ITunes: Color me happy

Helloo and welcome to another iTunes challenge. It’s March now, but we still keep getting snow! So I looked for a bright, happy, colourful album cover for this month’s challenge. You can’t get much brighter than the Trolls soundtrack album. My kids loved this film, and they and their cousins love dancing to the tunes on it.

I love the rainbow flow of colour round the background. You could also be inspired by the sparkly bold title, or the central circle framing the troll’s face.

The creative team and I had fun creating pages for the challenge. For my page, I decided to use a recent photo my dad took of the cousins when they had a sleepover at their grandparents home together. 

I used Curved Page Masks No. 02Ripped Open Frames No. 01Krafty Rainbow Paper Pack No. 01Winter Ice Scrapbooking KitSoft Hearts Brushes and Stamps No. 01Wood Veneer bookplates No. 01Flair Minis No. 02Messy Stitched Borders: Golden No. 01.

Debi was inspired by the circular nature of the inspiration piece, and used a paper piece template to create all these layers of colour! I must admit, I want to see the whole car now. I love how Debi added her journalling, just perfect!

Debi used Textured Whites Paper Pack No. 01; Really Awesome Layered Template; Round Vintage Photo Frame Stacks No. 01; Vintage Photo Frames No. 37.

Kayleigh produced one of her gorgeous rainbow pages for this challenge. I am always in awe of the amount of product she can add to a page and still have it all work together!

I love the everyday nature of the photos here, and the circular rainbow created by the paper pieces. Kayleigh used Another Year Paper Pack; Artsy Mesh Clusters Brushes and Stamps No. 02; Away We Go Add-on Paper Pack; Away We Go Element Pack; Blendable Layers No. 65; Blue Skies Scrapbook Kit; Brilliant Love Add-On Paper Pack; Bright Days Paper Pack; Charted Layered Template No. 02; Color Me Happy Element Pack; Color My Love Element Pack; Dalese Scrapbook Kit; Everlasting Element Pack; Floridian Element Pack; Hey Missy Add-On Paper Pack; Hey Missy Scrapbooking Kit; My Family Genealogy Records Brushes and Stamps No. 01; Photo and Journal Clusters No. 04; Simply Flourished Value Paper Pack No. 06; Splatters Brushes and Stamps No. 02; Striped Mix: Plum Paper Pack; Textured Whites Paper Pack No. 01.

I hope these have provided some starting points for you to join in with the challenge. Katie’s generously provided a freebie here. Please post your pages in the iTunes gallery so we can all leave some love. Remember to keep track of your pages in the monthly rewards thread, to contribute towards a store discount voucher.

Happy scrapping!

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Saturday Scraplift: Get in Shape!

No, I’m not suggesting a workout at the gym, although that’s also a good idea; I’m suggesting you use shapes to energize your designs. Angles tend to energize a page, and that’s certainly the effect of Sherry’s (digi371) bold, striped elements. The colors in the striped paper complement her adorable photo for a winning design. Here’s how the Creative Team was inspired by Sherry’s page.

 Sherry’s page: 

Debi (beehive50) used triangles behind her photo in a polygon frame to tell a scary story about her dad that had a happy ending. There are only a few straight lines on Debi’s page, a design technique which supports the jumble of actions, thoughts, and emotions that characterize her journaling. And I love the “jumbly” acrylic numbers over her photo.

Credits: Atlena Solds Paper Pack;  Inked Twists Brushes and Stamps No. 01; Inked Twists Brushes and Stamps No. 02; Make-a-Date Brushes and Stamps No. 01A;  Poly Photo Frames No. 01; Everlasting Remix Paper Pack; Cedar Crest Paper Pack; VilkasMeri Paper Pack; Cameron Paper Pack; Flair Minis No. 01; Flair Minis No. 02; Clear Thru Alphabet No. 13

Tammie Lynne (tammielsmith) is in the midst of a heritage project, preserving wonderful vintage photos of her family. She rotated Sherry’s design and used more muted colors in keeping with the 1940s photo featured on her page. The text background paper and the rough, rolled paper edges are perfect complements to the atmosphere of her page.

