Tutorial Tuesday (Photoshop Elements)

Making a Stylish Sandwich

A few days ago I got a private message from Heidi1472 wanting to know more about using styles. I linked her up to some of the tutorials wherein I’ve used styles, but then I thought, “Maybe I should do a quick tut about putting multiple styles on a single layer, because maybe people don’t know that’s a thing.” So here it is!

First, does everybody know how to load styles into the Photoshop Elements? In Versions 12 and up, it’s super-easy. All you have to do is open the Styles menu on your workspace then click on the icon that looks like a stack of paper in the upper right corner. This sub-menu opens up. Click on Load Styles then find the folder holding the styles you want to use and it’ll do the rest.

I wanted to load the styles that Natasha of Ponytails Designs had created for the GingerScraps 10th Birthday MEGA collab Indian Summer.

So I found them in my stash and loaded them up. They’re BIG files, so they do take a few minutes. Don’t panic!

I had this great photo I found on Pixabay of some Amur maple leaves with some gorgeous bokeh in the background. So I decided to punch it up with a brush and a combo of styles.

I never did get to use the lovely brush Wendy of Neverland Scraps  created for us for the July 2018 Brush Challenge. It seemed perfect for this technique.

I created a new layer above my photo, shrunk the brush down a little to fit into the left-side area of bokeh and dropped it down. Then I added another layer, adjusted the angle of the brush and did it again. I ended up doing this process a total of 4 times. Putting each brush on its own layer lets me have a lot more creative control over what happens next.

Here’s what I mean about putting the brushes on their own layers.

Now it just looks like a bunch of fruit flies on a chunk of mango, but it’s not going to stay like that. See how most of the brush bits are inside the bokeh area?

Because I want the technique to highlight the bokeh and not the leaves, I went back and erased the bits of the brush that sit on top of the leaves, one layer at a time.

Then I made a copy of EVERY brush layer. You can do it the hard way, selecting the layer, right-clicking on it, selecting Duplicate Layer, waiting for the pop-up then clicking on OK, or you can WSNH and just hit CTRL/CMD>J.

In some spots, the brush still peeks out from behind the leaf, and that’s what I wanted. Then I hid all the COPY layers for later.

Now for the fun part! I clicked on the Styles button and found my GingerScraps Indian Summer glitter styles.

I started with my first brush layer and used the medium orange glitter style on the sparkles.

I let the colour and intensity of the bokeh guide my colour choices. The second brush set was over a lighter golden area so I went with the gold glitter.

The third (original) brush layer is in a darker area, so it got the darker orange glitter.

The brush at the top was over a darker area so it seemed the red glitter was right for it.

It looks really good, but where’s the layering part? I started unhiding the COPY layers one at a time and applied a glitter style to each of them too.

For the most part, I put a lighter colour of glitter on top of each original layer. I also decreased the Opacity of the COPY layers to 40%. That gives the brush layers a soft glow and a slightly different colour.

When I got to the red glitter layer, nothing looked right until I tried the GRAY glitter on the COPY layer.

You can see the red around the edges but it’s mostly covered up. But wait. I’m still going to decrease the layer’s Opacity to 40%.

Voilà! A sort of ruby look to it now.

Oh but wait, we’re not done yet! I selected all the layers and Merged them together. (CTRL/CMD>E)

If you’re a faithful reader of this tripe, then you know I still had another idea. So I made a copy of the merged brush layer.

I chose to use a soft yellow gloss style from Misty’s Miss Mis Designs‘s Hustle and Heart styles set (not shown). Then I again lowered the Opacity to 40%. It looked “okay”…

But when I moved that layer to underneath the glitter layer, it really gave a lovely glow to the brushes. I LOVE how it looks!!

Sadly, just as I was getting to the very tail end of my layout, my laptop crashed. So if you were hoping to see the final result, I’m afraid you’ll have to wait… I have to do it all over again, from the beginning…… and that’s gotta wait until after I play with y grandchildren for a few days. See ya next week!

Gingerscraps is TEN YEARS OLD!

Happy Birthday to you. Happy Birthday to you. Happy Birthday Dear Gingerscraps! Happy Birthday to you! Pull up a seat, grab a glass of Sparkling Apple Juice and a couple of mini cupcakes, because it’s going to be a party to end all parties! Prepare for the changing of the leaves and plenty of sales to keep you in kit choices for, well, at least a couple of weeks! Come on, we know we like our choices!

