No matter what is weighing on your mind or if things are tough right now, remember–you are adored!
Focus on the positive and don’t let unwarranted, negative situations you can’t control or change even occupy the space in your mind. There’s been some disappointing things happen recently and I am striving to not dwell and move on. This doesn’t go so well for me in the middle of the night but I am working on it… because sleep is worth its weight in gold to this tired momma. But it’s easier said than done. Don’t ya think? Especially when the situation includes people I care about. So I’m working on filling my mind with what’s important: Collin, my kids and the other blessings that appear simple… yet abundant. Then spread some love to others.
Just wanted to send you a note that you are adored! Thanks for reading my blog! xo, Lizzy
Love this cutest little girl stamped image from my Dear Lizzy Daydreamer stamp set. We named her Rosie because Quincey’s middle name is Rose and for a while she wanted us to call her Rosie. Now her requested nickname of choice is Queen Bee. Yes, ma’am. haha
Photos and design Amy Yingling
Seeing that Instagram fills in the gaps of what I don’t scrapbook or Project Life… it’s huge for me to print the photos from my feed to tangible memories.
There’s a new way to easily print your entire Instagram feed. It’s super fast and seriously the price is reasonable too. For 6 bucks you can get a 60 page book.
Download the app CHATBOOKS onto your phone. Use the code LIZZY1 for your first book freeeee! If you order three books or more.
Another great thing about Chatbooks is that you can sign up for the autoship and once you have 60 more photos it will automatically ship you the next book. I love happy mail but spontaneous happy mail is even better!
It was seriously Christmas morning when I opened my package and saw all these faces! Then I wouldn’t let anyone touch them which defeats the whole purpose.
Once you are inside the app you can:
-Change the title of the album and what it will print the same on the spine of each book. I didn’t realize I could change this so mine all say “My Instagrams” but it would be fun to include something funny, a family name or inside joke. Just touch the title “My Instagrams” to open that album then tap again to change the title.
-Choose which cover you want for each book. Or just go with the random one the app assigns. Of course I took the extra time and chose each one. Clearly, I was favoring this little kissed face cover when I was taking photos of the books.
-Delete photos you do not want in the book.
-Also it includes the caption from your photo. Which was an awesome addition to an already gold product.
Other features include: Chatbook Series A daily-life scrapbook for a private group. Where you can add contributors and everyone can submit photos to print into a book. How nice is this for a photo book gift for a loved one where everyone can easily submit their photos. Think Christmas presents people! I know my mom would love this!
Also, there’s a Custom Book option so you can upload up to 300 photos from your phone for an event or specific themed book. So easy!
It prints a date stamp in the top left corner and the caption below.
Remember to use the code: LIZZY1 to get your first book free if you order three or more.
Now download the app, Chatbooks, and get your memories into your hands.
Since I find it nearly impossible to pass up a great design or a hilarious sentiment, I tend to collect greeting cards everywhere I go. I love keeping a stash on hand for impromptu card-giving occasions, but I never had a great system for organizing my collection. That is, until I got the idea to designate a small box as a landing place for all of my favorite cards! Here’s how I made it:
2. Next, I ran the embossing folder
and the dies
through my Cuttlebug to create accents for the cover of the box.
3. From there, I grabbed two of my favorite 3 x 4″ Project Life cards and created a loose composition with my embossed
4. Once I had the composition laid out, I added a title with Thickers and a little extra pop of color with three enamel dots.
5. To reinforce the composition and add in another design element, I stapled though the layers and then glued the entire grouping onto the cover of the box.
6. Now I have a designated home for all of the amazing greeting cards that cross my path!
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
These white, bouncy balloons were in our home for weeks and weeks. I first bought them for Myles birthday in April and they floated around until late May. I loved it. Makes me want to just always have some around. When my kids grow up they’ll think… remember how crazy mom was and she always had giant balloons…? But I got lots of use out of them. See here and here.
