APRIL’S DESIGNER SPOTLIGHT

LAURIE’S SCRAPS & DESIGNS

Hey all you GingerScrappers! It’s April and our Designer Spotlight is on Laurie of Laurie’s Scraps & Designs. Laurie was in the hot seat in August 2017 and I’ve already interviewed her so I’m not going to put her through all that again. If you’d like to get to know her a bit better, you can find our interview right here.

Laurie has a beautiful Daily Download for us this month. It’s called I Love the 80s and you’re going to love it!

Make sure you check out Laurie’s shop and get in on the fun at the Designer Spotlight Challenge.

 

 

Fresh Baked: April 06, 2018

Beer and Grilled Cheese! What is better than that? If you’re a fan, Saturday and Thursday are your days! But get even more excited! It’s time to announce the winners of this year’s Survivor!

It was such a pleasure hosting the 8th season of Scrapping Survivor! I had such a wonderful time watching the gallery of stunning layouts and so much love, support and positivity. I hope everyone that played was inspired by the fun challenges as well as their fellow scrappers creativity and encouragement! Dang, I just love our GingerScraps community so much, you make my heart so very happy.

Now it is the moment you have all been waiting for … it is time to announce our WINNERS for this season!!"

Coming in THIRD PLACE is becky_a

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Coming in SECOND PLACE is Pachimac

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Coming in FIRST PLACE is FormbyGirl

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And last but not least we have our Staff Winner! For the second time in a ROW our staff FIRST PLACE WINNER is CathyK!

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Remember when you spend $10 in the store, you get a great new collab! It’s time to celebrate the Earth!

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/GingerBread-Ladies-Collab-Earth-Day.html

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Sneak Peeks April 5th, 2018

Happy Thursday! How is the first week of April treating you? Our designers are fully embracing spring and have a bunch of new releases for you this week!

From Heather Z

From Mags Graphics

From CathyK

From Tinci

From Lindsay Jane

From Aimee Harrison

Have a great weekend!

Tutorial Tuesday – Photoshop Elements

Totally TACKY!

We’ve moved into the second quarter of 2018 already! And with a new month comes new challenges at GingerScraps… Don’t you love them?? This month, Marina (Magical Scraps Galore) has a really different spin on the Mix It Up challenge. She wants us to use at least 3 different silver or chrome elements on a layout. Well. When I saw “chrome”, it was like a bell went off! I had planned to show you how to create a dotted border the quick-and-easy way, and it very quickly morphed into a tacky border instead. (Well, it’s a couple of additional steps.)

I chose this fabulous bandana-style paper as my background. It’s from Just So Scrappy‘s Let Freedom Ring collection. Then I popped a new layer on top of it for my border layer.

Next step was to choose a round brush from the Brush tool menu. I resized it to 75 pixels (to give it some presence) and set the Opacity to 100%. The colour really doesn’t matter but you should choose something that will show up against your background. I’m going to turn the visibility of my paper layer off for the next few steps. You can do whatever works for you.

After making sure I was working on the BLANK layer at the top, I went on to my next step.

I went back to my Brush menu and clicked on the Brush Settings button. Here I made sure my Fade was set to 0, Hue Jitter also to 0 and Scatter to 0. Spacing needs to be a big number. It’s a percentage of the brush’s size and will determine how much space is between the dots. Since I have a 75 pixel brush, I set this number to 400%. But feel free to experiment. Hardness (determines how sharp the edge of the brush will be) and Roundness both need to be at 100% (unless you’re faking a stitched border but we’re not going to go there today).

I turned on my Grid (View>Grid or CTRL/CMD>’) to save myself some effort. I decided my border should be 1/2 inch in from the corner. Then I clicked my Brush at that spot.

Do you remember how to draw a straight line in Elements? Hold down the Shift key and click at the spot where you want your line to end!

To make the rest of the border, it’s simply holding down the Shift key and clicking in the other three corners. It literally will take you 15 seconds. You can stop here if you just want a dotted border.

Now, to turn that dotted border into a tack border. I went to my Styles button down at the bottom of the Layers panel then chose Wow Chrome. In that menu I selected Wow-Chrome Shiny Edge. This Style set is one of the default styles that come with the Elements software right out of the box.

