Saturday Scraplift Challenge – Left and Right

Good morning and welcome to this week’s Saturday Scraplift Challenge! Before we take a look at the challenge, check out the 4th quarter sale that’s on in the store right now! The sale continues until 6am EST on Friday November 17th so it’s a great opportunity to get all those goodies off your wish list, into your basket and onto your hard drive!

There’s also some fun activity planned in the forum today with some chats, freebies and gift certificates for the store up for grabs and a 30 Minute Masterpiece Challenge! So don’t miss out – log in today!

So onto the scraplift… this week we’re going to be lifting this lovely page created by Anke. A two-photo page is a little bit of a challenge in itself for me as I’m nearly always an ‘odd number’ type of person but I love the balanced design of Anke’s page, the soft tones and the Autumnal elements she used. A stunning page!

Esther was keen to jump in on the challenge and I love the nautical look of her ancestral lift and how she tracked down an illustration of the ship! Esther followed through with the soft tones and the coral seaweed, beautifully shadowed, provides a lovely contrast against those tones. The newspaper snippet is a perfect alternative to a second photo and I like how the twist connects the two focal points. A super lift!

Esther’s product list: Autumn Rambles Add-On and Solids Paper PackAutumn Rambles Element PackAutumn Rambles Scrapbooking CollectionAutumn Rambles Washi TapesAutumn Winds Element PackBeached Element PackBlendable Layers No. 71Watery Maps Brushes and Stamps No. 03South Beach Element Pack and Whale Stories Dots and Stripes Paper Pack – Katie Pertiet; Readymade Layers: Beach Borders No. 06 – Studio Double-D.

Julie (MaggieMae) switched out the paper strips with a pretty blendable top left but also kept with those soft Autumnal tones. I love how the photo’s of this gorgeous girl are nestled on the hand drawn botanical and how my eye moves clockwise around the lovely detail in this lift. The scatters and border finish this project off beautifully. A really pretty lift!

Julie used the following: Pumpkin Spice Solids Paper PackPumpkin Spice Paper PackPumpkin Spice Element PackAutumn Winds Essentials Paper PackAutumnal Flore Blendable Layers – Katie Pertiet; Handdrawn Layers No. 01Hand Scripted Brushes and Stamps No. 02 and Readymade Layers: Fall Borders No. 14 – Studio Double-D.

Elisabeth (lego) was inspired to take up the challenge and create another page for her recipe book. I love how great this design looks in a format that’s different to the normal 12×12, how the eye is drawn to both images with the fine line twist and the paper strips. A delicious page!

Here’s what Elisabeth used: Autumnal Flore Fall Scrapbooking CollectionMixed Media Tea Time Layers No. 01 and Fine Line Twists Brushes and Stamps No. 04 – all Katie Pertiet.

I hope you’re inspired to take on the challenge and lift Anke’s lovely page. When you’ve done so, please post your page in the Saturday Scraplift Challenge gallery and if you use all DD products on your page, remember to link it in the November Challenge Participation thread so it works towards a discount coupon for the store for you!

I’m off to start my lift, have a great Saturday and I’ll see you in the galleries!

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Saturday Scraplift Challenge – mixed media inspiration

Good morning everyone! Welcome to this week’s Saturday Scraplift. I was browsing the gallery during the week and came across this delightful page featuring Katie’s new Mixed Media Layers product. I’m not sure whether I’ve spotlighted one of my talented sister Carmel’s (caapmun) layouts before for the SSL, but our creative team were very keen to scraplift this page along with me, so I hope you will excuse a little nepotism!!

I loved the soft and gentle feel to the page, the L-shaped arrangement of masked and framed photos, the brushwork and the way the corner placement of the Mixed Media Teatime is balanced by the element cluster on the opposite side. Lots of scope for a scraplift!

Rachael (myssyp) was inspired to scrap a photo of her niece’s recent wedding, and has used the combination of masked and framed photos to great effect. Such a pretty, celebratory page!

