Entries Tagged as 'scrapbooking'

2016 album.

Posted on: Friday, March 18, 2016

2016 Scrapbook | Ann-Marie Loves

The other day as I was in the thick of answering e-mails and working on a mundane work task, I decided to allot myself a one hour break to play with paper + photos. It was so much fun to step away from the computer for a moment and just use my hands to get my memories down.2016 Scrapbook | Ann-Marie Loves

In an hour I managed to eke out a single spread about our most recent trip to Disneyland, using a mix of Instagram photos and some of my favorite coordinating supplies.

2016 Scrapbook | Ann-Marie Loves

For the left page, I resized my Instagram photo to 6.5 x 9.5″ and added a line of journaling in Photoshop. Then I printed the image on my home computer (how I print most of my photos) and embellished the page with Studio Calico alpha stickers (had to fake some of the letters using other letters, as you can probably tell – ha!), Sugar Paper ribbon that I bought on clearance at Target this past holiday season, and puffy Seven Paper stickers (I need a lifetime supply of these).

2016 Scrapbook | Ann-Marie Loves

2016 Scrapbook | Ann-Marie Loves

For the right page, I used a divided BasicGrey page protector to split up my photos and paper elements. Like the left page, I added a little bit of journaling to my photos in Photoshop and then embellished the spread with paper from a Kelly Purkey kit, Amy Tangerine paper, chipboard Thickers, and handwritten journaling using my all-time fave pen, the Paper Mate felt tip Flair.

2016 Scrapbook | Ann-Marie Loves

Now that the pages in my book are starting to fill up, it’s inspiring me to keep going! I love a fat scrapbook.

SUPPLIES: BasicGrey Capture Page Protectors // Seven Paper Puffy Baxter Heart Stickers // Matte Photo Paper // Dear Lizzy Thickers // Yoobi Glue Stick // Paper Mate Flair Felt Tip Pens // Gold Scissors // Sugar Paper for Target Hot Pink Ribbon

squeezing it all in.

Posted on: Thursday, February 18, 2016

Ann-Marie Loves | Thoughts on Squeezing It All In | Vaseline Lip Tins

My new favorite phrase that I apply to just about any scenario is “LIFE.” Because really, life! It happens for the best and it happens for the worst but it just keeps happening whether we are ready or not. Most days I feel like I hit the ground running and don’t stop until my head hits the pillow again. Caring for a toddler while trying to fit in work and blogging and friends and family and occasionally trying to squeeze in a little “me time” is an ongoing juggling act that I have yet to master. So I’ve made it my mission this year to simplify, simplify, simplify wherever possible!

Ann-Marie Loves | Thoughts on Squeezing It All In | Vaseline Lip Tins

Getting out of the house in the morning is always huge production with a toddler in tow, but one thing that has made it a little bit easier are Vaseline Lip Therapy Tins. I’ve been using Vaseline products for years, for everything from removing my eye makeup to hydrating my dry skin to softening my feet with socks overnight, so to now have the product in a lip care format (in a cute tin to boot!) is exactly what I needed. Even if I don’t have time to do my hair and makeup, I always make sure to slather Vaseline on my lips before I run out the door.

Ann-Marie Loves | Thoughts on Squeezing It All In | Vaseline Lip Tins

I recently picked up a bunch of different lip tins from Target (yessss!) and have them stashed just about everywhere: my makeup bag, my purse, my coat pocket, my car, my bedside table…all over the place!

Ann-Marie Loves | Thoughts on Squeezing It All In | Vaseline Lip Tins

Even Briar loves to get in on the action by repeatedly opening and closing the lids (and occasionally dipping her finger in them!). We live in Southern California where super dry Santa Ana winds wreak havoc on our skin and lips, so I figure it’s never too early to teach her survival skills!

Ann-Marie Loves | Thoughts on Squeezing It All In | Vaseline Lip Tins

Thanks to Vaseline Lip Therapy Tins, I’ve been able to simplify my beauty routine and spend those saved minutes on things I actually want to do, like play with traveler’s notebooks! I made this one out of scratch paper and I love keeping it in my bag (along with my tins!) and pulling it out to document little moments from my crazy but very happy life.

Traveler’s notebook supplies: handmade notebook // Heidi Swapp polka dot mask // Yellow Distress Ink // Blending Tool // Black Ink Pad // Push Print Studio printables // Stamps // Gold Paper Clips

This post was sponsored by Vaseline but all opinions and ideas are my own.

