Archives for April 2019

Tutorial Tuesday (Photoshop Elements)

Repeating Patterns – Part Deux

As promised, here’s the second installment of creating your own patterned papers. (I hope our lovely designers aren’t mad we’re doing an end-run around them… but sometimes the overall design cries out for a paper they didn’t give us.) Today I’ll show you how to create a staggered pattern repeat the quick and easy way. Refresh your memory if you need to… I’ll still be here when you’re done!

If you remember, my first effort was really odd because I hadn’t made the original stamp image small enough to give it a good repeat. So here’s the Resized stamp. I went with (almost) 2 inches square for a six-time repeat across the page, but you can go with whatever makes you happy. After I Resized my stamp I just pushed the bottom of the canvas up to make it a perfect 2 inch square to calm my OCD.

Then I actually shrank the stamp down a bunch more so the staggered repeat would look better. And I filled the background with a solid colour by adding a new layer BELOW the stamp layer then flooding it with white using my Paint Bucket tool for it’s more usual purpose. And I Merged the layers into one.

This step is something we’ve only rarely done, and that’s to Resize the Canvas. What does that mean? (Yes, I heard that!) The stamp is an IMAGE. The workspace behind it is the CANVAS. The keyboard shortcuts are almost identical. CTRL/CMD>ALT>I for the Image and CTRL/CMD>ALT>C for the Canvas. Easy enough to remember, right?

I doubled the WIDTH but left the HEIGHT unchanged. I also moved the Anchor point over to left-centre by clicking on it in the diagram. This is the most important part of this step. So many new things we’re trying here!

And it’s time for another new thing! We’ve looked at the Blur filter, and the High Pass filter and we’ve played with some of the others but we’ve never talked about the Offset filter.

Isn’t it awesome that all you have to do is choose it from the drop-down menu and Elements runs with it? Now that there are some terrific staggered stamps here, I’m going to Define the Pattern in the same way we did it last week. Edit>Define Pattern… super simple.

I gave it a name that is different from my other defined patterns so Elements wouldn’t mix them up.

Then I went back into the Paint Bucket and chose the Fill Pattern mode. A single click on my gray paper and voilà! A staggered pattern all over my paper. (Of course, the gray paper is completely hidden by the white fill layer from way back in step 2…)

But that doesn’t matter because if I choose the correct Blend Mode, it’ll show back up with just one click. I went with Linear Burn.

And there’s the gray paper! Now to save my paper for future use. I used the Save As (CTRL/CMD>SHIFT>S) method, which lets me decide what kind of file I want it to be. Papers are always .jpg files, so that’s what I’ll do.

I have a folder on my laptop for “my” papers and that’s where I’m putting this one.

And we’re done!! I’m going to experiment before next week to make papers with more than one pattern. Wish me luck!

It’s Gonna Be … Not Yet May

It’s already almost May! What? Wait? That can’t be right! Where is 2019 going? Well, we’re not going to let the year flying by at the speed of light stop us, are we?

No, we’re going to “Just Be” and “nurse” the desire to “prosper” for the rest of the month!

Remember when you spend $10 in the store, you get a great new collab! Spring is here and it’s time to enjoy it!

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/GingerBread-Ladies-Collab-In-The-Springtime.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Templates-Journal-Cards-1-by-Lindsay-Jane.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Watercolor-photomasks-Vol11.html

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Full Bundle – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Easter-holidays-Bundle.html
Kit – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Easter-holidays-Kit.html
Painted papers – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Easter-holidays-Painted-papers.html
Solid papers – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Easter-holidays-Solid-papers.html
Stamps – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Easter-holidays-Stamps.html
Stamps&Borders – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Easter-holidays-Stamps-and-Borders.html
Masks&Frames – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Easter-holidays-Masks-and-Frames.html
Templates – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Easter-holidays-Templates.html

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Imagine QPs – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Imagine-Quick-Pages-by-Scraps-N-Pieces.html
Tiny Dancer QPs – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Tiny-Dancer-Quick-Pages-by-Scraps-N-Pieces.html
Wildflowers & Sunshine QPs – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Wildflowers-and-Sunshine-Quick-Pages-by-Scraps-N-Pieces.html

