Saturday Scraplift: Cut It Out!

Peek-a-boo – I see you! Cut outs and peek-a-boo elements on pages scream fun, don’t they? They add interest and make the viewer come back for a second look, and don’t we all love getting a second look? Those cut outs are what drew me to Rachael’s lovely page for the last color challenge – okay, maybe the color purple also drew me in, but that’s another story. My fellow Creative Team members Sylvia and Erin joined me in taking inspiration from Rachael’s page. I think you’ll be inspired, too.

Rachael’s page:

Sylvia (smcloone) was inspired by Rachel’s cut out hearts and used them as a backdrop for her pretty photos of flower buds. I really like the interest she added by using a polka dot paper to back her cut outs, and the rosy pink and green color combination is a winning one. I also admire the way her butterfly accent, the dark pink cord, and her title draw the eye through her design.

Credits: Vintage Coastal Solids Paper Pack; Vintage Artistry Sage Paper Pack; Vintage Artistry Sage Ephemera; Layering Sentiments No. 02; Layer Works No. 1228

Erin (Ernie88) elected to go with a star shape for her cut outs to support the sports theme of a page featuring her little athlete. She drew her color scheme from his uniform, always a winner, and notice that her white background paper adds texture and reinforces her theme with the embossed stars. She also created a great visual triangle with her clusters of elements.

Credits: Batter Up Brushes and Stamps; Blendable Layers No. 112; Bright Spot Brushes and Stamps; Clipped Stacks No. 11; Flair Mini Sports; Messy Stitched Borders: White No. 02; Monthly Memories Element Pack No. 07; Textured Whites Paper Pack No. 01

For my page, I had fun with the cut out technique on several elements: a full page border, a smaller interior frame, and the title. In addition, I used one of Katie’s fun chunky cuts to reinforce the idea of cut outs and to support my flower theme. Can you tell I really like this technique?

Credits: Maybe Not Solids Paper Pack; Kerava Solids Paper Pack; Messy Stitched Borders: Green No. 01; Border Templates No. 02; Classic Curled Photo Frames No. 04; Winter ReMix Paper Pack No. 03; Canvas Color Mix Paper Pack No. 19; Vintage Press: Chelsea Paper Pack; Scarlett Paper Pack; December Essentials No. 02: The Papers; Malene Paper Pack; Dashing Home Paper Pack; Hey Missy Add-on Paper Pack; Frosted Fun Add-on Paper Pack; Cutting Files: Chunky Cuts Flowers No. 01; Antibes Element Pack; Artsy Botanical Cerrel Value Pack; Floridian Element Pack; Hot Floral Mini Kit; Lifted Leaves No. 01; Lifted Leaves No. 02; Made with Paper Flowers No. 01; Made with Paper Flowers No. 03; Cutting Files: Merging Statement No. 02; Spring Bouquet Scrapbooking Mini Kit; Stacked Vintage Frame Layers No. 01; Metal Clip Assortment No. 03; Drop Shadow Styles No. 02

Get out your digital scissors and have fun being inspired by Rachael’s terrific page. I can’t wait to see the directions it takes you. Remember to post your page in the Saturday Scraplift Challenge Gallery as well as in the May Challenges Sign-in thread in the forum. Happy scrapping!

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Get inspired: Stitched Journalers No.04

Good morning everyone. I do hope you were able to enjoy a little Mother’s Day celebration this past weekend albeit at a distance? I was very spoilt with a new quilting book and a gorgeous bundle of quilting fabric to go with it. However, I am trying very hard to complete a few unfinished stitching projects before I leap into a new one – so my new book and fabric are just lovely eye candy on the shelf for the moment!
Speaking of stitching, have you noticed all the different types of stitched journalers in the store? I love them all, but being a pretty big fan of chipboard elements and also of Katie’s marvelous flossy stitches, I was just a tiny bit excited when these beauties made it into the store earlier this year.


I straight away used them on this little photoless layout celebrating one of Flo’s quirky questions. I just layered different sizes up and interspersed them with some patterned paper and a leafy element. Then I arranged my title, text and some decorative elemts around the layered arrangement. Some of the journaling ended up on one of the journaling labels – but not much of it!

