One of the questions I tend to receive a lot is how do I type on my pages. Do I take the insert apart? Is it a lot of work? Does it take more time? The answers are No, no and no, but I think that might be different for everybody, so allow me to explain.
I build my pages in Adobe Illustrator, a program with which I am very familiar. Doing it this way is actually much faster for me and I can build several layouts in less time than it would take me to build them directly in my notebook. Doing things this way permits me to use digital products like paper, journal cards, brushes/ stamps and of course it makes it easier to add journaling. I can format everything before printing it out and because the elements are digital, they are also flat which means less bulk overall.
Since I prefer hybrid pages and not completely digital, I still physically stamp on my pages, I add die cuts, I sew and add staples...I still do all the things I love to do...I just enlist the help of my computer.
So here are my steps...they are pretty basic. I build the pages on the computer. I have created custom settings so I can print a single page at a time. I don't always make everything on the computer...sometimes just one of the pages. On the pages above I added digital diecuts, but sometimes I do that after...depends on if I have something else I want to use. I usually add a digital pattern careful to block out the areas that will be covered. If it's not going to show I don't print it. I use high quality text weight paper. It's not matte photo paper, but still prints well. I rarely use heavyweight paper anymore. My diecuts are usually cardstock and I still print my photos on photo paper but that's it. Next I print it out...I usually have to cut it a tiny bit depending on where it lands in my notebook and then I add whatever I want...stitching, staples, my photos, stamping...whatever. Sometimes the only thing I need to add is my photo. This is especially helpful when I am playing catch up and just want to get things done. Last step, I adhere these pages into my notebook. A friend told me that this seemed redundant to her and it made more sense to just use the pages of your notebook. My thing is, I do use the pages of my notebook...it's the bottom layer. This is kind of what we do as scrapbookers...we stick paper to paper and then stick more things on top of that. Nobody's counting.
So yeah...this is how I make hybrid notebook pages. It's how I made hybrid layouts and hybrid pocket pages and I'm simply doing what I've always done. It's not the approach everyone would take or even prefer, but I say try it...you might like it:)