In the background, I can hear the steady sound of the printer. While I wait for it to finish, I am already cutting into a sheet of patterned paper. My paint brushes lay at the ready to the right side of me. A few pens are scattered across the desk. From time to time I glance up at my laptop screen. Do I need anything else from this kit? Everything looks so awesome! Maybe a few more embellishments will do. I set down the scissors, grab the mouse and drag a few more images into the Silhouette Design software. The printer starts humming again. In just a few moments, I will be putting that printed sheet into my Silhouette Portrait and the scritch scratch sound of the blade cutting the paper will begin. In moments, I will have all my supplies and the creating can begin. This is the world of hybrid crafting.
A few weeks ago, Jana shared a tutorial for creating a hybrid art journal page with her Cricut Explore. Today, I will be sharing how to create an art journal page using a Silhouette. As Jana mentioned, choosing to work hybrid opens up a whole new realm of possibilities. You have a library of digital supplies to choose from paired with a plethora of physical products. It’s truly, in my opinion, the best of both worlds.
I have a series of videos that show how you can use your Silhouette Die Cut Machine to create Hybrid Art Journal Pages. We’ll be creating a hybrid art journal spread from the beginning to the end. The videos are divided into sections which make it easy for you to create along with me( If you create something, please share it in the Oscraps Gallery and leave a link in the comments so I can go check it out). I am working in an altered magazine, but any art journal or paper will be perfect. You can choose your own art supplies. I am working with watercolor crayons, white gesso, acrylic paint, gel medium, gel pens, paint pens and scrapbook adhesive. Use what you have on hand.
The digital product I chose to work with is Angie Young Design’s Begin Again kit. You can learn more about Angie here in the Oscraps Designer Spotlight Feature.You can choose any digital kit from the Oscraps store that captures your attention. Angie’s kits are perfect for art journaling. You can find all of her products here.
Part One: Making the Embellishments
Of course, in order to begin, you must start with getting those digital items from your computer to your desk. In this first video, we’ll be printing and cutting the embellishments.
Part Two: Choosing and Printing the Paper
Once the embellishments are ready, we can select some paper. You can find patterned paper in your physical scrapbook stash or print some from the digital kit. This video shares some tips for printing the patterned paper. You don’t need a large format printer. I use a standard Canon Pixma which prints 8.5 x 11 inches. What you do need to know if how to manipulate the paper to get the most of each design.
Part Three: Creating the Art Journal Page
Now that we have our supplies, let’s make the art journal page!
Hybrid projects are very rewarding. Using digital kits really expands the library of images I am able to use for my art journal pages. I love being able to shop from home and get images instantly. If you have any questions about creating hybrid art journal pages, leave them in the comments below or stop by the Oscraps forum.