Tuesday, March 16, 2010

dear lizzy q & a

I think I might have been in denial about my Dear Lizzy column in CK. It was so so fun and surreal for me, being a reader for years, to have my own article. I loved it. Creating Keepsakes made some changes to the magazine but I am still a Contributing Writer for them. yay! With three pages in a fun article coming up so keep your eyes peeled.
I've been thinking that it would be quite fun to continue the Dear Lizzy question and answer format on my blog. Not just because I purchased a cute, new folder that I am anxious to fill. Mainly, I enjoy hearing from you, love finding solutions, offering support and answering questions.

So, here's how it works:
-Think of a question. (Any sort of question, it could have to do with a past project I've shared here, scrapbooking, photography, blogging, life, crafts or anything. Well, not anything. ;)
-Email me your question: elizabeth.kartchner(at)gmail(dot)com
-If I choose your question for upcoming blog posts you will receive happy mail from me... because a little bribery never hurt anyone.

I'll start of with a popular question:
Dear Lizzy,
... I remember a while back when you posted about painting your scrapbook room and you posted the color. However, I can't seem to find it. Would you be so kind to tell me the name and brand of the paint you used. I would love to use that color in my laundry room. And I am actually feeling inspired at the moment to get off my booty and give my laundry room a makeover. I would love to hear back from you.
Keep up the awesome work!
Chrisanna

Hi Chrisanna,
It is my favorite paint color! Made by Ralph Lauren called Sun Washed Blue. Purchased at Home Depot. Thanks.

Can't wait to read your questions!

71 comments:

Kelsey said...

I'm so excited that you're going to continue on with the Dear Lizzy Q and A! I was SO SAD not to see it in the latest issues of CK:( It was always the first article I turned to.

mj said...

so not happy with the direction CK has taken. all of my favorite articles are gone...and now it only comes every other month. boo hoo. so that that you and ali and becky have blogs and continue to inspire us all. thank you thank you thank you!

chelsa said...

I agree with @Kelsey!! I LOVED Dear Lizzy in CK!! So glad you are continuing it on your blog.

ker said...

How did you come up with your kids' cute names? I absolutely love that their initials are Q & A. Infact, when I read your post title I thought I would be reading about you and your cute girls! :) I'm not disappointed though!

Sara Ancich said...

oooh this is fun! I always want to know where you get your shoes...so just add to every q & a the shoes you're wearing and where you got them, and I'll never have to bombard your inbox. thanks {wink!}

Lindsay said...

I agree with mj! I am not happy about ck changing their mag to every other month. I feel like I'm not getting my money's worth now! I also miss you, becky and ali and check your blogs regularly! Very excited to see what questions people ask!

Jo (England) said...

Oh Lizzy. I am very unhappy with CK, I even e-mailed them last week to complain about reducing their issues from 12 to 8 and not telling us readers in advance (I never complain). I received an e-mail in return to say that there'd be just as much in the double issues as they would be in two singles. Two days later the double issue arrived and not only was it no thicker than a single issue but they'd got rid of your column and Becky's. I am not impressed and will be contacting them again. I feel really disappointed that my favourite magazine has gone down hill so fast. Sorry, enough of my moans. I am very, very glad that you have a blog that can inspire me. Thank you. xx (BTW You inspired me with your 'Love Seat' layout design, you can see my take on it on my blog, oh a layout using your lovely flowery ribbon!)

Cynthia said...

Oh I couldn't resist picking up those very same folders from liberty of London target style:) So, perfecto!!!!! I do love your blog so much!!!!!!!!!! I need to comment more:)

Mandi @ Finding Home said...

I have to agree with so many readers above - so disapointed with the direction CK is taking. Your column was my favorite! So glad you have a blog with all sorts of yummy inspiration. And I've got so many great ideas for song downloads listening to your playlists! :)

Anna Vollmer said...

I'm excited! I loved your column and was so sad to see it go! I was wondering were you go to when you're looking for inspiration?
Second, I always have trouble with journaling (as many of us do) and I was wondering what your process is for journaling?
I was also wonering if you could show us all your process of designing a page? I always love seeing other peoples processes...so inspiring. Thanks for continuing Q&A here on your blog!

jill said...

GREAT q&a idea. Will definitely be emailing you w/ some questions I have about this so-called "hobby" (a.k.a. addiction) of our's.

Anonymous said...

Have to agree with everyone else. I am so disappointed in CK and have not enjoyed the magazine since you, Ali & Becky, all my favorites, quit contributing. I didn't even know that they had reduced the number of issues until reading the comments posted here. I don't plan on renewing my subscription. Love your blog and your book.

Jersey Girl Anne said...

