Wrap it Up–Digi Style

One of my favorite ways to use my holiday digital scrapbooking supplies is by making gift tags or embellishing gifts. There’s something special about adding your own digi touch to a gift. It also comes in handy if you’re wrapping gifts late on Christmas Eve and realize that you still need tags! Even though the local stores will be closed, the digi shops will be open! I found some fun ideas in the galleries to share: (each image is linked)

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There are also many great kits and embellishment packs that work well for gift tagging and wrapping.

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You might want to also check your stash of holiday supplies. I’ve been pleasantly surprised to find some tags and word art in some of my Christmas kits that will make wonderful additions to any gift. When it comes time to wrap the presents this year, consider wrapping them up in digi style!

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P.S. Kim was the random winner selected from Dawn’s feature on Monday. She won $10 in product from Dawn.

Last minute gift ideas

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Are you feeling a little panicked about not having your gift shopping done? With Christmas only a week away, time is running out! How about some last minute gift ideas to help out?

 

GIFT CARDS

The nice thing about gift cards (especially online versions) is that they can be purchased at the last minute and still make it to the recipient in time. We are super excited to finally be able to offer an easy gift card for The Daily Digi’s Digi Game membership! Make things easy on the gift givers in your life and email them a link to this post!

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The person that forwarded this email to you has been dreaming of receiving a Digi Game membership! We’ve made it easy for you to give the gift they’ve been wanting most!

1) Just click here to go the gift certificate page that looks like this:

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2) Fill in the “TO” and “FROM” information on the tag.

3) Select the length of the subscription you want to give (one month or one year).

4) Click BUY NOW. You will be taken to a PayPal screen where you can log into an existing account or select another option if you don’t have a PayPal account:

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Once you have confirmed payment through PayPal, a confirmation email will be sent to you and the gift certificate will be emailed to the recipient. The recipient will be able to apply the gift to an existing membership OR sign up for an account, if they don’t have one. All of that information is included in the email they will receive!

 

MAKE A GIFT CARD EXTRA SPECIAL

To make an a gift card extra special, consider wrapping it up in a custom gift card wrapper or pairing it with a favorite treat.

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MAKE SOMETHING

Really, you still have time to whip up some magic because you are a DIGI scrapper! Here are some quick and easy projects that come together in no time at all.

Make a quote art piece like this Harry Potter layout using ideas from the dingbats post.

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  • Frame a photo collage. They are so easy to make and you’ll find a lot of ideas in this post Quick & Easy Collages or using the tools at Big Huge Labs – see the post Big Huge Fun for details.

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  • Use your digi supplies and iron-on transfer sheets to create custom aprons, t-shirts, pillowcases, bags, and more! It’s actually very easy to do and you’ll find plenty of ideas in this Iron-on Transfer Projects post.

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TONS OF IDEAS

We have several posts all about gift giving so be sure to browse through them for a plethora of great ideas!

 

Remember to enjoy the journey of finding, making, and/or wrapping each gift you give. It really is the thought that counts!

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Using Digital Scrapbooking Supplies and Skills in Home Décor

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First off, I want to clarify; I am not an interior designer. Outside of taking an Interior Design class in college, working at a linen store that same year, reading lots of magazines, and pinning stuff I like on Pinterest, I don’t know very much at all. I do know what I like, however.

I do LOVE using my digital scrapbooking supplies and skills in my home décor though. I will often see something I like and try to figure out if there is a way to duplicate the look using Photoshop and some digi supplies. I found some pins on Pinterest that inspired the look I’m going to share today. Here’s a look at the images, linked to their original sources:

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I liked the curtain rod in the image above with a wreath hanging on it.

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I loved how many photos were displayed in the image above.

Then there was the summer window display at a store in my mall (not sure which store) where they strung oversized Polaroids across several clothes lines (totally kicking myself for not taking a picture).  I love the look of Polaroids and knew I needed to use them somehow in a feature for one of my walls.

