Saturday Scraplift: Smile

Hiya, welcome to another Saturday Scraplift challenge. The Christmas decorations are down, the chocolate’s been eaten. I’ve still time to relax though, before our schools go back on Monday.

This week I couldn’t go past Julie’s  (Maggiemae) sweet page. That smile! There’s so much working together here. I love the layered circles, with the overlaid stitching. The brushwork is so subtle, and rewards further study, with those watery love hearts delicately stamped to balance the page.

Three members of the creative team, including our guests were inspired by Julie’s page.

Myssp (Rachael) used a bold colour palette on her page to showcase this fun photo. I love the red, and the love hearts sprinkled around.

Rachael used Dating 2017 Brushes and StampsReadymade Borders: Fall No. 05Layer Works No. 440Layered Memories No. 043;Modern Vintage Simplicity Paper Pack No. 01Pencil Twist Arrows Brushes and Stamps No. 02Gold-n-Graphic Paper Pack No. 01Filmed Photo Masks Brushes and Stamps No. 05;My Vintage Valentine Element PackLayer Works No. 412.

Joanne also chose a lovely photo for her page, I love that hat! Joanne’s colour scheme using the new kit is gorgeous!

Joanne used Cambrianna Scrapbook CollectionFilmstrip Frame Brushes and Stamps No. 02Instamatic Frames No. 06Touch Up Paint Brushes and Stamps No. 02Artsy Grunge Clusters Brushes, Stamps and Layers No. 01Watery Typecast Sentiments Brushes and Stamps No. 01Artsy Paint No. 06Scratchy Scribbles Brushes and Stamps No. 03Bead Scatterings No. 03Artsy Grunge Clusters Brushes, Stamps and Layers No. 01.

Shannon used Julie’s inspiration page to create a page remembering her first job. What a great memory to document! I love the colours she chose, and the daisy circle round the photo is the perfect touch.

Shannon used Metsa Scrapbooking CollectionMessy Stitched Circles: White No. 01
Crocheted Doilies: Red No. 01Artsy Mesh Clusters Brushes and Stamps No. 02Floral Circles Brushes and Stamps No. 01.

Now it’s over to you, I’m sure you all have a photo or two that would work on this versatile page design. Post your pages in the Saturday Scraplift Challenge so we can all leave some love. Also remember it’s a New Year and a new chance to earn a discount using our rewards scheme. Keep track of your qualifying pages using 100% Designer Digitals products in the rewards thread for January.

Happy scrapping!

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Layer Works Template and New Releases at DesignerDigitals

We have 27 new items this week with one priced at just 99c. The remaining items are marked down 20%, all through 7am EST on Wednesday.

We are also having a flash sale on all of our Winter Items! There are over 500 Winter Theme items now marked down 40% through Wednesday at 7am EST as well.

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ring in the new year!

Who’s ready for the new year?! We are! To help ring in the new year, we have one last challenge for 2016, that you may play along with through the month of January 2017. It is, of course, about new year’s resolutions! But it does not have to be a traditional new year’s resolutions page, feel free to think outside the box on the idea of ringing in the new year! Things you want to accomplish, get done, have happen, have NOT happen? Goals, ideas, dreams? Let’s hear about them. Tell us what you want 2017 to mean! Do you embrace new philosophies in a new year? Use a new mantra? Swear to be more fit? Let’s hear about all of it!

To help with your inspiration, Katie has generously provided this freebie. (Feel free to use it or not for the challenge, it’s entirely your choice.) Thank you Katie for a year of generous freebies!

Several of our team members jumped right into the challenge to help provide you with some great ideas. I thought it was quite note-worthy that ALL of the sample pages (except mine) were photo-less. It’s so fun to see where the inspiration leads people!

DeLisa created this amazing effect with the paper strips on her page, and that color combination is amazing. This would make a great album cover. I love the symmetry of this.

On her page, DeLisa used the Black, White and Pink KitBig Bottom Lift Classic Photo Frames No. 01Catching Rainbows Element PackDecember Stories Element PackFrosted Fun Element PackHello 2017 Brushes and StampsModern Vintage Simplicity Paper Pack No. 01Modern Vintage Simplicity Paper Strips No. 01, and Modern Vintage Simplicity Printable Pocket Cards No. 01.

