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Art Journaling 101: Digital, Hybrid, Hands-On Supply Basics – Printables

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Art Journaling 101: Printables

Hello Friends! Today I am building upon last week’s post on Printers. I’d like to talk about Printables. There are many Printables to be found online, and I’d like to remind you of the Printables you’ll find in Tangie’s kits as well. Her latest designs are designed specifically for Art Journaling!

Some people call working with printables “hybrid” scrapbooking and “hybrid” art journaling, in other words – hybrid = pixels + paper. I think the word hybrid scares a lot of people, however, many have been using printables for a long time without realizing they’ve been a hybrid designer.

In this article, I’ll outline the paper choices a hybrid artist will need to decide on, as well as printable choices, and finally software choices.



You’ll want to pick your type of paper first.  Here are the types of papers available for inkjet printing (for use in art journaling):

  • Bright White Inkjet Paper: 24 lb., color graphics stand out and black text looks rich and professional, acid free
  • Photo Paper: pick matte or gloss finish; 9 mil thickness for the look and feel of a true photograph
  • Clear Transparent Stickers: Clear transparent stickers are a special coated film with a permanent adhesive backing that adheres to clean surfaces.
  • Photo Quality Glossy White Inkjet Stickers: Create your own custom stickers with photo quality smudge proof full sheet stickers with permanent adhesive back.
  • Translucent Clear Vellum Paper: Vellum papers have outstanding formation and translucency and are recyclable.
  • Peel and Stick Inkjet Fabric Sheets: Want to add a little fabric texture to your scrapbook pages, journals, altered books, frames, and your home decor? This product is great for all sorts of crafts. Print your own scans or photos, or let your kids draw their designs with crayons! Once you’ve cut your fabric photo or design the way you want it, stick it to something! Cover something! Pull it off and stick it to something else! The fabric has an adhesive backing so it may be adhered to anything in your house, classroom, office, etc.Peel & Stick Inkjet Fabric is 200 thread count fabric adhered to a plastic backing for stability. It feeds through any inkjet printer so you can print photos or designs from your computer. After printing, the plastic backing gets peeled off and discarded.

Once you have your paper ready, then it’s time to get your printable! Here’s the awesome assortment from Tangie’s store:














You’ll need software that can allow you to make layouts, and will open .png files, and capable of at least 200 dpi for printing. It is ideal if the software supports layers.

Quoted from Sondra Scraps, “You can download free software! Scrapbook Flair www.scrapbookflairsoftware.com or www.scrapbookflair.com is a free program to download with a community to support it!

You may have software on your computer right now which you can use to scrapbook. Most photo-editing programs should be able to work with layers. If you already have software like this, you’re in business!”

If you would like a more powerful photo editing and graphics program, you can compare the various programs with the informational chart seen here.


NEXT WEEK: I’ll explore printables more with a finished project and tutorial.

Julie Ann Shahin is a New York-based art journaler, scrapbooker, mixed media craftster who specializes in hybrid and altered art techniques. She will be blogging regularly for tangiebaxter.com on Tuesdays and Saturdays. You may contact Julie Ann directly at julieann dot shahin at gmail dot com


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