Saturday Scraplift: Stitched and Faded

Lori’s (lmaggs) page for the recent All About You challenge immediately caught my attention when she posted it in the gallery. I really liked how she directed the viewer’s eye through her page, from the cute photo of herself at work, to the leading lines of the striped paper clipped to the fading frame layer, and finally to her journaling about her job. And helping to unify her page were the embroidered flowers and stitching that anchored her photo. Two of my fellow Creative Team members joined me in lifting Lori’s great page – here’s how she inspired us.

Lori’s page:

Debbie (MINIDEB) has an affinity for Lori’s page because she, too, works with numbers in her job. She followed Lori’s design very closely; there’s nothing like a great page to charge your scrapping batteries. I love how the bright colors of her page complement her black and white photo.

Credits: Kitlet Solids Paper Pack 06; Painted Book Paper Pack 01; Fading Frame Layers 02; Monthly Memories Vol. 03 Bundle 05; Embroidering Accents 01; Book Bag Days Back-to-School Scrapbook Kit; Lesson Book Kit; Another Year Flashcards; Ripped Frame Stack Layers 01; Stamped Stitches 09 Brushes and Stamps; Pencil Lines Alphabet 01; Filed Layered Templates 04

Being a newly-minted cat mom, I loved reading about Addie’s (agoymerac) gorgeous cat Leonard. She matched the striped paper perfectly to the colors in the fabric in her photo, and I just want to put my hands into Leonard’s luxurious fur. Her journaling is all about Leonard’s crazy quirks, and notice that cute cat perched on the stitching.

Credits: Arctic Whites Paper Pack; Curated Studio Mix Scrapbooking Kit 35; Spill Frame Layer 10; Twisted Stitches 06; Life Lines Element Pack

In the last couple of years, I’ve rediscovered a love for counted cross stitch, so I scrapped a photo of one of my recent projects. I love clipping patterned paper to brushes for a subtle background in the colors of my photo. Katie’s photo cuts and watery masks are perfect for doing that, and the photo cut reminded me of fabric which seemed in keeping with my theme.

Credits: Classic Cardstock: Little Layette; Watery Photo Masks 06; Vintage Press: Chelsea Paper Pack; Photo Cuts Masks 06; Lake Lodge Checks + Dots Paper Pack; Spring Bouquet Scrapbooking Mini Kit; Vintage Ephemera Remnants 01; Farmhouse Garden Solid Remnants; Arctic Frost Remnants; Cedar Crest Roughed Up Photo Mats; Fall Garden Remix Remnants 01; DocuStacks 03 Value Pack; Emilia Remnants; Farmhouse Garden Remnants; Roughed Up Photo Mats: Ledger 01; Krafty Photo Frames 04; Art Time Element Pack; Basic Paper Alpha: White Orange; Assorted Messy Stitches 08 Sky; Flossy Stitches 03; Drop Shadow Styles 02

Whether you want to fade some patterned paper or stitch something, I know you’ll find plenty of inspiration in Lori’s page – can’t wait to see where it takes you. Remember to post your lift in the Saturday Scraplift Challenge Gallery as well as in the June 2020 Participation thread in the forum. Happy scrapping!

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Let’s Blend Challenge

Welcome to June’s Let’s Blend Challenge. This month,I thought it would be fun to create and artsy background with paint, splatters and brushes. The key to this is to just let yourself go and place the brushes as if you were actually painting on a canvas. There is no wrong way to do it. For my page below, I used the watery grid as an anchor place for the photos, and then just added different paint and brushes to the page. Duplicating a brush a few times and placing it around the page creates a cohesive look. In addition to the freebie that Katie has provided, I used the following items from the store: Lightly Linens No. 1, Canvas Book No. 1, Dalese Element Pack. I added a threshold adjustment layer to the photo and then lightly blended in another at the bottom.

I hope you give this artsy technique a try, and just have fun with it. You can use all or some of the products Katie has generously  provided in the freebie pack. Remember to post your pages in the Mask Appeal Challenge Gallery and link up your page in the June Challenge Participation Thread for proper credit.

