Archives for August 2010

Kit Spotlight- School Is Cool!

Well it’s about that time! Time to start the designer spotlight back up! ScrappyCocoa here, and I have really been missing out on some great Gingerscraps products! Well, I did have a baby- one month ago- so I have been busy, but I am ready to get back in the action! One thing I love about this time time of year is the back to school frenzy. I’m not in school, nor do I have school age children, but when I was a school girl I LOVED back to school season. The new supplies, new teachers, seeing friends again and best of all the new clothes! Kathy Winters Designs has this adorable school kit to scrap all those Back To School memories. Here is a look at the adorable papers in this kit -16 of them!

I like to ask the designers a few questions about the kit. Here is what Kathy had to say-

1) The School Is Cool kit came from a request from a fellow scrapper. She’s a teacher and she was looking for a kit to use with some school photos and class projects with the kids.

2) When I sit down to design a kit, I already have a color palette chosen and a general idea of what I want to include to match the theme of the kit. I generally make my papers first because they take the least amount of time. I then move on to the elements because I sometimes struggle with what I want to include and I don’t like to use the same kinds of elements over and over again. I try to keep each kit looking fresh.

3) My scrap zone always includes a little Smooth Jazz on my MP3 player and a Yorkie and Doxie sitting under my desk. I work until they can’t stand it anymore and then I take a break, clear my head, and take them outside for a little play time. Sometimes, it’s just what I need to inspire me to spend a few more hours at the computer.

Here is the kit entirely- Isn’t it fabulous? I love the owl, chalk board, school bus, and word tickets. This kit is adorable!

Here is some great inspiration I found at the GS Gallery- {images are linked for credits}

Aren’t those great? Now, I couldn’t leave you without a little something, something could I? I made adorable little back to school boxes for my nieces and filled them with candy. I promise they were way cute… unfortunately my husband gave the boxes away before I had the chance to take pictures! Sad! We are in the middle of moving, else I’d print another one! Too bad the printer is boxed away! ANYWAY~ I made a little hybrid printable for ya’ll! Hope you enjoy and make sure you check out this kit in the GS Shoppe!

Get your School is Cool box HERE

Please note that the outline is on a separate layer and there just for reference of where to fold! Then you tuck the top flaps around each other in a counter-clockwise direction. Tie a ribbon and viola! Cute little box!

Challenge Spotlight – Your Favorite!

Good day to you all. I got to work at our fair this morning so I’m rather late getting around to this, but here I am! Nothing can keep me away! Lets find out who won last weeks challenge spotlight. *drum roll* and the lucky number is 3! That’s ktkadoo with her Family ’01 LO! Yay! You win my Mommy/Daddy overlays.

Now for the Challenge Spotlight. . . well, see I have a bit of a problem, tomorrow is the end of the month! New challenges will be up this week but not yet SO instead of ME spotlighting a challenge, I want YOU to! If you leave a comment with your favorite challenge and why, I’ll give you 5 bonus brownie points in Sept. cookie jar! In case you’re not sure what I mean I’ll give you an example:
Currently my favorite challenge is the paper to digi Scraplift challenge. This is my current fave because I am having inspiration issues but these great  paper layouts are great for giving me layout ideas!

Now what’s your favorite Gingerscrap Challenge?

This week dricamendes ran away with the LOTW votes. She did an amazing job creating a fun and inspiring layout!

The winning LO is titled Adorable and how true is that?! Congrats to you dricamendes! Check out her Gingerscraps gallery. LO is linked to her winning LO… leave her some LOVE 🙂

You can pick outstanding gallery layouts which become the next LOTW nominee’s by posting in the “Baker’s Best” thread. Check out the rules here.

As always your vote counts so head over the the forum to vote for the next LOTW winner. You can be a LOTW winner too,  all you have to do is scrap! Happy Scrapping.

Fresh Baked! 8/27

Happy Friday Everyone!  Shannon here bringing you our New Release Friday Newsletter!  How was your week?  Hopefully it was a good one.  Do you have big plans for the weekend?  We do!  Our county fair is this weekend.  I love the fair!  Walking around looking at all the homemade crafts, watching the animals, and eating all the delicious food!  Now to make sure we remember the camera.

