Tutorial Tuesday (Photoshop Elements 15)

Fun with FONTS & FOTOS 

I don’t know about where YOU are, but where I am, winter is in full fury. We got nearly a foot of snow in the last few days, most of it falling at the same time I was on a 52-passenger bus on my way home from a meeting 200 miles from home. So I’ve been living vicariously through my daughter, who just returned from a week in Hawaii. She took some amazing photos!

Let’s play with another Guided Edit, from the Fun Edits tab. This one is called Photo Text.

The interface for this edit is quite simple and easy to follow. Click on the Text Tool button and choose a font. Pick something with some presence – a chunky one that will let all the awesomeness of your photo shine. I started with Konga Pro Regular. Don’t worry about the font colour, it’s not going to matter. You can play with the size to maximize the area of the photo your text covers.

And you can use more than one font, as the software shows in the sample on the menu screen. Don’t click to accept the changes until you’ve got all of your text done though. Move your cursor to where you want the new font to take over, use the font selection menu to choose the new one and type out your text. And don’t worry if your text doesn’t fit onto your photo perfectly either, because you can resize it later. The second font I chose for this example is called LD Zoot Suit, from Lettering Delights.

If your text lines overlap, once you’ve got the words you want, you can double-click on the text and adjust the leading – the gap between the lines – so that they’re just touching. Or, because it’s YOUR project, they don’t have to touch… it’s all up to you!

Once you’ve committed your text, the software automatically clips your photo to it. You can move the text around and resize it to reveal the areas of your photo that you want visible.

The image above has the “Fit” option selected, since it’s the default. Depending on your font and the width of the words you used, you might find the “Fill” option works well for you. I didn’t like it, so I undid it.

Then there’s the Background Color option. You can choose Black…


or Clear (transparent). Which one works will depend on what you plan to do with your text later.

I shifted my text around to show more of the sand and the sea, less of the sky. The clouds on the horizon weren’t defined enough for my taste.

Now for the fun part! There are some more options that change the appearance of your text in some very interesting ways. With one click you can add both a stroke and a bevel! There are three preset adjustments; this one is the Small version.

And the Medium. Looks a little like a marshmallow.

Large is even more puffy and defined. While I was playing around with this technique it occurred to me that this would be a way to make a super-simple alpha set to match a favourite kit, simply by typing out the alphabet to fill up a paper from that kit, then fiddling with the adjustments.

But wait!! There’s more tweaking we can do! By clicking on that Advanced button at the bottom of the interface, this menu opens up. Each aspect can be adjusted to suit the look you’re going for. You can change the angle of the light source, make the Bevel higher or flatter (and sharper), you can adjust the Drop Shadow, the width of the Stroke and even add an Inner or Outer Glow. It’s so much fun to experiment!

I decided a white Stroke would look better. Right?!

All that’s left is to decide what to do with your finished text. You can save it, share it or move it to the Expert editor to drop onto your layout. The power is in your hands!

With this Guided Edit you can do as much or as little as you like with your text. Of course, you COULD do it all the old-fashioned, multi-step way, but why?

Creative Style | Pocket Scrapbooking

Here we are already. The last week in January. Didn’t it just turn 2018? Before we know it we will be looking at the end of this year! It flies by faster and faster with each passing year. That being said, I am not here to complain about time flying. 🙂 I am here to talk about scrapbooking styles. You know: fantasy, pocket, traditional, and everything in between. Some people scrap only one style. Some people (like myself) will scrap one style one day and another a next. I like to mix things up.

One thing I’ve really not scrapped is those great pocket pages. I love to cluster a bit too much. Those pages are lovely though! So neat, clean, and brought together. The perfect touch of elements and patterned paper. So what is “pocket scrapbooking” actually?

