Today May shares with us her philosophy and methods for incorporating hybrid scrapbooking into your life and gives us a sneak peak into her new BPS class, Adventures in Scrapbooking: Go Hybrid.
I am not a high tech girl. I don’t long for an iphone, nor am I excited about the releases of new tech products in general. I like things to be simple and uncomplicated, but I also like to bring in new and fun things sometimes. This isn’t just for my life in general, but scrapbooking specifically as well. Just over 5 years ago I was fighting to understand digital scrapbooking. I was failing and floundering big time and the #1 reason was that there wasn’t anybody around to tell me how I could do it the easy way. How I could just take the information I needed about the stuff I wanted to do and make it work for me. In other words, how to do hybrid scrapbooking.
Today I enjoy incorporating hybrid scrapbooking (digital elements printed out for my paper projects) in my life and I love all I can do with it. One of my biggest secrets is that more than half of the things I do are done simply in Microsoft Word. Photoshop elements is great (and I use it for specific things), but sometimes Word gets the job done faster & easier for me. In my new class at Big Picture Adventures in Scrapbooking: Go Hybrid, I will walk you through my hybrid world. From brushes & stamps to digital frames to papers – we cover all the basics and more. In fact – you can join in and enjoy even if you don’t have Photoshop or Elements. Working with Microsoft Word you can participate in class every week.
Here is a screen shot of a layout I created starting with Word. It’s going to sound too simple – but for this page I simply inserted digital supplies (paper by Jen Allyson, word art by Jodie McNally, heart word art by Sande Krieger, and flourishes by Lynn Grieveson) and a few photos, layered them, and printed onto cardstock. Making all of my digital elements didn’t take more than 15 minutes tops, and I even had space to print out extra titles and things to save for future pages.
Here is my finished layout. As you can see I just added papers and embellishments as I normally would – your hybrid pieces can blend right in! (Supplies: Core’dinations cardstock, Dear Lizzy patterned paper and cherry accent, Jenni Bowlin butterfly, Making memories metal embellishment and flower ribbon, Tim Holtz distress ink, Fiskars punch, Webster’s pages number stickers)
The real key to learning how to incorporate some digital elements into your traditional scrapbooking is taking it one step at a time, and learning the simple basic steps that start any hybrid creation – from simply printing journaling to adding a decorative frame to your photos to layering and creating more complex looking creations. It’s all a lot of fun! In this new Big Picture workshop Adventures in Scrapbooking: Go Hybrid that starts February 25th, we will work through presentations, examples, exclusive downloads, and there will be plenty of interaction. I hope that you’ll join me!
If you have any questions about class, or for more information please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org and visit my blog www.mayflaum.wordpress.com for more posts about class, hybrid scrapbooking, and more.
PS – I just found out we have a Bamboo Craft by Wacom to give away to one student signed up in this class. How cool is that?
Thanks everyone for your responses to Monday’s blog. It’s exciting to read how you are using technology to enhance, not complicate, your scrapbooking journey. We hope that you will join us for May’s class.
Our winner for the free seat in May’s class Adventures in Scrapbooking: Go Hybrid is: Evalyn
Evalyn said: I use my internet connection to take classes at BPS (love them all!), I take photos with my digital camera, use iPhoto and LR to view, edit, and print my photos, and use Flickr and my blog to share them. I shop for scrapbooking supplies, both paper and digital, online. I use my computer to design digital layouts and print journaling for paper layouts. I can't imagine NOT using technology in scrapbooking.