Today I thought we would talk about creating text blocks. Angela posted this comment on Sunday's post:
First, I do not keep a stash of words. I basically find them or create them as I create my page. And to help give you an idea of how I create them, I thought I would share a few ideas with you. Let's get started.
I use letter stickers a lot. I almost always stick them to a piece of paper first so that I can either stitch on them (as I did with the word 'witness'), make sure the spacing is correct, or even cut them down. I did cut down each sticker in the word 'humility'. It was too wide to fit in the margin so I cut down the letters to make them thinner. There is almost always a wide margin on letter stickers so it's easy to change their size. You can also create fun backgrounds for your words by sticking them to a piece of paper first. You can see what I did differently with the word 'me' below.
I use stamps on every single Journaling Bible page. I have several sets that are my "go to" sets that I love. Again, I generally stamp on another piece of paper first so I can stitch or create a fun background. I also use tickets. They are really fun to use on pages.
Some of my favorite alpha stamp sets that I use are the following sets:
*Upper and Lowercase Alpha sets from etsy.com. There are many sellers that have these sets.
*Provo Craft Rolling Stamp sets. I have had these for many, many years but I am sure you can find them on eBay or various places.
I have a 1960's Smith-Corona typewriter that sits on my craft table. I just love it, and I use it a lot. I type on everything from deli paper, hymn paper, ledger paper, stickers (see how I typed the word 'blotted out' on the tag sticker below), or anything else I can find. I do use Judikins Microglaze once I type the letters so that it becomes waterproof. For more information, see my link about Microglaze below.
I have posted about how I have specifically created some of these text boxes. I will link them here if you want to see those posts also.
*Envelopes—See how I stamped the word 'trust' in this post here about using envelopes for texture.
*Deli Paper—See how I stamped the word 'wait' on deli paper in this post here. Deli paper makes a great hidden background.
*Microglaze—Learn more about how I use it in this post here.
There are plenty of word and alpha stickers available on the market. I will link what I can at the bottom of this post. Some of my favorites are:
*Tim Holtz Chit Chat Stickers—I almost always outline these for fun.
*My Mind's Eye Tiny Alpha Stickers—They have many colors and varieties. I keep all colors on hand and use them a lot. They also have a few words available in each set.
*Simple Stories Alpha Stickers—More great letter stickers that come in a lot of colors and work great for Journaling Bible pages. I used these stickers for the word 'Christ' above.
*Papers Used—I use old book paper, deli paper, newsprint paper, hymn paper, etc. to add letters, typing, and stamping.
I hope you have found this post helpful. Have fun finding ways to create unique text boxes for your pages. Enjoy, and thanks for stopping by!
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