Getting Creative with “Documenting Life Templates” Part 1 [Video]

This week’s Adobe Photoshop or Elements tip of the week is now available on video. This weeks tip is on Getting Creative with “Documenting Life Templates” Part 1.

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iTunes: Make the gradient

Hiya, welcome to this month’s iTunes challenge. It’s definitely getting towards summer here, there’s house martins back in the eaves of my house, the kids have been playing outside more and school is starting to wind down – though still has a month to go.

I knew I wanted a bright, happy album cover as inspiration this month, and I couldn’t go past this one by Ellie Goulding.Something about the gradient effect is very pleasing in those greens and blues. I love the simple title treatment too.

I was inspired by this to create a page from a photo my daughter sent me while she was playing with her friends. It just screams summer to me, so I added a golden overlay to add the effect of a photo filter. Then I simply added paper which I cut out in the middle, and put a simple title.

I used Gradient Essentials Paper Pack No. o1; Seaside Melts Paper Pack.

Now it’s your turn, show me how you can be inspired by the gradient here. Katie’s kindly provided a challenge freebie to help you get started. Post your pages in the itunes gallery so we can leave a comment, and don’t forget to keep track of your pages through the month in the challenge participation thread. It’s getting towards the end of the month, so get those pages noted to earn a discount at the store.

Happy scrapping!

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Saturday Scraplift: Beads and flowers and stitching, oh my…

It’s another Saturday and time for a new Scraplift challenge. I saw this beautiful page by Rachel (rache77) and I really wanted to lift it. I love all the flowers, the strips behind the photo, the stitching, the beads…..

Agnieszka (Arte Banale) created this beautiful rendition

I love the vertical photo and the way she placed the strips. What a gorgeous cluster too. I also love that she flipped sides, which works so perfectly with her photo. Everything is just right!!
Here is what she used on her page:

K. Pertiet
Monthly Memories No.6 Painted LayersMonthly Memories Element Pack No.6

I was totally inspired by the scatterings and the flowers and I also loved the flow across the page, so that’s where I went with my lift

Here are my supplies:
K. Pertiet:
Classic Side Lift frames No. 1 , absolutely splendid brushes, vintage mini mix No. 4, Lifelines kit, bead scatterings No. 4, fine line twists No. 4, carte poste kit, Jaspia kit

I hope you are feeling inspired by now and will give this a try. Remember to post your page in the Saturday Scraplift Challenge gallery and to include a link in the May Challenge Participation Sign-in thread in the forum. Enjoy your Memorial Day weekend!

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Saturday Scraplift: Cutting on the Bias

Good morning and happy royal wedding day! I know I was not the only one that got up a wee bit early here in the states to watch all the festivities! That’s also why this post is a little later than usual…..priorities and all. 🙂

So this week, I chose a page from Arte Banale (Agnieszka) who always can wow me with her designs but really caught my eye with the angles she highlighted in this page. I love how the background edges are on the bias but the photo is straight which brings the eye to the beautiful scenery in the photo. The stitching also adds to the bias design perfectly.

I enlisted some help this week from a couple team members as well. First up is Deborah Wagner. Deborah used this fabulous photo of her dogs fighting for Alex’s attention. I love how she broke the grid by extracting Capone from the photo and the angles totally work with the fun photo. Working with angles can be a bit challenging but Deborah made them work perfectly and they add whimsy to her design.

Printed and Scripted Carried Away Brushes and Stamps, Pattern Mix: Happy Boy Paper Pack, Looking for Love Element Pack, Little Dude Element Pack, Assorted Messy Stitches: White No. 04, Holiday Trimmings MegaPack, Looking for Love Element Pack, Natural Winter Woods Element Pack, Layer Works No. 923, Layer Works No. 939

Grandma Lynnie (Lynn) also played along this week and when she saw the inspiration page, immediately thought of this delightful angled photo. Love how she still mixed up the background papers. And how cute are those flower crowns? 🙂

Darcy Gardens Scrapbooking Bundle, DoodleDo Frames No. 12 Brushes and Stamps, Wood Veneer Words No. 01, Botanical Overlays No 6

Finally, here’s my contribution. I’m exceptionally bad at taking selfies, luckily my daughter is a pro. We went out to dinner on the way home from college dorm move out and the Rhododendrons were gorgeous! I decided to shrink the design a bit and I like how it turned out (and my daughter approved of the page as well so there’s that.)

