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Altered Notebook Tutorial (Hybrid)

I made this notebook for my sister’s birthday a couple of months ago, but I had to wait until now to show it to you, because it was being saved for today’s Fresh Cuts Newsletter :)! Ever since I started doing hybrid scrapbooking, I have been wanting to make an altered notebook or journal. I keep seeing them everywhere, and I’m always inspired by them. So here’s my first try at it, and judging by how much fun this one was to make, I’m sure it won’t be the last! 

Click here to see my tutorial for this project at Prima Hybrid!

Hybrid Altered Notebook

Notebook Details

Open Notebook

If you’re looking for more altered notebook tips, check out this tutorial by Emily, at the Authentic Artistry blog (another AWESOME place for inspiration). Also see this thread at Prima Hybrid for some more ideas. I know I’ve seen tons of tutorials for these on other blogs too, so if you know of one, please share the link in the comments section – I just can’t get enough of these!!

Beautiful Bella Scraps Magazine!

LOOK how pretty!!!

Bella Scraps Magazine

OK, I had mentioned this beautiful new magazine, Bella Scraps, a few times last month – but I have been really wanting to highlight it more thoroughly because I want to make sure that none of you are missing out :). I have been poring over the Feb issue, and I am filled with ideas and inspiration! Just the look of the magazine alone is inspiring – it’s bright, cheery and easy to read. Holley does such a fantastic job putting this all together.  And this issue is PACKED!! It is a full 20 pages longer than the first issue, and it comes with TWO free kits (you can see the pages I made with the free kits below). In addition to the 60+ projects and pages to look at, there are so many useful tips and techniques in there for photography, digital scrapbooking, hybrid scrapbooking etc. I love the simple step-by-step tutorials and the challenges to get your creative juices flowing. If you haven’t checked it out yet, you should – it’s lovely!

Run Play Climb

Seasons kit, by Doris Castle. Free with Bella Scraps purchase (Font: Vintage Press, by Fontologie; doodles are from my Hearts ‘n Doodles freebie).

Crazy Hair

Spring Sherbet kit by Holley VanDenBerg and Jennilyn, free with Bella Scraps purchase. Font: Century Gothic. Hearts are from my Hearts ‘n Doodles freebie :).

And I was so excited to have some of my pages published in the January issue of Bella Scraps (I was the featured scrapper)!!! Here they are too:

New Frontiers

Ciao Bella Kit by Christine Haskell, Fonts: Century Gothic, ChopinScript and Diane

 Grand Adventure

Loooove this kit, Lottie’s Trunk and the coordinating stamps, by Holley VanDenBerg! Fonts: JaneAusten and 1942 report.

Prima Hybrid Grand Opening Blog Party!

There’s a Grand Opening Celebration at Prima Hybrid Today!

25% off everything, challenges, freebies, chat, and more…

Click here to find out more at the Prima Hybrid Forums!

So some of the Flower Girls (Prima Hybrid Creative Team) are hosting a blog party to help celebrate :)! We are each giving away a FREE 8×8 digital template or quick page.

Here’s mine (click here to download)! Don’t miss the links to the other Flower Girl blogs with free templates listed at the end of this post!!

FREE Template

This template was inspired by my hybrid layout L O V E (click for credits):


L O V E Details:

L O V E Details

Tips and Tricks:

  • I printed a beautiful digital design by Vera Lim on textured cardstock for the background of my page.
  • When I distressed the black and white photos (printed in a photo lab) with sandpaper and scratched them with a needle other color layers were exposed.
  • I used circle punches to highlight special details from a few color photos.
  • The verse was stamped onto vellum paper, and the word “Love” was printed onto another piece of vellum paper, then I layered the two to create an elegant effect.

I know some of you are afraid to leave empty “white space” areas on your pages, but I really think that’s what makes this design work, especially when using the big swirls!

Here is a digital page I made with this template (click here for credits):

Grandma Loves You

I hope you enjoy this template :)! Make sure you stop at the other Flower Girl blogs listed below to pick up some more great templates. And if you use them with products from Prima Hybrid, please share your creations with us in the Prima Hybrid Gallery!

