Hello crafty friends ! Tazhiana here with some quick tips for transitioning from physical scrapbooking to a more hybrid approach. One of the things I love the most about digital designs is that you can print them over and over again so your purchase goes a really long way. Here’s a peek at a page I made using the Dialogue collection and these four tips I’m going to share with you.
Here are four easy applications and supplies that will make the transition much more smooth.
Invest in a good printer
I use the Canon MG7720 and I’ve been a major fan of this workhorse since I bought it two years ago. I have the gold one because I’m a sucker for pretty things but it comes in a variety of colors and has excellent photo and print quality – only downside is you’re limited to 8.5×11 prints but it also has a tray for smaller photos like 4×6 and 5×7. If you’re looking for a good printer to start with, this is a great model.
Invest in good paper
I use two types of paper primarily for my hybrid scrapbooking;
- I either print journal cards and embellishments on matte Canon photo paper
- or Epson Premium Presentation Matte paper because it’s really durable and prints really nicely and I print larger background elements on 32lb bright white paper. The 32lb is so much more luxurious than regular copy paper and is worth the added expense.
Find a good editing program
I have a subscription to Photoshop CC through Adobe but there are tons of other programs for editing and printing digital elements including Photoshop Elements and the Over app on smartphones. I say instead of attacking a bunch of different avenues, pick one and learn it well. I’m not a Photoshop queen yet but I’m definitely learning!
Gather the dream team of supplies
It’s easy to get sucked into memory keeping and to become a supply hoarder but if you’re new to hybrid scrapbooking, there are only a few supplies you absolutely need. I recommend a good pair of precision scissors, a wet adhesive as well as a tape runner or double sided tape, a paper trimmer, a good pen for journaling and some sort of ruler to make sure your edges are straight. I’ve included links to a few of my favorite supplies. Everything else is extra – you need to find your core team of supplies and build from there.
That’s all I have for today! I hope this was helpful and gave you some guidance on where to look and how to start hybrid scrapbooking. Once you start, it’s very, very hard to stop buying all of these lovely collections.
Till next time, keep it crafty friends!