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Next week we will be revealing my 9th collection (what?!) with American Crafts. It might just be my favorite ever and I hope it's yours too!

Making time

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Hey there - I know I haven't been posting on this blog very frequently. No excuses, just wanted to let you know that I have been giving it a lot of thought and it's definitely something I feel bad about. I have post ideas in my head and for some reason executing them isn't happening lately. My focus has been more on other projects - my client work (there are some really cool projects in the works that I cannot wait to share and then there are others that I just can't share for confidentiality reasons). Also I have been putting a lot of energy and resources into building my YouTube channel. Making videos used to fall into one of two categories for me:

  1. I'm getting paid to do it. If I am getting paid to make a video, for example, for a class/workshop or client, then I will invest the time into doing so. I used to make videos for Two Peas in A Bucket once a month, and occasionally for Studio Calico. I made 12 videos for my online workshop with Kelly Purkey called Here & There Inspiration last spring.
  2. It's for me and it's fun. JC and I got a flip camera back in 2009 and it was fun to experiment with on our travels. He made a video of this awesome trip that I still love to watch on occasion. He made a pretty hilarious video of my friend Kelly (Happy Birthday, by the way!) and he also made this video of my little brochure trick. I have since made our travel videos with everything from an iPod Touch to a Harenezumi to my iPhone. And of course when Jack came into the world, I had to record videos of him.

Anyway, behind the scenes, we are on a mission to combine the two categories. It's going to be a slow and steady process of creating video content consistently. For me to take the time to practice, shoot a lot of footage, get more efficient overall and feel more comfortable in front of the camera. I want to make sure I feel the creative freedom to experiment with different formats. My goal is to create videos that people want to watch, yet not get too bogged down about the fact that I don't have the expensive gear, white studio space, and budgets that I may like to have. I want to use the resources I have at my disposal right now and not worry about too many of the details that would prevent me from sharing things I want to share. The responses for the field trips + crafting videos have had a wonderful response! It means so much to me and I'd be lying if I said I wasn't worried about getting negative comments on YouTube. Fortunately the feedback has overall been extremely positive and encouraging. Honestly if I don't like something, I don't watch it. I don't even take the time to comment rudely much less hit the thumbs down button. But that's just me. I wouldn't normally even have brought this up, but perhaps the risk of judgement is something that has been holding you back from putting yourself out there. I'm normally a pretty optimistic and happy person and I hope that's what I am able to exemplify online. And I am taking a chance by putting myself out there, more and more, but this is something I want to do. I want to share even more with you all. Videos take a long time to make. Period. But there is so much I want to show you all... so many things, from what I'm doing, learning, making, creating, and experiencing. And hopefully you all will take the time to come along for the ride, and even enjoy it as well!

I guess this was a very long winded explanation to let you know that I want to make the time to share more with you all, both here, on Instagram and on my YouTube channel. So thank you if you've made it this far, for reading this and all my other ramblings.

Still trying to spread more love and motivation for each of your Mondays this year. I'm still using this watercolor set from Michaels and a brush that says Royal 2 on it which came from a multi-pack and according to a couple of my awesome readers (Elaine and Debbie) is available at some Michaels and some Joann stores. Elaine said it is "Packaged by Royal and Langnickel. 30 brushes in the set, 10 for oil paints, 10 for watercolor and 10 for acrylics." Yay!

If you have a favorite quote – silly, snarky or simple in its’ wisdom, please share in the comments!

Jack loves Rags & Royal tees

Cute travel tee shirt
Jack in Rags and Royal
Most Likely To Succeed
Most Likely To Succeed

Photos by Ann-Marie Espinoza | Tees by Rags & Royal | Shoes by Freshly Picked (they have ants on them and picnic table fabric on the bottom)

Can't get over how cute (and big!) Jack looks in his new Rags & Royal tees. I had the pleasure of meeting Monique and her husband at the Boom Boom Room event back in March. They are kind and just launched their brand last year. The designs are cool and printed on super soft tees. You may remember this photo posted on Instagram taken when he was 19 months old. And he's going to be turning two in two months! So far, he's most likely to succeed in making me smile every single day, but the days are flying by, and I need a pause button, please.

Focus. Enjoy. Build.

Amy Tangerine quote

Everyone has their own unique path and story to tell. My creative journey has been full of twists and turns, as I am sure yours has too. Said this on Elise Gets Crafty season 2 podcast episode 054, which you can listen to here. Scripted my own quote, which seems a bit strange, but probably shouldn't. Are you focusing on what you love? Are you trying your best to enjoy every minute? Are you building something you are proud of? 

Still trying to spread more love and motivation for each of your Mondays this year. I'm still using this watercolor set from Michaels and a brush that says Royal 2 on it (can’t remember where it’s from, sorry!). If you have a favorite quote – silly, snarky or simple in its’ wisdom, please share in the comments!

An interview, a podcast and getting published

So much going on around here lately, but not feeling too overwhelmed. Just yet. I have three fun things to share.

1. A while back, I received an email from Susan of Fuller By Design to see if I was interested in being a part of her interview series "Motherhood by Design: 52 Creative Mothers Talk About the Intersection of Motherhood and Creativity". I was honored she reached out to me about something I find to be a fascinating topic. I loved her interview with Elise. And though I was slammed with many deadlines and other demands, I chose to make it a priority and answered her questions. Hopefully you'll enjoy reading the responses here

2. I was recently on the Paperclipping Roundtable with Noell Hyman, Izzy Video (not his real last name, but I have to call him that especially after the recording) and May Flaum. We discussed the process of the last layout we each created and I learned quite a bit! Going to try and scraplift Noell's and May's awesome layouts soon. You can listen to the episode here and also hear the name of my next collection with American Crafts!

3. It's been a while since I've been published in any magazines, so it was really fun to see the Summer 2015 issue of Scrapbook & Cards Today. I miss getting to hold scrapbook magazines since so many of them have gone away. Loved receiving my print copy. You can see the entire magazine online here. My colorful layout is on Page 24. 

Amy Tangerine watercolor + washi