View Full Version : For the Love of Hybrid - Beginner Box Tutorial

02-25-2011, 11:04 PM
Hi everyone! Tracy here with a very simple tutorial – what I’m about to walk you through is exactly how I got my start in hybrid. We’ll be making an easy box that you can use to dress up any gift or treat you can think of.

The first thing I did was pick up two sets of digital items – first is a box template like this one by Kelleigh Ratzlaff (http://www.thedigichick.com/shop/Perfectly-Square-Template-Set.html). One of the things I love about Kelleigh’s templates is they fit on a letter sized piece of paper, so you don’t have to have a wide format printer.


The second is a digital kit like this one by Quirky Twerp (http://www.thedigichick.com/shop/Vanilla-Noir-Scrapbook-Kit.html). When I’m working on a hybrid project, I will often choose a paper-only pack, but I also wanted to use the butterfly element in this kit as an accent on the box.


I opened the template file in my scrapbooking software – I use Photoshop Elements 9. Then I clipped one of the papers to the sides of the box, and a different paper to the rest of the box – the top and all the flaps that form the bottom of the box and hold it together. You could also use a single paper for the entire thing.


The next thing I did was find space on the page for six separate butterfly elements. I am going to assemble them into a single butterfly with three layers a bit later, and I wanted each layer to have a front and back. So, three of the butterflies are mirror images of the other three – accomplished by flipping those butterfly layers horizontally.


Finally, many hybrid templates will include scoring and cutting lines to show you how to assemble your box once it’s printed. I usually change the color of those lines so they blend with the box - they need to be just dark enough so you can see them but not so dark that they are obvious. I have made this particular box lots of times and I know where to cut and score, so I deleted them all together.

Once you’re all done manipulating the papers, elements and scoring lines, flatten your image and save it as a jpeg. Then, print it out on high quality paper – I use Epson Matte Presentation Paper because I really like its heavier weight and the true colors that print. You’ll find that some papers will absorb too much ink and your colors will look desaturated and washed out. If you have a borderless printer setting on your printer, make sure you use it!

Once your page is printed, the fun begins! I know that some hybrid artists recommend that you score your lines before you cut – but I always cut before I score. Once I cut everything out, my pieces look like this:


Next up is scoring along all the places where you will need to fold the box in order to assemble it. I have a trimmer with a scoring blade and a couple different sizes of bone folders – what I use just depends on the project and how much control I need to have. Because this project is scoring all straight lines, I used my trimmer (with scoring blade):


And then I folded along all the score lines and assembled the box! It is really critical that you use a high quality adhesive that will really stick. I typically use my ATG gun:



To embellish my box, I chose some ribbon to coordinate and some Stickles to add some bling. I also assembled the butterfly I printed along with my box by adhering a right-way and mirror-image butterfly together three times. I heavily scored two of the three butterflies and bent them up a bit. Then, I adhered the three layers together at the centers.

And then I arranged everything on the box and adhered it down using a combination of my ATG gun and some Glue Dots.


Here is a box that Holly on our Creative Team made:


Wasn’t that easy? Now it's your turn! Please let me know if you have any questions and I will answer them here in the thread. I can’t wait to see what you create!

02-26-2011, 02:12 AM
What a great tutorial, Tracy!!! Lovely projects!

02-26-2011, 05:37 AM
This was really a great idea Tracy. I love filling these little boxes with notes or sweets and giving them to friends. My friends are always so "amazed" that its handmade.

02-26-2011, 07:32 AM
fantastic tutorial :)

02-26-2011, 09:27 AM
What a gorgeous project!

02-26-2011, 02:50 PM
What fun and versatile projects girls!

02-27-2011, 05:54 AM
That's lovely. Must have a look and see what box templates I have.

02-28-2011, 08:23 AM
Here is my box

02-28-2011, 12:38 PM
What an adorable box!! I love the contrasting lid. Thanks for playing along! :)

02-28-2011, 10:26 PM
Here's a new one I did :)
http://i171.photobucket.com/albums/u283/wendya78/Hybrid/butterfly-matchbox.jpg (http://www.thedigichick.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=107571&title=from-small-beginnings&cat=655)
And I guess I stuck with the butterfly theme... Totally not intentional :)

03-10-2011, 06:01 PM
I made this little box using the Matchbox Template Set (http://www.thedigichick.com/shop/Awakening.html) by Kelleigh Ratzlaff and Heart & Soul (http://www.thedigichick.com/shop/Heart-and-Soul.html) Boutique Collab here at The Digichick. I filled it with assorted cough drops for a sick friend. A perfect little get well gift - and so quick and easy!

http://www.thedigichick.com/gallery/data/655/tdc_heartsoul_Kelleigh_matchbox.jpg (http://www.thedigichick.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=108944&title=get-well-matchbox&cat=655)

03-10-2011, 09:59 PM
These are all so cute!! Love the bright papers, and your photography is awesome, everyone!!