How to Turn Patterned Paper into Pencil Sketched Paper [Video]

This week’s Adobe Photoshop or Elements tip of the week is now available on video. This weeks tip is on How to Turn Patterned Paper into Pencil Sketched Paper.

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Documenting Monthly Memories | 8

year in review scrapbook photobook

Welcome to Month 8 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 August we have three packs full of essentials to document your month and so much more! There are the Monthly Memories Template Pack No.8, Monthly Memories No.8 Element Pack and Monthly Memories No.8 Paper Pack!

everyday scrapbook embellishments

Layered Page Templates for Year-in-review scrapbook photobook

Digital Scrapbooking Patterned Papers

Kim’s pages [above and below] show 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 August 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!

year-in-review scrapbook page layout photoalbum

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Saturday Scraplift: Just a little grunge

Happy Saturday again, I hope you are ready to lift this adorable page by Rachel (rache77)

I just love everything about it, the desaturated photo, the brushwork on and below the photo, the large title, so so cute!! Here are a few pages our talented CT and Guest CT members have created.

This one by Sarah (Sterkeurs) is just beautiful:

I love how she blended her sweet photo onto the stacked layers, it is such a great effect. She placed her large title a bit to the side. I love the sweet darling cluster in the corner. Here is what she used

readymade Layers Botanical Borders 4,
K. Pertiet
Stamp Sets: Good Life,
Monthly Memories Paper Pack No.8Collage Stack Layers No. 03, 
Most Awesome Brushes and Stamps No. 01

Here is a page by Uly (Maruma)

Look at those awesome colors and the gorgeous brushwork. The background lends itself perfectly to some graffiti :). Here is what she used on her page

K. Pertiet:
December Stories Solids Paper Pack,  Color Essentials Turquoise Bundle,
Artsy Paint Type Clusters Brushes and Stamps No. 02,  DoodleDo Frames No. 14 Brushes and Stamps, Monthly Memories Element Pack No. 8 , Never Stop Dreaming Brushes and Stamps No. 01, Big Bottom Lift Classic Photo Frames No. 01

And here is my page

I kind of omitted the large title, I tried, I really did, but it just didn’t look right 🙂 I did however use the quatrefoils and some brushes. Here are my supplies

K. Pertiet:
Blendables LT No. 83, July color challenge freebie,  Multimedia quatrefoils No. 1,  Stacked Photo frames No. 2 , Vintage library paperie No. 5 , monthly memories element pack No. 8, 

I hope you enjoy the inspiration and decide to participate in the challenge. Please post your lift in the Saturday Scraplift Challenge Gallery as well as in the July Challenge Participation thread.

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My Year | My Story Heritage Scrapbook Album

Katie Pertiet-My Story Heritage Scrapbook Album

My Year | My Story Heritage Scrapbook Album

This is a project that will never be done because our stories are many and the library of memories continues to grow with each day we are gifted. This series of products will continue to grow as well. This month, the template pack focuses on relationships and weddings which can easily be changed by using a different title or customizing with the My Story alphabet. For me, this was not the easiest because my first marriage ended in divorce after nearly 12 years. Honestly, I’ve avoided scrapbooking anything about that relationship because it was never very good. But it is part of my history that brought me to this good place in my life and gave me the most precious gift, my daughter, so it needs to be included in my story album. I kept it simple and photos from this time in my life are not as abundant and I have no idea where my wedding photos are so I plan to add more once I find them! We all have stories we’d rather ignore, but to truly create an album about your life that will answer questions future generations may have of our lives we need to include all the stories, the good, the bad and the ugly!

Shannon’s pages have been adapted for her own album adding in elements to personalize her book to her likes. I love how much journaling she is including to preserve the memories!

My Story Heritage Scrapbook Album Layered Templates

We can all reflect on our past and look ahead to the future and I hope these templates help give you the jumpstart to get your pages started! Simply grab a My Story Template, a title pack, round up your photos and get started!

Check out how my own book is coming together!

Check out 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 July 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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itunes: Graphic bold

Hiya and welcome to an itunes challenge. It’s summer now for most of us, so hopefully there’s longer days to spend scrapping. I’ve gone for a challenge this month, with graphic elements that I reckon could spark some great pages.

I was drawn to this cover by the grungy background and the titlework. I love the dynotape at the top, and the bold central title with its pop of yellow. Then there’s the character on the right hand side in b&w with added green. There’s doodling at the bottom and around the title too. All in all, plenty of points to inspire, and with all the brushes in store I can see you could recreate a lot of this album cover.

