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summer bucket list + journaling card printables.

Posted on: Thursday, July 7, 2016

Summer Bucket List + Journaling Cards | Ann-Marie Loves | annmarielovespaper.bigcartel.com

Every year I dread the summer and every year I am pleasantly surprised to find that my motivation shoots through the roof during those hot months. I don’t know what it is (maybe the longer days? the desire to spend more time indoors than outdoors?) but I can’t complain too much about the heat when my to-do list is getting crushed. Lately I’ve been feeling more driven and goal-oriented than I have in a long time, so I figured this would be the perfect opportunity to make a summer bucket list!

Summer Bucket List + Journaling Cards | Ann-Marie Loves | annmarielovespaper.bigcartel.com

Yesterday in a flurry of inspiration, I designed a set of 1 bucket list + 1 sheet of journaling cards and added them to the shop!

Summer Bucket List + Journaling Cards | Ann-Marie Loves | annmarielovespaper.bigcartel.com

Summer Bucket List + Journaling Cards | Ann-Marie Loves | annmarielovespaper.bigcartel.com

I absolutely love writing out these kinds of lists. Even if we don’t accomplish everything, it’s still fun to brainstorm and think about all the cool things we can do (my personal favorite: eating watermelon!) this summer. It also helps me to shift my perspective from “WHEN WILL SUMMER END?” to “wow, there’s still so many awesome things left to do!” Simple mind tricks, y’all.

Summer Bucket List + Journaling Cards | Ann-Marie Loves | annmarielovespaper.bigcartel.com

Included in the package is a sheet of four 3 x 4″ journaling cards for documenting all of the items on your bucket list. When I design things like this, I always consider alternate uses for them. For example, I could totally see myself using the heart and the yellow journaling block (okay, and the pink “daily adventures!”) in my baby boy album time and time again.

Summer Bucket List + Journaling Cards | Ann-Marie Loves | annmarielovespaper.bigcartel.com

Summer Bucket List + Journaling Cards | Ann-Marie Loves | annmarielovespaper.bigcartel.com

Summer Bucket List + Journaling Cards | Ann-Marie Loves | annmarielovespaper.bigcartel.com

And of course, I couldn’t design printables and then not try them out! Here’s a spread I made for my 2016 album using photos from our recent trip to Travel Town.

Summer Bucket List + Journaling Cards | Ann-Marie Loves | annmarielovespaper.bigcartel.com

Summer Bucket List + Journaling Cards | Ann-Marie Loves | annmarielovespaper.bigcartel.com

Cheers to making this the best summer ever! Printables available for purchase HERE.

What’s on your summer bucket list?

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!

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 ;)

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

take more photos!

Posted on: Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Take Lots of Photos! | Ann-Marie Loves

This girl loves her Minnie Mouse stuffed animal that she handpicked from Disneyland and makes sure to grab her before jumping out of bed. She waits for me open my eyes in the morning and then says “hi mama!” and gives me a big kiss.  She wears any outfit that I put on her but refuses to have ponytails / clips / headbands in her hair. She often turns to me and says “ug” which means “hug” which means I’m in heaven. She calls for her pacifier like it’s a lost puppy dog: “paaathi?paaathi? paaathi?”She is constantly running into things, tripping over toys, and head-butting everything in sight, but for the most part, she doesn’t seem to notice. When asked how old she is, she exclaims, “two!” (she’s one). When I get the camera out, she heads straight for the lens and says, “cheeeeeese!”

I took these photos a few weekends back as the three of us were playing outside. I almost always have my phone at the ready to take a picture or video of whatever cute thing she is doing, but busting out the big camera is a less frequent event. I’ve decided that this needs to change. I love having a fresh batch of RAW files to edit and then go through a million times over with John. Briar is changing at warp speed and I want to make sure to pause time every now and then so I can look back and remember how much she loved blowing bubbles and being thrown in the air by her daddy and wearing her oversized hat. She is pure sunshine at twenty months old and I never want to forget it.

Take Lots of Photos! | Ann-Marie Loves

Take Lots of Photos! | Ann-Marie Loves

Take Lots of Photos! | Ann-Marie Loves

Take Lots of Photos! | Ann-Marie Loves

Take Lots of Photos! | Ann-Marie Loves

Take Lots of Photos! | Ann-Marie Loves

Take Lots of Photos! | Ann-Marie Loves

Take Lots of Photos! | Ann-Marie Loves

Briar’s Outfit: Sweater // Floral Romper // Rain boots

2016 album.

Posted on: Thursday, April 14, 2016

2016 Scrapbook | Ann-Marie Loves

Yesterday as I was at Target, I passed by these wooden letters for the umpteenth time and finally threw them in my cart. I’ve been debating whether or not I should get them forever but never actually committing, because really, how many alphas and letter stickers does a girl need? But yesterday I gave in. And I’m so glad I did! I mean, how awesome do they look?

