Last week's conversation on digital/hybrid/traditional pages made me want to make a good old fashioned hybrid layout. I've been putting so much of my memory keeping energy into Project Life and the class that I am teaching that I haven't really made pages that I love for the sake of scrapbooking.
So on Friday, I made not one, but two layouts. I know. I'm outta control people. Seriously.
The layouts are both called "When I Think of You" and they list 10 things I think of when I think of a) Aidan and b) Cole. I'm so happy with the results.
Aren't the wee icons cute? And they printed so nicely on my HP Photosmart 8750.
I started out designing these layouts as digital files. Then right as I was about to say, "Okay, we're good!" I thought, why not just turn off the photo layers, print the rest of the content onto my favorite Bazzill cardstock, and then print the photos separately, trim and adhere? And that's what I did.
Even when I make digital pages, I like keep to keep them very simple. I created my own digital papers so I could scrapbook with the types of simple geometrics that I love. I printed the pages using my best photo settings onto white cardstock, and voila, rich lovely colors and crisp type. Here's a look at each page in digital form.
I may still send these out for prints, just to see them side-by-side with their hybrid counterparts. Then again, I may not.
It's so easy to take a digital template, make the page, then simply turn off your photo layers and print the rest of the page out.
Here's a little tip on printing the photos: You drag both the photo and its layer mask to a new 6 x 4 document (I did this because I have a huge stack of 6 x 4 photo paper). Then you click on the mask layer and add a 1 px outline to the outside. This gives you a perfect trim line around your photo, which is really nice if any of the areas of your photo are light. Send your file to print as a 4 x 6. Do not use borderless options. Same goes for your full page layout file. No borderless options. Then everything prints copacetic.
Simply trim and adhere your photos. The benefit of this hybrid approach? You get a bit more real life texture than a straight digital print, and you get to cut and paste just enough to satisfy your crafting needs, but not enough to pull your hair out.
Ahhhh. Good scrapbooking days, indeed.
Technical note: I used Totally Rad's Rad Lab plug in on all of the photos so they'd have a slightly similar tone. If you are on the fence about Totally Rad, they've got great videos on their site that walk you through how it all works. My favorite photo tool ever.
This template is available in both 8.5 x 11 and 12 x 12 formats and is part of my Story Guide template series, layouts designed to get you thinking and writing through easy-to-follow prompt-based journaling.
New to working with layered templates? I have a step-by-step video tutorial + a free template to practice on. Click here for more information?
Note: The templates use a free font, PT Sans, for the journaling. I changed mine to Interstate Light and Bold.