Our designers have had a busy week here at Ginger Scraps.  I’m so excited to show you what they have been working on!  Don’t forget that everything is 25% off for this weekend!  Plus if you spend $10 you get the monthly store collab Shabby Seashore for just $1!!  This is one deal you don’t want to miss out on!

Marshmella Designs has made “Seeds of Tomorrow“.  The end of summer is coming and I know I will have a lot of gardening to do. I love spending time outside digging in the dirt and will really miss it when winter comes. So I thought I would do one more summer kit before fall is here. All 60 elements in Seeds of Tomorrow are hand drawn by me. I created all neutral papers so the elements really stand out in this kit. I hope you will enjoy it as much as I did creating it. This kit includes 12 papers and 60 elements and of course it will be 25% off for a week.  You can grab it for $3.75!!


And here is some inspiration:





Do you have a little crime fighter? A cops and robbers playing kid? Then this kit “Lil’ Crime Fighters” by Statements of Jodi is perfect for you! This kit has so many cute elements you will not have any trouble making the perfect layout for your little crime fighter!

This kit includes 13 papers, 33 elements, and 5 word arts. barbed wire, guns, badges, police cars, police officers, police dog, handcuffs, buttons, ribbons, and much more!  You can get it this weekend for only $3.75!


By Ella


By Linda


By Barbara



Mommy’s Helper by Pretty in Green – As Moms it’s nice to get help around the house, because we all know how it can sneak up on us. This kit is great for scrapping photos or journaling memories of your little helper helping you out, or maybe just making the mess worse, lol. This kit is full of beautiful sorbet like colors perfect for just about any layout of your little man or lady. I just love the cleaning little dust bunnies in this kit! if you like this kit also look for the Bundle pack with added Papers and Word Art. This kit contains 26 colorful rich textured papers and 50 coordinating elements.

List Price $5 but if it is on sale for only $3 this weekend!



Word Art tags – Add on    List Price $3 but for this weekend you can get it for only $2.20


Faded paper pack – Add on   List Price $3 but is only $2.25 this weekend.


This Bundled kit contains 26 colorful rich textured papers and 50 coordinating elements. Added Faded papers and coordinating Word Art tags in 2 colors.  It is on sale for only $8!  What a great deal!!



HK Designs has made Picture Perfect. This is a kit to help you scrap any kind of photo.. of children or of grandparents.. perfect for all.  She really hopes you enjoy this kit, She loved making it!  Kit includes: 8 papers ( 12 x 12 jpeg. made at 300 dpi. ) 41 elements ( all are individual png. files made at 300 dpi. )

$5.00 regular price and on sale for $3.00!!






HK Designs has also made Birthday Bash!  This is a super fun Birthday kit perfect for all your birthday picks and even any lo! Perfect for boys and girls!!  Kit includes: 2 alpha sets including some punctuation, 11 papers and 51 elements  $5.25 regular price and on sale for $3.25





This is a set of 3 quick pages all 12 x 12 , 300 dpi., png images designed by HK Designs.  Super easy to use, just pop your photos in and you can be done! Or for a more personal touch add some journaling or an alpha.  The possibilities are endless!!  The regular price $3.00 but is on sale for $2.00!!



Pretty in Green is also offering a sale to celebrate Ana’s 2nd birthday! All of her Puppy Love packs will be $2! Hurry the sale ends Aug. 31st!  What is better then that!


Let’s Get Crafty: Paper Flowers

Time to get Crafty! OK, so i must admit. I forgot it was Thursday again! Ha Ha. I have been soooo busy with my Team Mom duties, I haven’t had to to even think about crafting.

But, Ginger showed me these cool Paper flowers, and since it is my Birthday today 🙂 I am taking the easy way out and sharing these flowers with you!

Aren’t they pretty!

The instructions are HERE They look super simple to make!

Now, the really cool thing for us digi scrappers, use digital scrapbooking paper and make them any color you want!

There is even a video! Now that is what I call cool!

I hope you girls enjoy these as much as Ginger and I did! Have a great day!

Happy Crafting!

Forum and Gallery down

Hi ladies,

You may have noticed… the forum and gallery are down. Well at the moment they are.. hopefully it will be back up before I wake up in the morning!

