DD: FEB 17

http://bit.ly/2Th4liT

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 Saturday February 23rd, 2019

DD: FEB 16

http://bit.ly/2Wq9F5h

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 Saturday February 23rd, 2019

Cabin Fever is Setting In!

We have so very exciting things happening at GingerScraps!!
To celebrate the season of love we have some "Sweet Talk" just for you. Who doesn’t love FREE goodies!?
Join our Facebook Hop and pick up an amazing selection of products.
If you get lost along the way stop by the forum to get the full list of links.

FREE Sweet Talk Facebook Hop! {February 2019}
https://forums.gingerscraps.net/showthread.php?45907-FREE-Sweet-Talk-Facebook-Hop!-February-2019
And…. the event you all know and love is BACK! Scrapping Survivor {2019} is here! Signups are OPEN NOW!
The theme this season is {CABIN FEVER} get ready to get cozy and get your scrap on with 5 weeks of fun, games, competition, friendship, inspiration and of course some beautiful scrapbook pages!

Visit the forum for all the details!
https://forums.gingerscraps.net/forumdisplay.php?1537-2019-Scrapping-Survivor-9-*Cabin-Fever*

Remember when you spend $10 in the store, you get a great new collab! It’s not just the young persons who get celebrated!

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/GingerBread-Ladies-Collab-Over-The-Hill.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/affixedtotheboard-by-Clever-Monkey-Graphics.html

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Bundle: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Be-Bold-Bundle-by-Connie-Prince.html
Kit: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Be-Bold-Kit-by-Connie-Prince.html
Alpha Pack: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Be-Bold-Alpha-Pack-AddOn-by-Connie-Prince.html
Word Art: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Be-Bold-Word-Art-Pack-by-Connie-Prince.html
Extra Papers: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Be-Bold-Extra-Papers-by-Connie-Prince.html
Border Clusters: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Be-Bold-Border-Clusters-by-Connie-Prince.html
Pocket Cards: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Be-Bold-Pocket-Cards-by-Connie-Prince.html
Quoted: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Be-Bold-Quoted-by-Connie-Prince.html

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Grab Bag: https://store.gingerscraps.net/February-2019-Grab-Bag-My-Everything-by-Connie-Prince.html
Alpha Pack: https://store.gingerscraps.net/My-Everything-Alpha-Pack-AddOn-by-Connie-Prince.html
Word Art: https://store.gingerscraps.net/My-Everything-Word-Art-Pack-by-Connie-Prince.html
Quick Pages: https://store.gingerscraps.net/My-Everything-QuickPages-by-Connie-Prince.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Make-A-Wish-Digital-Scrapbook-Kit-by-Dandelion-Dust-Designs.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Layered-Page-Templates-Love.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/LSSweet-Talk-GrabBag.html7
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Kit: https://store.gingerscraps.net/You-Matter-by-LDragDesigns.html
Bundle: https://store.gingerscraps.net/You-Matter-The-Collection-by-LDragDesigns.html
Journal Cards: https://store.gingerscraps.net/You-Matter-Journal-Cards-by-LDragDesigns.html
Cluster Frames: https://store.gingerscraps.net/You-Matter-Cluster-Frames-by-LDragDesigns.html
Worn Out Papers: https://store.gingerscraps.net/You-Matter-Worn-Out-Papers-by-LDragDesigns.html
Textured Papers: https://store.gingerscraps.net/You-Matter-Textured-Papers-by-LDragDesigns.html
Glitter Styles: https://store.gingerscraps.net/You-Matter-Glitterstyles-by-LDragDesigns.html
Bundle: https://store.gingerscraps.net/You-Matter-The-Collection-by-LDragDesigns.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Forest-Walk-Collection-by-Lindsay-Jane.html

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Kit: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Forest-Walk-by-Lindsay-Jane.html
Quick Pages: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Forest-Walk-Quick-Pages-by-Lindsay-Jane.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Sweet-Talk-Digital-Scrapbooking-Kit-and-Templates-Bundle-by-Miss-Fish.html

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Bundle: http://bit.ly/2EaEWCc
Flowers: http://bit.ly/2Gr07m6
Kit:http://bit.ly/2DCRgda
Templates:http://bit.ly/2USRdk8
Goodies: http://bit.ly/2I9h1Hd

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Full Bundle – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Sweet-kisses-Bundle.html
Kit – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Sweet-kisses-Kit.html
Masks&Frames – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Sweet-kisses-Masks-and-Frames.html
Painted papers – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Sweet-kisses-Painted-papers.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/My-Boyfriend-s-Back-kit-by-Scraps-N-Pieces.html