2016 album + journaling card printable.

Posted on: Friday, January 29, 2016

Ann-Marie Loves | 2016 Album x Free Journaling Card Printable

My list of current obsessions is pretty all-encompassing except I forgot one crucial item: my new Minc foil applicator machine. You guys, I am in love with that thing. I made a calendar and then I decided that I wanted to make journaling cards for my 2016 album using the rose gold foil. I always love when I look back on lists of past obsessions, so this time I made a page featuring not only my own things, but John’s and Briar’s as well.

Ann-Marie Loves | 2016 Album x Free Journaling Card Printable

I used the six pocket page protector from BasicGrey to house photos of each of us and our corresponding journaling cards and then embellished with a few strips of washi tape and enamel dots from Pebbles. It was such a quick and easy page (ten minutes tops), but I have a feeling it will be fun to look back on it in the future!

Ann-Marie Loves | 2016 Album x Free Journaling Card Printable

Also, I’m just now realizing that we are all wearing glasses in our photos…ha!

Ann-Marie Loves | 2016 Album x Free Journaling Card Printable

The list for Briar could go on and on! It could include but should not be limited to: “passing out unlimited dog treats to Grandma’s and Grandpa’s dogs, climbing (and then standing) on every high surface possible, waving and saying “bye bye!” to any and all moving vehicles, and carrying around items that are way bigger than my tiny body should be able to hold.” I love that crazy-haired seventeen month old…

P.S. I made a PDF of three 3 x 3″ cards and three 3 x 4″ cards that can be printed out many times and most importantly, run through a Minc! You can download the PDF here!

2016 album.

Posted on: Thursday, January 21, 2016

2016 Album | Ann-Marie Loves

Last year I felt all over the place, like I didn’t have strong roots or a clear sense of where I was going. It was not one of my finer years on record so I am determined to make 2016 much better. On a similar note, I’ve been feeling the pull back into scrapbooking again, especially in a Project Life-style sense. Even though I don’t scrapbook every single standout moment of every single week, I find that any memory that I do record brings me tremendous satisfaction and helps me to gain a better sense of where I’m at in life. There really is something to be said about art therapy!

I’ve also really been loving two apps that help me to capture different moments in 2016: Snapchat and One Second Everyday. Oddly, these new-to-me ways of documenting my life only fuel my desire to scrapbook even more! I’ll take what I can get ;)

2016 Album | Ann-Marie Loves

For the intro page, I used some of my favorite paper and embellishments from Amy Tangerine’s new line, Better Together, as well as puffy stickers from Seven Paper (obsessed with these!) and my favorite black felt tip pen. I’m using a BasicGrey Capture album and the corresponding page protectors to house my memories this year.
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2016 Album | Ann-Marie Loves

Undoubtedly this album is going to be heavily focused on Briar, because she’s the center of my universe these days and I am more than okay with that. But I definitely want this album to be about my perspective on life, so I’m sure there will be many a selfie and the occasional photo of the hubs as well ;)

2016 Album | Ann-Marie Loves

For this page, I printed out a 6.5 x 9.5″ photo at home and used a little yellow distress ink (my fave!) in the upper left corner to bump up the visual interest. When paired with the pink gradient in the photo, the end result was a bit more orange than I expected but I still really like it. From there I added a rub-on + Thickers from Amy’s Better Together line and then journaled using a magenta felt tip pen.
2016 Album | Ann-Marie Loves

On this page, I used a divided page protector to house two of my favorite recent photos and embellished them with paper designed by Tina (amazing free download!), puffy stickers, and Better Together components. Once I had my photos printed (the longest part of the process), it took me about 45 minutes to put these pages together! I’m definitely more inspired by the minimalist approach to scrapbooking right now, so I’m sure that will be apparent as I build this album, but I am excited to see how my tastes evolve as the weeks roll on!

SUPPLIES: BasicGrey Capture Page Protectors // Life Love Paper FriYay Freebie // Mini Yellow Washi Tape // Yellow Distress Ink // Mini Ink Blending Tool // Seven Paper Baxter Puffy Stickers // Paper Mate Flair Felt Tip Pens // Glue Stick // Target Dollar Spot Scissors

december daily 2015 | part two.