Just Linens Paper Pack No. 28, Blendable Layers No. 88, Wood Veneer Patterns No. 04, Canvas Color Mix Paper Pack No. 21, Botanical Overlays No. 01, Taped Word Strips No. 06, Washi Tapes: Grays No. 02, Taped Word Strips No. 01, Clean Stitched Borders: Teal No. 01 recolored, Crush Party Paper Pack, Beloved Add-On Paper Pack, Beloved Paper Pack, Everlasting ReMix Paper Pack, Vintage Photo Frames No. 34, Readymade Clusters: Neutrals, Wood Veneer Words No. 17

I hope you give angles a go this week. The bias really is a striking design element. I look froward to seeing your pages in the gallery! Remember to post your page in the Saturday Scraplift Challenge gallery as well as in the May Challenge Participation Sign-in thread in the forum. Have a wonderful weekend!

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My Year | My Story Heritage Scrapbook Album

My Story AAM Scrapbook Heritage 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 the room you grew up in, hobbies and past times, proms and dances as well as favorite books from your childhood. Just because we only have one template for each of these topics and events doesn’t mean you can’t have 2, 4 or more pages but using other templates and either using other titles are simply repeating these pages. If you have the memories but not the photos, don’t let that stop you from documenting it. Google is great for finding generic images that might help tell your story or what about taking photos around your home of things that might spark memories of these topics. I didn’t have pictures of me enjoying my hobbies but I did have a drawer of projects I’d made and pulled them out to photograph.

My Story AAM Heritage SCrapbook Album Templates

For the bookworm page, I used google to find images of the covers of my favorite books. Although the images are very small from the web, they enlarged ok and the visual reference helped tell the story. Because this project is only for your personal scrapbook and not for sale, doing that is ok, it would be like clipping from a newspaper for a scrapbook. All of these pages easily adapt to other stories and you can always use the My Story Alphabet to change titles and match the others. There is just so much to cover! Don’t feel like you need to wait for more templates to get started on your book. You can grab a pack of background papers for this book and the essential elements [timeline, taped stack, frames and journalers] of this book are available with the purchase of just one template pack and can be duplicated to make many many more pages to tell your unique story.

AAM heritage Scrapbook Album Favorite Books

The unifying elements of this album is 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 May 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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Story Scrapbook Challenge

Mother’s Day is upon us in certain parts of the world, and this month I want you to tell the story of a woman in your life, someone who has influenced you, who has touched you, who has said words to you that have been a game changer.

Now that might be your mother, your aunt, your grandmother, your sister, your daughter, your niece, your bestie, the woman up the street, the lady who drives the taxi cab, the nurse who has cared for you or a loved one, the kind woman who donates time for charity, the neighbour who chats to you when you are in the garden.

There are beautiful amazing women everywhere in our lives.  Look around.  Tell their story.  Tell us why they mean what they do to you.  Tell us how they’ve rocked your world, turned it upside down, set you on your path, or gently guided you, filled you with admiration and then some.

For me there was no doubt it was one of my beautiful step daughters, I could have picked both for sure, but for this challenge step daughter no. 1.  The journalling speaks for itself.

Supplies I have used:   Darcy Gardens Scrapbook Kit,  Darcy Gardens Painted Layers,  Little Enamel Charms: Hearts No. 01,  Simple Collage Frames No. 03,  Colorful Journalers: Winter Park.

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

I hope you like the goodies I’ve chosen for the freebie this month.  I chose the orange rose because apparently it symbolizes enthusiasm, passion and energy – key traits for a influential woman in your life.

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 May 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: Scrap the Rainbow

Rainbow pages in the gallery always catch my eye, so it’s no wonder I was drawn to this creative page by Erin (Ernie88). The combination of the diagonal strips of solid and patterned papers and the brushwork is the perfect complement to the cute photo of her son sporting his birthday balloon hat. Two of my fellow Creative Team members joined me in lifting Erin’s fun page. Take a look at how she inspired us.

Erin’s page:

I adore the story Lynn (grandma lynnie) tells on her page: the sign bearing her name will soon hang outside the classroom of a new Mrs. Weber. I love how her perfectly chosen elements evoke the classroom feel: alphabet and number ribbons, a ruler, a pencil, books; and the strong lines of Lynn’s page highlight her photo of the new family member.

Credits: Curated Team Scrapbook Mix No. 07; Book Bag Days Back-to-School Scrapbook Element Pack; Apple Bites Kit; Notebook Edge Frames No. 02; Edge Overlays No. 03

Trace (tracermajig) used strong diagonal strips of patterned paper in rainbow hues to draw the eye to a sweet photo of her son Lincoln and his daddy. The resulting spaces at the top and bottom of the page allow plenty of room for her journaling and title work. Her technique of mixing elements for the title is a favorite of mine, and the touches of black work so well.

