Entries Tagged as 'scrapbooking'

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!

capture.

Posted on: Monday, October 21, 2013

Ann-Marie Morris | BasicGrey Capture
Ann-Marie Morris | BasicGrey Capture
Ann-Marie Morris | BasicGrey Capture

Getting rid of everything in sight is the name of the game these days. It was only fitting that it earned a spot in my Capture album!

capture album.

Posted on: Monday, October 14, 2013

Ann-Marie Morris | BasicGrey Capture
Ann-Marie Morris | BasicGrey Capture
Ann-Marie Morris | BasicGrey Capture

Crazy two weeks ahead, but I had to squeeze in a fun Capture spread! This week I focused on the awesome pop-up photography workshop I recently attended and used a clear adhesive pocket to house all of the awesome memorabilia I collected. Easy peasy.

scrapbooking / craft supply grab bag.

Posted on: Friday, October 11, 2013

Ann-Marie Loves | Scrapbook / Craft Supply Grab Bag

After working in the scrapbooking / craft industry for over three years, I’ve amassed an insane amount of product. It was ridiculous for me to think that I needed to keep it all this time, through various moves and craft spaces, “just in case” the right project came along and I absolutely could not create without that one pack of stickers. So, in an effort to lighten my load, I have filled sixteen large flat rate boxes with a ton of awesome products from a variety of manufacturers. I am so happy to lighten my load AND pass along a ton of supplies to good homes. You can get your own box of goodies here! Happy Friday!

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