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Get Inspired: Vintage Artistry Banner

Good morning everyone! Are you ready for June’s Get Inspired Challenge?
Way back when I was first trying to find my way around digital scrapbooking, I stumbled across Katie’s name on a product list attached to a layout featured in a scrapbooking magazine. Remember the days of scrapbook magazines?!? I found my way to Designer Digitals and I was immediately enamored by the vintage look of many of Katie’s products and while I love the cleaner look of some of her other kits, I still get a bit excited by anything “vintagy” that Katie releases. So . . . I just love the Vintage Artistry Bundles that were released earlier this year and I have returned again and again to them to complete a lot of pages this year.

Vintage Artistry Coral Bundle

Vintage Artistry Natural Bundle

Vintage Artistry Sage Bundle

Vintage Artistry Sky Bundle

Aren’t they just lovely?

But today, I’d like to focus on just one element. In the Sky ephemera pack, Katie has included a sweet little banner made from baker’s twine and wooden triangles. I’ve found myself using this particular element for a variety of reasons over the last week or so, and I thought I’d share my ideas with you. There’s one in the coral pack too, but I like the blue one because of it’s lovely curved shape.

I really like a lot of white space and I often leave a lot of it quite bare. I’m generally happy with that, but now and then, especially if my photo composition looks better sitting towards the bottom or the top of a page, it leaves an ‘uncomfortable’ amount of unadorned space! In this page about my great-niece Hadassah, I used duplicated and tilted copies of the banner to fill the top part of the page. This also gives me a place for my third of three buttons – helping to ‘hold up’ the banners.

Claire has been doing a lot of reading of late (stuck at home, you know!), and as an inveterate reader myself, this always gives me joy. My composition is a split horizontal one, and in this layout, the banner serves to connect the two parts of the composition.

In my last page, I’ve used two banners to create leading lines from the edge of the page, drawing the eye into the photo. I especially like the dangling tails here – which I had completely erased on my first page.

So – how might you use a banner? To fill in some horizontal space? To connect two parts of a composition? To create leading lines in your layout? I hope you will join me this month. You could use any banner in your stash – but really – I think I’ve given you the perfect excuse to buy the Vintage Artistry Sky Ephemera Pack. I’ve asked Randy to pop it in the sale this week to make it even easier to play along!

I will put my layouts, together with their full product lists in the Scrapbook Challenge Gallery and I hope to see your layout there soon!

Don’t forget to add your 100% DD product layout to the June Challenge Participation Thread to earn shopping rewards!

Happy scrapping!

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June Color Challange: Popsicles

I love June! The days are long and although our kids are usually still in school until the end of the month, things seem to slow down. Dinners (and now lunches too!) move outside to the deck and weeknight BBQs with friends kick off with more frequency. There is a lot that isn’t happening this year that normally does like parties, sports events, track meets, but I am thankful that things are starting to open up for summer and we won’t be trapped in the house! And the weather has been extraordinarily warm, which has meant kids can play outside and the garden is doing well.

For this months’ colour challenge, we are taking inspiration from an all-time favourite summer treat: Popsicles! That watery rainbow of flavours just screams summer! The kids started to make their own with real juice which is even better!

[Photo Credits] Check out the Pinterest board for even more fun popsicle color inspiration.

There are so many great products in the store that fit the bill for this challenge! Check out these amazing kits, papers and elements:

Some of our team created pages to help inspire you! Rachael did a page for this sweet photo. I absolutely love the circle design in the background!

Supplies used: Coming Soon: Cottage charm – Add on Paper, Cutting Files Merging Statements 4, Antiquarian Artistry Solids Paper Pack No. 01, Vintage Garden District Solids Paper Pack, Color Wash Paper Pack No. 01, Traveler Blendable Layers No. 11, Ripped Open Photo Frames No. 01, Golden Pretty Element Pack, Color Essentials Pink Element Pack, Layer Works No. 898, Readymade Edgers: Summer No. 01, Hand Scripted Beach Stamp Pack 02, Vintage Botanicals Printable Pocket Cards No. 02

Jheri designed this lovely summer page with these adorables!

