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New Dear Lizzy: Lovely Day

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(My computer is still dead so I’m on this crappy laptop that barely loaded these pics… computer problems are my nemesis. hehe)
For some of you that don’t know there’s an important holiday in January! Or at least it should be considered a holiday. ; ) CHA… craft hobby association! ie: new products start popping up and makes all of us dream of hoarding everything. And lots of us do. :)  SO add this one to the list of must haves cause it’s freaking adorable!!! (Prepare for lots of exclamation points in this post! lol) The newest Dear Lizzy collection is Lovely Day!! This has some of my favorite icons of all time… the fox and bunny, chic topknot crafter and car with luggage on top. All the heart eyes!
I love the uplifting and cheeky phrases and the colors! Can’t wait to share more! I’m picking up a box of these these goodies tomorrow and I’ll be having some creative fun and film a video so you can see them up close! I made a few projects but they’re being shipped to CHA at the moment for the craft conference in a couple weeks! I always get excited, nervous and anxious to share new stuff so I hope you guys love it! Oh, did I mention the coloring washi tape? A fun twist to the coloring book craze plus it’s adorable. There’s some coloring 12×12 papers too!
Thanks so much for all your support and enthusiasm over the years! Lots of love, Lizzy

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DIY: Envelope Pocket

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It is not a secret that I LOVE to make mini albums of my little adventures around the world, or even about the little things in life. But, lately, I realized that not only I enjoy to look back at the photos, or to rediscover the story through the album, but also to bring back all the memories with gathered memorabilia along the way.
The bright transparency from the new Happy Place line, gave me the idea to make a little cute envelope out of it. This is perfect to keep some tickets, business cards or even extra photos from my last summer vacation. It was super easy to make and I love the fun look of it. Let’s take a look on the steps to make this:
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1. Pick the width of the envelope and trim the paper down. I find that 4×6 or 4×5 it is a good size for most minis and it is normally big enough to fit the usual memorabilia. So, I cut the 12×12 transparency into a 12×4 stripe. You can use an envelope template to serve you as a guide as well.

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2. Fold the paper to create the pocket of the length you desire, and stitch the sides. Remember to leave a couple of inches on top in order to create a folded lid.

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3. Now you have the basic structure completed. The tricky part is to choose how you want to close the envelope. In my case, I punched a couple of tiny holes to add two eyelets (one on the lid and one on the pocket) with a one-inch circle paper around. Then, I used a gold string that came with the Dear Lizzy tassels to tie the envelope shut.DIYenvelope7

4. As I final touch, I attached a couple of fun tassels from the Happy Place collection.

And done! Now go and grab some memorabilia and add this to your planner, a layout, a mini album, or even to your project life album (you can always punch two holes on a side or at the bottom to add it to a ring album). Let’s bring those memories alive! :)Olatz
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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

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Dear Lizzy Design Team Call

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This is the first-ever Dear Lizzy design team call and I am so excited to get to see your amazing work and find some up-and-coming talent! I am looking for a variety of styles of designers ranging from paper crafting, home decor, creative packaging, Project Life, cards, scrapbooking, party decor and art journals. Internationals welcome.
In this paid position you will be required to create 3 projects a month including well lit photos of projects and a simple how-to. Supplies will be sent to you.

Don’t be nervous to submit! Dear Lizzy started after applying for the Scrapbooker of the Year contest with Creating Keepsakes magazine in 2007. I had never been published before and was really scared about submitting my work and designs. Think how that one step has changed so much of my story and how different my life had been if my fear had gotten in the way. So just do it!
I can’t wait to see your designs and also get to work with a couple of you in a creative, fun way!

Here’s how to submit:
1. Email Lizzy@AmericanCrafts.com with 5 recent projects attached in the email. 
(Projects can range from paper crafting, home decor, creative packaging, Project Life or Messy Book, cards, scrapbooking, party decor and art journals.) You don’t need to send an example of each of those. Stick with what you’re good at! Send all cards or pages, if that’s what you’re good at! You do not have to use Dear Lizzy products in your submissions.

2. Answer the following questions so we can get to know you a little better:
-Why do you want to be on the Dear Lizzy team?
-Where do you find inspiration?
-What is your area of expertise in crafting?
-Top 3 favorite movies?
-If you could eat dinner with anyone dead or alive?
-A little more about you…

3. Please include links to any of your social media profiles:
Twitter:
Facebook:
Instagram:
Pinterest:

4. Deadline: September 8th, 2015

Paper Camera Love

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I am obsessed with my Cameo die cutting machine. Obsessed. I have made everything from home accents to wedding decor to crafting projects…all with the Cameo and paper. So when I stumbled upon this 3D camera I knew I had to try it out on some of my favorite Dear Lizzy patterns!

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Begin by cutting out the shape with the Cameo.

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Once you have all the components cut out on a few different papers, begin assembling and gluing them.

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To make the camera more true to my style, I swapped out some of the die cut shapes for gold rimmed tags, candy dots, washi tape, and gold glitter paper.

