Studio Calico Sandlot kits!

So most of my projects this month use photos taken by Dustin Prickett from Sunglow Photography from my BFF’s wedding. I was her Maid of Honor, and she asked for an album as the wedding gift. How could I say no? Though I was limited on time (aren’t we all?) my layouts came together with ease with the lovely Sandlot kits. Just like last month, I challenged myself to use multiple photos for every single layout. As much as I love utilizing awesome products, I am realizing more and more that I want the pages I create for myself (and others) to really focus on what people will love looking back on most. Since I have a deadline of mid-September to pull my best friend’s wedding album gift together, these kits came at a perfect time.

My main kit only layout was actually a lift off of this sweet page by Olatz. Love how she used the circles creatively, but since there were no donuts at the wedding, I used a circle punch on the 3×4 prints by Persnickety Prints. Their quality is truly remarkable, and of course chose them to print the photos of the big day. I used the backer tag from the Knot & Bow fabric strip and hand wrote “DELIGHT” in pencil, punched the holes and hand-stitched using turquoise crochet thread. The “in the details” was typed on my typewriter.Studio Calico - Amy Tangerine

Using the add-on’s from the Sandlot kits, I wanted to make sure to get all the photos of the couple and the first dance on the page. I did a little dance myself when it finally came together in a way that worked without looking too overdone.Studio Calico - Amy TangerineAs much as I wanted to hold onto that Good Vibes Only tag from the Jet add-on, I forced myself to use it and I am so glad I did. I had to squeeze in a layout for myself since the tag and picture seemed to go perfectly together. The photo was taken on 4th of July with my iPhone of JC taking Jack to put his feet into the ocean. I had it printed to 8×12 by Persnickety Prints and trimmed it a little so I could get the stripes above and below it.Studio Calico - Amy TangerineThen came the Project Life pages, which turned out to be a 1 page insert instead of a spread. This is going into Courtney’s wedding album, which will be composed of mixed sized pages. Using only the Project Life Sandlot kit, I created this simple page with a focus on the photos. The little wood banners are just divine.Studio Calico - Amy TangerineThen using Yeah Yeah and Repeat, I put this together for the back side. Studio Calico - Amy Tangerine
You can shop for all the Sandlot kits here and see all my projects here.

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My Best Friend’s Wedding

Courtney + Jon's Wedding via Amy Tangerine | Sunglow PhotographyI was honored to be Maid of Honor at my BFF’s wedding. It was stunning, and I am so excited to share the stunning photos along with Courtney’s words. Enjoy!Courtney + Jon's Wedding via Amy Tangerine | Sunglow PhotographyI have always dreamed of having my wedding at the home where I grew up. To this day, it remains one of my most favorite places in the whole world. As a little girl, I envisioned getting married in our church (conveniently located less than a mile away) and having the reception under a tent on the lake at my parents’ home.Courtney + Jon's Wedding via Amy Tangerine | Sunglow PhotographyCourtney + Jon's Wedding via Amy Tangerine | Sunglow PhotographyCourtney + Jon's Wedding via Amy Tangerine | Sunglow PhotographyI dreamed that the day would be full of laughter and dancing and great food and love! This was truly a dream come true for me.Courtney + Jon's Wedding via Amy Tangerine | Sunglow PhotographyWhen it came to a theme for the wedding, I allowed the location to dictate the direction we would take. Since we were getting married in central Florida, “Rustic Orange Grove” took over as the obvious choice! As a little girl, I had envisioned all of the pictures I would want to take to document the day and this place. My photographer, Dustin Prickett from Sunglow Photography, toured the property and instantly saw my vision! It was truly a match made in heaven! He even thanked me for picking him to shoot our big day. What a great guy, right!?!?Courtney + Jon's Wedding via Amy Tangerine | Sunglow PhotographyCourtney + Jon's Wedding via Amy Tangerine | Sunglow PhotographyCourtney + Jon's Wedding via Amy Tangerine | Sunglow PhotographyFor details, my mom was incredible! She worked tirelessly for a year making all of the accents that truly brought my visions to life. She created ceramic heart napkin rings, decorated hundreds of mason jars, cooked homemade dog biscuits, and became an expert in all things burlap!Courtney + Jon's Wedding via Amy Tangerine | Sunglow PhotographyCourtney + Jon's Wedding via Amy Tangerine | Sunglow PhotographyCourtney + Jon's Wedding via Amy Tangerine | Sunglow PhotographyWe worked with a local florist, Philip Burkhart, to rent mismatched china and silverware for the place settings, and he utilized the idea book we created for him to make flower arrangements that were exactly to my specifications.Courtney + Jon's Wedding via Amy Tangerine | Sunglow PhotographyCourtney + Jon's Wedding via Amy Tangerine | Sunglow PhotographyCourtney + Jon's Wedding via Amy Tangerine | Sunglow PhotographyIf there is any advice I could give a bride for her big day, this would be it! If you know exactly what you want, be sure to communicate that with your vendors. Thanks to dreaming of this day for my whole life, I had very specific ideas of what I wanted. Delivering pictures, outlines, descriptions, and having pre-event meetings with vendors made a huge difference in the dream becoming a reality.”Courtney + Jon's Wedding via Amy Tangerine | Sunglow PhotographyCourtney + Jon's Wedding via Amy Tangerine | Sunglow PhotographyCourtney + Jon's Wedding via Amy Tangerine | Sunglow PhotographyHaving the wedding of my dreams was truly incredible. I could not be more grateful to the friends, family, and vendors who helped make it a reality. If you have the opportunity to get married at home, consider it. Our wedding had more of a feeling of love and community than any other wedding I have ever attended. All of our friends pitched in and were able to feel like this was something that they helped create.Courtney + Jon's Wedding via Amy Tangerine | Sunglow PhotographyCourtney + Jon's Wedding via Amy Tangerine | Sunglow PhotographyCourtney + Jon's Wedding via Amy Tangerine | Sunglow PhotographyWhat better way to start a marriage than with the full support of all of the ones that you love? A wedding is a day, but a marriage is a lifetime; and Jon and I are grateful to have such an incredible support system to take the journey with us!Courtney + Jon's Wedding via Amy Tangerine | Sunglow PhotographyAll photos by Sunglow Photography

