Happy Tax Day (for our US friends). Guess it’s a good thing that it’s also Bake Sale time so you can get some new goodies while not spending much. So let’s see what our fabulous designers are offering up this month.

And don’t forget, if you spend $10, you get this awesome collab {let it rain} for free. This would be perfect for me this week as it’s rained off and on every day.

Come back and leave a comment with some of the goodies you picked up. Remember these are only on sale until April 20.

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April Featured Designer – Part 2

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Can you believe it’s almost the middle of the month? Where is the time going?

I wanted to pop back in here with a quick reminder about the sale that our Featured Designers have going on through April 15.

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Also make sure you are grabbing the Daily Downloads by North Meets South Studios – a collaboration of Connie Prince and Trixie Scraps.

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Enjoy the rest of your month and make sure to get yourself rested up for iNSD. As always, GingerScraps will be having a blowout celebration starting on May 1. Keep your eyes open for information to be released on sales, chats, contests, and that pesky little Gingerbread man.

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April Featured Designer – Part 1 – Designs by Connie Prince

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Happy Easter everyone! This month we have an awesome two-some feature. Designs by Connie Prince and Trixie Scraps Designs. First up, we’re going to chat with Connie. Let’s see how she answered our fun questions.

What is your favorite “go-to” color palette?

Anything primary, bold, & bright!

What is your favorite treat to have close while designing?

Coffee

Do you have job outside of designing? If so, what do you do (if you don’t mind sharing)?

I homeschool my son who is 17 and in 11th grade.

What is the current ringtone on your phone?

Mario Brothers music

If you were deserted on an island (with all water/food provided), what three things would you want to have with you?

My family (including the dogs), endless supply of books to read, and my phone.

If you could spend the day with anyone (living or dead) who would it be and why?

Definitely my mom. She passed away in 2011 and I miss talking to her very much.

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?

I would love to visit Ireland and Australia!

What songs are included on the soundtrack to your life?

My favorite song of the moment is Kelly Clarkson’s “Heartbeat Song”, it pumps me up!

What would you sing at Karaoke night?

Let’s see the last time I did karaoke I sang (very badly) Friends In Low Places.

If you had a warning label, what would yours say?

Incredibly silly.

What is one thing you will never do again?

Eat squid, yucko!

What’s your favorite movie?

This is always a hard one for me because I love so many, but Gone With The Wind is my all time favorite, I think.

Do you love or hate roller coasters?

Love them!

Do you believe there is intelligent life in outer space?

I think in some distant universe there probably is.

What was the last thing you ate?

Oatmeal with fruit.

If you were a crayon, what color would you be?

Hot Pink!

What’s your biggest pet peeve?

Cruelty of any kind.

Pirates or Ninjas?

Ninjas, hands down!

Country or City?

Suburbs lol.

Morning or Night?

Morning

Indoors or Outdoors?

Indoors

Chocolate or Vanilla?

Chocolate

Cats or Dogs?

Dogs

Thanks for playing along Connie.

Make sure to check out Connie’s GS Store, Facebook page and Blog. Also her store is on sale:

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Did you know that our Featured Designers design together as North Meets South Studios? Connie and Tracy hava collaborated again for April’s Daily Download.

Make sure you are coming to the blog each day to pick up the pieces.

I’ll be back soon with Part 2 of our Featured Designer post. Until then….

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April Buffet Sneak Peeks

Can you believe its time for the April Buffet? This year is flying. Make sure to stop by the Sneak Peek section and see what is to come.

First is this from Mandy King:

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Next are some beautiful layouts with Pixelily Design‘s collection:

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How about this awesome peek from Little Rad Trio:

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Aprilisa Designs has designed this awesome offering:

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This awesomeness from CathyK Designs:

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And finally, this from Seatrout Scraps:

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Make sure you check out all the offerings in the Buffet on April 1st.

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March Bake Sale

Happy Bake Sale Day everyone. Today begins the March Bake Sale in the GingerScraps store. Many of our designers have placed a few full kits on sale for $1.00 each. Yes, a FULL kit for $1.00. How awesome is that? It’s one of my favorite times of the month. Let’s see what they are offering this month.

Oh my goodness – a lot of lovely goodies to choose from. This sale is good through the 20th, so don’t miss out. And remember, if you spend $10 (and look how much you can get for that), you will get the March Free with Purchase Collaboration – Rare Diamonds.

Have a great week. Off to shop. :)

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March Featured Designer – SandyPie Creations

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Welcome to March and meteorological Spring (I’m a weather geek). I keep hoping that saying it’s Spring will convince the weather that it really is. So far, I don’t think it’s working.

SandyPie Creations is our featured designer for March. She answered some of our standard questions in a previous post (last June- see it here) so we came up with some different (and fun) questions for her.

What is your favorite “go-to” color palette?

