Entries Tagged as 'create'

diy painted bags.

Posted on: Monday, May 18, 2015

DIY Painted Bags | Ann-Marie Loves

Recently, I’ve been enjoying a resurgence of creative energy and I can’t even tell you how happy it makes me. Being crafty and using my hands is how I make sense of my world, so I am beyond excited to be back at it again. Yesterday as I was roaming the aisles of Target picking up the essentials (faux-Birks and loose tanks, as one does), I decided to try out a few new paints from Handmade Modern. I had a few crafty projects in mind and I couldn’t wait to get started!

DIY Painted Bags | Ann-Marie Loves

A few years ago, I purchased a handful of these small zippered bags from the dollar section at Target with the intention of using them to hold bridesmaid gifts. But as it turned out, I was never able to collect all six, so those plans were thwarted (sorry b-maids) and they’ve been sitting in my craft stash ever since. However, when armed with new paint and a need to corral Briar’s stuff in my backpack, I was able to turn those bags into something usable!

DIY Painted Bags | Ann-Marie Loves

To paint the bags, I used a mix of small brushes and different patterns. I allowed each side plenty of time to dry before I flipped them over and painted a similar pattern on the back of each respective bag. Super simple.

DIY Painted Bags | Ann-Marie Loves

Let me just say, I’m kind of thrilled that loose + free-form is where the current style trends are pointing to because I have never been one for straight lines. (There’s nothing that kills my creative mojo more than having to use a ruler!) I’ve also been making a concerted effort to just experiment strictly for the sake of experimentation. The more I can play around without any preconceived notions, the more fun it is to craft!

DIY Painted Bags | Ann-Marie Loves

Even Briar wanted to get in on the action, by slyly dipping her hands in my black paint when I looked down for half a second…!  Ay yi yi. But I guess it just goes to show that she’s a girl after my own heart ;)

 

briar’s scrapbook | part one.

Posted on: Friday, May 15, 2015

Baby Scrapbook | A Beautiful Mess Messy Book | Ann-Marie Espinoza

It’s been nine months since Briar was born, which means I only have about four million photos of her sitting on my hard drive. I cringe at the idea of those images living there forever, never to be seen by anyone other than me, so I finally had a bunch of photos printed. It felt so good to hold those pictures in my hands and reflect back on all the precious memories that they hold. It was right then and there that I realized that my Briar Bear deserves her own scrapbook. After all, I documented my pregnancy in scrapbook form…it was only a matter of time until I continued the story! So here’s the first installment of Briar’s scrapbook:

Baby Scrapbook | A Beautiful Mess Messy Book | Ann-Marie Espinoza
Baby Scrapbook | A Beautiful Mess Messy Book | Ann-Marie Espinoza

I can’t think of a more perfect overlay for Briar’s scrapbook than the one that came in A Beautiful Mess’ Messy Box kit…I’m obsessed! To add it to my album, I simply punched four holes with a Crop-A-Dile and popped it into place.

Baby Scrapbook | A Beautiful Mess Messy Book | Ann-Marie EspinozaBaby Scrapbook | A Beautiful Mess Messy Book | Ann-Marie Espinoza

For the first page, I kept things pretty simple since I wanted the photos to do most of the talking. I also added in a journaling card with Briar’s stats and a few of my favorite gold papers + embellishments.

Supplies: Dear Lizzy Serendipity Papers // Dear Lizzy Heart Thickers // Amy Tangerine Fabric Stickers // Precision Pen

Baby Scrapbook | A Beautiful Mess Messy Book | Ann-Marie Espinoza

Baby Scrapbook | A Beautiful Mess Messy Book | Ann-Marie Espinoza

Baby Scrapbook | A Beautiful Mess Messy Book | Ann-Marie Espinoza

For this page, I used the backside of the first page protector and broke up the grid by placing a 4 x 6″ photo over four pockets filled with the same sheet of Dear Lizzy ombre paper. I also added a subtle title using Kelly Purkey white letter stickers.

Supplies: Dear Lizzy Serendipity Papers // Dear Lizzy Daydreamer Map Paper // Dear Lizzy Serendipity Sticker Roll // Dear Lizzy Serendipity Puffy Stickers // BasicGrey Flair Badges

Baby Scrapbook | A Beautiful Mess Messy Book | Ann-Marie Espinoza

Baby Scrapbook | A Beautiful Mess Messy Book | Ann-Marie Espinoza

For the third page, I decided to make a traditional layout…such a fun change of pace! This photo of John and Briar is one of my very favorites from her first day. She had just been cleaned up in the nursery and brought into our room and John couldn’t take his eyes off of her. Such a magical moment. (P.S. Since the 9 x 12″ page protectors are currently out of stock, I improvised and punched extra holes in an American Crafts 12 x 12″ sleeve and plan on cutting off the extra bit and sewing up the side.)