All of those were the jumping off point and inspiration for this…

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How I Did It

I did a Google search for the dimension of a Polaroid and found this site. I made myself a template based on those measurements (the template has been uploaded for members).

I grabbed One Little Bird’s Vagabond kit and decided her white paper would be perfect to use for the Polaroid frame. I brought the paper into Photoshop and shrunk it down to the size of the Polaroid frame (using the transform control corner anchor points). Then, I duplicated the paper layer twice and clipped them as well.  I adjusted the colors on two of the papers so each was different. Last, I flipped and rotated each paper so the distressed edges looked different on each frame. Here’s what my layers pallet looked like:

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Here’s what my template looked like with paper clipped to it:

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I cycled through each paper layer making one visible and turning off the others as I added different photos. I ended up making an action to add photos to the template and save them.

My template was created on a 4×6 canvas so I could just upload and print 4×6 without any adjustments at all. After printing came the trimming (and lots of it since I had 88 Polaroids printed that needed trimming):

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I used three packages of this burlap ribbon by My Minds Eye that I purchased at my Local Scrapbook Store (LSS) (it came to around $12 for all three):

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I also used some cute little paperclips by Tim Holtz that I ordered from A Cherry On Top:

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I cut each strip of burlap in half and then ironed it. Then, I hung it on my curtain rod, here’s how:

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Notice the short end in back and the long end in front. This loop is on the front side of my rod.

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Bring the loop over the top of the rod and around the back.

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Pull the two ends through the loop.

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Take one of the clips and pull one end out so you can loop it through one of the woven burlap threads.

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Continue to slide the paperclip through until the opposite end is hanging from the burlap.

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Hang a photo and repeat all the way across the top row. I did not measure to make sure everything lined up perfectly because that was not the look I was going for. I do understand that this look might drive others crazy though, so feel free to measure if you want.

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The bottoms of my burlap wanted to twist a little bit, so I put some heavy clips on the back, hidden by the Polaroids. Over time, the weight will retrain the burlap and it will lay flat.

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Total cost for this project was under $30 because the curtain rod needed a new home (a.k.a. I already had it).  I’m super happy with my faux Polaroids on burlap and have had several compliments on the feature already as people have come to visit. I can’t wait to try out my next project!

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Have you used your digi supplies and/or skills for your own home decorating projects? Share them with us in the comments.

Little Gifts

I love making little gifts to give to friends and neighbors and if they can be made using digital supplies, it makes me oh so happy! As we were getting ready to move, I wanted something cute to give neighbors that would have my cell number and email address.  Here’s what I came up with:

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I loved seeing people smile when I handed them the bag and then, when they realized my information was printed right on the bag, they would say, “How did you do that??”

Here’s How

I filled the bags with HUGS, they make me happy! I got the bags from Sweet Baking Supply Company and ran them through my printer. I did learn a few things (the hard way), so here are some tips for you:

  • Print only a few bags at a time (1-3 worked best)
  • Set up the document size to the size of the bags in your printer settings or control panel
  • Be sure to have enough bags to practice
  • Run a test with just one bag and make sure you have them inserted in the printer the correct direction.

I folded over the top and punched two holes through all layers of the bag.  I then used some cute bakers twine to tie them closed. I know that the first time I looped string or ribbon through like I did on these bags, it took me a few tries to get it right. I thought I would show a couple of pictures for those of you that haven not dabbled in paper Winking smile :

You start by looping the string (or twine/ribbon) through the front of the bags:

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Cross the string in back and loop back through the opposite hole toward the front of the bag:

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Once it’s through on the front side of the bag, tie it in a bow, and cut any extra.

I have a board on Pinterest that is dedicated to Little Gift ideas, so check it out if this is something you enjoy.

Giving little gifts don’t cost much, but they bring BIG smiles to people’s faces! Everyone loves to be thought of!

If you have some little gift ideas, be sure to link up to them in the comments.

