Journey With Jess | Inspiration for your Creative Side

Inspiration for your Creative Side

Basic HTML Every Blogger Should Know

Blogging, TutorialJessica WozniczkaComment
BasicHTML-blogpost

HTML can be intimidating and takes both patience and practice to master. I remember my first experience with HTML was way back during my freshman year of high school. In 2003, Livejournal was all the rage and if you didn't have one, you weren't cool. Upon starting my own account I discovered that Livejournal wouldn't allow any customization. Having the ability to bold and strike-through text was an absolute necessity. A friend of mine showed me some quick and simple HTML code that I could use in my posts. They weren't complicated, but they did allow me to bold text or customize colors. Fast forward to 2010 - I'm sitting in a graduate class learning some pretty hardcore HTML and CSS and I felt myself struggling to keep up. Although I took classes that specialized in HTML, I learned most of what I know on my own.  I am by no means an expert, but if I can teach myself you can too. If you're really serious about blogging or starting your own website, I highly suggest you learn a little HTML. By learning the basics of HTML, you will gain the ability to better manage your websites' design which can help you stay organized. 

This lesson will include all the basic HTML codes that I feel are important and every blogger should know.

IMAGE CODE

<img src=”http://image.jpg”>

LINKING TO A WEBPAGE

<a href=”http://link.html”>WHAT YOU WANT YOUR LINK TO SAY</a>

OPEN LINK IN A NEW WINDOW

<a href=”http://link.html” target=”blank”>LINK</a>

LINK AN IMAGE

<a href=”http://url.com”><img src=”http://image.jpg”>

IMAGE WITHOUT A BORDER

<img src=”http://image.html” border=”0″>

TEXT CODING

BOLD TEXT

<b>BOLD</b>

ITALICIZE TEXT

<i>Italic</i>

or

<em>Italic</em>

UNDERLINE TEXT

<u>Underline</u>

or

<span style=”text-decoration: underline;”>Underline</span>

ALIGNING TEXT

You can align your text left or right using this code.

<div align=”left”>Align this text to the left</div>

OR

<span align=”left”>Align this text to the left</span>

CHANGE COLOR OF TEXT

 <span style="color:#AA5585; "> this text is purple</span>

HEADINGS

<h1>THIS IS A HEADING</h1>

<h2>THIS IS A HEADING</h2>

<h3>THIS IS A HEADING</h3>

<h4>THIS IS A HEADING</h4>

PARAGRAPHS

<p>Creates a paragraph</p>

CREATE LINE SPACING

Creates a line break<br>

LINK TO AN EMAIL

<a href=”mailto:youremail@gmail.com”>youremail@gmail.com</a>


Like anything, practice makes perfect. HTML can be finicky and frustrating, but I promise if you keep at it you and continue learning you will eventually understand. The job I currently have requires me to use HTML on a daily basis and a lot of what I learned I learned on the job. If you still find yourself confused and scratching your head I've included some useful resources below.

http://icanbuildablog.com/html-css-tutorials/

http://lifeyourway.net/understanding-basic-html-blogging-basics-for-beginners/

https://designyourownblog.com/html-and-css-design-bloggers-guide/

 

 

How to Create Your Own Color Palette Using Photoshop

Graphic Design, Photoshop, TutorialJessica WozniczkaComment
Createyourownpalette-postimage

I’m sure you’ve probably seen customized color palettes inspired by a particular photo on Pinterest. Have you ever been curious how to make your own? Color palettes aren’t only used by designers, but they are great for bloggers who wish to stay within their website color scheme. They can also be useful if you’re looking for a collection of colors that go well together especially for blog post images. I’ve recently come across a great and easy way to create your own using Photoshop and I’m excited to share it with you.

Choose an Image

Image from https://pixabay.com/

Image from https://pixabay.com/

Search online for an image that inspires you and reflects your current scheme. I use https://pixabay.com to find copyright free images. Once you've found one, open it in Photoshop. Tip: I ALWAYS duplicate the layer so I don't edit the original. 

Working With Color Swatches

Image from https://pixabay.com/

Image from https://pixabay.com/

Once you have Photoshop open with the image you wish to use, look to the right hand side where the Swatch panel is located. If you aren't seeing yours, simply go to window>swatches to open it. The photo above is labeled with all the important information pertaining to swatches. 

MENU - You're able to see preset swatches built into the program. You can load, save, reset and replace current palette colors.

