Fresh Baked: September 19, 2014

Oh. My. Goodness! Today is going to be a CRAZY newsletter day! It’s Gingerscraps’ birthday, we have a new designer joining the team, and SO MANY goodies are being released!

Before we get to the goodies, you know that I have to show off a few layout using this month’s buffet and the newest monthly mix, Nostalgic Summer.


Created by sladd79054. I love the clusters!


Created by zenjen. I love the corner cluster and the framing of the pictures.


Created by jencrook. The clusters are amazing, and I completely agree with the title!

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Fresh Baked: September 12, 2014

Good morning! How’s the week been treating you? We hope that it’s been a good week, and that you have lots of pictures that need scrapping! The designers have some great templates and kits coming out this week that you’re definitely going to want to use!

Before we get to the goodies, you know that I have to show off a few layout using this month’s buffet and the newest monthly mix, Nostalgic Summer.


Created by Deanna. I love the journaling, and the cluster work is wonderful.


Created by MiracleMummy. I love how the pictures are just tucked in.


Created by zenjen. I love the use of white space with the distressed background paper.

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Fresh Baked: September 01, 2014

WOWZERS! Good morning and welcome to September! Today you get a double batch! New buffet, monthly mix, and daily download, and two new designers! One is a guest for September and another is a permanent designer!

It is the First of the month, and that means the revel of our new Buffet!! Don’t forget the new Buffet items will all be 50% off (from the 1-5th of the month)!

The designers all had their own take on what the colors and theme said to them! I love the variety! The designers knocked it out of the park. The designs are just amazing and so well done!

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Fresh Baked: August 15, 2014

Good morning! Can you believe we’re already HALFWAY through August? Crazy! The designers seem to have gone a little design happy, as well, because there are some GREAT goodies! Including a NEW DESIGNER! The GS family is growing again!

Before I get to the goodies, I have to share a few of the awesome layouts I spotted in the gallery, using this month’s Buffet and Monthly Mix, “It’s All Relative”.


Created by chigirl. I adore the white space! I love the paper layers, as well!

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Fresh Baked: August 08, 2014

Good morning! Did you capture a good sale through the bake sale or the GingerBread Girl’s sale? We sure hope you did! This week, we have a new designer joining the team. We’re so excited. The designers have also been working up a storm on some great kits!

Before I get to the goodies, I have to share a few of the awesome layouts I spotted in the gallery, using this month’s Buffet and Monthly Mix, “It’s All Relative”.


Created by weaselwatchr. I, at first, didn’t even notice the ferret. When I did, seeing the cat licking it’s lips with a ferret next to it made me chuckle. I love the use of the tape to hold the picture and the cluster work is beautiful.

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Fresh Baked: August 01, 2014

WOWZERS! Good morning and welcome to August! Today you get a double batch! New buffet, monthly mix, and daily download, and normal Fresh Baked goodies! The designers are getting back into the swing of things after the store closure, and are working hard on getting even more amazing designs out there, just for you!

It is the First of the month, and that means the revel of our new Buffet!! Don’t forget the new Buffet items will all be 50% off (from the 1-5th of the month)!

The designers all had their own take on what the colors and theme said to them! I love the variety!

The designers knocked it out of the park. The designs are just amazing and so well done!

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July Spotlight Designer

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Happy almost end of July! Whoops, did this month just fly by. Maybe it was because the store was down for part of the month and we had to busy ourselves with other things.

I’m sliding in here right at the end to give a little information about one of our July featured designers, Connie Prince of Designs by Connie Prince. Here’s what she shared with us:

What is your design process?

I typically begin with colors and a “theme” idea and start from there.

What do you use to create your designs (program, addition tools, etc.)?

I use Photoshop & Illustrator primarily.

Describe your design workplace.

I work in my home office. I use a desktop PC with dual monitors.

What motivates and inspires you as a designer?

I get inspiration from a lot of places including my family, my creative team, Pinterest, etc.

What is the last book you read?

Divergent

Tea or coffee?

Coffee until about noon and sweet tea after that!

Do you craft outside of the digital world (please share an example/photo)?

Yes, I LOVE crafting especially making wreaths and painting. (Layout with some of my projects)

Please share a photo of yourself, can be silly or serious but a photo that shows us who YOU are.

How do you feed your sweet tooth (photo if you got it)?

I love chocolate & cookies and I will indulge in those on occasion. Usually I try to feed my sweet tooth with healthy things like fruit!

What is your *favorite* kit you’ve designed (that is currently in store) and why is it your favorite?

Depending on the day that you ask me this question my answer usually varies lol. Right now, my favorite is Super Hero:  http://store.gingerscraps.net/Super-Hero-Kit.html

What is your favorite thing about GingerScraps.net?

The community at Ginger Scraps is by far my favorite thing, everyone is amazing. Not to mention we have an amazing “boss” in Ginger, she is so supportive and easy to talk to!

What is the most used App on your phone?

Facebook & Fruit Bump by far!

Do you have a guilty pleasure?

Reality tv is probably my most guilty pleasure. I really like shows like Survivor and Big Brother a lot.

How long have you been designing?

I have been scrapbooking since I was a child, there were not very many options back then so I would doodle and use what I could find to decorate my books. In about 2005-2006 I found the world of digital scrapbooking and immediately knew this was the way for me. There were not that many stores and designers then so I began to dabble with making my own items. Joining my first store in 2006 and I have been working as a full-time designer since. It has been an incredible journey and I am very thankful to do what I love!

Salty or sweet?

Salty is my favorite.

If you could travel to any TIME in the past, present or future where would you go and why?

