Halloween, tutorials

It’s All about Text

I want to make it as easy possible for you to be as creative as possible when you use a Studio on the Corner printable. Just peek around the corner & guess what you’ll see?  A glimpse of upcoming holidays. If you’re going to be ready it’s time to start on some of those holiday projects that add a bit of fun & style to your festivities. First let me share a few plans in the making.

A Class! Yes I’m going to hold a class & if you live in the area of NW Ohio, you’re invited. The class is for anyone who wants to learn how to use digitals & printables. Afterall, SotC printables begin as digitals. So we’ll take you step by step through the process from downloading to creating. It will be a basic class with a promise of concise clarity. Nothing irritates me more than taking a class, live or online & having to listen to 15 minutes of drivel. Sorry, but I’m a get-to-the-heart-of-the-matter-sooner-rather-than-later kind of person. Stay tuned for the details.

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I’ve been a bit hesitant to do a tutorial about adding text in Adobe Reader. Why? Because I didn’t feel confident enough to share what little knowledge I have. In the past year or so I’ve researched, practiced, & finally think I understand the Adobe Acrobat programs much better. I can’t claim to be a pro at it nor do I claim that I know all there is to know about Reader but I’m ready to share the knowledge I have acquired.

I do want to let you know & this is my opinion only, but I  believe there are much better ways to add text to printables than in Adobe Reader, however the program is convenient (add text & print from Adobe Reader) & fairly fast once you know how to do it. By the way, Adobe Reader is free to download, so go ahead & download the latest version.  Just click ADOBE READER to be taken to the page that will get you started.

Adding text in Adobe Reader does not allow you to be creative. You cannot choose what font to use, what color you want your font to be, the size of the font or even the alignment. The creator of the PDF does all that for you, which makes it again, a convenient route to take especially if you don’t want to make decisions. Now that I have that little disclaimer out of the way, Here’s the tutorial. Yes, it’s a PDF to download.

All you need to do is hit the following bit of text:

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This link will be on the Step by Step page along with the tutorial on Adding Text in befunky.com. As I write more tutorials, this is the page that will house them. So any time you want, just check out the Step by Step page to see if you’ve missed a new tutorial post.

Just want to read the tutorial right here?  Well then… read on my friend.

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You will not see the highlights after the PDF is saved and/or printed. The links in the above tutorial images are not clickable, but you’ll find them in the paragraphs preceding the tutorial.

One of the best ways to learn a program, any program, is by opening it up & messin’ around with it. Click on everything, open drop down menus & learn where things are in the program. The more you use it the easier it will be to use when you want or need to.

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Studio on the Corner Etsy Shop will have a new listing this afternoon, Halloween recipe cards Witch’s Brew:  Four cards with different images on 2 sheets & a sheet of plain cards to print on the back, if you wish. The cards are 4 in x 6 in & text editable. I’ll add the link once the cards are listed.

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That should do it for today…hope you have the most marvelous weekend!

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Halloween, Paper & Pens

Paper, Alice, & Halloween

Hello friends! We all have our little idiosyncrasies that make us unique individuals; different from each other in lovable, often funny ways. One of my quirks is that I LOVE paper. This coming from someone who also finds great contentment creating on a computer seems incompatible, but truth is, given the choice between Kindle or holding a book in my hands & turning the pages, I’ll take the latter. Then there’s all the ephemera floating about the world that fascinates me: old letters, tickets from events, tickets needed for planes, trains, & carnival rides, receipts from the candy shop, the Five & Ten, Harrod’s in London, the butcher, the baker, the candlestick maker. Let’s not forget recipes that tell family stories for generations. Newspapers, magazines, brochures, pamphlets, manuscripts, & books….lots & lots of books are just a few of the every day pieces of paper that bring the past into the now.

I may be wrong on this assumption, but it seems to me paper is making something of a resurgence as the dangers of plastic becomes ever more obvious. With great shame, I admit that I used bottled water at home. I dislike the metallic taste of the water from the well so I turned to the most convenient way to drink water, but those pesky bottles create so much trash. I recycled but geez I needed to do it way too often. I’m trying out a purifier on the faucet & using a Brita filter & pitcher. Then there’s the mega giants trying to be more earth-friendly. McDonald’s got rid of styrofoam a while back & Starbucks is getting rid of plastic straws, however, I’m not sure if what they’re replacing the straws with is any better. I kind of like those cute little paper straws…don’t you? Using paper (wood) indiscriminately is not wise, but trees are a renewable source that the earth needs. *Jumping down from soapbox*

In the past paper was used for decorating, for playthings, for entertainment, as well for writing & printing the necessary bits of life. I stumbled across a charming book, The Good Crow’s Happy Shop by Patten Beard

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that offered ideas for children in 1917 to have fun using paper; making furniture, paper dolls, scrapbooks, Valentine’s May baskets, & more. Winston heard an audible sigh come from me while looking at the sweet little projects. It makes me wonder if just maybe the children of today could benefit from moving away from the screen & use a pair of scissors for a few minutes each day instead of staring at flashing colors, words, & images in rapid succession. Perhaps I’m entering my second childhood (not really because I’ve always been a bit childish & never stopped being curious) but I think I’m going to give making doll furniture from heavy paper a go.

