Tutorial Tuesday (Digital Scrapbooking)

8 ball, Corner Pocket!

Last week when I was struggling to find a topic to write about, I asked the GingerScraps Ad Team members for some ideas. Teresa suggested I do something about pocket scrapping. I have to tell you, I was floored. Pocket scrapping isn’t my thing and it’s really not my comfort zone either. I know it was a big part of the digi world several years ago, and I flirted with Project 52 (there’s NO WAY I could commit to Project 365 and I admit it!) but I wasn’t all that successful. So I had some learning to do before I could present myself as an expert. Ha! The EXPERT is Becky Higgins, the developer of Project Life. She has an app for that in addition to a whole paper line for pocket scrapping.

What IS pocket scrapping? Basically, it’s a clean-and-simple style of layout based mainly on a grid. It’s ideal for documenting the memorable (and the ordinary) events of our lives. Each section of the grid or block can hold a photo, a pocket/journal card, art work or a cluster of embellishments.

Why is it called pocket scrapping? It has its roots in paper scrapping, and it makes use of vinyl pockets of mainly two standard sizes, 2″x3″ and 4″x6″. Digital pocket scrapping follows the same format, and it lends itself very well to hybrid scrapping. You can create your page, print it and then attach buttons, ribbons, lace and pockets holding ephemera to the page.

Most of the designers on the GingerBread Ladies team here create kits and templates that work beautifully for pocket scrapping. In fact there are pages and pages of kits tagged for this style of memory keeping. And it’s easy to find them, too! I thought about giving you a list of designers whose products are amazing for pocket pages, but it would be a lot faster just to show you how to see them for yourself.

I’d love to show you some examples I found in the Gallery. This one is from trina513. I like that she’s used her Instagram photos.

minicooper452 created this one. The photos tell a story, and the journaling preserves the excitement of the day.

This one by emscraps is obviously a Project 52 layout. Em has managed to maintain her P52 for years now!

Belis2mi has documented a special day for her children with this layout.

I really like the feel this layout from amyjcaz has, with the photos of how she spent her day at the beach.

Because I live in cowboy country, this one by psychozoe caught my eye right away.

And then there’s this one from firstoscartgrouch that’s so whimsical and fun.

After looking at all these examples of pocket scrapping and seeing the individual stamps of each scrapper on her layout, I decided to give it a shot! It’s pretty amateurish, but maybe if I do a few more…

Next week there will not be a tutorial. We’re going to visit my parents and then our daughter in her new home in the mountains for a few days and I just won’t be able to squeeze in a blog post. I’ll be doing all the driving so I’ll be seeking a horizontal surface!

DD: Oct 16

http://bit.ly/2R5GhPc

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 October 22nd, 2018

DD: Oct 15

http://bit.ly/2xM9s1T

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 October 21st, 2018

DD: Oct 14

http://bit.ly/2y1QJ1k

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 20th, 2018

DD: Oct 13

http://bit.ly/2OYrPH8

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 October 19th, 2018

Fresh Baked: October 12, 2018

Time to get your dessert on! Sunday is National Dessert Day! Eat up, and scrap while you do it!

Remember, when you spend $10, you get a free kit!

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/GingerBread-Ladies-Collab-Sisterhood.html


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

aimee1
https://store.gingerscraps.net/Shape-Up-2-Templates-by-Aimee-Harrison.html

aimee2
https://store.gingerscraps.net/Florabundia-2-Templates-by-Aimee-Harrison.html

boomers
https://store.gingerscraps.net/Oktoberfest-BGD.html

cathy
https://store.gingerscraps.net/Carpe-Diem-Grab-Bag-by-CathyK-Designs.html

connie01
https://store.gingerscraps.net/2019-Center-Fold-8.5-x-11-Calendar-Temps-CU-Ok.html

connie2
https://store.gingerscraps.net/2019-8.5-x-11-PreMade-Calendars.html

dandelion
https://store.gingerscraps.net/Rustic-Autumn-Digital-Scrapbook-Kit-By-Dandelion-Dust-Designs.html


http://bit.ly/ddnd-GS


https://store.gingerscraps.net/Perpetual-Planner-2.html

lauries
Bundle: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Be-A-Unicorn-Bundle.html
Kit: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Be-A-Unicorn-PageKit.html
Flairs: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Be-A-Unicorn-Flairs.html
Grunge: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Be-A-Unicorn-Grunge.html
Clusters: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Be-A-Unicorn-Clusters.html
Titles: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Be-A-Unicorn-Titles.html
Cards: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Be-A-Unicorn-Cards.html


http://store.gingerscraps.net/Stacked-Pieces-23-Templates-by-Lindsay-Jane.html


http://store.gingerscraps.net/Stacked-Pieces-24-Templates-by-Lindsay-Jane.html

miss1
https://store.gingerscraps.net/Everyday-Triangles-Templates-by-Miss-Fish.html

miss2
https://store.gingerscraps.net/Blended-Blocks-Templates2-by-Miss-Fish.html

miss3
https://store.gingerscraps.net/Blended-Clusters-1-Templates-by-Miss-Fish.html

snicker
Harvest Sunset Kit https://store.gingerscraps.net/Harvest-Sunset-Kit.html
Harvest Sunset Clusters https://store.gingerscraps.net/Harvest-Sunset-Clusters.html
Harvest Sunset Word Strips https://store.gingerscraps.net/Harvest-Sunset-Word-Strips.html
Harvest Sunset Borders https://store.gingerscraps.net/Harvest-Sunset_Borders.html
Harvest Sunset Pocket Cards https://store.gingerscraps.net/Harvest-Sunset-Pocket-Cards.html
Harvest Sunset Collection https://store.gingerscraps.net/Harvest-Sunset_Collection.html

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

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It’s time to open our hearts and be thankful for all of our blessings.

