5 Highlights from My Conversation on The Brava Podcast

5 Highlights from My Conversation on the Brava Podcast

The best thing about being part of a community with other amazing, creative women is seeing the way we all manage to lift each other up– focusing on celebrating one another’s success. That’s why I really enjoyed taking part in the most recent episode of The Brava Podcast.

The word “Brava” actually means “to applaud women” and it was incredible to take part in a podcast that focuses on celebrating women’s successes. If you’re all about that, definitely check out the full conversation I had with the lovely Stephanie, who hosts the podcast. There are plenty of other inspiring episodes, and I wanted to share 5 highlights from our conversation here on the blog.

  1. Make your dreams a reality! It doesn’t matter how many ideas you have, it matters how many ideas you make happen. Don’t abandon the things you love because they seem impractical. Chase after them.

  2. Reject the “B-word” – aka stop being “busy” all the time. I don’t believe in being busy all the time because it can equate to feeling rushed and overwhelmed and glorifying the trend of the “hustle.” I really do have enough time for all the things I want to do.

  3. If you read my blog or follow me on social media, you won’t be surprised to hear me say how important it is to give yourself permission to create.

  4. Give yourself grace. Personally, it’s easy for me to give grace to other people and see the best in them. I have a much more difficult time doing that for myself and I know I’m not the only one. I’m working to be as kind to myself as I try to be to others.

  5. Let go of perfectionism and embrace your own abilities. You don’t have to do more to be more. Each of us is already more than enough.

I love all of these tips but the conversation on the podcast episode is loaded with even more juicy inspiration! Please take some time to check out the Brava Podcast and spend some time applauding yourself and all the other crafty awesome women in this world!

5 Reasons To Read You Are A Badass

5 Reasons to Read You are a Badass

Jen Sincero’s book is a New York Times Bestseller— so it should come as no surprise that it spoke to me and the million others who purchased it. It can be a challenge to approach life with confidence and eliminate doubt. But You Are A Badass gives concrete examples, strategies, and ideas to do just that. It spoke to me on a personal and professional level because it is chock full of great ideas. I came up with a list of 5 reasons I think you should read the book and see for yourself! 

1. It promotes self-exploration. Jen discusses how we come to be and what forms us as human beings. She writes that, “our thoughts become our words, our words become our beliefs, our beliefs become our actions, our actions become our habits, and our habits become our realities.” This spoke to me not just because it’s true, but because it helped me think more about the impact my attitude has on my words and actions. It can be easy to float through life without asking yourself the "why?" behind your thoughts and feelings. 

2. It advocates for inclusivity. A fulfilling life isn't reserved for some people. She writes that, “…every single person is born with unique and valuable gifts to share with the world…Living a life on purpose is available to everyone.”  This spoke to me because it falls in line with what I have always believed— we all have different and beautiful ways to express ourselves and our talents. 

3. It encourages people to be grateful, mindful, and to live in the present moment. There are distinct advantages to living this way. Contentment allows you to fully enjoy what you have. Mindfulness, on the other hand, allows you to understand yourself. Living in the moment gives you the chance to see all of your opportunities and your obstacles as a chance to grow and change. “This is where really being present in the moment becomes handy… you are surrounded by unthinkable miracles and opportunities. Lean back, relax and be grateful that you’re living on purpose…”

4. The book gives strategies for getting stuff done. It's easy to say you'll eat healthy, save money, start that business you've thought about — someday. But "someday" might never come and actually accomplishing those goals, whatever they may be, requires skill and effort. Often, taking the necessary baby steps is unpleasant and reaching the end goal feels insurmountable. Jen's advice is simple and straightforward: “Set honest goals that are just outside your comfort zone and build from there.” 

5. It’s honest and persuasive. Jen doesn't scold or sugar coat. In fact, the book is written in a no-nonsense tone that will make you want to give the author's ideas a chance. You Are A Badass is never over-complicated and the language makes it accessible and easy to understand for everyone. 

So... have you read You Are A Badass? What did you think? Will you give it a try after seeing my five reasons? Let me know in the comments below. 

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Flower Crown Fun

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What better way to celebrate my favorite season than with a beautiful flower crown craft? I invited Carly Cylinder, author of Flower Chef, into the studio as our guide to modern flower decorating and crafty floral projects. I’ve been wanting to do a new series on my YouTube channel called Studio Sessions. I envision Studio Sessions to be where I invite a fellow creative to come craft with me in the studio and to share their expertise on a project together. Hopefully it will feel as though you’re right here getting creative and having fun with us. Carly’s work is gorgeous, so it was no surprise to me that this collaboration came together as beautifully as the flower crowns we created. It was simple, enjoyable, and flowed wonderfully. An added bonus was that it reminded me of my trip to Maui, which I vlogged about on my youtube channel. I really enjoyed the process and wanted to give you all a chance to see how to make one.

Flower Crown Fun

Materials:

  • Bind Wire (you can purchase it in green or beige)

  • Cutters

  • Bouquet of Flowers (Pick the types and colors that make you happy! But also be sure you have flowers that will last well out of water. If you have any flowers– like lilies– that won’t last well out of water, just set them aside in a vase. You’ll have the crown and a mini bouquet.)

