Saturday Scraplift: Turning Photos into Stories

Storytelling – that’s what it’s all about, right? We’ve all looked at photos from the past and wondered what the story behind them was. As scrapbookers, we leave a tremendous legacy to our families to come by telling the stories of our photos. The fact that we get to express our creativity and play with awesome products doesn’t hurt, either! On the page we’re lifting this week, Uly (Maruma) tells the story of her dog’s fifth birthday through a series of lovely sepia-toned photos. Esther, Bailey, and I enjoyed using Uly’s page for inspiration to tell stories of our own.

Uly’s page:


Esther’s (esther_a) page tells the story of her husband rowing a kayak so that his friend could take pictures of birds along a river. Esther cleverly sprinkles pops of green on her page to guide the viewer’s eye through her design, from the tag at the top, to the central photos, and finally to the title and journaling. The larger focal photo gives the sense of being right there on the river with the kayakers.

2015-03-15-kayaking-p2kpertiet_blendabilityscrappackno6-3-p2-v2Credits: Blendability Scrap Pack Layered Templates No. 06; Pencil Line Flowers Brushes and Stamps No. 04; Harvest Fields Scrapbook Kit; Quinn Sentiment Pack; Inspiration freebie 09.24.16; Layer Words No. 707

Bailey (Starlite9711) puts her three cute munchkins front and center on her page about their summer outing on the water. I love that her accompanying shots flesh out the story of their adventure by showing how they spent the day. Her underlying brush work helps to ground and unify her photos. Did you spot that storm looming in the background in her photo? That’s Florida for you!


On my page, I tell the story of my son and daughter-in-law’s trip to New York City with my grandchildren. Using multiple photos gave me a chance to include distance shots as well as close ups – always a good idea when you want to provide context for your story. I like that the viewer can see bits of the NYC skyline in the background, and the warm clothes establish the winter setting.

suchafunexperienceCredits: October Essentials Solids Paper Pack No. 01; Fifty States Seals Brushes and Stamps; Artsy Layered Photo Masks Brushes, Stamps and Layers No. 01; Bexley Add-on Paper Pack; Fine Line Twists Brushes and Stamps No. 04; Tidewater Element Pack; Torn Templates No. 02; Break Away Brushes and Stamps; Torn Classic White Photo Frames No. 03; Torn Classic White Photo Frames No. 04; Be Hoppy: Washi Tapes; Sweet Rosey Washi Tapes; Wood Veneer Photo Frames No. 02; Cardstock Alphabet: Whimsy Blue; Brielle Element Pack; Anzio Element Pack; Drop Shadow Styles No. 02; Asaria Paper Pack

What pictures are sitting on your hard drive begging to have their story told? Use Uly’s page to inspire you to get them on a page so that your family won’t have to speculate about the details. I can’t wait to see where it takes you. Don’t forget to post your page in the Saturday Scraplift Challenge Gallery and in the October Challenge Participation Sign-in thread in the forum.

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Layer Works Template 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.


We also have over 500 Leafy Products now marked down 40%, all through 6am EST on Wednesday.


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Getting Artsy with Digital Scrapbooking: Splatters

Good morning. Anke here with another artsy challenge. I hope everybody is ready to play with splatters this morning. I have a few that Katie put together in a nice freebie pack. You can grab them here. Use these or any other splatters you might have in your stash.

Here are a couple of examples as to how you could use them
Merr (digigrandma) created this beautiful flower arrangement
The colors are so vibrant and gorgeous and I just love that she added the splatters in that same bright color and how the frame just peaks out a little bit. Here is what she used to make this page:
K. Pertiet:
Not Enough Hours Brushes and Stamps – coming soon, Quinn Solids,  Spill Frame Layers No. 16,  Splatters Brushes and Stamps No. 04, Fine Line Twists Brushes and Stamps No 04, Clock Parts No. 09,  Build a Blend Page No. 02
Pretty, isn’t it?
Here is my page
I wanted to keep the page a little cleaner but still make it artsy, so I colored the splatters the same as the mask and kept it all light. I kind of like the effect.
Here is what I used:
K. Pertiet
watery succulents No.1 – coming soon, messy stitched circles black – coming soon,
Quinn label pack,  Quinn PP,  Quinn sentiment pack,
Underlined sentiments,  fine line twists No.4, meadow ridge kit
messy stitches No.2, painted photo masks No.1 , splatters No.4
watery honeycombs No.1
Clear thru alpha No.11
This shows you that you can go either full out and artsy or just add a little something, the choice is yours, just as long as you come out and play 🙂
Don’t forget to post your pages in the Artsy Challenge gallery  and also pop a link in the October Participation Thread so that we can find your page. Enjoy the process!