I was also disappointed that you no longer had your own column in CK. I think the owners of the mag made a huge mistake. Yours was always the 1st I turned to to read. The mag is not what it used to be and I doubt I will reup!! One reason is that I feel as though I payed for getting a CK mag every month and now that is not going to happen. Maybe you can tell the editors how we all feel!!! I check your blog everyday so please keep showing us your beautiful layouts. I need some spring inspiration!!!

the life of a teenage scrapbooker said...

i love the handwriting font on your blog! What font is it? or is it your own? if it's your own have you given any thought to making your own font? i know that Ali Edwards and Becky Higgins have their own font, and i would LOVE to add yours to my "collection"!

Megan

Diana said...

They Xed your column?! Oh no! What are they thinking? I know they're in some $$ trouble, but whey eliminate the best parts of the magazine? Sigh... well I do love following your blog and I'm so glad you'll still do Dear Lizzy here. I hope you'll still share layouts with your answers like you did in the magazine.
I can think of so many questions I'd like to ask you, but where to begin...?

Gloria said...

I was soo disappointed when I received the CK mag and didnt find your column there, since it was the first article I turned to...Im soo glad you decided to continue with the Dear Lizzy Q&A here in your blog...
I would love to know about your scrapbooking process and how you come up with the great color combos you use in your layouts!!!
Gloria

Happy Daisy AZ said...

Great blog post! I would love to know what sort of post processing you do on your photos. Many of them have a dreamy quality and neat coloring that I really like.

Thanks!
Tracy

La grande cupcake said...

Very good idea! I sent you an email with a few questions myself (2 times) but never got an answer! What's up with that???Well anyways...you don't have too bribe me. I just would like to have an answer no matter what! Thanks!
www.lagrandecupcake.blogspot.com

Julie

The Cox Family said...

I would like to know if you do any digital or hybrid scrapping and if you have ever thought of making digital templates. I love your work, have just stepped over to digi, and would love to have some Elizabeth Kartchner templates!

elizabeth kartchner said...

Thanks for all the question I'm receiving via email...

I know it can be difficult with change...
I've been sad to see many of my favorite publications ending so I'm happy to see CK rise above it. I am loving their recent issues!

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familywithfivekids said...

I got all comfy with my CK when it arrived and flipped and flipped looking for your column...ugh! I'm so sad it is no longer there. It was the first thing I turned too each time! Kinda' glad my subscription expires soon.

Kirsten said...

I am glad that you let us into your life here, and when you still contribute to CK and wherever else you pop up. Love that the Q&A is alive and well - just in a different spot that is all.

Kris said...

Dear Lizzy,
I have been thinking about your column for the last couple months since I hadn't seen so glad your are continuing on here. I will be sure to send in some questions. Love, love, love your inspiration!

alyangsmom said...

I have to say that I am extremely disappointed with CK's decision to reduce the number of issues printed for the year, from 12 to 8. If the issues with two months are to be called "double" it would stand to reason they would be thicker than the single month issues, but they are not. In fact, I think this current March/April issue is even slimmer than the February issue! I miss seeing Ali, Becky and now you in the magazine, I am glad you will continue inspiring us on your blog! God bless you and your sweet little family!

Kari B said...

first...love, love, love your attitude, style (from scrapbooking to home decor to shoes!), and over all fun nature.
my questions: i think you maybe have said this before, but what photoshop actions/techniques do you tend to use on your photos?
would love a tutorial or two on some of the other crafty goodness you do... like the cute hair bows your girls sometimes wear.
thanks for the opportunity to shoot or most burning questions:-)
kari

Christen Krumm said...

i so excited that you are still going to write for CK. dear lizzy was one of my favorite articles and i was so sad to not see it in there!!

xoxo,
christen

iamahoneybee said...

like most others I'm not thrilled with the new approach CK has taken. I was REALLY ticked that they changed it from 12 to 8 issues without notifying suscribers. I was waiting and waiting for March to arrive and I just got it last week to see it is March/April. I understand you are happy you are still on with CK but I'm so bummed that your column is gone. Glad you are doing your own Q&A!

Winter said...

I LOVE the color of your craft room! :)

Lacey said...

I looked thru CK twice thinking I missed your section. I'm really disappointed that Dear Lizzy isn't in there anymore! Yours and Ali Edwards' were my favorites.

Kathy said...

Everytime I open my CK magazine I'm still bummed not to find your column. Boo (thumbs down)! Love the magazine but can't help but be disappointed.

Renee Zwirek said...

Dear Lizzy! You have made my day complete! I am SO excited for the next issue of CK with YOU, YOU, YOU! See, now I don't have to act like an irrational fool and do something as stupid as cancel my CK subscription. (you're not just saying this so that I keep my subscription, are you?) Just kidding, I'm on cloud nine & I'm a dork. Sorry. Love your blogs! Love your LO's. The flutter LO is beautiful. I wish you could be my mentor...do you need an assistant? a chiropractor? just kidding. :) Happy St. Pat's Day! It's an extra special day for us...my daughter turns 3! "Time Flies" so true!!!!