Supplies: Woodgrain Paper // Messy Box Kit // Dear Lizzy Serendipity Papers // Amy Tangerine Foam Thickers // Precision Pen

Baby Scrapbook | A Beautiful Mess Messy Book | Ann-Marie Espinoza

 

I’m excited to continue to work on Briar’s scrapbook each week! I plan on keeping the album as loose and rule-free as possible; if I miss a few things or go out of chronological order, that’s totally fine. I figure, as long as I’m capturing the big picture of her babyhood, then I’m doing my job.

upcycled ribbon spool turned wall hanging.

Posted on: Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Upcycled Ribbon Spool-Turned-Wall Hanging | Ann-Marie Loves

The other day, John was recounting just how upset I was when I first discovered that our Utah apartment did not have a recycling bin on the premises. I had totally forgotten about that! To combat the issue, I kept a huge box of recyclables in our place and then when it was full, I would force John to help me take them to a recycling center a few miles away. It was a major hassle, but it pained me more to throw away anything that I know can be recycled, or even better, upcycled. You can take the girl out of California…

So recently, as I neared the end of a spool of Dear Lizzy baker’s twine, I knew just how to give it new life.

Upcycled Ribbon Spool-Turned-Wall Hanging | Ann-Marie Loves

To begin, I pulled the labels off of the baker’s twine spool using an xacto knife.

Upcycled Ribbon Spool-Turned-Wall Hanging | Ann-Marie Loves

Next, I took baker’s twine from a different spool and wrapped it all the way around the spool until it was completely covered.

Upcycled Ribbon Spool-Turned-Wall Hanging | Ann-Marie Loves

From there, I busted out my Cuttlebug and cut out feathers using a nesting die and a few sheets of Daydreamer paper.

Upcycled Ribbon Spool-Turned-Wall Hanging | Ann-Marie Loves

Once I had the feathers cut out, I tied long strands of baker’s twine to each shape.

Upcycled Ribbon Spool-Turned-Wall Hanging | Ann-Marie Loves

Finally, I tied each strand to the upcycled ribbon spool and hung it in Briar’s room! Easy to make and easy on the environment.

infant crafting | ziploc bag painting.

Posted on: Thursday, May 7, 2015

Infant Crafting | Ziploc Bag Painting | Ann-Marie Loves

You guys. The day I have been dreaming of since I first saw two faint lines on a pregnancy test has finally come! (Well, kind of.) Yesterday I introduced Briar to the wonderful world of crafting! Truth be told, she wasn’t as excited about it as I was (CLEARLY), but I intend to slowly wear her down until she becomes my little crafting sidekick. #persistence

Infant Crafting | Ziploc Bag Painting | Ann-Marie Loves

A few weeks ago, my good friend Angie posted a photo of her infant daughter “painting” through a Ziploc bag and I knew I wanted to try it out with Briar as well! The supplies are about as basic as they come: cardstock, various craft paints, Ziploc bags, and scissors.

Infant Crafting | Ziploc Bag Painting | Ann-Marie Loves

Place a sheet of cardstock in the bag (I folded a sheet in half, like a greeting card) and squeeze in a few drops of paint. Make sure the bag is completely sealed and then let your little one mash it up as much as they want! I used two different shades of yellow and two different shades of pink to build on the visual interest, but I’m pretty sure I was the only one that cared about that (ha!). Briar was far more concerned about trying to pull the red fasteners off of the bags ;)

Infant Crafting | Ziploc Bag Painting | Ann-Marie Loves

Once the masterpieces are complete, carefully take them out of the bags and let them dry.

Infant Crafting | Ziploc Bag Painting | Ann-Marie Loves

After Briar’s artwork was dry, I cut them in half and taped them up to the wall above her crib for her to admire.

Infant Crafting | Ziploc Bag Painting | Ann-Marie Loves

As you can see, she was very proud of herself ;)

kelly purkey kit giveaway.

Posted on: Monday, May 4, 2015

UPDATED: The winner is Ashley Michelson! Congrats Ashley! E-mail me with your shipping information when you get a chance! xo

Kelly Purkey Kit Designed by Ann-Marie Espinoza | Kit Giveaway! | Ann-Marie Loves

Designing the “Oh Happy Day” kit for Kelly Purkey was such a blast. She gave me total creative freedom, so I decided to design products that I would actually want to use…and I did! My scrapbooking skills are, well, a wee bit out of shape these days, but I’m determined to create the occasional layout or spread for the sake of remembering Briar’s babyhood. Plus, once I get into the groove of scrapbooking, I remember how fun it can be! Note to self: get your groove back.

