March is turning out to be a pretty awesome month… probably my favorite of 2014. I can be overly optimistic seeing that it’s only March 3rd. But spring and sunshine are sooooooo close. It’s like I can see them in the distance… and we are going to slow-mo run to each other while Chariots Of Fire plays in the background and embrace. (Clearly this cold has made me nuts.)
The rain is fun change though… and rain + my new Studio Calico kit + nap time. Perfect! Here are a few of the pages for this month. There are lots of Dear Lizzy supplies. I am also loving this kit. Could be used for pages, cards or Project Life.
Last Wednesday I hung out with Amy from Bleu Wednesday + gorgeous flowers. If you love flowers + crafting. Check back in a few hours for a fun announcement! xo, Lizzy
You might remember me gushing about my the Lifestyle Crafts Letterpress machine I was having all kinds of crafty fun with? Well, the Letterpress Love hasn’t wavered. So I put together a video sharing hands on clips of how it works.
You can use any diecut roller machine but need the Lifestyle Crafts platform and other supplies. The paint lasts quite a while because you only need a very small amount.
Also, the video includes a cool technique for letter pressing with lace. Tina is the genius who showed me you could press with fabric for the Studio Calico class I contributed to and the result is purdy!! Letterpress is such a rad craft to learn and have fun with.
Check out the video and here it is on YouTube if you want to subscribe to the Dear Lizzy Channel I just started. Happy Monday!
Try Letterpressing and using a water brush with watercolors or mists to color in parts of the image. The Letterpress paper is thick and is great for using all different mediums.
Collin Kartchner Studios: Filmed the shots of letter pressing & painting on glass.
Dear Lizzy: Art Direction, Edited, Type, Filmed product hand shots.
This quote is something that can resinate with us all. Sometimes it is only after overcoming a trial in my life that I can look back and think wow I am stronger than I thought. This quote, I die-cut from a picture printed of Avery, is something I really want to teach my daughters. That A. A. Milne is such a genius.
Avery’s at a Barbie loving, awkward dancing, always talking about someone having a “crush” on someone else stage. I love it. I hope she likes barbies until it’s embarrassing and always dances no matter what.
This Christmas Ave asked for “Shoes with bumps on them.” Ummm, what is that exactly? Then she held up one of her shoes… “Ya know, with bumps on them.” Pointing to where the heel is. Haha oh, heels. So we got her a sparkly pink pair of heels from H&M which she wears right when she gets home from school, riding her scooter around the sidewalk and anywhere else she gets the chance. Last week we were getting ready for a trip to Costco and a night at the circus with our family and I looked down at our shoe choice. Twins. But honestly wearing heels to Costco and Target is about the only workout my legs are getting lately. My favorite Averism lately too: “Mom, did you know holy mammoths are actually elephants from the 1960′s?”
Check out this month’s kit at Studio Calico. I am loving it. There is a great mix for girls and boys colors. View the rest of my layouts here.
Such a big boy!! Killing me. My favorite thing right now is when I am holding him and ask, “Can I have a kiss?” He turns his head all coy so I can give him a smooch. I mean. Really? Cutest.
Staying up late is not something I typically do. I am not a night owl. When a movie starts and the lights are out-I fall asleep. Actually I am not really a morning person either. I am quiet in the morning and want to stay under the covers and cuddle forever. I wonder what that means I am? Is there anything for those who love noon? That’s when I thrive. ; )
Since December is pure madness for everyone. The only time I had to finish up my pages was staying up until 2 am one night. Actually I refused to look at the clock but I am guessing it was around then. Which might not seem that late to you but for this momma it means when the kids wake up at dawn it feels like I got hit by a train. Yet somehow it was worth it. Because I got to work and find my flow doing what I love.
Are you a night owl? Morning person? Before I had kids who wake me up all night, I think I was more of a morning person. ha!
The above page “You Clean Up Nice” was a fun process. I die cut the journaling with my Silhouette Cameo. I messed up and put the wrong side of the paper on the mat so it cut wrong. But I ended up just leaving it and adding the title on top. Made for a cool layering effect. My machine must’ve timed out while cutting or some technical malfunction because it stopped and some random words hadn’t been cut. I just filled them in with my handwriting.
The stag stamp is rad and these pictures are dear to my heart. Also, those g o l d chipboard letters are #perfect.
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It was quite fitting that it was snowing as I uploaded pics for this post since the album is about December & Christmas. Also, I am wearing a beanie since I am a baby about the cold.
December Daily, holiday albums & anything to document the magical traditions of Christmas time is time well spent. That’s why I dug up this album I started last year and finished the majority of it last week for the Two Peas Garden.
For the base of the album I used an SC Handbook the same size as my Dear Lizzy mini album.
This album has a few different techniques that I enjoyed in the process:
Printing a photo on patterned paper. (I have done this the past couple years for my album.)
Diecut a quote of favorite song and scripture for a full page using my Silhouette.
Layering on pages from holiday catalogs.
Sewing pieces of vellum to the front of page protectors.
Loving the wood tiles and cards from Two Peas!!
I used my Silhouette to diecut a song lyric and scripture pages then sewed them to the page protector. (Following the seam of the page protector as I stitched them together.) Seeing through to the next page is one of my favorite things to add to the design of mini albums.
The tress I dyed below: View the post about Bottle Brush Trees here
A story below about the time I dressed up as Santa…! The kids loved this new traditon!
