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Hybrid Ideas for Digital Quick Pages: Part 2

Are you ready for some more hybrid scrapbooking ideas? A little while ago I shared some simple ideas to get things rolling, to see Part 1 *Click Here*. Today we are going to kick it up a notch and try some techniques to add a little extra dimension! I apologize in advance for the bad photos, they totally don’t do justice to the gorgeous colors and details of Gina’s designs as seen in the Loving You Quick Album pages.

Hybrid Quick Album Idea #4: Pop Up Parts of Your Page

This technique is super easy to do and really makes a difference!

Tip For Printing Digital Quick Page For Hybrid Scrapbooking Digital Steps: I added my photo and journaling to the premade Loving You Quick Album page, flattened, resized the layout to 8″x8″ inches (so it will fit into my son’s album). Then I opened an 8.5″x11″ size blank document, and placed the flattened digital page toward the top. THEN, this is key, using the rectangular marquee tool in Photoshop (or any other selection tool), I selected just the section of the page containing the journaling strips, copied the selection to a new layer, and placed it at the bottom of the page. Lastly, I printed this out on matte photo paper.

Hybrid Steps: After allowing the page to dry, I cropped out the base page. I also cut out each journaling strip from the duplicated portion of my page. Using foam adhesive (for a 3D effect), I adhered the Journaling strips above their corresponding locations on the page.

 Hybrid scrapbook page using the Loving You Quick Album from Weeds and Wildflowers

Hybrid Quick Album Idea #5: Pop Up Elements on Your Page

After adding a piece of ribbon to the bottom of my page, I also added extra height to the chipboard “g” sticker, using the same foam adhesive. Lastly, I added a few crystal swirls and hearts (all embellishments are from primahybrid.com).

Hybrid scrapbook page using the Loving You Quick Album from Weeds and Wildflowers

Hybrid scrapbook page using the Loving You Quick Album from Weeds and Wildflowers

Hybrid Quick Album Idea #6: Pop Up – With a Twist

This last idea is a variation of number 4 above, and is a great way to instantly multiply elements on your page.

Digital Steps: I added my photo and journaling to the premade Loving You Quick Album page, flattened, resized the layout to 8″x8″ inches. Then, like before, I opened an 8.5″x11″ size blank document, and placed the flattened digital page at the top. Then, using the lasso tool in Photoshop (or any other selection tool), I selected just the section of the page containing the two flowers at the top of the page, copied the selection to a new layer, and placed it at the bottom of the page. Lastly, I printed this out on matte photo paper.

Hybrid Steps: When the page was dry, I cropped it to size. I also carefully cut out the flower elements from the duplicated portion of my page. Here’s the trick: before re-attaching the flowers, I rotated them a bit. Then I used regular (not 3D) adhesive to attach just the centers of the flowers to the page. Lastly, I used my fingers to curl the edges of the flowers upward and inward to help them pop even more :). See how quickly you can multiply two flowers into four? For even more variation, you might want to try resizing the elements slightly before printing, too. 

Hybrid scrapbook page using the Loving You Quick Album from Weeds and Wildflowers

 Hybrid scrapbook page using the Loving You Quick Album from Weeds and Wildflowers

That’s all for today! I have more ideas to share, so be on the look out for another post soon :)

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See Also:

Hybrid Ideas For Digital Quick Pages.

Hybrid Ideas for Digital Quick Pages: Part 3

Two Mini Tutorials: Text Over Patterns

I am still plugging away at my faithbook and my memory verse cards! Here’s the most recent faithbook page inspired by the Beth Moore Stepping Up Bible study. I have now made pages for 5 of the Psalms of Ascent, so I’m 1/3 of the way finished :).

Psalm 123 Faithbook Page

Credits: Happy Trails, by Shabby Princess

And here are three more memory verse cards, using the brag book and collab kit by Shabby Miss Jenn and Dani Mogstad. I love using quick pages along with the matching kit, because most of the work is done for me, but I can still add my personal touches.

6-7 Memory Verse Card

8 Memory Verse Card

9 Memory Verse Card

Photoshop Mini Tutorials: Text Over Patterns

Sometimes I like to place text on top of patterned paper or images, but that can make the text difficult to read. Here are a couple of ways I have found to make it work. Hope you find them helpful :).

First Method:

For the second of the three cards above, I wanted to place my text over a post card image from the Vintage Garden Fairies kit, by SMJ and Dani.  The problem was that the flowers on the postcard were too bold, they competed with the text and made it unreadable, so here’s what I did:

  1. I used the polygonal lasso tool to trace around the image on the postcard (excluding the outer edges and shadowing). I cut the selection to a new layer (right click> layer via cut).
  2. On a new layer (between the two postcard layers), using the same selection, I filled the selection with a light, neutral color I picked up (using the eyedropper tool) from the outer edge of the postcard.
  3. There were now three layers in addition to the background; the outer edge/shadow of the postcard, a layer of neutral color, and the image portion of the postcard. In the layers palette, I lowered the opacity of the image (the example below shows the opacity at 66%, but in the end, I set mine at about 44%).
  4. Lastly, I added the text using the type tool, then changed the blend mode to “Linear Light”, which made it stand out a bit more. Tip: Try out several blend modes on your text layer – different ones will work best depending on the text color, paper color and texture, etc. 

placing text over pattern

Second Method:

Here’s the method I used to place patterned paper behind the text on the last card above.

