Let’s Blend Challenge – Layered Masks and Edge Overlays

Hi Everyone and welcome to this month’s Let’s Blend Challenge. We are going to work with Layered Masks and Edge Overlays this month. I use Layered Masks quite and bit because they are so versatile. Edge Overlays are a great way to make a layout look complete and by changing the blend mode, or color, there is no end to what you can do with them.

Working with layered masks gives us so many options: Turn off one of the layers if you don’t want to use it. Clip your entire photo to each layer (like I did on my page). Change the blend mode on one or all of the layers (I used overlay on the top layer). Clip a paper to one of the layers to add interest and depth.

Credits: Katie Pertiet: Arctic Whites Paper Pack No. 3, Edge Overlays No. 10, Masking Layers No. 1, Most Awesome Brushes and Stamps No. 01.


Remember to post your pages in the Mask Appeal Challenge Gallery and don’t forget to use ALL DD products, along with all or part of the freebie, Katie has provided 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. Have fun!


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Color Spots Scrapbook Challenge: Vintage Summer

Hot summer days have it here where I live. We try to enjoy the outdoors as much as possible, but sometimes that gets tricky with the heat. This month we will be working with a different palette than we normally would this time of year. I was inspired by the heat and post processing of a few photos I came across. The post processing looks like a vintage photo. So with that, our palette this month, is a vintage summer! Below are the photos that I found for our inspiration.(photo credit)

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A few team members joined in on the challenge. I (KimR+) used a brown textured background paper, this was inspired by the sandy walk way. The various browns and yellows along with Katie’s new Scratchy Masks No 4 give my page a vintage feel with a modern twist. And one of my favorite items, Katie’s Lens Flares Colors, just had to make an appearance on my page with the fun sun flares and sun burst in the inspiration photos.Supplies used: Almost Spring: The TagsBanner Strips No. 01Clipped Journalers Layers No. 01Coffee Stains Brushes and Stamps No. 01, Collage Stacks Layers No 2, Crowning Affair: Understated Element PackFiled Notebook 4×6 Journalers No. 01Garden Trails Scrapbooking CollectionHand Scripted Brushes and Stamps No. 04Inked Arrows Brushes and Stamps No. 01Jason Solids Paper Pack, Layer Works No 965, Lens Flares: Colors No. 01Long Strips: Alphabet No. 01Pinned: Wood Veneers No. 01Pocket Cards: Ledger Dates No. 01Pocket Cards: Rainbow Dates No. 01Roughed Up Pocket Cards: Striped No. 10, Scratchy Masks No 4, Splatters Brushes and Stamps No. 03Stamped Blocks No. 11 Brushes and StampsTwisted Dots No. 01, Vintage Photo Frames No 47, Washi Tapes Bookshelf No. 02, Watery Foliage No 21, Watery Washes No. 04 Brushes and Stamps

Shannon (shannonroller) pulled out a sweet photo of her son. Like me, Shannon used the Lens Flares: Colors as well! I adore the placement of the whimsy bird over the brush. The dot paper Shannon used reminds me of the dandelion photo. Such great colors from the sun set in her cluster too!Supplies used: Collage Stack Layers No. 01, Cute Mini Kit No. 1,  Vintage Photo Frames No. 46Vintage Mini Mix Kit No. 06Lens Flares: Colors No. 01Readymade Layers: Darcy Gardens BordersHand Scripted Boys Brushes and Stamps No. 01

Audrey (adrianita) was also up for the challenge to play along with these fun vintage summer colors. Her choice of background paper is just perfect, not just for the colors, but also the pattern and feel of that paper that says so much on her page. I love how the photo of the ruins is in a way similar to the boardwalk of the last inspiration piece. Her page has me ready for a vacation to Mexico!Supplies used: Color Challenge Freebie 0718, Scratchy Masks No. 4, Collage Stack Layers No. 2, Archiblend Clusters and Layers No. 1, Page Fades Clipping Masks No. 01DelMar Shores Solids Paper PackTextured Whites Paper Pack No. 01Instamatic Frames No. 04Arlesey Artsy PaintArlesey Scrapbooking KitInked Arrows Brushes and Stamps No. 01Striping Graphic Brushes and Stamps No. 04Clock Parts No. 07Grunge Overlays No. 04Fresh Vintage: Clare Element PackAntiquarian Artistry No. 01 Element Pack

Patsy (ptabbert) was more inspired by the final photo with the blues and greens. Even the mountains have similar lines as the wooden boardwalk. Just look at how amazing her simple page is with the cluster and textured overlay. Supplies used: Scratchy Photo Masks No 4, Destination Memories Page Titles, Destination Memories Layered Template No. 10Lens Flares: Colors No. 01

Are you feeling inspired by these different summer photos and pages by the creative team? I sure hope so! And 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 July Participation thread for proper credit.

