Author Archives: Elizabeth Kartchner

Worth every penny


A little ice cream after a day at the pool is just what we needed… if this girl isn’t happiness and rainbows… she’s crying. lol There’s no inbetween. And I don’t just mean a little cry. I mean like she has a limb hanging from her body cry. Even if it’s just tears from her brother using her pink gel pen.
She was talking my ear off in the car then we had a blast on our little post-pool date.
The more I’ve thought about it, I think some of those cries are a need for attention… and her love language is “mamilla” ice cream so this was such a fun memory for her. It was our first time trying out a new, local ice cream shop. At first, I was like, holy crap 5 bucks for a waffle and scoop of vanilla..?!?! Until I tasted it. It was amazing. They make everything in their shop. (See the first pic of how cute it is too!) Lola gave me the cone and I realized, yes, this was worth every penny. Or 500 pennies to be exact.
Black and white with red all over… is such an easy look. I love this breezy dress that is so cute as a swim cover- up from Old Navy. Lola’s dress and sandals are from there too! Such cute summer stuff right now.
Sponsored: Old Navy




Sprinkles and Birthday Wishes


You know life is good when you have two unicorn posts in a row.
This time in the form of birthday wishes! Avery turned 11(!!) last week and Megan at Sweet Tooth Fairy made her a magical cake to celebrate.
We had a pool party and a unicorn theme so she nailed it with this gorgeous cake!
It’s been fun this year to see Avery have best friends and to connect with such a nice group of girls that came to her party. Eleven is going to be a good year! Avery still is so young at heart… she plays with toys and with Myles and Lola. She’s got the sweetest heart! Love her!





Unicorn Magic


My favorite camera must-have right now is a wifi memory card. If you don’t have one you need to try it out. Your camera doesn’t need wifi and you do not need to be at home on your wifi… it uses some sort of crazy cool, magical unicorn science so you can be anywhere and get your photos off your big girl camera to your phone. Very convenient and amazing to get it off your camera without a computer.
I love the Toshiba wireless card: Here on Amazon if you’re a Prime shipping girl like me.
Still shooting with the Canon 6D right now and am loving it. This camera has wifi but it’s not as easy to use as a wifi card because you connect the camera to a wifi connection. If you use a compact flash card there are adapters so you can use the wifi SD card in your camera. Let me know if you have any questions in the comments…!
Also still using the 24-70 lens that’s my all around favorite to shoot with. It seems like it’s losing its focus though. Is that normal? Does anyone know if there’s something I can do like a tune up. 🙂

My sister, Camille, is an amazing hair stylist and did the girls’ hair. She has a hair product she developed and sells called Hair Glyder. She started an Instagram too to share cute little girls’ hair styles too… @upstyl. Can’t wait to see more looks from her. Love this cute mohawk look on my Quincey Rose. xoxo Lizzy

Homerun Birthday


He’s grew out of the Elsa dress stage and is loves baseball lately. He turned four years old, you guys. (Insert cry face emoji!) We had such a blast celebrating him. There were enough hats for everyone to be on a team and I’m regretting not getting a photo of everyone… but here’s some photos before the fun began.

I found the baseball hats on Amazon and they come in so many colors here…!
    

Fave Maxi Dresses


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





You Are Lovely: 30 min Layout


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.

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You are my Sunshine

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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!
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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

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Mini Albums Tips

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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.
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  1. 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.
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  2. 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.
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  3. 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.

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Spring Swag

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…).DL-Nov_Garland_Blog1

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!

DL-Nov_Garland_Blog2Next 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.

DL-Nov_Garland_Blog2AThen 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 😉
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It’s a super easy garland to make! And I really love how it turned out!
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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
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Say Hi To Spring

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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
Say hi!

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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.

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