How To Scrapbook Letters

How To Scrapbook Letters

Want to learn how to scrapbook letters? Here’s some useful (and hopefully inspirational) ideas for you to consider.

This question gets asked a lot and it can be interpreted a couple of ways. One: using  chipboard ‘Letters’ in your pages as embellishments, or Two: using hand written  notes. (aka journaling).

The folks over at Expert Village have a number of really well made videos that walk you through all kinds of techniques.

Here’s one:

How To Scrapbook Letters : Add Letters to Scrapbooks

Learn how to add letters and monograms to scrapbooks and record memories in this free video on arts and crafts. Get scrapbooking and journaling ideas.

How To Scrapbook Letters : Hand Written Journal Lettering

Lettering in a scrapbook, often called journaling, adds a personal touch to your scrapbook page. Computer fonts offer the ease of printing out the exact style and size you want but eliminate the individualized touch you bring to a layout. Your own handwriting, whether you use it for a title or journaling, will enhance any page. It is as if you are including a part of yourself on the layout.

Things You’ll Need

  • Pencil
  • Eraser
  • Acid-free pens


Practice your handwriting, especially if you want to improve it. Take your time as you write. You can practice different types of lettering as well.

Write in pencil. You can erase your mistakes if needed.

Trace over your letters with an acid-free pen.Use an extra sheet of card stock. Plan your layout and adhere everything. Write your journaling or title on a separate sheet of card stock. If you make a mistake, you can just use another piece of card stock. This is a good way to use up scraps as well.

Tips & Warnings

Move your forearm and shoulder as you you write. Allow your fingers to guide your pen. Relax while holding the pen. Practice writing big letters in the air. As you train those muscles, focus on using them when you write on paper. Writing on a white board or an old-fashioned chalkboard offers additional practice. Practice drawing slanted longs and large loops. This will help you get the feel of the letters.




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If you need additional scrapbooking letters resources, there’s a wonderful newish book out on Amazon.

This book is relatively new on the scrapbooking scene, but already I find myself pulling it off the shelf frequently. It is great to be able to create my own titles in the ideal lettering styles, sizes and colors for each page, rather than having to rely on letter stickers and die cuts.

Scrapbook Lettering starts with a short, helpful introduction that runs through basic tools and techniques, then illustrates the process of freehand lettering. The main body however is devoted to the 50 alphabets. Each font has a two-page spread devoted to it that features its use in sample layouts. The authors are very thorough about explaining the simple techniques you will use to draw each alphabet yourself. Suggested theme pages that go particularly well with the alphabet are included, along with variation ideas & tips. I love the last ten alphabets, which are organized chronologically according to which decade they best complement  great for those heritage pages!

Heres what I discovered after practicing with other creative lettering books: the font styles that can be fleshed out from a basic outline alphabet tend to have a fun, casual feeling to them, but quickly run out of designs for more formal titles and pages. The impressive thing about Scrapbook Lettering on the other hand is that the alphabets are designed by about 20 different published lettering artists, so there is enough style variety that you can match a font to suit any page from wedding albums to baby books. You can draw more than half of them completely freehand; with the rest you will need some help from photocopiers, grids or some tracing paper in order to accurately transfer the lines and maintain the precise look of the fancier fonts.

Some scrapbookers, who are used to completely freehanding the more casual styles of other lettering books, may feel that this is too much trouble to go to for a page title. My advice would be not to give up so easily on your artistic instincts! I think that if you find a more technically involved alphabet that you think would put the perfect finishing touch on your memory page, you should invest the little extra effort it will take to transfer it with grid paper or enlarge with a photocopier first. It will be worth it.

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