It’s time to celebrate GingerScraps 10th Birthday!! We have a storewide 50% off sale, a free with purchase MEGA collab, forum activities and a scavenger hunt happening NOW!!

Here is a closer look at the AMAZING Mega Indian Summer, it is Free with any purchase over $20.00 until September 13th.


In addition to the FWP and the SALE we also have fun & games in the forum as well as a Scavenger Hunt throughout the shop!



Remember when you spend $10 in the store, you get a great new collab! It’s “Beauti-fall”!


[kit] https://store.gingerscraps.net/Life-Is-Sweet-by-LDrag-Designs.html
[journal cards] https://store.gingerscraps.net/Life-Is-Sweet-Journal-Cards-by-LDrag-Designs.html
[alphas] https://store.gingerscraps.net/Life-Is-Sweet-Alphas-by-LDrag-Designs.html
[worn out papers] https://store.gingerscraps.net/Life-Is-Sweet-Worn-Out-Papers-by-LDrag-Designs.html
[glitter] https://store.gingerscraps.net/Life-Is-Sweet-Glitterstyles-by-LDragDesigns.html
[collection] https://store.gingerscraps.net/Life-Is-Sweet-The-Collection-by-LDrag-Designs.html

[kit] https://store.gingerscraps.net/DareTo-Dream-Big-by-LDrag-Designs.html
[journal cards] https://store.gingerscraps.net/DareTo-Dream-Big-Journal-Cards-by-LDrag-Designs.html
[alphas] https://store.gingerscraps.net/DareTo-Dream-Big-Alphas-by-LDrag-Designs.html
[worn out papers] https://store.gingerscraps.net/DareTo-Dream-Big-Worn-Out-Papers-by-LDrag-Designs.html
[glitter] https://store.gingerscraps.net/DareTo-Dream-Big-Glitters-by-LDrag-Designs.html
[collection] https://store.gingerscraps.net/DareTo-Dream-Big-The-Collection-by-LDrag-Designs.html

[kit] https://store.gingerscraps.net/Make-A-Wish-by-LDrag-Designs.html
[templates vol.1] https://store.gingerscraps.net/Make-A-Wish-Templates-Vol.-1-by-LDrag-Designs.html
[templates vol. 2] https://store.gingerscraps.net/Make-A-Wish-Templates-Vol.-2-by-LDrag-Designs.html
[graffiti] https://store.gingerscraps.net/Make-A-Wish-Graffiti-by-LDrag-Designs.html
[journal cards] https://store.gingerscraps.net/Make-A-Wish-Journal-Cards-by-LDrag-Designs.html
[alphas] https://store.gingerscraps.net/Make-A-Wish-Alphas-by-LDrag-Designs.html
[glitter] https://store.gingerscraps.net/Make-A-Wish-Glitterstyles-by-LDrag-Designs.html
[collection] https://store.gingerscraps.net/Make-A-Wish-The-Collection-by-LDrag-Designs.html


Bundle: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Bayou-Princess-collection.html
Page kit: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Bayou-Princess.html
Journaling Cards: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Bayou-Princess-cards.html
Graffiti Pack: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Bayou-Princess-graffiti.html
Glitter Pack: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Bayou-Princess-glitter-pack.html
Shimmery Papers: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Bayou-Princess-bonus-papers.html




$5 Bundle: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Somebody-Digital-Scrapbooking-Bundle-by-Shepherd-Studio.html
Kit: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Somebody-Digital-Scrapbooking-Kit-by-Shepherd-Studio.html
Journal Cards: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Somebody-Journal-Cards-for-Pocket-Scrapbooking-by-Shepherd-Studio.html
Templates: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Love-to-Scrap-Volume-1-Templates-by-Shepherd-Studio.html


Somebody Planner Kit: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Somebody-Digital-Planner-Kit-by-Shepherd-Studio.html
A Full Heart Planner Kit: https://store.gingerscraps.net/A-Full-Heart-Planner-Kit-by-Shepherd-Studio.html
A Full Heart Journal Cards: https://store.gingerscraps.net/A-Full-Heart-Journal-Cards-by-Shepherd-Studio.html


Collection: https://store.gingerscraps.net/A-Splash-of-Red-Collection-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Kit: https://store.gingerscraps.net/A-Splash-of-Red-Page-Kit-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Alphas: https://store.gingerscraps.net/A-Splash-of-Red-Alpha-Sets-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Blooms: https://store.gingerscraps.net/A-Splash-of-Red-Blooms-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Frames: https://store.gingerscraps.net/A-Splash-of-Red-Frame-Clusters-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Extra Papers: https://store.gingerscraps.net/A-Splash-of-Red-Extra-Papers-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Messy Edges: https://store.gingerscraps.net/A-Splash-of-Red-Messy-Edges-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Glitters: https://store.gingerscraps.net/A-Splash-of-Red-Glitters-by-Aimee-Harrison.html





