iTunes: A brush of light

Hiya, and welcome to another iTunes challenge. We’ve had our Easter holidays and it’s back to work, for me it’s just one more week till my senior students leave for their exams. That’ll give me more time for all the other tasks on my list!

This month I’ve gone for a fun album cover, with plenty of potential for inspiration.

I was drawn to this by the colours initially. I’m certainly hoping I’ve seen the back of winter for the year, and the colours seem spring-like. Then there’s those bold white brushstrokes, making me think of a mask on a photo, or perhaps some gesso. I love the pencil-lines in this section of the cover and what’s going on in the background. Then there’s that fun window frame, always an interest-adding feature on a scrapbook page.

Debi, Sharon and I have created pages for this challenge, each one took inspiration in a different direction!

I went for a large photo, this is my family in Trafalgar Square, consulting the map to find our way to Buckingham Palace. 

I used a couple of filters on layers of the photo, and masked these to give an area for my title. Supplies used: Gator Crossing Kit; Watery Spots brushes and stamps No. 11.

Debi was inspired by the window in the inspiration piece, and that fun brushwork adds so much energy with that bold yellow!

Debi used Farm Style Solids Paper Pack No. 01; Scratchy Scribbles Brushes and Stamps No. 01; Big Bottom Lift Classic Photo Frames No. 02; Flair Minis No. 04.

Sharon also took inspiration from the window, as well as the colours to create this fun page. I love the fun photo treatment!

Sharon used Forever Fresh Solids Paper Pack; Vintage Side Lift Photo Frames No. 01; Stamped Blocks No. 40 Brushes and Stamps; Handdrawn Mix in Outlines Brushes and Stamps No. 01; Pumpkin Spice Element Pack; Splatters Brushes and Stamps No. 03

Now it’s your turn, please share your pages in the iTunes gallery. Katie’s kindly provided a freebie for the challenge to get you started. Also remember to keep track of your pages in the rewards thread to build up towards a discount in our rewards scheme.

Happy scrapping!

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Saturday Scraplift: Monochrome and Brushwork

In her last Color Challenge, Kim chose a monochromatic palette, and the challenge produced so many great pages like this one by Sherry (digi371). She used grays and taupes and grounded her sweet photo with brushwork beneath it. Diane and Deborah, two of our Guest Creative Team members, joined me in lifting this cool page. Here’s how we were inspired.

Sherry’s page: 

In scrapping her airport photos, Diane (dvhoward55) used a number of travel-related products to support her theme. The map and postmark brushes are the perfect choices. And I love that she honed in on the bright blue in her photo to add a pop of color to her otherwise black and white design.

Credits: Postmarked Travels Brushes and Stamps No. 02;  Farm Style Blendable Layers No. 01; Travel Clusters No. 04 Brushes and Stamps; Adventures Layered Template No. 16; Chunky Stamped Alphabet No. 01; Clean Stitched Rectangles: Red No. 01; Adventuring Solids Paper Pack

Deborah (Deborah Wagner) used a fun black and white beach photo on her black and white page which sports a visual triangle of red elements designed to keep the focus on her photo. Her paper and brush choices suggest the beach setting, and her dotted twist brush leads the eye down the page.

Credits: Cloudscape Brushes and Stamps No. 01;  Textured Whites Paper Pack No. 02; Roughed Up Woods Paper Pack No. 01; Twisted Dots No. 01; Harmony Grove Kit; Beached Scrapbook Kit; Blendable Layers No. 45; Blendable Layers No. 86; Swimmies: Splash Clusters; Follow Me Layered Template; Pine Creek Brushes and Stamps; Cedar Crest Scrapbooking Bundle; Stamped Stitches No. 11 Brushes and Stamps; Doily Edgers No. 05; Everlasting Scrapbook Kit

I love a good map even in this digital age of Waze and Google maps. I wanted to tell the story of my younger son circumnavigating the globe recently on a business trip, so I clipped textured paper to Katie’s world map brush and noted his stops along the way. I used a gradient on the arrow overlay to indicate the direction in which he flew. 

