Living Outside the Stacks

Navigating through life away from the library


How to Create a Watermark Using PicMonkey {In the Dark Room}

I’m not a professional photographer, but I play one on my blog. Hahahaha I kill me. The hubs says I’m only funny to myself and the girl I shared a uterus with {that would be my twin sister} but I think I’m hilarious. Anyway, for the longest time, I’ve been “watermarking” my images by typing text over the picture and then saving it. Tedious, I tell ya. And pretty inconsistent as far as branding goes. So I started looking for an easier way to “stamp” my images and, lo and behold, it was sitting right there in front of me all this time: PICMONKEY!!!!!!

PicMonkey is by far my favorite tool for quick photo editing. It has just about everything I need when I’m in a hurry and it’s free. There is a paid version but, really, you can do just about everything you need using the free stuff. If you aren’t using PicMonkey, it really is worth a try. And creating your own watermark is the perfect way to get in there and play around.


{Side Note: Click the Image to Make it Larger}

1. Open PicMonkey in your browser

2. Click on “Create a Collage”

3. Click “Layouts”, the second selection down on the left hand side

How to Create a Watermark Using PicMonkey {Living Outside the Stacks}

4. Click “Create Your Own” at the top, the picture will default to a 1024×1024, that’s OK, you’ll change that later

5. Click on “Background”, the fourth selection down on the left hand side

6. Click “Transparent background” and then save; make sure you save as a .png file or you’ll lose the transparency

How to Create a Watermark Using PicMonkey {Living Outside the Stacks}

7. Close out of the picture and go to “Edit a photo”

8. Open the image you just saved

9. It will look like nothing is there but trust me, your image is there

10. Now select text to write your name or the name of your blog; pick a font that represents you and your brand

11. Have fun with the colors and the transparency; I selected white with a transparency of 55% because I don’t want the watermark to interfere too much with the image

How to Create a Watermark Using PicMonkey {Living Outside the Stacks}

12. If you’d like to have a fun image to go along with your text, select “Overlays” and find something that matches your brand. I chose a butterfly because of my tattoo and because they’re whimsical.

How to Create a Watermark Using PicMonkey {Living Outside the Stacks}

13. Go back to the “Basic Edits” and select the crop tool and crop as tightly on your watermark as you can get without cutting off part of the image.

14. Now save the image as a .png file to retain the transparency

15. You now have a watermark that you can add to all of your images as an overlay.

How to Create a Watermark Using PicMonkey {Living Outside the Stacks}

This week’s Project 365: 2013 Edition theme is “Diptych”. This is my favorite shot of the week; if you’d like to see my other pictures, click here

Now that you’ve created a watermark, you can protect your pictures and not worry about someone stealing them. Furthermore, your brand will be consistent and look a little more professional. Suh~weet, huh?


What I Wore {In the Closet}

I have to admit, I haven’t been doing such a good job of taking pictures the past few weeks. It’s just been so dark and dreary by the time I get home from work that all I want to do is slip into my comfy cozies and veg in front of the television. The few times that I have taken pictures, they just haven’t come out nice enough for me to share. So I’m sharing bits and pieces from some of my favorite outfits this week…

Cream Cardi, Green Tee and Brown Floral Skirt {Living Outside the Stacks}

Cardi & Tee Shirt ~ Walmart

Skirt ~ Goodwill

I think this is one of my favorite skirts, it’s a soft floral corduroy that warm but not heavy. I like the muted creams, berries, browns, greens and teals because I can wear it with a variety of tops. And don’t get me started on the boots, tights and socks.

Brown Boots Mustard Tights and Blue Dress {Living Outside the Stacks}

Cardi ~ Walmart

Dress & Tights ~ Target

Boots ~ Sebago via

By far the best clothing purchase I’ve made this year are those boots by Sebago. I wear them with just about everything ~ skirts, jeans, dresses, etc. I like that they’re versatile and add a bohemian flair to everything I wear. If you’re looking for a great pair of lace ups, those babies are on sale at right now.

Citron Cardi, White Button Down and Sequin Tank  {Living Outside the Stacks}

Cardi ~ Target

Sequin Tank ~ JC Penney

Button Down ~ Walmart

My daughters are always making fun of me because I’m obsessed with sequins. I firmly believe that sequins are always appropriate. Even in the library. And, yes, I did wear this sequin tank to work. I felt so funky and dressy all at the same time. And, seriously, how can you go wrong with citron and gold?

What quirky item have you added to your wardrobe?

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How Do I Celebrate/Embrace My 40s? {About Me}

How Do I Celebrate My 40s {Living Outside the Stacks}For the past few months I’ve been bouncing back and forth between acceptance
and angst over turning 40 next month. I’ve been trying to figure out what it is that’s getting to me. Is it turning 40? Is it getting closer to menopause? Is it facing my own mortality? Exactly what is it that’s getting to me?

Well, yesterday I think I figured it out. I was playing around on Instagram and I started typing a little message that read:

“In my 20s, I served in the U.S. Army

In my 30s, I got two Master’s degrees

In my 40s, I…”

I need to do something big in my 40s. Making it through Basic Training and serving in the Army gave me a sense of confidence that I don’t think I would’ve gained otherwise. Many people join the Army, not a lot of them make it through Basic Training, Advanced Individualized Training, and then go on to serve honorably. And getting my degrees showed me that almost no obstacle is insurmountable. I had a husband, 4 children, and cancer; still I managed to walk the stage with my classmates {bald head and all}. Now that I’m turning 40, I need to find a way to celebrate. I need to do something big.

But I’m not sure what I want to do. Do you have any ideas?

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