With summer coming to an end, it’s time to get those “Fun in the Sun” photos scrapped. Selecting a great title can put the finishing touch on a layout that will give it the Wow-Wow factor that catches the viewer’s attention. In this article, you will find a few title tips to stimulate your imagination as you create your layouts recording those memorable summer events.
Fill the open spaces of the lettering using papers that complement the theme of the layout. Create a focal point by increasing the size of one alpha and accessorize with embellishments.
Tilt one letter. By enlarging and tilting a lowercase alpha (such as the “e” in this example), mixed with uppercase alphas, your title will be more interesting and playful. This also provides an opportunity to dangle an embellishment. Making one or two words of your title bold will also call attention and help the viewer focus on the theme.
Combine word art with alphas. Personalize the word art provided by the Scrap Girls’ designers by adding your own special touch. In the example below, the jagged edges on the Sizzler alpha were created by going to Filter> Distort> Ripple, adjusting the amount, and adding a stroke. Also remember that you can change the color of any piece of word art to fit your layout’s palette. You can make dramatic color changes or just slight variances as was done with the word art, SUMMER.
Use an ampersand to connect two words. Apply a stroke on a separate layer and offset slightly by moving up and over. You will find great ampersands in most collections containing alphas.
Combine alphas from different collections. Here’s a quick organizing tip for your digital scrapbooking stash: Create a folder on your computer and copy all the alpha marketing pages from your Scrap Girls collections into it; this allows you to instantly access and view all your alphas at once, which makes selecting and comparing so much easier. Use shapes as a backdrop for the alpha to give even more definition to the title. This fun, blocky title mixes up alphas and shapes from ScrapSimple Tools – Shapes: Fancy 6301 and The Alphabetica Collection.
Applying a ScrapSimple Style to a font will add instant personality. You can find a style to suit any occasion in the Scrap Girls Tools Category. For this sample, I used ScrapSimple Tools – Styles: Splashed-Summer 13001 Biggie applied to a font.
Spreading your title throughout the layout helps the viewer see every detail by carrying the eye across the page. In the example layout below, also notice that the title “Fun Summer” follows the edge of the photograph. There are many ways to add titles to a scrapbook page to make it more meaningful and interesting. Give it a try, and I bet you can come up with even more wonderful ways to highlight your summer titles!
Share your “Terrific Title Tips” layouts in the Scrap Girls Gallery.
Digital Scrapbooking Products Used:
ScrapSimple Tools – Shapes: Fancy Shapes
ScrapSimple Tools – Styles: Splashed – Summer
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Article written by Joyce Schardt