There are many of us out there that just don’t like our hand writing. And when you wish to add those finishing touches to your pages by adding names and dates this can be a little frustrating. So we have put together a few ideas which will hopefully solve that very problem.
Rubber Stamping - Rubber stamps are versatile and there are now many sets on the market which comprise of the alphabet and numbers zero to nine allowing you to create your own messages. Also with the vast array of coloured inks now on the market you are sure to be able to find a colour that compliments the backing paper you are working on.
Beads - Available with a letter per bead allowing you to create your own individual messages. These beads can either be stuck into position or sewn with a little invisible thread.
Wooden Tiles - These tiles remind me of the counters from in scrabble. They’re great for adding a little fun and ideal for layouts for kids.
Die-cut Stickers - A huge range of stickers are available and as with the peel ‘n’ sticks offer a quick solution to your lettering problem. Many manufacturers now produce lettering to match their 12 x 12 scrapbooking sheets. The sample shown here comes from the range produced by K & Company and is part of their Juliana range.
Polymer Clay - Comes in a huge array of colours and is simply baked in the oven once shaped allowing you to create exactly the letters you require. And do not fear if you feel you wouldn’t be able to shape your letters a simple to use push out mould is available that makes creating your own letters a doddle (see supplier information below).
Transfers - These are quick and easy to use and as with many other items are now available in a wide range of styles, themes and sizes. To use these simply position as required and rub over with either a biro or if supplied the rubbing stick (which resembles an old fashion lolly stick).
Stencils - Stencils are available in a huge variety of styles and unlike many of the other options highlighted on these pages they can obviously be used time and time again. They also give you two options. The first is using them with an embossing tool. This is where you place the stencil under the paper and simply trace around the outside of the letter to give you a raised effect. Remember when working with the right side of your paper down to reverse the letters. The second alternative is to use the stencil with paints, inks or chalks and stencil your letters with a colour.
Pop It! Shapes - These double sided peel and stick alphabet shapes allow you to embellish your letters with anything from sand to glitter to gold leaf (as in the sample shown) opening up a wealth of opportunities for your page layouts.
Peel 'n' Sticks - An old trusted favourite, the peel ‘n’ stick offers a quick and easy solution with both sentiments and lettering problems. Alphabets are available in a myriad of colours and styles allowing you to still keep your page layout individual.
Wire - It is possible to purchase preformed words twisted out of wire however with a little patience and creativity it is possible to create flowing words using a little twisted coloured wire and a pair of pliers.
Buttons - Buttons are easy to attach and look great on those fun layouts for parties, kids and holidays. Either stick into place or get busy with the sewing needle and thread.
Charms - Charms can enhance any page and add a certain touch of class. Some manufacturers have even solved the problem of attaching them by providing them with double sided sticky pads, making them quick and effortless to use.
Brads - Once upon a time the only brad you could purchase was a round one. Now you can get them in a huge range of sizes and shapes and thankfully for those of us with untidy handwriting they now are available as individual letters.
Ribbon Letter Wraps - If you are using ribbon as a part of your design then this method of adding lettering to your design couldn’t be simpler. Fix one end of your ribbon in place then carefully slip the letters in the correct order onto the ribbon then fix the other end of the ribbon in place. If you do not want the letters to move along the ribbon then position and use a little glue to fix in place.
Tricks of the Trade
There are currently no tricks of the trade associated with this project