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diy wedding guestbook box.

Posted on: Thursday, July 24, 2014

DIY Wedding Guestbook Box | Ann-Marie Loves

When I designed the guestbook cards for our wedding, I knew I wanted to do something untraditional with them, but honestly, I didn’t have a clear vision of what that would be. Flash forward several months later to when I stumbled upon an old recipe box at the thrift store and instantly knew what to do with those cards!

DIY Wedding Guestbook Box | Ann-Marie Loves

Photo by Katie Pritchard Photography

During our wedding, we used a thrifted wooden cassette tape holder to house the cards that our guests so sweetly filled out during the reception. When we got back from our honeymoon, we had the BEST time reading them, so I am thrilled to finally have an easily accessible landing place where we can revisit those happy memories whenever we like! Here’s how I customized the box:

DIY Wedding Guestbook Box | Ann-Marie Loves

Using my Cameo die cutting machine (bet you didn’t see that one coming! ;)), I cut out two liners for the insides of the box and the word “Guestbook” for the lid from printable gold foil. Sticking each of the liners down took a little finagling (and reapplying), but I love the way it adds an extra layer of visual interest every time the box is opened.

DIY Wedding Guestbook Box | Ann-Marie Loves

I then lightly applied the word “Guestbook” to the lid, making sure it was on straight before I pressed down to secure it into place. The good thing about this gold paper is that it’s sticky enough to hold up once enough pressure is applied to it, but not so sticky that you only have one shot to get it right.

DIY Wedding Guestbook Box | Ann-Marie Loves

From there, I gathered all of our cards together and placed them in the box. (Love the designer humor from Sarah!)

DIY Wedding Guestbook Box | Ann-Marie Loves

Many of our guests not-so-subtly encouraged us to jump onboard the baby train ASAP. We took the hint ;)

DIY Wedding Guestbook Box | Ann-Marie Loves

And now our guestbook cards live happily on the bench in our living room!

DIY Wedding Guestbook Box | Ann-Marie Loves

If you’re currently in wedding planning mode, I encourage you to think outside of the box when it comes to components such as guestbooks! Don’t worry about what everyone on Pinterest is doing (easier said than done, I know!) or how your ideas will come across to your traditionally-inclined guests. The more you can tailor the details of your event to your own personal tastes, the more your wedding will feel like you and your fiance. And isn’t that the whole point? :)

 

stamped canvas pouch.

Posted on: Thursday, July 17, 2014

DIY Stamped Canvas Pouch | Designed by Ann-Marie Espinoza | via Dear Lizzy DIY Stamped Canvas Pouch | Designed by Ann-Marie Espinoza | via Dear Lizzy

Yesterday my stamped canvas pouch tutorial was shared on the always-inspiring Dear Lizzy’s blog! Hop on over to check it out :)

workspace wednesday | makeshift photo studio.

Posted on: Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Creating a Makeshift Photo Studio | Ann-Marie Loves

Aside from the fact that I love clean-lined white furniture, a big part of the reason that I wanted this dresser for the office / nursery was because I knew it would make the perfect makeshift “photo studio.”

Creating a Makeshift Photo Studio | Ann-Marie Loves

Given the dresser’s close proximity to the window and the fact that it’s so easy for me to clear an open space by removing the changing pad, I’m positive that even after the baby arrives and starts napping in her crib, I’ll be able to quickly and easily utilize this space for all kinds of photography purposes. (P.S. How ridiculously cute are those hand-knitted teddy bears? $0.79 each at the thrift store…!)

Creating a Makeshift Photo Studio | Ann-Marie Loves

I’m a big believer in making use of what you have! There’s no need to invest in fancy studio equipment as long as you have access to a clean white surface and plentiful natural light. And even though I hate the look of those terrible vertical blinds that came with our apartment, I love that they allow me to control the amount of light entering the room so I can photograph at all different times of day. #silverlining

Creating a Makeshift Photo Studio | Ann-Marie Loves

Of course, my only problem right now is the giant bump that seems to photobomb all of my overhead shots – ha!

P.S. You can read so much more about my tips for creating eye-catching compositions and taking blog-worthy photographs in my e-course Styling | Shooting | Sharing!

thoughts on diy weddings.

Posted on: Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Thoughts on DIY Weddings | Ann-Marie Loves

I’ve always known that my wedding would be comprised of handmade details. It’s who I am, it’s what I do. That being said, I had no idea just how much work those handmade details would take. Hours, days, weeks, months of work. But was it worth it? 100 PERCENT YES.

Thoughts on DIY Weddings | Ann-Marie Loves

Katie Pritchard Photography

John and I decided to tackle as many projects ourselves as possible, for both creative + financial reasons. Many things were never even a question of asking for others’ help, including our paper goods (save the dates, invitations, menus, place cards, etc). In the end, there were many projects I didn’t get around to (wine labels, programs, paper flowers, the list goes on…), but really, no one but me knew the difference. I had been told this by various people throughout the whole planning process, but of course, I didn’t listen. Some things you just have to learn for yourself!

