Behind the Scenes with Elembee Creative

Meet Lisa. Blogger and designer extraordinaire. Owner of the graphic and web design studio Elembee Creative (I’m a huge fan!). I’ve had a chance to get to know Lisa over the last six months as she’s helped me with some things here on vmac+cheese, and also for Vivaleur! And, we have plenty in common because she also decided to make the leap to full time freelancing this year! If you aren’t already following along on her blog, you need to do so immediately. Lisa’s great eye for graphic design will leave you feeling inspired, and I know her punchy color palettes never fail to cheer me up.

Read on to learn more about Lisa, and stay tuned for a little announcement from me, your Behind the Scenes editor, at the very bottom…

Photo sources: Eddie CodelCroatian National Tourist BoardTanya PunttiCuba GalleryBernt Olsen

Denmark. I’ve had a weird obsession with it ever since I was little. What can I say? I played a lot of Carmen Sandiego.
Croatia. Old world charm, a beautiful coastline — yes, please.
Australia. I love snorkeling and would love to see the Great Barrier Reef.
Italy. I’m pretty sure you’re crazy if you don’t want to see Italy.
See the Northern Lights, I’m not picky about where. Though I wouldn’t say no to Iceland, Norway, or Finland.


Reread Harry Potter. I started to last year then joined a book club.
All of Jane Austen’s books. I bought a collection of them in one large book years ago and have yet to actually read it. I had read a couple of them before but still haven’t read the rest.
Wife 22. The Everygirl book club? Totally in.
The Shoemaker’s Wife.

Photo sources: My Instagram, Kate Spade

Move to Chicago.
Lots of travel.
Own a dog. (Have seriously considered stealing my grandparents’.)

Growing my business and blog. I have lots of lists and calendars! I feel like for every one thing I cross off my to-do list, I add five more. But lately I’ve been trying to give myself credit for everything I have accomplished instead of dwelling on the inevitable last tasks that always get shifted to the next day’s to-do list.

Getting back to healthy habits. When I was juggling a full-time job in addition to building my business, I let a lot of healthy habits slip. I’ve gotten back into yoga and more regular exercise, but I still need to kick the soda habit. I’m also finally reading every night before I go to bed again, which keeps me sane.

I would love to live in Europe for a little while. The idea that you can cross one border and be in an entirely different culture, with its own language, architecture, and rich history, just amazes me.

“Lisa Butler” is a pretty common name (side note: I always said I’d be a makeup artist in another life — turns out, I am!), so one day, it occurred to me to spell out my initials instead!

I’m just endlessly inspired by the world around me. I recently read Before I Fall, and one quote in particular stood out to me — “So many things become beautiful when you really look.” It’s true! Maybe you don’t like something you see on the surface, but if you look a little deeper, you might find something to love — a particular color combination, a shape, a pattern, even the smallest thing.

Quitting my job to work on my business! I still can’t quite believe I’m doing this.

Photos from my Instagram

Hot Springs, Arkansas. There’s enough to do there that you aren’t bored, but not so much that you feel like you’re missing out on a lot if you just relax.

I started blogging as a way to have my own little design playground. I didn’t even really know where I wanted to go with it, I just knew I needed to be doing something. It’s where I’ve developed my personal style, and it enabled me to start my business. I keep blogging because it helps me push myself creatively, and I love the community. Bloggers are the best kind of people! I’ve never met another group of people so willing to support someone they haven’t even met.

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Editor’s Note: I’m so glad that it was Lisa who was today’s Behind the Scenes gal, because I knew she would do the series proud and capture everything I envisioned it would be when it started out. The first BTS post was published in mid-June of 2011, and since then nearly every week, I’ve featured an amazing group of women who I hoped have inspired and delighted you. But, all good things must come to an end, and after more than a year of running this series, it’s time for a fresh change on Wednesdays. So, beginning in two weeks, I’ll be starting a couple new series which will rotate on Wednesdays, and I promise, I think you’ll like them just as much as BTS! The idea will still be that on Wednesdays, things are REAL around these parts. I hope you’ll enjoy the changes and stick along for the ride! 

To all the women who participated in Behind the Scenes over the last year and change, thank you for sharing your dreams, goals, and inspirations with my readers. You were ALL so wonderful!

If you want to check out all the bloggers who have participated in BTS, you can do it here.


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  1. 7.11.12

    I’m thrilled to see so many great features lately, especially on Lisa, who is one of my favorite bloggers. I also can’t wait to see what’s next for Wednesdays over here at vmac+cheese!

  2. 7.11.12

    Definitely a great creative finish to the series! I am always in awe of all of the amazing ladies who have the guts to start off on their own. Lisa is no exception… keep it up girl! PS. Denmark is a GORGEOUS country and Copenhagen is one of my three favorite cities in the world!

  3. 7.11.12

    Thank you so much for having me! Honored to be the one to finish the series, and I can’t wait to see what you have in store for us next.

  4. 7.11.12

    I ran across Lisa’s blog a few months ago and love it! She is so nice, too. You have introduced me to some amazing ladies through this series and I am thankful! I look forward to seeing what’s next!

  5. 7.11.12

    Lisa is such a doll, thinking of contacting her about some S&S zhushing!

  6. 7.11.12

    Loved learning a little more about Lisa, especially since she’s responsible for my WP move!

  7. 7.11.12

    this was so great, i love lisa’s blogging spirit so much and it’s great to read more about her!

  8. 7.11.12

    Loved reading Lisa’s answers and am definitely going to check out her blog. And Croatia should be on everyone’s “must visit” list…it’s probably my #1 favorite place on earth and I can’t wait to go back!

    Can’t wait to see what you have lined up for Wednesdays Victoria!
    XO – Marion

  9. 7.11.12

    I’m sad to see this series come to an end, but can’t wait for the next set of REAL!

  10. 7.11.12
    Nnenna said:

    I’ve loved reading your BTS posts and I can’t wait to see what you come up with next! :)

  11. 7.11.12
    alexa said:

    Love her design work. I am always so impressed with what some creative minds come up with!

  12. 7.11.12
    Clara said:

    I adore Lisa! I’m so lucky I got to meet her at our first Business with Intention workshop in Chicago. She’s such a doll! Lisa- I love your travel spots, I have to add the Northern Lights to my list. And I’m with you on leaving the day job- I still wake up some days and think wait, is this my real life??

    Victoria- so looking forward to reading your new posts on Wednesdays. It’s awesome when bloggers truly keep it real :).

  13. 7.11.12

    Lisa is one of my favorites – this is a great feature on her! I don’t think you could have picked a more perfect, inspiring person to feature for your last post in this series.

    Excited to see what’s next, you always have the greatest series ideas!

  14. 7.11.12

    I feel totally superior that I figured out why Lisa’s blog is called “Elembee” before she revealed it here. Yes, I figured it out, like, three days ago. BUT STILL.

  15. 7.11.12

    I’m thrilled you featured Lisa today — such great responses!

  16. 7.11.12

    Love this BTS on Lisa! Her site is wonderful and I loved her answers. PS Lisa-I’m reading The Shoemaker’s Wife right now and really enjoying it, I think you’ll like it!

  17. 7.11.12
    Amy said:

    Also a big fan of Lisa as she helped spruce up my own blog too! Cheers to a great group of ladies and new beginnings too.