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The Story is all Good!

This is the Good Stuff!

The Story Scrapbook Challenge this month is to scrapbook a page with journaling about the good stuff happening in your life right now! Easy, right? Sometimes we need to be reminded of all the good and documenting your happy right now will be a treasure to look back on!

And, I’ve made it easy for you with a free layered template ready to go so all you need to do is add photos and journaling and then you can call it done! Or you can add more bits like Sarah did to her page [above] and Shannon’s page [below]. Each with the good!

Download this freebie to help get you started, share your page in our gallery and then be sure to link of your page in the rewards thread to earn a store discount code!

Joanne [below] added more blends to her page for a bright and colorful take on the challenge!

Note: The free template is only available this month, so download and getting scrapping!

Happy Scrapping!

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Saturday Scraplift: Christmas in July

Ho ho ho! It’s time for our Christmas in July event and I decided to bring a little Christmas into our SSL this week. I thought it would be fun to use a Christmas page as inspiration. Some of us kept with a holiday/winter theme and others of us did not but that’s what makes this challenge so fun each and every week. No rules! 🙂

I picked this sweet page by Rache77 (Rachel). I just thought it was a great design that we could have some fun with today. I especially loved the splatters with the spill frame.

So, I got lots of help this week. Up first is lizziet5 (Liz) who kept with the winter theme and the color scheme. I really love her embossed background.  Along with the spill frame and scattered brushes it adds great depth to the page. And what a fantastic photo! Love it when the kids win.

Textured Whites Paper Pack No. 01, Framed Spill Layers No. 01, Monthly Memories Element Pack No. 01, Seasons Sparkles Element Pack, Splatters Brushes and Stamps No. 07, Snow Fall Brushes and Stamps No. 01, Winter Chill Brushes and Stamps, Bursting Words Brushes and Stamps No. 03, Adventure Awaits Brushes and Stamps

Another holiday lift was done by ptabbert (Patsy) who started with a cream background, but just kept adding! Her background brushes are new to the store this week. Can’t get over her dog’s smile in this photo. 😀

 Blendable Layers No 93,Spill Frame Layers No. 26, Vintage Blendables: Christmas No. 01, Defining Christmas Brushes and Stamps, Painted Christmas Layers No. 02

esther_a (Esther) had a sad Christmas after her Dad’s passing but managed to capture this photo on Christmas day and I think it’s a lovely tribute. Her architectural frame brushes really highlight the photo and she too kept with the color scheme.Blendable Layers No. 81, Darcy Gardens Solids Paper Pack, Fine Lines Border Lines Brushes and Stamps No. 14, Golden Essentials No. 01 (branch, dust, staple, tape3)

Finally, I got to make a page again after being without my laptop for a month! I did not keep with the Christmas theme but rather used Rachel’s photo for inspiration. “Joy” to me was this moment I captured between my sister and my youngest. 15 year olds rarely let go in photos when Mom asks them to pose, so capturing this laugh meant the world to me.  I kept with the general layout of the page and combined two spill frames.

Naturally Krafty No. 02 Paper Pack, Splatters Brushes and Stamps No. 05, Dynamic Heart Scatterings Brushes and Stamps No. 01, Ledger Grid Overlays No. 01, Spill Frame Layers No. 04, Spill Frame Layers No. 05 combined, Start with Laughter Brushes and Stamps No. 01, Adventuring Plastics, Assorted Messy Stitches No. 07 Super Pack, Hung Up Photo Frames Curled and Flat No. 01 hanger

I’m looking forward to seeing how this week’s Christmas scraplift inspires you! Maybe you can scrap a photo from a past holiday or maybe it’ll be the perfect design for a beach vacation photo. Whichever it is, when you’re done, post your page in the Saturday Scraplift Challenge Gallery and remember, if you use all DD products, post a link to your page in the July Challenge Participation thread so you can work towards a coupon for the store!

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Template Mash-up Challenge: a Katie & Cathy blend

Good morning everyone!
It’s time for a template Mash-up!
This time, I’ve chosen one of Cathy’s templates from 2009 – Layered Template No. 0006 It’s a perfect example of her clean and simple design which I love . . .

But, I thought, what would happen if we teamed it with one of Katie’s recent layered templates?
Like her My Darlings Template?

When I started to play, I had no real idea what I might, or might not, include. Frankly – I was a bit worried that it wasn’t going to really work . . .

I think Patsy thought the same, BUT she found just what I did. The two designs fit together SO WELL it’s really hard to decide what, if anything, to leave out!

Patsy’s created a lovely “Heritage” layout using the two templates and I especially love her use of the leaf brushes which is one element that I DID remove from my own page.

