Lately I’ve been so engrossed with quotes seen on Instagram and Pinterest… “Folks are usually about as happy as they make their minds up to be.”
Dang it Abe Lincoln… you magnificent, wise wizard…! He’s so right. But sometimes I just want to sulk in my own self-pity and blame it on something else. That’s when I look around and list the tiny moments these days that save my life. For instance, try having a bad attitude while wearing a super hero cape and racing on a scooter down the hill with the warm spring sun fighting to reach our faces. It’s impossible. Sometimes I act like a stuffy, old person… and I hate it. It’s way more fun to be hysterically dorky.
I’m trying to remember that there is nothing more refreshing and freeing than looking at life amid the chaos and imperfections and thinking– Wow, I love today.
Overlays from Paislee Press//Actions Totally Rad//Iphone5 photos
I know I know… St. Patricks Day is over but I want to share this really simple mini album I put together yesterday inspired by the luck of the Irish. It’s a 4×6 album and photos are printed about 3″ wide.
Download the shamrock template and stitch your own clover for the cover. Poke holes and use needle and thread to stitch all the way around. The download also includes the quote I made in Photoshop and printed on vellum– “Some call it luck. I call it blessed.” I added a piece of acrylic on top to keep the vellum nice over time.
The title “Lucky me” it stamped with the mother of all roller stamps. Found here. A TIP FOR THE STAMP: I spell out my word. Then use washi tape to protect around the word. Next, press onto ink and remove washi tape then stamp project. Sometimes it’s fun to have the sides of the stamp show up but in this case I didn’t want that.
The size is 4×6 and the photos are about 3″ wide. Like I said I didn’t have much time so I kept the supplies, embellishments and ink splatters seamless throughout. It was fun to have all the pages laid out and add the pieces to each one. Including a strip of my Dear Lizzy polka dot patterned paper, Dear Lizzy gold dot vellum and some AC glitter POW paper. Then either a SC badge or gold heart.
I ended up adding ink splatters after I’d taken photos of the album so you can see below. Just a quick flick of my Mister Huey Mint Julep.
Included one of the treat bags embossed with the Dear Lizzy embossing folder and added it to the last page with notes from the girls about what makes them blessed.
And don’t forget the free download for the shamrock to make the embroidered clover on the cover and the quote. xo, Lizzy
It’s a tragic day in second grade if you forget to wear green on March 17th. Quincey has been hounding me since last week to get her all green outfit laid out and ready to go. She definitely did not inherit my procrastination gene. But today we finally put together some fun, green accessories. I shared the green bow tie diy for Myles, now here’s some super quick girls’ ideas to put together.
The first are some modern style barrettes.
I used some fabric scraps and glitter POW cardstock from American Crafts. Love that stuff.
-First, I cut some acrylic 2.5″ x .5″. You can use thick chipboard or foam board anything really.
-Next, cut the fabric slightly larger and wrap the acrylic like a present. Hot glueing each side as you go.
-Last, slide a bobbi pin on a 2.25″ piece of ribbon. Add hot glue to the back of the barrette and then attach the bobbi pin and ribbon. That’s it!
If you are making the glitter cardstock ones it’s the same steps just cut the glitter cardstock slightly larger than the acrylic and then add the ribbon and bobbi pin the same. Use Modge Podge or Tackly Glue and glitter and it will work just as great. Just make sure the last step is modge podge to keep glitter in place. Should be quick since it’s such a small piece.
Next is a clover flower that Quincey helped me make. Great for a beginner sewer.
-Cut 3 clover leaf shapes.
-Then sew a running stitch along the bottoms.
-Last, pull thread to bunch together and tie a knot. Would be cute in other colors and more petals. Love Amy Tan’s embroidery threads and needles for this.
Happy St Patty’s Day! xoxo, Lizzy
Avoid letting your little guy get pinched this St. Patty’s day and make him a green bow tie. Seriously it was easy and I didn’t even sew… just used a trusty hot glue gun and some fabric scraps.
For Myles I cut a piece of fabric 4″x7″
Next fold in the width so it’s around 2-3 inches wide and hot glue seam leaving the length 7″ long. Iron fabric.
Now fold in the ends and hot glue at center.
Pinch so there are three folds and glue each one (Make two of these up to this point)
Layer each one and glue together
Cut a strip of fabric about 2″x4″ fold in the width and glue seam. Iron. Wrap around layered bows.
Measure baby’s neck and add ribbon and velro to back. There you go. You can still pinch those cheeks but not because he’s not wearing green… because they are too squishy + cute.
