Creating a Personalized Notebook Christmas Present with Plumb

This year I'm all about personalized Christmas presents. I think because it's my daughters first Holiday season I want to commemorate it in a special way and personalization is a really great way to do that. So when I received a few of the beautiful notebooks from Plumb it gave me the perfect idea for an easy DIY that will be a super special gift for any parent or grandparent. I used their stack book, which conveniently has a little window cut out on the first page, perfect for this project. But you can easily create a window like this in any good quality notebook. Like I did with the Plumb Spiral Journal. Directions below.

Photos or some other imagery
x-acto knife (or scissors)

1. Print your photos or other imagery.
2. Cut out the photos with the x-acto knife (or scissors).
3. Measure out the window on first page of notebook, based on how large your image is. (give at least a 1/4 inch margin on all sides of image).
4. Cut out window with x-acto knife (or scissors).
5. Measure where the image will go on the 2nd page.
6. Glue image to 2nd page.
7. Ta Da! You have yourself a beautiful, personal and affordable gift.

Thank you to Plumb for sponsoring this post.

Emily Henderson Inspired Editors' Picks

One of my favorite Rue features we do every issue is the editor's picks pages. Mostly because I get to pick all my favorite things based on whatever the theme is that month. For our latest issue our editors' picks were inspired by each of our favorite designers. I chose one of my all time favorites, Emily Henderson. I seriously don't think there is a room or space she has created that I haven't been completely smitten with, so it was a no brainer. You can see the whole feature, and the other editors designer picks at, but I thought I would share a few of my picks here as well. Enjoy!

Rue Magazine 4th Anniversary Issue

These week we had our 4 year anniversary issue at Rue Magazine. I could not be more proud of the team and especially our fearless leader Crystal Palecek for not only creating Rue but for keeping it fresh and inspiring for the last 4 years. I can't wait to see what the next 4 years bring! I wanted to share just a few of my favorites from this issue but I highly recommend heading over to to see the entire issue.

My Birth Story

Those of you who follow me on instagram are probably already aware that my husband and I welcomed our sweet, baby girl, Ingrid Madeline Smith, into the world 3 months ago today. I have been meaning to share her birth story here for awhile, but it has taken me some time to come around to it, partly because even though it was one of the best days of my life it was also really intense and there were parts of it I kind of wanted to block out. So, I needed a little time and distance to be able to revisit it.

I also want to mention that I am usually pretty private and don’t often share super personal aspects of my life here on the blog. But, I found reading other bloggers’ birth stories during my pregnancy very encouraging so, I knew I wanted to do the same.

*warning for those who may be uncomfortable hearing about some of the intimate details of childbirth, if you think that may bother you, you probably want to skip this post.

Oakland Guide with Abe's Market

I was recently asked by Abe's Market to create an Oakland guide for their Summer Roadtrip series on their blog. I always love sharing my favorite local haunts and being a huge fan of the all natural retailer, I was more than happy to oblige. You can check out the entire guide here. They have also put together an awesome sweepstakes in honor of their Summer Roadtrip series, and a special selection of products all by local Bay Area sellers. You can also find products from the other cities across the country, which is a great way to find out local artisans in your area. Enjoy!

Teal Duncan Beaches

Teal Duncan is a talented painter from Charleston SC who's work I've admired for some time. I am lucky enough to be the proud owner of a Teal Duncan figure nude, which I absolutely love. But lately I've been obsessed with her beautiful Beaches series of paintings. I just wish I could have snagged one before they almost all sold out!

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