Saturday Scraplift: Designing with Strong Lines

Although I’ve never considered myself artistic – as in I can’t draw a straight line without a ruler – I have learned some things about design in the process of becoming a scrapper. A couple of classes didn’t hurt, either! I find myself drawn to pages that exhibit strong lines, like this one of Mel’s (Britgirl) that we’re lifting this week. I love how she’s focused her design in the lower right corner and emphasized it with the dotted borders, the wooden chevrons, and her brushwork. Then, for a bit of balance, she’s put the location and date in the upper left corner. Perfection! The Creative Team had fun lifting Mel’s wonderful page. Here’s how they were inspired.

 Mel’s page

Maureen (maureenreynolds) scrapped a moving photo of her granddaughter to tell the story of her heritage. I love the way the cluster in the upper left and the title draw the viewer’s eye right to that picture. She chose the perfect accompanying elements in the star bead scatterings and banner, as well as her patriotic color scheme of red, white, and blue.

Credits: Americana Clusters; Astro Bead Scatterings; Cape St. Clair Kit; Clean Stitched Borders: White No. 01; File Cards No. 01; Loved Layered Template No. 02; Starry Banners No. 01; Stitched Journal Strips No. 03; Vintage Photo Frames No. 35; Layer Works No. 202

Debi (beehive50) lifted Mel’s page and stayed true to her signature style in the process. I adore the clean look Debi created to record how her daughter rescued a neighborhood pooch. She cleverly used stitching holes to create the strong lines of her corner and repeated the elements and colors of her page in the small cluster in the upper left.

Credits: Wanderer Solids Paper Pack;  Pencil Line Leaves Brushes and Stamps No. 09; Watery Branches Brushes and Stamps No. 08; Stitching Holes No. 02 Brushes and Stamps; Vintage Photo Frames No. 46; Wooden Arrows No. 03; Plastic Slimline Serif Alphabets No. 02; Stapled Stacks Christmas No. 01; Fastener Basics No. 01

Sarah (sterkeurs) adopted Mel’s strong lines for her dramatic last day of school page. The colorful photos and white dotted borders really pop against the dark background, and the block of photos makes for a strong horizontal line. The primary colors are just right for this cool school page.

Credits: Back to School Scrapbook Kit;  School Mates Kit

I think you’ll enjoy working with some strong lines in your design for this page. Remember to post your page in the Saturday Scraplift Challenge gallery as well as in the August Challenge Participation sign-in thread. Happy scrapping!


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How to Outline and Customize Word Art 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 Outline and Customize Word Art in Photoshop and PSE.

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Let’s Blend Challenge – Blending With Vintage Mini Mix Kits

Katie has been creating these wonderful Vintage Mini Mix Kits, with lovely coordinating papers and elements and I thought, why not use them for one of our challenges.  I worked with one specific kit, but you can apply any of the ideas here to any or all of the kits.

For my first page, I clipped my photo to a mask and placed it in the center of the paper and changed the blend mode of the mask to hard light. I then began playing with the elements and created a little cluster at the top of the page.

Products used: Vintage Mini Mix No. 3, Twisted Dots No. 1, Watery Washes No. 4 Brushes and Stamps, Taped Together Overlays No. 3, The Birds Brushes and Stamps

My second page does not include a photo at all. I used two papers in the kit, one as the base and then the other on top of it. On the top paper, I added an inverted layer mask and then blended in only the portions of the paper I wanted to see, and then changed the blend mode to multiply. I then added one of Katie’s Archiblend Clusters (which I love), and played with the page from there. After the page was just how I liked it, I saved it as a psd and a jpeg. I then took the jpeg and place it at the top of the layers panel of my psd file. I then went into the filter gallery and applied the Note Paper filter to it, changed the blend mode to Multiply and reduced the opacity to 33%. What this does is gives the whole piece some dimension and texture. Depending on your page, the opacity and blend mode could be different, so just play around a bit.

Products used: Vintage Mini Mix No. 3, Archiblend Clusters Stamps and Layers No. 2, Canvas Colors No. 25,


Remember to post your pages in the Mask Appeal Challenge Gallery and don’t forget to use ALL DD products, along with all or part of the freebie, Katie has provided on your challenge page. You should post a link of your page in the August Challenge Participation Thread so that it will count  toward your savings in the rewards program. Have fun!

