Happy Love Day!

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Just wanted to wish you all a Happy Valentine’s Day! I hope you celebrate those you love with candy and kisses!  xoxo, Lizzy

So yesterday I thought I’d be a really cute wife and tie a dozen balloons Collin’s car and tape paper hearts all over it. I did the same thing the day after we got engaged 13 years ago and Collin drove around town in his car covered in hearts and thought it was pretty hilarious. Well, little did I know it would start raining and soaked all the hearts by the time Collin made it outside after work. Not to mention it was windy too so a few of the balloons popped. The treats survived though and that’s all that mattered. ha! #cutewifefail

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Our Valentine boxes via Pinterest inspiration. Ruffled owls x 3!

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and a very subtle valentine message to my mister…!
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Valentine Craft Night!

Valentine Craft Night

Last week I hosted a craft night with Alix at Waffle Love’s new restaurant in Provo! That’s right guys, we are talking a box full of crafty stuff in one hand and a delectable waffle in the other! Sounds like a fun girls’ night out to me! We invited some of our local friends and bloggers to join us. Being a mom or working girl it is beyond needed to have a night out to visit and refresh. So we put our kids to bed and that’s what we did. I don’t do this enough it was perfect timing after a busy week.

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Big thanks to my good friend Heather for the photos and Collin for putting together this awesome video of the event. He was the only boy invited to the party. I remember hearing over hearing a conversation and asking…  ”wait… watching something emotional can put you into labor?” haha!

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Thanks so much to everyone who came! And to our awesome sponsors!!!
Waffle Love
Garnish
 (goodie boxes)
Penny and Tillie (earrings)
Melissa Esplin (calligraphy cards)
Miss J. Handmade (bows)
Latter-Day Home (heart prints)
American Crafts (craft supplies)
Orson Gygi (square boxes)
Heather Telford Photography
Collin Kartchner (video)

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Let’s Cuddle + (Instax Review)

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Myles in a red bow tie screaming while I take his first polaroid. Classic.

After dropping my Instax camera and breaking it a few months ago I was having withdrawals recently and needed a replacement. They are actually pretty durable but I dropped a couple and one of my dials broke on another. I lug them everywhere with me and travel with them so I think it is about time to spend twenty bucks on a leather case for my Instax. Or actually this pink one is darling! Some exciting news is that Fuji is releasing a printer you can print Instax from your smart phone or tablets using this printer and instax film! Amazing. This is awesome because instead of not knowing how the picture turns out you can take them with your phone then print your favorite. Although I do love the uncertainty of the Instax experience. You can pre-order but it will be available April 15th. There’s an Instax printer that prints right from your dslr but I’ve never bought it so I figured I might as well wait for the smart phone one now. Can you imagine how fun that will be for vacations etc?! I’m excited!
The film also comes in cool designs.  CHA someone was shooting with polka dot film and I definitely need some of that.  Also I need the Disney themed film our next trip to Disneyland. NEED not want. ; )

I snagged one of these albums but here are some other ways I have displayed polaroids or albums I’ve made over the years.
I have a new album but need to take pictures of it so here are some of my favorite Instax projects for now…

Off We Go: Mini Album
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Story Tags
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Felt Album
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Kids Art Journal
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It’s Your Day: Board Book
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DIY: Valentine’s Day Countdown

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I know there’s only nine days until Valentine’s Day but yesterday I finished my garland/slash countdown/slash treat bag advent and finally hung it up. yay!
Since we moved furniture around I am still figuring out what to hang above our piano so it was a great empty space for some Valentine’s Day fun.

These Wood Numbers are my favorite new product I picked up at CHA and were perfect for a countdown.
The polka dot paper is a Dear Lizzy product found here. I added a new product coming from AC including the black clothespins, pennant shape and twine. The cloth bags will have goodies, small games, pencils etc inside each day. I need to fill a few more of them today but, hey, it’s up at least. And since my kiddies are sneaky they can’t steal the treats from future days yet. They don’t even realize I’m one step ahead of them without even trying.  (high five)

See my countdown from a couple years ago here.

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diy: Dress Up Rack

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During the day I lose count of the number of costume changes for little miss Lola. While I was at CHA my mom watched my girls and got to experience it first hand. I kept apologizing because she I know she ransacks the dresser drawers every twenty minutes.
Well, as much as I wanted to cuss (in my head and I never want to cuss…) after picking her dresses up for the millionth time I realized that as tedious as it is… there is an end in sight. That’s a relief and sad at the same time. Seriously? She’s not going to be 14 and changing in and out of Honey BooBoo ensembles all day long? So I am embracing and enjoying this stage because it is pretty freaking cute… but with one solution. All of her dresses were crammed into one basket thing in her closet. So if she wanted to look for her favorite she pulled every item out-flinging tulle and glitter over her shoulders.
I needed a rack. I remember seeing a darling dress-up rack on someone’s blog years ago. But can’t remember where I saw it.  I searched and found an adult clothing rack at Bed Bath & Beyond… that’s adjustable. It was perfect because it can be made for munchkins like Lo and it’s on wheels so I can wheel it to the room we are playing in when Myles is napping in the play room. But it was all black and silver which doesn’t fly for her.
-20 bucks for adjustable rack
-Gold and White Spray paint. I was going to do a color but knew there’d be enough pink hanging around.
-I hung a mirror with some vintage lace. I bought the mirror for Avery’s nursery before she was born.
-Hung a bag on a hanger to hold bows, purses and hats.
-Made some fringe tassels to hang on the side. Added some honeycomb balls. Because clearly I am obsessed with those right now.  As you’ve noticed by seeing my cha booth, studio, Christmas Tree etc
-Pretty easy and fast. The best part is she loves being able to hang them up and take them off herself. Don’t you dare even try to help her!

