Hello scrappers… Heather here to share some of our favorite fonts for cutting with a our Silhouette cutting machines. One of my favorite features of a Silhouette over any other cutting machine is the fact that you can use any font you have installed to cut out titles and such. I’ve used some to make vinyl cuts for wall art around the house and my “no soliciting” sign on my front door. I LOVE how easy it is to just type up your words, and send to cut. So, I’ve asked Mari and Maria to share some of their favorite fonts and I’ve compiled a list of free fonts that we love to cut with our machine.
Maria had some fun using AW Conqueror for her Project Life spread, I’m in LOVE with that ampersand card and how she used the swashes and welded them together to make word art…
One of my favorite things about script fonts is that you can “weld” the letters together to make a whole word instead of having the separate letters to tape down…There are tons of really great script fonts out there, so I tried to pick ones that didn’t have to do a lot of manipulating in order to weld them. Don’t worry, I’ve got a tutorial coming this week that will walk you through welding and cutting script fonts, if you have not idea what I’m talking about, be sure to check it out on Thursday. Here is a list of our favorite free script fonts…
This layout uses Marketing Script, for most of the words I didn’t need to do any adjusting to get them to weld perfectly… there were only a couple letters I needed to squeeze in a bit so they touched and I could weld them together.
There are a couple fun dingbat fonts that are fun for cutting too…
I haven’t personally used any dingbat fonts but in my search for fonts, I found some that I thought might be fun to use and I hope to use in the near future…
There are also some great fonts by Darcy that are perfect for cutting too… I might be a tad bit biased but I think all her fonts would be awesome for cutting, but these are the ones I thought really stood out as good titling cutting fonts…
Here is a layout using Darcy’s This Font is Bold…
Here is an awesome layout by Mari using both Bebas and Pacifico fonts for her title work, I love how she cut it out of her background paper and then put paper behind it like a stencil:
Hey Hey Sweet Shoppers! Another week has come and gone which means your favorite day of the week is here! Like always, I have a bunch of sweet new goodies to show off to you tonight along with our weekly round-up of what you may have missed around the site too! We have a brand new featured designer in the spotlight which means a new free gift with purchase from now til May 31st, so read on for the scoop on all things Sweet Shoppe Designs…
Don’t forget that point values for challenges have been lowered for the entire month of May, so if you’ve never played along or have taken a break from our monthly portfolio, now is the perfect time to get back to scrapping! Every layout you create earns you points toward Sweet Rewards, and you only need 30 points to earn 40% off this month, so we hope you’ll come join in on the fun!
On that note, I’m off for the week, but I’ll be here in your inbox with lots more sweet new stuff soon. Until then, keep making memories and scrap MORE!
Get See Jane Play, a bright and cheerful kit reminiscent of times gone by from Erica, FREE with your $10 purchase in the shoppe between now and May 31st! You also won’t want to miss checking out some gorgeous inspiration from our talented Babes featuring this whimsical freebie too. This is one special offer you won’t want to miss!
What is your current bestseller?
Underwater Escape has been my most popular kit so far. It’s been around for a while but I still love it as it reminds me of the beach.
What is the product you’re most proud of creating?
I’d have to say Looking For Answers, my heart has a soft spot for this kit for sure.
What is your favorite layout you’ve seen in the gallery created by a customer?
Oh my word, it was so hard to narrow this down!! I LOVE seeing what people do with my designs. I ending up picking this LO by sugirox. The thumbnail jumped out at me, it looks fabulous & the photos are so super CUTE!
Sugi, I’d love for you to choose a kit you’d like from my store for FREE. Just email Robin at email@example.com with your pick and she’ll get you hooked up!
What do you have in the works?
I feel like I’m still playing catch up from iNSD & my daughter’s birthday is in a few days so I don’t have a lot in progress, but this LO I made using my EZ Edges shows a peek of something that will be coming soon.
Do you have a favorite hybrid project you’ve seen made with one of your kits? Why do you love it?
First of all, I love seeing any hybrid projects with my designs! I love to see the creativity when mixing media. One of my favorites is this mini book by Heather. I love how it’s all piled up with goodies and the colors are just awesome & vibrant! I can never seem to pull off this kind of look so I’m totally envious!
Show us some standout recent layouts from your creative team!
I adore this LO by neeceebee, the colors are so perfect with her adorable photos and the placement of everything just rocks.
This LO by AJM just screams fun to me – from the fab photo to the bright colors, it’s just awesome.
This LO by taracotta 7 makes me smile. I love that blended photo is the corner, it’s the perfect touch.
This LO by scrappurple is another that just makes me smile. I love the fun photos and the clean yet scattered look to the page.
I love the color scheme & layering in this LO by sucali – so gorgeous!
You can connect and interact with Erica in the following ways…
Like her on Facebook!
Check our her awesome Blog!
