Saturday Scraplift Challenge: Scrappie Irene

This Saturday Scraplift Challenge, we are lifting one of our Creative Team members, Irene (Scrappie Irene). It was fun to go back through Irene’s gallery to find a page to lift. There are so many wonderful layouts to choose from, especially her fabulous travel pages.

My teammates, created some beautiful pages to get us started with this challenge. Stacia choose this wonderful page, The Story of Fall.

I love how Stacia lifted the semi-opaque layer around the page – such a cool look! And what a photo!

Products Used: Readymade Layers: Travel Borders No. 03, Build Your Book No. 03Day Out Complete Scrapbooking Collection, Enjoy the Moment Layered Template

Agnieszka (Arte Banale) decided to take inspiration from Irene’s style in general to create this fabulous page. I love the large blended photo in the background! So well done.

MBS Clear Thru Scripts 3, Photo Clusters No.60, Currently Layered Template, Stamped Blocks No. 34 Brushes and Stamps, Readymade Titles: PhotosBest Advice Brushes and Stamps No. 01.

Although I adore Irene’s many travel pages, I absolutely loved this sweet artsy layout because of the blended photo in the background combined with a page within a page look.


Blending modes are fun to play with and it can give your page an entirely different look. I struggle a bit with ‘artsy’ blended pages, so I knew that this one would be a great challenge for me.

When I tried to lift it, I ended up with something quite different! Still it was a perfect opportunity to record my daughter’s new sport.

Products used: From My Bookshelf Blendables No.15, My Darlings Layered Template
Alandia Noces Collection, Classic Scraps Mini Kit No. 01, Fresh Vintage: Clare Scrapbook Collection, From My Bookshelf No. 02 CardstocksFrom My Bookshelf Element PackFrom My Bookshelf No. 02 KitFrom My Bookshelf Solids Paper Pack: Neutrals, Heart Pebbles No. 04,  Neptune Metalized Stickers, Sweet Rose Bay Element Pack

I know that you’ll find lots of inspiration in Irene’s creative layouts. I look forward to seeing your takes on her pages in the gallery! Remember to post your page in the CT Spotlight Scraplift Gallery and if you finish by today and use 100% DD products, post as well in the March Participation Thread  forum.

Happy scrapping!

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Saturday Scraplift: Words

On this wonderful Saturday we are going to lift a beautiful page by Liz (Lizziet5).

As soon as I saw it, I knew I wanted to try my hands at it. I love the words most of all and that’s what I focused on. Of course you can pick whatever you like on this page and let it inspire you.

Linda (earlofoxford) came up with this gorgeous page

She was inspired by the vertical design and used her signature bold colors to emphasize it.  The arrow with the Wordart is just perfect! Here is what she used on her page:

Katie Pertiet
Team Colors No. 03 Paper Pack, Graphic Line Clusters Brushes and Stamps No. 01 ,
Striping Graphic Brushes and Stamps No. 01, All Around 4×6 Borders Sports Brushes and Stamps No. 01, Candied Christmas Solids Paper Pack, Teamwork Brushes and Stamps,
Nothing More Brushes and Stamps, Framed Spill Layers No. 03 (coming soon)
Jingle Element Pack, Christmas Garden Element Pack, Banner Masks No. 01,
Little Enamel Accents Rainbow, Drop Shadow Styles No. 02

Cathy Zielske
Glass Half Full Words Brushes and Stamps

Maplebrook Studios
Clear Thru Scripts No. 03 (coming soon)
Bohemian Typewriter

Tammie (tammielsmith) followed the vertical design as well

I love her wonderful Word grouping as well and the brushwork is gorgeous. Here are her supplies:

Graphic Line Clusters Brushes and Stamps No. 01, Stacked Vintage Frames No. 02,
Canvas Color Mix Paper Pack No. 33 Clipped to Graphic Line Clusters
Vintage Mini Mix Kit No. 03, Readymade Layers: Vintage Borders No. 04,
Mixed Stacks Descriptors Brushes and Stamps No. 05, Canvas Color Mix Paper Pack No. 33,  Clipped to Mixed Stacks Descriptors No 5

Like I said before, I was really drawn to the WordArt, so that’s what I focused on and copied what she did almost completely 🙂

With my portrait oriented photo I decided to create the design laterally. I do like how it came out. Here is what I used:

K. Pertiet:
Big Bottom Lift Classic frames No. 1 , Textured Whites Paper Pack No. 1 , typed and scripted Brushes and Stamps No. 6 , Watery Grids Brushes and Stamps No. 10

Studio DD:
Readymade Layers Spring Borders No. 4

Please post your finished pages, using all Designer Digitals Products, in the Saturday Scraplift Gallery and add a link to your page in the March Participation Thread, so that we can find you. I hope you are feeling inspired 🙂

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Working with My Story Templates in Photoshop and PSE: Extending the Timeline [Video]

This week’s Adobe Photoshop or Elements tip of the week is now available on video. This weeks tip is on Working with My Story Templates in Photoshop and PSE: Extending the Timeline.

