A couple recent projects I made using some of my Dear Lizzy products and other favorite supplies for Two Peas. Of course I used my Silhouette on both projects. Such a great tool because there are unlimited uses.
It’s definitely been a while since I scrapbooked about me. I used to do layouts like this all the time so it was fun to add another one to my album. But the not-fun part? Taking photos. SO awkward but it’s all more the cause right?
Started by diecutting words describing aspects of my personality and who I am. Then I layered some of my Dear Lizzy papers and diecuts. Love the MME glasses stamp. I also added lots of goodies from my newest Dear Lizzy Polka Dot Party collection of products.
Some of you may know me for designing Dear Lizzy products… which is part of who I am and what I do. But you may not know that I also am a professional baby kisser. Yep.
Also, I am a bad cook. I think I would be a good cook if I had more time. Because I enjoy it. But lately I use my trusty crock pot to do all the work. I do make a delicious chicken curry but I have also been known to burn Mac N Cheese… while I was busy with baby Myles.
I love the beach! I don’t know why I live somewhere that snows. It’s against everything I am. ; ) I love Disneyland. I love holding hands. I have held my grandma’s hand when I am sitting by her since I was a little girl and I still do. I love to laugh, create, shop, take photos, eat dessert before dinner.
I am a worry freak. Seriously I will keep myself awake worrying about my family and natural disasters or crazy things that would never happen. I love to exercise but haven’t made it a priority. I also am Christian. I know I am a daughter of God and strive to live worthy of such a blessing. Oh, and every single night I have to check and make sure there’s not a spider under my blanket or pillow before I get in bed. Sometimes I whip the blanket over like I’m Maria in The Sound Of Music-one of my all-time favorite movies. Anyways, I think I’ve said too much.
For the next layout, I diecut these cool squares using my Silhouette and this cut file from Two Peas in the layout below. Then filled each square with random bits. Like the wood fox tile and bits of wood confetti shapes. There’s a video tutorial where I share some step by steps of how to make both projects. View the layouts and tutorial here!
For those of you who don’t know, I will save you the time of googling the word glamping. Camping + glam = glamping. Luxury camping? Yes, this is such a thing. I googled and someone on Urban Dictionary said: Glamping: no stinky sleeping bags on the hard ground and freeze dried food for me. heehee! That’s the only camping I’ve ever known.
Some of the most tangible memories with my dad are from camping trips. I remember him waking up when the sun rose to start a fire then cooking pancakes on the propane stove. I remember when it got dark and if we didn’t know where he was it meant he’s about to jump out from somewhere and scare us. And he would. I remember once my sisters and I looked over at him by the picnic table and a skunk was right by his feet. As soon as we yelled, “There’s a skunk!” …he jumped on top of the picnic table faster then I have seen him move. We died laughing! I remember him teaching me how to roll up my sleeping bag the best and we’d see who could roll theirs up the smallest. Don’t forget hiking, the cow-pie fight and playing the harmonica by the fire.
As I got older, I remember staring at our maroon Aerostar packed with food, tents and sleeping bags–thinking how much work mom and dad put into getting us ready for these camping trips. They had 5 kids, my dad was diabetic & legally blind, plus we didn’t have a lot of money… so this was no easy task for them. But I am so grateful they did it. For us. Maybe they knew my dad wouldn’t be around forever… maybe they knew how much this would mean to us someday.
Collin has heard me talk about all those memories and he didn’t ever go camping so he really wanted it for our family. We are very similar in the way that when we get an idea in our head we can’t get it out. One night years ago we stayed up late thinking about how we need a camper for our littles… fast forward and here we are.
I wanted to share a peek of the inside. I will share some better pics when I feel like she is ready for her reveal. : ) For now, scroll through to see a few shots.
We went out on Sunday night and as soon as the sun went down it got cold–fast. Not even the fire was keeping us warm. But I’d do it again for the s’mores, yukulele playing and singing by Collin and Co. & seeing the cuzzines play made it worth the frozen toes.
Can’t wait to share more of the inside as we finish it up and our adventures!
Myles not sure what to think about it all… heehee! xo, Lizzy
So remember that book I told you about called Fairy Birds... that teaches kids to spread kindness and they can earn their pink “givie” feather for their wings. Well, they are having a book launch party in Provo, Utah on November 16th from 11-2. Inviting Fairies from all over to come! There will be a kids’ craft, music, photo booth, cotton candy trees, book reading, secret message balloons and more.
The authors/mothers have such an incredible vision for teaching children so I am thrilled to be sponsoring and attending this magical event.
Can you come? I want to meet you! The authors will be there along with the Small Fry mommas and there will be all sorts of creative happiness swarming around. We can’t wait to chat, snack, craft, shop, photo and read the day away at the event with you!
The authors are road-tripping in for the event from California with a car full of books, sparkle and color. It’s going to be quite a party. Oh, and there’s going to be a videographer to capture dance moves, funny faces at the photo wall and crazy creative party decor. You coming? Let’s do this. The event is going to fill up fast and space is limited. RSVP at email@example.com
Photos via Fairy Birds
Pondering this quote and trying to figure out how I can be a lot with myself and my sufferings… Waiting for that day when it will all come together. Because right now I am day by day. Feeling that pressure to enjoy the moment yet just trying to get everything done that’s needed to be done.
Found this quote at Design Love Fest and want to watch the documentary about this wise, creative woman. (Calligraphy sign)
Just wanted to say hi ((waving like a dork)) Have a happy friday!! xo, Lizzy
It was quite fitting that it was snowing as I uploaded pics for this post since the album is about December & Christmas. Also, I am wearing a beanie since I am a baby about the cold.
