Archives for September 2018

Fresh Baked: September 28, 2018

Um, can someone explain how it is almost October already? Like, seriously? I swear, 2018 just started, and now we’re finishing up the ninth month already! The month of orange and black and purple is almost upon us! But before it starts, we still have some amazing stuff being released this week!!

Remember when you spend $10 in the store, you get a great new collab! It’s “Beauti-fall”!

fwp2222
https://store.gingerscraps.net/GingerBread-Ladies-Collab-Beauti-fall.html

sheperd
https://store.gingerscraps.net/Love-to-Scrap-Volume-3-Templates-by-Shepherd-Studio.html

tinci
https://store.gingerscraps.net/Cluster-and-colors-Old-photograph.html

aimee
Collection: https://store.gingerscraps.net/360-Life-All-About-October-Collection-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Page Kit: https://store.gingerscraps.net/360-Life-All-About-October-Page-Kit-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Alphas: https://store.gingerscraps.net/360-Life-All-About-October-Alpha-Sets-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Borders: https://store.gingerscraps.net/360-Life-All-About-October-Borders-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Templates: https://store.gingerscraps.net/360-Life-All-About-October-Templates-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Date Tabs: https://store.gingerscraps.net/360-Life-All-About-October-Date-Tabs-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Quotes: https://store.gingerscraps.net/360-Life-All-About-October-Quotes-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Titles: https://store.gingerscraps.net/360-Life-All-About-October-Titles-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Messy Edges: https://store.gingerscraps.net/360-Life-All-About-October-Messy-Edges-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Glitters: https://store.gingerscraps.net/360-Life-All-About-October-Glitters-by-Aimee-Harrison.html

boomers
https://store.gingerscraps.net/Believe-in-Magic-BGD.html

connie
Bundle Collection: https://store.gingerscraps.net/-2018-October-Bundle-Collection-by-Connie-Prince.html
Kit: https://store.gingerscraps.net/-2018-October-Kit-by-Connie-Prince.html
Mixed Media: https://store.gingerscraps.net/-2018-October-Mixed-Media-by-Connie-Prince.html
Snippets: https://store.gingerscraps.net/-2018-October-Snippets-by-Connie-Prince.html
Messy Papers: https://store.gingerscraps.net/-2018-October-Messy-Papers-by-Connie-Prince.html
Border Clusters: https://store.gingerscraps.net/-2018-October-Border-Clusters-by-Connie-Prince.html
Templates: https://store.gingerscraps.net/-2018-October-12×12-Template-Pack-CU-Ok-by-Connie-Prince.html
Extra Papers: https://store.gingerscraps.net/-2018-October-Extra-Papers-by-Connie-Prince.html
Alpha Pack AddOn: https://store.gingerscraps.net/-2018-October-Alpha-Pack-AddOn-by-Connie-Prince.html
Word Art: https://store.gingerscraps.net/-2018-October-Word-Art-Pack-by-Connie-Prince.html
Quick Pages: https://store.gingerscraps.net/-2018-October-Quick-Pages-by-Connie-Prince.html

craft
https://store.gingerscraps.net/Craft-Templates-Mix-and-Match-Vol-3.html

dandelion
https://store.gingerscraps.net/Autumn-Days-Digital-Scrapbook-Kit-By-Dandelion-Dust-Designs.html

heather
Bundle – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Celebrate-2018-September-BUNDLE-by-Heather-Z-Scraps.html
Kit – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Celebrate-2018-September-KIT-by-Heather-Z-Scraps.html
Journal Cards – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Celebrate-2018-September-JOURNAL-CARDS-by-Heather-Z-Scraps.html
Word Bits & Dates – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Celebrate-2018-September-WORD-BITS-and-DATES-by-Heather-Z-Scraps.html
Accents – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Celebrate-2018-September-ACCENTS-by-Heather-Z-Scraps.html
Extra Papers – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Celebrate-2018-September-EXTRA-PAPERS-by-Heather-Z-Scraps.html

jbstudio
https://store.gingerscraps.net/When-We-Are-Together-Digital-Kit-by-JB-Studio.html

jocee
https://store.gingerscraps.net/Second-Three-Months-Bundle-PLUS-Free-With-Purchase.html