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Playing dress up is exhausting!

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You Are Stronger Than You Seem

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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.
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mylesSuch 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.

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All Boxed Up

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CHA starts with crates full of creative ideas shipped across the country or even the world then transforms the empty convention center into a crafter candy store. Pretty cool.
Collin surprised me after a long day with my favorite hippo cookies from Balboa Island. We first ate them at a family trip to Newport Beach and since then Collin and I have to stop and get some each trip. My friends even bring me some when they come to Utah or surprises me at the show. All for one of these colorful cuties!

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Lunch with Maggie & Kelly. Love both of their new collections and so thrilled for Kelly because I adore her work and it’s her first line with Basic Grey! Same with Amy Tan her new collection is rad.

As I said before, Myles and Jack stole the show! Suzy hates this pic below but I can’t help but love it. She’s become a great friend since the first Dear Lizzy release and I adore her. Glad she didn’t steal him. haha !unnamed-12

Here is a video from CHA where I share some of the new products from this release: Daydreamer. Collin came along and filmed it and did an awesome job! I love all the clips of the city and beach he got during the boy bonding moments with Myles. Watch the video here or click play>>
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PEACE out… ; )

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Happy Desk

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Literally spent the entire Saturday cleaning up my work space. I am kicking myself that I did not take a before picture… because then you literally would all be standing up right now cheering and clapping for my success. Yes, it was that bad. But I am pretty good at messing up my studio so don’t worry we can have our clean-office-bond moment in a couple weeks… or days.
Enjoying it!
I will post more detailed shots about my organization, or lack of, in the next couple days.

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in other news
This upcoming May I will be teaching in Barcelona!! How amazing is that?! I am thrilled and cannot wait to meet new friends, craft together and explore such a gorgeous city.
Sign up here at Kits de Somni!!

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CHA Swag

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Home from CHA! It was one of my favorite shows. I can’t really pinpoint why… it just was. Probably seeing people I have made friends with over the years from all over the world. I laid in bed one night chatting with Collin, after Myles had fallen asleep, and started listing where people were from at the show:
Australia, Hungary, Bolivia, Mexico, France, UK, South Africa, Taiwan, Singapore, Puerto Rico, Hong Kong, Barcelona, British Columbia and more. Unbelievable, right?!! It blows my mind. But meeting these wonderful, creative, hard working, business savvy woman was awe inspiring.
For lunch we would walk outside to find a few really delicious food trucks and one day I got to eat with some of the ladies attending the show. A couple of the girls were from Taiwan and one of them was visiting the US for the first time. When you love scrapbooking it makes you instant friends. It was so fun to sit with them and chat while stuffing your face with pulled pork sandwich…! Of course we took a pic. photo 3 copy

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Dear Lizzy CHA booth

Dear Lizzy CHA booth

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Collin played Mr Mom most of the day while I was at my booth. When they stopped by the show for a minute in the afternoon– Myles loved all the attention. I am not gonna lie, Amy Tan’s darling baby boy, Jack, and Myles definitely stole the show whenever they were around. Someone should think about Baby-swag for next year.

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Before we flew home we made a slight detour to the beach!
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Myles was such a good little traveler. I was so proud of him. Thank goodness his cold he had been fighting was gone by the time we got there. Must’ve been all that sunshine and happiness. ; ) But seriously, how do we not all live near the beach?!
Even though traveling with a little one is not easy, I am so grateful for the kind people that give you a simple small when you are boarding the plane. It makes a huge difference. I think babies feel their momma’s energy so if we are stressed it could panic them a bit. I try to stay calm but it can be hard if people around are impatient. Myles was really good the flight home. The flight out he cried for a minute but only because he was so tired. One of the flight attendants was sick and her replacement was late so the flight was delayed… by the time we got on board he was beyond tired. He only cried for a few minutes which feels like forever on a flight. But then he was fine. I am SO thankful he was a trooper. I have been on flights and got the stink eye from people around us… Here’s to happy Myles and kind passengers!
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Do you want to build a snowman

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“Do you want to be a snowman…” Does anyone else have that song singing in their head day and night? Well, thanks to Frozen I definitely do. Collin took the girls because I was home with Myles while he napped and I finally had to google the songs to see what it was all about. Especially when Lola would sing “Let it goooo… Let it goooooo” in the car, singing as loud as she can while riding a Ferris wheel and splashing in the bath.
Now I am obsessed too.
We bundled up and made a snowman last week. A couple days later the girls came running into the house terribly dramatic and freaking out. I literally thought something horrible had just happened. Like Tuque ran away or something. Then they said: “Hurry LOOK out the window. The snowman’s head broke off.” His poor head fell over. Which, I guess to a three and five year old, is pretty tragic. I, on the other hand, found the whole
situation hysterical.

And now… here are WAY too many pictures of my daughter and Frosty before he got beheaded.
I counted and took 212 photos so be grateful I am only posting this many. ; )

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