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So here are some of the professional photos from Sarah & John’s wedding this past summer! Photos courtesy of Jennica Wolf of Jennica Jo Photography. Invites, place cards, menu cards, programs, etc were created by myself and other decor was created by Traci of Whimsy.

Here is the first round of photos from Sarah & John’s wedding yesterday. Invites,escort cards, menu cards, programs etc. created by myself (with the hard labor of my sister, niece, & the bride & her mother!) The other gorgeous decor throughout the venue was created by Whimsy. Check out Traci from Whimsy’s blog for even more photos here!

Ashley & Pat

Now I’m by no means a professional photographer, but here are some shots I took of my sister-in-law and soon to be brother-in-law for their engagement photos. They’re such an adorable couple and I think they turned out great! Congrats Ash and Pat! I can’t wait til the wedding!


Stay tuned for shots of the save the dates and wedding invites.

Christmas cards

Since Halloween is offically over, i feel that it is now safe to start talking about CHRISTMAS!  Christmas is my absolute favorite time of year…but for some reason i never am able to get my christmas cards mailed out on time. This year, it has become my mission to create and send my cards by the time i leave on vacation Dec. 4th.

If you really want your christmas cards to be unique and not some cookie cutter style you printed out at walgreens, then you need to start thinking about them NOW!

Here are some tips to help you start getting those creative juices flowing:

1. Pick  a theme. Your theme could be based off of colors, characters, patterns, etc. whatever makes  you think of the christmas season.

2. Photos, include them or not? That is the question.  I’m not against putting photos in your cards, or making photo cards IF YOU ACTUALLY HAVE A NICE PHOTO TO USE! I’m not saying that you have to have professional pictures taken, BUT, i have seen some out there that are just terrible.  For example, my sister took a family portrait with the back drop being their big screen TV… I mean come on, who wants to see that.  We want to see the family, how the kids have grown, not your accessories in your house! Choose a nice spot like in front of the fireplace or christmas tree…. or even go outside.  Another great idea instead of using a staged family portrait is to collect some of your favorites from throughout the year… include those along with a story about that moment… it’s a great way to reflect on the past year and keep people in touch with what has been going on in your life!

3. Watch your budget. I have seen a lot of beautiful cards for sale lately, the only problem is that they are so expensive!  you don’t need to spend that much on christmas cards… instead make your own cards. Use your home printer to print out photos and attach them to cardstock.  Or start out designing your cards from scratch and printing them on your home printer or websites like vistaprint.com. You’ll find the quality comparable and the price a lot nicer!

4. Be unique.  Your christmas cards should represent who you and your family are. Don’t use a generic card you got of the shelf.  Find a way to personalize it… that way when the recipient opens it, they’ll know it is from your heart.

Home Sweet Home

Last night my husband Chris and I were up til about 2:00am cleaning out our spare bedroom and setting up our home office! We got out all the junk, filed away and organized all our important papers and put our brand new desks from Ikea together (they were only $50 each! what a steal!).

My paper swatch books

My paper swatch books

Right now the only thing I have on my desk is a lamp and my paper books, but don’t worry… it will be full of Disney memorabilia in no time! I’ll keep you updated as the project continues.

Puppy Love

Birth announcements are usually the first official presentation of your new baby to the outside world.  So when my sister Debbie came to me asking for a birth announcement I was confused…. you see, she has no children nor has she ever been pregnant.  What she did do though, was rescue a Husky puppy from Second Chance Mutts in Indiana. Debbie like many people, considers her pets a part of her family, almost a child even, that is when it all began to make sense! Why shouldn’t her “furry child” have a proper introduction to the world just like any other baby? So we got to work right away on creating Crystal Skye Martini’s birth announcement!

Pet Birth Announcement

Pet Birth Announcement

Debbie’s favorite color combination is HOT PINK and black…so I thoght it was fitting that Skye’s announcement should fit the theme. A cute black and white photo along with all the neccessary details about Skye in a clean layout was all this piece needed to show off Debbie’s new bundle of joy.

Another aspect of this announcement that I really love is the shout out that Debbie gives to Second Chance Mutts; the rescue where she got Skye from. Being a part of animal rescue and volunteering for our local humane society is something that is close to both my sister and myself. It is just a little something that ends the announcement with a nod to others to think about animal rescue.

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