Tutorial Tuesday (Back to Basics)

Save me!!

Right after last week’s tutorial appeared, a comment from one of our members, lilholmes6 (aka Lynn), appeared, asking why her layouts were so blurry and the journaling was unreadable. I sent her a private reply and carried on… then Ginger (our genius GingerScraps owner) messaged me. She wanted to know if I’d written a tutorial on saving layouts for the Gallery; she’d also gotten a request for help from a member, apparently one in a long string of them and didn’t want to reinvent the wheel. So today we’re going to talk about saving layouts for our highest possible viewing pleasure.

The first thing to know about saving your layouts for Gallery purposes is that online galleries have a limit on the maximum size an image file can be, most stipulating images 600×600 pixels and a file no larger than 250 KB. Now, to get our images to fit into those parameters, the file has to be compressed a bit. Or a lot… some template designers create absolutely gorgeous templates that stimulate creation of even MORE gorgeous layouts, but they turn into HUMONGOUS files. (Heartstrings Scrap Art is a favourite of mine and a former GingerBread Lady.) What happens when I scrap using one of her templates? Lemme show you…

First I resize the layout to that 600×600 pixel limit and then I try (and fail!) to save the layout as a .jpeg using the File>Save As menu. Because I save my layouts as .jpegs in two sizes, I change the name of the one destined for the Gallery by adding “GS” to the layout’s name as you can see below.

Hmm… At the highest possible quality, this layout weighs in at a ginormous 2.7 MB!!

So I pushed the Quality slider to the LEFT. All the way to 0. Now, I’ve never actually tried to save a layout with a quality of 0, because really, what’s the point?! But what really is interesting here is that this image would still have a file size of 2.2 MB. How is that even possible?

Time for Plan B, the Save for Web option. I don’t use this method for saving my layouts except as a last resort, because there’s a lot more compression of the image, and loss of clarity, or what’s known a pixelation. That’s what makes journaling turn into squiggles.

The user menu looks like this. You have the original on the left, the compressed version on the right and some adjustments you can make on the far right. The default here is a resolution of 72 pixels per inch, pretty fuzzy. (For the best images for printing for example, you’d want a resolution of 300 pixels per inch, which is MY default setting.) Within the menu, just below the compressed image on the right is where you find the file size at that resolution. As you can see here, there’s a little wiggle room.

So I took it! I nudged the Quality slider to the RIGHT until I got the sharpest image that still was under 250 KB. You can see the final version in the Gallery right HERE. Not too shabby!

Now I want to show you my USUAL method of saving my layouts for Gallery posting. This layout is built on a template from our own Aimee Harrison from her Singular Volume 1 set. I select Save As (CTRL/CMD>SHIFT>S), rename my layout and select .jpeg as the format.

Now, this is the real bonus. The file is under 500 KB right off the bat.

Just a tiny nudge of the Quality slider gets me right into the zone. <whispers> (I’ve found these numbers to be a tiny bit inflated, so you might get away with a few KB over 250. But don’t tell anybody.)

In the spirit of the season, here’s a little add-on for you.

As you might remember, I’ve been looking at old scrapbooking magazines and this technique got a ton of attention back in the day. Lots of layouts had papers or photos with only the opposite corners rounded. We’ve looked at how to use rounded rectangles, so I thought I’d take that a step further. Fire up that Custom Shape toolkit!!

My example is more squarish, but that’s cool. I popped another layer just underneath it then made the square invisible.

Then I changed my tool to the Rectangular shape tool and dragged out another squarish shape. That’s what worked for me, but you of course can do whatever makes you happy.

You know how I keep hammering you about Simplifying your text and shape layers? It’s a vital step for maintaining control. When you’re looking at text layers, you’ll know it hasn’t been Simplified if there’s a “T” on the layer in the Layers panel. For shape layers, there’s a little square box in the lower right corner of the image on the layer in the Layers panel. You can see it here.

Now, I KNOW you can see what I’ve done. I simply aligned the top and right edges of the two layers using the Alignment adjustments within the Move tool.

Next I just made a copy of the square layer and aligned the bottom and left edges. All that was left was to Merge the layers and save the resulting shape as a .png so I can use it as a clipping mask later. One thing about this shape though… resizing it will change the contours of the curved corners unless the proportions are constrained (identical). If you want it to be more rectangular than square you’ll need to start there. An oblong rounded rectangle as your base, then two rectangles with squared corners for the rest.

Since next Tuesday is Christmas Day, I’ll be taking the day off to be with my husband and son… as I’m sure all of you will be doing as well. I’ll see you all New Year’s Day with something new for you to do while the men watch bowl games!

DD: Dec 18


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.

Post expires at 10:00am on Monday December 24th, 2018

DD: Dec 17


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.

Post expires at 10:00am on Sunday December 23rd, 2018

DD: Dec 16


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.

Post expires at 10:00am on Saturday December 22nd, 2018

DD: Dec 15


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.

Post expires at 10:00am on Friday December 21st, 2018

Fresh Baked: December 14, 2018

“Christmas was on its way. Lovely, glorious, beautiful Christmas, upon which the entire kid year revolved.” — Adult Ralphie from A Christmas Story” (1983)

Not just kids! Adults too! Time to pick out the perfect kit, in preparation for the big day!

Remember when you spend $10 in the store, you get a great new collab! It’s time to bundle up because it’s FREEZING!



