September Spotlight Designer

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Happy Fall everyone. It’s been a busy month here at GingerScraps with our 6th Birthday Celebration. Hopefully you got all the goodies from the Facebook Hop and took advantage of the great sales. The weather is finally cooling off in my corner of the states (North Carolina) and I’m looking forward to some gorgeous leaf colors soon.

This month, our feature designers are Clever Monkey Graphics and Wimpychompers. I got a chance to ask Tracey of Clever Monkey Graphics some of our get-to-know-you questions.

What is your design process?

Choose theme, choose colors which often involves lots of play, looks for inspiration, start designing.

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

Most of my work is done in Photoshop 4.0. Occasionally I open my Illustrator. I also have a Wacom Cintiq monitor that I can play on for direct to monitor doodling.

Describe your design workplace.

Usually it’s my big comfy brown leather chair with my feet up and a laptop where it belongs – on my lap. TV is often on with a cheesey movie playing that doesn’t matter if I look at it or not.

What motivates and inspires you as a designer?

Color, pattern

What is the last book you read?

Dinosaur Lake Book 2

Tea or coffee?

Both but I switched to decaf a year ago.

Do you craft outside of the digital world?

I’ve pretty much given that all up as I hate making the messes and my tastes have changed about what I want decorating my wall or house. Also having my daughter a little older now we’re not doing kid krafts.

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

I really shouldn’t feed it! But I do love Canadian chocolate and also crystallized ginger. Dark chocolate covered almonds give me a great sneaky caffeine boost since I stopped drinking caffeine.

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

I really don’t know – I always go back to thinking I love the Under the Boardwalk pair of kits. I really enjoyed using my Tropical Aloha and At the Zoo kits recently too. Can’t really say why I love some more than others. I just click with some more than others.

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What is your favorite thing about GingerScraps.net?

I find it to be a great and friendly community of people.

What is the most used App on your phone?

I’m old school – I still don’t have a smart phone.

Do you have a guilty pleasure?

Bad sci fi!

How long have you been designing?

Eight years.

Salty or sweet?

One followed by the other!

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

I’d like to go back a few years to have some great sit down conversations with my Nana who has since passed on.

Thanks Tracey!! Make sure you check out her Facebook page, her Blog, and her store at GingerScraps.

Keep an eye out for some new questions and check the Gingerscraps Facebook page for ways that you can be involved.

But for now, tell us in the comments, what is your favorite Clever Monkey Graphics or Wimpychomper kit?

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Fresh Baked: September 26, 2014

Whoo! Did you have a blast with the birthday party? We hope you got plenty of goodies, but not too much. The designers have created some wonderful kits, and there’s definitely a little something for everyone!

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 CindyB. I love the use of the hashtag for the title. I love the little flowers in the corners.


Created by becky_a. I love the layers, and the clusters are beautiful.


Created by Elizabeth. I love the tiled title!

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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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