krist
https://store.gingerscraps.net/CU-Artsy-Layers-Halloween-Edges.html

lauries
Bundle: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Need-For-Speed-Bundle.html
Kit: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Need-For-Speed-PageKit.html
Flairs: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Need-For-Speed-Flairs.html
Grunge: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Need-For-Speed-Grunge.html
Clusters: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Need-For-Speed-Clusters.html
Titles: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Need-For-Speed-Titles.html
Cards: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Need-For-Speed-Cards.html

ldrag01
[kit] https://store.gingerscraps.net/Fall-For-Autumn-by-LDrag-Designs.html
[cluster frames] https://store.gingerscraps.net/Fall-For-Autumn-Cluster-Frames-by-LDrag-Designs.html
[journal cards] https://store.gingerscraps.net/Fall-For-Autumn-Journal-Cardsby-LDrag-Designs.html
[worn out papers] https://store.gingerscraps.net/Fall-For-Autumn-Worn-Out-Papers-by-LDrag-Designs.html
[glitters] https://store.gingerscraps.net/Fall-For-Autumn-Glitterstyles-by-LDrag-Designs.html
[collection] https://store.gingerscraps.net/Fall-For-Autumn-The-Collection-by-LDrag-Designs.html

ldrag02
[kit] https://store.gingerscraps.net/Hauntingly-Gorgeous-by-LDragDesigns.html
[clusters] https://store.gingerscraps.net/Hauntingly-Gorgeous-Clusters-by-LDragDesigns.html
[journal cards] https://store.gingerscraps.net/Hauntingly-Gorgeous-Journal-Cards-by-LDragDesigns.html
[wordart] https://store.gingerscraps.net/Hauntingly-Gorgeous-Wordart-by-LDragDesigns.html
[glitters] https://store.gingerscraps.net/Hauntingly-Gorgeous-Glitterstyles-by-LDragDesigns.html
[collection] https://store.gingerscraps.net/Hauntingly-Gorgeous-The-Collection-by-LDragDesigns.html

ldrag03
[kit] https://store.gingerscraps.net/Hocus-Pocus-by-LDrag-Designs.html
[journal cards] https://store.gingerscraps.net/Hocus-Pocus-Journal-Cards-by-LDrag-Designs.html
[graffiti] https://store.gingerscraps.net/Hocus-Pocus-Graffitiby-LDrag-Designs.html
[wordart] https://store.gingerscraps.net/Hocus-Pocus-Wordart-by-LDrag-Designs.html
[collection] https://store.gingerscraps.net/Hocus-Pocus-The-Collection-by-LDrag-Designs.html

linds01
http://store.gingerscraps.net/Page-Borders-35-by-Lindsay-Jane.html

linds02
http://store.gingerscraps.net/Page-Borders-36-by-Lindsay-Jane.html

linds03
35: http://store.gingerscraps.net/Page-Borders-Rec-35-by-Lindsay-Jane.html
36: http://store.gingerscraps.net/Page-Borders-Rec-36-by-Lindsay-Jane.html

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http://bit.ly/mags_GS

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

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Tutorial Tuesday (Photoshop Elements)

Driven to Distraction

Depth of field. It’s that fabulous effect of a soft, slightly blurry background (and sometimes foreground too) that brings the subject of our shot into sharp focus and minimizes distractions. It’s easily achievable with manual settings on our DSLRs and with some settings on our phones. We all know how it makes our photos look better, but we don’t always have control over it. I snapped this photo of the CN Tower in Toronto with my cellphone. Because of the distance involved even with “portrait” settings, which should have given me a preferential focal point, the whole shot is in the same focal plane. I’m going to show you haw to fake depth of field quickly and easily using another Guided Edit.

You guessed it! Select the Guided tab, then Special Edits>Depth of Field.

There are two options for this Edit, a Simple one and a Custom one. Today we’re only going to look at the Simple method.

So just click on that Simple bar.

The menu looks like this and your next step is to add a blur to the whole photo.

You can increase the amount of blur by using the slider at the bottom of the panel, both before and at any point during the process.

Then you’re going to select the areas you want to have back in focus. I experimented quite a bit so that I could give you the best information and save you some time and frustration.

The secret to the Simple version, especially if you’re working on a photo with a lot of detail, is to make small changes. Click your mouse inside the area you’re focused on, hold down the left mouse button then drag the mouse a short distance and release. (Please ignore the typo on this screenshot. I’ve tried to fix it and WordPress won’t let me!)

If you make your drags too long, the “spillover” focus will bring areas of the photo you want blurry into focus. You can take the drags in any direction that will work for your image.

