Advantages of Editing with an Adjustment Layer in Photoshop or PSE [Video]

This week’s Adobe Photoshop or Elements tip of the week is now available on video. This weeks tip is on Advantages of Editing with an Adjustment Layer in Photoshop or PSE.

Posted in Video Tutorials | Leave a comment

Let’s Blend Challenge – Painted Photo Masks

Welcome to the October Let’s Blend Challenge. I have some wonderful inspiration for you from our Creative Team, using the freebie Katie gave us this month.

Mollie (readstoomuch) chose a photo of her lifelong friend to create this special page. Her brushwork is magnificent here. Products used: Katie Pertiet: Algot Solids Paper Pack, Booked Blue Botanical Scrapbook Kit, Flare Sprays Brushes and Stamps No. 01, Graphica Solids Paper Pack, Hello Happiness Brushes and Stamps, Kesia Kit, Page Blends No. 05, Painted Photo Masks Brushes and Stamps No. 10, Vintage Photo Frames No. 18, Vintage Photo Frames No. 36, Watery Typecast Sentiments Brushes and Stamps No. 01, Watery Typecast Sentiments Brushes and Stamps No. 02.I love the photo Liz chose to document a trip to Berlin…so creative! Products used: Katie Pertiet: City Maps Brushes and Stamps No. 01, Title Lines Shadowed Brushes and Stamps No. 04. Studio Double-D: Readymade Borders: Vintage No. 03.


I love the photo Liz (Lizziet5) chose to document a trip to Berlin…so creative! Products used: Katie Pertiet: City Maps Brushes and Stamps No. 01, Title Lines Shadowed Brushes and Stamps No. 04. Studio Double-D: Readymade Borders: Vintage No. 03.

Recorded_memory_Let_s_Blend_Oct_2015_800 I used a photo I took of my front porch, framed it and placed over the brushwork. Products used: Katie Pertiet: Botanique Scrapbook Kit No. 01, Wood Veneer Plain Photo Frames No. 01, Painted Photo Masks Brushes and Stamps No. 10, Blendable Layers No. 11, Blendable Layers No. 10, Watery Typecast Sentiments Brushes and Stamps No. 01, Blendable Layers No. 07, Blendable Layers No. 10.

Let's Blend October upload

I hope you are feeling inspired! Katie has given us a wonderful freebie pack  to use for this challenge.  Using at least one of the items in the freebie pack and your other Designer Digitals products, post your page in the Mask Appeal Scrapbook Challenge Gallery as well as in the October Challenge Participation Thread to increase your savings at Designer Digitals. I hope this encourages you to try using more of the Defining Paint Blends on your pages. A big thank you to Mollie and Liz for creating such inspiring, beautiful layouts and helping me out with this challenge.









Posted in Challenge | Leave a comment

Autumnal Artistry Elements and Thrifty Thursday at DesignerDigitals

It’s time for Thrifty Thursday here at DesignerDigitals. We will have one item PER DESIGNER marked down to $ 99 cents! That’s 7 special price items + 1034 other items marked down 50%. These specials only last until 6am EST on Friday morning so don’t miss out.

Here are this weeks featured $ 99 cent items:


Autumnal Artistry Element Pack


Hello Fall 3×4 Journal Cards


Typesets: Foodie No. 01 Brushes and Stamps


Meadow Glow Paper Pack


Layered Memories No. 151


Layer Works No. 340


Crafted Leaves

Posted in Announcements | Leave a comment

Template Mash-Up: Fabulous Fall

Bailey here with our Template Mash Up challenge! Around most of the US, Autumn has arrived. Here in FL the biggest clue is the Pumpkin Spice Latte’s, not the weather!! These two templates ought to get you in the mood for the cool weather, the falling leaves and the splendor that is FALL!! We are mashing these lovely templates by Katie Pertiet:

Our fantastic team members Agnieszka aka Arte Banale. and Pam aka blkcow. created some amazing examples to get our creativity flowing!!

Agnieszka BLOG

Agnieszka made this gem and it makes me want to travel the world! How serene and lovely is this one!?

Agnieszka used the following products fro Designer Digitals to create this masterpiece along with the templates:
Metsa Element Pack
Botanique Element Pack No. 01

Fall Days Layered Template

This one by Pam makes me LONG for those cool crisp days.  They will come! Those colorful leaves on the other hand, I may just have to travel a bit north for!! She created this gem with the two templates and Awesome Autumn Solids Paper Pack by Katie Pertiet.

I hope you are feeling inspired to mash up some pages and create your own masterpieces!! Post your pages to our Template Gallery . If your page uses all products it will qualify for our Rewards Program. Simply post your page to the October Participation thread. 

Can’t wait to see YOUR pages!!

Posted in Template Challenge | Leave a comment

Find Joy Template and Template Tuesday at DesignerDigitals


It’s Template Tuesday where 250 random templates are now marked down 40%. The specials run from now through 6am EST on Wednesday so don’t miss out!


