Saturday Scraplift: It’s The Frames

Happy Saturday, everybody. I found this darling page by Sharon (justbensharon)and I thought it would be perfect for a lift. Granted, she used a lovely template by Katie, but she added to it and made it her own by adding those cute little frames for one thing….

I love those little frames she tucked underneath her photo. Anyway, 2 of our lovely guest team members created their own versions. This one is by Uly (Maruma) and it’s adorable

she completely changed the colors but kept the little frames, just moved them to the other side. Isn’t that photo just too cute? Here is what she used on the page
Monthly Memories Paper Pack No. 06, Monthly Memories Element Pack No. 06, Letter Box Pattern Clusters Brushes and Stamps No. 04, Curated Team Scrapbook Mix No. 11 Value Pack, Hand Scripted Brushes and Stamps No. 02

Then there is this page by Audrey (adrianita):

What a little cutie and what a wonderful story she tells on her page. She moved her photo to the right side, but kept the little frames on the left, I love the effect. I also love the colors she chose for that cute baby picture. Her are her supplies:
Watery Photo Masks No. 14 (coming soon, used to create the painted look in the title) Bold and Scripted Brushes and Stamps No. 07,  Big Bottom Lift Classic Photo Frames No. 01,  Deelen Element Pack,  Washi Tapes Bookshelf No. 02,  Dictionary Edges No. 02,  Bliss Scrapbook Bundle, Blendable Layers No. 34,  Fine Line Twists Brushes and Stamps No. 04,  Watery Corners and Edgers Brushes and Stamps No. 02,  Watery Typecast Blends Brushes and Stamps No. 03

I also created a page. I hadn’t planned it this way, but it is a bit more colorful… I too placed my photo on the right side, still adding those small frames.

Here is what I used on my page:

K. Pertiet
Living in the Now LT , Big Bottom Lift Classic Frames No. 1 , Darcy Gardens element pack , Darcy Garden Solids PP , Darcy Gardens Painted Layers , spring twists No. 1

I hope you feel inspired and decide to give it a try. Remember to post your page in the Saturday Scraplift Challenge Gallery as well as in the June Challenge Participation thread in the forum.


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Getting Creative with “Documenting Life Templates” Part 2 [Video]

This week’s Adobe Photoshop or Elements tip of the week is now available on video. This weeks tip is on Getting Creative with “Documenting Life Templates” Part 2.

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My Year | My Story Heritage Scrapbook Album

Shannon AAM scrapbook page

My Year | My Story Heritage Scrapbook Album

This is a project that will never be done because our stories are many and the library of memories continues to grow with each day we are gifted. This series of products will continue to grow as well. There are many template packs in the store that are easily adapted to different page titles like Shannon did in her page [above] with the new title pack available in the store!

AAM scrapbook page titles

When I was putting together this assortment of titles, I was thinking of the stories I have yet to document and those others would have as well. For “taking the lead” I was thinking of my days as a girl scout leader and then about being a department manager in an earlier job and there are many other stories that could be told with that title. I think we’ve all had our share of difficult situations that we’ve navigated too! And have you been a team player? On a sports team? In your career? Or many there’s even a story about being a team player in your family? We can all reflect on our past and look ahead to the future and I hope these titles help give you the jumpstart to get your pages started! Simply grab a My Story Template, a title pack, round up your photos and get started!

Check out how my own book is coming together!

Check out the My Story Products

We encourage you to participate and share your projects too! Post your pages in the DesignerDigitals 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 June Challenge Participation thread so that it will count toward your savings in the rewards program. Each month you can join in and share the pages you’ve created and link your pages on the participation threads for each month and that will help towards a savings code to continue your scrapbooking projects!

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Saturday Scraplift: Background Blending

This week’s SSL is a page that totally caught my eye when it was posted. I knew that I was going to have to lift it. Unfortunately, my laptop has a recurring power issue (it’s already been fixed twice) and it chose this week to die again. So, I was not able to lift this amazing page by jana (Jana), but I definitely will!

I was so captured not only by the natural beauty of the gardens, but also by the blended photo and Katie’s Blendables that she used to build the background. I just thought the whole design was amazing.

grandma lynnie (Lynn) jumped right in to help me this week and I love her page just as much as I love Jana’s! Wow, this wedding must’ve been such fun. The blended photo softening the edge of her wedding dress just flowed perfectly into the group photo. Lynn also chose some beautiful blendables to accent her page. Congrats to the happy couple!

Lila Bleu Scrapbooking Collection, Watery Photo Masks No 12, Bead Scatterings No. 01
Bold and Scripted Brushes and Stamps No. 10, Layer Works No. 479

I look forward to seeing your lifts in the gallery. Grab some blendables and have a little fun. 🙂 Remember to post your lift in the Saturday Scraplift Challenge Gallery as well as in the June Challenge Participation thread in the forum. Happy scrapping!

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Let’s Blend Challenge

Here we are, in June 2018 already!! I thought we would work with another cool mask, but I asked Katie to add one extra element in the freebie pack that I use quite often to give my masked photo a little punch. I really like to overlay my photo with her Photo Texture Blends.  Depending on what blend mode you use, they can really change the look of your entire page. I can’t wait to see how you use this photo texture on your pages.