Rachael created a unique and clever background using tags. This page is a very elegant way to get started with the new year! I love all the details she used for the borders, this is just beautiful.

Rachael’s page features Sewn Labels Counting Weeks No. 01Readymade Layers: Winter Borders No. 01Readymade Layers: Christmas Borders No. 07Framed Photo Masks Brushes and Stamps No. 02Modern Vintage Simplicity Paper Pack No. 01Readymade Edgers: Neutral No. 01Holiday Foliage Layered Edgers No. 02Page Fades Clipping Masks No. 01Blendable Layers No. 48Blendable Layers No. 61Readymade Edgers: Vintage No. 05Layer Works No. 755, and Silver Pattern Overlays No. 02.

Shannon made great use of the new pine brush in the store and created a lovely outdoorsy feeling page, that shares her hopes for the year. I like how the border creates a nice edge for the docu-stack and journaling.

The products on Shannon’s page include the ARTpack Juniper Pine Brushes, Stamps and Layers No. 01DocuStack Layers No. 02Readymade Layers: Winter Borders No. 01Hello 2017 Brushes and StampsNatural Winter Woods Element PackNatural Wonders Paper Pack, and Christmas Joy Solids Paper Pack.

Jana’s page is festive and delightful, and celebrates with style! All of these samples are so inspiring! Now I want to pop the cork on the champagne! I love the sophisticated collage she created with the music and word art on the foil background.

In addition to the freebie stamps, Jana included Brushstroke Words New Years Brushes and StampsChristmas Joy Paper PackFoiled Twists No. 01Glad Tidings Solids Paper PackHello December Paper Pack, and Botanist Workbook Paper Pack No. 02.

For my page you will see that I went a complete different direction than the elegant samples above! I thought it would be fun to do a recap of some favorite books from the past year, and list the top must-reads on my list for the coming year. The new documenting life template series Katie created is so fun to use for lists!

This page features some products modified from the freebie, and these: DocuStack Layers No. 02,  Documenting Life Notebook Weekly Layered Template No. 01Happy New Years Brushes and Stamps No. 01Foressa Paper PackResolve Brushes and Stamps No. 01, and Painted Pencil Lines Drawn Mix Brushes and Stamps No. 01.

I hope these pages have helped inspire you to ring in the new year along with all of us at DesignerDigitals! It’s been a great year of challenges! Looking forward to the new year’s inspiration! Be sure to post your pages in the Scrapbook Challenge Gallery, and to be eligible for rewards note your entries in the January Challenges Sign-in Thread.

Best wishes to all of the DesignerDigitals community for a healthy, happy new year!

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Blendables Layered Template and New Releases at DesignerDigitals

Starting today we have our store wide template sale. Every template is now marked down 30%, and this includes the new releases as well. That’s over 2,500 templates to choose from! We will also have a new 99c item every day as well. The daily 99c items are only at that price for 24 hours, then 30% off for the duration of the sale which ends at 6am EST next Friday, January 6th. Today’s 99c item will be at that price until 7AM EST on Saturday only.

AND if you use the coupon code NY2017 you will receive an extra 20% off ANY ITEM in the store. The coupon is good until the sale ends next Friday as well.

We have 18 new items this week with one priced at just 99c. The remaining items are marked down 20%, all through 7am EST on Wednesday.

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Using a Frame Within a Photo in Photoshop and PSE [Video]

This week’s Adobe Photoshop or Elements tip of the week is now available on video. This weeks tip is on Using a Frame Within a Photo in Photoshop and PSE.

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Happy Christmas Photo Frames and New Releases at DesignerDigitals

Today is day 23 of our Days of December Sale here at DesignerDigitals. The sale runs from now through 6am EST on December 25th.

We have 19 new items this week. These items are marked down 20%, all through 6am EST on Wednesday.

We also have a new batch of 400 random items 40% off as well as a new 99c item. Today’s items will be at that price until 6am EST on Sunday, December 25th when the sale ends.

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Saturday Scraplift on Friday!

