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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DesignerDigitals Hot Page of the Week, April 12, 2014

I Loved this amazing page by Merrilee! Absolutely beautiful scenery and I love the brushwork and elements she added to the template! Well done Merr!

Arizona Desert Scene


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Saturday Scraplift: Design on a Band

I’m always on the lookout for a great design that guides the viewer’s eye and draws attention to photos and journaling. That’s what it’s all about, right? Terri (jdcooper) designed a page that meets all those requirements, and I couldn’t resist lifting it along with my fellow Creative Team members. Here’s Terri’s page and the layouts it inspired.

cole_and_carterweb[1] Joanne (jcaruth910) scrapped a darling photo of her great nephew on his first ski trip, proudly sporting his ski pass. Joanne snuggled the sweet photo next to the blue band to ground it, and I love her creative framing and masking, as well as the brushwork that completes her page. Could that epoxy rabbit be any cuter on his skis?

Hank_First_Ski_Pass_upload[1]Credits: Fine Line Twists Brushes and Stamps No. 03, Bunny Slope: Blue Element Pack, Blendables Layered Template No. 24, Jingle Element Pack, Pine Creek Brushes and Stamps, Powder Mountain Kit, Painted Lace No. 01, Readymade Circles: Winter No. 02, Frederick Kit

Connie (scullen2) highlighted a special picture of her daughter modeling her baby bump. Congratulations, Connie – being a grandparent is the best! Instead of a paper band, Connie created a striking background for her photo with brushes, masks, and elements. I really like the way her journaling flows uninterrupted into her title.

Fourteen-Weeks-web[1]Credits: Lyon Kit, Lyon Worn Paper Pack, Painted Photo Masks Brushes and Stamps No. 01, Painted Photo Masks Brushes and Stamps No. 05, Brierley Scrapbooking Kit, Postage Strip Words No. 05, Roughed Up Pocket Cards: Striped No. 01, Thin Class Photo Frames Curled and Flat No. 01, Layer Works No. 437, March 3×4 Layered Sentiments, Messy Weekly Lines Brushes and Stamps

I loved Terri’s design so much that I created almost an exact replica of it. Plaid paper catches my eye every time, so I jumped at the chance to use some on this page. And Katie’s confetti template was the perfect finishing touch to my purple-toned layout.


Credits: Chippery Paper Pack No. 02, Star Glows Brushes and Stamps No. 02, Edge Overlays No. 06, Colorful Journalers: Winter Park, Woven Naturally Paper Pack No. 02, Arlesey Element Pack, Baby Blush Paper Pack, Classic Curled Photo Frames No. 06, Hinge Pack, Drop Shadow Styles No. 02, Times of Your Life Hand Drawn Brushes

Terri’s design works beautifully for a single photo to which you want to call attention, but it’s versatile enough to accommodate multiple-photo layouts as well. I look forward to seeing how it inspires you. Post your lift in the Saturday Scraplift Challenge Gallery and in the April Challenge Participation Sign-in thread in the forum.

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Get Artsy with Digital Scrapbooking: Get framed

Good morning everybody, ready for another artsy challenge? Here is an easy one for you, try to use frames in a different way. It’s amazing what you can do with frames, stack them, blend them, frame something different on your page…. so many options. Here is a little freebie for you, but you can also use what is in your stash. Of course I have a few examples to give you an idea as to what I am talking about
Heather (aka Schnerbear) created this clever page. I love how she layered different frames and also used them to create a space for her journaling and title. You have to agree that it’s really cute as well :) Here is what she used:
K. Pertiet: Fine Line Twists No.3, Jaspia Solids, Freebie Pack, Postage Stamp Frames No.05, Vintage Photo Frames No.34, Wood Veneer Postage Photo Frames No.01, Thin Classic Photo Frames Curled and Flat No. 02, Striping Grunge Brushes and Stamps No. 01, Watery Photo Masks No. 08, Marlow Add-On Paper Pack, Marlow Scrapbook Kit, Plastic Alphabet: Green No. 01 (recolored), Wood Veneer Alpha No. 19, font: amatic

