Color Spots Scrapbook Challenge: Dark and Soft

My favorite season is here!! The buds are appearing on the trees and my perennials are appearing in the yard. However, we also have many days filled with dark clouds and rain…and several days of snow too. This months color challenge was inspired by spring weather here in Utah. Soft pinks, blues and greens along with a dark contrasting black. Here are a few inspiration photos.

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A few creative team members joined me with this challenge. I (KimR+) used a black and white action on my daughter photos to help them shine a little more. Katie’s Monthly Memories No 4 kit was just perfect for this color challenge. Supplies used: ARTpack Lace Brushes and Stamps No. 01, Brilliant Life Scrapbooking CollectionDocuStacks No. 01Filmed Photo Masks Brushes and Stamps No. 01Golden Pretty Element PackLooking for Love Element PackMonthly Memories Element Pack No. 04Monthly Memories Paper Pack No. 04Star Glows Brushes and Stamps No. 01Summer Gardens Element PackSweet Rosey Scrapbooking CollectionHand Scripted Spring Brushes and Stamps No. 01Layer Works No. 787

Jane (Jane_Bond7) created a beautiful page using soft pattern papers and a dark background. The elements around the page are just beautiful and bring your eye into the stunning photo of her loved ones!

Supplies used: Layerworks 1086, Hike More Roughed Up Paper PackHike More Printable Paper PackHike More Checks and Dots Paper PackAlandia Tropics KitDelMar Shores Element PackStar Glows Brushes and Stamps No. 02Layer Works No. 908Gator Crossing Element Pack

Liz (lizziet5) let her style shine with a crips and clean layout! Her use of a soft textured white with a large black title bring your attention to her beautiful trio of photos! Simple. Stunning. Perfect. Supplies used: Patterning Palette No. 04 Solids Paper PackWire Frame Grid Clusters and Layers No. 01Pencil Line Twists Brushes and Stamps No. 02Vintage Blendable Layers No. 06Colorful Paint Layers No. 03Bloom in Paris Element PackSpring Meadows Element PackEverlasting Element PackEverlasting ReMix Element PackEveryday Moments Brushes and Stamps

Feeling pretty? Can we say stunning and gorgeous? I love the soft touches Audrey (adrianita) used on here page. The water colors are a wonderful addition along with the simple pattern paper in the background. The layered BW photos really shine…and make me want to attempt a selfie too 😉

Supplies used: Textured Whites Paper Pack No. 03Patterning Palettes No. 02 Element PackHanddrawn Corners Brushes and Stamps No. 01Golden Pretty Element PackClipped Stacks No. 05Sweet Rose Bay Element PackWinter Ice Add-On Paper PackStamped Stitches No. 01 Brushes and StampsWatery Scribbles Brushes and Stamps No. 06Doodledo Borders Brushes and Stamps No. 02ADarcy Gardens Solids Paper PackEverlasting Add-On Paper PackWatery Washes Brushes and Stamps

Hopefully the skies are full of sunshine to warm your soul and gets your mojo flowing to 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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Saturday Scraplift: A Clean Repeat

Good morning! This week in the Saturday Scraplift we are going to be inspired by Kathie’s amazing tulip page.

I was drawn to this page as soon as she posted it. I love the photo treatment, the layering, the clean lines (her specialty) and the soft floral brush that breaks up the square perfectly. Lots of directions you could take this and all the designers that decided to participate this week went different ways!

Jana was drawn to the repeated framed photos that Kathie used. Wow, these photos are amazing and they really pop on the softly colored background. Gorgeous!

Artsy Layered Template No. 04, Stamp Sets: Spring Brushes and Stamps, Garden Trails Solids Paper Pack, Textured Whites Paper Pack No. 01, Pencil Line Twists Brushes and Stamps No. 02, Colorful Paint Layers No. 04, Torn Classic White Photo Frames No. 02, Torn Classic White Photo Frames No. 04, Watery Blumes No. 32, Stamped Stitches No. 14 Brushes and Stamps

Adrianita used repeating photos of a beautiful cup of coffee. Almost too pretty to drink (I did say almost! 🙂 ) Love the wood border to match the table and her blending softened the page beautifully. All the design elements really pull this page together.

Hike More Outdoors Scrapbook Kit, Hike More Solids Paper Pack, Hand Scripted Brushes and Stamps No. 14, Pencil Lines Leaves No. 01, Classic Curled Photo Frames No. 01, Big Bottom Lift Classic Photo Frames No. 01, Arlesey Element Pack, Coffee Stains Brushes and Stamps No. 02, Edge Overlays No. 09, Watery Maps Brushes and Stamps No. 06, Deelen Sentiment Stickers, Watery Photo Masks No. 14, Arctic Whites Paper Pack No. 02

Jane used this amazing floral photo with layered spillover frames and it just looks like the flower is right there to be touched. So pretty! Again, a soft background palette was used to allow the photos to shine and the addition of the little butterflies is a sweet touch.

