Jazz Up Page Titles

Scrapbooking lends itself to individual interpretation, which means that while I may be married to the philosophy that every memory book page should include a title, there are no hard and fast rules that require a scrapper to feature one on her layout.

Since I can’t live without scrapbook page titles, I am quick to inquire when others forgo the technique. In most cases, the scrappers I know who shun titles say they find them to be boring. Personally, I couldn’t disagree more. In fact, there are dozens of ways you can spice up scrapbook page titles, including:

1. Use a standard office label maker to create a whimsical title.

2. Mix and match epoxy letter stickers to create a title with a “ransom note” effect.

3. Print a title on a sheet of vellum and place it over a background of sticker or stamped letters.

4. Use different fonts on your computer, print out the title, and then go over key words with markers or scrapbook chalk.

5. Select bright colored paint or pencils to enhance a title printed out on the lightest ink setting possible.

6. Print your title on a transparency, and then layer it over patterned paper, cardstock or a simple image.

7. Apply rub-on letters directly onto the page or apply them to a different material and attach the letters onto your page via glue dots.

8. Use rubber stamps to create a cool title.

If you decide to use the last technique, keep in mind that you should not use ink that is not of archival quality. Using ink that is not acid-free can compromise the integrity of the page over time. I have seen gorgeous layouts that have faded over time because the ink from the rubber stamps was not acid-free. If you are planning to create a title from stamps or you are embellishing a page with large designs, such as flowers or stats, be sure you are using durable paper and archival quality ink.

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Michele Cheplic

About Michele Cheplic

Michele Cheplic was born and raised in Hilo, Hawaii, but now lives in Wisconsin. Michele graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in Journalism. She spent the next ten years as a television anchor and reporter at various stations throughout the country (from the CBS affiliate in Honolulu to the NBC affiliate in Green Bay). She has won numerous honors including an Emmy Award and multiple Edward R. Murrow awards honoring outstanding achievements in broadcast journalism. In addition, she has received awards from the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association for her reports on air travel and the Wisconsin Education Association Council for her stories on education. Michele has since left television to concentrate on being a mom and freelance writer.