Archives for September 2010

Let’s Get Crafty: Paper Tole/Tolle

It’s Jen (vcjordi) this week, instead of Julie, hope you don’t mind ūüôā

This week I have a tutorial and a Print-a-Pixel Card for you to download.  You can get the Print-a-Pixel Card here.

I was originally a paper scrapper, and I LOVED making cards.¬† I had every tool imaginable- a room stuffed full.¬† Recently I have been giving away/selling my paper scrapping goodies.¬† However, there are a handful of items I will never get rid of!¬† I still do hybrid projects and love to “feel” the things I make.¬† So in my stash I have a paper trimmer, a pair of scissors, a variety of adhesive, and a variety of hand held embossing tools.¬† I have found that with digi I don’t need much more than this for just about any hybrid project.¬† All of these tools will be used to make this card:

The technique used here is called Paper Tole or Tolle.  It is very similar to paper piecing with the main difference being that it usually has more than two layers AND the entire image is printed on the base layer.

When doing traditional paper tole, you will typically have the same item printed off multiple times.¬† While you don’t use all of each print it is important to have the same item lots of times to create dimension.

Step 1: Print your Print-a-Pixel Card.  I like to use photo paper, semi gloss when I print.

Step 2: Cut your pieces according to the instructions.¬† NOTE: Label the number on the back of your pieces as you go!!!¬† This will save confusion and make it easier to glue everything down.¬† Also, part of the reason why the full image is printed multiple times- you don’t have to be EXACT on your cutting!¬† When you line up your pieces, the layer underneath also has all of the lines and colors, the blend you eye makes between the layers gives a 3d look.¬† If you like you can “shade” the edges of your cut pieces with a black, brown or gray marker (whatever works for your image).

Step 3: Emboss your pieces, or shape them.¬† Do this by placing them upside down on a semi-cushy surface.¬† I like to use the piercing mats you can find in the scrapbook isle at your craft store.¬† The idea here is to “curve” your paper piece.¬† You can use a broad tip embossing tool or something like a spoon.¬† If you would like to get more detailed, after you curve your piece, turn it over and trace the lines on your image with a smaller tipped embossing stylus.

Step 4: Glue your pieces down in their numbered order.  Some adhesive you can use are pop dots or dimensional foam strips.  For smaller pieces or to only raise a piece a little bit, use glue dots, you can layer glue dots on top of each other to achieve different heights.  I also like acrylic glues for tiny pieces- if you let it dry just a minute before putting your piece down it will give you height without visibility.  Do not push too hard when using acrylic glue, the idea is to NOT see the adhesive.

That’s it, easy huh?¬† LOL, it may seem kind of tedious at first, but the results are amazing!¬† Don’t forget you can use this technique on scrapbook pages too!¬† The PDF tutorial has more images so you can see what each step does.¬† Feel free to ask any questions you have in the forum here.

Post what you make in the gallery for us to enjoy too!  Happy crafting!

Challenge Spotlight – Sept Word Lovers

Sarah, great card making, she went all out with posters too for what looks like a supre fun party. Wish I could go!¬† Here’s her Pirate Booty Day¬†& here’s what she has won!

This month is almost over! Can you believe it? I can’t! So let’s hurry and move onto this weeks challenge spotlight. How about Julies Word Lovers for Sept.!¬†Do you sometimes struggle with the right words to put on you’re layout? How about trying a definition!

Check out these wonderfully defined layouts!

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Says just the right thing¬† don’t ya think? Want to make your own defined layout? Great head on over to Julie‚Äôs Word Lovers for Sept. challenge! Then¬†come back here and post the link to your¬†LO¬†in the gallery and post it in a comment here. Next week I‚Äôll randomly select one and that person will win a prize from ME! (Harmonystar).

Bonus РI will give a Brownie point to everyone who comments with their LO link.

 CT & those who have already done the challenge are elligable. Let me see those comments!

This week’s LOTW winner is elenasworld. What a simply beautiful layout!

The winning LO is titled I Want to Marry Him. How sweet is that? Only time will tell if she gets her wish. Congrats to her! Be sure to check out her Gingerscraps gallery. Her LO is linked to her winning LO… leave her some LOVE ūüôā

This adorable LO was created using Secrets by Marshmella Designs and you can get it for a mere $3!! That’s a great deal.

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! 9/24

It is finally Friday. ¬†I know, past weeks I’m surprised at how fast the weeks go. ¬†This week has been dragging. ¬†There just never seems to be enough hours in the day to get everything done. ¬†I’m just hoping to have more time this weekend to get caught up again. ¬†Do you ever feel that way?

Did you happen to catch the give away we had yesterday? ¬†It was HUGE! ¬†We were so excited to be able to give you some great deals! ¬†Don’t worry we have some great deals still going on! ¬†All of our new releases are 25% off all weekend! ¬† Plus you’ll find two freebies! ¬†You’ll definitely want to grab them!

