Art Journal Inspiration #8

~ Hello everyone~!

It’s been a whirlwind of a summer – for good and for worse – and I am looking forward to the more quiet days of autumn already. Although, I say autumn with a sense of nostalgia, as we don’t have much autumn or fall around where I live in the Middle East. :)  Not so sure about the quiet either, for that matter. It’s rather politically hot and humid here.

Isn’t it wonderful to find a quiet place to do some art journaling? I sat down with some lovely opera and I made this page this evening. I was inspired by a quote I saw on Pinterest.


I used one of my photos and played with it in a program called Postworkshop 3. I then imported it and played with blending modes on the lovely cardboard paper.

An Artsy Layered Paint completed the large photo and a vintage photo frame completed the smaller copy of the photo.

This week I suggest you get inspired by a quote you like or have found. Look up quotes on Pinterest and you can scroll for hours. Be bold and use a funky cardboard background.

Be sure to upload to our Art Journal Gallery!



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Oiselet Rouge 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 + 610 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:

Oiselet Rouge Element Pack by Katie Pertiet


Awesome Script Words Brushes and Stamps by Ali Edwards


Days and Holidays No. 01 Layered 3×4 Journaling Cards by Cathy Zielske


Happy Place Paper Pack by The Grunge Source


Just Linens Paper Pack No. 46 by Maplebrook Studios


Layer Works No. 278 by Studio Double-D


Scrap Express No. 128 by Lynn Grieveson


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Home Decor Challenge: Bold Color

Happy Hump Day All! Hillarey here with our second installment of the Home Decor Challenge. This months challenge features bold colors and textures! That table is the most striking piece of furniture I’ve seen, combined with the beautiful mirror and those bold background stripes; this image just screams inspiration! Debi (Beehive50), Arte Banale (Agnieszka) and I have created some beautiful pages to get you inspired.

Decor inspirationDebi’s page is about her husbands love for the E46 M3 BMW in Laguna Seca Blue and how one day his dream of owning one will come true! Debi’s inspiration came from the storage boxes underneath the table and she used them to create that awesome “M” monogram. I also love how she combined Lynn’s Summer Burst paper (freebie!) with  a Mablebrook Studio’s Just Linen No. 61 paper to create that soft striped background!

Beehive50-MThe products Debi used: Flair Minis No. 02, White Sticker Alphabet No. 01,
Just Linens Paper Pack No. 61

Agnieszka page features a lovely inspirational quote and loads of lovely goodies! Her inspiration came from the striped background, the cool table and the greenery in the photograph! I love how she mimicked the table legs by using the sea horses! Her color choices are absolutely beautiful as well!

Arte Banale - Traveler's RoomProducts Agneiszka used: LilaBlue Kit *coming soon*, Oceania Blendables,  Oceania Scrapbook Kit, DelMar Shores Scrapbooking Kit, LakeLand Scrapbook Kit, Brielle Scrapbooking Kit, Childhood Word Art No. 03 Brushes and Stamps

My page documents something new I discovered during our recent vacation; crooked smiles! I’m always looking for family resemblances in the kids and when I came across this picture one day I realized that my son and I both have crooked smiles! My inspiration for this page came from the position of the table in the picture as well as the color of the table, I was also inspired by the striped background but felt I needed some natural elements on the page to off-set all that color, I was also very inspired by the cool frame and improvised my own, creating one using a frame from the Brielle Collection and combining it with a doily sticker from the Crowning Affair Vibrant Collection! I also added in some greenery from the inspiration page, again to soften all the orange and blue!

Crooked Smile ClubProducts I used: Arlesely Elements, Away We Go Elements, Banner Doodles No. 01, Bread and Butter Elements: Oval Journal Tags, Brielle Elements, Crowning Affair: Vibrant, Curated Studio Mix No. 01, Dalese Elements, Dash Away Elements, Delmar Shores Elements, Gesso No. 01, Hey There Elements, In Line Alpha No. 01 (re-colored), Messy Stitched Rounded Corners Black No. 01, Painted Maps No. 01, Wild Island Kit, Wood Veneer Strips No. 01 *Coming Soon*

Where will your inspiration take you? To make this a little more fun, here are Katie’s Freebies for the challenge!

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Itunes inspiration Challenge

Phew! theres nothing like running a little late with a challenge to make you sweat! Missing credits, incorrect passwords… yes; it all came at me this month! Still, never mind, here it is! Your new, and rather funky, iTunes inspiration Challenge.

This month, I took a look at the films advertised on iTunes instead of the songs. And came up with this starting piece….

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Wow huh? Bit different!

Take a look at what the clever clever Creative Team came up with.

Beckie -aka Mungerre – rustled up this stunning page. Such a pretty picture and with a great twist on the graphic layout style of the original inspiration!


Kelly – aka mugsbigsis – shared this striking page. Look at those iPhone shots! how does she do it…


And heres my page – sticking quite close to the original but with my usual older/stiched/vintagey feel.

Itunes loveofitweb


I think you’ll agree, we magic up some great layouts, and its a wonderful bunch to showcase  just how diverse this challenge can be. Come and create your pages, then place them here in our iTunes challenge gallery.

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AAM Challenge

This month for the AAM Challenge we are asking you tell us something that no one knows about you. It could be that you play a musical instrument, you love doing crossword puzzles, you have stage fright, you are superstitious about something, something that you are afraid of, something you dream about……just something that most people would not know about you.

