Have you ever seen something in the Digichick store and thought of extra ways to use it? Well, I am a great believer in making the most out of all my hybrid and digital supplies (after all, we spend good money on them, right? 😉 ), so when I saw the journal templates from Kimeric Kreations I had to go get them immediately!
I prepare our weekly church notices and I always include a bible verse tag on the first page of the notices. Well, the templates from Kimeric Kreations make the perfect back drop for these bible verse tags. In case you haven’t already spotted these in the store, here they are:
Aren’t they gorgeous? I love anything like that with lots of layers, tags, ribbons and so on and yes, my family do think I am sad, the things I rave over! I then had another look in the store and found the perfect kit to match:
It’s one of the Boutique Collab Kits and has some amazing papers and elements in it. Not only that, I discovered some truly scrumptious journaling cards from Lilach Oren Designs that really went well with the kit:
The journal templates were just perfect for the bible verse tags, with the journal cards making great pages for an album. So I took the templates and separated each double spread into two individual pages, making a total of 12 pages. There are actually a total of 7 double page templates in these template files so there should have been 14 pages in all but I lost track of where I was when splitting the pages and completely missed one set out!
That’s it for the digital, but you will also need the following real life hybrid supplies:
- A4/Letter size cardstock;
- Photographic paper/good quality card stock for the journal templates;
- Heavyweight card for the album covers (I used the backing from an old calendar but generally use old cereal boxes!);
- Patterned paper or you can use digital paper and print this out;
- PVA glue/tombow/double sided tape to adhere the paper to the cardboard covers;
- Ribbon, lace, brads, doilies, washi tape or anything else you have in your stash to decorate the album;
- Bone folder (optional);
- Cutting mat or trimmer/guillotine to cut out any journal cards although you can just as easily use a steel ruler and craft knife (plus cutting mat) or ordinary scissors;
- Bind-it-All and wire binding rings or a strong hole punch and binder rings to bind the album with;
- Punches or dies – these are optional and just in case you wanted to make flowers/punched shapes to add as decoration; and
- Distress inks, chalk or pens to edge the album pages/journal cards.
Whilst I’ve listed above most of the things you need, if you are starting out with hybrid and don’t have many tools/equipment, don’t worry. All you really need is a steel ruler (because with the best will in the world, no matter how good you are at cutting with a craft knife, sooner or later you will cut that plastic ruler 🙂 ), craft knife and cutting mat. Most of the other stuff you can make do with things you have lying around the home. For instance, if you wanted punched circles but don’t have a circle punch, then you can always use a hole punch for very small circles and for larger ones, draw around an egg cup, tins of food, a saucer, or pans, lids from containers, etc.. As far as a bone folder is concerned, this is really just to get sharp creases in cards and to smooth over adhered paper to ensure there are no bubbles of air – so why not use the handle of an ordinary knife (not the sharp kitchen knives for cutting though, just the ordinary everyday dining table knives, as you don’t want to accidentally cut yourself, and if you are anything like me, then you surely would 😉 ). Anything and everything can be used!
So, I opened each template in Photoshop and then split the double pages. This was really a case of closing all the layers on one side of the template so if I wanted the left hand side of the double page spread, I just closed all the layers from the right hand side and vice versa. I then saved each page as a separate psd file (ending up with two new psd files from each double page template), I did actually have to erase some parts of the templates where the template was an actual book and there was no gap between the left hand and right hand pages though. Then I cropped each image down to get rid of the blank space where the closed layers were, and used the Follow Your Heart kit to make each of the 12 separate pages. I then reduced the size down to 4″ x 6″ so I could print off on 4″ x 6″ photo paper.
I do hope that description made sense……….
This is what I ended up with:
For the journal cards, I firstly increased the size of each card from 3″ x 4″ to 4.5″ x 6″ and then created three 4″ x 6″ rectangles on an A4 size document:
It was then a case of copying each bible verse page into one of the empty rectangles on the A4 layer so I ended up with three tags one on sheet. As you can tell, the journal cards didn’t quite fit proportionally into the 4″ x 6″ rectangles, but unless you know the size and proportions of the original journal card was like, who would ever know?!!!
It took four sheets of A4 card stock to print all the cards out:
To make the album, I used 12″ x 12″ sheets of Stampin’ Up! cherry cobbler cardstock and cut out twelve pages measuring 5″ x 7″. For the album cover, I used some card stock (the backing from an old calendar) for the front and back covers, cut down to 5½” x 7½”. Here is one of the covers prior to completely adhering the paper to the front and back. I then adhered a rectangle of paper on the inside to finish it off.
I used Tim Holtz Crowded Attic papers for the covers so then all I had to do was adhere the bible verse pages and journal cards into the album and decorate. I added lace, doilies, bling, punched hearts as well as using a Stampin’ Up! stamp set (Trust God) to decorate the album and this is what I ended up with:
I used my Bind-It-All to bind the album together although you just just as easily use a hole punch and binder clips or even just ribbon.
The flower was made from three punched flower shapes. Each punched shape had five petals. One was left untouched, the second one was cut into four petals and one petal, the third was split into three petals and two petals. I then used my bone folder to curl each petalled shape, adhering them together to form separate layers and then putting the layers one on top of the other in order of size, with the one petal shape being in the inside in top, and the five petal shape being on the bottom.
Here’s inside the front cover:
Please don’t look too closely at the inside cover page which is actually stuck on upside down…..of course I didn’t spot this until the glue was completely dry and the album was bound together!!!!
And here are the other inside pages:
The last page/inside back cover:
And the back cover:
You can probably tell from the album that I add flowers to just about everything I do and here is a close up of the flower on the cover:
The only thing that I think is possibly missing from the cover are some punched or die cut butterflies, but then there are some butterflies in the patterned paper plus I decided the cover already looked busy enough without adding even more butterflies 😉 !!
All in all, I was really pleased with the finished album. Actually making the bible verse tags took the longest amount of time, although to be fair, I did spend ages decorating the album too (there were 24 page sin it after all 😉 ).
You could easily make an album like this to cover just about anything – holidays, birthday or special event, memory keeping, a smash journal or whatever takes your fancy. It’s a true mix of hybrid and digital, the best of both worlds!
Why not have a go at making one of these yourself? It’s a great way to spend a few hours (afternoons, days…. 😉 and we’d love you to post the finished album in the gallery!
Other Articles by Lynn:
- Simply Sunday - quick and easy bookmarks - February 26th, 2017
- Simply Sunday - 2017 desktop calendar - January 1st, 2017
- Simply Sunday: basic album - September 4th, 2016
- Listen to the Music album - August 7th, 2016
- Fun in the sun album - June 28th, 2016