Create Your Own Handwriting Font

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Have you ever flipped through some of your mom’s old recipe books and just loved seeing her handwriting on those pages? Do you cherish seeing your dad’s handwriting on notes scribbled in the margins of his Bible? Do you ever want to leave your own legacy in your scrapbooks that make them even more personal?

Keeping our memories through scrapbooking is one of the main reasons that most people scrapbook. But the written word in our journaling can be just as visually powerful as the photos themselves. When we use our own handwriting, instead of some random font we got off the Internet, it leaves behind a part of us.

Once you’ve tackled placing photographs and some basic decoration, and stocked your supply with some good kits and goodies, the next thing you should be looking at is your own handwriting font. You can get that at Digital Scrapper.

It’s as simple as putting pen to paper, scanning it, and waiting a few days to get your digitized handwriting back from Darcy.

A before and after sample of the work Darcy Baldwin does to create a handwriting font from your own handwriting. Find it at

Frequently Asked Questions:

What kind of pen do I need?
Any hard-nibbed marker/journaling pen that is brand new will do. Names like Sharpie Ultra Fine Point, Zig Millennium, and other art pens are what people usually choose. But they really need to be new. The size depends on how thick or thin you want your font. Gel pens are great as well, as long as they are new. Ball point pens, felt-tipped pens, or pencils don’t generally give a good result.

Will it look like I wrote it?
I really try my hardest to make the font as close to your handwriting I can possibly get, given the sample you give me.

What if I don’t have a scanner?
You can go to any office supply or print shop and pay a small fee to have them scan the sample sheet for you.

What kind of paper is best?
Graph paper is generally the best paper because it tends to not absorb as much ink, giving you a cleaner stroke. Notebook paper and computer paper can work as well. Becuase all paper manufacturers are differen’t, I can’t give you a specific brand.

What if I don’t like how it turned out?
Because I do my best to get it as close as I can to your handwriting from the sample you give me, I cannot give you a refund, but we can do some samples beforehand to make sure you’ve made good paper and pen choices, and if I see some major irregularities between the sample and how you generally write, I’ll let you know before I start so you can redo your sample.

What is the difference between a custom and exclusive font?
With the custom font option, I reserve the distribution rights for the font after I create it. Thus, I can put it on my blog to give it away or give commercial rights to it. You still get your font and can use it all you want.

The exclusive option gives you all the rights to your own font. It’s yours to give to whom you please and use however you’d like. I retain no rights to it at all.

There is no difference in quality between the two options. There is only a distinction in who can use your font later.

Can you do a font of a relative who has passed on?
Unfortunately, that’s not a service that I offer. I used to provide that service at $150 with a per hour charge after the first two hours. Those fonts are tricky to do and cost-prohibitive, so I no longer offer the service.

Font creation services by Darcy Baldwin
Purchase your own handwriting font today!

UPDATE: Darcy will be leaving Digital Scrapper at the end of January 2015, so be sure to stop by and pick up your handwriting font service before she’s gone! There’s no deadline to turn in your sample, but the service will be available for purchase at Digital Scrapper only through January 31!

5 Responses

  1. Lisa
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    Darcy – you will be so missed here. Your creativity and timely help will be hard shoes to fill. Best of luck to you in your new endeavors and I hope you will still be around the forum and gallery at DS! 🙂

  2. Sherry
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    For those who may be hesitating…I wish I had done this years ago. As I aged, I developed a tremor and now I can’t even read my own handwriting. It would be wonderful to have a sample of the beautiful penmanship I had as a young woman.
    I urge everyone to do it now!

  3. Jenifer Juris
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    Oh man, we are going to miss you Darcy!!! Hope you’ll still be around the forums and galleries!

  4. Dorothy
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    i did this and the results were fabulous!

  5. Kathy
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    Nooo!!! You are leaving? You are so going to be missed!!!!

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