June in the Lab

Our hearts go out to all the people affected by the flooding from Austin to Wimberly and Blanco, and Houston,Texas. Mother Nature hasn’t read our car bumper slogan- Don’t Mess with Texas.

We are devoting the first week of June to classes you can use to make book covers, postcards, and travel blogs. It will challenge your creativity as well as teaching you fonts, layering, blend modes, and directional text.

10am Artsy Cover Photos Tuesday
June 2
10am Creating Note Cards Wednesday
June 3
10am Travel Blogging Thursday
June 4th

Each is a separate class that will require registration.


There are a few apps I likel that can help with these chores.

I get fonts from:

1. Dafont –

dafont.com tops my list as the best place to find free fonts online and after you spend a few minutes there you’ll see that’s because the process of finding and getting the font couldn’t be simpler from beginning to end.
dafont.com also makes previewing and downloading the free font of your choice is quick and easy.

2.  FontSpace –

What really sets FontSpace apart from the other free font websites is their list of the top thousand most popular fonts, the ability to preview multiple fonts at once, and the quick process of downloading your chosen font

3.  Font Squirrel –

All the free fonts at Font Squirrel are free for personal uses as well as commercial use. So if you are looking for a free font to use commercially, you’ll know that any font you find here is a safe bet.

Come to class and see the difference between a great font and word art which is really in an image format .png.

If you are having specific problems with your iPhone or Android we are having one on one classes. You ask and the instructor will help you directly. Great chance to get custom help.

Lightroom has a new update version 6. and Photodex Pro Show Producer and Pro Show Gold have a new version as well, version 7. We use both of these software in class and they seem popular, easy to learn and produce results.  Check out their websites and see if you need an upgrade.

Recently our family went on vacation to Europe and the phone was our constant companion for photo taking. It fits in your pocket or purse and the resolution can rival any point and shoot. When we got off ship, there was an internet Wi-Fi hookup always available so our family and friends could follow our trail and see that we were safe.  I guess I have to confess that it has become my new best friend. It found the best restaurant in Barcelona- 9 Reinas, highly recommend it.

Stay dry and see you soon.  stamp

Planning on traveling?

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May 13th

Starting in May, travel experts call this the shoulder season for travel. Nicer weather but not quite the high prices of high season in summer. Air fares can be more reasonable as well as hotels. Do you sometimes feel that you are the only one that doesn’t know where to go online and get the “deals” ?


Kayak.com scours hundreds of online sources for the cheapest fare available. The more flexible you are on time and destination, the better your chances of finding a great deal. Search for dates up to three days before and after your ideal travel dates or on any weekends in the next year. And with the site’s Explore tool, you can scan a world map for all the places you can reach within a specified per-ticket price range. It also lets you specify your preferred flight time, vacation activities (beach, gamble, golf or ski?) and weather (based on temperatures).

(Also, in November 2014, the site added a new service, Hotelwatchdog, which fetches hotel listings that offer great values, meaning they have prices lower than similar nearby hotels, good locations and favorable TripAdvisor reviews.)

AirfareWatchdog works best for travelers ready to take off at the drop of a deal. The site has actual people lurking on airline Web sites in anticipation of fare sales. They sign up for rewards programs to snag promotional codes and discount offers that can be passed on to AirfareWatchdog users. Plus, the site includes fares from Southwest, Allegiant and other small airlines that may not appear on bigger search sites such as Kayak.


Hotels.com lets you search just one site for accommodations at hundreds of thousands of properties. You can find particularly good last-minute deals, which are updated daily. But even advance-travel planners can score big bargains with the site’s seasonal sales, destination-specific deals and other special offers.
To focus on smaller inns or B&Bs, try searchingBedandBreakfast.com. It lists extensive details on even the tiniest inns and, after you provide your e-mail address, sends you promotional codes and “hot deals” in your desired location. You can also search for specific amenities, such as a hot tub and fireplace, or find out whether a place is pet-friendly.

Flight Information

FlightStats.com can help you plan a smooth trip by advising you on the best time of day to fly from a specific airport and which terminals to avoid for connecting flights. You can also view live updates of flight delays, and sign up for free e-mail and phone alerts.

iPhone Travel Apps Class

For everyone with an iPhone we are having a great class on May 13th at 10 am on travel apps for your phone. There are thousands of travel apps available for the iPhone, as well as other smart phones. This class is a way to find apps specific to your travel requirements.

Some of the many types of travel apps available are finding and pricing:

  • Flights
  • Hotels
  • Resorts
  • International Trips
  • Domestic Trips
  • Road Trips

If you stop by our hallway in May and June, catch the gallery of planes, trains and cars that all of the students are exhibiting. We are a traveling group of people as our slow go years are yet to come.mercury