iTuunes: Seeing Stripes


Welcome to this month’s iTunes challenge. We’ve just had our half term holiday, so today’s back to routine. I’m actually quite happy about that, it feels good to get on with things! This month I’ve chosen this album cover by Basement Jaxx. I love the colours, and the multiple vertical stripes.

I was inspired to use a recent photo of Arran for my page. I was taking my class on a school trip, and when we got to the coast the weather was so clear, with a gorgeous blue sky. I tried to snap a photo of Arran through the window, and this strip frame helps disguise the fact that you can see some reflections in the photo.

Now it’s your turn, post your pages inspired by the colours, the stripes, the central title box or any other features in the iTunes challenge gallery. Katie has provided a lovely freebie to help your creativity here.

Remember to keep track of your challenge pages in the monthly challenge thread to earn store discounts with our rewards scheme.


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Saturday Scraplift: Fun with Cut Outs

I love the look of cut out elements on a scrapbook page and really enjoyed Kim’s cut out chat during the quarterly sale weekend recently. So when I saw the talented Agnieszka’s (Arte Banale) page in the gallery, I thought it was a natural choice for this week’s Saturday Scraplift. She created a delightful background for her photo with Katie’s flower cutting files and filled them with one of my favorite color combinations: pink and green. Sharon and Debi, two of my fellow Creative Team members, jumped at the chance to join me in lifting Agnieszka’s page. Here’s how she inspired us.

Agnieszka’s page

Sharon (Shannamay) borrowed Agnieszka’s idea of filling the chunky cuts flowers with pink and green patterned paper to match the sweet flower garland her granddaughter is wearing in her birthday party photos. Would you just LOOK at those eyelashes?? The doodled frames and splatters complete her design perfectly.

Credits: Forever Fresh Element Pack;  Forever Fresh Paper Pack; Forever Fresh Solids Paper Pack; DoodleDo Frames No. 08 Brushes and Stamps; Cutting Files: Chunks Cuts Flowers No. 01; Let’s Be Silly Brushes and Stamps; In Good Company Brushes and Stamps; Watery Spots Brushes and Stamps No. 09; Everlasting ReMix Element Pack

Debi (beehive50) says she has trouble filling up a page, but I think she’s done a masterful job with her tribute to her sweet furry friend Kyna. (Kyna, I can totally identify with that white hair!). Debi filled the cut out circles with well-chosen patterned papers to match Kyna’s lead and those doodled frames.

Credits: Everlasting ReMix Solids Paper Pack;  Everlasting ReMix Paper Pack; Love My Words Brushes and Stamps; Cutout Circles No. 01; DoodleDo Frames No. 14 Brushes and Stamps; Flair Minis No. 04; Maybe Not Element Pack

Even though I adored Agnieszka’s page and was inspired by it, I created a page that took off in a direction of its own – funny how that happens, isn’t it? I used Kim’s cut out technique for my title and filled some chunky cuts hearts with patterned paper, but my color palette was a little bolder than Agnieszka’s to match the photo of my niece and great nephew. Love his plaid shirt!

Credits: Chalkboard Christmas Paper Pack; Classic Cardstock: Dog Park; Blue Bird Paper Pack; Little Dude Solids Paper Pack; Messy Stitched Borders: Red No. 02; Blacked Out Alphabet No. 01; Painted Patterns Hearts Brushes and Stamps No. 02; Batty Mini Mix; Cutting Files: Chunky Cuts Love No. 01; Done with Doilies Photo Clusters No. 01; Stitched Word Strip Sentiments No. 02; Epoxy Dot Essentials No. 01; Drop Shadow Styles No. 02

How will you use some cut outs, and how will you fill them? I know you’ll be inspired by Agnieszka’s page and will create something fabulous. Remember to post your page in the Saturday Scraplift Challenge gallery as well as in the February Challenge Participation Sign-in thread in the forum. Happy scrapping!


