How To Use The Bookmark in Your L&V Wedding Guestbook

How To Use The Bookmark in Your L&V Wedding Guestbook

When we created the Lily & Val Wedding Guestbook, we really tried to think of everything that might be helpful! Since the concept was completely new, we knew we wanted to provide an easy way for you to give your guests the instructions they need so that you are left with a memorable keepsake.

Our solution to this: an instructional bookmark!

Here is how we recommend using the bookmark and a few ideas for you…

How To Use The Bookmark in Your L&V Wedding Guestbook

At the back of your Wedding Guestbook you will find a bookmark and velvet ribbon attached to the back cover with velcro. (The attachment is simply to keep the bookmark safe and in place until it arrives to you.)

Upon receiving your book, simply un-attach the ribbon and cut off the velcroed portion!

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The beauty of this velvet ribbon is that you can choose to keep it long or cut it short. We like cutting out little triangles on each side of the ribbon for a pretty look.

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Another way to customize your guestbook is to switch out the included velvet ribbon for a ribbon color that matches your color scheme! It’s simple to remove the ribbon and add your own using the slits in the bookmark.

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Be sure to include your bookmark along with the guestbook so your guests know exactly what to do at your wedding!

Congratulations and Best Wishes! xoxo

How To Use The Bookmark in Your L&V Wedding Guestbook
Everyday Black Bean Quinoa Recipe Scrapbooked In The Keepsake Kitchen Diary

You may have already checked out my previous post with the Everyday Black bean Quinoa recipe, so now it is time for recording this trusty standby in the Keepsake Kitchen Diary.

This yummy dish is one of my favorites for any time of year. The colors and it’s ease of transport make it a fantastic fall side dish to take to any gathering or get-together!

For this reason, I used the colors of the dish to inspire my Keepsake Kitchen Diary spread when I recorded this recipe under “sides”.

I love that the Keepsake Kitchen Diary has tabs to keep my recipe and kitchen concoctions organized, even when I am not!

One of my favorite things to do is add in little festive details like leaves for fall. Sometimes I choose to draw some of the ingredients in the margins inspired by the recipe.

This visual really helps when I go flipping through my Kitchen Diary for a dish or meal idea.

Sometimes the Memories section can feel intimidating. So much of food culture is filled with memories, but sometimes when a recipe is new or simply mundane it’s hard to choose what to put in those margins.

I like to jot down ideas of how I have served the recipe or things to remember about making it in the “memories” section when the “notes” section just isn’t enough.  It’s your Keepsake Kitchen Diary, so make it your own however you’d like to!

Also, notice how beautiful the new fall recipe cards coordinate with my fall recipe spread?

I like to make the Difficulty “Hearts” bold in my Kitchen Diary. Again, this is a great way to speed up meal planning or deciding a last minute dish to make for company.

I love getting new recipe cards because it feels like getting a pretty new notebook…except these I will actually use and look at.

Having the new recipe cards released this fall has been great to use with all of my cozier recipes. I love my lemon recipe cards when appropriate, but something about these natural hues is so striking for the cooler month dishes without being too on the nose.

So take time to add even your everyday recipes to your Keepsake Kitchen Diary. The more you add in your recipes, without stress or overthinking, the happier someone will be someday to inherit all of your handwritten instructions, no matter how simple they may seem to you.

The Best Pens To Use In Your L&V Wedding Guestbook

The Best Pens To Use In Your L&V Wedding Guestbook

You purchased the Lily & Val Wedding Guestbook! Hooray!

Now you might be wondering…“What pens should I set out for my guests to use?”

The good news is: The pages of your guestbook are nice and thick to prevent bleed through, so it’s pretty hard to go wrong. If you have a favorite pen, by all means, use it! That said, we don’t want your pen to need time to dry between guests for fear of smudging. So, to help you decide, we’ve tested many pens and came up with our favorites:

The Best Pens To Use In Your L&V Wedding Guestbook

Le Pens:

The Le Pen has been one of our favorite pens for a long time. It writes thin and smooth, almost like a tiny, tiny marker. The ink is acid-free and non-toxic, which is important when it comes to writing something you want to last forever. We also love the sleek, simple design of the barrel.

