Monday, March 17, 2014

Hybrid Layout Share: Rad Dude

Happy Monday! Today I have a fun hybrid layout to share with all of you. I wanted to make a scrapbook page about my son and how proud we are of him. He just registered for High School classes, which of course naturally lead right into a bunch of how did he grow up so fast conversations between my husband and I. Looking through older photographs of Elliot, I knew that for this layout I wanted to use a large variety of photos and quite a few circle embellishments. I decided to go digital (this seems to be the best way for me to get a lot of photos on one page, while still telling a story, and playing with some fun embellishments. I also really love the juxtaposition of a grid layout with lots of circles thrown in there.

For this layout, I used a Just Jaimee digital template from the February Storyteller Pocket Page. This template comes with two layouts that can be used a variety of ways and can be purchased at The Lilypad HERE. Below is what the digital layout looked like when I initially designed it and added in my photos and other digital elements. I used some of the brand new digital cardstock from the Studio Calico Office Hours Kit. I typed my journaling directly into Photoshop Elements, and also included a digital/printable journaling card element "epic" designed by Marcy Penner for Studio Calico.

Next I sized this square layout to 8 x 8 inches, placed it onto an 8.5 x 11 canvas in Photoshop Elements, and printed it out. I adhered this layout to an 8.5 x 11 inch piece of American Crafts Kraft cardstock and then I embellished using various circular elements, puffy stickers, stamping, enamel dots, punches, a corner rounder, embroidery floss, and die-cut letters.

I really like how this layout turned out. I think it might be one of my favorites and I love how it captures Elliot exactly as he is right now: Adorable, studious, lovable, and funny.

Let' talk digital templates today. Have you ever used a digital template? What are some of your favorites? Who are your favorite digital template designers? I have digital templates by Ali Edwards, Cathy Zielske, Catherine Davis, Shanna Noel, Studio Calico, and Just Jaimee. I have enjoyed using all of them. I probably only have a dozen or so templates at the moment, but I love that each template can be used a variety of ways. Take the template above that I used today. This digital template can be rotated four different ways to get completely contrasting looks. I really like that this template pack came with two square grid templates (so essentially 8 different possible layout arrangements, and I can make them any size I want and re-use them indefinitely.)

I am loving digital products lately, but fear not, I will not be giving up my love of pretty paper, or three-dimensional embellishments anytime soon. I guess you could call me the occasional hybrid scrapbooker, but I see myself doing much more of this in the future.

I linked this layout over at Paper Issues. Their latest issue is "Count Your Lucky Stars, " and I interpreted this challenge by using lots of star embellishments. I always love their challenges. Thanks for another great one Cassie Box and Paper Issues.

Thank you so much for stopping by life, scrapbook, repeat today, I appreciate you being here. I will be back tomorrow with two weeks of Project Life to share with you. I would love to see you back here.

Until next time,

Happy Scrappin'




  1. This is awesome! Love the colors and design. I use a lot of templates for PL. Paislee Press is my favorite.

  2. Love this, Toni! The design is awesome, you used the digi goodies perfectly.

  3. Love the stitched star and cork embellies you added. Great masculine feel!