Let’s Blend Challenge

Happy July and welcome to this month’s Let’s Blend Challenge. We are going to work with some fun patterns and masks this month. Let you imagination run wild!

Here is what I came up with using the free products Katie has provided for us:


I took the frame and added a blend mode to it to blend it into the photo and mask. The key is to play around with the products, moving the layers up and down and adding blend modes.

When you complete your page, post them in the Mask Appeal Challenge Gallery and don’t forget to link up your page in the July Participation Thread for proper credit.

I look forward to seeing your work in the gallery. Have fun!


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A Christmas Wayback Wednesday!

It’s Christmas in July at Designer Digitals! There are thousands of Christmas products in the DD store so choosing one for this month’s Wayback Wednesday Challenge was not an easy task. I finally settled on the gorgeous ARTOption Mini Mix No 04. It has a bit of everything needed to create a page. I especially love the soft blues and the vibrant reds in this kit. Your challenge is to use this kit for a page of your own. It’s that simple!

Our Creative Team has provided you with some great inspiration. The first page is from Sharon (Shannamay). She started with that pretty blue paper as a backdrop for the adorable photos she tucked in. A few well chosen elements and some delightful journaling finish off the page.

Joanne (jcaruth) chose another of the gorgeous background papers as a starting point for this stunning page. The pops of red on this paper perfectly echo the color in Joanne’s beautiful cardinal photo.

The ARToption Mini Mix No 04 will be included in this weekend’s sale. We’d love to see how you use this beautiful kit for your own page. Post your page in the Scrapbook Challenges Gallery for us all to enjoy. And don’t forget to include a link to your page in the July Challenges Forum to help you earn a valuable coupon to the DD store. Happy scrapping and merry Christmas in July!


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Saturday Scraplift: Christmas in July!

Happy Christmas! We are celebrating our annual Christmas in July sale today along with many stores (including the Hallmark store where my daughter just started working!) I always think it’s fun to keep with the holiday theme for the SSL so I dug back into the gallery looking for a fun Christmas themed page to lift and I think I found one. 🙂 Arte Banale is always a favorite of mine for inspiration and this page is no different.

Although this is a Christmas themed page, this design could be used for an everyday photo as well.

Our guest CT members jumped right in to join me this week. Up first is Blackkathy. She kept with the color scheme and the general design for these sweet photos of her cat hanging out under the tree. Love her title work with the subtle star in the background.

Christmas Lodge Element Pack, Christmas Lodge Paper Pack, Country Christmas Paper Pack, Country Christmas Paper Pack, Photo Clusters No. 62, Curated Studio Mix Scrapbooking Kit No. 30, Layer Works No. 868, Typed and Scripted Brushes and Stamps No. 11, Watery Christmas #4

lmaggs also kept with the color scheme for these precious Santa photos. Love her shadowed title and the buffalo print to match her sweet dress.

Christmas Lodge Roughed Up Paper Pack, Vintage Christmas No. 02 Layered Banners, Admit One December No. 01, Vintage Christmas No. 02 Trees and Stars, Vintage Christmas No. 02 Layered Frames No. 02, Readymade Layers: Christmas Borders No. 12, Blitzen Element Pack, Layer Works No. 757, ChristmasLinensNo2

Finally, I used the inspiration to scrap my daughter’s 20th birthday which happens to happen right before Christmas. Can’t believe she is 20!

Frame and Blend Story Layered Template No. 5 , Miriam Element Pack, Miriam Solids Paper Pack, My Family Genealogy Records Paper Pack No. 03, Layered Memories No. 122, Plastic Slimline Serif Alphabets No. 02, Doily Edgers No. 03, Vintage Photo Frames No. 48, Clean Stitched Rounded Corners Red No. 01, Messy Stitched Borders: Red No. 01
December Stories Element Pack, Golden Season Star Clusters, Redwork Element Pack

Looking forward to seeing your lifts in the gallery. Whether you pull out the holiday photos or not, I hope you find inspiration from this week’s SSL. Be sure to post your page in the Saturday Scraplift Gallery. If you use 100% DD products, your page qualifies for the rewards program. Please post your pages in the July 2019 Challenge Participation Thread.  Have a wonderful Saturday!

