Let’s Blend! Scrapbooking Challenge

Hi everyone and welcome to September’s Let’s Blend! Challenge. This month, we are going to do something a bit different. Until Katie posted one of her blending/painting tutorials, I never blended anything with brushes. I always used a mask. Once I blending with brushes, it changed the entire look of my work, and it is really EASY.

So, for the challenge we are going to create our pages using Katie’s tutorial Painting a Picture . She has given us a freebie pack to use which will make it even more fun to create your page. Feel free to use any brush you might have in your stash, if this one isn’t exactly what you need. If you are having trouble loading your brushes, check out this tutorial for a refresher.

Merrilee and Jana and I have created pages to give you a jumpstart on your inspiration.

Merrilee photographed the lilies in her neighbor’s garden this summer and used the blending and painting techniques in the tutorial to create this beautiful page.

Merrilee’s supplies: Katie Pertiet: Artsy Golden Vintage Value pack, Terra Botanica Element Pack, ChelseaRae Element Pack, Written Words: Positive Reinforcement Brushes and Stamps, Splatters Brushes and Stamps No. 03.


Jana used a photo that she took from the Skydeck on the 103rd floor of the Willis Tower in Chicago. She also used the products from the freebie to paint and blend her photo into the background paper.

Jana’s supplies: Katie Pertiet:  Products from freebie pack, Vintage Library Paperie No. 03, Taped Together Overlays No. 02, Blendable Layers No. 02, Letter Box Brushes and Stamps No. 04, From My Bookshelf Blendables No. 02, Watery Spots Brushes and Stamps No. 12, Vintage Photo Frames No. 33, Botanical Gardens Element pack, Terra Botanica Element Pack.


My page focuses on a photo I took of a friend’s 1948 Chrysler. In addition to the techniques in the tutorial, I duplicated the photo layers and played around with some filters and blending modes to add some depth to the page.

Joanne’s supplies: Katie Pertiet: Made With Water No. 01 Brushes and Stamps, Layered Bookshelf Overlays No. 01, Watery Spots Brushes and Stamps No. 12, Lynn Grieveson: Feeling Wintry Paper Pack, Antiquities Paper Pack.

Chrysler watercolor upload

I hope you are feeling inspired! Using 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 September Challenge Participation Thread to increase your savings at Designer Digitals.  A big thank you to Merilee and Jana for helping me out with their inspirational pages!

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Bold Sentiments Brushes at DesignerDigitals

Hello Everyone! It’s Friday! And you know what that means… awesome new releases are now available at DesignerDigitals to inspire you to scrap all those fabulous memories you’ve been collecting! This week we have 20 new items in the store. This includes one priced at just $ 99 cents and the rest of the new items are marked down 20%. These items will be at those prices until Midnight EST on Tuesday.

And here is the NEW $ 99 cent item priced this way until Midnight EST Tuesday ONLY! Bold Sentiments Brushes and Stamps No. 11


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Using a Stamp to Create a Paper Accent 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 Using a Stamp to Create a Paper Accent in Photoshop or PSE.

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Elemental Challenge: Glittery Goodness

Time for another elemental challenge, and this month has been about birthdays in my household – my daughter and I both had birthdays recently, and we celebrated in style! Glitter seemed like the perfect element to scrap all of this birthday fun, so that’s what inspired me for this month’s challenge.

Katie also had a birthday this month, so she put together a glittery balloon freebie set to help get you inspired. I had to use those balloons right away in a page about the birthday girls in my house:

birthday-girls-aug2014Supplies used: Glitter Epoxies: Hearts-n-Flourishes, Lucy Lou Glitters, Dolphin Cove Paper Pack Solids, Curated Studio Mix No.8

Hillarey (hillareyd) was also inspired by birthday events and used some beautiful glittery elements to highlight this sweet photo.

Jojo_-_Sweet_EyelinerSupplies used: Dictionary Edges No. 1, Monocromatics Eggplant, Monocromatics Eggplant Blendables, Painted Bursts No.1, Stamped Sentiments No.9, Anzio Element Pack, Anzio Painted Accents, Collageable Notions No. 01, Polar Mountain Glitter Flakes, Splatters Brushes and Stamps No. 03

Wendy’s (wendymck) page included some great sparkle – from the background papers, to a flowery element, to the glittery alphabet. It all ties in beautifully with the sparkle on her son’s date’s dress.

glitter-senior_promSupplies used: Sparkly Christmas Paper Pack, Jingle Solids Paper Pack, Flair Minis No. 01, Inked Whimsy Brushes and Stamps No. 02, Frame Me No. 02C, Artsy Botanical: Cerrel Value Pack, Silver Sparkle Alphabet No. 01

So let’s light up the gallery with some glittery goodness – I’d love to see how all of these sparkles inspire you! Don’t forget to post your layout in the Scrapbook Challenges 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 September Challenge Participation thread in the forum so you can earn a great coupon code.

