iTunes: What light through yonder window

Hiya, and welcome to this month’s iTunes challenge. For this month’s inspiration I’ve gone for nostalgia. I loved this film when it came out, and listened to the soundtrack regularly. Last week my teenage daughter came home and told me she was watching this in class, so I had to watch it again. 

While listening to the soundtrack I was drawn to the cover, and could see how I’d be inspired to create a layout from it. There’s the gold bookplate title, the chains suggest a hanging photo frame, and the blue floral paper is pretty in the background. Then there’s the heart motif at the top.

I asked members of the creative team to create pages for me and they didn’t disappoint. First up is Diane (Dvhoward) with her lovely layering. I love the alpha she chose for her title, and the paper scrapping feel to her page. Diane used Vintage Photo Frames No. 49; Monthly Memories Vol. 03: Paper Pack No. 02; Garden Stories No. 01 Element Pack; Garden Stories No. 01 Remnants; Adventuring Travel Scrapbook Kit.

Next was Shannon (Shannonroller) with this music themed page. I love how she was inspired by the angle of the photo in the cover. The collage/ brushwork is perfect in the background, and I love her titlework.

Shannon used Vintage Mini Mix Kit No. 13; Vintage Mini Mix No. 13 Remnants; Enamel Sentiment Signs No. 06; Sweet Melody Brushes and Stamps.

Now it’s your turn, take yourself back to the 90s and show us what inspires you. Katie’s generously provided a freebie. Post your pages in the itunes inspiration gallery  so we can leave some love. Remember to keep track of your challenge pages using 100 % Designer Digitals products in the February Challenges Participation Thread so you can earn store discount.

Happy scrapping!

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How to Extend Brush Lines 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 Extend Brush Lines in Photoshop and PSE.

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Saturday Scraplift Challenge: Playing With Brushes

This week I found a little challenge for you all, this beautiful brush arrangement by Kathie

It’s so gorgeous with that architectural window and the brush arrangement. Event the slightly blue coloring is beautiful!

Diane (dvhoward55) came up with her own gorgeous version

I love that large flower and the color, plus it’s all about happiness and what could be better 🙂 Here is what she used on her page

Watery Typecast Sentiments Brushes and Stamps No. 07, Garden Stories No. 01 Solids Paper Pack, !st Quarter Crop Template No 1, Abstracting Memories Layered Template No. 9, Artsy Blend Layers Leaves No. 04, Artsy Blend Layers Leaves No. 04, Vintage Mix Clusters No 22

I created a page about my new hometown, Charleston, a place that lends itself to Katie’s awesome Archiblend layers 🙂

Here are my supplies

ArchiBlendClusters and Layers No. 2, Watery Grids No. 1, Ledger Grids No. 2
 (frame), Arctic whites No. 1, written words page titles 1, artsy splatters No. 1
inky scribbles No. 1

It was a fun page to create and I hope you will give it a try. Add color if you like, add a photo, don’t use a photo, just have fun creating… maybe even something to put into a little frame. Please post your completed pages (with all DD items) in the Saturday Scraplift Gallery and the February 2020 Challenge Participation Thread.

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Let’s Blend Challenge

Katie’s Watercolor Ombre papers are a fun way to add a gradient like overlay to your photos. They can be clipped to a mask, used directly over a photo and applying a blend mode, or even as a background paper. On this page, I clipped the gradient to the mask and then played with blend modes. By clipping it to the smaller photo, I created an a defined space for word art.



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 February Challenge Participation Thread, for proper credit.


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What’s Your Angle? Template MashUp Challenge

Wait till you see what I have for you this week in our second February Template MashUp Challenge! I went looking for something unique to work with and I think I found it with these templates. The Angled Layered Template is a gem from several years ago that I thought really needed to be rediscovered. Layer Works No. 1142 is full of fun elements to add to your page. The challenge is to put pieces of these templates together to make something new. The templates are even on sale this week!

Wait till you see the fabulous examples our Creative Team has for you for inspiration! I am so excited to show you these wonderful pages!

Fran lives in California where they have been experiencing a long drought. Her page is a wonderful and creative celebration of rain! Don’t you love her photo? I like the way that dark blue triangle looks like an umbrella over her photo!

In addition to the featured templates, Fran used: Worth Repeating Brushes and Stamps No. 36, Plainly Woven Paper Pack No. 06, Arctic Frost Winter Scrapbooking Kit, Arctic Frost Sort of Solids Paper Pack, Arctic Frost Add-on Paper Pack

Our next example is from Diane. First off, I love the color combo she has used! It’s so fresh and fun! Her cute photo is perfect blended into the large triangle. Don’t you love the way she used those dots and stripes?

In addition to the featured templates, Diane used: Garden Stories No. 01 Dots and Stripes Paper Pack, Garden Stories No. 01 Solids Paper Pack

Next up is this wonderful page from Addie! The blues of the sky and water spread across her page are stunning! The grids are a perfect way to add some subtle interest to her white space.