Renee Zwirek said...

Oh, btw. Beautiful Playlist. I really enjoy listening to it. Thanks for introducing me to The Show by Lenka. Fun Tune and Music Video. My soon-to-be 3-yr-old baby girl LOVES listening to "Wanka". And, I LOVE hearing her sing along to it. Such Sweet Music to my ears! Thanks again, stalk 'ya later...teehee.

bebang said...

just dropping by to tell you... thank you for making me the happiest scrapper today for replying to my tweet! its my millionth tweet/comment to you and its the first time you replied lol.... thank you again. you're the best! i really really love your style!

Amanda Hart said...

I absolutely love reading your blog and shared it just yesterday with some girls that come to my house for Scrapping every Tuesday. We had a laugh at your Supermarket antics!!
I would love to see photos of your scrap room.
Keep up the great inspirational work.

ScrapMomOf2 said...

I want TONS of ideas on USING the adhesive backed fabric paper! PLEASE!! I came up with some on my own, but I want to know what others are doing using this!! Thanks!!

{VICKI} said...

Dear Lizzy,

I enjoyed your column in CK and I read your blog everyday. Thanks for sharing with us!

The Boys Mommy said...

Thanks so much for continuing your Q&A here...I really missed it in CK!!! I was pretty disappointed in this month's CK when it arrived the other day:(

Jamie said...

I too love the color pallettes you choose. Just curious: what colors are your girl's rooms?

Amy said...

So glad your continuing your Dear Lizzy here! Ditto Ditto to all the comments above about CK going totally downhill!! Very disappointed with the mag and yes, your column was always the first one I flipped to like all the others have said!!
Thanks so much for all of your continued fun & inspiration on your blog!!

Collin said...

Ditto gang. What's the deal with these changes? I mean, my life was centered on this, and then all the sudden...Pooof! it's gone! Wait...we're talking about them taking Captain Kangaroo off the air, right? Uh...

jessica said...

I was so sad with the changes in CK-I have actually decided not to renew my subscription because all those I love are not really in the mag anymore! So, I am very happy to see you continuing your article-miss seeing you in the mag as much as we used too! But love checking your blog daily!

Marcy E said...

So excited to have found your blog! I just picked up your 52 More Challenges book today at HL and can't wai to devour it (after kickboxing!!!) !!!!!! Love your stuff!

ArchivingAngel said...

Dear Lizzy~ thanks for sharing all your inspiration.
Your blog is great & I am so glad you are entertaining our questions.
I actually have more of a request than a question but it is in form of a question so here goes...
Can you please show us a video of your craft space?
God bless you & your lovely family.
Happy Crafting!
http://archiving-angel.blogspot.com

Jenn said...

Change isn't always easy and some changes are rougher then others. I'm so happy/relieved that you will continue with your Q&A in a different format. It just shows what an amazing person you are, always happy to give in what ever way you can. ;0)

Titi said...

I love your clothes! It's not a question, but maybe you could show us some of your "dressing process"??? thanks!

Sara said...

Ok, here's my question... Every time I see that hutch that is in your house, the one you guys take pictures with it in the background every once in a while, it's turquiose... I fall in love. Seriously. The kind of love where you get all giddy and start painting everything in your house turquiose just to find the right color. Did you paint that? What color did you use if you did And, if you ever want to get rid of it, you know who to call! Thanks. :0)

Amy said...

Oh, YAY!!!!!! I've seriously been missing your Dear Lizzy Q&A and I'm SO glad you've decided to continue the theme here on your blog!! I can't wait for some more good info. and inspiration from the fount of all scrapbooking knowledge = YoU! Thanks for making the world a brighter, happier place. :)

Kelly DeCourcey said...

you're the first page i log onto when i get home at night. i find myself inspired by you not just in scrapbooking, but in fashion and home decor too.

I'd love to know how you and Colin met(you two are JUST too dang cute) have you ever done a page about that?

i'd also love to see some more tips from Colin on photographing you and the kids(to give to my hubby!-who is in to way photo friendly).

Hmmm, i seem to think this is a Dear Colin Q & A don't i? honestly, i love both of you!! YOu just seem so genuine-the both of you-it radiates!!

Anonymous said...

Hi there Elizabeth, just wanted to thank you for your gorgeous blog. It is such a happy, fun and inspiring place to visit everyday. Thanks for spreading the sunshine.
Kelly B.

AJ said...

So how would I be able to send you cute hair accessories so your beautiful little girls can model them for me? :)

Anonymous said...

Dear Elizabeth,
Love your blog and all your amazing creations! Thank you for sharing!
I wrote you a few days ago about some Russian project and would love to hear from you. Maybe the letter went to your spam. Could I kindly ask you to check it?
Sorry for my impatience if you were going to answer it later.
Looking forward to hearing from you!
Best regards,
Anastasia (Russia)

Anonymous said...

