Hi, Francine here to round out our week of minis using the AC Digitals Crate Storyteller kit! And today we're going hybrid! Thanks to AC Digitals for providing us with this lovely kit. I oooh-ed and aaaah-ed as I opened up the folders to look at everything, but the one element that popped out to me was the bicycle. It immediately gave me the idea to do a mini about my son and his beloved pedal-less bike, which he would ride during a winter storm if I let him. Because I didn't want to spend a lot of time working on the computer my approach for the mini was to just print out everything I wanted to use, along with my photos and then put the book together.
I found a blank tag shaped album in my stash, which was perfect since I knew I wanted to use a bunch of tags on my pages. I then chose the patterned papers that went best with my theme and printed those out. I used my lazy method of printing, which is via the Print Wizard in Windows (scroll down to the end of that article for a tutorial). In this case I selected the papers I wanted and chose the 5x7 option in print wizard to get 8 pieces of patterned paper to use as the background for my pages.
You can also check out this post from a couple years back all about printing out digital elements. For this mini I printed out the papers and tags on cardstock, and the bicycle embellishments on matte photo paper.
Here are some completed pages
Notice how I have a big bicycle on the cover, but smaller ones inside? This is why hybrid is so great, you can customise the size of the elements. I did this by using the wallet size option for the cover when printing, and the index sheet option for the smaller ones.
Another great thing about using digital kits? I can continue to add to this album without worrying whether I will be able to find the products I used in a year's time.
The only thing I added to the kit was alphabet stickers by BasicGrey and some washi tape. I tend to keep my minis simple for a couple reasons. First, because that gives me a greater chance of actually completing them, and second because Kieran loves looking at these little books, and the simpler and sturdier they are, the longer they last!
Have you ever done a hybrid mini album? How did you approach it?