Entries Tagged as 'shopping'

photoshop actions!

Posted on: Wednesday, July 30, 2014

As a longtime user of Photoshop actions, I’ve been wanting to create my own set for, like ever? And really, there’s nothing quite like the impending arrival of a tiny human being to light a fire under my butt to get such things done! I decided to start with a group of “basics,” if you will. These are the kinds of editing treatments that I apply to all of my photos, whether they’re for my blog, my shop, or personal projects.

Ann-Marie Loves | Photoshop Actions | Basics Vol. 01

Here’s what my sample image looked like straight out of the camera:

Ann-Marie Loves | Photoshop Actions | Basics Vol. 01

Ann-Marie Loves | Photoshop Actions | Basics Vol. 01

…and here it is when the six unique actions included in the set are applied:

Ann-Marie Loves | Photoshop Actions | Basics Vol. 01

Ann-Marie Loves | Photoshop Actions | Basics Vol. 01

This set includes:

No. 01: The Basics  | No. 02: Warm It Up | No. 03: Cool It Down | No. 04: B+W | No. 05: Fade Away | No. 06: Color Pop

Here’s why I love actions:

- With a single click of a mouse, you can elevate a dull, lifeless image into a refined, polished photo that you will be proud to share with others.

- You can always dial back an action by clicking on the various steps (in the History palette) to achieve your desired look.

- Mixing + matching actions is a fantastic way to create your own look.

- Even with the same action, every photo will look completely different, so the possibilities are truly endless!

Ann-Marie Loves | Photoshop Actions | Basics Vol. 01

P.S. From now until next Wednesday (8/6), you can save 30% off your purchase of this set of actions using the code: ACTIONS30. Enjoy!

P.P.S. Don’t forget that this Thursday, July 31st is the last day to purchase any of the July 2014 stamps before I retire them forever! ;)

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.

 

baby album | part nine | new printables for sale!

Posted on: Friday, June 6, 2014

Baby Album | Ann-Marie Espinoza

Happy Friday! Today I have two new pages from my baby album as well as two new printables in my shop to share! First up: the baby album progress…

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

For the first page, I used a hot pink sheet of paper from BG’s Highline collection and then embellished it with a gold feather, a phrase die cut, candy buttons,  yellow washi tape, and aqua washi tape, which I then tucked into a full-size page protector. I also used the dotted lines on my “Kindly Send To” stamp to create a textured look across the background paper.

Baby Album | Ann-Marie Espinoza

For the second page, I used a 3 x 3″ Capture divided page protector to house my 20, 25, and 30 week bump shots. I also used my new 52 Weeks Journaling Card printables trimmed down to 3 x 3″ (I just trimmed a half inch off the top and a half inch off the bottom to make it work). You can read more about these printables below!

Baby Album | Ann-Marie Espinoza

P.S. The jump in bump size from 25 weeks to 30 weeks? WHOA BABY. (Terrible pun intended.)

 

New Printables at Ann-Marie Loves Paper! | annmarielovespaper.bigcartel.com

 

This week has been one the more productive weeks that I’ve had in awhile, and as a result, I was able to crank out printables for both scrapbooking + pregnancy alike. Here are my two latest designs:

Pregnancy Week-by-Week Journaling Card Printables | annmarielovespaper.bigcartel.com
Pregnancy Week-by-Week Journaling Card Printables | annmarielovespaper.bigcartel.com
Pregnancy Week-by-Week Journaling Card Printables | annmarielovespaper.bigcartel.com

Pregnancy Week-by-Week Printables. I’ve been meaning to design these for quite some time, but I guess 8 months in as good a time as any, right? (Ha!) This set of printables includes 39 multi-colored cards (1 for each week of pregnancy, from week 4 to week 43), sized at 4.25 x 6.75.” They are perfect for weekly bump photos or even as inserts in a scrapbook or baby album! The best part of all is that if you don’t want them to be printed in color, you can always change your printer settings to black and white for a more uniform look.

52 Weeks Journaling Card Printables | annmarielovespaper.bigcartel.com
52 Weeks Journaling Card Printables | annmarielovespaper.bigcartel.com

52 Weeks Journaling Card Printables. This pack of printables features 52 journaling cards: 1 for each week of the year. Each card is 3 x 4,” making it perfect for memory-keeping systems such as Capture or Project Life. These printables can also be used for documenting a pregnancy, as you can see by my baby album pages above :)

miniature wardrobe | thrifted edition.

Posted on: Thursday, May 22, 2014

Baby Thrift Finds | Ann-Marie Loves

These past few weeks, I’ve been feeling this strange mix of loneliness and restlessness as I work from home by myself each and every weekday. I can honestly say this is a brand new emotional state. As a major introvert, I absolutely NEED extended periods of alone time in order to center myself mentally, creatively, emotionally, etc, so this is all new territory for me. But then again, I’ve never cried over dumb commercials or researched strollers extensively or turned on the oven in a 100 degree heatwave because I wanted biscuits rightthissecond before. So really, nothing should surprise me at this point.

