desktop decor: modern magnolia desktop wallpaper

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That peachy pink color from Monday inspired me, and I wanted to create a little something just for you guys to download. After spending my college years down south (at SCAD), Savannah, GA will always have a special place in my heart. Magnolias are the flower that I think of most from that time in my life. I designed this wallpaper with a botanical illustration and some clean modern lines (which I’m kind of into!) to grace your desktop, iPad or iPhone screens. Don’t forget, the BKS handmade pillow giveaway ends tomorrow. Have a nice weekend, friends!

2560 x 1440 | 1680 x 1050 | ipad | iphone

PS: A few other editions of spring/summer desktop decor here, here and here

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that time I lost my iPhone (and didn’t really miss it)

that time I lost my iPhone (and didn't really miss it)

Some of you may have heard me whining about this on social media last week. I was frantically brushing Eva’s hair for school on Tuesday morning, precious iPhone in hand (somehow?), when it went sailing through the air, straight into the toilet. I grabbed it right away, wailed a little, and then relinquished it to a bag of silica beads for the next 48 hours. After two days time, I said a little prayer, plugged it in, and the result was not so good. It took me a few more days of deciding on the best option before I had a new phone in hand…a grand total of 6 days to be exact. And you know what I realized? I actually DID NOT miss it!

Don’t get me wrong, there are a few critical business apps that I do rely on that were hard to give up (I’ll post about those later), but the feeling of constantly being connected was not missed in the slightest. I realized how often my hands are busy half consciously messing with my phone. I’ll check email and social media way too often, just out of habit. I didn’t even realize how much I was doing it, until suddenly I wasn’t. I’m trying to make a conscious effort to keep my phone put away unless I need it for a specific purpose.

I also noticed while phoneless just how quickly I’ve conditioned myself to read and respond to emails. If a client emails me about design work or there’s an inquiry on my blog, I’ll probably read your email within minutes. I will get back to you immediately if it’s something I can answer right away, within the day if I need to do further research. I always do this, I’m a bit of a slave to my own email. As a result I have very little patience when my emails aren’t answered right away. To be completely honest, I’m a pretty impatient person, but I think my email expectation of others and myself have gotten unreasonable. When my phone was busted, I’d go many hours without checking my email. I didn’t lose any business, and nobody died. I’m going to try work on checking my email every few hours rather than reading and responding to each new email immediately. I just need to chill out, and not let my iPhone control my life.

So, I’m curious…does anybody else feel tethered to their technology? Please, tell me I’m not alone! How do you regulate your use? Do you ever take a break and unplug completely? Please share, and have a nice weekend!

Image borrowed from anthropologie

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desktop decor: foiled leaf rubbings!

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Hello Friday friends! My sincerest apologies for how long it’s been since I’ve done a desktop decor post. I hope this one makes up for lost time. I’ve been wanting to incorporate more hand-done techniques into my work, both on the blog and off. I think this desktop wallpaper fulfills that desire (at least for today). Yesterday, Eva and I went out on a “leaf walk.” We visited our neighborhood park, collected the loveliest shapes and colors, and then brought them home to make leaf rubbings. Do you remember doing that as a kid? After our craft project was done, I collected up the best ones to make you this wallpaper today (I may have added a little graphic design magic once I got them to the studio).  So, you can think of this desktop wallpaper as a mother/daughter project! Hope you like it! Download this one, of a teal and silver version after the jump…

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5 Minute DIYs: cork colorblock mouse pad

5 Minute DIYs: cork colorblock mouse pad from www.blog.cleanlinestudio.com Hi there! I’ve been meaning to start up this series for a while now, and today, I’m finally making it happen. I’ve done a lot of teensy projects around my studio to improve my workspace, and I’m planning to gradually share them with you in this series. First up is my cork mousepad! I love how this guy turned out, and I hope you do too. If you’re interested in making your own (for almost nothing) keep reading…

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desktop decor: shiny new spring wallpaper!

 

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Hey guys, happy Friday! I don’t know about you, but I am whole-heartedly looking forward to this weekend. Tomorrow is my darling husband’s thirtieth birthday! I’m excited top spent the entire weekend celebrating all things Sean! It’s been a while since I designed a desktop wallpaper for you guys, so today I’m sharing TWO shiny new options for the spring season! Enjoy and please share! Both options and the free download, after the jump!

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desktop decor: winter edition (finally)

winter desktop wallpaper free download Hey there, friends! I’ve seriously been meaning to create new desktop wallpaper for you since about mid-October (insert some adage about good intentions here). But, I think this one was worth the wait. I love how sweet and simple this graphic turned out. It’s the perfect background for an otherwise folder heavy desktop. This time around, I even did iphone and ipad versions as well!

winter desktop wallpaper free download 2560 x 1440 | 1680 x 1050 | 1440 x 900 | 1280 x 800 | ipad | iphone

winter desktop wallpaper free download

And if you’re more of a glitz and glam kind of gal, I did a second  one just for you. This desktop wallpaper makes me think holiday parties and new years eve (how is it right around the corner already?!). Whichever you choose, feel free to download away. If you like these, please be sure to share with your friends too! Have a great weekend!

