Really loving my creative process lately. I know I have touched on this before because it’s so different from years ago but this month I specifically enjoyed it and felt my creative process click with my new adapted fast-pace.
For this SC gallery I finished them in a day and it was wham-bam-thank you-ma’am. I didn’t just work on them over a week, here or there, like I usually do. I just did one right after the other. Until I was done and exhausted and flopped on the couch. Who knew memory keeping could be so exhausting. ; ) My mom was at my home with Lola and Myles for the day. She played with them and did all my laundry and cleaned my house. Heaven, right?
The part of the process that I am loving is that I am training myself to not over-think everything. I used to sketch out each layout, with a pencil and paper, drawing multiple options and then I’d decide which direction to go. Now I just go for it. If something doesn’t work I quickly change it up or adjust using go-to techniques or splashes of color or simplifying the color. For instance, the Lucky Us layout wasn’t working for me. I laid out all the paper pieces and tags then sewed them down. I didn’t even glue them. Then I had some circle photos and a title. It wasn’t working… there wasn’t anything standing out. So I spray painted the title words and added different photos. But I didn’t feel finished until I added the gold spray paint splatter. It tied everything together for me.
Each month, I only open the main kit. And do my two layouts using that. I literally don’t even open the add-ons until I finish those. So it’s a reward once I get to rip open those extra packages and get started on the next two layouts with all the goodies.
The main reason I am in the flow with my process is because I am not only creating to record photos and memories but I am enjoying it. I literally had a blast putting these together. To me they are quite simple and really not that cool but I loved making them. I hope you find something inspiring or one of my layouts can spark an idea to try. xoxo
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One of the add-ons comes with fabric. It was fun to bring back one of my favorite techniques: rolled flowers.
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One of my favorite scrappers that I’ve known over the years via the double-u-double-u-double-u tagged me in a Q&A blog tour. Thanks Stephanie Howell! She sent over some questions to answer then I get to tag some peeps… and the fun just doesn’t stop.
1. What am I working on right now?
Crafting-ADD is a real problem and I have it. So usually I am working on a few different projects. Currently putting together a grateful journal, gathering items for a December mini book and some other secrets things that I am excited to share sometime soon. But I have wrapped up two new Dear Lizzy lines. One will release in the next couple weeks (don’t quote me on that 😉 and another at the January CHA show. They are so completely different from each other and I can’t wait to share them with you guys.
2. How long does it take me to create a project?
The days of spending endless hours on a diy, scrap page, mini book or project have changed for me. I spend about an hour or two on a layout in my Studio Calico gallery and it depends on the other projects. I love to sit and watch movies while I work on something if they take a bit longer. I can’t just sit there-I have to be making something. Does anyone else do this? I seriously tried to learn to knit for this purpose. But failed tremendously. Twice.
3. What are my favorite things to create with at the moment?
Paper, paper, paper has always been one of my fave products. I love mixing patterns and color. I’ve been experimenting more with writing with brushes +ink and right now you’ll find watercolor on everything.
4. How do I become inspired and stay inspired?
This is a tricky question because I don’t think I ever stay inspired completely… I often wander off into The Land of Rut… scared that I will never return. But somehow I find my way back. Here are a few things that came to my mind that help me get inspired:
-Music. Music is big for me. If I have some good music playing I can get going and in the zone faster. It ranges from happy-indie to dance-hip hop. I will dance around and get excited.
-But if I need more inspiration than music. Then I look for inspiration on Pinterest, magazines, Instagram, fashion and photography sites. I am looking for anything to spark an idea. Like color schemes, an ad or catchy phrase, a texture or pattern in fashion or a cool technique to try.
-Photos are crucial in my scraping process… I can’t design a layout then find a photo. The page is built around the photo. So if I print out photos and see the story I want to tell then I can move onto the next steps. I find that choosing the colors, design & title are much easier.
-Push myself. I have to push myself to try new things or I get bored and then uninspired. The hard part is that I don’t have a lot of time for creative exploration so these might include simple, new ways to use my Silhouette diecut machine and other products. This helps me to get excited. If I’m excited then pieces fall into place effortlessly. Don’t be afraid to make something you don’t like in the process. You’ll find some mistakes that turn out pretty cool in the end.
-Another aspect to being inspired that might sound completely random for some people, I have to be happy to create. Not rainbows-and-sunshine-perfectly happy. Sheesh, I would never make anything… but just not way down. Does that make sense? : ) I tend to obsess so when I am worried and stressed it consumes all my thoughts thus leaving no room for ideas and I am paralyzed creatively. I do have pages with private journaling about challenging times but those are few and far between. For the most part, the events and instances I focus on are everyday moments. That being said, it is difficult for me to create if I am extremely down about something in my life. So I have to focus on the parts that are good and positive. The plus side is, this helps me in other areas of my life besides creativity coming easier. I try to make mental gratitude lists and focus on wonderful things around me.
With some family drama that surrounded our extended family, I have been taking time to do meditation. It helped me tremendously to not dwell on others’ problems that I can’t control and lighten my load of worries that I tend to carry around. Kelly Howell‘s brain sync products are incredible. And whoa, I went way off topic.
-Just start. Whether we are happy or sad… in a rut… or just plain lazy watching Netflix—-just start creating something. Even something small. Soon we’ll see we’ve always had our crazy awesome mojo we just needed to get it moving. So turn on some tunes and get started.
6. What is my signature style? I’ve been trying to figure this out for years. I guess I could call it Bright and Simple. That’s lame though!! I have no clue. Help me out… ; )
7. I am tagging Anna Marie Wolniak/Suzy Plantamura/Tim Holtz/Kelly Purkey & YOU please play along and leave a comment/link if you do. Answer the above questions by next Monday.
Shirt: We Blow Kisses Photos: Collin Kartchner
When I have free time you better believe I am soaking up every second of it doing something I love. Two nights ago, I was well prepared for a bath after the kids went to bed. Equipped with the People Style magazine, the iPad charged to have a movie playing on Netflix & bubbles + essential oils for the bath. Oh, and don’t forget treats. I don’t mess around. Fast forward thirty minutes of pure bliss and in comes Collin, who just arrived home after a quick work trip, and crashes my party. Literally. He got in the bath fully clothed to give me a hug and make me laugh. Quincey heard him arrive and was giggling watching at the door. Then he stayed in there for a bit-clothes and all. Seeing our bath is made for someone from the Lollypop Guild I let him enjoy my treat. Because as much I loved it–I loved a certain someone being home even more.
It’s a bonus when work mixes with free-time-fun, isn’t it? Like putting together my Studio Calico pages each month. Even though the luxury of endless hours on a page are long gone now that I went from 0 to 4 kids in the blink of an eye…
and all my kids just get into my stuff because I don’t have a luxurious craft room and they ruin everything because they like to make stuff too and bother me… somehow I still enjoy it immensely. ha.
Check out some of my recent pages at SC here.
Here are some sneaks for the kits this month!
Inspired by this month’s kit at Studio Calico. Loved all the details and thoughtfully articulated pieces.
My favorite part of the kits is a silk screening stencil. Pretty incredible how it worked! To be honest, I was surprised when I peeled off the silk-screened adhesive stencil and the design was perfect. I used a piece of chipboard and the orange acrylic paint and applied it to the stencil.
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
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.
Put together a mini album of our carni adventures i.e. Operation Get Photos Off My Computer.
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
Diecut words out of watercolor paper and then add watercolors.
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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
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
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>>>
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>>>
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!