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 Scrapbook Layering in Microsoft Word
      
03/17/2008 
 

If you've ever purchased one of our fonts, alphabets or clip art sets, you most likely are used to the idea of using your computer as a scrapbooking resource. Have you ever thought of using your computer as a scrapbooking tool? Don't be afraid to use your computer to add magic to your scrapbook pages, it's easier than you may think! If you're a traditional scrapbooker, you may think digital scrapbooking is only for people with advanced Photoshop skills, but I'm here to tell you that anyone can be a hybrid scrapbooker (mixing traditional and digital elements onto a scrapbook page). And to prove it, here is an example using basic layering tips you can do with Microsoft Word.

Here is an example of using Microsoft Word 2007 and text boxes. (See below for using Word 2003.)

  1. Start with a blank Word document and select Insert > Text Box, and select the "draw text box" option. Draw an extra large text box and type in a decorative doodlebat (example uses DB Fleuries, number 8, at font size of 350). Select the text and format the color of the doodlebat using the font color button.


  2. Step 1

  3. To change the color inside the text box, select the text box and go to the Format tab, where you can adjust the fill color and line color with the Shape fill and Shape Outline buttons.


  4. Step 2

  5. For the main title, type out your title in the Online Title-Maker with a transparent alphabet and save it to your computer (example uses Gilded, a free alphabet in the Online Title-Maker).


  6. In Word, select Insert > Text Box again, and draw a second, smaller text box right on top of the first. Insert your saved title by selecting Insert > Picture. Then select the text box (not the picture) and go to the Format tab and make sure the "No Fill" and "No Outline" options are selected.

    Step 4

    • If you want, you can also modify the title itself by selecting it and going to the format tab, which has now changed to Picture Tool options. There you can add a drop shadow, adjust the brightness (the example adjusted the brightness by +10%), or even recolor your title.


  7. Insert one last Text Box on top of everything, and type in the rest of your title in a fun font. (Example uses TXT Delicate Script.) Again, format the text box so it is transparent and adjust the font color.
    • To move your text boxes around, select a text box, hover the cursor over a corner until you see a four-arrow icon, then click and drag.
    • To scale your text boxes, select a text box, hover the cursor over a corner until you see a two-arrow icon, then click and drag.


  8. Step 5

  9. When everything is where you want it print, trim and add to your scrapbook page!

Some other fun and easy things to do with layers on your computer is type your journaling over clip art, tags, or journaling boxes before you print (again, you can use text boxes in Microsoft Word ), overlap the letters in a title, or place text or Doodlebats over a photograph for a striking layout.

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Create a Layered Title in Word 2003 Using Text Boxes.

  1. Start with a blank Word document. Select Insert > Text Box. Draw an extra large text box and type in a decorative character, such as a Doodlebat from Lettering Delights. (The example shown here uses the character for "8" from DB Fleuries at font size 350.) Change the font color by highlighting the font and selecting Format > Font then select a color from the Font Color menu.


  2. To change the color inside the text box, go to Format > Text Box, where you can adjust the fill color and line color.


  3. For the title text, type out your title in the Online Title-Maker with a transparent alphabet and save it to your computer. (Example uses Gilded alphabet, a free alphabet in the Online Title-Maker).


  4. In Word, select Insert > Text Box again, and draw a second, smaller text box right on top of the first. Insert your saved title by selecting Insert > Picture > From File. Then go to Format > Text Box and in the color and lines tab, make sure the "No Fill" and "No Line" options are selected.


  5. Insert one last text box on top of everything, and type in the rest of your title in a fun font. (Example uses TXT Delicate Script.) Again, format the text box so it is transparent and adjust the font color.
    • To move your text boxes around, select a text box, hover the cursor over a corner until you see a four-arrow icon, then click and drag.
    • To scale your text boxes, select a text box, hover the cursor over a corner until you see a two-arrow icon, then click and drag.

  6. When everything is where you want it, print, trim and add to your scrapbook page.
 
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