Sharing my story

Fiercely Fearless with Olay

Choose joy! Those two words sound so easy, right? I firmly believe that looking on the brightest side of life is a choice you’ll never regret. That doesn’t make things any less difficult when facing life’s challenges. Most people who know me really well would say that I am more of an optimist than a pessimist. And it's true - I am. But I haven't always been this way. I have gone through phases in my life when I encountered negativity and bad stuff. Everyone has. The true mark of inner strength is being able to face your obstacles and choose happiness anyway. It’s definitely easier said than done on some days. When I am struggling or feeling down, I intentionally have to carve out time to pause and replace those negative thoughts with positive ones.

When I first moved to Los Angeles when I was 25, I had no idea what kind of crazy amazing journey was ahead of me. A company had relocated me from Atlanta. I was excited to get to work in a new place, while keeping the little company that I started when I was 21 on the side. I dreamed of living as close to the beach as possible. The path seemed perfectly paved until just a week after my arrival, I got a call that pivoted my life in a way that was most unexpected. My boss told me that I was going to be let go if I chose to keep Amy Tangerine on the side. I had to choose either the company I created or the job that had moved me to LA. I was devastated. I had just bought a brand new car, I didn’t have a place to live and and now I was out of a job. I called my dad and he said “You’re lost in the right place.” Those words comforted me and gave me hope. I wouldn’t have made the big move on my own and here is where I was going to thrive.

Plans shift and change and yet through it all, I held onto believing in myself, maintaining a positive mindset and doing what I love most— making things. Challenges and struggles are opportunities for tremendous growth. We all have a story to tell, we all have unique paths to take. When you find yourself at a crossroads in life and you feel out of balance, perhaps you’ll find comfort and guidance in seeking harmony instead of balance. I created an acronym from the word, and I call it the Harmony Principle:

Fiercely Fearless

"There is nothing more beautiful than a woman on a mission." -quote from this inspiring video. I think this phrase is so important because so often as women I think it is easy to forget how true it is. That's why I so enjoyed watching other fearless females who give a sneak peak into overcoming their everyday lives and challenges through the power of Olay. See how pilots face anything during their day. I’m grateful to share my story too in a video on my channel. Just as I overcame my fears and adversity, I am proud to stand with Tristan and all of the other fearless females throughout the world! So who wants to join me on this Harmony journey? Your permission has been granted to live your best creative life and feel fearless to rise above and to be the best version of yourself each and every day. I am so inspired by your comments in the YouTube video already. Thank you!!

This post is in collaboration with Olay, all ideas and opinions are my own. As always, my creative partners and I appreciate the support.

Embrace the beauty that surrounds you. Do you have a word or guiding principle that helps you?

The New Pipsticks+Workman Collection – 3 Favorites

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Look out world— there's a fun, bright a new collection on our hands! This one is a collaboration with Pipsticks+Workman and I want to go ahead and share 3 things that really excited me about it when I first received the package in the mail. After all, who doesn’t just love getting new supplies for their planners, scrapbooks and journals?!

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Dreaming in Color - This sticker book is perfect for those moments when you create a spread and just need to add something cute but you don’t quite know what that might be… The book has all the cutest things: unicorns, lipstick, french toast with adoring eyes— even some balloon animals and cassette tapes. 

Building My Empire 19-Month Planner - I’m not just highlighting this because it has a beautiful little rainbow with the coolest typewriter on the cover, but that also doesn’t hurt. This planner is perfect for long-term goals and events. Sometimes, it’s good to have a product that spans beyond the shorter term bullet journal or Hobonichi. 

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Big Ideas Inside - If you’re anything like me, you never know when inspiration is going to strike. But what if you’re far away from your work space or have no time to actually get started? The struggle to write an idea down before it gets away is made so much easier when you have a designated place to put it. That’s where this idea pad for creative thinkers comes in. It has plenty of pages to fill with ideas, but it’s small enough for you to slip in your bag or purse while you’re on the go. There are also a ton of stickers to brighten up your scribbles.  

 

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There are so many other awesome products in this collection, not just the ones I’ve talked about here. So, which of the three would you feel excited to use? Be sure to let me know in the comments!

Zinia's Watercolor Flowers

Hello everyone, it’s Zinia here and today I’m back on the blog with another colorful layout using a combination of Amy’s collections.

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For this page I wanted to mostly focus on embellishments and build a colorful nature scene. I really wanted to use the adorable bird stickers from the Sunshine & Good Times collection sticker book so I decided to paint some flowers and leave on my background.

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For that I used the Vicki Boutin watercolor tubes, mixing them together to create my own special colors. In some cases, I cheated a little and added a few drops of Jane Davenport Inkredicle inks to make sure I achieve the desired shade.

