Size really does matter! Well, FONT SIZE matters enormously!! This was a discussion I had with several digital scrapbookers a few weeks ago. We got to talking about how difficult it is to ‘picture in your mind’ how your text will appear in your book when printed. I always zoom my page to 100% to check that my font doesn’t look like a kids picture story book! I also have several books I can check the size of the text and I know if it seems the right size for the page. We got to talking about making a personalised sizing chart.
There is nothing worse than having text that is too small, but worse still, if the text in your book looks like it should be on a kindergarten shelf it can be disasterous.
When my first ever book came back printed I was so excited!! Then a wave of disappointment, that the text was too big. The font and the fun photos of my son’s surfing lesson seemed to match the sizing of the text, but I was still a bit disappointed. I wish I had checked it somehow.
I did come across an idea that was perfect! It was a small laminated set of text. All sized to the print size of how a book will come back. But I lost it and forgot about it! But, during this said discussion, one of those ladies told me she thought I had given it to her to keep and she had been using it ever since, because it was the best thing ever!! (Umm, yeah … it was!!!)
Anyway, the discussion broke into fits of laughter about how she had pinched it from me and that ‘Size Really Does Matter’. So, we all decided to make a new set of text sizing sheets for our own personal use (and no-one can pinch them!).
You need to make 8 1/2 x 11 project (or add a page to a current project of that size) so you can print it out for yourself.
Decide on a few of your all time favourite journalling fonts and begin the process of typing the first font size you would use (mine was 12) and the font name, continue with sizing the font UP as you go down the text box. This is a very visual and physical aid to your digital scrapbooking.
Print out your “printed font sizing chart” and use just as is, or cut up and laminate to have a small card for each font you might use.
Perhaps print 2, just in case yours disappears 🙂