Weekly Wrap-up: It’s a new month!

I do so love it when the new month starts on a Friday- it’s like super bonus with the buffet and new releases and new challenges and and and..!

Since our newsletter just delivered you the royal treatment, I want to quick go over some things coming up. The end of the month can be so drab and quiet with all the finishing of challenges and some of us still  recovering from iNSD, plus Summer is in full affect most places and I sure hope that means everyone is outside  making memories!

First up, GingerScraps Book Club!

Our read for the month of June is The Lucky One by Nicholas Sparks!  I personally have never read a Nicholas Sparks book, but I hear they are fantastic so I can’t wait to start this one as my first! JoyLynn is also looking for some input, she wants to know what you want to see every month in the book club, she’s open to any suggestions!

Next, make sure to check out the Bake Sale happening RIGHT NOW!

You only have until June 5th to grab as much as your can for just $1 and let me tell you, there are some real surprises in this months bake sale! Do NOT miss this!

Did you know there is a brand-spanking-new challenge this month hosted by Jenn of Joyful Heart Designs? It’s a brush challenge! For the first month, she chose a wicked cool bird brush set. Brushes can be used for anything!  I know Jenn can’t wait to see what you all come up with, and neither can I!

Guess what? Z Pink Boudoir Designs is having a CT call! Join the Zeee-speration!

Guess what else?! JenC Designs is having one too! JenC is looking for Guest CTs for the summer months – but there’s a twist! More than one way to enter and more than one way to grab some of her super cute goodies!

Good luck to BOTH designers on their calls!

Now, to wrap-up the wrap-up (HA!), with the sunny days and the weather heating up, who’s ready for their summer do’s? Renee (MnMommy2) got everyone talking about hair (cuts, styles, color)! Which of course, got me thinking-  I need a hair cut myself! Except, I’m one of those that loves the cut for a few days then immediately misses my long hair so any drastic cuts are out of my future- but what about all of you? Who is getting a new do for summer, and more importantly will you scrap the before and after? ;)



Team Member Spotlight – ME!

For those of you who don’t know who me is, my name is April, known as [mamaape] in forum(s). For the past couple months I have been bringing you your weekly “get-to-know-you” interviews of our designers and team members. This month I thought I’d act out on all my selfish desires and interview myself! It is the month of April after-all.

In order to make this fun and not me just droning on about all the exciting boring tidbits of my life, I asked YOU to ask me anything you wanted to know. Silliness was encouraged, and I absolutely got what I asked for. ;)


The first question asked, by Julie (Juliemomof4) was “What is the color of your kitchen?”  Cream and blue, except it’s totally yucky and cheap- we live in an older apartment and though the appliances are newer YAY!, the counter tops are this hideous blue and cheap. It’s a tiny little (currently messy) kitchen “closet” I like to say, but the cabinet space is ridiculously plentiful!

Julie also asked, “If you had a free day all to your self, where would you go and what would you do?”  Oh man, I would of course get a mani/pedi, then I think I would go to the poshest hotel, rent a room on the top floor and just sleep. :)

Barbara (nutsaboutgabe) asks “What’s your favorite color and what’s your biggest pet peeve?” My favorite color varies depending on mood, but I have a few always-favorite colors I gravitate towards more than others. The majority of the shirts hanging in my closet are purple, and I’m pretty sure that’s my favorite color 99% of time. I also love greays, greens, and a dash of hot pink.

Biggest pet peeve? Oh man, I have so many it’s hard to pick the biggest! HA! Not picking up after oneself (I’m talking adults here), and maybe people who chew loudly, and not using your vs. you’re properly (or their and there and they’re) Ohemgee, that really gets me… and I better stop there or this is going to totally turn into a rant against humanity’s faults.  Hahaha!

Barbara then asked how I met my husband which has a fun twist to the story. We met at work (where neither one of us still works at). I saw him from across the warehouse and just wondered who he was, he was talking to another older coworker. That was the first I saw him, we didn’t actually introduce ourselves until a good month or two later being on two different shifts. The funny bit is that the older guy he was talking to is a giant goofball (and a little crazy) and what they were talking about was ME! The older guy was joking with my husband saying that he was going to marry me some day (even though neither of them knew who I was). SAY WHAT!

