How to Customize Titles by Swapping Words 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 How to Customize Titles by Swapping Words in Photoshop and PSE.

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March Color Challenge: Sprouting Spring Greens

Up here, north of the 49th, we are still enjoying winter! Long, dark stretches of grey skies with week-long downpours, not to mention the temperature is still quite cold leaving us feeling damp and chilled. At our house, we still have the fireplace on most evenings and avoid walking without slippers. I know that the saying goes, “There is only bad clothing, not bad weather!”, but at some point we crave the sunshine and not having to wear winter boots everyday!

It is also at this time of year that if you look really closely, you start to see the birth of spring. I look around my garden (which is still a mess, by the way) and I see a thousand hues of green from the ferns to the evergreens to the fresh new buds are ready to burst on the trees. Out of the soil, green spears are starting to sprout, the early stage of daffodils, tulips and other spring flowers.

For the March Color Challenge, we are going for fresh spring greens! I find it a challenge to scrap with this colour, but I just have to look outside for some amazing inspiration!

Make DIY Moss Covered Pots and Garden Figurines with Living Paint

The Fiddlehead Fern | "Headwinds" —Fred Turpin's Poetry Blog


[Photo credits]

I chose a photo from our vacation to France in 2018 because my son had a green shirt that he wore almost the whole trip!

Credits used:
Emilia Scrapbook Bundle, Garden Stories No. 01 Element Pack, Garden Stories No. 01 Paper Pack, Monthly Memories Vol. 02: Element Pack No. 08, Spring Fields Element Pack, Thicker Inked and Outlined Brushes and Stamps No. 02, Cute Mini Mix No. 03, Krafty Guys Element Pack, Lila Bleu Element Pack, Lila Bleu Paper Pack, Arrow Flairs Value Pack No. 01, Artsy Mr. MacGregor Value Pack, Antibes Element Pack, Spring Meadows Element Pack, Be Hoppy Element Pack, Vintage Blendable Palettes No. 04, ChelseaRae Paper Pack

Linda highlighted her spring page with just a bit of green and some lovely pops of pink!

Credits: Abstracting Memories Layered Template No. 02, (rotated), Farmhouse Garden Solids Paper Pack, Plainly Woven Paper Pack No. 07 {coming soon}, Monthly Memories Vol. 03: Paper Pack No. 02, Brilliant Life Element Pack, Drop Shadow Styles No. 02,  Spring Selects No. 01 Brushes and Stamps

Addie used lots of greens to create this sweet page of her son Owen!

Products used: Torn Templates No. 04, Hinged Photo Frames No. 07, Curated Studio Mix Scrapbooking Kit No. 35, Readymade Layers: Travel Borders No. 06, Readymade Layers: Botanical Clusters No. 01, Readymade Layers: Outdoors Borders No. 01, Good Times Brushes and Stamps, Autumn Bliss Solids Paper Pack (wood paper clipped to title), Hike More Outdoors Scrapbook Element Pack

Katie has generously offered us a few freebies to get us going. Be sure to post your pages in the March Challenges Gallery. If you use all DD products you can qualify for some great discounts!

Can’t wait to see what you create!

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Template Mashup: Create A New Design

Do you enjoy the Template Mashup Challenge as much as I do? I think it is a great way to start a scrapbook page anytime to use a template, but, mashing two templates together allows for greater individuality and brand new creative results.

For this challenge, we are using Layer Works 1007 and Blendable Layered Template 101. Your challenge is use parts of both template to create your own masterpiece! Remember, both templates will be on sale for Thrifty Thursday making it very affordable to add them to your digital stash.

How do you begin a page for the Mashup? Do you start with a blank canvas and pick and choose elements from both templates to add to your page? Or, do you choose one template as your base and then add in elements from the other template? I usually start with a blank canvas, but, this time I decided to experiment by using one template as the base and adding what I wanted from the other template.  Well, that worked so well, I tried it a second time, only I started with the other template. I think I ended up with two very different scrapbook pages and you can see them both below, but, first I want to share the pages our two talented Guest Creative Team members, Frani and Addie, created as examples for the Template Mashup Challenge.

