Saturday Scraplift – A Stitch in Time

Happy New Year everyone!! I hope you are ready for the first Saturday Scraplift of 2019. I noted comments lately from several ladies who tried to do every SSL last year. If any of you have that goal for 2019 this fun page by Sandra (sandra-9663) is sure to get your creative juices flowing! I like everything about this page but my favorite part is the stitching.

Three volunteers jumped at the opportunity to share where Sandra’s page led them.  Rachael (myssp), currently on our Guest Creative Team, stayed with the focus on red and white theme and added bright papers for a fun and cheery page. Credits for her page are:  Textured Whites Paper Pack No. 01,  Stacked Classic Frames, Christmas Mix Clusters No. 01, Holly Jolly Christmas Scrapbooking Kit, Handdrawn Winter Elements Brushes and Stamps No. 01, Christmas Lodge Add-On Paper Pack, Christmas Lodge Solids Paper Pack, Merry Magic Layered Template, Layer Works No. 621, Peppermint Woods Element Pack, Readymade Layers: Christmas Borders No. 23, Christmas Lodge Scrapbooking Kit, Handscripted December Brushes and Stamps No. 09, Christmas Garden Scrapbooking Kit

Linda (earlofoxford), from our Creative Team, focused on a breathtaking sky photo. I like how she used the swirl to tie her date stamp to her photo and “stitched” her lettering in place. Credits for Linda’s page are:  Winter Whites Solids Paper Pack, Blendable Layers No. 11, Winter Whites Element Pack,  Twisted Dots No. 01, Digital Date Stamps Vol. No. 34,  Artsy Blend Layers Leaves No. 04,  Thin Classic Photo Frames Curled and Flat No. 02, Cameron Element Pack, Light Blue Tab Alphabet, Assorted Messy Stitches: White No. 02, Drop Shadow Styles No. 02

Also, from our Creative Team is Debi, (beehive50) who created her page by changing it to a vertical design. She added some fun weekend photos from her daughter. I like her  journaling on the side. Debi’s credits are:  Arctic Whites Paper Pack No. 04, Rope Line Twists Brushes and Stamps No. 01, Vintage Ephemera Strips No. 01, Thin Classic Photo Frames Curled and Flat No. 03, Vintage Christmas No. 02 Disc Alphabet Set , Fastener Basics No. 01, Flair Minis No. 01

Our daughter got married just before Christmas and I was inspired to use a few photos from her wedding. I found the stitched “love” that worked nicely. For my page I used:  Artsy Shores Element Pack, Beauty of Dreams Brushes and Stamps, Flowing Stitched Words No. 01, Jaspia Element Pack, Krafty Love Scrapbook Kit, Monthly Memories Vol. 02: Foundations No. 01, Photo Clusters No. 54, Winter Whites Painted Layers

I hope these pages have provided inspiration for you to record more of your special memories. Be sure to post your page in our Saturday Scraplift Gallery so we can see where the inspiration took you! If you’re participating in our monthly rewards program, be sure to post your page in the January participation thread.  Happy Scrapping!!

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Saturday Scraplift is Lined and Stacked!

scrapbook page layout Uly

This week we are lifted this awesome page by Uly!

It’s lined stacked and perfect inspiration for your next scrapbook page!

This fabulous page by Debi takes the vertical alignment and adds the motion Uly had in her page with the ribbon by adding a light string! perfect!

scrapbook page layout pet dog Debi

And Wendy used the inspiration for a fun-filled birthday page!

birthday scrapbook page layout

Chrissy created a mix of energy with the twists she added to her page!

travel scrapbook page layout

We hope these lifts inspire you to scrapbook your photos into memories to share today!

Remember to share your pages in our Saturday Scraplift Gallery so we can see where the inspiration took you! And if you’re participating in our rewards program, link up your page in the December participation thread! Happy Saturday Scrapbooking

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Behind and Clear Modes 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 Behind and Clear Modes in Photoshop and PSE.

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We Wish you a Merry Christmas!

Katie Pertiet Dog Days of December

Each year Dixie, my dog, and I head into the photo studio the bring some smiles to my personal facebook and instagram accounts.

I’m sharing the wordart I created for this year’s posts with you as a gift, wishing you a Merry Christmas and good health and happiness in the new year!

Click here to download the stamp set!

Christmas Page Titles Freebie

Thank you so much for your continued support & I look forward to sharing 2019 with you!


