iTunes: Vital signs

Hi, and welcome to this month’s iTunes challenge. I remember when this album came out, my sister bought it, and listened to it non-stop. I always loved the look of it, like an old book. Turns out that’s deliberate, because it was based on an old medical textbook.

When I look at the album cover, I can see several directions you could go in creating a page for this challenge. You could pick up on the colour scheme; black and gold are always a striking combination. You could layer papers, or work on creating a bevelled look. You could focus on creating a bold title for your page. Or you could find another route to creativity.

To give you a start, here’s pages by the creative team , showing how they were inspired.

First up is Diane’s excellent page. I love the blended photo, and she’s layered papers in the background, emulating the bevelled edge of the album cover. She’s also created a gorgeous effect with her title.

Diane used the itunes freebie, along with Watery Blumes No 32Curated Studio Mix Scrapbooking Kit No. 38; Curated Studio Mix Scrapbooking Kit No. 34; Blendable Layers No. 58

Esther has created this gorgeous page, which really does look like a book! I love the embossed effect for the title.

Esther used Vintage Traveler Stamps ; Recollections: Book Covers ; ARToptions Krafty Paper Pack No. 05; Golden Season Solids Paper Pack ; Drop Shadow Styles Collection


I too wanted to use a series of papers layered for my background, and decided to use this fun photo of my girl. She loves trying out new looks, and is having such fun at secondary school. I love how fun she is. I used Hey There Kit; Hey Missy Scrapbooking Kit; Gesso No. 01; Notebook Paper Pack No. 05.

Now it’s over to you, we’d love to see how you’re inspired by this month’s challenge. Katie’s generously provided a freebie. Post your pages in the iTunes gallery so we can leave some love. Pages containing 100 % Designer Digitals products are also eligible for our Rewards scheme, keep track of your pages in the monthly rewards thread.

Happy scrapping!

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Saturday Scraplift: Ripped

Ready for another Scraplift this weekend? I found this gorgeous beach page by Kathy (Blackkathy).

There are so many cool elements to lift on this page, I let you pick! Personally I really loved the ripped edges which allow to tuck in all kinds of goodies.

I decided to shift the ripped edges to the sides of my page

My DD just returned from a short trip to Cancun and sent me some nice photos. I decided to tuck the photo itself between the ripped layers. I also tucked in some of the cool elements from Katie’s latest Traveler kit. Here you can see everything I used:

K. Pertiet: Spill Frame Layers No. 10 , Torn Templates No. 2Moutarde Botanic solids, Loosely scripted Sentiments No. 1Stamped Bookshelf alpha No. 2Traveler Blendable Layers No. 2Vintage Traveler Bits and pieces

I hope you feel inspired to do a little ripping 🙂 Please remember to post your finished pages (with all Designer Digital items) in the Saturday Scraplift Gallery  and also in the March Challenge Thread

Have a wonderful weekend!

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How to Use Page Fades 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 Page Fades in Photoshop and PSE.

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It’s spring! A Wayback Wednesday Scrapbook Challenge

Hurray! Today is the first day of spring in the northern hemisphere! To celebrate this big day, this month’s Wayback Wednesday featured products are Studio DD’s Readymade Layers Spring Borders.  There are four sets of these beautiful and handy borders and they are all on sale in the DD store this weekend.

Our Creative Team has used these great Spring Borders. Here are some of their pages to inspire you with ideas of how to use these featured products. First, using Readymade Layers Spring Borders No 1, is Diane’s (dvhoward55) cute and colorful  page featuring a delightful photo of an Easter egg hunt.

Next is Sharon’s (justbnsharon) sweet,  pink and girly page using Readymade Layers Spring Borders No 2. Just adorable!

Readymade Layers Spring Borders No 3 were used as a finishing element on this cute page by Liz (lizj).

A border from Readymade Layers Spring Borders No 4 provided a great place for Anke to rest her delightful  photo!

We hope these pages have given you some ideas of ways to use these great borders! The challenge is simply to use one of these Readymade Layers Spring Borders on a page and post it in the Scrapbook Challenges Gallery for all to enjoy! If you include a link to your page in the March Challenges Sign In thread, it can help you earn a coupon code to the Designer Digitals store.  Happy spring scrapping!