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How cool is this camera! I had the best time putting it together and could see myself making a bunch of these as party decor! –AnnMarieLoves

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Mini Album Garland: That Summer

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This is such a fun project for summer I spotted at Martu Alterada using all Dear Lizzy papers from the Serendipity collection!
You can display it during summer and then when you are ready to take it down pop some ring in it and you will have a book to still display all the memories of summer!

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When I sat down to work on this project, I, honestly didn’t know what to do. It was the first time since I can’t remember that I was going to make a mini album just for me. Not a commisioned work, not a gift, not a mini for a workshop.
How exciting… and how paralyzing! 😀
These were last summer photos but I wanted something else in common. So finally, I looked for texture. Each pages has a different one (except two with paper embossed) : raffia, cotton fabric, tulle and feather.

All these papers are from Dear Lizzy last collection: Serendipity. This collection made me instant fan of marble! I can’t get enough of thes marble popsicles (!!!)

This garland album idea stroke me one imsommiac night. I decided I was going to took advantage of this time thinking about the mini I wanted to make. So after a while, I got with this idea that pleased me and I fell asleep.

At the end of the post, you can see two close ups of the album on the wall. This part of the flat is really bright and I love it. Now, I have to work on the other walls. They are almost empty but I kind of like it like that.

You see this is the only Christmas home decor that I made… and it is not chrismassy at all. 😀

Have a beautiful day! –Marta from Barcelona

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Happy FriYAY!

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Piles of prize ribbons and a bathtub full of beach balls. Sometimes my days highlighted with such random cuteness.
Prize ribbon die is included in the bow die set so you get two in one!! It’s my favorite new product. There’s also a HOORAY banner that layers on the prize ribbons.

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Loving all the new colors that Tim Holtz has come out with so I had to add them to my rainbow forest of bottle brush trees. 

Video of Fine & Dandy Collection

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Last week I filmed a video to share each product from the Fine & Dandy collection (you may view it below). Sure it’s the longest video I’ve ever posted and if you make it through the entire thing I will send you a virtual high five, fist bump and all-around good vibes. But check it out!! Because it’s fun to share each product on its own and get to see a closer look and all the products as a whole.

Below are the cards I talk about in the video but you can’t see.
The first card is using the Bow & Prize ribbon die set. One die set and you can make the prize ribbon or bow. How fun is that?
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The middle cards are used with the cupcake liners and other products from the collection.

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Dear Lizzy Serendipity Collection

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I’m so excited to finally share the newest line of Dear Lizzy products… Serendipity!
I feel like it’s been forever since the last collection and I’m thrilled to get some fresh paper and products for you to play and create with.
With each collection I get to work with an awesome team at AC and we start by gathering inspiration. Most often the process stays true to the vision and follows the theme to the end. Other times, the inspiration and development stages of a collection can naturally and gradually take on a style of its own. That’s what I think this line did. Which is quite serendipitous!

Some of my favorite products from this line include the Diecut Flower Set. I love this! It comes with a few different flower shapes including a rolled flower and other layering floral shapes. It’s all you’ll need to make darling flowers for cards, pages and any project. I included them, along with some larger petals cut with my Silhouette on the crown in the video below.

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Other products I can’t wait for you to play with: the sticker roll, the 12″x12″ stencil, the rose gold phrase thickers, puffy stickers, jar stamp set (which might be my favorite Dear Lizzy stamp ever), and so much more.

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One of my favorite papers is a navy stripe on one side and lemons on the other. There are a couple other navy papers and touches of it here and there. Definitely helps ground the line. Love the gold and navy phrases too.
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There are unique patterns and different textures we like to experiment with and include with each collection. For Serendipity you will find marbling on paper and inside the balloons, butterflies and different elements. Our designers hand dipped paper to make a beautiful, custom marbling pattern to work with. There’s also a beautiful signature Lizzy floral pattern along with other graphic and simple patterns. The paper is always my favorite product and this collection is seriously a gorgeous mix of designs.

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Collin Kartchner Studios put together a behind the scenes video for a promo shoot we did for this collection. We had so much fun. I adore everyone at the AC headquarters! You’ll notice in the video, we were dying laughing because I was scared I was going to break the table. Since we screwed the legs on at the shoot and it was held together with 4 measly screws. I was sitting on the table in a tutu. haha Totally real life, guys.
Click here to watch or press play below.

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Thanks so much for your support and excitement over the years! It means so much to me!
Stay tuned this week for more closer looks at this collection! xo Lizzy

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It’s always fun to see a finished project in print. The July CK is hitting the newsstands and you can find my first Dear Lizzy article inside! I answer questions scrapbookers had about die cutting. Wanna sneak peek click here and let me know what you think.

Since I love cupcakes I was excited to use one of my favorite dies from Sizzix to make this cupcake holder. I ditched the sprinkles and topped it off with die cut flowers & some ribbon instead. It’s almost too cute to eat… almost! :)
Stay tuned for a die cut giveaway!