Given the fact that I just had Briar’s birth announcements made a few weeks ago (did you know I had a baby?), the idea of designing, printing, addressing, and shipping Christmas cards felt like an insurmountable task. But! As I was experimenting with gift tag ideas using my new digital brushes, I realized that it would be SO SIMPLE for me to bust out a quick holiday card design. Beyond simple, actually.
I started by dragging one of my favorite Instagram photos into Photoshop. Since it was already cropped nicely into a square, I left it as is.
Then I chose the “happy holidays” brush and stamped it on the center of the photo. Next, I added a text layer with the words “Love, The Espinozas” to finish it off. Three steps and I was done.
I decided that I would make just enough copies for our immediate families (knowing that they would appreciate a Briar pic more than anyone else), so I grabbed some photo paper and printed them out at home. So easy. So fast.
(If you have any questions about how to use my digital brushes, let me know!)
Happy Monday! Over the weekend I added two new items to my shop. And the best part of all is that there’s no need to wait for shipping…you can download and use them almost immediately!
First up: a 2015 printable calendar! I wanted something sleek and streamlined for my office, while still incorporating a bold pop of color.
Six bucks and you can print and reprint as many times as your heart desires. Plus, a bulldog clip pulls it all together and makes it easy to hang on a wall. BOOM.
Secondly, digital brushes for all of my holiday stamp designs from 2012 – 2014. I know the idea of “digital” sounds super intimidating (even to me! a designer!), but I assure you…it’s FAR easier than getting a perfect rubber stamp impression. You can even customize the size of the design to be as big or as small as your project commands! I’ve been using them on my December Daily album (photos to come!), but they are also perfect for holiday cards, gift tags, and DIY wrapping paper.
P.S. Elise recently made an awesome video tutorial on how to use digital brushes! Be sure to check that out as well as her new digital stamps :)
I’ll be turning the rest of my stamp designs into digital brushes very soon. You can find these items as well as rubber stamps, e-courses, and many others right here.
I hope your holiday season is going swimmingly! xo
If you’ve stepped foot in an Anthropologie in recent days, then you know. You know that once again, they have NAILED the holidays. It was like they took the best of the blog world + Pinterest and filtered it through their magic machines to churn out the “handmade yet refined” aesthetic like only Anthro can do. Needless to say, I’ve been visiting my local Anthro for holiday inspiration, oh, once every two and a half days? (Or so it seems.) (Just ask Briar.)
I look forward to the day that I become their target demographic and can buy everything in sight, but until that day, I’ll continue to take inspiration from Anthro’s impeccable merchandising and put my own spin on their products. Case in point: woven ornaments.
Technically I’ve been on the weaving bandwagon for quite some time, so it wasn’t too much of a stretch for me to break out my loom and get down to business creating mini woven ornaments for the tree. I kept my colors pretty simple: pink, mustard, a few shades of white, and of course, a little bit of my favorite glitter eyelash yarn.
I then created a small warp that ran the whole length of the loom. To save on time and yarn, I wove two different weavings on both ends of the loom. Once I was finished, I threaded twigs through both of the weavings and then cut the yarn strands (from the warp) to separate the two designs. So simple!
I love how fun and easy these were to create! Plus, if I decide that I am so over the yarn trend on trees next Christmas (WHAT!), then I’ll just pass them along to Briar to use for her dollhouse or add them to the top of a package. No craft goes to waste around here ;)
Remember paper bead necklaces, guys? I totally revisited the idea using Dear Lizzy paper and I have to say…I love how it turned out! Sometimes it’s the simplest of projects with the most humble of supplies that reap the biggest successes. (I need to remember this.) (I tried scrapbooking again yesterday and it was an epic fail.) (More on this later.)
Supplies: Dear Lizzy paper // Tape Runner // Baker’s Twine // Wooden Skewers // Mod Podge (Optional)
You can read more about it on Liz’s blog!
Is it just me or is this week flying right on by? One minute it’s Thanksgiving and the next, we’re knee-deep in Christmas and holiday shopping and cold season (I may or may not have driven to my parents yesterday morning just so I could pass Briar to my mom and sleep off my cold!) (Thanks Mom!). But really, it’s my favorite season (cold or no cold) and I love every minute of the whirlwind!
