Archives for August 2016

Designer Sneak Peeks – Buffet and Fresh Baked

Are you ready for the first of September. It’s time for school, football, and fall. Let’s see what we have coming out tomorrow in the Buffet.

And now for new Fresh Baked sneak peeks for Friday!

Time to go shopping!!

Tutorial Tuesday (Photoshop Elements)

Turn a FONT into a STICKER!

Gingerscrapper Heather requested some help with creating eye-catching titles, so this little lesson will focus on turning a font into an outstanding sticker. Over the next few weeks we’ll go into more detail on how to really jazz up your layouts, so stay tuned!

The very first step is to figure out what to call your layout. You want to choose something that works with the topic, but you don’t want it to be “Joey’s 8th Birthday”… where’s the excitement in that? Instead you could go with “Today He’s 8!” For the layout I created to help with this lesson, I looked up some surfing terms, looking for a hook. I came up with “Rippin’ the Foam”.

I like to build my titles on their own work space – there are fewer distractions and I can see clearly what I’m doing – so I always open a new file <CTRL/CMD+N>. (I use keyboard shortcuts, they really speed things up, but if you’re not comfortable with them, go ahead and do things as you usually do.) The size of the work space can be whatever you want, because you’ll be able to resize your title when you’re ready to use it.

As you can see, I’ve already chosen the colour for my title. I decided to work with the two fonts selected by Jennifer of Leaving a Legacy Designs for the August challenge, since I hadn’t done it yet. Using Sacramento I typed out “Rippin'” but found it to be a little anemic for a title. To beef it up a bit, I simplified the text <right-click on the layer and select Simplify Layer from the drop-down menu> then I selected the text by <CTRL/CMD+click> on the thumbnail (the little image in the layers panel). Once I got those little ants marching around my text, I went to the SELECT menu and chose Modify > Expand and put the number 3 in the box.

That pushed the line of ants out by 3 pixels, which was just enough. (Sometimes you have to play around to get it right, so don’t forget that CTRL/CMD+Z is your best friend.) Next I used the Fill tool (the paint bucket) to fill in the space created in the last step. You’ll notice that there’s a very thin line inside the filled space so just keep moving the paint bucket around and clicking until all the space is filled in. Now I had a nice, fat word but it was a little umm… meh. So my next step was to change the foreground colour in my colour picker to a medium-dark gray.

In the EDIT menu, I chose Stroke (Outline) Selection, set the value to 1 and chose Center.

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That puts a very thin gray line around the edge of the text. To continue on achieving the sticker look, I changed the colour of my foreground to white (ffffff) and I again selected the EDIT menu, only this time I put 6 as the value and selected Outside for the location.

Now we’re cookin’! I changed the font to the other featured font for August, RNS Camelia and added the rest of my title in black. It needed a little nudging to get it where I wanted it – that’s part of the process. deciding what looks good. I chose not to include that part in the sticker because I wanted it to look like I’d written it on the layout.  At this point, I had two layers on my work space. With the Rippin’ layer selected, I added a drop shadow and tweaked it so it was close to the sticker, sort of sharp and fairly dark. <Double-click on the fx icon on the layer in the layers palette, then use the sliders to adjust the size – sharpness of the edge, distance -width of the shadow and opacity – darkness of the shadow until it looks good to your eye.>

Once that was done, I merged the two layers together so I could move the title in one piece onto my layout. Now, knowing that I didn’t want my title to “float”, I selected the background paper layer of my layout to drop the title onto. It needed to be adjusted for size and placed where it looked best then ta-da! it was done! As you can see in the very first photo above, if I’d just used the font by itself, my title would have been lost against the patterned paper in the background. With a few simple steps, I made it so much better!

There you have one very basic method of adding interest to your titles. The tutorials to follow will build on this lesson and add a lot of cool techniques to your skill set. I hope you’ll continue to suggest topics for future lessons so you can grow your skills to match your imagination. 

Fresh Baked: August 26, 2016

The last Fresh Baked of August! We only have 4 months left in the year of 2016! That doesn’t mean the designers are slacking off and just letting the time pass them by! They’re working hard and getting so many new items created and released. So many goodies this week, and just WAIT until the 1st! You’re going to LOVE it!

Remember when you spend $10 in the store, you get a great collab!


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Designer Sneak Peeks – August 26, 2016

Well, here we are at the end of August and I’m seeing a few back to school items in our sneak peeks along with some other fun kits. What do you think?

Remember to head over to the store on Friday to pick up your favorites!!

August Featured Designer – Designs by Connie Prince

Wow – August is flying by and I’m running way behind on this blog post. August’s featured designer is the amazing Connie Prince. I finally slowed each of us down long enough to get some questions to her. Let’s see what she had to share with us.

What made you decide to design?

When I started designing there weren’t that many digital scrapbook stores or designers. I wanted to be able to create things to use in my own scrapbooks and it just took off from there.

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

I design in Photoshop & Illustrator.

Describe your design workplace

I have an office / craft studio where I do my design work.

What is your favorite thing about designing?

I enjoy the artistic freedom that it gives me. It’s a fun job!

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

I love my #2016 August collection, the colors make me happy!

What do you do when you are feeling very sad or depressed?

I usually go to Zumba. It’s my happy place

Which is the best vacation you’ve ever had in your life?

Our family went on a cruise a few years ago to the western Caribbean. It came after a particularly trying time in our lives and we really reconnected on that trip.

Which is your most cherished childhood memory?

I love curling up beside my mom each evening to watch television or read a book. It was our special time.

