Get Started for FREE! Hybrid and Digital Scrapbook Quick Start PDF Print
Written by Jessica Sprague   
Wednesday, 29 April 2009 19:00

Hi there! I'm your instructor, Jessica Sprague. I have a passion for both paper and digital scrapbooking, and I can't wait to share my secrets with you! When you take my online classes here, I'll show you how to tell the stories of your life with Photoshop or Photoshop Elements.

Using your computer as a memory-keeping tool can be so EASY, if you know where to go for instructions. I'll show you how easy it is to get started with these two FREE Quick Start classes - one for making all-digital pages, and one for combining digital techniques and paper scrapbooking (called "hybrid"). You'll get a feel for what my classes are like, and make a great project in just 15 minutes! Let's get started!

Digital Scrapbooking Quick Start

In this project, we start with a mostly finished page, and then we'll use Photoshop or Photoshop Elements to add in our own photo and some text to create a gorgeous 12x12 inch digital scrapbook page, perfect for printing onto 12x12 or 8x8 photo paper and slipping into an album, or for saving and sharing online with friends and loved ones.

First Steps

Before you launch the class, you'll need just a few things:

  1. Software. You can create the techniques from this class in Word or in Adobe Photoshop or Photoshop Elements. I teach all my other classes using Photoshop and Elements, and I recommend checking out Photoshop Elements if you're getting started with using your computer as a scrapbook tool. Click here to download a free 30-day trial of Photoshop Elements from
  2. A digital page. To accomplish the steps in this class, you'll need to download and unzip the mostly-finished page. Click here to download the We page.You'll need to unzip this file to a place on your hard drive (click here for info on unzipping).
  3. A cold drink. Grab one. We'll wait. When you're ready, click the Launch button to start the class!


  • Design and alphabet: Jessica Sprague
  • Digital supplies: Mindy Terasawa @


Next Steps: Up & Running with Photoshop

Now that you have a basic understanding of what it takes to complete a quick digital page in Photoshop, you're all ready to dive in to the real journey of learning in my beginner-level digital scrapbooking class, Up & Running with Photoshop. At the end of this one-of-a-kind, video-based class you'll be creating digital layouts entirely from scratch, and you'll be able to use any digital kit to tell your stories. You will not find better digital scrapbooking instruction ANYWHERE. Guaranteed. Click here to view and register for Up & Running with Photoshop.

Here's a map of the series of classes I offer here, that will take you from beginning to advanced digital scrapbooking!



If you want to take a closer look at our class curriculum, click HERE.

Hybrid Scrapbooking Quick Start: For Paper Scrapbookers

The first is to mix in a few digital techniques into your paper scrapbooking work, and is designed to help paper scrapbookers take advantage of the beauty and creativity of digital techniques while still relishing the hands-on, tactile feel you can only get from paper scrapbooking. You can see in the page below, that I've used cardstock, patterned paper, and chipboard in combination with some elements I created on the computer: a journaling block and a circle accent with white type. I'll show you how to make this page from start to finish in the Hybrid Quick Start class!

First Steps

Before you launch the class, you'll need just a few things:

  1. Software. You can create the techniques from this class in Word or in Adobe Photoshop or Photoshop Elements. I teach all my other classes using Photoshop and Elements, and I recommend checking out Photoshop Elements if you're getting started with using your computer as a scrapbook tool. Click here to download a free 30-day trial of Photoshop Elements from
  2. A printer. To accomplish the steps in this class, you'll need to be able to print things out at letter-size, which is 8.5 x 11 inches. Any standard inkjet printer will do.
  3. A cold drink. Grab one. We'll wait. When you're ready, click the Launch button to start the class!


  • 1 sheet red cardstock: Bazzill Basics
  • 1 sheet patterned paper and chipboard flourish: FancyPants
  • 1 Scalloped-edge paper: Creative Imaginations
  • Chipboard letters: Chatterbox
  • Date stamp: Autumn Leaves (month); Technique Tuesday (year)
  • Stamping ink: Cat's Eye from Colorbok

NOTE: I use a free downloadable font available from, called LL Rubber Grotesque.

Next Steps: Scrapbook Alchemy

Now that you have a basic understanding of what it takes to Hybrid Scrapbook, you're ready to move in to the other project-based classes I offer here at! I've created a special series JUST for paper scrapbookers, called Scrapbook Alchemy, because it blends both digital and paper scrapbooking.

You can take each self-paced, video-based class on its own, purchase them as gifts, collect them all! Each episode comes with printable Inspiration Cards you can use to shuffle through when you're stuck for ideas, too! You will be AMAZED at all you can accomplish with the right instructions.