DELETE - Self-explanatory. Simply click a swatch color and hit the delete button to remove it.

ADD NEW SWATCH - This is where you can add new swatches to your library. It will add the current color selected to your foreground swatch. 

Creating a Color Palette

Before discovering this trick I would randomly select colors using the eyedropper tool. And what I quickly discovered were the colors I chose seemed too dark or simply not what I was looking for. To make things easier you need first need to apply a crystallize filter over your image. To do this, go to Filter>Pixelate>Crystallize.
Image from https://pixabay.com/

Image from https://pixabay.com/

This will create a crystallizing effect over your image by merging similar pixels together making it easier to select the colors you want. 

Enter the cell size you want; I usually go around the 45 mark because I like having more color options. Just keep in mind - the larger the cells, the fewer options you'll have available. Also, make sure to set your window to a percentage under 100%; I typically set mine to 33%.

Image from https://pixabay.com/

Image from https://pixabay.com/

Now you can start selecting your colors using the Eyedropper Tool. Pick a color you like and press the Create New Swatch button and a window will pop up. This allows you to rename that color and after you press OK it will be added to your library. You can select as many or as few as you like. Once you're satisfied, you can press the menu button in the right hand corner and save your new color palette. 

Image from https://pixabay.com/

Image from https://pixabay.com/

If you want to add strips of color on the sides, simply use the rectangle tool and select the color from your palette. How simple is that!? 

FREE PRINTABLE Weekly & Monthly Planners

Printable, Organization, Organizing, Graphic Design, BloggingJessica WozniczkaComment
Weekly-monthlyPlanner_blogpost

Are you tired of using your phone as your only source of daily/monthly planning? Miss the good ol' days where paper was king? Fear no more! I'm happy to share with you two simple and functional printable planners for your organizational enjoyment. Not only will you have your days sorted out - but you'll have your month figured out as well. 

I'm back again to deliver you with another organizational freebie. It's no secret that I love printables to keep myself organized. But, as much as I love using my phone, it doesn't keep me as organized as I like. I know many of you remember in junior high or high school how necessary it was to have a daily planner to keep track of homework. Although I don't miss the high school experience, I do miss the ease of organizing my days. It's just not the same. 

For a while now I've been on the search for a weekly planner that was both functional as wells as pretty to look at. This is why I decided to create not only a weekly planner but a monthly planner as well. Both planners are done in the same style, color and font choices so those that are interested in downloading both can have a completed set. I believe the basic layout will serve you well and should help make your life less hectic. 

Download links can be found at the bottom of this post.
weekly-planner_clip
Monthly-planner_clip
Weekly-planner_full
Monthly-planner_full

Both planners are 11 x 8.5" PDF's and will print from any home printer by switching your print layout to landscape. I suggest printing these out on Saturday so you have time to plan out your week or month. 

Free Font Collection: Rustic Fonts

Blogging, Fonts, Graphic DesignJessica WozniczkaComment
This is my third post in my font collection series

This is my third post in my font collection series

Happy fall! It's been almost 7 weeks since my last font collection series post and since we are nearing the end of September (what!?) it was about time I did another one. With summer in the rear view I wanted this months font collection series to be all about rustic fonts. If you missed it,  I've covered scriptclean and handwritten fonts in past months. When I think of rustic I think of autumn or the countryside and since fall is upon us, it only seemed fitting I would create this collection.

Rustic fonts have gained in popularity over the past couple of years. This is in part due to the popularity of rustic-sheek weddings. Receptions with mason jars adorned on tables, dark stained wood accents and Edison bulbs are the epitome rustic. Although I missed this trend by about a year, I can still appreciate the simplicity and elegance of rustic themed weddings. The trendy rustic movement isn't strictly limited to weddings - home designers are using this as inspiration for interior design. Because of this, this type of font can be seen almost everywhere; trendy coffee shops, boutiques and even used in framed quotes. A short search through Etsy proves this point. If you're planning a rustic themed wedding or just like the look of these fonts, I've come up with 18 of my favorite rustic themed fonts.  

Below you can find the list of all 18 rustic fonts you can download today!

1) Click on an of the above links.
2) You will be directed to the font webpage.
3) For dafont.com: Click on the "download" button on the right hand side. A zip file should begin downloading. Locate the zip file and open it. Open all of the .ttf files and click the "install" button at the top of each window that opens. They will be automtically installed into your fonts folder.

