January is often a month of reflection and resolution. Did I accomplish all I wanted last year? How can I improve myself in the coming year? Some resolutions could be getting to the gym more often, better meal planning or giving more to charity. We decided to touch on the last one this month in our Craft Spotlight. We are spotlighting Jacki Kelsch from Handy Hands Reflections.
Jacki created Handy Hands Reflections in August of 2008. It’s Non-Profit Organization that creates and donates memory albums to families whose loved one recently passed or are in Hospice Care. The Annual Crafty Crop next month is their big fundraiser for the year. Unfortunately, the event is already sold out, but they take donations and volunteers year-round. They have workshop days the 2nd Thursday and 4th Monday of each month. Plus, volunteers don’t have to have scrapbooking experience. There’s always something to do with sorting and putting supplies away. They do have another crop in July. This one is a no frills because there’s not food or drink provided but still a great time to get together with friends and scrapbook. Contact Jacki about more information and reserve your spot firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here are pictures of some of the scrapbooking pages they have given away.
We felt a great way to get to know Jacki more was to have her complete our craft questionnaire.
Name: Jacki Kelsch
How long have you been a crafter?
Well, I have always had a flair for putting my own spin on things... adding just the right touch, crafting for most of my life, in one way or another
How did you get started?
My mom was an artist as well as an excellent seamstress, so it’s in my blood. I loved experimenting with different things when I was you.
What was your first project?
Making a pillow case. I was just 10 years old.
What is your favorite type of projects now? (Albums, cards, mixed media, art journals, coloring etc.)
Can I say yes to all the ones listed? I love COLOR. I also love teaching people and introducing them into the field of paper crafting.
Do you listen to music while you craft? If so, which genre?
Oldies or country
What part of crafting is the most intimidating?
TINY TEDIOUS PARTS, due to health issues
Do you pre-plan your projects or do you get inspired as you go?
I like to plan projects out, but... I do adjust and get inspired as I go... so BOTH...
Do you clean your craft table after every project?
WELL.... NOT SO MUCH, my goal is to start fresh each time, but I do like to have things at my reach and it depends on how messy or how many parts my last project was. I do like an organized work space and it is one of my resolutions.
Have you ever sold your projects? If so, where can we find your work?
I have sold many of my works, I sold for years at bazaars, craft shows and the like. Now I GIVE my works away with great joy. I have projects all over the USA mostly here in Idaho. I create albums and gift them to grieving families, which I do at my non-profit.
If you were given the chance to pick 3 products in any craft store where money was no object, what 3 things would you choose?
That is a tough question, but I guess I would go for STORAGE, COPIC MARKERS and the newest product, to try.
What are do you do outside of crafting? Other hobbies/interests/accomplishments?
I love spending time with my husband, our kids, and grandkids, teaching them to craft, so they can take after their grammy. I also love to travel, read, and learn new things.
Favorite Topic: (Vacations, Children/Baby, Disney, etc.)
Liquid - Tombow & Tape Runner – PLUS
Favorite Craft Brand:
So many good ones, hard to choose one, probably Tim Holtz
Brads and Ribbon
Favorite way to shop: (Online, In-store, Bazaars, Expos, etc.)
ALL... I love to shop and I love a good deal
Favorite Craft Blogger:
I wish I had time to keep up with bloggers
THIS OR THAT: (And tell us why if you have an interesting angle)
Keep scraps or toss scraps?
USE SCRAPS, it "IS" called SCRAPbooking, right?
Buttons: Thread or No thread?
Decorative scissors or edge punches?
If you’d like to find out more about Handy Hands Reflections, we have their website and Facebook page listed. There are great testimonials on their Facebook page.
All of us an Idaho Craft Association were introduced to the Happy Planner in 2016. It was great timing as we started to plan the Idaho Scrapbook Show and life got a little bit busier. We thought January was the perfect month to share them on Idaho Living. Start the year with a plan! You won’t want to miss it today at 11 am on KOBI channel 2 for the local folks. We hope to have a link to the video after it airs on our Facebook page.
There were so many things that we wanted to share on the show and there just wasn’t enough time for everything so we thought we could capture those things that we didn’t talk about.
When we went to Utah Pinners last year we had the opportunity to meet the team from Me and My Big Ideas (the geniuses behind The Happy Planner.) When we told them we were going to talk about the planners during our January segment of Idaho Living they sent us a few goodies to share.
The Recipe Organizer is a wonderful way to store your
family's favorite recipes.
They also have a home planner that includes to do lists, meal planner, house cleaning schedule and a budget. Maybe you just want the budget part of the home planner. There is a budget extension that you could add to your normal planner or maybe you got engaged over Christmas and need the wedding extension.
Now let’s talk accessories. Who doesn’t love accessories? There are so many different accessories we thought we’d share a few of our favorites. Maggie’s favorite is The Happy Planner Punch. It allows you to punch almost anything to put into your planner. Heather’s favorite are the hard covers. It gives the planner a sleeker look and gives it a little extra protection. The pocket pages are Lisa’s favorite. It’s a great way to take some stickers on the go, hold onto receipts or other papers that I haven’t been punched yet. Heidi’s favorite are the discs. They come in different sizes and color that helps you customize your planner. Plus, they give you the ability to be able to remove and add sheets as much as you want. Brandy’s favorite is the washi tape. The washi tape gives you the ability to add your personality and flair to your planner.
Maybe you are just getting started with a Happy Planner and this is all to overwhelming. Here’s a great introductory video from Me and My Big Ideas.
Or maybe you’d like to learn from someone in person. Check out your local Michael’s classes. In Nampa, Jeannette from @planahappyclass teaches a beginning and advanced class. Her first class filled up fast.
I think one of the things that we love about the Happy Planner is that you make it your own. It can be a basic planner with a listing of appointments and tasks to do, place to journal about your day, a way to let your creativity flow or any combination you choose. There are no rules that say you must use the monthly layout for one thing and the weekly layout for something else. It’s your planner and what makes it a Happy Planner is making it what you love!
If using planners has become a goal, obsession or a passion like it has become for us at Idaho Scrapbook Show here are some links that may help further your passion.
Me and My Big Ideas Happy Planner Group
MAMBI The Happy Planner Group
Little Paper Dog Co.
Please tag us with your planner layouts @idahoscrapbookshow. We’d love to see everyone’s creativity.
Idaho Craft Association