Many of us avoid journalling because we do not like our handwriting. We believe that the photos on the page and the cute little title will tell the story for us. When I look at my grandfather’s stack of photos, I honestly wish I had a story to go with it. Who’s car was that? Why is she wearing a peacock feathered hat? Is that their home in the background? Telling “Your Story” is extremely important. For this week’s Tuesday Tutorial, I am going to show an easy way for you to tell your story using your Cricut® machine.
There are two ways that you can use Cricut Design Space™ to create a unique piece of storytelling on your page. This week, we are going to focus on the feature that uses a wondrous array of Pens that are a “must have” when using your Cricut®. There are many other options for pens out there, but I have found that these work beautifully for creating journal snip-its on my pages. I especially like the Fine Point Black Pen pack and the Ultimate Fine Point Set that comes in a rainbow of colors. Enough oohhing and ahhing about the pens…let’s move onto the tutorial.
Begin by inserting the SHAPE or IMAGE that you plan on “writing” onto. On my July- Summer Picnic layout, I have some tag shapes that I intend to use to write the story, so I am going to insert the tag shape.
Choose the TEXT option, and a “Text Box” will pop-up.
Type your story into the text box. Don’t worry about the text going off the page, or being large, or looking odd…we will fix it.
When the Text Box is active, you will see the Text Edit Bar at the top. This is where you are going to EDIT your text. First, make the text little smaller by changing the font size to 14. (We can change it again later, but this will be a good start.)
Select the FONT drop-down menu to see all of the Fonts available to you. You can FILTER the fonts to “Writing” fonts and “My Fonts” (ones you own). I chose to use the Your Are Here font.
Drag your Text over the image you inserted for the Text. Double-click the Text to have the Text Box pop-up. Use the ENTER key between words to adjust the text to fit onto your image. You can also adjust the size of the font at this time, if needed. Use the ALIGNMENT drop-down menu to align your Text.
Choose the ADVANCED feature UNGROUP TO LINES. When you choose this option, you will see each line of text show up as a separate image in your Layers Panel.
Here is where the fun begins! You can edit each individual line with a different font and a different pen color. Simply double-click on the line of text, then choose a fun writing font in the drop-down Font menu. Choose your Pen color by clicking on the “Ink Blot” in the Layers Panel, and choose one of the Pen colors listed for each individual line of Text. HOW FUN IS THAT!
Before you send it to the machine, make sure to ATTACH all the text to the image you are cutting out. Once you choose MAKE IT, you will be prompted to add a Pen and change the Color of the Pen. DO NOT unload the Mat, just change out the Pen. Now you have a unique journalling piece that tells your story. I hope you take the time to try to create a wondrous piece of writing using DesignSpace™. I can’t wait to see what you create!
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