Two New GingerBread Ladies! 1/25

 Hello My Friends!!  I’m so excited to be here today.  The snow is gone (although rumors have it that it will be back later this week) and the weather is warm (but yet again, it’s New England…it won’t last long).  I have some great new friends I want to introduce you to.  Gosh, I have no idea who to start with.  They are both fantastic.  I was fans of them both before they were here.  I’m so excited I can share them with you.

First up we have

Joyful Heart Designs! 

 As you know I like to stalk my designers…um…I mean I don’t peer through their windows…much…I mean.  Sorry Jenn…I promise…not….to……never mind.

Here are some legal ways to stalk her!

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While I was looking, oh I mean, researching (yeah, researching sounds better) about Jenn, this is what I found out:

– Joyful Heart Designs is a mix of whimsy, funky, and grungy-goodness

– Jenn started designing back in Oct. 2004, after doing web design since 1999.

– She is a stay-at-home mom with three kiddos and a hubby of 17 years.

– She is originally from Texas but now resides in Madison, AL.  

– She loves making papers and is crazy about grunge and color!

– All of her personal products are Scrap-4-Hire friendly

Here are just a few products to show you all her amazing talent!  Make sure you check out her store for more and more goodies!




Isn’t her stuff awesome?  I have someone else I want to introduce you to that is just as awesome.  This designer I’ve always admired from a far (and no, it has nothing to do with a restraining order…lol).  She is fun to talk with might be just as happy to be here as we are to have her.  I still think I’m a little bit more happy about it though.

Please help me give a very warm welcome to…

Jill DZines!!!

She is another great person to stalk!

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I asked Jill to tell me a little bit about herself.  This is what she had to say!

 I  am SOOoo excited to be  joining the GingerScraps team!!

I’m  a 40-something YO SAHM,  with wonderful hubby, Paul, and 2 terrific  teen-agers (one is 19 and in  college  already!  I can’t believe how FAST  it goes!).  Daughter Eliza  is pursuing a nursing degree/career.  Son,  David, age 15, is into  weight-lifting/body-building, and you would NEVER  guess he’s only 15  looking at him – he looks like a college football  player, at least!   Both kids were home-schooled until 9th grade, when they started  high-school.  There was no way I could provide all of the opportunities  and electives once we hit high-school age, so I decided to retire. 

I’m also mom to 1 spoiled and neurotic cocka-poo  (cute but bark-y dog)  and 1 pampered Egyptian Queen disguised as a Siamese kitty.  But don’t  tell her she’s “just a cat”…  she is sure that she is the ruler of our  home!

I’ve  been digi-scrapping since  early 2005, as far as I can figure out.  I  started with Photo-Shop  Elements 3 (back when that was the newest  version! LOL!) and about a  year later I graduated to Photoshop CS2  (brand-new at the time) because  I knew I wanted to learn to design  digi-kits, and most of the  tutorials I found at that time (for making  kit elements) were for PS,  not Elements.  I love the creative freedom  that Photoshop allows, and  now I also use Illustrator, which I also  really love!  I am so happy  (and lucky!) to have a husband who is  supportive of my addiction. These days I use PSCS5 and Illustrator.  I love some of the new tools that Adobe has come out with!  I also make cutting files for Silhouette/Cricut etc. digital cutters, and am  hoping to expand that collection in the near future.  

I am inspired by beautiful color combinations, mostly.  Also inspired by just plain-old-everyday real-life events, and needing to scrap them!  Often when I make a kit, I have some family photos in mind that I want to scrap with.  And then sometimes I’ll just see a photo in a magazine, or a cute dress, or something else that catches my eye, and I think “I have to make a kit like that!”

Lately,  I’ve been on a  bread-baking spree, and trying many different recipes  for  soft-and-fluffy buns, English Muffins, sour-dough,  Honey-Whole-Wheat  bread (my fav), and more.  I even ordered a special  kind of yeast  from Amazon –  one that you cannot typically find in  normal grocery  stores, but it works SOOooo well!  (It’s called “SFA Yeast” for any who are curious – and I also add extra gluten as well, which gives me great results.)

