DD: July 01

Woo boy. It’s getting hot! Time to catch a breath. While you’re cooling down, use the time to download this month’s newest Daily Download!

Oh! Did you miss a piece from June? That’s okay! We’ve got your back!


And oh, goodness! This month was worth a little extra sweat!


Now, enjoy! While you do, I’m going to go and see if I can find Grease on TV or something because, for some reason, I have a song from it stuck in my head!

See ya tomorrow and the rest of the month for this gorgeous kit!

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: June 29, 2018

And in the morning … I’m making WAFFLES!
I couldn’t resist a funny Donkey quote from Shrek when I saw what today’s weird holiday was! Did you know today is WAFFLE IRON DAY? Take a break from the ordinary breakfast and have some waffles! Yum! While you’re waiting for the waffle iron to warm up, make sure you check out the new stuff in the store! There are some great things!

And I’ll see you again on Sunday for the start of a Whole New World. I mean month!

Remember when you spend $10 in the store, you get a great new collab! This month, it’s time to celebrate the “Super Dad” in your life!



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


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


Page Borders Rec 17: http://store.gingerscraps.net/Page-Borders-Rec-17-by-Lindsay-Jane.html
Page Borders Rec 18: http://store.gingerscraps.net/Page-Borders-Rec-18-by-Lindsay-Jane.html
Page Borders Rec 19: http://store.gingerscraps.net/Page-Borders-Rec-19-by-Lindsay-Jane.html
Page Borders Rec 20: http://store.gingerscraps.net/Page-Borders-Rec-20-by-Lindsay-Jane.html


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

Get some memories of the simple moments in your life!

Sneak Peeks June 28th 2018

Happy Thursday! The end of the month is almost here which means I can show you a sneak peek of the buffet as well!!

First lets see some new goodies coming to the store tomorrow!

From Aimee Harrison

From Miss Fish

And now for a peek at the Buffet!!

Come back tomorrow and on Sunday to see all the new products!

Tutorial Tuesday – Scrapbooking

Where the Boys Are

Today I thought I’d do something just a little different. Rather than me showing you haw I do some of the things I do for my layouts, I thought we could have a chat about how to increase the value of our templates and kits by using them in unexpected ways. For another few weeks, I only have grandsons, and I love to create layouts about them with the photos their mom takes of them. (You might have noticed…) But how many templates are really boy-centric? There are lots of kits out there that are boy-centric, but they tend to have the same sorts of elements and similar papers. I don’t let that get in my way though! So let’s look at some ways to make the most of our stash to scrap photos of our favourite boys.

I don’t believe in rules when it comes to creativity. So when it comes to colour, anything goes! So many of the boy-themed kits have a navy/brown/forest green/gray palette and there’s nothing wrong with that, but I’ve used a feminine, pink-heavy kit for boy layouts without making them look overly foofy. It’s all in how you use colour. If you start with a neutral background, you can add colour in lots of ways. Because my little men are just 4 and 2 1/2, I tend to use a lot of primary colours, but not always! I like to use soft greens, aqua, lavender, coral and even fuchsia for my boy layouts. Here’s an example.

Here’s another example.

What about flowers? Do you feel like you can’t put flowers on your masculine layout? Well, of COURSE you can! I’ve used flowers on both those layouts. I tend to choose flowers that aren’t overly fluffy, and natural-looking. Daisies will always work with photos of children. Some designers create beautiful composite flowers and I sometimes create my own by putting a screw head, a plain button or a gear – or all three – in the centre.

But what can I do when looking at a template FILLED with flowers, and the photo(s) I want to use are either of my son or my grandsons? I substitute lots of things for those flowers. Gears, paper rosettes, tags and labels, stars, hearts, buttons, flair, bows, string, ribbons and word strips all can take the place of flowers.

Or like this…

Ready for some audience participation? Okay, now the ball is in YOUR court… What are some of the ways you scrap layouts of your boys and men? Please leave your tips in the comments! I appreciate it.


Fresh Baked: June 22, 2018

Things are about to get a big tail-waggingly good in your office right now! It’s Take Your Dog to Work Day. Ignore the kids! Take the pupper! If that doesn’t work for you, tomorrow is National Pink Day! All the pink! Everywhere!

Remember when you spend $10 in the store, you get a great new collab! This month, it’s time to celebrate the “Super Dad” in your life!


