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wedding menu + food label cards

Posted on: Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Wedding Menu + Food Labels | Designed by Ann-Marie Espinoza

Designing all of the paper elements for our wedding was a true labor of love. Going into it, I knew I wanted the whole “branding” of the event — from the save the dates to the invitations to the menus to the food labels and everything in between — to be as cohesive and unified as possible. The food-related paper goods were especially important for me to get right because not only did they have to fit in with the entire wedding suite, but they had to work in harmony with the table decor as well. (Or maybe I was just hyper aware of the details that nobody else would notice?) (Most likely!)

Wedding Menu + Food Labels | Designed by Ann-Marie Espinoza

Wedding Menu + Food Labels | Designed by Ann-Marie Espinoza

Like all elements of our wedding suite (minus the save the dates), I was able to print the menus at home on my HP Photosmart D110A printer. For the paper, I bought a bulk pack of paper bag cover weight cardstock from Paper Source and printed two menus per page.

Wedding Menu + Food Labels | Designed by Ann-Marie Espinoza | Photo by Katie Pritchard Photography

At each place setting, the menus were tucked inside the napkins for safekeeping.

Wedding Menu + Food Labels | Designed by Ann-Marie Espinoza

The food labels were probably my favorite component to design, simply because they were the quickest! All I had to do was hammer out a complete list of the various dishes and desserts we would be having on the big day and then plug them into 2 x 3″ boxes in an Illustrator document.

Wedding Menu + Food Labels | Designed by Ann-Marie Espinoza | Photo by Katie Pritchard Photography

The finishing touch to all of the food-related paper goods was a few swipes of Martha Stewart metallic gold paint to the top of each card and they were ready to be put on display!

Wedding Menu + Food Labels | Designed by Ann-Marie Espinoza | Photo by Katie Pritchard Photography

The funny thing about having delicious food prepared for your own wedding is that once the big day rolls around, your appetite is nearly non-existent. John and I were so hyped up on adrenaline, we barely touched our dinners much less grabbed a bite of dessert! Ideally, we would have had a plate of leftovers put aside, because at the end of the evening as we were leaving our reception, our appetites returned in full-force! (Also, I could really go for a churro right about now.)

To see the rest of my wedding projects, click here!

Photos 3, 5, and 6 by Katie Pritchard Photography.

my favorite fonts.

Posted on: Monday, March 24, 2014

The number one question I get asked on a near-daily basis is “what font is that?” And I totally get it. I’m completely font obsessed myself. Here are some of my favorite typefaces that I use regularly:

Favorite Fonts | Ann-Marie Loves

Trend | Thirsty | Novecento | St. Ryde

All four of these typefaces were purchased through MyFonts, though there are plenty of amazing free fonts out there as well. Whenever I’m in the market for new font families to add to my repertoire, I look for typefaces that will work well with a variety of projects and media (i.e. everything from stamps to blog posts to design work for clients). It might just be the advice of my college professors echoing in my ear, but I find that paying for a font family that I love is always a worthwhile investment (plus, as a freelancer, it’s also a tax write-off!). Not only do I have killer typefaces to pull from at my discretion, but paid fonts also tend to be significantly less overused than free fonts. Win win.

P.S. One of my favorite tools for pinpointing the names of cool fonts that I stumble upon is the What The Font app for iPhone. While it’s not always 100% accurate, it’s helped me to discover so many awesome typefaces along the way!

baby album | part three.

Posted on: Friday, March 21, 2014

Baby Album | Ann-Marie Espinoza

I really love working on this album. Really, really love it. Not only is it forcing me to document my memories on a regular basis, but it’s also pushing me to use up my stash and to experiment creatively with what I have on hand. Yeah for babies!

Baby Album | Ann-Marie Espinoza

For the lefthand page, I used a sheet of BG’s number paper and embellished it with arrow stickers, aqua + yellow washi tapes, and quite possibly my all-time favorite product: gold feathers!

