Happy 1st Blog Anniversary to jRoxDesigns!

Can you believe it?  My little blog is a year old already!  Well technically it was last week but life has been a little bit crazy over here.  Thanks to all of your love and support I have been swamped with orders from my Etsy shop and branching out with my photography!  I just finished editing a photo session with two sweet kids who have a very special surprise to share with their Daddy and a couple more sessions that I am just dying to share with you guys soon!  By all the time I’ve been spending in the workshop too lately it looks like you guys are loving the new selection of chalkboard speech bubbles and wooden letters in the Etsy shop too!  Not to mention the half a dozen special infinity tattoo designs I am working on right now.  How cool is that?  You guys are absolutely the best!  So, I’m sorry I haven’t been around as much lately but I promise I have so many new fun things that I hope to get up here to share with you soon!  To celebrate today I thought I would let you take a stroll on back to all of my favorite posts over the last year.

One of my most popular posts is Emma Grace’s Photo Project which is one project I am so proud of.  For all the hours and time that I’ve spent editing photos and preparing each shoot it is by far my most rewarding project!

 Photo Project by jRoxDesigns

Emma Grace’s Nursery has been one of my favorite projects I have done in years.  I poured my heart and soul into creating that room from scratch and I can’t help but smile so big every time I walk in there.  You guys seemed to love the reveal too because I heard back from so many of you that you too were in love with her French Provencal Dresser makeover!  Guess what..if you sit tight I hopefully will have a couple new photos to share of some new custom-made furniture we created for her as well as some toddler friendly updates!

Custom Painted French Provencal Dresser by jRoxDesigns

I still can’t believe how many views my post where I shared with you my journey to get my first tattoo has gotten!  You know what is crazy is when you are scrolling through your feed on Pintrest and there is your tattoo staring back at you that was pinned from people you have never met!  Or even crazier when your big sister calls to tell you your tattoo also showed up on her feed today pinned by one of her friends who had no idea it was mine!  Crazy!!!  Then when I actually decided to offer custom designs in my Etsy shop I never could image how big of a response I would get!  You guys are amazing!!

Personalized Infinity Tattoo by jRoxDesigns

Who doesn’t love baking?  Because I sure do!  That’s why I loved being able to share with you some of my favorite pumpkin pie and irish cream cupcake recipes along with an amazing recipe to make your very own vanilla extract!  Don’t worry we will have plenty more where those came from!

Homemade Vanilla Extract | jRoxDesigns

Pumpkin Pie Cupcakes by jRoxDesigns

Irish Cream Cupcakes by jRoxDesigns

Do you know where big wooden letters and bubbles come from?  I let you guys take a quick behind the scenes tour with me to see what goes into making some of my favorite products!

Wooden Letter Overview | jRoxDesigns

Speaking of sneak peeks…remember when I gave you a little glimpse into what I’m hiding in my camera bag, diaper bag, studio and workshop?  That was so much fun!

What's In My...Week by jRoxDesigns

I love holiday crafts and this Valentine’s Day garland was so much fun!  I’m thinking of making garland that I can personalize to use for photo shoots!  Pregnancy announcements, save the date cards anyone?

Valentine's Day Garland by jRoxDesigns

After being sick of my old worn out kitchen rug I gave it a fun facelift with a bit of creativity with the help of some paint!

I celebrated Hyperemesis Gravidarum Awareness Day by sharing my own personal journey with HG.  It was by far my most difficult post to write but since I wrote about my story I have had several women who are suffering or have survived HG reach out to me.  Their stories of strength and encouragement made it worth finally telling my story.

Newborn Photography by jRoxDesigns Photography copyright 2011

I’ve been able to take my photography journey to a new level by booking several sessions this past month!  I absolutely love being behind the camera and being able to capture that one special moment in life that you can hold on to for forever.  I loved being able to share with you some amazing pictures that I took at a friend’s wedding.  That post along with the photos I shared from the very first wedding have also got a lot of love from you guys.  I can’t wait to show you some new photos soon!

