Entries Tagged as 'create'

digital brushes: greatest hits | now available!

Posted on: Thursday, July 9, 2015

Ann-Marie Loves Paper | New Digital Brushes! | Ann-Marie Loves

I’m excited to finally announce that all of my most popular rubber stamp designs from 2012 – 2015 have FINALLY been turned into digital brushes and added to my shop. It’s only been on my to-do list for, oh, a whole year? Turning files into digital brushes is not what was stopping me; it was the sheer volume of files that I had to go through that intimidated me for so long. I mean, seriously, SO MANY FREAKING STAMPS (ha!). It’s all good, though :)

Ann-Marie Loves Paper | New Digital Brushes! | Ann-Marie Loves

These are the sixty-seven designs that are included in the pack.

Ann-Marie Loves Paper | New Digital Brushes! | Ann-Marie Loves

As someone who loves to put type on photos, having brushes at my disposal is a huge time-saver! In case you’re not familiar with how to use them, Elise put together a fantastic tutorial video that I highly recommend watching.

Ann-Marie Loves Paper | New Digital Brushes! | Ann-Marie Loves

Tomorrow I’ll be sharing how I use digital brushes in my scrapbook, so stay tuned! :)

Ann-Marie Loves Paper | New Digital Brushes! | Ann-Marie Loves

You can find my Greatest Hits digital brushes HERE and my Holiday set (now on sale!) HERE. Yay!

homemade iced coffee.

Posted on: Thursday, June 25, 2015

Homemade Iced Coffee | Ann-Marie Loves

As the temperature continues to rise and Briar continues to wake up in the middle of the night, one thing has become crystal clear: I NEED ICED COFFEE. As much as I love hot coffee, I’m more than happy to switch over to the iced version during the warm summer months. I love it in the morning with my breakfast but I really love in the afternoon when my energy begins to slump…it’s the perfect pick-me-up! Recently I had been going through the Starbucks drive-thru (God’s gift to moms of babies) on an almost daily basis, but I realized I could save a lot of money by making it at home. So! I did a little research and experimentation and found my favorite new way to get my caffeine fix.

Homemade Iced Coffee | Ann-Marie Loves

What you’ll need:

- 1/3 cup of coffee grounds (anything but instant coffee)

- 4 cups of water

- Cheesecloth

- Two pitchers or carafes

- Saran wrap

Homemade Iced Coffee | Ann-Marie Loves

Directions:

Pour 1/3 cups of coffee grounds into a pitcher or carafe. Then, heat up 4 cups of water on the stove for about a minute (no need to boil) and pour it on top of the coffee. Once both the coffee and water are in the carafe, cover the top with saran wrap and leave it on your counter for at least eight hours.

Homemade Iced Coffee | Ann-Marie Loves

After eight hours, remove the saran wrap and cover the mouth of a different pitcher or carafe with a few layers of cheesecloth. Slowly pour the coffee over the cheesecloth and let it filter into the second pitcher.

Homemade Iced Coffee | Ann-Marie Loves

Finally, fill a glass with ice and then pour in the coffee and any other flavorings (I like a splash of milk and the tiniest bit of homemade simple syrup) and enjoy! I store my pitcher of coffee in the fridge and cover it with saran wrap to preserve the taste. It usually only lasts a day or two before I find myself drinking it all up and starting the brewing process all over again! So good and so easy.

P.S. My daily coffee routine and coffee stories from my Utah days!

briar’s scrapbook | part four.

Posted on: Thursday, June 18, 2015

Baby Scrapbook | A Beautiful Mess Messy Book | Ann-Marie Espinoza

We’re already to part four of Briar’s scrapbook and I am still loving the process. I made this particular page using Dear Lizzy products and it was a fun way to utilize some of my favorite photos from the past several months in a single layout.

Baby Scrapbook | A Beautiful Mess Messy Book | Ann-Marie Espinoza

This page incorporated some of my favorite divided page protector techniques: placing embellishments on the top of the plastic and splitting the same photo up amongst multiple pockets. It always feels like a bit of a puzzle putting everything in it’s place!

