Saturday Scraplift: Centering on Design

Left-brained as I am, I am drawn to symmetry. I think that’s probably what first caught my eye about Erin’s (Ernie88) great page – that and those adorable little faces. I loved how she showcased those photos by grounding them on the pretty patterned paper (another love of mine!). Addie and Liz joined me in taking inspiration from Erin’s page. 

Erin’s page

 Addie (agoymerac), one of our talented Guest Creative Team members, expanded the central panels to four to accommodate the number of her fur babies – aren’t they cute? She kept her color scheme neutral to complement the colors of their fur and completed her design with paw print patterned paper choices and brush work. I also really like that twine tie on her title.

Credits: Paw Print Clusters Brushes and Stamps No. 01;  Puppy Power Scrapbooking Kit; Puppy Power Solids Paper Pack; Button Rimmed Alphabet: Vintage; Curated Studio Mix Scrapbooking Kit No. 33; Life Lines Element Pack; Stitched Journal Strips

Liz’s (lizziet5) pretty-in-purple page spoke to me immediately – she knows the way to my heart! How clever of her to repeat the sweet photo of her daughter and grandsons with minor repositioning to make it appear at first glance to be three different photos. Her design draws the eye across the page by means of her top cluster, bead scatterings, and word strips at the bottom.

Credits: Darling Baby Solids Paper Pack;  Botanical Bliss Paper Pack No. 01; Black, White and Plum Kit; Thin Classic Photo Frames Curled and Flat No. 01; To the Sea Element Pack (stitching recolored); BergeMod Mini Kit; Coral Harvest Mini Kit; Anzio Element Pack; Abisko Element Pack; Spring Walk Element Pack; Monthly Memories Element Pack No. 10; Classic Scraps Mini Kit No. 01 (bow recolored); Flair Minis No. 04 (recolored); Bold and Scripted Brushes and Stamps No. 10

Except for employing the page-within-a-page technique, I stayed fairly true to Erin’s design to scrap some sunset shots from our 2017 beach trip. It’s not usually a good idea to shoot into the sun, but when you want awesome silhouette photos, it’s the ticket. And I found the perfect readymade borders by Kayleigh in exactly the right colors. Serendipity!

Credits: Fall Flourish Paper Pack No.01; Fall Flourish Paper Pack No.02; Winter Ice Solids Paper Pack; Watery Spots Brushes and Stamps No. 01; Watery Grids Brushes and Stamps No. 08; Clean Stitched: Black No. 01; Sealife Memories Element Pack; Drop Shadow Styles No. 02; Readymade Layers Beach Borders No. 02

I can’t wait to see how Erin’s page inspires you – it’s full of ideas. Remember to post your page in the Saturday Scraplift Challenge gallery as well as in the November Challenge Participation Sign-in thread in the forum. Happy scrapping!


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Let’s Blend Challenge

November is upon us, and busy times are ahead! This month, we are going to go pretty simple, using page blends. Here are a few examples I created, using the products in the freebie packet:

Credits: Artsy Blend Layers Leaves No. 1Autumn Winds Element Pack, Page Fades Clipping Masks No. 1, Fall Flourish Paper Pack No. 1.


ARToption Mini Mix No. 6, Dirt, Grit and Grids No. 1, Page Fades No. 2, Artsy Cartographer Edges No. 1, Far Away Fairyland Transfers, Sketched Scenes No. 1.

I hope these pages given you some ideas for page blends.  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 November 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: Thanksgiving Dinner

We are celebrating Thanksgiving here in the States next week. I am all about the food when it comes to this day of thanks! I have enjoyed asking my family these past few days what some of their favorite foods are to have during the feast. Of course, pie was the first answer from both of my kids! With the thought of food heavily on my mind, I went looking for some inspiration photos that made my mouth water, longing for the big day next week!! So here we have it friends, think cranberry, turkey and oranges!

