Sneak Peeks November 29th, 2018

Happy Thursday! Is everyone ready for December? I can’t believe its only two days away! That means we have TWO DAYS of new releases this week! I get to show you a peek of Friday’s goodies as well as a peek of Saturday’s Buffet! Let’s get started!

From JoCee

From Lindsay Jane

From LDrag

From JBS Templates

From Neia Scraps

 

From Craft-tastrophic

And here’s a peek of December’s Buffet!

 

Come back tomorrow and Saturday to see all the awesome new releases and new Buffet!

 

Tutorial Tuesday (Photoshop Elements)

Gentle(wo)men, Start Your Ovens!

The inspiration for today’s tutorial came from a Facebook post by one of my coworkers. She had spent the day making and decorating sugar cookies. (The photo above isn’t hers, it’s from The Girl Creative‘s blog.) As I was looking at her cookies, it occurred to me that I could probably make digital sugar cookies (bonus – NO calories!) and so I gave it a shot. It worked well, so I’m going to share the recipe with y’all. I started with a 6 inch by 6 inch square blank canvas. (P.S. Don’t be thrown by the number of screenshots in this tut. I’ve included practically every step, although we’re using a lot of techniques I’ve already shown you.)

I looked through all of the Custom Shape tool‘s menu – it’s the one that looks like an amoeba. The menu has a lot of options for shapes, most of them geometrical. But that won’t make this technique easy, so I only looked at the amoeba menu.

If you click on the triangle along the right side of the box I’ve circled below, the amoeba Custom Shape menu opens. I chose to look at them all to find the one that would work best, so I went with All Elements Shapes then scrolled until I found the one named Nuclear.

Because snowflakes in nature are perfectly symmetrical, I changed the settings for this tool from the default, which is Unconstrained, to Defined Proportions. If you’re into Working Smart Not Hard, you can also Simplify the shape by selecting that in the settings.

Getting these shapes in the exact spot you want them isn’t easy. But you can click-and-drag out your shape then move it to where it needs to be. Once it has been Simplified, you can easily resize it too.

If you didn’t Simplify in the Shapes menu, do it now. Right-click on the layer in the Layers panel and select Simplify Layer.

Not looking much like a cookie cutter now, is it? We’ll have to fill in those open areas using the Paint Bucket tool.

There we go! I could go ahead and just use this shape, which is more like a flower than a snowflake, but would still totally work. But if you know me at all, you’ll know I’m going to do more.

There are two ways to do this next step. I’m going to use the Elliptical Marquee tool. The other way would be to use the Custom Shapes tool and choose the Circle.

Because symmetry is still important at this point, I changed the settings to Fixed Ratio. This is handy for making perfect circles, but also can be set to make perfect ellipses too.

It’s possible to perform this on the same layer as the original shape, but I choose to put the outline on its own layer.

So I added a blank layer above the shape and made my Stroke outline here.

The stroke can be any size. Once I’d made my circle I filled it in with the Paint Bucket.

This is my cookie cutter. It needs a little adjustment – look closely and you’ll see the circle isn’t centered on the nucleus shape. I need to fix that!

Now that both layers were aligned properly, I Merged the layers into one shape. (CTRL/CMD>E)

Then I Duplicated the shape layer and set it aside for later. Right-click on the layer then select Duplicate Layer, or CTRL/CMD>J.

I didn’t need to see that duplicate layer at this stage, so I closed the eye and made it invisible.

To turn the shape into a cookie, I applied a Style. I used this creamy acrylic one from Miss Mis‘s Hustle and Heart layer styles set. Another option for this step would be to use a chipboard Style, such as one of Just So Scrappy‘s Cabin Fever chipboards (included in the GingerBread Ladies December 2017 Challenge Reward collab of the same name). That would allow you to condense this step and the next 9 into just a SINGLE WSNH step!

