Saturday, October 4, 2014

Hello Fall XOXO


Let's start with the good stuff: September was awesome. Celebrated all month long as it was my birthday month. I loved it. lots of cake and sprinkles. Lots of family time. 


And then just for fun we put our home up for sale. Jk. It wasn't for fun. We really did put our home up for sale. I really did keep it clean for 2 weeks straight and I seriously doubt I could've made it 3 while people came to see it. But it was a great month. I can't wait to show you more pictures I took of our place. It's simple but it's home. And then, just as I was enjoying the fact that we actually sold our home... then reality started sinking in and the idea of moving has me feeling a bit less excited. More like just not excited at all. Because you know, moving isn't fun. But we ARE excited about finally buying a home that doesn't have a shared wall. And that does have a garage & a big back yard. I've already started missing this place and we haven't even moved! I'm such a sap. It didn't look like this when we first moved in and I guess looking back at all the work we put into this place & making it ours I feel like I will miss that part of us here. Luckily, our next home is a fixer upper so yay to putting our magic touch on that home too. It's going to be good. really really good :) 


So in 100 degree weather I got ready for this fall photo shoot and bought myself some more flowers & pumpkins and totally ate all the candy corn I darned pleased. Because life goes on and now we're onto fall, even if san diego doesn't believe in it with this hot weather. lol!


I'm loving fall anyway XOXO. 


New vintage card & fall inspired cards in 2 paper color choice options.


And I'm still in love with mason jars. So we made Kraft mason jar sticker labels. Perfect for labeling handmade gifts + treat bags & leaving cute random notes XO.


I also love these mason jar tags. I love labeling stuff. Everything. Just because. I should show you my tag drawer. Its pretty crazy in a good way :)


Kraft tags are super cute. I think these would be fun to use as place card holders for weddings and sending handmade love to friends & family. I think mason jars are forever XO.


You know i love clothespins. I thought they'd be even cooler with phrases! You know the pencils with engraved phrases. Well i rarely use a pencil or give one away so i thought the same idea with the phrases would look awesome on clothespins! I LOVE these! I've been using them on packaging recently and think it's super fun adding a cute phrase to each gift :)


And I've been loving these half tone mini wooden clothespins as well. Everything is cuter in mini format am I right? Each clothespin measures 1 inch. Adorable!


Last year was our first year debuting our mini calendars. I'm so pleased to share our 2015 calendars


We've included 5 font options with 3 paper color choices. I love customizing stuff & love the gift of choice. So that's what these beauties are all about. Use them in your paper projects, for gift giving or to decorate  and hang in your office & home. 2015 is going to be so lovely with these beauties.


A bit of handmade goodness for you. I've been making these doily garlands whenever I get the chance and I am so happy to share this one with you guys. I think this is the best way to upcycle thrifted doilies. I love that you can use these over and over again to decorate. Perfect for decorating a wedding table and a sweet corner of your home. I only made this one for this shop update so hurry quick before it's gone!


And the same goes for this little black garland. Perfect for minimal decorating. And works perfect for everyday decor. I always have a garland up somewhere in our home ;)


And our black & white design paper tags are now available in kraft ! :)


You can buy one of nine designs or one of each design. 
We've recently started offering wholesale options on these too. 

And I've saved the best new for last...It's sale time again, we're celebrating a new adventure for Inspire Lovely... we're moving our studio! If you've been waiting to stock up today is your day :) Enjoy this month's fall sale by entering "FallXOXO" at checkout for 20% off your order all month long. We're trying to lighten our load to make moving the studio easier so thanks in advance for your help ;)

Happy Fall & shopping! ps: I really wish i could share my bowl of candy corn & candy pumpkins because sometimes i only want to eat one and then i feel pressured to finish the 100 i have left lol! No self control, shame hehee.

-d

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Watercolour summer magic



Hi lovelies! 
I've been tagged by a lovely friend, Jessy, to share a few answers with you to a few fun questions:

        1. What am I working on right now?

Summer packaging & new Fall + Christmas stamp designs! I know. It's not even fall yet but I've already spotted a few pumpkins at the stores and i feel like i need to get with the program. But really, i've been procrastinating and just trying to enjoy creating fun summer kits & stamps :) I'm looking forward to Fall & Christmas already!