They come in classic black, of course, but you can also find them in a wide range of colors if you would like to give your guests colorful options to use! We are big fans of this pen!

Sakura Micron Pens:

Micron pens are preferred by many lettering artists, scrapbookers and illustrators for their high quality and archival ink. They come in a range of nib sizes. (For your guestbook, .35mm- .45mm should be ideal.) The ink is waterproof, fade resistant and will not smudge or smear.

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Tous Les Jours Pens:

Goodness, these pens are pretty! I mean, just look at those available colors! Not to mention, the French writing on them is lovely. The barrel is made of wood and honestly feels light as a feather. What we really love about this pen is how delicate and fine it writes – it’s almost pencil-like. You won’t have any fear of smudges and you’ll be left with delicate beautiful writing in the pages of your book. The ink is waterproof and alcohol-based.

The Best Pens To Use In Your L&V Wedding Guestbook

Ballpoint Pens:

If you find a ballpoint pen that is just too pretty and will look lovely with your guestbook (like this striped pen), we recommend testing it out! Ballpoint pens do tend to smear less than say a gel pen and will not bleed through. If your ballpoint pen is not archival, but you still want to use it, that can be fine. Just know that the ink runs the risk of fading over time when exposed to light. The best thing you can do is keep it out of light, but since the pages will be tucked inside your book, this option should also be just fine.

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We hope these suggestions are helpful and cannot wait to see how you use your Wedding Guestbook! 

 

In The Kitchen: Super Easy Roasted Zucchini Strips

How many times do we buy vegetables with the best of intentions…but they go bad in the crisper before we get around to using them? Guilty!

I so often buy zucchini with plans to make things like zucchini bread, soup, and fries etc. Then I get distracted and busy and miss my window of opportunity.

To solve this problem I have come up with some quick and easy ways to use those veggies sitting in the fridge, even on a late weeknight.

Super simple Roasted Zucchini Strips-perfect for topping or as a side

To make these super simple healthy zucchini strips you will need:

  • 1 medium zucchini (or as many batches as you would like to make)
  • 2 tsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 1/2  tsp. garlic salt mix
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper

Begin by slicing your unpeeled zucchini into thin strips. Preheat your oven to 425˚F.

Spread your strips out on parchment covered baking sheet and sprinkle your seasonings evenly.

Drizzle the olive oil over the top. Toss and spread the strips back out on the baking sheet.

Super simple Roasted Zucchini Strips-perfect for topping or as a side

Pop the pan in your pre-heated oven and bake until the ends of your strips turn brown and crisp. About 20 minutes depending on how thick or thin you cut your pieces.

Super simple Roasted Zucchini Strips-perfect for topping or as a side

For recipes that are usuals in my weekly rotation or for simple recipes, I prefer to use a loose recipe card to have my ingredients and instructions easily accessible. This keeps my favorited recipes quick at hand for making shopping lists, menus, and quick dinners. For recipes that are more sentimental, special, or have stood the test of time, I love using the Keepsake Kitchen Diary.

Because there are so many recipe cards to choose from, I like to match them to recipes I use mostly in a particular season. I keep my brother’s famous Nutella ice cream recipe on a Lemon recipe card for summer and will be adding some new pumpkin recipes I’m testing out to one of these beautiful new fall release recipe cards.

I hope you enjoy this simple recipe and add it to your healthy weeknight rotation.

Meet the Lily & Val Wedding Guestbook

The Lily & Val Wedding Guestbook is an interactive, sentimental take on the traditional wedding guestbook featuring heartfelt prompts for your guests to fill out

Friends, today is one of those big moments for me. After such a long time in the making, I’m thrilled to say the Lily & Val Wedding Guestbook is now available in the shop!!!

