Let’s Blend Challenge

It’s autumn, and I’ve been inspired by some of the photos I took up in Flagstaff a couple weeks ago. I like to use Topaz Studio to turn my photos into digital paintings from time to time. I ran this photo through a few different filters in that program to come up with the image I used for this layout. If you don’t have any of the digital painting programs, you can achieve the same look using the filters gallery in Photoshop by using the watercolor, paint daubs, or dry brush filters. Once you are finished you can then move it over to your layout page and clip it to any mask or brush and you’re ready to go!

Here is what I came up with and the products I used: Textured Whites Paper Pack No. 3, Describing Autumn -Leaves, Artsy Layered Blends, Autumnal Artistry Element Pack, Vintage Mix Clusters No. 5, Botanique Element Pack No. 1.

When creating your page, you can use all or some of the products Katie has generously  provided in the freebie pack. Remember to post them in the Mask Appeal Challenge Gallery and link up your page in the October Challenge Participation Thread, for proper credit.

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


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Bootiful Elements Template MashUp Challenge

Happy Template MashUp Tuesday! Because October is speeding by, I thought a Halloween themed Template MashUp was appropriate. I found two templates that are loaded with great Halloween themed elements for us to mash together. Here are my choices that are both included in this week’s sale:

Our Creative Team had lots of fun choosing from these “bootiful” elements and creating some great inspirational pages!  First up is Patsy (ptabbert). Patsy used the grid from Layer Works 1009 as the base of her page and added lots of fun elements and photos. That strong striped background is awesome!

In addition to the featured templates, Patsy also used Watery Photo Masks No 11, Hallow’s Eve Remnants and Loosely Scripted Sentiments Brushes and Stamps No 12.

Merrilee (digigrandma) used that great border and big spider web from the Happy Halloween template for the beginning of her page featuring her favorite photo from last year’s Halloween. It’s really spooky!

In addition to the featured templates, Merrilee used Lightly Linens No. 15 and Halloween Eve Paper Pack.

Kate (OKate) likes to explore cemeteries, so she used this opportunity to create a perfect background for her great cemetery photos. Don’t you love that striped border?

In addition to the featured templates, Kate used Vintage Halloween Add-On Paper Pack, Vintage Halloween Banner Layers No 1 and Kitlet Solids Paper Pack No 6.

Our final mash up is by Lee Ann (quietgirl.) Her page features the cutest little ladybug! I love the addition of the red elements to her wonderful page.

In addition to the featured templates, Lee Ann used Bliss Paper Pack, Digital Date Stamps Vol 15, Gesso No 2 Brushes and Stamps, Hallow’s Eve Element Pack and Hallow’s Eve Paper Pack.

I hope you are inspired to mash a page with some of these “bootiful elements. Post your page in the Scrapbook Challenges Gallery. Add a link to your page to the October Challenges Forum to help earn a valuable coupon to the DD store!




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iTunes: Autumn flavour


Welcome to this month’s iTunes challenge. The weather’s turning here, into my favourite season of the year. I love the colours of the leaves, the scents in the the air. So I did a search of album covers with an autumn theme, and this one popped up.

I can see many ways to be inspired here. There’s the grungy frame, with white edges. I love the autumn colours from the photo to the background layer. Then there’s the leaf stamp at the top. You could also take inspiration from the titlework.

I was inundated with gorgeous pages from the creative team. First up is Adrianita, she was inspired by the grungy frame, and nature theme. I love the sweet photo, and the well chosen elements.

Adrianita used Gesso No. 5; Leaf Prints No. 3; Worn Edges No. 01; Twisted Dots No. 01
Defining Grunge Brushes and Stamps No. 01; Grunge Photo Masks Brushes and Stamps 5×7; Freshly Worn Photo Brushes and Overlays; Cameron Scrapbooking Collection; Fall Garden Remix Chipboard Stickers; Fall Garden Remix Foliage Bits and Pieces; Inked Words: Photos No. 01 Brushes and Stamps; Gotta Love Brushes and Stamps No. 04; Torn Sentiment Strips No. 02; Scratchy Masks Brushes and Stamps No. 04; Torn Classic White Photo Frames No. 02; Torn Vintage Journalers No. 01; Cutting Files: Chunky Cuts Leaves No. 01; Messy Stitched Rectangles: White No. 01; Golden Pretty Element Pack; Messy Stitched Butterflies: White No. 01; Assorted Messy Stitches: White No. 06; Torn Templates No. 02; Edge Overlays No. 04; Antiquarian Artistry Solids Paper Pack No. 01; Arctic Whites Paper Pack No. 02

Next up is Beth (bred1269), with a gorgeous page. I love the clear photo, with the blended background. Gorgeous colours too!

