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:

ADDING TEXT IN ADOBE READER TUTORIAL

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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Freebies, Junk Journal

May 6

 

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After a couple years of considering making a junk or art journal, it took the news of a baby on the way to inspire me to get busy & create one…Baby’s Record Book.

I started by jotting down ideas, what would I need, & making a plan.

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but it was the doing that got my creative juices flowing.

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I would add to that list scrapbook elements, gift cards, birth announcements, receipts, bills, pages from old baby books, & loads of created bits like pockets & papers. I am a fortunate soul when it comes to ephemera with a bit of a collection of my own, but I am blessed with family & friends who share, too. Three adorable baby books were loaned to me. The top baby book belonged to my grandson-on-the-way & my 14 year old grandson’s great-grandfather who was born in 1916. I had no idea baby books or record books as they were called existed then. I scanned pages & used at least one in each signature.

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The satiny white with flowers is all about their great-aunt. The adorable image of the baby surrounded by flowers came from the baby that belongs to their grandpa.

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I was brought to tears as I leafed carefully through each book, touching the tiny treasures that have resided between the pages for so many years, especially the one that belonged to great-grandpa. He left us way too soon before my son had a chance to know him. These three books inspired me beyond measure. Thank you J for loaning them to me.

 

This little pile of ephemera is all about children’s writing & adds a wonderful touch to the pages. All was discovered at a garage sale & some belonged to the great-grandmother & great, great aunt of my grandchildren.

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So charming!

I used a book that I no longer wanted because it was the right size.  Let me just say, crazy me did not get a video of the finished book or even the outside, but there are photos of the pages to share.

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The was a library card pocket made from polka dot paper dipped in coffee & dried in the oven to give it a vintage look. All the papers I used were coffee dyed & oven dried. A mini baby book with great-grandpas baby info was tucked into the pocket along with an old baby announcement from the early 1900s. The info was erased so mom & dad can add their wee one’s info.  BTW…when I say erased I’m talking about creating a copy of the original & photoshopping the writing out.

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This is one of the pages from the oldest baby book, scanned & turned into a border that was printed onto a coffee-dyed paper.

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Old family baby photos were scanned, printed & tucked into pockets & folds. The baby in the above photo is  one of the  great, great grandpas.

I cannot say enough about how much I enjoyed making the junk journal. The hardest part for me was sewing the signatures to the cover.

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One signature sewn in & 2 to go!

Once that was done it was just a few tweaks to finish it up.  A sweet fabric glued to the cover gave the outside that vintage look, a front & back inside cover with a note to the baby was added. The book closure was satin fabric from my son’s wedding stitched into ribbon & lastly I added a purchased photo holder that looks like a pocket watch for a bit of a nostalgic finishing touch.

Junk Journal Journey

Creating the Baby Record Book junk journal brought me so much pleasure that I’ve decided to do another one just for me….& you, too! Lets make a simple junk journal. Starting next week I’ll share a “page” per week with anyone & everyone who wants to start a junk journal. All you have to do is download the junk journal kit that will have one 11-inch x 8.5-inch page which will actually turn out to be four pages all together. You’ll also receive bits & pieces like: papers, pockets, lifts, tags, labels, journal spots, envelopes etc.  along with suggestions, resources, & a short tutorial or two.

Here’s a sneak preview:

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It’s all about the beauty of flowers, butterflies, birds & old ephemera. These bits are works in progress, but give you an idea. You can expect a more vintage-inspired look.

You’ll want to start collecting ‘junk’ ephemera like envelopes, papers of all kinds, perhaps a favorite card you received that you’d like to keep, business cards with appealing graphics, a ticket from an event, a page from an old book, dictionary, magazine, or newspaper, even receipts & bills. Instead of tossing out junk mail, take a look at it perhaps there’s something you could use in your junk journal.

There are loads of things you can purchase to enhance your junk journal like beautiful metal corners to reinforce the cover, little doo-dads like charms & fasteners, & tools galore. I purchased 1 new tool: an inexpensive bone folder/paper creaser. It was well worth the $5 I spent. I also purchased a little photo case shaped like an old pocket watch. I wanted the little one’s photo to be added to the outside of the book.  You can find all kinds of goodies at Michael’s, JoAnn Fabrics, & one of my favorites for grungy, old looking accessories at Tim Holtz’s site. BTW…Tim’s wares are also sold at JoAnn Fabrics & Michael’s. You’ll need lots of glue, so stock up!

There’s a wonderful resource/tutorial that I followed while making the baby book journal. If you’ve never made a junk journal check it out. The YouTube video in 6 parts, Junk Journal Made Using an Old Book by Marianne Kensington formerly known as A Pocketful of Vintage. You can find the first video at the following link:  Junk Journal Tutorial 1 Listening & watching Marianne work is such a treat…love her Australian accent.

We’ll dive deeper into creating a junk journal next week when the first page & accessories are available for download. Until then check out some of the beautiful junk & art journals that people everywhere are creating, just google ‘junk journal’.

I hope you’ll join me on this journey, but even if creating a junk journal isn’t something you want to do you’re welcome to each week’s junk journal freebie.

Have a wonderful weekend!

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