14 October 2015

Austie Bost Juliana

It's a new font, it's a new font!

First, regarding the cover image for this font!  My new friend Sara went through and reviewed the letters of the font for me-- the shape, the readability, the consistency in design... She gave me some pieces of advice, all helpful, but the most helpful thing she did for me was to NAME the font!  She said, "I'm totally partial and biased but Juliana is my favorite name."  Well, that was that!  I wish I could have named it "Juliana's Favorite," but the apostrophe thing doesn't work with font titles.  :)

So this additionally featured font cover is for her- for her help and... awesomeness!  :)

This next graphic is in French, the lyrics to La Vie en Rose, a sweet love song.  It's always good to see a few accents to get a theme of what these accented letters look like!  :)  Plus, it shows spacing, how the characters blend together.  :)

The image I used for Juliana... I found it online!  I typed in Juliana and this completely joyful face popped up!  And that was that.  :)  I had to use it.  It was so HAPPY!  I began thinking of her as "Joyful Juliana," and then used that idea to come up with descriptive words for happy... I was going to do my usual synonym mishmash, but then decided to go a foreign languages route!  :)

This is my favorite graphic- it really shows the neatness of the font (and it shows some of my super fun Austie Bost Arrow Mania arrows!).  I think I'm going to have to add to Juliana at some point and add some flourishes and cute underlines!  :)

And finally, what you really want to know is this... How MUCH?  :)  This font will be on sale through roughly the end of December 2015.  The sale price is $5, half off of the sticker price.  :)  Get it while it's hot (and CHEAP!).  :) 

FREE for personal use at DaFont.com

LOW-COST for commercial use at Fontspring.com.  :)

You can download this font RIGHT NOW at 1001 Fonts.com  :)

16 September 2015

How to Change Your Facebook Friends Settings!

By popular demand, I am posting how to see what you want to see on Facebook... and no more than that!  It takes some effort at first, but after a little while, it's maintenance.

1. Facebook now has three settings for each friend on your list...

This is my sweet sister-in-law, Tabitha's page.  The first setting is "SEE FIRST."  I picked this for Tabitha because I love stalking her  knowing what's going on in her life.  Whatever she posts will show up at the top of my feed- my "See First" people are my top priority.

The second setting is "DEFAULT."  This means that Facebook will perform whatever algorithm they use to determine what you'll see after your priority posts.

The third setting is "UNFOLLOW ..."  If you're friends with someone and you love them but just don't want to know what they're up to, this option is for that friend.

2. You can choose what you see from your friends, even your priority list friends!

This graphic will cover four different elements:
#1: That blue star?  That shows that Ashley is marked as a "See First" person.  It's helpful because if you see someone and you think, "Hmm, I wonder if I have them marked as a priority," you can tell at a glance.  :)

#2: The little upside-down carrot- it's what you click to open the menu.  Sometimes, Facebook HIDES IT.  It's invisible... so if that is the case at some point for you, level your mouse with the person's name, and move to the right of their post... when you get to the right, the carrot should become visible.  Another helpful note- if you are on a DEVICE, like a cell phone, a Kindle, an iPad, etc., the memory it takes to open this menu is prohibitive, and sometimes it will seem like the carrot doesn't even work.  It's not that it doesn't work in your app, it's because your device doesn't have enough memory to open it.  I recommend using Facebook on a desk- or laptop when you're sorting posts, if possible- it will help a good deal.

#3: This is a HUGE, BIG DEAL.  That hide post button?  It's HUGE!!!!  If you have someone marked as "See First," or as "Default," you are going to see every little thing they do.  When you click HIDE POST, it gives you a new menu to choose from:

The first thing that happens is that Facebook will actually HIDE the post, replacing it with this gray box.
#1: You can choose to See less from someone (Erin, sorry, I really did like your owl post!).  If you do that, THIS happens:

The gray box reduces and you'll start seeing fewer of that friend's posts...  You will also have the option to Unfollow that friend... and this is nice because as you sort through your feed, you don't actually click on the person and go to their profile page, you can just unfollow them straight from this point here.

