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Make Your Scrapbooking Pages Personal: Use Your Own Handwriting

May 3, 2008
Scrapbooking has joined the digital age. We can now make complete scrapbooking pages on our computers. Even those of us who prefer traditional scrapbooking tend to use the computer for our journaling to print clean, neat captions and narratives on our layouts.

Your handwriting may not be as neat as a printed journaling block from a computer. Yet, your families will find it so much more meaningful and personal than anything typed.

We all hesitate to use our own handwriting on our scrapbooking pages for different reasons. A few reasons are common. You might think your handwriting isn't neat enough for others to read. Consider how your family views your handwriting. You can get beyond your concerns if you realize how much your families will value that you preserved something as personal and unique as your handwriting. Remember how important those handwritten family recipes or letters are to you now.

Another reason people resist handwriting on page layouts is fear that they will make a mistake that can't be erased. There are many ways to correct a handwriting error. First, use a paper journaling block to write on first. You can always use a second one if you make a mistake. You can also correct a mistake by placing a new piece of paper over the error on the page, and write again on that piece. Finally, stickers work wonders when it comes to covering up most kinds of scrapbooking mistakes.

Handwriting success depends on using the right pen. You should first consider the type of paper you are using. Choose a pen designed to write on that type of surface. Some pens will run or smear on certain types of scrapbooking paper. Width is also important. Using a wide tip pen on a small square of paper is not going to be successful.

Practice, practice, practice. Write out the journaling first on a scrap piece of paper. Read it over slowly out loud. This will help you spot errors in spelling and grammar. For longer narrative writing, you may want to have someone else proofread it for you before you place it on your page. Be sure to test the pen on a small piece of the paper you want to use. Writing a draft will let you know how much room you need to write on as well.

Do you write on a slant or uphill? Many of us find it difficult to write straight on a blank paper. Try using lined journaling blocks. These are available in your local scrapbooking stores or you can make them yourself with lined stamps or with a ruler and pen. Try using the natural lines on your patterned papers. Write with the stripes on your paper as your guide. Frames can be accented by printing along the edges. You can even writes along the boundaries of your page borders.

No two people have the same handwriting. It is unique and personal. Like a signature, it is a form of validation. Handwritten journaling on a scrapbooking page adds character to your albums. It tells your family who you are, what your mood is and is a glimpse into your personality. Your family will treasure your pages when they see you have preserved such a personal side of yourself. A digital computer font lacks the depth and emotion that handwriting your words can have.
About the Author
Christine Perry is an avid scrapbooker and has more than 10 years of scrapbooking experience. Her favorite scrapbooking subjects are her children. She invites you to her site, http://www.intoscrapbooking.com for more scrapbooking ideas and information on Mother's Day cards for scrapbooking .
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