Template Mash up Challenge: Autumn Fun!

Welcome to this month’s Template Mash-up Challenge!

Two things that I absolutely love about this time of year: Autumn colours and spending time outdoors with the kids. We have been so fortunate this year that we are still enjoying super warm days and crisp evenings with NO RAIN! This has made a perfect opportunity for some fun outings and some great photos!

Studio DD Layerworks templates are just perfect to showcase  fall activities and all the beautiful colours. Like all Designer Digital templates, they let me complete pages quickly with a lot of flexibility. What I love is picking my favourite elements of the template and then really making it my own!

For this month’s Template Mash-up Challenge, I’ve gone back to past three Octobers to choose templates (I know….THREE!).

Our wonderful Guest Creative Team jumped in to provide a little extra inspiration for you.  Each one used the templates and may have added their own touches including items from additional products.

Carmel used the most adorable photo of her cat and it put it all together so nicely!  

Kate filled her page with so much template goodness that I don’t even know where to begin! Absolutely fall-tastic! In addition to the three templates, she also used the following products: Botanique Paper Pack, Folia Solids Paper Pack, Folia Element Pack, Just Linens Paper Pack No. 18

And another one of our Guest CT members, Addie, did the most adorable page of a handsome little gentleman! In addition to the three templates, she also used Katie’s Wander Solids Paper Pack.

I was so pleased that by using the design elements from the three templates to get this page done quickly, I was back outside in no time enjoying the sunshine before the rain rolls in! I used the three templates and then also Wanderer Solids Paper Pack, Chalkboard Christmas Scrapbook Kit, Color Muse: Keen Paper Pack, Fallen Trails Paper Pack.

I would love to see how you mix and match these three templates to feature your own photos. If you participate in the challenge, please share your page in our Template Challenge Gallery. And don’t forget that you can earn credit in our rewards program! All of the details are in the October Participation Sign-In thread in our forum. I hope you’ll join in the fall fun!

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Itunes: Happy tears

Hiya and welcome to a new itunes challenge. It’s just been the October half-term holiday here, a chance to recharge my batteries. I’ve chosen this album cover, which should also provide a relaxing challenge as we move fully into autumn and the colder weather.

My girl loves this song, it’s always on playlists for the car as she can sing along with every word. It’s a dramatic cover, with the contrast between the photos. I love the clear design which will allow your photo to shine. The teardrop shape makes an unusual frame too.

I was pleased to see Sharon (Shannamay) create a fun page for this challenge. 

I love how she changed the photo to black and white inside the title letters. The well-chosen elements add to the photo which is stunning. I am always a sucker for a large photo, and it really adds to the sense of scale here! Sharon used Wanderer Scrapbooking Bundle; Wire Rimmed Alphabet No. 04

I decided to stick close to the inspiration piece, and used the fun freebie template Katie’s provided for the challenge. We’re just back from a holiday with my parents to the North East of England. We visited beaches, castles and playparks, and loved exploring this part of the country.

I used the template and Catana Solids Paper Pack.

Now it’s your turn. I’d love to see your take on this challenge. Post your pages in the itunes inspiration gallery so we can leave some love. Remember to keep track of your challenge pages in the October Challenge Participation Thread. This will let you build up towards a store discount voucher at the end of the month if you use 100% Designer Digitals products.

Happy Scrapping!

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Saturday Scraplift: Making Brush Work Shine

I love the technique of using brush work to ground a design. It often provides just the needed touch to make a page feel finished. I loved this page by Kathy (Blackkathy) when I saw it in the gallery. She uses her brush work so creatively as a background for a great series of photos. In addition to the horizontal line created by her brush work, she also added a vertical element with her title and flower brush – such a pleasing page! The Creative Team had fun lifting Kathy and hope you’ll be inspired, too. 

Kathy’s page:

Either Mel (Britgirl) lives in one of the most beautiful spots on earth, or she’s an amazing photographer. Truthfully, I believe both statements are accurate. I love seeing the countryside in Wales, and she showcases it beautifully on her page by going large with the photo of an approaching storm. Watery brush work allows her photo to fade into the background, and her choice of an acrylic alpha enables her to place her title right on her photo.

Credits: Edge Overlays No. 06;  Defining Paint Blend Layers No. 02; Spill Frame Layers No. 03; Clear Thru Alphabet No. 13; ARToptions Krafty Paper Pack No. 02

Even though I am SO not a snake lover, I couldn’t help but smile at Liz’s (lizziet5) series of photos that so brilliantly capture her grandson’s encounter with Sidney. I love the arrow pointing upward to her title, and her use of the twist brushes and wavy journaling suggests Sidney’s sinuous lines. The epoxy snake and flecks of orange brush work are the perfect finishing touches to a delightful page.

