What is hybrid scrapbooking?

For 2022 I’m starting on a once a month adventure of incorporating more hybrid scrapbooking into my memory keeping. So what exactly is hybrid scrapbooking? It is the process of using digital scrapbooking supplies to turn them into physical items and then using them to complete a physical layout. If you do a photo collage in an app and then print and use that photo collage as in on a layout, technically you are hybrid scrapbooking. Even using a cut file on your electronic die cutting machine could be considered hybrid as well. My intentions are to use the collection of digital scrapbook kits that I have purchased over the years. I have a backlog of these files because I thought I would turn into a mainly digital scrapbooker at some point. However, the need to use physical items matters so much to my experience of creating art that I can’t go fully digi. However, I can get some of the benefits of digi and use them in my physical layouts.

I’ll start you off with the layout process video I created this month.

In the video I mention the benefits of hybrid as I create. Here I can just easily list them.

  1. You don’t have to have lots of space to store a ton of supplies! You just need a stack of paper and a printer to turn the digi items into physical items. (An electronic die cutter is super helpful, but I’ll cover that in a bit.)
  2. You can use only the pieces of an embellishment pack that you actually like. No leftover unwanted bits.
  3. You can resize items to a smaller size if you like (going larger usually doesn’t work well due to the pixel nature of digital graphics.)
  4. You can duplicate and create as many of the same element that you love.
  5. If you mess up an item, you can always print a new one!

While there are real good things about using digital elements, there are some cons as well.

  1. If you are a 12×12 scrapper, an investment in a 12×12 printer OR the flexibility to design 12×12 layouts using 8.5×11 papers is critical.
  2. It takes more time to select and then print your products as opposed to just pulling out some items and getting to work.
  3. If you want to create embellishments, an electronic die cutter is going to be a life saver. Otherwise you are going to become the fussy cutting champ of all time. A machine is yet another money, time and tech know-how investment.

I’m hear to help with that last point! I have a tutorial for you on one way to use your Cricut machine to take some digital scrapbook die cuts and create physical die cuts.

And here is a look at the final result.

What do you think? Can you tell that I printed most of these products myself?

Let me know what you think about hybrid scrapping!

Forgery Time

Each month on the 4th, Counterfeit Kit Challenges hosts a product forgery challenge. We select an item from the inspiration kit and create our own version. As a reminder our kit is On the Go and Going Slow by Traci Reed. Now in this version of the kit you can’t easily see the item I want to forge. So let’s take a closer look.

Here are just the pattern papers. The ninth paper from the left is the one I’m looking at. It is the multicolor scallop & dashed lines stripe print.

So I grabbed an old stamp set that has a short scallop border, a ruler, a black pen and some inks and I got to work.

Here was the final result.

I do go over in the video how to make your own scallop stamp if you don’t have a scallop border. So be sure to check out the video for that tip.

I’ll be back on the 12th and again on the 18th with the CKC layout challenges.

Welcome 2022!

After taking some time off in December to reorganize and refresh, I feel a bit rusty to be back on my media game. But the best way to get over that is to just dive right in.

So I’m back with a brand new kit build for the Counterfeit Kit Challenge team. Our Master Forger Cindy brought us this digital kit from Traci Reed as our inspiration this month. The great thing about digi is if you like it, you can easily just buy it! And for me, the extra great thing about Traci Reed is that she includes printable elements for those of us who are hybrid scrappers.

You can see my whole kit build via YouTube as usual or keep reading for the blog version.

There is a lot going on in that image, but the things that caught my attention first were the pattern papers, and flowers, hearts and bees. So that is the direction I took my kit.

First Traci’s papers…

And my choices…

While not exactly the same I pulled a yellow gingham, some scallop prints, some hexagons, green floral, red pattern and something with colorful stripes. I tend to love Traci’s muted color palettes but my papers weren’t there this month. I wanted to keep pulling papers to help mellow the color scheme but I made myself stop because my kits have been too big lately and I need to calm down a big 😉

On to embellishments… I focused on the flowers, hearts and bees that originally caught my eye. I also used some printable Traci Reed products that I already had on hand from her “The Love List” collection. My embellishments also lead me to adding in pops of black and pops of gold. And that will complete my kit for this time.

I hope you can follow along with the other designers and see how the interpreted their kits.