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My Year | My Story Heritage Scrapbook Album [continues]

My Story AAM Heritage Project

My Year | My Story Heritage Scrapbook Album

Each of our stories is different. We all have similar facts in the way we all have had homes we’ve lived in, schools we’ve attended and families we’ve grown up in. Those similar facts are the basis for the My Story Project. But there are details too. Details about favorite teachers, classmates, special memories we’ve made along the way and those stories need to be told too. I think about what I would like to know about my grandparents and never got to learn from them. And it does feel like this book could never end but maybe it will turn into a few volumes, eh? The early years, the teen years, college, young adult and your own family life. It all depends on the memories you have.

It depends on the memories you have, not the photos you have. Keep that in mind. These days you can find so many images to represent the story you have to tell. I didn’t have photos of each of the homes I lived in as a child, but Google Earth is there to help. Simply typed in the address and there they were. Not high resolution, print into a canvas quality but enough to help add a visual to my stories.

Katie Pertiet AAM Heritage Scrapbook Details

New Details Templates have been added to the story and will continue to be released over the year. These pages will help tell the stories in between and when you have more to say and nicely coordinate with the main series of 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 February 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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Story Scrapbook Challenge

Your mission, should you wish to accept is to delve into your photos, be it on the computer, framed on the mantle, in amongst those saved on the phone and pick one of your faves.  And that’s the story I want you to tell.

I want you to give that photo the reverence it deserves – tell us about it, tell us about the day, what was going on in your life when you took it, who is in it, what’s their story, what’s the story of the photograph, what happened afterwards, what was the day like, who said what???

It might be a silly photo, a photo of an object, a photo of a family member or beloved pet, a photo of a scenic landscape remembering a vacation long since passed, a favourite dinner, anything at all.   If it speaks to you, then let it speak to us.  Give us the scoop.

Every photo has a story, we often dismiss it with the zillions of photos we can snap today, but I want you to tell the story behind of one of your special photos.

I have been spoilt this month for choice, the creative team have jumped on board with some terrific example pages:

Oh my gosh, I actually remember this story that Debi is telling, I remember the instagram post and I’m still chuckling just as hard now as I did back then.  With you Debi, I’m laughing with you, not at you.  Well … maybe a little bit 😉  It’s definitely a story that had to be told.

Supplies used by Debi:   Adventuring Solids Paper Pack,  Blendable Layers No. 15,  Pebbled Universal No. 02,  Big Bottom Lift Classic Photo Frames No. 01,  Starry Banners No. 02,  Washi Tapes: Whites No. 02,  Say It Brushes and Stamps No. 01


Now Tammie’s page is a gem.  Oh how I want to hang out with her.   I firstly love the pic of her up there looking all comfy on the horse with her spurs that jingle jangle jingle.  But the story, oh the story, soooo much more depth to just looking at the photograph, who knew all of that was behind one photo of a woman on a horse.  So glad you’ve told that Tammie.   Please do visit Tammie’s page and read this story, it’s a corker.

Supplies used by Tammie:  Star Spangled Mini Kit,  My Country Mini Kit,  ARTpack Arboretum Brushes and Stamps No. 01,  Wild Horses Brushes and Stamps,  Evergreen Classics Brushes and Stamps No. 01,  Wild Horses Element Pack,  Bridle Creek Element Pack,  DelMar Shores Element Pack


Stacia’s photo just shows a grandmother and grandson looking at something, no idea what.  Until you read the story, everything unfolds.  The love they obviously have for each other, what they were doing, the type of day it was.  This is what it’s all about isn’t it, this is why we scrapbook, all the moments told, the story is foremost, the photograph just ties it in.  Love it.


And for my page, just a silly little selfie that has become one of my all time favourites, so I’ve given it the due credit it deserves so I remember that day, where we were, what we were doing.  Just one of those silly little memories I don’t want to forget.  And there it is and will take pride of place in my album.