DD: Oct 12

http://bit.ly/2NNTLBl

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 October 18th, 2018

Sneak Peeks October 11th, 2018

Happy Thursday! I hope everyone had a fun DSD! Even though our designers had loads of new releases last week, they have quite a few goodies releasing tomorrow! Let’s check out a few layouts!

From CathyK

From Aimee Harrison

From LDrag Designs

From Miss Fish

Check back tomorrow to see all the new releases! Have a great weekend!

DD: Oct 11

http://bit.ly/2R7aayu

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 October 17th, 2018

Tutorial Tuesday (Back to Basics)

Don’t Lose Your Cool… or Your Stash!

First off, let me thank all of you who took the time to reach out and offer your support after my husband’s accident. I won’t lie, the last couple of weeks have been very hard for us, but he’s on the mend and eventually we’ll be back to normal life. I’m finally getting into a sort of routine, but I’ve had no time for scrapping, or for playing with Elements, so I asked Ginger to give me a topic for this week. And her suggestion is a really timely one, coming so soon after the feeding frenzy of Digital Scrapbooking Day. Ginger says she gets a lot of service tickets related to lost files from crashes of some sort; we’re VERY lucky that she’s so willing to replace the download codes for our purchases because few of the online stores will do that after a certain period of time. So let’s talk about backing up files.

It’s happened to all of us at one time or another. Our computer has let us down in some way – either with a hard drive failure or a processor failure – or in my case, with a video card failure. All those lovely photos, finished layouts and digi-scrapping supplies are gone! It’s been known to cause many tears to be shed, multiple F-bombs to be dropped and more than one injury. (My photos aren’t actually gone, but they might as well be, because they’re inside a laptop that I can’t see the contents of – although my techie-nerd husband says there’s a way to retrieve them. (If only I’d left them on the SD card…) Trust me when I tell you I’m not really great at backing up my files, but I’m going to work on that!

About the easiest way to back things up is to copy your files onto a DVD/CD, flash drive or external hard drive (EHD). It’s time-consuming but it’s easy as pie. As long as the drive isn’t corrupted, or exposed to a magnet, or any other sort of calamity! I have two EHDs and I’m sure I have multiple copies of some of my older kits and photos. One of these days I’m going to go through everything and weed out the duplicates… but it won’t be today.

While I was researching this topic I found a great list of free back-up software, as vetted by Tech Radar. Why use dedicated software? Well, some of them will eliminate the duplicates, simply by only backing up what has been changed since the last run. Some of them can be set to run at regular intervals, with removes the whole OMG-I-haven’t-backed-up-my-files-in-forever panic when it looks like there might be a crash on the horizon. To read the whole article, click on the link above. Their #1 choice is EaseUS Todo Backup Free. They call it the best balance of automation and user control. It doesn’t include some of the functions the pay-to-play premium version has, but they’re more business-oriented so most of us who aren’t techie nerds won’t miss them. One thing I think sets it apart is that it allows for Cloud backup in addition to physical copies. One caveat: when you download the software it will also download a Chromium browser and Bing search engine UNLESS you uncheck the boxes for them BEFORE you say Go. Another possibility that sounds good for the averrage digi-scrapper is Paragon Backup and Recovery. It comes with a wizard that talks you through every step, you tell it what files you want it to copy and has the added advantage of a recovery script right within it.

There are a number of Cloud-based solutions to file back-ups. iPhone users may already be using the Cloud to store their photos; if, like my daughter, they’re also running a Mac, it’s not a big leap to also store copies of other sorts of files there too. Google Drive is another option for online Cloud storage., as is Dropbox. All three have a limit on how much room you can have free, with a reasonable cost for additional space. If you’re looking for something that will look after your backup needs without any reminders, you can subscribe to an online backup service for a monthly or annual fee. PCMagazine has an in-depth evaluation of several of these. Their top picks are IDrive, Acronis True Image 2018, SOS Online Backup, Backblaze, SpiderOak One and Carbonite. Each has its own pros and cons. Backblaze and Carbonite are the only two on their list with unlimited space, although neither of them offer any free space but they both only cover one computer. Before you commit to one of these services it would be a good idea to compare them head-to-head on features and subscription costs.

Make the time soon to back up all your irreplaceable stuff. Choose the method that works best for you but DO IT! And then make a commitment to maintain those backups for the future. Maybe tie it to a specific event, like (i)NSD and DSD, or to the time change to and from Daylight Savings, like you do with the batteries in your smoke detector. (Don’t ever forget to do that… The people in your life are worth so much more than photos and scrapbook layouts!) Better safe than sorry.