There are a lot of things that I'm wanting to blog about here. Thoughts about what it's like to run a successful business while battling anxiety and depression (I'm sure you're REALLY excited to hear about that! ha!). Balancing family life with work life... etc. But today I thought it would be fun to show off some of the looks I've created over the past month or two.
I NEVER would have thought styling would come so naturally to me. ... I mean, I guess if I REALLY sat down and thought about it, it would make sense. I spent YEARS mixing and matching prints for my scrapbooking creations. That translates easily to patterns on clothing. Turns out all of that scrapping trained my eye and I didn't even realize what I was doing. #lucky
When I was in High School I used to ask for a Vogue subscription for my birthday. No one in my family was ever "into fashion." We dressed solely for comfort and affordability. But as an artistic soul I was drawn to the bold color and wild prints in high fashion. I loved the visuals of the different editorials I'd find. I used the fashion magazines to hone my drawing skills. Never in ONE MILLION YEARS would I have thought that I'd be subscribing again one day in order to be on top of the latest trends. That I'd be translating that into MY BUSINESS. THAT I OWN.
It makes me so happy.
Wearing pulled together, well fitting, comfortable looks for the past year has changed me as a person. My confidence is up. My self image is up (I even don't mind being IN the photos now!!). I feel accomplished. I feel like I can SLAY. I feel worthy.
I'm thrilled to have a career where I can help other women feel the same. We all deserve to have the chance to feel amazing. No matter our age, size, or social status. GET IT.
So here are some of the looks I've pulled out of my inventory.... making outfits is my JAM..
Friday, October 6, 2017
"Hi! Is anyone out there?????" ***she asks into the ether and hears only the sound of her own voice echoing back... "No?????" ***that echoes too. "I didn't think so." Thats ok! I'm just going to go ahead and write this anyway...
I haven't scrapped in ohhhhh, maybe a month... and before that... maybe a year.
I used to follow some people who just plain stopped posting, stopped scrapping, fell off the face of the cyber Earth and think... How could they do that??? Isn't this something we LOVE?! Why would you ever just STOP?! Like, HOW?!
Then I became one of them.
Oh. That's how.
I am the proud owner of my very own LuLaRoe boutique. I sell leggings... and other stuff... actually LOTS of other stuff. It turns out I'm pretty good at it! It turns out that it is a TON of fun too! Isn't that great news? So no time for scrapping for this old gal. ...well, I haven't MADE time, anyway. I hope to correct that and strive to find more balance in life moving forward. (story of my life.)
Why post now? After all this time?
I miss blogging too. This blog was a collection of random projects and life events over the years. It was a place where I came to write about whatever was going on. I wrote some in depth posts about my life and my ups and downs. It was therapeutic and lovely to just put it out there. Now it serves as a sort of time capsule... and I don't want to give that up.
I just want to change up what I
Just thought I'd throw you a quick hello, and, hey girl hey. and I miss you. I'll see you again real soon! (mostly talking to myself here. Lets be real.)
Posted by Elizabeth Gardner at 2:21 PM
Tuesday, August 16, 2016
Hey! Two times in one month... I might as well be a rockstar! Blogging like a boss, that's me. Dropping in super quick today to show most of my Citrus Twist August projects with you. I used the Main Scrapbook Kit and the Embellishment Kit. I've been working for CTK for a year now and I have to say these particular kits were actually my favorite to date. Here's what I made:
Posted by Elizabeth Gardner at 11:57 AM
Sunday, August 14, 2016
How is it that over a month has gone by since I blogged? And it had been quite some time before that as well... well, I guess I know how it happened. I've been busy sun up to sun down for the past 6 weeks (other than my vacation in the middle there. although, that was mostly busy as well.). In my last post I wrote about that old cliche that time flies... well I tell you what, it is super sonic speed lately. School starts for the kids next week and I am just sitting here like, what? How did that happen? (but also, yay! a break from the kids!) -haha, just keeping it real, ya'll.
I don't flatter myself in thinking that any of you really miss when I'm not around here.. I'm sure it's no biggie one way or the other.. but for the past several years this blog has been a bit of a bench marker for my life. I've certainly posted most of my scrapbook endeavors on here (the original intent of the blog).. but I've also done a good bit of putting myself out there and writing about the goings ons of my life and mental state. It's a good routine to be in, sharing with the interwebs what is up in my little world. It's weird to feel the absence of that, and I miss it.
So maybe I will make more time for this in the future.. or maybe I won't be able to swing that... but either way I thought while I have a brief moment I would check in and say, "Hey guys! I'm alive! I'm well! I'm doing stuff! SOO much stuff!"
There are a lot of things I want to write about in there near future on this here 'ole little blog... and I will put them here mostly to serve as a reminder for myself: thoughts on having a high schooler again. updates on my personal business. feelings about all that I took on this summer and how I am feeling about this newer, busier version of me. my "why." roller derby. sumer coming to an end. mental state of mind.
And there is also scrappy stuff I want to cover: Pink Paislee assignments, Citrus Twist Kit Club projects, MONTHS of Project Life. How I've dropped the ball completely on the Me Series and why I should start up again. So hopefully
I will see you soon I'll be back soon to post. Maybe I can figure out how to make this somewhat of a priority again. Hope you all had a great summer!
Posted by Elizabeth Gardner at 2:44 PM
Sunday, July 3, 2016
What. A. Whirlwind. it's been lately. Starting this new business out of my house. Keeping up with design team commitments. Wrangling my kids. Trying to keep the house in order. Hosting Hottie's Dad during a visit. I'm telling you, this summer is already flying by. I want to say, these are all great things. It's great to have the problem of being "too busy" when balancing life, really. It means my life is full and thriving. I'm embracing it as much as I can and collapsing into a ball of what-the-heck-just-happened when I need to.
On the 27th we celebrated my 34th birthday. Usually I take a lot of time to reflect on the year around this time. Where I've gone, what I still want to achieve. etc. But ain't nobody got time for that! --well, at least not me! Still. As I take a moment to blog today I can recognize that I have this unmistakable feeling that I am on the cusp of something great. Maybe it's a break through on finally loving myself. Maybe it's fulfillment from becoming a successful business lady. Maybe I just feel like I have somewhat of a handle on the kids being home 24/7 (sometimes). Or maybe I can just look around and see that life is pretty dang good when I think about it. I can't really ask for more.
Posted by Elizabeth Gardner at 12:03 PM
Tuesday, June 14, 2016
HI! Hello! I haven't shared my Citrus Twist Kit Club June Scrapbook and Embellishment Kit projects yet! I made lots of stuff, as usual. I have to tell you too, the CTK exclusive stuff rocked my world this month! Here is a look at the kit..
This one using the Main Kit only...
These other ones using both the Main and Embellishment kits..
a little hand lettering on this baby...
This one is my favorite. The Citrus Twist paper reminds me of one of those old Sassafras papers I used to love so much. Just gorgeous...
Ok! So those are all of the pages I made with the June Kits. Sometime this week I will share a quick little mini-album I made using the tags and elements as well. Good stuff.. especially for those last minute Fathers Day gifts...
Posted by Elizabeth Gardner at 12:02 PM