2016 album + journaling card printable.

Posted on: Friday, January 29, 2016

Ann-Marie Loves | 2016 Album x Free Journaling Card Printable

My list of current obsessions is pretty all-encompassing except I forgot one crucial item: my new Minc foil applicator machine. You guys, I am in love with that thing. I made a calendar and then I decided that I wanted to make journaling cards for my 2016 album using the rose gold foil. I always love when I look back on lists of past obsessions, so this time I made a page featuring not only my own things, but John’s and Briar’s as well.

Ann-Marie Loves | 2016 Album x Free Journaling Card Printable

I used the six pocket page protector from BasicGrey to house photos of each of us and our corresponding journaling cards and then embellished with a few strips of washi tape and enamel dots from Pebbles. It was such a quick and easy page (ten minutes tops), but I have a feeling it will be fun to look back on it in the future!

Ann-Marie Loves | 2016 Album x Free Journaling Card Printable

Also, I’m just now realizing that we are all wearing glasses in our photos…ha!

Ann-Marie Loves | 2016 Album x Free Journaling Card Printable

The list for Briar could go on and on! It could include but should not be limited to: “passing out unlimited dog treats to Grandma’s and Grandpa’s dogs, climbing (and then standing) on every high surface possible, waving and saying “bye bye!” to any and all moving vehicles, and carrying around items that are way bigger than my tiny body should be able to hold.” I love that crazy-haired seventeen month old…

P.S. I made a PDF of three 3 x 3″ cards and three 3 x 4″ cards that can be printed out many times and most importantly, run through a Minc! You can download the PDF here!

parkinson family shoot.

Posted on: Thursday, January 28, 2016

Parkinson Family Photo Shoot | Ann-Marie Espinoza Photography

A few months ago I had the pleasure (seriously, it was such a joy!) of taking photos of my friend Heather’s parents and all six of their beautiful, energetic grandkids. It was a dream job because they just wanted me to shoot fly-on-the-wall-style and capture the special relationships that Grandma and Papa have with each of their little ones. As much as I enjoy a good posed photo, there’s nothing quite like catching those priceless moments in between…and with six kids under six, there were priceless moments galore!

Here are some of my favorite images from the day:

Parkinson Family Photo Shoot | Ann-Marie Espinoza Photography

Parkinson Family Photo Shoot | Ann-Marie Espinoza Photography

Parkinson Family Photo Shoot | Ann-Marie Espinoza Photography

Parkinson Family Photo Shoot | Ann-Marie Espinoza Photography

Parkinson Family Photo Shoot | Ann-Marie Espinoza Photography

Parkinson Family Photo Shoot | Ann-Marie Espinoza Photography

Parkinson Family Photo Shoot | Ann-Marie Espinoza Photography

Parkinson Family Photo Shoot | Ann-Marie Espinoza Photography

Parkinson Family Photo Shoot | Ann-Marie Espinoza Photography

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Parkinson Family Photo Shoot | Ann-Marie Espinoza Photography

Parkinson Family Photo Shoot | Ann-Marie Espinoza Photography

Parkinson Family Photo Shoot | Ann-Marie Espinoza Photography

Parkinson Family Photo Shoot | Ann-Marie Espinoza Photography

Parkinson Family Photo Shoot | Ann-Marie Espinoza Photography

Parkinson Family Photo Shoot | Ann-Marie Espinoza Photography

Parkinson Family Photo Shoot | Ann-Marie Espinoza Photography

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Parkinson Family Photo Shoot | Ann-Marie Espinoza Photography

Parkinson Family Photo Shoot | Ann-Marie Espinoza Photography

2016 album.

Posted on: Thursday, January 21, 2016

2016 Album | Ann-Marie Loves

Last year I felt all over the place, like I didn’t have strong roots or a clear sense of where I was going. It was not one of my finer years on record so I am determined to make 2016 much better. On a similar note, I’ve been feeling the pull back into scrapbooking again, especially in a Project Life-style sense. Even though I don’t scrapbook every single standout moment of every single week, I find that any memory that I do record brings me tremendous satisfaction and helps me to gain a better sense of where I’m at in life. There really is something to be said about art therapy!

I’ve also really been loving two apps that help me to capture different moments in 2016: Snapchat and One Second Everyday. Oddly, these new-to-me ways of documenting my life only fuel my desire to scrapbook even more! I’ll take what I can get ;)

2016 Album | Ann-Marie Loves

For the intro page, I used some of my favorite paper and embellishments from Amy Tangerine’s new line, Better Together, as well as puffy stickers from Seven Paper (obsessed with these!) and my favorite black felt tip pen. I’m using a BasicGrey Capture album and the corresponding page protectors to house my memories this year.
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2016 Album | Ann-Marie Loves

Undoubtedly this album is going to be heavily focused on Briar, because she’s the center of my universe these days and I am more than okay with that. But I definitely want this album to be about my perspective on life, so I’m sure there will be many a selfie and the occasional photo of the hubs as well ;)

