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Crafty Ass Female

Kristin Tweedale

Crafty Ass Female is a podcast dedicated to helping women embrace and use their power and creativity. We believe you are a capable BADASS, who already has all the tools you need to make beautiful things and make beautiful things happen. We’re just here to remind you.

Episode 188: Week in the Life: Album Formats & Formulas
Jun 20 2022
Episode 188: Week in the Life: Album Formats & Formulas
This week we are concluding our Week in the Life series with our third and final roundtable episode. On today's show Kristin is talking to Shu-Wen of Choux Puff Creations, Amber Dawson, Nolanna Lynch, Jeanne Williams, and Steph Grimes to talk all about the best ideas for putting together your Week in the Life album. What is Week in the Life? From Ali Edwards.com: A seven-day documentary project, Week In The Life™ began in 2005 as an annual opportunity to capture the simple everyday details of life with photos and words. The albums I've created are some of my most treasured in that they are wonderfully true representations of my family's life at a particular point in time. From the mundane to the profound, it's those simple little everyday moments that I treasure most. Very Special Guests: Shu-Wen Hello! My name is Shu-Wen (Choux Puff Creations) and I'm a baker / crafter / music maker from Canada! I've been making cards for many years, but only recently started scrapbooking in 2020, and I've loved every moment of my creative journey! You can find my work through my Instagram or YouTube channels, as well as through my design team work for Citrus Twist Kits, Color Cast Designs, Layered Life, and on the Ali Edwards Brand Ambassador Team! Steph Grimes I’m Steph Grimes and I’m a lifelong storyteller and memory keeper. I made my first scrapbook from a kit bought at Michael’s when I was 21 and have been making scrapbooks ever since, for over 20 years now. I live in Maryland with my amazing husband and our little red pup, Ruby. I enjoy documenting all types of stories from our day-to-day life to our grandest adventures, but travel albums are my favorite! This is my 6th year participating in the Week in the Life project and it is one of the highlights of my year each year. Amber Dawson is 38, and has been scrapbooking in some form or another since she was about 15 years old. She live in PA with her boyfriend and his three kids who are with them part-time. Therefore, a lot of her documenting is of her and her partner, their 2 kitties, and the kids when they visit. She's done WITL albums for the last 2 years and has really enjoyed the process of digging deeper into their lives. Jeanne Williams is a lifelong storyteller and writer who lives in Arlington, Virginia. She has been married 31 years to her college sweetheart and is mother to two amazing young adult daughters. She loves telling her stories through Project Life, story albums and various mini books and travelers’ notebooks. This will be her 8th year participating in Week in the Life, one of her favorite everyday documenting projects. In addition to her creative pursuits, she loves the beach, reading, travel, coffee and happy hour on the porch. Nolanna Lynch Best advice for Putting Together Your Week in the Life Album It doesn't matter what format you're using Don't try to use everything you've captured Be flexible with the plan you've created
Episode 187: Week in the Life: Capture Techniques - Photos & Words
Jun 13 2022
Episode 187: Week in the Life: Capture Techniques - Photos & Words
This week we are continuing our Week in the Life series with our second roundtable episode. On today's show Kristin is talking to Shu-Wen of Choux Puff Creations, Kirsten Heal and Steph Grimes all about the best ideas for capturing photos and words during Week in the Life. What is Week in the Life? From Ali Edwards.com: A seven-day documentary project, Week In The Life™ began in 2005 as an annual opportunity to capture the simple everyday details of life with photos and words. The albums I've created are some of my most treasured in that they are wonderfully true representations of my family's life at a particular point in time. From the mundane to the profound, it's those simple little everyday moments that I treasure most. Very Special Guests: Shu-Wen Hello! My name is Shu-Wen (Choux Puff Creations) and I'm a baker / crafter / music maker from Canada! I've been making cards for many years, but only recently started scrapbooking in 2020, and I've loved every moment of my creative journey! You can find my