MashUp Challenge Fun!

Wow! Do I have a MashUp Challenge for you this week! Our Creative Team has created five fabulous inspiration pages using these two element packed templates, which will be on sale this week::

The first page is Addie’s, which starts with some very cute photos. I love the watery colors and textures in her background. She chose just the right frames and word art from the chosen templates to complete her page.

I love the way Jheri took the photo cluster from the Scattered Pictures Template and moved it to the corner. Combined with wordart from the Yes This template, this makes a great page!

Esther put together an energetic page for her album cover using lots of the fun wordart from the Yes This template. Esther’s travel pages are always a treat.

For her page, Rachael added wordart from the Yes This template and papers in a vivid color combination to the frames from the Scattered Pictures template. Isn’t this fabulous?

Our final inspiration page is from Terri. Don’t you love the bold frames and wordart against that white space? I love how she put this together!

There you have five creative, clever and very different pages to give you inspiration for ways to mash up the chosen templates. Don’t forget that these two templates will be included in this week’s sale!

When you have completed your page, please post it in the Template Challenge Gallery for everyone to enjoy. And, if you also add a link to your page to the July Challenges Sign In page in the forums, you can earn a valuable coupon to the Designer Digitals store.

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Saturday Scraplift 7/25: Let’s Blend

A lot of us seemed to like this awesome page by Kathy (blackkathy), her blending was masterful

A few of us did our very best to do this wonderful page justice with our lifts…

Rachael (myssp) was inspired by the circle (great idea to use the rope frame) and I adore the lifted corners and the book plate in the center.

Here is what she used:
Watercolor Sketchbook No.01 Scrapbook Bundle, Vintage Coastal Element Mix,
From My Bookshelf Blendables 02, Readymade Layers: Travel Clusters 01, Blendables Layered Template 77, Blendables Layered Template 57, Spill Frame Layers 18, Artsy Lace Clusters Brushes and Stamps 02, Canvas Typecast Blends Brushes and Stamps 01

I simply love the gorgeous colors on Chrissy’s (kikimama) page. The twisted dots are just perfect! Awesome texture from those papers!

Beached Scrapbook Kit; Catana Solids Paper PackDefining Words Brushes and Stamps No. 04; DelMar Shores Scrapbooking Kit; Golden Starbursts No. 01; Photo Corners: Colors No. 01; Spill Frame Layers No. 14; Surf Lagoon Scrapbooking Kit; Swimmies: Splash Clusters; Tidewater Scrapbooking Kit; Twisted Dots No. 01; Watery Grids Brushes and Stamps No. 07; Watery Washes No. 03 Brushes and Stamps.

Aydrey (adrianita) got away from the beach and found this great scene from Little Italy, how cool is that circle effect here!!!

This is what she used:
Spill Frame Layers 04, Ripped Frame Stack Layers 03, From My Bookshelf Blendables 17, Chunky Sentiments Stamp Pack 03, Enamel Sentiment Signs 07, Deelen Sentiment Stickers, Arctic Whites Paper Pack 03, Scribbling Brushes and Stamps 05, Watery Grids Brushes and Stamps 05, Watery Photo Masks 12, Stamped Blocks 23 Brushes and Stamps, Stamped Blocks 35 Brushes and Stamps, Page Fades Clipping Masks 01

I loved the circle Kathy used, so that’s what I focused on in order to highlight that funny crab we found on the beach….

Plainly woven No. 6, Plainly woven No. 2, ripped frame stack layers No. 3,
watery grids No. 1, stitched word strip sentiments No. 7, coffee stains No. 3,
In Text No. 2, watery alpha No. 5, Studio DD: Readymade layers beach clusters No. 8

That’s it! Please join us and don’t forget to post your finished pages in the Saturday Scraplift Gallery and the July 2020 Challenge Participation Thread. When you use 100% DD products, your page qualifies for the rewards program.

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Get Inspired: Pencil Line Journalers

Good morning everyone! I’ve been feeling a little sorry for myself as this was the month that I was meant to be in Detroit visiting my dear friends who moved there from Australia a few years ago. My previous visit was in the snowy Mid-winter and I was looking forward to being there to share the Summer with them, but Covid has put a stop to all that for now. I know that many of you have also had treasured plans interrupted and that indeed many of you are struggling with the economic fallout from the pandemic. Life has been challenging to say the least this year, but I hope you are all finding some release/relief/sanity in your scrapping and that I can inspire you with one of my much loved DD products from way back in 2014 today.

