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A free calligraphy digital brush for Procreate!

January 16, 2018

Hi friends, so I was working on creating a new ‘dry brush’ to sell in my shop HERE..but it was taking way too long to perfect. So instead I thought why not just let ya have it for free! With that being said, I just uploaded a free calligraphy digital brush for ProCreate over in my shop called Dry Brush (as you can tell below).

I absolutely love the texture and gradient/bleed to it, just know there might be just a few kinks that I just didn’t have time to smooth out. You can take a peek at the prettiness below and head over to the SHOP HERE  (and scroll to the bottom) to get it for yourself! P.S. feel free to tag me when you use it so I can see it didn’t go to waste!

free calligraphy digital brush for Procreate

— GET IT HERE —

Stylish Binders for Organization and Planning

January 4, 2018

Happy hump day friends! Since posting all about my new planners I’ve had quite a few people reach out and ask if I had any recommendation on stylish binders for organization and planning..and I sure do!  First things first, I did make my own fabric covered ones and will have a detailed DIY coming soon. BUT, in the meantime, I thought I’d pull a few of my favorite stylish binders for you!  Keep in mind that a few of them are Mini-Binders which also do work with my printable planners (the print settings just have to change and ‘shrink to size’).  So, take a peek below and please let me know if there are any others out there that you would recommend!

Stylish Binders for Organization

ONE   //   TWO   //   THREE   //   FOUR   //   FIVE   //   SIX   //   SEVEN   //   EIGHT

My Health and Fitness Transformation + Things I’ve Learned…

January 3, 2018

Tis the season for healthy eating, meal planning, new workouts, and trying your best to make it all into a habit that actually lasts beyond 21 days. Well, it’s definitely not easy and it’s been a rough road for me to actually accept a new lifestyle and make big changes. A year ago I still hated working out, I hated the thought of not eating what I wanted, and I hated that I hated it all so much (if that makes sense). But, I did make some changes and thought I would share my health and fitness transformation with you today – and although it may not seem like the biggest transformation per say, it’s been a life-changer for me…(p.s this post scares the shit out of me to share)

My Health and Fitness Transformation

P.S. Quote like above are including in my Planner Bundle HERE

 

MY CHALLENGES

Yep, I despised working out and could not (and still cannot) understand how people ‘enjoy’ working out. I get it, they say they feel so great after and are able to go on with their day in a better mood. Well, for me, that’s definitely not the case. Yeah, I feel better after…but it’s more because it’s done and I don’t have to think about it for another 24 hours. I simply had a bad mindset. I felt that it took away a solid 2+ hours of my day that could be spent working or doing something for myself or business. This has been the hardest part for me..trying to appreciate it and ‘enjoy’ working out.

MY FITNESS CHANGES

ONE :: I realized I did better when I worked out in the evenings. I was less distracted and way more creative after my workouts. I had more motivation to create, from reading business books, designing on my ipad, or thinking of new ideas/blog posts.

TWO :: I had to stop comparing myself to all of those damn Instagram fitness accounts! Friends, I would scroll through the explore page and start to feel super shitty about myself and wish I had a bigger butt and boobs. And you know what, some people (like me) are just not made to look like that. Trust me, I’ve been squatting heavy for over a year..and I still don’t have a bigger booty (womp womp)…but I am much stronger!

THREE :: I was much more motivated when my workouts and my workout binder was pretty. Every program I bought I would re-design the look of it so I was more motivated going through each set. –> Hence why I MADE THESE PRINTABLES HERE! – (P.S. On SALE through the 6th: Use Code: FRESHSTART) But no joke, it has oddly made a big difference for me.

FOUR:: I realized I prefer lifting over cardio…wayyy more. I’ll share more about this below, but seriously, I don’t know why I was so scared to lift, I love it!

6My Health and Fitness Transformation

MY HEALTH CHANGES

ONE :: I started tracking my food and COUNTING MACROS using My Fitness Pal and it helped me understand what I was eating and when I needed to eat it (aka: carbs before workouts, protein after, no sugar late in the day, etc). Highly recommend. You can use the meal planners HERE too.

TWO :: I started to do Intermittent Fasting..and to this day it’s by far been the most beneficial in terms of seeing a change in my body. It’s a bit different for women, as you need to make sure to do it right and it doesn’t mess with your hormones, but it’s something I would rather do than cardio ;) This can be done 2x a week (on non-lifting days), and on my off days I try to get my last meal in around 6:30-7pm and then not eat again until 9:30-10am the next day.

THREE ::I did whole30 and actually loved it! I did a full post HERE and highly recommend doing it to help reset your body!

FOUR :: I ate what I wanted, when I wanted. I don’t believe in strict calorie counting at all, but instead making healthier food choices with a treat here and there. Because let’s be honest, if I want dirty chai latte at 3pm when I’m running errands or a cookie when I’m at a friends house…I’m going to do it. I enjoy food way too much to strip it all from my life completely!

FIVE :: I started using safe beauty products (BEAUTYCOUNTER) which made such an amazing difference with my face (I’ll have to do a before/after of it too, it’s awesome).