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Kelleigh Ratzlaff: My Blog is My Dumping Ground

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I fell in love with Kelleigh’s templates a long time ago and was so happy when she joined us the first time in The Digi Files and I’m equally delited to have her back again! Kelleigh’s hybrid templates are so cute and super fun and easy to put together. She was one of the first designers to start creating goodies like this and she is still coming up with innovative products today. Let’s take a closer look at “Standing Pillow Box” that is included in The Digi Files this month:

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Here are some projects created using Kelleigh Ratzlaff Designs’ contribution:

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Fill the png template with the strawberry patterned paper by clipping the paper to the mask (CTRL + G in Photoshop/Elements). Add your message to the blank label. Print everything out on white cardstock and then follow the scoring and cutting lines to fold up the pillow box. Fill it with some packets of strawberry fruit snacks to create a fun little gift to take to a friend. It turned out “berry sweet!”

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Fill the png template with the patterned paper by clipping the paper to the mask (CTRL + G in Photoshop/Elements). Printed out the box and baby banner on white cardstock, trim around it with scissors, and then attach it with some 3D Scotch adhesive dots. The finished size ends up to be about the size of a large fast food french fry container, perfect for a little pair of baby socks.

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Project by Tara: She used the box to hold a charm she purchased for her cousin as a gift. Additional supplies: paper is by paislee press from the hello love kit, the glitter flower brad is from Pebbles (came in one of my studio calico kits).

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Project by Julee Tillman, additional supplies: Papers & Elements:  Thrifty Finds The Kit by Mari Koegelenberg, Stamps:  Words Cannot Express by Verve Stamps, Inks: Antique Linen Distress Stain, Vintage Photo Distress Ink by Ranger, Pan Pastels; Accessories:  Primitive Heart Die by Sizzix, Glass Glitter Star, beaded pin, shabby wrinkled ribbon

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Project by SharonS, additional supplies: Patterned paper: DoodleBug, Cricut Cartridge: Cindy Loo

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Project by Elise Hansen, additional supplies: Zebra Paper from Wild Child Animal Prints by Elise’s Pieces;  Flowers (recolored) from Blue Skies Ahead by Elise’s Pieces;  Pink ribbon from Wal-Mart; Black Ribbon and Green eyelet from Stampin’ Up!

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My mom used to call me Kelleigh Belleigh, but you can just call me Kelleigh. I live in the gorgeous Pacific Northwest where I’m a work at home mama to two wonderful little boys (5 & 8) and wife to a fantastic, handsome man (almost 14 years!).  The “work” part of my job title may be a little misleading, though, because I enjoy every minute of my crafty job.  I design papercraft templates and sell them electronically in my virtual boutique at The Digichick; plus I have also recently opened an Etsy shop where I sell my wildly popular cash envelopes systems!  I enjoy sharing my adventures in papercraft on my blog where I also expound on my love of decorating with garage sale finds, getting my groceries for free, cooking, digital scrapbooking, reading through the Bible in 90 Days and so much more. My blog is my dumping ground for my creative thoughts (to my husband’s profound relief!), so you never know what you might find there!

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I started out as a traditional paper scrapbooker in 2003 when my first baby boy was a few months old. I enjoyed my new hobby so much, and started looking through magazines and catalogs for ideas. My favorite layouts were the ones that didn’t just record an event, but also shared the heart of the scrapper. I couldn’t figure out how to “keep up” with scrapping and recording my heart until I finally discovered digital scrapbooking through Jessica Sprague’s classes in 2006 soon after my second baby boy was born. All of the sudden, I could whip out a layout in an evening without pulling out a ton of supplies and I could scrap in any order I wanted to. Plus it was easy to type up heartfelt journaling right there! (Darcy Baldwin turned my handwriting into a font!)

I was completely hooked. However, even with my newfound love of digital scrapbooking, I still found myself visiting the local scrapbooking store and collecting traditional supplies just so I could look at them, and touch them and love them. It’s a sickness, I know. I started looking for ways to combine the traditional supplies that I still loved and the digital papers that made my heart skip a beat. I created my first little box using some digital paper and a free template I found online and junked it up with my traditional flowers and bling. I was in heaven! In the spring of 2008, The Digichick was having a CT call, and since hybrid was pretty new I figured that I had a better shot at being on the CT if I applied as a hybrid gal! I’m so tricky! That fall, I opened my little boutique and I’ve been at The Digichick ever since, first as a CT member and now as a designer. It is my online home and I can’t imagine being anywhere else!

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Paper inspires me to create!! I am constantly amazed at the talent of digital designers and the unique patterns and fun color schemes they come up with. Almost all of my very favorite digital designers sell their designs with me at The Digichick, so I have lots of opportunities to play!

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I have a Macbook Pro with a 2.8 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo Processor and 4GB of memory. (I totally just copied that from “About this Mac”.) I use a Lacie Rugged EHD with not enough memory left on it (no clue, actually). It’s orange and pretty and my husband got it for me. I use CS5 (mostly just Photoshop and Illustrator) and I have a Wacom Bamboo Fun that I pull out every once in a while for kicks. My camera is a Canon Rebel XT and my printer is an HP C6100 All-In-One.

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When I first started printing out digital papers and elements I was frustrated when the dull, lifeless colors on the sheet in my hand did not match the vivid, exciting colors I was seeing on the screen. After printing many projects onto cardstock and being disappointed with the results, I finally discovered that the key to a gorgeous hybrid project was printing on the right kind of paper. My favorite papers are Epson Premium Presentation Paper Matte Double-Sided, Red River Polar Matte and Red River Linen, which has a subtle texture. Really, anything by Red River is a safe bet! And, the great thing is that when you print on photo paper, your printer uses less ink because it isn’t soaking into the paper. In fact, Red River recommends printing on the “Fast Normal” setting, which is super fast and doesn’t use a ton of ink. If I printed the same project onto white cardstock, I’d have to increase the saturation before printing, and then print on “Best” to even come close to the same quality. So, bite the bullet and buy a nice stack of matte photo paper for your hybrid projects ($20)! You won’t be disappointed!!

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The Fancy Bag – my very first template set. It’s just so practical!

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The Cupcake Box

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Here are some of my favorite products by Kelleigh Ratzlaff Designs:

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Here are some more inspirational projects using Kelleigh Ratzlaff Designs’ products. All of the projects are linked to the originals with credits.

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Go have a look in Kelleigh Ratzlaff Designs’ store! We will randomly select a winner from the comments to win $10.00 in product from her store! (Comments must be posted before midnight EST to qualify)!

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IN THE DESIGNER’S STUDIO WITH KRISI’S KREATIONS

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I LOVE doing hybrid and printable projects and I was super excited when Krisi from Krisi’s Kreations sent her application in!  She has some really unique templates (LOVE the backpack)! They are also really easy to use!  I can’t wait to do some more projects!  Krisi also has lots of fun word art sets.  Let’s take a closer look at Krisi’s contribution to The Digi Files this month:

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You get both of these products and so much more in The Digi Files!  It really is the best deal in digital!!  Check out our membership for even more bonuses and goodies!  Let’s look at some projects created with Krisi’s supplies:

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Layut by Karen using wordart by Krisi, additional supplies: One Little Bird Flight Plan template; Sweet Shoppe Designs and The Lilypad Fall Moments collab; Font is Steinem
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Gable Box by SharonS, additional supplies: Papers and elements: Penny Springmann, Word Art: Krisi’s Kreations, Brush: Jenna Desai
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Gable box by Karen, supplies: Gable Box Template by Krisi’s Kreations, Googiehunt by Kaye Winiecki, egg paper from Eastertreats printables (retired) and daisy egg from Hoppity both by Kate Hadfield

You can see more inspirational layouts using this collection on the Team Inspiration page.

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I’m Krisi Lee and I am from the San Francisco Bay Area where I have grown up since I was 5. I have been married 13 years and have two girls 6 ½ and 3 ½. I am also a Registered Nurse and Shelf Reliance consultant – many say I am too busy but wouldn’t change it – I like to stay busy.

