Tutorial: Simple Hybrid Mini-Albums


Hello everyone. Donna here to share a simple and cute mini-album with step-by-step tutorial.

Since Instagram became famous, I noticed most of my photos were cropped in square, ready for IG posting. So, for today, I want to share with you a couple of mini-albums to use for square pictures.

1. First step is to print and cut your chose digital papers/elements to use. Papers size: 4×4 inches, resized to 8×8/6×6. Elements were resized as well.


2. Adhere papers to cardstock. Approximately, cardstock is 4.5 x 4.5 inches.


3. Punch two holes as seen in the image. I used my Crop-a-dile to punch several layers simultaneously. I also used a doily on the first page/cover.


4. Adhere everything as seen in the image. use foam dots/tapes on some of the embellishments for dimension.


5. I just added some flowers from my stash to decorate the front page/cover.


This is how it looks like with a pink sheer ribbon tied to one of the metal rings. I used Danielle Engebretson’s REMINISCENT papers and elements



I also created another one with fewer pages, using YESTERDAY ONCE MORE papers and elements. I just added some stickers, alpha stickers, flowers, stamps and sheer ribbon from my stash.



That’s it! I hope you liked my project and tutorial. Thanks for dropping by, happy crafting!



About the author: Donna Espiritu is a mom to a little girl who just turned 10 months and wife to a very supportive husband. She is currently living in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia with them. When she is not scrapbooking, she likes to read books/e-books (sci-fi/romantic/time-travel) or watching old episodes of some of her favorite TV shows.

Celebrate summer hybrid mini-album

















Donna here to show you how to make a hybrid mini-album for some of your summer photos



























1. Print and cut papers from your chosen digital kit. I used the paper pack from Kim B Designs’ “Simply The Best”. Since I will be adhering my printed papers on cardstock, I used a 120 gsm photo paper. The size of the square pieces were a little less than 4 inches by 4 inches and the strips were approx. 3inches by 8 inches (I cut them in two before taking this photo).



















2. Cut 1 piece of 4.25 inches by 10.5 inches cardstock, 2 pieces of 4 inches by 8 inches cardstock and score in the middle as seen in the image below.



















3. Punch holes in the middle of these scored cardstocks. I use my compass to do this and a piece of paper scored in the middle as guide where to punch the holes.





































This will ensure holes will be aligned when the pages are assembled.



















4. Use some twine (or in my case, a brown paper twine) and tie around the album. Decorate the front cover. I used a doily, some thickers, handwritten sub-title and an enamel dot. The edges were inked with distress stain.






















Hope this mini-album get you inspired to create one. I would use this with Instagram photos, perfect for it’s square size.

Thanks for dropping by!

Happy crafting,



About the author: Donna Espiritu is a mom to a little girl who just turned 8 months and wife to a very supportive husband. She is currently living in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia with them. When she is not scrapbooking, she likes to read books/e-books (sci-fi/romantic/time-travel) or watching old episodes of some of her favorite TV shows.

Pocket Minibook


Creating pocket pages with 3×4 cards is definitly not the only way those cute cards can be used. Today I want to show you how I created a minibook using different cards and a few of my favourite photos. One of them is actually the very first picture that was taken of us, so it is very special to me. It’s the top right one. The others are selfies we took during our citytrips in the netherlands and belgium.

So let’s get started! First of all I created two rows with five journaling cards each in photoshop. I have a A3 printer, so I was able to print everything at once, but it is totally fine to create it with a A4 / lettersize paper aswell, you will have more rows then with three cards each.

Next step is to print the cards, without the photos and frames, cut the rows and fold them after each card. You can glue them back to back together, but leave the first and second card like they are for now. Your book should now look like the right picture below.


Now you get some ribbon, I like to use snug hug seam binding ribbon for minibooks, and cut it to one long and one shorter piece. The long one should go 2-3 times around the minibook. Glue both of them between the first and the second card, as you can see in the left picture below. The picture on the right shows you what the finish book will look like.  When the ribbon is in place and looks like you want it, glue card one and two together and you are done with the base for your minibook!


