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Simple Ways to Create Hybrid Scrapbook Pages

Hello friends! Have you been tempted to try out hybrid scrapbooking, but haven't wanted to deal with learning a new software program or a technique? Well today my friends Lee and Monika will share with you three ways you can use simple methods to make a hybrid page or album.

1. Monika shows us how she adds personalised text to a photo without using a fancy photo editing program!

Here is what Monika had to say about her layout:

Layouts for my only boy are always a bit tough for me. I try hard to hard to incorporate patterned paper and cardstock that  in colors other than blue or black {though this one has both} and patterns that still add interest without being distracting. I try not to get too distracted by it all and just focus on the story I want to remember. I adding text to photos as it conveys some of the details without having to point them out in my journaling. And in this layout, the photo was taken long before I ever journaled the story.

And here is how she got her photo effect using a word processing program:

For my photo, I exported it from my Aperture {my photo-editing program} and opened it up in Pages {the word processing program if you are on a Mac}. From Pages, I chose a text box, typed my text, chose a font that appealed to me, positioned it and then saved my new document. I then exported the document back into Aperture. So, dear Ella friends, don't feel discouraged when you hear about all the grand projects achieved with Photoshop and Photoshop Elements when you might be able to do some of those very same things through your computer's word processing program.

Monika uses a Mac, but Windows users can acheive the same results using Word from Microsoft Office. What a simple way to get a great effect!

2. Lee shares the process she uses to make the hybrid pages in her Twelve of Twelve photo album. This is an idea that she found via Cathy Zielske to document the 12th of each month. Lee has been doing this for a couple years, and now has a wonderful album of memories.

This is what Lee had to say about her project:

"Of course, the first thing to do is document the day. Though the project requires only 12 photos, we all know that many more will be taken! The idea is to capture every day moments and if we’re lucky, some special celebrations. With my four kids I do my best to make sure that they are represented at least one time each, so I’m guaranteed to have four shots. That’s not always manageable and therein lies the beauty of the project – if you miss something one month you have the next to rectify!"

To print her photos Lee uses a simple 8” x 6” digital layered photo template which is perfect for a basic 8.5” x 11” page. She prints two months worth of photos at a time in order to save on printing costs.

Here is how she puts her pages together:

Grid + Journaling + Printed Paper = Simple Hybrid Layout

A. All page elements are collected. My completed 8”x6” grid is retrieved from my photo processor (I print no photos at home); month one and two are printed on an 8.5”x11” sheet of cardstock; and a sheet of patterned paper is selected. In this case, my 2010 album is coordinated with the Basic Grey Indian Summer paper.

B. My base, the printed paper, is trimmed to 8.5”x 11”.

C. My journaling is cut in half, from 8.5” x 11” to 8.5”x5.5”.

D. Coordinating cardstock is trimmed to accommodate the photo.

E. Photo is mounted, time to trim down the journaling – about ¼” each side.

F. Journaling is adhered to printed paper below photo.

G. I have a page of title strips which coordinate with the font used to number the photos and are sliced into ¼” strips.

H. The strip is mounted on a coordinating coloured piece of cardstock from my stash. In this case it is orange to coordinate with colours associated with October. Anything to help use up scraps is good!

I. Done. A quick and easy page! You can always add stuff like buttons, brads and bows, but in my case I’m happy to have it finished and in the album.

Great idea Lee!

3. Finally. I'll show you a quick way to print out digital patterned papers without using a photo editing program, like I did for this layout about my son's first forays into eating solids.

(Digital Patterned Papers from the Jude kit by Karla Dudley)

I happened upon this purely by chance, as I was in the process of printing out some photos I had a "What if I?" moment. In this case it was "What if I tried to print out papers using the Windows Photo Printing Wizard"?

To print out nine wallet sized pieces of patterned paper, here's what you do.

Go to the folder containing the digital papers and select the nine you want to use. Then click on "Print these images" in the top left menu (apologies, my Operating System is installed in French, but the steps are the same for the English version)

The Windows Photo Printing Wizard will pop up.

Follow the steps, selecting the paper type and size. In this case I am using an A4 (or European letter) sized sheet.

The last step of the wizard asks you to select the size the images will be printed at. You can choose from full page, 4x6, 5x7, 3.5x5, index and wallets. In this case I chose wallets, which is the last choice on the list.

Click ok, and voila! You now have nine pieces of patterned paper!

I then cut out each piece individually to use on my page. You can play around with this and select different photo sizes like 4x6 or 5x7 to get varying sizes of patterned paper for your projects. The photo wizard will automatically print these out on as many pages as necessary. For example if you select 4 patterned papers to print out at 5x7 size, you will get two printed sheets each with two images. I like to print out my patterned papers on white paper that is a heavier weight than printer paper, but not as thick as cardstock.

I hope the techniques we have shared today will encourage you to give hybrid scrapbooking a try. You don't necessarily need a fancy photo editor to be able to use digital papers and techniques! Please feel free to ask any questions in the comments if you need further clarification on any of the techniques we shared.

Happy (Hybrid) Scrapping!!






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