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The Art of Creative Lettering: 50 Amazing New Alphabets You Can Make for Scrapbooks, Cards, Invitations, and Signs Paperback – September 1, 1999


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Porch Swing Publishing (September 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 192918011X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1929180110
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #229,079 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Becky Higgins is a scrapbook artist and creative editor of Creating Keepsakes scrapbook magazine. She travels extensively throughout the U.S. to scrapbooking conventions giving workshops on lettering. Previously, she was creative lettering instructor at Relections and Provo Craft in Provo, Utah. Co-author Siobhan McGowan is an editor and writer who lives in New York City.

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Anyone can learn lettering. All it takes is a little patience and a lot of pencils. There's an alphabet in this book with your name on it something for every occasion--no exceptions. When you choose a lettering style and combine it with the right color or pattern, the results will revolutionize the way you look at your scrapbook--or your cards, posters party invitations, and gift tags. The options and outlets for creative lettering are endless. Lettering can be used to tie a scrapbook page theme together, convey a message, or invoke a feeling. Funky fonts add a bold energy to your project, while Fancy fonts bring a touch of femininity. So grab your pencil, and get ready to write. (From the first section, "Great Lettering Made Easy.")

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Cristina Growden
A must have for a scrapbooker or anyone wanting to letter...neat ideas you can do in very little time....I use this book often!
Sheri
Maybe I'm biased, because ANYTHING Becky Higgins puts out, I will buy, sight unseen!
Bookworm in WI

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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Gwyneth Calvetti VINE VOICE on October 11, 2000
Format: Paperback
Beautifully lettered titles can make the difference in the appearance of our scrapbook pages. As a busy person who still wants classy-looking pages, cutting out those letters from templates is too time-consuming to do for every layout. This is where Becky's book is such an inspiration. With clear directions and numerous visual examples, she show even those of us with terrible penmanship how to letter wonderful and creative titles.
Beyond showing how to do the lettering, she gives inspiration for clean, classic layouts in all her examples. She provides many ideas for how to place the letters, so that these 50 fonts can provide a multitude of looks. There are a lot of books on the market to help us improve our lettering, but if you are looking for only one, this is the one I'd suggest.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Brenda Bennett on March 30, 2000
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If ever there was a book to help you imrpove your scrapbooking skills, this is it! Becky Higgins has one of the most widely liked and admired scrapbooking styles, and in this book, you will find endless possibilities for your own scrapbook pages. Not only are her lettering ideas fun and innovative, the layouts included in the book are sure to jump-start your creative juices into producing fantastic, creatively lettered pages! A must for any serious scrapbooker.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A. Ryan on April 24, 2003
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There is a reason this is the standard in scrapbook lettering guides: it explains how to create those fancy letters in a simple, logical way that even people with atrocious handwriting can pick up quickly to improve their page layouts. All that , and it's cute, too!
It turns out that Becky Higgins' style of creative lettering is based on a simple alphabet that is adorned in one of six basic ways, then embellished and colored in. Yes, it really is that easy! Your titles and first paragraph letters can be customized according to season, color scheme, occasion, pattern match, mood, etc. The fifty variations on the six lettering styles will be more than enough for most people to fill their scrapbooks without seeming repetitive - but you may find yourself designing variations of your own after practicing for a while.
The limitation of The Art of Creative Lettering is that IMHO, the lettering styles lend themselves almost exclusively to a country and/or casual feel in the page designs. This is a popular way to scrapbook, and you may not need anything else. However, sometimes a more sophisticated, adult look is called for. And if like me you have a formal wedding and a heritage album to complete, you may end up turning to sticker letters or laser cut titles to get the traditional look you want.
I would highly recommend this book for anybody who believes s/he"can't" letter nicely.
-Andrea, aka merribelle
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Rhoda Hewett on January 2, 2000
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This book really does help your scrapbook pages come alive. I have found it to really help layout my pages. It offers so many different styles and fonts that you never run out of ideas. It may be intimidating to you at first, but with practice you too can create beautiful lettering and it's fun too!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By sharon lewis on December 7, 1999
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What a great guide -- this book makes lettering easy for even the beginner. Full color illustrations and clearly written instructions, combine with fabulous scrapbook layouts and invitations to make this book a "must have" . It will jump-start your creativity.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Julie Lovisa VINE VOICE on July 25, 2000
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I could do OK lettering, but after reading and implementing this book, I can do spectacular lettering! In addition to 50 great alphabets that can be used in every variety of scrapbooking pages, this book also gives detailed instructions on how to flawlessly create them yourself. It goes on to give suggestions on how to place your titles on the page for maximum impact and includes dozens of new scrapbook page ideas. If you prefer heading your pages yourself instead of using a computer, then this is the only book you need! It's so easy to adapt any of the alphabets to your personal needs and tastes.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Jadecat VINE VOICE on September 21, 2003
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I do scrapbooking and was never fond of the sticker letters, so on a whim I bought this book. Goodbye sticker letters! Your own lettering on the scrapbook page looks much nicer to me than the stickers and you never have to worry about running out of the alphabet letters or what color you need. These are very simple to do, I can fairly easily copy them, but I know I could never come up with them on my own. There is a great variety of lettering, each one having its own type of "mood" so you know when it is right for the page you are doing...fun, serious, kiddish, whatever. This book has been worth its weight and if you are bored of writing titles in plain block letters, this will really brighten up your titles.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Bookworm in WI on September 25, 2001
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Maybe I'm biased, because ANYTHING Becky Higgins puts out, I will buy, sight unseen! But this book is FAB-U-LOUS for teaching us that these beautiful fonts can be duplicated by anyone, using step-by-step instructions, explained very well in this book. My handwriting has really gone downhill in the past few years, but you wouldn't know it from my hand-lettered titles! So don't let handwriting deter you. Becky shows you lots of ways to customize your lettering, with pens, pencils, chalks, watercolors, fill-in patterns. And as another plus, many of the examples in this book are shown on scrapbook pages--bonus layout ideas! This book is a must for any scrapbooker, or card-maker, and would be fun to have to help decorate your correspondence, too! Definitely a winner!
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