favorites, visual content, visual design

A New Website Design For EDBM. Meet Seaside

I’m thrilled to be able to introduce you to the latest website design available on EDBM, my wedding resources blog. Meet Seaside, an elegant and sophisticated website design. It’s one of three designs available through EDBM. I’m sooooo pleased with the results! Though all of the basic information you might want to share with your guests is on the home page, it also contains dynamic internal pages,  including a video background in the RSVP page. Of course like with all websites available here,…

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Lifestyle, personal


Happy New Year! A new year, a new blog theme and some changes to the structure and direction of A Creative Mess. Also, the Christmas Tree is already out of the house! I never leave it for long, but this year the desire to toss it out arose only days after celebrating Christmas. It’s possibly because I have an overwhelming urge to unclutter our home. We’ve lived here just over a year, and have some things double, and some things…

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visual design, wordpress tips + tricks

How to set up your MailChimp Form Using Genesis eNews Extended

Here is a how to video and instructions for adding your MailChimp newsletter subscribe list using Genesis eNews Extended. In order to begin building a list of subscribers for your newsletter list, we first have to begin collecting emails. There are many list building companies out there, but I recommend MailChimp and Convert Kit depending on the level you’re at or what you’re wanting to offer through your list. If you’re just starting your site and you just need the basics to get started, MailChimp is the…

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resources for your website


JUMPSTART YOUR CREATIVITY USING STOCK PHOTOGRAPHY! FREE STOCK PHOTOGRAPHY THAT DOESN’T SUCK. HERE YOU’LL FIND MY FIVE FAVORITE SITES FOR FINDING STOCK PHOTOGRAPHY. I’m a photography enthusiast, which will say I love taking photographs, and have even had my photographs published. However, I’m no pro, like my daughter, Cierra. Sometimes us bloggers and business owners have a lot to tell and don’t have the imagery that fits with the stories, am I right? Have you been there? You want to…

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Holiday Gift Card Set Two

FREE HOLIDAY CARD PRINTABLES! Holiday Gift Card Set 2 With just a few weeks before Christmas, it’s time to get those cards in the mail. Our first card arrived today, and our card isn’t ready yet for printing… I’m still not sure which design I want to send this year. I’ve made in total, 75 cards, and a template for A Creative Mess! Last week the template, and the 50 card set went online, and as promised some more designs. Set two is…

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color, interior

Flexa ‘The Heart Wood Home’

The Heart Wood Home Color Palette from Flexa

FLEXA COLOR OF THE YEAR 2018 IS HEART WOOD AKA #DuluxCF18 this is one of the color palettes that incorporate and compliment ‘heart wood’ THE HEART WOOD HOME Autumn is arriving and that means home + design expos! Not only that, but the shops here in The Netherlands start promoting the newest trends and goodies for the home & garden. We will be going to the vt wonen&design beurs in Amsterdam. It’s an annual expo that we attend every year. For…

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diy, freebies

DIY Wrapping Paper, + Instructions

Gift Card Wrapping Paper + Instructions/Inspiration This is so easy to make and you don’t need a ton of supplies! Tomorrow is my mother in laws birthday, and we’re giving a gift card. I like to wrap things myself, and this one I wanted to share with you. I time ago I made printable envelope liners, and printed them on glassine paper from an old photo album (see photo collage below). I tear the glassine paper out from the album, and then…

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