Hybrid How-To | Back To School Bookmarks

Hello everyone! It’s Tanya here, and I’m excited to share another Hybrid How-To post here on The Digital Press blog! Our team took the month of August off from blogging during TDP’s bi-annual Pennysaver event, so it’s been a while since I’ve posted… but can you believe that it’s Back To School time already? And what better time to show you how make these super cute bookmarks using your digital stash… 🙂

When planning out this project, I originally started with digital kits that have a “book” theme. Once I got started, though, I began to think… why not do something more personal for the person I am making them for?” My kids are grown, so I always tend to make things for my friends’ kids — and as you can see, below, Karmyn loves fishing and Hunter loves baseball! So I added those themes into the mix of products I was choosing, as well.

In the end, I used the following digital kits from The Digital Press to create my bookmarks:


  • Card stock
  • Printer
  • Corner punch
  • Scissors
  • Paper trimmer

I used Silhouette Studio to create my bookmarks, but you can use any photo editing program.  I find that Silhouette Studio is pretty simple to use, and you can do almost anything in it that you can do in other photo editing software (I haven’t fully figured the shadowing out quite yet… still working on it!).

The first thing that I did was to draw out two rounded rectangles using the drawing tool. One is 4.5″ x 2″ and the smaller one is 4″ x 1.6″.  Then, I added papers and elements that I wanted to use for each bookmark…

Next, I moved my layers on top of each other and arranged the elements, as shown below…

At that point, I actually decided that it would be just as easy (if not easier?) to simply cut these with a paper trimmer instead of doing a print and cut… mainly because the shapes are so simple. Thus, I turned off the registration marks in the Silhouette software so that I could fit more bookmarks to a page…

Once everything was printed, I used my paper trimmer to cut out the bookmarks, as described above (instead of doing a print-and-cut with the cutting machine)…

*NOTE* If you do not have a paper trimmer, you can simply use scissors and then use a corner punch to create the rounded corners.

I  decided to laminate the bookmarks that I made, but it’s not a must. I have a laminating machine, so why not use it, right? 🙂 I figured that the bookmarks will probably last longer this way…

*NOTE* If you make bookmarks for the kids in your child’s classroom, many schools usually have a laminating machine and you can probably have them laminated that way.

The following images show some of the features I added to my bookmarks. First, I made a tassel to go on one of them, using yellow floss. Oh… and while I was going through tons of craft supplies I have stashed everywhere, I found my crop-a-dile tool! The crop-a-dile is so much fun! You use it to punch a hole and add an eyelet, and then you use the tool to crimp it down. It gives your project a polished look. This particular bookmark is for a friend, so I thought it would be a nice touch; however, if you make them for younger kids, I probably wouldn’t do this.

Here’s a look at that finished bookmark, in use…

Can you believe the only book I could find to photograph the bookmark with is a book about insomnia? I haven’t read it yet, but I desperately need to!

I hope that you have enjoyed this edition of Hybrid How-To, and that you will give this a try and come up with some of your own bookmarks. Don’t forget to visit the CROSSWORD SECTION in The Digital Press forum, and jump into this month’s Hybrid Challenge if you are thinking of trying this project. You can earn points toward discounts & FREEBIES! I hope that you will join in!


About the Author  Tanya is a part of the hybrid team here at The Digital Press. She has been hybrid crafting for at least 14 years now, and loves creating and sharing those creations with others. Her all-time favorite tool is her Silhouette Cameo. She has been married for 28 years to her high school sweetheart, Richard and has two sons: Chris, 25 and Chance, 20. She also enjoys crocheting, photography and woodworking.

Hybrid How-To | Printing & Cutting Digital Elements

It’s Saturday… and time for another edition of our Hybrid How-To series here on The Digital Press’s blog! Today, I’m here to help you all see how easy (and fun!) it is to use digital embellishments in your physical projects (like mini albums, and more)!

For those of us who can’t resist pretty paper and embellishments — digital kits are a fantastic way to stretch your crafty budget. For me, patterned papers and adorable die-cuts are probably the best thing about crafting. I am always a little reluctant, however, to use pretty items from my stash because they’re just so cute. For me, the real beauty of digital products is that I can print and cut as many times as I like. Buy a digital kit once, and you can use the items contained within it again and again and again!

For the mini album project I am going to show you today, I chose two kits from The Digital Press — the Go.See.Do collection by Mari Koegelenberg, and also Laura Passage’s Project Twenty Fifteen | July kit, both shown here…

I like to choose kits that are versatile and can be used for lots of different topics or occasions. Although each of these two kits are travel-themed, there are also plenty of generic elements and papers that I know I can use for so many different purposes (and also, for other projects in the future, as well!). For instance, see those tags and labels above? Or the word art stamps, flowers, stars, etc. in this next kit…

For my project, I documented some of our family travels from 2016 in a handmade mini-album.

I used a variety of methods to create the pages. For instance, as shown in the photos below, I created pages by printing out some of the digital papers as foundations for each page; some I made rectangular, and others I notched so that they were flag/pennant-shaped.

Once I had the foundation pages, I came up with some interesting things to attach to each of them (in addition to the photos). For example, I upcycled some old clothing tags to add a bit of interest… creating a title tag with date (top photo, left). I also upcycled some old envelopes that I saved from Christmas, and turned them into pockets (middle row, left). I filled a plastic page protector with sequins and sewed it shut (middle row, right). I also used various fasteners (paper clips, mini clothespins, string, etc.) to add dimension and decoration to each page. So easy!

But the main embellishments on my pages came from the digital kits. Not only did I print out the papers to create pages, I also printed out some of the flat elements and added them to my pages after cutting them out.

I’m lucky enough to own a Silhouette, and the best feature of a cutting machine is the ability to quickly print and cut the adorable elements found in digital kits. The Silhouette makes it a cinch to create my own die-cuts. Today, I’ll take you through the basic steps to trace an element and ready it for cutting.

