Positive Affirmations to Start Your Day
Starting your day off with positive words & thoughts is a great way to set your whole day up for happiness & success! You work the BEST being your BEST self, and that starts with thinking it!
Studies have shown that if you smile more, and tell yourself happy things and think happier thoughts, you will in turn truly become happier.
Positive thinking is important for positive and healthy mental health as well as physical health. Positive thoughts help calm you, relax you, and help you focus more on the good things in your life. If you have a good attitude and healthy thoughts, this will in turn help you become physically healthy as well, reaching a perfectly balanced mix!
When you repeatedly say happy things to yourself, eventually it’ll become a habit & come naturally. At the very least, being more positive and thinking more positive thoughts can’t hurt you and will only do good in the long run.
Positive thoughts help build things starting with your self-esteem. For some people, positive thoughts can even help push them to achieve their dreams and goals.
The power of words is incredible. And unfortunately, a lot of the time people focus so much of their energy on all the negative stuff that it leaves no room to think about the positive things. This is one reason why thinking positive thoughts is so important!
Something as simple as reading a few sentences out loud each day, reading daily affirmations, or even just giving yourself a little pep talk, could set the tone for how your entire day can go.
Think about the old saying “I slept on the wrong side of the bed”. But think about this, what if there was no “wrong” side of the bed and they were both equally great to sleep on? Imagine how your day might start if you thought that way instead of the latter. Imagine waking up and thinking you slept great the night before opposed to thinking you slept bad.
Not only can positive thoughts and words help you, but you never know how much they could also help someone else. And when your happy yourself, it’s much easier to be happy and nicer to others. Saying something as simple as a compliment to a coworker about their hair could change their whole day around if they were having a bad day. Smiling and being happy inside will never hurt you.
You can’t deny that you would most likely have more positive thoughts following those instead of negative ones.
Do you have your own affirmations or a favorite positive phrase that you’d like to share and possibly add to our list? Comment it below!
POSITIVE AFFIRMATIONS TO START YOUR DAY
I am enough on my good days, but even more on my bad days.
My best effort is going to look different each day and that’s okay.
Being my best self is the best I can do.
Success loves me and is always around me.
I love myself more today than I did yesterday.
I have the power to create the reality I desire.
There is nothing that can stop me from achieving my dreams.
I have no room in my life for negativity or negative people.
I appreciate how beautiful I am as a person inside and outside.
I take pride in all my qualities, flaws and all.
My body is my temple and I do my best taking care of it.
I am grateful for everything that has happened in my life because it has led me to exactly where I need to be.
I appreciate all my friends and family.
Deals, Coupon Codes, Great Value’s & more!
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We’ve rounded up the best BLACK FRIDAY/CYBER MONDAY AMAZON deals for Cricut & other various crafts!
BLACK FRIDAY/CYBER MONDAY DEALS
-2pack of domino molds $5.99
-Christmas silicone molds!
-3 pack of silicone mats only $6.78
-50% off resin mixing tool with code O7R7EF2A
-nitrile disposable gloves 100 pack only $5.37 NO CODE NEEDED
-37% off resin
-carrying case for maker 3, explore air 2 cricut $25.19 after Ulithi clip coupon!
-50% off cricut vinyl NO CODE NEEDED, works on MULTIPLE color options!
-cricut easy press 2 $99 no code needed!
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Other craft stuff:
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CYBER MONDAY DEALS
-cricut explore air 2 13% off $279 no code needed
-348 piece scrapbook kit $11.99
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-1 gallon high gloss resin only $59.27
-light tracing pad 54% off only$15.99
-2 pack silicone mats 46% off only $5.94
-cordless hot glue gun 57% off $14.99 & clip 5% off coupon
-Cricut Joy Machine & Digital Content Library Bundle – Includes 30 images in Design Space App only $125.90
-90% off Christmas Ribbon with code EZJTVXAG and clip coupon
-57% off nightlight advent colander kit
-silicone mold resin tray with handles only $12.79
-skull silicone mold only $6.39
-silicone mold making kit 37% off
-tray with handles & 3pc geode coasters Only $14.39
-transfer tape only $15.19 for a 50 foot roll!