Posted on: Monday, December 21, 2015

December Daily 2015 | Ann-Marie Loves

The name of the game for this week’s installment of December Daily is the BLENDING TOOL. Holy moly, where have I been the past several years? I’m obsessed with incorporating yellow into all of my projects, so to be able to bring in a gradient of color on every page using a yellow distress ink pad is so easy and so addicting!December Daily 2015 | Ann-Marie Loves

For this page, I used my hand lettered brush pack to create a 4 x 6″ card with the word “celebrate.”

December Daily 2015 | Ann-Marie Loves

More digital brush action!

December Daily 2015 | Ann-Marie Loves

My Kelly Purkey wooden alpha stamps are in heavy rotation around here.

December Daily 2015 | Ann-Marie Loves
December Daily 2015 | Ann-Marie Loves

For these two spreads, I used some of my favorite business cards from Renegade and cut them down to fit the constraints of a 4 x 6″ card.

December Daily 2015 | Ann-Marie Loves

And finally, I incorporated a funny moment from this past month and paired it with — what else? — yellow patterned paper accented with yellow distress ink ;)

SUPPLIES: Tim Holtz Distress Mini Ink in Fossilized Amber // Blending Tool // Gold Foil Thickers // BasicGrey 25th and Pine Patterned Paper // Triangle Aqua Candy Buttons // Hand Lettered Digital Brushes // Kelly Purkey Alpha Stamps // Gold Foil Hearts // Black Ink Pad // Black Pen // Tape Runner // Matte Photo Paper // Photo Printer

P.S. Part one of my 2015 December Daily album!

december daily 2015 | part one.

Posted on: Wednesday, December 9, 2015

December Daily 2015 | Ann-Marie Loves

Scrapbooking and I have had a rocky relationship over the past couple of years, but the one project I always get excited about is the December Daily. I’ve put together several albums in the past and absolutely loved the process. Most of my books were pretty detailed and stuck to the daily format, but the thing is, I have yet to actually complete an album. So this year I decided to keep things as simple as possible. I’m making a 3 x 4″ album, heavily inspired by Jamaica and Liz. Those two make incredibly beautiful, minimalist books that I am so inspired by! Here are a few ways that I’m keeping things simple:

  • I’m printing all my photos at home, so I’m able to resize my images exactly to my liking AND use my digital brushes.
  • I’m adding photos and memorabilia as I see fit instead of on a daily basis.
  • I’m keeping the focus more on the photos than on the embellishment.

Eventually I will bind the book together by punching two holes and adding binder rings. Super basic. Here’s what I’ve done so far:

December Daily 2015 | Ann-Marie Loves

The cover is a just a photo of my little family paired with one of my hand lettered digital brushes and text added in Photoshop. Last week we all took turns passing a cold around to each other, so on John’s sick day, I decided that we needed to seize the daylight hours and get a photo for our Christmas card. We rigged up a crazy “tripod” (high chair + basket + camera bag), turned on the self-timer on my camera, and did our best to get a good shot. Surprisingly enough, I was VERY happy with the results! It would have been a million times easier to have a professional take our picture, but in a pinch, the self-timer came through!

December Daily 2015 | Ann-Marie Loves

I can’t make anything without incorporating yellow, so I introduced it right away! I love this photo of Briar. Girl is feeling the Christmas spirit!

December Daily 2015 | Ann-Marie Loves

You guys, it was 90 degrees here yesterday. NINETY. So instead of focusing on how I live in the wrong state, I decided to embrace the bizarre heat wave and include a photo of the most beautiful bougainvillea, paired with text and a digital brush. California Christmas, y’all.

December Daily 2015 | Ann-Marie Loves

Making an entire spread out of a single photo is probably my favorite technique for mini books. It’s such a fast and effective way to make a statement!

December Daily 2015 | Ann-Marie Loves

Taking a page from Jamaica and Liz and just using one embellishment. My normal course of action is to go heavy-handed with the embellishments but I love how a little self-restraint brings in so much white space! Also, look at my sleeping baby, would you? This is not a common sight so of course I had to take an awkward selfie of the moment.

December Daily 2015 | Ann-Marie Loves

Another photo from our Christmas card shoot, along with a digital brush and letter stickers.

SUPPLIES: Hand Lettered Holiday Brushes // Gold Foil Heart Sticker // Yellow Grid Patterned Paper // Yellow Tab Sticker // White Enamel Dots // Yellow Alpha Stickers // Chipboard Journaling Spot // Black Pen // Tape Runner // Matte Photo Paper // Photo Printer

briar’s scrapbook | part six.