Baby Scrapbook | A Beautiful Mess Messy Book | Ann-Marie Espinoza

I’ve been asked about how I print my photos and here’s my simple answer: I do what works best with the resources I have on hand. Since we moved in January, I haven’t gotten around to replacing the cartridges in my home printer (I have no idea why?), so I just order prints from Target instead. There are pros and cons to both options, of course. With a home printer, I can customize the size of my photos based on my project with a few simple clicks in Photoshop, however, it always takes way longer than I anticipate it will and it uses up a ton of ink. By printing straight to Target, I don’t get to customize the sizes (well, aside from 4 x 6″) and I have to pay every time I need prints, but it’s so nice to have a huge stack of photos to pull from when I sit down to work on this album each week.

Baby Scrapbook | A Beautiful Mess Messy Book | Ann-Marie Espinoza

Supplies: Messy Book album + page protector // Serendipity Sticker Roll // Pleather Bow // Serendipity Patterned Paper Pad // Fine and Dandy Paper Pad // Gold Foil Thickers // Circle Punch

P.S. Part One, Part Two, and Part Three of Briar’s scrapbook album!

briar’s scrapbook | part three.

Posted on: Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Baby Scrapbook | A Beautiful Mess Messy Book | Ann-Marie Espinoza

I’m beginning to find a really good rhythm with Briar’s scrapbook. Once or twice a week during nap time, I surround myself with all my favorite supplies, put on Keeping Up the Kardashians on my iPad (I can’t quit it!), and get lost in crafty land until Briar wakes up. It’s a great way for me to zone out for a bit and remember how fun this hobby can be. Plus, blog fodder! Win win.

Also, I’m now at the point where I’m ready to start throwing in random photos from various weeks of early Briar-hood. After all, there’s only so many photos of my puffy, exhausted face from our time in the hospital that need to be on the internet. (You know how it is.) So this week, I made two pages featuring the last of the hospital photos and the start of the thousands (milions?) of photos I took once we got home.

Baby Scrapbook | A Beautiful Mess Messy Book | Ann-Marie Espinoza

For the left page, I split four vertical 4 x 6″ photos into four respective pieces and placed them in the pockets of a Messy Book page protector. I’ll admit it took a little math to figure out how to do this evenly, but somehow I managed. Once all the photos were trimmed and glued into place, I treated each photo as a separate “page” and embellished them accordingly. (Looking at these early photos of Briar makes me laugh; she used to sleep ALL THE TIME…how do we get back to that?! Ha!)

Supplies: Dear Lizzy phrase tape // Basic Grey Highline papers + letter stickers // Dear Lizzy “Hello” Stamp // Flair Badges // Black pen

Baby Scrapbook | A Beautiful Mess Messy Book | Ann-Marie Espinoza

Baby Scrapbook | A Beautiful Mess Messy Book | Ann-Marie Espinoza

For the right page, I created a layout featuring a photo of Briar at six weeks old. I decided that I would not worry about making sure everything is chronologically accurate, so if I skip back or forward a few weeks, that’s a-okay with me. This page incorporated all of my favorite colors and more importantly, my favorite scrapbook paper print of all time…Amy Tangerine’s flower paper! Gah, I just want to wallpaper my life in this pattern. It’s absolutely perfect. I did some fussy-cutting (P.S. I despise that term) to trim the flowers and frame the photo. Additionally, I busted out Kelly Purkey’s wooden alpha stamps and stamped the most fitting title I could think of. I reflect back on those early exhausting weeks and I have to admit….I don’t miss them! I love my ten month old Briar who can eat solid foods and take long naps and entertain herself while I load the dishwasher. It just gets better and better :)

Supplies: BasicGrey Aurora papers // Dear Lizzy heart paper // Amy Tangerine flower paper // Amy Tangerine stickers // Dear Lizzy “XO” stamp // Kelly Purkey Wooden Alpha Stamps // My favorite black ink pad

P.S. Part One and Part Two of Briar’s scrapbook album!

diy painted bags.

