Bluebird Chic Ambassador Spotlight | Sasha Farina

I have always admired Sasha – she’s a woman of faith, family, creativity, and humor. I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve scrolled through my facebook feed and seen her honest, ironic, and hilarious posts and just laughed out loud. Her scrapbooking style totally vibes with my own – clean, and great on design with touches of stitching, and splashes of ink. Please, take a moment to stop by her blog and check out her work – I promise, you’ll be inspired!

Today I’m excited to share more about fellow scrapbooker Sasha Farina with all of you!

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Sasha Farina lives in Singapore with her husband Sam and her two girls, Neha and Nidhi. They’re the main subjects for her life photography. She is addicted to coffee, candy corn, green smoothies, long walks by the beach, instagram, colors and savory snacks – in no particular order. Sasha has been “making stuff” forever and says, “I’m that girl who can’t seem to leave the stationery/art and craft department.” You can see her work at Sasha Farina. The Blog.

 

How long have you been a scrapbooker?

I made my first layout on September 5th 2006 and never looked back. You can say I jumped in with both feet and not a day of regret ever since. :)

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What made you decide to pursue scrapbooking?

I have been interested in photography since I was very young, cameras and film photography wasn’t cheap (to us) then. My very first camera was a reward from my parents for graduating 6th grade with flying colors. I remember saving up money to develop my prints. Those were the days!

As for scrapbooking, let’s be honest, I was attracted to the vast array of pretty products first and I wanted to do something with the photos I’ve taken all these while. As I played with paper, glue and beautiful embellishments, I fell even more in love with scrapbooking. I mean, how could I not? I get to look at photos and reminisce and play with pretty products at the same time!

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How has your scrapbooking evolved over the years?

I’d like to think that I get better! My girls are teenagers now and instead of scrapbooking events or trips, I’m scrapbooking more about feelings. I’ve become an emotional scrapper lately. I find it easier to ‘talk’ on my layouts. More of my layouts now include stories but there are still some that were made just because I want to play with new products.

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What kind of camera(s) do you own and what role do they play in your life?

Right now, I’m shooting with my old Nikon D90. I take it out at least once a week to take photos around the house, photos of the family and of course, events and trips. I also use my camera to record the growth of my ‘living room farm’ – which is basically some pots near the window in my living room. Currently, I have tomatoes, mint, parsley and lots of basil growing in my living room :)

You’ll find Sasha rocking the Skip to My Lou Scarf Camera Strap, which fits perfectly with her love of triangles and her simple, contemporary sense of style.

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What do you love most about your bluebird chic strap?

I’m in love with triangles! I’m always hunting for triangles wherever I go. Triangle earrings, triangle charms for my bracelet, triangle pendants etc. So the ‘Skip To My Lou’ scarf strap is right up my alley!

I also like the color red because, well everything else I own is black or grey. That pop of color is just what I need when I go for my winter vacation at the end of the year.

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Thanks for sharing with us today Sasha and thanks for supporting the bluebird chic brand!

Now I’d like to invite all of you over to Sasha’s blog where she is hosting a giveaway. yay! One of you could win your own bluebird chic camera strap – PLUS she’s also got a special discount for you!!!

Share Your Chic Winner Spotlight | Emily Ockwig

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You might remember that during the month of May I held a little contest in order to get you all to share photos of you and your bluebird chic camera straps in action. I’m so excited to introduce the grand prize winner of our first Share Your Chic Contest.

Emily Ockwig is a stay at home mom to two ridiculously wonderful toddlers and a teenage bonus-kid. She likes to make things and starts projects spontaneously. Emily crafts and sews and creates and also makes last-minute holiday cards from supplies she has on hand in her basement. She loves hanging out with her kids and awesomely patient husband. Emily likes to go on local weekend adventures with her family and loves to explore. She also enjoys interior design and loves a beautiful gallery wall.

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Tell us how you first became interested in photography?

My friend is a photographer over at Oh, Hello Photo. When my daughter was one, I took a class that Kimi offered on shooting in manual mode and I was hooked. I remember a wonderful friend telling me shortly after having my daughter that the days are long but the years are short. The days are long. But, man, those years fly by. I love taking pictures. I bring my camera everywhere. At the end of that quick year with long days, there are so many moments that you could easily forget. So many stories that can be told through photographs.

When it comes to photography would you call yourself a professional, amateur, hobbyist or somewhere in between?

I’m a professional photographer. It sounds weird to say. I’m a professional. I take photos and capture moments for other people. I still have so much to learn about photography, but I love doing it and people like me and want me to take their photos. Recently, my photography partner and I branched into an Etsy store selling prints.

What kind of camera(s) do you own and what role does it play in your life?

I shoot Nikon and have a D700 and an 810. I love them both. One of them is always with me, usually along with my 50 mm or my 85 mm lens. In January I made a resolution to take photos every day. I don’t think I’ve made it EVERY day, but my 2015 is definitely well documented.

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What is your favorite subject to photograph and why?

My kids are my favorite subjects. Matilda is 4 and Wilson is 1 and we have so much fun together. I rarely get smiles from my daughter, not because she’s grumpy, but because she’s busy playing and creating and imagining. I like to capture their moments, whatever is special to them that day, that hour. They change so much and so quickly that I like to get little snapshots of memories for us to laugh about later.

