Saturday Scraplift-3/28-Horizontal + White Space

This month is “Marching” by quickly! It’s already time for the last Saturday Scraplift! I hope you and your loved ones are staying safe and healthy, as we all try to cope with the pandemic raging through our country and the world. Thank goodness for our creative scrapbook time! Today, we are lifting this beautiful page by adrianita (Audrey). I love her horizontal row of photos, surrounded by her artsy white space! I am always drawn to that style and hope you will give it a try today.

Linda (earlofoxford) was inspired to create this fantastic cover for her 2018 album. Her vertical interpretation along with the amazing hexagons worked great! The pops of pink against the mint green are so pretty and fresh too.

Lightly Linens Paper Pack No. 24,  Watery Typecast Blends Brushes and Stamps No. 05, Watery Typecast Blends Brushes and Stamps No. 06,  Bold and Scripted Brushes and Stamps No. 07,  Every Moment Brushes and Stamps, Vintage Flashcards: Numbers, Deelen Element Pack,  HexaWords Brushes and Stamps No. 01, HexaWords Brushes and Stamps No. 03,  Black, White and Pink Kit,  Drop Shadow Styles No. 02, Readymade Layers: Love Clusters No. 02

Addie’s (Agoymerac) page showcases some wonderful adventures from her son’s summer camp. Her choice of paper strips sure fit the theme well and her brush work adds just the right touch of grunge for the outdoor photos. Great title work too!

Canvas Colors Paper Pack No. 16, Roughed Up Photo Mats: Maps No. 01,  Typed and Scripted Brushes and Stamps No. 10,  Watery Grids Brushes and Stamps No. 09,  Far and Wide Element Pack,  Far and Wide Sentiments Brushes and Stamps No. 03, Photo Clusters No. 61

Just look at these funny faces and outtakes by Liz (lizziet5)! She captured her boys’ antics and then clipped her horizontal photo series to a wire grid. Love it! Beautiful white space and title work too!

Plainly Woven Paper Pack No. 06, Gesso No. 05, Watery Grids Brushes and Stamps No. 04, Sentiment Spots Brushes and Stamps No. 12, Messy Sprays Brushes and Stamps No. 01, Splatters Brushes and Stamps No. 02, Splatters Brushes and Stamps No. 03, Defining Grunge Brushes and Stamps No. 09, Defining Grunge Brushes and Stamps No. 09, Enamel Sentiment Signs No. 06, Farmhouse Christmas Element Pack, Monthly Memories Vol. 02: Element Pack No. 09, Fine Lines Border Lines Brushes and Stamps No. 19, Candid Element Pack, Wire Frame Grid Clusters and Layers No. 01, Vintage Botanicals Little Stickers No. 03, Emilia Element Pack, Vintage Christmas Element Pack
So Fine Element Pack, The Bests Template Plus Pack

I was inspired to scrap a few more photos of our daughter’s engagement. The horizontal + white space style was just what I needed.

Everlasting Scrapbooking Collection, Photo Clusters No. 53, You are Loved Layered Template. Pencil Line Twists Brushes and Stamps No. 02, Fine Line Scribbles Brushes and Stamps No. 01, Pocket Page Alphabet, Bliss Solids Paper Pack, Pencil Line Flowers Brushes and Stamps No. 12, Vintage Mix Clusters Brushes, Stamps and Layers No. 22, Layer Works No. 800

Happy scrapping and stay safe my friends! Remember to post your page in the Saturday Scraplift Challenge gallery and the March Challenge Participation Thread so you can earn a discount coupon!  Thanks for your beautiful inspiration Audrey!


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Let’s Blend Challenge – Blendable Photo Cards

We are certainly experiencing stressful times, that are affecting all of us in some way or another. For me, scrapping and creating is a wonderful stress reliever. So, with that said, here is our challenge for March.

I looked in my stash of products and used one of Katie’s templates for inspiration. I have always loved her blendable photo cards. They can be used over a photo, but also over any mask or brush on your page. Here are a few examples:

I clipped the blendable photo card to my photo, changed the blend mode to linear burn to pump up the blue sky between the trees.