Click HERE to view the Scrapbook Alchemy classes as well as the other hybrid classes we have available, and get started on your journey of learning today!

Comments (54)add comment
Jessica, Thank you so much for this great way to introduce my friends to the wonderland of digital and hybrid scrapping. This will be a great tool.

April 30, 2009
What a great gift! Thanks for offering this class for free. I can't wait to take it!

April 30, 2009
Chrystal Hollingsworth
Chrystal Hollingsworth: ...
My sister-in-law has been wanting to start digital scrapbooking, and this is the perfect way for her to get a "taste". Thank you so much for posting it - for free!

April 30, 2009
Amy Cazier
Amy Cazier: ...
You are going to get so many people hooked on digi scrapbooking with this! I have several ladies who havn't had the courage to spend the money on a class although I have told them it is sooooo worth it. This will help them get their feet wet, Thank You!

April 30, 2009
Elaine J. Bowman
Elaine J. Bowman: ...
I'm going to tell all my newbie friends! I LOVE YOU JESSICA! smilies/kiss.gif You are the best! Thanks for teaching me to digi-scra!

April 30, 2009
Rebecca Yorke
Rebecca Yorke: ...
wow you are so generous, I have been wanting to try digi for a while, this may be the kick I need to get me going. Thank you

May 01, 2009
Kathleen Bolduc
Kathleen Bolduc: ...
Thank you for your generous gift. I have taken them before and I have really learn alot by doing these.

May 01, 2009
Nicky from Canada: ...
Thanks Jessica - great gift to us all!!! Loving your classes and what you offer.

May 01, 2009
Debbie Bradley
Debbie Bradley: ...
Thanks so much Jessica. Love the hybrid page. Will check out the digi one later.

May 01, 2009
Anna: ...
thank you so much for sharing wiht us jessica! you are the one who got me into this and made me confident enough to even start and that was 3 years ago!!!! thanks so much!

May 01, 2009
Janet Missenden
Janet Missenden: ...
smilies/wink.gifThanks Jessica for being soooo generous, I'm hooked..I'm not getting any sleep, spending toooo much time on your website... thank you !

May 01, 2009
Julie: ...
Thanks for the free classes! I was debating about whether to do the Scrapbook Alchemy series (since I've never done any hybrid scrapbooking before) but I just watched this and I'm totally hooked! You make it seem so easy and I really enjoyed learning something new. Thanks for your generosity!

May 01, 2009
Amie Fetzer
Amie Fetzer: ...
I love your tutorials so much I decided to watch this one even though I would consider myself an intermediate to advanced digi scrapper. I recently upgraded to PSE 7 from 5 and have been frusterated that I couldn't zoom with scroll wheel like I could in PSE 5. I thought it was probably a prefrence setting and hadn't taken the time to figure it out but you solved my problem with this tutorial! It just refirmed for me that I can always get something out of your lessons not matter what level they are at! You are awesome thanks for doing what you do!!

May 01, 2009
Mom of seven
Mom of six: ...
Hi Jessica! I love your free classes. I do have one complaint though. Maybe it's a suggestion instead of a complaint. I cannot remember all the steps to do things, and I am not computer savvy enough to know what you're talking about half the time. Is there any way that you could provide a text version download of the video so that I could print it out and actually be in Photoshop trying out the things as I follow along? It would help me sooo much!
Keep up the great work and have a fantastic day!

May 01, 2009
Nancy Jewkes
Nancy Jewkes: ...
Wonderful classes, Jessica, can hardly wait to share your free classes with my friends who have seen the pages I have done from your other classes. We are going to do you free classes together, what fun! They will see how easy you make scrapbooking with the computer. Thanks!.

May 01, 2009
Amy McLaughlin
Amy McLaughlin: ...
Hi Jessica! I'm new to your site and checked out your free digital class. Thank you!! I really have a feel for what your instructional style is, it is great! I'm excited to try one of your other classes - now which one???? :O)

May 01, 2009
AWESOME! I can't wait to send this message to my friends! What a wonderful gift!
Thanks Jessica!

May 01, 2009
Ann Daly
Ann Daly: ...
Although I have been digi scraping for awhile now, I ALWAYS learn new things from Jess. Thanks, Jess you rock!

May 02, 2009
Glenda Huss
Glenda Huss: ...
Thank you so much for letting us try this project for free! I had a great time doing it and ended up with an awesome looking scrapbook page! I will definitely be trying more hybrid projects! Happy National Scrapbooking Day!!!

