As you know, I’m a digital scrapper (and designer) first and foremost and I love showing people how easy it is to incorporate digital elements into their paper layouts! Those “in the know” call it Hybrid Scrapping and I’m going to show you 5 ways I incorporated digital goods into my week 13 Project Life spread.
I’ve rated them on a scale of 1-5, 1 being: “I have no idea how to use Photoshop (PS) or Photoshop Elements (PSE)” and 5 being: “I have some working knowledge of PS and PSE” but all are fairly uncomplicated, so here we go!
1. Print Digital Journaling Cards (1)
This is super easy (no Photoshop needed!) and there a TON of digital journaling cards out there to choose from. What’s awesome about digital journaling cards is that there are so many to choose from because digital isn’t constrained to production costs like paper companies are, so digital designers can afford to make specific journaling cards (like for Easter!) that paper companies just can’t do!
2. Print Digital Cards and Insert Photos (1)
If you check out the top right card of Finn with his hands out, I actually printed out a digital journaling card by Jenn Barrette, then used my exacto knife to make a slit to insert the photo in – no Photoshop required!
3. Digital Brushes (3)
For my top left card above, I originally printed the card without the digital brush and when I wrote on it, my letters didn’t stand out enough, even with Sharpie! So I went in and re-printed the photo, this time using a digital brush on a low opacity to create a “white” layer over which to write, so I could see it better. If you don’t know how to use digital brushes, we have a great tutorial at SSD to get you started.
4. Use Digital Photo Templates (4)
This is one of the tricks I used most often in my Project Life. Check out the top right hand photo above and you’ll see that I created a card with 4 photos on it plus my journaling (I actually used these to do it). If you have a moderate amount of photoshop knowledge, this is a super easy way to get more photos onto your spreads! Here’s a tutorial on how to use clipping masks over at SSD if you want to learn!
5. Use Advanced Digital Templates (5)
Finally, check out the card on the top left of the above spread and you’ll see I did the same thing as #4, but it’s even fancier! I used this FREE set of 4×6 templates plus Jenn Barrette’s digital Egg-Citing Day kit to create the card. It’s really not much harder than than #4, it just requires clipping papers to the template as well as photos! Here’s a more advanced tutorial on using templates.
There you go! I love to teach people the joys of digital scrapbooking supplies, because with just a little knowledge, a whole new world (and product line!) opens up to you!
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