itunes: Starry starry night

Hiya, welcome to another chance to join in with our monthly iTunes challenge! It’s been chilly, which leads to some lovely clear nights for stargazing. Last night was the lunar eclipse, and I’ve loved seeing the photos of that online. I caught the tail end of it here, though there were clouds in the way most of the time.

Inspired by this, I’ve chosen this album cover to get our imagination going this month.

When I found this cover,  the starry background jumped out at me, with the simple titlework; and there are plenty of star-themed products in the store. I also like the blue with the gradient effect, which is what I added to my page below.

I was inspired to use a photo from an event I attended a couple of years ago with my pupils. Mission Discovery puts teams of pupils through challenges, to design an experiment for the International Space Station. They also got talks from the astronaut Michael Foale, and Sarah Murray, who works at NASA. Their talks were fascinating!

On this page I used Page Fades Clipping Masks No. 01; Eat Cake Kit; Astro Scrapbooking Kit; Stamped Stitched Stars brushes and stamps; Scout Minikit; In Stitches: Circles No. 02.

My other inspiration example comes from digigrandma (Merr). Although she did not do the page for this challenge, I think it matches perfectly with the theme and style! I love her addition of all the animals.

Merr used Just Linens Paper Pack No. 75; Basic Trees No 1; Junk Journal Printable Collage Sheet No. 01; Cute Mini Mix No. 02; Wood Veneer Springtime; Readymade Layers: Woodlands Clusters no 01.

Now it’s your turn, show us your starry-inspired pages. To help you get started, Katie has generously provided a freebie. Post your pages in the iTunes gallery so we can leave some love. Remember to keep track of your pages in the January rewards thread to earn store credit by completing challenges.

Happy scrapping!

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Saturday Scraplift: On the Shelf

Good design is always a delight to the eyes. That’s how I felt when I saw Merr’s (digigrandma) beautiful page in the gallery. Of course, she has a wonderful photo front and center, but what really draws me in is the “shelf” she created to ground her photo and design. Her elements and brush work extend on either side of her photo, and her large title supports it from beneath. To tie it all together, the pops of red create a unifying visual triangle. My fellow Creative Team member Liz joined me in lifting Merr’s page. Here’s how she inspired us.

Merr’s page: 

Liz’s (lizziet5) page features a gorgeous shot of her daughter and son-in-law surrounded by and perched on all sorts of goodies, including brush work, foliage, and word art. I love how she has managed to use words, word art, and word strips in so many creative ways in her design. She’s also incorporated a number of circular elements in the forms of flowers, tags, and epoxies.

Credits: Relative Bliss Brushes and Stamps; Merriest Christmas Solids Paper Pack; Merriest Christmas Element Pack; Cedar Crest Element Pack; Deelen Element Pack; Everlasting Element Pack; Darcy Gardens Element Pack; Darcy Gardens Painted Layers; Classic Curled Photo Frames No. 07; Pencil Line Twists Brushes and Stamps No. 02; All Around 4×6 Scripted Borders Brushes and Stamps No. 04; Readymade Layers: Christmas Borders No. 19

For my page, I used a photo of my mother and my grandchildren taken on the occasion of my mother’s 90th birthday about 18 months ago. I decided to build a shelf filled with items associated with birthday celebrations. For my title, I used one of Katie’s fun typewriter clusters which worked perfectly.

Credits: Winter Whites Solids Paper Pack; Build-a-Party Brushes and Stamps; Loosely Labeled No. 10; Typewriter Clusters Brushes and Stamps No. 06; Fastened Frames No. 03; Conifere Element Pack; Sentiment Spots Brushes and Stamps No. 15; Celebrate Today Brushes and Stamps; Blue Bird Element Pack; Birthday Sticker Pack No. 01; Party Pennant Sticks; Piece of Cake Epoxy Stickers; Sweet St. Nicholas Element Pack; Drop Shadow Styles No. 02 

I think you’ll have fun being inspired by Merr’s creative design. Remember to post your lift in the Saturday Scraplift Challenge Gallery as well as in the January Challenge Participation Sign-in thread in the forum. Happy scrapping!


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Wayback Wednesday Challenge-Tell A Story

Storytelling is a big part of what we, as scrapbookers, are all about. Katie has designed a ton of products to help us tell our stories. While looking back through these products, I came upon her Storytelling Phrases Brushes and Stamps No 1 and 2.

