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diy play dough for toddlers.

Posted on: Wednesday, August 10, 2016

DIY Play Dough for Toddlers | Ann-Marie Loves

I have loved many stages of Briar’s baby and toddlerhood (6 months and 18 months were particularly sweet) but this current stage at two years is a whole new version of fun! Not only is she able to tell me (in full sentences, no less) what’s on her mind, but her attention span has lengthened considerably! Now I can sit her down at the table with an interactive activity in front of her (i.e. coloring, sorting pompoms, etc) and let her play for extended periods of time while I get work done on the computer. It’s kind of unreal just how self sufficient she is! So naturally, I decided that play dough would be an excellent activity to have at the ready.

My mom made homemade play dough for my brother and myself when we were younger so I was excited to give her recipe a try for my own little one. There are so many cool play dough recipes on Pinterest but the reason I prefer this recipe is that it is completely edible. When Briar gets a little bigger and less inclined to put everything in her mouth, I definitely want to try the recipes with hair conditioner and glitter!

DIY Play Dough for Toddlers | Ann-Marie Loves

Here’s what you need to make toddler-friendly play dough:

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 3 tablespoons cream of tartar
  • Food coloring

Begin by stirring all of the ingredients together in a large bowl.

DIY Play Dough for Toddlers | Ann-Marie Loves

Once you have thoroughly mixed the ingredients, add in drops of food coloring until you reach your desired hue.

DIY Play Dough for Toddlers | Ann-Marie Loves

From there, add the mix to a non-stick pot and stir it over medium heat on the stove until you reach a play dough consistency. (This took about three minutes for me.)

DIY Play Dough for Toddlers | Ann-Marie Loves

Finally, remove the play dough from the heat and let it cool. Once it’s no longer too hot to touch, knead it with your hands and introduce it to your toddler!

DIY Play Dough for Toddlers | Ann-Marie Loves

It took Briar a few minutes to get accustomed to the feeling of play dough in her hands, but once she was acclimated, she loved it!

DIY Play Dough for Toddlers | Ann-Marie Loves

We showed her how to roll the dough into balls and attach pieces together and poke holes in it with our fingers.

DIY Play Dough for Toddlers | Ann-Marie Loves

She was a quick study ;)

DIY Play Dough for Toddlers | Ann-Marie Loves

Once you are finished playing with your play dough, store it in an airtight container for future use!

diy heart crayons.

Posted on: Tuesday, August 2, 2016

DIY Heart Crayons | Ann-Marie Loves

Briar is at the age where she is constantly requesting to draw. “Colors? Colors” is what I hear on repeat until I break out her box of crayons and colored pencils and let her draw to her heart’s content. It’s a super exciting phase of life (my little crafter!) so I’ve been dying to make heart-shaped crayons after spotting a few tutorials on Pinterest.

DIY Heart Crayons | Ann-Marie Loves

The process is pretty simple: you take existing crayons and melt them down into multi-colored crayons using nothing more than a mold and an oven. Easy, right?

DIY Heart Crayons | Ann-Marie Loves

So I stocked up on two boxes of Crayola crayons at Target and took advantage of Briar’s nap time and the new season of Real Housewives of New Jersey to peel off the labels. This was definitely the longest part of the process but I barely noticed because, hello, Teresa just got out of prison and was reuniting with her family! I was riveted.

DIY Heart Crayons | Ann-Marie Loves

Once I had all the labels peeled off, I broke up the crayons into small pieces and laid them in an old IKEA heart-shaped silicone mold (similar one here!) that I had on hand. I tried to keep the color palette for each crayon pretty analogous, mostly for my own visual benefit ;)

DIY Heart Crayons | Ann-Marie Loves

From there, I baked the crayons in the oven for 20 minutes at 235 degrees and then took them out and let them cool down for a bit. After awhile they were still kind of runny, so I popped the mold into the fridge for about 10 minutes and that seemed to do the trick. (Next time I’ll probably leave them in the fridge for even longer just to make sure they completely harden because they were still a little pliable when I popped them out of the mold.)

DIY Heart Crayons | Ann-Marie Loves

Briar immediately took a liking to her new “colors.”

