Your New Friend Sam, Etsy Shop: Rubber Stamps for Shops

What I love most about shopping on Etsy are the personal relationships you develop with your customers and other shop owners. Each shop has a face to the name and although the shops create a market that span continents, it feels like a small little community!

Since Christmas is coming ever so quickly, I thought I’d share about a few of my clients that bought stamps from me for their own Etsy shops, and real life shops! If you have a moment, or two, settle in with a nice cup of coffee and check them out! Maybe get some early holiday shopping done!


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Lacey Osojo of Hum Right Along

I loved working with Lacey on her stamp! Plus I was so honored and smitten to read her blog post on her stamp! Like over the moon, can not believe my eyes in shock, happy! Since then we have been blogging and Instagram friends! So fun!

Anyway, take a looksie around her shop… she sells handstamped jewelry with various sayings. Of course my favorite is Made to Create which I featured on my birthday wish list this year! As Lacey says, “I hope you find something you can’t live without!”

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Katie Rice of KT Bee Jewelry

I was so excited when Katie approached me regarding my Circle Shop Stamp… she wanted to elaborate on that with a leafy wreath and a little bumble bee! Loved how it came out, and love it even better in color!

Check out her jewelry here in her shop… my favorite is the pearl layering necklace as seen in the photo above.

P.S. A portion of the proceeds now goes to supporting the Wounded Warrior Project!

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Elise Taylor Design

Elise is such a sweetheart! And her wood sign and crafts are so unique. Her shop, Elise Taylor Design, specializes in hand-painted wooden signs for weddings, bachelorette parties, engagement shoots, and nurseries. These signs are so perfect for nautical inspired weddings and showers!

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Jolie Mae Collections

When the husband and wife team of Jolie Mae Collections first approached me to create their stamp, they actually liked this bookplate stamp. So they were the very first to customize it for shops! And it’s become quite popular ever since! So thanks Jolie Mae! Their shop specializes in wedding signs but includes so so so much more than that! I love their chalkboards that include mail slots and holders for other random items like phones. There’s a little something for everybody!

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Just Frayin’ Around

I know I’ve said this so many times, but I love when Etsy clients further customize the stamps to their own unique style and tastes, even when it was just to remove the circle around my popular circle shop stamp. Jessica’s shop, Just Frayin’ Around, has such cute items, and a wide range to choose from… unique clothing to vintage baby items and accessories! I love her monogrammed bloomers!

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Mercy Market

I’m really excited to post about this brand new shop, The Mercy Market. They’re a non-profit that specialize in wood signs, small canvas prints, and magnets. All their profit goes to support the Mercy House, in Kenya, a maternity home that aids pregnant girls living in extreme poverty. They are still building their shop, so please check back soon!

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No. 2 Sweetheart, Austraila

Yup, that’s right! This store is a real life store, not just a digital store front! And they’re in Austraila! How fun!! No. 2 Sweetheart is a “green boutique” with a range of products from clothing to haircare, homewares to makeup. Visit their site here… or if you’re in Austraila…. 🙂

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Blooms In Paradise

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Jackie from Blooms in Paradise is based out of gorgeous Hawaii where she crafts flower crowns! From Hawaii. She’s the real deal! Currently, Jackie only sells on Instagram but is hoping to open an Etsy shop sometime soon! Check her out!

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Instead of creating a custom stamp with Your New Friend Sam, Cheryl from Love 2 Cre8, purchased a few stock stamps to decorate and personalize her packaging for newborn accessories.

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Thanks so much for taking a look around… already have a handful of new shops to post about so keep your eye out for a part 2!

All photos above are provided by clients except the Frayin’ Around stamp image.

Your New Friend Sam, Etsy Shop: Wedding Vows Typography Art Printables and Prints

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Earlier this year, just over 6 months ago actually, I posted about a new product I had added to my shop.

You see, I thought I invented these things… making art with your wedding vows. In my head, the biggest challenge of getting this product sold would be just to raise awareness and make it “a thing.” But you see, thanks to Etsy, wedding vow art is very much a thing and  passing that hurdle was a breeze.

