ARTjournal challenge: Fill In The Blanks

November’s ARTjournal challenge starts with this unique template that Katie designed for us.


The pick-up link is here.

Fill in all of the blanks, most of the blanks, or just some of the blanks. Remove them, rotate them, or maybe even flip all or just some of of them. A nice feature of this template is how customizable it is, as shown by our creative team examples.

Mollie’s vintage page (with a modern twist) is a nice example of how you might edit the template to include some white space and texture. Notice how she edited the template even further by using part of the pattern at the top border for added interest. What a great idea.


Including the template, Mollie used these products: Classic Curled Photo Frames No. 01, Iconic Spots Brushes and Stamps No. 02: Traveler, Simple Classics: Traveler Element Pack, Textured Cardstock: Candies Paper Pack, Textured Cardstock: Golden Rose Paper Pack, and Textured Cardstock: Neutra Paper Pack

Debi is one of our masters at storytelling, but since one picture is worth a thousand words, whether you read her journaling or not, you get the picture. (pun intended) Debi edited the template to suit her taste by eliminating some of the shapes and shrinking down the template for added white space. Additionally, she framed the two larger triangles in white to compliment the sticker styled word-art.


Products used for this page include the template freebie, Not Your Average Day Brushes and Stamps which she turned into a sticker, Flair Minis No. 01, Belina Solids Paper Pack, Kitlet Scrapbooking Mini-Kit No. 03, Watery Scribbles Brushes and Stamps No. 04, and coming very soon, Miriam Solid Papers.

My approach with this template, was to see what it would look like filled to the brim with a mostly vintage flair. I had been giving some thought to how much our lives have changed since the invention of such things as the personal computer and smart phone. Yes, some of us did indeed watch black and white TV and our phone was tethered to a land line. (not to mention that in the beginning, our phone was on a 2 party line which meant two families actually had to share one line) Oh how times have changed!


Products used for this project included Collage Ephemera No. 01, Collage Ephemera No. 02, and Collageable Notions: December, and of course this fab layered template.

I hope you are inspired to take on this challenge. When you do, please post your pages in the ARTjournal Challenge Gallery and don’t forget when you use ALL DD products on your challenge page you can post a link of your page in the November Challenge Participation thread so that it will count toward your savings in the rewards program.

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Giving Thanks on Wayback Wednesday

It’s time to revisit another of Katie’s wonderful products. For our Wayback Wednesday challenge this month, I chose a brush and stamp set with a seasonal theme–Saying Thank You Brushes And Stamps No. 1.


The Saying Thank You Brush and Stamp set contains word art encompassing many different thankful sentiments in a variety of sizes and  fonts. These great brushes can be used in various ways on your scrapbook pages. For my page, I took a very simple approach, adding one of  the Saying Thank You brushes to a single large photo. I thought the sentiment of brightening blended well with my lighthouse photo. I am very grateful for lighthouses, the glimpse they give us into the past and the great photo ops they provide!


Debi (beehive50) really wowed me with her page for this challenge! She used her Saying Thank You brush for the title of her page. I love the way she made the word “grateful” pop off the page! The way she integrated the title with the flag, hearts and twist is genius!  Wonderful journaling and a simple frame complete her stellar page.


Debbie also used the following products: Be Merry Solids Paper Pack, Twisted Dots Brushes and Stamps No 2, Misted Hearts Brushes and Stamps No 1, Flair Minis No 1.

The Quarterly Sale is currently going on in the Designer Digitals store with 40% off all products, including the Saying Thank You Brushes and Stamps No 1. We’d love to see your page using this product in the Scrapbook Challenges Gallery. And of course, your page for this challenge can help you earn a valuable coupon code for the DD store! Happy scrapping!

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The Story Scrapbook Challenge

This month’s story scrapbook challenge is to tell me a story about an animal.   Do you have a pet, the unconditional love shown is something to be believed don’t you agree?  Do you dog sit for the neighbours?  Are you more a cat person?    Do you have mice or birds or rabbits or guinea pigs or fish or something slightly scary like a snake or a rat or a big hairy spider!

Are you on a farm?  Do you milk the cows, shear the sheep, do you have farm dogs that assist?  Do you ride a horse?  Do you show your dog?  Collect the eggs from your chickens?   Lots of work goes into these endeavours.

On the other hand if you don’t have a pet, is there a reason, that could be a good story to explore?  Have you had a broken heart from losing a beloved pet.   Have you nursed a beloved animal through trauma?

Do you remember the excitement bringing a new puppy or kitty home?  How did you choose his/her name?   Do you have a story about training?

I would love to hear your animal stories, so please join in with the story scrapbook challenge.

