Do you like to use tangible scrapbook supplies? Here’s a fun tutorial by Barbara Eastwick that shows a way to create great albums using digital and paper scrapbooking supplies.
Level: Beginner to intermediate
Creating a hybrid scrapbook sounds much more ‘technical’ than it really is. “Hybrid” just mean that your project will incorporate some element of digital graphics and some element of tangible material. For this project we are using 5.5″ x 5.5″ Quick Pages that have been completed and printed out, scrapbooking paper, a 6″ x 6″ Accordian Style Create and Treasure blank book, gold paint, glue and a corner slot punch. The Quick Pages used in this project were created from the November RAKScraps Mega Kit. The completed quick pages were printed by my local store printer. The blank board book can be purchased at most craft stores, and they have so many sizes and shapes to choose from. And, of course, the digital layouts can be easily made using Digital Scrapbooking Software.
Here are the supplies I used:
These Blank Board Books are beautifully done and do not require any preparation before use. My layouts however, have a definite Fall theme, and as such I wanted to paint my blank board edges a deep antique gold. Note that I did not need to paint the entire board book, just the edges and a little bit of the pages, but most specifically, the inside and outside creases.
This album has 10 pages. I chose three scrapbook papers and I cut them down to 6″ x 6″ squares. I most certainly could have left my papers with a squared edge and just layered my printed Layouts on top of them, but I like the look that corner slot punches, and corner rounders give. I use the corner slot punch first on all four corners, and then used the corner rounder on each one.
From here I simply inserted my finished printed layouts into the corner slots. And this is the time where you would wish to take to a moment and see if you wish to add any other tangible embellishments. I’m adding paper flower embellishments with brad middles, tabs, cardstock stickers, labels, and more. Once you have your finished pages how you’d like them to be, simply adhere them to each page of the album. You want to use a very strong adhesive, preferably acid-free, to ensure the longevity of your project. If you use a liquid glue please be sure to watch for overruns and spills as you brayer the layer on to get the air bubbles out. If you use a two sided tape adhesive, you’ll want to be sure to run your adhesive to the edges, so they don’t peel off or fray over time. You certainly may sand and ink your edges, too, if you desire.
Here’s my finished album. It can be folded and tied with a ribbon to present as a gift, or it can be opened and left on a mantle or shelf to be displayed!
Of course, using these few techniques – the options are limitless! You can create any size album, or any shape album!
If you want to try making a mini album like this you can also use my quickpages at MyMemories.com. I have individual pages and sets available. Here are some examples: