A Beautiful Mess (the shop) is here!!!

A Beautiful Mess Shop is now up!!Today we are excited to announce that our new shop site is here! We've been working on this for quite some time (lots of late nights and weekends). It's hard to believe it's finally ready to share with you all!

Here's a rundown of the products you will currently find in our shop (and some of those with the coming soon status too): 

Photoshop Actions/ Fresh Before + After Sarah Rhodes and I teamed up to create three collections of Photoshop actions. The three collections represent the spectrum of photography styles we love and use for the different types of shoots here on A Beautiful Mess.

One million rounds of tweaks later… we're ready to share them with you! Here's a look at each set:The Signature Collection :: Photoshop Actions by A Beautiful MessThe Signature Collection We created this collection based on the editing style that we use for photos at A Beautiful Mess! We collected all of our go-to looks for the full range of photos we feature on the blog. The resulting collection is bright and cheerful, with a range of actions from soft to saturated. This collection has everything you need to create beautiful colorful images with just the right amount of signature style!The Fresh Collection :: Photoshop Actions by A Beautiful MessThe Fresh Collection This is a set of Photoshop actions with a bright and bold punch! We were inspired by bright whites, Palm Springs, modern design, 1960s, bold colors, and a fresh aesthetic when we created this set. These are some actions that will flatter bold patterns and texture, and pair well with your bright, sunny photos! This action set has everything you need to freshen up your photography style.The Folk Collection :: Photoshop Actions by A Beautiful MessThe Folk Collection When we started building the Folk Collection actions, we were most inspired by snapshots from road trips, nostalgia, new adventures, hot coffee, toy cameras, film, and dreary days-– all things we love to photograph and want to enhance and share on our blog. The Folk Collection is full of actions that are moody, bold, and full of character–great for adding to your photos of the simple everyday beauty around you.

Of course, if you love them all there is another option, The Complete Collection, that includes all of the actions and bonuses from each pack plus exclusive bonuses as well! It's the best deal too, making the third set half price! Jean Action from The Signature Collection by A Beautiful MessJean Action from The Signature Collection by A Beautiful MessJean Action from The Signature Collection by A Beautiful MessWe have a post planned for tomorrow where we really dive into what Photoshop actions are, how to use them, and tips for getting creative with them. If you have any questions at all, let us know in the comments today. πŸ™‚

Crash Courses/ 

For our new site we've create three types of classes. The first is the crash course. Crash Courses are shorter (usually less than 10 sessions!), cheaper (usually under $10) and on more defined topics. They're the kind of course you could read in a night or on a weekend. 

We're super excited about Crash Courses because they give us the opportunity to really focus in on subjects that we love. For example, our literary agent Lindsay is writing a crash course (due out in April) about how to write and pitch a book proposal (exciting, yes?!!). 


For the past few years we sold e-courses on subjects like blogging, art journaling, and small business. We LOVED teaching those courses and learned a ton. That experience was really what inspired us to develop this new site! 

On the new site we're offering new e-courses and also some 2.0 versions of courses we taught in the past. If you took one of our courses in the past you'll feel at home with a similar, comfortable format. E-Courses now come with a private Q&A page where students can ask the teacher questions and read through all the questions that other students have asked as well! 

The first e-course we're offering is 52 Weeks Of Art Journaling with Rachel Denbow. It's the perfect way to give yourself a creative kickstart week-by-week, all year long! 52 Weeks of Art Journaling E-Course (click through to register!!)


The last category of classes we're offering is Workshops. Workshops are special because they are interactive, class sizes are limited, and they run for a shorter time period. They are more structured and offer interaction with the teacher and other students through a private forum. Photography workshops include a private gallery for students to share their work and receive comments from classmates on photography assignments. 

The first workshop we're offering is Mastering Your DSLR with Candice Stringham. It's a beginner's guide to understanding your camera. This course covers all the different settings and controls on a DSLR for both Canon and Nikon users. Candice explains what they mean, when to use them, and most importantly, how to use them to get the look you want!Mastering Your DSLRThis class begins March 17th. Sign up soon to reserve your spot! 