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Template Mash-up Challenge: Released on the 19th

Good morning, good morning!
SO . . . I sat down to choose two templates the other day and just couldn’t decide. We ARE rather spoiled for choice here! In the end I decided to see if I could find templates that were released on the 19th March (as that’s today’s date), and here’s what I found.

Katie’s Delight Layered Template released on this day the 19th March last year:

And Kayleigh’s Layer Works No. 540 released on the 19th March in 2015:

Jheri, Sherry and Diane were keen to make example pages for us, and I love the layouts they’ve produced.

Jheri has used the photo frames from one template while using lots of the themed elements of the other – such a cute little man:

Sherry decided not to use any of the photo frames, using mostly just the background brushes from both templates. The result is this lovely blended page:

Diane has gone for a horizontal rather than vertical orientation for her gorgeous page about her girl scout:

I started with the Delight Layered Template, flipping it first to better suit my pics, and replacing one of the frames with the scalloped one from the Layer Works template. Then I just started playing with elements from both templates, switching things in and out until I was happy:

I hope you have as much fun playing with these two templates as I did. If you don’t have them in your stash, check out this week’s Thrifty Thursday sale.

I’m looking forward to seeing your pages in the Template Challenge Gallery.

Don’t forget . . . if your page has 100% Designer Digital product it can help you earn shopping rewards! Just pop it in the March Challenge Participation sign-in thread in the forums.

Happy scrapping everyone!

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Saturday Scraplift: Words and Pictures Tell the Story

That’s what we’re all about, right? Words and pictures. Yes, we love playing with all the fabulous goodies available here at Designer Digitals, too; but when all is said and done, those lovely supplies help us preserve memories of the past for the future. I love how Liz T (lizzie5t) tells the story of where she is right now in life, ending one season and beginning another, and that photo of her right in the middle is wonderful on so many levels. Three of my fellow Creative Team members jumped at the opportunity to lift Liz’s page, and they all did a terrific job telling their stories. Be inspired!

Liz’s page:

 Mirjam (Mielz) scrapped a gorgeous winter scene and chose the perfect icy blue for her background and elements. Her shadow work is awesome, and I love that not-in-a-straight-line title. In terms of design, she was quite faithful to Liz’s original page – never a bad thing!

Credits: Clipped Stacks No. 11; Curled Journal Spots No. 04; Ephemera Remnants Brushes and Stamps No. 01; Vintage Mini Mix Kit No. 08; Whale Stories Scrapbooking Collection; Winter Artistry Kit; Winter Ice Element Pack; Winter Whites Scrapbook Kit

When my grandchildren were little, I remember taking photos like the one Jheri (Jheri) used on her page – who wouldn’t kill for those eyelashes? The perspective on the picture is perfect, and Jheri used the softest of pinks for her background. She tells her story with a series of well-placed word strips.

Credits: Canvas Colors Paper Pack No. 23; Layer Works No. 1066

Sharon (justbnsharon) scrapped a cute shot of her granddaughters on a roller-skating adventure. Her basic design follows Liz’s, but I love how she used word art on one side of the central picture and detail photos on the other side – those linked arms are just precious.

Credits: Awesome Sauce Brushes and Stamps; Bliss Scrapbooking Kit; Everlasting Scrapbook Kit; Hinged Photo Frames No. 07; Monthly Memories Vol. 02: Printable Foundations No. 02; Twisted Stitches No. 02; Vintage Mini Mix Kit No. 10

There are myriad ways you might be inspired by Liz’s page – I’m eager to see where it takes you. Remember to post your lift in the Saturday Scraplift Challenge Gallery as well as in the March Challenges Sign-in thread in the forum. Happy scrapping!



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Let’s Blend Challenge

Here we are in March and it’s time for another Let’s Blend Challenge. Katie’s Torn Templates are a great way to add interest to a blended page, so I thought it might be fun for this month’s challenge.

