Author Archives: Elizabeth Kartchner


Winner of the Scrapbook Circle kit:

Karen L said…
Now I’ll give it a try with a Haiku for Scrapbook Circle.
Summer is a treat
Memories are made of this
Where is my juice bar?
haha funny!
Winner of your chose of mini album, card or scarpbook kit from Freehand Scraps:
scarthur said…
Lately goldfish help my scrapbook motivation. Weird I know, but we have toddler around here. :)

on the rooftop

The mix of music + a warm night under the stars was the perfect way to start off summer. We had a fun date night + Lola last weekend at the Rooftop Concert in Provo.
We listened to Mindy Gledhill, who you already know that I love & Meaghan Smith. One of my blog readers introduced me to her a couple years ago so I was thrilled to hear her live.

Lola was cheering them on!

A perfect night.

Necklace: Stella & Dot
Skirt: vendor at Bijou Market

Thanks for the well wishes I am definitely feeling better. Also, you can still enter the giveaway or laugh at Collin’s post!

Like Popeye’s Spinach (giveaway) Hijacked by Collin

Liz isn’t feeling well so I took over the blog.
Strangers ask me all the time, “Collin, how is your wife so creative?” or “Hey man, where are you going with my shoes?”
It’s taken years for Liz to finally let me share with you where she harnesses some of her creative mojo from. Popeye ate spinach, Gummy Bears drank Gummy Bear juice, Chewbaca ate Necco Wafers (this has yet to be proven).
Liz. Loves. Frosting.
There you have it. If you’re looking to add a creative spark to your kidneys scrapbooking, try adding a spoonful or 3 of your favorite lard-based cake topping. But don’t take MY word for it! Nah Nah NAH!
Two of Dear Lizzy blog’s lovely sponsors are doing something NO ONE has EVER done before, something SO unprecedented, SO edgy, SO out of this world! They are letting us GIVE AWAY some of their amazing products to 2 lucky readers as part of something brand new to the blogosphere, I *JUST* coined the term…. a “GIVEAWAY“!
Freehand Scraps is a monthly kit club that inspires customers to tell their story, be creative and have fun. They offer several different kinds of kits to meet all your crafting needs, including 12×12 kits, mini album kits, and card kits. Each kit contains the latest products, exclusive embellishments, and non-traditional supplies to give your projects uniqueness and flair! At Freehand Scraps, no subscriptions are required. Buy only what you like. International shipping is available (please contact to purchase internationally).

There’s a darling purse mini album kit and the card kit includes 10 cards all precut and ready to assemble with step by step instructions. Card themes are birthday, thank-you, hello, and all occasion. Card kit comes with a full sheet of alphabet stickers to customize your sentiments.

Visit the website to see other available kits and view sample layouts from the talented design team. Follow Freehand Scraps on their blog and on Facebook.
Leave a comment with what is your Secret Super Food or Secret Weapon… a Haiku with how much you’d love your chose of the Scrapbook Kit, Mini Purse Album or the card kit.
Next, we have a giveaway from Scrapbook Circle kit company!
Scrapbook Circle is a monthly kit club that designs a unique scrapbooking kit each month and mails it to thier subscribers. We create a kit each month filled wiht the most current scrapbooking products including patterned paper, custom embellishments and digital downloads.
Lisa started Scrapbook Circle because ever since she was young, it was important to her to document the stories of her life. From the time she received her first camera when she was eight years old until now, taking pictures and organizing them to tell stories has been an important part of her life.
Check out their awesome kit this month that is perfect for the start of summer: Garden Party!

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light & laughter

Sure, I could reminisce about the days before we had 3 munchkins… but those days don’t have nearly the same warm light or contagious laughter.
Even though there’s more laundry, more drama, more patience needed.
There’s also more purpose, more meaning, more love.
Even though I can get lost in my role as mother and, some say, I might lose a bit of elizabeth… it’s actually made me who I am and a better me.
No matter what it is in life, the difficult times always makes us stronger. Sometimes I even get scared when things are going good because I think, okay, it’s time for something horrible to happen. Like a Disney movie and their extreme movie plots, where the absolute worst thing has to happen before you can find happiness.
But slowly I am learning to trust that God has a plan for me & to not be scared. Instead treasure the light & the laughter and… just be prepared for the crap! ;)

In other news: It’s this girl’s birthday today. The birthday party will be another day which I am so glad we didn’t plan today because she had a 103.2 temperature last night and we were on the phone with her Pop Pop who’s also a Doctor making sure she’s ok. She slept like a dream & is her same silly self today.
Happy Birthday my darling girl! xoxoxoxo
I was soooo giddy about the pictures I captured last night of my girls! My grandma sent Q&A those outfits so I promised her I would take pictures.

scrapbooking on vacation

cover paper: Block Party & Elastic Ribbon
My diy: Art Kit ended up being a success for our trip to Lake Powell. Usually in the afternoon around lunch time when the kids had enough sun for a while we came inside onto the houseboat. We sat on the second level with a gorgeous view and spent time with the art kit and journal. I brought a larger fabric bag to hold everything along with my paints, scissors, Elmer’s glue, stuff for me to supervise-otherwise known as damage control. ;)
I wouldn’t say that I stole the art kit from Avery, like I joked before our trip, but it worked out perfect because I scrapped the Instax pictures while they watercolored, painted shells & drew pictures. It was kinda fun to only use, scissors, Elmer’s glue, construction paper & the kit.
Everything in this art journal I brought in the art kit. When we got home I added the metal rim tag, a 2″ punched sun, sticker letters, ELASTIC ribbon (I’m obsessed), the vellum envie, fabric scrap and some staples. I love the Tim Holtz mini stapler. Mine wasn’t working but I McGyver’d it & it works like a charm again. It even staples through acrylic & chipboard. Did I mention I love it?

