New from Jen Martakis!

Jen has a new digital kit at Two Peas in a Bucket. It is super cute and so fun for hybrid projects!

I thought I would share how I do my hybrid projects in the easiest manner. I use Picasa to create collages. If you don't have Picasa, you should try it out. It's free and a wonderful way to organize and back up your photos. There are online galleries that you can make private or public. Love it! There is also a pretty decent editing software and you can create collages. Which is what I do. Here is a screen shot of what it looks like to creating a collage in Picasa: 

First I hold down the 'ctrl' key and select the papers I want to use.  
Note the ones selected are surrounded by a blue frame now.

At the bottom of the screen are different icons. I hovered over the one that says Create Collage. Click that.

This screen pops up. Now you get to choose how you want your collage to look like. Mine defaults to the grid but I clicked the drop down menu so you can see all the options.

You can also mess around with spacing of the images. If you want borders, etc. 
I usually opt not to when printing for hybrid projects.

The other option you have is to select the paper size. I always choose Letter Size.

When you click the 'Create Collage' button, this is what your screen will look like.
Depending on the number of photos, it usually just take less than a minute.

Picasa automatically creates a Collages file for all your collages. Pretty nifty, eh? AND... if you do screen shots while Picasa is open, it will automatically save those photos to a Screen Captures file. You can see that in my photo right below the Collages.

You can print directly from Picasa as well. I choose Full Page for my hybrid projects and Crop to Fit. 

Pretty easy huh? I love doing it this way for my card making because the photos automatically shrink. Kind of similar to how a lot of manufacturers offer a 6x6 pad version of all their 12x12 papers. So nice for card making! 

Here is one of the cards I made using Jen's new kit.

Traditional Supplies: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper, Glaze: Glossy Accents (Ranger Industries), Liquid Pearls: Ranger Industries, Circle Punch: Fiskars, Corner Punch: Marvy Uchida
Digital Supplies: Celebrate by Jen Martakis Designs

And a side view to show the dimension.

Have you been thinking about trying hybrid??? I say go for it! I'll admit I was one who was skeptical back in the day. I guess I just didn't understand why one would create hybrid. But now I have learned that everything you do is so versatile. You can resize elements to make them work how you want, recolor, and you will never run out of the product! Pretty good I say!