Deck Out Your Scrapbook Layout with These 2 Title Techniques

Hello, everyone. Wendy Smedley here, from Big Picture Classes! I’m very excited to be a guest blogger today and chat with you about titles for your scrapbook pages.

A title is something most of us like to add to every scrapbook layout…which means we need to come up with a lot of title ideas! Do you ever struggle with new fun ways to add titles? I am going to share two title techniques that will give your pages a handmade touch.

Technique One: Freeform Titles

Dunes by Wendy Smedley for Big Picture Classes.

Try your hand at cutting your own titles in three easy steps:

Step 1: Freeform the letters by hand (like me) or trace letters from your favorite template.

Step 2: Cut out your letters (you can also skip step one and cut out your letters freehand, but you might want to practice on scraps first).

Step 3: Attach the letters to your layout and admire how much charm your hand-cut title adds to your page!

Technique Two: Print and Color Titles

Remember paint by the numbers? Well, this next technique is like that. Select your favorite font and turn on the outline function, then compose and print your title. You could also use stencils or an alphabet stamp set. Grab some coloring tools and have fun coloring in the title! I used crayons for my title, and I love how it complements the page and adds color.

Best Days by Wendy Smedley for Big Picture Classes.

Here are some fun outline font downloads from Creating Keepsakes. They’re available to download free for one week only, so be sure to download them now! There are also plenty of other fonts perfect for scrapbooking on sale at the CK Font Shop.

CK Weez font from Creating Keepsakes magazineCK Weez

CK Freedom, a font from Creating Keepsakes magazine

CK Freedom

CK Block, a font from Creating Keepsakes magazine

CK Block


I hope these techniques inspire you to give handmade titles a try!

Thanks for reading!

Wendy Smedley, Big Picture Classes

 

 

 

 

Would you like the chance to win a free spot in an upcoming Big Pictures Class? Leave a comment below telling us some of your favorite title techniques, and you could win a spot in 28 Days of Sketches: Round 2 , a 4-week workshop taught by Lisa Day!

Class Description

Lisa Day is back with another round of 28 sketches! This time, in addition to receiving 28 daily sketches accompanied by layouts from Lisa, you will also receive exclusive layouts and cards from seven fabulous guest stars! This means that you will receive 28 brand new sketches and 56 exclusive projects to inspire you to create beautiful layouts and cards quickly.

Another exciting new addition is that in addition to the 12″ x 12″ daily sketch, you will see the sketch adapted to a double page layout and an 8 1/2″ x 11″ sketch. All this means MORE inspiration and MORE ideas of how to make a sketch work for you!

Class starts July 19, 2012. To register and read rest of description, visit Big Picture Classes.

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Congratulations to our winners!

tape: I like to use two different alphas, one big and one small. I like the contrast.

Margie Van Evera: When I’m tired of using alpha stickers, I use my alpha templates, trace the letters, and cut. It takes a little more time, but it’s different and you can use lots of different papers! I also use WordArt in MicroSoft Word to create titles. Thanks for a chance to win an awesome prize!

Watch for an email in your inbox with instructions on how to redeem your prize.

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32 Responses to Deck Out Your Scrapbook Layout with These 2 Title Techniques

  1. Kimberly says:

    wow… thanks for the opportunity to win!! love the ideas for new titles ;)

  2. Brenda B says:

    I am so glad that the art of freehand titles is still used by others! I love to freehand my titles. This approach is so versatile. I find that I can make them the right size for any layout. When I cut a letter that isn’t quite what I am looking for, I save it in a plastic bead sorter, where I have the letters sorted. I reach for these stored letters when I want to add variety to my title.

  3. April Noyce says:

    I have not really experimented with free-hand styles for titles, but this have given me inspiration to play! Thank you!

  4. Denise says:

    Thanks for the reminder about just free handing! I used to do that for posters and bulletin boards all the time but I haven’t ever done it in a scrapbook! I do love my alpha stickers and the cricut does some work in this area for me too. Thanks for the ideas!

  5. Denise says:

    Thanks for the reminder about just free handing! I used to do that for posters and bulletin boards all the time but I haven’t ever done it in a scrapbook! I do love my alpha stickers and the cricut does some work in this area for me too.