Wanna see more? You can view a schedule of upcoming classes here (we'll be continually updating that with more pages).  

Please note: Our new website is in its beta version. If you have any issues with viewing items or checking out, we want to hear about that (e-mail support AT redvelvetart DOT com). 

Thanks so much for sharing our joy today! We're so excited to meet many more of you through these new classes! xo. Elsie, Emma + the ABM team

NOTE: Some people are getting some server errors when they're checking the site. It's reacting to a big surge in traffic. First, wow! Thank you soooo much!! Second, we're reaching out to our hosting as we speak to resolve the issue. Sorry for the inconvenience. In the meantime, if you hit refresh once or twice, it should load for you.

  • Hi there!

    Yes, of course! It’s completely international friendly. Candice plans her chats at different times of the day so everyone in different time zones will have a chance to join in! Hope you can join!

    xx- Elsie

  • you guys are killin the game. amazed, proud & excited to see where this journey takes you! high fives to each & every one of you! xo. ali

  • I love that you guys do an artistic journaling e-course! I love journaling and try to get my friends excited about it, too, and I think this e-course is just the thing! πŸ™‚

  • You guys are honestly SO inspiring! I love how you push yourselves to constantly grow, learn, and evolve. Your new shop sounds awesome and I can’t wait to immerse myself in some of the things that you have to offer. Thanks for being so willing to share the things that you have learned, encouraging everyone to seek their full creative potential. Keep doing what you guys do! God bless and keep creating! πŸ™‚

  • This is so exciting! I definitely want to take some of your e-courses. I know I say this on every post, but you both are so inspiring! Nothing better than two strong women carving out their own path.

  • Where does someone find that journal shown in the art journal ecourse video? I only ever see really big scrapbooks with plastic sleeves.

  • How exciting!!! Another fantastic accomplishment for your team:) The video with Rachel got me teary..you can really see how much love and work has already gone into the new site! Congrats, can’t wait too explore it. XO

  • Rachael,

    I used a Maya Road chipboard album (8×8). It’s a binder so you can insert your pages without the plastic sleeves and the chipboard allows so many customization options. They’re at major craft stores or on Amazon.

  • I am in awe with all the accomplishments you girls (& the whole gang) have reached!! I am genuinely and completely happy for you! you are an inspiration!! January first of this year marked my one year anniversary (and yes, it is counted as an anniversary because it is a motive of celebration πŸ™‚ ) of being a faithful follower of everything “A Beautiful Mess”. I credit you ladies (and gents) to a creative awakening in my life, you have inspired me to pursue my creative dreams and to even more so, to start blogging! I thank you so so much because you do more than make things “beautiful”, you share your life with all of us and with that, the hope that we too can accomplish great things!!!

    Again, thank you so much for every little thing you all do! I am excited for these new milestones you have crossed, and I can’t wait what else you have to offer (which i know they will be much much more)!!!


  • This is so, so exciting! Congratulations to the entire ABM team! I can’t wait to get started!

    The Rambling Fangirl

  • These actions are so beautiful! You folks are some of the most inspiring, creative people on the face of this planet! Quick question though… do you think any Photoshop actions for Photoshop Elements would ever be coming out in the future? πŸ™‚

  • Ohhhh my this is so exciting!

    I so badly want to sign up for the DSLR workshop… but will be traveling between Australia and California and I’m scared I’ll be too busy… but ooh it would be worth it! What a pickle!

    I’d best decide quickly or I’m sure it’ll sell out!

    – Taryn Elise xx

  • I’m just so excited for you guys. I’ve been following ABM for years now. YEARS. And you’re growing and evolving so much. It’s inspiring! Congrats ABM team!

  • Super excited to take a peek at the new Photoshop actions! I was wondering, do you think these will ever be available for Lightroom? I have managed to condense my entire editing work flow (both for work as a full-tiume photographer and personal photos) to using just Lightoom because I find it to be so much faster. Just wondering! πŸ™‚

  • the new site looks fantastic! so inspiring all over again ladies! i just wish i could afford all of it right now!

