Recently, I have been getting outside my comfort zone, getting messy, and making mistakes with digital scrapbooking hybrid projects. I am no great paper scrapper, I run with scissors, I can barely sew… but I’m learning how to hack my way through little these projects. My latest digital scrapbooking hybrid creation is a Valentine’s Day card using newest Real Life in Pockets by Just Jaimee & Mommyish. The kit is so goofy and fun… something that works with my marriage. I feel like the kit was made just for me:
I began by creating a 10″ x 7″ canvas in Photoshop. The front of the card went on the right half of the canvas and the back of the card is on the left.
Here’s my 10″ x 7″ canvas:
The guides show my bleed area… where the images might get cut off outside those margins. (When you create the guides, save the image as a card template so you never have to set those silly guides again. If you want to save time, you can download my template here) The center guide divides the front and back of the card.
For the inside of the card, I created a new 8.5″ x 11″ image, arranged some word art and filler card in vertical band. This was strategic: I didn’t want to fuss with having to print it all one sheet of card stock… I always flub it by feeding the paper in the wrong way and have to start over. Not only does my hack save time, it adds a little more interesting dimension to card.
Printing can be scary, but as long as you have a piece of cardstock (the Micheal’s brand works well enough for my HP Officejet) and some patience to find the right settings, you’ll be fine. When you do find those settings, save them as a preset. It saves a lot of trouble in the future.
After I printed out the the card and my band for the inside of the card, I folded the card in half. I don’t have anything to score the center with, but it’s a good idea to do something ensure the card lays flat. I just ran a scissor blade along the fold on the back of the card. It’s not as pretty as a score, but it works.
Then it was time to assemble and play. I got out the buttons, the needle and thread, twine, gel pens and Smash Book Date Stamp. I didn’t use washi tape because the cats borrowed every single roll I own. I found some stationery that was left over from the late 1990s (no exaggeration) that went perfectly with the kit.
My result… the outside:
Voila! It’s a card! Now what did you make your Valentine? Share in the comments, I’d love to see your creations!