Stamped Sets Spring, Hike More Bundle, Spring Meadows Scrapbooking Bundle, 
Spill Frame Layers No. 03, Spill Frame Layers No. 07, Haunted Twists No. 01, 
Just Linens Paper Pack No. 24

And my page did not go exactly how I had planned. I knew I wanted to use photos from my daughter’s Africa trip but the close crop of the photos did not allow for layering. So I channeled a bit of my inner Kathie and just went with a clean grid. I still framed my page and used the loosely drawn floral brushes.

Monthly Memories Vol. 02: Foundations No. 01, Monthly Memories Vol. 02: Foundations No. 02, Colorful Watery Spots No. 02, Thin Classic Photo Frames Curled and Flat No. 01
Thin Classic Photo Frames No. 04, Loosely Drawn Stems Brushes and Stamps No. 01

Now it’s your turn! Let’s see how Kathie’s page inspires you. Remember to post your page in theSaturday Scraplift Challenge Gallery as well as in the April Challenge Participation sign-in thread in the forum. Have a great weekend!

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Let’s Blend Challenge – Using Texture

I enjoy creating texture on my pages; it creates interest and can make things look more three dimensional. Admittingly, I am not the best teacher, and I hardly create a page with the same steps twice. So, I’ll do my best to explain how these are created.

This page is a good place to start with the process. I began with one of Katie’s Artsy Blend papers. After you have blended in your photo, you can start creating texture and interest. Duplicate the blended photo at least three times. To create the texture, highlight the top layer and go to the filters gallery and click on Sketch, Bas Relief. (Detail 10, smoothness 2). Then change the blend mode to soft light or overlay. You should see the texture appear on your page. On this page, I moved the Bas Relief layer to the right a bit, so you can see a duplicate of the bridge, but just the texture.

Now the fun part begins, and this is where there are really no rules. Play with the other layers by using different blend modes and filters. Duplicate the original layer as many times as you want. You can also move the Bas Relief layer around; it doesn’t have to be the top layer. Try blurring one of the layers also. I move things around a lot until I get it just the way I want it. I will then add elements and or wordart and I frequently will pull layers from some of Katie’s Blendable Layers. If you want them to have texture just make sure they are under the Bas Relief layer. You can also duplicate the Bas Relief layer and clip it to an element or layer to make it stand out.

The possibilities are endless, just keep playing. Believe me, there are many times I scrap the whole thing and start over.

Here are the products I used on this page: Coral Gate ARToptions Paper Pack, Urban Naturalist Blendable Layers No. 5


My original idea for this month’s challenge was to create a blended page without a photo. Well, I kind of got away from it, but here is what I came up with. It’s created with the same basic steps as above.

Products: ARToptions Neutrals No. 1, Blendable Layers No. 19, Archiblend Clusters and Layers No. 4.

This page started with the basic foundation I spoke about above, but I took it a bit farther with more blend modes, filters, adjustment layers, etc. You can see I moved the Bas Relief layer around to create a sense of movement, and blurred a few layers. There are just a few products used on this page and the rest is many copies of the photo.  Playing is the key. And remember to save your work as you go!

Products: Traveler Blendable Layers No. 2

If you really want to dive into this type of art, I highly suggest taking the Photoshop Artistry Class. I learned most of these techniques there and I am still learning.  Also, Katie has a few wonderful tutorials of her own that you can find on the DD site. She has generously provided us with a freebie to get you started on this challenge. When you complete your page, post them in the Mask Appeal Challenge Gallery and don’t forget to link up your page in the April Participation thread for proper credit.

I can’t wait to see all your designs. If you have any other questions, please feel free to message me on the DD site. Have fun with this one!


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April Template Mash-up: Mixing up Styles

Happy April and welcome to a new Template Mash-up Challenge! Spring always feels like a new beginning. The weather is turning around and we’ve been busy cleaning up after a very cold and snowy winter.  Spring break was full of activities and now we are getting back to a routine with spring sports and trying to get the house cleaned up and ready for the warmer weather. 

I’ve just recently gone back to work and it is becoming more challenging to find time to sit down and record the memories. Fortunately, the many beautiful  templates that are available at Designer Digitals make it so much easier to get our memories recorded.

For this month’s challenge I’ve chosen to go with two recent templates in the store. First, I was really taken by the beautiful blended layers of Katie’s Blendables Layered Template No.103. I love how the paint looks like smears on the page. It provides such an attractive background.

