How to Use Watery Photo Masks as Layer Masks 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 Use Watery Photo Masks as Layer Masks in Photoshop and PSE.

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Saturday Scraplift: Circle the Photo

Here is your inspiration for the latest Scraplift. I love Amy’s (Amy L) circles and scalloped frame.

Katie graciously reissued a previously provided freebie for us to use. Looks like this

 

This is where the inspiration guided a few of us

Lori Ann (Imaggs) used all the circles as additional frames and added a few more. I love the vertical design and the blended photo. Here is what she used on her page:
Layer Works No. 898, Lightly Linens Paper Pack No. 01,KPertiet_ColorInspiration041114,
Baby Blush Paper Pack, Sun Prints Photo Masks No. 01 Brushes and Stamps,
Blocked Sentiments Brushes and Stamps No. 01, ChristmasLinensNo1 

Here is a page by Barbara (grantlaurensmom)

I love the abundance of circles and the wonderful colors she used to surround her lovely vacation photo. Here is her supply list
Great Getaway Solids Paper Pack, Cadmium Gardens Scrapbook Kit, Matte Black Vintage Photo Frames, Chipboard Alphabet: Black, Watery Typecast Sentiments Brushes and Stamps No. 02, Far and Wide Element Pack, Walden Element Pack, Hinge Pack

Look at this awesome page by Deborrah (DivaMom96)

What a clever way to put those small circles to create one big one. Such a pretty effect. Here are her supplies and there are many 🙂
Arctic Whites Paper Pack No. 02, Color Essentials Turquoise Paper Pack, Brilliant Love Add-On Paper Pack, Book Bag Days Monochromatics Paper Pack, Lemon Zest Paper Pack
Pattern Mix: Happy Girl Paper Pack, Krafty Dots and Stripes Paper Pack No. 04, Fine Line Twists Brushes and Stamps No. 02, Around Words Brushes and Stamps No. 13
Around Words Brushes and Stamps No. 11, Stamp Sets: Good Life, Big Brushed Page Titles No. 2,  Stitched Circles Clean and Messy: White No. 1 Value Pack, Dolphin Cove Element Pack, Neptune Element Pack,  Lemon Zest Element Pack, Candied Christmas Element Pack, Brilliant Love Element Pack, Patterning Palettes No. 02 Element Pack, Color Essentials Lime Element Pack, Vintage Milk Caps No. 01, Yellow Word Bits No. 01
Assorted Patterned Tapes: Fall No. 01, Blendable Layers No. 78

Here is a page by Kathy (Blackkathy)

She cleverly covered her cirles with clusters of flowers, what a lovely effect!! I love the single circle with the butterfly. Here is what she used on her page
Curated Team Scrapbook Mix No. 10 Value Pack, Curated Team Scrapbook Mix No. 14
Readymade Layers: Botanical Borders No. 02, Readymade Layers: Botanical Clusters No. 09, Readymade Layers: Botanical Clusters No. 11, Readymade Layers: Spring Borders No. 04, Readymade Layers: Spring Clusters No. 01, Ripped Vintage Photo Frames No. 04,
Tightly Kerned Titles Brushes and Stamps No. 03, Defining Grunge Brushes and Stamps No. 03, Hello Happiness Brushes and Stamps, Fine Line Twists Brushes and Stamps No. 02, Heart Pointers Brushes and Stamps No. 01

Last but not least here is my own page

Got a little carried away with the circles 🙂 Here is what I used:
Random Roundabout circle (freebie), Monthly Memories Vol. 2 element pack No. 5,
Monthly Memories Vol. 2 element pack No. 3, Monthly Memories Vol. 2 element pack No. 2, Scripted Story circles love, seasonal sentiments No. 1, Elastic cords No. 3, Lightly Linens No. 4, Haunted twists No. 1, gingerbread runaway element pack

I hope you will feel inspired by all these lovely examples. Please remember to post your finished pages (with all Designer Digital items) in the Saturday Scraplift Gallery  and also in the July Challenge Thread

 

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A Template Mashup to inspire you!

scrapbook template mashup

Are you ready?

