I have a confession to make. I am addicted to fonts. I am a fontaholic, a fontaphile, a collector of digital fonts of every conceivable style. This is not really surprising, since I have always been interested in the appearance of the written word, even before the advent of computerized typography.
When I was in elementary school, I experimented with various styles of handwriting (including the ubiquitous little hearts and flowers over the letters ‘i’ and ‘j’). I tried slanting my writing to the left, I tried slanting it to the right, and I even tried writing with my non-dominant hand. That last item was not a design choice, though, it was necessitated by breaking my dominant wrist while playing tag on the playground. I apparently experimented with my writing so much that I never actually developed a comfortable script style, and to this day I write with an unruly mixture of printing and script.
During my high school years, I discovered calligraphy and worked diligently to master some of the basics. I loved how pretty my writing looked! And I gained a whole new appreciation of the painstaking artistry that went into the great illuminated manuscripts created by the monks in the Middle Ages.
Fast forward to when my own children were in elementary school, and I started scrapbooking (the scissors, paper, and pen way). It was fun to use my long-dormant calligraphy skills for page titles and decorative journaling. Most of the text I wrote in my regular ‘everyday’ writing, but using all kinds of fancy pens.
Eventually, though, digital scrapbooking became my passion. Over time, I learned how to choose fonts and format my journaling and titles for the best visual effect, and I built up a collection of fonts of various styles.
Finding just the right font to fit my creative design is always fun! I get font suggestions from my pixels2Pages teammates (you know who you are), from the wonderful digital pages posted by our members and fans on our Facebook page, and from Pinterest. Armed with the names of the fonts that catch my eye, I visit some of the Internet sites which offer downloadable fonts, where I usually find the ones that I came for plus many more! (Warning: Do NOT visit these sites if you have any pressing obligations in the next twelve hours.) You can see p2P tried-and-true favorites along with our newest finds at our Font Pinboard on the pixels2Pages Pinterest page. (Scroll down to the bottom of this blog for a sneak peek.)
Here at the pixels2Pages website, you’ll find many resources to help you master the ins-and-outs of using fonts in Artisan, including some great time-saving tips. You’ll also find plenty of inspiration and creative ideas! You can use the “Tag Cloud” at the right of this page to find links to even more resources. Try clicking on the tags for ‘Fonts’, ‘Format Text’, ‘Journaling’, ‘Text’, ‘Text Shape’, or ‘Title”. These resources are a pixels2Pages member benefit; if you’re not a member, check out our Free Trial program. (Some of the links below are periodically included in our Free Trial offerings.)
Here are some links to get you going:
- Tip: Life Beyond Microsoft San Serif or There Are More Fonts in the Sea
- Video Tidbit: Perfectly Paired
- Tip: Journaling as Design
- Tip: How to Install Fonts
- Tip: Finding Fonts Faster
- Tip: Hiding Fonts
- Tip: Changing Font Size
- Blog: Size Really Does Matter
When you’re ready to play around with the fonts you have collected, try your hand at these fun and creative page layout ideas:
Digital content for blog header and image:
Creative Memories Kits: Colorful Symphony, Mr. Fix-It, Days of Fall
Fonts: Ackbar, Clicker Script