We Lived Happily Ever After: February 2014

Friday, February 28, 2014

Free "Beautiful Soul" Printable

This sweet printable comes in three colors, Gold Sparkles, Rainbow Sparkles, and Black. The background is a watercolor painting page for some depth to the print. It is standard printing size at 8.5 x 11"  
This printables are free for personal use only, and is not to be sold or distributed. See my Terms of Use included in the folder for more info.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

How to add a "Soft Light" to your photos using Photoshop & the shortcut to easily "Mass Editing" photos with the same effect.

I have grown so much in my understanding of photography & the right lighting in my past 2 years of blogging. Honestly, I look back at old my old photos and cringe. 

Together with my Canon t3i (found HERE) & 50 mm 1.8 lens (I bought mine HERE), I think I have finally learned how to take a decent photo. I have recently fallen in love with the soft "peachy" vintage look. Not everyone loves this effect, but I think it looks so romantic! Here is a quick tutorial on how I add "soft light" to my photography in Photoshop.

First you need a nice picture. Try to take it in natural lighting. 

To add a extra lighting to your image, use curves.

Drag the line up or down until you get the amount of brightness you want.

To add a vintage "tint"  add a solid color in the layer above your curves and original photo.

I like to use the peach color. It especially helps to choose a color tone that already exists in your photo.

Lower the opacity until you can only see a slight hint of color. You can always hide and un-hide the layer (using the eye next to each layer) to see the difference.

If you have hundreds of photos to edit (like I do!) and you want to use the same effect, you can always mass edit the same effect onto the other photos by dragging the effect layers onto the un-edited image. This method works best when the photos were taken with the same subject and/or were taken under the same lighting condition.

You can always quickly adjust the "effect" by double clicking on the layer you want to edit.

So there you have it!

Quite a before and after, right?

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Guest Post Spring Printable

I don't know about you, but I am SO ready for the outside world to be pretty again!

Today I have a super cute printable for you from Mandee at Designs By Miss Mandee. If you love free fonts, graphics, and printables then you need to head on over to visit her adorable blog!

Add a little spring flair to your home with this elegant hand-drawn design! Print this off and put it in a pretty frame as decoration for any room in the house. Standard photo sizes are included, and everything is FREE for personal use. Enjoy!
Thanks so much, and have a wonderful day!

Friday, February 21, 2014

7 Classy Free Fonts

Love, font name: UpperEastSide
Flowers, font name: WakingUp
White, font name: Madame Klara
Beauty, font name: The Only Exception
Follow, font name: The Skinny
Happy, font name: Signerica Fat
Cute, font name: Dawning of a New Day

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Counting down the days until Spring

Just a little project update: I have spring fever! It's been snowing almost every other day here, and while it's very pretty (if you stay inside all day, and don't need to go anywhere), but I want flowers, warm weather and spring!

To satisfy my spring fever, I have been working on some gorgeous paper flowers. I can't wait to share them with you all! Full Craft Tutorial Coming Soon! 

Also, I have two very fun stuffed animal patterns that I'm going to start working on tomorrow, to see sneak peaks, follow me on instagram, HERE.


Friday, February 14, 2014

Flash Facebook Giveaway!

I wanted to give my readers something for Valentine's Day, I am having a fun Round Robin Flash Giveaway on my Facebook Page with 26 other bloggers- and you are invited! :)

Here is THE LINK to enter!

But hurry! It ends in 24 hours! :)

Have a wonderful day full of LOVE!


Marine Wife Life: A Valentine's Day without my Marine

Today I decided to opt out of sharing a free font or digital graphics post. I have a little something more appropriate to the day planned.

It's Valentine's Day, and I am missing the love of my life so much today. I pulled out our boot camp letters, and I am planning on snuggling up and reading them all today. 

I wrote him almost every day & his letters to me (over 30 of them) are one of my most treasured possessions. There is nothing like a good old fashioned love letter to make a girl fall in love all over again! :)

We've been "in the Marines" for over a year now, and today I thought that I would share some reflections to share from my personal experience so far. 

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Valentine's Day Window Garlands

I love Valentines Day- its the perfect excuse to wear pink!

Yesterday, my wonderful friend Brianna and I spent hours cutting out hearts and stringing beads for a Valentines Day party.

Friday, February 7, 2014

Free Love Printables

So today my internet (and power) is down thanks to all the ice and snow, but I am using my phone as a hotspot to put up today's post. Hope it will be up and running soon so I can work on all the crafts I've been hoping to put up! :) 

Sunday, February 2, 2014


Starting at 4 pm EST, I'm having a fast but fun Giveaway on Facebook & I want you all to be a part of the fun!!!

HOW TO ENTER: If you "like" my page We Lived Happily Ever After then you can win! Simply LIKE this post on Facebook & LEAVE A COMMENT on it letting me know what you would do with this AWESOME PRIZE!

This is a Round Robin giveaway -- Hop through my friend's Facebook pages to enter to win 13 MORE great giveaways! Hurry, these FLASH GIVEAWAYS end at Midnight EST!

*This giveaway is sponsored by My Blog, and in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. Giveaway will end tonight at Midnight EST. One winner will be selected at random and will be announced (and tagged) in another post. Open to US Residents only.*