Next we have Kim (aka KimR+), who created this happy spring page
So many beautiful layers!! I love the photo strip on top of all the layers. I like how she added the paper and the stamp, such a beautiful page! Here are her supplies:
K.Pertiet: Be Hoppy Scrapbooking Kit, Be Hoppy Solids PP, Dictionary Blendables: Spring No.01, Artsy Botanical: Cerrel Value Pack, Assorted Patterned Tapes: Fall No.01 (recolored) Away We Go Element Pack, Banner Labels No. 01, Black, White and Turquoise Kit, Chalk It Up: Basics No. 03 PP, Graphic Pop Buttons No. 01, Hey Missy Element Pack, Inked Banners Brushes and Stamps No. 01, Lens Flares: Colors No. 01, Metal Rimmed Tags No. 01, Painted Pastels No. 01 Roughed Up Pocket Cards: Striped No. 02, Splatters Brushes and Stamps No. 04, Spring Twists No. 01 Stamped Sentiments No. 04, Star Glows No. 02, Striped Mix: Spring PP (recolored) Text Clusters No. 04, This Life Layered Templates No. 03A. Edwards: Hello Love Brushes and Stamps, So Totally Love This Brushes and Stamps

Finally here is my page
I also layered various frames to create some interest and then added the lopsy brush in the background to offset the geometrical feel. I like the way the frames turned into layers. Here is what I used
K. Pertiet: worth repeating #27, be hoppy washi tapes, fine line twists #3,
blendable ledgers #1, Sudbury PP, blendables spring #1, birdwatcher blendables #3, ticketed dates #5, NotebookEdged PHoto Masks #3, astro frame, art time, artistry del sol, artsy lopsy layered frames, artistry de blanco, adventures in outlines shape clusters, plastic buttons
I hope you will find some inspiration here and we were able to get you motivated to take another look at frames. If you are not familiar with the new challenge reward system, please take a peek at this post, it will explain everything. Don’t forget to post your pages in the Artsy Challenge Gallery. and as always, just have fun with it :)


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Sudbury Papers at DesignerDigitals


Easter is right around the corner so HOP TO IT with our spring savings! All Spring Products (excludes new products released within the last three weeks) are 40% off all week long! That’s almost 1,200 items!

And we have over 30 new products sure to inspire you to scrap all your memories with DesignerDigitals! This includes one priced at just $ 99 cents and the rest 20% off, all until Midnight Tuesday.

And here is the NEW $ 99 cent item priced this way until Midnight EST Tuesday ONLY! Sudbury Paper Pack


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Dragging an Image to Open or Place it 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 Dragging an Image to Open or Place it in Photoshop and PSE.

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Spring Fields 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 + 633 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:

Spring Fields Element Pack by Katie Pertiet


Spring and Easter 3×4 Boxes Brushes and Stamps by Ali Edwards


Typesets: Baseball No. 01 Brushes and Stamps by Cathy Zielske


Grungy Spring Paper Pack by The Grunge Source


Page Words: Spring Brushes and Stamps No. 01 by Maplebrook Studios


Readymade Blocks: Spring No. 01 by Studio Double-D


Blossom Festival Quick Page by Lynn Grieveson


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Template Mashup: Clean vs. Grunge

We are having a Mashup Wednesday! I chose 2 very different templates for this challenge. Ali’s Simple Series is just that. Clean lines and simple designs. And Kayleigh’s Layer Works are always chocked full of goodies and tend to be more grungy and shabby (and I do not use grungy in a bad way…I love grunge!!)

So first of all, here are the templates for this week:

+ae +sddAnd here are our interpretations. First up, Terri (tdavenport) did a great mashup with these adorable farm photos. I love the colorful stripes element.

+terriIn addition to the 2 templates, Terri used Star Glows Brushes and Stamps No. 02, Catching Rainbows Scrapbooking Collection and Merry and Bright Solids Paper Pack

Esther (Esther_a) also was inspired by the stripes on Layer Works No. 366, but to her they looked like cards in a deck. It is always fun to see how different people mix up the templates and although similarly inspired, still end up in very different places.

+estherEsther’s supplies besides the 2 templates include Jaspia Solids Paper Pack and Marlow Paper Pack.

Finally, here is my page. I usually love all the layers in a Layer Works template but tried to keep it a bit more simple this time around. Showchoir photos tend to be a bit busy. :)

template mash-up showtimeMy supplies included Silver Border Strips No. 01, Silver Basics Paper Pack No. 02 and Silver Essentials No. 01

I look forward to seeing what combinations you make with these two very different templates! 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 April Challenge Participation thread so that it will count towards your savings in the rewards program.  Everyone’s a winner!

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The Story Scrapbook Challenge

So the weather has been a topic on many people’s minds lately, be it the ridiculous amounts of snow and ice, or rain, or the horrendous summer, or natural disasters.  All over the world Mother Nature sure is showing her fury.  And it goes without saying that the weather plays a part in our family stories too.