Beth used Country Christmas No 2 Bundle No1; Leaf Prints No. 3; Fall Garden Remix Element Mix; Fall Garden Remix Foliage Bits and Pieces; Autumn Bliss Element Pack; Lightly Linens Paper Pack No. 13; Lightly Linens Paper Pack No. 15

Patsy (ptabbert) created a bold page for the challenge, with that striped background. I love the hung photo and the added sunflower element.

Patsy used Autumn Bliss Paper Pack; Full Page Frames No. 01; Gilded Photo Frames No. 01; Autumn Bliss Element Pack.

Finally we come to a lovely page by Merr (digigrandma). What a gorgeous scene in her photo, and it’s showcased beautifully by the wood background and scattered leaves. 

Merr used Layering Pages Autumn LT No. 05; Autumn Winds Scrapbook Kit; Autumn Winds Roughed Up Photo Mat.

Now it’s your turn, let’s see how you’re inspired by the album cover. Katie’s generously provided a freebie for the challenge. Post your pages in the itunes inspiration gallery so we can leave some love. Remember to keep track of your challenges using 100% Designer Digitals products in the monthly rewards scheme thread to earn store vouchers.

Happy scrapping!

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How to Use Vintage Blendable Palettes as 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 Use Vintage Blendable Palettes as Masks in Photoshop and PSE.

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Saturday Scraplift: Make Your Photo the Star

There are so many great ways to make your photo the star of your scrapbook page. Lee Ann (quietgirl) did a super job of highlighting a sweet picture of herself and her grandchildren on a page that caught my eye in the gallery. She kept most of her design elements neutral and used pops of color drawn from her photo to guide the viewer’s eye to the most important part of her page. I also love how she layered the photo mat, border sticker, and slide frames to create texture and depth. Three of my fellow Creative Team members joined me in lifting Lee Ann’s page – I know you’ll love the inspiration. 

Lee Ann’s page

Agnieszka’s (Arte Banale) beautiful page centers on a lovely photograph composed of soft tones that she replicated in her background brush work. She extended the adventure theme with her choice of frames, brushes, and postage stamps. I adore the offset placement of those large frames and her impeccable shadowing.

Credits: ARToption Mini Mix No. 01; Worn Edges No. 01; Maritime Classics Brushes and Stamps; Watery Maps Brushes and Stamps No. 03; Artsy Seaside VALUE Pack; Mapped Photo Frames No. 01; Vintage Postage Stamps No. 04; Blendable Map Layers No. 05; DelMar Shores Element Pack; Artsy Words Brushes and Stamps No. 01; Blendable Layers No. 25; Blendable Layers No. 28

Kate (OKate) chose a bold color palette in keeping with the photographic star of her page, a stunning hibiscus bloom. I’m particularly fond of that plaid paper she used which incorporates all the colors of her page in one place, and the cascade of slide frames successfully directs attention to her photo.

Credits:  Josie Scrapbook Kit; Darcy Gardens Element Pack; Big Bottom Lift Classic Photo Frames No. 01; Defining Grunge Brushes and Stamps No. 01;  Defining Grunge Brushes and Stamps No. 03; Assorted Messy Stitches: White No. 03

Jheri’s (Jheri) cute munchkin photo definitely shines on her page. I love how his little head is centered on the open end of the slide. Jheri chose colors from her photo but in muted tones which also draw attention to the photo itself, and she skillfully layered open frames containing brush work beneath her picture. 

