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baby album | part nine | new printables for sale!

Posted on: Friday, June 6, 2014

Baby Album | Ann-Marie Espinoza

Happy Friday! Today I have two new pages from my baby album as well as two new printables in my shop to share! First up: the baby album progress…

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

For the first page, I used a hot pink sheet of paper from BG’s Highline collection and then embellished it with a gold feather, a phrase die cut, candy buttons,  yellow washi tape, and aqua washi tape, which I then tucked into a full-size page protector. I also used the dotted lines on my “Kindly Send To” stamp to create a textured look across the background paper.

Baby Album | Ann-Marie Espinoza

For the second page, I used a 3 x 3″ Capture divided page protector to house my 20, 25, and 30 week bump shots. I also used my new 52 Weeks Journaling Card printables trimmed down to 3 x 3″ (I just trimmed a half inch off the top and a half inch off the bottom to make it work). You can read more about these printables below!

Baby Album | Ann-Marie Espinoza

P.S. The jump in bump size from 25 weeks to 30 weeks? WHOA BABY. (Terrible pun intended.)

 

New Printables at Ann-Marie Loves Paper! | annmarielovespaper.bigcartel.com

 

This week has been one the more productive weeks that I’ve had in awhile, and as a result, I was able to crank out printables for both scrapbooking + pregnancy alike. Here are my two latest designs:

Pregnancy Week-by-Week Journaling Card Printables | annmarielovespaper.bigcartel.com
Pregnancy Week-by-Week Journaling Card Printables | annmarielovespaper.bigcartel.com
Pregnancy Week-by-Week Journaling Card Printables | annmarielovespaper.bigcartel.com

Pregnancy Week-by-Week Printables. I’ve been meaning to design these for quite some time, but I guess 8 months in as good a time as any, right? (Ha!) This set of printables includes 39 multi-colored cards (1 for each week of pregnancy, from week 4 to week 43), sized at 4.25 x 6.75.” They are perfect for weekly bump photos or even as inserts in a scrapbook or baby album! The best part of all is that if you don’t want them to be printed in color, you can always change your printer settings to black and white for a more uniform look.

52 Weeks Journaling Card Printables | annmarielovespaper.bigcartel.com
52 Weeks Journaling Card Printables | annmarielovespaper.bigcartel.com

52 Weeks Journaling Card Printables. This pack of printables features 52 journaling cards: 1 for each week of the year. Each card is 3 x 4,” making it perfect for memory-keeping systems such as Capture or Project Life. These printables can also be used for documenting a pregnancy, as you can see by my baby album pages above :)

workspace wednesday | favorite craft tutorials.

Posted on: Wednesday, June 4, 2014

As my due date nears and my motivation wanes, I find it helpful to look back on posts I’ve written in the past and reflect how much fun I had putting them together, and more importantly, how much I want to continue to churn out content that makes me happy. So in an effort to keep my creativity humming well into July, here’s a little roundup of my most favorite craft tutorials that I’ve made over the last couple of years:

Craft Tutorials by Ann-Marie Espinoza | Ann-Marie Loves

From left to right, top to bottom:

1. Woven Wall Hanging | 2. Muffin Tin Planter | 3. DIY Gold Scissors | 4. Stamped Wrapping Paper | 5. Wood + Yarn Card | 6. Faux-Instax Valentine’s Cards | 7. Felt + Fleece Envelope | 8. Watercolor Calendar | 9. DIY Yarn Tassels | 10. Stained Wood Washi Tape Box | 11. Repurposed Anthropologie Bags | 12. DIY Envelope Liners

baby album | part eight.

Posted on: Friday, May 23, 2014

Baby Album | Ann-Marie Espinoza

Awhile back, I made a bunch of spreads for BasicGrey’s forthcoming line, Grand Bazaar. Given my current focus in life (maybe you can guess what it is?), I used some of my favorite recent photos and went to town. I honestly can’t remember the last time I had that much fun scrapbooking…! Even though a lot of these images and topics have already been covered in my main baby album, it doesn’t bother me in the least. I’ve got more important things to worry about. Like how in the world do the dishes pile up so fast and what will the baby’s Instagram hashtag possibly be?? (2014 is officially the WEIRDEST?)

Here are some of my favorite pages that I pulled together:

Baby Album | Ann-Marie Espinoza
Baby Album | Ann-Marie Espinoza
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Supplies: Grand Bazaar papers + embellishments, Cameo Die Cutting Machine, yellow washi tapeCapture album

In case you missed it: Part One | Part Two | Part Three | Part Four | Part Five | Part Six | Part Seven

workspace wednesday | digitizing hand lettering.

