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New 2019 5x7 Desk Calendars Now Available

I can’t believe it’s November already! This year has zoomed by so quickly and 2019 will be here before you know it. Now is the perfect time to pick up my new 2019 desk calendars for your office, for your kitchen, your coworkers, or for stocking stuffers. These calendars will certainly make you smile and make your work or home space a little bit brighter.

My favorite new calendar this year is my super cute garden gnomes calendar.

This 5”x7” 2019 desk calendar features 13 original photos of my mischievous and adventurous garden gnomes.

13 loose 5”x7" pages (1 for each month and a cover) that feature a 5”x5” photo that you can trim and frame after the month is over. The images are professionally printed on premium quality Fujicolor Crystal Archive photograph paper which provides excellent resistance to light fade.

You can display this calendar in a 5x7 frame, on your desk at work, hang on your refrigerator, pin to your inspiration board, use as a bookmark, or hang from a clipboard-- the possibilities are really endless!

Once the month is over, you can trim off the bottom calendar portion and hang or frame each remaining 5”x5” photo. This is a super affordable way to get 13 mini prints!

In addition to the adorable gnome calendar, I have three more new 2019 desk calendars:

2019 5x7 Desk Calendar Collection

Each of these calendars will certainly bring a bit of nature and calming beauty into your space and life.


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2017 Pantone of the Year - Greenery

Hello fellow color lovers! Are you as excited about the 2017 color of the year as I am? This year, the color of the year is Greenery. Isn't this such a gorgeous shade of green? I seriously can't get enough of it. If you're looking for some new photo prints or decorative pillow covers to bring a little of this trendy green into your home, I have a few pretty pieces in my shop!

2017 Color of the Year Greenery
2017 Pantone Color of the Year Greenery
Greenery 2017 Pantone Color of the Year

1. Gingko Leaves Print

2. Fern Decorative Pillow Cover

3. Colorful Agave Print

4. Tropical Green Leaves Print

5. Fern Fine Art Print

6. Ginkgo Tree Print

7. Ginkgo Leaves Print

8. Green Leaf Print

9. Agave Print


What do you think of this years color of the year? Which of these prints would look the best in your home? I'd love to hear what you think!




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Make more Art

Immediate reaction from my friends/acquaintances and creative communities I follow online after the election was twofold- The first reaction was "WTF! I can't believe this! How could this happen?!" and right after that was "Make more Art." I saw that everywhere. Creatives reaching out to others, creative or not, comforting them and telling them to get back on the saddle and do what they do best, only now, do more of it.

My own reaction was, of course, shock followed by despair. I heard the battle cry to make more art, but I couldn't help but think "why? what's the point?" My art won't help people who may lose their health insurance. My art won't help stop women from being assaulted by privileged men who think it's their right, who thinks it's cool. My art won't help immigrants who are worried about their futures in this country. I just paint and take pretty pictures. That's not helping anyone. Why make more?

Let me tell you why it's so important to make more art.

Because the act of creating helps me. The time and energy I spend photographing or painting is not spent worrying about health insurance, or about the state of our schools, or the myriad of other things a concerned citizen should worry about. Because I love seeing and making beautiful things. When I'm not so stressed or worried, I'm a much better friend, wife, and daughter.  And because these pretty things-- the photos of flowers I create and the paintings I make-- may help someone else. I don't know, and I have no way of knowing. Maybe I will inspire someone to pick up a camera and start taking pictures of flowers, and they are later moved to photograph the injustices in the world and bring them to light. Maybe they will be moved to pick up a brush, or a pen. Who knows? I don't want to presume that my art will inspire someone, but I also don't want to not create and put out it out there because what if it could?

Art helps other people get through tough times too. How many times have you had a rough day and that favorite home made recipe brought comfort? How many times have you looked at a photo of your favorite place/person/whatever and felt relaxed and grounded. Or a piece of music gets you motivated. Or a book or article helps you gain further understanding of a topic. You never know if your paintings, photos, music, writing, or recipe will help make someones day just a little brighter and better than before. Why not put it out there?

Now, more than ever, we need your art. We need to get it made and out in the world by any means necessary. We have to be creative with our medium, with our time, with our space… WE NEED TO MAKE ART. We cannot stop because politicians/lawmakers/government think it’s not important enough to keep funding programs.  We need to help support each other with our words, our actions, and our dollars. 

So create. Draw, paint, photograph, cook, sew, act, make pretty spreadsheets. Whatever it is that brings life and joy to your soul, do it.


And then share it with the rest of us.



10 super easy DIY photo gifts you can totally make

We all have tons of photos living on our hard drives and on our phones. I happen to have terabytes of photos sitting on multiple hard drives. I'm always looking for easy DIYs to print out and display my photos. I've found a few that I think are easy and would make great gifts for your friends and loved ones this year.

