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Fonts 101

November 9, 2009   


Choosing fonts for your project can be a bit daunting. You want to make sure you pick fonts that go together, and you don’t want to over burden your page by having too many fonts. So, to help you out, we’re providing Fonts 101: a quick tutorial to help you pick the right fonts for your project.

To get started, you’ll need to know the difference between serif and sans serif fonts.

Serif fonts have finishing strokes on the end of the letter, such as in this font. Examples include Garamond and Times New Roman.

Sans serif fonts do not have finishing strokes on the end of the letter, such as the title of this article. Examples include Arial and Calibri.

Now that you know the difference between serif and sans serif fonts, you’ll understand what we mean when we talk about combining the two.

There are two basic types of text you will apply fonts to. One is the title. The other is the body or copy of your story. To begin, let’s talk about the title.

First off, you may have many different titles to deal with depending on your project. If you are doing a poster or a canvas, you will most likely have one title. If you are doing a storybook, you will have the main title of the book and, possibly, sub titles within the book. Make your title consistent to help keep the flow from page to page.

When designing your title, you will want to pick no more than two fonts. As a bit of advice, we would recommend that you do not choose two serif fonts or two sans serif fonts. Mix it up a little. You can choose a fancy font such as Broadway, then add a serif or sans serif font to the mix. Or you can replace that fancy front with a script font such as Shishoni. Or you can go elegant simple and combine a serif and a sans serif font.

For the copy or main text, you will want to choose a readable font. Choose a simple serif or sans serif font, no fancy fonts or script fonts. Good fonts are Garmond, Times New Roman, Avenir, and Trajan. The goal is to help ease the work of your readers. They don’t want to stare at a long piece of writing, trying to figure out what it says, which is what they will do with a script font. (Save script fonts for titles or small pieces of text).

Now you have it. Go ahead and try new title designs. You’ll be surprised at what great designs you can come up with.

Special Memories Craft Box

November 9, 2009   

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Boxes are always in style because they have so many uses. They become important for storing sentimental letters, collecting little treasure, or keeping candies and chocolates. Of course, with so many uses for a box, come great reasons to decorate. With Heritage Studio you can personalize your keepsake boxes. You only need to follow these simple instructions to create a few beautiful boxes you will be proud to display in any room.

You will need a few supplies to get started:

    • Special Memories Craft Box: 12 x 12 scrap page template submitted by Heidi Arave (ID 15170). This includes two 12 x 12 scrap pages: the first contains four side strips for the 7” x 7” base and four strips for the box lid. The second contains the 7” x 7” lid top and two tops, eight base side strips, and eight lid side strips for the two 3” x 3” boxes.
    • One 7” x 7” box
    • Two 3” x 3” boxes
    • Scissors
    •  Mod Podge (gloss or matte finish)

* Get boxes and Mod Podge from any craft store.

Let’s get started:

  1. Inside Studio Editor, personalize each strip of paper.
    1. You’ll want to keep the same dimensions for each strip of paper. The best way to replace paper is to keep the strip locked in place and drag the wanted paper on top. Just like replacing photos in a template, the paper will automatically take the place of the strip in the correct dimensions.
    2. Replace embellishments to match your desired finished product.
    3. Change the color of text to match your project. Make sure the color is readable.
    4. Publish your project.
  2. Once you have received your printed scrap pages, you can get started on applying your prints to your boxes.
    1. Cut out each side strips and box tops.
    2. Apply a layer of Mod Podge to one side of the base.
    3. Press one of the side strips down over the Mod Podged area. If strips are longer than the area of the box applied to (which should be the case with the side strips), cut off the excess after you have applied the strip to the box.
    4. Apply all strips and tops in their proper place.
    5. Apply a layer of Mod Podge over the strips. The Mod Podge will dry clear and give your box a sleek finish. The more layers of Mod Podge you apply to the top, the more protected the box will be.
    6. Let the box dry. Do not place the lid on the box until the box is completely dry.
    7. Do this to all three boxes.

And viola, you’re finished. Set your boxes up for display in any room and begin storing your favorite treasures inside.

November Pick of the Month

November 4, 2009   

In November, the Heritage Makers Pick of the Month is calendars…now available in two sizes!

Calendars make excellent holiday gifts for friends, neighbors, and family. Order today and get incredible savings on the hottest calendars around.

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Want to make an awesome calendar quickly? Check out these fun templates. You can make a calendar in as little as 10 minutes!

Heritage Makers calendar templates

Heritage Makers Canadian Art

November 4, 2009   

Eh, Canadians! We’ve got some great news for you…just released Canadian art! We hope you have a great time designing Heritage Makers themed projects.

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 No need to feel left out Americans. You can use this cute Canadian art to create fall projects. Perfect for your Thanksgiving table and harvest décor.

Heritage Makers Christmas Cards

November 3, 2009   

Oh wow! Heritage Makers just released today the most beautiful new holiday cards. Designer Jill Means shares 24 gorgeous cards for us. And, the best part…they can all be created in Basic, for FREE! Start creating your holiday cards today. Your cards are sure to be hung the entire holiday season.

Here’s a peak at some of the new cards.

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To see all 24, go to the Heritage Makers template gallery and search “Jill Means.”