Designer Sneak Peeks – DSD and more

Oh my what a busy weekend we have. In case you haven’t seen the hullabaloo, DSD has been moved from the first weekend of November to the first weekend in October. Add the normal GingerScraps Buffet releases and some regular Friday Fresh Baked releases and WOW…. there is a lot going on in the store this week. I think the best way to handle these is to just throw them out there. 🙂

Oh my. And this is just a snippet. Make sure you are checking out the GingerScraps Facebook page several times a day this week and weekend as we post kit releases and sales…. lots and lots of sales.

Like every celebration throughout the year, our sweet Ginger has big things planned for this weekend.

I know I can’t wait!!!

Tutorial Tuesday (Photoshop Elements)


One Photo, More than One Photo Spot

Greetings Gingerscrappers! Are you ready for another Tutorial Tuesday?

Ruth posted the following when Stephanie asked what kinds of topics I should cover: “How do you add a single photo image across more than one photo spot… I see this all the time and can’t figure it out.” Well Ruth, let me show you!

I used a template from the GS Digital Scrapbooking Day 2014 mega blog hop kit called Family Game Night for this lesson, along with pieces of 5 designers’ September Buffet kits. Many scrappers like templates for the ease and speed of their workflow and templates are great for this simple technique. I chose this one because it has two photo spots, close together and aligned with each other, more for simplicity than for any other reason.


I started off by finding the two photo spots in the layers panel. I nudged them a little closer together so there was still a visible gap, but not a really obvious one.


Then I selected both photo spots in the panel and shifted them a little so they were more centered in the layout.


As I explained in my Basic Template tutorial, I like to work from the bottom up, so I laid down all the layers below the photos first. When I finally reached the first photo spot, I dragged my photo onto the template and resized it so it would crop nicely. Then I duplicated that layer. (Right click on the layer and select Duplicate Layer from the drop-down. Or use the keyboard shortcut CTRL/CMD+J.)

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After moving the copy of my photo above the second photo spot in the layers panel, I clipped the photos to each photo layer. (Right click on the photo layer and select Create Clipping Mask from the drop-down, or use the keyboard shortcut CTRL/CMD+G.) When I was finished with that, this is what it looked like.


Once I had the rest of the layers filled, I didn’t like the amount of disconnect between the two sections of my photo so I nudged the bottom PHOTO SPOT layer up toward the top one a little more to close the gap. It’s still visible, but not glaringly so.


That’s all there is to it! Easy-peasy!! If you want to use a single photo to cover more spots, just keep copying the photo, moving it on top of the next photo spot and clipping it. You can do this as many times as you want… the sky’s the limit. You may need to shift some of the embellishments so they don’t cover up important parts of your photo, but you’re only limited by your imagination. The final version of my layout is here. I’ll be checking out the gallery to see if anyone has tried this over the next few days. Play with it. Have fun!

Kits used for this layout:

Aprilisa BeYouTiful elements

Connie Prince Empty Nest extra papers

Mandy King Autumn Skies wood paper

Ooh La La Scraps Autumn Chill alpha and papers

Seatrout Scraps Autumn Odyssey elements


Let’s Celebrate! Autumn (Fall)


Good morning GingerScrap’s scrappers! I don’t know about you, but here in the southern part of the States, it is starting to look a lot like Autumn! It is my favorite time of the year. From cooler weather, changing colors, holidays, and pumpkins. All these things make this season the best! We should of course scrap it, right? Never fear. GingerScraps has so much to offer when it comes to scrapping seasons. Autumn is no exception. There is even a whole category dedicated to it. Today, we are going to take a look at just a few of those items. Get ready for all things Autumn! (items linked to the store).