2016 Scrapbook | Ann-Marie Loves

I’ve taken a lot of photos recently so putting this spread together was super fun. It’s always nice to have too many options than not enough when it comes to photos and topics.

2016 Scrapbook | Ann-Marie Loves

As usual, I added some text to my photos in Photoshop before printing. I love the combination of typed words + physical letters, plus it makes planning out my pages that much easier.

2016 Scrapbook | Ann-Marie Loves

Remember this printable that I designed a million years ago? I decided to print it out again and give it new life! My everyday thoughts are certainly different than they were two years ago when I was at home all day by myself and not chasing a toddler around – ha! For the left hand side of the page, I cut a strip of BasicGrey Highline paper and added a little visual texture to it with a Heidi Swapp polka dot stencil, a blending tool, and yellow distress ink. Those three items are easily my most used supplies at the moment…I use them on everything.

Supplies: Solid Page Protector // Divided Page Protector // Wooden Letters // Gradient paper // Distress Ink in Yellow // Ink Blending tool // Polka Dot Stencil // Yoobi glue stick

2016 album | day in the life.

Posted on: Monday, April 4, 2016

Day in the Life | Ann-Marie Loves

A few weeks ago when I saw Ali Edwards say on Instagram that she would be hosting her Day in the Life series the next day, I was sold! I haven’t done a Day in the Life project in years and I figured it would be the perfect addition to my ongoing 2016 album. Luckily, it turned out to be a work day for me so there was plenty of activity to photograph and include in my book.

Day in the Life | Ann-Marie Loves

Since I am running low on BasicGrey Capture page protectors (RIP), I decided to tap into my stash and try out some Studio Calico Handbook pages. The holes don’t exactly match up with that of my album, but it’s nothing my Crop-a-Dile can’t fix! Easy peasy. I knew I wanted to include as many photos as possible without using too many pages, so I chose my favorites, resized them in Photoshop, and added a little journaling before printing. It definitely takes a lot of prep (and a lot of math!) to plan out the pages ahead of time but I love how it streamlines the actual crafting process and makes the spread look much more pulled together.

Day in the Life | Ann-Marie Loves

Day in the Life | Ann-Marie Loves

For the “AM” side of the spread, I featured snippets of our morning, including: breakfast, Briar watching her favorite show, my beauty essentials (living and dying by that dry shampoo, y’all), and finally getting out the door to head to Culver City. In addition to the journaling that I added to the photos via Photoshop, I also used a sheet of BasicGrey multicolored Highline letter stickers to create time stamps for the 3 x 4″ images.

Day in the Life | Ann-Marie Loves

For the “PM” side of the page, I included photos of: the 405 freeway, different shots from working in Amy’s studio, a quick run to Trader Joe’s to pick up essentials (Puffins, spicy hummus, and black bean rotini. You know how it is.), the sunset upon arriving home, and snuggling up in bed with Briar to read her a few books before bed (and yes, I realize her bedtime that night was super late!).

I’m so glad I successfully captured and documented my day. It’ll be so much fun to look back on next year when life looks very different than it did in March of 2016!

Supplies: Studio Calico Handbook Page Protectors // Gradient Paper // Hot Pink Polka Dot Paper (from Target) // BasicGrey Alpha Stickers // Seven Paper Puffy Stickers // Amy Tangerine Shaped Paperclips // Semi-Glossy Photo Paper

diy leafy photo backdrop.

Posted on: Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Leafy Photo Backdrop | Ann-Marie Loves

This past weekend I got to work on a photo backdrop for my sister-in-law’s surprise birthday party and it was so much fun to put together. With no real theme to work off of, I decided to go with something that would be colorful in photos but not be too difficult to execute. So after a run to Joann’s for colored paper, I started on the leaves!

DIY Leafy Photo Backdrop | Ann-Marie Loves

To get these shapes, I did a quick Google search of various leaves and saved a few of my favorites to my desktop so I could cut them out with my Cameo using this insanely awesome trick. It’s a little tedious to work in the Silhouette software but totally worth it when you can take an image from the interwebs and turn them into a tangible object! To save on time, I ended up only cutting about a third of the total leaves with the Cameo and then hand-cutting the rest with a sharp pair of scissors. Once all the leaves were cut out, I taped two huge sheets of kraft butcher paper together and started arranging the shapes and then gluing them down.

DIY Leafy Photo Backdrop | Ann-Marie Loves

I was very happy with the way it turned out! (Briar was thrilled about it too, as you can tell.) I haven’t worked on a project of this scale in quite some time, so it was a great creative challenge!

P.S. Happy happy birthday, Jen!

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