So thinking about this month’s Get Inspired challenge, I decided to try using them again.
Remember I told you once before that I really like the ripped frames, but my little ‘straight up and down’ personality does like to square those ripped frames up? Well these stitched journalers were perfect for that in this layout – again about Flo.
One of the best things about creating is when something great happens by accident – don’t you think? Once I’d squared off my ripped frame and added all my embellishments, I thought the page needed something at the bottom – there was just a little too much white space. So, as I was using Katie’s new Watercolour Sketchbook No.01 Bundle, I decided to cut a thin wedge from one of the coloured papers to lay over the lightly patterned background paper I had chosen. I forgot that I had added a feathered edge to my lasso tool for a previous project. Unknowingly I used it to ‘cut’ my wedge of paper and dragged it onto my page. And voila! It looked like a chalk mark across the page. So cool!

For my next layout, I started by placing my photo in a frame at the end of one of the journalers. I used a sticker to decorate the other half of the journaler. I placed one of the Vintage Artistry Sky Stacks underneath. Because these come as layered elements, they make layering so much easier because you can adjust where each layer sits beneath your photo and you can also add different elements between the layers as I did here – using more of the stitched journalers. This time however I changed them up a bit by clipping patterned paper to a couple of them. I changed the blend mode of the patterned paper layer to multiply so that the chipboard edges show through. This works really well but of course you can see the pattern of the paper on the stitches which spoils the effect somewhat. My way around this is to just zoom right in and working with the patterned paper layer, use the eraser tool with a soft edge to erase that part of the paper which is covering the stitches.

I used the same technique, only this time with duplicated photos, for my last layout. I’m always struck by layouts that feature full page photos with the focal point highlighted by a smaller photo frame laid over the top. Because the theme of my layout was perspective, I didn’t want to lose any of the photo – but still wanted to focus on the kids so I used two of the stitched journalers stacked to create a kind of telescopic effect. I’m really pleased with the way only the delicate edges and the stitches are visible and the ‘floaty’ look it gives. The appearance of the journaling had me stumped for a while (everything looked too heavy), until I tried using the color picker tool to choose a colour from the background and then used the multiply blend mode on that as well. I can’t actually remember, but I may have played with the opacity of the layer a little too. I think the credit list on this layout is my smallest ever – one item – the stitched journalers!

My mojo has been seriously lacking of late – but I had SO much fun doing these pages and I hope I may have inspired you to a page using Stitched Journalers No.04.
If you don’t have them in your stash – check this weeks sale!

My layouts, together with credits, will be in the Scrapbook Challenges Gallery and I hope to see your layout there soon 🙂

Don’t forget to post your page made with 100% DD product in the May Challenges Sign-in Thread in the forms to earn shopping rewards!

Happy Scrapping everyone.

Stay safe and well!

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Saturday Scraplift: Tic-Tac-Grid

Happy Saturday! Here in the Midwest we are getting a brutal temperature drop for May. As if this year has not been crazy enough! I was hoping to plant some more flowers for Mother’s Day but I’m really glad I didn’t buy them yet. Planting flowers and veggies is not the only hobby we are doing around here. I don’t know about your houses, but we also play more games during this quarantine. Card games, dominoes, Bears and Babies (don’t ask), etc. So this tic-tac-toe inspired page by Terri (Goingtothesun) caught my eye in the gallery. I think the grid can be used in lots of different ways. And the sentiment is sweet and so real right now.

I had lots of people who wanted to play with this grid this week. First up is Rachael (myssp) with this sweet page. Love her tic-tac-toe style grid, color scheme and the sweet page edger she made.

StudioDD: LW1286, StudioDD: LW 1287, All The Details No. 5, Readymade Layers: Love Edgers No. 01, Transparency Photo Frames No. 07, Hand Scripted Love Brushes and Stamps No. 01, Hand Scripted Brushes and Stamps No. 03, Lemon Zest Scrapbooking Kit
Everlasting ReMix Scrapbooking Kit, Curated Team Scrapbook Mix No. 10 Value Pack
Artsy Paint Type Clusters Brushes and Stamps No. 02, Around Word Page Frames No. 04
Instamatic Frames No. 03, Cadmium Gardens Scrapbook Kit,  Textured Whites Paper Pack No. 03

Erin (Ernie88) combined the grid design with Mother’s day to honor both of her Moms. <3. Love the color scheme and all the stickers.

