DIY WATERCOLOR GIFT TAGS

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The year is coming to a close (some would say thankfully) at breakneck speed! We hope you are finding a few minutes of peace and quiet in the midst of all the season’s hustle and bustle. For some reason, even when my to do list is daunting, I always want to infuse a handmade element into my gift giving.

These watercolor gift tags are probably the fastest DIY I’ve ever done (and been happy with). The dipping and painting is a breeze (two swipes on each side with a brush and you are done). Then it’s just a matter of waiting for the tags to dry – 15 to 30 minutes in a warm house. Pop it on a white or kraft bag with a bit of ribbon and you are good to go!

  1. Quickly dip the very bottom of the tag into a bowl of water.
  2. Lightly load your brush with paint, and apply pigment to the wet portion of the tag (both sides).
  3. Place the tag on a plate (I used another paint palette) so the wet portion of the tag can hang over the edge and dry without touching anything that will mess it up.

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Shipping Tags  -I picked mine up at Staples, but these are similar.

Watercolor Set

Watercolor Palettes

White Gift Bags

Kraft Gift Bags

Author / Miss Michelle P.

Miss Michelle P. is a photographer, and the co-creator of Foto Rx Premium Photoshop Actions. She lives in the Pacific Northwest. Her muse is light.

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Pirelli 2017 Calendar photos by Peter Lindbergh

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I got this free font in my email today (don’t worry I will share the link!) and I was looking to put together a cool graphic to show it off, it’s a really nice brush font, because it has a little masculine edge which I was drawn to. It’s always nice to be able to have a variety of fonts to serve different purposes. I don’t often collect free fonts because they are usually poor quality and hog up a lot of precious memory on my computer so I try to keep to higher quality fonts, but this font isn’t always free and seems to be pretty well built! I was creating a comp that wasn’t coming together and then I spotted a preview for the new Pirelli calendar and was blown away. The calendar is known for it’s history of sexy glam images but last year with Annie Liebovitz’s take it shifted gears, this year the amazing Peter Lindbergh (one of my fave photographers) continued in Ms. Liebovitz vain, he said, “I aimed to create a calendar not around perfect bodies, but on sensitivity and emotion, stripping down to the very soul of the sitters, who thus become more nude than naked”. 

The calendar also will not be retouched, what the what?  That’s pretty awesome and that’s coming from someone that loves her some editing programs. The thing is I love simple and that includes a simple edit, I also love emotion in images,. I want to be moved in some way, I want to feel something, that’s when I think photos have the most impact. One of my photographic goals is to be able to capture more ‘moments’, even when editing, I have started asking myself ‘where is the moment?’ and edit for focus on that. It’s a process, everything is right? But if you want to become better at something besides spending more time doing the thing you want to get better at, I think a good question is to ask yourself what you want to accomplish from doing X, Y, Z?  I would love for people to look at my work and feel something, hopefully it’s love, because who doesn’t want someone to fall madly in love with their work? But I digress, you want a free font right?…

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Creative Market-Free download Monday (every Monday they send goodies to your inbox!)

Brush Font (once the promo is over)

Pirelli Calendar 2017 behind the scenes

Annie Liebovitz Pirelli calendar

Peter Lindbergh

Miss Tristan B. is the co-creator of the world’s best + easiest product photography editing tool-Foto Rx | Shopkeeper’s Helper and one of the writer’s of this delightful blog. Her lofty goal here is to make this a creative resource repository and to inspire you to fall truly, madly, deeply in love with your life.

Blogs of mention…

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I stopped reading blogs ages ago, because I was afraid I would be too easily influenced by them, in retrospect I did myself an incredible disservice, not only did I miss out on community but I also missed out on new discoveries! I know, it’s so hard when there’s limited time and giving a ‘heart’ on Instagram or stalking your ex on Facebook is so much easier (I jest, my FB account is suspended for non-use, true), but you get my drift.

I recently read Erin Boyle’s book Simple Matters, I did not know she had a blog, her book had come up as recommended reading based on past reads. It’s a lovely little book, which is in line with her ‘less is more’ philosophy. I am a minimalist but she has taken it to whole new heights living in 240 square feet with obviously the best husband on earth (because if I lived in a 240 square foot apartment with my husband…), they now live in an under 500 square foot apartment with a toddler and soon to add a newborn. This is truly sticking to your ideals. Erin lives in New York city and I love her philosophy as using her city as an extension of her living space, think picnics in the park, etc. Erin has a good eye and exquisite taste, after I stopped by her blog I wished I knew about it sooner. Since we have already discussed blogs going the way of the dodo, I figured I’d give some mentions to blogs that are still out there and thriving, because it’s possible, anything is possible, right? If you are interested in a crash course in simple living than her book is for you, if you could have written the book on minimalist living then it is not, but your minimalist loving heart will embrace it–it is pared down, organized and well written. My only gripe would be I would have loved more of the gorgeous photographs that are in the book, but there’s the blog to visit to get your eye candy fix!

