Type as a Design Element

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Besides the photos, the title is often the first thing you see on a scrapbook page. It also plays a major role in setting the tone or theme of your layout. You can use basic word-processing software to create titles that are more than just type on the page. Lisa Storms created expanding type in Microsoft Publisher to convey the theme of her page in a playful way.

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  1. Choose a variety of sans serif fonts with varying thicknesses. (Note: Sans serif fonts don't have lines extending from the ends of the strokes. Fonts such as Century Gothic and Arial fall into this category.)
  2. Starting with the thinnest font, type each letter of the title in a separate text box using Word Art. Choose bolder or heavier options to increase the weight of some letters. Adjust the size of the letters so they "grow" as you reach the end of the word.
  3. Once you have all your letters typed, select all of them by holding down the Control key while clicking on each one. Select Align Objects from the Arrange menu and then click Centers under Top and Bottom to make sure all the letters have the same baseline.

SOURCES Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper (white), Prism Papers (brown). Patterned paper: KI Memories (plaid), Chatterbox (floral). Fonts: Kravitz ("s"), Stewardson ("w"), Century Gothic ("e," "l," "n"), Arial ("l," "i," "g"). Metal number: Making Memories. Design: Lisa Storms.

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