~~November Bake Sale!!~~

Good morning. Today is the start of the November Bake Sale. November!!! This month is flying by. Looks like our designers have thrown in a lot of Fall and Thankful kits into the Bake Sale this month. All kits and template packs are only $1.00 each through November 2oth. I know I see several things I need to grab for my stash.

Head over to the store and grab these before the Bake Sale ends!!

DD: Nov 14

http://bit.ly/2O5uiON

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.

Post expires at 10:00am on Tuesday November 20th, 2018

Tutorial Tuesday (Photoshop Elements)

Cuttin’ It Out – Old-School

Since I’m essentially house-bound while my husband recovers from his knee injury, I’ve started a decluttering project – something my daughter would say is LONG past due. (She calls me Queen of the Hoarders, which may be a slight exaggeration. Slight…) I’ll never be a minimalist, but a girl’s gotta start somewhere right? So as I was flipping through some back issues of Canadian Scrapbooker (to see why they hadn’t already been recycled), I found some paper layouts that I thought could make interesting digital techniques. The paper scrapper (Erin Morehouse of Beaconsfield, Québec) who created the layout shown below used a Silhouette Cameo to die-cut the letters from her background paper. I’m going to show you how I scraplifted her layout digitally; it’s my Designer Spotlight challenge layout for November, using pieces-parts of several kits from JoCee Designs.

First I had to find a photo and a quote that would work together. Then I collected up my supplies.

Once I had the bare bones in place, I added in the alphas I wanted to use. They form a message all by themselves, don’t they?

Then I went on to choose a serif font with enough presence to work for the die-cut technique. It was a lovely surprise to see I could use a system font, one that’s accessible to everybody. Courier New Bold is perfect for this.

I had an idea how the text should look, so I typed it out as you see it below. I went BIG.

But it was a little too sprawly for me, took up too much space on my layout. So I adjusted it by squishing it a bit – still the same height, but not as wide.

That was much better. Before I went on to the next step, I Simplified the text. Otherwise I ran the risk of messing it up when I used the Type tool again. And I needed to be able to beef the letters up a bit.

The easiest way to make these letters more stocky is to apply a Stroke to them.

Colour isn’t a factor for this part, because the text is only temporary. So use whatever colour you want. The stroke needed to be big enough to give me the effect I was looking for, but not so big it blunted the text. And it had to be centered on the edges of the letters so it would follow the letters’ contours exactly AND be connected to the text.

My text now has good bulk, without obliterating the open areas in each letter.

I went on to add in the rest of the quote. I used the same tweaks on these text layers for conformity. See the difference between the free-standing letter ‘a’ and the ‘a’s in “balancing”?

After I had my text positioned where I wanted it, I Merged the  text layers so I could continue to play with the text as a single object.

Next I moved the text layer underneath the background paper layer. (This step isn’t necessary, I did it to show you how the process will work from this point.) I Selected the text by CTRL/CMD>clicking on the layer thumbnail in the Layers panel. See the marching ants? Then I Edit>Cut (CTRL/CMD>X) the paper away where it overlies the text.

The text layer is visible again.

If I turn off the layer’s visibility, the gingham paper behind it shows through. (Unreadable as it is…)

So I no longer needed the text layer, and could just Delete it.

I had a number of patterned papers in my layout folder so I started adding pieces of them behind my words. Some needed to be resized to work correctly.

But to see the full effect, I opted to add a Drop Shadow to the woodgrain paper layer. No fancy footwork here, just a simple, Hard default shadow. I made some little adjustments to the shadow by double-clicking on the fx icon to the right of the layer in the Layers panel.

Now, when I added in my patterned papers, I could see the shadow and gauge the way it all looked together.

I only want this blue paper behind “Step”, so I used the Rectangular Marquee tool to select an area of the paper that would completely fill the word. Then I Inverted the selection to cut away the excess paper. Select>Inverse or CTRL/CMD>Shift>I

then Edit>Cut or CTRL/CMD>X.