IMG_Kelly Purkey Kit Designed by Ann-Marie Espinoza | Kit Giveaway! | Ann-Marie Loves
IMG_Kelly Purkey Kit Designed by Ann-Marie Espinoza | Kit Giveaway! | Ann-Marie Loves

The kit is now sold out, but Kelly has kindly held one aside so that I can give it away to one of my wonderful readers!

IMG_Kelly Purkey Kit Designed by Ann-Marie Espinoza | Kit Giveaway! | Ann-Marie Loves
IMG_Kelly Purkey Kit Designed by Ann-Marie Espinoza | Kit Giveaway! | Ann-Marie Loves

Supplies: Kelly Purkey kit | Messy Book + Page Protectors | Gold Thickers | Photos by La Rousse Photo

Leave a comment below linking me to something awesome you’ve seen around the internet lately (a blog post, an article, a pin) by Thursday May 7th and I will choose a winner at random! Good luck!

valentine’s cards using digital brushes.

Posted on: Friday, February 13, 2015

Simple Valentines Cards Using Digital Brushes + Free Download! | Ann-Marie Loves

Valentine’s Day has always been a favorite of mine, significant other or not. I love the candy (heart-shaped Sweet Tarts, what what!), I love that everything is pink + red, and I love love love the paper goods. Since I am big on ideas but short on free time these days, I decided to go as simple as possible with my V-Day cards. Less is most definitely more.

Simple Valentines Cards Using Digital Brushes + Free Download! | Ann-Marie Loves

Thanks to Photoshop, I was able to take a recent photo of Briar, make it pink, and add a few phrases (that I turned into digital brushes!) to pull it all together. Then I printed them out, sliced them up, and glued the fronts to the backs…all before Briar woke up from her nap. Bingo bango bongo.

Simple Valentines Cards Using Digital Brushes + Free Download! | Ann-Marie Loves

Simple Valentines Cards Using Digital Brushes + Free Download! | Ann-Marie Loves

If you enjoy a good eleventh hour holiday crafting sesh like myself, feel free to download these digital brushes for yourself! Happy love day, everyone!

P.S. Other holiday digital brushes found here!

daily coffee routine.

Posted on: Thursday, January 29, 2015

Daily Coffee Routine | Ann-Marie Loves

Aside from wanting to pay off bills, get back in shape, and be the best mom that I can possibly be, my big resolution for 2015 is to drink good coffee. Like, really good coffee. And given the fact that I haven’t had a full night’s sleep since August, I feel like my hipster coffee habit is more than justified…it’s essential.

When I told John about my resolution, he listened and signed me up with a craft coffee subscription. (What a guy, that John.) I’m still on my first installment and it is exactly what I was hoping for! Ingredient wise, I like my coffee to be pretty simple: just coffee + 2% milk. But thanks to a few awesome tools and tricks, I’ve learned how to take a regular cup of joe to the next level. Here’s what my morning coffee routine looks like:

Daily Coffee Routine | Ann-Marie Loves

I start by filling the bottom of my stovetop coffee maker with fresh water. Then, I place the hole-y filter (proper term, I’m sure ;)) on top and fill that with coffee grounds. Finally, I screw the lid onto the base and place it on the stove over high heat to boil.

Daily Coffee Routine | Ann-Marie Loves

Once the coffee begins to boil, it’s ready to be taken off the burner.

Daily Coffee Routine | Ann-Marie Loves

Next, I pour approximately one quarter cup of milk into my mug and foam it up using a handheld milk frother. I’ve learned that the secret to making it work is to hold the frother at an angle just below the surface of the milk and only use it for a very short amount of time (maybe ten seconds?). The longer it froths, the more bubbly and flat it becomes, which defeats the whole point of using this tool in the first place. Truth be told, I’m still learning how to finesse it to perfection.

Daily Coffee Routine | Ann-Marie Loves

Once the milk has been frothed, I pour my hot coffee over the center, grab my breakfast, and begin my day.

(P.S. If you use the code l9b-ye8 at checkout, you can save 15% off your first craft coffee subscription purchase!)

How do you like your coffee?

gift guide for the crafty.

Posted on: Monday, December 22, 2014

Crafter's Holiday Gift Guide | Ann-Marie Loves

01. Gold Stapler // Staplers may not seem like a crafting essential, but I assure you…mine gets quite a workout on the regular. I’m in love with this gold stapler by Nate Berkus.

02. PaperMate Flair Felt Tip Pens // When it comes to writing utensils, there is nothing that beats these felt tips. I use them for everything from list-making to scrapbooking to writing letters. They’re my absolute favorite and they come in a ton of fun colors!