  • I want to sign up for the photograph classes. Can you tell me where to find the coupon code it’s asking for at check-out? Thanks!

  • We actually have a couple photographers playing around with it right now, and we think there’s actually a workaround to make them work in Lightroom. Stay tuned!

  • Thinking about purchasing the Folk Collection.. What if I just have the photoshop program that came with my Canon Rebel t3? Is that a no?

  • The shop looks incredible guys!
    so in love with the photoshop actions – especially the fresh collection! holy wow!! just stunning
    Well done <3
    Cheray Natalie

  • For those of us that have taken the previous blog e-courses, do we have access to the new updated courses for free? Or a charge? The site looks great and looks like you all have put a lot of hard work into it the courses!

  • I am so HAPPY for you!

    I have been checking your site periodically all day waiting to see a post on the big news!

    I am very excited to take some of these courses.



  • This is very exciting stuff! I’ve taken several of your e-courses and learned a lot. I’m looking forward to taking more courses and continuing to grow as a blogger and business woman. Thank you for sharing what you’ve learned with us in the form of these courses and tools.

  • Just one little suggestion: Mini action collections! I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to justify spending $50 on photoshop toys (I don’t personally need anything like this professionally) and the amount of actions is overwhelming in each! but I do see the value – and could see spending $10 or $15 on a smaller batch! They are soo pretty!!

  • congrats..this all looks like so much fun..wonderful ideas and now to decide what to get first.. thanks from a LONG time internet friend

  • What is the song that is playing during the art journal video, it is so good!!!!!

  • Looks great! I can’t wait to take a class. Honestly, it’s going to be hard to pick which ones. I’m thinking about the blog lovin and blog design ones. Mastering Your DSLR sounds pretty good too.

  • Looking forward to the day I can save enough for a DSLR…that class looks great! Sooo much better then trying to read through a manual!!

  • I am so pumped to check out the shop! I love and am intrigued by your crash courses–it sounds perfect for me (price, topic, time-wise). I’m also loving those video teasers, too. They make me even more excited! πŸ™‚

  • This is really cool.

    Just a question, I know you said the DSLR Workshop is for Canon and Nikon, but could it be useful for Sony?

    Thanks! πŸ˜€

  • Will the ecourse for DSLR cameras be offered in the summer as well? It’s really snowy where I live so I don’t anticipate getting outside to take pictures for the course right now. But I’d love to take it in the summer!

  • this is amazing! you will make the world better with all this awesome curses you are providing!!! i gotta plan my week better to see if i can fit some of them in. btw, it’s great that the schedule shows with a lot of time ahead so i can start making time for those!!!

  • This is a big step up! You guys are really doing it great!! <3 Hopefully will be able to join sometime / get one πŸ˜€ Good luck guys <3 And congratulations ABM for the opening πŸ˜‰


  • AHHHH! Definitely going to purchase some actions! I’ve been shopping around for some recently, and then I read on your blog that you made some!?!? Perfect timing! Now to get the folk collection or signature collection…? Hmmm….I think I’m gonna go with the signature collection πŸ™‚ Thank you so much!!! I love your blog! You guys are my heroes! <3

  • Congratulations!! I’ve been waiting so long for you guys to launch your new site, and now it’s finally here, yayy! πŸ˜€ I guess I have to start saving up some money for all the e-courses and crash courses I want to take πŸ˜‰ And that workshop! I so want to join in πŸ™‚


  • You guys are seriously AMAZING!!! I love your new online store and will be buying your Signature Collection tomorrow!! That set of actions has me totally inspired to take more pictures just so I can play with all of them!!

  • WOW!!!! It’s so super pretty!!!
    I cant wait to signup- Will be doing all your courses! You really help us all get through our ‘day-jobs’ with all the prettiness ! I cant wait to start applying it to my new blog!
    Anyway I just wanted to say:
    ~You guys are amazing – thank you!~

  • GOOD JOB!!! The more you do the best you do! The shop its absolutely amazing. Keep going!! πŸ˜€

    XO from Barcelona.