I’m a big fan of all of Katie’s pencil line products. They add a bit of “handmade” to digital pages that I really like. In 2014, these cute Pencil Line Journalers were added to the store.

When it comes to journaling, I either add a whole screed that simply would not fit on any ‘journaler’ in the store OR I add a few to-the-point sentences that can be fitted on a couple of paper strips. So, you see, I rarely use a journaler as a journaler! Of course, the outline can be erased so that you are left with just the penciled lines, and the pack also includes the empty shapes as well. I did a bit of a search of my gallery and while I HAVE used this product to journal on, I wanted to show you some other ways to use these elements.

In this old layout of mine, I’ve used the penciled lines as a design element behind the photo and over the top of a paper journaler. I like the way the lines fill the empty space but maintain a light and delicate look ensuring that the focus remains on the photo and the Santa flair which helps to tell the story.

The lines can really be used wherever you might use a piece or strip of patterned paper. Here I’ve erased the journaler outline and duplicated the lines several times so that I can use them down the length of the page.

In this recent ‘Covid’ layout, I placed them so that they stick out from behind the right side of the photo arrangement creating a sense of balance when paired with the patterened paper on the opposite side.

I clipped the penciled lines to the photo frame in this layout which just adds a little interest as well as a holding place for the date.

I took some nice photos of the grandkids at the zoo last week, so I determined to use the Pencil Line Journalers on a couple of new layouts as well!

In this first page about my Best Boy, I’ve duplicated the lines to fill the length of the page, merged the layers and them used the rectangular marquee tool to cut a long thin strip. As in my first example this takes the place of a strip of patterned paper which would create a much ‘heavier’ division of the page.

Lastly, in this page about our bubbly Flo, I’ve used the circular journaler as well as the empty outline to create small circle clusters about the page. I did extract extra lines and add them to the lined journaler to make it a little more dense on the page (ah – the wonders of digital!). Katie’s Pencil Thin Font is the perfect pairing for the Pencil Line Journalers, and helps add to the hand drawn effect.

So – your Get Inspired Challenge this month is to use the Pencil Line Journalers (check this coming week’s sale items), in some way OTHER than to hold journaling.
My two new layouts plus credits will be in the Scrapbook Challenge Gallery and I hope to see your layout there too.
Don’t forget to add your 100% DD product layout to this month’s Challenge participation thread in the forum to earn shopping rewards.

Happy scrapping everyone!

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iTunes: Summer spread


Welcome to this month’s iTunes challenge. I’ve chosen a versatile album cover; it could be used with bright colors for summer pages, or vintage for family history memories. 

I love the repeated photo, which can be a very effective design for layouts, as well as the simple, bold colour scheme. You could be inspired by the titlework with its outline letters. There’s also a striped background in the photo, and plenty of striped papers in the store that could be used behind your choice of photos.

Recently I met up with my sister and her kids. The cousins had barely seen each other since March, and Luna especially was super-keen to hug Tom. It was lovely to see them so happy together.

I decided to be inspired by the repeated photo, though made the side ones black and white. The recent Lake Lodge Scrapbook Bundle was perfect for my page. I also used Sign Maker Alphabet: Teal No. 01; Flagged Words Stamp Pack No. 08; Classic Cardstock: Enticing; Little Dudette Element Pack; Vintage Artistry Butter Ephemera; Watercolor Sketchbook No. 01 Scrapbooking Kit;

Now it’s your turn to be inspired. Katie’s generously provided a challenge freebie. Post your pages in the iTunes inspiration gallery so we can leave some love. Remember to keep track of your pages in the July Challenges Sign In Thread to earn store discount.

Happy Scrapping!


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Saturday Scraplift: Gradually Sized

Happy Saturday! It’s going to be a hot day here. The perfect excuse to stay inside and lift our featured page. This week I chose a fun pool page by Lori (lmaggs). I loved the gradual line of smaller striped circles ending at the little fish. Such a clever summer pool page. Lots of directions you could go with this one.

Jheri was quick to jump in to play with this page as she loves white space. She used gradually larger photos and frames along a vertical line. Love her background brush work and the sweet button details.