If you’re not sure how much of the image has been altered by your last drag, you can zoom in on the image. But you can’t go back in and make more drags on the zoomed in image; the software will revert back to the full image when you click on the Add Focus Area bar again.

So with my photo of the CN Tower, I worked my way down the centre of the tower in short drags until I hit a point where the edges were still being left blurry. Always watch what’s happening as you work. Then if you notice areas you don’t want in focus are suddenly popping, you can quickly and easily Undo (CTRL/CMD>Z) those last couple of changes.

Once I got to the point where the edges were still visibly blurry, I adjusted the angle of my drags, but still keeping the start and end points inside the edges of the tower.

As I got closer to the bottom of the tower, I started seeing the buildings to the sides were starting to pop. Oh no you don’t! I changed my strategy again and used some horizontal drags again.

This is particularly important in images with more detail, both in the focal area and the background. Go slowly.

It was at this point that I started to notice that the software created more focus at the beginning of a drag than at the end. So again, I shifted my strategy from going left-right to going right-left. Problem solved!

But before I shut Elements down, I wanted to try it again to see if I could reduce the number of drags needed to get the focus where I wanted it without messing with the blur too much. So I started again, this time taking longer vertical and slightly angled drags.

Here’s a zoom view of the observation deck.

The angled drags were longer than in my first effort, but not running top to bottom as I had done when I was first figuring out how to make this Edit really work.

I cut the number of clicks down by at least 50% and still had a result I was pleased with. So give it a try, Undo as needed and see how you like it!

I have some more photos I want to play with, and you just might see some of them in the Gallery one of these days!

Fresh Baked: September 21, 2018

Fall! It’s finally here! Well, almost! Time for pictures of the leaves to change, the pumpkins to start being carved, and the cooler temps to finally arrive!

Remember when you spend $10 in the store, you get a great new collab! It’s “Beauti-fall”!

fwp222
https://store.gingerscraps.net/GingerBread-Ladies-Collab-Beauti-fall.html

magical
Bundle: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Best-of-Germany-collection.html
Page kit: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Best-of-Germany.html
Journaling Cards: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Best-of-Germany-cards.html
Graffiti Pack: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Best-of-Germany-graffiti.html
Woodgrain Papers: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Best-of-Germany-bonus-papers.html
Word Bits: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Best-of-Germany-words.html

mags
https://store.gingerscraps.net/Today-I-Feel-by-MagsGraphics.html

missfish
https://store.gingerscraps.net/Painter-s-Paradise-2-Templates-by-Miss-Fish.html

scraps
https://store.gingerscraps.net/A-Pizza-My-Heart-kit-by-Scraps-N-Pieces.html

aimee
Collection: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Free-Fallin-Collection-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Kit: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Free-Fallin-Page-Kit-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Alphas: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Free-Fallin-Alpha-Sets-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Blooms: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Free-Fallin-Blooms-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Titles: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Free-Fallin-Titles-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Extra Papers: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Free-Fallin-Extra-Papers-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Messy Edges: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Free-Fallin-Messy-Edges-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Glitters: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Free-Fallin-Glitters-by-Aimee-Harrison.html

boomers
https://store.gingerscraps.net/Say-Cheese-BGD.html

craft
https://store.gingerscraps.net/Craft-Templates-Mix-and-Match-Vol-2.html

dandelion
https://store.gingerscraps.net/Making-Memories-Digital-Scrapbook-Kit-By-Dandelion-Dust-Designs.html

jocee
https://store.gingerscraps.net/Faded-Photo-Masks3.html

kristmess
https://store.gingerscraps.net/Mr.-Cunningly-Sly-QuickPages2.html

lauries01
https://store.gingerscraps.net/Need-For-Speed-GrabBag.html

lauries02
Bundle: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Passport-Tropical-Paradise-Bundle.html
Kit: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Passport-Tropical-Paradise-PageKit.html
Flairs: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Passport-Tropical-Paradise-Flairs.html
Grunge: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Passport-Tropical-Paradise-Grunge.html
Clusters: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Passport-Tropical-Paradise-Clusters.html
Titles: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Passport-Tropical-Paradise-Titles.html
Cards: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Passport-Tropical-Paradise-Cards.html

linds01
http://store.gingerscraps.net/colors-of-fall-collection-by-Lindsay-Jane.html

linds02
Kit: http://store.gingerscraps.net/colors-of-fall-by-Lindsay-Jane.html
Quick Pages: http://store.gingerscraps.net/colors-of-fall-quick-pages-by-Lindsay-Jane.html

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http://bit.ly/mags_GS

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

cr_thumb3_thumb_thumb Are you ready for an adventure?

