Favorit things-tile and gold foilHappy weekend, everyone! Hope you had a productive week and here's to a relaxing weekend! Just wanted to share a few of my favorite things from Internet surfing this week. :)

1. I'm currently on the hunt for some pretty tile for a new project I'm working on. In love with this company as well as this one. If you have any tile suppliers you'd like to recommend, please let me know! 2. How pretty are these DIY gold foil pillows?! I've got to make something using this technique soon. So cool!

Favorite thing; messy box and easter eggs3. So proud of my sister this week for the launch of our latest subscription: Messy Box! I can't wait to give my own photo albums a major upgrade this year. 4. OMG! I am DYING over these emoji Easter eggs!!!!!

Favorit things; pretty hair and kale stir fry4. Geez your hair is pretty! Inspiring me to keep growing mine out. 5. I shared a quinoa and wild rice breakfast stir fry this week, and then I saw this tasty looking kale and cashew stir fry. Yum! I'm a little stir fry obsessed, so I'll be trying this soon for sure.

Other things I'm loving lately:

-This post on how to start a fashion blog cracked me up!

-As soon as it stops snowing, I'm making this Salted Caramel Coconut Ice Cream.

-According to my astrological sign, I should go somewhere weird/science-y this year. :)

Happy weekend! xo. Emma

Credits // Author: Emma Chapman. Photography: sources linked throughout.

Introducing The Messy Book by A Beautiful Mess!Hey, friends! I just wanted to post a quick announcement that the Messy Book is now available in our shop! It comes in three colors/designs—

The Messy Book by A Beautiful Mess  Mineral 

The Messy Book by A Beautiful Mess Gray

The Messy Book by A Beautiful MessBlack/White Stripe 

The Messy Book has a fun "to be continued" phrase in the back of each album... 

Introducing The Messy Book by A Beautiful Mess!   ...and it comes with eight page designs (two of each of the four designs so you can test them all out), but if you already know which designs you'll use the most, be sure to stock up on extra page refills too! 

Introducing The Messy Book by A Beautiful Mess! I surprised myself and have been using all the designs so far (I thought I would be an all-square & full-page girl). 

These albums are compatible with all the stuff that comes in the new Messy Box.

We have also stocked some extra packs of soft colored ledger papers in the shop (9x12, 4x6, 3x4, 3x3). Ledger is my favorite and the soft colors make it really easy to journal on, like this—

Scrapbooking with The Messy Box     Thanks so much for sharing my joy in this big release!! After keeping it all a secret and working behind-the-scenes for the past year, it feels AMAZING to be sharing it here and using the products.

I can't wait to see what you make. Please please please share your creations with me on Instagram using #mybeautifulmess xo. Elsie 

Flourless chocolate cooies via abeautifulmess.comIf I see flourless anything on the menu, I'm likely to try it. I love flourless chocolate cake, so I've been working on a chocolate chip cookie recipe this past month. This recipe is WAY easy to make (only six ingredients), and I love the soft, but not overly gooey texture it creates.

Flourless chocolate cooies via abeautifulmess.com I also think these are super flavorful! Usually it's the chocolate that you focus on in chocolate chip cookies. But for these, I think the batter is just as attention-grabbing as the chocolate. 

Flourless cookies Flourless Chocolate Chip Cookies, makes 20-22.

1/2 cup almond butter
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup semi sweet or dark chocolate chips
sprinkle of sea salt for the tops (optional)

You can use all peanut butter or all almond butter in this if you prefer. It won't change the texture or bake time. But I like using two different butters as I feel it adds a little more complexity to the overall flavor.

Flourless cookiesIn a bowl, stir together the nut butters, sugar, eggs and vanilla until just combined. Then stir in the chocolate chips. Drop spoonfuls of the batter onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Hurry, or else you'll end up eating the batter by spoonfuls (or maybe that's just me). Sprinkle with a little sea salt if using.

Bake at 350°F for 10-12 minutes. The cookies will begin to brown on the edges but will still feel soft to the touch. Move to a cooling rack and allow to cool for 5 minutes before consuming.

Flourless chocolate cooies via abeautifulmess.com  You can store these in an airtight container for up to a week if they last that long at your house. I think they are best the day they are made, dunked in milk while wearing sweatpants. But you can enjoy them however you like. :) xo. Emma

Credits // Author and Photography: Emma Chapman. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions.

Lulie Wallace studio tourHey, friends! We're excited to introduce a new series today. We're calling it "Designer Dates". The concept is that we will meet up with awesome artists and designers, have a cup of coffee, chat it up, and then visit their workspace all so we can share the experience with you!  

