Spotlight – All About Ginger

Hey there Gingerscraps friends. I have a treat for you today. I have an interview with our own Ginger (yes, she really does exist). Have you ever wondered how Gingerscraps started? Wondered about Ginger herself? Then keep reading because she has been gracious enough to answer my questions (even the fun quirky ones).

Tell us a little about yourself. Your family, children, etc.

I have 2 amazing kiddos, a 17 year old daughter and 15 year old son. We have a little tiny Maltese named Cooper, he is spoiled rotten :)  We have a super close extended family! Once my dad retired, he and my mom wanted to start a great adventure and travel all over the country (and beyond). They needed to make arrangements to rent their house out, and that happened to be right at a time when I needed to move. So my kids and I moved into my childhood home about 3 years ago. My brother also lives with us and my sister and her family live about 5 minutes away. When my folks come home between their travels, it gets a little crowded, but we make it work. I thank God every day that we have all been able to help each other, when there is a need, we all pull together. We are an exceptional family, they are all my greatest blessing!!

What made you decide to start Gingerscraps?

My love for the art of scrapbooking and memory keeping was the reason I started GingerScraps. I wanted to have a site where fellow artiest could gather, share, and encourage each other. Shortly after I opened GS, I found myself a single mom, and needed to support myself and my kids. However I have health issues that prevent me from working full time, in a normal working environment. I have an autoimmune disease called APS, it causes me to have small strokes as well as many other difficult symptoms. I poured all I could into GS, to build it into a business that would work for me and my family. I am very proud of our little piece of the web, and I just adore my GS family!!

I know you help with some of the collabs when needed, but do you miss designing under your own moniker?

Sometimes I miss it, but honestly I really don’t have time to design. When I do have some spare computer time, I really want to scrap more! That is what I miss the most! I think I need to schedule in scrapping time, it is just hard because once I sit at my computer, there is always work that needs to be done, so I feel guilty if I scrap. But I think that needs to end asap, I miss scrapping!

What kind of things do you look for in the designers that are invited to sell at GS?

I look for someone who is passionate about designing, wants a long term home for their work, and has excellent quality and creativity.

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

I think these two layouts show myself and my kiddos :) From left to right that is Me, my daughter Isabelle, her boyfriend Justin, and my son Chandler. We were sitting, on the 4th of July, waiting for the fireworks to start… so we decided to play a little selfie game. lol!

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

That’s a tough one! I would love to go on a long road trip stopping at places of interest along the way. I would also love to go to Hawaii!

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

Caution: NOT a morning person! Please bring hot black tea immediately!

What is one thing you will never do again?

Eat chestnuts roasted on an open fire… it sounds magical… but is is nasty to the max!

What’s your favorite movie?

Oh how would I ever pick one!? We love movies (and books) in our house!

Do you love or hate rollercoasters?

I LOVE them, unfortunately I can no longer go on them due to my health issues… boooo!

Do you believe there is intelligent life in outer space?

I believe in the possibility of anything.

What was the last thing you ate?

Chicken and potatoes.

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

I think blue, I love almost all shades of blue.

What’s your biggest pet peeve?

When people chew on Popsicle sticks or chew on towels, for some reason it totally grosses me out! I might actually dry heave if I see it! I know, I know, I am weird!

Pirates or Ninjas?

Pirates!

Country or City?

COUNTRY!!

Morning or Night?

Night!

Indoors or Outdoors?

Pretty much either one is ok with me, just depends on my mood and the weather.

Chocolate or Vanilla?

Both please :)

Cats or Dogs?

I love them both, but I do love my little dog that doesn’t shed the most!

Who did you look up to as a kid?

My parents and my big sister Julie, and I still do to this day.

What is the one thing that makes you happy despite any mood?

Music.

Do you have any tattoos? If yes what and where are they- If no do you want any and what would you get?

I have some flowers on my right ankle.

Name one television character that you simply adore?

