Scrapbooker's Alphabets: Inspiration and Instruction for 50 Fabulous Decorative Alphabets

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9780764133794: Scrapbooker's Alphabets: Inspiration and Instruction for 50 Fabulous Decorative Alphabets
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Everybody who keeps a scrapbook, photo album, or personal journal will value this reference volume and how-to guide as a source for creating elegant hand-lettered classical scripts, modern geometric alphabets, or amusing and funky lettering styles. It presents 50 different alphabets for tracing or copying, along with step-by-step instructions, directional arrows showing how to draw each letter, and advice on letter spacing. The author also offers suggestions for using color, embellishing pages with added decorations, and selecting complementary backing papers. Just as important is this book's overview of the tools and materials required to execute the letter styles. They include chisel-edged fiber-tip markers, calligraphy cartridge pens, graphite and colored pencils, pointed brush pens, and gel pens. A personal scrapbook or album's lettering is as important a design element as its clippings or photos. Elegant lettering is great a way to enhance a personal collection, transforming it into a work of art. More than 250 color illustrations.

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Personalize your scrapbooks, journals, invitations, and greeting cards with beautiful lettering. Create elegant scripts, modern geometric forms, or playful and funky styles.

Choose from traditional, sophisticated scripts for formal occasions or select graceful, romantic calligraphy for heartfelt memory-book pages. YouÂ’ll also find spooky goblin capitals that are perfect for Halloween fun, and colorful letters that dance across the page.

Organized by style, all 50 fabulous alphabets can be copied or traced using tools that are readily available from all craft stores. YouÂ’ll also find a helpful examination of each alphabetÂ’s distinguishing features, clear step-by-step instructions, directional arrows showing how to render individual letters, and tips on letter spacing.

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ScrapbookerÂ’s Alphabets is an invaluable resource for everyone who wants to hand letter their scrapbooks, journals, invitations, and greeting cards. Featuring 50 unique alphabets that you can trace or copy, this book organizes letters by style. YouÂ’ll have no trouble finding the right alphabet for every occasion, including:

  • Romantic—A collection of graceful letter forms appropriate for telling your most heartfelt stories.
  • Playful—Lighthearted alphabets that are simple to create with familiar, easy-to-handle tools.
  • Funky—Expressive alphabets for telling your wackiest stories or injecting humor into everyday memories.
  • Exotic—A variety of letter forms that can capture the feeling of a vacation or help you tell stories of adventures you experienced in your own backyard. Casual—A collection of modern alphabets with traditional roots that have a warm, friendly appear. Classic—Letter forms based on historical or traditional examples, appropriate for formal occasions.

    Each alphabet is presented with helpful hints that include suggested applications, the lettering tools youÂ’ll need, tips for good letter spacing, guidelines for correct spacing between text lines, and an examination of each alphabetÂ’s distinguishing features.

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    Ruth Booth is a freelance lettering artist and designer who works from her studio near Toronto, Ontario. She teaches calligraphy and related arts locally at The Calligraphic Arts Guild of Toronto, and internationally for The Association for the Calligraphic Arts. In addition to completing many corporate and private commissions, she develops lettering for trademarks, logos, and packaging. She also exhibits and sells her work in galleries and at juried shows in the Toronto area. Ruth is a partner of Booth Prussick Design, a studio that creates patterns for ceramic dinnerware, giftwrap, paper plates, journal covers, and background papers and alphabet stickers for scrapbook publishers.
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    Ruth Booth is a freelance lettering artist and designer who works from her studio near Toronto, Ontario. She has created logos and package designs for a wide variety of businesses.

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