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december daily 2015 | part two.

Posted on: Monday, December 21, 2015

December Daily 2015 | Ann-Marie Loves

The name of the game for this week’s installment of December Daily is the BLENDING TOOL. Holy moly, where have I been the past several years? I’m obsessed with incorporating yellow into all of my projects, so to be able to bring in a gradient of color on every page using a yellow distress ink pad is so easy and so addicting!December Daily 2015 | Ann-Marie Loves

For this page, I used my hand lettered brush pack to create a 4 x 6″ card with the word “celebrate.”

December Daily 2015 | Ann-Marie Loves

More digital brush action!

December Daily 2015 | Ann-Marie Loves

My Kelly Purkey wooden alpha stamps are in heavy rotation around here.

December Daily 2015 | Ann-Marie Loves
December Daily 2015 | Ann-Marie Loves

For these two spreads, I used some of my favorite business cards from Renegade and cut them down to fit the constraints of a 4 x 6″ card.

December Daily 2015 | Ann-Marie Loves

And finally, I incorporated a funny moment from this past month and paired it with — what else? — yellow patterned paper accented with yellow distress ink ;)

SUPPLIES: Tim Holtz Distress Mini Ink in Fossilized Amber // Blending Tool // Gold Foil Thickers // BasicGrey 25th and Pine Patterned Paper // Triangle Aqua Candy Buttons // Hand Lettered Digital Brushes // Kelly Purkey Alpha Stamps // Gold Foil Hearts // Black Ink Pad // Black Pen // Tape Runner // Matte Photo Paper // Photo Printer

P.S. Part one of my 2015 December Daily album!

our 2015 holiday cards.

Posted on: Monday, December 14, 2015

Gold Brushed Holiday Cards | Ann-Marie Loves + Pear Tree Greetings

With Christmas fast approaching, I knew I wanted to get holiday cards but I also knew that we needed an updated family photo. As much as I would have LOVED to have had one of my favorite photographers capture us in the finest light, there was simply no more time left to get it done. Enter: the camera self timer.

John was fighting off a bad cold, Briar was desperate to jump out of my arms and roll in the dirt, and I had to change my shirt twice, BUT WE MADE IT HAPPEN. I got a great family photo (plus a few more gems!) and my dream of sending out holiday cards in 2015 was actually made feasible. Small victories, people.

Gold Brushed Holiday Cards | Ann-Marie Loves + Pear Tree Greetings
This year I partnered with Pear Tree Greetings and chose a brushed gold style holiday card from Genevieve Gorder’s collection (P.S. I love her). My love affair with a gold is showing no signs of stopping plus I love the simple design.

Gold Brushed Holiday Cards | Ann-Marie Loves + Pear Tree Greetings

These cards are so thick! I’m obsessed with sturdy paper goods and these totally fit the bill.

Gold Brushed Holiday Cards | Ann-Marie Loves + Pear Tree Greetings

On the back, I took a single photo slot and turned it into two images with a little Photoshop magic. I like to bend the rules, what can I say? ;) I hope you are having a wonderful holiday season and receiving lots of happy mail!

december daily 2015 | part one.

Posted on: Wednesday, December 9, 2015

December Daily 2015 | Ann-Marie Loves

Scrapbooking and I have had a rocky relationship over the past couple of years, but the one project I always get excited about is the December Daily. I’ve put together several albums in the past and absolutely loved the process. Most of my books were pretty detailed and stuck to the daily format, but the thing is, I have yet to actually complete an album. So this year I decided to keep things as simple as possible. I’m making a 3 x 4″ album, heavily inspired by Jamaica and Liz. Those two make incredibly beautiful, minimalist books that I am so inspired by! Here are a few ways that I’m keeping things simple:

  • I’m printing all my photos at home, so I’m able to resize my images exactly to my liking AND use my digital brushes.
  • I’m adding photos and memorabilia as I see fit instead of on a daily basis.
  • I’m keeping the focus more on the photos than on the embellishment.

Eventually I will bind the book together by punching two holes and adding binder rings. Super basic. Here’s what I’ve done so far:

December Daily 2015 | Ann-Marie Loves

The cover is a just a photo of my little family paired with one of my hand lettered digital brushes and text added in Photoshop. Last week we all took turns passing a cold around to each other, so on John’s sick day, I decided that we needed to seize the daylight hours and get a photo for our Christmas card. We rigged up a crazy “tripod” (high chair + basket + camera bag), turned on the self-timer on my camera, and did our best to get a good shot. Surprisingly enough, I was VERY happy with the results! It would have been a million times easier to have a professional take our picture, but in a pinch, the self-timer came through!

