free font time!


Most of you are arriving here because of the quarterly newsletter (if not the link is on the right if you want to sign up). This quarter's free font is Nancy Vala's Vibrant Women. It will available for a limited time. To get this font for free click on the red link on the right. Normal licensing applies. And if you like the birthday girl above you can order some cards from Nancy's etsy store. It's my favorite birthday card.

Just released is Flower and Leaf Borders. I am excited about this simple, easy-to-use font. 30 different flowers and or leaves. Lots to work with.


This font was not designed for Word. I use Illustrator a lot and this is a great font for graphics programs. To make a pattern block your program must allow you to control your line spacing and kerning. If you want to use this font in Word and are more skilled than I am maybe you know how to do that. Otherwise I would suggest using it as a spot illustration or in a row as I did for my blog header. Just a tip, I made the border by taking the same art from the pattern block and changing the color of the middle 4 illustrations to white. Very quick and easy and it meant that everything lined up exactly.


And here is a new city font, New Orleans Doodles! It is almost as much fun as a trip to NOLA. Food, drink, Mardi Gras, musical instruments and buildings. This font has more illustrations than usual, I just could not stop drawing.

The next font will be Christmas Borders. Can't wait to get started on that. Stop back here to see the progress or LIKE me on my Facebook page for updates.

Happy Fall!

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The FREE font this quarter is Drop Cap One! I use this font as a webfont for the initial caps for my posts.

Drop Cap One is a drop cap or an initial cap font. Even though it has all the letters of the alphabet it is not an alphabet font to be used for headlines or body copy. It has no kerning or punctuation except a period. It does not have accent marks.

There are basically 2 alphabets in this font. The lighter letters are lower case and the darker letters are upper case. The light and dark letters are interchangeable. While a fun desktop font the real inspiration for this font was my need for a webfont for initial caps for blogging. It could also make a great scrap booking font too. Lots of uses for this quirky little font. The free font is a desktop font. If you want it as a webfont  click on the webfonts bar on the right. That font is not free though.

To get this font for free click on the red bar on the right.

Normal licensing applies. You cannot give or sell or share this font in any way.

I've spent the Spring working on this 3 font family... Ultra Condensed is has a full character set. Ultra Condensed is a remastering of Tall Skinny Condensed from 1999 which continues to be a best selling favorite. While similar the fonts are not interchangeable. Shapes of some letters have changed, kerning and spacing are different. Tall Skinny Condensed does not have a full character set.

And everyone likes a hand lettered font. So next I then used the same shapes from Ultra Condensed but hand lettered it. Ultra Condensed Lettered has the same feel as Ultra Condensed but without the hard edged feel. It is softer and friendlier.

Ultra Condensed Line also hand lettered, is a thinner version of Ultra Condensed Lettered.

These 3 fonts work well together or with a non condensed font, great for headlines at a large size. Works well for lots of copy in a small space.

Fonts are $29 each or all three for $49.

Yes I thought I'd try something new. You can win the 3 new fonts by doing the following...

Go to the Outside the Line business Facebook page here.

1. LIKE the Outside the Line page if you have not already.

2. LIKE the post about the Giveaway.

Winner will be chosen by random from those who have LIKED us.

And if you have already bought the 3 new fonts you can choose another 3!

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Armchair travel to sunny Waikiki... or at least design something with some fun and sun. Waikiki Doodles is the latest in the City Doodles Series and it is this month's new font.

Free font this month is Party Doodles Too. If you design party invitations you need this one. Use the link at the right to download for free for a short time. If you don't see what you need in this font take a look at the ever popular Party Doodles. Time to get those New Year's invitations done and out! Use the Download link on the right to get this font for free.

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I LOVE  this new style that Nancy developed for this month's new font Vibrant Women. A totally less is more drawing style. This is a great clip art font that has many uses. Simple, elegant, classic. And I've been saving Diva Doodles Too to go with her font. If you still need even more womanly graphics take a look at Diva Doodles. To get Diva Doodles Too for free use the download link on the right. Enjoy!

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Free font this month is Curly Q. It's a curly, swirly, girly kind of font. A delightful headline font for your next garden party or note to the kids from the tooth fairy. Use the download link on the right.

We were in London once for 2 weekends. This photo was the outside of my stepson Matt's apartment building in Nottinghill. It was fun to start London Doodles with photos from that trip. At least yearly I intend to add a city doodle or two to the series. I've done Paris and London... maybe a resort type location next. And of course NYC.

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Paris, who doesn't adore Paris? We were there several years ago and I was smitten with the iron work balconies, iron work on the doors, decorations on the tiles, OK almost everything visual. When I came home I made 2 decorative fonts based on what I saw. This month Fleurons of Paris is the FREE font. Link to download is to the right.

This month's new font is the often requested Lake Vacation Doodles. Later in the year I will do a more resort/island version of the same thing. This was quite fun to do and hopefully fun for all of you to use to make all your Summertime party invitations.

What is on the drawing board... I have been scribbling on what I hope is the beginning of a modern calligraphy font. Nancy has been sending me quite charming drawings of women.

I'm using some new technology this week so I hope all goes well. If you have gotten here via the Free Font of the Month email then my new attempt using MailChimp worked. I also hope my new download page works. As I am writing this it seems a little buggy. I may have tried too many new things in one month.

And if you have just stumbled on today's post by accident and want to get on the email list there is a new sign up box to the right.

Happy Summer!

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NEW FONT! Woof... 29 dogs, 28 breeds and one mutt! All carefully rendered to give the feel of that breed. Plus a paw print, always a bonus. A great font for a vet, groomer, dog lover.... This font was drawn by Nancy Vala.

Inspired by her lifelong love of yoga Nancy also drew this month's FREE FONT Yoga Studio. 15 poses as line drawings and the same 15 in reverse, plus the OM graphic and a lotus flower. To download the free font plz use the link to the right.

SNEAK PEEK... here's a peek at the start of next month's new font Lake Vacation Doodles. Other fonts I am thinking about is a modern calligraphy font and a marker brush type font. Justine has started Just Birds and Nancy is hard at work at La Femme, a silhouette font of women. At some point I am going to make some city doodles... maybe London first. Until next month enjoy Summer, I think it may finally be here.

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This is this month's NEW font. I think it is very fun. I needed a drop cap font for blogging so I've made Drop Cap One. 26 dark letters and 26 light letters and a period. But this is a drop cap or initial cap font. So that is what it is for. Not for setting headlines or body copy. If you like it I'll make more of these.

Justine's Just Shoes and Purses is this month's FREE font. Cute, fun, Springy. I am sure you will find lots of uses for this one. See download link to the right.

And here is a SNEAK PEEK at what we will have for you next month. Nancy's new font Woof with 30 cute dogs. It is almost done. If there is a dog you need leave a comment and I'll see if it is in the font.

Other fun things on the drawing board are Justine's Just Birds and my Summer Camp or Lake Vacation Doodles. Until next month stay warm... and I hope it isn't snowing where you are.

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