Wake up and LiveDigging: the fact that after August 1st, I will be homebound until the baby arrives. My doctor wrote a note that I can fly until August 18th, but I am cutting myself off (not even going to join my mom when she takes off for a last minute trip to Hawaii!!).Not Digging: the fact that the previous owner left his cat! Can you believe someone would even do that?! Granted, he/she is an outdoor cat, but still. It infuriates me mainly because I am an animal lover, but severely allergic to cats and can't do much with it when it comes up meowing and starts rubbing up against my legs. URG Drinking: lots of water & smoothies and a cup of coffee or tea. Eating: all kinds of foods - really whatever sounds good at the moment. Also craving kale. My mom gets the bags from Trader Joes and either cooks it up with garlic and olive oil or makes an awesome simple salad with it. I still don't want to put it in my smoothies though. Watching: not much on tv because we don't have cable yet. But we're catching up on Boss on JC's iPad and also I'm trying to figure out a time when we can both watch The Happiest Baby on the Block, a DVD hand-me-down. Wearing: mostly maxi dresses, long skirts and anything comfy. Trying not to buy any more maternity clothes. Reading: The Avalon Ladies Scrapbooking Society, borrowed from the library. I've pre-ordered Elsie & Emma's A Beautiful Mess Photo Idea Book so I can get it in just a couple weeks. Feeling: a little shortness of breath, and finally getting over a lingering cough. Weather: nice Wanting: to magically have the main house painted and ready to move into ASAP. Needing: to find the most comfortable, firm king sized bed in our budget. We considered the Westin Heavenly bed, but are having second thoughts. Wishing: my friends with young kids would listen to me when I say that I really do want hand-me-downs more than I want things off my baby registry. Hoping: for a continued healthy pregnancy and baby. Thinking: all kinds of crazy thoughts, but trying not to. Enjoying: the smiles and kindness of strangers - who knew just about everyone was so nice to pregnant people?! Loving: the feedback and excitement from CHA about Cut & Paste, this video done by, This free app called Calm - I have been wanting to learn meditation for quite sometime now, and this app seems to be the way to go. Been working on some awesome exclusive projects for Toolbox with Studio Calico. Sign ups for my newest online class is coming to a close tomorrow. You will have forever access to the class and all materials, but you need to sign up before July 31 - hope to see you in the Toolbox classroom!

The Phone Photography Project Workshop!

The Phone Photography Project32 days of Android + iPhone photo challenges, daily inspiration, and app reviews

Need summer photo ideas or help improving your iPhone photography? Spend this July taking amazing photos with your iPhone or Android camera in The Phone Photography Project.In this month-long workshop, you'll learn to take better photos with the camera you always have with you as you document your summer adventures—with help from 32 incredible instructors. On top of daily smartphone photography challenges, you'll also enjoy:

  • dozens of tips and tricks from the pros for taking better photos with your mobile-phone camera
  • a handbook of 60+ photography app reviews for iPhone and Android, so you know which are worth your time and money*
  • dozens of project ideas for getting photos off your device and into your world
  • interaction with 32 experienced iPhoneographers and Androidographers, and hundreds of fellow students in a private classroom and on Instagram
  • giveaways, contests, discounts, bonus downloads, and fun fun fun!
    *Note: Many of the reviewed apps are available free in the App Store and Google Play, while the rest average about $1.99 each. App purchases are not required for participation in the class.

How cute is this promo video? The introductory price for the Phone Photography Workshop is $39. (Normally priced at $49, so if you sign up now at Big Picture Classes, it is $10 off!)

The timing for this class couldn't be more perfect. Just like many of you, I love taking photos. Since my iPhone is with me at all times, it's been the easiest way to record random moments. And what a line up - so many inspiring teachers.

Class begins July 1st! Hope to "see" you there!

Mix It Up!

Thrilled that my newest online class, Mix It up, is now available on Two Peas in a Bucket. I have been working really hard for the past couple months on this mini workshop. mixitupblogmixitup_amytanmixitup_cutfilesmixitup_pdfsneakAmy's carefree and relaxed approach to creating is contagious; you'll feel as though you're scrapbooking right alongside with her in her living room (with her beloved Buster and Bamboo at your feet!).  Create perfectly embellished layouts you love when you use Amy’s tips for mixing up your supplies.  Give your layouts an unexpected twist when you vary the photos you capture. (And for students who sign up in the first month, enjoy a coupon for a free 12x12 print from Persnickety Prints!)  And finally, prevent creative ruts by changing up the projects you tackle.  Follow Amy Tan’s lead and get ready to mix it up! The content of this workshop will be available immediately upon purchase. The lessons are available for you to work at your own pace and upon purchase can be accessed in the "Workshops" section under "Classes & Events." A private message board forum is also available to ask me questions and to connect with other participants. PS - Purchase this class in the next week and you'll be entered to win one of ten prize packs pictured above!  Prizes vary slightly, but each includes Amy Tangerine for American Crafts products! Mix It Up is $12 and I really hope you'll join in on the fun and spread the word! If you tweet or Instagram this, please use #mixitupwithamytan

dreaming in color

Had the pleasure of teaching my first in-person class using the new Sketchbook collection last weekend in San Diego. We had an amazing group of ladies from all over - even neighboring states. A few ladies drove over 2 and half hours to join in the crafty fun for the day. Michelle from Paper Tales rented out a space just steps away from the store. Can you tell that the space used to be a tanning salon?

The sweetest mother and daughter creative duo!

 All in Amy Tangerine tees!

 Sweet Kelly from Lawn Fawn and Daisy from Eclectic Paperie.

A big huge thank you to all who were able to come out for the day (and everyone at Paper Tales who worked so hard to make the entire event enjoyable). Sharing stories and seeing everyone getting their craft on with Sketchbook warms my heart more than words can describe. Total dream come true. Love that they were also able to dive into all the new Studio Calico loveliness too!

Kelly Purkey and I are teaming up again this weekend at Our Paper Place! No worries if you didn't get a spot in the sold-out class - there is plenty of shopping to be done and we'd love to meet you.

If you all can't make it to any in-person classes in the near future, Collect & Create launched yesterday and is completely self-paced so you can check it out at your leisure! There are 5 videos and a message board to interact on, so it's really the closest thing to us being in the same room. 

Also, The Good Life workshop on Big Picture Classes that ran for a month last year just got converted to a self-paced class. Check out the details here. Happy weekend!

thrilled to announce...

The workshop that I have been working on for over 100 hours is now available! Introducing Collect & Create...

As crafters and storytellers, we are natural collectors. We save everything from treasured products and pieces from our everyday lives, to scraps and sketches. Incorporating these elements and all of our favorite bits from life are essential to the process of creating. I want to help you create with what you collect!

In this self-paced class, my contributors and I will show you 50 brand-new projects! Five chapters covering a range of topics are each supplemented with a printable PDF providing step-by-step photos and in-depth looks at the process behind the pages. Get your creative juices going with the "extras" in the PDF's like challenges and tips, and be inspired by the video in each chapter covering even more examples and tutorials!

Collect & Create explores different styles, as well as my favorite go-to techniques like embossing, using up scraps, incorporating real memorabilia, misting, mixing products and colors, and using sketches. Join me and together we'll create a whole new collection - pages and projects we love!

When you purchase this workshop before April 12th, you'll receive a FREE printable PDF made up of Amy's label and border designs! Find it in the "My: Downloads" section upon purchase, click on the Digikit tab, print and enjoy. You'll want to hurry, this is a limited time offer! This workshop is self-paced, and all the files are ready for download immediately after purchasing. Cost of workshop: $25