Hybrid scrapbooking and printables


Right, so SJ made a post a couple of days ago that was so on target.  If you are a paper scrapper (or cardmaker even) read it.  She offers not only some good reasons why you shouldn’t be worried about the concept of hybrid, but some excellent advice about printing.  Obviously if you follow my blog at all (and if you do let me just say thank you!  No one like to think they are talking to themselves in an empty room LOL!) you know I think of myself as primarily a paper scrapper, but I love to add my own hybrid elements to my pages, and I happily share what I make so others can make use of them as well.  So while I commented on SJs post and agree 100% with everything she said, I do want to add my own thoughts as well.

First, a story.  When we were doing the Scrap Factor contest on UKScrappers we tried to lift a few ideas from the show, most notably the way they sometimes ask people to change categories, like combining a bunch of boys or girls into a group, rather than putting them through as solo acts.  Our take on this was to ask a few of the paper people to “change” categories, moving to Hybrid.  These were people we where we saw SOMETHING in their layouts that made us think they could adapt to Hybrid very easily.  Quite surprisingly, of the maybe 4 people we approached, two of them made comments like “Oh I couldn’t do hybrid, I don’t do digi” and implying that they saw hybrid work as closer to digi than to paper.  {see my shocked expression}

Hybrid scrapping is maybe 90% paper scrapping, certainly the way I do it.  And paper scrappers really shouldn’t shy away from it, because, and here is the big point, hybrid elements only share anything with digi UNTIL THEY ARE PRINTED.  Once you print a hybrid element it becomes a PAPER ELEMENT. And you can use it exactly like you would a printed scrapbook element that you buy then punch out or pop out, or cut.

If you look at the layout I did for Shimelle’s printable challenge, and study the close up of the elements here, printed at home, on textured cardstock, using the Archival Matte setting and best quality, I don’t think even the most die-hard paper scrapper would look at them and say they don’t look completely at home on this paper layout!

And even printed on smooth cardstock, and in this case cream rather than white, I think you will see that the version offered in the posts here and here look equally as good on the layout!

OK, so now you have printed your printables and have them in your stash (another great idea from SJ – print them and add them to your similar scrapbooking supplies so you see them and maybe will use them, rather than letting them languish in your computer files) but the genius part is that YOU STILL HAVE THEM ON YOUR COMPUTER.  Wrap your head around that for a moment.  So you can, with only the most minimal of skills, use the tools in something like PSE to change the colour by clicking ENHANCE > Adjust color > Adjust Hue/Saturation then clicking Colorize in the dialog box. Slide the HUE slider up and down and watch the colours change.  If you do this on the WHOLE SHEET, you will see all the elements in the same tone.  If you mark them using, for example, the circular marquee then hold down the shift key while drawing your marching ants around just the center circles, you can change just the coloured parts, leaving the large brown circles unaffected! On the reddish one, my marking was imperfect but the happy side-benefit of that was to create a darker line around the center circle so know you don’t have to be exact in your marking and it may actually enhance the look.

Of course, on the set with the word circles the words and the colour sort of go together, so you may want to do this play on the blank set from my WOYWW post.

But that is just scratching the surface of what you can do!  If you know how to make text in a circle you can make your own words and lay them over the blank ones.  You could do a plain colour circle with one word in it, like the ones for Shim’s challenge, in a font to match your journaling, lay that over the center then print.  So long as you are working on a duplicate of the file, you can experiment with it 1000 different ways and STILL HAVE THE ORIGINAL.  And you can save any of your custom ones, if you wanted to use them in a mini-book for example, to print exact matches over and over again. And don’t forget my colour-picker technique, to open an online image of the paper line you are using and pick the colours from that, to make your overlays.  Then you have a perfect match to your papers.  Cool, hummm?

Seriously, folks, why are you not making use of these?  There are so many printables out there for free.  What is so scary about them?  Even if you just grab the PDF, print them out, and use them as is, you will get a cute element that cost you pennies in ink and paper.  If you look at the post that helpfully tells y0u EXACTLY how they will look punched or cut with a variety of Nestabilities (and I bet the scallop punches work too, I just didn’t think to sample that at the time.  While not everyone has Nesties, more than 1/2 of you, I’ll wager my stash, have a big circle or scallop punch!) you will see that the simple shapes I tend to do are so easy to get from computer to page.

So, if you didn’t close your mind after the first mention of Printables, and made it this far, and I have successfully added my voice to SJ’s and persuaded you to give them a go, do comment on my  post with the Nestie samples (not this post) for a chance at a random draw.  Tell me what you want, and if I pull your name out of the hat, I’ll make you some printable of your choice.  I need the practice and I don’t want to make just ones I like!  {this is now closed} And click on the link to SJs post – the info she provides is, as I said, totally on target.    And if you are still not convinced, please comment and tell me WHY.  I promise not to tut at you but I will also promise to add what I can to alleviate your concerns.  Open up your scrapbooking to embrace this whole new world.  You won’t regret it.

7 thoughts on “Hybrid scrapbooking and printables

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  3. I’ve just done another digi LO using your circle printables from Shimelle’s week-end. These are so brilliant and extremely versatile too. Thank you so much xx

  4. I’m not converted yet but I have your printables from Shimelle’s blog and will be giving it a go this evening, its the pse, altering thingamegig that loses me!

  5. Yeah! Go hybrid! Lovely LO 🙂

  6. I couldnt agree with you and SJ more Mary Anne, I dont scrap much digitally, because I like the ‘feel’ of paper, I like to leaf through and touch my albums – I didnt even consciously decide to become a hybrid scrapper, or even realise I was until fairly recently, when I was teaching a class and somebody asked where something came from!

    To me its like the film / digital photography thing! Once you print it, its a photo – right? Once you print it, its not digital any more! If you look at Flickr and the Grapics Fairy, The Vintage Moth, SJ’s Little Musings and other sites – there are the most amazing graphics, that you download and print out – for next to nothing, and as you say that can be used more than once!!! Hybrid gives me the best of both words – I think I will always be a paper scrapper, but once you ‘get’ hybrid – there really is no going back!!!! Thanks so much for the great printables here and also for all you do with UK scrappers!!!!

  7. Right on sister!!!!! 🙂 Thank you for your awesome support. xxxxxxxxx

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