Artsy Page Template

For the photos, I loved the horizontal strip of photo frames in the Studio DD Layer Works No.1080. The only thing was that I didn’t really have spring-themed photos, so I removed some of the elements to make it a bit simpler.

Scrapbook Page Template

Here is what I came up with. I wanted to document how proud I am of how mature the kids have gotten, especially when we travel.

Supplies used in addition to the two templates: Spring Meadows Scrapbooking Bundle (what a beautiful collection!)

Don’t forget to post your pages in the Template Challenge Gallery and 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.  I can’t wait to see how you are inspired by mixing the styles of these two templates!

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Story Scrapbook Challenge

It’s almost Easter and I want to know what Easter means to you.  Let’s hear about your traditions, egg hunts with the children, baking hot crossed buns, oh my goodness how delicious!  Do you go to church, have special quiet time, gather the family, eat chocolate eggs until you burst?  Do you go on a mini break, do you get up early to watch the sunrise?  How is Easter spent in your part of the world?

I want to know how you spend your Easter and any special things you do, have done, intend on doing, to make it a time to remember.

The creative team have jumped on board with some terrific example pages:

So lucky to have LisaMcG, one of our terrific CT Guest members play along this month.  This is what I have hoped to read with this challenge.  What an amazing tradition, I’m off to google that bread, everything sounds amazing.  Lisa what a truly incredible page you’ve made keeping a precious memory alive.

Lisa has used some of the new goodies in the shop:  Spring Meadows Kit and Loosely Scripted Sentiments No.3, together with Pinned Wood Veneers No. 04.

And for my page I’m relaying a story about what we do every Easter – we go climb a mountain!

Supplies I have used:  Moutarde Botanic Solids Paper Pack,  Slide Frames No. 03,  Watery Grids Brushes and Stamps No. 01,  Flair Minis No. 01


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: Grounding Your Design

I love a design that looks comfortable on a page. It’s nestled in among brush work and elements that complement the photo. Kelly’s (wsprite_ad) page fits that bill perfectly. Behind her cute photo is brush work, and above it is word strips, a large initial, and a readymade border. Two of my fellow Creative Team members and I took inspiration from Kelly’s page to create our own versions. 

Kelly’s page:

 Sharon (Shannamay) created a delightful page about three of her grandchildren at the quay on a sunny January day Down Under. Her watery brush work is perfect for her page, and I love how she designed her own border with a perforated strip behind and word strips and a large number above her photo. Sharon also grounds her design with the repetition of color and labels.

 Credits: Framed Spill Layers No. 03; Patterning Palette No. 04 Bundle; Monthly Memories Vol. 02: Element Pack No. 03; Vintage Mini Mix Kit No. 10

Our second Sharon (justbnsharon) also scrapped a picture of one of her granddaughters wearing an adorable apron – such a great spring page! Most of the action takes place behind the photo where she created the perfect ode to spring with grass, flowers, and a bunny. Above the photo, she used word strips and a large initial, reinforcing her design with a visual triangle of blue elements.

Credits: Readymade Layers: Spring Clusters No. 01;  Spring Meadows Scrapbook Kit; Spring Meadows Paper Pack; Christmas Lodge Solids Paper Pack; Hinged Photo Frames No. 07; Monthly Memories Vol. 02: Foundations No. 04

Even though the photo I scrapped was taken on Christmas Day 2017, the colors lent themselves to the pretty colors in Katie’s new Spring Meadows Kit so I had to run with it. I placed brushwork, a sticker, and a doily under my photo and two of Kayleigh’s readymade elements above my photo along with initials for my mother and me.

Credits: Spring Meadows Solids Paper Pack; Spring Meadows Scrapbook Kit; Patterning Palette No. 04 Solids Paper Pack; Painted Accents No. 04; Gesso No. 04; Edge Overlays No. 02; Color Essentials Lime Element Pack; Hinged Photo Frames No. 07; Drop Shadow Styles No. 02; Readymade Layers: Lime Borders; Readymade Layers: Spring Clusters No. 01 

I hope you’re already inspired to lift Kelly’s great page. Remember to post your page in the Saturday Scraplift Challenge Gallery as well as in the April Challenge Participation sign-in thread in the forum. Happy scrapping!


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New Document Window Versions in Photoshop CC [Video]

This week’s Adobe Photoshop or Elements tip of the week is now available on video. This weeks tip is on New Document Window Versions in Photoshop CC.

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Fifth Saturday in March Guest Creative Team Scraplift Challenge: Spoilt for Choice

Anyone else a little dizzy in the knowledge that the end of the first quarter of 2019 is upon us?  I hope that whatever you are up to this weekend, you find time to play along with this week’s Scraplift Challenge. As this is the 5th Saturday of this month, it’s time for a Creative Team Scraplift so we’re lifting the super creative Guest CT member, Mirjam (Mielz)! I love Mirjam’s gorgeous style of scrapping –  take a stroll through her gallery and I guarantee that you will find tons of inspiration!

