Archive for August, 2012

23 Aug 2012

Dear Lizzy Jar Inspiration

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When we were working on my fourth collection: Neapolitan I was searching for a new icon that hadn’t been used much before or ever. There are jars lining a shelf in my office, for my birthday we made cakes in a jar and there are so many ways I’m inspired by jars in my life. When Jennifer, my designer, added some jar elements it flowed really well with what we had already designed and was a cool addition to the line. The Jar stamp is one of my favorites because you can stamp the jar outline and fill with the small icon options: heart, flower, star and strawberry. Or “thanks a bunch” and some dictionary type is also included in that set. There is also a jar patterned paper and some jar pieces in the chipboard set.
Here are some pages and a card that I spotted using one of my Dear Lizzy jars.
Lisa Truesdell often proves that my Dear Lizzy products work with boy pages as well and I love that! When I am designing products there is usually pink in the line but I make a conscious effort to include papers and pieces that would work for boys or girls. This page is an example of that. She used the jar polaroid and other polaroids from one of my papers and added her own photo inside one of the squares. She also used a couple of my patterened papers including the music note paper and the random elements paper. Thanks Lisa!
I love this page for its simplicity and artistic vibe. The minimal colors and white space make the message stand out. Neroliskye

This page is fulll of details and you keep searching it for little surprises. I love how she added one of my chipboard bows to my chipboard jar. She used primarily Dear Lizzy Neapolitan on this page including papers, thickers and wood buttons. She added the cute twine around my epoxy & wood buttons. How cute are those balloons she fashioned?! Thanks Jill Sprott


The design of this page caught my eye with the photos on the left and the grouping of cute things on the right. She added some fun little pieces of goodies throughout. I love how she attached the stickers with foam squares so they have a little more pop. Same with the Happy Chipboard flag and balloons. Another small detail is my ruffle paper peeking out on the right. Adding  a nice pop of color. Beautiful page by Jaime Warren

This page by my friend Stephanie is so sweet! I love how simple the design so the picture stands out… as well as the jar. The base of the page is using my woodgrain chevron. She added some of my fringe ribbon and epoxy stickers as well. Stephanie Howell

This card is darling! I love the jar with the butterflies. Also the cute diecut alphabet in kraft is a nice touch with the pastel colors. You’re adorable Justlulu

22 Aug 2012

Dear Lizzy Ruffle Paper

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It was all a bit surreal and random when I started designing my own scrapbooking products. I think it went something like this…

American Crafts: “What are you up to lately?”

Me: Nothing really. Just finished a book.

American Crafts “We should collarborate on something.”

Me: “Yeah, that’d be cool.”

 and that was that. We jumped right in and I released my first line at the Winter 2009 CHA. Since then I have done 5 lines and I started on my 6th collection this past week. Balancing colors and patterns and finding new ideas for products is something that I enjoy doing at home when I scrapbook, so it’s a dream to get to do this at work designing products.

I’m excited to have this blog to share more of the details of my products and how to use them.
First up, one of my favorite products that I concepted and was so happy when it was able to be produced and manufactured is the ruffle paper. I still can’t get over it. I love it so much. A paper of ruffles? Who doesn’t?
Cake: Unknown/Duvet: KikiComin/Dress: Jcrew

I was inspired by fashion and home decor items and wasn’t sure if it could translate to paper but it did. The only hang up was the color. We wanted a more gradual ombre effect but since that couldn’t pan out we took what we could and happy with the outcome. It’s such a unique product and there’s nothing out there like it! There are so many ways to use it on craft projects, cards and scrapbooking layouts.

Here are some layouts that caught my eye of different ways to use the ruffle paper. 

1 Cut a stripe of ruffle paper and attach as a border under your patterned paper. Kelly Noel

2 Cut the ruffle paper into strips and attach to center of page. Tina Azmus


3 Another great way to use ruffle paper is as a base of your page. Use masks and spray mists to add your own unique design. Kelly Purkey


4 Use the ruffle paper as a frame to your layout. Wilna 

20 Aug 2012

Mini Albums are my fave

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The top book I made for my husband’s birthday. I ripped apart a vintage book and added a ring binder system. Everyone who came to the party filled out a questionnaire and took a polaroid picture and added it to a library pocket.


The next album cover is for our trip to Mexico this summer. I love this album and can’t wait to share the inside.