Dean (Jensen Ackles) from Supernatural and I LOVED Hershel (Scott Wilson) from The Walking Dead- I actually cried when he “left the show”- that scene was the worst!!

What is the current ringtone on your phone?

Very boring … it is the default iPhone ringtone.

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

Comfy bedding, a huge tub of coconut oil (good for skin, hair, cooking, and so much more!), and an iPad with games, books, movies and a solar charger.

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

I would love to spend one more day with my brother Wade. He passed away about 15 years ago, I would love to have a day with him!

What songs are included on the soundtrack to your life?

That is also really hard to narrow down, but two of my favorite artists are Sara Groves and Imogen Heap. I recently got to meet Sara Groves, it was AWESOME!! I will attach two little colleges I made on my phone of that weekend.

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What would you sing at Karaoke night?

Something from Pat Benatar for sure :)

Any special message to our members?

I want to say a BIG heartfelt thank you to my GS family!! I had this crazy dream to open up a site where crafters could gather and inspire each other, and I am so very proud of what it has grown into. I honestly feel so blessed that we have such a huge family now! GS absolutely would not be the place it is with out ALL of you!!

Thanks so much to Ginger for being so open and fun with my questions.

Did you know that Gingerscraps will be celebrating 7 years in September? Keep your eyes open for announcements coming soon. There will be extra chats, special sales, FB Hop, a Scavenger Hunt and MORE!

And with that, I ask you…. how did YOU find Gingerscraps? Leave a comment and let us know. Personally, Missi (our own missdamsel) introduced me to Gingerscraps back in 2013 when I first started digital scrapbooking.

Have a great day!!

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Challenge Spotlight – Mini Kit Challenge

It’s time again to put the GS spotlight on one of our Challenges. This week we will be looking at the Mini Kit Challenge. Each month, one of our wonderful designers offers a mini-kit to use. This month Colie of Colie’s Corner has offered this:

 

Let’s see what our members have come up with this month:

Wow….such gorgeous layouts to choose from.

You still have a few days to get your 10 layouts done and be rewarded with this awesome collaboration:

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*Lost At Sea* Week Five

And just like that, we’re down to the last week. Did you take a look at the Week 4 “Day in the Life” layouts. If not, jump over to the Week 4 Gallery and check them out.

On to the challenge for Week 5.

The weeks tracking and following the pirate captains every movement has proven to be very informative! You have an extensive log of what he does every day, all day. He is actually a very predictable man, he likes to stick to his strict schedule.

As you have been tracking the pirate captain, you noticed one of the other pirates doing the same thing. One day you make eye contact with each other, and exchange a knowing look. This exotic looking woman has long dreadlocks flowing down her back, big hoop earrings, and a beautiful vibrant parrot on her shoulder. You ask her what her name is, she is Madge ‘Temptress’ Reks and her bird is Alberta.

After a long conversation with Madge, you find out that she is heading a plan to overthrow the pirate captain. She (and more then half of the pirate crew) are not happy with the way the captain is treating them. They have been planning on taking him down, and have been waiting for the perfect time. You decide to invite her back to your room, to meet some of your GS friends, and you work through the night with a fail proof plan to take the captain down!

Bright and early the next day, you gather in the designated meeting spot. You all know exactly what your part in this plan will be.

Step 1- Madge will seduce the nasty old captain, and lead him out to the sun deck.

Step 2- The trusty parrot Alberta will fly right at the captain, and distract him.

Step 3- The feisty group of GingerScraps ladies will rush him, all at once! They will tie his feet with yards of ricrac, bind his hands with rolls and rolls of extra strong washi tape, blow glitter in his eyes, and if he fights back…. he will receive hundreds of paper cuts!! There is no hope for this swashbuckling, peg legged, man!

The plan goes off without a hitch! The rein of the mean pirate captain is over. Madge forces the captain and his crew to walk the plank!