-2 pack of cricut standard grip Matt’s only $6.49
-cricut mini press 43% off only $39
-cricut easy press 2 48% off only $99!
-cricut mug press 25% off only $149!
-xinart 3 pack Matt’s for cutting machines
-maker machine stand 20% off only $16.78
Using Epoxy & UV Resin!
PROPER SAFETY EQUIPTMENT IS A MUST WHEN HANDLING ANY KIND OF RESIN AND IT IS NOT RECOMMENDED FOR YOUNG CHILDREN,OR PREGNANT OR BREASTFEEDING MOTHERS UNLESS ALL SAFETY MEASURES ARE PROPERLY FOLLOWED!!
What are epoxies and resins?
- Epoxies and resins are chemicals that can form a hard, strong surface when they cure. They are often used in two-part glues or surface coatings. As epoxies cure, they generally turn into much less toxic polymers.
- These chemicals include styrene, methyl methacrylate, epoxy resins, vinyl chloride, and others.
Why be concerned about exposure?
- Some of the chemicals in this group have been linked with an increased risk for fertility problems, miscarriage, stillbirth, and birth defects.
- We do not know what levels of these agents are safe for pregnant women.
- Keep in mind that smelling or not smelling a chemical doesn’t mean you are safe or not safe. Harmful levels of chemicals cannot always be smelled, and some much less hazardous chemicals have an odor.
For more info visit: Epoxies and Resins
Resin is not only so much FUN to play with, but you can create so many beautiful things from memory keepsakes to teachers appreciation gifts or even a bookmark for yourself, the possibilities of what you can make are ENDLESS!!
Project Ideas are at the BOTTOM of this post!
Epoxy/UV resin can not only be used to make MANY different items but it can also be used to seal things such as vinyl on top of a keychain or putting a glittery/shiny coat on items such as cups, pens, badge reels, so many options!!
When starting out with epoxy/uv resin if you have no supplies at all or youd just like to have a good variety of supplies/decorations to start with, the best way is to get a “kit” or “bundle”. There are tons of great options with great reviews on Amazon!
CLICK HERE to check out EPOXY resin kits on Amazon.
CLICK HERE to check out UV resin kits on Amazon.
CLICK HERE to shop DOLLAR TREE for decorations, silicone items, parchment paper, and more!!
CLICK HERE to shop our favorite resin brand Alumilite!
–mixing sticks (popsicle sticks work great too!)
–grill lighter or toothpicks (for popping or getting rid of bubbles)
–silicone mat (or something to put down on your work surface & possibly the floor to avoid resin spills as its VERY hard to get off anything including your hands!)
–embellishments/decorations to add to your resin (the possibilities are ENDLESS!)
–gold/silver foil flakes
-sand, shells, rocks
–DRIED pressed flowers (MUST BE dried because fresh flowers will rot inside the resin and release water over time)
–vinyl (cut out made with your Cricut machine!)
-crystals, gemstones, & stones
-household items (such as safety pins, push pins, crayons, Legos, etc)
-polymer clay objects
TOOLS THAT ARE HELPFUL TO HAVE
–silicone tip applicator brush (they sell these in the beauty aisle or online at Dollar Tree!)
–baby wipes/paper towels (to help clean up messes)
–rubbing alcohol (put in small spray bottle to lightly mist the top of your projects to get rid of bubbles, this also can help remove resin from unwanted places)
–silicone mixing cups
–Dremel or sandpaper for sanding, polishing or correcting
Our Best Resin Tips!
-Work in a well-ventilated area (Resin is toxic and direct contact should be avoided so always protect yourself!! It is also known to cause headaches and can cause long term problems that go unnoticed so protect yourself from the beginning! Always remember just because you can’t smell it or see it, doesn’t mean the fumes aren’t there!!
–EPOXY Resin starts the curing process as soon as it’s mixed so work quickly for best results! It helps to have all your tools and decorations laid out BEFORE you even touch the resin!
