Hope everyone had a happy Mother’s Day! I woke up to breakfast in bed from Collin and a pile of handmade cards including a singing one to the classic song by Gloria Taylor I will survive! It said, “When other mom’s would’ve given up… you said… I will survive! I will survive! Oh as long as I know how to live I know I’ll be alive.” haha made me laugh.
I posted this on Instagram but I think it was a couple months ago when Quincey threw a shoe at me (lol) that I realized I needed some momma inspiration on how to better connect with my wild child. Her favorite thing to do together is bake so it was over spring break when I had something to make together for everyday. She loves it and we are trying to continue this at least on Sundays. Other kids ask to help but we just make it our time. Her love language is quality time… and cupcakes. 🙂
Wanted to share some of my favorite maxi dresses because they are so feminine and pretty. I love wearing them to church and in the summer. I chose some of my favorites I spotted online and the one I am wearing you can find here…
Love how Emma keeps it simple but still has a creative time making this darling layout. Life can be crazy but it’s still important to get our memories printed out. Here’s a cute idea if you have 30 mins to bust out a layout!
Start with adding some color and artsy touch to a white piece of card stock. Either spritz some color mist or unscrew the bottle and flick the bottom of the sprayer. Droplet tools are awesome too! Next, start by layering paper, transparency and diecuts.
Finishing with a title, photo and journaling. Who says it has to be difficult…?! This inspires me and such a fun way to tackle a quick page! In the end all that matters is having these stories documented. Happy Monday xoxo Lizzy
Remember as this week is starting that You Are Lovely. Say it to yourself, outloud even, and begin this Monday with positivity…! When we think those thoughts instead of negative ones that creep in so easily we can start to train ourselves to go the happy route instead.
This girl is graduating Kindergarten and will remind you every day.
She does cartwheels every where she goes. Literally. Everywhere. In the middle of Costco or in the parking lot or at church.
I’ve been sick the past few days and she’s so concerned making sure I’m ok and bringing me her stuffed animals to lay with me. She’s the kind of light in this world tha aches me to think of someone dulling that sparkle or making her feel small… since she would never do that to anyone. But life is hard and it’s scary to think our kids will go through trials but I also know that this little firecracker will have the sunshine in her heart to get through even the darkest days. Because that’s what she does for me!
To match her bright spirit I am loving the colorful florals at Old Navy right now. She lives in leggings probably so she can do her cartwheels everywhere… These florals ones are too cute. And mixing in with the stripes and other patterns makes it easy to stretch the clothes into different outfit options. Her and Quincey are sharing this denim vest right now and it is super cute! We still have some chilly days last week so I loved this mustard yellow sweater to throw on over a tunic or dress.
Sponsored by: Old Navy
You guys, it’s a Christmas miracle. I actually scrapbooked. And not only that, but I finished the project. Yay! I had so much fun putting this mini album together for my Lolaberry. I still love creating. Everything about the process, the supplies, the colors and textures… It’s crazy how much time I spend on something like this. But it is priceless and I know Lola will cherish it. Spending time in my studio is something I really miss. I’ve made countless mini albums over the years and I put together some tips for creating a mini album.
- All About That Base
Find a theme for the pages. I start a mini album by gathering something interesting to use for the pages. In this case, I found a stash of old Dear Lizzy white ruffle paper and I wanted to incorporate it. So when I am organizing the album I think of a theme for the pages. What I mean by that is, I use a handful of papers and then rotate them through out the album. For this one: polka dot vellum with confetti, ruffle paper with phrase thickers, clear acetate with circles, and white cardstock with embellishments. That is the base of the album that I repeat a 3-4 times. Then I add in a few different pages to keep it interesting. I included a page of Lola’s coloring, a piece of fabric sewed on cardstock and a pocket page just for fun.
- Rinse and Repeat
Next, it can be overwhelming to think of scrapbooking each page of a mini album. To streamline the process, but still have fun and be creative, I choose a couple techniques and repeat them. For this one I chose watercolor, sewing and simple stamping. For the cardstock pages I first watercolored on each one. Then added stamping, ink splatter as well as flags and stickers. Repeated on all the pages with white cardstock. It was so fun and since I stuck with that I finished the project faster instead of having to think of something different for each one. I also added sewing to a few pages.