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Saturday Scraplift: Moving Up

It’s the Saturday before Christmas and all through the house… it’s just very busy. I hope you will still have some spare time to lift this beautiful page by Rachael (myssp). I love the beautiful layers and the upward motion with the lights

Sweet Jana did a lift and it’s just wonderful. Her layers run horizontally instead of up and about but just look at that layering, so gorgeous and cute!! She still used the Christmas lights to show the direction of her flow. I love it!

Here is what she put on her page
Country Christmas Scrapbooking Bundle, Textured Whites Paper Pack No. 01,
Coin Holder Photo Frames No. 06, Light Strings No. 03: Red, Big Bottom Lift Classic Photo Frames No. 01, North Pole Washi and Printable Tape Strips, Stamped Stitches No. 13 Brushes and Stamps, Typed and Scripted Brushes and Stamps No. 11

I really tried to get the upward flow on my page, even using the twists, but somehow it just got stuck in the center…. so be it. That’s why it’s called artistic freedom, right?

Here is what I used on it:
K. Pertiet
Frames from Happy Halloween LT2,  Seasons Sparkles Add On PP , Seasons Sparkles PP , Seasons Sparkles elements , Textured whites No. 2 , cut out circles No. 1 Quinn blendable layers , typed and scripted No. 11 , Golden Season elementsFine Line Border Lines No. 18

Well, I hope you are feeling inspired. As you can see, there are no rules, just go with the flow and create to your heart’s desire. Remember to post your page in the Saturday Scraplift Challenge Gallery as well as in the December Challenge Participation thread in the forum. I am wishing all of you a very Merry Christmas!!!

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Seasons Sparkles for Wayback Wednesday!

The Designer Digitals Store is full of gorgeous Christmas products, so it was very hard to choose just one to highlight for this month’s Wayback Wednesday Challenge. I finally settled on the Seasons Sparkles Kit for its unique colors and elements.

The challenge is simple. Use this kit to design a page and post it in the Scrapbook Challenges gallery! If you don’t already own this lovely kit, you can even get it on sale today and through th weekend!

To help you with ideas to use the Seasons Sparkles Kit for your challenge page, I have a ton of outstanding pages to share with you! Every page uses this kit in a unique way to give you plenty of inspiration!

The first example is Kim’s. Look at all the gorgeous papers she used in those circles!

The next example belongs to Sharon (shannamay). I really love that sparkly snowflake behind her adorable (and cleverly cropped!) photo!


Trace has such a singular style. This December Daily page really captures that style and some of the great elements of the featured kit!

Anke’s page is a truly wonderful winter scene! This page has fabulous texture!

No one combines elements like Kayleigh! This is a great example of her talent!

The dark background Jana chose really sets off all the wonderful sparkly elements she used!

The final example that Liz created is the absolute perfect example of Seasons Sparkles! She used those starbursts magnficently!

I hope you will be inspired by all of these creative pages! Please post your page using the Seasons Sparkles Kit in the Scrapbook Challenges Gallery. Also, don’t forget to add your page to the December Challenges Participation Sign In thread to help earn a valuable coupon to the DD Store. Happy holiday scrapping!

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Template Mash-up Challenge: Snow, snow, snow

We are dreaming of snow these days! The temperature has dropped and the mountains that we can see from our town are capped with a beautiful blanket of white. The local ski hill is now open for the season and the kids are dreaming of getting out on their snowboards and skis.

Alas, here at home in the Lower Mainland, we are stuck with rain and wind, and being so close to the ocean, we get very little snow during the year, much to the disappointment of the kids (and me!) When it does snow, it causes havoc on the roads and as little as an inch of snow means schools close for a “snow day”.

For this month’s Template Mash-up Challenge, I have chosen two templates that relate to snow. The very recent, Snow Day Layered Template No.2 and Studio DD Layer Works No. 640.  I just love selecting the elements from each template and making the page my own!

Here is how these two fantastic templates inspired me:

In addition to the two templates, I also used Christmas Lodge Sentiments Brushes and Stamps and Just Linens Paper Pack No. 18.

Rachael (myssp) created this wonderful page – look at those sweet photos! I love how she added a shadow onto the snow – it made such a cool effect!

Layer Works No. 640Snow Day 2, Handscripted Dec. No. 9 (Coming Soon), Canvas Colors No. 21 – recolored.

Erin (Ernie88) caught some great action photos of her kids playing in the snow on her page.

Country Christmas Dots and Stripes Paper PackCountry Christmas Element Pack, 
Snow Day Layered Template No. 02, Studio DD Layer Works No. 640.

Kathy (Blackkathy) also joined in the fun and created a page for this challenge. She also showcased some great photos of fun times in the snow.