When I thought about this challenge I thought yep I’ll do a page about either my dog or cat, but errr… something else presented itself recently, a story that needed to be documented because it was so ridiculous.  This is the story of me looking after chickens for the first time.


Supplies I have used:  Deer Lodge Solids Paper Pack,  Masking Words No. 01,  Clipped Stacks No. 13,  Torn Templates No. 02,  Calne Solids Paper Pack,  Farm Fresh Collection,  Splatters Brushes and Stamps No. 03,  Hinge Pack,  Brilliant Love: Roughed Up Pocket Cards,  Date Tags No. 2A.

The team at DD have generously provided a freebie to help you on your way, the link is good for the entire month of November.  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 November 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: Breaking the Grid

Hello Friends! Welcome to this week’s Saturday Scraplift. Today we are lifting one of my favorite scrappers. Her pages always seem to catch my eye. I hope you all will find some inspiration either in the design of Deanie’s page, or in scrapping some Halloween photos after seeing her cute page.

jack-o-lantern1I just loved this page. I always say that I lean towards grunge, but I think I also secretly love a grid. 🙂 So the way Deanie broke the grid by carrying her title and embellishments over the paper divide and the angles she used for her photo and journaling just really spoke to me. She also used paint and bead scatterings to “loosen up the grid” as well. It all works really well. Not to mention that pumpkin is really well carved!

So here’s my take on her page. I have to tell you, I’ve never actually copied a color scheme before. And I never would’ve because that burnt orange is not normally a color I like, but my sister sent me this selfie with my son when she chauffeured him around Nashville for a NROTC event that he attended at Vanderbilt University, and the page just kind of made itself.  I deliberately split the grid with my photo and made sure to angle a few items and soften edges with brushes and elements from one of Kayleigh’s amazing templates (she packs so much product into those templates!)

sat-scrap-nik-and-connorKitlet Solids Paper Pack No. 04, Kitlet Solids Paper Pack No. 06, Clean Stitched Borders: Brown No. 01, Layer Works No. 726 (paint, brushes, twine, pebbles, buttons), Tabbed Dates No. 01A, DocuStack Layers No. 01, Hung Up Photo Frames No. 10, Leafy Banners No. 01, Wood Veneer Words No. 15

Remember, if you use 100% Designer Digitals products, to post your page on the November Challenge Participation thread so you can earn yourself a discount coupon! I can’t wait to see your lift! Enjoy your weekend and make sure you take advantage of the Quarterly Sale chats this weekend!




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Color Spots Challenge: Pumpkin Seeds

Apple Cider. Pumpkin Pie. Cinnamon and Spice. What are some of the smells that remind you of fall? For this months color challenge I am using an image of my own. My daughter had a pumpkin project and she gathered together various items to make her pumpkin. She used various items from the kitchen as well as the yard. These colors together make a fun color palette and our dear friend Debi requested I use this image for a color challenge. color-challenge-inspirationFirst up we have Debi (beehive50) showing how she used the colors! Debi always amazes me with how she attaches various items to a page. The large clip and branch are a wonderful example! Her journaling is very creative as the lines vary from side to side. In a way, it reminds me of the scattered items in the inspiration photo.color-challenge-inspiration-debiSupplies used: Metsa Solids Paper Pack, Not Your Average Day Brushes and Stamps, Clipped Stacks No. 13, Flair Minis No. 02, Color Inspiration Freebie Pack

Hillarey (hillareyd) also stepped up to the challenge. I adore how the light background reflects the light background of the inspiration photo. The fall leaves and brushes are the perfect touch. How cute is Jojo in these photos! Her smile shines bright and really makes life good, just like the title!color-challenge-inspiration-hillareySupplies used: Ad Inspiration No. 3 Title, Artistry d’amour Element Pack, Bakers Twine Assortment No. 02, Doily Edgers No. 05, Dramatically Off Photo Frames No. 01, Edge Overlays No. 08, Flair Minis No. 01, Good Day ARToptions Paper Pack, Kitlet Scrapbooking Mini-Kit No. 03, Kitlet Scrapbooking Mini-Kit No. 06, Ledger Paper Pieces: Spring No. 01, Memorable Spots No. 02, Naturally Krafty No. 14 Paper Pack, Painted Bookshelf Layers No. 01, Pencil Line Leaves Brushes and Stamps No. 04, Sketched and Painted Sentiments No. 01, Splatters Brushes and Stamps No. 02, Splatters Brushes and Stamps No. 04, Torn Classic White Photo Frames No. 02, Vintage Ephemera Strips No. 01, Vintage Journals, Vintage Journals No. 04, Wood Veneer Hearts No. 01