Credits: Autumn Fields Fall Scrapbook Kit; Twisted Dots No. 01

I scrapped a photo my granddaughter took of this cat who adopted us last year. We caved, started feeding her, and named her Tuxedo. Now, however, she’s chasing mice somewhere else because she disappeared a couple of months ago, never to be see again – hmmm. I kept my color palette black and white except for a splash of green which I drew from the photo, and I do love a background of text paper.

Credits: Misha Solids Paper Pack; Christmas Garden Add-on Paper Pack; Apple Orchards Element Pack; Tricked Out Artistry Mini Kit; Candied Christmas Roughed Up Photo Mats; Moonlight Dreams Remnants; Junk Journal Printable Collage Sheets No. 04; Botanical Colors Chartreuse Element Pack; Be Merry Element Pack; Fresh Vintage Stacks No. 03; December Woods Element Pack; December Stories Roughed Up Pocket Cards; Roughed Up Photo Mats: Holiday No. 01; Fall Brilliance Element Pack; Basic Paper Alphabet: Black No. 01; Make-a-Date Brushes and Stamps No. 01A; Color Essentials Lime Ribbons and More; Autumn Winds Element Pack; Drop Shadow Styles No. 02

Which photo will be the star of your page? I hope you’ll be inspired by Lee Ann’s page or by the pages created by the Team and join in on the fun. Remember to post your page in the Saturday Scraplift Challenge Gallery as well as in the October Challenges Participation Sign-in thread in the forum. Happy scrapping!


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October Color Challenge – Pumpkin Blush

It is the time of year when colours are most vibrant: orange pumpkins, red and yellow leaves with hints of dark brown. If you look carefully, however, you can also see some more muted tones of pumpkin blush and rose gold. Those are the colours that we are using for October’s Color Challenge – Pumpkin Blush!

We were very lucky to celebrate a wedding this week (it was ours, but that is a long story!) When I thought about decorations for this time of year, I really didn’t want the bright vibrant orange,but rather went with white and gold pumpkins, rose gold balloons and jute or burlap fabric. I think it all turned out just beautifully! My girlfriends created a spectacular balloon wall that really was the statement piece of the decorations!

Here is my page to start off the challenge! Hope you’ll feel inspired to jump in with these soft and warm fall colours!

Products used: Vintage Blendable Palettes No. 08,  Connected Wood Words No. 02, Layer Works No. 1167, Apple Orchards Element Pack, Arctic Whites Paper Pack No. 02, Autumn Bliss Scrapbook Kit, Country Christmas Scrapbook Kit, Cutting Files: Chunky Cuts Pumpkins No. 02, Lightly Linens Paper Pack No. 13

Our CT House Guest, Audrey (Adrianita), created this amazingly soft page from her wedding shower! I love the torn page in the background and the word art down the left side.

Products used: Beloved Scrapbooking Collection, Brielle Element Pack, Cut Ups: Wedding No. 02, Classic Curled Photo Frames No. 04, Classic Curled Photo Frames No. 05, Yarn Swirls: Love, Readymade Layers: Botanical Borders No. 04, Filmstrip Clusters and Layers No. 02, Hours Fly Brushes and Stamps No. 01, Watery Hearts Brushes and Stamps No. 03, Torn Templates No. 02, Arctic Whites Paper Pack No. 04

Rachael (myssp) also created a lovely page with beautiful pink leaves and just look at that sweet face!

Credits: Coming soon: Lightly Linens 15, Sentiment Chips Fall No. 1, LayerWorks 1172, t – Love For Fall LT, Lightly Linens Paper Pack No. 14, Vintage Blendable Palettes No. 03, Window Frames, Instamatic Frames No. 03, Readymade Titles: Everyday No. 01, Readymade Layers: Fall Clusters No. 01, Curated Team Scrapbook Mix No. 14, Hinge Pack, Plum Harvest Mini Kit, Slide Reels No. 03, Holly Jolly Christmas Scrapbooking Kit, Berks Lane Kit,  Bakers Twine Assortment No. 01

Finally, Jheri used more of the traditional colours, but her page is still soft and muted! That makeup is just amazing! What a costume.

Products used: Coming soon: Lightly Linens Paper Pack No. 15,  Layer Works No. 1167.

