I am excited to start a new weekly blog feature that I'm calling "Scrapbooking Secrets" and I figure that Sunday is the perfect day for Sharing Some Scrapbooking Secrets! Ok, I'm done now, couldn't help myself there!
Sometimes my scrap secrets will apply to both digital and paper scrappers but this particular post will be most helpful for digital scrapbookers.
I love the fun color scheme and the pre-printed journaling labels and flair buttons. They were a perfect match for this silly photo of my daughter taken in 1999. By using the word strips, I was able to include some fun information right into the page design. I really wanted my journaling to match the pre-designed word strips though. How could I figure out what font was used in the kit?
if you open up this document you will find her font information - there are a lot of fonts listed and of course she will have used commercial-use ok versions. I decided to do a google search for each of these fonts until I found what I was looking for. Many of these fonts also come in a less expensive personal-use version which is all I'm looking for. If you start looking at how expensive the commercial-use versions are, you will get a small taste of how much money you can spend as a designer when putting together a kit!
The font from the word strips looked like LD Elementary and the personal-use version is available at ScrapNfont for only $3.00. I bought it right on the spot! I also noticed that SP had capitalized some of the letters in the words to give them a fun look. She pays attention to little details like that and it makes a big difference in her designs! So I mimicked her style and came up with a title that looked like a perfect match for this page. See the difference?
I also used the same font for my journaling but I didn't use the capital letter trick there because I wanted to focus on readability. I didn't fully justify the text either because I felt this style went better with the haphazard placement of the word strips.
Taking the time and effort to find a matching or coordinating font on a layout can make a big impact on the overall cohesiveness of the page.
Now for some follow up:
- If you are using a kit or a template that has writing on it, always check the file information to see if the designer listed the credits. It is a good practice for them to do this, but not everyone does. (I didn't always do this either when I was a designer - oops!)
- If there isn't any font information available, try a font site like What the Font and see if someone there can help you.
- Don't feel like you always have to match fonts either. I like the look of using a few different fonts and sometimes you want to have a different look for your journaling than what is used for embellishing the page. Generally, you shouldn't use big and bold fonts for journaling and it is also best to limit how many fonts you put on a page to avoid a chaotic look. Cathy Zielske says you should NEVER use more than 3 fonts on a page and that it is even better if you only use 1 or 2. I totally agree with her.