That's again Anastasia. My contact e-mail is nastasiar@yandex.ru.
Have a wonderful day!

jen said...

I would love to know how you made the flowers on one of the first layouts that you showed which showcased the Dear Lizzy line. I think that you said that you made them out of the fabric paper. They are gorgeous, and I would love to add some to my next layout.

Thanks!

Jen

Laurie said...

How, oh how are you able to scrapbook with your two little ones running around?

Eva said...

I just wanna tell you how much I enjoy reading your blog, your inspirations and looking at all pics of your lovely family. I've been going gaga with Dear Lizzy products...I grab everything I see..:) Taking classes which feature Dear Lizzy collection.

My question is how can you juggle everything going on around you but still look so pretty and wonderful? tat is amazing!!

alicia said...

your article will definitely be missed! looking forward to more posts!

Anonymous said...

I know that CK going from 12 to 8 is a bummer, but with all the scrap mags just shutting down in this economy, I think that a fewer issues is better than no issues.

I love your style and your blog and your happy outlook. I'm curious if there is a 'dark side' to Lizzy? Do you ever just get so stinkin angry that you yell and scream and throw shoes?! Maybe that is another Collin Q&A...

Thanks
Jamie Q

megan and melissa said...

This is such a great idea. My question is where do you find all your fabulous skinny jeans? I have been on an endless search for jeans that are priced right, fit good, and don't terribly stretch out. I would love to know your advice! Thank you so much for doing this. I cannot wait to see your answer!
xoxo-Meg
fiddlesticksandfunnygirls.blogspot.com

barbie_love said...

I miss your Dear Lizzy column in Ck was so sad this month when I went through the whole magazine and realized it was gone. I love your cute funky style.

Lindsey said...

I thought of a question!

I LOVE greeting cards...I love finding just the right one that expresses how I'm feeling, and I love sending them as small surprises to my friends and family.

That said, I've received so many that mean a lot to me. I just toss many, but I keep special ones. I had surgery a few years ago, for example, and am still holding on to some of the "get well" cards that friends had sent me.

I'm trying to come up with a creative way to scrapbook them! I've thought about just binding them all together some how in a minibook (with rings or ribbon or something), or storing them in a photo storage box, but I'm not super crazy about those ideas.

I was wondering if you have any ideas! :)

Michelle Vandepol said...

i love your girlie pretty pages, but have three boys.(+ a boyish husband and a boy cat) any suggestions to make your pretty designs tweaked a bit more male for my books?

Anonymous said...

Love your book, your blog and all the happiness that surrounds you...One question...Do you print your own pictures at home? If so, what printer do you use? Or do you get them processed, if so, where...Your pictures are always so clear. Of course, you have perfect sweet little things to take pics of, so I can't imagine them not turning out "perfect"...thanks, your blog is one of my favorites...oh and I love your playlist. I play it all the time at work and at home!
Louise

Jennifer Richardson said...

Hi Liz! I would love to see some of your first pages! I like looking back at mine though I sometimes cringe at how basic they are and feel like ripping them apart and redoing them again lol. It would be fun to see where you started (still oober cuteness Im sure). Thanks Jenn

Jennifer Richardson said...

Okay heres another question thats been on my mind. I have recently tried my first pack of Nestabilities and was thinking about replacing my punches with them. What is your feeling on this. Do you prefer punches or Nesties or BOTH (as my husband shudders at the thought lol). Thanks Liz for a great blog and for always offering us silly scrappers such inspiration!

jill marie barrett said...

my question: can we use pictures or images from the dear lizzy line on our blogs as headers or the background? i am just in love with it and i want to cuteafy my blog with it. thanks
jill b

are you going to have more lines comming this winter? or was this spring line a one time deal?
please, please oh-please let there be more!
he he he!

Anonymous said...

I kind of skimmed over some of the questions asked and didn't see this one: what kind of camera do you use, and which lense is your go-to fave? I'm in the market for a new camera, so I figured it might not hurt to ask, considering your pics are always so pretty!
:)

m3twin said...

I just have to say that I completely LOVE your pic, holding the pencil under your nose. That is how I fell most days :o) You are absolutely adorable!

Lovely gd Cee said...

hello Lizzy:)

my name is Lovely Cutler and i saw that you would teach scrapbooking? i work at our local scrapbooking store and i have more questions that i would love to ask but i would rather ask you about it in a private message, instead? is it possible... how i can contact you? or you can also email me and we'll go from there..? mine is Fiveyankees@bresnan.net
i awfully want you over in our store in Montana- we're not that far away from the world renown Yellowstone National Park... im just saying:)
i hope to hear from you:) please please answer me:)

thanks,
Lovely