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…
If you remember my Dear Summer post with those pics of my Avery girl I mentioned that I was putting together a mini book slash journal for her this summer. And I got a bit carried away with turning the journal into a scrapbook as well but it only adds to her creative writing.
Dear Summer is a place for her to record her adventures and for me to add photos plus cuteify. Best of both worlds.
Face painting photo from her birthday party the end of May… Definitely a great way to kick off turning seven and summer! Collin was lighting her birthday candles on her fairy house cake (need to post pics of it!) and all her friends scurried and played around her while she was deep in thought. I wish I could know what she was thinking…
From me to you. This is a book to record your adventures, dreams and all the fun things you’ll experience the summer you were seven years old. So many magical things can happen if you are looking. Love, your momma
Flowers she picked for me…
My diecut cards are so fun for mini albums to see through to the next page…
A little bag for keepsakes…
The back has the pages for her writing. Each one starts “Dear Summer” I have a clip holding the pages for now but I am going to sew them all down to the back of the book once she is finished. The paper I used is really thin so I am hoping my plan still works in the end. Otherwise I will just punch holes and add the pages to the ring.
OK, I have seven minutes to write something and make sense of my new love for documenting our life.
For the first time of momhood I had that heavy guilt for not doing something to get our photos off the computer and our stories on paper. Not to mention the urge to ‘get caught up.’ Until now I was anti trying to be caught up…
Today I will do my best to not make this sound like an infomercial for Project Life but seriously I am obsessed. Over a year ago I started doing it but I for some reason I didn’t dive in. Well, last week I got a strike of energy and inspiration and started again. Now I am so excited because I am actually getting our memories off my hard drive. The reason I love it right now is because my time is limited. So this is perfect because I can seriously whip this out in an hour. The design is pretty simple but I focused on the photos and memories.
A month before the baby was born when we were in California for Disneyland. We walked up to the gate and our passes were blacked out. Which was odd because they are never blacked out on a Friday. But it was the first day of Spring Break. Buses and buses of kids from schools were arriving so I actually was relieved to not try and battle that crowd. Instead we went to Balboa Island… one of my favorite places to visit whenever we are there. Hippos cookies, ferry rides, ice cream, Bluth Bananas, and ferris wheel rides… perfect!
The day before Myles was born I begged Collin to come home early and snap some photos. There was a small chance that I would be induced the next day and I didn’t want to miss my chance of capturing our last day with the baby bump. While we were taking them the nurse called and said that I would be induced the next morning. We were excited… I would have waited but Collin was going to be out of town the next week for two days.
Even looking at these photos now brings a lump to my throat. All the anticipation and love and unknown…
Project Life is a form of scrapbooking with a twist. It can be as simple or detailed as you want. There are all sorts of page protectors, cards and envelopes… you add your photos and own touch.
Gotta jet! More on Project Life coming up…
There’s some fun posts over at Lizzy’s PAPER PARTY for scrapbooking lovers like you. Including video tutorials for tips to make both of these layouts.
Seeing your creations so far with my newest Lucky Charm collection has been so fun! While designing this line we made an effort to include papers and products that work for a boy or girl so it’s been awesome to see how you use the products with your photos and life stories.
Today lots of the collection is available at Two Pea’s online shop! I’ll be sharing some projects this week… I wish I could lock myself in my studio and just create!
Check out the entire collection here
Some instagrams (@dearlizzy) messing around and a project I was working on and finished for my next 2 peas garden project.
I love my friend, Maggie Holmes, new collection too! Those tiny bows kill me!