Fresh Baked: July 07, 2017

Happy Friday! I hope that you had a happy and safe 4th/Canada Day/week! This week, the designers are full on in summer mode and have a lot of great templates and kits that will fit all of those summer moments! Make sure you check them out!

Remember when you spend $10 in the store, you get a great new collab!

fwp3
http://store.gingerscraps.net/GingerBread-Ladies-Collab-Life-Is-A-Picnic.html

lindsay01
http://store.gingerscraps.net/Heat-of-Summer-Collection-by-Lindsay-Jane.html

lindsay02
http://store.gingerscraps.net/Heat-of-Summer-by-Lindsay-Jane.html

magical
Bundle: http://store.gingerscraps.net/Wave-Patrol-collection.html
Page kit: http://store.gingerscraps.net/Wave-Patrol.html
Graffiti Pack: http://store.gingerscraps.net/Wave-Patrol-graffiti.html
Journaling Cards: http://store.gingerscraps.net/Wave-Patrol-journal-cards.html
Shabby Wood Papers: http://store.gingerscraps.net/Wave-Patrol-shabby-woods.html
Word Bits: http://store.gingerscraps.net/Wave-Patrol-word-bits.html

missfish01
http://store.gingerscraps.net/Mid-Summer-Template-Grab-Bag.html

missfish02
http://store.gingerscraps.net/Simply-Petite-Templates.html

neia
https://store.gingerscraps.net/Life-is-Sweet-8-Templates-by-Neia-Scraps.html

ponytails
http://store.gingerscraps.net/Showcase-3.html

scraps
Bundle – https://store.gingerscraps.net/My-Life-July-Bundle.html
Kit – https://store.gingerscraps.net/My-Life-July-Kit.html

seatrout
http://store.gingerscraps.net/Seatrout-Scraps/

tinci01
http://store.gingerscraps.net/Always-blooming.html

tinci02
http://store.gingerscraps.net/Mid-Summer-Grab-Bag.html

aimee
Collection: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Seaside-Holiday-Collection.html
Kit: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Seaside-Holiday-Page-Kit.html
Alpha: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Seaside-Holiday-Alpha-Sets.html
Word Art: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Seaside-Holiday-Word-Art.html
Ombre Papers: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Seaside-Holiday-Ombre-Papers.html
Messy Edges: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Seaside-Holiday-Messy-Edges.html
Glitter: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Seaside-Holiday-Glitters.html

boomers
http://store.gingerscraps.net/Watermelon-Smiles-BGD.html

cathyk
Bundle: http://store.gingerscraps.net/Are-We-There-Yet-Bundle.html
Kit: http://store.gingerscraps.net/Are-We-There-Yet-Kit.html
Papers: http://store.gingerscraps.net/Are-We-There-Yet-Papers.html
Elements: http://store.gingerscraps.net/Are-We-There-Yet-Elements.html
Enamel Pins: http://store.gingerscraps.net/Are-We-There-Yet-Enamel-Pins.html
License Plates: http://store.gingerscraps.net/Are-We-There-Yet-License-Plates.html
Word Bits: http://store.gingerscraps.net/Are-We-There-Yet-Word-Bits.html
Extra Papers: http://store.gingerscraps.net/Are-We-There-Yet-Extra-Papers.html

connie
https://store.gingerscraps.net/July-2017-Template-Bundle.html

craft
http://store.gingerscraps.net/Beyond.html

dandelion
http://store.gingerscraps.net/Drift-Away-Digital-Scrapbook-Kit-By-Dandelion-Dust-Designs.html

heartstrings
https://store.gingerscraps.net/the-bigger-picture-8-Templates.html

jocee
http://store.gingerscraps.net/Celebrate-July-Mini.html

kristmess01
http://store.gingerscraps.net/Kristmess/

kristmess02
http://store.gingerscraps.net/Kristmess/

kristmess03
http://store.gingerscraps.net/Kristmess/

ad01
https://store.gingerscraps.net/One-Perfect-Day-Kit-by-Key-Lime-Digi-Design.html

ad02
http://store.gingerscraps.net/CathyK-Designs

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

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I’m not going to let anything rain on my chances to get some sunshine with this!