Bundle: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Coastal-Breeze-collection.html
Page kit: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Coastal-Breeze.html
Journaling Cards: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Coastal-Breeze-journal-cards.html
Shabby Wood Papers: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Coastal-Breeze-shabby-woods.html
Word Bits: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Coastal-Breeze-words.html
Glitter Pack: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Coastal-Breeze-glitter-pack.html





Collection: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Weekend-Paradise-Collection-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Kit: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Weekend-Paradise-Page-Kit-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Alphas: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Weekend-Paradise-Alpha-Sets-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Blooms: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Weekend-Paradise-Blooms-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Borders: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Weekend-Paradise-Borders-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Titles: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Weekend-Paradise-Titles-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Journal Cards: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Weekend-Paradise-Journal-Cards-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Messy Edges: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Weekend-Paradise-Messy-Edges-by-Aimee-Harrison.html


Grab Bag: https://store.gingerscraps.net/June-2018-Grab-Bag-Independence-Day-by-Connie-Prince.html
WordArt: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Independence-Day-WordArt-Pack-by-Connie-Prince.html






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

Get some memories of the simple moments in your life!

Tutorial Tuesday (Photoshop Elements)

Still MORE Fun with FONTS!! 

We’ve done a lot of cool things with fonts, but I know there are still so many even cooler things to try. Last week I bought a new font bundle from The Hungry JPEG, a selection of vintage fonts for a smokin’ hot deal. It’s not as if I’ll ever have too many fonts, right?

Anyway, while I was downloading these fonts, several of which were actually font families, I looked at the samples the site uses for advertising and it hit me… Why not try layering two fonts from the same family and see what happens? Font families are a collection of very similar fonts with some subtle differences; there may be a regular, a bold, a light, an outline, a grungy and an italic version, for example. This tutorial was fun for me, because I really didn’t know what it would look like when I was finished, but the idea was firmly in my head and I had to try it. I impressed myself so much I needed to widen the doorways. But… it didn’t turn out the way I expected it to. It’s BETTER!

I went through my fonts, using High Logic’s Main Type, to find a font family that would hopefully give me the look I could see in my head. The one that looked most promising is called Nomos, by Cruzine Design. It has several variations on the basic font, so I went with it. I started with Nomos Regular Regular for my basic title. I selected a medium gray to be my starting colour from one of the papers I used in my layout. And I set the size at 100 pixels, knowing I’d probably resize it to fit my canvas. Remember, I usually create my title on its own canvas, sizing the basic working space to approximate the area I want it to fill. No distractions, nothing to work around. So once I decided on my font and colour, I opened a 5 1/2 x 1 1/2 transparent canvas on my workspace.

I typed out my one-word title, then resized it to almost fit my space. I made a careful mental note of the exact size of the final font so I wouldn’t have any guesswork for the next step.

Then I went back to my fonts and chose an outline version of the same font. It’s called Nomos Inline Inline. (I don’t know why the designer used so much repetition in titling…)

I Simplified the original layer then turned its visibility off. Why Simplify? When working with fonts in PSE, if you DON’T simplify the layer, then select a different font for your next text layer, that first layer will morph to that new font. And you might not notice it until MUCH later and have to go back and fix it. So don’t forget to Simplify once you’re satisfied with spelling, grammar and punctuation. After that, I typed out my title exactly the same as the first layer, only in white this time. And I resized it to the same size as my original layer. Here’s where the people really paying attention can give me the gears. My resized font is 114.31 pixels.

They weren’t in exactly the same place on the workspace, but it looks really cool just like this! If it was what I was after I’d just have gone with it. But I envisioned something more, so I kept going.

PSA: Simplify your text layers!!

I wanted the two layers stacked perfectly, white over gray, so I used the Move Tool Options to Align the layers, first by Center then by Middle.

I turned off the gray layer again and concentrated on the white outline layer. I clicked on the Layer thumbnail to select the edges of the letters as shown below.

I want the white sections to be thinner so more of the gray shows through, so I clicked Select>Modify>Contract. I didn’t want to lose too much, so I went with a single-digit shrink of 7 pixels.

If you look closely you can see where the new lines of marching ants have appeared. I’m now going to DELETE those sections. CTRL/CMD>X

Ah! Not exactly what I was expecting, but really, really neat!

I couldn’t wait to see what it looked like with the gray layer on. I wanted to add some dimension to the white layer, which I did by using a Simple Sharp Pillow Emboss bevel style, one of the integrated styles the software comes with.

It looked really good, but just a little TOO… too. Easily fixed by adjusting the bevel settings.

I clicked on the fx icon on the white layer and made the bevel much smaller. I think it looks like inlaid enamel and chrome, don’t you? Now I’m itchy to try this with other fonts and see what different effects I can achieve just by layering two fonts. Who knew it would be so much fun?