-Do not touch your resin until it’s fully cured (usually about 24-48 hours for epoxy and about 5 minutes under a UV light for UV resin, but each brand can differ)
-Avoid direct sunlight (it cures it faster!)
-Try to work & let the resin cure in an area that’s room temperature (not too hot or cold because either of these can prevent your resin from curing properly)
-Let your UV/epoxy sit in warm water before you use to help reduce bubbles and make it easier to work with, REMEMBER this reduces your work time so YOU MUST work quickly after!
–Mix resin slowly to avoid bubbles and scrape the sides and bottom often when mixing to get best results
-Mix until you see no more “Swirls” in the mix AT ALL, usually about 2-3 minutes, but read your resins directions to be exact
-Pour resin slowly down the side of your mold to get less bubbles
-For most projects, pour one layer of resin just covering the mold, add decorations, then top with more resin until filled (you want resin on the BOTTOM otherwise you may not have a smooth even coat on your project!)
-If you want to add vinyl you cut out with your Cricut machine to your project, you can follow the method above or stick it to your project when it’s done & cured (& then add resin over that to seal your design!)
-UV resin cures as soon as it gets hit with UV light
-Running a grill lighter across the resin surface helps bring bubbles to the surface and pops them or a blow dryer would work too!!
-Using a heat gun can melt silicone molds, so be careful not going to close to your mold when using & don’t use longer than 1-2 minutes at a time.
-Let each layer of your piece dry to have a “layered” effect (usually about 4-5 hours between each “layer”)
-ALWAYS read the directions your resin comes with as they all have different cure times, demold times, etc
-Use a little leftover resin from each batch of resin you mix to make something small so you can use that piece as a guide to see how long the resin takes to cure/dry without having to risk touching your other pieces when they’re not fully dry and leaving smudges/fingerprints in them
-Put alcohol in a spray bottle and spray a few times on the surface to get rid of any bubbles
-Let your resin cure somewhere where it will be undisturbed by ANYTHING, this includes dust, so if left outside you can cover it with cardboard to keep dust, dirt, and debris away from your pieces
-Make sure your “cure area” is a level surface
-Always protect not only yourself but your work area & possibly the floor too. Parchment paper and or a silicone mat work great!
-Keep food and drinks away from your resin work area
–Dollar Tree sells TONS of silicone items you can use to practice with such as ice cube trays!
-If using plastic molds, you will most likely need mold release
–Not all resins are created equal! Make sure you use the kind for the results you want (such as using deep pour resin for bigger projects)
-Make sure you always measure exact amounts! Getting a scale or several silicone mixing cups can help with this!
-When adding something to your resin to add color such as with acrylic paints, alcohol ink, mica powder, etc make sure you use SMALL AMOUNTS as too much will interfere with the curing of your item. Try to stick to about 1 part color to 10 parts of resin
-Silicone molds can collect dust, use duct tape or some type of sticky item to make sure nothing is on them before each use
-All resin turns yellow over time, some just do it faster than others. One way you can test for this is to make an extra piece with your resin and put it in direct sunlight for over 24 hours after its cured
-You may make mistakes, it’s a learning process but it’s truly not as hard as it looks or seems and most mistakes can be fixed!!
–Most resin mistakes are fixable!! You could take a blow dryer (or heat gun) to soften your project to add more resin or simply sand it and put resin over after)
–Sand projects for a nice finish by hand or using a Dremel. Sand a little from the entire project to get the most even surface over the whole project. After this, you can do one last coat with resin over your project to give it a finishing shine (WEAR SAFETY GEAR DURING THIS!)
–Don’t let children or animals around resin. Not only will that avoid little fingerprints and animal hair on your projects, but it is toxic, so better be safe than sorry, unless they are wearing safety gear as well
-Avoid touching anything you wouldn’t want resin on while working/handling your resin (your face/body, clothing, surfaces, animals, food/drinks
-Store your resin away from light in a room temperature location preferably in a dry, dark place, in between uses. Make sure the lid is screwed on properly as well.