I liked the effect but thought it looked too umm… domed. If I’m smacking tacks with a hammer, they’re gonna flatten a bit. So I right-clicked on the fx on the layer and decreased the Bevel to about 6 pixels. I left the drop shadow alone.

This is how the finished border looked with the paper behind it.

To give you a better idea of scale, here’s the entire 12×12 canvas.

I wanted to see what other effects I could get using default Styles. So I copied the border layer and turned the Visibility of that layer off. It’s possible to add multiple Styles to an object or text as long as you work on individual layers with each.

This time I chose Bevels from the Styles menu and went with the Scalloped Edge bevel. Now the dots look like fancy tacks.

Next I selected the top layer and turned the Visibility back on.

I used the very same Wow-Chrome Shiny Edge style, but dropped the Opacity of that layer to 70%. Now the tacks look more like those pearl-inlaid buttons you see on Western shirts.

The different isn’t blatant, but it’s definitely there.

Another of the default Styles that came with Elements is Complex. I tried a couple of the choices here and settled on the Diamond Plate style. It has a funky industrial look to it.

When I decreased the amount of Bevel on this style, the effect became somewhat more matte and there wasn’t as much detail. It really looks like hand-cut nail heads to me now.

And here it is with the paper behind it. I’m not sure which one I like best. They’re all so neat!

There’s one more thing I played with and that’s turning the dotted border into holes in the paper. So I Selected the Layer thumbnail of the dotted border layer by clicking on the thumbnail in the Layers panel. That gave me my marching ants.

I turned off Visibility for the border layer and made sure I was working on the paper layer.

Then I Cut the selected dots out of the paper. (Edit>Cut or CTRL/CMD>X)

That gave me perfectly spaced holes in my paper to perhaps weave a ribbon through.

I bet you can think of a few more ways to make this technique work for you. I’d love to see what you do with it!

HapPy Easter and Happy April from Gingerscraps!

April Fool’s! Happy Easter! Are you ready for a new month? Did you know that April is Stress Awareness Month? Did you know that digital scrapbooking has been proven to lower your stress levels? Okay, maybe it hasn’t, but it sounded good, right. Well, even if it’s not proven, use the excuse to scrap more!

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

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DD: Apr 01

There’s no foolin’ when it comes to the daily download. I considered a trick and saying we weren’t having one this month but I decided against it.

Before I show you this month’s, I just have to show off last month’s:

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Lucky-To-Have-You-DD.html

I know we were all lucky to have this kit for March!

And here’s this month’s:

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http://bit.ly/2Gh2ng3

All I know is that this “old lady” is loving the vibes from this 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: March 30, 2018

Today is National Doctor Day. Is it time for a check-up? Spring is upon us! The designers aren’t worrying about illness, and have created some gorgeous new kits and templates, just in time for Easter!

Remember when you spend $10 in the store, you get a great new collab! It’s time for Spring and all the Spring Things!

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/GingerBread-Ladies-Collab-Spring-Things.html

boomers
https://store.gingerscraps.net/He-is-Risen-BGD.html

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

heartstrings
https://store.gingerscraps.net/My-Arty-Pocekts-11-Templates.html

kaklei
https://store.gingerscraps.net/Spring-in-Pink-Templates-by-Kakleidesigns.html

kristmess
https://store.gingerscraps.net/Single-Page-Layered-Templates-Set1.html

lauries
Bundle: https://store.gingerscraps.net/The-Great-Frontier-Bundle.html
Kit: https://store.gingerscraps.net/The-Great-Frontier-PageKit.html
Flairs: https://store.gingerscraps.net/The-Great-Frontier-Flairs.html
Grunge: https://store.gingerscraps.net/The-Great-Frontier-Grunge.html
Ombre Papers: https://store.gingerscraps.net/The-Great-Frontier-OmbrePapers.html
Titles: https://store.gingerscraps.net/The-Great-Frontier-Titles.html
Journal Cards: https://store.gingerscraps.net/The-Great-Frontier-JournalCards.html

missfish
https://store.gingerscraps.net/Everyday-Paper-Strips-Templates-by-Miss-Fish.html