Here is my finished layout. It’s for the Designer Spotlight Challenge this month and was created with pieces of 3 kits by Connie Prince and a template from Trixie Scraps. The people in the photo are my grandparents; it was taken in the summer of 1961. By the following Easter he was gone; this is one of only 2 photos I have of him where he doesn’t have a cigarette in his hand. I see a little bit of my dad in each of them, and my sister’s eyes crinkle in the same way Grandma’s do. I’d never noticed it before, so this was a labour of love.

Fresh Baked: June 15, 2018

Things are starting to just get a little weird! Okay, Sunday is Father’s Day. That’s normal, right? But Sunday is also Global Garbage Man Day. Okay, okay. I can get behind that. Without garbage men, the streets would get pretty stinky. Just ask any town that’s had a garbage man strike. So, to honor the Garbage Men out there, take advantage of Thursday’s National Selfie Day and take a picture with the Garbage Man in your town. Or your dad. Your dad works too.

Ermergerd! It’s a Sale! Go! Have fun!


Remember when you spend $10 in the store, you get a great new collab! This month, it’s time to celebrate the “Super Dad” in your life!







Bundle: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Baby-You-Can-Drive-My-Car-Bundle.html
Kit: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Baby-You-Can-Drive-My-Car.html
Elements: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Baby-You-Can-Drive-My-Car-Elements.html
Journal Cards: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Baby-You-Can-Drive-My-Car-JC.html
Alphas: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Baby-You-Can-Drive-My-Car-Alphas.html
Papers: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Baby-You-Can-Drive-My-Car-Papers.html
Cardstocks: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Baby-You-Can-Drive-My-Car-Cardstocks.html


Collection: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Garden-Time-Collection-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Kit: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Garden-Time-Page-Kit-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Alphas: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Garden-Time-Alpha-Sets-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Titles: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Garden-Time-Titles-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Blooms: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Garden-Time-Blooms-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Frame Clusters: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Garden-Time-Frame-Clusters-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Quotes: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Garden-Time-Quotes-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Messy Edges: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Garden-Time-Messy-Edges-by-Aimee-Harrison.html




Bundle: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Travelogue-Delaware-Bundle-Pack-by-Connie-Prince.html
Word Art and Flair Pack: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Travelogue-Delaware-Word-Art-and-Flair-Pack-by-Connie-Prince.html
Kit: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Travelogue-Delaware-Kit-by-Connie-Prince.html
Word Bits: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Travelogue-Delaware-Word-Bits-by-Connie-Prince.html
Templates: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Travelogue-Delaware-12×12-Temps-CU-Ok-by-Connie-Prince.html






Ermergerd! There’s more! It’s Bake Sale time too!


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

Get some memories of the simple moments in your life!

Sneak Peeks June 14th 2018


Happy Thursday!! We are almost to the weekend! I hope you are enjoying the last few days of Spring because summer is almost upon us! Hopefully this week’s new releases will inspire your scrapping! Here’s a peek!

From Ponytails

From Tinci

From Cornelia

From Aimee Harrison

I hope you have a wonderful memory filled weekend!

Tutorial Tuesday (Photoshop Elements)

Everything New is Old Again

No, you didn’t read that wrong. Today’s technique is going to turn a sort of ho-hum colour photo into something that looks like a vintage one. It will work with any colour photo at all, but it looks best when there’s lots of detail and texture.

To begin, I opened my photo in Elements then selected Guided Edit. When the menu shown below opened up, I selected Fun Edits>Old Fashioned Photo. These Guided Edits transform photos with only a couple of clicks and a little tweaking.

There are three presets in this menu as shown below.

The first preset is called Newspaper. And it looks a lot like those black-and-white photos found in any newspaper. There’s a good amount of contrast and sharp details.

The second preset is Urban. It’s a little softer but grungier.

The last one is Vivid; it looks like a happy medium between the first two. It’s the one that adds the most oomph to the sky.

I liked the look of Vivid for this photo. The next step is Adjust Tone. The effect it has on the photo is pretty subtle, and you might not really see it.

It’s just a little bit brighter, and perhaps the details are a tad bit sharper. Clicking on this tool multiple times doesn’t add any further effect.

Let’s add some texture. Unlike the previous step, multiple clicks will increase the amount of “texture” which actually is more properly called noise.

It’s looking really interesting, but we still need to add some colour.

Shown below are the default settings for the colour adjustment.

I made some very slight changes to the settings, warming up the colour just a hint, adding a tiny bit more saturation and lightening it up a barely-there amount.

I like how dramatic the sky looks with this Edit. Then I clicked the Next button.

Here’s where you decide what you’re going to do with your photo. If you plan to use it right away for a layout, or if you want to make more adjustments to it, obviously you’ll click In Expert.

