Template Mash Up: Bring on the Sunshine!

It’s time for another Designer Digitals Template Mash Up!  I am feeing a bit of Spring Fever, so I am dreaming of Sunshine!  I found two really cute templates that have a Sunshine theme to them.  A few of our brand new Creative Team Members have given us a few examples on how they have Mashed these two templates up!

Here are our two templates!

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Arte shared here love of brushwork with a more graphic feel to her page.  I love the soft colors so much!  Such a fun photo too!


Arte’s supplies were:  Walking on Sunshine Layered TemplateCathy Zielske’s Layered Template No. 059Miss Millie KitFresh Vintage Blends No. 01 and
Star Glows Brushes and Stamps No. 01


Brenda‘s page is so adorable with the cutest little photo subject!  Love how she incorporated both templates into her page so seamlessly!


Brenda used Jaspia Scrapbooking CollectionTimeline Journalers Brushes and StampsWatery Spots Brushes and Stamps No. 05ARTpack Geometrics Brushes and Stamps No. 01Curated Studio Mix Scrapbooking Kit No. 08Walking on Sunshine Layered TemplateCathy Zielske’s Layered Template No. 059 for her page.


Hillarey used the latest Holiday of Easter for her page theme.  It’s so full of cute Easter embellishments that she pulled from yet another template or two!



Hillarey used our two templates, Fine Line Twists Brushes and Stamps No. 03Artsy Mr. MacGregor Value PackNaturally Krafty No. 14 Paper Pack
Worn Photo EdgesLayer Works No. 438(Easter elements only), Layer Works No. 439(Easter Elements only) and Just Linens Paper Pack No. 02 on her page.

Congrats to three of our newest team members for their first blog challenge pages!  Thanks for showing us how it is done!  Great job Mashing up those templates!

I hope you’ll share your page using these two templates with us!  Post them in our Template Challenge Gallery!  Also, don’t forget when you use ALL DD product on your challenge page you should post a link of your page in the April Challenge Participation thread so that it will count towards your savings in the rewards program.  You can actually save money in the store by doing challenge pages!  Thanks for Mashing with us!


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New iTunes Inspirations Challenge

I don’t know about you, but I am enjoying these more frequent iTunes Challenges :) The gallery really comes alive, and its a joy to see you all take a step outside your comfort zone and come up with a page thats just so unique!

This months inspirational starting point is a great music album in its own right, and a beautiful piece of CD artwork too.  Win win ;)

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So where could this piece take you? Is it the ink drawing set in the centre? The title banners? That gorgeous colour yellow? The tatty edges? or all of it together?

The best thing I find about these iTunes layouts, is I never quite know where it will take me. Not usually where I thought the page design was headed when I started the page, thats for sure. Love that!

The Creative team rustled up some beautiful pages to show you -

First Aino made the most precious playtime page. I love the pink, how the branch goes off the picture, and how those butterflies are just fluttering above the paper. So sweet.



Then Wendy’s page is just divine. I love that photo! The colouring is very vintage-y, she’s got those tatty edges in there and the overall softness just adds to the new baby theme :)



I was fully intending to do a true ink edge filter effect for my centre photo. But got happy sidetracked by all my smart filters and effects…



Katie has generously provided us with an iTunes Freebie which you might like to use on your page.

I really look forward to seeing you light up the gallery with all the ‘Kaiser Chief’ style pages – please post your page in our special iTunes Gallery so we can admire them all together in one place.

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AAM Scrapbook Challenge: The Best Decision I Ever Made

Kelly and I are excited about the new AAM Challenges that we are hosting.  This month’s challenge is “The Best Decision I Ever Made.”

What was the decision that had the most impact for good on your life.  Was it a major decision such as a career choice or the person you married, or was it the difficult decision to get a divorce or quit your job.  Maybe it was the decision to have a child or to move to a new area.  Think about your life and what may have been pivotal in bringing you to the place you are today and then scrap about it.  I hope to see your pages in the AAM Gallery.

I have a couple of examples of pages for the challenge.  The first one comes from Sharon (Shannamay).  Her beautiful page is about a series of decisions that led both her and her daughter to a better place.  Her colors are so pretty and her page design is really fun!


