I occasionally like to share fun and exciting things I've found in my Internet travels... here is what has been giving me thrills and chills this week:
1. Artful Digi Scrapping - a FREE online blog series and workshop by Captivated Visions:
This demo of Tim Holtz' new line of acrylic distress paints for Ranger has me drooling. I've watched the video twice already. Want to send me a little love in the mail??? Any color will do... seriously, one of each would be awesome! Not sure when these hit stores, but my birthday is in May (hint, hint).
3. Font Management? Hadn't really thought much about it, but yes, I needed a way to organize my fonts and yes, I wasted a lot of time searching for the right one when I'm digi scrapping. I first saw the solution HERE on Jessica Sprague's blog... a font organizing software! (for those of you with Mac computers, please move on - apparently great software already comes loaded on your machine. PC users - this is for you!) Do you have so many fonts that you can never find the one you want? I had 446 yesterday. Then I downloaded Nexus Font, available here . It's free (yes, there's that word again), it's a very small program. It took less than two minutes to install. And with about two hours of tagging and uninstalling, today I'm down to 407 fonts, neatly sorted into 14 different categories that I chose. With one click, I can bring up all 31 Script fonts and decide which one will work best for my project, instead of scrolling through all 400+ trying to find the one I'm looking for! Initially I couldn't find where to create sets... basic instructions to get you started can be found here.
4. I have been on the fence FOREVER about Project Life. Seriously, I love what others have done, but I have been extremely reluctant to commit for myself. Why?
Number one - I don't scrap chronologically, never have, and I'm really not excited by the prospect of weekly diary style scrapbooking. I don't have little ones at home saying cute and memorable things (snarky teen comments are neither cute nor memorable). My day to day life just isn't that exciting. And one week often looks very much like the last. In fact, I'm pretty much sold on my Stacy Julian style Library of Memories albums and process.
Number two - I suck at long-term projects. Start strong and then fizzle. It's a character flaw. What can I say? I don't want to start this, lose interest, and then feel like I've failed or I have yet ANOTHER in a long and ever-growing list of unfinished projects.
BUT, I love all those 3x4 journaling cards and products available for Project Life. I love the idea of slipping in memorabilia so easily. The whole concept intrigues me. So how can I play along within the parameters of how I scrap??? Jennifer Wilson of SimpleScrapper.com to the rescue!
In this blog post Jennifer talks about how she decided to marry Project Life with Library of Memories. I'm SOLD. With a tweak. The album that will house my in-progress Project Life style layouts will just be a temporary holding place. I'll enjoy watching the pages develop and evolve. But every so often when I have a bunch of finished pages, I'll move them into my regular Library of Memories albums. Mixed right in with the 12x12 paper and digi pages.
Now I'm kind of excited to get started! And I have an excuse to buy that Olive Core kit I've been lusting after....