I would go back to my younger years and listen more to my mama and definitely be a better daughter. I miss her.

Any special message to our members?

Thank you GingerScraps community for making this such an amazing place to call home! I am honored and delighted to get to be here!

Thanks to Connie for taking a few minutes to “chat” with us. I’ll check back in next month with a chat with our August Designer.

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Fresh Baked: July 25, 2014

WOWZERS! That was a bit of a break! The store is back, and running! It’s been upgraded, and will be running more smoothly from both the front-end, and the back-end, making it even easier for the designers to share their amazing designs with you! This week, the designers have some great goodies for you and they’re working extra hard for August’s buffet, which will be released NEXT FRIDAY! Super big newsletter next week!

Before I show you the amazing new goodies, I chose a few layouts from the gallery using the July Buffet and the July Monthly Mix, Summer Time Fun.


Created by msbrad. I love how the pictures are connected with clusters and elements. It keeps your eyes focused right on the pictures.

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Fresh Baked: July 01, 2014

WOWZERS! Good morning and welcome to July! To our Canadian friends, we’d like to say “HAPPY CANADA DAY”. To everyone else, HAPPY JULY! Can you believe it’s already July? I’m ready for some relief from the heat, and the products in the Buffet, Daily Download, and Free With Purchase really make me want to stay inside and just enjoy the A/C instead of braving the heat!

It is the First of the month, and that means the revel of our new Buffet!! This month, the colors are so soft, so they fit with the beach, spring, summer, boys and girls. They all mix and match so well together, as well! SO MANY different themes! Don’t forget the new Buffet items will all be 50% off (from the 1-5th of the month)!

The designers all had their own take on what the colors and theme said to them! I love the variety!

The designers knocked it out of the park. The designs are just amazing and so well done!

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June Feature Designer – SandyPie Creations

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Wow, it’s already the end of June. How did this happen? I guess between graduation, college orientation, and work (yuck), I’ve been so busy this month has practically flown by.

I wanted to drop in here for a quick look at one of the Feature Designers for June. Sandy of SandyPie Creations took a few minutes to answer some questions so we could get to know her a little better. Let’s see what she  has on her mind.

What is your design process?

I usually like to start with a color palette. But a lot of times I start with the feeling I want the kit to have. Then I go to my drawing pad and notebooks to doodle ideas and list what I want to make sure the kit includes. I scan my drawing and recreate them digitally, the kit comes together slowly after that.

What do you use to create your designs (program, addition tools, etc.)?

I use a Gateway PC with Adobe Creative Cloud mostly PhotoShop and some Illustrator. I also use a Wacom tablet (occasionally) and a Razor Nostromo gaming keypad (all the time, it’s super helpful.) And of course my scanner, Epson 1400 printer and a Silhouette Cameo.

Describe your design workplace.

I have a home office, with beautiful Ikea desk and lots of piles of stuff everywhere cause I’d rather be on the computer than dealing with them. Actually I put my office together “backwards”. I’m right handed but all my storage is to the left, so I need to rotate everything so my shelves are to the right so things get put away correctly instead of the sitting on the right corner of my desk till it gets knocked over, then I deal with it.

What motivates and inspires you as a designer?

There are so many places I get inspiration from fabrics, Pinterest has great art that really inspires me, things my kids are into, and especially feelings, I like to capture a feeling as much a theme.

What is the last book you read?

“The Fault In Our Stars” by John Greene, currently I’m working on the first Mortal Instruments book “City of Bones” by Cassandra Clare and rereading “Shadow of Night” by Deborah Harkness, I’m excited for the third book coming out next month!

Tea or coffee?

Coffee (love my Keurig and my Nespresso machine for lattes)….. or Dr Pepper (anytime of day) or sweet tea…. I’m not too picky!

Do you craft outside of the digital world (please share an example/photo)?

I try! As of late the only crafty thing, outside of digi and hybrid scrapping, has been cake decorating. Here’s the latest one I made, for a friend’s daughter.

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Please share a photo of yourself, can be silly or serious but a photo that shows us who YOU are.

This pretty much sums me up. It’s a couple years old, a few pounds lighter, but really is me.

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How do you feed your sweet tooth (photo if you got it)?

I’m not a big chocolate person, unless it’s a chocolate cake with buttercream frosting! But my latest obsession is Grandma’s Frosted Blueberry and White Chocolate Flavored Cookie, these things really are evil!

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What is your *favorite* kit you’ve designed (that is currently in store) and why is it your favorite?

I loved my Peas In A Pod (March 2014 Buffet pieces) I really loved making this one. I had so much fun drawing everything beforehand, scanning it and recreating it digitally, it really let me show myself how much I could do and gave me confidence in myself. And it’s super cute!

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What is your favorite thing about GingerScraps.net?

There is some much great stuff here, it’s hard to pick just one, but to make this about me, I really appreciate that Ginger has allowed me to work on things that I love and learn what my design voice really is.

What is the most used App on your phone?

The music or podcasts app. I rarely use it as a phone.

Do you have a guilty pleasure?

Surfing movies, especially “The Endless Summer” by Bruce Brown. And Tumblr.

How long have you been designing?

Since 2012.

Salty or sweet?

Salty sweet, unless there’s cake.

If you could travel to any TIME in the past, present or future where would you go and why?

This is hard, I’m not sure I’d do well going back too far in history. I might go back far enough to tell myself to go to college right out of high school rather than what I actually did.

Any special message to our members?

When doing your memory keeping don’t compare your layouts to others’, the important thing is that you’re doing it.

 

Thanks again to Sandy for sharing a little of herself with us. Hope everyone is enjoying their summer.

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