San Diego Stamps!

photos by Ann-Marie Espinoza

Ahh - the custom stamps I designed exclusively for Paper Tales in San Diego are back in stock. After tons of phone requests, they have made them available online here. Also it seems that my latest collection with American Crafts has been restocked in a lot of places. Find Better Together at scrapbook.com and Simon Says Stamp.

Guest Post | Ann-Marie Espinoza

I've been scrapbooking since my junior year of college and although my passion for it has waxed and waned over time, I've never lost my love for the hobby. After working in the scrapbook industry for several years in addition to scrapbooking on my own time, I definitely burned out and needed to take a breather from paper crafting to fully appreciate it again. Thankfully I've been feeling the pull to jump back into the hobby again and I couldn't be more excited about it! I've missed playing with paper and am so happy to be reunited.

Here are some of my recent pages, made with Amy's new line, Better Together (which is now restocked at Scrapbook.com and Simon Says Stamp!):

Ann-Marie Espinoza | Amy Tangerine
Ann-Marie Espinoza | Amy Tangerine

Last year I started a 9 x 12" Messy Book album for my daughter and have been periodically adding pages whenever the mood would strike. When it came to this layout, I knew I wanted it to be a page about all of Briar's new words, but I didn't have a particular photo in mind. I didn't worry about that, though. Instead, I focused on playing with all the fun Better Together patterned papers and embellishments and then adding the image at the very end. 

TIP: Try putting the bones of a layout together BEFORE you choose your photo. As long as you leave enough room for a picture, it's super fun to change up the normal order of scrapbooking!

Ann-Marie Espinoza | Amy Tangerine
Ann-Marie Espinoza | Amy Tangerine

This past New Year's Eve, my husband and I took our one year old to an awesome children's museum in Pasadena called Kidspace for a "Noon Year's Eve" balloon drop. It was such a cool experience for all three of us that it made putting this page together a breeze! Before I started, I applied Tim Holtz yellow distress ink to the background paper using both a blending tool and a polka dot stencil by Heidi Swapp. Yellow is my favorite color and I love the way it added to the already cool watercolor patterned paper! Once I had my photos glued down, I had a blast using embellishments from the Better Together and Stitched lines.

TIP: Try scrapbooking events that you're excited about instead of worrying about working in chronological order. It helps to build momentum and keep you creatively energized for future layouts!

Ann-Marie Espinoza | Amy Tangerine

This year I decided to make another "Project Life-style" album (using BasicGrey's Capture album + page protectors) that will act as a landing place for all the everyday photos and memorabilia that I collect throughout 2016. I didn't make an album last year and I felt that I was really missing that big picture perspective on life that weekly / biweekly scrapbooking can offer. I'm only a few pages in, but I'm already having such a great time filling up my album!

Ann-Marie Espinoza | Amy Tangerine
Ann-Marie Espinoza | Amy Tangerine

For the first spread, I pulled together some of my favorite patterned papers, Thickers, embellishments, photos, and a cool Ira Glass quote postcard to fill up two different page protectors.

TIP: Use all different kinds of photos in your albums...Instagram, DSLR, Snapchat, photobooth, etc. The wide range of styles will help to round out the documentation of your life story, plus it keeps the process exciting! 

Ann-Marie Espinoza | Amy Tangerine
Ann-Marie Espinoza | Amy Tangerine

For the second spread, I highlighted a fun morning that my daughter and I enjoyed while playing in the rare Southern California rain. I took a bunch of adorable photos that day, so I chose to highlight my favorite image on the left by printing it large enough to fill the whole page protector and then printing the rest of the images at 3 x 3" each to fill up the six pocket page. Since I wanted the photos to be the central focus of the spread, I only used a few embellishments and utilized one of my favorite techniques: adding a large title over the center of a picture.

TIP: Don't feel like big life events (birthdays, holidays, weddings, etc) are the only milestones worthy of double page spreads. Highlighting the smaller -- but equally important! -- moments should be celebrated in a big way!

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Thank you SO much Ann-Marie - loved all the projects and tips and that Briar is just the cutest! You can find Better Together (hurry, it just got restocked) at Scrapbook.com and Simon Says Stamp.

Better Together | Behind the Scenes

Better Together: Behind the Scenes | Amy Tangerine

Since I am putting out more videos these days, I thought it would be nice to once again walk through a full collection for you. While we were shooting, we took some behind the scenes photos. The balloons are by Northstar Balloons and after we were done with the letters on the wall (secured by glue dots), we strung them on some twine. They are currently on a sofa in JC's study. I'm actually on the look out for some studio space that's not part of our house, so that is pretty exciting. But until then, the piles of projects remain where they can fit, in random parts of our home.

Better Together: Behind the Scenes | Amy Tangerine
Better Together: Behind the Scenes | Amy Tangerine

Hope you enjoy the video and let me know what your favorite things are - remember to add #amytangerine to any of the projects you post on Instagram! You can purchase Better Together at your local scrapbook stores or online at Blue Moon Scrapbooking.

CHA Set Up Video

Amy Tangerine Better Together booth at CHA

Had no idea the morning I decided on filming getting ready to go to CHA to set up the booth that I would have a special unexpected visitor in my house. Makes sense though, and I'm so glad I got it on video and managed to finish editing the CHA Set up video for you here. CHA video to come in a couple weeks as I still have some other videos from December to share with you first. Enjoy!

A little update

#SCatCHA

Hi hi! There have been some things that I have fallen a bit behind on sharing here, so I thought it would be a good time to just do a catch up post. First things first, all is well here - just got done with CHA (videos coming soon!), it's busy as ever, but things are really great. Personally I feel like I am in a very good space right now with balance and routine and rhythm. The only thing that overwhelms me at the moment is that there is so much going on and I have neglected to share these things on the blog. Perhaps it's because I am doing more on YouTube and sharing regularly on Instagram. Whatever the reason is, I apologize if you have been missing more frequent blog posts. Here are three things that may be of interest!

1. Back in September (YES, September!) I was featured in a post by Elizabeth Dillow as part of her Unfinished series. Pretty ironic, eh? It was fun to be interviewed and if you want, you can read it all here.

2. Jamie and I were guests on a podcast called Live Inspired talking about our online class, The Creative Life: Documented, which is still available! And we have an awesome private Facebook group that has formed with quite the creative community. It was fun talking with Tracie Claiborne about the class and creativity in general. You can listen to the episode here.

3. Scrapbook.com came by my booth at CHA and filmed a video of a look at my Better Together collection, which hopefully will be hitting stores in February! Here is the video.