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Bundle: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Sweet-Puppy-Digital-Scrapbooking-Bundle-by-Shepherd-Studio.html
Kit: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Sweet-Puppy-Digital-Scrapbooking-Kit-by-Shepherd-Studio.html
Journal Cards: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Sweet-Puppy-Journal-Cards-for-Pocket-Scrapbooking-by-Shepherd-Studio.html
Templates: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Love-to-Scrap-Volume-19-Templates-by-Shepherd-Studio.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Light-Play-Overlays.html

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http://bit.ly/2viMGNi

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Cluster-and-colors-Tangerine-tango.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Time-Traveler-Mega-Bundle-by-ADB-Designs.html

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Set 1: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Heritage-Resource-Title-and-Accent-Tags-Set-1-by-ADB-Designs.html
Set 2: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Heritage-Resource-Title-and-Accent-Tags-Set-2-by-ADB-Designs.html

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Collection: https://store.gingerscraps.net/360-Life-May-Prosper-Collection-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Kit: https://store.gingerscraps.net/360-Life-May-Prosper-Page-Kit-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Alphas: https://store.gingerscraps.net/360-Life-May-Prosper-Alpha-Sets-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Frames: https://store.gingerscraps.net/360-Life-May-Prosper-Frame-Clusters-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Blooms: https://store.gingerscraps.net/360-Life-May-Prosper-Blooms-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Extra Papers: https://store.gingerscraps.net/360-Life-May-Prosper-Extra-Papers-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Edges: https://store.gingerscraps.net/360-Life-May-Prosper-Messy-Edges-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Glitters: https://store.gingerscraps.net/360-Life-May-Prosper-Glitters-by-Aimee-Harrison.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Love-Bee-ing-a-Nurse-BGD.html

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Bundle: https://store.gingerscraps.net/-2019-May-Bundle-Collection-by-Connie-Prince.html
Kit: https://store.gingerscraps.net/-2019-May-Kit-by-Connie-Prince.html
Mixed Media: https://store.gingerscraps.net/-2019-May-Mixed-Media-by-Connie-Prince.html
Quoted Pack: https://store.gingerscraps.net/-2019-May-Quoted-Pack-by-Connie-Prince.html
Messy Papers: https://store.gingerscraps.net/-2019-May-Messy-Papers-by-Connie-Prince.html
Border Clusters: https://store.gingerscraps.net/-2019-May-Border-Clusters-by-Connie-Prince.html
Week 19: https://store.gingerscraps.net/-2019-May-Week-19-Template-Pack-CU-Ok-by-Connie-Prince.html
Week 20: https://store.gingerscraps.net/-2019-May-Week-20-Template-Pack-CU-Ok-by-Connie-Prince.html
Week 21: https://store.gingerscraps.net/-2019-May-Week-21-Template-Pack-CU-Ok-by-Connie-Prince.html
Week 22: https://store.gingerscraps.net/-2019-May-Week-22-Template-Pack-CU-Ok-by-Connie-Prince.html
Extra Papers: https://store.gingerscraps.net/-2019-May-Extra-Papers-by-Connie-Prince.html
Alpha Pack AddOn: https://store.gingerscraps.net/-2019-May-Alpha-Pack-AddOn-by-Connie-Prince.html
Word Art Pack: https://store.gingerscraps.net/-2019-May-Word-Art-Pack-by-Connie-Prince.html
Pocket Cards: https://store.gingerscraps.net/-2019-May-Pocket-Cards-by-Connie-Prince.html
Quick Pages: https://store.gingerscraps.net/-2019-May-Quick-Pages-by-Connie-Prince.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Project-2019-April-Fresh-Bundle.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Follow-Your-Bliss-by-Dandelion-Dust-Designs.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Road-Maps-Vol.-5.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Road-Maps-Vol.-6.html

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Kit: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Future-Scientist-Kit.html
Collection: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Future-Scientist-Collection.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Layered-Page-Templates-Easter.html