-Some resin is food safe after a certain time, but most aren’t. Read your resin’s specifics. No resin is dishwasher or microwave safe though.
But the best piece of advice we have is….
Play around, experiment. test yourself and your limits, and create some beautiful handmade items!!!
Things you might hear beginning your resin journey…
CURE TIME=how long your piece takes to fully dry and harden (can be up to a month in some cases)
DEMOLD TIME=minimum time you need to wait before taking your resin out of the silicone mold
1:1 Mix Ratio=1 equal part resin and hardener, so for example if you wanted 200mL of resin to work with, you’d use 100mL resin & 100mL hardener
PPE-Personal Protective Equipment
-gloves (Nitrile is best)
-protected clothing and work surface
ALWAYS READ THE SPECIFIC DIRECTIONS INCLUDED WITH YOUR EXPOXY TO ENSURE BEST RESULTS!!
-coasters & coaster sets
-teacher appreciation gift
-family trip memory piece
-flower preservation keepsake
-jewelry (bracelets, rings)
Cricut Tips & Hacks!
We recently started posting some Cricut Tips & Hacks on our TikTok account & we wanted to make a blog post with all these tips! We will be adding more as we learn them!
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You can click the links in each tip to take you to purchase each item included in these tips!
1. When pulling vinyl off your mat, turn it over & BEND & pull up on the mat (the mat is made a little flexible so you can do this!) while removing TO PREVENT PAPER CURLING!
BEND THE MAT, NOT THE VINYL!
2. TO CUT MULTIPLE COLORS OF VINYL ON THE SAME MAT
On the “Make It” screen, click the THREE DOTS (they appear when you select an image), & select “Move Image” and manually move every image onto the same mat & lay each color using the number guides.
You can also do this by making the entire image the same color. Then all parts of your project will appear on one mat & you can manually move them to arrange them how you’d like & just place the vinyl as described above.
3. Store your vinyl scrap pieces in a 3 ring binder with clear sheet protectors to separate each different color. (These items can also be found at Dollar Tree!!)
4. When dealing with stubborn vinyl that won’t come off your transfer tape, turn it over so the transfer tape is facing DOWN. Then almost fold/roll away, almost creasing the backing of the vinyl, SLOWLY away from the transfer tape.
Sometimes you have to PUSH DOWN (reburnish) another time on the transfer tape for the stubborn pieces BEFORE doing this to ensure your vinyl is adhered to the transfer tape good!
5. You can reuse the same piece of transfer tape over and over again!
6. Use parchment paper for easy layering! Put the parchment paper on the back of your vinyl (on the sticky part. Don’t worry it comes right off really easy!) covering about 90% of the design, leaving just a little of the design exposed on the top. Line up your vinyl (the exposed NOT covered by parchment paper) & once your satisfied with placement, slowly pull away the parchment paper, while slowly sticking your vinyl to the first layer.
7. Store your vinyl UPRIGHT for longer shelf life, or keep it in a roll tightly wrapped.
8. Use Slap Bracelets or rubber bands to keep your vinyl rolls rolled up tight.
9. Use Glad Press N Seal in place of transfer tape when transferring vinyl onto cardstock!
How to write with Cricut Pens on Cricut Machines!
Cricut markers are also available on their site &
they go on sale all the time at Cricut’s Shop or on Amazon!
NOTE: These directions & screenshots are based on using Design Space with an IPhone (IOS Device) so there may be a few slight differences when using the desktop version.
1. Open Design Space and click “new project”.
2. Click “Text” from the options along the bottom of your screen.
3. To make it easier to find “writing fonts” click the circle with the three lines next to the text box where it says “Search Fonts” towards the top of your screen, as circled in the picture below.
4. Click the fourth option down that says “Writing” and there should now we a check mark on the right side of “writing” as shown in the picture below. Click the < arrow to go back to the fonts or “Clear Filters” to start over.