Audrey has also produced a stunning page, subtituting some StudioDD wordart that is coming soon to the store soon, for the ‘My Darlings’ title. I love the way she’s duplicated the photo corner from Cathy’s template in order to create a visual triangle with the bracket from Katie’s template.

I think I clipped patterned paper to just about every element of Cathy’s template and I love the strong background the design provides to the lovely layering in Katie’s template which I placed on top. I also used Cathy’s photo corner as part of a visual triangle; colouring it the same as two of the hearts from Katie’s template. You’ll notice I replaced one of the photos with some more patterned paper – always an option if you have just one photo to scrap.

I had a lot of fun playing with this combo and since I finished my page, I’ve also wondered what it would look like if you shrunk all of the elements of Katie’s design right down and used them in a similar way to a Readymade border across the bottom of the large Photo in Cathy’s template! Hmmmmm – might have to try that out!

I hope you enjoy playing with these two templates! If you don’t have Cathy’s Layered Template No.06 or Katie’s My Darlings Template in your stash, watch out for this week’s Thrifty Thursday Sale!

If you do participate, your layout can earn you credit in our rewards program. All of the details are in the July Challenge Participation Thread. Please share your pages by posting them in the Template Challenge Gallery. I look forward to seeing what you create! Happy scrapping everyone!

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Saturday Scraplift Challenge: For the Love of Circles

Hello and welcome to this week’s Saturday Scraplift Challenge! When I first saw Uly’s (Maruma) page in the gallery, I was immediately drawn to the pops of red. Upon opening the page, my eyes feasted on the contents. Uly’s daughter, a photo of whom I had the pleasure of scrapping in the last photo swap challenge, certainly has one of the best ideas for breakfast that I’ve heard in a long time!

There’s so much to love about this page, aside from that quirky little breakfast tip. I love how perfectly balanced this page is with the finer details positioned strategically around that super stitched circle and how the word ‘Summer’ is beautifully blended – and repeated – on the backdrop. All this, set against the checked border makes for a real eye-catcher of a page, for sure!

Three CT members jumped at the chance to lift Uly’s page and I can’t wait to show them off!

Patsy (ptabbert) was quick off the mark with her lift. I love how she was inspired to take the lead from the stitched circle and used one of those gorgeous geometric grids that have been so popular of late, also following through with some pops of red which are very appropriate for the Florida Strawberry Festival, and a pretty polka dot border. To finish, Patsy added a tag and a couple of flairs. Gorgeous!

Patsy’ supply list: Vintage Blendable Layers No. 24Monthly Memories Element Pack No. 07Spill Frame Layers No. 12Antiquarian Artistry Solids Paper Pack No. 01Antiquarian Artistry No. 01 Dots and Stripes Paper PackDrop Shadow Action Set – Katie Pertiet; Layer Works No. 962Layer Works No. 961Readymade Layers: Red, White and Blue Borders No. 02 – Studio Double-D.

I always enjoy seeing work by artists who have enlarged an element or two… it never fails to be an ‘a-ha’ moment for me – just like the heart pointer that Chrissy (kikimama) has increased considerably and shadowed too! I love that two of the clusters are anchoring it down and how the large blended photo backdrop tells more of the story about the extraordinary hot weather we are enjoying in the UK at the moment! Beautiful!

Chrissy used the following: Heart Pointers Brushes and Stamps No. 1Hamilton Mini KitBe Merry Solids Paper PackGator Crossing KitCut Ups: SummertimePlated: SummerPainted Summer: Surf Paint No. 1 Mega Pack, Lila Bleu Scrapbooking KitLivin’ Barefoot Brushes and StampsSwimmies EpoxiesLife Lines Scrapbooking Kit – all Katie Pertiet.

Agnieszka (Arte Banale) works pretty blendables with traditional elements so beautifully and she didn’t hold back for this lift either. Foregoing a layered border, Agnieszka chose some soft blendables to add detail to the backdrop of her lift  A gorgeous mix of dainty elements compliments the pretty image, giving this lift a touch of whimsy that is also a strong feature of Agnieszka’s signature style. Stunning!

Here’s what Agnieszka used: Blendable Layers No. 91Anzio Scrapbooking KitARToption Mini Mix No. 05Vintage Engraved Clusters and Layers No. 4Watery Butterflies No. 4 – Katie Pertiet; Readymade Clusters: Anzio – Studio Double-D.

Life caught up with me this week so I’m off to work on my lift. I do hope you’re inspired too. When you’re done, post your page in the Saturday Scraplift Challenge Gallery and remember, if you use all DD products, post a link to your page in the July Challenge Participation thread so you can work towards a coupon for the store!

In the meantime, have a lovely weekend and I’ll see you in the gallery!