In addition to the featured templates, Addie used: Textured Whites Paper Pack No. 03

Our last example is from Merrilee. She had a fabulous series of photos of her grandson and his sport. What a creative job she did of including them in both the triangles and the frames! Her page has such wonderful movement!

In addition to the featured templates, Merrilee used: Plainly Woven Paper Pack No. 05

If you were as inspired as I was by these awesome pages, we’d love to see the pages you create in the Template Challenge Gallery. Be sure to also post a link to your page in the February Challenge Sign In thread to earn a coupon code to the DD store!


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Get Inspired Scrapbooking Challenge: Loosely Labeled Adjectives

Morning all,
Running a little late I’m afraid – do YOU ever wonder if life will ever be just a little less chaotic?
Let’s take a little time out for some scrapping shall we?
In 2016, Katie released a series of her Loosely Labeled that focused on adjectives – all those lovely describing words . . .

These are great to add to little clusters, or to stitch onto the edge of a photo or piece of paper. It’s an easy way to underline your page theme or story. Each pack includes a couple of lines of messy stitching to hold them down with – but you can get a bit more creative with any of the other ways of holding something down on your page. On this rather cheeky page, I’ve used a string bow and a button to hold the label down.

I love the look of a giant ampersand, but they have to “make sense” to me – you know – actually take the place of an ‘and’. If you choose two Loosely Labeled Adjectives, you can use a big ampersand (remember you can enlarge an alpha considerably before it loses any quality – I think I enlarged by 150% on this one) to create your page title.

But then . . . when you see a neat little squarish element, it’s easy to be tempted into a grid isn’t it? So a grid of adjectives all describing Jarvy’s sporting ability forms the basis of this layout.

Of course one of the wonderful things about Designer Digitals is that sometimes a whole series of wonderful elements is released as a value pack . . . like this one!!

How cool is that?

I hope you will join me in using some Loosely Labeled Adjectives to describe something you love this month. 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 February Challenge Participation Sign-in thread in the forum to earn store rewards!

Happy describing!

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How to Recolor Parts of More Complex Solid Color Images with Adjustment Layers 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 Recolor Parts of More Complex Solid Color Images with Adjustment Layers in Photoshop and PSE.

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Story Scrapbook Challenge

This month I’m putting out a challenge on courage, bravery and faith. When have you had to muster up these three attributes? And when we think of courage, bravery and faith we instantly think grand things, huge things, momentous times. It doesn’t need us to be in the depth of despair to call on these characteristics. It is all relevant to you.

Perhaps the first time you drove after an accident, or rode a horse after a fall, that takes bravery. To stand up on stage and make a speech, to walk into a crowded room knowing no one at all, that takes courage. To sit at the bedside of a sick or injured person, to call on prayer, that takes faith.

To sign the paperwork of your first mortgage takes courage, it’s a huge investment in yourself and the future. To have a baby takes faith, that you’ll be a great mother and your child will grow up to be a great adult. To be in an armed force and go into battle, that takes bravery.

See what I mean by it all being relevant to the person. I really hope you’ll join us for this challenge, and if you’ve come out the other side more courageous and confident than ever what a great end to this particular story.

The creative team have gone in all different directions, which is what the story challenge is all about, how the theme speaks to you, so here are some examples:

Uly (Maruma) our terrific Guest CT member has created a page where she has called on every single bit of bravery she has to fly for a kilometre along a zipline!  Is she crazy!!??  Nope, she’s just very very brave.  I bet she felt 6 foot tall after it.

Products Uly has used:  Plainly Woven Paper Pack No. 05,  Monochromatics Overlays No. 01,  Watery Photo Masks No. 12,  Poly Photo Frames No. 01,  Color Me Happy Element Pack.

Linda, oh Linda, how many of us will be nodding our heads with you.  Making decisions for our parents, when did the child become the parent?  It’s a tough tough gig, and I’m so glad you had your faith with every decision you made.  You did good.

Supplies Linda has used:  Layer Works No. 1156,  Farmhouse Christmas Solids Paper Pack,  Splatters Brushes and Stamps No. 04,  Stamped Stitched Corners No. 01 Brushes and Stamps,  Plainly Woven Paper Pack No. 05,  Drop Shadow Styles No. 02.

And then for my page I started thinking what on earth did I decide on this as a story challenge, I started a page, I ended up deleting it and then this one just flowed.  A story of a lump.

Supplies I have used:  Lightly Linens Paper Pack No. 16,  Page Fades Clipping Masks No. 01,  Twisted Dots No. 01,  Lifted Wings No. 02.

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 all the stories this month.

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: The Rule of Thirds

Happy Saturday! This week’s inspiration from Erin (ernie88) has so many things that could inspire that I had a hard time naming this blog post. There is the background that is broken into thirds which is always a pleasing divide to the eye, there’s the black and white with one accent color and there’s the fun swirled arrows. Lots of options for scraplifting and title making! 🙂

As a SSL blog writer, you always know you picked a good page to lift when lots of volunteers step up. This week I had lots of help! Up first is Linda (earlofoxford) with a pretty literal lift using a fairly tonal color scheme, swirls and she broke her background up into thirds. Featuring this adorable photo in this page is the perfect finishing touch!