Christina (Ambelleina) asks, “What’s your favorite meal?” My answer is simple: the one I don’t have to clean up after.  She then asked if I was a cat or dog person to which I will reply dog dog dog. That’s not to say I’m not a cat person, because I have a cat (and she’s so awesome, stinky, but awesome), but I’ve grown up been dogs, have always had a dog and will always have a dog.

Alfie, who's full name is Alfred Charles. His birthday is next week, he'll be 5. My furry baby boy.


Terra wants to know what my favorite sandwich is, which is a tricky question because I’m not a huge sandwich person. It must have avocado on it though to be my favorite.  There’s this “California Club” or something like that (pretty sure that’s totally not the name of it, but generally sandwiches with “California” in the name have avocado), at Chili’s restaurant that I totally love.

Lisa makes me chose, “Howard, Leonard, Raj or Sheldon?” Without hesitation I say Sheldon.

“If you could be one person in history, who would you be?” (from dodgelade) This is a really good make me think question, which is not something I like to do on a Saturday morning. ;) There are so many great people in history that I’d much rather meet them than be just one. Pretty sure most of them are writers or singer/songwriters. Some dead, some still alive. J.K. Rowling, Adele, Etta James and Ella Fitzgerald, Sylvia Plath, Anne Boleyn and Queen Elizabeth I.. the list could go on and on.

Colleen wants to know “How many states and other countries have you visited?”  I have visited California, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Georgia, Florida. I have driven through nearly every state west of the Mississippi, and a few east of the Great Lakes on my way to Toronto – which is my only other country I’ve visited.

Let’s talk some scrap shall we?

I was asked,

What is your one “can’t live without it” element in a kit? Right now I am obsessed with templates. I know it’s not an element, but I can’t not use a template lately. There are just SO many awesome ones out there!

Who is your MOST FAVORITEST designer? This is totally a loaded question :-P I like designers for different reasons- SOME of my favorite designers are obviously those that I am lucky enough to be a part of their creative teams (Blue Heart Scraps, LauraMarie Scraps, Kathy Winters Designs and Sugar Kissed Designs) but I also love Jen Yurko and Inspired Designs (Crystal).

What kind of elements are your favorite? Which ones do you absolutely detest? I love frames – I don’t always use them, but I feel like I need them. I also NEED wordart, since journaling is not my forte, even though… I’m writing an awful lot right now. ;)

How many hours a day to you spend doing the following: Designing layouts, “surfing” Gingerscraps, Facebook? I’m not exaggerating when I say, all day long.

I wish I could keep answering your questions but I’m already late and I can only hold everyone’s attention for so long! ;) If you (for some awesome reason) want to see ALL the questions and remaining answers, go here). Thank you EVERYONE for submitting your questions, silly and serious. This was so much fun for me!

I’ll leave you with my favorite recent layout I created as a homage to my three year anniversary (celebrated last week).

Template by Jen Yurko, Kit Kathy Winters Designs

Have a happy Saturday!




Please Vote for Team Ginger Scraps!

Our GingerBread Girls are entered into the Battle of the Creative Teams.  We can use all the support we can to win!  You can see their layouts here and you can vote for them here.

Thanks for voting for team GingerScraps!!

Fresh Baked!! 4-7

Hello scrappers :)

We have some delicious goodies out today!!

First up from PhotoCowGirl…. a deal you will NOT want to pass up!! Limited Edition Template Bundle

I’m moving (don’t worry- I am not leaving GingerScraps- I am moving into a new house) Im spending the next 2 weeks packing – so to celebrate I have a limited edition template bundle! It’s such an awesome deal – you get 6 template packs for only $6.00, but you have to hurry because it’s only available bundled in this awesome deal for 2 weeks!

