Unplugged: Type Ins and Letter Writing

“Your family is bound closer together by something each can use. Even those in far away places will be nearer because you’ll write more often.”
-Remington Typewriter Ad c. 1940

 

I went to a type-in at the Rancho Mirage Library over the weekend.  I love and collect typewriters so I wasn’t quite sure what to expect at a type-in…except I knew there would be typewriters there.

What is a type in? via Ashley Hackshaw / Lil Blue Boo

Artist L.A. Marler brought her collection of typewriters for visitors to try out.  My favorite was the Corona No. 4.  I think I’m going to track one down. The Corona No.4 is from around 1927.  Why is it call the No. 4? Because it has 4 rows of keys.  Because of it’s compact and portable body it was said to be the typewriter that “launched a thousand typists.” Hemingway typed on a Corona No. 3. (read that story here) Guess how many rows of keys it had.

Vintage Corona No. 4 via Ashley Hackshaw / Lil Blue Boo

Ohhh…..love this old Underwood.

Vintage Underwood Typewriter via Ashley Hackshaw / Lil Blue Boo

I think this one is a 1940 Royal Aristocrat or a Royal Arrow? Love the “Shift Freedom” button:

Free the Shift!

1940 Royal Aristocrat or a Royal Arrow via Ashley Hackshaw / Lil Blue Boo

 

A 1965 Royal Safari:

1956 Royal Safari typewriter via Ashley Hackshaw / Lil Blue Boo

 

This is Louise (L.A.) Marler typing at one of her machines:

L.A. Marler Type In Rancho Mirage Library Typewriter collection via Ashley Hackshaw / Lil Blue Boo

She had stamps available with her artwork on them so that you could mail a letter from the type-in: [Read more…]

Favorite Free Festive Holiday Fonts

Favorite FREE festive holiday fonts! Click for links via lilblueboo.com

 

kingthings willow | many weatz | santa’s sleigh | jellyka beesantique handwriting | ornamenal versals | st. nicholas | candy cane | christmas flakes | mountains of christmas | kingthings gothique | christmas on crack | ornamental | snowflake dingbats | frosty

 

 

*Products used: Doodle Mix Overlay Set.

Creative Doodling on Photos

Creative Doodling on Photos via lilblueboo.com #artjournaling #scrapbooking #theliljournalproject

As part of the Lil Journal Project: another technique to work on in your journal this week: doodling on photos!  A few of these techniques come from my friend Stephanie Corfee’s  book: Creative Doodling and Beyond. Like drawing interesting borders:

Try adding photos into your journal and embellishing the photos with borders….even if it’s just a few lines:

Creative Art Journal Doodling on Photos via lilblueboo.com #artjournaling #scrapbooking #theliljournalproject

Use a white gel pen or a correction pen (White Out) for drawing on dark backgrounds: [Read more…]

Favorite Fonts

Lil Blue Boo's Top 15 Favorite Free Fonts via lilblueboo.comLil Blue Boo's Top 15 Favorite Free Fonts part II via lilblueboo.com

You can find them here:

bebas neue, black rose, halo handletter, hand of cre, pea jazz skinny, josefin slab, learning curve, lobster 1.3, lullaby, marcelle script, mountains of christmas, pacifico, pea xoxo from karen, primer, seaside resort.

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