Credits: Monthly Memories Paper Pack No. 03;  Paper Reveals Layered Template Pack; Roughed Up Vintage Favorites Paper Pack No. 02; Multimedia Botanical Layers No. 02; Garden Trails Element Pack; Tea Stained Memories Layered Template No. 08; My Family Genealogy Definitions Brushes and Stamps

Liz’s (lizziet5) delightful summer page should blast those winter doldrums to smithereens. I love how she used tilted rectangles on either side of her page to frame that wonderful photo of her granddaughter. The subtle heart brushwork draws the eye from those shapes to the center of her page, and her technique of drawing colors from her photo is always a great idea.

Credits: Kotka Solids Paper Pack;  Spill Frame Layers No. 20; Thin Classic Photo Frames Curled and Flat No. 01; Cameron Essentials Paper Pack; Lovely Paper Pack No. 02; Baby Blush Paper Pack; Baby Blush Add-on Paper Pack; Baby Blush Element Pack; Darling Baby Element Pack; Bloom in Paris Element Pack; Monthly Memories Element Pack No. 03; Deelen Element Pack; Epoxy Dot Essentials No. 01; Painted Patterns Brushes and Stamps No. 02; Summer in the City Brushes and Stamps

I can’t wait to see the gallery explode with energetic pages inspired by these terrific examples. Remember to post your page in the Saturday Scraplift Challenge Gallery as well as in the March Challenge Participation thread in the forum. Happy St. Patrick’s Day and happy scrapping!



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My Year | My Story Heritage Scrapbook Album

My Story 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 high school years, college years, joining the workforce and more. Just because we only have one template for high school doesn’t mean you can’t have 4, 6 or more pages but using other templates and either using the My Story Plastic Alphabet or a My Story readymade title or you can use your own format for your page titles!

My AAM Story Heritage Album

I had so many job as a young adult. Always working to earn gas money, spending money etc. But back in the day we weren’t taking pictures of our everyday adventures. So to add some images I looked online for some images that represented what I was doing.

AAM Heritage Scrapbook Page Templates

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 March 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: Clean and Centered

Happy Saturday! Welcome back to the Saturday Scraplift. My laptop was in the shop all week (it was awful!) and I only got it back last night so I enlisted lots of help to show off this week’s challenge.

I chose a clean design this week as I like to mix it up every once in awhile with the spilled frames, blending and layered pages. This week’s page is a tip of the hat to the clean line scrappers out there. So, I chose Amy L’s adorable page “This”. This precious photo did not need any crazy embellishments or layered details. It totally shines all on it’s own. Henry is just so precious! 🙂

As if this photo wasn’t cute enough, Amy embellished the page with this darling trim that adds great detail but does not detract from the photo. I also love her subtle brush work under the photo.

Lizziet5 (Liz) also chose  to feature her adorable grandsons. Wow, such cute boys! Love how she used a few more embellishments and brushes and also how she used word strips as trim at the bottom of the page. Adorable.

Stapled Stacks: Stars No. 1, Autumn Fields Solids Paper Pack, Krafty Dots and Stripes Paper Pack No. 02, Atlena Paper Pack, Red, Black and Creme Kit, Thin Classic Photo Frames Curled and Flat No. 01, Monthly Memories Element Pack No. 01, Bliss Element Pack, Color Me Happy Element Pack, Autumnal Flore Element Pack, Miriam Element Pack, School Rules Element Pack, Cameron Element Pack, Cameron Painted Layers
Watery Sacred Geometry Brushes and Stamps No. 01, Start with Laughter Brushes and Stamps No. 01, Typewriter Clusters Brushes and Stamps No. 05, Plastic Banner Words No. 01, Cut Ups: Christmas No. 02, Ledger Flairs No. 01, Epoxy Dot Essentials No. 01

tammielsmith (Tammie) also took on the challenge but decided to turn it on it’s side. It totally works with this design. Sunny is just a cute as the grandboys in the last two pages. 🙂 Love the added circle grid to ground the photo and the color scheme.