Now, after over 60 designs and sales, I thought it was time to share some of the photos of some of my favorite pieces.

These are probably my favorite products in my shop, what an honor it is to be given the task to create art with words that are held so near and dear to a couple’s heart. And whether it’s with song lyrics, or wedding vows, the words are always so beautiful… and even sometimes funny. It’s a treasure to be able to have such an intimate glimpse into these almost stranger’s lives.

And just recently, after developing a few clear lettering styles, I broke the listing down into 3, and then 4 lettering styles…

Smiling is My Favorite

A fun and bubbly script…

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Why, yes, this next one is in German!! So fun!

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Footloose and Fancy Free

A classic script…

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And even though most want the classic black text on a white background, sometimes we get creative… one idea is white text on black chalkboard.

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A Little Bit of Whimsy

With an uneven baseline, these handcrafted words are whimsical and feminine.

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With Thanksgiving

Another style with an uneven baseline, but a little bit less whimsy. This one is new to the shop, and its definitely my new favorite. The style first came to be after writing a ton of “thanks” gift tags, I liked this new style so much, so I just had to try it out on a few vow prints with some willing customers!

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Hand Lettered Originals

By request, I’ve added original prints as well, without the crutch of editing the final design digitally, these are always a challenge to get right and perfect but I always love them… the look and fill of the imperfections of pen to paper.

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And this is totally brand new, just a couple weeks old, and by my own request to fill a frame in my house, white ink on gritty Kraft wrapping paper! And then right after that, created a black inked print on Kraft cardstock for a friend.

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But of course, I still create the original, all digital typography prints too!

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Client Photos

I really do have the best clients, especially when they send me photos of their prints hung up or on display in their homes!! What an honor!!

With all that to say, these sure do make great gifts. Most of the above are created by the bride for themselves as a momento from the wedding… but quite a few are purchased as anniversary presents to the spouse, or even as a day of the wedding gift! And one was created the week after the wedding, as a wedding present based on the best man’s speech! I thought that was pretty brilliant and may be stealing that idea some day soon.

I’m hoping to one day make more book quotes or bible verse prints… and even prints for baby nurseries! I think that would all be so fun!

Anyway, hope you enjoyed this extra peek behind the scenes at some of my favorite pieces, after all, Etsy only allows for 5 photos! What else am I supposed to do with the rest!

Splish Splash, Amelia’s Under the Sea First Birthday Bash

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Amelia’s first birthday party was a few weeks ago now, and I have been so anxious to post photos from the event.

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Under the Sea Birthday Party Invitations

Of course, we must start with the invitations. I have to say these are pretty much my most favorite invitations I’ve ever designed. From the hand drawn illustrations to the layers of color and texture… I just love them.

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Rachel picked up these fun coral envelopes (and pearl clasps for the invites she personally handed out). Then each one was hand addressed and stuffed with a white pearlescent envelope liner. I just love them!

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Under the Sea Birthday Party Centerpieces

I wasn’t able to help nearly as much as I did with the baby shower, and with school finals and life in general, Rachel and I decided to tone it back for the birthday party decorations. We tried to just focus our energies on a few tables and ideas.

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All the centerpieces collectively cost less than $15! We bought a few fresh succulents, collected sand from the beach, and then picked up a couple of the glass bowls at Joann’s for 99 cents! The rest of the centerpieces were random decorations from my own house (thank you, nautical themed office!) and the trays were recycled from Amie’s wedding in November. Easy!

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Rachel also hung some clear ornaments in the trees to look like bubbles. The little babes loved those!

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Under the Sea, Splish Splash Pendant Banner

I then made a banner for the fence along with some fun fringe letters for the gift table.

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On the way inside, Rachel hung a net and clipped photos from the year to it. It was really fun having the bubble maker going during the party too, it was a festive entrance for sure!

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Under the Sea Bubble Balloon Wall and Cake Table

Once inside, the guests were greeted with a bubble wall… created with a mixture of pearlescent balloons and a few twisted green streamers for seaweed.