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How to Paint with Watery Photo Masks 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 Paint with Watery Photo Masks in Photoshop and PSE.

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Story Scrapbook Challenge

Pride!  What does it mean to you.  When we are proud it’s such an overwhelming feeling, it’s like your heart is beating on the outside of your chest for all the world to see.  So this month I want you to do a page about pride.

So what has made you proud?  With 4th of July recently there’s a lot of patriotic pride, how about National pride from whatever country you are from.  Pride at winning a competition, pride at school report marks, pride of saving and buying your first car, pride of owning your house, pride of getting that promotion, proud of your family, proud of standing up for yourself, how about being proud about just getting through the day when things are tough.  We can go in so many directions with this one.

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

DivaMom has created a magic page about her sons.  Now THIS is why I scrapbook, I’m sure you too.  These boys will never have to wonder just how their mum feels about them.  It’s our heart on a page isn’t it?  Awesome page.

And for my page I’ve scrapped a page that will go in my marathon album.  It was hard to get the words on the page just how I felt, then and now remembering back.  I’m so glad I’ve told that story of my feelings.

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

Welcome to July, ladies!!! I hope everyone who celebrates the 4th had a great day!!! This weeks Saturday Scraplift features Nath’s beautiful page, Alice and Donnie! The photos are sweet, the colors are fabulous, but what really caught my eye on her page was the two columns of beautifully arranged elements just slightly shifted from each other!!!

Deborrah (DivaMom96) was inspired by the shifting elements and colors of Nath’s page; She even added a sweet kitty photo of her own! I really like the grungy feel to her page!

Products: Layer Works No. 1104, Bliss Scrapbooking Kit

Lori Ann’s (Imaggs) page is also super fun and documents her fur baby who liked to see what the neighbors were up to. I like how she incorporated the two columns into her page but changed up her colors choices.

Products: Layer Works No. 1115, ARToptions Ledger Paper Pack No. 01, Rubber Charms: Pets No. 01, Puppy Power Element Pack, Posted Pups Postage Stamps, Outlined Alphabet No. 01, Monthly Memories Vol. 02: Foundations No. 07, Cute Mini Mix No. 04, Lemon Zest Paper Pack

Debi’s (beehive50) simplified lift made her page more about the photo. I really like how she incorporated the colors from the inspiration page!

Products: Lemon Zest Solids Paper Pack, Flair Minis No. 01, Flair Minis No. 04, Big Bottom Lift Classic Photo Frames No. 02, Hand Scripted Summer Brushes and Stamps No. 01, Stamped Stitches No. 14 Brushes and Stamps

My inspiration came from Nath’s two columns of shifted elements, it took a while, but I finally came up with a shifted design that worked well with my elements and photos!

Products: Hand Scripted Stars and Stripes Brushes and Stamps No. 01, Americana Country Element Pack, Astro Bead Scatterings, Monthly Memories No. 07 Painted Layers, Painted Palettes Paper Pack No. 02

Be sure to post your page in the Saturday Scraplift Gallery. If you use 100% DD products, your page qualifies for the rewards program. Please post your pages in the July 2019 Challenge Participation Thread. I can’t wait to see where this inspiration takes you; I’ll be looking for your page in the gallery! Have a wonderful Saturday!

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Get Inspired Scrapbooking challenge: Scrolling Thru . . .

Good morning everyone! Ready for some product inspiration?