Rachael used Mixed Media Wine Time Layers No.01, Mixed Media Leaves Layers No.02, Readymade Layers: Butterfly Borders No.03, Curated Favorites Paper Pack No.09: In Blue, Curated Team Scrapbook Mix No. 08 , Beloved Scrapbooking Collection, Stacked Classic Frames, Painted Photo Masks Brushes and Stamps No. 10 and Artsy Paint Type Clusters Brushes and Stamps No. 02.

I think it is pretty cool that Jana, Julie and I all used the completely gorgeous ARToption Mini Mix No. 02 kit that is new to the store this week. It really illustrates how beautifully versatile Designer Digital Product is.

Here is Jana’s gorgeous page which stays with Carmel’s blue colour scheme and the Mixed Media teacup.

I am amazed that such a gorgeous page has a comparatively small supply list! Along with the new ARToption kit, Jana used Autumn Rambles Element Pack, Mixed Media Tea Time Layers No. 01, Blendables Layered Template No. 68 and Bold and Scripted Brushes and Stamps No. 12.

Julie has scrapped a vacation memory beautifully – also using the new kit. So pretty!

She also used Scripted Story Titles Brushes and Stamps No. 02, Mixed Media Floral Layers No. 01, Autumn Rambles Element Pack, Watery Photo Masks No. 04, Mixed Media Wine Time Layers No.01 and Vintage Photo Frames No. 42.

I was inspired to scrap yet another of our regular cafe trips, this time focusing on the changes that are afoot in out household and how difficult it all is! I originally planned to use a masked photo as Carmel did, but I just love the paint sample tags in the new kits and ended up using those instead. And the fluttering butterfly seems to sum up some of the feelings we are experiencing! I love how easy it is to recolour these Mixed Media Layer products to suit any page!

I used the new kit plus Autumn Rambles Element Pack, Classic Curled Photo Frames No. 07 and Mixed Media Butterfly Layers No. 02.

I really hope you will be equally as inspired as we all were to use some of these amazing layered products that are so great for customizing to suit your own story.

Please post your creations in the Saturday Scraplift Gallery. And if you are able to get in some scrapping this weekend, don’t forget to add your 100% DD product LO to your post in the October Challenge Participation Thread. The month is nearly done!

Happy scrapping, everyone!



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How to Bring the Colors of Fall to Leafy Brushes in PS 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 Bring the Colors of Fall to Leafy Brushes in PS and PSE.

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A Plum Versatile Wayback Wednesday

This month’s Wayback Wednesday featured kit, Plum Harvest,  is full of gorgeous papers and elements in an unexpected  combination of fall colors. Aren’t they wonderful?

Our Creative Team did an awesome job of showcasing the beautiful colors of this lovely kit.

Liz (lizziet5) designed a lovely page framed in gold and celebrating those lingering fun day of summer. The colors of the featured kit really go well with those delicious looking drinks!

Supplies in addition to the featured kit: I Do Solids Paper Pack, Painted Pencil Lines Solids Paper Pack No 01, Fine Line Keylines 4×6 No 02 Brushes and Stamps, Coffee Stains Brushes and Stamps No o1, Coffee Stains Brushes and Stamps No 02, DelMar Shores Element Pack, Brilliant Love Element Pack, Summer Days Brushes and Stamps, Assorted Messy Stitches No 07 Super Pack, Documenting Essentials Brushes and Stamps No 01, Documenting Life Date Stamps Value Pack No 01

Linda (earlofoxford) put together a delicious page to go with those yummy pumpkin candies! I can almost smell the orange of her perfectly chosen elements!

Supplies in addition to featured kit: Halloween Overlays, Really Big Leaves No 03, Stamping Strips Sentiments No 01 Brushes and Stamps, Watery Pumpkins No 03, Clean Stitched Borders: White No 01, Drop Shadow Styles No 02

For my page, I chose mostly the plum elements from the kit to go with my granddaughter’s homecoming dress. I may be biased, but isn’t she beautiful?