  6. Michel E says:

    Great inspiration. Haven’t really tried free hand on my scrapbook pages. Great giveaway.
    Would love to have all of it. Thanks for the chance to win.

    craftymom205 at yahoo dot com

  7. Angela A says:

    I like mix and matching my fonts for my title too! It gives it a fun look!

  8. I love cutting out titles with my Cricut!

  9. Melanie C says:

    I take the easy way out…I love Thickers :)

  10. Margie Van Evera says:

    When I’m tired of using alpha stickers, I use my alpha templates, trace the letters, and cut. It takes a little more time, but it’s different and you can use lots of different papers! I also use WordArt in MicroSoft Word to create titles. Thanks for a chance to win an awesome prize!

  11. Skeeter says:

    I like to use my Sizzix Dies or Cricut to make alphas with shadows, using cs for one layer and pp for the other. Thanks for the opportunity to win a class. It looks like one where I would learn a lot! ~Bev~

  12. tape says:

    I like to use two different alphas, one big and one small. I like the contrast.

  13. Marcia Scantlin says:

    I love to use my Copic markers to color in letters/stamps. It looks so good.

  14. Rhonda HH says:

    I like to trace around letter stickers with a marker or color inside the leftover part of a sheet of chipboard letters with colored pencil. Often I’ll just cut around them, then, leaving a little edge.

  15. Jenny McGee says:

    I usually use sticker letters or stamps for my titles. Thanks for a chance to win the BPC class. I love their classes.

  16. RamonaP says:

    I like to write my journaling first and emphasize some words from that for my title.

  17. Ashley Horton says:

    One of my favorite font techniques, would have to be mixing the alphas in my title. I like mixing teeny alphas, die cut letters, and/or Thickers, to add dimension and interest to my titles.

  18. Mel H says:

    I use a lot of computer titles, and I use the eyedropper tool to sample a color I want to match in the photo to get a perfect match every time.

  19. Ilze Hays says:

    These are amazing tips. I will give a try to do my own titles. So far I have used only Thickers for titles but I really want to try something new. Thank you :)

  20. charlene k says:

    I’m big on thickers for my titles, but I love these ideas too!

  21. Kyle W says:

    I’m huge into die cut titles at the moment but am always up for a new technique :) Thanks for the chance to win!

  22. Sheri K says:

    I like to create title with my electronic die cutting machine–I can mix and match font types, weld it together, have my pen tool “draw” them and then cut it out. Makes titles fast, fun and easy! I’d love to have a chance for this class!

  23. GLOANN says:

    One of my favorite ways to do titles is a combination of my handwriting and some alphas like Thickers. I will handwrite most of a brief sentence or phrase and then use the alpha for a key word or words. Love this look. I’m going to try freehanding one soon. Like the look it gives.

  24. Carol B says:

    I lke using Alpha stickers, easy peazy!

    Carol B
    ciaoitalia2007(at)gmail(dot)com

  25. Stephanie DiSabato says:

    A favorite title technique is mixed stickers. I like to use multiple fonts in my titles if it’s a phrase.

  26. Janet says:

    I love to mix and match my fonts and the colors.

  27. Angela S says:

    My favorite title technique is to cut out multiple letters and layer them to give my title dimension and help it stand out. I will also offset them a little bit to give it a blurry, soft look. I have never hand cut my own but definitely need to try that as it will add a personal touch to my pages if I am cutting out my own handwriting, thanks for the great tip!!

  28. Karen Conner says:

    My favorite way to do a title is using capitol & small case letters together. I use stickers, thickers, cricut cuts, anything! Love these free fonts-have downloaded those to start using as well. Thanks for the chance to win a Big Class.

  29. Gail B. says:

    I like using alpha stickers set at an angle for my titles. This gives them a more playful look.

  30. Jackie T. says:

    I love die-cutting large letters for my titles, but if I’m in a hurry, I have a standby stack of Thickers. Love them! :-)

  31. I have a large collection of computer fonts that I frequently use for titles. I print the title on scratch paper, then position the paper I want on my layout over the scratch copy and secure with repositional adhesive. It runs through the printer beautifully! I also love to stamp my titles and love mixing different styles letters together for titles.

  32. LinhC says:

    I like mixing letter stickers!

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