Type as a Design Element

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Combine Text Art Boxes

Using type as a page accent is an easy and affordable way to create custom graphics. Carrie ColbertBatt used a heart shape on her page to echo the sentiment expressed in her journaling. The shapes are backed with patterned paper, and text is printed along the perimeter of the hearts. Here's how to make heart shapes like Carrie's:

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  1. Divide the text into four segments of relatively equal length. Type the first segment of text in the shape of a half circle. Do the same with the second text segment.
  2. Type the third segment of text in a diagonal line that moves from the top left to the bottom right. Type the final text segment in a diagonal line that moves from the bottom left to the top right. Align the four text boxes so they form a heart.

SOURCES Patterned paper: KI Memories (floral), Anna Griffin (stripe). Fonts: Delight (script) by Autumn Leaves, Arial Rounded (journaling). Clay letters: Li'l Davis Designs. Decorative brads: Making Memories. Chipboard shapes: Heidi Swapp. Printed tape: 7Gypsies. Design: Carrie ColbertBatt.

Continued on page 4:  Use Dingbat Fonts to Make Shapes


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