Step 1:
First, you will need to set up your page to the correct size and add registration marks. These are printed on your page and used to align the cut later (see the marks in the corner of the page in the image below). Then you will drag and drop your digital element onto the page (that car is cute right?!). Anything in the cross-hatched area shown in the picture below won’t be cut… so make sure you position your element in the main body area. In order to cut around the outside of the element, click the Trace button. Then click Select Trace Area.

Step 2:
Now you will drag the box around the shape. The software analyzes the shape (yellow means that it won’t cut in that area). Depending on the shape and color, you may need to drag the sliders for High Pass and Low Pass filters (the more contrast in the image, the better the results). Note that in my example image, below, the car windows are not highlighted in yellow — so the Silhouette can cut the window detail if I want. I just want to go around the outside of the car, however, so I chose Trace Outer Edge.

Step 3:
Voila! In the next image, I moved the car so that you can see the cutting outline that has been created. I group the object and the outline together so that they can be moved around the page easily.

Now that we’ve dealt with how to trace an element… give it a try! Go wild and look at all of those fabulous elements in your digital kits in a completely new light. Think of the things you can do!

As shown in the next image, I added a couple more elements to my project. The trace function did an amazing job on the bicycle shape…

Another way to make the most of those great digital elements is to combine them to create your own elements. Above, you’ll see the yellow tag with “Family Time” written on it. To create that, I dropped the “Family Time” word art from the Project Twenty Fifteen | July kit onto a block of yellow paper… and then I inserted a tag shape over the top. Now I have my own custom-made tag element!

Of course, if you don’t have a cutting machine, you can also do all of this by hand. Fussy cutting is very therapeutic! I often find myself cutting out shapes by hand just because it’s relaxing and a lot quieter! 🙂

Here are a few more photos of my finished project… so you can see a few more examples of the fun things you can create when you print and cut digital elements…

Are you up for a challenge? If you come to the CROSSWORD SECTION in The Digital Press forum, you’ll find this month’s Hybrid Challenge thread… and if you try one of the two hybrid projects we’ve featured on the blog this month, you can earn challenge points for January! For today’s project, all you have to do is print and cut some digital embellishments and include them on a hybrid project of some kind. It doesn’t have to be a travel album — it can be anything, really (a card, a physical scrapbook page, a mini-album like mine, etc.) — as long as you can decorate it with some cut-out digital elements, any project goes! Give it a shot, and share your final results with us! We can’t wait to see what you come up with…

About the Author  Morag Cutts is part of the Hybrid Creative Team here at Digital Press. Morag has been an avid scrapper and photographer for ten years.  Although she adores the flexibility and creativity of digital, Morag can’t resist playing with paper and embellishments – so hybrid scrapping is the perfect medium for her!  Morag lives in the UK with her hubby, two kids and recently adopted puppy.


Hybrid How-To | Decorate Your Home


Hello everyone!!  Today I’m here to show you how to create this cute sign with your digital word art stash.  I love crafting and especially hybrid crafting.   I made this one for my craft room.  I’ve also decided it’s the perfect time to get started on those Christmas gifts.  I don’t know about you, but I love getting and giving homemade gifts.  This year I’ve decide I’m going to make everyone a sign for their home.   The Digital Press has tons of word art kits.  There is something for everyone!!!


  • Cutting Machine
  • Digital word art (From The Digital Press…of course)
  • Wood (I used scrap pieces I had laying around in the garage)
  • Paint – make sure to get matte
  • Paint Brushes (The cheap sponge ones are fine)
  • Vinyl
  • Transfer Tape

I used the new release, GRATEFUL, and ANOTHER 25 DAYS by Sabrina’s Creations.  GRATEFUL word art is perfect for home décor.


There are different ways to achieve the same look.  Today we are going to do the PVPP method….Paint Vinyl Paint Peel

Prepare the wood.    To start off you will base coat the wood with the color that you want your word art to show.  On this project I base coated my board white because I wanted the writing to show up white.  While the wood is drying you will start getting your vinyl ready.


Open your cutting software.  Shown here is Silhouette Studio Designer Edition.  Simply open the file you have your word art saved it and drag the one you want to work with first to the mat.

You are going to have to give the image cut lines.  If you were to go to cut now, it would cut a square box around the image, because it’s not a svg file.  I will show  you how to TRACE the image so that you will have those cut lines.  Highlight the entire image and uncheck the High Pass Filer and move the Threshold over until the image is completely yellow.


Now select Trace. Move the image over and you can see the red lines.  These are the cut lines.  You can delete the black image now.


Cut your vinyl to size, apply to your mat, load and cut.  Make sure that you have chose the right material type and have changed your blade settings.  I don’t think you have to change your blade on the newer machines.

Now it’s time to weed your image.  To start off you will remove the bigger pieces around your image (1).  Next, you will use a weeding tool or a safety pin to remove all the smaller pieces (2).

The next step is to apply your transfer tape over the entire image (3).  Now apply it to the prepared wood.  Use a flat card to burnish it to the wood (4).  This keeps the paint from going under the vinyl.


Carefully remove the transfer tape.  Use your finger and go over the vinyl to make sure that it is adhered to the wood good.

Using the color you want on top, paint over the entire image….vinyl and all.    Make sure there is not a lot of paint on your brush.  A couple of lighter coats is better than one thick coat.  If you do it too thick, the paint will get under the vinyl.

This is the step that you will hear different opinions on.  Some say to wait to remove the vinyl until it’s completely dry and others say to remove the vinyl while it is still a little wet.  I prefer doing it while it is still a little wet.  You can work on a scrap piece of wood and see what works best for you.

Here are the final results.  I’m really happy with the way it turned out.  Below are photos of some more signs I am still working on.

This one I’m going to sand the edges to give it a more rustic look.

For this one I’m going to add a frame to the bottom left.  I thought it needed a little something more.  It’s a little wood frame that I purchased at Hobby Lobby,  I’m going to paint it black.  That way you can add a photo of something or someone that you are Thankful for.

Another suggestion to try if you don’t want to paint is to simply add vinyl to an already painted plaque or piece of wood.  The possibilities are endless.  I hope that this tutorial was helpful and that you will give it a try….. ENJOY!!