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Color Spots Scrapbook Challenge: Watermelon

Summer! What do you love about summer? One of the things I really love about summer is all the fresh fruit! Our fridge is stocked with fruit from the garden as well as the local stores! We just can’t get enough of it, but I’m a big foodie too! My family can’t get enough of it! My oldest is helping with the garden this year and the one thing she’s most excited about is the watermelon, next to her bell pepper plants of course. Checking it daily to see if it’s ready. This is where I drew my inspiration from this month. Here are a few inspiration photos and pages from the CT.

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I (KimR+) am the odd man out in my family, I actually don’t like watermelon. But that didn’t stop me from playing with these colors. After I picked the colors, we received the photos from our family reunion a few weeks ago. The large family photo was just perfect for the muted watermelon colors.Supplies used: Clock Parts No. 01Dictionary Edges No. 02Enamel Brads Alphabet No. 01Frame Hangers No. 02,  Letter Box Remnants No 1, Quirky Banner Strips No. 01Star Glows Brushes and Stamps No. 01Stitched Up Frames No. 04Textured Cardstock: SeaSand Paper PackTwisted Dots No. 01Watery Blumes No. 17, Watery Slide Reels No 1, Wood Veneer Words No. 27Layer Works No. 902Layer Works No. 974

Christine (Christine Irion) created a fun watermelon page. Her little guys face just says it all! I love the mix of pattern papers along with all of the splatters! After all, when a kid eats watermelon, there is a mess to clean up, LOL! The Lens Flare: Colors was a perfect addition to the page, it’s like the summer sun shining to ripen the watermelon on a hot summer day.Supplies used: Color Essentials Pink Bundle, Color Essentials Lime Element PackLayer Works No. 742Black, Creme and Red KitLooking for Love Solids Paper PackLooking for Love Kit, Deer Lodge Solids Paper PackBrierley Element PackCurated Studio Mix Scrapbooking Kit No. 25Twisted Stitches No. 02

Deborah (DivaMom96) was also up for this fruity challenge. Plus she’s a girl after my own heart, fresh strawberries! Too bad the birds get to ours before we do. I adore the photos of these two at the strawberry patch. The use of the Layer Works is just perfect. She recolored it to perfection. 

Supplies used: Layer Works No. 974Anchors Away Solids Paper PackPrinted and Scripted Everyday Brushes and Stamps

Are you feeling inspired by these different fruity photos and pages by the creative team? Or have we left you feeling a little hungry for fresh fruit? 😉 I hope you take the chance 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 August Participation thread for proper credit.

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Story Scrapbook Challenge

I don’t know about you but I seem to snap photographs on my phone every single day.   Silly little happenings, momentous occasions, a pretty sunrise, a delicious meal from a restaurant, a lovely view, a dress you’re considering to buy, a selfie … come on we all do selfies don’t we!!??

So this month I want you to look back into your phone and grab a photo, any photo that you’ve taken so far in August and scrap the story about the photo.  Why you took it?  What was happening?  How you were feeling?  Who’s in the photo?  Give us the story about why that photo took space on your phone.    Maybe it’s a screen print you grabbed for a specific reason, a recipe you wanted to remember, a photo you took for Instagram, scrap that story.

And if you are a big girl/boy camera type of person, then what photos have you downloaded from your camera in August.

And okay okay, for those of you who may not have taken a photo so far in August.  Really…!?  But if you haven’t, then go to your diary/calendar, pick a day that you did something in August, what have you got jotted down, an appointment, a meeting, a lunch date, a bill to pay, and scrap that story.  No pics needed.

Our Project Life and story a day people are brilliant about scrapping the ordinary every day happenings, go check out that gallery for ideas if needed.

The creative team have jumped on board with some terrific example pages, I’ve been spoilt for choice so many hands went up, so here are a few:

Esther’s page about the eight dwarfs is a cracker.  What a lovely memory to have and how perfect is that little apple sitting there balancing out the page.

Supplies used by Esther:  Back to School Element Pack,  Back to School Paper Pack,  Back to School Solids Paper Pack,  Color Essentials Mango Element Pack,   Everything is Beautiful Layered Template,  How Sweet Brushes and Stamps,  Instamatic Frames No. 06,  Layer Works No. 941,  Made with Tape Journalers No. 01.


Guest CT member Christine follows it up with a fun page about a “new” game her son had discovered not knowing it’s been played for years.    Terrific story, great photos, it will be a treasure in the family albums.