The issue is… we have gotten too big for our britches. GingerScraps is growing like crazy! Which is super exciting- only downside- my shared server is having trouble keeping up. I knew this day was coming… time for our own dedicated server!!

The site should be restored soon and then we will upgrade to a dedicated server- but I will not be changing hosts- just upgrading, which they have told me  “goes almost seamlessly” so fingers crossed for that!

ok I am headed to bed…. hopping when I wake up GS is up and running again 🙂

Thank for your patients and understanding!


Challenge Spotlight – Aug. Technique Time

Really? we’re already coming to the end of the month? Worse still the end of summer? I suppose it must be done. As does the the monthly challenges! Hurry and get those done! Remember the more challenges you do, the more  points you get and bigger the discount you can earn for the Gingerscraps store!

One of our scrappers that’s doing a fabulous job getting these challenges done AND our winner from last weeks Challenge Spotlight is Sarah! She did all three of The HeART of it challenges. So she wins this:

On to this weeks Challenge Spotlight,  Julie’s August Technique Time! Remember, every month Julie posts a challenge encouraging you to use the newest or most popular technique in scrapbooking that she can find. This month the technique is a cluster..not just any cluster, but a photo and element cluster all in the middle of your page.

Here’s the example Julie gave made by shawnbear

by shawnbear

Here’s some other great examples from some ladies that have already done this challenge this month.

by AnikA

Here’s a center cluster going vertical:

by Ellasspace

I love clusters! Don’t you? You should try this out at the Aug. Technique Time!  Then come back here and post the link to your LO  in the gallery and post it in a comment here. Next week I’ll randomly select one and that person will win a prize from ME! (Harmonystar). CT & those who have already done the challenge are elligable. Let me see those comments!

Behind the Scrapbook….

It’s that time of year again!! Whoot Whoot!! The kids are back in school!! Nah nah nah nah nah! Well I know around my house my kids are excited to see all their friends… it’s been a long busy summer so I think I’m ready too:)

Here are Julie’s kids first day back… all smiles!!

Julie has 2 kids in High School!

And Tyler started Kindergarten…with a few tears  He just wants to stay home with Mommy and Daddy and Travis and play.

Yay Tyler!!! I’m sure you’re going to love it!! I’m not sure how it is for everyone else but I have to say I had a really hard time when my kids started school…. they grow up so fast!!!

Anna may not be going to school this year but she also had a big change in her life!

Rachel of Pretty in Green told me about her littlest one’s milestone of getting a big bed. It’s amazing how fast they grow up! Rachel said Ana just loves her new big girl bed, and has slept on it every night sofar. She told me how crazy of a difference it is between her 2 kids Gage screamed and got into everything when he should have been sleeping, and would pass out on the floor. Ana hasn’t screamed once nor has she even gotten out of bed to play, she just sleeps! Isn’t that funny! Look at this adorable layout she made for this milestone ( used kit Rejoice by Terri’s thing o my jigs)

oh and she told me about how she almost lost these pics and a few others but her Sister in law was able to retrive them off her card, thank goodness, these pics are to cute!

Journaling: Such a Big Girl, you were so ready for your
big girl bed! once we laid it down you sat
down on it first and then jumped a few times
then you had to grab your Dora and a blanket
and lay down, you kept saying, nite nite and
pretended to sleep. your such a sweetie. your
first week with the bed you never screamed
once you stayed in bed all night sleeping sound.
you even started to put your self to bed when
mommy would say bed time. your growing up
to fast, your my baby!

SO have your kids hit any milestones lately?? My youngest is in grade 7 this year… so no more elementary school for us anymore… 🙁 Kinda makes me sad!!

LOTW Winner

Good Morning! We had a very exciting LOTW poll this week. It was a close vote, but this weeks winner is scrappinbella. She squeaked out a win with her beautiful floral creation!  Congrats to her! Check out her Gingerscraps gallery and leave her some love.


This LO was created using Mandymade’s Make it Pretty kit. Find it here

Don’t forget to head over the the forum to vote for the next LOTW winner. Remember, you can be a LOTW winner too. All you have to do is scrap! Happy Scrapping.

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