Back To School Feast

IMG_8015b This year we headed up to the glorious mountains for the back to school feast. It is a celebration for the ending of summer and beginning of another school year. My sister, Camille, and Collin helped put it together for our kids. Camille made the yummy caramel and white chocolate cinnamon apples as well as a delicious quinoa + mango salad. I pulled together some crowns and special details. Before hand, we chose a theme for the year and shared it with them. During the feast we also talk about their excitement and concerns. Making new friends and how to be a good student. My great grandma Charlotte happened to be here visiting from San Diego and I saw her watching with wide eyes as we carried the chairs and table to our perfect spot. Then I had to laugh and holler to her, “Grandma, I promise I’m not crazy.” Actually we kind of are. But it was memorable and that’s what we were striving for. A million giggles, many clinks of their bottles with a loud “Cheers!” through out the night and a couple hilarious quotes proved the night to be a success.
Matthew: “We should do this more often…”
Quincey: “This is the best day of my life!” haha Mostly because there was an unusual treat of cream soda involved. Not to mention, a tower of R A D donuts.

“And now,” cried Max, “let the wild rumpus start!”

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Back To School Feast

Back to school feast

Back To School Feast

Back To School Feast

Our first Back To School Feast here

Here’s to another year, my sweet girls! I am so proud of you. How brave you face the up-coming months. How set your eyes are on the goal of being a friend to others and striving with all your might to grow and learn. Love you, Momma!

 

 

Popsicle Invitations

So thrilled to have some over-the-top darling projects from Wilna like these popsicle ice cream invites. Seriously, I could just eat them up.
Check out her shop full of hand-drawn cut files and even her famous coffee cup albums.


Since in the summertime we always enjoy popsicles… they were a great inspiration for invitations. I cut each popsicle out twice using my Silhouette + the cut files you can find in my shop. Next, I used hot glue to add the two pieces together with a stick in the middle.

The fun part was decorating them!! I used Dear Lizzy Papers, glue and actual cake sprinkles. Don’t forget gold glitter, of course.
For the painting section have you ever used Impasto Acrylic Paint? It is a medium that works with paints and most stains to build up the texture and thicken it. Loved the look that added to the popsicles. ice cream invites ice cream invites ice cream invites

ice cream invites

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Love how each one is unique, make the invitation process fun. Or you could do them all the same to streamline the process. And a popsicle theme would be easy and cute to add through out the party decor when it is time for the big day.

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Stay Gold

gold instagram album These gold mini albums are shiny and divine. I mean, come on, they are gold leather even. Inside they hold two different page protectors. A 4″x4″ style and then one that holds four 2″x2″ photos. I used my Zink Happy printer and app to print the 2″ photos straight from my Instagram account. Then I used my Selphy to print the 4″x6″ photos right from my phone. Then I cut down to 4″ squares. Added some of my Dear Lizzy cards that I cut down and it can’t get any easier than that to document our anni trip to Vegas and other summer memories. (Cue sobbing… because summer is almost over…!!!!) **The albums have been sold out most places but I spotted some at one of my fave shops: Blue Moon scrapbooking.  Used my Instax share printer for the photos above. See post here for more details. I’ll share more soon. xo, Lizzy favorite supplies sink happy printer gold instagram album canon selphy wireless printer dear lizzy project life

For Kids + For Mom

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Towards the end of summer the manic momma episodes begin. One second I am on the verge of tears thinking of not seeing these cute faces through out the day, then the next I am ready to kiss those cheeks off to school and have a few moments of peace and quiet. Next week our school starts. Crazy. I’m going to miss Avery reading Junie B Jones to me. Quincey pulling my arm the second I sit down to come jump on the trampoline with her. She wins, of course, so I show off my front flip and almost pee my pants. ; ) Lola’s ready to rule the house with the bigs gone. Then there’s Myles… our little buddy following everyone around.
I put together this collage with a few of my favorite things right now. Ya know, like books, sharpened pencils and backpacks. Tell me I’m not the only one who loves buying school supplies this time of year…?

Gold Bow Headband: Janie & Jack//Polka Dot Jeans: H&M//Enjoy Tee: Gap
Leopard Flats: J Crew Factory//Notebook: Shop Bando //Panda & Bunny Backpack

Darling Blue Skirt//What Would Audrey Do Book//Ooh la la
Watches
: Modcloth //Pencils

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DIY: Geometric Banner

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Love this banner idea from Ann Marie using Dear Lizzy paper and twine:
One of the most consistent crafty trends over the past couple of years has been the banner. It’s gone from triangles to circles to tassels and everything in between! I’m always trying to think ofnew and exciting ways to push the trend even further, so I was psyched when I found this awesome 3D geometric ball cut file designed by Amy Robison in the Silhouette Studio store. Here’s how I took the simple shape and turned it into a festive banner for my office.
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geometric banner
1. First, I gathered together all of my supplies, including the Daydreamer 6 x 6″ pad, a solid tape runner, red baker’s twine, my Cameo die-cutting machine + 12 x 12″ mat, and the 3D geometric ball cut file.
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geometric banner
2. Next, I chose my favorite patterned papers from the 6 x 6″ pad and laid four at a time out on my 12 x 12″ Cameo mat.
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3. Once I had the cut files arranged in the Silhouette Studio software, I let my Cameo go to work and cut out a bunch of the 3D geometric balls.
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4. After determining how long I wanted my banner to be, I cut a long strand of red baker’s twine.
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5. Using my fingers to carefully fold along all of the perforated lines, I began to create the geometric ball shape with the help of a solid tape runner.
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geometric banner
6. Before sealing up each of the geometric shapes, I used a needle to thread the baker’s twine from one side of the ball to the other.
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geometric banner
7. Once I had all of the 3D geometric balls strung along the baker’s twine, I hung it up over a floating shelf and called it good. I love the way it adds a playful touch whimsy to my office!
PHOTOS + DESIGN + STYLING: Ann Marie 
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You Are Adored

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No matter what is weighing on your mind or if things are tough right now, remember–you are adored!
Focus on the positive and don’t let unwarranted, negative situations you can’t control or change even occupy the space in your mind. There’s been some disappointing things happen recently and I am striving to not dwell and move on. This doesn’t go so well for me in the middle of the night but I am working on it… because sleep is worth its weight in gold to this tired momma. But it’s easier said than done. Don’t ya think? Especially when the situation includes people I care about. So I’m working on filling my mind with what’s important: Collin, my kids and the other blessings that appear simple… yet abundant. Then spread some love to others.