Posted on: Wednesday, May 21, 2014

How to Digitize Hand Lettering | Ann-Marie Loves
How to Digitize Hand Lettering | Ann-Marie Loves

One of these days I’ll become the proud owner of a tablet, but until then? I have a great workaround for converting anything hand drawn into digital format. I’m sure there are plenty of (easier) ways to do it, but this is my method of choice:

How to Digitize Hand Lettering | Ann-Marie Loves

Using white paper or tracing paper, create your design. The best part about the recent hand lettering movement is that the more you can incorporate natural imperfections into your work, the more interesting your end product will be. I like to use a mix of pens for this kind of work, especially plain old black Sharpies (that I turn always into a broader tip by pressing down at a sharp angle on a scratch piece of paper) and fine-tipped Zig pens.

How to Digitize Hand Lettering | Ann-Marie Loves

Next, choose your favorite hand lettered examples and cut them out into individual pieces.

How to Digitize Hand Lettering | Ann-Marie Loves

Place each piece face-down on a scanner (I use the one that came with my HP Photosmart D110A Wireless Printer). Using your scanning software, save the scanned image as a high-quality JPEG and drag it into an Illustrator document.

How to Digitize Hand Lettering | Ann-Marie Loves

Once you’ve dragged your hand-lettering into Illustrator, highlight the image using the Select tool (dark arrow). At the top of the document, click on the “Live Trace” button.

How to Digitize Hand Lettering | Ann-Marie Loves

Once you have live traced your image, click on the “Expand” button (right next to where the “Live Trace” button was).

How to Digitize Hand Lettering | Ann-Marie Loves

Right-click on your image and select “Ungroup.”

After ungrouping my two hand lettered phrases, I deleted the phrase on the left since the one on the right is a little bit cleaner. (I figure that if I want to use the left phrase at a later date, I can always repeat this process.)

How to Digitize Hand Lettering | Ann-Marie Loves

Using the direct select arrow tool (white arrow), move each letter around to your liking, or leave it as is if you are happy with the spacing.

I deleted each of the letters in “ARE THE” because I decided I wanted to use a simple font instead.

How to Digitize Hand Lettering | Ann-Marie Loves

 

Add in fonts if you wish, or leave the design as is. If you plan on using your design in Illustrator for your end use (i.e. invitations, prints, rubber stamps), save it as an Illustrator document. If you plan on using it in Photoshop, save it as GIF (File > Save for Web and Devices > GIF).

Hand Stamped Baby Shower Thank You Notes | Ann-Marie Loves

I like the mix of hand drawn and uniform type, so I paired the two together to create a stamp for my baby shower thank you notes (which you can see here!).

*Like I mentioned before, there are probably tons of easier options for digitizing your hand lettering, but this is the way I do it :)

my favorite breakfast | oatmeal with fruit.

Posted on: Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Oatmeal with Peaches, Strawberries + Almonds | Ann-Marie Loves

With the exception of a few days here there (oh, and maybe the whole first trimester when all I could handle was bagels), I’ve eaten oatmeal and fruit for breakfast every single day for the past several years. It’s the easiest thing in the world to make and definitely what gets me out of my nice, cozy bed in the morning. Plus, it’s super healthy!

Here’s what my daily breakfast routine looks like (bathrobe included):

Oatmeal with Peaches, Strawberries + Almonds | Ann-Marie Loves

Ingredients:

- 1/3 c. old fashioned oats

- strawberries

- 1 small peach (or apple, depending upon what you have on hand)

- handful of unsalted almonds

Oatmeal with Peaches, Strawberries + Almonds | Ann-Marie Loves

Pour 1/3 cup of old fashioned oats and 2/3 cup of water into a saucepan and heat on the stove at a low temperature.

Oatmeal with Peaches, Strawberries + Almonds | Ann-Marie Loves

Oatmeal with Peaches, Strawberries + Almonds | Ann-Marie Loves

Chop up your fruit and add into a bowl. I like to fill my bowl as high as possible with fruit, but you can add as much or as little as you prefer.

Oatmeal with Peaches, Strawberries + Almonds | Ann-Marie Loves

Be sure to stir the oatmeal occasionally and remove from heat when most of the water has been absorbed and the consistency is thick but moist.

Oatmeal with Peaches, Strawberries + Almonds | Ann-Marie Loves

Pour the oatmeal into the same bowl as the fruit and mix around with a spoon. Finally, top with almonds.

Oatmeal with Peaches, Strawberries + Almonds | Ann-Marie Loves

Pour yourself a cup of coffee, grab a good magazine, and enjoy!

baby shower thank you notes.

