by Emily Burson
It is one of the basic premises of design; no more than three
fonts on a page. Just because you have a million and one fonts
available to you that does not mean that you should use them all.
Especially when creating something that will last long after you
are done with it. Free scrapbooking fonts are everywhere, so choosing
one can turn into a tedious process. Here are some ideas that
will help the process of choosing a free scrapbooking font a little
1. Before picking out a free scrapbooking font, think about the
content of the scrapbook you want to create. If you are creating
a scrapbook of your child’s first year of school, then you
will use a completely different font than a scrapbook designed
to honor a loved-one who has recently passed away.
2. Once you are sure of the subject matter, think of the fonts
you already have available for use. While they may not seem like
the free scrapbooking font you are looking for, the most popular
fonts are popular for a reason.
3. A free scrapbooking font needs to be easy to read at the size
you want to use it at. A frilly and elegant font will look fine
as a header for a page, but will be extremely difficult to read
if you are using it to caption photos.
4. If you are looking for a free scrapbooking font to use for
diary entries in your scrapbook, consider a font that looks similar
to your writing style. You want your scrapbook to be a reflection
of who you are, so looking for a free scrapbooking font that resembles
your handwriting could add a touch of personality to your pages.
5. Free scrapbooking fonts often offer things such as web dings
and wing dings. With these, the ‘words’ you type are
a series of symbols instead of letters. They are great additions
to the usual clipart that is available, so consider downloading
a couple of these free scrapbooking fonts. If there is a key available
(telling you, for example, what the key “a” symbolizes)
then make sure to download that, as well. With these free scrapbooking
fonts, if there is no key, take the time to make one yourself.
Type the alphabet in your wingding font in order or in keyboard-layout
order. Then you’ll know exactly what you have. Be careful,
capital letters and shift-key combinations can create whole new
symbols, as well.
6. Do not pick a free scrapbooking font just because you’ve
never seen it before. If you like it, consider using it, but do
not pick the font that reminds you of the Pizza Hut logo just
for that reason. Chances are it will remind the people that look
at your scrapbook of Pizza Hut, as well. And, unless you are make
a scrapbook singing the praises of the pizza chain, it could seriously
detract from your work.
A free scrapbooking font, like anything else you do with your
project, is only as good as you want it to be. Like a template,
sticker, or photo frame, don’t force a font to fit. Pick
a free scrapbooking font only when it is the perfect way to make
your work stand out.
Emily Burson is a 2001 graduate of Indiana
University in Bloomington, Indiana. She has worked as a copywriter, is an avid scrapbooker,
and loves to travel. She's been to Costa Rica, Venezuela,
and Honduras, as well as many U.S. states.
If you would like to contact her about her writing, craft
ideas, or book reviews, email her at erburson@ gmail.com.
Also, read her personal
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