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Monday
Nov072011

Font Friday on Monday + A Giveaway

Hi blog friends!  I am so sorry for the lack of posting last week.  I was super swamped and today is my first relax day in awhile (notice the lazy afternoon post).  I had a wedding deadline on Sunday that took a major, super effort to get everything done on time.  I had Anthro work mixed in as well so the busy schedule definitely forced me to neglect some things, i.e. this blog and sleep.  The good news is that I got everything done on time and I was super happy with the way things turned out.  I designed some programs, escort cards, place cards, and table numbers for a wedding this upcoming Saturday all centered around the theme of rustic burlap.  The bride was such a joy to work with and her and the groom loved how everything turned out.  Ya!  But it all feels good to be done and to get back to blogging which I missed.  

Something exciting went down last week on Friday and although I am a bit behind, I am posting my special Font Friday post now on Monday.  My type friends and I got together to create free downloads all using the font Skunkling created by Jason Mark Jones.  Jason originally designed Skunkling for the Design Your Own Alphabet contest hosted by Design*Sponge.  He won and has now turned his design into a working font (which you can buy for $25).  Or you can enter our first ever Font Friday giveaway to win Skunkling.  

Here is a nice sampling of Skunkling in a variety of pretty colors.  Just think of all the fun designs you could come up with!

The giveaway is being hosted by Catherine of Design Editor so head over to her blog to comment and get all the details.  You can enter until Thursday (11/10) at midnight EST.  Also be sure to check out all of the great freebies by my font friends:

Alexandra { The Aerialist Press }

Jen { Blush Printables }

Chelsea { Fourth & Folded }

Lauren { Palm Papers }

Kerry { Super Swoon }

Alison { Alison Owen Design }

Jenny { Hank + Hunt }

Wendy { WesWenDesign }

Laurel { Go Against the Grain }

Sofia { Brancoprata }

Jenna + Elizabeth { Little Bit Heart }

I also have a freebie to share!  I decided to create a holiday advent desktop wallpaper which features a Skunkling November and December calendar, perfect for remembering those big dates coming up.  As always, I was inspired by embroidery and cross stitch as well as vintage Nordic sewing patterns.  

I have a handful of sizes to choose from so you can find the one that best fits your screen.  

1280 x 1024

1600 x 1200

1680 x 1050

1920 x 1080

1920 x 1200

iPhone

iPad 

If you love Skunkling be sure to enter the giveaway this week.  There are a couple of ways to enter so you have a good shot.  Thank you for your patience in my delay of posts.  I'll be back on track this week, promise.  Happy Monday!

Friday
Oct282011

Font Love, Vol. XXIII: Quicksand

Ya, it's Friday!  And ya, it's Font Friday too!  I have been slacking a bit on my Font Fridays picks but I'm hoping to fix that and make it a bi-monthly feature from here on out.  Nothing beats a pretty font but especially a pretty and free font and that is exactly what I have to share today.  Let me introduce Quicksand...

Quicksand isn't particularly anything new...in fact it has been around on Font Squirrel since 2009 and I've seen it many times.  But what particularly caught my eye and my reason for sharing it today was the Quicksand Dash format which is very reminiscent of a running stitch.  You could use this font for all kinds of crafty projects to get that hand stitched look.  Or you could use it as a guide when stitching letters.  The running stitch is the most basic but I think it can be rather beautiful when arranged in a nice composition like these samplings from Martha Stewart:

And the other great thing about Quicksand is that it comes in six other formats, seven total: Dash, Light, Light Oblique, Book, Book Oblique, Bold, and Bold Oblique.  So seven fonts in one, all for free is a pretty great deal.  Here is a preview of all the different formats:

So what do you think of Quicksand?  Would you use it for crafting?  

If you want to see more great font picks, check out the blogs of my other font friends...

