Making Progress with Digi & Hybrid

(This post is part of my Onwards and Upwards Blog Event)

I dabbled a tiny bit in digi scrapping just over a year ago, and once or twice I’ve downloaded a printable to use on a project (when you print digi elements off to use on a paper project this is called ‘hybrid’ crafting – in case anyone didn’t know!) But I really want to start doing this more often!

I’d like to try and do project life digitally – seeing Abi’s digital project life pages tempts me even more! It’s the only way project life could work for me – I don’t print photos often enough to keep up with it in paper form, and I know it would make a huge paper album that would take up more life on my shelf – but a year of digi project life can be printed in a much more slimline photobook.

I haven’t managed to start digi project life yet, but in preparation for it I have started buying digital scrapbooking products and learning how to use them! Thanks to Angela at Toucan Scraps who shared on her Facebook status a digi scrapbooking collection that I just had to have, and then she told me about Serif Craft Artist that I could use it in!

The collection was ‘Dare to Believe in Something Bigger’ by Angie Young. How perfect is it for this weekend?



I got to work straight away and made this quick page about me:

Authentic Me by Jennifer Grace

I’m sure it could be a lot better, but I was happy with it for a fast attempt!

Since then I’ve been playing more with the kit as hybrid elements. I will try using it digitally again, and give digi project life a try, but I’ve just bought Photoshop Elements so I want to learn how to use that first!

Here’s a couple of hybrid cards I’ve made in the meantime…

The first one I created as an A6 digi layout, then printed it out, stuck it on my card, and added some Stickles to the butterfly wings:

Use Today card by Jennifer Grace

It doesn’t look flat does it? But it is! I added shadows to a couple of the elements to make them stand out more. Normally my cards cost a lot to post as they have so much dimension, I’m glad I’ve found a way to make flat cards that I like, to save me some postage sometimes!

The next one is more my usual style of card, I just printed off some elements to use like normal scrapbooking products. Here’s the sheet I printed off:


The items all cut out:


And this finished card (I left off a couple of the above elements that didn’t quite fit):

Soar Higher Card by Jennifer Grace

I inked the edges of most of the printed elements with a gold ink pad. I also added some Heidi Swapp Mint Color Shine mist droplets to the background, some Crystal Stickles on the flower centre, some American Crafts Aqua Glitter Tape along the bottom, and a scattering of sequins! I love this card too. I don’t mind paying postage to send something pretty like this to someone I love!

Be Inspired:

Do a bit of digi or hybrid crafting. If you google search for free digi kits or free printables there’s lots out there you can try!

Add some bigger paint or mist splats to a project (not just tiny droplets)

Find a quote or a picture to cut from a book or magazine and use it on a project like you would a printable element

What do you think? Have you ever tried digi or hybrid scrapping? Have I inspired you to try? You can bet I’ll be buying some items from the By Digital Paper Etsy Shop soon to try out too!

Remember that commenting on this post, and any other over this weekend, will count as an entry into the Grand Giveaway, but only if you’ve registered your interest in winning that prize right HERE!

See you again at 6pm! x

  • Good job on your digi layout – digi layouts scare me a bit but I do sometimes print out my journalling or titles!

    May 11, 2013 at 5:13 pm
  • Frances

    I really like the idea of PL digitally. I had not heard of this until now. I love the way project life looks but have never been a fan of all the plastic pockets. Digitally makes sense to me and more fun. I also like the idea of it not taking up so much space on a shelf. Thanks for all your ideas and creativity and for the fabulous give-away.

    May 11, 2013 at 5:32 pm
  • Your card certainly does have depth. “Dare to Believe” is a gorgeous kit. Good luck in your digi scrapping 🙂

    May 11, 2013 at 5:49 pm
  • Jackie Edwards

    I haven’t got into digi scrapping…I like playing with paper!!! Although I do use the computer for journaling/dates!! But love yours!!!

    May 11, 2013 at 6:48 pm
  • Julie

    Now you’ve got me wanting to try digi. You can bet I’ll be searching tonight! Your butterfly is gorgeous.

