Hybrid Scrapbooking – what’s it all about?

What is Hybrid Scrapbooking?

Hybrid Scrapbooking is the combination of traditional scrapbooking techniques with digital scrapbooking techniques to make your scrapbook layout. And if any of you traditional scrapbookers have ever used the computer to do your journaling or scanned a piece of memorabilia to include on your layout, you’re already doing hybrid scrapbooking.

But the really exciting part of Hybrid Scrapbooking is when you start to incorporate digital elements into your layouts and then combine them with traditional materials like cardstock and ribbon etc. Or, on the other side of the spectrum, when you create a digital layout, then print it out and add some extra ‘real life’ embellishments to it.

Let me show you what I mean

Hybrid Scrapbook Layout - Big-EyesLast year I made the Big Eyes layout on the left, before I knew it was Hybrid Scrapbooking.

  1. I heavily cropped and enlarged a photo of my daughter Seona and added the photo corner, bevelled edge and pink gingham matt (from Valeri Brumfield’s Gingham Lace digital kit) on the computer.
  2. Then I printed the whole thing out and cut around the edge of the matt.
  3. I then digitally cropped a strip of the pink corrugated matt from the Ginham Lace Kit and positioned letters from the Metal Stencils Alpha by Alicia Hansen on top. I added a small drop shadow to the letters then printed and cut it out as a complete title strip.
  4. Finally I combined my digitally created elements with a quote block from Blue Cardigan and papers and cardstock from Grants. Added some flowers and brads and my hybrid scrapbook layout was complete.

Part of the charm of this for me is that I can always find the embellishments I need in my digital stash and even after I’ve used them on a scrapbook layout they’re still there to be used over and over again. And the other bonus is that I can always change the colour of digital components to match or coordinate with the papers that I want to use.

Hybrid Scrapbook Layout - O Christmas TreeNow I also approach Hybrid Scrapbooking from the other end of the spectrum. I will frequently create a layout digitally, print it out in 8×8, and then add extra elements or print a part of the layout twice to make a lift up flap for hidden journaling.

In the O Christmas Tree scrapbook layout on the right I created the layout digitally using Secret Santa Paper by Theresa Kavourkas and the chipboard title by Jan Hicks from Scrap Girls. Combining them with elements from the Christmas Bling Kit by Lorene Hill.

  1. Once the digital layout was completed, I printed it at 8×8 on my home printer.
  2. Then created a mini book by lining up 5 of the Christmas Bling journaling boxes side by side in my graphics editing software program and adding some extra photos and journaling to them before printing them out as a single strip,
  3. I folded the strip concertina-wise using a bone scorer to make nice crisp folds.
  4. I stuck the back of the pages together with double sided tape so it opened like a book rather than a concertina.
  5. The book was then stuck down on my layout, some fibres added for accent, a photo clip to hold it closed, some brads in the top right corner and at the top of the Christmas Tree in the title and the layout was done.

I really like the flexibility the Hybrid Scrapbooking gives me to get the best out of both the digital scrapping and the traditional scrapping worlds. So if you haven’t explored this approach to scrapbooking i highly recommend you give it a go. Hybrid Scrapbooking really rocks. And it can add a whole new dimension to your scrapbook layouts.

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16 Responses to Hybrid Scrapbooking – what’s it all about?

  1. Tink August 30, 2007 at 10:56 pm #

    I remember coming back from Germany about 10 years ago and not being able to find any embellishments that worked with my layouts. So off to the computer I went and with the help of clipart and dingbats made my very own. Guess you could say I have been doing it ages, LOL.

  2. corina August 31, 2007 at 3:42 am #

    I did that and I did not know:) I do not know when you have time for all this great posts, but I hope you consider writing a e-book about scrapbook!

  3. karooch August 31, 2007 at 8:29 am #

    Way to go Tink. A HybriD Scrapbooking pioneer!!

    Thank you for your kind words Corina. I’d love to write an ebook…if I could get the time from posting to Scraps of Mind. Maybe I’ll collect all my best posts and turn them into an eBook.

  4. Kayla aka The Legacy Lady August 31, 2007 at 8:55 am #

    Love this article Karen! Hybrid brings together the best of the digital and traditional scrapbooking worlds – as I begin to output more of my layouts, I am finding myself going to the stores looking for traditional accents that match my digital kits – and where some of the companies like Karen Foster Design, 7 Gypsies, Me An My Big Ideas, etc. are releasing both traditional and digital – it gives everyone the best of both worlds!

  5. maggie August 31, 2007 at 4:22 pm #

    Great Article on hybrid. There’s an awesome magazine with ideas for hybrid call scrapbook dimensions magazine.
    There are tons of tutorials and inspirations for free at http:www.dragonflairestudios.com/community.
    Have a great weekend.

  6. karooch August 31, 2007 at 5:34 pm #

    Thanks Maggie, I’ll check out dragonflaire

  7. Hummie September 17, 2007 at 10:32 pm #

    I have never done hybrid, but always love the way it looks. What great examples you have for everyone to see!

  8. karooch September 18, 2007 at 8:38 am #

    Thanks Hummie. You should give it a try. I think you’ll love it.

  9. lorene hill September 26, 2007 at 12:47 pm #

    very nice article, I luv hybrid scrapping!!!

  10. Learn Photoshop September 9, 2008 at 8:30 am #

    Using Windows 2007 with digital scrapbooking has taken my scrapbooking skills to a whole new level.


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