Last week I had the pleasure of helping style a shoot with Katie Pritchard and Adrienne from The Bloom of Time (among other amazing vendors!) and was lucky enough to walk away with a giant bag of leaves and florals.
Since I had plenty of long stems (that smell like a DREAM) to go around, I decided to shape them into a festive wreath for our front door. I started by taking the largest branches and then wrapping them together with thin wire to reinforce the round shape. Once the base was formed, I added in additional elements, such as the eucalyptus buds and berries.
And that concludes my holiday decor for the season – HA! One of these days we’ll bust out the tree, but for now, I am loving being greeted by this simple, earthy wreath every time I come home.
It’s been a few weeks since last I shared my Capture album spreads, so I’m playing catch-up today!
I’ll let you in on a little secret: normally I make these pages the day before the BG blog post needs to go up and usually with only a few minutes left of daylight to photograph them in. (Procrastination. It’s what I do best.) But since I was going to be MIA from my computer for a few weeks thanks to the wedding, I had to make a bunch of pages in advance. That’s when I came to the realization that it’s so much more satisfying to get things done ahead of schedule! With natural light to spare! Ever since then, I’ve been designing, photographing, and blogging my projects way earlier than before. And it feels goooooood.
You can read all about my pages on my weekly column on the BG blog!
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
Getting rid of everything in sight is the name of the game these days. It was only fitting that it earned a spot in my Capture album!
Photos from our wedding hashtag (so ridic, I know) #ammlovesjohn on Instagram
LIFE. IS. CHAOS. <— That’s the only way to sum up my life as of late.
But really, it’s the best kind of chaos. Crafting, choosing music, spending extra time with family + friends, trying to get rid of everything I own, crossing items off my seemingly never-ending to-do list…it feels good. Of course, I’m stressed to the max about running out of time and not accomplishing everything I want to accomplish, but as John so wisely reminded me the other day, we somehow, someway, always made it through finals in art school. Finals that involved giant projects, high stakes, and major rewards once the final critiques were over and school was dismissed for another semester. So really, a wedding is nothing more than a “final.” Albeit, a BIG final. With lots of gold fringe.
My goal is to finish the majority of our DIY projects this week so that Friday night can be spent shopping for honeymoon clothes (yay!) and catching up with my mom, outside of the all-consuming wedding realm. I’ll let you know how it goes…
Yesterday I shared my top seven photography tips over on Amy Tan’s blog. Be sure to check it out and let me know what else you would like to learn about taking pictures! I may or may not be putting together a big photography + styling online class in the very near future ;)
Crazy two weeks ahead, but I had to squeeze in a fun Capture spread! This week I focused on the awesome pop-up photography workshop I recently attended and used a clear adhesive pocket to house all of the awesome memorabilia I collected. Easy peasy.
I’m sharing a DIY gold-dipped coaster tutorial over on At Home In Love today! Enjoy!
For this week’s Capture spread, I used the backside of the October calendar pocket page insert and a 3 x 5″ / 4 x 6″ divided page protector. I also put my Cameo die cutting machine to work and used a handful of BG cut files to embellish my layout. I’m telling you, that machine…it’s the stuff of DIY dreams.
I’m loving the way the Stems cut file turned out on the Crumb Cakes paper from Persimmon. Just the right amount of pattern.
For this page, I treated one of my favorite Snippets like patterned paper and used it as a colorful background for my bridal shower photos. I also busted out the Persimmon waterfall pack for the title and label stickers.
And in the interest of keeping things real, this is what it looks like when I shoot my Capture spreads. Every. Single. Time.
Another week, another Capture spread! This time I changed things up a little and alternated one divided page protector with a calendar pocket insert for storing all of my wedding / bridal shower / moving-to-Pasadena memorabilia. Life is nothing short of CRAZYTOWN right now, but I’m trying my hardest to enjoy every last moment.
P.S. You can read more about my process + supply list here!