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Posted 4/21/2013 by TracieClaiborne in General Scrappin'
 

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Posted: 4/21/2013 11:20:12 PM
liking or loving it?

I kind of had a handwriting breakthrough today.
I practice writing a lot because I have never been able to be consistent in my handwriting enough to use it in my scrapbooking. Depending on my mood or where I'm sitting or what pen I use, it goes from barely readable to fabulous. But I can't always make it fabulous.

So today I got out an AC Precision Pen .03 and kept writing until my hand hurt and I think I finally had a breakthrough.
Tall and straight and I keep thinking about every letter as I write and going slow.

I decided to devote a new blank journal to a book of lists I'm making and every day I'm going to write a list in my best handwriting.
I am determined to practice until I love it!!

If you also learned to like your writing - please share how!

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Posted: 4/21/2013 11:30:11 PM
My handwriting looks like a drunk toddlers. I just deal with it. If I print in all caps I can usually keep it neat and tidy. But I usually just roll with it and embrace my inner toddler.


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Posted: 4/21/2013 11:35:18 PM
Every time there is something at work that needs to be handwritten, such as envelopes for invitations, people come to me. I don't think my writing is THE BEST, but compared to everyone else's it looks pretty good.

For me, it's all about the pen. I like a felt tipped fine or ultra fine. I also like some gel rollers, but only in .5 or finer.

Think the act of writing definitely improves your handwriting, so stick with your lists.



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Posted: 4/21/2013 11:35:29 PM

My handwriting looks like a drunk toddlers. I just deal with it. If I print in all caps I can usually keep it neat and tidy. But I usually just roll with it and embrace my inner toddler.


Oh man - that made me LOL. Not just a toddler - a drunk toddler. I love it. Mine looks like a doctor most of the time - unreadable.

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Posted: 4/21/2013 11:38:00 PM
I hope to get better printing, but not anytime soon I think


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Posted: 4/21/2013 11:59:23 PM
"My handwriting looks like a drunk toddlers. I just deal with it. If I print in all caps I can usually keep it neat and tidy. But I usually just roll with it and embrace my inner toddler."


I've never liked my handwriting, so I dreaded journaling bc of it! Almost 10 yrs. ago I got a job where pretty much all I do is write all day - I got a lot more used to it bc of that!

Then, I started playing with it & fine tuning it until I felt really good about journaling.

But, as of late, I've been so busy at work that it's looking a little worse for wear.

One thing I have noticed though, the pen I use sure does make a difference! Why? IDK, but it does!

Keep practicing bc it's really important to have your handwriting in your albums!


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Posted: 4/21/2013 11:59:28 PM
"Depending on my mood or where I'm sitting or what pen I use, it goes from barely readable to fabulous. But I can't always make it fabulous"

I feel like that too.
I have had mine looking fabulous. In fact so good that I look back and and who wrote it
Then other times its illegible.

I'd like mine to be consistently great


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Posted: 4/22/2013 12:17:30 AM
Yes!! Consistency is what I'm missing!!

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Posted: 4/22/2013 12:49:26 AM
It's good to hear that it can be improved. I'd like to work on my handwriting more.



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Posted: 4/22/2013 1:14:02 AM
I also have messy, inconsistent hand writing but I recently decided that I have always been that way and it is a part of who I am and I am so sick of printing stuff out and having to cut it down and make multiple changes so I am embracing my handwriting on my layouts for once. I often will write in pencil first and then trace over the top if it is something I am really unsure of.



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Posted: 4/22/2013 1:37:30 AM
Heidi Swapp's book Love Your Handwriting was a big key for me. Same basic principle, though. Practice. And I liked that it was not a font or lettering book-it was a book and workbook about taking your handwriting and improving it.




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Posted: 4/22/2013 1:52:21 AM
Another vote for Heidi Swapp's book. When I was working through it I could see a big difference in my writing. I've been thinking I need to get it out and work through it again. I agree with the others that writing slowly and carefully really helps.


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Posted: 4/22/2013 2:09:52 AM
Heidi Swapp Handwriting Tutorial

The way she has her site set up, it won't link directly to her tutorial. But the link to it can be accessed from the above link.


