Love-Hate Relationship… Documented!

Time Capsule: Weekly Challenge #22… Extended

I was thrilled with this prompt, as I’ve always had a love-hate relationship with my writing growing up. On the one hand I loved being a left-hander; on the other, I hated being told off for too heavy pen pressure, messy numerals, the extra challenge of constantly smudging my work. I spent HOURS during my school holidays as a child practicing my calligraphy and even would beg to fill out forms/write cheques for Mum and Dad to practice. Being a lefty was always a messy undertaking: ink all up my arm, cramps from hours of writing in exams.

My Process

I told the story of my writing through snippets as I thought of them, typing them into a notepad document as I went along. After thinking about tying them all into one story, I just decided to leave them as snippets and scatter them over my page.

I’d had the cool hand-drawn template by Paislee Press in my stash for a while and I thought it would work well as it a hand-drawn look, lots of separate spots for journaling and photos.

I placed the text in the various box shapes and then I went through my photos to see if I had photographed or scanned some of my homemade cards with my handwriting, I also found a scanned copy of our engagement invitation which I wrote in calligraphy.

I then filled in the gaps with some photos of my “tools of the trade”… my calligraphy pen and boxed calligraphy set.

Don’t feel inspired to write about your own handwriting?

  • How do you feel when you see handwriting of a friend or relative who has passed away?
  • Did you admire the writing of a friend or relative growing up?
  • What fonts do you feel represent you and why?

Handwriting on My Digital Pages

As a digital scrapbooker, I missed having touches of my handwriting in my scrapbook albums. A couple of years ago I decided to make my own font from my handwriting. Since I created it, I now spend a lot less time trying to fiddle with fonts for my layouts and I use it on thank you notes, etc. Lots of people comment on it, since they see my handwriting and recognize it. I love that I can easily get my own handwriting onto the page.


Melissa ShanhunMelissa is a scrapbooking educator in Perth, Western Australia, specializing in live online and in-person training. She loves scrapbooking and shares her passion through inspiration and training. Looking for more inspiration? Log Your Memory readers will receive complimentary access to her 2 ways to use memorabilia on your digital scrapbook pages workshop. Follow Melissa on her site, Twitter or Facebook.


Additional 2012 Design Team sample layouts for Weekly Challenge #22 may be found in this week’s Challenge Galleryif you complete this challenge yourself, please consider posting your project in the gallery as well so others may be inspired by YOU!

Coming Thursday on the Time Capsule blog… get to know this week’s sample layout artist through our Q&A-style interview.

Speak Your Mind