Anything with a teal-y/aqua blue in it!

What is your favorite treat to have close while designing?

Honey roasted cashews or white chocolate covered pretzels (Flips)

Do you have job outside of designing?

No, I love this so much!

What is the current ringtone on your phone?

Can’t Hold Us Back by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis featuring Ray Dalton (the Ray Dalton part is the actual ring tone).

If you were deserted on an island (with all water/food provided), what three things would you want to have with you?

My iPad, a solar charger and a good blanket. (I hope there’s wifi.)

If you could spend the day with anyone (living or dead) who would it be and why?

Ooooh, that’s a tough one…

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?

Somewhere tropical, preferably without needing a passport.

What songs are included on the soundtrack to your life?

(Shake Shake Shake) Your Bootie by KC & The Sunshine Band
She Will Be Loved by Maroon 5
My Love by Celine Dion

What would you sing at Karaoke night?

I think I’m pretty terrible at singing so I would definitely not get up.

If you had a warning label, what would yours say?

Contents under pressure.

What is one thing you will never do again?

I usually would answer this one “get divorced” and give my husband a warning glare. ;)

What’s your favorite movie?

The Princess Bride

Do you love or hate roller coasters?

I used to love them till I had a couple kids, now my body just doesn’t like them, especially anything upside down.

Do you believe there is intelligent life in outer space?

Yes.

What was the last thing you ate?

I shared a huge bucket of popcorn with my boys at the movies last night.

If you were a crayon, what color would you be?

Brown or gray. I really love those colors.

What’s your biggest pet peeve?

Lack of manners or consideration for others.

Pirates or Ninjas?

Ninjas

Country or City?

Country, as long as there is a great internet connection

Morning or Night?

I’m a mid morning early afternoon kind of girl.

Indoors or Outdoors?

I’m definitely an indoor kid!

Chocolate or Vanilla?

Vanilla

Cats or Dogs?

I have both, but I’ve become more of a cat person. I appreciate their independence but probably more so because I’ve lost three dogs in the past 10 years, two pretty traumatically. (Sudden onset of problems and death followed by expensive vet bills for two. The third was old age, that one hurts the worst.) So I’m apprehensive to go through that again with dogs.

Those were some great answers! Thanks for playing along.

Sandy has her store at 40% off for the month of March and she’s behind the colorful Daily Download Kit. Make sure to check out her store, her Facebook page and her blog.

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I asked on the GingerScraps Facebook pages what your favorite SandyPie Creations kit was and to share a layout with that kit.

djp332 shared this wonderful layout using pieces of the Daily Download:

and Lisa shared this fun layout using The Pursuit of Hoppyness:

 

Thanks for reading along. Have a great week!!

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February Bake Sale

 

It’s time for the February Bake Sale. Our fabulous designers have placed the following kits (and a few more too) in the bake sale this month. Only $1 per kit from 2/15 to 2/20.

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Aren’t you excited? Looks like I need to go shopping. Make sure to head over to the store to get your favorites before the sale is over.

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February Featured Designer – JB Studio

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Welcome to February. Hard to believe we are already through January. I wonder if it means this year will go by quickly? This month I had the chance to “chat” with the fabulous Dani of JB Studios. Here is her thoughts on my questions. Make sure to read all the way to the end for  some awesome layouts with her kits.

What is your design process?

I usually have ideas for kits from music – lyrics or rhythm… I am all about feelings and I let the feelings guide me. First thing I do is choose the name of the kit because it will lead my design process and as I am not the best at that, I always rely on my creative team to help me brainstorm. Then I build the color palette that will help me express the feelings I had, I always start from patterned papers, then elements, extras and alphas. Sometimes the process is inverted. I see a color palette that catches my eye and I let it guide the feelings. I like to take notes of moments and things I see when I’m not home because some things just may inspire kit ideas.

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

I use Photoshop CS3 (it’s old, I know. I will be soon switching to a newer version) and illustrator. Tools? Hmmm, I like using some actions and styles because they are time savers.

Describe your design workplace.

I am building my workspace through babysteps, but as we don’t have much space in the house, it is in our living room for now. I have a pretty spacious work table and some drawers, but to be honest I didn’t declutter or organized yet.

What is your favorite thing about designing?

I’m blessed for being able to be creative and call it work. And also blessed for working at home so I can stay with my daughter and take care of the family and myself.

What is your favorite or “go-to” color palette?

I like bright colors and I always add a bold one to contrast. Being honest, I love vintage colors, however I just can’t design anything vintage, I guess it’s because I’m an Aquarius. LOL

What is your favorite treat to have close while designing?

I feel guilty by answering this… a very cold glass of coke.

Do you have job outside of designing? If so, what do you do (if you don’t mind sharing)?

