I made two layouts on National Scrapbook Day. (Okay, I started two layouts on National Scrapbook Day.)
I finished them up last week and created a new series of digital templates designed for people who say, “Hey, I have a computer but I also like to make more traditional pages.” You know who you are: you are Hybrid People.
No, I’m not talking about alien/human hybrid people like in that movie Species. I’m talking about computers plus scrapbook supplies equaling awesomeness.
I’m Hybrid People. Pretty much have been since the start. I use my computer to help me make layouts.
My computer helped me to make these two: (click on the images to see them larger)
The idea behind Hybrid Helpers is to give you a base upon which to build a page. The photo sizes are all standard. You can start each page with any stack of 4 x 6 photos and simply add them directly onto the page or trim them to fit. (The trim sizes will all be standard, too. The layout above? All 3 x 3 in size.)
Hybrid Helpers are all going to be 8.5 x 11. Why? Because most people can print them at home on their ink jet printers. If you’re a 12 x 12 scrapbooker with a large format printer, you can simply change the canvas size of the template and you’re good to go. No need to size any of the elements up because white space can be a really beautiful thing on a scrapbook page.
You simply add your journaling, change the color of the elements, turn off the photo layers and print onto your choice of cardstock. Then you add your photos and any additional elements you’d like. Done and done.
The page featuring Cole has zero embellishments. Just four 3 x 3 photos added at the end.
Each Hybrid Helper template will come with a detailed instruction sheet, geared towards users of Photoshop Elements.
I use free fonts on all of my templates. The titles on the Hybrid Helpers will be created using free fonts but will be rasterized (turned into pixels) to preserve the design intent. However, I’ll include links to download those, too, if you want to make your own custom titles.
Creating hybrid layouts has always been the sweet spot for me as a scrapbooker. It lets me have control over titles and journaling and still add a few tangible elements to complete the design.
This series will feature simple, do-able, elegant designs. This shit doesn’t have to be complicated, people.
p.s. If you want to learn more about the hybrid scrapbooking process, check out my videos on Vimeo. This one is a great place to start.