A little video project

In case you were wondering, JC and I are not actors. Jack acts funny sometimes and enjoys performing for an audience, but he is not an actor either. Although I have been an extra before in several random things way back in the day. Does anyone remember the show, "In the Heat of the Night"? I was an extra in an episode when I was 15. My dad had to take the day off of work to take me to a studio in Georgia pretty far from our house. I think I may have even had to miss school. I got paid $75 or $100 to stand next to a guy in a uniform and we had our photo taken as if we were a couple. It was for a flashback scene where we were the young versions in a black and white photo of the people who were the actual actors. Anyway, it was a fun random experience that my dad vowed not to do again, mainly because he had to miss work (he loves work and is still doing it today at the age of 72!) and didn't see the whole thing being worth either his or my time.

Fast forward to the end of last year when JC was approached by a friend of a friend for a grad school final project. He needed a family to shoot for a "commercial". Here is how the project was described to us: The app is kind of a next generation way we take and share moments/photos. A dad is at home (park, etc) and has a moment with his child, snaps a pic and writes something. His wife looks at the new addition to their 'album' while at work; she's recentered and smiles. And a follow up scene to wrap it up. The 'script' will prob change around what and when you are available, kind of adapting to what works.

We were happy to be able to help out, especially since the acting was minimal. It made sense to shoot JC in an office at work. And it worked out really nicely for me and Jack and I were shot in our living room at home. Alex came over one morning and we were able to get it all done in under an hour, as he had a really good idea of the shots he needed and wanted. Here is the video by Alexander Livingston.

I am wearing a sweater from Varga. Jack is wearing a hand me down sweater by GAP from a dear friend. The book Jack is reading is called Planes. Happy to report that Alexander's project was a success and that he graduated! And I am grateful that we use (and love) a similar type of photo sharing concept with Photo Stream. So cool having our little family be a part of this project.

Studio Calico Cirque Project Life kits

Amy Tangerine's desk

As a contributor for Studio Calico, I only receive kits on occasion now. It was really freeing only having to do 1 small assignment, but at the same time I miss the joy in in having to document my memories with all the fun products on a monthly basis. And I missed the need to make a mess on my desk. I used the Project Life kit and Pantomime for this one pager. I'm still working on filling in some (okay maybe a lot of) blanks for my 2014 album.

Amy Tangerine

Decided I would have to have at least 1 spread or page that represents each month in the 2014 album. This will make it easier to fill in the blanks (I think). I definitely wanted to include the days we spent in Florida, even though it wasn't a complete week, and it went from a Friday to Wednesday in November. Since this page made sense to go chronologically after the Hello Kitty event, I had to use the back of this page. For the square pockets, I intended on keeping it pretty simple. Instead of leaving the grey cardstock from my stash plain, I cut the card into strips and adhered it to fill in the sides next to the photo. With the other 2 cards, I added the washi tape on the sides. I love the way they turned out. The sunshine is from the adorable Spring Card + Sticker Set by Life.Love.Paper. - and the best part is that it's just $5.99. The script "Time for new things" card is part of that set too!

Amy Tangerine Project Life
Amy Tangerine Project Life

So there you have it, a couple more pages to add to the 2014 album. How are you all doing on your memory keeping from last year? I think I am going to just fill in the blanks that I can and not stress about the rest. There's plenty of new memories to be made! Plus, if I feel it's important at a later time, I can always go back and do it. Who's with me?!

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Choosing happiness

Each Monday this year, I plan on writing out a quote using this watercolor set from Michaels and a brush that says Royal 2 on it (can’t remember where it’s from, sorry!). If you have a favorite quote – snarky, silly, or simple in its’ wisdom, please share in the comments.


studio sessions field trip to CHA

hello CHA
Amy Tangerine CHA 2015
Amy Tangerine desk organizer
Amy Tangerine CHA 2015

One of the things I love about being at a tradeshow like CHA is getting to spend time with fans and friends. It's inspiring just connecting with people who share common creative interests. The energy is almost indescribable. Even though I always feel like I am taking plenty of photos, somehow afterward it never seems like enough. To expand on the little recap I did on CHA in this post, we decided to shoot a little video to showcase some of the favorite things Jamie and I spotted while we were there. I didn't get to walk the show floor that much, but when I did, there were so many things that caught my eye. I wish there was a way to bottle up the awesomeness that I felt a couple weeks ago. This video comes close.

If you want to see more details of the Rise & Shine booth and collection - both Scrapbook.com and Paperclipping Roundtable did great wrap ups. The collection should be available in stores sometime in March.

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Jack at 16 months

Jack wearing Hugo's Wardrobe
Jack wearing Hugo's Wardrobe
Jack wearing Hugo's Wardrobe

It's hard to believe this guy is 16 months already. He took his first steps (5 of them in Florida) a week before turning 14 months. Then he would only occasionally walk for us, as crawling was a super quick mode of transportation. Right when he turned 15 months, he decided to give it more of a go and hasn't stopped since. It's getting harder and harder to get him to sit still for a photo, but his silliness is just too cute not to capture. Thankfully Jamie Waters is such a great photographer.

A friend from Australia (I met her and her adorable son on my last Spotlight tour) started the cutest line of ties and bowties for little guys. She was kind enough to send some items over from her shop along with some hand me downs and new stuff from one of my favorite stores - Bonds. Check out Hugo's Wardrobe here.