Sunday, December 28, 2008

2008 Recap #1: "Reverse" Hybrid

So. We come to 12/28/2008 and I feel the need (since there are three 2s up in all that) to recap the year. In scrapbooking. There were plenty of highs and a low or two, but all in all, scrapbooking is still scrapbooking and life is life. So three for 2008. Starting with my trend towards reverse hybrids.

Now. I'm not so sure that this is what it is called. But generally, my understanding is that you scrap digitally (with a computer), you scrap paper (without a computer) or you scrap hybrid (generally, paper, with some computer help that is printed to paper and then scrapped "paper").
For instance, if you break out all your letter stickers, paper, rub ons, your sewing machine and all the cute buttons and the whole layout, complete with maybe hand journaling, then that is a paper layout.

If instead, you sit down at your computer and pull up your digital pictures which you don't print out, you start up a photo editing program (ie, Digital Image in peace), you create a 12x12 canvas and you start dropping all sorts of great digi elements that you find at places like 2peas and DesignerDigitals or from the Freebie Blog (Ikea Goddess), and you basically don't print anything until you've basically finished it all, then that is a digital layout.

So for me, reverse hybrid is what I've always called layouts that start out paper. But you leave lots of space to go digi on it. It is probably really just easier for me to show than tell so here we go...some of my fave "reverse" hybrid layouts I created this year with some details on what I think makes them hybrid and reverse hybrid at that.


You Are My Everything
This one is pretty simple
Almost everything is paper:
kraft cardstock, letter sticker, patterned paper cutout,
buttons, staples, chipboard and sharpies
Where it goes digital is with the title work
After photographing the entire paper layout,
I added the title digitally in Digital Image Suite.

Much more complex layout in this case.
I stamped the title in the corner.
The photo is attached with real hand stitching,
the miniature book pages, blue ribbon, foam flowers,
masking tape (and journaling on it) are all paper based.
Where this goes digital is with the colored in doodled circles,
the "all about me" journal strip, the letter B,
the "fun" label, the doodled scalloped circle,
the pink inked edge and the paint swatches.
This got a little more complex because
the layering of the digital elements
also had to reach behind the paper elements.

Play Hard '07
This one is probably about medium level difficulty
patience considered.
The cardstock, patterned paper, photos, thickers, chipboard,
tag and sharpies are all paper based.
The "good times" tag is digital and had to be layered
under the "hard" thickers.
Other digital elements were the word stickers in the top right corner,
the stitching and the cardboard strip in the top left corner.
The ric rac and yellow paint circles are also digital.

October Patch Work
Really simple hybrid based off a really simple paper layout.
Photos, foam letter stickers, paper flower, sharpies are paper.
Cardboard, stitching, brads/eyelets, tags, journaling, butterfly
are all digital done in Digital Image Suite.

Live Your Life 24/7 Journey

Another really simple reverse hybrid where everything is paper, photographed into digital and then I layered the word art onto the photo and the journaling to the side of the photo.

Here, once the patience is down, is a medium difficulty one.
There's some digital that had to be layered behind the paper version
(the patterned paper strip on the bottom)
but generally, the digi elements are layered on top
(cardstock, patterned paper, word art, sticky note, chipboard photo corner)
Life At 30

Super simple one here...just added the journaling after the fact.

I Heart Your Old Soul
Just a bit of layering the stitched hearts (digital) behind the thickers (paper).
Cardstock, ribbon, patterned paper, KI embie, sharpies, thickers are paper.
Brown patterend paper, staples, stitches and stiched stars are digital.
Even the torn/curled edge is a digi element added after the fact.

Full Color Learn

Really easy. Everything is paper except the cluster of journaling tags. On that cluster, everything is digital (brushes, stamps, journaling, staples) and the red rubber band towards the bottom of the page is also digital.

Flick Play

Another simple hybrid just because not much hard layering.
the title and large photo cluster in the center are all paper.
Everything else is digital added after I took a photo of the paper page.

Do You Remember?

This is an easy one except that with the circle cutout, when you digitize a paper layout, of course anything you cut leaves a white background. So had to do a bit of dodging and burning to cut the photo but still leave the kraft cardstock as I didn't think to notch the photo in the paper version. All said, the Heidi rub on, photo, white label, question mark and patterned paper are all paper. The title, the circle lable and scalloped edge and heart (and the journaling) are all digital. The staples are paper, but I digitally duplicated them for emphasis.

Dizzy Luv

This is one of my all time fave reverse hybrid layouts because I honestly thought the paper version was pretty sparse. This is one of the few reverse hybrids where just a few simple bits really completed the layout. The paper bits are the patterned paper, brown flower, photo, fuzzy sticker letters, sharpie, tags and paper frills. The word art, cardstock strips, staples, vintage pharma label and the strip of tape in the lower left corner of the photo are all digital.


Another very simple one. All paper except the journaling which I added as a digital layer on top of the white labels after digitizing the layout.

At The Fair

This one looks a little more complex than it is. Added the journaling digitally to all the white space areas after everything else was paper scrapped. Then to add the layered effect of the journaling being under the vintage fan, just duplicated the fan and added it as a digital layer on top of itself.

All of You Make Me Better
Some slightly difficult layering of digital elements under the bottom right photo.
All the labels, stitching, word stickers on the photos, "Love You" stamp are digital; rest is paper.

2nd Fiddle Assistant
I think this was the first reverse hybrid I did with the thought in mind that I was going to do it. all the stitching is digital and I ended up adding the cardstock too.
The rest is paper including some stamping (the journal block, stars, lettering).


This is one of the more complex hybrids I've done just because of the layering. The cardstock frame, "&", chipboard tab, thickers and circular clear stickers are paper. Then I layered the art mark overlay under the paper elements and the journaling was layered on top of the art marks, but under the paper elements.

Monday, December 22, 2008

latest goods - Asher's Class is a must take!

Be sure to sign up for Ashley's Class
She's cool, scrapbooking is cool, the class will be cool.

Still I do.
Was mostly working on the wedding album that is kicking my butt.
So here's what else I've done as well:
But we did have lots of other fun stuff happen this year. Although most of these pictures are not from this year. Like I said, I'm a slacker.
For half a minute, we had Haute Spot Challenges at SiStv where the Fashionistas would challenge you to do some something or another. This challenge was to scrap for/about someone you had never met. I only met this dude online, back in college, was totally my first internet crush, right down to sending me a baby picture which was my first warning about internet love. And so it goes.

I have lots of pics of him with camera in hand. Which, I would think, would suggest that I've also got camera in hand to take said pics. But I don't know, so many folks are convinced I can't take a picture to save my life so maybe it's just magic (yeah, I called you out, and what). Anywho...(I miss Alex...dude Alex, not girl Alex). This was a fun simple one with just some journaling (digi) bout what we each see through the lens/art/science/adventure of photography.
Just a quick collage of the boys in my life that just totally rock my world.

And it wouldn't be a scrap session without some music inspiro (live your life) and some deep journaling to try to motivate myself to do something rather than just stare at pieces of paper for hours on end.
Thanks for looking and be sure to check out my posts at Scrap In Style TV where I'm Bernadette (really easy, imagine that) aka SiS # 57. Really. Check it out.