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Krisi has posted a free tutorial for the backpack flower on her blog!

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Perfect your inside shadows for printing of your hybrid projects. What does this mean? Check out this item:

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I have had many comments that they couldn’t do hybrid because they do not own an electronic cutter to cut things intricate things for them. My response to that is, so don’t cut it, in this example the scallop is not cut out and raised with a pop dot I used shadowing in PSE to create that look. I did cut the circle and raised that with a pop dot but many are amazed to know that all the intricate cutting is not necessary. All you need for hybrid is printer, paper, scissors, and adhesive. Other things such as ribbon, buttons etc. all help to enhance your finished project but are not absolutely necessary.

Each person will need to have a little bit different shadow specifications – depending on where you take your photos and where your lighting comes from. Try it out! The example above is the free template you receive when you sign up for my newsletter – so try it for yourself!

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I had been a paper scrapper for 15 years and have always been a fan of paper crafts. I went digital in the spring of 2007 for my scrapbook layouts but continued with paper crafts traditionally until early 2009 when I realized I could combine digital things with my paper crafting. I had a great time on the hybrid team for ScrapMatters and then later in 2009 I opened my store at ScrapMatters as Krisi’s Kreations where I design hybrid templates. When I made the decision to create templates I wanted to fill a void in hybrid and that was LARGER finished products that could be printed on standard paper still. I have many two page templates that are easily put together to create great bags or boxes for gift giving.

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Life in general gives me various ideas, packaging at the grocery store, gift ideas, gifts I have received… really anything crafty can give me new ideas. My CT is also great at giving me new ideas of things that they need as well.

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I have a HP with windows vista on it, it has 8MB of RAM. The internal drive is 750GB and then I have three external drives – that are all full back ups – just in case! The external drives are 500GB, 1.2TB and 2TB.

I use PSE7 to scrap and to design – just a few years ago I was still using Microsoft Digital Image Pro and took the plunge to PSE at the end of 2009.

I have a Cannon 50D that I learn to use on manual more and more each day.

My printer is an HP Officejet 6500 and I always use HP ink (it does make a difference!). For paper I either use Epson Ultra Premium Presentation paper in matte or Staples Double Sided matte photo paper. I use a craft knife and a metal edge ruler for 95% of my cutting but I do have a Cricut Expression and Make The Cut software. In addition I have tons of ribbons, buttons, eyelets, brads for additions to my projects

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Here are some of my favorite products by Krisi

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Here’s some inspirational layouts using Krisi’s products. All of the layouts are linked to the originals with credits.

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Go have a look in Krisi’s Store! We will randomly select a winner from the comments to win $10 in product from her store! (Comments must be posted before midnight EST to qualify)!

As a thank you to our readers, Krisi has created this coupon to share with all of us!

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EVEN I Can make these!

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When it comes to hybrid projects, I (Katie) tend to brush them off as too much effort. That’s why I like to keep an eye out for easy and doable hybrid ideas. All of these are very practical for all skill levels and will add some more fun tricks to help you enjoy your digital supplies even more!

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What a fabulous idea! Persnickety Prints has a template for you to make your own water bottle labels. These would be great to customize bottles for bridal/baby showers, birthday parties, family reunions, and more.

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These “Nuts About You!” cans on the Sweet Shoppe blog would make a great gift!

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A fun little hybrid banner tutorial on Jennifer Fox’s blog. I love banners!

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Personalized travel mug from The Hybrid Chick. What a great way to keep memories with you all the time! This would also make a fun gift for kids and grownups alike.

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I’ve heard a lot about Copic markers so I was excited to see this tutorial on The Sweet Shoppe blog about how to color with them. What a fun way to use digital stamps!

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If you have dismissed hybrid as not being “your thing”, take a fresh look at some of these great projects. You don’t have to create albums or boxes to be working in “hybrid”. Simply using digital scrapbooking products in new ways will make you a hybrid artist!

We’d love to see your hybrid projects in our flickr group. Be sure to add the tag “hybrid” so we can be inspired by your creations!

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