Andrea: (template)
Julie Ann: (quick page)
Danielle: (template)
Jess (that’s me)! (template)
Kristin: (template)
Amy: (template)
Melinda: (template)

(NEW!) AND Cathy: (template)

Announcing Prima Hybrid!!!!

I’m so EXCITED! Today’s the day I can finally share the big news I have been bursting at the seams with for over a month! I have joined the creative team for an awesome new site: Prima Hybrid!!! The shoppe will open January 16th at 6am EST!

Traditional paper scrapbookers have seen Prima’s gorgeous flowers and other delightful scrapbooking supplies and digital scrapbookers know about the fabulous digital designs of Gina Miller, Weeds and Wildflowers Designs, Meredith Fenwick, Iron Orchid Designs (IOD), Carrie Stephens, Corinna Nielson, Dianne Rigdon, Nancy Kubo, Trish Jones, Kim Christensen, Vera Lim and Doris Castle. Well this innovative new site combines ALL of these wonderful scrapbooking designs into one fantastic store with the goal of mixing them together to create beautiful HYBRID projects! The store is set up so that you can purchase digital OR physical supplies that coordinate perfectly together.

Cool features of

Free Weekly Newsletter: This will be such an awesome resource filled with tips & tricks, trends and step-by-step tutorials about the digital AND physical aspects of hybrid scrapbooking. There will also be free templates offered from time to time!

Gallery (NOW OPEN): Share photos of your projects or be inspired by the creations of others.

Forum (NOW OPEN): This is the place to ask questions or discuss ideas, techniques or products. Or just chit-chat with other scrappers :)! 

Sooooo… do you want to see some of the Prima Hybrid projects I’ve been working on?

Click here to see the credits at my Prima Hybrid gallery!

I plan to share more details with you about each of the projects in future posts. Also, all of the Prima Hybrid Flower Girls (creative team members) are required to write one tutorial each month, and these will be shared in the free newsletter, so you will want to sign up for that! I am not allowed to show you the projects I have made for the newsletters until they have been published, but I CAN show you some sneak peeks, so look for those in the future too :).

I can’t tell you how unbelievably happy this new adventure has made me – I am enjoying working with my hands, and making lovely gifts, and I can’t believe I have finally begun my wedding scrapbook too! I guess the bunches of beautiful Prima flowers I have in my scrap room now were just the push I needed to get started :)! 

Bella Scraps Magazine

There is a brand new online scrapbooking magazine coming out this Tuesday, January 15th, called Bella Scraps! I’m looking forward to seeing the first issue for several reasons: 1) As you know, I love scrapbooking inspiration, and I think Bella Scraps will be packed with it! 2) I *believe* there will be an article in this magazine about that secret I have been dying to share with you… 3) I’m pretty sure I will be featured in this issue too :).

If you are interested in subscribing, even for just one issue, I highly suggest you do it BEFORE the first issue is released on the 15th! Everyone who subscribes early will get a special prize package of free digital scrapbooking supplies AND you will have the chance to win one of MANY prizes donated by lots of great designers like Shabby Princess, Meredith Fenwick, Shabby Miss Jenn, Heather Ann Meltzer, Gina Miller, Jofia, the list goes on! Even my Layered Shape Templates are on the prize list :)Click here for more details.

Here’s a great page!

Just had a to share this page by Jenny, I love it!! All those layers and cool little details!   I thought it was such a neat idea to use burlap and fabric pieces with the pumpkin template, I had never thought of that. It uses so much wonderful stuff from Weeds and Wildflowers too :). Click here for credits and to leave Jenny some love :)!


Speaking of Weeds and Wildflowers, have you seen this post on their blog? I can’t wait to find out what the exciting opportunity and new products are :)!!! 

Two Page Layouts

When you create your scrapbook pages, do you make them with a facing page in mind, or as a single, stand-alone page? I have noticed that there is a trend toward creating solitary scrapbook pages, especially in the world of digital scrapbooking. But it really does look much better to have a two-page spread if you plan on putting your pages in a scrapbook.

