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

scrapbook page layouts

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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My Year | My Story Heritage Scrapbook Album

AAM Page title prompts

Okay, here we are in October.

I missed posting in September. Life is kind of taking over. Personal life. Business Life. Everything Life.

So, this is going to conclude the My Story Project for 2018. I hope to revisit it, add to mine, add to yours, add in the heritage aspect of our stories too. But, I need to be realistic in my commitments and, with that said, will not be committing any time frame to that.

But, please don’t you stop! Just because I don’t have time right now doesn’t mean you don’t have time. And our stories never end until the end so it should be an ongoing project!

I’ve made another sampler pack that you can download to help you document some of your memories from this time of year through the years of your life.

Again, looking at the collective image of just some of the pages I’ve completed, it’s definitely an accomplishment. I’m getting my story documented. It’s something to be proud of! Even if it has to be sidelined for right now.

My Story Heritage Scrapbook Album

Check out all of the My Story Products

We encourage you to participate and share your projects too! Post your pages in the DesignerDigitals 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. Each month you can join in and share the pages you’ve created and link your pages on the participation threads for each month and that will help towards a savings code to continue your scrapbooking projects!

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Saturday Scraplift Challenge: Stack-a-Mat

A warm welcome to this week’s Saturday Scraplift Challenge on Digital Scrapbooking Day! Here at Designer Digitals, we’re celebrating with a whopping 30% off all scrapbooking kits and stack the savings with 20% off anything if you use the code DSD20 at the checkout! Now, how’s that for a deal?! But be quick because the sale ends at 6am EST on Monday, October 8th 2018. Also, as usual, there’s a new Layer Works Template for 99c and this week’s new releases are 20% off through to Tuesday!

But before you head off to snap up the deals and move everything from your wish list into your basket, take a look at Sharon’s (Shannamay) page, Right Here, that I’ve chosen for the lift this week. If you’re relatively new here at DD, do take a look at Sharon’s gallery and you’ll soon join those of us who’ve been here a little longer, in appreciating Sharon’s signature style of neat layers, great page design, super cute photo’s and stories and sometimes, the real life, tough stuff.

So, back to the lift! Sharon has a wonderful eye for page design and I love how she incorporates patterned paper and an array of elements that leave me wanting to soak up the details again and again! It’s no surprise then that there was no shortage of ladies wanting to lift this!

First to jump in on the challenge was Elisabeth (lego) with her Schokolade Mousse page which leads me on to something else you may want to check out – Elisabeth’s gallery of her recipe project! I love how Elisabeth was inspired by the lift to use a photo stack and pocket cards on her page to make the most of pretty patterned paper. All Elisabeth’s recipe pages are gorgeous, and this is a smashing addition, and when she shared her lift with me she said she now just wants that chocolate mousse! Wait for me Elisabeth!

Here’s the stash that Elisabeth used: Inspiration Template 09 22 18 (frame), Monthly Memories No. 10 BundleMonthly Memories No. 09 BundleMonthly Memories Element Pack No. 04Monthly Memories Element Pack No. 02Monthly Memories Element Pack No. 08Monthly Memories Paper Pack No. 04Clipped Stacks No. 11Stitching Holes Borders Brushes and StampsCountry Roads KitTextured Whites Paper Pack No. 02 – all Katie Pertiet.

Kate (OKate) said she also loves Sharon’s page and was inspired by the photo to scrap this lovely photo of her three beautiful nieces back in 2003. Kate said although it’s hard to see because of how she cropped the photo, her nieces are, in fact, sitting on the branch of a tree. Like me, Kate also loved the patterned paper mats. A beautiful, vibrant lift!

Here’s Kate’s supply list: Smitten Scrapbook KitSmitten Sparkles Paper PackSweet Rosey Scrapbook KitForever Fresh Element PackCully Element PackLooking for Love Element PackPatterning Palettes No. 03 Element PackBexley Element PackBloese Element PackShining Clusters No. 02Monochromatics Overlays No. 05Thin Classic Photo Frames Curled and Flat No. 01, iTunes Freebie from February 2015 (shine) – all Katie Pertiet.

Rachel (rache77) drew her inspiration by the little circle papers that Sharon used across her page that led the the circle frames and brush work on her lift. Rachel also loves the colours of Sharon’s page and I like how the sweet photo works so well with the pretty tones. A wonderfully soft lift!

Here’s Rachel’s product list: Spill Frame Layers No. 12Bliss Solids Paper PackMonthly Memories No. 10 Painted LayersOutlined and Scripted Sentiments Brushes and Stamps No. 08Around Words Brushes and Stamps No. 13 – all Katie Pertiet.

One of the things I love about the scraplift challenge is that it tends to open my eyes to products I’ve wanted to use but haven’t felt that they quite ‘worked’ on my pages yet – I’m pretty sure this is the first time I’ve used a plaid paper on a page! Yes, really! And the plaid paper was inspired by the striped paper Sharon used! Anyhow, that’s how I roll and here’s my Cape coast baby… she turns 28 next month and she’s visiting in two weeks time to be bridesmaid for her best friend from university!

I used: Batty Mini Mix Solids Paper PackSimple Mini Mix No. 01Monthly Memories No. 10 Paper PackThin Classic Photo Frames Curled and Flat No. 01Watery Photo Masks No. 09Monthly Memories Element Pack No. 06Monthly Memories Element Pack No. 08Monthly Memories Element Pack No. 09Seasons Sparkles Element PackEverlasting Element PackCameron Element PackGarden Trails Element PackCandid Element PackBliss Element PackPebble Essentials No. 01 – Katie Pertiet; Hand Scripted Brushes and Stamps No. 22 – Studio Double-D; Finer Things No. 01 Slate Paper Pack – Maplebrook Studios.

I hope you’re inspired by Sharon’s page to join us on the lift. When you’re done, post your page 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!

Have a lovely weekend and I look forward to seeing  you in the gallery!

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