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Adobe Illustrator Offset Path Tips & Tricks

YouTube videos have become a lifesaver for me.  I have learned so much more about the Adobe software just by watching some of my favorite graphic design YouTubers!  Enjoy this video, from Satori Graphics explaining how to use the offset path function in Adobe Illustrator.

I found it very, very useful and I hope you do as well!

Two years of section hiking on the AT

Today’s post is straying away from design and talking about being outdoors.  My husband and I love to be outdoors, whether it be camping, hiking, grilling, swimming, or whatever outdoor activity you can think of, we enjoy being outdoors, period.  Since living in Pennsylvania, we have come to enjoy the wide variety of outdoor activities it has to offer.  The Appalachian Trail is in our backyard and we decided that we could like to start section hiking it back in 2017.  It took us two years, but we finally completed the Cumberland Valley section (around 30 miles) of the AT on Saturday morning.


This section starts in the farmlands of Boiling Springs, PA, site of the Mid-Atlantic Appalachian Trail Conservancy

and heads up South Mountain.  We started out earlier in the day with our pup, crossing through a muddy field and into the forest.  We heard lots of birds, some sounded like a few warblers, ovenbirds and brown thrashers, encountered a few hikers that were probably hiking from White Rocks Trail

a trail that we haven’t trekked to yet.  Tanner (our pup) loves to hike, so once we had reached Center Point Knob

he whined to keep going!  For those not in the know, Center Point Knob was the original halfway point of the AT, but that has changed throughout the years.  We have been to three of the center points, all in the Cumberland Valley, and I think that’s pretty darn cool.

Here are a few more photos for your enjoyment.  Taken with a Nikon D7000, edited in Adobe Lightroom.



View of Boiling Springs from Center Point Knob.


Original halfway marker for the AT.  


He doesn’t want to get his picture taken.  Too bad.

Green with envy

Let’s talk about color theory-one of my favorite subjects!

Growing up, we all had our favorite color, right?  I believe mine was purple.  Along with being obsessed with New Kids on the Block, I had to have purple EVERYTHING.  Clothes, bedding, curtains, you name it!  As I grew older, my favorite colors changed from purple to blue to red.  Since moving to Pennsylvania and falling in love with how green she can become when spring hits and all through the summer, I’m GREEN with envy.

The blahness of winter makes one appreciate when spring arrives and when the trees begin to bud, it makes me feel good.  Green is a cool color and is usually calming and relaxing, so no wonder I feel calm and collective at the first signs of spring.

(My allergies aren’t a fan though, but I try not to pay attention to them when I can.)

According to Smashing Magazine, green represents new beginnings and growth, renewal and abundance.  It also has the same calming effects that blue has (ahhh, blue skies-something we don’t get a lot of in PA!) and has balancing and harmonizing effects.  Check out some of these amazing websites that utilize the color green in their designs.  PayMo and UnderSky are my favorites out of the bunch!


When I think of green, I think of nature.  It would be amazing to be able to work and design for an outdoor company or nonprofit someday!

What are your favorite colors or color to work with? Does green make you feel cool and relaxed?




3D Light Stroke Effects (Adobe After Effects)

I’m new to Adobe After Effects, so I’ve been watching videos online as much as possible to increase my skills for that program.  Just like the other Adobe programs, there is soooooo much you can do with it!  Here is a video from one of my favorite YouTube tutorial channels, Sonduckfilms that shows you how to create a 3D light stroke effect to titles and logos!  Enjoy.

Back to blogging again

Hey guys!

I haven’t blogged in quite some time.  As a matter of fact, I thought that no one was actually looking at anything that I had written and it wasn’t interesting enough, so I just stopped.  I’m sure we’ve all been there, right?

I’m happy to see that I haven’t lost any followers though and I still enjoy reading through blogs that I am subscribed to.  I am happy to announce that I will be back blogging again.  I want to write about anything that interests me that includes not only graphic design, but other areas such as food and travel.

Look for my future posts!  Thanks for reading.