Sunday, May 07, 2006

let's talk about handwriting

Shall we? Talk about handwriting that is. Here's what I'm thinking...one of the primary reasons I started scrapbooking was that I loved mixing my love of making something on the computer with my love of photography and stickery fun stuff (fun paper too). I have always been a heavy computer user. I make my grocery list on the computer. I make my daily to-do list on the computer. I keep my monthly calendar on the computer. I just type everything. It's not necessarily that I don't like my handwriting, I just like the "neat factor" I get by typing it. When I look at a completed layout, I feel proud that it's so clean looking.

So this weekend I branched out and used my handwriting on a scrapbook page for the first time. While I was writing, I actually liked the way my writing looked and even right after, I was really pleased. I felt proud of myself that I had overcome a hurdle that I hadn't been able to jump in five years of scrapping. People brag on my writing all the time so I know it's not hideous, it's just not as consistent as I'd like it to be. I really did like those layouts at the crop.

Then I got home. I scanned and posted them here and on Two Peas. The more I look at them, the more I hate them!!! They just don't look like my layouts are supposed to look. I have to try too hard to read them. I like things to be really readable. So I redid one of them. Actually I just added typed journaling on top of my handwritten journaling. I like it SO MUCH MORE now. I guess it's just part of my perfectionist personality.

I'm thinking I might do an entire mini-album about me and use my handwriting throughout. Then I can say, "been there done that" and let the guilt go.

So do you use your handwriting on your layouts and do you like it? Here's the redo by the way....

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

I understand - but maybe if you had done your handwriting on white like the typed on white it would have been much easier to read too. I had a hard time reading it - but b/c it was over the flowers.

jennifer said...

I love your handwriting by the way! But I understand what you are saying about consistancy. That's why I don't like the look of mine and it doesn't have any character like yours!

The "replacement" layout of your "The Replacement" (LOL)does look like the style of your previous work.

I would also be curious how you would like your handwriting on white like the above poster said!

Jill Marie Gross-LaFaye said...

I love your handwriting! I wish my handwriting was like yours or Jenni Bowlin's or Doris Dander's.
It is so neat and unique. It isn't boring to look at.

dhill said...

Okay, I cannot believe this!!! I cannot understand why you would redo that gorgeous LO...

However, like I recently told a friend about her work... if it ain't broke don't fix it!!! And your style was perfect before, so I guess you shouldn't vary too much from that. :-)

~D~

Jill Marie Gross-LaFaye said...

Hey Tracie it's me again...
I watched the 80's Gold infomercial the other night...I have to have the set!!!!! We should get together when I get my shipment and do some burning!!!

Christy B said...

Nope, never use my own handwriting. I never write two words the same way. Some slanted, some straight, some bubbly, some flat. When I write, I get sloppy and want to hurry up, so it tends to look messy. I do try, just not much.

Jann said...

Hey Sweet Tracie...

I loved your layouts with your handwriting...and I love the new one too. You know what -- do what makes you feel the best. I do think if you had handwritten on the white paper, you could have read it more easily and might have liked it more...but if the bottom line is that you are happier with the way it looks with your handwriting...go for it!

Love ya girl....

Roger said...

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