DIY Heart Crayons | Ann-Marie Loves

DIY Heart Crayons | Ann-Marie Loves

DIY Heart Crayons | Ann-Marie Loves

DIY Heart Crayons | Ann-Marie Loves

DIY Heart Crayons | Ann-Marie Loves

Clearly there was lots to talk about!

DIY Heart Crayons | Ann-Marie Loves

I’m fairly certain that I enjoyed this project just as much as she did! It was an easy, mindless task that yielded the cutest crayons! I can totally see myself replicating this DIY with different molds for different occasions.

Next on our crafty to-do list: make homemade play dough!

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baby boy album.

Posted on: Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Baby Boy Scrapbook | Ann-Marie Loves

Remember when I said that Briar has become my biggest motivator for keeping up with my ongoing scrapbooks? I totally wasn’t kidding!

Baby Boy Scrapbook | Ann-Marie Loves

She pulls the albums off the shelf and drops them in my lap every chance she gets so that we can go through them together. I not so secretly love it :)

Baby Boy Scrapbook | Ann-Marie Loves

So in an effort to keep her happy (ha), I realized it was high time that I added another page to our ongoing baby boy album.
Baby Boy Scrapbook | Ann-Marie Loves

This spread is all about shopping for baby boy gear. What I once thought to be a hopeless endeavor (so dramatic) has quickly become my new favorite challenge! (Related: I may or may not have done some damage on clearance items at Zara for our little guy yesterday…)
Baby Boy Scrapbook | Ann-Marie Loves

Initially I wasn’t going to use this family photo in the spread, but after playing around with it for a bit, I decided that the overall design needed something substantial in the bottom left corner.
Baby Boy Scrapbook | Ann-Marie Loves

For the right page, I used one of my favorite design tricks: adding a title over an image. Also, I ran out of “O” letter stickers for that particular green font, so I had to get creative with the wooden embellishment. I think I actually like it more this way than if I had had the full alphabet!

Supplies: Project Life Page Protectors // Amy Tangerine Project Life Journaling Cards // BasicGrey Flair Badge // Green Chipboard Thickers // White Letter Stickers

You can see more of this album here!

getting back into regular blogging.

Posted on: Monday, July 25, 2016

Getting Back Into Regular Blogging | Ann-Marie Loves

I’m in a good season of life right now as a mom and as a creative. Like I’ve mentioned before, as soon as Briar began sleeping through the night and her daily nap subsequently became a consistent thing, I felt like myself again. Sleep is hugely important in my world and even though I had grown accustomed to interrupted sleep with a baby, I hadn’t fully realized the toll it took on my whole life. I was basically running at half speed! Now it’s no wonder my creativity took a serious nosedive and my general outlook on life was, well…dim. I say all this knowing that I’m about to reenter another sleepless season, but this time I have the foresight to know that this too shall pass. That one day I will put both of my kids down for bed, turn off the light, and know that I have a good ten to twelve hours before they will wake up again. My baby is almost TWO and I swear to you, I feel like John and I just brought her home from the hospital. Time flies.

Getting Back Into Regular Blogging | Ann-Marie Loves

So anyways, back to blogging.

A few months back, I had a super productive weekend in which I took photos for blog posts and sponsored Instagram posts way ahead of time (with lots of help from my husband) and I felt SO GOOD about myself for the whole week after. I knew then and there that I needed to take advantage of having John around on weekends, not only for watching Briar but for taking photos of me that I could use for upcoming projects and posts. Now it’s become a regular occurrence. I keep a running list of blog posts I want to write and photos I want to take. Then on Fridays, I’ll write out the blog posts that I want to shoot over the weekend in my planner and prepare ahead so that my time and John’s time is used wisely and we can focus on more important things…like taking Briar swimming! I love sitting down at the computer on Sunday night and editing all the photos from the weekend and dropping them into blog post drafts (with the words to be added later). It has become one of my favorite weekly rituals as it not only helps me feel like I’m staying one step ahead but it also keeps my creativity humming consistently.