  1. I created a new layer behind the quick page, and filled it with a light color I picked up from the flowers on the page.
  2. I placed a piece of floral patterned paper behind the quickpage, above the color layer, and in the layers palette, I changed the blend mode of the paper to “Soft Light” and lowered the opacity of the layer to about 77%.
  3. I added my text using the type tool. 
  4. I added even more pattern behind the text on the right by duplicating the text layer, increasing the text size dramatically and lowering the opacity of the layer to 29%. Tip: I also “rasterized” the layer so that I could delete the portion overlapping the text on the right side of the card. This step might be called by a different name in other versions of Photoshop, but that’s what it is called in Photoshop CS3. Just know that once you rasterize the layer, you can no longer edit the text with the type tool.

placing text over pattern

That’s it for today, have a wonderful weekend!!!

Hybrid Ideas For Digital Quick Pages

I’m still finishing up some Weeds and Wildflowers goodies I have been working on, but in the meantime, I thought I’d share some of the hybrid scrapbook pages I made using the Loving You Quick Album (note: this is a regular quick album, which can be used for 100% digital pages as well). If you’re interested in hybrid scrapbooking but you’re worried it will be too time consuming – these ideas could help speed things up!

Hybrid Quick Album Idea #1: Start Simple

If you’re just getting started with hybrid, you don’t have to try a super complicated project at first! Here’s my process for the following page:

Digital Steps: Added my photos and journaling to the premade quick page, flattened, resized the layout to 8″x8″ and printed it out.

Hybrid Steps: After allowing the page a bit of drying time, I added the chipboard stickers to spell “love”, then added a few heart crystals (both from primahybrid.com).

Hybrid scrapbook page using the Loving You Quick Album from Weeds and Wildflowers

Close Up Details:

Hybrid scrapbook page using the Loving You Quick Album from Weeds and Wildflowers

Hybrid Quick Album Idea #2: Embellishments Can Bring Unity To Your Page

The last thing you want to do is randomly slap some decorations on your page just for the sake of making it hybrid. If you choose your physical supplies wisely, they will unify the look of your page and help blend the digital and physical together.  On the page above, I used some heart shaped jewels to accentuate the pretty little hearts from the digital portion of the page. I also tied the digital and physical aspects of the page together by finishing my digitally created journaling off with a chipboard word. 

Hybrid Quick Album Idea #3: Plan Ahead For Physical Embellishment

For me, it really helps to have a pretty good idea what I want my final hybrid page to look like BEFORE I design the digital part. Here’s my process for the page below:

Digital Steps: Added my photos to the quick page. Knowing I intended to add the crystal swirl, I placed my journaling along the outer edge of the page (I had measured the swirl in advance to make sure it would fit). Finally, I flattened and resized the layout to 8″x8″, then printed it out.

Hybrid Steps: After allowing the page to dry, I added the crystal swirl and flower (both from primahybrid.com).

Hybrid scrapbook page using the Loving You Quick Album from Weeds and Wildflowers

Lovely Flower Detail:

Hybrid scrapbook page using the Loving You Quick Album from Weeds and Wildflowers

I have a bunch more hybrid quick page ideas to share, so I think I will have to save the rest for another post. If you’d like to “read ahead” you can check out the slide show found here, to see some more of the pages :).

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See Also:

Hybrid Ideas for Digital Quick Pages: Part 2

 

Hybrid Ideas for Digital Quick Pages: Part 3

Another Page in My Faithbook

Here’s my latest page! If you haven’t been following my faithbooking journey, you can get caught up right here, basically I’m making a faithbook based on a Beth Moore Bible study about the Psalms of Ascent. I was so happy about how quickly this page came together – it was fun creating with this beautiful kit by Shabby Princess :)!

Psalm 122

Also, I need to catch you up on my memory verse cards – I have still been making them, but I haven’t had time to post them in weeks. Still keeping to the theme of my faith as a journey, and also refreshing Bible verses that I’ve memorized in the past – in fact, this passage I’m memorizing now contains one of my all time favorite verses, which I think will be the close of the little mini book I’m making :).

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(I just couldn’t resist adding the words to a wonderful old song we used to sing in the church I grew up in. I can’t think about this Bible verse without hearing the simple, beautiful melody. The ladies would start the song off, then the men would start in and we’d sing it in a round. I can still hear my mom and dad’s voices singing this…)

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The cards were all made with these quick pages by SMJ and Dani Mogstad :).

That’s it for now. Hope you’re having a great week!

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