Archives for April 2018

DD: May 01

Happy May!

It’s time for a new Daily Download! Usually I’d have a preview for last month’s, but the designer is putting on the final touches, so it’s not quite ready! But it will be in the store soon.

But here is this month’s DD:


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: April 27, 2018

Get out your dancing shoes! It’s time to celebrate International Dance Day on Sunday! What’s your favorite dance? Finding the perfect music puts you in the mood for all sorts of things, and dancing is so healthy for the body (for most!). It also gives you a great chance to get some amazing pictures, and well, we’re scrappers! THAT is what is most important!

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






Ombre Papers:

Rec 1:
Rec 2:
Rec 3:
Rec 4:



Date Tabs:
Messy Edges:


Mixed Media:
Messy Papers:
Border Clusters:
Extra Papers:
Alpha AddOn:
Word Art:
Quick Pages:


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

I can hear the birds singing already!

Sneak Peeks April 26th, 2018


Happy Last Thursday of April!! I hope Spring is in full effect! Before we know it, it will be summer! But next week is INSD!!!! I can’t wait to show you all the awesomeness coming out next week! But to keep you entertained until the new Buffet and INSD, our designers have a few new releases this week!

From Tinci

From Ponytails

From Aimee Harrison

From Luv Ewe

From Heather Z

Have a wonderful weekend!


Tutorial Tuesday (Photoshop Elements 15)

Transforming the Ordinary to the Extraordinary!

Here’s a look at the little monster who’s been robbing me of sleep and keeping me from being productive. She’s lucky she’s cute! But we’re now halfway through Day 4 with no puddles in the house, and she actually slept all night last night. So there is a light at the end of the tunnel!

When I took a good look at this snapshot I caught with my phone, I thought it was pretty special. But it could be even better, so I thought, “Why not play around with some more of those Guided Edits in PSE and see what happens.” The results are below. I could have stopped after any of the steps I took, so don’t think you’d ever have to do all of these adjustments to make your photos more amazing. You don’t!

The first one I used was the Brightness and Contrast Edit. Guided>Basic>Brightness and Contrast.

The menu looks really simple, and it is! Clicking once on the Auto Fix button is perhaps all your photo might need. The sliders are automatically set as shown.

This is how it changed with just one click. It’s not all that obvious, but I think her eye pops a bit more.

I moved the sliders just a tiny bit, decided I was happy then I went down to the lower right corner of the screen and clicked on Next.

The menu shown below opens up, offering the options of Saving the image, Editing some more or Sharing it with your friends on social media.

Of course, I wasn’t done experimenting. So I clicked on Expert under Continue Editing, and then selected the Guided tab again. Next I chose Sharpen from the menu.

The menu for this edit is simple too. I clicked on Auto Fix.

And there’s a visible change. You can click the Auto Fix button multiple times, or manually adjust the sharpening by using the slider. When you’re ready, click on Next.

After I clicked on Auto Fix a second time, there was an increase in texture in the hair on her nose.

So I hit it again. I think it’s just a little too much though, looks artificial. So I clicked on the button beside the Next button, Cancel.

Yeah, that’s the best look. So Next

Now I decided to try one of the Guided Color Edits. Let’s see what Saturated Film Effects looks like.

I wanted to show you the menu for this edit before I made any changes. The Add Saturation Film Effect button is another one you can click on multiple times to intensify the effect.

I think this image looks a little brighter and a little softer but keeps the eye in focus.

So on to the next Edit! Anyone know what the Orton Effect is? According to Wikipedia, “Orton imagery, also called an Orton slide sandwich or the Orton Effect, is a photography technique which blends two completely different photos of the same scene, resulting in a distinctive mix of high and low detail areas within the same photo. It was originated by photographer Michael Orton in the mid 1980s.” Some purists feel that the effect has been overused, especially in portrait photography. But we’ll look at it any way. (I’m not much of a conformist!)

The Add Orton Effect button has 3 sliders for further adjustment. I pushed the sliders all the way to the left to see the effect at its most basic.

It’s another Edit that can be duplicated multiple times. Here’s what it looks like after two clicks. It’s very dark. But I haven’t given up on it!

I played with the sliders. I pushed the Brightness slider all the way to the right.

Then I added some Noise. It adds quite a grainy look to the image, and that might work really well for some purposes.

Now a little Blur… just a bit, to add that dreaminess the Orton Effect is known for.

And I could stop here. But you know me by now… I’m not done yet!

I’d like to go back to the Basic menu and hit it again with Brightness and Contrast.

Now I think it looks a lot like a painting by one of the Dutch Masters of the 17th century. It’s the light…

It’s only looking more and more beautiful!

I’m sure you know I chose to continue editing. When I went to the Expert workspace, I discovered that each edit had created a new layer. So I merged them all together.

I wanted it just a little brighter still, so I chose to go the Enhance>Adjust Lighting>Brightness and Contrast route.

All I did was shift the Brightness slider a little to the right.

