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Loved this month’s kit at Studio Calico, Sandlot. And not just because that’s been our favorite backyard movie to watch this summer. Avery has been quoting the lines FOR-EV-ER. FOR-EV-ER. And can I just say that movie was filmed in the town I live in… pretty much THE coolest thing that’s ever happened here too.

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This month’s gallery is full of so many inspiring projects. And I love how each design team member chose a page in the member gallery to inspire their projects!
Sorry for the quick post… surprising a certain someone with an anniversary trip in 3…2…1

xo, lizzy

 

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That one time…

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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.

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Put together a mini album of our carni adventures i.e. Operation Get Photos Off My Computer.

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dear lizzy mini album

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

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dear lizzy mini album

Diecut words out of watercolor paper and then add watercolors.
VIEW the entire album here

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dear lizzy mini album

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We Are Made Of Stories

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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

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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

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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>>>

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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>>>

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Two Peas Kicking The Bucket

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I’m sitting here devouring some yummy chocolate chip cookies courtesy of my procrastibaking (thanks Ann Marie for coining this term) and you would think I am pregnant since I am on the verge of tears about Two Peas in a Bucket. Some may think it’s odd to be sad about a website closing but I’m feeling nostalgic.
It’s the first place I shared a page online, the first place I was inspired by projects uploaded from all over the world, the first place I bought supplies online, the first place I saw digital scrapbooking (designed by my now friend, Rhonna Farrer). The first place I’d go to see new techniques and ideas, the first place where I felt connected with women who had the same passion for this hobby. The first place I saw my Dear Lizzy products selling online. And besides my local scrapbooking store, Two Peas & Creating Keepsakes magazine was where my love for paper and memory keeping started.
I feel like they are such an intricate part of the industry and a community for so many women to share their stores. Though I will not miss the cattiness of the message boards… haha! I stayed far away from that. I remember my very first and last message topic that I ever started there. It was about eight years ago when Avery was born and I wanted to know how long the photos printed from my home computer would last? Ya know, like, would they last 100 years? This is a valid question for a new mom with a new printer, right? ; ) Well, a lady replied so rude asking, why I would even care if my photos lasted that long. No one will even care by then anyway. That was when I decided forums weren’t for me. But I know women who have met life long friends from the forum and I think that’s awesome!

I went back and found the very first scrapbook page I posted there on 10/30/06. Avery was 5 months old and it was a page about My Hope for her.
Last year I enjoyed being on the Garden Girl team and seeing how things work on the inside. Selling my own craft products and being in this industry and seeing so many stores close their doors is hard. I’m all about helping everyone grow! We are in this together. Why do you think it’s happening?
Are less people scrapbooking? Is it the economy?
It’s hard to say goodbye. Thanks for everything Two Peas and Kristina! You will be missed! xo, Lizzy

PS Above supplies in photo a sneak peek from Studio Calico’s next kit!
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Trust Your Heart mini album

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Trust your heart. But listen to your mom too. ; )
Avery already weighs out decisions of what she should do and what she wants to do. One of the things I often remind her: make good choices. It’s become one of my favorite mottos around here. All I have to say when she’s digging in my purse for a dollar to buy a snow cone at Dad’s softball game when she didn’t earn it, “Make good choices.” And she thinks about it a little longer. Sometimes she listens and sometimes she doesn’t but at least I’m not always the bad guy telling her exactly what to do. It’s like a freak super power. Three words and boom! She’s listening and learning again. These are the riveting things that fill up my life with 4 little ones. Real exciting stuff. ha!
Here’s that mini album I was working on.
The cover is die cut phrase from iheartstudio. I cut some white chipboard to 4.5″x5.5″ I hoarded from something and watercolored the cover using a water brush then Modge Podged it using a foam brush. The inside pages are 4″x5″. The color photos were printed using my Canon Selphy.
The rest of the pages are below. Honestly, it’s cuter in person. If that’s not too presumptuous to say… But don’t you hate when something doesn’t photograph like you’d hoped? Just wanted to share. Loved the process the most. That’s what always keeps me excited about creating.

Dear Lizzy mini album

Dear Lizzy mini album

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Dear Lizzy mini album

dear lizzy mini album

My Dear Lizzy ruffle paper is on sale right now at 2 Peas here. I love that stuff. Hoard away.

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dear lizzy mini album

dear lizzy mini album

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In The Works

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What started as searching for a fun pool floatie ie: a donut or pretzel during Myles’s naptime! (I mean, who doesn’t need a giant swan to float on?!) Ended with a mini book for my Ave. I love when I’m productive and get things done. It’s so easy to waste my time online or on my phone, like I started out, but I axed that idea and focused on what I wanted to accomplish.
Kept it simple with the same products and sized photos. Added some pics printed on vellum and patterned paper. (You know I love doing that.) A splash of watercolor here and there for a finishing touch. Just need to print out my journaling page. I’ll finish it up and share tomorrow. For now we are off to the pool again. We were there for like 5 hours yesterday. Great way to start the first day of summer! Kept the house clean + happy & tired kids.

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Best Ever Trip mini

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Best Ever refers to that magical spring break trip I already gushed about on this post… but here we go again.  This time around all the memories are more tangible mixed with paper and glue.