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Templates: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Love-to-Scrap-Volume-16-Templates-by-Shepherd-Studio.html
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/shepherdstudio.scrapbooking

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Everyday-memories-2.-True-love.html

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Collection: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Very-Vintage-Collection-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Kit: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Very-Vintage-Page-Kit-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Alphas: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Very-Vintage-Alpha-Sets-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Word Art: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Very-Vintage-Word-Art-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Frames: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Very-Vintage-Frame-Clusters-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Extra Papers: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Very-Vintage-Extra-Papers-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Messy Edges: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Very-Vintage-Messy-Edges-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Glitters: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Very-Vintage-Glitters-by-Aimee-Harrison.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Youve-Got-Mail-BGD.html

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http://bit.ly/2E4Z0WN

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

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

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

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Perfectly perfect for “Pizza Party Friday Night”!!

DD: Feb 15

http://bit.ly/2G8S7F0

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 21st, 2019

Sneak Peeks February 14th 2019

Happy Valentine’s Day! Today is the day we celebrate the people we love most in the world. It’s a perfect holiday for digi scrappers. Our hobby let’s us preserve our favorite memories of our loved ones for years to come. This week our designers felt the love in the air and have a bunch of new goodies ready to go. Also don’t forget about the Gingerscraps Facebook hop! Our fabulous designers have some awesome freebies ready for you on their facebook pages and fan groups.

Let’s take a peek at some of the awesome new releases!

From Neia Scraps

From Tinci

From JB Studio

From Clever Monkey Graphics

 

From Lindsay Jane

From Shepherd Studio

From Aimee Harrison

From Miss Fish

From L Drag

Have a great weekend!

DD: Feb 14

http://bit.ly/2RVGHMf

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 20th, 2019

DD: Feb 13

http://bit.ly/2CNpZEs

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 19th, 2019

Tutorial Tuesday (Photoshop Elements)

It’s All About the EXPOSURE!

Today’s tutorial comes to you courtesy of my weekend wandering through that black hole known as Pinterest. I wasn’t even looking for inspiration but BAM! there it was!!

I don’t know about you but I have a whole folder of photos that are unscrappable for one reason or another. Many of them are seriously under-exposed… and they’re usually of something I really, really, REALLY wanted to use for a layout. Like this one, for example. I took it on my first trip to Ireland in 2014; there’s a lovely 2-storey manor house in the centre, surrounded by idyllic countryside. But you’d never know it. All my efforts in the past to improve these shots were failures, mainly because they looked really over-processed and artificial. Then I found this method of fixing these oh-so-dark shots. To wow you thoroughly, I’m going to start with this one, as my worst example of underexposure.

The first thing to do is make a copy of the image, either by right-clicking on the layer and selecting Duplicate Layer, or simply using the shortcut CTRL/CMD>J. If you choose the first method, there’s an extra step, because PSE is going to ask you to name the new layer. The shortcut just makes a copy, and calls it that. (You already know what method I use.)

Now for the magic! Just change the Blend Mode from Normal to Screen. Click on the button at the immediate upper left of the Layers panel and select Screen from the drop-down menu. For those of you who don’t know much about Blend Modes, they’re really great tools; I put together a tutorial on what they that you can find here.

Can you see the change that simple step has made? Hedges!!Shrubs!

Just by copying the Screen layer, I can bring out more details.

Still not great, but so much better…

So I added another copy of the Screen Layer.

And another…

I kept adding copies of the Screen layer and the image just kept getting better and better.

It’s getting there, but still has some room for improvement.

Almost there!

And then… YES! I can see the leaves on the shrubs in the foreground, the trees on the hill and have a much better photo.

Then I Merged all the layers together. Select all the layers then right-click somewhere within the Layers panel, choosing Merge Layers from the drop-down menu. Or do what I do,  select the layers then CTRL/CMD>E.

I’m happy with the exposure now, but I feel like the image is a bit hazy. So my next favourite new tool is the Enhance>Haze Removal (or CTRL/CMD>ALT>Z).

It doesn’t change the image in a huge way, but the leaves are sharper, the house looks sharper and the colours are a smidge more saturated.

Let’s try it again, this time with an indoor photo taken without a flash. No harsh shadows, but also no background detail…

The first Screen layer does this.

Adding a second Screen layer brings out more of the carved panelling.

Now I’ve got three Screen layers and I’m almost happy.

Four Screen layers and I’m happy.

Merge those layers and carry on! This one isn’t too hazy so I didn’t use the Haze Removal tool.

