Q: Dear Lizzy,
Ok I have a question for you! I have recently found the joy of crafting and I love it, but my stash is very small! I see so many lovely things, but cannot afford to buy everything all at once, so I was wondering if you could suggest some absolute basic essentials!
A: Hi Hannah, That is a great question here are some of my favorite essentials! I've included a few of my favorites below with out going too overboard, I had to stop somewhere, and without including the obvious adhesive & scissors.
Circle Punch: This is such a versatile tool that I use so often. I use my 2" all the time. Get a scalloped edge circle that is a touch larger then the round circle punch so you can layer them and you are good to go!
Border Punch: You can use it over and over to add a more polished look to cutting papers on your pages.
Most used punches: Butterfly for the girls or the Cloud if I had a boy. (Sigh... someday ;)
Perfect addition for a stand-out title and I use them on almost every single page. I can stretch my thickers to go a long way... and get pretty talented at combining the letters that I have to make the letter I ran out of. Like this layout where I cut the 8's to make two s's. (Apparently, I like to brag about not very cool things. )
I am such a paper girl... I love to alter, paper piece, and cut strips of patterned paper! In fact I love it so much, if you asked me what 3 things I could bring if I was stranded on a deserted island I would have to say paper... and a lifetime supply of Nutella.
Having a quick easy way to add a spot for journaling is great if you are ever in a time crunch and they are cute!
Some scrappers might rather choke on another button but I still like em. Layering all different elements as the finishing touches to my layout is something I really enjoy and is a whole post in itself.
PAPER TRIMMER: I love my new paper trimmer... Cutterpillar. I especially love how it cuts through chipboard like a dream!
Phew, I hope that wasn't too overwhelming and I am glad I could share a few of my favorite essentials.
Q: Okay my question is: I adore your Dear Lizzy line by American Crafts and I would love to see more crafty lines from you! Are you planning on designing more in the near future?
Jen (Sydney, Aus)
A: Hi Jen! I am!! We are finishing up my next line that will be released at the Winter CHA show this January. I can't wait to share it with you... !
Q: Dear Lizzy, How did you come up with your daughters' beautiful names? They're totally cute and unique!
A: Thanks Jamie! Before we were even married I knew one of our daughters would be named Avery. Something about it just stuck with me all those years and Collin liked it too so I don't remember even thinking or making a list while I was pregnant with her. With the other two, Collin and I compiled a list of names over the 9 months. There was usually one that Collin really loved and he would say, "That's it!" It was sweet how excited he was about a certain name and felt a connection. We never had it set in stone until we held our babies and met them in real life... but after each one the name we chose still felt right. We included family names for all the middle names: Rose, Elizabeth and Marie. A silly sidenote: It's cute because lately Qu-ey has been referring to herself as Rosie. "Rosie is hungry." ha ha
Q: What is the best way to photograph your layouts? Please don't say daylight because that is not always an option for me.
A: Ah, man... I don't know how to answer this one then. ;)
You could also use a scanner, or if you do have bright enough lighting indoors that is also an option. Just make sure you adjust your camera to the correct lighting options (tungsten etc) and you should get a good picture doing that as well.