Fresh Baked: June 22, 2018

Things are about to get a big tail-waggingly good in your office right now! It’s Take Your Dog to Work Day. Ignore the kids! Take the pupper! If that doesn’t work for you, tomorrow is National Pink Day! All the pink! Everywhere!

Remember when you spend $10 in the store, you get a great new collab! This month, it’s time to celebrate the “Super Dad” in your life!

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/GingerBread-Ladies-Collab-Super-Dad.html

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Bundle: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Coastal-Breeze-collection.html
Page kit: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Coastal-Breeze.html
Journaling Cards: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Coastal-Breeze-journal-cards.html
Shabby Wood Papers: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Coastal-Breeze-shabby-woods.html
Word Bits: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Coastal-Breeze-words.html
Glitter Pack: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Coastal-Breeze-glitter-pack.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Painter-s-Paradise-Templates-by-Miss-Fish.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/European-Blended-Photo-Masks-by-Miss-Fish-Templates.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Be-Kind-kit-by-Scraps-N-Pieces.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Moments-and-memories-vol.-6..html

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Collection: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Weekend-Paradise-Collection-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Kit: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Weekend-Paradise-Page-Kit-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Alphas: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Weekend-Paradise-Alpha-Sets-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Blooms: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Weekend-Paradise-Blooms-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Borders: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Weekend-Paradise-Borders-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Titles: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Weekend-Paradise-Titles-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Journal Cards: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Weekend-Paradise-Journal-Cards-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Messy Edges: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Weekend-Paradise-Messy-Edges-by-Aimee-Harrison.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Tropical-Tweets-BGD.html

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Grab Bag: https://store.gingerscraps.net/June-2018-Grab-Bag-Independence-Day-by-Connie-Prince.html
WordArt: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Independence-Day-WordArt-Pack-by-Connie-Prince.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Goal-Pink-Kit.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Goal-Blue-kit.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/CU-UK-Layered-Templates.html

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http://store.gingerscraps.net/so-many-stars-collection-by-Lindsay-Jane.html

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http://store.gingerscraps.net/so-many-stars-by-Lindsay-Jane.html

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

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Get some memories of the simple moments in your life!

DD: June 22

http://bit.ly/2LLnNRk

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 Thursday June 28th, 2018

DD: June 21

http://bit.ly/2JluyLa

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 Wednesday June 27th, 2018

DD: June 20

http://bit.ly/2H976vE

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 June 26th, 2018

Tutorial Tuesday (Photoshop Elements)

Still MORE Fun with FONTS!! 

We’ve done a lot of cool things with fonts, but I know there are still so many even cooler things to try. Last week I bought a new font bundle from The Hungry JPEG, a selection of vintage fonts for a smokin’ hot deal. It’s not as if I’ll ever have too many fonts, right?

Anyway, while I was downloading these fonts, several of which were actually font families, I looked at the samples the site uses for advertising and it hit me… Why not try layering two fonts from the same family and see what happens? Font families are a collection of very similar fonts with some subtle differences; there may be a regular, a bold, a light, an outline, a grungy and an italic version, for example. This tutorial was fun for me, because I really didn’t know what it would look like when I was finished, but the idea was firmly in my head and I had to try it. I impressed myself so much I needed to widen the doorways. But… it didn’t turn out the way I expected it to. It’s BETTER!

I went through my fonts, using High Logic’s Main Type, to find a font family that would hopefully give me the look I could see in my head. The one that looked most promising is called Nomos, by Cruzine Design. It has several variations on the basic font, so I went with it. I started with Nomos Regular Regular for my basic title. I selected a medium gray to be my starting colour from one of the papers I used in my layout. And I set the size at 100 pixels, knowing I’d probably resize it to fit my canvas. Remember, I usually create my title on its own canvas, sizing the basic working space to approximate the area I want it to fill. No distractions, nothing to work around. So once I decided on my font and colour, I opened a 5 1/2 x 1 1/2 transparent canvas on my workspace.

I typed out my one-word title, then resized it to almost fit my space. I made a careful mental note of the exact size of the final font so I wouldn’t have any guesswork for the next step.

Then I went back to my fonts and chose an outline version of the same font. It’s called Nomos Inline Inline. (I don’t know why the designer used so much repetition in titling…)

I Simplified the original layer then turned its visibility off. Why Simplify? When working with fonts in PSE, if you DON’T simplify the layer, then select a different font for your next text layer, that first layer will morph to that new font. And you might not notice it until MUCH later and have to go back and fix it. So don’t forget to Simplify once you’re satisfied with spelling, grammar and punctuation. After that, I typed out my title exactly the same as the first layer, only in white this time. And I resized it to the same size as my original layer. Here’s where the people really paying attention can give me the gears. My resized font is 114.31 pixels.

They weren’t in exactly the same place on the workspace, but it looks really cool just like this! If it was what I was after I’d just have gone with it. But I envisioned something more, so I kept going.

PSA: Simplify your text layers!!

I wanted the two layers stacked perfectly, white over gray, so I used the Move Tool Options to Align the layers, first by Center then by Middle.

I turned off the gray layer again and concentrated on the white outline layer. I clicked on the Layer thumbnail to select the edges of the letters as shown below.

I want the white sections to be thinner so more of the gray shows through, so I clicked Select>Modify>Contract. I didn’t want to lose too much, so I went with a single-digit shrink of 7 pixels.