Posted on: Tuesday, November 3, 2015

A few months ago as I was helping Amy with client pages for a travel scrapbook, I decided to make a few pages for Briar’s scrapbook, too! It’s definitely easier to get in (and stay in) the mode of scrapping when I already have my supplies out, but with a very curious toddler in tow, it’s a little tricky to do that. Nonetheless, pages are still being made, albeit slowly but surely! Here a few of my favorite recent ones:

Briar's Scrapbook | Ann-Marie Loves
Briar's Scrapbook | Ann-Marie Loves

Supplies: Amy Tangerine Finders Keepers Paper Pad // Puffy Stickers // Gold Foil Thickers // BasicGrey Candy Buttons // Fiskars 1.5″ Circle Punch

Briar's Scrapbook | Ann-Marie Loves
Briar's Scrapbook | Ann-Marie Loves

Supplies: Dear Lizzy Serendipity Jar Paper // Dear Lizzy Serendipity 6 x 6″ Pad // Dear Lizzy Serendipity Sticker Roll // Dear Lizzy Fine and Dandy Gold Hearts Sticker Roll // Dear Lizzy Serendipity Clear Stamp Set // BasicGrey Pink + Red Candy Buttons // Black Ink Pad

Briar's Scrapbook | Ann-Marie Loves

Supplies: Dear Lizzy Fine & Dandy Garland // Dear Lizzy Serendipity Clear Stamp Set // Dear Lizzy Fine and Dandy Plastic Glitter Bows // Dear Lizzy Gold Hearts Foil Thickers // Dear Lizzy Fine and Dandy Toothpick Banners

Briar's Scrapbook | Ann-Marie Loves
Briar's Scrapbook | Ann-Marie Loves

Supplies: Dear Lizzy Serendipity Patterned Paper // Dear Lizzy Fine & Dandy Garland // Dear Lizzy Gold Foil Thickers // Fiskars 1.5″ Circle Punch

Briar's Scrapbook | Ann-Marie Loves
Briar's Scrapbook | Ann-Marie Loves

Supplies: Dear Lizzy Gold Foil Thickers // Dear Lizzy Serendipity Clear Stamp Set // Black Ink Pad

Yay for crafting!

briar’s first birthday party album.

Posted on: Thursday, August 27, 2015

Briar's First Birthday Party Mini Book | Ann-Marie Loves

Since having Briar and accumulating a never-ending supply of baby paraphernalia, I’ve been much more conscious about not bringing extra “stuff” into my life. I used to raid the Anthro sale section for cute housewares and hit the thrift store for awesome deals on home decor, but I just can’t do that with the same abandon anymore. So when I spotted this three dollar binder in the dollar spot at Target (knowing it would be the PERFECT catchall for holding the cards and photos we have from Briar’s first birthday party!) I went back and forth over whether I needed it. I walked with it all around the store and almost put it back, but in the end, it came home with me.

Briar's First Birthday Party Mini Book | Ann-Marie Loves

I made a deal with myself that I wouldn’t spend any longer than two hours on the project and I certainly held up my end of the bargain! Armed with a few basic supplies, I whipped out an entire mini album in a single naptime. BOOM.

Briar's First Birthday Party Mini Book | Ann-Marie Loves

To keep things simple, I only used the cards and envelopes that Briar received as the pages to the book; no extra patterned paper necessary. I was then able to quickly add them in with the help of my handy dandy Crop-A-Dile tool. Here are some of my favorite spreads from the book:

Briar's First Birthday Party Mini Book | Ann-Marie Loves

Briar's First Birthday Party Mini Book | Ann-Marie Loves

Briar's First Birthday Party Mini Book | Ann-Marie Loves

Briar's First Birthday Party Mini Book | Ann-Marie Loves

Briar's First Birthday Party Mini Book | Ann-Marie Loves

Briar's First Birthday Party Mini Book | Ann-Marie Loves

Briar's First Birthday Party Mini Book | Ann-Marie Loves

Briar's First Birthday Party Mini Book | Ann-Marie Loves

Briar's First Birthday Party Mini Book | Ann-Marie Loves

Briar's First Birthday Party Mini Book | Ann-Marie Loves

Briar's First Birthday Party Mini Book | Ann-Marie Loves

Briar's First Birthday Party Mini Book | Ann-Marie Loves

Briar's First Birthday Party Mini Book | Ann-Marie Loves

Briar's First Birthday Party Mini Book | Ann-Marie Loves

This project could not have been easier! It feels great to have Briar’s first birthday party documented and in the books (literally). I’m so glad that three dollar binder found its way home with me.

