Evernotes Every Friday

Again, I must thank Jessica from J. Rose Photography for filling in for me today. After last weekend’s bridal shower and this week spending time with my best friends doing wedding stuff and catching up… I just wasn’t able to scour the interwebs for a post. I sure do love Jess’ guest posts though, you can read more of her own blog here.

Hi there, it’s Jess! Yes I am back with another guest post for you. Yay!

Today I have something exciting to share with you,
but first let’s talk about what we are all guilty of doing..
taking pictures and just having them sit on a computer space..
and sit, and sit forever.
Oh of course they’re on Facebook, but as a photographer you need to listen to me
when I tell you that you have to do something else with them!

I think I might be able to help..

I’ve come up with five different things that you can do with your photos.

1. Memory Game by Pinhole Press

I of course discovered this amazing little site via Pinterest. I saw this memory game and fell in love, unfortunately Grayson is still too young to be memorizing objects. Buuut our dear buddy Elijah who was turning five is the perfect age. I hopped on his momma’s Instagram feed and took screenshots of all of the photos that I wanted to use. Then cropped them to size in Photoshop, (you of course don’t have to do it this way but I just wanted pictures that Eli was familiar with, but not having to bother Jamie for them) Seriously you guys, Pinhole Press has some pretty amazing things! Especially in the kids products, I want to order a bunch of things for G!

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2. Canvas portraits

This is all the new rage in the photography industry. I feel like I am seeing these everywhere now, and I love it! Sometimes you don’t need a fancy frame and mat, all you need is a beautiful image printed on a nice sturdy canvas. You can get these canvases in different sizes so that you can hang any type of arrangement on the wall you choose. I am now offering these on my product menu after each session.

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3. Books and Albums.

Another one of my favorite products are Layflat books. These books are a perfect way to display your photos for years. They come in a variety of sizes and different cover types and colors, and I love that your photographs are flush mounted inside the book. They come in sizes like 5×7 or square sizes (my favorite) anywhere from 5×5 up to 12×12.

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4. Printstgram.

I don’t know if you take as many iPhone photos as I do but it my favorite way to capture our every day memories. I pretty much love anything they make but their mini square prints are my favorite! You can get 48 mini square prints or 24 regular for $12. It takes a lit bit of work but I’ve put all of the ones I’ve printed so far in an album. A calendar might be next, everyone knows I sure take enough pictures to have one for every day of the year! (Are you on Instagram? HERE I am!)

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5. Photo transfer project.

Are you ready for a DIY?! A couple of years ago I looked all over for a photo transfer project, I even tried a few that just did not work out. Then low-and-behold, I found one at A Beautiful Mess.. Of course I did, those girls think of everything! I love how they turn out, not absolutely perfected, but totally perfect for me. Here is a link to the DIY in case you are interested.
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Evernotes Every Friday

My thanks go out to Jessica from J. Rose Photography for writing this post for me as I travel back from New York City today!

Hi there! My name is Jess and I am a lifestyle photographer/blog writer/full time mommy to a beautiful son named Grayson. I am sure if you’ve followed Sam for any amount of time you’ve seen my kid here a few times (to say the least) While Sam and her family are vacationing and having a wonderful time on their trip to Maine she asked me to share a little with you. I love Jesus and He is the center of my everything, and while here on this earth He has given me the most precious gift there is; a baby. Who happens to be my heart in little human form. So what better to share about than five things that I would not, could not live without after having Grayson.

1. Diaper bag

I have posted about What’s in my bag? and briefly mentioned my diaper bag. I love my diaper bag. Since that post I have actually had to get a new one (Always order Nordstrom people, they are the BEST at returns and exchanges! Totally worth the extra money) which I love even more. Now for some of you this bag might look huge, it is. But I’m one of those girls who even before I had a baby carried luggage for a purse. What can I say, I like to be prepared! So I looked and looked, and finally decided to go with a Petunia Pickle Bottom bag, the Weekender. It really is perfect for me, when he was a newborn I had the necessary binky’s, blankets, bottles and burp cloths (all b’s.. so weird) anyway a ton of “stuff”. Now that he’s older I don’t have all of that but we have all the snacks and toys. Plus during the summer it’s the perfect beach bag! Definitely would not want to live without this.

