Jack’s hand print

amy tangerineJack “graduated” from mommy & me class! It was such a special year getting to know a dozen moms and their babies (all born in September/October 2013). For graduation, our teacher did hand prints of all the kids. Then mommies got a marker and we passed the pages around and wrote something on each child’s print. Such a great idea, and now the work of art is hanging in Jack’s playroom. I cherish it and smile each time I look at the words describing my little guy.

Weekend Snaps

amy tangerine amy tangerine amy tangerine amy tangerineDesign/date night, having my first cocktail in 2 years, trying out Paiche for the first time and loving it, brunch at LYFE Kitchen, Trader Joe’s, cooler temperatures, Jack turning 13 months, getting pumpkins, a friend’s successful surprise 40th birthday party, laundry, a little work getting accomplished, out of town friends stopping by, Buster recovering well in the hospital after surgery (poor guy in his cone of shame though!), grilling out and catching up on Homeland. Hope you all had a lovely weekend as well!

a fun surprise

A couple weeks ago, I received an email with the subject line “Surprise for my wife!”. It went something like this:

Hello Amy! This week I am visiting Chicago with my wife. She likes to scrapbook but scrapbooking supplies are very hard to find in Spain; can you list some shops here in Chicago where we can buy her material to take back with us. Thanks in advance!!!

So then I wrote back:

How sweet of you! I am not familiar with too many scrapbook shops that are left in the city, unfortunately. There is Paper Source on Armitage and a store called Art Effect that I really like on the same street. There is a stationery store called Greer that is lovely as well.

As for actual scrapbook supplies though, it’s tough. How long will you be in Chicago? If you want, I can put together a package if you tell me how much you want to spend, and I can mail it from Los Angeles if you provide an address. It probably wouldn’t arrive to you until Saturday if we mailed it this afternoon.

Enjoy Chicago! And please eat some Lou Malnati’s spinach or sausage deep dish pizza for me!

We exchanged a couple more emails and he decided it would be best to address the specially curated package to his sister-in-law who was staying in the hotel room next to theirs. While the package was in transit, I received a note saying they had gone to Michaels and picked up the “Best of” paper pad.amy tangerineThen I received an email that the package had indeed arrived!amy tangerineThere was also a cute photo of her kissing her amazingly thoughtful husband.

Major points for him!

Find a way to make work feel like play

amy tangerineCombining collections and techniques is one of my favorite ways to scrapbook.  It’s been a while since I’ve created a page with a focus on just me and expressing creativity. Turns out it’s both therapeutic and fun. Both Shimelle’s line and my latest collection Stitched, contain inspiring phrases and have colors and patterns that work really well together. I also used a set of Kelly Purkey stamps (sold out, sorry!) and this set by Kellie Winnell, which remain bold with the use of black ink. You can see how the whole thing came together on Shimelle’s blog. And you may notice that I couldn’t decide whether to keep that high five puffy sticker on there or not.

yes, please

amy tangerine's studioamy tangerine's studioThough I debuted the Yes, Please collection at CHA in January 2013 (listgirl has a nice photo of the booth here), I am just now getting the yarn-wrapped letters up in my studio. It just took some help of a hammer and small nails and in the better-late-than-never spirit, nearly 2 years later, it’s up! It’s a fairly easy DIY project you could do with any inspiring phrases in your own home/office/studio.

Jack’s 1st birthday party photos

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Highlights included:

  • Jack napping for the first 45 minutes of his own party
  • JC’s whole roast pig was a total success (he got one of these boxes and ordered the pig from a local butcher)
  • catering of the other food was done by Rutt’s Cafe
  • Cindy making both a large beach scene cake that was incredibly delicious and a small smash cake that Jack barely put his finger in
  • having 2 sets of twins and 1 set of triplets in attendance
  • the mini bounce house and water table were a big hit
  • having over 60 friends and family in our own backyard celebrating with us

Considering I barely took any photos myself, seeing these pics on Instagram under the hashtag #jackarchibald1 was so fun:IG1 IG2So glad the little guy only turns 1 once because it took about a week for his parents to recover from all the festivities!

brand new bike

amy tangerine My first beach cruiser was purchased when I moved to LA in 2003. Her name was Pinky, and yes she was pink. She lived outside for about 5 years in Santa Monica and then about 5 years in Venice. After lots of use, I decided to retire her to a friend’s place last year when we bought our house. I knew I wanted to get a new bike when Jack and I could go for rides, so in August we walked into our local bike shop, Chubby’s and fell in love with this Biria and the Co-Pilot. After reading many reviews about the installation of the seat online, I decided to leave it to the experts and paid just $30 to have it professionally done.
amy tangerine- biria bikes amy tangerine- biria bikes amy tangerine- biria bikes amy tangerine- biria bikesIt’s harder than it looks riding with a little one in the back. I feel like I am 10 again (though I didn’t wear a helmet back then), just riding up and down our street over and over again. But Jack seems to dig it and is quite the perfect co-pilot.

