Saturday Scraplift Challenge: all in a row

Good morning everyone! I was impressed by the light and airy quality of the page that Lacey (laceybittner) created for the recent Artsy Challenge. I’ve been looking for a reason to use Katie’s new photo clusters – so it was the perfect page to lift. I loved the frames all in a row and the way Lacey used paper and elements to fill most of the cluster frames.

Sara (sarahorton) had been wanting to use the new clusters too, and used them to highlight photos of her son’s Summer Music Programme. I love how she’s used one of the frames to contain her title. A really sharp looking page with all that crisp and clean white space!

Sara used Photo Clusters No. 53, Basic Tags No. 02, Music Epoxies No. 01, Be Hoppy Scrapbooking Collection, Book Bag Days Back-to-School Scrapbook Element Pack and Arctic Whites Paper Pack No. 02.

Kim (KimR+) used the opportunity to document all the excitement of the eclipse. I am in awe of the way each and every element is used to support her theme. And what cool titlework!

Kim used Katie’s cool Totality Brushes and Stamps, Photo Clusters No. 53, Assorted Patterned Tapes: December No. 01, Artsy Shores Color Wash Paper Pack, Cardstock Tabs No. 02, Layered Alphabet Set No. 01, Lens Flares: Colors No. 01 and Word Labels No. 01.

I was on the other side of Australia recently for a conference, and took this shot. As I was looking at photos this week, I was struck by how it pulls at my heartstrings – and how it could have been taken in any number of places around the country. A quick search in the store for some Australiana – and I had my version of Lacey’s brilliant page done.

I also used Photo Clusters No. 53 along with Corby Scrapbooking Collection, Map Overlays No. 01 and Vintage Blendables: Outback No. 01

I can’t wait to see how you are inspired by Lacey’s great page. Remember to post your lift in the Saturday Scraplift Gallery and in the August Participation Sign-in thread in the forum. Happy Saturday Scraplifting!

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Wayback Chalkboard Challenge

With the Back To School season here for many of us, my mind traveled to all things related to classrooms and landed on chalkboards! Chalkboard elements can add interest to our pages, whether they are school related pages or not.

A search of the Designer Digitals store shows 165 chalkboard products. The Wayback Wednesday challenge this month is to design a page using one or more of these wonderful products. I have chosen three chalkboard products to be on sale this weekend and to be featured on Creative Team pages. These products are:

Linda’s (earlofoxford) wonderful layout uses one of the Chalkboard Dots. Doesn’t that pop of black add a finishing touch to her great layered creation?

In addition to the Chalkboard Dots, Linda used Layer Works No 359, Cooked Solids Paper Pack, Cooked Add-On Paper Pack, Cooked Element Pack, Calne Element Pack, Almost There Element Pack, Graphic Pop Buttons No 01, Bead Scatterings No 01, Capped: Rainbow, Fine Line Border Lines Brushes and Stamps No 12, Drop Shadow Styles No 02.

Kayleigh also tucked one of these great little Chalkboard Dots among her famous layers.

This layout is Layer Works No 375.

Elisabeth (Lego) used one of the beautiful Chalkboard Basics Subtle Patterns Paper Pack No 1 as the backdrop for her sweet invitation. Her photos and details really pop against the dark background.

In addition to the Chalkboard Paper Pack, Elisabeth used School Rules Scrapbooking Collection, Torn Classic White Photo Frames No 03, Stamped Stitched Alphabet, Watery Alphabet No 07, Artsy Layered Blends No 01, Shining Clusters No 02, Spill Frame Layers No 05, Mayve Not Element Pack, Floridian Mini Kit, Josie Element Pack, Stitched Words: Birthday, Clean Stitched: White No 03, Pencil Lines Borders No 01, It’s Black and White.

Sharon (shannamay) tucked in one of the cute little Elastic Strung Chalkboard Tags No 01 behind her layers to give them a creative dark background.

Sharon also used these products: Astro Scrapbooking Collection, Jingle Add-On Paper Pack, Cardstock Tabs No 03, Leyton Element Pack, William Element Pack, Thin Classic Photo Frames Curled and Flat No 01, Wood Veneer Photo Frames No 01, Basic Tags N0 02, Watery Photo Masks No 08, Jelly Alphabet No 19.

I used one of the Elastic Strung Chalkboard Tags No 01 as a place to add the date to my layout.