On this page, I started with the template, and clipped the blendable photo card to the photo, and then enlarged it, and clipped it to the brushwork in the background.

Give this technique a try and when creating your pages, 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 March Challenge Participation Thread for proper credit.

Stay safe, and be well.

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March Template MashUp Challenge No 2-Plain and Fancy

It’s template mashup time! My favorite time of the month!

This month I have chosen a simpler template and one that is fancier. I knew it would be fun to put these two together.  Here they are:

These two templates are included in this weekend’s sale so that you can design a page using parts of each template. Merrilee and Uly took the challenge and designed two wonderful pages to inspire you!

Merrilee (digigrandma) put this beautiful page together  using only the elements from the two chosen templates and a background paper from Plainly Woven Paper Pack No 7. I love the beautiful colors in the sky of her photo and the way she combined it with the photo mask. She paired her gorgeous photo with the perfect Bible verse for a truly lovely page.

Uly’s (maruma) page includes many of the elements from the Artsy template with the title from the Blendables template blended into the background and they work great together! The pink accents work well with Uly’s sweet black and white photos. She added a background paper from the Vintage Garden District Solids Paper Pack.

We hope you will be inspired to create a page mashing these two templates together. Be sure to post your page in the Template Challenge Gallery for everyone to enjoy. If you also include a link to your page in the March Challenges Sign In thread, you can earn a valuable coupon to the DD store.

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iTunes: A bright splash in our day

Hi folks,

Time for this month’s iTunes challenge. It’s amazing how much things can change in a month. When I was looking for a cover for this month’s inspiration, I knew I wanted some brightness.

So I went for this! I love vibrant colours against a dark background, and the grungy look of the paint. 

When I asked for volunteers I wasn’t disappointed! Shannon was so inspired she created two!

First up is Amy, who created this gorgeous page with exactly the journalling I needed right now. I love the vibrant yellow of the daffodils, and their message of hope. 

The pretty butterfly brushes are the perfect extra touch. Amy used Classic Cardstock: Into the Night; Blendable Layers No. 33; Blendable Layers No. 39; Watery Spots Brushes and Stamps No. 01; Watery Spots Brushes and Stamps No. 06; Typed and Scripted Brushes and Stamps No. 07; Vintage Blendable Layers No. 14

Shannon’s first page is a good reminder for us. I love her choice of titlework, and the edge effects she created.

Her second page shows how you can go in any direction from the starting inspiration. Here Shannon says she was inspired by the distressed look of the original, and I love the colours in this page too. 

Here Shannon used Layering Sentiments No. 1; Farmhouse Garden Solids Paper Pack; Scratchy Masks Brushes and Stamps No. 04.

Now it’s your turn, show us how you’re inspired by the inspiration cover. Katie’s generously provided a freebie here. Post your pages in the iTunes inspiration gallery so we can leave some love. Remember to keep track of your challenge pages in the March challenges sign-in thread so you can earn store discount.

Hope you get some time for Happy scrapping!

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How to Create a Letterpress Effect with Brushes in Adobe Photoshop [Video]

This week’s Adobe Photoshop or Elements tip of the week is now available on video. This weeks tip is on How to Create a Letterpress Effect with Brushes in Adobe Photoshop.

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Global Pandemic Free Digital Stamps

free digital stamps for scrapbooking

The world is in crisis and we are all trying to navigate this global pandemic we are experiencing. Since we are in the business of scrapbooking, we know, sad as it is, that you need free digital stamps like these to help you document your lives. Download here!

At DesignerDigitals, we are doing our part. We are self isolating and working remotely as we always do, the difference now is keeping morale up and creativity flowing as I’m sure many of you are struggling with the same challenges. In efforts to help our community, we hosted a crop last weekend with a free layered template and we will host another crop on Saturday, March 28th at 7pm EST in our forums with a free template as well as on Saturday April 4th. We hope you will join us and the community as we come together to overcome.

