DD: Jan 17


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DD: Feb 16

*note* this link was updated/corrected @ 10:45am PST on January 16th

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Post expires at 10:00am on Tuesday January 22nd, 2019

Tutorial Tuesday (Photoshop Elements)

Memory-Keeping with Not-So-Great Photos

I don’t know about you, but I’m seriously lousy at getting good selfies. Maybe I’m too critical, or maybe I just don’t look good in photos. But when the only photos I have of an event I really want to scrap about are those nasty selfies, what’s a woman to do? Such was the day I went to the beach on the Wild Atlantic Way… the ONLY day out of the whole two weeks I was in Ireland this time when it rained. It was also the only chance I would have to walk on the beach at Kilkee, where my 3x great-grandparents were born. So I went ahead to walk on the beach (although I didn’t walk the cliffs – I AM a bit of a chicken) and took the nasty selfies, then scrapped them into a minimalist layout for the January Color Challenge.

When I say it was raining, I’m not talking about the soft, misty rain Ireland is usually known for; it was more like a prairie downpour. My hair was plastered to my head and my jacket was soaked through. (And I was freezing… in July!)

If I was going to do something with these photos that I could live with, I was going to have to think a bit. I made a copy of my photo so I’d be playing with it and not the original.

Then I did something I’d never done before… I checked out the possibilities in the Effects menu. I played with each of the options to see what they do, and some of them will be given more attention in upcoming tuts. Imagine my surprise when I found an even quicker-with-fewer-steps sketch effect than we’ve looked at in other tuts.

Just one click and I had a sketch!

The effect produced another new layer.

The details are pretty blown-out, so I thought about how to find them again. (Although I wasn’t really upset that the crowsfeet are gone!)

I used the Levels adjustment (Enhance>Adjust Lighting>Levels or CTRL/CMD>L) to darken the outlines. With Levels, pushing the Input Levels dark value slider to the right as shown and the Output Levels light value slider just slightly to the left allowed some colour to leak back in, but also brought the details and textures back. The raindrops on my glasses are more obvious now.

I wanted a tiny bit more sketchiness so I duplicated the sketch layer (right-click on the layer then select Duplicate Layer or CTRL/CMD>J) then played with the Levels again. Can you see the difference in the histograms between the two images?

Just for fun, I played with some Blend Modes too. Some of them give really interesting results… There are no limits on creativity here!

I chose Pin Light. The only difference it makes is to brighten the image up a bit. And maybe sharpen the sketch effect a smidge.

Lowering the Opacity of that layer lets a bit more colour show through without losing the total sketch effect.

But naturally, I have to play a bit more.

I tried all the Modes then settled on Overlay.

That’s more like it! Some of the gray is gone,, the details are sharper and there’s a hint of colour.

After I Merged all the layers, this is what I ended up with.

And my final layout looks like this… The blended photo in the background is simply clipped to a mask then the mask’s Opacity was lowered a bit to blend the background a bit more.

DD: Jan 15


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DD: Jan 14


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DD: Jan 13


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DD: Jan 12


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Post expires at 10:00am on Friday January 18th, 2019

Hop Hop! Newsletter Hop & a New Designer!

Hello lovely scrappers! I hope you all are having a wonderful start to your 2019!
We have a super fun way to kick off the new year … A Newsletter Hop!
All you need to do is sign up to receive the following list of newsletters BEFORE January 16th.
The newsletters containing a new freebie will begin to arrive in your inbox on January 18th. If you are already a subscriber to a newsletter, don’t worry, you will also receive the new freebies too!
Please visit the forum thread for a complete list of the newsletters!
{2019} Newsletter Hop!

Remember when you spend $10 in the store, you get a great new collab! It’s time to celebrate the start of a new year!


HAPPY DANCE TIME! We have a designer, who was a member of the family before, but had to step away from designing. When she came back, she knew where she needed to be!

HERE! Of course! <3

Welcome back, Dagi!


You know we had to ask her for some bit of an intro of herself. We do have new fans and all!

I’m almost 38 yrs old mom to two amazing boys (also 2 dogs and 5 cats!) from the Czech republic that discovered the world of digital scrapbook back in 2008. Very soon, I realized that templates are my cup of tea, so in 2011 I decided to slowly start designing my own. Besides scrapping and designing I also love reading (Stephen King is my favorite) and taking long walks. I am very thrilled to be coming back to Ginger Scraps. I simply love the entire community!

