One of my favorite scrappers that I’ve known over the years via the double-u-double-u-double-u tagged me in a Q&A blog tour. Thanks Stephanie Howell! She sent over some questions to answer then I get to tag some peeps… and the fun just doesn’t stop.
1. What am I working on right now?
Crafting-ADD is a real problem and I have it. So usually I am working on a few different projects. Currently putting together a grateful journal, gathering items for a December mini book and some other secrets things that I am excited to share sometime soon. But I have wrapped up two new Dear Lizzy lines. One will release in the next couple weeks (don’t quote me on that and another at the January CHA show. They are so completely different from each other and I can’t wait to share them with you guys.
2. How long does it take me to create a project?
The days of spending endless hours on a diy, scrap page, mini book or project have changed for me. I spend about an hour or two on a layout in my Studio Calico gallery and it depends on the other projects. I love to sit and watch movies while I work on something if they take a bit longer. I can’t just sit there-I have to be making something. Does anyone else do this? I seriously tried to learn to knit for this purpose. But failed tremendously. Twice.
3. What are my favorite things to create with at the moment?
Paper, paper, paper has always been one of my fave products. I love mixing patterns and color. I’ve been experimenting more with writing with brushes +ink and right now you’ll find watercolor on everything.
4. How do I become inspired and stay inspired?
This is a tricky question because I don’t think I ever stay inspired completely… I often wander off into The Land of Rut… scared that I will never return. But somehow I find my way back. Here are a few things that came to my mind that help me get inspired:
-Music. Music is big for me. If I have some good music playing I can get going and in the zone faster. It ranges from happy-indie to dance-hip hop. I will dance around and get excited.
-But if I need more inspiration than music. Then I look for inspiration on Pinterest, magazines, Instagram, fashion and photography sites. I am looking for anything to spark an idea. Like color schemes, an ad or catchy phrase, a texture or pattern in fashion or a cool technique to try.
-Photos are crucial in my scraping process… I can’t design a layout then find a photo. The page is built around the photo. So if I print out photos and see the story I want to tell then I can move onto the next steps. I find that choosing the colors, design & title are much easier.
-Push myself. I have to push myself to try new things or I get bored and then uninspired. The hard part is that I don’t have a lot of time for creative exploration so these might include simple, new ways to use my Silhouette diecut machine and other products. This helps me to get excited. If I’m excited then pieces fall into place effortlessly. Don’t be afraid to make something you don’t like in the process. You’ll find some mistakes that turn out pretty cool in the end.
-Another aspect to being inspired that might sound completely random for some people, I have to be happy to create. Not rainbows-and-sunshine-perfectly happy. Sheesh, I would never make anything… but just not way down. Does that make sense? : ) I tend to obsess so when I am worried and stressed it consumes all my thoughts thus leaving no room for ideas and I am paralyzed creatively. I do have pages with private journaling about challenging times but those are few and far between. For the most part, the events and instances I focus on are everyday moments. That being said, it is difficult for me to create if I am extremely down about something in my life. So I have to focus on the parts that are good and positive. The plus side is, this helps me in other areas of my life besides creativity coming easier. I try to make mental gratitude lists and focus on wonderful things around me.
With some family drama that surrounded our extended family, I have been taking time to do meditation. It helped me tremendously to not dwell on others’ problems that I can’t control and lighten my load of worries that I tend to carry around. Kelly Howell‘s brain sync products are incredible. And whoa, I went way off topic.
-Just start. Whether we are happy or sad… in a rut… or just plain lazy watching Netflix—-just start creating something. Even something small. Soon we’ll see we’ve always had our crazy awesome mojo we just needed to get it moving. So turn on some tunes and get started.
6. What is my signature style? I’ve been trying to figure this out for years. I guess I could call it Bright and Simple. That’s lame though!! I have no clue. Help me out… ; )
7. I am tagging Anna Marie Wolniak/Suzy Plantamura/Tim Holtz/Kelly Purkey & YOU please play along and leave a comment/link if you do. Answer the above questions by next Monday.
Shirt: We Blow Kisses Photos: Collin Kartchner
Post-church operation to clean up this blasted studio space. I know it doesn’t look that messy… but what you can’t see are the piles on every single surface. I am the queen of putting off cleaning up by making piles. I already requested this on Instagram but, please send help! In the form of magical elves, Mary Poppins, or Tony Danza. I’m not picky. But preferably Tony from the Who’s The Boss years.