- Filler-up With Photos
For me, so much of scrapbooking is about the photos. I think that full page photos are eye-catching and… fill up mini albums faster so that I get the project done. Which is my main goal these days. Instagram photo books are so easy. I mean, with Chatbooks they are put together and sent to my door automatically. (If you haven’t tried Chapbooks use my code Lizzy to get your first book free! 🙂 Since I still love creating, having full page photos gives it the feel of modern photo book but by designing a mini album it gives me the freedom to get creative and add a homemade touch to the keepsake. Something with a deeper meaning, handwritten love notes to treasure and tangible details.
Hi everyone, Emma here to share a quick project I made using the Saturday collection. Another garland! I know, my third already but I have to confess I am addicted to making garlands. They’re so easy to make and add that little bit of fun and colour to the room! And given I have everything on-hand already, they cost me nothing to make which is always a bonus!This one is even easier to put together – you just need a circle punch, twine, hot glue gun and scissors (to cut the twine at the end…).
Step 1 – pick all your favourite papers
Step 2 – punch lots and lots of circles – I used a 1 inch circle because I was aiming for a mini-garland
– if you want something a bit bigger than go with at least a 2 inch punch.
Step 3 – fold them all in half – you could use a scoring board to make sure it’s all even but I decided to wing it, meant a few of my half circles were a little uneven but I can live with it.
Repeat until your desk is full of lots of half circles!
Next we need to put our circles together. This is where the glue gun comes into play!
Step 4 – Add a little glue to one half of the circle
Step 5 – Get another half circle and press it against the section that has glue
Step 6 – Repeat same step a couple more times
Step 7 – Before gluing in the final piece I actually positing it on my twine then closed it up. You could just make the circles and glue the twine to the outside later on but I preferred doing it this way so it’s hidden inside my shape.
Then it’s just a matter of repeating it all until you’ve used up all your pieces! Or if you are like me, you cut more to make it longer 😉
It’s a super easy garland to make! And I really love how it turned out!
I actually made this for my niece because she wanted something to hang on her bunk (underneath the top one if that makes sense) but I have to confess…..I’ve kept it! I hung it on my shelf just to see how it looked and now I don’t want to let it go! Going to have to make her another one 😉
Hope you give it a try using your favourite Dear Lizzy papers! Take care, Em xo
Say hi to bike rides
Say hi to budding flowers
Say hi to that sunshiney happiness
Say hi spring
Say to Sweet Pea adventures
Say hi to birthdays every month
Say hi to popcorn trees
Say hi to a fresh start
Say hi bright florals
Say hi to family walks
Love the theme to go along with this collaboration + Old Navy! It’s called greenhouse charm… definitely captures what spring is all about.
Can’t believe it’s April which mean this month my baby turns 4! That’s crazy. One thing I was thinking about is how lucky he is to have a best friend like Lola. It’s definitely shaped who is he to have this cheerful sister by his side everyday. They share a room and I heard Lola tell Myles if he gets scared he can come sleep on the top bunk with her. They are double trouble too.
Hi everyone, it’s Emma here to share another page I created using the gorgeous new collection, Lovely Day! I think I mentioned last time that the papers of Lovely Day have me smitten so I created this next page by picking a few of my favourites from the double-sided and single-sided 12×12 paper pad.
Here is a look at the page I created:
I absolutely adore that blue floral paper from the 12×12 paper pad. It’s just so pretty! I used as my background, then put the white cardstock on top so it created a frame for my page. I hand cut the banners from my other favourite papers, I went with 2 of each in shades of blue, yellow and black/white. Then I just machine stitched down the centre to keep them in place!
For my embellishments I used three of the layered stickers at the top, middle and bottom of my page and spaced over the height of my banners. I popped one of the stickers on top of the rosette layered sticker. This actually wasn’t my original plan but the colours matched and it meant I didn’t need to work out any extra spacing for my title. Win win!
I typed up my journaling on the computer (using an old typewriter font), printed it out and tucked it just underneath the photo on the white/black flower paper. I like how it kind of blends in with the paper and doesn’t distract you too much.
I fixed a little heart chipboard piece near the blue papers just because the colours matched and hearts (or stars!) seem to be a necessity for my pages. I like to put them everywhere 🙂
I love the dimension of this page – all thanks to those layered stickers! They’re perfect and I still love the fact they have foam dots on the backs which helps lift them off your page a little more.