Everyday Mini Mix No. 01, Vintage Ephemera Strips No. 08, Wire Frame Grid Panels No. 02, Readymade Layers: Vintage Borders No. 04, Spring Bouquet Scrapbooking Mini Kit recolored, Bliss Solids Paper Pack, Big Watery Painted Patterns Brushes and Stamps No. 05

And finally, digigrandma (merrilee) did a page about….wait for it….her grandsons! LOL I am a total sucker for a photo from the back. I always love these perspective pictures and with the water and flag in the background, this one is a winner. Merrilee and Tammie were channeling the same gorgeous color scheme and yet made very different pages. I just love the SSL and all the different ways people are inspired!

Everyday Mini Mix No. 01, Smile Often Brushes and Stamps No. 01, Taped Word Strips No.06, Striping Graphics Brushes and Stamps No. 02, Splatters Brushes and Stamps No.06

I am excited to see where Amy’s inspiration page takes you. Will you pull out a favorite grandson photo too? Or will you just chose a special picture that deserves to be the center of attention? Either way, be sure to post your page in the Saturday Scraplift Gallery as well as in the March Participation Thread in the forum. Can’t wait to see what you create!
Have a great weekend!

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How to Shorten Paper Strips 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 How to Shorten Paper Strips in Photoshop and PSE.

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Let’s Blend Challenge – Stamped Blocks

The Let’s Blend Challenge is back! This month, I thought we would work with one of my favorite masks; Stamped Blocks. Stamped Blocks can be used in so many ways. I have created two layouts with a few examples of how I like to work with them.

Sometimes I like to create a page without a photo. I enlarged the mask and then clipped a paper to it to create a header, added a corner to the right side, changed the blend mode on that, and went from there. Sometimes I don’t really know the direction I want to go until I start adding elements to the page. This ended up going in a more artsy direction.

Products used: Lightly Letterbox No. 3, Mixed Bits Clusters No. 3, Stamped Blocks No. 34, Canvas Colors No. 31, Watery Corners n Edges, Vintage Mix Clusters No. 4, Artsy Splatters No. 1

The second example uses the mask at the top again, but with a photo that I duplicated,  added an artsy filter to the top, changed the blend mode to multiply reduced the opacity and then clipped to a page blend. (how’s that for a long run-on sentence?)

Products used: Page Blends No. 1-4, Vintage Mix Clusters No. 5, Stamped Blocks No. 34, Blendable Journalers No. 2, Sunflower Blends No. 1

So, let’s see what you all come up with using some or all of the products in the freebie Katie has provided. The sky is the limit!

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


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Color Spots Scrapbook Challenge: Rainbow Magic

Hello to all of my scrapping friends! Are you up for a colorful challenge? I was inspired by rainbows this time around. I went in search of some fun and different rainbow inspiration pieces for us to get inspired. (photo credit)(photo credit)(photo credit)

Several creative team and guest team members were up for a colorful challenge. Crystal created a spectacular page with various layers and lines. The neutral background allows the photo and elements to shine. Don’t you just adore her layered clear title work!Supplies used: Curated Studio Mix No 29, Clear Thru Alpha No 13, Big Watery Patterns No 5. Curated Studio Mix No 2, Readymade Layers Everyday Borders No 8, Curated Mix No 17, Curated Studio Mix No 16, Leather Flowerettes, Chimayo Kit, Spring Bouquet, Whimsy Wings Kit

Debi (beehive50) used the striped paper a fun focal point on her page. Look at how creative she was with her journaling! I just love the various colors she used to highlight different words. Amazing!Supplies used: Spring Bouquet Solids Paper PackFlair Minis No. 01, Color Challenge Freebie 032018, Colorful TabsStriped Mix: Rainbow Paper Pack No. 01Cathy Zielske’s Layered Template No. 169

Sarah (sterkeurs) put together a yummy and colorful page. I just love the rainbow border, textured paper and the brushwork behind the focal point. Are you hungry for a colorful cupcake now?