Sneak Peeks July 6th, 2017

Happy Thursday! I hope everyone enjoyed their long weekend! Hopefully you took a ton of photos (I know I did!) and one of the new goodies coming out tomorrow will help get those creative vibes flowing!

From Tinci

From Craft-tastrophic

From Neia Scraps

From Lindsay Jane

From CathyK

From Neia Scraps

From JoCee

From Miss Fish

 

From Heart Strings Scrap Art

From Ponytails

 

From Aimee Harrison

Have a wonderful weekend!

Tutorial Tuesday (Photoshop Elements)

Templates with a Twist

I’ve been planning this tutorial for a while but the right moment hadn’t arrived yet. Then the June Daily Download broke and there it was! Tinci Designs and JB Studios (sadly Dani is retiring from designing) were together in the limelight with their Hey Man template bundle. It was the first time two template designers were in the Designer Spotlight together and it posed some interesting challenges to the store and to our devoted GingerScrappers. But it played right into my hand…

Did you know that you can combine two (or more) templates into a single layout? Are you shocked? Remember, templates are amazingly versatile tools. You don’t have to slavishly follow the design for them to help you create fabulous layouts. They’re intended as inspirational guides, with symbols as placeholders. With templates, your creativity is only limited by your imagination. I’m going to show you how to do a template mashup right here, right now. Let me begin by saying I probably wouldn’t have chosen this bundle for this technique, but the opportunity presented itself and I ran with it. To have the best results with your template mashup, you should choose two templates with clusters, photo spots, masks or combinations of those that you really like, with a good amount of white space, so you’ll have lots of options.

I decided to use the JB Studios template shown below as my base template. I like the row of circles with the small cluster, and I really like the little wordstrip cluster in the corner. I made a mental note of what the file was named so I could find it later…

Then I chose this Tinci Designs template for my second one. I had 2 photos I wanted to use. Now, I could have resized the centre cluster, which would have actually worked beautifully, but I wanted my photos to be really visible.

I had to make room for the section of Tinci’s template that I was going to move onto the JBS template so I selected all the layers but the background and the little wordstrip cluster then moved them up almost to the top of the canvas.

See how that gave me a lot of room?

The next step is to go to my second template and select all the layers I want to add to the first one. If you don’t have the Bounding Box turned on, you might want to do that. It will help you move only the layers you want by including the shapes you’ve selected inside it. You can see my Bounding Box in the screenshot below.

Once you’ve selected only the layers you want to copy onto your other template, right click on the Layers panel to open the Layers menu. Then click on Duplicate Layers…

A new menu opens with everything you have in your Photo Bin included. Look down the list until you find your first template. If you can’t remember the file name, look for the .psd suffix. When you’ve found it, click on it.

Your dialog box will look like this. You can rename the group of layers if you want, but you don’t have to. When you’ve got the correct file selected, click OK.

PSE automatically centres everything on the canvas, so this is what the new mashed-up template looked like right after I added the Tinci pieces to the JBS base template. Time to fine-tune!

I moved all the Tinci pieces down so the JBS pieces peeked out above them.  Then I had to figure out what to do with that little wordstrip cluster that HAD to be in there.

Once I was happy with how it all looked, I could get my layout rolling. There were some layers from the original template that were completely concealed, so when I came to them in the Layers panel, I just deleted them. (I always work with copies of everything, never the original. That way I don’t have to worry about losing something I might want again later!)

If you decide to try this out, remember that you don’t HAVE to copy everything from one template onto the other. Choose the parts you LOVE. Forget about the rest. I could have copied just one of the photo clusters. I could have only copied the wordstrip cluster. It’s all about what you like most! Have fun!