Credits: Textured Cardstock: SeaSand Paper Pack; Thin Classic Photo Frames Curled and Flat No. 01; Gator Crossing Element Pack; Monthly Memories Element Pack No. 06; Epoxy Dot Essentials No. 01; Touch Up Paint Brushes and Stamps No. 02; Pencil Line Twists Brushes and Stamps No. 02; Twisted Dots No. 01; Painted Photo Masks Brushes and Stamps No. 04; Watery Washes No. 04 Brushes and Stamps; Watery Spots Brushes and Stamps No. 13; Splatters Brushes and Stamps No. 06; Splatters Brushes and Stamps No. 07; Just for You Word Art Brushes and Stamps; Curved Text Paths No. 01; Clear-Thru Arrows No. 02

Kate (OKate), one of our Guest CT Members, did a wonderful lift of Kathy’s page by using a series of photos of her nephew and nieces over the years, inspired by Kathy’s pictures of her granddaughters. I am a pushover for plaid paper, and I adore how Kate masked it with her watery brushes – love, love, love! The subtle text on her background paper is also a winner in my book.

Credits: Josie Scrapbook Kit; Textured Whites Paper Pack No. 01; Painted Photo Masks Brushes and Stamps No. 06; Stamped Blocks No. 12 Brushes and Stamps; Watery Photo Masks No. 07; Jingle Element Pack; Bracketed Sentiments No. 03 Brushes and Stamps; Big Bottom Lift Classic Photo Frames No. 01

I tried the resist and gradient fill technique that Sara demonstrated in her latest Adobe Photoshop or Elements tip of the week. It enabled me to create the perfect brush work backdrop for a series of colorful food photos. Then I went vertical with some eating utensils and a list of some of my favorite foods.

Credits: Booked Blue Solids Paper Pack; Vintage Edge Overlays No. 01; Watery Photo Masks No. 06; Watery Photo Masks No. 14; Documenting Essentials Brushes and Stamps No. 03; Classic Curled Photo Frames No. 07; Bexley Element Pack; Eat Cake Element Pack; Hush-a-Bye Element Pack; Lots of Love Element Pack; Dog Park Element Pack; Drop Shadow Styles No. 02

Kathy’s page will inspire you to browse through that cool stash of brushes you have; they told me they’re just dying to make an appearance on your page. Remember to post your page in the Saturday Scraplift Challenge Gallery as well as in the October Challenge Participation Sign-in thread in the forum. Happy scrapping!


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Let’s Blend Challenge

Welcome to this month’s Let’s Blend Challenge.  Since it’s close to Halloween, I thought we would do something scary (at least for me)….WHITE SPACE! I have seen quite a few wonderful pages in the gallery and on Pinterest using this technique and I really like it. Here is what I came up with and the products I used:

Anchors Away Solid Paper Pack, Defining Grunge No. 7, Thicker Inked Words No. 16, Autumnal Flore Element Pack.

Anchors Away Solid Paper Pack, Scratchy Scribbles No. 3, Edge Overlays No. 7, Grungy Ledger Grids No. 3, Fine Lines Border Lines No. 13, Thin Classic Photo Frames No. 1


I hope these pages have inspired you to try using more white space. Remember to post your pages in the Mask Appeal Challenge Gallery, using all DD products, along with all or part of the free products Katie has provided. Also, remember to post a link of your page in the October Challenge Participation Thread, so it will count toward your saving in the rewards program.

I look forward to seeing your work in the Gallery. Enjoy!



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Color Spots Scrapbook Challenge: Skeleton Juice

Halloween is just a few weeks away. Pumpkins and halloween decorations are everywhere I go. I wanted to do a non-traditional Halloween color challenge this month. I found a few inspiration pieces and went from there!

