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
honeybee

 

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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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!

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http://store.gingerscraps.net/GingerBread-Ladies-Collab-Stick-To-It.html

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http://store.gingerscraps.net/CU-Shadow-Box-Creator-Layered-Templates.html

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http://store.gingerscraps.net/Valentine-Cards-by-K4K.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Toon-Time-GrabBag.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Sports-Running-Bundle.html

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http://store.gingerscraps.net/Page-Borders-27-by-Lindsay-Jane.html

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http://store.gingerscraps.net/Page-Borders-28-by-Lindsay-Jane.html

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http://store.gingerscraps.net/Everyday-Banner-Templates-by-Miss-Fish.html

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http://store.gingerscraps.net/Photo-Frenzy-Love-U-Templates-by-Miss-Fish.html

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http://store.gingerscraps.net/Neia-Scraps/

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http://store.gingerscraps.net/Paty-Greif-Design-Studio/

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http://store.gingerscraps.net/Random-Thoughts-Bundle-Pack.html

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http://store.gingerscraps.net/Capture-It-by-Scraps-N-Pieces.html

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http://store.gingerscraps.net/Winter-joy-template-pack.html

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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

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http://store.gingerscraps.net/All-My-Love-Template-Pack.html

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http://store.gingerscraps.net/Monster-Bash-BGD.html

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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

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Craft-Templates-Seasons-Winter-Bundle.html

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http://store.gingerscraps.net/Always-There-Digital-Scrapbook-Kit-By-Dandelion-Dust-Designs.html

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http://store.gingerscraps.net/Around-the-World-Countries-Magical-Bundle-by-Dear-Friends-Designs.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Lots-and-Lots-7-Templates.html

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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

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http://store.gingerscraps.net/Pocket-Polaroid-Frames.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Aquarius-Grab-Bag.html

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http://eepurl.com/o9Aa1

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

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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!

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)

The ART of ILLUSION

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

Sneak Peeks January 11th, 2018

Happy Thursday!! How is 2018 treating everyone? Our Designers have a ton of great new releases debuting tomorrow! Lets take a look!

From Craft-tastrophic

From Ponytails

From Aimee Harrison

From Heather Z

From Neia Scraps

From JoCee Designs

From Tinci

From Luv Ewe

From CathyK

From JB Studio

From Miss Fish

Check back tomorrow to see all the awesomeness our designers have created!

Tutorial Tuesday (Photoshop Elements)

Like Snowflakes… No Two ALIKE

Hey GingerScrappers! Are you ready for another technique (or two)? This week’s tutorial shows two ways of using the Custom Shape tool and reviews customising shadows in Elements. The inspiration for it came from comments in the Gallery on two of my layouts, each with a paper snowflake. I used templates for both of them but that doesn’t mean I can’t show you how the effects were achieved. For the examples I used the January Buffet collection from Just So Scrappy called Bundle Up. I started with a 12×12 page on my workspace. For the first part of the tutorial the background paper is a darker blue one with white spots and the gray stripe for the snowflake.

After I moved the blue spotted paper onto the page, I chose the Custom Shape tool, the one that looks like an amoeba. I also chose a light colour to create my shape so my tired old eyes could see it.

There are a number of options in the tool menu. I selected the Nature folder from the drop-down default shapes, chose a hefty snowflake from the folder and set it to Defined Proportions. This makes sure that my shape is as tall as it is wide. Symmetry is important in a snowflake!

There are two ways to Simplify shape layers. Don’t forget this step. It’s what gives you the upper hand over the snowflake. You can do it right from the Shape tool menu or you can right-click on the layer and select Simplify Layer as shown.

Then you’re going to clip a paper to the shape. The keyboard shortcut is CTRL/CMD>G for versions below 14 and CTRL/CMD>ALT>G in versions above 14.

Now let’s give our paper snowflake a custom shadow. You might recall a previous tutorial on this subject, so this will be a review. The full set of steps is described in the second technique. (After I made all my screenshots I decided I should reverse the order of the two techniques and didn’t want to go back and redo it all… Sorry!)

