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Fonty Friday - Twentieth Century

Even though this typeface was designed in 1937, it has a distinctly mid-century feeling. It was designed as a competitor to Futura (another favorite) and I've been using it since I was a wee lass in design school. You'll find it on many e.m.papers wedding invitations designs, but Twentieth Century is also the main star on the Zen printable calendar : The simple lines and straightforward angles based on the purity of Geometry based on the German modernist aesthetic appeal to my inner minimalist. You can download Twentieth Century free here.

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Fonty Friday - Geotica

As a rule, I tend to avoid overly showy or display typefaces, but when I was trying to come up with a Art Deco/1920s/Great Gatsby style wedding invitation design last year, I came across Geotica.  What I really liked about it was it's simplicity. It nods to the razzle dazzle and glitz of the golden 20s without being overly showy. The minimal serifs with the thicker stems of each character also give it a nice contrast.  In the Classic Black and White wedding design series I paired it with Herr Von Mullerhoff to really create an elegant, classic look. The 1920s overtones are best described by the word 'Swanky' (maybe that's what I should have called the invitation set!) To me,...

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e.m.papers Valentine's Day Pinterest Board - 2017 Edition

Happy February!  You know what that means, Valentine's Day is just around the corner. If you need craft ideas, inspiration or just want to look at some pretty Valentine related pics check out the e.m.papers Valentine's Day Pinterest Board. It's got over 100 pins, including this one which turned out to be my all time most re-pinned pin (who wouldda thunk it?) Image from Pottery Barn, LOVE sign sadly no longer available.

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Fonty Friday - Worthwhile

It was love at first sight when I saw this font. The hand-lettering trend is still going strong, but I find most hand-lettered fonts, a little vanilla and generic. What makes Worthwhile so striking is the variation in line widths. Compare the thick stem of the 't' with the thin ascenders on the 'w'. The font doesn't have a formal upper and lower case set of characters, but as you can see above, what's offered is a varaiation of size between versions of the lower case letters.  Note the character for the ampersand '&', the word 'and' spelled out with a swashy ascender on the 'd'. Nice.There are some limitations - there aren't a lot of extra characters, and as...

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Fonty Friday - Master of Break

Time for another edition of Fonty Friday. Today I'm highlighting a font I recently fell in love with, Master of Break.  It is bold, slightly retro, with big, unapologetic descenders (the parts that go below the baseline of the type - see the capital 'R' and 'Q'. Since this is a pretty loud font, it's best to use it sparingly and pare it with a low key sans-serif font like Futura or Lato. You can see how I've used it on the Retro Chalkboard printable wedding invitation design below: I've used Master of Break with the Futura-like typeface Twentieth Century to create a wedding invitation that really pops. The couple sending these invites out is excited to be getting married...

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