Saturday Scraplift Challenge: Split Image

Happy Saturday everyone! Ready for some weekend scrapping?

I have always loved the split image technique – the one where a single photo is split over more than one frame. So when I saw Rachel’s (Rache77) Hong Kong layout in the gallery I was drawn to it immediately. It is the perfect treatment for her photo of Hong Kong skyscrapers across the harbour. The subtle blending and brushwork set off the string of tiny framed images beautifully.

I love the way Rache has reduced the size of Katie’s Thin Classic Frames until they are so tiny that the frames have almost disappeared, but Katie’s brilliant curled shadows still lift them above the “surface” of the page making them visible. A trick you might want to try? It certainly gives a gorgeous fragility to the look of Rache’s page.

I’ve used Katie’s Classic Curled Frames which are thicker and give my page about Bush School a more robust look – more appropriate for a page about 6 year old’s playing in nature I think!

I also used a combination of Watery Photo Masks No. 13 and the ARTpack Arboretum Brushes, Stamps & Layers No. 02

I played a bit with using a 3D looking branch as Rachel did but decided in the end that my page was already busy enough. I have to admit I was dying to use something from one of Katie’s new Curated Branches Packs.

Of course repeated Photo Frames are just one way to achieve this split image effect.

You may like to try some Filmstrip Frames:

Or some Coin Holders:

Or some Hinged Frames

Or if you really love those Thin Classic Frames, Set No. 03 has one with multple openings that might work for you.

I hope Rachel’s lovely page inspires you to some creative scrapping this weekend.

Please post your page in the Saturday Scraplift Challenge Gallery and if your page is 100% Designer Digital Product, don’t forget to post a link in the September Challenge Participation Thread in the forum.

Happy Scrapping everyone!

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How to Punch Out Titles with Advanced Blending in Photoshop [Video]

This week’s Adobe Photoshop or Elements tip of the week is now available on video. This weeks tip is on How to Punch Out Titles with Advanced Blending in Photoshop.

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iTunes: Living loud

Hiya, welcome to this month’s itunes challenge. The weather’s changing here, definitely moving to autumn, which is my favourite time of year. There’s leaves on the ground, the wind’s picking up, and I’m looking forward to cosy evenings spent scrapping. This month I’ve chosen a bright album cover for inspiration. I love large elements, and the title on this is certainly bold! The colours are fun too, so I’m hoping to see some bright pages in the gallery.

My fellow CT members were excited to join in to create a page. First up is Sharon, who went for it in the colours. I adore how she used the weather map as an element, with that bold title! Such a creative way to tell a story.

Sharon used Cutting Files: Circling No.01; Antiquarian Artistry Solids Paper Pack No. 01; Color Essentials Lime Ribbons and More.

Next up Merr took inspiration from the large title, and I love her photo treatment, with the sticker outlines. Gorgeous choice of background paper too, and she shows how to be inspired by the album cover, and still use plenty of elements!

Merr used Basic Paper Alphabet: Red; Gradient Essentials Paper Pack No. 02; Readymade Layers: Back to School Borders No. 01

Debi always adds her style to a page, and I love how she was inspired by the album cover to use a large title. The delicate brushwork behind the photo adds so much. It’s fun to see how the inspiration piece can be interpreted in a neutral colour scheme. 

Debi used Fall Garden Solids Paper Pack; Thicker Inked Words Brushes and Stamps No. 16; Watery Branches Brushes and Stamps No. 08; Fall Garden Element Pack; Back to School Element Pack; Flair Minis No. 01

Now it’s over to you, how will you be inspired by the cover this month? Katie’s generously provided a freebie for the challenge, which you can find here.

Post your page in the itunes inspiration gallery so we can leave some love. Remember to keep track of your challenge pages with 100% Designer Digitals products in the rewards thread, to earn a store discount voucher.

Happy scrapping!