Fine Lines Border Lines Brushes and Stamps No. 16, Fine Lines Border Lines Brushes and Stamps No. 19, Stacked Vintage Photo Frames Hearts, Striping Graphic Brushes and Stamps No. 02, Watercolor Sketchbook No.01 Element PackWatercolor Sketchbook No. 01 Solids Paper Pack, Hand Scripted Love Brushes and Stamps No. 03, Layer Works No. 1264

Addie (agoymerac) took the grid design in a different direction with this adorable page about her niece. Love the title box and her clean design.

Arctic Whites Paper Pack, Double Up Stitching No. 01, Be Bold Brushes and Stamps No. 01, Far and Wide Sentiments Brushes and Stamps No. 03, Vintage Side Lift Photo Frames No. 01

And using the game of tic-tac-toe as her inspiration, Audrey (Adrianita) ended up with a scrabble inspired page (but with a grid background…so clever!)

Away We Go Element Pack, Watercolor Sketchbook No.01 Scrapbook Bundle, Wire Frame Grid Panels No. 02, Clean Stitched Hearts: White No. 01, Vintage Mix Clusters Brushes, Stamps and Layers No. 23, Watery Scribbles Brushes and Stamps No. 07, Clean Stitched Borders: White No.

And finally, here’s my take. I kept with the tic-tac-toe grid but actually used a photo frame grid and deleted the outer edges. Life feels like it’s in a bit of a holding pattern right now but my son was finally able to start flight school and I had to have a “first day of school” photo. 😉

Graphed Notebook Paper Pack No. 13, Taped Together Overlays No. 04,Taped Together Edges Overlays No. 05, Watery Maps Brushes and Stamps No. 06, Stitched Up Frames No. 08, Pebbled Universal No. 03, Your Wings Brushes and Stamps, Krafty Journal Spots No. 02

When you use 100% DD products, your page qualifies for the rewards program. Be sure to post your page in the Saturday Scraplift Gallery and the May 2020 Challenge Participation Thread. I hope you have fun with this week’s inspiration. Have a happy Mother’s Day or enjoy celebrating a special ‘Mom’ in your life.

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May Color Challenge: Purple

Straight up! The best part of spring for me is the bright vibrant colours that pop up all over the neighbourhood. With all the restrictions, we’ve been doing a lot of walking lately and wow, are the gardens ever amazing! I wish I knew all the names of the flowers that we see, but there is everything from to azaleas to hydrangeas, all in full bloom!

There are so many beautiful colours like fuscia and orange, but  I’ve decided to challenge you with the colour purple for May’s Color Challenge.

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There is so much in the store that works with purple and it is just such a FUN colour to work with.

I’m finding it difficult to take photos right now because I am just so swamped with work. I did manage to get my daughter out in the backyard for a few pics though and she was wearing my purple jacket!

Watercolor Sketchbook No. 01 Solids Paper Pack, Assorted Messy Stitches: White No. 06, Anzio Complete Scrapbook Collection, Instamatic Frames No. 06, Banner Words Brushes and Stamps No. 21, Monthly Memories Vol. 02: Element Pack No. 10, Wood Veneer Words No. 12, Floral Clusters No. 02 Brushes and Stamps, Emilia Scrapbooking Kit, Seasons Finest Scrapbook Kit, Creswell Element Pack, Watery Washes No. 03 Brushes and Stamps.

Audrey (adrianita) joined in and created this amazingly sweet page. Love how the purple is such a great accent to the black and white of the ultrasound photos!

Products used: Printed and Scripted Baby Brushes and Stamps, Spill Frame Layers No. 13,  Readymade Tall Strips: Rainbow No. 01, Botanical Bliss Paper Pack No. 01, Instamatic Frames No. 06, Bead Scatterings No. 01, Artsy Long Line Scribbles Brushes and Stamps , No. 01, Watery Hearts Brushes and Stamps No. 03, Arctic Whites Paper Pack No. 02

Addie (agoymerac) also created an adorable page. Can’t you just hear the sound of her friend’s daughter laughing!!

