This week’s ambassador spotlight shines a light on Kristin Tweedale of The Awesome Ladies Project. Read on to find out more about Kristin, see some of her work, and find out which bluebird chic strap is her personal favorite!
Kristin is a feminist scrapbooker, passionate about helping women document their lives through photos, stories, and pretty paper supplies. She uses her ‘big girl’ camera to take photos of her adventures around the US as well as photos of her everyday life in East Lansing, Michigan. Learn how to get your photos off the camera and into scrapbook albums you’ll cherish for a lifetime at http://rukristin.com/blog/welcomechic.
How long have you been a scrapbooker?
I’ve been scrapbooking since high school and a feminist for the same length of time. I started coming up with the idea of merging the two while I was attending Rutgers University (hence the ru in rukristin) during the week, and working in the local scrapbook shop on the weekend. You can listen to a detailed account of my creative journey in Episode 03 of my Podcast: Crafty Ass Female: Kristin’s Story.
What impact do you want your business to have on others?
think one of the single most important things that women can do for themselves and for other women as well is to tell the stories of their lives. I hope that I can offer women a way in which they can find themselves and their stories in the art of feminist scrapbooking.
I want to make it easier for women to tell the stories of their lives, in ways that makes them happier, more creative, more joyful, and more fulfilled. My goal is to provide a framework for women to continue becoming the best versions of their creative storytelling selves.
How has your scrapbooking business evolved over the years?
I started out as a blogger in college. I would take photographs of the projects I created for the local scrapbook shop and the classes I was teaching there and put tutorials up on my blog. Later on I moved on to a small shop with kits and digital classes. I eventually started building a community, The Awesome Ladies, and in January of 2016 I launched a membership site for and turned our once small community of women into this movement of empowered awesome ladies who believe that telling their story is not only a part of their creative journey, but at its core.
Which of your business achievements are you most proud of and why?
It’s definitely the Book of Me workshop that I’ve launched this January, my cornerstone workshop at The Awesome Ladies Project.
It’s feminism, storytelling, scrapbooking, making, learning, and more, basically everything that I’ve worked on for the last ten years of my life — all wrapped up into a single workshop, where you learn how to create an epic Book of Me (without an epic time commitment) that represents everything that’s amazing about you and your right now life.
What is the best part of being a business owner?
Meeting diverse women from around the world. I mean this in a few different ways. One, in a cultural sense. I’ve been able to become friends with incredible women from across different nations, ethnocentric backgrounds, ages, etc — I LOVE THAT. That makes me so happy on a personal level.
On a professional level, I am incredibly proud of the diversity in art and craft that is represented by the women who choose to participate in my feminist scrapbook projects. I truly believe that feminist scrapbooking is taking the authentic stories of your awesome lady life and documenting them in whatever form feels right to you. And it feels SO amazing when you see women just breaking the mold time and time again with their ingenuity and creativity. It’s just the greatest thing in the whole world.
What’s your favorite thing about your bluebird chic strap?
This is my third Bluebird Chic strap, and so I really wanted to diversify. My first strap was a practical, neutral, very me, slate gray. My second strap was a more whimsical white strap with dark a dark handscripted font. With this strap I wanted something more elegant, that I could bring with me to a formal wedding or other fashionable occasions. When I saw the new collection, I had a hard time making up my mind, but the blues in this strap just called to me in a way that were so cozy, warm and inviting. I absolutely love wearing it around my neck.
Kristin’s ambassador pick, the all-new “Midnight Mistletoe,” will be in shops soon!
Thanks for sharing with us today Kristin and for supporting the bluebird chic brand!