Supplies in addition to the featured kit: Mixed Media Leaf Layers No 02

This beautiful and versatile kit will be on sale this weekend! If you design a page using the Plum Harvest kit, please post it in the Scrapbook Challenges gallery for us all to enjoy!




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Happy Halloween Challenge

October 31st is just around the corner, which means Halloween is almost here! For my family that means going to our local farm and picking out the perfect pumpkins to carve! How do you celebrate this time of year; do you decorate, dress up, throw a big party? This months challenge is all about showing us how you do Halloween! CT Guest Designers, Rachael, Julie and Uly, share their inspiration with you!

Rachael (myssp) shows off a stunning page and photograph of the cutest pumpkin carving her friend and daughter create every year!  Their pumpkin brings to mind a fairy garden! What a great idea!













Credits: Halloween Freebie, Curated Favorites Paper Pack No. 12: Halloween, Layer Works No. 861, Readymade Layers: Halloween Borders No. 02, Batty Mini Mix, Stacked Classic Frames, Golden Pretty Element Pack

Julie’s (MaggieMae) adorable page shows off her two cuties dressed up for Halloween. Her title work is so fun and works perfectly with her page and the spider web overlay with the orange and black elements create the perfect Halloween page!













Curated Favorites Paper Pack No. 08: Vintage, Curated Favorites Paper Pack No. 12: Halloween, Batty Mini Mix Solids Paper Pack, Autumn Winds Element Pack, Spider Web Overlays, Curated Team Scrapbook Mix No. 19, October Memories Brushes and Stamps
Batty Mini Mix, Readymade Layers: Halloween Borders No. 01, Trickery Element Pack, 
Spider Stickers No. 01

Uly (Maruma) shows off her newest sparkly addition to her Halloween decor! When I look at this gorgeous black and orange page I think of Jeff Dunham and his puppet Achmed! Although I think if this guy started talking everyone would run away screaming!

credits: Batty Mini Mix Solids Paper Pack, Batty Mini Mix, Readymade Layers: Halloween Borders No. 01, All Around 4×6 Borders: Fall, Shining Star Clusters No. 01, Mango Skies Mini Kit, Vintage Charm Element Pack, Brilliant Love Element Pack, Thin Classic Photo Frames Curled and Flat No. 03

Are you feeling inspired? I hope so! Katie has generously provided a fun freebie pack to get you started. Completed pages should be posted in the 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 October Participation thread for proper credit. Happy Scrapping!Save

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Saturday Scraplift: Spotlighting Your Photo

Putting a photo in the spotlight is one of the primary reasons we scrap, right? We want to showcase a favorite photo, an important story, a memory from yesteryear. Nath (Nath) did a beautiful job of highlighting a photo depicting a family gathering on the page we’re lifting today. I’m a big fan of her pages, and this one grabbed me right away: I loved the page-within-a-page look, the banners framing the photo, and the brush work leading the eye down her page. There were lots of takers when I asked for volunteers to lift this terrific page; here’s where the inspiration took us.

 Nath’s page


Lynn (grandma lynnie) scrapped a fabulous action shot of her granddaughter during a soccer game. She used one of my favorite color combinations – purple and green – drawn from her photo, and I love that textured grassy background behind the photo. The sports theme extends to the border Lynn used at the top of her design.

 Credits: Kick It Paper Pack; Game Day Paper Pack; Splatters Brushes and Stamps No. 05; Readymade Layers: Sports Borders No. 01; Vintage Photo Frames Large Curled and Flat; Cut Ups: Soccer; Soccer Mom Brushes and Stamps; Flair Mini Sports; Flair Minis No. 04

Julie’s (MaggieMae) page is a lovely tribute to the autumn season. She used several leafy brushes and elements to support her beautiful photo and to guide the eye through her design. The woodgrain background paper and the wooden frame perfectly echo the wood of the tree branch. Pages like this make me envious of those of you who experience four seasons where you live.