  • Grapevine Wire (also called Rustic Wire)

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Flower Crown Fun

Steps:

  1. Measure your head using the rustic wire to make sure the crown will fit you comfortably. It’s okay to make it a little big because you can always tighten it later.

  2. Trim your flower stems to about 3-4 inches long.

  3. You’re going to wrap the stems around the grapevine wire using the thinner bind wire. Let your creativity loose here. You pick the size, color and number of flowers that you want in the order that you want.

  4. You don’t have to attach them to the base one by one, either. Group the flowers in little bunches (of 2-3) and wrap the thinner wire around them and the crown.

  5. Don’t be afraid to try it on as you go along to see if the shape and size is going to work well for you.

Flower Crown Fun

After some experimenting with the size and shape of the crown, I was so pleased and happy with the way it looked when I wore it. We had to do a photoshoot after to capture the colorful creations we’d just made! It was the perfect, sunshiney Spring-time activity.

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Amy Tangerine Flower Crown

Here’s the full video - enjoy! How are you going to celebrate Spring? If you make any flower crowns, be sure to tag me and Carly on social media. I’d love to see your beautiful creations!

Everything You Need for a Creativity Session in One Colorful Package

One Colorful Package

I always say it’s important to infuse at least 10 minutes of creativity into your daily routine. Lately, I’ve considered upping that quota for myself. When I recommend this daily dose of creativity, I get a lot of questions. Where should I start? Do I need a lot of expensive supplies? What if I don’t have any ideas? If you have these questions or you’re a beginner and you want to ease into it, I have good news. A good starting place for your creative practice is as close to you as the nearest Target or a few clicks away at Target.com.

One Colorful Package

I’m talking about the 20 minute Studio kits from Faber-Castell. Each kit focuses on a different art medium and provides easy-to-use inspiration and supplies to get your creative juices flowing! I especially loved the watercolor kit because painting takes me to my happy place, but if that isn’t necessarily your cup of tea– don’t worry. There are a number of awesome options to choose from in addition to watercolors including marbling art, card making, and abstract art.

There’s a kit for everyone! If you aren’t already sold, here are 5 reasons to use these kits and integrate them into your daily (or weekly or monthly) creative practice:

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1. Thrifty. These aren’t single-use kits. They come with supplies you can work with over and over as you grow and learn in your creative practice. They retail for $12.99 and include high-quality items you can continue to use again and again.

2. Minimal. If you have limited space or just like to keep things simple and easy to find instead of buried under a pile of colorful supplies, these kits make it incredibly easy. Everything fits into the box or is easily stored in a small container, which means your creative practice can stay short and sweet whenever you engage with it in a mess-free, hassle-free way.

One Colorful Package

3. Accessible. If you don’t live near a local craft store – never fear. The kits are available at Target online and in-store, which means you will most likely be able to get one (or all of them) in your area.

4. Inspirational. These kits are full of tips, tricks, tools and general inspiration. So often I hear from people who feel that their lives aren’t sources of creativity and these kits offer so many amazing prompts, projects, and ideas to get you started. If you’re feeling a little unsure or blocked creatively, these kits are perfect for you!

One Colorful Package

5. Customizable. If you’re feeling creatively inspired, you can still make use of these kits. Various kits are packed with stencils, paint brushes, watercolor pencils, lots of paper, cards and so much more.

Do you feel inspired to give the kits a try? When do you feel most excited to work on creative projects?

Target | Watercolor Art | Marble Art | Card-making

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Faber-Castell ®, but all opinions and experiences I mentioned are my own. My creative partners and I really appreciate your continued support!

Violeta’s Journal Folders!

Hello! I am Violeta Scrap and I am very happy to be here in Amy’s blog to show you one of my new projects.

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This time I want to show you how to make some folders for the new Journal Studio products in a very practical and easy way.

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To make these journals what we are going to do is to take one of the papers of Amy Tangerine’s collections and we will cut a piece of 8.5x9 inches. Once you have this piece we bend it in half and with the rest of the piece of paper we will do two extra pieces of 4.5 inches width.

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We will take out a piece of paper from these two extra pieces in a diagonal way and we will glue them inside the folders so we create some pockets.

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As you can see, it is very easy to make pockets for your scrapbook journals. When we have our folders ready, what we will do is to decorate the cover of both folders.

You can combine different elements to decorate the folders. I have used different die cuts and some decorative elements of different collections of Amy Tangerine to create different titles.

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That way the project is finished. As I commented it is a very easy project to make and you can use different papers for them, and they are very practical as you can keep there pictures, things of a travel and other kind of elements.

I hope you liked this project and that you practice making some folders for your journals.

See you soon!

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Supplies:

Shine On - 12x12 Double Sided Paper - Gold Foil on Vellum (348245), Sunshine & Good Times - 12x12 Double Sided Paper - Shine Bright (345697), Sunshine & Good Times - 12x12 Double Sided Paper - Sweetness (345693), Thickers - LOL (378746),Sunshine & Good Times- Watercolor resist cards and tags (345718), Sunshine & Good Times- DieCut Shapes (345709), Sticker Book (344862)

Thanks so much for sharing this layout with us, Violeta! Shop JOURNAL STUDIO now! Check your local retailers!