Entries Tagged as 'design'

landon’s birth announcements.

Posted on: Friday, March 24, 2017

Landon's Birth Announcements | Ann-Marie Loves x Minted

When I was little and imagined being an adult with my own family, I had a very clear vision of what it would look like.

First of all, I would live in a two story house (stairs were a MUST). Secondly, I would definitely have a swimming pool WITH a twisty slide, because, obviously. I also envisioned bunk beds in my kids’ rooms, a big SUV with a dog hanging out the window, and a cool street address that ended in “Road” or “Court” (specific AF, I know!). There would be colorful family photos all over the house, the fridge would always be stocked with good snacks, oh, and we would DEFINITELY have a trampoline in our backyard! (I asked for a trampoline every holiday of my life and never got one…some dreams die hard.) Finally, I always imagined putting together cards for various occasions: Christmas cards, birthday invitations, and my favorite, baby announcements!

Landon's Birth Announcements | Ann-Marie Loves x Minted

So now that I’m a grown adult, I’ve gotten to live out part of my childhood fantasy by designing birth announcements for two babes! When it came time to order Landon’s announcements, I chose this simple hand-lettered style from Minted. It was kind of a no-brainer; I wanted the photo of him in his now-too-small bear suit to be the focal point and the type to play a supporting role.

Landon's Birth Announcements | Ann-Marie Loves x Minted

Addressing the envelopes is one of my favorite parts of the paper correspondence process. The tricky part is finding the right pen. For these shimmery taupe cards, I used a good old fashioned Sharpie to get the job done without any smearing or smudging. Mission accomplished!

Landon's Birth Announcements | Ann-Marie Loves x Minted

Here’s one of my favorite things that Minted offers: customizable postage stamps! I know I’m 1000% biased and think Landon is the cutest thing ever but I have never seen such adorable stamps in my life! His tiny little face on these tiny little stickers is just too good.

Landon's Birth Announcements | Ann-Marie Loves x Minted

Each child gets all of our milestone cards in their baby albums, including birth announcements of their siblings. Hopefully Briar takes after me and saves all the cute cards!

Landon's Birth Announcements | Ann-Marie Loves x Minted

It’s almost like my 9 year old self could see into the future. Even though I still don’t have a two story house and a swimming pool WITH a twisty slide, my obsession with paper goods + photos lives on!

If you’re in the market for well-designed cards for any occasion, I highly recommend Minted!

new summer fun digital brushes + photoshop layering tutorial.

Posted on: Friday, July 15, 2016

Summer Fun Digital Brushes | Ann-Marie Loves | annmarielovespaper.bigcartel.com

When it comes to getting things done, I’ve decided that it’s the little pockets of free time that really yield the biggest accomplishments for me. For example, on Wednesday I brought my laptop to my one hour glucose test at the doctor’s office knowing that I could probably eke out a little bit of work while I waited to have my blood drawn. Little did I know, I was able to crank out a whole new set of summer-inspired digital brushes to use in my ongoing 2016 album! Being a mom has taught me nothing if not how to be more efficient with my time. Plus, I secretly love watching all the other pregnant ladies (and sometimes their nervous husbands or their newborn babies) in the waiting room, and hiding behind a laptop makes this much easier to do on the down low! I might need to bring my computer more often ;)

Summer Fun Digital Brushes | Ann-Marie Loves | annmarielovespaper.bigcartel.com

Here are the latest designs, now available for purchase in my shop!

Summer Fun Digital Brushes | Ann-Marie Loves | annmarielovespaper.bigcartel.com

And here’s a spread I made using a few different brushes. I could sing the praises of digital brushes all day, everyday simply because they make creating so easy and so fast!

Summer Fun Digital Brushes | Ann-Marie Loves | annmarielovespaper.bigcartel.com

One of my favorite design tricks is to layer a solid block of text with an outlined version of the same text. It’s such an easy way to add depth to type without any cheesy drop shadows or glows. So for this group of digital brushes, I made sure to include both a solid and an outlined form of the word “SUMMER” (shown above) as well as the cacti graphics.

