The Ryan Family’s Fall Christmas Photos in Oak Glen, Outdoor Family Portrait Photography

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This family. Oh, how much do I love and adore them. Pretty much some of the nicest, most genuine people that I have ever met.

Meet the Ryan family… Shane, Kyrene, Hudson (3), and Parker (1).

You’ve definitely seen them around here a few times though, if you’ve been here before. I did their wedding invitations, first ones I’ve ever designed besides my own! Plus, Parker’s newborn photos… and a few other fun things, like Disneyland trips and birthday parties!

After starting the photo session with my favorite family shot, we just had the boys run around and play while taking more lifestyle-like photos. From Hudson’s adventurous spirit to Parker’s deep contemplative stares, I had a hard time narrowing down my favorites!

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5 Ways to Prepare and Shop for Christmas with Your New Friend Sam

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Guys, it’s November?! What? How did that even happen…?

Now that I just wrapped up my best friend’s baby shower this past weekend, I’m ready to dive deep into Christmas! Well, at least start to prep—because we can’t forget Thanksgiving, of course… especially since we’re hosting it this year!

Anyway…. I just wanted to do a super sales-pitchy post (without being too-too-pushy) about how I can help YOU get ready for the holidays! Whether its gifts for your loved ones or designing something special for your annual Christmas card. Let’s work together!


 

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For the Newlyweds

A perfect gift for newlyweds would be to have their vows handwritten and framed to display in their new home. If you don’t have access to their vows, what about the lyrics to their first dance song?

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For the Student and the Reader

Every reader that has a growing collection of books needs to have a way of personalizing them. First with a bookplate stamp that will mark it as theirs and then a library card pocket to keep track of who has borrowed from their library.

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For the Family or New Homeowner

The product that started the craziness that has become my Etsy shop! These address stamps make a perfect gift for those who just bought their first home… but they are wonderful for any family or couple. Really anyone who sends mail could use an address stamp.

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Your New Friend Sam Handwritten Embossed Christmas Cards

For You!

Maybe you need an address stamp too because…. it’s time to send those annual Christmas cards— whether they are handwritten and embossed with a fine glitter or white opaque powder… or the traditional photo card.

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Your New Friend Sam, Merry Christmas Rubber Stamp

For Gift Wrap:

Now that you’re done shopping and the cards have been sent… it’s time to get wrapping! Whether you want handwritten gift tags or a holiday stamp (Merry Christmas or a simple to/from)!

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Your New Friend Sam Handwritten Merry Christmas Gift Tags

Bonus! Let’s get together for a family photo session! Email me for pricing—there’s only a few weekend dates left available!

Thanks for shopping with me! Looking forward to working with you!!

P.S. The Wedding Vows printables also make great gifts to anyone with a favorite song or bible verse, instead of vows, create a design with their favorite bible verse or their favorite song lyrics.

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Friday Footnotes

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Ever have those weeks that are just slow enough that for half a heartbeat or so, you start to question whether you’ve headed down the wrong path? That was me last week. That was me just this past Sunday. My Etsy shopped slowed from the frenzy of commuter hour to a nicely paced drive in the middle of the country. i.e. it didn’t even stop. But it slowed to the point where I had the mini-est of panic attacks, questioning whether or not this could really be for real. That the craziness of these past few months were over and that it was all a big joke that God was pulling. Well, all those doubts flew right out the window on Monday and we’re back to the juggling always multi-tasking day-to-day frenzy that my life has become. I must admit, I kinda missed this frenzy.

Soooo…. another week with no Internet finds for my footnotes. Uh, this may be like week 3 of me missing them, so let’s take a moment to see what I’ve been up to. Just a few sneak peeks…

1. Embossing [Anything I Can Get My Hands On]

A few months back, a very dear friend of mine asked me to design a bridal shower invitation. The theme involved the lovely color of gold…. so I asked her if she would want to try embossing the invitations. Something I have been wanting to add to my shop for sometime (but did I mention I hadn’t tried this technique in over a decade??!). So we get the invite design, rubber stamp made, and we plan a day to get together to create 50 invitations. Ugh, let’s just say, it didn’t work out like we hoped. But since I had all the tools now, I wanted to put them to good use—plus I discovered embossing pens where I can straight up right and turn my writing to embossed amazing-ness—which led me to embossing wedding table number cards, greeting cards, and whatever else I could get my hands on! Let’s just say, my hubby came home from a weekend of BBQ to a kitchen lightly covered in glittering gold dust. I snapped some photos and just listed these babies in my shop this week. Let’s see what happens next shall we? Whether they sell or not, I sure had fun making them!

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Whew, after that long story, you may still be wondering what embossing even is…. using rubber stamps and a embossing ink pad or a pen that emits the special embossing ink, the ink impression is dusted with powder and then heated which creates that raised embossed link.

