027: #CarveDecember

I’m delighted to bring you another episode of the Adventures in Arting Podcast!  Today we’re talking to Briana Goetzen, Louise Nelson, and Arleigh.

Briana Goetzen, MA, founder of Orange Spiral Arts, is an expressive arts coach living in the Twin Cities area of Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota. As an artist, avid photographer, visual journal keeper, and deep conversation enthusiast, Briana supports women who desire to fully express themselves in mind, body, and spirit. She helps women re-connect to the inner artist and divine inner wisdom that is inherently theirs.

What is expressive arts coaching?

Expressive arts coaching is a process where women explore and experiment freely with art supplies, journaling, photography, and physical movement in order to get in touch with the inner artist and divine self.  Note from Briana: Expressive arts coaching is NOT the same as expressive arts therapy.  Expressive arts coaching uses the creative process to integrate the mind, body, and spirit connection.

Briana wishes for you to experience spiritual joy through creative and mindful acts.

Find Briana online

Hi! It’s Louise Nelson From Adelaide Australia. I am a passionate mixed media scrapbooker, wannabe painter and photographer. I love to dabble in lots of different arts and crafts, and even more, love to play and experiment incorporating these into my scrapbooking. I just wish there more hours in my day so that I could try out every creative idea keeping my brain abuzz!

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My name is Arleigh, which rhymes with “Charlie,” and I’m a freelance artist working from my home in Fort Collins, Colorado.

I started as a professional typesetter, decades ago, at a big publishing company, and slowly moved toward my dream job, commercial design. I design logos and posters and stuff for clients. I have big clients and small clients, and I do both small jobs and big jobs. It’s all over the place and so much fun! I love my work.
BUT, when you do something professionally, and you’re “on the clock,” you can’t really play around with techniques and experimentation. So I save the experimenting and playing for my own stuff on my own time.
I have lots of artists and architects in my heritage. And also a few scientists. So I bounce back and forth between being logical and mathy, to being loosey goosey artsy fartsy. I am self conscious creating art that’s just art, just hang-on-the-wall art. I feel more inspired if there’s some practicality in the piece. Does it do something? How can it be used? So maybe I’m less of a fine artist, and more of a crafter.
Last year, Ronda Palazzari had just learned how to carve stamps from Julie Fei-Fan Balzer. So I begged her to teach me. I carved a few stamps, then got way too busy with moving (Denver to Fort Collins) and a new regular client, Cocoa Daisy, for whom I—guess what—design stamps!
In November, when I saw Julie’s reminder that #carvedecember was coming up, I decided to join in and make stamps that I would like to have. I gave myself permission to skip a day or two if needed, but I have to say that on the days I didn’t carve or use one of my new stamps, I really missed it!
I’m keeping the creative momentum going in January by drawing every day—or almost every day. You can see my drawings on instagram (arleighb).
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On the podcast we discuss the experience of #CarveDecember — inspiration, the community, carving tools, the design process, etc.  We also chat about creative blockages and the benefits of a monthly commitment!

Be sure to leave us your comments and questions.  I always like to know what’s on your mind.  Thanks for stopping by!

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006: Thinking Globally

Today’s podcast features three very talented ladies from around the world:

Nathalie Kalbach


Nathalie Kalbach is an European Mixed Media Scrapbooker. Her layered work is an explosion of texture, dimension and jewel tone colors.

In Nathalie’s workshops she shares her secrets for using paint and ink products to reveal texture, tips and tricks for embedding found objects and embellishments and how to unlock your personal creativity.  She has taught workshops in the U.S., Canada, Australia, Israel, Germany, France, Belgium, Greece, Spain, Denmark, Sweden, Italy, The Netherlands and Norway. Also her Online Workshops are very well visited and a big hit.

Nathalie has been published in many Stampington Publications including her own column “Nathalie’s Studio” with Somerset Memories as well as in numerous magazines from around the world and several idea books.

You can read more about Nathalie and find her work on the n*Studio blog.

Louise Nelson

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Louise currently lives in an inner city suburb of Adelaide, South Australia. She has a day job working full time as a Perioperative Nurse [RN] for an agency; working mostly evening and night shifts in public hospital emergency/trauma operating theatres in and around Adelaide.

Louise has always had creative hobbies, before taking up scrapbooking 6 years ago she loved to restore furniture. Since she started scrapbooking she has also devloped a love for portrait photography, and recently she has begun to dabble in painting.

During the last 6 years Louise has been fortunate to have been a Creative Design Team member for Scrapbooking Memories Magazine [AUS] in 2009 and currently a Scrapbooking Memories Master for 2011-12. Also fortunate to be invited to be on the Creative Design Team for UK based scrapbooking magazine; Scrap365. Currently she creates for Aussie Scrap Source, Jenni Bowlin Studio, Imaginarium Designs, Tattered Angels and 7 Dots Studio. She has been blessed to be published in Scrapbooking Memories [AUS], and have also been featured in the last 4 editions of Somerset Memories, with technique articles and layouts in the reader gallery.

You can read more about Louise and find her work on An Uninterrupted View.

Birgit Koopsen

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Birgit is married to Erik and mom of 3 beautiful kids. She lives in a little village called Winsum in the north of the Netherlands.

Color me a little rainbow - birgit koopsen - Internationally Inspired
Birgit started scrapbooking officially when her youngest child was one year old, in 2003, but actually she has been doing it since she was a teenager. Birgit always enjoyed photography and “pimped” her photo albums, just didn’t know there was a name for it and special products. She loves how scrapbooking keeps all the beautiful memories of special events and everyday life alive. Especially for her children! But she also loves the creative outlet it gives her! She just loves to get her hands dirty! Be creative, play, experiment!

Hanging out with Nat layout - birgit koopsen
Birgit loves color! Bright, happy and bold colors are her favorites to work with. Lime Green, turquoise, pink, orange, yellow and red. Her style goes from clean and geometric to “busy” layouts with lots of details and colors.  Birgit loves to play with paints and inks and use non-scrapbooking products! In the last few years she fell in love with mixed media and very much enjoys creating “off-the-page” projects like canvases and Art Journal style mini albums.

Summer Breeze canvas - brigit koopsen - Tattered Angels
In the last 8 years scrapbooking slowly turned into a job for Birgit. She teaches and demonstrate in her own studio at home as well as in scrapbook stores and at (international) scrapbook events, shows and conventions. She also does freelance work for magazines. She was given the privilege to work on a couple of wonderful DT’s like in the past for Infocrea, MyStampBOX and until last year Prima. Currently she’s a DT-member for Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L, a certified Tattered Angels Designer, an endorsed educator for WOW! Embossing Powders and designing for Sizzix and Craft Stampers Magazine.

Let's go dancing art journal - birgit koopsen - Wow Embossing
You can read more about Birgit and find her work on her blog.

As you might have guessed, today’s episode includes our first ever (and certainly not our last) roundtable.  On the episode there’s a lot of laughter (a lot) as we discuss working in the very U.S.A.-based craft industry when you don’t live in the U.S.A.  We discuss economics, cultural differences, personal journeys, shipping costs, and so much more!  You won’t want to miss this one!