Tuesday, February 26, 2013

We Threw My Sister Her Bridal Shower!

Consider yourself warned! :) This is a photo-heavy post! 

This weekend was my sister's bridal shower. It's been so fun to plan these past few months, but it was even more fun to finally have it. I think everything came together perfectly! The shower was held in a local coffee house. The theme: a coffee and dessert bar. The desserts were awesome, the coffee & location were perfect and my sister received some amazing gifts to start off her marriage.

I thought I'd share a bit of my prep work and then some photos from the shower itself ...

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This last photo is courtesy of Geri at Bellavie Photography, a very talented photographer and friend.  You can find her Facebook page here. Thank you Geri, for this beautiful photo of my sister and I. 

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Happy WW! 


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Friday, February 22, 2013

Happy to See Some Blue

This week has proven to be another crazy week weather-wise. We did have some snow earlier in the week and are expecting another small storm tonight. (Will it ever end?) 

Thankfully, we did have a beautiful sunny day yesterday. The sky was an absolutely gorgeous blue and the sun was shining brightly through our windows. I actually took some time and just relaxed in its warmth. 

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Our beautiful view from the front porch. 

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These last two photos are from behind our home. 

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And as you can see, it doesn't seem to take long for the clouds to move in. 

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My hope is that, since we are nearing February's end, we will see more blue skies and sunshine in March.


In case you missed Wednesday's post, I made my first ever Storyboard Collage template. Just click on the image below to snag the FREE download. You can also visit my post here to see how I used it and for a tutorial on how to load your images using Clipping Masks.

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I'm happy it's Friday! 


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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Waiting on Spring & FREE Photo Collage Template

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As most of you know, I am eagerly awaiting the arrival of Spring. I'm having a difficult time waiting, especially when Mother Nature keeps sending us temperatures in the teens. This weekend it was windy and bitter cold and once again, as I write, it's snowing outside...

So, in an attempt to brighten my outlook, I put away all my winter decor last week and filled my vases with spring flowers. My silk flowers include forsythia, lilies and dogwood blooms. In addition, on my weekly trip to the grocery store, I picked up two bunches of daffodils. I just love those cheery yellow flowers. They seem so happy and bright. They were just buds the day I bought them and I've been enjoying watching them open and blossom through the week. If you, too, are struggling to get through winter, try picking up some fresh flowers for your home. Place them on a windowsill or on a table you see often throughout the day. I do this about the same time every year and I really do think it helps. 

I created this storyboard (my very first one!) and I'm excited to share it! I want to thank all of you who encourage me, support me, have written kind words, answered my questions or just stopped by my blog to see what's new. Just click on the image below to download this FREE template.

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If you haven't used a PSD file before, it's easy to use. 
1. After you've downloaded the template, open it in Photoshop. You will see all the squares to insert photos in your layers panel, there are seven. 
2. In your main menu, under file, click open and select the images you want to insert into the template. 
3. Using the move tool, slide the photo you want over top of the Photo 1 spot in the template. Then, in the layers palatte, make sure it is located directly above the layer that says Photo 1. If its not, you can click on the layer, grabbing it, and slide it down until its directly above the layer that says Photo 1. 
4. Right click on layer 1 in the palatte and from the options that appear, click on Create Clipping Mask. This fits the photo right into the spot. 

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5. You can then resize it to fit better into the square by holding down the shift key and sliding the corners. 

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6. Continue this process to fill each opening in the template. You could also choose, as I did, to use the paint bucket tool and color in a few of the squares.
7. Once all squares are filled, right click on the background layer and choose Flatten Image.
8. You can then resize for the web or save to print.  

If you have any questions, feel free to contact me. It took me a few tries to get the hang of it too, but once I did, I realized how easy it really was. MCP actions offers another great tutorial with a few more photos. You can find it here.


If you missed my post last week on Engineer Print Artwork, check it out. It's a rather inexpensive way to fill empty wall space in your home. I'm also happy to share that Gina at Kleinworth & Co featured it on her site last week from her linkup, Your Best Weekly. 

Its Wordless Wednesday, but in my case Word{y} Wednesday. Link up with these gals below or just stop by to check out the many talented bloggers. 

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