Products: Floresta Solids Paper Pack, Pine Creek Brushes and Stamps, Painted Photo Masks No. 10, Photo Texture Blends, Vintage Photo Frames No. 36,  Ready Made Layers: Outdoors No. 1, Advice Column Brushes and Stamps No. 3.

Remember to post your pages in the Mask Appeal Challenge Gallery and don’t forget when you use ALL DD products on your challenge page. You should post a link of your page in the June Challenge Participation Thread so that it will count toward your savings in the rewards program. Have fun!



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He’s the Man Scrapbook Challenge

Father’s Day is this Sunday so for this months challenge we are celebrating the men in our lives! Dad’s, brother’s, son’s or any ‘father figure” in your life you’d like to celebrate this month

Shannon (shannonroller) decided to document her husbands newest accomplishment, losing 100 pounds!  He celebrated by having a new portrait taken for his business website. I really like how this page is all about him, with the big centered photo and minimal elements.  Losing 100 pounds is not an easy accomplishment by any means, Shannon’s page perfectly celebrates his hard work!

Products used: Blendables Layered Template No. 81, Antiquarian Artistry Solids Paper Pack No. 01

Liz’s (lizzet5) page is dedicated to her husband as well. Her journaling is so heartfelt and sweet, this is the perfect page to honor not just a father but a husband as well! The design of this page is truly inspiring and the colors and elements match the photo perfectly.

Products used: Kitlet Solids Paper Pack No. 07, Garden Trails Solids Paper Pack, 
Monthly Memories Paper Pack No. 05, Watercolor Chromatics Paper Pack No. 05, Thin Classic Photo Frames No. 04, Spill Frame Layers No. 24, Artsy Spots Brushes, Stamps and Layers No. 01, Splatters Brushes and Stamps No. 03, Traveler Clusters No. 04 Brushes and Stamps, Neutral Word Bits No. 03, Antiquarian Artistry No. 01 Element Pack, Kitlet Solids Paper Pack No. 07, Botanical Colors Cerulean Meadow Element Pack, Little Dude Element Pack, Kotka Element Pack, All Around 4×6 Scripted Borders Brushes and Stamps No. 04, Little Enamel Charms: Hearts No. 01, Monthly Memories Element Pack No. 01, Hand Scripted Brushes and Stamps No. 10, Ledina Paper Pack

Feeling inspired? I hope so! To get you started, Katie has provided a fun freebie pack. All completed pages should be posted in the Challenge Gallery for everyone to see! If your page qualifies for the rewards program, then don’t forget to link up in the  June 2018 Challenge Participation for credit. Happy Scrapping!

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The Story Scrapbook Challenge

Scrapbook Challenge Free Download

Katie here, filling in for Carol this summer and I’ve got a new Story Scrapbook Challenge for you! I’ve been thinking a lot about the past and how things have changed and how things of now will look to future generations.

So this month’s Story Challenge is to scrapbook a page telling the story of then and now. Maybe it’s comparing how a job has changed over the years like the story Shannon scrapped for the challenge.

Or maybe it’s how you’ve experienced holidays in the past compared to how you celebrate now. Maybe it’s the environment, the size of the gathering, the people you celebrate with. Check out how Patsy showed the difference in how they celebrate Christmas now vs. then!

Maybe your take on then and now is a no-photo approach, using google to compare prices of consumables in your left then vs. now. Maybe it’s the car you drove then vs. now. Or how about a child graduating high school now and your high school graduation then?!

The ideas are endless and I look forward to seeing how you tackle this challenge!
Download this freebie to help get you started, share your page in our gallery and then be sure to link of your page in the rewards thread to earn a store discount code!

Happy Scrapping!

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Saturday Scraplift: Brackets and Paper Strips

Don’t you just love inspiration? It’s always amazing to me that one piece of inspiration can spark so many different looks. When I saw the page Maureen (maureenreynolds) created for the recent iTunes challenge, I liked the way she combined a fairly graphic, modern design with her heritage photo and told the story of her two aunts. Two of my fellow Creative Team members joined me in lifting Maureen’s page – here’s how she inspired us. 

Maureen’s page:

 Elisabeth (lego) is putting together a cookbook that is as much a delight to the eyes as I am sure the food is a delight to the taste buds. She’s baking apples for this particular entry, and I love the warm colors of her layout, drawn from those yummy looking apples – I can almost smell the wonderful aroma! The paper strips behind her photo ground the design, and I love the jaunty angle of those brackets.

Credits: Apple Cider Mini Kit;  Antiquarian Artistry No. 01 Scrapbooking Bundle; Readymade Layers: Butterflies No. 04; Garden Trails Scrapbook Kit; Jelly Alphabet No. 37; Artsy Spots Brushes and Stamps No. 05; Clipped Stacks No. 12; Bead Scatterings No. 01; Stitching Holes Brushes and Stamps

Merr’s (digigrandma) page highlights a wonderfully serene photo of Monet’s garden at Giverny. She sprinkled bead scatterings (one of my all-time favorite products) and layers of butterflies on her page and enclosed her title area with brackets. The wood-tone background paper is the perfect choice for this lovely page. It makes me want to revisit France! 