The only problem with this is that the cookie is too shiny. The colour looks good, and there’s a nice dimension to it, but I changed the Style settings, essentially turning everything off and shifting the light source. To adjust a Layer Style, rignt-click on the fx symbol on the layer in the Layers panel and this menu will open up.

Now it still has some dimension but the shine is gone. I’m still working on the bottom, original layer.

I picked a nice, toasty golden brown to “bake” my cookie.

Then I opened a new layer above the base layer, and selected a brush from one of the presets that came with my software. It’s called Pastel Light 118 pixels and I used it with the default settings that opened with the brush menu.

I picked a spot on the edge of the cookie, then clicked and dragged the brush all the way around the shape.

Remember this from when I showed you how to do digital inked edges? Same technique exactly. I CTRL/CMD>clicked on the layer thumbnail of the cookie layer while working on my brush layer. That selected the edges and the inside of the cookie.

Next I Inverted the selection – moving the chosen area of the layer outside of the cookie. Select>Inverse or CTRL/CMD>SHIFT>I.

Then I simply Cut away the brush that falls outside the cookie. Edit>Cut or CTRL/CMD>X.

Voilà! My cookie is baked to golden perfection!! Now to add the Royal Icing. (Or Royal Frosting, if you prefer.)

Here’s why I had you Duplicate the shape layer. I’m going to flood that top shape with my Royal Icing. But first, I resized the shape so some of the cookie layer is visible. The easiest way is to click on one of the little boxes at the corners of the bounding box then go down to the menu and type in a number less than 100. I chose 92%, which exposes some of the cookie layer but not too much. You can also just move the corner you’ve clicked on inward until it looks right.

I used another Style, this gel blue one from Just So Scrappy‘s Lucky Me. [GingerScraps is lucky to have designers who create layer styles, like Misty (Miss Mis Designs), Katie (Just So Scrappy/Ooh La La Scraps), Aimee Harrison, Marina (Magical Scraps Galore), Lina (LDrag Designs), Jo (JoCee Designs), Natasha (Ponytails Designs) and our lovely guest Karen (Snickerdoodle Designs).]

I made some tweaks to the layer style to make it look more like a flood of Royal Icing.

Then I got to the good part! I changed my foreground colour to pure white (which can be quickly selected by typing “ffffff” into the box at the bottom right of the menu).

Next I chose my Pencil tool from the Toolbox and adjusted the tip size to about 25 pixels.

If you’ve been adding realism to your stickers and overlays, you’ll already know how to draw a line with the Pencil. But if you haven’t read that tut, or you need a refresher, all you have to do is click at the starting point of your line, hold down the SHIFT key and click where you want the line to end.

You can turn on the Grid as shown below to help figure out where to start and stop your lines. View>Grid or CTRL/CMD>’

I used just the Pencil tool, but you could also use Brushes for adding detail to your snowflakes. Don’t worry about precision; if you were making real sugar cookies you’d be doing all the piping freehand, right?

You can make your snowflake as complex as you like. I played around for about 10 minutes, using the Pencil and changing the tip size.

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Now to turn all those lines and dots into Royal Icing. I applied a basic Style from the presets in Elements to add a Bevel. I experimented with all of them until I got the look I was after. In the end I went with the Simple Sharp Inner bevel.

It looks pretty good as is, with the default settings for the Bevel style menu.

Now, I could have stopped here and called it good. But again, anyone who has read my tutorials before know I had to experiment some more. But I’ve learned to do my experimenting on a copy layer… CTRL/CMD>J

Then I cleared the Layer Style (Bevel) by right-clicking on the layer in the Layers panel and choosing Clear Layer Style.

Then I hit that top copy layer with another of Katie’s Styles from Lucky Me, the gel white.

Then I decreased the Opacity on that layer to 46% (after some waffling).  Now the sharp edges are a little softer, and so are the shadows. Much better!

Once I was happy with my finished product, I Saved my cookie as a .png (which preserves the transparent background). Now I can use the cookie on a layout!

