November Color Challenge: Sparkly Neutrals

I have a love/hate relationship with the holidays. It comes from the anticipation of not enough time, high expectations and somehow feeling that whatever I am doing is never enough. I’m working hard to focus on the simple things and on the parts of the season that fill my heart like beautiful meals, time with my kids, and time for giving to others who aren’t as fortunate.

I’ve also found a great love in the beautiful colours around this time of year. Not necessarily the traditional red and green, because in my opinion, it is a bit early for that, but I’m particularly drawn to the colours that are more neutral like gold, green, and cream that are found in nature. I am thinking about birch wood, greenery, burlap and pine cones…with a little bit of sparkle to make it festive.

This month’s colour challenge is all about the beautiful neutrals paired with some holiday sparkle! We aren’t fully in Christmas mode, but inching towards it with a fun palette of colours that can move from Thanksgiving into Christmas!

There are so many great kits in the store that are absolutely filled with gorgeous products that fit this palette:

Curated Studio Mix No.19

Golden Season Scrapbooking Bundle

Frosted Winter Complete Scrapbooking Collection

Dear Lodge Mini Kit

Katie has also generously offered us a few freebies to get you started. You can download them here.

The Creative Team created a few pages to spark your inspiration. Kathy (blackkathy) put together this stunning page. I love how it looks like you are viewing the scene through the window. So creative.

Products that Kathy used: Curated Studio Mix Scrapbooking Kit No. 19 Winter Whites Solids Paper Pack, Winter Whites Element Pack, Christmas Lodge Solids Paper Pack,  Artsy Christmas Trees Brushes and Stamps No. 01, Readymade Layers: Woodlands Clusters No. 01, Defining Grunge Brushes and Stamps No. 08, Grunge Overlays No. 04,  Digging Out Brushes and Stamps

Rachael (myssp) created this adorable page. I adore the orientation with the elements on the left!

Old Ledger Fog Paper Pack, Readymade Edgers: Winter, Geometric Photo Frames, Stacks and Layers No. 01, Sweet Valentines Paper Pack No. 01, Readymade Layers: Woodlands Clusters No. 01, Winter Whites Painted Layers, Stacked Vintage Frames No. 04 Value Pack

Kate (OKate) created a page with simple layers. Love the white space. And that initial! Great detail.

Seasons Finest Solids Paper Pack, Frosted Winter Solids Paper Pack, Golden Season Scrapbook Kit papers, label, postage, Frosted Christmas Element Pack gold edger, Curated Studio Mix Scrapbooking Kit No. 19 bow, tag, branch, Big Bottom Lift Classic Photo Frames No. 02

I created a page about an ornament that always catches my eye! There is something about it that I just love.

Products that I used are: Frosted Winter Complete Collection, Wood Veneer Words No. 17, In Stitches: Circles No. 01, Hinge Pack, Curated Studio Mix Scrapbooking Kit No. 19, Golden Season Scrapbooking Bundle, From My Bookshelf Blendables No. 08, Typed and Scripted Brushes and Stamps No. 11

I hope that you will join us in this month’s Color Challenge! Be sure to post your pages in the Colour Challenge Gallery. Don’t forget when you use ALL DD product on your challenge page you should post a link of your page in the November Challenge Participation thread so that it will count toward your savings in the rewards program.

Happy Scrapping!

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Story Scrapbook Challenge

In this month of giving thanks I want us to give thanks to our besties.  With luck hopefully we all have them, that special person (or if you’re lucky, people) that is the heart outside of your body.  They will stick with you through thick and through thin, they know your secrets, they have helped you, cried with you, laughed with you, been there for those big moments in life, good and bad.

I want you to tell us about your very best friend.  Write a letter to him or her.  Give us an example of a time that your bestie shone through for you.  Tell us about a moment in time with your bestie.  Do you have a male or female bestie?  Is your bestie your mum, or sister, or daughter, or husband?  Do you have a tribe of besties?  Do you feel you don’t have that one very special person in your life that you crave?  Describe your very very best friend from school, you know, the one that you’d never do anything without.  I want to be warmly embraced into your inner circle this month and read all about your besties.

The creative team have jumped on board with some terrific example pages:

I love Jana’s page, the relationship she has with her daughter just shines through.  It’s such a beautiful thing.