        2. How long does it take me to create a project?

Really depends what I'm working on, but I would have to say I always take my time. This could mean between a day to a week. Yikes! I can't put something out there that I'm just not into or feel like I'm not happy with. It's part of a process that at times drives me crazy but I always end up feeling right about it and things generally work out :) And other times I surprise myself and things just come together in a few minutes! but that rarely happens ha! Ah, that coffee works wonders lol! jk. i don't drink coffee. more like 90% sugar & milk and 10% coffee ... total motivator. ;)


        3. What are my favorite things to create with at the moment?

I'm loving watercolours! It's a fun creative work out. I have had my watercolour paper pad + inks + brushes since my art school days. I'm talking waaaaay back lol! It was SO good to play with water & brushes again! You know I forget the "rules" so to speak about working with specific mediums and this was a total " Oh THAT'S how that works better!" hahaa! I jazzed things up and added a big dash of glitter just for fun. Reminds me of the glittery water reflections of the sun in the ocean. So dreamy. XOXO Also, I ended up free hand drawing a few script card designs & stamps. First time for me! It was a bit nerve racking since my actual handwriting is so similar to a serial killers, or as I've been told like a doctors scribbles lol! Still free hand drawing was fun since it's all about doodling and that's aways fun to do and doesn't feel like "work. I hope to add a few more handmade scripts in the future.

        4. How does my writing/creating process work?

I am not a writer. as you can already tell :) nor do i make lists. because i'm that twit who writes lists only to get to the store and realize i forgot the list at home. SO frustrating! or i really hate myself at the end of the day for not getting everything done & marked off the list. so no lists. just fun :)


I used to LOVE getting assignments when I was on a design team. But now that I'm not on one I have to find a way to stay motivated and create stuff for myself. I now take on a few outside assignments just to motivate and challenge myself to think creatively. I was recently invited to create a fun tassel project to share with Mollie Makes readers and am so happy with how it turned out. I loved the creative direction from the magazine, they are the best! I can't tell you how smitten I am to have worked with my fav craft mag! If you love to create don't hesitate and pick up a copy! It's filled to the brim with eye candy and fun DIY's :)


Another big motivator is documenting our life for my little r. He's such a little guy still i know he'll appreciate it. He loves watching videos, looking at pictures of himself that we took of him as a baby baby. Sniff sniff. Little guy is growing up so fast. but this is a motivating force for me! I'm staying with it and creating for us!

My creative process is simple. Find inspiration. Draw/design. play with color options. print it. tape it to the wall. live with it. like it. great. not like it, go back to redesign and continue steps from there. nothing scientific here. just keep creating and going back to the drawing board. some ideas just take more time and that's okay! As long as you're happy it's all good :) It's supposed to be  fun, not stressful ;)


        5. How do I become inspired and stay inspired?

I want to say inspiration comes from pretty much anything. It can be a visual "material" thing: a pretty comforter from West Elm & pillows from CB2. An awesome song with a fun beat and catchy lyrics. Or from pretty flowers on my walk & the patterns I find in a bit of shade from a tree. Probably sounds crazy, but it also doesn't have to be "things" either.

I'm also constantly inspired by moments I'm able to remember. Almost 10 years ago I traveled to Italy by myself. After a few days traveling I remember feeling a bit lonely. I can remember waking up in a pretty tower in a fancy little hotel overlooking the Capri seaside. I vividly remember the open window, The cool ocean breeze against my face. The gorgeous colors in the warm sunrise. The sounds, the boats & sailors in the harbor. Singing the song "Here I Am" by Delirious by heart & on my ipod so faintly. Inspired by the lyrics: Your grace has found me just as I am, Empty handed, but alive in your hands" The overwhelming feeling of being held. Comforted. Happy. reminded I was loved. Blessed. I was so thankful to really be in that moment that I used these things to soothe the labour pains while pregnant many years later. The little bits & details of moments of inspiration are truly amazing when you give them time to settle in & be aware of them. You never know how they will inspire you later in life :)

--> Disconnect, go outside, look up, look around, close your eyes. and just breathe :)

