I've been dabbling with hybrid pages recently, just playing around and experimenting. But I have to tell you, I really love it! I've got a quick and easy tutorial for you today to show you how I made a page that documents a trip I took to Disneyland Paris last summer. Enjoy!
I decided that I wanted some sort of grid to my page that would consist of a mixture of square photos and square pieces of patterned paper all the same size. So the first thing I did was to crop all my photos to 2x2 inches in Photoshop. I also made a blank square of the same size, which I could use to map out where my pieces of patterned paper would go. I coloured the square grey so I would be able to see what I was doing with it!
Next, I dragged the photos and multiple copies of the grey square into an 8.5x11 document and arranged them all in a grid design that I was happy with. I decided I wanted strips of squares with spaces in between each strip, rather than have all the squares touching each other. To achieve this, I aligned the photos and grey squares together in a strip and then linked them together so that I could move the whole strip in one go. I made sure I was happy with the spacing in between the strips and round the edges.
I used the blank spaces around the photos to type my journaling, making sure that the text aligned perfectly with the squares. I made sure to leave some space at the bottom of the page for a title.
You could absolutely print out the photos and journaling on photo paper and build your page from there. However, I still wanted the texture and dimension of physical photos glued on to a background so I printed the photos and the journaling out separately. In order to do this, I first hid all the text layers in the layers palette, coloured the grey squares white so as to not waste ink and printed out the document on to photo paper. Then I hid the photo layers and made the text layers visible, printing the journaling on to white cardstock.
Once all the printing was done, I cut out the photo strips...
...and adhered them to the cardstock, lining them up with the journaling.
With my Silhouette Cameo, I cut out a title on to adhesive gold foil paper using these digital brushes from Ali Edwards.
I absolutely loved putting this page together and I loved that it was so quick and easy even more! What I didn't love was reading back over my journaling when I was editing all the images and realising there are a couple of typos in there! D'oh! Oh well.