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pattern blocked gift wrap!

Pattern Block Gift Wrap / via Oh Joy!

Happy Friday! If you're like me, you always have random pieces of wrapping paper leftover, BUT you don't throw them away and let them go to waste. So today, we're showing you how to take all those leftover scraps and turn them into something super cute and useful by making pattern-blocked gift wrap! It's great all-year round but especially handy just in time for the upcoming holidays. Here's how... 

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new oh joy! x erin condren designs for fall...

New Oh Joy! x Erin Condren Designs!

Happy Monday! Today, we have three FRESH NEW Oh Joy! x Erin Condren designs just in time for fall: Joyful Jungle, Lovely Lines, and Dainty Dabs! In addition to these three prints, we're also introducing a few brand new items to help you stay organized this season. Yep, that's right! We now have petite journals perfect for jotting ideas on-the-go, bigger journals, paper tape, notebooks, wedding planners, address books, and more...

New Oh Joy! x Erin Condren Designs!

Joyful Jungle — This tropical design features lush greens, deep blues, pretty pinks, and fun metallic accents. If I HAD to pick a favorite new print, this one might be it! Here we have it in our Planner Folio, Notebook, Petite Journal, Notepad, and Notecards

New Oh Joy! x Erin Condren Designs!

Lovely Lines — This print is subtle, playful, and sophisticated all at once! It's a fun twist on the traditional stripe design and, of course, has pops of gold metallic throughout, making it perfect for fall. Here you can see it in our Notebook, Petite Journal, and Notepad. PLUS, can you spot our new Floral Festival Paper Tape?

New Oh Joy! x Erin Condren Designs!

Dainty Dabs — I love how delicate this design is! We layered brushstrokes in all the autumnal hues on a navy backdrop to create the perfect blend for fall and winter. We added in silver metallic strokes as well, making it look like a sparkly night sky. Here we have our Planner FolioLifePlanner™, Journal, Notepad, Petite Journal, and Notecards

New Oh Joy! x Erin Condren Designs!

Which one is your favorite? You can shop them all exclusively online now at Erin Condren! There are so many great ones to stock up for holiday gifts for relatives, friends, teachers, and co-workers, too!

{Photos by Lily Glass. Styling by Julia Wester, styling assistance by Jess Hong.

new oh joy for erin condren!

 

Oh Joy! for Erin Condren Stationery

You've probably seen our Oh Joy! x Erin Condren LifePlanner™ by now, but did you know we have fun accessories, too? It's true! We've got lots of cute things to help you stay organized, all in our signature playful designs. Take a look...

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Q&A: Oh Joy! x Erin Condren

 Q&A: Oh Joy! x Erin Condren

Thank you SO MUCH for your support and excitement for our Oh Joy! x Erin Condren LifePlanner™ cover designs! I've loved reading your comments and seeing all your photos on social media since our launch last week. These planners are AMAZING and are so customizable, so read below and then let me know if you have any other questions in the comments! We've gotten a few questions about them, so today, I wanted to dive deep into all the details...

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naked sparkle amazingness...

Ashish Spring 2016 from Hunger by Eva K. Salvi

Ashish Spring 2016 from Hunger by Eva K. Salvi

Ashish Spring 2016 from Hunger by Eva K. Salvi

Sometimes you see a collection of things that scream out so loud to you that you don't know how or why you've never come across it before. UK designer, Ashish, debuted this Spring/Summer 2016 collection last year, but it still feels so fresh and fun that I had to share.

Ashish Spring 2016 by Vogue

Ashish Spring 2016 by Vogue

Ashish Spring 2016 by Vogue

Ashish Spring 2016 by Vogue

Ashish Spring 2016 by Vogue

I've been obsessed with sheer pieces and sequins lately, so this whole collection is pretty much what my dreams are made of.

{Top photos from Hunger by Eva K. Salvi, bottom photos from Vogue.}

tokketok {giveaway}...(now closed)

tokketok

I love getting handwritten notes—in the mail, on a gift, from my kids, basically anytime. And I love sending them to those I love. One of my favorite stationery brands is Tokketok because of the simple, yet whimsical, messages. So today, we've partnered with Tokketok to give away TWO complete sets of the ENTIRE COLLECTION ($395 value each)!

tokketok

The collection includes all the flower card designs (7 sets); all the happy jotter sets (4 sets); 6 notepads; all the sticker notes; a set of flag notes; 3 sets of fill in notes; and boxed notes

tokketok

To enter, please visit Tokketok's website. Then, leave a comment here telling me your favorite product and who you would send it to! Entries close this Friday, September 23rd at 8am PST and two winners will be chosen at random.* Good luck!

UPDATE: Congrats to Thuy B. from Yukon, OK and Kylie T. from Jacksonville, OR for being our winners this time! 