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Saturday Scraplift: Keep it clean

Good morning on this first day of fall, when the weather makes you feel like staying in and scrapping, right? This week I found this wonderful page by Linda (earlofoxford), I love the clean lines and the large title and the gorgeous brushwork. I hope you will feel as inspired  as we did

Maureen changed the direction of the flow a bit, but kept the large title on top of the page. Her story was inspired by recent events. I love what she did here:

Here is what she used on her page:

K. Pertiet: On White Layered Templates Scrap Pack No. 01, Rainy Day Overlays, 

Studio DD:_LayerWorksNo995 

Christine (Christine Irion) also used one photo topped by the large title, and she placed her journaling below. I so love the brushwork she used on this gorgeous page about her childhood home

Here are her supplies by  K. Pertiet:
Fall Garden Element PackFallen Trails Element Pack
Harvest Fields Solids Paper Pack, Classic Curled Photo Frames No. 03
Home Front Clusters Brushes, Stamps and Layers No. 01, On White Alphabet Stamp Set

Amy (AmyL) flipped the flow of the page by placing her journaling on the left hand side. I never tire of her gorgeous puppy photos 🙂 I love the date strip underneath her photos!

K. Pertiet: Watercolor Blends Layered Template No. 09Fall Garden Add On Paper PackDate Strips Stamps No. 05

I liked the inspiration page so much, I pretty much kept the original design, except for the somewhat smaller title…

K. Pertiet: Instamatic Frames No. 6Watery Blumes No. 18Arctic Whites No. 2Tightly Kerned sentiments No. 3splatters No. 2Nana’s buttons 

We all had a lot of fun lifting this clean and beautiful page, I hope you will feel the same way. Please remember to  post your page in the Saturday Scraplift Challenge Gallery  with a link in the September Challenge Participation Sign-in thread in the forum. Enjoy the beginning of fall ya’ll!

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Wayback Wednesday Fall Borders

Fall is closing in on the northern hemisphere and autumn pages are popping up all over the gallery! As we snap those gorgeous fall photos, we start thinking of ways to scrap them quickly and creatively. I have the answer! Studio DD’s Readymade Layers: Fall Borders! These handy dandy borders give a perfect finishing touch to autumn pages. They are even on sale this week!

For our Wayback Wednesday Challenge this month, we are featuring Readymade Layers: Fall Borders No 12. 13 and 14. Here are some Creative Team pages to show you just how awesome these borders are.

Kim’s lovely page features a family photo on a neutral background with Readymade Layers: Fall Borders No 12 providing a wonderful finishing touch.

Merrilee’s beautiful fall lake photo is the centerpiece of her stunning page with Readymade Layers: Fall Borders No 13 giving her photo a great place to sit.

Irene framed her photo with pieces of Readymade Layers: Fall Borders No 14. Don’t those leaves make an eye catching frame!

I hope these great Fall Borders inspire you to scrap some of your autumn photos. For this challenge, all you have to do is add one of the Readymade Layers: Fall Borders to your page and post your page in the Scrapbook Challenges Gallery. To be eligible for a coupon code to the DD store, add your information to the Challenge Sign Up thread.

We look forward to seeing your great fall pages in the gallery!

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It’s a Template Mash-up!

scrapbook page layout template

It’s a Template Mash-up!

This week we’re mashing up Good Life Layered Template No.7 with Documenting Life Notebook Daily Stories Layered Template No.5! What does that mean? That means we are taking these two templates and taking your favorite parts of each and blending them into a new page design!

layered page template

junk journal layered template

The page above is by Julie! I love how she kept the integrity of the Good Life Template and added pieces of the Daily Stories template, reducing them down as a simple accent.

This page by Maureen, kept the Daily Stories Template and added in the frame and a few of the elements from the Good Life Template!

And for Deborrah’s sweet page of her kitty, so recolored to a monochromatic effect for a delightful page!

Post your pages using these two templates in a mash-up 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 September Challenge Participation thread so that it will count toward your savings in the rewards program. Share your memories and earn a savings code to continue your scrapbooking projects with a discount!

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Saturday Scraplift: Tuck It in a Corner

I’ve gone and done it again – been entranced by a page that features strong lines! I loved so many elements of Julie’s (MaggieMae) apple page the moment I saw it: the corner she created for her photo with paper strips and cut ups, the slide frames, the corner banner, and the clever brushwork. I could go on and on! Two of our Guest CTs, Maureen and Deborrah, joined me in lifting Julie’s great page. Get ready to be inspired!

Julie’s page


I love how Maureen (maureenreynolds) riffed on Julie’s apple theme, albeit a different type of apple! She created a corner inspired by Julie’s design, included a picture of herself in the slide frame, and still had plenty of room for a larger shot of her and her prize-winning “Apple.” She cleverly used a trio of apple elements to guide the viewer’s eye around her page.

