Creative Style – Scrapping with Leaves

Here in the states it is technically Autumn. Although, in the south eastern side of things it doesn’t feel like it. We had summer temps last week. No joke! The hot weather I am dealing with aside, it is Autumn none the less.

To me, when I think Autumn, I think leaves!…and well scrapping. Hands-down this time of year brings my favorite digital scrapbooking supplies to the stores. I just love the colors of the Autumn kits, all the leaves, and the nature feel to it all.

Today though we are going to talk about scrapping with leaves. Digital scrapbooking with leaves to be more precise. I will show you some fun examples here in the store I found that should get those creative juices flowing. We will end today’s post with some great digital scrapbooking supplies from here at GingerScraps to get those leave inspired layouts scrapped. (All images are linked to either their counterpart in the store or the gallery.)

One of my favorite things to do with leaves on a digital scrapbooking layout is to cut them out into the page with a patterned background behind it. This is a great example of that! You could also get this effect by overlaying your favorite paper on top of a leaf you like in a kit (or shape in your program). Then shadow it to look like a cut out.

One of my favorite things to do with leaves on a digital scrapbooking layout is to cut them out into the page with a patterned background behind it. This is a great example of that! You could also get this effect by overlaying your favorite paper on top of a leaf you like in a kit (or shape in your program). Then shadow it to look like a cut out.

 

One of my favorite things about digital scrapbooking (besides actual scrapping) is the online community. Siggies in forums are a fun part of that!

One of my favorite things about digital scrapbooking (besides actual scrapping) is the online community. Siggies in forums are a fun part of that!

 

You can also take fun photos with leaves, to scrap. Here are two great examples of that. One of them being super fun; and the other one showing the beauty that is nature.

 

You can also use a cut out to make a great focal point or background to a title for your layout. See below for this exact template!

You can also use a cut out to make a great focal point or background to a title for your layout. See below for this exact template!

 

Leaves are also one of the best (in my opinion) items to use for clustering. Framing a photo or anything really is another great use for leaves. Let us not forget the beautiful leaf-patterned papers and more.


 

There are a lot of uses for leaves in digital scrapbooking. The examples above are just a slight glimpse into what you can do. Now that your mind is thinking about leaves and how to scrap them, here are some great items from the store to scrap with!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fresh Baked: November 04, 2016

Happy Friday! The weather is finally cooling and fall is really in the air! The designers feel the chill and also seem to notice that the end of the year is almost upon us! This week, there are some great templates and kits to make calendars, which make wonderful gifts for the holidays! There are also some great kits and templates for all the moments in your life!

Remember when you spend $10 in the store, you get a great collab!

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Sneak Peeks November 3rd, 2016

Happy Thursday! The holiday season is almost upon us. I can’t wait for the election talk to stop next week and the talk about how best to cook a Turkey, what other food to serve, if the shopping on Black Friday is worth risking the crowds becomes the topics of conversation. To keep our minds off of the election and on the coming holiday, there are some great new kits to scrap with coming out!

From Tinci Designs

From Clever Monkey Graphics

From Neia Scraps A New Template Grab Bag

From JoCee Designs

From JBS Templates

Designer Sneak Peeks – November 4, 2016

It’s Wednesday and time for a some sneak peeks. I have a handful to wet your appetite for this weeks new releases.

I think it’s time to go shopping. 🙂

 

Tutorial Tuesday (Photoshop Elements)

Playing with Text

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How did it get to be November already? There are only 61 days left in this year. Doesn’t that sound depressing? Let’s get some distraction going and learn how to text on a path. GingerScrapper Janytime mentioned she’d like to know how it’s done, and I had to confess I didn’t know. So I set out to learn, and now I’m going to teach you! This month’s Font Challenge, hosted by the lovely Rachel Pearce, also known as Seatrout Scraps, is to use the free font Motion Picture. I just happened to have it in my font library, but in case you don’t have it and haven’t peeked in the Forum yet, you can grab it here.

