Happy Tax Day (for our US friends). Guess it’s a good thing that it’s also Bake Sale time so you can get some new goodies while not spending much. So let’s see what our fabulous designers are offering up this month.

And don’t forget, if you spend $10, you get this awesome collab {let it rain} for free. This would be perfect for me this week as it’s rained off and on every day.

Come back and leave a comment with some of the goodies you picked up. Remember these are only on sale until April 20.

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Challenge Spotlight April 14th, 2015

Happy Tuesday! I am loving Spring! I have been outside more in the past week more than I was January and February combined! I hope everyone is taking lots of pictures to scrap with our awesome challenges! In a rut? Maybe our Recipe Challenge hosted by Cathy K Designs can help you out! The challenge is simple, Cathy provided a list of things that must be in your layout, then its up to you how to present them! This challenge plus 9 others for this month will get you this beautiful collab!

The image is linked to our tracking thread! Make sure you record what challenges you completed!

Lets  take a look at some of the great LO’s made for the Recipe Challenge:

It's the Climb

Signs of Spring

Celebrating Fall

Destructo

What will you create?

April Featured Designer – Part 2

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Can you believe it’s almost the middle of the month? Where is the time going?

I wanted to pop back in here with a quick reminder about the sale that our Featured Designers have going on through April 15.

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Also make sure you are grabbing the Daily Downloads by North Meets South Studios – a collaboration of Connie Prince and Trixie Scraps.

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Enjoy the rest of your month and make sure to get yourself rested up for iNSD. As always, GingerScraps will be having a blowout celebration starting on May 1. Keep your eyes open for information to be released on sales, chats, contests, and that pesky little Gingerbread man.

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There’s an App For That | A Beautiful Mess

I don’t know about you, but I wish I could scrap more often. I scrap at home, while the guys are watching something I have no desire to or while everyone is sleeping. I’ve thought more than once how I wish that I could scrap on the go. While I have not been able to find an app that lets me scrap from start to finish. I have found a few that cuts out some steps and I can do on the go. Not to mention they add special touches to my layouts. I am stopping by today to talk about one of those apps!

A Beautiful Mess

What is this app you ask? A Beautiful Mess is a photo editing app. It comes with 6 photo filters, quite a few fonts, great borders, word art, and doodles. You can make in-app purchases for more of everything (except the filters). The in-app purchases are $0.99 a piece.

When using A Beautiful Mess, it crops the photo to a square. Once you are done, it saves it to your photo library. It is available in iTunes and Google play. A lot of you will have known about and used this app. However, for those who do not, let me tell and show you how this can help your digital scrapping!

I took 4 photos that I had taken while my son and I were out having our, “Me & You Day”. I edited these in about 10 minutes or less.

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So, as you can see I took photo photos and added to them. Little word art here, a tad of color there, and fun borders. Now, how does this help with scrapping? It might have only taken me 10 minutes or less to do this in Photoshop. I think with the searching and creating though, it would have taken a bit longer. Not to mention, I can do this while waiting for an appointment, or laying in bed being lazy! I didn’t have to lug out my laptop or go sit at my desktop. How easy would these be to put in a layout?

Fun, right?! Don’t limit yourself to your computer and remember, you don’t just have to pocket scrap with these kinds of photos. Explore your phone’s apps and see what you can come up with. If you find a really cool new app, let me know! I would love to check it out and might even use it in a future post.

Made a layout using a photo from A Beautiful Mess?! Remember to upload it in the gallery and come back and link us up! We love to see what you are scrapping!

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Pinspiration | The Movies

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Happy Scrappy Saturday everyone!! Do you ever need a bit of inspiration to get those creative scrappy juices flowing? Let me tell you, I sure do! A lot of the times looking around the gallery helps. So does Pinterest. I was looking for a bit of inspiration and searched for “scrapbooking ideas“.

Scrolling down I found this really cool traditional layout with movie ticket stubs! How cool is that? I got to thinking how that could be taken and turned into a digital scrapbooking layout. Here is the pin that got those ideas flowing.


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I looked around a bit more and found some more ticket stub layouts:


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How would you turn these into digital layouts? Easy! You can get everything you need to scrap any of these examples. Digital pockets, digital washi, or even go hybrid! Scrap everything you need and leave a place for an tangible pocket. Stick it in your layout book and add the ticket stubs. You can also scan those ticket stubs in and use them digitally. You know, cameras are so good now days that you can just snap a photo of the ticket stub if you do not have access to a scanner. Here are some products I found around the store to get those movie and ticket stub layouts going.
Magical Hollywood by Magical Scraps Galore!

 

Movie Night by Wimpychompers

 

Let’s Get Reel by Blue Heart Scraps

 

Now Showing by LuvEwe Designs

 

Plastic Pockets by Magical Scraps Galore!

His and Hers Frames by Kathryn Estry

 

Those are just a few of the items to get those layouts started. You can also scrap by the theme of the movie! Don’t forget concert tickets either. I cannot wait to scrap my movie tickets. I am going to save them up this summer and scrap the movies of our 2015 summer.

We would love to see your movie and ticket stub layouts! Make sure to load them up to the GingerScrap’s gallery and then come back here and link us up!

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Fresh Baked: April 10, 2015

April is here. That means changes in the weather from one extreme to the other. Rain in one area. Snow in another. Basically, Mother Nature is saying stay home, cuddle up inside, and scrapbook. The designers are here to help you with that! They have released some wonderful kits this week, as well as some gorgeous templates! You’ll find something, for sure, that you just can’t do without!

Before I show you the goodies, I have to share some layouts using our new Buffet and this month’s Monthly Mix is called “Dream Big


Created by CindyB. I love the angle of the picture, and the use of the mask on it!


