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.

birthday weekend in santa barbara.

Posted on: Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Birthday Weekend In Santa Barbara | Ann-Marie Loves

For my birthday, I only wanted one thing: a trip away with my husband sans baby. As much as I love Briar, I hadn’t spent a night apart from her since she was born so the thought of being baby-free was, well, all too appealing. And guess what? It was wonderful! Actually, it was one of the best birthdays I’ve ever had. Just me, my husband, and one of the prettiest cities in  the world. Briar spent the weekend with my parents and while John and I missed her terribly, it was exactly what we needed to reconnect as a couple.

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Some of the highlights include: coffee at The French Press, hot chocolate at Handlebar Coffee Roasters, seafood enchiladas and margaritas at Cava, shopping on State Street, brunch at Scarlett Begonia, and sunsets over the Pacific. If this weekend was any indication of what 29 will be like, then I am READY.

as of late | november edition.

Posted on: Monday, November 30, 2015

As of Late | November Edition | Ann-Marie Loves

Eating leftovers for every meal. No complaints.

Rocking these black Nike shoes with my leggings. I always feel like I either sacrifice comfort for style or vice versa when it comes to footwear + leggings, but these do both! I’m excited to wear them out while Christmas shopping or visiting Disneyland!

Wanting to make an advent calendar for my little family but thinking that this colorful version from Target might be better than anything I could DIY.

Wearing this lovely pale pink lipstick daily. Not only is it the perfect shade for everyday wear but the packaging is top notch!

Feeling so thankful for my friends.

Enjoying my new short hair! I may not be able to wear my signature top knot anymore but it feels AMAZING to have a new style.

Digging this song still (SO OVERPLAYED, I KNOW), especially the Sam Smith cover! It reminds me of Drake’s other song from two years ago when John and I heard it everywhere we went on our honeymoon. Happy memories :)

Editing photos from the cutest grandparents + grandkids shoot! Can’t wait to share more!

Thinking that this faux-fur collared dress would be the perfect Christmas outfit for Briar!

Offering 25% off everything in my shop now through Wednesday. Use code CYBERMONDAY.

Loving Snapchat. Really, really loving it.

Listening to Gretchen Rubin’s podcast episode about rebels (my tendency in her Four Tendencies framework) and nodding my head repeatedly! Have you guys taken the quiz? Which tendency are you?

Hoping that these books might show up under my tree: Wildflower, Rising Strong, and Yes Please.

Announcing the Kohl’s gift card winner in the post below!

Looking forward to taking Briar to Kidspace again in the near future! We had a great time exploring the museum on Saturday.

Agreeing with every bit of this quote from Hannah Brencher: “You don’t read the last page and then decide if it is worth the meat in the middle. You draw breaths in and out. You crawl away from the sheets too early in the morning. You send emails. You fall in love. You put gas in your car. You learn names. You do plenty of things you don’t want to do. You dance. You sometimes overstay your welcome and drink too much wine. You eat tacos. Too much queso. You wonder if you can subsist on chips and salsa alone for the rest of your life. You call home. You slam doors. You let people in.”

techie gift guide + kohl’s gift card giveaway.

Posted on: Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Gift Guide: Electronics | Ann-Marie Loves + Kohl's

UPDATED: The winner is Jessica T! Thanks so much for sharing your holiday spirit ideas, guys! xo!

Today I am so excited to be partnering with Kohl’s to share my family’s top techie picks for him, her, and baby!

Gift Guide: Electronics | Ann-Marie Loves + KohlsFOR HIM

1. Cassini Telescope // Perfect for catching a glimpse at the stars, even in the midst of LA.

2. PlayStation 4 Console // Not only is this machine made for gaming but it’s perfect for streaming all of our favorite shows on Netflix + Hulu.

3. Crosley Cruiser Portable Turntable // Classic vintage sound in a modern, funky color. Nothing better.

FOR HER

4. Fitbit Flex // I’m obsessed with my Fitbit and have noticed a significant improvement in my motivation to reach 10k steps daily since buying one a few months back!.

5. Beats Solo HD White Headphones // These are perfect (and oh so stylish!) for listening to podcasts while working.

6. Instax Camera // As much as I love my DSLR and my iPhone, nothing beats the wonder that is the Instax camera.

FOR BABY

7. Summer Infant Baby Monitor // Being able to keep tabs on your little one while they sleep or play in their room is a cinch with this video monitor.

8. iPad Case // Briar has recently discovered old Disney movies on my iPad so a sturdy protective case is a must.

9. Jawbone Bluetooth Speaker // Forget a standard noise machine; download a few soothing sounds on your phone and let them lull your baby to sleep via bluetooth speakers (in the most excellent shade of mustard!).

In honor of the upcoming holiday shopping season, I am giving away a $200 Kohl’s gift card! To enter to win, leave a comment below letting me know what gets you into the holiday spirit. I’ll announce the winner at the top of this post on Monday November 30th. Good luck!

This post was sponsored by Kohl’s, but the ideas + opinions are all my own.

new holiday cards + digital brushes!

Posted on: Monday, November 23, 2015

2015 Holiday Brushes | Ann-Marie Loves | annmarielovespaper.bigcartel.com

Hi you guys! I have been quite a busy bee lately and am so excited to finally be sharing a few new products that I designed. First up: hand-lettered digital brushes!

2015 Holiday Brushes | Ann-Marie Loves | annmarielovespaper.bigcartel.com

I happily spent an afternoon with sheet after sheet of watercolor paper, my new Sakura water brush, watercolor paint, and my favorite holiday playlist on repeat.