2016 Album | Ann-Marie Loves

For this page, I printed out a 6.5 x 9.5″ photo at home and used a little yellow distress ink (my fave!) in the upper left corner to bump up the visual interest. When paired with the pink gradient in the photo, the end result was a bit more orange than I expected but I still really like it. From there I added a rub-on + Thickers from Amy’s Better Together line and then journaled using a magenta felt tip pen.
2016 Album | Ann-Marie Loves

On this page, I used a divided page protector to house two of my favorite recent photos and embellished them with paper designed by Tina (amazing free download!), puffy stickers, and Better Together components. Once I had my photos printed (the longest part of the process), it took me about 45 minutes to put these pages together! I’m definitely more inspired by the minimalist approach to scrapbooking right now, so I’m sure that will be apparent as I build this album, but I am excited to see how my tastes evolve as the weeks roll on!

SUPPLIES: BasicGrey Capture Page Protectors // Life Love Paper FriYay Freebie // Mini Yellow Washi Tape // Yellow Distress Ink // Mini Ink Blending Tool // Seven Paper Baxter Puffy Stickers // Paper Mate Flair Felt Tip Pens // Glue Stick // Target Dollar Spot Scissors

it never rains in california.

Posted on: Thursday, January 14, 2016

Briar in the Rain | Ann-Marie Loves

Last week we were lucky enough to enjoy a handful of storms that brought some much-needed water to our dry state of California. Given the fact that we rarely see rain in LA, I knew I had to seize the moment and let Briar experience a little weather in her life! So after breakfast, I put her coat and her shoes on over her PJs (no time to waste!) and we headed out back to find some puddles. And find puddles she did! Girl ran straight into the heart of the downpour, giggling and tilting her head back to catch rain drops in her mouth (I swear I didn’t teach her this!). Then she found some lemons and watched as the rain quickly washed the dirt off of them.

Briar in the Rain | Ann-Marie Loves
Briar in the Rain | Ann-Marie Loves
Briar in the Rain | Ann-Marie Loves

I’m so proud of her curious, adventure-loving nature. Her fearlessness may make me nervous from time to time, but it really is such a treat to watch her explore her world with such abandon. I wish I was as bold as Briar!
Briar in the Rain | Ann-Marie Loves
Briar in the Rain | Ann-Marie Loves
Briar in the Rain | Ann-Marie Loves
Briar in the Rain | Ann-Marie Loves

We played outside for about ten minutes before I brought her in and gave her a nice warm bath. I’ve always thought that rainy days were special, but now that I have a water-loving daughter, they’re downright magical. Bring it on, El Niño!

P.S. We ordered rain boots for the next downpour, should we ever see rain again ;)

as of late | january edition.

Posted on: Wednesday, January 13, 2016

As of Late | January Edition | Ann-Marie Loves

Feeling so grateful for a new year to start fresh and make things happen! My word for 2016 is ACTION.

Loving loving loving the One Second Everyday app! I’ve been wanting to do something like this for a long time, so to find an app that pieces it all together for me? Perfect! Here’s the first eleven days worth of memories.

Laughing so hard at the Bitch Sesh podcast, hosted by my favorite, Casey Wilson. If you are an unabashed Real Housewives fan, you need to listen to this podcast stat. You will die!

Watching Superstore with John and really enjoying it!

Taking lots of bright sunlight pics with my 50mm lens, thanks to my new (and super affordable!) neutral density filters. Before these, I couldn’t use my 50 without all of the images overexposing.

Eating more than my fair share of edamame nuggets from Trader Joe’s. I mean, I feel like if you have to have a nugget, it might as well be of the edamame variety instead of mystery meat, right? You can find them in the frozen section ;)

Trying to get over a bad cold that has rendered me voiceless, which means going through the Starbucks drive-thru before naptime is a no-go! Gah!

Using my new Minc Foil Applicator to add gold foil to EVERYTHING IN SIGHT! My first project was a calendar, but I’ve quickly moved on to making journaling cards for my (loose) Project Life-style scrapbook that I’m putting together this year.

Wearing my new colorful coat from Anthro that I scored on super clearance with an additional 25% off. I mean, these kinds of deals do not happen nearly enough! (P.S. you can still take advantage of the super sale with the code TAGTIME)

Going through stick after stick of Burt’s Bee’s lip crayons! They’re moisturizing and they add just the right amount of color.

Wanting to book another trip to the PNW rightthissecond after seeing our honeymoon in the Spring issue of The Knot. Or maybe we should just move there?

Reconnecting with my favorite fellow crafters at CHA this past weekend…so much fun!

Reading Mindy Kaling’s newest book and really enjoying it! Next up: Drew Barrymore’s book!

Finding it nearly impossible to resist Baby Gap sales. I just picked up a cream colored pompom beanie, holiday jammies, multi-colored mittens, and my most favorite, gold heart leggings! Briar’s wardrobe is a million times more stylish than mine, that’s for sure.

Listening to this song on repeat.

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.

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.

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