One of the biggest complaints among scrapbookers is their inability to be comfortable journaling in their own handwriting. Some explain that their family will want to view the personal penmanship of their ancestors, but their writing is either too sloppy or too plain to be acceptable for their scrapbook art. A simple way to solve this problem is by utilizing your computer printer for scrapbook projects. This will not only give those that dislike their handwriting a chance to include journal entries with their photos without damaging the artistic quality of the page, it opens up an entire world of options for the pages that go beyond handwriting.
A major concern of those considering printer ink for their scrapbooks is its archival quality. They want to be able to use their printer to design pages without damaging their photos and mementos. The truth is most ink jet ink is acid free. However, it is not considered permanent. If exposed to light, the ink will fade, and if damaged by water, it will never return to its original form. Those concerned with the longevity of their pages, as all scrapbookers are, use black ink when creating pages. Black ink will last for decades and can be colored in with archival pens to add color to an image.
Once you have decided to utilize your printer for scrapbooking, decide how to incorporate it into your pages. The additions can be simple, like titles and journaling, or you can make your layouts more complex and build the entire page on the computer. Popular uses for using a printer for scrapbooking are clip art, titles, borders and text. Some also scan three dimensional mementos. Imagine how much space you can save over the years if beloved objects such as stuffed toys, dolls, flowers, and sports jerseys can be scanned and included in your scrapbook.
The great thing about incorporating your computer printer into your scrapbooking is the ability to make normal scrapbooking techniques even better. For instance, you can emboss your pages with a printer. The ink acts as the rubber stamp would, but you have fewer issues with smearing or distorting an image. Not to mention rubber stamps are expensive. You have a world of clip art images at your fingertips for free if you emboss with your printer. Be sure to practice this method on scrap pages before creating an official page. This way you can adjust for the temperature of your heating tool, the length of time the ink takes to dry, and the paper type.
Those that are concerned that they will not be able to create 12X12 pages using their printer need not worry. While it can be a bit challenging to begin with, there are ways to stitch together pages to create a seamless image for a larger scrapbook. Software programs such as Arcsoft Panorama Maker and Adobe Photoshop Elements have the ability to “glue” together images in order to merge them when printed. Be sure to use the scanner preview function if you choose to utilize these programs, and view the image zoomed before printing to be sure the images align.
When your family members look back at the scrapbooks you have worked hard to create so they can remember times gone by, they will appreciate your effort at capturing the moment in words. Those lacking confidence in their penmanship will delight in their ability to share their story through legible print. The next time you are creating scrapbook pages, try using your printer to enhance your craft.