Type as a Design Element

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Play with Shapes

Add interest to the journaling on your pages by formatting the text in a special way. Pick a shape that emphasizes the theme of your page, as on this layout about a birthday. Using Microsoft Publisher, Erin Roe created a text box in the shape of a candle flame. Follow these steps to get a similar look.

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  1. Use the Word Art option to create a shape that resembles a scroll. Erin chose the "Wave" shape from the Waves and Banners menu. Rotate it 90 degrees so that it runs vertically. Fill the shape with white.
  2. Make a duplicate of the wave and flip the copy to create a mirror image. Place it next to the first one. The space between the two is the shape of a candle flame.
  3. To insert the text, make a text box that covers the opening between the shapes. Click on the box and select Send to Back. Type your journaling, changing colors to mimic the variations in an actual flame.
  4. To adjust the size of your journaling, click Select Objects and move the mouse over all three items (text box and two shapes). Select Group Objects, hold down the Shift key, and drag the corners until the box is the size you want.

SOURCES Patterned paper: KI Memories (green, yellow), BasicGrey (blue). Font: Papyrus. Rub-ons: KI Memories. Metal labels: American Crafts. Design: Erin Roe.

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