As you can see, not everything is about pumpkins. There is such a great variety of goods to scrap your Autumn pages. Make sure you check out this month’s and past October and November’s buffets! There is so much more autumn goodness to be had. I will link those up for you here to help out. October 2015 | November 2014 | Crisp Autumn | November 2013


You don’t just have to take my word for it. I looked around the gallery and found some great Autumn layouts. Here are just a few to get your creative juices flowing. All layouts are linked to their counterpart in the gallery. I will include the credits as well. You know, since you will be wanting to check out those great Autumn/Fall digital goodness.

Handwritten Fonts

Good morning scrappers. Team member La’Shawn here to talk about fonts. I think it comes with the scrappy territory…font addiction. I don’t think I’ve met a scrapper who didn’t have more fonts than they could ever use. That being said, if you are anything like me, you never stop to think about adding another font to your collection. I went searching around and found 6 handwritten fonts to share with you. Handwritten fonts are my favorite! One of these days I am going to actually get my handwriting done for my own pages. So, here you go.

handwritten fonts

My favorites are always the ones with the little additions to them. Little hearts and smiles. All these fonts are free. I will link them up below for you. I hope you like them. If you make a page with them, come back and link us up in the comments!

Here are the links:
DeeDee Stretch

I Love Me Some Brook

This Is Me

Little Flying Spider


Heart Attack


Designer Sneak Peeks – September 21, 2016

How can it be Wednesday already? And heading towards the end of September. Let’s see what our designers have this week?

There are some great kits this week. Next week is NSD and there are awesome things planned. Stay tuned to the blog and the forum for information.

Tutorial Tuesday (Photoshop Elements)


Titles Revisited: Alphas plus Fonts

Hey all you Gingerscrappers! I’m back with another Tutorial Tuesday for your viewing pleasure. Today we’re going to build on that first lesson on titles. If you need a refresher you can find it here. Many of the kits available to digiscrappers come with matching alphabets – I’m always really happy when I find them in the kits and use them a lot. They can be combined nicely with a font or two to create very eye-catching titles and that’s what we’re focusing on today.

If you recall, I mentioned in the first titles lesson that I like to work with a new, separate file when I build my titles. It really does make it easier to see exactly what the title looks like and to line things up the way they look best. (It also helps make these tutorials easier to follow, a nice little side benefit!) One of the drawbacks with version 12 of PSE is that when you drag and drop items onto your workspace, they’re turned into “smart objects”, and are the same size as the canvas… in my case, 12×12! That’s a problem and one of the reasons I started doing titles separate from the layout. I typically use a 6×1 or 6×3 inch workspace, depending on if it’s going to be one line or several. You do what feels comfortable for you.

I worked with last month’s Daily Download, Play Ball from Connie Prince, which came with a gutsy, strong serif alpha, for this layout. I wanted a title that was a little different but still well-anchored to the topic, so I chose the title of one of my favourite baseball movies, For Love of the Game.

On my 6×3 workspace, I dropped the alpha letters as shown below; they all stack one on top of the other so I selected them all just as they were and resized them down a LOT. Then I started shifting them into place, nudging with the arrow keys.

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They needed to be shrunk a few more times before they all fit onto my canvas. I decided to make the word “the” a little smaller that the word “game” so I selected those three letter layers and shrunk them a bit more. Then I lined everything up again using the bottoms of the letters. Once that was done, I selected all the layers in the palette and merged them together. I then moved the words to the bottom of the workspace so I’d have room later for my font.

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Looks good! But wait, I used a charcoal paper for my background so how can I make this title stand out against it?? Oh, why don’t I paste it on some different coloured paper and make a paper border? Yeah, that’ll work. To do that, I dropped a green paper (I was going to use red but changed my mind at the last minute) UNDER the words.


Then I went to the layer with the words on it and CTRL/CMD+clicked on the thumbnail. That put some marching ants around the outside of the letters. (They’re hard to see in the screenshot, but they’re there.) I kept the layer with my green paper selected in the layers palette though.