John + Ann-Marie Espinoza's Wedding | As seen in Wedding Magazine

I will admit that seeing our hard work pay off in the forms of a wedding blog feature and a magazine spread were pretty awesome, but seriously. As cliche as it sounds, the best part of all was that I walked away with a husband at the end of the day. He’s the best and I couldn’t be happier that he stuck by my side despite all my crazy wedding ideas and late night crafting and art directing. We managed to pull off the wedding of our dreams, which was topped only by the honeymoon of our dreams.

Thoughts on DIY Weddings | Ann-Marie Loves

Katie Pritchard Photography

And now…we’re having a baby and the DIY madness has been reincarnated in a brand new, equally as passionate form. Once a DIY’er, always a DIY’er!

baby album | part eleven.

Posted on: Friday, July 11, 2014

Baby Album | Ann-Marie Espinoza

As I work on my album each week, I keep thinking “is this the final week? Will I have a baby picture to pop in next time?” But based on my visit to the doctor this past Tuesday, I still have plenty of pages left in me before any baby faces grace this album ;)

Baby Album | Ann-Marie Espinoza

I’m keeping things pretty simple these days with a full-sized photo flanked by a page of short journaling. Nothing too fancy. After all, those baby shower thank you notes aren’t going to write themselves!

Baby Album | Ann-Marie Espinoza
Baby Album | Ann-Marie Espinoza

For this page, I used an old sheet of Sassafras paper and embellished it with a Crate Paper journaling card, yellow washi tape, Thickers, and a Dear Lizzy dimensional heart sticker. I kept the journaling short and sweet as well.

Baby Album | Ann-Marie Espinoza

Baby Album | Ann-Marie Espinoza

For the second page, I printed out a 6.25 x 9.5″ photo from my maternity shoot a few weeks back and used a strip of mint masking tape and a phrase from a Project Life card for extra emphasis. Feeling the baby kick, roll, and punch is a feeling I never ever want to forget. It’s pure magic.

Last Day to Save on E-Courses + Printables! | annmarielovespaper.bigcartel.com

Ooh! Before I forget, today is the LAST DAY to take advantage of my 37% off sale on e-courses + printables! If you’ve been thinking about taking a class (this one is my personal fave) or getting your hands on some fun printables, now is the time! Use the code THIRTYSEVEN to save at checkout :)

recent basicgrey projects.

Posted on: Thursday, July 3, 2014

Happy Thursday (or Friday, for most Americans!)! Today I thought it would be fun to share some of the recent projects I designed for BasicGrey using their new Second City and Evergreen collections. So much fun!

Ann-Marie Espinoza | BasicGrey Summer 2014 Ann-Marie Espinoza | BasicGrey Summer 2014
Ann-Marie Espinoza | BasicGrey Summer 2014
Ann-Marie Espinoza | BasicGrey Summer 2014
Ann-Marie Espinoza | BasicGrey Summer 2014
Ann-Marie Espinoza | BasicGrey Summer 2014
Ann-Marie Espinoza | BasicGrey Summer 2014
Ann-Marie Espinoza | BasicGrey Summer 2014

workspace wednesday | free project list printable.

Posted on: Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Free Project List Printable | Designed by Ann-Marie Loves

At any given point in time, I have an ongoing list of a million and one projects that I want to accomplish, like, yesterday. While some of them can be achieved in a single step, others take several steps to finish. So instead of writing “decorate the nursery” on my to-do list day after day, knowing full-well that it will never to be crossed off, I’ve created a free printable that turns big projects into bite-size tasks.

 Free Project List Printable | Designed by Ann-Marie Loves

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD

Free Project List Printable | Designed by Ann-Marie Loves

P.S. I talk at greater length about the idea of breaking down projects into manageable chunks and include a more comprehensive list printable in my e-course “Make It Happen!”

july 2014 limited edition stamps.

Posted on: Tuesday, July 1, 2014

July 2014 Limited Edition Stamps | annmarielovespaper.bigcartel.com

We are halfway through 2014, my daughter is arriving sometime this month (?!), and I am nesting + working like a crazy person, so I figured July 1st was as good as any day to start something new! From today until July 31st, there are five limited edition rubber stamps available in my shop. Here’s what they look like:

July 2014 Limited Edition Stamps | annmarielovespaper.bigcartel.com

01. Soak Up the Sun | 02. July | 03. Let’s Go On Adventures | 04. In the Summertime | 05. You Are the Best

I’m so excited to try something completely new and exciting! I spent most of yesterday afternoon through late until the evening working on designing, shooting, editing, listing, etc and it all felt so seamless and easy. If only all projects could be so satisfying!

You can find out more about the July limited edition stamps HERE.

 

nursery progress.

