Working on Project Life has been a continual journey of experimentation. I am always looking for ways to simplify the process and produce page spreads that I love. By far, I have discovered that hybrid scrapbooking has allowed me the greatest flexibility. I can work faster while producing layouts I like. Today, I am sharing with you my top 5 must haves for creating hybrid project life pages with ease.
These are a must. No longer are you limited to printing plain 4×6 or 3×4 size photos. With collage templates, you can create interesting photo cards quickly and efficiently. You can choose to add digital papers, elements text or simply fill them with your photos. Within minutes, you have a photo collage ready and able for printing. These are some of my favorite collage templates:
Digital pocket page kits often offer the most diversity when it comes to choosing project life supplies. New kits are generally available every month. They walk a nice line between being themed for the month while also allowing for everyday topics. This makes it easy to ensure all of your pages coordinate well. A kit includes everything you need from cards to embellishments. Plus, you have control over what size of each item you wish to print. Many kits also come with additional templates which enable you to create custom cards. When it comes to hybrid, there is never any fumbling around searching for just the right size or just the right card. You are in complete control of your page.
The Right Paper for Your Cards
Choosing paper to print your cards is personal preference. It’s up to you whether to choose smooth or textured cardstock. I prefer to get a smooth, heavy weight cardstock from my local office supply store. They sell a bulk pack of 8.5 x 11 that has a wonderful bright white color and is acid free. When possible, I cut down 12×12 and 8.5 x 11 scraps into 4×6 cards. My printer has a tray which accommodates both sizes. You may wish to consult your printer’s user manual to find the best settings and types of cardstock for your machine.
An Electronic Die Cutting Machine
When I first started hybrid scrapbooking, my go to tools were a craft knife and a few different sizes of circle punches. While those tools still occasionally come in handy, my go to cutting tool is now my Silhouette Portrait. After planning most of my layouts and printing my cards, I can peruse the kit’s embellishments for extra bits and pieces. I then use my e-cutter’s print to cut feature. This saves me a ton of time and quite honestly, I have been amazed at the way my machine can cut small, intricate embellishments. I rarely fussy cut anymore.
Adhesive is important in general. However, when it comes to those delicate embellishments, a glue pen often comes in handy. After all, you want to be able to glue those items down securely without making a huge, sticky mess.
Making hybrid project life pages has simplified my process. Knowing I can work with the same kit throughout the month allows me to work in stages. I group photos into templates as soon as I upload them from my camera. I can then print and place them into the page protectors saving the embellishing for the end of the month when I complete all of my layouts.
About the Author: Christy Strickler is originally from Florida but has lived for the past 9 years in Nassau, Bahamas. She is a wife and homeschooling Mom who adores cats, video games, and scrapbooking. You can see more of her work at My Scrapbook Evolution.