If you're getting an "invalid font" error, trying logging in as Administrator. Don't drag the files directly from the zip folder in to the fonts folder: this won't work. If you're still having issues installing, please google "invaild font" and you should find some discussion boards.

DOWNLOAD INSTRUCTIONS FOR PC

Disclaimer: Most of these fonts are free for commercial use. Please read the license on each font before using them. The downloaded zip files should contain a text document called "license." It is your responsibility to read the terms and conditions for each font you choose to download. Any font listed as "Demo" means you are allowed to download and try for free. You will need to purchase the license if you decide to use the font past the mock-up phase.

Free 8×10 Fall Printable Set

Printable, Graphic DesignJessica WozniczkaComment
Fall-printable-header_blog

It's hard to believe that the first day of fall is in two days. With summer behind us, we can soon look forward to pumpkin patches, cozy blankets and cooler temperatures. One of the best ways to decorate is with printables because they are cute and if you already own a frame, inexpensive. To help get into the fall spirit, here’s a set of free fall printables for some easy seasonal decorating! This set includes three 8×10 PDF art prints featuring a scenic fall setting which I’ve digitally enhanced with filters and applied to some simple typographic quotes.

Each print is set up to print as an 8×10, but they also look great matted in an 11×14 frame. Download links are at the bottom of this post.

Fall-is-in-the-air_frame1

Fall is in the Air

Fall-in-love_frame2

Fall in Love

Autumn-frame3

Autumn

They also look great hung up by binder clips or even washi tape - which can give these prints a different look. Feel free to print them out as letter sized or smaller. Just make sure to select the proper size before printing. 

Fall-is-in-the-air.jpg
Autumn-printable.jpg

Follow these links to download your Fall PDF Printables: 

Fall is in the Air 8×10 download

Fall in Love 8×10 download

Autumn 8×10 download


If you enjoyed these prints, check out my printables page to view them all!

22 Design Terms Simplified For Non-Designers

Blogging, Graphic Design, BusinessJessica WozniczkaComment

Becoming a graphic designer is a lot more difficult than many people think it is. On top of learning all of the design software [which is time consuming and tedious] there is an overabundance of terms that all aspiring designers must know and become familiar with if they want to continue down the path. Not knowing these specific terms can be catastrophic to your reputation in the industry and can call into question your credibility. With so many terms, it can be a little overwhelming - but never fear, I'm here to break down some common terms and explain them in a way that will hopefully make sense to you. The following list are some important terms I feel every designer should know. 

1. Alignment

The positioning of elements (text, images, etc) to achieve a more balanced look that makes logical sense. Alignment can be left, right, centered or justified.
1-alignment

2. Bleed

During the printing process a protion of the page will get trimmed off. The bleed is necessary because it ensures the important features of your document won't get cut off. The bleed is the part on the side of a document that gives the printer a small amount of space to account for movement of the paper, and design inconsistencies.
Source: https://graphicdesign.stackexchange.com/questions/55905/how-can-i-determine-how-much-bleed-to-use

Source: https://graphicdesign.stackexchange.com/questions/55905/how-can-i-determine-how-much-bleed-to-use

3. Pixel

All images are comprised of blocks of tiny pixels. When viewed, this provides a clear and high-quality image. Note: The quality is entirely dependent on both the screen resolution as well as the DPI (Dots per inch).
Source: http://www.ultimate-photo-tips.com/what-is-a-pixel.html

Source: http://www.ultimate-photo-tips.com/what-is-a-pixel.html

4. Layers

This is a tool most design software has and allows you to organize your work. Layers are a tiered system and allow you to work on one layer at a time or you can make groups to work on several at once.
Source: http://www.crhfoto.co.uk/crh/layers_basics/layers_palette_basic.htm

Source: http://www.crhfoto.co.uk/crh/layers_basics/layers_palette_basic.htm

5. Palette

A collection of colors that complement one another and that you plan on implementing in your design.
Source: https://designschool.canva.com/blog/brand-color-palette/

Source: https://designschool.canva.com/blog/brand-color-palette/

6. CMYK

CMYK is made up of the following: Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Key. This color mode is used for printing purposes. CMYK is a subtractive color meaning that it starts off as white and as we add color it results in a darker color.
6-cmyk

7. RGB

RGB is made up of the following: Red, Green and Blue. This color mode is used for screen purposes. RGB is an additive color meaning that we start off with black and end up white as more color is added.
7-rgb