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I pulled up some photos from last November when I received my very first Kitchen Aid mixer and making pie crust for Thanksgiving. The soft textured background was inspired by the texture of the bread of the leftovers from Thanksgiving. I pulled out several different greens from the rosemary and other greens. And of course, a splash of red from the cranberries. And we can’t for get splatters, not only because they make a page more fun for me, but because eating a big plate of food on Thanksgiving can get a little messy!Supplies used: Assorted Patterned Tapes: Fall No. 01Big Bottom Lift Classic Photo Frames No. 02, Bookshelf Grunge No 3, Christmas Woodlands Solids Printable Paper PackDictionary Edges No. 02Edge Overlays No. 10, Documenting Life Notebook Christmas Stories No 1, Fallen Trails Element PackGolden Glitter Splatters No. 01, Golden Season Solids, Golden Season Star Clusters, Layer Works No 1019, Metsa Element PackRoughed Up Pocket Cards: Striped No. 02, Stamp Sets Gratitude, Taped Together Fall Stacks No. 01Thin Classic Photo Frames Curled and Flat No. 03, Title Lines No 21, Turkey Day Paper Pack

Now as you prepare for this Thanksgiving holiday, or you’re thinking about some of your favorite foods in general,  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 November Participation thread for proper credit.

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Story Scrapbook Challenge

Food glorious food.  Okay, now that I have you singing that song (haha) my job is not done, my job today is to get you thinking stories about food.  I want to be inundated by challenge pages.

So food – we’ve all taken pictures of food, come on fess up!  I want you to describe a wonderful meal you’ve had, where were you, what was the occasion, what did you eat, how did it make you feel?  A delectable dessert anyone, make my mouth water with your words.  Birthday cakes, I want to read all about special birthday cakes, any traditions there?  How was your wedding cake, lay it on me, what was the reason you chose fruit cake, sponge cake, butter cake, or whatever?

Meals around the dining table with family and friends, beautiful occasions, toasting glasses with cheers and enjoying a meal with our loved ones – lots of stories there.

Food whilst travelling, something I adore – have you eaten something not in your normal palate?  Have you enjoyed wandering through cheese stores with hanging salami, or drooled at cakes in a shop window?

And let’s flip the coin, have you had a disaster in the kitchen of epic proportions?  Have you had a bad dining experience?  Do you have an allergic reaction to some foods, great time to tell the story.

Jump on board the food train with me this month.

The creative team have jumped on board with some terrific example pages:

Esther’s bright and colourful page meant that she could display some of the food photos her daughter, the ultimate foodie, has been taking.

Supplies Esther has used:   Curated Team Scrapbook Mix No. 03,  Photo Clusters No. 53,  Scribbled Overlays No. 02,  Blendables Layered Template No. 91.

Debi has created an idyllic page here for her daughter, lunch in Paris with friends.  I sighed when I saw that photograph.  Amazing. 

Supplies Debi has used:  ARToptions Krafty Paper Pack No. 01,  Vino Blends No. 01,  Pencil Line Leaves Brushes and Stamps No. 11,  Vintage Photo Frames No. 46,  Autumnal Flore Element Pack,  Fastener Basics No. 01,  Watery Foliage No. 23,  Christmas Woodlands.

For my page I’ve also included a lot of delicious food documenting Mother’s Day lunch this year and how we have ended up coming to selecting the place we eat at each year.

Supplies I have used:  Jaxson Paper Pack,  Antibes Solids Paper Pack,  Cutting Files: Chunky Cuts Leaves No. 02,  Stuffed Edge Photo Frames No. 02,  Big Bottom Lift Classic Photo Frames No. 01.

The team at DD have generously provided a freebie to help you on your way, the link is good for the entire month of November.  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 November 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: Photo Cuts

Good morning! Welcome to the 4th quarter sale Saturday Scraplift! I am excited to share this week’s page with you all. I dug into my favorites photos and actually picked a page that was posted for the 3rd quarter sale. That wasn’t intentional but it’s kind of fun how it worked out. 🙂

Tammie (tammielsmith) pulled this layout together for a layering chat. I was drawn to the photo cut masks and the gorgeous autumn colors. The type brushes and edge details add depth to the design and really frame the photo beautifully.

