DD: OCT 18


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Post expires at 10:00am on Thursday October 24th, 2019

Sneak Peeks October 17th 2019

Happy Thursday! Our designers have a TON of new releases coming out tomorrow! Let’s take a peek!

From Dagilicious

From Clever Monkey Graphics

From JoCee

From Tinci

From CathyK

From JB Studio

From Lindsay Jane

From Heather Z


From Aimee Harrison


From Miss Fish

DD: OCT 17


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Post expires at 10:00am on Wednesday October 23rd, 2019

DD: OCT 16


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 October 22nd, 2019

Tutorial Tuesday (Photoshop Elements 2018+)

Background Check

Well, this didn’t turn out to be the fantabulous tutorial I had planned… let it be a cautionary tale instead! (I seem to be providing a lot of those lately.) What I was hoping would be simple and fun turned out to be more work than I expected, but it’s all good. I learned a few things while I was doing it and can provide tips for you to make it better for you. And that’s the goal with these tuts, right?

Starting with Photoshop Elements 2018, a Guided Edit for replacing an undesirable background was included in the Special Edits menu. I have SO many photos with blown-out skies that I’d love to replace with something more attractive, so I pulled one out of my Ireland 2018 folder. Let me say right now that next time I do this, I’ll be making some changes in how I do it. I’ll describe those changes as I go along.

So here’s my base photo, the one I want to improve on. The sky is pretty blown-out; this can be prevented in-camera through the use of neutral density filters, but I haven’t mastered that technique yet. It’s on my list… Anyway, I thought this would be a fairly simple edit, since the foreground is fairly sharply defined. When you try this, you might want to avoid trees. Just sayin’.

I tried the Auto selection tool but felt like it lacked control so I backed up and went with the Quick selection tool instead. It worked pretty well, for the most part. With a little more patience at this stage, I might have saved some time and effort later but that’s all part of the learning curve. I think the Brush tool might have been a better choice, and I’ll be trying that out in future edits.

Once I’d brought most of the foreground image into the selection, it was time for fine-tuning. See the marching ants along the roofline? The spruce in the foreground extends past the roof and needs to be included in the image. The trees on the far left are inside the selection already but will need some tweaking too.

When I moved to the Refine selection tool, the selected area turned red. The settings for this are customizable; I went with the defaults. With the mask at 80% Opacity, I can see where the mask obscures areas I want to include, and the white area is where I need to extend the selection.

I found this part of the process to be a little frustrating. I couldn’t zoom in to see what I was doing. The Refine tool is supposed to “snap” to the outline where two colours abut, and perhaps if I changed the tool setting for Snap Strength to 100% it might have worked better for me. Having gone through the whole Edit, this is where I would choose to spend my time Refining in future.

At this point, I went ahead and chose the photo with the desired background by clicking on the Import a photo bar. It opened up the folder where I got my original image, and lucky for me, there were a few choices of a nicer background in there. But it would be easy enough to go to a different folder and pick something there.

I had this lovely landscape of blue sky with puffy white clouds that will fill the selected area beautifully. So I selected it and clicked Place. If I didn’t have a photo with something nice that would work, I could have used one of the Presets or a solid colour, or nothing at all.

One click and this is where I found myself! If you don’t look to closely, it looks pretty good. But there are still some obvious white patches at the ends of the spruce branches.

So I zoomed in a bit and clicked on the Refine Edge Brush then Subtract. (Add would just uncover more of the blown-out sky.) Then I started bringing the blue sky up to the edges of the branches. I used a smallish brush and 100% Opacity. And it took FOREVER!

Extreme zoom was helpful at times, and not so much at others. Add in the unreliability of my “left-click” bar on the touchpad and you can see how it was a time suck. And frustrating. But I did get a better handle on how much pressure is needed to engage the “left-click” bar and keep it engaged.

