Fall Fonts for Fantastic Pages
Are the Fall doldrums getting to your scrapbooks? Do your pages need a little spooky style? Want something to be thankful for on those Thanksgiving layouts? Let's add some creative lettering through computer fonts to the pages we do about September, October, and November. Never used computer fonts before for scrapbooking? Don't be intimidated! Let's learn together how to use the computer for more than surfing the web. Let's explore the possibilities!
Never Used Computer Fonts Before?
Do you have questions about computer fonts and their longevity? Several people viewed as experts have addressed this question in the last few years.
Here's what a few of them have to say:
Lori at Provo Craft says,
"What about using the computer in scrapbooking? How safe is it for us to scrapbook using a computer? We are asked many times how safe is printing images on a page and using it in a scrapbook. Typical ink jet printers are not made for this. But there are ways to make them safer. The ink used in the majority of ink jet printers is water soluble, so if your book was to get wet the journaling and images would be ruined. But by spraying your page with a fixative or laminating, it seals the ink so it is safer to use. You will want to make sure that you are printing on acid free paper. Color laser printers are quite expensive but are not water soluble and therefore safer to use. There are many cute computer images and fonts that can enhance any scrapbook page....The world is becoming more and more computerized as we speak. Technology will continue to advance in spectacular ways that we can archive our treasures.The computer industry is finally starting to move toward solutions dealing with archiving and longevity on the consumer level. Epson is one company that is coming out with archival inks and paper within some new printers. "
And more advice from PCCrafter website on the use of fonts....
"Acid free is a big concern when computer scrapbooking. The main concern with the ink is not the acid free issue. Most inks are acid free and if you print on acid free paper you are ok. The bigger issue is the archival concern. Most computer inks are not waterproof. I know that several of the printer companies are looking into this issue and taking action toward it. Epson for example is now making printers and printer paper that when together combat the waterproof scares. In the meantime you can use a fixative to spray on your pages that will help protect them or use a page protector. If you like, you can read a couple of back issues of our PCCrafter newsletter that talks more about this subject."
Creating Keepsakes has a set of wonderful software that helps you generate computer made titles and journaling as well. Be sure to look for them wherever you shop for scrapping supplies. Also here is an article that was in Creating Keepsakes Magazine that talks about the new printers.
Graceful Bee recommends using a laser printer if possible because they use toner similar to copy machines. Page protectors also add to the longevity of the page. Always print onto acid free papers.
OK I will try this but I need a Tutorial!
Here is one of the best step by step tutorials on getting the fonts from the internet to the computer in your home and then onto the paper! What wonderful step by step instructions!
Cutable Letters in any Size: Reverse the Font
Did you know you can toss out some of your lettering templates? You don't have to trace a template to get perfect letters in wonderful shapes! Print them on the back of any patterned papers or cardstock. Here's how to do it...
Find a font you love. Install it to your computer. Start a new blank document (or blank 'poster' in some print shop programs) and then type the title you want. Resize it to the font size you prefer. Now go check your Printer Settings or Options. Generally, you can find a "flip horizontal" setting under "printer properties." Although you may not see the reversed letters on your computer screen, the image will print that way on your paper. Be sure to load your paper so the images will print on the BACK side of the paper.
In Microsoft Word, under "Insert," select "Picture," then "WordArt." Choose a WordArt style, type in the word and select "OK." In the toolbar that appears on your screen, select the flip option and use the arrows to rotate the word.
In WordPerfect, select "Insert," then "Graphics," then "TextArt." Type the title in the text box and close the window. Click on the pull-down menu on the "Graphics" toolbar (it should be the bottom toolbar on your screen) and select "Flip left/right." You can use this tip with all your computer fonts, making the letters any size you wish. You can also print the letters in outline form, limiting the amount of ink you use.
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Ok ok, here they are! :) Have fun with them!
School Days Fonts:
Penmanship Print with lines
cheerleaders, pencils, children, crayons, lunch sacks, books, folders, football, caramel apples, and stick kids alphas
perfect for starry night looks
Lots of Halloween fonts
These come in many styles including dripping blood, pumpkins, and zombies....
Headhunter Bone font and a Headstone/Tombstone font.
Mini dingbats/pics/icons/pictographs in Halloween themes
Dracula (Abaddon) and Aftermath
Finger Prints Inside
Finger Prints Figure 6
try Turkey Sandwich and Tasteless Candy
Other free and low cost font sites
Want those Fonts to have color INSIDE??
Here is how to add color INSIDE the fonts!
click on HOME and then on the ADD COLOR article.
Remember, in addition to your colorful font, you can also go get a clip art picture and drop that piece of seasonal clip art next to your title and reinforce the theme.
Spooky Kids title step by step
Spooky finished title plus clip art
Credits: font- Creating Keepsakes "Mystery" from font cd, clip art Hallmark Greetings Workshop
Make Several while you are at it!
Once I get my title sized and colored and ready to print, I usually print more than one. I try to make at least two of each topper. I print them off onto either white acid free cardstock or onto cardstock in pale colors of the season. Mat the title or use some pop