Hybrid Scrapbooking, Perfect for Card Making

I’ve written previous articles on Hybrid Scrapbooking and it’s a style that I believe most scrapbookers who own a computer embrace (and if you’re reading this then that must include you), to some extent. With the possible exception of the 100% digital scrapbookers.

Hybrid Scrapbooking 50th Anniversary card

Hybrid Scrapbooking 50th Anniversary card

One of the areas that I find hybrid scrapbooking techniques to be most useful is in cardmaking.

I began making my own cards a couple of years ago and now, like all of you who do this, I’ve set an expectation amongst my friends and family that I can’t easily back away from. If I gave someone a store bought card these days I think their eyes would pop out of their heads.

And when I make my cards I like to personalise them as much as possible. I like to include a photo or at least include an element that has the recipient’s name on it.

That’s where hybrid scrapbooking saves the day.

Because I prefer my cards to be a bit ‘lump-bumpy’ I prefer to take a paper scrapbooking approach to making them rather than all digital. But getting all the coordinating elements for my design can be a challenge. Especially if I’ve left it until the last minute to make the card. You know, the night before your daughter’s birthday.

Hybrid Scrapbooking cardWhat I do is choose some paper from my stash and then select some digital elements which I will recolour to coordinate with my paper. I will then add some personal touches, maybe a photo in a little locket frame or the person’s name made out of alphas, or a big monogram with the person’s name covering it in lots of different fonts.

All of these elements will be printed out on quality medium to heavy weight photo card. I can then cut them out, perhaps ink the edges and assemble them with my papers and some ribbon. Voila! A personalised card.

Another favourite card making technique I use is to create the entire card design digitally. Just as if I were creating a digital scrapbook layout. Print it out on photo card and adhere it to the front of the card.

Then print out the key element or element group and cut it out. Stick foam tape on the back and stick it down on top of the original for a great three dimensional feel. You can add a ribbon bow if you like and you’re done.

Do you extend your scrapbooking to card making too?

I guess we all get caught with the last minute card. What are you favourite tips to make ‘quickie’ cards? Why not share them with everyone in the comments section below.

Other Related Articles:

Release Your Inner Digital Scrapbooker

How to Use Word Art

How to Choose Colour Schemes

What is Hybrid Scrapbooking

Hybrid Scrapbooking – the best of both Worlds

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8 Responses to Hybrid Scrapbooking, Perfect for Card Making

  1. Cali April 17, 2008 at 1:11 am #

    I love your stuff, and I’ve caught the digital bug a little bit. But I’m afraid to cross all the way over because I love my laminator so much. I think it’s great you have combined the two. Digital is convenient but there’s just something about doing it with your hands.

  2. Bonnie April 17, 2008 at 5:19 am #

    Hi Karen!
    I love to do paper scrap booking, digital as well as make my own cards-I also haven’t bought a store card in years! I also tend to do some hybrid-both in scrapping and in card making and I think it is a lot of fun and wonderful considering the beautiful papers one can print these days! IT was nice to pop in on your blog again! Bonnie

    Bonnie’s last blog post..New stuff in Etsy

  3. karooch April 17, 2008 at 8:46 am #

    That’s why I love Hybrid techniques so much Cali. It’s the best of both worlds. And if you’re toying with the idea of digital scrapbooking, stay tuned to Scraps of Mind, I have an exciting new project that I’ll be announcing soon.

    Yay Bonnie. Yes I know and love your stuff. Once you start making your own cards you never go back in my opinion. Plus all your friends and family would be so disapointed if you gave them a store bought card.

  4. Blinkiegirl April 19, 2008 at 6:44 am #

    What an awesome idea. I am an amateur digital scrapbooker but never really tried to do paper scrapbooking. This looks like such a cool idea! I am going to try it. Thanks for sharing.

  5. karooch April 23, 2008 at 7:59 am #

    It’s great to combine the paper and the digital techniques Blinkie Girl. I find you can get some really great effects. Especially in personalising your cards.

  6. Julie Roberts May 14, 2009 at 11:02 pm #

    I like the idea of going digital then attaching it to a card. Great when you need something fast. Thanks for the great info.

  7. karooch May 17, 2009 at 9:29 pm #

    I find that I rarely make a card these days without some sort of digital component Julie. The true blessing is that I’m never stuck for the right embellishment because I can make my own so quickly.

  8. Ava Green May 12, 2010 at 11:09 pm #

    I love photo cards, they are more special than those ordinary greeting cards that is just full of text.;~-