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Bundle: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Adventurous-Bundled-Collection-by-JB-Studio.html
Kit: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Adventurous-Page-Kit-by-JB-Studio.html
Papers: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Adventurous-Papers-by-JB-Studio.html
Elements: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Adventurous-Elementss-by-JB-Studio.html
Cluster: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Adventurous-Clusters-by-JB-Studio.html
Artsy: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Adventurous-Artsy-and-Ombre-by-JB-Studio.html
Flowers: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Adventurous-Flowers-Papers-by-JB-Studio.html
Splatters: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Adventurous-Splatters-by-JB-Studio.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Hollywood-Magic-GrabBag.html

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[kit] https://store.gingerscraps.net/My-Favourite-Things-by-LDragDesigns.html
[collection] https://store.gingerscraps.net/My-Favourite-Things-The-Collection-by-LDragDesigns.html
[wordtags] https://store.gingerscraps.net/My-Favourite-Things-Wordtags-by-LDragDesigns.html
[stacked papers] https://store.gingerscraps.net/My-Little-Man-Stacked-Papers-by-LDragDesigns.html
[cluster frames] https://store.gingerscraps.net/My-Favourite-Things-Cluster-Frames.html

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[kit] https://store.gingerscraps.net/Those-Sick-Days-by-LDragDesigns.html
[collection] https://store.gingerscraps.net/Those-Sick-Days-The-Collection-by-LDragDesigns.html
[journal cards] https://store.gingerscraps.net/Those-Sick-Days-Journal-Cards-by-LDragDesigns.html
[wordtags] https://store.gingerscraps.net/Those-Sick-Days-Wordtags-by-LDragDesigns.html
[alpha] https://store.gingerscraps.net/Those-Sick-Days-Alpha-by-LDragDesigns.html
[glitter] https://store.gingerscraps.net/Those-Sick-Days-Glitterstyles-by-LDragDesigns.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/LDragDesigns/

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Studio-Jx2

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

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They say it’s nearly spring! Maybe this kit will inspire Mother Nature to agree!

Sneak Peeks April 25th 2019

Happy Thursday! It’s crazy to think this is the last Thursday of the 4th month! May and Summer are almost here! Let’s check out what our fabulous CT has created with this week’s new releases!

From Down This Road

From Tinci

 

From Dagi

From Aimee Harrison

From L Drag

From JB Studio

Next week we have a brand new Buffet as well! Have a great weekend!

Tutorial Tuesday (Photoshop Elements)

Repeating Patterns – Basic

Last week’s tutorial attracted some comments, as they usually do, and thanks to Karyn Concannon I have some topics to work with for the next couple of weeks. She’d like to know how to use repeating patterns to create her own paper – let’s take a look at that one now.

I’m pretty sure this has been covered in a previous tutorial but when I went to look for it so I could link it, I couldn’t find it. So to recap… I think. To create repeating patterns you can use brushes, stamps, elements, shapes – whatever your heart desires. For my example I’m using a tribal-looking stamp from Connie Prince‘s Roar.

The first step is to Define the stamp as a Pattern. Click on Edit>Define Pattern. This is the easy part.

The menu opens up this box, where I named my pattern Connie’s Roar Stamp.

Next I chose a background paper (from Aprilisa‘s All American): neutral, gray with a git of texture.

Next, I chose the Paint Bucket tool (Work Smart Not Hard shortcut is the K key); as you can see, I’ve added a blank layer on top of the paper layer. This is an important step, so don’t leave it out.

The Paint Bucket menu has two options. The one on the left is the colour fill setting, the one on the right is the pattern fill one.

When I click on the little triangle inside the frame for the pattern fill setting, the default patterns open up, and so does the one I just defined from the stamp!

I clicked on the stamp pattern and WHOA! That wasn’t what I was ready for…

It turns out I should have resized the original stamp png BEFORE I turned it into a pattern. That can be accomplished one of two ways: Image>Resize>Resize Image or CTRL/CMD>ALT>I. Then decide how small to make it. Keep in mind your canvas size (3600×3600 pixels or 12×12 inches in my example). Once it’d been Resized, I went back and Defined Pattern with it, giving it a different name.

Then I used Pattern Fill and got what I was expecting the first time.

There are so many ways this can be jazzed up – Blend Modes have a lot of options, texture filters can make your paper look flocked or sponged, the colour can be changed in several ways. Give them all a whirl! For my example below, I changed the Blend Mode to Dissolve and made it look like I’d stencilled it on.