TanyaAbout the Author  Tanya is a part of the hybrid team here at The Digital Press. She has been hybrid crafting for at least 14 years now, and loves creating and sharing those creations with others. Her all-time favorite tool is her Silhouette Cameo. She has been married for 28 years to her high school sweetheart, Richard and has two sons: Chris, 25 and Chance, 20. She also enjoys crocheting, photography and woodworking.

Hybrid How-To | Halloween Stickers

Hello everyone, It’s Tanya here to show you step-by-step how to create your own (really cute) Halloween stickers!

I thought that stickers like these would make the perfect Halloween treat for school parties. You just never know when one of your child’s classmates might have a food allergy… and with all of the sugar they will be getting already, these will surely be a big hit! My boys are way to old for this, but I am excited to create a bunch and give them out on Halloween night!

Supplies Needed:

  • Your favorite Halloween-themed digital kit (I used FREAKIN ADORABLE 1.0 and FREAKIN ADORABLE 2.0 by Mari Koegelenberg and Danielle Engebretson, shown below)
  • Cutting machine (I use a Silhouette Cameo)
  • Printer
  • White shipping labels
  • 3 x 4 treat bags
  • Stapler (I use a mini stapler that came with colored staples)

The reason I chose these kits — there are just soooooo many fun elements to choose from! I chose 4 different elements from each kit and believe me, that was really hard to do because I wanted to use them all!

The first thing you need to do is to open the images/elements you are going to use in your cutting machine software (I’m using Silhouette Studio Designer Edition). Open your elements and simply drag them over to a new drawing area, as shown here…

Once you have decided on the images you will use, you will have to do a “trace” on each one in your software. This will tell the machine where to cut. This is also referred to as a Print and Cut.   Open the Trace menu and select the trace area (see the small black circle I drew near the upper right)…

Now uncheck the “High Pass Filter” and move the “Threshold” all the way to the right. You can see that the image is perfectly highlighted (see the circle and the arrow I drew to show the boxes you will click/change)…

At this stage, there are a few ways to let the machine know the cut area. The one I will be showing you is the Trace and Detach. To do this, simple click on “Trace and Detach” as shown here (see the small black arrow I drew near the right)…

Now you will click on the image and drag it off to the side. It is hard to see, but there will part of the image left behind (you can see this below; when I click and drag over where the image was, the dashed lines show up. This is the part to get rid of). After dragging a box over the leftover part, hit “delete.”

Continue to do this for all elements used…

Next, draw out a box. The dimensions of my box were 3.250 x 2.563. I was able to get six to a page. Resize the elements to fit inside your area. The size of your box and images will depend on the size of your treat bags.

Now, you will copy and paste into all spaces, as shown here…

Now it cutting time. First, you have to print the stickers onto the label sheet. To do this, make sure that your “registration marks” are on… and then send through your printer. It is important to have the registration marks on before you print. These marks tell the machine where to cut.

Next step is to go to the “Cut Settings.” Here, you will tell the machine where to cut and what type of materials you will be using. For this project we will need to send the sticker sheet through twice. The first time will be just a kiss cut; this will not cut the paper all the way through.

First cut: Only turn on the cut settings on the images. To do this, go through and click on each image and chose “Cut Edge.” You can double check to see if the box around the images is off — simply click on one and it should show “No Cut.”

Second cut: Now do the opposite. Go through and turn the cut marks OFF on the images and turn the box cutting lines ON. You will also choose “cardstock” for your material. This will cut all the way through, giving you little individual sticker sheets…

Now you can either peel the white area around your sticker off… or leave it on. I left it on because these particular labels have a “cut” through the back and doesn’t look quite right.

Now add your sticker sheets to the treat bags…

I created a cute topper (in Silhouette Studio Designer Edition) and stapled it to the top of each treat bag. You can even add your child’s name to the back of the treat for a nice finished touch…

Here’s a look at the finished product from the front of the sticker packages…

I hope that you have enjoyed this tutorial! Get your creative juices flowing and create some stickers for Halloween (or even for some other fun occasion… you could use any theme/kit you like!). If you give it a try, come share your creation in the September Hybrid Challenge thread in the forum. 🙂


TanyaAbout the Author  Tanya is a part of the hybrid team here at The Digital Press. She has been hybrid crafting for at least 14 years now, and loves creating and sharing those creations with others. Her all-time favorite tool is her Silhouette Cameo. She has been married for 28 years to her high school sweetheart, Richard and has two sons: Chris, 25 and Chance, 20. She also enjoys crocheting, photography and woodworking.

Hybrid How-To | 4th of July Party Favors

Summer is in full force, heat and all. So many fun things happen during the summer… vacations, pool parties, barbecues, and more — including the 4th of July! A lot of people celebrate the 4th with food, family, friends, games, and lots of fireworks. I love the 4th, and the meaning behind the celebration, so I decided to do make some 4th of July party favors. It’s easy, and I’m going to teach you how in today’s Hybrid How-To post!

For this project I used the …And the Pursuit of Happiness | Kit & the coordinating digital stamp set set (which is also mobile-ready!) — both designed by Laura Passage. I also used the Gingham Style collab collection by The Digital Press Design Team (from back in April 2015).

I am a Silhouette girl… and I use the SSDE (Silhouette Studio Designer Edition) for almost everything. I find that even some of the more difficult things are easier to do in this software over Photoshop Elements (PSE). I still use PSE for my all of my scrapbooking, however.

First, I opened this pillow box file I already had in my stash of hybrid files. I re-sized it until two of them fit onto an 8.5″ x 11″ page. *NOTE* there is no need to turn on registration the marks here, but do make sure the cut lines are on.

Then, I used SSDE to cut out my project on clear cardstock. I loooove clear cardstock! It can be purchased online. It is a little thicker than the acetate sheets that I used in my floating ornament tutorial. I put my cardstock onto the cutting mat, loaded it, and cut. The cut settings are “chipboard, blade on 7 and double cut.” Then, to assemble it… I just used one strip of double side tape on the edge.

Next, I filled my new pillowbox container! I used fireball candies to fill this one. I think the finished product will be cute in a little basket on the treat table at a party. I also filled another pillowbox container with little firecracker pops.