There we go!

I did the same steps for each word, although I worked randomly, until I had all the words backed with patterned paper.

Then I took another look at the original layout and realized I hadn’t removed the little bits from the open letters that would be impossible to work with using paper and a die-cutter.

So I erased all those little areas.

Then all that was left was to adjust the drop shadow again. Pretty cool!

Now, if you were expecting to see my finished layout here, I’m sorry to disappoint you… My laptop froze just as I finished up my screenshots and I had to do a hard reboot. (There seems to be some sort of instability with PSE 15 and Windows 10 because this freeze happens unpredictably, but frequently, when I have PSE open.) I have to start my layout over from scratch, but I have these screenshots to help me out. Then I can get back to purging…………

DD: Nov 13

http://bit.ly/2O2Xm9P

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.

Post expires at 10:00am on Monday November 19th, 2018

DD: Nov 12

http://bit.ly/2OPOGZv

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.

Post expires at 10:00am on Sunday November 18th, 2018

DD: Nov 11

http://bit.ly/2ywcA24

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.

Post expires at 10:00am on Saturday November 17th, 2018

DD: Nov 10

http://bit.ly/2EJdsWv

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.

Post expires at 10:00am on Friday November 16th, 2018

FresH Baked: November 09, 2018

We’re trucking along and it’s time for another Friday to come along! The designers are embracing the seasons, and you have such a beautiful selection of templates and kits to choose from!

Remember when you spend $10 in the store, you get a great new collab! It’s time to spend time with your loved ones!fwp_thumb3_thumb
https://store.gingerscraps.net/GingerBread-Ladies-Collab-Time-With-Family.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Giving-Thanks-Digital-Scrapbook-Kit-by-Dandelion-Dust-Designs.html

2
Bundle: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Scorpio-Bundle.html
Kit: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Scorpio-Kit.html
Cards: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Scorpio-Cards.html
Alphas: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Scorpio-Alphas.html
Glitters: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Scorpio-Glitters.html
Cardstocks: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Scorpio-Card-Stocks.html

3
https://store.gingerscraps.net/CU-Artsy-Layers-Strips-Templates.html

4
https://store.gingerscraps.net/Apple-Crisp-CT.html

5
https://store.gingerscraps.net/Christmas-Time-by-LDragDesigns.html

6
Vol 1: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Scrap-The-Season-Templats-Vol.-1-by-LDragDesigns.html
Vol 2: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Scrap-The-Season-Templats-Vol.-2-by-LDragDesigns.html

7
https://store.gingerscraps.net/Tis-The-Season-by-LDragDesigns.html

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38: http://store.gingerscraps.net/Page-Borders-38-by-Lindsay-Jane.html
37: http://store.gingerscraps.net/Page-Borders-37-by-Lindsay-Jane.html
Rec 38: http://store.gingerscraps.net/Page-Borders-Rec-38-by-Lindsay-Jane.html
Rec 37: http://store.gingerscraps.net/Page-Borders-Rec-37-by-Lindsay-Jane.html

9
https://store.gingerscraps.net/The-Middle-Of-It-Templates-by-Miss-Fish.html

10
https://store.gingerscraps.net/Family-Focus-Templates-by-Miss-Fish.html

11
http://store.gingerscraps.net/Neia-Scraps/

12
https://store.gingerscraps.net/Hairspray-Kit-by-Scraps-N-Pieces.html

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Kit: https://store.gingerscraps.net/This-is-Me-November-Kit.html
Bundle: https://store.gingerscraps.net/This-is-Me-November-Collection.html
Borders: https://store.gingerscraps.net/This-is-Me-November-Borders.html
Edgers: https://store.gingerscraps.net/This-is-Me-November-Edgers.html
Graffiti: https://store.gingerscraps.net/This-is-Me-November-Graffiti.html
Word Strips: https://store.gingerscraps.net/This-is-Me-November-Word-Strips.html