Of course, I didn’t stop there. I went back and deleted the snowflakey layers and started fresh. This time I stayed really basic. I just used one of the preset snowflakes from the Custom Shapes menu! The Styles I used were exactly the same.

If you’ve never saved a creation as a .png, or if you’ve forgotten how to do it, here are the settings I use.

And again… one of the Custom Shapes snowflakes, but with some personality.

Are you hungry now?

The Last Big Sale of 2018 Begins NOW!

‘Twas the Morn after Thanksgiving, and all the folks were on their computers, looking for their deals. They did not need to shop in a store, knowing the best deals were found here at Gingerscraps.

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/

Remember when you spend $10 in the store, you get a great new collab! It’s time to spend time with your loved ones!fwp_thumb3_thumb_thumb_thumb
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Kit – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Celebrate-2018-November-KIT-by-Heather-Z-Scraps.html
Accents – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Celebrate-2018-November-ACCENTS-by-Heather-Z-Scraps.html
Extra Papers – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Celebrate-2018-November-EXTRA-PAPERS-by-Heather-Z-Scraps.html
Journal Cards – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Celebrate-2018-November-JOURNAL-CARDS-by-Heather-Z-Scraps.html
Word Bits & Dates – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Celebrate-2018-November-WORD-BITS-and-DATES-by-Heather-Z-Scraps.html

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Bundle: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Splashin-Fun-collection.html
Page kit: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Splashin-Fun.html
Journaling Cards: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Splashin-Fun-cards.html
Graffiti Pack: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Splashin-Fun-graffiti.html
Shabby Torn Papers: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Splashin-Fun-torn-papers.html
Word Bits: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Splashin-Fun-words.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Snickerdoodle-Designs/

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Collection: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Christmas-Memories-Collection-by-Snickerdoodle-Designs.html
Kit: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Christmas-Memories-Kit-by-Snickerdoodle-Designs.html
Borders: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Christmas-Memories-Borders-by-Snickerdoodle-Designs.html
Paper Pack 2: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Christmas-Memories-Paper-Pack-2-by-Snickerdoodle-Designs.html
Pocket Cards: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Christmas-Memories-Pocket-Cards-by-Snickerdoodle-Designs.html
Stamped Edges: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Christmas-Memories-Stamped-Edges-by-Snickerdoodle-Designs.html
Stamps: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Christmas-Memories-Stamps-by-Snickerdoodle-Designs.html

20$5 Bundle: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Holiday-Cheer-Digital-Scrapbooking-Bundle-by-Shepherd-Studio.html
Kit: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Holiday-Cheer-Digital-Scrapbooking-Kit-by-Shepherd-Studio.html
Journal Cards: https://store.gingerscraps.net/holiday-cheer-shepherd-studio.html
Templates: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Love-to-Scrap-Volume-10-Templates-by-Shepherd-Studio.html

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$5 Bundle: https://store.gingerscraps.net/25-Days-of-Christmas-Digital-Scrapbooking-Bundle-by-Shepherd-Studio.html
Kit: https://store.gingerscraps.net/25-Days-of-Christmas-Digital-Scrapbooking-Kit-by-Shepherd-Studio.html
Journal Cards: https://store.gingerscraps.net/25-Days-of-Christmas-Journal-Cards-for-Pocket-Scrapbooking-by-Shepherd-Studio.html
Templates: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Love-to-Scrap-Volume-11-Templates-by-Shepherd-Studio.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Winter-Wonderland-Grab-Bag.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/The-Road-Not-Taken-Bundle-by-ADB-Designs.html

