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Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Hybrid Bracket Album Class 4 comments  
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from NSD Crop 2008

 If this is your first time using a digital product with your traditional scrapbooking  -OR-  if you are ready to step away from the computer and use your digital products to create a hybrid scrapbooking project, then this class is for you!  I will walk you through the process of creating a hybrid project that pairs two great products; a pre-designed digital quick page set with the chipboard bracket album by Basic Grey. 

Here are the digital materials you will need:
- Download the digital quick page album you wish to use.
(For my example, I am using the Vix Album by Amy Teets, she has both a traditional PNG and a PDF version for those without digital photo editing software. Vix Bracket Album- PDF Version digital product - This PDF version is especially created for this class by Amy Teets.  No special digital program is required!)
(you are not required to use the exact same digital album I am using in my example, check the Digital Shoppe for a variety of styles and theme by many of our designers)

- If you are printing your photos separate from the digital album pages, you will need the following sizes:

  • 2 - 4(height) x 2(width)" photos
  • 2 - 3 1/4 (h) x 2 3/4 (w)" photos
  • 3 - 1 1/2" photos
  • 4 - 1 3/4" photos
  • 1 - 4x4" photo
  • 1 - 3 1/2" photo

Additional materials you may need:
- scissors, hole punch
- your favorite adhesive for adhering both photos and embellishments, I used double stick tape, Tombow Mono Multi Liquid glue, and Glue Dots.
- a variety of embellishments that coordinate with the colors and/or theme of the album, such as ribbon, bling, rubons, alphas, metal attachments, stickers, glitter, etc.
- if desired, sealant such as Plaid Clear Acrylic Sealer spray or ModPodge, found at your local craft store.
- Basic Grey chipboard Bracket Album (*optional* because it is not necessary to assemble the initial hybrid pages. In actuality, I only used two pages from the BG bracket album to support my front and back covers, the inside pages do not have chipboard backings.)

1]  If you are working digitally, insert your photos to the quick pages using your software before printing. You will also want to consider designing your front cover with any digital alphas, text, etc. You may choose to print the cover page as is and decorate with traditional scrapbooking materials also.

When printing I like to use semi-gloss photo paper. Glossy or matte photo paper are also good choices, it depends on your personal preference. I do not recommend printing on cardstock.
And do not forget to set your printer preferences if printing at home, you will want to select the "best" printing quality and the proper paper type for best results.

2]  Now you should have your printed materials and we will begin assembly. First trim the album pages. If you are worried about imperfect cutting, such as leaving white edges on your pages, you may opt to finish the edges with ink. With some printed album pages, you may notice that the page is slightly larger than the chipboard. I found that the Basic Grey chipboard is actually 1/8" smaller than true 6x6. You can either trim a little more off your pages to get a perfect fit, or leave that little extra bit hanging off the edges of the chipboard, as you will see I did in my examples below.

3]  For paper scrappers, you will need to choose to either cut out the photo spaces on the pages to layer your photos underneath OR you can forego the extra cutting and layer the photos over the white spaces on the pages. Most of the photo spaces on the pages will be simple squares to cut out or cover up though a few have overlapping decoration that will take a little extra attention. Using fine tipped scissors or a craft knife, you can trim around the flower overlapping the photo space, as shown in the photo. Inking the inside edges of the photo spaces and around any detailed trimmings such as the flower can give added dimension when layering the page over your photos. I find it best to adhere the photos to the album page before adhering to the chipboard, allowing exact photo placement.

4]  I chose to use a spray on Clear Acrylic Matte finish sealant after printing and trimming my pages. This can help protect your images over time and also to resist smudging. Some people prefer to use modpodge. You can find either spray sealer or mod podge at craft stores or even the craft section of larger stores, such as Walmart. The spray going on easily, dries quickly and you really don't even notice it is there. I highly recommend a spray on sealer to anyone who does altered or hybrid work!


5]  Now the fun part... embellishing your pages! Don't be afraid to use embellishments on photo paper. I used self-adhesive bling, epoxy stickers, faux flowers, glitter, metals, and a Slick Writer pen for some hand journaling. I used my favorite adhesives; double stick tape, glue dots and Tombow Mono Multi liquid glue for my album, you can use whatever glue you prefer.  It is also up to you whether you embellish your page before adhering to the chipboard or not. 

6]  There are a couple ways you can go about adhering your pages to the chipboard. First you want to lay out your pages in the order you want them in the book. With some albums, the pages are designed to all face the same direction, other albums will allow you to put the pages back to back. You want to punch holes for the binding. With your pages laid out, decide if you want your pages facing the same direction so that the hole is punched in the exact same corner. Or if you want your pages adhered back to back, you'll want to arrange them that way so that the holes are punched correctly. A large jump ring is included in the Basic Grey package. You may choose a different binding method such as bead chain, ribbon or adding a second ring in an adjacent corner.

As you may have noticed in my examples, I actually only mounted the front and back pages on the chipboard. The inner pages are not adhered to chipboard. This is something you may consider if your pages are not heavily embellished or you would like to maximize the usage of your chipboard album by saving some chipboard for additional projects. If your pages are all facing the same direction, you'll adhere each page to a piece of chipboard.  If your pages are to be assembled back to back, you'll adhere a page on one side of the chipboard and then the next page on the backside of the chipboard.

You are almost finished! ... Gather your pages, attach your binding and then photograph your creation to share with us in the Gallery! We would love to see what you have made. :)

Posted by MamaK321

Reader Comments ...
Janell . Indiana
3/31/10 10:52 am
This is so cute Angie and love how easy you made it to follow along! Thank you!

JeanellePaige . Upstate New York
7/27/09 4:35 pm

AmyTeets . Denver
5/9/08 12:30 pm
Thank-You for putting this together!!

Kara . Howard County, Maryland or Woolford
5/7/08 3:58 pm
Cool--thanks I might try this. I am glad I read it too, I would have thought to print it on cardstock...