Products Jana has used:  ARToptions Splash Paper Pack No. 02,  Watery Wings Colored Transfers, Brushes and Stamps No. 03,  Wire Frame Grid Clusters and Layers No. 01,  Vintage Mini Mix Kit No. 10,  ARToption Mini Mix No. 02,  Pencil Script Sentiments Brushes and Stamps No. 01,  Cameron Element Pack,  Beloved Element Pack,  Live in the Sunshine Brushes and Stamps,  Handscripted December Brushes and Stamps No. 10 (freebie),  Readymade Layers: Beach Clusters No. 02,  Readymade Layers: Love Edgers No. 01

DeLisa has created a gorgeous page documenting a beautiful long friendship and coming in and out of each other’s lives.  That’s how it should be.  I love it.

As well as the freebies, the supplies DeLisa has used are:  Big Painted Patterns Brushes and Stamps No. 07,  Blendables Layered Template No. 108,  Blendable Layers No. 37,  Chalkboard Christmas Element Pack,  Charcoal Essentials Paper Pack No. 01.

And for my page, I’ve documented a special time this year when I surprised my bestie who lives in another state for her birthday, all cooked up by her husband.  I even arrived complete with a gift tag on me!

Supplies I have used:  Coastal Memories Dots and Stripes Paper Pack,  Naturally Krafty No. 11 Paper Pack,  Torn Templates No. 02,  Splatters Brushes and Stamps No. 05,  Lens Flare Brushes and Stamps 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 November.  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 November 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: Multiply Your Design Skills

The gallery here at Designer Digitals is a never-ending supply of inspiration. I really like that we can save inspirational pieces to our favorites for further study. I took a trip through pages I’d saved for this week’s lift and found this gem by Audrey (adrianita) from back in February. I love those four columns that help showcase the adorable photos of her newborn son and the awesome cluster in the upper left that immediately catches the viewer’s eye. Three of my Creative Team friends joined me in lifting Audrey’s great page – see how you can be inspired.

Audrey’s page:  

Patsy (ptabbert) did a superb job creating a lovely tropical page by extending her photo across the four columns, and that tall palm tree is in perfect keeping with her design. Even her chevron brush work echoes the motion of the waves, and I like how her title overlaps her photo, integrating itself into the design of her page.

Credits: DelMar Shores Complete Scrapbooking Collection; Floridian Scrapbooking Collection

Kate’s (OKate) page takes us from the tropics to gorgeous New Hampshire fall color. Like Patsy, Kate filled the focal spaces of her design with a single stunning photo. I am a complete pushover for reflection shots, and Kate’s is perfection, down to the seasonal cluster and the descriptive words at the bottom of each column.

Credits: Readymade Layers: Fall Clusters No. 04;  Old Ledger Pumpkin Paper Pack; Lightly Linens Paper Pack No. 17; Metsa Solids Paper Pack; Thin Classic Photo Frames Curled and Flat No. 02; Autumnal Flore Element Pack; Fine Lines Border Lines Brushes and Stamps No. 08

Liz (lizziet5) gives us every season, including four shots of her pretty and photogenic daughter – has anyone EVER seen a bad picture of Hayley? I didn’t think so! Liz’s page contains her signature soft tones and well-chosen elements to extend her seasonal theme. She made the design her own by rotating it 90 degrees.

Credits: Lightly Linens Paper Pack No. 12;  Lightly Linens Paper Pack No. 13; Lemon Zest Solids Paper Pack; Messy Stitched Borders: Green No. 01; Thin Classic Photo Frames Curled and Flat No. 01; Arlesey Artsy Paint; Colorful Paint Layers No. 01; Cadmium Gardens Element Pack; Ledger Paper Pieces and Brushes: Snowflakes; Love Letters Element Pack; Wildwoods Element Pack; Wooden Flakes No. 02; Fall Garden Remix Foliage Bits and Pieces; Autumn Fields Element Pack; Merriest Christmas Element Pack; Vintage Christmas Element Pack; Big Brushed Page Titles Brushes and Stamps No. 02; Stamp Sets: Fall; Title Lines Shadowed Brushes and Stamps No. 09; Spring Selects No. 01 Brushes and Stamps

Last fall we visited friends in North Carolina and had dinner with them at a restaurant I had read about in Southern Living. I got to indulge my love for photographing food, eating delicious food, and spending time with dear friends – win, win, win! And now, thanks to Audrey’s inspiration, I’ve scrapped the memory. Thank you, Audrey!