Getting Back Into Regular Blogging | Ann-Marie Loves

I’ve also really been enjoying the challenge of partnering with various brands to create occasional sponsored content. Of course I love being compensated for my time and ideas but I also really love having to push myself to create posts that feel in line with my own style and voice while showcasing another brand. It’s an exciting creative challenge, for sure! I get pitched potential collaborations on a regular basis but I’ve finally come to the point where I refuse to work for free, UNLESS it’s for a product that I would already be buying or for a really good friend / cause that I believe in. Like everyone else in this world, I have bills to pay, and sadly I can’t pay for them with free shoes. I don’t say this to sound pompous or self-serving; I say this to empower anyone who is in a similar boat as me. It’s taken years and a lot of encouragement from others, but I’ve finally realized that I deserve to be paid for my time and effort, just like every other non-blogging professional. I want the same for you!

Getting Back Into Regular Blogging | Ann-Marie Loves

But most importantly, blogging on a regular basis has been FUN. I’ve been writing about the things that interest me instead of worrying about whether my content is on trend or what I may have written about in the past, and it has definitely helped to keep the momentum going. I’m sure my pace will slow down over the next couple of months, but for now, I am enjoying this creative challenge all over again!

P.S. What kinds of posts would you like to see here?

how to make journaling cards with digital brushes.

Posted on: Wednesday, July 20, 2016

How to Make Journaling Cards Using Digital Brushes | Ann-Marie Loves

Yesterday after I dropped Briar off with her grandpa for the afternoon, I decided to take my oft-neglected car to the carwash and give it the proper treatment it deserves. I absolutely love the carwash; there’s something so satisfying about sitting inside with the windows up, cranking the radio, and watching those high-powered wipers blast your car into oblivion…all for only a few bucks! It’s the stuff of nightmares for my poor Briar, but for me? Dreamy. Anyways, once I was finished with the washing part (have I lost you yet?), I pulled over to the free vacuums and gave my car a SERIOUS interior cleaning and it felt SO GOOD. I haven’t vacuumed that puppy in maybe a year (?!), so once I drove off with a super-clean car, I felt like I could conquer the world! Or, at least come up with a fun tutorial for a blog post.

So I decided that today I would share how to use digital brushes to create journaling cards. Coming from a graphic design background and using Photoshop on the daily, I often forget how I take my basic knowledge for granted, so I am breaking it down into bite-size pieces today for anyone who is just getting started. I totally understand how digital brushes may sound super intimidating, but I promise they are a lifesaver once you get the hang of them!

Here’s how to create journaling cards in Photoshop using my Summer Fun digital brushes:

CARD NO. ONE:

How to Make Journaling Cards Using Digital Brushes | Ann-Marie Loves

How to Make Journaling Cards Using Digital Brushes | Ann-Marie Loves

1. Open a new document with your desired size. For this first card, I sized it at 3 x 4.” Next I grabbed the Paint Bucket Tool and applied yellow to the whole card.

How to Make Journaling Cards Using Digital Brushes | Ann-Marie Loves

2.  Pick another color to create a gradient effect (I went with a complementary aqua shade).

How to Make Journaling Cards Using Digital Brushes | Ann-Marie Loves

3. Click on the half-circle in the bottom of your Layers palette and choose “Gradient.” Cool, huh?

How to Make Journaling Cards Using Digital Brushes | Ann-Marie Loves

4. Once the gradient is applied, be sure to Flatten Image to merge everything back on to a single layer.

How to Make Journaling Cards Using Digital Brushes | Ann-Marie Loves

5. Next, choose a few brushes to add to your card. For this particular one, I chose the heart and the “pool party.” Then I added a new layer of text below. Once this was completed to my liking, I went back up to Layer and chose Flatten Image again.

CARD NO. TWO:

How to Make Journaling Cards Using Digital Brushes | Ann-Marie Loves

How to Make Journaling Cards Using Digital Brushes | Ann-Marie Loves

1. Open a new document and choose a size for your card. This time I went with 4 x 6.” Next, I used the Paint Bucket Tool again to add a pink background to the card.

How to Make Journaling Cards Using Digital Brushes | Ann-Marie Loves

2. Repeating the same steps as I did with the first card, I created a pink + yellow gradient.

How to Make Journaling Cards Using Digital Brushes | Ann-Marie Loves

3.  Once the image was flattened, I grabbed the swan icon from the set of brushes and created a loose pattern on the left side of the card.

How to Make Journaling Cards Using Digital Brushes | Ann-Marie Loves

4. Once I had both cards designed in separate files, I brought them onto the same document (8.5 x 11″) and combined them with photos so I could print everything on a single page. After I aligned all the cards and images to my liking, I clicked Flatten Image again and sent them to my printer.