Back to our graphic:
This is my personal favorite.  I LIKE seeing stuff from Erin.  She posts good stuff.  If you click "See less from..." and it's a shared photo or video, Facebook will start hiding the photos and videos that person is sharing... even if they're more personal and something you want to see.  So the trick here is... if you WANT to see a person's photos/videos/forwards, but you find a certain kind of forward uninteresting or offensive, click "See less from..." In this case, "See less from Nova 100."  When you click THAT, you'll see this screen:

This screen is GOLDEN.  Your friend keeps playing games and the game posts a level on their behalf?  HIDE THE GAME.  If take it further than just seeing FEWER posts, if I click "Hide all from Nova 100," I will never see another post from Nova 100 ever again.  BOOM, cleaner feed.  Here's a hint- if it's a game, app, group, or page that the person has clicked on, click the bottom of the two options... the top option should be the person's name, the second is the specific app (etc.), and the bottom option should be the COMPANY who PUBLISHES the app...  THAT'S the one you want to get rid of because it will clear out potentially dozens of apps (etc.) all in one quick click.

Okay, back to this step one more time...

#3: If you just want to hide that ONE post and never see it again, but you don't want to get rid of future images from Erin, and you don't want to get rid of future posts from Nova 100, you can simply click the X and it will hide this menu box... and you're ready to move on through your feed.

Back to the second image!  We're almost done!

So, we've covered the blue star, the carrot, and every instance of what can happen with hiding the post... finally, we have

#4: Turn off notifications.  Sometimes I'll click LIKE or I'll COMMENT on something... and then 700 other people also comment or click like... and I'm notified every time.  If that happens, I get to a point where I don't really want to see the post any more... so in that case, I can click, "Turn off notifications," and it'll stop numbering among my notifications.  You can also turn notifications ON for a post!  If you're not already following the post but you want to, you can click on the carrot, and it will say "Turn on notifications."  Click that and you're instantly in the loop with any updates on that post.

A word on ADVERTISING on Facebook... they also have those carrots, and you can open a menu and HIDE ADS!!  Some ads are relevant and I like them!  Like a super cute math shirt about fractions, I loved that.  But 99% of the ads that pop up on my feed are irrelevant and a waste of my brain power... and then you never have to see those ads ever again because they will be hidden forever.

I will try to find images of different scenarios to post below... I clean up my Facebook feed a little bit every time I use Facebook... and it's probably obvious that the more friends you follow, the longer it will take to clean up and maintain.  It's so worth it though- it saves me so much time going through my feed.

Post if you have questions, and good luck!  Enjoy your fresher, less cluttered, WAY more relevant Facebook feed!


> Click the CARROT
> Click "Hide all from US Uncut."

> Click the carrot
> Click "See less from Kristi,"
DONE!  Any time Kristi posts in a group you're not a member of, you won't see it.  :)

Sometimes it's fun to see these... most of the time I hide them.
> Click on the carrot
> Click Hide post
> Click "See less from Jessica..."

You have two options here...
You can click "Hide post" like we've seen before, and see less from Alexa... but here's what I do...

> Click on the carrot
> Click "Hide all from Jade" (or the person who posted to your friend's timeline, of course)
DONE!!  You will never see anything from Jade ever again.  :)


Janette most posts great stuff... but I can't stomach disturbing photos, so I hide them... because I like Janette's stuff, but I DON'T like this post, I will choose "Hide all from David..."

> Click carrot
> Click "Hide all from David."
DONE!  Disturbing photo gone, and I just prevented other probable disturbing photos from showing up in my feed in the future.  :)

10 September 2015

Cesar Chavez, Screwdrivers, and Soap Carvings

So... I was out of town last week and my substitute did a different lesson... because... my sweet family gave her the WRONG BAG!  :)  She got a magnifying glass and was mystified... and my lovely green-and-white striped bag was still beautifully preserved, sitting right where I had left it!

So my calendar is now a week off and I have ZERO time to go through and update all of the dates!

That said, here's the lesson for next Wednesday, 16 September, originally scheduled for "today" (since it's past midnight, technically... you know...).  And that midnight thing?  It's 1:30pm as I get ready to click Publish... and I realized that I didn't use one single cute font on this batch!  That's kind of the point of this blog, LOL!  Well, enjoy the ever-classic Garamond on these handouts and paste-ins, ha!

Fill-in-the-blank about Cesar Chavez

(sample image)

Cesar Chavez homework (boys must talk to parents about what they learned)

(sample image)

This is a cute graphic for "Righty Tighty, Lefty Loosey."  I found it HERE, and put it into a PDF so it's easy to cut'n'paste for journals.

(sample image)

Finally, we're going to do soap carvings!  We're going to review the most important knife safety rules from TWO WEEKS AGO and then we're going to jump in and carve using pocketknives!  Here's a graphic to spark the boys' imaginations!  

(sample image)
(samples found HERE, HERE, and HERE)

I expect to be setting up a tent with the boys on the 30th (this lesson is on the 16th, the week after that is pack meeting, so the tent is the 30th)... Since I don't own a tent and it SEEMS the boys don't have tents at home... I sent an email to our women's group to see if anyone had a tent we could set up!  Neat, right??  