To embellish the layout, I used a mix of Hustle & Heart and Sunshine & Good Stuff products. I wanted to document my favorite photo of my childhood and the colors didn’t fully match with one single collection.

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I also found the opportunity to use some pieces that I loved but couldn’t find the perfect project to use them on. For example, I really love the succulent images however I don’t document things that match that theme. Building a whimsical scene like this is definitely a great way to use up all the adorable images that you don’t know how to use.

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I also used bottle of nuvo drops to add tiny yellow dots around the page and fill the empty spots. This way my floral painting looks much more interesting and complicated.

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I really hope you enjoyed this page and you got inspired to create something beautiful with your favorite supplies. Until next time, happy crafting!

- Zinia

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345713 THICKERS Let's Dance, 345720 STICKER BOOK, 345709 EPHEMERA, 341885 LAYERED PAPER STICKERS, 341893 MINI FAUX SUEDE BOWS, Kelly Creates Brush Pen, Vicki Boutin Watercolor Tubes.

Thanks for sharing this layout with us, Zinia! Other Design Team member posts can be found here. Shop Sunshine and Good Times at your local retailer or online at Scrapbook.com

Not One but TWO Video Collabs with Gorgeous GloZell!

What's better than doing an amazing DIY collaboration with GloZell? TWO collaborations with GloZell. We got together and I taught her two simple projects that she could create for her daughter or her daughter's friends. Keep reading if you want step-by-step instruction on how to make these cute and easy projects for your own kiddos! 

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Whether it's for one of the many kid birthday parties you attend or for your own wonderful child, it can be a lifesaver to have a DIY, affordable way to create a gift. That's where the project I first showed YouTube icon, GloZell comes in. I'm including all of the steps here, but if any of it is confusing, I recommend looking at the video, since the process can be a little tricky to explain in writing.

1. Pick out a piece of clothing. It can be a shirt or onesie or even a dress! Carefully trace a shape, name or anything else you want to have on the clothing out on the front. This is your cutting line.

2. Pin a contrasting piece of fabric to the inside of the clothing. Make sure the contrasting fabric is much bigger than the shape you selected. Eventually this will be the fill of the shape. You can look at the shirt we made for GloZell's daughter, O'Zell. The blue fabric on the inside of the two is the piece of fabric you just pinned.

3. Stitch. Take a needle and floss (or some other type of thick thread) and carefully stitch around the lines you drew on the outside of the piece of clothing. Make sure your knot is on the inside and does not show! You want to stitch a fair distance away from your original tracing so that you can still clearly see the pen or pencil outline you made on your fabric. Once you've stitched all the way around your shape, make sure to tie a knot to finish off the stitch.

4. Cut! Now, carefully cut away the top layer of fabric, following along on your outline. Make sure not to cut all the way through both layers of fabric! This will allow your contrasting fabric to show clearly. Once you've finished with this, carefully cut away the extra parts of the contrasting fabric on the inside of the piece of clothing. Don't cut too close to the seam. Leave about a 1/4 inch of fabric around the stitching.

And voila! Just like that your amazing DIY project is done! GloZell was a little hesitant at first, but she handled the project like a pro! Stitching and sewing doesn't have to be complicated. This is a really great way to create something beautiful and completely unique.

BONUS: If you want to add another little personal touch, watch the full video to see how I taught GloZell to chainstitch a name on the back of the outfit!

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How cute is that top? If you try out this method, be sure to let me know on social media! Now, on to Round 2!

Children are sources of so much amazing creativity. There are the cute little handprints, gigantic paint splotches, and of course, the tiny doodles on various scraps of construction paper. We all know these pieces of art and praise the little artists who created them. But in the back of our minds, looms the all-consuming question: what to do with these abundant and special creations. There’s only so much room on the fridge and no one wants to throw it all away. Never fear! For our second collaboration, I taught GloZell some of my favorite tips and tricks for keeping a “Baby Binder” in a brand new collab video. We used products from my collection with Avery. Of course, the whole experience was a blast and you should definitely check it out, but if you don’t have time, I’m highlighting three major tricks for keeping your mini-artist’s work in a safe place to preserve all the special moments forever and ever.

  1. Use plastic sleeves. Let’s face it. Childhood is a messy time, especially when glue, glitter and paint are involved. A lot of your child’s creations have already been through a lot. The best way to protect them from the elements is in plastic sleeves. This also maximizes space. For pieces that are only one-sided, you can double-up two creations in one sleeve.