SUPPLIES: Kelly Purkey Wood Alphabet Stamps // Gold Foil Thickers // Gold Foil Number Stickers // Washi Tape // BasicGrey Aurora Element Stickers // Amy Tangerine Transparent Stickers // Enamel Dots // Die Cut Shapes // Tape Runner // Crop-A-Dile

 

handmade greeting cards.

Posted on: Thursday, July 23, 2015

Handmade Greeting Cards Using Dear Lizzy Products | Ann-Marie Loves

As much as I LOVE well-designed greeting cards (especially of the letterpress variety!), I will almost always resort to making a card by hand versus buying one in a store. It’s just something I have always done and I will probably always do, as I’m more than happy to sit down with my favorite paper supplies and craft up a love note for my favorite people! Here are three cards I made for the special women in my life in celebration of this past Mother’s Day:

Handmade Greeting Cards Using Dear Lizzy Products | Ann-Marie Loves Handmade Greeting Cards Using Dear Lizzy Products | Ann-Marie Loves
Handmade Greeting Cards Using Dear Lizzy Products | Ann-Marie Loves Handmade Greeting Cards Using Dear Lizzy Products | Ann-Marie Loves
Handmade Greeting Cards Using Dear Lizzy Products | Ann-Marie Loves Handmade Greeting Cards Using Dear Lizzy Products | Ann-Marie Loves

Supplies: Dear Lizzy Serendipity Patterned Paper Pad // Dear Lizzy Serendipity Sticker Roll // Dear Lizzy Serendipity Puffy Stickers // Dear Lizzy Serendipity Pleather Bows // Dear Lizzy Fine and Dandy Sticker Roll // Multicolored Chipboard Thickers // Gold Foil Thickers // Craft Scissors // Tape Runner

I look forward to the day that I can recruit Briar to help me make cards and show our nearest and dearest just how much we love them :)

briar’s scrapbook | part five.

Posted on: Friday, July 10, 2015

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

So here’s why I love digital stamps: this entire spread, from start to finish, took twenty minutes. Twenty. THAT’S IT. In fact, the hardest part was choosing which photos to use…! When I first started scrapbooking, the concept of “digital scrapbooking” could not have been less appealing to me. I mean, who would want to their supplies to be on the computer? Wasn’t the tangibility of traditional scrapbooking where all the joy of the hobby lived? But as the years have passed, I’ve come to think of myself more as a hybrid scrapbooker. While I still love physical products and shuffling papers between my hands and holding a tangible layout before my eyes, there’s definitely something to be said about using the computer to streamline and expedite my scrapbooking process. I love adding titles or journaling to my photo BEFORE I print it; not only does it expedite the situation but it also looks good. The minimalist graphic designer in me love love loves it.

For these two pages, I used my new (or should I say old?) digital brushes to add titles where I saw fit. Here’s how it all turned out:

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

Photo by La Rousse Photo

Lord knows I love a massive photo, so for this page, I sized one of my favorite images to 8 x 10,” added a pink gradient and the “Let’s Go On Adventures” brush to the top, and then mounted it onto a sheet of patterned paper. Couldn’t have been easier!

Supplies: BasicGrey Aurora Paper // Yellow Washi Tape // Aurora Die Cut Tag // Amy Tangerine Heart Sticker // Greatest Hits Digital Brushes

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

For the second page, I used a mix of photos (when did my baby get so big?!) and digital brushes, with a few physical embellishments as well. It’s funny…I designed most of these rubber stamps-turned-digital brushes waaaay before Briar was born, but now the sentiments are SO FITTING for our parent / child relationship. I love how that works.

Supplies: Greatest Hits Digital Brushes // Amy Tangerine Epoxy Stickers // Amy Tangerine Die Cut “Love”

So maybe I was wrong about the whole digital scrapbooking thing way back when I was a newb; now I can’t imagine my style without the computer close at hand!

P.S. Part One, Part Two, Part Three, and Part Four of Briar’s scrapbook album!

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