Long long ago, back in the days when scrapbooking was all about paper, I remember being ‘wowed’ one day when I read in a scrapbook magazine about looking for white (or empty) space in a photo and **gasp** writing in it! Away I went, straight down to the scrapbook store as fast as my little feet could carry me to buy a pen that would write on photos! It’s probably fair to say that my scrapping perspective was changed that day. And of course with digital it all became so easy. And still today I love to find the white space in a photo and write in it, or use a photo wrap or banner or wordart over a photo.
Anyway . . . I was browsing in the shop the other day when I came across Katie’s ‘Scrolling Thru’ wordart series like this pack.

I thought to myself that the scrolling part of the wordart would make a great element to place over a photo with some white space. The wordart is great just as it is, but being able to erase part of it and use it with a different word or phrase extends the possibilities. Later that day, as serendipity would have it, Bonnie sent me a photo of Jarvis playing with his trains in lots of white (black) space.

In the ‘Scrolling Thru Spring’ pack there is a piece of wordart that reads ‘Happiness is Flowers”.

I thought I could erase the word ‘flowers’ and use the ‘Happiness is’ to begin my journalling.

I used the dropper tool to select a colour from Jarvy’s pjs and used it to colour the wordart. I manipulated the shadow a little like we did last time, and then anchored down the wordart (which now looks a little like a paper cutout), with some staples. I added some staggered labels to write the rest of my journalling on, and anchored those down with staples too. The whole design remains centrally weighted because at least one of the staggered labels aligns with each side of the photo. A striped background seemed appropriate to the pjs even though Jarv is wearing dinosaurs not stripes!

In this layout, I used another piece of wordart from the same pack. I erased ‘Spring’ to leave ‘Hello’ as my title. This time I left it black, made it into a sticker, tipped it sideways to run over the white space in the photo, and anchored it down with little screws.

In this next page, I extended the bottom of the photo with matching paper to create some white space. I cut out the second part of my title from that extension and used the scrolling ‘Love is a Treasure’ from the ‘Scrolling Thru Love’ set (erasing the treasure). I used the sticker effect again, but reduced the opacity to make it look like a piece of vellum. I was going to anchor it on both sides with little hearts, but I liked it better with one of them offset a bit.

From the same set,

I used the ‘My heart’ wordart for this layout, but swapped the word for a heart shaped doily. I shadowed it again to make it look like a cutout, and anchored it down with two of a set of three brads.

As you can probably guess, I had a lot of fun playing with this idea this week – and I hope you will too!

There are eight sets of these in the store released over 2017 and 2018. Feel free to use any of them for the challenge, but I have asked Randy to put Scrolling Thru Spring, Scrolling Thru Love, Scrolling Thru Life and Scrolling Thru Summer in the sale this week 😉

Please post your page in the scrapbook challenge gallery. If your Layout is created with 100% DD product, don’t forget to add it to the July Challenge Participation Thread to earn shopping rewards!

Happy scrapping!

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Color Challenge: Lavender Fields

As we celebrate the end of school this week and welcome the warm lazy days of summer, I have been reminiscing about this time last year when we were walking through the lavender fields in the south of France. We stayed in an area called the “Var” and it is absolutely picturesque. Blue skies, purple fields dotted by bright yellow sunflowers, and dry brown earth. The smell as you walk through the fields is intoxicating. After a few hectic days walking through the busy streets of Paris, the calm rural scene was very welcome! We didn’t really have a plan, but just drove around the hills and the fields were literally everywhere you looked! The hilly drive was capped off with a lavender ice cream in a small town called Bauduen, on Lac de Sainte Croix. (Photos below are my own and I used Adobe Color to create the block of colours pulled out from the photo)

Here is the page that I (sterkeurs) created!

Here is the list of products that I used: Enamel Sentiment Signs No. 01, Vintage Traveler Remnants No. 01Vintage Traveler Stickers, Vintage Ephemera Remnants No. 01, Canvas Cardstocks Paper Pack No. 05, Color Me Happy Element Pack, Minted Wings Element Pack, Monthly Memories Element Pack No. 04, Patterning Palette No. 04 Element Pack, Spot Dots Brushes and Stamps No. 04, Spring Meadows Brushes and Stamps Summer Gardens Element PackVintage Photo Frames No. 38Wood Veneer Words No. 34,  Readymade Layers: Botanical Clusters No. 12Vintage Traveler Bits and PiecesVintage Traveler Little Stickers No. 02Vintage Traveler Layered BannersHike More Outdoors Scrapbook KitMy Travel Journal Layered Template No. 08

Lori Ann (Lmaags) also joined me in creating a page. Her Mother’s Day Blooms uses the softest of purples and yellows! 