winter desktop wallpaper free download 2560 x 1440 | 1680 x 1050 | 1440 x 900 | 1280 x 800 | ipad | iphone

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desktop decor: juicy summer desktop wallpaper!

desktop wallpaper just for you from blog.cleanlinestudio.com Hey hey! I can’t believe I haven’t done a new desktop wallpaper since February! I was recently feeling like my desktop needed a little summer revamp, so I whipped this babies up for you (and me). I’m rockin’ the watermelon one on my big imac, and the bahamian waves on my lap top. That image was taken nearly a year ago from our honeymoon on Harbour Island. How time flies, especially in the summer! Scroll to choose your wallpaper below, and please don’t forget to share with your friends! Have a beautiful weekend!

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Download the United States of Summer desktop wallpaper right here!
1856 x 1161 OR 2560 x 1440

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Download the Bahamian Wave wallpaper right here!
1856 x 1161 OR 2560 x 1440

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social media, technology & your wedding day!

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It wasn’t until after the wedding that I realized just how desperately I would want to see (and have) all my guests’ photos. As most brides probably feel, my wedding was a fantastic blur of a day. It all went by so quickly, and I was too busy to witness every one of my guests’ favorite moments. I would strongly consider planning ahead to use the powers of social media & technology to gain access to those wedding day memories.
The photo above was taken by one of my husband’s oldest friends, James.

social media and tech for your wedding day from blog.cleanlinestudio.com ON THE BIG DAY…
10 years ago we would have had disposable film cameras on all the tables, now my friends, we have hashtags and tagging. I like the idea of creating a specific hashtag for your wedding. I would recommend creating pocket sized cards with your hashtag. Your wedding guests will be able to remember it, and check even after the wedding is over. I prefer this option to tagging the bride and groom on facebook, because depending on your privacy settings some guests may be excluded if they aren’t friends with the original poster. Since this idea is becoming more popular, I would get really specific with your hashtag, so you don’t have to share it. For example: #s&swedphilly060912 instead of #s&swedding. Another great thing about the hashtag method is it’s instantaneous. I remember checking social media a few days after the wedding, and being completely overwhelmed by all of the postings from our friends and family. They were filled with love and beautiful images from our big day. I loved seeing so many things from our wedding that I hadn’t in person, and not having to wait until I got back images from our photographer.

 

social media and tech for your wedding day from blog.cleanlinestudio.com AFTER THE FACT…
There are probably other services similar to this, but we used Yogile and really liked it. There is a free option, or you can get the pro option for a yearly $24.95. This is a great option for sharing and receiving high res photographs. We used yogile after our wedding to share the photobooth pictures. I simply uploaded all of them, and then informed our guests with a facebook message and group email. I also requested that our guests share the photos that they took from our wedding day. Many people uploaded their personal images while they were already at our yogile page downloading photobooth pics.

Have a great hump day, and as always feel free to ask questions or leave comments below!

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Photobooth pic by Kate Murphy Photography

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social media, technology & your wedding day!

social media and tech for your wedding day from blog.cleanlinestudio.com

It wasn’t until after the wedding that I realized just how desperately I would want to see (and have) all my guests’ photos. As most brides probably feel, my wedding was a fantastic blur of a day. It all went by so quickly, and I was too busy to witness every one of my guests’ favorite moments. I would strongly consider planning ahead to use the powers of social media & technology to gain access to those wedding day memories.
The photo above was taken by one of my husband’s oldest friends, James.

social media and tech for your wedding day from blog.cleanlinestudio.com ON THE BIG DAY…
10 years ago we would have had disposable film cameras on all the tables, now my friends, we have hashtags and tagging. I like the idea of creating a specific hashtag for your wedding. I would recommend creating pocket sized cards with your hashtag. Your wedding guests will be able to remember it, and check even after the wedding is over. I prefer this option to tagging the bride and groom on facebook, because depending on your privacy settings some guests may be excluded if they aren’t friends with the original poster. Since this idea is becoming more popular, I would get really specific with your hashtag, so you don’t have to share it. For example: #s&swedphilly060912 instead of #s&swedding. Another great thing about the hashtag method is it’s instantaneous. I remember checking social media a few days after the wedding, and being completely overwhelmed by all of the postings from our friends and family. They were filled with love and beautiful images from our big day. I loved seeing so many things from our wedding that I hadn’t in person, and not having to wait until I got back images from our photographer.

 

social media and tech for your wedding day from blog.cleanlinestudio.com AFTER THE FACT…
There are probably other services similar to this, but we used Yogile and really liked it. There is a free option, or you can get the pro option for a yearly $24.95. This is a great option for sharing and receiving high res photographs. We used yogile after our wedding to share the photobooth pictures. I simply uploaded all of them, and then informed our guests with a facebook message and group email. I also requested that our guests share the photos that they took from our wedding day. Many people uploaded their personal images while they were already at our yogile page downloading photobooth pics.

Have a great hump day, and as always feel free to ask questions or leave comments below!

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Photobooth pic by Kate Murphy Photography

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