So I hope that you will join us in showcasing some of the softer muted colours of fall with this fall Color Challenge – Pumpkin Blush. There are a ton of new products in the store that would work so well with this challenge! Remember, if you use 100% Designer Digital products on your page and post your page in the Colour Challenge Gallery and link to the the October Challenge Participation thread  it will count toward your savings in the rewards program.

Happy scrapping!


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Story Scrapbook Challenge

Ready for the warm and fuzzies?  I want our hearts to explode this month with stories of cherished moments.  Are you up for it?

You know those times when your breath catches in your throat and your heart just swells up, it beats on the outside of your body for all the world to see, the emotions well and you get a warm rush of amazing gratitude and love.

I want us to dive right in here – when you held your baby’s baby – when your eyes met as your walked down the aisle – when you welled up with emotion being in a special spot or a special moment in time – when you told someone unreservedly that you loved them – the tenderness and protectiveness you feel when holding a puppy or kitten – when you lock eyes with someone special and you are so overcome with emotional good feelings that you feel you could burst – tears may fall – your voice may croak and catch in your throat telling this story but I really want you to try.   Get on board this month and let’s enjoy the stories of love and emotion and everything that goes with it, you won’t regret getting these stories down as part of your precious memories for your family.

The creative team have jumped on board, get ready with the tissues…

Oh Audrey, the photos were enough to set me off here, let alone reading the amazing journalling.  What an emotional roller coaster you went on with this story, I just know you will be so glad you made this page.

Supplies Audrey has used:  Photo Clusters No. 42,  Readymade Layers: Neutral Borders No. 03,  Watery Scribbles Brushes and Stamps No. 07,  Artsy Painted Sketches Hearts Brushes and Stamps No. 01,  Grunge Overlays No. 04,  Arctic Whites Paper Pack No. 02.

Then we have Jheri journalling about the newest members of her family her darling premi grand-daughters, particularly this little fighter.  Oh and that photo of that little hand holding her mother’s finger.  Precious.

Supplies used by Jheri:  Heart freebie for this challenge, pieces from Layerworks 800 and all my heart layered templates,  frame from water blends layered template no9, Artsy blend layers botanical no7, Artsy blend layers butterflies no1.

And for my page, my beautiful little man, look at that face, it had me breathless as I took that photograph.

Supplies I have used:  Roughed Up Notebook Paper Pack No. 03,  Vintage Page Strips No. 01,  Abisko Scrapbook Kit,  Enamel Sentiment Signs No. 03.

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 being a part of 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: Big Graphic, Little Sprinkles

Good morning and welcome to this week’s Saturday Scraplift! Sometimes, a new page will pop up in the gallery and totally grab my attention. This was one of those pages and by the many, many volunteers I have lifting the page, I’d say I was not the only one who was struck by the page. So thanks to Sharon (Shannamay) for her amazing inspiration.

If this precious photo didn’t catch your eye I’m sure the large graphic XOXO would! Also love the juxtaposition of the bold chunky background with the small colorful bead scatterings. Just a great visual. The happy colors also add to the whimsy.

Without further adieu, here are the pages that this page inspired this week:

Up first is Carmel (caapmun) who decided to have a go at her sister’s page. 🙂 She used the Tightly Kerned Titles for her graphic title and balanced it with scatterings and soft brushwork. Such a precious photo too! I love a good “from behind” photo.

Adventuring Solids Paper Pack, Colorful Paint Layers No. 04, Tightly Kerned Titles Brushes and Stamps No. 03, Clipped Stacks No. 07, Astro Bead Scatterings, Astro Element Pack, Nana’s Buttons

Next up is Rachael (myssp) with this stinkin’ cute page! I don’t know what the occasion is, but she is definitely rocking the pink! Instead of using bead scatterings with her large chunky title, Rachael used doodles and texture.

Slide Reels No. 3, Sherene Dots and Stripes Paper Pack, Instamatic Frames No. 05
Readymade Journalers: Everyday No. 06, Cutting Files: Chunky Cuts Love No. 02
Curated Team Scrapbook Mix No. 14, Readymade Layers: Pink Borders No. 01
Layer Works No. 912, Golden Pretty Scrapbook Kit, Textured Whites Paper Pack No. 03
Readymade Layers: Fall Clusters No. 03

Beth (bred1269) was inspired to scrap a fond memory of her “cabin girls”. She did a pretty literal lift with Chunky Cut Outs, bead scatterings and a great title sticker.