work through my Instagram or YouTube channels, as well as through my design team work for Citrus Twist Kits, Color Cast Designs, Layered Life, and on the Ali Edwards Brand Ambassador Team! Kirsten Heal Hi, I’m Kirsten and I live in beautiful North Vancouver, BC where I take every opportunity to enjoy the mountains and the oceans. I’ve always had a love for crafts and photography, and when I found scrapbooking was like a really thing, I was hooked. That was 20 years ago. I live with my husband (who wonders when this phase may stop, yet buys me crafty stuff), my almost grown kids (19 & 17), two dogs (9&7) and two cats (12 & 1). Steph Grimes I’m Steph Grimes and I’m a lifelong storyteller and memory keeper. I made my first scrapbook from a kit bought at Michael’s when I was 21 and have been making scrapbooks ever since, for over 20 years now. I live in Maryland with my amazing husband and our little red pup, Ruby. I enjoy documenting all types of stories from our day-to-day life to our grandest adventures, but travel albums are my favorite! This is my 6th year participating in the Week in the Life project and it is one of the highlights of my year each year. Best advice for capturing photos for Week in the Life The best stories can come from photos that are just captured in the moment What is a Wednesday? Remote control or Apple Watch Makes people feel more at ease Helps you take really cool pictures Use portrait mode Invite others to take photos Be specific Sometimes scrapbooking and documenting our lives can feel a little extra This is the time to do all the extra This is the time to set up the cool photos What do you WANT to capture? Spend 10% of your photo energy on taking interesting photos 0.5 wide-angle lens is your friend Look for different perspectives Best advice for capturing words throughout the Week The advice I start with is never the advice I finish with It’s okay not to have a lot of words Use lenses to help narrow down the stories you’re telling Use a kit to create your lens Look at each day through a different lens Currently List has seven prompts There is a Thursday slump — here are some solutions Ask somebody else to tell you a story It’s okay to have less photos or words than the rest of your pages Just do your Thursday3 Write Notes Set up a notes template Use whatever works for you Journal Post-its App
Episode 185: Week in the Life: Tips & Tricks for Newbies and Veterans Alike
May 30 2022
Episode 185: Week in the Life: Tips & Tricks for Newbies and Veterans Alike
Hey! We’re kicking off this Week in the Life series talking to Amber Dawson, Elizabeth Heinz, Megan Anderson, and Amy Gretchen all about the tips and tricks that make Week in the Life easy and fun. What is Week in the Life? From Ali Edwards.com: A seven-day documentary project, Week In The Life™ began in 2005 as an annual opportunity to capture the simple everyday details of life with photos and words. The albums I've created are some of my most treasured in that they are wonderfully true representations of my family's life at a particular point in time. From the mundane to the profound, it's those simple little everyday moments that I treasure most. *In this episode, we get into some great topics: * * we talk about how we've approached this project over the years * we talk about why this project is meaningful for us * we talk about what happens when you dont finish Very Special Guests: Megan Kiekel Anderson is a crafty nerd who loves documenting everyday life. She’s currently settling into her 1900 Witch House and writing lots of speculative fiction. Follow along with her adventures on Instagram and Twitter @megan_nerdnest Elizabeth Heinz resides in Peoria, AZ. She's married and happily raising two boys, Bailey (22) and Joshua (19). She also has an affectionate Boston Terrier, Bond. She works part-time at Midwestern University as a standardized patient. When she's not crafting, she enjoys hiking, pickle ball, reading, and gardening. She's passionate about writing her story. Amber Dawson is 38, and has been scrapbooking in some form or another since she was about 15 years old. She live in PA with her boyfriend and his three kids who are with them part-time. Therefore, a lot of her documenting is of her and her partner, their 2 kitties, and the kids when they visit. She's done WITL albums for the last 2 years and has really enjoyed the process of digging deeper into their lives. YouTube: Instagram: Gretchen *lives in Salt Lake City, Utah with her husband and one of her three daughters. She has been memory keeping since her first scrapbook 20 years ago. Since then her passion has evolved to include everyday photography as a way of telling her story. She loves how photos + words help her to see life more fully and have gratitude for the details. Documenting life on a weekly basis through pocket pages fits perfectly with her goal to capture the everyday moments and keep it simple. YouTube | Instagram |