Since revealing the guestbook back in May at the National Stationery Show and winning the Best New Product award (still surreal!), all the support and kind words have been truly overwhelming. It is an absolute honor to finally share this with you.

Keep reading to take a peek inside. This guestbook is unlike any other…

The Lily & Val Wedding Guestbook is an interactive, sentimental take on the traditional wedding guestbook featuring heartfelt prompts for your guests to fill out

The Concept:

I love the idea of a traditional wedding guestbook, but there’s nothing very meaningful about a list of names. This book is filled instead with creative prompts and questions for guests to fill out ranging from fun to heartfelt. If you’re a sentimental sap like me, I really think this is the wedding guestbook for you!

The Lily & Val Wedding Guestbook is an interactive, sentimental take on the traditional wedding guestbook featuring heartfelt prompts for your guests to fill out

Here are just a few of the prompts you’ll find inside the pages:

Where should we go on a weekend trip?
How should we get through our first married fight?
How should we divide the household chores?
Funniest memory of the Bride or Groom
Your favorite song to slow dance to:
What is the best way to say I’m sorry?
Date Ideas:
Your favorite thing about the bride:
Your favorite thing about the groom:

Some of the prompts are short & fun, while others can be long and heartfelt. Varying size boxes for responses and a variety of questions allow guests to choose what they would like to fill out without any pressure.

The Lily & Val Wedding Guestbook is an interactive, sentimental take on the traditional wedding guestbook featuring heartfelt prompts for your guests to fill out The Lily & Val Wedding Guestbook is an interactive, sentimental take on the traditional wedding guestbook featuring heartfelt prompts for your guests to fill out

The Design:

The construction and design of this guestbook was inspired by a vintage book with gold foil details. I really wanted it to be something you would love having on your bookshelf and enjoy long after the wedding is over.

Also spread throughout the book are love quotes and hand-illustrated drawings to make you smile. Some of these drawings will be made available as prints as well.

The Lily & Val Wedding Guestbook is an interactive, sentimental take on the traditional wedding guestbook featuring heartfelt prompts for your guests to fill out The Lily & Val Wedding Guestbook is an interactive, sentimental take on the traditional wedding guestbook featuring heartfelt prompts for your guests to fill out The Lily & Val Wedding Guestbook is an interactive, sentimental take on the traditional wedding guestbook featuring heartfelt prompts for your guests to fill out The Lily & Val Wedding Guestbook is an interactive, sentimental take on the traditional wedding guestbook featuring heartfelt prompts for your guests to fill out

The Details:

Since this guestbook concept is brand new, we wanted to give a way to help your guests along. So, included at the back of the book is an instructional bookmark with a velvet ribbon.

Upon receiving your guestbook, simply cut off the ribbon, adjust to your desired size, and set out for your guests.

Also, in the front page of the guestbook, you will find a link to download a free, coordinated hand-lettered sign to display with your book.

The Lily & Val Wedding Guestbook is an interactive, sentimental take on the traditional wedding guestbook featuring heartfelt prompts for your guests to fill out The Lily & Val Wedding Guestbook is an interactive, sentimental take on the traditional wedding guestbook featuring heartfelt prompts for your guests to fill out The Lily & Val Wedding Guestbook is an interactive, sentimental take on the traditional wedding guestbook featuring heartfelt prompts for your guests to fill out The Lily & Val Wedding Guestbook is an interactive, sentimental take on the traditional wedding guestbook featuring heartfelt prompts for your guests to fill out

Our Heart:

It is our goal at Lily & Val to create heartfelt products that are both pretty and meaningful. Thinking about the words and wishes that will fill these pages just makes my heart want to burst! I hope you love this special book as much as we’ve loved creating it for you and I can’t wait to hear what you think!

Find the Lily & Val Wedding Guestbook Here

Lily & Val Loves- Beautiful Pumpkin Items

In honor of our love of Fall and all things pumpkin, we have brought together some beautiful handmade pumpkin items to add a little “pumpkin spice” to your everyday life.