Credits: Antiquarian Artistry Solids Paper Pack; Wildwoods Element Pack; Bead Scatterings No. 01; Made with Paper Flowers No. 02; Wildwoods Painted Blends and Layers; Patterning Palettes No. 02 Plastics

Instead of the gradient Maureen used to house her design, I went with a band of papers in what just might be my new favorite color combination – aqua and green – I can’t seem to get enough of it. I stayed pretty true to her design to scrap this photo of my nephew’s adorable little guy. Because I had used primarily straight lines, I decided to go with some circles and diamonds in the background overlays.

Credits: Krafty Tonals Paper Pack No. 07; Artsy Grid Overlays No. 01; ARTpack Overlays No. 01; Hinge Pack; Beached Element Pack; Antiquarian Artistry No. 01 Element Pack; Stitching Holes Brushes and Stamps; Thin Classic Photo Frames Curled and Flat No. 01; Bead Scatterings No. 01; Drop Shadow Styles No. 02 

Even though we all start with the same inspiration piece, creativity takes over, and the resulting pages are always diverse. I’m eager to see how Maureen’s page inspires you. Remember to post your lift in the Saturday Scraplift Challenge Gallery as well as in the June Challenge Participation thread in the forum. Happy scrapping!


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Color Spots Scrapbook Challenge: Bahamas

The wet spring left me longing for warmer days and sunshine. My mind wandered to a few tropical vacations I have been on in the past. Did you know that there are actually over 700 islands and cays in The Bahamas? Around 30 of these are inhabited. The Bahamas are known for their beautiful clear waters and stellar beaches. With these fun facts of a beautiful tourist area, I found some photos for some inspiration for this month color challenge.

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After looking for these inspiration photos, I decided to pull out some photos from our cruise in 2010. The palm trees, the lounge chairs and the turquoise waters were all I needed to look at to be reminded of the warm, ok hot, memories of The Bahamas. When I created my page, I pulled out some browns and woods as well. These browns remind me of the sandy beaches we visited and the wooden decks of the resort in the inspiration photos.

Supplies used: Alandia Tropics Element PackAround Words Brushes and Stamps No. 11Awesome Autumn PlasticsBrilliant Life Scrapbooking CollectionBubble Clusters Brushes and Stamps No. 01Coffee Stains Brushes and Stamps No. 03Darcy Gardens Solids Paper PackDelMar Shores Complete Scrapbooking CollectionDiamond Frames-n-Stacks No. 01Dolphin Cove Scrapbook CollectionFlair Minis No. 04Inked Banners Brushes and Stamps No. 01Lens Flares: Colors No. 01Messy Stitched Rectangles: White No. 01Neutral Word Bits No. 03Oceania Element PackSplatters Brushes and Stamps No. 02Starburst Brushes and Stamps No. 02Striping Graphic Brushes and Stamps No. 01Taped Together Photo Frames No. 01Thin Classic Photo Frames Curled and Flat No. 01To the Sea Scrapbook CollectionTwine Twists No. 01, Typed and Scripted No 8, Vintage Mini Mix Kit No. 03Winter Journal Labels No. 01

Have you been blessed to travel to a tropical location? If you haven’t, it is not a requirement to play along with this months color challenge. The colors are just a starting point. 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 June Participation thread for proper credit.

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June Template Challenge – straight up and down

Good morning all,
It’s a rather crisp winter’s day here in this part of the world, although most of you will be enjoying the first days of Summer!
I’ve wanted to scrap some Easter photos of my son and his boys at a spectacularly beautiful spot in the south of Western Australia. Very beautiful, but rather dangerous! My poor daughter-in-law thought they were all going to get washed off the rocks at one point!
Scrolling through the templates in the shop, I came across Katie’s Moments of Memories template:

I really like the strong vertical line created by the Ephemera Strip Stamp and the ‘sideways’ title, and the spots for 2 photos really suited the photos I wanted to use!
I then looked for a Layer Works template that I thought would work nicely with it. I chose Layer Works No. 871. It has, of course, lots of layers and lots of elements, gives the choice of a painted background with several lovely brushes as well.

I had a great time mashing these two templates together and ended up with this page:

As you can see, starting with Katie’s template, I changed up the colour of the Ephemera Strip Stamp and the title to suit my photos, deleted the butterflies and pulled in lots of the layers and elements from the Layer Works template. Because I wanted to use a light background, I changed the blending modes that Kayleigh used on many of her layers. Lots to play with!
I hope you have two or three photos that will suit a combo of these two templates – make it as simple or as embellished as you like. If you don’t have Katie’s Moments of Memories template or Layer Works 871 in your stash, watch out for this week’s Thrifty Thursday Sale!
If you do participate, your layout can earn you credit in our rewards program. All of the details are in the June 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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