I (KimR+) took advantage of this color challenge to document my daughters school project. She was so proud of her hard work (as was I) so of course I took photos. I enjoy color and layers so naturally my page is filled with both. This little one also loves the bling so I added a little bit of glitter along with a flare spray brush.color-challenge-inspiration-kimSupplies used: Apple Cider Mini Kit, Autumnal Artistry Element Pack, Awesome Autumn Element Pack, Blendable Layers No. 60, Collage Stacks No. 01, Color Challenge Freebie Pack, Deelen Element Pack, Dictionary Blendables: Fall, DocuStack Layers No. 01, Flare Sprays Brushes and Stamps No. 01, Flair Minis No. 02, Fox Creek Solids Paper Pack, Frame Hangers No. 01, Golden Glitter Splatters No. 01, Home and Garden Element Pack, Lens Flares: Colors No. 01, Quinn Blendable Layers, Really Big Leaves No. 01, Sequins Scatters Spice, South Beach Element Pack, Striping Graphic Brushes and Stamps No. 01, Thin Classic Photo Frames Curled and Flat No. 01, Title Lines No 13, Walden Element Pack, Wooden Arrows No. 03, Clear-Thru Arrows No. 02

Are you feeling inspired from these pages and the inspiration photo? Katie has generously provided us with a freebie pack to get started. When you complete your page, post your page in the Color Challenge Gallery. Then don’t forget to post in the November Participation Thread for credit if your page qualifies for the rewards program. I look forward to seeing the gallery fill up with these colors! Happy scrapping!



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4th Quarter Sale Now at DesignerDigitals


Today we start our 4th Quarter Sale here at DesignerDigitals. Every regular item is now marked down 40%. The sale runs from now through 6am EST on Friday, November 18th.


We also have 17 new items also marked down 40% AND will have a new 99c item every day. Today’s 99c item will be at that price until 6am EST on Friday, then 40% off for the duration of the sale.

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Template Mash Up Challenge

It’s time for a new Template Mash Up Challenge! This time I’ve chosen two templates with lots of possibility! One is a big more grungy and graphic and the other is chock full of goodies and layers to play with! So what ever your natural style seems to be, these two templates will be fun to manipulate and work with! Without further ado…

The templates we are mashing are Katie’s Remember Today Layered Template No.2 and Studio Double D’s Layer Works No. 556.

Oh the possibilities! Sometimes, I find myself wanting to create more than one Mash Up with the two chosen templates, because there are just so many fun options with such awesome templates!!

Here is my first version 😉


Yep, That’s Nik Wallenda! Nik is famous for his inspiring tight rope walks across famous places! He’s a local hero here, and my kids were SO thrilled to run into him!! I used the templates along with Katie’s Neptune Alpha and Be Merry Background Paper.

I hope these two templates inspire you to get some memories documented!! Don’t forget to post your Pages in our Template Challenge Gallery.  Also, remember to post your qualifying DD pages to the November Challenge Participation thread to qualify for DD Rewards!!

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Saturday scraplift: Autumn Colour

Morning, welcome to another Saturday Scraplift. I hope the autumn weather’s being good to you, it’s lovely here. Crisp days, just perfect for long walks in the fresh air.

This week I was drawn to the fall goodness in Uly (Maruma)’s page. The pink really pops, and I love her choice of embellishments. The design is so versatile too, with the mix of framed and masked photos.


Maruma’s page inspired me to use photos from a walk we did last weekend. We live just 15 minutes away from a huge wind farm, and it’s so well planned with plenty trails across the moor. We met up with a group of friends, and set off, with the kids making it to a viewpoint on top of a hill from which we could see for miles.


I used Brielle Scrapbook Kit; Wood Veneer Rounded Corner Frames No. 01; Stamped Blocks No. 31; Awesome Autumn Scrapbook Kit; Botanique Scrapbook Kit No. 01; Defining Paint Blends: Happy; Taped Word Strips No. 04; Walden Art Options Paper Pack; Golden Starbursts No. 01; Vintage Journal Spots No. 04Lil Bit Tags

Now let’s see your pages based on Maruma’s layout. Post them in the Saturday Scraplift Gallery so we can leave some love.

Also, remember to keep tabs on your layouts in our challenge thread. Layouts created for challenges can count towards our rewards scheme for vouchers. Happy Scrapping!

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DocuStack Layers and New Releases at DesignerDigitals


We have 26 new items this week with one priced at just 99c. The remaining items are marked down 20%, all through 6am EST on Wednesday.


And we have all Family Items now marked down 40%. That’s almost 200 items marked down from now through 6am EST on Wednesday.


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How to Use Black-and-white Papers Creatively 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 Use Black-and-white Papers Creatively in Photoshop and PSE.

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