Whenever I’m feeling particularly “blah,” all I have to do is walk over to my favorite local thrift store and spend several minutes browsing through their ever-changing selection of baby clothes. Boom! Instant happiness. Some days I walk out empty-handed and other days (like last Friday!), I can barely contain my excitement as I fill my shopping basket to the brim with amazing finds. I never feel guilty about thrifting for baby clothes because:

a.) even if my daughter only gets a few wears out of each outfit (I’ve been warned that babies grow FAST), I will feel like I’ve gotten way more than my money’s worth;

b.) I only buy things that I would have been willing to pay full price for, so I’m not amassing clothes strictly based on killer deals;

c.) and most importantly, it makes me RIDICULOUSLY HAPPY. Take that, weird pregnancy mood swings!

P.S. My first mini wardrobe installment!

coveting for baby | nursery edition.

Posted on: Thursday, May 8, 2014

Coveting for Baby | Nursery Edition | Ann-Marie Loves

left to right, top to bottom:

Little Minty Plant // Pink Hippo // Embroidered Mini Banner // Moth Original Lampshade // Vintage Modern Bunting // Box Frame in Spring Tones // Gold Dots Pillow Cover // Handmade Shelf for Plants // Rabbit No. 0039

I’ve been perusing Etsy and other handmade sites quite a bit lately (as my PayPal account will attest), trolling for anything and everything baby-related. I’ve been stumbling upon so many gems, it’s only fair that I share these talented artists with you.

P.S. The first installment of my handmade baby finds!

copper canister plant holders.

Posted on: Friday, April 25, 2014

Thrifted Copper Canisters as Plant Holders | Ann-Marie Loves

A few months back, I thrifted these copper canisters for a few dollars. At the time, I wasn’t sure how I was going to use them, but given their awesome color and the fact that they nest inside of each other (less clutter!), I knew they had to come home with me. Sometimes that’s what thrifting entails. I do my best to only purchase what I love, but occasionally I don’t have an immediate end goal for said beloved items. So imagine my excitement when I realized that the new fern I picked up would fit perfectly into one the canisters! Ahhh, thrifting kismet at it’s finest ;)

Currently the fern sits in our bathroom, so it receives plenty of moisture and very little direct sunlight. To keep rust at bay, I left the plant in it’s original plastic container so it can be easily removed for watering. Additionally, I placed a few strips of dimensional foam adhesive (with the non-sticky protective coverings still intact) on the bottom of the canister to lift it off the countertops as a way to avoid any staining. Like all nontraditional planters, there are usually a few tweaks that need to be made, but it’s always worth the extra steps!

On an unrelated note…

I am currently writing my fourth e-course (tentatively titled “Make It Happen”) all about goal-setting, staying motivated, and getting things done, from the perspective of a creative freelancer. I have lots of juicy topics that I am eager to delve into, but I thought I would ask: What would you like to learn? Are there any particular motivational / creative issues that you struggle with? What would you like to see in video format? I would love to hear your thoughts! xo

thrifting for baby.

Posted on: Thursday, April 24, 2014

Baby Thrift Finds | Ann-Marie Loves

Before I got pregnant, I never truly appreciated just how much fun it is to shop for babies. I’m talking SERIOUS FUN. I also never realized just how expensive (!!!) baby gear is and how much of it you have to buy right off the bat. Stroller, bassinet, crib, blankets, diapers, burp cloths, bottles, breast pump, carriers, car seat, rocker…the list goes on. Luckily (or is it unluckily?), I’m not a big spender by nature and am more than willing to thrift and DIY as much as possible!

Baby Thrift Finds | Ann-Marie Loves

Needless to say, my thrifting habits may or may not have gone into overdrive recently. I’ve been hunting down all sorts of baby ephemera, including everything from clothing to toys to books to decor to a glider in excellent condition. Like all thrifting, the secret really lies in going frequently. There are many days when I walk out of the store empty-handed and then there are other days when I can barely fit all my finds through the door (mkay, slight exaggeration). I never know what to expect and that in and of itself is half of the thrill.

Baby Thrift Finds | Ann-Marie Loves

While thrifting for little ones, I ask myself two questions:

1. Am I attracted to this because I genuinely love it and not just because it’s a killer deal?

2. Would Emily Henderson approve of this?

If the answer is YES to both of those things, then I snatch the item up immediately. But if I’m only being seduced by the price, then back on the shelf it goes. So far, the glider has been the biggest baby item I’ve invested in through thrifting. Even though it’s not as sleek as my dream rocker, it was a mere $65 which allows for more room in the budget to splurge on other must-have, well-designed items. If there’s anything I’ve learned over these past six and a half months, it’s that having a baby is all about patience and compromise!