We hope you will join in the fun and design a page using a chalkboard product. Then add your page to the Scrapbook Challenges Gallery. We’d love to see what you come up with!

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Saturday Scraplift: Rock the Design

I love it when a great design draws my eye to a page in the gallery, and that’s exactly what happened when I saw Liz Jutila’s page about her granddaughter’s new school backpack. The text overlay and patterned paper give boundaries to the page, and her journaling spot is so eye-catching. Guest CT member Kate and my fellow team member Lynn were eager to join me in lifting Liz’s page. Here’s our inspiration: 

Kate’s (OKate) choice of a neutral background really makes her colorful photo pop, and I adore what she did with the journaling spot in cutting out the T for thoughtful. Her journaling weaves around the initial just as Liz’s does. 

Credits: Smitten Paper Pack; Curated Team Scrapbook Mix No. 01; Border Stamps and Layers No. 02; Patterning Palettes No. 03 Scrapbook Kit; BergeMod Mini Kit; Some Kind of Wonderful Brushes and Stamps; Watery Spots Brushes and Stamps No. 10; Vintage Botanist Brushes and Stamps No. 01; Carte Post Kit

Lynn (grandma lynnie) documented a fun activity that occurred during her vacation. Her color choices are spot on, and she’s done a masterful job of mixing her patterned papers. I love how she’s balanced the large photo with a large title, both nestled next to her journaling.

Credits: Dolphin Cove Scrapbook Collection;  Dictionary Page Overlays No. 02; Tabbed Dates Brushes and Stamps No. 02; Taped Together Strips No. 01; Striping Grunge Edgers Brushes and Stamps No. 02; Watery Brushes and Stamps No. 04; Layered Alphabet Set. No. 01

Lately I’ve been scrapping pictures from our beach vacation two years ago – I know, I’m behind. And Liz’s design worked perfectly for a shot my daughter-in-law captured of the munchkins from behind – one of my favorite types of photos. It gave me a chance to reflect on their futures.

Credits: Bloom in Paris Paper Pack;  Dictionary Page Overlays No. 03; Messy Spot Edgers Brushes and Stamps No. 01; Canvas Color Mix Paper Pack No. 30; Colorful Watery Spots No. 01; Spring Walk Element Pack; Watercolor Chromatics Roughed Up Photo Mats No. 01; Coastal Memories Roughed Up Photo Mats; Brilliant Love: Roughed Up Pocket Cards; Filed Stacks No. 02; Powder Mountain Element Pack; Halloween Memories Element Pack; Blue Skies Element Pack; Travel the World Brushes and Stamps; Inky Words Brushes and Stamps No. 01; Totally Tied Up No. 01; Darling Baby Alphabets; Big Bottom Lift Classic Photo Frames No. 02; Fastener Basics No. 01; Drop Shadow Styles No. 02

There’s a lot to love in Liz’s terrific design, and I know it will inspire you. Remember to post your lift in the Saturday Scraplift Challenge Gallery and in the August Participation Sign-in thread in the forum. Happy scrapping!

 

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How to Customize Readymade Borders in Photoshop and PSE Part 2 [Video]

This week’s Adobe Photoshop or Elements tip of the week is now available on video. This weeks tip is on How to Customize Readymade Borders in Photoshop and PSE Part 2.

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Getting Artsy with Digital Scrapbooking: Stars

Time really does seem to fly, it’s time for another artsy challenge. We are going to see stars!! There are so many star items in the store, I am sure that everybody has something in their stash. Just to help out, Katie has created a nice little freebie packet
but feel free to use any starry item you like, just make your page nice and artsy 🙂 Our Guest CT members have been busy whipping up the cutest examples for you

Lacey (laceybittner) created this adorable page from the 4th of July, how appropriate 🙂 I just love the starry brush and the twist is perfect!

It is just adorable and beautifully crafted. Here is what she used
Photo Clusters No. 53 – coming soon,  So Fine Complete Scrapbooking Collection
Baker’s Twine: Sea,  School Rules Element Pack (black star)
Almost There Element Pack (chipboard star),  Watchet Scrapbooking Collection
Messy Stitched Stars: White No. 01 , From My Bookshelf Paper Pack No. 01
Life Lines Solids Paper Pack,  Watery Stars Brushes and Stamps No. 01
Americana Words Stickers and Brushes

Christine (Christine Irion) used this large star behind her photo, so awesome looking!! I just love the watery star brush as well!