Supplies used: Textured Whites No.1, Taped Word Strips No. 06, ClearThru Scripts No.1, LayerWorks No. 908, Photo Clusters No. 59Bead Scatterings No. 01Color Me Happy Scrapbooking CollectionColorful TabsQuirky Banner Strips No. 01Red and Krafty Hearts No. 01Schmeared Blocks No. 01 Brushes and StampsStriped Mix: Rainbow Paper Pack No. 01Wood Veneer Hearts No. 02Assorted Messy Stitches No. 07 Super PackDays of the Week Journalers No. 01

I (KimR+) created a page in honor of my daughters birthday. She turned 12 recently and made a transition into a youth group at church. There they focus on 8 different values, each one assigned a color. This is where I drew my inspiration for my page! 

Supplies used: Taped Word Strips No 6, Textured Whites No 1, Baby’s First Year Word PackAlandia Noces Element PackArtsy Botanical: Cerrel Value PackBaker’s Twine: SeaBeached Element PackBlack, White and Plum KitBlack, White and Turquoise KitCalendar 2018 Brushes and Stamps Value Pak No. 01Catching Rainbows Element Pack, 
Cold Springs Element PackCollageable Notions No. 02Color Me Happy Element PackCully Element PackFar Away Fairyland Element PackGolden Pretty Element PackHarmony Grove Element PackInstamatic Frames No. 06Jouets CollectionKitlet Scrapbooking Mini-Kit No. 03l’Automne Element PackLeather FlowerettesLittlest Baby Element PackLittlest Farmer Element PackMerriest Christmas Element PackPure Element PackVintage Charm Element PackAmelia Kit

Is there a pot of gold at the end of each rainbow? Well a pot of gold or not, after you play along with this months color challenge, you will have a golden scrapbook page complete! 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 March Participation thread for proper credit.

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Story Scrapbook Challenge

On the street where you live, or a story about your neighbourhood, that’s what I want to hear about this month.

Over our lives we move houses, we move towns, we befriend neighbours and traditions with those neighbourhoods and those are some great stories to remember, those times in our lives.

So tell us about your street, is it busy, is it a noisy thoroughfare, or is it a quiet little laneway?  Do you sit on your front porch and look out at what?  What do you see?  Do you have great neighbours?  Neighbourhood street parties?  Or dare I even ask, do you have the neighbours to end all neighbours, problems, noisy parties, causing you angst?

Are you near the shops?  Do you hear children play in a school ground?  What are your neighbourhood sounds?  Do you head out your front gate for a walk and where does it take you?   Do you have a gorgeous garden bringing you immense pleasure ?  Do you trade veggies from the garden with your neighbours, talk over the fence, look after each other’s places.  This challenge can be really open ended and take you anywhere you want to go.

I love the direction that Debi’s story has morphed into, the house where she grew up.  All those beautiful memories, will never fade because they are all there on this fabulous page.

Supplies used by Debi:  Spring Bouquet Solids Paper Pack,  Home Front Clusters Brushes, Stamps and Layers No. 02,  Better Than This Brushes and Stamps,  Big Watery Painted Patterns Brushes and Stamps No. 04,  Clipped Stacks No. 06,  Pinned: Wood Veneers No. 02

I love the take that Stacia has taken on the challenge, reflecting on the childhood house, the playing on the lawn with the sprinkler (remember that myself!) and the sightings from their fence.  Terrific.

Supplies used by Stacia:  Blendables Layered Template No. 07,  Stamped and Framed Layered Template No. 26,  Layer Works No. 906,  Layer Works No. 903,  Vintage Mini Mix Kit No. 02,  Home Front Clusters Brushes, Stamps and Layers No. 02.

