Craft A Life You Love by Amy Tangerine is now available!

It's here! It's finally here! I'm so excited to share that my new book is now available on Amazon! This is a dream come true for me, as it feels like it has been years in the making. 

There was something about the beginning of last year that actually made me take the plunge and dive right in to something I have been wanting to write for a very long time. I considered going the traditional route and trying to pitch and partner with a major publishing company, but then I learned that I could self-publish on Amazon and that was all it took for me to commit to the project. I wanted my book to be available to you all as fast as possible so by publishing on Amazon, it can be printed ON DEMAND and in your hands in a few short days. (Does that blow your mind a little bit?!)

If you're a longtime reader of my blog, then you are well aware that I am very passionate about cultivating a rich and fulfilling life, and sharing my experiences with all of you. From traveling the world to growing a family to working in various creative fields, I've developed an amazing life that has me excited to jump out of bed every morning (okay, almost every morning). But I haven't reached this point in my career and life without a few bumps along the way. Just like everyone else, I've made mistakes, I've experienced setbacks, and I've had to dust myself off and get back up again. However, when I really analyzed my life's trajectory, the one common denominator that has gotten me through the good and the bad has been using my creativity on a near daily basis. Whether it was styling clothes for photo shoots or designing scrapbooking products or sharing videos on YouTube, I've found my life's purpose by creating.

Craft a Life You Love is broken down into five unique sections: Crafting the Soul, Crafting the Right Mindset, Crafting the Right Environment, Crafting Happiness Through Habits, and Crafting Your Way Back. Each section is filled with all of my best tips and tricks for infusing your life with creativity, fun, and intention paired with personal stories about my journey. Each chapter also features guided worksheets, hand-lettered quotes, and a generous margin so you can doodle on the pages while you read! My hope is that you feel inspired to make this your own.

I am SO excited beyond words to see where this journey takes all of us. Let's get those creative juices flowing together to make 2017 the best year yet. If you have any questions - please leave them in the comments and I will try my best to answer them in an upcoming post and video! XOXO!

Lettering on the iPad Pro + Free download!

Brene Brown quote lettered by Amy Tangerine

Though I don't plan on doing Motivational Monday every week this year, I do want to continue to share inspiring quotes and new things with you. Ever since I got my iPad Pro late last year, I have been really into playing around with the Procreate app. Many of you have asked for a tutorial, so here is my version of that in a YouTube video:

I have a BIG, HUGE announcement coming very soon! If you're a newsletter subscriber, perhaps you may have already gotten the email! EEPS!

Creative Lettering For Kids

Ever since I can remember, I have been obsessed with hand writing. Though I never thought mine was all that great growing up, I loved practicing and trying different ways to improve my lettering style. One of my fondest memories includes passing colorful notes and notebooks to my friends in grade school and junior high. Arts & crafts have played a key role in my early years and it is a dream come true to be able to work in an industry that values creativity. All the colorful markers and pen options out there still get me excited to this day. When I was asked by Jenny Doh to be a contributor to Creative Lettering for Kids, I gladly said yes! It is really cool to be a part of such a talented group - I don't feel worthy! 

This piece didn't make it into the book, but I'm excited for you to see the ones that did. Creative Lettering for Kids is, in my opinion, great for all ages. Let's face it, we are really all kids at heart, right?! As I continue to strive to limit my time in front of digital devices, I feel even more inspired to try my hand at these awesome ideas. I have a feeling you will like them too!

Bullet Journal

Biting the bullet and I am going to try bullet journaling this year! My mom was in Florida and went to one of our favorite stores, Whim So Doodle, where it's basically stationery heaven. If you are ever in St. Pete, you must go to this store! She got the exact journals in the two colors I was deciding between when I toyed with the idea of starting a bullet journal last year. I decided to start with the yellow one for the first half of the year and move onto the pink one this summer. She also got me this awesome pencil pouch which matches perfectly.

I spent a little too much time yesterday perusing YouTube and Pinterest and then decided to just jump right in to start setting up my bullet journal. I spread out on my dining room table so that I could still hang out with my guys. You can get both inspired and overwhelmed at the same time if you look under #bujo on Instagram or even Twitter. Thanks to these awesome communities though, I am excited to approach this with my own twist. The system has to work for me and my needs. And I know it's only the 3rd day of the year, but I am feeling really good about it. I tend to have strong starts and inevitably life gets in the way, but my love for analog and dedication to sustaining a system that helps me live my best creative life is what will hopefully assist in following through for all of 2017. I used to use a very similar system since the planner I loved stopped being made. I will go through those and share them on my YouTube channel soon. The notebooks are a fun look at the evolution of journaling and memory keeping, and what continues to work for me. I was hesitant at first, as there are plenty of things I journal about but don't share those pages or spreads in public. In fact they are for my eyes only. After seeing some blurry screens and hands over pages, I am going to try my best to write and be authentic in my goal setting, tasks, and life stuff, while also being mindful of the personal things that should only be well, personal. I'm sure you understand!

Someone tweeted me this article about The 8 Stages of Bullet Journal Addiction and I laughed out loud as it is all too relatable. So what do you think about bullet journaling - do you do it and do you have any tips or tricks? And what stage are you in? :)

New collection: On A Whim!

Amy Tangerine On A Whim

Kicking off 2017 with my newest collection with American Crafts, On A Whim! It was definitely inspired by the optimistic and confident girls and women out their doing fun things and seeking bright and bold adventures. I can't wait to see how you document your life with this mix of color and whimsy.

Amy Tangerine On A Whim

Capture spontaneity and fun times with On a Whim. Bold graphics and cool patterns complement fun phrases in a host of bright colors. Pineapple yellow, flamingo pink and ocean blue coordinate with accents of gold, green, and red. Document your favorite adventures with the cute icons of On a Whim!

Let us know what your favorites are in the comments! I'll be at Creativation (formerly CHA) in a couple weeks in Phoenix, AZ and I'll be sure to capture and share it with you here and on my YouTube channel.