Fresh Baked: July 01, 2017

July is the month for celebrating all sorts of things! Besides Canada Day and the 4th of July, there’s Lollipop Day, Ice Cream Day, and even International Day of Friendship! Some good things to look forward to, besides just melting in the heat (or freezing your fingertips off)!

It is the First of the month, and that means the revel of our new Buffet!!

Don’t forget to check out the Buffet Bundles, one easy click to add bundles of Buffet goodies to your cart, and an amazing value too!

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DD: July 01

Time for a new Daily Download!

First, we’d like to say thank you for your patience with June’s. It was something new for us, just as it was for you! We hope you enjoyed the template series! If you missed any, the set is available for purchase in the store!
dd-june
http://store.gingerscraps.net/Hey-Man.html

And now it’s time to show off next month’s!

dd
http://bit.ly/2suE2aF

Anyone planning on doing some camping? Looks like this might be perfect for that!

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.

Fresh Baked: June 30, 2017

It’s nearly the end of the month. Wait … it is the end of the month! But that doesn’t mean the end of some amazing designs!

Remember when you spend $10 in the store, you get a great new collab!

fwp3222
http://store.gingerscraps.net/GingerBread-Ladies-Collab-Chillax.html

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Sneak Peeks June 29th, 2017

Happy last couple days of June! Fourth of July Weekend is upon us! For me, its my birthday on Monday so it’s nice to have a 4 day weekend to celebrate that =). So not only do I have sneak peeks for products releasing tomorrow, I have a sneak peek with the Buffet debuting on Saturday!

Releasing tomorrow from

From Aimee Harrison

From Craft-tastrophic

From Neia Scraps

From Miss Fish

 

From Pretty in Green

And heres a peek of the awesome buffet!!

Tutorial Tuesday (Photoshop Elements)

Over-the-Top TITLES

I don’t know about the rest of you but I’ve had a ridiculously busy week. Actually, all of June has been ridiculously busy! So this week’s tutorial is a quick-and-dirty little how-to that was inspired by some of the layouts popping up on my Facebook feed. I thought I’d show you how to have your title looking like it’s coming right out of a fantastic panoramic photo. So I went through some of my favourite scenic shots and chose this one of the Crescent City Connection bridge over the Mississippi River in New Orleans. In the screenshot below, the transparent canvas underneath it is 12×12, because I thought I’d use that size canvas… but…

I changed my mind and cropped it down to the same size as the photo.

Then I took a look through my fonts (using MainType 7.0, of course!) and found a meaty, slab-type font that would be perfect for my purpose. It’s called Konga Pro and it’s got that lazy, Deco summer-day kind of look to it. I typed out my title and enlarged it to stretch from one side of my canvas to the other. The photo’s visibility is turned off so I don’t get confused.

Then I copied my photo (CRTL/CMD>J) and moved the copy on top of my title as I’ve shown below.

Visibility of the first photo is still off for this step. Clip the photo to the title; CTRL/CMD>G is your WSNH shortcut.

If you’re happy with the placement and appearance, go ahead and merge your clipping mask and photo layers.  Select both the layers in the Layers panel then WSNH = CTRL/CMD>E

Now to set the title apart from the photo. Choose a colour from the photo to use for a narrow stroke around the outside. I chose one of the dark blue shades. You want a visible separation but nothing really obvious; since my photo is a night shot, dark was my choice, but if you’re using a winter scene or a beach scene, it might be better to choose a lighter colour. You’ll know it’s right when you see it.

I went with 10 pixels for this outline, just to tighten it up and give a bit of definition. I centered it on the edge to smooth out the jagged pixels.

As you can see below, it looks just fine.

Another stroke outside the first one will add a little more distinction. I tried white and 20 pixels.

Not loving it! The white is too much, and too wide. So for my next version, I dropped the width down to 10 pixels again.

I made the stroke a greenish-grey pulled from the horizon. Not really working either.

