Blending Mode Previews in Photoshop CC 2019 [Video]

This week’s Adobe Photoshop or Elements tip of the week is now available on video. This weeks tip is on Blending Mode Previews in Photoshop CC 2019.

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Saturday Scraplift: Brushwork as a Design Element

My friend and fellow Creative Team member Joanne (jcaruth910) definitely has a way with brushes. I love how she made the brushwork such an integral part of the page she recently posted for her blending challenge. I also noticed how she rotated some of the hearts for an interesting twist, and placing all of her elements on that dark background really made them pop. Diane and Sharon, two of my teammates, joined me in lifting Joanne’s beautiful page; here’s how she inspired us.

Joanne’s page:

 Diane (dvhoward55) followed Joanne’s design closely, substituting pretty, botanical brushes for the heart brushes as a background for that great photo of herself. I love the soft pink and orange hues that hint at just-around-the-corner spring, and pops of black always seem to be exactly the right finishing touch.

Credits: Blendable Layers No. 99;  Artsy Blend Layers Botanicals No. 03; Botanist Notebook No. 23 Kit; Scripted Bible Verses Brushes and Stamps No. 01

In keeping with Valentine’s Day, Sharon (justbnsharon) scrapped a photo of her mother and father on their wedding day. The heritage photo goes perfectly with the muted colors she chose for the appropriate heart brushes. Don’t you just love the sweet look those two are sharing?

Credits: Curated Studio Mix Scrapbooking Kit No 37; Left Unsaid Brushes and Stamps

I worked with a photo of my great niece and nephew that contained some bright, clashing colors, so I used a tip from Sarah and Kim’s Color Chat from last weekend. I uploaded my photo to Adobe Color CC to get ideas for a color scheme and ended up using softer versions of those clashing colors for my brushwork. Are those two cute or what? 

Credits: Calne Solids Paper Pack; Awesome Autumn Solids Paper Pack; Country Christmas Paper Pack; Blendable Layers No. 11; Mapped Edge Overlays No. 01; Photo Corners: Colors No. 01; Striping Love Brushes and Stamps No. 02; Pencil Line Journalers Brushes and Stamps No. 01; Little Enamel Accents: Party Brights; Awesome Autumn Element Pack; Abisko Element Pack; Assorted Messy Stitches: White No. 02; Chalked Script Alphabet; Smitten Element Pack; Drop Shadow Styles No. 02

It’s time to be inspired by Joanne’s page and break out the brushes. I think you’ll have fun making them a big part of your design. Remember to post your page in the Saturday Scraplift Challenge Gallery as well as in the February Challenge Participation thread in the forum. Happy scrapping!


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Color Spots Scrapbook Challenge: Shabby Valentine

Love is in the air on this wonderful Valentines Day. I thought it would be fun to do a non-traditional color scheme for this holiday, and yet one that still has a hint of love. A soft pink and gold is what stood out to me as I searched for the inspiration photos for this month. I’m calling it Shabby Valentine!

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When I (KimR+) first started my page, I had the holiday in mind. Then I realized these are my daughters two favorite colors, so my page because about here! The soft pinks and touches of gold really remind me of her. I added a soft action to the photo to lighten it up to match the page a bit more. Not too many scatters and layers for me this time since both inspiration photos are clean and organized. 

Supplies used: Arctic Whites Paper Pack No. 02Bloom in Paris Paper Pack, Challenge Freebie 02.14.19, December Journal Labels No. 01Documenting Life Notebook Christmas Stories No. 01Scripted Remarks Brushes and Stamps No. 03Twisted Dots No. 01Layer Works No. 775Layer Works No. 800

Sharon (Shannamay) created an adorable page of two sweet little ones. I adore the gold toned hearts scattered in the background as well as the simple touches of pink and gold. And who could resist those precious smiles?!