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Best Smile Template and Thrifty Thursday at DesignerDigitals


It’s time for Thrifty Thursday here at DesignerDigitals. We have 1057 items marked down 50% + 6 items from the designers priced at 99c! These specials only last until 6am EST on Friday morning so don’t miss out.


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Boo to You

Witches and black cats and costumes, oh my! If you’re like me, you look forward to Halloween each year and enjoy seeing the children (as well as adults and even pets!) dressed up in costumes of all types. My camera certainly does get a workout.

Here at DesignerDigitals, we’re celebrating with this fun challenge. Katie has prepared an extra nice freebie package that includes 3 of my very favorite Halloween papers and as a bonus, there will be a Maplebrook Studio template included. (Templates are such a great way to start a project.) The challenge: To use the template and at least 2 of the papers, plus a single photo. Notice that these papers are not strictly for Halloween and if this isn’t a holiday you typically celebrate, please do you use them in a non-traditional way.

Liz (lizj) has shared a perfect example of a non-traditional page. The thought process she went through as she was choosing her design is as fun and colorful as the design itself. It certainly is an entertaining story and a must see!


In addition to the freebies, supplies used by Liz were Fall Journal Labels No.1, Everlasting Element Pack, Torn Vintage Journalers, Readymade Circles: Life No. 01, Botanique Scrapbook Kit No.1, Oh Yeah Brushes and Stamps, Naturally Krafty No. 08 Paper Pack, Attic Treasures Scrapbook Kit, Readymade Borders: Fall No. 05, Inking Pumpkins Brushes and Stamps, Mango Skies Mini Kit, Almost There Element Pack, Striping Graphic Brushes and Stamps No.01, Awesome Autumn Element Pack, Krafty Words Brushes and Stamps No. 01

Speaking of stories – Merrilee (digigrandma) has a Halloween story that you won’t want to miss either. It’s a mix of truth and fiction and will be one of those memory keepers that lives on through her children and grandchildren for generations! Isn’t that what we all want? I love how she edited the template to provide room for her journaling.

Along with the freebies, Merrilee used Halloween Dots Brushes and Stamps No. 01, Halloween Magic Flairs, and Krafted Halloween Mini Kit.

For myself, (bbe) Mixing colorful patterned papers just makes me happy and this is the perfect time of year for some experimenting. My focus? Stars, stripes, dots and paisley’s.

Along with the freebies and that adorable little Batman, my page includes Documenting Essentials Brushes and Stamps No. 05, Pocket Page Titles: Months, Halloween Magic Paper Pack, Trickery Scrapbook Kit, Game Cards: Fall, Wooden Arrows No.03, Simple Classics Halloween Kit, and Orange Black and Creme Mini Kit

I hope these examples have inspired you to join in on the fun. Be sure to pick up the freebie here: Boo to You.

Will you join us? I’m so excited to see all of your pages! Please post them in the Scrapbook Challenges Gallery. Remember to use all Designer Digitals products currently available at the store and you can earn credits in our rewards program. Check it all out and post a link to your page in this thread: October 2016 Challenges to qualify for those credits.

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The Story Scrapbook Challenge

I’m a firm believer that we need to scrap the good along with the bad.  I don’t want people to look at my albums here and think we’ve led a charmed life full of rainbows and unicorns!!   I want them to know the struggles and the heartache we’ve also had to endure to give them the full picture of us and our lives.

So I’m going to ask you to scrap a story about what is happening in your life RIGHT NOW.  The good, the bad and the ugly.

Maybe things are great and you have exciting plans afoot, you’ve lost some weight, you’ve baked an amazing cake, you’re loving your job, you’re planning a holiday, then by all means scrap that.   If that is what’s happening now, then do it.

But … look deeper, are things really what they seem – have you been arguing with a family member, having difficulties with a friend, home appliances breaking down stretching the budget, missed out on a promotion, having struggles with illness, are the kids driving you crazy, are you amidst the stress of home renovations, is a daily commute getting on top of you, are your children struggling under the weight of homework, are you in a dark place, do you worry about the future, do you worry about today?

This can also be great scrap therapy, you won’t be judged trust me.  Putting our thoughts and words and feelings on paper (or computer screen so to speak) can maybe help, but also indicates a period of your life right now which is so important for your family life story.