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Welcome Spring Wayback Wednesday Challenge

Welcome to spring and the Wayback Wednesday Challenge! Well, it’s supposed to be spring in the northern hemisphere, but some of us are still waiting for the snow to disappear! I hope the happy colors of this month’s featured product, Spring Walk,  will give you lots of inspiration and help you “think spring!”

On Jana’s beautiful  page she is looking ahead to the coming spring and her blooming crabapple tree. I always love Jana’s artistic style! Don’t you love the way she put this page together?

On Merrilee’s page, she has used the Spring Walk kit to celebrate the fact that spring has arrived early! I really like the pink and green colors she has used from the kit and the cute checked page frame.

Of course, the sweet colors and elements of the Spring Walk kit can be used with subjects other than spring. Trace designed this adorable page of baby Poppy using all the wonderful colors of the kit. Isn’t it fabulous?!

Irene put together this sweet and very creative girly page of her beautiful daughter!

I am happy to include Mollie’s stunning page. I love the way she took the colors from the Spring Walk kit and ran with them, putting together this lovely and creative page!

I hope these beautiful pages will inspire you with new and creative ways to use the Spring Walk kit, whether you are celebrating spring or another special subject. The Spring Walk kit is even on sale this weekend!

Please post your pages using the Spring Walk kit in the Scrapbook Challenges gallery so we can all enjoy your creations!


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ITunes: Color me happy

Helloo and welcome to another iTunes challenge. It’s March now, but we still keep getting snow! So I looked for a bright, happy, colourful album cover for this month’s challenge. You can’t get much brighter than the Trolls soundtrack album. My kids loved this film, and they and their cousins love dancing to the tunes on it.

I love the rainbow flow of colour round the background. You could also be inspired by the sparkly bold title, or the central circle framing the troll’s face.

The creative team and I had fun creating pages for the challenge. For my page, I decided to use a recent photo my dad took of the cousins when they had a sleepover at their grandparents home together. 

I used Curved Page Masks No. 02Ripped Open Frames No. 01Krafty Rainbow Paper Pack No. 01Winter Ice Scrapbooking KitSoft Hearts Brushes and Stamps No. 01Wood Veneer bookplates No. 01Flair Minis No. 02Messy Stitched Borders: Golden No. 01.

Debi was inspired by the circular nature of the inspiration piece, and used a paper piece template to create all these layers of colour! I must admit, I want to see the whole car now. I love how Debi added her journalling, just perfect!

Debi used Textured Whites Paper Pack No. 01; Really Awesome Layered Template; Round Vintage Photo Frame Stacks No. 01; Vintage Photo Frames No. 37.

Kayleigh produced one of her gorgeous rainbow pages for this challenge. I am always in awe of the amount of product she can add to a page and still have it all work together!

I love the everyday nature of the photos here, and the circular rainbow created by the paper pieces. Kayleigh used Another Year Paper Pack; Artsy Mesh Clusters Brushes and Stamps No. 02; Away We Go Add-on Paper Pack; Away We Go Element Pack; Blendable Layers No. 65; Blue Skies Scrapbook Kit; Brilliant Love Add-On Paper Pack; Bright Days Paper Pack; Charted Layered Template No. 02; Color Me Happy Element Pack; Color My Love Element Pack; Dalese Scrapbook Kit; Everlasting Element Pack; Floridian Element Pack; Hey Missy Add-On Paper Pack; Hey Missy Scrapbooking Kit; My Family Genealogy Records Brushes and Stamps No. 01; Photo and Journal Clusters No. 04; Simply Flourished Value Paper Pack No. 06; Splatters Brushes and Stamps No. 02; Striped Mix: Plum Paper Pack; Textured Whites Paper Pack No. 01.

I hope these have provided some starting points for you to join in with the challenge. Katie’s generously provided a freebie here. Please post your pages in the iTunes gallery so we can all leave some love. Remember to keep track of your pages in the monthly rewards thread, to contribute towards a store discount voucher.

Happy scrapping!

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Saturday Scraplift: Get in Shape!

