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It's my birthday! Let's celebrate!


November 07, 2016

Friends, Today is my birthday and I would like to celebrate it with you! As a thank you for supporting our business for the last years, I am offering a 20% off to all orders in the next 24 hours. Please enter code CELEBRATE20 at checkout!

How a new product is born


November 02, 2016

New products are always fun to launch. But do you know how they are born and what goes behind bringing one to life? It's a fun (and at times challenging) process and I am sharing it with you today via this cool info-graphic illustration.

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5 Favorite Things


October 28, 2016

It's Friday, you guys and it's time for this week's list of 5 favorite things. This one was hard to narrow down. With the holidays fast approaching, I've been browsing the web for unique products to gift friends and family (and ahem...myself). Here are the 5 things I'm loving this week.

One - True Botanicals products. The super concentrated, bio-active ingredients will never harm your health or skin. I picked up a few of their products while searching for anti-aging skincare products. I've been using the products for a couple of months now, and guys, and couldn't recommend them enough (this from a gal who is very skeptical about any skincare line!) Their mists and face oils are truly a luxury!

Two - The Sweet Home is a website that offers the best tried and true gadgets and gear for people who are looking for what to get without having to search for all the reviews on various sites. This site does all the leg work for you! I am getting this travel mug for my hubby for Christmas (shhh...he doesn't know yet!)

Three - Monsters & Buildings is a fun coloring books for the whole family! Author is a very talented dear friend. Moms of boys, you should definitely buy this coloring book!

Four - Framed Silhouettes - because meaningful art will never go out of style. Especially art that features your loved ones' silhouettes drawn from their photos. Just imagine grandma's face on Christmas morning as she unwraps a piece with all her grandchildren's sweet silhouettes on it.

Five - In the Company of Women - Grace Bonney's latest book filled with advise from over 100 makers, entrepreneurs and artists. I truly enjoyed this one!

There you have it! I hope you have a great weekend!

Silhouette Ornaments are HERE!


October 16, 2016

Every year I gift each of my boys a unique ornament - as a keepsake for them to add to their collection. I started this tradition a few years ago and I am so glad I did. When they are all grown up and have their own Christmas trees to trim, they will have a small collection of their own to put up on the tree.

Along with the most cherished of holiday accessories, ornaments are the one piece of seasonal decor that we bring out year after year...they each hold a special story, passed down from the one generation to the next. With that tradition in mind, we are proud to offer our newest product, the Silhouette Ornaments. They are timeless and guaranteed to be loved and treasured for years to come.

Crafted of brass or sterling silver, each ornament features your loved ones' silhouettes carefully designed from their photographs. Choose from the various design options HERE.

As you begin thinking about decking the halls and trimming your Christmas trees, consider ordering one or a few of our new Silhouette Ornaments. Each custom ornament requires 3-4 week production. We recommend you place your order as soon as possible to guarantee delivery by Christmas.

4 ways to use your favorite family photos


October 13, 2016

Family photos are a great way to capture special moments as your family grows. There is some planning involved leading up to the photo shoot, like choosing everyone's outfits and deciding on a place...and hoping everyone is happy and in their best behavior:) Once you get the pictures, you post a few online to show friends and family, but what do you do with them after that? I am sharing a few ideas below.

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ย Before we proceed, keep in mind if you hired a professional photographer you should ask their permission to print the photos through another source.

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For the best selection of frames, we love using Framebridge - we actually use them for all our framing needs at LPS. Ordering is super easy. You can upload your photo on their site or mail in the originals. There is nothing better than a favorite photographed framed in an elegant frame. Is classic and timeless!

2. Turn them into keepsakes

When it comes to treasuring favorite memories, we know we do it best. Your favorite family photos will make the most elegant heirlooms once we have transformed them into custom silhouette pieces, like our jewelry or ornaments.

3. Transform them into art

Art can take many shapes and forms and pictures inspire some amazing art pieces. I love Minted take on using photos into state shapes art. Think about making something special with photos from your vacation - some states have definitely more interesting shapes than others.

4. Make a little book

In this day and age, creating a photo album is super easy and fun. You can gather photos you've shared on social media sites into one tiny book. I love using Blurb and Chatbooks for all my album needs. I even used them for LPS's look book. I am very pleased with both company's services.

There's a special going on with Blurb books now. You can receive 40% off entire purchase with code FAM40.

Enjoy!

Things you didn't know about me


October 03, 2016

Happy Monday everyone! Thanks for being here!

Today I wanted to share a few things you might not know about me. I saw this done by someone else on Instagram and it inspired me to do an actual post. Here goes.

