Hybrid scrapbooking is definitely my thing 🙂 I know I’ve said it before, I just really love the versatility of digital products. This spread is almost like a little course in skill building. I’ve used the 2020 main kit in 4 different ways, so let’s start with the easiest.
#1: Just print the cards and put them in the pockets
That’s it. Super simple. And especially helpful if you happened to miss out on the physical kit this year (which is currently sold out). For best results, I would highly recommend printing them on photo paper. I personally prefer to print them on matte photo paper to avoid the glare and fingerprints that sometimes show up on glossy paper. (This one’s my favourite. Nice heavy weight, bright white, printable on both sides).
#2: Add journaling from your computer
I almost always prefer to add typed journaling to my projects as opposed to hand writing. It’s just a personal preference. I appreciate the “clean” look and being able to get more words in small spaces. Working with the digital journaling cards makes this REALLY easy! I open the digital card in my Photoshop Elements workspace, and use the text tool to start writing. Then just print the card and pop it in the pocket.
#3: Create custom templates
I love being able to resize digital elements, and that’s exactly what I did with the chipboard numbers included in this year’s digital kit. I enlarged the “8” to be about 8.25 inches high and printed it onto matte photo paper, then cut it out with scissors and a craft knife to make a template.
One of the things I had saved in my pile of 2019 ephemera was the packaging from the kids advent calendars. I traced the template on to the back of the packaging to be able to turn it into a fun oversized insert. You’ll be able to see how I added the photos and journaling in the process video below 🙂
#4: Create custom die cuts
Die cuts like this one look more complex, but they’re easy to make with an electronic cutter! I resized the digital version of this white wood veneer tag in Photoshop Elements and drafted my journaling to fit in the space below. In order to turn this into a cut file, I saved it as a PNG. Then I was able to open it in the Silhouette Design Studio, trace the shape and send it through the cutter. I backed the cut out words with printed patterns from the digital kit 6×8 papers, but this cut file would look great as a see through element as well!
Some of things things are easier to watch than to explain in writing 🙂 Here’s the process video for this project.
Thanks so much for stopping by today! Let me know if you have any questions in the comments below 🙂