If you’re looking for more ways to document life’s current events, be sure to visit my personal blog to download another set of free stamps.

Let’s take this time to be positive, look at the bright side, try to enjoy our time at home and tackle documenting stories that have been put on hold while life was too busy. I’m looking at trying to wrap up some of my unfinished albums, how about you? You got this, right? Not going to let it all get the best of you, right?! Turn off the media and get scrapping!

Enjoy and we’ll see you at DesignerDigitals!

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Saturday Scraplift 3/21: Make it a grid….

So I saw this awesome grid design by goingtothesun (Terri) and I thought this would make for a great challenge. Just look at this!!

This is perfection!

Here are the pages from out team members who accepted the challenge. This one is by Linda (earlofoxford), and it’s just perfect!! I love the grid with the horizontal orientation

Here is what she used on this page:

Katie Pertiet:

Vintage Garden District Solids Paper Pack, Vintage Edge Overlays No. 03, Touch Up Paint Brushes and Stamps No. 04, Garden Trails Stitch Pack, Puppy Power Element Pack, Graphed Notebook Paper Pack No. 21, Farmhouse Garden Solids Paper Pack, Digital Date Stamps Vol. 34. Fall Garden Remix Element Bundle No. 01, Monthly Memories Vol. 03: Pattern Essentials Paper Pack No. 02, Farmhouse Garden Paper Pack, Bar Code Word Strips: Photos, Floridian Element Pack, Blue Skies Element Pack, True Blue Paper Pack, Jungle Stories Element Pack, Monthly Memories Vol. 03: Paper Pack No. 02, Nine Lives Brushes and Stamps, Fall Fun Mini Kit, South Beach Element Pack. Away We Go Element Pack, Drop Shadow Styles No. 02,

Cathy Zielske

Hashtags No. 01 Brushes and Stamps

This one is by Addie (agoymerac), and it’s so darling, lovely grid and all done on her Ipad to boot!!

check out her supplies:

Vintage Artistry Sky Papers,  Vintage Artistry Sky Ephemera, Good Times Brushes and Stamps, Watery Grids Brushes and Stamps No. 09

Last but not least is this one by Uly (Maruma), totally adorable and different with the hexagons…

This is what she used on here

Candied Christmas Solids Paper Pack, Monthly Memories Vol. 03: Pattern Essentials , Paper Pack No. 03, Watery Photo Masks No. 03, Artsy Grid Overlays No. 01, Spring Twists No. 01, HexaMarks Brushes and Stamps No. 01, Coastal Memories Element Pack, Big Bottom Lift Classic Photo Frames No. 01, Typed and Scripted Brushes and Stamps No. 08, My Wish Layered Template

That’s it! I hope you feel inspired! Please post your pages with all DD supplies to the Saturday Scraplift Gallery and the March 2020 Challenge Participation Thread. I can’t wait to see what you come up with!

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Get Inspired Scrapbooking Challenge: Hinged

Good morning everyone,
Our poor old world seems a little unhinged at the moment doesn’t it? How lucky are we to have a wonderful hobby we can practise at home and a store at which we can shop anytime and still maintain our social distancing requirements. Go Designer Digitals – helping to flatten the curve!!
Way way back, in 2009, Katie introduced a wonderful pack of Hinges which has certainly stood the test of time.

Hinges are really great for holding down photos, sheets of paper and journaling spots. So many people have used these gorgeous hinges over the years, and of course, Katie has also released some amazing ‘ready-hinged’ photo frames as well – doing a search for ‘hinged frames’ shows you some lovely goodies!
When you use a hinge from the original hinge pack though, you are able to tuck all manner of things under the hinge to add to the interest of your page. Here are some things I’ve tucked under a hinge or two in the past:



– tags, just to name a few

But today, I’d really like to get you thinking about different ways we could use these hinges other than -well- as hinges!

In my first example today, I’ve used the pointy hinge from the pack in place of groups of arrows or chevrons on my layout. I’m still not certain I haven’t overdone it using a third group, but I do like the effect.

