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Jessica Beach

As Cardstore’s art director, Jessica helps create all the cards featured on the site. She loves typography, photography, and (most of all) her 2-year-old son, Carter. She never leaves home without her camera and a cup of coffee.  Read more »

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Fun & bright Halloween colors {color mixer}

A bright & fun color palette for Halloween #color #halloween #inspiration #gold

A few weeks ago, Emily posted an awesome Halloween party color palette that unexpectedly used pink instead of purple—such a fun departure from the normal, traditional Halloween colors. It inspired me to see what other unexpected color palettes were out there for Halloween, and I came across this one that uses […] Read More »

The ultimate guide to a successful family photo shoot

The experience of getting family photos taken be really fun, but it can also be a little stressful. After all, there’s a lot of stuff to think about! How do you find a good photographer? What do you wear? How do you make sure your kids will behave? The best […] Read More »

How to choose a photographer for your family pictures

6 tips on how to choose a photographer for your family pictures

So, you’ve decided that you want to get professional family photos taken. Hooray! There’s nothing like being able to decorate your house (and your holiday card) with new, shiny pictures—not to mention the joy they’ll bring your future-self when you look at them years from now. If you’re anything like me, you’ve […] Read More »

Color Mixer: a warm fall color palette

A fall color palette for autumn inspiration! #color #inspiration #fall

As I was looking for inspiration for a few different fall crafts I’m working on, it seemed like I was only finding photos of leaves that were vibrant shades of red, orange and yellow. Don’t get me wrong—I love soaking in the bright colors of the leaves as they change, but […] Read More »

A cozy autumn color palette {color mixer}

My very favorite time of the year is the few weeks in mid-September that I affectionately call “almost autumn.” Here in Cleveland, the air has just a hint of crispness in it, making it the perfect weather for a sweatshirt, a light scarf and a warm cup of coffee. Now, I know […] Read More »

Birthday Ideas {friday finds}

Fun & creative birthday ideas! #birthday #birthdayideas

Growing up, my mom always made the biggest deal out of our birthdays. Every year, I knew that when I woke up in the morning and went downstairs, there would be an explosion of birthday decorations covering our house. It made me feel so incredibly special, and now that I’m a […] Read More »

Share the love – how to turn your vacation pictures into a sendable keepsake

Share the love - how to turn your vacation pictures into a sendable keepsake

Earlier this summer, we took a trip to the Outer Banks for our first family vacation since before Carter was born—and, as anyone who has ever taken a 12-hour road trip with a 2-year-old knows, this is a serious feat of endurance for which they really should give out awards :) […] Read More »

Labor Day Recipes {friday finds}

Delicious Labor Day recipes to mark the end of summer! #laborday #recipes

Labor Day is almost here, and whatever your plan is for celebrating the holiday, I bet it involves some delicious end-of-summer food! If so, we have something in common :) My husband and I are having a small get-together at our house next weekend, so I’m in recipe-gathering mode today. I’ve found a […] Read More »

You can’t mail a hug—but you CAN mail a homemade card from your iPad!

Cute Grandparents Day cards from kids - made from the iPad! #creatacard #grandparentsday #cards

It seems like every week, someone around here is bringing in an adorable card that one of their even more adorable kids made on the Creatacard app. Since our team actually designs the card templates, it’s so much fun for us to see which ones they choose—not to mention how much we love […] Read More »

Grandparents Day Crafts {friday finds}

Cute & fun Grandparents Day crafts for kids! #grandparentsday #crafts

Grandparents Day is coming up on September 7, and I’ve been on the lookout for a fun and meaningful craft to do with Carter. Last year, we came up with this watercolor art craft, which we framed and gave to Grammy & Pops along with a personalized Grandparents Day card. I’m looking […] Read More »