Angie’s Calendar If you are in need of a little push to motivate you to get back into double page scrapping, then you simply must go check out Angie’s (you know, Ikeagoddess?) challenge going on at The Meadow! Everyone who participates will get this AWESOME calendar that Angie made, using W&W goodies! Plus one lucky winner will get a W&W gift card, yippee! She also challenged us to use Heidi’s new kit, Warming the Heart, which I just  LOVE LOVE LOVE :)! Plus, it’s on sale for 20% off right now :)!!

You’ll have to hurry though, the challenge ends at midnight on Saturday!

Here are the pages I contributed :)! *Click images for journaling and credits*

Tomorrow (both pages)

Tomorrow (page one)

Tomorrow (page two)

Have fun :)!

New Look and a Shutterfly Book

This is post #99!! 

Do things look a bit different around here? I thought it would be nice to decorate the place a bit in preparation for the BIG celebration :)! I sure am getting excited – I hope you are too! I decided to make a freebie to give out to everyone who participates – don’t worry it will be so easy to participate, you don’t even have to scrap a page if you don’t want to :)!

My latest Shutterfly Photo Book just came in the mail! I haven’t had a chance to snap pics of the actual book yet, but I did make this slide show of the pages in digital form. I am SO pleased with how this book turned out – I had never scrapped in this horizontal rectangle format before, so that was fun to experiment with. I kept the pages pretty simple because I wanted the focus to be on all my Autumn photos. Almost everything I used came from Heidi Williams, Shabby Miss Jenn and Shabby Princess, oh and a storyboard by Lanne! The Shutterfly prints look fantastic!!!! I will have to take pics of the finished book – this slideshow does not do it justice :).

Scrapbook Ideas in the News

OK, so maybe I’m not in THE news :)! But I just wanted to let you know about a couple of other places you can find me online this month :).

Shabby Princess Newsletter
As you know, I absolutely ADORE Shabby Princess, so imagine how thrilled I was to see a whole page in her newsletter filled with photos of my Occasions Collection projects :)! And she even wrote an extra sweet birthday message to Gabe :), what mommy wouldn’t love that??? If you haven’t seen it already, click here to view the newsletter (PDF)! It is filled with TONS of inspiration and some really great articles about photography and journaling!

The Artisan Notebook
I was so excited to have the opportunity to write a little piece in the Artisan Notebook, a publication from the DSAGuild. I was flooded with happy childhood memories working on this project and later as I read the other contributions!
The Artisan Notebook

The scrapbook page below is one I made today showing some of my photos of the project I did for the article, click here to see credits and journaling :).

Dream House

Featured Scrapper: Beth (kewl_jive)!

BethToday I’d like to feature another digital scrapper I’ve enjoyed getting to know a bit recently – Beth! She goes by the screen name kewl_jive online, and if you’re a digi scrapper you’ve probably seen her around, she’s all over the place :)!  I don’t think I’ve ever seen a page of hers that didn’t immediately stand out to me – she has a beautiful, clean, crisp style that is so inspiring.

And I’m not the only one who thinks Beth is an excellent scrapper; she has worked with many different designers and has quite a few publications too! I’ve provided a list of where to find her work at the end of this post, along with links to some places you can see her online.

I asked Beth some questions about herself, her scrapping process and what inspires her to make these gorgeous pages:

First of all, is there anything about yourself and your family that you’d like to share with other scrappers?

I’m turning 32 this coming October. I’m happily married for almost 6 years to an engineer working with Motorola Japan. We are blessed with a sweet li’l girl. She’s almost 3 years old now and enjoys posing for the camera. We are currently living in Tokyo, Japan but originally from Manila, Philippines. Before going to Japan, we were assigned at Bangkok, Thailand where we stayed for more than 3 years. We’ve been to several other places and we enjoyed the variety of cultures we experienced.

When did you start scrapbooking? What first made you interested in scrapbooking?

I did my first page on October 2005. I posted it at the Scrap Girls gallery. I had vivid memories of that day. My dd, who was only 8 months old, was taking a nap and I grabbed the opportunity to take a shot of her foot and tried to scrap it with no digital scrapbook supplies at all. Looking back at it now, I feel like I was a cavewoman at that time, LOL. I started with freebies from SBB and other digital scrapping sites.