Some of the techniques I used for this mini are:
Painting and watercolor
Printing journaling and the days of the week on vellum & an envelope
Sewing the vellum onto page protectors
Including sand and shells in the page protector and sewing it shut
Stamping on wood tape/ Watercolor on US map & journaling square
Layering & diecutting a page
Everything I used is from the kits at Studio Calico!

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Love all the little pockets in the page protectors.
And here are the vellum pages I printed on and sewed to the page protectors.

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The wood tape in this kit is rad and the stamp set in the mini album kit fits perfect on the tape. Which I am sure is not a coincidence and made me smile because I really appreciate such thoughtfulness.

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Used my Silhouette Cameo and die cut the above statistics from the trip. I didn’t technically count all the potty breaks so I am curious now how close I was to the truth. My husband always jokes that their bladders are the size of a hummingbirds. I shared some tips for road trip travels with kids in a previous post.

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dear lizzy mini album

dear lizzy mini album
Included a list of our favorite songs on the road trip inside the envelope.

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dear lizzy mini album

dear lizzy mini album

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Travel Art Kit & Journal

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A week ago I decided it was time for a warm getaway for our family. It’s fun to be spontaneous & liven up the monotonous-ity of our routine.  It’s taken me days to get all the clothes packed for our village of children ; ) but it will be worth it! They deserve some undivided attention while Collin and I deserve some sunshine. Collin has been really busy working lately and usually the time we spend together is at the end of the day when we are exhausted. One of the kids lost our comcast remote so we usually just sit on the couch and talk about our days. He plays the ukulele and I fold some clothes or just find a late night snack. SO excited to have some time to play and have fun with our little family.
I loved the travel journals I put together for our Disney adventure & Lake Powell trip that I was excited to gather some supplies for this one. The Disney trip was really busy so I didn’t scrap much but Lake Powell had lots of down time and so will this next one.

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Everything fits perfect in the bag that I painted polka dots on. I actually am surprised when it all fits! The roller stamp, stamp pad and book are the only things. I carry everything in a tote bag so it’s fine that there’s a couple loose items. travel art kit

1 bag: wood pieces and small chipboard, cork, plastic accents
2 bag: flair and badges
3 bag: stickers, labels and small alpa stickers
4 bag: stitch able tags and wood accents
5 bag: large stickers, wood pieces
Project life size cards 3×4 and 4×6 cards mostly from my Dear Lizzy polka dot party kit. And some Kelly Purkey cards in there too.
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Heart Roller Stamp I designed for AC (similar one)
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For the mini album I am using the canvas 6×6 Chipboard album

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wifi photo printer & polaroid camera

 

Selphy printer CP900: The printer is WIFI and I can send photos straight from my phone. Did a video about it here where I list the pros and cons at the end of the quick tutorial. It was a gift from Santa… too bad he didn’t know it came in white too!
Instax: perfect for quick polaroids to add to my pages.

 

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Number Album for the big uno!

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Put together a mini album to celebrate Myles’s first year of life because he turns 1 this month. One.<<<Serious crazy talk.

When I create I am drawn to diecut pages, pockets, bags, hidden journaling and textured products. I realized it’s because my hope someday is that my kids don’t just look at photos and journaling but that it’s more of an experience as they search for the details and hidden treasures. I hope that they will feel a piece of my love for them with each page and our fleeting time together when they were babies and kiddos. And while just typing that last sentence I hope I never stop documenting my kids’ lives even when they are older… and parents themselves. Why would I? I’m their mother forever. Besides I am going to be carrying Myles around on my hip well into his teen years anyway. ; ) lol
(“I’ll love you forever, I’ll like you for always, as long as I’m living my baby you’ll be!!” sniff sniff)

Started by printing 12 photos. Not sure if I got each month in there but I did my best and chose my favorites.
Next diecut numbers 1-12 and a few journaling pages. Added some watercolor strokes and minimal embellishments.
For the cover I used cork paper and adhered it to chipboard so it would be sturdy. Punched a circle and added an M. Download the cut files for 1-12 numbered pages to make something similar of your own.
**started kitting my online class so I will keep you posted friends! xo, Lizzy

 

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Dear Lizzy mini album

Dear Lizzy mini album

Dear Lizzy mini album

Included notes about our first hours together in the pocket and other surprises.

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Dear Lizzy mini album

Dear Lizzy mini album

Dear Lizzy mini album

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Dear Lizzy mini album

Dear Lizzy mini album

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Dear Lizzy mini album

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Sneak Peek of project for this month’s Studio Calico kit. Love my Dear Lizzy thickers that are in one of the add-ons. Definitely one of my favorite months to work with this year.

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A scene from this morning, where I realized that nothing surprises me anymore. Like her prettiest dress, piggy tails and a teal mohawk unicorn helmet. Sure. Why not?
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Made my favorite sugar cookies!
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Grateful for my healthy babies especially this bubba!
(Bow tie diy here)

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I’ve been working on making my laundry room cute. Ya know, to help me enjoy doing the laundry. I doubt that will happen… but at least it will be a happy, bright place to be. Hoping to finish it up this week.

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PS Thanks for your comments about the flashing light in my eye. After that I had a killer migraine that knocked me out for the rest of the day. I am thinking, after reading your comments, that it might be caused by fluctuating hormones (since Myles isn’t nursing as much and weaning himself) or tired/exhaustion. Since I haven’t slept in 8 years. haha Thanks again so much for all your insight! xoxo