JodieMcNally's picture
By JodieMcNally

Word Art

Premade titles and quotes you'll love
eZine image: 

Whether you’re digitally divine, passionate about paper, or happily hybrid, there's one thing you just can't deny—words are a vital part of our scrapping! Some of us prefer a subtle title and a simple quote, while others love a big, eye-catching chipboard title and three paragraphs of

journaling. But no matter where our preferences lie, we all feel the need for that perfect turn of phrase on our layouts, right? (Tell me I'm not the only one who makes list after list of phrase and title ideas when I should be paying attention in a staff meeting!)

But you don’t always have to come up with those phrases on your own. Read on to see how pre-made titles and quotes, whether made of pixels or paper, can make a real splash on your digital, hybrid, and traditional scrapbook pages.



paper and word art (O, So Ella-gant by Jodie McNally) • yellow flowers, confetti, cloud, alpha (Princess Dreams by Kitty Designs at • flag banner (Clownerie by Kim DeSmet at • circus tent (Life's A Circus by Heather Roselli at Sweet Shoppe Designs) • Paint (Splatter Title: Girls by Tracy Ann Designs) • font (DJB Poppyseed by Darcy Baldwin at Sweet Shoppe Designs) • 12 x 12 digital layout by Laura McCandless

Click image for larger view

Ella Quote—Digi Layout

You can only create so many layouts titled with cartoon catch phrases before you start sounding like a Disney commercial. Plus, character-licensed scrapping materials are always so expensive, and they really aren't available in the digital scrapping world. Yet many scrappers have theme-park photos that are just begging to be scrapped with themed supplies. And while Dumbo may be the most famous, he’s certainly not the only elephant accent out there. Laura McCandless created an amazing digital layout with a favorite Disney photo and a premade elephant title from the exclusive O, So Ella-gant! digital kit. (Hey Ella, have you met Dumbo? Maybe Laura could set you cuties up!)





solid papers (Stampin' Up!) • patterned paper (O, So Ella-gant by Jodie McNally) • transparency (Office Max) • scallop punch (Stampin' Up!) • bead (Club Scrap) • precision pen (American Crafts) • 12 x 12 hybrid layout by Sally Keller


Click image for larger view

Ella Title—Hybrid Layout

Sally Keller has hybrid skills that I only dream of. (Jealous? Me?) On this layout, she stayed true to her paper-scrapping roots and still rocked some digital title work. How’d she do it? The title is actually a homemade rub-on made with word art from the O, So Ella-gant! kit. It’s true; you can create your own rub-ons from digital art and save tons (pun intended) of money in the process!

Sally flipped the word art horizontally in her photo-editing program, printed the reversed image onto a transparency, allowed it to dry for about 10 minutes, and then rubbed the image onto a piece of background paper she printed from O, So Ella-gant! (Bonus tip: that little elephant on top is also a homemade rub-on, and it’s actually the second rubbing of one print. Talk about a thrifty genius!)



digital papers and stitching (Photogenic by Paislee Press and Audrey Neal) • word art (Press Lines No. 7: Laughter by Paislee Press at • digital frame/tape (Indefinitely by TaylorMade Designs at • 12 x 12 digital layout by Jodie McNally

Click image for larger view

Digi Quotes—Digi Layout

I love word art. Actually, love isn't even a strong enough term for the feeling I get when I create or find the perfect piece of word art for a layout. When I'm in need of a perfectly precise, quirky quote (with just a little bit of smudgy goodness), I go straight to Paislee Press. I love to digitally "stamp" their word art and titles all over a solid background. Repeated phrases at different angles is a tiny bit messy—but I admit it, it’s my favorite way to journal.



digital frame, word art (Sue Cummings at • flowers (American Crafts, Stampin' Up!) • button, brad, brown paper, journaling piece (Stampin' Up!) • Distress Ink (Ranger) • precision pen (American Crafts) • 12 x 12 digital page by Sally Keller

Click image for larger view

Digi Title—Hybrid Layout

This layout proves that you can spice up your paper pages without venturing too far into Digiville’s city limits! Sally added a digital frame and word art right on top of a great photo, then she printed the whole thing and attached it to her gorgeous paper layout. Placing a simple, pre-made title at the corner of a photo can transform a great picture into an awesome piece of art.



pre-printed quote (Creative Memories) • patterned paper • brad • circle punch • laser-cut paper • plastic letters (BoBunny) • twine • 8½ x 11 layout by Lisa Kisch

Click image to read journaling

Premade Quote—Paper Layout

This layout makes me want to bust out my ballroom dancing moves (as if I had any) and swoon to the sounds of Etta James singing “At Last.” I absolutely love the colors, the design, the photo, and that sideways journaling! After including a nearly invisible title (“six” on top of the photo) and writing out her journaling, Lisa took a premade quote and made it pop by making it a home of its own in that yummy curled patterned paper. It’s a simple addition that adds a nice finishing touch to this elegant layout! (Or “Ella-gant,” if you’re feeling punny!)



cardstock (Bazzill) • patterned paper (BoBunny, Paper Loft) • quote (Making Memories Woven Labels) • journaling card (7gypsies) • 8½ x 11 layout by Niki Ruda

Click image to read journaling

Premade Title—Paper Layout

Niki Ruda created a very fitting title for such a classic boy page by including a woven-label title (with an adhesive backing) that really captures the spirit of the photo. In the paper world, there’s really nothing simpler than the good, old “peel-and-stick” move! To save even more time, Niki chose a predesigned journaling tag and wrote her own sentiments in the space provided.


A Few Parting Words

Now that you’ve been inspired by these eye-catching, budget-friendly, word-art ideas, get out there and give them a try! Even if you’ve never thought of trying digital, these digi tricks could be a great addition to your paper scrapping. Maybe these projects will even inspire my pixel-loving friends to rummage through their old paper stash and bust out some hybrid action! (You should probably wait until after that staff meeting, though.)

But no matter what camp you’re in, feel free to grab some of my word art—on the house! I made a $2 off coupon just for my Ella buddies, which means you now have no excuse not to try. Just visit and use the code EllaWordArt$2off. (One use per person; expires October 14, 2009.)



Get the kit!

Jodie's adorable, elephant-themed, word-art pack is NEW and now available for sale here! You've seen just how versatile it is on digital and hybrid pages alike. Give it a try!

Your rating: None Average: 4.2 (42 votes)