Credits: Autumnal Flore Solids Paper Pack; Autumn Winds Solids Paper Pack;  I Do Solids Paper Pack; Watery Foliage No. 16; Watery Foliage No. 15; Scrolling thru Fall Brushes and Stamps No. 01; Autumn Winds Element Pack; Readymade Layers: Fall Borders No. 12; Mixed Media Leaf Layers No. 01

Rachael (myssp) scrapped a photo of her friend’s gorgeous daughter and showcased it perfectly with her choice of papers and elements. I adore her creative use of frames and the visual triangle of clusters that draws the viewer’s eye around her page. She’s done a masterful job of combining patterned papers as well.

Credits: Autumnal Flore Scrapbook Kit; Autumnal Flore Add-on Paper Pack; Autumnal Flore Blendable Layers; All Around 4×6 Fall Borders No. 01; Readymade Layers: Fall Borders No. 12; Vintage Photo Frames No. 42; Curated Team Scrapbook Mix No. 10 Value Pack; Curated Team Scrapbook Mix No. 08; Delicious Days Layered TemplateAutumn Leaves Brushes and Stamps; Autumn Winds Scrapbook Kit; Autumn Winds Essentials Paper Pack

I may be a bit prejudiced, but I have two very handsome sons. I scrapped a photo of the younger one taken by a friend of his for a new job he started in the spring. I liked working with a combination of black and white and color. The dark background reminded me of his shirt, and I also indulged my love of color with aqua, green, and purple. I’m always a sucker for patterned paper which I used in small doses for the banners.

Credits: Batty Mini Mix Solids Paper Pack; Watery Maps Brushes and Stamps No. 02; All Around 4×6 Borders: Fall No. 01; Sweet Rosey Element Pack; Splatters Brushes and Stamps No. 08; Vintage Mix Clusters Brushes, Stamps and Layers No. 04; Scribbled Overlays No. 01; Batty Mini Mix; Banner Masks No. 01; Polar Mountain Add- on Paper Pack; So Fine Paper Pack; Simple Patterned Value Paper Pack No. 04; Spot Dots: Tidal Wave Value Paper Pack; Spots of Love Paper Pack; Assorted Messy Stitches: Black No. 01; In Stitches: Circles No. 02; Classic Curled Photo Frames No. 06; Great Escape Element Pack; Bessette Element Pack; Chimayo Element Pack; Crowning Affair: Vibrant Element Pack; Crowning Affair: Understated Element Pack; Collageable Notions No. 01; Rubber Wraps No. 01; Fresh Vintage: Clare Element Pack; Be Hoppy Element Pack; Butterfly Ephemera Collage Sheet No. 01; Collage Ephemera No. 02; Paper Clips No. 01; Drop Shadow Styles No. 02; Caesilia Paper Pack

There’s lots to love about Nath’s page, and I think it will fill you with all sorts of inspiration – can’t wait to see what you create. Post your page in the Saturday Scraplift Challenge Gallery as well as in the October 2017 Challenge Participation thread in the forum. Happy scrapping!


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Getting Artsy with Digital Scrapbooking: Take Three

There are so many ways to bring artsy into our digital scrapbook pages. This time around Katie has made it even easier for us, she is giving us 3 beautifully artsy items and the challenge is to use all of them on your page. Here is the link to the download, make sure to snatch them up. I am sure you will agree that it’s a breeze to put together a beautiful page using this wonderful freebie:

I have a couple of examples for you

Chrissy (kikimama) used the large leaf behind her photo and clipped a paper to her mask. It’s the perfect color! I love the large branch and the faded text on the left hand side. I love the little strips of text above and below her photo. Talk about artsy! Here is what she used on her page:

Challenge freebies;
K Pertiet
Jaspia KitStriping Graphic Bursts No. 01;
Arlesey Kit; Spring Branches Template;
Summer Gardens KitVintage Flash Cards Traveler;
Wood Veneer Words No. 22Tied Fasteners No. 02;
Worth Repeating Overlays No. 04Collageables No. 04;
Color My Love KitBook Bag Days KitWooden Arrows No. 01;
Hey There Paper PackWatery Brushes No. 01;

Here is the page I created

and the supplies I used:

K. Pertiet:
Artsy Freebie 10/17; Autumnal Flore Solids (coming soon) Autumnal Flore elements (coming soon)

As you can see, I used the mask with a paper just a shade darker than my background. I duplicated the frame, shrunk it down a bit and placed it at the opposite end. I changed the color of the leaf to match the green in the photo. I do like the overall effect, artsy with not too many items used.

