017: Karen is a Planner

I’m delighted to bring you another episode of the Adventures in Arting Podcast!  Today we’re talking to Karen Grunberg.

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Karen Grunberg goes by karenika online and lives in Menlo Park, California with her wonderful husband and two amazing boys.

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She works with computers during the day and plays with paint at night. You can find out much more about her and her adventures at http://www.karenika.com.

This year she has three major art projects she’s working on:

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The page above is from her project focused on learning lettering and picking intentions weekly around her OLW (one little word) which is listen (more here-> http://www.karenika.com/archives/30019).

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The spread above is from a project called “this i know,” which is about learning doodling and doing journaling.

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These are pages from a third project for this year called “remember this,” which is about doing mixed media, honoring her word and writing down things that she needs to remember for herself.

On the podcast we discuss Karen’s career path, her amazing ability to juggle a ton of projects, her creative drive, and some of her many creative projects.  We also discuss finding your personal style, a topic on which Karen did a guest post for this blog — find it here.

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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016: Jaime Makes Stencils

I’m delighted to bring you another episode of the Adventures in Arting Podcast!  Today we’re talking to Jaime Echt, owner of The Crafter’s Workshop.

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Jaime Echt is the founder and owner of The Crafter’s Workshop.  Her background is in both graphic arts and marketing, a perfect combination for a stencil-arts business! She is forever inspired by the busy-ness of being so close to New York City, and the beauty of living in the Hudson River Valley.  All of her products are made in the US and designed by herself and a handful of talented artists.

Here are some of Jaime’s recent stencil designs:

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And here’s a peek at some of her artwork:

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On the podcast we discuss Jaime’s career path, why she started The Crafter’s Workshop, and why stencils are so darn hot right now!

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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011: A Conversation with May Flaum

I’m delighted to bring you another episode of the Adventures in Arting Podcast!

Today’s guest is May Flaum.

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When it comes to crafting May Flaum has one rule: it’s gotta make her happy. She’s not afraid to get super grungy or work with bright colors, dabble in lace and doilies then make something more splattered and wild. If she’s not in her studio (aka ‘the bat cave’) then she’s probably out running around having fun with her family or cooking up a storm.  May has been working in the scrapbooking industry for a decade and currently blogs [www.mayflaum.com] her crafty adventures, teaches on-line classes, and works with amazing companies sharing her projects and ideas. If she has one piece of advice to share, it’s always to be true to your creative heart.

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You can find May’s most recent e-book, “Fashionably Fast” here.

On today’s podcast we discuss May’s long and very interesting career in the scrapbook industry.  The theme of being true to yourself — both creatively and in your career path — is strong throughout this episode.  I found it to be a very inspiring conversation and I hope you will too! (And here is the link to May’s creative journey, as promised on the podcast.)

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010: Growing Together

Today’s guests are husband and wife team Noell & Izzy Hyman.

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Noell hosts and co-owns Paperclipping.com – a scrapbooking website of video tutorials, a popular audio talk show, and scrapbooking articles. She’s been documenting her life through journaling since she was about 7 years old, as well as through photos and scrapbooking since she was around 10. Noell discovered the scrapbooking industry while it was still in its infancy in 1996 and began scrapbooking with industry products at that time.
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Her background with modern dance influenced the way she scrapbooks: she loves communicating her stories, not only through photos and journaling, but also through visual design…in other words, she’s all about using colors, patterns, lines, and other design elements to tell the story. Using design as a visual language to tell a story through scrapbooking is one of her favorite topics to study and share with others through Paperclipping.

“You know how some things get into your heart and soul?

Design got into mine.

I don’t just teach the basics, but I really love to dig deep into design theory so it can be applied a million ways with a million styles and empower scrapbookers to tell their stories, not just with words but also through the visual designs of their pages.”

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In 2008 Izzy walked away from his full-time career in the corporate world to run two website businesses from home: he owns and hosts IzzyVideo.com where he teaches how to shoot and edit video through his online video tutorials. He also co-owns and produces Paperclipping.com – his wife’s scrapbooking website. Izzy works with local films in the Phoenix area. In March 2013 he will debut the first film he produced himself.
“I’m Israel Hyman (Everyone calls me Izzy), and I’m obsessed with video. To me it’s an incredible art form.

It has the visuals of photography, but when you add audio and physical movement, it takes the art form to a whole new level.

While video seems complex at first, it isn’t. I have devoted the last several years to showing others how easy video is. It’s not the ‘black art’ that people sometimes pretend it is. Developing skills with video is as easy as learning the principles and then practicing them.”

On today’s podcast we discuss how Paperclipping.com came about, how Noell & Izzy make working together work for them, Noell’s ballet classes, Izzy’s singing classes, and taking a non-traditional career path.  I hope you’ll listen in to our conversation and leave us your thoughts!

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009: The Julie Show

Today’s guest is me!  (Due to a personal matter, our guest for today’s podcast was not able to make it. So, I ended up being the guest instead.)  I’m going to give myself the full guest treatment with a headshot, bio, and some images of my work:

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Julie Fei-Fan Balzer is a mixed media collage artist. She has been making art for as long as she can remember and loves the process of creating. “I believe that mistakes are creative opportunities and hold fast to the notion that enjoyment of the process is just as important as the finished product! I like to think outside of the box — experimenting with paper, paint, and fabric — always trying to find a way to push my supplies further and see all the possibilities.”

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Julie has had artwork and articles published in many magazines including Cloth Paper Scissors, CPS Pages, CPS Studios, Quilting Arts Gifts, Quilt Scene, Creating Keepsakes, Better Homes & Gardens’ Scrapbooks Etc., Memory Makers, Scrapbook Trends, Somerset Memories, Somerset Digital, scrapbooking m.m. (Sweden), Scrap Art Zine (Germany), Scrapbooking & Beyond, Simple Scrapbooks, Histoires de Pages (France), books by Leisure Arts, F&W Publications, and Lark, as well as multiple e-zines. She writes the “Adventures in Arting” column for Cloth Paper Scissors Magazine.

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Julie is the co-host of Scrapbook Soup TV (PBS) and has appeared several times on Quilting Arts TV (PBS) and hosted the “Artist to Artist” segment on Scrapbook Memories TV (PBS).  She has also appeared on Crafting at The Spotted Canary (PBS).  Julie’s hour-long instructional DVD “Collage Fast & Furious” was released in July 2010 by Interweave.  She released two new hour-long instructional DVDs in 2012: All About Faces and Stamp-Making Adventures.

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Julie’s yet-to-be-titled book on stamp carving will be released by Interweave Press in Fall 2013.

Julie designs stencils for The Crafter’s Workshop, stamps for Impression Obsession, and has several other products in the works with other companies.

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Julie lives in a tiny apartment with a big art studio in the middle of New York City.  She is a graduate of Brown University.

On today’s podcast we talk about my career trajectory, where I hope the craft industry will go, and my teaching philosophy.  I hope you’ll give the podcast a listen!  And be sure to leave any comments or questions in the comments section.  I know that Mom and I love hearing from you!

Thanks for stopping by!

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