10 Super Easy DIY Photo Gifts You Can Make
10 DIY ideas for Photo Gifts

5. Photo Gift Box

6. Make Your Own Canvas Portrait

7. DIY Photo Transfer Coasters

8. DIY Photo Ornament

9. Personal Photo Clock

10. Personalized Photo Map (I love this one!)


If you're looking for another super easy DIY photo gift project, I recommend my 2016 DIY Calendar templates (shameless plug!) They are a super quick and easy way to print out a calendar with your own custom photos for your family and friends to cherish!

If you want to check out how easy they are, I posted a quick tutorial here: How to use my DIY Calendar Template.

If you find any other awesome DIY photo gift ideas, or if you have tried any of these, be sure to let me know in the comment section below! I'd love to hear how your project turned out and what your friends/family thought of it!


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How to use my 2016 Calendar Templates

Hey friends, it's that time of year to get your calendars updated, or to start thinking about making gifts for your friends and family. I thought I'd show you one of my calendar templates that I'm using to make a gift for my friend that features photos from her daughter's princess photo session (shhh!!!! don't tell her I'm making this for her-- it's a surprise!!! )

2016 Calendar Template- How to add photos

How to add photos to your DIY calendar template:

1. Open the calendar page template in your preferred photo editing software. These templates will work in Photoshop (CC and earlier versions) as well as Photoshop Elements. 

2. Locate the photo you would like to use and open it or drag it onto the window with the template that is already open. 

3. Position your photo on the top half of the template where it says "Add your photo here!" Also, in the layers palette, make sure that your image is layered above the layer that says "Be sure your photo doesn’t extend beyond this line!"

2016 Calendar Template Tutorial


4. Right click on your photo in the layers palette and select "create clipping mask" from the options. This makes sure your photo will fit perfectly within the template.


5. Ta-da!!! Your photo fits perfectly in the allotted space. Simply move your photo around or resize it if necessary to position the photo in the space correctly. When your photo is in the right location, hit the enter key.

6. Save your calendar page! Be sure to "Save As" and save your brand new photo calendar page!

7. Print it!! The templates are all created as 300 dpi files and will print out beautifully. Your calendar page is now ready to print at home on photo paper or to be sent to a print lab of your choice. If you print the calendar pages out at home and you don't use 5"x7" photo paper, be sure to go to the print menu, scroll down to "Printing Marks" and select "Corner Crop Marks." This will add little crop marks that will aid you when you trim the calendar page.

You can find all of my 2016 calendar templates in my art shop here: 2016 Calendar Templates

The templates are available as an instant download so you can start creating right away. They are available in 5"x7" or 4"x6" sizes are are 300 dpi so they will look amazing when printed. The templates ARE compatible with Photoshop and PS Elements.

You can display these calendars in a frame, on your desk at work,  on your refrigerator, pin to your inspiration board, use as a bookmark, hang from a clipboard or from a clothesline with clothespins-- the possibilities are really endless! All you need are your beautiful photos.


**EDIT** 2017 Calendar Templates are now available and can be found here: 2017 5x7 Desk Calendar Templates


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Easy to Customize 2016 Desk Calendar Templates

**NOTE** 2017 Calendar templates are now available! You can find them here: 2017 Desk Calendar Templates

I can’t believe it’s almost the end of the year! This year has flown by so fast! Since 2016 is just around the corner, it’s not too early to think about photography gifts for clients, family, and friends.  I have the perfect gift idea— customized 2016 desk calendars! I have been busy creating easy to use & customize 2016 calendar templates, and I’m super excited to share them with you. 


These 2016 Desk Calendar Templates are really easy to use— you just drop in your photo, maybe resize and re-position it a bit, and you’re done!  You can change the color of the calendar text and the background if you want. They can be printed out at home, or since they are already 5x7 inches, they can be sent to your favorite photo printing lab. 

Here’s what you’ll get:

*You will receive 15 customizable .PSD files. There will be one .PSD file for each month plus three additional cover styles.

*Each file is 5x7 inches and 300 dpi so you can print it out and it will look amazing!

*Text has been rasterized so you can easily customize the font color. The background color can also be changed to suit your needs.


You can display this calendar in a 5x7 frame, on your desk at work, hang on your refrigerator, pin to your inspiration board, use as a bookmark, hang from a clipboard or from a clothesline with clothespins-- the possibilities are really endless! This calendar template would be a great gift idea for your photography clients too. They would be so happy to see photos from their session every month. And the calendar is small enough they can keep on their desk at home or work. Or, they can send the calendar to the grandparents (I can’t think of any grandparent that wouldn’t be thrilled to receive a calendar with their children and grandchildren on it!)


You can find these 5x7 desk calendar templates in my art shop! Once you purchase them, you'll immediately be sent a link to download the files so you can start working on your new 2016 calendar right away! 

Check out how easy they are to use: How to customize your 2016 Calendar template

If you have any questions, please let me know--I'd love to hear what you think!


Looking for 2017 desk calendar templates? I have them here: 2017 DIY Desk Calendar Templates

They work just like the 2016 versions and are designed to be super easy to add your own photos.


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