January Template Mashing Challenge #2

It’s time for the second January Template MashUp Challenge!

For this challenge, I tried to choose two very different templates. One has color, one does not.  One has a single photo, the other has many. One is blendy, one is not. Wait till you see all the creative and inspirational ways our Creative Team combined these two very different templates:

Julie had lots of great photos of time on the Oregon Coast, so she used the great photo cluster from one template and combined it with lots of the blendy background bits from the other. She kept her page fairly neutral in color.

In addition to the featured templates, Julie used: Canvas Color Mix Paper Pack No 18, Arctic White Paper Pack No 03, Arctic Frost Sort of Solids Paper Pack, Vintage Blendable Palettes No 02, Stamped Bookshelf Sentiments Brushes and Stamps No 01

Addie used most of the blendy template and added in some of the photo cluster to include more of her adorable photos. Her blue and white color scheme adds lots of frosty goodness to her sweet page!

In addition to the featured templates, Addie used: Arctic Frost Sort of Solids Paper Pack, Arctic Frost Element Pack, Watercolor Page Titles Brushes and Stamps No 12, Plainly Woven Paper Pack No 02

Carolyn’s beautiful page features a stunning large photo accented with lots of the flares and frosty goodies from the blendy template. Then she incorporated some of the photo cluster to add more detail photos from the lava field. What an experience this must have been!

In addition to the featured templates, Carolyn used papers from Patterning Patterns No 3 Solids Paper Pack

For my page, I used most of the blendable template, only adding in the top border and one frame from the Layer Works.

In addition to the featured templates, I used Cedar Crest Painted Layers and Elements and Watery Spots No 2.

We hope these examples will give you lots of different ideas of ways to combine these two templates. The two featured templates are even included in this week’s sale! Be sure to post your page in the Template Challenge gallery for everyone to enjoy. And remember, if you post a link to your page in the January Challenges Sign In thread, you can earn a valuable coupon to the DD store!

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Saturday Scraplift: Using Vertical and Horizontal Lines

Part of the success of a creative project depends on the artist’s ability to lead the viewer’s eye to specific points in the design. Strong vertical and/or horizontal lines can aid that direction, and Jheri’s lovely page is a great example of that technique. She tucks her adorable photo into the corner created by color, brush work, and word art, drawing the viewer’s eye right into her page. Addie and Sharon, two of my fellow Creative Team members, joined me in lifting Jheri’s inspirational page.

Jheri’s page

Addie (agoymerac)chose a colorful background paper that echoes the colors in her cute photo and then created strong vertical and horizontal lines by means of brush work and word art. The embellishments and word strips she chose underscore her theme and draw attention to those two cute faces.

Credits: Art Option Mini Mix No. 01; Vintage Photo Frames No. 42; Kiss Me Brushes and Stamps; Bliss Element Pack; Bracketed Sentiments No. 05 Brushes and Stamps

Sharon’s (justbnsharon) page employs subtle, soft colors in keeping with her photo, and her use of white space is masterful, not to mention that wonderful asymmetry. The flourishes and blendable palette create a lovely background for her photo, and the word art leads the eye to the doily that provides the perfect balance to her design.

Credits: Curated Studio Mix Scrapbooking Kit No. 37; Fine Lines Border Lines Brushes and Stamps No. 12; Layer Works No. 1067; Love Letters Collageable Clusters and Layers; Love Letters Element Pack; Vintage Blendable Palettes No. 13

I scrapped a photo I’ve used before, but I just can’t seem to get enough of gorgeous fall sunsets. I moved my photo to the lower right corner to emphasize the direction of the setting sun’s rays which I underscored with the star glow brush. There’s hardly a page that can’t profit from some bead scatterings, so I used them to reinforce the vertical and horizontal lines of my page.