Bundle: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Virgo-Bundle.html
Kit: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Virgo-Kit.html
Cards: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Virgo-Cards.html
Alphas: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Virgo-Alphas.html
Glitters: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Virgo-Glitters.html
Basic Papers: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Virgo-Basic-Papers.html








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

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Sneak Peeks September 6th, 2018

Happy Thursday! Get ready for Gingerscraps Birthday Celebration tomorrow! The festivities go on for a week! Our designers have loads of new goodies just for you! Let’s take a look!

From LDrag Designs

From Moore Blessings Digital Designs

From Tinci

From Shepherd Studio

From Craft-tastrophic

From JoCee

From Neverland Scraps

From Aimee Harrison

From Miss Fish and Shepherd Studio

From Ponytails

Check back tomorrow to see all the goodies releasing!

Tutorial Wednesday (Fonts!)

It’s Fall, Y’All!

First of all, let me apologize for missing my deadline. Time kinda got away from me between necessary home maintenance and my real job, so I’m playing catch-up now.

Here in the northern hemisphere, we’ve headed into fall (at least where I live, we’ve had frost advisories two nights in a row already), the kids are back in school and the Shop is packed with amazing autumnal kits. So I thought it might be a good time to look at some free fonts and dingbats from dafont.com that might be just what you’re looking for to make your fall layouts even more perfect. Let’s start with some back-to-school-themed fonts.

These would be so awesome for elementary school layouts, although I’ve heard lots of schools are no longer teaching cursive writing. What a loss that is!





For the slightly older kiddos, fractions!



Then there are some great fonts for the varsity crowd.




If you don’t have any dingbats in your stash, you’re missing out! Dingbats are scaleable images that can be used for a variety of purposes. Check these doodly ones out.





We can’t forget fall sports. Some of these balls are probably rolling around at your house these days.


For kids in the drama club…


… or the band…


We can’t leave out the young adults in our lives who are now in college/university.


I don’t know about you, but stars still mean a job well done to me.



If you don’t have anybody going back to school, you might have a use for some cool autumn-y dingbats like these.




Yeah… we have some nasty (and enormous!) mushrooms growing along the fence in our back yard. Can’t seem to eradicate them, and the dogs found them the other day. I’m glad they didn’t eat them.


There are so many ways these can be used. They can be turned into brushes, used as clipping masks, filled with colour, turned into a border or a scatter… the limit is your imagination. As I mentioned above, these are all FREE. DaFont has a lot more, too. This is just a little teaser!

Fresh Baked: September 01, 2018

It’s September and the year is almost over. A new season is about to begin and another crazy month of weird holidays is upon us. What are some of the weird holidays we can look forward to experiencing? This week is National Enthusiasm Week! Make sure you speak in lots of exclamation points!

It is the First of the month, and that means the reveal of our new Buffet!!

Don’t forget to check out the Buffet Bundles, one easy click to add bundles of Buffet goodies to your cart, and an amazing value too!

[Read more…]

DD: Sept 01

I’m so glad that I get to share this month’s Daily Download. It’s gorgeous.

Before I show you this month’s, I have to show you August’s kit:


Anyone else craving something in a cone?

And here is September’s preview:


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.

Fresh Baked: August 31, 2018

Matchmaker, Matchmaker, Make Me a Match. Find me a snack. Dress me in colors! Now tell me you didn’t sing (or read it, at least) to the tune! Some of the weird holidays today are “College Colors Day”, “National Trail Mix Day” and “National Matchmaker Day”. So, while you’re feeling happy in your favorite school’s colors, snacking on some trail mix (share some M&Ms for me, please!), find yourself the PERFECT match in the store today! And we will see you again soon!

Remember when you spend $10 in the store, you get a great new collab! Don’t worry! It’s stinger free!!