Episode 181: Daily Pages: You Turn the Page & Move On
May 2 2022
Episode 181: Daily Pages: You Turn the Page & Move On
Hey! We’re kicking off the season of habit with a three episode series all about Daily Pages. Daily Pages are a creative self-documenting habit I created in the summer of 2018. They're all about pulling a small amount of paper, thoughts, photos, words, or bits of life into a small notebook. Daily Pages are a creative habit for you to tell your stories. Throughout this series, we’ll have different guest experts on each of the shows, sharing the different ways Daily Pages have impacted their lives, creativity, scrapbooking habits, and so much more. In this episode, we get into some great topics: * the different ways our Daily Pages habit changed over time * perfectionism & the space Daily Pages provides * Daily Pages as the place where all the little stories live Join us on May 7th and 8th for our FREE Daily Pages 101 Hands-On Virtual Retreat. You'll learn how to make all of my favorite Daily Pages, as well as all the tips and tricks the Awesome Ladies and I have for getting started with this amazing creative habit. Register for free today at theawesomeladiesproject.com/dailypages OR right on the front page of the Awesome Ladies Project App Very Special Guests: Shannan is a minimalist, mostly-digital scrapbooker from Sydney, Australia, where she lives with her husband, and her 12 and 15 year old kids. She has been scrapbooking since 2008 and loves music, movies and cooking. Her scrapbooking style is very clean and simple so Daily Pages have been a way to play and get over perfectionism. Shannan also designs digital scrapbooking templates and supplies at her shop shannanpages.com. Christine is a longtime crafter, scrapbooker and documenter, and relatively new Awesome Lady. She is a lover of pretty papers, paints, inks and all things crafty. Christine lives in Northern New Jersey with her husband, daughter and Havanese. Juli is a recovering perfectionist obsessed with purple. You can usually find her scrapbooking, reading, or taking care of her many plants. Through the ALP community she’s learned “my story matters”—even when you’re single & don’t have kids.
Episode 180: Daily Pages: Scrapbook Experts Break Down Daily Pages
Apr 25 2022
Episode 180: Daily Pages: Scrapbook Experts Break Down Daily Pages
Hey! We’re kicking off the season of habit with a three episode series all about Daily Pages. Daily Pages are a creative self-documenting habit I created in the summer of 2018. They're all about pulling a small amount of paper, thoughts, photos, words, or bits of life into a small notebook. Daily Pages are a creative habit for you to tell your stories. Throughout this series, we’ll have different guest experts on each of the shows, sharing the different ways Daily Pages have impacted their lives, creativity, scrapbooking habits, and so much more. In this episode, we get into some great topics: * we discuss how to turn a long-term scrapbooking hobby into a Daily Pages practice * we talk about our favorite scrapbook supplies to use in our Daily Pages notebooks * and we have an interesting conversation about the ways in which Daily Pages has impacted our other scrapbooking projects and habits. Join us on May 7th and 8th for our FREE Daily Pages 101 Hands-On Virtual Retreat. You'll learn how to make all of my favorite Daily Pages, as well as all the tips and tricks the Awesome Ladies and I have for getting started with this amazing creative habit. Register for free today at theawesomeladiesproject.com/dailypages OR right on the front page of the Awesome Ladies Project App Very Special Guests: Carol Anne Wall is a long-time scrapbooker and an early Daily Pages enthusiast. She lives in Saint Paul, MN with her husband, youngest daughter, and two Scottish Terriers. Carrie is a long time scrapbooker and craft supply hoarder who loves pretty paper more than almost anything else in life. She lives in Washington state with her husband, two cats, and an overstuffed craft room. Jacqueline is a wife, teacher, procrastinator, and mess maker. I live in Lloydminster, Saskatchewan, Canada, and I scrapbook and make cards while dabbling in other crafts.