As I’ve mentioned before, I like to do things like titles on their own workspace so I can see better what I’m doing. And as I’ve also mentioned before, you know what works best for you and your workflow, so my instructions are guidelines. Here’s the quote I plan to use for my Font Challenge layout.

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There are several ways you can manipulate your text in Photoshop Elements. Today we’re going to look at three of them. The first is Text on Selection. When you click on the Text Tool this menu opens up. The grayed icon is the one to click on to type on the outline of a selection. For the demo I’m only showing you how it works with an ellipse, but it also works for rectangular, circular and complex selections as well. I’ll show you at the end of the tutorial how to create a complex selection for those who are interested.

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After I chose the Text Tool, my font, colour, size and the Text on Selection icon, I then clicked on the elliptical Marquee Tool (the icon with the dotted outline). I clicked and dragged an ellipse shape on my workspace. When I had the size and shape I liked, I moved it by holding down the CTRL/CMD key and dragging it to the centre. Then I clicked in the middle of the space created by the marching ants. It asked me to Commit current operation so I clicked on the green check mark.

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The software made a narrow line around the selection I made, as shown below. I zoomed in tight (CTRL/CMD++) so I could see what was happening. To begin typing my text around this outline, I moved my cursor onto that thin line until I could see the “I-beam” symbol that indicates the starting point for text and clicked it. I had hoped the screenshot would show you it, but I’m not seeing it there. Sorry!

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I started typing my quote and it looked like this. When I was at the end of the quote, I was asked to Commit current operation again. I wanted the type to cover more of the outline so I clicked the green check mark and then…

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I double-clicked on the text… because it’s just as editable as any other text. I adjusted the size of the type until I was happy with it and clicked on the green check mark.

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The end result is shown below. And I know what you’re thinking… “But I don’t WANT that line there!” And it’s easy to make it disappear.

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Simplify the layer!

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Et voilà! The line, or path, is gone and my text is a partial ellipse. Easy peasy!!

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Now let’s look at Text on Shape. It’s actually a little more limited than Text on Selection because you’re restricted to the shapes shown: rectangle, rounded rectangle, ellipse, hexagon, heart, speech bubble and butterfly. I tried it with the butterfly and decided it was too finicky. But the heart… that was a great one to play with!

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As with the ellipse, I clicked and dragged out a nice sized heart. Once I had it the size I wanted, I again clicked insode the shape to Commit to current operation and create the path. It took me a minute to realize that I had to start my text on the curve of the left side. I typed out my quote twice but it still didn’t reach back to the beginning.

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So again, I double clicked on the text and increased the size of the font until it did. I had to add some spaces to keep the letters from running into each other in some spots, but in the end it looked great!

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Then I simplified the layer and the path went poof. (Notice that the T that was in the Layers Panel for my text layer is now just a regular old layer. I can’t make any further adjustments to my typing now without undoing (CTRL/CMD+Z) that Simplify Layer step.

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The final method I want to share is how to create a custom path to put your text on. This is what Janytime is interested in. The Text on Path icon is the one shown grayed out below.

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I drew out a swirly flourish as my path. It helps if you can do the whole path in one smooth movement, but if you feel like you want to adjust the hesitation points like the one on the first curve on the left, click on Modify, the icon right next to Draw.

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You’ll get a bunch of little black squares along the line of the path.  By clicking and dragging the black squares, you can smooth out those little imperfections.

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Then, just as for the other methods, I picked a spot to start my quote and typed it out. Then I adjusted the size so the text stretched all the way to the end and Committed to current operation.

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Once I simplified the layer, the path disappeared and left me with a curvy text path.

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So now you know three different ways to put text on different paths. But before I go… I promised to tell you how to create a complex selection for your path.

I like stars. I was disappointed to see that there wasn’t a star included in the Text on Shape tool so I played around a little and figured out how to text around a star. I looked through my stash and found a solid star. (If you want to use something that isn’t solid you’ll need to use the Fill Tool – paint can – to fill in the open areas.) You could also use the Shape Tool (that amoeba icon in the Tools Panel) to create a shape you like. The next step would be the same.