May 02, 2009
Heike Paulus
Heike Paulus: ...
Hi, Jessica!

Thank you so much for sharing this two great classes with us!!!!


May 05, 2009
Sally Siviour
Sally Siviour: ...
Hi, I'm finally back after a short spell. Anyway looked into my classes and could only find the up & running available but I paid for the three class bundle & Type writer free class which should include now we're rocking, digi in deep and Type writer as well but it's not showing on my classes for ascess.

Could you please explain why and what I need to do at this end?? I must be doing something wrong. My order number if it helps was 00006368 on Fri 28th Nov 2008

Look forward to your reply

Thankyou, Sally Siviour

May 06, 2009
Wow, thanks so much. I've been doing so much digital lately it was great to get stuck into my "real" paper goodies again. I did the hybrid layout and I love it. Thanks again for the freebiesmilies/smiley.gif

May 06, 2009
Holly McAlister
Holly McAlister: ...
Love your classes, your work, your blog... you name it, I love it! :-)

Your photo editing class has been a lifesaver already, and I'm still playing around with everything, with a long way to go. But I get all kinds of compliments from family and friends now, and it's all thanks to you!

One question: Do you have any plans for teaching InDesign techniques for layout? I use it in a limited capacity for my birth announcements and wedding invitations, but I'd love to know all the tricks of the trade with it. It seems so much more user-friendly for scrapbooking, too, than PS. Any plans?

May 06, 2009
Janet: ...
Thanks so much for sharing these videos! I'm so amazed and LOVE your way of teaching. It's so precis, understandable and at a pace where I can really learn. I love it. I'm not exactly sure how I came about your website, but I'll be sure to thank the person when I remember. Thanks so much for sharing. I love this blog! smilies/smiley.gif

June 11, 2009
Rebette Nelson
Rebette Nelson: ...
My mother has been doing some gorgeous pages thanks to your lessons and now I am ready to start trying this myself. Thank you for offering such wonderful lessons.

June 21, 2009
Darline Morales
Darline Morales: ...
Thanks so much looking forward to the new class!!!!!

June 22, 2009
How do you make your picture bigger to fit the space in CS3...I can't seem to figure that out?
Thanks! I'm trying to learn how to use CS3 and so I don't get it from watching in the video..I don't have the same stuff around my photo to be able to size it smilies/sad.gif

June 26, 2009
Sandra Knecht
Sandra Knecht: ...
Awesome class. Thank you so much. I will definitely need to check more out. I have Photoshop Elements. Which version are you using in your classes? Thank you for sharing your talent. You have great enthusiasm.

June 27, 2009
Janice: ...
Amazing class! You make it look so easy. I think I am ready to give it a try. Thank you so much for this wonderful gift!

June 27, 2009
Dear Jessica, I wanted to thank you for your free classes! I learned so much in just a few minutes, and really enjoyed it. Here's what I did... with lots of links to you :-) I'll be back for more! Best, Diane

July 28, 2009
Thanks for sharing and helping the rest of us along. Enjoyed doing this digi class this morning! smilies/shocked.gif)

October 07, 2009
Cheryl Arbo
Cheryl: ...
Thank you for this free digital page. I have one problem so far. I cannot download the page link. Maybe this will be available once the class is open, but was not sure. I'm just getting into digital scrapbooking so "thank you" sooo much!

November 03, 2009
Gill Hammersley
Gill Hammersley: ...
Hi Jessica, Just wanted to say thank you for your two free classes, and the free download. I really enjoyed spending time with you.

November 04, 2009
Judy O'Brien
Judy O'Brien: ...
Thanks Jessica! I love taking your classes and your style of digital scrapbooking. Thanks for showing us your wonderful ideas!


November 07, 2009
Elnora Chambers
Elnora Chambers: ...
Thank you so much! I have taken two of your classes and loved every minute! You're so good to us...

November 07, 2009
Michele Varga
Michele Varga: ...
smilies/kiss.gif This kiss is for you for making this so clear for me! I am so glad I found your site and will get signed up for your class this week ... I can't wait!

November 09, 2009
Susan Ellwitz
Susan Ellwitz: ...
I am so-o-o new to this. Trying to follow the instructions for the Quick Start using a Mac is like learning a foreign language. Easy, step by step instructions are really needed for us novices. I do want to learn this! Help me!smilies/cry.gif

November 10, 2009
RUTH: ...
Aloha Jessica,

I am so excited to learn this and much mahalos for teaching.

