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Friday
Apr132012

Font Love, Vol. XXIX: Bodoni at Home

Hello friends and happy Friday! How was your week? Are you looking forward to the weekend? It looks like it is going to be stormy here in Southern California which means a lot of time indoors. This actually works out best for me since I have taxes to finish up and plenty of projects to keep me occupied. Sometimes it's nice how the weather works to your advantage, keeping you inside, keeping you busy. 

Today I want to celebrate Font Friday and share a freebie font with you, Bodoni at Home. I have always been a big fan of Bodoni Roman, its bold and classic look. Bodoni at Home pays homage to Bodoni but being a handwritten type, it feels less rigid and formal. I am always attracted to handwritten fonts so it is no surprise that this one caught my eye too. Designed by Giuseppe Salerno of Resistenza, Bodoni at Home was drawn with a stylographic, calligraphy pen which gives the edges that rough look. And I love the all-caps.

poem: The Far Field by Theodore Roethke

The pictures are from the photoshoot I did with my brother and his girlfriend last weekend. We shot in this beautiful, serene field near my home. I have shared a few teaser images on Instagram but unfortunately I cannot share the main shots quite yet. Everything turned out great though so I look forward to posting about it here when I can.

It's amazing what beauty can lie right outside our door. I didn't even know this field existed until the day before the shoot. It is quite magical don't you think? Especially with all those yellow wildflowers.

Have a great weekend everyone!

If you want to see more font picks, check out the blogs of my other type lovin' friends:

Alexandra ♥  The Aerialist Press 

Alison ♥ Alison Owen Design

Anna ♥ And Everything Nice

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

Cécile ♥ My Paper Lounge

Lauren ♥ Palm Papers

Kerry ♥ Super Swoon

Wendy ♥ WesWen Design

Friday
Mar232012

Font Love, Vol. XXVIII: Hlmt Rounded

Happy Friday blog friends! It's been a busy week here and so I decided to do a quick Font Friday post because it's been awhile since I shared a type favorite. Also I sadly don't have time to post something more extensive today. I apologize and will make up for it next week. Promise!

I just discovered this sweet hand-drawn font by Heather T. on DaFont called Hlmt Rounded. It's a great freebie, skinny text (my favorite) and very legible. Check it out. What do you think?

My favorite detail, by far, is the lowercase 't.' Isn't that great?! Hlmt Rounded is just a basic sans serif but I think it is good to always have a few of these in your arsenal. I have a few favorites and I swap them out occasionally to graphically change up the look. This one is a new favorite and you'll be seeing it more around here now.

And I'll leave you with a pretty bit of inspiration to start your weekend. I love this quote by Roald Dahl. What a nice reminder to cherish those 'unlikely places' in life. I definitely don't do it enough. Hopefully we can all remember this and enjoy the little things this weekend.

Happy Friday!

Friday
Feb172012

Font Love, Vol. XXVII: Learning Curve

Happy Friday everyone! Feels good doesn't it? I decided to make it a Font Friday and share one of my all-time, free favorites. I've been using this font for awhile so I'm not sure why I'm only posting about it now. Better late than never I guess. This freebie is called Learning Curve and it comes in a regular and a dashed version. It is a take on traditional, handwritten cursive but it feels more modern. Unlike some cursive scripts, Learning Curve is very legible. I like pairing it with skinny sans serif fonts like Quicksand. It is always a go-to when I want a little flair but not too much.

  

Learning Curve was designed by Blue Vinyl Fonts. The designer Jess Latham is also responsible for another one of my favorites Print Clearly which I use all the time. I think both are a great duo for any designer to have in their arsenal of fonts.

If you want to see more font picks, check out the blogs of my other type lovin' friends:

Alexandra ♥  The Aerialist Press 

Alison ♥ Alison Owen Design

Anna ♥ And Everything Nice

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

I hope everyone has a great weekend. What are your plans? I have some family out for a few days so that should keep me pretty occupied. Looking forward to catching up and sharing family meals with loved ones that I don't see too often. Hopefully I can get a few fun side projects done too.

Monday
Feb132012

Love Cards for Valentine's Day

Happy Monday friends! Did everyone have a nice weekend? Does anyone still need a last minute Valentine card for tomorrow? Look no further because today I am sharing some love cards that I carved and stamped myself. 

I have made a few little stamps in the past with my stamp carving kit but this was my first larger stamp with finer details. It was fun carving away and I hope to make a few more prints in the future. This is such a quick and easy solution for cards. Carve the stamp ahead of time and then just stamp away whenever you need a handmade greeting for someone. 

I particularly love the texture and imperfections of rubber stamps. No two prints can be exactly the same and to me that definitely adds to the appeal. Stamp pads come in all kinds of colors so possibilities are pretty endless. If you would like to carve this stamp for yourself, you'll need a stamp kit and this template. Remember to mirror the template for carving.

But if you don't have the time to carve your own stamp, I have also included free printables with these four colors. They are scans of my own prints. They are pre-sized for an A2 envelope. Print them out on cardstock and use them like a postcard to write your love message on the back.

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I paired these stamps with beautiful Besotted Brand products. Tristan, the lovely designer behind Besotted, has curated such a great shop and I am so impressed by the quality of everything. I stamped on her Ultra Luxe Cardstock and I am in love with it. Your stamps will never look better. The paper is so thick and fine. I also used her True Kraft Envelopes and Kindly Deliver To Hand Stamp. Everything in her shop is simple design but she gives extra attention to those little details we all love. I definitely recommend browsing through Besotted if you're a lover of paper goods.

Does anyone have any special plans for Valentine's Day? Do these free cards help in your last minute scramble? Enjoy the freebie and have a happy love day tomorrow! 

Friday
Feb032012

'I Love Your More Than' Cards DIY

Happy Friday friends! The weekend is here (almost for me, maybe it's already started for some of you). Today I have a DIY to share plus a freebie for you to print so you can do the project yourself. This project was inspired by my Mom. When we were little she would occasionally slip us little notes in our lunches. Usually it was encouragement for a big test or just a sweet reminder that she loved us. I probably didn't appreciate it as a kid but as I've grown older I know that it's just nice to hear 'I love you. I'm thinking of you' from someone.

Do you feel like letting someone know you love them? Maybe for Valentine's Day, maybe just because. I designed these mini cards that you can slip into coin envelopes and hide around the house for your loved ones to find. Hide them in their desk drawer, their lunch bag, their medicine cabinet. When found, your loved ones will definitely feel special.  

I designed the cards to have funny sayings on them like, 'I love you more than...cupcakes, Bob Dylan, Paris, chai tea, Don Draper, and my Eames chair.'

I made two templates. This template has my sayings on it. But this second template is blank so you can fill in your own 'i love you more than's. I used the Lavanderia font from the Lost Type Co-op. Lost Type has a pay-what-you-want model so you can make whatever donation (including $0) that you want to donate to the font designer.

Do you have your own special ways of saying 'I love you?' Do you already do something similar to this? Did anyone else's Mom leave them messages in their lunch as a kid?

Happy weekend everyone! Remember to think about those closest to you and to show them how much you appreciate them.