Monday with Megan: Hello, CHA and Creative Resolutions!

Monday with Megan: Hello, CHA and Creative Resolutions!

Hello and a very happy 2015! I’m delighted to be back as your ease-into-the-week companion. I hope you’re coming off of a lovely holiday season, full of memories to cherish (and scrapbook!).  This Christmas was an extra fun one in our household, as my daughter is now two and really enjoyed everything about the festivities. Had me feeling like a kid all over again.


And now that the new year has officially started, I have the pleasure of feeling like a kid in a candy store—it’s CHA time! Yes, the Craft & Hobby Association trade show is THIS week, which means the new crafting companies we adore will be promoting their new lines. Yay! I’m joining several of my SCT friends for this inspiring adventure in Anaheim, California, and I know we all have a common question in mind:

What do you want to see in SCT?

We’d love nothing more than to step onto that CHA floor with your wish list in hand.


Are there specific brands you’re interested in seeing more of? Any techniques you want to learn more about? Next week, I’ll bring you a look at the show floor right here on the blog, and you bet I’ll be reading your comments here as I prepare for that! Thanks, in advance, for any guidance you provide.



In the spirit of the season, I thought I’d also share a few creative resolutions from your SCT team members. Go get ‘em, ladies!

Cathy Zielske

“My creative resolution is to continue to simplify and to keep memory keeping as authentic as possible. I recently did some stuff for Ali’s Firsts Story Kit and felt so creatively freed by NOT promoting my own digital stuff and just focusing on telling stories. It’s the reason I do this, you know? For stories. And photos.  So, that. That and simplicity.” — Cathy Zielske


“Simply create more. With the start of my business and moving around the world, I can count on one hand the amount I have created in the last year.”—Christa Paustenbaugh


“I’ve had a big project that I’ve wanted to tackle for several years now. Breaking down the insane number of full albums I created for my two daughter’s first few years of life, narrowing down the content (since back then, I would scrap literally every single photo I took), and re-working them into Project Life style albums.


What you see in this photo is 3 packed albums that contain photos from my oldest daughter’s first year (she’s 18 now!). And what you don’t see is that a good amount of these pages aren’t even finished, don’t contain journaling, and just don’t have much meaning behind them. I know there’s a better way to document her first few years (along with her sister), and this is the year that I want to make that happen.”—Laura Vegas

Jen Headshot January 2014

“Add more Paper Crafting/DIY projects to my list of “must do’s.” As the daughter of an Interior Designer, I’m always thinking about ways to update and refresh my house. Why not take my plethora of paper supplies and make some pretty things.”—Jen Gallacher 


“My scrappy resolution is to journal more – go deeper into the story!”—Lisa Dickinson


“I would like to simplify, as I find all of the ‘stuff’ overwhelming and stifling at times. I’d also like to do more things for me. While that may sound selfish, I teach elementary art and create projects for others. I’d like to do more projects for myself, my home, and my kids.”—Marla Kress

“I’m not sure if this qualifies, but I have resolved to making more of the memories rather than spending time documenting them. Sometimes I feel caught up in the process of getting stuff done when I could be spending time with my family creating memories instead.”—Nicole Nowosad


“I have a few resolutions:

1. To handwrite my journaling more.  I don’t like my handwriting so I always default to computer journaling.  I think looking back on my albums, I will appreciate my scrawl (I mean handwriting) in addition to the story behind the photos.

I have converted my handwriting to a computer font…so that is the step in the right direction, ha!

2. I love making cards but never send them (insert shock face).  yeah guilty, guilty, guilty!! So it is my resolution this year, to ‘make it, write it, send it!”—Virginia Nebel



There are many on the list, actually. Some big and scary. Others small but important to me. One of the more overwhelming is to get my craft room back in working order. Eventually, I hope that will mean a fresh design, as well. As much as I’ve loved the pink and black, I’m ready for something a bit less . . . BAM! But, first thing’s first—I must tame the beast.

I can’t believe I’m so openly airing my dirty laundry (none of that in here, at least), but I’m hoping it will help motivate me to do it to it this year.


After all, there are amazing things in here, but I’m so overwhelmed by the state of this union that I simply can’t face the heap in order to find the diamonds in such rough.