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In front of the bubble wall, sat the cake table. Rachel spent the day and night before the party creating this art piece. It was so pretty! I loved the scallop frosting she did! We had a few other knick-knacks on the table as well as a few more photos. And as my gift to Amelia (okay, its really for Rachel)—I commissioned Emily from Yellowstring to create a watercolor portrait of Rachel and Amelia from the first birthday photo session at the beach. I just love how it came out and had fun finding a matching matte and frame at Hobby Lobby.

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And you can’t have a first birthday without the birthday cake smash!

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And one last photo, after the party was over we had to get one last shot of Miss Mia in front of the bubble wall before bathtime.

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Matt and Amie’s Pregnancy Announcement Photos and Card Design

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Last week, my best friend finally let the cat baby out of the bag! She’s expecting her first little babe this December!

Before she even found out that she was pregnant, she had told me that she had wanted to take these feet photos with their little pup (okay she’s not that little now, remember these Christmas photos??)

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So of course I am so excited to meet my new little niece, or nephew. I’m already dreaming of the cuddles, photo shoots, Disneyland trips, and mini milestones all along the way.

And of course, dreaming of the baby shower!! It feels like just yesterday that I was immersed in all things pink and cherry blossoms!

Now, don’t you worry, I’m sure I’ll be posting all along the way… but until then, enjoy a few photos from our announcement photos and the announcement itself that we printed on heavy linen cardstock. And of course, I had to add a little hand lettering to keep in theme with their wedding. 🙂

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Custom Lettering and Design for Amie’s Shabby Chic Vintage DIY Wedding

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Just a month after the wedding, I posted an in depth recap of that glorious day, when my best friend married the man of her dreams under the trees, amongst the hills of Temecula Valley.

While this post shares my best friend’s wedding on a whole, I wanted to share a few photos of the behind the scenes of parts I got to work on!

To make it to that gorgeous day though, a lot of craft nights (and mornings, and days, and weekends) had to happen. Because she loves me, or my writing I should say, I got to hand letter on just about everything! From the invitations to the cake topper… my little hands were busy!

Of course, as a matron of honor, I had many other duties from planning the bridal shower (link), the bachelorette party, and of course on the day of, I had to give a speech. But all in all, my main duty was just helping the bride along the way. Facebook Chat was our go to means of communication. Almost daily, messages were exchanged with links and “so what do you think about this and that’s?”

I just wanted to take a moment to go over some of the crafts and projects we worked on together. It’s a big thanks to Amie Belle and her encouraging me on these projects that pushed me in my passion for hand lettering which launched my Etsy shop to where it is today.

So in a way, this is a giant portfolio update for me—a way to say “hey, I can write that for you!”—and also a way to share ways you can DIY your own wedding day!

If you have any questions, give me a shout out in the comments and I will get it answered!

The Invitations: Save the Dates, Rehearsal and the Wedding

Let’s start with the invitations! I posted about the Save the Dates last March! And here is the very first rubber stamps that launched over 100 more! Kinda crazy to look back on that actually. Who knew?!

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After the Save the Dates, Amie and I worked on her wedding invitations. But of course, before the wedding, comes the rehearsal! I just adore how these came out… all Amie asked for was a “type” look. Which is a favorite of mine so I was happy to oblige! These are actually for sale in my Etsy shop too!


For the wedding invitations, Amie wanted something “simple.” So we kept the invite itself pretty simple and then hand punched (using this Martha Stewart paper punch) the bottom of each card. Then glued those cream pages (from Staples) to a piece of Kraft paper (from Michaels). We also designed maps and a RSVP postcard (postcards printed at All the pieces were then tied together with lace and twine and we added 3 Kraft hang tags (Recollections tag punch from Michaels) that read “You’re Invited” along with a verse from the book of 1 John. The invite was then mailed out in a charcoal grey envelope addressed with a large sticker label and the return address was rubber stamped.

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For the day of, we did quite a variety of projects. Not really sure where to start…

Let’s start with the directional and other fun wood signs!

