S/O Obsessions....have you ever bought a commercial font or been tempted to buy one?

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Posted 5/7/2014 by Scrapn Nana in General Scrappin'
 

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Posted: 5/7/2014 8:06:08 AM
For years I was content with freebie fonts for cutting on my electronic cutters, till I saw a Glitter Girl episode where she used a pack of Thickers that was made with the Monroe commercial font.

I agonized over it for months, but I was obsessed with that font. I eventually bought it when it went on sale.

Later I bought Alana, thinking it was similar enough to the Samantha font, but it was actually a distressed font, not quite what I wanted. It only cost me about $17, though.

Yesterday I decided the Samantha font was never going on sale and bought it.

I never used to understand why anyone would pay for a commercial font when there were so many freebies available. Now I understand completely.

So, have you bought any commercial fonts for your scrapping? If so, which ones? If you have not yet succumbed, are there any that are tempting you to buy them?


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Posted: 5/7/2014 9:23:05 AM
Yes. I needed a baseball font that has the long curved swash that runs underneath the word for some sports titles I was working on. I searched and searched for a free one and couldn't ever find one that looked right once it was welded. A friend pointed me in the right direction and I ended up buying one along with the optional swashes which were considered a separate font. It was WELL worth the money considering how much time I wasted trying to find a free one and trying to make other fonts work.

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Posted: 5/7/2014 10:18:29 AM
Yes, the Samantha font!!! I obsessed over it for the longest time and I'm just so in love with it.


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Posted: 5/7/2014 10:22:44 AM
I've been obsessing over the Bombsell and Carolyna Pro fonts. I'm just too cheap to pay that much for a font. Sadly I can't find anything close that's free.

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Posted: 5/7/2014 11:22:15 AM
I can't even tell you how many fonts I've bought, but I'm a designer, so it's easy to justify it as an expense. Except I was doing it before I was a designer.

Think of it this way... All that money you guys pay for paper supplies? I put that into fonts.



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Posted: 5/7/2014 11:53:51 AM
The Samantha font is the only one that has ever tempted me. The problem is in order to get full use of the Samanatha font you need one of the more $ programs that I do not have and can not justify buying. But I LOVE IT and may one day break down and get for all the extras.


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Posted: 5/7/2014 11:55:31 AM
Crazy4scraps one of the free fonts brannonball (sp) has the swishes you are talking about. You can adjust the swish length based on the # you enter.


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Posted: 5/7/2014 12:05:02 PM
I bought the circle monogram font from Font Bros. Use is ALL THE TIME! Best money I have spent in a long time. I also frequently get fonts from the silhoette store. they seem to cut better than a lot of the ones I have downloaded for free (like maybe the edges have been tested/tweaked for cutting?). And I am always having extra credits that I need to use.

Brannonball is a free font with the swishes. There are several others as well. I have this one and it cuts good.



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Posted: 5/7/2014 12:20:46 PM
I've technically paid for some fonts (usually the ones that are free for personal but require a donation for commercial use). But I haven't purchased a really professional, expensive one yet. I have my eye on Matchmaker though.


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Posted: 5/7/2014 1:28:16 PM
I was lucky to get Samantha when it was on Mighty Deals. They have Thirsty Soft there now for $9 - I am SO tempted!

You do need additional software to make the neater fonts work with all the glyphs. InDesign, Illustrator or Corel Draw x6 or higher.

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Posted: 5/7/2014 2:21:54 PM
LOL, since I bought the baseball font years ago I'm set. Also, Brannonboll is only free for personal use, so I still would have had to pay for the license to use it commercially for my kits or for custom titles. That's a big problem I run into a lot, there are all kinds of great free fonts but if I want to use them for my business I still have to pay.

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Posted: 5/7/2014 2:50:56 PM
I bought garamouche (I think that was it's name) quite a few years ago. It was *gasp* $25!

It's really similar to twopeas' font Sleighride (which I also bought for WAY cheaper)




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Posted: 5/7/2014 3:04:49 PM
I don't sell designs, so I can't justify buying fonts for that reason.

I justify it instead by rationalizing that I don't buy Thickers or alpha stickers.

I am working on making more of my gifts for friends and family, so I can offset the cost of the fonts a little there, too.

But since I'm not in business and use the fonts I've bought only for my personal crafting, no tax deduction there for me.

It's still worth it. Samantha is an incredible font, and I can use all the glyphs because I have Illustrator, which I got years ago to use with the Wishblade.


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Posted: 5/7/2014 9:08:29 PM


I bought 10,000 fonts..literally .

It was 20 bucks and I thought , oh my, worth every penny. Can you imagine what I can do with my silhouette?


Shortly after I switched laptops and haven't added them.


I do things like this too often..with scrap booking stuff of all sorts .

You would think I am a good scrapbooker. Nope, just good at purchasing ...

Eta: I have no idea if any if the fonts were something other than free fonts though .

Here is where I got them.

http://vectorink.com/10000-fonts/



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Posted: 5/8/2014 6:42:41 AM
I think those are free fonts, but having them all in one spot, not worrying about downloading something you didn't want (some places want you to use their "downloader" - don't do that!) and the best part - you have something you can look at to see what the font looks like! There are some neat fonts on that list!
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