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When it comes to hybrid scrapbooking, I do my best to print what I need with the least waste possible. I don’t like creating extra scraps of paper if I can avoid it. Today I have two videos to share with you that will help you print with ease and less waste. The first is all about printing patterned papers to use in your layouts. The second video shares how I print 3×4 journal cards and photos with ease.



Before I print, I take the time to determine which papers I want from each kit and which size I think I will need. Once I have determined a plan, it’s time to print my papers.


Quick Tip: I chose to work with three papers from the kit. I picked a stripe, dot, and organic pattern. I often use this formula when choosing papers for a layout. In this case, the organic pattern was composed of cute little monsters. Organic patterns can also be things like leaves or flowers. This isn’t a hard and fast rule, but it does help me choose papers quickly. You can read more about the difference between organic and geometric patterns at  A Little Design Help.

After I have printed my papers, I will examine the digital kit to determine if there are any journaling cards or embellishments that I might wish to use. I print the elements and photos I need to create my layout.

Making a hybrid layout isn’t difficult. Really, It’s not much different from a traditional layout. You choose your papers and the sizes you wish for each paper to be. Then it’s simply a matter of building your layout.

ChristySMonsterCrushPlayful Little Monster by Christy Strickler |Supplies Cardstock: Bazzill; Digital Elements: Monster Crush by Traci Reed: Pen: Securit Chalk Marker, Sharpie; Jewel: Hero Arts;Other: googly eyes

When I create a hybrid layout, I often like to stay as true to the kit as possible. In this case, I noticed the green monster photo corner had googly eyes. I pulled out some from my craft stash for instant dimension. The photo of my son and the journal card are mounted on chipboard for added dimension. I also mounted some of the embellishments on chipboard as well. Stitching and jewels from my stash add a little bit of texture. The word ” monster” in the title was fussy cut from a journal card. My knife was a bit rough and I didn’t have a replacement blade. To hide the rough edges, I lightly lined the word with a chalk marker and a sharpie.

I don’t let the fact that I don’t have a wide format printer stop me from making hybrid layouts. As you can see, printing in 81/2 x 11 and 4×6 works very well and produces  few scraps of paper. The only scraps I ended up having resulted from using the Silhouette Portrait print to cut feature for the embellishments.

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Monster Crush by Traci Reed

Monster Crush by Traci Reed





Monster Crush Journal Cards by Traci Reed

Monster Crush Journal Cards by Traci Reed





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