Frani made great use of the triangle shapes for her cute layout. Don’t you love the pink patterned papers she used? Products used are: Textured Whites Paper Pack and the Beloved Kit.

And, Addie’s super page made use of the blending mask, triangles and photo frames for another totally original looking page. Her extra additions came from the Wanderer Scrapbooking Bundle.

And, now, for my two pages. One started with the first template and one started with the second template. Two different approaches and two different results. Lots of fun to create with templates.

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Story Scrapbook Challenge

This month with a  change of season, I’m challenging you to tell a story about just that.  What’s your favourite season?  Why?  Do you get the winter blues?  Do you give in to spring cleaning?   Do you have an annual Summer holiday?  Do you love the falling rain of leaves in Autumn?  Is it snow that you crave?  Sunshine and beach?  Cool crisp days in Fall?

Do you have a seasonal story – have you been snowed in, maybe sunburnt to a crisp, love having the spring bulbs bloom in the garden?   Do you love day light saving, or do you love it getting dark quick of a night?   Is it a thrill to break out the colourful scarves and beanies?  Cook up casseroles and puddings and hot chocolates and hibernate?  Or do you love the salads and light foods and sparkly drinks of summer?

Maybe tell a story about how you do the same thing differently in each season?  Have you got a photograph showing the same photo but at different times of the year?

Let’s talk about seasons.

The creative team have jumped on board and I have been spoilt for choice with some terrific example pages:

Esther has brilliantly captured news articles which tell of the strange but true summer weather conditons that have been endured.  Sometimes that’s all you need to tell a story, let the news do it for you.  I mean, really?  Who could make this stuff up?  And how fitting that the cyclone was named Esther!

Supplies Esther has used:  Layer Works No. 1249 (modified),  Blendable Layers No. 109,  Loosely Labeled No. 11,  My Vintage Valentine No. 02 Solids Paper Pack No. 01,  Stitched Together Photo Frames No. 01,  Week-at-a-Glance Brads,  Wood Veneer Arrows No. 04,  Worth Repeating Brushes and Stamps No. 36,  Yellow Word Bits No. 01.

Next up we have Shannon who has farewelled winter with the beautiful flowering of the plum and cherry trees and welcomed spring.  I love it when there is something tangible like that signifying the change of seasons, something to look forward it.

Supplies Shannon has used:  Abstracting Memories Layered Template No. 11,  Readymade Layers: Botanical Clusters No. 15,  Monthly Memories Vol. 03 Brushes and Stamps No. 03,  Lightly Linens Paper Pack No. 22,  Spring Meadows Element Pack.

Told you I was spoilt for choice, Diane has relayed a story with photographs to match of how the seasons can almost do a plant in.  Glad to see that nature has taken its course after a cold wet winter.  What great colours she has used for this terrific page.

Supplies used by Diane:  Stitched Frame Clusters No2,  Monthly Memories Vol. 03: Paper Pack No. 03,  Loosely Scripted Sentiments Brushes and Stamps No. 15,  Readymade Layers: Spring Clusters No. 03,  Layer Works No1249,  Garden Stories No. 01 Element Pack.

And as for my page, a sport that transgresses seasons for me.  Lucky I’m the selfie queen!!  Lots of photo fodder for the page.

Supplies I have used:  Vintage Garden District Solids paperpack,  Winter Whites Scrapbook Kit,  Fall Brilliance Painted Leaves,  Edge Overlays No. 07,  Watery Photo Masks No. 08,  Instamatic Frames No. 05,  Lens Flares: Colors No. 01,  Lifted Wings No. 01.

The team at DD have generously provided a freebie with something for each of the seasons to help you on your way, the link is good for the entire month of March.  I hope the goodies inspire you.   I am really looking forward to reading all the stories this month.

Post your pages in the Scrapbook Challenge Gallery and don’t forget when you use ALL DD product on your challenge page you should post a link of your page in the March Challenge Participation thread so that it will count toward your savings in the rewards program.  Everyone’s a winner!

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Saturday Scraplift – Pictureless

Welcome to March! We are beginning to see signs of Spring everywhere around here, is the weather starting to change in your area as well?

Today we are lifting this beautiful and funny page by b2halter. I love the conversation she documented here, and I can totally relate because we also have cats, grrr!