Inside the envie I added extra Instax photos, a shell Quincey gave me, a painted wood dog from Avery, a tag with journaling and extra chipboard shapes. Plus, I added the feather because the girls were so funny whenever a duck came waddling along. This I added at home as a reminder of those ducks.
Dear Lizzy banner paper// Crate Paper stickers//button flowers

Watercolor circles + crayon outline// deco tape// label stickers// chipboard bird tab// button flowers //mini stapler //Instax photos

Including the pre-strung buttons and button flowers was perfect because you just popped them right on the page. Also Studio Calico rubons, paint, deco tape, mini stapler.

Watercolor + crayon circles, deco tape, label stickers, pre-strung buttons, paper flowers, Instax photo
The girls enjoyed painting shells & I included one in the book here. Along with an Elle’s Studio tag.

Precious drawing of Avery & Alfie… and she drew a “toy snowman” too. What I would do to have a peek inside her silly mind? haha

More pages of Avery & Quincey’s art. There’s journaling behind the flashcards. It’s basically a colorful mess but I adore it!

This is so perfect for a vacation… or even if your kids are out of school because it’s all in a bag so when they are done for the day just put it all away and it’s ready for next time.
Congrats if you made it to the end of this post!

fleeting feeling

There are moments on vacation where you stop everything to savor it, “Okay this very second made it all worthwhile.” For our Lake Powell trip this was the defining moment–on the front of the boat, wind in her hair occasionally calling out, “I’m flying!” Not a care in the world.
Oh, man I bottled up this fleeting feeling and will occasionally open it up on those not-so-great days to live it all over again.

As often as I could, I would follow Q-ey around and just do whatever in the world she wanted to do. This was one of the main reasons I was looking forward to this trip. No distractions, no let-me-just-finish-the-dishes-then-we’ll-play. It was all about just being together. I needed that. She needed that.

My tried and tested hypothesis remains true: You can tell how much fun by how ratted her curls are. As you can see lots of fun going on here.

Hiding under a floppy hat. It was awesome when I was holding Lola because that hat is ginormous and could block the sun from her too. Ha!

She had her own floppy hat, of course. Not only is this a cool camera angle it’s also the best way to drop drool bombs on mom while dad snaps a photo. Good thing momma doesn’t mind one bit.
Heck, I’m usually the one drooling over her. ;)
Collin was definitely in his element there! Sure, he can’t pull his wakeboard tricks like he used to: An Air Raley, Hoochie Glide, Bee Sting, to an Oh Really, Batwing but he can drive our Honda Pilot like you wouldn’t believe. ;) The boys in our group had fun showing off for the Go Pro camera. It attaches to the end of your board then you can watch yourself get “sick air” ;) or eat it. haha. But, really, we need that camera. Since I already brought 4 cameras on my trip why not an uneven 5?

Meet Annie. My darling, talented neighbor who is also hilarious… she invited us to their house boat with 2 other families… and clearly we had a blast!
I’m sure you will see more of her in the future since, she can sew circles around me, she is going to take me under her stylish wing and we are going to work on some summer sewing projects.

how to make cake jars

I can hear some of you cheering through my computer screen since I am finally posting this recipe. I got a bunch of emails where you cute ladies wanted to make this for graduation, showers, birthdays…! So as promised here’s the cake jars that my sister & Emily made for my birthday party! Photo by Jefra Starr Linn

· Make your favorite cupcake batter recipe. Then spray your cupcake pan thoroughly with cooking spray – don’t use your liners so you’ll have a nice fit in the jars once your cupcakes are complete! Fill each hole about 2/3 with the batter.

· After your cupcakes have completely cooled on a wire rack, bag them in freezer Ziploc bags and freeze overnight.

· Slice frozen cupcakes in half. Place the bottom half in a jar, pipe with frosting, add the top half, and pipe the top.

· Seal the lids (add your favorite scrapbook paper or a photo of the person of honor on each lid ahead of time.)

· Tie spoons to the side of each jar with twine.

· Refrigerate until party time! Yum!!!

Let Emily make custom cake jars for your next party. Email Emily at if you’re local in Utah.

somewhere far from home

Last night we got home from our family trip to Lake Powell with our awesome neighbors. It was just what we needed to refresh from the busy-busy day to day.

As amazing as it was, I love the feeling of coming home. I had to laugh when I laid my head on my own pillow. Collin hollered from the bathroom while he was brushing all the road-trip sweets off his teeth, “What’s so funny?” I think I was just so happy knowing I wouldn’t be sharing a sand-filled bed with two little kung-fu monkeys. ;)
Hope you had a nice Sunday!
PS For those of you who asked the wood circles for the Memory Game: diy are from a local store in Utah, Roberts Craft.
PPS If you like to shop at Ruche as much as I do everything is 15% off today and tomorrow. (code Memorial15)

Art Kit: diy

Along with the memory game I posted on Wednesday I put together an art kit for both girls on our trip. The contents:

1 Art Journal: full of construction paper, pages from coloring books, cardstock, flash cards and other fun stuff. I will show more of the inside when we fill the pages.
3 A stamped fabric bag to hold it all
4 Watercolor
5 Journaling Cards and tags
6 Markers
7 A wood circle I painted with chalkboard paint + chalk
8 Paint Brushes (To paint rocks. the paint is in my stash. :)
10 Gluestick
11 A glassine bag full of chipboard shapes, foam heart and paper flowers.
I was seriously giddy putting this together! I might steal it from Avery on our vacation. :)
Which wouldn’t be nice since this will post on her birthday! (love you avery girl! I don’t know why I just wrote that since she can’t and doesn’t read my blog. But maybe someday she will.)