MY TRANSFORMATION

When combing all of the above I was actually able to appreciate my body more (which I didn’t expect) and understand what worked best for me. I realized I loved lifting more than cardio, that I was eating too much sugar (causing breakouts), that dairy caused my stomach pains, that I’m not a morning workout person, and that I’m not doing it for other people…but doing it for myself. To feel more confident in jeans, to be able to wear less makeup, to understand how my body reacts to food, and to have more energy throughout the day.  And here’s my health and fitness transformation below ….. (again, frightening to share)

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A Customizable and Free Printable Binder Tabs Tutorial

December 31, 2017

Oooh, it’s the last day of 2017..what!? I literally can’t quite believe that this year is over, but to be honest, this time of the year is my favorite when it comes to my business. I know we all get motivated to start the year off fresh and ready so I thought it would only make sense to share with you my planner organization and include a free printable binder tabs tutorial! As you know, I use my own PLANNERS HERE and soon realized I hated all the ugly binder tabs in the store, so instead, I made my own customizable and printable tabs for my binder..and thought I would share it with you!

Free Printable Binder Tabs

The best part of these printable binder tabs is that the PDF is fillable and customizable, so you can type in whatever your heart desires (aka: Daily, Weekly, Workout, Goals, etc). They can work well with all of my planners in the shop.  For those who purchase the Complete Planner Bundle HERE, will also get the handwritten monthly title pages as you can see in the photos below!

Free Printable Binder Tabs Free Printable Binder Tabs

THE TUTORIAL

To start, get the download below for it to be sent to your email. You’ll see I used the font Montserrat HERE and I kept the caps lock on and added 2 spaces in between each letter..cuz you know I love my letter spacing :) – I recommend that you also print these out on a thicker cover stock, I did mine on 100#.

STEP ONE::  Customize, Print, and then cut out each tab (I left the white cutouts til later)

STEP TWO:: Using double stick tape, I put one strip in the middle and then cut my second strip lengthwise and put at the bottom of each side (this is where it adheres to that title page).

STEP THREE:: Using a scorer (or this tool I use from my silhouette cameo) score the middle of the tab, this will give you a cleaner fold.

STEP FOUR:: You can slightly fold it in half and cut the edges (just don’t stick the bottoms together yet)

STEP FIVE:: Apply to your cover stock title page and press to seal!

Free Printable Binder Tabs

Please let me know if you have any questions at all, I hope this helps jump start your 2018 organization!

Free Printable Binder Tabs

 

 

A Chic Plaid Holiday Desktop Wallpaper

December 28, 2017

I’m sure by now you have realized how obsessed I am with black and white plaid..which is paired perfectly with black wrapping paper and gorgeous green velvet ribbon. It’s like a packaging heaven for me! With that being said I went ahead and created a pretty background just for you, that is beyond perfect for the Winter season. Take a peek below!

Plaid Holiday Desktop Wallpaper Plaid Holiday Desktop Wallpaper

DESKTOP LARGE   |   DESKTOP SMALL   |   MOBILE ONE TWO

How to turn digital calligraphy into a photoshop brush

December 28, 2017

Hi friends, so I thought I would pop in and share a quick and easy tutorial on how to turn digital calligraphy into a photoshop brush. I use this often with logos and quotes just in case I want to preserve the detail of the artwork, but change the color of it. I think the best example of this is when I use my ProCreate watercolor brush or acrylic brush HERE.  I don’t want to lose the detail and style/texture of the brush (which happens when vectorizing) so instead, I choose to create a high-resolution photoshop brush.  See the breakdown below!

digital calligraphy into a photoshop brush

THE TUTORIAL

STEP ONE: With a transparent background image (aka: a transparent background .png from procreate or a cleaned up scanned version) open up in photoshop. I recommend the artwork to be at least 2,500px.

STEP TWO: Go to ‘LAYER‘ — ‘NEW LAYER‘ — Make that layer white (Paint bucket) and place it below/underneath the artwork layer.

STEP THREE: With the artwork layer selected go to ‘FILTER‘ — ‘SHARPEN‘ — ‘UNSHARP MASK‘ (this will make the artwork crisp and sharp).

digital calligraphy into a photoshop brush

Note: If your artwork is similar in size to mine (around 2,300px) you can use the same settings below for the Unsharp Mask.

digital calligraphy into a photoshop brush

STEP FOUR: You can DELETE the white bottom layer and clean up any details in the artwork (erase, fill in, etc)

STEP FIVE: Go to ‘EDIT‘ — ‘DEFINE BRUSH PRESET‘ and name your new brush.

digital calligraphy into a photoshop brush

STEP SIX: With the new brush you can apply it to images or other graphics within Photoshop. Go up to ‘BRUSHES‘ select the brush you made, change the size or color, create a NEW LAYER, and stamp the brush.

digital calligraphy into a photoshop brush

Let me know if that helps and if you have any other questions, I’d love to help out!

digital calligraphy into a photoshop brush