And don’t forget, when you spend $10 in the shoppe between now and May 31st, you’ll get her adorable featured designer kit, See Jane Play, absolutely FREE!
Glyph, Serif, Leading, Kerning? What does it all mean? Darcy brings some meaning to words we often hear used with fonts.
While we’re probably all familiar with the words “font” and “typography”, we may not be so familiar with the words that make up the skeleton of how fonts are created and used, even though we hear the words thrown around often, so let’s put some meaning behind those words.
Ascender: The part of the glyph that extends above the common top line of the font (think d, b, etc.)
Baseline: The visual line a font sits on…the blue line on your notebook paper, the chalk line from that cool tool teachers used to help you write straight on the board..
Descender: The part of the glyph that extends below the baseline (think g, y, etc.)
Font: A collection of letters, numbers, characters in a program to create text.
Font Family: The collection of fonts that are built similarly, but that have different characteristics – Century is a famous font family.
Glyph: An individual character within a font, though a single character may have a few different glyphs.
Itallic: The slanted look of a font. This is usually manipulated by the software program to take a straight font and slant it and used for effect and for proper grammar usage in titles, etc.
Kerning: The spacing between any two characters of a font. In some editing programs, fonts can be adjusted to give you a look like this l o o k l i k e t h i s . Proper kerning of a font doesn’t create a character combination like T here.
Leading: The vertical spacing between lines. While conventional wisdom says leading = 2x point size, actual leading may need to be adjusted for the space you have to work in. Most editing programs automatically give you the corrected space needed, however, because of the way fonts are made between different foundries, you may need to adjust according to your needs on your page.
Ligature: A special glyph created for letters that have special spacing considerations when they are combined. This is different than kerning as the combined pair is its own special character.
Open Type Font: Font system developed by Microsoft and can work across platforms and contain many more glyphs than found in a standard true-type font. This doesn’t mean that .ttf fonts aren’t useful, but this is a newly developed format that gives more flexibility and usability for the modern digital age. This can include post-type fonts and true-type fonts.
Point Size: The measurement of the body of a font – characterized by the size of its ‘x’ character. This is why you have fonts that look different at the same point size. Their “x” character determines the size of their ‘body’ .
Rasterize: The point where the vector of a font is changed to a pixellated image to use in printing and publishing.
Serif: the tiny little bit of add-on to a character that gives it character.
Opp: Sans-Serif: a character that does not have the extra little bits on it
True Type Font: (.ttf) This is a font format developed by Apple licensed to Microsoft. It’s the basic font used by Windows systems, but can also be used by MACs.
Typeface: The way in which a font looks. The font is the software, the typeface is how it looks (though most of us tend to use font with both contexts).
Fun Fact: Upper Case and Lower Case are named from ancient printing organization! When manually setting type for use on early printing machines, a characters stored in the “Upper Case” were the tall characters not used as often as the smaller characters stored in the “Lower Case”. Now you know!
For even more information, try this tutorial by Lynnette Penacho: Making the Most of Your Typogrpahy
I love the look of shaped text on a layout. It’s one of those details that can give a layout that extra special touch. It’s not too difficult to create text on a path or shaped text in Photoshop. But, we’re lucky here at SSD, because our designers have done of the work for us and made it that much easier. Here’s a look at some of the fabulous products in the Shoppe that include shaped text or text on a path.
Janet has this super cute birthday album that includes shaped text around the number for each year. And, if you’re doing Project Life, Misty has these 3×4″ journaling cards with shaped text. Best of all, there’s a 4×6″ version too.
Misty has such a knack for using text in interesting ways in her products. These newspaper and magazine templates are perfect examples, and her It Happened Here Clipping Masks are another great way to add some extra flair to your text.
Are you feeling inspired to try some shaped text on your next layout? I hope so! Many of these products can be found in the Text Paths section of the Shoppe, so head on over and grab a few! Until next time, happy scrapping!
Hey Hey Sweet Shoppers! It’s been a wild and crazy week for us behind the scenes here at SSD. We found an amazing photographer who will be joining our team of designers later this month to bring you a wide array of photoshop actions and tools. We agonized over choosing our newest Babes (read on to meet them) and most of our team (and all of you too, I’m sure) have been generally been recovering from the craziness that was iNSD weekend! Thank you soo much for making our community’s special day a huge success. We had tons of fun with each of you during our contests and games and we hope all of you enjoyed it too!
Believe it or not, even after the release of more than 90 new products last weekend, our team of designers has managed to create more yummy stuff for you to indulge in this week. So without further delay, check out this week’s sweet new stuff, including our latest news, tutorials and more…
We were seriously blown away by the talent of the scrappers who applied to join our team of Babes and we think the world of you guys! If you didn’t make the team this time around, one of the best ways to win over the hearts of our designers is to work hard as a member of their personal creative team, and boy, do I have the perfect opportunity for you guys to do just that!