Supplies used by Christine:  Stamp Sets: Good Life,  Tightly Kerned Titles Brushes and Stamps No. 04,  Vintage Flashcards: Adjectives No. 01,  Taped Word Strips No. 04,  Watery Grids Brushes and Stamps No. 01,  Grungy Ledger Grids Brushes and Stamps No. 02,  Spill Frame Layers No. 02,  Textured Whites Paper Pack No. 02,  Curated Team Scrapbook Mix No. 09,  Zipper Pulls: Dates No. 02,  Tied Fasteners No. 05.


Sharon is the master of spotting the beauty in things and scrapping a complete and utter story about it, not only that, but using the most perfect elements to display on the page marrying story to photograph.  And this one about the froth left in a coffee mug is no exception.

Supplies used by Sharon:   Christmas Garden Element Pack,  Coin Holder Photo Frames No. 06,  Gold and Graphic Sentiment Spots No. 01,  Chipboard Blanks Element,  Watery Spots Brushes and Stamps No. 09,  Krafty Journal Spots No. 02,  Junk Journal Printable Collage Sheet No. 06,  Wanderer Element Pack,  Vintage Mini Mix Kit No. 05,  Cute Mini Mix No. 01,  Star Glows Brushes and Stamps No. 01.


And lastly my page, which I realised in horror the pics were taken on the last day of July (so I’ve broken my own story rules!!) but I’m sure it was August somewhere in the world 😉  about a helicopter flight I took.  We were high on life, hence the silly giggly flight it was.

Supplies I’ve used:  Back to School Solids Paper Pack,  Back to School Scrapbook Kit,  Thin Classic Photo Frames Curled and Flat No. 01,  December Stories Roughed Up Pocket Cards,  Twisted Dots No. 01.

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

Post your pages in the Scrapbook Challenge Gallery and don’t forget when you use ALL DD product on your challenge page you should post a link of your page in the August Challenge Participation thread so that it will count toward your savings in the rewards program.  Everyone’s a winner!

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Saturday Scraplift: Blending with a Favorite Photo

Happy Saturday! Love doing this challenge and I am excited about this week’s page and where it will take you. Last week’s corner to corner page caused so many amazing inspiration pages in the gallery. I hope this week’s page gives you some great ideas too. 🙂

sterkeurs (Sarah) made this page from a bit blurry favorite photo of her daughter. With a lot of blending, black and whiting the photo and a wee bit of grunge, her daughter was captured beautifully.

I wasn’t the only one who though this page was lift worthy as many team member jumped in to give you some more inspiration. Up first is maggiemae (Julie) with this lovely page capturing the everyday normal of teenagers…talking on the phone (although this is a bit more rare nowadays as they usually just text.) Love the hints of pink and the loop stitch coming off the phone in the photo. Very clever.Cabana White Solid Paper Single, Type Contrasts Brushes and Stamps, Twisted Dots Brushes and Stamps No. 02, Stamping Strips Brushes and Stamps No. 01, Clock Parts No. 02: Clock Face Collection, Fading Borders Brushes and Stamps No. 01, Filmstrip Edges Brushes and Stamps No. 01, From My Porch Brushes and Stamps, Edge Overlays No. 04
Painted Photo Masks Brushes and Stamps No. 10, Apple Cider Mini Kit (buttons – recolored), Color Essentials Pink Element Pack, 5X7 Grungy Photo Masks

Poor Lynn (grandma lynnie). She went for a nice walk on the beach and managed to break her foot. 🙁 But being the scrapper that she is, she captured the memory and the grunge brushes were the perfect add to her sandy page story.

Dirt, Grit and Grids Brushes and Stamps No. 01, Artsy Splatters Brushes, Stamps and Layers, Handdrawn Mix Hello Sunshine Brushes and Stamps, Splatters Brushes and Stamps No. 02

Divamom96 (Deborrah) used a favorite photo of her niece on her page. She used text brushes and grid brushes like Sarah and even used some fine line twists. The butterflies in her hair are an adorable touch too. This whole page just says “Aww!”Maybe Not Solids Paper Pack, Dreamy Paper Pack No. 06, Blendable Layers No. 83
Blendable Ledgers No. 03, ARTpack Botanicals Brushes, Stamps and Layered Files No. 03
ARTpack Botanicals Brushes, Stamps and Layered Files No. 04, Fine Line Twists Brushes and Stamps No. 04, Patterning Palettes No. 02 Element Pack, Watery Foliage No. 14
Outlined and Scripted Sentiments Brushes and Stamps No. 05

lizziet5 (Liz) always says blending is challenging for her, but I never see that. I think this page is brilliant. Although not a black and white photo, there was the same light and dark contrast as Sarah’s photo. She loves any chance to use twisted lines or dots and kept a similar photo placement albeit on the opposite side of the page.