Created by Colleen. I love how PERFECTLY the kit matches the pictures. Also, I love that she scraps older pictures!


Created by MamaCake. I love the layers and the cluster work is just wonderful!

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Sneak Peek’s April 9, 2015

Happy Thursday! Are you ready for the weekend? Do you hope to get lots of scrapping done? Our Designers have some great goodies releasing tomorrow that is sure to inspire some amazing pages!

Our new template designers Dear Friends Designs has two new template packs:

Craftastrophic has a new template pack:

Blue Heart Scraps has a beautiful new kit:

Little Rad Trio has a great bundle:

with new template from Craftastrophic Designs

with new template from Craftastrophic Designs

Connie Prince has a template bundle:

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 Cornelia Designs has two template packs releasing:

Look at this pretty kit from Oh La La Scraps 

Magical Scraps Galore has a fun kit:

Seatrout Scraps has a new template bundle:

Have a great weekend!

Creative Style | Triangles

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Good Monday morning scrappers! Today we are going to talk about another creative style of digital scrapbooking. Something I, personally, wouldn’t have really thought about using. Triangles! To me, when I think of how I am going to cut my paper or photo, my brain goes to circle, square, or rectangle. Original, right?! That is why I am the scrapper and not the designer. Never would I have thought of cutting a photo or paper into a triangle.

That being said, I kept seeing triangles pop up more in designs and layouts in the gallery. They looked so cool! That different cut of photo/paper, really made those layouts jump out of the gallery. So, I am going to show you some great examples that I found in the galleries and then some products to help you get started on your layouts with triangles. Here are some of the layouts that grabbed my attention in the galleries.

Sunny Days ahead by DigitalMcScrapper

This is the 1st layout that grabbed my attention. Look at all those triangles!! Such a great way to show off some lovely papers in the kit she chose. Not to mention it is a great backdrop for those adorable photos!

Sunny Days by lhansen148

Another beautiful example of lots of triangles for a backdrop. Really making the layout pop and showcasing the great papers! I really like how she used minimal elements and the photo and paper really stands out.

Arches by weaselwatchr

Your triangles do not have to be the focal point of your layout either. They can be just the right touches to add to it. This is a great example of that. These stitched triangles really add to the southwest feel of the layout. They go along great with the geometric shapes on the paper as well.

 

Be-You-tiful by Chili

Here is one for you white space scrappers. Just two elements and a word art. The triangles really draw your eyes to that adorable photo! Not to mention the white background really makes the triangles pop!

So, you can use triangles as a big part of your layout, complimentary additions to your layout, or to draw your eyes to something important on your layout. Don’t limit yourself to that though. If you never thought about using triangles in your scrapping, now is the time! Don’t know where to start? Below are some great products I found in the store to get those layouts started!

Geometric Templates No.1 by Clever Monkey Graphics

Shape Up: To The Point 3 by Dagi’s Temp-Tations

Tri-Umphant by Cornelia Designs

Kaleidoscope by Dagi’s Temp-Tations

Fairy Tale by Cornelia Designs

 

We would love to see your layouts with triangles! Make sure to upload those layouts to the gallery and come back and link us up! Now, go get your scrapping on…triangle style!

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The link for this download is no longer available.

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.

April Featured Designer – Part 1 – Designs by Connie Prince

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Happy Easter everyone! This month we have an awesome two-some feature. Designs by Connie Prince and Trixie Scraps Designs. First up, we’re going to chat with Connie. Let’s see how she answered our fun questions.

What is your favorite “go-to” color palette?

Anything primary, bold, & bright!

What is your favorite treat to have close while designing?

Coffee

Do you have job outside of designing? If so, what do you do (if you don’t mind sharing)?

I homeschool my son who is 17 and in 11th grade.

What is the current ringtone on your phone?

Mario Brothers music

If you were deserted on an island (with all water/food provided), what three things would you want to have with you?

My family (including the dogs), endless supply of books to read, and my phone.

If you could spend the day with anyone (living or dead) who would it be and why?

Definitely my mom. She passed away in 2011 and I miss talking to her very much.

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?

I would love to visit Ireland and Australia!

What songs are included on the soundtrack to your life?

My favorite song of the moment is Kelly Clarkson’s “Heartbeat Song”, it pumps me up!

What would you sing at Karaoke night?

Let’s see the last time I did karaoke I sang (very badly) Friends In Low Places.

If you had a warning label, what would yours say?

Incredibly silly.

What is one thing you will never do again?

Eat squid, yucko!

What’s your favorite movie?

This is always a hard one for me because I love so many, but Gone With The Wind is my all time favorite, I think.

Do you love or hate roller coasters?

Love them!

Do you believe there is intelligent life in outer space?

I think in some distant universe there probably is.

What was the last thing you ate?

Oatmeal with fruit.

If you were a crayon, what color would you be?

Hot Pink!

What’s your biggest pet peeve?

Cruelty of any kind.

Pirates or Ninjas?

Ninjas, hands down!

Country or City?

Suburbs lol.

Morning or Night?

Morning

Indoors or Outdoors?

Indoors

Chocolate or Vanilla?

Chocolate

Cats or Dogs?

Dogs

Thanks for playing along Connie.

Make sure to check out Connie’s GS Store, Facebook page and Blog. Also her store is on sale:

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Did you know that our Featured Designers design together as North Meets South Studios? Connie and Tracy hava collaborated again for April’s Daily Download.

Make sure you are coming to the blog each day to pick up the pieces.

I’ll be back soon with Part 2 of our Featured Designer post. Until then….

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