Have fun kit building and don’t forget to show off your stuff over on the CKC Facebook group!

A little update…

I’ve been quiet here on the blog for a few weeks. It’s not that I haven’t been crafty, in fact it is because I’ve had too many things on my plate and something had to give somewhere. So let me take a few minutes to give a peek into what has been keeping me busy! I hope some of these projects will bring you a little crafty inspiration in some way.

Finishing C&C Projects

First up is a layout I created as part of the Crop & Create event from early October. I still have more layouts partially done, so I’m just sharing this one for now.

Making thank you cards

Next up, teacher thank you cards. I’m so glad for the teachers at my daughter’s alternative school. In fact, I was asked to teach this year and we decided due to our family needs, that the covid situation would not make it work. So… I am extra thankful for her teachers being able to handle this situation. And the school has done a great job with mitigation, so we are all as safe as we can be while still living a full life! I wanted to let them all know that their work is very much appreciated. I had to make 35 of these beauties! Whew!

Distress Ink Class

I love learning things as much as I love sharing things. So, I am often busy with classes of various types. This time I signed up for a Distress Ink class offered by Jenn Shurkus. I have used Distress inks for years but I’m fairly inexperienced with the Oxide inks, so I took that class to learn more about those. But I learned more about other things than I expected. Through trial and error I learned which papers work well for these techniques and which don’t. I have to say that Jenn may have convinced me that the Ranger Heavystock paper is the way to go for inky techniques; it had the most saturated color and the best reactivity with added water. I also experimented with various water-based inks and they were all workable but, again, the Distress is the best. I’m still playing, so I may have more to share on this later.

Holding my Heart… watercolor

Watercolor has been a favorite of mine for many, many years. However producing actual art, rather than abstract mixed media, has always been a calling and a challenge. This watercolor advent calendar has been so peaceful, challenging, and joyful that I just had to share. Oh my, is it stretching me in such good ways. Among other things, I realize I am very heavy handed with my paint and I need to back off quite a bit. Yet with all the things I know aren’t right in my paintings, I am so dang thrilled with the things that are right that I I’m just soaking up the beauty that I am really, truly making!! Of course, having a great teacher in Harriet de Winton, who is offering this event, makes a huge difference for success. You can simply join her YouTube channel, or you can buy the printable advent for a small fee over at Etsy and support her as an artist making a living teaching.

Christmas Cards

This is just as super quick, raw video clip of one batch of Christmas cards that I made. Notice the splotchy, mixed media watercolor look? It combines a couple of the above that I mentioned! I had started my cards long ago but didn’t finish enough, so I made these. And I still need a few more for those who live very close by; so I still have time to make more, right??

December CKC kit progress

If you read my last post you’ll know that CKC this month is doing a advent calendar style kit build this month. Each day is a small prompt to add an item to a kit. By Christmas you should have a full kit of supplies to play with after the hustle of the holiday is over. My kit is all about putting together an art journal kit to use during 2022 instead of a Christmas related project. Here is what I have in my kit so far…

Photo on the left has:

  1. Central Photo sets mood and color scheme.
  2. Left papers are tone-on-tone prints.
  3. Top papers are small motif prints
  4. Right papers are stripes.

Photo on the right has:

  1. Left papers are geometric in nature.
  2. Right papers are medium motif prints. And that heart print is irridescent, so I’m starting to set a shiny metal-esque mood. (Day 1 asked us to choose a metal along with our color scheme, which I ignored. So now I am finding that direction.)

And that wraps up this update. I’ll be back in a week or two with another update for you. Enjoy your December activities as we head closer to the New Year!

Welcome December!

Normally on the first of the month I’d have a kit build to share for the Counterfeit Kit Challenge design team. However, December is different over at CKC. In order to take the pressure off during a busy holiday month, the team offers a simpler bit of inspiration. This year we are doing a Crafty Kit Advent Calendar!

The adventure is this: each day there is a prompt offered on the blog to add just a single item to your supplies and by the end of the month you’ll have a complete crafty kit. Over in the Facebook community there is an accompanying image for further ideas & inspiration. So, during this busy time you can take just a 5 minute crafty break from daily life. Now, your kit could be holiday themed, but it doesn’t have to be. In fact, I’ve decided my kit will not have anything to do with holidays. Instead, I’m going to build a kit of supplies for a weekly art journal to play in for 2022.

