Turn your handwriting into a font

Jennifer Wilson

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April 7, 2011

Do you love the look of handwritten journaling but don’t want to mess with real pen and paper? Handwriting-inspired fonts are a scrapbooker’s secret weapon when it comes to journaling neatly, but with personal flair. You can even take it up a notch by getting your own handwriting made into a font! I don’t have the fanciest handwriting in the world, but I love the look of my own hand on my digital and hybrid pages. Darcy Baldwin created my font and is definitely whom I would recommend for high quality and fast turnaround. While there are several commercial services, I like to stick within the community.

Another option requires a little more patience, but could result in hundreds of scrapbookers using your own penmanship! You’re likely familiar with the gigantic Fonts for Peas collection from Amanda Bottoms. Amanda creates these fonts from handwriting samples submitted to her (for free!) from her fans. Just follow her simple instructions to get started!

Have you had a personal font created? What service did you use? How often do you use it?

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6 Comments

  1. SWJenn

    I’ve not tried using Darcy to make a font – I had one made a couple of years ago and don’t like it. The thing about font design is the spacing and placement of letters. I found it very difficult to write fluidly when I was writing one letter in each little box, so put together they looked awkward. And maybe it was my font maker, but the letters weren’t spaced properly, some letters and characters had awkward spaces around them, so the font really wasn’t usable and surely didn’t look like my handwriting! I’d love to see a sample of your font printed out, maybe I’ll give Darcy a try!

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    • Jennifer

      Darcy doesn’t have you make letters in boxes, she has you write the alphabet on unlined paper as well as a couple of sentences so she can adjust the spacing.

      The only thing I would change about my font is the weight. I would have chosen a finer pen.

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      • SWJenn

        That sounds like good advice, maybe I’ll treat myself to a font for Mother’s Day!

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  2. Alison

    I have always wanted to do this . I will put that on my to do list!

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  3. Nat

    Thanks!! I’ve always thought this was prohibitively expensive but it’s not! I would like to use my own handwriting on pages generally, but I inevitably mess up a letter or a word. A font of my own would be error-free!

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  4. EBPitcher

    I used Sugar Frog Fonts, which is free.

    Reply

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