Credits:Twisted stitches No.6, Watercolour sketchbook No.1 dots and stripes, Bits and pieces from LayerWorks 1281

And for me, I decided to try to use some of the new 12×12 grids as a backdrop for a page about my daughter eating ice-cream…her favourite treat in the whole world! In fact, she even learned how to make it herself so she can enjoy it whenever she wants!

Products used: Photo Grids 12×12 Layered Templates No. 06, Monthly Memories Vol. 02: Lightly Linens Paper Pack No. 27,Artsy Layered Collages No. 02, Spring Meadows Scrapbook Kit, Watercolor Sketchbook No. 01 Scrapbooking Kit, Artsy Splatter Strokes Brushes and Stamps No. 02, Handwritten Title Lines Brushes and Stamps No. 02, Vintage Coastal Scrapbooking Bundle, Simply Stars Value Pack 01, Lightly Linens Paper Pack 28, Krafty Dots and Stripes Paper Pack No. 02, Antiquarian Artistry No. 01 Dots and Stripes Paper Pack, Artsy Splatters Brushes, Stamps and Layers, 

I hope you’ll join in the fun and create a page for the June Color Challenge. If you’d like to join in on this fun challenge and earn some awesome DD discounts, be sure to post your page in the Color Challenge Gallery and the June 2020 Challenge Participation Thread.

Happy Scrapping!


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Adding Photos and Shadows to Vintage Frames Part 2 [Video]

This week’s Adobe Photoshop or Elements tip of the week is now available on video. This weeks tip is on Adding Photos and Shadows to Vintage Frames Part 2.

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Saturday Scraplift: Perfect Simplicity

Happy Saturday! I have a great page for you to play with this week. Mirjam (Mielz) has such a great minimalist, sweet style that her pages always catch my eye in the gallery. This week’s inspiration page is monochromatic, vintage, about travel, about her dad and has great little details. There is so much you can use as jumping off points for your own page.

Many of the guest CT members were just as excited about this page as I was! Up first is Audrey (adrianita) with this great winter page. Love the vintage coloring of the photo and her charming element selection.

Winter Whites Element Pack, Hike More Outdoors Scrapbook Element Pack, Hike More Blendable Layers, Polar Mountain Element Pack, Vintage Postage Frames No. 02, Twisted Stitches 06, Touch Up Paint Brushes and Stamps No. 05, Newsprint Overlays 01, Lightly Linens Paper Pack No. 13, Clean Stitched Borders: White No. 01

Jheri also jumped at the chance to lift Mirjam’s page. This precious photo is so worthy of it’s own page. Love her color scheme and the subtle brushwork behind the picture.

Cute Mini Mix No5, Layer Works No. 1281, Good News Layered Template, Twisted Stitches 06, Clean Stitched Squares: White No. 01

Terri (GoingtotheSun) describes Mirjam’s page as “perfect simplicity” and I just changed the name of this blog post to that because she’s right! 🙂 I love how Terri captured the Disney magic in this photo and with her page. The soft color palette and black and white photo go together beautifully.

Be Buttoned: Energy, Bold + Scripted Stamp Pack 24, Twisted Stitches 06, Layer Works No. 1301, Plainly Woven Paper Pack No. 02, Monthly Memories Vol. 03: Pattern , Essentials Paper Pack No. 02, Grunge Texture Masks Brushes and Stamps No. 01, Fastened Frames No. 08, Cardstock Tabs No. 02, Border Samps and Layers No. 04

Using a black and white photo and wooden elements to compliment her rustic design, Rachael (myssp) captured a special Papa moment. Love it!

