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Download some fun texture files from my day of texture hunting after the 2013 Erie Half Marathon at Presque Isle. (Bet you'll appreciate my running addiction now!)

Retro Color Palettes Created Throughout My Owl A Day Challenge
30 Color palettes in Adobe Swatch Exchange format are all yours to use however you'd like to. Go get your retro on!
(My web host doesn't like the .ase extension. When you download the file, be sure to add ".ase" to the file name. Then, load it into your swatches palette in AI or PS and color away!)
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Free Printable Downloads

Retro Valentine's Day Cards
I needed a break from my crazy schedule, so I made a few Valentine's Day cards. Beagles, Lions, & Owls–Why not?
Adobe Acrobat document [1.3 MB]
2016 Retro Sealife Calendar
Adobe Acrobat document [241.5 KB]
Owl Hold That Page Corner Bookmark
A fun craft for owl lovers.
Adobe Acrobat document [167.3 KB]
Printable Owl Gift Tags
Adobe Acrobat document [319.5 KB]
Printable Retro Recipe Cards
Adobe Acrobat document [1.7 MB]

Trail! (Links to some seriously awesome inspiration)

You know how Doug the Talking Dog (Disney's Up) loses his mind when someone yells "Squirrel!"? Well, that kind of happens to me when someone says trail...or when I see a new trail. A 4-hour drive home once took 8 hours because I happened to notice a few new trails along the way. Thank goodness for my emergency running bag, right?! (Yeah, that's a thing.)

Ask my sister-in-law what happens when I'm driving and someone yells "Trail!"—She did that once. I slammed on the brakes out of absolute excitement. (Oops!) Luckily, it was early and no one else was on the road.

Okay, I hear ya. Enough about running, right? Without further ado, here is my list of the very best online "Trails" for designers:

Creative Pep Talk

Glitschka Studios

Illustration Age

Illustration Friday

Jim Krause Design

Owl a Day

Nicholas J. Nawroth

Stefan Mumaw

Weapons of Mass Creation Fest

More to come...

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