Way before I ever got engaged, I knew that my wedding would have some sort of paper floral situation.
I mean, with a handle like @ammlovespaper, I really don’t have any other options, right? These past few months I’ve been playing around with different ideas for the materials I wanted to use and the types of flowers I wanted to create, but I could never really hone my vision. And then this amazing paper flower making class by Brittany Watson Jepsen and this gorgeous book by Thuss + Farrell popped up on my radar. BINGO! Cue the inspiration and the sudden creative direction (#suddencreativedirection <---it's a real thing).
Last weekend I had an incredibly productive (and super fun!) Saturday night spent with good friends + family who so patiently and kindly crafted paper flowers with me until the wee hours of the morning (I love you gals!). We drank wine, we (I) got hot glue all over the place, and we turned several rolls of crepe paper (purchased at Paper Mart) into colorful works of art. Now my next step is to turn them into a sizeable ceremony installation…stay tuned!
Another week, another Capture spread! The highlight of the past week was definitely seeing Flight of the Conchords (among other comedians) at Oddball in Irvine. ‘Twas AMAZING. Also, I may or may not have a fat crush on Jemaine.
To showcase the event, I used a full-size page protector to create a mini layout and tucked my ticket behind the photo. I also added a little title to my photo in Photoshop before printing, just to expedite the process a little bit. The “Favorite” Snippet actually comes from the 25th & Pine waterfall pack. Who says you have to wait until the holidays to use Christmas products? Not this gal!
On the second page, I used a 4 x 6″ / 1.25 x 6″ divided page protector to house two of my wedding crafting photos and that awesome die cut arrow paper from one of the designer journal inserts. There’s also a handful of the usual suspects, including label + arrow stickers, ledger paper, and red + pink Candy Buttons. But of course.
Hope your week is off to a great start! Don’t forget that tomorrow is the last day to enter to win a spot in this amazing class! ;)
EDITED: The winner is Micayla! E-mail Kara at firstname.lastname@example.org to claim your class entry! xo
Today I am so excited to be offering a giveaway to one of Kara Haupt’s amazing online classes. I first discovered Kara way back when we both got into scrapbooking years ago. She has always had such a unique style that pushes creative boundaries and makes scrapbooking actually look cool…not an easy feat, my friends! If you’re looking to get inspired, this is one giveaway you don’t want to miss!
This & That is a 158 page printable PDF jam-packed with challenges, journaling prompts, and techniques designed to get you scrapbooking again. Mix and match and use this and that to create 30+ pages! Choose one journaling prompt and one technique idea from the pool and combining ideas to get excited about creating again.
30 journaling prompts
30 technique prompts and ideas
Tutorial for creating vintage handkerchief albums
Printable embellishment sheets
Email access to Kara
To be entered to win, leave a comment below describing an online class that you would love to take! Contest closes Tuesday September 24th. Good luck!
Another week, another Capture spread! As much as I am ready for Fall and the start of the holidays, I’ve got stuff to do, September! Slow your roll! This week’s spread features a mix of Capture, Persimmon, and Carte Postale. I also used a mix of solid and divided page protectors to keep things from looking too uniform. Heaven forbid there be uniformity in my projects ;)
For this page, I alternated 3 x 3″ squares of Pecan Pie paper and a phrase die cut with photos. I also used a variety of Carte Postale embellishments, Capture vellum tape, and Candy Buttons to enhance the page even further.
On the second page, I used Capture ledger paper, Snippets, a gold feather, and alpha stickers to create a mini layout featuring one of my favorite wedding crafts that I worked on recently. Mini layouts juuuust might be my favorite way to use Capture albums. I definitely favor the rectangular shape and creative freedom, but on a smaller (read: more manageable) scale than 8.5 x 11″ pages.
P.S. You can read more about this spread over here!
Update on the wedding front: things are getting accomplished, but after putting together a finalized to-do list this afternoon, it appears as though we still have a loooooooong way to go.