KimR+ is currently doing the clean simple eats challenge and has documented the positive influence it has had on her life.  Check out those guns, way to go Kim!  You’ve got to love a great grid pattern like this and she showcases snippets of what’s going on with her right now and look at all that glorious journalling, a girl after my own heart!


Supplies used by Kim:  Antibes Scrapbook Collection,  Watery Wings and Branches Border Strip Layers No. 01,  Watery Wings and Branches Sentiment Pack No. 01,  Watery Wings and Branches Solids Paper Pack No. 01.

And I have made a page about the worries we are having with one of the furbabies, she’s breaking our hearts at the moment it’s been two steps forward and one backwards and we still aren’t out of the woods.   And look at the both of us, we have both used this rocking paper from Katie!


Supplies I have used:  Watery Wings and Branches Solids Paper Pack No. 01,  Watery Wings and Branches Blendable Layers No. 01,  Thin Classic Photo Frames Curled and Flat No. 01,  Timeline Journalers Brushes and Stamps,  Flair Minis No. 01,  Fine Line Twists Brushes and Stamps No. 04.

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: To template or not to template

Good morning! It’s a beautiful autumn day here in the Midwest and I’ve had to turn on my heat! Looking forward to cooler days and some changing leaves. As I was perusing the gallery last week for this week’s Saturday Scraplift, this page just jumped out at me and I immediately decided to lift it not knowing that I had chosen a template page! Typically, we do not use template pages for SSL, but by the time I figured it out….we decided to just go with it! So, the question is…will you template or not template your take on today’s lift?

Here is the page that caught my eye:

happy-heart-sslMaggieMae captured such a sweet moment between Julie and Jack with such soft colors I just couldn’t resist. I’m also a bit of a sucker for polka dots. They get me every time. 🙂

Saturday Scraplifter extraordinaire Debi took on the challenge as as always, put a fabulous graphic spin on it. Although the basic design is very similar to the original, her scratchy lines and colorful brads along with acrylic numbers really make this a modern take. Love it!

debi-sslBlue Skies Solids Paper Pack, Scribbled Overlays No. 02, Fine Line Twists Brushes and Stamps No. 04, Really Awesome Layered Template, Pencil Line Bursts No. 01, Classic Side Lift Photo Frames No. 01, Flair Minis No. 04, Fastener Basics No. 01, Clear Thru Alphabet No. 10

My page took on a bit of a life of it’s own. It has been a difficult week here with the loss of a student at my daughter’s school. I guess I needed to find a way to address that. I actually started with a frame and starburst brush combo from a different template and the page went from there. I love how helpful a template can be as a starting off point.

sat-scrap-light-of-the-worldWatery Wings and Branches Collection No. 01, Everyday Memories Layered Template , Scripted Bible Verse Brushes and Stamps No. 01

Whether you decide to play with this fun template or just use MaggieMae’s page as a jumping off point, I look forward to seeing your pages in the gallery. Please post your pages in the Saturday Scraplift gallery, and be sure to include it in the October Challenge Participation Sign-In, so you get points for participating! Happy scrapping, can’t wait to see what you all come up with!

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Watery Foliage and New Releases at DesignerDigitals


We have 21 new items this week with one priced at just 99c. The remaining items are marked down 20%, all through 6am EST on Wednesday.


We also have Stacked items such as Stacked Frames now marked down 40%. That’s over 300 items marked down until 6am EST on Wednesday.


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How to Activate the Continuous Zoom Function in Photoshop [Video]

This week’s Adobe Photoshop or Elements tip of the week is now available on video. This weeks tip is on How to Activate the Continuous Zoom Function in Photoshop.

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Let’s Blend Challenge – Blending Blendables

When did it become October? YIKES! Since it is fall in Northern Hemisphere, I thought we we would have fun with one of Katie’s Vintage Blendable Owls and a Page Blend.

For the page I created, I took cool shot of a sunset I took a few weeks ago, and clipped it to the page blend and placed it over a gray background paper. I wanted the owl to look like it was a part of the photo, so I played around with a few filters and ended up using Artistic/Colored Pencil. I then changed it to the hard Light Blend mode and this was the result:















I look forward to seeing how you incorporate these products into your layouts, and try a few different filters or blend modes.  You can download the freebie HERE. Don’t forget to post your work in the Mask Appeal Challenge Thread, as well as the October Challenge Thread

Thanks for joining in on this month’s challenge!



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