Picture Perfect Holidays with FUJIFILM INSTAX® + A Giveaway

Something about the dropping temps and changing leaves always makes me want to get crafty and tackle new DIY projects. Which is why I am so excited to be partnering with FUJIFILM INSTAX® to create some fun Holiday inspired DIY projects. Each one of these are so easy, you really don't need to be a crafting or DIY pro. I especially loved using the instax printer for these projects because it allowed me to print any of the photos from my instagram, facebook or phone feed. I was able to pick some of my favorite memories from the past year to highlight and decorate with. Below are all the details to learn how to make your own holidays picture perfect and to enter to win your own instax camera and printer.

Gift Tag
Instax printer + film
Twine or Ribbon
Wrapping Paper

Wrap your present up in your favorite paper or fabric. Tie it with a pretty ribbon or string. Tuck a favorite photo underneath the twine. I think it's fun to choose a photo of the giftee or even a favorite memory from the past year that you shared together. Put under the tree!

Picture Garland
Instax printer + film
Twine or Ribbon
Glue or small clothespins

Take and print 12-18 of your instax photos. Attach the photos to the twine with glue or small clothespins. Hang over a mantle or doorway.

Photo Ornament
Instax printer + film
Twine or Ribbon
Glue or small clothespins

Take and print 16-20 of your favorite instax photos. Cut 6-8" long portions of your twine. Attach the photos to the twine with glue or small clothespins and knot it at the end. Hang your photos around your tree. 

Giveaway Details
Two winners will receive a prize package that includes:

- Mini 90 camera
- Mini 8 camera
- Instax Share Printer
- prints
- decorative pegs (to display prints around the house)
- sentiment pegs (with little quotes on them)
- frame stickers

To enter to win follow my Holiday Cheer Pinterest Board and leave a comment on this blog post below sharing a favorite memory you'd like to share over the holidays. For bonus entries, share on instagram, facebook, pinterest or twitter and leave the link to your posts in the comments below (up to 4 bonus entries per person). Two winners will be chosen at random. Giveaway is open to US residents only. Giveaway will close Friday Nov. 20th at 10AM PST. 

This post was created in partnership with FUJIFILM INSTAX®. All ideas and opinions are my own.

Bitte and a Blog Update

So I can't believe I'm only now getting around to posting here about Bitte the new business I started with my mom! I talked a little bit about it way back in January but since then a lot has happened! You might have seen some of it if you follow me on instagram, which is where I post most of my life updates these days. We officially launched in August and we've been so blown away by the response. We've had customers from far and wide and been featured in some of my favorite blogs and publications, like Oh Joy!, Sf Girl by Bay and Wit & Delight to name a few. It's been exhilarating, fun and stressful to say the least. Because I also am working as the art director at Rue magazine and taking on occasional social media consulting jobs I really haven't had time for Design Conundrum. It's crazy for me to look back and remember when I used to post here sometimes twice a day! It hasn't been that way in a long time. With sites like pinterest and then instagram, I started to not need this space as much to share and connect with fellow creatives and bloggers. So over the years the posts have dwindled quite a bit. I really don't think it ever will get back to what it once was but I'm excited for the new path I'm on with Bitte and my other projects, and hopefully you will all follow along. You can follow Bitte on instagram, facebook and pinterest. You can also learn more about how Bitte got started on the Bitte blog here. And of course shop all our offerings at bitteshop.com!

Signature Style Sweepstakes with Hallmark

I'm a huge fan of giving and receiving cards. In this day and age where I receive so many emails and texts a day it's nice to get a paper card in the mail. Whether it's for a special occasion or just out of the blue, I think we should all get in the habit of sending more correspondence this way. Which is why I was super excited to team up with Hallmark for their Signature Style campaign. Not only did I get to play around with some of the awesome cards from their signature collection. But as a bonus, as a way to celebrate everyone's personal style statement, Hallmark is hosting an amazing sweepstakes. You can enter to win a $1,000 fashion filled day with friends. See all the details and enter here! And see more of the Signature Style pins on my pinterest boards. I think my signature style is Maker Chic, what's yours? 

Follow along with all the fun with Hallmark on instagram, twitter, pinterest and facebook.
#SignatureStyle #sponsored
Although this post was sponsored by Hallmark for their signature style campaign all opinions are my own.

Personalized Poem Notebook

I love creating gifts and keepsakes that require minimum time, are low cost but are still special. So I was excited to team up with Brother to create these DIY notebooks which are exactly that. They are sentimental and personalized to whoever you give it to and will also remind the recipient of you every time they use their notebook. And as you'll see below it's ridiculously easy to make. Instructions below.

Brother P-touch labeler

1. find your friend or family members favorite poem or quote.
2. Print it out on your label maker.
3. Attach to notebook. You can lay it out in a clean row like I did or make it more haphazard or even try something wacky like doing a spiral or circle. Have fun with it.
4. Ta Da! You have yourself a beautiful, personal and affordable gift.

Stokke Scoot Stroller Giveaway

Every day, almost since birth, Ingrid and Travis take a little daddy daughter morning walk. It allows me to get some uninterrupted work done but also is a great bonding time for them. When she was a newborn he used a carrier for these morning walks but now that she's getting bigger and more interested in taking in the world around her our new Stokke Scoot stroller has been perfect. I love that it can face in or out and it's super light and compact, great for city dwellers with limited apartment space or as the perfect traveling companion for all the globetrotting families out there. Not to mention how modern and stylish it looks! It's probably my new favorite baby equipment. Which is why I'm so excited, that thanks to Stokke, I get to give one away to one lucky reader! This is by far the best giveaway I've ever had so you don't want to miss out on it. Instructions are below, I will be picking the winner at random on February 23rd, one week from today. Good luck! Also make sure to check out the my Stokke travel inspired Pinterest board.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only. You must be at least 18 years old to enter.

9 Months + An Announcement!

Ingrid is 9 months old today. Everyone always warns you once you have a baby about how fast it goes, but man they are not kidding! I feel like these first 9 months have flown by. She's already crawling and pulling herself up and cruising around furniture and generally getting into places that she shouldn't be. She babbles and says mama and baba and once in awhile a word that sounds like hi. She claps and dances and smiles and giggles and is generally just the coolest human alive (I recognize I'm slightly biased). It's amazing to watch her quickly mastering things that were so hard to even imagine her doing when I would hold her in my arms as a newborn, just a few short months ago. These 9 months have been a whirlwind for sure. They have also been some of the most inspiring and motivating 9 months for me. Maybe it's because the previous 9 months, while pregnant, I spent so much time (basically all of it) so miserable and bed-ridden that once Ingrid came it was like a floodgate of ideas and creativity. Which brings me to my big announcement.
I am starting a new business with my mom!! Ack! Because I figured I don't have enough on my plate, right? But this is something I've been wanting to do for awhile and after Ingrid came it just felt like the right time. 
It's an online store named Bitte. We will be selling a curated selection of beautifully designed, all natural toys and clothes for little ones. We will be featuring and collaborating on products from many of my favorite small makers and artisans both here and abroad, who focus on the highest quality materials and craftsmanship. I will be sharing more in the weeks and months to come but for now you can follow along with our progress and inspirations on our instagram, twitter and pinterest. We are so excited and can't wait to launch later this summer.

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