Sharing a layout of a heart doughnut photo from Valentine’s Day. Not only is this my favorite love poem, (I carry your heart with me by EE Cummings) but it has a significance for me. I challenged myself to combine all of these heart print papers. I used my typewriter to add the poem onto paper from MME. The other heart papers are from the Dear Lizzy hot buy pack from Michaels, and Amy Tan’s Plus One collection. I cut out the hearts from the Plus One stack and sewed them down the page onto the Dear Lizzy paper. I wanted it so the hearts on top were a lifted off of the page. I didn’t want any other journaling on the page, so I recorded the date on back.
It’s just the beginning of Ali Edward’s Type class on typography and I am loving the content. I recommend jumping in to take it or taking it in the future if she offers it again.
I’ve had typography lessons before in Photoshop class, but this has been a good reminder of some technicalities I forgot. Also the links and inspiration are fun. I am always so focused on the photographs and story, it’s nice to come at it from a different angle and maybe I will actually get some more layouts complete!
After reviewing the first lesson, I decided to gather up some supplies and assess my relationship with type: how I use letters and words in my projects. A few things I noted:
- My favorite or most used computer fonts: Arial, Lucida, Bradley Hand, Traveling Typewriter, & Courier
- I prefer a title in either all caps, all small caps or all lower-case
- Even though I don’t love my handwriting, I love the idea of handwriting in general, and therefore try to use my own a lot.
- My regular handwriting is a mix of print and quasi-cursive.
- Lately I like the look of tall, narrow letters
- I love typewriter fonts and especially using my actual typewriter
- I either left-align or right-align text and prefer right-align
- I like to mix typefaces with one being a clean, sans serif and the other being more like a script or curly font.
- I manipulate the spacing of letters and words with separate text boxes (I learned a new way in class!)
- I like to use outline letter stamps – they offer room for more creativity
I’m hoping this class and this focus on font will keep my creative juices flowing and getting some layouts done in the next few weeks. I pulled out a bunch of photos I’ve been wanting to scrap that have stories waiting to be told.