Last week I wrote about the importance of including journaling on your scrapbook layouts.
Well how about this for a scrapbook idea…
Increase the heritage and nostalgia value of your scrapbook layout by including your own handwriting in your journaling!
Now I can hear all the paper scrapbookers saying ” No no no! My handwriting is terrible. I don’t want to ruin my scrapbook layouts by scrawling all over them. And what if I make a mistake? I’ll be ruining my supplies trying to get my writing to look good.”
Meanwhile all the digital scrapbookers are sitting back smugly saying, ” Well I scrap digitally so I can’t use my handwriting (phew, thank heavens for that). The most I can do is use a handwriting font on my computer.”
Well I have the perfect solution for you, whether you’re a digital scrapbooker or a traditional one. Read on.
Why bother with journaling in your own handwriting?
First of all let’s think about why it’s important to journal in your own handwriting anyway.
If you are seeking to leave a legacy for your children in your scrapbook layouts then examples of your handwriting is an important part of that legacy. Unlike with previous generations, we are no longer a society that does very much letter writing. Especially handwritten letters. When we do write a letter we usually do it on the computer, or more likely we’ll just send an email.
My Mother passed away nine years ago. I still miss her. She wrote herself a short affirmation on a scrap of notepaper which she kept stuck on the fridge.
As you can see it’s a scrappy piece of paper, the writing is fading fast and they’re not even words that she made up herself. But you know what? It’s one of my most treasured possessions.
And that’s how your kids will view examples of your handwriting, which will probably end up being rarities in their own right.
So here’s a fail-safe method for incorporating your handwriting into your scrapbook layouts.
Scan your journaling
You may remember June’s article on scanning objects to use in your digital and hybrid scrapbook layouts. Well the same thing can apply to your journaling.
And the big advantage to doing this is that you can practice writing what you want to say as many times as you like until you’re satisfied with the look of it.
Just write on a sheet of plain white paper (Tip: If you’re worried about keeping your writing straight, put your
paper on top of a sheet of lined paper so you can see the lines through it. You might need to rule over the lines to make them darker.) Write what you want to say and then scan it into your computer.
For those without photo editing software such as Photoshop Elements, you can import the JPG graphic into your Word program (or equivalent wordprocessor) as a picture and resize it to fit your journal tag then print it out. Cut it to size and glue it in place.
If you have a graphics editing program it’s even better. Scan your handwritten journaling into your software and then remove the background using the Magic Wand tool (or whichever is the equivalent in your own software). You now have your handwritten journaling with a transparent background.
You can layer it on a journal tag and resize it to fit the tag as I’ve done here in my You’re the Best layout of my daughter. Or you can put it straight on your scrapbook layout background.
Whichever method you choose, I hope you’ll give some serious consideration to including some examples of your handwriting in your scrapbook layouts. It adds and extra level of personality to them and I believe that it will increase their value to your kids enormously.
What do you think? Do you include you own handwriting in your scrapbook layouts or do you avoid it because you don’t like the way it looks?
If you don’t like your own handwriting, I think this scrapbook idea is well worth giving a try?
Let us know in the comments below how you go about your own journaling, or even whether you do it or not.
Credits for the elements used in my Your’s the Best go to Cheryl Barber’s Etcetera Kit from Scrap Girls.