Posted in Announcements | Leave a comment

Color Spots Challenge: Falling Leaves

Autumn has arrived. Leaves are changing and falling all around. Fall harvests from the garden. Cozy sweaters and socks make their way out. Hot drinks warm us. The cooler weather is on it’s way, which leads to more scrapping time! Today I am sharing a new color challenge with you all. This month we are focusing on the colors of fall: brown, yellow, and red.

color inspiration 2(photo credit)color inspiration 1(photo credit)

Agnieszka (Arte Banale) chose to scrap a beautiful fall photo from the mountains near her. Isn’t it beautiful to see the flaming leaves next to the evergreens? Her brush work is fabulous. I love the wooden frame over the stamped block. color inspiration ArteSupplies used: Stamped Blocks No. 36 Brushes and Stamps, Great Escape Brushes and Stamps, Readymade Tall Strips: Fall No. 01, Fred the Fox Kit, Canvas Color Mix Paper Pack No. 07, Watery Typecast Blends Brushes and Stamps No. 03, Scribbled and Scripted Leaves Brushes and Stamps No. 01, Monthly Memories Brushes and Stamps No. 02

Sarah (sterkeurs) had the privilege to pick some fresh fruit. I do agree that fresh from the garden is such a divine treat! I adore the layers and texture in which she created on her page. Can you just smell the fresh apple pie from the oven?color inspiration SarahSupplies used: Apple Cider Mini Kit, Clean Stitched Banners: White No. 01, Printed and Scripted Great Memory Brushes and Stamps, Canvas Colors Paper Pack No. 08, Tate Kit, Readymade Tall Strips: Fall No. 03, Layer Works No. 580

Melissa (Melissa Hill) took the chance to scrap several photos and memories from walks with her dad. I love getting out in nature. I adore the various shots she shared on her page. Her dad’s happy face, the shoes crunching the leaves beneath them, and a view from up top.color inspiration MelissaSupplies used: Awesome Autumn Scrapbooking Collection, Layer Works No. 594, Readymade Tall Strips: Fall No. 02

Are you feeling inspired? Katie has generously provided a freebie pack to get you started. Post your color spots pages in the Color Challenge Gallery. If your pages qualifies for the Rewards Program, then don’t forget to post a link to your page in the October Participation Thread for credit. I look forward to seeing your pages fill up the gallery! Happy Scrapping!

Posted in Color Challenge | Leave a comment

DesignerDigitals Hot Page of the Week, October 2, 2015

I love the simple artistry in this page by Arte Banale! She did a wonderful job of sampling colors from the photo and bringing them into the elements with her brushwork! Well done!



Posted in DesignerDigitals Hot Page | Leave a comment

Saturday Scraplift Challenge: At an Angle

Happy weekend everyone and welcome to this week’s Saturday Scraplift Challenge! This week we’re lifting this gorgeous page by Debi (beehive50). Aside from the terrific design with the angled border to the right, I love the monochromatic look of her page, the fun photo, super brushwork and Just fabulous!


Lindsay (bessysue581) was inspired to tell the story about her son coaching her daughter in running. Now isn’t that a lovely, sweet brother?! The pink arrows, the chevrons and the big white circle draw the viewers eye to the subject, and the paper choices and pops of pink are perfect! Cool extraction too Lindsay!

Lindsay little_runner

Lindsay’s supply list is: Almost There Solids Paper PackArtsy Splatters Brushes, Stamps and LayersAstro Element PackBe More Brushes and StampsBlue Bird Element Pack,
Bold Scripts Sweet Life Brushes and StampsCully Scrapbooking CollectionDoodledo Photo Frames No. 10Handdrawn Graphic Strips Brushes and Stamps No. 01Inked Twists Brushes and Stamps No. 01Metal Clip AssortmentTwisted Dots No. 01Wire Rimmed Alphabet No. 06 – Katie Pertiet; Clear-Thru Arrows No. 01 – Maplebrook Studios

The new Puppy Power Collection came to the store at just the right time for Sara (sarahorton) to scrap this adorable photo of Sammy! The patterned backdrop is beautifully subtle and after switching the design around a little to suit the photo so that Sammy is looking into the page, Sara finished off with the large title and an oh so cute paw print!


Here is a list of Sara’s supplies: Puppy Power KitMalene Element PackAstro Element PackDecorative Safety PinsCalne Element PackSplatters Brushes and Stamps No. 02Splatters Brushes and Stamps No. 04Messy Stitched Circles: White No. 01Artsy Lopsy Layered Photo Frames No. 01ARTpack Loops Brushes and Stamps No. 01Faringdon Element Pack – Katie Pertiet

Sharon’s (justbnsharon) granddaughter is enjoying her sweet treat so much, she’s completely oblivious to the camera! Sharon also chose a soft patterned backdrop (I am so in awe of scrappers who can pull this off!) and I love the dotted alpha that she used for her title. The little ladybirds round the page off nicely, giving it a playful feel. So sweet!

