Hey all! Are you ready for another Trend Watch Challenge? I am having so much fun keeping an eye out for scrappy trends so I can bring you a new one each month to try out. This month’s trend is both a product trend and a design trend right now — Giant Titles!

Have you noticed how some manufacturers are upping the scale lately when it comes to the size of letter stickers and adhesive or die-cut words that can be used for page titles?

I’ve even seen some scrappers express their surprise when they receive a package of alphas or words they bought online without knowing just how BIG they were going to be.

This has definitely the case with the popular chipboard script words recently released by American Crafts for the Dear Lizzy Stargazer collection. I used one of these big words as the title on this page about touring downtown Nashville:

I just love the impact a giant title can create on a page, don’t you? Not only is it a bold choice to go big with the title, but it can also serve specific design functions on your pages, like leading the eye or adding visual weight. In this example, the large (and long) title leads the viewer’s eye across the page, and the curves in the title’s script font helps to break up the blocky grid design I created on the page with my photos and patterned papers.

Do you need the latest and greatest products to try out this trend? Absolutely not! Any big words or letters will do. Dig through your crafty stash, pick some up from the Target dollar spot (have you seen how cute some of their crafty alphas have been?), or even make them yourself! You can stencil, stamp, die cut, fussy cut, or go for it freehand to make your giant titles.

Here’s another page I made with a giant title to document a day at my favorite fall event – The Circleville Pumpkin Show. For this one, I used some huge (and really old) Studio Calico chipboard letters from my stash:

It felt so good to use some of these old letters up, and I especially like the way that big, bold title adds some weight to the bottom of the page and helps to anchor the block of photos on the layout. It was also a fun way to add a big pop of bright color to my page.

Now, it’s your turn! I’d love to see you upload a project to the Awesome Ladies Project (in your personal gallery) and share the link in the comments on this post. Just log into your free ALP account and visit your personal gallery on your profile page (click “Register” at the top of the page if you are new to this site). We’d also love it if you share your projects on Instagram using the hashtag #alptrendwatch in addition to the usual #awesomeladies #feministscrapbooking and #awesomeladiesproject hashtags. Feel free to tag me (@scrappylikeafox) in your post so I see your creations right away!

Have you spotted a scrappy trend while surfing blogs, galleries, or Instagram? I’d love for you to tell me what you see. It could be a theme, motif, product, technique, design trend — anything!  Send me a message in the Awesome Ladies Community (@scrappylikeafox), and it might end up as a future challenge here at The Awesome Ladies Project.

5 Comments
  1. Melissa LaFavers 2 weeks ago

    I love the big titles. I have a set of fairly large alphabet dies from several years ago when I bought my first die cutting machine, the Revolution. I have started using them again and really love the effect.

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      Tracey Fox 4 days ago

      I have a Revolution, too! I was thinking of getting rid of it since I have a Silhouette Cameo. but I pulled it out recently and thought my dies were too cute to purge. Haha.

      • Melissa LaFavers 2 days ago

        The only reason I don’t still have it is that Daniel got me a Sizzix Big Shot for Christmas one year, and I sold it at the LSS garage sale!

  2. Doreen Vasquez 1 week ago

    Big Titles look great yet I haven’t tried it, LOL… I will though!
    Also I just saw the archive of other ALP Trend Challenges so I plan on going through them and creating based on the Trend Topic of each!
    So excited!

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