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4 Steps to Designing Digital Wallpaper + Free Monthly Download

4 Steps to Designing Digital Wallpaper + Free Monthly Download

Last year in April, I started making free monthly desktop and mobile phone wallpapers every month until the end of the year. I started this year undecided if I'd continue monthly wallpapers. But I realized I missed making these for you, so I thought I'd make one for March.

You'll have to excuse the random monstera theme as it was something I happened to paint and thought they would make a nice digital wallpaper. In fact, in order to keep this design process sustainable for me, I'll probably be making wallpapers out of watercolor paintings that I have already painted for fun or for projects. Hopefully there are no objections to me repurposing my own work ;)!

I also wanted to share a basic breakdown for the steps I take when designing these wallpapers. Maybe you're curious or are looking for a basic workflow in order to design some for yourself. In any case, I hope you find it helpful!

December: Free Monthly Wallpapers

December: Free Monthly Wallpapers

We’ve done it. We’ve made it to the last month of 2017. I started this series in April and I haven’t missed a month since I started. Let’s just ignore the fact that I haven’t really posted anything else this year except for these monthly calendars, ok? I’ve decided I’m still calling this a personal win for 2017.

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.