Thursday, March 31, 2011

...I Always Knew I Had SOME Style!

... Thank you Creative Designs By Toni for giving me a Stylish Blogger Award! I too, am just really getting started with blogging, so it's nice to be recognized for my work! I am truly appreciative!

To accept this award the recipients are asked to do a few things:

1.Thank and link back to the person who gave you this award

2. Share 7 things about yourself

3. Award 10-15 blogs you feel deserve the award

4. Contact these bloggers and let them know about the award.

Seven Interesting Things About Myself:
1. I have a baby daughter who is truly the light of my life.
2. I am a certified interior designer on top of the work I do for Woods&Company.
3. I have run 4 marathons and am hopeful to run another one soon!
4. My husband and I are addicted to playing Words With Friends with each other on our iPhones.
5. I'm originally from Massachusetts, but when I moved to San Francisco 8 years ago, I met my husband and I've been here ever since!
6. I love summer, particularly on the East Coast. I miss warm summer nights.
7. I have a few guilty pleasures: Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, Pepperidge Farm Soft Oatmeal Raisin Cookies, and cheesy 70's music.
8. (I added an extra!) I make a MEAN whoopie pie!

I am presenting the Stylish Blogger Award to these bloggers as well:

Lulu Lang
Sweet Craft Cakes
Love and Smiles
Cake, Cupcakes, and Cookies, Oh My!
Stockberry Studio
Simply Heaven Baby

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Relive Your Childhood With These Save The Dates...

... The thing I love about Save the Dates is that they are really a chance to do something really cool. It can fit right in with your wedding theme or it can be something completely different. It can show your guests your personality, your sense of humor. It's a chance to "let your hair down" and get creative!

... My best friend is getting married in September and when she asked me to do her Save the Dates I was more than honored. She sent me an idea she had in mind and together we developed it! I have to say, when she sent me the images for me to use, I nearly fell off my chair laughing!

... Jamie and her fiance Russ* decided use the Save the Dates to laugh at themselves a bit. They wanted to incorporate pictures of themselves from junior high. We used these photos on the outside, with a nice photo of the two of them from their engagement session on the inside. A fun theme of "then and now" made these Save the Dates such a great project to do.

... Since Jamie's wedding colors are navy blue and green, I used a pocket enclosure in color Night from Paper Source as the base for this project. I layered their paisley decorative paper on top of that and then added on the images and text. Jamie wanted to include hotel information for her guests, so I created a card insert for the pocket enclosure. The fonts used in this project are Honey Script paired with American Typewriter.

... What a fun project to complete! Here are some images of the final product!

* And no, Jamie is NOT marrying Fred Savage circa Wonder Years, but he could've been a stunt double!

Sunday, March 13, 2011

...Welcome Katy Joan!

... This past October, my husband and I welcomed a beautiful little girl (who is sleeping in my arms as I type this), Katherine Joan, named after my maternal grandmother and my husband's maternal grandmother. We call her Katy, and she is the love of our lives!

... Of course, we sent out baby announcements, and of course, I had to make them myself. My husband called me crazy and told me that with all the distractions that a baby creates, going to an online service to do our announcements would be perfectly acceptable. I, however, just didn't want to do that! I wanted something all our own, totally personal and unique. I actually began working on the announcements in the few weeks before she was born! I figured out the design and assembled all parts that I could before our little one arrived. Once she was born, it was just a matter of selecting the perfect picture and inserting all the important information!

... All of the materials for this project are from Paper Source. Since we did not know if our baby was going to be a boy or a girl, I went with a gender neutral theme. Her nursery has a under-the-sea theme, so I used Paper Source's octopus theme decorative paper for the envelope liners and I chose the rest of the colors based on that. I paired that with their orange polka dot paper set on chartreuse enclosures. The enclosures are tied with a curry colored ribbon. The envelope is also Paper Source color curry. The fonts used are Ecolier for the script paired with Chaparral Pro. The font color is shades of the curry color found on the envelopes.

... This project was a lot of fun to complete, and really fun to send out to all our friends and family. My husband wasn't wrong, it WAS a challenge to get them finished up and sent out while adjusting to a new schedule of 3am feedings, diaper changes and trying to get some sleep, but it was definitely worth it to have such a special, hand-made announcement as a keepsake for Katy's baby book.

... Although having a baby is a lot of work and making your own announcements might seem like too much to do, these were super simple in design and easy to assemble!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Bay Bella Debut!...

...Today the Best of the Bay issues of Bride 9 and Mocha Bride hit the stands today! Pick up a copy and check out Woods&Company's photo shoot!