When scrapping with paper, pocket scrapbooking usually used page protectors that can be divided into smaller pockets. These pockets are arraigned in many different ways on the page. In each pocket usually the things that are included are photos, cards, and journaling. Of course it isn’t limited to that either. Ticket stubs, hospital bracelets, receipts, and so are are great additions to the pockets. In digital scrapbooking we take basically the same approach. Some of the digital scrapbooking versions of pocket scrapbook layouts have photos and such tucked in actual (digital) pockets. Those are my favorite. Others are just wonderfully blocked layouts. Some with stitches around the blocks, and of course some without. Usually there is more focus on the memories, photos, and papers than lots of elements filling the pages.

These layouts jump out of the galleries! So, that is what I did. I stalked the gallery and am here to show of some of those great pocket scrapbook pages that are filling the GingerScraps gallery. We will round up today’s Creative Style post with some great items from GingerScrap’s store to create your own pocket layouts.

Here are those layouts I mentioned. All are linked to their counterparts in the gallery. If you are so inclined, run over there and give these guys some gallery love!

New Years 2018 by


Week 3 2018 by Firstoscartgrouch


New Wine Glasses by msbrad


Magic_March_2011 by ScrappyPenguin


Accident by gnana96


by minicooper452


PS_-_GS_1_18_Mix by jang


Punktering by hannaahl

Pocket scrapbooking is one of the most popular styles of scrapping digital out there! GingerScraps has an entire section dedicated just to all supplies for your digital pocket scrapbooking. I took a look-see at that section. Nearly 70 pages of goodies!! I picked out a few of my favorite to showcase here. Of course, this is just a small sample of what is in the store. If you already have these, or are looking for something else, make sure to check out that section!

My Scary Friends Doodle Stripes contains unique images to turn your projects even more wonderful.
Hand-drawn and colored at the highest quality by Paty Greif Design Studio. The files have a resolution of 300dpi for an optimum printing quality.

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January’s Designer Spotlight: Miss Mis Designs!

Whew… where did January go?? Between me being crazy busy and some gremlin activity with my laptop, Misty almost didn’t get her moment in the Spotlight, but there’s still a tiny bit of month left so let’s sit down with her and get to know her a little better.

J: How long have you been designing?

M: Ten years this month! [Congratulations!!]

J: What’s your design process?

M: I’m a full-time student, mom and manager, so my design process lately is sit down and make a day of it. Plan papers, elements and knock it out.

J: What do you use to create your designs?

M: I use PSCC some, but my  favorite is PSE 7. SEVEN, lol!

J: Describe your design workspace.

M: Right now my mom is living with us and taking my office space, so I’m currently at a small desk in the middle of the dining room. At least I have snacks when I design!

J: What motivates and inspires you as a designer?

M: It’s my creative outlet. I have a very mundane real life job; this allows me to be artsy and creative.

J: What kit currently available in your GingerScraps store is your favourite? Why?

M: My favorite is “My Tribe”. I feel like most people can relate to having that ‘tribe’ of people that help them in everyday life. Kids, work, LIFE!

[psst…. it’s on SALE!!]

J: Do you craft outside the digital world?

M: I crochet blankets. I can crochet and relax in front of the tv for maybe ten minutes a day. Everyone gets baby blankets for their new littles.

J: What is the last book you read?

M: I am currently reading Present Over Perfect. It’s sooo insightful.

J: Tea or coffee?

M: Coffee through the day but a hot cup of tea before bed. 

J: Do you have a guilty pleasure?

M: I like a good casino. Eek. I do like to go and splurge $40 or so and sometimes even win!

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

M: I would have to go to the future. I’m not much of a history person. There isn’t a specific time that intrigues me.

J:  What’s your favourite thing about GingerScraps?

M: The team and the community! There isn’t ever any bickering, or drama. We truly do have a fantastic group of people. 

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

M: I would love to be able to be in more than one place at a time. Multiplicity. I am a mom, a full time Sales Manager, and full time student. I need more of me to get it all done. I’d have one more that is just sleeping all the time. 

Thanks for chatting with me, Misty!


Fresh Baked: January 26, 2018

Last newsletter for January. How is it already almost February? The designers have designed some gorgeous kits and templates! There’s a little something for everyone!