Sneak Peeks September 20th 2018

Happy Thursday!! Fall is almost here! Here’s to the start of some cooler weather soon! I don’t want it too cold but it would be nice for the heat index outside not to be over 100 degrees! But staying inside and scrapbooking is great for beating the heat! Our designers have a great line up of new goodies releasing tomorrow, maybe there’s something you can find some inspiration in and scrap this weekend!

From Wimpychompers

 

From LDrag

From Craft-tastrophic

From JoCee

From Lindsay Jane

From Aimee Harrison

Miss Fish

Have a great weekend!

Tutorial Tuesday (Photoshop Elements)

Clusters… Have Them Your Way, the Easy Way!

I’m a big fan of templates. They’re an amazing time-saving tool for getting layouts done, while still allowing for individual style. But once in a while I go rogue and design a layout without using any time-saving devices. And sometimes I shock myself by creating a perfect cluster that looks fantastic… only to find that when I try to recreate it later, I can’t get it quite right. Of course there has to be a WSNH hack for that! And I’m going to show it to you. I’m using a cluster I created for Katie, Ooh La La Scraps‘ genius designer, with her Freezing collection.

If you save your layouts as a PSD file, this part will be super-easy. If not, you’ll be starting from scratch and might want to wait until you have that AHA! cluster creation at a later date.

Let’s assume you’ve got the layout in PSD form. Open up the file in PSE. Then select all the layers of that perfect cluster. To select multiple layers, hold down the CTRL/CMD key as you click on them. Once you have all the layers selected, right-click in the Layers panel and click on Duplicate Layers. (We’ve done this part before.) In the submenu that opens up, select New Document and click OK. A completely new work space will now be there for you to work on separate from your original layout.

Once you’ve got all those layers on your new work space. turn the visibility to all the layers off, except for the one on the very bottom. (Or you can work from the top down, your choice. I work from the background out.)

Now you’ll select a colour to make the place marker for that first layer. Whatever floats your boat… gray, pastel, dark, light, whatever makes sense to you. You’re going to make a New Fill Layer on top of that first layer to create your place marker.

If you’ve never used the Fill Layer function, you’ll be in for a treat. It makes a lot of things much easier! Click on Layer>New Fill Layer>Solid Color.

Make sure you click the box to the left of Use Previous Layer to Create Clipping Mask.

See what happened? All those little beads are blaaaah yellow, but they’re now a place marker for a scatter. You’ll notice that the shadow style is preserved, which is another time saver. But… that shadow style will disappear with the step after this one, unless you copy it. Right-click on the original layer and choose Copy Layer Style.

Then select both the original layer and the clipping mask layer to Merge them. Right-click on the layers, then choose Merge Layers, or CTRL/CMD>E. Once the layers are merged, right click on the new merged layer and Paste Layer Style to it. Voilà… the layer has a shadow again.

Continue on with all the layers in your cluster, using the same process. Change up either the colour or the intensity of each different layer so you can easily see the different components of your template later. When I was putting together the screenshots for this tutorial the whole thing took me about 11 minutes, bottom to top.

This is what my finished cluster template looks like.

When I had all the layers converted to place markers, I renamed each layer. You can right-click and select Rename Layer, or simply double-click on the label within the layer’s box in the Layers panel then just type in whatever works for you.

Now you want to save the fruits of your labour! File>Save As (Shift>CTRL/CMD>S), tell the software where you want to save it, then give your cluster a name.

Tell the software you’re saving the file as a PSD and you’ll have your very own, personally-designed cluster template to use again and again!

I think next week we’ll do another Guided Edit. See you then!

~~September Bake Sale!!~~

Checking in with you from the outer bands of (now) Tropical Storm Florence. We’re getting some wind here and have had a little rain, but we have a lot more rain coming. What a great day to stay in and shop in the Bake Sale. As always, each of these kits and template sets are just $1 each from today through the 20th. Let’s see what we can fill our cart with.

Time to head over to the GingerScraps store and go shopping!!!

Fresh Baked: September 14, 2018

Delving into the memories of Facebook, you find yourself doing the same things, year in and year out. For example, buying a bag of candy, the same type, on the same day! I guess it’s fitting! Sunday is “National Women’s Friendship Day” and I bought the candy, both times, to share with my friends! Maybe you’ll find a kit in the store this week that’s perfect for sharing YOUR friendship with the women in your life!