Credits: Lightly Linens Paper Pack No. 17; Splatters Brushes and Stamps No. 09; Splatters Brushes and Stamps No. 10; Watery Slide Reels Brushes and Stamps No. 01; Great Escape Element Pack; Graphed Notebook Paper Pack No. 12; Thin Classic Photo Frames Curled and Flat No. 01; Love Letters Element Pack; Artsy Vintage Value Pack No. 01; Collaged Monograms No. 01; December Days Brads No. 02; Slide Reels No. 03; Dot Repeats Brushes and Stamps No. 01; Artsy Berries Value Pack; Like This Element Pack; Ledger Paper Pieces: Leaves No. 03; Holiday Foliage; Golden Season Element Pack; Good Day Element Pack; Botanist Notebook No. 25 Mini Kit; Crowing Affair: Understated Element Pack; Drop Shadow Styles No. 02

I’m looking forward to seeing where this inspiration takes you. Remember to post your page in the Saturday Scraplift Challenge Gallery as well as in the November Challenges Sign-in thread in the forum. Happy scrapping!


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Ho! Ho! Ho! It’s a Christmas Card challenge!

I just counted it up. Christmas is just seven short weeks away! There’s so much to do before then! This challenge was designed to help you with one of the things that must get done! Christmas cards! The DD store has 15 sets of  handy Christmas card templates to help you with this task! (Just put Christmas card layered template in the search box in the DD store!) For this challenge, all you need to do is design a Christmas card using one of these templates! To help you, all of the Christmas card templates are included in the big Quarterly Sale!

Katie has generously given us a freebie to help even more with this challenge!

Download Freebie here.

The Creative Team has many examples to share with you and give you some ideas and inspiration. After viewing all of the following examples, if you are inspired to design a Christmas card, please post it in the Scrapbook Challenges Gallery for everyone’s enjoyment! Also, post it in the November Challenges Sign-in thread to earn a valuable store coupon!

The first example is from Beth (bred1269). She used Readymade Christmas Cards No. 03 to create this card featuring her adorable children and frosty blue elements.

Patsy (ptabbert) designed her card using Greetings 5×7 Holiday Card Layered Template. It has a gorgeous vintage-y look!

Kate (OKate) used Christmas Greetings No. 05 to make two cards with delightful layers!

Rachael (myssp) designed two very different looking cards ( one elegant and one playful!) using the same product-Holiday Cards No. 6. This sure highlights the versatility of these templates!

Finally, we have these two cheery and colorful cards by Agnieszka (artebanale). For these stunners, she used Holiday Cards 3.

We hope you are inspired by these great Christmas card examples. Happy card making!

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We’re Challenging you to Mash up your templates!

DesignerDigitals Template Challenge

It’s time again for another mashup and we’re living our best life in botanical goodness! This go ’round we’re mashing up Bold Statements Layered Template No.1 with These Days Layered Template to create a unique page!

Kathy mashed these two up for a fabulously unique page! I love how she used both frames for one photo! So creative!
Products used: Bold Statements Layered Template No. 01, These Days Layered Template, Curated Studio Mix Scrapbooking Kit No. 15, Outlined Alphabet No. 01, Dictionary Blendables: Love No. 01, Artsy Lace Clusters Brushes and Stamps No. 02, Messy Stitched Borders: White No. 03

DesignerDigitals Scrapbook Page Layout

Post your pages in the Template 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 November Challenge Participation thread so that it will count toward your savings in the rewards program.  Everyone’s a winner!

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Get Inspired Scrapbooking Challenge: Ledger Journalers

Good morning all!
I hope you all enjoyed the weekend crop event and that you were able to cross a few lovely things off your wish list with the 4th Quarter sale!! I was blown away by all your gorgeous layouts, but I didn’t get to comment much at all. We’ve had a bit of a crisis here – let’s just say we had a flooding incident which Claire says was “NOT MA FAULT”. We have agreed to disagree about that **sigh** Queue insurance assessor visits and a huge purge of “stuff” in anticipation of having to pack everything up to have the floor replaced. Oh well, I’ve been needing to declutter for a long time!
Feeling a bit short on mojo lately, I was trawling through my gallery hoping to be inspired by something I’d done before that I liked when I came across this layout from 2017

Yes! Katie’s Ledger Journalers! These are great for making a space for your journaling – but I love to use them as the foundation element for a page. For this layout I used the “Memorable” journaler from the Ledger Journalers brushes and Stamps No.4 pack that had just been released.