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















Collection: http://store.gingerscraps.net/360-Life-All-About-February-Collection-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Kit: http://store.gingerscraps.net/360-Life-All-About-February-Page-Kit-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Alphas: http://store.gingerscraps.net/360-Life-All-About-February-Alpha-Sets-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Borders: http://store.gingerscraps.net/360-Life-All-About-February-Borders-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Templates: http://store.gingerscraps.net/360-Life-All-About-February-Templates-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Date Tabs: http://store.gingerscraps.net/360-Life-All-About-February-Date-Tabs-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Titles: http://store.gingerscraps.net/360-Life-All-About-February-Word-Art-Titles-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Quotes: http://store.gingerscraps.net/360-Life-All-About-February-Quotes-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Messy Edges: http://store.gingerscraps.net/360-Life-All-About-February-Messy-Edges-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Glitters: https://store.gingerscraps.net/360-Life-All-About-February-Glitters-by-Aimee-Harrison.html



Bundle: https://store.gingerscraps.net/-2018-February-Bundle-Collection-by-Connie-Prince.html
Kit: https://store.gingerscraps.net/-2018-February-Kit-by-Connie-Prince.html
Mixed Media: https://store.gingerscraps.net/-2018-February-Mixed-Media-by-Connie-Prince.html
Snippets: https://store.gingerscraps.net/-2018-February-Snippets-by-Connie-Prince.html
Messy Papers: https://store.gingerscraps.net/-2018-February-Messy-Papers-by-Connie-Prince.html
Border Clusters: https://store.gingerscraps.net/-2018-February-Border-Clusters-by-Connie-Prince.html
Templates: https://store.gingerscraps.net/-2018-February-12×12-Template-Pack-CU-Ok-by-Connie-Prince.html
Extra Papers: https://store.gingerscraps.net/-2018-February-Extra-Papers-by-Connie-Prince.html
Alpha Add-On: https://store.gingerscraps.net/-2018-February-Alpha-Pack-AddOn-by-Connie-Prince.html
Word Art: https://store.gingerscraps.net/-2018-February-Word-Art-Pack-by-Connie-Prince.html
Quick Pages: https://store.gingerscraps.net/-2018-February-Quick-Pages-by-Connie-Prince.html





Collection: https://store.gingerscraps.net/A-New-Day-Collection-HSA.html
Page Kit: https://store.gingerscraps.net/A-New-Day-Page-Kit-HSA.html
Solids & Extra Papers: https://store.gingerscraps.net/A-New-Day-Solids-HSA.html
Templates: https://store.gingerscraps.net/A-New-Templates-HSA.html
Clusters & Masks: https://store.gingerscraps.net/A-New-day-Clusters-Masks.html
Arty Edges: https://store.gingerscraps.net/A-New-Day-Arty-Edges.html
Word Art: https://store.gingerscraps.net/A-New-Day-Word-Art-HSA.html




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

Get ready to get yourself a pen pal for this kit!

Sneak Peeks January 25th 2018

Happy Thursday! It’s the last Thursday in January! Wow! One month is almost done! Our designers have lots of great goodies to scrap your memories of the past month! Let’s check out what’s releasing tomorrow!

From Ponytails


From Tinci

From JoCee

From Heartstrings Scrap Art

From Miss Fish


From Aimee Harrison

Have a great weekend!

Tutorial Tuesday (Photoshop Elements 11+)

More Fun with Photos!

When I started thinking about what to write about for this week, it occurred to me that we hadn’t gotten back to those Guided Edits that have been getting better and better with each new version of Elements for quite a while. Then I saw a layout in the gallery that set off bells. The photos the layout was built around had that dipped-in-caramel-latte look that lends itself to so many palettes and styles, and I’ve been wanting to know how the scrapper gets that effect for a long time. I’m going to show you how, right now! I pulled a photo from Pixabay to play with and although it’s had some post-processing, it worked beautifully.

First things first. I opened my photo in Elements, then I clicked on the Guided tab shown below.

The Guided Edit I’m going to use is in the Black & White tab and is called High Key.

