Author Archives: Elizabeth Kartchner

hot cocoa for two

Such a cheery gift idea that is quite simple yet unexpected. I love it… and have plans for lots of Christmas presents in jars this year. Plus, how unique to wrap your presents in fabric?! Perfection.

chewing the cud via rue magazine
PS I couldn’t figure out how to download the tags and recipe but I’m sure it’s pretty you could google a good recipe.

our time is limited

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” Such an inspiring quote from the late Steve Jobs

my new Petal Pillow //Tights: H&M//

PS Yes, we have antlers hanging up in our home. It was quite the fiasco to get them up there. But I coaxed Collin and after some battle wounds (those things are heavy) and some bribery there they are. I like ‘em. I should hang tiny twinkle lights from them soon.
PPS Did I mention it was snowing here today? Snow was falling from the sky for a few hours. Yep, if you don’t believe me–evidence right here

a SMASHing good time

“Don’t smash until 1 in the morning.” That was the last thing I heard before Collin went to bed last night. And I listened to his counsel because this girl needs her sleep but, man, once you start you can’t stop… it stings. (name the movie)
Smash books are just like old-school scrapbooks but with rad design on the pages and a mix of all different products from tabs, to tape and journaling pads.
I didn’t think they were that cool, at first, but once I started flipping through the pages and adding all the random stuff I’ve been holding onto for years, I changed my mind.

Why I love it? I already had stuff just sitting in Kolo boxes and Instax laying around so I enjoyed putting it in one place and writing about each little snip it.



This & That: All this stuff has just been sitting in a Kolo photo boxes so, like I said, I loved getting it out and writing about each piece.
Butterfly Confetti from the Coldplay concert, Metro ticket from Paris, an Instax of the girls’ sitting at my dad’s gravesite on his birthday, 2 cent postage stamp, Real Salt Lake soccer game ticket (the one where we saw David Beckham oohlala;), Eiffel tower tickets (we never did make it to the tippitty top), Avery’s first carousel ride ticket, Instax of Mindy Gledhill singing at my birthday party.)
Instax from our drive up the canyon on Sunday. Avery and I picked leaves and glued them down. The tag includes things the girls’ said. I just sat there while we drove and wrote all the random things they said. Including, “Look at all those powerful rocks!!”
Instax of Collin’s softball game:

More pictures I had laying around:

The flower is covered with clear packing tape to preserve it.

You guys, I’m kind of obsessed. Are you smashing?
I also love Amy Tan’s mini book!! The Smashbooks might be out of stock so you should check out Amy Tan’s book. It’s so cute with all the different layered pages and the spine is sewn together. It’s smaller and that could be less intimidating for some. But I love it and am going to dive into that next!


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Pure Awesomeness

Step 1: Watch this video. Turn up the volume. Get ready to smile.

Step 2: email Collin to schedule your video shoot:

This is one of my favorite things I’ve ever watched! Had to share it with you all.

Happy Tuesday!

Story Tags//studio 5 segment

On Monday Studio 5, a morning show in Salt Lake, featured a project of mine for their ’5 days 5 ways’ challenge. The producer sent me Maya Road bingo chips as well as 4 other ladies. Our only guideline was to make anything we wanted that was fresh & fun! I put together a frame with tags strung along vintage lace and banners made from vintage book paper then pinned a tag for each day of the month.

I was so nervous! We were trying to hang up the frame when we had just a couple minutes to go. At first it was on a really light background & we wanted to see the tags better so we hung some black fabric behind it. I am not a natural, like Cleetus, when it comes to being in front of the camera… let alone live TV so I felt a bit frazzled when it started. And bya bit frazzled’ I mean ‘scared to death.’ ;)
Story Tags: simply add a photo to the front of the tag with a story on the back for each day of the month. Then at the end of the month, you can remove all the tags, connect them with a ribbon or book ring & voila you have a mini book. A great way to capture and document your ordinary moments.

Some days when I was too busy I only wrote something on the back, or I had Avery draw a picture. You can decorate all the tags ahead of time or you can decorate them each day. Whatever works for you.

Photo below outside the studio in June when I showed my Art Kits.

more of my favorites

What you don’t see in this picture: Collin and I doing anything in our power to get her to smile. Including making silly faces & noises and being obnoxious.

Stole a picture with Collin. I think all the kids were crying while we took this but I wanted one of us together before the wedding was over.

Flower girl dresses: Handmade
Dress: J Crew//Handmade sash//Blouse: Ella Moss

I can’t remember if this was before or after my new father-in-law’s mother told me that Quincey will be the President someday. Sweeeet! She even had a list of reasons that nearly had me convinced. I told Collin and his reply was… “The president of what? Crazytown.” ;) She’s in that really darling yet sometimes defiant 3 year old stage! But we still love her… our little miss future President.

her dreamland

It’s been 3 days of festivities for Collin’s mother’s lovely wedding. Dressing up like a princess two days in a row and sneaking cupcakes anytime she pleases means that Quincey was in her dreamland.

Last night we were all dancing on the dance floor and this girl LOVED it! No wonder, we were all jumping and singing along like we were three years old again!

ridiculously inspired

polka dot blouse//floral shirt: Forever 21

Trying to put my thoughts together today. I haven’t felt myself recently, but not in a bad way by any means. Whenever I feel change and unprecedented growth I slow down and just try to listen to myself & listen to God. To hear in my heart how He wants me to evolve and what He wants me to learn. Nothing life changing and momentous… just me being my usual over-analytical self. ;)

Last night, Dieter Uchtdorf (a leader of the LDS church) spoke such wisdom and moved me with his outlook on joy:
Sisters, there is something inspiring and sublime about the little forget-me-not flower. I hope it will be a symbol of the little things that make your lives joyful and sweet. Please never forget that you must be patient and compassionate with yourselves, that some sacrifices are better than others, that you need not wait for a golden ticket to be happy… and never forget that your Heavenly Father knows, loves, and cherishes you.
Read or watch the full talk here.
Also, I am so ridiculously inspired by this it literally hurt my creative soul! Ah, I love it.

diy: Leaves Banner

In the entry way of our home I’ve begun a collection of random hooks. So far their only job was holding umbrellas but after seeing a darling banner my friend Annie made from Instax I dressed the hooks up with a festy fall banner.

It includes handcut leaves from paper, felt, fabric and paper then sewed through them along with vintage flashcards & Instax.

The medallion was made from my Free People catalog and vintage book paper.

I took the photos with the Instax adapter/filter set. It includes filters to add cool effects to your photos. How cheesy and awesome are the multiple images filters? Makes me laugh!