Wednesday, May 17, 2017

A Visit to Baum Kuchen Los Angeles

I finally went down the rabbit hole! I wanted a Traveler's Notebook for some time but just didn't know where to start and kept putting it off.  Lucky me, my friend Eunice is a Traveler's Notebook expert (check her out @thedailyroe) She helps out at Baum Kuchen, which is the spot to go for any and everything TN related in LA.
Some people don't get it- I love stationery- I have a stationery shop- and yet I'm going to another stationery store? Yes, I am a stationery fanatic and addict! Plus, I am always happy to support other local small shops- and Baum Kuchen is so close to us! Only about a five minute drive away from Paper Pastries. We are more snail mail based and they are more planner based but we both share a love for analogue! We both offer fun pens, washi tape, stamps- so if you like us I think you'll like them too! 
As soon as you walk into BK you just want to look at everything. I hope I did a good job of relaying how great the shop is to you in photos.
 Air Mail + Postal finds!
 So many options and inserts for your Traveler's Notebook.
I think the concept of the TN is to take it with you everywhere you go. I'm still learning! This is a station to decorate your TN. 
 Stamps, washi tape, pens- a paradise!
 Some inspirational mail.
 Examples of their letter paper in use.
 Mini alphabet stamps.
 Gift wrapping ideas.
 Superior Labor Pouches next to pretty packages.
Fun washi patterns.
 Brass clips and rulers and stamps.
 A big box of fun! I love this metal tool box.
I got a Traveler's Notebook Camel in the Passport Style.  The smaller size just spoke to me. You know, when something just feels right, you go for it! I will share my purchases in another post.
Our friend Ann came along and was sweet enough to keep Ellis entertained while I shopped and looked around. Thank you, Ann! And a big thank you to Baum Kuchen for having such a fun shop and to Eunice for being so sweet to walk me through everything Traveler's Notebook! 
I'm sure it won't be too long until we are there again. It's just such a great shop with so much to discover.
This Superior Labor Shoulder Bag is on my wish list- but I can't decide on a color. If they offered a dark pink- well then that would be that.
Check out their open hours here to plan your visit.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Our Shop Open Hours

Usually we are open at the shop on weekends and by appointment during the week. We now have a calendar page so you can see our open and closed hours for the month. You can find it here.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Baby's First Birthday with DIY Photo Wall

Baby had a very low key first birthday. On her actual birthday we hung out with grandma at the Huntington Library and Gardens. We've been there basically once a week since she was born. We had beautiful weather that day and Grandma took the day off. Otto was sick that morning so we had to take him in to the vet. We're rescheduling her birthday breakfast to next weekend so her dad can come along. Last weekend we had a small party for her. Very laid back. We got take out and Aunt Katie made two cakes. It's an Italian Tradition- one cake has 1 birthday candle on it and the other has 100. It's so the baby will get to her 100th birthday.
 Her smash cake was "healthy" with cream cheese frosting and sprinkles ;)
 It was a team effort to light 100 candles!
 1 and 100.
 With Grandma Rosa.
 I put together a very quick photo wall. The glitter birthday banner is from meri meri.
 The blue seamless backdrop is from Freestyle Photo. And yes, it is the same one we used for our wedding photo wall.
Balloons are from local party supply. It was quick and easy! And it's still up in my house lol.

Thanks to everyone who helped celebrate her first birthday!

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Baby's First Valentines

It was baby's first Valentine's Day and I was excited to send cards out! We were at Paper Source in Pasadena and they have the cutest card kits. Even though there were whales (which she loves) she chose the Kittens and Puppies kit out of a lineup (now it's on sale!) I budgeted about an hour to put these together, and I thought I could do it while she napped. It was one of those days where a nap lasted 20 minutes, so we made them together. That is, until she started reaching for the googly eyes. I think all in, it took a total of 2 hours. You have to punch all the shapes out even though they are pre cut. I wish they were punched out already. 
We laid all the shapes out on the table, it took up quite a bit of space. We mixed the paw and ear colors.
 Then we added the eyes and the snouts.
 Otto wanted to know why there were so many dogs ;)
 Then we glued on the ears and the hearts.
 They were pretty cute without the big heart. I wanted to write a message on each one but to save time, you could have given the Valentines simplified.
 They turned out pretty cute!
 The kit doesn't come with envelopes but of course I have plenty. After I wrote out the valentines, it was time to address the envelopes.
 That went pretty quick! I adore these new love stamps from usps, have you guys seen them? Available for purchase at the USPS website here. Because of the googly eyes, I did need to add an extra "non machinable" stamp charge to the envelopes before mailing.
I used bistro chalk markers for addressing the envelopes. Love these! Look for these markers in my shop soon. 