Credits: Batty Mini Mix Paper Pack; Black Out Alphabet No. 01; Cardstock Tabs No. 03; Clear Thru Alphabet No. 09; Curated Studio Mix Scrapbooking Kit No. 14; Curated Studio Mix Scrapbooking Kit No. 20; Done for You Shape Paths No. 03; Done with Doilies Layered Templates No. 01; Edge Overlays No. 07; Essential Vellums Paper Pack No. 02; Krafty Guys Paper Pack; Layer Works No. 004; Malene Add-on Paper Pack; Malene Scrapbook Kit; Messy Stitched Borders: White No. 03; Red, Black and Crème Kit; School Rules Flairs; Splatters Brushes and Stamps No. 10

I scrapped a photo of my grandson with his other grandparents at his school’s Grandparents’ Day a couple of years ago. By using the rainbow-colored banner strips at the top and bottom, I created a space for my photo, title, and journaling between them. Then I lifted Erin’s idea of embellishing the strips with buttons and brushwork.

Credits: Malene Solids Paper Pack; Striping Graphic Brushes and Stamps No. 03; Messy Stamped Trims Brushes and Stamps; Bold Sentiments Brushes and Stamps No. 05; DoodleDo Borders Brushes and Stamps No. 01; DoodleDo Borders Brushes and Stamps No. 02A; Banner Masks No. 01; December Stories Element Pack; Enchanted Easter Element Pack; Jungle Stories Element Pack; Brilliant Love Element Pack; Juiced Mini Kit; Be Buttoned: Harvest; Hot Floral Mini Kit; Capped: Rainbow; DoodleDo Frames No. 09 Brushes and Stamps; So Fine Element Pack; Color My Love Element Pack; Drop Shadow Styles No. 02; Just Linens Rosalene Paper Pack; Just Linens Paper Pack No. 23; Just Linens Paper Pack No. 44; Just Linens Paper Pack No. 56: Eskas; Just Linens Paper Pack No. 65; Just Linens Paper Pack No. 73; Waipahu Kit

There are all sorts of inspiration in Erin’s page, and I know you’re going to have fun lifting it. Remember to post your page in the Saturday Scraplift Challenge gallery as well as in the May Challenge Participation Sign-in thread in the forum. Get your rainbow on, and happy scrapping!

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Let’s Blend Challenge – Building Backgrounds

Happy May and welcome to this month’s Let’s Blend Challenge! I have been having fun with different textures and paint to create more interesting backgrounds for my blended images. You can see one of the backgrounds below. I started with Grunge Source Beneath Walls No. 1 and then added Touch Up Paint No. 4, Frosted Winter Paint No. 5. I felt like this was a good start to the base, so I then began building my page.

After playing with a little more paint and elements here is the end result:

Products used: Grunge Source: Beneath Walls Paper Pack, Katie Pertiet:  Touch Up Paint No. 7, Frosted Winter: Paint, Gesso No. 4, Urban Naturalist Blendable Layers No. 5, Worth Repeating No. 25

You can see how building up the background adds visual interest and a bit of depth. Katie has provided a freebie packet to help you get started on building your own backgrounds.

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 May Challenge Participation thread so that it will count toward your savings in the rewards program. Have fun!

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Color Spots Scrapbook Challenge: Mango

I LOVE fruit! My all time favorite fruit is a mango, and not just any mango, an Ataulfo mango! This is the time of year when they are in season, well, they are imported to Utah this time of year! I buy them every week when I go to the store. We can’t get enough of them. It’s really a sad day when Costco no longer carries them until the next spring. Since these yummy fruits are on my counter right now, they became my inspiration for this months color challenge. (photo credit)(photo credit)(photo credit)

These inspiration pieces brought up some fun conversations with the Creative Team. There are so many fun uses of mangos. Different mango flavored items. Frozen mangos. Pre cut mangos (what?). Even though these babies have the dreaded pit in the middle, it won’t stop me from devouring one. Even my kids will gladly eat all the extra fruit off of the pit…then we have a good laugh with their messy mango faces! The taste is worth the mess! A few CT members joined me in creating pages from these mango inspired photos.

I (KimR+) love mangos so much, I just had to create a page with the fruit included! Mango parfait, Mango stir-fry…and it’s actually on the menu again tonight, and my new favorite flavored drink I can buy at the store. Ataulfo mangos have different shades of yellow and orange as they ripen, so it was fun to use the various colors around my page. They are a spring fruit, so I added a few flowers to my page to help showcase the season we eat these little babies.Supplies used: Artsy Spots Brushes, Stamps No. 05Assorted Messy Stitches: White No. 03Assorted Patterned Tapes: Fall No. 01Bead Scatterings No. 01Bridle Creek Element PackBrilliant Love: Roughed Up Pocket CardsCorrugated Brushes and Stamps MegaPakCreswell Element PackFine Line Twists No. 01Floriculture Mini KitHey Missy Complete Scrapbooking CollectionJuiced Mini KitLens Flares: Colors No. 01Let’s Be Silly Brushes and StampsLittle Bits Alphabet, Little Enamel Charms: Hearts No 01, Little Nutcracker Element PackMango Skies Mini KitModern Vintage Simplicity Paper Pack No. 01Modern Vintage Simplicity Paper Strips No. 01Notebook Journalers No. 02Photo Clusters No. 31Photo Corner Collection No. 03Scripted Story 3×4 Prompts Brushes and Stamps No. 01Striping Graphic Brushes and Stamps No. 01Vintage Charm Chip StickersJust Linens Paper Pack No. 18Readymade Layers: Botanical Clusters No. 01Readymade Layers: Spring Borders No. 01