Remember when you spend $10 in the store, you get a great new collab! It’s “Beauti-fall”!

fwp22
https://store.gingerscraps.net/GingerBread-Ladies-Collab-Beauti-fall.html

linds
Random Mix 5: http://store.gingerscraps.net/Random-Pieces-Mix-6-Templates-by-Lindsay-Jane.html
Random Mix 6: http://store.gingerscraps.net/Random-Pieces-Mix-5-Templates-by-Lindsay-Jane.html

luve
https://store.gingerscraps.net/Document-Life-September-2018-Grab-Bag-by-Luv-Ewe-Designs.html

miss01
https://store.gingerscraps.net/Miss-Fish-Templates/

miss02
https://store.gingerscraps.net/A-Full-Heart-Templates-by-Miss-Fish.html

scraps
You Make Me Happy – https://store.gingerscraps.net/You-Make-Me-Happy-Quick-Pages-by-Scraps-N-Pieces.html
Be A Pineapple – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Be-A-Pineapple-Quick-Pages-by-Scraps-N-Pieces.html

shepherd01
$5 Bundle: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Bohemian-Fall-Digital-Scrapbooking-Bundle-by-Shepherd-Studio.html
Kit: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Bohemian-Fall-Digital-Scrapbooking-Kit-by-Shepherd-Studio.html
Journal Cards: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Bohemian-Fall-Journal-Cards-for-Pocket-Scrapbooking-by-Shepherd-Studio.html
Templates: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Love-to-Scrap-Volume-2-Templates-by-Shepherd-Studio.html

shepherd02
https://store.gingerscraps.net/A-Full-Heart-KIT-by-Shepherd-Studio.html

shepherd03
https://store.gingerscraps.net/Bohemian-Fall-Planner-Kit-by-Shepherd-Studio.html

aimee01
https://store.gingerscraps.net/Duality-2-Templates-by-Aimee-Harrison.html

aimee02
https://store.gingerscraps.net/Mixed-Up-1-Templates-by-Aimee-Harrison.html

boomers
https://store.gingerscraps.net/A-Healthier-Me-BGD.html

cathy01
http://bit.ly/2NcmtLy

cathy02
http://bit.ly/2NcmtLy

connie
Grab Bag: https://store.gingerscraps.net/September-2018-Grab-Bag-Moonlit-by-Connie-Prince.html
Word Art Pack: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Moonlit-Word-Art-Pack-by-Connie-Prince.html
Pocket Cards: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Moonlit-Pocket-Cards-by-Connie-Prince.html
Quoted: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Moonlit-Quoted-by-Connie-Prince.html

dear01
https://store.gingerscraps.net/DFD_Spell-it-Out.html

dear-2
https://store.gingerscraps.net/Count-it-Out.html

jocee
https://store.gingerscraps.net/Chocoholic-Kit.html

krist
https://store.gingerscraps.net/Bi-Templates-Set2.html

lauries
https://store.gingerscraps.net/Passport-Tropical-Paradise_GB.html

ldrag01
[kit] https://store.gingerscraps.net/A-Perfect-Day-by-LDrag-Designs.html
[journal cards] https://store.gingerscraps.net/A-Perfect-Day-Journal-Cards-by-LDrag-Designs.html
[cluster frames] https://store.gingerscraps.net/A-Perfect-Day-Cluster-Frames-by-LDrag-Designs.html
[worn out papers] https://store.gingerscraps.net/A-Perfect-Day-Worn-Out-Papers-by-LDrag-Designs.html
[alphas] https://store.gingerscraps.net/A-Perfect-Day-Alphas-by-LDrag-Designs.html
[glitters] https://store.gingerscraps.net/A-Perfect-Day-Glitterstyles-by-LDrag-Designs.html
The collection] https://store.gingerscraps.net/A-Perfect-Day-The-Collection-by-LDrag-Designs.html

ldrag02
[kit] https://store.gingerscraps.net/Sweet-Beautiful-Life-by-LDragDesigns.html
[journal cards] https://store.gingerscraps.net/Sweet-Beautiful-Life-Journal-Cards-by-LDragDesigns.html
[alphas] https://store.gingerscraps.net/Sweet-Beautiful-Life-Alphas-by-LDragDesigns.html
[styles] https://store.gingerscraps.net/Sweet-Beautiful-Life-Styles-by-LDragDesigns.html
[stacked papers] https://store.gingerscraps.net/Sweet-Beautiful-Life-Stacked-Papers-by-LDragDesigns.html
[The Collection] https://store.gingerscraps.net/Sweet-Beautiful-Life-The-Collection-by-LDragDesigns.html

