ArtJournal challenge – January

January’s ArtJournal challenge is centered around a memorable birthday. It can be yours, or even one of a family member. Katie has put together a nice freebie pack to get us started. You can pick it up here:

Pickup link:

We have these pages to inspire you:

Deborrah aced this challenge by journaling about a very special birthday, thanks to her boys. Products used in this page include: Blendables Layered Template No. 73, Life Lines Add-On Paper Pack, Bessette Element Pack, Typewriter Clusters Brushes and Stamps No. 04

Debi said that she’s had plenty of memorable birthday’s to share, but this one stood out in her mind, and I can see why. I’m sure you will too once you read her journaling. Products used in this page include: Batty Mini Mix Solids Paper Pack, Autumn Winds Solids Paper Pack, Sumi Twists Brushes and Stamps No. 01, Scratchy Scribbles Brushes and Stamps No. 01, Pencil Line Twists Brushes and Stamps No. 02, Stitched Word Strip Sentiments No. 01, Classic Side Lift Storyboard Photo Frames No. 01, Clear Thru Alphabet No. 06, Fastener Basics No.01, and Bold & Scripted No. 23 (coming soon)

My memorable birthday was from a much younger age. I am so glad Mom recorded it back in 1959. Aside from the freebies, products I used were: Atlena Solids Paper Pack, StoryTelling Phrases Brushes and Stamps No. 02, Tabbed Spots Brushes and Stamps No. 02, Bold and Outlined Brushes and Stamps No. 03, Coloring Book Crazy Printable Pocket Cards No. 01, Gold-n-Graphic Paper Pack No. 01, Cut Ups: Photography, Cut Ups: Birthday, Maybe Not Element Pack, Pinned Wood Veneer Numbers, Scrollie Arrows Brushes and Stamps No. 02, Bold and Shadowed Brushes and Stamps No. 02, Beloved Element Pack, and Floral Shine Brushes and Stamps.

Do you have a memorable birthday you’d like to scrap? I hope you’ll join in on this challenge. Remember to post your page in the Saturday Artsy Challenge Gallery as well as in the January 2018 Challenge Participation thread in the forum. Happy scrapping everyone!

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ITuunes in color


Welcome to another iTunes challenge, hope your January is going well. It’s been snow here with disruption to schools. Fun for the kids, and fun for me too if I’m honest and not trying to drive anywhere.

So it’s January, time to get your creative braincells working with a challenge. Here’s the page for this month. I loved the scribbles of colour, the sketch-like nature of the photo and the title across the top.


The creative team have come up with wonderful examples, all different, which should give you a starting idea. I was inspired by all the white space and used a photo from a snow day last week.

I used the challenge freebies, Watery Brushes and Stamps No. 01 and Noemi Kit.

Deborrah used a photo of her niece and added gorgeous colour. I love the repeated elements of the heart and star.

Deborrah used  Layer Works No. 884; Anchors Away Solids Paper Pack; Everyday Moments Brushes and Stamps; Bead Scatterings No. 02; Edge Overlays No. 10.

Debi brought her trademark white space skills to the challenge, and added extra movement with the scribble. I love that she used the band of paper across to echo the title of the inspiration piece.

Debi used Lightly Mapped Paper Pack No. 02; Watery Maps Brushes and Stamps No. 01; Watery Scribbles Brushes and Stamps No. 07; Big Bottom Lift Classic Photo Frames No. 02; Autumn Winds Solids Paper Pack; Bold and Outlined Brushes and Stamps No. 03; Flair Minis No. 02; Fastener Basics No. 01.

Now it’s over to you. Let’s see where the inspiration takes you. Katie has kindly provided a freebie here. Post your pages in the iTunes Inspiration Gallery so we can leave some love. Remember that pages with 100 % Designer Digitals products are also eligible for our rewards scheme. Keep track of your progress in the January Challenge Participation Thread.

Happy scrapping!


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Saturday Scraplift: Strong Lines = Good Design

Do you find that some pages in the fabulous Designer Digitals gallery just scream, “Look at me”? I thought so! Often the pages I’m drawn to have strong or bold elements, such as the use of color or dramatic lines to build a cohesive design. One of those pages is Audrey’s (adrianita) delightful creation about her daughter’s New Year’s Day trip to the beach. I really love how she nestled a readymade edger and brushwork against her photo and positioned her title at the bottom, the direction in which her daughter is looking. Several of my fellow team members jumped at the chance to lift Audrey’s page. I think you’ll enjoy their creations.

Audrey’s page:

 Carmel’s (caapmun) bright, happy page should shoo away any winter doldrums for those of you in cold country. She drew the colors for her design from the lovely floral photo, always a winning technique. Her border and brushwork support the botanical theme as well. I also love that subtle texture in the background paper she chose.