Products: Edge Overlays No. 02, Flourishing Leaves No. 03, Great Escape Travel Scrapbooking Collection, School Rules Scrapbooking Collection, Walden Watery Blends, Chalked Brushes and Stamps No. 02, Lifted Leaves No. 01, Little Layette Kit, Googly Eyes No. 01, Messy Stitched Circles: White No. 01South Beach Scrapbooking Collection, Blue Skies Scrapbooking Collection.

Here is my take on b2halter’s page. I was inspired by the story-telling aspect of her page as well as her cute googly-eyed critter!

Products: Artistry de Blanco Element Pack, Fox Creek Solids Paper Pack, Pencil Line Flowers Brushes and Stamps No. 12, Twisted Dots No. 01, Readymade Layers: Butterfly Clusters No. 02, Hand Scripted Brushes and Stamps No. 22.

If you’d like to join in on this fun challenge and earn some awesome DD $$, be sure to post your page in the Saturday Scraplift Gallery and the March 2020 Challenge Participation Thread.

When you use 100% DD products, your page qualifies for the rewards program. I can’t wait to see where this inspiration takes you; I’ll be looking for your page in the gallery! Have a wonderful Saturday!

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5th Saturday Scraplift

Welcome to our 5th Saturday Creative Team Scraplift! It’s not often we 5 Saturdays in February, but Leap Year has given us a bonus this year! Today, we are lifting our own Merr (digigrandma)! Peruse her beautiful gallery for some grand inspiration and create a page of your own.

Right away, 3 of our guest team members created these beautiful layouts!

Fran (frani_54) chose Merr’s Be Kind page to lift.

Fran’s beautiful photo of the tulips, combined with the butterfly clusters, make for a gorgeous lift. I love the spill frame and the elements she placed behind it, creating a cohesive look!  Her word art is perfect!

Fran’s credits:

Readymade Layers: Butterfly Clusters No. 02, Lightly Linens Paper Pack No. 26
Traveler Blendable Layers No. 08, Clustering Bookshelf Brushes and Stamps No. 03, Twisted Dots No. 01, Farm Fresh Collection, Wanderer Scrapbook Kit, Artsy Spots Brushes, Stamps and Layers No. 01,  Watery Typecast Sentiments Brushes and Stamps No.  Roughed Up Pocket Cards: Striped No. 10,  Spill Frame Layers No. 08, Blendable Layers No. 104, Hamilton Mini Kit, Garden Stories No. 01 Element Pack
Readymade Layers: Botanical Clusters No. 06

Next, Sherry (digi351) lifted one of Merr’s sweet Christmas page, Cousins on Christmas Eve.

What a cute layout with the girls and their Elf on the Shelf drawings! This page will definitely be special one in the family Christmas album. The plaid mat and top edger coordinate beautifully with the little red elf and title cluster, which is totally darling. Love the messy stitches too!

Sherry’s credits:

Vintage Christmas Extras Paper Pack, Gesso No. 04,  Stamped Blocks No. 40 Brushes and Stamps, Chalkboard Christmas Paper Pack, Apple Orchards Element PackElfin Magic Element Pack, How Sweet Brushes and Stamps,Big Bottom Lift Vintage Photo Frames No. 01, Monthly Memories Vol. 02: Element Pack No. 12, Chalkboard Christmas Chipboard Elements, Stapled Stacks Christmas No. 01, Snap Frame Edgers Brushes and Stamps No. 03, Taped Together Overlays No. 04

Merr’s Our Lake caught Addie’s (agomerac) eye.

What a beautiful color palette and lovely family photo! The stitched circles and the travel border work well together and those blendable map brushes look great! The placement of her title binds it all together nicely.

Addies credits:

Monthly Memories Vol. 03: Paper Pack No. 01, Messy Stitched Circles: White No. 01  Written Words Page Titles Brushes and Stamps No. 01, Readymade Layers: Travel Borders No. 05, Fading Frame Layers No. 02, Blendable Maps No. 03

Our View of the Beach was my inspiration.

I really like Merr’s photo within a photo look on her page, so I used a double frame to achieve the same look. I also created a wider border than I usually do, and lifted Merr’s idea of using patterned paper for this.