Sharon Choco-bug

Sharon used these products on her page: Banner Strips No. 01Clean Stitched Circles: White No. 01Krafty Love Scrapbook KitLady Bug Summer CollectionSumi Twists Brushes and Stamps No. 01Watery Spots Brushes and Stamps No. 09 – Katie Pertiet

I’m heading off to do my page now and I hope you’re inspired to join me and post your lift in the Saturday Scraplift Challenge gallery! And if you use all DD products on your page it will qualify for the rewards program so don’t forget to add your link to the October Challenge Participation thread in the challenge forum so you can earn a great coupon code!

Have a lovely weekend and I’ll see you in the gallery!

Posted in Saturday Scraplift | Leave a comment

Hello Happiness Brushes at DesignerDigitals

Hello October! Are you ready? Because Fall is really here! And we have everything you need to scrapbook your memories and 23 new products to inspire you! This includes one priced at just $ 99 cents and the rest 20% off, all until Midnight EST on Tuesday.

And here is the NEW $ 99 cent item priced this way until Midnight EST Tuesday ONLY! Hello Happiness Brushes and Stamps


Posted in Announcements | Leave a comment

Page Makeover Challenge: Changing seasons or Halloween

When I think of October, I think of cooler temperature, red & gold leaves and I think of Halloween!   I know that many countries don’t celebrate Halloween and that if you live in the Southern Hemisphere you may be changing from summer to spring . . . while where I live in the Northern Hemisphere we are moving from summer to autumn.

For this makeover, the theme is the changing seasons or in some of our areas, enjoying Halloween.   You can choose a layout from your gallery (or someone else’s gallery)  and simply change out the colors, the papers and the photos . . . or you can choose a layout that you really don’t like and keep the photos and journaling . . . keep or change the papers while you move things around until you end up loving it!!

The Designer Digitals Creative Team made new layouts showing their take on this makeover.   Elisabeth (Lego) said, “I redid a page I actually like . . . I think it is really a bit of a challenge to do a make over of your own pages.  There is not so much distance, you can remember why you placed this and that here and there . . . it was really a fun experience thought!

Elisabeth’s new layout is on the left below, and the older one is on their right.  I too love both of them.



Products Elisabeth used for her new layout on the left are:  Canvas Colors Paper Pack No. 01Scripted Story Circles: Photos Brushes and StampsScripted Story Circles Love Brushes and StampsFlourishing Leaves No. 01Wooden Alphabet No. 13Awesome Autumn Element Pack,  Wood Veneer Plain Photo Frames No. 01,  Stitching Holes Borders Brushes and Stamps,  Collageables No. 03Collageable Notions No. 01Curated Studio Mix Scrapbooking Kit No. 29

For her Page Makeover, Jana chose similar elements and colors but with a fabulous patterned background paper.  Jana’s pages are quiet different in style, but the same in warmth and the feeling of autumn and Halloween.  Jana said, “It’s a lot of fun to do a page makeover! New products are always inspiring.”

JANA--(NEW)Pick-of-the-Patch-copyJANA (OLD) At-the-Pumpkin-Patch-copy

Products used on Jana’s new page on the left are:  Awesome Autumn Solids Paper PackAwesome Autumn Painted AccentsAwesome Autumn Scripted Titles Brushes and StampsBotanique Scrapbook Kit No. 01Halloween Magic Element PackLedger Paper Pieces: Leaves No. 03Factory Words: Photog Brushes and StampsBoo Edgers Brushes and Stamps No. 02

I liked my (readstoomuch) layout from a few years back of our granddaughter at the beach paired with the fun template from a couple of years ago and thought that I would use a Halloween theme for another using this same idea.

MOLLIE - old - amelia_with_juice_box_at_the_beach_2011 MOLLIE - new - at pumpkin patch 2011 copy

My own page remake on the left was made with these supplies from the DD Store:  Bead Scatterings No. 02Bold and Scripted Brushes and Stamps No. 17Diamond Frames-n-Stacks No. 01Fine Line Twists No. 01Pumpkin Face Brushes and Stamps No. 01Really Awesome Layered TemplateSplatters Brushes and Stamps No. 02Thin Classic Photo Frames Curled and Flat No. 01Toothy No. 01 Paper PackToothy No. 03 Paper PackToothy Fall Paper PackToothy Halloween Paper PackToothy Neutrals Paper PackToothy Spring Paper PackWatery Pencil Lines: Halloween No. 01Watery Photo Masks No. 05Watery Spots Brushes and Stamps No. 07

I hope that you will join in the fun and be inspired to pick an older page to redo with a few replacement products from your Designer Digitals stash and perhaps a new photograph too! Post your page in the Scrapbook Challenges gallery.  If you use all DD products on your page, it will qualify for the rewards program so don’t forget to add your link to the October 2015 Challenge Participation Sign In thread in the forum so you can earn a coupon code!





Posted in Challenge | Leave a comment