Im so happy that Jenn suggested digi scrapping as our blog topic the other day.
I have not digi scrapped for ages so it gave me a good excuse to have a little play. The best part of digi scrapping, for me, is that I can do a page on my laptop whilst watching TV. No glue, no mess - just one screen dotted with pretty-pretties to pick and chose at my leisure. And if I am truthful, I do acquire most of my digi supplies from freebie websites or failing that, make my own!
To demonstrate the next tutorial I made this layout below. I wanted to be playful and add a circular journal text style to match the mood of the layout. In Photoshop this is relatively easy but as I am not an Elements user, I cannot give you the tutorial for this - perhaps someone out there can offer a tutorial for us? In the meantime, download this quick tutorial (word document) from here if you are a Photoshop user to give you a clear idea of how to use this nifty trick.
You can also use this principal to make shaped text on your paper 8.5x11 layouts too. Simply mark out where you want your shaped text on your desktop page, print out on a piece of printer paper (to test) before you potentially ruin a good sheet of Bazzill and work your layout around that text.
I think the more we can come to rely on hybrid techniques, the more challenging (even interesting) our projects will become.