In other news, I designed a set of pantry label printables for Emma Magazine a few months back and was so excited to see them on their blog yesterday. Download away, my friends! Happy Thursday!
I’ve always been reluctant to call myself a “photographer” for a myriad of bogus reasons (“I didn’t major in photography” or “I don’t have this or that lens” or best of all, “I’m not good enough”), but ironically, it’s the one creative medium that makes me incredibly happy, EVERY SINGLE TIME. I love everything about it, from the conceptualizing to the shooting to the editing to the sharing. I’ve been toying with the idea of pursuing photography as my main gig for quite some time, but I haven’t had the confidence to really go for it. That is, until now.
So when my friend + fellow blogger Heather asked me to shoot food photos for her amazing recipe posts, I gladly agreed. Food is a tricky subject to capture; not only do you have to get the lighting and the composition just right, but you have to make it look appetizing…no easy feat! Needless to say, it’s been an exciting creative challenge for the both of us, as Heather works her magic in the kitchen and I work mine near the window with the best natural light.
(I can attest that these recipes are incredible. In fact, I even made Heather’s green chile corn casserole (shown above) for Thanksgiving!)
There’s something about having a baby that has forced me to truly reevaluate everything in my life, from the to the way I drive to the words that I say to the way I can support my little family while still being a stay-at-home-mom. I’ve been in need of a change of pace for quite some time and Briar has been the perfect catalyst for pushing me to make things happen. Plus, I figure, if I can capture babies and food (two tricky subjects) with a moderate level of success, I can capture anything, right? (Ha!) ;)
These days, I spend more time dreaming about all the things I want to make (thank goodness for iPhones while nursing!) than actually making the things I want to make. Nonetheless, I still crank out a project or two every so often and when I do, it feels good. Like, ”hey, I should do this all the time!” kind of good.
Now that Briar is s-l-o-w-l-y working her way towards longer, more consistent stretches of sleep (HALLELUJAH), I have a tiny bit of extra time on my hands to dive into creative projects. This month, I have a huge list of things I plan on making, which include but are not limited to: wreaths, wall hangings, packaging ideas, stockings, ornaments, and of course, a December Daily album. It’ll be a Christmas miracle if I can tackle the whole list in a single month with a four month old in tow, but I’m determined to take a stab at it!
Supplies used: 12 x 12″ Second City Patterned Paper // Second City Chipboard Alphas // Second City Die-Cuts & Transparencies // Candy Buttons // Paper Mate Felt Tip Pen
P.S. My Black Friday sale has been extended through Cyber Monday! Don’t miss out!
My 2014 holiday stamps are finally here!
01. Merry Christmas | 02. Open Me | 03. All I Want for Christmas Is | 04. May Your Days Be Merry + Bright | 05. Shiny + Happy | 06. Happy Holidays | 07. Let It Snow | 08. Made With Love | 09. Holiday Cheer Inside | 10. To / From | 11. Wish List | 12. Sending You Joy This Season
When designing these stamps, I tried to think of all the various projects they can be used for: holiday cards, packaging, tags, December Daily albums, Project Life, etc. I fully realize that wooden rubber stamps are an investment, so I want to be sure that the style + tone of my designs will lend themselves to creating year after year.
Over the next handful of weeks, I’ll be sharing all the different ways I incorporate these stamps into my holiday crafting. (p.s. let me know if there are any particular projects you would like to see!) This really is my most favorite time of year and I can’t wait to make things festive :)
Find these stamps + more HERE.
Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a fantastic Halloween. John and I loved every minute of Briar’s first big holiday. Her costume lasted a whopping fifteen minutes before she spit up on it, but hey! Not too shabby for an almost three month old.
Just a friendly reminder that today is the LAST DAY to stock up on October stamps! I’ll be rolling out the November / December holiday stamps this week…so much fun! I’m finalizing the designs today, so let me know if there are any particular holiday-related phrases or sentiments that you want to see :)
P.S. The winner of the Ameda pump has been announced!