Loosely Scripted Sentiments No. 11, Autumn Bliss Solids Paper Pack, Lightly Linens Paper Pack No. 13, Vintage Blendable Palettes No. 07, Cutting Files: Chunky Cuts Hearts No. 02
Meriam Ridge Element Pack, South Beach Element Pack, Almost There Element Pack

Lee Ann (Quietgirl) turned the inspiration piece on it’s side and rocked this awesome boy page. Love how the design worked just as well vertically and with gears, bugs and screws. 🙂

Almost There Element Pack, Arrow Wire Paper Clips No. 01, ARToptions Krafty Paper Pack No. 03, Bead Scatterings No. 04, Bliss Element Pack, Clipped Stacks No. 06, 
Fine Line Scribbles Brushes and Stamps No. 01, Gotta Love Brushes and Stamps No. 04
Hike More Outdoors Scrapbook Element Pack, Life Lines Element Pack, Walden Element Pack

And finally, here is Audrey’s (adrianita) take on Sharon’s inspiration. She also used one of the Chunky Cut products for her background and I love the pink and camo inspired scatterings she made to coordinate with their matching camo outfits.

Autumn Bliss Element Pack, Autumn Bliss Dots and Stripes Paper Pack, Cutting Files: Chunky Cuts Geometrics No. 02, Loosely Scripted Sentiments Brushes and Stamps No. 07
Heart Pebbles No. 05, Clipped Stacks No. 06, Assorted Messy Stitches: White No. 04
Textured Photo Masks No. 01C, Textured Whites Paper Pack No. 03, Bead Scatterings No. 05, Vintage Blendable Palettes No. 04

I hope all of these amazing pages inspire you to play along with us this week! I’ll be joining you in the gallery myself. 😉  If you’d like to join in on this fun challenge and earn some DD cash, be sure to post your page in the Saturday Scraplift Gallery and the October 2019 Challenge Participation Thread. When you use 100% DD products, your page qualifies for the rewards program. Looking forward to seeing your pages in the gallery.

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Combining two template for one stunning page!

Template Scrapbook Challenge

It’s time again for another mashup and our team created some wonderfully unique pages with this one! We’re mashing up Story Strips Layered Template No.3 with Layer Works No.734 to create our unique pages!

First up is this wonderful page by Guest Team Member, Patsy! I love how she used the split frame and added in the Vintage Blendable Palettes!
Products used: From My Bookshelf Blendables No. 10, Just Linens Paper Pack No. 18, Vintage Blendable Palettes No. 07, Story Strips Layered Template No. 03, Layer Works No. 734, Spill Frame Layers No. 05

DesignerDigitals Scrapbook page layout

Next is this captivating page by Guest Team Member, Carmel, so magical!
Products used: Story Strips Layered Template No. 03, Layer Works No. 734, Oiselet Rouge Solids Paper Pack

DesignerDigitals scrapbook page layout

This page by Guest Team Member, Jheri,  is full of layering goodness that draws you in!
Products used: Story Strips Layered Template No. 03, Layer Works No. 734

DesignerDigitals scrapbook page layout

With the beautiful scenery in Guest Team Member, Kate’s page I can feel the fresh air!
Products used: Layer Works No. 734, Story Strips Layered Template No. 03, Folia Scrapbooking Kit

DesignerDigitals Scrapbook Page

And lastly, we have Guest Team Member, Beth’s sweet page! Love how she split the frames to add some more movement to the page and anchored them with the filmstrips!
Products used: Story Strips Layered Template No. 03, Layer Works No. 734, Monthly Memories Element Pack No. 02 (Always & Forever tag), Patterning Palettes No. 02 Paper Pack

DesignerDigitals Scrapbook Page

Post your pages in the Template 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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Three Different Ways to Shadow Chunky Cuts Grids 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 Three Different Ways to Shadow Chunky Cuts Grids in Photoshop and PSE.

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