I combined the journaler with a leafy brush from the Meriam Ridge Brushes set and changed the blending mode to overlay to get the stamped look on the textured background paper.

Katie released three more packs of these in 2017:

and a new pack in 2019!

I decided to have a bit of a play with these in the hope of inspiring you today.

For this layout, I used the “So Sweet” journaler from the latest pack. Again, I combined it with a brush. This time I used a brush from Vintage Storybook Brushes and Stamps No.2.
I turned the journaler on its side to accommodate the two little photos I wanted to use, and used some judicious erasing of the journaler to make it appear as one clean unit.

For this next page, I went back to the No. 4 pack to use the “Right Here” journaler. This time I combined the brush with a banner cut from patterned paper. Lots of “groups of three” happening here. The banner duplicated and split to create a group of three. Three green buttons. Three groups of tiny elements (Check out your favourite alphabets – the ‘dots’ on question marks and exclamation points make great sprinkling elements). The journaler can be lengthened if necessary to suit your photo/banner etc by duplicating the layer and using your arrow keys to shift it along until it’s the right length. Then just erase the parts you don’t need and merge the two layers. Notice that I DID actually use part of the journaler for the date on this one!

For my last example, I have cut and erased to combine the “This is Us” and the “Adore You” Journalers to create a “This is You” title for my page. I’ve increased the size this time to almost the width of the page and also lengthened the journaler quite a lot to make space for some lovely elements. I’ve used one of those gorgeous Vintage Blendable Palettes to fill the bottom of the journaler – and look! I actually put some journaling in there too!!

I hope you will be inspired to play along this month – and if you’re quick you can pick up one or two packs of these while the sale is still on! IT ENDS TOMORROW!!

I’ll be adding my recent layouts, with complete product lists, to the Scrapbook Challenge Gallery and I hope to see your layout there too!

Don’t forget to add your 100% DD layouts to the November Challenges Sign-in Thread in the forum to earn store rewards!

I hope to see you in the gallery soon – if I’m not buried in packing!!!!

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Saturday Scraplift: Framed

Welcome to November, and what a crazy month this has been already!!! One reason this post is so behind, so I hope you’ll forgive me.

This month I chose this beautiful page by deanie. What I find inspiring here is the frame layered on top of all those lovely stamps and how she balanced the whole page with the different papers on the right with her title work and journaling, which I find very clever!

Products: Assorted Messy Stitches: White No. 05, Cadmium Gardens Scrapbooking Collection, Floramira Scrapbooking Kit, Pinned Notes, Vintage Blendable Layers No. 20, Worth Repeating Expressions No. 04 Brushes and Stamps.

Our Guest Team Members were very excited to create pages using this beautiful inspiration piece, and I think they all did a wonderful job!

Maurum scrapped her last adventure to the North Sea, and what a beautiful page and place this is!!!  The colors, her title work, and element choices are just stunning!

Products: Wanderer Scrapbooking Bundle, Color Essentials Mango Bundle, Notebook Edge Photo Masks, Messy Stamped Alphabet No. 01, Sumi Twists Brushes and Stamps No. 01, Vintage Photo Frames No. 30.

Jheri’s page documents the first frost and what a capture. I’ve never thought of taking a close-up photo of how beautiful frost looks on flowers!!! I also like how the background stamps and colors on this LO make the photo look like it is flowing onto the rest of the page!

Products: Autumnal Flore Scrapbook KitLayer Works No. 431 (Bits and pieces from), Artsy Blend Layers Botanicals No. 04.

Delisak used her brother’s family photo as a starting point for her lift and what a wonderful direction she took! Her paper choices and element colors really make the whole page cohesive and shout “FALL”!

Products: Autumn Bliss Element Pack, Autumnal Artistry Element Pack, Fall Garden Add-On Paper Pack, Fall Garden Remix Layered Photo Frames No. 01, Fall Garden Remix Paper Pack No. 03, Frame Hangers No. 02, Inked and Watered Leaves Layers No. 01
Metsa Element Pack, Readymade Layers: Reel Clusters Fall No. 03.

