My Walls Are Flannel

I subscribe to TheBookDesigner blog because I once entertained the idea of designing my own book covers. There’s just one wee problem. In the process of selecting images and putting them together, I discovered I don’t have an eye for design.

Even if I borrow the idea exactly as it is, it still looks home made…or at least, home made by me.

Yet I love to fiddle with colors and images. Even if the end result looks childish and unprofessional, I do it for my own pleasure. Or sometimes, I do it for the pleasure of pure procrastination. It’s kind of like the first draft. Nobody but me sees the mess. Plus, when I design stuff on the computer, there’s no cleanup and I don’t have to whitewash my flannel walls with a new coat of paint.

So when the latest TheBookDesigner post showed up in my mailbox, I was thrilled to discover three new tips on finding and using images. is advertised as free photos for bloggers and creatives. It’s simple, easy, straightforward. It pulls data from Flickr and you can filter images based on the Creative Commons licensing.

If you don’t have image editing software like Photoshop, TheBookDesigner recommends It’s fun, you can fiddle till you’ve procrastinated the day away.

Lastly, there’s Google images which now has a cool little camera in the search bar to help you search for images using other images. For years I’ve had the image of a grumpy creature holding a coffee cup on my computer desktop. On a poor-pitiful-me day, I pulled it from the internet and since then, have never been able to locate the source. Now, I’ve uploaded the image and Google supplied me with links so I can locate and track the owner.  Apparently it’s a popular image. If anyone knows of the owner, please email me at

Do you love images and design and color? Or do you use them like I do, a procrastination technique masked to look like work? And what color(s) are the walls in your house?


About Sheila Seabrook

Author of contemporary romance and women's fiction.

Posted on September 5, 2012, in Blog Posts and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 9 Comments.

  1. Sheila, that is one funny little guy !! I love color and design, landscape and architecture. I can see images as clearly as if I were standing in the room, or on the exact spot my character stands … watching the sun set over the mountains or early morning on a beach. Love the colors of nature most of all. Use what you see and let your eye become the lens of a camera … blink, click and save it 🙂

  2. Like you, Sheila, I like to think I can design covers. I think I’ll enjoy finding images and playing with them, but I eventually realize I don’t know what I’m doing and I need to leave it to professionals. I love the Book Designer and always find helpful information from his posts. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Sheila, I love playing with all the graphics’ software. It makes me feel like I am actually creative! And, it’s also a great procrastination exercise–almost better than ironing. 🙂

  4. I am so computer unsavvy. I can barely find photos much less alter them. And then when I find them I have to upload them and that’s 2 scary steps.

    Thanks for the website suggestions though. I’ll check them out.

    Patricia Rickrode
    w/a Jansen Schmidt

  5. While graphics look fun, the learning curve is WAY to steep for me. I barely have time for all I’m doing as it is!!!

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