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diaper bag essentials | infant edition.

Posted on: Friday, October 10, 2014

Diaper Bag Essentials | Infant Edition | Ann-Marie Loves

Before I had Briar, I imagined that packing a diaper bag for a Trader Joe’s run would mean packing her entire closet and a whole case of diapers. You know, just in case. Fast forward to the first time I left the house with her in tow and I instantly realized I really only needed a handful of essential items. This is part of the reason I switched from using an oversized bag like this to a striped canvas purse that I’ve had for years (shown above). Not only is this bag smaller and easier to throw items into, but it also fits nicely in the compartment under the stroller or hanging from a Mommy Hook. GAME CHANGER.

Briar’s diaper bag is always packed and ready to go with these essential items:

Diaper Bag Essentials | Infant Edition | Ann-Marie Loves

Diapers. Obvious choice, yes. I still don’t have a particular brand that I buy from consistently, but these adorable Honest diapers get the job done pretty well. I always keep at least three on hand for short trips.

Wipes. When we’re at home, we use soft paper towels and a small water bottle to clean Briar during changings, but for on-the-go purposes, we use travel-size packs of Honest wipes. The resealable packaging makes it perfect for diaper changes on the fly.

Portable Changing Pad. Since we’re not always near a restroom, I pack a portable changing pad for clean-ups in her stroller, on the ground, in the trunk, or anywhere else, and then throw it in the laundry when we get home. (P.S. plastic bags are perfect for storing these kinds of soiled items in the diaper bag until you get home!)

Hand sanitizer. I think hand sanitizers are pretty self-explanatory but such a crucial part of the diaper bag experience ;) This travel-size option from Babyganics is my favorite.

Aden + Anais Swaddle Blankets. I am POSITIVE that one can never have enough of these swaddle blankets! We use them for everything from swaddling to draping over the car seat to protect Briar’s eyes from the sun to covering up while nursing to keeping her warm when we go out on evening walks. The versatility factor is top notch.

Squeaky toys. Typically Briar is NOT a fan of diaper changes, unless we can distract her with a noisy toy, such as this adorable squeaky elephant or anything with a chime inside of it. Distractions are KEY.

Cloth rags. Given the fact that I have a spit-up baby on my hands, I could really use a lifetime supply of these cloth rags. I have them stashed all around the house and keep at least two in the diaper bag at all times.

Pacifiers. This is the one item we don’t DARE leave home without. Against the advice of our baby class nurses and everything we read about newborns, we introduced these NUK pacifiers on day two and haven’t looked back since. They calm Briar down in an instant which makes for one happy family ;)

Change of clothes. My poor summer baby still has yet to experience cold weather, but for chilly nights + overly air conditioned public places, a light sweater is important to have on hand. This particular sweater was a Baby Gap find and I will most likely cry the day that she outgrows it…that’s how much I love it! I also have two onesies in my bag because this girl is the queen of multiple daily wardrobe changes!

What are your favorite items for your little one(s)?

october stamps!

Posted on: Thursday, October 2, 2014

October stamps are now in the shop!

There’s a mix of everything, from Halloween (guys, what should Briar’s costume be?!) to my favorite phrase to general sentiments that are perfect for all kinds of paper projects! Here they are:
October Limited Edition Rubber Stamps | annmarielovespaper.bigcartel.com

01. Happy Halloween | 02. Trick or Treat | 03. XOXO | 04.You’re Amazing | 05. Hi, Hello, How Are You? | 06. October | 07. Good Vibes Only

Grab Bag

During the great “I’m going to be pregnant forever so I might as well organize this house” situation in early August, I put together fifteen grab bags stuffed with paper craft supplies. Now that I’ve finally figured out how to balance a baby in my arms while I work (literally!), these bags are now in my shop! I hope they bring you many a happy crafternoon :)

Stamps + grab bags here!

tiny prints pillow.

Posted on: Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Ann-Marie Loves + Tiny Prints Collaboration

To say that I like to experiment with my living space would be an understatement. I LOVE to experiment and play and tinker my life away with all of the big + small pieces that make this house a home. But because our budget for decor is, oh, next to nothing these days (hi, scary hospital bills.) (p.s. did you know that an epidural costs three thousand dollars? THREE THOUSAND? I mean, money well spent, but whoa there.) (p.p.s. in my next life, I’m becoming an anesthesiologist.), I have to get resourceful and only invest in pieces that will work in any room, in any season, in any home.

Case in point: the Vibrant Diamond pillow from Tiny Prints.

Ann-Marie Loves + Tiny Prints Collaboration

When Tiny Prints approached me about putting my own spin on their new customizable home decor line, I jumped at the chance. Not only am I a huge fan of their products, but having the ability to personalize them? Icing on the cake.

Ann-Marie Loves + Tiny Prints Collaboration

I decided to go with the Vibrant Diamond pillow and put my favorite phrase, “XOXO,” on it, since it would lend itself perfectly to any room in my home. Here I have it styled in our master bedroom, but you can see how it works just as well in Briar’s nursery too!

This post is sponsored by Tiny Prints, but the opinions and ideas are all my own.

august limited edition rubber stamps.

Posted on: Wednesday, August 6, 2014

August 2014 Limited Edition Rubber Stamps | annmarielovespaper.bigcartel.com

So much of these past few weeks have not gone as I had anticipated, but I’m making the best of it! My house is cleaner than it’s ever been, I’m getting as much rest as possible, and I’m still burning through my to-do lists on a daily basis. So really, win-win ;) Thanks to the extra time I was given, I was able to put together five new limited edition stamp designs for the month of August:

August 2014 Limited Edition Rubber Stamps | annmarielovespaper.bigcartel.com

01. Hip Hip Hooray | 02. August | 03. This Is the Best Ever | 04. Hello Sunshine | 05. I’ll Drink to That

You can find these stamps + more over at my shop! xo

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

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