Credits: Readymade Layers: Deelen Tall Strips;  Deelen Scrapbooking Collection; Spill Frame Layers No. 22; Worth Repeating Brushes and Stamps No. 23

Agnieszka’s (Arte Banale) Christmas page is design perfection. She created both vertical and horizontal lines with a variety of elements and then placed her photo at the juncture of the two. I adore the woodgrain strip that complements the fireplace and the sled in her photo. And judging from that photo, I’d say he’s been a very good boy!

Credits: Readymade Edgers: Christmas No. 03; Christmas Garden Scrapbooking Kit; Oh by Golly Brushes and Stamps; Hand Scripted Brushes and Stamps No. 03; Brushstroke Ornament Strings Brushes and Stamps No. 01

God bless those of you – like Wendy (wendymck) – who have to dig out after a snowstorm. I’d probably starve to death inside, waiting for it to melt. But if Mother Nature sends you snow, scrap it like Wendy did with both style and humor. I love how she combined a readymade border with some of Katie’s brushwork and snuggled them up to her strip of three photos. Don’t you just love the snow on her pooch’s nose?

Credits: Atlena Solids Paper Pack; Bliss Dots and Stripes Paper Pack;  Loosely Labeled Dates No. 01A; Watery Washes No. 04 Brushes and Stamps; Pencil Twist Arrows No. 01; Flaked Edges Brushes and Stamps No. 02; Instamatic Frames No. 06; Dashing thru the Snow Brushes and Stamps; Readymade Layers: Winter Borders No. 06; Clean Stitched: White No. 02; Cut Ups: Winter No. 02

We’ve covered springtime, Christmas, and winter weather. What are we missing – a birthday celebration! That’s the subject of Lynn’s (grandma lynnie) page, all decked out in celebratory gold and sporting a cupcake and candle for the birthday guy. I really like the tall happy birthday strip that not only clarifies the subject matter, but also becomes part of the great design.

Credits: Layer Works No. 093; Curated Team Scrapbook Mix No. 17

As you can see, the inspiration from Audrey’s design could take you to lots of scrapping destinations. What photo(s) do you need to scrap? I bet you can find a way to scrap it by using Audrey’s page as a springboard. Remember to post your page in the Saturday Scraplift Challenge Gallery as well as in the January 2018 Challenge Participation  thread in the forum. Happy scrapping!


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My Year | My Story Heritage Scrapbook Album

My Story AAM Heritage Scrapbook Album

My Year | My Story Heritage Scrapbook Album

Last year I lost a dear friend and creative team member here at DesignerDigitals after a courageous battle with cancer. Before she passed away she told me she was glad for the scrapbooks she’d made for her grandchildren but she regretted not having made an album all about her own life. She thought she had plenty of time to get to that. For months after her passing, I tossed around ideas on how to approach a book about my own life to honor her memory. Then in July, I suffered sudden cardiac arrest and was shocked back to life, twice. My own mortality became very real and this project gained importance on my to-do list. And now I’ve committed to making this My Year to tell My Story and I invite you to join in and tell your story too.

Each month I’ll have a new pack of templates, prompts and other assorted add-ons to help you tell your story.

No two stories are the same. We all will have similar framework but how our stories have unfolded will be different for each of us. Through the year we will cover our origins, families, upbringing, schools, jobs, life changing experiences, love and the raising of our own families. Will bring in some pages to help us tell the stories of our views on various topics, favorite things, friends, firsts and more. Then the plan is to move on to a heritage album for the story of those that came before us for next year! So I encourage you to use these templates as a framework to get your project started and add in bits and pieces that help to tell your own unique story.

My STory Heritage AAM template scrapbook album

The unifying elements of this album with be the background color, simple format with typed word strips and the timelines down each side. I felt it was very important to give this project a sense of time so each page has timelines with editable text paths and a marker that you can slide up and down as needed. And I encourage you to include scans of ephemera from your own life. Think birth certificates, diplomas, tickets [the good and the bad ;)] and other things you’ve hung on to with meaning in your life.

Check out how my own book is coming together!

Check out the My Story Products

We encourage you to participate and share your projects too! Post your pages in the DesignerDigitals 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 January Challenge Participation thread so that it will count toward your savings in the rewards program. Each month you can join in and share the pages you’ve created and link your pages on the participation threads for each month and that will help towards a savings code to continue your scrapbooking projects!

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Revisiting My Family Genealogy-A Wayback Wednesday Challenge

Katie is introducing a wonderful new series of templates called “My Story.” To accompany these pages, she has some great new My Family Genealogy products. I decided, for this month’s Wayback Wednesday Challenge, to revisit some of her terrific My Family Genealogy Definitions brushes from years gone by. Wait till you see how versatile they are!