I used one big photo on the page and turned it into a sketch, but then kept the original photo on the portion clipped to the mask of the template. I then used a dictionary blendable along with some elements to create a little cluster to create an anchor.

Supplies used: Torn Template No. 2, Mapped Edge Overlays No. 1, Watery Birds No. 1, Bead Scatterings No. 5, Cloudscape Brushes No. 2.

Katie has generously provided us with a freebie to get you started on this challenge. When you complete your page, post them in the Mask Appeal Challenge Gallery and don’t forget to link up your page in the March Participation thread for proper credit.


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Color Spots Scrapbook Challenge: Simply Vintage

I was inspired by Katie this month. Knowing how much she loves vintage and how much we all love her. I went searching for various photos with a vintage touch to them.

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Sharon (Shannamay) created a beautiful and simple page. I love the different browns and golds that she used along with the black and white photo. The photo shines!

Supplies used: Vintage Photo Frames No. 42, Take Only Memories Brushes and Stamps, Seasons Sparkles Element PackARToptions Krafty Paper Pack No. 03Chandra Element PackGold and Graphic Sentiment Spots No. 01Golden Essentials No. 01Almost Spring Element Pack

Agnieszka (ArteBanale) has blown me away with her creativity!! I love the different blends and the mix of greats and browns here! A page to admire for sure!Supplies used: ARToptions Traveler Paper Pack No. 01Stamped Blocks No. 40 Brushes and StampsThin Scribblers Travel Brushes and Stamps No. 01Spill Frame Layers No. 01Destination Quotes Brushes and Stamps No. 01

A lot of these photo remind me (KimR+) of my grandparents and the trinkets they had around their homes. This inspired me to document memories of my great grandparents. Not many people are blessed to know their great grandparents. My girls and I were all lucky enough to know one set of great grandparents.  

Supplies used: Assorted Messy Stitches: White No. 03Berks Lane Paper PackBlendable Layers No. 64Brushed Alphabet No. 03Curated Favorites Paper Pack No. 08: VintageHarvest Fields Scrapbooking CollectionMarlow Element PackMinted Wings Paper PackMy Family Genealogy Records Brushes and Stamps No. 02Stitched Circles Clean and Messy: White No. 1 Value PackVintage Photo Frames No. 45Readymade Layers: Neutral Borders No. 01

Though the color scheme is vintage, you do not need to have a vintage theme on your page. 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 March Participation thread for proper credit.

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Creating Text Near or Overlapping Existing Text 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 Creating Text Near or Overlapping Existing Text in Photoshop and PSE.

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Story Scrapbook Challenge

Tick tock tick tock, day in day out, routines day after day.  Drop kids at school, shop for groceries, make dinner, dentist appointment, cross off the schedule, vacuum the house, hang out the washing, train for sports, clean the car, pump the gas, parent teacher meetings, committee duties, our to do list keeps getting bigger and bigger.

This month I want you to pick one of your daily (or otherwise) routines and scrap about it.  It’s going to be a bit like an all about me page, but it all adds to our scrapping repertoire.

And of course I mention a lot of the drudgery of routines, maybe your routine is a lot more delightful – a monthly massage, a daily walk, a morning yoga session, a Sunday roast, attending a book club, a regular hair appointment, getting your nails done, meeting up with a friend.

Let’s scrap about one of the routine things that happen in our lives.

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

I was thrilled with this page from Guest CT member Jheri.   The funny thing is I’m quite the opposite, I’ve become more of a mundane cook as time has gone on.  I need a bit of Jheri to rub off onto me.  Great page about the routine of cooking and just check out those examples!

Oh boy, Debi, I get it, I truly do.  You are one heck of a good daughter and you know that time is precious.  What a page.

And for my page I have a daily routine and I wonder how many people will relate.  I tell the story about my parkour cat that wakes me up every single morning before the alarm goes off.   I could not even tell you a time where he didn’t do it.  Never wakes my husband up.  Always me!

The team at DD have generously provided a freebie to help you on your way, the link is good for the entire month of March.  I hope the goodies inspire you.   I am really looking forward to reading your stories (and commiserating on some of the routines you may have!)

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

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