From my Japan trip: A Fangerine's Beautiful Book

The last time I visited Japan (November 2016), the lovely @naonao76 made the most amazing book using my products. I have been meaning to share this post for a while now. Since traveler's notebooks have become increasingly popular, I thought it would still be relevant to showcase her amazing talents. Here's a photo of us together at my workshop!

I loved her work so much that I wanted to share it with you! I hope these photos give you some inspiration and ideas for ways that you can use my latest scrapbooking line, On A Whim.

In case you missed it, here’s Part 2 of the video from my Japan trip, featuring the workshop where I met her and got to see her work.

Seeing how all of you use my products to create things makes me so happy. If you use any of them on your projects, post a photo on Instagram using #amytangerine!

Thanks again for sharing this with me! To see more of her work, follow her at @naonao76 on Instagram

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DIY Kids Art Binder

Kids Art Binder
Kids Art Binder

Since becoming a mom and being inundated with not only baby + kid gear but also plenty of paper + art, I’ve realized that I cannot save it all. My son is now in preschool and has already created a vast collection of artwork in his short four years of life. As much as I want to preserve every last bit of it, there’s just not enough room in our home to properly showcase it all. That’s where the Instax art binder comes into play!

Kids Art Binder

I recently pulled Jack’s art that we were storing in a plastic bin and gathered together all of our favorite pieces and paired them with corresponding photos of Jack creating the masterpiece or simply photographed the artwork with my phone and printed it with the FUJIFILM Instax® SHARE SP-3 SQ printer. The whole process took a few hours and minimal supplies, but the end result is a handmade book that my whole family will treasure forever. Here are some of my best tips for creating an Instax art binder:

 - Don’t overthink it. Start with your very favorite pieces of art; don’t worry about documenting your child’s entire portfolio. Grab a small handful of crafting supplies (I only used white cardstock, a large date stamp, some alphabet elements and washi tape) and limit yourself to using those items only. The key is to get it done (while having fun, of course!) so you can document your child’s masterpieces while freeing up valuable space in your home.

- Tackle the oversized. For all of those extra large or dimensional pieces of artwork that just don’t seem to fit anywhere, take a photo with your phone (in my case I am using an iPhone X) of the art in natural lighting. You could also trim the piece down to fit the parameters of the binder while still capturing the essence of your child’s creativity. Print the photo out with the Instax SP-3 printer wirelessly from your phone. Note that you’ll need to download the Instax SHARE app from iTunes or Google play. You can also edit photos or add text to the photos before printing. Back to the options for oversized pieces, the Instax printer has a “split” feature so you can get creative and print one photo on two prints! Once you have documented the art, consider using the oversize original for wrapping paper!

- Curate the best parts. One of my favorite aspects of creating an art binder is that I get to showcase my favorite elements of Jack’s artwork by cutting them out of the original and gluing them to the cardstock background paper. Then I ask Jack for a little insight into the meaning behind the art and I write down his thoughts next to each piece, if it wasn’t there already.

- Use the front and the back. You know when your child is really feeling inspired and they express their creativity on the front and backside of a single sheet of paper? That’s where the Instax comes in handy. You can take a photo of one side and then glue that side down in the book. Then you pair the photo with the reverse side of the art and now you can treasure the entire masterpiece in a single, one-dimensional space.

Kids Art Binder

- Take photos that represent the era. As much as I would love to have images of Jack creating every single piece of art, I just don’t. One of my most beloved pages features a questionnaire from Jack’s very first day of preschool that I paired with a photo of him taken on the same day. Being able to read his answers to basic questions (i.e. what’s your favorite movie?) and compare it to what he would say now is invaluable, plus his cute little baby face on the first day of school makes me swoon. If you don’t have the corresponding images to every piece of art, simply use a photo of them from that general time period and include it with the artwork. Remember that it’s more important to capture the essence of a moment rather than getting hung up on everything being exact.

Kids Art Binder
Kids Art Binder

- Make the book accessible. I love to think of my Instax art binder in the same way that I think of coffee table books; I want it to be readily available to anyone who wants to look at it.

Kids Art Binder

SUPPLIES: FUJIFILM Instax® SHARE SP-3 SQ printer | Binder | Page Protectors | Alphabet Stamps | Mega Date Stamp

This post is in collaboration with FUJIFILM, all ideas and opinions are my own. As always, my creative partners and I appreciate the support.

Museum of Ice Cream!

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! Jack and I took a trip to the Museum of Ice Cream in Los Angeles on the third day it was open! We happened to get tickets right when they went on sale in April, and I am so glad we did as it is currently sold out through June. You might recognize it as the adorable pink place that has taken over Instagram lately. We invited our friend Ann-Marie and Gillian along for the fun. I wore this skirt and received so many compliments while at the museum. Jack wore his new shoes for the first time - I have the women's version in a darker grey.

This temporary pop-up museum features ten different galleries filled with ice cream-inspired art. Pink pay phones, mint plants in chocolate soil, giant melting popsicles, 10,000 bananas hanging from the ceiling, and an ice cream sandwich swing make appearances in these bright and colorful rooms that look like they were designed to be photographed.