P.S. If you’re looking for more (non-baby) thrifting tips, check out my e-course!

coveting for baby | handmade edition.

Posted on: Friday, March 28, 2014

Coveting for Baby | Handmade Edition | Ann-Marie Loves

left to right, top to bottom: 

Swallow’s Return Cotton Blouse // Ajalor Toddler Shoes // I Love Doodle “Love Yourself” Print // Emily Isabella Card // Wren and Rumor Swaddle Blanket  // Sweet Reverie Throw Pillow // Siberian Berry Wooden Bear // Freshly Picked Moccasins // Juniper Wilde Knot Hat

It’s been interesting for me to see what I’ve gravitated towards when it comes to shopping for baby. Whether it’s clothes, toys, or nursery decor, I’m loving lots of neutrals with pops of color sprinkled throughout. These nine handmade items are exactly what my dreams are made of!

miniature wardrobe.

Posted on: Thursday, March 13, 2014

Baby Girl Wardrobe | Ann-Marie Loves

When I was in the market for a new apartment, I had a voracious appetite for anything + everything home furnishings. When I was getting married, I couldn’t get enough of wedding blogs and crafternoons. And now that I’m having a baby? I can’t seem to get my fill of baby clothes! Like all seasons of life, there’s always something piquing my interest, but this just might be my most favorite season yet. Here are some of my favorite places to collect adorable miniature ensembles:

Baby Gap. OH YES. Despite Kathleen Kelly deeming this store “depressing,” it has quickly become my happy place. If my budget would allow for it, I would outfit my daughter in every single item of clothing that the store sells….! Everything is so well-designed and often has me longing for items in my own size. But, truth be told, I only shop at BG when they’re having one of their killer sales or if I have a coupon code I can use.

Target. Alright, so this is a no-brainer. As if I didn’t have enough reasons to give Target my constant business, now I have another. Part of the reason I was so desperate for a girl in the first place was because the baby clothes of the female persuasion at Target are just so much cuter than those of the masculine variety (why is that?). Every time I’m there, I comb through the sales racks to see what’s been newly discounted and always seem to walk away with a new gem (or five!).

Thrift stores. Thrifting for babies is easily my new favorite pastime. There’s nothing better than the thrill of the hunt when it involves impossibly cute clothes, toys, and books selling for a fraction of their original cost. $0.59 onesies for the win!

Hand-me-downs. I’m thrilled to be the lucky recipient of some of the most amazing vintage pieces (a few dating back to the 60′s) that my mom saved for her future grandchildren. I’ve been warned by several sources that babies grow incredibly fast, so I am more than happy to collect hand-me-downs!

As a result of shopping like it’s my second job, I’ve learned a few things about my tastes. For one, I am amazed at how many otherwise stylish articles of clothing are ruined with cringeworthy phrases (“Daddy’s Special Princess”) or embellished with way-too-cutesy graphics. Who decided that babies should be banned from having good style? And secondly, if I see something that I want in my own size, there’s no way I can resist buying for my daughter (mini adult clothes!). Despite the fact that my gal isn’t even here yet, I’m already mourning the day that she outgrows her bite-sized wardrobe! Oh man, I’m in too deep.

Moms, where do you find stylish clothes for your little ones? Do tell!

(from left to right, top to bottom):

1. Pastel Stripe Bodysuit // 2. Pink Cable Knit Crew Sweater // 3. Circo Dot Print Bodysuit  // 4. Eyelet Flutter Dress // 5. Vintage Yellow Romper // 6. Striped One Piece // 7. Love You to the Moon Bodysuit // 8. Eyelet Trim Bodysuit // 9. Circo Pink Striped Bodysuit // 10. Vintage Pink + White Dress // 11. Vintage Onesie // 12. Printed One Piece

Thrill of the Thrift E-Course is live!

Posted on: Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Thrill of the Thrift: Home Styling Edition | By Ann-Marie Espinoza

I am so excited to announce that my first e-course “Thrill of the Thrift: Home Styling Edition” is now available for purchase! Thrifting has been a major passion of mine for the past couple of years and I have learned a ton about tracking down the best deals and finding stylish ways to use them in my home.

Thrill of the Thrift: Home Styling Edition | By Ann-Marie Espinoza

This self-paced e-course covers:

  • my personal thrifting story
  • tips + tricks on how to thrift like a pro
  • over 15 ways to style your home with thrift finds
  • a resource list of my favorite places to shop

Thrill of the Thrift: Home Styling Edition | By Ann-Marie Espinoza

Within 24 hours of purchase, you will receive an e-mail with login information to visit the private blog where the class is held. Once you buy the class, you will have access to it forever.

Purchase “Thrill of the Thrift: Home Styling Edition” here!

Happy thrifting!

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