I always thought of myself as a city girl until I met my husband and moved to the country, which was the be all and end all of laughs for my friends.  Now I couldn’t imagine living anywhere else.  You can find my page here.

Supplies I have used:  Adventures Layered Template No. 12,  Loosely Labeled Dates No. 04,  Photo Corners: Colors No. 01,  Springerly 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 March.  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 March 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: Overlays

Hello and welcome to the first Saturday Scraplift of March! I have a beautiful layout by Sarah (sterkeurs) for you today. I love the gorgeous snowy overlays she used to create incredible texture on her page! Overlays can be extremely versatile for adding visual interest and finishing touches to any layout. Katie has a ton of them in the shop to fit all kinds of photos, seasons and occasions.

Sarah’s beautiful page

Here are two beautiful layouts by team members to get your creative juices flowing.
The first layout is by Mirjam (Mielz).

Mirjam (Mielz) was inspired to use some brushes and edgers to create her overlay/texture. I love her snowy scene and the spill frame layers are always a good choice!
Credits: Katie Pertiet:Clipped Stacks No. 07, Snow Fall Brushes and Stamps No. 01,Snowy Edgers Brushes and Stamps No. 01, Spill Frame Layers No. 05, Winter Artistry Element Pack,Tailed Journaling Tags, Winter Ice Element Pack
Cathy Zielske: Type Contrasts Brushes and Stamps No. 02

This layout is by Merr (digigrandma).

Merr (digigrandma) enhanced her gorgeous beach scene with a delicate overlay to frame her layout. I also love how she used her full-page photo as her background. I’d love to be at the beach right now!
Credits: Katie Pertiet: Spring Bouquet Paper Pack, Framed Spill Layers No. 01, Letterbox Overlay No. 03, Banner Twine Templates No. 01, Curated Team Scrapbook Mix No. 02, Hinge Pack

Here is my layout.

I mixed a variety of my favorite Blendable Layers to create overlays and textures on my layout.
Credits: KPertiet: ARTpack Arrows Brushes and Stamps No. 02, Spring Bouquet Solids Paper Pack, Spring Bouquet Scrapbooking Mini Kit, Typewriter Clusters Brushes and Stamps No. 05, Blendable Layers Base Paper Pack No. 03, My Story Background Paper Pack No. 01, Blendable Layers No. 02, Blendable Layers No. 11, Blendable Layers No. 76, Blendable Layers No. 84,Framed Spill Layers No. 01, All Around 4×6 Scripted Borders Brushes and Stamps No. 03, Great Escape Element Pack, Stitched Word Strip Sentiments No. 03, Venture Outside Brushes and Stamps No. 01.

I hope you feel inspired to add some overlays to your next layout! Be sure and post your page in the Saturday Scraplift Gallery as well as in the March Participation Thread in the forum. Can’t wait to see what you create!
Happy scrapping!

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Documenting Monthly Memories | 3

year-in-review layered digital scrapbook page template

Welcome to Month 3 of our Monthly Memories Series!

Each month we are bringing you collections that help you quickly and easily scrapbook each month as they happen. It can be overwhelming to do a year-in-review at the end of the year and weekly pocket scrapbooking can be a lot to keep up with, so we are embracing Monthly Memories to continue to document our memories as they unfold.

Each month you can look forward to template packs, coordinating paper packs, coordinating embellishments and every so often a stamp set will be mixed in too.

For March we have a new 4-pack of Layered Templates, a paper pack and an element pack that is full of essentials to document your month and so much more!

Everyday scrapbook embellishments

Here’s a look at how these products are being used to document memories that unfold!

Lindas Year in Review Scrapbook Pages

Love how Linda is documenting her days! The templates provide a great foundation to get you started and the elements are such a versatile pack to use for every day and special days!

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 MARCH 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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