DD: Feb 17

http://bit.ly/2GqBi6y

Remember, the download is kept up for 5 days, and then it is taken down. If you miss pieces, the kit will be available for purchase on the first day of the following month.

Post expires at 10:00am on Friday February 23rd, 2018

Fresh Baked: February 16, 2018

Tomorrow is Random Act of Kindness Day and Sunday is National Drink Wine Day. That means, be nice and share a glass of wine with a friend! Be legal, obviously!

OR!! You could join us on a ROAD TRIP! This year’s theme for Gingerscraps Survivor is “ROAD TRIP”!!

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http://forums.gingerscraps.net/showthread.php?41674-Scrapping-Survivor-8-*Road-Trip*-SIGN-UP-HERE

Remember when you spend $10 in the store, you get a great new collab! It’s time to get out and do some winter sports!

fwp
http://store.gingerscraps.net/GingerBread-Ladies-Collab-Winter-Wonderland-of-Sports.html

magical
Bundle: http://store.gingerscraps.net/Hunny-Bunny-collection.html
Page Kit: http://store.gingerscraps.net/Hunny-Bunny.html
Journaling Cards: http://store.gingerscraps.net/Hunny-Bunny-journaling-cards.html
Graffiti Pack: http://store.gingerscraps.net/Hunny-Bunny-graffiti.html
Glitter Pack: http://store.gingerscraps.net/Hunny-Bunny-glitter-pack.html
Woodgrain Papers: http://store.gingerscraps.net/Hunny-Bunny-woodgrain-papers.html

mags
https://store.gingerscraps.net/Date-Night-KIT-by-MagsGraphics.html

neia01
http://store.gingerscraps.net/Neia-Scraps/

neia02
http://store.gingerscraps.net/Neia-Scraps/

scraps
http://store.gingerscraps.net/You-Make-Me-Happy-by-Scraps-N-Pieces.html

tinci
http://store.gingerscraps.net/Miracle-of-winter-3..html

aimee
Collection: http://store.gingerscraps.net/Pretty-in-Pink-Collection-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Kit: http://store.gingerscraps.net/Pretty-in-Pink-Page-Kit-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Alphas: http://store.gingerscraps.net/Pretty-in-Pink-Alpha-Sets-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Blooms: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Pretty-in-Pink-Blooms-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Titles: http://store.gingerscraps.net/Pretty-in-Pink-Titles-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Journal Cards: http://store.gingerscraps.net/Pretty-in-Pink-Journal-Cards-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Messy Edges: http://store.gingerscraps.net/Pretty-in-Pink-Messy-Edges-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Glitters: http://store.gingerscraps.net/Pretty-in-Pink-Glitters-by-Aimee-Harrison.html

aprilisa
Kit http://store.gingerscraps.net/XOXO-Kit.html
Cards http://store.gingerscraps.net/XOXO-Cards.html
Painted Papers http://store.gingerscraps.net/XOXO-Painted-Papers.html
Bundle http://store.gingerscraps.net/XOXO-Bundle.html

boomers
http://store.gingerscraps.net/Mardi-Gras-Magic-BGD.html

connie
Word Art and Flair Pack: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Travelogue-Idaho-Word-Art-and-Flair-Pack-by-Connie-Prince.html
Bundle Pack: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Travelogue-Idaho-Bundle-Pack-by-Connie-Prince.html

dandelion
http://store.gingerscraps.net/So-Sweet-Digital-Scrapbook-Kit-By-Dandelion-Dust-Designs.html

daydreams
Bundle: http://bit.ly/TimeLBundGS
Kit: http://bit.ly/TimeLKitGS
Glitters: http://bit.ly/TimeGlittGS

heartstring
http://store.gingerscraps.net/Some-Bunny-to-Love-Mini-Kit.html

jocee
Bundle: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Be-My-Love-Bundle.html
Kit: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Be-My-Love-Kit.html
Alphas: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Be-My-Love-Alphas.html
Cards: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Be-My-Love-Cards.html
Glitter Pack: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Be-My-Love-Glitter-Pack.html
Basic Papers: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Be-My-Love-Basic-Papers.html

kristmes01
https://store.gingerscraps.net/CU-LPT_Honeycomb.html

kristmes02
https://store.gingerscraps.net/CU-Torn-Paper-Templates.html

lauries01
https://store.gingerscraps.net/Boardwalk-Fun-GrabBag.html

lauries02
Bundle: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Rock-On-Bundle.html
PageKit: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Rock-On-PageKit.html
Flairs: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Rock-On-Flairs.html
Grunge: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Rock-On-Grunge.html
OmbrePapers: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Rock-On-OmbrePapers.html
Papers: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Rock-On-Titles.html
Cards: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Rock-On-Cards.html

lindsay01
http://store.gingerscraps.net/Page-Borders-29-by-Lindsay-Jane.html

lindsay02
http://store.gingerscraps.net/Page-Borders-30-by-Lindsay-Jane.html

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http://bit.ly/mags_GS

Remember, if you complete 10 challenges, just ten, you get a free kit as well!!

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Get some pics of your love, because this kit is perfect for it!

DD: Feb 16

http://bit.ly/2rMbdvi

Remember, the download is kept up for 5 days, and then it is taken down. If you miss pieces, the kit will be available for purchase on the first day of the following month.