        6. What is my signature style?

Oh my goodness. I want to say what I used to always say but I can't because I think it's changed. I have to say a bit of B&W with some sequins + type design. I'm still a bit color shy but I'm working on it ;) Also, I'm trying not to overdo the whole graffiti spray can thing so I'm using that sparingly now lol! Having a little one I think has made me a bit more whimsical.So I hope that it shows :)

- Tag the blogs of three of your favorite scrapbookers:


She's always so good a being herself. So honest. Such a good example in her faith + art + family life. She's just one special beautiful soul and that's really inspiring to me. XOXO

Such an amazing artist! I've had the pleasure of friending her in real life and working on the same design team back in our Kenner Road days :) She's just awesome. She's so creative and has a brilliant use of color and black lines. Super cool & I love her drawings XOXO

I am planning on meeting her at her next Be Crafty workshop and I cannot wait! She's just the best most brilliant paper creative I've seen! And she's so awesome at redoing furniture! Always picks the best colors and has the prettiest instagram! She's just brilliant. you'll love her too XOXO

Happy creating lovelies!
xo
-d


Saturday, August 23, 2014

Summer LOVE


Oh summer. please don't go!  I feel like i haven't chased enough ice cream trucks or eaten enough strawberries and yummy pineapple. I definitely haven't eaten enough ice cream ;)  Pistachio is my favorite! As i was designing these papers I realized that time really does go by too quick when you're having fun. So maybe that's a good thing? It's a sign that you're enjoying life to the fullest, I just wish we could live in those moments a bit longer lol! 


Lately we've been cramming our last swim lessons with little r, always and adventure with a 2.5 year old lol! He started off so well then as the weeks went by he started to really be afraid of the water or just the part where you initially get in the pool. It was like giving a cat a bath. i have to laugh about it now but if you've ever given a cat a bath then you know thats not fun lol! We've also been potty training him and he's doing so well so I know emotionally there's a lot going on. Its been good though. it's been fun spending our summers together enjoying being out and walking together etc. Lots to document and remember! i always say, " i need to write that down!" lol! So that's what I've been doing and will use this fun kit to document our 3rd summer together :)


One of my favorite things about the kits is adding exclusive stamps. Our popsicle stamps we used to stamp the packaging in the previous post is now available in this kit! mmmm... so good :)


So yay to good times. to remembering and documenting. i'm giving myself this weekend to play with this kit. If you'd like to document your summer with this kit they are now available in the shop! i'm really excited to play with a few packaging ideas i have for this kit. Its definitely my favorite part :) glittery watercoloured watermelon + lemon + strawberries + popsicles + ice cream bars XO 
happy last it of summer!

XO
-d

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Super Cool Summer time XO


do you see this? i live 15 min give or take away from this. it's all i know. the sand, the salty air and the blue sea is home to me. and this is only my second time this year that i sit and relax & enjoy this.  It's funny because people vacation in san diego year round. they come to enjoy this. soak it all up and have fond memories of it when snow storms hit back home. i'm thankful for this everyday goodness. kickin back i realized i need to do a summer time love stamp set because oh my look how good summer is!!! Pretty freakin awesome my friends.


so i doodled away and i hand wrote that "You're Cool" stamp & the rest of the stamp set :) LOVE!!! mixed in some ever popular shapes like pineapples and ice cream cones. And yeah, you're welcome summer. You're my fav.


Mixin' it up:
paper love + stamp love
= XOXO
I also feel a donut stamp set coming on ;)
any donut lovers out there? you are my kind of people lol!


i made some cute packaging for the stamps ( some are just a random mix but they are so cheery and perfect for gifting or storing personal items )




pineapple bags have me swooning

i think the best part of summer is the refreshments and fresh produce. what i like to do to keep cool when temperatures reach a balmy 90 degrees is eat fresh cold fruit and eat lots of ice cream. :) And ice cream on packaging is always a win i think. adorbs right? Popsicle bags are available in the shop!


We have a rule in our home that i made up: We eat our ice cream with sprinkles and have no regrets. Sometimes before dinner. always with a smile. it's like our new motto and i'm not getting any negative feedback. :) lol!  Summer is too short, enjoy it while it lasts lovelies! 