Then, just as I did in the first lesson, I went to the Select menu and chose Modify>Expand from the drop-down menu to expand the selection by 10 pixels. The marching ants are easier to see in the screenshot below, aren’t they? (Well, except maybe in that last one. 🙁 )

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Now comes the tricky part. I want to cut the paper away from the letters, and to do that I have to invert the selection. So back I went to the Select menu and chose Inverse. (Actually I used the keyboard shortcut Shift>CTRL/CMD>I.) That moves the marching ants to the outside of the paper. Next step is to cut the paper by selecting the Edit menu then Cut. CTRL/CMD>X will work too.

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Et voilà!


To show that I didn’t just put a stroke around the alpha I added a drop shadow. That adds some dimension to the words. More about adding dimension to your titles in a future tut.


Now on to the font part of our show. I know from a lot of experience that if I use the exact shade of green from my paper, it’s going to look very anemic. Can’t have that! So I used the colour picker (click on the swatch in the foreground) to darken the green but keep it in the same family. I moved the cursor over and down to the right at about a 30° angle and selected a darker lime green.


I wanted a script font with a little bit of heft to it that would balance with the alpha so I chose a font called Silly Me Script. I typed out “for love of” in the space above “the GAME” and adjusted the size and alignment until it looked good. Then I made a sticker!


All that was left was to merge the layers and drop my title onto my layout. One really important thing that I can’t emphasis enough is that titles and journaling should NEVER “float” over the layout. So I put my title on a layer just above my background paper and added a narrow drop shadow to it. And there you have it! To see the whole layout, you can look here.


And that brings us to the end of this tutorial. I was really pleased to see so many sticker-ified titles in the gallery after the first tut, so I’ll be watching for some font-and-alpha combos. Have fun… see you again soon!



From the Archives Vol. 6

We are back in the archives this week. If you miss last month’s you can view them here. What archives ? Well, we are going to show you some digital scrapbooking supplies that are in the store that are at least a year old. Some of us may be new to digital scrapbooking or new to GingerScraps. Some people don’t check the store every week. Basically, things can and do get lost in the weekly shuffle of the store. With that in mind, we are going to go back and look at some great products. Our hope is that you find some great things you might have been looking for; or find something that you didn’t know you needed but totally do now that you see it! 🙂

For the 2nd edition of From the Archives, we are going to to back as far as we can. Here are some of the oldest kits in the store. All images are linked so you can check them out in the store. They might be oldies, but I promise they are goodies!!






There are 5 kits from the archives. Maybe you have some or all of these (I do!) or maybe these designs and designers are new to you. I suggest taking a look back in the store to see what you can find. I will be back once a month to help you do just that.

GingerScraps Bday 40% OFF SALE, Fresh Baked, and MORE!

It’s FRIDAY! This is a BIG newsletter, so make sure you’re comfortable with that cup of coffee, and maybe a snack! It’s a good one, I promise!

Are you ready to PARTY?! It’s that time of year again, the GingerScraps birthday celebration!
Let’s start right off with the 40% off storewide!!(some restrictions apply)
Please visit the {FORUM} for all the details!…ll-The-Details!


We have some AMAZING Exclusive $5.00 Grab Bags

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


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Sneak Peeks September 15, 2016

TOMORROW IS GINGERSCRAPS BIRTHDAY WEEKEND! There’s going to be sooooo much going on! There are LOADS of goodies ready to go!

From Amy Stoffel:

From Key Lime Digi Designs:

From Keley Designs:

From Tinci:

From Neia Scraps:

From CathyK:

From Laurie’s Scraps:

From Neverland Scraps:

From Dagi’s Temp-tations:

From Jb Studios:

The fun starts tomorrow! Make sure to check back!

September Bake Sale

It’s Bake Sale time! Take a look at all the goodies that will be available in the store for $1.00 each until the 20th.

What a great collection of items.

Reminder to come hang out in the store and forum this weekend. It’s birthday time!! There will be chats, games, and special sales!