So far the only thing in my storage drawer for this kit is the traveler’s notebook that I plan on using for my art journal. I recently enjoyed a traveler’s notebook class that showed how to create a temporary cover for the notebook and I plan on covering it now and again as the mood inspires me.

While I know all the behind the scenes info into this advent kit build, I am really trying to play along in real time. I will find my item each day as the prompt goes public. I do know one thing for sure: my goal is to use mainly scraps and partial products for this kit. I think that will be a great way to clear out some items from overflowing bins and build a pile of supplies that are strictly for play.

If you want to follow what the other design team members and communitiy members are up to with this project, go ahead and join the Facebook community.

Until nextt time, I hope you have a safe and festive December!

CKC November challenge one!

It is the first layout challenge of the month over at CKC. This time we are talking all about friendships. My video is up for this layout process.

This layout features bands of zones across the page. Each zone holds a photo and a page elements such at title, journaling and embellishments.

This design came about because the background paper featured words that said “hello friend” and I jumped on the opportunity to make that a part of the design. So each zone actually points to those words on the background.

Don’t forget that other CKC Master Forgers are sharing their takes on this challenge over on the blog. Go check out their work also and then share what you make inspired by this challenge.

Forgeries for November 2021

I’m at it again with my DIY embellishments. I was so inspired by the kit this month that I had to make myself narrow it down to just two forgeries. So let’s take a look at the kit again first.

From this kit I decided to forge those number & icon circle chipboard pieces. I chose that one specifically because I like to number photos along with the corresponding journaling. That way photos can have their own say as part of an overall story.

I also decided to forge the phrase stickers. I like to add little words strips to areas of my layout as a sprinkling of a finishing touch. I used a Concord & 9th sentiment stamp and die set to accomplish this task.

A full look of my process is up on my YouTube channel.

But the short version is here as well.

I used four ink colors to do all the stamping across all the forgeries. This lends itself to plenty of color choice for layouts as well as just lots of elements to use in general. Here I stamped (with an old stamp set) and then used a circle punch to get these number disks. I only completed a few of the finished chipboard pieces and I cam complete any others I need along the way.

The word strips took longer to create since these very solid stamps can be a bit fuzzy to get crisp images from. But perseverance paid off and I got some good results in the end. While these words are larger than typical sticker sheet phrases, I can make them work on plenty of layouts.

Be sure to check out the other forgeries the design team is up to this month over on the blog.

November CKC kit!

I’m really excited about this one my friends! I am finally in the fall mood and the color palette for this month’s inspiration fit the bill just right. Master Forger Lisa chose the Felicity Jane September Kit, called Emily.

I called my kit something decidedly different… “Scrumptious”. The feeling I got from the color palette, along with the little apple icons on that pattern paper just fit for that word!

You can check out my whole kit build via video or keep reading for more info.

I was inspired not only by the color palette by by the textures and small embellishments I noticed in the kit. I chose papers that corresponded one-to-one with papers from the kit knowing that I couldn’t duplicate everything precisely.

But you can judge for yourself how close you think I got. Just know the top row of florals were extras I added to my kit out of indecisiveness!

For embellishments I took more of the inspiration route and pulled things with similar icons that I noticed through the kit. I spied tassels, circular elements, scalloped borders, heart icons, potted plants and much more. Here I incorporated all those things.

Plus I will also be playing with some extra DIY embellishments that I created last month knowing full well what this month’s color palette would be 😉

Throw in a few alphas and some library cards I found at the last minute, and that completes my kit.

Be sure to give a warm welcome to our guest designer this month, Susanne! And hop along to everyone’s sharing sites to see what the whole team has to show off about their kits this month!

I’ll be back on the 4th for more DIY embellishments for the Forgery on the Fourth project, so join me then!

Layout Process with a twist!

Today I put my CKC kit to use for a LOAD layout. What is LOAD you ask? Well, that is the LayOut A Day challenge hosted over at ScrapHappy. We get fun prompts to play along with if we choose as we create our layouts each day. Today I managed to get the prompts in (mostly) by telling a story with a plot twist and including a twist of lemon.

For the entire process you can watch the video.