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At first I (KimR+) honestly didn’t know what I was going to create with these colors. I pulled up a photo from last Halloween and placed a black and white action on it to make it work for the color challenge. I enjoyed finding the various green and black items in the store. One thing I really enjoy is using the Star Glows brushes over dark paper. It really pops! The shape of the cupcakes and apples inspired me to use a round photo frame. Supplies used: All Tricked Out Overlays, ARToptions Wicked No 1, Batty Halloween Clusters Brushes and Stamps No. 01Batty Mini Mix Solids Paper PackBest of 2017 Brushes and StampsColor Me Happy Element PackDefining Paint Blends: HappyFlossy Stitches: GreenMary Jane Spots Paper PackMary Jane Stripes Paper PackMessy Stitched Borders: Green No. 01Pebbled Ledger Alphabet No. 02Recolte Chalked Element PackRound Vintage Photo Frame Stacks No. 01Shimmer Splatters No. 01Simple Classics Christmas KitStar Glows Brushes and Stamps No. 01Vintage Halloween Sentiment Tapes No. 01Vintage Halloween Tickets No. 01Hand Scripted Halloween Brushes and Stamps No. 01

Kate (OKate) created a fabulous fall page with fresh apples from her local farmers market. I love the different pattern papers Kate incorporated into her page. The simple wooden elements remind me of the caramel on the apples in the inspiration photo. 

Supplies used: Layer Works No. 004Black, White and Lime KitBlack, Creme and Red KitBlack, White and Turquoise KitForever Fresh Paper PackApple Cider Mini KitCully Element PackGolden Pretty Element PackAdventuring Scrapbooking CollectionColor Study: Green Paper PackTextured Whites Paper Pack No. 01Game Cards: MonthsBasic Tags No. 01Scrollie Arrows Brushes and Stamps No. 01Mary Jane Stripes Paper Pack

Hopefully this challenge hasn’t left you hungry for Halloween candy or caramel apples, but rather an itch to create a page with green and black…and maybe a bowl of treats while you scrap! I hope you take the chance to play along 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 October Participation thread for proper credit.

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Story Scrapbook Challenge

So October is Halloween month but I’m not going down that path for this challenge.  But I kind of am, bear with me here.   This month I want you to tell a story of a time you have been scared, where fear has gripped you, that moment of angst of despair.

We could go down a myriad of rabbit holes here.   The despair of losing employment, the fear of being gripped by a disease, the holding of a loved ones hand in hospital when they were in pain, being burgled, having a car accident, the despair of not being able to pay your bills, the nightmares, death, the fear of a scary ride, the phobia fears like jumping out of a plane, heights, standing on the edge of a cliff, the claustrophobia of being enclosed in a small room, the fear of the future, being gripped by the black dog, the sadness of overwhelm.

We do tend to scrap the good times don’t we, but it’s equally as important and quite cathartic to scrap the bad too.  We all have fears in our lives, large and small, everyone’s fear will be on a different scale, but we’ve all experienced fear.  Are you going to be brave enough to scrap your fear?

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

This page by LizzieT scraps her very real fear of heights, something I bet a lot of you reading attest to.  Loving that dotted swirls too giving the feeling of swirling round and round.

Rache has braved telling her fear, but firstly how is her blending her face into the paper.  I’m really gobsmacked as to how she’s conveyed a huge sense of fear in this page but at the same time it’s beautiful.  And I'[m about to go get the iPad and scroll in as I need to read the journalling that prompted this page.

I have scrapped a particularly fearful moment of terror where my husband was bitten by a dog.  The adrenaline was pumping, the fear was real.

The team at DD have generously provided a freebie to help you on your way, the link is good for the entire month of October.  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 October 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: Autumnal Angles

Happy Saturday! The weather where I live went from mid 70s on Tuesday, to 40s on Thursday so it’s definitely autumnal around here. 🙂 In honor of the fall colors and upcoming Halloween holiday, I found this precious little bug with a pumpkin page that I just knew would be fun to lift. Thanks to kmchambers64 (Kathleen) for this darling vintage page! There are so many great details here. The colors, the theme, the soft vintage feel of the photo/mask. Let’s see what inspired the creative team.

A few of our guest CT members helped out on the blog this week. Up first is OKate (Kate) and her great vintage lift. Kate held true to the layout of the page other than using a vertical photo. I love the little pumpkin in the corner and the photo is fantastic. Love the memories she has captured.

KPertiet_Vintage Halloween Washi, Autumn Fields Paper Pack, Autumn Fields Painted Clusters, ARToption Mini Mix No. 06, Vintage Halloween Paper Pack, Vintage Halloween Add-On Paper Pack, Vintage Halloween Banner Layers No. 01, Readymade Layers: Fall Borders No. 06, Readymade Layers: Leaf Clusters, Watery Pumpkins, Pencil Line Pumpkins Brushes and Stamps, Watery Photo Masks No. 01, Watery Spots Brushes and Stamps No. 10, Randomly Written Frames Brushes and Stamps No. 02, Vintage Side Lift Photo Frames No. 01

Rache77 (Rachel) also joined in on the fun but instead of a fall page, she chose to use a photo of her precious baby boy. What a smile!! Love this look with the primary colors and epoxy elements that strengthen the kid theme.

