A Creative Approach Podcast

Karen began her life in the Canadian prairies followed by several years of studying medicine in Montreal. Marriage, family, and career brought her to California where “Snow is optional. You can drive to it.” With a large extended, blended family and a love of travel, Karen’s hobby of scrapbooking has endless resources. An enthusiastic world traveler, she still has the continents of South America and Antartica to cross off her list. Karen loves meeting her network of online friends on her journeys. Karen came to podcasting through scrapbooking and has been a co-host on "The Digiscrap Geek Podcast" (now on hiatus) and a guest on many other shows including a recent episode of “Shift Your Story” with Beca Lewis. Karen remains a licensed physician in California, though currently retired. Karen has wide ranging interests including podcasting, blogging, medicine, and scrapbooking. She is a self-admitted genealogy nut, and life-long learner of art, history, science, business and anthropology with a passion for a sustainable world. She is an artist and a student and is fascinated by people's stories of creating who they are and what they do. She is delighted to share her conversations on “A Creative Approach Podcast.”
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Nov 29, 2017

Creativity rarely happens on an island by yourself. The crafting community is filled to bursting with strength, support, and heart, which is just what we need to celebrate during a season of gratitude. My guest today is Eileen Hall, and she has certainly discovered all of those things and more. Eileen is a Paper Trail traveling adventurer who crafts her way across the country. Through her digital media, Eileen also teaches and shares her inspiration with followers from all over the world. What makes Eileen’s teaching even better is that she considers her “followers” her friends. She has learned how to lean into the crafting community, and as a result, she has created wonderful work that inspires so many.

Eileen isn’t just rambling about in her vintage trailer, Scotty; she is also creating die products for Sizzyx. Each die is designed and crafted with a team Eileen loves working with. These dies came about as a brilliant solution to a real crafting puzzle. Using both creativity and critical thinking, Eileen is determined to give you creative solutions to all of your problems.

I am so thankful to have been able to sit down and chat with Eileen today. Our conversation is filled with so much heart and compassion. If you are in need of a little pick-me-up, give this episode a listen, and make sure to check out all the ways you can be a part of Eileen’s creative community.

More in this episode:

  • Eileen shares all about the products she creates for crafters and artists like me.
  • What exactly is a design team? How did it turn into a fan club?
  • Scotty the Vintage trailer is full of adventures!
  • How Eileen uses Facebook Live to connect with everyone on all her adventures.
  • The other craft adventures that Eileen teaches to others.
  • From health care to crafting! Eileen shares how crafting became such a huge part of her life.
  • How Eileen got involved creating dies.
  • Share designs, even though the sad truth is that people steal.
  • Eileen is motivated by deadlines, but she is rarely short on ideas.
  • Crafters are kindred spirits.
  • How to get your hands on Eileen’s designs.
  • Last little thoughts on creativity.
  • The beauty of community with Facebook Live.


Eileen Hull Designs on Facebook:

Nov 15, 2017

Do you have some kind creative outlet that you use, in order to express what's going on with you, and in your life? Did you know that creating art is really good for you, both emotionally and mentally? Today we are really excited to have Janaina Oliviera, of With2Worlds.Org as our guest on the show. Janaina uses Digital Art to tell her stories and she also teaches these skills online. She loves to share these skills with others because she really believes in using an artistic expression of our ideas, for maintaining good mental health, so listen in now, to find out more about Janaina and her creative approach to life.

Brazilian born Janaina, who started out, back in the day, as a Card Maker, is a Digital Scrapbooker and a Storyteller. She views herself as a Digital Artist because she's fascinated with all kinds of Digital Art and she really makes every effort to communicate and teach people some of the skills that she uses, in order to tell her stories. She has her blog, she has the classes that she teaches, where she shares her unique style of art and now she also writes a column for Scrapreneur.Com, about Digital Art. Listen in today, as Janaina speaks about the creativity in her life and she reflects on the topic of A Creative Approach


Show highlights:

  • The Design work that Janaina does for others.
  • Janaina's favorite Apps.
  • You can download a PDF list, with a guide to all the apps that Janaina uses and what they do.
  • Janaina has a Facebook Group called 2wards Digital Education. She goes live on Thursdays, so sign up!
  • Janaina has a document, posted in her Facebook Group, about the apps that are for Androids, and the ones that are for iPhones.
  • What 'artsy' means to Janaina.
  • The therapeutic value of creating art mindfully.
  • Janaina's recently completed studies, where she combined her creativity in art with her approach to solving problems.
  • The reason behind the particular route that Janaina has taken, with her schooling.
  • How Janaina got started with her Scrapbooking.
  • Janaina's early life and how she got onto that path that she's on, currently.
  • What it really takes, to become an artist and create great art.
  • The importance of learning to use the things that you learn.
  • Being fearless and having the courage to put your own twist on things, regardless of what others may think.
  • Why Janaina really loves the work of Byron Katie.
  • Some questions you could ask yourself, to discover your hidden creativity.
  • How Janaina uses regular pictures of her life, to create her art.
  • The different looks that Janaina creates, using different Digital Products.
  • Why Janaina stopped doing Paper Scrapbooking.
  • There is really something for everyone, in Digital Art.
  • Hidden Journalling, with Digital.


For Janaina's Online Column, go to:

You can also find Janaina at or

For Janaina's blog (and also to find her PDF list of apps), go to 

Nov 1, 2017

Today we are having a very first musician on the show! He is the delightful Canadian musician Forrest Eaglespeaker, founder of the band The North Sound and today he will be telling us about his storytelling, his music and the poetry of his lyrics, so listen in to find out more about Forrest and the wonderful music that he plays.

Forrest has been playing the guitar and singing in his band, The North Sound, for the last two and a half years.  In January of this year, they released their debut album, The Valley and one of the songs from that album, Sunshine, became a number one hit on the Indigenous Music charts in Canada. Since then, things have been going well and they have released another EP, titled SKAB. With those two albums out in the Universe, they're hanging out to see what comes next. Listen in to find out more!

Show highlights:

  • Forrest talks about Earthsongs, an American Indigenous Music station based in Alaska and L.A., who ran a feature on Forrest's band.
  • The current, modern, underground scene, with a vast amount musicians who happen to be indigenous, making tons of amazing music.
  • The struggle for underground, indigenous musicians to get their music to reach the forefront.
  • The goal of the Indigenous Music stations.
  • Why it's so difficult for Forrest to characterize his really melodic, alternative, music.
  • The biggest part of the music for Forrest- the storytelling.
  • Where The North Sound is at right now.
  • The really great group of musicians that Forrest has been playing with, in Calgary, over the last two years.
  • How Forrest started out with his music.
  • The influence of Forrest's indigenous identity on his music.
  • The difficulties that Forrest used to experience, around his cultural identity.
  • The influence of Hip Hop on Forrest and his music.
  • What creativity means to Forrest.
  • Forrest's creative vision for the future.


Forrest's website:


Forrest on Instagram: thenrthsnd


You can also find Forrest's music on Bandcamp, Spotify and iTunes