This year out of any month so far, May was a complete blur. Birthdays, baptism and our trip to Barcelona. Something else exciting to add to the list was being featured as the Ruchette of the month at one of my favorite online shops–Ruche. They sent me seven of their favorite pieces and I put together 10 outfits mixing and matching a polka dot dress, yellow skirt, striped blazer, scalloped shirt, plain white tee, navy pencil skirt, and a sweater. I love the idea of quality not quantity in what you put in your closet. To buy pieces that are more timeless and I can wear over and over. Check out all the looks here.
Today RUCHE has free shipping on the Ruchette pieces that ends tonight. Pick yourself up something new. xo, Lizzy
photo cred: Mister Kartchner
The darling Amy from Inspiration Ave is guest posting today with this You Are Loved card. She used the Dear Lizzy diecut to cut a heart from the base card and “love” then sewed it all together with gold thread… because gold makes everything better. And you can quote me on that one. ; )
The You Are Loved stamped sentiment is one of the phrases from the Dear Lizzy roller phrase stamp.
I can think back and remember framed photos my mom hung in different homes from my childhood. I remember cross stitched quotes and family portraits. My dad even had a quote about fear hanging in his office that I’ve recited in my mind at certain times when I’ve found myself fearful. That’s why I didn’t just throw anything on their wall. Everything hung has a memory, meaning and a story. Except the teal painted horse head/hook and the disco ball… those are just plain awesome.
Yesterday we picked up the clothes and shoved some in the corner for picture-time so we don’t forget this pinky pink pink time of their lives.
Repainted that dresser white this weekend. It was black and in a different room. It’s a little too big for what I need in here. Something taller and compact would be better. (Collin was right, of course.) But the girls are having fun with it for now.
The diy DRESS UP RACK still in action from a couple months ago.
Myles giving fashion advice for Miss Lo.
DIY clothes rack
Feather wings: Fairy Birds
Quincey’s dress/yellow striped shirt: Jacardi
Last week we watched Mr. Peabody & Sherman for the first time. It’s a darling movie for kids. I love the message. In the movie you’ll hear a song by John Lennon called ‘Beautiful Boy.’ I adore this song and somehow I’d never heard it before. My dad was a huge Beatles fan, especially Paul McCartney and John Lennon. I mean, he made sure I knew what good music was. So it surprised me that I’d never heard Beautiful Boy before. One night, Quincey asked if I’d sing it to her while she fell asleep. Then when everyone was asleep I wanted to see if there was a slower version, like a lullaby maybe. That’s when I found the Ben Harper version. Ben Harper ‘Forever’ is one of my favorite songs so I was excited to hear his version of Lennon’s classic. I literally couldn’t go to sleep and listened to it over and over as images and moments of our days with Myles flickered through my mind. As soon as I woke up the next morning, and the next couple days, I followed him around to capture him at this fleeting age. Then I put together this little video so I have something to curl up in a ball with a box of tissues and watch while I ball my eyes out someday when he’s all grown up. Kidding. Kind of.
I was debating whether to post this video or not… but decided that his smile begs to be shared.
View below or click here
BEAUTIFUL BOY video here xo, Lizzy
① It was a long day and I rewarded myself with my new favorite indulgence: Buffalo chicken pizza from Slab. For some reason I bought three times the amount I can eat on my own. I spy: some cute toesies.
② Earlier when Myles came to a Dear Lizzy planning meeting and turned all Mr. bossy-pants on us. Making sure we stayed on task while he took selfies of himself with my phone. haha But honestly, he was way too cute and a big distraction.
③ Stopped by Collin’s new gig: Studio app headquarters. Have you downloaded it yet and tried it out? It’s a design app for adding text and cool overlays to your photos. There’s an awesome Studio community too. If you like someone’s design click “REMIX” and you can add it to your own photo fast and easy. There’s a lot of inspiration there! It’s for Androids and iPhones and it’s free. Search “Studio” or “Design Studio” in the app store. Let me know what you think! I added the yellow square and the word “Eat” to the top left photo with Studio. Also, hashtag any of your photos with #madewithstudio on Instagram.
④ Lola enjoying an ice cream cone reward after making it through the mouse maze at Ikea. I am working on some home projects that I hope to finish soon. But, ya know, summer is kind of distracting.