Alexandra ♥  The Aerialist Press 

Alison ♥ Alison Owen Design

Jen ♥ Blush Printables

Sofia ♥ Brancoprata

Steph ♥ Bubblerock

Vicki + Barb ♥ Curly Willow DIY

Catherine ♥ Design Editor

Chelsey ♥ Fourth & Folded

Laurel ♥ Go Against the Grain

Jenny ♥ Hank & Hunt

Allie ♥ Honey Bee Invites

Alison ♥ The Knotty Bride

Jenna + Elizabeth ♥ Little Bit Heart

Lauren ♥ Palm Papers

Kerry ♥ Super Swoon

Wendy ♥ WesWen Design

Happy Font Friday and have a great weekend everyone!  Be sure to check back next week for an extra special font feature that our type lovin' group will be highlighting.

Friday
Sep232011

Font Love, Vol. XXII + Type Artwork DIY

Today is a special Font Friday because not only am I showcasing a fabulous {and free!} font but also showing you how to make your own type artwork with Photoshop.  I am constantly finding and pinning inspirational quotes over on Pinterest but sometimes you just need to get that inspiration out of your computer and into your life.  Today I will be showing you how to make this...

Pretty neat huh?!  It's actually really easy (even for a Photoshop newbie) and you can customize it with whichever quote and background image you like.  So let's begin!

Step One: Start a new project in Photoshop and size it to 8.5x11.  Write out your quote, centering and spacing it the way you want.  I used a free font from DaFont called Hauracherell (originally spotted over on Hank & Hunt a few weeks ago).  Bold fonts tend to work well for this kind of project but you have the creative freedom to pick any cool font.  Also, find an image that you like.  It can be a picture of anything really.  I just love the colors in this flower.

Step Two: Move your picture into the document with the quote, placing the image layer below the text layer.  Position it however you like.

Step Three: First, make sure you are on the text layer.  Then select the magic wand tool on the left.  Finally, click the magic wand somewhere to the side of the text.  Everything but the text should get selected.

Step Four: When everything is still selected, move to your image layer and then hit delete.  This should erase all of the image except the part directly below the text.  

Step Five: Finally deselect everything (right click, 'deselect') and then delete your text layer.  What you're left with is the pretty letters.

Step Six: Print out your artwork and hang it on your walls or prop it up on shelves.  Now you can glance at your inspirational quote whenever you walk by.  This is an easy way to spruce up some blank walls and give them a bit more life.  Add other items to your wall to make a whole inspirational collage full of special knick-knacks.  

Fonts aren't only for viewing on the computer anymore.  Bring them to life and really enjoy them.  If you love this artwork I created here today or you don't have Photoshop to make your own, you can save this copy and print it out for yourself.

Visit my other font friends on their fabulous blogs for more great picks...

Alexandra ♥  The Aerialist Press 

Alison ♥ Alison Owen Design

Jen ♥ Blush Printables

Sofia ♥ Brancoprata

Steph ♥ Bubblerock

Vicki + Barb ♥ Curly Willow DIY

Catherine ♥ Design Editor

Chelsey ♥ Fourth & Folded

Laurel ♥ Go Against the Grain

Jenny ♥ Hank & Hunt

Allie ♥ Honey Bee Invites

Alison ♥ The Knotty Bride

Jenna + Elizabeth ♥ Little Bit Heart

Lauren ♥ Palm Papers

Kerry ♥ Super Swoon

Wendy ♥ WesWen Design

Happy Friday and have a great weekend!

Friday
Sep092011

Font Love, Vol. XXI

Happy Font Friday everyone!  Today I would like to introduce my first font pick of September.  Side note: Wow, I cannot believe it is September already.  Summer just flew by for me.  How about you?  The official start of fall is in a couple of weeks and it is hard to escape the cozy charms of sweaters and leaves changing colors and drinking hot cocoa.  Fall is definitely one of my favorite seasons.  Bloggers cannot stop talking about it and Pinterest is being flooded with awesome autumn images.  And at Anthropologie, where I work part-time, the store is transforming itself into a fall wonderland with chunky knits and layers and thick coats.  But where I live in Southern California, the temperatures have been in the 100s this past week.  At one point my car said it was 110 yesterday!  So it has been hard for me to completely get into the fall spirit when it hasn't exactly arrived in my neck of the woods.  High temps are not uncommon in September for us but the experience still isn't pleasant.  I am ready for SoCal to embrace fall, at least a little bit.  