Layer Works No. 640, Snow Day Layered Template No. 02, 
Christmas Lodge Scrapbooking Kit, Text Clusters Brushes and Stamps No. 05

I hope that you will join us in creating a “snow” page in the Template Challenge Gallery.  Also, remember to post a link of your page in the December Challenge Participation Thread, so it will count toward your saving in the rewards program. Have fun and I can’t wait to see what you create!

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itunes: grunge and sparkle

Heya, welcome to this month’s iTunes challenge! It’s nearly Christmas, the days are getting hectic, but that doesn’t let you off from going outside your comfort zone in this challenge. So wrap up warm, grab a hot chocolate and get ready to scrap.

This month I’ve chosen this album cover by the Pixies. There’s a lot going on, plenty of elements to be inspired by.

I was drawn first by the shapes. There’s masking in the background, then those geometric lines in front. The cutting files products in the store could be a good fit here. I can see the use of a large title with those numbers in the bottom right section. Then there’s the colour scheme, could make a good guy page.

I decided to use a recent photo of my boy. He made this decoration at school, and it’s hanging on the Christmas tree now. We figure it’s looking judgy, checking if anyone snaffles a chocolate from the tree! I used Dirt, grit and grids brushes and stamps No. 01; Canvas Cardstocks Paper Pack No. 13; Wood Veneer December No. 02; Filed Notebook 4×6 Journalers No. 01; ARTpack Winter brushes and stamps No. 02; Paint it gold No. 01; Wintery Clusters brushes and stamps No. 01; Cut Ups: Christmas; Berry Fine Journalers No. 01; Woodland Decor stickers and stamps No. 01; Seasons Sparkle Christmas Scrapbooking Bundle.

Now it’s your turn, Katie’s generously provided a freebie for the challenge. Show me your take on this album cover. Post your pages in the itunes challenge gallery so we can leave some love. Remember to post your progress on the monthly challenges in the monthly rewards thread to earn store discount.

Happy scrapping!

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Saturday Scraplift: Clustering Photos and Elements

Merry Christmas to my friends around the world! For the first time in I can’t remember when, I’m pretty much ready for Christmas, and it’s not even December 24. It’s a good feeling because I’ve had more time to browse the gallery here at Designer Digitals, and it has been absolutely overflowing with beautifully festive pages. This lovely page by Carmel (caapmun) caught my attention with her cluster of photos and elements between two paper strips at the top and bottom of her design. Kathy, one of our Guest CT members, joined me in lifting Carmel’s pretty page. 

Carmel’s page:

Kathy’s (Blackkathy) page uses Katie’s gorgeous new Christmas Lodge Kit, and I’m in love with that plaid Christmas tree that she placed behind her photos. Her word art and word strips perfectly frame the photos of her Christmas decorations, and the red and black color scheme really pops on her page.

Credits: Blocked Sentiments Brushes and Stamps No. 02;  Christmas Lodge Scrapbooking Kit; Christmas Lodge Wood Discs; Text Clusters Brushes and Stamps No. 05; Watery Lace Brushes and Stamps {coming soon}; Fine Lines Border Lines Brushes and Stamps No. 18

After saying how much I am loving the Christmas pages in the gallery, I scrapped a non-Christmas page! But Carmel’s design worked so well for the great photos my daughter-in-law captured of my granddaughter and her handsome friend Ethan when they went to homecoming together last year. I had fun finding the elements to coordinate with and frame the photos.

Credits: North Pole Dots and Stripes Paper Pack; Kitlet Scrapbooking Mini Kit No. 06; Messed Up Photo Blocks Brushes and Stamps No. 04; Watery Foliage No. 04, Watery Foliage, No. 05; Watery Foliage No.08; Like This Element Pack; Great Escape Element Pack; Color Me Happy Element Pack; Holiday Foliage No. 03; Woodside Jangle Element Pack; Calne Element Pack; Prompted Ticket Journalers: Love No. 01; Vintage Ticket Ephemera Brushes and Stamps No. 01; Floresta Element Pack; Kerava Element Pack; Classic Curled Photo Frames No. 07; Cold Outside Scrapbooking Kit; My Vintage Valentine Element Pack; Blues Skies Element Pack; Fastener Basics No. 01; Drop Shadow Styles No. 02; Jelly Alphabet No. 18

I’m sure you have some photos just begging to be scrapped, and I’m guessing Carmel’s page will give you plenty of inspiration. Remember to post your page in the Saturday Scraplift Challenge Gallery as well as in the December Challenge Participation thread in the forum. Happy scrapping, and have a wonderful Christmas with your family and friends!


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Cycling to Next or Previous Brush 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 Cycling to Next or Previous Brush in Photoshop and PSE.

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