Paper Notebooks

Paper Lovers, Rejoice

Truth be told, I have stacks and stacks of cards and notebooks and gorgeous pieces of paper in the studio that I just loooove. I love stationery! So when my…

Truth be told, I have stacks and stacks of cards and notebooks and gorgeous pieces of paper in the studio that I just loooove. I love stationery! So when my pal Kristina said that she was opening a brick + mortar shop filled with her favorite paper goods, I had to have her stop by and share with you guys. This girl is hysterical (I’ve been reading and laughing out loud at her comments for years!) and she’s got a killer knack for choosing fun goodies. She’s one of those readers that has become a friend, and I think you’re gonna love her too! Check out her paper faves (and some fun extras too). xoxo

Paper Notebooks

Hello Lovelies! Chelsea and I go WAY BACK (if you count all the comments I post to her delightful projects!) and she graciously allowed me to rant about stationery in her little corner of the internet today. My name is Kristina (KB) and I own a little online stationery shop called Crumple & Toss. I am about to open my first retail space and have been loading up on SO MUCH cute stuff I just HAD to share, so here I am!

When I pick out cards for the shop, letters and words always catch my attention first. And of course they HAVE to be clever! Bold, black type on white heavy paper? OO LALA! But I also adore gold foil, hand-lettering, and bright colors. These beauties above are some of my favorites. And clearly writing notes is more fun when you have fancy pens to write with!

Humorous Greeting Cards

You Know Me | Fancy Coffee | Be Mine | I Can’t Even | Pens

Cards are a mail-able smile. A brightly colored envelope in your mailbox will do the trick all by itself, but once you get inside, the card really needs to bring it. I love cards with a spicy wit or a pop-culture reference that really connects the giver and the recipient. A really bad (and by “bad” of course I mean AWESOME) pun always gets me, as well as cards with a bit of a dry wit or weirdness about it. Side note – if you’re not decorating your mail with washi tape, like seriously what are you doing with your life?

Humorous Greeting Cards

Clueless | McConauHey Thanks | Rawr | Plants | You’re Really Pretty | Tape

HANDS UP who’s a notebook fiend? I love the newness of a fresh notebook. So much promise! How many ideas will you hold? How many brilliant thoughts (or grocery lists) can I fit in here? These little guys are my new fave. By BerinMade, a designer in the UK, this set of 2 (!!) cuties is perfectly pocket-sized; one patterned and the other gold-foiled. The textured cover and pink interior pages are ALL KINDS OF WIN.

Paper Notebooks

Hustle Hustle Notebooks | All Notebooks

As I grow my gift selection for the store, I am totally getting sucked into the pin trend and seriously, how can you not with cuties like these? I JUST got these in from Hello Lucky and I’m so glad they started making pins. I got a rose gold cactus pin at the National Stationery Show from them last year as a freebie and people are always asking me about it. Each of these pins are rose gold and pastel with a tiny pun (YAY!) and come on an illustrated card so it’s like a greeting card and gift in one! Genius!

Enamel Lapel Pins

Lapel Pins

PHEW ok that’s all for now but if you’d like to see what other treasures I have come hang out online at Crumple & Toss! Or even better,  if you’re local to the Boston area come visit me in my new location when I open in June! Thanks for having me, Chelsea!

How to Announce a Second Baby

Announcing a Second Baby

So it turns out, having a second baby comes with all kinds of conundrums. Where do you put it? How do both kids sleep at the same time? Do you really…

How to Announce a Second Baby

So it turns out, having a second baby comes with all kinds of conundrums. Where do you put it? How do both kids sleep at the same time? Do you really need a second baby shower? Do you even announce it in the same way? I kind of mentioned it on Friday, but I feel like so many times a second pregnancy goes a little uncelebrated. And it makes me feel bad for the kid! Yes, babies are born every day, and maybe after the excitement of the first baby things die down a little bit, but I’m jumping for just as much joy this time around. So after debating whether or not to send a full-blown baby announcement, we both came to the conclusion that we really wanted to let our friends and family know in a personal way, and went for it.

Our go-to is always Minted for customizable stationery. We’ve got it down to a science, and these literally took me about 20 minutes to customize and order (including having them addressed and return-addressed for me!). I looooove the Minted process because you can really take a card and make it into anything you like. We used this birth announcement and adjusted it to be a pregnancy announcement, no problem. It’s brilliant!

