Tuesday, April 27, 2010

I LOVE Ransom Alphas!

Ransom Alphas are a fun new trend both in paper scrapping and the digital scrapping world. They are available from countless manufacturers in a variety of mediums and formats. Basically a “Ransom Alpha” is an alphabet that is made up of mismatched letters and fonts. And while there are several products available for purchase, here are few ideas for designing your very own!

1. Use Your Digital Supplies- By combining your favorite fonts and alphas you can create your own digital “Ransom Alpha” to use in your digital los or to print out for hybrid projects as well.

2. Use Your Imagination & Your Own Hand- Doodle your own “Ransom Alpha” by hand, either with a pencil and paper or with your graphic tablet. Nothing will be more original than creating your very own Ransom alpha from scratch!

3. Use Your Stamp Stash- Try creating your own “Ransom Alpha” stamp, by combining several of your acrylic letter stamps onto one block to create a fun photo mat or background for your los.

4. Use Your Magazines, Junk Mail and Collage Materials- Thumb through your magazines, junk mail etc. and clip letters that jump out at you and sort them for future use on your art journaling pages and layouts.

5. Use Your Leftover Chipboard and Alpha Stickers – Ever wonder what to do with all of your leftover alpha stickers and chipboard letters…why not create your own “Ransom Title” on your next lo or altered project.

Not enough time to make your own…no problem! Check out some of these fun Ransom Alpha Products:

Ransom @ Dafont
Laundromat @ Font Space
For The Hundredth Time @ Free Scrapbooking Fonts

Stencils and Masks:
Idea-ology Ransom Alpha Masks by Tim Holtz

Stickers and Rub-ons:
Monogram Rub-ons by Me and My Big Ideas
Phrase Maker Tool w/ Ransom Alpha by Around the Block

Random Alpha Charms by Making Memories

Ransom Note Alpha Set by Inkadinkado
Jumble Alpha Set by Stampin Up
Cocktail Alpha by Close To My Heart

Digital Alphas and Brushes:
Travel Swatchbook No. 1 Brushes & Stamps by Art Warehouse @ Designer Digitals
Acrylic DIY Alpha No. 3 by Pattie Knox @ Designer Digitals
All Mixed Up by Aja Abney @ Scrap Artist
Alphabetized Overlays by Michelle Martin @ Designer Digitals


Jill Dater said...

I use random letter together all the time because I have a million partial sets of alphabets and I don't want to waste them. I once bought up someone's old partial sets that they didn't want which means I have a ton of different letters with which to work from. It's fun and there are lots of "cheats" to make them look similiar, if you want to.

askings said...

you are so right Jill!

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