Episode 179: Daily Pages: The Life-Changing Impact of a Small Habit
Apr 25 2022
Episode 179: Daily Pages: The Life-Changing Impact of a Small Habit
Hey! We’re kicking off the season of habit with a three episode series all about Daily Pages. Daily Pages are a creative self-documenting habit I created in the summer of 2018. They're all about pulling a small amount of paper, thoughts, photos, words, or bits of life into a small notebook. Daily Pages are a creative habit for you to tell your stories. Throughout this series, we’ll have different guest experts on each of the shows, sharing the different ways Daily Pages have impacted their lives, creativity, scrapbooking habits, and so much more. In this episode, we get into some great topics: * we talk about the way our Daily Pages have (or haven't) changed since we started creating, * we discuss Daily Pages as a place for both Practice and Play, * and we have an important conversation about the way the Daily Pages community —especially the Daily Pages at Noon Livestream & Share community has impacted our lives throughout the last several years. Join us on May 7th and 8th for our FREE Daily Pages 101 Hands-On Virtual Retreat. You'll learn how to make all of my favorite Daily Pages, as well as all the tips and tricks the Awesome Ladies and I have for getting started with this amazing creative habit. Register for free today at theawesomeladiesproject.com/dailypages OR right on the front page of the Awesome Ladies Project App Very Special Guests: Kinjal is a wildly enthusiastic Londoner, who lives with her partner and 2 tiny sproglets (children) in the cloudy capital of England. She loves all things scrapbooking and stationary and can usually be found under a pile of LEGO bricks or daydreaming about the parallel universe in which she is a minimalist! Ann lives in the UK and is married with two grown up children. She currently works full-time and loves being able to get home in time to join the 5pm Daily Pages Zoom. In her own words: "I have been crafting for a long time, started out with cross stitch and then got in to scrapbooking. I joined the UK Stampers Network about 12 years ago and that got me interested in stamping and paper crafting and I take part in ATC exchanges etc with them. I find crafting a great way to switch off from all the stresses we have and just lose myself in a creative project. I am so glad I found Kristin and the Awesome Ladies Community, it definitely helped me get through all of our lockdowns." Honore is a treasured and stalwart of the Daily Pages community and I was so incredibly happy for her to join us for this discussion. In her own words: "I have been playing with scrapbooking nearly 20 years; everyday I do is a new learning experience. I'm a member of the "bye bye baby generation" - WWII and a long-retired public librarian and training coordinator of library associates - persons who worked in public libraries but did not have a master's degree in library science."
Episode 175: Dear Handmade Life Part Two w/ Nicole Stevenson
Jun 29 2021
Episode 175: Dear Handmade Life Part Two w/ Nicole Stevenson
More about Nicole Stevenson: Nicole Stevenson is a multi-passionate creative, middle-aged first-time mama, impostor syndrome warrior, cake and Korean BBQ connoisseur, confessional journaler, second-hand shop scavenger, deep dive conversationalist and the CEO and creative director at Dear Handmade Life. She can't recall a time in her life when she wasn't making something. At 24, she turned my passion into my profession when she started selling Random Nicole, her handcrafted clothing line at flea markets and backyard craft fairs, which she grew into a thriving retail and wholesale six-figure business that was carried at over 250 shops around the world. Nicole's desire to help other creatives pursue their dream business and discover the joy of making led her away from her own handmade business and into teaching, consulting, running her own workshop studio and eventually co-founding Dear Handmade Life in 2007. Now, she connects, educates and shortens the learning curve for other creatives by sharing what she's learned through the Dear Handmade Life events, blog and podcast. She has a BA and an MA in English from San Francisco State University and a dual “PhD” in crafting to keep your sanity and badass business skills from the School of Life. When she takes off her Dear Handmade Life “boss hat”, you’ll find her squeezing in time to write or draw, trying her damndest to make her baby laugh or hold still long enough for her to change his diaper, devouring one of the dozens of self-help books on her nightstand, trying to find something interesting to take a photo of on her morning walk in her mundane suburban neighborhood, watching Below Deck and eating the best sausage and orecchiette courtesy of her husband or dreaming of living a stone’s throw from the beach. You can find her at
