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Star Gazer! New Dear Lizzy Collection

Star Gazer is the newest Dear Lizzy collection that’s just released for summer. It’s an everyday collection inspired by the coming of fall and celebrating the last of summer. Which is exactly what I feel like right now with the kids starting school… holding onto the magic and adventure of this season! As usual I love the papers. That’s always my favorite part! There’s so many cute patterns. I love the washi tape and the giant paper clips with wood shapes on the end. Super fun! I can’t wait to see what you create!! And know that school is officially in session I get to make some time to create too! Thanks so much for loving Dear Lizzy products and following our journey here. Love you guys!! xoxox




Fave Swim + Sunnies

Just wanted to share some of my favorite swim and sunnies… I’m all about the cheap(er) sunnies because I can’t take care of nice ones. I throw them in my purse. Lose them. My kids steal and wear them… (and my husband even lol). And I like quantity over quality.
Summer is flying by. I feel like all we do is swim and my summer bucket list and pretty neglected right now. But I’m not going to give into the mom guilt thinking about all the creative things or missing adventures because keeping kids happy and busy is so easy at the pool.

If you’re super impatient, like me, you can Amazon prime the swan swimsuit to your little cutie. It has a mathching swim cap even. That I forgot when we snapped these pics real quick today but still… if it wasn’t cute enough it’s so darling with the matching cap!


Stars + Stripes

July is all about red, white and blue and celebrating this beautiful country…
The fourth of July is kind of a big deal around here… I think that all started with my mom and dad and their fun traditions! My mom would sew us matching red, white and blue festive rompers or dresses. We would camp out at the parade route and save a spot and then that night we went to the Stadium of Fire! Which is exactly like it sounds with amazing fireworks and music. Some days I really wonder how my mom did it all… because she had 6 kids and I can barely keep up with these four. But looking back, I do remember days when she was tired or make up from the day before under her eyes… and making quiet times for herself at night in her room. We just gotta find that balance. Make time to rest so we can be ready to party.
As much as I wish I could, I can’t sew clothing like my mom at all… but I do love dressing up all matchy-matchy. Got these cute outfits at Old Navy, of course. Love shopping there for kids’ clothes. Myles’s star shirt is my favorite! I like to just mix up the colors and Avery (who was at 5th grade camp when we took these pics) has a cute patterned dress that brings together all the colors. I also got Collin some shorts with little flags all over them and surprisingly… he loves them! Usually he gives a little mumble grumble at first of whatever I buy him and then tries it on and likes it. But this was positive feedback from the start!
So grateful for this country… the people who fight for our freedom and their amazing families.

Hope everyone had a happy fourth! xoxo Lizzy

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Strawberry Days Forever

One of my favorite traditions in the summer is when the carnival rolls into town for Strawberry Days! As we were excitedly walking up to the rides Lola’s asked, “How did they put this all together in one day?” My thoughts exactly. But allllll the fun was worth the risk of our lives. ; ) Collin was away for work and Avery had just gotten back from a week at 5th grade camp so she was a zombie from late nights and early mornings and just wanted to relax at home. Which was a good idea because Quiney is up for all the crazy rides… like hanging up side down while spinning rides. I get sick just watching from a distance.
For some reason I forgot that carnivals only accept cash so we were very limited to a sheet of tickets and one cotton candy to share. We stretched it out as much as we could and was such a fun night! You can see a short VIDEO from the carnival here! 

photos: Hunter Fowler


Framed flowers

Hi friends!
Ever have those days where you want to scrapbook but just can’t seem to make it work?  Happens to me way too often – I really want to be crafty but I just can’t make anything I “like”…welllll, when that happens…I make paper flowers!   I love these little guys.  I don’t know why, but I find them relaxing and fun to make.   All you need is your paper, a die-cut machine, flower template and a hot glue gun (oh and I use a pencil to help me “roll” the flowers, makes it easier for me).

This time around I thought it might be nice to make something for my room – I picked out an old white frame (I have a habit of collecting frames to use for “something later on”) with the idea to fill it with a whole lot of paper flowers.  I love the colours/patterns of Lovely Day so I decided to use those (12×12 double-sided papers and the 12×12 paper pad). I picked up all my templates from the Silhouette Design Store and spent the next few hours cutting and rolling flowers… I think I went through around 15 pages of pattern paper to fill my frame!

After I’d cut/rolled a few I started randomly filling the frame with flowers so I could see how many more I needed (turns out I only had just over half of what I needed at the time, ha).  Once I had enough flowers it was time to get out the hot glue gun and glue them all together.  This part is fun and not fun.  I’m a little clumsy with the glue gun and will alwwwwwwways burn myself.  Even when I’m being extra careful and trying not to.  And at the last minute I also decided to add some of the washi onto the frame background, just incase there were any gaps at the end, atleast you would see more flowers instead of the chipboard background!

Then it was just a matter of gluing the flowers into place (using that dangerous hot glue gun again..).  I didn’t go with any particular order, I put the big ones down first and started filling the spaces with those next in size and going until it was completely full (with only 1 spare flower at the end!).

Once the frame was full it was simply a matter of deciding where to hang it in the room!  (You’d have thought I’d figured that out before starting, right….).

I’m pretty critical of things I make (i.e. never think they are good enough, ha) but I really love how this one finished up!  Kept me busy (I actually worked on this over a couple days) and I still got that crafty time I was needing! Happy Flower rolling, Emma

Oh, Hello layout

Hi everyone!  Emma here to share another page I created with the beautiful Lovely Day collection!  I honestly could not pick one favourite from Lovely Day but I can confess I think the layered stickers are just perfect and were the inspiration for this page!  I’m also loving all the gorgeous patterned paper.  I actually started this page without a set photo/theme in mind – I was just creating for the sake of creating and it was wonderful!

Here is the page I finished up with:

The basis of my design is set around the Beep, Beep paper.  How cute is the design?!  I thought the trees and cars would look fun as a layered sticker too so I cut the shapes out using a few of my trusty circle punches (2 inch, 1 inch, ¾ inch) and placed them around my page.  Then I fussy cut a few of the same designs (because there are multiples on the paper) and stuck them on top of the same shape using foam dots.

For contrast I went with the colour yellow.  I love yellow; it’s my happy colour so I used that to add a bit more colour (given the pattern paper is mostly white on white).  The larger circles are the flower pattern (d/s paper, XXX) and the smaller circles are from the 6×6 paper pad.

I machine stitched around a few of the larger circles (because I have to have stitching on my pages)…circles are tricky for me on the machine, they’re never quite right, haha.  But I don’t mind it at all; fits in with my style 🙂

The last process for me on this page was actually picking a photo.  So weird I know!  Usually I’ve got some idea of what photo I plan to use on a page when I start creating; even if I change photo, usually I know if the page is about Zack or Makayla or whatever else, but this time around I really had no set theme!  Was a fun change from the “norm”.  I cut my photo out using my 2 inch circle punch so it matched with all the other circles on my page (I also set my journaling the same way, I just typed it up in Photoshop and printed it out on cardstock and cut it out using a punch also).

I had so much fun making this page.  I think partly because I had no theme/story/photo in mind when starting it; I just knew I loved the layered stickers and I wanted to create more 😉

Thanks for joining me on the blog today, I hope it’s inspired you to try it for yourself.  There are so many other cute paper designs that would look just as fun doing this too  (…the bikes or the foxes!!!)

Take care, Em xo



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!

You are my Sunshine

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!

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.
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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.
  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.
  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 😉
It’s a super easy garland to make! And I really love how it turned out!

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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