We are mashing up the Fill Your Life Layered Template with My Travel Journal No.6
Both are travel themed but that doesn’t mean your page needs to be a travel page!

Our guest creative team member, Kathy, shows you how these can create an even more stunning page bu just picking and choosing the elements from each template to use in your page!
Supplies used:
Fill Your Life Layered Template, My Travel Journal Layered Template No. 06, Lightly Linens Paper Pack No. 01

I’m always envious of Mel’s beautiful hikes through Wales and this page she did captured the scenery beautifully!
Supplies used: Fill Your Life Layered Template, My Travel Journal Layered Template No. 06, Artsy Blend Layers Botanicals No. 11, Hike More Outdoors Scrapbook Kit Corby alpha, Watery Blumes No. 32, Monthly Memories Vol. 02: Element Pack No. 06, Great Getaway Element Pack, Watery Arrows Brushes and Stamps No. 01, Watery Foliage No. 02, Twiggy

And this wonderful page by Barbara using the journal from My Travel Journal as the base and mixing in the word art and blend and more to share stories of memories passed.
Supplies used: My Travel Journal Layered Template No. 06, Fill Your Life Layered Template, Lightly Linens Paper Pack No. 02, Traveler Blendable Layers No. 10, Grungy Hand Scripted Happy Brushes and Stamps

Lastly is this travel themed page by guest member Lori!
Supplies used:
Fill Your Life Layered Template, My Travel Journal Layered Template No. 06, Tidewater Solids Paper Pack, Book Bag Days Paper Pack

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 July Challenge Participation thread so that it will count toward your savings in the rewards program.  Everyone’s a winner!

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itunes: Lazy days of summer

Heya, it’s July and it’s time for another itunes challenge. We’re into the lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer and it seems like I always have a house full of kids. Luckily they’re all playing outside and the sun is shining, so I’m getting to scrap! I love scrapping beach photos, and when I saw this album cover the background reminded me of sand, with the blue of the sea below.

When I chose the cover, one of the first things I noticed was that the background contains a photo: I’m a big fan of a large photo. That was one thing I wished I could do in my paper scrapping days.  I also love that the front photo is black and white, and the bold title is fun; I can see a title being created using plastic letters.

The creative team were jumping to get involved with this challenge! First of all we have Kathy, who’s created a page with gorgeous brushwork.

I adore the gradient of colours down the page. The torn edges add interest while creating a softer link to the brushwork than a straight edge would. Kathy used Curated Team Scrapbook Mix No. 10 Value Pack; Great Getaway Element Pack; Golden Pretty Element Pack; Watchet Element Pack; Torn Templates No. 02
; ARTpack Photographer Brushes and Stamps No. 01; Keystrike Sentiment Clusters Brushes and Stamps No. 01; Defining Grunge Brushes and Stamps No. 03

Next up, Lori Ann was inspired to create a page about one of the best ways to spend a summer’s day. I can see where she got her inspiration, with the 3D title and blended background, while the angled photos add fun.

Lori Ann used challenge freebies and Hand Scripted Summer Brushes and Stamps No. 02.

Finally Deborrah took the chance to tell a ‘fun’ story from a recent trip! I love that she has a photo to go along with it. I’m not sure I’d have been smiling, but the story at least has a happy ending. The angled strip behind the photo draws your eye across from the title to the story, very clever.

Deborrah used Great Getaway Dots and Stripes Paper Pack; Maybe Not Solids Paper Pack; Maybe Not Element Pack; Moonlight Dreams Element Pack; Life Lines Element Pack; Pinned: Wood Veneers No. 02

Now it’s your turn, show us your pages inspired by the album cover. Katie’s generously provided a freebie for the challenge to get you started.

Post your layouts in the iTunes Inspiration gallery. Remember to keep track of your pages for our challenges in the participation thread, because this can earn you store vouchers if you use 100 % Designer Digitals products.

Happy scrapping!