I was not able to play along this week as my son landed in the hospital for 4 days (he’s out now and much better) so I’m very grateful for our guest CT members who jumped at the chance to lift this lovely page.

Up first is Kate (OKate) who did a pretty direct lift of the page including a layered cluster and the edge details. Love her color scheme and the beautiful scenery. It’s especially fun that the photo cuts framed the ducks.

Botanical Colors Cerulean Meadow Solids Paper Pack, Booked Blue Element Pack, Walden Element Pack, Wanderer Element Pack, Good Day Element Pack, Polar Mountain Element Pack, Abisko Element Pack, Calne Element Pack, Photo Cuts Masks No. 06, Striping Grunge Brushes and Stamps No. 03, Vintage Mix Clusters Brushes, Stamps and Layers No. 10, Border Stamps and Layers No. 02

Carmel (caapmun) used a similar page layout but turn the photo cuts vertically for her charming beach page. I don’t know about you, but I love photos from behind and this one is just precious.

Photo Cuts Masks No. 02, Artsy Shores Scrapbooking Value Pack

There will be lots of inspiration this weekend in the chats but I hope you find time to lift this lovely page. If you do, please  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 November Challenge Participation thread so you can work towards a coupon for the store!

Happy scrapping and happy shopping!


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Using a Shortcut for Recoloring Type 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 Using a Shortcut for Recoloring Type in Photoshop and PSE.

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Template Mash-up challenge

Happy Tuesday everyone!
I thought that today we’d have a go at mashing up these two templates.
One of Katie’s Blendables:

and one of Kayleigh’s Layer Works:

I think these two templates give lots of scope for all the blenders, maskers, layerers or brushworkers among us. Guest CT members Addie, Kate and Rachel were all keen to have a go at this challenge and I love how different all their layouts are.

Addie gorgeous page takes full advantage of all the photo frames to include a great 5 pic series that just screams “FUN!”. I also really like the look of the masked leaves photo behind her main photo group.

I love the way Rachel has removed the frames from the “Hung Up Frames” in the Layerworks template, and used the remaining twine and elements as a beautiful accent piece along the bottom of her framed and masked photos. Beautiful!

Kate has designed the most stunning Heritage Page from the two templates. She really liked the heritage feel of the brushwork and masks in Katie’s template so has run with that, duplicating some of the elements from the Layer Works template to make the beautifully symmetrical layered mat for her photo. I just love how she has “pinched” the “in the lens” flair from the Layer Works template and found the perfect nestling place for it in her title. Lovely!

Where will this mash-up take YOU?
Please post your layout in the Template Challenge Gallery and don’t forget that your 100% DD layout can be linked up in the November Challenge Participation Thread in the forum. That’s the way to earn rewards to spend in the DD shop!

Happy scrapping!!

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Saturday Scraplift Challenge: Cornered

As I generally host the first SSL of each month, I feel I always open my posts with “can you believe it’s June… August… October…” or whatever the month is but seriously, it’s November, people! That’s insane! But I hope you’ve all had a good week and you’ve got some chilling time planned for this weekend – and that it includes a little scrapping!

This week we’re lifting the wonderfully talented Agnieszka (Arte Banale). Her page entitled Color My World has all the usual characteristics of Agnieszka’s work… a gorgeous image, pretty brushwork, some carefully chosen elements, wonderful white space and one terrific design!

Straight in on the challenge was Guest Creative Team Member, Addie (agoymerac). I love that she switched up her lift with really pretty green and teal tones. This is a lovely lift and the photo is adorable!