Just purchased this print from an artist in Australia. I’m obsessed with the simplicity and playfulness. I want this one bad for my girls’ room. Santa, are you listening?
(Your face is pretty but your heart is golden.)
Recently Avery became very concerned about hair and clothes and she’s never been my fussy dresser. I could hand her anything to put on and she would wear it. Heck, she would wear her pjs all day and wouldn’t care one bit what anyone thought. Lola, on the other hand, has been very picky since she was two of what she is wearing. Pink, frilly, girly… and no matter what I suggest her to wear she refuses the first outfit every single time and says “yes” to the second or third one. I’m onto her sneaky ways. ; )
Every day when I am brushing their hair I try to sneak in my mom-advice and engrain in their minds that —it’s good to look nice but a smile and being kind is what’s most important.
Then there’s these two. Oh my, cutest stinkers.
Seeing that Instagram fills in the gaps of what I don’t scrapbook or Project Life… it’s huge for me to print the photos from my feed to tangible memories.
There’s a new way to easily print your entire Instagram feed. It’s super fast and seriously the price is reasonable too. For 6 bucks you can get a 60 page book.
Download the app CHATBOOKS onto your phone. Use the code LIZZY1 for your first book freeeee! If you order three books or more.
Another great thing about Chatbooks is that you can sign up for the autoship and once you have 60 more photos it will automatically ship you the next book. I love happy mail but spontaneous happy mail is even better!
It was seriously Christmas morning when I opened my package and saw all these faces! Then I wouldn’t let anyone touch them which defeats the whole purpose.
Once you are inside the app you can:
-Change the title of the album and what it will print the same on the spine of each book. I didn’t realize I could change this so mine all say “My Instagrams” but it would be fun to include something funny, a family name or inside joke. Just touch the title “My Instagrams” to open that album then tap again to change the title.
-Choose which cover you want for each book. Or just go with the random one the app assigns. Of course I took the extra time and chose each one. Clearly, I was favoring this little kissed face cover when I was taking photos of the books.
-Delete photos you do not want in the book.
-Also it includes the caption from your photo. Which was an awesome addition to an already gold product.
Other features include: Chatbook Series A daily-life scrapbook for a private group. Where you can add contributors and everyone can submit photos to print into a book. How nice is this for a photo book gift for a loved one where everyone can easily submit their photos. Think Christmas presents people! I know my mom would love this!
Also, there’s a Custom Book option so you can upload up to 300 photos from your phone for an event or specific themed book. So easy!
It prints a date stamp in the top left corner and the caption below.
Remember to use the code: LIZZY1 to get your first book free if you order three or more.
Now download the app, Chatbooks, and get your memories into your hands.
These white, bouncy balloons were in our home for weeks and weeks. I first bought them for Myles birthday in April and they floated around until late May. I loved it. Makes me want to just always have some around. When my kids grow up they’ll think… remember how crazy mom was and she always had giant balloons…? But I got lots of use out of them. See here and here.
This year out of any month so far, May was a complete blur. Birthdays, baptism and our trip to Barcelona. Something else exciting to add to the list was being featured as the Ruchette of the month at one of my favorite online shops–Ruche. They sent me seven of their favorite pieces and I put together 10 outfits mixing and matching a polka dot dress, yellow skirt, striped blazer, scalloped shirt, plain white tee, navy pencil skirt, and a sweater. I love the idea of quality not quantity in what you put in your closet. To buy pieces that are more timeless and I can wear over and over. Check out all the looks here.
Today RUCHE has free shipping on the Ruchette pieces that ends tonight. Pick yourself up something new. xo, Lizzy
photo cred: Mister Kartchner
I can think back and remember framed photos my mom hung in different homes from my childhood. I remember cross stitched quotes and family portraits. My dad even had a quote about fear hanging in his office that I’ve recited in my mind at certain times when I’ve found myself fearful. That’s why I didn’t just throw anything on their wall. Everything hung has a memory, meaning and a story. Except the teal painted horse head/hook and the disco ball… those are just plain awesome.
Yesterday we picked up the clothes and shoved some in the corner for picture-time so we don’t forget this pinky pink pink time of their lives.
Repainted that dresser white this weekend. It was black and in a different room. It’s a little too big for what I need in here. Something taller and compact would be better. (Collin was right, of course.) But the girls are having fun with it for now.
The diy DRESS UP RACK still in action from a couple months ago.