To pay you for your help, she retrieves the captains treasure from his ship, and she divides it up between you and your GingerScraps crew.

You all helped save the day! And you get to finally head home, with a lifetime of stories, and a pocket full of treasure!

Week 5 – {The Battle} *The Challenge*
This last and final layout is all about your greatest battle. What has been the biggest fight in your life? What accomplishment are you most proud of? There will not be many rules for this challenge, please feel free to let your creativity lead your way!
This is for all the marbles! The prize package and the title SOLE SURVIVOR!!

The Layout Rules-

This layout is all about a battle in your life, something you had to fight for, one of your greatest accomplishments.

  • There is no minimum or maximum numbers of photos allowed.
  • In the Tribal Council forum post, type out your journaling, so all players can read your journaling.
  • Templates ARE ALLOWED in this challenge.
  • You must use ALL 100% GingerScraps products when creating your Layout.
  • *Remember* Always credit the products you are using, when posting in the gallery. List the credits in the description box when uploading. When checking layouts, I need to be sure all products are from GS designers- so credits are crucial!!

Make sure to check out the Week 5 Gallery to see what our pirate-y ladies come up with.

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Challenge Spotlight – Mix It Up Challenge

Happy Tuesday scrappers!! This week we’re shining the GS Spotlight on the Mix It Up Challenge hosted by the lovely Marina of Magical Scraps Galore. This is what she wants from you:

This month I want to see some form of WATER in your layouts: it can be rain, ocean, a swimming pool, underwater pictures, baby’s bath time … use your imagination!

Let’s see some of the great layouts that have been posted so far:

Aren’t they fabulous?

Remember, completing 10 challenges in August gets you this beautiful collab:

Have a great evening.

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August Bake Sale Time

Good Saturday Morning my Gingerscraps’ friends. It’s Bake Sale time. Just wanted to swing by and give you a glimpse of what our designers are offering for this month’s bake sale. These are all full kits for $1.00 and are available at this price through August 20th.

 

Make sure to stop by the Gingerscraps Facebook group and show us what you made with your bake sale items.

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*Lost At Sea* Week Four

Another week has gone by and more of our ladies have been sent home from this crazy adventure we are on. Did you check out the layouts from last week? Make sure to see all the Treasures our ladies shared in the Week 3 Gallery.

Onto this week’s challenge:

Week 4 – {A Day In Your Life} *Challenge*
It seems like almost allof the GingerScraps gals have gotten word, they are all blending right in with the pirates. You have started to hold secret meetings and exchange ideas about how to fight these pirates.

To be quite honest, many of the pirates seem very unhappy with the pirate captain and you think they may join together and try to overthrow their leader.

This all might play out perfectly and it is possible you will not have to get involved at all. But just in case, you (and your fellow scrappers) have decided to start tracking all the movements of the pirate captain and his crew of leading men and women.

You start a journal of what they do, from the time they wake up, until the time they go to bed at night.

If you have to orchestrate a plan to take down the captain, you will be prepared!

Week 4- {A Day In Your Life} *The Challenge*
Inspired by tracking the life of the pirates, this layout will be all about a day in YOUR life. Pick a day, take photos and notes as to what you did that day, then scrap it!

The Layout Rules-

  • This layout is all about a day in your life.
  • The LO must have at least 6 photos of things you did during the day.
  • The LO must have the date of your “day in the life”.
  • There is no maximum numbers of photos allowed, go ahead and take as many as you want!
  • In the Tribal Council forum post, type out your journaling, so all players can read your journaling.
  • Templates ARE ALLOWED in this challenge.
  • You must use ALL 100% GingerScraps products when creating your Layout.
  • *Remember* Always credit the products you are using, when posting in the gallery. List the credits in the description box when uploading. When checking layouts, I need to be sure all products are from GS designers- so credits are crucial!!

Come check out the Week 4 Gallery and see what the girls are up to. Make sure to leave them some love and encouragement as well.

