Gingerscraps is Wondering “What’s This?”

What’s this? What’s this?
There’s color everywhere
What’s this?
There’s white things in the air
What’s this?
I can’t believe my eyes
I must be dreaming
Wake up, jack, this isn’t fair
What’s this?

There is always a debate on what makes a Christmas movie. You have the Hallmark movies that are all about the romance and love and happy endings. Then you have those that say Die Hard is a Christmas movie. Well, I think Nightmare Before Christmas is the best movie. It encompasses all the holidays!

Remember when you spend $10 in the store, you get a great new collab! Templates abound, trickling around like leaves.

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I love seeing things from past Christmases, so this is a perfect kit!

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

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Anyone else craving Gingerbread, Hot Cocoa, and Candy Canes right now?

DD: DEC 13

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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.

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Sneak Peeks December 12th 2019

Happy Thursday!!! There is less than two weeks to Christmas! Are you ready? Our designers have some great products to get you in the festive mood! Let’s check out a peek!

From Tinci

From Snickerdoodle Designs

From JoCee

From Aimee Harrison

From Miss Fish

From Daglicious

From Lindsay Jane

Come back tomorrow to see all the new releases in the shop!

DD: DEC 12

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DD: DEC 11

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Tutorial Tuesday (Photoshop Elements)

DIY Christmas Card Workshop

Woohoo! I’m on deadline today!! Things are looking up. Today’s tutorial isn’t necessarily scrapbooking-related, but it definitely uses digital scrapbooking supplies. It’s also not really in time for this year, but it can be a thought for next year. I’m going to show you how to make 2 personal Christmas cards from 1 sheet of cardstock. The resulting cards are 4 1/4 inches by 5 1/2 inches. You can get 50 envelopes that will hold these beauties at Michaels for $8 (Canadian, so about $5 in the US).

If I would have been thinking I could have skipped this step by putting the dimensions in reverse in the New Document screen. But I didn’t so I had to Rotate the canvas 90°.

Next I snapped a line across the centre of the page, and another from top to bottom. I used the Ruler and the Pencil Tool. To snap a straight line in a project, select the Pencil Tool and set the size of the line you want. I wanted these lines to be faint, so I went with 1 pixel. Line up the cursor with the halfway point along one side of your canvas. You can see a moving dashed line on the Ruler so you’ll know when you’re in the right place. Click once just barely inside the edge of your canvas. Then hold down the Shift key and move the cursor to the same spot on the opposite side and click again. It’s just that easy. Then do the same with the top-to-bottom centre point. These are guidelines for placement of elements and for cutting and scoring later.

Then I opened up the folder where I’d collected the objects I wanted to use. I have a photo taken several Christmases ago, a 3D snowflake from Lindsay Jane‘s Snowed Under kit and a mask from PrelestnayaP‘s December Wishes.

Working in the lower left corner of the canvas, I opened up the Shape Tool, chose the Rectangle, set a Fixed Size of 5.25 by 4 inches and chose a darkish green colour.

The resulting rectangle will fit inside the guidelines for one card. and by Simplifying the layer, I can make adjustments to it as needed because it’s now a Smart Object.

The next step is to add the mask. I resized it to fit inside the green rectangle completely.

The photo went on top of the mask and was resized to approximately the size I’d need. I want the deer and some of the illuminated snow visible later.

Clipping the photo to the mask is simple. Right click>Create Clipping Mask or CTRL/CMD>ALT>G for more recent versions of PSE or just CTRL/CMD>G for versions pre-15.

Final position tweaks included a little shifting and a little more shrinking.

I chose a gold colour from my photo to use for the sentiment. Here’s where all those amazing fonts you have in your stash will come in handy. You can make this text as personal as you want, even making it family- or person-specific. But it still looked like it needed something. So I CTRL/CMD>clicked on the green rectangle layer’s thumbnail to select the outer edges of the rectangle. Then Select>Modify>Contract.

I pondered for a nanosecond how much I should shrink my selection and settled on 25 pixels.

And then I added a Stroke to the new selection. Edit>Stroke (Outline) Selection

I then used the same gold as for the text and added my Stroke. The position for this isn’t a make-or-break thing, so don’t obsess over it.

Yes, I think that’s what it needed.

The final step for this card is to add a trademark to the back. I went with the green for this.

Knowing that it’s on the BACK of the card and should be readable with the card right-side-up, I Rotated the text 180°.

I’m going for 100% honesty here… I saw a card like this second one on Pinterest so I’m not taking credit for the idea. (Ignore the typo on the screenshot please!) I added a new blank layer to the stack and Loaded some watercolour Brushes. These are from a set of 20 free brushes from Brusheezy. I chose 3 shades of wintery blue for the brush area.

