Author Archives: Elizabeth Kartchner

Give Thanks

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For some reason my family is entrusting me with the Thanksgiving dinner hosting again this year. I guess I didn’t screw up enough last time. After they hear that I got this pallet for decor from outside a dumpster I’m sure to be banned forever. But I wanted something besides pumpkins or pears like last year and decided that eucalyptus was the answer. Plus, it smells like Christmas and so I’m channeling some yuletide joy without offending those who insist we celebrate one holiday at a time. ; )
The banner is from Caravan Shoppe and the smaller garland is MME. I will be recreating it a bit different tomorrow that I’ll share on the dessert table.


The Big 5

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Yesterday on Lola’s birthday we went around a circle and everyone in our little family shared their favorite thing about her. No one could talk about Lolabug without mentioning how they love her smile or how she’s always happy (when she’s not throwing a four year old fit! ; )
It’s true, she’s quite a joyful spirit in our home. This past week I’ve been under the weather with a cold and she’ll randomly ask me, “How are you feeling momma?” or do something to make sure I’m okay. While I cooked dinner one night and Collin was out of town she thoughtfully wiped off the table then cut up two bananas on a plate and set it on the table. It’s interesting that she’s born with such loving awareness for others and natural giving qualities that I try to teach my other kids all the time. Each of them have their own strengths to share though.
It’s such the cliche mom response to say ‘I can’t believe how fast she’s growing’ or ‘I wish she would stop growing up’. But in the same breath I could say that I’m anxious to see the young lady Lola becomes and the good that she’ll do in the world.

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Such a diva in her fur, eating chocolate and demanding to be carried around town.
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little black dress

Wrapping Ideas: Love So Big

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Just wanted to share the first of the wrapping ideas for this Christmas season!
All of the paper is from Target. I love the new Sugar Paper Collection! (Lots of fun patterns!)

Each of these are a little box with a Lego Friends girl inside. Because my Lola girl is obsessed and we always lose the people first. She sits and plays legos for hours at a time. Hours. How can these little pegs keep her attention span for that long? I’m impressed.
This may seem over the top and opposite of my last post to-keep it simple stupid. But while we watch a movie I’ll wrap and it’s a good way to get rid of small stuff I have around. Like tags, and paper scraps.

The Dear Lizzy stars are a darling sparkling touch for any package.
And I think every present now needs bells. I strung them on some twine then wrapped it around the gift… oh my gosh I love it! What sounds more like Christmas spirit than bells jingling? I need to get more asap.
Another fun part was Instax. Had these just sitting on my desk and they are great touch to personalize a gift. And while we are on the topic… make sure to tell Santa you need the Instax Share in your stocking! ; )
Oh, and I layered the Dear Lizzy transparency (Love So Big) over the pic. This season does just that. Makes me want to love so big!

christmas wrapping ideas

wrapping ideas

christmas wrapping ideas

christmas wrapping ideas

christmas wrapping ideas

christmas wrapping ideas


Fave Holiday Dresses

fave holiday dresses

Last year we didn’t take any formal family pictures like we typically do. And now as I am coordinating everything I can see why it can be a lot of work to match everyone, find a photographer, talk your husband into it and find a good time for everyone. Then I remembered KISS. Keep it simple stupid. Now I can see why denim on denim was so popular. How easy is that? Everyone put on all the denim in the house!
After searching for something to wear I thought I’d share some of my favorite dresses out there just in case anyone is looking for a holiday or family photo option as well. The striped one above is from Shabby Apple. I love all their recent Winter release!
Also this grey dress is one of my favorites and under 30.
XO, Lizzy

Pencil Bags Restocked!


Wanted to post that I have some more of the pencil bags and Selfie book sets available! They sold out pretty fast last time. These would make such a darling Christmas gift since December 25th will be here before we know it!
Also, for each book sold we donate a book to the Primary Children’s Hospital, in honor of my niece Zuzu. We will be delivering books in one month so buy one book and make two kids happy!
Check out the video below I made that shares a closer look at the book, bags and my favorite cut-apart dress up page!
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Somos Scrap Recap

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Amy and Shimelle also taught there! It’s always a treat to catch up with them. 
We had a layout class where we made pinwheels, misting and stencils, and painting and watercolors.
These are my amazing TAs and translators! They were so wonderful! It’s definitely tricky to teach something with the language barrier but they both were incredibly helpful!  xoxo Davinia and Eli!

Meeting as these sweet, creative women is inspiring!! Connecting through the love for documenting and scrapbooking.
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Thanks for all the love and making this experience wonderful! Some ladies who I met had been following this Dear Lizzy journey for many years, even since 2007 when I won SOY. It made me cry after one of my classes because everyone was so sweet! Thanks for sharing these adventures with me!
PS If you took the album class… we will be sending instructions and photos. Also please email me if you have any questions at
Because of all the tools and the details of the album most everyone had to finish at home. It will be fun to work on and a keepsake forever once it’s finished. Email me…! Would love to continue the class with you at home. xoxo Lizzy

An Inside Out Halloween

LA9A0819Blogging from my hotel room after teaching workshops in Barcelona because I have to share these shenanigans that happened before I left… and because I miss these colorful nerds.