The steps are: New Layer below the cutout, Select the shape by CTRL/CMD>clicking on the shape layer thumbnail and filling the selected area with your shadow colour with the Paint Bucket tool. Then you want to move the shadow layer over and down in the direction your light source is coming from.

To really customise it and make your paper snowflake look 3-D, use the Smudge tool to gently move the shadows around. Think about how much light will get underneath the paper and nudge the shadow closer where the paper will lay flatter, farther away where it might lift.

If you’re working on a darker background and it’s too hard to see what you’re doing, turn the background layer(s) visibility off.

Aha! A typo!! That should say Gaussian BLUR! It’s found in the Filters menu. It softens the edges of your shadow to make it look more realistic. Change the Blend Mode to Linear Burn and decrease the Opacity until it looks like a nice shadowy bit.

There it is! A paper snowflake sitting pretty on your background paper.

But let’s add some pizazz! For this step I used a wrinkled fabric brush I picked up free from Brusheezy. The brushes in this set have a maximum size of 2500×2500 pixels so I had to make my paper snowflake and its shadow small enough to completely cover it with the brush. To make sure the brush only covers the snowflake, I Selected the edges of it (CTRL/CMD>click on the layer thumbnail) then created a New Layer on TOP of the snowflake layer. I ALWAYS put my brushes on their own layer so I can play with them without affecting anything else.

I used the same colour as my shadow. It looks a bit too dark and opaque, but I’m going to change that.

As you can see in the screenshot below, you CAN use two different Blend Modes on one brush. I used Color Burn when I put the brush on the layer and then Multiply afterward. The effect is subtle but pleasing.

Then I pulled down the Opacity of the brush layer so the stripes show through again but the wrinkles are still there. The only flaw is that this technique does change the colour of the paper somewhat.

See? Now it’s so much more interesting to look at than a plain paper cutout!

Now let’s flip this around. Start with the gray striped paper.

Follow the shape-creation steps as before. I used the same snowflake shape.

As mentioned above, do use the Tool options. They make life so much easier. Play around with them to see how they change things.

Look familiar? Only for a few more minutes!

Simplify the shape layer.

Now drop the blue spotted paper on top of the gray striped paper and the shape layers.

Select your shape. Make sure you’re on the BLUE paper layer.

Cut the shape out of your paper. Instead of having a paper snowflake on top of your blue paper, you’ll have a snowflake-shaped hole in it.

And it’ll be the colour of your shape until you delete that layer or turn it off.

Here we are again. It looks a lot like the first one right now.

Select the blue paper layer by CTRL/CMD>clicking on the layer thumbnail, just like before.

Create a new layer underneath the blue paper. Fill it with the Paint Bucket and your shadow colour.

Move it over and down in the direction your light is coming from.

There it is! In this iteration it’s easy to see so you can start Smudging it to make your 3-D effect.

“Lift” the paper where it might curl a bit, anchor it down where it should rest close to the background. Once you’ve done this shadow technique a few times, it becomes very quick and easy. Trust me! I almost never use shadow styles any more.

Here are your detailed instructions for the Gaussian Blur filter.

Clicking on the edge of the shadow somewhere gives you a preview in the adjustment box so you can see how much the edges soften. Don’t go crazy.

Pull down the Opacity

change the Blend Mode to Linear Burn and BOOM! You’re done!

Almost exactly the same steps, but such different looks!!

Next week I think I’m going to show you some photo manipulation tricks that you can use for the Inspiration Challenge. Stay tuned!

Sneak Peeks January 4th, 2018

Happy New Year!!!! It’s 2018 and our designers have some great new goodies for this first week of the year!

From Luv Ewe Designs

 

From Craft-tastrophic

From Lindsay Jane

From Miss Fish

From Aimee Harrison

From Heather Z

From JB Studio

 

 

Have a wonderful weekend!