Many of our readers have asked for help with page titles so I (Katie) posted several ideas for coming up with Terrific Titles back in this post in February. I thought it would be fun to follow up with another one of my favorite title tips – using fonts for titles.
While I own an abundance of digital alphabets, I find that I often turn to my font files when it comes time to create a title for my page. It’s not that I don’t like alphas (my pay pal account will testify that I do!), it’s just that fonts are so easy and versatile to use. I’m excited to share my title font secrets with you and show you oodles of scrapbook layouts from me and our team to inspire you. Images without credits are linked to gallery credit pages. The title font is listed and linked (several of them are free!) for each layout.
KATIE’S FIVE FAVORITE FONT TITLE TRICKS:
- Creating a unified look with the journaling on a page
Using the same font for the journaling and the title on a page gives your layout a very clean and uncluttered look. Simply make the size of font bigger (or bolder) to make it stand out from your journaling. This trick makes creating titles very easy!
Title Font: Century Gothic
I don’t always use a ton of embellishments on a scrapbook page. I like to keep the focus on the photo and story so picking the right font for a title is an important way for me to contribute to the decoration or theme of the page. I want my title to stand out visually enough that the reader will feel compelled to learn more and proceed on to the journaling. I love the hand-drawn look of the cassette tape element on this page so I chose a hand-drawn doodly (is that a word?) type of font for the title. Messy Bessy is one of my all time favorites for this look!
Title Font: Messy Bessy
Creating your own title out of fonts is great for design purposes as well. I felt like this layouts needed something bold on the side to visually balance it out. I love creating my own word art titles by simply using different sizes and colors of the same font. You can even increase the boldness on some words to make them stand out. I picked the same font (Giggles) for this page that is used on The Daily Digi site to act as an embellishment on this page about the site.
Title Font: Giggles
- Using a font to match embellishments in a kit
One of my favorite reasons to use a font for a title is to match word art or embellishments in a digital kit. Many designers are starting to list the fonts they use in the TOU file within a kit. Shabby Princess and Designer Digitals designers all do this and I so appreciate them for it! I know many others are also adding this information. You can look up the fonts they used to create word art and often find the font to download for your own personal use. Designers are required to use Commercial Use fonts so sometimes the font may be a little pricey. Other times, there are personal use versions available at a lower cost. There are even some free fonts out there that allow commercial use so don’t rule this option out if your budget is tight. I discovered this nifty little trick when I put together this page. I loved the font on the world strips and I really wanted to duplicate it for my title. The result is a page that is very cohesive and it looks like my title was just part of the kit!
Title Font: LD Elementary
- Replacing an alpha that doesn’t match (or exist)
The colors in this kit went perfectly with the photo on this layout, but the alpha was not a good match in style or color. Often times I like to use paper packs or kits that don’t even come with an alpha, so using fonts is a great way to replace that missing or “wrong” alphabet! You can also make alphas out of fonts very easily by following the steps on this past post from Janet.
Title Font: Textura Traced Empty
SOME THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND WITH TITLE FONTS:
- Almost any font can make a nice title if you make it a little bigger and bolder to draw the attention that a title deserves
- If you are mixing fonts in your title (you’ll see some great examples below) be conservative with how many fonts you decide to mix together. A good rule of thumb is to let one font be the dominant one in the design and use another font to compliment in a subtitle role.
- Fonts are fun to mix with alphas and word art to create unique and customized titles. Use the same tips as for mixing fonts.
- Think about readability and the theme of your page. Fancy fonts can be very pretty but sometimes hard to read. Also, does a swirling cursive font have a place on a fun and casual page of playground pictures?
- Vary size and weight of the font if your title is lengthy to give it visual interest
I think the best way to get ideas for how to successfully use fonts for titles is to simply look at layouts and get a feel for what you like. Again, all images without credits are linked and the title fonts are included and linked as well.
LAYOUTS FROM ME (Katie):
Title Font: Hootie
Title Font: Inked God
Title Font: Pea Olsen
LAYOUTS FROM STEPH:
Title Font: Elise
Title Font: Nicotine Stains
LAYOUTS FROM ANA:
Title Font: Downcome
Title Font: Giggles
One of Ana’s favorite tips is to combine alphas with fonts to create titles as seen on the page below:
Title Font: Boring Showers
LAYOUT FROM KELLIE:
Title Font: International Palms
Kellie also loves to combine fonts with alphas to create her titles.
Title Font: Jailbird Jenna
LAYOUTS FROM KAREN:
CREDITS: Fizzy Pop Designs Sidekicks Pack No. 7; Pamela Donnis and Jacque Larsen Frosty Fun; Fonts Fontologie Haphazard and Printing Primer
Title Font: Clementine Sketch
CREDITS: Zoe Pearn Winter Wonderland kit and That’s My Boy elements; Traci Reed Pretty Edgy; Anne DeJon Scribble It; Nancie Rowe Janitz splatter brushes; Paint the Moon Annie’s Tape; Amy Sumrall Full of Holes flower; Kristin Cronin-Barrow Frame Basics; Fonts are Simple Life and Traveling Typewriter
Title Font: Sketch Block
23 different fonts have been listed in this post so far but I wanted to include a few more of my favorites for you to check out as well:
- Porcelain font
- Stamp Act font
- Hand Stamped Alpha font
- Distressed Alpha font
- Howie’s Stamps
- Elephants in Cherry Trees
Hope you have some fabulous font fun creating titles for your next layout!