On Wednesday, I showed you several examples of how to use dingbat fonts as design elements on your pages. But it's also very easy to turn regular fonts - just letters and words - into a fantastic design statements. Yep, we're moving beyond mere titles and journaling, people, because fonts can do so much more! These examples demonstrate that it's easy to use typography as an eye-catching graphic component on your pages.
On this simple page, I used the letter H as a bold part of the design. I typeset the letter in a word processing program using the font Rockwell, printed it on green cardstock and trimmed it out for a colorful addition to my page.
The letter D takes center stage on this fabulous Christmas card by Aly Dosdall. She cleverly arranged her family photos within the shape of the letter which takes the simple monogram to a whole new level!
Kim Morgan used the fonts Bodoni, Myriad Pro Bold, Goudy Old Style Italic, Kunstler Script and Nueva in Adobe Illustrator to make a collage of pie names (just reading them is making my stomach growl!) She applied a different color and point size to each text box before printing them on cream cardstock. It makes an ideal accent to her baking photos.
Rather than use a patterned paper background, Jody Wenke designed her own holiday-theme background using various colored phrases. It's a striking, yet simple design that lets her fabulous photo shine!
To create a slightly darker background for my stamped title, I set the word "Miracle" using the font Impact in a shade darker than my cardstock. I decreased the kerning (space between the letters) to a minimum to make an ideal canvas for the white stamped letters.
There's lots of cool wall art available on sites like etsy, but why not make your own? Monika Wright used a different font for each line of this House Rules poster. What a great way incorporate all your favorite fonts in one place! When I saw it, I immediately wanted to make one for my own house. (I'd have to add a line about not blaming the dog for your gas, though!)
Here's another amazing spread from Aly Dosdall that creatively uses the word "ON" as a gorgeous background element (and title,too!). I love how the rings of circles inside the letter O make a target that draws you right to those sweet ultrasound photos.
And one last page that's an oldie from me (yes, it features vellum & eyelets, it's that old!) I couldn't find the perfect puppy-themed paper to use on this page (I needed something soft and pale to go with my color scheme). So I used a variety of different fonts to make my own patterned paper. The words on the lower left and the paw prints on the right edge are all fonts that I printed onto vellum for a completely custom design element.
So what can you do with your fonts? Hopefully this has inspired you to put them to work! (And if you do, by all means, show us!) Happy Friday!
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