8. Pantone

Pantone Matching System (PMS) is a system of colors for printing spot colors. Pantone colors are numbered which makes it a lot easier to reference and identify various shades of color.
Source: https://pixabay.com

Source: https://pixabay.com

9. Crop Marks

These marks are located on the outside of the print and are used as guidelines for cutting down to the final size.
Source: https://alphagraphicslisle.wordpress.com/2011/12/12/need-to-know-printing-terms-bleed-gutter-and-crop-marks/

Source: https://alphagraphicslisle.wordpress.com/2011/12/12/need-to-know-printing-terms-bleed-gutter-and-crop-marks/

10. Opacity

The amount of transparency an element has. The lower the opacity, the more transparent it is.
10-opacity

11. Resolution

This refers to how much detail an image has. The rule of thumb is the higher your resolution, the clearer your image. This also measures the dots per inch (DPI) for printed works and pixels per inch (PPI) for digital work. Best practice for this is to stick to at least 300 DPI for anything printed and at least 72 PPI for digital.
11-resolution

12. Raster Image

As mentioned above, all images are made up of individual pixels. Altering the dimensions of a raster image may result in a blurry image since you’re simply shrinking or stretching the pixels themselves.

13. Vector Graphics

This refers to an image that is made up of paths and curves (vectors) rather than a grid of pixels. Vector graphics are created through the commands of a mathematical equation. Because of this and the fact that it isn't made up of pixels, gives you the ability to resize it however you like without losing image quality.
Source: https://mlpforums.com/topic/13023-what-is-a-vector-graphic-what-a-vector-graphic-actually-is/

Source: https://mlpforums.com/topic/13023-what-is-a-vector-graphic-what-a-vector-graphic-actually-is/

14. Typography

Typography refers to the arrangement of type in a visually pleasing way. This is achieved by the use of both white space and varying typeface's to visually communicate ideas.
Source: http://typeplate.com/

Source: http://typeplate.com/

15. Kerning

Is the process of adjusting space and distance between two characters in your type. This is typically done in order to achieve more balance and symmetry and helps make your type more visually pleasing.
Source: https://99designs.com/blog/tips/11-kerning-tips/

Source: https://99designs.com/blog/tips/11-kerning-tips/

16. Leading

This is the distance between the baseline of type. Not enough space between can cause the text to overlap making the content hard to read, while too much space can cause the content to appear disjointed. It's good to find a happy balance between the two.
Source: https://patriciasdesignsite.wordpress.com/2015/01/16/leading-in-typography/

Source: https://patriciasdesignsite.wordpress.com/2015/01/16/leading-in-typography/

17. Serif Typeface

Is a typeface style that has decorative lines (Serifs) at the end of horizontal and vertical lines. You may be familiar with these fonts if you've ever written a paper for school. Because of these, serif fonts tend to look professional and feel more traditional. Common serif fonts are Times New Roman, Garamond and Georgia.
Source: http://www.mmprint.com/blog/2011/typography-typefaces-serif-sansserif/

Source: http://www.mmprint.com/blog/2011/typography-typefaces-serif-sansserif/

18. Sans Serif Typeface

Is a typeface style in which there are no decorative lines at the end of each character. These fonts appear more modern and feel cleaner. Common sans serif typefaces include Arial, Helvetica, AvantGarde and Verdana.
Source: http://www.mmprint.com/blog/2011/typography-typefaces-serif-sansserif/

Source: http://www.mmprint.com/blog/2011/typography-typefaces-serif-sansserif/

19. Script Typeface

Is a typeface style that copies the look of cursive handwriting. Script fonts can appear more classy and elegant or more casual. This is entirely dependent on the amount of embellishment.
Source: https://fontbundles.net/dirtylinestudio/1649-zailla-script

Source: https://fontbundles.net/dirtylinestudio/1649-zailla-script

20. Slab Serif Typeface

Is a typeface style that is thicker and is commonly used in headlines or titles. They appear very bold and strong and are typically not used in long blocks of text.
Source: http://ilovetypography.com/2008/06/20/a-brief-history-of-type-part-5/

Source: http://ilovetypography.com/2008/06/20/a-brief-history-of-type-part-5/

21. Margins

This refers to the space around the edge of the document. Margins are important to design because they create white space and contribute to the overall look and feel of the design.
Source: https://codepen.io/andrewgrant/post/css-margin-collapsing-explained