Supplies used: Ripped Vintage Photo Frames No. 03Striping Love Brushes and Stamps No. 02Far and Wide Dots and Stripes Paper PackFar and Wide Element PackFar and Wide Solids Paper PackPlastic Slimline Serif Alphabets No. 02Little Snips Alphabet No. 02Assorted Messy Stitches: White No. 01Golden Season Element PackGolden Season Solids Paper PackCurated Studio Mix Scrapbooking Kit No. 37Golden Essentials No. 01Paint it Gold No. 01Watery Photo Masks No.15, Love Letters Element Pack

Liz (lizziet5) blew me away with her beautiful photos and white space. The gold and pink scatters are the perfect touch behind the stunning wedding photos. I love how she masked the stripe paper drawing our eyes in. Supplies used: Watery Photo Masks No. 15, Challenge Freebie, Golden Season Solids Paper PackPhoto Clusters No. 56Cameron Painted LayersColorful Paint Layers No. 03Seasons Sparkles Element PackFar and Wide Element PackWashi Tapes: Lovely No. 01Better Than This Brushes and StampsColor Essentials Pink Ribbons and MoreFaith Focused Garden No. 01

I hope you get the chance to play along with this months 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 February Participation thread for proper credit.

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Story Scrapbook Challenge

Big Love.  That’s what I want you to tell a story about this month.  We all love in our own ways.

The love you have for a spouse, partner, boyfriend/girlfriend.   The love you instantly feel when you set eyes on your newborn baby.  Or for the grandparents, when you hold your baby’s baby.  The love (can we say devotion?!!) of a teen with his or her first car.   The love you have for your parent, grandparent, elderly relatives and friends.   The love you have for your bestie.  The love you feel when you look around the dining table at your family enjoying a meal you cooked.  The giddy love you feel for a rock band or movie star.  The love you feel for your job (not all of us feel that, so think yourself lucky if you are one of that group).  The unconditional love you have for your animals.

All of that and more is big love.  I want to hear your big love stories too.

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

Guest CT member Diane has created a gorgeous page, full of love and memories, a precious game played between grandson and grandfather.   So very special.  Moments like this is why we scrapbook.

Supplies used by Diane:  All from the Curated Team Scrapbook Mix No. 18

And for my page it just shows the love that my husband had for our little Buster Boy, I’m so glad I captured this photograph of a seven week old kitten wrapped in his arms, and Mike well and truly wrapped around the kitten’s paw!!!  🙂

Supplies I have used:   Cutting Files: Chunky Cuts Love No. 02,  Edge Overlays No. 11,  Astro Solids Paper Pack,  Basic Tags No. 02,  Flair Minis No. 01,  Camo Americana Paper 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 February.  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 February 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: Weight of 3

Good Quarterly Sale morning! I hope you are able to enjoy some scrapping, some shopping and some chatting this weekend. As I live in the midwest and have survived hoar frost, thunder sleet, the polar vortex and an ice storm, I decided it was time to think about summer. 🙂 So, this week’s inspiration is a great beach page by Addie (agoymerac).

The whole beach theme is really working for me today. But how can you not love that ruffled little bum and the joy in those pictures! As for the design, I really like how the 2 photos along with the large cluster give the weight of 3 photos. We all know in design that 3 is a great number and visually this page really is balanced. Just an all around great page!

This week, I had 3 great volunteers take on the challenge. Up first is Jheri who kept with the beach theme, the weight of 3 and even the colors. Love the thatched umbrellas! Wish I could join her on this beach. 

Canvas Cardstocks Paper Pack No. 21, Layer works 1039, Layer Works No. 1039

Elisabeth (lego) decided to make a recipe page and it is really gorgeous. Love the close up photo of the apple strudel and her visual weight of 3 is actually 9 but again, really gives balance to the page. Yum!