Credits: Autumn Fields Solids Paper Pack; Arrowed Overlays No. 01; Messed Up Overlays No. 04; Away We Go Brushes and Stamps Value Pack; Bloese Solids Paper Pack; Messy Stitched Rectangles: White No. 01; Little Round Tabs No. 02; Winged No. 03 Element Pack; Mapped Frames No. 02; Away We Go Element Pack; Fastener Basics No. 01; Stitched Journalers No. 02; Alphabet Soup; Burlap Essentials Paper Pack No. 02: Caramel; White Sticker Alphabet No. 02; Drop Shadow Styles No. 02

What part of Sherry’s design inspires you? Is it the brushwork? Is it the monochromatic palette? Is it the central focus on her great photo? I’ll be stalking the gallery to see what you create as a result. Remember to post your page in the Saturday Scraplift Challenge Gallery as well as in the April 2018 Challenge Participation Sign In thread in the forum. Happy scrapped!


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Creating a Cut-Out Page Frame 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 Creating a Cut-Out Page Frame in Photoshop and PSE.

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My Year | My Story Heritage Scrapbook Album

My STory AAM Heritage Scrapbook Album

My Year | My Story Heritage Scrapbook Album

Each of our stories is different and working on this project is bringing up so many nearly forgotten memories for me. This month, we have new templates to address your family vacations, family portraits and more. Just because we only have two templates for vacations or portraits doesn’t mean you can’t have 4, 6 or more pages but using other templates and either using other titles are simply repeating these pages. We didn’t do annual vacations and photos are limited so my pages are two vacations I do remember and have photos to help the memories be more vivid. But if you have the memories but not the photos, don’t let that stop you from documenting it.

My STory AAM Heritage Scrapbook Album

As you can tell, as we go along in this project, I’m starting with major events and milestones but there is so much more to your story than that. All of these pages easily adapt to other stories and you can always use the My Story Alphabet to change titles and match the others. Topics to come include your career path, relationships, other milestones, sports and hobbies. There is just so much to cover! Don’t feel like you need to wait for more templates to get started on your book. You can grab a pack of background papers for this book and the essential elements [timeline, taped stack, frames and journalers] of this book are available with the purchase of just one template pack and can be duplicated to make many many more pages to tell your unique story.

My Story AAM Heritage Scrapbook Album

The unifying elements of this album with be the background color, simple format with typed word strips and the timelines down each side. I felt it was very important to give this project a sense of time so each page has timelines with editable text paths and a marker that you can slide up and down as needed. And I encourage you to include scans of ephemera from your own life. Think certificates, diplomas, tickets [the good and the bad ;)] and other things you’ve hung on to with meaning in your life.

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 April 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: Patterned Paper Strips

Hello! Welcome to another Saturday Scraplift. Today I decided to look back through my favorites folder and pull out an older page that totally grabbed my eye back when it was posted. Only realizing later that she actually made this page for a 30MM!! Wow, I could never have pulled this off in 30 minutes! So thanks to Elisabeth (lego) for this super fun inspiration!

I think the colors and patterns really give this page a lot of energy and it just makes you smile to look at it. I loved how it was a bit clean in design and also a bit crooked. Great juxtaposition of design styles. Hopefully you are inspired by this page as well. 🙂

I love the SSL because it gives me “permission” to lift an amazing page almost in it’s entirety. Sometimes, that’s just the push I need to get my scrapbook mojo back. So here is my very blatant lift of Elisabeth’s page. Although I used a bit more of a clean design, I still kept with the overall look of the page. I chose a trio of goofy photos of 2 of my kids. I have tons of these goofy photos….my son loves to annoy his “such a teenage girl” sister. 😛

Monthly Memories Paper Pack No. 03, Monthly Memories Element Pack No. 03, 
Dotted and Dashed Brushes and Stamps, Watery Washes No. 04 Brushes and Stamps
Cut Ups: Everyday No. 02, Wood Veneer Words No. 26

I hope this happy page inspires you! Please share your pages in the Saturday Scraplift Challenge Gallery as well as post your 100% DD pages in our April Participation Thread to be counted towards your rewards! Hope your weekend is awesome!

