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as of late | april edition.

Posted on: Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Ann-Marie Loves | As of Late: April Edition

Dedicating: this week to taking care of all of the tedious tasks that I have been putting off for quite some time. I keep reminding myself that by Friday, I’ll feel like a million bucks!

Digging: Nubby Twiglet! I found her blog by way of Breanna Rose (one of my daily reads!) and I’m gleaning so much inspiration from her posts.

Shocked: by how…ummm, sizable?… my baby bump looks at 23 weeks. I had no idea how big it really was until I saw a photo of myself from this past weekend. #whoababy #elasticwaistbandsftw

Reading: Money: A Love Story by Kate Northrup with great fervor! Typically I have zero interest in books about money and finance, but this one is completely up my alley.

Uncharacteristically: unfazed by all of the recent seismic activity here in LA. On Friday night, John and I held hands and stared at each other (and the breakables in the room) with amusement as we rode out the earthquake. (Except now my weird “earthquake-preventing” superstitions that were created in 1994 are back in full-force, so there’s that.)

Glad: that I finally signed up for Amazon Prime! Free two day shipping and deliveries on Sundays? Why did I wait so long to get onboard?!

Inspired: by this this awesome article about the myth of creative inspiration.

Trying: new recipes from Sprouted Kitchen and loving the results! Cooking is becoming less and less intimidating all the time.

Trusting: that everything is working out exactly as it should be.

Getting: excited about kid’s crafts! I have stumbled upon so many creative and inexpensive ideas lately, I can’t wait until my daughter is old enough to play. (I absolutely positively will be turning to this forthcoming book for lots of inspiration!)

Kicking: myself for not snagging a vintage Radio Flyer tricycle at the thrift store the other day. It was so awesome, you guys. #thriftersguilt

Loving: my daily walks around town. I walk as far as I can go and then John picks me up on his way home from work and we drive home together. It’s my favorite part of the day.

Thinking: that Kevin from Thou Swell has the most beautiful Pinterest feed I’ve ever seen. Would it be too much to repin everything?

Laughing: hysterically over the latest episode of the JV Club. And every episode, for that matter.

Using: my planner and my printables on a daily basis, but finding that nothing beats a good ol’ spiral bound journal for brainstorming and capturing all of my ideas. I always stock up at Target when the back-to-school season ends and the sales begin!

Enthralled: by feeling and watching the baby move more and more everyday. (P.S. She is totally kicking my laptop right now as I type this post.)

Incredibly: grateful for the amazing response my Styling | Shooting | Sharing e-course has received! Thanks so much, everyone!

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.

save the dates.

Posted on: Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Save the Dates | Ann-Marie Morris

Our Save the Dates are on Oh So Beautiful Paper today! You can see more photos and read about our design process over here! xo

new name, new blog, new season.

Posted on: Friday, July 12, 2013

Ann-Marie Morris | annmarieloves.com

As the record has shown, I grow tired of my blog’s look right around this time every year.

So last Saturday night (around 11pm…what else is new?) I somehow convinced John to help me build a new + improved blog in a night. The kid totally shocked me with his web design skills…how in the WORLD does he know how to do all these things?! It ended up taking a little longer than a single night to complete, but it was well worth the wait!

I’m sure you’ve also noticed that I updated my name just a tad, because let’s face, I love waaaay more than just paper. I’ve got big plans for this little space and I can’t wait to share them all with you!

Cheers to virtual facelifts!

workspace wednesday | editorial calendar

Posted on: Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Editorial Calendar | Ann-Marie Loves Paper

After running BasicGrey’s blog for nearly two months, I’ve come to learn just how invaluable editorial calendars really are. BG’s marketing director and I use an ongoing Google spreadsheet to track + plan posts months in advance, so I rarely have to worry about generating content at the last minute. SO HANDY, YOU GUYS. It’s been a welcome change of pace for this non-planner to see firsthand just how effective scheduling posts ahead of time really is.

Between running the BG blog and spending a few days with the blogging master Elise last week, I feel newly inspired to really crank out (give or take) five posts a week, every single week here on my personal blog. (Content ideas welcome! Ha!)

So as a way to kickstart my latest goal, I created an editorial calendar printable to keep track of weekly + upcoming posts. If you would like to get onboard the frequent blogging train too, you can download it HERE. Happy planning!

Dear Lizzy’s Lucky Charm Collection

Posted on: Wednesday, January 9, 2013

One of my favorite parts about working at American Crafts was the opportunity to meet + collaborate with some amazing people, including the super talented (and super sweet) Liz Kartchner! It was always a treat when she would come into the office to work on her line, contribute to critiques, and ooh and ahh over all the new product with us! So much fun.

