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.
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.
What 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.