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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

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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!
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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.
Sponsored by: Old Navy

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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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mini album tips

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

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These two ran around like puppies all day at the park and at Costco then fell asleep in record time cause they were exhausted to say the least. Which was good because I was holding Lola’s hand on the top bunk and Myles’s on the bottom at the same time and my arms were getting tired.
Myles was running around like Jimmy Fallon with his tight pants on after getting some cute new spring outfits from Old Navy. I kinda felt bad for him lately, he literally had no clothes. hehe With three girls their dresser is overflowing then there’s the boy who keeps growing out of his. He’s ready to roll now though and waving hi to spring as he runs and slides getting grass stains within the first hour on his new pants. No joke. Such a boy.

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To The Stars and Back

Hi everyone, Emma here to share a page I created using the gorgeous new collection, Lovely Day!  I can honestly say I am in love with it all!  I’m usually all about the embellishments but the papers!!  The papers are seriously gorgeous!  And that’s just the double-sided papers…then there are the embossed papers in the paper pack!!!!!!!  I could go on and on 😉

For my first page I decided to crank out the Cameo (I have a bad habit of not using the machine for months…) and cut an old Dear Lizzy file (from Lucky Charm!) which I picked up from the Silhouette Store a while back.DL_Feb17_love-you_S6A

Here is a closer look at the page I created:DL_Feb17_love-you_10A

I picked one of my favourite embossed papers from the 12×12 paper pad, it’s the most gorgeous colour and has the teeny tiny little crosses embossed all over.  I made the width slightly less than my overall (I scrap 6×8) and backed the page up with plain white cardstock that also acts as a border on the sides.DL_Feb17_love-you_8

I included machine stitching on both sides of the paper, not only to fix the page in place, but because I love the texture it adds to the page without being too distracting.DL_Feb17_love-you_7A

For my embellishing (which will always be my favourite part of the creating process) I wanted to keep it pretty simple and went with a couple clusters, one at the top of my page and the other just above my photo.DL_Feb17_love-you_2

The cluster at the top of my page started with the flower layered sticker.  Let’s just take a moment to reflect just how cute all those layered stickers are….  Seriously though, they really are.  It fit perfectly at the end of the “YOU” on my page but it didn’t fill quite enough space and I wanted that top section to pop a bit more so I grabbed the flower chipboard from the Phrase stickers and gradually worked in all the others.  The buttons are adorable (and I love that they have a foam dot on the back already making them super easy to apply on the page).DL_Feb17_love-you_3A

I’m a sucker for sticker word phrases and the sticker sheet has quite a few to pick from (at the perfect size too for my smaller pages, bonus!).  For the bottom of my page I didn’t want it to be too busy so I went with the layered sticker fox.  Why? Because it’s a fox and it’s CUTE.  Sometimes the reasons for me picking things that go on a page are as simple as being cute.  Yep; I’m like that. Ha!DL_Feb17_love-you_5

I also popped one of the yellow chipboard hearts there to help balance out some of the brightness from the top (even though the fox has the yellow flower, I thought it needed a little more).

And that’s it.  Simple page using a cut file and fun embellishments! Every time I create a page using a cut file I’m reminded how much I actually love them.  I’m really happy how it ended up but I’m a little sad that I managed to use a lot  of my favourite embellishments on my first page..yeah, the hoarder in me never quits.  (If you happened to be putting any of these into your shopping basket, I would totally suggest getting 2 of the embellishment packs…just sayin’. You won’t regret it.)DL_Feb17_love-you_4

Thanks so much for joining me on the blog today!  I hope it’s inspired you and I can’t wait to be back sharing more of the pages I’ve created using this amazing collection (the pages are all come together so easily, I love when that happens!!).

Take care, Em xo

Hello Sunshine

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The end of January (I don’t think I had even unpacked from CHA) we hopped on a plane and flew to find some sunshine. It literally was 7 or 8 degrees that night before we left home. Crazy cold. And then a few hours later we were riding bikes along the ocean. Ahh it was so good for the soul. And everyone enjoys bike rides in our fam, no matter the age, so it honestly was the perfect activity to keep everyone happy. San Diego had just gotten a lot of rain, that we luckily missed, so everything was so beautiful and green. Gonna relish in these photos for the next little bit before spring! 🙂
I hadn’t been to Mission Beach for a long time and loved it. Great family place with Belmont Park right next door. Oh, I’ll share that next-it was so fun!

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Lately she’s looking so mature and old it’s crazy. Like a tween. She’s always been really tall for her age. She’s ten but wears size 12-14. Collin and I would secretly giggle at eachother because she’s one that enjoys the journey. She just cruised along the beach very slow and soaked it all in. This is her literally stopping to admire and sneak a flower to put behind her ear.
Quincey is polar opposite she was speeding the whole time and riding circles around us. Lola was on a tandem bike and was so sweet and this is SO Lola when she said to Collin, “Don’t worry dad I’ll do all the work.” haha Myles was alseep with in 5 minutes thanks to the sound of the ocean.
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Minty Christmas

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Well the Grinch decided to come early and ruin Christmas in the form of a computer disaster. My desktop mac won’t turn on. So the last year of photos are suddenly vanished. Somehow I’m pretty calm about this and not having a panic attack which even surprises me. Maybe cause I know the ending and the Grinch’s heart grows and he will fix my computer and we will hold hands and sing… “Fahoo Fores Dahoo Dores… welcome Christmas, Christmas day!”
Praying that they will be saved… It’s crazy cause a couple days ago I had a feeling to upload my photos to my hard drive that I completely brushed away like an annoying fly. Sheesh and now here I am staring at a blank screen and wishing I would’ve trusted my heart and listened. Cause I’m usually watching out for mah self. ; )

Here’s a little look at our cards this year… We got them through Minted and I love how they turned out. I couldn’t decide so I got two versions… One is a book of some beach photos and the other is a gorgeous gold embossed Christmas one! Oh, and I ordered a few ornament photo cards for gifts. The funny thing is I forgot to change the name so it reads, “Merry Christmas!” Love, The Chen Family” ahahahah That’s classic Lizzy move. Going to put it on my family gifts and they’ll get a kick out of it. But really I love the paper Minted uses to print the cards on… and I know my paper! Basically consider myself a paper snob ; ) They have some really cute Happy New Year cards that would be fun to send out if Christmas cards aren’t you’re thing.
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