Don’t forget: ¬†When you spend $10 in the store you will get your choice of the Ginger Scraps Collab for only $1! ¬†The month is almost over so hurry while you can.

Scrappy Cocoa has created Game Time for all of you football fans!  Normally it will be $4.00, but you can get it this weekend for just $3.00!!



Funky Monkey by Wyld Web Designs is full of monkey mischief! Everyone has a little monkey in their life, this kit is perfect to celebrate them in all their rambunctious glory! Perfect for boys or girls, this soft palette of colors will complement any photo spread. This kit contains 15 papers and over 30 elements. Priced at only $3.75 this weekend only!




Unforgettable Moments has this sweet alpha tis actually two full alphas in one! It comes with upper case and lower case engraved metal hearts. To complement the hearts it also comes with a full metal alpha also with upper case letters, lower case letters, numbers, and most symbols! It is fun to mix and match the letter-hearts and the metal letters to achieve some awesome title work. Included with the alphas are some bonus word art hearts that say: heart, love, and you. There is also a blank heart that can be customized or used as an complementary element. You will have a blast using this fun alpha to add a touch of metal and a whole lot of love to your pages! This alpha is regularly $3.00, but you can grab it on sale for $1.75!




Are you ready for some football? I know I am and this kit by Kathy Winters Designs is packed with enough fun to scrap both the football player and the cheerleader in your family. Kathy designed Hooray for the Home Team in warm colors and textures to capture all the fun that happens on the gridiron during the fall season. Regular price $5.50 Sale price $4.13


She also has several coordinating products to go along with this kit.  The alpha contains both a brad and a football styled alpha in uppercase with numbers and select symbols.  Regular price $3.00 Sale price $2.25


There is also this coordinating set of wordart to add a little splash to your pages.  Regular price $3.00 Sale price $2.25


If you are in love with the collection, Kathy also has it bundled it up to offer for one great price.  Regular price $9.00 Sale price $6.75


And if that were not enough, Kathy has 6 sets of add-ons designed in popular school colors to make the kit more versatile to capture your school’s spirit. Regular price $2.50 Sale price $1.87


Here’s a little inspiration from some of our amazing Gingerbread Girls



We have two new CU mixes. They are both photographed and carefully extracted by Photocowgirl. Quality Checked! 20% off this week.

This one is called Rusty Mix and is normally $2.00 but is on sale for $1.60


This one is called Nature Mix.  This is $4 and is on sale for $3.20pc_cunaturemix_preview.jpg

And a freebie just for you by PhotoCowGirl!!!



Love the feeling of a warm breeze while you sit and watch the waves roll in….? Key Lime Pie by Jumping Jelly Bean Designs will immediately bring that feeling to your mind with this classy color scheme and beautiful peacocks. Your layouts will look fresh and airy with a touch of whimsy. ¬†This kit will be on sale for the whole week for 25% off! ¬†You can grab this kit for $3.94 (regularly priced at $5.25).



‘Lil Bit Nutty by Pixels By Jen is on sale for the weekend $3.75 regular price $5.00. ¬†This kit is cute and playful, this kit is filled with fun patterns and fall colors.




These leaves can be used for your personal projects, scrap 4 hire, and scrap 4 others. There are 15 worded leaves, and 4 plain leaves to add words to if desired. Enjoy this Leaf Wordart by PsychoZoe for only $2.00!



Daphadilly Art has this sweet kit called Sweet & Free,  Fun and Fresh mini kit great for everyday memories!!  You can get it for just $2!



Everybody loves a freebie, and a CU freebie at that! Please enjoy this Halloween CU freebie by PsychoZoe, with 10 elements, and 1 paper



Before I let you go, we have something new starting next week!  Make sure you check the blog next Friday!!

Have a great weekend!!

**BIG news **BIG Give Away **24 Hours ONLY!!

I have such exciting news that I just had share with you. ¬†It is so BIG that it is definitely worth it’s own post. ¬†Are you sitting down? ¬†You probably are because you are using a computer. ¬†Then again you may be on your phone – so maybe you are standing. ¬†I suppose it doesn’t matter if you are sitting or standing, but I do hope you are ready for some BIG news.

Ginger Scraps is being featured on My Give Away Today.  HUGE right?!?!?

There are TONS of special store discounts JUST for people that go to their site – My Give Away Today.

If all of this wasn’t good enough – 4 lucky people will win 2 Ginger Bread Lady collabs of their choice to the store!!

Make sure you go to My Give Away Today! But hurry – it is good just for today (9/23/10). ¬†Trust me – you DON’T want to miss this!!

*New GingerBread Ladies!*RebeccaB and Jumping Jelly Beans!

Attention Scrappers! We have two more New GingerBread Ladies joining us today!! I am so very excited to introduce them to you all.