Hand Scripted Beach Stamp Pack 01, Bold and Scripted Brushes and Stamps 07, Lightly Linens Paper Pack 25, Lightly Linens Paper Pack 06, Monthly Memories Vol. 03: Pattern Essentials Paper Pack 06,  Layer Works 1308, Layer Works 1313

Rachael (myssp) was inspired to use graduated elements that she made and shadowed herself. What a sweet little kitten! Love all the heart details and background brush work.

Vintage Mini Mix 14, Ripped Stacked Frames No. 3, Lemon Zest Scrapbooking Kit
Vintage Artistry Natural Scrapbooking Bundle, ARToptions Krafty Paper Pack 04
Curated Team Scrapbook Mix 08, Painted Lace Edgers 01, Minted Wings Scrapbooking Kit, Worth Repeating Brushes and Stamps 29, Outlined and Scripted Sentiments Brushes and Stamps 02, More to Shore Element Pack, Fresh Vintage: Clare Element Pack
Nine Lives Brushes and Stamps, Bliss Scrapbooking Kit

I was also hoping to play along but my EHD isn’t working so I can’t access my products. I hope to lift Lori’s awesome page very soon. In the meantime, please join Jheri and Rachael and post your scraplifts in the Saturday Scraplift Gallery and the July 2020 Challenge Participation Thread. When you use 100% DD products, your page qualifies for the rewards program.

Enjoy your weekend and I’ll see you in the gallery. 🙂


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Let’s Blend Challenge – Gradient Tool

The Gradient Tool – I use it more and more every day. I thought this month, we would blend two or more photos together using this method. We have quite a few ducks that reside in the lake at our golf course in Flagstaff. One morning, this couple was on the tee box, as if they were getting ready to play :-). Here is how I blended two photos to kind of tell a story:

After placing your photos on the page, add a layer mask to the overlapping photo. Select the Linear Gradient Tool, click and drag from top to bottom and release close to the sharp edge of the photo. The the more you drag, the greater the gradient. (Hold down the shift key to create a straight gradient.) Now do the same thing to the bottom photo, except drag from bottom to top. Both photos should now be blended together. If you have some areas that you do not want, just take a brush on the layer mask and mask them out.

Placing word art, brushes or elements where the two photos meet also gives it a seamless look, while adding a focal point to the page.

I also use the Radial Gradient Tool when I want blend a few photos on to a page. Dragging a diagonal line on the focal point of the photo and then blending what you want to add, gives you an easy starting point for blending. I used this method on the page below and added in some of the layers from one of Katie’s Urban Blendable Layers. Blending modes, filters from the filters gallery and Topaz Studio were added to give the page a more heritage look.

Many times, I step away from my work, and come back to it in a few hours or even the next day, to get a different perspective. I may or may not make changes at that time. You can use all or some of the products Katie has generously  provided in the freebie pack. Remember to post your pages in the Mask Appeal Challenge Gallery and link up your page in the July Challenge Participation Thread for proper credit.


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Template Mashup: Remember Summer Fun

Hello all! Depending on where you live, you are either in the midst of summer or the midst of winter. I hope, in either case, you will dip into your summer fun photos to create a scrapbook page using the two summery templates I chose for this first template challenge in July.

Sweet Summer Layered Template created by Katie Pertiet

Layer Works No 966 created by Kayleigh Wiles]Layer Works 966

Here are my two pages using the templates for the challenge. Both of the templates will be included in the Thrifty Thursday Sale. Both are loaded with goodies related to the summer fun theme. Please post your pages in the Template Challenge Gallery and for counting towards the Rewards coupon be sure to also post your layout in the Rewards Challenge Participation thread. Thanks so much and keep happy with scrapping memories.

The background paper I used is from Monthly Memories Vol. 3 Pattern Essentials and the edge overlay I added is from Vintage Edge Overlays No. 02.

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July Color Challenge: Summer Blues

Here we are, the beginning of summer and it is truly unlike any summer we’ve experienced before. I am sure you are all feeling it too. Not being able to travel to our cabin is devastating (it is literally 10 minutes from our house, but across the closed border!) On the other hand, the current situation has offered us opportunities to spend time closer to home. 