One thing I found disconcerting, and a bit annoying, was that when I used the Hand tool to move the zoomed image around, the Refine Edge Brush looked like it was still active, but it wasn’t. Clicking again on the Hand tool didn’t turn it off, and I never thought to try clicking on the magnifying glass to see if that would work. Next time! At any rate, each time I moved the zoomed image, I had to deselect the Refine Edge Brush, REselect it and resize the tip to make it more controllable. I can see there needs to be some more experimentation with this Edit.

Eventually, I was happy with what I was seeing, both up close and from a distance. There’s still a little bit of a glow around the farthest-left-most tree, but it’s not obvious.

There’s one last option in this Edit, the Auto Match Color Tone tool. I decided to click it to see what it does.

Ick!! It lightened and softened the image too much!! So I Undid that step.

Now that I’m satisfied with my results I had another choice to make, what to do with it now. I chose to Save As it, with a new name so I’d know I’d edited it. But if I was ready to use it for a layout, I could have clicked on a Continue Editing bar and carried on.

I know I’ll use this Guided Edit again, with the suggestions I’ve made firmly in mind. If I discover anything new, I’ll come back and edit this post to keep you all up to speed.

Did you notice anything about this tutorial? The screenshots are so much bigger than usual – I learned something new about WordPress today!! I used the Windows Snipping Tool as Lori (teamkobza) suggested a couple of weeks back and it was less work than my previous method, so that’s a bonus. And then… when I imported them into WordPress, they were tiny; resizing them within WP made them really blurry. Then I noticed an advanced edit option that let me choose the original image size. BOOM! <doing the happy dance all over the living room>

See you next week!!

DD: OCT 15


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Post expires at 10:00am on Monday October 21st, 2019

~October Featured Designer – Studio Jx2~

Happy (Northern Hemisphere) Fall!!! It’s finally cooling down where I am and I’m so happy. It was becoming ridiculous.

This month we have a treat. Our featured designer is Studio Jx2, which is a collaboration of the lovely Jennifer (Luv Ewe Designs) and JoyLynn (Blue Heart Scraps). I asked them both the same questions and thought I would do this Q & A session a little differently. Let’s see what they had to say.

How long have you been designing?

Jennifer: 11 years.

JoyLynn: Just over 8 years — holy moly!

What made you decide to design?

Jen: I started making siggies on Cafemom years ago and found out about digi scrapping. I used it in making tags. Then I created some stuff myself to go with the orders of the requester. I designed before I made my first layout actually.

JL: I enjoy being able to share a bit of my personality with others through things I create. It’s like therapy, in a way. When I’m sad or down, my products are darker in color and more reserved in theme — when I’m feeling the smiles or love or celebration, everything’s brighter and bolder.

What led you to decide to design together?

Jen: JoyLynn and I did a collab many moons ago. We loved how our designs meshed well (and so did our CTs) so we decided to take on a separate name just for our collabs. We have done too many to count over the years.

JL: We’ve collaborated on projects together a ton of times over the years, and always enjoyed how our styles blended together. Opening a new store for just our collaborations was a way to showcase them separately, because we LOVE them all!

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

Jen: Photoshop Creative Cloud and starting on Illustrator.

JL: Adobe Photoshop (still using CS5, because it’s not broken and I’m too lazy to figure out a newer version, lol), Illustrator, Wacom Tablet.

Describe your design workplace.

Jen: My area is a table given to me by my grandma. She used it when she did her homework. There are still ink stains on it that give it character. And my desktops sits on that. Not really fancy.

JL: Lately, I’ve been horrible, and worked a LOT in my bed, lol! I have a wooden lap table that holds my laptop, a huge tile that holds my mouse and tablet, and then the rest of my garbage (pencils and paper for 4839248302483209 To Do lists each week, drink, remotes, everything else) is scattered on the bed or on a side table. It’s been too hot for my craft table in the garage (thank you 100 degrees in October!), the kids take up too much room on the kitchen table, and I haven’t replaced the desk table I got rid of over the summer. It’s…an adventure, lol.

What motivates and inspires you as a designer?