Do you believe in ghosts?

No way!

Who is your celebrity crush?

Justin Timberlake

What do you order when you go to Starbucks?

I never go to Starbucks.

What is your favorite kind of cookie?

Chocolate chip

Are you an optimist or a pessimist?

Eternally optimistic!

Would you change your name if you could? If so, what would you change it to?


What is your favorite pizza topping?


If you could give the world one piece of advice, what would it be?

Don’t take it too seriously – have as much fun as you can for as long as you can!

What do you do to wake up in the morning?

Straight to make coffee!

What is a small luxury that you treat yourself to?

I love getting my nails and toes done!

What did you want to be when you were small?

A mom. That’s really all that I ever wanted to be!

Which would you rather do: wash dishes, mow the lawn, clean the bathroom, or vacuum the house?

Mow the lawn!

If you could hire someone to help you, would it be with cleaning, cooking, or yard work?


What would you do if you won the lottery?

Travel, travel, and travel some more!

What’s the most interesting thing you can see out of your office or kitchen window?

This little old man who power walks every single day for like 2 hours (even on the hottest and coldest days of the year), he’s phenomenal!

Share your favorite recipe with us.

Creamy Italian Chicken is the big favorite here lately:

Thanks Connie!!

Make sure to check out her GS Store, her Blog, her Facebook page and her Facebook Group.

See you all soon with another interview!

From the Archives Vol. 5

From the title you can probably guess that we are going to go back in the archives. What archives? Well, we are going to show you some digital scrapbooking supplies that are in the store that are at least a year old. Some of us may be new to digital scrapbooking or new to GingerScraps. Some people don’t check the store every week. Basically, things can and do get lost in the weekly shuffle of the store. With that in mind, we are going to go back and look at some great products. Our hope is that you find some great things you might have been looking for; or find something that you didn’t know you needed but totally do now that you see it! 🙂

Here are some of the oldest kits in the store. All images are linked so you can check them out in the store. They might be oldies, but I promise they are goodies!!

Apples for Teacher by Trixie Scraps | It’s that time of year again… the time of year when the joyous chorus of mothers everywhere can be heard as they send their kids trudging back into their schoolrooms. The sound of teachers trying to learn the names of all their new students. The sound of new friendships being formed. It’s back to school time and you can scrap all your best Back To School photos with this new collection from Trixie Scraps! Great for everything from first day photos, to teacher appreciation, student accomplishments, PTA meetings and so much more. This updated, non-traditional take on a traditional scrapbook kit theme will help you create stunning pages this school year! This full kit contains ten richly patterned 12×12 papers and six textured solids


School Days by Pretty in Green | From the first day to the first few years, your little one will be learning so much and bringing home so many wonderful heart felt hand made crafts. Scrap these memories because they’re over before you know it! School Days the Kit has 20 Papers 38 Elements


Class Act Collab by LuvEwe and Blue Heart Scraps | Sharpen your pencils and take your seats, class is back in session! Let Class Act be your go to kit for all your school related scrapping. Kit comes with 32 papers (12 plain and 20 patterned), 1 alpha


Be Inspired by Pixelily | This pack is part of GS August Buffet from Pixelily Designs : Be Inspired. Find 50 unique elements, 10 patterned papers and 5 solid papers inside this pack.


Boy oh Boy by Aprilisa Designs | This is one of my favorite kits of all times and from Aprilisa.


Bowling 101 by Little Rad Trio | A bowl themed kit that is perfect for capturing all your bowling photos from birthday parties to league events and everything in between.


Sentimental by Craft-tastrophic | Includes 12 textured papers and 35 elements Personal Use, S4H, S4O


Growing So Fast by Cathy K Designs | Here is a versatile kit that is perfect for your growing-up layouts. This kit is packed to the brim with all sorts of goodies!


What A Hoot – Kit by Connie Prince. | One of my most favorite memories and layout is made with this oldie but goody!


County Fair: Exhibition by Ponytail Designs | Step right up! The county is fair is open and you’ll have a rootin’ tootin’ good time. Play some games, take a ride, watch the show! The prize is in the memories you’ll scrap with this County Fair kit! Too huge for just one kit, County Fair is split into two parts… Carnival and Exhibition, and more! There’s something here for everyone. Yee haw!

There are 5 kits from the archives. Maybe you have some or all of these (I do!) or maybe these designs and designers are new to you. I suggest taking a look back in the store to see what you can find. I will be back once a month to help you do just that.

Fresh Baked: August 19, 2016

Can you believe that we’re about ready to wrap up August? Schools are starting back in some areas. That just means more time to scrap, and more memories to capture, right? The designers have created some gorgeous goodies to help you celebrate some new memories, and even some old ones!

Also, don’t forget to check out the clearance sale and bake sale, going on now!

Remember when you spend $10 in the store, you get a great collab!


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Sneak Peeks August 18, 2016

Happy Thursday! We are halfway through August! The year is flying! We have great goodies coming for you this week!

From JoCee Designs

From Amy Stoffel

From Tinci


From Keley Designs


Designer Sneak Peeks – August 19, 2016

It’s that time of week again for some awesome sneak peeks from our designers.

Looks like some great kits and templates coming out this week. Make sure to head to the store and go shopping. Check back in tomorrow for some great layouts from our CT girls.

August 2016 Bake Sale

Goodness – It’s BAKE SALE time. That means these (and more) kits are on sale for only $1.00 from now until the 20th. This is one of my favorite times of the month!!

See what I mean? No…. let’s go shopping!