For this month’s Color Challenge, I am going with shades of blue to honor all the fun things we are going to do this summer: lazing in our friend’s turquoise pool, swimming in the deep blue ocean, laying on our backs under the wide open sky, eating endless local blueberries!


Photo credits:
Blueberries: Photo by Jeremy Ricketts on Unsplash
Pool: Photo by Marie Dehayes on Unsplash
Blue sky: Photo by Sam Schooler on Unsplash
Spanish Banks: Photo by Dustan Woodhouse on Unsplash
Seaglass: Pinterest

Addie designed this spectacularly fun page with her son and her cousin! I love how she did the title in fading shades of blue.

Supplies used: Fine Line Sentiments 2 {coming soon},Photo Grids 12×12 Layered Templates 10,Classic Scraps Mini 01 Cardstocks Paper Pack (this has so many amazing blues and textures!!), Messy Stitched Circles: White 01 (recolored)

Rachael and I must have been mind melding because we both did photos of kids in water and lots and LOTS of banners and strips! I love the composition of her page and the bright pink pop of colour with the water wings!

Products used: Monthly Memories Paper Pack 05, Traveler Blendable Layers 16,Vintage Botanical Printable Paper Pack 02, Curated Studio Mix Scrapbooking Kit 26, Curated Studio Mix Scrapbooking Kit 32, Stamped Blocks 39 Brushes and Stamps, Layer Works 1315

Jheri also chose a water photo! Love the colourful floaties!

Products: Monthly memories vol 3 paper pack #6, Hand scripted beach stamp pack 02, Cottage Charm, Lightly linens paper pack 29, Colour Essentials Mango paper pack, Lightly linens paper pack 25

For me, I love that the kids enjoy the simplicity of going to the beach during low tide to skim board.

Supplies all available in the DD store:
Jelly Alpha Mix 02, Bloom in Paris Brushes and Stamps,Cute Mini Mix 05,Clean Stitched Banners: White 01,Loosely Labeled Hashtags 02,Surf Lagoon Scrapbooking Kit,Label Sentiment Essentials Brushes and Stamps 04,Label Essentials Sky,Label Essentials True Blue,Vintage Blendable Palettes 13,  Typewriter Clusters Brushes and Stamps 08, Lightly Linens Paper Pack 10,Hand Scripted Brushes and Stamps 18,Farmhouse Garden Element Pack,Touring Tags and Labels

So go crazy with any shade of blue that makes you think of summer!

I hope that you will join us and create a page for the June Color Challenge. Create a page with all DD products and earn some awesome DD discounts by posting your page in the Color Challenge Gallery and the July 2020 Challenge Participation Thread.

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Saturday Scraplift: Angles for Energy

When Deborah (Deborah Wagner) posted her “Happy Heart” page in the gallery, she commented that she wasn’t sure about the tilt and the black and white stripes. I had to chuckle because those were exactly the elements that drew me to her page. I love the boldness of her color choices and the energy that the angle imparts to her design. So it was a natural choice for today’s Saturday Scraplift, and two of my fellow Creative Team members, Audrey and Terri,  joined me in taking inspiration from her page; here’s where we went with it.

Deborah’s page:

For her delightful lift, Audrey (adrianita) chose softer colors to support the photos of her daughter happily splashing in a rain puddle. There are so many things to love about Audrey’s page: the tight cluster of photos that tell the story, the awesome title work, and the visual triangle of elements that draws the viewer’s eye through her design.

Credits: Vintage Artistry Butter Scrapbooking Bundle; Vintage Artistry Lilac Chipboard Stickers; Vintage Artistry Lilac Ephemera; Vintage Blendable Palettes 10; Whale Stories Dots and Stripes Paper Pack; Arctic Whites Paper Pack 03; Assorted Messy Stitches 08 White; Splatters Brushes and Stamps 06; Watery Photo Masks 16; Watery Scribbles Brushes and Stamps 07; Smeared Paint Stamp Pack 01; Fine Line Scribbles Brushes and Stamps 01; Readymade Layers: Butterfly Clusters 03; Defining Grunge Brushes and Stamps 07; Stitched Frame Clusters 02; Vintage Photo Frames 30; Outlined + Scripted Sentiments Stamp Pack 09; Hand Scripted Brushes and Stamps 15

Terri (GoingtotheSun) included two angled bands in one of my favorite color combinations: pink and green – also the colors in a cute photo of her daughters at their own personalized end-of-school field day. I adore the mix of patterned papers and the way her angled journaling reinforces her page design.