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Collection: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Family-is-Forever-Collection.html
Kit: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Family-is-Forever-Page-Kit.html
Alphas: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Family-is-Forever-Alpha-Sets.html
Solids: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Family-is-Forever-Solid-Papers.html
Titles: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Family-is-Forever-Titles.html
Graffiti: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Family-is-Forever-Graffiti.html
Tattered Papers: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Family-is-Forever-Tattered-Papers.html
Messy Edges: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Family-is-Forever-Messy-Edges.html
Glitter Sheets: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Family-is-Forever-Glitter-Sheets.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Count-Your-Blessings-BGD.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/hanukkahfunnakahbundle-by-Clever-Monkey-Graphics.html

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Grab Bag: https://store.gingerscraps.net/November-2018-Grab-Bag-Christmas-Magic-by-Connie-Prince.html
Alpha Pack AddOn: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Christmas-Magic-Alpha-Pack-AddOn-by-Connie-Prince.html
Word Art Pack: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Christmas-Magic-Word-Art-Pack-by-Connie-Prince.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/November-2018-Template-Bundle-by-Connie-Prince.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/CathyK-Designs/

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Tinci-Designs/

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Neia-Scraps

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Magical-Scraps-Galore/

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Lindsay-Jane/

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/LDragDesigns/

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Kristmess/

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/JoCee-Designs/

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Five-Kits-Two-Bundles-Black-Friday-Grab-Bag.html

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

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It’s time to get some time with your family.

Tutorial Tuesday (Photographing Your Memories)

Let’s All Give Thanks… for AWESOME Photos!

Hey y’all! Life’s about to get VERY hectic for a lot of you, am I right?? In the United States, Thanksgiving marks the run-up to Christmas and then the New Year. I know most of you won’t be even thinking about scrapping layouts for the next several days, and that you’ll be making a bunch of new memories at the same time. We’ve played with a lot of techniques for editing our photos to make them worthy of scrapping, but why not skip a step (or ten)? I think it’s time for another discussion about taking better photos. I know we’ve already talked about that before, but a few reminders probably won’t go amiss. Whether your photos are caught with a point-and-shoot, a high-end DSLR or a cell phone, there are some things you can do to get great photos.

  • Right now, right this minute, make sure your camera battery is fully charged. If they’re replaceable batteries, put fresh ones in your camera NOW!
  • Make sure you have an empty memory card (fully formatted, of course!) in your camera and a couple of spares so you won’t run out of space. If you’re using your phone, you should move some photos from your internal storage to your computer so you’ll have room for the new ones.
  • Think about how your typical holiday events usually evolve. There will be some traditions that are carried out no matter whose house you’re having the celebrations at, so plan ahead to capture those moments. Make a list, if you need to.
  • If you haven’t done it lately, review the manual that came with your camera. Review the settings and modes you’re most likely to use for your shots and remind yourself what each is doing while you’re shooting. I use the metadata from my most successful bokeh and full moon shots to set my camera up ahead of time so I don’t miss the shot.
  • Practice a few creative techniques that you can memorize so that when you’re ready to take photos of the candles on your dinner table or that gloriously brown turkey, you won’t have to fumble.
  • Refamiliarize yourself with your tripod, if you use one. I have two – an aluminum ball-head one that allows infinite adjustments but takes a lot of room and needs to be set up ahead of time and a Platypod Max, which looks like a little travel iron but is actually a very clever and sturdy tripod that can be set up in minutes on any surface. Why use a tripod? It lets you take longer exposures while keeping the images tack-sharp and it lets you be in the photo! Use the built-in timer and get in FRONT of the lens for a change.
  • Keep an eye on the lighting. Natural light from a big window is fantastic, as long as it’s not backlighting your subject. This is especially important for those group shots we all love. You want everyone’s face to be evenly lit, without harsh shadows everywhere. So maybe turn on some lamps so your flash won’t be so startling. Shoot a couple of test shots so you can see what needs to be tweaked.
  • Get in close to your subject! Even more so when that subject is a child. Get down on their level whenever possible so you capture their best smiles. Shooting from above should be reserved for those special-effect shots, not photos of kids having fun. For the most natural photos of people though, you can use a telephoto lens and shoot them from some distance. (As long as the light is right!)
  • Don’t insist on smiles. You know what I mean… those cheesy grins aren’t going to be your favourite images. Rather than having everybody say “cheese” for your group shots, have them say “family” or “money” or “gotcha”. You could go with a made-up phrase, such as “moldy mozzarella”. Another trick is to tell everyone you’re going to shoot on “3”, then count, “1… 2… (shoot) WHOOPS 3!” then shoot a second shot right after that. You’ll get some natural smiles that way.
  • When taking photos of food, again, get in close and vary the angles. Show the flaky texture of that piecrust, the glisten of the done-to-perfection skin on your turkey, the creaminess of your mashed potatoes, the detail of the frosting on your cupcakes.
  • Composition is key for any photo. Remember the rule of thirds, but don’t be a slave to it. Decide what your focal point will be and compose your photo to make it so – use leading lines where possible and don’t forget white space. Crop your photos in the viewfinder – so much less work later! And don’t forget the background. Is there anything growing out of someone’s head? Take a step to one side or the other and recompose.
  • Take LOTS of photos. Take several of each subject from different angles and distances so you have a choice of which one is best. More is definitely better!
  • Last but not least, have FUN!