Jen: Many things. Might be a picture and I love the colors in it. It might be a song I have stuck in my head. You just never know.

JL: Enjoying the process, seeing all of the beautiful creations people make with our products. It’s very humbling to be a part of how they choose to remember their lives.

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

Jen: Be Balanced. I love the colors and we all need to be more balanced in our lives. We are all so crazy, busy and need to slow down.


JL: Though I honestly love all of our collabs, my current favorite may be the Be (Im)Perfect Kit. The colors are gorgeous, I LOVE the idea behind it that nothing is perfect, but we can still find beauty in the imperfections


What was your first job?

Jen: Sonic Carhop

JL: Cashier at FoodWorld

Have you ever met anyone famous?

Jen: I did get to meet the Pioneer Woman’s boys when I was at her restaurant.

JL: We’ve had a few college/professional football players from our small town area…but that’s about it. Boring, I know.

What are you reading right now?

Jen: Well I am not much of a reader, so nothing at this time.

JL: Hallowed by Cynthia Hand (the 2nd book in the Unearthly series)

What is your favorite quote?

Jen: You can do anything, but not everything.

JL: Even after all this time, the sun never says to the earth “You owe me.” Look what happens with a love like that. It lights the whole sky. ~ Hafiz

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

Jen: Hope to go to NYC next year for the Thanksgiving Day parade. Have wanted to go for years.

JL: Actually KEEP a New Year Resolution? lol

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

Jen: Ellen DeGeneres. Absolutely love her. She has a kind heart, is giving and is funny.

JL: P!nk.

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

Jen: Jobulator (my full time job), Facebook and Instagram.

JL: My ereader app (because I try to read a LOT), Photomath (I CAN work out the multi-step Algebra 1 and Algebra 2 homework problems by boys have, but if I can save a little time on homework checks, I’m all about it!), and Facebook — because as draining as social media feels sometimes, it’s the easiest way for my not-always-social self to keep up with those I care about.

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

Jen: Make lists for me and tried to have them keep me organized.

JL: Talk to people for me?! I’m horrible with my words when it comes to using them verbally (written? I’ve got that down pat!). I get nervous and tongue tied and lose my train of thought.

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

Jen: In the past and learn more about my family history.

JL: Future

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

Jen: Like a good neighbor State Farm is there. Not sure why lol.

JL: I try to avoid commercials like the plague — that’s what DVR and the fast forward button is for 😉

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

Jen: Dr. Pepper…yummy.

JL: Sweet Tea. 😉

Thank you ladies so much for “chatting” with me.

Make sure to check out their GingerScraps Store for their beautiful kits. They each also have a Facebook Group and there is always fun things going on there.

Jennifer – Luv Ewe Designs Fan Group – https://www.facebook.com/groups/LuvEweDesignsFanGroup/

JoyLynn – Blue Heart Scraps Fan Group – https://www.facebook.com/groups/BlueHeartScrapsFanGroup/

Have you been grabbing the Daily Download? I love the sentiment of this:

Have a great rest of the month!!

DD: OCT 14


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Post expires at 10:00am on Sunday October 20th, 2019

DD: OCT 13


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 October 19th, 2019

Fresh Baked: October 11, 2019

“Eye of newt and toe of frog,
Wool of bat and tongue of dog,”

Macbeth, Shakespeare

The weather is definitely doing a change here. Fall and snow are coming soon to parts of the US. Parts of the US are under planned black-outs. And some parts of the world are experiencing spring. Amazing how those things work! Enjoy the weather, wherever you are, and use it, no matter what, as your excuse to be behind the camera or the computer screen!

Remember when you spend $10 in the store, you get a great new collab! There’s something about the changing of the leaves that makes autumn just shimmer.


Before I start with the beautiful kits and products that the designers have created for you, I just have to share this awesome news with you, a new Welcome Wagon kit has been released! If you do not know about our Welcome Wagon area, you should go check it out right away! Once you register in the forum, you will have access to the Welcome Wagon area. The designers create wonderful goodies and give them to you for FREE! The Welcome Wagon has been up and running, for over a year, so our designers are changing their goodies! New goodies, Free goodies!