December Daily 2015 | Ann-Marie Loves

I can’t make anything without incorporating yellow, so I introduced it right away! I love this photo of Briar. Girl is feeling the Christmas spirit!

December Daily 2015 | Ann-Marie Loves

You guys, it was 90 degrees here yesterday. NINETY. So instead of focusing on how I live in the wrong state, I decided to embrace the bizarre heat wave and include a photo of the most beautiful bougainvillea, paired with text and a digital brush. California Christmas, y’all.

December Daily 2015 | Ann-Marie Loves

Making an entire spread out of a single photo is probably my favorite technique for mini books. It’s such a fast and effective way to make a statement!

December Daily 2015 | Ann-Marie Loves

Taking a page from Jamaica and Liz and just using one embellishment. My normal course of action is to go heavy-handed with the embellishments but I love how a little self-restraint brings in so much white space! Also, look at my sleeping baby, would you? This is not a common sight so of course I had to take an awkward selfie of the moment.

December Daily 2015 | Ann-Marie Loves

Another photo from our Christmas card shoot, along with a digital brush and letter stickers.

SUPPLIES: Hand Lettered Holiday Brushes // Gold Foil Heart Sticker // Yellow Grid Patterned Paper // Yellow Tab Sticker // White Enamel Dots // Yellow Alpha Stickers // Chipboard Journaling Spot // Black Pen // Tape Runner // Matte Photo Paper // Photo Printer

diy baby pilgrim hats.

Posted on: Wednesday, December 2, 2015

DIY Pilgrim Hats | Thanksgiving | Ann-Marie Loves

A good friend (and mama of three!) once told me that when it came to deciding on how many kids to have, you should imagine how you want your Thanksgivings to look when your children are grown. Do you want a full + lively table or a small + quiet dinner? I think about this all the time as I handle the daily minutia of raising an energetic little one. As difficult as bringing up kids can be, I love the idea of a Parenthood-style family seated around my table during the holidays. I mean, is it too late for the Bravermans to adopt me?

DIY Pilgrim Hats | Thanksgiving | Ann-Marie Loves

Even though I only have one baby at the moment, I still want to make each Thanksgiving as special as possible. This year, I decided to make super simple baby pilgrim hats for Briar and her cousin Luna. I saw the DIY tutorial on Say Yes a few days before the holiday and knew it was exactly what I had the time and the creative energy for. The night before Thanksgiving I ran to the craft store to pick up a few sheets of cream-colored felt, hot glue, and a spool of hot pink ribbon. When I got home, I took a rough measurement of Briar’s head (meaning I didn’t measure at all) and then used the tutorial to quickly whip up two pilgrim hats just in time for the big day! It took a little convincing to keep the hats on the babes’ heads, but it sure made for a fun photo shoot!

Now I just need a couple more baby pilgrims in my life and my future Thanksgivings will be set.

family portrait session | the jubrans.

Posted on: Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Family Portrait Photography | The Jubrans | Ann-Marie Espinoza Photography

I’m pretty sure I won the jackpot in the in-law lottery.

John comes from an amazing family full of loving, caring, hilarious people who made me feel like a member of their tribe from day one. This is his sister Jamie’s family and I’m so thrilled that John and I not only consider them to be our family but also our really good friends. Needless to say, anytime I can get them in front of my camera to document different phases of their lives, I am more than happy to do it! We took these photos back in August at golden hour and I am so excited to finally be sharing them:

Family Portrait Photography | The Jubrans | Ann-Marie Espinoza Photography

Family Portrait Photography | The Jubrans | Ann-Marie Espinoza Photography

Family Portrait Photography | The Jubrans | Ann-Marie Espinoza Photography

Family Portrait Photography | The Jubrans | Ann-Marie Espinoza Photography

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Family Portrait Photography | The Jubrans | Ann-Marie Espinoza Photography

Family Portrait Photography | The Jubrans | Ann-Marie Espinoza Photography

Family Portrait Photography | The Jubrans | Ann-Marie Espinoza Photography

Family Portrait Photography | The Jubrans | Ann-Marie Espinoza Photography

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briar’s scrapbook | part six.

