Documenting Monthly Memories | 12

Well it looks like I missed posting for November and am a little late with December’s post about our Monthly Memories Series!

This concludes this year’s monthly series. As long as time cooperates, I plan to being a new edition of monthly memories in 2019 to help you continue to document your days. Life gets crazy, busy, life events cause us to pause our scrapbooking to keep all the pieces together but keeping up with Monthly Memories becomes a treasure to look back on and remember the challenges we faced and how we overcame them and to remember the good times as well!

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

For December we have a full bundle including Monthly Memories No.12 Template Pack, Monthly Memories No.12 Painted Layers, Monthly Memories No.12 Paper Pack, Monthly Memories No.12 Element Pack

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 December 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!

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Color Spots Scrapbook Challenge: Peppermint Sticks

My high school colors were red and white. My university colors were red and white. Red and white are also my two favorite colors. What luck that these colors are very prominent during my favorite holiday! My home is decked with these colors for Christmas and I just love it! I thought it would be fun to play with these two colors this month. They are a fun combination that can say Christmas in a non-traditional way! (photo credit)(photo credit)(photo credit)

A few of our team members and guest CT members were up for the challenge to give us all some more inspiration for these holiday colors.

DeLisa (DELISAK) created this festive page with lot of fun layers. The stripes and snowflakes are eye catching and remind me of a few elements in the inspiration photos.

Supplies used: Color Challenge 121118 Freebie, December Days Layer Works No. 04Be Merry Element PackCandied Christmas Element PackChristmas Plaid Element PackChristmas Joy Element PackHappy Christmas Element Pack, North Pole Element Pack, North Pole Sentiments, Redwork Element Pack

Erin (Ernie88) was also up for the challenge with red and white! Just look at this sweet photo. Santa’s cute little helper indeed. Ernie also used several of the elements from the freebie pack as well as fun layers and textures.

Supplies used: Color Challenge 121118 Freebie, Christmas Plaid Element PackDecember Stories Element PackDecember Stories Roughed Up Pocket CardsDecember Stories Solids Paper PackHappy Christmas Element PackHappy Christmas Sparkles Paper Pack, Redwork Element PackSlide Reels No. 02Twisted Dots No. 01Handscripted December Brushes and Stamps No. 05

Sarah (sterkeurs) pulled out some greens and brown from the inspiration photos as well. I love her title work  and how she did her journaling.Supplies used: Christmas Lodge Paper Pack, Fine Line Border Lines No. 18, Holiday Foliage Cluster No.1, Photo Clusters No.61, North Pole Dots and Stripes Paper PackNorth Pole Scrapbooking Element PackNorth Pole Travelers Notebook BundleTwisted Dots No. 01Country Christmas Scrapbook Kit

With Christmas just a few weeks away,  I hope you get 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 December Participation thread for proper credit.

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Story Scrapbook Challenge

The year has flown and we’re at this moment once again, the lead up to Christmas and it’s coming like a steam train.

This month I want you to scrap a Christmas story – pure and simple.  That memory can be new or old, happy or sad, manic or quiet, with huge numbers of people or alone, a hope for Christmas future or a memory from Christmas past.  This is your story to scrap, so delve into those photos, get your mind ticking over and scrap a Christmas story for me.

A story I would like to share, I have wanted to scrap this story for some time, so no time like the present.  How I went from a Christmas tree full of ornaments to a minimalist triangle.

Supplies I have used:   Striped Mix: Magic Value Paper Pack,  Thin Classic Photo Frames Curled and Flat No. 02,  Twisted Dots No. 01,  Flair Minis No. 01,  Handscripted December Brushes and Stamps No. 05,  Clear Thru Stars 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 December.  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 December 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: Soft Festive Layers

Happy weekend friends! It’s time for another Saturday Scraplift and as we get closer to Christmas, I really enjoy all the holiday inspiration in the gallery. I’d say today’s page jumped out at me, but actually, it’s a soft layered page that doesn’t jump but rather casually says, “look at me”. And when you do, I hope you love it and are inspired by it as much as I was.

Today we are lifting former Guest CT member Kathleen (kathleen.summers) and her beautiful page about choosing their Christmas tree. I imagine this is how Christmas tree shopping looks in Australia too. My tree will be covered in snow when I pick it up this weekend. 🙂 I was really drawn to Kathleen’s layering. The double tree elements from the Country Christmas kit worked really well together as well as the layers of roughed up papers. The muted tones really allowed the focus to be on the pictures but still add great subtle interest to the page.

I enlisted the help of DeLisa (DELISAK) this week. She chose one large photo (of some very large ornaments) to highlight with her layers. The overall design was repeated but with brighter holiday colors.