Products that she used: KPertiet_Inspiration040718, Grunged Up Photo Blocks No. 05 , Brushes and Stamps, Readymade Layers: Spring Borders No. 03.

I hope that you’ll find some inspiration from these colours to create a page for this month’s Color Challenge! There are so many great products in the store that reflect this palette: Monthly Memories Vol. 02 Bundle No. 05, Patterning Palette No. 04 Bundle, Botanical Colors Chartreuse Solids Paper Pack, Just Linens Paper Pack No. 36….just to name a few!

Remember to post your page in the Color Challenge Gallery and if you use 100% Designer Digitals products, post your page on the July Challenge participation thread and you can earn yourself a discount coupon! Happy scrapping!

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5th Saturday in June Creative Team Scraplift

Today is the 5th Saturday in June and that means it’s time to lift one of our super creative team members! I hope you find some scrapping time and get to play along with this week’s challenge. Our talented Chrissy (kikimama) has a terrific gallery, full of delight, variety and tons of inspiration. Enjoy browsing through her gallery and see what tickles your creative muse.

Several of our guest CT rockstars took off with this challenge and created some wonderful pages.
Kathy (blackkathy) took inspiration from Chrissy’s Love Teaching.

Here is Kathy’s lift. I adore the photo in the center of the page and she nailed the centered, vertical journaling. The brush work, stitched circles and sweet little details make this beautiful and special lift!

Here are the supplies she used:
Textured Whites Paper Pack No. 01,Monthly Memories Vol. 02: Foundations No. 02,Artsy Blend Layers Botanicals No. 01,Readymade Layers: Botanical Borders No. 01,Readymade Layers: Spring Borders No. 04,Heart Pebbles No. 05,Stitches fromBlendables Layered Template No. 89

Lori Ann lifted this page from Chrissy. Dean Castle

Here is her wonderful lift. That giraffe is perfect for the torn paper look and what a cute photo in the frame! Love the giraffe ribbon cluster!

Here are the supplies she used: Torn Templates No. 02
Fastened Frames No. 07
Spot Dots Brushes and Stamps No. 02
Cute Mini Mix No. 04 Painted Layers Add-On
Cute Mini Mix No. 04

Barbara chose to lift this one. iTunes: Fort George

Here is her gorgeous lift. Isn’t that photo stunning? The clear acrylic title really sets if off and the accompanying framed photo is the perfect touch.

Here are the supplies she used: ARToptions Mapped Paper Pack No. 01
Do Your Best Brushes and Stamps
Mapped Photo Frames No. 01

Studio DD
Readymade Layers: Travel Clusters No. 04

I chose to lift this page, Beach fun.

Here is my lift. I totally went with her beach theme. These are photos from our trip to San Diego last fall.

Here is my supply list:Elastic Cords No. 02
Enamel Sentiment Signs No. 01
Americana Country Element Pack
Artsy Shores Color Wash Paper Pack
Page Blends No. 12
Traveler Blendable Layers No. 04
Fresh Vintage Stacks No. 03
South Beach Element Pack
Washi Tapes: Nautical Clusters
Watery Typecast Blends Brushes and Stamps No. 06

Head on over to Chrissy’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 June Challenge participation thread so you can earn yourself a discount coupon! I can’t wait to see your lift! Thanks for your awesome inspiration Chrissy! Have a great weekend and happy scrapping!

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How to Erase with Watery Photo Masks 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 Erase with Watery Photo Masks in Photoshop and PSE.

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