Kisses from momma…
Filled up an entire SD Card taking pictures of this face since literally the end of his front teeth are popping through… and I am going to miss those gummy gum gums.
As much as I love jello, apples & Shrek it’s typically not the first color I reach for when creating… with the exception of anytime between March 1st-March 17th. Then I’m all about it. Such a cheerful color.
Here’s a quick snack to make with your kids then package them up and deliver to your friends or loved ones. All you need are pretzels, chocolate, m&m’s and you’ve got yourself an edible shamrock. Definitely good luck if you eat a few of these.
Once the chocolate cools & hardens pop them in a bag for special deliveries.
I am including a download for the file I used to die cut the shamrock confetti, shamrocks and “you’re my end of the rainbow” phrase. I loved Oh So Pretty’s printable & did my own spin with die cutting.
The bottom left kraft bag was embossed with my Dear Lizzy embossing folder the pennant banner design is cheerful. Then I added “LUCKY” with Dear Lizzy thickers & last a Studio Calico gold heart.
Glassine envelopes or bags are something that I always try to have on hand for fun occasions.
If you want a free download of the cutable file I used to make the shamrock confetti, shamrock cutouts for bags and the “you’re my end of the rainbow” then download here from Dropbox. It’s a file to use with Silhouette. I have never done this before so let me know how it works. Or if it doesn’t work. : ) I can email it to anyone too. xo, Lizzy
Love that quote. I do have to say that I am getting prettttty dang good at this dance lately. CHA-CHA-CHA!!
As women, I think we are naturally hard on ourselves so be kind to you! I’m sure you are trying the best and striving to grow each day through difficulties but sometimes we take a step back. It’s ok. Keep at it! Plus, picture me trying to do the cha-cha and that will lift your sprits.
Just wanted to pop in and say HI!
Yesterday was such a mom day. Dentist. Then a trip to Costco with all four kids. I knew I wouldn’t have time to go to the gym so it was Costco in heels for a workout. Seriously that better have been worth it because this is what I was pushing around. I did get some fun stares.
Oh, and this morning I noticed that I forgot diapers… chachacha!
You guys, this boy… cutest I can’t stand it.
Lola loves to help me in the kitchen, whether it’s baking or putting away dishes, she’s right there wanting to do something. And we all know how much help a three year old is.
Some days we don’t have enough time, or momma doesn’t have enough energy, to make a cookie smorgasbord–start to finish & clean it up. Like this morning. Which is tragic news to a three year old. But I am trying to get her from asking to play with the iPad as soon as her sisters leave to school and she has no one to play with. I purposely tried the wrong password enough that it locked all our kids out of it because I was so tired of them asking for it. Then I couldn’t figure out how to unlock it… haha but that’s a different story.
An easy solution for not having a lot of time to bake is to make pancakes. And it’s the perfect alternative for Lola wanting to get her Betty Crocker on. She get’s to stir, pour in ingredients and if we make whipped cream she gets to turn the mixer on weeeeowwwy fast. Plus, there’s a spoon to lick clean. Which we all know is one of the best parts of cooking.
Make mini cakes, invite some tiny friends, raid the party drawer and you’ve got yourself a pancake party… as well as some serious mommy brownie points… pancake points.
The darling Amy from Bleu Wednesday and I have been talking about the idea of teaching a floral workshop since last year when she came over to make floral crowns for my daughters to wear in our family photos. Well, we are excited to announce we’ve teamed up to host a Floral Crown Workshop for you next month! Picture the most glorious, fresh flowers at your fingertips. (I know, after months of a gray winter imagine bright, happy flowers!) And turning them into a gorgeous head piece… and not only that but we are going to take pictures and then make a darling tag with the photos for you to take home as well. It’s the girls’ night out you’ve been needing so badly. Come create + craft with us!
We scheduled the date and would love for you to join us!
When: FRIDAY, APRIL 18th at 5:30 pm in Provo, Utah.
Location: Startup Building (560 S. 100 W., Provo) We will have everything perfectly packaged there for you including all the tools you’ll need. Plus, treats and drinks of course! So bring your cute self… Invite your sister, mother, girlfriend, and daughter too for a much needed girls’ night!
**The cost is just $35 per kit.
If it’s a mother/daughter duo, 2 kits for $55. After the crowns are finished we will take professional photos and have some supplies to make a tag to take home to remember this magical night! Space and supplies are limited so reserve your spot.
**we got some sponsors so there’s a lower price!
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.