One way to change the colour is to add a Fill Layer using the Layer menu. Layer>New Fill Layer>Solid Color

By ticking that box, you’re telling PSE to clip the new colour to the layer below it.

When the Color Picker opens up, you get to choose what colour you want to go with. I like this method because it’s much more reliable than using the Paint Bucket to fill the design – that usually ends up being a lot of work for a not-so-great result.

If you want to make further adjustments to the pattern layer, Merge the pattern layer and colour fill layer together. (CTRL/CMD>E)

The merged layers will lose the Blend Mode so I hit it again with Dissolve.

That’s how to make a simple repeating pattern. All the control is in your hands. Next week I’ll show you how to do a staggered repeating pattern. It takes a few more steps and some experimentation…

Fresh Baked: April 19, 2019

Sunday is Easter. Today is Good Friday. Tomorrow, Passover Begins. There’s something big about Saturday, as well, but I can’t put my finger on it.

But in all seriousness, no matter if you’re religious or not; whether you partake in some fun or not; no matter what you’re doing this week, just remember to have fun, be safe, and take lots of pictures!

It’s time for the annual GingerScraps Spring Cleaning Sale!
These items will all be retired upon the close of the sale, so make sure you get them while you can!

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Spring-Cleaning-65-OFF-SALE

Remember when you spend $10 in the store, you get a great new collab! Spring is here and it’s time to enjoy it!

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/GingerBread-Ladies-Collab-In-The-Springtime.html

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[kit] https://store.gingerscraps.net/Spring-Fever-by-LDragDesigns.html
[collection] https://store.gingerscraps.net/Spring-Fever-The-Collection-by-LDragDesigns.html
[journal cards] https://store.gingerscraps.net/Spring-Fever-Journal-Cards-by-LDragDesigns.html
[alphas] https://store.gingerscraps.net/Spring-Fever-Alphas-by-LDragDesigns.html
[worn out papers] https://store.gingerscraps.net/Spring-Fever-Worn-Out-Papers-by-LDragDesigns.html
[glitter] https://store.gingerscraps.net/Spring-Fever-Glitterstyles-by-LDragDesigns.html

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[kit] https://store.gingerscraps.net/Think-Happy-Thoughts-by-LDragDesigns.html
[collection] https://store.gingerscraps.net/Think-Happy-Thoughts-The-Collection-by-LDragDesigns.html
[templates 1] https://store.gingerscraps.net/Think-Happy-Thoughts-Templates-Vol.1-by-LDragDesigns.html
[templates 2] https://store.gingerscraps.net/Think-Happy-Thoughts-Templates-Vol.2-by-LDragDesigns.html
[cluster frames] https://store.gingerscraps.net/Think-Happy-Thoughts-Cluster-Frames-by-LDragDesigns.html
[journal cards] https://store.gingerscraps.net/Think-Happy-Thoughts-Journal-Cards-by-LDragDesigns.html

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http://store.gingerscraps.net/Framed-Stamps-1-by-Lindsay-Jane.html

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http://store.gingerscraps.net/Framed-Stamps-2-by-Lindsay-Jane.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Spring-Cleaning-Bundle-2019-from-Miss-Fish.html

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http://store.gingerscraps.net/Neia-Scraps/

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Easter-Day-Templates.html

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Full Bundle – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Charming-moments-Bundle.html
Kit – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Charming-moments-Kit.html
Photomasks – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Charming-moments-Photomasks.html
Masks&Frames – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Charming-moments-Masks-And-Frames.html
Stamps&Borders – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Charming-moments-Stamps-and-Borders.html
Painted papers Set1 – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Charming-moments-Painted-papers-Set1.html
Painted papers Set2 – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Charming-moments-Painted-papers-Set2.html
Splatters – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Charming-moments-Splatters.html
QPs Set – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Charming-moments-QPs-Set.html
Wordart – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Charming-moments-Wordart.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Bollywood-kit-by-Scraps-N-Pieces.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Spring-Cleaning-Retirement-Bundle-by-Shepherd-Studio.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/This-is-Me-April-Kit-by-Snickerdoodle-Designs.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Everyday-memories-4.-Easter-basket.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Santa-Fe-Trail-Bundle-by-ADB-Designs.html