How to Make Journaling Cards Using Digital Brushes | Ann-Marie Loves

Here’s what the sheet looked like after it was printed and before I cut it up.

How to Make Journaling Cards Using Digital Brushes | Ann-Marie Loves

And here’s how I incorporated my card designs into a page in my 2016 album! I hope this inspires you to try something new with digital brushes!

P.S. Summer Fun digital brushes can be found here!

new summer fun digital brushes + photoshop layering tutorial.

Posted on: Friday, July 15, 2016

Summer Fun Digital Brushes | Ann-Marie Loves | annmarielovespaper.bigcartel.com

When it comes to getting things done, I’ve decided that it’s the little pockets of free time that really yield the biggest accomplishments for me. For example, on Wednesday I brought my laptop to my one hour glucose test at the doctor’s office knowing that I could probably eke out a little bit of work while I waited to have my blood drawn. Little did I know, I was able to crank out a whole new set of summer-inspired digital brushes to use in my ongoing 2016 album! Being a mom has taught me nothing if not how to be more efficient with my time. Plus, I secretly love watching all the other pregnant ladies (and sometimes their nervous husbands or their newborn babies) in the waiting room, and hiding behind a laptop makes this much easier to do on the down low! I might need to bring my computer more often ;)

Summer Fun Digital Brushes | Ann-Marie Loves | annmarielovespaper.bigcartel.com

Here are the latest designs, now available for purchase in my shop!

Summer Fun Digital Brushes | Ann-Marie Loves | annmarielovespaper.bigcartel.com

And here’s a spread I made using a few different brushes. I could sing the praises of digital brushes all day, everyday simply because they make creating so easy and so fast!

Summer Fun Digital Brushes | Ann-Marie Loves | annmarielovespaper.bigcartel.com

One of my favorite design tricks is to layer a solid block of text with an outlined version of the same text. It’s such an easy way to add depth to type without any cheesy drop shadows or glows. So for this group of digital brushes, I made sure to include both a solid and an outlined form of the word “SUMMER” (shown above) as well as the cacti graphics.

Here’s a little tutorial on how to layer the two different brushes in Photoshop:

Summer Fun Digital Brushes | Ann-Marie Loves | annmarielovespaper.bigcartel.com

First I dragged my photo into Photoshop and resized it to fit a full page protector.

Summer Fun Digital Brushes | Ann-Marie Loves | annmarielovespaper.bigcartel.com

Next, I went over to my color palette and chose a bright yellow to act as the solid layer of the “SUMMER” title.

Summer Fun Digital Brushes | Ann-Marie Loves | annmarielovespaper.bigcartel.com

Using the fill version of the two “SUMMER” brushes, I found a good spot on my photo and clicked to set it in place.

Summer Fun Digital Brushes | Ann-Marie Loves | annmarielovespaper.bigcartel.com

Finally, I changed the color in the color palette (shown at left) to black and used the outline version of the “SUMMER” brushes and carefully layered it over the solid layer, slightly off-center to create a faux shadow effect.

Summer Fun Digital Brushes | Ann-Marie Loves | annmarielovespaper.bigcartel.com

Once my title was in place, I added in my own journaling and two solid lines (using a 9pt solid dot brush). Then I flattened the image and printed it out to tuck into my album. Super simple!

Summer Fun digital brushes can be found here!

baked spinach + avocado salad.

Posted on: Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Spinach Salad With Quinoa, Feta, Tomatoes, and Avocado | Ann-Marie Loves

Cooking is certainly something I aspire to be better at, but you know, I can always find a good excuse to put it off for another day. It’s not so much the cooking part that turns me away, it’s the freaking cleanup. Pots, pans, plates, measuring cups…ugh.

However, despite my hesitation to dive into cooking full-force, I have found a few simple, healthy recipes that I turn to time and time again. My favorite one is a baked spinach salad with some of very favorite flavors: quinoa, tomatoes, feta cheese, and avocado. I swear it is the easiest thing in the world to make and best of all, cleanup is a breeze!