ldrag03
[kit] https://store.gingerscraps.net/BackTo-School-by-LDrag-Designs.html
[templates vol. 1] https://store.gingerscraps.net/BackTo-School-Templates-Vol.1-by-LDrag-Designs.html
[templates vol. 2] https://store.gingerscraps.net/BackTo-School-Templates-Vol.2-by-LDrag-Designs.html
[journal cards] https://store.gingerscraps.net/BackTo-School-Journal-Cards-by-LDrag-Designs.html
[stamp alpha] https://store.gingerscraps.net/BackTo-School-Stamp-Alphas-by-LDrag-Designs.html
[cork alpha] https://store.gingerscraps.net/BackTo-School-Cork-Alpha-by-LDrag-Designs.html
[the collection] https://store.gingerscraps.net/BackTo-School-The-Collection-by-LDrag-Designs.html

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http://bit.ly/mags_GS

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

cr_thumb3_thumb Are you ready for an adventure?

Sneak Peeks September 13th 2018

Happy Thursday! I hope everyone on the East Coast is staying safe and dry! Hurricanes are no fun and I have been through too many to count living in Florida. If the weather has you staying indoors, why its the perfect time to get some pages done! Our designers have lots of new releases coming out tomorrow! Maybe you will find that kit you have been waiting for to finish a photobook! Let’s check a few layouts out!

From Wimpychompers

From LDrag Designs

From Tinci

From CathyK

From JoCee

From Miss Fish

From Aimee Harrison

From Luv Ewe

From Shepherd Studio

 

Check back tomorrow to see all the new releases fully revealed!

Tutorial Tuesday (Photoshop Elements)

Making a Stylish Sandwich

A few days ago I got a private message from Heidi1472 wanting to know more about using styles. I linked her up to some of the tutorials wherein I’ve used styles, but then I thought, “Maybe I should do a quick tut about putting multiple styles on a single layer, because maybe people don’t know that’s a thing.” So here it is!

First, does everybody know how to load styles into the Photoshop Elements? In Versions 12 and up, it’s super-easy. All you have to do is open the Styles menu on your workspace then click on the icon that looks like a stack of paper in the upper right corner. This sub-menu opens up. Click on Load Styles then find the folder holding the styles you want to use and it’ll do the rest.

I wanted to load the styles that Natasha of Ponytails Designs had created for the GingerScraps 10th Birthday MEGA collab Indian Summer.

So I found them in my stash and loaded them up. They’re BIG files, so they do take a few minutes. Don’t panic!

I had this great photo I found on Pixabay of some Amur maple leaves with some gorgeous bokeh in the background. So I decided to punch it up with a brush and a combo of styles.

I never did get to use the lovely brush Wendy of Neverland Scraps  created for us for the July 2018 Brush Challenge. It seemed perfect for this technique.

I created a new layer above my photo, shrunk the brush down a little to fit into the left-side area of bokeh and dropped it down. Then I added another layer, adjusted the angle of the brush and did it again. I ended up doing this process a total of 4 times. Putting each brush on its own layer lets me have a lot more creative control over what happens next.

Here’s what I mean about putting the brushes on their own layers.

Now it just looks like a bunch of fruit flies on a chunk of mango, but it’s not going to stay like that. See how most of the brush bits are inside the bokeh area?

Because I want the technique to highlight the bokeh and not the leaves, I went back and erased the bits of the brush that sit on top of the leaves, one layer at a time.

Then I made a copy of EVERY brush layer. You can do it the hard way, selecting the layer, right-clicking on it, selecting Duplicate Layer, waiting for the pop-up then clicking on OK, or you can WSNH and just hit CTRL/CMD>J.

In some spots, the brush still peeks out from behind the leaf, and that’s what I wanted. Then I hid all the COPY layers for later.

Now for the fun part! I clicked on the Styles button and found my GingerScraps Indian Summer glitter styles.

I started with my first brush layer and used the medium orange glitter style on the sparkles.

I let the colour and intensity of the bokeh guide my colour choices. The second brush set was over a lighter golden area so I went with the gold glitter.

The third (original) brush layer is in a darker area, so it got the darker orange glitter.

The brush at the top was over a darker area so it seemed the red glitter was right for it.