Addie used the following products: Curated Studio Mix Scrapbooking Kit No. 35 – products by Katie Pertiet and collection curated by Kayleigh Wiles; Every Moment Brushes and StampsVintage Photo Frames No. 36From My Bookshelf Overlays No. 01 – Katie Pertiet; Layer Works No. 368 (outer stitching edges) – Studio Double-D.

Jana flipped the design and was inspired by the soft pink tones of Agnieszka’s page, and true to Jana’s style, she rocked the pretty blends and the lovely image provides perfect pop top right! Gorgeous!

Here’s what Jana used: Vintage Artistry Paper Pack No. 01Blendable Layers No. 02Blendable Layers No. 33Blendable Layers No. 96Vintage Blendable Layers No. 03Pencil Line Flowers Brushes and Stamps No. 02Stacked Vintage Photo Frames No. 05Vintage Taped Sentiments No. 02Blendable Layers No. 43Artistry de Blanco Element PackTypewriter Clusters Brushes and Stamps No. 07Terra Botanica Element PackBlendable Layers No. 40 – all Katie Pertiet.

Wendy took the opportunity to scrap this image of her pretty daughter. Like Jana, Wendy also switched to the right corner for her image… I’m sure there must be something about which way the brain works as to which corner one would select but, that aside, I love that the creators of all of these pages has selected the perfect corner – the one which allows the person/s in the image to be looking into the page rather than immediately off it… just a little design tidbit! I’m loving the green and earthy tones here and the vintage frame is perfect! A beautiful lift!

Wendy’s supply list: Vintage Artistry Paper Pack No. 01Scribbled Overlays No. 02Watercolor Blends Layered Template No. 14 (paint and leaves), Vintage Mix Clusters Brushes, Stamps and Layers No. 17Typewriter Clusters Brushes and Stamps No. 09 (leaves), Typewriter Clusters Brushes and Stamps No. 10Artsy Blend Layers Leaves No. 02,, Vintage Photo Frames No. 36Wooden Alphabet No. 10Fastener Basics No. 01Fall Garden Element Pack – Katie Pertiet; Readymade Layers: Fall Borders No. 18 – Studio Double-D.

I followed Jana and Wendy, opting for the top right corner for the bulk of my detail – whatever that may mean psychologically! I really enjoyed this lift and it inspired me to scrap this child of mine who is turning 28 next week.! I swear she was only, like, 6 yesterday! But getting back to the lift – it’s testament to Agnieszka’s page design skills that none of us who took on the challenge for this post deviated much from her design!

I used: ARToptions Krafty Paper Pack No. 02Inked Border Strips Brushes and Stamps No. 01Thin Classic Photo Frames Curled and Flat No. 01Monthly Memories Element Pack No. 08Monthly Memories Element Pack No. 10Monthly Memories No. 10 Painted LayersMonthly Memories Element Pack No. 11Color Essentials Pink Element PackVintage Mix Clusters Brushes, Stamps and Layers No. 17Pocket Cards: Layering Sentiments No. 01Neutral Word Bits No. 03 – Katie Pertiet; Readymade Layers: Botanical Borders No. 04Hand Scripted Brushes and Stamps No. 23 – Studio Double-D.

So I hope you’re inspired to join in 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 November 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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Practicing Gratitude 30 Day Challenge

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Practicing Gratitude 30 Day Challenge

November is the month when we emphasize our gratitude but each day throughout the year should include a practice of gratitude.


I believe it keeps you in check. It’s a fact that every day is a gift and no one is guaranteed tomorrow, so expressing all that you are grateful for will give your life more meaning. It reminds you of what matters most as we tackle each day’s challenges. Research has shown that a practice of gratitude not only improves your mental health but your physical health too. It improves relationships and leads to better sleep habits too. So get on board and begin your practice of gratitude with me this year.

I’ve made it easy this year with two new options to get you started.

printable gratitude cards

Practicing Gratitude Printable Pocket Cards No.1
This is a pack of 30 cards in easy to use JPEG format as well as a letter-sized printable PDF that you can print, clip and use to include in your planners, traveler notebooks and more.