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Maybe Tomorrow 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 + 1033 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:


Maybe Tomorrow Element Pack


Thick 3×4 Journal Cards Brushes and Stamps


Cathy Zielske’s Layered Template No. 041


Streetwise Paper Pack


Brett Paper Pack


Layer Works No. 203


Island Blues Paper Pack

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One Kit Wonder-a new scrapbook challenge!

Hello and welcome to our newest challenge, “One Kit Wonder!” For this challenge, you will be asked to use only one kit of our choosing to design your page. Well, let me take that back. Maybe this challenge should be called “One Kit Wonder +1.” You may add any one additional item to complete your page. Sound like fun?

KT225123The kit I have chosen for this challenge is Katie’s Lesson Book kit. It fits in with this month’s Back to School theme but, as you will see, the kit has enough versatility to work for non-school pages too. As an added incentive, you will find the Lesson Book kit on sale for half price in the store for the next few days!

The CT has created four diverse layouts to give you some great ideas of ways to use the Lesson Book kit. Sharon’s (shannamay) layout features the smiling Tully and a great layered collection of elements on a dark background. Sharon used an element from Dictionary Blendables: School No 01 for her additional item.


Blending papers to make a great blue background to match sweet Lincoln’s gorgeous blue eyes, Trace (tracermajig) added a Photo and Journal Cluster No 03 to tons of kit elements to tell some fun facts about her boy. She needed a staple so she creatively “borrowed” one from the frame cluster.


Debi (beehive50) used the Lesson Book kit in a completely different way to tell her cute story of the rescued goldfish. Her fun +1 element is from Katie’s Swimmies Element Pack.


I added Rope Line Twist Brushes and Stamps No 1 to give some interest to my background. I also cropped off one side of the Lesson Book wooden frame and used it to finish off my page.

seamus poser

We hope you will be inspired to try out this fun new challenge. We are eager to see the Scrapbook  Challenge gallery fill up with new pages using the Lesson Book Kit +1!



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Scrap This! Back to School

Welcome to a brand new challenge here at DD, hosted each month by Liz and me. We’ll give you the pictures to scrap, and you show us what you do with them. Such a deal! We thought we’d start with a back to school theme, and Becky (mungerre) and Amy (mymalloryboys) provided us with some great photos for inspiration. Use one, two, or three of the photos for your page. Katie has even included a great back to school blendable in the freebie to get your scrapping engine started. Here are the photos and the pages the team members created:

From Beckie:

crayonsxFrom Amy:



Liz (lizziet5) used one of Amy’s great photos to document going back to school to improve her photography skills. I love that she took a non-traditional approach to the whole back to school theme in her journaling, and the bright colors of her page transmit the eagerness with which she is anticipating this opportunity. Snap on, Liz!

Back_to_school_72[1]Credits: Brilliant Life Paper Pack, Brilliant Life Solids Paper Pack, Notebook Paper Pack, Brilliant Love: Dots Paper Pack, Brilliant Love: Krafty Paper Pack, Brilliant Love Element Pack (flair, recolored), Kerava Element Pack, Cathy Zielske’s Layered Template No. 053, School Words No. 01 Hand Drawn Brushes

Beckie (mungerre) also approached this challenge in unique way. She created a piece of wall art with her wonderful rainbow of crayons photo. I love the brightly colored striped paper peeking out on both sides and the way she showcased Maya Angelou’s quote. This is going to look fabulous on your wall, Beckie!

 be_the_rainbow_web[1]Credits: Watery Alphabet No. 05, Wood Veneer Springtime, Arctic Whites Paper Pack No. 02, Chalkboard Alphabet No. 07, Striped Mix: Rainbow Paper Pack No. 01, Lila Bleu Paint Blends 

What can I say? I’m a traditionalist, and I used Beckie’s photo to tell the story of one of my earliest school memories. I might even end up including this page in my AAM album. I also wanted the chance to play with Katie’s gorgeous new Brilliant Life kit. While it is not a typical “back to school” kit, the bright colors and icons certainly meshed well with our theme this month.