Myles giving fashion advice for Miss Lo.
DIY clothes rack
Feather wings: Fairy Birds
Quincey’s dress/yellow striped shirt: Jacardi
Last week we watched Mr. Peabody & Sherman for the first time. It’s a darling movie for kids. I love the message. In the movie you’ll hear a song by John Lennon called ‘Beautiful Boy.’ I adore this song and somehow I’d never heard it before. My dad was a huge Beatles fan, especially Paul McCartney and John Lennon. I mean, he made sure I knew what good music was. So it surprised me that I’d never heard Beautiful Boy before. One night, Quincey asked if I’d sing it to her while she fell asleep. Then when everyone was asleep I wanted to see if there was a slower version, like a lullaby maybe. That’s when I found the Ben Harper version. Ben Harper ‘Forever’ is one of my favorite songs so I was excited to hear his version of Lennon’s classic. I literally couldn’t go to sleep and listened to it over and over as images and moments of our days with Myles flickered through my mind. As soon as I woke up the next morning, and the next couple days, I followed him around to capture him at this fleeting age. Then I put together this little video so I have something to curl up in a ball with a box of tissues and watch while I ball my eyes out someday when he’s all grown up. Kidding. Kind of.
I was debating whether to post this video or not… but decided that his smile begs to be shared.
View below or click here
BEAUTIFUL BOY video here xo, Lizzy
That one time when Collin and I showed up for the Carnival with no cash. And seeing that they don’t accept debit cards or… checks (not that I have any of those anyway) we were officially in trouble. You can imagine the terror of a 3 year old hearing this news. I mean, I was pretty scared. All the other parents were throwing ping ping balls into cups of water and darts at balloons–winning their kids gigantic stuffed animals. While Collin and I emptied out our pockets and had enough for a few rides… even somehow squeezed in some cotton candy.
Put together a mini album of our carni adventures i.e. Operation Get Photos Off My Computer.
It all came together when I figured out the cover. I Printed a photo on watercolor paper. The best setting I have found for this is to set the paper setting to matte photo paper. Next I watercolored on the photo. I use Simply Art Watercolors because I love all the range of shades. Then soak your brush and work swirl over colors. Even add a touch more water to your brush depending on the look you want. Wait for it to dry and add a title.
You can view the entire album here
Diecut words out of watercolor paper and then add watercolors.
VIEW the entire album here
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This past month, after playing with this Studio Calico digital download, We Are Made Of Stories. I have been thinking about the stories that are filling me up and spilling out for my children to read. Yesterday might have been titled something along the lines.
Chapter 6: When Mom Found The Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups And Wouldn’t Share
Yep, I found the treats I hid so the kids wouldn’t eat them before I even unloaded the groceries. They were for s’mores for when we go camping. (Have you had a s’more with Reese’s instead of plain chocolate? Genius. You can thank me later.) Well, yesterday was a doozy. It has been an eventful, fun week and having four kids relying on me at all times is… well, exhausting. ha! Weird at the same time I can enjoy such a daunting task.
But I was also feeling bad for myself that there’s so much I could be doing with my life, but here I am cleaning, taking care of kids and, well, doing whatever the heck we want. The biggest perk of being a housewife. Housewife–some people think of negatively, some people hold it with high honor. Some dream of the day and others run far away from it. I find it my purpose. There are days that I fail at being a mom though and I swear I have no patience.
So, I find the hidden treats, hide in my closet and eat them. And that was my story yesterday.
What story are you writing today? How do you tell it? How do you get through it even? The challenging parts that you want to skim through and get to the end but can’t. The comical whims that make you laugh until your cheeks hurt that you want to read again and again.
Yesterday ended better for us at least.
Chapter 7: When Mom Left The Grocery Store and Ran Around In The Rain With Us Until We Were Soaking Wet
One of the goals from my Summer Checklist was to BE FREE… and running in the rain is quite freeing. One of my neighbors was there with two packed carts for Girl’s Camp so I ran and got her van for her since I was already soaked. Then I saw an older lady standing at the exit, eyeing the rain. She had to have JUST gotten her hair done because it was very… fluffy. Well, as I approached her I thought, this is so fun! I’ll be that awesome person who was running around the parking lot and pulling up peoples’ cars for them. This will be great for my story. A modern day hero. When I nicely asked if she would like me to pull her car up since I did the same for another lady. She looked at me like I was nuts and then it seemed like she was nearly insulted at the thought. It was a typhoon-crazy storm, you guys. I wasn’t secretly trying to steal cars. So I ran to our warm car with our little family and headed home. I didn’t become a local-newspaper hero… to my girls I already am.