Here is her supply list:
Canvas Colors Paper Pack No. 30, Photo Clusters No. 16
ARTpack Stars No. 01 Brushes and Stamps , Watery Typecast Sentiments Brushes and Stamps No. 01 , Curated Studio Mix Scrapbooking Kit No. 19
Curated Studio Mix Scrapbooking Kit No. 29 , Folia Element Pack
Readymade Layers: Sports Borders No. 01 , Watery Grids Brushes and Stamps No. 04
August 2017 Artsy Freebie

I created a page as well. It’s my girl and her dog, so cute!! Do you think there are enough stars on there? 🙂

Here is what I used:
K. Pertiet
Connected Words Everyday No. 2  (coming soon) Curated Team Mix No. 6 (coming soon) splatters No. 8 (coming soon),splatters No. 9 (coming soon), Layered Alphabet set No. 1 Artsy Freebie 8/17, Painted Star Cluster and Layers No. 1

Well, I hope you are finding some inspiration here. Grab some stars and start creating. Don’t forget to post your pages in the Artsy Challenge Gallery and then add a link in the August participation sign in thread

Let’s have some fun!!

Anke

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Template Mash Up Scrapbooking Challenge: Vacation Photo Overload!

We just returned from summer vacation. It was a wonderful time with extended family–my parents, my sister and brother in law and their two youngest children joined my husband and I and our two youngest kiddos on Prince Edward Island. We all returned with lots of good memories. And I returned with an overload of vacation photos! My time is as limited as the next scrapper’s, yet of course I want to do something fun with the photos. Not to worry–templates came to my rescue!

I deleted the ‘cityscape’ brushwork from the Blendables template and filled in with beachy/seashore elements from the Layer Works template, and ended up with a quick solution for featuring this photo of my nephew relishing the beach.

A few recoloring steps helped my page to be coherent with the photo. Other than the featured templates, I used only a single page of background paper, from Katie’s Artsy Shores Color Wash Paper Pack. 

I hope that you will play along with our template mash up challenge by grabbing this two templates and creating your own unique layout with them. If you participate and use only currently available Designer Digitals products, your page will be worth credit in our rewards program, which can earn you a discount on future Designer Digitals purchases. Read all the details of the program in the August Challenges Participation Sign in Thread.

Please also post your page in our Template Challenge Gallery. We love to share inspiration!

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Story Scrapbook Challenge

Recent events have made me think of now.  Not yesterday.  Not tomorrow.  Just right now.  So that’s your challenge this month – tell the story of what is happening to you, in your life, right here, right now.

It may be mundane, it may be grand.  You may just be going through the motions, you may be planning something amazing.  You may be travelling, you may be just surviving the season at home.  You may be happy, you may be sad.  You may be healthy, you may be facing some health demons.  You may be colourful, you may be black and white.  You may be loud, you may be soft.

We want to know the story of you right at this very moment, what’s going on with you?

And if that’s too daunting to tell the story warts and all, let’s take a different angle – make a list of things going on, no need to go into it in great detail, just short succinct words if necessary.

Let’s get down this snapshot of your life.

It was wonderful to have CT guest member OKate jump at this challenge.  I love this list she has created as to what she’s gardening, reading and eating this month.  It’s made for a terrific double page.  Okay hands up, how many of us make pages like this for our kids, hmmm, their likes, dislikes, what their fave things are?  Time to make one about YOURSELF.

Supplies Kate has used:  On White Layered Template No. 08,  On White Alphabet Stamp Set,  Patterning Palettes No. 03 Solids Paper Pack.

And my page is about what I did yesterday morning and why I did it.  That’s pretty current and now!

Supplies I have used:  Photo Clusters No. 53,  Splatters Brushes & Stamps No. 8,  Epoxy Dot Essentials No. 01,  Dirty Linens Paper Pack,  Striped Mix: Powder Mountain Paper Pack,  Journal Strips No. 01,  Watery Grids Brushes and Stamps No. 01,  Watery Washes No. 03 Brushes and Stamps.

The team at DD have generously provided a freebie to help you on your way, the link is good for the entire month of August.  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 August 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: Keeping it Real

Hello! It’s time for another Saturday Scraplift and I was intrigued by this week’s layout. Not only is it a non-photo page, but it’s also dealing with a dilemma I’m sure we all deal with occasionally. So I decided that maybe we all needed to consider doing a “real life” page. Here is this week’s inspiration by Guest CT member O’Kate (Kate)

I got an assist this week from Guest CT member Christine Irion. She decided to document her stressful week at work. She did a non-photo page and also used some similar design elements that Kate used.