Includes template packs: Room to Journal, Down the Line, Like Em Big, Clip It Spring, Messy Text, and Extreme Clusters. (All packs PSD format, except Clip It Spring is png format).
Next we have a beautiful kit by ModernJune - American Honey

American Honey is a really sweet spring kit that has everything for your spring LO’s. Textured papers, vibrant colors, flowers, butterflies, swirls and adorable doodle alphas!
Inculdes: *20papers *57 elements *3 alphas

*additonal folder containing shadowed elements as well!
ModernJune also has some  amazing templates! – All Curled Up Template Pack

4 templates for your PU/CU/S4H and S4Ouse!! only $2.50!

Daybreak Scraps, Misty O’Brien Designs and Teri’s Thing-O-My-Jigs all teamed up and created this striking kit. I love the color combination! This will surly produce some gallery standouts! Elegant Azure

Elegant Azure brings to mind the cool crisp colors of a blue sky mixed with the emerald green waters off some romantic coast. And speaking of romantic, this kit was designed for those special occasions when you get all dressed up and hit the town. As our treat to you, you can pick up the Elegant Azure add-on free with your purchase of the full kit. Elegant Azure was designed by Daybreak Scraps, Misty O’Brien Designs and Teri’s Thing-O-My-Jigs. We hope you dance! There are 25 papers and 47 elements plus a fantastic add-on with purchase.   $5.00




by Lisa
Template from All Curled Up by Modern June
Word art by Feli Designs

And now we have some VERY EXCITING news!!!!

Wyld Web Designs is BACK!!!!!!

This week she has a AWESOME design tool that will help any designer create quality designs with the click of a button! This action will remove any strays or jagged edges without loss of quality of your original product, even after running it several times. This action has been tested in PSE, PS CS2, 3 and 4.

On sale this week only for 25% off! Design Tools Smoothing: Action by Wyld Web Designs


Char -Wyld Web Designs- also has some fun little doodles for you- Doodle-rama: Animal Doodles by Wyld Web Designs

This designer resource contains 7 animal doodles in PNG and PSD format. These doodles are permitted for commercial, personal or scrap-for-hire use and are easily colored and customized to fit your needs. Each doodle is provided in both PNG and layered PSD format.
On sale this week only for 25% off!





A BIG happy birthday to our very own Jen, of Graham Like The Cracker!

And she has a few fun goodies for you – to celebrate her birthday!

I will let Jen tell you all about it……..

“Hello! I have a fantastic new kit out on Saturday that I can’t wait to share with you!

It’s time to add another candle to my birthday cake and you know what that means….a new birthday kit! This kit is extra special because it’s a collaboration with the talented Michelle Batton, who is also celebrated her birthday this month!

This kit is full of bright, retro-mod elements, cute cupcakes and groovy papers – perfect for scrapping your own little cupcake’s party photos. And it also includes a extra-large alpha which would be perfect for making a hybrid party banner!

It includes 16 papers, over 35 elements, and a full alpha!

The kit is $6, but is on sale, 29% off for my birthday the 6th!


Fresh Baked! 2-03-10

Hi Scrappers!!! Wow! what a week we have had over at GingerScraps :) I hope you have stopped by for all the wonderful freebies my new GingerBread Ladies have been sharing this week.

If you have been over at GingerScraps you might have noticed the error problem we were having. I do apologize for that. My IT team is hard at work to make everything run smoothly. I love to hear that there is so much traffic!! But I do know how annoying it is for all of you. And let me assure you, we are hard at work to keep things running smoothly :)

We have two wonderful collabs to show you- first the Sweet Celebrations Mega kit-

Sweet Celebration preview

Sweet Celebrations Paper

What’s more fun than celebrating a birthday? How about celebrating with this enormous collab created by the Gingerbread ladies? It’s jam-packed full of bright and cheerful elements that are perfect for scrapping your little ones birthday memories. Sweet Celebrations is created at 300 dpi for professional printing quality.

This kit includes: *5 Alphas! *129 Elements *59 Papers

*Matching Glitter- in photoshop style and png sheets for the non- photoshop user *6 brag book templates in .psd format

*Presents, balloons, streamers, cakes, cupcakes, candles, confetti, party hats, flag banners, flowers and much much more!*

** This kit is yours for FREE with any $10.00 purchase**Or $7.00 to purchase.

I will e-mail you a coupon to get this wonderful kit for free after your purchase is completed. Please allow 24 hours as I have to manually e-mail all coupons :) thanks so much!!