Today, you’re being given a new lovely gift by ADB Designs!


All Stitched Up Bundle https://store.gingerscraps.net/All-Stitched-Up-Bundle-by-Tami-Miller-Designs.html
All Stitched Up Full Kit https://store.gingerscraps.net/All-Stitched-Up-Full-Kit-by-Tami-Miller-Designs.html
All Stitched Up Masks https://store.gingerscraps.net/All-Stitched-Up-Masks-by-Tami-Miller-Designs.html
All Stitched Up Glitter Sheets https://store.gingerscraps.net/All-Stitched-Up-Glitter-Sheets-by-Tami-Miller-Designs.html
All Stitched Up Add-On https://store.gingerscraps.net/All-Stitched-Up-Add-On-by-Tami-Miller-Designs.html
All Stitched Up Extra Papers https://store.gingerscraps.net/All-Stitched-Up-Extra-Papers-by-Tami-Miller-Designs.html

1: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Fall-blessings-1..html
2: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Fall-blessings-2..html
3: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Fall-blessings-3..html
4: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Fall-blessings-4..html

1: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Traveling-album-1..html
2: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Traveling-album-2.html
3: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Traveling-album-3..html
4: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Traveling-album-4..html




Collection: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Cozy-Comfort-Collection-by-Aimee-Harrison-and-JB-Studio.html
Kit: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Cozy-Comfort-Page-Kit-by-Aimee-Harrison-and-JB-Studio.html
Elements: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Cozy-Comfort-Elements-Pack-by-Aimee-Harrison-and-JB-Studio.html
Papers: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Cozy-Comfort-Paper-Pack-by-Aimee-Harrison-and-JB-Studio.html
Alphas: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Cozy-Comfort-Alpha-Sets-by-Aimee-Harrison-and-JB-Studio.html
Borders: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Cozy-Comfort-Borders-by-Aimee-Harrison-and-JB-Studio.html
Artsy Papers: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Cozy-Comfort-Artsy-Papers-by-Aimee-Harrison-and-JB-Studio.html
Word Art: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Cozy-Comfort-Word-Art-by-Aimee-Harrison-and-JB-Studio.html
Graffiti: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Cozy-Comfort-Graffiti-by-Aimee-Harrison-and-JB-Studio.html
Extra Papers: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Cozy-Comfort-Extra-Papers-by-Aimee-Harrison-and-JB-Studio.html
Messy Edges: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Cozy-Comfort-Messy-Edges-by-Aimee-Harrison-and-JB-Studio.html

Collection: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Wine-and-Dine-Collection-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Kit: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Wine-and-Dine-Page-Kit-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Alphas: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Wine-and-Dine-Alpha-Sets-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Titles: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Wine-and-Dine-Titles-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Plaids: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Wine-and-Dine-Plaid-Papers-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Solids: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Wine-and-Dine-Solid-Papers-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Messy Edges: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Wine-and-Dine-Messy-Edges-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Glitters: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Wine-and-Dine-Glitters-by-Aimee-Harrison.html


Bundle: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Because-I-m-Happy-Bundle.html
Kit: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Because-I-m-Happy-Kit.html
Journal Cards: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Because-I-m-Happy-Journal-Cards.html
Flair: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Because-I-m-Happy-Flair-Pack.html
Ombre Papers: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Because-I-m-Happy-Ombre-Papers.html
Plains and Polkas Papers: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Because-I-m-Happy-Plains-and-Polka-Papers.html


Bundle: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Travelogue-Connecticut-Bundle-Pack-by-Connie-Prince.html
Word Art and Flair Pack: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Travelogue-Connecticut-Word-Art-and-Flair-Pack-by-Connie-Prince.html
Kit: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Travelogue-Connecticut-Kit-by-Connie-Prince.html
Word Bits: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Travelogue-Connecticut-Word-Bits-by-Connie-Prince.html
Templates: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Travelogue-Connecticut-12×12-Temps-CU-Ok-by-Connie-Prince.html