Three members of the creative team were eager to join in, and I love the variation in their pages.

First up Patsy,

She was inspired by the masked central area, and the top title. I love the framing of her page, and the fun photo!

Patsy used Cut Ups: Photography by Katie Pertiet; Stamped Tape Strips Brushes and Stamps No. 01 by Katie Pertiet; Graphed Paper Pack No. 03 by Katie Pertiet; Hand Scripted Brushes and Stamps No. 03 by Studio Double-D; Edge Overlays No. 04 by Katie Pertiet; Big Chalky Arrows Brushes and Stamps No. 01 by Katie Pertiet.

Debi was next, and used elements from the inspiration cover along with her trademark graphic style to create this fun page!

I love the use of the arrows, and of course the car!

Debi used Forever Fresh Solids Paper Pack; Thin Classic Photo Frames Curled and Flat No. 01; Clear Thru Alphabet No. 13; ARTpack Arrows Brushes and Stamps No. 02; Arrow Flairs Value Pack No. 01; Fastener Basics No. 01.

Arte Banale created this lovely page, with gorgeous brushwork.

I love how she did the sketched title and the map behind the photo is perfect. Agnieszka used Artsy Layered Paints No. 02; Between the Lines Alphabet No. 05; Scratchy Scribbles Brushes and Stamps No. 02; Good Life Stamps and brushes.

Now it’s your turn, I’d love to see how the cover inspires you. Katie’s generously provided a freebie which you can get here. Post your pages in the itunes gallery so we can leave some love. Remember to keep track of your pages in the monthly rewards thread so your pages containing 100% Designer Digitals products can earn you a store discount.

Happy scrapping!


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How to Mash Up Word Art to Create New Phrases [Video]

This week’s Adobe Photoshop or Elements tip of the week is now available on video. This weeks tip is on How to Mash Up Word Art to Create New Phrases.

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Saturday Scraplift: Playing with Paper Blocks

It’s always a treat to return from time away to see all the goodness and creativity in the gallery. While I was browsing the gallery after returning from a cruise, I saw Deanie’s delightful page celebrating the Fourth of July. Of course, the adorable photo immediately caught my eye, and then I focused on the blocks of patterned paper that formed a foundation for her page – absolute perfection in red, white, and blue! Several of my teammates jumped at the chance to lift Deanie’s page – here’s how they were inspired. 

Deanie’s page

 I love the blues and greens with pops of yellow on Sharon’s (justbnsharon) beautiful page, as well as the delicate brush work accentuating that sweet photo. The tucked-in stamp, the fastened tag, and the chipboard circle all frame her design so well.

Credits: Antiquarian Artistry No. 01 Scrapbooking BundleDarcy Gardens Scrapbook Kit; Garden Trails Scrapbook Kit; Hand Scripted Brushes and Stamps No. 12; Loosely Labeled Flags No. 01; Twisted Dots Brushes and Stamps No. 02; Vintage Photo Frames No. 46; Vintage Mini Mix No. 05; Watery Wings and Branches Paper Pack No. 01

Liz (lizziet5) used patterned paper boxes in graduated sizes to draw the eye to the gorgeous photo of her daughter. The orange and gray together are a winning color combination, and I love the word strips she’s used throughout to unify her design.

Credits: Color Essentials Mango Paper Pack; Color Essentials Mango Element Pack; Vintage Engraved Clusters and Layers No. 05; Darcy Gardens Add-on Paper Pack; Cedar Crest Element Pack; Little Dude Element Pack; Wildwoods Element Pack; Painted Pencil Lines Clusters No. 01; Naturalist Postage Sentiments No. 01; Torn Sentiment Strips No. 01; Autumn Rambles Washi Tapes; Simple Scripts Brushes and Stamps No. 02

Patsy (ptabbert) also used Katie’s new mango-hued kit for her page – itching to play with it myself! That black and white photo is such fun, and I love the technique of using black and white photos when I want to play with color on a page. Great showcase of this fun new product, Patsy! 

Credits: Color Essentials Mango Bundle; Antiquarian Artistry No. 01 Element Pack

If you love playing with blocks, you’re going to find lots of inspiration in Deanie’s page and the pages of my friends Sharon, Liz, and Patsy. Post your lift in the Saturday Scraplift Challenge Gallery as well as in the July Challenge Participation thread. Can’t wait to see what you create – happy scrapping!


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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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