The interface within the High Key menu looks like this. It has two options, colour and black-and-white. I’m going to show you both of them so you can see what they do.

Clicking on the button more than once enhances the effect. For most intents and purposes though, a single click is all that’s needed. I really like the way the details are softened, but the catchlights in the model’s eyes seem to pop right off the photo.

The second step in this menu is the Add Diffuse Glow button.

It’s a lot softer and slightly blurry, but those catchlights are still pretty awesome. It bothers me though that she looks like she has no nose.

As with the first button, clicking on it multiple times adds more and more “glow”.

I ended up Undo-ing the second glow mask.

When I was happy (or mostly happy) with what I had, I clicked on the Next button at the bottom right corner of the screen and it took me to this menu. [You can see it in the menu images above.] I decided to see what else I could do with my photo so I clicked on In Expert to take me to the interface we’re all so familiar with. Had I been pleased with it as is, I could have Saved it or Saved it As and then renamed it. If I’d clicked on the Done button, the adjusted photo would appear in the Photo Bin.

The Expert mode shows the different layers the High Key script created. Each of those layers can be adjusted, turned on or off, Blend Mode changed, Opacity tweaked… whatever you like. In the example below I turned one of the layers (brightness) off and lowered the Opacity of the background copy layer to 40%. There’s a hint of colour in her hair, eyes and lips, her skin looks flawless and I could use this photo with just about any colour palette and scrapping style out there.

After I saw what the colour script did, I tried out the B&W one.

A single click gave me this.

When I added the Diffuse Glow, her features all but disappeared. So I Undid.

As you can see, even in the B&W mode I was able to pull a little colour into the image. All layers are visible except the Brightness layer in this screenshot, with the opacity of the top layer (gradient mask) at 50%.

I turned visibility for the Brightness layer back on then decreased the Opacity to 35% and the image no longer has that hint of colour. But many of the details are still blown out.

That third layer is the one with the Levels adjustment. If you haven’t played with Levels I HIGHLY recommend it! With a few twitches of the sliders, I was able to find her features again without losing that creamy goodness.

I played with layer Opacity a bit on the Level mask (65%) and loved the result. I can’t wait to use this trick on a layout, almost as much as I can’t wait to see how YOU use it!

Out With the Old and In With the New @ Gingerscraps!

Can you believe we’re already halfway through January? Where is the time going? Well, before too much more time gets away from you, make sure you check out the “Out With the Old” retirement sale here at Gingerscraps! Retiring products are 65% off! Now through January 25th!


*IMPORTANT NOTES* This sale will end promptly at 11:59pm (Eastern Time) on the January 25th. Please download your purchase! These products will be deleted from our shop and servers approximately 45 days after the close of this sale. Once they are gone, they will be gone for good.

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


Before I start with the beautiful kits and products that the designers have created for you, I just have to share this awesome news with you, a new Welcome Wagon kit has been released! If you do not know about our Welcome Wagon area, you should go check it out right away! Once you register in the forum, you will have access to the Welcome Wagon area. The designers create wonderful goodies and give them to you for FREE! The Welcome Wagon has been up and running, for over a year, so our designers are changing their goodies! New goodies, Free goodies!

Today, you’re being given a new lovely gift by Heather Z Scraps!






Bundle: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Explore-The-Stars-Bundle.html
Page Kit: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Explore-The-Stars-PageKit.html
Flairs: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Explore-The-Stars-Flairs.html
Grunge: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Explore-The-Stars-Grunge.html
Ombre Papers: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Explore-The-Stars-OmbrePapers.html
Titles: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Explore-The-Stars-Titles.html
Journal Cards: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Explore-The-Stars-JournalCards.html




Bundle: http://store.gingerscraps.net/Winter-Frost-collection.html
Page kit: http://store.gingerscraps.net/Winter-Frost-kit.html
Journaling Cards: http://store.gingerscraps.net/Winter-Frost-journaling-cards.html
Graffiti Pack: http://store.gingerscraps.net/Winter-Frost-graffiti-pack.html
Glitter Pack: http://store.gingerscraps.net/Winter-Frost-glitter-pack.html
Shabby Barnwood Papers: http://store.gingerscraps.net/Winter-Frost-shabbywoods.html

