We Lived Happily Ever After: May 2015

Thursday, May 28, 2015

DIY Geometric Baby Mobile | Part 1: The Clay Stars

Having a cute mobile for Jason's room was a must for me. Because June slept in our room, I never decorated a nursery for her. So I went a little over the top in this space! :) I wanted it to be eye catching, fresh, and modern, and industrial! When I made the geometric part, I wan't sure if it would even look good... but then I added these adorable salt dough star beads to them and it just felt right! I'll be showing you how I made the frame on a later post, but today I want to show you how to make your own clay beads for a DIY Mobile. 

Monday, May 25, 2015

Ridiculously Cute Watercolor Forest Animal Printable Set

Hope you all are having a wonderful Memorial Day Week! Guess what? It just got even better, because I have the CUTEST printables for you all today.

Recently I started using watercolors, and I began painting my favorite subjects, ANIMALS! I grew up on Redwall and Beatrice Potter, So this animal lover was finally able to express that love in artwork. I mean, all animals look adorable in watercolor, right? Thus, my new animal print set, which can be viewed & purchased on Etsy, HERE.

They are the perfect soft touch of rustic watercolor art that would be AMAZING in any nursery or children's room.

Click on any of the thumbnails below to see them!

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Free Vintage Graphics Volume 1 + How to Make Leterpress Effect

There is just something beautiful about things that have stood the test of time. Today's freebies is all about vintage graphics. There were so many though, that I had to break it up into two lists! Volume 2. Will be posted early next month!

The above graphics can be located and downloaded by following the corresponding numbers on the image, with the ones in the list of links below:

1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 

To download the ones in this collection, you will have to sign up for a 7 Day Totally Free Trial with Graphic Stock, where you can download up to 20 images a day. If you don't want to be enrolled in the paid "unlimited download" membership, simply cancel before your seven day trial is up.

To start your seven day free trial, go HERE.

If you want to just go ahead and sign up for a membership without the free trial, I have a 80% off discount code for you HERE. 

Again, if you do not want to use Graphic Stock past the free trial, PLEASE cancel your subscription so you won't have to pay for the membership. 

Now for the tutorial on how I made these pretty graphics look "aged" and "worn by time" by digitally letter pressing them.

First, open up your graphic in photoshop & use the magic wand tool to select your graphic. If you need more help with how to isolate your graphic, see this tutorial HERE for some basics.

Next, open up an inky texture, like the one found HERE  or HERE from Graphic Stock. (I just layered them on top of each other until I got a dense, splattered texture & then flattened the layers by linking them, and going to Layer>Merge Linked.) Press your textured background layer.

Left click your selected layer and press "feather" I like to add at least a 0.2 feather to my selections to make sure they aren't pixelated. The larger the image you are working with, the more crisp your edges will be.

Press ctrl + v and hide your other layers.

Voila! Beautiful letter pressed digital graphics that look like a beautiful, effortless vintage design! 


This post was sponsored by Graphic Stock, and affiliate links are included. All opinions are my own, because I only promote things that I love and think you will love too! :)

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

DIY Pallet Letter Marquee

I wanted to create some sort of Marquee for the Baby's room, because I loved how June's turned out (see her's HERE!)  Since this baby is a boy, I am opting for a softer nursery with more neutral colors, so I decided to use my "go to" favorite wood (pallets!) as my natural material for this Marquee. 

You can learn all I know about pallets, including where to find them for free, and red flags to be aware of by checking out my post HERE! :)

Monday, May 18, 2015

Free "Hello" 8.5x11" Print

Today I have a cute hand painted ink print for you. I just LOVE things that say "hello." It's just such a cute & inviting word, and I think it makes the perfect print.

Friday, May 15, 2015

DIY Chalkboard Rhino Art

I thought it would be great to start off this series with the DIY that was the design inspiration for the whole space. When I found out I was having a boy, I decided rhinos would be the theme (elephants and baby blue is overkill!) But I also wanted it to feel industrial, so a chalkboard rhino silhouette was the perfect combination!

So to start off, I am super cheap, and I LOVE to turn junk into amazing things. So for the canvas, I used an old piece of plywood. We probably picked it up off the side of the road to tell the truth. 

It had lots of grainy wood texture which was perfect for the feel I wanted in the room.

I gave it several coats of good old latex paint.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Free ABC Nursery Print

Hey guys! Have you checked out Jason's Nursery Reveal yet? I am so proud of it! Today I am going to share one of the prints I designed for his gallery wall. I made this one with my Transparent PNG Font, found HERE.

Saturday, May 9, 2015

The story of a Whimsical but Industrial Baby Nursery...

I cant believe I finally am posting this! I LOVE designing kid rooms. It' is one of the funnest things to do in the whole world!!! But photographing the finished product is always a little intimidating to me, because I want everything to be perfect, and it is hard to put your work out there for other people to see. But I am just sticking to my guns & being me. These are design choices I've made, and I couldn't be happier with the result. Like seriously, this room is awesome!

Jason's room is my new favorite space in our house. I wanted to create a light & airy, yet industrial & rustic room for my little boy to grow into. Personally, I find baby blue is overdone, so I went with a "restoration hardware" grey color.  I also wanted a subtle pattern on a feature wall, but knew I couldn't go crazy with it, because we will be selling this house in a few years. So I went with the temporary solution, and used some awesome vinyl wall decals from Walls Need Love. The walls are so bright that it's hard to photograph them... but they look AMAZING and are a great way to balance out blank spaces in walls!

Funny story: when we moved in all the rooms were a yellow cream color, so we got white paint for the nursery. When I went to put it on the walls, I realized it was just a shade lighter than what we already had *face palm* I knew in my heart that I wanted grey, so I went with my gut and took the plunge by mixed some dark grey paint I had on hand with half the "yellow white" paint we just bought. I put it on one of the walls and fell in love with the color. But then the embarrassing part... one more wall later I ran out of paint! Opps, so I had to mix more and match it exactly. Thankfully it worked. Moral of the story: don't buy paint before bringing a sample back first.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

How to Digitally Frame your Prints Using a Photo Mock Up (for white & chalkboard backgrounds)

I love shortcuts, because, let's face it... Life is way too short to do everything the hard way! Today I am going to share a simple process for displaying your artwork & prints in a "mock up." Basically, how to fake a staged print! :)

This is a great process for etsy shop owners and bloggers (like myself- I use mock ups all the time!) I just don't have the time to print, stage & photograph every print I make; so this process streamlines my efforts & allows me to produce more quality content with a beautiful staged "fake" (don't judge!!!) finished product.

With that said, here is how to make your own product mock up!