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Using a Digital Kit to Create a Paper Layout

Hi all! Brenda here to show you a peek into my digital/paper hybrid crafting process. I LOVE paper scrap-booking but sometimes I just fall in love with a good digital design. That is where a good hybrid technique will help to fill my love for both.

EASY STEPS in using a Digital Kit to Create a Paper Layout

First, choose the kit you would like to work with. Truthfully, this is the only time when scrapping that I choose my kit before my photo. Today I chose to scrap with Kitschy Kitchen (and Add-On Bundle) by Sahlin Studio and Jenn Barrette. There are a ton of things that are easily printed and cut out.

Kitschy Kitchen by Sahlin Studio and Jennifer Barrette Kitschy Kitchen Add-On Bundle
To start your page, choose your papers and elements from your digital kit. Make sure to choose things that will translate well to paper. A lot of my favorite dimensional things just don’t look as amazing once printed. I find that the best things to print are things that were originally a flat item. Like paper tags and stickers.

 

Creating Your Print Sheet

Once I have chosen my favorite digital goods, I open them in Photoshop. (If you don’t have Photoshop, here is a tutorial on how to use a program like Microsoft Word to make your own print sheets).
Kitschy Kitchen

Create at least 2 new documents at 8 1/2 x 11. One is to collage the papers and the other is to place the elements to print. Sometimes I decide to print more than will fit on my 2 documents, so you can just make more 8 1/2 x 11 pages to add stuff too.
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Being Creative: Sometimes I want to have my favorite “digital” splats or word art directly on the page of the layout I am creating. So to do this, I make a 8.5 x 11″ page, add the digital items right onto the page and print and use as is for my background page.

Before Printing: I like to look over the docs to make sure I have everything just right. I hate wasting ink so it nice to give both the digital kit folder and print sheets a glance over before printing. You see in the image below I ended up with 3 print sheets ready to print.
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Now to chose my photo. My photos are rarely printed at full size. They are usually either square or just too big. I do like to scrap simple. Most of the time I open my photo onto a 4×6 doc and just resize and print. I realize I am wasting some paper doing this but I don’t usually have more than one photo. If I had more than one photo I would open both on the 4×6 doc and resize to fit.

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*** NOTE *** When prepping to print your element and paper collage pages, be sure to select borderless printing. This is SO IMPORTANT!!  Otherwise you will have a white border around your prints and undersized elements & papers.

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Trimming & Cutting

Now to cut it all out. This is the time I wish I had a Silhouette but alas, I do not. Hand cutting it is. I use a scissors and paper cutter to cut out my elements. I like to wait to trim the papers for when I create my page design… sometimes I only take a few small bits and sometimes I use all of the paper.

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Creating My Page

Here is the final design.  You can see I decided to cover the WA I printed on the white paper and I did not use all of the elements.  I will save those for another project.

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Now to just glue and stitch all the important parts.

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All done!

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It may seem a bit much to make a page but it really is fun. Maybe even a bit addicting! I would love to see your hybrid pages so please share them here. Grab your favorite Sahlin Studio kit and get to it!

Loads of Love

CreativeTeamSpotlight-brenda

 

 

(photos taken with Iphone 5s and edited in pictapgo app)

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