Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Scrapbooking 101: Lettering - making titles & more....

These can be obtained from templates, done freehand, rubberstamped, or computer generated...

"Filling in" Fonts-There are several fonts that have "open" spaces in the lettering. An easy way to use these fonts, is to use these spaces to shade and color, but if you want to get a little more creative and adventureous, use an Exacto knife to cut the "open" space out, and place paper or photos underneath.

"Punched out" lettering - You can purchase punches that punch out the letters from card stock, patterned paper, photos, etc. They are very easy to use but not always cheap. You can also buy a die cut machine that has various kinds of fonts.

"Rubberstamping" lettering - you can purchase the alphabet in rubberstamps and stamp your lettering. Nice thing about this - you can use all sorts of colors to compliment your layout.

"Template" Lettering - Letters are traced onto cardstock using a various different lettering templates and then cut the letters out. It is recommended that you trace them backwards so when you trim them - the pencil lines do not show up on the 'right' side of the paper.

"Computer Font" Lettering - one very quick way to add interesting and unique fonts to your layouts, is to incorporate the use of your computer. There is various ways to use your computer, you can (1) print directly onto your main page and add your photos around the printing, (2) print out on a piece of paper, crop and mat and then add to your layout, or (3) Flip your words so they print in reverse, so when printed out you can use an exacto knife and cut them out and then flip them over (without any lines from font showing).

"Layering" Lettering - One of the simplest ways to add some pizzazz to your lettering, is to add layers to them. This little trick not only makes your lettering unique and interesting, but can often tie the letters themselves into the theme of your page. Perhaps the greatest thing about layering your letters, is that while they look fantastic, they are just as easy to create as basic letters. You can add a single layer to the top or bottom of your lettering, or add multiple layers all the way throughout. First - you need to choose the base layer. With your computer, stencil template, or freehand, create your letters. To avoid any visible marks, write on the back of your paper, reversing your lettering. Next, take the strip of paper you want to layer: You can cut the edges with straight or decorative scissors, or tear it - whatever achieves the look you are after. Holding the strip of paper, position it on the front of your lettering. Looking at your letters, decide where you want the layer. Make sure that all the letters have the layer going across where you want. When you are sure of the position, glue the layer in place. Once adhered, cut out your letters.

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