Here’s how to make it:

Spinach Salad With Quinoa, Feta, Tomatoes, and Avocado | Ann-Marie Loves

Ingredients:

  • 1 Baking sheet
  • Aluminum foil
  • Spinach
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Cooked quinoa
  • Feta Cheese
  • Black Pepper
  • Olive Oil
  • Avocado

Spinach Salad With Quinoa, Feta, Tomatoes, and Avocado | Ann-Marie Loves

Cover the baking sheet with aluminum foil.

Create a bed of spinach leaves. The bigger the handfuls, the better!

Spinach Salad With Quinoa, Feta, Tomatoes, and Avocado | Ann-Marie Loves

Cover the top of the spinach with cooked quinoa, tomatoes, and feta cheese.

Then apply a generous amount of olive oil over the whole pan and sprinkle pepper on top.

Bake at 350 degrees for 7-8 minutes.

Spinach Salad With Quinoa, Feta, Tomatoes, and Avocado | Ann-Marie Loves

Once the salad has baked, scoop everything into a bowl and top with avocados.

Spinach Salad With Quinoa, Feta, Tomatoes, and Avocado | Ann-Marie Loves

Yum! I could eat this meal every single day and never get tired of it.

2016 album.

Posted on: Tuesday, July 5, 2016

2016 Album | Ann-Marie Loves

I’ve had many conversations with Amy about whom our scrapbooks are for: are they for us as the creators or are they for our families as the subjects? I’ve always been in the camp of scrapbooks being 100% for me but recently Briar has discovered my 2016 album and my baby boy album and has become so fascinated by them! She will drag them around the house (thank goodness for page protectors) and flip through each page calling out who is in each photo and exclaiming “pretty!” when a certain design appeals to her. I have to say, I am completely flattered by my one year old’s enthusiasm for my work (it doesn’t take much!). It’s definitely put a new pep in my creative step and inspired me to add to my books on a more regular basis for her sake.

So in honor of her newfound interest in my albums, I’ve added a few more pages to my 2016 album:

2016 Album | Ann-Marie Loves

It’s been fun going back a few months and revisiting photos from when Briar was around a year and a half. I have so many cute pictures of her that I had totally forgotten about! Eighteen months was SUCH a good age. Briar was so adorable and easy to please. Her vocabulary was really beginning to explode and her motor skills were becoming more and more impressive everyday. But the very best part of all was that tantrums hadn’t set in just yet…that was still a few more months down the road ;)

2016 Album | Ann-Marie Loves

For the left page, I used a BasicGrey divided page protector and filled it up with photos from Briar’s impromptu 18 month old shoot, a bunny printable from Push Print Studio, ticket paper from Crate Paper, and my “Totally Obsessed With __” digital stamp.

Supplies: BasicGrey Page Protector / “Totally Obsessed With __” digital stamp / Patterned Paper from Crate Paper / Push Print Studio Printable / Heart Stickers

2016 Album | Ann-Marie Loves

2016 Album | Ann-Marie Loves

For the right page (excuse the weird shadows on her face from the page protector glare!), I printed out my favorite photo full-size and used a few BasicGrey embellishments and a Push Print Studio printable punched into a heart. Simple is best.

Supplies: BasicGrey Page ProtectorPush Print Studio Printable / Heart Punch / Chipboard Shapes / Alpha Stickers

2016 Album | Ann-Marie Loves

It’s no secret that I’m obsessed with Lavender + Honey in Pasadena, so it most definitely deserved it’s own spread in my album! I love how light and airy these photos are compared to the darker tones in the previous spread. That’s what makes albums (and life!) so interesting.

2016 Album | Ann-Marie Loves

For the left page, I resized the photo to fit the whole page protector and added my “enjoy” digital stamp to the upper left hand corner and some journaling in the bottom right corner.

Supplies: BasicGrey Page Protector / Alpha Stickers / “Enjoy” Digital Stamp / Chipboard Flower

2016 Album | Ann-Marie Loves

2016 Album | Ann-Marie Loves

For the right page, I used a divided Studio Calico page protector (the backside of my “day in the life” spread) and a little digital journaling to the bottom photo.

Supplies: Studio Calico Page Protector / Heart Paper Clip / “Good” Digital Stamp

2016 Album | Ann-Marie Loves

I still have plenty more catching up to do but I’m excited to keep at it! Briar’s pretty happy about it, too :)

diy aprons for mama + baby.