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Reading my tea leaves

Simple Matters- For anyone looking to de-clutter and organize their life

Erin Boyle Instagram

If you want more reading for a simple life here are a few that I enjoyed:

Plain Simple Useful by Terence Conran

Zero Waste Home by Bea Johnson (be prepared to feel incredibly guilty)

Life Changing Magic of Tidying-up by Marie Kondo

Miss Tristan B. is the co-creator of the world’s best + easiest product photography editing tool-Foto Rx | Shopkeeper’s Helper and one of the writer’s of this delightful blog. Her lofty goal here is to make this a creative resource repository and to inspire you to fall truly, madly, deeply in love with your life.

Mega Lettering Resource!

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We have been working really hard on trying to streamline our focus for our business and what that would look like. We knew we were going to have to place energy on what are target would be and phase out other things that weren’t aligned with that vision. When we compiled our list of what would stay and what would go we realized that we were going to have to let go of our lettering focus here, don’t get us wrong we are still huge lettering + typography fans, but neither of us is currently practicing lettering, we are still utilizing typography in our branding + design work and want that to have more emphasis than the practical how-to of lettering. Basically, we want to give you more posts on taking your lettering to the next level since there is a need for that and leave the how-to of actual lettering to the experts. It’s all about growth, right?
That takes us to our latest collab, which we are so honored to be a part of!  Lettering artist extraordinaire Molly Suber-Thorpe has recently launched an amazing lettering (and free!) resource called Calligrafile. I am sure if you haven’t found it already it will become your new go-to resource for all things lettering. It is has been a massive undertaking for Molly and it is well worth the visit and helping her spread the word!  We have decided to archive our entire catalogue of Lettering Artist interviews, supply posts and any all all lettering posts at Calligrafile! We will also be contributing new posts there on lettering from time to time. To help celebrate we of course would LOVE to get you a set of our Lettering Rx | Paper to Pixel action set. It is hands down the fastest and easiest way to clean your lettering and get it digitized taking it (insert drum roll) from paper to pixel! Below are the details on how to enter, good luck!
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HOW TO ENTER:
1. Follow @calligrafile and @fotorxco on Instagram if you don’t already.
2. Go to @calligrafile’s Instagram and like the giveaway photo.
3. Visit the new Besotted Archive (link in profile) and leave a comment on any post you like. (You can leave as many comments as you want, but you will be entered only once.)
A winner will be randomly selected and announced on Instagram on Monday, November 21, 2016.
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The small print: This giveaway is not sponsored by or associated with Instagram in any way. By participating, you are affirming that you are over age 13, release Instagram of responsibility, and agree to Instagram’s Terms of Use.
Miss Tristan B. is the co-creator of the world’s best + easiest product photography editing tool-Foto Rx | Shopkeeper’s Helper and one of the writer’s of this delightful blog. Her lofty goal here is to make this a creative resource repository and to inspire you to fall truly, madly, deeply in love with your life.

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Free transitioning to film ebook

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I am super excited to share this free resource with you today!  I recently downloaded photographer Kirk Mastin’s free transitioning to film ebook, which was super helpful, but what really got me excited was the follow-up email-‘Don’t let these 3 things hold you back from shooting film’. The follow-up email has links for beginning camera suggestions and even a link to ebay (hint it’s not a Contax 645)! Also some film choices with links AND a super tip for those that are afraid of exposure and metering in which he gives an exact formula for stellar photos with your film camera–the film, what to set your aperture and shutter speed to and the best lighting conditions, I was so excited about that last tip that I am dying to get through my roll of black and white film so I can test it out!

If you aren’t interested in shooting film right now Kirk just released a new photo app (free!) I have downloaded it and have been using the camera almost exclusively since. We wish him a ton of success and we hope that his series inspires more people to start shooting film.

Let us know if you shoot a roll, we can’t wait to see your results!

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Kirk Mastin’s Transitioning to Film Ebook

Filmborn app

Photo above shot with Kirk’s suggested film

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Miss Tristan B. is the co-creator of the world’s best + easiest product photography editing tool-Foto Rx | Shopkeeper’s Helper and one of the writer’s of this delightful blog. Her lofty goal here is to make this a creative resource repository and to inspire you to fall truly, madly, deeply in love with your life.