Sticker Titles

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Sara HortonHandwritten sticker titles are a trendy way to give your scrapbook pages a handcrafted, personalized feel. Whether you are using your own handwriting, a handwriting font, or handwritten word art, you can create a shaped mat behind your customized title in a few simple steps.

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SELECT THE TITLE

Start by opening a scrapbook layout that needs a title. Decide on the word or phrase that best describes your page. There are several ways to capture the look of handwritten word art for your title.

Use Your Own Handwriting: Write a word or phrase on a piece of paper and scan it. You'll need to select it out of the scan to use on your page. (I'll show you how in my next tutorial.)

Use a handwriting font: An internet search for “free script handwritten fonts” yields a list of font websites with an array of handwriting styles. Find a style that matches the look and feel of your scrapbook page. One of my favorites can be found here: http://www.lifeartmedia.com/aliedwardsfont. You can even turn your own handwriting into a font! Search using the phrase “turn your handwriting into a true type font” to find a number of ways to capture your own handwriting (or that of your child, husband, grandmother, friend, etc.) as a font.

Use handwritten word art: Perhaps the easiest way to add a handwritten title is to use handwritten word art. These are available as both digital “stickers” with a transparent background and as brushes. Using premade hand drawn word art gives you the handmade, handwritten look with very little effort. For the sample, I’ve used hand drawn words by Ali Edwards. Once you have selected the title, position it on your page and make sure it is the appropriate size for your layout.

CREATE THE MAT

With your title in place, give it a fun and trendy sticker effect by adding a small, shaped mat underneath it.

Step 1: Prepare the Text Layer

If you are using a font for your title, the first step you need to take is to simplify the text layer. Select the text layer, then choose Layer > Simplify Layer from the Menu bar.

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Step 2: Create the Mat Layer

To create a new layer below the title, first select the title layer in the Layers Palette. Press the Ctrl key (Mac: Cmd key) while clicking the Create a New Layer icon at the top of the Layers Palette. This creates a new layer underneath the selected layer. Rename your new layer by double-clicking the name of the new layer in the Layers Palette. Type a new name such as “title mat.”

Step 3: Select and Expand the Title Pixels

Select the title layer. Press the Ctrl key (Mac: Cmd) as you click on the thumbnail of the title layer in the Layers Palette. This places a selection (marching ants) around the title. Now that you have created a selection around the title letters, select the title mat layer by clicking on it in the Layers Palette. Expand the selection by choosing Select > Modify > Expand. In the Expand Selection dialog box, type the number of pixels of your choice and click OK. For the sample, I chose 12 pixels. You’ll notice that the selection has grown so that it is no longer against the sides of the title letters.

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Step 4: Finish the Mat

The next step is to fill the new selection with white (or any other color you’d like.) Make sure that you have selected the mat layer and that the expanded selection is active. Choose Edit > Fill Selection. In the Fill Layer dialog box, make a color choice from the drop-down menu. For the sample, I have selected white to give the title a sticker effect.

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To finish the title, make some creative choices. Do you want to make it look attached to the page? Add a drop shadow to the mat layer. Maybe you’d like to add a staple, brad or bow. Like your scrapbook page, you can personalize your hand drawn title by adding embellishments to it.

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For the example, I have added two staples and a drop shadow to give the title dimension.

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ext-align: left;">Credits: Scrapbook page by Sara Horton Font: Arial Word art: Sentiments + Greetings Hand-Drawn Brushes (png + abr) by Ali Edwards Design at Designer Digitals Staples: Fasten Its! By Pattie Knox at Designer Digitals Acrylic Heart: Absolutely Acrylic Elements by Pattie Knox at Designer Digitals Background paper: His Valentine Mini Kit by Anna Aspnes at Designer Digitals

SELECT THE TITLE

Start by opening a scrapbook layout that needs a title. Decide on the word or phrase that best describes your page. There are several ways to capture the look of handwritten word art for your title.

Use Your Own Handwriting: Write a word or phrase on a piece of paper and scan it. You'll need to select it out of the scan to use on your page. (I'll show you how in my next tutorial.)

Use a handwriting font: An internet search for “free script handwritten fonts” yields a list of font websites with an array of handwriting styles. Find a style that matches the look and feel of your scrapbook page. One of my favorites can be found here: http://www.lifeartmedia.com/aliedwardsfont.

You can even turn your own handwriting into a font! Search using the phrase “turn your handwriting into a true type font” to find a number of ways to capture your own handwriting (or that of your child, husband, grandmother, friend, etc.) as a font.

Use handwritten word art:Perhaps the easiest way to add a handwritten title is to use handwritten word art. These are available as both digital “stickers” with a transparent background and as brushes. Using premade hand drawn word art gives you the handmade, handwritten look with very little effort. For the sample, I’ve used hand drawn words by Ali Edwards.

Once you have selected the title, position it on your page and make sure it is the appropriate size for your layout.

CREATE THE MAT

With your title in place, give it a fun and trendy sticker effect by adding a small, shaped mat underneath it.

Step 1: Prepare the Text Layer

If you are using a font for your title, the first step you need to take is to rasterize the text layer. Select the text layer, then choose Layer > Rasterize > Type from the Menu bar.

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Step 2: Create the Mat Layer

To create a new layer below the title, first select the title layer in the Layers Palette. Press the Ctrl key (Mac: Cmd key) while clicking the Create a New Layer icon at the bottom of the Layers Palette. This creates a new layer underneath the selected layer. Rename your new layer by double-clicking the name of the new layer in the Layers Palette. Type a new name such as “title mat.”

Step 3: Select and Expand the Title Pixels

Select the title layer. Press the Ctrl key (Mac: Cmd) as you click on the thumbnail of the title layer in the Layers Palette. This places a selection (marching ants) around the title.

Now that you have created a selection around the title letters, select the title mat layer by clicking on it in the Layers Palette. Expand the selection by choosing Select > Modify > Expand. In the Expand Selection dialog box, type the number of pixels of your choice and click OK. For the sample, I chose 12 pixels. You’ll notice that the selection has grown so that it is no longer against the sides of the title letters.

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Step 4: Finish the Mat

The next step is to fill the new selection with white (or any other color you’d like.) Make sure that you have selected the mat layer and that the expanded selection is active. Choose Edit > Fill. In the Fill Layer dialog box, make a color choice from the drop-down menu. For the sample, I have selected white to give the title a sticker effect.

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To finish the title, make some creative choices. Do you want to make it look attached to the page? Add a drop shadow to the mat layer. Maybe you’d like to add a staple, brad or bow. Like your scrapbook page, you can personalize your hand drawn title by adding embellishments to it.

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For the example, I have added two staples and a drop shadow to give the title dimension.

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Credits: Scrapbook page by Sara Horton Font: Arial Word art: Sentiments + Greetings Hand-Drawn Brushes (png + abr) by Ali Edwards Design at Designer Digitals Staples: Fasten Its! By Pattie Knox at Designer Digitals Acrylic Heart: Absolutely Acrylic Elements by Pattie Knox at Designer Digitals Background paper: His Valentine Mini Kit by Anna Aspnes at Designer Digitals