It looks really good, but where’s the layering part? I started unhiding the COPY layers one at a time and applied a glitter style to each of them too.

For the most part, I put a lighter colour of glitter on top of each original layer. I also decreased the Opacity of the COPY layers to 40%. That gives the brush layers a soft glow and a slightly different colour.

When I got to the red glitter layer, nothing looked right until I tried the GRAY glitter on the COPY layer.

You can see the red around the edges but it’s mostly covered up. But wait. I’m still going to decrease the layer’s Opacity to 40%.

Voilà! A sort of ruby look to it now.

Oh but wait, we’re not done yet! I selected all the layers and Merged them together. (CTRL/CMD>E)

If you’re a faithful reader of this tripe, then you know I still had another idea. So I made a copy of the merged brush layer.

I chose to use a soft yellow gloss style from Misty’s Miss Mis Designs‘s Hustle and Heart styles set (not shown). Then I again lowered the Opacity to 40%. It looked “okay”…

But when I moved that layer to underneath the glitter layer, it really gave a lovely glow to the brushes. I LOVE how it looks!!

Sadly, just as I was getting to the very tail end of my layout, my laptop crashed. So if you were hoping to see the final result, I’m afraid you’ll have to wait… I have to do it all over again, from the beginning…… and that’s gotta wait until after I play with y grandchildren for a few days. See ya next week!

Gingerscraps is TEN YEARS OLD!

Happy Birthday to you. Happy Birthday to you. Happy Birthday Dear Gingerscraps! Happy Birthday to you! Pull up a seat, grab a glass of Sparkling Apple Juice and a couple of mini cupcakes, because it’s going to be a party to end all parties! Prepare for the changing of the leaves and plenty of sales to keep you in kit choices for, well, at least a couple of weeks! Come on, we know we like our choices!

It’s time to celebrate GingerScraps 10th Birthday!! We have a storewide 50% off sale, a free with purchase MEGA collab, forum activities and a scavenger hunt happening NOW!!

Here is a closer look at the AMAZING Mega Indian Summer, it is Free with any purchase over $20.00 until September 13th.


https://store.gingerscraps.net/GingerBread-Ladies-MEGA-Collab-Indian-Summer.html

In addition to the FWP and the SALE we also have fun & games in the forum as well as a Scavenger Hunt throughout the shop!


https://forums.gingerscraps.net/forumdisplay.php?1472-GingerScraps-10th-Birthday-2018


https://forums.gingerscraps.net/forumdisplay.php?1472-GingerScraps-10th-Birthday-2018!"

Remember when you spend $10 in the store, you get a great new collab! It’s “Beauti-fall”!

fwp2
https://store.gingerscraps.net/GingerBread-Ladies-Collab-Beauti-fall.html

ldrag1
[kit] https://store.gingerscraps.net/Life-Is-Sweet-by-LDrag-Designs.html
[journal cards] https://store.gingerscraps.net/Life-Is-Sweet-Journal-Cards-by-LDrag-Designs.html
[alphas] https://store.gingerscraps.net/Life-Is-Sweet-Alphas-by-LDrag-Designs.html
[worn out papers] https://store.gingerscraps.net/Life-Is-Sweet-Worn-Out-Papers-by-LDrag-Designs.html
[glitter] https://store.gingerscraps.net/Life-Is-Sweet-Glitterstyles-by-LDragDesigns.html
[collection] https://store.gingerscraps.net/Life-Is-Sweet-The-Collection-by-LDrag-Designs.html

ldrag2
[kit] https://store.gingerscraps.net/DareTo-Dream-Big-by-LDrag-Designs.html
[journal cards] https://store.gingerscraps.net/DareTo-Dream-Big-Journal-Cards-by-LDrag-Designs.html
[alphas] https://store.gingerscraps.net/DareTo-Dream-Big-Alphas-by-LDrag-Designs.html
[worn out papers] https://store.gingerscraps.net/DareTo-Dream-Big-Worn-Out-Papers-by-LDrag-Designs.html
[glitter] https://store.gingerscraps.net/DareTo-Dream-Big-Glitters-by-LDrag-Designs.html
[collection] https://store.gingerscraps.net/DareTo-Dream-Big-The-Collection-by-LDrag-Designs.html