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Saturday Scraplift: Centered on Design

I love many things about this scrapbooking hobby of ours: preserving memories for the next generation, improving photography skills, playing with awesome products from our talented designers here at Designer Digitals. But a significant by-product for me is what I’ve learned about design through the process of creating memories. I am often drawn into a page because of the strong design elements, just as I was by this page from Sylvia (smcloone). I loved how she put that delightful photo right in the center of her page, drawing attention to it and making it the star of her design. Her color use, title work, and choice of elements support her summery theme and unify her page. Three of our talented Guest Creative Team members jumped at the chance to lift Sylvia’s page. Take a look at their pages and be inspired!

 Sylvia’s page:

Deborrah (DivaMom96) was inspired by Sylvia’s summery subject and scrapped a photo of a friend having fun at a resort. Her choice of watery elements is perfect, and her title and journaling frame that great photo so well. And I’m of the opinion you can’t go wrong with turquoise for summer pages!

Credits: Swimmies Scrapbook Collection; Edge Overlays No. 10; Watery Typecast Sentiments Brushes and Stamps No. 02; Spill Frame Layers No. 27; Smooth Script Words Brushes and Stamps No. 01; Color Essentials Turquoise Element Pack; Flossy Stitches: White

I love how Barbara (grantlaurensmom) translated Sylvia’s design into the perfect cold weather page. I adore the crop on the photo and the way Barbara drew the color scheme of her page from the photo – that’s another design tip that always serves me well. The brushwork at the top and the border at the bottom of the page serve to balance her centered design.

Credits: Christmas Linens Paper Pack No. 02 (coming soon); December Stories Element Pack; Crystallized Flourishes No. 02 Brushes and Stamps; Modern Day 2nd Hand Titles: Winter No. 01; Word Strip Labels No. 02; Laced Edgers Brushes and Stamps No. 03; Layered Doily Edgers No. 01; Loosely Labeled No. 02; Winter Wonder Brushes and Stamps; Winter Woods Element Pack

Lori Ann’s (lmaggs) page takes us back to summer – don’t you just want to take a dip in that cool infinity pool? Paradise, indeed! Lori created her own border around the outside of her page by repeating the words of her title. Repetition is another design tip that helps to unify a page. And I really like how she balanced her design with clusters on the left and right of her photo.

Credits: Filmed Frames Brushes and Stamps No. 01;  Adventuring Scrapbook Collection; Lightly Linens Paper Pack No. 03; Great Getaway Element Pack

Sylvia and these ladies have given you lots of inspiration for your own design. I hope you’ll get in on the fun and post your page in the Saturday Scraplift Challenge Gallery as well as in the July Challenges Participation Sign In thread in the forum. Happy scrapping!

 

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Let’s Blend Challenge

Happy July and welcome to this month’s Let’s Blend Challenge. We are going to work with some fun patterns and masks this month. Let you imagination run wild!

Here is what I came up with using the free products Katie has provided for us:

 

I took the frame and added a blend mode to it to blend it into the photo and mask. The key is to play around with the products, moving the layers up and down and adding blend modes.

When you complete your page, post them in the Mask Appeal Challenge Gallery and don’t forget to link up your page in the July Participation Thread for proper credit.

I look forward to seeing your work in the gallery. Have fun!

 

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A Christmas Wayback Wednesday!

It’s Christmas in July at Designer Digitals! There are thousands of Christmas products in the DD store so choosing one for this month’s Wayback Wednesday Challenge was not an easy task. I finally settled on the gorgeous ARTOption Mini Mix No 04. It has a bit of everything needed to create a page. I especially love the soft blues and the vibrant reds in this kit. Your challenge is to use this kit for a page of your own. It’s that simple!

Our Creative Team has provided you with some great inspiration. The first page is from Sharon (Shannamay). She started with that pretty blue paper as a backdrop for the adorable photos she tucked in. A few well chosen elements and some delightful journaling finish off the page.

Joanne (jcaruth) chose another of the gorgeous background papers as a starting point for this stunning page. The pops of red on this paper perfectly echo the color in Joanne’s beautiful cardinal photo.