Baby Album | Ann-Marie Espinoza

On the righthand page, I used a Fresh Cut designer insert as my background and included a faux photobooth strip of my 12 week ultrasound (which somehow was ten weeks ago…?!). I also incorporated a few sheets of patterned paper, letter stickers, and one of my favorite sentiments from the new “Moments to Remember” Capture stamp set.

Baby Album | Ann-Marie Espinoza
Baby Album | Ann-Marie Espinoza

On the lefthand page, I used another Fresh Cut designer insert (cut down to be the same size as the previous page) to house my story about having a girl. Since I had already written out my thoughts in this blog post, I simply copy / pasted the text into an Illustrator document and printed it out on white cardstock. No point in doing the same work twice!
Baby Album | Ann-Marie Espinoza

For the righthand page, I wanted my message to be bold and clear, but I wasn’t quite sure how I wanted to do it. So when I saw this Instagram photo from my good friend Sarah, I remembered the gold foil sticker paper that I had purchased for my wedding ring box and knew instantly it would be the perfect material for my title!

Baby Album | Ann-Marie Espinoza

Using my trust Cameo die cutting machine, I created this title (along with a few others) in a matter of minutes. I wish you could see how finite the words “we’re having a” are; they’re so tiny and incredibly precise! That machine never ceases to amaze me.

P.S. The fonts I used for the die cut letters are Thirsty and Novocento. I’ll be sharing all of my favorite typefaces in a post early next week!

basicgrey layouts.

Posted on: Friday, March 14, 2014

BasicGrey Layout | Ann-Marie Espinoza

While organizing and purging everything I possibly could from my office yesterday, I stumbled upon a handful of layouts from CHA Winter that I hadn’t shared yet! I love when free blog fodder drops into my lap. Literally ;)

BasicGrey Layout | Ann-Marie Espinoza

Spice Market is one of my most favorite new collections to come along in quite some time. The saturated colors, the eclectic blend of patterns, and a handful of new embellishments all make it so much fun to play with! For this layout, I used a mix of patterned papers, Snippets, die cuts from the coordinating waterfall pack, and a one of the awesome new metal shapes.

BasicGrey Layout | Ann-Marie Espinoza
BasicGrey Layout | Ann-Marie Espinoza

For this layout, I used a combo of Capture patterned papers, element stickers, Scrabble chipboard letters, journaling + phrase cards from from the waterfall pack, and wood veneers that I painted with yellow craft paint. I love all the bright pops of colors in the latest Capture release! Totally up my alley.

BasicGrey Layout | Ann-Marie Espinoza
BasicGrey Layout | Ann-Marie Espinoza

Getting married and going on a honeymoon right before the tradeshow season gave me LOTS of photo options to pull from! (Heck, I’m still pulling from them!) For this page, I used more of the Capture patterned papers, die cuts from the waterfall pack, and a strip of the awesome new printed washi tape.

BasicGrey Layout | Ann-Marie EspinozaBasicGrey Layout | Ann-Marie Espinoza

For this last project, I used more of the Spice Market collection, including lots of label stickers from the waterfall pack and my new favorite printed chipboard alphas. Happy photos call for happy color palettes and that’s exactly what this line provided!

P.S. In my cleaning / organizing / purging whirlwind yesterday, I filled three large flat rate boxes of scrapbooking + craft supplies that need to find new homes. You can claim yours here! (Domestic shipping only – thanks for your understanding!)

knitting.

Posted on: Monday, March 10, 2014

Knitting a Baby Blanket | Ann-Marie Loves

Knitting is one of those hobbies that I pick up, become obsessed with for a few weeks, and then promptly forget about for months at a time. So really, it’s no surprise that my skills are pretty rudimentary (knit stitch, anyone?). But despite my limited expertise, I absolutely adore this craft and have recently had a sudden desire to see a knitted project all the way to fruition.