Credits: Lightly Linens Paper Pack No. 11; Letter Box Remnants Brushes and Stamps No. 02; Messed Up Texture Clusters Brushes and Stamps No. 01; Watery Patterned Masks Brushes and Stamps No. 01; Artsy Strokes Brushes and Stamps No. 03; Star Glows Brushes and Stamps No. 02; Painted Fall Masks No. 02 Brushes and Stamps; Graphed Notebook Paper Pack No. 06; Fall Garden Remix Solids Paper Pack No. 02; Bead Scatterings No. 01; Vintage Side Lift Photo Frames No. 01; Cambrianna Element Pack; Monthly Memories Element Pack No. 12; Color Essentials Pink Sentiments Brushes and Stamps; Drop Shadow Styles No. 02

There’s a lot of inspiration in Jheri’s page, and I’m eager to see what you create. Remember to post your page in the Saturday Scraplift Challenge gallery as well as in the January Challenges Sign-in thread in the forum. Happy New Year and happy scrapping!


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Let’s Blend Challenge

Hello and welcome to 2020! I’ve kind of been all over the place about this month’s challenge. So, this month’s challenge is a mix of using layer masks, adding texture and color.

On this page, I started with the background paper, brought in the mask and clipped my photo to it. I then duplicated the mask, put it under the first mask and added a texture from the filters gallery. By changing that layer to Linear Light, it allowed the texture to show through the mask above it. It’s very faint, but is a fun way to add a little depth to the page.

I began this page with the same mask, and texture procedure. To add a pop of color to the snow on the right, I added the white touch up paint brush, included in the freebie pack, and changed the blend mode to Color Dodge.

This page began the same way, but I did not add the texture layer. I did, however add a color lookup adjustment layer above the background paper and played with it until I found the color I wanted. If you have Photoshop CS6 you can find it in the Adjustments panel. You can find a tutorial here. If you don’t have it, you can get the same look by adding a colored paper above the background paper, and playing with Blend Modes until you like it.

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 January Challenge Participation Thread, for proper credit.

This post was quite lengthy, so I did not add credits. I have added them to my posts in the Gallery if you are interested. Enjoy!

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Get Inspired Scrapbooking Challenge: Dictionary Edges

Good morning everyone!
I love anything vintage and anything book or text related which just may explain why Designer Digitals is my digital home – no-one does that mix better than Katie!
So . . . what’s not to love about these?

You may have seen my Bushfire page recently. I wanted to keep the very dramatic smoke photo very large and yet still wanted a space to feature the fire as well. By placing the Dictionary Edge on the right hand side of the page, I managed to create a quieter spot for the fiery photo, a couple of small journaling spaces as well as room for the full length sideways title. Using a background paper the same colour as the fire gives it equal weight to the large photo even though it’s much smaller.

I was pleased with the way it turned out and challenged myself to use Dictionary Edges on a couple more pages.

For my next page, instead of having the Dictionary Edge on the EDGE of the page, I moved it in about a third of the width of the page. This utilizes the Rule of Thirds which is a useful design tool. I tucked it under a sheet of paper and placed another sheet underneath it. I used papers from Katie’s new Monthly Memories Vol. 03 Pattern Essentials Paper Pack to get a darker and lighter version of the same pattern which adds some cohesion to the page.

Then I layered photo and elements over the edge of the top piece of paper and added a saucy title with a line of jounaling. Done!

You will have noticed that one pack of Dictionary edges is right orientated and the other left orientated. For my last example, I used an edge from each pack and butted them up against each other in the middle of the page. With some careful erasing of some parts and a paper tag to hide the join, I had a readymade layered stack. I couldn’t resist adding a few extra bits and pieces under and around the photo. A bit of wordart and a lacey brush underneath and another page is done.

These Dictionary Edges are such an easy way to add a lot of interest to a very simple page. I hope you will join me in trying them out this month. I’ve asked Randy to pop both sets in this week’s sale. 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 January Challenges Participation Sign-in Thread in the forum to earn store rewards!

Happy Scrapping!!