Color Essentials Pink Paper Pack, Color Essentials Pink Element Pack, Color Essentials Pink Ribbons and More, Color Essentials Pink Painted Layers, Stamps Sets: Happiness
Watery Maps Brushes and Stamps No. 05, Framed Spill Layers No. 01, Twisted Dots No. 01, Dirt, Grit and Grids Brushes and Stamps No. 01, Painted Patterns Hearts Brushes and Stamps No. 02, Monthly Memories Element Pack No. 05

And finally, here’s my page. I love grunge, and actually planned to go that direction, but then I ended up with a softer page and I’m ok with that. Photo was from my daughter’s senior photo shoot last year (dream2bphotography) and one of my husband’s favorites. Looking back over her first year in college…she needed a whole lot of courage so the quote fit. I did keep the text brushes, the watery photo block and even the butterflies from Sarah’s page.

Patterning Palettes No. 02 ARToptions Paper Pack recolored, Watercolor Blends Layered Template No. 06 paint and pencil lines, Watery Typecast Blends Brushes and Stamps No. 01, Color Essentials Lime Painted Layers, White Sticker Alphabet No. 02, 
Plant Smiles Brushes and Stamps

So, hopefully there’s something that inspires you this week. If it does, please share your page in the Saturday Scraplift Challenge gallery. And if you use all DD products on your lift, remember to post a link to your page in the August Challenge Participation thread so you can work towards a coupon for the store!

Happy weekend!


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Katie x 2 template challenge

Good morning everyone! Ready for a challenge?? I have a really hard time choosing templates for the template challenges!! So this time, I gave myself rules to choose by. The templates had to both be Katie’s templates. Then I gave myself a year – 2014 – and then I told myself that the templates had to have been released to the store on the same day. And this is what I found . . .

Katie’s Best Smile Template

and her Choose Happiness Template

Both templates were released on the 22nd of May in 2014.

SO . . . I had followed my rules, but would the mash-up work? Well, I thought the titles were interchangeable, and maybe all those gorgeous masks and brushes in the Choose Happiness Template would make a good photo background? As I started to work, I loved the way my background started to come together as I recoloured the brushes and masks with colours I took from the photo with the eye drop tool. But then . . . what to use from the Best Smile Template? I’m not going to pretend otherwise – this is when it got to be a real challenge for me. I moved things around a lot until it all just seemed to fall into place at last, and I’m really happy with the result.

I added in a couple of elements from the Color Essentials Mango Bundle (I love these bundles and I’m SO excited for the Pinks coming soon!!), recoloured some template elements and I was done!

I hope you’ll join me in mashing up these two gorgeous templates – will it be as challenging for you as it was for me or will it just be “easy peasy, cold and freezy, lemon squeezy, toasted cheesy” (sorry – elementary school teacher)?

If you don’t have Katie’s Best Smile & Choose Happiness templates in your stash, check out this week’s Thrifty Thursday sale 🙂

If you choose to participate, your layout can earn you credit in our rewards program. All of the details are in the August 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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Saturday Scraplift Challenge: Corner to Corner

Happy Saturday everyone! Is there anyone else out there just like me… so thankful that it’s weekend?! And what is better than taking a little time to check out this week’s scraplift and getting a page in the gallery? I’ve had this page of Erin’s (Ernie88) in my favourites folder for a while and I was thrilled when some of the Creative Team and Guest Creative Team jumped in on the lift. It’s interesting to note that we were all inspired to keep the diagonal from bottom left to top right – a true testament to Erin’s great design!

Quick off the mark was Lynnie (grandma lynnie), matching up a large blended photo with a perfect music paper to form the backdrop for her wonderful image. Am I the only one that didn’t know Lynnie plays guitar?!

Here is Lynnie’s supply list: Letter Box KitFine Lines Border Lines Brushes and Stamps No. 02Musical Epoxies No. 01Musically Quoted Brushes and Stamps,Rimmed Framers No. 01Krafty Journal Spots No. 02Sentiment Flairs No. 04Flossy Stitches: BlueLoosely Labeled Dates No. 01A – all Katie Pertiet.