Photo-Ops | Guest Post by Ann-Marie Espinoza

One of the best parts about working with Amy these past couple of years has been her willingness to let me photograph so much of her life. Today I thought it would be fun to share some of favorite moments that we’ve been able to capture thus far!

We documented her ever-growing bump:
Amy Tangerine | Photo by Ann-Marie EspinozaAmy Tangerine | Photo by Ann-Marie EspinozaAmy Tangerine | Photo by Ann-Marie EspinozaWhich later turned into her ever-growing baby Jack:
Amy Tangerine | Photo by Ann-Marie EspinozaAmy Tangerine | Photo by Ann-Marie EspinozaAmy Tangerine | Photo by Ann-Marie EspinozaWe rounded up the family for a few impromptu portraits:
Amy Tangerine | Photo by Ann-Marie EspinozaAmy Tangerine | Photo by Ann-Marie EspinozaAmy Tangerine | Photo by Ann-Marie EspinozaWe wandered around town:
Amy Tangerine | Photo by Ann-Marie EspinozaAmy Tangerine | Photo by Ann-Marie EspinozaLundeen's | Culver City, Ca | via Amy Tangerine | Photos by Ann-Marie EspinozaWe hung out in her studio:
Amy Tangerine | Photo by Ann-Marie EspinozaAmy Tangerine | Photo by Ann-Marie EspinozaAmy Tangerine | Photo by Ann-Marie EspinozaWe then moved to the house for a snack break:
Amy Tan's House Tour | Photos by Ann-Marie EspinozaBaby Jack | Amy Tangerine | Photo by Ann-Marie Espinoza Amy Tan's House Tour | Photos by Ann-Marie EspinozaAnd every so often, we would even get a photo together:
Amy Tangerine +  Ann-Marie EspinozaNo matter where we are or what we’re doing, Amy is always down for a photo op. She’s my kind of girl.

Using gesso and watercolors with Olennka

This is an awesome tutorial post by Design Team member, Olennka. Enjoy!

Here’s very simple step by step tutorial for quick LO with using some medias as gesso and watercolors.
List of supplies :

1. Amy Tangerine patterned papers (I used Peer, Twosome and Duet)
2. White gesso and watercolors (I used Maimeri White Gesso and liquid watercolors Ecolines), water and brushes, plastic card or piece of cardstock.
3. Amy Tangerine Stamps set and ink pad
4. Amy Tangerine embroidery kit
5. Amy Tangerine color markers, black pen and pencil
6. Embellishments as Amy Tangerine cotton brads, stickers, puffy accents etc.
7. Photo
If you have all the supplies you can relax and have fun.