Book Bag Days Back-to-School Scrapbook Kit, ARTpack Overlays No. 02, Artsy Layered Collages No. 01, Catching Rainbows: Painted Accents, Catching Rainbows Element Pack
Curated Studio Mix Scrapbooking Kit No. 04, Curated Studio Mix Scrapbooking Kit No. 24
All Around 4×6 Borders Brushes and Stamps No. 03

caapmun (Carmel) kept with the fall theme (even though it’s her spring in Australia) and the coloring on the photo is awesome! Instead of using scribbled frame accents, she layered the torn photo frames for depth. It’s a great design element.

Vintage Botanicals Paper Pack No. 01, Autumn Winds Paper Pack, Readymade Layers: Leaf Clusters, Spill Frame Layers No. 27, Artsy Blend Layers Leaves No. 01, Folia Element Pack, Hello Autumn Element Pack

And finally, here is my contribution. I was inspired by the colors and some of the same products (although I did do a little recoloring.) I chose a recent homecoming photo of my daughter and her good friend Ainsley.

Pencil Line Leaves No. 11 by Katie Pertiet, Autumnal Flore Fall Scrapbooking Collection, 
Grunge Overlays No. 02, Vintage Photo Frames No. 36, Readymade Clusters: Outdoors

Well, now it’s your turn. What part of Kathleen’s page will inspire you? Can’t wait to see your pages in the Saturday Scraplift Challenge Gallery and if you use all DD products on your page, remember to post a link to your page in the October Challenge Participation thread so you can work towards a coupon for the store. Happy Autumn!

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How to Create a Resist-effect Title in Photoshop and PSE: Part 1 [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 Resist-effect Title in Photoshop and PSE: Part 1.

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1st October Template Challenge

Well, Spring has arrived in the Southern hemisphere, and here in Western Australia we are enjoying a mix of cloudy rainy days and surprisingly warm sunny ones. I think we might be in for a hot summer!
My grand-people have been enjoying lots of outdoor time in their school holidays and I was looking for some ideas to scrap a cute pic my daughter sent me. The kids are climbing on a large circular installation at the park and so I wanted to use circles in my page. I came across Layer Works No. 905 by Kayleigh from not too long ago and I loved the combination of stitched and doodled circles.

I decided to combine it with another recent Layer Works template: No. 998. I love that it has lots of layers and elements to choose from.

Carmel (caapmun) and Esther (esther_a) were keen to have a go at mashing up these two templates, and I love how different their layouts are.

Esther kept the circle as the basis for her layout and used all of the photo frames available, duplicating some of them to create a ‘rotation’ of photos taken at a unique and intriguing fashion show. She has used the doilies and the bows from both templates as page elements, as well as lots of the brushes and stamps which add interest and an appropriate “grunge” to her background.

Carmel on the other hand has deleted all the brushwork excepting the Fine Line Scribble and the Doodledo circle to create a very clean and spacious looking background. The layers and elements she’s chosen set off that lovely photo to perfection!

I had lots of fun with mine, using the circular background and one of the photo frames from No.905, and grabbing most of my layers and elements from No.998. I loved my dotted blue circle, but it was originally a little overpowering, so I enlarged the doily to almost cover it and was pleased with that effect. I think I’ve said it before, but I really like the way that the layers in the Layer Works templates are named with the product used. In the case of No.998, Kayleigh has predominantly used the Fall Garden Kit. This makes it so easy to use the same kit to swap in and out elements that will still coordinate with the rest of the template. I did this with the paper strip, swapping out the dark teal for the orange. As is my wont (!), I recoloured the spotted paper and the labels to pull out the blue sky of my photo and stickerised some wordart from the shop for a title.

I hope you have as much fun as I did mashing up these two templates (check Thursdays sale!) – don’t forget to link up your page in the October Challenge Participation Thread after you’ve posted in the Template Challenge Gallery

Happy scrapping!!!

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Documenting Monthly Memories | 10

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Welcome to Month 10 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 too.

And these products are great for so much more than a year-in-review, month-in-review project! The pages above by our guest team members Kathleen and Addie show how versatile the products are!

Shabby Chic Scrapbook Kit

For October we have a full bundle including Monthly Memories No.10 Template Pack, Monthly Memories No.10 Painted Layers, Monthly Memories No.10 Paper Pack, Monthly Memories No.10 Element Pack

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 October 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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