Kit: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Nanas-Sewing-Stash-by-LDragDesigns.html
Wordart: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Nanas-Sewing-Stash-Wordart.html

Kit: https://store.gingerscraps.net/What-s-Cookin-by-LDragDesigns.html
WordArt: https://store.gingerscraps.net/What-s-Cookin-Wordart-by-LDragDesigns.html
Recipe Cards: https://store.gingerscraps.net/What-s-Cookin-Recipe-Cards-by-LDragDesigns.html
Alpha: https://store.gingerscraps.net/What-s-Cookin-Alpha-by-LDragDesigns.html
Stacked Papers: https://store.gingerscraps.net/What-s-Cookin-Stacked-Papers-by-LDragDesigns.html



Into The Woods QPs – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Into-The-Woods-Quick-Pages-by-Scraps-N-Pieces.html
The Sound of Music QPs – https://store.gingerscraps.net/The-Sound-of-Music-Quick-Pages-by-Scraps-N-Pieces.html





Joyeux Collection: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Joyeux-Collection-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Kit: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Joyeux-Page-Kit-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Alphas: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Joyeux-Alpha-Sets-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Titles: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Joyeux-Titles-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Frames: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Joyeux-Frame-Clusters-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Ombre Papers: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Joyeux-Ombre-Papers-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Messy Edges: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Joyeux-Messy-Edges-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Glitters: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Joyeux-Glitters-by-Aimee-Harrison.html

Under the Canopy Collection: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Under-the-Canopy-Collection-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Kit: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Under-the-Canopy-Page-Kit-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Alphas: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Under-the-Canopy-Alpha-Sets-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Titles: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Under-the-Canopy-Titles-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Journal Cards: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Under-the-Canopy-Journal-Cards-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Extra Papers: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Under-the-Canopy-Extra-Papers-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Messy Edges: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Under-the-Canopy-Messy-Edges-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Glitters: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Under-the-Canopy-Glitters-by-Aimee-Harrison.html



Grab Bag: https://store.gingerscraps.net/December-2018-Grab-Bag-Dear-Santa-by-Connie-Prince.html
Alpha Pack Add On: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Dear-Santa-Alpha-Pack-AddOn-by-Connie-Prince.html
Word Art: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Dear-Santa-Word-Art-Pack-by-Connie-Prince.html

Bundle – https://store.gingerscraps.net/A-Fragrant-Christmas-BUNDLE-by-Heather-Z-Scraps.html
Kit – https://store.gingerscraps.net/A-Fragrant-Christmas-KIT-by-Heather-Z-Scraps.html
Weathered Wood – https://store.gingerscraps.net/A-Fragrant-Christmas-WEATHERED-WOOD-by-Heather-Z-Scraps.html



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






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


The perfect kit for setting those goals! SO, make it a goal to get 10 challenges completed!

DD: Dec 14


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.

Post expires at 10:00am on Thursday December 20th, 2018

Sneak Peeks December 13th 2018

Happy Thursday! We are 12 days away from Christmas! Thank heavens for Amazon! I finished almost all my shopping from the convenience of my couch. This weekend you should reward yourself with one of the new releases our amazing designers created! Take some time this holiday season and enjoy scrapping! Let’s take a peek at some of the new releases!

From Heather Z

From Tinci

From JoCee

From LDrag


From Miss Fish

From Aimee Harrison

DD: Dec 13


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.

Post expires at 10:00am on Wednesday December 19th, 2018

December Feature Designer

Happy December!! Can you believe we have less than two weeks until Christmas? This month our Featured Designers are Aprilisa Designs and Pixelily Designs. I was able to chat a bit with Lisa. Let’s see what fun stuff she shared with us.

How long have you been designing?

I started as freebie designer in 2009, and opened my very first store in 2010.

What made you decide to design?

I think I just love creating things. I’ve been doing printable things for my personal use years before I even knew there is this business called Digital Scrapbook, and a friend introduced me to it. And now I cannot stop.

What do you use to create your designs (program, additional tools, etc.)?

I am designing in Photoshop CC and draw in Corel Draw.

Describe your design workplace.

It is just a small space, small table in my bed room, which is the center of all activities in our home. I use a laptop which is actually allow me to move around the house, but I never move from the table, LOL.

What motivates and inspires you as a designer?

My CT is my big helps in finding themes. Sometimes I have to work with colors that don’t inspired me at first. That’s when I throw them to my team, and they are the best! It always works really well, every time!

What is your favorite kit currently in your GS store and why?

Best of Summer – Kit, I love the happy colors in it.

What was your first job?

An administration work.

Have you ever met anyone famous?

Yes. One that was so memorable is when I met Hanson, when I was very young. I hope you remember them, LOL.

What are you reading right now?

The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen

What is your favorite quote?

My current motivational quote is : Be Stronger than your Excuses

What is something you want to do in the next year that you’ve never done before?

Hmm, I haven’t thought about it yet, honestly, LOL.

You have your own latenight talk show, who do you invite as your first guest?

Michelle Obama? I just got her book Becoming, and can’t wait to start to read it.

If you had to delete all but 3 apps from your smartphone, which ones would you keep?

Whatsapp, Instagram, and Uber Eats. LOL

If you could have someone follow you around all the time, like a personal assistant, what would you have them do?

Doing my house chores? LOL

Would you rather travel back in time to meet your ancestors or to the future to meet your descendants?

Wow, that’s tough. I think to the future to meet my descendants? It’s kinda scary to think, though…

What commercial jingle gets stuck in your head all the time.

None of them, really.

If you could turn the ocean into a liquid other than water, which one would you pick?


Thanks Lisa!! Make sure to check out her GS Store and her FB Fan Page.

Make sure you are grabbing the daily download from the GingerScraps blog. Here’s a sneak peek at the kit she and Pixelily Designs collaborated on.