As regular readers will remember, I’ve written in the past about hybrid scrapbooking and how, these days, I would very rarely make a paper scrapped layout or card without some hybrid component to it.
I think a lot of this is because I tend to design my layouts ‘on the fly’ so to speak, instead of planning them out. Rather like Haphazard Hetty from an earlier article.
Now whilst that’s not really a big deal for digital scrapbooking, since I can always find an element that suits my purposes or modify it to do so without much trouble. It’s very different with paper scrapbooking.
So without forward planning, I would never have bought just the right element in the right colour for what I needed on my layout.
Once I started combining digital with paper scrapbooking, life became a whole lot easier.
I can use my digital alphas to create a monogram in the colour that I want. And I can easily add some journaling to it if I need to. Then just print it out on cardstock or photo quality card, mount it on foam tape and I have a custom designed monogram for my layout.
Another technique I like to use is to apply digital embellishments such as frames or accent flowers to my photos before printing them out.
And journaling tags are probably my most used technique. I choose a tag from my wide selection of digital tags. Change the size and maybe the colour to fit in with my scrapbook layout. Then just type my journaling directly onto the tag and print the whole thing out.
Apart from making life a lot easier, mixing my digital techniques with my paper techniques means that I’m never at a loss for the elements I need to finish my layout. And if it’s the right shape but the wrong colour I can change it to suit.
I know that many of you paper scrapbookers enjoy the tactile side of creating your layouts and don’t want to forsake it for digital scrapbooking.
And why should you?
But mixing the two scrapbooking approaches can open up a whole new level of creativity for you.
Oh and by the way, because I don’t need to buy lots of different embellishments I get to save money with hybrid scrapbooking too. You gotta love that.
I’d love to know whether any of you paper scrapbookers have tried hybrid scrapbooking and how you feel about it. Share your story or your views in the comments below. And how about you digital scrapbookers. Have you tried getting a bit of glue under your fingernails and mixing your digital layouts with some hybrid ones?
And if you’d like learn more about developing the digital skills to do this, click over to Step by Step Digital Scrapbook, and check out the beginners tutorial menu.
Expand your scrapbooking and save your pocket. We all like that, don’t we?