Okay. At this point, I absolutely LOVE what I’ve done with this photo. I saved it as it looks right now so I don’t have to recreate it later, because now we’re going to play with some filters. The image below shows Filter>Artistic>Poster Edges. It’s pretty cool! Think about how you could use this filter to create a caricature effect on your portraits.

I didn’t layer the filters, trying them individually to see how they each look by themselves. This is Rough Pastels.

Crosshatch adds to the Old Masters effect!

Let me zoom in on that one.

I’m so thrilled with how it looks that I’m almost done. I want to just add a little texture to it to push the oil-painting look a little more.

Who knew I was channeling Rembrandt?

My challenge to you is to use any or all of these edits to create your own masterpiece!

GingerScraps: Fresh Baked 4/20 & Retirement 65% Off Sale

Hello scrappers,

Ginger here writing the newsletter this week, our lovely Sarah is recovering at home after her wisdom tooth removal, let’s all send her a big digi hug! Fingers crossed that I don’t have any typos or mistakes!

We have some awesome new releases for you this week AND … It’s time for our annual 65% off Spring Cleaning Sale! After the sale is over these items will be retired so be sure to get them while you can!!

SALE LINK:…roducts-65-OFF

And now it’s time to show you this weeks Fresh Baked!

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Legendary Templates:…s-Designs.html

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Celebrate 2018: April Kit:…-Z-Scraps.html
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Celebrate 2018: April Word Bits & Dates:…-Z-Scraps.html
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Pastel Bliss Clusters:…eidesigns.html
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Pastel Bliss Paper Pack:…eidesigns.html
Pastel Bliss Twinches:…eidesigns.html

Sew Nice Ribbons:

Sports: Bowling Grab Bag:…g-GrabBag.html

Animal Kingdom Bundle:…om-Bundle.html
Animal Kingdom Page Kit:…om-PageKit.html
Animal Kingdom Flairs:…om-Flairs.html
Animal Kingdom Grunge:…om-Grunge.html
Animal Kingdom Ombre Papers:…om-brePapers.html
Animal Kingdom Titles:…om-Titles.html
Animal Kingdom Journal Cards:…om-Cards.html

Art Deco Party:…dsay-Jane.html

Princess for a Day Bundle:…ollection.html
Princess for a Day Page Kit:
Princess for a Day Bonus Elements:…-elements.html
Princess for a Day Journal Cards:…cards.html
Princess for a Day Bonus Papers:…papers.html
Princess for a Day Glitter Pack:…glitter.html

Hole in One Bundle:…sGraphics.html
Hole in One Kit:…sGraphics.html
Hole in One Alpha:…sGraphics.html
Hole in One Journal Cards:…sGraphics.html
Hole in One Word Tags:…sGraphics.html

April Sampler Templates – 2018:…Miss-Fish.html

New York, New York:…-N-Pieces.html

More than Memories Template Set:

Bring It On Collection:…-Harrison.html
Bring It On Kit:…-Harrison.html
Bring It On Alphas:…-Harrison.html
Bring It On Blooms:…-Harrison.html
Bring It On Quotes:…-Harrison.html
Bring It On Word Art:…-Harrison.html
Bring It On Messy Edges:…-Harrison.html
Bring It On Glitters:…-Harrison.html

Mud on the Tires:

CU Flowers Volume 6:…e-Prince..html
CU Flowers Volume 7:…e-Prince..html
CU Frames Volume 1:…e-Prince..html

Spring Cleaning Sale Link:…roducts-65-OFF

Lindsay Jane Shop Link: Store


Sneak Peeks April 19th 2018

Happy Thursday! The weekend is only a day away!! Hopefully you will be able to enjoy all the fun activities Spring brings! And hopefully you will get a few moments to scrap those awesome memories! Our designers have a brand new week of new releases! Lets take a quick peek!

From Mags Graphics

From Laurie’s Scraps

From Tinci

From Lindsay Jane

From Heather Z

From Aimee Harrison

From Miss Fish

Check back tomorrow to see all the new releases!!

Tutorial Tuesday (Photoshop Elements)

Direct Your Own SCRIPT

Wow, it’s Tuesday again already! This has been another one of those no-time-for-anything weeks, between my 48 hour work week, house-training a puppy who likes to get up 4 or 5 times EVERY night and the rest of the usual routine. I’m happy my dogs are bonded to each other, but the running in and out every 10 minutes is making me a little short-tempered. They’re worse than toddlers… but at least I don’t have to put them in snowsuits. I really haven’t had much time for scrapping since we brought this puppy home one month ago today. But I did manage to fit in a quick layout (about my dogs, what else!) for this month’s Font Challenge. I love fonts, and the Font Challenge makes it so easy to pick up new, fun ones. But I gotta tell you, I was a little unnerved that this month the featured font was in script. Don’t get me wrong – script fonts are fabulous, especially for journaling where the text is personal and emotional. But there are some script fonts that just don’t look as good on paper as they do in the font browser. You know the ones I mean. The ones where there are a lot of unnatural breaks in the flow of the text. You look at your journaling and you change the font because it just looks awful. Those of you who’ve been reading my tuts from the beginning will know I’m a little bit Type-A, a little bit OCD… things have to LOOK right to BE right. And those fonts make me totally cray-cray! Well, there’s a way to get around that!

