Write It Yourself – Journaling

 

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.

 

Have you ever looked through old letters and found one written by your Mother, Father, Brother, Sister or Grandparents? It immediately brings them to mind just by seeing their handwriting. It is almost like a fingerprint, and photo combined… unique belonging to just them.

 

How neat would it be to make a digital scrapbook page and see your own personal handwriting on it? One way to include your own handwriting on your page(s) is to purchase a font made from your own writing. That is okay, however it may not always line up correctly if it is in cursive lettering.

 

A quick and easy way to do this at home only requires 4 things:

 

  • White unlined paper
  • Black thin marker or pen
  • A scanner
  • Photoshop / PSE or graphics program

 

Start with the white paper and using the black marker pen, write down the journaling/story. Keep in mind an idea of what your page will look like… do you want to write in a column style to be on the side of your page or underneath etc. In my sample here, I just wrote so it would look like a column. Try not to make a spelling mistake, however that will lend some realism too I suppose, as when we write “long hand” we do sometimes make mistakes and cannot backspace or delete!

 

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After you have finished writing what you want to say, using your computer scanner, scan the paper. (If you do not have a scanner, you can take a digital photo and use that, but make sure your white balance reflects your paper as true white.)

Here is my scanned in paper:

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After scanning in the writing/journaling, treat it as a photo and save to your “downloads”. or wherever you can easily retrieve it from.

 

Open up Photoshop, choose your background paper, and place the scanned writing on the layer above the background.  Any background paper will do. For my example I am going to use a green paper.

 

 

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Here you can see that it looks like white paper over a green paper. Just wait…we are going to do a quick magic trick!

 

In the layer palette we need to change the blend mode from Normal to Multiply. This will make the white disappear, and have your writing look as though you wrote it directly on the green paper!

 

 

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Okay so that was practice. Let’s make a Scrapbook page.

 

Utilizing paper, elements, photos and stitches, here is my page that I have made:

 

CVW_SupplyTracker Layer 1 lbw_daydreamer_stitches8 pexels-photo-332865 copy 3 prd_heimili_backwards_brad prd_heimili_beads_03_black prd_heimili_floral_doodle prd_heimili_paint_splatter prd_heimili_paint_splatter copy prd_limitless_sp_03 prd_xoxo_flaglabel_04 prd_xoxo_flaglabel_04's Drop Shadow

 

(Supply credits: Pink Reptile Designs | Heimili – backwards brad, black beads, floral doodle and paint splatter;

Pink Reptile Designs | XOXO – flag label; Pink Reptile Designs | Limitless – solid paper;

Little Butterfly Wings | Daydreamer – stitched border; All scrapping supplies are found at www.the-lilypad.com . Photo is from pexels.comhoto#332865)

 

For my page, I have decided that I want to have as my journaling, a quote. I am going to place it under the picture to the right hand side. I have decided it is going to be rectangular in shape and just a few lines.

 

I write down on a piece of white paper the quote I found on line. (There was no author listed.)

 

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Then I scan it.

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And now I place it on my page where I want the quote to go.

 

 

CVW_SupplyTracker Layer 1 lbw_daydreamer_stitches8 pexels-photo-332865 copy 3 prd_heimili_backwards_brad prd_heimili_beads_03_black prd_heimili_floral_doodle prd_heimili_paint_splatter prd_heimili_paint_splatter copy prd_limitless_sp_03 prd_xoxo_flaglabel_04 prd_xoxo_flaglabel_04's Drop Shadow

 

 

I changed the blend mode in the layer palette to Multiply, and Voila! It now appears as if I wrote it directly on the digital scrap page!

 

 

 

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I hope you have enjoyed this fun way to make your page more personal with your own handwriting without having to buy a custom font. This is also a great way to preserve those letters or handwritings of a loved one by incorporating them into your scrapped pages!

 

Until next time!

 

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8 comments

  • Jen Flaherty April 7, 2017   Reply →

    Great post! I’ve never thought to do this, but it’s so simple! Thanks!

    • Christa File April 7, 2017   Reply →

      So glad you liked the tutorial 🙂 Enjoy and have fun.. remember to use those old letters and cards.. either scan or photocopy them to use on your pages!!

  • AJ April 7, 2017   Reply →

    Very cool! Thanks!

  • Marilyn April 7, 2017   Reply →

    Great article. I love your step by step process.

  • Yobeth April 7, 2017   Reply →

    I love this idea! Big bonus that it’s so easy. Your layout is gorgeous!

  • Lynda Farabee April 7, 2017   Reply →

    Absolutely love this idea! I’ve never like my handwriting font so this is the answer. So simple. Thanks a bunch.

  • Kelly April 25, 2017   Reply →

    I have used this technique many times and always love the way it turns out. I even scanned a note my mother had written on the back of her portrait for her parents back in 1959 to add to a scrapbook page I made using that portrait. It was just the right touch.

  • Sylvia Cuillo April 26, 2017   Reply →

    Love this!! Thank you for sharing!

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