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Maps & Images https://store.gingerscraps.net/Heritage-Resources-CU-Vintage-Maps-and-Images-Era-of-the-Santa-Fe-Trail.html
Worn Torn Pprs https://store.gingerscraps.net/Heritage-Resources-Vintage-Worn-and-Torn-Papers.html
Event Journal Cards https://store.gingerscraps.net/Heritage-Resources-CU-Event-Journal-Cards.html
Fashion Plates 02 https://store.gingerscraps.net/Heritage-Resources-CU-Fashion-Plates-Set-2-Summer-1841.html

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Collection: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Bunny-Love-Collection-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Kit: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Bunny-Love-Page-Kit-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Alphas: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Bunny-Love-Alpha-Sets-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Borders: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Bunny-Love-Borders-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Frames: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Bunny-Love-Frame-Clusters-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Extra Papers: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Bunny-Love-Extra-Papers-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Messy Edges: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Bunny-Love-Messy-Edges-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Glitters: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Bunny-Love-Glitters-by-Aimee-Harrison.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Finders-Keepers-BGD.html

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Full Collection: http://bit.ly/2TTiphO
Bundle: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Country-Roads-Bundle-by-CathyK-Designs.html
Kit: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Country-Roads-Kit-by-CathyK-Designs.html
Graffiti: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Country-Roads-Graffiti-by-CathyK-Designs.html
Wood Papers: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Country-Roads-Wood-Papers-by-CathyK-Designs.html
Word Bits: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Country-Roads-Word-Bits-by-CathyK-Designs.html
Extra Papers: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Country-Roads-Extra-Papers-by-CathyK-Designs.html
Papers: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Country-Roads-Papers-by-CathyK-Designs.html
Elements: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Country-Roads-Elements-by-CathyK-Designs.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/April-2019-Template-Bundle-by-Connie-Prince.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Now-Becoming-Collection.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Road-Maps-File-It.html

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Bundle – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Nutty-for-Spring-BUNDLE-by-Heather-Z-Scraps.html
Kit – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Nutty-for-Spring-KIT-by-Heather-Z-Scraps.html
Journal Cards – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Nutty-for-Spring-JOURNAL-CARDS-by-Heather-Z-Scraps.html

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Bundle: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Just-A-Trim-Bundle.html
Kit: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Just-A-Trim-Kit.html
Cards: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Just-A-Trim-Cards.html
Flairs and Stickers: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Just-A-Trim-Flairs-And-Stickers.html
Snippets: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Just-A-Trim-Word-Snippets.html
Glitters: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Just-A-Trim-Glitters.html
Cardstocks: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Just-A-Trim-Card-Stocks.html

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Bundle: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Sports-Volleyball-Bundle.html
Kit: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Sports-Volleyball-PageKit.html
Flairs: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Sports-Volleyball-Flairs.html
Grunge: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Sports-Volleyball-Grunge.html
Clusters: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Sports-Volleyball-Clusters.html
Titles: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Sports-Volleyball-Titles.html
Cards: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Sports-Volleyball-Cards.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/CathyK-Designs/

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Spring-Cleaning-From-Connie-Prince

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

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/LDragDesigns/

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Studio-Jx2

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

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They say it’s nearly spring! Maybe this kit will inspire Mother Nature to agree!

Sneak Peeks

Happy Thursday! I hope everyone in the states is looking forward to the three day weekend ahead! Hopefully you have time to scrap with one of the awesome new releases our designers have coming out tomorrow!

From Neia

From Tinci

From CathyK

From Down This Road

 

From JoCee

From Aimee Harrison

From LDrag

From Just Because Studio

From Luv Ewe Designs

Tutorial Tuesday (Creative Style)

Standing Out in a Crowd

Last night (before I was side-tracked by a bunch of genealogical records) I was thinking about creating a layout for this month’s first Template Challenge. I love template challenges – they couldn’t make scrapping easier! And of course, who doesn’t love free stuff? But on the wings of those thoughts, I found myself pondering how to make MY layout stand out from the rest. When everybody is working from the same template, it’s easy to end up with something very similar to all the others. So that led me to have a look at the layouts already completed and posted to the Challenge thread to see how others have made their layouts unique. And I’m going to show you some of those examples today.

