Lots of digital scrappers comment how they wish they could be a hybrid scrapper, but don’t know where to start. Today I’m sharing with you some hybrid basic supplies. My hope is that this will give a basic knowledge of supplies needed to start hybrid scrapping, and give some of you the nudge to get started in hybrid. Lets go over the supplies you need:
- Imagery software (Photoshop, PSE, GIMP, SBC, CraftArtist, etc)
- Digital Products from The LilyPad Store
- White cardstock or presentation paper
- Printer or access to a copy spot that prints color
- Scissors or paper trimmer
- Adhesive (Gluestick, Dot Runner, etc)
Now lets talk about why you want/need the above supplies.
- Imagery software — From experience I can tell you that it is possible to create a hybrid project without imagery software. I can also tell you that it is very difficult to do and takes a lot more time! Having a software suitable for manipulating images makes the whole process easier. Currently I use Photoshop CS6, but in the past I used PSE which is a great beginner software to learn on.
- Digital Products from The LilyPad Store — You need elements and papers to create your projects with, and The LilyPad store is full of awesome designs!
- White cardstock or presentation paper — Both of these are good options to print on. Many hybrid scrappers will tell you they prefer presentation paper because when printing on cardstock your colors can be muted. I find this to be mildly true, but I don’t think your project is ruined or looks awful if you do use cardstock. I suggest just using what is readily available for your first project.
- Printer or access to a copy spot that prints color — If you are happy with your printer and the way it prints color then use it! If you don’t have a printer or your printer doesn’t print well, find a local copy spot. For my cards I usually print at home. However, I do send out to my local copy spot if I am making duplicates of a card, making a large hybrid project, or if I’m having a fight with my printer.
- Scissors or paper trimmer — Either of these instruments will work to create a hybrid project. Precision scissors are great if you want to cut out small details. Regular old scissors will work too! Paper trimmers work well for cutting out different sized papers in a quick and efficient way.
- Adhesive — A good adhesive is essential when creating hybrid projects. There is a huge variety of adhesives to choose from. I have linked my favorite adhesive. Feel free to try something different. I know a lot of hybrid scrappers who get awesome results with simple cheap gluesticks! Don’t be afraid to try things out and ditch them if they don’t work for you!
- Pens – While it could be argued that this isn’t always necessary for a hybrid project, I find myself reaching for a pen more often than not. I use black pens to write in my cards, darken printer lines that aren’t as sharp as I would like, and many other uses. When looking at pens be mindful of what type of project you will be using it on. This will help you determine the size and type of pen to buy.
I know that was bit of information to think about, but just take a few minutes to review it and you’ll be ready to start making hybrid projects soon! Comment below if there is a subject I touched on that you would like more information about. Also, check out all the wonderful hybrid tutorials and blog posts that are available here at The LilyPad blog for more ideas about hybrid scrapping!