Fonting

I love fonts. As a Marketing Director, I work with my graphic designers all day long to determine which fonts are best for our brand and look best on our ads. And it secretly kills me. I am SO envious of our designers. I love what they do and the creativity they get to have. I sit over their shoulders and live vicariously though them, imagining how I want our ads to look and using their Photoshop & Illustrator skills to get there. I so wish I knew how to use those systems like they do! However, I would probably go crazy with my nit-picky, perfectionist tendencies. I swear, the only reason we get anything done is because I don’t want to ask them to do that last tiny edit when the only person who will notice is me. Anyway, I digress.

There are countless fonts out there to choose from. In my wanna-be-designer phase without the luxury of Adobe Suite, I have to make due with Mac Pages and the occasional PowerPoint ghetto design (if anyone has any better ideas for free Photoshop-like design tools I am more than open to hearing them). Unfortunately, these programs don’t have the best fonts. I have however, been able to find several free fonts online that I have been able to download to my computer.

Follow these 3 steps to add your own free fonts to your marketing/blogging/design arsenal.

1.) Research free online fonts. I found a blog (elli.com) that features free fonts that are very much my style in neat little infographics. Definitely check out the blog for other fonts and the best printable DIYs around. For more free fonts visit font download websites like fontsquirrel.com and dafont.com.

FreeFonts

(Click on the font name below and the link will take you to the download.)

1. Quicksand  2. Museo Slab  3. Raleway Thin  4. Lobster  5. Diner  6. Learning Curve Pro  7. Ostrich Sans  8. Channel  9. Sedgwick Co.  10. Josefin

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1. Parisienne  2. Channel  3. Janda Stylish  4. Wisdom Script  5. CAC Champagne  6. Grand Hotel  7. Sail  8. Sacramento  9. Kunstler  10. Radagund

RetroFonts

1. Lavenderia  2. Pacifico  3. Yellowtail  4. Marketing Script   5. Qumpellka  6. Matchbook  7.Geared Slab  8. Deming  9. Lorena  10. Market Deco

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1. Champignon  2. Rechtman  3. Clyburn  4. Exmouth  5. Cursif  6. Sackers Gothic  7. Jacques Francois  8. Alexandria  9. Old Standard  10. Josephin Sans

2.) Download them to your computer and install the fonts. On a Mac, you can follow these easy steps:

– In the Finder, open the folder that contains the fonts you want to install (most likely “Downloads” if you just downloaded them).

– Open the zip drive containing the fonts and select the font types you want to install.

– Drag and drop the fonts into the Applications folder “Font Book.”

-You will now see your fonts installed.

*For more details on different systems or Macs, visit here.

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3. Enjoy fonting!

– Exibit A: My birthday invitation from a few months ago. 🙂

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DIY Christmas Card Displays

One of my favorite parts of Christmas is receiving Christmas cards with adorable family photos. They are the perfect decor for my fridge, making for a cute collage of friends and family. BUT my fridge space is running out. So I rounded up these ideas from Instagram on other ways to organize Christmas cards. They are pretty adorable and the perfect inspiration to finish my own DIY Christmas card holder! ❤

Thank you to @finderskeepers_design, @foreverandaday_gram, @themistydoyle, @janiekelly1219, @annietam8, @nananyawn, @sheriddesigns, @sophiazin and @project_a_day for the great ideas!

Tis the Season: Personalized Christmas Gifts

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*Photo from LaurenConrad.com

It’s officially a week into December; the most wonderful time of the year. That means it’s officially time to start thinking about all of those thoughtful Christmas gifts you still need to get. A great way to make your loved ones feel extra loved is with a little bit of personalization. Here are my top picks for personalized gifts that won’t break the bank:

For Mom:

“My Tribe” Necklace I O Jolie Designs I $55.00

https://www.etsy.com/listing/213869439/my-tribe-sterling-silver-personalized?ref=shop_home_active_3

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 Snowflake Ornament I Simply Sweet Studio I $20

https://www.etsy.com/listing/168101838/personalized-christmas-ornament?ref=sr_gallery_37&ga_search_query=+personalized+christmas+ornament&ga_order=most_relevant&ga_page=2&ga_search_type=all&ga_view_type=gallery

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For the Grandparents:
(Or really anyone. Including one for myself!)

iPhone Case I Casetify I $29.95 – $39.95

www.casetify.com

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For Your Coworkers:

Homegrown Monogram Mug I Antrhopologie I $8.00

http://www.anthropologie.com/anthro/pdp/detail.jsp?&navAction=jump&id=073732&color=000&cm_sp=PRODUCT_DETAIL-_-RECOMMENDATIONS-_-073732#/

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For Him:

Personalized Man Cave Sign I Opentips I $29.99

http://cdn.opentip.com/Home-Kitchen/Jds-Always-Open-Personalized-Wood-Tavern-Bar-Sign-p-4187298.html?ats=product_related

http://cdn.opentip.com/Home-Kitchen/Jds-Personalized-Served-Tavern-Wood-Sign-p-4286022.html?ats=product_related

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His & Hers Keychains I Simply Sweet Studios I $20

https://www.etsy.com/listing/195611858/couples-key-chains-mrs-mrs-keychains?ref=shop_home_active_24

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For the Pup:
(Okay, this one is a splurge, but I LOVE it!)

Personalized Dog Feeder I  The Polka Dot Dog I $139.00

https://www.etsy.com/listing/193585781/personalized-dog-feeder-elevated-dog?ref=sr_gallery_2&ga_search_query=personalized+dog+bowl&ga_page=2&ga_search_type=all&ga_view_type=gallery

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For Your Sister:
(Adorbs)

Sisters Ornament I Happy You Happy Me I $18

https://www.etsy.com/listing/208640567/sisters-ornament-christmas-ornament?ref=sr_gallery_27&ga_search_query=christmas+ornament&ga_ref=auto1&ga_search_type=all&ga_view_type=gallery

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