I get asked on a daily basis about this and I was always under the understanding that Apple doesn’t allow for third party fonts to be installed directly into the iOS system.
This is still true, but there is now a way you can add fonts to your device– they won’t be system fonts used for things like Messaging and Facebook. However, you CAN use them in Word, Powerpoint, Excel, Keynote, Pages, and more!
It does require purchasing a $1.99 app >>here<<. The AnyFont app (I’m NOT affiliated in any way, shape, or form with this app!) allows you to take your fonts, install them, and use them in the above listed programs. They may work in other programs, but I’m honestly not 100% sure which ones.
Here’s a step by step guide on how to use the AnyFont app.
STEP TWO: Open up your Dropbox folder that contains the fonts you wish to use. If you don’t already use Dropbox, see my Phonto tutorial which explains some of that.
STEP THREE: Tap on the file you wish to install. I decided to just use my entire all KG Fonts download from here. When you tap on the zip file in Dropbox, it will look like this- no preview available.
STEP FOUR: Tap in the bottom left corner, the box with the arrow coming out the top. This gives you options of where to open up the zip file. Select “open in…”
STEP FIVE: After tapping “Open in…” you will get options. Tap “Open in AnyFont.”
STEP SIX: AnyFont will unzip the folder and show you a list of the contents. Mine looks like this. Scroll through and select a font to install.
STEP SEVEN: Tap on the font you wish to install. I opted for KG Second Chances Solid. After tapping on it, you can opt to preview the font if you like before installing. To install, just tap the icon in the center.
STEP EIGHT: On the warning page, click “install”. Obviously, you install fonts at your own risk, blah blah blah.
STEP NINE: Open your program of choice. My example shows the font in Pages. In Pages, click the paintbrush before beginning to type (or after selecting text) and then select the desired font by clicking on the current font (11 pt Helvetica in this case) and selecting a new font from the list. Close out of that and start typing! It’s pretty simple!
If your font doesn’t show up, you might need to close and reopen the program. It won’t work in every program, but I know Pages, Word, Powerpoint, Excel, and Keynote should work!
As always with my tutorials, I can’t provide support if these things don’t work for you! But I hope this is helpful in some small way!
If you read my first post about my treadmill desk >>here<< I promised I would come back with an update.
Well, I’ve now had my treadmill desk for 3 months. I was on vacation for about 6 weeks of that time, but I have now used it enough to give a good analysis of what I love and don’t love about it.
First, photos of the set-up. I have “stations” around my office to separate things out.
A large format printer station with empty table for projects:
Dual monitors to one hard drive with wireless mouse/keyboard at the treadmill and wacom tablet and regular keyboard at the seated desk:
TV on top of drawers that hide all of my supplies– I rotate the tv toward whichever desk I am currently using. And also a Cameo
station on top of the filing cabinet. And, um, nail polish:
Things I Love:
I easily complete at least 10,000 steps a day while working.
I forget that I’m walking.
I can easily type emails and Facebook/Pinterest/YouTube/Whatever while walking.
I have much longer email endurance when walking. I get extremely fidgety while sitting and having something to do with my legs while emailing keeps my brain more focused. This likely stems from ADD issues I have. If you are not good at multi-tasking, this might not work for you. I have to keep my brain extremely active or I get distracted. I tend to have very loud music or tv stimulation plus walking while answering email. This keeps me focused. Your mileage (bad pun) may vary.
Things I Don’t Love But Accept:
I quickly realized that although I can do a lot of things while walking, I can’t design fonts and walk. I have a dual monitor system to fix this issue– 2 monitors and 2 workstations in the same office that I rotate through as needed.
The placement of the control panel annoys me, as I feel like the hard plastic bit on it rubs on my arms while I type. This is not a dealbreaker. I have found a spot to put the keyboard where it bothers me 90% less. I can deal with 10% annoyance.
I don’t like to drink coffee while walking. I don’t know why. I have to sit to enjoy my coffee.
I didn’t have room for both a hammock AND a treadmill, so I moved the hammock to my daughters’ homeschool room. Sadness.
I feel so much better when I get in my steps while working. I finish the day with a good attitude. I used to finish my work day mentally exhausted and physically sore from sitting in my chair all day. Now I finish less mentally exhausted but having walked miles instead of sitting. I’m not sure how that works, but it does. I definitely notice that my overall mood is better while work-walking.
I do vary speeds a bit. I started at 1.4 mph while answering emails. I can now comfortably do emails at speeds up to 2mph. Again, remember, cardio is not the goal, this is just to keep MOVING. There is a bit of a learning curve in trying to type and walk at the same time. I use a Wacom tablet at my seated desk area, but I do have to use a mouse while walking. I am getting better and better with “aim” while walking and using a mouse.