The next step was to embellish the pillow box. I drew out long strips and used various digital papers from the kits to fill them in. I also opened up a few element files (using the star shapes, and stamps from the mobile-ready font & stamp set) and put them on the same page.  Again, no need to turn on the registration marks in SSDE, because after printing I will cut them out with my scissors.

Here’s a look at some of the pieces after I printed them out, as I was cutting them out…

Next, I combined the paper strips with the other elements — attaching them with double sided tape. I also embellished with ribbon. How cute are they?

This next one is the one I filled with the firecracker snaps (you throw them on the ground to pop)…

Now, to make the sparkler holder. These will be presented as a “Thank You” gift for coming to our 4th of July festivities…

For this part of my project, I used Silhouette Studio. To design the holder, I used elements from all three products.


You can print and use scissors (or an exacto knife) to cut around the opening… OR… if you have a Silhouette, you can turn on your registration marks and do a print and cut. As you can see, the design is past the registration marks — and that is okay because I will cut that part with my scissors. You can see here that I have cut marks around only part of the middle part of the design. I did this by tracing the “circle” part of the design and cutting part of it away. This is to ensure that it would only cut a small opening for the sparklers to fit through.

You can see here in this next image where it cut (I put the sparklers through the opening so that you can see what I mean)…

The part that goes past the registration marks will not cut. That is okay for this project. I simply took my scissors and cut out the rest.

I backed the sparkler holder to make it a little more sturdy. To do this, I started out by drawing out a 8.5″ x 11″ shape then filled it with paper from the …And the Pursuit of Happiness kit. To get the shape of the template, I mirrored the image and turned on my cut lines before printing. After printing, I cut it out with my machine. You do not have to use the registration marks for this part of the project. If you don’t want to go through all the steps above, you can simply print the paper and cut a strip with your paper cutter or scissors. It just won’t cover the back of the banner on the sides… but I think that would be just fine, and a lot quicker!


After cutting, adhere with double sided tape…

What a fun party favor! You could always add more details, as well… like the year, your name, etc.

This project was really fun. There are so many more things you can make for your party. I’m thinking of things like cupcake toppers, garland, and food tags… just to name a few. Let your creativity run wild!

I hope that you enjoy giving these fun projects a try, and I also hope you have a safe and Happy 4th of July weekend! Thanks so much for stopping by the blog today!

TanyaAbout the Author  Tanya is a part of the hybrid team here at The Digital Press. She has been hybrid crafting for at least 12 years now, and loves creating and sharing those creations with others. Her all-time favorite tool is her Silhouette Cameo. She has been married for 26 years and has two sons: Chris, 24 and Chance, 20. She also enjoys crocheting, photography and woodworking.

Tutorial Tuesday | Mini Easter Baskets


Since we just celebrated the first day of Spring, I thought it fun to start it off with bright Spring colors!   One of my favorite things to do is take recycled containers and turn them into treasures.  One of my co-workers has McDonald’s oatmeal every morning.  Every time she threw the container away, I couldn’t help to think what cute little Easter baskets they would make, so I started collecting them.  I used them to make mini Easter baskets for my kiddos.

Since it’s an Easter project, I wanted to used an Easter themed kit.  When I saw this new kit, It’s a Spring Thing by Juno Designs and Wendy P Designs, I knew it would be perfect to use.


I also used the Deco Trims: Simple by Scotty Girl Designs.    I loved using the scallop for a fun edge around the top of my baskets.


I used my Silhouette Cameo to do this project, but you can easily use your favorite photo editing program and a pair of scissors.

Let’s get started!!


  • Recycled oatmeal containers from McDonald’s
  • White cardstock
  • Ribbon
  • Scissors
  • Glitter – optional
  • Double sided tape
  • Glue pen
  • Pop dots
  • Green Easter Grass
  • Assortment of candy


Step 1:  If using a Silhouette, open the scallop from deco trims and do a trace.  I had to trace so that I could fill the image with the papers from the kit. To do this,  open Select Trace Area, uncheck High Pass Filter and move the Threshold bar to the right until the image is completely yellow.  Next select the Trace Outer Edge option.


After the image is traced, move  it off to the side.


Now pick the paper that you want to use from the kit and fill the image.  The Fill Pattern section is where you would enlarge the print and move it around as well.


To make the band around the container, you will draw out a rectangle at least 10.5 in long x 3 in wide.  Fill that shape with the paper of your choice.  After printing, I simply used my paper trimmer to cut the band.

EASTER BASKETS: A HYBRID RECYLE PROJECTNow choose the elements that you want to embellish  your basket with. I made a name tag to put in the middle of the basket and tied off with a cute tag.  Make sure that you have the registration marks on and double check to make sure that cut lines are on in the right places.  Send through printer and then through your Silhouette machine to cut.


Step 2:  Gather pieces and start assembling.  I first wrapped the band and the scalloped trim around the container with double sided tape.  I gave dimension to my tags by cutting additional pieces with a pair of scissors and assembled with pop dots.



Final Step:  Fill with Easter grass and fill with candy…..you can eat the ones that fall out…hehehe!  (I later added a gift card to the baskets)  After filling, I wrapped with a cellophane bag and tied it off with ribbon and added the tags.


I also made some treats for my co-workers.  I made this simple tag and tied it to the little tubes that I filled with M&M’s.


I hope that everyone has enjoyed this tutorial and has a Happy Easter!!

Hugs, Tanya


About the Author  TanyaTanya is a part of the hybrid team here at The Digital Press. She has been hybrid crafting for at least 10 years now, and loves creating and sharing those creations with others. Her all-time favorite tool is her Silhouette Cameo. She has been married for 26 years and has two sons: Chris, 23 and Chance, 19. She also enjoys crocheting, photography and woodworking.


Hybrid: Reindeer Food Keepsake Ornament

Reindeer Food Keepsake Ornament


I can’t believe Christmas is just around the corner. It’s all happening way too fast this year; even my boys mentioned that it doesn’t quite feel like Christmastime yet. I mean, I just put up my tree and haven’t even gone shopping yet… and before you know it, we will be cheering “HAPPY NEW YEAR!” I’m going to do my best in the next two weeks to slow down and enjoy the holidays. I’ll let you know how that works. 😉

Meanwhile, today I am here to show you how to make an adorable “Reindeer Food” keepsake ornament!