Posted on: Tuesday, June 28, 2016

DIY Aprons for Mama + Baby | Ann-Marie LovesLast week while thrifting, I stumbled upon a huge rectangular fabric piece that was sewed up on two sides. I have absolutely no idea what the intended purpose for the fabric was (a pillowcase? a dress?), but I loved the pattern and knew it would make for cute matching aprons for myself and Briar. And best of all, it was only 99 cents! (I LOVE THRIFTING.)

DIY Aprons for Mama + Baby | Ann-Marie Loves

The idea of DIY aprons first came to me after reading this tutorial from Say Yes. I am such a fan of all Liz’s craft ideas (I made these pilgrim hats last Thanksgiving!) because they always feel so attainable and don’t require me to buy a bunch of extra supplies that I know I’ll only use once. This particular project only involved scissors and hot glue…now that’s my kind of DIY!

DIY Aprons for Mama + Baby | Ann-Marie Loves
DIY Aprons for Mama + Baby | Ann-Marie Loves

Using the same instructions as Liz uses in her dish towel apron tutorial, I cut the fabric into two separate pieces (along the vertical seams that had been sewed up) and eyeballed the length and width for a mama apron and a baby apron. I then folded down the top two corners on each respective apron and ironed the folds. Next, I hot glued a long strip of ribbon into the two folds of the aprons and ironed over it again to really secure the shape.

DIY Aprons for Mama + Baby | Ann-Marie Loves

The entire project took maybe an hour from start to finish and I couldn’t wait for Briar to wake up from her nap to try on her apron! Luckily, she loves it (you never know with toddlers…) so I guess this means we need more mother / daughter baking and crafting projects in our lives now!

baby boy scrapbook.

Posted on: Thursday, June 23, 2016

Baby Boy Scrapbook | Ann-Marie Loves

Last week, after making a ton of client scrapbook pages and remembering the joy that is glue + paper, I realized I should probably make an album for my little guy. I made one when I was pregnant with Briar and it’s easily my favorite scrapbook that I’ve ever created.

Baby Boy Scrapbook | Ann-Marie Loves

There are so many fun photo ops and stories to tell when you’re pregnant that it becomes a piece of cake to whip up an album! So I made a quick run to Michaels, picked up a 6 x 8″ Project Life album and page protectors, and got to work! Here’s what I’ve made so far:

Baby Boy Scrapbook | Ann-Marie Loves

My goal for this album was to keep it pretty simple so that I could get a lot done before I inevitably ran out of energy (a frequent occurrence these days). I gathered a handful of supplies ahead of time so that I wouldn’t waste too much extra time digging for different papers or embellishments once I sat down to create. For this first page, I included my favorite photo from our boy announcement shoot and used the “we’re having a” brush from my latest batch of digital stamps in the shop. The combination of digital stamps and printing photos from home is my favorite method for speeding up and simplifying the scrapbooking process. If you can drag a photo into Photoshop, you can easily use a digital stamp…I promise!

Supplies: Page Protector / Amy Tangerine Patterned Paper / Thickers / Baby on Board Digital Stamps

Baby Boy Scrapbook | Ann-Marie Loves

For the first spread, I used a mix of my favorite patterns and embellishments that I found at the bottom of my stash. I love the photo of the three of us at the Santa Barbara Zoo in January. At that point, John and I were the only two people who knew I was pregnant and it was such a special time. If I could have kept it a secret between the two of us for longer, I totally would have!

Supplies: Page Protector / Amy Tangerine Phrase Paper / Gold Chipboard Ampersand Sticker / BasicGrey Yellow Paper / Mini Alpha Stamps / Kelly Purkey Woodblock Alpha Stamps / Black Ink Pad

Baby Boy Scrapbook | Ann-Marie Loves

This spread took me maybe fifteen minutes from start to finish, once I resized and printed my photos. I’m doing my best not to overthink creative projects these days and so far it’s working out pretty well!

Supplies: Project Life Page Protectors / Adventure Card / Thickers / Mini Alpha Stamps / Black Ink Pad

Baby Boy Scrapbook | Ann-Marie Loves

For the page on the left, I used a printable journaling card from Push Print Studio (I’m obsessed with everything she makes!) and added journaling to it using a digital stamp on the left and text on the right.

For the page on the right, I used an acetate sheet from one of the A Beautiful Mess’ Messy Box kits and cut it down to 6 x 8,” punched two holes in the sides, and treated it like a regular scrapbook page.