Step 1:
Choose the place for the photo. In that place put some gesso on the patterned paper. Put it in a way that it extends beyond the photo about 2-3 cm. Make it with plastic card as in the picture. You can use only small amount of gesso. I use gesso to prime the paper for watercolors. When it dries it will be white.Amy Tangerine watercolor project by Olennka Amy Tangerine watercolor project by OlennkaStep 2:
Choose colors which you want to use in your LO. I try to use colors which I find on photo. But be careful, don’t overdo it. It’s better to use less than more. As you can see I used pink watercolors in many shades – my laces are pink and flower petals also have a beautiful shade of pink.
Amy Tangerine watercolor project by OlennkaAmy Tangerine watercolor project by Olennka Amy Tangerine watercolor project by OlennkaHow to use watercolors. There are lots of techniques, I’m not an expert but I will tell you how I do this. Put some waterdrops with soft brush on the primed area, make some big and small splashes. Then add carefully watercolors with brush to the waterdrops which are already on the paper. To make it more interesting use few shades of color, but don’t blend them with brush. They will merge themselves in drops of water. When it dries it will make colorful cloud, almost 3D effect. Let it dry. If you’re not happy enough with the final effect you can add another layer of water and watercolors.

Step 3:
Prepare some embellishments and add what you want to use. Also you can make some scribbles and doodling with pencil and color markers. I used them. I made embroidery heart on the card which I wanted to use. Then added some cotton brads and “here we go” puffy sticker. Amy Tangerine watercolor project by Olennka Amy Tangerine watercolor project by Olennka Amy Tangerine watercolor project by Olennka Amy Tangerine watercolor project by OlennkaAt the end I used stamp and made some arrows with black pencil. And the final step is adding some black splashes, I always do that with black liquid ink.

Well, that’s all. As you can see it’s not too complicated, not at all.
Amy Tangerine watercolor project by OlennkaAmy Tangerine watercolor project by Olennka I hope I inspired you a little bit and can’t wait to see your works. I encourage you to play with watercolors and medias. It’s really great fun, and I think that’s the most important part in scrapbooking – to have fun !!!

Other Design Team member posts can be found here. Shop for Amy Tangerine products at your local scrapbook stores and online at Scrapbook.com and Simon Says Stamp!

Jack @ 10 months

Jack at 10 months | Amy Tangerine10 Things about Jack at 10 months || We are all big fans of this Radio Flyer 4 in 1 Trike!

1. Weighs 19 pounds 8 ounces, is 29 inches long and still has a pretty large noggin.
2. Has started to help “clean up” by putting the shapes from his shape sorter back into the bucket.
3. The sign language is really sticking – he can sign dog, more, all done, milk, eat, and aunt.
4. Has finally gotten over his hatred of diaper changes, although we do them really fast now.
5. Is a champ at giving high fives.
6. He’s a great eater like his parents and seems to especially love meat.
7. Less interested in purees and really into finger foods. Like steak. And salmon sashimi. Yes, for real.
8. Likes to “share” toys with us, other babies, and the dogs.
9. Wakes up saying “da da da” most mornings.
10. Dances when there’s music on and continues to delight us every single day.

Library cart as a book shelf… heck yes

bookshelf:library cartWe needed to fill this space in our living room with something other than the exersaucer that Jack has seemed to have outgrown. We went back and forth many times debating on shelves, cubes, or even a library card catalog. Finally we decided on a library cart. It just happened to match our walls, but we are entertaining the idea of spray painting it.Amy Tangerine | library cartAmy Tangerine | library cartSome of our favorites: More Things Like This | The Wes Anderson Collection | Home by Novogratz | Things I Have Learned In My Life So Far | Infinite Jest | 1Q84

We plan on changing the styling of the shelf up every so often – maybe even adding some plants and other random objects. But for now, the main focus is this awesome print by Read Between the Lines.

St. Regis Monarch Beach

St. Regis Monarch Beach | Amy TangerineLast month JC and I took our first little trip just by ourselves, without Jack. It was a quick little, less than 24 hour getaway an hour and half south to the St. Regis Monarch Beach. It was a bit of a trial to see if JC and I could actually be away from him for an evening. We were able to relax and enjoy ourselves knowing Jack was in good hands with my mom and my cousins.

