Author Archives: Elizabeth Kartchner

Design Team Announcement

Here is the Design Team Announcement!
So excited to work with all these talented ladies!! I apologize it took a bit longer to announce. The fun part is that a couple of them don’t know that their submission was chosen yet. So, surprise!!
Say hello to them and check out their sites listed below their photos. Such a fun mix of talent. I will be sharing more about them and of course some of their incredible work!
Also thanks to everyone who submitted. I will be sharing lots (if not all of your) work on a Feature Friday blog post so that will be fun! XOXO


Emma W (From Australia)








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Maria Lacuesta (Analog Paper)

The Me, My Selfie and I Book is here!


Today I am beyond thrilled, and a bit nervous, to share a project I have been working on for a long time! The Me, My Selfie, and I Book!  #theselfiebook
It’s a kids’ art journal full of 42 pages of illustrations and fun questions. I sketched a really horrible rough draft for each page then worked with the talented Caytlyn Chilelli who illustrated it!
The coloring book you’ll want to keep! I wanted to design a keepsake that I could store on a bookcase and documents their dreams, favorites at the moment, and silly thoughts as well as coloring and doodles. Something to encourage less screen time and more time creating!

Another reason why I wanted to make this book was to GIVE BACK! During the development process of #theselfiebook my niece was in Primary Children’s Hospital! There is a toy room and craft area for patients and the family of patients. It is a place to lift their spirits during a hard time for the children and families spending long hours there. I talked to my sister Ashley, Zuzu’s mom, and asked what she thought about donating books to the hospital. She loved the idea! So for every book that is bought we will donate 1 book to Primary Children’s in Salt Lake City.

The book is great for a range of ages! Avery, my nine year old can sit down and work on it herself! Answering the questions and exploring creative expression. Lola, who is four, can’t write full sentences yet but says the cleverest things! I love sitting down together and while she is coloring  I can fill out the answers for her. Not every page has a question. There’s even a cut-apart page where they will cut out clothes, hats and sunglasses and then attach to the animals. It’s freaking adorable! Also a treasure hunt page to take the book outside and see what you find.DearLizzy_Journals_BeckyKimballPhoto_54web


I also have a limited number of handmade pencil bags! They are plastic coated on the outside so easy to wipe off! The inside has a colorful lining and zipper…! Each one is a different color combination. The bags even come with some fun supplies so they can get to work as soon as their package arrive. It includes colored pencils, ice cream cone sharpener and some fun erasers! Like I said, I only have a limited number of the pencil bags so snag one!






These would make such fun gift ideas for Christmas or birthdays! My kids are obsessed and Quincey carries hers around everywhere in her backpack and pull out her supplies.

Check out #theselfiebook website and more info here!



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Our recent house guest


I know it’s not even October yet, but I waited as long as I could to put out Halloween decorations. There’s so much to love about Halloween! I needed to start celebrating earlier.

I bought this skeleton to gold-glitter the crap out of and then hang up as decor. But after I bought him and Collin propped him up in one of the carseats to drive home from the store it was equally humorous and weird. That’s when I decided we will change up the scene for this guy everyday… think of it like Elf on the Shelf but wayyyy creepier. hahaha! I’m thinking in the bathtub, under the covers in one of the girl’s bed when she goes to sleep. Couch watching TV or outside on a bike. I know, like I said, creepy. But it makes me laugh.
He needs a name though… any suggestions? ;D

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Pants optional snack time…halloween idea

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halloween idea

Happy Monday!


Happy Monday!
Thanks so much for all the submissions for the Dear Lizzy design team! It’s been quite fun going through each submission and getting to know you guys better with the random questions. :) Not to mention I’ve been gushing over how amazingly creative the artwork is! I need to nail down some more details and I’ll announce the additions to the team next Monday! (If not sooner…)

For snack time I used the gold foil Dear Lizzy paper to make a mini hamburger box! I diecut the shape with my Silhouette Cameo and then added a sticker on top. We love snack time around here!

Play + Shop w/ Old Navy

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With three girls and a boy, it is pretty incredible to witness how different each little soul is. How they are born with different ways to show love and be loved. With Lola, her love language includes hugs and quality time. To fall asleep I have to be laying by her and she’s a teddy bear that wants snuggles as much as possible. She loves to sit at the table and play with Legos for hours and wants me to join her and make something together. It’s crazy how long those plastic pegs can keep her occupied. I love how Avery is different, and older now, but her love language is talking (including me listening to her for long periods of time) and laughter… with hugs still being important. That one I hope never goes away.
Is it possible that balloons can be a love language too? Cause they definitely are to this four year old…!