Hand Painted Wood Signs

The benefit of hand lettering everything, starting with the STDs, was that everything matched seamlessly and we didn’t have to depend on stencils or trying to figure out how to get certain fonts painted on to wood. We did however create stencils for the serif font seen below… but those were easy since the lines are mostly all straight. We just printed out the words at size, cut the inside of the letter out and voila! Home made stencils!

This first photo is Matt and I working on the LOVE sign and cutting out stencils along with a bunch of the completed wooden signs at my house.

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For the cake topper, from Morgann Hill Designs, we just used a purple Sharpie paint pen. Easy peasy.

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For this LOVE sign we followed the tutorial on Shanty to Chic—except we created stencils of our serif font to match the rest of the wedding materials. Side note, tonight we are making more of these but with more custom designs! I can not wait to have one of my own!

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Hand Lettered Escort Name Tags

We also hand lettered the escort tags… to save time we ordered these tags on eBay and then used these Micron pens in sepia along with some rubber stamps for the table number.

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The large chalkboard was from Kirklands, and I hand lettered the sayings using this pen from Hobby Lobby. So easy, and much less messy than real chalk. I did however, prime the board with a real stick of chalk. That helped a lot—and gave it a more worn look. In the image above, you can tell that the board was primed, the image below was written straight on the board without any real chalk lather. The ink sticks more to the board in the unprimed which will make changing it much harder. So it really just depends on how you want to use them in the future.

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Amie also picked up a few frames from Hobby Lobby and then created chalkboards out of them using some chalkboard spray paint.

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wedding DIY assembly

The wedding favors were red neck wine glasses (candlestick glued to a mason jar) for the ladies, and plain mason jars for the men. Attached to each jar was a hand tag using that same Recollections punch from the invitations—and inside each jar was a personalized bookmark, with the name of the guest on top to help with the seating arrangement. These tags and bookmarks were just printed (same ream of paper from the invitations too!) and cut at home. The bookmarks were also punched at the bottom to match the invitations along with an eyelet (see above photo) to hold the twine tassel in place.

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These last paper products to show you were also just printed at home using normal stock paper that was the same cream color as the wedding cardstock.

The wedding programs: the lightweight printer paper made it easy to roll up and then tie off with some more twine.

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DIY wedding programs

These fun Mad Libs we created using a bunch of sayings we found online.

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And the last thing I helped Amie with was completing the slideshow for the wedding… it was created using iMovie and could not have been more easy! I had never used it before and was really relieved that it truly was as easy to use as my husband kept promising it would be! 🙂 One big tip: before placing music, make sure you have all your images and transitions set up because once you have to change those, then you have to go back in and tweak and every single song.

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If I can give any advice to any of you soon to be MOH’s and bridesmaids, it would be to just be an ear and a helping hand to the bride. While that seems so obvious, it’s easier said than done.

Another piece of advice: if you think a project will take one evening to complete, double or triple that! 🙂

Many of the elements above are now for sale in my Etsy shop:

Address rubber stamp. You’re invited! rubber stamp. Invitation card. Rehearsal invite. Custom Lettering. Escort tags.

Save the Date rubber stamps as seen above are coming soon—see my other Save the Date rubber stamps in the meantime.

New Etsy Shop Launched: Mama & Mia Boutique, Hand Knit Infinity Scarves + Giveaway!

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I’m so excited to share this new shop with y’all!

Over the past few months, Rachel has been racking my brain regarding all things Etsy so it’s been fun seeing this come together! And just last weekend, her Etsy boutique went live!

In her own words, Rachel describes her scarves:

After having my darling daughter Amelia, I really felt inspired to start using my creative juices and get crafting. Since being fashionably dressed has always been a must for myself, Amelia now gets to share in that same joy! Scarves are a staple in my winter wardrobe for staying warm and cute so it only made sense that Amelia have her own as well! Voila! Mama & Mia, scarves for littles and their mamas and basically anyone else with a neck that needs a little lovin!

The Mama & Mia scarf is handmade, hand knit, chunky infinity scarf, made from 80% acrylic and 20% wool yarn.