We were slightly spoiled as we were surprised with an upgrade upon arrival, which included butler service. Besides one of the best massages I have ever had and an extremely memorable dinner at Stonehill Tavern, we also enjoyed bloody mary’s by the pool (they are the best!! I just had sips, but I was very tempted to order my own), a walk down to the ocean, a tram ride back up and a delicious brunch. Whenever I see chilaquiles on the menu, I can’t help but order them.St. Regis Monarch Beach | Amy TangerineSt. Regis Monarch Beach | Amy TangerineSt. Regis Monarch Beach | Amy TangerineSt. Regis Monarch Beach | Amy TangerineSt. Regis Monarch Beach | Amy TangerineSt. Regis Monarch Beach | Amy Tangerinephoto 1St. Regis Monarch Beach | Amy TangerineSt. Regis Monarch Beach | Amy TangerineI couldn’t resist getting a bit of work done by the pool, so I brought some supplies and my Instax Share. You can read more about the little printer in this post. We’ve already decided that while our little getaway for 2 was lovely, we will be bringing Jack next time.

Instagram | #amytangerine

Hope you all don’t get tired of me sharing your loveliness I’ve been seeing on Instagram. I’m inspired every time I check out the hashtag #amytangerine and I am sure others are as well.  Shop for the latest collection at your local scrapbook stores and online at Scrapbook.com and Simon Says Stamp! Instagram | #amytangerine

From left to right, top to bottom:

1. @detallesconlove | 2. @kristinedavidson | 3. @meghannandrew | 4. @ginaponce | 5. @jennygevans | 6. @opsiteopsite | 7. @paintpaperstudio | 8. @sockergrynet | 9. @lkberlin85

Hello Darling

cathy vee visits amy tangerine cathy vee visits amy tangerineDesign Team member, Cathy was in Los Angeles yesterday, and we had the pleasure of a little visit. Hope you enjoy her post!

Hey everyone! Cathy here and I’m going to show you a super easy page I created with just some simple embellishments from Plus One!

First I grabbed “Match”, I just love the watercolor looking background! It pretty much goes with anything! I matted the photo down with a coordinating piece of pattern paper.20140628-095836-35916748.jpg20140628-095836-35916988.jpgNext, I used the rub-ons from “Compliment” for the titles. As you can see, I did “darling” first, then “hello”. Strange, but I work backwards on all my titles!
20140628-100137-36097313.jpg20140628-100137-36097522.jpgI then grabbed a scrap piece from the 6×6 pad. How awesome is it that it said NEW on it already!! I grabbed my trusty vintage typewriter and type a little captioning in it.20140628-100332-36212671.jpg20140628-100332-36212377.jpgNow for your own DIY embellishments! I’m a huge fan of circle punches!! I have them in all sizes! Simply rub-on some more “Compliments” and punch those babies out!20140628-100455-36295112.jpg20140628-100455-36295545.jpgVoila! See how simple that was, but how cute it looks?20140628-100600-36360916.jpgI always always date stamp my projects. This is an older roller stamp from Ready Set Go called “Today”.20140628-101025-36625767.jpgAdd some sequins or enamel dots and you are done!20140628-101129-36689445.jpg20140628-101129-36689094.jpgShop for Amy Tangerine products at your local scrapbook stores and online at Scrapbook.com and Simon Says Stamp!

Hiring a Creative Assistant!

want to work with amy tangerine?There are some exciting projects in the works and I am looking for a creative assistant to come into the Los Angeles studio 2 days a week.

If you’re creative, eager to learn, resourceful, detail oriented, and highly organized with a love for scrapbooking and paper, then this might be for you. Tasks may include content creation, expansion and promotion of the online shop, and special projects. Knowledge in graphic design, photography and wordpress is a must. A design aesthetic that goes along with the Amy Tangerine brand is a plus.

This position is paid and part-time, ranging from 10-15 hours per week with potential for more hours (and possible work-at-home opportunities) based on growth and stellar performance. You must have your own car, camera and laptop.

If you’d like to apply for this position, please email us at hello(at)amytangerine(dot)com by Friday, July 18th with the subject line: APPLICATION

Include in the body of the email:

  • Why you want to work at Amy Tangerine
  • What skills you will bring to the table
  • Something you read or saw recently that you found interesting and want to share

While a formal resume is not required, please send portfolio with social media links + tell us a little bit about yourself. Thanks!