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2. Diaper clutch

Along with having a large diaper bag I wanted to have something to be able to run into the grocery store or church with and not lug the big bag. A diaper clutch is the perfect choice. So perfect in fact that recently I’ve added this to part of my business. These clutches perfectly fit a disposable changing pad cover, two to three diapers, a few wipes and a scented plastic bag to dispose of your diaper. When I carry mine I also slipped my phone and debit card in there on many occasions to run into the store. This really is the ideal thing to have when your baby is young, you can even just keep it stocked and in your car if you don’t carry a huge bag like mine that it fits into. OR this makes the perfect baby shower gift. I’ve given it a few times now and about a month after I hear how much it has come in handy in their daily routines. If you’re interested in getting one for yourself or a friend, you can hop over to my Etsy shop Sew in Love. Whether you have this one or another, a little diaper clutch is a would not want to live without item.

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3. Baby monitor

I call it the OCD-mom baby monitor. It’s made by Angelcare and it is a video monitor plus it has a sensor pad that detects the baby’s breathing. So if they stop breathing this loud alarm goes off. I definitely recommend this if you plan to have your baby in their crib. Or if you’re just a paranoid mom like I am. I ended up getting mine on Amazon on cyber Monday for almost a hundred dollars cheaper! It was still a little pricey and my husband thought I was crazy when I got it but he even admitted that he was really glad I got it. It just gave us a piece of mind. Oh until it kinda stopped working when G was around 4 weeks old, but I called Angelcare and while on the phone with them I tested it. It still wasn’t working properly so they sent me out a new sensor pad and camera right away no charge. So all around, I definitely recommend this monitor. Totally could not live without this!

4. Selsun Blue and Bag Balm.

I know these are two totally separate products but I’ve lumped them together because they can both be used to help in similar situations. Grayson had cradle cap when he was teeny tiny and my pediatrician recommended Selsun and once I used it, the cradle cap went completely away. He also has excema and our pedi told me to put that on there, totally helped! The bag balm I’ve used for diaper rash. Balmex and Desitin just never worked for him, but bag balm did. I’ve also used that for his excema and it seems to help with that too. Would not want live without those two.

5. The ERGObaby carrier.

My friend Elisabeth let me borrow hers! Which is awesome because they are a bit pricey, although I’ll say after using it, totally worth the money. To even register for the another harness carrier, pointless. I haven’t used this a ton yet, just a few times but those times were a little heavenly. The padding on your shoulders is so comfortable, I kept thinking it would start hurting like the Baby Bjorn did but nope. Besides the amazingly padded shoulders, it basically puts the weight on your hips. Which works for this mama because mine are child bearing that’s for sure.. What mommy doesn’t? Recently we’ve been using it for Disneyland and love it! Would not want to be without that for sure.

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Having a baby is such a FUN adventure! I find more joy now in just the day-to-day life stuff.. If you’re getting ready to have a little one of your own, you are in for the ride of your life! I hope reading about what has helped me.. will help you! xoxo j.

Evernotes Every Friday

While I’m away on vacation, Amie has kindly stepped in to post some DIYs for their upcoming rustic shabby chic wedding—which happens to be just 3 months from today! Follow all the Pankratz wedding adventures here.

Hi guys!  This is Amie — Sam is my wonderful Matron of Honor for my upcoming wedding this November. I know she’s mentioned my upcoming nuptials on her blog before, so I was honored when she asked me to share with you guys while she is away touring the Northeast!

Here are five fun DIY projects I plan on making for the wedding.

1. DIY Redneck Wine Glasses

I’ve always loved these glasses and when I found out just how cheap they are to make, I knew I had to have them  as my wedding favors!  This is actually the only project I have completed so far and I was so impressed with how easy to follow Mavis Butterfield’s DIY How to Make Redneck Wine Glasses tutorial was.

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2. DIY Personalized Wooden Ring Bearer Box

I’m not a big fan of the traditional ring bearer pillow, so I set out on a search for something a little more unique. I came across this cute little box on Pinterest and I fell in love! You can find the DIY tutorial here on The Knotty Bride.

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3. DIY Vintage Table Numbers

Long before I stumbled upon this tutorial, I planned on framing burlap for our table numbers. When I saw this, I knew it was just perfect! Check out Weddingbells DIY tutorial here.

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4. DIY Rustic Wood Sign

We’re getting married at a beautiful estate in the hills of Temecula Valley. Although beautiful, I have a feeling it may be a little hard for our guests to find. So, we decided that it would be a good idea to create a few signs to guide our guests to the venue. I found so many wonderful tutorials for DIY signs and  have decided to combine a couple of them to get the look we’re going for. You can check these out at Lil Blue Boo and the House of Smith’s.

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5. DIY Vintage Framed Chalkboards

This may be a little weird, but I love chalkboards and I am so excited to incorporate them into our big day. We plan on using chalkboards through out the wedding and I found the perfect tutorial on how to make our own on the Lisa Leonard Blog, check it out here!

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