Thursday, 25 September 2014

Doctor Who Party Circles Printable

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A couple of months ago I shared a printable Doctor Who TARDIS, and I promised that there would be more printables to come. Better late than never, right?


It was originally my intention to complete these Doctor Who party circles in time for the new series, but sometimes life gets in the way and things take two months a bit longer than you think that they will. I hope fellow fans feel it has been worth the wait!




The printable features all twelve incarnations of the Doctor (as long as you don't get too pedantic and add John Hurt's War Doctor into the mix). You can use the circles for:

* Cake toppers

* Gift tags

* Embellishing partyware

* Garlands (string them together)

* Stickers (if you use sticky back paper)


The circles are each 2 inches wide. I recommend cutting them out with a circle punch, but you can of course use scissors if you are careful.


In case you missed it, here is the link to the printable TARDIS again. Hopefully I will be sharing some more printables soon, but it is probably best if I don't commit to a timescale. ;-)








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Tuesday, 23 September 2014

How To Make Glitter Text In Photoshop

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My font posts have been getting a little love recently, and I've had a couple of emails about the text in this post. Not because the fonts are so pretty, but because people really want to know how I made the lettering look metallic. So I promised that I would put together a quick tutorial.

I've used glitter as an example in this post because it looks sparkly and eye catching, but actually you can use any sort of background image at all to make your fancy lettering. I recommend checking out this post on free background generators if you want to experiment with creating your own patterns.

Making Glitter Text Using Photoshop



Step one. The first thing you need is a pattern or texture to use for your lettering. If you don't fancy making your own glitter background, you can download mine at the bottom of this post.


Step two. Once your chosen image is open in Photoshop, you need to define the image as a pattern. To do this, go to "Edit" on the menu and scroll down to "Define Pattern...". Name your pattern and click "OK".


Step three. After turning the glitter image into a pattern, you will be able to use it for your text. Here I have just created a quick image with some text on it. You can use whatever font you want of course, but the thicker the font the better your glitter text will stand out.


Step four. Go to "Layer" on the menu, followed by "Layer Style" and then "Pattern Overlay...".


Step five. A box will pop up with all of the patterns you can use. Once you have selected the one you want to use, click the "OK" button.


Step six. That it is pretty much it! If you find that the text doesn't quite "pop" us much as you would like it to, try adding additional effects such as a drop shadow ("Layer"/ "Layer Style"/ "Drop Shadow").


I think that covers everything, but if you have any questions then please leave me a comment.


Free Glitter Textures



As promised, here are my glitter textures. You can use them for whatever you want (but personal use only please).






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Tuesday, 16 September 2014

My Favorite Natural Cleaning Recipes

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I have shared a lot of natural cleaning recipes since I started my blog, so I thought it was time I brought some of my favorites together in one post. I've listed some of the best cleaning recipes further down the post, but have also created a handy infographic so you can pin the information. Pinterest is a great way of remembering important stuff you've learned!


And here is the regular written version of the recipes...

All Purpose Cleaner

2 Cups Water
1/2 Cup White Vinegar
1 Tsp Dish Soap
1 Tsp Baking Soda

Mix together in a spray bottle. Spray surface and wipe clean with a microfiber cloth.

Shower Spray

1 Cup Water
1 Cup White Vinegar
1 Cup Dish Soap

Mix together in a spray bottle. Spray surface and wipe.

Glass Cleaner

1 Cup White Vinegar
1 Cup Water

Mix together in a spray bottle. Spray surface and wipe clean with a microfiber cloth.

Fabric Softener

1 Cup White Vinegar
1 Cup Baking Soda

Use 1 cup during the rinse cycle.

Disinfectant

1 Cup Water
1 Part Rubbing Alcohol

Put ingredients in a bottle and shake. Spray surface after cleaning.

Wood Cleaner

1 Cup Linseed Oil
1/2 Cup Lemon Juice

Mix in a spray bottle, apply to the surface and buff to a shine with microfiber cloth.

Scouring Powder

1 Cup Baking Soda
1/2 Cup Salt
1/2 Cup Borax Powder

Combine ingredients in a jar. Wet surface with water and sprinkle on your scouring powder. Leave for five minutes then scrub clean with a brush or damp cloth.


Do you have a favorite DIY cleaner you want to share?






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Thursday, 11 September 2014

Nine Best Arrow Fonts

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Have you ever looked enviously at another blogger's graphics or printables and wondered where they got such great arrow icons (no, just me)? Whether you use a program like Photoshop or a freebie tool like PicMonkey, you will probably find that your arrow options are rather limited. But you will probably find that those pretty arrows you have been admiring on other people's websites are in fact fonts, rather than shapes.

Most of the fonts listed below are 100 percent free to download and use, but you should of course check the individual terms and conditions if you want the arrows for commercial purposes rather than personal use. I have only randomly selected one arrow from each collection to represent the font but you can view all of the available arrows on the links I have provided. FYI, KG Arrows and Austie Bost Arrow Mania are my favorites so check them out first. ;-)

KG Arrows
PW New Arrows
Peax Webdesign
Follow The Arrow
Austie Bost Arrow Mania
PW Free Arrows
Go Around The Books
Pfeile
PW Small Icons

If you know of any other arrow based fonts which are usual for graphic design, please leave a comment so that other people can check it out too!






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