Here’s a little tutorial on how to layer the two different brushes in Photoshop:

Summer Fun Digital Brushes | Ann-Marie Loves | annmarielovespaper.bigcartel.com

First I dragged my photo into Photoshop and resized it to fit a full page protector.

Summer Fun Digital Brushes | Ann-Marie Loves | annmarielovespaper.bigcartel.com

Next, I went over to my color palette and chose a bright yellow to act as the solid layer of the “SUMMER” title.

Summer Fun Digital Brushes | Ann-Marie Loves | annmarielovespaper.bigcartel.com

Using the fill version of the two “SUMMER” brushes, I found a good spot on my photo and clicked to set it in place.

Summer Fun Digital Brushes | Ann-Marie Loves | annmarielovespaper.bigcartel.com

Finally, I changed the color in the color palette (shown at left) to black and used the outline version of the “SUMMER” brushes and carefully layered it over the solid layer, slightly off-center to create a faux shadow effect.

Summer Fun Digital Brushes | Ann-Marie Loves | annmarielovespaper.bigcartel.com

Once my title was in place, I added in my own journaling and two solid lines (using a 9pt solid dot brush). Then I flattened the image and printed it out to tuck into my album. Super simple!

Summer Fun digital brushes can be found here!

bridal shower invitations.

Posted on: Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Bridal Shower Invitations | Designed by Ann-Marie Espinoza

My best friend is getting married in a few months so I was more than happy to put together her shower invites! Using the shower color palette as well as a photo I took from her engagement session last year as my inspiration, I set out to create a modern and feminine invitation that would do her proud. Also, a harbor side mimosa brunch? I can’t wait!

Bridal Shower Invitations | Designed by Ann-Marie Espinoza

Bridal Shower Invitations | Designed by Ann-Marie Espinoza

Bridal Shower Invitations | Designed by Ann-Marie Espinoza

Do you ever sit on making a purchase for so long and then finally have an excuse to make it? That’s exactly what I did with the giant circle punch that I used to cut out these registry cards. I’ve been wanting a three inch circle punch for years but couldn’t justify the cost until this very occasion. So thank you, Val! My circle punch and I are going to have a long happy life together, I just know it.

Bridal Shower Invitations | Designed by Ann-Marie Espinoza

Using a gorgeous floral washi tape that I found at Paper Source, I attached the registries card to the back of the invitation. Super simple and fun! Once both pieces were attached, I tucked them into kraft envelopes and sent them on their merry way. I love a good design project…especially for someone I love so much!

briar’s first birthday party invitations.

Posted on: Thursday, August 20, 2015

Briar's First Birthday Party Invitation | Ann-Marie Loves

With an active toddler, a busy workload, and a million other things I need to get done these days, I decided to save my sanity and send out Briar’s first birthday party invitations via e-mail. As much as I love paper and sending out physical happy mail, I knew it was way more important to spread the word about the party ASAP than to worry about packaging / addressing / stamping, etc. Plus, I figured if anyone (i.e. grandparents) really wanted a hard copy of the invite, they could easily print it out themselves. If there’s anything I’ve learned over the past year, it’s to avoid needlessly overcomplicating simple tasks whenever possible!

Briar's First Birthday Party Invitation | Ann-Marie Loves

However, just because I sent out the invites via e-mail, it doesn’t mean I scrimped on design. If you remember back a few weeks ago, I happily spent an afternoon hand lettering Briar’s name and then scanning it in and formatting it in Photoshop. I also was super picky about the photo I wanted to use, so it took many a photoshoot (and many bribes with treats!) until I was able to capture Briar just the way I  had envisioned. Once I had my photo, my handlettering, and my text in place, it wasn’t hard to pair them all together to create the finished product.

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If you’re planning on sending out an invite via e-mail, here are a few tips for making sure you get your message across successfully:

Make sure your file is sized appropriately. I have made the mistake of sending out GIANT files before and as a result, many people were not able to open the file. This time around, I made sure that my file was small enough to easily open and read.

