Tutorial Tuesday!  It is totally a thing!  Ok, now I am part of that thing!  Today I am going to show you how I created the printable.  I know chalkboard effects can be pretty cut and dry.  This effect is to help create a more realistic chalkboard look.  As you can see in this little image here:


So watch and learn!  (that sounds all cocky, doesn’t it?)

For this tutorial I used these products from SHCO:

Mommyish – Textured #49

Mommyish – Stamped Action CS

Mommyish – Stylin’ #92 – Silhouette Styles

Just Jaimee – Keepin’ It Real 5 (can’t find them in her shop currently)

Now, let me know if you actually found this tutorial remotely helpful.  I want to do more of these in the future but worry that people are going to be all “Leah, shut up already – WE KNOW THIS!”  <3



It is Monday Mania @ Mommyish!  Last week was a holiday so I didn’t have a post.  (Ok, that is what I’m going to say as an excuse for not doing a post for the ENTIRE WEEK.. that and my dog ate my post and I was washing my hair and there was a freak alien abduction and.. ok, see.. loads of excuses there.)

First thing is a congrats to our first drawing winner!  I really liked the part of her post about only going to town once a week.  I know this is probably by choice.  We also live in an area where everything is a bit out of the way.  I’m all for getting things done at once so you don’t have to waste time going back over and over and over again.  It must be cool to live somewhere where you could just walk to the store and not have to trek over mountains in a foot of snow.. both ways.. uphill.


This week I’m going to be an enabler!  Oh yes.. are you ready for our topic?  *drumroll*

(the fonts above are brought to you in part by the letter F & the fonts KG BLESS YOUR HEART & junko’s typewriter)

 Ok, so this is where we introduce ourselves.  *stands* Hello, My name is Leah.. and I have a serious addiction.  No, it isn’t chocolate… it is something far more sinister.  Fonts.  I am a font addict.  I have thousands of fonts on my computer.. I just can’t stop downloading them. *sits*

Ok, seriously though I think that when I’m looking at advertisements and product packaging and naming off fonts – I might have a problem.  Ok, maybe not a problem.  There isn’t anything wrong with being a typophile.  I browse through like a hipster browses through Whole Foods.  I get giddy when I get my weekly newsletter from myfonts with their rising stars!  I’m not talking about celebrities here.. I’m talking about yummy font goodness!

My font addiction started with Century Gothic.  It is the font you are reading right now.  I fell in love with the smooth curves and clean lines.  It was simple, modern.. perfect.  Century Gothic will always hold a special place in my heart.  But then I discovered free fonts.

*Warning – visiting the following websites may result in a new addiction or furthered addiction of typography.  Read at your own risk*

I think what I loved more than anything was how the look and feel of a font can change the tone of words.  I mean there is a big difference between these two:

Rye & Times New Yorker

Ok, now onward to the good stuff.  These are the websites I stalk frequent as a typophile lover of fonts.

Free Fonts -

  • Font Squirrel - This is a great site with mostly free for commercial use fonts.  Be sure to read terms as commercial use terms can be different depending on the designer.
  • DaFont - This is one of the older free sites.  The database of fonts is HUGE.  As always some are free for commercial use and others are not.  Read the terms!
  • Abstract Fonts - Another of the older sites.  Again, huge database.  I’m not a fan of the design interface for some reason but loads of goodness here.  Again, read your terms.
  • KevinandAmanda - These fonts are amazing for scrapbookers as there are loads of beautiful handwritten fonts and dingbats.
  • Google Fonts - Oh yes!  You will not regret visiting google fonts.  The even better part is it is all integrated for web usage!  OM NOM!
  • Kimberly Geswein – Kimberly makes some awesome fonts and they are free for personal use and very reasonably priced for commercial use!

Pay Fonts - 

I am a believer in paying for fonts.  To me fonts are art and the artist deserve to be paid for their work.  These are some of the sites that I frequent to purchase fonts at the best rates.

  • MightyDeals - This is a graphic designer’s dream site.. and from time to time they have AMAZING deals on fonts.  Typically a font family will run you between 30-40 dollars.  On this site I’ve seen families for as low at $9!
  • Creative Market – A newer design haven.  You find a myriad of fonts at various prices.  I’ve found some great ones for as low as 3-4 dollars!
  • - Not only is a reputable site for fonts but they also have free fonts here as well.  I personally love to type in something fun and just look at all the font goodness!
  • Lost Type – This is a donate/pay site.  If you are wanting personal use fonts then you can download for whatever you feel is appropriate.  Commercial Useage is $40 per font. (From what I have read on the new site)

Alright.  This is a short list but well worth visiting.  Remember, don’t be ashamed of loving fonts.  (Click below for a free printable! 8×10)

Font – Cantoni

This week I will be gifting my newest style set (being released this week) to TWO lucky commenters.   So here is my question – What is your favorite font, and why?




Muahahaha, ok – so welcome to my first installment of a weekly post of some sort.  What is this?  Well, basically this is going to be my place to share stuff with you that I like or love or am interested in.. no matter if it is design trends, food, etc.  If it is happening and I like it – then I’m down.  So let’s get down with our bad selves!

So basically I am crazily un-organized.  I know I shouldn’t admit this – but it is the truth.  Usually it is just a happy accident that I finish up stuff on time.  For those of you who don’t know – I’m pretty upfront with having an anxiety/panic disorder.  So, add procrastination with anxiety and you get = one super frazzled person when deadlines approach.  It really is a vicious cycle.  I can always come up with five-zillion excuses to why I can’t do something just then.  Lately my excuses include:

Exhibit A:

2014-05-10 16.57.44Don’t let the sweet baby face trick you.  She is a monster.  She only has eyes for me.  And the eyes are deadly.  She gives me this look – it is basically her super power – that prompts me to pick her up.  I call it “The Eyes.”  Once she gives me “The Eyes” I have to stop what I am doing and snuggle her or nurse her or kiss her five zillion times.  Sure it is sweet, but when I just did those things 5 minutes before it becomes a bit of a problem

Exhibit B:

What is this you ask?  Why these are the time suckers of the internet.  Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Blogs, Tumblr and Youtube.. oh how many hours I have spent on you.  Usually it is because I am “researching” stuff.  That is the great thing about being a designer.  Looking at pretty things is research.. however each of these sites represents a BLACK HOLE of a TIME SUCKER!  “Oh look, a beautiful palette – hmmm, I wonder what site that is on.. oh how cute is this site, what else is here.. ” *five hours later “What was I looking for again?”

Ok, so how am I combating this seemingly endless battle?

Enter one little app:


I came across this app by having the starbucks app on my phone and they occasionally offer free apps. (this one is now 4.99)  I downloaded this one on a whim.  One day I actually decided to open it up and was pleased to find a little “to do” list system that was extremely simple and straight forward.  Basically it allows you to create multiple lists.  You can reorder your list in order of importance!  RED is the top and most important all the way down to GREEN, the least important.  So basically you can do anything with it.  Grocery List? Sure thing!  A huge list of stuff to do for a project.  Sure Thing.  Ideas for a kit?  Heck Yeah!  Ok so below are some screenshots of lists I’ve made.

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So basically what you see is a list I made.. then you swipe to the right when you finish an item and if you want to move an item up or down you put your finger over it and drag it up or down in importance.  It is SUPER simple and easy to use.  How do I use it most?  Usually while I’m nursing the baby.  When I think of things I need to do I open the app and list them all down and arrange them into the order of importance.  It works for me!

Now – what do you do to stay organized?  Do you have any tips or tricks?  Leave a reply below.  One reply will receive a 7.00 coupon to my shop!