Posted on: Tuesday, November 3, 2015

A few months ago as I was helping Amy with client pages for a travel scrapbook, I decided to make a few pages for Briar’s scrapbook, too! It’s definitely easier to get in (and stay in) the mode of scrapping when I already have my supplies out, but with a very curious toddler in tow, it’s a little tricky to do that. Nonetheless, pages are still being made, albeit slowly but surely! Here a few of my favorite recent ones:

Briar's Scrapbook | Ann-Marie Loves
Briar's Scrapbook | Ann-Marie Loves

Supplies: Amy Tangerine Finders Keepers Paper Pad // Puffy Stickers // Gold Foil Thickers // BasicGrey Candy Buttons // Fiskars 1.5″ Circle Punch

Briar's Scrapbook | Ann-Marie Loves
Briar's Scrapbook | Ann-Marie Loves

Supplies: Dear Lizzy Serendipity Jar Paper // Dear Lizzy Serendipity 6 x 6″ Pad // Dear Lizzy Serendipity Sticker Roll // Dear Lizzy Fine and Dandy Gold Hearts Sticker Roll // Dear Lizzy Serendipity Clear Stamp Set // BasicGrey Pink + Red Candy Buttons // Black Ink Pad

Briar's Scrapbook | Ann-Marie Loves

Supplies: Dear Lizzy Fine & Dandy Garland // Dear Lizzy Serendipity Clear Stamp Set // Dear Lizzy Fine and Dandy Plastic Glitter Bows // Dear Lizzy Gold Hearts Foil Thickers // Dear Lizzy Fine and Dandy Toothpick Banners

Briar's Scrapbook | Ann-Marie Loves
Briar's Scrapbook | Ann-Marie Loves

Supplies: Dear Lizzy Serendipity Patterned Paper // Dear Lizzy Fine & Dandy Garland // Dear Lizzy Gold Foil Thickers // Fiskars 1.5″ Circle Punch

Briar's Scrapbook | Ann-Marie Loves
Briar's Scrapbook | Ann-Marie Loves

Supplies: Dear Lizzy Gold Foil Thickers // Dear Lizzy Serendipity Clear Stamp Set // Black Ink Pad

Yay for crafting!

briar’s first birthday party album.

Posted on: Thursday, August 27, 2015

Briar's First Birthday Party Mini Book | Ann-Marie Loves

Since having Briar and accumulating a never-ending supply of baby paraphernalia, I’ve been much more conscious about not bringing extra “stuff” into my life. I used to raid the Anthro sale section for cute housewares and hit the thrift store for awesome deals on home decor, but I just can’t do that with the same abandon anymore. So when I spotted this three dollar binder in the dollar spot at Target (knowing it would be the PERFECT catchall for holding the cards and photos we have from Briar’s first birthday party!) I went back and forth over whether I needed it. I walked with it all around the store and almost put it back, but in the end, it came home with me.

Briar's First Birthday Party Mini Book | Ann-Marie Loves

I made a deal with myself that I wouldn’t spend any longer than two hours on the project and I certainly held up my end of the bargain! Armed with a few basic supplies, I whipped out an entire mini album in a single naptime. BOOM.

Briar's First Birthday Party Mini Book | Ann-Marie Loves

To keep things simple, I only used the cards and envelopes that Briar received as the pages to the book; no extra patterned paper necessary. I was then able to quickly add them in with the help of my handy dandy Crop-A-Dile tool. Here are some of my favorite spreads from the book:

Briar's First Birthday Party Mini Book | Ann-Marie Loves

Briar's First Birthday Party Mini Book | Ann-Marie Loves

Briar's First Birthday Party Mini Book | Ann-Marie Loves

Briar's First Birthday Party Mini Book | Ann-Marie Loves

Briar's First Birthday Party Mini Book | Ann-Marie Loves

Briar's First Birthday Party Mini Book | Ann-Marie Loves

Briar's First Birthday Party Mini Book | Ann-Marie Loves

Briar's First Birthday Party Mini Book | Ann-Marie Loves

Briar's First Birthday Party Mini Book | Ann-Marie Loves

Briar's First Birthday Party Mini Book | Ann-Marie Loves

Briar's First Birthday Party Mini Book | Ann-Marie Loves

Briar's First Birthday Party Mini Book | Ann-Marie Loves

Briar's First Birthday Party Mini Book | Ann-Marie Loves

Briar's First Birthday Party Mini Book | Ann-Marie Loves

This project could not have been easier! It feels great to have Briar’s first birthday party documented and in the books (literally). I’m so glad that three dollar binder found its way home with me.

SUPPLIES: Kelly Purkey Wood Alphabet Stamps // Gold Foil Thickers // Gold Foil Number Stickers // Washi Tape // BasicGrey Aurora Element Stickers // Amy Tangerine Transparent Stickers // Enamel Dots // Die Cut Shapes // Tape Runner // Crop-A-Dile

 

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.

 

staying present in motherhood.