I’ve just quit the position of coordinator at a language school. I am now only teaching English on Saturdays, so I can have plenty of time to devote to my creative business.

Please share a photo of yourself, can be silly or serious but a photo that shows us who YOU are.

I really like this photo. It’s not perfect, I have no make up, I’m wearing glasses, I have eye circles, but I think it expresses who I am – the colors and the smile. I see myself like this – soft, feminine and happy.

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What is your *favorite* kit you’ve designed (that is currently in store) and why is it your favorite?

I have to mention 2 of them. One is On Cloud Nine because it was a turning point in my design style and the other is Gone Away because it was the way I could express my feelings in a sad moment when we lost a close friend in a very terrible way. I am pretty introvert sometimes and that was the way that I could put the bad feelings out of my chest.

What is your favorite thing about GingerScraps.net?

Oh, everything! I wish i could be online in the community more often because I always have so much fun. And I love how sweet and supportive everybody is. I love being a GingerBread Lady.

What is the current ringtone on your phone?

Radioactive by Imagine Dragons (I just love the guys!)

If you were deserted on an island (with all water/food provided), what three things would you want to have with you?

I feel pretty uncomfortable answering this kind of questions because I hate to have to choose between things, I just can’t. I want everything. My decision making in this situation is stressful. I would start with my family, internet, my laptop, my books, my notebooks and all my scrapbooking supplies, my daughters’ dolls, playing cards, and I could go on forever… LOL

If you could spend the day with anyone (living or dead) who would it be and why?

Mandela. I would try to learn everything I could from the guy. He was so spiritual.

What songs are included on the soundtrack to your life?

Unconditionally by Katy Perry

What would you sing at Karaoke night?

I love Karaoke and I sing lots of songs, but my favorite are Rolling in the Deep by Adele and I’m No Good by Amy Winehouse.

Any special message to our members?

I’d like to quote Mahatma Gandhi: “Happiness is when what you think, what you say and what you do are in harmony.” Living with intention is having a fulfilled life. Everything is just perfect when you are in harmony.

What awesome answers to my questions. Thanks again to Dani for taking the time. Make sure to check out her GS store, her Facebook page, and her blog. Her birthday is this month and she’s giving away goodies all month.

I asked on our Facebook fan page and our group page for you to share your favorite kit and layouts with me and I received some great posts. It was so hard to choose, so… I’m just going to show them all.

The biggest response was using the Honeymoon Collection.

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lorigaud shared this layout made with Rock This Way:

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Sarah shared this layout using Everyday Photos:

And finally this one from missdamsel using Digital Besties:

Thanks for hanging on and reading this long!! Can’t wait to catch back up with you soon. Keep your eye out for some fun stuff coming to the blog. We have some exciting things in the works.

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January Featured Designer – Little Rad Trio

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Here I am sliding just in at the end of the month with featured designer Little Rad Trio. I don’t know about the rest of you, but I’m glad to see the end of January. Let’s catch up with Jennifer.

What is your design process?

I generally start with a theme in mind and search for the perfect color palette. From there, I generally start with elements move to papers and end with alpha. My process is not consistent as I’ll sometimes start with papers. It all varies on my mood.

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

I use photoshop CS6 exclusively. I do have illustrator but I haven’t taken the time to learn it yet. One of these days that will happen!

Describe your design workplace.

I’m not like the traditional designer. I don’t have a set work place. Most of my designing occurs on my laptop with some happening after hours on my IRL computer. Most of the time, I’m at my kitchen counter on the laptop though.

What is your favorite thing about designing?

My favorite thing is the unlimited ability to be creative. I can just let my mind wander.

What is your favorite or “go-to” color palette?

I love bright bold colors!

What is your favorite treat to have close while designing?

A nice glass of pinot grigio.

Do you have job outside of designing? If so, what do you do (if you don’t mind sharing)?

Yes. I actually own a small business of 50+ employees in 3 locations (MN, ND & WI). I’m in the insurance industry and operate as a managing general agent which is a specialized niche in the industry. We work solely with independent agents and have binding authority on behalf of a number of insurance carriers. We deal strictly in commercial higher risk business with our niche being long haul truckers. With being the owner, it involves quite a bit of travel so that’s what’s so nice about having a laptop. Have laptop will travel!!

What is your *favorite* kit you’ve designed (that is currently in store) and why is it your favorite?

His Blocks! It was a spur of the moment kit but I just love how it turned out and love the bright bold colors!

What is your favorite thing about GingerScraps.net?

All the friendly people and I just love Ginger and Missi!! They are such a sweethearts!!

What is the current ringtone on your phone?

Cruise by Florida Georgia Line. It’s one of my favorite songs!

If you were deserted on an island (with all water/food provided), what three things would you want to have with you?

My family, internet and my laptop!!

If you could spend the day with anyone (living or dead) who would it be and why?