First, let’s look at the template Dagi has created for this challenge.

It’s got so much potential!!

This first layout, by basicbear2, has been rotated 180° and she’s spread that cute photo of the boy with the tube over the blended photo spot and the one with the frame. The other cool technique she used is to clip a paper (the rubber duckies) to one of the painted areas.

Next, let’s look at this lovely one from JeannieK. She’s left the template in its original orientation, but by clipping that daisy-floral paper to all the painted areas, securing her photos with the large daisy and adding both the gold paper around the edges and the blue-triangle border, she’s changed it up into something quite lovely.

CherryLej has tweaked the template a lot! The gorgeous watercolour areas elevate the background of her layout and I love the way she’s tied the photos together with the pennant banner. She’s substituted washi tape for the wordstrips, created a matching frame for her square photo and added in a beautiful cluster. Stunning!

knclark has used repeating images to great effect here by clipping a blue paper with puffy white clouds to the painted background in such a way that it blends right into her photos. The sun-and-clouds cluster is the cherry on top.

Pixel Palette has shifted the photo spots around to allow more of her large photo to show.

Keevs has added several papers to her background, popped a stamp into the upper left corner and shifted one of the photo spots to reveal more of her large photo. By really subduing the paint in the background she’s changed the look of the template in a most pleasing way. And all that texture!

jirsev has a fantastic take on the template here, where she’s made the blended photo much larger, she’s added a lot of texture to the background and she’s emphasized her smaller photos with her choice of elements.

This masterpiece is by kabrak1207. It’s impressive how she’s spread her photo over all the photo spots and accented it with the papers clipped to the painted spots.

gmae has taken it a long way from ordinary here, keeping only the painted areas and the general placement of the clusters and title.

As you can see, there are so many ways to make a template look less cookie-cutter and more work-of-art. Now that I’ve completely intimidated myself, I’m off to see what I can do to create something special. Will you join me?

~April Feature Designer: LDrag Designs~

Happy Sunday scrappers. Sorry for the lateness of this awesome question and answer session with Lina of LDrag Designs. April is getting away from me.

Lina was awesome to answer my questions. Let’s see what she had to say!

How long have you been designing?

I have been designing since 2008. It’s been 11 years and I can’t believe it!!!

What made you decide to design?

I used to be CT member but I always wanted to make things. So the owner of the shop I was CTing for loved my freebies for challenges and speed scraps and suggested I would apprentice as a designer for the shop!!! I immediately took this chance and loved it every step of the way!

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

I mainly use Photoshop CS5, but I also use Artisan 4 for my Page files for the templates and Artrage for glitters.

Describe your design workplace.

My office is now in my bedroom. Luckily, I have a big bedroom and I have a huge black glass desk, with two scanners, one big pc screen and a TV on it. I love watching TV while working. It helps me focus. Especially, my favourite series. Also, I have a big library with all my books and a printer.

What motivates and inspires you as a designer?

Basically what I love is colours. So I need vivid colours. If you take a look at my shop I am sure you are going to notice that I love vivid colours. That is why I search at Pinterest for photos that might inspire me.

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

Difficult to choose I love them all, they are my babies. I especially love the collections I have made the last two years. I believe that I have reached a level I really love and that is why I love them all. But if I have to choose I would say Over The Rainbow. What can I say I love the colours.

What was your first job?

If you mean my other job, well I am an English teacher. This is what I have studied at the University. And I still work as a teacher.

Have you ever met anyone famous?

I live in Greece and not in the capital, therefore it is difficult to meet anyone famous. So unfortunately not.

What are you reading right now?

Outlander. Book one

What is your favorite quote?

If you believe you can do it, then you can.

What is something you want to do in the next year that you’ve never done before?

A trip the the States. Especially New York. I always wanted to do it but it is really expensive.

You have your own latenight talk show, who do you invite as your first guest?

Sam Heughan. I think you can imagine why!!! I am really in love with this series.