I'm giving away a set of these cute pineapple bags via my instagram  if you'd like a chance to enter and win. It's open to international entries and I pick a winner this Monday morning ! 

Happy celebrating + crafting + living + loving
XOXO
-d








Saturday, July 5, 2014

Paper playing & kit love


I've been holding onto these photos from Mother's Day and waiting for a layout to magically come together. I had laundry to tackle and a million other excuses but I branched out! I'm not usually a 4x6 picture girl but this Project life page protector was calling my name. I printed the photos here at home. What's funny is that i hung the page protector up in my laundry nook. Washi taped the thing to my cupboards while I did laundry. Pondered a bit. Moved the pictures & cards around. Pondered a bit more... and the page came together ! All this while multi tasking lol!  NEVER happens. it's quite an accomplishment. but hey, a girls gotta do laundry AND get some paper crafting in. :)

My favs from the page above are using the stamps in this kit and made an intro/ title card using a simple piece of white paper that I pre printed my journaling on. I stamped the shapes on to add a design to the card. I love it!  I also love the pic of little r and I.  i have to ask for kisses from my little cute punk. he then wipes his mouth. The irony here is that HE's the one giving the sloppy messy kisses and WE have to wipe the kisses/slobber off. hahahaa! I think he saw everyone he gave a kiss to do this and now he does it. its sad. but i do love those sloppy kisses. Also, if you're in the san diego area and hungry, please do yourself a favor and visit Soda & Swine . My request this year to have my mother's day dinner and we really enjoyed it! Also, had to include a picture of my mother's day present, a huge succulent! I scored this beauty from Home Depot and it cost less $6 and she's bigger than my face. pretty awesome.


i was at michael's the other day on the hunt for different project life page protectors and I came across a small package of them. I love this smaller look mixed in with the 4x4 picture size. Still small & still cute. So i filled the page up with a few cards from The Make It Lovely kit and printed my photos to 4x4. I even got a bit crazy and added a few graffiti specks like I used to do on everything i used to make. reining it in a bit and love the clean contrast with the specks of grungy black.  Sometimes as a mom i have to celebrate when i "dress up" because i almost aways look mangy. hahaa! So this page is about my new digs and my loves, my little r and a fresh bouquet of peonies. So lovely. Too bad i can't grow peonies. and that they aren't a year round flower, i think they're the worlds most loved flower. or at least instagram's lol!


And our leisurely page. LOVE the mix of 3x4 sandwiched in between 2 4x6 pictures. this is just us enjoying the beach one dinner night. stopped off at a drive thru for some hamburgers + had a fun time resting, playing in the sand and watching the sun set. Ironically, you'd think because we live in san diego, we do this a lot but we don't. sad but true. i know that this is something we shouldn't take for granted and this day, we didn't. hooray for the little things!

My fav thing was that in the kit i made these pre made cards with gold dots and i added a simple mini picture to it to complete the card. i love quick design :) and the vellum card was a easy peasy. the card comes in 3x4 size, you get another piece of vellum/paper a bit larger than 3x4 sew or glue the edges ( like a U shape around the edges, leaving the top open.) fill the pocket with sequins. In this case i had left over gold circles + glitter + black glitter +sequins and then sewed/glued the top together. To finish off the pocket card you trim the edges of the card to the 3x4 size. It's the coolest. love all that goodness just dancing around the pocket :)


So that was nice, i love sharing completed projects. i've got way to many on my list to finish up but this was fun! I also wanted to share the packaging I created for these kits. I used the stamps in the kit to decorate the mini kraft boxes the paper kit comes in. Then i made copies of one of my favorite thrifted B&W pictures I bought at an antique store of these lovelies sunbathing. they look so calm doing summer right. pretty cute. i also added a fun tag with a bit of fabric on it and tied it all together with a pretty gold cord. Hope you love it!

If you'd like to buy a kit i have the last 2 kits available here with free shipping (domestically) + 20% off  that ends tomorrow night. Hopefully this helps motivate you to print your awesome photos and get some great multi tasking done ;) and some cool pages into your album. 

Happy weekend lovelies!

xo
-d