Sharon used the following products on her page:  Curated Studio Mix Scrapbooking Kit No. 08, Ticketed Dates No. 05, Library Card Collection: Basics, Krafty Notebook Paper Pack, Postage Stamp Frames No. 04, School Mates Element Pack, Parade Days Kit, and Readymade Journalers: Spring Garden

The second page is by Kim (KimR+) and it is about a decision she made as a young adult to make a big change in her life’s goals from what she had always thought she wanted.  It is a beautiful page with the prettiest background and embellishing.


The products Kim used on her page are:  Baby 4×6 Overlays, Baby No. 01 Word Art Brushes, Heart This Story Brushes and Stamps, Pregnancy Hand Drawn Brushes, Baby Blush Scrapbooking Collection, Be Hoppy: Washi Tapes, Folia Element Pack, Jaspia Element Pack, Lens Flares: Colors No. 01, Notebook Journalers No. 02, Touch Up Paint Brushes and Stamps No. 02, Twisted Dots No. 01

I have decided to do an AAM book for my husband so my page is about the best decision he ever made.  It was something he decided as a young boy and about ten years later he carried it out.  It is a decision that has impacted almost every aspect of his life for the better and helped to mold him into the person that I fell in love with.

a web Your Best DecisionI used these products for my page:  Monarchy Kit, Minted Wings Scrapbooking Collection, Graphica Paper Pack, Minted Wings Solids Paper Pack, Loosely Labeled Alphabet No. 01, Assorted Messy Stitches: White No. 01, Farm Fresh Collection, Collage Stacks No. 01, Vintage Envelopes No. 01, Stacked Classic Frames, Stitched Elements, Berks Lane Kit, Metal Clip Assortment, Basic Paper Alphabet: White, Hadleigh Complete Scrapbooking Collection, Glen Moore Kit, Game Time Brushes and Stamps and I had a fun time working with Katie’s new Page Cuts No. 02.  I’m sure you’re going to love them!


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DesignerDigitals Hot Page of the Week, April 19, 2014

This page by Lori is a masterpiece of layering and I adore it! I love how she used the paint underneath all of her fabulous layering. The clustering of elements off to the side balances the page perfectly. Well done Lori!

Adore You


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Saturday Scraplift challenge: From the Side

Did you see this delicious page by Valerie P in the gallery?

satscrap-ArethaAtFranksI love her comments about how it has become so much more acceptable to take photos of your food now so many people are posting them on Facebook!

I also love her color combo, the fun way she added the logo and the lovely use of brushwork.

The design, coming in from the side, and with the bradded frame making sure the focus is on the main photo, is inspirational too.

Sharon played up the fun aspect with her adorable lift about Little People! (Did you know they are called that because it’s what everyone would ask for in the toy shops when they first came out as various playsets, so in the end Fisher Price just went with that name?!)

satscrap-sharon-LittlepeopleCredits:  Simply Patterned Super Pack No1 (coming soon), DoodleDo Frames No.08, DoodleDo Arrows No.03, Graphic Pop Grunge Clusters No.02, Flair Minis No.01, Anchors Away Solids by Katie Pertiet.

Liz showed how creative you can be when getting inspiration from a page. The design works just as perfectly when “flipped”! I love her use of WordArt as a title as well.

satscrap-liz-Life_is_adventure_72Credits: Simply Patterned SuperPak No.01, Jaspia Element pack, Cantana Element pack, Coin Holder Photo Frames No.02, Flairs Spring No,01, Bits of Nature No.02, Bare Branches No.01, twisted Dots No.01, GeoLabels:Traveler No.01, Stamped and Framed layered template No.15 all by Katie Pertiet, Glitter thread stitches No.06 by Lynn Grieveson, Life is Crayon by Ali Edwards.

And Merrilee created a page full of whimsy with some creative use of postage stamps, inspired by the postage stamp frame on Valerie’s page.


Credits: Bible Quotes No.01 by Ali Edwards, Worn Page Edges No.05 and Hint at it Love brushes by Lynn Grieveson, Posted Spring, Posted Easter, Artsy Layered Paints no.01, Jaspia Solids paperpack, Stick Together No.01, Postage Stamp Frames, Splatters brushes No.03 and feathering mask sampler by Katie Pertiet.

