Messy writing.

Ashley - posted on 06/11/2010 ( 18 moms have responded )

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I tried writing a poem on my baby book's front page, however, when I write it, it doesn't look as nice as it could. What could I use for this? I mean printing it out might ruin the look of the page. Any ideas would be helpful!

P>S> I also have a cricut but am afraid it wont be able to print small enough.

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Lori - posted on 07/01/2010

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for my album. I think I have terrible handwriting too.. I searched for font. I do paint shop pro. I had joined groups online before I even started scrapbooking there was a baby block font so i had many on discs.. I used it to spell out my son's name. I was happy with that. It was some work getting it all worked out. I wanted it to be perfect. I cut out the baby blocks in blue and pasted them in his ablum. Then took a baby bottle cut out and wrote about my pregancy. I didnt like my handwriting but I knew i coudnt do it all it in font. but thought it would mean more in my handwriting. I did use lines to make it straight since I seem to write downhill without lines. Rest of album I have chose fonts and letters from scrapbook material though and short caption of my handwriting .

My suggestion would have been to pick a pretty font your happy with and type it all out and use tape. I like creative memories tape or glue. I am sure since I am so LATE answering this .. you have find a solution.

What did you choose?

Jennifer - posted on 06/29/2010

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I have horrible handwrting too. I love to do as some of the other moms have said. Work with the fonts and sizes on your computer. I love to use velum to print on. It gives it just that suttle hint of color and flare.

Jodi - posted on 06/26/2010

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Quoting Cami:

"BTW, if you cut out ALL the letter son a cricut (not just headings) it would take a LONG time to glue them all down. Well, it would me anyway"



I roll them through a Xyron machine to glue my Cricut letters, and then I can just place them on the page. But I wouldn't use it for a lot of journalling, only generally for titles or one liners. I agree it would be really fiddly doing a large lot of journalling with a Cricut.

ANGELA - posted on 06/26/2010

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write your poem on microsoft word, or a program like it, & you can pick your font. my favorate is:" storybook "

Cami - posted on 06/25/2010

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If I have a lot to write, I type it up, play with fonts, print it out (a few times to check fit, etc.) and glue it to cute paper. I don't think it really ruins the look.

I don't really care for my handwriting but I often get compliments. And I heard a friend say recently how her mom wanted to redo some scrapbooks because she hand wrote in them a lot and thought it looked bad. My friend told her NO WAY! Having her mom's writing throughout the books is very special to her and she feels it means more than it would if it were just typed. :D Just a thought!

BTW, if you cut out ALL the letter son a cricut (not just headings) it would take a LONG time to glue them all down. Well, it would me anyway :D

Jodi - posted on 06/23/2010

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You can also purchase transparencies which will go through your printer, so that way, your journalling is still transparent. I've done that before. For some pages, this works better than printing it on paper or vellum. I guess it depends on the page as to what your options are :)

Michelle - posted on 06/23/2010

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Oh good suggestion a good pen will make a big difference and I too, put my journaling on a separate paper so I can throw it away and try again if needed. Zig makes nice pens but so do lots of other companies, that just happens to one of my favorites.

Billie Jo - posted on 06/23/2010

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surprised no one has mentioned this: test our a variety of pens. I have awful handwriting also and the one thing that seems to make it more readable is having the right pen. If I go slow with a pen that skips or doesn't flow smooth my writing is still difficult to read, but a simple pen switch increases readability. On other trick I use for 'important' pages is to write on plain paper to adhere to the page I have picked out. That way if I mess up I just pull out another piece of paper and start over without worrying how to correct on the otherwise perfect page. I used to do all my journaling with my computer, but found that I do cherish things my mom wrote that I have, so I try to make myself write more now. I don't really have a pen to recommend as I haven't touched my books in so long, but I find that the fine tipped ones work better for me.

Michelle - posted on 06/22/2010

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There is nothing better than handwritten journaling. I often print my journal blocks on the computer, but when I want the personal touch I write it out. I smile every time I see my moms writing and we make copies and share anything with Grandma's writing on it.
A couple tips is to practice what you are going to write. Remember all those little lessons you were taught in elementary school. I once took a scrapbook class that helped improve handwriting for journaling: their suggestion is to use the three line paper to practice on to help improve the control of your pen. Sounds kinda silly but it helped a lot. Relax and just write, your child will treasure her Mom's written word in years to come.

Beth - posted on 06/21/2010

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Your writing might not be perfect...mine isn't...but in generations to come they will just love that we used our own handwriting to express our thoughts about them. Cricut or the computer makes the letters perfect...we aren't perfect...I love seeing my grandmother or great-grandmothers handwriting...it means more to me. Letters from our past are precious and unique.

Patricia - posted on 06/21/2010

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Just write it! I love my printer and the pages look beautiful with all the font and color options, however as many lovely, ladies have pointed out, seeing your handwriting is what scrapbooking is all about. No matter where I am or how long it's been, I know my mothers handwriting when I see it and it is like she's right there on the page! I wouldn't trade it for a perfect looking scrapbook page for ANYTHING :)

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Something I think looks REALLY nice is this: Find a font that looks good with your theme. Print the poem on 8.5x11 VELUM paper, in an ink color that matches. Then, you can adhere it with velum tape or spray to a piece of patterned paper that also fits the theme, but something muted enough so that you can still see the words of the poem. I did this for a friend of mine, for her mother. She found an awesome Mother's Day poem, and we put the velum in front of a beautiful rose-patterned paper, and framed it in a black frame. It was GORGEOUS!

Hope that helps.

Stephanie - posted on 06/15/2010

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My handwriting is very messy! I always print in my scrapbooks. It looks neater to me.

Lori - posted on 06/14/2010

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My mom has been gone for 21 years and I still smile when I see her handwriting. It isn't perfect, but it is hers.

Chris - posted on 06/14/2010

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Sara- ITA- I have terrible handwriting- but I try to slow down, and write as best as I can. I am sure that in time, my family will enjoy seeing my handwriting even if it is terribly messy!

Sara - posted on 06/13/2010

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I agree the cricut isn't a good choice. letters that small are too hard to adhere.
Two "simple" fixes, both of which you already know:
print it out on a computer. You can find all sorts of fonts to personalize it a little. I've even found a site that can take your own writing and make a truly personalized font (for a fee). And as Alysha said, put it on nice paper and then you can mat it and put it in your album.
Or - just write it with your own handwriting. Even though I can't really read all of my grandmother's handwriting, I still smile when I see it. It's part of who she is, so it should be embraced - just like your own handwriting.

and then it also helps to remember that sometimes "done" is better than "perfect"

Mary - posted on 06/13/2010

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Yea, I feel your pain. My handwriting is terrible. I hate to journal b/c of it. But it is so important. Like stated before, go slow to try to do it as neat as possible. I try to always used a different paper & then when I like it, put adhere it down on the paper separately. They do have lined paper. But many people have told me not to worry so much, it is how I write & that is the way it is. Still I hate it. I have the Cricut too. Letters that small get very hard to handle, they get so thin. But you could use the paper after you get the letters out as long as you do it all as one. Do you understand what I'm saying?

Alysha - posted on 06/11/2010

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What you can do is experiment with your font on your computer. So when you think that it's small enough, print it out on a blank piece of paper and see. then if you like it, use it on the nice paper that you want your poem on.

Or, you can use a fine ball point pen and take your time with it. Don't rush through it.

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