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Nasty Woman Shopping Event @ Paper Pastries This Weekend

This weekend, 20 women owned businesses will join me at the shop for a Nasty Woman Shopping Event this weekend Saturday December 10th and Sunday December 11th. Feel great about supporting local independent businesses this holiday season!
We will be open regular weekend hours through out 2016. We may go back to being by appointment in the new year. 

Sunday, November 27, 2016

My Baby's Holographic Rainbow Foil Birth Announcements

I've been meaning to post about these for a while! I haven't because I wanted to wait until I could really dedicate time to sit down and be able to think about everything I needed to include- I didn't want to forget anything. And these days, I am so forgetful. (mom brain?) Either way- I am so pleased to share Ellis' birth announcements today! 
While I was pregnant, we went to Pittsburgh for a wedding. I really loved Pittsburgh and appreciated the opportunity to explore the city. One day while walking around, we came across this awesome old fish market, Wholey's. There were tons of old hand lettered and hand painted signs. I just fell in love with the lettering styles used throughout the market. That was the inspiration behind the lettering on the announcement. I had the style of lettering I wanted to use but I didn't yet have the photo. Yes newborn (which is 0-6 weeks to me) photos are darling but they never show much of a personality. I didn't have a set idea of what I wanted the photo to look like for her announcement, just that I'd know it when I saw it. On April 4th, when she was about a month and a half, I got the perfect photo!
For the lettering, I used a brush tip marker, scanned the file into photoshop, cleaned it up, and outlined the text with live trace, then did a little more cleanup once the letters were actual shapes I could play around with. I had the lettering, I had the photo- now I needed to find a printer. 
I wanted to work with a local printer and have them do it all- print the photo and the holographic foil over it. After a lot of research and a lot of back and forth, I finally found them. I used Gold Image Printing, right here in Los Angeles. It wasn't exactly a painless process (lots of back and forth and confusion over files/emailing with a lot of different people) but once we finally got on the same page I am so happy with how they turned out. It's a bit difficult to take a photo of the holographic foil, but it looks so awesome in action, check out this video on my instagram.
Now, for some details about the paper.
The Carpenters have been one of my favorite bands for as long as I could remember. Maybe it had something to do with the fact that my local library growing up had an elaborate shrine to them. I fought hard for one of the Carpenter's songs to be our first dance at our wedding but it didn't happen. (If you're interested, this:
was the song for our first dance) Since it didn't happen for our wedding, I knew I had to incorporate a Carpenter's song for our baby's announcements. An obvious choice I know, but also so perfect. If you care to take a listen-
I hand lettered the quote:
"on the day that you were born
the angels got together
and decided to create a
dream come true"
and made it into a rubber stamp for the back of the envelope. Now I really will never get that song out of my head.
A few years ago, I got stickers made out of Otto's head and loved them. I went a little nuts making sticker faces out of Ellis' face but cmon, how could I not? I used They are so easy and really awesome. Plus there are tons of uses for stickers of your baby. (They are having a big sale until November 29th- if you want any get on it!)
I sealed each envelope with a holographic round sticker  and put a sticker face on top of it. 
I got a TON of these awesome planet postage stamps from my local post office but didn't they didn't have enough. I have quite a huge stamp collection so I picked some other favorites.
For the addressing of the envelopes I used the wink of stella brush pens in glitter white. I am obsessed with these! Ever since Rhea (Devoted Diarist) told me about them I have been hooked- I even got them for the shop! After I addressed them and put on the postage stamp I just felt something was missing. This added hours and hours but I had to decorate each one with a ton of rubber stamps. I just wanted the recipient of this announcement to get very excited when they saw this amongst their stack of bills and junk mail. I had to go all in!

For the envelopes I used a7 night envelopes from paper source, and this white ink pad.
I hope you guys enjoyed these, they were such a labor of love to get in the mail! My largest and most fun mailing to date- I sent more announcements then I had sent wedding invitations! If I forgot to include anything (and I most likely did) just let me know in the comments.
Recap of resources:

Baby's First Halloween

Tony carved her a pumpkin and let her play around in the mush, she loved it!
 See a resemblance? ;)
 She dressed as an elephant, we found the costume at Marshall's in Pasadena (the day before halloween)
 She seemed pretty pleased about it!
And then over it LOL
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