Hi! It’s Katrina from Paper, Scissors and Glue today to share my first blog post with all the Amber fans. I am actually a traditional scrapbooker that has turned hybrid over the past year. Hybrid seems to be a word that scares people, but I want to show you how much fun hybrid can be! Plus, it opens up an entire new world of products to play with to add to your stash.
I used the Golden collection from The Lilypad and that is also part of the recent Fancy Pants release that Amber debuted on the blog here last week.
Let’s talk about what products I use to create hybrid layouts.
- Digital Kit and pictures that you want to work with. Amber’s store is full of kits!
- Printer-I use an Epson Wide Format 1430 or my regular Epson Expression 810
- Paper-This is where you can have fun with different papers. This layout I used Epson Ultra Premium Presentation Paper. It’s my favorite because it works so well with my printer and I get true colors. BUT, you can use regular cardstock, smooth or textured also. I also use American Crafts cardstock in white, which give softer colors and a little texture to the paper.
- Silhouette Cameo (or other electronic die cutting machine)-This is not a must, if you like to cut elements, you can hand cut. This option just makes it quicker for me and I love my Cameo and print and cut!
- Adhesive-A must of course! I use tape runners, liquid adhesive and foam adhesive regularly. You might say I am addict to foam adhesives!
- Anything from traditional scrapbooking supplies that you want to add. On this layout I added twine, enamel dots and also foiled the title with DecoFoil (that’s another post!)
- Find a spot and get creative
I start by printing out papers I think I will use. This not only will save you time, but also ink, if that is a concern. I usually don’t print the solid papers, if I have one in my paper stash that will work.
Then, I start what I call the dirty work of tracing the elements in the kit in my Silhouette Software. This will allow me to use the print and cut feature to cut them out and save time in the long run. Print and cut can be tricky, so practice with it before planning a big project! Once you get the hang of it you will be hooked! I am going to give you a couple of screen shots to walk you through the process of tracing an element. First, another close up shot of my layout!
First open up one of the elements in PNG format. Click on “Open the Trace Window”. This on the left top side of your software, about eight icons from the left (highlight blue here) This will open the tracing window where you will select the tracing area.
Click on “Select Trace Area” and draw a box so that your element is completely in the grey area. You will see yellow appear on various places. Now, the key is that the yellow area will be traced. On this element I only want the outside area traced, not anything on the inside. To achieve this, turn OFF the “high pass filter” (note, that is automatically checked on by the software). Then you will scale up the “threshold” slider until your entire element is filled in yellow.
For this object we will just click “trace outer edge”. This creates a cut line for the Silhouette software to cut around the element. NOTE-Do not move your element like I did here! See next step!
Once you click trace outer edge, then you will draw a box around both your png and the cut lines (that you won’t really be able to see) and then right click and group. This will keep your cut lines with your element and then you are free to move your element around, add more elements, resize, etc without worry that your cut lines will not match your element!
I usually trace all the elements in a kit at one time and save them in a Silhouette file with that kit. Then they are ready to go and I can just pick and choose what I want to use, copy to a new silhouette mat and then print and cut!
Here is a screen shot of my Golden elements/alphas all traced and in their Silhouette files. I find it relaxing to do kits all at once, if I am wanting to create, but don’t really feel like it. At least I am getting something done!
I will talk more about print and cut in my next post here on the blog. I thought I would just give you a taste of the beginning of my hybrid process. Yes, it’s a little more work, but there is nothing to be scared of! I have made plenty of mistakes and I am still learning things that I would love to share with you and have you try!
Once last look at something you can do. I used print and cut on my laser printer and did a little DecoFoil in gold on the “golden days” word element. Just another fun thing to do with hybrid! It has to be printed on a laser printer, because the toner reacts with the foil when the piece is ran through a laminator. I will do a whole post about it in the future!
Thanks for stopping by the blog today!!!