Bead Scatterings No5 , Far and Wide Travel Scrapbooking Bundle, Artsy Lopsy Layered Photo Frames No. 01, Curled Notebook Paper, Stitched Word Strip Sentiments No. 07,
Apple Cider Mini Kit, Spill Frame Layers No. 27, Washi Tapes: Whites No. 02, Stamped Blocks No. 38 Brushes and Stamps, Camo Americana Paper Pack, Curated Studio Mix No37

Finally, another amazing beach page. These 2 cuties sure look like they are enjoying all that Punta Cana has to offer! This time the weight of three is the photos and the title work. Love it! Thanks for playing along Sherry (digi371).

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Step-by-Step Guide to Loading and Using Layer Styles in PSE [Video]

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Let’s Blend Challenge

Welcome to February! We are going to go full out Valentine’s Day for this month’s challenge, using all types of heart brushes. Katie has provided us with some fun free products to work with, and here are a few examples of how I used them:

Here are a few examples, along with the products I used: In addition to the products from the free products: Loves Park Add-on Value Pack, Smooches For You Brushes and Stamps No. 1, Grungy Ledger Grids Brushes and Stamps No. 3, Shimmer Clusters Love No. 1, Baby Blush Element Pack.

And for this page, in addition to the free products: Smitten Flare minis, Readymade circles LoveRemember Today Layered Template.

I look forward to seeing how you use these brushes on your own layouts. Don’t forget to post your pages in the Mask Appeal Challenge Gallery, using all DD products, along with all or part of the free products Katie has provided. Also, remember to post a link of your page in the February Challenge Participation Thread, so it will count toward your saving in the rewards program. Happy Valentine’s Day!

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February Template Mash-up Challenge: Love in the Air

I love Valentine’s day. Even more, I love making scrapbook pages to document the special people in my life, especially when we have so many wonderful templates available here at Designer Digitals to make it easy.

When I want to mash-up two templates, I open both of them in Photoshop side by side and start to drag items back and forth to see what works. Usually, I just turn off other elements because you never know if you will want to use them later on. It would be a shame to delete them if you decided that you needed them later on. 

For this month’s first Template Mash-up Challenge, I’ve chosen two templates with the theme of love. The first is a recent one that I adored for the candy hearts and the sweet heart-shaped frame, Love Grows Layered Template.

And this one, Layer Works No. 634, which is just jam-packed with so many goodies and elements that you can really customize to create your own mash-up page. 

I knew that I wanted to keep the composition of the page basically the same, so I left the placement of the frames and the elements on the left and then filled in the space on the right with the heart-shaped frame from the other template. Because I tend to use a bit more white space on my pages, I lightened up the brushwork a bit and removed the journaling which I didn’t need on this page. This is what I ended up with.

I hope that you will join in the fun and create a page for the Template Mash-up Challenge! Be sure to post your page in the Template Challenge Gallery. If you use 100% DD products, your page qualifies for the rewards program, so don’t forget to post it in the February 2019 Challenge Participation Thread.

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Saturday Scraplift: The Big Picture

I hope you are ready for a new Saturday Scraplift and this week we are looking at the big picture. There are some pictures that just need to be big and bold. It could be that the picture is so pretty you don’t want much to distract from its beauty. Or possibly it needs to be the big focal point, but an additional smaller photo or photos helps to tell the story. I always love a big picture page and this one by Sharon (Shannamay) really caught my attention and is our inspiration this week.  The big photo is beautiful – but the little one catches the viewers interest and tells a story.

Two of our Creative Team members jumped at the chance to offer their inspired pages. The first page is by Linda (earlofoxford).  The focal point photo of the gorgeous mansion is a real eye catcher and the smaller family photo provides the rest of the story. I really like the border she created with the frames, pocket cards and text. And did you notice the clever use of the map torn paper just behind the picture frame? Linda used the following products for her page. Far and Wide Solids Paper Pack, Traveler Clusters No. 04 Brushes and Stamps, Far and Wide Printable Pocket Cards, Far and Wide Travel Scrapbook KitGreat Escape Element PackHolly Jolly Element Pack, Drop Shadow Styles No. 02.