Collection: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Birds-Of-A-Feather-Collection-by-Ilonka-s-Designs.html
Mega Kit: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Birds-Of-A-Feather-Mega-Kit-by-Ilonka-s-Designs.html
Elements: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Birds-Of-A-Feather-Elements-by-Ilonka-s-Designs.html
Paper Pack: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Birds-Of-A-Feather-Paper-Pack-by-Ilonka-s-Designs.html
Plaids: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Birds-Of-A-Feather-Plaids-by-Ilonka-s-Designs.html
Glitter Papers: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Birds-Of-A-Feather-Glitter-Papers-by-Ilonka-s-Designs.html
Borders: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Birds-Of-A-Feather-Borders-by-Ilonka-s-Designs.html
Clusters: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Birds-Of-A-Feather-Clusters-by-Ilonka-s-Designs.html
Embellishments: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Birds-Of-A-Feather-Embellishments-by-Ilonka-s-Designs.html
Frames: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Birds-Of-A-Feather-Frames-by-Ilonka-s-Designs.html
Stacked Papers: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Birds-Of-A-Feather-Stacked-Papers-by-Ilonka-s-Designs.html
Overlays: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Birds-Of-A-Feather-Overlays-by-Ilonka-s-Designs.html
Brushes: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Birds-Of-A-Feather-Brushes-by-Ilonka-s-Designs.html

Bundle: http://bit.ly/GS-CopperSpiceBundle
Kit: http://bit.ly/GS-CopperSpiceKit
Elements: http://bit.ly/GS-CopperSpiceElements
Artsy Papers: http://bit.ly/GS-CopperSpiceArtsyPapers
Cardstocks & Ombré Papers: http://bit.ly/GS-CopperSpiceOmbrePapers
Patterned Papers: http://bit.ly/GS-CopperSpicePapers
Alphas: http://bit.ly/GS-CopperSpiceAlphas
Flowers: http://bit.ly/GS-CopperSpiceFlowers
Masks: http://bit.ly/GS-CopperSpiceMasks

Bundle: http://bit.ly/GS-AutumnMasterpieceBundle
Kit: http://bit.ly/GS-AutumnMasterpieceKit
Elements: http://bit.ly/GS-AutumnMasterpieceElements
Artsy Papers: http://bit.ly/GS-AutumnMasterpieceArtsyPapers
Edges: http://bit.ly/GS-AutumnMasterpieceEdges




Collection: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Everyday-Photos-Collection-by-Lindsay-Jane.html
Kit: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Everyday-Photos-by-Lindsay-Jane.html

Kit: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Everyday-Photos-by-Lindsay-Jane.html
Quick Pages: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Everyday-Photos-Quick-Pages-by-Lindsay-Jane.html




Bundle: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Antique-Treasures-BUNDLE-by-MagsGraphics.html
Kit: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Antique-Treasures-KIT-by-MagsGraphics.html
Journal Cards: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Antique-Treasures-JOURNAL-CARDS-by-MagsGraphics.html
Specialty Papers: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Antique-Treasures-SPECIALTY-PAPERS-by-MagsGraphics.html
Word Tags: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Antique-Treasures-WORD-TAGS-by-MagsGraphics.html
Word Art: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Antique-Treasures-WORD-ART-by-MagsGraphics.html




Blue Reflections – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Blue-reflections-Mini-Kit.html
Family portrait – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Family-portrait-Mini-Kit.html
Coffee addict – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Coffee-addict-Mini-Kit.html




Bundle: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Be-The-Light-Bundle.html
Kit: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Be-The-Light-Kit.html
Flairs: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Be-The-Light-Flairs.html
Journal Cards: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Be-The-Light-Journal-Cards.html
Ombre Papers: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Be-The-Light-Ombre-Papers.html
Smatters: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Be-The-Light-Smatters.html


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

It’s time for those wonderful moments in nature!