24 August 2015

Generic Word (.docx) Reminders

This cute Reminders page (four to a page) is just an easy, quick download to use if you're in a hurry (like I always am).

Here's a screen shot of my reminders going out on the 2nd of September!
I used Austie Bost There For You and Austie Bost Descriptions fonts for this reminder.  :)
This is what this year's calendar looks like- click to download a copy- it's an ambitious schedule, but doable!  It includes a sample welcome letter, and the last page is a list of at-home tasks for parents to do that I just can't do the way our pack is set up.  :)  Notice that homework and reminders are built in.

This is set up for an LDS pack if you notice the April/May timeframe Duty to God requirements.  It wouldn't take a lot to replace these with your own group's requirements.  Enjoy!

Sneak Peek Sample:

Things to Take on a Campout, and Half Hitches!

I'm not sure if I mentioned this yet (it's late!), but this year, to help keep boys focused on learning, I am having them JOURNAL!  I am doing a lot of fill-in-the-blanks, lots of award-like pages, and lots of illustrations (and chances for them to illustrate!).

Because of the new program and all of the great hands-on components, I am sending regular homework and reminder papers- I am hoping it will work!  If it doesn't... I could be foiled!  :)

Here's the journal paste-in for things to take on a campout, and the illustration and signature space for half hitch knots.  Enjoy!

(This is what the half-hitch page looks like)

Cub Scouts: Pocketknives and the Whittling Chip

Okay, all of you Den Leaders!  New year, new program!  Last week, we covered the types of pocketknives, filled in a paper about them, and then signed a promise.  Here's the PDF!  This is a sample of the pledge.  :)  Enjoy!

09 August 2015

Cub Scouts 2015!

We're getting ready to start cub scouts here in the states-- the school year here in Atlanta, Georgia is TOMORROW!  And the week after that is our first week of cubs.  :)  I am the bear leader, and in getting reminders and docs ready for my boys' parents, I couldn't find any good black and white BEAR illustrations!  If you can use this, go for it!  It's free!  Just right-click, save as, and you're good to go.  I'm posting both the .jpg and the .png files.  :)  Enjoy!

21 June 2015

WLS Layout Artisan Competition: Featured Designer: Austie Bost Fonts

Austie Bost Fonts, featured!!  I think Meg Scott is one of the sweethearts of the Internet- she helped me a while back edit a font of mine and was so great to work with-- great ideas, super supportive, and just a joy to work with.  Click on the link to check out the feature!


WLS Layout Artisan Competition: Featured Designer: Austie Bost Fonts: I have had the great pleasure of knowing the creator behind Austie Bost Fonts. Her fun and whimsical font collection can be found at dafont....

24 March 2015

Austie Bost Dreamboat

Here we are!  A brand-new font to the Austie Bost collection, Austie Bost Dreamboat.  I am IN LOVE with this font and I have been using it for the last two weeks on EVERYTHING... Cub scouts materials, stuff for work, stuff for kids... Everything!  I can't wait to see what everyone does with it.  :)


Now, this font is a little fancier than some of the others, and it will be selling full-price at $30... so I would recommend grabbing it while it's priced at just $15!  

It's on sale at Fontspring.com.  :)

13 March 2015

Austie Bost There For You

Well, well, well, a new font!  I told you it was coming, ha-HA!  And here it is.  :)  It took a while, but you know what, I'm a single mom now, and I takes the time I gets.  :)

I just got done plastering these posters all over the World Wide Web:

The stick figures are my cutie pies, Scotty, Emily, and baby Zachy- I won't lie for the sake of skipping the cheese, but they are my reason for everything.

What did I tell you- Scott, Emily, Zach-- labeled in their very own font. ;)

(psst.  It's already up on 1001 Fonts!)

05 February 2015

New Font in Progress! Finally!

Okay, so I know it's been forever since my last font release-- we have had DRAMA at my house.  Lots of drama.  That being said, I'm delighted to report that I have about an hour a day to work on fonts- I am the luckiest girl in the world to have been able to carve out this time to continue doing something I love AND be a single mom AND work on finishing my degree AND...AND...AND.  I would be remiss if I didn't say how thankful I am for this artistic outlet.

That said!  Here's the rough screen shot!  I'm very excited that this early-early on shot is looking so great-- things have lined up with little effort, and the cleanup, kerning, and tweaking is about to commence.

How cute, right?! What do you all think!