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Getting Creative with “Documenting Life Templates” Part 3 [Video]

This week’s Adobe Photoshop or Elements tip of the week is now available on video. This weeks tip is on Getting Creative with “Documenting Life Templates” Part 3.

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Documenting Monthly Memories | 7

4th of July Scrapbook page USA

Welcome to Month 7 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.

For July we have everything in an all-in-one bundle that is full of essentials to document your month and so much more!

Americana Scrapbooking Bundle

Chrissy’s page [above] shows just how easy it is to customize the templates and add in assorted embellishments to personalize your own scrapbook pages!

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 JULY 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: Designer Katie Pertiet

It’s the fifth Saturday of June, and we’re featuring our DesignerDigitals creator, designer and very talented, Katie Pertiet. I’m always inspired by Katie’s creativity and enjoy browsing through her gallery for ideas. Three of our Guest CT members were anxious to do the same and have created the following Katie inspired pages.

Guest CT member, Shannon, (shannonroller) drew her inspiration from Katie’s “Forever” page using Blendable Layers.  She created this fun page of her wedding shower memories. Her product list: Blendable Layers No. 92,  Follow Your Bliss Brushes and Stamps No. 01, Stacked Vintage Photo Frames No. 05,  Simple Mini Mix No. 2.

Another of our current Guest CT members, Audrey (adrianita), shares this page of her cute little one at the piano. I like the soft colors she used. She lifted Katie’s “Forever and Ever” page which became a template. The template is listed here in her credits: Forever and Ever Layered Template,  Cameron Scrapbooking Collection.  Cambrianna Element Pack,  Assorted Messy Stitches: White No. 04, Worth Repeating Brushes and Stamps No. 22,  Fine Line Twists Brushes and Stamps No. 04,  Splatters Brushes and Stamps No. 03,  Watery Scribbles Brushes and Stamps No. 07.

Our third page is created by Patsy (ptabbert) using one of Katie’s most recent creations, “Live in the Sunshine“. I really like the simplicity of this page that keeps her photos the focal point. She used Simple Mini Mix No. 01, and Watery Photo Masks No. 14 to complete her page.

I dug back in little into Katie’s gallery and pulled my inspiration from Katie’s “Selfie Story” done in 2015. I liked the layered photos and the text placed over a photo mask. My selfie isn’t of me – but it is my coffee cup! I used: Around 4×6 Fall Borders No. 01, Faith Focused Garden No. 01, Neutral Word Bits No. 03, Photo Clusters No. 58, Photo and Journal Clusters No. 05, Readymade Layers: Fall Borders No. 09, Stitched Word Strip Sentiments No. 03, Vintage Mini Mix Kit No. 04, and Watery Photo Masks No. 12.

I hope you enjoy browsing through Katie’s gallery and join me in this week’s Saturday Scraplift. Remember to post your page in the Saturday Scraplift Challenge Gallery, and to keep track of your 100% Designer Digitals pages in the June Challenge participation thread to build up a discount voucher for the store.


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iTunes: Live life large

Hi, and welcome to a summery itunes challenge! The sun is shining here, we’re in our last week of the school term, and I wanted a simple inspiration page to help you create a fun page.

I love the shapes in this cover. The wordart is playful, the color vibrant with the black and white centre, and the shape in the middle is so useful for framing your photo.

Two of the creative team members jumped at the chance to join in this month.

Patsy created this fun page, I love the choice of grid background paper and the masking and brushwork softens the edges of the photo. The paint on the edges ties the whole page together.

Patsy used the challenge freebie along with Simple Mini Mix No. 01; Canvas Color Mix Paper Pack No. 32; Vintage Blendables: Fruits No. 02Edge Overlays No. 01.

Shannon was also inspired by the large titlework to create this fun page. I love her addition of the embellishment border across the bottom of the photo. I also loved how she converted the curves of the inspiration page to straight lines in her page.

Shannon used Antiquarian Artistry No. 01 Scrapbooking Bundle; Readymade Layers: Everyday Borders No. 11; Watery Photo Masks No. 13.

I decided to stick pretty close to the inspiration piece, and chose a photo of my two kids having a sleepover. They love to do this on a Saturday evening, watching a movie or two and having an evening snack.


I used the challenge freebie, and supplemented with Farm Fresh CollectionAntiquarian Artistry No. 01 Scrapbooking Bundle; Krafty Journal Spots No. 02; Hinge Pack.

Now it’s your turn. Katie’s generously provided a freebie to use, or you could take your page in a totally different direction. Post your pages in the iTunes gallery so we can all admire your work. Remember to keep track of your 100% Designer Digitals pages in the June Challenge participation thread to build up a discount voucher for the store.

Happy scrapping!

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