paty
https://store.gingerscraps.net/Happy-Easter-Watercolor-Bundled-Collection-by-Paty-Greif.html

tinci
https://store.gingerscraps.net/Cluster-and-colors-Flower-power.html

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

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http://goo.gl/UBQg62

002
https://store.gingerscraps.net/Kristmess/

003
https://store.gingerscraps.net/Neia-Scraps/

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

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Sneak Peeks March 29th 2018

It’s the last Thursday in March! Since the Buffet starts on Sunday, I am giving you a double sneak peek today!! Sunday will be a busy day with it being Easter and a new Buffet, I have a sneaky suspicion Ginger has something else up her sleeves that day. Make sure to check back and see all the new releases coming tomorrow and the awesomeness of a Buffet on Sunday! Let’s check out a few peeks of tomorrow’s new releases first.

From Tinci

From Aimee Harrison

From Miss Fish

And now for a peek at the Buffet!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Tutorial Tuesday (Photoshop Elements)

DIAMONDS are a Girl’s Best Friend

My dear friend Glee has been very helpful in providing me with topics and this is another one that came from her. She pointed me to this GORGEOUS layout by Imperio and asked if I could tell her how the diamond-shaped frame was created. Wait until you see how easy it is… you’re going to be looking for shapes to do it with.

I started with a 12×12 canvas – everything is resizable, right? Then I opened the Pencil tool and selected a hard, round brush from the PSE-default Basic Brush menu and set the Opacity at 100%. I used black for demonstration purposes, but you can use any colour you want. Make sure you turn on the Grid (View>Grid or CTRL/CMD>’) so you have defined dimensions. You can set your parameters in the Edit>Preferences>Units & Rulers. I chose inches because although Canada has been on the metric system of more than 40 years, I still think in inches.

If you’ve read the tutorial about giving stickers some dimension, you might remember how to draw a straight line with Elements. It’s pretty easy. Click on the spot where you want your line to start, then hold down the Shift key and click on the spot where you want it to end. The grid will make these next steps a lot easier by giving you reference points.

There’s my first straight line. The intersections of the major lines are obvious choices for this task.

I kept moving around the outside.

Then I took it to a point in the centre of the canvas, 1 inch from the bottom.

And back up, using the same reference points on the other side.

Now the shape is enclosed and looks kind like the insignia on Superman’s cape. (Maybe somebody wants to try that?)

I kept adding lines as shown in the screenshots.

You’ll see that I didn’t quite WSNH here… see the next screenshot for proof.

This will save you a step – just take that diagonal line all the way to the top corner.

Now there are only two more lines to put in there and you have that great diamond shape.

And a one-a…

… and a two-a! (Any Lawrence Welk fans here?)

Now I’ll show you how to make the clipping masks for the different papers, as Imperio‘s layout has. Add a new layer on top of your shape layer. Then click on the Layer Thumbnail for the shape layer.

Your selection will have those marching ants.

To invert the selection, either click on the Select tab and choose Inverse, or CTRL/CMD>Shift>I which will now select everything BUT the shape outline.

Choose another colour and fill the selected areas with the Paint Bucket tool.

And now your canvas looks like the screenshot, but not for long.

Turn off the visibility on the shape outline layer.

Now to get rid of the parts we don’t need to keep. I started by using the Rectangular Marquee tool and Edit>Cut or CTRL/CMD>X to cut away some of it.

Then I went to the Erase tool and used it with abandon.

Just erase what you aren’t going to need.

You’ll be left with something that looks like this. If you’re only going to use one paper for all the sections, you can quit now.

But if you want to use different papers for each section, make 8 copies of the filled-in layer as shown. CTRL/CMD>J is quick and easy, but you can right-click and select Duplicate Layer, then click OK on the pop-up menu if you’re into taking extra steps.

Turn off the visibility of all the layers but the one you’re working on. Now, go one layer at a time and erase all but one segment.

Here’s an example of two layers with only a single segment on each.

Use a BIG brush so you can do this quickly.

When you have only one segment on each of your 8 layers, you have a template! Each segment is its own clipping mask.

The second-to-last last step is to make the outline layer a little beefier. The easiest way is to add a stroke to it. I used 10 pixels and Centered it on the shape layer.