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Story Scrapbook Challenge

So what’s on your mind as we enter 2020?  Are you bouncing around ready to hit the new year running?  Is there something big occurring during the year that your thoughts are turning to?  Some big plans?  Some changes afoot?  Are you taking stock and doing something about an issue?  Is 2020 the year for you?  It’s got such a good ring to it, doesn’t it?  Is your mind filled with thoughts of the news?  Are you planning to thrive or just survive?  Is your mind taken up with world news?  Are you focussing on your own little family world?

Set it down, deal with it, put it on a page and maybe, just maybe it will help, or excite, or solidify thoughts.  It’s all okay.

The creative team have jumped on board with some terrific example pages of where their minds are as we entered 2020:

Shannon has a lot to look forward to and a lot of planning to occur for a trip she is taking with her aviation club.  What fun!

Supplies used by Shannon:  Monthly Memories Vol. 02: Foundations No. 01,  Watery Brushes and Stamps No. 05,  My Vintage Valentine No. 02 Sticker Pack,  My Vintage Valentine No. 02 Solid Remnants,  My Vintage Valentine No. 02 Sentiment Stamps,  Readymade Layers: Love Clusters No. 02,  Bracketed Sentiments No. 05 Brushes and Stamps,  Vintage Mini Mix Kit No. 12,  Destination Edgers No. 03 Brushes and Stamps,  Old Ledger Seafoam Paper Pack

Lynnie joined me this month and created this great page.  Starting the year reminiscing on years past and wondering what is in store for 2020.  Looking forward to seeing how she spends her beach time.

Supplies used by Lynnie:  More to Shore Scrapbooking Kit,  Colorful Watery Spots No. 01,  Blendable Layers No. 09,  Neptune Element Pack,  Flair Minis No. 04

And probably no surprise where my mind went as we headed into 2020 with our beautiful landscape still being devastated by out of control bushfires.

Supplies I have used:  Chalkboard Wings Subtle Solids Paper Pack,  Edge Overlays No. 07,  Artsy Splatters Brushes, Stamps and Layers

The team at DD have generously provided a freebie to help you on your way, the link is good for the entire month of January.  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 January Challenge Participation thread so that it will count toward your savings in the rewards program.  Everyone’s a winner!

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How to Recolor Parts of Images 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 Images in Photoshop and PSE.

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Saturday Scraplift: Architecturally speaking

Happy Saturday! I sure hope most of you all are enjoying better weather than I am, but this storm is making a mess over much of the middle of the US so I’m sure I’m not alone in getting hit with rain/sleet/freezing rain/snow mess! Guess that just means more time to stay inside scrapping. 😉

This week’s page is brought to you by the amazing Mirjam (mielz). I love her style and this page is no exception. Not only did she showcase the architecture of the Manchester Cathedral with her photos, but she also used architecture brushes to highlight the lines of the walls. I just love it! She also left plenty of room to journal about the cathedral and I think that is just so important.

This week I had help from 3 talented scrappers. Up first is Julie (MaggieMae) with this awesome page about a mission in Arizona. Her blending is amazing and she used some subtle architectural brushes in the background. She also followed Mirjam’s lead and has lots of journaling about this beautiful site.

ArchiBlend Clusters Brushes, Stamps and Layers No. 03, ArchiBlend Clusters Brushes, Stamps and Layers No. 06, Canvas Color Mix Paper Pack No. 32, Ad Inspiration 03.29.14

Up next is Shannon (shannonroller) with her Ireland cathedral photos. Shannon loved how the architecture brushes worked so perfectly with the cathedral spire. What an amazing place!

Lightly Linens No. 23, ArchiBlend Clusters Brushes, Stamps and Layers No. 06Monthly Memories Vol. 02: Vintage Pack No. 01, Arctic Frost Winter Scrapbook Bundle, Faith Focused Garden No. 01, Defining Grunge Brushes and Stamps No. 01, Defining Grunge Brushes and Stamps No. 07, Watery Maps Brushes and Stamps No. 03, Vintage Photo Frames No. 46

And finally, Esther (esther_a) took a bit of a different spin on the architecture page with butterflies! She used blended butterfly brushes along the edge, 3 brads for the visual triangle, photo tabs and a similar title design. Such a great shot and I love how the inspiration took her in a totally different direction.

