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!

Find the show on iTunes here.

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!

Find the show on iTunes here.

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!

Find the show on iTunes here.

 

008: Cocoa Daisy

I’m delighted to bring you another episode of the Adventures in Arting Podcast — the first of 2013!!  Today’s guest is Christine Drumheller:

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I first joined Cocoa Daisy, as a subscriber, in 2007.  I later tried out when Cocoa Daisy had a Design Team call, and made the team. About 6 months later, Tricia (the owner then) asked me to start creating the project kits.  I loved coming up with ideas for the project kits and putting them together!  Soon, I was joining Tricia for her trips to CHA, so I got a good idea of how much work goes into putting together the main kit.

Well, fast forward to 2010. I found myself having to leave my marriage of 11 years, with no work history for the last 8 because I’d been a stay-at-home Mom.  At that time Tricia happened to be pregnant, moving to another state and planning to close things down here at Cocoa Daisy.  I approached her and said I wanted to do it!

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I was terrified… leaving a marriage, moving in with my parents and starting a business all at the same time.  That was the worst, most stressful summer of my life!  But I knew I had to give it a try because it was the perfect scenario for me. I’d be doing something I love and I’d also be home with the boys.

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My background in graphic design from before I became engaged, including 10 years’ experience as a Composition Manager, gave me the confidence to jump in and pray that God had placed this opportunity in front of me for a reason.

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It’s been an amazing two and a half years! Learning as I go, always trying to make changes and improvements, working to get the kits out on time and to give my 100% to customer service has been more than stressful at times, BUT I wouldn’t change a thing!

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Lately I have changed my focus from 12×12 layouts. I adore mini albums and I am addicted to instagram – so creating a mini album filled with instagram pictures from my phone seemed the perfect way to capture our daily lives.

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On today’s podcast we discuss Christine’s journey towards becoming the owner of Cocoa Daisy as well as the struggle for balance between work, home, and creative desires.  I hope you’ll listen in to our conversation and leave us your thoughts!

Find the show on iTunes here.