Credits: Monthly Memories Vol. 03: Layered Templates No. 03, Vintage Blendable Palettes No. 10, Banner Words Brushes and Stamps No. 21, Taped Together Overlays No. 03, Edge Overlays No. 05, Splatters Brushes and Stamps No. 07, Watery Brushes and Stamps No. 05, Sacked Solids: Nursery Paper Pack (main background paper), Canvas Color Mix Paper Pack No. 21, Canvas Color Mix Paper Pack No. 14

Candy (cnewby) added this lovely page of lilacs – great use of the colour purple.

Coming Soon – All the Details LT No. 5, Readymade Layers: Spring Clusters No. 04,  Sacked Solids: Nursery Paper Pack, Damask Transfers No. 02, Blendable Layers No. 32,  Coming Soon – Spill Frame Layers no. 30, Classic Side Lift Photo Frames No. 01

Erin (Ernie88) also used flowers for her subject. Love that shade of purple! Gorgeous.

Products used: **coming soon**Blendable Layers No.114, Botanical Bliss Element Pack No. 01, Botanical Bliss Solids Paper Pack No. 01, Framed Spill Layers No. 01, See the Flowers Brushes and Stamps, Twisted Dots No. 01

I hope that you are feeling inspired to create a page for this month’s Colour Challenge: Purple! Post your page to the Colour Challenge Gallery and in the May Challenge Gallery.  If you use 100% DD products, you can earn a discount to use for new products!

Happy scrapping!!

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Template MashUp: Together

Merrilee planned this wonderful challenge, but she is having a computer issue, so I am posting for her.

From Merrilee:

When I found a sweet template with the word Together as the title, it reminded me of how creative we have to be during this time of sheltering in place due to the Covid-19 pandemic to stay in touch with family and friends. Each family unit in our family is staying home in their separate homes and my DH and I do separate drive-by visits to see them on their driveways. I really liked my first template’s title, the three scattered photo frames and the lovely flower stamp.

My second choice of a template for mashing is Layer Works 795 which gave me plenty of interesting embellishments and a cool hanging photo frame for three photos for my mashup page. I hope you’ll join me in using these two templates to create a new page. Remember, the two templates will be included in the Thrifty Thursday Sale.

I am so pleased to share wonderful examples from Erin, Candy and Kathleen.

Kathleen’s page is a touching tribute to a beloved Track and Cross Country coach her sons loved and admired. His death leaves them missing him as a mentor and friend. I love the masculine feel of the page she created with photos of the coach, photos of her sons running and a poignant blended photo showing memorials left on the fence at the track.

Kathleen used ARToptions Krafty Paper Pack 03, Edge Overlays No. 11 and Watery Photo Mask Nos. 15 and 16 to complete her page.

Candy’s page features photos of two sweet sisters wearing backpacks as they head off to school. She added words to the song You’ve Got a Friend in Me to complete her lovely page. I loved that there is a photo layer that gives a glimpse of the bright orange school bus, too.

Candy used Book Bag Days Back to School Scrapbook Kit, Big Bottom Lift Classic Photo Frames No. 01 and Roughed Up Notebook Paper Pack No. 03 to complete her page.

Erin artfully combined all the frames from the two templates. She filled the hanging frames with patterns and the three scattered frames with photos of three of her sons walking together. Very sweet!

Erin made good use of elements from the templates plus papers and elements from the Marlow Kit.

As I said, my own page is about families keeping together separately in their own homes. I used WaterColor Sketchbook No. 01 Solids for my background paper.

When you take part in this challenge, post your page in the Template Challenge Gallery. Also, be sure to add your page to the Rewards Participation Thread in the General Forum so that it goes towards determining your discount code to use in the DD store. Thanks for stopping by the Blog. Happy scrapping!



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Shortcuts for Recoloring PNG Images 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 Shortcuts for Recoloring PNG Images in Photoshop and PSE.

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Story Scrapbook Challenge

Holidays, trips, vacations – well whilst we might not be doing any tripping whilst in isolation and social distancing – how about we at least TALK about holidays, trips and vacations.