I have been watching some video tutorials on YouTube about Illustrator. When I watch those I am passively watching (not participating by doing something in Illustrator) so I do increase the speed to 3mph or 3.5mph while watching those.
I was definitely concerned about coordination and whether I would fall off the treadmill while working and injure myself. This hasn’t been an issue at all. I don’t get dizzy or anything either. I’m sure this might be an issue for some, but it hasn’t been for me.
All in all, I’m extremely happy with this purchase and hope the health benefits of walking instead of sitting pay off longterm And I walked 1.5 miles while typing this, which is better than sitting!
P.S. All drawer units, tables, and filing cabinet in my office are from Ikea. The Alex drawers are my favorite!
It’s been awhile since I’ve discussed any topics relating to working from home. This one has been on my mind and I haven’t been able to address it because it was such a big issue and I didn’t know what to do about it.
Around Christmas time, I got a Fitbit. I realized very quickly that I had an issue. I was active- in spurts. We would go to the beach and I’d get 19,000 steps in a day. And then I’d go home. And my commute is a single flight of stairs to my home office. And then I sit for 3 hours. Workout. Sit for 5 more hours. The workout isn’t enough. Articles like this one and this one and this one all point to SITTING being just as bad on our bodies as smoking. Even for those who workout intensely on a daily basis, sitting is no good.
I’m not alone here. I’ve talked to several work at home friends and we’re all struggling. My husband realized from his Fitbit that he gets 7-9,000 steps a day just from walking around his classroom. He’s up and moving all day. I’m not. I sit at my desk- answering emails, designing, and doing all the daily things that I need to do on my computer.
After increasing frustration, I realized that I had to find a way to make my job active. I didn’t want something that was going to take me -away- from working like adding another workout period. My goal was to make the sitting time NOT sitting time.
Last week, I hit a breaking point and ordered the treadmill desk you see above.
Now, I don’t expect to be able to design while walking. I may have to stand still or even sit at my regular desk. But if I can use this to work through a few hours of email, it’s better than sitting for those few hours.
We are not made to sit. Our bodies are just not intended to sit there all day long. I hate the way I feel after hours at the desk. I’m hoping this will help.
To be clear, this is not about cardio. This is not about “working out”. This is about moving (however slowly- moving!) while working.
Do you work at home? In an office where you sit all day? How do you deal with this? Do you have a standing or walking desk?
If you have a treadmill desk, are you able to keep working as you are walking?
I’ll report back in a month or two with an update.
I took my daughters’ photos for our family Christmas card. My poor DSLR has been shelved for the last several months. I use my iPhone5’s camera almost everywhere we go– photos of food, family, friends, and fun.
But I have this really nice camera with lots of lenses. Just sitting there.
So I pulled it out and used it again. I used to be a photography teacher at one point! I owe it to myself to at least use it once a month!
I ended up begging my friend Charla (a local friend and fellow homeschooling mom) at CharmBox Studios for help. All of my backlit photos had grey skintones. My girls are pale, but not grey!
This is the original photo, straight out of the camera (SOOC).
I had edited it (levels, curves, unsharp mask, and hue/sat) and was really unhappy with the results. Charla recommended I try her Sunshine actions. I used Evening Sun.
If you’ve never used an action before, it is SUPER simple! Just unzip the action and load it up in your Photoshop Actions palette. (there are LOADS of tutorials on YouTube if you need help with that!)
Click a button. Adjust the layers if desired or leave it as-is. PERFECTION.
If you are looking for a great action, I am now in love with these Sunshine actions!
I used Kissed by the Sun on this photo of my younger daughter:
I actually think this one is my favorite of the actions! It adds a great Florida glow to that photo!
And Evening Sun again on this pic of my girls together:
If you’d like to try an action of Charla’s for free, she has one you can try here–> Our Life Action.
Note: I’m just a happy fan of Charla’s and a proud mom who loves to show off her babies. I wasn’t paid to share Charla’s work. I just like it a lot!
I’m always looking for crafts my kids can do fairly independently. They are 9 and almost-11 and they are fairly crafty and can hold their own with basic tasks like cutting cardstock to certain dimensions and using adhesives properly.
Friday, I had a Craft Day with my daughters and we spent time working on some holiday crafts. It was our version of a fall break from homeschooling.
I’m not good at following recipes to the letter- and the same goes for craft projects. I start with an idea and it evolves into something different.
We started with some Pinspiration:
This pin was an unsourced image- I haven’t found the original location of it. It was quickly altered into a new idea.
I have loads of Birchbox boxes- both tops and bottoms- that are just sitting here taking up space. They are fantastic boxes and I knew they had a purpose!
I had the girls cut strips of paper in varying widths (each piece was 1 cm taller than the layer below it). They modpodged paper onto the boxes (the lids are just a tinch bigger than 5×7 and the bottoms are 5×7) and then modpodged the trees on. LOVE the results!