When the Expert workspace opens, you’ll see right away that all the changes you’ve made have been done on a copy of your photo.

Let’s play a little more. Remember Blend Modes? I tried them all on this photo. Some looked really interesting, some where downright HORRIBLE. The ones I’ll show you are the ones that didn’t make my eyes hurt.

Multiply made the colour come back and the overall look is very moody.

Darker Color also let the colour come through again, but kept the sky that weirdly unnatural brown.

This one is muted and soft.

Usually Overlay lightens and softens too, but not on this technique.

I think this mode is well-named. It’s HARD!

Linear Light makes me think of movie posters from the 50s and 60s.

This was one of the odder ones.

A Clockwork Orange, anyone?

I think this one is rather odd, too. Misnamed, for sure!

See anything you’d like to incorporate into a layout? At this point, I chose to Merge the two layers together. I could now save it as a new version of the original.

As I was running through this edit, I found the power lines were really jarring. In the original they were virtually unnoticeable, but in some modes they jumped off the screen. The water tower and wagon are so vintage, but the wires looked out-of-place. So I used the Spot Healing brush to remove them.

I played a bit with the Hue/Saturation a bit too. Quick keys for that adjustment are CTRL/CMD>U.

I liked it slightly more sepia than copper. This step will seem really bizarre, since I made a point of adding texture to the photo way back at the start. But when I hit it with Haze Removal, I LOVED how it looked.

See the difference? I think it looks like a real, vintage photo from 100 or more years ago.

This is where I stopped. I have no idea what I plan to do with it, but I know I’ll be using this edit again!

Don’t be afraid to play with the features Elements has to offer. All you’ll give up is a little bit of time, and you might find something that defines your style perfectly!

Fresh Baked: June 08, 2018

There aren’t many really weird holidays for June. Like at all. There’s only one “big” one for this week, and that’s Wednesday. All the kilt-lovin’ wearin’ guys are going to love this: International Axe Throwing Day. So, warm up that swinging arm and get that shutter finger ready! Time to get some pics of axes being thrown!

Remember when you spend $10 in the store, you get a great new collab! This month, it’s time to celebrate the “Super Dad” in your life!



Collection: http://store.gingerscraps.net/Coastal-Collection-by-Lindsay-Jane.html
Kit: http://store.gingerscraps.net/Coastal-by-Lindsay-Jane.html
Quick Pages: http://store.gingerscraps.net/Coastal-Quick-Pages-by-Lindsay-Jane.html


Collection: http://store.gingerscraps.net/Coastal-Collection-by-Lindsay-Jane.html
Kit: http://store.gingerscraps.net/Coastal-by-Lindsay-Jane.html
Quick Pages: http://store.gingerscraps.net/Coastal-Quick-Pages-by-Lindsay-Jane.html




Collection: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Cool-By-the-Pool-Collection-by-Aimee-Harrison-and-HSA.html
Kit: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Cool-By-the-Pool-Page-Kit-by-Aimee-Harrison-and-HSA.html
Alphas: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Cool-By-the-Pool-Alpha-Sets-by-Aimee-Harrison-and-HSA.html
Extra Papers: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Cool-By-the-Pool-Extra-Papers-by-Aimee-Harrison-and-HSA.html
Messy Edges: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Cool-By-the-Pool-Messy-Edges-by-Aimee-Harrison-and-HSA.html
Stamps: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Cool-By-the-Pool-Stamps-by-Aimee-Harrison-and-HSA.html
Templates: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Cool-By-the-Pool-Templates-by-Aimee-Harrison-and-HSA.html
Word Art: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Cool-By-the-Pool-Word-Art-by-Aimee-Harrison-and-HSA.html





Bundle – https://store.gingerscraps.net/The-United-50-Florida-BUNDLE-by-Heather-Z-Scraps.html
Kit – https://store.gingerscraps.net/The-United-50-Florida-KIT-by-Heather-Z-Scraps.html
Templates – https://store.gingerscraps.net/The-United-50-Florida-TEMPLATES-by-Heather-Z-Scraps.html
Journal Cards & Flairs – https://store.gingerscraps.net/The-United-50-Florida-JOURNAL-CARDS-and-FLAIRS-by-Heather-Z-Scraps.html
Word Bits – https://store.gingerscraps.net/The-United-50-Florida-WORD-BITS-by-Heather-Z-Scraps.html
Expps – https://store.gingerscraps.net/United-50-Florida-EXTRA-PAPERS-by-Heather-Z-Scraps.html



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

Get some memories of the simple moments in your life!