How about grabbing a fun photo from a previous trip and revisit it, the sights, the sounds, the foods, the company, and just enjoy for a brief moment whilst you take that trip down memory lane and scrap a page.  Are you dreaming of your next trip when life gets back to normal?

Or maybe you would like to document these times amongst your precious family pages.  Have you been disappointed that a long awaited trip has had to be cancelled?  Or are you on tenterhooks with the timelines – is it/or is it not going to happen?  Have you been caught up on flights being grounded and trying to get yourself or a loved one back home to you?

So whether you story is a happy one or a sad one, let’s talk about holidays, trips and vacations, any way you’d like.  Buckle up your seatbelt and lets get scrapping!

The creative team have jumped on board with some terrific example pages, each of us diving into the subject from a different angle, which is what I love about the story challenge.

Firstly Shannon an intrepid traveller has had to cancel so many of her trips this year.   There are so many people like Shannon with plans both cancelled and up in the air.  I’m sure many will relate and this may spark something to scrap about your own cancelled plans, as sad as that is.

Supplies Shannon has used:  Watercolor Sketchbook Kit,  Watercolor Simplicity Layered Template No. 02,  Vintage Artistry Natural Stack Layers,  Let’s Do This Brushes and Stamps.

There was no travelling for Amy for her birthday this year, one I’m sure she’ll remember.  She documents beautifully how whilst her traditional birthday celebrations were out the window, that she had a lovely birthday anyway due to the beautiful friends and family she has.

Supplies Amy has used: Scattered Pictures Layered Template No. 13,  Watercolor Sketchbook No. 01 Brushes and Stamps,  Watercolor Sketchbook No. 01 Dots and Stripes Paper Pack,  Watercolor Sketchbook No. 01 Paper Pack,  Watercolor Sketchbook No. 01 Solids Paper Pack,  Watercolor Sketchbook No.01 Element Pack,  Painted Swirls No. 01,  Edge Overlays No. 07,  Letter Box Simplicity Paper Pack No. 01,  Letter Box Essentials Paper Pack No. 01,  Fall Brilliance Element Pack,  Good Day Flairs,  Everlasting Element Pack,  Everlasting ReMix Element Pack

And finally for my page, I’ve decided to document the state of travel (or lack thereof) in my country right now.  Who ever would have thought this would have happened?

Supplies I have used:  Australia and New Zealand Maps Brushes and Stamps,  Sacked Solids: Neutrals Paper Pack,  Edge Overlays No. 04,  Blue Bird Element Pack,  Bunny Slope: Blue Add-ons Paper Pack,  Flair Minis No. 01,  Watery Washes No. 03 Brushes and Stamps,  Krafty Tags: Holiday,  Splatters Brushes and Stamps 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 May.  I hope the goodies inspire you.   I am really looking forward to reading all the stories this month.

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: Monochromatic, White Space

Welcome to May! Anyone about to lose their minds yet? My kids have, I’ve had to schedule mandatory outside recess just to get them off the walls! Let’s hope this all settles down soon! On to this week’s SSL. Today, we are lifting Kate’s (OKate) beautiful page. I chose this page for two reasons, 1. The gorgeous monochromatic feel of the page and 2. All the white space. My designers chose to scrap their pages using both, but feel free to do one or the other if you please!

Lightly Linens Paper Pack No. 03, ARToption Mini Mix No. 02, Instamatic Frames No. 06, Arrow Wire Paper Clips No. 01, Mixed Stacks Brushes and Stamps No. 02, Remnants Overlays No. 01.

When I saw Anke’s lift, I was just wowed. The sunset behind that building offset with the buttery-soft coral paper just jumped right out at me!

Watercolor sketchbook No. 1 solids – coming soon, Watercolor sketchbook No. 1 elements – coming soon, Ripped Frame Stack Layers No. 01, Ripped Frame Stack Layers No. 02,
Fine Line Scribbles Brushes and Stamps No. 01.

Erin’s (Ernie88) page shows off this sweet baby with those eyes; I like how she matched her paper to them! She hit the monochromatic part of this challenge out of the pall park!