I have seen the idea behind today’s tutorial before (the concept of making “Reindeer Food,” that is)… and I thought it would be cute to put my own little twist on it. Instead of simply putting the reindeer food in baggies to put out on Christmas Eve, I decided to also make an ornament so that when the kiddos are done putting out their reindeer food the can have a cute ornament to keep.


  • 4 in plastic fillable ornament (I purchased mine at the Dollar tree)
  • projector sheets (acetate sheets; found at any office supply store)
  • vinyl (I got mine from Hobby Lobby)
  • white cardstock
  • ribbon
  • printer and cutting machine (I use a Silhouette Cameo)
  • the special reindoor food (see below for recipe)
  • digital scrapbooking kit of your choice (I used 25 Days by Dunia Designs; I am absolutely in love with this kit!)


Here is my secret Reindeer Food recipe: oats and glitter (I use both red and green). That’s it! …top secret, right!? I have also seen cheerios and little Christmas candy beads use before, too. I’m sure you can just add whatever you think Santa’s reindeer will eat. If they were my reindeer, they would be filling up on sweets… lots of sweets… 😉



Next, we’ll create the ornament. First on that task list is creating the clear acetate insert for the ornament.

If you don’t have cutting machine available to cut the vinyl shapes that make up the reindeer, you can also print the reindeer directly onto the acetate sheets (just make sure that you get the right sheets for your printer). I like the look of the vinyl on the acetate, so the next few steps will detail that method.

First, you need to draw out the ornament template… and then use that shape to cut out the insert from the acetate so that it will fit inside the ornament. I cut my inserts at about 3.75 inches.



I chose a reindeer image from the digital kit, and then before I “pulled it apart” (see below for explanation), I first laid it on top of my ornament template to test it and make sure it would fit.



Next, I traced the pieces of the reindeer and separated them in my software (I use Silhouette Studio Designer Edition v3). I laid it out as shown below (separated by color) so that I could put my different pieces of vinyl on my mat in the same places cut one time instead of five.


Here’s a look at how I arranged my vinyl pieces on the mat; notice how the arrangement corresponds with the layout of the reindeer pieces in the image above. This is a good way to use up those vinyl scraps (I don’t do a lot of vinyl projects with my Cameo, so most of my pieces are scraps). My favorite thing to do with my machine is print and cut.



After I had my vinyl reindeer pieces, it was time to fill the clear glass ornament. First, I removed the top of the ornament and filled it with the reindeer food…


…and then it was time to assemble the rest. I inserted the clear acetate sheet with the reindeer vinyl adhered to it as shown here:



To get the projector sheet in the ornament, simply roll it up and stick it in the ornament.  It will unroll when it is all the way in, and will look like this:


*NOTE* If you don’t have all of the necessary supplies to make the ornament, you can also simply design a header and fill little treat bags with the food — no cutting machine required! With that in mind, a tag comes in handy (you can also use a tag like this on the ornament itself). Here’s how to make the tag…



I created the tag in the Silhouette software… but you can also do this with any photo editing program and a pair of scissors.


I created two tag images (one reindeer image, and one with a written sentiment), and then tied them together. Aren’t these so cute?


Here’s a look at the final version of this ornament with the tags. I love this little reindeer! I made a couple of these ornaments for some friends’ little guys… and they loved them!




I also put the same sentiment onto a wider piece of cardstock in order to make a “treat bag topper”…tagreindeerfood_21


Here’s a look at the treat bag (just the reindeer food, without the ornament). This is a fun little gift, as well!




And there you have it!

I hope this tutorial has inspired you! If you’d like to give it a try, please join me in the forum and have fun creating something awesome for Christmas. You can earn points toward this month’s hybrid challenges! I can’t wait to see your creations.

Have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Take time to slow down and spend time with the ones you love the most!


About the Author  TanyaTanya is a part of the hybrid team here at The Digital Press. She has been hybrid crafting for at least 10 years now, and loves creating and sharing those creations with others. Her all-time favorite tool is her Silhouette Cameo. She has been married for 26 years and has two sons: Chris, 23 and Chance, 19. She also enjoys crocheting, photography and woodworking.

Taking Word Art Beyond the Page

Taking Word Art Beyond the Page

If your home is like mine it has school artwork displayed on the refrigerator and various other arts & crafts projects taped up on walls and doors. And it’s a constant mess because it’s falling on the floor or leaving sticky residue behind. Those of us with little artists know this problem all too well. Today I’m sharing a quick solution that you can create to help contain and showcase these special items.

For this project I used my die cutting machine (Silhouette Cameo) to cut out a piece of word art to decorate the wall at the end of my hall which will now be used as our art display area. I used a sentiment from iArt Word Stamps by Karla Dudley.

iArt Word Art by Karla Dudley


I started by opening the word art in my cutting machine software. I traced the item to get the cut lines and then loaded the machine up with my adhesive backed vinyl.

Taking Word Art Beyond the Page


After it cut out I was ready to apply it to the wall. It turned out great and was very quick taking just about 10 minutes!

Taking Word Art Beyond the Page


Next I needed a way to hold the art work, so I got some 3M Command Damage-Free Hanging strips. I applied those to some jumbo sized clothespins I picked up at the Target Dollar Spot and adhered them to the wall.

Now my kids have a fun way to display their projects and I don’t have to be constantly picking tape off my walls!

Taking Word Art Beyond the Page



AmberAbout the Author: Amber Funk enjoys a vast assortment of interests such as scrapbooking, photography, getting crafty with her Silhouette Cameo, reading, and playing video games. She is a Wife and Mother of 2 living in Northern California.

Hybrid How-To | Back To School


I can’t believe it!  It’s that time of year again… Back To School.  Some are wrapping up their summer vacations and some are already in school, but soon we will all be needing to set those alarms and start getting up early — and it will be time to meet new teachers! Every parent loves this time of the year, and every kid hates it… well, most!