AND- Something VERY exciting is happening tomorrow!! Read to the end of this newsletter for all the details!

Lets get to the introductions first- I am thrilled to welcome RebeccaB to our family!

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RebeccaB has been designing for a little over a year now, firstly designing kits as freebies then starting earlier this year selling her products. She uses only her own design and no CU at all. RebeccaB hopes you love her style and have fun with her kits.

And now here are her three kits released today-

Little Guy Magic will be $2.50 from the 22nd Sept till the 6th October. Regular price $5. Little Guy Magic is a mysterious, magical boy themed kit, perfect for scrapping many gorgeous photos of your little wizards. There are 16 magical textured papers, 40 amazing wizardry elements and a full a-z alpha. There are enough different styles of papers and elements for you to scrap a scene or make a traditional layout.

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Stomp Stomp Stomp will be $2.50 from 22nd Sept till the 6th October. Regular price $5. Stomp Stomp Stomp contains 16 fabulously textured Papers, 40 stompy and funky Elements and a gradient filled a-z Alpha. This kit is perfect for all those fun photos and is very versatile with many options for layouts.

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Swampy Hollow will be $2.50 from the 22nd Sept till the 6th October. Regular Price $5.00. Swampy Hollow has 16 patterned and textured papers, 40 cute elements and an a-z gradient alpha. The elements in this kit allow you to either create a scene or a traditional layout.

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And Also starting today- Exclusive to GingerScraps- Jumping Jelly Bean Designers – sisters Kimberly and Kristine! Welcome to the family ladies!!


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Kimberly Wade and along with my sister, Kristine, design for Jumping Jelly Bean Designs. Kimberly lives in a small town, Mountain View, Missouri, with her husband of 6 years, Jon, and their 3 year old twin boys, Jonathan and Jackson. She’s a stay at home Mommy but has time to design during their daycare days.

Kimberly has LOVED scrapbooking for approximately 10 years now. She started out traditionally and moved to digitally about 5 years ago.She does, however, still enjoy working with hybrid projects and cards. She’s always searching for new ideas and themes as well as unique and fun elements to accompany their kits.

Kristine lives in Orlando, Florida with her husband, Patrick, and their 4 dogs. She has four children who are all grown now; her youngest left for the Army Basic Training on June 30, 2010 and graduated just this month!

She is driven by her passion and love for the world of “crafts”. She has been drawing digitally for approximately 5 years and is always searching to learn new things and expand her knowledge. You will see her amazing drawing talent jump off the page when you see their kits!

And now here are their three kits released today-

Key Lime Pie – On sale 25% this week only!

Love the feeling of a warm breeze while you sit and watch the waves roll in….? Key Lime Pie will immediately bring that feeling to your mind with this classy color scheme and beautiful peacocks. Your layouts will look fresh and peaceful with a hint of whimsy!

Toothy Grin – On sale 25% this week only! Look for the release tonight!

Brusha-brusha-brusha! Lets get those pearly whites shining! Toothy Grin is an awesome kit for those just learning to brush their teeth or visiting the dentist for the first time! You will definitely want this one to capture this important memory!

Spunk of Energy – On sale 25% this week only! Look for the release tonight!

Need a burst? We’ve got the perfect kit for you! Spunk of Energy will give you that burst you are looking for! With its vibrant feel and playful colors, its sure to bring a smile to your face!


OK so now …. the BIG¬†news I have been teasing you all about ūüôā

Tomorrow Sep 23 GingerScraps will be featured on My Give Away Today!!

Be sure to stop by tomorrow – for some amazing give aways and Awesome sales!!! You will not want to miss this!!

Kit Spotlight- Lil’ CrimeFighter.

Do you have boys or grandsons? What is it with boys? I mean at the youngest possible age, they seem to know, just know, how to make a gun out of anything and shoot bad guys. Just the other night my 3YO got an empty wrapping paper roll and proceeded to pretend he was shooting a bazooka. I was the bad guy of course {what else could I be as I sat on the couch nursing the baby?!?}. Anyway, I have never taught him about gunfights, he just KNOWS! This is the cutest kit for scrapping all those games of cops and robbers that boys love so much. Lil’ Crime Fighters by Statements By Jodi. Such a unique and adorable kit. Some of my favorite elements in this kit include a walkie talkie, hand cuffs, sheriff stars, police dog, jail bars and my personal favorite, the barbed wire. This kit has 13 papers and 33 fun unique elements. Here is a look at the kit-

And here is what Jodi had to say about it-

What was your inspiration for this kit?

1. My little boy.¬† He has the cutest outfits and one is a cute shirt and bib that says “Daddy Little Hero” and it’s got a firetruck on it.¬† It got me thinking about other little things boys could be and it got me on a series of “Lil’ Fighters”.¬† Next will be “Lil’ Fire Fighters”.¬† Also keep your eye out for “Lil’ Germ Fighters” and “Lil’ Cavity Fighters”.

