Saturday, April 21, 2018

{Friday Photo Bliss} Busy, Busy Week!

On Fridays (or Saturdays in this case!) I like to post snapshots from the week that make me happy.


The weather was gorgeous this week, cool and mostly sunny. We went for a hike at a neighboring park to look for berries.

We found a handful.


Then we went for a bike ride to our Greenbelt to pick blackberries. We found buckets-worth.

I do want to say that we must really love berries to risk the poisonous snakes, poisonous spiders, and fire ants that love to hang out around blackberry vines. 

Texas is WILD and DANGEROUS.


The flying weather was perfect too, so Paul flew us to College Station so we could visit  Messina Hof.


The sky was so clear! I love the view from my first-class seat aboard the "Gooney Bird". When you only have four seats in your 1970's plane, every seat is a first-class window seat.  


Coulter Field and my three guys. And the Gooney Bird of course!!! 


We usually walk but today we decided to take the courtesy car to the winery. Paul can't drink and fly and I am doing a Whole30 (with dairy, but no alcohol allowed), so we shared two giant meat and cheese trays with the boys and had our ice water in wine glasses.

Because we are so fancy of course.

Hee hee!


Back to the woods for hiking. Summers are hot and humid, so when the weather is cool we go hiking as much as possible.

We love Kleb Woods and affectionately call it the "Snake Park" since we once counted seven snakes during a short hike. However, now it has been renamed the "Snake and Mosquito Park" thanks to the wet spring we are having.

During our entire walk (well, actually a quick frantic run) we were followed by a swarm of mosquitos eager to feast on our tasty blood.

Otherwise the walk was quite nice, and no snakes noted. However, we were moving so quickly we probably just didn't see them slithering around.


We also had to visit Spring Creek Park. These boys need sun and exercise. I need sun and exercise. And some coffee to keep up with these boys.


We haven't been the only ones visiting the creek there. 


I visited the lady's room before we left. I usually don't take bathroom photos for obvious reasons.

But that lady is a DOG!


We did have some time to read between our outdoor excursions.


But then we were back to blackberry picking. You can't eat too much blackberries and whipped cream during the spring in Texas.

Have a great weekend!!!

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Thursday, April 19, 2018

CoffeeShop "Cherry Blossom" Digital Paper Pack and Photoshop Pattern!


I love this time of year! It isn't hot yet, everything is freshly green, and flowers are blooming everywhere.

Because I am in a Spring mood, I put together this gorgeous Cherry Blossom paper set to share with you today. It contains eight 12x12 high resolution custom digital papers and the Photoshop/PSE  pattern I created to make them

People usually just apply a pattern one time, but there is a little design trick you can use with this type of pattern. Run it a few times on top of your background at different sizes and you can fill the page with gorgeous blooms! I did this with a few of the papers included in this pack.

I used gorgeous cherry blossom designs from the "Cherry Blossoms" set at (affiliate link) The Graphics Fairy Premium Site.


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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

CoffeeShop "16x20 Storyboard Set #42"!


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I am working on a new Lightroom preset and Photoshop action, but they aren't finalized yet. It always takes some time getting them ready to go and write the post with the tutorial on how to use them. But until they are up, I wanted to post a new set of professional photographer storyboards.

This set contains two 16x20 Photoshop/PSE storyboards, one with a logo/textbox. Try my free Group It storyboard loading action to create you own storyboards almost instantly. You can print these or post them on the web. You can also resize them larger, but be sure to do this before adding any of your images. 


A special thanks to Lisa Rubel Photography (website, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter) for allowing me to use her stunning images in my example storyboard above.

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Monday, April 16, 2018

CoffeeShop "Rothenburg" Fine Art Texture Set!


I can't believe it is Monday! Where did the weekend go? I was supposed to finish painting my master bath but it was so gorgeous outside I didn't get it finished. Unfortunately I used the excuse that it was too rainy last weekend to paint. I think Paul is on to me...

Moving on, I wanted to post a new set of  Fine Art Textures I named " Rothenburg" from one of my favorite German cities. This texture is rough and gritty and reminds me of all of the beautiful stonework around Rothenburg ob der Tauber.

This texture/overlay set can be used at Overlay, Soft Light, Screen, and/or Mulitply blending modes over any image. You can also use them as digital papers and overlays in cards, storyboards, or other designs. And don't forget to check out all of my other textures/overlays/digital papers! All of mine come with free commercial terms-of-use.




This is a digital paper I made in a tutorial I posted over at the (affiliate code) Graphics Fairy Premium Site. I am an instructor over there and I love Graphics Fairy!!! If you are a member over there you can go read my tutorial that was posted today and grab the high-resolution version of this kitchen paper. There are so many incredible design elements and tutorials over there you will be happily lost for hours. And everything there comes with incredibly generous terms-of-use. 

I wanted to show you how you can use my textures to make digital papers look distressed and vintage.


In this example I added the gray Rothenburg texture from this post, inverted it (click to select it and press Cmd or Control-I), and put it in Screen blending mode at 80%. You can do this on any piece of digital paper to create special effects.

Original images used in my post: (rose, man, vase).

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