Hybrid Tutorial Digital Page

Do you hybrid craft/scrapbook?  To me hybrid crafting is combining digital and “real” to create something tangible. Not just creating it digitally and then printing it out.  I love hybrid!  You get the best of digital, you can play on the computer with design and layout. And then you get the best of “real crafting” in that you can use inks, paints, glue, buttons, string, etc, etc to finalize your project. And the best part……. since you started with digital stuff, you can recreate them, again, and again, as many times as your heart desires!  You never run out of your favorite digital paper packs!!!  What could be better than that?
Speaking of favorite paper packs, I may just have a brand new favorite!  Life, Love, Etc kit is amazing!  The colors are vibrant, bright and fun!  The best part to me? They lean themselves to either gender; guys or gals!  And they have a more grown up feel. So they work great for pages about my boys! (who are actually young men now!).

I scrapped the page above using photos from a few years back with this new kit. It is a hybrid page.  I designed it on the computer.  Then I printed out the various papers and elements, cut them and assembled.  Don’t get me wrong, digital scrapping is wonderful. It’s easy, clean and neat – there’s nothing to clean up when you’re done! But I love the dimension that you get with real scrapping.
Typically, when I digi scrap I use Photoshop to design my layouts. But in this case, I designed the layout in the Silhouette Studio software that comes with the Silhouette Cameo. I knew I was going to make a hybrid page, incorporating both digi and “real” paper.  So here’s how I did that.
The title “Let’s have an Adventure” is a shape from the Silhouette store. I brought that into a 12×12 design space.  I enlarged it to stretch across the space, then filled it with the orange paper from the Life, Love, Etc kit. Then I added a rectangle below the title and filled that with the patterned paper from the kit. This created my background. Filling with the digi papers is so easy in Silhouette Studio, you simply drag the file for the digi paper that you choose onto the shape and it fills it!  You can use the “Fill” tool to change the angle, size and even repeat pattern of the paper.  For both the title and the background, I set those shapes to not cut. I just sent them to my wide format printer and printed on 12×12 paper.
Next I created the shapes for my photos, laying them across the background where I wanted them.  I dragged my photo files into those shapes, filling them. I used the Fill tool to enlarge the photos so I got just the portion of the image I wanted to show. It’s like cropping in Photoshop. I used the print and cut feature to print these on 8×10 photo paper and then sent them through my Silhouette Cameo to cut them.
I also brought in the photo frame shape from the Silhouette store. I sized this so that it fit over my photo. I filled it with the green paper from the Life, Love, Etc kit.  I created the rounded rectangle journal shape, filled it with the orange paper, then typed out my journaling. I set the text to not cut.  I also filled the arrow shape with the purple paper. The banner “this is our story” was created using 2 layered shapes. The bottom one is filled with the turquoise paper.  The top one has the text typed in it, the text being set to not cut.
Once I had all these pieces designed, I laid them out on a 12×12 design space. I turned on the registration marks for the print and cut feature in Silhouette Studio. I then sent it to my wide format printer to print. I then fed it through my Silhouette Cameo to cut out all those pieces.
Now came the “real” side of the hybrid scrapping. I inked up the edges of the papers, and  I used adhesive to attach all the elements to the page.  There is just something appealing about the dimension of layers of paper on a scrapbook page.
I hope this inspires you to think of your digital products as another resource to memory keeping travels even if you prefer the paper lane. There are so many ways for us to have it all in this crafty world today!
Happy creating!

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