It’s always fun to bring your new teacher a special gift when you meet them. This post details a couple of fun and really easy teacher gifts. My favorite tool in my craft room is my Silhouette Cameo. It’s perfect for using digital kits to create to your heart’s content. I used the print and cut feature to create the following back to school teacher gifts.




For these projects I used the Project Twenty Fifteen | August Kit by Laura Passage, and the Bucket Box template by Kelleigh Ratzlaff Designs. I also used my Silhouette Cameo and the SSDE v3 to design a pencil box.




First, you will open your cut file. Once open, highlight the whole are and make it a compound path (OBJECT/MAKE COMPOUND PATH). This is done to make the file go from a solid image to one in which you can see all of the cut lines.




Next, fill the image with a paper of your choice (I used one from the Project Twenty Fifteen | August Kit).




Do the same for the pencil box. I added a pencil from the elements found in the Project Twenty Fifteen | August Kit. I put the teacher’s name on the pencil. I also used more of the elements to create a card for the teacher. Once you’ve done these things and you have everything looking the way you want it, all you have to do is send it to the printer and then through your cutting machine. That’s it!

As you can see in some of the following images, you can also print and cut some of the individual elements you’ll find in digital kits, and attach them to your creations (or hang them from a piece of string or ribbon, etc.).







I hope that I have inspired you to create! I love sharing what I do with you. If you ever have questions, feel free to leave me a message.

It’s never too late… go and make those teachers something special.

About the Author  TanyaTanya is a part of the Hybrid team here at The Digital Press.  She has been hybrid crafting for at least 10 years now.  She loves creating and sharing those creations with you. Her all-time favorite tool is her Silhouette Cameo. She says with the Cameo the sky is the limit. Tanya has been married for 26 years and has two sons: Chris, 23 and Chance, 19. She also enjoys crocheting, photography and woodworking.

Hybrid: Disney Pendant

Hybrid:  Disney Pendant

Hello all you Disney goers.  Whether you have gone on that dream vacation or getting ready to go, this pendant will be perfect for wearing during your vacation (if you haven’t gone yet) or to wear as a keepsake to remember all those fun times.  I have always wanted to take my boys to Disney, but it just never happened.  Now that they are grown men, maybe one day I will have some grand kiddos to take.   I plan to take them and then use these wonderful Disney kits to scrap all the great memories.

This is a great project to use all those scraps you have laying around.  God knows I have a lot of those, but for now I will use the Disney themed kit, Vacation Magic by using Scotty Girl Design.  This is a super easy project that you can create for friends and family for any occasion.

 Hybrid:  Disney Pendant


So let’s get started on the tutorial.  Here is a list of supplies you will need for this project.

  • Punches and/or scissors
  • Printed background papers and embellishments
  • Pendants (I bought mine at Hobby Lobby)
  • 3D Crystal Lacquer (I bought mine at Hobby Lobby – there is also a Mod Podge lacquer)
  • Mickey heads (I designed these in Silhouette Studio v3 but it’s easy enough that you can simply draw and cut out)

Hybrid:  Disney Pendant

STEP 1:  Cut or punch pieces you want to use for your pendant.  I didn’t have a square punch so I cut the size I needed with a pair of scissors.  For  Mickey, I used my Silhouette Cameo to design & cut.  I will show you how to do that below.

Hybrid:  Disney Pendant

Steps for making Mickey with the Silhouette.

Draw out the circles using the circle tool on the side menu.

Hybrid:  Disney Pendant

Now drag your bounding box around all three circles.

Hybrid:  Disney Pendant

 Finally, select the WELD icon at the top right of the page.  It opens the welding options where you will select weld.

Viola, there ya have…..Mickey!!

Hybrid:  Disney Pendant

STEP 2:  Once you lay the pieces in your pendant you will add the crystal lacquer.

With one pendant,  I added two thin layers and the other I filled to the rim of the pendant and they both turned out the same.   You may get some tiny air bubbles, to get rid of those simply use a sewing needle to pop them.  Set aside on a flat surface for at least 12 hours to dry.

Hybrid:  Disney Pendant

 That is it….Your done!!  Wasn’t that easy?  Now get to work on those pendants, you have 5 months until Christmas!!

About the Author:  TanyaTanya is a part of the Hybrid team here at The Digital Press.  She has been hybrid crafting for at least 10 years now.  She loves creating and sharing those creations with you.  Her all time favorite tool is her Silhouette Cameo.  She says with the Cameo the sky is the limit.  Tanya has been married for 26 years and has two sons, Chris, 23 and Chance 19.   She also enjoys crocheting, photography and wood working.

Celebrate Summer Decor: Banners & Pinwheels You Can Make!

Celebrate Summer Decor: Banners & Pinwheels You Can Make

I LOVE summer time – the warm weather, the days of freedom, the lush landscape and summer blossoms and the bright colors all around. Ahh! Such an incredible time of year! Since I love it so much, I love having fun with my outdoor decor for celebrating all of the summer events – the last day of school, summer birthdays, Independence Day, BBQs, and just celebrating life and happiness. I have a particular fondness for banners and love to hang them outside. As a DIY kind of person, I make my own. This month’s Special Edition at The Digital Press was absolutely PERFECT for the vision I had for my summer banner. The colors, the elements, the joy of it all was right up my alley and I wasted no time getting to work on creating my summer banner and pinwheels (because what is summer decor without some colorful pinwheels?!). This is the project in progress….oh the goodness that is to come! 🙂

Celebrate Summer Decor: Banners & Pinwheels You Can Make

There are so many awesome things to choose from in the June Special Edition, but I limited myself to just a few to make it easy on me. I used Scotty Girl Designs Pocket Essentials flair and patterned papers as well as Kelleigh Ratzlaff Design’s Celebrate Summer kit. Since the Special Edition is a coordinated collection from all of the designers at The Digital Press, everything looks wonderful together!