Episode 174: Dear Handmade Life w/ Nicole Stevenson
Jun 22 2021
Episode 174: Dear Handmade Life w/ Nicole Stevenson
Nicole Stevenson is a multi-passionate creative, middle-aged first-time mama, impostor syndrome warrior, cake and Korean BBQ connoisseur, confessional journaler, second-hand shop scavenger, deep dive conversationalist and the CEO and creative director at Dear Handmade Life. She can't recall a time in her life when she wasn't making something. At 24, she turned my passion into my profession when she started selling Random Nicole, her handcrafted clothing line at flea markets and backyard craft fairs, which she grew into a thriving retail and wholesale six-figure business that was carried at over 250 shops around the world. Nicole's desire to help other creatives pursue their dream business and discover the joy of making led her away from her own handmade business and into teaching, consulting, running her own workshop studio and eventually co-founding Dear Handmade Life in 2007. Now, she connects, educates and shortens the learning curve for other creatives by sharing what she's learned through the Dear Handmade Life events, blog and podcast. She has a BA and an MA in English from San Francisco State University and a dual “PhD” in crafting to keep your sanity and badass business skills from the School of Life. When she takes off her Dear Handmade Life “boss hat”, you’ll find her squeezing in time to write or draw, trying her damndest to make her baby laugh or hold still long enough for her to change his diaper, devouring one of the dozens of self-help books on her nightstand, trying to find something interesting to take a photo of on her morning walk in her mundane suburban neighborhood, watching Below Deck and eating the best sausage and orecchiette courtesy of her husband or dreaming of living a stone’s throw from the beach. You can find her at
Episode 171: All About Scissors
May 10 2021
Episode 171: All About Scissors
More about this week's show: Scissors are so important as a scrapbooker! Here's a rundown of the scissors we talked about on today's show and the things they are best at. Everyday/all-around scissors: Grey/Yellow -- Westcott 8" Titanium Bonded Scissors ( are my everyday go-to scissors. I cut everything with these. I use them for Daily Pages, stickers, washi tape, whatever I need on a regular basis. These scissors definitely get the most use. Cutting straight lines: Purple -- Westcott Extreme Edge Titanium 9” ( cutting straight lines, the most important thing is a long blade with a 'bent' edge. I use these scissors for cutting straight lines on paper when my trimmer isn’t an option. Like when I need to cut paper that’s less than an inch wide, or when the paper is super small. Or when I don’t want to bring the trimmer with me on a trip. Another pair of Westcott Titanium scissors. These are my paper-only scissors. I don’t let the blades go near anything sticky, gummy, or something too hard for them to cut. Heavy-duty: Red -- Tonic Studios Tim Holtz Non-Stick Micro Serrated Snips, 7" ( can be hard to find these Tim Holtz micro-serrated scissors with the classic red handles these days, but black is just as good. These are my heavy-duty scissors. I use these to cut bits of metal, chipboard, or anything else that might be extra tough. These scissors will go through some of the more annoying embellishments -- plastic, coated paper, any of the weird stuff. Detail work: Orange -- Fiskars Micro-Tip Scissors, 5” ( are my detail scissors. I use these Fiskars scissors to cut out anything small. Whether I want to hand-cut the letters of the alphabet and create my own title, or I want to fussy cut something from a patterned paper; these are my go-to scissors. The small blade is easy to maneuver in tight spaces, and the sharp tip will make clean detailed cuts to keep tiny images looking as crisp as you can make them. Scissor FAQ You can get by with cheap scissors. This is not necessarily the first place that you have to invest, but when you do, your money will go far. If you're in the USA you can take scissors in your carry on with up to 4" blades. This is from the pivot point (or screw) to the tip. But TSA has the discretion to take whatever they want, so don't take your favorite scissors. You can clean scissors with soap and water. Don't get water into the area with the screw and make sure you dry them thoroughly. I personally like to use a microfiber cloth and rubbing alcohol to get any of the sticky stuff off.