Canvas Colors Paper Pack No 30, Canvas Color Mix Paper Pack No 30, Curated Team Mix No 4, Scripting Line Brushes and Stamps No 2, Ledger Paper Pieces: Leaves No. 05, 
Photo Clusters No. 16, Frankie Alphabet Brushes and Stamps, Messy Slab Alphas Brushes and Stamps, From My Bookshelf Blendables No. 14, Watery Chevrons No. 05 Brushes and Stamps

My page is about our family vacation right after my daughter’s diagnosis of Graves Disease. She spent the entire vacation in a wheelchair but we still managed to see almost everything she wanted to see. I used a similar photo cluster and kept with neutral colors for my background like Kate’s page.


Canvas Color Mix Paper Pack No. 30, Edge Overlays No. 09, Edge Overlays No. 10
Quinn Blendable Layers, Watery Chevrons No. 01, Artsy Spots Brushes, Stamps and Layers No. 04, Curated Team Scrapbook Mix No. 03, Bold Sentiments Brushes and Stamps No. 10, Instamatic Frames No. 06, Rough Script Photo Overlays No. 01, 
Remember This Love Layered Template

I hope this challenge inspires you to capture a not so perfect memory.  I’d love to see your page in the Saturday Scraplift Challenge Gallery! And if you use all Designer Digitals products on your page, remember to post your page in the August Challenge Participation thread to build up your discount coupon for the store. Enjoy your weekend!

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Back to School Challenge

Hello everyone and Happy Wednesday! For some of us, summer break has officially ended and the kids are back in school! So my challenge for the month of August is to help you get your back to school photos documented! Our Guest Creative Team came up with some great pages to inspire you.

Christine’s (Christine Irion) page is bursting with fun colors and her layers are just amazing. Each time I look at this page, I find something new!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Credits:*coming soon* Curated Favorite Papers No. 1., Curated Team Scrapbook Mix No. 01, On White Alphabet Stamp Set, Readymade Layers: School Borders No. 02, Readymade Layers: School Borders No. 01, Splatters Brushes and Stamps No. 07, From My Bookshelf Blendables No. 14, Banner Strips No. 01, Transparency Photo Frames No. 06, Layer Works No. 575, Black, Creme and Red Kit, Curated Studio Mix Scrapbooking Kit No. 26, Postage Strip Words No. 01, Watchet Element Pack, Yarn Swirls No. 03: Neutrals, Large Stacked Journal Spots, Spot Dots No. 17 Paper Pack

Erin’s (Ernie88) page really grabs your attention with those Chunky Cut Stars, doesn’t it? I love how she filled them with all the different papers and the Looping Lines anchors the whole page, bringing your eyes right to that cute photo!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Credits: Katie Pertiet: Assorted Patterned Tapes: December No. 01, Astro Paper Pack, Book Bag Days Back-to-School Scrapbook Element Pack, Be Hoppy Paper Pack, Catching Rainbows Paper Pack, Cutting Files: Chunky Cuts Stars No. 01, Classic Curled Photo Frames No. 07, Edge Overlays No. 08, Lens Flares: Colors No. 01, Looping Lines Brushes and Stamps No. 01, School Dots Brushes and Stamps No. 02, Sign Maker Alphabet: Teal No. 01, Splatters Brushes and stamps No 7, Striping Graphic Brushes and Stamps No. 01, Taped Together Overlays No. 04, Cathy Zielske: Seaside Patterns Paper Pack, Studio DD: Readymade Layers: School Borders No. 01

Kate (OKate) decided to do a throwback page of her Dad and his first day of third grade!  She did a great job creating a vintage vibe for her page! I have to say that I love this little guys smile, he looks just a little bit mischievous but excited for school!

Credits: Tea Stained Memories Layered Template No. 02, Just Linens Paper Pack No. 18, Vintage Photo Frames No. 36, Readymade Layers: School Borders No. 02

Lacey’s (laceybittner) page is about her son’s first day of fourth grade last year! I really like all the grungy stamps and how she used them to bring color into her page!

