Archives for May 2019

Fresh Baked: May 31, 2019

We’re almost halfway through the year. 2019 is flying by even faster than 2018 did! That doesn’t mean that the designers are letting that slow them down! They have some amazing things coming!

Remember when you spend $10 in the store, you get a great new collab! Just because you’re working on that summer body doesn’t mean you don’t deserve a treat!

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/GingerBread-Ladies-Collab-No-Diet-Days.html

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Kit – https://store.gingerscraps.net/I-Believe-in-Unicorns-by-Scraps-N-Pieces.html
Invitation – https://store.gingerscraps.net/I-Believe-In-Unicorns-Birthday-Invitation-by-Scraps-N-Pieces.html
CU Templates – https://store.gingerscraps.net/I-Believe-in-Unicorns-CU-Templates-by-Scraps-N-Pieces.html

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http://bit.ly/2MivToM

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Lemon-Love-Page-Kit-by-ADB-Designs.html

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

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

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Bundle: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Dreamland-Bundle.html
Kit: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Dreamland-Kit.html
Flairs: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Dreamland-Flairs.html
Ombres: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Dreamland-Ombres.html
Smatters: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Dreamland-Smatters.html
Word Bits: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Dreamland-Word-Bits.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Timber-BGD.html

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Bundle: https://store.gingerscraps.net/-2019-June-Bundle-Collection-by-Connie-Prince.html
Kit: https://store.gingerscraps.net/-2019-June-Kit-by-Connie-Prince.html
Mixed Media: https://store.gingerscraps.net/-2019-June-Mixed-Media-by-Connie-Prince.html
Quoted: https://store.gingerscraps.net/-2019-June-Quoted-Pack-by-Connie-Prince.html
Messy Papers: https://store.gingerscraps.net/-2019-June-Messy-Papers-by-Connie-Prince.html
Border Clusters: https://store.gingerscraps.net/-2019-June-Border-Clusters-by-Connie-Prince.html
Week 23: https://store.gingerscraps.net/-2019-June-Week-23-Template-Pack-CU-Ok-by-Connie-Prince.html
Week 24: https://store.gingerscraps.net/-2019-June-Week-24-Template-Pack-CU-Ok-by-Connie-Prince.html
Week 25: https://store.gingerscraps.net/-2019-June-Week-25-Template-Pack-CU-Ok-by-Connie-Prince.html
Week 26: https://store.gingerscraps.net/-2019-June-Week-26-Template-Pack-CU-Ok-by-Connie-Prince.html
Extra Papers: https://store.gingerscraps.net/-2019-June-Extra-Papers-by-Connie-Prince.html
Alpha Pack: https://store.gingerscraps.net/-2019-June-Alpha-Pack-AddOn-by-Connie-Prince.html
Word Art: https://store.gingerscraps.net/-2019-June-Word-Art-Pack-by-Connie-Prince.html
Pocket Cards: https://store.gingerscraps.net/-2019-June-Pocket-Cards-by-Connie-Prince.html
Quick Pages: https://store.gingerscraps.net/-2019-June-Quick-Pages-by-Connie-Prince.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Project-2019-Meow-ments-Bundle-by-Dagilicious-and-Made-by-Keuntje.html

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

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Together In Spirit | Collection: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Together-In-Spirit-Collection.html
Together In Spirit | Kit: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Together-In-Spirit-Kit.html
Together In Spirit | Finishing Touches: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Together-In-Spirit-Finishing-Touches.html
Together In Spirit | Journal Cards: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Together-In-Spirit-Journal-Cards.html

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

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Bundle: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Hey-Mister-Bundle-by-JB-Studio-and-Juno-Designs.html
Kit: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Hey-Mister-Page-Kit-by-JB-Studio-and-Juno-Designs.html
Papers: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Hey-Mister-Papers-by-JB-Studio-and-Juno-Designs.html
Elements: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Hey-Mister-Elements-by-JB-Studio-and-Juno-Designs.html
Alphas¨https://store.gingerscraps.net/Hey-Mister-Alphas-by-JB-Studio-and-Juno-Designs.html
Artsy Papers: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Hey-Mister-Artsy-Papers-by-JB-Studio-and-Juno-Designs.html
Cards: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Hey-Mister-Cards-by-JB-Studio-and-Juno-Designs.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/CU-Layered-Templates-USA.html

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[kit] https://store.gingerscraps.net/Summer-Is-Calling-by-LDragDesigns.html
[alphas] https://store.gingerscraps.net/Summer-Is-Calling-Alphas-by-LDragDesigns.html
[embossed papers] https://store.gingerscraps.net/Summer-Is-Calling-Embossed-Papers-by-LDragDesigns.html
[collection] https://store.gingerscraps.net/Summer-Is-Calling-The-Collection-by-LDragDesigns.html
[glitters] https://store.gingerscraps.net/Summer-Is-Calling-Glitterstyles-by-LDragDesigns.html

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[graffiti] https://store.gingerscraps.net/Summer-Is-Calling-Graffiti-by-LDragDesigns.html
[borders] https://store.gingerscraps.net/Summer-Is-Calling-Borders-by-LDragDesigns.html
[journal cards] https://store.gingerscraps.net/Summer-Is-Calling-Journal-Cards-by-LDragDesigns.html
[worn out papers] https://store.gingerscraps.net/Summer-Is-Calling-Worn-Out-Papers-by-LDragDesigns.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Sum-Sum-Summertime-Templates-MissFish.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Usual-moments-Photobook-templates-Set2.html