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Then I “selected” the star by holding down the CTRL/CMD key and clicking on the star thumbnail in the Layers Panel. This part is VERY important. Make sure you click on the thumbnail – that’s what will give you your selection, your marching ants.

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Create a new layer above the star to put your text on. Then turn off visibility for the star layer. (Close the eye.)

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Next, in the Text Tool choose the Text on Selection icon and click inside the marching ants’ shape. Start typing.

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If you’re doing this technique, you don’t have to simplify the text layer to get rid of your path, all you have to do is delete the layer with the star on it.

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And there you are!

I know inquiring minds want to know which method I chose for my layout. Well, you’re going to have to wait until I post it to the Font Challenge gallery later tonight when I get home from work. I’ll be looking for YOUR efforts and I’ll make sure to leave you some love.

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Fresh Baked: November 01, 2016

Good morning Gingerscrappers! Can you believe it? It’s November already! There are only two months left in 2016! Don’t let that worry you, though! There are some great things coming to Gingerscraps this month! Enjoy and have a great day!

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

*NEW Buffet Bundles* Take a look at our all new Buffet Bundles! Each buffet for 2016 will have a sub category for our Buffet Bundles. One easy click to add bunches of Buffet goodies to your cart, and an amazing value too!

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

The designers definitely each made the palette their own and came up with some gorgeous designs, each unique but working so well with the other designers’ creations

The CT did such a great job showing how well all of the kits blend. They all did wonderful work!

This is just a few of the layouts. Keep an eye out in future newsletters to see more. Maybe even one of yours, if you make sure you put it into the Buffet section of the gallery!

Remember when you spend $10 in the store, you get a great new collab!

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This month’s Monthly Mix is called “Brave”! It is a gorgeous kit created by Blue Heart Scraps, JB Studio, Pixelily Designs, and Wimpychompers. Don’t be afraid to be you!

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http://store.gingerscraps.net/Monthly-Mix-Brave.html

It’s time for a new daily download, and this one is awesome.

But before I show you this month’s, here’s the full preview of last month’s:

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http://store.gingerscraps.net/Good-Morning-Sunshine.html

New reasons to take pictures of your delicious breakfasts!

And here’s this month’s:

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The colors peaking out just look GORGEOUS!

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.

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

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I know I’m going to make sure I do my 10 challenges for THIS, that’s for sure

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It’s time for a new daily download, and this one is awesome.

But before I show you this month’s, here’s the full preview of last month’s:

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http://store.gingerscraps.net/Good-Morning-Sunshine.html

New reasons to take pictures of your delicious breakfasts!

And here’s this month’s:

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The colors peaking out just look GORGEOUS!

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.

30 Days of Thankful

Good morning scrappers. November is just a few sleeps away. I don’t know about you, but I just cannot believe that! We are nearly done with 2016. Wow! Well, with November comes the thought of being Thankful. I cannot be alone in seeing my Facebook (and more) filled with 30-Days of Thankful. With Thanksgiving just passing in Canada; and Thanksgiving fast aproching in the States, who could blame them? Did you know you could scrap your 30-Days of Thankful? Well, of course you can. 🙂  I was looking around on Pinterest and the store and here are some fun ideas and digital scrapbooking supplies to get those projects rolling. (all images are linked.)

 

 

 

 


Here are some great items from the store. (images linked)

 

 

 

 

 

Fresh Baked: October 28, 2016

The end of October is upon us, but that’s no reason to frown! The designers are getting their spook on and having some great sales and amazing new releases! And things going “bump in the night” in the forum! Make sure you pick up your treats!

Remember when you spend $10 in the store, you get a great collab! It coordinates with our MEGA Collab, which if you missed it, is available in the store now!

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Sneak Peeks October 27, 2016

Happy Thursday! We are nearing the end of October! Where did this year go?!?!?!? We have great new releases and a sneak peek of the Buffet coming on Tuesday!!!!

From Keley Designs

From Dagi’s Temp-tations

From Neia Scraps

 

From Tinci

From Miss Fish Designs

 

And here is a peek at the new Buffet!

Have a wonderful weekend and a spooktacular Halloween!