Source: https://codepen.io/andrewgrant/post/css-margin-collapsing-explained

22. White Space

Also known as negative space; this is an important design element and is helps maintain a clean and modern look. White space is a great way to make complicated designs appear less busy and cluttered.
Source: https://pixabay.com

Source: https://pixabay.com





 

International Travel + FREE PRINTABLE Checklist

Printable, Travel, Monthly BagJessica WozniczkaComment
TravelCheckList-forSSPost.jpg

This coming Tuesday, I'll be traveling to Krakow, Poland for vacation and to also visit my husbands' family. We leave Aug 22 and get back home Aug 31 - which leaves us a full week to explore. We are flying to Berlin, Germany and driving to Krakow [to save us some $], so I'm excited to see the sites and landscapes on the 6 hour car ride there. I am no stranger to international travel, but this will be my first time visiting Poland. For whatever reason, international travel is always hard on me. It makes me so exhausted and I always have a difficult time with jet lag. We have quite the long trek ahead of us Wednesday and I would be lying if I said I was a little apprehensive about the journey. I know most people say to just sleep on the plane, but I can never get comfortable enough to sleep on a plane. My only option is to push through the day.

Before I even worry about getting there, I have to start the arduous task of packing. I hate packing. I'm an over-packer and tend to bring more than necessary. I plan on packing sometime Sunday so I don't feel rushed packing the night before. I always get really anxious about packing and possibly forgetting something. I'll even have nightmares about forgetting essential items such as my camera or phone!

To keep my sanity (and hopefully help with organization), I've created a packing checklist. I'm really big into check lists and without them I can sometimes become a little scattered-brained. This checklist is free for your personal use and you can print directly from your home printer. Although I'll be traveling internationally, you can easily use this checklist for domestic travel as well. The checklist is 8.5 x 11" PDF

We're staying at an Airbnb which has wifi available, but I'm not sure how easily I'll be able toblog while away. I'm hoping I'll be able to at least post a few photos and a little blurb about each. But If not, I'll be back to the daily grind of things September 1.

I absolutely LOVE the Lonely Planet travel guides. I used the Tokyo one last September it was so helpful! I highly suggest these when traveling internationally and the small pocket size book is the perfect size.

Free Font Collection: Handwritten Fonts

Blogging, Fonts, Graphic DesignJessica WozniczkaComment
This is my third post in my font collection series

This is my third post in my font collection series

Can you believe it's already the second week of August?! I can't believe how quickly summer is passing by - I honestly don't know where all the time has gone. It's been about 4 weeks since my last font collection series post and decided it was time for my 3rd one. So far I've done script and clean fonts and this post will focus on handwritten ones. Handwritten fonts have become more popular in the past year or so - particularly for weddings. More recently I've typically seen handwritten fonts utilized for rustic/barn-type themed weddings either in the invitations or the general decor.  

Handwritten fonts serve their purpose in design as well as blogging and can be great for representing brands. A good examples of these are child care centers or charities. Companies or individuals wanting to stand out creativly such as fashion designers or photographers, may also benefit from these fonts. If you do choose a handwritten font, make sure it is clearly legible, as scaling it across device screens can make it completely useless otherwise. A major problem I've come across is the over use of these fonts can make your design appear childish. If this isn't the look you're going for I would suggest to proceed with caution.

Below is the list of all 18 script fonts you can download today!

1) Click on an of the above links.
2) You will be directed to the font webpage.
3) For dafont.com: Click on the "download" button on the right hand side. A zip file should begin downloading. Locate the zip file and open it. Open all of the .ttf files and click the "install" button at the top of each window that opens. They will be automtically installed into your fonts folder.

If you're getting an "invalid font" error, trying logging in as Administrator. Don't drag the files directly from the zip folder in to the fonts folder: this won't work. If you're still having issues installing, please google "invaild font" and you should find some discussion boards.

DOWNLOAD INSTRUCTIONS FOR PC

Disclaimer: Most of these fonts are free for commercial use. Please read the license on each font before using them. The downloaded zip files should contain a text document called "license." It is your responsibility to read the terms and conditions for each font you choose to download. Any font listed as "Demo" means you are allowed to download and try for free. You will need to purchase the license if you decide to use the font past the mock-up phase.