Here are a few sneak peeks from her latest line, Lucky Charm:

Dear Lizzy Lucky Charm Collection
Dear Lizzy Lucky Charm Collection
Dear Lizzy Lucky Charm Collection

American Crafts is thrilled to announce it’s 6th collection from designer Elizabeth Kartchner, “Dear Lizzy Lucky Charm.” Beautiful paper with a cool mix of blues, mint, orange-red and yellow, with a pop of pink in the each of the pretty florals.Lucky Charm was inspired by jewelry charms so you will find your favorite “lucky” icons here and there. As well as dreamy clouds, star-maps, hot air balloons, and darling umbrellas. Some of the new products sure to get you excited include the roller phrase-only stamp. Scrapbookers loved the Dear Lizzy Date Stamp, so in this collection you will find a new stamp that is full of just the fun phrases. There are also awesome Diecut Cards (4″x6″), striped square buttons that look like candy, a perforated sticker book, tissue fringe flags, fringe garland, printed clothespins, and a colorful Daybook. Of course, a Dear Lizzy line wouldn’t be complete without some Lizzyesque icons including jars, kites and handwritten phrases.

To see a sneak peek of another product, continue on the blog hop to Shimelle Laine and be sure to make it to the end for a giveaway of the entire Lucky Charm collection!

workspace.

Posted on: Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Workspace | Ann-Marie Morris

I’m so thrilled to have my workspace featured on Eva Black’s super inspiring blog – you can see more photos and read a little about me here!

xoxo

december daily | part three

Posted on: Friday, December 14, 2012

December Daily Part Three | Ann-Marie Morris
December Daily Part Three | Ann-Marie Morris

PINK PAGE // If this page looks an awful lot like the previous page, then you would be…correct. Ha! Originally, I planned on inserting a different colored paper in the backside of the glassine bag, but I loved the way the hot pink looked so much, I decided to keep it as is. The pink patterned paper on the outside of the bag is actually a postcard I purchased from Cotton + Flax at Renegade and the gold screenprint on top of that is from Life Love Paper. I also bunched up a little bit of this faux-tinsel yarn (I’m obsessed with this stuff!) and secured it to the underside of my photo with a gold paperclip. (Additional supplies: date stamp | StazOn Ink | Sharpie Ballpoint Pen | washi tape | snowflake printable that I designed – link to come!)

TEAL PAGE // First of all, I was so psyched when I saw this free printable on Pinterest (from the new-to-me and super inspiring blog, A Pair of Pairs) because I knew instantly that I wanted to print it on teal vellum for my book! Love when that happens. To preserve as much of the printable design as possible, I kept my embellishments to a minimum: a photo, a few strips of washi + American Crafts Glitter Tape, and my trusty date stamp. Easy enough to finish in less than ten minutes. Just how I like it.

Random sidenote: I feel like I’m always chasing daylight when it comes to photographing my projects these days – I just can’t seem to stay on top of it! And the thing is, I love more nighttime than daytime in the winter, but I have totally been struggling with it over the past few weeks. These photos were shot on the end of the driveway (of all places) with approximately five seconds of natural light to spare – gah! When and where do you shoot your photos?

xoxo

blogs + coffee.

Posted on: Friday, November 9, 2012

A few weekends ago, I met up with my good friend Janelle for coffee + blog talk. If there’s anything in this world that the two of use can discuss until pretty much the end of time (and then some), it’s bloglandia. Who we look up to, what kinds of posts we love, what styles we gravitate towards, and of course, how the H can we be those people? It really was the best and I can’t wait to do it again soon.

And speaking of blog loving, here are a few that have totally won me over recently:

- Small Fry. Am I a mom or do I plan on becoming a mom anytime soon? Good lord no. But I am in love with this blog run by a talented group of gals from Utah (where else?).

- The Fresh Exchange. The hand-lettered titles, the stunning photos, the Parisian lifestyle (!!!)…this blogger has the midas touch.

- Blog Brunch. A blog about blogging? YES. PLEASE.

- Obama’s Website. All politics aside, Obama’s team hit it out of the park when they hired SimpleScott to brand his campaign. This article profiling the head designer is especially fascinating.

What are your favorite new blogs? Do share!

xoxo

workspace wednesday: what i do when i’m not at disneyland.

Posted on: Wednesday, October 24, 2012

It came to my attention recently that it may seem as though all I do is attend parties, drink lots of coffee, and visit Disneyland on random weekdays. (Okay, so 2/3 of those things are pretty accurate.) The truth is, I have my hand in so many different projects at all times that I’m not exactly sure what my title is! I do lots of graphic design, crafting, working for Amy, photographing, stamp-making, scrapbooking for others, writing, and yes, lots of Disneyland-ing. Each day is completely different than the last and filled with it’s own unique set of challenges and rewards. If ever my multimedia design degree (the one that I had no idea what I was going do with when I graduated) came in handy, NOW is the time. I love when things come full circle.

Here are a few of the projects I’ve completed lately:

Rebranding + redesigning Two Peas in a Bucket.

Revamping The Style Eater’s blog.

Designing stamp sets for Studio Calico, including four for October’s Roller Rink kits, three for the Darling Dear mid-release, and one for an upcoming class.

I can honestly say that when I moved back home last March after being laid off, I most definitely did not know what I was going to do (and sometimes, I still don’t!). Freelancing is a mixed bag of tricks. It’s the best because I get to work from home and not wear makeup or brush my hair or put on real clothes for days at a time (or maybe I’m just a homeless person?!). It’s also the worst because there’s so much uncertainty and self-doubt that creeps in on a daily basis. But like all things in life, if you just trust that things will work out, they almost always do. So far, so good.

Quick Disneyland trip, anyone?

xoxo

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