## Monday, November 28, 2016

### Using Character Maps in Windows for Extra Characters

EVERY WINDOWS USER!!!! I have found the answer to using character maps on windows! (At least it worked perfectly for me).
Please follow the directions on this link. Mostly the part with the character map. Yay!!!!! No need for a third party software. I think I know what is happening with the character order. It's technical so I won't get into it, but I will fix it so it's easier to navigate. Thanks everyone!!!!

## Friday, November 25, 2016

### New Monograms

I'm really hoping this video helps all of you with the Basic Monogram (the Basic Monograms are the ones with block letters). These are for the new release ones with 4 frames included.

Basic Monograms

Here is a video to help explain.

Sequence is: frame - uppercase (left) - lowercase (Middle) - "lowercase" (right)

4 Frames:
@ (at)
- (hyphen)
\$ (dollar sign)
% (percent)

Uppercase (left):
A = a, B=b, etc...

Lowercase (Middle):
a=A, b=B, &=&, etc...

"Lowercase (right):
0 = a
1 = b
2 = c
3 = d
4 = e
5 = f
6 = g
7 = h
8 = i
9 = j
! (exclaim) = k
( (parenleft) = l
# (numbering) = m
\ (backslash) = n
: (colon) = o
, (comma) = p
. (period) = q
? (question) = r
; (semicolon) = s
* (asterisk) = t
/ (slash) = u
{ (braceleft) = v
} (brace right) = w
[ (bracket left) = x
] (bracket right) = y
) (parenright) = z

Script and Type Monograms
Sequence: frame - lowercase - uppercase - lowercase

4 Frames:
1 (one)
2 (two)
3 (three)
4 (four)

## Monday, November 14, 2016

### Contacting me

Update! Silhouette has repaired the issues with the Monogram State sets. Please email or Facebook message me if there are any other issues with those fonts.

Hey everyone, I am having trouble with the blogger site and a lot of the messages are not coming through. Every refresh changes the comments. If you need help it's best to message me through Facebook or even send an email to rivkasrenditions@gmail.com. I would be happy to help you. Please be patient with me and know that I am trying my best to help everyone, but I am just one person, with three little boys and a house I am remodeling.

Others news. There are new fonts I am working on like Winter Wonderland that require character maps to get all the alternatives. I am aware of the issues Windows and some other programs have with character maps. There is not much I can do about this. I would advise finding and installing a third party application to be able to view and use font alternatives. If you still want the font but don't want to worry about the extended characters, the font basics will still work very nicely together.

Also a reminder, I am a designer and not a tech. I have received many emails on how to repair computer issues that go far beyond my designs and fonts. Please remember that there are so many different kinds of computers, software, and state of computers, I just can't fix it all :) Google has many answers and most of these computer and software questions need to go to the silhouette, cricut, windows, apple, etc. Thank you!

## Monday, November 7, 2016

### Connected fonts

Hi Everyone! Wow it's been a long time. We have been very busy adjusting to our new neighborhood and remodeling our new home. It's coming along, but there is still a lot more to do. Here is a breakdown of the new fonts I have made available. In order to get past the problems of character maps, I have replaced keyboard characters with designs. I hope this helps :) Happy Holidays!

Swift Arrow Font

Archer Font

Swirl Font

## Monday, January 4, 2016

### Problems with finding the font on your computer

Preface: This is general information and may not work on every computer. Please contact Silhouette about font installations. These are just some tips that helped me.

To those of you trying to find the special characters on your computer and your font software/character map.

First try to go to your silhouette library-fonts, right click on the font and click install. Then restart everything.

If you still can't find the font, make sure that in your character map software you are clicking the right user or all users.

If that all fails look in your font folder on your computer for a file that starts with a letter followed by 5 numbers. After a huge headache, I discovered that sometimes the fonts that are downloaded through silhouette are given a new name. No idea why, but I did call silhouette about it and they said they would look into it. So on my computer the Yellow Daisy Font is renamed to d106927.

Now I'm not sure if that rename just for me or for all silhouette users. If you find that the Yellow Daisy Font is renamed to d106927 on your computer as well, please comment so everyone else knows.

Sorry about the complications. I wish it wasn't this difficult :(

## Thursday, November 26, 2015

### Using special characters in the Yellow Daisy Font Tutorial

Hey everyone!

I hope you like my new font. Here is a small tutorial on how to use the special characters in the font. It's just basically find, copy and paste. I am on a Mac so those are the only images I could make myself for now.

PC USERS:

OPEN CHARACTER MAP
Open Character Map by clicking the Start button . In the search box, type Character Map, and then, in the list of results, click Character Map.

INSERT A SPECIAL CHARACTER INTO A DOCUMENT
1. Open Character Map by clicking the Start button . In the search box, type Character Map, and then, in the list of results, click Character Map.
2. Click the Font list, and then click the font you want to use.
3. Click the special character you want to insert into the document.
4. Click Select, and then click Copy.
5. Open your document and click the location in the document where you want the special character to appear.
6. Click the Edit menu, and then click Paste.