I hope you feel inspired and participate in the challenge. Please post your finished page in the Artsy Challenge Gallery .

Don’t forget to add a link to your page in the October challenges participation thread

I hope to see you in the gallery 🙂 and thanks for playing along!

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Discoveries: Template Mash Up Scrapbooking Challenge

Discoveries are among life’s greatest treasures! I’m hoping to bring some scrapbooking discoveries your way today with a new Template Mash Up Challenge! One of Katie’s recent products really caught my eye as a beauty–I love the colors, the theme, the overall ‘look’ of the template. By performing just a bit of customization and adding some gorgeous brush work and elements from a Layer Works template, I was able to turn one of my favorite photos from our summer vacation into a lovely and personal memory page for my daughter’s scrapbook.

My mash up turned out like this:

The only product I used beyond the two featured templates is a piece of background paper from the Batty Mini Mix Solids Paper Pack.

I changed the size and aspect ratio of the photo frame and mask from the Discoveries template by simply using the move took in photoshop. I’ve found that as long as the changes to the ratio aren’t too extreme (making the frame look distorted), this can increase the versatility of a template and make it work with a particular photo I have in mind. I deleted the second photo frame and a few of the elements, since I planned to use only one photo, and I wanted to keep a strong focus on that photo. I moved the title and a few of the background elements. I added in some brushwork from the Layer Works template, since I liked the colors and softness of those brushes better with my photo. I also added the pencil line loop and used resized buttons from the Discoveries Template positioned as they had been on the Layer Works. I duplicated one of the word strips, then used the healing brush of Photoshop to make it ‘blank’ and add my own text.

A mash up challenge provides you with the opportunity to blend and mash two templates, using any combination of elements from the two of them in whatever way that inspires you! You can also add any other products to complete your page. If you use all currently available DD products, your layout will earn you credit in our rewards program. The rewards program details are all explained in the October Challenges Participation Thread.

I hope that you’ll consider playing along! I’d love to see what you create. Please share your pages in the Template Challenge Gallery!

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Story Scrapbook Challenge

Babies – they’re in all our lives.  We have babies, we have grandbabies, we have furbabies, we have nieces and nephews, we have friend’s babies, we have been babies.   This month I want you to tell us a story about a baby and all that goes with it.

This might be a story about your own baby – the road to pregnancy – the way you told your family you were expecting – a birth story – what it felt like to hold your baby in your arms – the trials and tribulations of being a young mother – the importance of a mother’s group.

It might be a story about your grandbaby – what did it feel like to hold your baby’s baby.

Have you adopted a baby, oh my goodness what a journey to be told.

Furbabies are an important part of our lives – feel free to tell the story about your own menagerie that has made your family what it is.  The bond between furbaby and human baby is another story not to be forgotten.

What about a story about YOU when you were a baby, I’m sure there’s some old photos and stories to be told.   What about the origins of your baby’s name, always a good story in itself.

Or do you not want to have a baby – and there’s nothing wrong with that.  Maybe you’d like to scrap about that decision.   Or sadly maybe you have wanted to have a baby and it just not happened for you, my heart goes out to you, is it time for scrap therapy?

I want to hear all about babies this month.

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

Guest CT member Uly has created an as sweet as can be page detailing about how surprised and exhausted she was being a young mum.  Adorable photo of the baby and dog asleep on her lap.  Exquisite.