Supplies: Four Pocket Page Protector / Chipboard Ice Cream Cone / Push Print Studio printables / Circle Punch / Blue Thickers / Black Ink Pad

Baby Boy Scrapbook | Ann-Marie Loves

Baby Boy Scrapbook | Ann-Marie Loves

For the backside of the acetate paper, I mirrored the previous page’s design so that both sides would look seamless. I also used two printables from Push Print Studio because I am obsessed…especially with that striped pattern! You’ll see it a lot throughout this album.

For the page on the right, I used a four pocket page protector and kept things pretty simple. The design in the bottom left pocket was made using a digital brush printed in an empty space that I wanted to fill when printing out a sheet of photos. It kills me to waste photo paper so I ensure that I fill up every sheet!

Supplies: Push Print Studio Printables / Circle Punch / Mini Alpha Stamps / BasicGrey Yellow Paper / Amy Tangerine Multicolored Paper / Baby on Board Digital Stamps / Black Ink Pad

Baby Boy Scrapbook | Ann-Marie Loves

This spread is a nice hodgepodge of random papers that I love and photos that I had John take of me and Briar on Mother’s Day. I gotta say, taking bump shots is a million times more fun and interesting to look at when you have a cute little toddler to share the frame with!

Supplies: Four Pocket Page Protector / Three Pocket Page Protector / Push Print Studio Printable / Mini Alpha Stamps / Baby on Board Digital Stamps / Black Ink Pad

Baby Boy Scrapbook | Ann-Marie Loves

Here’s another example of where I took a printable and added text to it in Photoshop. As much as I love including my handwriting in my albums, sometimes it’s just easier to format everything in Photoshop and hit print.

Supplies: Three Pocket Page Protector / Four Pocket Page Protector / Push Print Studio Printables / Black Ink Pad

Baby Boy Scrapbook | Ann-Marie LovesBaby Boy Scrapbook | Ann-Marie Loves

Okay, first of all, that floral paper is a random Recollections brand find from Michaels and I want it in wallpaper for every room! I never look at Recollections paper (because I’m amittedly paper snob), but this particular design happened to catch my eye and I ended up bringing several sheets home with me. It’s printed on lightweight paper but I’m willing to overlook that because the pattern is SO GOOD.

Supplies: Four Pocket Page Protector / Two Pocket Page Protector / Thickers / Circle Punch / Kelly Purkey Alpha Stamps / Black Ink Pad

Baby Boy Scrapbook | Ann-Marie Loves

Those Kelly Purkey alpha stamps are in heavy rotation around here! I can’t get enough!

Baby Boy Scrapbook | Ann-Marie Loves

Baby Boy Scrapbook | Ann-Marie Loves

I had been hoarding the “WHO, WHAT, WHEN, WHERE, HOW” paper from Studio Calico for-e-ver and finally decided that this was the perfect place to use it. I added a little yellow distress ink to the corners of the paper to achieve that gradient effect that I love so much. I also realize that this album is designed for a baby boy, but who says boys can’t enjoy pink and florals?

Supplies: Project Life Page Protectors / Tim Holtz Yellow Distress Ink / Tim Holtz Blending Tool

Baby Boy Scrapbook | Ann-Marie Loves

Supplies: Two Pocket Page Protector / Four Pocket Page Protector / Push Print Studio Printables / Baby on Board Digital Stamps / Mini Alpha Stamps / Black Ink Pad

Baby Boy Scrapbook | Ann-Marie Loves

Baby Boy Scrapbook | Ann-Marie Loves

For this page, I used random photos of my little family and scraps from other pages that I made for the album. I’m trying to document as much of our current “everyday life” as possible because I know it’s going to change drastically in a few months. I can barely remember what my life looked like before Briar came into the picture, so I can only imagine how it will be once there’s two babies in the mix!

Supplies: Four Pocket Page Protector / BasicGrey Yellow Paper / Circle Punch / Baby On Board Digital Stamps

New In The Shop | Ann-Marie Loves

Digital Brushes: Baby On Board (Pregnancy) | Ann-Marie Loves | annmarielovespaper.bigcartel.com

“Baby On Board” digital stamps are now in the shop! Be sure to check them out here!

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