For all of you who are just a little addicted to the Saturday Scraplift routine, we’ve decided to post a day early. Just in case you want to get in a last little bit of scrapping today before all the weekend Christmas festivities REALLY get going tomorrow!
I’ve chosen for your lifting pleasure today, this beautiful layout by one of our guest CT members, Kate (Okate). I loved the paper clipped to the mask and pasted onto the background paper. I loved the double framing with the slide reel tucked in between and I loved the simple titling and journaling.

When I asked if any of the CT would like to help me to lift this page, there was no shortage of volunteers.

Shannon (shannonroller) stayed with the centrally placed photo and cleverly used Studio DD’s Readymade Edgers: Christmas No.03 which includes a similar slide reel.
She also used Katie’s Christmas Joy Scrapbooking Collection, Typewriter Clusters December Brushes and Stamps No. 01, Posted Christmas No.01, Best Part of Christmas Brushes and Stamps and Torn Templates No.01

Delisa was also inspired by the slide reel, layering papers and pocket cards instead of extra frames and added all those lovely trees to underline her page theme. She used StudioDD’s December Days Layer Works No.01 template as a starting point and she also used Katie’s Christmas Joy Scrapbooking Collection as well as Clean Stitched Borders: White No.01 (recoloured), Min Jul Element Pack, Stitched and Lifted Trees No.01, Taped Together Stacks December No.01 and Title Lines Brushes and Stamps No.14.

Look how Jana was inspired; paper clipped to mask, music print, doubled up frame layers, slide reel!! Jana has used two products that are coming soon to the store: Happy Christmas Sparkles (and doesn’t this beautiful paper make for an eye catching LO!) and Happy Christmas Layered Frames. She’s also used ARTpack Christmas Brushes and Stamps No.03, Vintage Christmas Blendable Layers No.02, Glad Tidings Roughed Up Photo Mats, Glad Tidings Paper Pack, Winter Ice Element Pack and Peace On earth Brushes and Stamps

My own scraplifts never stray too far from the inspiration piece. I did use a mix of brushes instead of the clipped paper but I loved the double frame idea and that slide reel seemed to give the perfect place for the date!
I used Season’s Finest Scrapbooking Collection, Christmas Joy Scrapbooking Collection, Slide Reels No.02, Worth Repeating Painted Clusters Brushes and Stamps No.01, Daisetta Element Pack, Pocket Planner 3×4 Stamped and Printable Cards No.01, South Beach Element Pack, Corby Element Pack and Banner Safety Tags No.01.

I hope you will be equally inspired by Kate’s lovely page. Remember to post your page in the Saturday Scraplift Challenge Gallery December Challenges sign-in thread in the forum. My very best wishes to you all for a very Happy Christmas!

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Celebrate the Season: Template Mash Up Challenge

I hope you all have something wonderful to celebrate this season! In addition to the Christmas and New Year’s holidays, we celebrate three December birthdays in our immediate family. This December, we’ve had our daughter and grandchildren staying with us, as well as another adult daughter living at home after having recently returned from a year abroad. Our ‘full house’ has given us plenty of everyday moments to celebrate as well. I used the two beautiful templates from this week’s mash up challenge to document one of them!

 If anyone had told me twenty years ago that these two adult daughters of mine would end up best friends…well, I wouldn’t have believed them, let’s put it that way. 😉 The fact that they did is something to celebrate!

I’d love to see how you mash these templates to create a unique layout! Please consider playing along with our challenge. Don’t forget to share your page in the Template Challenge Gallery!  And the best news–if you use 1oo% currently available DD supplies on your mash up, it will earn you points in our rewards program. You can read and details and sign in on the December Challenge Participation thread.

Celebrate the Season!

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December’s iTunes Inspiration Challenge

A bit of a change this month-

To make it a special Christmas challenge we’ve got not one but two inspiration starting points for you!

And of course they are from Christmas music too! Theres certainly plenty of great Christmassy starting points on iTunes right now.

You can decide to create two pages, just like I have, or pick just one that appeals most to you. Theres no right or wrong way to do this, just let the starting points inspire you and take you outside your normal comfort scrapping zone. Its great fun!

Don’t feel you need to make either of them Christmassy however, I made sure they will work as great everyday pages too! And if you’re as busy as me/the rest of the team/everyone in the world, feel free to wait til after Christmas to make a page! Every year I swear I will do less and take it easier but… ha! 😉


The first starting point is

A fun album to listen to, but really quite striking and modern in design. I know some of you really can rock the modern page, so I look forward to seeing what you create!