Post expires at 10:00am on Thursday February 22nd, 2018

Sneak Peeks February 15th, 2018

Happy Thursday! I hope everyone enjoyed Valentine’s Day or will be celebrating this weekend! Tomorrow my husband and I will be renewing our vows with Elvis for our 10 year anniversary! Should be fun and I can’t wait to scrap the pictures already! Maybe some of our new releases will help you scrap some of yesterday’s memories! Let’s take a peek!

From Keley Designs

From Heather Z

 

From Day Dreams n’ Designs

From Heartstrings Scrap Art

From Tinci

From Neia Scraps

From Aimee Harrison

~~FEBRUARY BAKE SALE~~

Wow – it’s already the middle of February. You all know what that means. It’s time for the Bake Sale. As always, the Bake Sale includes goodies that our designers want to share with you for just $1. This sale runs from today through the 20th.

Let’s see what they have for us this month.

There are some great kits and template packs included this month. Time to head over to the Bake Sale section of the GingerScraps store and full up your cart!!

DD: Feb 15

http://bit.ly/2GqrSYC

Remember, the download is kept up for 5 days, and then it is taken down. If you miss pieces, the kit will be available for purchase on the first day of the following month.

Post expires at 10:00am on Wednesday February 21st, 2018

DD: Feb 14

http://bit.ly/2Gpq5mr

Remember, the download is kept up for 5 days, and then it is taken down. If you miss pieces, the kit will be available for purchase on the first day of the following month.

Post expires at 10:00am on Tuesday February 20th, 2018

Tutorial Tuesday (Photoshop Elements 15)

SKETCHIER!

If you’ve been reading these tutorials from the beginning you might remember one on turning a photo into a sketch. It had a lot of steps and might have been a little daunting for the novice Elements user. So I think you’re going to love this one for its total simplicity. It’s one of the black-and-white Guided Edits in PSE 15 called Line Drawing. (It might also be there in 14, but when I tried to find out which version it debuted in, I wasn’t successful.) And the possibilities with it are endless!

The best photos for this technique are ones with sharp focus and lots of detail. I played with it using a close-up photo of my dog and loved it. For this example though, I used a stock photo from Pixabay. Then select Guided>Black & White>Line Drawing.

Take a look at the different items I’ve highlighted in the image below. They’re the controls for this Guided Edit and they’re all really useful.

In the upper left corner of the workspace, you can choose the way you view the changes. Your choices are After Only, Before Only, Before & After – Horizontal and Before & After Vertical. Below I’m showing you Before & After Horizontal, where you can watch the transformation as it happens. You also have the option of zooming in on specific areas of the photo.

The Pencil Sketch Effect button takes all the work out of the process. One click is all it takes. If you click more than once, the sketch effect becomes more minimalist; give it a try and see if you like it. You can always CTRL/CMD>Z back to the initial step if you don’t.

Here’s what my example looks like after 2 clicks.

The next step is optional. Clicking on the Adjust Layer Opacity button adds back a hint of colour without losing the sketchy effect. Multiple clicks on this button however don’t produce additional effects. As you’ll see below, you can still make adjustments to this step later.

Adjusting Levels is where the REAL magic happens. My copy of Elements has a glitch in it such that the Levels button in this Edit doesn’t work. But I know that CTRL/CMD>L will bring up the Levels interface. If you’ve never used the Levels adjustment menu you’re in for a treat.

Levels adjustments can be made on all the different channels (RGB, Red Green and Blue) but for this purpose RGB – the default – is the only one we need worry about. I played with the sliders so you could see the way each adjustment changes the image. Looking at the histogram – that black bit in the Input Levels box – you can see the way the curve bends as you move the sliders. For this adjustment, moving the right little wedge to the left lightens the image.

On the other hand, moving the left wedge to the right darkens the lines on the image and seems to sharpen it too.

The trick is to adjust them so that the image pleases you. Watch what’s happening as you move the sliders and you’ll know when you see what you like.

My final settings for this image are shown below. I moved the left Input Levels slider to the right and the right Output Levels to the left.

So, once you’ve got that image looking the way you want it to, maybe like a lithograph from an old book… click on that Next arrow at the lower right of the workspace.

Now you have a choice. Remember from our other Guided Edits? You can save it or you can work on it some more. I picked In Expert so I could play with it just a bit more.

As you can see, there are two layers there when you move to Expert. There’s no limit to the things you can do once you get to this point. The Opacity of the sketch layer is 82% when you first open up your project in Expert.

Just as an example, I put the Opacity of the sketch layer to 100% and that hint of colour (really obvious when you look at the sky) is GONE. I don’t think it looks as interesting, do you? But you could use this to make personalized colouring books… think of the options1

So then I lowered the Opacity to 60%, which keeps the sketchy detail but lets more of the colour come through. You could also lighten up the coloured layer underneath in spots so only the sketchy bits are visible in that area. If you plan to do that, right-click on the photo layer and select Layer from Background, so you can add a transparent layer underneath it.

When you’re totally happy with how it looks, you can merge the layers together and save it with a funky name. Of course, that step is optional, but if you use it for something you’ll have to be sure to link the layers so they move together.

Whaddya think? Are you going to give it a try?

DD: Feb 13

http://bit.ly/2nlArep

Remember, the download is kept up for 5 days, and then it is taken down. If you miss pieces, the kit will be available for purchase on the first day of the following month.

Post expires at 10:00am on Monday February 19th, 2018

DD: Feb 12

http://bit.ly/2nolPez

Remember, the download is kept up for 5 days, and then it is taken down. If you miss pieces, the kit will be available for purchase on the first day of the following month.

Post expires at 10:00am on Sunday February 18th, 2018