Knitting a Baby Blanket | Ann-Marie Loves

I started working on a blanket (in decidedly feminine shades of pink, purple, and mustard) a few months back, but I didn’t want to label it as a “baby blanket,” for fear that it would jinx my dreams of having a girl. (I’ve never been more superstitious in my entire life than I have over these past five months!) But then when I found out the baby is indeed a girl, all bets were off. It was GO TIME. Now every free moment I get, I’m chipping away at this blanket, stitch by stitch, row by row. Incorporating different colors into my design has proven to be a fantastic motivator. Since I can literally see my progress based on the amount of times each color gets worked in, I’m super driven to keep it going until the very end. My (ahem, lofty) goal is to finish the whole thing by the end of the month, but honestly, if I can wrap it up by the time the baby gets here, I just might consider myself a real live “knitter” ;)

baby album | part two.

Posted on: Friday, March 7, 2014

Baby Album | Ann-Marie Espinoza

Happy Friday! Today I’m sharing another installment of my ongoing baby album. This spread was all about sharing our happy news with our parents. It was such a pivotal moment in this whole adventure, I thought it was worthy of two pages ;)

Baby Album | Ann-Marie Espinoza

For the lefthand page, I used one of the inserts that came with the album as my background and covered the page with a handful of my favorite papers from BG’s Spice Market and new Capture collections. And those awesome sans serif white letter stickers from Kelly Purkey? Easily my favorite stickers ever.

Baby Album | Ann-Marie Espinoza

On the righthand page, I used a 3 x 3″ Capture page protector to house photos + papers embellished with KP’s Hello World Kit stamps and a little typewritten journaling.

Baby Album | Ann-Marie Espinoza

This spread turned out to be one of my favorite layouts to date! I went heavy-handed on the pink and florals, because — spoiler alert — we’re totally having a girl. (But even if we were having a boy, there’d still be a generous pink coverage ;))

Baby Album | Ann-Marie Espinoza

The lefthand page features a Highline paper cut into six different 3 x 3″ squares to act as the background for my photos. To break up the grid, I adhered my strip of baby bump photos directly atop the page protector and sprinkled in Spice Market die-cuts and few strips of yellow and aqua washi tapes.

Baby Album | Ann-Marie Espinoza

For the righthand page, I took a screenshot of my Little Ones board and placed it over a mix of Highline, Spice Market, and Capture papers. As with every big life event, my pinning habits tend get slightly out of control. What can I say? I need my fix!

P.S. Here’s part one of my baby album!

tutorial: adding fade to photos in photoshop.

Posted on: Tuesday, March 4, 2014

TUTORIAL: Adding Fade to Photos in Photoshop | Ann-Marie Loves

Although I was lucky enough to take a few awesome photography classes in college, the majority of the tricks and tools that I use on a daily basis for photo editing have come from personal experimentation. In fact, I’d say that statement applies to the bulk of my formal education vs. real life knowledge. I learned so much during my four years of college, but getting out into the real world and having to figure things out for myself has been the best classroom setting of all. So today, I’m sharing one of my go-to photo editing tricks: adding fade!

TUTORIAL: Adding Fade to Photos in Photoshop | Ann-Marie Loves

Adding fade to my photos is one of my favorite ways to create an ethereal vibe or to temper a color palette that doesn’t exactly jive with the look I’m going for. This effect is often seen on Instagram through the help of the Afterlight and VSCO Cam apps (shown above), but can also easily be achieved in Photoshop. Here’s how I do it:

TUTORIAL: Adding Fade to Photos in Photoshop | Ann-Marie Loves

1. Open a photo in Photoshop.

TUTORIAL: Adding Fade to Photos in Photoshop | Ann-Marie Loves

2. Edit it to your liking (I always adjust the levels, contrast, brightness, and curves).

TUTORIAL: Adding Fade to Photos in Photoshop | Ann-Marie Loves

3. Go to Image > Exposure > Offset and play with the dial to achieve your desired “fade” effect.

TUTORIAL: Adding Fade to Photos in Photoshop | Ann-Marie Loves

4. The over-saturated colors have been dulled a bit to create a more subtle, moody image. While I’m positive that I will never master Photoshop, it sure is fun to try!