These little, artfully designed phrases can be the jumping off point for some wonderful storytelling pages! So for this month’s  Wayback Wednesday Challenge,  the challenge is to use one of these phrases and design a page that tells a story! These phrases are even included in this weekend’s sale!

Our Creative Team has designed quite a few pages to give you some great ideas for how to use these phrases! Sharon, Liz and Kayleigh all used Storytelling Phrases Brushes and Stamps No 1 in a variety of creative ways.

By Sharon (Shannamay)

By Liz(Lizziet5)

By Kayleigh

Storytelling Phrases Brushes and Stamps No 2 were used by Sarah, Elisabeth and Trace as the beginning of some great pages!

By Sarah (sterkeurs)

By Elisabeth (Lego)

By Trace (tracermajig)

I hope you are inspired to create your own storytelling page using these featured products. Please post your pages in the Scrapbook Challenges Gallery for us all to enjoy. If you also link your page in the January Challenge Sign-in thread, it can help you earn a coupon code for the DD store.

Happy storytelling and happy scrapping!



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Color Spots Scrapbook Challenge: White Out

The mountains have several feet of snow here since winter is in full force. Cold temperatures are normal, and so is having hot cocoa on a regular basis. The white out my window inspired me for this months color challenge, white out! It defiantly may be a challenge, but hopefully a fun one at that!

A few CT and guest CT members were up for joining me with this white out challenge. Here are a few inspiration photos followed by our scrapbook pages.

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Rachael (myssp) created this elegant page using several white elements. The lace, ribbons and snowflakes add beautiful texture. Notice Rachael didn’t use a black and white photo and how stunning everything turned out!Supplies used: January Color Challenge 011519 Freebie, Textured Whites Paper Pack No. 01Spill Frame Layers No. 18Christmas Garden Scrapbooking BundleWinter Whites Painted LayersCutting Files: Fused Words No. 01Tightly Kerned Titles Brushes and Stamps No. 03That is Love Brushes and StampsCoin Holder Photo Frames No. 06
I Do Wedding Elements PackKitlet Solids Paper Pack No. 06Beloved Scrapbook Kit,
Vintage Garden Scrapbooking Collection No. 01Cedar Crest Element Pack,
Left Unsaid Brushes and Stamps

Agnieszka (Arte Banale) created a stunning page with fabulous details! Her photo makes me feel right at home with the snow covered street and trees. The simple touches of grey highlighted from the inspiration photos are outstanding!Supplies used: Monthly Memories Vol. 02: Element Pack No. 01Golden Season Scrapbook KitWinter Artistry KitJack Frost Element Pack,
Curled Photo Frames 4×6

When I (KimR+) thought of this color challenge, I new right away I wanted to create a page from a photo I took just a few weeks ago. We had a very white December and I loved watching my girls spend time out in the snow. Katie’s Textured Whites Paper stood out to me, not only because I love texture, but it reminded me of the snowballs my kids were making. Supplies used: ARTpack Winter Brushes and Stamps No. 02, ARTpacks Winter No 4, Blitzen Element PackBlue Bird Element PackDocuStack Layers No. 01Flake Scatters No. 01Instamatic Frames No. 06Love Letters Element PackMonthly Memories Vol. 02: Element Pack No. 01Quinn Sentiment PackRoughed Up Pocket Cards: Striped No. 02Stamp Sets: Winter Brushes and StampsTextured Whites Paper Pack No. 01Watery Flakes Brushes and Stamps No. 04

If you get a little discouraged with all of the white, be sure to check out Katie’s Drop Shadow Styles to add dimension to your page! These styles are my go to for creating shadows on my pages!  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 January Participation thread for proper credit.

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Story Scrapbook Challenge

I want you to dream big this month.  I want you to think, really think about what you want to achieve in 2019, what is your big goal for the year?  And when I say dream BIG, big is relative to you, and what you want to achieve.  So really no dream is too large or small.

What are you wanting to achieve in 2019?  Happiness, health, get through the year unscathed?   Do you want a new job?  Is there a baby on the way?  Are you wanting to ace your year at school and exams?  Are you wanting to get on that plane and go on a long awaited holiday?  Are you wanting to get your drivers licence?  Take up knitting?  Lose weight?  What ventures are you looking at?  What are you anticipating?  What are you hoping for?

