Darcy Baldwin: Reluctant Daughter of a Crafter

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Darcy has been a member of the digital community for as long as I can remember. I remember being in my office (two houses ago) the day she announced she was going to start selling fonts and being so excited for her. Darcy specializes in turning handwriting into fonts (yours, a friends, a parent, etc.), but she also creates other fun and cute fonts too.  Let’s take a closer look at “The Daily Digi Girls” fonts created from the handwriting of our own team members, included in The Digi Files this month:

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Here are some layouts created using Darcy Baldwin {fontography}’s contribution:

LO1Layout by Trina. Supplies: The Daily Digi Girls by Darcy Baldwin {fontography}; Mr. Mustachio – Micheline Martin; A Little Help (template) by Lizzy Reiber.
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Layout by Kim. Supplies: The Daily Digi Girls by Darcy Baldwin {fontography}; Template by Cathy Zielske; Cardstock by Katie Pertiet; Fonts: DJB Digi Kim and DJB Mouseketeer Kim.
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Layout by Amelia. Supplies: The Daily Digi Girls by Darcy Baldwin {fontography}; A New Day by Makita Studio; Silver (template) by Simply Tiffany; BOY Verbiage (word art) by Persnickety Prints; Additional Font: Marcelle Script.

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Layout by Karen. Supplies: The Daily Digi Girls by Darcy Baldwin {fontography}; All The Small Things by Something Blue Studios; Topography template by Valorie Wibbens.

You can see more layouts created with this kit on our “Team Inspiration” page.

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I’m Darcy Baldwin, fontographer @ Sweet Shoppe Designs. I live in Texas with my family of geeky boys. We’re nerds at heart and love it! We are wanna homesteaders living in suburbia, watching the stars, studying science and history with a passion, and enjoying adventures in food, Doctor Who and Legos!

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I love scrapping all aspects of our lives. We’re budding foodies – not in a snooty way – but in that we love food and love to experiment and love moving towards a whole foods lifestyle, so we track meals we love. Eventually, these layouts and recipes will make it into the “An Introduction to My Son” package for each of the boys when they get married. It was an idea that I thought of when we received recipe cards from all of our family and friends for our shower. It would’ve been great to have a collection of recipes from my MIL on those things my husband really likes (he’s a bit picky), and it would’ve saved a few ruined meals and tears early on!

This is a fun collection of our food adventures, and the boys love looking through them and helping choose our meals during meal planning time.

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I always thought scrapping was such a lame hobby (bear with me LOL). I’d only ever seen it done with huge photo cutouts, stickers on vast plains of white. When I had my youngest, I ran into a lady who took scrapping a little further, more creatively, less elementary-school-ish. I thought – That’s more my style! So one day I tried it out, and found while i hated journaling in a book, I loved the process of pictures+story to capture our lives.

I turned to digi about 3 years later when creating a project for a swap on a paper scrapping board. I didn’t want to take the time to do each of the pieces by hand, so played around with a photo editing program and found that I LOVED how I didn’t have to waste paper, I could ALT-Z, and never went back.

When I found an online community of other digital scrappers, I made friends with a fontographer who took me under her wings, taught me the ropes, and sent me on my way – into the great unknown of running my own business. I’ve been doing this since 2007 (wow, coming up on 5 years!)

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Our stories. I’m the reluctant daughter of a crafter – meaning my mom crafted a lot to fill her time, and occasionally I’d do something along with her, but crafting just isn’t my thing (I’d rather read). But as I get older, and our stories become more precious to me, creating something to remember them by is what makes me want to craft.

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Computer: Windows machine created by my amazing in-house Geek, with more oomph than I can ever remember because it changes as new products come out and he ramps up the power!

Program: I currently use Photoshop C3 for my scrapping.

Camera: I have a Canon Powershot X10. I crave a pocket sized great camera so that I don’t have to lug this one around, though!

Anything Else: Monoprice Tablet (switched from Wacom when we just couldn’t beat the price and my pen broke for the last time, and the pen cost as much as a new tablet).
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One great tip I have on your journaling – give it some depth, not height! Written words should never have a shadow – but you can add a little depth as if you were writing with a ball point pen on a stack of papers by adding a simple pillow emboss (in Photoshop, click pillow emboss, choose chisel hard, bring your depth down to about 30, Highlight Mode to about 25 and Shadow mode to about 38.

This will give your text a bit of depth, as if you’ve pressed firmly on your paper. Play around with those numbers as color of paper and font thickness/color will make a difference.

 

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I love that I get to play a part in so many people bringing their stories to life in their own handwriting. Whether it’s a professional who wants to be able to write to parents or clients in a more personable way, scrappers who want to be able to bring their own personality to their pages without the process of hand writing them, or capturing a love one’s handwriting to preserve (I’ve got to say doing kid fonts are SO much fun!), I am honored to be a part of the process of their stories.

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This is actually a collection of some of my most popular fonts, together in one package.

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Here are some of my favorite products by Darcy Baldwin:

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Here are some more inspirational layouts using Darcy Baldwin’s products. All of the layouts are linked to the originals with credits.

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35% off Darcy’s products (not valid during store-wide sales or on font services) through February 29th.

Go have a look in Darcy Baldwin’s store! We will randomly select a winner from the comments to win $10.00 in product from her store! (Comments must be posted before midnight EST to qualify)!