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Challenge Spotlight – Desktop Challenge

Happy Tuesday everyone. Hard to believe we’re almost halfway through August. Today we’re spotlighting the Desktop Challenge. Connie Prince has provided this awesome template to use:

 

Let’s see some of the fabulous layouts that have been posted so far:

Remember, with 10 completed challenges, you get this collab as a reward!!

Have a great evening!!

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Scrapping Survivor *Lost at Sea* – Week 3

How much fun is everyone having? It’s hard to believe it’s already week 3. Before we go further, head over to the Week 2 Gallery to see the awesome letters our ladies wrote.

So what are our scrappers turned pirates up to this week?

While you wait to see if your message in a bottle finds its way to a willing savior, you have continued to put on your pirate disguise each day. You are blending in quite well, and actually learning some very interesting things about these pirates.

One buccaneer told you that the pirate captain has a treasure hidden on his ship, it is said to be a huge booty of doubloons and rare gems! He wants to get a crew together to steal the treasure. This sounds like risky business to you, the last thing you need is to get wrapped up in some crime with a band of pirates! You wish the buccaneer luck and move along.

As you walk away you begin to think about your own life, and your treasures. If you were to make a treasure chest, what prized possessions would you stowaway?

Week 3 – {Booty} *The Challenge*
This layout is all about your own “booty”. If you were to put your most prized possessions in a treasure chest, what would they be?

The Layout Rules-

This layout is all about your own “booty”

  • The LO must have at least 2 of your most precious possessions.
  • The LO MUST have photos of the items you would put in your treasure chest.
  • There is no maximum numbers items or of photos allowed.
  • Be sure to journal on your page, so we can learn what your treasures are, and you can preserve them in a scrapbook page for years to come.
  • In the Tribal Council forum post, type out your journaling, so all players can read your journaling.
  • Templates ARE ALLOWED in this challenge.
  • You must use ALL 100% GingerScraps products when creating your Layout.
  • *Remember* Always credit the products you are using, when posting in the gallery. List the credits in the description box when uploading. When checking layouts, I need to be sure all products are from GS designers- so credits are crucial!!

Here are a few tips/ ideas for your layout composition-

  • You treasures do not have to be actual physical items, for example, if one is your religion, then find an item that will represent that, such as a bible.
  • Maybe your treasure is your child or pet, then find something that can represent that child or pet, something that you could take a photo of, like a drawing by your child, or your dogs favorite toy.

Make sure to check out the Week 3 Gallery and leave some love for our pirate ladies!!

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Challenge Spotlight – Template Challenge

Today we’re spotlighting the 1st Template Challenge. This month it’s being hosted by the lovely Dagi of Dagi’s Temp-tations. She has uploaded this fun template for us to use.

Let’s see what some of our wonderful scrappers have come up with:

Aren’t these all just lovely?

Remember, ten challenges completed gets you this fabulous full kit:

Make sure to share your challenges on our FB Group Page as well. We love to see what our members are up to.

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August Featured Designers – Blue Heart Scraps and Wimpychompers Creations

Welcome to August. Is everyone ready for school to begin? I have one headed back to college for her last year and one sitting this college year out and getting a job instead. I’m sure everyone is ready for a routine again.

With a new month comes new Featured Designers. This month we are featuring Blue Heart Scraps and Wimpychompers Creations. I sent them our fun (and somewhat wacky) questions to answer. Let’s see what they gave us.

First up is JoyLynn of Blue Heart Scraps.

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

That’s tough, because there are so many places that I’ve never had the opportunity to see. And, then there are some places (like Germany and France) that I’ve been that I’d love to take my children to see. But, today? I’d probably choose Australia. I’ve had a very, very dear friend there (that I met online!) for more than 10 years. I’d love to finally get the opportunity to meet her, and let her meet my boys!

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

Caution: Extreme Awesomeness In Use!