Products Uly has used:  Curated Studio Mix Scrapbooking Kit No. 15,  Stamped Blocks No. 29 Brushes and Stamps,  Pencil Line Patterns Paper Pack No. 01,  Storybook Brushes and Stamps No. 01,  Shining Star Clusters No. 01,  Hello Holidays No. 01 Brushes and Stamps,  Big Bottom Lift Classic Photo Frames No. 01,  Daisetta Scrapbook Kit.

Elisabeth’s page has so many beautiful layers and I love the journalling tucked into the squares of the frame like that.   Yes, the mess a little one gets into when learning to feed themselves.  What a beautiful moment to scrap.

Products Elisabeth has used:  Batty Mini Mix,  Curated Team Scrapbook Mix No. 08,  Curated Team Scrapbook Mix No. 09,  Curated Team Scrapbook Mix No. 14,  ARToption Mini Mix No. 01,  Krafty Tonals Paper Pack No. 01,  Graphic Simplicity Brushes and Stamps No. 01,  Vintage Journal Spots No. 01,  Artistry d’amour Kit,  Frame Me No. 02C .

And my page is of a sweet moment captured between my third grandbaby and her mum.  And unusual for me, not a lot of journalling, but the words I’ve used tell the story I wanted to relay.

Supplies I have used:  Corby Solids Paper Pack,  Folded Up Overlays No. 01,  Curated Team Scrapbook Mix No. 08,  Flare Sprays Brushes and Stamps No. 01,  Striping Grunge Brushes and Stamps No. 01,  Brilliant Love: Roughed Up Pocket Cards.

The team at DD have generously provided a freebie to help you on your way, the link is good for the entire month of October.  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 October 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 Challenge: Rainbows Make Me Happy!

Good morning! I’m excited to share a very happy page with you all this week. I think we need a little happy (ok, a LOT of happy) and this darling rainbow page by Lego (Elisabeth) just has to make you smile.

She used random photos from her summer adventures and the curated rainbow kit and captured a happy summer in one page. 🙂

A few of our Guest CT members decided to play along this week. Up first is MaggieMae (Julie) with this lovely vacation page.  Julie kept with a monochromatic color scheme but followed the page layout and even included a small sun burst.

Mixed Media Mug Layers No. 01, Just Linens Paper Pack No. 18, Golden Bursts No. 01 (recolored), Photo Clusters No. 53, Graphic Simplicity Brushes and Stamps No. 01, 
Quote Inspiration 12.20.09

myssp (Rachael) was also inspired by the line layout of photo frames but went with a fall color scheme. I love how she broke up the photos with patterned paper and elements. Can I have that darling polka dot dress??

Curated Favorites No.10, Autumn Winds Collection, StudioDD: Readymade Layers Fall Borders No.11, Stacked Vintage Photo Frames No. 05, Artsy Paint Type Clusters Brushes and Stamps No. 02, Readymade Layers: Travel Edgers No. 01, Readymade Layers: Fall Borders No. 10, Readymade Layers: Fall Borders No. 08, Really Big Leaves No. 01,  Connected Wood Words No. 09

smcloone (Sylvia) was also inspired by the layout and the white background. She also used sweet happy photos of Daddy’s little helper which again, make you want to smile. Love that!

Autumn Winds Solids, Autumn Winds Element Pack, Krafty Tonals No3, Template Inspiration 03.20.11, Fall Clusters Brushes and Stamps No. 03, Graphic Pop Clusters Brushes and Stamps No. 03, Scratchy Paint Clusters Brushes and Stamps No. 01, 
Readymade Layers Halloween Borders No1 (components), Readymade Layers Fall Borders No11 (components)

I promise to post a page this weekend, but my 2 college kids are home/coming home this weekend and that is my Rainbow! So I’m waiting for the last one to arrive so I can get a photo of my 3 kids together. 🙂

Hopefully this SSL gives you a push to scrap a happy photo, a rainbow page, a rainbow photo or just something that makes you smile. Once you’re done, share your page in the Saturday Scraplift Gallery and if you use all Designer Digitals products remember to link your page in the October Challenge Participation thread to earn a discount coupon for the store! I look forward to seeing your pages in the gallery.

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