*This giveaway is open to readers anywhere in the world! Please do not leave your email or web address in the body of the comment, only in the allotted boxes. $395 USD total value per winner. Winner will be contacted via email once comments close, and announced at the bottom of this post soon after.

how to choose outfits for family photos...

how to choose outfits for family photos

Every year, I have friends frantically texting me as they prep for their family photos asking about the outfits they have chosen and what their kids or husband should wear. It’s the one time a year that people might spend a bit more time choosing that special outfit for the whole family. Picking out outfits for my family is actually really fun for me because to me it’s like a design challenge that involves a lot of the same components of color, texture, and balance that I keep in mind when putting together any other image (that's the art school part of me coming out). Whether you’re taking photos of you and your partner, you and your pup, or you and your family of 15, I've partnered with Artifact Uprising to share my tips for choosing outfits for family photos with some outtakes from this year's holiday card to demonstrate…

Oh Joy Family Photo by Morgan Pansing

1. Dressing for the environment. The first thing to think about is how casual or dressy you want to be. I say you should wear something more special than your average casual Saturday because...why not? If you’re spending time to take these family photos, you should use it as a chance to wear something a little extra special. That doesn’t mean you need to go black tie and wear a ball gown to the park, but dress so you feel excited about what you’re wearing and so your kids are excited, too. Also, think about where you’re shooting the photos. If you’re going to the beach, then soft flowy pieces look great in the wind. Or if it’s a snowy/winter scene then cozy on up so that the scene feels like a moment out of your real life. This year, we chose a modern, urban setting outside the Broad Museum in downtown Los Angeles.

Oh Joy Family Photo by Morgan Pansing

2. Color and texture. When outfitting a the whole family, I compose a set of outfits the way I would a full scene—balance, texture, and color come into play. If you have a certain stand-out color or pattern, you want to see that pop of color/pattern in a couple places so that it doesn’t stand out in only one spot. In our case, we have a couple hits of neon yellow, a couple hits of black, a few neutral stripes, and some blush throughout. Men and boys can be the hardest to dress because there are far less options in male clothing (poor guys). But if you love color and want to incorporate it in their outfits as well, find smaller areas like a cool belt, a bow tie, hat, or shoes where they can wear a pop of color and feel comfortable in that shade (check out Bob's blush shoes!). Also, think about textures. If you’re taking your photos in a very modern setting that has strong lines and not a lot of color, it could be nice to balance that out with some clothing that has some softness or texture to it (hence our soft skirts and dresses). Also, across the board, I typically avoid wearing all white, all black, or anything with bold logos or typography.

Oh Joy Family Photo by Morgan Pansing

3. Complement without being too matchy matchy. Unless you are going for the Ugly Christmas Sweater look, I like to have some elements of the family outfits that match or complement without anyone wearing the same exact outfit. For example, if you have multiple kids, they can wear similar colors or patterns. Or, they can wear the same style of dress or shirt but in different colors or patterns. That way there are parts of the outfits that are the same without the full head-to-toe outfit being the same. Ruby and Coco are two slightly different dresses in the same pattern, but to avoid them looking too matchy, I gave them different tops to wear over the dresses. Same goes for the grown-ups, try to have part of your outfit link back to one other person in the photos even with a touch of the same color or pattern. 

How to Choose Outfits for a Family Photo

4. Try on the clothes before you take photos. Especially if kids are involved, make sure they've tried on the full outfit ahead of time. I can't even keep track of the number of times I've put on a new pair of shoes or a new dress and Ruby doesn’t want to wear it cause they hurt her feet or something itches. Or sometimes you’ve been saving a super special piece of clothing for a few months and then your kid outgrows it before they go to wear it. So do a test run in the full outfit beforehand so you and your kids are in comfortable clothes that fit! (For example, the outfits above were what I had planned for the kids this year. But Ruby would not wearing the stockings because she felt too hot in them, she outgrew the shoes I planned for her, and we decided not to have Coco wear the headband in fear of it constantly falling off during shooting). So we simply took out some of the unnecessary accessories and switched out Ruby’s shoes for a bigger pair we already had.

Oh Joy Family Photo by Morgan Pansing

5. Be comfortable to look comfortable. You might see this as a chance to step outside your box and wear something more risqué, more glamorous, or more colorful. But don’t wear something you wouldn’t normally wear. Bob and I both wore clothes we already owned and have worn before this day. These photos should look like you and your family—just a bit more special. And if you don't feel like you or you’re uncomfortable in any way, it will show in the photos. Oh, if you have kids, don't forget to take a photo of you and your partner without the kids. I know it can be hectic to take family photos, but if someone can entertain your kids for a few minutes so you can snap a shot together, it's well worth it.

how to choose outfits for family photos

And, now here's a peek at our holiday card for this year! I hope these tips help you for your holiday photo, future family photos, or for any other special occasion coming up!

P.S. Two fun things...

1) Artifact Uprising has kindly offered 10% off holiday card printing with code OHJOYTEN valid through December 2, 2015. AND...