  • How exciting! You ladies are so great. Will def. stop by the shop and check it out.

    rae of lovefromberlin

  • The Fresh Collection looks perfect although I’m not sure I entirely understand what it is or how it works – is it something that you install and it’s basically like Instagram on Photoshop? Or is it tutorials instructing you on how to get that specific finish? πŸ™‚

    The e-courses sound amazing too!


  • great to see your courses updated/refreshed! i feel like i wanna look into one or two of the crash courses πŸ™‚

  • AMAZING!!! and so weird to see you guys actually move and talk, I mean i’m used to photo’s so this is great!! Congratulations! x

  • Congratulations, you guys! This is fabulous, I’m so excited to explore your shop and all it has to offer! This is great!

  • Just signed up for the DSLR workshop and I am so, so excited!! πŸ™‚
    Thank you! So proud of you all!

  • I’m especially looking foward to the crash courses – a brilliant idea. They sound like the perfect creative “hideout” for me, next to my fulltime job and International Management studies (lessons start tonight – eek. Wish me luck!)
    You guys are so inspiring πŸ™‚

  • Oh my gosh all of those actions! Amazing! Out of curiousity, do you have plans on making a set of actions compatible with Photoshop Elements?

  • Yes! We know Nikons and Canons really well but we can help with Sony’s too. The class is actually designed to help you work to understand your manual better so it would really work with any DSLR.

  • Wow! So excited to see Promise Tangeman on board! I love her!! The site looks great, I’m so excited about this πŸ˜€

    If I bought many of your e-courses in the past, do I need to rebut to access content? Is the content of blog love and dream job totally different in the 2.0!versions?

  • Congrats to the whole ABM team! You’ve truly done an amazing job, and it’s so inspiring to see your business grow. Shows me that with work and dedications you can do a lot.

  • Hi guys! Congrats on the new site launch – it looks awesome!! I know you all have been working so hard on it. I have a question about the Photoshop Actions; will they work with Photoshop Elements? Thanks! Can’t wait to read your upcoming posts about it! Love you all!

  • can you tell me what the prompts and content are like for the 52 weeks class?… i am very interested in purchasing but have never done an e-course and i am just not sure what to expect. . .thanks

  • Thanks so much Lori!!! πŸ˜€

    We’re working on a new version of Blog Love & BDL right now. They’re SO fun to write!

    Thanks for your support & kind words!

  • Your actions are amazing!! Any chance that you will be developing some that are PSE compatible?

  • MeiLynn,
    This is the most heartwarming comment ever! Thank you!!!

    Congratulations on your 1 year anniversary & thank you SO much for reading A Beautiful Mess.

    Love, Elsie

  • Hi Kendall!
    Thank you SO much! I’m so glad you like them.

    We may do PSE actions in the future, but they will have to be re-built if we do, since there are less features in PSE. πŸ™‚ We’re planning to do a poll very soon to see how many ABM readers are using PSE.

    Thank you so much for your interest. We definitely have you in mind!
    xx- Elsie

  • Hi Taryn,
    We will most likely be re-running this course later this year, so if you’re traveling this time there will be more opportunities in the future!

    Thanks so much!!!

  • Hi Marta!

    πŸ™‚ All of the products in the shop (currently) will be continually available all year except for the Mastering Your DSLR workshop, which is time sensitive because it starts in 2 weeks!

    Thanks so much for your support!

  • If you were signed up for our newsletter (it just went out) you got a 20% off coupon for any one item!

    If you didn’t, you can still get the code- just e-mail emma AT redvelvetart DOT com πŸ˜€

    Thanks so so much!!!

  • Hey Lindsey!
    When our first 2.0 version comes out (Blog Love 2.0, next month) we will put a coupon code in the previous class for all previous students! It’s an entirely new class (not just updated!), but we still want our previous students to get a crazy good deal.

