I'm still organizing (does it ever end?), and today I'm sharing how to organize your digital dingbats. (Can you say that 10 times fast?) For those of you unfamiliar, I'm not slinging insults! Dingbats are the characters that are in fonts that aren't letters or numbers. On free font websites, there are many, many fonts that are solely dingbats. The dingbats come in so many different types and themes - flowers, sports, holidays, animals, bugs...the list goes on and on.
In a time period I can only refer to a B.S. (Before Silhouette), I used dingbats occasionally when making a sign or letter in Word. Then, about a month A.S. (After Silhouette), when playing around in my Silhouette software, I realized that the dingbats were tiny little pictures that the Silhouette would cut for me. Literally thousands of pictures. For free. Now, I know some of you are probably thinking, "Duh, Andreana." I know. I thought the same thing to myself. But it was only by accident, that when fiddling with what font I wanted to use, the Microsoft dingbat font popped a picture of a boat onto my screen, and the lightbulb went off in my head. (My lights aren't always automatic, sometimes that switch gets stuck!).
We ALL like free digital pictures, don't we? Even without a Silhouette, I can't imagine this wouldn't work with another digital cutter that is linked to the computer (I've never seen MTC or SCAL used with a Cricut, but I know you can use it to cut fonts with the Cricut). You can even do the old-fashioned print and cut with scissors or a craft knife. Using dingbats opens up so many digital cutting doors!
The one problem is, that it's hard to know exactly what pictures are on each dingbat. And which picture corresponds with which key on the keyboard (Dingbats have different pictures for capital letters than lowercase, some have fewer than others, etc.). So I decided to make myself some cheat sheets.
Here's what I do after downloading a new dingbat font.
Go into Word and open a new blank document. Make my font size larger (usually around 50) and type the first 5 letters of the alphabet twice (one right below the other):
Whether you are celebrating Easter by going on an egg hunt or having a special dinner - or just enjoying your day, have a wonderful Sunday!