Cardstock Tabs No. 02, Collage Page December Layered Template No 03 typewriter words
Country Christmas Element Pack, Christmas Plaid Element Pack, December Stories Element Pack,DocuStacks No. 03 Value Pack, Holiday Foliage No. 03, North Pole Dots and Stripes, North Pole Elements , North Pole Painted Layers, North Pole Roughed Up, North Pole Roughed Up Photo Mats, North Pole Sentiments , North Pole Washi Printable Tape Strips, Readymade Layers: Christmas Banners No. 01
Sprayed Filmstrips Brushes and Stamps, Vintage Christmas No. 02 Trees and Stars

If you have seen my SSL posts, you know that I can be very literal in my lifts. This week is one of those weeks although I did change up a bit of the elements used to add more red. I too loved the new Country Christmas Kit that Katie designed and spent a lovely day shopping at the town next to mine and Kathleen’s design lent itself perfectly to my photos. I thought the title brush work sticker was a great idea and worked really well with the white alpha in the kit. Being somewhat cluster challenged, I loved being able to pull parts of Katie’s new Vintage Christmas No. 2 Layered Frames into my design as well.

Country Christmas Scrapbooking Bundle, Vintage Christmas No. 02 Layered Frames No. 01, Simple Collage Frames No. 03

Thanks for stopping by to check out the new SSL. I look forward to seeing where this inspiration takes you! Please remember to post your page in the Saturday Scraplift Challenge gallery as well as in the December Challenge Participation thread in the forum. Have a great weekend!

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Let’s Blend Challenge

Here we are, in December and it’s time for the last Let’s Blend Challenge of the year. This month, I went with a holiday theme. We’ll be working with this fun clipping mask, that can be used in a few different ways. Here is how I used it on my page:

Credits: Whitacre Woods Solids Dots and Stripes Paper Pack, Worth Repeating Brushes and Stamps No. 1, Vintage Christmas Blendable Layers No. 2, Seasons Finest Layered Scatters, Hung Up Brushes and Stamps, Little Nutcracker Solids Paper Pack, Silver Basics Paper Pack No. 1, Joyous Christmas Paper Strips No. 1,

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 December Challenge Participation Thread, so it will count toward your saving in the rewards program.

I look forward to seeing your work in the Gallery. Happy Holidays!

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Template Mash-up challenge: to grid or not to grid

Morning all! Happy December!
So – we’ve got a bit of a grid theme happening this week it would seem! Following on the Saturday scraplift of Anke’s beautiful Christmas grid, I’ve chosen a ‘gridded’ template to begin with for this week’s template challenge. This stunning template designed by Kayleigh uses so many of Katie’s gorgeous products that you will be absolutely spoiled for choice:

I’ve decided to pair it with another of Kayleigh’s designs which features Christmas product in a lovely snowy dark blue and grey combination:

Esther volunteered to create a page using these two templates and it’s a stunner, featuring all the sweet Spring visotors to her garden. She has used the stitching and some leaves from Layerworks No. 864, but has relied heavily on Layerworks No. 936 for her grid arrangement. I like the way she has moved things around though, to better suit her photos and the story she had to tell.

I decided NOT to grid, so I’ve used just the top row of the grid in Layerworks No. 936 as the basis for my design. I used the paint and the lines brushwork from Layerworks No. 864 to ground the arrangement and played around with elements from both templates, recolouring and resizing to suit.

Mashing up these two templates gives lots and lots of options. You will need to decide to grid or not to grid. Will you use all or part of 936 as a basis for your page design (That grid has three rows and three columns that could all be used individually!) Or perhaps you will go with 864 as your starting point? And once that decision’s made – there are SO MANY elements to choose from.

I hope you enjoy this challenge as much as I did! Please post your page in the Template Challenge Gallery, and don’t forget to link us up to your 100% DDproduct page in theDecember Challenge Participation Thread to earn shopping rewards!

Don’t have these templates in your stash? Check out this week’s Thrifty Thursday sale!

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Saturday Scraplift: Working on the Grid

It is December 1 and I thought I would find a Christmas page that I thought would give us a fun and challenging page to lift. I love the look of grid pages but I don’t do them often. I love this page by Anke filled with so much Christmas spirit.

Three of our very talented Creative Team ladies jumped on board to create inspiration pages for you.

First up is Merrilee (digigrandma) who is a pro at working with a grid.   Her page uses photos of her grands and their dog and surrounds them with delightful Christmas element.  Merr used  the following products Vintage Flashcards Christmas No. 02,Vintage Christmas Sentiments Tapes No. 02 ,Country Christmas Dots and Stripes, Vintage Christmas No. 02 Trees and Stars, Vintage Christmas No. 02 Layered Banners, Scripted Curves Brushes and Stamps No. 07, Twine Twists No. 01, Be Buttoned: Energy, Readymade Layers: Christmas Borders No. 13.

