Big Dreams Daily Joys with Elise Blaha Cripe


No matter your age, it is never too late to start something new that is on your heart or that you’ve been dreaming about. That is one piece of wisdom that today’s guest, Elise Blaha Cripe and I discuss from her book, 100 Pep Talks. 

I am so excited to have Elise on the show today. Elise has been sharing thoughts and DIY projects online since 2005. She has been running an online shop of handmade goods since 2008 and in the past few years, she has launched GET TO WORK BOOK® and self-published a book, 100 Pep Talks. Her new book, Big Dreams and Daily Joys will be releasing this October. We discuss her favorite part of being a scrapbooker, ignoring the voices in your head that tell you that you can’t do something and dealing with critical people.

What’s in this episode:

  • How she got started in her career as a full-time maker

  • How Elise crafts a life that she loves

  • Setting creative goals and following through on them

  • Thinking about your “why” when trying to monetize your hobbies

  • Being honest with herself and her audience

  • How she ended up creating 100 Pep Talks

  • Elise’s main priorities for making her planner

  • Her favorite part about being a scrapbooker

  • Giving people permission to try a craft

  • How it’s never too late to start something new

  • How Amy feels about people being so critical

  • Ignoring the voices in the back of your head

  • Elise’s new book, Big Dreams Daily Joys

  • Being inclusive of everything that's going on behind the scenes

  • Elise’s advice for people who feel the need to get to the end result

  • The craft projects that Elise is obsessed with right now

  • How Elise uses her daily habit tracker

  • Why Elise only checks her email through her computer

  • A quote that Elise is loving right now

About Elise:

I'm Elise and I make stuff. That's who I am and that's my job.

I started a blog in 2005 because I wanted to share my thoughts with the Internet. A year later, I began sharing craft projects and tutorials. In 2008, I opened my first online shop and since then, I have made and sold everything from letterpress prints to wooden plant stands.

Over the years, I have learned that while I'll always make stuff, my true passion is in helping people set and work towards their goals. In 2015, I launched the brand GET TO WORK BOOK® which provides tools to help you get your goals organized and do the work to reach them. I believe that big things happen one day at a time and my products are designed to schedule out those days. You can learn more about GET TO WORK BOOK® and shop the line here.

I live in San Diego, California with my husband, Paul, and our two young daughters, Ellerie and Piper. In fall 2017, I launched a self-paced eCourse about creating with your kiddos. You can learn more about that here.

Connect with Elise:

Website | Instagram | Blog


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Get to Work Book
Big Dreams Daily Joys by Elise Blaha Cripe
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