The mix of soft tones, the black brushwork and title work create great contrast in Maureen’s (maureen reynolds) lift and I like how well the grey stripes work with the gentle plaid paper. The page is balanced nicely with the journaling which lets us in on the story behind the image – bless him! I’m sure he’s happy with his little sister now though!

Maureen used: Baby Blush Element PackBest Friends Layered TemplateClassic Curled Photo Frames No. 06Happy Place Layered TemplateShining Star Clusters No. 02 – Katie Pertiet; Candice Paper PackCandice Solids Paper PackDesmon Maskros Paper PackLedina Paper Pack – Maplebrook Studios.

Julie (MaggieMae) made great use of the new Color Essentials Lime range for her lift, using plaid and dotted paper, a great matting for her image, and carrying on through with the lime for her brushwork and the finer details of her lift. Bear looks so cuddly!

Here’s what Julie used: Color Essentials Lime Paper PackColor Essentials Lime Painted LayersColor Essentials Lime Ribbons and MoreARToption Mini Mix No. 02ARToption Mini Mix No. 05 and Assorted Messy Stitches: White No. 03 – Katie Pertiet; Hand Scripted Brushes and Stamps No. 03 – Studio Double-D

I’ve felt a little bit in a rut with my own scrapping lately so I chose Erin’s page for the scraplift because I knew I’d be challenged with the diagonal. I have to admit that I was tempted to swing it a little (ok, more than a little!) so the page was simple split down the middle instead. But as I studied Erin’s page more, the more I was happy with how my page was starting to look with the diagonal. I was also inspired with the star detail that Erin used. So Erin, if you’re reading this, this page is all down to you, my friend, thank you so much for the inspiration!I used: Simple Mini Mix No. 01Simple Mini Mix No. 02Thin Classic Photo Frames No. 04Monthly Memories Element Pack No. 05Cedar Crest Element PackAntiquarian Artistry No. 01 Element PackColor Essentials Turquoise Element PackColor Essentials Turquoise Painted LayersPainted Star Clusters and Layers No. 01Vintage Flashcards: Adjectives No. 01Typewriter Clusters Brushes and Stamps No. 05Stamp Sets: Wild WorldTwisted Stitches No. 02Stapled Stacks Stars No. 01Typed and Scripted Brushes and Stamps No. 09Stitched Word Squares No. 01Neutral Word Bits No. 03 – all Katie Pertiet.

I do hope your inspired by this week’s scraplift to document a story of your own and share it with us in the Saturday Scraplift Challenge gallery. And if you use all DD products on your lift, remember to post a link to your page in the August Challenge Participation thread so you can work towards a coupon for the store!

Have a lovely weekend and I’ll see you in the gallery!

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How to Turn Patterned Paper into Pencil Sketched Paper [Video]

This week’s Adobe Photoshop or Elements tip of the week is now available on video. This weeks tip is on How to Turn Patterned Paper into Pencil Sketched Paper.

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Documenting Monthly Memories | 8

year in review scrapbook photobook

Welcome to Month 8 of our Monthly Memories Series!

Each month we are bringing you collections that help you quickly and easily scrapbook each month as they happen. It can be overwhelming to do a year-in-review at the end of the year and weekly pocket scrapbooking can be a lot to keep up with, so we are embracing Monthly Memories to continue to document our memories as they unfold.

Each month you can look forward to template packs, coordinating paper packs, coordinating embellishments too.

For August we have three packs full of essentials to document your month and so much more! There are the Monthly Memories Template Pack No.8, Monthly Memories No.8 Element Pack and Monthly Memories No.8 Paper Pack!

everyday scrapbook embellishments

Layered Page Templates for Year-in-review scrapbook photobook

Digital Scrapbooking Patterned Papers

Kim’s pages [above and below] show just how easy it is to customize the templates and add in assorted embellishments to personalize your own scrapbook pages!

A great bonus for this series is that it is included in the monthly challenges.

Post your pages using the Monthly Memories series of products in the Gallery and don’t forget when you use ALL DD product on your challenge page, post a link of your page in the August Challenge Participation thread so that it will count toward your savings in the rewards program. Each month you can join in and share your memories that will help towards a savings code to continue your scrapbooking projects!

year-in-review scrapbook page layout photoalbum

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