The ARToption Mini Mix No 04 will be included in this weekend’s sale. We’d love to see how you use this beautiful kit for your own page. Post your page in the Scrapbook Challenges Gallery for us all to enjoy. And don’t forget to include a link to your page in the July Challenges Forum to help you earn a valuable coupon to the DD store. Happy scrapping and merry Christmas in July!

 

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Saturday Scraplift: Christmas in July!

Happy Christmas! We are celebrating our annual Christmas in July sale today along with many stores (including the Hallmark store where my daughter just started working!) I always think it’s fun to keep with the holiday theme for the SSL so I dug back into the gallery looking for a fun Christmas themed page to lift and I think I found one. 🙂 Arte Banale is always a favorite of mine for inspiration and this page is no different.

Although this is a Christmas themed page, this design could be used for an everyday photo as well.

Our guest CT members jumped right in to join me this week. Up first is Blackkathy. She kept with the color scheme and the general design for these sweet photos of her cat hanging out under the tree. Love her title work with the subtle star in the background.

Christmas Lodge Element Pack, Christmas Lodge Paper Pack, Country Christmas Paper Pack, Country Christmas Paper Pack, Photo Clusters No. 62, Curated Studio Mix Scrapbooking Kit No. 30, Layer Works No. 868, Typed and Scripted Brushes and Stamps No. 11, Watery Christmas #4

lmaggs also kept with the color scheme for these precious Santa photos. Love her shadowed title and the buffalo print to match her sweet dress.

Christmas Lodge Roughed Up Paper Pack, Vintage Christmas No. 02 Layered Banners, Admit One December No. 01, Vintage Christmas No. 02 Trees and Stars, Vintage Christmas No. 02 Layered Frames No. 02, Readymade Layers: Christmas Borders No. 12, Blitzen Element Pack, Layer Works No. 757, ChristmasLinensNo2

Finally, I used the inspiration to scrap my daughter’s 20th birthday which happens to happen right before Christmas. Can’t believe she is 20!

Frame and Blend Story Layered Template No. 5 , Miriam Element Pack, Miriam Solids Paper Pack, My Family Genealogy Records Paper Pack No. 03, Layered Memories No. 122, Plastic Slimline Serif Alphabets No. 02, Doily Edgers No. 03, Vintage Photo Frames No. 48, Clean Stitched Rounded Corners Red No. 01, Messy Stitched Borders: Red No. 01
December Stories Element Pack, Golden Season Star Clusters, Redwork Element Pack

Looking forward to seeing your lifts in the gallery. Whether you pull out the holiday photos or not, I hope you find inspiration from this week’s SSL. Be sure to post your page in the Saturday Scraplift Gallery. If you use 100% DD products, your page qualifies for the rewards program. Please post your pages in the July 2019 Challenge Participation Thread.  Have a wonderful Saturday!

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How to Paint with Watery Photo Masks 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 Paint with Watery Photo Masks in Photoshop and PSE.

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Story Scrapbook Challenge

Pride!  What does it mean to you.  When we are proud it’s such an overwhelming feeling, it’s like your heart is beating on the outside of your chest for all the world to see.  So this month I want you to do a page about pride.

So what has made you proud?  With 4th of July recently there’s a lot of patriotic pride, how about National pride from whatever country you are from.  Pride at winning a competition, pride at school report marks, pride of saving and buying your first car, pride of owning your house, pride of getting that promotion, proud of your family, proud of standing up for yourself, how about being proud about just getting through the day when things are tough.  We can go in so many directions with this one.

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

DivaMom has created a magic page about her sons.  Now THIS is why I scrapbook, I’m sure you too.  These boys will never have to wonder just how their mum feels about them.  It’s our heart on a page isn’t it?  Awesome page.

And for my page I’ve scrapped a page that will go in my marathon album.  It was hard to get the words on the page just how I felt, then and now remembering back.  I’m so glad I’ve told that story of my feelings.

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

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