Include your message in the body of the e-mail. Just in case your recipients can’t (or choose not to) open your attached image / PDF, include all the information from the invite in the body of the e-mail. Also, be sure to create a catchy, informative subject line so that people open your message promptly.

BCC. If you plan on sending your invite to multiple recipients, use the bcc function of your e-mail to quickly reach everyone without having to worry about the dreaded “Reply All.”

Include links (if necessary). The benefit to mailing out an invitation via e-mail vs. snail mail is that you can include appropriate links (i.e. registries or wish lists) in the message. While I wouldn’t recommend sending out wedding invitations or maybe even shower invitations through e-mail, I think it’s a great option for birthdays or informal gatherings.

 

2015 calendar + holiday digital brushes!

Posted on: Monday, December 15, 2014

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!

2015 Printable Calendar | Ann-Marie Loves Paper | annmarielovespaper.bigcartel.com

First up: a 2015 printable calendar! I wanted something sleek and streamlined for my office, while still incorporating a bold pop of color.

2015 Printable Calendar | Ann-Marie Loves Paper | annmarielovespaper.bigcartel.com

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.

Digital Brushes: Holiday Edition | Ann-Marie Loves Paper | annmarielovespaper.bigcartel.com

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 :)

Digital Brushes: Holiday Edition | Ann-Marie Loves Paper | annmarielovespaper.bigcartel.com

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

july 2014 limited edition stamps.

Posted on: Tuesday, July 1, 2014

July 2014 Limited Edition Stamps | annmarielovespaper.bigcartel.com

We are halfway through 2014, my daughter is arriving sometime this month (?!), and I am nesting + working like a crazy person, so I figured July 1st was as good as any day to start something new! From today until July 31st, there are five limited edition rubber stamps available in my shop. Here’s what they look like:

July 2014 Limited Edition Stamps | annmarielovespaper.bigcartel.com

01. Soak Up the Sun | 02. July | 03. Let’s Go On Adventures | 04. In the Summertime | 05. You Are the Best

I’m so excited to try something completely new and exciting! I spent most of yesterday afternoon through late until the evening working on designing, shooting, editing, listing, etc and it all felt so seamless and easy. If only all projects could be so satisfying!

You can find out more about the July limited edition stamps HERE.

 

three design tips + guest interview.

Posted on: Monday, June 9, 2014

Ann-Marie Loves

Happy Monday! Today I thought I would share three of my best tips for home design from my guest interview on the Pepper Design Blog:

1. Try thrifting. I realize that not everyone is keen on secondhand goods, but there are so many treasures to be had if you’re willing to roll up your sleeves and dig in! I frequent my favorite local thrift stores a few times a week and sometimes I walk out empty-handed while other times I can barely fit all my finds through the door. I never know what to expect and that’s half of the fun! (P.S. more thrifting tips found here!)

2. Stay inspired. I think the key to producing good work and broadening your creative horizons is to know what inspires you and return to that source time and time again.

3. Don’t be afraid to experiment. With the exception of a few home design projects (major renovations, knocking down walls, etc), decorating should always be approached with a sense of experimentation and playfulness. Since our personal styles are constantly evolving with the changing seasons, why not let our homes be a reflection of that growth? If you find that a room or a design is no longer working for you, mix it up! A change of scenery can do WONDERS.

You can read the rest of the interview right here!

workspace wednesday | to-do list printables.

Posted on: Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Free To-Do List Printables | Ann-Marie Loves

This week my motivation has been, umm…nonexistent? Between warmer weather, a seemingly never-ending to-do list, and a baby that provides endless entertainment with her constant swift kicks, let’s just say I am in need of serious FOCUS. So! I figured I would put off my to-do list just a little bit longer (ironic, much?) and design some new printables featuring some of my favorite quotes from my “Agree” board.

Free To-Do List Printables! | Ann-Marie Loves

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD

Free To-Do List Printables! | Ann-Marie Loves

Wednesday, you’re looking better and better already ;)

P.S. There are more free printables for the taking!

P.P.S. You can hear the conversation I had with my good friend (and blogging idol!) Elise on this week’s episode of her new podcast!

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!

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