Don’t worry Dagi! We love you too!! We’re so happy to have her back!

And here are just a few things available in her store:




And it wouldn’t be an opening without a great sale!







Hello January – Kit https://store.gingerscraps.net/Hello-January-Kit.html
Hello January – Cards https://store.gingerscraps.net/Hello-January-Cards.html
Hello January – Templates https://store.gingerscraps.net/Hello-January-Template-Pack.html
Hello January – Bundle https://store.gingerscraps.net/Hello-January-Bundle.html







Bundle – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Celebrate-2018-TEMPLATES-BUNDLE-by-Heather-Z-Scraps.html
Vol. 1 – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Celebrate-2018-TEMPLATES-VOL.-1-by-Heather-Z-Scraps.html
Vol. 2 – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Celebrate-2018-TEMPLATES-VOL.-2-by-Heather-Z-Scraps.html
Vol. 3 – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Celebrate-2018-TEMPLATES-VOL.-3-by-Heather-Z-Scraps.html





Kit: https://store.gingerscraps.net/It-s-My-Hairday-by-LDragDesigns.html
Word Art: https://store.gingerscraps.net/It-s-My-Hairday-Wordart-by-LDragDesigns.html

Kit: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Slumber-Party-by-LDragDesigns.html
Bundle: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Slumber-Party-The-Collection-by-LDragDesigns.html




Bundle: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Pretty-Paws-Cats-collection.html
Page kit: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Pretty-Paws-Cats.html
Journaling Cards: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Pretty-Paws-Cats-cards.html
Graffiti Pack: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Pretty-Paws-Cats-graffiti.html
Bonus Papers: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Pretty-Paws-Cats-bonus-papers.html
Word Bits: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Pretty-Paws-Cats-words.html
Bonus Elements: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Pretty-Paws-Cats-bonus-elements.html





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


January is Mental Health Month! This kit is PERFECT for that!

Sneak Peeks January 10th 2019

Happy Thursday! Tomorrow is jam packed with new releases! Let’s see all the awesome goodies releasing!

From Dagi

From Heather Z

From LDrag

From Tinci

From JB Studio

From CathyK

From Miss Fish

From Aimee Harrison

From Luv Ewe

Have a great weekend!

Tutorial Tuesday (Photoshop Elements)

Any Way You Slice It

After last week’s tutorial went out and I posted my Possibilities layout there were several comments about the photo treatment I used. Well, I actually stole it from a paper layout I saw in an old issue of Creating Keepsakes. Sort of. The digital version is a lot less labour-intensive and creates no mess or destruction. No glue either. So I thought that might make a suitable topic for today’s tutorial!

I started out by adding a new blank layer above my photo layer. That can be done simply by clicking on the little piece-of-paper icon at the top of the Layers Panel. Then I activated the Rectangular Marquee tool. (CTRL/CMD>M)

Next I pulled out a narrow rectangular selection along the left edge of my photo, including the parts of the photo I wanted to keep and excluding the part I didn’t – who wants to look at a roof?

Then I added a narrow white stroke around the selected area.

Then I dragged out another rectangular selection from my photo. See that little dialog box with numbers in it? That’s a great tool! It tells you the dimensions of whatever shape you’ve dragged out, therefore allowing you to keep the width or length of your selection identical. (Or you can just CTRL/CMD>J it and make an identical copy that you can then adjust to whatever dimensions you want…)

These are the settings I used for all my strokes: 5 pixels in width, centered over the selection, white and 100% visible.

I made a bunch of copies of my second rectangle and moved them over, which let me really WSNH (Work Smart, Not Hard) by skipping a lot of steps. I left the width the same but stretched or shrunk heights as I went. Once I had the whole photo “sliced” up, I Merged the frames.

Then I moved back to the photo layer and, still using the Rectangular Marquee, I started selecting the areas of the photo I didn’t want to keep. Then I Cut those areas away. (CTRL/CMD>X)

All that was left was to apply a hint of a drop shadow on the frame layer to give the whole thing a little dimension. The shadow settings I used were Angle: 90°, Size: 16 pixels, Distance: 0 pixels and Opacity: 18% with the colour being black. I didn’t add a shadow to the photo itself.

It’s really that easy!