important to show you. So many times we view other people's achievements and successes and only see the final results. Feelings of inadequacy may arise within us (especially on the internet when it seems everything is made to look so pretty and seemingly perfect) and this sometimes discourages us from doing the things we really want to do. So much of what we don't see behind the scenes - the hard work, the mistakes, the trial and error process, is what brings us to success. Most of the time I don't really have any idea what I'm doing, but I do it anyway and somehow things work out. Call it luck, but without the preparation, hard work and timing, much of it probably wouldn't have actually worked out. 

I was really not happy with myself about how long it took me (not to mention how many pieces of paper were wasted from my journal), but for some reason this was important for me to share. So the actual quote comes near the end of the podcast (around the 27 minute mark) and has more to it in between the first and second sentence. Really, the bottom line is that "Fortune favors the bold." So, go. Go and be bold. Hope this resonates with you too!

Fortune favors the bold.

Hope to continue spreading more motivation for each of your Mondays this year using this watercolor set from Michaels and a brush that says Royal 2 on it (can’t remember where it’s from, sorry!). I also found some alternative watercolor options here and here. If you have a favorite quote – snarky, silly, or simple in its’ wisdom, please share in the comments!

Scrapbook Albums That Rock

Use a record to create a cool scrapbook album!

Turn old records into the covers of your scrapbook albums. It's easy and fun! It makes for a cool personalized album that can contain pages that go along with the theme of the record if you'd like. I blogged about doing this years ago and thought it would be nice to update showing a video of the process. I also showed four albums that I made years ago which have old scrapbook pages in them. I love that this project is low-cost yet high on the cool factor. You can usually find neat records in thrift shops and garage sales. For this album I plan on putting travel related pages inside as I have basically given up on storing my pages chronologically. Because I didn't want to spray Super 77 as I had done with the previous albums, I used super sticky red tape and it turns out to be a great alternative! Enjoy the video and if you have any questions, feel free to ask away!

Supplies: American Crafts 12x12 D-Ring Modern AlbumSuper Sticky Red Tape | Super Sticky Red Tape 1/2 inch As an alternative, you could also use a spray adhesive like Super 77 | Fiskars Scissors