What is one thing you will never do again?

Have a child. I love the two I have, and though part of me would love a little girl…my two boys are more than enough!

What’s your favorite movie?

That changes almost as often as my underwear! We are HUGE movie fans in this house! So, can I be cheesy and choose the Minion Movie?

Do you love or hate rollercoasters?

LOVE!!!

Do you believe there is intelligent life in outer space?

I think it’s a bit crazy to think we’re the only living things in the universe.

What was the last thing you ate?

Pizza – nom nom nom

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

Neon Green

What’s your biggest pet peeve?

Oh, I have so many, lol (thank you OCD!) The worst, though, may be when people spell my name with a lower case l. JoyLynn – my first and middle name squished together, so 2 capital letters! And even numbers! *shudder*

Pirates or Ninjas?

Argh!

Country or City?

I live in the city – but I’d love to be in the country with a huge garden and a few animals and no internet! 😉

Morning or Night?

Night

Indoors or Outdoors?

Outdoors

Chocolate or Vanilla?

Vanilla

Cats or Dogs?

Where’s the neither option? 😉 Cats are boring, and dogs scare me silly, lol!

Who did you look up to as a kid?

My dad. Hands down.

What is the one thing that makes you happy despite any mood?

My boys! One hug, one giggly laugh, one “Mommy, I sure do love you!” and I’m smiling. No matter what life’s throwing at me.

Do you have any tattoos? If yes what and where are they- If no do you want any and what would you get?

None, but I’ve always wanted one. I’d get an infinity symbol of the word enough on my wrist. A reminder than I am always enough.

Name one television character that you simply adore?

Dr. Sheldon Cooper. Bazinga!

Thanks JoyLynn. Make sure to check out her GingerScraps Store, Facebook page and Blog.

Next up, let’s see how Christina of Wimpychompers Creations answered the same questions.

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

Somewhere tropical and with clear blue water. Living in California I like the beach but the water is so polluted and dirty it’s kind of gross. Definitely wish it wasn’t that way.

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

Love this question! Um… mine would probably say “Mama Bear… don’t mess with the kids!”

What is one thing you will never do again?

Leave a pot of water boiling and forget about it. I’ve done this a couple of times and it never ended well (especially when sanitizing bottle nipples… that one was a mess!)

What’s your favorite movie?

I love the Night at the Museum series because I can watch it with the family.

Do you love or hate rollercoasters?

I like them but hate sharp drops or flipping upside down so it’s an in between answer.

Do you believe there is intelligent life in outer space?

I think sometimes we are missing intelligent life on earth! lol. Honestly I haven’t thought too much about it, definitely none in our galaxy.

What was the last thing you ate?

Air popped popcorn… which I burned half of and had to throw out.

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

Golden Yellow

What’s your biggest pet peeve?

People who let disabilities hold them back, or worse enable their disabled child to think they can’t do anything!

Pirates or Ninjas?

Pirates

Country or City?

Suburbs. lol. I have lived country style forever but think city sounds nice.

Morning or Night?

Night

Indoors or Outdoors?

Both!? Depends on the weather right?

Chocolate or Vanilla?

Chocolate

Cats or Dogs?

Dogs

Who did you look up to as a kid?

My grandma I think.

What is the one thing that makes you happy despite any mood?

My son Alex (11), he always knows what to do to make me feel better and gives great hugs.

Do you have any tattoos? If yes what and where are they- If no do you want any and what would you get?

Nope, too scared of needles! If I did I would have flowers or some gorgeous script font and a bird flying.

Name one television character that you simply adore?

Jessica Day (Zooey Deschanel) on New Girl. She’s awesome!

Thanks Christina!! Check out her GingerScraps Store, Facebook page as well.

And remember, they have teamed up to bring you this month’s Daily Download and let me tell you, it’s HUGE!! Check out the sneak peek.

Thanks for hanging out and reading about these fabulous designers.

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