Credits: Brilliant Life Scrapbook Kit, Notebook Paper Pack No. 07, Stamped Alphabet No. 03, Drop Shadow Styles No. 02, Celebration of Life Brushes and Stamps

I hope these photos inspire you to scrap a page for this new challenge. This is the link to download the photos and Katie’s blendable. Post your 100% DD page in the Scrapbook Challenges Gallery, and be sure to update your post in the September Challenge Participation Sign-in thread. Can’t wait to see the A+ pages fill up the gallery!


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Color Spots Challenge: Peachy Keen

This next color challenge is all about those fun tangerine, peach and yellow tones! Let’s warm things up in the gallery with this fun new color challenge. Here is the inspiration for this next challenge. Let the colors guide your next layout creation!



Here is how 2 creative team members were inspired!

Brittany created this super cute layout focusing her colors on the details. I love the warm toned black and white photo surrounded by the tangerine and yellow elements!


Page credits: Stacked Vintage Photo Frames No. 06, Lens Flares: Colors No. 01, Pencil Twist Arrows Brushes and Stamps No. 02, Readymade Circles: Life No. 01, Readymade Borders: Rainbow No. 02, Readymade Journalers: Everyday No. 04, Worn Pages Layered Templates, Anyway Kit


Joanne’s layout showcases such a great fall pic that highlights the colors in our challenge! Love how she altered the layered template to show off that great photo of maple leaves.


Page credits: Choose Happiness Layered Template (altered), Describing Autumn No. 01, Naturally Krafty No. 14 Paper Pack, Arctic Whites Paper Pack.


I can’t wait to see how this fun peachy keen color challenge inspires you! Don’t forget to post your layout in the Color 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 September Challenge Participation thread in the forum so you can earn a great coupon code!



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DesignerDigitals Hot Page of the Week, September 6, 2014

Love this page from Liz! I think it’s so important to document our lives even when there aren’t relevant pictures to go with them! This is absolutely perfect! Well done Liz!

Everything is all right


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Saturday Scraplift Challenge: So Huggable

Good morning! Welcome to this week’s Saturday Scraplift Challenge with me, Liz (lizziet5)! This week we are lifting Georgina’s (georgeinci) ‘You are so huggable’ page. I love the dreamy look on Evie’s face as she hugs that adorable kitten! The stitched frame together with the soft patterned papers give this page a delicate feel. Georgina has finished her page off with some carefully chosen elements and brushes that compliment her photo. I hope you are inspired to get lifting!


Sharon (justbnsharon) was inspired to scrap this sweet photo of her cute granddaughter’s firs day at pre-school. Sharon chose the frame hanger to draw the viewers attention to her photo and the chalk it up paper together with the library card pocket really give the page a ‘school’ feel. The repetitive ‘ready to learn’ brush is the perfect finishing touch to her page. A lovely page Sharon!


Here are the products that Sharon used: Fresh Paint Loved; Quirky Words: School Brushes and Stamps No. 01; Whimsy Words No. 05; Love for School Brushes and Stamps; Paper Photo Frames Value Pack: Kraft No. 01; Frame Hangers No. 01; Brielle Scrapbooking Kit; Chalk it Up: Basics No. 03 Paper Pack – Katie Pertiet, Inspiration Remixed Scholarly Kit and Hint at it Urban – Lynn Grieveson, School Time Clusters No. 01 – Studio Double-D


Trace (tracermajig) ramped up her lift by using a striking backdrop to showcase this adorable photo of little Miss Poppy! The ripped vintage photo frame gives great texture to Trace’s page and I love that she’s picked up the colours of her background in her brushwork. The black journal spot and buttons add great contrast to this lovely girly page!

Trace used the following products: Brilliant Life Collection; Ripped Vintage Photo Frames No. 04; Stitching Holes: Hearts Brushes and Stamps No. 01; Brushed Words Girls Brushes and Stamps


Georgina’s page inspired me to scrap this photo of my grandson, Jack. He’d stripped off his t-shirt in the heat and was watching Toy Story on TV so I managed to get this shot of him as he was mesmerised by Woody and Buzz!

For my page I used these products: Kerava Paper Pack; Kerava Add-On Paper Pack; Kerava Element Pack; Fresh Vintage: Albia Element Pack; Stitched Up Frames No. 03; Clean Stitched Hearts: White No. 01; Little Snips Alphabet – Katie Pertiet, Hint at it: Love; Geometric Hints Brushes and Stamps; Stitched Down Dates – Lynn Grieveson


I hope you’ll be inspired to play along and post your page in the Saturday Scraplift 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 September Challenge Participation thread in the forum so you can earn a great coupon code!

Have a great weekend and happy scrapping!

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