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Posted: 4/22/2013 2:11:53 AM
I was informed by my 6th grade teacher that my handwriting was terrible. In front of the whole class. Nothing like a big dose of embarassment to motivate you. I started printing because my cursive was so bad. Then by high school I had developed a sort of hybrid cursive with some printing thrown in.

I dislike a lot of cursive capital letters. Like G, H, S, Q, I and D so I have unique versions of these. I also rarely write a lowercase cursive s. But the important thing to remember is how much my writing improved. I get lots of compliments on it now although I dont think it is the prettiest. I often find that I am my own worst critic.

But definitely choose a good pen and practice, practice, practice!!


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Posted: 4/22/2013 2:23:37 AM
Early on in my scrapbooking days I refused to handwrite anything because I disliked my handwriting. I bought a couple of books, and started to work on what I disliked. I changed my writing as a result of experimentation and consistency. My inspiration was Becky Higgins "The Art of Creative Lettering". Now I do most of my journaling by hand. It's not the best writing I have ever seen, but its a vast improvement!


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Posted: 4/22/2013 7:26:06 AM
Glitter Girl mentions doing this in one of her videos. Or maybe Shimelle did in one of hers. She said she would cover sheets of paper with single letters until she got it the way she liked it.

I've always had nice enough handwriting, but I've let it slide over the years. I'm trying to get back to where it was.


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Posted: 4/22/2013 7:41:08 AM
Yes!! When I got married and my last name changed, it started with a "T" and I HATED how I wrote my cursive T's. I kept my eye out for a cursive T that I liked how it was written, and I practiced writing it that way until it came second nature.



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Posted: 4/22/2013 7:49:27 AM
I actually did this back in high school. I hated my handwriting so I just made myself write differently and now I love it!


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Posted: 4/22/2013 7:56:28 AM
I like my handwriting when I write in pencil, but as soon as I pick up a pen of any kind it looks terrible. When I slow down it looks wobbly and uneven. I know it's just nerves and worrying about making a mistake. guess I just need to practice more.

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Posted: 4/22/2013 8:15:16 AM
I have a GF that sent me a card recently along with some scrappy items and I made a video of it for YT and in the video I mentioned how fabulous her handwriting was, she commented back to me on the video and said her writing used to be terrible but because she had to do a lot of handwriting still at her job it got better over time. I know my problem with my "drunk toddler" writing is that I don't use pen and paper enough!

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Posted: 4/22/2013 8:35:38 AM
I sat on the hard floor, back against the wall, using a bench as a writing table, and practiced throughout recess several days a week for all of 3rd grade.

True story. I did have atrocious handwriting back then, and if I am not just scrawling in a rush, it nice & neat now.

But man I didn't like my 3rd grade teacher very much.



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Posted: 4/22/2013 9:29:59 AM
I watched a Heidi Swapp video about handwriting a while back & just practiced like crazy. I would work on one letter at a time until I was happy w it & now I am loving my handwriting!
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Posted: 4/22/2013 9:44:04 AM
thanks for the video link! I usually don't have a problem with my handwriting, just keeping it natural and I don't worry too much, but I would love to learn more about it, so the video will definitely go to my watch list!


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Posted: 4/22/2013 11:12:35 AM
I used the Heidi Swapp book too, but it's been a while and I think I should go back and practice some more. I think practice is the key to consistency.

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Posted: 4/22/2013 11:32:51 AM
I know many people love Kristina Werner's handwriting and I thnk she did a PDF file that was all about handwriting- I am not sure if it is still available on her blog or not.


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Posted: 4/22/2013 12:17:32 PM
I did. I found I just had to keep doing it until I liked it. I also found that (with journalling on scrapbook pages) I got more comfortable the more I did it. My 'writing' is now more relaxed and has more flow.


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Posted: 4/22/2013 12:19:22 PM
Thanks for all these AWESOME suggestions!! Wow!!

I agree about practicing one letter at a time. I wrote out the alphabet last night and saw the letters I keep having problems with and then I made a whole page of R's just to start with.

I also agree that I can write nice with a pencil but a pen makes me lose my touch! Weird!!!