    I Create Purty Thangs

    May 11, 2013 at 6:53 pm
  • I have tried a bit of hybrid scrapping in fact I did some last week as I loved the Studio Calico NSD freebie so I printed it out and used some of the elements on 2 LO’s. Not sure I will ever do a completely digi page tho hubby did buy me photoshop elements and it is still in the box!

    May 11, 2013 at 7:30 pm
  • Annie

    I don’t believe it! You’ve actually tweaked my interest and I never thought I’d be into digi – but I’d love to have a go at Project Life and digi would give me a quick and easy way to put a toe in the water. Angie Young’s designs are just gorgeous and I’ve already had a peek at Abi’s blog and signed up for Daisy Trail so I can get the free Serif download. Thanks Jennifer for propelling me into the 21st century! 🙂

    May 11, 2013 at 8:02 pm
  • jengd

    Great stuff! I’ve tried a bit of digital scrapping but didn’t much care for it. I don’t have a great printer and I already have SO much physical paper supplies that it’s just not a direction I really want to go in. I do occasionally use a digital stamp though- print it color it by hand, and incorporate it on a card.

    May 11, 2013 at 8:05 pm
  • I love your first card. I cant seem to get to grips with digi scrapping but had never thought of using it for card making!!

    May 11, 2013 at 10:25 pm
  • sandie cottee

    I used to do a lot more digital and hybrid than I do now, but love my digital collection and have rather a lot! You are prompting me to have another go – and I will go check out that wonderful kit by Angie Young. That looks right up my street!

    May 11, 2013 at 10:26 pm
  • Bethany Hardy

    Well look at you! Between you and Angela I will try some digi yet!

    May 11, 2013 at 11:20 pm
  • Abigail Beach

    I love what you have done here and I was exactly the same when I started going digi. It literally is experimentation and practice like anything! You look like a pro already though Jennifer!

    May 12, 2013 at 12:31 am
  • Pam Sohan

    I have printed out digital images to dress up pages. I”ve also found pictures online of an event when I didn’t get good pictures.

    May 12, 2013 at 1:11 am
  • I’m not much of a digi girl, but I like what you’ve created and I might like to dabble with printing and cutting some out like you did with your last project.

    May 12, 2013 at 2:35 am
  • Lovely page! I can see cards s a first way to take a step into using digital elements.

    May 12, 2013 at 5:54 am
  • I love hybrid and use it a lot….both with cards and layouts….I have a whole folder of free downloads….many of them kits……but I can’t see me ever going fully digital….and find Photoshop beyond me!!!

    May 12, 2013 at 10:08 am
  • Well done on your first digi with that lovely kit – I’m afraid digi scrapping would allow even more prevarication and pontification from me … would that title be better in 60pt or 65pt … or 68pt? So I keep well away!

    May 12, 2013 at 12:36 pm
  • Becky

    I dont do digi so am very impressed with your layout!

    May 12, 2013 at 9:06 pm
  • Louise

    Now this is something I could do with a step by step class on!! I haven’t a clue when i comes to digi. I am always impressed with Alexa’s (trimming the sails) digi pages and wish I could do them. Seeing those cards of yours something i would love to do!! Brilliant layout too and doing this in PL is very appealing!! x

    May 12, 2013 at 9:11 pm
  • Marilize K

    What an amazing giveaway. I love the birds imagery of the birds collage sheets and the roses tickets.

    May 12, 2013 at 10:40 pm
    • Marilize K

      Oh gees – multiple tab fail – hahaha. I love the card you made. I’m always a little weary of digital imagery, but with these tips I’m going to throw my fears away.

      May 12, 2013 at 10:42 pm
  • the water-colour background effect on your butterfly-believe card is so dreamy !

    May 13, 2013 at 2:53 am
  • No I’ve never tried digi or hybrid. Your layout looks fabulous though.

    May 13, 2013 at 5:55 am
  • Karen

    I have never tried digi scrapping – I like working with real paper and stuff too much. But I do like to print things out and have started using digi stamps more for my cardmaking. Thanks for the inspiration – I have actually used a print out on a layout!!

    May 16, 2013 at 1:23 am

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