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!

as of late | june edition.

Posted on: Monday, June 20, 2016

As of Late | June Edition

Loving these videos from Claire Zinnecker. I’ve been following her on Instagram for years, so it was a treat to find her new series!

Spending almost everyday in the pool with my little fish.

Living in dresses these days. I recently went on a bit of a late night shopping spree at Pink Blush Maternity and love everything I bought.

Speaking of shopping, I’ve been hitting the mother-lode with boy clothes + toys! I went thrifting for the first time in a long time last week and found some adorable pieces.

Going back and forth over middle names. Boys are way harder to name than girls are! (P.S. I don’t have a middle name.)

Drinking orange juice like it’s going out of style  (lord help me pass my glucose test in a few weeks…! Yikes.).

Hearing this episode of the Pregnancy Perfect podcast with C. Jane Kendrick and then immediately doing a deep dive into her blog. I love her voice and unconventional perspective on life.

Putting together a scrapbook for my little guy. It started out of guilt (“I made one for Briar, I should probably make one for the baby”) and then quickly turned into a super fun creative outlet for me. Every chance I get, I sit down and work on new pages for it!

Pinning like a crazy person again. Every time I make enough space on my phone to download the app, my pinning output shoots through the roof.

Listening to the Unruffled podcast nonstop these days. I am learning a ton about the mysterious behavior of toddlers!

Feeling so psyched to have snagged this neon heart light from Oh Joy on clearance at Target. Now I’m on the hunt for this pink + gold heart ottoman to complete the look!

Rereading Bloom by Kelle Hampton. You guys, it’s so good.

Writing this whole blog post from the waiting room at my doctor’s office – ha! Gotta make these free moments count.

how to do disneyland with a toddler.

Posted on: Thursday, June 9, 2016

How to Do Disneyland with a Toddler | Ann-Marie Loves

Last year I wrote a couple posts about taking an infant to Disneyland (part one and part two) and loved being able to share what I had learned. Now that Briar is almost two, it’s a completely different experience that just seems to get better and better with each visit, so I figured it was time for a refresher post!

First up! My toddler packing list for our frequent trips to Disneyland and California Adventure:

How to Do Disneyland with a Toddler | Ann-Marie Loves

Stroller. We use a Nuna Tavo and absolutely love it, but are already eyeing a double BOB for when the second baby arrives!

Toddler backpack leash. I swore I would never do it and look at me now…eating my words! We tried this one out for the first time last weekend and were very happy with it.

Snacks. Squeeze pouches, goldfish crackers, a few bottles of milk, and a water cup are easy to pack and keep her satiated until mealtime.

Blanket. Whether it’s hot or cold out, it’s always nice to have a blanket on hand for naps.

Diapers. I bring somewhere between 5-10, depending on how long we will be there.

Wipes. Not only are wipes useful for bathroom breaks, but they’re perfect for cleaning tiny hands after rides or before eating. I try to bring a smaller or almost-empty pack to reduce bulk in my backpack.

Change of clothes. Shirt, leggings, socks, a sweater or a jacket is all we really need these days. When she was an infant and spit up several times a day, I packed a much bigger haul to ensure that she always had clean clothes.

Pacifiers. We’re still living and dying by pacis, so we always keep a few on hand.

Sunscreen. Oh so necessary for long days in the sunshine.

Hat. A few months ago I found an oversized hat at Target (similar to this) that I knew would be perfect for shielding Briar’s tiny toddler face. It ended up being a little big on her so I hot glued two neon pink ribbons to either side of the interior of the hat to create a makeshift chin strap! She loves it and I love that I am protecting her from the sun in a stylish way.

How to Do Disneyland with a Toddler | Ann-Marie Loves

Now here are my top tips for taking toddlers to Disneyland and California Adventure:

Getting There. Mileage-wise, we live about an hour away from Disneyland, but since this is Southern California and there is always traffic, it can take up to three hours (ridic, I know) to get to the parks. Since we always expect to sit in at least a little bit of traffic, we try to leave during Briar’s naptime so that she can sleep during the whole drive and then wake up refreshed by the time we pull into the parking structure. This usually means we don’t arrive until late afternoon, but that works out perfectly for our schedules and the amount of time we like to spend at Disneyland. Of course, we know how lucky we are to have a child that will easily sleep in her carseat…here’s hoping baby number two will follow suit!

Snacks! Oh yes. Bring alllll the snacks. I find that almost any toddler meltdown can be cured — or more importantly, prevented — with a full tummy. We offer her snacks constantly throughout the day and then at meal time, we will order Briar a kid’s meal (almost every restaurant in both parks offers kid’s meals). We also bring a small neoprene cooler with bottles filled with milk because girl can’t live without her milk.