A couple weeks ago, we got together to take some photographs of her infinity scarves product line. Little Mia napped as we shot all the Mama scarves and then woke up just in time to model the Mia scarves for us.

Hope you enjoy the images as much as I do… product photography is fun! Such a different approach than regular portraits… always trying to maximize the versatility of the scarves and bring all attention to them rather than the model herself—although the model is just as gorgeous!

Check out the photos and then at the end of this post, enter our giveaway for a free scarf for yourself and a friend—or your very own Mia.


Comes in sizes for Mama and Mia.

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Comes in sizes for Mama and Mia.

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Comes in sizes for Mama and Mia.

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Comes in sizes just for Mama.

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Comes in sizes for Mama and Mia.

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Pink to Grey Ombre

Comes in sizes just for Mia.

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And of course, Rachel also had me create them a custom lettered stamp for the hang tags…

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This contest is now closed… Jess won a Mama scarf in Mustard with her Pinterest entry! Sweet Rachel has given us a coupon code for all my readers, use code NEWFRIENDSAM when checking out at Mama and Mia Boutique for $5 off your order!

So with all that to say, I’m having a little contest and all you have to do to win a set of your very own scarves is…

1. Pin, to one of your Pinterest boards, from any of the above images (you can pin from this post using the Pinterest button below or from the Etsy shop)… and then…

2. Leave a comment on this post below telling us which color and size (Mama or Mia) scarf you want—along with a link to your pin.

And that’s it! Then you’ll be entered in a drawing for a free set of scarves from the Mama and Mia Boutique.

Fine print: The contest starts today until Saturday, March 15, 11:59 PST. Once the winner is selected, I will contact you via email to get your shipping address.

New Etsy Listing: Printable Photo Christmas Cards


Christmas is closing in on us yet again! I still can’t believe this year has came and went so so fast. And what a year it was!

One of the joys of Christmas that I always look forward to is receiving Christmas cards in the mail!

Here are a few designs I helped my friends create last year along with our very own Christmas card design (for whatever reason they never made it on here last year!).

Each of these 3 designs are listed in my Etsy shop so head on over there if any of these would suit your needs this year. All you have to do is provide me some photographs and your desired wording/verses and I can customize your card for you! You will then get a file back to order your cards through whatever service you’d like! I have a few to recommend too!

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P.S. Here’s a sneak peek into the hand lettering of our 2013 card…


Card 1 features family photography by Mandi Spottsville.

Card 2 features wedding photography by All Aboard Studios.

Flourish, Calvary Chapel Canyon Hills Womens’ Luncheon


handwritten-sketch-Flourish_1471Another project completed with Jess, from J. Rose Photography, for our church… but this time for the annual Womens’ Luncheon.

Their theme verse for the event was from Psalms:

The righteous shall flourish like a palm tree.

We created a flyer for our church bulletin that used a pink and mint green color scheme, incorporating hand drawn type and succulents. Definitely loved how this came to be!

Here are some close ups of the flyer along with some photos from the event from Jess!




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Once Upon a Time, Rachel’s Fairytale Baby Shower Invitations and Bookplate Stamp


Now that you’ve seen Rachel’s maternity photos, the next glimpse into the shower would be the baby shower invitations!

I drew inspiration from Mary Blair’s work on the credits from Cinderella and then applied Rachel’s nursery’s color palette with its pinks, peaches, and mint greens.

The “Once Upon A Time” mark was handwritten as well as Rachel’s name, then a combination of two other typefaces, a modern serif and a medieval display text completed the invite.

This really was a work of love, and definitely one of my favorite invitations yet!



In addition to the invitation, I created a bookmark with Rachel’s favorite verse, Jeremiah 29:11, as the shower favors. Along with a print to go along with it for the nursery as well.




All of these pieces of the invitation can be bought in my Etsy shop: Your New Friend Sam.


In addition to the invite pieces—and to go along with the storybook theme—I created a custom bookplate stamp for Amelia’s baby books.

Also available in my Etsy shop.



So many fun projects were created and designed for Rachel’s shower! I can not wait to show you rest of the photos from the day of… tomorrow!