Posted on: Monday, May 18, 2015

DIY Painted Bags | Ann-Marie Loves

Recently, I’ve been enjoying a resurgence of creative energy and I can’t even tell you how happy it makes me. Being crafty and using my hands is how I make sense of my world, so I am beyond excited to be back at it again. Yesterday as I was roaming the aisles of Target picking up the essentials (faux-Birks and loose tanks, as one does), I decided to try out a few new paints from Handmade Modern. I had a few crafty projects in mind and I couldn’t wait to get started!

DIY Painted Bags | Ann-Marie Loves

A few years ago, I purchased a handful of these small zippered bags from the dollar section at Target with the intention of using them to hold bridesmaid gifts. But as it turned out, I was never able to collect all six, so those plans were thwarted (sorry b-maids) and they’ve been sitting in my craft stash ever since. However, when armed with new paint and a need to corral Briar’s stuff in my backpack, I was able to turn those bags into something usable!

DIY Painted Bags | Ann-Marie Loves

To paint the bags, I used a mix of small brushes and different patterns. I allowed each side plenty of time to dry before I flipped them over and painted a similar pattern on the back of each respective bag. Super simple.

DIY Painted Bags | Ann-Marie Loves

Let me just say, I’m kind of thrilled that loose + free-form is where the current style trends are pointing to because I have never been one for straight lines. (There’s nothing that kills my creative mojo more than having to use a ruler!) I’ve also been making a concerted effort to just experiment strictly for the sake of experimentation. The more I can play around without any preconceived notions, the more fun it is to craft!

DIY Painted Bags | Ann-Marie Loves

Even Briar wanted to get in on the action, by slyly dipping her hands in my black paint when I looked down for half a second…!  Ay yi yi. But I guess it just goes to show that she’s a girl after my own heart ;)

 

briar’s scrapbook | part one.

Posted on: Friday, May 15, 2015

Baby Scrapbook | A Beautiful Mess Messy Book | Ann-Marie Espinoza

It’s been nine months since Briar was born, which means I only have about four million photos of her sitting on my hard drive. I cringe at the idea of those images living there forever, never to be seen by anyone other than me, so I finally had a bunch of photos printed. It felt so good to hold those pictures in my hands and reflect back on all the precious memories that they hold. It was right then and there that I realized that my Briar Bear deserves her own scrapbook. After all, I documented my pregnancy in scrapbook form…it was only a matter of time until I continued the story! So here’s the first installment of Briar’s scrapbook:

Baby Scrapbook | A Beautiful Mess Messy Book | Ann-Marie Espinoza
Baby Scrapbook | A Beautiful Mess Messy Book | Ann-Marie Espinoza

I can’t think of a more perfect overlay for Briar’s scrapbook than the one that came in A Beautiful Mess’ Messy Box kit…I’m obsessed! To add it to my album, I simply punched four holes with a Crop-A-Dile and popped it into place.

Baby Scrapbook | A Beautiful Mess Messy Book | Ann-Marie EspinozaBaby Scrapbook | A Beautiful Mess Messy Book | Ann-Marie Espinoza

For the first page, I kept things pretty simple since I wanted the photos to do most of the talking. I also added in a journaling card with Briar’s stats and a few of my favorite gold papers + embellishments.

Supplies: Dear Lizzy Serendipity Papers // Dear Lizzy Heart Thickers // Amy Tangerine Fabric Stickers // Precision Pen

Baby Scrapbook | A Beautiful Mess Messy Book | Ann-Marie Espinoza

Baby Scrapbook | A Beautiful Mess Messy Book | Ann-Marie Espinoza

Baby Scrapbook | A Beautiful Mess Messy Book | Ann-Marie Espinoza

For this page, I used the backside of the first page protector and broke up the grid by placing a 4 x 6″ photo over four pockets filled with the same sheet of Dear Lizzy ombre paper. I also added a subtle title using Kelly Purkey white letter stickers.