I  love what Linda  (earlofoxford) has done with her page. Her vertical design and color choices are wonderful, and the title is perfect. She shared with us her grades in school, piano playing skills and her love of LIVER, and while I love her page, I don’t share the same feeling about liver!andnowyouknow

Credits – Katie Pertiet: Dalese Add-On Paper Pack, Arctic Whites Paper Pack No 03, Edge Overlays No. 07, Splatters Brushes and Stamps No. 03, Touchup Paint Brushes and Stamps, Dalese Solids and Stripes Paper Pack, Dalese Scrapbooking Kit, Catching Rainbows Element Pack, Arlesey Solids Paper Pack, Frosted Fun Solids Paper Pack, Pocket Cards: Splits 4×6 Layered Templates No. 02, Drop Shadow Styles No. 02  Maplebrook Studios: Camden Solids Paper Pack

Chrissy (kikimama) has created a fantastic page for today’s challenge. She let us in on a little secret. She loves anything Lego. She had them on her wedding cake and is now sharing her Lego enthusiasm with her children!  The mixture of symbols within the text and the photo of her Lego wedding cake topper makes this an outstanding page.I_love_Lego

Credits - Katie Pertiet: Anzio kit, Brierley kit, Notebook paper pack no5, Banner labels no2, Color my love kit, Brilliant love kit, Flair minis no1, Astro little enamel charms,  Piece of cake epoxy stickers, Little enamel arrows rainbow no1, Littlest farmer kit, Malene scrapbooking kit.

For my page, I (blkcow)  have detailed my fear of foreign taxi cabs. My sister and I love to travel together and she has helped me through many nail biting taxi rides!! When I told my husband that I had created this page, he told me he had no idea about this fear of mine… it just goes to show you how important documentation is!

AAM - Tell Me Something

Credits – Katie Pertiet: Schoolday Blendables No 1,Bold Sentiments No 10, Memorable Experience Layered Template, Arctic Whites Paper Pack No. 02, Brushed Alphabet No. 02, Grunging Canvas Edgers Brushes and Stamps No. 01, Blue Bird Elements, International “No” Icon from PSE11

If you feel comfortable posting your AAM Pages, please post them in the AAM Gallery and don’t forget when you use ALL DD products on your challenge page you should post a link of your page in the August Challenge Participation Thread  so that it will count towards your savings in the rewards program. Hope you’re inspired to scrap a story that is AAYou!

Many thanks go to Creative Team members Linda (earlofoxford) and Chrissy (kikimama) for helping me with the AAM Challenge this month!


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99¢ Nautical Stamps Saying So Long Summer!

The So Long Summer SALE continues with a NEW 99¢ item!


Shop all the brands SALE items!

Katie’s sale items
Ali’s sale items
Cathy’s sale itemsGrunge Source sale items
Lynn’s sale items
Maplebrook’s sale items
StudioDD’s sale items

Be inspired to scrap and we’ll see you at DesignerDigitals!

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Saturday Scraplift Scrapbook Challenge: Three in a Row

Saturday morning means a Scraplift Challenge at Designer Digitals, and I’m happy to bring you some inspiration from the gallery of snanda:


Her placement of three photos in a line, with her accents forming a subtle perpendicular vertical line, makes for a strong and balanced design that is very visually appealing.  Her page provided lots of inspiration for our creative team!


Kim featured these beautiful portraits of her daughter on a special day. Her layout borrows the three in a row design from snanda’s and also features her daughter’s age as an accent embellishment, as does the inspiration page.


And speaking of ‘special,’ Sam’s family welcomed the beautiful Lily Jay McHugh last week! I’m sure we know that our talented photographer friend Sam has many gorgeous images of this princess to scrap! She featured three adorable photos in a row on this layout. Sam also made use of a tone on tone neutral background paper inspired by snanda’s page.


Debi mixed things up by flipping the layout design and using the photos vertically and also cleaned things up, creating a crisp layout that’s her own signature style!

I’m hoping that we’ve inspired YOU to do some scrapping today or later this week, and that you’ll share your ‘three in a row’ layout with us in the Saturday Scraplift Gallery. And don’t forget that if you create your page with all Designer Digitals products, it will be eligible for credit in our rewards program. You can sign in on the August Challenge Participation Thread and earn a great discount on great products!

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DesignerDigitals Hot Page of the Week, August 16, 2014

I adore this page by Jana! Loving all the fun art supplies—I have an addiction to them myself! And the tape and blendables and paint… just awesome! Well done Jana!

Back to School Time


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Adding Drop Shadows to Vellum 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 Adding Drop Shadows to Vellum in Photoshop or PSE.

In Photoshop

In Photoshop Elements (PSE)

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So Long Summer Sale Now at DesignerDigitals


So Long Summer! It’s all ending around here as we head back to college with our daughter. And many of my nieces and nephews have already headed back to school! Now it’s time to get all those summer memories documented! To help you out we have put all summer/vacation/travel products on sale at 50% OFF, that’s over 800 items!

And we have over 30 NEW products to inspire you to scrap too! This includes one at just $ 99 cents and the rest 20% off, all until Midnight on Tuesday evening.

And we have the updated product spreadsheet with all the items to help with your layout post linking which you can find in the gallery/forum.


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