Our first guest is the incredibly talented Lulie Wallace. I first heard of Lulie's work three or four years ago when she had some things in both Anthropologie and Urban Outfitters. I was instantly drawn to her colorful floral paintings and couldn't help but mentally picture one above my fireplace. I actually have her duvet set from Anthropologie on my bed. So, yes, I would consider myself a fan girl, and Emma and I were so thrilled to meet up with Lulie for coffee one afternoon while in Charleston.
We met up at a new coffee shop called Saint Alban, which turned out to be our favorite coffee shop in Charleston. It was the perfect spot to sit, sip some lattes, and chat with Lulie Wallace. 
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 Our first impression of Lulie is that she is unbelievably cute. From her adorable Georgia accent to her colorful outfit. I've never met a person whose personality so accurately reflected their work—pure sunshine! 
Saint Alban with Lulie Wallace
 After a few minutes of small talk, we asked Lulie to tell us her business story. She told us that after college she decided to give herself one summer to try to paint full time and if it worked, she would pursue that and if not, she would continue for a master's degree. Well, spoiler—it definitely worked! Today Lulie is super successful, but what happened between now and then? 
-Mentoring. Lulie received business advice and mentoring from artist Sally King Benedict. It doesn't hurt to learn the ropes from someone a few steps ahead in their career! 
-Licensing. Lulie has licensed her work to both Anthropologie and Urban Outfitters, creating another form of revenue. 
-Pattern design. Lulie also creates textile patterns. They're beautiful! See- 
Lulie Wallace pattern samples
-Saying no. One of Lulie's nuggets of wisdom is that you need to say no to a lot of opportunities in order to save space for the best ones. 
After coffee we took a short drive over to Lulie's studio at Redux Contemporary Art Center. Redux is an inspiring group space with lots of artists working within one building. It was super fun to walk around and peek into all the spaces! 
Redux in Charleston, South Carolina
Lulie's studio is covered floor to ceiling with her work. Even her floor is painted in a cute pattern!
Lulie Wallace studio tour
Her space is minimal and fresh. We met her graphic designer, Megan Simon, who was working on digitizing some patterns when we dropped by. 
Lulie Wallace
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 The best part of Lulie's studio? Her dog, Abe. I mean, look how cute
Lulie Wallace studio tour
 My first impression of Lulie's work is that they are even prettier in person, and huge! Here's a photo for scale- 
Lulie Wallace studio tour
 Many of her paintings are on birchwood and she was also working on a lot of new paper pieces that day. 
Lulie Wallace studio tour          Lulie Wallace studio tour
Well, that was our afternoon with Lulie Wallace. Hop on over to her website to see more of her work and follow her on Instagram for more fun. xo. Elsie 
Credits// Author and Photography: Elsie Larson. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess Actions. Additional photos of paintings used with permission. 

3 fun ideas for making your own art prints (from abeautifulmess.com)I love incorporating my own pictures, quotes, inside jokes, favorite song lyrics, and favorite colors into my own homemade art prints. It just adds a level of personalization that I like and enjoy infusing throughout our home.

3 ideas for making your own art prints (from abeautifulmess.com) So, working with our good friends at Canon USA, today I thought I'd show you three super easy (and quick!) ways to make your own art prints. You ready???

Print your photosBefore we jump into these three methods, a quick word about printing. Anything worth printing is worth printing well. Well, everything outside of tax documents. Ha! For this reason I love using our Canon PIXMA iP8720 to print large scale art prints or photography I plan to display or save in our albums. It's great with color as well as getting true black (and white) prints.

OK, now let's talk making our own prints.

Use actions to enhance photos1. Use Photoshop actions to enhance pictures.

I mainly use actions to edit photos (brighten, add a little more contrast, maybe adjust the colors slightly, etc.). But one thing I love about some of the A Beautiful Mess action packs is they come with a few actions that lean more on the artistic side. These have effects that are more extreme and probably not something you'd use for everyday editing, but they are perfect for taking a nice photo and making it feel a little more like an art print. I used Blue Color Dip Dye (from the Complete Collection) and Double Rainbow (from the Fresh Collection) to enhance the photos you see above. I had decided ahead of time that I wanted to keep the color palette for my entire display in the blue, yellow, black, and white arena. So these worked well. 

Use fonts to add a graphic element2. Use fonts to add a graphic element to your collection.

This is just as straightforward as you might think. You can use favorite fonts (typing phrases, song lyrics, punctuation, etc.) in whatever color you like to add a graphic element to your entire collection. I usually do this in Photoshop so I can easily make any size print I want.This is a great tip for when you have a gallery wall or small collection going but you feel like it's just missing one or two pieces. It can fill out the entire look of the wall without breaking the bank. These are also a great way to create a pretty "place holder" in case you plan to spring for a more expensive art piece later. 

Use apps to add words or doodles3. Use an app to add words or doodles to your photos.

If you're thinking, "Emma, all these tips have to do with Photoshop and I'm just not interested/I don't have that program," good news—this last one is even easier. You can use apps to add words, text, doodles or other art elements to your photos. I created the two images you see above using our A Beautiful Mess app. (Love these new hand painted looking words!) But of course, you can use any app that allows you to add elements like this. Whatever you prefer. 

Three ways to make your own art printsThere you have it—three super easy ways to make your own art prints. I dare you to decorate some bare walls in your space this week! xo. Emma

Credits // Author and Photography: Emma Chapman. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions.



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