I printed the frames on the same paper as the cards and used my selphy for printing the photos, so they are printed on photopaper. I also added some wood veneer to my finished book. The next pictures show you what my finish book looks like in detail. I really love how it turned out!



Thanks for reading and see you next time!

Anika About the Author:  Anika is part of the hybrid team here at thedigitalpress.com. She loves to travel and use the photos her boyfriend takes (thanks for that!) to scrapbook. Digital, paper and hybrid. When she is not scrapping, she is most likely playing a computer game or in a city searching for a geocache.

Best Moments of 2014 Documented Hybrid ABC-Style



Best Moments of 2014 Documented Hybrid ABC-Style


Good morning! Brenda Smith here, sharing with you how I documented the best moments of 2014 in We R Memory Keepers 4×4 album. I documented our entire year with 12×12 pocket pages already, but wanted something more accessible that could be kept out as a coffee table-type album.

The first thing I did was create an A-Z list of moments corresponding with each letter. Some were more of a stretch than others (like Xmas for X), but I eventually filled out my list. Next, I went very basic with the title page. I knew I wanted to use the January Special Edition products for the entire album because the colors were vibrant and happy, so I picked this beautiful floral paper from Sugarplum Paperie.


Best Moments of 2014 Documented Hybrid ABC-Style




Next, since this album would obviously require several pages for the entire alphabet, I decided to create a simple yet visually appealing template for each page. I kept one page as a 4×4 protector with layered papers and one big photo and a few different elements and the other side as four 2×2 protectors with two smaller photos and two smaller pieces of paper with labels.

Best Moments of 2014 Documented Hybrid ABC-Style


Obviously to work with the opposite sides of the page protectors used, I have to alternate the sides the 4×4 and 2x2s are on. I used some wooden veneer alphabet to denote the letter. I really enjoyed using papers from several different designers, including Crafty Mess papers from Mommyish.

Best Moments of 2014 Documented Hybrid ABC-Style

I kept a 4×8 template in Photoshop for both layouts and simply clipped different papers, pictures, and word art to each new letter. This really sped up the process for me and I was able to finish this entire album in only two nights’ worth of work (which is really fast for me since I can be a slow scrapper). Also, isn’t that camera paper by Laura Passage so fun??

Best Moments of 2014 Documented Hybrid ABC-Style

One of the things I’ve learned with all the mini albums I’ve made is to vary the placement of dimensional embellishments to make the pages lay evenly. In this album, I altered the placement of the wood veneer letters in order to have the pages stack on top of each other evenly.

Best Moments of 2014 Documented Hybrid ABC-Style

I printed out each separate page as one layer on a 4×6 sheet of Canon Matte Photo Paper. I know there are some who prefer to print up each individual element and then layer on top of each other with glue, but I like to save time by shadowing in Photoshop and printing as a single layer.

Best Moments of 2014 Documented Hybrid ABC-Style


The January Special Edition products were perfect for an album of this type because I had several papers and embellishments to choose from that already coordinated perfectly. Yet another time-saving element for me because it took the guesswork out of making sure everything matched perfectly.

Best Moments of 2014 Documented Hybrid ABC-Style

One of the best things about this album (besides the small amount of time it took me to make) has been that it’s small enough for my kids to look through. They have both picked it up several times and reminisced over all the fun things we did last year. It makes my heart happy to see them remembering things so fondly.

I won’t bombard you with more pictures of this album as I’m sure you get the idea but will be posting them all in the gallery at some point. I hope I’ve encouraged you to try a similar style album and have given you a few ideas of how it can be done quickly.



About the Author: Brenda Smith is a mother of two littles and wife located in Southern California. When she is not scrapbooking, you can find her working full-time, trying to finish up her college degree with online classes, or sleeping because there are never enough hours in the day. Hybrid scrapping satisfies her addiction to technology and her addiction to paper and glue.