Linda (earlofoxford) decided to create the cover for her upcoming Days of December book. This is so elegant and festive. I can’t wait to see the rest of her book. To begin her book Linda used these products: So Much Love Layered Template No. 02, Golden Season Solids Paper Pack, Golden Season Star Clusters
Flair Minis No. 04, Golden Season Scrapbook Kit, Golden Season Sentiments Brushes and Stamps, Golden Season Add-On Paper Pack, Drop Shadow Styles No. 02 

Our pets are such a special part of our lives and that is definitely true for Carol (Carollee). It looks like Buster was more than willing to pose and play for this adorable page.  I really like every part of the grid filled with fun Buster photos.  For Buster’s page Carol used:  Country Christmas Paper Pack along with: Vintage Christmas No. 02 Paper Pack, Stitched Up Frames No. 03, Date Tags No. 2A, Clean Stitched Borders: White No. 01, Flair Minis No. 01, Watery Spots Brushes and Stamps No. 02, Splatters Brushes and Stamps No. 03 

I stayed with the Christmas theme and had fun putting it together. I got a little carried away and used a lot of different products starting with Country Christmas Bundle and ARTpack Arboretum Brushes and Stamps No. 03, Christmas Woodlands Solids Paper Pack, Frosted Winter Kit, Golden Season Scrapbooking Bundle, Golden Season Sentiments Brushes and Stamps, Handscripted December Brushes and Stamps No. 06, Joyous Christmas Stickers No. 01, Maybe Tomorrow Kit, Meriam Ridge Solids Paper Pack, Typed and Scripted Brushes and Stamps No. 10, Vintage Christmas No. 02 Bundle No. 02

I hope you are have enjoyed seeing what our team has created and that you are inspired to join the fun and share your inspiration.. Remember to post your page in the Saturday Scraplift Challenge gallery as well as in the December Challenge Participation thread in the forum. Enjoy!



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Using a Shortcut for Recoloring Layers 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 Using a Shortcut for Recoloring Layers in Photoshop and PSE.

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Saturday Scraplift 11/24: On a line

Good morning and happy Saturday. Let me show you the page I decided to lift this week

I just love what Rachel (rache77) did here, the simplicity is just gorgeous. I convinced two team members to help me out and create a lift. Here is what they came up with

Esther (Esther_a) used this adorable photo of herself with her family. I love how she placed the scripted title and tucked the journaling under it. This is what she used to create her pretty page

Golden Season Element Pack (Label), Stitched Word Strip Sentiments No 6, Christmas Woodlands Element Pack, Fall Garden Solids Paper Pack, Thicker Inked Words Brushes and Stamps No. 16 (“here we are”), Wanderer Element Pack (doily – blended in linear light mode), font – SS whimsy.

We also twisted Debi’s (beehive50) arm to create a lift, since this is really up her alley. Here is her creation:

She made it into a masterpiece! I love the vertical approach, I love the line with the integrated under title and the leaves are to die for! Here is her supply list

Christmas Woodlands Solids Paper Pack (background paper), Stamp Sets: Gratitude, (Thanksgiving-line brush), Cute Mini Mix No. 02 (button),
Stripey Alphabet No. 03 (outline B and 4), Turkey Day Element Pack
(cascading leaves)

I decided to pretty much stick to the original. I had this photo from the Farmer’s Market I really wanted to have make an impact…

I used the following:

K. Pertiet:
Country Christmas PP (coming soon),  Spring Walk (Paper Strip) splatters No. 7

I hope you are feeling inspired by now. Remember to post your page in the Saturday Scraplift Challenge gallery as well as in the November Challenge Participation Sign-in thread in the forum. Enjoy!

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Wayback Wednesday-Family Scrapping for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a family holiday. Whether you spend your day surrounded by generations of family or spend the day remembering your family from generations past, family has a special place at Thanksgiving. When choosing products for this Wayback Wednesday Challenge, I thought of Katie’s beautiful Tea Stained Memories Layered Templates. They are perfect for scrapping those special vintage family photos (among other things!) There are eight templates in the Tea Stained Memories series and they are all included in the sale going on right now at Designer Digitals!

I loved the ease of using these beautiful templates for some of my special family photos! Here are a few 0f my pages.

Using Tea Stained Memories Layered Template No 1:

Using Tea Stained Memories Layered Template No 2:

Using Tea Stained Memories Layered Template No 3:

If you have some special vintage family photos to scrap this Thanksgiving, these Tea Stained Memories Layered Templates might be just what you need! This month’s Wayback Wednesday Challenge is simply to use one of these beautiful templates and post your page in the Scrapbook Challenges Gallery! Be sure to also link your page in the November Challenges Participation Thread to earn a coupon to the Designer Digitals store! Happy Scrapping!

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