  2. Try out date stamps. You may be wondering how to keep it all organized. Well, I like to organize mind chronologically. That way, you can keep track of how much your little creative has grown and changed over time. The best method I’ve used is a simple date stamp. It always looks nice and neat and that way, you don’t have to try to remember when something happened. Of course, you won’t be able to accurately date stamp every single thing. If that happens, use your best judgement and try to fit pieces in based on where they look best.

  3. Make it fit. Some creations will be on tiny scraps of paper and some are on huge swathes of construction paper. Don’t sweat it! This is an opportunity to consolidate a bit. The smaller pieces can be glued or taped to an 8.5/11 piece of scrapbook paper. It looks so cute when it’s all assembled. For large pieces, you can always cut it down to size or cut it in half and create a spread with plastic sleeves. This is a great option if you feel as though every part of the artwork is too beautiful to throwaway.

If you'd like to give the Baby Binder a try, I'm including a list of some of the products we utilized in the video to make the binder beautiful and tidy. You can find my entire collection with Avery here on Amazon and be sure to use the promo code AVERYHEARTSAMY for 15% off: 

·         Avery® + Amy Tangerine® Designer Collection Durable View Fashion Binder retail for $7.99

·         Avery® + Amy Tangerine® Designer Collection Big Tab™ Fashion Dividers retail for $4.49

One of the things I loved about this collaboration with GloZell was her suggestion of looking through the Baby Binder with her daughter and using the binder as a chance to bond. Clutter can be stressful and sometimes, there’s a temptation to let that emotion override the beautiful moments your child creates. The Baby Binder is a really good way to combine clean-up with quality time. In the long-run, it’s the memories that matter.

How to Create Color Pour Art

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I decided to let loose creatively in the studio and try out American Crafts’ new Color Pour paint kits. Color pour art is an easy way to make canvases with a gorgeous marble effect. The great thing about it is that your childhood dream of combining all these various colors in a single cup of paint is finally coming true. It’s time to get a little messy! I thought after all the awesome comments about the paint pouring video I posted last year, I would give you a step-by-step guide on how to easily create color pour art.

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Set up your space. One of the best things about the Color Pour paint kits is that everything is in one convenient place. When I set out to try the products, one of the first questions I had was, “Will I need a drop cloth? What about gloves?” Luckily, American Crafts included both those necessities and more in the kit. Instead of worrying too much about set-up, I was able to concentrate on the color combos I wanted to try. Set up your space with everything you’ll need close by. Cover your surface with the drop cloth. Be sure to put on gloves! Set out paints, canvases, cups, popsicle sticks, and all the other supplies you’ll need. Make sure everything is in reaching distance; once you get started, you won’t want to have to get up and potentially spread paint everywhere.

Set up your drying area. This was one part I wished I’d planned out a little more thoroughly. Depending on how much paint you use, it can take anywhere from 12-24 hours for the artwork to dry. If you decide to let the paint drip down the sides of your canvas, it’s a good idea to use four cups turned upside down as a makeshift drying platform. Space them out so that the canvas can rest on all four evenly.

Mix in oils or other additives (optional). Adding the “Cell Magic” oil can create little bubbles in the paint, which makes amazing little shapes. Add a little of the oil to any or all of your paints in the little plastic cups provided. Mix the oil and paint with a popsicle stick. If you would also like to add glitter or metallic pigments, it’s the same process. The options are really endless.

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How to Create Color Pour Art

Now comes the fun part! Layer your paints in a single cup. I really encourage you not to overthink this step. There is no “wrong” way to combine colors. This is really about preference and style. If you don’t feel quite ready to pick out your own color combos, there’s good news. American Crafts made beautiful kits with pre-selected color palettes. If you decide to use one of those, the only real work you have to do is pour!

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How to Create Color Pour Art

Get paint on the canvas! There are two ways I know of doing this. The first is to take your blank canvas and set the side you want to paint down directly on top of the cup. Using both hands, carefully hold the cup to the canvas and flip the cup and canvas over so that the cup is now upside-down on top of the canvas. The second is to simply pour your cup out onto the canvas.

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Spread it out. You can choose to use the cup to spread it out a bit or you can set the cup aside and tilt the canvas. The trick to this is to really just let the paint flow the way you like it. On both canvases, I titled it until the paint ran up and over each edge.

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Add embellishments and allow it to dry. One canvas, I left as it was. On the other, I sprinkled glitter on the corner and added a little gold leaf. This added some dimension and texture to the piece.

How to Create Color Pour Art

This process was a blast! I had so much fun experimenting with the paints and allowing the process to flow, instead of meticulously planning exactly how each piece would turn out. You can find more info about Color Pour in this blog post and look for it at your local Joann Stores. So, are you going to give color pour art a try? What color combinations are excited to experiment with? Let me know in the comments and be sure to share pictures of your beautiful creations. 

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