Diane (dvhoward55) jumped right in on the challenge and chose to lift Mirjam’s page entitled Good Times from Mirjam’s gallery.

Here is Diane’s lift. I love those geometric frames and how Diane has taken her lift in an artsy direction.

Here is Diane’s supply list: Loosely Drawn Stems Brushes & Stamps No 1Monthly Memories Vol 2 Element Pack No 4Loosely Scripted Sentiments Brushes & Stamps No2Reflecting Layered Template – background paints, Geometric Masks Brushes and Stamps No. 01Geometric Photo Frames, Stacks and Layers No. 01 – all Katie Pertiet.

It took me a while to choose a page from Mirjam’s gallery because there’s so many beautiful pages but I eventually settled on her page called Amsterdam.

Here is my take on the page I chose… I got a little carried away with elements from Katie’s new Monthly Memories Vol. 02: Element Pack No. 04 because it’s just such a beautiful collection!

My supply list : Patterning Palette No. 04 Solids Paper PackTwisted Dots No. 01Framed Spill Layers No. 01Monthly Memories Vol. 02: Element Pack No. 04Loosely Scripted Brushes and Stamps No. 02Dolphin Cove Element PackPatterning Palette No. 04 Element Pack – staple – all Katie Pertiet.

Thank you Mirjam for the inspiration!

As soon as you get a chance, head on over to Mirjam’s gallery and choose a page that inspires you to document a story of your own. Remember to post your page in the Saturday Scraplift Challenge gallery and if you use 100% Designer Digitals products, don’t forget to post your page on the March Challenge Participation thread so you can earn yourself a discount coupon! I can’t wait to see your lift! Have a great weekend and until next time, happy scrapping!

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iTunes: Vital signs

Hi, and welcome to this month’s iTunes challenge. I remember when this album came out, my sister bought it, and listened to it non-stop. I always loved the look of it, like an old book. Turns out that’s deliberate, because it was based on an old medical textbook.

When I look at the album cover, I can see several directions you could go in creating a page for this challenge. You could pick up on the colour scheme; black and gold are always a striking combination. You could layer papers, or work on creating a bevelled look. You could focus on creating a bold title for your page. Or you could find another route to creativity.

To give you a start, here’s pages by the creative team , showing how they were inspired.

First up is Diane’s excellent page. I love the blended photo, and she’s layered papers in the background, emulating the bevelled edge of the album cover. She’s also created a gorgeous effect with her title.

Diane used the itunes freebie, along with Watery Blumes No 32Curated Studio Mix Scrapbooking Kit No. 38; Curated Studio Mix Scrapbooking Kit No. 34; Blendable Layers No. 58

Esther has created this gorgeous page, which really does look like a book! I love the embossed effect for the title.

Esther used Vintage Traveler Stamps ; Recollections: Book Covers ; ARToptions Krafty Paper Pack No. 05; Golden Season Solids Paper Pack ; Drop Shadow Styles Collection


I too wanted to use a series of papers layered for my background, and decided to use this fun photo of my girl. She loves trying out new looks, and is having such fun at secondary school. I love how fun she is. I used Hey There Kit; Hey Missy Scrapbooking Kit; Gesso No. 01; Notebook Paper Pack No. 05.

Now it’s over to you, we’d love to see how you’re inspired by this month’s challenge. Katie’s generously provided a freebie. Post your pages in the iTunes gallery so we can leave some love. Pages containing 100 % Designer Digitals products are also eligible for our Rewards scheme, keep track of your pages in the monthly rewards thread.

Happy scrapping!

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Saturday Scraplift: Ripped

Ready for another Scraplift this weekend? I found this gorgeous beach page by Kathy (Blackkathy).

There are so many cool elements to lift on this page, I let you pick! Personally I really loved the ripped edges which allow to tuck in all kinds of goodies.

I decided to shift the ripped edges to the sides of my page

My DD just returned from a short trip to Cancun and sent me some nice photos. I decided to tuck the photo itself between the ripped layers. I also tucked in some of the cool elements from Katie’s latest Traveler kit. Here you can see everything I used:

K. Pertiet: Spill Frame Layers No. 10 , Torn Templates No. 2Moutarde Botanic solids, Loosely scripted Sentiments No. 1Stamped Bookshelf alpha No. 2Traveler Blendable Layers No. 2Vintage Traveler Bits and pieces

I hope you feel inspired to do a little ripping 🙂 Please remember to post your finished pages (with all Designer Digital items) in the Saturday Scraplift Gallery  and also in the March Challenge Thread

Have a wonderful weekend!

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