One of the most memorable sections of the museum is their famous swimming pool full of sprinkles! The museum designed sprinkles made of antimicrobial plastics and there are close to one hundred million of them in the pool. We ended up finding 3 of them in between Jack's toes when we got home - HA!

All along the way, they gave us little bites of different treats made to go with the art in each room! We had mint chocolate chip mochi ice cream, gummy bears, pancake ice cream sandwiches, and more.

To see more from our field trip to the Museum of Ice Cream, watch the videos I made from the day! The first is a process video showing you how I documented our trip on a layout for Simon Says Stamp in honor of (Inter)National Scrapbooking Day, which is today! Visit their blog for more of the fun.

And the second video shows you what our day was like in addition to printing the photos on my Instax Share and finishing up the layout! Watch to tag along and see all of those lovely art installations in motion:

If you’d like to see this adorable and sweet exhibit for yourself, you may still have a chance. Tickets sold out quickly, but I heard that it might be staying open longer than anticipated because it’s been so popular! Keep an eye out and maybe beg them for more tickets to be released on their website.

What is your favorite ice cream flavor and what kinds of toppings do you like? Tell me in the comments below! 

Simple Scrapbooking for the New Mom

Simple Scrapbooking for the new mom

Often I hear stories from moms who have saved all their childrens' baby mementos with the intention of making a scrapbook, but then inevitably feeling overwhelmed and having no idea where to begin. Admittedly, I don't even have Jack's baby book done, as most of the photos and stories are recorded in a combination of 12x12 pages and pocket pages, but I still have not written down his birth story in the album. Even though we make elaborate scrapbooks for clients, this isn't something that is accessible for everyone. I was really intrigued when Creative Memories reached out to see if I would take a look at their brand new gift boxes and share my thoughts with you! I love that it's now easy to share the love of scrapbooking with a family member or a friend! It was perfect timing as my sister-in-law is pregnant with their first child and is due on December 30! He/she will be Jack's first cousin! They are not finding out the gender, which makes it a bit tricky for gift giving, but fun for the surprise. I think it's a little girl, but we shall find out soon enough. One of these will be perfect for Jenny (who is a school teacher), and soon to be mama!

Scrapbooking for the New Mom

Each gift box includes everything a new scrapbooker needs to keep things simple when it comes to documenting their child's first year. Both the baby boy and baby girl kits provide an approachable (and non-overwhelming) way to get the precious photos and memories down on paper. Each box includes a Creative Memories Fast2Fab™ Album (including Predesigned Refill Pages and Protectors), Embellishments, Tape Runner and Photo Safe Pen. It's such a refreshing and unintimidating way to get started. The cloth albums have cute graphics and details that coordinate with the embellishments. Since the most popular photo size is 4x6", it's nice that the pre-printed pages prompt the new mom with placement for the photos.

As a professional scrapbooker, I truly appreciate anything that gets more people documenting their memories in a tangible way. I love that these gift boxes are all inclusive kits, which takes the guess work out of overthinking the process. New moms have a lot to think about (not to mention mama brain, which causes all kinds of confusion - at least it did with me!)

Because the pages are pre-printed, it makes it easy to create a scrapbook without the intimidation of the blank page. This would make a great gift for Christmas or a baby shower, or anytime during the first 12 months when you want to encourage the new mama to remember all the special moments and photos for the first year. Remember, keeping it simple is key, and that done is better than perfect. It goes by quickly, so what a better gift than to have a special place to keep all of those precious memories!

This post is in collaboration with Creative Memories. As always, all opinions and words are my own. Visit Creative Memories on Instagram and Facebook.

Palm Springs Traveler's Notebook

Palm Springs Traveler's Notebook | Amy Tangerine

Putting together little journals of trips in a simple way might be my new favorite thing. Trying to keep things interesting while not feeling so behind on documenting my memories. This particular Palm Springs trip was taken back in February over Valentine's Day weekend! If you want to check out the video of the trip, it's up on YouTube and also at the bottom of this post.

Palm Springs Traveler's Notebook | Amy Tangerine
Palm Springs Traveler's Notebook | Amy Tangerine
Palm Springs Traveler's Notebook | Amy Tangerine
Palm Springs Traveler's Notebook | Amy Tangerine
Palm Springs Traveler's Notebook | Amy Tangerine
Palm Springs Traveler's Notebook | Amy Tangerine
Palm Springs Traveler's Notebook | Amy Tangerine
Palm Springs Traveler's Notebook | Amy Tangerine
Palm Springs Traveler's Notebook | Amy Tangerine
Palm Springs Traveler's Notebook | Amy Tangerine
Palm Springs Traveler's Notebook | Amy Tangerine
Palm Springs Traveler's Notebook | Amy Tangerine
Palm Springs Traveler's Notebook | Amy Tangerine

Ironically, I'm also headed out to Palm Springs today. Will be sure to post a bunch on Instagram if you care to follow along there. And of course I will be taking plenty of video and hopefully have it up sooner rather than later. I am feeling a bit behind, but not letting the overwhelm get to me. Learning to embrace the fact that life is just going to be busy and I need to navigate through to find my flow and be present. I admire those of you who can keep up with your memory keeping. What's your favorite way to record your memories these days?