Rachael (myssp) recently had a Senior photoshoot and captured this gorgeous photo! I so love her layering here and how she incorporated all the original elements from the inspiration page but in her own twist to make a stunning page!

Products: Lightly Linens Paper Pack No. 17, Inked and Watered Leaves Layers No. 01, ARToptions Krafty Paper Pack No. 04, Torn Templates No. 02, Monthly Memories Paper Pack No. 05, Frame Me No. 02C, Curated Team Scrapbook Mix No. 14, Curated Team Scrapbook Mix No. 10 Value Pack, Love Letters Scrapbook Kit, Beloved Scrapbook Kit, Letter Box Remnants Brushes and Stamps No. 01, Framed Photo Masks Brushes and Stamps No. 02, Loosely Scripted Sentiments Brushes and Stamps No. 02

Didn’t these ladies do a great job lifting Deanie, 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 November 2019 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 rest of your Saturday!








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How to Transform and Stretch Layers in Photoshop CC [Video]

This week’s Adobe Photoshop or Elements tip of the week is now available on video. This weeks tip is on How to Transform and Stretch Layers in Photoshop CC.

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Saturday Scraplift Challenge 10/26/19: Big Impact Alpha

When I scan through the gallery, I always look for pages that have something a little bit different and Sharon’s (shannamay) page really fit that bill

I adore the large wooden number, it just makes the page. I also love the repeat of the wood elements. I guess  I wasn’t alone in liking this one so much, I got so many volunteers for the lift. 🙂

Audrey (adrianita) changed it up quite a bit, but I absolutely love where the inspiration took her

Just look at that huge number lol. What an imagination and how beautiful this is. It goes to show that we don’t have to stick too closely to a piece that inspires us, but just go where  the feeling takes us. That’s what it’s all about!! Here is what she used:
Party Time Element Pack, Anzio Element Pack, Graphic Simplicity Brushes and Stamps No. 01, Big Bottom Lift Classic Photo Frames No. 01, Golden Glitter Splatters No. 01,
Scribbled Overlays No. 02, Watery Photo Masks No. 16, Textured Whites Paper Pack No. 03, Beloved Solids Paper Pack

Kate (OKate) came up with this adorable page

I just love everything about it, the vellum she placed in the large S is perfect! I also love how she used the little frames as an embellishment. Beautifully done!! Here are her supplies:
Monthly Memories Vol2 Foundations No11, Monthly Mem Vol2 Element Pack No11,
Monthly Mem Vol2 Vintage Pack No11,  Collage Cluster Layers No4, Sherene Solids Paper Pack, Sherene Element Pack, White Sticker Alphabet No. 02

DeLisa (DELISAK) contributed this cute number

How amazing is this? I love the bright colors and the two large numbers she used, so cute!!! And look at those  adorable bats 🙂 Here is where she found her goodies:
Gesso No. 05,  Simply Scripted Titles Brushes and Stamps No. 01,  Arctic Whites Paper Pack, Autumn Bliss Element Pack, Brilliant Love Element Pack, Catching Rainbows Add-On Paper Pack, Hallow’s Eve Element Pack, Readymade Layers: Reel Clusters Fall No. 02
Satin Stitched Alphabet: Red No. 01, Sentiment Chips: Fall No. 02, Sweet Rose Bay Element Pack, Vintage Blendable Layers No. 19

I hope you feel inspired by all these wonderful pages and join in with your own! Please remember to post your finished pages (with all Designer Digital items) in the Saturday Scraplift Gallery  and also in the October Challenge Thread.

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Let’s Blend Challenge

It’s autumn, and I’ve been inspired by some of the photos I took up in Flagstaff a couple weeks ago. I like to use Topaz Studio to turn my photos into digital paintings from time to time. I ran this photo through a few different filters in that program to come up with the image I used for this layout. If you don’t have any of the digital painting programs, you can achieve the same look using the filters gallery in Photoshop by using the watercolor, paint daubs, or dry brush filters. Once you are finished you can then move it over to your layout page and clip it to any mask or brush and you’re ready to go!

Here is what I came up with and the products I used: Textured Whites Paper Pack No. 3, Describing Autumn -Leaves, Artsy Layered Blends, Autumnal Artistry Element Pack, Vintage Mix Clusters No. 5, Botanique Element Pack No. 1.

When creating your page, 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 October Challenge Participation Thread, for proper credit.

I look forward to seeing your work in the gallery. Have fun!


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