There seems to be some disparity regarding the definition of the word hybrid in the paper crafting world. Personally I always thought of it as anything where you took one medium from any form of art or craft and merged or morphed it with another to create something new.
Perhaps that is due to being involved with everything from card making in the early 90’s, into folk art painting, quilting and embroidery through to paper scrapping early this decade. Then with the emergence of digital scrap booking it seemed to disappear for a while.
Now having almost accidentally fallen into the modern term of hybrid crafting some 12 months ago with the popularity of this project and this tutorial it has become a catch phrase that is a large part of the paper crafting community and what I do.
Along with the realisation that while digital scrapbooking is a huge addiction focus for me, and a simple easy way to document my memories there came a knowledge that couldn’t be denied. I need to create physically. Not just on the computer. Not just getting it printed in to a book – though these are important parts of whole.
Here are a couple of ideas that came out in a recent conversation with my friend Jennifer in which we were discussing the in’s and out’s of hybrid.
“but I think the paper world considers hybrid as a way to bring journaling, photo overlays and other digital elements together on a page. In contrast, if you ask a digi scrapper what hybrid is, she would most likely tell you its printing out digital supplies and gluing them for craft projects.”
Which brings me to these questions. What does the term “hybrid” mean to you? Do you only think of it in terms of the one craft you specialise in? Or is it something for you that crosses and blurs the lines between all crafts?
What do you think?
I would love to hear your ideas on this. Please leave your thoughts in the comments box and let’s get the discussion going. 🙂