I layered the brushes, each on its own layer so I can make adjustments to just one – or all – if I need to.

For a bit of contrast I chose an aqua for the topmost brush layer.

I added in the snowflake and sized it appropriately. But it wasn’t quite enough by itself. So I added a Layer Style from Ooh La La ScrapsIn the Frosty Air collection.

It still was missing something so I turned off the snowflake layer for a second and added a white paint splatter. That makes a big difference!

A few words and it’s pretty much what I was looking for.

A trademark on the back in the dark blue and it’s finished!

I saved the file as a .png so the printer wouldn’t need to add a white background to everything. To turn this into cards, I’ll load up my printer with white cardstock and print several copies. Using my guillotine cutter I’ll cut the cards apart on the top-to-bottom guideline and score then fold along the side-to-side guideline. I choose to print my sentiments for the inside of the card on resume paper (it’s a bit fancier than regular printer paper) and trim to fit the inside of the folded card. Word art would be perfect for this! Another option is to use a sentiment stamp and ink in a colour to match the front of the card. All that’s left is to sign them, pop them into their envelopes and mail them!

Whew… two weeks until Christmas Eve! Better get on that!

DD: DEC 10

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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.

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DD: DEC 9

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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.

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December Featured Designer – Kristmess Designs

Hey scrapbook friends. Hope you are enjoying your December and are grabbing the Daily Download from our Featured Designers. Kristmess Designs and Aimee Harrison Designs teamed up this month to bring us a gorgeous kit.

I had a chance to ask them a few questions. Let’s see what Kristina had to say.

How long have you been designing?

Almost 15 years.

What made you decide to design?

I have been designing my own papers and such for years, long before I ever had a computer and when I got one I just started doing it on that one thing lead to another and eventually I started selling the kits I’d made.

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

I use Photoshop and Affinity Designer on my iMac mainly, I also use Procreate on the iPad for drawings and watercolour stuff. I also use Affinity Photo and Designer on the iPad too although that is all fairly new to me.

Describe your design workplace.

Unfortunately I live in a very small house with 3 kids and no spare rooms of any kind so my desk is in a closet in our bedroom, the door came off and the desk went in, it’s a bit cramped but once I’m in my little bubble I don’t really notice.

What motivates and inspires you as a designer?

Oh loads of things, things I see when out and about, stuff the kids do, that sort of thing.

What is your favorite kit currently in your GS store and why?

My favourite kit is usually my most recent one and usually changes as I make a new one! It’s hard to say an overall favourite but I suppose right now it is my Reverence kit, only because it is the first kit that I made primarily using my iPad. I was travelling at the time I drew the ballerinas and made the most of the kit. I am still learning my programs on the iPad so that was quite an achievement for me.

What was your first job?

The first job I ever had was working as a waitress in a restaurant near to where I grew up, whilst I was going through college.

Have you ever met anyone famous?

Lot of people actually, with my husband’s line of work I meet famous people on a regular basis. I also worked on cruise ships and there were quite a few famous folks came on the cruises.

What are you reading right now?

I am afraid to say I am not a big reader, I am dyslexic and find it very difficult and time consuming to read. I read only things I have to and try to avoid the rest.

What is your favorite quote?

“My spelling is wobbly, it’s good spelling but it wobbles and the letters get in the wrong places” by A.A. Milne (Winnie the Pooh)

What is something you want to do in the next year that you’ve never done before?

Get organized!

You have your own latenight talk show, who do you invite as your first guest?

No idea, sorry.

If you had to delete all but 3 apps from your smartphone, which ones would you keep?

I think I probably only have 3 apps on my smartphone! I don’t use it all that much, except for making phone calls of course. Now lets see, I think I would keep FaceTime, Transit (local bus schedule) and Mail.

If you could have someone follow you around all the time, like a personal assistant, what would you have them do?

Oh the housework, most definitely! I can’t stand doing housework and I would LOVE to have someone do that for me!

Would you rather travel back in time to meet your ancestors or to the future to meet your descendants?

Ancestors for sure!

What commercial jingle gets stuck in your head all the time?

Believe it or not I can’t think of one off hand, I guess I don’t listen to much in the way of commercials!’

If you could turn the ocean into a liquid other than water, which one would you pick?

Hmm, Fanta cos that would make it Fanta Sea!!

Thanks Kristina. I loved your answers.  Make sure to check out her GingerScraps store, her Facebook Fan Page, and her blog.

Are you grabbing the Daily Download? I just love this Sneak Peek!

DD: DEC 8

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