5. Select the font that you’d like to use.
6. Type your word out and make sure it’s selected (green box will be around it).
7. Click “Edit” form the options on the bottom of your screen.
8. Click the icon you see above “Style” and click “Writing” (as shown in the image below) & now you should see a checkmark next to the “Writing” option.
9. Still under the “edit” options scroll to the right and find “Operation” it may either say “cut” or draw”, either way click it, as shown in the image below
**If you see a warning message that says “Project Incompatible” click “Change”**
10. From the drop down menu at the top of your screen, if it says “cut” or anything besides “Pen” click the arrow and change the option to “Pen”. As shown in the images below
11. You can select your pens thickness across the top (.04 is the smallest tip and 1.0 is the biggest) and then choose your color. Ultimately it doesn’t matter what color you choose because your Cricut machine doesn’t know that, but it’s easiest to just stick to using the right settings for the right markers.
12. Select the color you want (same as above rule about Cricut not knowing the difference in what color pens you actually use, but its helpful for projects with multiple colors if you just choose the correct color)
13. Click the green “Apply” in the right corner.
When you are satisfied with your project & you are ready to “Make It”, you can select everything you want to stay together and click the “Attach” options from the “Actions” panel as shown in the picture below.
TIP: If your font looks like the image below and needs to be filled in, make sure “Writing” is selected in the “Style”.
**Also note that some fonts won’t fill in this way and you need to fill them in on a desktop version of design space. Check youtube for videos on how to do that!
Your Cricut will instruct you to insert a pen into your machine.
CLICK HERE for our video on how to install Cricut Pens into Cricut Explore Air 2 machine!
CLICK HERE for our video on how to install Cricut Pens into Cricut Joy machine!
You can get off brand ones from amazon, I personally love the XINART brand of mats & markers, just read reviews and pay attention to ratings!
You can get extra fine point pens, fine point pens, gel pens, glitter gel pens, or markers to have a variety of different colors and thicknesses!
Experiment with the “Draw” option and change some images from “cut” to “pen” to see how they look!
Most images turn into an outline but some of them look amazing that way!
Have fun & happy crafting!
If you have any questions, comments, or concerns send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Dollar Tree Cricut & Craft Must Haves, Dupes, & Blank Items
Dollar Tree is one of our favorite places to shop! I know we all hate that they have raised their price from $1 each item to now $1.25 an item, BUT good news is that they were able to bring in SO many new products because of this!
DT has quickly become a crafters paradise with everything ranging from their own version of popular Cricut tools (weeding tool, spatula, etc) to materials (cardstock, vinyl, leather, etc) and they have SO many options of blank items ready for you to personalize (from glassware to shirts & everything in between!).
If you can’t find a specific item in store, you may be able to order it online! Some of their products online require you to order in bulk (anywhere from 10 to 25 pieces minimum) but not everything is like that, so check out their website by clicking our affiliate link HERE!
We have gathered a list of our favorite Dollar Tree tools & separated them by categories!
Don’t see your favorite item on the list? Send us an email at email@example.com so we can add it to the list! We will add more items as we find them!
- Piercing tool (Works great in place of the weeding tool)
- Roller Cutter (Make cutting your vinyl quick & easy!)
- Hot Glue Gun & Hot Glue Sticks
- Embossing Tool (Perfect for making rolled flowers!)
- Sewing Needle Sets
- Craft Clamps (perfect for holding your rolls together while your cutting vinyl off a roll)
- Finger Protectors (perfect for when using hot glue gun to avoid burning your fingerprints off!)
- Cutting Mat
- Ruler/Tape Measure
- Glue & residue eraser (great for getting stubborn stickers off items)
- Wood Carving Tool Set
- Binder Clips (perfect for storing your mats on the wall)
- Slap Bracelets (perfect for keeping your vinyl rolls together and rolled tight
- Vinyl (Cutting tip: cut on BLUE MAT on “Washi sheet” setting on explore/maker machines, or “laser copy paper” on joy machine; use big bold letters & bigger shapes, avoid small lines & tiny letters)
- Faux Leather
- Foam Sheets
- Felt Sheets
- Iron-On Patches
- Glue (many different types)
- Yarn & Thread
- Storage Containers (many different shapes & sizes)
- Pencil & Brush organizer
- Tool boxes (perfect for holding craft tools)
- Nail Polish Remover Bottle (perfect for putting rubbing alcohol)
- Rubbing Alcohol (to fill your bottle)
- Cotton Rounds (for cleaning your projects before applying vinyl)
- Shower caddy (perfect for holding vinyl rolls!)