My credits:

Monthly Memories Vol 3 Paper Pack No. 3, Faringdon Solids Paper Pack, Stitched Frame Clusters No. 01, Loosely Scripted Sentiments Brushes and Stamps No. 01

Have fun choosing one of Merr’s layouts to lift today! Remember to post your page in the Saturday Scraplift Challenge gallery and if you use 100% Designer Digitals products, don’t forget to post your page on the February Challenge participation thread so you can earn a discount coupon!  Thanks for your awesome inspiration Merr!



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iTunes: What light through yonder window

Hiya, and welcome to this month’s iTunes challenge. For this month’s inspiration I’ve gone for nostalgia. I loved this film when it came out, and listened to the soundtrack regularly. Last week my teenage daughter came home and told me she was watching this in class, so I had to watch it again. 

While listening to the soundtrack I was drawn to the cover, and could see how I’d be inspired to create a layout from it. There’s the gold bookplate title, the chains suggest a hanging photo frame, and the blue floral paper is pretty in the background. Then there’s the heart motif at the top.

I asked members of the creative team to create pages for me and they didn’t disappoint. First up is Diane (Dvhoward) with her lovely layering. I love the alpha she chose for her title, and the paper scrapping feel to her page. Diane used Vintage Photo Frames No. 49; Monthly Memories Vol. 03: Paper Pack No. 02; Garden Stories No. 01 Element Pack; Garden Stories No. 01 Remnants; Adventuring Travel Scrapbook Kit.

Next was Shannon (Shannonroller) with this music themed page. I love how she was inspired by the angle of the photo in the cover. The collage/ brushwork is perfect in the background, and I love her titlework.

Shannon used Vintage Mini Mix Kit No. 13; Vintage Mini Mix No. 13 Remnants; Enamel Sentiment Signs No. 06; Sweet Melody Brushes and Stamps.

Now it’s your turn, take yourself back to the 90s and show us what inspires you. Katie’s generously provided a freebie. Post your pages in the itunes inspiration gallery  so we can leave some love. Remember to keep track of your challenge pages using 100 % Designer Digitals products in the February Challenges Participation Thread so you can earn store discount.

Happy scrapping!

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How to Extend Brush Lines 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 How to Extend Brush Lines in Photoshop and PSE.

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Saturday Scraplift Challenge: Playing With Brushes

This week I found a little challenge for you all, this beautiful brush arrangement by Kathie

It’s so gorgeous with that architectural window and the brush arrangement. Event the slightly blue coloring is beautiful!

Diane (dvhoward55) came up with her own gorgeous version

I love that large flower and the color, plus it’s all about happiness and what could be better 🙂 Here is what she used on her page

Watery Typecast Sentiments Brushes and Stamps No. 07, Garden Stories No. 01 Solids Paper Pack, !st Quarter Crop Template No 1, Abstracting Memories Layered Template No. 9, Artsy Blend Layers Leaves No. 04, Artsy Blend Layers Leaves No. 04, Vintage Mix Clusters No 22

I created a page about my new hometown, Charleston, a place that lends itself to Katie’s awesome Archiblend layers 🙂

Here are my supplies

ArchiBlendClusters and Layers No. 2, Watery Grids No. 1, Ledger Grids No. 2
 (frame), Arctic whites No. 1, written words page titles 1, artsy splatters No. 1
inky scribbles No. 1

It was a fun page to create and I hope you will give it a try. Add color if you like, add a photo, don’t use a photo, just have fun creating… maybe even something to put into a little frame. Please post your completed pages (with all DD items) in the Saturday Scraplift Gallery and the February 2020 Challenge Participation Thread.

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Let’s Blend Challenge

Katie’s Watercolor Ombre papers are a fun way to add a gradient like overlay to your photos. They can be clipped to a mask, used directly over a photo and applying a blend mode, or even as a background paper. On this page, I clipped the gradient to the mask and then played with blend modes. By clipping it to the smaller photo, I created an a defined space for word art.



Give this technique a try and when creating your pages, you can use all or some of the products Katie has generously  provided in the freebie pack. Remember to post them in the Mask Appeal Challenge Gallery and link up your page in the February Challenge Participation Thread, for proper credit.


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