We dressed up and trick or treated for family before I left because you better believe I wasn’t going to miss this. Ever since the girls saw the Inside Out movie this summer they have been planning these costumes. Since I realized October would be a busy month, getting ready for an event and a family vacation, I bought some costumes the first week of September. Seriously a bid deal for me cause I’m usually a procrastinator. Two of the costumes were pre-order, cause they are new this year. Well they never showed up and my order didn’t get fulfilled. They must have over-sold or something. So I scrambled and stayed up til the wee hours sewing Avery’s dress and painting flowers. An adopted grandma neighbor sewed Lola’s dress for me. I called her and asked her to help me and she took the fabric, sent me on my way and whipped it out in a couple hours before she was leaving on a trip. Yep, she’s an angel like that and I was crying when I picked it up. She gets it–how stuff like these can mean a lot to a four year old. I remember my mom making all our costumes and so it’s meaningful to me doing the same for them. (Even if it’s only one of them every few years I make since costumes are so much easier and cheaper to buy. Ha!) The kids begged me to be Bing Bong and after getting them all ready I was tired and was hoping no one would notice. But then Lola came in the room, head to toe in green, dragging that pink tutu to me and said it’s time to get ready. So I wore a pink elephant nose and sang, “Who’s your friend who likes to play? Bing Bong! Bing Bong! Who’s rocket makes you shout hurray?!” While pulling them in a wagon. All for the core memories people. ; ) And if you haven’t seen the movie you have no idea what any of this means. And if you haven’t seen the movie–What the heck?! Go see it!!


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“Take her to the moon for me!”

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The Spooky Cat Party

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Since I will be out of town for one of my favorite days of the year-October 31st! I wanted to plan some extra activities to celebrate Halloween with our family. We wanted to have a party we could dress up with our cousins but not wear our costumes. I pictured all these black cats running around and thought that would be perfect-a spooky cat party!

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Megan Faulkner Brown (the founder of Sweet Tooth Fairy) made us the best grey ombre frosted chocolate cake. It was divine!! And went perfect with the cake topper I found at Target and spray painted a matte black.
Sweet Tooth Fairy also spoiled us with popcorn, chocolate covered pretzels, and their famous cupcakes and cake bites!

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We made the darlingest cat masks! I cut everything with my Silhouette and my sister and my mom helped the kids glue theirs together. I thought they could do it on their own but it worked best if someone helped each child. It was still a fun craft. They loved it!
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We made the purrrfect cookies for our spooky cat party. Let me tell you, it got messy real quick  but the girls loved it! The bags of frosting were a good idea instead of bowls and knives like I typically do. Thanks to  @thefixutah for making the yummiest cookies (and I know sugar cookies) they even put together a variety of treats to decorate with. How cute are those orange Tic Tacs for the ears?!  It was a huge hit for my little sugar lovers! If you are local to Utah or Salt Lake County you need to stop by The Fix. They make the yummiest drinks too. You’ll thank me later!
When they were decorating I let them have all the creative freedom and just have fun so some of their cookies weren’t as cute but they laughed at their three-eyed cat. I love when I have the chance to not police and just let them be little.

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Halloween party

Somos Scrap Event: Barcelona


This week I am packing up and heading to Barcelona at the Somos Scrap event! It’s going to be such a fabulous event. I am so excited!
Are you near there? You should join us!! I still have a few kits left in my mini album workshop and spots in my layout class.







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We Ran Away


Sorry for the silence here on my blog… we ran away for the week. Ran away from to-do lists, from carpools, computers and work. Ran away from Fall since it was still summer at Newport Beach and Disneyland.

Here are some Instagrams from the trip I wanted to share…

A nice lady took this pic and it captures us completely… because while dad ran around with the two older girls on Screamin’ and Tower of Terror I hung out with the under 40 inchers.

Myles carried around his map for a good half of the day telling us where to go.
He just wants to be one of the big kids and he thinks that he is. He loved meeting characters! He would wait patiently in line (none of my girls were as patient as he is) and wave at the people until it was his turn then run up and give them a hug and sign his book.
Oh, he gets it already. How magical this place is.





A little self-timer action with Myles, we like to eat donuts and Beignets from the Mint Julep bar while we wait for the others to ride Thunder Mountain. It was a short line only 10 mins so that was nice! (They have pumpkin beignets right now which are yummmm.)



We sang Muppet songs and Teen Beach movie on the top of our lungs while we rode our bikes along the beach. Such a fun memory!

There’s been some life struggles for us recently things that shouldn’t matter… I needed a “reset” at my happy place to focus on what matters. To clear my mind and remind myself how to breathe. To remember that each day is fleeting… why waste it worrying about what happened or what I can’t control. XO, Lizzy