4 FREE Inspirational Printables for Your Workspace

Graphic Design, PrintableJessica WozniczkaComment

Working day in and day out can be both exhausting and frustrating. On top of our daily jobs, we also have to manage a house hold, kids, keep up with relationships, maintain an exercise routine and more. It's a never ending cycle and sometimes we need a little extra motivation. I've created 4 free inspirational printables you can print out for your home office or for your desk at work. Sometimes being surrounded by positivity can completely change your mindset and hopefully help you through your day. All 4 printables are 8 x 10" PDF's. Feel free to print out as many as you like - and enjoy!

How to Remove a Person from a Photo Using Photoshop

Photoshop, Tutorial, Graphic DesignJessica WozniczkaComment
removeaperson-photoshop

Nothing is more annoying than taking a picture with friends only to find out later you were photobombed by someone. Believe me, I've been there before. I'll teach you one of the quickest and easiest ways to completely remove someone from a photo. Not only does this method work for removing people it will also work for background objects as well. The photo I chose is of a BMX rider against a cloudy sky. This technique works best against skies or backgrounds without complex objects, but it can be done with a bit of work.

Before

Before

After

After

Step 1

First we need to single out the biker by creating a path around it. To do this, head over to the toolbar on the right handside and select the pen tool.

Next, simply click around your subject until it is completely selected. You don't need to be exact, but make sure to not select too closely to you subjects edge - try to leave a little bit of space. If you cut too close, it will sample pixels from anything close by.

Step 2

Once you have your path selected, we need to turn the subject into a selection. Make sure you still have your pen tool selected and right click anywhere on the path and a window will pop up. Click on Make Selection.

A prompt box will popup. Make sure feather radius is set as 0 and leave all other options alone and click OK.

Step 3

Now we have to fill our subject in to make it disappear. To do this, go to the top navigation and click on Edit>Fill.

After clicking on Fill a prompt box will popup. Make sure the Content Aware option is selected and that blending mode is to normal and at 100%; then click OK.

And as Gilderoy Lockhart said in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, "Amazing, it's just like a magic." You now have a photo with the undesired object completely gone. Feel free to try it this technique out on any photos you may have and hopefully it's just as successful for you.

step8.jpg

Image via Creative Commons license, pixabay.com

4 FREE Summer Printables

Blogging, Printable, Photoshop, Graphic DesignJessica WozniczkaComment

Can you believe we're more than halfway through summer already?! This happens to me every year - I look forward to summer so much and it just passes me right by. Before we know it, it will be fall and we'll be getting ready for cooler weather and falling leaves...but let's worry about that a little later. 

Because summer is in full swing, I thought it might be fun to create some summer printable's you can download and enjoy before summer passes. Decorate your summer home [or everyday home], classroom [for those of you who teach summer school] or hang them in your cubicle to bring summer inside. All you need to do is download, print & add to your favorite 8 x 10″ frame! All 4 printables are 8 x 10" PDF's so feel free to download 1 or all of them.

Enjoy

Free Font Collection: Script Fonts

Blogging, Fonts, Graphic DesignJessica WozniczkaComment
This is my second post in my font collection series

This is my second post in my font collection series

A couple weeks ago, I compiled a list of some gorgeous free clean fonts you can utilize almost everyday. This week focuses on script fonts. Script fonts aren't nearly as versatile as sans/sans serif fonts, but they are still nice to have. Being the font hoarder that I am, I have an entire arsenal of script fonts. This list contains some of my favorite beautiful script fonts for your personal or creative use. If you're a blogger or designer [or even if you're not], some of these will might be useful to you if you're trying to create a more feminine sophisticated look. 

Below is the list of all 18 script fonts you can download today!

DOWNLOAD INSTRUCTIONS FOR PC

1) Click on an of the above links.
2) You will be directed to the font webpage.
3) For dafont.com: Click on the "download" button on the right hand side. A zip file should begin downloading. Locate the zip file and open it. Open all of the .ttf files and click the "install" button at the top of each window that opens. They will be automtically installed into your fonts folder.

If you're getting an "invalid font" error, trying logging in as Administrator. Don't drag the files directly from the zip folder in to the fonts folder: this won't work. If you're still having issues installing, please google "invaild font" and you should find some discussion boards.

Disclaimer: Most of these fonts are free for commercial use. Please read the license on each font before using them. The downloaded zip files should contain a text document called "license." It is your responsibility to read the terms and conditions for each font you choose to download. Any font listed as "Demo" means you are allowed to download and try for free. You will need to purchase the license if you decide to use the font past the mock-up phase.

