by Amy Kingsford


Here’s an idea for jazzing up your scrapbook page titles and embellishments.

Ransom Alphas are a fun new trend both in paper and digital scrapbooking worlds. Basically a “Ransom Alpha” is an alphabet that is made up of mismatched letters and fonts.  Like this fun font called For the One Hundredth Time available at Free Scrapbooking


While there are several ready-made products available for purchase or even for free, including everything from fonts to stickers to digital alphas, here are few ideas for designing your very own at home!

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.

On “Childhood,” I used a variety of fonts for each letter in the title and placed them on torn strips of varying heights.

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 doodled Ransom alpha from scratch!

3. Use Your Stash of Acrylic Stamps and Rubber Stamps

Make your own “Ransom Alpha” by combining several of your letter stamps. If you’re using acrylic stamps, you can put several letters from different sets right onto one block.

On “Little Sprout” I used a variety of alpha stamps to create this fun background mat.

4. Use Your Magazines, Junk Mail and Collage Materials

Thumb through your magazines, junk mail, and the other printed materials around your house. Clip letters that jump out at you and sort them for future use on your art journaling pagesand 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 combine tem for a “ransom”-look title on your next layout or altered project.


Have fun trying out some of these ideas on your own pages and projects!