When we’re all back into scrapping mode, I’ll have some more paper-to-digi techniques for you. This decluttering business is really a good thing!

Fresh Baked: November 16, 2018

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas everywhere you go. At least here at Gingerscraps! Some designers are getting into the spirit early!

Remember when you spend $10 in the store, you get a great new collab! It’s time to spend time with your loved ones!fwp_thumb3_thumb_thumb
https://store.gingerscraps.net/GingerBread-Ladies-Collab-Time-With-Family.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Precious-Memories.html

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Bundle – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Space-Race-BUNDLE-by-Heather-Z-Scraps.html
Kit – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Space-Race-KIT-by-Heather-Z-Scraps.html
Borders – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Space-Race-BORDERS-by-Heather-Z-Scraps.html
Constellations – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Space-Race-CONSTELLATIONS-by-Heather-Z-Scraps.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Kristmess/

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Photo-Card-Templates-Bundle.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Pumpkin-Patch-GrabBag.html

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

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Frozen-Wonderland-by-LDragDesigns.html

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Vol 3: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Scrap-The-Season-Templates-Vol.-3-by-LDragDesigns.html
Vol 4: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Scrap-The-Season-Templates-Vol.-4-by-LDragDesigns.html

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Bundle: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Christmas-carols-collection-by-Lindsay-Jane.html
Kit: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Christmas-carols-by-Lindsay-Jane.html
Quick Pages: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Christmas-carols-quick-pages-by-Lindsay-Jane.html

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1: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Cut-Through-Title-Templates-1-by-Miss-Fish-Templates.html

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Wizarding World Quick Pages – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Wizarding-World-Quick-Pages-by-Scraps-N-Pieces.html
Autumn Breeze Quick Pages – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Autumn-Breeze-Quick-Pages-by-Scraps-N-Pieces.html
My Life Calendar Quick Pages – https://store.gingerscraps.net/My-Life-Calendar-Pages-and-Quick-Pages-by-Scraps-N-Pieces.html

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$5 Bundle: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Give-Thanks-Digital-Scrapbooking-Bundle-by-Shepherd-Studio.html
Kit: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Give-Thanks-Digital-Scrapbooking-Kit-by-Shepherd-Studio.html
Journal Cards: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Give-Thanks-Journal-Cards-for-Pocket-Scrapbooking-by-Shepherd-Studio.html
Templates: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Love-to-Scrap-Volume-9-Templates-by-Shepherd-Studio.html
Planner Kit: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Give-Thanks-Planner-Kit-by-Shepherd-Studio.html

