It's been way too long since I did a hybrid project, so I thought I'd take one on. I made this cute altered tissue box cover using some digital papers that I had printed up on a laser printer. Previously, I had done this project using traditional scrapbooking paper, so I wanted to give it a go with digital papers. You can see this tutorial on the Sweet Caroline Studio blog.
I learned a couple of things along the way, and thought I would pass them along to you. While technically I think you can use inkjet paper, I liked getting laser prints done at my local office supply store because I just wanted to slather on the Mod Podge without worrying about the ink smearing. My office supply store offered both 8.5 x 11 and 12 x 12 prints, but I chose the letter-sized prints because they were less expensive. The very helpful gals at The DigiChick gave me some great pointers on using ink jet paper for hybrid projects. They told me that using Epson Presentation Paper for ink jet printers works pretty well for hybrid projects. I will have to try that out later and see if it works. For now, I'm sticking with laser prints.
Additionally, I went with the matte finish Mod Podge, which doesn't dry sticky, unlike the gloss finish. Using Mod Podge does create a bit of bubbling and buckling, but don't let that freak you out. For the most part, everything dries flat and the bubbling that remains is hardly noticeable.
I was happy with the way the project turned out, and wished I had done up a few before the end of the school year. These would make a fun teacher gift!
If you get the chance, I encourage you to make a hybrid project of some sort with your digital papers. I admit I feel a bit intimidated by hybrid projects, but once I get started and let go of the idea that it has to look "perfect," I actually have a lot of fun. I will have to do more hybrid in the future.
Also, I made a layout of my youngest using Celeste Knight's Sweet Briar Kit. He had the cutest little facial expressions when he was a baby. I just love looking at these photos...sigh....
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