After we finished this, the girls wanted to do something with the bottoms of those boxes.
They took a 5×7 sheet of cardstock and modpodged strips of paper to the sheet. When they were finished, we cut out a pumpkin shape and a pumpkin stem, an apple shape and an apple stem and leaf and modpodged those onto the lid bottoms.
I think they both turned out really cute! The girls loved that they could do these crafts independently with minimal help.
The wreath in the background of that image, we made using strips of fabric tied in bows around a wreath base.
I was really really wanting to do a wreath like this pin I had seen on Pinterest (click the image to visit the tutorial on the original blog):
Unfortunately we did not have any ribbon like that.
So we made do with what we already had on hand and used some old Stampin’ Up! fabric. We made a snip every inch and a half along the short side of the fat quarter and tore the fabric vertically into long strips. We tied the fabric onto a wood wreath base (flat wood).
I think it turned out pretty cute!
I still need a wreath holder, as my daughter’s hand is just a temporary fix ;).
This darling kid-friendly option is whimsical and fun! I created it in collaboration with Nikki at Melonheadz Illustrating. She is very talented and I hope you will check her out at her Etsy Store where she sells her adorable clip art.
Click the image to download this font from Fontspace.
My brother got married last weekend. It was a beautiful day- 70’s and sunny- perfect for an outdoor wedding.
It was a perfectly timed weddding, too. Not just because it was on my mom’s birthday, but because I really wanted some great photos to use with a new app that I am excited about!
This app was created by Bill Atkinson, who was one of the original programmers working on MacPaint, QuickDraw, and other old school Mac programs. He invented the marching ants, y’all! You know, the moving things when you’re making a selection in Photoshop? Yeah, he invented those.
With Bill’s long history of programming expertise, it is no surprise that he’s managed to create a delightful, fun app!
The app is called PhotoCard and is available (FREE) for iOS devices now. Get it here.
NOTE: You need to upgrade to iOS7 in order to get the most recent version of the app that includes my fonts.
The app works by combining several of my favorite loves- high quality photos, cute fonts (56 Kimberly Geswein fonts included in the app!), and real mail!
You use YOUR photos and MY fonts to create unique, personalized postcards. You can opt to send the postcards digitally (free) or through USPS mail. If you opt for USPS mail (which I highly recommend), the postcard is printed at insanely high quality at 8.25*5.5, laminated (both front and back are glossy and smooth!), and shipped for under $2. Seriously. If you buy 2 credits (enough to mail one card) your cost is $1.90. If you buy larger quantities of credits, your cost decreases– you can send 100 cards for $1.50 each.
Sending cards to countries other than the US? That costs 3 credits- or anywhere from $2.85 to $2.25 depending on the quantity of credits you purchased.
I took this photo to show you the size– the $1 bill is tiny in comparison to these photos– they are about the size of a standard sheet of letter sized paper folded in half.
I love vacations and I LOVE taking photos. I am good about Instagramming and Facebooking. But my grandma doesn’t use Instagram. My dad prefers a real photo in his hands. And as good as my intentions might be, I am far too lazy to actually put a stamp on a postcard and get something in the mail.
This makes it almost TOO easy to send a postcard!
Add the photo of your choice (or create a collage in your favorite collage app if you want!- I use PicStitch quite often). I created the collage above using Picstitch and set the aspect to 5×7, which gives you really close to the right size to fit the PhotoCard app. You can see that only the very edges of the picture are clipped if you use a 5×7 aspect.
*NOTE* You don’t have to do that step- you can just use a photo the way it is– I just wanted a collage for my purposes.
Add text over the photo if desired. Add a greeting to the back, pick your favorite font for the greeting.
If you click the large blue A in the right corner, you can easily slide to adjust spacing between lines. This is an excellent well-thought-out feature and I really appreciate that it was included.
The app remembers your most recently used fonts, allows you to click the first letter in the font name on the right side for easy picking, and has a sliding bar for font size. It is VERY user friendly.
When you are finished, pick a stamp and address the card. I have all of my family members’ addresses in my phone, so this is super simple.
I have 3 sisters and 2 brothers spread across 4 states (Virginia, Arizona, Missouri, and Texas) and I live in Florida. PhotoCard is going to help bridge the gap between our families. My siblings and I use Facebook, but an actual postcard in the mail will help my kids and their cousins (13 of them spanning from age 3 to 13) stay connected.
And before my brother returns from his Hawaii honeymoon, he will have this postcard waiting at his home in Arizona.
The app is free and the only cost to you is mailing the postcard- the fee for printing/mailing/handling is between $1.50 and $1.90 a postcard depending on how many credits you buy at one time. It’s a ridiculously low price for the quality of prints!