Bundle: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Incredi-Kit-Bundle.html
Kit: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Incredi-Kit-PageKit.html
Flairs: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Incredi-Kit-Flairs.html
Grunge: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Incredi-Kit-Grunge.html
Clusters: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Incredi-Kit-Clusters.html
Titles: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Incredi-Kit-Titles.html
Cards: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Incredi-Kit-Cards.html





Collection: http://store.gingerscraps.net/nearly-autumn-collection-by-Lindsay-Jane.html
Kit: http://store.gingerscraps.net/nearly-autumn-by-Lindsay-Jane.html
Quick Pages: http://store.gingerscraps.net/nearly-autumn-quick-pages-by-Lindsay-Jane.html


Collection: https://store.gingerscraps.net/360-Life-All-About-September-Collection-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Kit: https://store.gingerscraps.net/360-Life-All-About-September-Page-Kit-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Alphas: https://store.gingerscraps.net/360-Life-All-About-September-Alpha-Sets-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Borders: https://store.gingerscraps.net/360-Life-All-About-September-Borders-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Templates: https://store.gingerscraps.net/360-Life-All-About-September-Templates-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Date Tabs: https://store.gingerscraps.net/360-Life-All-About-September-Date-Tabs-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Titles: https://store.gingerscraps.net/360-Life-All-About-September-Titles-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Quotes: https://store.gingerscraps.net/360-Life-All-About-September-Quotes-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Messy Edges: https://store.gingerscraps.net/360-Life-All-About-September-Messy-Edges-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Glitters: https://store.gingerscraps.net/360-Life-All-About-September-Glitters-by-Aimee-Harrison.html

Collection: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Mermaid-Tales-Collection-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Kit: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Mermaid-Tales-Page-Kit-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Alphas: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Mermaid-Tales-Alpha-Sets-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Frame Clusters: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Mermaid-Tales-Frame-Clusters-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Extra Papers: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Mermaid-Tales-Extra-Papers-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Stamps: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Mermaid-Tales-Stamps-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Messy Edges: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Mermaid-Tales-Messy-Edges-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Glitters: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Mermaid-Tales-Glitters-by-Aimee-Harrison.html


Bundle Collection: https://store.gingerscraps.net/-2018-September-Bundle-Collection-by-Connie-Prince.html
Kit: https://store.gingerscraps.net/-2018-September-Kit-by-Connie-Prince.html
Mixed Media: https://store.gingerscraps.net/-2018-September-Mixed-Media-by-Connie-Prince.html
Snippets: https://store.gingerscraps.net/-2018-September-Snippets-by-Connie-Prince.html
Messy Papers: https://store.gingerscraps.net/-2018-September-Messy-Papers-by-Connie-Prince.html
Border Clusters: https://store.gingerscraps.net/-2018-September-Border-Clusters-by-Connie-Prince.html
Templates: https://store.gingerscraps.net/-2018-September-12×12-Template-Pack-CU-Ok-by-Connie-Prince.html
Extra Papers: https://store.gingerscraps.net/-2018-September-Extra-Papers-by-Connie-Prince.html
Alpha Pack AddOn: https://store.gingerscraps.net/-2018-September-Alpha-Pack-AddOn-by-Connie-Prince.html
Word Art: https://store.gingerscraps.net/-2018-September-Word-Art-Pack-by-Connie-Prince.html
Quick Pages: https://store.gingerscraps.net/-2018-September-Quick-Pages-by-Connie-Prince.html


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

Is there anything better than a life that’s good?

Sneak Peeks August 30th, 2018

Tomorrow is the end of August! Wow! 4 more months left in the year! Since tomorrow is the last day of August and Saturday starts a new Buffet, I get to show you sneak peeks for both! Lets get started!

From LDrag Designs

From Lindsay Jane

From Wimpychompers


From Miss Fish

From Aimee Harrison

And now here’s a peek of September’s Buffet!

Make sure you come back both Friday and Saturday to see all this week’s new products!

Tutorial Tuesday (Photoshop Elements)

Sketchy Simplified

Today’s tutorial doesn’t need a lot of explantation. It’s a little goodie I stumbled on when I was playing with this photo. I took it with my cell phone camera and was pleasantly shocked at how it came out, even when blown up in PSE. The sky is very flat, but that’s how the sky looked for much of my time in Ireland, so I’m not obsessing over it.

I’ve been playing with these Guided Edits just to see what they do, and the Orton Effect is amazing!

With this one, you can click the Edit button several times to create an additive change to your photo. But I only clicked it once.

The difference isn’t obvious, but it’ll be quite apparent once I change the settings.

See the change now? I barely moved the Blur slider to the right, I think the numeric amount was 4. But the whole image is softer and dreamier.

I played with all the sliders; the Noise one was the one I really wasn’t sure of. But in the end, I moved it to the right about 12 and the stone is starting to look sketchier.