And I converted Valerie’s great design into a 2 photo layout simply by using the mask for a second photo. It was a delight to lift:


Credits: All White Now No.03, Geometric Hints No.04, Hint at it Crosshatch brush, Worn Tops to Go and Totally Tashed: Floral Frenzy by Lynn Grieveson, Taped Photo Masks No.01, Stamped Stitched Frames No.02, Be Hopppy Paint (coming soon) by Katie Pertiet.

I hope you’ve been inspired by our Saturday Scraplift  this week and will join us in a lift of your own.  Please post your pages in the Saturday Scraplift Gallery and be sure and post pages that contain ALL DD products in the April Challenge Participation thread to get credit for the Rewards Program.

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Good Times Layered Template at DesignerDigitals

Happy Easter and Passover! We hope you all have a wonderful holiday surrounded by family and friends. And we have over 25 new products to spark your creativity! This includes one 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! Good Times Layered Template


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Mask Appeal Scrapbooking Challenge – Watery Masks

Hello everyone and welcome to this month’s Mask Appeal Challenge. You all rocked last month’s challenge with the photo cuts mask! This month I chose a delicate, watery mask to work with. Katie has provided a freebie pack with the mask and a paper for this challenge and you can find it here.

My friends Linda (earlofoxford) and Merrilee (digigrandma) have created two beautiful inspiration pages to help get the creative juices flowing!

Merrilee took this adorable photo of her grandson, and clipped it to the mask and blended it into the background paper. I love how her journaling draws you eye down the “drip” of the mask.

Here are the supplies Merrilee used: Lynn Grieveson: Antiquities Paper Pack No. 02. Katie Pertiet: Blendable Ledgers No. 01, Taped Together Overlays No. 01, Fine Line Twists Brushes and Stamps.


Linda used the mask to highlight the journaling on her page about her granddaughter’s birthday trip to see the Gala of the Royal Horses. While the photos are stunning, the journaling tells a special story, which makes the use of the mask just brilliant!

Here are the products used on Linda’s page: Katie Pertiet: Jaspia Solids Paper Pack,
Photo Corners: Colors No. 01, Watery Spots Brushes and Stamps No. 06, Hinge Pack,
Watery Photo Masks No. 07, Jaspia Element Pack, Ripped Vintage Photo Frames No. 05,
Bridle Creek Element Pack, Drop Shadow Styles No. 02, Ali Edwards: Hand-drawn Frames: No. 01 12×12.


When I (jcaruth910) saw this mask, it immediately reminded me of a flower. I clipped the photo on to the mask, played around with some blending modes and it came out like this.

Here are the products I used on my page: Katie Pertiet: Watery Photo Masks No. 7, Folia Element Pack, Edge Overlays No. 7, Minted Wings Kit, Text Clusters No. 4, Painted Book No. 3. Grunge Source: Springerly Paper Pack. Lynn Grieveson: Worn Photo Edges.

Mask Appeal challenge April upload

Using the mask provided 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 April Challenge Forum Post to increase your savings at Designer Digitals.  You can check out this thread for details. I want to thank Linda and Merrilee for their beautiful, inspiring pages and I look forward to seeing your work in the Gallery.

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Art Journal Inspiration #5 (April 2014)

Hello again!  I have to apologize for last month’s inadvertent absence. I made a mistake and accidentally erased the blogpost I had planned to post. But here I am back with some new inspiration for you all. First of all I want to thank you  all for sharing your wonderful artful pages in our very own Art Journal gallery. It’s always fun to come and see what you share with the rest of us.  You may have noticed this page in the gallery a while back.

I was inspired to create an effect as if I had placed flowers on a paper and then painted over with gesso or paint to create an embossed effect.  I won’t describe how I made this particular page, but I will briefly show you a few steps you might want to try in your own pages – with the same technique I used in the above page. Remember, this is all about letting loose and playing with the tool you have at hand. As digital artists, we are lucky to have our Ctrl+Z to go back and erase what we don’t like. Have you ever wished you had a Ctrl+Z in real life? :)

1. This time I am trying out something that I haven’t done for ages. This is an interesting technique that can easily be combined with all sorts of photos and other techniques we have discussed. (I use Photoshop CS6 on a windows machine. I apologize, but I do not know Mac shortcuts.)