I am not able to switch the "hand" icon to use the "move" tool. i select the move tool but the cursor remains the "hand". i am able to get the photo into the LO but it sits directly in the center and i am not able to move the photo. please advise.

November 17, 2009
Tanya Y. Dean
Tanya Y. Dean: ...
I am going to commit to taking this free class. I am in need of some "hobby" time; time to get creative. This is a great way for me to learn something new as I embark into the world of scrapbooking. Thanks, Jessica.

December 08, 2009
Carol Arnold
Carol Arnold: ...
This was so simple I almost feel like I cheated! Such a beautiful page! TFS!!! Carol

December 10, 2009
Donna: ...
I was so excited to find your website and really wanted to try your free classes. Unfortunately, I do not own Photoshop or Photoshop Elements. I do use StoryBook Creator Plus by Creative Memories and love it. I'm sure that I could figure out how to do some of the things you show in Photoshop in SBCP but the zipped file has a Photoshop extension so I am unable to take the class and figure it out. Any plans in the future to have less software specific classes? I'd really be interested in them.


January 19, 2010
This was my second attempt at a digital layout and I learned several new things using the free tutorial & the page was so easy to make! I posted a link to the tutorial on my blog. I'm hoping to get my friends interested in some digital scrapbooking too. Thanks for the free class & the free template!
Here is what I made http://thefragranthand.blogspo...ayout.html

February 11, 2010
Ruby Hudson
Ruby: ...
Love your classes and have learned so much from them. I have a question about your paper trimmer used in your video. What brand of trimmer is it and where can I find one. Thanks for all the useful information you have given me. Ruby

March 10, 2010
I was recommended your site, by a friend. Although a bit resistant at first. I can't wait to play !!!
Thank you sooooooo're brill !!!

June 11, 2010
carolyn krassinger
carolyn krassinger: ...
I'm sorry, but as much as I tried, I could not get the handles on the picture I added to your layout in the digital quick start class. I replayed it, backed it up and I did exactly what I was to do. Open a picture, drag it down and release over the layout. Over in the layers area, I moved the picture under the layout. That's it! I had no way to enlarge the photo. Tell me what I was doing wrong, please. I tried with 2 different pictures, to no avail. I was using the select tool at the far left top. No handles! Thanks. Wow, I can't even get started. Story of my life! lol

June 20, 2010
Jen Papadimitriou
Jen Papadimitriou: ...
Awesome beginner class. Thanks for the free quick page too. Gorgeous.
Even though I've been doing it for a couple of months I STILL learned something! smilies/smiley.gif
I'm definitely looking into registering for your Up and Running class now!


August 16, 2010
sherry cline
sherry cline: ...
Jessica, Thanks for the free class! I learned so much! I do have on problem. For some reason when I try to put my text on the first two journaling strips the text doesn't appear. The color is on white, the text box shows in the lower right hand "layers" box and the text appears here. The journaling on the 3rd strip shows up just fine, as far as I know I did things the same way on the first two strips. Any ideas?

November 12, 2010
Samantha: ...
Thanks so much for offering another free class! I was so bummed I missed your Inspiration Everywhere class. My monitor blew and it was in the repair shop for nearly 3 weeks! I'm excited to learn how I can do this. My husband just bought me a new DSLR camera for Christmas, I'm excited to learn to use it (waiting for class) and how I can make different projects with my pictures. smilies/smiley.gif smilies/smiley.gif

December 20, 2010
This is gonna be great! I had somewhat stumbled my way towards Hybrid scrapbooking using my computer for shortcuts whenever possible, but now I don't have to stumble along any more! What a great resource, I'll be sure to take more and more classes, thanks so much!

June 05, 2011
Alicia Drehsen
Tuki: ...
I can't wait to try your classes, Jessica. I'm a beginner, so I need all of the baby steps I can get. Thanks for the freebies!!

June 30, 2011
Hi Jessica, I found your website somehow which I forgot... hehehe... but I was too curious about learning digital scrapbooking.
I got my first lesson from your free class. They are very helpful to give me an idea about what digital scrapbooking is.
Thank you!

August 11, 2011
Judi Church
Judi Church: ...
This is literally the first time I have completed a digital page; your instructions were clear and didn't make me feel like an idiot. I am looking forward to the class....I think I can, I think I can, I think I can ----->I know I can! Thank you for this opportunity!!

May 28, 2012
Lisa Shrader
Lisa Shrader: ...
I have tried to download the free trial membership of Photoshop, but cannot find it on my computer. Any sugesstions?

July 12, 2012

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