Stacked Vintage Frames 2, Lightly Linens Paper Pack No. 09, Vintage Postage Frames No. 02, Fall Garden Remix Foliage Bits and Pieces, Fall Garden Remix Layered Banners, Live Simply Layered Template, Twisted Stitches No. 03 Neutrals, ARTpack Arrows Brushes and Stamps No. 01, Blendable Layers No. 58, Blendable Layers No. 63, Connected Wood Words No. 01

I am a sucker for a great travel page. My daughter travels the world and I have a lot of photos to scrap! I knew immediately that I was going to use a photo from Murmansk, Russia which lent itself to the monochromatic color scheme.

Arctic Frost Sort of Solids Paper Pack, Winter Whites Painted LayersBlendable Layers No. 04, Clean Stitched Borders: Brown No. 01, Torn Classic White Photo Frames No. 02
Arctic Frost Winter Scrapbooking Kit, Flair Minis No. 03

Such a fun page to lift, I hope you will all join us in the Saturday Scraplift Gallery! If you’d like to join in on this fun challenge and earn some awesome DD cash, be sure to post your page in the Saturday Scraplift Gallery and the June 2020 Challenge Participation Thread. Have a wonderful weekend. 🙂


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Template Mashup: Getting Artsy

Here’s a new template challenge for you!

How would you mash these two templates?

The first template has lovely paint and brushwork for an artsy look. The second template is full of eye catching word art and embellishments. The good news is the templates I chose go on sale this week for Thrifty Thursday. You are invited to join this challenge to combine parts of both templates for a totally new looking page. Please post in the Template Challenge Gallery and to count in the Rewards Program also post your layout in the June Challenge Participation Thread in the forum.

Thanks to three of our Guest Creative Members I have inspiration for creating your own original looking designs. The first example by Jheri made wonderful use of all the beautiful butterflies in the Layer Works No. 1288 template. The butterflies cascade down the page and surround the lovely photo of her daughter. I love the placement of the big bold word art down in the corner of her page. Jehri’s paper choices are from Autumn Bliss Solids Paper Pack and Watercolor Sketchbook Paper Pack No. 01.

Audrey’s example is pure elegance. I love all the subtle brush work, textures and layers she created for her artsy page. She clipped several different papers to the paint masks from the Abstracting Memories Template to create her lovely textured background.  She used papers from the Finley Paper Pack, Finley Add On and Finley Solids, plus paper from Textured Whites Paper Pack No. 01.

Deborah Wagner created a refreshing, delightful page perfect for a princess! She used digital papers and embellishments from Artistry d’amour Kit, Lucy Lou Glitters and the Monthly Memories Vol. 3 Bundle No. 06. I love how the pink colors give this page a very sweet look. It is so effective the way she blended the big bold word art into the background in keeping with the monochromatic color scheme.

For my own page I kept the background in masculine colors and made the big bold word art match the colors in my grandson’s tee shirt. It is so convenient to add embellishments from a template instead of hunting all over in my design stash. I used the papers from the Lake Lodge Kit for my background.

Thank you for visiting the Blog. I hope you join in the Template Mashup Challenge because I love to see the variety of pages created with the same two templates.

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Story Scrapbook Challenge

Father, grandfather, uncle, brother, son, grandson, husband, boyfriend, we all have them, well we have some of the categories.  In this month of Father’s Day in the US, I want you to tell a story about a significant male member in your life, be it family or otherwise.  Perhaps you would rather tell a story about a male neighbour, teacher, friend.

Sing their praises, tell us about them, maybe describe a particular event, or a sage piece of advice they have given you, a lesson they have taught you, and yes lessons come from both young and old.

And yes I know there may be some of you out there that have not lead happy family lives and for that I’m sorry, but it might be a story you would like to record, and perfectly fine if you want to keep it private.  This story challenge is all about your stories.

So with that, go forth and tell your story about a man in your life.

The creative team have jumped on board with some terrific example pages and we all came to the challenge from different directions:

Audrey’s sweet sweet page documents all the special things about her son, what a gift this will be one day when he can read back and know just how precious he is.