Supplies: Dear Lizzy Serendipity Papers // Dear Lizzy Daydreamer Map Paper // Dear Lizzy Serendipity Sticker Roll // Dear Lizzy Serendipity Puffy Stickers // BasicGrey Flair Badges

Baby Scrapbook | A Beautiful Mess Messy Book | Ann-Marie Espinoza

Baby Scrapbook | A Beautiful Mess Messy Book | Ann-Marie Espinoza

For the third page, I decided to make a traditional layout…such a fun change of pace! This photo of John and Briar is one of my very favorites from her first day. She had just been cleaned up in the nursery and brought into our room and John couldn’t take his eyes off of her. Such a magical moment. (P.S. Since the 9 x 12″ page protectors are currently out of stock, I improvised and punched extra holes in an American Crafts 12 x 12″ sleeve and plan on cutting off the extra bit and sewing up the side.)

Supplies: Woodgrain Paper // Messy Box Kit // Dear Lizzy Serendipity Papers // Amy Tangerine Foam Thickers // Precision Pen

Baby Scrapbook | A Beautiful Mess Messy Book | Ann-Marie Espinoza

 

I’m excited to continue to work on Briar’s scrapbook each week! I plan on keeping the album as loose and rule-free as possible; if I miss a few things or go out of chronological order, that’s totally fine. I figure, as long as I’m capturing the big picture of her babyhood, then I’m doing my job.

upcycled ribbon spool turned wall hanging.

Posted on: Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Upcycled Ribbon Spool-Turned-Wall Hanging | Ann-Marie Loves

The other day, John was recounting just how upset I was when I first discovered that our Utah apartment did not have a recycling bin on the premises. I had totally forgotten about that! To combat the issue, I kept a huge box of recyclables in our place and then when it was full, I would force John to help me take them to a recycling center a few miles away. It was a major hassle, but it pained me more to throw away anything that I know can be recycled, or even better, upcycled. You can take the girl out of California…

So recently, as I neared the end of a spool of Dear Lizzy baker’s twine, I knew just how to give it new life.

Upcycled Ribbon Spool-Turned-Wall Hanging | Ann-Marie Loves

To begin, I pulled the labels off of the baker’s twine spool using an xacto knife.

Upcycled Ribbon Spool-Turned-Wall Hanging | Ann-Marie Loves

Next, I took baker’s twine from a different spool and wrapped it all the way around the spool until it was completely covered.

Upcycled Ribbon Spool-Turned-Wall Hanging | Ann-Marie Loves

From there, I busted out my Cuttlebug and cut out feathers using a nesting die and a few sheets of Daydreamer paper.

Upcycled Ribbon Spool-Turned-Wall Hanging | Ann-Marie Loves

Once I had the feathers cut out, I tied long strands of baker’s twine to each shape.

Upcycled Ribbon Spool-Turned-Wall Hanging | Ann-Marie Loves

Finally, I tied each strand to the upcycled ribbon spool and hung it in Briar’s room! Easy to make and easy on the environment.

infant crafting | ziploc bag painting.

Posted on: Thursday, May 7, 2015

Infant Crafting | Ziploc Bag Painting | Ann-Marie Loves

You guys. The day I have been dreaming of since I first saw two faint lines on a pregnancy test has finally come! (Well, kind of.) Yesterday I introduced Briar to the wonderful world of crafting! Truth be told, she wasn’t as excited about it as I was (CLEARLY), but I intend to slowly wear her down until she becomes my little crafting sidekick. #persistence

Infant Crafting | Ziploc Bag Painting | Ann-Marie Loves

A few weeks ago, my good friend Angie posted a photo of her infant daughter “painting” through a Ziploc bag and I knew I wanted to try it out with Briar as well! The supplies are about as basic as they come: cardstock, various craft paints, Ziploc bags, and scissors.