No, I’m not suggesting a workout at the gym, although that’s also a good idea; I’m suggesting you use shapes to energize your designs. Angles tend to energize a page, and that’s certainly the effect of Sherry’s (digi371) bold, striped elements. The colors in the striped paper complement her adorable photo for a winning design. Here’s how the Creative Team was inspired by Sherry’s page.

 Sherry’s page: 

Debi (beehive50) used triangles behind her photo in a polygon frame to tell a scary story about her dad that had a happy ending. There are only a few straight lines on Debi’s page, a design technique which supports the jumble of actions, thoughts, and emotions that characterize her journaling. And I love the “jumbly” acrylic numbers over her photo.

Credits: Atlena Solds Paper Pack;  Inked Twists Brushes and Stamps No. 01; Inked Twists Brushes and Stamps No. 02; Make-a-Date Brushes and Stamps No. 01A;  Poly Photo Frames No. 01; Everlasting Remix Paper Pack; Cedar Crest Paper Pack; VilkasMeri Paper Pack; Cameron Paper Pack; Flair Minis No. 01; Flair Minis No. 02; Clear Thru Alphabet No. 13

Tammie Lynne (tammielsmith) is in the midst of a heritage project, preserving wonderful vintage photos of her family. She rotated Sherry’s design and used more muted colors in keeping with the 1940s photo featured on her page. The text background paper and the rough, rolled paper edges are perfect complements to the atmosphere of her page.

Credits: Monthly Memories Paper Pack No. 03;  Paper Reveals Layered Template Pack; Roughed Up Vintage Favorites Paper Pack No. 02; Multimedia Botanical Layers No. 02; Garden Trails Element Pack; Tea Stained Memories Layered Template No. 08; My Family Genealogy Definitions Brushes and Stamps

Liz’s (lizziet5) delightful summer page should blast those winter doldrums to smithereens. I love how she used tilted rectangles on either side of her page to frame that wonderful photo of her granddaughter. The subtle heart brushwork draws the eye from those shapes to the center of her page, and her technique of drawing colors from her photo is always a great idea.

Credits: Kotka Solids Paper Pack;  Spill Frame Layers No. 20; Thin Classic Photo Frames Curled and Flat No. 01; Cameron Essentials Paper Pack; Lovely Paper Pack No. 02; Baby Blush Paper Pack; Baby Blush Add-on Paper Pack; Baby Blush Element Pack; Darling Baby Element Pack; Bloom in Paris Element Pack; Monthly Memories Element Pack No. 03; Deelen Element Pack; Epoxy Dot Essentials No. 01; Painted Patterns Brushes and Stamps No. 02; Summer in the City Brushes and Stamps

I can’t wait to see the gallery explode with energetic pages inspired by these terrific examples. Remember to post your page in the Saturday Scraplift Challenge Gallery as well as in the March Challenge Participation thread in the forum. Happy St. Patrick’s Day and happy scrapping!



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My Year | My Story Heritage Scrapbook Album

My Story Heritage Scrapbook Album

My Year | My Story Heritage Scrapbook Album

Each of our stories is different and working on this project is bringing up so many nearly forgotten memories for me. This month, we have new templates to address your high school years, college years, joining the workforce and more. Just because we only have one template for high school doesn’t mean you can’t have 4, 6 or more pages but using other templates and either using the My Story Plastic Alphabet or a My Story readymade title or you can use your own format for your page titles!

My AAM Story Heritage Album

I had so many job as a young adult. Always working to earn gas money, spending money etc. But back in the day we weren’t taking pictures of our everyday adventures. So to add some images I looked online for some images that represented what I was doing.

AAM Heritage Scrapbook Page Templates

The unifying elements of this album with be the background color, simple format with typed word strips and the timelines down each side. I felt it was very important to give this project a sense of time so each page has timelines with editable text paths and a marker that you can slide up and down as needed. And I encourage you to include scans of ephemera from your own life. Think certificates, diplomas, tickets [the good and the bad ;)] and other things you’ve hung on to with meaning in your life.

Check out how my own book is coming together!

Check out the My Story Products

We encourage you to participate and share your projects too! Post your pages in the DesignerDigitals 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 March Challenge Participation thread so that it will count toward your savings in the rewards program. Each month you can join in and share the pages you’ve created and link your pages on the participation threads for each month and that will help towards a savings code to continue your scrapbooking projects!

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Saturday Scraplift: Clean and Centered

Happy Saturday! Welcome back to the Saturday Scraplift. My laptop was in the shop all week (it was awful!) and I only got it back last night so I enlisted lots of help to show off this week’s challenge.