In my next layout, I’ve used the small hanging piece to emphasize the paper strip that provides a title for my page. I thought that this idea could also work with elastic photo wraps too.

And for my last example, I’ve used a pair of fancy hinges as part of a small symmetrical element cluster.

I’m sure there must be other imaginative ways to use these cute elements and I’m hoping that you will be able to inspire me with your use of hinges.

I’ll be adding my extra 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 March Challenges Sign-in Thread in the forum to earn store rewards!

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Saturday Scraplift – Hello Vertical!

It’s time for another Saturday Scraplift. This week has been particularly alarming for us in the US and I know many other countries are experiencing the same things in regards to COVID-19. I’m so grateful for this digital hobby that no only gives us creative outlet while we are staying home but also keeps us so connected to our friends around the world who enjoy scrapbooking and sharing it with others. I hope you are all able to do a little digi shopping, a little scrapbooking and maybe even a little lifting of this amazing page this week!

I could not pass up the opportunity to lift Amy’s precious page of her new granddaughter. As the mother of 4 boys and 2 grandsons, she’s waited a long time to make baby girl pages! And wow, is this a stunner. Yuna is absolutely precious and Amy’s use of the vertical background and the vertical embellishments really draw the eye to the horizontal photo. Plus the color scheme is dreamy. Lots of inspiration here and the team took it and ran with it!

Up first is Diane (dvhoward55) with this adorable doll drawing by Blythe. That is some talent! Diane followed the vertical background and embellishment column and even included flowers in her design as well. Really sets off the sketch! 

Vintage Garden District Clipboard Stickers, Vintage Garden District Element Mix
Vintage Garden District Paper Pack No1, Vintage Garden District Paper Pack No2
Vintage Garden District Floral Bits, Curated Studio Mix Scrapbooking Kit No. 06
Curated Studio Mix Scrapbooking Kit No. 34, Antibes Scrapbooking Kit
Cameron Scrapbook Kit, Curated Team Scrapbook Mix No. 12
Curated Studio Mix Scrapbooking Kit No. 36

Shannon (shannonroller) took a totally different approach with her lift and I love it! She was inspired by the flamingo element to scrap some California flamingos. By using the letter template, she still had a pretty strong vertical column along the left side. SSL are so fun because you never know where the inspiration will take you!

Vintage Garden District Collection, Readymade Layers: Beach Clusters No.04, Readymade Layers: Beach Borders No. 08, Vintage Mini Mix Kit No. 06, Great Getaway Element Pack
Alphabetized Album Layered Templates

Finally, here is Liz’s (lizziet5) page of her daughter, son-in-law and soon to be grandbaby! This amazing photo is highlighted beautifully with strong vertical lines, flower embellishments and soft colors. It’s just such a happy page. 🙂

Plainly Woven Paper Pack No. 06, Farmhouse Christmas Solids Paper Pack
Farmhouse Garden Solids Paper Pack, ARToption Mini Mix No. 07
Big Bottom Lift Classic Photo Frames No. 02, Monthly Memories Element Pack No. 09
Monthly Memories Vol. 02: Element Pack No. 02, Monthly Memories Vol. 02: Element Pack No. 11, Far and Wide Element Pack, Emilia Element Pack, Farmhouse Christmas Element Pack, Vintage Garden District Element Mix, Sherene Element Pack
Spring Bouquet Scrapbooking Mini Kit, Painted Sentiment Chips No. 01
Artsy Paint Transfers No. 01, Enamel Sentiment Signs No. 06, 
Vintage Botanicals Little Stickers No. 03, Twisted Dots No. 01
Watercolor Page Titles Brushes and Stamps No. 16

I hope you all can find some inspiration from Amy’s page. In these unprecedented times, I hope we can all find a bit respite from the news with digi scrapping and visiting with online friends.

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 March 2020 Challenge Participation Thread. I look forward to seeing you all on the boards and in the gallery. Stay safe everyone!

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How to Customize Titles by Swapping Words 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 Customize Titles by Swapping Words in Photoshop and PSE.

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