By pushing the Brightness slider over about 1/3 of the way between the default and the max, I got this nice look.

As you can see, there are now 3 layers there when I clicked through to the Expert editor. Each layer can be further adjusted, Blend Modes changed to suit your mood and Opacity lowered. But I was happy with it so I just Merged them all.

But I tried a few more things on this image. I Duplicated the image layer so it would remain unchanged before I went on the add a Filter.

Filter>Stylize>Find Edges is the filter I used.

Don’t be alarmed! A simple tweak will make this work.

All I did was pull the Opacity of the top layer down to 32%.

And all that was left was to Merge the layers again. Then I saved the resulting image for use in a layout later. I plan to use it with a mask (or two) to blend it into the background a bit and that’ll add some life to the sky.

This should work with just about any photo with strong detail. Give it a whirl!

Fresh Baked: August 24, 2018

Good morning! How are you today? This week, we’ve got some weird but pretty awesome holidays coming up! Today is Vesuvius Day. The volcano that entombed a town in ash is honored/celebrated/feared? That’s okay, I guess. Tomorrow, the volcano can ask for forgiveness on Kiss and Make Up Day!

Remember when you spend $10 in the store, you get a great new collab! Don’t worry! It’s stinger free!!







29: http://store.gingerscraps.net/Page-Borders-Rec-29-by-Lindsay-Jane.html
30: http://store.gingerscraps.net/Page-Borders-Rec-30-by-Lindsay-Jane.html
31: http://store.gingerscraps.net/Page-Borders-Rec-31-by-Lindsay-Jane.html

32: http://store.gingerscraps.net/Page-Borders-Rec-32-by-Lindsay-Jane.html
33: http://store.gingerscraps.net/Page-Borders-Rec-33-by-Lindsay-Jane.html
34: http://store.gingerscraps.net/Page-Borders-Rec-34-by-Lindsay-Jane.html

Bundle: http://store.gingerscraps.net/Best-of-Scandinavia-collection.htmlPage
Kit: http://store.gingerscraps.net/Best-of-Scandinavia.html
Journaling Cards: http://store.gingerscraps.net/Best-of-Scandinavia-cards.html
Graffiti Pack: http://store.gingerscraps.net/Best-of-Scandinavia-graffiti.html
Bonus Papers: http://store.gingerscraps.net/Best-of-Scandinavia-bonus-papers.html
Bonus Elements: http://store.gingerscraps.net/Best-of-Scandinavia-bonus-elements.html



Collection: https://store.gingerscraps.net/An-Air-of-Romance-Collection-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Kit: https://store.gingerscraps.net/An-Air-of-Romance-Page-Kit-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Alphas: https://store.gingerscraps.net/An-Air-of-Romance-Alpha-Sets-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Blooms: https://store.gingerscraps.net/An-Air-of-Romance-Blooms-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Frames: https://store.gingerscraps.net/An-Air-of-Romance-Frame-Clusters-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Quotes: https://store.gingerscraps.net/An-Air-of-Romance-Quotes-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Messy Edges: https://store.gingerscraps.net/An-Air-of-Romance-Messy-Edges-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Glitters: https://store.gingerscraps.net/An-Air-of-Romance-Glitters-by-Aimee-Harrison.html



Grab Bag: https://store.gingerscraps.net/August-2018-Grab-Bag-It-s-A-Mystery-by-Connie-Prince.html
Alpha Pack AddOn: https://store.gingerscraps.net/It-s-A-Mystery-Alpha-Pack-AddOn-by-Connie-Prince.html
Word Art Pack: https://store.gingerscraps.net/It-s-A-Mystery-Word-Art-Pack-by-Connie-Prince.html
Pocket Cards: https://store.gingerscraps.net/It-s-A-Mystery-Pocket-Cards-by-Connie-Prince.html




Bundle – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Celebrate-2018-August-BUNDLE-by-Heather-Z-Scraps.html
Kit – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Celebrate-2018-August-KIT-by-Heather-Z-Scraps.html
Accents – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Celebrate-2018-August-ACCENTS-by-Heather-Z-Scraps.html
Extra Papers – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Celebrate-2018-August-EXTRA-PAPERS-by-Heather-Z-Scraps.html
Journal Cards – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Celebrate-2018-August-JOURNAL-CARDS-by-Heather-Z-Scraps.html
Word Bits & Dates – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Celebrate-2018-August-WORD-BITS-and-DATES-by-Heather-Z-Scraps.html



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

Is there anything better than a life that’s good?