I opened a photo of some flowers I shot from my garden. I then clicked on the Magic Wand Tool (W) and started clicking on the flowers to select various areas. Hold down Shift at the same time while clicking on the photo to select areas. You want to select as many interesting lines as possible. Should too many lines be selected, or the whole outer perimeter of the photo, then switch to holding down Alt key to “deselect”  what you already selected.

2. Then create an empty new layer and click on Edit> Stroke. I chose a color from the photo and used a width of 5 pixels. You can chose thinner or thicker if you please. Play with it. It doesn’t matter if you choose  inside, center or outside. I chose center. Then I did the same all over, in a separate layer. You want to chose different lines every time. I also changed the color of the stroke line each time. You don’t have to do several layers, I just did to create some variety. I like variety. :)

3. I had already found an amazing background paper that I wanted to use and dragged into my new 12×12 document file I opened. I dragged the two layers with my flower strokes onto the 12×12 file. I then created a new empty layer and pulled up my brush tool, brought in Katie’s touch up brushes and proceeded to paint in white paint over the flower strokes. I did several layers of this white paint. I then changed the opacities of these layers with white paint so that I could see the flower strokes beneath.

4.  I now needed to emboss the flower strokes by right clicking on the stroke layer and choosing the upper-most choice called Blending Options. I clicked on  the Emboss  tab and played with the various Emboss options.

 5. The next step is interesting. While staying on this layer, right click again and choose Blending options again. While staying on the Default tab, find the bottom bars and start dragging them slowly back and forth while holding down the ALT key. This will split the arrows and you can change the blending properties until you see something you like.


6. I then added some of Katie’s Edge overlays. I wanted them in white and I changed the color like this. I first right clicked and chose to rasterize the layer. I then clicked on the Image>Adjustment>Curves  (or Ctrl + M) and you get this curve. Drag the bottom corner of the slanted line straight up and this changes the color to white. OK out. I ended up using several edge overlays on this page. One of them I changed the color to dark pink by rasterizing, then Edit>Fill.

7. Then, as usually happens to me, the creative process takes over and I forget to printscreen what I do. :D    My main point of this article was to show you the above stroke>emboss and using the blending properties tab. Here is my final page.

I hope you might have been inspired to try something new or retry something you have already done. Don’t let you wonderful photos and embellishments dust down on your hardrive – find them and spend a few minutes playing with colors and textures. Trust me, it will do you good. Don’t forget to upload to our Art Journal Gallery.

Until next time – take care and enjoy your special moments.  ~ Aino.


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One Theme, Three Scrappers Challenge: Celebrate

Hi all!  This month we are going to “Celebrate” with this challenge.  We’ve already celebrated Designer Digital’s 9th birthday, some of us are celebrating birthdays and anniversaries of our own, and others of us are celebrating the end to a very long winter. What sorts of things do you celebrate?  Do you need a reason to celebrate? What sorts of things did you celebrate when you were a kid? Do you celebrate a winning sports team, a personal victory, a kid’s first lost tooth? Whatever it is, celebrate it! Then scrap it!

To help get things started, Chrissy and Bailey have made some wonderful pages for this challenge and Katie has provided some fun freebies.

Chrissy’s page tells about a very special gift that she and her sister surprised their parents with for their 40th wedding anniversary.  I just love this photo with her mom looking so happy in her ruby dress that is so symbolic.

ruby_mum_and_dadChrissy’s supply list looks like this: Supplies used: Jaspia Element pack, Mix-n-match garden no2, Alandia Noces kit, Artsy Layered Paints no3, Brierley scrapbooking collection, Color My love kit; Cutting files trims no1, Fresh Vintage Stacks no1, Heart Strips, Merry and Bright kit, Metal Rimmed Glitter Alpha Red No2, Paint it gold no1, Spring Fields Kit, Spring Flourishes brushes, and Worn strips no5.

Bailey created this wonderful page celebrating her daughter’s “most perfect” 6th birthday. (Note to self: cupcake decorating. What a great idea!)


Bailey used: challenge freebies, Birthday Sticker Pack No1, Birthday Party Stickers, Clustering Memories Layered Template and Curated Mix No8.