Bathroom breaks. Briar is no longer nursing (she randomly stopped a few months ago which worked out great for the both of us) so we don’t use the Baby Care Centers as often as we once did, but they’re still the best place to change diapers and they even have toddler-size toilets for potty trained kids. However, if you aren’t near a Baby Care Center, the regular restrooms work just as well in a pinch. I lay Briar down on a few sheets of paper towels and quickly get her cleaned up and out the door. No big deal.

How to Do Disneyland with a Toddler | Ann-Marie Loves

Transportation. Briar may be able to run everywhere now but we still need to contain her from time to time, be it for naps or getting through dense crowds. Luckily she loves her stroller and is more than happy to ride in it. We also still skip the tram ride from the parking lot to the park entrance out of convenience (the idea of packing up and folding a stroller for a two minute tram ride always sounds like too much work) and walk instead (you can see the route in this video!). However, when she does walk, we use a toddler backpack and hold her hand to keep her close yet still give her a little freedom. Say what you will about using a leash on a toddler, but Disneyland would be a very scary place to lose a child…that place is always packed. John and I would much rather be safe than sorry.

Stroller Parking. It should be noted that when you bring a stroller to Disneyland, you will have to park it anytime you get in line for a ride. There are usually designated areas to leave your stroller but be aware that it may be moved by cast members (Disney’s term for employees) for the sake of crowds or parades. Don’t panic if your wheels aren’t where you left them; usually there’s a cast member nearby who can happily direct you to the new location. I should also mention that if you’re concerned about your stroller getting stolen, you can bring a stroller lock to deter potential thieves, but whatever you do, don’t lock your stroller to any Disney property (i.e. a rail or pole) because they WILL cut the lock. Finally, remember to grab any important personal belongings before leaving your stroller behind…this is where backpacks really come in handy! I know this all sounds super intimidating and might make you want to leave your stroller at home but I promise it’s really not an issue if you are aware of the rules and can go with the flow.

Rides + Attractions. As Briar has gotten older and more aware of her surroundings, she’s definitely grown a bit more leery of various attractions. For example, we recently learned that she does not like fireworks so we have to duck into a store or find a ride to get on during the nightly show. It’s not a huge deal but it takes a little planning beforehand to keep meltdowns at bay. In terms of things she enjoys at Disneyland, Briar likes It’s a Small World, Winnie the Pooh, most of the outdoor Fantasyland rides (the indoor ones are surprisingly scary!), the train, and the Jungle Cruise. We rarely stop for parades but when we pass by them, I’ve noticed that the visuals and the music mesmerize her (note to self: stop for the parades more often). At California Adventure she enjoys The Little Mermaid, Heimlich Chew Chew Train, the carousel, the Red Car trolley, the Disney Animation building (a room surrounded by huge screens that play clips and music from various films…this is our favorite uncrowded place to sit down for a little bit and take advantage of the A/C!), and Redwood Creek Challenge Trail (the very best place to let little ones run around freely and burn up their energy!). On a related note, this list of rides and attractions is very much applicable to pregnant mamas as well! Even though I can’t ride Big Thunder Mountain these days, I still love going to the parks just as much as when I’m not pregnant. There’s still plenty to do and see and — most importantly — eat!

How to Do Disneyland with a Toddler | Ann-Marie Loves

Like I mentioned in my last posts, taking little ones to Disneyland is admittedly a lot of work but SO MUCH FUN. I’m not exaggerating when I say that each trip gets better and better. This past visit was easily my favorite one yet because Briar has become obsessed with the characters in Mickey Mouse Clubhouse so she’s finally starting to “get” what the magic is all about. She was so excited to meet Minnie Mouse and take a photo with her (and with her beloved Minnie doll, of course). I mean, just look at her proud little face! I could stare at this picture forever and die over it every time. These Disney adventures may take extra planning but they are oh so worth it.

homemade cold brew coffee.

Posted on: Tuesday, June 7, 2016

How to Make Cold Brew Coffee at Home | Ann-Marie Loves

I’ve been drinking coffee since I started college. It became a daily part of my life during my junior year when I had my first apartment and wanted to be a “real grown up” with her very own coffee maker. The habit has stuck ever since, but it really got kicked into high gear when I had a baby. Suddenly it became my life blood and often the only thing getting me out of bed after a sleepless night (oh, I am not looking forward to another round of sleep deprivation). I’ve gone through many different drink phases, but one thing always stays the same: as soon as the weather heats up, out comes the cold brew! Last year I had a different system for making my own cold brew involving a carafe and cheesecloth, but 2016 Ann-Marie is a much more efficient sis.