To create this project, I first printed out the patterned papers and flairs on my printer and then used my Silhouette Cameo to cut out the flag shapes for the banner and the letters for my word to go on the banners – CELEBRATE. I also used the cameo to cut out the squares and cut lines for the pinwheels, however all of these things are easy enough to do by hand if you don’t have a cutting machine. A little tape runner for the banner, some hot glue for the pinwheels, and in less than a couple of hours the entire project was complete.

Celebrate Summer Decor: Banners & Pinwheels You Can Make

The celebrate banner and pinwheels are all set up and ready for some summer festivities!

Celebrate Summer Decor: Banners & Pinwheels You Can Make

A hot glue gun is a great tool for quickly getting the pinwheel corners to adhere to the center of the pinwheel. A craft dowel works well for the pinwheel stick. Fair warning: while fun for a display and kids to drool over, wasps and bees flock to the rock candy sticks!

Celebrate Summer Decor: Banners & Pinwheels You Can Make

The ribbon was easily applied with a tape runner and is really sturdy at keeping the banner together. I layered the patterned papers on solid white cardstock to add contrast and weight to the banner so it hangs better and will last.

Celebrate Summer Decor: Banners & Pinwheels You Can Make

I love the way it looks outside so I would say this project was a total success! Now it is time to sit back, relax, and celebrate all of the good things in life! 🙂


About the Author: Lori Pereyra is a member of the Creative Team here at The Digital Press. She is a stay at home mom to 4 children and loves capturing life…the good, the not so good, & the perfectly imperfect… and documents it all through photos, paper & pixels. She feels this is modern scrapbooking at it’s best!

Real Inspiration for Hybrid Layouts

Finding Inspiration for Hybrid Layouts


We all know that Pinterest is a great source for inspiration for layouts, but beyond being inspired by other people’s layouts, what do you look at for inspiration? I’m a firm believer than inspiration can come from anywhere. One of my very favorite ways to get inspired is by looking at vintage record covers. I have several of these pinned on my inspiration board.

Find Inspiration for Hybrid Layouts

For this layout, I found a record cover that I really loved and modeled my layout almost exactly after it. I used The Digital Press’s shop Collab called Go Play and created a sketch in Silhouette Studio and used print and cut with my Silhouette Cameo to cut out all the different pieces of this layout.

blog 2

Source here

Another example of a layout based off of a record cover is this layout I made using Mari Koegelenberg’s and Laura Passage’s #HappyThings collection.

Finding Inspiration for Hybrid Layouts

This layout was based off of another record cover and made within the Silhouette Studio. This collection was so fun and inspired me to document all the things that make me happy currently. The record cover was very graphic and geometric which is one of my favorite ways to scrapbook— clean and with lots of circles/triangles/stars, etc.

Finding Inspiration for Hybrid Layouts

Source here.

And if you can’t find the inspiration you are looking for in record covers, I recommend finding a good scrapbook sketch.

Finding Inspiration for Hybrid Layouts

I found a sketch on the Paper Issues blog and was immediately inspired to use Amanda Yi’s and Karla Dudley’s Limitless collection. Again, I recreated the sketch in the Silhouette studio using the shape tool and shapes I owned and dropped the digital patterned papers directly into the shapes. Then I did a print and cut and assembled and added a few extra embellishments.

Don’t be afraid to think outside of the box when it comes to finding inspiration. Record covers or any sort of visual art can be great forms of inspiration. And if all else fails, find a great paper scrapbooking sketch and go from there!

Finding Inspiration for Hybrid Layouts

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.

Hybrid gift tags


Hi folks! Donna here from the hybrid team and I will be sharing with you some cute tags I’ve created for Valentine’s. I used “Love is in the air” by Mari Koegelenberg and Mommyish and gift card tags template by Kelleigh Ratzlaff.

When I didn’t have an electronic cutting machine yet, I used to cut Kelleigh’s templates manually. Yes, even those tiny rectangular slits you see in the image below. One great tip I can tell you is use sharp and fine-tip scissors as much as possible for great results. A craft knife is also a handy tool to have for cutting besides a ruler and cutting mat.

For this project, I used both my machine and my hands. I used my Cameo to cut these templates.



and manually cut these printed elements using my ever trusted fine-tip scissors by EK success. Clean up the edges first before using your cuts ups to your projects.



added some butterflies and twine to complete my gift tags. You can add dimension even without using foam tape. I folded the hearts in the middle and glued down just the middle part, same with the sentiments. So it looks like the edges of the sentiment floating. Instant dimension!




Happy heart’s day!

DonnaAbout the author: Donna Espiritu is a new mother to a little girl and wife to a very supportive husband. She is currently living in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia with her family. When she is not scrapbooking, she likes to read some sci-fi/romantic/time-travel themed books or watching old episodes of some of her favorite tv shows.

Digital design + Silhouette Cameo = True Love (and a Giveaway!!!)

Happy Saturday!  A huge hello to you!  Today marks the very first Hybrid post here on The Digital Press blog!  I am going to show you how to use those digital designs with your Silhouette Cameo to create a one of a kind home decor item perfect for gift giving to newlyweds or for keeping for yourself!

And…. I’m hosting a giveaway where one lucky reader will win this beautiful set of pillow cases simply by commenting on this post!  You can receive additional entries by sharing this post.  To get additional entries, comment again telling me where you shared this post!

Digital design + Silhouette Cameo = True Love (and a Giveaway!!!)

I have had this project on my “to do” list for months and, after seeing Kim Broedelet’s Forever: I DO word art in the shop, I knew it was PERFECT for what I had in mind.

Digital design + Silhouette Cameo = True Love (and a Giveaway!!!)

The word art is part of her Forever: I DO: Collection.

Here is what you are going to need to create your own pillow cases:

  • Pillow cases, pre-washed without laundry soap or fabric softener
  • Siser Easy Weed heat transfer vinyl
  • Silhouette Cameo
  • Silhouette Studio program
  • Bride and Groom stick figures from the Silhouette design store
  • heat press (or iron)

I just recently ventured into the heat transfer vinyl (HTV) world with my Silhouette.  It has been a learning process with lots of mistakes along the way!  Hopefully, I can help you avoid some of the same mistakes I’ve made!

