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 »

How to make photo coasters {DIY}

How to make DIY photo coasters | Cardstore Blog

**We’ve created an update on how to make coasters with an epoxy finish. Perfect for a no-stick finish :)** I’m an Instagram junkie. I LOVE me some Instagram photos. What I’m not so great at is actually getting them off my phone and doing something with them! So, Emily and I set out […] 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 »

DIY photography tips for the holidays and beyond!

It’s that time of year again! The time when lots of us are thinking about getting a family photo for our holiday cards (if you haven’t already taken yours, that is). Last year, Jess shared her ultimate guide to a successful family photo shoot, including tips on how to pick a photographer, […] Read More »

DIY photo magnets — easy, inexpensive, and fun!

I’ve seen these Instagram magnets all over blogs and Pinterest in the last few years (and I’ve even seen them shared on Instagram—how meta!). I think it’s a brilliant way to get your photos off your computer or phone and have a physical copy of your favorite snapshots. (Plus, they […] 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 »

Easy photo editing: How to color correct using free software

Learn how to color correct your indoor and outdoor photos in 3 quick steps using free photo editing software!

Last week, I shared a quick tutorial on how to save a dark photo, and today I wanted to show you easy photo editing tips to correct color problems. As I mentioned in the dark photo tutorial, two of the most common problems are that outdoor photos look too cool […] Read More »

How to save a dark photo with free software

Learn how to save your underexposed photos with this step-by-step tutorial!

Over the years, I’ve had plenty of family and friends ask me for help fixing their photos—saving a great shot that came out too dark, cropping, resizing, removing a blemish—you name it and I’ve been asked to do it. As much as I love helping them out, I wanted to see […] 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 »