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There has been a lot to celebrate recently, my boyfriend’s birthday and my birthday as well. Whether we are miles apart or spending these specials days together, I always try to find a little time to create something fun for us to celebrate.

Inspired by the cactus paper from the Happy Place collection, this time, I decided to make a handmade cactus piñata. It is a fun and simple shape to work with pretty easily and it reminds of the good times we spent exploring Mexico, his native country.

It is not perfect AT ALL, but believe me, I enjoyed the process so much! …especially the part of filling it with chocolate and candy… one for me, one for the piñata. 😉 I snapped a few photos along the basic process of how to make a birthday piñata:
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Say Yes: Mini Album

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It’s impossible to not make a disaster when creating a mini album. It’s like you start pulling out everything and anything! The Happy Place collection is perfect for summer memories. Minis will always have my heart! The pockets and layering deserve all the heart eyes!!
Design + Photos: Emma

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It’s a Disney Day!

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When I was a little girl I apologized to my diary for not writing and I feel like I need to do that now… apologize for my lack of blogging. :) I have such good intentions but the past couple months have flown by. Collin travels a lot for work too so I feel like I have even less free time, besides when I hide in the bathroom. ha! It definitely took some adjusting for our day to day routine. It’s still hard and Quincey has a really difficult time with him gone. It breaks my heart how much it effects her when we’re not all together. Even though he’s only gone for 2-3 days at a time. I definitely have a new found appreciation for single and army mommas out there.
We took a break last week and went to Disneyland as a fam! Because long lines and crowds are great for refreshing those batteries. It was a blast though, obviously because it’s Disneyland.
The fireworks and night parade were amazing! That was worth the drive in itself. We got to see it twice too. And one night started at 7pm so even the little ones were still awake to experience it. Can’t wait to print these out and scrapbook them!
I definitely have more pictures of Myles and Lola because Q & A are busy running around with dad on the big kid rides. We like strolling around eating cotton candy and meeting princesses. haha

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DIY: Envelope Pocket

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It is not a secret that I LOVE to make mini albums of my little adventures around the world, or even about the little things in life. But, lately, I realized that not only I enjoy to look back at the photos, or to rediscover the story through the album, but also to bring back all the memories with gathered memorabilia along the way.
The bright transparency from the new Happy Place line, gave me the idea to make a little cute envelope out of it. This is perfect to keep some tickets, business cards or even extra photos from my last summer vacation. It was super easy to make and I love the fun look of it. Let’s take a look on the steps to make this:
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1. Pick the width of the envelope and trim the paper down. I find that 4×6 or 4×5 it is a good size for most minis and it is normally big enough to fit the usual memorabilia. So, I cut the 12×12 transparency into a 12×4 stripe. You can use an envelope template to serve you as a guide as well.

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2. Fold the paper to create the pocket of the length you desire, and stitch the sides. Remember to leave a couple of inches on top in order to create a folded lid.

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3. Now you have the basic structure completed. The tricky part is to choose how you want to close the envelope. In my case, I punched a couple of tiny holes to add two eyelets (one on the lid and one on the pocket) with a one-inch circle paper around. Then, I used a gold string that came with the Dear Lizzy tassels to tie the envelope shut.DIYenvelope7

4. As I final touch, I attached a couple of fun tassels from the Happy Place collection.

And done! Now go and grab some memorabilia and add this to your planner, a layout, a mini album, or even to your project life album (you can always punch two holes on a side or at the bottom to add it to a ring album). Let’s bring those memories alive! :)Olatz
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DIY: Rosette Garland

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(Excited to have the first post from Emma on my new design team sharing a darling project today with the new Happy Place collection!)
Next to my desk I have a set of windows that I like to “dress up” every now and then. I’ve had the Christmas baubles hanging there for way too long so it was time for an update! The colours of the new Happy Place line are PERFECT so I thought I’d try out a fan paper garland. These are super easy to make and I snapped some photo’s along the way.

1 – Pick what size you want them to be. The ones I made are 3.5 and 4 inches wide. For whatever WIDTH you want your fans to be, your paper needs to be double in length. I.e. the paper I cut was in strips of 3.5×7 inches or 4×8 inches.
2 – Create folds in your paper – mine are spaced 1 inch apart and I used my scoring board to make it easier.
3 – Fold the paper, alternating forward and backwards.
4 – Then you need add a staple to the middle of the length (I like to mark the centre point on the scoring board to make sure I’m getting it in the right spot!)
EXTRA STEP – if you want your fan to have a “starburst” kind of effect, you can cut each of the ends on a 45 degree angle using a pair of scissors.
5 – Once you’ve got your centre point, add adhesive to BOTH sides of the paper – I use double-sided tape and before I removed the backing paper I folded it in half both directions (helps it bend to shape later on).
6- I then just used some embroidery cotton and my trusty hot glue gun to string them all together.
Couldn’t be easier and I really love the finished result! -Emma