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The air is getting crisper and I am spotting red trees in the mountains in our backyard. This transition from summer is always refreshing!

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Any plans this weekend? Thanks to Camp Old Navy there’s a fantastic fundraiser on Saturday (9/19) at local @oldnavy stores called the Play it Safe event. Kids will love to learn safety from their community heroes! Meanwhile, the mommas can get their shop on cause there’s a killer sale. #oldnavystyle See you there!

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Guest Editor: Brickyard Buffalo

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Brickyard Buffalo is one of my favorite places to shop for awesome + darling deals so when they asked me to be a guest editor I was all sorts of giddy. Let’s just get right into some of the darling items I curated for this week. First up, you’ll find this gingham dress and cape… I die. Lola loved it and when we went up the canyon for a sunday drive and photo op I was only wishing she could start singing some of my favorite Sound of Music lyrics… “The hills are alive…!!! ”
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My RosieQ is wearing the felt floral crown. And as I was looking at this pic (I shared this story on Instagram already) I remembered how we joke and tell her that God forgot to give her that dimple when she was born. So 18 months later as we were taking a flight with our little family she fell and bumped her little cheek. She didn’t even cry, which I’m sure made all the passengers happy, and I just held her so tight. I remember she had a bruise and I can’t remember if the dimple was instant but when the bruise faded the dimple stayed. How is this possible. All we can think is she was meant to have it all along.

Really on top of things with the calendar hung and really to party in 2016! The procrastinator in me is very confused!
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The hat I am wearing comes in so many colors and is another pic at Brickyard Buffalo! There’s also some other great stuff including an embroidered tee and darling purse, Kid’s Art Journal, reusable snack bags, really cute prints to hang in your home, fox socks and other goodies. Check it out…
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Paper Floral Crown


Yesterday I was a guest Instagrammer for Hobby Lobby! I shared a couple things about the Dear Lizzy Fine & Dandy Core kit for Project Life. It’s such a darling kit based off of designs from the Fine & Dandy collection and translated great to Project Life cards.


One project I shared was how to make a paper floral crown for my daughter. The Core kit comes with a variety of coordinating patterns and  not to mention a few of each pattern so that great to use beyond pocket pages.
Someone commented on Instagram… “I love it but why would you want your kid wearing paper on their head?!” Why the heck not?! ;D
This made me laugh because clearly this person does not share my same obsession with paper!  I have made real flower crowns, felt and fabric for my daughters and paper is just as fun.

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Instragram Tip: Full Frame Portait

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With Instagram’s newest update you can post full-frame portrait pics not only squares. I love this because sometimes I want to post a portrait (vertical) photo but I don’t want to open it in another app and add the white space to the sides. Now I can do that in Instagram without the white. It’s so easy! But since I had to google it today when I kept seeing beautiful large photos in my feed I thought I would share how to do it. Again it’s easy peasy–one button.

The very first step when you are choosing your pic is where you can make the changes.
Let’s connect on Instagram: @DearLizzy 

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Shelf Style: Chic

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I swear I’m always working on my studio space… keeping it organized or making a mess. I’m really pretty good at the mess stuff. Now that the girls are in school, I felt the need after a crazy summer to get my space organized. Starting with the shelves! I took everything off to start from scratch. I wanted to reuse the Be Brave black letters I used to hang in another room in the house. Then I stuck with the black and white color combination with a pop of gold. It’s nice because it’s so clean and simple. I also tried a more colorful version in a previous post.
I’d love to hear which one you prefer!! Black and White chic or the Colorful Party Eclectic?

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Shelf Style: Colorful


Love switching up the shelves in my office! It took a couple hours… or uhhh… days to clear off the piles to actually be able to see the desk. Now it’s like a party up in here and that makes me happy to create.
A couple months ago Collin put together cabinets on the wall to the right which gave me lots of room for organization. I can’t wait to order the counter top and finish that corner. Please say I’m not the only one who is super slow at finishing projects.
Teaching the kids that the mini piñata has no candy and is not for smashing. ; )






The two jars on the front shelf are holding roller stamps and the other is holding instax.




Check out the Shelf Style: Chic and let me know which one you prefer? 




xo, Lizzy