Confession: I'm not Super Woman

Too often I fall into the rut of trying to be "Super Woman". I become intimidated by other women I see who seem to have it together. You've seen them, they exercise daily and look stunning, they religiously feed their family 5 fruits and veggies every single day, their life is so routine that even the dog knows the schedule, their laundry is folded immediately after it exists the dryer and is still hot when put away in it's organized chest of drawers, dust never collects on their furniture, crumbs literally float to the garbage can because they would not dare fall on the perfectly clean floor... ok, so maybe that's a little exaggerated, but you get the idea!

I confess, I'm not Super Woman... I've given my kids peanut butter and jelly sandwiches served on a napkin for lunch more times than I care to count.

That's ok.

It's one of their favorites. PBJs aren't all that bad.

I confess, I'm not Super Woman... I have more than a week's worth o…

DIY Moving Announcements

After our recent move, I decided to create my own moving announcement. Considering the fact that it would have cost me well over $50 to order the same number of predesigned cards, I felt the time and effort was well worth it!

It cost me less than $15.00

You can do it too!

Design Style
I chose to go with a more simplistic style. By using digital cardboard for my background and a stacked photo frame, I was able to keep it simple, but still add dimension and texture. I also made sure to add a slight shadow to some of my elements to give the design some depth. I also went with more basic fonts to compliment the simple design. Click here for similar free stencil fonts.

Size and Formatting
When you design a postcard, be aware of the requirements of the site where you decide to have them printed. Most sites will accept .jpg files that are 300 dpi or greater. However, some sites do require your image to be converted to CMYK. I like to use this simple site to convert from RGB to CMYK.

Printing Sou…

Photo Editing: Turning the Not-So-Great into Acceptable

I took this candid photo a bride and realized later that the background was rather distracting.
{Disclaimer: I was not the wedding photographer, so this photo does not reflect my photography style, I’m using it here merely an example.} 

The bride’s dressing room doubled as one of the church nurseries, so there were brightly colored toys around the room. Additionally, the lighting wasn’t ideal and my photo suffered because of that. So, to fix the problems of this photo, here are the steps I took to correct it in Photoshop Elements: 

1. The photo seemed too orange for my liking, so I adjusted the color slightly, decreasing the red midtones just a little.

2. The photo still needed some lighting help, so I went into Levels and adjusted the white balance by clicking the little white dropper tool, then clicking on one of the whitest spots in her dress. This did bleach out the window, but I was ok with that since it wasn’t my main focus.

3. One of the things that bothered me most was the bright …

WW: Frozen Niagara

A couple of months ago, we had the opportunity to visit Niagara Falls. It was my first time to see it, and despite the frozen surroundings and freezing temperatures, it was very lovely and majestic! I found these frozen stationary binoculars to be amusing.

Linking to Wordless Wednesday and The Jenny Evolution

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