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Kit: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Its-a-Snap-Kit.html
Art Effects: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Its-a-Snap-Art-Effects.html
Blendables: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Its-a-Snap-Blendables.html
Borders: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Its-a-Snap-Borders.html
Catalog Papers: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Its-a-Snap-Catalog-Papers.html
Clusters Set 1: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Its-a-Snap-Clusters-Set-1.html
Clusters Set 2: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Its-a-Snap-Clusters-Set-2.html
Journal Cards: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Its-a-Snap-Journal-Cards.html
Krafts: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Its-a-Snap-Krafts.html
Quotes: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Its-a-Snap-Quotes.html
Stamps: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Its-a-Snap-Stamps.html
Template Fillers: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Its-a-Snap-Template-Fillers.html
Templates: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Its-a-Snap-Templates.html

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Bundle: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Patriots-And-Loyalists-Bundle-by-ADB-Designs.html
Borders Clusters: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Patriots-And-Loyalists-Border-Clusters-by-ADB-Designs.html
Accent Clusters: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Patriots-And-Loyalists-Accent-Clusters-by-ADB-Designs.html
Cardstock Solids: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Patriots-And-Loyalists-Cardstock-Solids-by-ADB-Designs.html
Grunge Solids: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Patriots-And-Loyalists-Grunge-Solids-by-ADB-Designs.html
Masks: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Patriots-And-Loyalists-Masks-by-ADB-Designs.html
Borders: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Patriots-And-Loyalists-Page-Borders-by-ADB-Designs.html
Rosettes: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Patriots-And-Loyalists-Rosettes-by-ADB-Designs.html
Kit: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Patriots-And-Loyalists-Page-Kit-by-ADB-Designs.html

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Collection: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Sew-Brilliant-Collection-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Kit: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Sew-Brilliant-Page-Kit-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Alphas: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Sew-Brilliant-Alpha-Sets-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Blooms: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Sew-Brilliant-Blooms-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Clusters: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Sew-Brilliant-Clusters-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Extra Papers: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Sew-Brilliant-Extra-Papers-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Messy Edges: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Sew-Brilliant-Messy-Edges-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Glitters: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Sew-Brilliant-Glitters-by-Aimee-Harrison.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/No-Prob-Llama-BGD.html

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Bundle: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Farmhouse-Christmas-Bundle-by-Connie-Prince.html
Kit: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Farmhouse-Christmas-Kit-by-Connie-Prince.html
Templates: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Farmhouse-Christmas-12×12-Templates-CU-Ok-by-Connie-Prince.html
Quotes: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Farmhouse-Christmas-Quoted-by-Connie-Prince.html
Alpha Pack AddOn: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Farmhouse-Christmas-Alpha-Pack-AddOn-by-Connie-Prince.html
Word Art Pack: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Farmhouse-Christmas-Word-Art-Pack-by-Connie-Prince.html
Extra Papers: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Farmhouse-Christmas-Extra-Papers-by-Connie-Prince.html
Messy Papers: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Farmhouse-Christmas-Messy-Papers-by-Connie-Prince.html
Borders: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Farmhouse-Christmas-Borders-by-Connie-Prince.html

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

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It’s time to get some time with your family.

Sneak Peeks November 15th, 2018

 

Happy Thursday!! Is everyone ready for Thanksgiving!!! We are a week away from stuffing ourselves silly! While you are waiting for the holiday, lets check out what goodies our designers are releasing tomorrow!

From Heather Z

From Snickerdoodle and ABD Designs

From Snickerdoodle Designs

 

From JoCee Designs

From Tinci Designs

 

From Lindsay Jane

From LDrag Designs

From Miss Fish

From Shepherd Studio

From Aimee Harrison

~~November Bake Sale!!~~

Good morning. Today is the start of the November Bake Sale. November!!! This month is flying by. Looks like our designers have thrown in a lot of Fall and Thankful kits into the Bake Sale this month. All kits and template packs are only $1.00 each through November 2oth. I know I see several things I need to grab for my stash.