A Gingerbread Ladies Mega Grab Bag! This is our February Mystery Grab Bag Mega! This month’s offering is brought to you by Graham Like the Cracker, Misty O’Brien Designs, Statements by Jodi, Teri’s Thing-O-My-Jigs, Mandy Made, Simply Shan Marie Designs, Daybreaks Scraps, HarmonyStar, GeekChic Scraps, and PhotoCowGirl.

“What’s in the kit?” you might be wondering. Well that is part of the fun. You can see a little sneak peek in the preview, what’s inside this huge collab…..

Your heart will sing when you see what the Gingerbread Ladies have cooked up this month… with 43 papers and 60 elements, Alphas, Styles, Glitter…… and more …….. this kit will keep you scrapping layouts you love.

For a short time only you can get this kit at an unbelievable price of only $4.00!! OR even more amazing….. you can get it for only $1.00 with any purchase over $4.00.

After your purchase is complete I will e-mail you a coupon to get this mega kit for only $1.00! Please allow 24 hours as I have to manually e-mail all coupons :) thanks so much!!

grab bag preview


Next from Dawn of DayBreak Scraps- It sure is a cutie!!! A Denim Cutie-

Denim Cutie Preview


This adorable kit contains twelve 12×12 papers created at 300dpi.

A lowercase denim alpha.

And a wonderful assortment of 30 embellishments including:

*2 cute little dolls *4 wordart tags *2 frames *1 purse *2 ricracs *2 journal mats *2 glitter smears *2 denim pockets *3 flowers *1 leaf *2 ribbons *1 snap *1 stitching *1 plastic swirly *1 worn tag *1 heart *1 doodle border *1 paper-pieced mat

Here are a few cute LO’s






Misty O’ Brien has a SWEET deal for you this week….. You will not want to miss this!!!

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Pick up this sweet little love mini and scrap all the Valentines in your life. This kit includes 9 papers and 21 elements:

*1 acrylic circle frame  *1 epoxy heart  *1 arrow *1 vellum arrow button  *1 arrow with scattered hearts  *1 faux shadowed foliage  *1 foil diamond strip  *1 glittered layered circle button  *1 glitter swirl  *1 felt leaf  *1 embroidered “Love” button  *1 love notes journaling tag  *1 word art  *1 paper clip  *1 layered paper heart  *2 ribbons  *1 rub on flower frame  *1 stamp frame  *1 steel multi frame

There’s also a coordinating glitter set available






If you missed this yesterday…. you will want to get this amazing HUGE kit! So cute .. form one of the new GingerBread Ladies- MandyMade- We Like To Play

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This is a super fun kit just waiting for all those sports/Wii photos I know you have! This is a huge kit that will allow for a variety of different LO’s and come with many extras! I made the bingo cards and my Party flyer using this kit… so it can be used for a variety of LO’s!

*6 Glitter styles + sheets *9 plastic styles *3 shadow styles (just a bonus) *29 papers *47 ellies *3 upper/lower paper alphas *4 upper/number button alphas

Here are a few LO’s

We Like To Play LO

We Like To Play LO

We Like To Play LO


Another one of the new GingerBread Ladies- GeekChicScraps – has the fun and funky kit to last you all year long… A Geek For Every Season!-


A Geek for Every Season

This fun and whimsical 365 kit is perfect for documenting life’s little everyday moments.

Includes: *12 Hand Doodled Month Frames *7 Hand Doodled Day Frames *5 Year Flair pieces (2009-2013) *1 Word Art  *1 Flower *1 Sparkle Leaf *1 Ribbon with doodled pattern *1 piece of RicRac *3 Wire heart dangles *1 heart button


A CU Friendly set of solid Acrylics to match A Geek for Every Season.
In .asl format, tested in Photoshop CS2 and up, as well as Photoshop Elements.