What Photoshop tricks or techniques would you love to learn?

“happy here” mini book e-course | now available!

Posted on: Thursday, February 27, 2014

Happy Here E-Course | An E-Course by Ann-Marie Espinoza

I am so happy to announce that my second e-course, “Happy Here,” is now available for purchase! In this class, I’m sharing a step-by-step guide on how to create a mini book that celebrates the people, places, and experiences that make you the happiest.

Happy Here E-Course | Ann-Marie Espinoza

In this course, I share a step-by-step guide for:

- designing over 12 unique page designs
- exciting paper crafting techniques, including stamping and pushing your divided page protector layouts to new levels
- tips for printing photos at home
- ideas for stretching your printables
- letting go of crafting “rules” and honing your own unique scrapbooking style

Happy Here E-Course | Ann-Marie Espinoza

This class also includes:

- a downloadable sheet of printables
- a 20% discount code for all stamps in my shop

Happy Here E-Course | Ann-Marie Espinoza

As someone who has been scrapbooking (both professionally and as a hobby) for over seven years, I have developed a love for creating mini books from scratch to document vacations, special events, and most importantly, the day-to-day joys that make my life so rich. I’m thrilled to finally be able to share these ideas with you! :)

Purchase the e-course here!

hero arts + basicgrey blog hop.

Posted on: Thursday, February 27, 2014

If you have arrived here via the BG / Hero Arts Blog Hop, welcome!

BasicGrey / Hero Arts Blog Hop | Ann-Marie Espinoza

It should come as no surprise that stamping is one of my favorite techniques for customizing my paper craft projects. For this card, I used a mix of BasicGrey’s Highline collection paired with Hero Arts’ Capture Number Background cling stamp to create a bold + colorful birthday greeting.

BasicGrey / Hero Arts Blog Hop | Ann-Marie Espinoza

Using the Number Background cling stamp and Bubble Gum Shadow Ink, I first stamped the numbers onto a sheet of “So Fresh” Highline paper and trimmed that out to use for layering. Without wiping off the ink from the first stamp impression, I stamped again onto the card background paper to create a subtle typographical pattern. This technique is also referred to as “ghost stamping” and is perfect for tempering a bold ink color or adding texture to any stamp-able surface.

BasicGrey / Hero Arts Blog Hop | Ann-Marie Espinoza

To embellish my card, I typed out “happy birthday” by running a sheet of the Capture Weekly Notepad through my typewriter. I then adhered it atop a Highline chipboard banner and added a Capture sticker and red + pink Candy Buttons for extra details.

Thank you for stopping by! Be sure to hop over to the BasicGrey blog and enter to win one of two amazing prize packs!

P.S. If you happen to find a link that doesn’t work, you can jump back to the Hero Arts Blog for a list of direct links to all the blogs in today’s hop.

die-cut wall art.

Posted on: Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Die-Cut Wall Art | Ann-Marie Loves

Tuesday might as well be called “Good Vibes Only Day” because it seems to be the only thing I talk about on the third day of the week. (But who’s keeping track? ;)) Last week, I decided on a whim that our dining room wall needed a little something extra to offset the antler scarf hanger and to greet guests as they walk in the door. So, unsurprisingly, I turned to my go-to tool and started die-cutting my favorite new phrase out of 8.5 x 11″ white cardstock.

Die-Cut Wall Art | Ann-Marie Loves

Once I had all the letters cut out, I adhered them to the wall using rolled pieces of scotch tape (super high tech!). I love when projects come together in no time (and at virtually no cost) at all! Plus, every time I walk in the house, I’m reminded to check my attitude at the door. Good vibes only here in the Espinoza abode.

P.S. You can download my desktop wallpaper with the same sentiment here!

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