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I am Vintage

vintage definition_edited-1I am vintage! I’m 63 years old, mimi to 2 adorable grandsons one 14 and the other 6 months. I’m frayed around the edges, a bit worn & at times as fragile as the French letter below that a friend allowed me to scan.blog post image 2-8

I’ve become the simple things that I’ve adored since I was 12 or 13…old, time-worn things that show their age, that have a certain patina that softly shines from deep within, a chippy, cracked skin, & slightly faded color. I’ve always liked wrinkles & tatters, spots & a yellow/brown hue that claims time has passed. I don’t mind dusty, musty smells that emanate from old books & lovely ephemera from bygone eras. Yet, when I think of myself as vintage, I’m not convinced it’s a wonderful thing.

BUT…learning something new delights me beyond measure. I’m up for new experiences & I like talking with the younger set. I’m learning so many things from those crazy millennials & generation xers.  They have alot of social media savvy & techno knowledge to share with this boomer. If you’re gonna run with the still fleet-footed you better wear good shoes & be ready to open your mind.

Whewwww….glad I got that off my chest!

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Studio on the Corner Etsy shop is going through some growing pains. It’s good, don’t you think? Businesses, large & super tiny, need to change, revamp, catch up, & move forward. That’s what’s going on with SotC…a little of each from that list.

There are new valentines listed…cute vintage (there’s that word) clowns extracted from old post cards that were sent in the early years of the 1900s.

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Did you know that when I create something I use bits & pieces from lots of different images? The borders on the Funny Clown Valentines are from an old John Martin magazine that I have. I just scan, extract the borders, recolor them & add them to the card or tag that I’m working on. The backgrounds are often from old books & papers that I have scanned. The back of this valentine can become the FROM part of the valentine and began as just that on an old valentine from the 1930s. Extracting images can be time intensive, but so worth it. I love the idea that I’m taking something old, that lay forgotten in an old cigar box for many years & woke it up with a new look & fun use.

You can find these totes adorbs clowns along with others at Studio on the Corner Etsy shop.

I’m so glad you stopped by….I hope you’re staying warm & cozy if you live in one of the wintery cold places in the world. Have a fantastic day & we’ll talk soon!

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Helpful Hints

It’s been a long while, folks. Let’s just say life has been busy. I often receive questions via Etsy Conversations about how to add text to PDF files. I may write an in-depth tutorial on the subject with screenshots & maybe even an audio for those who like to be in the program & hear step by step instructions, but that’s in the future. Here’s the thing…there seems to be a thousand ways to do something & it depends on what machine you’re working on, what edition it is along with what operating system you’re using. I have a Mac which runs OS X El Capitan. The latest Windows operating system is Windows 10.  You may have a Mac or PC (Windows) & it may be anything from the latest version to an older model. Besides the computer itself, you may have an older version of Acrobat Reader. I urge you to update. Adobe Acrobat Reader is free to download & use. Download the latest version of Acrobat Reader for Macs HERE

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The following link allows you to choose your version of Windows & then download Adobe Acrobat Reader. Click FOR WINDOWS

With all these variables, it’s hard to create a one size fits all tutorial when things change at the speed of light in the digital world. Although, there’s a difference in the two operating systems & how they perform tasks, lucky for you, there are loads of good videos & tutorials online. Here’s one video that I found easy to follow:

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When seeking tutorials and/or videos be sure the content is updated to the newest version of Reader.

I have discovered over the years of learning these crazy, wonderful programs that it pays to play. Get in there & click buttons, see what they do,  Word of caution, be sure to save an original file. So before playing around with the various tools in Acrobat Reader or any program, copy & paste a new file into your folder.  Use the copied file to play with.

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I added the text… To:   Sally Doe to this tag from The Cries of London Tags. (In case you’re wondering, the tag is shaded to show the highlighted area where text can be added. This is a screenshot taken in Acrobat Reader just after I added the text)

I hope these helpful hints gives you some insight into learning or using Acrobat Reader.

Need some quick cute gifts tags for your Christmas packages?

Jolly Old St Nick Tag image 5 The Jolly Olde St Nicholas tags are 2×2 inches when folded. Just punch in a hole, thread a ribbon through, & tie to your gifts. All the images on the tags came from an early 1900s type specimen book.  Aren’t they wonderful?  Formatted as JPGs & PDFs for easy printing & adding a bit of text.

I hope you’re enjoying the Christmas anticipation. Have a wonderful evening!

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Digital Crafting

UPDATE: The date for the return of the SotC Newsletter is incorrect. It will be November 8 not October 11. 

A while back I received a message at Studio on the Corner Etsy shop inquiring about digital papers & what to do with them along with “What does digital mean?” Now that’s not the first time that question has been posed to me, but it has spurred me on to try to explain.

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Before I get started, I know there are loads of people out there who know exactly what I’m talking about. In fact, there’s a whole generation or several now that would be shocked if they had to live without the digital world. It’s all they know,  but for those of us who grew up with party lines, land lines, & phones that would be considered gigantic by today’s standards, the digital world can be a bit baffling. So just what is all this artsy stuff on computers?

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Digital can be simple or complex, but it’s always convenient. Example: You’re going to a birthday party & realize that you forgot to pick up a tag or card. If you have computer access & a printer in just a few moments you can….

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Your stress level just went down a notch. No stopping to pick up a tag or card, fumbling around for a pen & place to write while enroute to the party.  The other great thing about digital creations, you will find unique, artful, wonderful selections by the thousands!

What about wrapping paper? Well, yeah, there are places to find gorgeous wrapping papers, but they are physical items that would be commercially printed & sent to your home. Not quite as convenient, but oh the array of papers will boggle your mind. Take a look at what digital artists & others are doing on Spoonflower! My goal is to join Spoonflower soon & turn digital papers into fabrics, gift wraps, or even wallpaper.

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How about a skeleton damask fabric for napkins & a crazy table cloth? Maybe down the road, but for now you can purchase Hecate’s Halloween Paper Pack in Studio on the Corner Etsy shop as a digital download.

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Throwing a party?  Need decorations?  You can create a whole party with a theme through the world of digitals. Invitations, party banner, favors, goodie bags, cupcake wrappers, cupcake toppers, signs, labels & tags for food identification on a buffet table or tie around bottled beverages. Oh & don’t forget the tiny details like straw flags, candy wrappers with bag toppers, & water bottle labels.

Who needs Hallmark when you have digitals at the stroke of a key. You can download, print, & cut out cards or invitations for every occasion & some you never thought of.

Starting your own business? You’ll need business cards, brochures, signage, & maybe hang tags…all found as digitals that you can edit, add your own text or information, download, print & distribute.

Digitals for the home is a great way to add charm & uniquely you interiors. From recipe cards to beautiful posters & prints the digital world answers the call.

I haven’t even touched on digital scrapbooking, planners or journals. Let’s save that for another day. I hope you have a better idea of just what digitals are & how you can use them to your advantage. If you have any questions just comment, email or send a message via Etsy Conversations. I’ll gladly answer any questions you ask.

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Hecate’s Halloween Paper Pack – a dozen 8.5 in x 11 in papers

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The Treat Me Candy Wrapper & Bag Topper Kit

There’s more fun at Studio on the Corner Etsy shop, so check it out!

One more thing…beginning this Wednesday, SotC Newsletter is back. Once a month, every second Tuesday, the newsletter will magically appear in your email inbox, if you’ve subscribed. If not, you can sign up to receive the SotC Newsletter & be treated to a welcome freebie! I hope you join us.

Have a marvelous Monday!

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