Posted on: Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Creative Options + Thoughts on Staying Present in Motherhood | Ann-Marie Loves

From the moment you find out a baby will soon be joining your life, it’s hard to keep yourself from constantly fantasizing about the future. What will my baby look like? What costume will she wear for Halloween? How are we going to pay for college?! In fact, most of last year, I made all of my decisions based off of the timeline of “Pre-Briar” and ‘Post-Briar.” Pre-Briar life meant attending loud concerts on a whim, spending a whole day of working without interruptions, and sleeping in on any given Saturday BECAUSE I COULD. Post-Briar life means lining up babysitters when I want to go out, squeezing in work during naptimes, and not sleeping in on any given Saturday BECAUSE I HAVE A BABY. I think it’s only natural for moms to be preoccupied with the future; after all, we’re the ones steering the ship!

Creative Options + Thoughts on Staying Present in Motherhood | Ann-Marie Loves

However, I am now on a mission to stay in the present moment as often as possible and enjoy each fleeting second exactly as it is. Sure, it’s not always how I envisioned it would look or feel, but that’s all part of the fun, especially as a mom of a young toddler. Briar is growing up SO FAST (so fast, you guys!) and I want to live every minute with her, instead of wishing for a more “perfect” scenario or mentally plotting out the distant future. This is why I am now bucking my to-do list for a short time everyday and really allowing the both of us to enjoy time together.

Creative Options + Thoughts on Staying Present in Motherhood | Ann-Marie Loves

This past weekend, we spent some time outside so I could work on her scrapbook and she could play with her toys. Even though we were only going out in the backyard, I found it was so handy to pack up my craft supplies in a Creative Options’ Two Tray Box and Briar’s toys + books in a fabric Craft Caddy.

Creative Options + Thoughts on Staying Present in Motherhood | Ann-Marie Loves

Briar’s caddy was filled with all of the essentials for briefly occupying a girl on the move: her favorite books, her BlaBla doll (whom we named Olivia), her gold Saltwater sandals (should she decide to venture off the mat) (which she immediately did), and plenty of Cheerios!

Creative Options + Thoughts on Staying Present in Motherhood | Ann-Marie Loves

My box was stocked with all the essentials for a crafty gal: neon pink ink, sharp scissors, wooden alpha stamps, colorful pens, and lots of washi!

Creative Options + Thoughts on Staying Present in Motherhood | Ann-Marie Loves

Our joint playtime was certainly not perfect (as it turns out, mom’s “toys” are way more fun than Briar’s toys!), but it was a great way for the two of us to spend some structured quality time together. Plus, when it was time to go back inside, all I had to do was pick up our caddies and our mat…no extra clean-up necessary! Life is good, you guys. Let’s embrace it just as it is!

P.S. For more ideas on how to incorporate Creative Options’ products into your life, be sure to check out their Facebook page, Amy Tangerine’s blog, and this fun video!

diy wooden cacti.

Posted on: Thursday, August 13, 2015

DIY Wooden Cacti | Ann-Marie Loves

While brainstorming ideas for Briar’s birthday party a few months ago, I kept mulling over different ideas but always came back to the theme of “summer fun.” Truth be told, I never wanted to have a baby in the summer. When I was growing up, I always felt bad for the kids in my classes who couldn’t celebrate their birthdays during the school year. I also worried that my child would be super old or super young in comparison to her fellow classmates.  Plus, it’s HOT…way too hot. Needless to say, it was a road I didn’t want to go down. But as we all know, things don’t always go according to plan (whoops!) and as a result, I am now the proud mom of an August baby. So in the spirit of embracing Briar’s summer birthday, I wanted to throw a party for her that would embody all things related to summer and warm weather. My sister-in-law actually came up with the idea of incorporating cacti into the decor and I instantly jumped on the bandwagon!

DIY Wooden Cacti | Ann-Marie Loves

With the help of my dad and his carpentry skills, we took a rough sketch of three cacti and cut a huge sheet of wood into party decor.

DIY Wooden Cacti | Ann-Marie Loves

In true Ann-Marie fashion, I waited until the day before the party to paint each cactus (the pink flowers shown above didn’t dry in time for the big day), but I’m so happy I followed through with the plan! I painted the cacti using a mix of Handmade Modern craft paints from Target and love the way they turned out. For the polka dots and prickly spine details, I didn’t have a small paintbrush handy, so I just used a bunch of q-tips dipped into the lid of the paints.

DIY Wooden Cacti | Ann-Marie Loves

I love the way they helped to accentuate the tribal-print rug and the large teepee! I’m pretty sure Briar could not have cared less about the cacti (she was too busy living that water table life!), but I received a ton of compliments of them from other partygoers, which helped to make the whole creative process worth it.

DIY Wooden Cacti | Ann-Marie Loves

Eventually when we have a house with a backyard, I plan on putting the cacti near the cute playhouse (a la Lay Baby Lay!) that I’m going to build for my little ones. But until then, we might just bust them out for every summer birthday party ;)

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