I’m the first to admit that I love paper and ribbon and sequins and stamping and so many other things in paper crafting. But I also love creating digitally because all I need are my computer and photos. The great thing is, there’s no reason these two can’t live together, and today I’m going to show you a few ways to do hybrid paper crafting.
I’m not sure who came up with the concept of hybrid scrapbooking, but it’s the perfect term. Hybrid scrapbooking, or in this case paper crafting, brings together digital and traditional products. It can be something as simple as printing a card’s sentiment on your computer to a more involved project like a layout. For me, hybrid paper crafting allows me to add depth to my digital projects. Let me show you what I mean. As a side note, the projects I’m using were samples we had in the office that I added to. I did not create the original card and layouts.
In this card, I added two triangles of cardstock (from the Party Brights by Katie Pertiet collection) to the top banner. I used foam tape to adhere them, which also lifted them off the card. I also added the party hat in the lower corner (also from Party Brights by Katie Pertiet) using foam tape. But the thing that is hard to see is the glitter effect I added to the banner triangles. I used a Wink of Stella Brush Glitter Marker to add a hint of shine to the paper triangles. In real life, the extra sparkle really makes the banner stand out.
This 4th of July layout was so cute as it was, but in the Summer Fun by Katie Pertiet border strips, one had a row of burlap stars that I knew would be an adorable addition. I trimmed the stars from the border strip and adhered the two blue ones normally and the tan one with foam tape. That way there was variety in the look. Also, a little tip. When trimming pieces from a larger paper, I tend to not be exact, but I cover up any white portions by inking the edges with a brown distress ink. This gives the item, the stars in this case, a weathered look while covering up my less than perfect cutting skills.
Finally, when I saw this layout, those water drops just screamed to be highlighted! To get the shape cut correctly, I place a piece of white cardstock over the water drop on the layout and then held it over a table lamp. This allowed the water drop to show through so I could trace it on the white cardstock. I did this for three of the water drops and then adhered them with foam tape. I used my Wink of Stella Brush Glitter Marker again (this time I used a white one to enhance the white cardstock, but clear would have worked just as well) to make them sparkle! I also added a few word strips trimmed from a Summer Fun by Katie Pertiet border strip. The foam tape helps them stand out from the other words on the layout.
There you have it! Three ways to combine digital and traditional on your paper crafted projects. Give it a try – I think you’ll like the end result.
Have a great day and have fun creating!