ldrag3
[kit] https://store.gingerscraps.net/Make-A-Wish-by-LDrag-Designs.html
[templates vol.1] https://store.gingerscraps.net/Make-A-Wish-Templates-Vol.-1-by-LDrag-Designs.html
[templates vol. 2] https://store.gingerscraps.net/Make-A-Wish-Templates-Vol.-2-by-LDrag-Designs.html
[graffiti] https://store.gingerscraps.net/Make-A-Wish-Graffiti-by-LDrag-Designs.html
[journal cards] https://store.gingerscraps.net/Make-A-Wish-Journal-Cards-by-LDrag-Designs.html
[alphas] https://store.gingerscraps.net/Make-A-Wish-Alphas-by-LDrag-Designs.html
[glitter] https://store.gingerscraps.net/Make-A-Wish-Glitterstyles-by-LDrag-Designs.html
[collection] https://store.gingerscraps.net/Make-A-Wish-The-Collection-by-LDrag-Designs.html

luv
https://store.gingerscraps.net/Chose-Kindness-5-Grab-Bag-by-Luv-Ewe-Designs-and-Blue-Heart-Scraps.html

magical
Bundle: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Bayou-Princess-collection.html
Page kit: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Bayou-Princess.html
Journaling Cards: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Bayou-Princess-cards.html
Graffiti Pack: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Bayou-Princess-graffiti.html
Glitter Pack: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Bayou-Princess-glitter-pack.html
Shimmery Papers: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Bayou-Princess-bonus-papers.html

miss01
https://store.gingerscraps.net/Miss-Fish-Fall-Bundle-September.html

miss02
https://store.gingerscraps.net/A-Full-Heart-Bundle.html

moore01
https://store.gingerscraps.net/Everyday.html

shepherd01
$5 Bundle: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Somebody-Digital-Scrapbooking-Bundle-by-Shepherd-Studio.html
Kit: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Somebody-Digital-Scrapbooking-Kit-by-Shepherd-Studio.html
Journal Cards: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Somebody-Journal-Cards-for-Pocket-Scrapbooking-by-Shepherd-Studio.html
Templates: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Love-to-Scrap-Volume-1-Templates-by-Shepherd-Studio.html

shepherd02
https://store.gingerscraps.net/A-Full-Heart-Digital-Scrapbooking-Kit-and-Template-Bundle-by-Shepherd-Studio-and-Miss-Fish-Templates.html

shepherd03
Somebody Planner Kit: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Somebody-Digital-Planner-Kit-by-Shepherd-Studio.html
A Full Heart Planner Kit: https://store.gingerscraps.net/A-Full-Heart-Planner-Kit-by-Shepherd-Studio.html
A Full Heart Journal Cards: https://store.gingerscraps.net/A-Full-Heart-Journal-Cards-by-Shepherd-Studio.html

tinci
https://store.gingerscraps.net/My-life-in-photobook-25..html

aimee
Collection: https://store.gingerscraps.net/A-Splash-of-Red-Collection-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Kit: https://store.gingerscraps.net/A-Splash-of-Red-Page-Kit-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Alphas: https://store.gingerscraps.net/A-Splash-of-Red-Alpha-Sets-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Blooms: https://store.gingerscraps.net/A-Splash-of-Red-Blooms-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Frames: https://store.gingerscraps.net/A-Splash-of-Red-Frame-Clusters-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Extra Papers: https://store.gingerscraps.net/A-Splash-of-Red-Extra-Papers-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Messy Edges: https://store.gingerscraps.net/A-Splash-of-Red-Messy-Edges-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Glitters: https://store.gingerscraps.net/A-Splash-of-Red-Glitters-by-Aimee-Harrison.html

boomer
https://store.gingerscraps.net/Generations-of-Love-BGD.html

cathy
http://bit.ly/2wuNzDk

craft1
https://store.gingerscraps.net/Boho-Holic.html

craft2
https://store.gingerscraps.net/Craft_Templates-Mix-and-Match-Vol-1.html

jocee
Bundle: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Virgo-Bundle.html
Kit: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Virgo-Kit.html
Cards: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Virgo-Cards.html
Alphas: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Virgo-Alphas.html
Glitters: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Virgo-Glitters.html
Basic Papers: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Virgo-Basic-Papers.html

010
https://store.gingerscraps.net/Aimee-Harrison/

011
https://store.gingerscraps.net/BGD-Pick-10-for-20.html

012
http://bit.ly/1zduiB2

013
https://store.gingerscraps.net/JoCee-Designs/

014
https://store.gingerscraps.net/Kristmess/

015
http://store.gingerscraps.net/Lindsay-Jane/

016
http://bit.ly/mags_GS

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

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