Challenge Spotlight – Say Click…Take a Pic

Welcome welcome! I hope you all had a great weekend. Does anyone else feel summer slipping through their fingers? Yikes! Well lets get on with the random winner of last weeks challenge spotlight. *drum roll* Trina! With her “Park”  LO. Great use of that font! Here’s your prize! 

On with this weeks Challenge Spotlight. Ig you havn’t been on the Gingerscraps forum lately, GO! We have lots of fun new challenges this month! 

Today I’d like to spotlight Julies Say Click…Take a Pic challenge. Anyone else have a kiddo that watches Diego? Yeah I can’t even think of this challenge without getting that little jingle in my head. :)  Okay so the purpose of this challenge is to hone in on our picture taking skills, after all it is the pictures that our scrapblooking revolves around, so we want them to be good! Julie is a photographer and knows how to get that perfect shot. I don’t know about you, but I’m excited for these challenges to learn more about taking photos.

This month the technique is Angles. Here’s some examples she gave.

Neat looking huh? I decided to try it out myself and came up with this:

I was a bit proud of myself. Turned out okay huh?

Want to try it out for yourself. All you need is your camera! Got take some cool angled pictures then you can either put them in a layout or post them as is for Say Click…Take a Pic Then come back here and post the link to your LO or picture in the gallery and post it in a comment here. Next week I’ll randomly select one and that person will win a prize from ME! (Harmonystar). CT & those who have already done the challenge are elligable. As an added bonus, I will be giving a bonus brownie point to all those that leave a comment! Let me see those comments!

Behind the Scrapbook

I had to share this wonderful LO by Scrappy Cocoa… If you haven’t heard we have a new Gingerbread baby in the house!

Steph and Tim had a baby girl last week and named her Delilah Jae!! What a cutie! Here’s a LO Steph did of the big day! I love the title… this was her first peek at her new baby girl… the picture says it all!!

Congrats Ulrich family!!

It’s August my favorite month of the year and my busiest!! I’m trying to get through my summer bucket list and not having much success as I keep adding activities to it! This may have to be a summer/fall bucket list! It’s a hard list to get through when my main funsticker (a person who sticks to your fun) is on vacation. My Julie has been in Haida Gwaii for the past week with my ma and I’ve been missing her so…. here she right after catching her first fish EVER!!! Thank goodness she can keep in touch texting photos. I hate to miss any of her firsts!

Have you seen the Telus commercial with the house hippos?? I have always said if there was such a thing as a house hippo I’d have one for sure!! So what does hubby bring home for me….

What a sweet heart…. I (heart) him!

We’ve also had quite a bit of this….

Does Mother Nature not know it’s no longer spring!! I love the rain but I can’t keep up with my yard:( So I should go I have grass to mow, dirt to dig and trees to plant… none of this is on my summer bucket list…. I’m just thinking of it as staying active… every little step is a calorie burned and a job well done:)

Have a great day

~Mandy

Did you know that LOTW winners receive a gift certificate to the Gingerscraps store? All LOTW nominees receive a cookie and now you’ll receive a brownie point too if you use at least 75% Gingerscraps products.  The LOTW winner also receives a bonus brownie point just for winning. 

If you’re wondering what all these cookies and brownies are about be sure to check out this thread to get the scoop.  What are you waiting for? Post your LO’s in the gallery for a chance to be nominated. The more LO’s you post, the more chances you have to win!

LOTW winner for week ending 7/30 is jencrook. Click on the image to leave her some love.

Don’t forget to head over to the LOTW Thread each week to vote on the LOTW page that most inspires you! You might just find one of your layouts have been nominated.

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Fresh Baked! 8-6

Good Morning digi-friends!

We have some YUMMY goodies Fresh out of the oven for you today. But first I want to share with you some news-

The GingerScraps Site Creative Team call is now closed. And wow what an amazing response we got!! It is with great Pleasure that I introduce to you our newest GingerBread Girls-

  • Astrid (AnikA)
  • Cami (camijo)
  • Dita (ditab)
  • Ella (ellasspace)
  • Jen (vcjordi)
  • Kimberly (kimberheree)
  • Lani (jovi_girl)
  • Linda (hondachicc)
  • Lynelle (lynelle)
  • Mandy (digi.mandy)
  • Missi (missdamsel)
  • Sara (SATW)
  • Tanja (thunderdragon)

Head over to the GingerScraps Forum HERE and help me give them a warm welcome!

And now…. so more exciting news- We are having a Designer Call!

Hurry and apply now! We are looking for new and seasoned designers. Exclusive and non-exclusive. And Guest spots open too!

Now- on to the Yummy Fresh Goodies!!!

Are you looking for something basic with all the necessities? Check out Marshmella Designs newest kit “Josephine”. It’s is a simple kit with a retro elegance that is perfect for every layout. It includes 9 papers, 44 elements and a full set of alphas.