How do you go about making a kit?
2. First I come up with my idea and then start thinking about what elements I would like in the kit.  Then I make my papers because I like to use the papers in my elements.
What is your ideal scrap zone?

3. My scrap zone is complete silence.  There is so much going on during my day with the 2 kids that I like complete silence while scrapping.  Nap time is best!

Look at what I scrapped, I choose to do a non-crime fighting LO, Just to show the versatility of the kit-

And now for some gallery inspiration, images linked

And Jodi has generously made this cute lil add-on for us all! Leave her some love! You can grab it HERE

Challenge Spotlight – Sweet Cards

Did you all enjoy the falling down challenge? I know Sniksnak did cause she’s our winner! Here’s what she won!

Onto this weeks challenge spotlight! Scrapbooking and card making have somehow always gone hand in hand. Have you been itching to try your digital or hybrid skills on a card? Well here’s Julie to help you out! Every month she will give you a card template. Remember cards are good for all kinds of occasions, and if you can’t think of anything you need a card for, how about a thank you card? You can never have too many of those on hand right? So try out the Sept. Sweet Card challenge!

Here’s her template and example:

Go to the sweet card challenge to download the template.

Want to see more examples? Me too!

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Cute huh? I think so too! Make your own card with Julie’s template at the Sept. Sweet Cards challenge! Then¬†come back here and post the link to your¬†card¬†in the gallery and post it in a comment here. Next week I‚Äôll randomly select one and that person will win a prize from ME! (Harmonystar).

Bonus РI will give a Brownie point to everyone who comments with their LO link.

 CT & those who have already done the challenge are elligable. Let me see those comments!

The LOTW winner for this week is Deanna with her Two Out of Three layout. It’s such¬†a fun layout that reminds us it’s a tough task to get a perfect picture when you have multiple children in one photo.¬† Congratulations Deanna!

Click on the image to leave her some love in the Gingerscraps Gallery.

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! 9-17

Happy Friday! ¬†Can you believe it is Friday already? ¬†Seems like I was just writing to you. ¬†I’m also shocked that September is half over. ¬†At the same time though I can honestly say my kids have not had a full week of school yet. ¬†I’ll be happy when the half days and days off end for a while. ¬†The running back and forth to schools is getting old real fast.

What to know what isn’t getting old? ¬†Our September Special! ¬†(How is that for a segway?)¬†¬†When you spend $10 in the store and get ANY store collab for just $1! ¬†attachment.php?attachmentid=3652&stc=1&d=1283489374

Are you ready to see what our talented designers have made just for you?

New from ScrappyCocoa, a “mega” mini. Not quite a kit, but more than a mini with 8 papers and 28 Elements! This kit is perfect for all your summer’s ending photos and even those beginning of autumn pictures! So Long Summer is only $3!!


Here are some layouts from our great CT members:






Whooo hoo… are you as excited as me for all the autumn colored kits? It’s my favorite. ¬†Marshmella Designs created this fun autumn kit with pumpkins, crows and tons of the autumn necessities. Pumpkin Patch includes 10 papers, 43 elements and alphas. It is also 25% off for the entire week!


Some inspiration:





Love to design, but don’t have the energy to design new overlays for your papers? Try ‚ÄúShout Out‚ÄĚ Embossed Overlays By Pretty in Green these are great for Personal & Commercial Use! Your imagination is the limit. Be sure to check out her ‚ÄúFancy Pants‚ÄĚ Overlays too! Included in this Overlay Pack: 6 – Different 12×12 Overlays in .png format. Created in 300dpi! Colored examples not included. 25% off for the weekend! $3.75 normally $5!



Statement of Jodi has a Groovy Kind of Love. This kit has had an overhaul and is being re-released! ¬†Far out dude! This mega retro 60’s kit will really take you back! Way back to the days of tie dye, peace, love, bell bottoms, lava lamps, bugs and so much more. This kit includes 65 elements, 33 papers All this for $5! On sale for only $3.75 this weekend only!


And don’t forget the full alpha to match. Only $2. On sale for $1.50


Both are 25% off this weekend!


HK Designs was inspired to make The Ayden Kit by her son and things that he loves.  She hopes that you find it works well for girls as it does for boys! She had such a fun time making this kit!  The kit includes: 7 papers (12 x 12 jpeg. created at 300 dpi.) and 40 + elements (all are individual png. images created at 300 dpi)

The regular price is $5, but you can get it on sale for $3.00 this weekend!


Here are some incredible layouts made with her kit:




So that is what our team has done this week. ¬†Isn’t it wonderful? ¬†Don’t forget to check out our challenges and fun activities we have in the forum! ¬†Have a great weekend and have fun shopping!