This dainty little Pumpkin Necklace is so lovely. Since it comes in rose gold, gold, and silver there is a perfect option for everyone.

Tiny Delicate Handmade Pumpkin Necklace

Adding a little welcoming curb appeal is a key part of this season. This little “Hello Pumpkin” rug is both cheeky and stylish.

Lovely Welcome Mat for Fall

Another great piece of festive pumpkin decor! This faux white pumpkin wreath will really bring that touch of simple chic fall you have been looking for.

Chic Pumpkin Faux Floral Wreath

Adding these fun little fondant pumpkins to any dessert this fall with impress all your guests. They come in a variety of colors, but we really love these little pink Cinderella pumpkins!

Assorted colors of fondant pumpkins

These vintage book pumpkins are a unique way to add pumpkins to any vintage decor. They offer a great selection of book designs so that you can get a pumpkin that matches your colors perfectly! Custom Vintage book Pumpkins

We hope you enjoy some of these unconventional and beautiful ways to add some more pumpkin into your life!

 Our Lily & Val Loves Series contains affiliate links. That means a little bit of your purchase through these posts helps us just a little too! This changes nothing about your purchase price, and we are not asked to feature these items. These are just things we carefully pic because we love them and think you will too! Thanks for helping spread the love! xo
October’s “Hello Sweater Weather” FREE Desktop Download

October's "Hello Sweater Weather" FREE Desktop Download

Happy October, everyone!

Let’s be honest. Sweater weather is the best weather. 🙂

October is my favorite month out of the entire year. The weather is cooling down, the leaves change, Fall festivals are going on, and it’s my birthday month! Plus, this year there are so many amazing things coming in October at Lily & Val. I can’t wait to share everything with you! Until then, I hope you enjoy these free designs, hand-drawn with love, as always!

Sweater Weather Free computer background hand-lettered by Valerie McKeehan Hand-drawn Autumn weather iPhone wallpaper by Lily & Val

DIY Bridal Shower Table Inspiration Using Life Of The Party Papercrafting

We are still over the moon about the launch of our new book, Life of the Party Papercrafting! The paper goods inside these pages truly have unlimited possibilities, so we thought we would show you just a few fun ideas that would be lovely for an intimate bridal shower or other gatherings.

We pulled our pieces for this table setting from the “formal” theme of paper goodies and the “brunch” theme. One of our favorite parts about the book is that you can mix and match any theme inside and it will look nice together!

Use Placecards & Small Cards as Table Number Signs

I just love this combination for marking the table numbers! We used a place card to handwrite “table” and then one of the small, striped cards folded in half to make a smaller “tent” for the number! It adds such a cute touch to the table next to your centerpiece arrangement.

Use Small Cards or Placecards to Mark Food Items

How cute is this banner place card used to label the type of pie?! You can use these cards on buffet tables or at each setting.

Wine Tags Aren’t Just For Wine

If you are hosting a brunch or tea party, use the wine tags to mark the handle of the cups! It’s cute and unexpected. You could also have this double as a name tag for guests to find their seat.

Customize your party!

The bellybands with open spaces to write are perfect for customizing your party. You could fill these in with an icebreaker, customize with names, incorporate it into a game, or anything else you can think of! We decided to write “fall in love” in the space, a cute sentiment for a Fall bridal shower.

We hope you enjoyed these ideas! All of the paper items used here can be found in the book! Just punch out the perforations and they’re ready to use.

I cannot wait to see how you use this book! Please be sure to tag us on Instagram so we can see. 🙂 Cheers!

In The Kitchen: Everyday Black Bean Quinoa

Fall is a great time to get back into the swing of cooking, meal planning, and enjoying time around the table together. I came up with this simple quinoa recipe as a way to keep a healthy side on hand. It’s beautiful colors and hearty vegetables make the perfect fall side dish. The best part…this dish is wonderful reheated in the oven, skillet, or microwave. This makes it perfect to take along as a Thanksgiving dish!