Credits: Readymade Layers: Beach Clusters 09; Layer Works 1321; Smeared Paint Stamp Pack 01; Layering Sentiments Stamp Pack 03; Photo Grids 12×12 Layered Templates 08; Assorted Messy Stitches: White 02; Assorted Messy Stitches: White 04; Clean Stitched: White 01; Ledger Journalers Brushes and Stamps 03; Lemon Zest Element Pack; Lightly Linens Paper Pack 28; Party Pennant Sticks; Pencil Twist Arrows Brushes and Stamps 02; Plainly Woven Paper Pack 02; Sherene Dots and Stripes Paper Pack; Hand Scripted Brushes and Stamps 25; Monthly Memories Vol. 03: Pattern Essentials Paper Pack 07; Monthly Memories Vol. 03 Paper Pack 07; Textured Whites Paper Pack 03

My page is a fairly straightforward lift of Deborah’s. My photos were monochromatic, but I wanted to introduce some color into my design. What better way to do that than with patterned paper, in this case a plaid – can’t go wrong with plaid. That tilted band also provided a perfect home for my title.

Credits: Christmas Wishes Solids Paper Pack; Berry Patch Solids Paper Pack; Starry Overlays 03; Loosely Labeled 07; Splatters Brushes and Stamps 09; Splatters Brushes and Stamps 10; Clean Stitched Borders: Brown 01; Meriam Ridge Paper Pack; Deelen Element Pack; Smeared Paint Stamp Pack 01; Big Bottom Lift Vintage Photo Frames 02; Clean Stitched: Brown 01; Berry Patch Element Pack; Drop Shadow Styles 02

I know you’re going to have fun lifting this page by Deborah because there are so many interesting possibilities. Remember to post your page in the Saturday Scraplift Challenge gallery and in the July Challenges Sign In thread. Happy scrapping!

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All About You: Friendships

Let’s scrap about you and your friendships! For the AAY pages, it’s great if you can include a photo of yourself, but it isn’t a requirement. Scrap about an old friendship, a new friendship, a friendship that fell through the cracks, friends that you’ve met through scrapbooking (maybe only virtual friends), friends you’ve lost, etc.

Jheri’s page “This Guy” tells an amazing story of her friendship with her husband! She included a great photo of the two of them out on an adventure. Her journaling is crazy sweet, and what an important friendship to document!

Jheri’s page credits: Vintage Artistry Butter Paper Pack  along with bits and pieces of Layer Works 1301 and Layer Works 1313.

Next, Audrey (adrianita) chose to document a long lasting friendship she made in high school. She documented little details about their friendship and included photos of them together with their children- so special!!!

Audrey’s page credits: Plainly Woven Paper Pack 09
Bits and Pieces of Layer Works 1318
Instamatic Frames 06
Torn Templates 02
Golden Pretty Add-On Paper Pack
Golden Pretty Scrapbook Kit
Patterning Palettes 02 Scrapbooking Collection
Color Essentials Turquoise Painted Layers
Almost There Element Pack
Hand Scripted Brushes and Stamps 10
Amaze Me Brushes and Stamps
Splatters Brushes and Stamps 08
Boxing Sentiments Love Brushes and Stamps 02
Watery Photo Masks 16
Cedar Crest Element Pack
Watery Spots Brushes and Stamps 07
Arctic Whites Paper Pack 04
Striping Graphic Brushes and Stamps 04

Finally, I also chose to document a long-time friendship. Pam and I met in 1999 and have continued a strong friendship over the years even though we have only lived near each other for 3 of those years. I am so happy to have our story documented along with 2 of my favorite photos of us together! She also introduced me to scrapbooking, for which I am forever grateful!

My page credits:

Loosely Scripted Sentiments Brushes and Stamps 09
Fresh Vintage Stacks 01
Monthly Memories Vol. 03: Paper Pack 07
Traveler Blendable Layers 15
Baker’s Twine: Sea
Twisted Stitches 03 Value Pack
Touring Flairs

I can’t wait to see your pages on friendship! Remember to post your page in the All About You Challenge gallery as well as in the July Challenges sign-in thread in the forum. Happy scrapping! – Addie

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