In early 2006 I decided that even though I didn't like my handwriting much, that I would start using it on my scrapbook pages instead of computer journaling. This was partly because of laziness, (messing about with getting journal blocks printed off correctly was doing my head in), but also because I decided that it would make my pages more meaningful. At the time I wasn't even scrapping to leave a legacy, still being childless, but the idea of leaving my handwriting behind made sense to me. Here is that first page I did.
(Let's just ignore the design aspects for this discussion shall we?) The layout shares a list of my committments and intentions for 2006. It felt right to do this in my handwriting instead of using the computer. I still remember cringing as I wrote the journaling, and to be honest I'm cringing right now looking at it. But that was the beginning of what is one of the defining features of my scrapbooking style: handwritten journaling.I'm happy to say that both my scrapbook page design and handwiriting have improved in the meantime!
So I was sad when I came across this article in the New York Times about the decline in the use and teaching of cursive because I much prefer my cursive writing to my block printing, and only use the latter for things like filling out forms and addressing mail. Even though the article only addreses cursive it makes me wonder about the future of handwriting in general. In a world of computers, smart phones and iPads, will we see handwriting in general being phasing out? I surely hope not!
It's by Aimee from Artsyville. I just love her stuff, she is like a doodler supreme! Read it slowly and carefully, and relish what she is saying. The last bit is what struck me the most, because it fits so well with scrapbook journaling. It actually gave me chills!
"The flow of thought from mind to hand that says with such authenticity. A human was here. And took the time to leave a message"
Do you use your handwriting in your scrapbooking projects?