Moonlight Dreams Paper Pack, Moonlight Dreams Solids Paper Pack, Vintage Blendable Palettes No. 04, Watercolor Blends Layered Template No. 18 (Clean Stitched Rectangles and Vintage Frames 45), Watery Brushes and Stamps No. 05, Watery Wings Brushes and Stamps

So whether you are inspired by her design, or this inspires you to pull out a vacation photo from an amazing cathedral that you visited, I look forward to seeing how this page inspires you and seeing your pages in the gallery.

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 January 2020 Challenge Participation Thread.

Also remember that we are having a weekend crop today (January 11) at 7pm EST where Katie will be giving away a free template to play with and there will be lots of inspiration as well! Hope to see you there!

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January Color Challenge: Arctic pastels

As you may know, I live on the “Wet” Coast of Canada in Vancouver where we typically don’t get a lot of winter snow and ice. We do ski, so I get up to the local hills, but there aren’t a lot of opportunities to get outside sledding with the kids. This Christmas we traveled east where we found ourselves surrounded by a winter wonderland. The kids went sledding numerous times with their cousins in the bright Alberta sun. Fortunately, this year, the temperatures weren’t too cold, which made it absolutely perfect conditions for careening down the hill and playing in the snow!

For this month’s Color Challenge, we are working with Arctic Pastels which I think work just beautifully for some of my snow photos from over Christmas. Even if you don’t live somewhere with snow, I love how the colours in this soft palette work together.

Some of our CT Guests created some beautiful pages as inspiration. Julie did a stunning capture of her granddaughter. I love the whimsical swirls of colour that frame the photo so well.

Credits: Monthly Memories Vol. 03 Layered Templates No. 01, Arctic Frost Paper Pack, Lightly Linens Paper Pack No. 22, Tree Scapes Brushes and Stamps No. 01, Artsy Flake Clusters and Layers No. 01

Addie did a beautiful black and white photo of her son and her playing in the snow. It works so well with the wintery colours on her page!

Products: Lightly Linens Paper Pack No. 22, Readymade Layers: Winter Clusters No. 01, Torn Templates No. 02, Framed Spill Layers No. 01, Cambrianna Element Pack, Edge Overlays No. 12, Arctic Frost Paper Pack, Monthly Memories Vol. 03 Brushes and Stamps No. 01

I really wanted to do one of my lovely daughter while we were in Calgary. I loved how the trees were covered in snow…and her hat and socks…so cute!

Coming soon: Lightly Linens Paper Pack No. 23 and Layerworks No.1218, Post Freebies (Thanks Katie!), Lightly Linens Paper Pack No. 22, Frosted Fun Element Pack,  Arctic Frost Winter Scrapbook Bundle, Monthly Memories Vol. 02: Element Pack No. 02, Frosted Winter Element Pack, Monthly Memories Vol. 02: Element Pack No. 01, Maybe Tomorrow Kit, Gesso No. 03

Katie has generously provided us with some wonderful freebies to get us started! You can download them here! I hope that you’ll join in the fun and create a page using these beautiful arctic pastels! 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 January Challenge Participation thread it will count toward your savings in the rewards program.

Happy Scrapping!

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Our Template Mash Up is Feeling the Love

DesignerDigitals Template Scrapbook Challenge

We are kicking off the year with a new template mash-up challenge that is sure to have you feeling the love! We’re mashing up the Colorful Fall Layered Template No.2 with Layer Works No.770. Both full of pinks and hearts with a little owl love mixed in!