    Thanks for asking!

  • Hey Jill,
    Cool suggestion! It’s really (REALLY) important to us that our actions are affordable. πŸ™‚ We’ll consider this for the future.

    Thanks! Elsie

  • Hi! I was wondering what happens with the old e-courses. I purchased the Dream Job course a while back. Will I still have access to it? Or does it become the Dream Job 2.0 e-course? I appreciate the help! And congrats on the new site– so exciting! I can’t wait to get my hands on some of those actions.

  • Thanks so much Erin!

    Normally we will release one class at a time, but for the launch we wanted to start with at least a few products to choose from! πŸ˜€

    Glad you’re interested. We’re so happy!!!

  • Hi Justina!
    Yes, it will most likely be offered once or twice again this year. We’ll post here when the schedule is updated!!

    Thanks so much & we TOTALLY understand not wanting to learn photography in the freezing months. πŸ™‚

  • Thank you so much Raquel! Signature is my favorite collection because it’s so “useable” for everyday stuff. I love them all, though. πŸ™‚

    Thanks for being so sweet!

  • Awe! That is so sweet! Thank you.

    I hope you love the new classes. πŸ™‚ We’ve had (super sweet) people like you in mind while preparing them these past six months!!!

    xo. Elsie

  • I love everything you do. I want to sign up gor the DSLR workshop. Will have to do it when I get home from work. Hope there are stll spots left

  • Hi Michelle,
    Yes- we are considering it. They would have to be re-built and would be a little bit different, but we’re hoping to do this in the near future. πŸ™‚


  • Yes, we ADORE Promise! She is so talented!

    Good question!
    So, the courses are not just updated, they are completely new!

    Previous students will get a nice big discount, though, because we think you deserve it & we want you to have access to the new content!

    Thanks so much for asking!
    xo- Elsie

  • Hi Kate!

    Maybe we should post a sample session? Would that help?

    Each session has a page/project with journaling ideas and creative technique ideas.

    Thanks so much!

  • Hi Jill!
    Yes- you do still have access to the courses you purchased from us in the past. πŸ™‚ We will leave them up indefinitely.

    Dream Job 2.0 is a new course (not just updated, but completely new content on similar subject, but also new subjects). When it launches we plan to put a nice big coupon code in the first version class so that previous students can get in for a crazy good price.

    Thanks for asking!

  • I’m so happy you’ve launched. I can’t wait to try out some courses. Thank you for the inspiration!

  • Thanks for responding! I’m keeping my fingers crossed you guys decide to do that! πŸ™‚

  • It’s amazing how creative and inspiring your team is! I’m truly super excited about those courses and photoshop actions, i need to calm myself a little because i would be tend to buy them all! Thanks for your hardwork, we really feel it trought your post that you you put your heart in every project and this might be the most interesting about it all! I’m reading A beautiful Mess since more than 5 years and i’m rarely leaving comments (because of my bade english, i’m from Montreal.. French ya know!) but this post made want to do so. Trouhougt your journey i,ve learn so much on how creative life can be and how beautiful and existing life can and it’s only a mather of choices, plus your open heart article about chaging dreams or running challenge or believing in yourself help a lot the searching and insecure 20 years old me to grow! I’ve been one of the student of the two blog e-course and that led me to lauch this year my own blog witch i’m preatty proud. You teaches me how to write for yourself first and be proud of it, and i’m really greatful for this. Elsie and Emma are idoles and your growing team too!
    KΓ©lyna xxx

  • Oh I was going to ask about if you plan on re-running this course and I’m glad you do! I want to learn photography basis and I plan on buying a good camera but I won’t do it in time for the e-course (that’s not something you can do in a hurry!)
    I really hope I will be able to join it next time!!!
    Congrats on this new e-shop πŸ™‚ you are really inspiring! Love reading you!!!

  • Congratulations!! You guys never cease to amaze me. I have been following you for 6 years now and I always find this place to be a source of inspiration. Thank you for working so hard to give fellow creatives the tools they need to succeed! πŸ™‚


  • Oh, I wish you were releasing these actions for lightroom! Maybe I need to suck it up and get Photoshop.