Be a Pineapple - Quote + FREE Printable

Printable, Blogging, Graphic DesignJessica WozniczkaComment

Be a pineapple??

I know this quote is a little old, but I've been seeing it pop up a lot more on Pinterest and social media lately. Perhaps it's making a 2017 comeback or maybe someone decided to resurrect it since some associate pineapples with summer. Who knows. I honestly didn't give it much thought when I first began seeing it and thought it was just a cutesy way to overlay text on top of an image of a pineapple. But the more I saw it, the more I began to understand it. I know it might sound weird, but I feel like we should all be more like a pineapple. Let me explain.

Stand tall.

Pineapples quite literally stand up on their own - they stand tall and proud. This is what we as a community and people should strive to do. Stand up for what you believe in. Stand up for yourself. Stand up for someone else. Stand up for whatever it is you think you need to take a stance on. Just make sure to stand up tall and don't ever let anyone put you down. Be a defender. Be proud of who you are and live each day with dignity and grace. Sometimes life can throw us a curve ball or two and we may loose ourselves along the way. Just make sure to find your back and to not let yourself down. Brush off your shoulders, look straight ahead and stand tall.

Wear a crown.

Don't literally wear a crown, figuratively wear one. While you shouldn't expect to be treated like a princess, you should be treated fairly and with respect. We all deserve this. Know your worth. You have the right to every ounce of appreciation and courtesy as the next person. Live life with finesse and sophistication - be passionate and shoot for the stars and don't settle for anything less. 

Be sweet on the inside.

I know it's cliché to say, but it's not what's on the outside that counts it's what's on the inside. On the outside, pineapples are hard with a rough texture, but you can't judge it based on its outside appearance. This is 100% true with people as well. Life is all about being understanding and accepting to one another. Be kind and genuine. Be sweet on the inside. Make sure to always be the best YOU can be. Show the world how amazing you are. Show the world what you have to offer. 

We would all be better humans if we just remembered to be like a pineapple.

 

I've included a downloadable link to the 6" x 10" PDF. Feel free to print this out and frame it yourself so you can be inspired at home on a daily basis.

What quotes inspire you?

Jacqueline Wilson is an English children’s author and creator of this quote.

FREE PRINTABLE - 20 Spice Labels for Pantry Organization

Graphic Design, Printable, Organizing, Cleaning, Blogging, OrganizationJessica WozniczkaComment

I love labeling and keeping everything neat and tidy, but lately I've been struggling with finding spices in my spice cabinet. Every time I need to find anything, I literally have to take each spice out one by one hoping I find what I need. I finally got sick of it and decided to created these printable spice labels. I printed mine from full-sheet shipping label paper, but you also print yours from standard printer paper and use Modge Podge to adhere it to the side. It is completely up to you!

What I've done is put each spice in Mini Glass Jelly Jar's (I bought mine from Bed Bath and Beyond) and placed the label directly on the outside of it. I decided to use these mini jelly jar's because I felt like mason jars were too large and I also wanted to optimize my cabinet space. 

Feel free to download and print any of the labels below. I've also included a blank one as well as a combined PDF including all 20 labels if you didn't want to pick and choose what you want. Hopefully these help you organize your spices as well as making it easier to find what you need. Enjoy! 


FREE Printable Weekly Cleaning Schedule

Printable, Organizing, CleaningJessica WozniczkaComment

I hope you all had a fun Fourth of July and are ready to conquer the rest of the work week. For those of you who just hosted Fourth of July BBQ's and parties', I'm sure you've realized the clean up you'll have to do. Because of this, it seemed appropriate to create a weekly cleaning checklist you can download to help you prioritize. I hate cleaning as much as the next person, but for time management sometimes it's a good idea to take a couple quick small tasks you can do after work before relaxing at the end of the day (you shouldn't have to spend more than 45 minutes). By doing this, it should help keep your home under control and minimize the amount of time you'll have to spend cleaning during the weekend. You can download the checklist by clicking the button below!


Below are some of my go-to cleaning products to help you get started. 

Free Font Collection: Clean Fonts

Blogging, Fonts, Graphic DesignJessica WozniczkaComment
This is the first post of my font collection series.

This is the first post of my font collection series.

I have a confession to make - I'm sort of a font hoarder. There I said! Admitting it is the first step to recovery. But seriously, being a graphic designer, I love trying out new fonts on different projects I'm working on and discovering how I can use them. I'll experiment with these new font types on logos, vector graphics, flyers... You name it. I'm constantly scouring the internet for new free fonts I can add to my growing collection. 