Infant Crafting | Ziploc Bag Painting | Ann-Marie Loves

Place a sheet of cardstock in the bag (I folded a sheet in half, like a greeting card) and squeeze in a few drops of paint. Make sure the bag is completely sealed and then let your little one mash it up as much as they want! I used two different shades of yellow and two different shades of pink to build on the visual interest, but I’m pretty sure I was the only one that cared about that (ha!). Briar was far more concerned about trying to pull the red fasteners off of the bags ;)

Infant Crafting | Ziploc Bag Painting | Ann-Marie Loves

Once the masterpieces are complete, carefully take them out of the bags and let them dry.

Infant Crafting | Ziploc Bag Painting | Ann-Marie Loves

After Briar’s artwork was dry, I cut them in half and taped them up to the wall above her crib for her to admire.

Infant Crafting | Ziploc Bag Painting | Ann-Marie Loves

As you can see, she was very proud of herself ;)

kelly purkey kit giveaway.

Posted on: Monday, May 4, 2015

UPDATED: The winner is Ashley Michelson! Congrats Ashley! E-mail me with your shipping information when you get a chance! xo

Kelly Purkey Kit Designed by Ann-Marie Espinoza | Kit Giveaway! | Ann-Marie Loves

Designing the “Oh Happy Day” kit for Kelly Purkey was such a blast. She gave me total creative freedom, so I decided to design products that I would actually want to use…and I did! My scrapbooking skills are, well, a wee bit out of shape these days, but I’m determined to create the occasional layout or spread for the sake of remembering Briar’s babyhood. Plus, once I get into the groove of scrapbooking, I remember how fun it can be! Note to self: get your groove back.

IMG_Kelly Purkey Kit Designed by Ann-Marie Espinoza | Kit Giveaway! | Ann-Marie Loves
IMG_Kelly Purkey Kit Designed by Ann-Marie Espinoza | Kit Giveaway! | Ann-Marie Loves

The kit is now sold out, but Kelly has kindly held one aside so that I can give it away to one of my wonderful readers!

IMG_Kelly Purkey Kit Designed by Ann-Marie Espinoza | Kit Giveaway! | Ann-Marie Loves
IMG_Kelly Purkey Kit Designed by Ann-Marie Espinoza | Kit Giveaway! | Ann-Marie Loves

Supplies: Kelly Purkey kit | Messy Book + Page Protectors | Gold Thickers | Photos by La Rousse Photo

Leave a comment below linking me to something awesome you’ve seen around the internet lately (a blog post, an article, a pin) by Thursday May 7th and I will choose a winner at random! Good luck!

chia seed bowl.

Posted on: Thursday, March 19, 2015

Chia Seed Bowl | Ann-Marie Loves

As a major breakfast food aficionado, I am always on the hunt for new and exciting ways to start my day. Thanks to this video via Instyle, I recently discovered the magic of chia seed bowls! Not only are they insanely nutritious, but they take less than five minutes to put together…win-win! I also love that I can prepare a bowl the night before so my hectic mornings are simplified. Here’s how I make mine:

Chia Seed Bowl | Ann-Marie Loves

Gather chia seeds (I get mine at Trader Joe’s), milk (any kind), pomegranate seeds, almonds, raisins, hemp seeds, and banana slices.

Chia Seed Bowl | Ann-Marie Loves

Combine one part chia seeds (I usually do 1/3 cup) with two parts milk and stir until evenly mixed.

Chia Seed Bowl | Ann-Marie Loves

Leave the bowl in the fridge for at least 2-3 hours until the milk has been absorbed and the consistency is thick. (The seeds will end up looking gray if you use cow’s milk.)

Chia Seed Bowl | Ann-Marie Loves

Once the chia seeds + milk are ready to pull out of the fridge, add in the toppings and enjoy!

P.S. My oatmeal routine and my daily coffee!

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