Thursday, February 28, 2013

Handwriting to Calligraphy

One of the easiest and most personal ways to make a title is to write it yourself. Of course most of the time our writing is not fancy enough, or perfect enough to be used for the title. One way of fancying it up (yes, I'm making up words now), is to use a calligraphy pen. If you are like me though, my calligraphy always looks like a 5 year old did it. So I learned a long time ago that I could make my regular handwriting look like calligraphy by just adding some thickness at the curves of the letters. This is actually REALLY easy, and very forgiving.

Start by writing your word, or words.

Draw lines around the curves as shown below. This will give you your width.

Now, just fill in between the lines. If your lines are not perfect, it's ok, you can go over them to adjust a little.

You can make your curves as subtle or as bold as you want. If you want your lines a little bolder, just add some width onto the curves as shown below.

There you go! You now have a title worthy of your beautiful pages.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Cute Kitchen Art

It's that day of the week, and New Stuff Tuesday isn't ready. We actually went out of town for the long weekend, and the website didn't get updated. So, I'll be putting new stuff up throughout the week, so be sure to check the shop.

Anyhoo, I got an email this morning from Better Homes and Gardens, and found this cute kitchen art. What a great use of leftover scraps!

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

I Love You Beery Much

It's the day before Valentine's Day! I can't believe how fast this week has flown by. If you still need a gift for that special man in your life, here is an easy one that he is sure to love!
Go to the store and get a 6-pack of his favorite beer. Or, just for fun, grab one of those really big bottles.

If you chose the 6-pack, black out a border around the top of the box, and the middle of both sides, as shown below. (The 12" paper is just a little short to reach the top and halfway around the box, so this way it will just have a black strip showing.)

Grab a piece of 12x12 scrapbook paper and cut it in half, so you have two pieces of 6x12 paper.

Line the paper along the bottom of the box, and center it... then glue it in place. Do this for both sides.

If you are doing the big bottle, measure the height of the label, and cut the paper a 1/2" larger. Line the paper up so that it covers the label on the bottle and glue it in place. If your bottle has a small label at the top of the neck, you may choose to cut a small strip to cover that also. 

Print out the label for the box by going here. If you are doing the big bottle, get the smaller label by going here. If you are having trouble printing the correct size directly from you internet browser, you can go here and save the image to your computer. You can then open the image and resize it as needed in any photo editing program, or even in Word.

Cut out the label and center it on the box or on the bottle.

 And there you go. One "beery" nice Valentine gift for your man!


Tuesday, February 12, 2013

New Stuff Tuesday

New stuff in the shop!!! Yep, been busy over here! :0) 

Tuesday, February 5, 2013