Then just move the shape outline layer to the top of the Layers panel and your template is complete. If you like, you can save it as a .psd file and use it over and over and over!

There are all kinds of ways you can make this technique work for you. Easter eggs? Flower petals? Pie? Have some fun with it… I sure did! Make sure you leave Imperio some love in the gallery. (Click on her user name anywhere in this post to go right to her layout.)

Fresh Baked: March 23, 2018

Who else thinks that waffles are the best thing ever? Well, if you do, remember that Sunday is National Waffle Day! Have a waffle for every meal!

While you’re waiting for your waffle iron to heat up, check out the awesome new products in the store! Spring is in full force, and the designers are so ready for this new season!

Remember when you spend $10 in the store, you get a great new collab! It’s time for Spring and all the Spring Things!

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/GingerBread-Ladies-Collab-Spring-Things.html

aimee
Collection: https://store.gingerscraps.net/The-Egg-Hunt-Collection-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Kit: https://store.gingerscraps.net/The-Egg-Hunt-Page-Kit-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Alphas: https://store.gingerscraps.net/The-Egg-Hunt-Alpha-Sets-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Blooms: https://store.gingerscraps.net/The-Egg-Hunt-Blooms-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Journal Cards: https://store.gingerscraps.net/The-Egg-Hunt-Journal-Cards-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Word Art: https://store.gingerscraps.net/The-Egg-Hunt-Word-Art-Titles-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Messy Edges: https://store.gingerscraps.net/The-Egg-Hunt-Messy-Edges-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Glitter: https://store.gingerscraps.net/The-Egg-Hunt-Glitters-by-Aimee-Harrison.html

aprilisa01
https://store.gingerscraps.net/Picture-Perfect-161.html

aprilisa02
https://store.gingerscraps.net/Picture-Perfect-162.html

boomers
https://store.gingerscraps.net/Fiesta-Time-BGD.html

clever
https://store.gingerscraps.net/farmhouse-easter-by-Clever-Monkey-Graphics.html

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

heartstrings
https://store.gingerscraps.net/The-Bigger-Picture-10-Templates-HSA-the-bigger-picture-10.html

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

kaklei
https://store.gingerscraps.net/Color-Fest-kit-by-Kakleidesigns.html

kristmess
https://store.gingerscraps.net/CU-Zodiac-Constellations-Layered-Template.html

lauries01
https://store.gingerscraps.net/The-Great-Frontier-GrabBag.html

lauries02
Bundle: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Sports-Basketball-Bundle.html
Kit: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Sports-Basketball-PageKit.html
Flairs: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Sports-Basketball-Flairs.html
Grunge: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Sports-Basketball-Grunge.html
Ombre Papers: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Sports-Basketball-OmbrePapers.html
Titles: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Sports-Basketball-Titles.html
Journaling Cards: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Sports-Basketball-JournalingCards.html

lindsay01
https://store.gingerscraps.net/Page-Borders-31-by-Lindsay-Jane.html

lindsay02
https://store.gingerscraps.net/Page-Borders-32-by-Lindsay-Jane.html

magical
Bundle: https://store.gingerscraps.net/All-Tangled-Up-collection.html
Page kit: https://store.gingerscraps.net/All-Tangled-Up.html
Journaling Cards: https://store.gingerscraps.net/All-Tangled-Up-cards.html
Graffiti Pack: https://store.gingerscraps.net/All-Tangled-Up-graffiti-pack.html
Glitter Pack: https://store.gingerscraps.net/All-Tangled-Up-glitter.html
Bonus Papers: https://store.gingerscraps.net/All-Tangled-Up-bonus-papers.html

memories01
https://store.gingerscraps.net/Mouse-ical-Big-Pic-Templates-1.html

memories02
https://store.gingerscraps.net/Mouse-ical-Big-Pic-Templates-2.html

missfish
https://store.gingerscraps.net/Traveler-s-Notebook-Bundle-1-by-Miss-Fish-Templates.html

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

tinci
https://store.gingerscraps.net/Miracle-of-spring-2..html

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

001
http://goo.gl/UBQg62

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

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Who else is ready for spring? This makes the wait a little better!