Supplies I have used:  Forever Fresh Solids Paper Pack,  Everlasting ReMix Scrapbooking Kit,  Vintage Photo Frames No. 44,  Classic Deckled Photo Frames No. 01,  Watery Grids Brushes and Stamps No. 01,  Pinned Enamel Hearts No. 01,  Handscripted Brushes & Stamps No.7,  Pacific Sea 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 February.  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 February 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: Soft Blendable Goodness

Good morning! It’s time for another Saturday Scraplift and after last week’s gorgeous pattern paper page, I decided to go a different direction this week and find a soft, blendable page for your inspiration. Although lots of people blend well, britgirl (Mel) is one of my favorites for soft, blendable, vintage looking pages. So this week, let’s play with layers instead of paper. 🙂

And I enlisted a couple Guest CT members to join me on the blog. First up is tammielsmith with this gorgeous floral page. I just shoveled over 10″ of snow yesterday, this is a beautiful page to see in the midst of our snowstorm. Tammie used a large photo, light background and soft brush work and strong elements to highlight the iris. Beautiful.

Forever Fresh Solids, Readymade Everyday Borders No 8, Big Botanical Engravings No 1,
Roughed Up Vintage Favorites Paper Pack No. 01, Messy Stitched Borders: White No. 01, 
Fringed Photo Masks Brushes and Stamps No. 02, Monochromatics Forest Blends

Crystal used the overall design but shrunk it down to better fit her scrapbooking style. I love the pencil florals and the painted florals for extra depth. And what a precious photo. Love that hat!

Readymade Layers Everyday Borders No8, My Family Genealogy Records No3, Pencil Line Flowers No9, Watery Blooms No25

Finally, I went back to my Utah photos for a great landscape picture. Wow, it was so gorgeous out there. I enjoyed pulling elements from multiple blendable layer templates. That’s what is so great about the blendables. There are so many elements in each template that you can really make tons of different looks with them.

Vintage Library Paperie No. 04, Blendables Layered Template No. 34, Blendables Layered Template No. 55, Blendables Layered Template No. 33, Blendables Layered Template No. 73

Looking forward to seeing your pages in the Saturday Scraplift Challenge gallery! And remember, if you use all DD products on your page, you can link your page in the February 2018 Challenge Participation Thread so you can earn yourself a coupon for the store! Have a great weekend!


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How to Make Chevron Paper from Striped 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 How to Make Chevron Paper from Striped Paper in Photoshop and PSE.

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Color Spots Scrapbook Challenge: Olympic Games

I love the Olympics! Watching the talented athletes from around the world perform always amazes me. Utah hosted the Winter Olympics in 2002. Then a few years later my oldest was born during the 2006 Winter Olympics. In just a few weeks, people from around the world with gather around their TV’s, or in Korea if they are lucky, to watch and cheer for the 2018 Winter Olympic Games. With this in mind, our color challenge this month was inspired by the Olympic Rings on the flag!

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I (KimR+) wanted to play with the colors of the Olympic flag, as well as document a few stories that tie in with the Games. The Round Vintage Frames were definitely handy to help create the circles of the flag. Using techniques to erase parts of the frame to make the rings look as if they are actually intertwined.Supplies used: Clean Stitched Borders: White No. 01, Forever Fresh Solids, Messy Stamped Alphabet No. 05Round Vintage Photo Frame Stacks No. 01Star Glows Brushes and Stamps No. 02Striped Mix: Rainbow Paper Pack No. 01 (recolored), Symbology Enamel Brads No. 01Just Linens Paper Pack No. 23Just Linens Paper Pack No. 54

Linda (earlofoxford) was also inspired by the rings of the Olympic flag. Can we say that great minds think alike? The large photo of the Ferris wheel really draws the eye in. Speaking of eyes, her fun title work is just amazing! I also love the 5 colored buttons and the various photos in the frames.

Supplies used: Dreamy Paper Pack No. 03Arctic Whites Paper Pack No. 04Painted Bursts Overlays No. 03Splatters Brushes and Stamps No. 03Be Merry Element PackPatterning Palettes No. 02 Element PackCully Element PackEverlasting ReMix Element PackLittle Bits Alphabet: Red No. 02Autumn Winds Element PackDone with Doilies Photo Clusters No. 01December Stories Element PackBrilliant Life Element PackBe Buttoned: EnergyJungle Stories Element PackHolly Jolly Element PackDrop Shadow Styles No. 02

Crystal did a splendid job using the various colors. I love how she tied in all the different sized circles as well. The black and white photos are the perfect touch with the bright colors. Crystal’s brush work and elements are top notch!