And the best part about this is to do a page about what you want to achieve in 2019, is the first step to making it happen?  And hopefully we’ll get to the end of the year and give this page a big tick!

The creative team have jumped on board with some terrific example pages of daring to dream big.

Trace has laid it out there on the line and I just know she will achieve her goals.  I’m going to want her to scrap a matching page at the end of 2019 and see all the ticks of achievement, I’m holding you to this Trace.

Trace has used:  Love Letters Add On,  Love Letters Kit,  Love Letters Overlays,  Beauty of Dreams Brushes and Stamps,  Blendable Layers No. 94,  Blendable Layers No. 95,  Jingle Element Pack,  Star Glows Brushes and Stamps No. 01,  Vintage Photo Frames No. 17,  Winter Whites Element Pack.

I’m loving Sarah’s page, 2018 changed her whole direction not knowing which was north, south, east and west.  But looks like Sarah has polished up her compass and she has a way forward in 2019.  Go get ’em Sarah.

Goodies that Sarah has used:  Bubble Tracker Brushes & Stamps,  Hello 2019 Brushes and Stamps,  Love Letters Add-On Paper Pack,  Love Letters Checks and Dots Paper Pack,  Love Letters Element Pack,  Love Letters Solids Paper Pack,  Chimayo Element Pack,  LakeLand Element Pack,  Striping Graphic Gold No. 01,  Collageables No. 04,  Assorted Messy Stitches: White No. 02,  Beauty of Dreams Brushes and Stamps,  Star , Glows Brushes and Stamps No. 01,  Page Words: Spring Brushes and Stamps No. 01,  Hinge Pack,  Christmas Village Element Pack,  Brilliant Life Element Pack.

And for my page, well here we go again!  Enough said.

Supplies I have used:  Winter Whites Paper Pack,  Enchanted Easter Solids Paper Pack,  Watery Washes No. 03 Brushes and Stamps,  Clipped Stacks No. 06,  Modern Vintage Simplicity Paper Strips No. 01,  School Rules Paper Strips,  Assorted Messy Stitches: White No. 05,  Flair Minis No. 01,  Asaria Paper Pack.

The team at DD have generously provided a freebie to help you on your way, the link is good for the entire month of January.  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 January 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: No Rules Collage

Good morning and welcome to the Saturday Scraplift. I’m sooo excited this week. And it’s funny because I kind of forgot (oops!) that I was hosting this week and all of a sudden realized it on Tuesday in a bit of a panic. So I opened up the gallery and BOOM! There was this week’s inspiration. Love it when fun things happen like that. 🙂

So, this week we are lifting the incomparable Melanie (Britgirl!) Her style is so vintage and warm and cozy and perfect for a winter scraplift. Now, I will admit that this collage style is out of my comfort zone, but after I started pulling elements and layering them on the page, I’m pretty sure this won’t be my last collage page! Best part, there really are no rules so I can’t screw this up.

I enlisted some help for this challenge and love the different takes on this page. First up is Delisa (DELISAK) and her absolutely charming Love collage. Think she just needs to frame this and hang it on her wall! Love the layers upon layers and this new Love Letters Kit is stunning and really worked with the patchwork background.

Assorted Messy Stitches: White No. 03, Coffee Stains Brushes and Stamps No. 01 watery splatters, Curated Studio Mix Scrapbooking Kit No. 35, Love Letters Add-On Paper Pack
Love Letters Checks and Dots Paper Pack, Love Letters Collageable Clusters and Layers
Love Letters Element Pack, Love Letters Paper Pack, Love Letters Solids Paper Pack
Stamped Blocks No. 36 Brushes and Stamps, Taped Together Overlays No. 03

And my dear friend Debi (beehive50) jumped on the no rules collage train as well. Always love to see her take as she stays true to her style but still uses inspiration from the original page. The movement, the layered brushwork, the long supply list 😉 , and the fact that the truck had her name on it!! It all works on her page.

