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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Documenting Monthly Memories | 4

Year-in-Review Layered Template Set

Welcome to Month 4 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 April 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!

Springtime scrapbook embellishments

Springtime Shabby Chic Scrapbook Papers for instant download

These templates, elements and papers are so versatile they go beyond a year-in-review and are perfect for many everyday events as well!

Kim used the templates and a mix of elements for a birthday page!

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 APRIL 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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Saturday Scraplift Challenge: Scrappie Irene

This Saturday Scraplift Challenge, we are lifting one of our Creative Team members, Irene (Scrappie Irene). It was fun to go back through Irene’s gallery to find a page to lift. There are so many wonderful layouts to choose from, especially her fabulous travel pages.

My teammates, created some beautiful pages to get us started with this challenge. Stacia choose this wonderful page, The Story of Fall.

I love how Stacia lifted the semi-opaque layer around the page – such a cool look! And what a photo!

Products Used: Readymade Layers: Travel Borders No. 03, Build Your Book No. 03Day Out Complete Scrapbooking Collection, Enjoy the Moment Layered Template

Agnieszka (Arte Banale) decided to take inspiration from Irene’s style in general to create this fabulous page. I love the large blended photo in the background! So well done.

MBS Clear Thru Scripts 3, Photo Clusters No.60, Currently Layered Template, Stamped Blocks No. 34 Brushes and Stamps, Readymade Titles: PhotosBest Advice Brushes and Stamps No. 01.

Although I adore Irene’s many travel pages, I absolutely loved this sweet artsy layout because of the blended photo in the background combined with a page within a page look.


Blending modes are fun to play with and it can give your page an entirely different look. I struggle a bit with ‘artsy’ blended pages, so I knew that this one would be a great challenge for me.

When I tried to lift it, I ended up with something quite different! Still it was a perfect opportunity to record my daughter’s new sport.

Products used: From My Bookshelf Blendables No.15, My Darlings Layered Template
Alandia Noces Collection, Classic Scraps Mini Kit No. 01, Fresh Vintage: Clare Scrapbook Collection, From My Bookshelf No. 02 CardstocksFrom My Bookshelf Element PackFrom My Bookshelf No. 02 KitFrom My Bookshelf Solids Paper Pack: Neutrals, Heart Pebbles No. 04,  Neptune Metalized Stickers, Sweet Rose Bay Element Pack

I know that you’ll find lots of inspiration in Irene’s creative layouts. I look forward to seeing your takes on her pages in the gallery! Remember to post your page in the CT Spotlight Scraplift Gallery and if you finish by today and use 100% DD products, post as well in the March Participation Thread  forum.

Happy scrapping!

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Saturday Scraplift: Words

On this wonderful Saturday we are going to lift a beautiful page by Liz (Lizziet5).

As soon as I saw it, I knew I wanted to try my hands at it. I love the words most of all and that’s what I focused on. Of course you can pick whatever you like on this page and let it inspire you.

Linda (earlofoxford) came up with this gorgeous page

She was inspired by the vertical design and used her signature bold colors to emphasize it.  The arrow with the Wordart is just perfect! Here is what she used on her page:

Katie Pertiet
Team Colors No. 03 Paper Pack, Graphic Line Clusters Brushes and Stamps No. 01 ,
Striping Graphic Brushes and Stamps No. 01, All Around 4×6 Borders Sports Brushes and Stamps No. 01, Candied Christmas Solids Paper Pack, Teamwork Brushes and Stamps,
Nothing More Brushes and Stamps, Framed Spill Layers No. 03 (coming soon)
Jingle Element Pack, Christmas Garden Element Pack, Banner Masks No. 01,
Little Enamel Accents Rainbow, Drop Shadow Styles No. 02

Cathy Zielske
Glass Half Full Words Brushes and Stamps

Maplebrook Studios
Clear Thru Scripts No. 03 (coming soon)
Bohemian Typewriter

Tammie (tammielsmith) followed the vertical design as well

I love her wonderful Word grouping as well and the brushwork is gorgeous. Here are her supplies:

Graphic Line Clusters Brushes and Stamps No. 01, Stacked Vintage Frames No. 02,
Canvas Color Mix Paper Pack No. 33 Clipped to Graphic Line Clusters
Vintage Mini Mix Kit No. 03, Readymade Layers: Vintage Borders No. 04,
Mixed Stacks Descriptors Brushes and Stamps No. 05, Canvas Color Mix Paper Pack No. 33,  Clipped to Mixed Stacks Descriptors No 5

Like I said before, I was really drawn to the WordArt, so that’s what I focused on and copied what she did almost completely 🙂

With my portrait oriented photo I decided to create the design laterally. I do like how it came out. Here is what I used:

K. Pertiet:
Big Bottom Lift Classic frames No. 1 , Textured Whites Paper Pack No. 1 , typed and scripted Brushes and Stamps No. 6 , Watery Grids Brushes and Stamps No. 10

Studio DD:
Readymade Layers Spring Borders No. 4

Please post your finished pages, using all Designer Digitals Products, in the Saturday Scraplift Gallery and add a link to your page in the March Participation Thread, so that we can find you. I hope you are feeling inspired 🙂

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