There are so many different types of fonts: handwritten, serif, sans serif, retro, elegant - the list goes on. With so many different font types, it can seem a little overwhelming. To make this is as simple as possible, this post will focus only on clean fonts. I've compiled a list of 18 free clean fonts you can download and try out right now. Below are the links to all the sites where you can download them. Enjoy!

Colaborate |  Sensation |  Oswald |  Asenine |  Raleway |  Lato |  Bebas |  Aller |  Cabin |  Biko |  Caviar Dreams |  Miso |  Champagne & Limousines |  Code |  Droid |  Langdon |  Nexa |  Roboto

DOWNLOAD INSTRUCTIONS FOR PC

1) Click on an of the above links.
2) You will be directed to the font webpage.
3) For dafont.com: Click on the "download" button on the right hand side. A zip file should begin downloading. Locate the zip file and open it. Open all of the .ttf files and click the "install" button at the top of each window that opens. They will be automtically installed into your fonts folder.
4) For fontsquirrel.com: Click on the "download [font]" button button on the right hand side next to the font name. Follow the instructions on the following page if applicable. A zip file should download. Locate the zip file and open it. Open all of the .ttf or .otf files and click the "install" buttom at the top of the window that opens.

If you're getting an "invalid font" error, trying logging in as Administrator. Don't drag the files directly from the zip folder in to the fonts folder: this won't work. If you're still having issues installing, please google "invaild font" and you should find some discussion boards.

Disclaimer: Most of these fonts are free for commercial use. Please read the license on each font before using them. The downloaded zip files should contain a text document called "license." It is your responsibility to read the terms and conditions for each font you choose to download. Any font listed as "Demo" means you are allowed to download and try for free. You will need to purchase the license if you decide to use the font past the mock-up phase.

Meal Prepping for the Week + FREE Printable Grocery List & Recipe Card!

Blogging, PrintableJessica WozniczkaComment

If you’re anything like me, the very idea of cooking dinner after a long day of work can leave you feeling exhausted - providing you an excuse to order take-out. I’ve found I’m spending way too much time cooking, shopping or prepping meals for a single night during the week. I finally got fed up with it and decided to try my hand at prepping freezer meals during the weekend for the entire week. By creating a grocery and recipe list of my weekly meals, I was hoping to save both time and money, thus giving me more downtime to relax after a full day at work. My ultimate goal was to create 10 freezers meals that I can pop directly into the slow cooker as I’m running out the door.

I went through several of my Crockpot books (and pins on Pinterest) and compiled 10 recipes that had similar ingredients so I wasn’t veering too far away from one another. As I sat down to try and organize my meal plan ideas, I quickly realized what a daunting task this was going to be. The biggest problem I discovered was trying to organize all my planned meals. I had all these great recipes in mind, but I was so overwhelmed at the idea of figuring out how much of each item I needed that I almost gave up. In the end, I decided to design a grocery list that I could print out and bring with me shopping so I could stay on track and not get distracted.

Here's some quick bullet points to help you get started:

• Create the List – Place your items into categories. This makes it easier to check off as you’re shopping. Tip: It’s helpful to write down the amount needed of each item so you aren’t relying on your memory.

Clearly, I wasn't prepared for the amount of food I would be freezing. Protip: Make room in your freezer beforehand. 

Clearly, I wasn't prepared for the amount of food I would be freezing. Protip: Make room in your freezer beforehand. 

Organize Freezer Bags – Grab some gallon size Ziploc bags and a Sharpie. Pre-Label each bag and write any prepping that needs to be done when re-heating. Ex: adding a cup of water.

• Prepare Bags – Simply take all the ingredients and throw them in the bag. This is the best part because presentation isn’t important.

• Place in Freezer – If organization is important to you, you can gently fold the bags in half and stack them one on top of the other.

• When Ready to Heat – I usually take the meal from the freezer and put into the refrigerator the night before. This isn’t necessary, I only do this just in case the frozen food is too large to fit in the slow cooker

I apologize for the lack of prepping photos. I was honestly so overwhelmed I just wanted to focus on completing each recipe!

The recipe card is 4” x 6” and fits perfectly into a photo album for easy organization and protection. Download and print out as many copies as you want!

Do you have any recipes you’re excited to try out?

Enjoy and happy prepping!

- Jess

© · journeywithjess.com | All Rights Reserved