Posted on: Thursday, June 26, 2014

My apologies for the radio silence yesterday. I had grand plans of photographing a few projects and drafting some blog posts on Tuesday, but all of that was derailed when I found out my dog needed to be put down. Needless to say, Tuesday was spent at home with my family, bawling my eyes out. I always try to keep this blog positive and upbeat, but man, this year has been TOUGH. We’ve had four deaths of loved ones (two humans, two animals) in just four short months and it’s hard to put a positive spin on any of those losses. I keep thinking of that quote by Zora Neale Hurston: “There are years that ask questions and years that answer” and I’m thinking 2014 just might be another year of questions. xo

Dresser in the Nursery | Ann-Marie Loves

As I’m quickly beginning to realize, this baby could come anytime. Like, ANYTIME. Ideally, I’d like her to stay put until 40 (or heck, even 41!) weeks, but should she have other plans, I want to 100% ready. Maybe not in the parenting sense, but definitely in the decorating sense ;)

Since her room is part nursery / part office, I wanted to make sure that the parts that belong to the baby really make a statement. The white dresser and shelves were purchased at IKEA and help act as a great minimalist canvas for the rest of the decor. I should also note that instead of a cloth changing pad, I decided to go with a foam version that will (hopefully!) lighten our laundry load the slightest bit.  Plus, it was half the price of the Giggle version that I originally had my eye on AND it came in my favorite color. Thumbs up.

Dresser in the Nursery | Ann-Marie Loves
Dresser in the Nursery | Ann-Marie Loves

The shelves are an ever-changing mix of books, photos, plants, and adorable baby sunglasses…!

Dresser in the Nursery | Ann-Marie Loves

I think it goes without saying that this kid would get a woven wall hanging in her room, right?

Dresser in the Nursery | Ann-Marie Loves

Some baby accessories are just too cute not to display. These teeny tiny gold sandals and heart hair clip make me smile every time I look at them!

Dresser in the Nursery | Ann-Marie Loves

There was some awkward open space between the shelves and the dresser, so I decided to loosely tape up a couple of my favorite wedding photos and my second baby shower invitation. I figure she will eventually be able to rip them off the wall, but in the meantime? They’re staying put.

Dresser in the Nursery | Ann-Marie Loves

I thrifted this basket a few months back thinking that it would be plenty big for all of the baby books I’ve collected / been gifted. Yeah, I was wrong. This baby has more books than I do. Now I’m on the hunt for a bigger basket…

Dresser in the Nursery | Ann-Marie Loves
Dresser in the Nursery | Ann-Marie Loves

One of my favorite baby shower gifts was the round brass wall hook from Anthro. I never would have thought to add it to my registry, but I think that’s part of the reason I love it so much! I decided to use it as a hook for hanging a simple yarn tassel mobile over the changing pad.

Dresser in the Nursery | Ann-Marie Loves

I had maternity photos taken in the nursery last Friday and have already changed up a few decor elements…I don’t see myself ever being finished with this space!

P.S. Don’t forget that tomorrow (June 27th) is the last day to stock up on rubber stamps before I retire them :)

desert bunny baby shower | part two.

Posted on: Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Desert Bunny Baby Shower | Ann-Marie Loves

My idea of the perfect party involves breakfast food, a laidback atmosphere, a fun outfit, and great company. Thanks to my good friend Val and my amazing mom, my second baby shower fit all those criteria and then some. Aside from the awesome theme (desert bunny for the win!), I think that my most favorite part of all was that Val made this event a mother / daughter celebration. Even though my friends and I still see each other fairly often, seldom do we get to spend time together with our precious moms in tow. It was such a great way to bring everyone into the mix and celebrate the next generation of moms + daughters!

Desert Bunny Baby Shower | Ann-Marie Loves

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Desert Bunny Baby Shower | Ann-Marie Loves

Gorgeous tablescapes and a chance for me to put my wedding glassware to use again!

Desert Bunny Baby Shower | Ann-Marie Loves

black and white striped skirted onesie?! You’re too good to me, Janelle.

Desert Bunny Baby Shower | Ann-Marie Loves

Desert Bunny Baby Shower | Ann-Marie Loves

I was also the lucky recipient of so many incredible handmade gifts that my daughter and I will treasure for years.

Desert Bunny Baby Shower | Ann-Marie Loves

Desert Bunny Baby Shower | Ann-Marie Loves

Bunny garland, hand-dyed cheesecloth, and painted desert plants! DIY elements never go unnoticed by me.

Desert Bunny Baby Shower | Ann-Marie Loves

Trying to stay cool in the shade. (Again, whose idea was it to have a summer baby? ;))

Desert Bunny Baby Shower | Ann-Marie Loves

My wonderful mom, my amazing Espinoza family, and my gigantic 35 week bump. I never realized just how pregnant I look until I went through all my baby shower photos over the past two weekends…WHOA THERE.

Desert Bunny Baby Shower | Ann-Marie Loves

I was so caught up in the moment that I failed to take all of the photos that I wanted to get, but this is one I will always cherish. I’ve grown up with a tight group of nine girls and learned so much about the mother / daughter relationship as a result. I can say that all ten moms (including my own!) are the epitome of unconditional love and selflessness. If I can be HALF as good at motherhood as they are, my daughter will be one lucky gal.

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