Greetings! Jen Flaherty here with this month’s Pick of the Month – The Instant Pot. Have you heard of it? The Instant Pot is a modern day pressure cooker. What makes it modern, you ask? The Instant Pot does it all from cooking perfect rice to soups and stews, meats, bread (yes, bread!), yogurt…the list goes on. And it cooks it all in an instant, thus the name. In addition, the Instant Pot has a slow cooker mode as well, so you can kiss your slow cooker goodbye (or shove it to the back of the cabinet). This purchase has been a game changer for me. Let me tell you why.
How to manage your multitude of fonts is a question that all scrappers face sooner or later. I believe most, if not all, scrappers have an unparalleled love of fonts. We are
hoarders collectors of fonts! There are many font managers available and they range in price from free to very expensive. Personally, I like free. I’ve tried many of the free font managers, some apps and some online. Most allow you to view your fonts and nothing more. Plus the ones I’ve tried tend to crash or freeze up continuously. That can be very frustrating, especially if you have limited time set aside for scrapping! A couple of months ago I found FontBase. Their website describes FontBase as a blazing fast, beautiful and free font manager for Windows 7 & up. So far I have loved this app. It hasn’t crashed or frozen up once since I’ve been using it and it really does have some cool features. So without further ado, we’ll look at some of the features I’ve found very useful.
“Handwriting is an Imprint of the Self on the Page” -by Dr. Rosemary Sassoon.
Does scrapbooking get any more personal than when we add our own handwriting to the page? How is it then that my fourteen year old daughter recently mentioned that she only knew my handwriting from my grocery lists? Seriously? How could this be?
Continuing our foray into alphas and fonts this month, I wanted to have a little chat today on page titles. Coming from a traditional scrapbooking background, I still remember pulling out my sheets of alphas and then my ruler to carefully place every single, individual letter on a nice straight line. It was a time-consuming and somewhat cumbersome process. With my stuck-down traditional alphas, if I had not lined everything up correctly, well, once put down on a layout, there really wasn’t that much of an opportunity to make a correction. Did you know there’s an easy one- or two-click process in digital scrapbooking that will correct this for you? Let’s explore the Align function to take the guesswork out of aligning your scrapbook titles.
As a graphic designer, I love typography. I can spend hours nerding out about scary sounding things like kerning, x-heights and baselines. While that’s a level of love for typography most scrapbookers aren’t interested in, you would be surprised at how useful some of my favorite professional resources can be for finding inspiration for using fonts creatively on your layouts. Warning: You might just find yourself falling in love with typography after browsing these sites.
Have you been reading all the blog posts at Scrapaneers this month about fonts? Haven’t they been great? I definitely fall into the font-a-holic category as do many of you I’m sure. For my post today I wanted to share with you a couple of quick “how to” instructions about turning your fonts into a quick and easy wordart. If you’re like me, you love when you can create something really pretty super easily! So, follow along and lets see what we can create!
Maybe because I learned to “type” on a typewriter before there were computers in schools or homes, but I swoon over all sorts of typewriter fonts. They are my absolute favorites in the font world. I’m going to share some of these terrific typewriter fonts in this post that are definitely swoon-worthy.
I have been working on a recipe booklet for my kids using Kelly Sill’s Keep it Together Recipe kit. So I have been writing down ingredients for all the foods my family loves. When one of my daughters was in high school she had to attend a food fair. She commented that all different countries use many of the same ingredients in their food but come up with vastly different results. They each add something regional and make those basic ingredients into something unique. It seemed like a good idea to make a recipe challenge this month. But instead of food we will use common components of a layout.
Hello all my artsy friends and a special welcome to those font-a-holics out there (and I know there are quite a few of you)! We have an amazing month planned for you on the Scrapaneers blog, with lots of fun design, organization and creative ideas involving fonts. If you are not a font-a-holic now, you most certainly will be by the end of March. I am kicking things off with some fun ideas for using fonts to create layered alphas for your digital pages. Ready to jump on the font train? Then come on in and join me . . .