Playin’ Round with Photoshop!

On Monday I posted this link featuring a tutorial to make your own SNL photos- and today I decided to try it out for myself! The original tutorial can be found here, courtesy of the amazing and snarky Pugly Pixel.

It was pretty easy to follow, considering Photoshop is probably the Adobe program I’m least familiar with. I’m not entirely happy with the results, next time I’ll try to be more careful in the coloring process-  but then again I’m not generally a color-inside-the-lines type of girl.  Here are the steps in order!

Step one: Choose the photo (obviously, I’d pick this one!)

Step two: Knock out the background (hopefully in a more refined fashion than I did, above.)

Step Three: woops. This is where I did a bunch of steps without pausing to save the progress in separate files. Basically, I knocked out the color, painted my own neons, then returned some of the color for less creepy skin tones. Again, next time I try this out I’ll be a little more selective in my coloring and choice of colors- I was a bit rushed in wanting to get to the end stages and test it out.

Step four: Add type! I kind of love the way my R, A and V in my name line up… how is it I’ve never noticed this before??

I highly suggest trying it out for yourself!


Inspiring PDXer: Amber Beyer

Today I’m starting a new semi-regular series called Inspiring PDXers. The thought process behind this is inspired by my own job search and how I am continually in awe of these amazing people around me who have managed to find their passion and live it every day. To kick things off, I have the amazing Amber Beyer, who is writing all the way from Spain. I’ve known Amber since the dorms in college, and know her as a kind, passionate friend who has an excellent sense of humor.

Amber Beyer

Adventurer, Community Member, Program Developer, Teacher, Learner, Shrewd Businesswoman, Llama whisperer.

Your one wild and precious life.

Currently, I am living and working in Madrid, Spain on a grant through the Spanish government to develop the English Program of a local high school. Working in a small but passionate school has enlightened me to the power of community involvement to instigate positive change. My next goal is to work towards social entrepreneurship by empowering the citizen sector.

Look for what’s missing in the world, and find a way to fill it!

Thank you for sharing, Amber! You should all check out her hilariously written and insightful travel blog here

Manic Monday


I’m back. From an unintentional blogging hiatus. After my 30 day blogging challenge, I had every intention of keeping up my pace to some extent- and then I got sick. Then I got busy. Then the weather was nice…..but now I’m back! And I’ve missed this.

I have a bunch of exciting projects in the works, both in the blog, in my personal life, and in graphic design- so I’m pretty stoked about this week, and hoping to keep just caffeinated enough to get everything done, but not so caffeinated that I develop a hearth arrhythmia of some kind.

These are the links and ideas and projects that put me in a good mood this week:

  • “Busyness is a Cruel Mistress” – amen to that! The seduction of being busy is pretty hard to overcome, even as a freelance designer. I’m trying to get better at setting aside more time to just be.
  • Ever wonder how SNL gets those amazing, blown-out, high-contrast celeb pics? Pugly Pixel offers some of my favorite tutorials, and that I’m dying to try out this one!
  • With a couple of branding projects coming down the pipeline, I’ve been thinking a lot about what it means to be a “brand”, and the concept of identity in a world like this. This article from Nubby Twiglet and this one from PromiseTangeman were helpful from a branding/marketing/designer point of view.
  • Tonight I’m making this amazing gooeyness for a dinner party with some friends who recently moved back and bought a house! (Man, did that sentence just make me feel way too adult. Let’s call it catching up with casual friends.)

Hope you’re all ready for a crazy week!


This is what 30 days of blogging looks like.

Today is the final day of my 30 day blogging challenge. I have somewhat mixed feelings about this- a sense of accomplishment, a hint of sadness, a bit of relief. I’m really happy to have done this challenge, in it’s taught me a few things about my creative process, how I express myself, and what this blog can mean to me.

I think one of my big takeaways is that I need to blog. It might not be every day, but it will be here. So keep an eye out for new posts, features, and please keep coming back!

I created a compilation image to show what we covered in the last 30 days- it’s been a doozy! Thank you so much to all the wonderful people who have encouraged me and let me know they’re out there reading! I can’t tell you how much it’s meant to me.


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Erin’s Favorite Things

I’ve been in my apartment for about 6 weeks now, and I’m really feeling at home here. Choosing my own paint was a big part of making this space my own, but I also made sure to remix my decorative items in a way I hadn’t before. Here are some of my favorite things in my place right now:

I have this collection of records I usually display in a grid. This time around, I wanted to try out a collage, mixing them in with other items. I tested out their placement on my floor before any holes went into the walls.

I’ve suspended most of my letters on a curtain rod above my bed, giving them a little more dimension and a bit of a shadow.  I like how they seem like a thought bubble above where I sleep.

I’m very lucky to have a pretty big jewelry collection- and if we wear jewelry to decorate ourselves, why not treat it as decoration for the home? This cork board display adds a bit of shine and color to my room, and reminds me to put on a piece or two before stepping out!

Thank you for reading!

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