There are five sets of My Family Genealogy Definitions Brushes and Stamps in the store and they are all on sale right now so you can easily use them for your new pages and for this challenge. Here’s what they look like:

Debi (beehive50) put together a great new page using set No 3 of the My Family Genealogy brushes in her own unique minimalist style. I love the way she told the story of these two cousins.

Here are the supplies Debi used:

Krafty Dots and Stripes Paper Pack No 02, Stamped Tape Strips Brushes and Stamps No 01, My Family Genealogy Definitions Brushes and Stamps No 03, Thin Classic Photo Frames Curled and Flat No 01, Basic Bare Chipboard Alphabet No 02, Epoxy Dot Essentials No 01 and three new products coming soon: Painted Patterns: Heart no 02, Cutting Files: Chunky Cuts Love No 01 and Atlena Solids.

As I was looking for page examples of these brushes being used, I realized that I had used these versatile brushes many times. Here are some of my pages using the My Family Genealogy Definitions Brushes:

Using Set No 01:

Using Set No 02:

Using Set No 03:

I hope you will find a use for these great My Family Genealogy Brushes and Stamps on your pages. Please post your pages in the Scrapbook Challenges gallery for all of us to enjoy. Also remember that pages for this challenge can help you to earn a coupon code to the DD store.


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Best Memories: Template Mash Up Scrapbook Challenge

Christmas 2017 passed in a whirlwind, and my head are heart are full of memories. Funny thing–life hasn’t slowed down in its aftermath! It’s been tough to find the time to document those memories! Today I took advantage of a couple of the layered templates available in our DD store. By mashing them together, I was able to record one of my best memories of Christmas 2017. I’m grateful that I’ll have this page to remind me of just how sweet my two month old grandson was this Christmas. It was a beautiful and unexpected blessing it was to have him and his family with us in Minnesota for this holiday season!

Our designers put out a huge number of gorgeous Christmas products during this past season, and all of the digital goodness from prior holiday seasons remains available to us as well. I love that about our digital stashes of goodies–they take up no space and require no packing or unpacking! (This is in sharp contrast to my physical Christmas decorations!) They’re readily accessible for us to use all year long. 🙂 Here are the template by Katie and  Layer Works put together by Kayleigh that I combined for my layout.

I was inspired by the chalkboard and plaid look of the Christmas story layered template, and by the design of the Layer Works. It was fun combining elements from each of these great products, along with items from the Christmas Plaid Collection to feature one of my favorite photos of Bennett.

I hope you’ll be inspired to use these templates to record a Christmas Story of your own! If you do, your layout can earn you credit in our rewards program. All of the details are in the January 2018 Challenge Participation Thread. And please share your pages by posting them in the Template Challenge Gallery. I look forward to seeing what you create!

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Saturday Scraplift: Happy Dots

Welcome to this week’s Saturday scraplift! I choose a holiday layout to feature this week because I just thought the background was so fun and the sticker title and red accents really popped off the page. So I hope you will join me by being inspired by Maruma’s adorable Santa Claus page.

I had a couple guest CT members who jumped at the chance to lift this page. First up is caapmun (Carmel) who used this starting point to make a perfect birthday layout. She used a subtle colored background with fun pops of color to match the cute birthday hats.

Sentiment Spots Brushes and Stamps No. 15, Party Time Birthday Scrapbooking Collection

DivaMom96 (Deborrah) used soft girlie colors for this precious photo. I love the heart details and the grey circles.

Bliss Paper Pack, Bliss Solids, Bliss Element Pack, Absolutely Lovely Brushes and Stamps

My page is from an impromptu shopping trip and photoshoot by Tori and her high school girlfriends. Now that she is in college, the visits are few a far between. I used the subtle background and also played with bows and twists like Maruma did.

Stapled and Stacked Hearts No. 2, Painted Patterned Hearts No. 2, Bliss Dots and Stripes paper Pack recolored, Large Stacked Journal Spots, Messy Stitched Circles: White No. 01, Bliss Blendable Layers, Autumn Rambles Add-On and Solids Paper Pack, 
Autumn Rambles Element Pack, Vellum Sentiment Spots No. 01, 
Classic Curled Photo Frames No. 06, Autumn Fields Element Pack

I hope to see your lift in the Saturday Scraplift Challenge gallery! And remember, if you use all DD products on your page, you can link your page in the January 2018 Challenge Participation Thread so you can earn yourself a coupon for the store! Have a great weekend and if you are in the US, stay safe and warm. We’ve got some crazy weather happening all over!


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How to Make Gingham Paper from Striped Paper 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 Make Gingham Paper from Striped Paper in Photoshop and PSE.