Watchet Solids Paper Pack, Scratchy Paint Clusters Brushes and Stamps No. 01
Dirt, Grit and Grids Brushes and Stamps No. 01, Inked Twists Brushes and Stamps No. 02, Scribbling Brushes and Stamps No. 04, Twisted Stitches No. 03 Neutrals, 
Torn Classic White Photo Frames No. 02, Poly Photo Frames No. 01, Stitched Word Strip Sentiments No. 07, Fastener Basics No. 01 , Flair Minis No. 04, Simple Mini Mix No. 02, 
Deelen Element Pack , Left Unsaid Brushes & Stamps

And finally, my page came together after my daughter put a few photos up on Photo Circle from her trip to an African village in Gambia yesterday. These children are so gorgeous and the smile on her face…swoon. Grateful that Delisa and Debi were inspired to NOT directly lift the inspiration page as that is how I roll. 🙂 This page was so fun to make (the supply list not so much HA!)

Urban Naturalist Blendable Layers No. 01, Vintage Mini Mix Kit No. 07, ARToptions Traveler Paper Pack No. 01, Wanderer Element Pack, Wanderer Painted Layers
ARToptions Mapped Paper Pack No. 02, Experience Layered Template, Wanderer Postcard Journalers No. 01, Vintage Ephemera Strips No. 09, Messy Stitched Circles: White No. 01, Vintage Envelopes No. 01, Vintage Photo Frames No. 23, Pebbled Traveler No. 02

Can not wait to see where you all take this no rules collage scraplift. Be sure to post your page in our Saturday Scraplift Gallery so we can see where the inspiration took you! If you’re participating in our monthly rewards program, be sure to post your page in the January participation thread.  Have a great weekend. 🙂

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How to Make Digital Vellum: Fill vs. Opacity in Photoshop [Video]

This week’s Adobe Photoshop or Elements tip of the week is now available on video. This weeks tip is on How to Make Digital Vellum: Fill vs. Opacity in Photoshop.

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Let’s Blend Challenge – Blending Brushes to Create a Clipping Mask

Hello and welcome to the first Let’s Blend Challenge for 2019!

Lately, I have been playing with different brushes and putting them together to create a mask. So, this month, we are going to do the same thing. Katie has given us a few brushes to work with as the freebie for this month.

What I like about using brushes is you can size them and position them anywhere you like to create a clipping mask. Here, I used one of my cardinal photos and just played with moving the brush around, changing the blend modes to highlight different areas of the bird. Remember, if you are clipping one photo to different brushes, you must duplicate your photo and clip it to each brush. You can also merge all the brushes together to create once mask, but then you don’t have the flexibility to move them around.

Here are a few pages I created as examples and the products I used. In addition to the free products: Flair Minis No. 1, Clean Stitched Circles No. 1, Pencil Line Twists No. 1, Typed and Scripted No. 6.

I used the brushes to create a cluster on my second page. By clipping some of the elements to the brushes, I softened them a bit.

Products used in addition to the free products: Winter Whites Solids Paper Pack, Scribbling Brushes No. 2, Winter Whites Painted Layers, Winter Whites Element Pack.


I look forward to seeing how you use these brushes on your own layouts. Don’t forget to post your pages in the Mask Appeal Challenge Gallery, using all DD products, along with all or part of the free products Katie has provided. Also, remember to post a link of your page in the January Challenge Participation Thread, so it will count toward your saving in the rewards program.


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Template Mashup Challenge: Colour Swap

December to February are busy birthday months for us. Throw Christmas in the mix, and it is pretty fair to say that birthdays don’t always get documented around our place. I find that mashing templates together is such an easy way to get pages finished quickly when there is a lot of other stuff in life going on! You simply choose the elements from each page that you like and ignore the ones that don’t work for you. For this month’s challenge, I used two templates to create a page to document my son’s 10th birthday.

To be honest, one challenge I experience with mashing templates together is trying to match colours of elements, and sometimes I struggle when I need to recolour objects to fit my page and this page was no exception. Fortunately, Designer Digitals, in addition to having an amazing selection of products, also provides a ton of really helpful tutorials including changing colour like this one, this one, and this one!

For this month’s Template Mash-up Challenge, I’ve selected two great templates from Studio DD Layer Works templates: No.1007 and No.658. They both have elements that I wanted to incorporate into my page. As you can see there were a number of elements that I re-coloured to try to get them to better match the photo.

