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Category: Art

Happy Valentine’s Day and a free heart-themed font for you!

Oh boy it’s Valentine’s Day tomorrow!  Did you get any valentine’s at work today? Me neither! Haha, I miss that elementary school tradition.

The way I celebrate Valentine’s Day has shifted from burning letters with my girlfriends on the sidewalk of a quiet residential street in Fernie, to doing nothing at all, to fancy dinners out with my guy Irvin.  This year we’re staying in and cooking up some of Sobo’s magical seafood chowder… and I finally get to give Irvin the surprise I’ve struggled for weeks to keep secret.  Tomorrow can’t come soon enough!

A few months ago I posted about my quest to learn how to make my own font.  One of the fonts I made I called ‘Hearts for You’ and it’s totally perfect for Valentine’s Day.  You might also feel inclined (as I do) to use it any time you feel love in your heart 😉

If you like it, click here.  Save it to your fonts folder and use as you please!

Here’s a little preview:

hearts for you font


Whether Valentine’s Day tastes like a sour key (that should taste like a cinnamon heart) or if it makes you feel joy pour through all your pores, I hope you have a lovely day tomorrow!  Make time to celebrate whatever is beautiful in your life in a way that feels right to you 🙂

Lots of love,




How to create your own hand crafted font!

I’ve wanted to try making a font of my own writing for quite a while now.  Finally, under the darkness of winter, I found some time to search the web for the best approach.  What I discovered is that there are many routes one can take to creating a font, and the route you choose will depend on a few things – how much time and patience you have, how much money you’re willing to invest, and the intended purpose of your font.  Is it for you to use or do you intend to sell it to a  broader audience?   

In my hunt I downloaded a trial version of  a software called Glyph.  Glyph is  clearly a powerful program designed with a true font-maker in mind.  It is modern and functional, and has great reviews.  After giving it a good effort though, I discovered it wasn’t designed to create fonts out of handwriting, which was my intention going into this search.  It’s an investment, too, at around $300.  So, I continued on the hunt to find something more geared toward a beginner like me.

Thanks to a blog post on one of my favourite blogs, I learned of the iPad app, iFontMaker.  It’s cheap ($7.99) and allows you to quickly and easily create fonts of your own writing.  For me this was the perfect introduction to font making since it was SO easy and let me accomplish exactly what I had wanted to do.

So far I’ve created two fonts. Teachers Pet was the first. It’s simple and reminds me of my writing when I was learning to print in kindergarten, carefully tracing the dotted lines in a massive practice printing book on a road trip to Disney World.  If you’d like to,  you can download Teachers Pet for free by clicking here.

teachers pet

And the second font I created is Hearts for You. It was a lot of fun to make, and is very cheery and light-hearted. Every character has a least one heart! So I guess it’s more heavy-hearted than light-hearted compared to other fonts, haha! I hope you like it!  If you’d like to download it, click here.

hearts for you font image


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