Using Word Art in Real Life

On the weekend my sister said to me ” I really love the Word Art in your Weekly Newsletter, but I don’t really know what to do with it. It looks great but I just don’t know how I can use it in ‘real life’ ”

So I thought I’d provide some examples of Word Art in action and also show you how to use it as greetings inside your cards.

And for those of you who don’t make your own cards, you can still do this and use it in cards with blank insides to make them a bit more spiffy and personal.

Word Art on Scrapbook Layouts

Word Art can be used in two ways on scrapbook layouts.

As your Scrapbook Layout Title.

Coming up with a knacky title for your scrapbook layouts can sometimes be a little challenging. Using Word Art as your title is a handy little scrapbook idea that can meet the challenge. If you’ve been collecting a library of Scraps of Mind Word Art you should have quite a few potential scrapbook titles in your stash by now.

kim.jpgYou can see how June from Cen’s Loft has used the Host of Golden Daffoldils Word Art (from the Scraps of Mind Weekly Word Art Newsletter) quote on her layout here.

For Digital Scrapbookers it’s as simple as opening the Word Art file and dragging the Word Art onto your layout. You can then adjust the size and colour to suit your layout and you’re done.

For Paper Scrapbookers you can print out the Word Art onto paper, cut around the edge and chalk the paper in a complementary colour. Then matt it onto a piece of coordinating cardstock, cut it out, ink the edges and you have a cool scrapbook layout title element.

You can use Word Art as journaling on your scrapbook layouts too.

The Word Art that is based on quotes is particularly good for using this way. Just follow the same steps outlines above for a cool journaling alternative.

Word Art in Card Making

scanned-word-art.jpgIn the same way as for scrapbooking above, you can use your Scraps of Mind Word Art as part of your hand made card design. Just resize to suit the smaller card size and follow the same techniques as for scrapbooking.

Word Art is particularly handy to use as messages for the inside of Greeting Cards.

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Here’s how you do it:

  1. Open your Word Art files and drag them onto a New File that’s set up for 300 dpi and is A4 or 8.5 x 10 inches (whatever is the size that your printer takes).
    1. If you don’t use a photo editing software program you can still do this in Word by selecting Import Picture.
  2. Resize your Word Art by dragging it in by the corner handles until it’s the size that would fit your card.
  3. I would suggest that you repeat this with two or three pieces of Word Art so you can print off a few at a time.
  4. Print out your Word Art on good quality white printer paper. Allow the ink to dry thoroughly.
  5. Now rub some coloured chalk gently over the surface of the paper And blot with another piece of paper to set the chalk.
  6. You can then cut out the Word Art either cutting around the edge of the design or adding a few doodles or scrolls to frame it.
  7. Fix it to the inside of your card either with glue or with brads and you’re done.

I hope this article has given you some ideas to help you get the most out of your Word Art.

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5 Responses to Using Word Art in Real Life

  1. Hummie April 26, 2008 at 12:32 am #

    As always, another great article…I just don’t know how you do it! I am amazed at all the great ideas you have.

  2. karooch April 26, 2008 at 9:20 am #

    Thank you Hummie. I have to confess, sometimes my head is in a spin trying to come up with something every day.

  3. Kim April 29, 2008 at 8:35 pm #

    I enjoy your word art very much. And just wanted to say thanks for using my LO (above) with the ‘Host of Golden Daffoldils Word Art’ in your example on ways to use the word art. :)

    Kim’s last blog post..What better way to forget your own problems

  4. karooch April 30, 2008 at 8:27 am #

    Love to hear that you enjoy my word art Kim. And I really loved the layout you made using it. It’s always a thrill to see it being used by someone in their own creations. I think it’s a real compliment.

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