Supplies used: February 2018 Color Challenge Freebie, Layer Works No. 895Curated Studio Mix Scrapbooking Kit No. 32Everlasting Remix Solids Paper PackCurated Studio Mix Scrapbooking Kit No. 19Mango Skies Mini Kit

Are you feeling inspired to play along? Join in on the fun 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 February Participation thread for proper credit. LET THE GAMES BEGIN!


Let the games begin!

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Saturday Scraplift Challenge – Paper Pick!

Happy Saturday! Before I begin with this week’s scraplift challenge, it’s our 1st Quarter Sale here at DesignerDigitals! Every regular item is now marked down a whopping 40% and the sale runs from now through 6am EST on February 16th, so make sure you move all those items you have in your wish list over to your basket and make a massive saving!

Throughout today there will be some super chats with freebies taking place so make sure to join us in the fun!

We also have 21 new items this week. These items are marked down 40% for the duration of the sale.

But before you head off to check out the new goodies and the sale, have a look at this beautiful page created by Elisabeth (lego). Isn’t this little one such an adorable ballerina?! I’m always on the look out for ways to include patterned paper on my pages and I love how this grid design maximises this! There’s just so much to love about this page, the mix of patterned paper, the pretty colour tones against the striped canvas, the soft layering, the cute little cluster and title work, every single element here makes for a wonderful piece of art that made me click on ‘Add to Favorites’ as soon as I saw it in the gallery!

I love how Debi (beehive50) was inspired by Elisabeth’s page while not losing her very own  signature style as she documented a little bit of deliciousness! Using a subtle backdrop and just two patterned papers that work so well together, Debi’s lift is finished off with the perfect title, stitched label and a little red heart providing the pop that is always evident in Debi’s pages! A wonderful lift!

Here is Debi’s product list: Everlasting Remix Scrapbooking Kit (new in store), Krafty Tonals Paper Pack No. 02Atlena Solids Paper PackPage Blends No. 12Classic Side Lift Storyboard Photo Frames No. 01XOXO Layered Template No. 03Stitched Word Strip Sentiments No. 02Epoxy Dot Essentials No. 01Fastener Basics No. 01 – Katie Pertiet; Layered Template No. 168 (new in store) – Cathy Zielske.

Jana took the opportunity to scrap these lovely photo’s this gorgeous couple, also using some of the striking papers and elements, including the title banner from Katie’s Everlasting Remix Scrapbooking Kit that is new in the store this week. The white wash mask provides the perfect separation for the patterns and the stripes and I love the energy here! Such a stunning lift!

Jana used the following products: Everlasting ReMix Scrapbooking KitEverlasting Remix Solids Paper Pack (both new in store), Page Blends No. 04 and Beloved Element Pack – all Katie Pertiet.

I so enjoyed lifting Elisabeth’s page to scrap this photo of our gorgeous granddaughter, Ava, and you’ll see from my product list below that I really cashed in on the patterned paper aspect of the page! And a striped backdrop…? I’m pretty sure that’s a first for me! Thanks Elisabeth for pushing me out of my comfort zone with your adorable page!

The goodies I used are: Krafty Dots and Stripes Paper Pack No. 02Classic Scraps Mini Kit No. 01Simply Patterned: SeaSand Value PackBooked Blue Add-On Paper PackWildwoods Add-On Paper PackCold Outside Add-On Paper PackNatural Winter Woods Paper PackTropical Christmas Paper PackGingerbread Runaway Paper PackBlueline Botanicals Paper PackCambrianna Paper PackClipped Stacks No. 11Watery Maps Brushes and Stamps No. 04Painted Patterns Hearts Brushes and Stamps No. 02 (new in store)Fresh Vintage Blends No. 01Seasons Sparkles Element PackBliss Element PackAutumn Fields Element PackFresh Vintage: Albia Element PackFresh Vintage: Clare Element PackGarden Trails Element PackTidewater Journal Cards – Katie Pertiet; Hand Scripted Love Brushes and Stamps No. 02 – Studio Double-D (new in store).