Head over to the store and grab these before the Bake Sale ends!!

Tutorial Tuesday (Photoshop Elements)

Cuttin’ It Out – Old-School

Since I’m essentially house-bound while my husband recovers from his knee injury, I’ve started a decluttering project – something my daughter would say is LONG past due. (She calls me Queen of the Hoarders, which may be a slight exaggeration. Slight…) I’ll never be a minimalist, but a girl’s gotta start somewhere right? So as I was flipping through some back issues of Canadian Scrapbooker (to see why they hadn’t already been recycled), I found some paper layouts that I thought could make interesting digital techniques. The paper scrapper (Erin Morehouse of Beaconsfield, Québec) who created the layout shown below used a Silhouette Cameo to die-cut the letters from her background paper. I’m going to show you how I scraplifted her layout digitally; it’s my Designer Spotlight challenge layout for November, using pieces-parts of several kits from JoCee Designs.

First I had to find a photo and a quote that would work together. Then I collected up my supplies.

Once I had the bare bones in place, I added in the alphas I wanted to use. They form a message all by themselves, don’t they?

Then I went on to choose a serif font with enough presence to work for the die-cut technique. It was a lovely surprise to see I could use a system font, one that’s accessible to everybody. Courier New Bold is perfect for this.

I had an idea how the text should look, so I typed it out as you see it below. I went BIG.

But it was a little too sprawly for me, took up too much space on my layout. So I adjusted it by squishing it a bit – still the same height, but not as wide.

That was much better. Before I went on to the next step, I Simplified the text. Otherwise I ran the risk of messing it up when I used the Type tool again. And I needed to be able to beef the letters up a bit.

The easiest way to make these letters more stocky is to apply a Stroke to them.

Colour isn’t a factor for this part, because the text is only temporary. So use whatever colour you want. The stroke needed to be big enough to give me the effect I was looking for, but not so big it blunted the text. And it had to be centered on the edges of the letters so it would follow the letters’ contours exactly AND be connected to the text.

My text now has good bulk, without obliterating the open areas in each letter.

I went on to add in the rest of the quote. I used the same tweaks on these text layers for conformity. See the difference between the free-standing letter ‘a’ and the ‘a’s in “balancing”?

After I had my text positioned where I wanted it, I Merged the  text layers so I could continue to play with the text as a single object.

Next I moved the text layer underneath the background paper layer. (This step isn’t necessary, I did it to show you how the process will work from this point.) I Selected the text by CTRL/CMD>clicking on the layer thumbnail in the Layers panel. See the marching ants? Then I Edit>Cut (CTRL/CMD>X) the paper away where it overlies the text.

The text layer is visible again.

If I turn off the layer’s visibility, the gingham paper behind it shows through. (Unreadable as it is…)

So I no longer needed the text layer, and could just Delete it.

I had a number of patterned papers in my layout folder so I started adding pieces of them behind my words. Some needed to be resized to work correctly.

But to see the full effect, I opted to add a Drop Shadow to the woodgrain paper layer. No fancy footwork here, just a simple, Hard default shadow. I made some little adjustments to the shadow by double-clicking on the fx icon to the right of the layer in the Layers panel.

Now, when I added in my patterned papers, I could see the shadow and gauge the way it all looked together.

I only want this blue paper behind “Step”, so I used the Rectangular Marquee tool to select an area of the paper that would completely fill the word. Then I Inverted the selection to cut away the excess paper. Select>Inverse or CTRL/CMD>Shift>I

then Edit>Cut or CTRL/CMD>X.

There we go!

I did the same steps for each word, although I worked randomly, until I had all the words backed with patterned paper.

Then I took another look at the original layout and realized I hadn’t removed the little bits from the open letters that would be impossible to work with using paper and a die-cutter.

So I erased all those little areas.

Then all that was left was to adjust the drop shadow again. Pretty cool!

