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3-2-1 Sale

Family. That is the word I use to describe the scrappers and designers that make up theStudio. Diane, ADB Designs, feels the same way – and to celebrate her family she’s put her store on sale! Save 50-60% on all her goodies both PU and CU (collabs excluded).

ADB Designs new series: “Dolls of the World” is based on a set of vintage paper dolls she owns.  Abigale of America is sixth in the series and has a beautiful palette of sweet, summery colors: lavender, purple, pale pink, rose, mint green, grass green, yellow & magenta. This collection is perfect for scrapping many different types of images including parties, garden, travel, children & family.


And here is a little cluster for you today using this cute kit, enjoy!!!



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There is a special gate … not a fancy one, but a special one. It holds a special garden … again, not a fancy one, but a special one. Holding a profusion of flowers, your senses are immediately awakened once you enter the garden. Fortunately, the owners have provided you with a bench and a table with chairs so you can take your time to enjoy it all.

Jill (Jillberts Bits of Bytes) and Diane (ADB Designs) invite you into their garden.  Rest a spell, enjoy the fragrance of all the flowers, shrubs and trees. Listen to the birds and watch the wildlife wander along the path.


Here’s a little quick page for you to sample the garden today, enjoy!!!



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Using Blend Modes in Photoshop gives us many options for creativity.  Blend modes change how two layers interact with one another.  Results depend upon many factors….. which can make using blend modes (somewhat) unpredictable but fun!

For the purposes of this tutorial, I am using Photoshop CS6.  The Blend Mode option is located at the top of the Layers Panel (both in Photoshop and Photoshop Elements). To access different Blend Modes, click on the down-pointing arrow.


Today I would like to direct you to an excellent explanation of Photoshop Blend Modes.  It is comprehensive, yet easy to read.  You will find basic information here, enough to give you insight into how blend modes work; but more detailed explanations are also included, in case you want to take your understanding even further.    I located this article on the Photoshop Blog Stop, and have found it to be extremely helpful:  Photoshop Blend Modes Explained.   The author clearly states that he is not going to “show” how blend modes work, but is going to “explain” to you how they work.

Today I will “show” you one example of how to use blend modes, and hope this sparks your interest in reading more about blend modes and how they can be an effective tool in your scrapbooking.

The image below is a paper from “Tell Me Again” (a new collaboration between ADBDesigns and SnickerdoodleDesigns), and a “Tell Me Again Blendable” (by ADB Designs).


Today, let’s look at the Darken Blend Mode.  The description given in the above -noted article is this:  If the pixels of the selected layer are darker then the ones on the layers below, they are kept in the image. If the pixels in the layer are lighter, they are replaced with the tones on the layers below (they show through to the selected layer), so basically the darker tones of all layers are kept.

Let’s see what that “looks” like. In the image above, we see defined edges along the lower left, the bottom, and the lower right.  This is because I have the Blendable selected, and those edges of the Blendable are darker than the lighter background paper. Thus, according to definition, the darker pixels are kept in the image.

In the image below, I moved the Blendable up.  Now the lower edges are placed on top of the darker parts of the background paper, which means that the darker pixels on the background paper are kept. This gives the Blendable a softer looking edge, creating a really lovely look.


But what if you wanted this Blendable in the lower corner of this particular paper?  In this instance, the darker parts of the paper don’t fall in line with some of the edges that you would like to soften.  Let’s fix that. After changing the Blendable Mode to Darken, I applied a mask to the layer.  I used soft brush, with the opacity setting set at 38%, then “erased” away some of the harsher edges.



Diane (ADBDesigns) has created a Blendable for you to experiment with.  Just click here, Tell Me Again Blendable Freebie,  or on the image below to download.


I hope that you find Using Blend Modes in Photoshop tutorial helpful, and that the visual presented here has inspired you to experiment even more with Blend Modes.

You will find the new “Tell Me Again” collaboration between ADBDesigns and Snickerdoodle Designs in our stores now.  Take advantage of Introductory Pricing while it is available!



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Hit the Road Jack by ADB: Over the Fence Designs

by tammy 20 March 2014
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Diane {ADB Designs} and Patty {PattyB Scraps} bring you the third in their No. 1 Hits Series! “Hit the Road Jack“ was written by rhythm and bluesman Percy Mayfield and became famous after it was recorded by singer-songwriter-pianist Ray Charles with the Raelettes vocalist Margie Hendricks. The song hit number one for two weeks on the […]

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Winter Wedding by The Studio Designers

by tammy 2 January 2014

We are starting off the New Year with a BANG!  Our  much-loved Coordinated Collections are now quarterly and our very first collection of 2014 is just breath-takingly beautiful!  Winter Wedding is a build-your-own kit.  Each Designer has created stunning pieces in her style, in $1.00 packs to make your collection truly you. You pick what […]

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The Long Road Home by SnickerdoodleDesigns and ADB Designs

by tammy 12 December 2013
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“Home” means different things to each one of us.  To some, it may mean our childhood home, to other’s it may mean the home of a relative or friend.  And to still others, the home that we have built ourselves may be the only true home we have known.  When we travel to our “home,” […]

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Happy 4th of July!!! Patriotic Sale 50% off storewide!!!

by tammy 4 July 2013
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We’ve got a big sale in the store through July 7th! Save 50% Off all Patriotic products; 30% Off Personal Use store and 30% Off the Commercial Use store. Some of my favorite Designers have gorgeous Patriotic kits that are perfect for the 4th, or for any spectacular celebrations; My Country by ADB Deisgns and […]

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Mother Memories by ADB Designs and Designs by Brigit and a free quickpage for you!

by renee 22 March 2013
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Mother Memories is collaboration between ADB Designs and Designs by Brigit.  Diane (ADB Designs) and Brigit (Designs by Brigit)  have joined their artistic talent together again in creating an amazing collection of kits and extras devoted to recognizing and honoring mothers and all the special females in our lives. The palette of soft pastels and rich jewel tones […]

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Great Love: Rhett & Scarlett and a quickpage for you

by renee 21 September 2012
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I have read this book at least 5 times and I still love this epic, romantic story written by Margaret Mitchell. Gone with the Wind is definitely one of my favourite books ever. I will never get enough from the romance between Scarlett O’Hara and Rhett Buttler and the time they lived in. Now Diane […]

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