First, make sure that any tshirt, sweatshirt, hoodie, pillowcase, etc. that you are working on is pre-washed.  This helps pre-shrink the item so that all your hard work (shhh… it’s not really HARD work) isn’t ruined with the first wash.

Also, I do not use any laundry soap or fabric softener when pre-washing items.  Fabric softener can cause the heat transfer vinyl not to adhere to your item.

After washing my pillow cases, I used my heat press to “iron” them so that they were wrinkle free.  I then measured my pillow cases so that I knew how large my design needed to be.  I decided that my designs needed to be around 9 inches tall.

In my Silhouette Studio program, I opened and resized the bride and groom stick figures.  Next, I needed to trace the word art that I chose for my pillow cases.  Unfortunately, the Cameo cannot “read” a png file and “cut” it.  You have to trace it.

Tracing things definitely takes practice, but since I am cutting images in vinyl, it’s forgiving if it’s not perfect.  YouTube has many videos on how to trace.

To trace Kim’s word art, I opened the two files that I chose – the “From this day forward” and “The Best is yet to come” png files.

Open the trace window – it’s the little icon in the top right corner of your program that looks like a little blue slice of bread. LOL

Click on the Select Trace Area button.  Click and drag a box over the image that you want to trace.

Digital design + Silhouette Cameo = True Love (and a Giveaway!!!)

For this particular image, I found that by unchecking the High Pass Filter, decreasing the scale to 1, and increasing the threshold to 100% gave me the best trace.  By “best trace”, I mean that it gives me the most detail and the sharpest edges on the small areas of the design – like the word “the”.

Digital design + Silhouette Cameo = True Love (and a Giveaway!!!)

The change of color to yellow is how the program “knows” what to trace.  Any areas left the original color won’t cut correctly.

Once I was happy with the trace, I hit the Trace button in the program.  By using this option, the program traces (puts red lines) around all the parts of the letters including the inside of the letters.  At this point, you can either move the original png file off the mat or delete it.  This leaves the red tracing lines that the program will use to cut the heat transfer vinyl.

Digital design + Silhouette Cameo = True Love (and a Giveaway!!!)

Copy and paste the word art onto the same mat as the bride and groom stick figures.  Resize the word art to your liking.

NOTE: At this point you can position and space the word art where you’d like it to be next to the stick figure which will leave you with pieces of wasted, possibly unusable pieces of HTV or you can position both images very close together so that they are cut with the least amount of wasted vinyl possible.

Once you are happy with the layout of your design, group all the different files together by clicking on one and then while holding down the shift button of your keyboard, click on the rest of the files.  Click on the “Group Selected Shapes” button in the lower left corner of the program.

Next, you will need to mirror the image.  This cuts the vinyl so that correct side of the vinyl adheres to the pillowcases.

TIP:  Much to my dismay, I’ve wasted several pieces of HTV because I did not remember to mirror my image before sending it to the Cameo for cutting.  I now have a post-it note taped to my cameo that says “Mirror the image for HTV!!”  Another tip I saw online somewhere is to use a sharpie to write “Mirror image for HTV” on the edge of the cutting mat.

Apply the HTV to your cutting mat SHINY side down.  The shiny side is very obvious.  The shiny clear piece is the transfer sheet for applying the HTV to your fabric.  Load your mat into your silhouette and send your design to be cut.

Weed your design.  This is the term used to describe the peeling of the excess pieces of the vinyl that are not part of your design.  This includes the insides of letters like a, e, o, etc.  Your design will be backwards on the clear transfer sheet.  Now we are ready to apply the HTV to the pillow cases.

Pre-heat your heating press or iron.  If using a heating press, follow the temperature recommendations for the brand/type of HTV you are using.  For my heat press, I use the setting of 305 degrees F.  My heat press has a digital display.  If using an iron, I use the hottest setting on the iron and lots of pressure when adhering the HTV.

You will need to “warm” the area where you are applying the vinyl.  This helps draw out any moisture that may be in the fabric as well as helps improve the transfer process.

Position the HTV on the pillow case and cover with the teflon sheet or a piece of lightweight, cotton fabric to protect the HTV.

Using the heat press, I did a press of 10 seconds using medium pressure, allowed the design to cool a bit before performing another press of 10 seconds.

TIP:  I recommend doing some trial ironing when using HTV and an iron.  Cut some small pieces of HTV and play around with the settings on the iron, the pressure, and the amount of time it takes for the HTV to adhere to your fabric.  I used one of my husband’s old white undershirt to practice with both the iron and the heating press.

Siser Easy Weed vinyl is designed so that you can remove the clear transfer sheet while the vinyl is hot or cold. I like to start to slowly remove the transfer sheet while it’s still warm.  While doing this, I check to make sure the vinyl is adhered to the fabric.  If it’s not, I replace the transfer sheet and press again (not usually necessary if using a heat press).

After removing the clear transfer sheet, I once again cover the pillow case with the teflon sheet (or lightweight piece of fabric) to protect the vinyl and press it again for another 10 second cycle.

I then let the fabric cool and turn the tshirt/sweatshirt/pillow case inside out and press again on the reverse side of the design.  This pulls the HTV further into the fibers of the fabric for an even better transfer.

Here are the pillow cases side by side.

Digital design + Silhouette Cameo = True Love (and a Giveaway!!!)

and again, the finished pillow cases on the pillows.

Digital design + Silhouette Cameo = True Love (and a Giveaway!!!)

I hope you enjoyed my project!  If you have any questions about my project, please don’t hesitate to ask!!!

And remember, if you’d like to be entered into the giveaway, comment on this post!  And don’t forget that you can receive additional entries by sharing this post.  To get credit for additional entries, comment again telling me where you shared this post!

I will stop taking entries on Friday, 1/16/2015 at 11:59pm EST.  I will announce the winner here on the blog on 1/17/2015.  Good Luck!!!


LuAnn   About the Author: LuAnn Spang is a member of the Hybrid Team at The Digital Press. She lives just outside of Pittsburgh, PA with her husband, 2 adult sons and a teenage daughter.  She manages to find time be creative as a way of relieving stress while working full time as a LPN in an assisted living facility and attending RN school part time.