In addition to the templates, I also used the following products:Winter Whites Dots and Stripes Paper Pack, Arrowed Journalers No. 02 Brushes and Stamps, So Fine Scrapbooking Kit, Abisko Paper Pack, Bexley FlairsCanvas Cardstocks Paper Pack No. 08, Catching Rainbows Add-On Paper Pack, Cold Outside Scrapbooking Kit, 
Corby Paper PackCut Ups: Birthday

My technique technique for recolouring elements in Photoshop usually works pretty well. First, I select the layer and hit Ctrl+Alt+U which brings up the Hue/Saturation dialog box. Then I choose “Colorize” and select the colour that best matches the photo. Sometimes I have to play with the Lightness slider to preview the change. This technique allows me to keep the texture of the element (like with the alphas ‘10’). I know that there is a way to do this more accurately with the eyedropper, but I am too lazy to learn how!

DeLisa, one of our very talented Guest Creative Team Members, also swapped colours when she mashed these two templates and turned it into a Christmas page! Brilliantly done.

She also used: Admit One December No. 01, Glad Tidings Add-On Paper Pack red mat rectangle (slightly recolored), Glad Tidings Element Pack branch, loopy ribbon, flair, Glad Tidings Paper Pack triangles, Glad Tidings Solids Paper Pack background, Golden Season Star Clusters (recolored to green using the eyedropper tool), Painted Foliage Layers No. 01, Pinned: Wood Veneers No. 01, Stitched Words: December No. 01

I hope that you will also be inspired to mashup these two templates and recolour if you wish! Be sure to post your page in our Template Challenge Gallery and if you’re participating in our monthly rewards program, be sure to post your page in the January participation thread.

Happy Scrapping!!

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Saturday Scraplift – A Stitch in Time

Happy New Year everyone!! I hope you are ready for the first Saturday Scraplift of 2019. I noted comments lately from several ladies who tried to do every SSL last year. If any of you have that goal for 2019 this fun page by Sandra (sandra-9663) is sure to get your creative juices flowing! I like everything about this page but my favorite part is the stitching.

Three volunteers jumped at the opportunity to share where Sandra’s page led them.  Rachael (myssp), currently on our Guest Creative Team, stayed with the focus on red and white theme and added bright papers for a fun and cheery page. Credits for her page are:  Textured Whites Paper Pack No. 01,  Stacked Classic Frames, Christmas Mix Clusters No. 01, Holly Jolly Christmas Scrapbooking Kit, Handdrawn Winter Elements Brushes and Stamps No. 01, Christmas Lodge Add-On Paper Pack, Christmas Lodge Solids Paper Pack, Merry Magic Layered Template, Layer Works No. 621, Peppermint Woods Element Pack, Readymade Layers: Christmas Borders No. 23, Christmas Lodge Scrapbooking Kit, Handscripted December Brushes and Stamps No. 09, Christmas Garden Scrapbooking Kit

Linda (earlofoxford), from our Creative Team, focused on a breathtaking sky photo. I like how she used the swirl to tie her date stamp to her photo and “stitched” her lettering in place. Credits for Linda’s page are:  Winter Whites Solids Paper Pack, Blendable Layers No. 11, Winter Whites Element Pack,  Twisted Dots No. 01, Digital Date Stamps Vol. No. 34,  Artsy Blend Layers Leaves No. 04,  Thin Classic Photo Frames Curled and Flat No. 02, Cameron Element Pack, Light Blue Tab Alphabet, Assorted Messy Stitches: White No. 02, Drop Shadow Styles No. 02

Also, from our Creative Team is Debi, (beehive50) who created her page by changing it to a vertical design. She added some fun weekend photos from her daughter. I like her  journaling on the side. Debi’s credits are:  Arctic Whites Paper Pack No. 04, Rope Line Twists Brushes and Stamps No. 01, Vintage Ephemera Strips No. 01, Thin Classic Photo Frames Curled and Flat No. 03, Vintage Christmas No. 02 Disc Alphabet Set , Fastener Basics No. 01, Flair Minis No. 01

Our daughter got married just before Christmas and I was inspired to use a few photos from her wedding. I found the stitched “love” that worked nicely. For my page I used:  Artsy Shores Element Pack, Beauty of Dreams Brushes and Stamps, Flowing Stitched Words No. 01, Jaspia Element Pack, Krafty Love Scrapbook Kit, Monthly Memories Vol. 02: Foundations No. 01, Photo Clusters No. 54, Winter Whites Painted Layers

I hope these pages have provided inspiration for you to record more of your special memories. Be sure to post your page in our Saturday Scraplift Gallery so we can see where the inspiration took you! If you’re participating in our monthly rewards program, be sure to post your page in the January participation thread.  Happy Scrapping!!

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