Now, if you were expecting to see my finished layout here, I’m sorry to disappoint you… My laptop froze just as I finished up my screenshots and I had to do a hard reboot. (There seems to be some sort of instability with PSE 15 and Windows 10 because this freeze happens unpredictably, but frequently, when I have PSE open.) I have to start my layout over from scratch, but I have these screenshots to help me out. Then I can get back to purging…………

FresH Baked: November 09, 2018

We’re trucking along and it’s time for another Friday to come along! The designers are embracing the seasons, and you have such a beautiful selection of templates and kits to choose from!

Remember when you spend $10 in the store, you get a great new collab! It’s time to spend time with your loved ones!fwp_thumb3_thumb
https://store.gingerscraps.net/GingerBread-Ladies-Collab-Time-With-Family.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Giving-Thanks-Digital-Scrapbook-Kit-by-Dandelion-Dust-Designs.html

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Bundle: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Scorpio-Bundle.html
Kit: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Scorpio-Kit.html
Cards: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Scorpio-Cards.html
Alphas: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Scorpio-Alphas.html
Glitters: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Scorpio-Glitters.html
Cardstocks: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Scorpio-Card-Stocks.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/CU-Artsy-Layers-Strips-Templates.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Apple-Crisp-CT.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Christmas-Time-by-LDragDesigns.html

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Vol 1: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Scrap-The-Season-Templats-Vol.-1-by-LDragDesigns.html
Vol 2: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Scrap-The-Season-Templats-Vol.-2-by-LDragDesigns.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Tis-The-Season-by-LDragDesigns.html

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38: http://store.gingerscraps.net/Page-Borders-38-by-Lindsay-Jane.html
37: http://store.gingerscraps.net/Page-Borders-37-by-Lindsay-Jane.html
Rec 38: http://store.gingerscraps.net/Page-Borders-Rec-38-by-Lindsay-Jane.html
Rec 37: http://store.gingerscraps.net/Page-Borders-Rec-37-by-Lindsay-Jane.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/The-Middle-Of-It-Templates-by-Miss-Fish.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Family-Focus-Templates-by-Miss-Fish.html

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http://store.gingerscraps.net/Neia-Scraps/

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Hairspray-Kit-by-Scraps-N-Pieces.html

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Kit: https://store.gingerscraps.net/This-is-Me-November-Kit.html
Bundle: https://store.gingerscraps.net/This-is-Me-November-Collection.html
Borders: https://store.gingerscraps.net/This-is-Me-November-Borders.html
Edgers: https://store.gingerscraps.net/This-is-Me-November-Edgers.html
Graffiti: https://store.gingerscraps.net/This-is-Me-November-Graffiti.html
Word Strips: https://store.gingerscraps.net/This-is-Me-November-Word-Strips.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Magical-journey-1..html

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Kit: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Just-Say-Boo-Petite-Kit-by-ADB-Designs.html
Cardstocks: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Just-Say-Boo-Cardstock-Solids.html

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Bundle: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Paisley-Bundle-by-ADB-Designs.html
Kit: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Paisley-Page-Kit-by-ADB-Designs.html
Clusters: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Paisley-Clusters-by-ADB-Designs.html
Borders: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Paisley-Page-Borders-by-ADB-Designs.html
Glitter Accents: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Paisley-Glitter-Accents-by-ADB-Designs.html
Solids: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Paisley-Solids-by-ADB-Designs.html
Masks: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Paisley-Masks-by-ADB-Designs.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Singular-2-Templates-by-Aimee-Harrison.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Blocked-3-Templates.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Coffee-Break-BGD.html

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

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It’s time to get some time with your family.

Sneak Peeks November 8th 2018

Happy Thursday! There’s a ton of goodies releasing tomorrow! Our designers are definitely getting into the holiday spirit!

From JB Studio

From Tinci

From Miss Fish

From JoCee Designs

From LDrag Designs

From Aimee Harrison

From Ponytails

From Neia Scraps