This past weekend you would’ve found me sitting on the floor surrounded by piles of scrapbook pages I’d been collecting in my closet the past years. It definitely was awesome getting them into albums yet I was sad to see how much less Lola had than the older two. It seems that designing Dear Lizzy product took over some of my time for designing pages. (Have you noticed that with those of you who have more than one child… or pet even? ; ) …That the older kids have more pages.)
Seeing that a lot of Avery’s pages were in Creating Keepsakes that I spent hours and hours on each one, I’m sure Lola won’t mind if I make some quick pages for her. Even scraplift some pages I did for other girls and start filling more in her album. Or better yet, Project Life baby!
But I am not going to let the guilt eat at me too much because I did make a video of her already, that I haven’t made one for the other girls yet. (BTW… thanks so much for your comments about the A Little Girl & Her Bear Video! It made me smile to read how you enjoyed watching it because it was quite fun putting it together!!)
And I also started this mini book with her as the star… made with my new Dear Lizzy album with the Polka Dot Party collection. This book is one of my favorite new products. It has 3 transparencies, 2 canvas pages, chipboard pages and some pocket page protectors. You can get artsy on the canvas pages then move quick through filling the pocket pages. The best of both worlds!!
You can see a video tutorial I made for Two Peas on how to paint the pages. I also walk you through the different types of pages and layering.
I do have to add… the phrase on the front page/transparency is such a great start to telling your story, “I would live it all over again.”
There’s an awesome class over at Studio Calico using the Lifestyle Crafts letterpress platform. SC has made some rad plates and it’s a bit addicting- not to mention such a rad craft to learn. Although I die over real letterpress, owning a letterpress machine isn’t going to happen anytime soon. The real dealios are huge and heavy like, 2,000 pounds heavy… so I very well can’t put one in my studio. Loving this alternative.
It took me a few times to get the ink amount just right. (LESS is definitely more.) But if you are one that enjoys spending time on details or texture for your projects then you will swoon at each image. It’s just yummy. If you like the taste of 600 gsm, cream, cotton based, letterpress paper! I definitely do. (munch munch!)
PS The navy ink looks great with my Dear Lizzy Lucky Charm collection! Also love the hot pink, obvi.
Kindergarten people. Kindergarten. I would have been balling like a freaking baby but her excitement was bursting enough for the both of us.
And it’s only half day so it’s enough time to gather myself and start a load of laundry maybe even break into my chocolate stash if I’m lucky.
Working on both of my girls school mini books. I used the Handbooks and Studio Calico inserts. Avery’s Kindergarten and 1st grade is done and I need to add 2nd grade now. Today I get to start Q’s school book. Seeing how my each of my girls approached going to school confirms how different they are. Today Quincey was nothing but excited! I remember Ave more hesitant and nervous. I still have a school book for each grade that my mom put together for each grade keeping race ribbons, school paper and other things together. I would take a picture of it but it’s in the same room Lola is sleeping. If she wakes before her nap is done it’d be like waking The Hulk and I will run and hide. I’ll post more pics of the album asap! xo, Lizzy
It’s a Polka Dot Party up in here today!! Celebrating the release of my newest collection of products with American Crafts!
The start of working on products and pulling together inspiration is one of my favorite aspects of the process. Polka Dot Party was inspired by a party with friends–a craft fest or scrap night. As you browse through the products you will see sentiments and inspiration about friends & creating–two of my favorite things. Yet the products are easy to work with many different projects.
Ready for a game of I-spy! Let’s start with the oversized wood veneer pieces… I’m in love with them.
Also, chalkboard inspired phrases, those darling itty bitty flowers, fabric bows & photo corners, fabric flowers in a stripe and pink, diecut square frames (perfect for instagram pics)! More diecut cards, stickers, tags! There are some fun elements including camper (this was even before I bought our 5th wheel!) a cat, camera, butterfly, frames, chalkboards, signature lizzy florals & don’t forget polka dots… that inspired the name after all.
Oh, and I almost forgot… Project Life Mini Kit… the Justin Beiber of this release.
There’s a unique splashes & scribbles on some of the papers and phrases… for the messy artist in each of us.
Use the blues, greens, yellows & chalkboard for boys and the pink, fushias and yellows for girls–but you already knew that. : )
One of my favorite products this release is the mini album. The outside is a nice neutral canvas to paint or mist. It’s filled with an assortment of pages including: canvas, transparency, chipboard and two sizes of project-life type page protectors. I started making an album for Lola. Here’s a few peeks. Can’t wait to share more of the products and projects! xoxo, Lizzy
To see the entire collection click below:
To enter a giveaway for the entire collection and see the Project Life kit check out American Crafts blog
This Project Life spread was made for Studio Calico using their July kit and some of their new Atlantic collection.
It was a lot of fun to work with and I definitely need the PL kit each month.
These pics are from our trip to California a few weeks before Myles was born. We went to Disneyland and actually our last day we were going to spend at D-land we got to the gate and our passes were blacked out. Which was strange because they’ve never been black out on a Friday. But it was the begining of spring break and buses of kids were arriving from schools so we were glad we didn’t go that day anyway. Our kids didn’t say anything when we said we couldn’t go, which was surprising. I was picturing melt-downs of the century. Oscar worthy.
Instead we went to Balboa Island and as much as we love Disneyland it was seriously more fun than crowds and lines.
Check out a tutorial I posted at Paper Party using a waterbrush. Really cool watercolor Tip & Tricks…