Bundle: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Winter-Weary-BUNDLE-by-MagsGraphics.html
Kit: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Winter-Weary-KIT-by-MagsGraphics.html
Alpha: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Winter-Weary-ALPHA-by-MagsGraphics.html
Grunge Elements: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Winter-Weary-GRUNGE-Elements-by-MagsGraphics.html
Word Art: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Winter-Weary-WORD-ART-by-MagsGraphics.html



Flea Market: http://store.gingerscraps.net/Flea-Market-Quick-Pages-by-Scraps-N-Pieces.html
Sweet Magnolia: http://store.gingerscraps.net/Sweet-Magnolia-Quick-Pages-by-Scraps-N-Pieces-SNP_SMqps.html
On The Bayou: http://store.gingerscraps.net/On-the-Bayou-Quick-Pages-by-Scraps-N-Pieces-SNP_OTBqps.html  
My Life November: http://store.gingerscraps.net/My-Life-November-Quick-Pages-by-Scraps-N-Pieces.html



Collection: http://store.gingerscraps.net/Au-Natural-Collection-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Kit: http://store.gingerscraps.net/Au-Natural-Page-Kit-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Alphas: http://store.gingerscraps.net/Au-Natural-Alpha-Sets-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Borders: http://store.gingerscraps.net/Au-Natural-Borders-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Blooms: http://store.gingerscraps.net/Au-Natural-Blooms-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Messy Edges: http://store.gingerscraps.net/Au-Natural-Messy-Edges-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Stamps: http://store.gingerscraps.net/Au-Natural-Stamps-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Glitters: http://store.gingerscraps.net/Au-Natural-Glitters-by-Aimee-Harrison.html

Kit http://store.gingerscraps.net/Winter-Magic-Kit.html
Cards http://store.gingerscraps.net/Winter-Magic-Cards.html
Painted Papers http://store.gingerscraps.net/Winter-Magic-Painted-Papers.html
Bundle http://store.gingerscraps.net/Winter-Magic-Bundle.html



Grab Bag: https://store.gingerscraps.net/January-2018-Grab-Bag-Farmhouse-by-Connie-Prince.html
Quick Pages: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Farmhouse-QuickPages-by-Connie-Prince.html
Alpha Pack AddOn: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Farmhouse-Alpha-Pack-AddOn-by-Connie-Prince.html
Word Art: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Farmhouse-WordArt-Pack-by-Connie-Prince.html




Bundle: http://store.gingerscraps.net/Celebrate-2018-January-BUNDLE-by-Heather-Z-Scraps.html
Kit: http://store.gingerscraps.net/Celebrate-2018-January-KIT-by-Heather-Z-Scraps.html
Accents: http://store.gingerscraps.net/Celebrate-2018-January-ACCENTS-by-Heather-Z-Scraps.html
Journal Cards: http://store.gingerscraps.net/Celebrate-2018-January-JOURNAL-CARDS-by-Heather-Z-Scraps.html
Word Bits & Dates: http://store.gingerscraps.net/Celebrate-2018-January-WORD-BITS-and-DATES-by-Heather-Z-Scraps.html
Extra Papers: http://store.gingerscraps.net/Celebrate-2018-January-EXTRA-PAPERS-by-Heather-Z-Scraps.html





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

Get ready to get yourself a pen pal for this kit!

Sneak Peeks January 18th, 2018

Happy Thursday!!! I am freezing in Florida. In Northern FL, it was so cold icicles formed on fountains! I am officially done with this winter! I like it cool but when frost starts showing up on my yard more than once in a month, I am done. After all, I moved to FL to get away from the white stuff. I hope everyone else is staying warm and cozy! This weekend looks like it will be a good weekend to stay in and scrap! Maybe one of the new releases from our fantastic designers will spark your creativity! Let’s check out a peek of what is releasing tomorrow!