Now we just need a name for the bike and I refuse to follow the pattern to call her Creamy. Ideas?

Love this right now

Kelly Purkey Kelly Purkey Kelly Purkey Work or play? Who cares, it’s fun and I love all the projects we have going on. Right now, on my desk is a bunch of goodness from Kelly Purkey (sorry this kit is sold out – but she has more coming out soon) and Jen Hadfield’s debut collection with Pebbles, Home + Made.

Also – if you are in Southern California, I would love to have you come and “play” with me at Studio Crescendoh on October 18! Last time we had a blast and the class sold out fast. Get more info on this awesome art journaling workshop using the newest collection, Stitched and sign up for the class here.

Cherish Layout by Shanna

shanna noel for amy tangerineOften times when I want to create a page but am uncertain on where to start, I just pick one thing that I know I want to work with and let that set the tone. For today that item was the hello let’s chat  cut file from The Cut Shoppe. I love speech bubbles and I adore how these really make a statement on a page.  shanna noel for amy tangerineFrom there I cut out the file and then just started to brain storm. What kind of story could I tell here? I will literally make a list; a layout about thoughts, adorable quotes I have heard, a conversations etc. etc. etc. you can really go on until something sparks. Once you get the spark, run with it. I had this adorable photo of Addison in my photo box and the look on her face just says so much to me I wanted to explore that a bit.  shanna noel for amy tangerineWith that simple prompt this layout came together so quickly. I used the stickers from Plus One as my color guide. So when I was adding watercolor behind the speech bubbles I selected colors I knew would work well with the line, then I used that color guide to easily select the stickers I wanted to use. I love the yellow in this line and wanted to use it for my base color, then created a color blocking effect by adding that pink washi across the center of the page. The sentiment thickers in this line are my favorite so of course I had to use them again and I love the statement they make on this page. The word “cherish” just lends itself perfectly to the journaling. Just like that I had told my story! shanna noel for amy tangerineI hope this helps you get going when you may need a starting point. What is your spark today?

Have a wonderful day! Shanna

Seriously so lovely – I adore the use of watercolors! Other Design Team member posts can be found here. Shop for Plus One at your local scrapbook stores and online at Scrapbook.com and Simon Says Stamp!

Jack’s 1st birthday invites + personalized sodas

amy tangerine persnickety printsAlthough I told myself not to go too crazy about Jack’s 1st birthday party, I did want to ensure that several of the important details were taken care of. We knew we wanted a celebration in the backyard, but JC didn’t go for my initial theme idea surrounding a pineapple, so we had to think of a different theme. Keeping it simple (relatively) was key. When we were in Atlanta at the end of July, we were talking with some friends who were doing a pink lemonade theme for their little girl who is one month older than Jack. They suggested a luau theme, which I was super happy about because it incorporated my pineapple idea. And JC was excited about the food portion.

After seeing this invitation on Etsy, I contacted A Pretty Little Party to see if she could do a custom version for Jack’s luau. Natalie was amazing to work with, and even after some random requests (like throwing a pig in the design), she came up with something that was perfect. I simply uploaded to Persnickety Prints (yes, they do amazing cards that also include envelopes – remember our Christmas cards?) – and placed my order. Their service and quality is amazing and since they are located in Utah and ship Priority Mail, I got my order just 3 days later.amy tangerine persnickety printsIn addition to the printed invitation, we also did a Paperless Post using the design. I know, it’s kinda silly, but there I wasn’t in the mood to track down addresses (if I only had their emails) and heck, some folks received something in both their mailbox and inbox, and it was just fine.

The other personalized detail that was a favorite was these sodas. Jones Soda contacted me and asked if they could send me some bottles. After taking some photos of him and getting one where he’s holding up his finger (not the middle one), I submitted them and they sent back a proof. Jones label made for JackJones Soda is such a creative and yummy way to personalize any occasion! The bottles were a big hit.amy tangerine - my jones amy tangerine - my jonesGIVEAWAY: Want your own personalized goodness? Leave a comment below with your favorite Jones Soda flavor for your chance to win a 12-pack! Winner will be chosen Wednesday, October 8 and announced on this post. Good luck!  Winner is #20 – Lisa W. CONGRATS!

DISCOUNT: Jones Soda is kindly offering all my readers 10% off using the code: TANGERINE##