Let’s try it one more time, with an image that isn’t terrible, but could use a little help.

First Screen layer…

I added another one, then one more and now could see the beams under the roof a lot better.

Then I Merged the layers.

I wondered if Haze Removal would make it even better. And to my eyes it did.

So that’s a handy trick for the under-exposed shots. What about the ones that are just a little blown out – over-exposed? Is there a quick trick for them? YES! This photo is from my daughter’s wedding trip to Jamaica.

Now, this wasn’t in the little piece I found online, but I thought about if for a minute and decided to try something… it worked! I copied that first layer but instead of using the Screen Blend Mode, I chose Multiply.

Look at that! It’s a bit dark, but much better with just ONE blended layer on top of it.

The easiest way to adjust it was to lower the Opacity of that Multiply layer to 92%.

Merge those babies!

I gave it the Haze Removal treatment too.

And there it is!

This next one, a gallery I shot in New Orleans, doesn’t need a lot of adjusting either, but I wanted to know if I could love it more.

After the first Multiply layer I feel it’s a bit too shadowy now. But I know how to fix that.

Ooh, that’s better! 82% is about the right amount of Opacity here.

I love that this trick is so much less labour-intensive! I Merged the two layers…

and hit it with the Haze Removal tool too.

I saved the worst for last. This wall paper is in the circular entry hall of the manor at Coollattin, the estate where my Irish ancestors lived and worked until 1847. It’s hand-painted watercolour on heavy paper, and it’s absolutely beautiful. But you wouldn’t know it from this photo!

One Multiply layer later… I think it’s too dark now, but when I was batch-editing I thought it was fine.

I kept going with the process and reduced the Opacity to 80%.

It’s better than the original so I Merged the two layers.

And got rid of the Haze.

There’s a lot of detail visible now, and the colours are much more saturated.

Then, just to see, I added a Screen layer and it’s PERFECT!

Are you already looking through your photo folders for shots to experiment with? I bet you are!

DD: Feb 12

http://bit.ly/2HzWWtx

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 18th, 2019

~~February Feature Designer – Day Dreams ‘n Designs~~

Happy February. Today we’re talking with Shelley of Day Dreams ‘n Designs. She was kind enough to answer my scrapping and somewhat off-the-wall questions.

How long have you been designing?

I started out designing blog train freebies in 2014 and then opened my first store in April 2015. I started with a guest spot at GingerScraps in November 2017 and love being a GS designer.

What made you decide to design?

I had started digital scrapbooking a fews years before but then found some tutorials on how to design my own stuff. After participating in blog trains I found out how much I really enjoyed it.

What do you use to create your designs (program, additional tools, etc.)?

Photoshop CC

Describe your design workplace.

I have my own office with a large u-shaped desk that holds my PC and two monitors and my Mac Computer. And yes I use it all!

What motivates and inspires you as a designer?

My kids and what I need to scrap for them along with colors and themes.

What is your favorite kit currently in your GS store and why?

A Snowy Adventure has always been one of my favorites. I love doing snow kits because I love snow but I also love the color palette.

What was your first job?

My first job was at a place call Sears Teleservice. We answered calls from people wanting to schedule repair service for Sears appliances.

Have you ever met anyone famous?

Nope.

What are you reading right now?

The Unblemished series

What is your favorite quote?

Life is to be enjoyed, not endured.

What is something you want to do in the next year that you’ve never done before?

Take my family on a cruise.

You have your own latenight talk show, who do you invite as your first guest?

Hmm, I don’t really watch talk shows but recently some of my favorite songs have been from Imagine Dragons so let’s go with them!

If you had to delete all but 3 apps from your smartphone, which ones would you keep?

Find iphone, Messages, and overdrive – gotta have my ebooks and audiobooks!

If you could have someone follow you around all the time, like a personal assistant, what would you have them do?

Hands down cooking and then cleaning. But I hate cooking more.

Would you rather travel back in time to meet your ancestors or to the future to meet your descendants?

Hmm that’s a tough one but probably to the future to meet my descendants and see what it’s like.

What commercial jingle gets stuck in your head all the time.

We only stream so we don’t watch commercials but my kids like that shark song and that gets stuck in my head a lot unfortunately!

If you could turn the ocean into a liquid other than water, which one would you pick?

But water is my favorite thing to drink! I don’t drink soda any more but my favorite was cream soda so I’ll go with that.

Thank you to Shelley for playing along. Make sure to check out her GS Store, her FB Fan page, and her blog. Also, make sure you are grabbing each piece of the daily download from the GS blog.