Even my stuffed friends have huddled together, seeking protection from the madness.


And a “closet” that’s bursting at the seams? It’s a wild scene, my friends! (And so embarrassing!)


So I’m going on record, hoping that this public display of rejection will help keep me motivated. Motivated to ultimately redesign (new paint and such). Until that day comes, to at least get back to something like this:


In the meantime, I’ll continue to craft in my downstairs space (a corner of our family room), which doesn’t come close to looking this good at the moment either. Ugh.


Whew! Feels good to get that off my cluttered chest. Thank you!



Have a deep, dark, embarrassing secret you want to share? Nah. You don’t have to have Disaster Cleanup 2015 on the calendar to share. We’d love to read your creative resolution, no matter how big or how modest.  If you’re inspired to share, simply leave a comment below.


Thank you for joining SCT for another awesome year! I can’t wait to see where the next 12 months take us. Until then, I look forward to receiving your magazine ideas and/or reading about your own creative goals here.


~  Megan Hoeppner

P.S. I may or may not be debuting my own line this week. So overwhelmed, excited, scared to death–pretty much the full spectrum of emotions–about this! I’ll be sure to give you an insiders look where that’s concerned soon, too. In the meantime, do you mind crossing your fingers for me? I’m super nervous and really want things to go well (eep!). Your good vibrations will surely help calm those nerves a bit. *gulp* Thank you!


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  1. Shereen January 5, 2015 at 11:22 am

    Wow Megan! What amazing, exciting news! Have fun, I’ll be keeping my fingers crossed for good things! My resolution: spend more time doing, and less time merely thinking about it.

  2. barbara macaskill January 5, 2015 at 11:27 am

    Megan~I know your new line is going to be AWESOME! How could it NOT be? You ROCK and you’ve got this in the bag lady!! Go Forth and conquer! So looking forward to seeing all the new products headed our way!!

  3. Renee Hoffer January 5, 2015 at 11:33 am

    What exciting news Megan! Hoping things go well for you! My crafting resolution is to finish up all the “almost done, but not quite” projects sitting in piles, taking up much needed space! And so far, I’m making good progress.
    Have a blast at CHA–I dream of going there some day! Can’t wait to see all the new goodies!

  4. Linda E January 5, 2015 at 11:35 am

    Congratulations on the new line, Megan! My crafty new years resolution is to finish my unfinished projects; blog more; and mail cards on-time!

  5. Pam Sohan January 5, 2015 at 12:12 pm

    Hmmm a crafty resolution. I don’t usually make resolutions of any kind. I think to learn to let it go. LOL Not every layout is going to be a masterpiece. The important thing is to get the memories scrapped. sometimes I want to just tear a layout apart and start over, but I’m trying to be okay with the fact that its done and moving on to the next one.
    And to get cards done so that I’m not up until midnight the night before finishing them. I make cards for my bowling league for most holidays. And I really was up until midnight the Tuesday before I had to pas out the Thanksgiving cards.

  6. Jenn Zawadzki January 5, 2015 at 12:12 pm

    I can’t wait to see all the new product lines. It feels like Christmas all over again. I’m hoping this year to scrapbook a lot more with my daughter & create great memories together. It is hard though with the cost of all the supplies need for 2 people. Happy New Year SCT.
    Jenn Z

  7. theCook January 5, 2015 at 12:46 pm

    Wow, I also really need to clean up my craft space, but I wouldn’t dare to show pics of it at the moment 🙂

  8. Kathleen Spaeth January 5, 2015 at 2:16 pm

    Megan when you are at CHA can you look for ways to store, organize, and easily set up all My Stamps, Dies, and Inks (not only in my Craft Room, but when I want to transport them to a Crop, too). I also need to sort through, categorize, and organize all my lovely supplies, too! I am Resolving to stop using my Diningroom Table and to use my Craft Room Desk (to work on). Sometimes all our stuff gets so overwhelming that we can’t be creative! Can anyone else relate to this? Perhaps SC&T could offer a Series on how to organize all your Stuff and then how to pack some of it up for a Cardmaking/Crop Day? Seriously we do not need to pack the Kitchen Sink for a Crop!