  • Oh my god, the Art Journaling teaser is so, so beautiful, it made me tear up! Love you guys.

  • Hi ABM Team,

    I just purchased the 52 works of art journaling course – lovely! Everything looks amaze, next time is the photography course!

  • I am SO excited to take the DSLR workshop! I’ve been wanting to take something like that for awhile, but you never know if a class will actually be good and help you learn. I know this one will be great because you girls don’t endorse anything that’s less than spectacular. I’m ready for the 17th!

  • Congrats on the new site! I am excited to take your blogging e-course. Will it be specific to WordPress and/or Blogger? Can’t wait to to learn from your team.

  • Looks great!! Quick question about the workshop – I’m a beginner photographer and have been given an old Olympus dslr. Is it worthwhile me still taking this course since it is specifically for Nikon and Canon? (Please say yes!) Thanks!

  • I can not believe what you accomplish in the time you set to do it in! I’m always inspired and off to do MORE after I read your posts. I’ve been eager to do an e-course on blogging and design for awhile, can’t wait to go sign up.

  • So happy for you guys, and everything you’ve accomplished! I’m super excited that you’re offering actions, but one question.. will it work with PSE 8? I sure hope so!

  • I am so excited about the new shop and especially about Crash Courses which are perfect for college students like me, time-wise and budget wise. All of the photoshop actions look beautiful as well! Congrats on the launch!


  • What a great shop! You guys rock πŸ™‚
    I would love to take the DSLR class but I’m just not sure if I can fit it into my busy life right now. Will it be a once in a life time thing?

  • Just registered for the journaling course! I’m so excited!!!! Can’t wait to start!

  • YAYAYAY AND A MILLION TIMES YAY! Can’t wait to buy some actions πŸ˜€
    Rosie x
    Every Word Handwritten

  • Hi!

    I had asked on Monday if you would ever have your Photoshop actions available for Lightroom and you said that there might be a workaround to make them work in Lightroom and to stay tuned …

    Does the workaround mean that if I purchase them right now (for Photoshop) they might later work in Lightroom or would I have to re-purchase them again? Because I’m pretty much dying to play with them RIGHT NOW, haha. (But for me having them in Lightroom makes way more sense.)


  • Oh my goodness! You guys are incredible… I’m all in! Can’t wait to use your collections in Photoshop! I was starting to get bored of the program I was using. It sounds like this will work the same way but have much better actions to work with… And the classes sound wonderful, can’t wait to learn how to use my DSLR. It’s been on the list of things to do for some time now. Awesome!

  • I am very interested in the DSLR class, but I have one question. Is the class going to be focus on shooting people (like models) or will it also focus on shooting product close ups, landscapes and things like that.

  • Great for you, bad for my wallet…Looking forward to the DLSR class. πŸ˜€

  • Hi Allison!
    The Photoshop actions will not work in Lightroom – There’s a complicated process to get your photos in Lightroom to export, save, open in Photoshop, run the action, and then save again, but you still have to have Photoshop unfortunately, and it doesn’t allow you to customize your actions. We’re working on coming up with maybe a little something for Lightroom specifically in the future! So I really wouldn’t recommend purchasing the actions right now unless you have Photoshop! Hope that helps! πŸ™‚ -Sarah

  • Hi!! The courses will be available in PDF too, and the access will be similar the old courses? Sorry my terrible english… hope you understand me…

  • I would really love to take the DSLR course,I hope you run these in the summer..right now I am in art school and cant take anymore assignments/crits on my plate


  • Just catching up with all your blogposts as I’ve been a little bit busy! Congratulations on the new site, just about to check it out now πŸ™‚

  • This might be a silly question, but do these actions only work with RAW setting photographs? For example, could I apply them to some vacation photos I snapped with a point and shoot? Just curious if they are similar to the VSCO/lightroom actions that only work with RAW photographs… Thanks so much!

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