My Terms-
Credit not required but appreciated. Cannot be used to make other CU items. Cannot be resold or distributed


And The wonderful Teri of Teri’s Thing Oh-My-Jigs is just Giddy this week! :) Giddy in love……


This is the first in the “Giddy” series I am doing with each kit mixing and matching for each season or theme. Hope you will be Giddy too!

Giddy (in love) is a fun filled kit that was created to make you smile. From the bright cheery colors to the whimsical papers and elements, complete with the days of the week, each month and date markers for all your Project 365/52 digi-scrappers! This kit has it all. Perfect for Valentines Day or any day of the week! The first in a year long “Giddy” series of kits that will all mix and match, so start your collection now! Create, Inspire and Share!

Includes: *16 papers *40 elements *365/52 Months *365/52 Days  *365/52 Dates *1 complete alpha *Uppercase *Lowercase *Numbers *Symbols

Here is a darling layout by my CT Heather


And one by March_76


And one for all you gals who may or may not have time to start from scratch on your layout! This one is a real Kick!


Looking for that perfect combination of Shabby Chic with a touch of the Wild West? But you don’t have time to create your own layouts? Buckaroo Blues QP Album will fill those boots perfectly! Buckaroo Blues QP Album is kickin’ it! So watch’ca waiting for? Go on and git’er done! Buckaroo Blues QP Album includes 12 qp’s rearin’ to get scrapped! Create, Inspire and Share!



And last but definitely not least.. Jodi of Statements By Jodi- has this super cute GingerBread House kit! mmmm so yummy!!! :)


This Gingerbread kit was made for “The Real Gingerbread House – Wives” challenge.

This kit includes: *8 Papers  *49 Elements  *and A Full Alpha

*A blank gingerbread house and gingerbread man for you to decorate yourself

along with *28 elements to decorate them with.

Enjoy decorating your own gingerbread house and gingerbread man/woman


Happy Scrapping!

Mandy Made!!

This week you will get the chance to learn a little about each of the new GingerBread Ladies!!

They have AMAZING things in store for you all week long!!!

Todays feature is *Mandy* of MandyMade

Read this intro from Mandy….. and let her tell you what she has in store for you today! :)

Hi ladies it’s Mandymade here!! First let me tell you a little about myself.

I am a new designer here at Ginger Scraps… and so very excited to be part of the team. The ladies here are so wonderful to us newbies!! I can’t wait till I’m designing and scrapping in full swing! I’ve been digi scrapping for a few years now…. and designing for only a year. It’s really turned into a full time hobby! I find it’s a great way to wind down from a busy day!

Besides being a scrapping addict I am a mom to two girls, Kelsey (15) and Julie (11) and a partner to my best friend Mark. We’ve been going strong for nearly 19 years! I had to actually do math… I stopped counting after 10:)

We live on a small farm near Edmonton, Alberta where we are in the middle of building our own house. Yup building it ourselves …. Maybe one day when it’s all done I’ll scrap our adventures!

Till then I enjoy scrapping my children, other peoples children, our animals, random photos and even people I don’t know… if I like a picture I think it deserves to be shown off! I am also my families historian. I have well over 4000 people in my family tree and have collected nearly every photo taken of any family member in the last century. I am now in the middle of restoring these photos, slides and started scanning all my negatives as well.

This may sound a bit funny… but I come from a long line of historians and collectors! I am a fourth generation scrapbooker! Of course my great great grandmothers scrapbooking was a little different back then…. it was full of photos, drawings, recipes, autographs, magazine clippings and peoms. And yes I have every one of those scrapbooks as well…. well enough about me… on to the fun!!

Today I very excited to be giving you my new kit We Like To Play.

Included are..