This page came together rather quickly (for me that is, I’m a rather slow scrapper..) which I love. I even adhered/stitched it all down in the one sitting! (I usually put a page together and leave it overnight then stick it down the next day. You know…incase I want to change things 😉 But I was happy with this one straight away, love that!).
Thanks for joining me on the blog today, I hope it’s inspired you to start creating your own masterpiece using the gorgeous papers of Lovely Day!
Take care, Em xo
Saying hi to spring in the most enthusiastic way this past weekend. I’m sure we will still have a snowstorm in the works like every over year but I can’t promise I won’t act surprised… because it’s tradition.
These two ran around like puppies all day at the park and at Costco then fell asleep in record time cause they were exhausted to say the least. Which was good because I was holding Lola’s hand on the top bunk and Myles’s on the bottom at the same time and my arms were getting tired.
Myles was running around like Jimmy Fallon with his tight pants on after getting some cute new spring outfits from Old Navy. I kinda felt bad for him lately, he literally had no clothes. hehe With three girls their dresser is overflowing then there’s the boy who keeps growing out of his. He’s ready to roll now though and waving hi to spring as he runs and slides getting grass stains within the first hour on his new pants. No joke. Such a boy.
Quick photos before school with this little dolly. Her Kindergarten teacher said she wishes she had 10 more Lola’s in her class because she’s so adorable. haha I know the feeling! I want ten more Lolas too.
When the self-timer goes off before we get our crap together.
Hi everyone, Emma here to share a page I created using the gorgeous new collection, Lovely Day! I can honestly say I am in love with it all! I’m usually all about the embellishments but the papers!! The papers are seriously gorgeous! And that’s just the double-sided papers…then there are the embossed papers in the paper pack!!!!!!! I could go on and on 😉
For my first page I decided to crank out the Cameo (I have a bad habit of not using the machine for months…) and cut an old Dear Lizzy file (from Lucky Charm!) which I picked up from the Silhouette Store a while back.
Here is a closer look at the page I created:
I picked one of my favourite embossed papers from the 12×12 paper pad, it’s the most gorgeous colour and has the teeny tiny little crosses embossed all over. I made the width slightly less than my overall (I scrap 6×8) and backed the page up with plain white cardstock that also acts as a border on the sides.
I included machine stitching on both sides of the paper, not only to fix the page in place, but because I love the texture it adds to the page without being too distracting.
For my embellishing (which will always be my favourite part of the creating process) I wanted to keep it pretty simple and went with a couple clusters, one at the top of my page and the other just above my photo.
The cluster at the top of my page started with the flower layered sticker. Let’s just take a moment to reflect just how cute all those layered stickers are…. Seriously though, they really are. It fit perfectly at the end of the “YOU” on my page but it didn’t fill quite enough space and I wanted that top section to pop a bit more so I grabbed the flower chipboard from the Phrase stickers and gradually worked in all the others. The buttons are adorable (and I love that they have a foam dot on the back already making them super easy to apply on the page).
I’m a sucker for sticker word phrases and the sticker sheet has quite a few to pick from (at the perfect size too for my smaller pages, bonus!). For the bottom of my page I didn’t want it to be too busy so I went with the layered sticker fox. Why? Because it’s a fox and it’s CUTE. Sometimes the reasons for me picking things that go on a page are as simple as being cute. Yep; I’m like that. Ha!
I also popped one of the yellow chipboard hearts there to help balance out some of the brightness from the top (even though the fox has the yellow flower, I thought it needed a little more).
And that’s it. Simple page using a cut file and fun embellishments! Every time I create a page using a cut file I’m reminded how much I actually love them. I’m really happy how it ended up but I’m a little sad that I managed to use a lot of my favourite embellishments on my first page..yeah, the hoarder in me never quits. (If you happened to be putting any of these into your shopping basket, I would totally suggest getting 2 of the embellishment packs…just sayin’. You won’t regret it.)
Thanks so much for joining me on the blog today! I hope it’s inspired you and I can’t wait to be back sharing more of the pages I’ve created using this amazing collection (the pages are all come together so easily, I love when that happens!!).
Take care, Em xo