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I really enjoy learning new things. One of my missions is to always experience and learn for the rest of …well forever. I am going to start sharing some of the tips and things I learn throughout my journey and maybe they will help you. One thing I have learned this week is that in adobe camera raw I am able to do most of the editing workflow quickly and get fantastic results. I am currently learning how to retouch portrait photography as one of the steps in starting my photography business so this tiny tid bit will help speed up the editing process.


You must shoot in camera raw for this to work. Once you open your photo for the first time a dialog window will pop up. This window has lots of buttons and options. If you haven’t taken time to explore this go ahead for a few minutes and become acquainted with some of the options available. Once you are ready to adjust the white balance. Using the eye dropper tool click on an area of the image that you know to be neutral (having an equal value of Red, Green and Blue). This area is often white but can also be a grey color. Once you click the photo will automatically adjust. If you are not happy with the results use the sliders off on the side to tweak the coloring. Often a picture will look better a little warmer or cooler.

With practice this will help you improve your workflow and images!


Time again for another round of Inspiration Folder.

Easter Meals - Southern Living

Vintage Flowers - Sleeping Dog Studios

Holga - Holga Galleries

Vintage Bookmarks - Country Living

I hope you enjoyed this round! Have a great weekend!!

Sprinkles - Sprinkles Bakes

Embroidery - Mary Corbert

Colorful Curtains - That Bohemian Girl

Tea Packaging - The Dieline

I hope you enjoyed this weeks round of inspiration! Have a great weekend!


Hello all here is a peek into my inspiration folder

Ceramic Bowls - Apparatu

Hand Lettering - MaryKateMcDevitt

New Type Vintage - Steven Heller

St. Patrick's Day Banner - The Crafting Chicks

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Hello again! I’ve been suffering from a cold all weekend and didn’t get to work on any craft projects or any photo shoots which I had been planning on doing. However, I did do some long term planning and I am sharing some of my thoughts on long term project planning. Here are a couple of tips for staying on track for your long term projects and a long term project that I am starting.

1. When working on my long term projects I find it is fun to sprinkle short term projects in and around the long term projects. This keeps you from feeling like your project has gone stale.

2. It is important to be organized, to have a plan, and to have specific goals to keep you on track and so that you can meet those goals. Write your ideas down in a journal. Make lists of the materials you need prior to starting. It’s not fun to postpone your afternoon of scrapbooking because you forgot the glue.

3. Set aside time in your week or month to work on your personal projects. If you keep hoping that you will have the energy at the end of the work day or after a day or running errands it will be harder to bring yourself to work on your projects.

This is just one of my long term projects and I still have  lots short term projects in my journal; which I can complete in one sitting or over a weekend.

A personal Style Book.

This is a project that I have wanted to start and then put off and wanted to start and then put it off for too long. Now, I am making it a goal to get it done. In the past year my closet has been converting from a college closet of jeans, sweatpants, and sweatshirts to a closet that has a lot of style possibilities. Which is very exciting to see what I can pull together with the clothing I have purchased. I plan on putting as many outfits together that I can with the clothing that I have (I might even get some more pieces!). Once I get all of the outfits on my camera I will get them printed and put them in an album of some sort. This way I can easily flip through my possible outfits and be more creative with my clothing choices.

I am thinking about doing it one of two ways. The first way where I wear each of my outfits like the girl who runs this blog.

Or I was thinking about just laying out all the pieces of the outfit and taking a picture like this site.

Look for pictures of the final project!

Hello everyone! I am going to try my hand at a weekly feature. I am enjoying planning for my posts and coming up with new ideas and projects to complete and put on here. I think it might be time for me to try this out. I am going to start posting each week a post called the Inspiration Folder. Here I am going to post pictures and their links from places around the internet that spark a fire in me. So here goes my first one!

Photo From - http://www.bhg.com/

Photo From -http://audreymim.tumblr.com/post/4153192320

Have a great weekend!

It is the last day of February and I am really excited about sharing this with you. I have launched my own online portfolio.

For me it was the next step in starting my own graphic design business. I am really proud of it because I did it all (with a little help from Gunnar, but it was mostly me). My blood, sweat and tears (there were tears) created the design, the HTML and the CSS. I knew there was a lot to learn going into this project but even after all I did learn I see how much more there is to know. And I am sure that in 6 months to a year I will want to change the design again because I have learned new techniques and have seen my skills improve enough that I want to show the world. For now I am completely in love with it. I like the colors and the logo I have done for myself as well as all the elements I pulled together to create the design. I know that having a solid brand is important to growing a business and having success with return clients. I hope at this stage in the game I can be more fluid in my brand while I sort out and search what really is me.

In this website I used a hand drawn logo as the basis of the entire design making it simple and unique. So go check it out, spread the world and feel free to contact me if you have a project in mind. I look forward to the new adventures having my portfolio online will bring me and the new friends I will make along the way.