From Mags Graphics

From Heather Z

From Craft-tastrophic

From Tinci


From Aimee Harrison

From Lindsay Jane

Have a wonderful weekend!

Tutorial Tuesday (Photoshop Elements)


Last week I promised you a technique to really rock the January Inspiration challenge, and I hope you agree that this is it! Ivonne, the brilliance behind Craft-tastrophic, gave us this photo as the platform around which to build our layouts.

I tend to be pretty literal in my adaptation of this kind of challenge, so my goal was to find some photos of balloons, a girl in a pink dress and the Paris skyline. There were also some requirements in addition – the girl had to have an outstretched hand to attach the balloons to, the photos had to be lit roughly equally and the light source had to come from the same direction. Now, those last two can be fudged sometimes, the former by tweaking the exposure and the latter simply by flipping the photo horizontally, but lucky for me the photos I found at Pixabay ticked all my boxes without any major fuss.

Early in my tutorial authoring “career” I showed y’all two different ways to extract an image from its background. I used both of them for the final result. The first I used on two photos of hot air balloons (you can see them below in the Layers panel); it’s the Magic Wand method, quick and easy, and especially suited for images with few finicky details. The second, using a Layer Mask and the Eraser tool, was used for the photo of my girl in her pink dress. The screenshot below is a refresher on adding and using a Layer Mask. Remember, black reveals, white conceals. If you make a boo-boo, click on the X key to toggle between hiding and uncovering to undo whatever needs fixing.

Zoom in as much as necessary to keep your edges clean and to avoid removing something you’ll miss later.

I like to work my way around the edge of my image all the way, making a good-sized gap between the superfluous background and my detail so that later I can increase the size of my eraser to enormous and quickly remove the rest of the background.

Here are the three images I’ve extracted to add onto the Paris skyline.

I plopped my extracted images onto my Paris skyline photo and moved them around, adjusted their sizes as needed and positioned them where they’d make the most sense. Once I had the balloons positioned so the shadows in the original images were in the right direction and the perspective looked good, then I had to make the balloons look like the girl is holding them. So I made some “strings” on a new layer.

With the Pen tool I drew two perfectly straight lines from the baskets of the hot air balloons to the girl’s hand. To draw a straight line, all you have to do is decide your starting point then click there. Holding down the Shift key move your cursor to the end point and click again. That’s it, that’s all! I used a 5 pixel pen tip and a light gray colour for the strings. Then I made some little tails inside her palm just for an added touch of the possible.

To turn those straight lines into something resembling string, I used the Texturizer FilterFilter>Texture>Texturizer

The defaults in this tool are Brick, Burlap, Canvas and Sandstone. The one most likely to look like string is Canvas, so that’s what I used. Adjustments you can make inside the Texturizer menu are Scaling – how big your texture will look, Relief – how “high” it will lift off the image, and the Light source. You also get a preview without the background there so you can actually gauge what’s happening in real time. You’re going for a realistic look here.

I moved on to look at the girl. I wanted her to look like she really was standing on the roof. And she didn’t…

I created a custom shadow on its own layer, which we’ve covered a number of other times in other tutorials. She won’t cast a shadow anywhere but where she touches the roof, so I used the Smudge tool to achieve that.

There, now she looks like she’d touching the stone. But it still isn’t quite right. Her skirt should also cast a bit of a shadow, so I Smudged my shadow layer there too. All that was left was to adjust the Opacity and Blend Mode and I was thrilled with how it looked.

My finished layout was created with Heartstrings Scrap Art‘s The Bigger Picture 3 Winter’s Frost template B and her Time Traveler kit.

You know you’re only limited by the boundaries of your imagination!

$1.00 Bake Sale! January 15-20

Who’s ready for some AMAZING $1.00 deals? We have full kits, templates, frame packs and more! Our $1.00 Bake Sale will run from January 15-20th, you won’t want to miss these deals!

*$1.00 Bake Sale* January 15-20