Article written using Adobe Photoshop CS6 with Windows 7
When beginning a digital scrapbook page, what’s the first thing you plan? Do you choose pictures first and then find paper, embellishments, and fonts? Or do you find a kit that you just fall in love with, and then go searching for pictures to use with it? I can’t say which group I fall into – I dabble in both – but one thing is consistent when planning a page: It needs a title. A title pulls all of the elements together.
Sometimes I’m lucky and find the perfect title in from my word art stash. A designer has done the majority of the work for me, and in some cases, all of the work. However, sometimes a title will come to mind, but there is no ideal file that I can just place on the page. No worries, a fun font and a little ingenuity will get the job done!
First, I have chosen the Outdoor Life Collection Biggie to use for my layout. Next, I went searching through my vast (and terribly unorganized) collection of fonts. I settled on a playful, hand-drawn font for the title. I liked the font, but the title looked too bland. So, I changed the letters to colors represented in the layout. It looked better, but not very interesting.
I looked through the embellishment files and found a few items that sparked my creativity. I erased some of the letters and replaced them with objects. I replaced the “f” with the fishing rod and the letter “g” with the hook. There are a lot of embellishments in the collection to choose from, but I still didn’t find everything I was looking for. I decided to draw a worm to replace the letter “s” and make a bobber (like the one my son fishes with) to complete the letter “g.”
Now, all I have to do is make the title a part of the final layout. I left a space open for it and with a little rearranging and tweaking, I have jazzed up my blah title.
Digital scrapbooking products used:
Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Background Blenders 3 – Scratched Biggie are also available.
Tutorial written by Kari Kumura