Our second inspired page is from Creative Team member, Lynn (grandma lynnie). Her page shares her excitements over her new second home on the beach. I like how she placed the text on the photo and added additional photos across the bottom of her page.  I’m excited for her and may have to go for a visit! For her page she used the following products: Stuffed Edge Photo Frames No. 02, Vintage Mini Mix Kit No. 06, Just Believe Brushes and Stamps, Stitched Journalers No. 03, Flossy Stitches: Brown.

I guess I must be ready for spring. I was looking at fall and winter photos to use when I saw a note that someone close to us has daffodils popping up. That is a definite sign of spring so selected photos from last spring. I turned the page and used a couple extra spring flower photos to accent the larger photo.  I used: Fall Garden Printable Papers No. 03, Love Letters Scrapbooking Bundle, Vintage Photo Frames No. 45.

I hope you are already thinking of just the photo you want to scrap. I’m excited to see where today’s scraplift leads you! Be sure to post your page in the Saturday Scraplift Gallery. If you use 100% DD products, your page qualifies for the rewards program, so don’t forget to post it in the February 2019 Challenge Participation Thread. I hope you have a delightful Saturday and I’ll be looking for your page in the gallery.

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Looking for Love Challenge

Good morning and happy Monday, everyone. Can you believe how fast this new year is going by; January is almost over! To get us in the spirit of a new month and hopefully warmer temperatures we have a fun new challenge going on! And with Valentines Day just around the corner, what better way to celebrate than by creating a page all about our love for that someone special!

Esther’s (esther_a) page “Sooo I have a boyfriend” is about her youngest daughter’s new relationship and how open and honest she is with her Mom about everything. I think this page is beautiful with its soft colors, beautiful mix of B&W and color photos and fun title. A perfect page to celebrate budding love! Products used: From the freebie: Arctic Whites Paper Pack No. 03, Little Hearts Paper Pack, And: Layer Works No. 1044, Love Letters Element Pack (heart and butterfly),
Scripted Remarks Brushes and Stamps No. 03

Liz’s page “Greatest Adventure” is about a new adventure coming her way and how she is so excited that she gets to share it with her husband. Liz’s page has a soft yet masculine color palette while all the elements are very minimal to showcase what’s most important here, her wonderful hubby! From the freebie: Conversation Hearts Brushes and Stamps No. 01, Winter Whites Solids Paper Pack, Winter Whites Element Pack, Monthly Memories Element Pack No. 02,
Painted Patterns Hearts Brushes and Stamps No. 02, Winter Artistry Add-on Paper Pack, Fine Line Twists Brushes and Stamps No. 02. Thin Classic Photo Frames Curled and Flat No. 01, Stamp Sets: Adventure, Batty Mini Mix Solids Paper Pack, Watery Grids Brushes and Stamps No. 03, Pebbled Universal No. 03

My page “I’ll Love You Forever” although about love, is just a bit different. We recently needed to rehome this sweet little guy, Mellow, when it became apparent that caring for three guinea pigs was just too much for Jojo and Harley. It was tough for everyone to let him go, but by doing so, we know that the home he goes to will be one where he gets the love and attention he deserves. Freebies: Arctic Whites #3, Conversation Hearts #1, Everlasting Re-Mix Banner, Decorative White Photo Frames No. 01, Painted Photo Masks Brushes and Stamps No. 07, Stamped Stitched Hearts Brushes and Stamps No. 02Watery Brushes and Stamps No. 03, Worth Repeating Brushes and Stamps No. 22

Feeling inspired? I hope so! To get you started, Katie has provided a fun freebie pack. All completed pages should be posted in the Challenge Gallery for everyone to see! If you use 100% DD products, your page qualifies for the rewards program, so don’t forget to link up in the  January 2019 Challenge Participation Thread for credit and a chance to win awesome discounts on your next DD purchase! Happy Scrapping!

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