### Tip

• Many programs allow you to drag special characters into documents. To do this, click the character you want to copy. When the character appears enlarged, drag it into the open document.

MAC USERS:
Make sure you have the font installed before opening your software.
Open up Font Book.  Click User to see all the fonts you have downloaded and installed onto your computer.  Navigate to Samantha. This is what you'll see right now and you'll probably notice it's missing all the fancy glyphs.

If you go up to the menu bar and click VIEW and switch from sample to Repertoire, your view will change and you'll have access to the complete font.

Now open your program and the easiest way to do this is to copy and paste. Use the scroll bar on the right side of the font book window to find the letter you want to use. Once you find it, click it to make it blue then simply hit COMMAND+C (copy).

Switch to your chosen program and hit COMMAND+V (paste). Make sure in designer programs like silhouette Studio or Illustrator you have selected your Text/type tool and started your text insert.

In Silhouette it will look like a red box. Don't Worry.

Just click on the text style window icon, from the Font Style, scroll down to find Yellow Daisy.

## Monday, October 12, 2015

### Monogram Font Tutorial

Hey Guys, I thought I would place a small tutorial here on the monogram fonts. This might help clear up some issues for the newbies. I hope it does :)

First: Find the correct sequence for the Monogram font you have. Here are the links.

There are 2 separate State sets. The first is alphabetically from Alabama- Missouri and the second is Montana - Wyoming. I apologize for the title mistakes in the Silhouette store. I am trying to get it repaired. Just make sure to read the description. Also the blog link above has a list of included States in each set to make it easier.
This image is for Alabama -Missouri
This image is for Montana - Wyoming

Very Basic Monogram Link. This is for any monogram that contains the look of characters.
All other fonts use the sequence: uppercase letter - lowercase letter - uppercase letter.

In the Silhouette software:
1. Select the Text tool (the one with the "A")

2. Click anywhere on your page and type in the sequence needed for your monogram font.
for example: to get "AAA" it will be
State Sets: a1Aa (this give you "AAA" in the state of Alabama
Very Basic Monograms: Aa0
all others: aAa

PS: Sorry this is so technical, but it was the only way I could figure out how to get this to do what I want and have it do all the spacing, sizing and framing for you.

3. Select your letter (click and drag your mouse along the letters, like you highlight sentences). Select the upper right hand search field under "Font Style" and type in the desired monogram font you want - click enter.

4. For Monograms with script lettering only, skip this step and continue to step 5. All other fonts are ready to be sized and cut out.

5. All Monogram Script Fonts: Notice that the letters overlap (where my cursor hand is)? You don't want this. So Select the monogram and click the second button on the lower left. This will ungroup your letters and frame. This is also good to know if you want to be changing colors and such. Then click this button on the lower left bar.   This will fuse the letters together and remove your overlap. (shown below.

Now just size it to the dimension you want and cut it out. Your all done. I really hope this helps. Just pay attention to the sequence you use.

## Instructions Monogram State Sets

What you need to know.

These Monograms are broken up into 2 sets. Set 1 and Set 2. So pay attention to the title.

Typing sequence lowercase letter - State keystroke - uppercase letter/ampersand - lowercase letter

States included in Set 1 and their corresponding keystrokes

States included in Set 2 and their corresponding keystrokes

Remember: the typing sequence is lowercase letter - State keystroke - uppercase letter/ampersand - lowercase letter

## Monday, June 1, 2015

### Giveaway Week

I have reached 1000 likes on my Facebook page, so I am doing a giveaway everyday till Saturday and then a big giveaway on Sunday. Here is the first one for today. This is a Facebook giveaway. So all the liking and sharing needs to be done there. https://www.facebook.com/rivkasrenditions

## Thursday, May 21, 2015

### Monogram Key strokes

Hey everyone!

This is only for this basic style monograms shown. For all the other styles please use lowercase, uppercase, lowercase.

I am going to be doing a series of monogram fonts that will make customizing your own monogram super easy. The font is already set up to place the letters within the design. All you have to do is refer to the chart below in order to place the letters in the correct sequence. In order to make this font work I had to replace numbers and some punctuation with the last letter of the monogram. I hope you enjoy them and it makes your life easier.

First Letter: Uppercase letters (use the keys A-Z with the shift key or caps lock)
Second Letter: Lowercase letters (use the keys a-z)
Third Letter:
A= 0
B= 1
C= 2
D= 3
E= 4
F= 5
G= 6
H= 7
I= 8
J= 9
K= !
L= (
M= #
N= \
O= :
P= ,
Q= .
R= ?
S= ;
T= *
U= /
V= {
W= }
X= [
Y= ]
Z= )

So to break it down. Choose your first letter by using any Capital letter.
This is what happens when I hit shift+A on my computer

Choose your second letter by using any lowercase letter.
I added the middle B when I hit B on my computer
This is a lowercase B by itself

Choose your third letter using the chart above as reference.
I added the last c by hitting 2 on my computer
This is what it looks like when 2 is typed by itself

And thats it! If you have any questions, just let me know. All the monogram fonts will follow this same chart.