2) You can enter your email address in the box below to enter to win $250 credit towards printing your cards with Artifact Uprising. Entries close on December 2, 2015.

This post is brought to you in collaboration with Artifact Uprising—a brand I've been using and loving for years. All content, ideas, and words are my own. Thanks for supporting the sponsors that allow me to create new and original content like this for Oh Joy.

{Photos from this year's family photo by Morgan Pansing. Past family photos from card's past: Max Wanger and Jesse Chamberlin (sparkly streamers card), Katherine and Luke Griffin (bougainvillea running and family montage). Still life photos of the cards by Casey Brodley, styling by Ariel Fulmer. Outfit details: Joy's sweater from J.Crew, skirt from Darccy, shoes from Target, necklace from Lou Lou Lollipop Finery. Bob's shirt from Apolis, pants by Betabrand, shoes from Greats. Ruby's dress by Two Els, cardigan from Crew Cuts, shoes by Zuzii. Coco's dress by Two Els, top by Crew & Lushoes by Zuzii, hair pin by Homako.}

all eyes on you!

Silly Halloween Monster Eyes DIY

Silly Halloween Monster Eyes DIY

Ruby was recently telling me that she loves it when people decorate their houses for Halloween and asked why ours isn’t decorated like those houses. We don’t have an actual house (we live in the top floor of a duplex) or yard or really much of an area to decorate other than a door and a large bush. Even though we don’t have a full-on house, it doesn’t mean we shouldn’t join in on the decorating fun! So, I told her that we would make some decorations and make our house fun, too!

So we've partnered with Target to share an easy and fun way to decorate for Halloween that can be used whether you have an apartment, duplex, or house! I'm always looking for ways to say "Halloween" that's different than the usual iconography (witches, ghosts, bats) you'd see elsewhere. So I love the idea of adding funny/silly/spooky eyes around your home to welcome trick-or-treaters this year. 

Here's how to make these "Eyes on You" decorations...

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ruby's 4th birthday prep!

A Fruity Dance Party

You guys, Ruby turns FOUR on Monday! This weekend we are celebrating her birthday with a small party with a handful of her four-year-old friends with a hip-hop/ballet party at her dance school. I usually share photos of our parties after they take place but I thought it would be a fun change to show you what I am setting up, too. So you can see how it all comes together afterwards.

Here are some of the things I've prepped for the party...

01. Decor - When you're having a party in a space that is not your home, I'm all about getting things that are easy to set-up on the fly. Often, you only have 30 minutes to get everything together so anything that pops-up and stands up easily is very helpful. I'll be using a bunch of these fruit poufs to decorate the little tables that the dance school os providing.

02. Outfits - Since it's a fruit theme, Ruby and Coco will be decked out in their fruity gear. Ruby's pairing her favorite strawberry tank with this crazy, amazing pom-pom skirt we got just for her birthday and some gold ballet flats for dancing. Although Coco can't quite dance yet, she'll be crawling around in her orange romper and moccasins.

03. Table - Paper plates are one of my favorite things ever because it makes clean-up so easy and they come in the best colors and patterns. I got a ton of fruity paper plates, cups, and trays. Her cake will be chocolate and fruit-filled and topped with this glittery cake topper.

04. Balloons - We won't have too many balloons, but just a giant watermelon to hang outside which I'm planning to combine with some hanging fruit poufs that I'll have leftover from the table decor.

05. Favors - For favors, we made fruity wands that the kids will get to dance and play with. And we're giving them a fun fruit tattoo and these cool kaleidoscope cameras.

I've personally requested a lot of Justin Bieber and Taylor Swift songs, so there might be some mamas (aka me) dancing with the kiddos, too!

{Photos by Casey Brodley, styling by Joy Cho}

do something + give love letters...

Do-something-card

We created this Pop-Up Heart Valentine's Day card DIY for DoSomething.org and Mentor Up's Love Letters campaign which encourages teens to makes a card of love for senior citizens in their community. Even though Valentine's Day is still a month away, we love the idea of giving love any time of year to anyone who could use an extra smile.

Here's how to make one for a friend, loved one, or senior in your life...

Valentine's Day Pop-Up Card

1. Download our Heart Pop-Up template right here. You can use the template to trace over any other paper (patterned, solid colors, glittered, etc) or print it on paper of your choice.

Valentine's Day Pop-Up Card

2. Fold the printed template in half, then cut on the solid lines and fold on the dotted lines so that you're creating a full-sized heart when it's open. The inside piece (page 2 of the template) has the pop-up, and the outside piece (page 1 of the template) is a solid heart.

3. Make sure to pop out the inside's mini heart (see image above), then attach the inside and outside together with glue, double-sided tape, or any smooth adhesive. Then, decorate it however you like!

Valentine's Day Pop-Up Card

{Project by Oh Joy. Creative direction by Joy Cho, card design by Angie Stalker, card styling by Julia Wester, photos by Casey Brodley.}