I decided to celebrate a “milestone” in my life these days . . . upgrading to a smartphone. (I said you could celebrate anything.) ;)

CelebrateHere is my supply list: Freebies from the challeng, Fresh Vintage Clare Solids, Fresh Vintage Asha Solids, Cut Ups: Everyday No2, Doodle-do Words: Birthday No1, Rimmed Framers, Day Out Scrapbooking Kit, In Stitches: Circles No2, and Arrow Paper Clips No1.

I hope you’ve been inspired by this challenge and will consider sharing your pages in the 3 Scrappers Gallery.  Remember to post a link to your challenge pages that contain all DD products in the April Challenge Participation Thread to receive proper credit for the Rewards Program.  Happy Scrapping!

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Photography Scrapbook Challenge: Up Close

I’m sure many of us love to pick up our cameras to play around with settings or trying to get the perfect shot. I enjoy getting detail shots of various items. This month our photography challenge is to get UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL!! A macro lens is not required for this challenge. Depending on your camera, your camera may have a macro setting. This setting can usually be found on the dial, and may have a flower icon. Another option for this challenge is to zoom in on something as close as you can! I actually have a macro filter that I twist onto the end of my lens. It was very inexpensive and I find that it does a great job! I also know that there are macro lenses you can add to an iPhone!

I (Kim) went around my yard with this photography challenge. I love this time of year and watching the trees form buds. Watching those buds turn into leaves or flowers. I find it very fascinating.  Again, I don’t have a macro lens. I just put my macro filter on the end of my lens and snapped away. PhotoChallenge 041514-KimSupplies used: April Photography Challenge Freebie, Glorious Moments Brushes and Stamps, March 3×4 Layered Sentiments, Two Thousand Twelve Sentiment Tabs, Almost There Brushes and Stamps, Assorted Patterned Tapes: Christmas No. 01, Bakers Twine Assortment No. 01, Brilliant Love Element Pack, Chandra Element Pack, Duncan Solids Paper Pack, Finley Element Pack, Hey There Papers Value Pack, Labelled Journalers No. 07: Neutrals, Lens Flares: Colors No. 01, Loosely Labeled Dates No. 04, Scribbled and Scratched Photo Frame Brushes and Stamps No. 01, Sun Porch Element Pack, Sweet Rose Bay Element Pack, Ticketed Sentiments No. 03, Traveler Brushes and Stamps, Wooden Arrows No. 03

Liz (lizzie5) took a photo of a flower. The details of the flower are impeccable. I adore the brushwork and soft texture that adds to the dreamy look that Liz was going for!PhotoChallenge 041514-LIZSupplies used: April Photography Freebie, Mix ‘n’ Match Garden No. 2, Barely There Paper Pack No 1, Damask Tonals: Springtime Paper Pack, Color Study: Yellow Paper Pack, Textured Canvas: Neutrals Paper Pack, Worth Repeating Brushes and Stamps No 23, Washi Tapes Clusters No. 1, Fine Line Twists Brushes and Stamps No 3, Assorted Messy Stitches: White No 2, Randomly Written Borderlines No. 1, Cardstock Tabs No. 2, Scribbling Brushes and Stamps No 5, Letter Box Brushes and Stamps No. 3, Colbie Solids Paper Pack

Kathie (kathie02) did a superb job with her macro skills! I absolutely love the perspective of this clock. The black and white filter makes this photo timeless. The frames and patterns she has layered over the photo is immaculate.PhotoChallenge 041514-KatieSupplies used: Arctic Whites Paper Pack No 2, Thin Classic Photo Frames Curled and Flat No. 1, Thin Classic Photo Frames Curled and Flat No. 2, April Photography Challenge Freebie, Fine Lines Border Lines Brushes and Stamps No 2, Fading Words Brushes and Stamps No 1, Graphed Overlays No 3, Striped Mix: Rainbow Paper Pack No 1, Hint at it No2, Hint at it No 4

I can’t wait to see the gallery fill up with the UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL prompt! To get your started, Katie has generoulsy provided a freebie pack for this challenge! Please post your pages in the Photography Scrapbook Challenge Gallery!

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