Since launching my digital shop, I’ve been wanting to start sharing videos to show you how to use my digital products. Today is the first video tutorial of what I hope are more to come and our topic today: hybrid scrapbooking.
Hybrid scrapbooking is simply scrapbooking that involves any type of digital process that is combined with tangible, physical products. In other words, how I’ve been scrapbooking since my very first layout.
(You wanna see that one? Oh, you KNOW I have that image always ready!)
Yep. That’s my first scrapbook page, made back in 2002, I believe. That computer-generated title and journal block plants this classic page firmly in the hybrid category.
In my tutorial I’ll show you how to work with a layered Photoshop template to create a layout featuring you and six different areas of notes to yourself—things you want to document or simply remind yourself of. I first made this layout back in 2011, when I created this digital scrapbook page:
Because I do not always feel the need to reinvent the wheel, I wanted to create an update for this page, with a current photo and updated journaling. In this clip, I’ll walk you through the entire process. This is very beginner-based Photoshop instructions. I have time stamps in the description box below the video over on my YouTube channel if you want to skip any of the parts. I even show a few seconds of my new printer, just arrived in the office this week, and so far? So good! (Especially the price point and the fact that it can print on 12 x 12 paper!)
One thing I failed to mention in the tutorial is that if what you are working on is turning into a hot mess, or you think you’ve messed something up in the template, always remember the universal Undo Command: Command (Mac) or Control (PC) + Z.
You can hit that command multiple times to go back to the start of any process. It’s a very helpful command to have in your pocket!
Here is a closer look at the layout from the video: (Note: this is the digital file of the page. I was having issues with my scanner and getting a great image of the finished page!)
This template is really easy to use! In fact, you can even use it in a program like Photopea, a free online editor that opens layers PSD files (although I’m not an expert in that program and the steps in my video won’t translate perfectly, but it seems to work VERY similarly to Photoshop. At the very least, you can use it to set up and print out your journaling!) The interface is quite similar:
The template is available in my digital shop (click on the image below):
What is you don’t have the ability to print a photo as large as I did? Use the center area to layer in a few photos to fill in the space! Three vertical photos, cropped to be five inches tall each by, oh, just under three inches wide, could fill the space and you could use stickers, die cut letters or chipboard for the title. I think that would be pretty cool, too!
What if you’re a 12 x 12 scrapbooker? You can create this design in 8.5 x 11, and then mount the finished piece onto a cool piece of 12 x 12 patterned paper.
Anyway, if you create something and share it on social media, especially on Instagram, tag me at @czdesign so I can see your results!
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