November: Free Monthly Wallpapers

November: Free Monthly Wallpapers

After having your house broken into, your privacy violated. and your things stolen, you would think that there would be no space for gratitude. But for me, there are so many things to be grateful for this month. If you're on my email list, you know the story of what happened, but if you're not: our house was burglarized a few days ago.

September: Free Monthly Wallpapers

September: Free Monthly Wallpapers

Here we are. Hello, September! August was a blur, did you have a busy month too? I never used to reflect on what happened in the past in order to help continue setting goals for the future, but recently I've been doing more of this. I think it is in part due to this planner that I've been using more lately. It was gifted to my by a friend and it took me the better part of this year to figure out how to make it part of my daily workflow, but now I love it.

August: Free Monthly Wallpapers

August: Free Monthly Wallpapers

Our 2nd wedding anniversary is this month and knowing us, we will probably be completely happy celebrating by making sure that neither of us is getting each other a gift and having a low-key dinner somewhere. 

It’s funny because both of us grew up in households that weren’t big into celebrating occasions. Birthdays, anniversaries and even holidays were always, and still are, quite low key. It makes it easy for us and so much less stressful. I’m going to say on behalf of both of us that we’re thankful that we have the same style of non-celebration. But now that I’ve written it out like that, it just makes us seem strange and boring. But at the end of the day we know the love is there! And that’s all that matters, right?

July: Free Monthly Wallpapers

July: Free Monthly Wallpapers

It’s July 1st and the halfway point of the year - did you see that coming?  We have another half year ahead of us and I'm pretty sure, like me, you have many more goals you are looking forward to accomplishing before 2018. 

Sometimes though, I think we spend so much time looking ahead that we forget to reflect on all the good things that have already happened or even forget to live in the present.  I find that the idea of practicing daily gratitude is way to reflect and remind yourself of all the good things that are happening everyday.

Getting Organized

Getting Organized

Stuff.  We all have it.  Some of us have more and some of us have less.  But no matter if you have a little or a lot, I strongly believe that finding a way to organize it and put it away is one of the secrets to making your space feel and look more beautiful.  An organized and clutter-free space just feels more comfortable.  You don't really even need to buy all the candles, flowers, decor and other pinterest-y accessories to make a space nice.  That's really just like adding sprinkles on top of your ice cream: looks cute, but the ice cream was already delicious without them.

June: Free Monthly Wallpapers

June: Free Monthly Wallpapers

Hello and happy (almost) June from Iceland!  I had enough foresight to create the June monthly wallpaper prior to leaving for our trip and you know what?  I’m not afraid to say that I’m proud of myself for planning ahead!  Because hopefully that means for those of you who look forward to updating your screens every month, I did not disappoint!  

How to digitize watercolor paintings

How to digitize watercolor paintings

One of the skillsets that I acquired in my career as an architect includes knowing my way around a bunch of software programs, including the Adobe Creative Suite.  So when it came to digitizing watercolor paintings for my free monthly wallpapers, figuring out a process was pretty straightforward.  I got a few questions on instagram about how I digitize watercolor paintings.  For those people that are just figuring this out and are less familiar with the software programs - I hope this is helpful!

This blog post will cover the process for how I digitize a simple watercolor painting.  Please note that the following instructions assume you know the basics of getting around in Adobe Photoshop (like the essential tools and user interface).  Alright, let’s get started!