  9. jan routledge January 5, 2015 at 3:54 pm

    my first resolution in my 2015 sct agenda is to complete at least one page a week even if i don’t go to a crop that week.
    second would be to clean up my scrappin’ studio – i can’t even get in the door so no photos being posted of that!
    thirdly i applaud nicole nowosad’s resolution (and yes it is one) to make more memories, i would like to do that with my grandchildren too.
    thank you sct team for always being awesome and inspiring.

  10. nancy Schueneman January 5, 2015 at 5:36 pm

    Anxious to learn about all the new and exciting products.

  11. Roxanne January 5, 2015 at 8:01 pm

    Oh Megan!!! I am so happy for you! You GO girl!!!! And your room…ehh….it happens!!! You have a two year old!!! If I lived near you, we could switch rooms, and whip it in to shape!
    I am so happy for you!!!

  12. jengd January 5, 2015 at 8:02 pm

    Good luck taming the beast and WOW! Can’t wait to see what you’ve got cooking!!

  13. Kristin O. January 5, 2015 at 8:15 pm

    Loved reading everyone’s creative resolutions – some great ideas there!
    Thanks for showing us your scrapping space! It’s nice to know even the famous professionals are human too. 🙂
    lastly, I am so looking forward to your new line, Megan! Wow that is sooo exciting!!

  14. Jean Marmo January 5, 2015 at 9:09 pm

    Staying organized! Putting things away as I use them.

  15. Lysa Riegle Click January 5, 2015 at 9:46 pm

    I’m so excited to see that someone else’s room looks like mine! I spend more time organizing my purchases than actually scrapbooking. I need to flip that around. I have stuffed friends that also hide their heads in shame 🙂

  16. TracyM #6773 January 6, 2015 at 8:30 am

    Keeping my fingers & toes crossed for luck for you, but I’m sure it will be a super success!!!
    I have several crafty goals, starting with sorting my “stuff” and maybe find the spare bed along the way 🙂 Next comes finishing my unfinished projects, getting my Christmas cards made & posted by 1st December, trying new techniques & products, like distress ink, embossing paste, watercolours and more.
    2015 is going to be a BIG YEAR 🙂

  17. Kathy P January 6, 2015 at 11:56 am

    Definitely keeping fingers crossed for you, Megan—I am SURE it will go perfectly! And you don’t think most of us have a space that looks very similar to yours, or even worse! That is the creative genius at work!! LOL…..
    My biggest goal this year, being in the process of downsizing to a 55+ commmunity, is trying to realistically purge my overwhelming stash of goodies. I think I have bought at least some (and in some cases, ALL) of every line ever manufactured, and have a piece of each still in my possession. Boardering on hoarder status here, for sure!
    At CHA, I am anxious to see more mixed media techniques. Also products from Simple Stories and Jillibean Soup and Fancy Pants.

  18. SNAZZY JJ January 6, 2015 at 12:52 pm

    Hi Megan. At CHA I would enjoy seeing;
    1. New small up and coming companies – and why I should check them out
    2. Why companies choose their name – Lawn Fawn? Waffleflower? the best story I’ve heard is Cosmo Cricket’s (maybe make it a game with prizes?)
    3. Anything to inspire my 12 x 12 layouts, it seems cards and PL is everywhere.
    4. Show off the cutest booths, they work so hard on them ( maybe let us vote on our favorite)
    5. What are the trends
    6. Short video of the make and takes you guys are doing

  19. chark January 6, 2015 at 5:11 pm

    Congrats!!! Scary can be good! And this is–kudos. I’ve got to clean out the craft closet…I think if I had a whole room it might look like yours. Time to organize and rethink the organization system!

  20. Dorina D January 6, 2015 at 10:31 pm

    Congrats and good luck. So excited for you. Love seeing what new dies are coming out and what the newest trends are. But always looking for great organizational ideas, as well.

  21. May Flores-Lyons January 9, 2015 at 4:56 pm

    Thanks for “airing” your craft room!! I don’t feel guilty that I have such a messy room…. creative people are so messy, but again, creative!! That is also my resolution this year: to organize my craft room and like everyone else, create, create and create!!!!

  22. Mendi Yoshikawa January 9, 2015 at 5:27 pm

    Love these resolutions! Thanks for sharing them and inspiring all of us! 🙂

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