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Selfies, Haircuts, & the Power of Photoshop

November 10, 2016

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Hello friends! Allow me to interrupt whatever politically induced shock, awe, or general wonderment you may be in with a few extremely trivial topics; selfies, hair, and Photoshop.

ONE | Selfies. Is it just me, or is the whole notion of taking photos of yourself and then posting them on the internet a strange and somewhat awkward phenomenon? I can’t say I feel totally comfortable with them…but, without a few here and there I would literally have zero photos of myself and, to be perfectly honest, they’re kind of fun. Continue Reading

Art + Design, Goals + Planning, Graphic Design, Printables

Free Weekly Calendar Printable

January 6, 2016

Free Weekly Calender Printable

Happy 2016! Who needs to get organized this month? Here’s a free weekly calendar printable that may help! I love to write things out and plan but it’s been awhile since I’ve done it well. I used to use Moleskine planners, but those got too hard to find. Then I started writing my to-do lists on my smart phone, but now I can’t keep up with that either. At this point, my life as a wife/stay at home mom/grocery runner/church volunteer/friend/neighbor/event goer/etc., has gotten to the point where I just can’t keep it all straight without a large, impossible-to-miss calendar that sits right next to my kitchen sink that I can’t help but see at least 38 times a day.

So, in an attempt to get better organized a few months ago I began scouring the internet for free calendar printables and finally found one I loved by Michelle Lea.  I’ve used her calendar faithfully every week, but her version spans over two printed pages and I wanted a weekly calendar that fit onto just one. So I made my own and thought I’d pay it forward by offering it to you guys!

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Getting into the habit of planning out my week each Sunday evening has made life so much more manageable. I get easily overwhelmed when my mental to-do list starts piling up, but as soon as I get that to-do list on paper a good portion of that stress melts away. My favorite part of this new calendar is the bible verse! It’s Proverbs 16:3 and it’s a very necessary reminder that the way I spend my time from day to day matters. When I’m knee deep in diapers and laundry and the kitchen is a wreck and the boys are arguing, my life seems anything but “purposeful”. But if I’m doing my best to actively commit my daily work to Christ- just as Proverbs 16:3 commands- it helps me stay encouraged and, well, sane. I fully believe that the business of running a household is a very good, God honoring thing, because that’s what the bible teaches! But it only works if I can keep my head on straight, hence the calendar.

HELP YOURSELF TO THIS FREE WEEKLY CALENDAR PRINTABLE

So here you go! Just save this file to your computer and then print as needed. It’s 8.5×11 so you shouldn’t have any problems getting it to work, and if you do, please let me know and I will do what I can to get a working file to you.

Free Weekly Calender Printable

Also, I’m hoping to design to some more free printables soon targeted toward better organization, so be sure to subscribe so you don’t miss any of them! Just fill out the “Subscribe” form on the right side of the Home page of the blog (here: www.sarahkeller.com).

Thanks so much, and happy planning!

 

Art + Design, Book Cover Design, Graphic Design

Trials, the Novel; Thane’s New Book!

December 31, 2015

Exciting news, Thane published his first book- Trials, the novel! It’s an science-fiction thriller, though I’d describe it as science-fiction light because- though it’s based on the premise of colonization on Mars- it’s more about action and relationships than about science or aliens. So now I am here to unabashedly sing his praises because he’s been an amazing writer ever since he got started in college. Over the years I’ve gotten to enjoy little bits of his work as he’s dabbled in writing from time to time, so I’m so proud of him for completing and publishing his first book.

And guess what else? I got to design the book cover!

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Thane has taken advantage of my background in graphic design and my amateur knowledge of Photoshop more than a few times now, and I’m generally willing to oblige even though the little design projects he requests from me turn out to be anything but “little”. This was a great learning experience though, and I’ll definitely be back with another post to show you all of the different versions we went through before finally settling on what you see above, as well as some of the ins and outs of book cover design. It turns out it’s not that hard of a process if you’re good at reading instructions and planning before jumping into the designing. Yeah, lesson learned. But the good news is that maybe next time will be a breeze!

WHERE YOU CAN GET IT

Trials is available for purchase in paperback form through Amazon here, or for Kindle here. If you get a chance to read it, please (pretty please) leave him a review! The more reviews he has, the higher visibility his book will get. And FYI, you can also read more of Thane’s writing on his blog at www.thanekeller.com.

Thanks, friends!

 

 

Art + Design, Graphic Design, Scripture Art

O Lord God, You Know | Ezekiel 37:3

March 19, 2015

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And he said to me “Son of man, can these bones live?” And I answered, “O Lord God, you know”. Ezekiel 37:3

I love this verse from Ezekiel. There’s something so simple yet so profound about it. Maybe just because there will never be a time in any of our lives where we can’t tell the Lord, “O Lord God, you know.” Whether our day is a joyful one, a boring one, a tragic one, or just so-so, He always knows and He always understands.

Life seems to be slowing down just a tiny bit lately, so I want to take advantage of it and commit to spending more time in my bible. Not just for the sake of “doing more”, but for the sake of soaking it in and drawing near to Christ in a more genuine way. The way you sometimes have to make a point of doing even with your own spouse and children when you find yourself juggling needs, wants, and schedules that don’t seem to let up on their own. And I want to share some of these timeless pieces of the Word in a fun new way, hence the graphic poster! These are quick little projects, but who knows how many I’ll be able to do…life won’t slow down for long. But even if it’s just this one, I hope it’s a blessing and a reminder of our good and sovereign and ever available God who has truth, peace and blessing ready to give to every single one of us!