Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Font Finds IV

Recently I got a little carried away searching for fonts and wanted to share my discoveries. It all began when I went searching for a font that I'd seen used on a scrapbooking supply. The fonts I was most interested in needed to be bought, but I managed to find a few that are free. This is a great way to customize your projects while coordinating with store bought supplies.

During my search I looked to see if I could find a font like what was used for the Maggie and Charlotte stamp sets (currently out of stock) from Studio Calico. I found Deming EP and you can download it at Lost Type.

Using it at 50pt was the perfect size to be able to layer the thinner set of letter stamps. I typed the alphabet in blue, added a heart in red, adjusted my spacing, and printed it off. I then stamped the thin letters and exclamation point in red.

While I was searching Lost Type, I stumbled across Nelma, which looks like the font used on Studio Calico's {Brighton Pier} paper, Funnel Cake. It is in the form of an EPS file and so you will need to open it in an illustration software program in order to use it.

Since I was experimenting with it, I created a fun graphic inspired by {Brighton Pier} and am sharing it in the form of a 4"x6" free printable. You can download it free for your personal use HERE via Google drive, no login needed. All I ask is that if you use it, you give credit, and let me know, I'd love to see what you do with it! I printed mine on vellum and love the way it turned out.

The last font I tracked down is called Western and it's available for free at dafont.com. It looks like it matches the font that was used in the {South of Market} stamp set by Studio Calico.

Whew, a bit of a lengthy post I know, but if you love fonts or enjoy hybrid projects, I definitely wanted to pass along what I'd found!

Friday, July 18, 2014

Challenge Inspiration

I'm still on my card making kick and having fun trying new supplies and techniques. It used to be that I'd make a couple a month and send them out, but now I actually have a stockpile of cards. I managed to send out three this past week and hope to keep sending them out to add a little sunshine to someone's day.

For the new challenge I'm hosting over on the forum, I made a card based on the image and colors that were provided as inspiration. There are still two weeks left to play along and you can enter as many projects as you'd like.

I used a sheet from Crate Paper {the Open Road} for my background and then stamped my sentiment and a butterfly on a sheet of adhesive backed cork. The letters and dies are from Mama Elephant and the butterfly is from an old My Mind's Eye set. Some inked die cut clouds and gold stitching finished it off.

Here's all the details for the current challenge, hope you'll play along!

Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Mini Holiday Pt. 3

Here are the final pages of our trip to Charleston, SC. There are actually more, but these were my favorites from what I had left to share. If you'd like to see them all as they appear in my album, feel free to pop over to my gallery.

I really love how this divided page came together, it was definitely one of those times when it all just clicked. Plus, I finally got to use one of the sweet wood veneer mushrooms I'd gotten from a Freckled Fawn kit.

On all my 12"x12" layouts, I varied the photo placement and I think working on the top third worked well for my sunset photo. One of the Basic Grey {Mon Ami} papers had a repeating ticket pattern which inspired my title for the page. I cut them out, used a hole punch on some, and built up my layers from there.

On this last divided page I had a little mishap with my journaling, but because I had already stitched my embellishments down, I had to just work around it. I covered up my mistake with more of the same patterned paper and moved on.

I did have fun with the yellow card at the bottom though. I kept all the stamps on the package, inked it with Versamark, and then heated clear embossing powder on top. I am so in love with the October Afternoon {Daily Flash} alphabet sets and plan on stocking up on some more colors.

Onward to the next project! :)

Friday, July 11, 2014

Mini Holiday Pt. 2

Moving on through our little trip to Charleston, SC, today I have the pages from when we visited Sullivan's Island. We made a quick stop to the beach and saw their unusual lighthouse and then spent some time walking in and around Ft. Moultrie.

For the two 12"x12" layouts, I used sketches from Kelly Purkey's Sketchbook class. I loved the amount of material that came from the class and if Studio Calico offers a third class, I'll definitely be signing up.

I have been trying to take portrait orientated photos and this divided page protector is perfect for when I do remember. I'm not sure if you can relate, but I tend to only hold my camera in landscape and my phone in portrait. Not sure why, but I seem to forget that I can turn it 90ยบ. :)

I'll be back next week with the final installment of pages. Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Mini Holiday Pt. 1

Back in April, the hubs and I took a few days and traveled down to Charleston, South Carolina. Neither of us had been there before and with spring on it's way, we were hoping for warmer temperatures and plenty of spring blooms. Itinerary in hand, we hit the road and were not disappointed!

Just like with my 2013 vacation album, I used a combination of full 12"x12" pages and divided pages. I pulled together a kit that was mostly Basic Grey's {Mon Ami} along with a plan to use up some washi tape and kept everything to a simple style. I also used my class supplies from the Sketchbook class I recently took with Studio Calico.

Even though I wound up with quite a few pages, these are going to go in my everyday album and not a separate vacation album. For the first page, I got to try out a new to me divided page style and also made a hybrid title card. The pink squares and title were done with Photoshop Elements and then I stamped the triangles once it was printed.

The back side and following page coordinate with each other and I'll say it again, I love the combo. Using a full size layout allows me to give a couple of photos extra attention, while the divided pages allow for a dedicated space for journaling. I'd never been on an aircraft carrier before and was in awe of the size of it and was overwhelmed with all there was to see.

I'll be back later in the week with a few more pages. Have a great day!