Friday, June 22

CoffeeShop "Summer Mini Session" Photo Template!


Today I have a professional Photoshop/PSE photo "Summer Mini Session" template to share with you. This can be printed or posted on the web (Instagram, Facebook, your website, etc) and everything is completely customizable including the colors, fonts, and text box placement/sizes.

You could also use this as a baby or other mini session announcement, just change the words!

I used fonts Cherry Swash and Josefin Sans and these two butterflies (1, 2) to design this storyboard. The image of the little girl is by the talented Jill Wellington (Etsy ShopFacebook, Blog, YouTube Videos, Pixabay).

This storyboard  comes with free commercial terms-of-use, no attribution necessary. And please check out my hundreds of other free professional storyboards or grab them all in one huge simple download here and help support my blog!



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Wednesday, June 20

CoffeeShop "Secret Garden" Fine Art Texture Set!


I had some time today after lunch to design this new set of textures/overlays/digital papers. These are very rustic and beautiful and look lovely on so many types of images.


I have really been on a texture kick lately. I just finished painting my bathroom a deep brown and now I need to work on adding some art. I am going to add textures to different images and frame them. The only issue I have is trying to limit myself to four images! Once I get them done I will post them up here. If you want to download more of my textures, just check out my huge texture page!


In this texture set I included a gray texture, and it is easy to change the colors in the color ones by adding a hue/saturation layer and adjusting the color slider.  I add these to photos in soft light, overlay, multiply, or screen blending mode. You can also use these textures as digital papers.

In the beautiful floral image above I used the gray texture in soft light and screen mode. I love how this one turned out.





I would love to see your images with these textures, so please don't hesitate to post them on my Facebook page!

Images used in this post: (Bird, Girls, Couple, Blue Flowers).

Download the CoffeeShop "Secret Garden" Fine Art Texture Set.

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Tuesday, June 19

CoffeeShop "Unicorn" Digital Design Pack!


Now for something completely different. :-)  Today's freebie is a unicorn-inspired design pPack. This pack contains three pretty digital papers, the Photoshop pattern I made to create this papers, and a fully customizable unicorn clipart for you to use to design your own custom papers or other designs!

You can change the colors on the unicorn clipart and even add your own flowers. I found the original design here and the flowers are from The Graphics Fairy.

This digital design pack comes with free commercial terms-of-use so use them anyway you want!


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Saturday, June 16

CoffeeShop {Friday Photo Bliss} What's Up!

On Fridays (or Saturday mornings) I like to post some of my favorite recent snapshots of my family. Note: In most of these I am without makeup and it is almost 100 degrees, so not my best look. You are been warned!

It has been hot but we still have managed to get out of the house some without being overcome with heat stroke. We haven't been flying much since Paul is working with his instructor to get his Instrument Rating. But I haven't missed it that much since our plane, the Gooney, doesn't have air-conditioning.When you are sitting on the tarmac you feel like you are in a oven! Paul hopes to be finished with his IFR rating by early fall. Then we will be able to take longer trips without worrying about being stuck somewhere because there are some low clouds. I love Fall/Winter/Spring flying!


We went to the Spring Creek Heritage Festival to see a Civil War reenactment. This is a photo of my nephew D (9), Imp (11), and Duke (13). Duke looks like a giraffe.


We wanted to sit in the shade and thought we found the perfect spot until we realized we were right next to the canons! Luckily we had safety earbuds, but it was still so incredibly loud. And exciting!


And some of the canon shots left perfect smoke rings!




I have been walking the kids around the neighborhood daily. Oh, and Piper the dog goes with us too. After one loop (almost a mile) Piper is completely worn out thanks to the heat. So are the humans in our family...


I asked Imp to take a photo of Duke and me. My dear son is 13 and now 5'9" (2 inches taller than me, he is in front of me in this photo and looks much taller). Seriously, he seems to be growing faster than the Bahia grass in our ditch by the mailbox.

Thank goodness Imp is still shorter than me. I am not ready to be the shortest in my family. Well, the dog and five rats are shorter, but they don't really count in the Height Wars.


We did some drone flying at the park.


Found some cool caterpillars at my mom's.


Listened to a John Denver tribute at Bernhardt Winery.


Got to sit with my sweetie. We just celebrated our 26th wedding anniversary. Paul is the best!!!


Kids had a blast and made some new friends.


And my mom managed to spill her entire glass of white wine on her lap!




We went swimming at our friend's neighborhood pool.


And Duke was at a Civil Air Patrol (CAP) meeting when the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center (AFRCC)  requested CAP assistance to locate and silence an active 406 MHz ELT located in the vicinity of Hook's Airport. When one of these go off it can lead to a downed plane.


But thankfully in this case they found it in life raft stored in a hanger.


And guess who has been having fun playing with the old iPhone 4 he just inherited from his brother? He can't go on the internet on it, but he can use the camera and he has been texting me some really really weird photos...

Have a great weekend!

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Thursday, June 14

CoffeeShop "Woodlanders" Fine Art Texture Set!



Sorry I haven't been posting as often these last months. We have been busy, but I have also been feeling really worn down, mentally and physically.  I was blaming the heat (and boy is it hot!) or thought it was a hormone issue (I was shedding hair more than my dog), but found out I am anemic. Luckily this is an easy fix consisting of eating more iron-rich foods and taking iron pills, but it apparently takes some time to get back to normal. I have been taking iron for almost a month and just noticed I am getting some strength back, so I am on the mend! 

Of course, since I was feeling so lazy (and did I mention it is HOT), I wasn't exercising very much so I look and feel like a slug. But this week I have been taking long walks with the kids and I just started doing body weight exercises again. It feels so good to want to walk outside again. I had no idea how often woman become anemic during their child-bearing years, but if you start feeling worn down for no reason it is definitely something to get checked out. 

So now that I am back in the saddle, I plan on posting many more freebies\tutorials here on my blog. Today I have a brand new set of gorgeous fine art textures/overlays/papers. These can turn a simple photo into a work of art, or you can simply use them as gorgeous textures/digital papers on your work. 

I usually add them over my images in soft light, overlay, multiply, or screen blending modes. 




Photos used in this post: (Fog, Flower, Bird, Camera, Grass).

I would love too see what you do with them on my Facebook page!

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Tuesday, June 12

CoffeeShop "Square Storyboard Set" #45!


So I am back to work after a long weekend. Summer is here and my schedule is still trying to adapt. We still do school during these hot months, but not as much as we do the rest of the year, so I am trying to balance work with spending time with the boys. It is all good. :-)

Today I have a new 20x20 storyboard set to share with you! This one contains five square photo templates for Photoshop/PSE with optional logo/text circles. You can change the color of the logo circles and all borders, and add your images using clipping masks (using my nifty free action!). Feel free to flip these to get a different version, just be sure to do this before adding your images. :-)

These can be printed and hung on your wall or resized to fit on the web. Have fun with them!



A special thanks to my friend Jill Wellington for allowing me to use her images in this post! (Etsy ShopFacebook, Blog, YouTube Videos, Pixabay)

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