If you had to delete all but 3 apps from your smartphone, which ones would you keep?

Facebook, You Tube, and Candy Crush Saga

If you could have someone follow you around all the time, like a personal assistant, what would you have them do?

Clean the house, cook and iron the clothes. Especially the last one is the worse for me!!! I hate it!

Would you rather travel back in time to meet your ancestors or to the future to meet your descendants?

I am not sure about the past. I would probably fear it. But I would love to see how my kids and grand-kids would end up! And how life in the future would be.

What commercial jingle gets stuck in your head all the time.

None as I rarely watch Live TV. I love Netflix. No commercials lol!!!

If you could turn the ocean into a liquid other than water, which one would you pick?

I don’t know really. Orange juice maybe? I don’t drink soft drinks like coke or lemonade or anything else, so I can’t think of which liquid to say.

Thanks again to Lina for answering my questions. Make sure to check out her GS Store and her Facebook Fan Page.

Are you grabbing the Daily Download this month? Here’s a sneak peek of what you will get.

See you next month for another fabulous designer feature.

Friday The 13th! April Fools? Is It May?

I promise you’re not confused on the date. Tried to be a little funny. Plus, it did get your attention!

I don’t know about you, but the year is already starting to really fly by! We’re already almost halfway through April! We’re almost a third of the way through 2019!

But the designers aren’t letting the speeding up of time hinder them from releasing some amazing designs! Whether you have a Girl Scout who will bridging up in the next few months, or you’re just really happy with how life is going, there is something this week that will make you smile, and maybe blow out some candles!

Remember when you spend $10 in the store, you get a great new collab! Spring is here and it’s time to enjoy it!

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/GingerBread-Ladies-Collab-In-The-Springtime.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Sports-Volleyball-GrabBag.html

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[kit] https://store.gingerscraps.net/Hunny-Bunny-by-LDragDesigns.html
[collection] https://store.gingerscraps.net/Hunny-Bunny-The-Collection-by-LDragDesigns.html
[temps vol1] https://store.gingerscraps.net/Hunny-Bunny-TemplatesVol1-by-LDragDesigns.html
[temps vol2] https://store.gingerscraps.net/Hunny-Bunny-Templates-Vol.-2-by-LDragDesigns.html
[journal cards] https://store.gingerscraps.net/Hunny-Bunny-Journal-Cards-by-LDragDesigns.html
[stacked papers] https://store.gingerscraps.net/Hunny-Bunny-Stacked-Papers-by-LDragDesigns.html
[worn out papers] https://store.gingerscraps.net/Hunny-Bunny-Worn-Out-Papers-by-LDragDesigns.html
[glitters] https://store.gingerscraps.net/Hunny-Bunny-Glitterstyles-by-LDragDesigns.html

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[kit] https://store.gingerscraps.net/Unconditional-Love-by-LDragDesigns.html
[collection] https://store.gingerscraps.net/Unconditional-Love-The-Collection-by-LDragDesigns.html
[graffiti] https://store.gingerscraps.net/Unconditional-Love-Graffiti-by-LDragDesigns.html
[journalcards] https://store.gingerscraps.net/Unconditional-Love-Journal-Cards-by-LDragDesigns.html
[wornout papers] https://store.gingerscraps.net/Unconditional-Love-Worn-Out-Papers-by-LDragDesigns.html
[glitters] https://store.gingerscraps.net/Unconditional-Love-Glitterstyles-by-LDragDesigns.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Lindsay-Jane/

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Lindsay-Jane/

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/12×12-Seasonal-Layout-Frame-Templates-by-MagsGraphics.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Everyday-Hexagons-2-Templates-by-Miss-Fish.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Everyday_Square_TemplaesbyMissFish.html

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Happy days Cards – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Happy-days-Cards.html
Happy Easter Cards – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Happy-Easter-Cards.html
Be happy Cards – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Be-Happy-Cards.html
Black&White Cards – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Black-and-White-Cards.html
Life&Dreams Cards – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Life-and-Dreams-Cards.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Usual-moments-Photobook-templates-Set1.html