Credits: Coming Soon: Big Bottom Lift Frames No. 2, School Rules Solids Paper Pack
School Rules Solids Paper Pack, School Years Journalers Brushes and Stamps No. 01, Stamped Bookshelf Alphabet No. 01, Stamped Blocks No. 31 Brushes and Stamps, Artsy Layered Collages No. 01, Pencil Line Twists Brushes and Stamps No. 02, Watery Typecast Blends Brushes and Stamps No. 03, Canvas Cardstocks Paper Pack No. 01

Are you feeling inspired? I hope so! Katie has generously provided us with a 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 August Participation thread for proper credit. Happy Scrapping!

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Saturday Scraplift Challenge – Moving in Circles

Saturday means scraplift, right?! This week we’re lifting this stunner of a page by Agnieszka (Arte Banale). Isn’t it gorgeous? I love the statement photo, the muted, almost moody tones and all those grunged up circles and dots.

Guest Creative Team Members, Christine and Erin, jumped at the chance to lift Agnieszka’s masterpiece.

Christine (Christine Irion) added punch to her lift with a striking colour combination, switching her photo to the right and adding a journal block that nestles perfectly alongside and under her arrow brush work. Christine was definitely ‘on duty’ with this lift!

Christine’s product list: Striping Grunge Brushes and Stamps No. 03Transparency Photo Frames No. 06Curated Studio Mix Scrapbooking Kit No. 15Curated Studio Mix Scrapbooking Kit No. 25ARTpack Geometrics Brushes and Stamps No. 02Letter Box Splats Brushes and Stamps No. 01Stamped Sentiments No. 05 Brushes and StampsAround Words Brushes and Stamps No. 04Watery Chevrons No. 05 Brushes and StampsFreshly Worn Photo Brushes and OverlaysStitching Holes Brushes and StampsTypesets: Hello Ness Brushes and StampsWatchet Element Pack – all Katie Pertiet

Erin (Ernie88) also made her lift pop with a single, beautiful red tone. Seriously, how cute is this little guy? He distracts me from getting on with this post! Erin gave this lift her own stamp with the textured backdrop and the printed tabs. A super cute lift!

Erin used the following: Around Words Brushes and Stamps No. 12Arrow Dots Brushes and Stamps No. 01ARTpack Geometrics Brushes and Stamps No. 01Blue Skies Element PackBrilliant Life Element PackCatching Rainbows Solids Paper PackDoodleDo Frames No. 12 Brushes and StampsHanddrawn Graphic Strips Brushes and Stamps No. 01Ledger Flairs No. 01On White Alphabet Stamp SetThin Classic Photo Frames Curled and Flat No. 01 – all Katie Pertiet

I was inspired by the muted tones of Agnieszka’s page and I really wanted to keep that look. I also stayed with the stamped stitches – these unassuming elements that challenge me regularly. I love seeing them on pages of other artists but on my own, they never seem to look quite right but I went with them and seeing them ‘in print’, so to speak, I’m pleased with the effect.

Stash I used: Patterning Palettes No. 03 Solids Paper PackCanvas Color Mix Paper Pack No. 06Textured Canvas: Neutrals Paper PackBig Bottom Lift Classic Photo Frames No. 02Remember Today Layered Template – mask, Everlasting Element PackFresh Vintage: Clare Element PackFloresta Element PackQuinn Sentiment PackArtsy Spots Brushes, Stamps and Layers No. 02Sentiment Spots Brushes and Stamps No. 03Around Words Brushes and Stamps No. 02Inky Words Brushes and Stamps No. 02 (new in store!), Splatters Brushes and Stamps No. 07 (new in store!), Handdrawn Graphic Strips Brushes and Stamps No. 01Worth Repeating Brushes and Stamps No. 07Stamped Stitches No. 13 Brushes and StampsWatery Wings and Branches Blendable Layers No. 01 – Katie Pertiet; Simple Card Sentiments Brushes and Stamps No. 01 – Cathy Zielske

And there’s this wonderful page by Anke! So soft and beautiful and loving her cluster of brushwork! See all her page credits here!

Anke Scrapbook page layout

Make sure you move in the right circles this week and let Agnieszka’s inspire you to scrap – I’d love to see your page in the Saturday Scraplift Challenge Gallery! And if you use all Designer Digitals products on your page, remember to post your page in the August Challenge Participation thread to build up your discount coupon for the store.

Have a wonderful weekend and I hope to see you in the gallery!

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