But this bronze from the lights reflecting on the water is subtle, and it looks much nicer to my eye. I’m going to go with this one.

Pop in a bit of a drop shadow and it’s just the look I was after!

With the shadow, it’s got some dimension. Give it a shot with one of your favourite scenic photos and a hefty font and see how you like it!

Let’s Celebrate – SUMMER!

We are in the full swing of Summer in the northern part of the world. With that comes some summery digital scrapbooking goodies. Man-oh-man…GingerScraps has so much of that in store! We have a section just for those summery goodies. Today we are going to take a look at a lot of those.  Next week we will take a look at some of the lovely winter digital scrapbooking supplies for our friends south of the equator. 🙂 All images below are linked. Get ready. I am going to overload you with summer goodness!

Happy Summer: A collaboration from our GingerScraps designers.

 

 

Imagine tropical sunrises, tropical drinks and watching the sunset…that is what this gorgeous collection is all about. With all those reds, oranges, golds and outlined trees, this collectioni is just perfect for those beach vacation photos.

 

Even though Summer is over in the Northern Hemisphere, those in the Southern Hemisphere will be entering Summer and heading for the beach. No matter your hemisphere, scrap all of your family’s Summer fun with Oh Hot Day, the new digital scrap kit by JB Studio. Created in the same color palette as Today and Everyday, Oh Hot Day is the perfect addition to help you stretch your stash.

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June Designer Spotlight: Tinci Designs

Omigosh, it just occurred to me that I haven’t posted the Designer Spotlight get-to-know-you post for this month and it’s almost over! Better late than never, am I right? So let’s get to know the lovely Krisztina, the creative mind behind Tinci Designs. I asked her the following questions…

J: How long have you been designing?

K: I made my first template pack during the spring of 2011. There was a short period, while I was making kits too, but then I realised, that my true passion is the creation of templates.

J: What is your design process?

K: I draw inspiration from different galleries and from Pinterest. Sometimes I spend days thinking about what kind of template to make. When I got a bright idea, I finish my work quickly. I have a fantastic team, they make amazing inspirational pages.

J: What motivates and inspires you as a designer?

K: I really enjoy making digital scrapbook pages. Since a few years I’ve been making photo albums from pictures of our family, vacations and important events. I often favor myself with making such templates, that will fit into my next photo album. Then I look forward to how others use my templates with their personal style.

 

J: What do you use to create your designs? (software, add-ons etc)

K: I am working with Photoshop CS6.

J: Describe your design workspace.

K: I have a PC desk, just a simple place in our dining room.

J: Do you craft outside of the digital world?

K: Not

J: What kit currently available in your GingerScraps store is your favourite, and why?

K: My favorite product at this moment is Favorite Minutes 1. template pack. I like this pack, because this well illustrates my style.

J: What’s your favourite thing about GingerScraps?

K: Since I started designing, I’ve sold my products in several stores. More than one year ago I came accross Gingerscraps store, and I found a home here. I really like working here as a designer and as a member of the store own creative team. Everybody is very kind, the place has a homely atmosphere. As soon as anyone needs help, someone will come and help. It is the best place!

J: Tea or coffee?

K: Tea

J: What was the last book you read?

K: I’m reading one of the newest novel of a Hungarian author, Búzavirág from Janka Fábián. It is a fictional story about the life of a Hungarian actress starting from the 1900s, who made it to Hollywood and became a famous actress.

J: Do you have a guilty pleasure?

K: My addiction is Nutella and salted peanut. Maybe I was a squirell in my previous life?

J: If time travel were possible, where would you go and why?

K: If I had a time machine, I would travel to a paralel universe, where fairies, kobolds, mages and other magical creatures live. Or to a future where there is peace, and robots makes our life a lot easier. I’m always a dreamer.

J: If you could have any super power, what would it be?

K: If I could have a super power, I’d choose to be able to get to anywhere in an instant. I want to visit a lot of places in the world.

Thank you for giving us a peek into your life, Krisztina!