My maternal grandmother. She passed away when I was in 3rd grade. Now that I’m an adult, I would love to know her as an adult.

What songs are included on the soundtrack to your life?

Wow, I would have to think on that one. I has so many favorites that mean so much to me.

What would you sing at Karaoke night?

Sing at Karaoke night? Not gonna happen! EVER!!

Any special message to our members?

Love all that you do and cherish all your loved ones for life is just too short to do anything else.

Thanks to Jennifer for answering my questions. Make sure to check out her store, blog, and Facebook page.

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December Featured Designer Part 2 – Ponytails Designs

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Here is part two of our December Featured Designer Post.  Today we are talking to Natasha of Ponytails Designs.

What is your design process?

I usually start with an idea or a colour palette and go from there. I make some notes and browse Pinterest for photos that look like what I’m seeing in my head. Then I generally start with papers and make patterns from them that I can use in my elements.

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

I use PSCC for the most part. I’m attempting to learn AI, but that’s not going very well as of yet.

Describe your design workplace.

I have a four year old, so my workspace is anywhere she is… but I do have a small desk space in the kitchen/great room, which is where I usually sit. I can work a bit while she plays or watches TV. The bulk of my work is done after her bedtime though.

What is your favorite thing about designing?

I love the creative outlet I get with designing. I’ve always done some sort of craft… painting, cross-stitch, crochet, even quilting. But I just love the memory keeping aspect of scrapbooking, and the ease of doing it digitally.

What is your favorite or “go-to” color palette?

I gravitate toward earthier palettes… I love colour though, but I generally go with more muted shades of the colours. Some themes just work better with brights so I’ll use them when I feel the need. In my personal scrapping I usually pick kits that will suit girl pages nicely, so there tends to be a lot of pinks and aquas in the kits I choose to buy.

What is your favorite treat to have close while designing?

If I’m designing in the evening then I’ll have a glass of white wine beside me. Sometimes I’ll have cheese and crackers too. My favorite is marble cheddar on Triscuits.

Do you have job outside of designing? If so, what do you do (if you don’t mind sharing)?

I work as a 911 fire dispatcher in a large emergency communications centre. Since having Sarah I only work part time, and only the night shift. It’s an interesting job with a lot of down time, so I usually do any kind of online scrapping-related stuff while I’m at work. It’s the perfect time to set up new products or leave gallery comments, etc. In fact, I’m at work right now while I’m answering these questions!

Please share a photo of yourself, can be silly or serious but a photo that shows us who YOU are.

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This picture was taken this past July. I threw my husband a big surprise 50th birthday party with an “Anchorman” theme. This sums us up so nicely… a big party in our backyard, surrounded by good friends. We are very social and entertain a lot, especially in summertime, since we have a pool and a big private backyard.

What is your *favorite* kit you’ve designed (that is currently in store) and why is it your favorite?

I think my favourite right now is Everyday Moments, which I designed for the November buffet. I love the colours and the cork elements. I just think it’s such a versatile kit that can be used to scrap all sorts of pages.

What is your favorite thing about GingerScraps.net?

It’s such a friendly, fun place to hang out! I felt at home here right from the beginning. I really love that there’s so much participation in the various challenges and special events too.

What is the current ringtone on your phone?

It’s on vibrate about 99% of the time because I hate ringing phones. Probably because I’m on the phone or radio at work so much. When it is on ring, then it’s just set to the old-style phone ring. Either way, my friends would tell you that I’m impossible to reach, because I often forget to take the do-not-disturb off when I get up in the morning… also related to work, because we get a lot of call-outs to cover sick personnel and they all seem to come in the middle of the night!

If you were deserted on an island (with all water/food provided), what three things would you want to have with you?

My sunglasses, a good book, and a nice cold drink! I’d enjoy the peace and quiet for a change.

If you could spend the day with anyone (living or dead) who would it be and why?

This is a tough one.. there’s so many! But if I only had a day I’d want it to be a fun one, so maybe I’d like to hang out with Oprah. I think she’d be so fun and interesting to talk to.

What songs are included on the soundtrack to your life?

Anything by George Strait! Really… anything. The man could sing the phone book to me and I’d be in Heaven.

I agree – I love George Strait!!

What would you sing at Karaoke night?

I’d sing a duet with my hubby… “Jackson” by Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash is such a fun song.

Any special message to our members?

Just a big, heartfelt thanks for all the love and support they’ve given me since I joined GS!

Thanks Natasha!! Make sure to stop by and visit her GS store, her Facebook page, and her blog.

Craftytam shared with us that her favorite Ponytails Designs kit is Sandy Toes and Salty Kisses.

And she made this lovely layout using the kit. Make sure to stop by the gallery and leave her some love.

 

I hope that you all have a wonderful Christmas and a very Happy New Year!!

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