This is part one in a summer series to help to help you create meaningful titles for your scrapbook pages and projects. Look for a new post every Friday.
A good title can be an eye catching, stand out part of your page that draws a viewer into your layout. A title can evoke powerful emotions or cause a fit of laughter. Yet, if you’re the one making the page, coming up with a title can be a source frustration. Maybe even that frustration causes you to ditch title making on your pages completely.
I’m here to help eliminate that frustration and give a few simple strategies to make creating titles on your pages a playful process that adds meaning to your page and puts all your favorite fonts and alphas to work.
This week, let’s look at frustration from a design point of view. The question I hear most from scrapbookers wanting to create titles is: How do you know how to pair different alphas and fonts in an eye pleasing way?
The simplest way is to get to know the design principle of contrast. “Design Principle” may sound intimidating, but I promise it’s not at all. Contrast is all about pairing opposites together- big with small, black with white, round and square. You get the idea. In the world of fonts and alphas, there are three basic type classifications you need to know:
Serif: Type that has extensions from it’s end points. To put it simply, letters have feet or wear hats.
Sans Serif: Type that has no extensions from it’s end points. More simply, they are without the extra parts serif fonts feature.
Script: This type is based on fluid strokes based on handwriting. They can be formal cursive or casually handwritten.
And all three are contrasting. It really is that simple!
Using your new font knowledge, you can expand on the idea of contrast in endless ways. I’ll do some show and tell to help get you thinking about how you can employ contrast in your title work on your own pages:
In Almost Spring, I’ve combined a Sans Serif alpha with a script font.
And the title on the page contrasts with a lot of different ways- the black and silver, the idea of spring with the actual photo, a the tall, thin, all caps wire alpha with the compressed lower case brush script, one’s shiny, the other is dull.
In “My Cat Wants to Eat My Homework” I pair a serif font with a sans serif alpha. Can you spot the other contrasts in the the title work?
(answer: contrasts in size, style and texture)
What if you’re using two different alphas that are in the same font category, like the alphas included in Reed? Not to worry! These alphas do contrast, which is why they work well paired together.
In Fortunately Date Night, I used the two alphas included in the collection.
The alphas contrast by color and by texture. The rubber alpha has a shine to it that the paper alphas don’t. The paper alphas are flat and the rubber alphas have dimension. The title also contrasts with the script word art “love you.”
Bottom line: Contrast is key for combining different alphas and fonts.
Now that you have an understanding of contrast, you can start to pair fonts and alphas with more confidence to create stunning title work. Take Action: Pick one or two types of contrast (like font type and color) and combine them in your title work.
Have a question or want to share a what you’ve created using this new understanding? Leave it in the comments below. For more detailed information about fonts, listen to this episode of The Digiscrap Geek Podcast.
Here is a great designer cheat sheet from firstsiteguide.com (be sure to check them out for a load of great resources):
Next week: How to find the words to title your page.