Credits: Apple Orchards Element Pack;  Artsy Mesh Clusters Brushes and Stamps No. 02; Autumnal Flore Scrapbook Kit; Bold Sentiments Brushes and Stamps No. 05; Bradded Photo Frames No. 03; Cabana White Solid Single Paper; Cotton Easter Paper Pack; Krafty Elegance Kit; Loosely Labeled No. 04; Stitching Holes Circles Brushes and Stamps; Watery Apples No. 01; Readymade Layers: Apple Orchard Borders

Deborrah (DivaMom96) also took inspiration from Julie’s use of slide frames by creating an interesting corner element from two of them. I love how the detail shots in the slide frames perfectly complement the larger photo and help to tell the story of her adventurous sons and a friendly squirrel.

Credits: Adventures Layers Template No. 05;  Fallen Trails Add-on Printable Paper Pack; Apple Orchards Scrapbooking Bundle

I loved Julie’s design so much that I made very few changes in it. I did indulge myself in one of my favorite techniques – a page within a page – by using several background layers and reducing the size of my canvas. I also had fun selecting a combination of brushes to ground my page.

Credits: Fallen Trails Solids Paper Pack; Fallen Trails Roughed Up Cardstock Paper Pack; Splatters Brushes and Stamps No. 03; Watery Brushes and Stamps No. 01; Vintage Blendables No. 25; Pencil Twist Arrows No. 01; Min Jul Element Pack; Loosely Labeled Hashtags No. 01; Clean Stitched Borders: Brown No. 01; Fallen Trails Element Pack; Bar Code Word Strips: Photos; Cut Ups: Great Outdoors; Taped Word Strips No. 02; Cut Ups: Gratitude; Fallen Trails Dots and Stripes Paper Pack; Slide Frames No. 09 Monthly; On the Go Element Pack; Cully Element Pack; Banner Twine Templates No. 04; Fallen Trails Paper Pack; Fallen Trails Add-on Paper Pack; Color Essentials Lime Ribbons and More; Cooked Element Pack; Drop Shadow Styles No. 02 

There’s no end to the inspiration you’ll find in Julie’s page, and I’m eager to see how you translate it onto your own design. Remember to post your lift in the Saturday Scraplift Challenge Gallery as well as in the September Challenge Participation Sign-in thread in the forum. Happy scrapping!


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How to Punch Out Titles with Layer Styles 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 Punch Out Titles with Layer Styles in Photoshop and PSE.

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Let’s Blend Challenge – Watery Maps

Welcome to September and this month’s Let’s Blend Challenge. Watery Maps are perfect for blending into any of your pages. They add interest and can be used in the background, clipped to a mask or a photo. Katie has provided a wonderful freebie packet for us to play with this month. I used a template to start my page and clipped a photo I took of the Brooklyn Bridge to the photo masks. Here is what I came up with, and the products used:

Vintage Mini Mix Kit No. 7-4, Wander Words Brushes and Stamps, Watery Maps Brushes and Stamps No. 3-1, Watery Maps Brushes and Stamps No. 1-2, Destination New York Blendables, Pebbled Traveler No. 1, Layered Memories No. 157.

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 September 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: Golden Plum

The fall harvest is here. It’s always hard to see the fresh fruit and veggies from our yard come to an end. But I will gladly welcome the cooler weather. We’ve had a great year for various items from our garden. So many raspberries, bell peppers, tomatoes and apples. Sadly a few of our fruit trees haven’t been very plentiful. But luckily my dad has several and he has been more than willing to share with us. This is where I found my inspiration for this months color challenge.

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We have had a plum tree in our yard for nearly 10 years now. Sadly, it doesn’t produce much each year. Luckily my dad’s Italian Prune tree produces so much, he can’t give it away fast enough. So when I (KimR+) go to visit him, I gladly take a bunch! When I began putting my page together, I was inspired by the wooden table that the golden pumpkin sits on. The various shades and tones of gold were fun to play with as well!Supplies used: Anzio Solids Paper PackAssorted Basic StitchingClassic Side Lift Storyboard Photo Frames No. 01Curated Studio Mix Scrapbooking Kit No. 23Golden Glitter Splatters No. 01Golden Leaves No. 01Inline Alphabet No. 02Messy Stamped Circles Brushes and Stamps No. 01Stamp Sets: FallStriping Graphic Brushes and Stamps No. 01Twisted Dots No. 01Wanderer Solids Paper Pack,
Readymade Layers: Neutral Borders No. 05

Has the talk of plums left you hungry?  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 September Participation thread for proper credit.

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