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Posted: 4/22/2013 12:38:50 PM
Here is a great blog post on one of my favorite blogs

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Posted: 4/22/2013 4:54:11 PM
Most people can immediately improve their handwriting by not gripping the tip of the pen. If you lay the pen between the thumb and forefinger and let the lower part of the implement rest on the middle finger you can almost immediately improve handwriting.

You should also move your hand from the shoulder, not the wrist. your handwriting will flow nicely with these two changes to how you write.


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Posted: 4/22/2013 5:11:22 PM
I don't have great handwriting but using a calligraphy pen makes it look a lot better.



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Posted: 4/22/2013 6:46:35 PM
I have good handwriting if I have a lot of space in which to write. I seldom want to do my scrapbook journaling that way. I'm too wordy! I'd end up using most of the page to tell my story and if I wanted to do that, I'd keep a diary.

I'm perfectly happy using my wordprocessor and printer to tell the story.

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Posted: 4/22/2013 8:27:50 PM
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Posted: 4/22/2013 9:33:41 PM
I hate my handwriting, and for that reason the vast majority of my pages will be done with computer written journaling. But..

I am also an art journaler, and I can think of only two in just over 100 pages where I did computer journaling on those. Some of my art journal pages on them don't have words or only have preprinted words of some kind, but a significant majority of them do have my handwriting.

There's also a growing number of scrapbook pages where I just had to use some cute journaling spot or journaling card, or as in the case of one recently, there wasn't that much room for journaling anyhow, so I just wanted to write a little bit. On those I hand wrote.

And do I like my handwriting on those pages? I guess I can say yes. Love, no, but like I guess. The art journaling has caused some improvement to it. Also, if you look at my handwriting I had to do on my first pages from the dark ages, those have handwriting because DH had broken our printer and we didn't get a new one until about a year later. My handwriting was TERRIBLE then, but then I had a job in 2005 and 2006 where I had to do a lot of handwriting, so I got better at it then, and I don't think that improvement really went away when that job did.



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Posted: 4/22/2013 9:57:16 PM
Nope. My handwriting has sucked since grade school. It is at least legible which is what's important. I've decided my writing is eclectic and unique. I like the sound of that.


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Posted: 4/22/2013 10:09:42 PM
I was just thinking about this the other day. I was going to do a search on this very thing. I was thinking of doing a hand written diary again just to practice. I was the girl that had to type her papers pre it being required because my handwriting was so bad. I'm left handed too, so the teacher's trying to help never worked well. Marking my spot.


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Posted: 4/23/2013 1:20:21 AM
I miss my old handwriting. I have dexterity problems now and my handwriting is practically illegible. It's not even consistently bad! I end up holding my pens too tightly and then my hand will spazz.


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Posted: 4/23/2013 1:49:23 AM
Thanks for posting the links... I was just having this talk with my mom...lol

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Posted: 4/23/2013 5:32:03 AM
I've practiced, and I still hate it. I've been trying to use it more on my layouts, though.



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Posted: 4/23/2013 6:36:21 AM

I actually did this back in high school. I hated my handwriting so I just made myself write differently and now I love it!


This! And it is actually legible

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Posted: 4/23/2013 7:57:04 AM
I hate my handwriting and I can see I must of got it from my mother, because her's is just as bad if not worse!! My brother's is similar to ours, so I guess it runs in the family I'm just gonna deal with it, because #1) I prefer handwriting over typing and #2) I'm too lazy to practice!

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Posted: 4/23/2013 8:39:36 AM

I dislike a lot of cursive capital letters. Like G, H, S, Q, I and D so I have unique versions of these.


Me too! I do like my cursive writing, but my print writing looks horrible.


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Posted: 4/23/2013 10:35:00 AM

I dislike a lot of cursive capital letters. Like G, H, S, Q, I and D so I have unique versions of these.


I hear ya. I think what I was taught back in the 50's was the Palmer Method. But that capitol Q and F don't look right even though they are the ones I probably learned.

My current writing is Palmer Method without all the loopy starts. If I'm in a hurry there are some printed upper case letters mixed in.

I think the Palmer method takes up more space too, so I'll often cheat by partial printing if I don't have enough room to work in. It's a good thing Mrs. Utsey isn't around to critique it for me.


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