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Combining techniques and elements from both digital scrapbooking and traditional scrapbooking, Hybrid Scrapbooking is the best of both worlds.

National Cardmaking Day

October 3rd is National Cardmaking Day So I thought I’d share one of my more special cards with you. Hope you enjoy.

Hybrid Card Making for Someone Special

My daughter recently celebrated a birthday, and in what has now become an annual tradition, I flew up to Sydney to spend her birthday weekend with her.

It’s been a difficult year for her and I wanted to make her a card to let her know how much she means to me and how much I admire her.

I used my favourite card making technique…hybrid scrapbooking.

I always enjoy the enormous scope for creativity I get by combining digital with paper elements. I can tailor my digital elements to suit my project by changing the colours, size and even the overall shape.

For this card I used a chipboard concertina mini book as the base and all the digital elements are from my Night over Rhone kit (available free through the Step by Step Digital Scrapbook Program) combined with some papers from Thao Cosgrove’s Art Journal Kit from Scrap Girls.

Hybrid scrapbook card for Seona

I used the masking tool to extract the images of Seona from the rest of the photo so that I could feature her. After all , this card is all about her.

Then I desaturated the background of the photos  and blended them into the background papers by reducing the opacity a little. That way I got a silhouette of Seona whilst still keeping some context of her surroundings.

The arched window from Night over Rhone is one of my favourite elements and it is very easy to change the shape and size of it so that it fits the arched shape of the chipboard page. And there’s something special about putting a photo behind a window frame I think. It sort of gives the idea of looking in on a private moment.

Hybrid scrapbook card for SeonaIt’s no secret that I am a huge fan of flowers and brads, both digital and ‘real life’ so no card of mine would be complete unless I managed to incorporate some into the design.

Seona was very happy with the card. She said, “Oooh, my first ‘book’ card!”

I and I realised that I hadn’t made her a card in book form before.  She has a significant birthday coming up next year, her first significant one since I started card making, so I’ll really be pulling out the stops for that.

And you can back it in that whatever I decide to do I’ll be using hybrid scrapbooking to do it.

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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.

Hybrid Scrapbook Layout - Turning 4Now 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?

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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.

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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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