April 2014 archive

15 Favorite Free Fonts

| Design & Technology

15 Favorite Free Fonts

15 Favorite Free Fonts

As a graphic designer, I spend much of my day working with fonts. We are all familiar with fonts but do you really understand what fonts do – beside the obvious of course. Using a cooking analogy, I like to think of fonts as the herbs, spices and condiments that add flavour to your meal; without these flavour combinations, meals would be somewhat boring and bland.

There are thousands of fonts available but as a designer I find I tend to go back to the many of the same fonts over and over because they work in so many scenarios. Of course, many of my standby fonts are commercial fonts that must be purchased before you can use them but luckily now there are many lovely fonts available for free too. I’ve selected some great fonts that can be downloaded for free (personal use only). Some free fonts offer an option to donate to the designer and as a fellow designer I often try to give them a small donation if I can afford to do so.  Please keep that in mind if you have the means because it takes a long time and effort to develop and design a font package.

Download these beautiful fonts here:

Great Vibes  |  Abraham Lincoln  |  Aller  |  Young & Beautiful  | Allura  |  Maven Pro  |  Habana  | Impregnable  |  Raleway  |  Connie  |  BlackJack  | Steelfish  |  Matchbook  |  SimpleSnails  | Vevey

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DIY Foaming Hand Soap

| For the Home

DIY Foaming Soap

DIY Foaming Hand Soap

DIY Foaming Hand Soap – Who doesn’t like foaming hand soap. The problem is that you tend to go through it so quickly – especially if you have kids. Not to panic, there’s a really simple way to make your own foaming hand soap.  It’s actually the container pump that makes the soap come out all foamy and lately I’m finding it hard to throw away perfectly good containers so why not be both frugal and environmentally conscious by refilling your old container. I worked it out and it cost less than a quarter to refill a container with this DIY foaming soap. This inexpensive soap is also perfect for the cottage, camping, or to keep near the garden.

The recipe for the DIY foaming hand wash is crazy simple.  You take your container, you add some dish soap, some water and voila you’re done.

Materials:

  • Clean container with foam pump (I used one from Bath and Body Works and removed the labels)
  • Dish soap of your choice (I’m sure liquid hand soap would work too)
  • Water

Instructions:

  1. Get an empty and clean foam pump container and fill it up between 1/6 and 1/4 of the way with dish soap.
  2. Fill the rest of the container with water (make sure you don’t fill it too much but  leave space at the top for the pump to go in – otherwise it will overflow).
  3. Twist the pump lid on and give the container a gentle shake to make sure the soap and the water mix together.
  4. Go ahead and give it a few pumps and the foam should start coming out.
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Spring iPhone and iPad Wallpaper

| Design & Technology

Free Downloadable iPhone and iPad wallpaper.

Free Downloadable iPhone and iPad wallpaper.

Spring iPhone and iPad Wallpaper – Spring is all around us and so is the beauty of this season. This is the time of year to shed your winter coats, scarves and boots and get outside. Take your kids, dog, camera, sketch pad, picnic basket and start exploring the world. As a gentle reminder to get out and take in all of nature waking up from a long slumber, I’ve created these iPhone and iPad wallpapers. I love this great quote from Marilyn Monroe “Keep smiling because life is a beautiful thing and there’s so much to smile about.”  Use these designs with your lock screen or as your regular background. Have fun, get out and enjoy your life – it’s a beautiful thing!

Download the iPhone wallpaper here (when the image comes onto the screen, right-click on it and then go to “save images as”).

Download the iPad wallpaper here (when the image comes onto the screen, right-click on it and then go to “save images as”).

 

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Home Book Club Card

| Kids Fun, Printables

Home Book Club Card

Home Book Club Card

Home Book Club Card – In my recent post Certificate of Awesomeness I confessed to my parenting “oops” when my daughter didn’t get a card of congratulations from her teacher for reading 100 books.  As you know, Noelle did indeed read 100 books and I created a certificate of awesomeness to help fix my blunder.  In the same vain, we really work hard to make sure Noelle is a confident reader and yesterday after school she spent about an hour reading. Both my husband and I were impressed by this desire to read without being prompted and Michael had a great idea to encourage this positive behaviour – like the “karma card” from another one of my posts, why not have a home book club where a reward is given after reading 10 books (this does not include her books that we read for school). Noelle loved the idea too so I spent the morning creating a Home Book Club card. I’ve created two versions, one called the “Home Book Club” for families to use, and then I made one called the “Kids Book Club” that can be used by teachers, counsellors, kids clubs, camps, libraries, etc.

Download the “Home Book Club” card here.

Download the “Kids Book Club” card here.Book-Club---Homex2

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