Baby Gifts for Ann-Marie

While shopping at Lundeen's, we picked out these items for Ann-Marie's little girl (due late July)!Baby Gifts for Ann-Marie | Lundeen's, Culver City | Amy TangerineBaby Gifts for Ann-Marie | Lundeen's, Culver City | Amy TangerineBaby Gifts for Ann-Marie | Lundeen's, Culver City | Amy TangerineBaby Gifts for Ann-Marie | Lundeen's, Culver City | Amy TangerineBaby Gifts for Ann-Marie | Lundeen's, Culver City | Amy TangerineLove how everything looks in her nursery, and we cannot wait for her arrival. Also, for some reason the baby in the striped shirt on the cover of Snuggle the Baby kinda reminds me of Jack. Must be the hair ;)

Guest Post | Paige Evans

This is a guest post by Paige Evans. She has been working with us on so many different scrapbooking projects. I asked her to do a wrap-up post about her experience. Over the past 4 years I've had the amazing opportunity to work at over 30 events and scrapbook on-site for Amy Tangerine. From Bar/Bat Mitzvahs and Baby Showers to Sweet Sixteens and Wedding Receptions, each party has a fun and unique atmosphere and color scheme/theme with guests that are almost always happy and willing to get their photo taken. Once I have their pictures in hand I glue them onto pre-made layouts which all go into an album that the special guest/s receive at the end of the event to commemorate their party. paige1One of my favorite parts of "working" at these events (I hardly call it work since they're so much fun!) is seeing the other vendors hired to entertain guests. Besides scrapbooking I've seen everything from feathers/jewels clipped in your hair, airbrush/glitter tattoos, jewelry making, cookie decorating, handbag making, video games, DDR, photobooths, a guy who makes an Etch-A-Sketch of you, henna tattoos, dancing (there's ALWAYS dancing!), custom candy concoctions, photo flipbooks, oxygen bars, and so many other things it's just amazing. And there's ALWAYS a candy bar, which, up until recently when I gave up candy, would be my favorite part of the night: when the candy bar was revealed and the kids went crazy filling up their bags!paige2I've traveled near and far and gotten to know this great city of Los Angeles by working at these events. I became familiar with the ritzy parts of town, which, let's be honest, I never would have seen or been to had I not been able to work at these events. And since I have a slight fascination with "Hollywood" and the lifestyle of the rich & the famous, being a part of their fancy club for a few nights while living here was such a dream come true!

I can only hope to return to California some day to once again participate in scrapbooking on-site and help make and preserve memories for guests on their special occasion!

Though I am very sad that she is leaving Los Angeles - not only has she been someone I can totally count on for events and other various projects, I have been inspired by how much of her life she shares via her blog. For instance, she's already written about our farewell lunch at Lemonade. I could always count on her to take photos and give our clients the best possible service. Truly thrilled for her and her family's new adventures in Germany. Thanks Paige!!

A simple wedding card

Usually the day before leaving on a 6am flight, I come up with all kinds of ideas and find the uncontrollable urge to make something. This used to happen the night before, but apparently I have become a bit wiser with age, giving myself a few more hours to pull something together. I realized that I hadn't gotten Abby & Thomas a card yet, so I took out my Hey There stamp set, a blank card, a tag, washi tapes, some alphas from Typo, and whipped this up. As for the wedding - it was wonderful, except I hardly took any photos. The church ceremony was beautiful, and the reception was on a rooftop with a gorgeous view. It's always fun seeing friends from college. Especially your cool friend Thomas - the world traveler who always has insider information on all the best places to stay and ways to get upgraded- ready to settle down (a bit) and so happy. There's something so fun about going back to Atlanta when everyone can get together for such a special celebration. You may have already seen some of these on Instagram. And yes, Abby and Thomas are the friends who arrived to their wedding reception via helicopter. They are the coolest.

on the fly

Sometimes creating simply for the sake of it is just the therapy I need. While in Sao Paulo on the last day of teaching classes, I decided to play a bit with some scraps leftover from the kits. The attendees were given plenty of supplies, and I used a piece of white cardstock that I had demonstrated bubble mask misting on as a base. I drew on some masking tape using Chromatix to create my own version of washi tape, and then borrowed some washi tapes from Ana, who brought her Instax MINI 25. It was fun to create on the fly, use up scraps and test out my new Sweet Stamps. When I came home, I finished off the page with Kelly Purkey's October stamp, some stickers from [email protected]!, we were here stamp from life.love.paper,  and this awesome stamp set from scrapperin.This is also an attempt to put off creating for the holidays at the moment. Not that I don't want to be in the spirit, it just seems too early to me. What have you been making lately and are you as obsessed with stamps as I am right now?

must love dogs

My BFF Courtney is absolutely wonderful. I need not profess my love for her here on this blog - she knows how much I appreciate her and I doubt she reads this thing anyway. But I just had to share that I admire her positive outlook on life, her laughter (it's contagious) and her strength through adversity. Earlier this year, she lost her beloved Golden Retriever, Cali. I've only suffered the loss of one dog in my life (Addison) and it brings me to tears just thinking about the moment my dad called (October 27, 2005) to tell me that he had taken him to the vet to be put down. Addison was 15 and had been diagnosed with liver cancer just a couple months before. My dad shared how it seemed Addision just knew it was time for him to go, and how brave he was through it all. Now I'm crying. Back to my BFF. Cali had an amazing life because of Courtney. She lived most of her 12 years in California just blocks from the Pacific Ocean. She truly lived it up. And now she can forever live not only in Courtney's heart, but also around her neck. When I handed her this locket by Liz Lameroux, she cried. And then of course I cried.Now, many months later, I am happy to report that Courtney has adopted a sweet girl named Poppy. Buster and Bamboo had the pleasure of meeting her when she was just 8 weeks old! As 6 and 7 year-old's, they weren't too fond of playing with her (though they loved and destroyed a toy or two!). But they did enjoy spending time in her backyard while she napped.You can see how much she's grown, follow her fun adventures, and read more of the story on Courtney's blog.