14
https://store.gingerscraps.net/Magical-journey-1..html

15
Kit: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Just-Say-Boo-Petite-Kit-by-ADB-Designs.html
Cardstocks: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Just-Say-Boo-Cardstock-Solids.html

16
Bundle: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Paisley-Bundle-by-ADB-Designs.html
Kit: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Paisley-Page-Kit-by-ADB-Designs.html
Clusters: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Paisley-Clusters-by-ADB-Designs.html
Borders: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Paisley-Page-Borders-by-ADB-Designs.html
Glitter Accents: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Paisley-Glitter-Accents-by-ADB-Designs.html
Solids: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Paisley-Solids-by-ADB-Designs.html
Masks: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Paisley-Masks-by-ADB-Designs.html

17
https://store.gingerscraps.net/Singular-2-Templates-by-Aimee-Harrison.html

18
https://store.gingerscraps.net/Blocked-3-Templates.html

19
https://store.gingerscraps.net/Coffee-Break-BGD.html

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

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It’s time to get some time with your family.

Sneak Peeks November 8th 2018

Happy Thursday! There’s a ton of goodies releasing tomorrow! Our designers are definitely getting into the holiday spirit!

From JB Studio

From Tinci

From Miss Fish

From JoCee Designs

From LDrag Designs

From Aimee Harrison

From Ponytails

From Neia Scraps

Tutorial Tuesday (Photoshop Elements)

Shaving Shadows

As you’ve already figured out if you read my tutorials regularly, I’m a bit of a perfectionist. I like things to look a certain way, and will try whatever it takes to get the effect I want. Shadows are something I don’t like to compromise on, and I often create custom shadow layers for my layouts. But I’m also a bit of a procrastinator and leave things until the 11th hour… and then I run with drop shadow styles, either ones I’ve loaded into my Styles menu or the ones the designer has added to the template I’m using. These Styles are limited in what can be tweaked, and when I’m building a cluster, sometimes the shadows just look wrong because the style isn’t more adjustable. In that case, if I’m in a real hurry, I look the other way, but I’m not happy about it. So when I discovered a Work Smart Not Hard method of customizing drop shadow styles,  I was all over it! I was absolutely giddy!! It IS possible to erase JUST THE SHADOWS quickly and easily, to give that realism to my clusters!

There are a number of designers who have collections of drop shadow styles for sale. They make short work of shadowing a variety of elements with a single click. But they have limitations in the adjustments you can make to them. At least that’s what I always thought…

The image below shows the software’s adjustment menu for Styles. You can open this menu by double-clicking on the Style icon (the little fx icon on the right hand side of the layer in the Layers Panel). Whatever settings you choose, Elements applies across the board.

Now, if I try to erase any part of the shadow on this layer, I run the risk of erasing the flower too. But with the shadow style left intact as a style, when I erase part of the shadow, I also erase the part of the flower that casts the shadow. And it looks very odd.

If I Simplify the layer (as I remind you constantly to do with your special effects), Erasing will erase everything equally; who has time for zooming in, using a tiny Erase brush and going pixel by pixel to erase just the shadow? I don’t.

See what I mean?

Here’s where the fun starts. If I Select the flower by CTRL/CMD>clicking on the image thumbnail in the Layers Panel

and THEN Simplify…

I can Invert the selection at any point either before or after Simplifying and it works just the same. To Invert, click on Select>Inverse or CTRL/CMD>Shift>I which moves the marching ants from the edges of the image to the edge of the document and Selects everrything in between – the shadow.

Now I can Erase just the shadow!! At this step I can use the Eraser brush at 100% opacity to completely remove the shadow, or I can decrease the brush Opacity to whatever I want to just to lighten the shadow in that area. Or I can partially erase, partially lighten. It’s a bonanza of options!

You may never have a reason to use this trick, but I’m glad I shared it with you.