December Daily, holiday albums & anything to document the magical traditions of Christmas time is time well spent. That’s why I dug up this album I started last year and finished the majority of it last week for the Two Peas Garden.
For the base of the album I used an SC Handbook the same size as my Dear Lizzy mini album.
This album has a few different techniques that I enjoyed in the process:
Printing a photo on patterned paper. (I have done this the past couple years for my album.)
Diecut a quote of favorite song and scripture for a full page using my Silhouette.
Layering on pages from holiday catalogs.
Sewing pieces of vellum to the front of page protectors.
Loving the wood tiles and cards from Two Peas!!
I used my Silhouette to diecut a song lyric and scripture pages then sewed them to the page protector. (Following the seam of the page protector as I stitched them together.) Seeing through to the next page is one of my favorite things to add to the design of mini albums.
The tress I dyed below: View the post about Bottle Brush Trees here
A story below about the time I dressed up as Santa…! The kids loved this new traditon!
Don’t you love New York in the fall? It makes me wanna buy school supplies. I would send you a bouquet of newly sharpened pencils if I knew your name and address. On the other hand, this not knowing has its charms. tom hanks You’ve Got Mail
Something about this dark, crisp autumn day with yellow leaves filling up the view out my window that makes want to curl up under a blanket and watch You’ve Got Mail. Or any other Tom Hanks/Meg Ryan film for that matter. What ever happened to Meg Ryan…? Even French Kiss is still such a cute flick. Anyway, today I am making chocolate cookies, cleaning up my desk I’ve been avoiding at all costs and other activities that scream it’s fall people.
And now pics to prove to my kids the fun we’ve had… Including taking our camper out to the mountains on its first adventure. Bike rides on a warm day and Myles + leaves. Doesn’t fall look good on him with this sweater, button down shirt and jeans. All he needs is a cup of apple cider and knitted scarf.
Collin just rolled our new digs home after work tonight… with its shiny, new paint job. So excited with the progress!
This is the second coat of paint because the first try wasn’t quite right. How nice of Maaco to make sure it was exactly what we envisioned!
Our camper has been quite a fun project to work on with Collin. He does most of the handyman work while I keep the kids out of the way… oh, and I’m really good at pointing out things he missed. ; )
So far we redid the flooring and painted everything. Added new hardware & hinges on the drawers and cupboards. Tiled bathroom and kitchen backsplash. A small molding along the flooring. Getting closer to the ennnnnddddd.
Can’t wait to finish more of the inside and give ya the grand tour. All 15 feet of it.
Just wanted to share with you. xoxo, Lizzy
A felt ball garland I strung together yesterday to hang up inside.
Fairy Birds is a darling book that teaches kids to give to others by spreading acts of kindness through out their day. Even better– they do so while dressed up in wings and sprinkle confetti hearts as they go. This children’s book series is about Fairies who are actually in Fairy Godmother training. If you notice the wings my girls are wearing… each feather is earned when they are in training. In the first book they can grow their pink “givie” feather as they give to others. I love what this teaches and in a fun-interactive way!
Head over to Small Fry Blog for more pictures, videos & details including 3 giveaways for books & darling accessories…! Such a great gift idea and prezzie for your own Fairy Birds. Thanks to Emily and Nicole at Small Fry for the pictures and magical afternoon adventure!
As I am typing this our camper is getting the finishing touches on a fresh coat of paint. I can not wait to see it all shiny and new. Collin worked on the flooring and the upholstery is all done in a flashy turquoise… Just in time for winter! haha But we should still have some nice weeekends before hibernation. I collected some things to put inside and will share some pics of our process when we get it back home. Collin even came up with a “name” for it. It made me tear up because it has to do with my dad and so many of my memories of him were camping… but I’ll save all that for another day.
“I am grateful for what I am and have. My thanksgiving is perpetual. It is surprising how contented one can be with nothing definite-only a sense of existence.”
And a date to Target with my little guy!
Also, one day I thought I want to play the ukulele… and the first song I want to learn is Edelweiss. How random are both of those thoughts?! Not that random if you know me. For one, Sound of Music is one of my all-time favorite movies. And second, I have always-always wanted to learn to play the guitar. So I bought a mini one.
It’s actually easier than I thought. I am not good at all, by any means. But I can play sounds that sound like the song it should be. ahaha
Do you play the yook? any tips or favorite tutorials on youtube?
Getting Halloween costumes together and enjoying this wonderful fall weather! xo, Lizzy
This year I was hoping Halloween would slip by and no one would notice that I didn’t decorate. Not because I don’t LOVE Halloween, because it’s truly one of my favorites. But because I was totally being lazy… and I am freaked out by our storage room. (spiders, dark etc) A week ago my plan was going smoothly… I almost caved when my sister, Ash, came over & was completely ashamed in me. But I couldn’t ignore Quincey asking every. single. day. to hang up Halloween stuff. “We need to decorate mom!” So I braved the spiders and ghosts in the storage room, appropriate for this holiday, dragged the bin upstairs and went to work on the mantle.
The other night Collin asked me what I was making… Oh, you know just a hat and mask for a fake crows.
I added some blanket and pillows, witches hats, and a photo album. The photo album is this darling, stuffed cat with an album attached that I purchased from Old Navy the first year of our marriage. I wanted to put each year of costumes in it. My goal this year is to catch up and print pictures for it and display it every Halloween.
Last year, I used my Silhouette to cut bat shapes from vintage book paper and then sewed them together. As well as the fringe garland. To make use crepe paper sheets. You can use the typical crepe paper rolls but it won’t be as wide. Start by cutting it as wide as long as you want it. Then cut into fringe on the edges.
Spray painted the skulls and skeleton… I am hoping to glitter them up for next year. I honestly wanted to fill my fireplace with skulls but might be too creepy for my kids.