As for a photo, we didn’t want to go too cheesy — just fun photos of our little family with something extra as a nod to the new little nugget. So a balloon was our stand-in. Turns out, Henry was thrilled to have a photoshoot with a balloon. Who knew? Thing was hours of entertainment afterward, too. Ryan kept wanting to tuck his shirt in and put a bowtie on him and even though it’s so cute I can’t stand it, the bowtie photos ended up on the cutting room floor. So here are some bowtie photos for good measure.

Little boy in a bowtie holding a balloon

We also used our tried-and-true method of taking our own photos with the process we outlined for you here. Sometimes it’s just easier for us to run out and do a photoshoot on a whim, rather than hire a photographer and go through all of that hooplah. So if you need to snap some family photos, check out our tutorial on how you can do it on your own. We picked and edited our favorite snap and popped it onto our announcement card. Piece of cake.

So excited to be sharing these little projects with you for Baby #2! Anybody out there have more than one little one? Did you announce it in the same way as your first? I’d love to know your thoughts on announcing a second kiddo! xoxo

How to Announce a Second Baby

How to Announce a Second Baby

This post is sponsored by Minted. All opinions and ideas are my own. Thank you for being supportive of the partners who help keep Lovely Indeed rocking!

DIY Personalized Noteboks

DIY Custom Notebooks for Back-to-School

My niece is starting kindergarten this year and she is beside herself with excitement. Since I can remember, she’s always loved writing and using every scrap of paper she can…

DIY Personalized Noteboks

DIY Personalized Noteboks

My niece is starting kindergarten this year and she is beside herself with excitement. Since I can remember, she’s always loved writing and using every scrap of paper she can find to write notes and lists. So I made her a little personalized notebook to celebrate kindergarten, and obviously I had to make a grownup version for myself. Shake your palm palms, indeed.

DIY Personalized Noteboks

These are so fun and so simple and I want to make a million of ’em! Get the full tutorial right over here and make yourself (or your kiddos!) some for back-to-school. xoxo

P.S. On a totally unrelated note, did you know that there’s free shipping in the Lovely Indeed print shop until Sunday? Go grab yourself something pretty for your walls!

DIY Personalized Noteboks

DIY Personalized Noteboks

Minted Mother's Day Gift

Mother’s Day All Wrapped Up

I’m not sure if I’ll be able to see my mom this Mother’s Day, but every year I try to do something special for her to thank her for, oh,…

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Minted Mother's Day Gift

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I’m not sure if I’ll be able to see my mom this Mother’s Day, but every year I try to do something special for her to thank her for, oh, I dunno, giving birth to me and all that jazz. So this year I thought it would be sweet to send her a sort of Mother’s Day party in a box, so that she can have a few pretty things to celebrate!

I found the most beautiful, customizable stuff while toodling around on Minted‘s site, and I started putting together a plan. Minted has all of these great party decorations and I found some in my mom’s favorite color palette that would be just right.

I customized some stationery for her — I knew she probably wouldn’t use the stationery if it had her name on it, but a sweet little sentiment like “Bonjour” seemed just right for my mom. I also added a custom table sign, but made it say “Happy Mother’s Day,” and used it as the card in the gift. It was perfect to flip over and write a little note on the back!

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I did end up putting her name on a little journal; my mom always has a million lists going (chip off the old block, right here) and I thought she could consolidate them all in one spot. I added a big, fun garland with the words “Be Happy” so she could hang it up and celebrate! And Minted has this great selection of paper straws, so I popped some of those in there so she could sip something delicious while she’s celebrating. I added some ribbon to keep all the straws organized, too.

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Finally, the wrapping paper. You guys, my mother is going to lose her mind over this. Minted has this customizable wrapping paper that you can add your own photos to! I was so excited about it I almost accidentally told my mom on the phone. I have a feeling she’s going to ask me for an extra sheet of it just to hang on the wall.

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Minted Mother's Day Gift

So now all I have to do is keep my mom from seeing this post for a little while until her package arrives! Do you have someone special that you celebrate on Mother’s Day? I always kind of think it can be for more than moms — there were plenty of women (and men!) in my life who helped me grow up. How do you celebrate?

Big thanks to Minted for helping me celebrate my own mom!

This post is sponsored by Minted. All opinions are my own. Thank you for being supportive of the sponsors who help keep Lovely Indeed rocking!