Just wanted to send you a note that you are adored! Thanks for reading my blog! xo, Lizzy

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Love this cutest little girl stamped image from my Dear Lizzy Daydreamer stamp set. We named her Rosie because Quincey’s middle name is Rose and for a while she wanted us to call her Rosie. Now her requested nickname of choice is Queen Bee. Yes, ma’am. haha
Photos and design Amy Yingling

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Instagram Photo Books

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Seeing that Instagram fills in the gaps of what I don’t scrapbook or Project Life… it’s huge for me to print the photos from my feed to tangible memories.
There’s a new way to easily print your entire Instagram feed. It’s super fast and seriously the price is reasonable too. For 6 bucks you can get a 60 page book.
Download the app CHATBOOKS onto your phone. Use the code LIZZY1 for your first book freeeee! If you order three books or more.
Another great thing about Chatbooks is that you can sign up for the autoship and once you have 60 more photos it will automatically ship you the next book. I love happy mail but spontaneous happy mail is even better!

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instagram photo book

It was seriously Christmas morning when I opened my package and saw all these faces! Then I wouldn’t let anyone touch them which defeats the whole purpose.

Once you are inside the app you can:

-Change the title of the album and what it will print the same on the spine of each book. I didn’t realize I could change this so mine all say “My Instagrams” but it would be fun to include something funny, a family name or inside joke. Just touch the title “My Instagrams” to open that album then tap again to change the title.
-Choose which cover you want for each book. Or just go with the random one the app assigns. Of course I took the extra time and chose each one. Clearly, I was favoring this little kissed face cover when I was taking photos of the books.
-Delete photos you do not want in the book.
-Also it includes the caption from your photo. Which was an awesome addition to an already gold product.

Other features include: Chatbook Series A daily-life scrapbook for a private group. Where you can add contributors and everyone can submit photos to print into a book. How nice is this for a photo book gift for a loved one where everyone can easily submit their photos. Think Christmas presents people! I know my mom would love this!
Also, there’s a Custom Book option so you can upload up to 300 photos from your phone for an event or specific themed book. So easy!

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It prints a date stamp in the top left corner and the caption below.

Remember to use the code: LIZZY1 to get your first book free if you order three or more.
Now download the app, Chatbooks, and get your memories into your hands.

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instagram photo book

instagram photo book

 

Even Cards Need A Home

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Since I find it nearly impossible to pass up a great design or a hilarious sentiment, I tend to collect greeting cards everywhere I go. I love keeping a stash on hand for impromptu card-giving occasions, but I never had a great system for organizing my collection. That is, until I got the idea to designate a small box as a landing place for all of my favorite cards! Here’s how I made it:
 
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1. First I gathered my materials, including a card box from Paper Source, my stack of greeting cards, and a handful of my favorite Dear Lizzy products (banner embossing folder, enamel dots, 6 x 6″ paper pad, Thickers, dies).
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card box
2. Next, I ran the embossing folder and the dies through my Cuttlebug to create accents for the cover of the box.
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3. From there, I grabbed two of my favorite 3 x 4″ Project Life cards and created a loose composition with my embossed pieces.
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4. Once I had the composition laid out, I added a title with Thickers and a little extra pop of color with three enamel dots.
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5. To reinforce the composition and add in another design element, I stapled though the layers and then glued the entire grouping onto the cover of the box.
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6. Now I have a designated home for all of the amazing greeting cards that cross my path!

Photos and Project: Ann Marie

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This month at SC

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Loved this month’s kit at Studio Calico, Sandlot. And not just because that’s been our favorite backyard movie to watch this summer. Avery has been quoting the lines FOR-EV-ER. FOR-EV-ER. And can I just say that movie was filmed in the town I live in… pretty much THE coolest thing that’s ever happened here too.

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This month’s gallery is full of so many inspiring projects. And I love how each design team member chose a page in the member gallery to inspire their projects!
Sorry for the quick post… surprising a certain someone with an anniversary trip in 3…2…1

xo, lizzy

 

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The balloons that wouldn’t die

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These white, bouncy balloons were in our home for weeks and weeks. I first bought them for Myles birthday in April and they floated around until late May. I loved it. Makes me want to just always have some around. When my kids grow up they’ll think… remember how crazy mom was and she always had giant balloons…? But I got lots of use out of them. See here and here.

This year out of any month so far, May was a complete blur. Birthdays, baptism and our trip to Barcelona. Something else exciting to add to the list was being featured as the Ruchette of the month at one of my favorite online shops–Ruche. They sent me seven of their favorite pieces and I put together 10 outfits mixing and matching a polka dot dress, yellow skirt, striped blazer, scalloped shirt, plain white tee, navy pencil skirt, and a sweater. I love the idea of quality not quantity in what you put in your closet. To buy pieces that are more timeless and I can wear over and over. Check out all the looks here. 

Today RUCHE has free shipping on the Ruchette pieces that ends tonight. Pick yourself up something new.  xo, Lizzy
photo cred: Mister Kartchner

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