iTunes: Round and round the record

Hi, and welcome to this month’s iTunes challenge. It’s almost the summer vacation here, everyone’s winding down to the end of term. That coincides with all the activities of this time of year – the dance shows, fetes and galas. That means we end up with plenty photos to scrap, if not all the available time to create those pages!

So this month I was looking for a bold design, one that would fit many themes. I love circles on layouts, they lead the eye round the page. So when I saw this cover, I knew it would be perfect.

When looking at this I can see pages inspired by the layered circles, whether as a large central feature, or layered elements in a cluster. I love the bold colour scheme, perfect for these ice cream days. I also love the drip effect at the bottom, bringing to mind water or perhaps home improvement pages. There are several brushes in the store replicating this effect.

Sharon and Lori from the creative team jumped at the chance to create pages for this challenge.

Sharon used these cute photos of bath time, I love the colours she chose, so soothing. The layered circles create a sense of fun in the page, and the bold title is perfect.

Freebie mask; Country Christmas Dots and Stripes Paper Pack; ARToption Mini Mix No. 06Darcy Gardens Element PackBathtime Page Titles Brushes and Stamps.

Lori’s page follows the design of the album cover. How juicy do these look! I love the twist behind the butterfly, leading the eye from the title to the watering can in the corner.

Lori used challenge freebies; Garden Trails Scrapbook Kit; Layer Works No. 901; Notebook Edge Frames No. 05; Spring Fields Element Pack; Antibes Paper Pack; Twisted Dots No. 01; Simple Mini Mix No. 02.

Now it’s over to you, show us how you’re inspired by the challenge. Katie’s generously provided a freebie to get you started. Post your pages in the itunes gallery so we can leave some love, and remember to get involved in our rewards scheme, which earns you store discount for sharing your pages with 100% Designer Digital products. Keep track of your pages, and check the details of the scheme, in the June participation thread.

Happy scrapping!

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How to Whitewash Watery Photo Masks 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 Whitewash Watery Photo Masks in Photoshop and PSE.

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Saturday Scraplift Challenge: A Little Torn

Hi everyone! Linda (earlofoxford) kicked off this week’s Saturday Scraplift Challenge but was called out of town so I’m here to round up the rear! I love Linda’s choice of Audrey’s (adrianita) page entitled Sibling Shot this week – how cute is this? The sweet photo nestled on top of lovely layers and the torn patterned paper providing a lovely texture makes for a lovely design!

Elisabeth (lego) jumped right on board with her Bucket List 2019 page. The black and white chequered framing sets off the detail of the page beautifully. Check out the striped alpha too… this is such a cool lift!

Elisabeth’s supply list: Curated Studio Mix Scrapbooking Kit No. 03 – Studio Double-D; Stripey Alphabet No. 03Arctic Whites Paper PackDictionary Paper Pack No. 01Worth Repeating Overlays No. 04Splatters Brushes and Stamps No. 02Brilliant Life Scrapbook KitColor Muse: Moore Gray Value PackTextbook Phrase Clips No. 02Clipped Stacks No. 13Filmstrip Frame Brushes and Stamps No. 02December Essentials No. 02: The PapersFine Line Twists Brushes and Stamps No. 04 and Torn Templates No. 02 – Katie Pertiet.

I love how lmaggs rotated the torn edges, giving her lift a different perspective and using the two tone colour palette of mustard yellow and black that always works so well. A striking take on the challenge!

Here is a list of supplies that lmaggs used: Color Essentials Mango Paper PackTorn Templates No. 02Photo Clusters No. 62Totally Tied UpPhotobooth FramesChandra Paper PackAnzio Element PackPencil Line Twists Brushes and Stamps No. 01My Vintage Valentine Element PackSeasons Finest Solids Paper PackFastener Basics No. 01Flair Minis No. 03Junk Journal Printable Collage Sheet No.11Vintage Botanicals Little Stickers No.3, Story Strips Layered Template No.2 – Katie Pertiet; Hand Scripted Brushes and Stamps No.24 – Studio Double-D.

Deborrah (DivaMom96) shook up the lift a little using a torn photo frame and journaler. I love the pretty clusters either side of the fun photo and the perfect use of the green and yellow colour combo. A great lift!