So now for my font pick.  My choice this week is actually one that Kerry of Super Swoon shared last week but I believe it is just too pretty not to share again.  Also, it is on sale right now for $20 off the normal price so for all those that are interested, hurry and snatch it up now.

Feast your eyes on Selaive:

Selaive comes from the foundry Latinotype who have a lot of other great favorites, including Merced, Guadalupe, and Regia Sans Pro (which I shared here).  Selaive is a geometric font but it has a ton of great swashes too so you can mix and match with the standard letters to add character, like in the image above.  It also comes in two thicknesses, light and bold, also shown above.

Here is Selaive without any of the swashes.  Simple, skinny, and clean...definitely my kind of look.

What do you think of Selaive?  I think it has that perfect subtle romantic flourish, not too curly and girly, but just right.  Latinotype tends to provide the right amount of flourish with their fonts, including a great set of alternative swashes to make text stand out.  But it all still feels very modern and simple.  Latinotype is definitely a favorite foundry of mine.  

Want to see more font goodness?!  Check out my friend's picks over on their blogs:

Alexandra ♥  The Aerialist Press 

Alison ♥ Alison Owen Design

Jen ♥ Blush Printables

Sofia ♥ Brancoprata

Steph ♥ Bubblerock

Vicki + Barb ♥ Curly Willow DIY

Catherine ♥ Design Editor

Chelsey ♥ Fourth & Folded

Laurel ♥ Go Against the Grain

Jenny ♥ Hank & Hunt

Allie ♥ Honey Bee Invites

Alison ♥ The Knotty Bride

Jenna + Elizabeth ♥ Little Bit Heart

Lauren ♥ Palm Papers

Kerry ♥ Super Swoon

Wendy ♥ WesWen Design

Thanks for stopping by and have a good Friday and weekend.  See you next week friends! 

Friday
Aug192011

Font Love, Vol. XX

Happy Font Friday everyone!  I am experiencing some wanderlust this morning, something which is pretty typical for me.  I am always thinking about travel.  But ever since I found this video earlier in the week, my mind has been on Paris.  I decided to have this week's font post be inspired by vintage Paris.  So first I have the adorable video and then I have a {free} retro font to share.

Swoon-tastic video awaits you...

EF - Live The Language - Paris from Albin Holmqvist on Vimeo.

Not only does this video depict such a fun and romantic little adventure but the fonts are just fabulous.  I wish I knew what they all were.  Does anyone recognize some of them?  A few look familiar but I am bad at remembering names.  This video is a part of a set of commercials for EF International Language Centers.  They were directed by Gustav Johansson and the incredible typography was done by Albin Holmqvist.  There are also videos depicting Barcelona, Beijing, and London.  See them all here.  All four have great fonts that really represent each city.  

And now for my font freebie...Anchor Jack...

Anchor Jack is designed by AJ Paglia who has designed some other great freebies (see them all on the website).  The fat, bold letters are great for signage and there is a hint of a vintage feel which I really like.  A free font is such a good way to end the week!

Want to see more font goodness?  Check out my friend's picks over on their blogs:

Alexandra ♥  The Aerialist Press 

Alison ♥ Alison Owen Design

Jen ♥ Blush Printables

Sofia ♥ Brancoprata

Steph ♥ Bubblerock

Vicki + Barb ♥ Curly Willow DIY

Catherine ♥ Design Editor

Chelsey ♥ Fourth & Folded

Laurel ♥ Go Against the Grain

Jenny ♥ Hank & Hunt

Allie ♥ Honey Bee Invites

Alison ♥ The Knotty Bride

Jenna + Elizabeth ♥ Little Bit Heart

Lauren ♥ Palm Papers

Kerry ♥ Super Swoon

Wendy ♥ WesWen Design

What does the weekend hold for you?  I will be slaving away (but still having fun) on projects for upcoming weddings and also for my first craft show.  Yesterday I did some scouting for materials for a backdrop at Home Depot.  I want to build something out of wood.  I'll definitely share some process pictures once I actually get it started.  In my head it all shouldn't be too challenging but we'll see how quickly that changes.  Fingers crossed I actually can construct something that stands up.  Happy weekend all!