29 papers
4 upper/number button alphas
3 upper/lower paper alphas
6 PS glitters
6 glitter sheets
9 acrylic styles
9 acrylic styles with a slight shadow
2 bowling balls
2 bowling pins
1 group of bowling pins
1 bowling pin frame
1 lightning bolt
2 bubbles
5 buttons
5 fabric flowers
1 glitter/paper frame
1 golf ball
1 golf club
4 hula hoops
1 leaf
1 mushroom
1 ping pong ball
2 ping pong paddles
2 ribbons
2 ric rac
2 turtle shells
1 staple with shadow
1 tennis racket
1 star
1 string swirl
2 tennis balls
1 ping pong net
1 TV frame
1 vine

Head on over to the Ginger Scraps store to DL this kit for free!! This product will be free for the next 24 hours so help me spread the word!!
I designed this kit with the intentions of scrapping my family Wii photos… but as you can see… I haven’t gotten around to that bit yet… I fell in love with the green paper and large flowers… I just can’t stop myself!!

Also I have a game of BINGO starting in half an hour… it’s too late to join but it’s always fun to watch for a laugh!!!

Also I’m hosting a Speed Scrap Tomorrow night at 7 pm MTN here at Ginger Scraps and here’s my PP…

If you join me and complete a LO in the time allowed I will make you a pack of 5 PS glitter styles!! I will also include the glitter sheets for those who don’t use PS!! Oh and BTW… they are a CU item…. all you have to do is PM me your 5 colors and I’ll make up the pack and send you back a link… if you have a name for the glitters include it as well;)

OK! All I can say is Wow! Awesome stuff!

Scrap Happy!

Geek Chic!!

This week you will get the chance to learn a little about each of the new GingerBread Ladies!!

They have AMAZING things in store for you all week long!!!

Todays feature is Tara of GeekChic Scraps

Here is a little intro….. from Tara- check out what she has in store for you today! :)

Here is my Bio for you lovely Gingery peeps-
Tara is a SAHM to one wee Geeklet, Kat- and wife to a very nerdy husband, Tim. Originally from West Virginia, she’s a reluctant Michigan transplant- who will obviously do anything for love (or meatloaf) including live in the middle of a frozen state. Tara has been dabbling at designing since May of 2009, and was dragged kicking and screaming out of the designer closet by her friends in October of 2009, at which point she started doing it seriously. Tara is truly a real life Geek- she met her husband playing Everquest 2, has a standing date with her Dungeons and Dragons group every other week, and takes great pride in being as weird as she wants to be. Geek Chic (actually pronounced Sheek) is actually a term coined to define geeks and nerds that were actually cool, or things that were cool in the geek world- a perfect design name for this Soopa Geek.   Tara

Today ONLY you can get my A Geek for Every Season kit before it hits stores for free!

Go check out Tara in the forum and get your freebie!

Oh and as another special treat (because I *wub* my GS peeps) All my kits in the store are 50% off today only!

Oh, one more thing, Monica is hosting a Speed Scrap today 8 PM ET, 7 PM CT, 6 PM MT, 5 PM PT~

Your prize will be a lovely set of frames! How pretty.

See you there!

Scrap Happy!

Challenge Spotlight – Technique Time

Hi Scrappers! Let me start out be congratulating commenter #3 from last challenge spotlight. kristi! I put our commenters through a random selection program, and she’s our lucky winner! Here’s what she won:

Watch for the link in your inbox at Gingerscraps Kristi.

Alright! Now for our next spotlight! It’s a new month and not all challenges are up yet for Feb. (including mine) so lets choose someone who’s on the ball!  Julie’s February Technique time!  Julie’s Technique challenge will help you learn and use different scrapping techniques that are increasing in popularity in the digi scrap world. For February she chose paper! So many cute papers out there, so many ways to use them up. Here’s some examples Julie posted as ways to use lots of papers.

By slurpiegirl

By slurpiegirl

By Julie

By Julie

By Julie

By Julie

 Looks fun huh! Go check it out! And of course if you post the link to your LO in the gallery and post it in a comment here. Next week I’ll randomly select one and that person will win a prize from ME! (Harmonystar). CT & those who have already done the challenge are elligable. Let me see those comments!

And of course you can always check out Julie’s  past technique times and learn other great scrapping techniques.

LOTW Jan. 29

Check out our LOTW nominees for this week!




















And honorable mention goes to 2 of our own this week:



Now head to the FORUM and put in your vote!