Turn on kerning in Word

Kerning is the letter spacing between two individual letters. By default Microsoft Word has this feature turned off and this might make some of your words look a little off.

Here’s how to turn on the kerning feature in Word. I am using my font Willow Bloom as an example.

1. Select the text you want to kern. Click ctrl+D or click on the little arrow to the bottom right in the font settings. Word will open up the Font dialog box.

2. Check the box next to ‘kerning for fonts’

3. Click ‘ok’ and you’re done!

12 hand-lettered fonts

hand lettered modern brush fonts, some free

I recently discovered Creative Market and opened up my own shop. As a graphic designer, Creative Market has so many goodies to offer like watercolor textures, fun clipart, and so much more. As far as fonts go it is definitely font heaven and I even made some fonts of my own.

Below you will find the links to these gorgeous hand-lettered fonts that are great to use for your creative designs.

 

Some of these fonts are free and some are for a great price. This post includes affiliate links, but I only share fonts and links that I love.


How to install premade Storenvy theme

I get a lot of questions on how to install one of my pre-made Storenvy themes. Below you’ll find easy instructions and examples of error messages that might occur.

Backup and upgrade your current store design
Make a backup of your current store design before you install your new theme
A. In the Storenvy dashboard go to Storefront > Theme > Download Files
B. If you are still using the old Storenvy theme, upgrade to the Cooper theme

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DIY: Painted leaves

I was inspired by these pretty painted leaves and thought I might try some of my own. Materials used: leaves, gouache paints, paintbrush, permanent marker with small tip.

Customize your Storenvy store html and css

UPDATE! This tutorial was written for the old Storenvy theme so not all changes will work for the new default Cooper theme.

You can also find premade Storenvy themes in my design shop.

Storenvy is great place to open up a shop because it’s free and you can customize your own store design. The default shop uses very clean css and html and is real easy to change.

Below you’ll find a tutorial on how to edit some basics, using css and html. Make a backup of your code before editing by going to your Storenvy dashboard > Design > Current Theme > Download Files.

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1. CSS – CHANGE STYLE OF PRODUCTS TITLE
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A. In the Storenvy dashboard go to Design > Edit styles > CSS mode
B. Find the h2#title { } code and replace it with the following code. This code removes the border at the bottom. Change the size of the font by changing 18px to a smaller or larger number.

h2#title {
color: #777777;   /*: Page Title :*/
border-bottom: none;
font-weight:normal;
font-size: 18px;
background-color: #FFFFFF; /*: Page Title Background :*/
}

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DIY: Dyed easter eggs

I followed this great tutorial for dyed easter eggs. This was so much harder than I thought it would be. Below you can read how I made them.


Materials
Eggs, leaves, nylon stockings, rubber bands, food coloring, glass of water, white vinegar

How to
1. Wrap the a leaf around the egg and secure it with a piece of nylon stocking and rubberband
2. Add food coloring and a teaspoon of white vinegar to a glass of warm water
3. Place the egg in the colored water for about 5 minutes
4. Remove the egg from the water and carefully remove the nylon stocking so it can dry

Tip
Wear gloves, the food coloring will stain your hands.

Tutorial: Fix broken blogger template designer

A while back I wanted to change my blog design and found my template designer was not working anymore. I thought I had broken it by editing the html and css. So I started from scratch and installed a standard blogger template but found it was still not responding.

I googled this and googled it some more and found many more bloggers having the same problem but no fix. This drove me up the wall for a couple of weeks until I finally found the solution. It seems there is a bug in Blogger. When you disable the mobile template, like I did, it breaks the template designer. Simply turning it back on will not do the trick, you will also have to restore your template. I’m not sure this will work for everyone but here’s how I fixed it.

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DIY: Heart bokeh

For the photo below I made my own heart shaped bokeh, it was a lot easier than I thought it would be. I was a bit lazy and didn’t make a cap for the lens but simply held my cut-out in front of the lens.
I set my camera to manual mode and set my 50mm f1.8 lens to manual focus. If you use auto focus for this shot your camera will automatically focus on your christmas lights and you won’t get the pretty bokeh.
It was a little tricky trying to get the right exposure because the heart shaped cut-out blocked a lot of light, so I bumped up my ISO to 1600, and set my aperture to f2.0 and my shutterspeed to 1/30.

Tutorial: Backup your blog for Blogspot

Most people learn the hard way but let’s avoid that road by backing up our blogs. Try and backup at least once a month, it won’t take more than a few minutes of your time. Here’s how to backup your blog in two steps.

1. Backup your blog (posts & settings)
In your blogger dashboard, go to Settings – Other. At the very top, next to blog tools, click on Export blog -> Download Blog. Now save it on your computer

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