- Baby Snack Containers (perfect for your weeding scraps & works great getting the pieces off your weeding tool!)
- Squeeze bottles
- Holiday Items
- Burnish/Scraper tool
- Weeding tool
- Spatula Tool
- Clear Shelf Liner (used in place of transfer tape)
BLANK ITEMS (ready for personalization!)
- Glassware (cups, bowls, plates, casserole dishes)
- Cups, Mugs,
- Blank Shirts
- Blank Hats
- Blank Kitchen Items (Pizza pans, squirt bottles, napkin holders, plastic chopping mats, etc)
- Oven Mitts & Holders
- Wood items
- Blank Canvases
- Blank Metal Items (signs, round circles, etc)
- Backpacks, Purses, & Bags
- Pencil Holders/ School Supply items (notebooks, pencil cases, etc)
- Picture Frames
- Shadow Boxes (Most of these will have a design already on the front, just take some rubbing alcohol on a cotton round & gently wipe it away!)
- Blank Wreaths
- Blank Customizable Wreaths
Spiral Betty Tutorial
We will be learning about how to make the popular “Spiral Betty” design & how to get it into Design Space!
Our Spiral Betty Design:
What exactly is a spiral betty?
This is a fun concept where you convert an image into a single spiral line, similar to the grooves in a vinyl record.
They also have other design options available besides the spiral design, like lines & dots!
Keep in mind, we used an IPHONE so some of the steps may be slightly different if your using Android or a desktop (If the step number is has a * next to it, that step may be different for android or desktop users!)
1. Go to spiralbetty.com
2. Click the circle that says “+ UPLOAD IMAGE”
3*. Click “Photo Library” to go to your phones camera roll.
4. Click the image you want to use.
5. Click “Choose” in the bottom right corner.
6. Move your image around until you get it how you want it WITHIN the purple circle & when your satisfied click the CHECK MARK. (you can use the horizontal scroll bar on the screen to zoom in and out on your picture)
7. Click the second option from the images pictured at the bottom of your screen. (the first black & white option).
8. Next to your spiral betty, click the 3rd circle down the list on the right side (the symbol is a box with an arrow)
(TIP: you can click the trash can on the top to start over with a new image)
*** It makes this image easier to use with your Cricut machine if you put a check mark in the “CLEAR BACKGROUND” box so you don’t manually have to do that when you upload the image in Design Space)***
9. Click “PNG” and click “Download”
10. It should now say “Do you want to download “spiralbetty_############.png”? (thats the name of your picture) Click the right option “Download”.
11. Close up spiral betty’s website & open up Design Space.
12. Click “New Project”
13.* From the options on the bottom, click “Upload”
14.* “Browse Files” from the list.
15.* Scroll on the “Downloads” screen to find your image (scroll down to the S’s & they are named spiral betty with some numbers) & click your spiral betty image.
(IF YOU ALREADY CLEARED THE BACKGROUND YOU CAN SKIP THE NEXT TWO STEPS)
16.* Click on the first option “Remove” from the icons across the bottom of your screen.
17.* Select ONE blank/white space on the photo to make it remove the background. (now your image should look how you want it to in the box “guide” in the top right of your screen.
18.* Click the GREEN “Next” button in the top right corner of your screen when your satisfied with how your image looks
(if you accidently click the wrong area, simply click the “Undo” button)
19. The top of your screen should now say “Refine” you can just click the GREEN “Next” button in the top right corner of your screen and skip this step.
