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Posted 12/28/2012 by ashionista in Digital Scrapbooking


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Posted: 12/28/2012 9:14:55 PM
What size font should I use in my 12x12 layouts and also 8x8? I'm working on layouts now and haven't had any printed yet.


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Posted: 12/28/2012 10:50:47 PM
It's really up to you, Ashley. Are you talking about titles or journaling? For journaling I generally use at least 12 pt. type, up to as high as 18 pt. But every font is different. Technically a point is a point, but you'll find that not all 14 pt fonts look the same, for example. So, you just have to test it out and see what you like. Also, I tend to use smaller type for larger blocks of journaling, larger type for shorter labels, sentences or paragraphs.

I've discovered that I often err on the side of making my type too large. I've rarely printed a layout and found my journaling too small. However too large for one might be just right for someone else.

Bottom line- play around with your type sizes. Have something printed and see if you like the size, and then you can use that as a general guideline.


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Posted: 12/29/2012 8:41:33 AM
Thank you, Stef!


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Posted: 12/29/2012 12:36:18 PM
It kind of depends on the size you plan on printing as well. As I said in my yearbooks post to you, I scrap in 12x12 but print 8x8. So I need to use a font that will be big enough to read when I reduce it to the 8x8 print. I typically use at least 16 or 18 just so I can read it better once I get my album.


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Posted: 12/29/2012 1:02:54 PM
I am super old school on this. The reason is, I think what generated your question. When I first started scrapping digitally and had my pages printed the font was WAY to big - because I was looking at it "computer screen sized". Believe it or not, now I actually zoom in to actual print size when selecting my font size. I keep a a ruler handy at all times to check that it is 12" wide and actually look at it that way for the journaling. A weird pain in the behind, I know - but it always means I'm happy after they get printed.

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Posted: 1/2/2013 1:17:13 AM
14 - 18 depends on the font
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