DD: DEC 5

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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.

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Tutorial Tuesday (Potpourri)

To Theme or Not to Theme

I apologize for missing my deadline. I got caught up in a Christmas sewing project and by the time I came up for air it was almost bedtime. But I didn’t totally forget about you!

When I was looking in the Forum at the December Challenges I was drawn to the Mini Kit provided by Neia Scraps. Although it’s called Christmas Spirit and has a Christmas-y theme I knew I would be using it instead to scrap one (or more) of my DD’s wedding photos (from July) because the palette is PERFECT for them. So I downloaded the kit and created a layout that has nothing to do with the kit’s theme. And that started me thinking about how often others might use a themed kit for a layout about something completely unrelated. I do it fairly often, and figured we could talk about that a bit today. (Note to Glee… the light source is almost directly centred over the layout, but slightly left and up. The frame is holding the paper star down but the points are free.)

 

For this layout I used a Valentine’s Day kit, the GingerBread Ladies‘ collab Smitten,  to scrap a dog photo. (I know, I do a lot of layouts with my dogs front and centre. What can I say?)

Then I took a (very quick) tour through the Gallery.

Gingerscrapper dshepard created a layout with a kit from Magical Scraps Galore with a candy theme; it’s called Sweet as Candy. The subject of her layout is a visit to a theme park.

This pretty example from honeybee was created with Harvest Sunrise from Mag’sGraphics. No harvest anywhere in sight… but lots of love!

Then I found this cute layout from snojewel about pirates. She used a motivational kit from the GingerBread Ladies called Love Yourself.

And then I found this one from teamkobza about a fun day she had with some little people, although I doubt they were in Iowa. The kit she used is Travelogue Iowa from Connie Prince.

So here’s a challenge for all y’all. I’d like you to create a layout using a kit with an obvious theme but about something unrelated. It’ll broaden your horizons!

DD: DEC 4

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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 December 10th, 2019

DD: DEC 3

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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 December 9th, 2019

DD: DEC 2

http://bit.ly/33e5CeR

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 December 8th, 2019

DD: DEC 1

Welcome to December. Are you all ready for Christmas, the holidays, and the New Year? I’m not. Not by a long shot. But, alas, it’s all coming anyway.

Let’s take a look at the full kit from November. As a coffee lover, I love this so much. I’m actually drinking my second cup of the day as I put this post together. Fun fact – I didn’t like coffee until I met my husband. I blame my late father-in-law for my addiction to bold coffee.

https://store.gingerscraps.net/Caffeine-Addict-KIT-by-Heather-Z-Scraps.html

When I saw the preview for our December kit, I gasped. Kristmess Designs and Aimee Harrison Designs have gone together to bring us this gorgeous kit.

http://bit.ly/2D5RZ6G

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.

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It’s the Last Month of 2019!!

I’m too flabbergasted to really think of anything to put here. How is it already December? Where did 2020 go? This time next month, I’ll be going “HAPPY NEW YEAR”.

Can someone please slow down time?

It is the First of the month, and that means the reveal of our new Buffet!!

Don’t forget to check out the Buffet Bundles, one easy click to add bundles of Buffet goodies to your cart, and an amazing value too!

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The designers all had their own take on what the colors and theme said to them! I love the variety!

The designers definitely each made the palette their own and came up with some gorgeous designs, each unique but working so well with the other designers’ creations

The CT did such a great job showing how well all of the kits blend. They all did wonderful work!

This is just a few of the layouts.

Remember when you spend $10 in the store, you get a great new collab! Templates abound, trickling around like leaves.

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I love seeing things from past Christmases, so this is a perfect kit!

The Monthly Mix this month is SO pretty. I just love the colors of Winter Gala! It was created by Connie Prince, Lindsay Jane, Word Art World, and Trixie Scraps.

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Let’s take a look at the full kit from November. As a coffee lover, I love this so much. I’m actually drinking my second cup of the day as I put this post together. Fun fact – I didn’t like coffee until I met my husband. I blame my late father-in-law for my addiction to bold coffee.

When I saw the preview for our December kit, I gasped. Kristmess Designs and Aimee Harrison Designs have gone together to bring us this gorgeous kit.