Do you love being bunkered in with the family, or have you been trapped out in the weather?  Have you had instances of cabin fever where you just want to get out and about and can’t?  Have you had family holidays where the weather has been less than ideal and not what was promised on those glossy vacation catalogues!!??  Has the weather been responsible for putting out the power and turning it into a big adventure in the family home?  Do thunderstorms have an effect on you or your children, or does lightening thrill you?  Has the weather created a chain of events, either good or bad?  Have you lived through times where Mother Nature has shown her full force?  Are there seasons that just speak to you?

I think there could be a lot of jumping off points here when we delve into it, and the resultant story might not be one we ever thought of telling, but could end up being quite a page amongst our family memories.

The creative team have come into this challenge from all angles and I hope we inspire you with our pages.

Debi’s page shows a series of photographs that her daughter Shannon has taken of a river scene, showing quite a difference in three seasons. I can’t wait until she collects that fourth season.  What a great series of photographs.  And of course I can’t not mention Debi’s unique style of journal placement.  Love seeing what she comes up with.


Supplies used by Debi:  Bridle Creek Element Pack,  Winter Ice Element Pack,  Wood Veneer Leaves No. 01,  Flairs: Spring Sentiments,  Brierly Solids (Katie Pertiet).  Springerly Paper Pack (Grunge Source).  Today You Brackets Brushes and Stamps (Ali Edwards).

Sarah’s page blew me away.  The typography is amazing, the photo perfect, but her story, that has taken this to a whole new level through the stratosphere.  Wow.


Supplies used by Sarah:  SkiMento Paper Pack (Grunge Source).  Schmeared Blocks No. 02 Brushes and Stamps,  Pencil Line Twists Brushes and Stamps No. 01 (Katie Pertiet).

And finally my page, what can I say, all my stories end up coming back to this old girl of mine.   We have just had a record setting Summer in Australia with days on end of sticky hot temps.  And it’s been hard for my old girl.


Supplies I’ve used:  Summer Rocks Brushes and Stamps (Ali Edwards).  January Worn Solids and Spots Paper Pack,  Hey Sunshine Kit (Lynn Grieveson).  Twisted Dots No. 01,  Striping Graphic Brushes and Stamps No. 01,  Flair Minis No. 01,  Stamped Blocks No. 34 Brushes and Stamps,  Watery Photo Masks No. 04,  Lens Flares: Colors No. 01 (Katie Pertiet).

The team at DD have generously provided a freebie to help you on your way, the link is good for the entire month of April.  I hope the goodies inspire you.  The rule of the challenge is to tell us a story about the weather, whichever way the story takes you

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 April Challenge Participation thread so that it will count towards your savings in the rewards program.  Everyone’s a winner!

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Color Spots Challenge: April Designer Coordinates

This month we will be working this soft, pretty collection of hues that have been used by the designers to create so many wonderful products. Have fun playing with this new color scheme!



Here are just a few products that some designers put together using this gorgeous palette;

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You can check out so many new products that just arrived in the store this past week!

And here is how 3 creative team members were inspired with this fresh new palette!


Page by JALong. Love how she incorporated the colors inside each flower!! So creative!

Credits; PS I Love You No. 02: Custom Stitching, Brierley Kit, Brierley Roughed Up Papers, Organics Simplicity No. 1, Linen Chevrons, Lightly Woods Paper Pack No. 01, Doodledo Whimsy No. 02 Brushes and Stamps, Tiny Dots No. 02 Paper Pack,
Be Labeled: Harvest, No Day Like Today Brushes and Stamps Vol. 02



And this page is by jesshunt. Love how she incorporated this palette through using fun patterned paper in that printer tray, and continued to splash her page with different elements from the Brierley Scrapbooking Kit!

Credits; Brierley Scrapbooking Kit, Ribbon Mix: Spring, Organic Simplicity Paper Pack No. 01, Flairs: Spring No. 01, Layer Works No. 434, Readymade Borders: Spring No. 01, Renew Worn and Torn Paper Pack



And this last page by mugsbigsis. I like how this color scheme really goes with that cute photo she’s been waiting to scrap! So many great layers of products!

Credits; Brierley Scrapbooking Kit, Brierly Add-On Paper Pack, Brierley Roughed Up Paper Pack, Marlow Scrapbook Kit, Floriculture Mini Kit, Arlesey Artsy Paint


I hope you jump into this challenge too! Have fun going through the many products in this color scheme that the designers put together! Be sure to post your page to the color challenge gallery when you’re done!

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