Zoe Pearn is one of our most long standing designers here at SSD and she creates absolutely stunning products which are so much fun to work with. She’s looking to fill all kinds of roles on her new creative team so check out the details below and get those applications in…
On that note, I am off for the week, but I’ll see you here in your inbox with lots more sweet new stuff, a brand new featured designer and some other sweet goodies next weekend! Until then, keep making memories and scrap MORE!
Hello everyone. If you are like a font junkie like I am, you are always on the hunt for the “just right” font for your layouts, and instantly, our designer, Darcy Baldwin comes to mind, And I had to ask – what are the top 10 best selling fonts at SSD? So here is her list in no particular order:
1. Dear Mr. and Mrs. Claus font – This is the perfect script journaling font that would be perfect on those pages you want an easy to read font or title on a page. See Heather’s example here:
2. Gimme Space – Ok I won’t lie – Gimme Space is one of my all time favorites and is so perfect when you want a clean simple font for your page. Here I used it on my page for the title:
3. Ellefont – is a really cute font that I think would be so very perfect on a teen or girl page like Keely’s example here:
4. Brittany Print – is another great print type font that has a clean look about it for large journaling areas like in Jacinda’s example:
5. A Fresh Start – is a font that is perfect for journaling that has that “warm and cozy” feel about it when you see it sort of like in Lydia’s layout here:
6. Miss Molly Brown – is a nice print type font that reminds you of when you first start learning to write your letters in school. Take a look at the beautiful layout by Tara:
7. Baby Bump – this font makes me smile I think because of the name of it but what a perfect font for all your kid-type pages. See the example by Lizzy that illustrates this perfectly:
8. All the Cool Chicks – this font is just well – cool and so fun to use on your pages – look at this cute page by Traci:
9. Scruffy Angel – this is a font that looks like it was drawn with a fine ink pen and adds that extra special touch like on this example:
10. Coffee Shoppe Expresso – this is a font that has such a perfect rounded touch to it that honestly has a futuristic kind of feel about it. I like how it is used on this page:
These are only a few of the large selection you will find in Darcy’s shoppe – so if you still want to see more – feel free to browse through the pages of fonts starting here. And if you don’t find something you like, you can always ask Darcy to make your own handwriting font to add to your font stash! Have fun shopping!!
What did we ever do without the amazing World Wide Web? These days countless resources for just about any thing or any topic that we may need are right at our fingertips. I remarked to my husband just the other day about how incredible it was that most of us walk around with the internet literally in our pockets. Today I’m going to share some fabulous Typography Resources I’ve come across using that amazing World Wide Web.
This site describes itself as “a showcase of typography and text effects.” It’s a great visual site for inspiration and also has links to other typography resources.
This is a cool site for testing different fonts side by side. You can type in your own sample text and then choose up to 3 fonts to get a side by side comparison of how they look.
This is another great website for visual inspiration. It also has great articles on different aspects of typography. If you’re a font nut, this website is for you!
Wordle is a fun site that most of us are familiar with. But if you’re not, you should really check it out. Basically, it’s a word cloud generator. You can enter in the url of your blog, etc. (as I did at the top of this post with the Sweet Shoppe Blog) or enter in any words you want. It’s very easy to customize and a fun way to use type on your scrapbook layouts.
This site is just what it says it is. You enter in whatever text you want, and it generates an image of those words using various “cut out” letters . . . kind of like you see in ransom notes.
This is another cool word cloud site. Their site states:
“Tagxedo turns words — famous speeches, news articles, slogans and themes, even your love letters — into a visually stunning word cloud, words individually sized appropriately to highlight the frequencies of occurrence within the body of text.”
Pretty cool huh? And you can also add them to t-shirts, mouse pads, coffee cups, etc. and have the option to buy.
Of course these are just a handful of the typography resources out there. There are countless sites where you can download free fonts, get visual inspiration, or anything else font/typography related.
Hey, Hey Sweet Shoppers! International Scrapbook Day is here, and to go with the biggest event in the digital scrapbooking community, I have the biggest Sweet Shoppe newsletter we’ve ever created! Everything you need to know about our special iNSD celebration is below, so sit back and read on for the details on all of our discounts, freebies, games, calls, news and MORE! With more than 80 new releases hitting the shoppe tonight, I can promise you won’t want to miss a moment of this scrumptious shopping event…
Whew! So there you have it, a slew of sweet new goodies, the entire shoppe is on sale, we’re playing tons of fun games in our forums and on facebook, we’re giving away lots of goodies annnnd we’re looking for some talented new artists to join our team! It’s a super exciting weekend here at Sweet Shoppe Designs, and I know you’re eager to jump into the fun, so I’m going to stop babbling, and remind you to keep making memories and scrap MORE!
Happy iNSD from all of us here at Sweet Shoppe Designs!