2. Hand Lettered Hang Tags

Another semi-new product to my shop are hand-lettered tags that can be used for gift tags—and personalized for name cards too! I love listing new items just to see what happens. After listing a set of 4 tags that would be for the everyday use with sayings like thanks, cheers, happy birthday, etc… I had a few custom orders come in with personalized tags for a bachelorette weekend, and then by a couple brides who wanted their bridesmaids names written and another just wanting their bridal party roles written out. These are the days where I can’t believe I’m getting paid to just write someone’s name on a tag. Humbled and shocked and feeling so blessed about this!

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3. Full Calligraphy Stamp

I’ve also listed a few new rubber stamps… seriously, I really used this little slow period to get a ton of new products going! I had listed a full calligraphy address stamp some time ago but was never truly happy with the look of the design…. and then comes another amazing Etsy customer who specially requested the stamp and I really love how theirs came out! Using a kinda funky and whimsical writing…

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4. Merry Christmas Rubber Stamp

Another rubber stamp just added to the shop is a Christmas one! Is it really that time of year already?? Okay, I may be a little ahead of myself, but I just started doodling and trying out the lettering and loved how the y in merry crossed the t and dotted the i! So I just couldn’t wait any longer! View the listing here.

Your New Friend Sam Etsy Calligraphy Merry Christma Rubber Stamp

5. Church Re-Brand

And last but not least, a non-Etsy related project, finishing up the big branding overhaul at my church. Well, semi-finished. Here’s a web banner, that we’re not even using anymore (don’t want to ruin the surprise of the new website!) just to give you a peek as I still need to photograph all the rest of the printed pieces. A time consuming, but oh-so-fun-and-worth-it project!

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A Year Spent at the Happiest Place on Earth / 2013-2014

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Today my Disneyland pass expires. After having an annual pass to the Happiest Place on Earth since Christmas of 2004, I am so heartbroken to not just be able to head down there whenever I want. Looking back over the years, I feel so blessed and am so thankful for all the little moments and celebrating all the major milestones. It’s the place I fell in love, it’s where friendships were strenghtened, its the place where my little nieces and nephews saw a whole new world with a sparkle in their eyes. And oh my gosh, I miss it already.

On the other hand, Disneyland to me has always been a creative and artistic masterpiece. Every single nook and cranny has been thoughtfully executed down to the smallest detail. It has been crafted with love and a passion for the ideals of one man, Walt Disney. Walking down Main Street, I am just filled with so much creative juice that my heart just feels full and my mind is racing with ideas.

And while I am taking a break from having a pass for awhile… I will forever cherish all these days and nights spent in the most beautiful amusement park ever created. Okay, I think Paris and Tokyo Disneyland are the prettiest, but I haven’t been to those—yet.

So here’s to yet another great year spent at the Happiest Place on Earth—and my last for a little while! To the memories and photographs, to the friends and laughter.

See my 2010 year at Disneyland, 2011,  and 2012.

May 7

The day I got my pass was just to be able to get in for the day to take Rachel’s maternity photos… it was great to be back after not having a pass for 2 months. And of course, great to be there for sun kissed moments such as this…

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September 22

Saying goodbye to the Courtyard of Angels as they closed it down the following week to make it the new entrance to Club 33. It’s my favorite spot in the park, see my post on it here.

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November 11

My first trip with my newest Disneyland ride buddy!! I was pretty excited, can you tell?

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November 15

First time seeing Amie as Mrs. Pankratz since the wedding! So much catching up to do while exploring Disneyland at its Christmas finest!

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December 8

Before going on Splash Mountain with the newlyweds… and before Amie was very upset with us for making her sit in the front row and get totally drenched.

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January 12

Celebrating our annual trip for Rachel’s birthday.

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January 17

Because I just couldn’t pick which Ryan boy to post! And because they are both just so darn cute!!

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February 9

One last trip before the husband’s pass expired.

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April 9

Molly’s first trip to Disneyland! And her buddy Grayson and my buddy Jess looking at ducks… again, couldn’t decide which kiddo to show! More photos from this trip here.

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April 11

Mia took her first spin around the teacups during what we thought would be our last trip together! Another couple photos from this trip here!

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April 30

Another “last trip before the pass expires…” I just love watching the kiddos experience the joys we take for advantage. Like the fun of a carousel.

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May 4

Since I started my pass and this post off with 8 month pregnant Rachel, I thought it was only appropriate to end with 11 month old Mia in her mama’s arms.

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Wow… what a year it was! I can’t promise you that I didn’t cry a few times going through photos to create this post. I love these friends of mine who are more like family. And this park that sometimes feels more like home.