  • I am the oldest of 3 girls
  • I came in the states as a college student (I have a masters in architecture) 17 years ago (can you guess my age?)
  • my family leaves in Greece and Albania - hence our numerous travels to Europe (I'm not complaining ๐Ÿ˜‰)
  • I speak 5 languages (in the order of fluency: English, Albanian, Greek, Italian and French)
  • I grew up by the Ionian Sea. I miss the water beyond words.
  • my sisters are my best friends. They live in ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ทand we Face Time 2-3 times a day ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿฝ
  • I am a type A, love all things organized and orderly. White makes me the happiest!
  • my favorite thing in the entire world is to have my boys close to me and small their hair. I will never grow old of this. Never!

There you have it. Hope you got to know me a little better:)

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5 Favorite Things


September 30, 2016

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It's the end of another week, my first back since the Greece trip (more on that on a future post). Today I wanted to share a few things that have become my absolute favorite in the past weeks.

One - this amazing recipe for breakfast toast...or anytime toast. As those close to me would attest, I could never live without feta...and tomatoes.

Two - this product and the brand. They sell for a lot less in Europe and I wanna kick myself for not stocking up on some while I was there a few weeks back.

Three - I don't watch many movies these days, but I am barely holding my seat until this one comes out (I believe it will be on theaters tonight). I have all sorts of appreciation for Zack G.

Four - I tried coloring books while on a long plane ride to Greece. They are so calming to me. This one by my favorite couple looks soo good. The architect in me appreciates it too. Already pre-ordered my copies.

Five - This necklace is already a bestseller since its launch last Friday. Something tells me it will make great gifts this upcoming holiday season.

So there you have it! I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

(photo by Andrea Pesce Photo)

Our Custom Silhouette Process


September 25, 2016

We often get asked about our custom silhouette process. To me it's second nature since I've created thousands of custom silhouettes, but for many it's still a mystery. This post is going to break down the process and provide a few helpful tips on the types of pictures that generate the best silhouettes.

The process

As you may guess we only work with photographs. A silhouette is as good as a photograph - therefore I can't stress enough the importance of a great photo. When selecting your photo, keep in mind 3 things: fun, memorable, and easy to work with.

A great example is this photo.

From this photo we than create out outline of the bodies, also known as silhouette.

You get the idea..

Last and most import part, we laser cut the silhouette out of precious metals (sterling silver or gold filled) to create the most exquisite of pieces, like this one of a kind necklace.

If you ask me, this is the most unique gift you can ever give or receive. It captures your loved ones to perfection and allows you to carry them close to your heart.

Tips for perfect silhouettes

Although these tips are specific for head silhouettes, a few of them work well for full body photos. When it comes to selecting full body photos, make sure to select a fun one, something it reminds you of a special time. Candid photos make great silhouettes. Make sure to let your photographer know on your next family session:)

Looking forward to creating something super special for you this holiday season!

Meet Our New Full Body Silhouette Necklaces!


September 22, 2016

The moment you said "Yes!"
The day you welcomed your first child.
Your kids' best furry friend.
Your happy family.
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Each of these moments have one thing in common, they are worth remembering and treasuring forever. We love capturing them in silhouette form and creating elegant heirlooms worthy to be passed down from generation to generation!

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Introducing our newest creations, the Full Body Silhouette Necklaces!

These necklaces feature your loved ones' silhouettes created from their most treasured photographs. Each necklace is artistically created to capture the most unique of features, laser cut and hand polished to perfection.

We would love to turn your favorite picture/s into a unique necklace. Ordering is simple. Satisfaction always guaranteed!

A Week in Greece


September 09, 2016

Tomorrow (Saturday) I will be traveling to Greece to spend a week with my sisters and their families. For those of you who have been reading my blog for a while, you might remember all my family lives overseas. I used to travel every year up until John was born. Traveling has become a bit more challenging with two kids. Last summer we took John for the first time to Greece and we had a wonderful month long vacation. Both boys traveled so well, despite my worrying.

This time I will be going solo and I am equally excited and nervous. The visit is so short that taking one of the boys would have made this visit a bit more difficult. That said, I am looking forward to meeting my newest niece and nephew (twins) born to my youngest sister (who's wedding we attended last summer) and spending some time with my family.

I will be sharing some pictures mainly on Instagram but I have to warn you, there will be more than a few baby pictures, food and some scenery. I am looking forward to all of it!

Hello!

I am Vana Chupp, a wife, mother of two sweet boys and the heart and soul behind Le Papier Studio. This blog chronicles my thoughts on running a small business and capturing life's special moments. Read more...

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