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Photograph from 1917 book The Good Crow’s Happy Shop by Patten Beard.

A letter to Jimsi, a little girl, from Caw Caw the good crow. Another reason why I love old letters, the eloquent language & beautiful handwriting.

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I’m into Halloween getting ready for September  & October.  The Fright Night paper pack is listed & I’ve moved on to creating tags. Wicked Wonderland is a twist on Alice in Wonderland & I’m having fun spinning the characters into something Halloweenish.

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The tags are a work in progress & definitely need more work with texture & tweaking, but you get the idea where I’m headed with these whimsical tags. The images used were those of John Tenniel, the original illustrator of Alice’s Adventures Through Wonderland written by Lewis Carrol.  The book was published in 1865 & now part of the public domain. Did you know Beatrix Potter drew 5 Alice illustrations, but none were ever used in a book.  All together there are 70 different illustrators of the classic. That’s pretty darn amazing. You can read about the illustrators of Alice in Wonderland from 1899 – 1929 HERE.

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Charming illustration of Alice & the White Rabbit by Mabel Lucie Attwell (1910)

I wonder why I have the urge to watch all my favorite Halloween movies: Hocus Pocus, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow with Johnny Depp, The Addams Family, Practical Magic, The Witches of Eastwick, Beetlejuice, The Corpse Bride, It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown…

One last tidbit before I fly off on my broomstick…you can find The Good Crows Happy Shop & loads of classic books & illustrations in the public domain at www.gutenberg.org.

With that I leave you until next time.  Have a wonderful day!

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Transformation

How is your day going thus far? It’s cloudy & humid here in nw Ohio & I am so over summer & so ready for fall. BUT…before autumn rushes through with fresh breezes, pumpkin spice coffees, & colorful leaves dropping,  I need to transform what previously was what I called my “space” into a family room/studio. So let me tell you about. . .

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As every home I’ve ever lived in…it rests on a corner & is painted a deep red with cream trim. It began as a gun shop, maybe in the 1930s, when tiny villages were vibrant places with businesses & even a small school. It belonged to a couple who I cared deeply for & they are the ones who transformed the space into a charming little house for 2. My daughter, grandson, & I moved in 7 years ago & now it’s Winston, Miss Adventure & me makes three.

The house is indeed small, but the couple were forward thinking adding pull-outs in the 1970s to double the cupboard space in the tiny kitchen. An entire wall in the living room is a bookcase with adjustable shelves.

A very simple rough layout of my home to give you an idea of the space that needs a transformation. . .

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It’s an L-shape with NINE windows inside deep sills that I absolutely love, love, love. So much natural light bathes the room & it is my favorite place in the house. I can sit at my computer & look out the window any time of year & see squirrels chasing each other across thick branches & birds arguing over daily events. Spring brings the most heavenly fragrance from a lilac growing against one of the windows. From these windows watching it snow becomes a soft & magical time.  This is so close to an ideal room except….how to blend a studio with a family room.

I didn’t do a very good job blending bedroom & studio but I’d like to do a better job with family room & studio.  Any ideas?

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As you can see…I’m something of a plain jane with white woodwork & a beige sort of wall painted in Dried Hydrangea (BTW…this color is the color I am using throughout the house cuz I like it…ALOT!) I am so open to suggestions on how to make this room work. Oh & yes that is an old, beautiful sewing machine sitting in the back corner. I have loads of old things from glass apothecary jars to canning jars to pretty dishes. A Hoosier cabinet from the turn of the century sits against another wall. I did not take a photo of it because…well…it’s a mess. What do you think of storing craft supplies in the old cupboard? It could use some TLC. Pops of color are sorely needed, but I have a deep greenish/brown, super comfy little sofa that’s not going anywhere.

I need a crafting corner or spot where I can assemble printbles & take fantastic photos to use with listings & social media posts but still have room for entertaining on occasion. I’m thinking of holding classes here, too. There must be room for lots of paperie pieces, accessories for printables, props for photographing printables, & places to keep business & personal type stuff.

Am I asking too much of this L-shaped space? Please comment on your thoughts…I so need some input in how to transform this wonderful room.

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Studio on the Corner is into Halloween even though it’s hot & humid. A fun pack of papers, Fright Night, will soon be listed along with tags, & more papers & labels for creating apothecary packages for decorating your home in a haunted, Victorian way.

Here’s a peek at the dozen papers soon to be listed…

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Always high-quality, 300 dpi, 8.5 inches x 11 inches so you can print at home, if you want.  Wondering what to do with digital papers?  Here’s a quick list:

  1. Use for digital scrapbooking
  2. Use for paper scrapbooking
  3. Add a background to a social media banner
  4. Create cupcake toppers &/or wrappers
  5. Use for card making
  6. Wrap a small gift
  7. Cover a light switch
  8. Make paper bows
  9. Use with your Cricut or whatever cut-out crafting machine you have
  10. Add a cover to metal tags
  11. Fold & add as a page in an art or junk journal
  12. Use your vibrant imagination!

Well there it is. . . what’s going on here on the corner.  I sure hope I hear from you ‘cuz I really need some input on that room.  Have a most wonderful August day!

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