yes, please

amy tangerine's studioamy tangerine's studioThough I debuted the Yes, Please collection at CHA in January 2013 (listgirl has a nice photo of the booth here), I am just now getting the yarn-wrapped letters up in my studio. It just took some help of a hammer and small nails and in the better-late-than-never spirit, nearly 2 years later, it's up! It's a fairly easy DIY project you could do with any inspiring phrases in your own home/office/studio.

Custom Embroidered Muslin Bag | Guest Post by Cathy Vee

As I take a mini maternity leave after having my baby boy on September 18th, I have a series of talented friends/guest posters who agreed to fill in here throughout part of this month. I will try to pop in with random posts here and there, but we are just trying to squeeze out every bit of goodness of family time right now. Enjoy!


Hi Everyone! Cathy here from Inside The Crafter's Studio! If you are an Amy Tangerine Embroidery Fan, then this is the project for you! I love muslin bags, who doesn't? They come in great sizes and are the perfect material for daily use. Some people stamp on them, and some like to leave them plain. Today, I am going to show you how I spruced them up with my "Capture" kit.Cathy Vee | via Amy TangerineI decided to use my own embroidery floss and the ones that came with the kit. You can purchase embroidery floss from any craft store. I decided to use 2 different designs on one bag since I like to overlap the two.Cathy Vee | via Amy TangerineI chose to keep the heart in the word "LOVE" a different color because it stood out more than if it were all one solid color. These 2 are my ultimate favorite and my go-to when I do layout projects. Something about the simple lettering of "LOVE" and the clouds/sun just makes me FEEL happy.Cathy Vee | via Amy TangerinePacked with love, this bag made the perfect goodie bag for a pen pal!Cathy Vee | via Amy TangerineThanks so much for reading, and thank you Amy for allowing me to guest post today!

Behind the scenes | Guest post by Jennifer Simmons

As you may already know, I had a baby boy on September 18th. As I take a mini maternity leave, I have a series of talented friends/guest posters who agreed to fill in for me throughout the rest of the month (and into October). I will try to pop in with random posts here and there, but we are just trying to enjoy our family time right now. Enjoy! Behind The Scenes - Collection Inspiration

Hi everyone, my name is Jennifer Simmons. I've been lucky enough to work with Amy on each of her collections with American Crafts. As a designer, I help Amy translate her ideas into art files and, eventually, the products you all know and love. I thought I'd share a bit of our process here for you today.

We kick off each new collection by spending several days meeting with Amy. This means she travels to the AC office in Orem, Utah. Sometimes Buster comes along too. As a dog lover, I absolutely adore the days when he joins us in the conference room. JenPhoto_1_JenBusterDuring these early meetings, all of the inspiration Amy has gathered is discussed and eventually narrowed down. Below is some of the inspiration we selected for Amy's most recent collections.JenPhoto_2_InspirationAs you can see, the inspiration for the collection includes hints of the trends, textures, patterns, icons, type and illustration styles we hope to achieve within the line. Our inspiration usually drives our font selection and sometimes requires a bit of hand lettering, which is always fun to do. We also sort through hundreds of color chips and cardstock colors to arrive at a color palette. Picking colors is not the easiest or most logical process, but I love it. Finally, when all is said and done we compile our efforts into a style sheet. With the style sheet completed, a new process can begin – creating the illustrations, patterns and phrases that will be used across the collection.

About Me: I've been a designer/art director at American Crafts since 2007. I live in Salt Lake City, Utah with my family. In May, I welcomed my second kiddo, a baby boy, and have been enjoying a summer away from the office on maternity leave.

You can find Jennifer on her Blog | Twitter | Instagram

Paper Tales San Diego

PaperTalesA couple weekends ago, mommy and I drove down to San Diego in massive traffic - it took 3 and half hours to get there when it should only take 2 and a half - on a Friday after lunch. But it was all worth it because I got to teach with Kelly Purkey at Paper Tales the next day. PaperTales2PaperTales_LawnFawnPaperTales_SCPaperTales4PaperTales6PaperTales3Michelle and her awesome staff do such a great job with the space. It was my first time seeing the store expansion, and it was so nice teaching in the classroom. It truly is one of the cutest stores I have ever been to. The whole place looked lovely, and it was nice seeing so many familiar faces as well as meeting new ones.PaperTales5aPaperTales7PaperTales7aPaperTales7bPaperTales7cPaperTales7dPaperTales8And if you are on Instagram, there are a bunch of photos posted using #amyKPsandiego. We're already talking about another class in the fall (it could be the baby's first road trip!) with the new collection, which will be debuting at CHA in Vegas at the end of July. You can always check the sidebar for upcoming classes/events. Stay classy, San Diego!

Incorporating memorabilia into Project Life


I have a confession. For some reason I feel the need to collect business cards from most of the places I visit. They usually get thrown into a pocket of my purse, and then get piled up onto my desk when I clean that purse out. I also love ripping things out of magazines and saving them for a future project. The only problem with all of this is when it comes time to moving, I am dealing with stacks of paper without a place to go. And I am torn when I have to throw these things out. It's a pretty ridiculous thing to get all worked up about. But we are moving into a new place and something has to be done. So I am making smaller piles, throwing stuff away, and just calling it a day. Basically trying to make as small of a "keepers" pile as possible. That business card that should have been immediately adhered to that mini book I made 3 years ago but wasn't? Chucking it. The itinerary from our Playboy Mansion tour from 4+ years ago that I was saving to put into a mini album or onto a layout on the other hand? Keeping it. All of this just makes me love Project Life that much more. A place for all the little bits I want to keep. And if it doesn't fit in, then I give myself permission to toss it right out. Please tell me I am not the only one who agonizes about this. You can watch how this Week 24 spread came together and see the full supply list here.