Here is a list of the supplies Deborrah used: Layer Works No. 998 and Layer Works No. 999 – Studio Double-D; Touch Up Paint Brushes and Stamps No. 05Creswell Element PackFolia Element PackTorn Classic White Photo Frames No. 04Adorable Moments Brushes and StampsPinned: Wood Veneers No. 02Striping Graphic Brushes and Stamps No. 04Watery Grids Brushes and Stamps No. 08 and Edge Overlays No. 02 – Katie Pertiet; Just Linens Paper Pack No. 20 – Maplebrook Studios.

My lift is still in the making but don’t wait for me! Get straight onto the challenge and remember to post your page in the Saturday Scraplift Challenge gallery – and if you use 100% Designer Digitals products, don’t forget to post your page on the June Challenge Participation thread so you can earn yourself a discount coupon! I can’t wait to see your lift! Have a great weekend and until next time, happy scrapping!

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Let’s Blend Challenge

Working with Katie’s painted pocket cards and painted layers are a fun way to blend a photo by itself or incorporate it into a larger page. By using the PSD version, the layers can be turned on an off or recolored. Changing the blend mode can also change the look.

Here are a few examples using the freebies from the challenge:

When you complete your page, post them in the Mask Appeal Challenge Gallery and don’t forget to link up your page in the June Participation Thread for proper credit.

I look forward to seeing your work in the gallery. Have fun!






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June Template Mash-up Challenge: Aim High

Spring is always a hectic season for us with three kids in three different team sports plus school track and field and the usual commitments. Between the three of them they have over 14 practice/game times in addition to about three more each at school for track. It means that we spend our evenings and weekends chauffeuring kids from event to event! In the midst of the running around, I also take time to really enjoy this time with them. They are all so skilled and committed to what they are doing, that I am continually impressed with their perseverance and determination.

For this month’s Template Mash-up Challenge, I chose two fabulous templates, both from Studio DD Layerworks, that would allow me to showcase the kids in their sports. The first template, Studio DD Layerworks No.473

The second one, Studio Layerworks No. 1059 had just what I needed.

I decided to go with a horizontal layout with the photos side by side and keep the word art “Aim High” as the title.

Here is what I came up with!

In addition to the two templates, I also used: Spring Meadows solids, Hike More Paper Pack, Vintage Botanical Tickets,and Watery Photo Masks No.16.

I hope you are feeling inspired! Don’t forget to post your page in the Template Challenge Gallery and add your 100% DD product page to the June Challenge Participation Sign-in thread in the forums to earn shopping rewards!

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Saturday Scraplift: Designing in 3s!

Scrapbook Page Layout

Happy Saturday Everyone! Check out this awesome page we are featuring as our Saturday Scraplift! Created by the amazing Liz! Check out her entire gallery!

I’ve always been a fan of the rule of 3’s. In home decor, design and scrapbooking. 3 corners of a triangle connect your design and engage the eye in the content of the page and this page captures that perfectly!

Our team has created a few lifts to help inspire you to lift this page too!

scrapbook page layout

First up is this wonderful page by Deborrah!
Frosted Fun Solids Paper Pack, Watery Splashes Brushes and Stamps No. 01, Watery Grids Brushes and Stamps No. 08, Watery Spots Brushes and Stamps No. 09, Perfect Little Man Brushes and Stamps, Monthly Memories Vol. 02 Bundle No. 06, Cut Ups: Everyday No. 02, Bold and Outlined Brushes and Stamps No. 03, Monthly Memories Element Pack No. 08, Monthly Memories Element Pack No. 02, Golden Pretty Element Pack

scrapbook page layout

This cute page is by Kathy!
Curated Team Scrapbook Mix No. 10 Value Pack, Classic Curled Photo Frames No. 07, You are Loved Layered Template, Curated Studio Mix Scrapbooking Kit No. 37, Fine Lines Border Lines Brushes and Stamps, Ledger Journalers Brushes and Stamps No. 03, Artsy Spots Brushes, Stamps and Layers No. 03

scrapbook page layout

And our final page sure to inspire you by Lori!
Blue Skies Scrapbook Kit, Essential Vellums Paper Pack No. 01, Watery Alphabet No. 07,
Twisted Dots No. 01

Remember to post your lift in the Saturday Scraplift Challenge Gallery as well as in the June Challenge Participation Sign-in thread in the forum to earn reward codes.
Happy scrapping!