It’s times like these when I want to kick myself for taking on so many DIY projects, but really, there’s no way that I couldn’t do it. Creating things is what I do. It’s how I make my living. It’s part of my DNA. And as it turns out, John is the same exact way.
Lord beer our children strength.
So the thing about putting together a DIY wedding is that, funnily enough, you actually have to DO a lot of it yourself. Even though I’m kind of obsessed with this line of work, I might be in a tad bit over my head. Luckily, I live my life in a state of semi-denial, so I am just chugging along like I know what I am doing. Play along, will you?
One of my recent DIY accomplishments was our table numbers. I know I’ve mentioned this once or twice or ten times before, but my Cameo die-cutting machine? A DIY bride’s dream come true. John and I had gone back and forth about how we wanted our table numbers to look, but finally, I made the executive decision to die cut a favorite font out of gold poster board (yes, POSTER BOARD) and glue the numbers onto wooden dowels dipped in my favorite Martha paint. The fact that my Cameo can even think about, much less, actually CUT poster board is a gift in and of itself. I had to do a little hand-cutting here and there to clean up the edges a bit, but I’m positive that a fresh blade would slice through it like butter.
Even though we’re still not entirely sure just how many guests to expect (invitations go out next week..! hopefully…!), I have my poster board + my painted dowels at the ready to make more. DIY or die, y’all.
Happy Monday! I can’t even tell you how much better I am feeling this week than I did last week (actually, I will tell you…tomorrow!). Needless to say, the Instagram photo I used as the focal point for my latest Capture installment could not be more fitting for my current state of mind. Fast forward to Fall? YES PLEASE. Aside from being my season of choice, I’m finally feeling ready – excited, even! – for what the next few months have in store.
For the full-size photo page, I cut out a few leaves from one of my favorite Persimmon papers and layered them on top of Capture label stickers + vellum tape.
For the second page, I wanted my journaling to be the main focus, so I used an orange label sticker from the Persimmon waterfall pack and paired it with a handful of Carte Postale embellishments, including chipboards shapes, mixed brads, and page flags.
I hope everyone’s week is off to a great start! As for me, I’m off to the gym…today marks two months to the day until my wedding! Ahhhhh!
Last weekend I was able to bring a few wedding craft visions to life thanks to my engineering dad and his precise measuring / wood-cutting skills (skills that I most certainly did not inherit). As stressful as it is to pull this whole event together, little moments like these make it all worth it.
And of course, what’s a wedding craft sesh (even one that’s a self-imposed secret) without a little ‘gramming? I could not be any more predictable if I tried – HA!
P.S. Don’t forget that today is the last day to enter the stamp giveaway! I’ll announce the winner this weekend :)
Have a good one!
Each generation has their own standards and traditions for weddings and I feel so lucky to live in the one where ANYTHING goes. I love the idea of creating as many custom details as possible and really encapsulating the styles and personalities of the bride + groom. Because let’s be real: when else in your life do you get a day devoted entirely to your coupledom? I say, live it up!
So when a dear friend commissioned me to create a few custom stamps for her wedding, I was thrilled! This particular stamp was used for the fabric lid toppers on their honey jar party favors…adorable! I get such a kick out of bringing creative visions to fruition, especially when it shows up in a package as cute (and tasty!) as this!
I took a nice long hiatus from designing rubber stamps, but after a solid late night Illustrator sesh (paired with wine + a rockin’ Spotify playlist), I had a handful of new designs that I loved! Sometimes a little time away is exactly what we need to get the creative juices flowing, you know? So important.
To celebrate the latest release, I want to give away one stamp (any non-custom stamp of your choosing!) to one of my lovely readers. To win, simply Tweet / Facebook / Instagram / or Pin your favorite stamp from my shop and link it up in the comments section below! Oh, and don’t forget to tag me @ammlovespaper when you do! :)
Contest closes Friday August 16th. Thanks so much, everyone! xo