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Yes to this.
Yes to freshening up the workspace.
Yes to confidence in new ideas. Yes to saying no sometimes because we can’t do it all. : )

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Yes to happy mail from Studio Calico! Everything organized in a bag is a lovely bonus. I’m excited for the creative goals I’ve set this year and am feeling inspired! The project life kit and the stationery set mixes great with my new Dear Lizzy products!
How fun is this SC weekly calendar too?
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I am completely obsessed with the Heidi Swapp MARQUEE letters found here. They are so versatile and easy to DIY! There is tape that comes in the same width as the outer edge so they can be personalized. Also, they are made chipboard that can be painted or spray painted just as easily. AND, before I forget,  all Dear Lizzy and Heidi Swapp items are up to 40% off at Scrapbook.com so take advantage of that!

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Fringe Boxes DIY

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Tiny heart boxes with tiny mini books inside and a tiny bear holding tiny ice cream cones in a tiny bowtie is just too much to handle. Getting a jumpstart on the gushy love holiday and not just because I get to sneak the cinnamon hearts all day now. Although that is a plus! Here’s some pics and a short video to share! Lots of new Dear Lizzy goodies that will be available soon! including the arrow paperclip, “top notch” prize ribbon with epoxy brad, pink and red polka dot paper and word stickers.
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View the video here if you are not able to see it above. The ad on the video is for the music so just click it off for now until I fix it.
As I was snapping a few quick pics of these darling fringe boxes for Valentine’s Day also filmed some clips of the process for a short video. My daughter loves to “help” me with everything and filling the boxes with treats was a great way for her to join in. This video was completely spontaneous and I hope you enjoy! And subscribe to my YouTube channel because I am planning on making more videos each month. xoxo

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new Happy Place collection!

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Today I am excited to share my newest collection of products… Happy Place!
When we were gathering inspiration for each collection I try to incorporate a story to help translate the ideas. This one was all about a road trip to Palm Springs with your friends. A weekend  with a bright mix of patterns and icons. One of my favorite aspects of this collection is that every pattern in the 24 patterns of paper were hand painted or drawn. Which adds a unique touch to all the designs! Kylie Harrison and Ashley Isenhour were the designers I worked with on our team and we all had the same vision which made the process smooth and fun! Plus, they’re amazing! Here is a first glimpse of everything… and I can’t wait to share more!
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Capture delightful, adventurous moments and good times with Happy Place by Dear Lizzy, which includes cheerful images of cameras, bikes, fruits, florals and other everyday essentials presented in bright shades of pink, aqua, yellow and green.

This collection includes 24 double-sided patterned papers, Thickers, paper pads and a variety of versatile embellishments. Adorn creative projects with stickers, die-cut phrases, tassels, stamps and more! Create custom pieces with coordinating Minc prints that can be easily customized.

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A Savior Is Born

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Merry Christmas!
The past few years I started collecting nativity scene snow globes. We’ve already had one casualty but I love catching my kids enjoying the magical scene. A humble scene of the birth of a sweet babe that changed the world.
My daughters learned the song, “Can I Hold The Baby” at church… the past couple months Lola would sing it under her breath while she was playing or I would bribe her to sing it for me. It’s such a tender song about baby Jesus. If you want you can hear it on youtube and have your children sing it… it will make your momma heart grow two sizes.
This month my family has also enjoyed watching a couple incredible videos about the birth of Jesus. One called A Savior Is Born and another Imagine the World Without A Savior.
If you have moment you should watch the videos below or click here! They touched my heart and I wanted to share…

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One quiet night long ago in a tiny town a child was born. Born to change all hearts, end all goodbyes, fix all mistakes. Born to overcome anguish, regret, depression, fear. He understands you. He heals us. He can bridge the lonely gap between God and man and bring us home… if we let Him. If we love Him. If we follow Him. 

That’s why we celebrate. That’s why we sing. And that’s why He was born. 

 

Christmas Eve Pajama Party

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Since the actual Christmas Eve can get busy with family we celebrated early with a breakfast. Including liege waffles topped with strawberries and cream from our favorite Waffle Love! Divine!!!

We also wrote letters to Santa and Rudolph, made Gingerbread houses and baby jesus ornaments (I’ll share those pics next).
Also matching American Girl doll pajamas. The pjs are from Kohl’s. I don’t know how much longer they will enjoy playing with their dolls and I could barely find a size that would fit Avery. She’s tall for her age and wears like 10-12 and that’s usually when they stop making matchy doll stuff.
This was so fun! Just some candy cane stripe details and a minty table cloth to tie it all together.

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Myles loves to get right in on the action with his sisters!
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