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Color Spots Scrapbook Challenge: Ice Castles

Winter is in full swing in parts of the world. Snow covered yards, snow capped mountains and afternoon hot chocolate when the kiddos arrive home from school. The founder of Ice Castles lives here in Utah, a few hours away from where I live. I’ve been in awe of his work for the past few years and drew inspiration from his talent. Here are a few photos that I found on the Ice Castles website and Instagram feed. 

Sadly, we haven’t had much snow here in the valley. I (KimR+) began playing with the one snow photo that I have from Christmas Day. Yup,  my kids built 2 snow people from the 1/2″ of snow we received over night. It wasn’t coming together for me, so I began working on my first Project Life spread of 2018. The colors worked so well. I think I am now hooked on Katies new Monthly Memories series she will be creating through out the year!Supplies used: Arctic Whites Paper Pack No. 02Cold Outside Element PackLoosely Labeled Dates No. 02Monthly Memories Layered Template Pack No. 01, Readymade Layers Winter Borders No 7, Roughed Up Pocket Cards: Striped No. 08Sequins Scatters SkyStitched Word Strip Sentiments No. 02Sweet Rose Bay Element PackVintage Flashcards: NumbersWatery Washes No. 04 Brushes and Stamps

Deborrah (DivaMom96) created a fun winter page inspired by the cold winter they had several years ago. She pulled out various blues from the photos and used silver glitter that shimmers like the Ice Castles. Supplies used: Winter Wonderland Layered TemplateFrosted Fun Element PackFrosted Winter Solids Paper Pack

Hillarey (hillareyd) was up to the icy challenge as well! She created this fun page to document the cold winter they are currently experiencing. I adore the large snowflakes and the various blues. Your eye gets drawn right into the photo. Supplies used:Assorted Messy Stitches: White No. 01Brushstroke Words Wintery Brushes and Stamps No. 01Coffee Stains Brushes and Stamps No. 03Cold Outside Element PackCold Outside Solids Paper PackCollaged Monograms No. 01DelMar Shores Element PackDigital Date Stamps Vol. 30Holiday SnowflakesKotka Element PackLedger Paper Pieces and Brushes: Snowflakes, Mixed Media Snowflake Layers No. 01My Family Genealogy Clippings No. 05Seasons Sparkles Element PackSplatters Brushes and Stamps No. 10Tag Templates

After seeing these icy inspiration photos, are you feeling inspired to play along? Grab a cup of something warm you love and join in on the color challenge! Katie has generously provided us with a freebie to get you jump started on this challenge even more! When you complete your page, post them in the Color Challenge Gallery for everyone to see! If your page qualifies for the rewards program, then don’t forget to link up your page in the January Participation thread for proper credit. Happy Scrapping!

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Story Scrapbook Challenge

GOALS, we’re talking goals people, not resolutions.  Goals are something you can continually work on, you can’t fail as long as you try.  Resolutions sometimes just make you feel, well plain bad when you fall off that wagon so quickly.

So this month I want you to tell a story about your goals for 2018.  What do you want to achieve?  How do you want to feel by the end of the year?

It can be tangible or not.  You might be wanting to find more inner peace, you might want to work at touching your toes, you might be saving for a new car, you might be trying for a baby, you might be wanting to lose 10 pounds, you might be wanting to do 10 chin ups in a row.   The possibilities of your goals are endless.  You might have one, you might have ten.

Whatever it is you want to achieve for the year, whatever you want to work towards, write it down, speak it loud and proud on a page and come the end of the year let’s revisit and see how we’ve gone.  We might not achieve it in full but if we make a few tiny steps we are on our way.

The creative team have jumped on board with some terrific example pages:

Lindsay (bessysue581) has blown me away with this gorgeous page about living with intention and gratitude and the steps she’s taking to get to that place in her life.  Write it down and you’ve committed yourself to the goal, Lindsay 2018 is your year.

Supplies used by Lindsay:    Challenge Freebie,  Inspiration Freebie 1-6-18,  Bliss Blendable Layers,  Bliss Paper Pack,  Bliss Solids Paper Pack,  Assorted Messy Stitches: White No. 03,  Assorted Messy Stitches: White No. 05,  Antibes Element Pack,  Hand Scripted Brushes and Stamps No. 05,  Kotka Element Pack,  Kotka Solids Paper Pack,  Symbology Linen Buttons No. 01,  Taped Together Edges Overlays No. 05

And as for my page, I have a one track mind this year.  I’m running my first marathon and with a bit of luck I will join that 1 percent of the population and achieve my goal and become a marathoner.

Supplies I’ve used:   Soft Solids: Yellow Paper Pack,  Blendable Photo Cards No. 06,  Vintage Journal Spots No. 02,  Golden Bursts No. 01,  Star Glows Brushes and Stamps No. 02,  Flair Minis No. 01,  Candid Element Pack

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

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

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