Hinged Photo Frames No. 07, Garden Stories No. 01 Dots and Stripes Paper Pack, Garden Stories No. 01 Element Pack, Garden Stories No. 01 Solids Paper Pack, On White Alphabet Stamp Set, Smooth Script Words Brushes and Stamps No. 01, Striping Graphic Brushes and Stamps No. 03, Triangular Sentiments Brushes and Stamps No. 01, Twisted Dots No. 01.

Addie (Agoymerac) also showcased a beautiful sunset in her lift and chose her background paper to match. I like the added touch of the off-set paper; it makes this page all hers, and if this is how they are spending quarantine, they are set!!

That is Love Brushes and Stamps, Canvas Color Mix Paper Pack No. 03, Garden Stories No. 01 Element Pack, Garden Stories No. 01 Solids Paper Pack.

I think these ladies did a wonderful job lifting Kate! Please give their pages some love in the Saturday Scraplift Gallery! If you’d like to join in on this fun challenge and earn some awesome DD $$, be sure to post your page in the Saturday Scraplift Gallery and the May 2020 Challenge Participation Thread.

When you use 100% DD products, your page qualifies for the rewards program. 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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Saturday Scraplift Challenge: Move Across

As the post title states, I loved the way Rachel (rache77) created her page to move the eye across the page in a straight line. I really like the fact that she left a lot of white space as well 🙂 You can take a peek at her page right here:

We have a few examples of the pages we were inspired to create.
This one is by Linda (earlofoxford) and how adorable are those 2 kittens!! I really love how she layered those roughed up papers on the sides, what a cool effect! And look at all that white space, I am so impressed 🙂

Here is everything she used on that page:
Katie Pertiet
Arctic Whites Paper Pack, Grunge Texture Masks Brushes and Stamps No. 01,
Twisted Stitches, Creswell Element Pack, Roughed Up Woods Paper Pack No. 01,
Roughed Up Notebook Paper Pack No. 04, Christmas Lodge Roughed Up Paper Pack,
Everlasting ReMix Roughed Up Paper Pack, Walden Element Pack, Lots of Love Element Pack, Autumn Winds Element Pack, Alandia Paix Element Pack, Art Class Frames No. 05
Clean Stitched Rounded Corners: White No. 01, Vintage Artistry Sage Chipboard Stickers
Hush-a-Bye Element Pack, Drop Shadow Styles No. 02

Erin (ernie88) came up with this gorgeous flower page, the masking is just perfect and I love the additional flower frames on the sides. Just beautiful!!

Here are her supplies:
Katie Pertiet
Monthly Memories Vol3: Stamp Set 5, MOnthly Memories Vol3: Paper Pack No.5
Big Bottom Lift Vintage Photo Frames No. 01, Layering Sentiments No. 02, 
Spill Frame Layers No. 29

And here is my page. I saw a bunch of birds seemingly keeping social distancing rules and I took a picture of them. I found some fun items to use on the sides and you can find them below.

K. Pertiet
bead scatterings No. 1, tailed frames No. 1, botanical journalers,
botanist workbook No. 1 tags, flourishes, Naturally Krafty No. 6,
Postage strip words, Posted Spring, Letterbox Remnants No. 2

I can’t wait to see where this inspiration takes you. Remember to post your page in the Saturday Scraplift Challenge Gallery and in the April Challenge Participation thread in the forum. And above all, enjoy the process.




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Let’s Blend Challenge

Adding borders to pages can add that extra touch, and there are quite a few in the store that already have a “blended” look. Here are a few examples on how to use them:

I wanted the photos to be the focus here, so the border was resized, and recolored. That’s it! Products used: Lightly Linens No. 25, ARTpack Arboretum Brushes and Stamps No. 1, Evergreens Element Pack, Cutting Files: Fused Words No. 5, Autumn Winds Element Pack, Painted Photo Borders No. 2.

Duplicating, resizing and clipping a coordinating paper to the borders on this page added some interest and fun to this page. Products used: Artisty d’amour Kit, Fading Borders Brushes and Stamps No. 1, Which Way Words Brushes and Stamps No. 3.

Give this technique a try and when creating your pages, 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 April Challenge Participation Thread for proper credit.

Stay safe and be well.

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