I can’t really keep my pages clean and simple. It just doesn’t come naturally to me, so heres what this page ended up with me…


As for our next starting point – its the other end of the scale as its super arty.  And a regular on our Christmas medley list!


LOVE the colours here, so thats where it inspired me to go… take a look at my page –


Katie has a freebie or a brilliant selection of things you might find useful, I used all the freebies across my two pages.  You can download the link from here.


We have our own iTunes Inspiration Gallery so please put all your pages there for us to see.

I am happy to receive all suggestions for starting points for iTunes Challenge – make sure its is available on iTunes and send me a link or screen shot. I’m running low on pages to use so please do so!

Merry Christmas 🙂


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Saturday Scraplift: Layered Vertical Design

For the recent color challenge, Kim chose a stunning combination of green, silver, and white; and I loved seeing the beautiful pages it inspired. I was taken by Brenda’s (bbe) lovely layered, vertical design that showcased a cute shot of her cat under the tree. I really liked the elements, brushes, and paint she used to give dimension to her page. Our Creative Team jumped at the chance to lift Brenda, and I think you’ll love all the different looks they achieved.

Brenda’s page:

 Debi (beehive50), who’s enjoying a reunion with her daughter in Scotland as I type, scrapped a shot that Shannon sent her of the pint she enjoyed just before going into final exams. Debi is a master of white space, and this page is no exception. She used the patterned paper chevrons to lead the viewer’s eye to the photo and carried out her color scheme with her cluster and brush work.

 Credits: Miriam Solids Paper Pack; Scripted Remarks Brushes and Stamps No.02; Splatters Brushes and Stamps No. 02; Classic Side Lift Photo Frames No. 01; Flair Minis No. 02; Readymade Layers: Leaf Clusters

Rachael’s (myssp) beautiful design is everything a winter page should be from the icy blues to the sparkly snowflakes to the sweet photo of her granddaughter in mid twirl. I love how compactly she layered paper beneath her picture so that nothing distracts from it, and the hints of greenery are perfect for the season.

 Credits: Icy Woods Element Pack; Icy Woods Paper Pack; Wood Veneer Words No. 19; Layer Works No. 745; Blendables Layered Template No. 48; Christmas Mix Clusters No. 01; Wood Veneer Keylined Photo Frames No. 01; Simple Collage Frames No. 02; Artsy Paint Type Clusters Brushes and Stamps No. 02; Blendables Layered Template No. 47; Blendables Layered Template No. 61; Classic Scraps Mini Kit No. 01; Spill Frame Layers No. 13

Shannon (shannonroller) recently returned from an anniversary cruise in Hawaii and used Brenda’s design to create the title page of her trip album. I love that she put a happy photo of her and her husband front and center on the page and has included their daily itinerary as well. The striped woodgrain background and the cluster complete her nautical theme.

Credits: Icy Woods Paper Pack; Artsy Bookshelf Layers No. 01Messed Up Overlays No. 04; Painted Patterns Brushes and Stamps No. 03; Classic Curled Photo Frames No. 01; Readymade Borders: July; Readymade Tall Strips: Antibes

On her page, DeLisa (DELISAK) spotlighted a darling photo of her daughter from Christmas past when she received a special toy – Elmo! The black background is an excellent choice to make the colors of her photo and elements really pop, and I love how she has reproduced the polka dots of her daughter’s top in the patterned paper behind the picture.

 Credits: Away We Go Element Pack; Bradded Photo Frames No. 01; Chalkboard Christmas Scrapbooking Collection; December Stories Element Pack; Edge Overlays No. 08; Layered Scatterings Holiday No. 01; Vintage Ephemera Strips No. 04: Christmas (coming soon); Watery Circles Brushes and Stamps No. 01; Wood Veneer Words No. 19; Readymade Layered: Christmas Borders No. 07

Brenda’s terrific page is full of inspiration just waiting for you to avail yourself of it. I’ll be looking forward to seeing what you create. Remember to post your page in the Saturday Scraplift Challenge Gallery and in the December Challenges Sign-in Thread in the forum. Happy scrapping and Merry Christmas!


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