Entries Tagged as 'scrapbooking'

baby album | part four.

Posted on: Friday, April 4, 2014

Baby Album | Ann-Marie Espinoza

Whereas last week was full of nonsense + frustration, this week is positively brimming with possibility and victory. What does this have to do with scrapbooking, you ask? Welp, I have no idea. But it sure makes everything easier when you have a skip in your step.

The latest pages of my album are all about two of my favorite pregnancy-related things thus far: baby bumps + miniature clothes. (Sidenote: I just compared my 13 week bump with my 23 week bump and it. was. shocking. I can only imagine what another 10 weeks is going to look like…!)

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

The lefthand page features an awesome letterpress card from one of Kelly Purkey’s amazing kits and a feather that I die cut from gold foil paper with my Cameo.

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

The righthand page is my 20 week bump shot from our recent trip to San Diego, printed at 6 x 9″ and tucked into a BG Capture page protector.

Baby Album | Ann-Marie Espinoza

On this spread, I pretty much only used what supplies were already on my desk. Sometimes it’s easier to just use those pieces up then it is to put them back where they belong ;)

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

The lefthand page includes a sheet of one of my favorite new Capture papers and more gold letters (which peeled and stuck down like a dream).

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

And finally, the righthand page features a mix of KP’s journaling cards and a fabric feather adhered to one of the tabbed pages that comes included with the Capture album.

I’ve started thinking about what kind of album I want to use to document my daughter’s life once she actually arrives and I’m definitely leaning towards photo books (something like this!) vs. scrapbooking. I’ll probably end up doing a mix of the two, but I’m still up in the air about it. Decisions, decisions.

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!)

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!

“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.

in progress.

Posted on: Monday, February 24, 2014

Happy Here E-Course | Ann-Marie Loves
Happy Here E-Course | Ann-Marie Loves
Happy Here E-Course | Ann-Marie Loves
Happy Here E-Course | Ann-Marie Loves
Happy Here E-Course | Ann-Marie Loves
Happy Here E-Course | Ann-Marie Loves

Getting lost in projects is one of my favorite ways to spend my days. Currently I’m working on my second e-course called “Happy Here.” In this class, I’m sharing how I put together a handmade mini book dedicated to all the things, both big and small, that make my life so full. Needless to say, I’ve been knee deep in paper, page protectors, and photos for the past few days! (No complaints here.)

Look for it to debut in my shop this Thursday, February 27th!

baby album | part one.

Posted on: Friday, February 7, 2014

Baby Album | Ann-Marie Espinoza

Scrapbooking and I have had a bit of rocky relationship these past few months.

I think it was inevitable. Anytime you turn a passion into a profession, there’s bound to be a bit of burnout eventually. While I didn’t mind making projects as a job, I had no interest in creating anything for myself “off the clock.” There were so many other ways I wanted to channel my creative interests, and none of which had anything to do with paper + glue. But recently, I’ve been drawn back in. Chalk it up to newfound energy, chalk it up to a new phase of life, I have no clue. All I know is, I spent a good portion of the afternoon on Wednesday working on a baby album. And it felt good.

Baby Album | Ann-Marie Espinoza

I’m using BasicGrey’s Capture Imagination album because it’s the perfect size to keep me interested and it has the perfect color spine to fit in nicely on my bookshelf. I added a chalkboard wood tag to the cover and spelled out “BABY” using micro monogram stickers. I also put a tag on the spine where I will eventually spell out the baby’s name (exciting!).

Baby Album | Ann-Marie Espinoza

For the first page, I wanted to do something simple yet meaningful. I used one of my favorite papers from BG’s new Highline collection and embellished it with a bit of aqua washi tape, number stamps, and a Capture label sticker with a single line of journaling.

Baby Album | Ann-Marie Espinoza

Baby Album | Ann-Marie Espinoza

On the left page, I used my favorite yellow paper from Highline, in addition to a bunch of other little details, including chipboard shapes, a wood ampersand from my Cocoa Daisy kit remnants, and as always, aqua washi tape. This is also where I decided that this book would be about John’s and my perspectives and not so much a conversation to the baby. Once we meet the baby, I’m sure we will have plenty to tell him/her directly.

Baby Album | Ann-Marie Espinoza

On the right page, I used one of the double 4 x 6″ page protectors to house my journaling on a sheet of new Capture paper and a silly photo of John and me from Thanksgiving. I was also able to sneak in my “I Love You” stamp on the chipboard frame (why do I always forget to use my own designs?), which makes me all kinds of happy.  As usual, I like to break up the grid whenever possible, so I adhered the frame directly atop the page protector. Asymmetry for the win!

Baby Album | Ann-Marie Espinoza

Baby Album | Ann-Marie Espinoza

On the left page, I included two photos of my recent baby thrift finds and a little blurb about how my thrifting focus has shifted a bit recently.

Baby Album | Ann-Marie Espinoza

On the right page, I used one of the pages that came included in the album to showcase my first ultrasound photo. It’s crazy to see how much the baby grew from a “blob” to a “baby” in just a matter of three weeks, based on the 9 week photo and the 12 week photo. SCIENCE IS AWESOME. I also used my new “Oh Happy Day” stamp to commemorate the fun little photo.

I’m so excited to add to this book as the weeks roll on!

guest designing for cocoa daisy.

Posted on: Saturday, January 4, 2014

Ann-Marie Espinoza | January Guest Designer for Cocoa Daisy

I recently had the pleasure of guest designing for Cocoa Daisy’s January kit and had such a blast putting my projects together. It also marked the first time that I worked out of our new home office (setting that place up is a sloooooooow process) and it totally reinvigorated my creativity. You can check out the rest of my projects here!

capture.

Posted on: Monday, November 18, 2013

It’s been a few weeks since last I shared my Capture album spreads, so I’m playing catch-up today!

Ann-Marie Morris | BasicGrey Capture

I’ll let you in on a little secret: normally I make these pages the day before the BG blog post needs to go up and usually with only a few minutes left of daylight to photograph them in. (Procrastination. It’s what I do best.) But since I was going to be MIA from my computer for a few weeks thanks to the wedding, I had to make a bunch of pages in advance. That’s when I came to the realization that it’s so much more satisfying to get things done ahead of schedule! With natural light to spare! Ever since then, I’ve been designing, photographing, and blogging my projects way earlier than before. And it feels goooooood.

Ann-Marie Morris | BasicGrey Capture

You can read all about my pages on my weekly column on the BG blog!

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