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And here is some inspiration from her creative team:
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Pretty in Green has a pack of 4 beautiful templates made from her favorite layouts she created during GingerScraps Scrapping Survivor season 2. These Templates use blended photo styling along with great layering and room to journal to create beautiful layouts. These templates are psd files, for size 12×12 inch Layouts.
I’m a Survivor Templates
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KimmyScraps made this beautiful layout she also used Pretty in Green’s B&W and blue all overVictoriaLaurenOctober09web.jpg

Missi made this layout and used German shepherd love
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Are you all ready to see this months GingerBread Lady Collab? As always this months kit is only $1.00 with any purchase over $10.00. Remember- please allow 24 hours to receive the coupon as all have to be sent manually.

And now- I hope you enjoy a leisurely trip down to the Shabby Seashore.
This eclectic kit is perfect for all of your summer memories from those ocean vacations to just a day on the beach with friends and family. The muted colors are perfect for those poolside photos too!
Take a walk with us down the Shabby Seashore whenever you need to get away or if your lucky enough to live by the shore, then pull up a chair and enjoy!
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Shabby Seashore includes:
50 papers
98 Elements
Bonus Photoshop style set of wonderful wave textures in perfectly matching colors!

Here are some by the wonderful GingerBread Girls!

Let’s Get Crafty: Gone Hybrid!

Who is ready to get Crafty! It’s Thursday! Yea!

So, you all see all these awesome Hybrid project in the galleries. You are thinking, man I really want to try that. But…it’s got to be so expensive. i don’t have the money to buy all those fancy supplies. Well, I am the queen of cheap! LOL! I love making Hybrid projects…but I don’t have a bottomless wallet! So, lets chat! How can you get started in Hybrid with out breaking the bank.

Some basic supplies…

*Scissors, small sharp ones work best, but I have even used my kids scissors when mine go missing…which happens a lot! lol

*Adhesive of some sort, there are 100′s of different adhesives out there, but really to get started all you need is a trusty old glue stick. My fave is the Pioneer Extra Strong Glue Stick. I get it at Wal Mart for like $1.50 or so. And we all have glue guns laying around. Mod Podge is great. It cost a little more that you might want..but it lasts forever. I have had the same bottle for years. And that 3D double sided tape is great. But, you don’t have to pay a lot for it. I get mine at the dollar store!

*Speaking of the Dollar Store, I love to find things at the Dollar Store to Embellish. I got these frames at the Dollar Store…gave them a little Hybrid love and what a great gift! The wooden letters came form the craft store but they were only like $5.00 for a huge pack of all different letters. I’ve been using them forever.

The flowers on this frame are not from the store. They are digi flowers from the kit I used, I just cut them out and inked the edges! Fold them a little on the edges. They look great!

*I get frames at the Thrift Store too! I even find craft supplies like ribbon, embroidery floss, buttons,  glitter etc at Thrift Stores! You just have to look! Yard Sales are great too!

*Another great thing to have is distress ink. Start out with one color like black or brown. It’s only about $3.00. I actually only have those 2 colors and use them on almost all my hybrid projects.

*Distressing the edges on your projects really gives a nice finished look. You can go to the craft store and buy special “Distressing Tools” but, why not just go grab a piece of sandpaper out of the garage, a nail file works great too.  You just need something that will “rough up” your edges a bit.

*A lot of times if you want to make a card or use one of the nifty “Hybrid Template” you will need to “Crease before folding.” Your fold will turn out way nicer id you crease them first. But, of course you don’t need any fancy tools for this either. You can use a magazine for a mat, an envelope or book for a straight edge if you don’t have a ruler, and even a butter knife or credit card will work as a “bone folder.”

*Now of course you will need a printer, ink and paper. My favorite paper is Epson Matte Photo Paper, but you can use cardstock too.

Now just get creative! Think of things in a different way. If you see a project that calls for “Chipboard” use a cereal box instead.

Like I used on this project….

How about these…I made them from coasters. Yes, those coasters they give you at Restaurants. Check these out….

So, come on! Do some Hybrid! You know you want to! :) How about starting with GingerScraps “Sweet Cards” Challenge! Greeting cards are a super great way to get started in Hybrid!

Challenge Spotlight – Font Challenge

Those were some great layouts from last week! The winner is Scrappingirl with her adorable “Little Buddies” LO. Here’s what she won:

Does anyone else get excited about a new month of challenges? I sure do, even better, we have a brand new challenge hosted by marshmella! It’s the Aug. Font Challenge! The challenge itself is rewarding because marshmella will give you a font to download and use in a LO.  Don’t forget about those cookies and brownie points you can earn too. They will help you get % off when you buy gingerscrap products! Yay! Here’s the font:

Here’s some examples on how this great font can be used:

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What a cute font huh? Try it out yourself at the Aug. Font Challenge.  Then come back here and post the link to your LO in the gallery and post it in a comment here. Next week I’ll randomly select one and that person will win a prize from ME! (Harmonystar). CT & those who have already done the challenge are elligable. As an added bonus, I will be giving a bonus brownie point to all those that leave a comment! Let me see those comments!

$1 Bake Sale!