I can’t wait to see your lift in the Saturday Scraplift Challenge gallery! And remember, if you use all DD products on your page, you can link your page in the February 2018 Challenge Participation Thread so you can earn yourself a coupon for the store!

Till next time, take care and happy scrapping!

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Documenting Monthly Memories | 2

Year in Review Layered Double Page Layouts

Welcome to Month 2 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 February 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!

Scrapbook Embellishments Tags and Stickers in a pink love theme

Next month we’ll look forward to showcasing how these awesome template, papers and elements have been used! Here’s a look at how the first release was used to document memories that unfolded!

Winter Scrapbook Page Layouts

Check out these delightful pages by Merrilee! They capture a Minnesota winter beautifully!

winter scrapbook page layouts

These pages are by Anke [left] and Mollie [right]. Anke shows how easy it is to swap out the flashcards and use these templates for so much more. These pages use the same template and each have a fresh look! Love that!

A great bonus for this series is that it will be 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 February Challenge Participation thread so that it will count toward your savings in the rewards program. Each month you can join in and share the previous month’s memories that will help towards a savings code to continue your scrapbooking projects!

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Saturday Scraplift: Stickers

Welcome to this week’s scraplift challenge. As soon as I saw Merr’s (digigrandma) page, I knew that I wanted to lift it. Making a part of your page into a sticker adds so much emphasis to that particular item or person and of course it just plain looks cool 🙂 Check it out

I loved how she blurred the background and added all the bold text. For those of you who have never done a sticker or need a little refresher course, here is a link to some of Sara’s awesome tutorials:
Photoshop Elements

If you don’t feel all that  comfortable with the extraction, you could always use a beautiful brush or wordart as an alternative to something that would need to be extracted, although I really think you should give it a try, it’s so worth the effort and remember that it doesn’t have to be perfect, since you will turn it into a sticker anyway.

Here are a few pages from the CT for your inspiration

Linda (earlofoxford) extracted her beautiful family and placed it in front of the water. Check out what she did with all those fonts too, what a great effect!!

Here is what she used:
Katie Pertiet
Enchanted Paper Pack, Astro Solids Paper Pack, Page Blends No. 06, Splatters Brushes and Stamps No. 03, Edge Overlays No. 02, Adventures in Outlines: Baby, Drop Shadow Styles No. 02

Fonts: Hello Wedding, You Are Loved, Hillgates, Pathout, Pea Olson, Pea Neffer, Palatino Linotype, Set Fire to the Rain, Bebas Neue, Katie’s Doodled Block Font, Pea Kylie, Gadugi, Courier Polski 1941

Amy (AmyL) extracted one of her favorite subjects 🙂 That puppy is just too adorable and as a sticker really takes over the whole page. I love her brushwork and the oversized title.

Here are the supplies she used
K. Pertiet:
Arctic Whites Paper Pack No. 04, Edge Overlays No. 06, Grunging Canvas Edgers Brushes and Stamps No. 01, Blendable Layers No. 19, Blendable Layers No. 20, Blendable Layers No. 29, Blendable Layers No. 35, Twisted Dots No. 01, Must Love Dogs Brushes and Stamps, Watery Spots Brushes and Stamps No. 03

I stickered one of my favorite subjects too, my oldest at a dance showcase this fall 🙂 I wanted to pull her out of that photo and the sticker is a great way to do that.

Here is what I used:
K. Pertiet
ArtOptions Mini Mix No. 5 monthly memories element pack No. 2 sentiment spots No. 18 Audubon notebook No. 1 modern vintage simplicity paper strips No. 1 Redwork element pack,  fading words No. 2

Make sure to post your page in the Saturday Scraplift gallery and post a link in the January 2018 Challenge Participation Thread.

I hope you will enjoy this week’s challenge, see you in the gallery!

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