2015 Holiday Brushes | Ann-Marie Loves | annmarielovespaper.bigcartel.com

I definitely plan on using these brushes on all of my holiday crafting + packaging projects! They’re so easy to use (way easier than traditional rubber stamps, in my opinion) and they can be scaled up or down depending on the project at hand.

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Next up: printable custom holiday photo cards! I’ve been wanting to make these for months and now I finally check them off my list! Sometimes I sit on projects for so long for no real reason (whyyyyy), so it always feels good to get them out into the world.
Printable Holiday Photo Cards | Ann-Marie Loves | annmarielovespaper.bigcartel.com
Printable Holiday Photo Cards | Ann-Marie Loves | annmarielovespaper.bigcartel.com
Printable Holiday Photo Cards | Ann-Marie Loves | annmarielovespaper.bigcartel.com

You can find these products and more in my shop!

29.

Posted on: Tuesday, November 17, 2015

29 | Ann-Marie Loves

This past Sunday I turned twenty nine. TWENTY NINE. The final year of my twenties. In all honesty, I feel amazing…spectacular, even! Twenty eight was not my best year by a loooooong shot and I am more than happy to put it in the past and begin anew. But that’s not to say twenty eight was a complete bust; there were many beautiful moments, both big and small.

Here are 29 of my favorite moments from 28:

1. Briar sleeping through the night!
2. Enjoying the pumpkin patch at Underwood Farms.
3. Working twice a week with Amy.
4. Many Disneyland adventures.
5. Honey bee lattes on the regular.
6. Discovering so many amazing podcasts! My favorites from the past year are The Girl Next Door, Totally Mommy, and Call Your Girlfriend.
7. Friday night dates with my husband.
8. Having family nearby again.
9. Deciding to pursue what I’ve been wanting to do all along…photography!
10. Learning how to forgive myself. (Still working on that one.)
11. Being a part of my dear friend’s gorgeous wedding at Hummingbird Nest Ranch.
12. Taking all the Zumba classes again! I’m just as in love with it now as I was three years ago.
13. Feeling my heart burst as I watch Briar reach so many milestones with aplomb. She’s such an amazing little girl, I can’t believe she’s mine!
14. Reading this book.
15. Taking a weekend trip to San Diego.
16. Spending New Years in Cambria with family (Briar’s first vacation!).
17. Going for lots of walks with Briar in her stroller and headphones in my ears.
18. Seeing myself and my beautiful bridesmaids on Buzzfeed (#23)!
19. Leggings, poncho, and booties. Oh, and a top knot always. #momstyle
20. LOL’ing over John dressed up as me for Halloween. I haven’t laughed so hard in a long time!
21. My baby turned one!
22. Social media. I’m just as obsessed as ever!
23. Working on Briar’s scrapbook.
24. Feeling so motivated to move and hit 10k steps daily thanks to my Fitbit!
25. Celebrating Briar’s first holiday season (oh em gee, I’m even more pumped for this year!).
26. Loving Parenthood right up to the very end! Favorite show ever.
27. My ten year high school reunion! It was so good to see old friends after all this time!
28. Dancing like a maniac at such a beautiful Espinoza family wedding.
29. Spending my last night as a twenty eight year old in Santa Barbara with my favorite guy. It was exactly what I needed to close one chapter and start another…

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

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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!

halloween 2015.

Posted on: Monday, November 2, 2015

Halloween 2015 | Baby Robot Costume | Ann-Marie Loves

Truth be told, I’ve never been much for Halloween (truth also be told, I am very much for Kit Kats). But now that I have a little one to dress up and celebrate this holiday with, it’s such a fun experience! John has always been a big fan of Halloween, so I relinquish all traditions + costuming responsibilities to him. This year, he decided that Briar would be a robot! Admittedly I was a little perplexed as to how this was going to work since I tend to think of robots as an older kid costume, but John totally nailed it (as usual). He took a long sleeve gray top and leggings from Target and transformed them into robot attire with pompoms, puffy paints, duct tape, twine, enamel dots, buttons, and a little help from my Cameo.

Halloween 2015 | Baby Robot Costume | Ann-Marie Loves
Halloween 2015 | Baby Robot Costume | Ann-Marie Loves
Halloween 2015 | Baby Robot Costume | Ann-Marie LovesSo cute, right? UGH, this girl kills me! The back of her shirt says “Briar Bot” and was cut out of a sheet of duct tape using my trusty old Cameo (forever getting my money’s worth out of that machine!). Since Briar simply refused to nap all day long, she was pretty tired by the time it got dark, so we only went trick or treating to both sets of grandparents’ respective houses. It was just enough for her to fill her pumpkin with treats and get lots of love and attention from her favorite people.

Halloween 2015 | Baby Robot Costume | Ann-Marie Loves

As for me and John, we decided to be each other! Oh em gee, I laughed so hard over some of my mannerisms and sayings that John picked up on and happily acted out for me while in his “Ann-Marie” costume (“So I was listening to this podcast…”). Plus, seeing him in a blonde wig and a poncho cracked me up! To get into my “John” costume, I just painted on some facial hair using black eyeliner and dark brown eyeshadow, tucked my hair under his hat, put on his clothes, and acted super annoyed anytime someone suggested that we take a photo (ha!). All in all, it was the perfect Halloween. Hope yours was wonderful, too!

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