Share one of your favorite photos that you’ve taken and tell us why its your favorite.

This is one of my favorite photos. My lovely friend Katie just moved to Thailand to be a missionary. She’s always been one of my biggest cheerleaders and believed in me long before I did. I love her so. She was the first person to ask me to do her family photos and I was honored when she asked me to do her maternity photos before she left. This is my favorite photo from that session, and I laugh thinking about that moment during the session whenever I see it.

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What do you love most about your bluebird chic strap?

These straps are GORGEOUS. I love that the fabrics are lovely, the quality is amazing, and they’re beautiful. I wanted a fun and unique strap for a while before I bought one and kept going back to Blue Bird Chic. Leah’s quality is top notch and I trust her with both my cameras. I like the uniqueness of the camera scarf. I keep it on my D700 and it lets me distribute the weight a little better if I wear my camera cross-body. The camera strap offers a little more padding and that one hangs out on my 810.

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Thanks for sharing with us today Emily and thanks for supporting the bluebird chic brand.

Stay tuned for info about our next Share Your Chic Contest, you could be a winner too!

Bluebird Chic Ambassador Spotlight | Meet Joscelyne Cutchens

Joscelyne’s flair for simple + elegant has been on my radar ever since we first bumped into each other through the papercrafting and scrapbooking world online. I followed her journey through her husband’s retirement from the navy and their relocation to the mainland from Hawaii. What a fun and interesting person, on top of being creative! I love seeing her updates on her current pursuits homesteading and crafting.

I’ve shared a bit about Joscie and her handmade business with you before, but today I’m excited to share more about the lady behind the Bossy Joscie brand.

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Joscelyne Cutchens has dabbled in many different crafts over the years but her true passions are photography, computers, and paper crafts. In her shop, Bossy Joscie, she sells flair and personalized rubber stamps and sentiment stamps for use in hybrid crafting. Joscie and her husband Troy have moved with the Navy through Hawaii, Alabama, Maine and back to where they currently live with their sons in Slapout, Alabama.

How long have you owned your own business?

I started out in my crafty business with a flair shop in July of 2012 and later started offering personalized rubber stamps.

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What made you decide to pursue your dreams of owning a business?

I have always loved flair. Buttons, Badges, Pins. Whatever you want to call them, I have loved them for a long time. When I was in middle school, I can remember buying funny, silly, sassy buttons down at the mall to pin onto my jacket and backpack.

Fast Forward to a few years ago when flair started to make a comeback. Facebook had flair boards. Craft Companies added them to their lines. I was smitten. I wished I could make my own. Finally one day I decided to search for button makers. I looked at many options and figured out the set up I wanted was expensive. Like, really expensive. Too expensive to be a hobby, make for my own personal use expensive. But maybe, just maybe, if I invested in it, some other people might want to buy my flair and I could make up the money I’d have to sink into the set up. In the summer of 2012, during the Gallery Idol Contest I finally took the plunge and ordered the set up. I was so giddy I could not believe it. I made my first flair and sent out packages to my Gallery Idol girlfriends. I let it sit for a while and then I embraced it and started designing flair. I design in illustrator and photoshop. I print, cut, press, package and post. I market. It is my heart in little itty bitty affordable pieces of flair.

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I also love personalized stamps. As a person with an unusual name, I have never been one to find souvenir items with my name on it. What better than custom stamps that you can personalize to suit your needs?

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How would say your business has changed over the years?

I originally started my business simply to cover the cost of the flair making materials. I opened up shop with a digital kit and a few sets of 7/8″ flair. I could make buttons with pin backs, hollow backs or with magnet backs. I sold a bunch of flair and it was awesome.

One day I got an email from the awesome Kelly Purkey asking me if I could produce flair for her December Daily kit. um, heck yeah!?! It was at this point I started investigating the plastic backs on other flair from big companies and I realized that if I opted for a 1″ size flair, I could produce flat backed flair, in much less time. I was so excited, I invested in a second cutter and machine set up. I love both sizes and can still produce both, but the default size in my shop is 1″.  I later added digital versions of my flair and digital sentiment stamps.

I also started creating happy mail labels for my packages and ordered a custom stamp for my happy mail. I always got so many comments on my happy mail packages I continued to share and then someone asked if they could buy a happy mail stamp. I told her that I was swamped in whatever I was doing at the time but as soon as I investigated it, I could probably set it up. This became the beginning of my rubber stamp section.

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What kind of camera(s) do you own and what role do they play in your life?

I have a Canon 5D Mark ii and I absolutely love it. I use it to document our daily life and special events. I use it to help track our bees, chickens, and plants. I document and share our kids events with friends and family. It is a part of me.

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Joscelyne is the proud owner of bees, and so the orange beehive chevron scarf camera strap was a natural fit.

What do you love most about your bluebird chic strap?

It was a really difficult choice because I just love so many of the styles offered by Bluebird Chic.  When it came down to push and shove, those beehives won me over. We are new beekeepers and those hives and the orange background really caught my eye.

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Thanks for sharing with us today Joscelyne and thanks for supporting the bluebird chic brand!

Now I’d like to invite all of you over to Joscelyne’s blog where she is hosting a giveaway. yay! One of you could win your own bluebird chic camera strap – PLUS she’s also got a special discount for you as well!

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