Sometimes we don’t have a photo to scrap a memory or a moment we want to convey. And guess what? We don’t need to have a photo in order to scrap a page! “But isn’t scrapbooking all about pictures?” you ask. No! Of course not! Some of my all time favorite scrapbooking pages are photoless journaling pages that I’ve created. And in all honestly, the heartfelt journaling on the page conveys my mood and my thoughts much more so than a picture at that moment ever could. So today, I want to address scrapping with photoless pages. Because if you aren’t already, I think you need to have another look!
The art of Scrapbooking (whether it is Paper or Digital) is for purposes of memory keeping and documenting / journaling events. We often use journaling, photographs, memorabilia, ephemera, printed media and artwork to tell the story.
When we are documenting, sometimes it is in the form of a single line of journaling, a paragraph or a whole page. To document our pages digitally, we often search out typewriter fonts or fonts that may resemble our own handwriting. Today I am going to show you a quick way to include your own handwriting on your scrapbook pages.
Did anyone watch the Academy Awards? I didn’t but hearing all the news stories about it did lead me to an idea for a challenge this month…movie posters. I challenged myself to make a layout that was inspired by a movie poster. First I found a site that sells posters and then I searched for one that I thought would make a good layout. Seeing as though we are already experiencing “April Showers” here in the Midwest, the “Singing in the Rain” poster caught my eye and I had just the photos to work with it.
Hello all my artsy friends and welcome to April! Are you ready to get your journaling groove on? The Peers will be focusing on different journaling techniques this month on the blog, to inspire the hidden (or sometimes prolific) writers in all of us. I will be sharing a therapeutic hidden journaling technique, for those (like me) who don’t necessarily want to broadcast their journaling to the world. Ready to take on this artsy journaling adventure? Then come on in and join me . . .
Greetings! Jen Flaherty here with this month’s Pick of the Month – The Instant Pot. Have you heard of it? The Instant Pot is a modern day pressure cooker. What makes it modern, you ask? The Instant Pot does it all from cooking perfect rice to soups and stews, meats, bread (yes, bread!), yogurt…the list goes on. And it cooks it all in an instant, thus the name. In addition, the Instant Pot has a slow cooker mode as well, so you can kiss your slow cooker goodbye (or shove it to the back of the cabinet). This purchase has been a game changer for me. Let me tell you why.
How to manage your multitude of fonts is a question that all scrappers face sooner or later. I believe most, if not all, scrappers have an unparalleled love of fonts. We are
hoarders collectors of fonts! There are many font managers available and they range in price from free to very expensive. Personally, I like free. I’ve tried many of the free font managers, some apps and some online. Most allow you to view your fonts and nothing more. Plus the ones I’ve tried tend to crash or freeze up continuously. That can be very frustrating, especially if you have limited time set aside for scrapping! A couple of months ago I found FontBase. Their website describes FontBase as a blazing fast, beautiful and free font manager for Windows 7 & up. So far I have loved this app. It hasn’t crashed or frozen up once since I’ve been using it and it really does have some cool features. So without further ado, we’ll look at some of the features I’ve found very useful.
“Handwriting is an Imprint of the Self on the Page” -by Dr. Rosemary Sassoon.
Does scrapbooking get any more personal than when we add our own handwriting to the page? How is it then that my fourteen year old daughter recently mentioned that she only knew my handwriting from my grocery lists? Seriously? How could this be?
Continuing our foray into alphas and fonts this month, I wanted to have a little chat today on page titles. Coming from a traditional scrapbooking background, I still remember pulling out my sheets of alphas and then my ruler to carefully place every single, individual letter on a nice straight line. It was a time-consuming and somewhat cumbersome process. With my stuck-down traditional alphas, if I had not lined everything up correctly, well, once put down on a layout, there really wasn’t that much of an opportunity to make a correction. Did you know there’s an easy one- or two-click process in digital scrapbooking that will correct this for you? Let’s explore the Align function to take the guesswork out of aligning your scrapbook titles.
As a graphic designer, I love typography. I can spend hours nerding out about scary sounding things like kerning, x-heights and baselines. While that’s a level of love for typography most scrapbookers aren’t interested in, you would be surprised at how useful some of my favorite professional resources can be for finding inspiration for using fonts creatively on your layouts. Warning: You might just find yourself falling in love with typography after browsing these sites.
Have you been reading all the blog posts at Scrapaneers this month about fonts? Haven’t they been great? I definitely fall into the font-a-holic category as do many of you I’m sure. For my post today I wanted to share with you a couple of quick “how to” instructions about turning your fonts into a quick and easy wordart. If you’re like me, you love when you can create something really pretty super easily! So, follow along and lets see what we can create!