Thursday, March 24, 2011

Thursday's Thoughts - Fonts and the Law

I just had to share this article I received in my email yesterday. It comes from the CrowdSpring blog and it's entitled The Law on Fonts and Typefaces: Frequently Asked Questions written by Ross.

In our paper crafting world, many of us create our own sentiments using fonts right off our computer and probably some fonts found from free font sites such as and others. I found this article to be particularly helpful to me and thought you might as well. Here is a quick excerpt from the beginning of the article:

The right typeface is often the key to a great logo, graphic or web design. But there’s much confusion and misinformation about typefaces, fonts and the law.

Many people do not understand the law governing the use of typefaces and fonts. Others incorrectly assume that they can freely use any typeface or font for any project.

When you purchase a commercial font, you are purchasing a license to use the font software. Your rights and obligations are defined in the End User License Agreement (EULA). Those agreements will vary among fonts and among font makers – so read them very carefully to understand what you can and cannot do with the fonts you’re licensing. For example, some agreements will restrict the number of computers on which you can install a font.
 Be sure to visit  The Law on Fonts and Typefaces: Frequently Asked Questions to finish reading the entire article. It's very informative and has some great question and answers at the end of the article. Go learn something! :)

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Workshop Wednesday - Watercolor Backgrounds

I'd like to introduce you to Workshop Wednesday! My plan for Workshop Wednesday is to share my learning experiences with you - I do hope you will follow along and work on some of these cards with me. So lets get started!

I am using my CAS lessons from Paper Craft Planet as a starting point for Workshop Wednesday. I joined PCP in January and so far I have worked my way up to lesson 6 - Watercolor Backgrounds. Here is a slide show of a few cards already in the CAS Lesson 6 Photo Gallery.

Find more photos like this on Paper Craft Planet

I took the liberty of finding an excellent video tutorial by Andrea Walford on the watercolor background wash using Stampin' Up's reinkers. I don't have any re-inkers just yet, but I do have a wonderful set of watercolor paints left over from my college I used those instead.

Here is my card:

What I learned:
  • I found that when using watercolor paper, and doing the wash method as the video showed, you need to use the back (or smooth ) side of the paper. It washes nicely and when you are stamping watercolor paper, the smooth side will hold the ink better than the rough side.
  • I also learned that when embossing on watercolor paper, use the smooth side as the rough side soaks up the ink much faster preventing your embossing powders from sticking as well.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Tool Tip Tuesday - Homemade Embossing Buddy

Can't find your embossing buddy, or too cheap to buy one? Make your own! Just take an old tube sock and cut it about 3 to 4 inches up. Fill it with cornstarch and tie or sew the end shut.

In a pinch, you have a perfectly good embossing buddy that works wonderfully! I store mine in my empty embossing powder bowl. I also rub it around that same bowl before I tap any excess embossing powder in it - the powder pours back into its container without sticking to the bowl! 

Tapping it lightly on the paper, the cornstarch keeps all the embossing powder off your card surface except exactly where you want it. 


Thanks for reading!

Monday, March 21, 2011

Monday Marketplace

Every Monday Shack Scraps will present some kind of paper crafting deal on the Monday Marketplace post.

In my town, we have a Michaels, Hobby Lobby, and Joann's Fabric stores. This week, I found the best deal is at Hobby Lobby. If your looking to build your paper crafting tools - go visit Hobby Lobby for great prices on paper crafting items.

While your at it, visit the Hobby Lobby website and get your printable coupon - this week they are selling Packaged Craft Feathers for 50% off with the coupon. Imagine what could you make with those...

Shack Scraps Video of the Week!

Every Sunday, Shack Scraps will present a video of the week. It may or may not be related to paper crafting - but most likely it will be!  This week, I have chosen a flower tutorial video from TimCoffeyArt. Tim uses security envelopes to make a variation of the plastic bag flower. I just love this type of flower so much that I made 3 just last night. Without further ado - Shack Scraps presents "Flower Variations - Episode 8" by TimCoffeyArt! - Enjoy!


Watch how Tim makes his flower and then visit Tim's page to watch Plastic Bag Flower - Episode 7, now try your hand at making the flower you like the best. Here's one of the three that I made:

Share your flower creations with us! Create your own blog post or link up your flower image with Shack Scraps below.

Candy Corner

Every Sunday, Shack Scraps will be hosting a "Candy Corner" post where fellow paper crafters/bloggers can list their blog candies/giveaways. I decided to start this first one off with a fantastic giveaway at one of my very favorite blogs.

Organizing Junkie is giving away a Silhouette SD! Can you believe that??? I can think of hundreds of ways to use this awesome machine! I certainly signed up - now you can too! While your there, be sure to check out Laura's Menu Plan Monday post. She has started a trend making life easier for many moms everywhere. If your not into planning menus but love cooking you can certainly find great recipes just from visiting all the link-ups she has for each and every MPM!

Now it's your turn, leave your blog candy/giveaway links below so everyone can have a chance at your goodies! Please be sure to link directly to the page with the giveaway and not your home page.