30 day practice of gratitude

Practicing Gratitude Overlays No.1
This pack is perfect for the digital artist that wants to make more of an art journal with their 30 Day Practice of Gratitude. It includes 30 prompted overlays that, when clipped to masks and more, can be modified to create an art journal of gratitude.

Check out all of my gratitude products and join me in a 30 Day Practice of Gratitude.

A great bonus for this series is that it is included in the monthly challenges. Simply participate in at least 10 of the 30 days of gratitude by sharing your card/page in the gallery!

Post your pages using the Practicing Gratitude series of products, or other DesignerDigitals 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 November Challenge Participation thread so that it will count toward your savings in the rewards program!

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Saturday Scraplift: Chunky Files and more

Happy Saturday Morning. I was scrolling through the gallery and found this wonderful page by Hillarey and I decided it would be perfect to present to you for a lift.

There are so many things on this page that would make for a great lift. I love how she filled in  the chunky files and I also love the different page layers, the frame inside the frame…. a few of our team members tackled the challenge and here is what they came up with:

This first one is by Merr (digigrandma)

I love the paper she clipped to the chunky cuts and how she layered them with the fall leaves and pumpkins. Here is what she used:
ARToptions Krafty Paper Pack No. 03, Chunky Cuts Leaves No. 01, 
Collageable Photo Frames No. 03, Slide Frames No. 07, Ready Made Layers Fall Borders No. 04, Fall Garden Paper Pack, *clipped to the chunky cut leaves*, Junk Journal Printable Collage Sheet No. 08, Folia Flairs, Artsy Splatters Brushes Stamps and Layers No. 01

Here is one by Kate (OKate), one of our Guest CT members:

She did a fabulous job with the frame within the frame. She even found a paper that looks a little like the chunky cuts to surround her page. I love how she still used the Chunky leaves and created a gorgeous cluster underneath her wonderful photos. Here is her (long) list of supplies 🙂
Autumnal Artistry Add-On Paper Pack, Autumnal Artistry Paper Pack, Folia Solids Paper Pack, Metsa Solids Paper Pack, Vintage Halloween Paper Pack, Awesome Autumn Element Pack metal tag, Botanique Element Pack No. 01 wooden arrow,Page Cuts No. 02,
Fall Striped Photo Frames Value Pack No. 01, Collageable Photo Frames No. 03, 
Big Bottom Lift Vintage Photo Frames No. 02, Slide Frames No. 09 Monthly, Readymade Layers: Leaf Clusters, Taped Together Fall Stacks No. 01, Assorted Messy Stitches: White No. 03, Junk Journal Printable Collage Sheet No. 08, Curated Branches No. 03, Curated Branches No. 04, Cool and Crisp Brushes and Stamps altered

Here is one by Rachel (rache77), another Guest CT member

I love the dainty look of the flower brushes with that awesome shadow work and I love the title work and the butterflies. Look at that background too! Here is what she used to create her page
Hand Scripted Gratitude No. 1Monthly Memories Paper Pack No. 11
Junk Journal Printable Collage Sheet No. 08, Kitlet Scrapbooking Mini-Kit No. 02,
Deelen Scrapbook Kit, Minted Wings Scrapbooking Kit, Blendable Layers No. 96,
Floral Shine Brushes and Stamps, Harvest Fields Element Pack, Vintage Photo Frames No. 43, Stitched Notecards

Here is one I made

not fallish, I know, but that’s what was blooming in South Carolina just the other day… I still used the chunky files but colored them in a bit and I used strips to create the frame on the page. Here are my supplies

K. Pertiet:
Cutting Files chunky Cuts No. 4 , Curated branches No. 6 , typewriter clusters No. 10 , framed spill layers No. 1 , Spring Bouquet Solids, Spring Bouquet elements

Remember to post your page in theSaturday Scraplift Challenge Gallery as well as in the October Challenge Participation Sign-inthread in the forum.


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