My family, especially my daughter, is my inspiration in getting me hooked and keeps me interested in scrapbooking. I always love to write journals and jot down her milestones in life. And of course, who wouldn’t be addicted to take her lovely pictures since she’s sooo into it. She’s a truly great poser ;)

Are you 100% digital or do you use paper as well?

100% digital. But I am thinking of doing some hybrid projects in the future.

Your DST screen name is kewl_jive. Is there any story behind that name, and do you have any other online aliases?

I have been using my screen name since my senior college days. There’s really no big story behind it but I just felt “kewl” (cool) most of the time and I “jive” with most everybody. :)

Where do you get inspiration and ideas for scrapbooking? What inspires you to scrap?

From the pictures that I take. My main subject is my daughter. Everything about her. What she does, what she wishes to express and whatever her mood dictates. It is always about her and our little family’s adventures.

Do you have any favorite books, magazines or websites that are especially helpful? (all links open in a in a new window)

DAM, SS, MM magazines. DST, SBB, MSA, FPD, Scrap Girls, CK, and  2 Peas digi scrapping sites. Photography books as well.

Your scrapbook pages are strikingly beautiful, and convey such great emotion – are there any tips you can share with us about how to create pages like these?

WOW! How sweet of you to say that. :)

I always try to capture raw emotions in my photos. When I convert a picture to b&w, I would like it to express those emotions in a form of a story. I start with placing just the photo(s), title and journaling on a blank paper. I then begin to recall the events at the time of the shoot and select the proper theme for the whole layout. I basically try to keep it simple, crisp and sort of direct to the point, if you know what I mean.

Your photos always look perfect! What type of camera and photo editing software do you use? Do you have any photography secrets you can share with the rest of us?

I use Nikon D70s and I am trying to invest more on new sets of lenses. I use PS CS2 and some photo actions from Nicole Van and other photographers’ as well. I tweak them to suit my taste. I love b&w conversions with a little blue or chocolate color on it.

What favorite scrapbooking tip, trick or technique do you use most often?

I’m not an expert on this but I’ll try to give what works well for me. I hope you’ll find this useful in your work.

Learn how to use your camera and maximize the features that come with it. Try to explore various photo conversion techniques. There are top notch photographers who offer to apply their photo actions on your photos (you need to email them) so you can always try before deciding to buy. I also use Adobe Lightroom for my recent photos. I believe that the photo is the foundation of all good scrapbook pages. You cannot overlook this very important aspect and I believe that if you take care of it, the rest will follow naturally.

I’ve seen a lot of tutorials on shadow works. It gives a great look in a page as well as the proper use of color combinations and elements. I am continuing to learn from other scrappers and I always experiment on new things. I always push myself to come-up with a signature style of my own.

Thanks so much for sharing your insight with us, Beth :)!

Here are a few of Beth’s pages, you can click on them for credit info. It was SO hard to choose just a few, you just HAVE to see the rest: click here to see her gallery!

Never Knew


Lead Me

Little Miss Independent

As promised, here is a list of where you can find more of Beth’s artistry:

Currently working with:

Corina Nielsen
Kim De Smet
Kylie Clark of FPD
Digital Artist Magazine CT
Funky Playground Designs Site CT
Fee Jardine of Sweet Shoppe Designs
Kay Miller of Kay Miller Designs
Traci Reed of Scrapbook Graphics
Annie Manning (Paint the Moon) of The Digishoppe

Guest CTs for the month of October:

O.N. Designs
Emily Merritt at The Digi Chick
Nancy Comelab at The Lily Pad

Published at:
SBB Hot Bytes
Memory Makers
Digital Artist Magazine
Ready Set Create

Upcoming publications:
Scrapbook Trends Magazine (Fast and Fabulous)
Somerset Magazine
Digital Scrapbook Magazine
Creative Techniques Magazine (next summer)

Featured pages at:
The Digi Chick
Memory Makers
Creating Keepsakes


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