So here I am, working on living and writing our stories the best we can. xo, Lizzy
Check out my pages at Studio Calico. I die cut the Title with my Silhouette. I added the gold stars then watercolored on top. Added the triangles and some other details. View the page here>>>
Another page about Quincey’s Cotton Candy Curls. I die cut the title and the clouds with my Silhouette. Then had fun with different layering. Added the crepe flowers with the crepe fringe included in the kit. View the page here>>>
In case you were wondering if mermaids actually exist…!
For Quincey’s birthday last month I was so excited to surprise her with a mermaid tail!! Since we were planning on celebrating her birthday with our family at the pool-it was perfect.
I searched around a bunch of different sites online and wanted to share the one I found that I liked the most:
Fin Fun Mermaid
I chose them because of the good reviews I found. Also, there are other tails out there that are made out of foam for the tail which confused me because I didn’t know how they would hold up when wet or if they’d get soaked and heavy.
You can purchase just the tail (like I did) or add a Monofin to go inside the end of the tail. A Monofin looks just like a swimming flipper in the shape of a mermaid tail that sits inside the tail. I noticed it helps them swim easier and faster so now I wish I would’ve got the monofin with my first purchase. Especially since she’s more comfortable and it keeps the shape of the mermaid fin. In the picture my Quincey is only wearing the tail without the fin.
Make sure that your child is a good swimmer before she goes in the water with a tail on since you are not able to doggie paddle or kick your legs like usual. Also, I love the material because it’s perfect for swimming and doesn’t get heavy when wet.
Fin Fun also sells matching tankinis, bikini tops and even a version of a tail for a toddler that I want to get my little Lola. Little girls are so imaginative and love to dress up and play pretend… and being a mermaid is straight up dreamy!
First a mermaid tail, then pink hair… this girl knows how to live it up at six years old!
I was kind of surprised yesterday, as this sweet girl with her cotton candy hair blew away the dandelion seeds, and out of any wish she chose, “Bless that the bird in our garage will be ok and fly away to his home.”
Yes, at this moment there is a bird in our garage. I think Collin called it a morning dove to be exact when he was researching what it was and what to feed it. He found in the grass in our backyard then set it up on the fence post with some bird seed and headed off to work. The entire day the girls kept their eye on it and reported-it didn’t move one bit. Then the sky started pouring rain and I forgot about it. Collin came home after it rained for hours and rescued it, put it in a box in the garage with a warm light and a paper towel ground. Up high so the kids can’t touch it. It’s much more chipper today and is eating and walking around. But one eye is blind and it seems like one wing isn’t working very well. This is typical Dr. Collin Doolittle. Once he recused a stray dog in an industrial park when we were in a cool building for an event. Brought the pup home, nursed it to health and found a loving home for it. The bird will probably die but Collin didn’t like the idea of the bird ending its life in the cold, pouring rain. Sweet, right?! And I’m so helpful, just only there to remind him to wash his hands anytime he’s near it.
So, yesterday when Quincey and I were taking pictures in her pink hair. (Because how often do you have pink hair in your life-we better document this!) And out of any wish in the world, she wished that the bird will be ok! Taking a fast breath between each word and blowing each flying seed off its stem. I love how Collin shows these girls how to love and care for others, even creatures of this earth. Telling them the bird might have to go to heaven… Which also teaches them how bad it sucks when someone you love flies away to God.
Yep, so my sweet Q in her cotton candy locks, praying for a hurt bird and living any little girl’s dream to have mermaid hair for the day.
These are the things that fill my day and I kind of love it. Lots and lots.
To dye her hair pink I used hair chalk from here: Sexy Hair Chalk.
It works best with light colored hair. I got her hair wet at the room and more dry to the bottom because it was a bit easier to put on when it was dry. At least with her hairs consistency
Step 1: Dampen the hair because it will last longer if you apply when it’s wet
Step 2: Work the chalk from the roots to the ends with a small portion of hair. Twisting the hair as you go to get all sides.
Step 3: Blow dry or air dry
Step 4: Use a curling iron or style as you wish
Step 5: Hair spray to seal the color
Step 6: Wash with water and soap to remove easily