I chose a clean design this week as I like to mix it up every once in awhile with the spilled frames, blending and layered pages. This week’s page is a tip of the hat to the clean line scrappers out there. So, I chose Amy L’s adorable page “This”. This precious photo did not need any crazy embellishments or layered details. It totally shines all on it’s own. Henry is just so precious! 🙂

As if this photo wasn’t cute enough, Amy embellished the page with this darling trim that adds great detail but does not detract from the photo. I also love her subtle brush work under the photo.

Lizziet5 (Liz) also chose  to feature her adorable grandsons. Wow, such cute boys! Love how she used a few more embellishments and brushes and also how she used word strips as trim at the bottom of the page. Adorable.

Stapled Stacks: Stars No. 1, Autumn Fields Solids Paper Pack, Krafty Dots and Stripes Paper Pack No. 02, Atlena Paper Pack, Red, Black and Creme Kit, Thin Classic Photo Frames Curled and Flat No. 01, Monthly Memories Element Pack No. 01, Bliss Element Pack, Color Me Happy Element Pack, Autumnal Flore Element Pack, Miriam Element Pack, School Rules Element Pack, Cameron Element Pack, Cameron Painted Layers
Watery Sacred Geometry Brushes and Stamps No. 01, Start with Laughter Brushes and Stamps No. 01, Typewriter Clusters Brushes and Stamps No. 05, Plastic Banner Words No. 01, Cut Ups: Christmas No. 02, Ledger Flairs No. 01, Epoxy Dot Essentials No. 01

tammielsmith (Tammie) also took on the challenge but decided to turn it on it’s side. It totally works with this design. Sunny is just a cute as the grandboys in the last two pages. 🙂 Love the added circle grid to ground the photo and the color scheme.

Everyday Mini Mix No. 01, Vintage Ephemera Strips No. 08, Wire Frame Grid Panels No. 02, Readymade Layers: Vintage Borders No. 04, Spring Bouquet Scrapbooking Mini Kit recolored, Bliss Solids Paper Pack, Big Watery Painted Patterns Brushes and Stamps No. 05

And finally, digigrandma (merrilee) did a page about….wait for it….her grandsons! LOL I am a total sucker for a photo from the back. I always love these perspective pictures and with the water and flag in the background, this one is a winner. Merrilee and Tammie were channeling the same gorgeous color scheme and yet made very different pages. I just love the SSL and all the different ways people are inspired!

Everyday Mini Mix No. 01, Smile Often Brushes and Stamps No. 01, Taped Word Strips No.06, Striping Graphics Brushes and Stamps No. 02, Splatters Brushes and Stamps No.06

I am excited to see where Amy’s inspiration page takes you. Will you pull out a favorite grandson photo too? Or will you just chose a special picture that deserves to be the center of attention? Either way, be sure to post your page in the Saturday Scraplift Gallery as well as in the March Participation Thread in the forum. Can’t wait to see what you create!
Have a great weekend!

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How to Shorten Paper Strips 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 Shorten Paper Strips in Photoshop and PSE.

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Let’s Blend Challenge – Stamped Blocks

The Let’s Blend Challenge is back! This month, I thought we would work with one of my favorite masks; Stamped Blocks. Stamped Blocks can be used in so many ways. I have created two layouts with a few examples of how I like to work with them.

Sometimes I like to create a page without a photo. I enlarged the mask and then clipped a paper to it to create a header, added a corner to the right side, changed the blend mode on that, and went from there. Sometimes I don’t really know the direction I want to go until I start adding elements to the page. This ended up going in a more artsy direction.

Products used: Lightly Letterbox No. 3, Mixed Bits Clusters No. 3, Stamped Blocks No. 34, Canvas Colors No. 31, Watery Corners n Edges, Vintage Mix Clusters No. 4, Artsy Splatters No. 1

The second example uses the mask at the top again, but with a photo that I duplicated,  added an artsy filter to the top, changed the blend mode to multiply reduced the opacity and then clipped to a page blend. (how’s that for a long run-on sentence?)

Products used: Page Blends No. 1-4, Vintage Mix Clusters No. 5, Stamped Blocks No. 34, Blendable Journalers No. 2, Sunflower Blends No. 1

So, let’s see what you all come up with using some or all of the products in the freebie Katie has provided. The sky is the limit!

Remember to post your pages in the Mask Appeal Challenge Gallery and don’t forget when you use ALL DD products on your challenge page you should post a link of your page in the March Challenge Participation thread so that it will count toward your savings in the rewards program. Have fun!


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