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My Christmas Wish List, Christmas Traditions 2013

I love how selfless the month of December feels… I just love giving gifts! Especially those gifts that are just. so. perfect! Since I can’t share all the fun finds that we are gifting to our friends and family, I thought I’d share a few of fun things that made my Christmas Wish List!

Seeing a visual picture of the things I am wishing for made me laugh… anyone else asking for an iPad stylus pen, scrapbook stuff, and Iron Man 3? No, just me?

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1. Jean Capris, 2. Staz On White ink pad, 3. Mustard Yellow Cardigan, 4. Prima’s Comfort Craft Distressing Tool, 5. Iron Man 3 [Blu-ray], 6. Brown Flats, 7. Mid Calf Black Boots, 8. Urban Decay (Naked2), 9. Wacom Bamboo Stylus for iPad, 10. Camera Case for Canon Elph

So what’s on your wish list?

The Wagoners’ Christmas Photos in the Snow, Big Bear

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When Lauren and I first talked about getting some new photos of them taken, all she wanted was to take them in the snow. So 2 weeks later, we all drove up to Big Bear, randomly stopping along the road to take some pictures.

It had been awhile since the 4 of us had hung out, and I’m so glad my hubby was there with me to help us get smiles from his best buddy.

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Seriously, isn’t Lauren just gorgeous! The snow really suits her. 🙂

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This is by far my favorite photo of the day.

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And we stopped for one last photo on the way home… you can kinda see a hint of pink noses as the temperature was dropping quick!

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Thanks Mr. and Mrs. for spending a fun day in the snow with us! Love you both so so much!

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Evernotes Every Friday

1. Starbucks Red Cup Design

I read this really cool article on the back story of the annual design of the “red cups” at Starbucks. The post even shares the sketch that started it all… really cool concept and amazing execution across all the platforms from the cups to the coffee bean bags. Found via The Dieline.

2. Greg Lauren Limited Edition Fragrance

I haven’t a clue how this fragrance smells but the handmade packaging already makes me want to buy it!

Each bottle has the same feel but no two are exactly alike. ‘I wanted the bottle to feel special,’ says Lauren. ‘To do this I made the labels out of various materials. I used paper, fabric and even small scraps of vintage military fabrics. Then each has my hand-written name on a torn piece of classic masking tape. The labels are then stained with everything from coffee, ink, pencil and pastels.’

Found via The Dieline.

3. Chic iPad Cases

My husband asked if we could get an iPad as a joint Christmas present to ourselves. So what am I most excited for? Getting an iPad case of course! Thanks to Design*Sponge for their well timed article…

4. Kelly Moore’s Home

I really love this home, featured on A Beautiful Mess. And I really love the way she’s (Kelly Moore Clark) printed large scale images of her children, and their family, making each print into a piece of art really. When can I move in? 🙂

5. “Halloween Haters” Decor Tips

I have definitely said that a few times this season, “I hate Halloween.” But just as this article mentions the demons and skanky girl outfits, I would say I wholeheartedly agree. On a whole other note though, it is a welcome into Autumn which is definitely my favorite season of them all and this article has quite a few darling decorating tips! Read it in full on The House that Lars Built.

Evernotes Every Friday

1. Gulp Milkshake

I think the majority of graphic design students have to illustrate an action word, making that word into an image of itself… after seeing Gulp Milkshakes, they would totally win! Found via The Dieline.

2. G & J Monogram

Seriously one of the best monograms I have ever seen in my whole life. Gorgeous work! Designed by kissmiklos, found via Pinterest.

3. Smart Lids

Another ingenious packaging design: travel lid changes color to show hot temperatures!  Designed by Smart Lids System, found via The Dieline.

4. Presents from the North Pole

Is it too early to be pinning Christmas wrapping ideas?? Because I could not resist seeing this oh so adorable and creative packaging that makes each gift a special delivery straight from the North Pole! Originally from LMNOP, found via Pinterest and Lolalina’s blog.

5. Bird Cage Table

While I am no fan of birds… inside or outside… I do think this table is pretty cool! Designed by Gregoire De Lafforest, found via Looks Like Good Design.

Disney Ornament, Christmas Traditions 2012

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One of my favorite traditions is buying our annual Disney ornament! I featured our 2011 ornament last year along with several others from previous years.

This year’s ornament, similar in look to last year, is our 8th annual ornament from Disneyland.

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I think some of my favorite Disney ornaments though are from their more rustic collection—which feature a more vintage Mickey and Minnie—wish they had these out again this year.

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Another new ornament this year was from our trip through Oregon, from Mutnomah Falls!

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And lastly, remember this beauty from the Vintage Marketplace? Well, I had a migraine and had to miss the ornament exchange, so look who is sitting pretty on my tree?

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What are some of your favorite ornaments?