How to Make Cold Brew Coffee at Home | Ann-Marie Loves

Thanks to a recommendation from a good friend and mom of three (girl knows her caffeine!), I purchased the Hario cold brew coffee maker on Amazon and absolutely L-O-V-E it. I promise I am in no way affiliated or sponsored by this company; I just genuinely love their product and wanted to share!

How to Make Cold Brew Coffee at Home | Ann-Marie Loves

Not only is it a breeze to make a batch of cold brew using cold water and ground coffee (this is my absolute favorite brand), but the clean up is a piece of cake. I despise anything that involves too many components or dirty dishes, so I am pleased as punch with how efficient the Hario makes my coffee process.

How to Make Cold Brew Coffee at Home | Ann-Marie Loves

Normally when I make a fresh pot, I’ll let it sit in the fridge for a full day or two so it can really develop a strong flavor. However, in a caffeine emergency, I will pour myself a glass within a few hours of making a batch and be just as happy (wait, did I just lose my coffee snob status?). Chasing a toddler while growing another baby while working from home calls for coffee breaks. Maaaaany coffee breaks ;)

stationery shoot with goldpress paper.

Posted on: Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Goldpress Paper x Alissa Bell x Our Sacred Women | Photos by Ann-Marie Espinoza

A couple months back, I had the pleasure of photographing the process of Goldpress Paper’s “You got this, Mama!” card design being letterpressed at Alissa Bell’s pop-up studio at Kit + Ace in Pasadena.

Goldpress Paper x Alissa Bell x Our Sacred Women | Photos by Ann-Marie Espinoza

Goldpress Paper x Alissa Bell x Our Sacred Women | Photos by Ann-Marie Espinoza

Not only was the card (in collaboration with Our Sacred Women) created for a great cause, but it was so fun to connect with Alisha and Eileen over our shared experience of being moms to young babies. I first met Alisha at our favorite coffee shop last year (she came up to me and introduced herself and I was so impressed; I wish I was that brave!) and we have stayed in touch via social media ever since. Her son is only a month younger than Briar so we are in very similar boats when it comes to navigating toddlerhood while working from home (i.e. we have no idea what we are doing!).

Goldpress Paper x Alissa Bell x Our Sacred Women | Photos by Ann-Marie Espinoza

Goldpress Paper x Alissa Bell x Our Sacred Women | Photos by Ann-Marie Espinoza

Goldpress Paper x Alissa Bell x Our Sacred Women | Photos by Ann-Marie Espinoza

Goldpress Paper x Alissa Bell x Our Sacred Women | Photos by Ann-Marie Espinoza

It’s always a treat to see an artist’s studio in person and witness their process firsthand. I took a letterpress class in college so I have a basic understanding of how to letterpress but there’s nothing quite like watching a professional in action! Mesmerizing.

Goldpress Paper x Alissa Bell x Our Sacred Women | Photos by Ann-Marie Espinoza

Goldpress Paper x Alissa Bell x Our Sacred Women | Photos by Ann-Marie Espinoza

Goldpress Paper x Alissa Bell x Our Sacred Women | Photos by Ann-Marie Espinoza

Goldpress Paper x Alissa Bell x Our Sacred Women | Photos by Ann-Marie Espinoza

Goldpress Paper x Alissa Bell x Our Sacred Women | Photos by Ann-Marie Espinoza

You can read more about the story behind these beautiful cards and purchase them here!

summer living with munchkin’s step diaper pail.

Posted on: Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Ann-Marie Loves x Munchkin | STEP Diaper Pail

I’ll be honest: I am in no hurry to potty train Briar.

I know a lot of people cringe at the idea of having two babies in diapers but for some bizarre reason it doesn’t bother me (joke’s on me?). Sure, diapers are definitely an expense, however, the idea of constantly having to run to the bathroom with a toddler or clean up inevitable accidents on the floor…well, let’s just say I am more than happy to let her make the call as to when she is ready.

Ann-Marie Loves x Munchkin | STEP Diaper Pail

This is especially true as the weather heats up and we spend more and more time outside, either swimming or lounging in the kiddie pool or splashing around at the water table. The last thing I want to do is repeatedly shuttle her in and out of the house in her wet bathing suit to use the bathroom. I mean, I barely want to do that for myself! (Is there any grosser feeling than peeling off a wet bathing suit? Blah!)