Supplies Audrey has used go on forever 🙂 here’s but a few:  Giggles and Grins Brushes and Stamps,  Watercolor Sketchbook No.01 Element Pack,  Lila Bleu Element Pack,  Life Lines Element Pack,  Farmhouse Christmas Element Pack,  Bead Scatterings No. 03,  Negative Sleeves No. 03,  Patterning Palettes No. 03 Element Pack … and more.  Check out her page in the gallery, I’m in awe of the long list of goodies she’s used.

Terri has joined in with an awesome page about her brother.  It’s so important to document our extended family members amongst our pages, I love all the facets that are covered here.

Supplies Terri has used:  Textured Whites Paper Pack No. 03,  Pencil Twist Arrows Brushes and Stamps No. 02,  Curated Team Scrapbook Mix No. 04,  Bold and Outlined Brushes and Stamps No. 01,  Brushed Arrows Brushes and Stamps No. 01,  Fine Lines Page Titles No. 07 Brushes and Stamps,  Pocket Page Alphabet,  Curated Team Scrapbook Mix No. 08,  Curated Team Scrapbook Mix No. 10 Value Pack,  Layer Works No. 986 (elements),  Layer Works No. 901 (elements),  eadymade Layers: Vintage Edgers No. 02,  Ledger Journalers Brushes and Stamps No. 03.

And lastly for my page I decided to have a chat to my dad, looking at his childhood photo and letting him know just what an amazing life he had ahead of him.

Supplies I have used:  Lake Lodge Element Pack,  Bloese Solids Paper Pack,  Ledger Grids No. 04 Brushes and Stamps,  Clean Stitched Borders: Brown No. 01,  Clean Stitched Arrows: White No. 01,  Blendable Ledgers No. 01,  Curated Studio Mix Scrapbooking Kit No. 15,  File Tab Words: Fall No. 01.

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

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 June 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: Geometric Frame

Good morning ladies, and welcome to June! I hope everyone is staying out of harm’s way. Please stay safe and love one another.

For today’s SSL, we are lifting Beth’s (bred1269) fun page. I chose this page because I like how she placed these beautiful photos behind this amazing geometric frame. The DD designers jumped at the opportunity to lift her fun page.

Products: Cutting Files: Chunky Cuts Grids No. 01, Krafted Cardstocks Paper Pack No. 02, Great Escape Scrapbook Kit, Wire Rimmed Alphabet No. 06.

Deb (Minideb) chose to directly lift Beth’s page, and she did a wonderful job. Her photos and back story are very touching, it makes my heart happy that “Love Heals All Things.” I pray others learn this too!

Product: Cutting Files: Chunky Cuts Grids No. 01, Krafted Cardstocks Paper Pack No. 02, Wire Rimmed Alphabet No. 06.

This LO by Terri (GoingtotheSun) just jumps off the page with all its colors. She kept to the geometric shape of Beth’s page but then completely made it her own with all her beautiful colors and embellishments! Aren’t these photos of her daughters learning to skate precious?

Product: Layer Works No. 1297, Twisted Stitches 06, Textured Whites Paper Pack No. 03, Simple Stars Value Pack, Monthly Memories Vol. 3 Stamp Pack.

Jheri took her inspiration from Beth’s beautiful photos and then added the circles behind to showcase her sweet and beautiful neighbor! It’s so touching that even neighbors can have such a close bond and love each other like family!

Products: Monthly Memories Vol. 03: Paper Pack No. 06, Thicker Brushed Alpha 01, Bits & pieces from Layer Works No. 692.

These ladies did a wonderful job lifting Beth! Please give their pages some love in the Saturday Scraplift Gallery! If you’d like to join in on this fun challenge and earn some awesome DD $$, be sure to post your page in the Saturday Scraplift Gallery and the June 2020 Challenge Participation Thread.

When you use 100% DD products, your page qualifies for the rewards program. I can’t wait to see where this inspiration takes you; I’ll be looking for your page in the gallery! Have a wonderful Saturday!

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How to Add Photos and Shadows to Vintage Frames 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 Add Photos and Shadows to Vintage Frames in Photoshop and PSE.

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