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Step by Step: Adding Text at befunky.com

The first of several tutorials is ready to share! Just a word about befunky.com. One day my sister called to ask me if I knew that PicMonkey was no longer free… I didn’t. She also wanted to know if I knew of another site like PicMonkey…  I didn’t. So I set about to find a new free photo/design editor online…I did. I really like befunky, in fact, I think I like it more than I did PicMonkey.  Also, using Adobe Reader for adding text can be a bit of a challenge at times so why not simplify & go the befunky route?

You have a couple options for this tutorial.  You can download the PDF tutorial or read it & follow it from SotC blog.  So if you’re game to give befunky a try on printables like tags, labels, recipe cards, greeting cards, just follow the Step by Step tutorial.

Click HERE to be whisked off to befunky.com

Download the Step by Step PDF tutorial, Adding Text at befunky.com  HERE

OR….. just use the tutorial below.

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Old Stuff

Did you know today, Friday March 2nd is Old Stuff Day?  It’s no secret that I like old stuff! Heck I am kind of old stuff, too. Anyhow let’s talk about old stuff because it’s a good topic with more themes than Carter’s got liver pills. SotC b&w teacup and saucer

I have no idea what draws some people to old stuff. The desire to collect old stuff & admire it, use it or upcycle remains a mystery to me. I am one of those people though. Time-worn & well-loved everyday things from the past soothes my soul. A continuing question & answer dialog happens in my head when I see something of interest to me. How did this card of sweet buttons end up in a second hand shop? What did the lady who stitched this quilt look like? Did she enjoy sewing? Was quilting just another drudgery, a chance to socialize, or was it artistic expression? Perhaps it was some of each.

SotC SunburstWho’s bed did the quilt cover? How much of life’s moments happened beneath this quilt? The pillow talk of newly weds who received the quilt as a wedding gift, gleeful laughs of children jumping on the quilt-covered bed, the last breath of a loved one.  The story of our lives are told through the common items we use everyday. I’ll be honest, when I don’t know the story, I invent one.

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Old stuff can be anything from a Big Chief tablet  to a medieval castle. From the most simple every day item to dreamy elegance. I am a firm believer in surrounding yourself with what you love, what inspires you, brings contentment & a feeling of security. For me it’s something with age to it.

Some of the plainest things from the past are the ephemera that is usually tossed away, but there’s such beauty in an old hand-written letter. A receipt tells a marvelous story of the price of pigs in 1880.  Calling cards, trade cards, postcards, silly or fine, give us a peak  into the trends of the day.  SotC Clockface.png

Then, there’s what we do with these old things today that really counts. Storage becomes an old canning jar, galvanized bucket, or crock. a child’s frilly lace  underskirt becomes a decorative addition to a bedroom, that crazy metal alarm clock looks so 1930s on a nightstand. Ephemera & illustrations from old books are reborn as tags, cards, labels, boxes, bags, you name it….

It’s a wonderful world of old stuff that is much more fascinating than the new stuff, at least in my very humble opinion.  I love the idea that something forgotten in a box, like an old children’s book long out of print, becomes something new & shiny. The work of authors & illustrators languishing in the dust for the past is seen again in a new light. I hear the whispers now from those who have gone before & they are delighting in the new found in old stuff.

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I have some old stuff to share with you. The images used (except for the divider above) plus more are part of an Old Stuff freebie package. Most of the images are in PNG format & the cute duck in a bonnet is a JPG.  Use this old stuff to create, tags, labels, or whatever printable makes your heart sing. You can also use them in digital designs on your blog, your website or however you wish. I do ask that you do not giveaway the PNG images, but instead link back to Studio on the Corner blog to share the package.  Thanks so much, you’re the best!

Just click the following link:    Old Stuff Freebies

It’s a fair size zipped folder so give it time to download. Enjoy!

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Junk Journal, Studio on the Corner Etsy Shop

Boom!

Good Morning, friends! It’s raining, dark, cloudy & warm rather like a tropical forest in NW Ohio. The gardens & flowers needed the rain, so I’m not complaining. Did you decide to take the junk journal journey? Have you downloaded the kits? I hope you checked out the videos I shared, they’re easy to follow & inspiring…at least they were for me.  I’m gathering up lots of ‘junk’ for my journal & planning the next one, two, better make it three journals. After Flower Gathering I’m moving on to a reading journal & a travel journal. The journal journey is some kind of wonderful.  In case you missed it, you can download the kits by clicking on the links below:

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I’m working on the PDF Directions for creating junk journals along with a tutorial for adding text in Adobe Reader all while creating printables for Studio on the Corner Etsy shop.  Wheewwww….everything takes time.

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Speaking of SotC Etsy shop, there’s a fun, new listing, BOOM! Yep, that’s the title & if you’re planning a July 4th get-together & thinking this is the year for a vintage vibe you’ll want to check it out…

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There are 6 flags all together, 2 have old-fashioned firecrackers on them. Each flag is about 8 inches wide & 10 inches long. Expect to see distressed bits & grungy parts all added to give an aged appearance. The images were drawn from an old Type Foundry book. Love the twinkler border!

The banner is listed, but more will be coming along this weekend.  An invitation with an adding text via Adobe Reader (PDF) option. . .

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along with party decor like napkin rings, food tents, water bottle labels, & candy wrappers will be available. Look for the Boom! invitation later today. Once everthing in the Boom! colletion is listed, it’s all about options, you can purchase just the banner or invitation or party decor or purchase all in one big party package. BOOM!

Have a fantastic weekend!

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