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Get Inspired Scrapbooking Challenge: Graphic Word Blocks

Good morning everyone and welcome to a new challenge!

Over the next few months I’m going to highlight a particular product in the DD store that has inspired me to scrap a layout, talk a little bit about my process and challenge you to use that same product on a page.

When at a mojo low (!) I will often browse the store for inspiration. I seem to have a dearth of new photos lately (life being a bit too hectic for the camera), but often I will spy a product that gives me an idea for a page using an older, less inspiring or even a neglected photo from weeks or months ago.

While browsing last week I came across Katie’s Graphic Word Blocks No.5, and I fell in love with the icons on some of them.

It occured to me that I could use the arrow block as a kind of paper clip, with the border running underneath a photo and the arrow over the top (I’d need to do a little judicious erasing – but I do like doing that), so I decided to go looking for a photo to use. In my daughter’s instagram account, of course! Ah – a little pic of the grandpeople cooking with their superhero capes on!

When I open up a No.5 of something, I’m always curious about earlier versions of the product, so off I went to check them out in the store . . . and in Pack No.4 I spied the “Living Every Minute” block.

This phrase just seems to sum up the life attitude of these three small humans and I knew I had to use it with that photo and the paper clip idea went out the door!

I used the instamatic style photo frame as I wanted to create space under the photo for a secondary title. It has a fairly heavy shadow, so to balance that out a bit I made the Graphic Word Block into a thick cardboard element. You can do this by duplicating it, filling the bottom one with black and then nudging it to the right and down a couple of pixels. Then I clipped some paper to the top one and applied a biggish shadow to it. It just then remained to pop a matching coloured doily underneath the photo (makes a row of 3 patches of the same colour), add 3 groups of stars for a visual triangle and an inky scribble for some movement and some quick explanatory journaling. Done!

But I really liked the paper clip idea! So this time I went looking in my son’s facebook photos 🙂

The new Monthly Memories V2 Element Pack No. 6 has a slide frame that was the perfect match for the baby’s yellow t-shirt. There wasn’t much colour in the rest of the photo, so I decided to go with the colours in the Monthly Memories V2 Foundations Pack and clipped the orange and the blue to two arrow blocks. I placed the blue one underneath the photo and the orange one on the top, erasing part of it so that it looks as though its border is lying under the photo. I wanted to make it look as though the arrows were cut from paper and that the orange one was curling up a bit from the surface of the photo.

I work in Elements and so there’s a bit of a process to getting your drop shadows on a separate layer in order to manipulate them. Sara has a little tutorial about how to tweak shadows HERE
As Sara says, once you have got that style dialog box open, you can drag the shadow away from the element. If you drag it far enough to see all of it (none of it hidden by the element you’re working with), then you can right click on the layer in the layers panel and select ‘simplify’. Once that is done, you can select the shadow using your lasso tool and then at the top of your workspace, select layer > new > layer via cut. You will then have your shadow on a separate layer. You will need to move the shadow layer down the layers panel to get it below the element and then you can use your move tool to move it back underneath your element. I then use the smudge tool to move the shadow a little here and there to mimic the shadows left by real craft items. This takes a bit of trial and error with what size and strength to make your tool, but it’s very satisfying to get something that looks real. Sometimes it works for me and sometimes it doesn’t (I’m no Katie Pertiet – lol), but I enjoy messing about with it. I also use the burn and dodge tools to make the element itself a little darker or lighter to add to the effect.

Debi (beehive50) and I share the view that scrapping makes good therapy. I had asked Debi to use the Graphic Word Blocks in a LO, and she honoured me with this very real account of some trying times she is experiencing in caring for her much loved dad. As always, Debi’s use of elements is inspiring. She has stamped a word block from the No.4 pack above her photo as part of the page title and then finished off her journaling with two stamped icon blocks from the No.5 pack. She scaled them right down and held them together with her signature brad! SO clever!