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Full Bundle – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Blossoming-Bundle.html
Kit – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Blossoming-Kit.html
Embossed papers – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Blossoming-Embossed-papers.html
Clusters & Wordart – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Blossoming-Clusters-and-Wordart.html
Photomasks – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Blossoming-Photomasks.html
QPs – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Blossoming-QPs-Set.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Called-To-Serve-kit-by-Scraps-N-Pieces.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Watercolor-Overlays-01-by-Snickerdoodle-Designs.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Pocket-Scrapping-Templates-Bundle-02-by-Snickerdoodle-Designs.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Branching-Out-5-Grab-Bag.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Springtime-2..html

ADB Designs
https://store.gingerscraps.net/Somewhere-Bundle-by-ADB-Designs.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Blended-4-Templates-by-Aimee-Harrison.html

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

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Love-the-Earth-BGD.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/spring-floral-by-Clever-Monkey-Graphics.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/postage-stamp-frames-by-Clever-Monkey-Graphics.html

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Bundle: https://store.gingerscraps.net/On-My-Honor-Bundle-by-Connie-Prince.html
Kit: https://store.gingerscraps.net/On-My-Honor-Kit-by-Connie-Prince.html
Messy Papers: https://store.gingerscraps.net/On-My-Honor-Messy-Papers-by-Connie-Prince.html
Alpha Pack: https://store.gingerscraps.net/On-My-Honor-Alpha-Pack-AddOn-by-Connie-Prince.html
Word Art: https://store.gingerscraps.net/On-My-Honor-Word-Art-Pack-by-Connie-Prince.html
Extra Papers: https://store.gingerscraps.net/On-My-Honor-Extra-Papers-by-Connie-Prince.html
Border Clusters: https://store.gingerscraps.net/On-My-Honor-Border-Clusters-by-Connie-Prince.html
Word Bits: https://store.gingerscraps.net/On-My-Honor-Word-Bits-by-Connie-Prince.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Splendid-Blended-Vol.4.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Hippity-Hop-Digital-Scrapbook-Kit-by-Dandelion-Dust-Designs.html

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Collection: https://store.gingerscraps.net/And-Many-More-Collection.html
Kit: https://store.gingerscraps.net/And-Many-More-Kit.html
Finishing Touches: https://store.gingerscraps.net/And-Many-More-Finishing-Touches.html
Journal Cards: https://store.gingerscraps.net/And-Many-More-Journal-Cards.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Road-Maps-Simply-Pockets-Vol.-3.html

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Bundle: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Hop-Into-Spring-Bundle-by-JB-Studio.html
Kit: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Hop-Into-Spring-Page-Kit-by-JB-Studio.html
Flowers: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Hop-Into-Spring-Flowers-by-JB-Studio.html
Cards: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Hop-Into-Spring-Cards-by-JB-Studio.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/On-Cloud-Nine-Templates-by-JB-Studio.html

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Bundle: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Happy-Overlays-4×6-Bundle.html
Horizontal: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Happy-Overlays-4×6-Horizontal.html
Vertical: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Happy-Overlays-4×6-Vertical.html

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Bundle: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Happy-Overlays-3×4-Bundle.html
Horizontal: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Happy-Overlays-3×4-Horizontal.html
Vertical: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Happy-3×4-Overlays.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Layered-Page-Templates-April.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/LDragDesigns/

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Lindsay-Jane/

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Blue-Heart-Scraps/

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Bundle: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Hop-Into-Spring-Bundle-by-JB-Studio.html
Kit: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Hop-Into-Spring-Page-Kit-by-JB-Studio.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Magical-Scraps-Galore/

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Studio-Jx2

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

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They say it’s nearly spring! Maybe this kit will inspire Mother Nature to agree!

Sneak Peeks April 11 2019

Happy Thursday!!! It’s already too hot in Florida for Spring. I was hoping to get a couple weeks of great temps before the heat came but nope, its in the 80’s.  At least I got a few layouts done with this week’s new releases! They are awesome! Let’s take a peek!

From Dagi

From Clever Monkey Graphics

From Tinci

From Down This Road Designs

From Lindsay Jane

From JB Studio

From Aimee Harrison

From LDrag Designs

From Miss Fish

Have a great rest of the week!