Wedding Photography by jRoxDesigns Photography copyright 2012

Wedding Photography by jRoxDesigns Photography copyright 2012

Do you know what happens though when you end up with maybe a couple hundred…or more photos that you have taken over the last year?  Yepp, you get an awesome family yearbook printed!  I always share our book with friends and family who come over to the house and everyone is just amazed by how great it looks.  I’m still just amazed at how easy it was!  I can’t wait to make more!

2012 Family Yearbook by jRoxDesigns

If you don’t know already I absolutely LOVE graphic design.  So creating free printables to share with you all like the Holiday and Fall Bucket Lists was so much fun.  Looks like it’s time to create a new one for Summer soon!

Holiday Bucket List Printable by jRoxDesigns

What were your favorite posts?  What would you like to see more of?  I would love to hear from you guys!  Thank you for all the love and support over the past year you guys are amazing!!!

   

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2012 Family Yearbook

Guess what showed up on my door step last week??  It’s our 2012 Family Yearbook!  Ever since I saw the Petersik’s awesome family yearbook at Young House Love I fell in love and knew that it was the perfect solution for all of those pictures I take every year.  Oh and for the record I took a couple thousand this year (yikes…I know) but then I spent hours sorting through them all and then editing the best ones.  I can’t even image how many hours I have spent in the past year editing!!  Wayyyy too many!

2012 Family Yearbook from MyPublisher by jRoxDesigns

I know some people love to make scrapbooks with all of their photos and mementoes from the year and those people deserve some serious love!  I have tried…trust me, they just never turned out how I planned.  I think that is the reason I fell in love with the idea of digital photo books. There are so many companies out there now I just wasn’t sure where to go.  I read a lot of reviews on tons of different publishing companies but for what I wanted everything kept pointing me back to MyPublisher.

MyPublisher

What amazed me was that tons of their customers (just like YHL) were more than willing to share their amazing projects, how easy the software was and what a great experience it was to work with the company.  Now that’s what I like to hear!  MyPublisher runs specials all the time so you can catch some pretty awesome deals.  The only setback I found was that they have a 100 page limit on their photo books – yes I know to most people that is a lot but do you remember how many pictures I told you I take a year?

2012 Family Yearbook from MyPublisher by jRoxDesigns

It was SO easy to make my book.  I was planning on spending DAYS working on it…it took crazy perfectionist me only 3 hours!  I’m telling you all I did was download the software, pick out my photos(which it synced with iPhoto!), chose a theme and pushed the amazing “auto build” button and TA-DA!!!  I went back through and added some pages and changed a couple of the layouts but overall I didn’t have to do much work at all!

2012 Family Yearbook from MyPublisher by jRoxDesigns

My favorite feature was how easy it was to change the photo layouts.  For example I had 5 shots of the kids at Halloween with the pumpkins.  I went to the page layout and selected “5 photos” and then was given a whole handful of different options.  That way I could select which combination of portrait and landscape layouts would work best with what I had.  It is amazing!  Did I mention how easy it was?  Oh and by the way I am not being paid or given any perks from MyPublisher, I’m just saying I love my book that much!

2012 Family Yearbook from MyPublisher by jRoxDesigns

The colors turned out absolutely beautiful!  I’ve ordered other printed products where they come back and you are scratching your head wondering how they looked so good on your computer screen and now the final product looks like…well you know what I mean!  Another awesome feature…they have layouts that are square for your Instagram photos!  Yeahhh!!  As you can see below I had maybe a couple or so Instagram photos that I added in!

2012 Family Yearbook from MyPublisher by jRoxDesigns

Since I got our book I’ve been going through all of our old photos and doing a little house keeping in hopes that I can order a couple more photo books sometime in the future!  I’ve definitely been a slacker when it comes to finding a good way to showcase all the photos I take.  I think life just got a lot easier!!!

How do you keep track of all of your families memories??

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Disclaimer:  I have not been compensated in any way from MyPublisher for this post.  I just LOVE my book that much and wanted to share my great experience with you!