How might YOU use the Graphic Word Blocks? I hope Debi and I have inspired you to use one or more of these in a layout. You could use any of the blocks from any of the Graphic Word Block Packs, but I have asked Randy to pop Sets 4 & 5 in this week’s sale 😉

Please post your page in the Scrapbook Challenge Gallery. If your Layout is created with 100% DD product, don’t forget to add it to the June Challenge Participation Thread to earn shopping rewards!

Hope you have fun with this one! Happy scrapping!

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Color Spots Challenge: Fresh Spring

I find the colours at this time of year so spectacular in my part of the world.  Now, I know nothing about flowers or plants, but there is something about the zillions of shades of green with vividly coloured flowers popping through that amazes me. We live in a rain forest and there is often a lot of rain at this time of year so the dazzling green and bright colours are a contrast against the grey skies that accompany the rain! I know that many of you are probably well into summer, but we are still in spring mode up here. Weather is warming up, but the beautiful greens and pinks are still everywhere! Here are a few photos that inspired me. 

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I chose a photo of a friend’s daughter. Here is the challenge page that showcases some of these fresh spring colours. Somehow I ended up not going with vibrant colours, but you just never know where inspiration takes you!

Title Lines Brushes and Stamps No. 22,  Loosely Scripted Sentiments Brushes and Stamps No. 06, Spring Bouquet Scrapbooking Mini Kit, Vintage Blendable Layers No. 22, Walden Element Pack, Antibes Scrapbooking Kit, Catana Kit, Bloom in Paris Element Pack, Vintage Blendable Layers No. 21, Leyton Scrapbooking Kit, Monthly Memories Element Pack No. 04, Thin Classic Photo Frames No. 04, Hike More Blendable Layers,  Monthly Memories Vol. 02 Bundle No. 05, Taped Together Overlays No. 04, Vintage Ephemera Remnants No. 01, Just Linens Paper Pack No. 67, Farm Style Blendable Layers No. 01

Stacia choose some amazing photos of a tulip festival which worked out just perfectly for this challenge!

In addition to the freebies, she also used: Bold Statements Layered Template Bundle No. 01Monthly Memories Vol. 02 Bundle No. 05, and Fox Creek Solids Paper Pack.

Linda used the most gorgeous collection of greens to create this amazing page. I can just smell the foliage walking through those trees.

Products that Linda used: Textured Cardstock: Neutra Paper Pack, Watery Photo Masks No. 16, Splatters Brushes and Stamps No. 07, Watery Foliage No. 21, Worth Repeating Brushes and Stamps No. 35, Vintage Botanicals Solids Remnants, Color Essentials Lime Ribbons and More, Vintage Charm Paper Pack, Graphed Notebook December Paper Pack
Cute Mini Mix No. 03, Tropical Christmas Paper Pack, Monthly Memories Element Pack No. 03, Juiced Mini Kit, Photo Wraps No. 21, Candied Christmas Element Pack, Summer Gardens Element Pack, Bead Scatterings No. 01, Brierley Element Pack, Great Escape Element Pack, Artsy Golden Vintage Value Pack, Bits of Nature No. 02, Garden Trails Element Pack, Twiggy, Hey Missy Element Pack, Sun Porch Element Pack, Drop Shadow Styles No. 02, Limon Kit

And Agneiszka did this beautifully soft green and pink page.

Credits: TArtsy Blend Layers Botanicals No. 03 ,From My Bookshelf Blendables No. 16, 
Stitched Circles Clean and Messy: White No. 1 Value Pack, Monthly Memories Vol. 02: Vintage Pack No. 04, Vintage Botanical Sketches Brushes and Stamps No. 02, Vintage Insects Brushes and Stamps No. 02, Monthly Memories Vol. 02: Foundations No. 04
Monthly Memories Vol. 02: Foundations No. 03, Stamped Blocks No. 34 Brushes and Stamps

Are you feeling inspired from these scrapbook pages and the inspiration photos?  Katie has generously provided some freebies to get you started! Please post your page in the Color Challenge Gallery, and don’t forget to link your page up in the June Challenge Participation thread if your page qualifies for the rewards program here at Designer Digitals! Happy Scrapping!