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Color Spots Scrapbook Challenge: Grey Skies

Call me crazy, but I love rain! The smell of rain is so refreshing. Maybe it’s because I grew up in states that receive a lot of rain and now I live in the desert. There’s a saying, “April showers, bring May flowers.” Since it’s April, let’s focus on those rain showers for our color challenge this month! Here are a few inspiration pieces!(photo credit)(photo credit)(photo credit)

A few creative team members were up to the task of creating more inspiration pieces for the color challenge! I (KimR+) thought of starry nights while camping far away from the valley. The inspiration pieces are mainly soft grey with just a little touch of dark and black, so I tried to stay soft. A few dark touches with the dark night were inevitable! Supplies used: Baker’s Twine: SeaBits of Nature No. 01Brilliant Life Element PackCambrianna Element PackCedar Crest Scrapbooking BundleClean Stitched: White No. 01Clipped Stacks No. 13Coin Holder Photo Frames No. 01Clustering Bookshelf Brushes and Stamps No. 03Curated Studio Mix Scrapbooking Kit No. 29Daisetta Scrapbooking CollectionDictionary Blendables: Traveler No. 01Doodledo Circles Brushes and Stamps No. 02Fine Line Scribbles Brushes and Stamps No. 01Fine Line Twists Brushes and Stamps No. 04Inked Arrows Brushes and Stamps No. 01Pencil Line Leaves Brushes and Stamps No. 05Star Glows Brushes and Stamps No. 01Stacked Vintage Photo Frames No. 06Stitched Circles Clean and Messy: White No. 1 Value PackWhale Stories Solids Paper PackWildwoods Element PackReadymade Edgers: Neutral No. 01

Deborah (Deborah Wagner) created a sweet monochromatic page about her pups. Notice how the soft textured background paper is similar to the soft sweater in the inspiration piece. The various textures in her border are the perfect addition to the soft paper and large photo.Supplies used: Beloved Element PackDog Park Element Pack, Blendable Layers No. 86Black, White and Pink KitBlack, White and Lime KitAlmost There Solids Paper PackMy Darlings Layered Template No. 01Watery Photo Masks No. 06Readymade Borders: Love No. 06Hand Scripted Pawsome Brushes and Stamps No. 01

Sherry (digi371) created a fun monochromatic page following the inspiration pieces. Notice how she pulled out the subtle pattern from the scarf and the stitching reminds me of the large knit blankets.

Supplies used: Fresh Vintage: Asha Paper PackBig Painted Patterns Brushes and Stamps No. 07Grunge Texture Masks Brushes and Stamps No. 01Blendable Layers No. 86Fresh Vintage Stacks No. 01Labelled Journalers No. 07: NeutralsFramed Spill Layers No. 01Clean Stitched Rectangles: White No. 01Tightly Kerned Titles Brushes and Stamps No. 01Darling Baby Gray Patterned Paper PackArtsy Bookshelf Layers No. 01Little Pilgrims Mini Kit

Sharon (Shannamay) was also up to the task of creating a page, and a stellar page she did! The various text elements from the paper and stitched circles along with the pencil look to be inspired from the laptop and notebook on the bed of the inspiration piece. Maybe the woman is holding up her work bag as well! The soft patterns Sharon used are the perfect touches to her page.Supplies used: Framed with Tape No. 02Deer Lodge Scrapbooking Mini KitDaisetta Solids Paper PackClassic Curled Photo Frames No. 07Photo Wraps No. 19Notebook Journalers No. 02Naturalist Curator Paper PackNegative Sleeves No. 04 Plastic Pockets
In Stitches: Circles No. 01Hinge PackBerks Lane Element PackSchool Mates Element PackLesson Book Element PackTyped and Scripted Brushes and Stamps No. 07

Are there grey skies in your area today? Hopefully the skies are actually full of sunshine to warm your soul. And let the grey cover your computer screen as you join me and the creative team 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 April Participation thread for proper credit.