True Blue Textures Paper Pack, Heart Pointers Brushes and Stamps No. 01, Emilia Solids Paper Pack, ARTpack Lace Brushes and Stamps No. 02, Clusters of Love Brushes and Stamps No. 01, Heart Circles Brushes and Stamps No. 01, Astro Element Pack, Doily Edgers No. 02, Bexley Element Pack, William Element Pack, Botanical Colors Cerulean Meadow Element Pack, Vintage Botanicals Little Stickers No. 03, Floresta Element Pack
Blue Skies Element Pack, Stitched Circles Clean and Messy: White No. 1 Value Pack
Happy Christmas Element Pack, Be Buttoned: Energy, Clipped Stacks No. 07, Pinned Tabs No. 01, Drop Shadow Styles No. 02

Up next is Shannon (shannonroller) with this brilliant vintage band page. Following the rule of thirds for her background was her main inspiration. The rest came from the new Vintage Music Kit by Katie Pertiet and this great photo.

Vintage Mini Mix No. 13, Vintage Mini Mix No. 13 Remnants, Vintage Blendable Palettes No. 14, Sweet Melody, Readymade Layers: Vintage Borders No. 05, Blendable Layers No. 105, Lightly Linens Paper Pack No. 13, Spring Fields Element Pack, Fading Frame Layers No. 02

Fran (frani_54) kept with the background thirds, minimal color scheme and also featured a horizontal black and white photo. Love all of her sweet details too.

Pinned Pearls No. 02, Sweet Rose Bay Kit, Ripped Frame Stack Layers No. 01, My Vintage Valentine Scrapbook Kit, My Vintage Valentine Add-On Paper Pack, My Vintage Valentine Solids Paper Pack, Watercolor Page Titles Brushes and Stamps No. 15, Splatters Brushes and Stamps No. 02, Spot Dots Brushes and Stamps No. 06, Painted Edges and Layers No. 03Readymade Layers: Love Clusters No. 01

The last inspiration is brought to us by Sherry (digi371). She was inspired by the swirls and dots as well as the simple color scheme. And really, this sweet photo didn’t need much else to shine. What a sweetheart!

ARToptions Krafty Paper Pack No. 05, Dirt, Grit and Grids Brushes and Stamps No. 01
ARTpack Geometrics Brushes and Stamps No. 01, Watercolor Page Titles Brushes and Stamps No. 15, Tidewater Scrapbooking Kit, Stamped Sentiments No. 04 Brushes and Stamps, Patterning Palettes No. 03 Painted Layers, Blue Bird Little Enamel Charms
BergeMod Mini Kit, Clipped Stacks with Layers No. 14

Whew! That’s a lot of inspiration! Hope you find something to lift this week. 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 February 2020 Challenge Participation Thread. When you use 100% DD products, your page qualifies for the rewards program. I can’t wait to see where this inspiration takes you; I look forward to seeing your posts in the SSL gallery!

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February Color Challenge: Shades of Grey

It is that dark time of year when we are surrounded by grey and darkness. Daylight eludes us and fog fills the air and creates a veil of mystery. If you are lucky enough to live near nature, it makes for some spectacular landscapes. Personally, I light a lot of candles and stay indoors by the fireplace as much as possible!

Despite the darkness, I do find some beauty in the many shades of grey and white that show up in this season, and I decided to highlight these for this month’s Color Challenge.

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You don’t have to use these exact shades, but find some that work for you. They could be dark and charcoal like what we find in the moody Charcoal Essentials Paper Pack No. 01:


Or perhaps you might like to stick to the light and airy greys found in kits like new Misty Meadows Paper Pack:

And there is always the beautiful combo kits like the Curated Studio Mix No.29  and Pattern Mix: Neutrals Paperpack No.1 which give you a great selection of grey elements.


A week ago, my youngest son lost his last baby tooth. Of course, it is bittersweet because although the toothfairy doesn’t hold the same magic for him anymore, it is the last time one of my kids will put their tooth under their pillow and go to sleep with anticipation of what they will find in the morning. How do you document such an occasion? Well, I am feeling a little blue about all my babies getting so big, so I have to say that grey was my colour of choice for this page!

Credits: Coming soon: Ledger Grids No. 05 Brushes and Stamps, Plainly Woven Paper Pack No. 02, Misty Meadows Paper Pack, Misty Meadow Plastic Alphabets, Roughed Up Pocket Cards: Striped No. 01, Arctic Frost Element Pack, Darling Baby Element Pack, Ephemera Remnants Brushes and Stamps No. 02, Essential Vellums Paper Pack No. 03, Loosely Labeled No. 06, Metal Rimmed Tags No. 01, Curated Studio Mix Scrapbooking Kit No. 29, Stitched Notecards, Assorted Basic Stitching, Readymade Clusters: Neutrals, DocuStack Layers No. 01, Cambrianna Element Pack, Photo Wraps No. 20

I hope that you’ll join me in this month’s Colour Challenge! Post your pages in the Color Challenge 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. Everyone wins!!! I can’t wait to see where this inspiration takes you!

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