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Story Scrapbook Challenge

So this month with Father’s Day in the USA, not so everywhere though, but it’s timely and I want your thoughts to turn to your dad.  Or your grandfather.  Or your husband or partner as a father.  Or seeing your brother as a father.  Or a male father figure in your life.

And I want you to pick three character traits that your father (or others as above) has and then elaborate on them.  Tell us the story about him and why those three character traits made him the man he was or is to you.   I’m not even going to give you any jumping off points for this one, I don’t want to sway you in any way.  And I’m sorry if the character traits may not be so positive if you didn’t have a good relationship, but maybe that’s a story you also need to write for yourself, even if you don’t share.

I really hope you can rise to this challenge but okay if this is waaaay too deep for you, pick three things about your dad and tell that story – but I really really hope you tell us about your dad (or grandfather, etc etc) and his character traits.

I’ve shed a few tears and smiled a lot making this tribute page to my dad.  Trying to pick his three best character traits was easy.  Elaborating on them was when the tears came.

Supplies I have used:  Anchors Away Solids Paper Pack,  Clipped Stacks No. 02,  Fresh Vintage Stacks No. 01,  Fresh Vintage Stacks No. 03,  Vintage Journal Spots No. 02,  Artsy Layered Blends No. 01,  Twisted Dots No. 01,  Edge Overlays No. 04,   and some of the challenge freebies.

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 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 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: Page Fades

Good morning and happy June 1st! School is officially out for summer break here in Mississippi, and I have been enjoying the extra sleep these last few mornings!  Today we are focusing on Erin’s (Ernie88) bright and colorful page. What initially drew me into this page was how she cleverly used the Page Fades. They seamlessly add the perfect touch to her cute photo and excellent element choices.

Products used: Botanical Colors Chartreuse Paper Pack, Framed Spill Layers No. 01, Page Fades No. 02, Spring Bouquet Solids Paper Pack, Layer Works No. 1082, Readymade Layers: Spring Clusters No. 01

Anke, Lisa and I all took inspiration from Erin’s page in different ways! Anke drew from the layout of the photo and elements, using the slide frame to perfectly capture these beautiful roses growing over a fence! I love how the color of the paper, the title, and the elements in the lower right corner perfectly match the roses in the photo!

Products Used: Monthly Memories Vol 2 Foundations No. 6, Spill Frame Layers No. 04, Title Lines Brushes and Stamps No. 11, From My Bookshelf Blendables No. 16, Junk Journal Printable Collage Sheets No. 9, Vintage Mix Clusters Brushes, Stamps and Layers No. 10, Readymade Layers: Botanical Clusters No. 07

Lisa’s (LisaMcG) inspiration came more from the Page Fades. I like how she was able to make the Chevron paper feel like the Page Fades and how she added the perfect touch with the paw prints leading you up from her cute title work! By the way, isn’t her garden beautiful? I’d spend every moment out there if I could!

Products Used: Artsy Blend Layers Botanicals No. 11, More to Shore Paper Pack, In the Moonlight Kit, Layer Works No. 1090, Paw Print Clusters Brushes and Stamps No. 01, Spill Frame Layers No. 27

Lastly, my page (beautiful) took inspiration both from the Page Fades and Erin’s fun layout! Unfortunately, I don’t own any of the Page Fade files, so I got creative and used the Scratchy Corners and clipped a gradient map to them. Thank you so much, Erin, for your beautiful page and the inspiration it brought to Anke, Lisa and me!

Products Used: Readymade Clusters: Neutrals, Artsy Scratchy Corners Brushes and Stamps No. 01, Back to School Element Pack, Book Bag Days Back-to-School Scrapbook Eement Pack, Moonlight Dreams Solids Paper Pack, Neutral Word Bits No. 03,
Scratchy Scribbles Brushes and Stamps No. 02, Spill Frame Layers No. 01, Stuffed Edge Journalers No. 02

Be sure to post your page in the Saturday Scraplift Gallery. If you use 100% DD products, your page qualifies for the rewards program. Please post your pages in the June 2019 Challenge Participation Thread. 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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