Posted on: Monday, May 19, 2014

Hand Stamped Baby Shower Thank You Notes | Ann-Marie Loves

These days, life is very much a “two steps forward, one step back” experience. For example!

Two steps forward: this weekend we picked up the bassinet we’ve been wanting for a killer deal AND I got a jumpstart on my baby shower thank you notes!

One step back: after looking over my mile-long to-do list for the umpteenth time, I decided that I needed to put my perpetually tired feet up for a few minutes, which quickly and not-so-unexpectedly escalated into a two hour nap / coma. So…the to-do list remains long, but man, I felt refreshed at 11pm! Sigh. Pregnancy is weird, you guys.

So after beating myself up these past few weeks over not being more productive, I’ve decided to just roll with it. Did I absolutely need to work on baby shower thank you notes when they won’t be mailed out for another month? Mmm, not exactly. But I was in the mood to do it and now that’s one less thing I will have to worry about as my due date draws (scarily!) closer and closer. Baby steps, people.

Here’s how I put them together (shower guests, look away! ;)):

Hand Stamped Baby Shower Thank You Notes | Ann-Marie Loves

If ever there were an excuse to use as much pink as possible in a single package, I think my baby showers just might be it. I used pink A2 envelopesneon pink ink, hot pink wrapping paper picked up at Target after Christmas last year (best time to shop for packaging!), white cardstock, and a phrase stamp I designed using my own handwriting. Since I planned on making a bunch of these, I purposely kept the design and the process as simple as possible.

Hand Stamped Baby Shower Thank You Notes | Ann-Marie Loves

I started out by creating A2-sized cards out of white cardstock, folded them in half, and then stamped the front of each with my hand-lettered phrase and neon pink ink. Originally I wanted to design a stamp using a bunch of my favorite fonts, but then I decided that incorporating my own handwriting would be much more personal. I mentioned on Instagram that I rarely order stamps for myself anymore, but when I do, it’s like Christmas morning ripping open the box! (Note to self: find more occasions to design personal stamps.)

Hand Stamped Baby Shower Thank You Notes | Ann-Marie Loves

To line the envelopes, I created a liner template out of a scratch piece of bristol paper and traced it on the backside of the wrapping paper several times. Once I had them all cut out, I tucked each liner into the envelope first, added a little adhesive to the envelope flap, and then folded the flap down. I’ve found that just a tiny bit of adhesive on the flap (always applied after tucking the liner into the envelope!) is more than enough to keep it securely in place.

Hand Stamped Baby Shower Thank You Notes | Ann-Marie Loves

Finally, for the front of the envelopes, I stamped one of my “Kindly Send To” stamps with my new favorite black ink pad. I would love to start addressing them now (is it weird that this is my favorite part of the correspondence process?), but I guess I can wait until after the showers ;)

P.S. Later this week, I’ll be sharing how I digitize my hand lettering with nothing more than a scanner, a sheet of paper, and Illustator. It’s super easy AND crazy addictive :)

nursery wall hanging.

Posted on: Friday, May 16, 2014

Nursery Wall Hanging | Ann-Marie Loves

In my never-ending quest for nursery inspiration, I recently stumbled upon this impossibly cute room tour. The first thing that drew me in was the impeccable styling and color usage, but what ultimately stuck with me was the mom’s theory on decorating a room for little ones:

“I keep redecorating and changing their rooms. I see it as a never ending challenge and a good reason to keep on looking for new and fun things for the girls.”

Ahh, I love that. I’ve been putting an awful lot of pressure on myself to get this room “right” the first time. (Something about having a baby makes everything feel more “final.”) But the truth is, I’ll never stop decorating and redecorating, especially since we don’t plan on living in this apartment for more than another year or two. There will be plenty of opportunities for my style (and hers!) to grow and evolve over the coming years. Thinking of the nursery as an ongoing project vs. an item I have to cross off my to-do list, is so much more freeing and inspiring!

Nursery Wall Hanging | Ann-Marie Loves

So in the spirit of decorating however I want to in this exact moment, I decided to make yet another yarn project and create a simple wall hanging above the glider. Much like the card I made last week, I used this awesome tutorial as my jumping off point to pair a stick and a skein of thrifted yarn together.

Nursery Wall Hanging | Ann-Marie Loves

The whole process took a little over an hour and cost less than three dollars. Just how I like my DIY projects!

Nursery Wall Hanging | Ann-Marie Loves

I’m still undecided as to whether I want to hang anything on the wall space directly over the crib. Since we live in earthquake territory, there’s no way I’m going to suspend something heavy or sharp over a sleeping baby (or sleeping adult, for that matter), but I have been contemplating a few paper projects that might look cool.