I am also a musician, playing  piano/keyboard, banjo,  percussion (bongos, congas, djembe, etc.) and  played in a large  (contemporary) church band for over 15 years.  I  decided about a year  ago to step away from that “for a while”  (indefinitely?), and I  am really enjoying not having to get up early on  Sundays to go practice and  play!!  🙂

So first I need to say…the banjo? Seriously?  My husband is dying to learn.  Jill…want to come over to my house?  Please?!?!  How cool would it be to hang out with Jill….would you all be jealous?  Well we can’t have that.  PARTY AT MY HOUSE!!

 Would you like to see what goodies Jill has in her store?  Of course you would!  Make sure you check out her store as I know she will be adding things ALL the time (I got a sneek peak of some of her new stuff and OMG is it perfect! but shhh…I didn’t say that).

 Boy are we lucky to have these two designers joining us.  Thank you to you for being a fan and I promise to keep bringing you only the best in digiscrap land!!


  1. Jill,

    Hi, HOW CAN YOU GIVE UP THE BANJO???????? I’m a banjo player in a church band as well, can’t imagine not having it in my life! When I’m not playing in church (we play folk music) I’m focusing on my Bluegrass which I also love! I’m a digi scrapper too but wouldn’t want to choose between the two loves!

  2. Hi Judi!
    Another banjo-picker! 🙂

    While I love banjo, it wasn’t really my “main” instrument – in fact I’m not sure if I ever played banjo in the church band… just in a blue-grass group when I was in college in the music dept., so I really haven’t played banjo for a while. I *usually* played harmonica and/or percussion (congas, etc). I miss them a little, but after 15 years I was ready for a break. I might pick them up again sometimes, ya never know! 🙂

  3. Rachel Verdi says:

    Hi there! This message is for Jenn… Hi, Miss Jenn! I recently got turned onto your designs thru collabs with one of my fave designers..the other Jen. I was peeking at all your gorgeousness at Digichick, and was wondering if all of your products there will be making it over to Gingerscraps, or not. I’m planning a big stockup in about week and a half, and wasn’t sure if I’d have to get some of your stuff here, and some at DC, or if it would all be here by then. Was also curious how long your sale was going to last. Thanks so much, and exciting to have both Jen(n)s at one place! 😉

  4. Hey, Miss Rachel!! 😀 You must be the girlie that Jen Y was telling me about…nice to meet you and thanks for the compliment! 🙂 I am keeping my store at The Digi Chick, but everything there has to be exclusive, so I will be adding new stuff to both stores 😉 I will be releasing my Rebel kit here soon plus a few more paper packs from TDC…most likely my Water Works series, Grungy Glow series, and Dark-a-Delic series…it all depends on the amount of time I can find to re-preview and add to GS 🙂

    I thought I would leave my sale on through Sunday, Feb. 4th, so I will probably turn it off on Monday-ish…if I remember, that is…LOL 😛

  5. Welcome!

  6. Rachel Verdi says:

    Thanks, Jenn! So cool that you’ll have 2 places, with different stuff at each! Those big paper bundles are some of my very faves, so I’ll definitely track em down wherever they are. Hope you’re loving your new scrap home, and I’m thrilled to have found a designer who’s papers have that wild intense color palette that I love. 😉 I’m a huge fan of hypersaturation and blend modes, and looks like you are, too. Plus, it sounds like your sale will go thru till I get my next paycheck, so thats fabulous! Thanks so much, and I can’t wait to see all the good stuff you’re working on!

  7. You are so sweet!! Oh yes…I love the uber saturated colors and funky effects from blend modes…so much fun to work with 🙂 I haven’t had time to create anything new other than two paper packs for the upcoming Buffet here at GS, and I still need to get more stuff moved over to GS…eek! Hopefully I’ll find time to do that tomorrow for Friday’s debut 😉