Hi, everyone, Rebecca (ReboScraps) here with a mini tutorial for a digi-to-hybrid template makeover.
Many of the digi scrapboook templates have great potential for other uses, with just a little know how. One of the reasons I got hooked on digital scrapbooking was the fact that I can re-use digital supplies. So when I find something I really like – an element, or a paper or a template – I often use it again and again!
Today, I’ve put together a little tutorial to show you my process for how I used the layout of a 12×12 scrapbook page template to create a new hybrid card template for an A2 size card (5.5″ x 4.25″).
Here are the supplies I used:
Here’s how I converted my template. I use Photoshop Elements 10, but there aren’t any complicated steps in here, so earlier versions of PSE or Photoshop should be fine, and the steps (I hope!) are basic enough that you could adjust them for the program you are using.
First I opened the template I wanted to use, and I also opened a new file that was 5.5″ x 8.5″. I like to use a canvas that is for the full card not just the card front. This size will create a horizontal card (just rotate it if you want a vertical card.) I also drew a line at the halfway mark, which I will use as a guide as I am re-sizing the template to fit a card front. I hide or delete that layer before I print.
I placed my files open side-by-side on screen. On the left, the digi template, I selected the layers I wanted to move over to my card. In the layers palette on the right, you can see I’ve selected most of the colored boxes and elements. Once I have my chosen layers selected, I use the Move tool and drag them into my new canvas.
As you can see in the screen shot, the pieces from the template are much bigger than my new canvas. The layers are all still grouped in the new canvas, which is important because I’m going to resize them all together. I simply drag each side towards the center until I like how it looks on my card front.
Now my card template is ready, and I use it just like any other template, adding my papers and elements to design my card. I replaced the two small “photo” spots on the template with larger elements from the kit.
I’ve had the Shore Thing kit on my wish list for quite a while because I love the bright colors and tropical, hawaiian theme. I recently booked a cruise vacation for this summer, so I’ve had “Bon Voyage” on my mind, and decided that would be the perfect sentiment for my card!
Before I did my final save for printing, I deleted the flower and button elements at the center of my element cluster, then added a real flower and button after printing. I also printed the element cluster separately and attached it to the card using foam dots to give the card extra dimension.
Happy scrapping everyone!