If you look closely you can see where the new lines of marching ants have appeared. I’m now going to DELETE those sections. CTRL/CMD>X

Ah! Not exactly what I was expecting, but really, really neat!

I couldn’t wait to see what it looked like with the gray layer on. I wanted to add some dimension to the white layer, which I did by using a Simple Sharp Pillow Emboss bevel style, one of the integrated styles the software comes with.

It looked really good, but just a little TOO… too. Easily fixed by adjusting the bevel settings.

I clicked on the fx icon on the white layer and made the bevel much smaller. I think it looks like inlaid enamel and chrome, don’t you? Now I’m itchy to try this with other fonts and see what different effects I can achieve just by layering two fonts. Who knew it would be so much fun?

Here is my finished layout. It’s for the Designer Spotlight Challenge this month and was created with pieces of 3 kits by Connie Prince and a template from Trixie Scraps. The people in the photo are my grandparents; it was taken in the summer of 1961. By the following Easter he was gone; this is one of only 2 photos I have of him where he doesn’t have a cigarette in his hand. I see a little bit of my dad in each of them, and my sister’s eyes crinkle in the same way Grandma’s do. I’d never noticed it before, so this was a labour of love.

DD: June 19

http://bit.ly/2kCCKc3

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 June 25th, 2018

DD: June 18

http://bit.ly/2stiGxp

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 June 23rd, 2018

DD: June 17

http://bit.ly/2xyoydw

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 June 23rd, 2018

Fresh Baked: June 15, 2018

Things are starting to just get a little weird! Okay, Sunday is Father’s Day. That’s normal, right? But Sunday is also Global Garbage Man Day. Okay, okay. I can get behind that. Without garbage men, the streets would get pretty stinky. Just ask any town that’s had a garbage man strike. So, to honor the Garbage Men out there, take advantage of Thursday’s National Selfie Day and take a picture with the Garbage Man in your town. Or your dad. Your dad works too.

Ermergerd! It’s a Sale! Go! Have fun!

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/-Summer-Dreamin-65-OFF-SALE

Remember when you spend $10 in the store, you get a great new collab! This month, it’s time to celebrate the “Super Dad” in your life!

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/GingerBread-Ladies-Collab-Super-Dad.html

lindz
http://store.gingerscraps.net/Lindsay-Jane/

lou01
https://store.gingerscraps.net/Be-A-Unicorn-Grab-Bag-by-LouCee-Creations.html

miss01
https://store.gingerscraps.net/Circle-Time-Templates-by-Miss-Fish-Templates.html

miss02
https://store.gingerscraps.net/Photo-Frenzy-Summer-Templates-by-Miss-Fish.html

miss03
https://store.gingerscraps.net/Story-Time-3-Templates-by-Miss-Fish.html

pony
Bundle: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Baby-You-Can-Drive-My-Car-Bundle.html
Kit: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Baby-You-Can-Drive-My-Car.html
Elements: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Baby-You-Can-Drive-My-Car-Elements.html
Journal Cards: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Baby-You-Can-Drive-My-Car-JC.html
Alphas: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Baby-You-Can-Drive-My-Car-Alphas.html
Papers: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Baby-You-Can-Drive-My-Car-Papers.html
Cardstocks: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Baby-You-Can-Drive-My-Car-Cardstocks.html

tinci
https://store.gingerscraps.net/My-life-in-photobook-24..html

aimee
Collection: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Garden-Time-Collection-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Kit: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Garden-Time-Page-Kit-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Alphas: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Garden-Time-Alpha-Sets-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Titles: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Garden-Time-Titles-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Blooms: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Garden-Time-Blooms-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Frame Clusters: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Garden-Time-Frame-Clusters-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Quotes: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Garden-Time-Quotes-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Messy Edges: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Garden-Time-Messy-Edges-by-Aimee-Harrison.html

boomers01
https://store.gingerscraps.net/Who-You-Gonna-Call-BGD.html

boomers2
https://store.gingerscraps.net/Life-is-an-Adventure-BGD.html

dandelion
https://store.gingerscraps.net/Summer-Sunshine-Digital-Scrapbook-Kit-By-Dandelion-Dust-Designs.html

connie
Bundle: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Travelogue-Delaware-Bundle-Pack-by-Connie-Prince.html
Word Art and Flair Pack: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Travelogue-Delaware-Word-Art-and-Flair-Pack-by-Connie-Prince.html
Kit: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Travelogue-Delaware-Kit-by-Connie-Prince.html
Word Bits: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Travelogue-Delaware-Word-Bits-by-Connie-Prince.html
Templates: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Travelogue-Delaware-12×12-Temps-CU-Ok-by-Connie-Prince.html

krist01
https://store.gingerscraps.net/Kristmess/

krist02
https://store.gingerscraps.net/Tickled-Pink-Trio.html

cathy
https://store.gingerscraps.net/CathyK_65_Sale

connie2
http://goo.gl/DQK8T

lou02
https://store.gingerscraps.net/_LouCee_65

Ermergerd! There’s more! It’s Bake Sale time too!

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

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Get some memories of the simple moments in your life!

Sneak Peeks June 14th 2018

 

Happy Thursday!! We are almost to the weekend! I hope you are enjoying the last few days of Spring because summer is almost upon us! Hopefully this week’s new releases will inspire your scrapping! Here’s a peek!

From Ponytails

From Tinci

From Cornelia

From Aimee Harrison

I hope you have a wonderful memory filled weekend!