20. The top of your screen should now say “Prepare to Upload”, Click the image on the LEFT that says “Cut” and name your image whatever you’d like & click the GREEN “Save” button in the top right corner of your screen.
21. Resize the image however you’d like! (for it to be a full sheet, size it to 11.4)
**FOR WEEDING DESIGN SIMPLY PULL UP ONE OF THE BOTTOM EXCESS CORNERS WHICH WILLPULL THE RIGHT STRING TO MAKE YOUR SPIRAL!!***
Accessing special characters (swashes) to use in Design Space
Do you ever see those special characters in a particular font & wonder how to actually get them into Design Space? We are talking about those swirly accents, hearts, & lines. Like the “i” character shown in the image below:
Well, this is your ultimate resource for accessing those special characters (also known as swashes) on your computer/device! Here we will post TWO DIFFERENT ways to access those characters! We will add more resources here as we find them!
To get AMAZING fonts like the one we used in this tutorial, visit our affiliate font shops:
#1. USING CHARACTER MAP
1. Download CHARACTER MAP (it’s free!) on your computer/device.
You can CLICK HERE to go directly to it, or search for it in your computer’s app store.
This is how it will look when you search for it in the windows store on your computer & you can see the apps icon:
2. Once it’s downloaded on your computer, open up character map. (It may appear across the bottom of your screen on your tool bar)
Make sure that all the particular fonts that you want to access all the characters for are properly downloaded & unzipped on your computer/device!
3. Find the font that you want to access the characters (from the left sidebar where all the fonts on your computer are located) & click on it.
4. Simply scroll through all the characters available for the font you’d like & click on the exact character you want to use in Design Space.
Now the character you selected should be shown big on the right sidebar!
5. Below the big picture of the character you selected, click “Copy” as circled in the image below:
6. Open up Design Space & select “New Project” or open up an already existing project.
7. Click “Text” from the right sidebar & backspace the word TEXT and replace it with your desired text (leaving out the special character you copied in character map).
8. Change the font of your text to the same font as you copied a character from in character map. You can find your downloaded fonts under “All” or “System” Fonts as circled in the image below:
9. Now your text should be your desired font, right click & click “Paste” (or press “Ctrl” + V) & the character you copied in character map should appear! As shown in the image below:
Now you can “ungroup ” your text and individually move the letters however you want, like closer together or further apart!
TIP: Some fonts in Design Space have some of their special characters come up when certain keys are pressed. So try it out and see if you can get any special characters without having to even use this method every time!
Some examples of common keys used are:
_ [ ] & ( ) -+
#2. USING FONTCLOUD
No downloading required, but you must make a Creative Fabrica Account! CLICK HERE TO MAKE A FREE CREATIVE FABRICA ACOUNT TO GET ACCESS TO THOUSANDS OF IMAGES & FONTS & FONTCLOUD!
CLICK HERE TO JOIN FONTCLOUD FOR FREE!
FontCloud is a FREE online font manager tool!
1. Go to CreativeFabrica.com & across the top toolbar, hover your mouse over “TOOLS” & click on the first option on the list, FONTCLOUD.
2. Click “Open FontCloud”
3. Download any fonts you have by selecting the BLUE “Browse” button (it’s the last option on the left sidebar)
4. Find the font you want to use on your computer/device & select it.
5. Your font should now be listed in the left sidebar.
You can type out your text where it says “Preview fonts with your own text…” to see how it would look with all your fonts, so you can find the one that looks the best!!
6. Click on the font that you want to access all characters for.
7. Scroll through the characters of your font to find the exact special character that you want & when you click on that character it automatically copies that character.
8. Open up Design Space & select “New Project” or open up an already existing project.
9. Click “Text” from the right sidebar & backspace the word TEXT and replace it with your desired text (leaving out the special character you copied in FontCloud).
10. Change the font of your text to the same font as you copied a character from in FontCloud.
9. Now your text should be your desired font, right click & click “Paste” (or press “Ctrl” + V) & the character you copied in FontCloud should appear!
We hope this helps!! We will be adding more resources as we find them!
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