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Everyday Storyteller via Ann-Marie Morris

I am so excited to finally announce that I am a contributor to Everyday Storyteller 2! In case you have no idea what I’m talking about, Everyday Storyteller is a series of idea books filled with real world, practical scrapbooking advice and articles written by an amazing group of women who all share in this love for paper. I was especially fond of Amy’s and Elise’s take on their process in the original Everyday Storyteller book and can’t wait to see what everyone else has up their sleeve for this coming edition! One of my pie-in-the-sky dreams is to eventually write a book one day, so being able to pen my own article was a fun exercise in honing my voice.

If this sounds like your idea of a good time (and I promise it is!), be sure to sign up for the VIP list! It’s quick, easy, and the best part of all, totally free! By signing up, you’ll receive:

* An exclusive invitation to our launch party on Friday, May 3
* An exclusive entry in special VIP-only giveaways
* First notice that the book has been released AND a special VIP discount



In my twenty-six years, I’ve learned a thing or two about how to make myself happy each and everyday.

For starters, I need plenty of sleep, a good workout, and a large cup of coffee. From there, I like to sprinkle in a hearty dose of laughter, a good chunk of alone time, and most importantly, the opportunity to get inspired. I’ve noticed that a little burst of inspiration is enough to power me through even the most tedious of tasks, simply because it gets me EXCITED ABOUT LIFE. And what could possibly be better than that?! Not much, my friends. Not much.

favorite design books | ann-marie loves paper
favorite design books | ann-marie loves paper
favorite design books | ann-marie loves paper
favorite design books | ann-marie loves paper
favorite design books | ann-marie loves paper

So when Pinterest + Instagram (my drugs of choice) just aren’t cutting it, I like to refer to my growing stack of design-related books. Here are some of my faves:

What books are you loving these days?



As far back as I can remember, I’ve always loved reading. In fact, one of my most vivid memories from childhood is when I had strep throat in second grade, and my mom bought me a new American Girls book to read while I laid on the couch all day. Heaven (well, about as heavenly as strep throat can be).

Nowadays I usually have a few different reads going at one time. Here’s the current stack on my nightstand:

1. Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling /// Given that I am a huge fan of Kelly Rajnigandha Kapoor (remember that episode?) and I LOL at real-life Mindy Kaling’s hilarious twitter feed on a daily basis, this was a no-brainer.

2. Reinventing the Body, Resurrecting the Soul by Deepak Chopra /// I know for fact that if I was a teenager in the sixties, I would have been a hippie. I love anything new-agey and whole foodsy and insightful. I took a meditation class in college and LOVED it. I turn to this book whenever I am seeking inspiration or feeling emotionally drained.

3. Then Again by Diane Keaton /// For some reason, I am completely enamored with Diane Keaton lately. She has a such a presence in the art, real estate, and fashion worlds (not to mention acting) and I am totally fascinated.

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This past weekend was a great one! First of all, John’s sister Jamie got engaged! EEEE!!! I cannot wait to attend this wedding! So happy for you both, Jamie and Kareem!

In other, much less exciting news, I went to Borders for the third time since they declared bankruptcy. Seriously, somebody cut me off already! Here’s my mountainous stack from all three trips:

I have to say, I’m pretty excited about my purchases. I’ve always been a fairly voracious reader, so this should tide me over for awhile. I’m already more than halfway through the Tori Spelling autobiography and am eager to dive into my crocheting how-to book (and yes, it is meant for kids. As it turns out, I need very basic instructions!). Ultimately, the allure of good reads at a deep discount led me to spend more on books in one month than I probably would have in a whole year. Or two.

And I think I’m okay with this.

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Working on it.

In the meantime, check out this download from Ella Publishing. I am loving all the fun tips, gorgeous photos, and, oh yeah, the FREE factor. I’m off to see James Taylor and Carole King tonight at the Hollywood Bowl con mi mama! Can’t wait to listen to great music under the stars. Have a wonderful day!

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In the spirit of lazy Saturday mornings, I found a few things that have kept me quite distracted (and parked in front of the computer for waaaay too long). So I feel like sharing the lazy bug with you as well:

I’m obsessed with podcasts. And the word obsessed applies quite literally here – it’s nothing short of an addiction. One of my favorites is Tranquility du Jour from Kimberly Wilson. Everything she blogs/speaks about it everything I want to hear.

Another favorite is the Paperclipping Roundtable. I can’t seem to get enough of that show! Especially this past week when they spoke with Stephanie Howell (whom I totally adore!). One of my favorite concepts from Stephanie during that show was when she said she really only scraps about moments as opposed to events. I want to do that too!

I just ran across The Color Room blog/color challenge site that looks quite intriguing! I can see myself going back here again and again.

One word: GLEE!!! This is how much I love that show: one time John and I watched an episode TWO times in a row! If you know anything about me and my lack of patience/ability to sit still long enough to watch an hour-long show all the way through without fidgeting like a 4 year old, you would realize what a landmark event it was for me to do such a thing. That, my friends, is good television.

Lady Gaga’s and Beyonce’s “Telephone.” That song is INTENSE! Especially when Beyonce starts rapping. And of course, the subject matter is so serious. Love it!

Kelly Purkey’s Snapshots of My Weekend posts. Such a fun concept – I’m jumping on the bandwagon too! Look for my weekend recap in photos on Monday…

Have a great weekend, everyone!

P.S. Cloudy weekend mornings make me want to watch HGTV and listen to jazz. But not at the same time.

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First of all, I have to say THANK YOU for all the sweet comments regarding my last post! Thank you SO much! (:

This past weekend marked the start of spring! I usually experience a slight sense of dread whenever the weather starts to warm up (I fear the wrath of our summer heat!), but I can honestly say, I am LOVING this weather! It feels inviting and refreshing, and that is always a welcome thing! Here are a few highlights from the weekend:

An impromptu trip to Corriganville (which turned out to be so much fun, despite our lack of appropriate hiking attire – *see grey boots!). Library visit for fun new reads, including the Tori Spelling book! A quick Goodwill shopping trip, in which I scored the teal mug you see above. Walks around the neighboorhood with Jake. Windows open and sunlight streaming in. Watching the victorious health care bill pass, followed by this week’s exciting episode of Amazing Race (we love the cowboys!). Lots of scrapping. Brainstorming ideas for a fun collaborative blog with John. Planning another trip to Disneyland this week with our favorite Spring Breakers. Grateful for my Southern California lifestyle.

Today’s to-do list includes: working out and spring cleaning! Hope you all had a fabulous weekend as well!

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“Sometimes you get a glimpse into a life that you never thought of before. There are hidden trap doors all over the place, and suddenly you see one, and the next thing you know you’re flogging grateful businessmen or chopping lobsters in half, and the world is just so much bigger than you thought it was. So that night I made my New Year’s resolution, better late than never: To Get Over My Damned Self. If I was going to follow Julia down this rabbit hole, I was going to enjoy it, by God – exhaustion, crustacean murder, and all. Because not everybody gets a rabbit hole. I was one lucky basard, when you came down to it.”

Julie and Julia: My Year of Cooking Dangerously

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