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.

This month, we don’t have just one designer guesting! We have TWO! How lucky are we? BUT! Before we get to that, we just got word that one of our previous guest designers is staying with us PERMANENTLY! Welcome to the TEAM!!

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Our first Guest Designer is Christie, of Scrappin Serenity!

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This is what she told us about herself:

Hey y’ll! I’m ChristieDawn (aka Scrappin Serenity). I’ve been married to my amazing husband, Michael, since 2005, and together we have 2 wild and witty kiddos, Haylie (who’s 12) and Hunter (who’s 11). We live just outside the Nashville, TN area. Most of my time is spent watching my kiddos in all their activities; Haylie plays catcher in softball and sings in the choir, and Hunter just started band (he plays percussion) and loves Gymnastics! When the kids aren’t keeping me busy, I scrapbook and design! I started scrap-booking just after Hunter was born and then started dipping my toes in designing shortly after that.

Here are just a few things available in her store:

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She even has a GREAT sale going on:

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Our second guest is just as awesome! Hannah of La Belle Vie Designs!

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She’s actually a former designer of ours! Welcome back!

Here’s more of what she had to share with us:

Hi there, I’m Hannah! I’m the designer behind La Belle Vie Designs. I’ve been creating templates, kits and other digital goodies for just over eight years now (hard to believe it’s been that long!). When I’m not designing I love to bake, read and spend time with family. We live in Minnesota and even though I’m not the biggest fan of our winters around here, I don’t think I could live anywhere else.
I used to have a shop here at Gingerscraps so I’m so excited to be returning for the month of December! Lots of fun things planned – I hope you’ll enjoy what I have in store for you!

And this is just a snippet of what she has in her store:

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

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Anyone else craving Gingerbread, Hot Cocoa, and Candy Canes right now?

DD: NOV 30

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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 December 6th, 2019

Black Friday, Sales, and So much More!

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Turkey Coma time has commenced, and so has the sales! Take advantage and get so many kits to get you through … oh, a couple of days at least.

Enjoy some shopping, without having to leave your home, and enjoy the amazing sales!

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

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Everyone has a bad day! At least this kit makes it a little better!

Tutorial Tuesday (Photoshop Elements)

Hybrid Pillow Box

Have you ever wished you could customize your gift boxes and make them really personal for the intended recipient? Well, have I got a treat for you! And once again, the credit goes to calgirl (Steph). She found a printable template online for a pillow box and thought I could bring you a great seasonal tutorial for doing it digi. I thought it would be a lot more complicated than it ended up being, and I even managed to come up with a layered template for your crafting pleasure. You can grab it here: Dropbox

The template is on a letter-sized canvas so it can be printed on standard (inexpensive) cardstock. You can easily resize it a bit bigger or a lot smaller, and really make it your own. When you’re ready to print it you can either turn off the top (instruction) layer or delete it altogether.

So, go to your stash and decide what you’re going to use for your special pillow box… papers and embellishments for the occasion. I used Aimee Harrison’s A Rustic Christmas kit. Turn off that top instruction layer for now, or go ahead and delete. You’ll know what to do without it.

Drop your paper on top of the bottom layer. You’ll still be able to see the guidelines.

Then Clip (right-click>Create Clipping Mask or CTRL/CMD>ALT>G) your paper to the template.

Using the guidelines, add in your embellishments. If you’ve added a tag or a label, pick a pretty font and type in your sentiment. What could be better than NOT to need a tag or label? Once you’ve got your clusters and what-have-you in place, add in your shadows. All that’s left is to print it, cut it out from the cardstock, score it and fold it up. A little dab of glue along the very top edge to hold it together and you’re DONE! You can use a bone folder, or a stylus or a totally dead ballpoint pen to do your scoring. If you’re worried about the guidelines showing on your finished box, you can decrease the Opacity of that layer down to barely visible. Or… If you want, you can put the guidelines on the back simply by flipping over the paper and running it through the printer again. Just turn the rest of the layers off and everything will line up perfectly.

I make jewelry for gifts, and I think this would be a perfect way to present them. In a custom box with my signature on it! How many ways can you think of to make this work for you??