In the meantime, I’m going let my ideas percolate for a bit. There’s no rush, right? ;)

 

baby album | part seven.

Posted on: Thursday, May 15, 2014

Baby Album | Ann-Marie Espinoza

Baby Album | Ann-Marie Espinoza

I’ve been having so much fun putting this album together lately! I think it’s partly because I’m making it for me (and not for an assignment) and partly because it means I am using up all sorts of random bits + pieces buried deep in my stash.

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

The first page was made with one of my favorite old school Dear Lizzy papers, accented with gold triangles cut from my Cameo, a strip of phrase masking tape from Oh Hello Friend, and one of the badges I designed for Scrapbook and More.

Baby Album | Ann-Marie Espinoza

Baby Album | Ann-Marie Espinoza

Baby Album | Ann-Marie Espinoza

The second page was made from a mailer that I received from Fab.com back in 2012. Given it’s hot pink hue and the cute “Hi” message, there was no way I could throw that thing out, so I turned it into an album insert instead! I used some of my favorite Highline papers from BasicGrey, white alpha stickers from Kelly Purkey, and my new favorite fine-tipped pen.

Baby Album | Ann-Marie Espinoza

Baby Album | Ann-Marie Espinoza

And finally, for the last page, I used a sheet of lined vellum to temper the busy color and graphics of this Highline paper for a fun muted background.

In case you missed it: Part One | Part Two | Part Three | Part Four | Part Five | Part Six

woven wall hangings.

Posted on: Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Woven Wall Hangings | Ann-Marie Loves

So…it appears as though the weaving obsession has no end in sight.

Before I started writing this post, I gathered a handful of neutral-colored yarns and some tinsel together for a nursery wall hanging. Once I’m done writing this post, I’m popping my headphones in and zoning out with my loom and my yarn for a few hours of weaving bliss. This is my new life, you guys.

Woven Wall Hangings | Ann-Marie Loves

I have woven wall hangings in the living room (as you can see in these photos). I have woven wall hangings hung on door knobs. I have a woven wall hanging on the front door. I have a woven wall hanging in the bathroom. I’m contemplating a handful of smallish woven wall hangings for our bedroom wall. And, like I mentioned before, there’s a woven wall hanging in the works for the office / nursery.

In an effort to protect my poor apartment from even more wall hangings while still satisfying my need to weave, I’ve been thinking about having a pop-up shop of sorts, tentatively set to launch in the next week or so. I have no plans on turning this old-lady hobby into a new career, but the fact that I am genuinely excited to get to work? It feels good. Stay tuned :)

wood + yarn card.

Posted on: Friday, May 9, 2014

DIY Yarn + Wood Card | Ann-Marie Loves

Yarn, you guys. I’m still obsessed. Every time I see a new yarn-related project on Pinterest, you better believe it gets added to my Craft board in 0.0002 seconds. So when I was revisiting my pins the other day, this awesome wall hanging project from Designlovefest inspired me to create a miniature version for a greeting card. Here’s how I made it:

DIY Yarn + Wood Card | Ann-Marie Loves

Supplies:

- Yarn in various colors (I thrifted mine)
- A sturdy twig
- Cardstock (I always order mine in bulk)
- “You’re a Classic” rubber stamp
- Black ink
- Fabric scissors

DIY Yarn + Wood Card | Ann-Marie Loves

Trim your yarn down to similar sizes. Eyeballing works perfectly fine in this instance because you will be trimming the ends once they are tied anyways.

DIY Yarn + Wood Card | Ann-Marie Loves

Tie each strand around the twig and double knot in the center. This tutorial calls for a larks head knot, but given the small size of my twig and the amount of yarn that I wanted to incorporate, I decided that a simple double knot would take up less space. Once you have all your yarn on the twig, cut the ends into a triangular pattern using sharp fabric scissors. (P.S. I also ran the strands through my hair straightener a few times, just to make them less unwieldy. High-tech crafting at it’s finest.)

DIY Yarn + Wood Card | Ann-Marie Loves

Apply the stamp to the upper middle of the card.

DIY Yarn + Wood Card | Ann-Marie Loves

Adhere the yarn + wood to the card using hot glue (or any other sort of heavy-duty glue) on the back of the twig. Ta-da!

DIY Yarn + Wood Card | Ann-Marie Loves

This type of card would be great for Mother’s Day (if you’re like me and haven’t made one yet…;)), but depending upon the phrase you choose, it could be applied to virtually any occasion!

Yarn for the win. Yet again.

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