Ingredients:

2 small zucchini

3 mini sweet peppers (Orange and Red are great for a fall color splash!)

1 can of organic black beans (drained and rinsed)

1 cup of cooked quinoa (I love the frozen organic kind from Trader Joe’s for quick convenience)

1 cup frozen broccoli

1tsp garlic salt mix

1/2 tsp pink Himalayan sea salt

1/2 tsp black pepper

1/2 tsp red chilli pepper flakes

This dish is not a truly spicy one, so don’t fear the heat! The chili pepper flakes do give a little hint of spice but nothing too overpowering. If you like it spicy try adding a little more chili in there!

First, peel and slice your zucchini. Keep those cuts pretty consistent so that everything cooks evenly.

Next, remove your pepper stems and slice into strips.

Warm up your skillet with a little olive oil and add in your peppers and spices, then the frozen broccoli, then zucchini. Stir occasionally to cook everything evenly.

Adding in your peppers first allows them more cooking time since they are more substantial than the zucchini. The same goes for the broccoli. If you add frozen broccoli, allow it to begin cooking and thaw a bit before adding your zucchini. If you use fresh, you can add these two ingredients closer together.

Look at all of that color! Cook your veggies until tender but still bright in color.

Next, dump in your rinsed black beans. Stir it all together over medium-high heat.

Once your zucchini is at that translucent stage, add in your cooked quinoa. Stir and place in a pretty bowl! Garnish with some sage if you are making this dish for a special gathering.

At home, I like to enjoy this mixture for a few days reheated with a toasted tortilla and eggs for breakfast, or on top of a salad to make a hearty lunch treat. It is great with hot sauce or salsa too!

I hope you enjoy this versatile and filling festive, fall side dish! Of course, I had to record this recipe in my Keepsake Kitchen Diary. 

Start a family cookbook by filling out the pages of the Keepsake Kitchen Diary with your favorite recipes

Bon appetit!

Lily & Val Loves: Fall Candles

The best part of cooler weather….burning candles! It’s just the best way to warm up your home visually and emotionally! So, we thought we would round up our favorite candles of the season!

Of course our number 1 fall candle pick this season would have to be from Rockaway Candle Co. (You may recognize this candle from our Fall Surprise Box!) You all know how much we love the darling Morgan, who is handmaking these beautiful sophisticated candles while in college, but when you smell her Pumpkin Sweet Cream Candle, you will know why we love it so much! The almond notes are divine.

Lovely Sophisticated favorite fall candle

Next up, so many great fall scents to choose from Candelles. You guys are familiar with these candles from our many past collaborations with them! We love her classic Pumpkin Roll candle and Vanilla Maple, both good enough to make your mouth water. Another great option for those of us who don’t want to be hungry…her Sweater Weather and Cabin Getaway candles both have a great Fall feel to them.

classic fall candles are a favorite of ours

This drop-dead gorgeous candle has a wonderful earthy scent. The Oak and Moss candle is as inviting as an evening by a bonfire.

Stunner of a fall candle

Fellow Pittsburgh small business, Sweet Water Decor’s “Pumpkin Spice” candle is everything you want a pumpkin spice candle to be – warm, spicy, and nostalgic.

Sweet water decor pumpkin spice candle

 

Another longtime favorite around the Lily & Val team is the Bourbon & Tobacco Flower candle from another Pittsburgh local, North Ave. Candles. Amanda makes these cleaver scents to specifically capture various banned book titles. Her creative scent combinations truly capture the spirit of all of the stories she features.

Lovely Fall candle to curl up with a good book...and it smells like a book too!

We hope you check out some of these lovely scents from some of our favorite fellow makers. Enjoy your cool evenings this fall by flickering candle light.

Our Lily & Val Loves Series contains affiliate links. That means a little bit of your purchase through these posts helps us just a little too! This changes nothing about your purchase price, and we are not asked to feature these items. These are just things we carefully pic because we love them and think you will too! Thanks for helping spread the love! xo