03. Gold Scissors // I can’t think of too many crafts that don’t require a good pair of scissors. This gold version is not only perfect for getting the job done but it’s just begging to be Instagrammed!

04. Solid Adhesive Runner // When I used to teach classes and host craft demos, it didn’t matter how awesome the project was…the tape runners would inevitably become the star of the show! Ha! People love the ease and simplicity of a good tape runner (myself included!).

05. Fiskars 12 Inch ProCision Rotary Bypass Trimmer // If paper is your idea of a good time then I highly recommend investing in a solid trimmer. This version is a total workhorse (I used it for all of my wedding projects!) and a steal of a deal compared to other heavy duty models.

06. Knitting by Design // I am a HUGE fan of craft books that not only feature projects I want to make but have inspiring styling and well-designed layouts. Similar books worth mentioning: Playful and Lena Corwin’s Made by Hand.

07. Jet Black Ink Pad // As someone who digs rubber stamps, I’ve experimented with many an ink pad in my time. This version by Ranger is juicy, vibrant, and qucik-drying (aka PERFECT).

08. Martha Stewart Knit and Weave Loom Kit // If there’s one product I’ve gotten way more than my money’s worth out of, it’s this loom. 2014 was the year I became obsessed with weaving (as you may have noticed) and it’s due in a large part to this incredibly easy-to-use kit.

09. Lion Brand Yarn // I’ve become a major yarn hoarder these past several months. I am now forever on the lookout for beautiful yarn in all different colors, textures, and gauges. This hot pink number by Lion Brand is perfect for whipping up a quick tassel, pom pom, blanket, or — you guessed it — woven wall hanging.

In case you missed my other gift guides, here’s one for infants and one for guys! Happy last minute shopping!

easiest christmas card ever.

Posted on: Thursday, December 18, 2014

Holiday Cards Made with Digital Brushes | Ann-Marie Loves

Given the fact that I just had Briar’s birth announcements made a few weeks ago (did you know I had a baby?), the idea of designing, printing, addressing, and shipping Christmas cards felt like an insurmountable task. But! As I was experimenting with gift tag ideas using my new digital brushes, I realized that it would be SO SIMPLE for me to bust out a quick holiday card design. Beyond simple, actually.

Holiday Cards Made with Digital Brushes | Ann-Marie Loves

I started by dragging one of my favorite Instagram photos into Photoshop. Since it was already cropped nicely into a square, I left it as is.

Holiday Cards Made with Digital Brushes | Ann-Marie Loves

Then I chose the “happy holidays” brush and stamped it on the center of the photo. Next, I added a text layer with the words “Love, The Espinozas” to finish it off. Three steps and I was done.

I decided that I would make just enough copies for our immediate families (knowing that they would appreciate a Briar pic more than anyone else), so I grabbed some photo paper and printed them out at home. So easy. So fast.

(If you have any questions about how to use my digital brushes, let me know!)

2015 calendar + holiday digital brushes!

Posted on: Monday, December 15, 2014

Happy Monday! Over the weekend I added two new items to my shop. And the best part of all is that there’s no need to wait for shipping…you can download and use them almost immediately!

2015 Printable Calendar | Ann-Marie Loves Paper | annmarielovespaper.bigcartel.com

First up: a 2015 printable calendar! I wanted something sleek and streamlined for my office, while still incorporating a bold pop of color.

2015 Printable Calendar | Ann-Marie Loves Paper | annmarielovespaper.bigcartel.com

Six bucks and you can print and reprint as many times as your heart desires. Plus, a bulldog clip pulls it all together and makes it easy to hang on a wall. BOOM.

Digital Brushes: Holiday Edition | Ann-Marie Loves Paper | annmarielovespaper.bigcartel.com

Secondly, digital brushes for all of my holiday stamp designs from 2012 – 2014. I know the idea of “digital” sounds super intimidating (even to me! a designer!), but I assure you…it’s FAR easier than getting a perfect rubber stamp impression. You can even customize the size of the design to be as big or as small as your project commands! I’ve been using them on my December Daily album (photos to come!), but they are also perfect for holiday cards, gift tags, and DIY wrapping paper.

P.S. Elise recently made an awesome video tutorial on how to use digital brushes! Be sure to check that out as well as her new digital stamps :)

Digital Brushes: Holiday Edition | Ann-Marie Loves Paper | annmarielovespaper.bigcartel.com

I’ll be turning the rest of my stamp designs into digital brushes very soon. You can find these items as well as rubber stamps, e-courses, and many others right here.

I hope your holiday season is going swimmingly! xo

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