Good question - I've been struggling with a title on my current LO because I just don't know how to do them...do you buy letter stickers and do it that way? I guess I just don't know what my options are. For my last two LOs I didn't need to worry about it because one was a sticker (Hogwarts Express) and the other was printed on the paper (Hogwarts)...But for my 4th of July page, I wanted to have it done and didn't want to buy a $5 embellishment so I just freehanded the letters, traced the 4, and cut them out of cardstock/pp. *shrugs* I'm looking forward to hearing others' ideas!
I use a variety of things/techniques to get my titles.
I will use letter stickers, rub-ons, premade title embellishments, stencils or my cricut. I will sometimes use Word on my computer, pick out a fun font, and then create and print my title on cardstock.
Sometimes my Cricut, if I'm at a crop I take my Slice and use that.
When I lived in Atlanta there was an Archivers scrapbook store near me and if you buy cardstock there, you can use their manual die cut machine for free and make all the letters you want. That is how all my early titles were done and they were some of the best!
Our Michaels has a Cricut and other machines set up with a nice variety of cartridges and if you go to a crop (very cheap - I think the one all day next Saturday is $5.00). I've heard some of the Michaels will help you use the machines even if you aren't at a crop as long as there is not a class going on in the room.
Before buying a Cricut or Slice, I strongly recommend trying one and seeing how you like it. Same with paper trimmers and other supplies. Go to Michaels or local scrapbook store and see how you like them before you buy.
The owner of my local scrapbook store let me use her Crop-O-Dile before I bought one and I used a Slice there for a month before I bought one.
I've tried a lot of paper trimmers there so I know that I like the Fiskers rotary blade the best.
Back to titles - I don't put one on every page if something clearly identifies the page, but I do like them a lot. Most of my pages have them.
What's the best way to get letter die cuts? I don't have a cricut or anything like that...Nor can I afford one!
Also I love the idea of stamps but can't afford those either...I've seen like $15 stamps...for one design! I wouldn't use them THAT often, so alas, I am stampless. I'll have to stock up on stickers, I suppose.
Before I had a die cutter I did what another posted suggested above...print the title out in reverse on the back side of my paper and cut it out by hand. I have done many many titles that way.
The options for doing titles are so varied--and have been mentioned alread...
printed on the computer
and 99% of my layouts do have a title--I think that's a personal preference.
No Archivers up by me, but I will check out Michael's and see what they can do for me. Thanks!
Printing backwards on the reverse side of cardstock is a great idea...Now to get my printer back from my boyfriend...and some ink. Wait, will a 12X12 paper fit in my printer? Oh, jeez. Things I must look into...
I don't have a die cutting machine (and no desire to get one).
There are LOTS of ways to create titles:
stacks of diecut alphabets
I use rub-ons quite often.
Print on cardstock, transparency, or vellum
rubber / foam / acrylic stamps
use the 'negative' portion of a letter as a stencil or mask
Check out the foam stamps in the paint section of the craft store. You can usually get an alphabet for around $5. You can make your own stamps, using pre-cut fun foam shapes and letters.
No - not all my pages have titles
What looks better? Depends on the page.
somtimes i by at walmart (bc i dont have a michaels or a scrapbooking store close by) i will by a set it has die cuts that match those colors, borders, sayings, and also on the back it comes with some LO ideas. it also comes with those cute word punchouts and photo corners.. sometiems i find those for like 10$ they are well worth the money exp. if it has a great variety of colors like the ones i find normally do.
somtimes i buy at walmart (bc i dont have a michaels or a scrapbooking store close by) i will by a set it has die cuts that match those colors, borders, sayings, and also on the back it comes with some LO ideas. it also comes with those cute word punchouts and photo corners.. sometiems i find those for like 10$ they are well worth the money exp. if it has a great variety of colors like the ones i find normally do.