Ann-Marie Loves x Munchkin | STEP Diaper Pail

Because of this, I’ve set up a little changing area for Briar on the patio, complete with Munchkin’s new STEP diaper pail and a basket full of swim diapers, wipes, sunscreen, towels, and a few other necessities for outdoor water play.

Ann-Marie Loves x Munchkin | STEP Diaper Pail

Ann-Marie Loves x Munchkin | STEP Diaper Pail

I think my favorite part about the STEP diaper pail (aside from the fact that it eliminates odor better than any other trash system we’ve used!) is how sleek this thing looks! Baby products tend to be hit-or-miss when it comes to aesthetics, so to be able to reap the benefits of form AND function in one product? Well, consider me sold.

Ann-Marie Loves x Munchkin | STEP Diaper Pail

This little watermelon is allllll about outdoor livin.’ If she could stay in that kiddie pool forever, she would be one happy camper. The only way to get her out of the water with minimal tears is to promise her that we will immediately put her in the bathtub…girl knows what she wants!

Ann-Marie Loves x Munchkin | STEP Diaper Pail

Ann-Marie Loves x Munchkin | STEP Diaper Pail

I’m pretty sure this is exactly what the coming summer is going to look like: my naturally tan baby living it up in the sunshine and her pale mama hiding under several layers of sunscreen and a giant hat (ha!).

Ann-Marie Loves x Munchkin | STEP Diaper Pail

If your babe is currently in the diaper stage of life, you can purchase the Munchkin STEP diaper pail at your local Target. And best of all, for every pail purchased, Munchkin will plant a tree! Win win.

This post was sponsored by Munchkin, but as always, all opinions, ideas, and photos are my own.

we’re having a…

Posted on: Monday, May 30, 2016

We’re having a…

We're Having a Boy! | Ann-Marie Loves

A BOY! I can’t even believe it.

We're Having a Boy! | Ann-Marie Loves

I was in such shock (and quite frankly, denial) for a solid week after we found out. Even though I had a gut feeling that it would be a boy, the confirmation of that suspicion threw me into an emotional tailspin that nobody saw coming. All I could think was, “What do I with a boy? What if he’s wild and crazy? What if Briar never gets a sister? What if he wants to play baseball? I don’t even like baseball!” Ugh. It was not my finest week, but I don’t regret a minute of it because I knew I had to really feel those difficult, ugly feelings in order to get to where I am now, which can best be summed up in one word: EXCITED.

We're Having a Boy! | Ann-Marie Loves

(Photo shoots involving balloons and wind and toddlers are highly unpredictable!)

We're Having a Boy! | Ann-Marie Loves

Instead of being sad about not raising the all-girl family that I always envisioned, I’m excited to have a mini version of my husband and a playmate for Briar. I’m looking forward to having a special relationship with my son that is different from the one I have with my daughter. I’m inspired to find all the cute boy clothes (they’re so elusive!) and make this little guy a stylish babe! I’m really eager to see what the boy version of Briar looks like…will he have curly hair? Blonde hair? Black hair? Red hair? Blue eyes? Green eyes? Brown eyes? There are so many things to look forward to that I have no choice but to be thrilled that he is joining our family. Plus, we already have his name picked out and I can’t wait to hear Briar say it :)

We're Having a Boy! | Ann-Marie Loves

It’s going to be an adventure!

2016 album + better together layouts.

Posted on: Thursday, May 26, 2016

2016 Album + Layouts | Ann-Marie Espinoza

Awhile back I made a few pages for Amy’s blog using her newest line, Better Together. I totally forgot about them until this week, so it was a happy surprise to go through the photos and have something to blog about here [other than BABIES, BABIES, BABIES ;)].

This top layout was my favorite one to work on. Since I can’t seem to scrapbook without my Tim Holtz ink blender + squeezed lemonade distress ink these days, I couldn’t help but add a little yellow to the already-cool pink watercolor paper. I wanted to include a few different photos, so I resized them to 2.5 x 2.5″ and printed them at home (how I print most of my images).

2016 Album + Layouts | Ann-Marie Espinoza

It’s so funny to look at this layout now because Briar’s vocabulary has easily tripled since this was made. But I think that’s the whole point of scrapbooking: to record memories as they come so you can look back on them at a later date and relive those feelings. My favorite part of the page (aside from the adorable photo, of course) is that floral paper! Holy moly, I need that in wallpaper, please.

