I love alphas….

Did you know that?? Seriously love them. Love using them. Love buying them. Love, love, love making them! Every time I make a layout I’m cursed with the following, “I love alphas and I have so many to choose from…… but which one for this page?”

I spend hours sometimes dragging them on, arranging them, and removing them only to try again with another.  I noticed that some alphas that I love I use lots and some that I love I’ve never used at all.  LOL It’s like the page hasn’t been worthy yet. I started wondering which ones were among my very favorite versatile, go-to-in-a-pinch-because-you-know-they’ll-always-work alphas (excluding any of mine, of course!)…

Here they are:

From your left:
1)Teeny Type
by CD Muckosky

I’ve used this alpha on so many layouts it’s almost embarrassing.  I scooped it up before Little Dreamer closed, after eyeballing it forever, fearing I’d never have a chance to have it if I didn’t – I’m so glad because I don’t think it’s available right now.  But if you don’t have it you should email her sweetly and beg her to put it in her TLP store because it is the coolest, most versatile alpha brush.  I use it to “type” all over my photos and to make interesting titles… See here: Born Original

2)Tiny Book Alpha by Something Blue Studios aka the coolest person I know, Danielle

So, really…. Danielle is awesome. She’s hysterical, and creative, and blunt – I love her…. and she makes wicked alphas.  This little clipped alpha is far and wide my favorite of all the clipped alphas I own.  It shadows so well you want to grab it off your screen and sing to it.  It prints perfectly, of course, and if I didn’t know better (I don’t) I’d think she literally clipped these all.  It has a big sister alpha that’s torn and equally drool worthy! Go see: Tiny Torn Alpha

3)Alice Alphabet Brush Set by Lisa Sisneros

Be still be alpha loving heart.  From the second I saw this quirky beauty I knew I had to have it. And a brush set to boot?! Sigh…. There are lots of variations to some letters which is great if you want an “organic” hand scribbled look.  The size is perfect – not too small or too big so it loses detail when shrunk.  Spot on. Also good for writing all over your pretty pictures: Uh Oh

4)One Sweet Love Alpha by Nancie Rowe Janitz

This was another one of those alphas that jumped off the screen and into my EHD. There are many reasons this alpha is a total slamdunk.  First, it’s totally unique. Second, it’s got multiple layering options. Third, it’s a brush set!!!!  Fourth, you can make it any color, obviously, so it literally goes with everything.  Fifth, it’s big enough for huge dramatic titles: True Love

5)Scruffy & Stripey by Kate Hadfield

Kate Hadfield makes delicious alphas. It’s no secret. They are varied and dimensional and lovely. This one? OMG. There is so much detail and it miraculously stays detailed even in print size. It’s glorious. I found it after everyone else, I think, during her Daily Digi feature a while back.  I marched over (well…) and snagged it. It makes a striking addition to any page: Uh Oh (see… looks fab mixed with brush alphas, too)

6)Handwritten Doodled Alpha by Jacque Larsen

If you’re looking for paper alphas Jacque Larsen is your designer. Hard to choose but this handwritten gem is unmatched in simplicity and realistic bad-assedness. (I can say that, right?) It’s the perfect compliment to literally any page and is the perfect mixer and matcher. Check out her other doodled paper alphas if you haven’t already. I dare you!!

There you have it, 6 of my favorite go-to, versatile alphas! Do you have a favorite that you think I should know about?

*Blog Boarding by Lauren Reid

1 Comment on I love alphas….

  1. Liahra
    September 1, 2011 at 8:59 am (11 years ago)

    Oh, awesome alphas! Even made me snag a couple ;)

    I have a favorite and it’s by YOUR Very Small Alpha. I’ve already used it like 10 times since I got it!