Check out Rachael’s take on the challenge to come up with this adorable page
Products used: Colorful Fall Layered Template No. 02, Layer Works No. 770, I Do Solids Paper Pack, Beloved Add-On Paper Pack, Smooches for You Brushes and Stamps No. 01

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And Julie worked in so many photos to her page, a treasure trove!
Products used: Monthly Memories Vol. 03 Pattern Essentials Paper Pack No. 01, Arctic Frost Element Pack (banner), Colorful Fall Layered Template No. 02, Layer Works No. 770, Beloved Solids Paper Pack, Messy Stitched Borders: White No. 02, Simple Scripts Brushes and Stamps No. 03, Luscious Paper Pack

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And finally Wendy’s page is totally special playing off the pink to showcase a summertime vacation memory! Products used: Layer Works No. 770, Colorful Fall Layered Template No. 02,  Artic Frost Almost Solids, Summertime Layered Template sun, Big Brushed Page Titles Brushes and Stamps No. 02

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So you see, there are endless possibilities when you take bits and pieces from two different templates to create a fresh creation and everyone has a different take on it which makes this challenge even more awesome!

Post your pages in the Template 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 January 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: White Space

Welcome to 2020! The beginning of the year always brings with it the desire for change and newness. For me, I want to get rid of all the things, because it feels like they are taking over! What does the new year bring for you?

Since it’s the new year and all, I thought we’d start this post out with a page that is nice and clean (can you tell I’m on a clutter-free kick!).

I chose this page by Kathleen (kmchamber64) because of all the white space, beautiful layering/element choices, and traditional Christmas Colors!

Products used: Around Word Page Frames No. 05 December, Curated Studio Mix Scrapbooking Kit No. 17, Text Clusters Brushes and Stamps No. 05, Typed and Scripted Brushes and Stamps No. 12, Vintage Postage Frames No. 02.

Lynn (Grandma Lynnie) was inspired by this page for many of the same reasons as me, but what she drew the majority of her inspiration from is the double-sided border. I have to say that the weather in Orange Beach looks a lot more appealing than what we’ve had in MS for the last week!!! This page brightens my day!

Products used: Tidewater Scrapbooking Collection, More to Shore Element Pack,
Sealife Memories Kit, Handdrawn Mix Hello Sunshine Brushes and Stamps, Readymade Layers: Beach Borders No. 01.

Linda (earlofoxford) loved the offset design, black and white photo, and the photo cluster. As you can see, using a black and white photo allowed her to go with whatever color scheme she desired, in this case, primary school colors! Aren’t these two littles working so hard on their book? I like how closely she kept her lift to Kathleens, especially how the paint mimics the star. I think that is the real fun of this challenge, using another persons’ page to create a wholly new and unique LO!

Products used: Old Ledger Golden Paper Pack, Old Ledger Cranberry Paper Pack,
Graphed Notebook Paper Pack No. 15, Powder Mountain Element Pack,
Splatters Brushes and Stamps No. 03, Splatters Brushes and Stamps No. 04,
Touch Up Paint Brushes and Stamps No. 04, Dash Away Alphabet No. 03,
Cadmium Gardens Remnants, Christmas Lodge Roughed Up Photo Mats,
Another Year Flashcards, Fall Garden Remix Solids Remnants No. 01,
Watercolor Rainbow Patterns Roughed Up Photo Mats No. 01,
DocuStacks No. 03 Value Pack, Art Class Frames No. 02, Art Time Element Pack,
Back to School Element Pack, Drop Shadow Styles No. 02.

Shannon (shannonroller) stayed with the Christmas theme but changed up her colors to match those of her friends’ beautiful decor. I also like how she enlarged her photo so that the individuals could be more clearly identified.

Products used: Seasons Sparkles Christmas Scrapbooking Bundle, Best Part of Christmas Brushes and Stamps, Around Word Page Frames No. 05 December.

Now, Amson took quite a different approach to the inspiration piece, and I love how her page showcases both the boat and those awesome sea lions. This page shows how making a page fit your own needs works well too.

Products used: Arctic Frost Kit – Coming soon, Arctic Frost sort of Solids – Coming soon,
Arctic Frost Add on paper pack – Coming soon, Silver Glitter Splatters No. 01.

Didn’t these ladies do a great job lifting Kathleen!? Please give their pages some love in the Saturday Scraplift Gallery! 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 January 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’ll be looking for your page in the gallery! Have a wonderful Saturday!










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