2016 Album + Layouts | Ann-Marie Espinoza

In addition to layouts, I also made a few spreads to add to my 2016 album. For the first spread, I pulled together some of my favorite patterned papers, Thickers, embellishments, photobooth images, and a cool Ira Glass quote postcard to fill up two different page protectors.

2016 Album + Layouts | Ann-Marie Espinoza

For the second spread, I used some of my all-time favorite Briar photos (the middle right photo on the right page kills me). I kept the embellishments to a minimum so that the images could be the focal point, but I still had to bring in a few fun pops of yellow + pink to offset all that blue :)

Supplies: BasicGrey Capture Page Protectors // 12 x 12″ Better Together Paper Pad // White Thickers // Better Together Puffy Stickers // Kelly Purkey Wooden Alpha Stamps // Black Ink Pad // Tim Holtz Blending Tool // Yellow Distress Ink // Heidi Swapp Polka Dot Stencil // 2″ Circle Punch // Tape Runner // Black Pen

weekend trip to san luis obispo.

Posted on: Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Weekend Getaway to San Luis Obispo | Ann-Marie Loves

There’s nothing quite like a physical change of scenery to boost my mood and give me a fresh perspective. This past weekend, John and I spent a night up in San Luis Obispo and we had the best time. We’re both big fans of the central coast and SLO is the perfect mix of relaxing and stimulating.

Weekend Getaway to San Luis Obispo | Ann-Marie Loves

On the way up the coast, we stopped off in Santa Barbara for a quick coffee break at The French Press. I love having a running list of coffee shops to visit everywhere I travel! (What’s your favorite coffee shop? I want to add it to my list!)

Weekend Getaway to San Luis Obispo | Ann-Marie Loves

Weekend Getaway to San Luis Obispo | Ann-Marie Loves

Scout Coffee is a must if you’re anywhere near San Luis Obispo. It’s nestled in the perfect spot downtown and has the cutest decor and some of the best lattes I’ve tasted! I kind of want to move in.

Weekend Getaway to San Luis Obispo | Ann-Marie Loves

Weekend Getaway to San Luis Obispo | Ann-Marie Loves

Weekend Getaway to San Luis Obispo | Ann-Marie Loves

Apple cider at the Apple Farm…it tasted just as good as it smelled! It was a pretty chilly weekend up in SLO so a warm drink hit the spot.

Weekend Getaway to San Luis Obispo | Ann-Marie Loves

John and I have been on a major pot pie kick lately so it was a no-brainer that I would order one at the Apple Farm. Oh man, it was good. 

Weekend Getaway to San Luis Obispo | Ann-Marie Loves

Weekend Getaway to San Luis Obispo | Ann-Marie Loves

Weekend Getaway to San Luis Obispo | Ann-Marie Loves

Coffee, coffee, coffee.

Weekend Getaway to San Luis Obispo | Ann-Marie Loves

So happy to travel through life with this guy. We were reminiscing about different memories throughout our relationship and we came to the (startling!) realization that this year will mark twelve years together. TWELVE! I have no idea where the time has gone but it’s been an amazing adventure.

Weekend Getaway to San Luis Obispo | Ann-Marie Loves

Weekend Getaway to San Luis Obispo | Ann-Marie Loves

Spring in SLO is gorgeous. Everything is in bloom and it’s not too hot yet and it makes me want to move up there ASAP! We saw a young family of four going for a bike ride around town (mom was towing the baby and the dad was sharing a cool tandem bike with the little girl) and I couldn’t take my eyes off of them. I suddenly had serious aspirations to BE them one day soon! Now I just have to convince John to move with me to a cute small town where we can live out my bike riding dreams…

Weekend Getaway to San Luis Obispo | Ann-Marie Loves

We stumbled upon Avila Valley Barn while driving around and it was such a good find! I stocked up on fresh peaches, John picked up a chipotle ketchup, and we ordered an olallieberry-flavored lemonade to share (so good!). I always feel like spontaneous detours make for the best memories.

Weekend Getaway to San Luis Obispo | Ann-Marie Loves

slo-Weekend Getaway to San Luis Obispo | Ann-Marie Loves

Feeling large and in charge these days. This striped maternity dress from Target is getting lots of mileage! And of course, I can’t seem to take off my denim jacket either. Basically, I wear some version of this outfit every single day.

Weekend Getaway to San Luis Obispo | Ann-Marie Loves

Weekend Getaway to San Luis Obispo | Ann-Marie Loves

One night away from Briar is the perfect amount of time to reconnect with my husband and make us miss that little bub! Thank goodness for willing babysitters (aka Nana + Papa) who take such good care of Briar so we can enjoy our trip worry-free :)

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