Fortunately, KG Eyes Wide Open isn’t one of those fonts that drive me crazy. It flows nicely, one letter to the next, so I got my layout finished without a melt-down. Beautiful Day Regular is an example of one that sets me right into a tailspin.

See the gaps and malaligned strokes? I like my script text to look like someone took a pen and wrote it out; not too many people have that many breaks in their penmanship unless it’s an affectation.

Elements is great software, but there are some things it can’t do. While it’s possible to set the Leading of one’s text (the space between lines of text) but there’s no adjustment for Kerning  (the space between letters). If I’ve chosen a font that ends up offending my eye (and my personality) I delete the text and start over. The first thing I do is make a new document/project on my workspace.

I pull a Guide down to where I want my baseline to be to make the actual process less work. Elements has Guides that are easily dragged into place; put your cursor into the space at either the top of the workspace or at the far left of it, then click and drag it to where you want it. (My workspace has the Rulers visible, so I just put the cursor on top of the ruler and drag.) Another way of dropping a Guide onto your project is to click View>New Guide. This will allow you to tell Elements where you want the Guide to go. Be aware though that unless you Clear All Guides every so often, you’ll have a confusing array of lines popping up on your workspace seemingly at will.

To make the process as simple as possible, I align the horizontal line of the Text Tool‘s “I-beam” cursor, a facsimile shown below, right on my Guide then click to activate it.

Each letter of my text will go on its own layer. I have my Preferences set so that in the General settings menu, the Select Move Tool after accepting text box is ticked. This setting turns the bounding box on as soon as I Commit current operation. Then I can move that letter into its desired spot immediately.

I keep typing my text out, one letter per layer.

Nudging them into place right away saves a lot of time and effort.

I put just enough space between the last letter of one word and the first letter of the next to make it look right.

If I don’t get the next letter into quite the right place, it’s no big deal.

I give it a little nudge using my right- and left-arrow keys.

Of course, if you’re not all that bothered by script fonts that don’t flow, you’ve already stopped reading.

I’m sure you won’t believe me when I tell you this, but it took me less time to get to this part of my text, typing it out one layer at a time and nudging than it has taken you to read this tutorial up to now. But it’s true. I use the keyboard shortcuts I show you to make it so much quicker. To engage the Text Tool for each successive letter, I click on the “T” – just the “T” – and it opens up. Then I click on my baseline, type my letter, click OK and nudge it. 5 seconds.

I’m so particular about how my text looks, I make sure the strokes for each letter line up.

It’s hard to know exactly where to put the Text Tool cursor on the baseline, so it’s a really good thing that it doesn’t matter at all!

Sometimes I get lucky!

Okay, so. If you’re anything like me, you find yourself with not enough room to say what you want to say in the way you want to say it. If you need more room there are two ways to accomplish that. One is to make the canvas wider, the other is to make the text smaller. Image>Resize>Canvas Size or CTRL/CMD>Alt>C will open up the menu to make your canvas bigger, in whatever direction you need it to. Or, you can select all the letter layers in the Layers panel, and shrink them to fit.

After I was finished typing out my text and had it looking the way my mind says it should, I selected all the letter layers and Merged them. That can be done by right-clicking and choosing Merge from the menu, or with CTRL/CMD>E.


I’m so happy that my tutorial on unzipping files was so well received. When I sit down to write my tutorials, I’m never sure if I’m giving you, the GingerScraps community, information you can use. Sometimes, it seems, I get it right. Please do offer me suggestions on topics for future lessons… I appreciate the feedback!

~~April Bake Sale!!~~

Good morning GingerScrappers!! It’s time for the April Bake Sale. This month (and year) is flying along.

Remember each of these kits or template packs are available for $1 each from today until April 20.

Look at all those goodies. Time to head to the GingerScraps store and do some shopping.

Fresh Baked: April 13, 2018

Oh. Em. Gee. Do you know what today is? Today is Friday the 13th! Don’t freak out! I promise, nothing bad will happen while reading this newsletter! Only good things! Great sales and amazing new products!

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


Word Art:

Crazy Cutted:
Framed Blocks:
Framed Circles:



Cluster Stamps:
Paper Pack 1:
Paper Pack 2:
Paper Pack 3:








Journal Cards:
Hodge Podge:


Journal Cards:

Journal Cards:
Messy Edges:






Where The Wild Things Are QPs –
Brigadoon QPs –
Capture It QPs –

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

I can hear the birds singing already!

Sneak Peeks April 12, 2018

Happy Friday the 13th Eve! The designers have been hard at work churning out another great week of new releases and I have an exclusive look at some of the goodies! Let’s get started!

From Mags Graphics

From Heather Z

From Ponytails

From Aimee Harrison

From Key Lime Digi Designs

From Miss Fish

Have a wonderful weekend!