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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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A stress-free party planning checklist (and a free printable!)

Download a free printable party planning checklist!

  PHEW! Carter’s 3rd birthday party was last weekend, and WOW is there a lot of stuff to remember when you’re planning a party! I wasn’t big on hosting parties before Carter was born, so I’m pretty new to this. But even so, being my 3rd time around on this kid’s-birthday-party thing, […] Read More »

Card-making just got WAY more fun for kids (and adults!)

Our finished paper greeting card made on the Creatacard app!

I love Saturday mornings at home with my little man. My husband works on Saturdays, so Carter and I make breakfast together, play games, and just generally spend quality time together. It’s usually easy for us to stay busy, but winter has been LONG this year in Ohio, and lately […] Read More »

How to make newborn cheesecloth wraps for photo shoots (totally affordable and SO EASY!)

How to make newborn cheesecloth wraps for photo shoots (they're only $4 each & SO EASY!)

Ever since Emily’s gender reveal a few weeks ago, I’ve been in newborn-photo-shoot-prep-mode, anxiously awaiting the day I get to take her sweet little baby’s photos! And that’s pretty much where the theme behind today’s DIY craft comes from: how to make newborn cheesecloth wraps for photo shoots. A swaddle is […] Read More »

The 10 most creative ways to document your baby’s first year

The 10 most creative ways to document baby's first year | Cardstore Blog

Back when Carter was first born, I bought a set of month-by-month onesie stickers from Etsy that I used to document his first year. At the time, I seriously thought I was the MOST creative mom on the block. But boy, oh boy, have some of these other moms outdone […] Read More »

8 newborn photography tips for the perfect baby announcement

8 newborn photography tips for the perfect baby announcement | Cardstore Blog

I’m not sure if the birth of my baby boy spurred my love for photography, or if he just made it a lot more fun. Either way, my paparazzi-style parenting is now in full swing. The very first “photo shoot” I did with Carter was for his newborn photos. I […] Read More »

6 printable love notes: get creative & surprise your valentine

6 printable love notes: get creative & surprise your valentine | Cardstore Blog

One of the things I really  want to be better at in 2014 is telling my husband how much I appreciate him. It’s something that I think about all the time, but don’t tell him as often as I should. He’s not only a great husband to me, but he’s an […] Read More »

4 tips for easy & thoughtful Christmas thank you cards

4 tips for easy and thoughtful Christmas thank you cards | Cardstore Blog

I confess: I’m SO happy that the holidays are over. Don’t get me wrong – I LOVE the holidays. I love how excited Carter gets when we talk about Santa, I love spending time with our families, and I love focusing on all the wonderful things we have to be […] Read More »

How to find the best holiday card for your photo

How to find the best holiday card for your photo | Cardstore Blog

Holiday card season is upon us! Time to pull out all your photos from the year and decide which one (or ones) will be lucky enough to make it onto your holiday card. Whether you had a professional photo shoot and have narrowed it down to one beautiful photo that […] Read More »

8 Thanksgiving traditions to bring out the thankfulness in your family

8 Thanksgiving traditions to bring out the thankfulness in your family | Cardstore Blog

Thanksgiving will be here in just a few weeks, and I’m starting to feel stressed about all the preparation I still have to do. There’s so much to think about between the dinner, dessert, decorations, table settings, and just making sure there’s enough room for everyone! With such a long […] Read More »

Posing tips for family pictures | How to take your BEST family photo ever

Posing tips for family pictures | How to take your BEST family photo ever | Cardstore Blog

We’ve all been there: you’ve spent time getting ready, and are feeling pretty good, when someone takes out a camera and snaps a photo. No biggie. …until you glance at the back of the camera and can’t help but notice that you’re hunched over, have what looks like a triple-chin, […] Read More »