Jana (jana) created a beautiful spring page with these colors. Just look at that stunning blend of her photo. The watery splashes remind me of the water on the mangos of the first photo. A fun touch of inspiration brought to her page not only by the color, but of detail in the inspiration piece.Supplies used: Catana Element PackMetsa Element PackLightly Letter Box Paper Pack No. 04Colorful Paint Layers No. 02Defining Paint Blend Layers No. 02Watery Typecast Sentiments Brushes and Stamps No. 05Photo Clusters No. 54Hello Autumn Element Pack, email inspiration (hello spring 3.24.12), Patterning Palettes Element Pack No. 01Spring Walk Element PackBliss Element PackSpill Frame Layers No. 19

Sarah (sterkeurs) put together a fun page with circles. Do the circles remind you of the lime segments in the inspiration photos? Such a cleaver page! Look at the fun cluster she created around the sweet photo.

Supplies used: Studio DD LayerWorks No.933Vintage Photo Frames No. 45Bead Scatterings No. 04Dream Big Brushes and Stamps No. 01, KPertiet_Inspiration022418-3, Littlest Ballerina KitMango Skies Mini KitMonthly Memories No. 05 BundleStitched Circles Clean and Messy: White No. 1 Value PackPatterning Palettes No. 03 Scrapbooking CollectionLayer Works No. 926Readymade Circles: Life No. 01Readymade Layers: Tropical Borders No. 01, Studio DD LayerWorks No.938, Little Enamel Charms: Hearts No.1

Deborah (Deborah Wagner) was also up to the challenge with these mango inspired photos! I love the play with colors she used in her title! The sweet simple layers really shine! Supplies used: Life Lines Paper PackKrafty Tonals Paper Pack No. 06Watery Botanical Pencil Lines No. 02Watery Botanical Pencil Lines No. 02Great Escape Brushes and StampsModern Vintage Simplicity Paper Strips No. 01Color Study Flair: Orange No. 01Happy Life Layered TemplateGlammed Up Sentiments No. 01Documenting Life Notebook Art Journal Layered Template No. 29

Do you love mangos? Even if you don’t, I hope you are inspired to play along with this months color challenge! Katie has generously provided us with a freebie to get you jump started on this challenge even more! When you complete your page, post them in the Color 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 May Participation thread for proper credit.

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Template Mashup – one or four, or more?

I am usually a one photo per page scrapper and when I began looking for templates for this challenge – that’s what I was looking for. However I finally settled on two templates which could allow for one photo, or maybe four or maybe more . . . depending on how you decide to “mash” them!

The first template I settled on was this one of Katie’s:

I love the little coin holder overlaid on the photo, and the gorgeous stamped frame background. And the shadowing on that doily – swoon!

Then I chose this Layer Works template:

Kayleigh is so talented at adding all the layers and goodies – something that I CAN do (after studying and lifting Kayleigh A LOT), but which still takes me a really long time to pull off! So much quicker and easier to use one of the templates she has designed.

I began my page by opening up Katie’s Paradise Template and hiding all the elements that I thought I probably wouldn’t use. I popped my photo in, and then started pulling in layers and elements from the Layer Works template.
I really like that when you purchase a DD template, most of the layers are named with their original product names. This means that I could see that Kayleigh had used a lot of elements from the Katie’s Jaspia Kit and her Daisetta Element Pack. This makes it so easy to switch elements out for a different one if you want to, keeping the colours and patterns co-ordinated.

And this is what I did, using elements from both templates, but switching a couple of them for items from the Jaspia kit.

The resulting page uses considerably fewer layers than Kayleigh’s wonderful design, but is still rather more busy than my usual layouts! I’m really happy with the way it turned out!

I hope you will be likewise inspired to scrap one, or four . . . or more of your precious photos for this challenge. If you don’t have Katie’s Paradise template or Layer Works 903 in your stash, watch out for this week’s Thrifty Thursday Sale 😉

If you do participate, your layout can earn you credit in our rewards program. All of the details are in the May Challenge Participation Sign-in thread. Please share your pages by posting them in the Template Challenge Gallery. I look forward to seeing what you create! Happy scrapping everyone!

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