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Let’s Blend Challenge – Using Filters With Blended Images

Welcome to April’s Let’s Blend Challenge. Lately, I have been using various filters on my images to create more interesting layouts. This month, I thought we would work on blending two or more images together and then use a filter(s) from the filter gallery to add interest and depth.

The page I created below began with two images I took while we were in New York. First, I clipped both images to a rectangular mask and then duplicated the image I wanted to highlight to another more artsy mask. In order to add interest, I started playing with filters. By duplicating the top image that was clipped to the basic mask, I was able to apply different filters to each of them, changing the opacity and blend modes.

Products used: Katie Pertiet: Walden Solids Paper Pack, Edge Overlays No. 10, Book Edge Blend Layers No. 01, Stamped Blocks Brushes and Stamps No. 32, Dirt, Grit and Grids Brushes and Stamps No. 01,

Blend Modes: Cutout and Threshold

I hope you have fun trying out various filters on your pages. Katie has provided a wonderful freebie to get your creativity started.

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 April Challenge Participation thread so that it will count toward your savings in the rewards program. Have fun!


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Story Scrapbook Challenge

Gardens, yards, plants and flowers.  Nothing finer, says me with my definitely non-green thumb.  I’m a just plant it, cross fingers, water and hope for the best kind of girl.  Anyone with me?  Or are you someone who lives and breathes the moments spent in the garden?  Do you meticulously plan out and plant?  Are veggie gardens more your thing, enjoying the fruits of your labour?

Do you have a little oasis set up that is your time out space, where you can chill and watch the world go by?  Do you have water fountains, a pool, bird houses, a lovely deck, or are garden gnomes your thing?   Or is your yard a barren wasteland where nothing will grow or it’s not on your list of priorities?

Do you have a lovely park nearby, a botanical garden to visit, a cacti display?   Do you see colourful tulip displays?  Or do you have a desert paradise which has its own kind of beauty?

I want to hear all about what gardens and plants and the whole shebang means to you.

I loved putting together my page as an example of the way I approached this challenge.

Supplies I have used:     Toothy Neutrals Paper Pack,  Clipped Stacks No. 13,  Bexley Solids Paper Pack,  Watery Foliage No. 05,  Lifted Wings No. 05,  Artsy Splatters Brushes, Stamps and Layers

The team at DD have generously provided a freebie to help you on your way, the link is good for the entire month of April.  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 April 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 Challenge: Big and Blended

Happy April, friends! Today we bring you the first Saturday Scraplift Challenge of the month! I’ve chosen a page that really popped out in the Gallery. This page by Rache77 titled “Growing Up So Fast“seemed like a perfect choice. I love the large photo blended and masked and the adorable smaller photos in the graphic geo shapes. It makes a statement and really screamed to be lifted!

I chose to utilize a Blendables Layered Template to create a similar look. I used Katie’s Blendables Layered Template No. 54, Textured White No. 2 Papers and Scripted and Typed No. 6

You could take this lift in a number of ways, such as using a large focal photo, blending/masking smaller photos, journaling in white space, geo shapes or even theme/subject matter. A combination of these design elements will help you create your own masterpiece.

I hope you will share your creations with us in the Saturday Scraplift Challenge Gallery as well as post your 100% DD pages in our April Participation Thread to be counted towards your rewards!

Have a great weekend!!

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Filling Tightly Kerned Titles with Patterned Paper 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 Filling Tightly Kerned Titles with Patterned Paper in Photoshop and PSE.

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