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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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How to make a DIY advent calendar with your Instagram photos

Use your Instagram pics from the year to make a DIY advent calendar for Christmas!

When I was little, my favorite Christmas tradition was making paper chains with my dad. Ripping off a link every night before bed was so very exciting to 5-year-old me. Now that my son is old enough to understand the anticipation of season, I’m excited to start our own tradition […] Read More »

A Thanksgiving color palette {color mixer}

A warm and festive Thanksgiving color palette! #thanksgiving #color

I’m always looking to infuse our house with warmth and festivity at this time of the year, and I just love this mason jar centerpiece craft that Emily found. The bright oranges and yellows are the perfect inspiration for a Thanksgiving color palette. Photo courtesy of Homedit Read More »

How to take your own family photo at home

How to take your own family photo, with tips on choosing a location and using a self-timer.

Every fall, my mother-in-law gets everyone together to take a family photo for her Christmas card. With each passing year, we’ve gotten a little better (and a little more creative) at using a timer and a tripod to get everyone in our growing family looking and smiling. I have to say, as long […] Read More »

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 »