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Bundle – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Rustic-splendor-Bundle.html
Kit – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Rustic-splendor-Kit.html
Painted papers – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Rustic-splendor-Painted-papers.html
Clusters – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Rustic-splendor-Clusters.html
Masks&Frames – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Rustic-splendor-Masks-Frames.html
Stamps – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Rustic-splendor-Stamps.html
Stamps&Borders – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Rustic-splendor-Stamps-and-Borders.html
Splatters&Accents – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Rustic-splendor-Splatters-and-Accents.html

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

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

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Stay-At-Home-Mom-Bundle-by-JB-Studio.html

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

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

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Sneak Peeks May 30th, 2019

Happy Thursday! It’s the end of May! So I get to show you a sneak peek of tomorrow’s new releases and Saturday’s new Buffet!

From Miss Fish

From LDrag

From Down This Road

From Dagilicious

From Aimee Harrison

 

And a Peek of the new Buffet!

Have a Great Weekend!

Tutorial Tuesday (Photoshop Elements)

How Do You Know When to Upgrade?

Today’s tutorial is going to be a really wordy one. Lisa R made this comment on last week’s post: “That’s why I adore digital scrapbooking! I still have PSE 11 and since I use it mostly for photos (not scrapping), it would be interesting to hear the best things YOU like about it … I’ve been thinking of upgrading for quite some time but again, because I use it mostly for photos, I’m still on the fence.” I hope to make her decision easier by discussing some of the things that have evolved since V.11. I’ve never been one to upgrade just to stay at the front of the pack. There has to be something in the upgrade that I want… and I’m pondering whether it’s worth the money (about $120 Canadian for an upgrade, $140 for a new purchase) to jump to PSE 2019. But before I talk about that, let’s look at the changes from Lisa’s V.11 to my current V.15.

V.11 brought us some fabulous sketchy filters, and introduced automated actions to ElementsPhotoshop CS/CC has had them for a long time. If you’re not familiar with actions, they’re little scripts that automatically perform a series of adjustments to your work. They’re especially useful for photo editing and professional photographers have their favourites, which then let them develop a personal style. Photographers whose specialty is newborns, for example, will use actions that tone down jaundiced skin, hide newborn “acne”, reduce mottling and so on. There are also actions that take the work out of getting the background right. There are lots of sources for free or low-cost actions online, with demonstrations of how they work. Here’s a demo of a free action from The Coffee Shop blog. It’s called Perfect Portrait 3. It’s pretty amazing!

In V.15 there are two ways you can access actions, both the very basic ones that came with the software and those you’ve installed. The first is to click Window>Actions and the second is to click that More button then choose the Actions tab. If you look closely at this photo of my son, his skin is pretty gnarly-looking so let’s see how Perfect Portrait 3 fixes it.

When you’ve chosen the action you want to run by clicking on the folder to the left of the title, you can either click on the dark blue triangle to the left of the folder’s contents, or the dark blue triangle circled below. That sets the action in motion.

There may be some parts of the action that require your input, like this one. It’s actually the second spot where I told it what to do; the first was a Levels adjustment. In this screen I could change the source of the colour I want to replace.

After I hit the OK button for Replacing Color, the action took off and in 30 seconds I had all these adjustment layers that I can now fine-tune. But even without any further input from me, those blemishes on Adam’s nose are gone, his skin tone is more even and his teeth are whiter. I think his crows’ feet aren’t as obvious too.

Another new feature that came with V.11 is in the Organizer. (I don’t use the Organizer because I didn’t like it with my first couple of versions, and created my own filing/organization system.) This version introduced user-determined tagging, allowing many more options for finding what you’re looking for by using your own tags. Options could be by name, by date, by location or by event, for example.

Last but not least, V.11 had the first Out-of-Bounds Guided Edit that allows cutting away the background from part of a photo but leaving things like heads, arms and legs in there. Think of those cool layouts where the photo looks 3D, like it’s bursting out of a frame.

V.12 brought a few more useful improvements. Content-Awareness allows for quicker, easier editing with the Spot Healing tool and with the Content-Aware Move tool. (I haven’t played with that tool yet, so I won’t try to explain how it works. We’ll save that for another day!) This version gave us a pet-eye correction in the Quick and Expert edit menus for the first time.

It also gave us the Zoom Burst Guided Edit that lets you add motion blur to an action photo that looks natural. That one looks like a lot of fun! Another new option in the Guided Edit menu in V.12 is Rotate and Straighten, making adjusting the horizon in photos super-simple. Here’s where the Puzzle edit and the Photomerge edit also came into play. One big drawback to V.12 was that everything was turned into a Smart Object, resizing things like buttons to the size of whatever the workspace it was moved onto was… 12×12 for example. It was a REAL pain in the butt having to then manually resize every. Single. Element. On my layouts.

V.13 got rid of that. It introduced the Refine Edge function to selections, which was a game-changer for lots of people. It allows for sharper extractions and cleaner edges. Some other benefits V.13 had include Auto-crop options – the software provides a preview of several ways to crop an image. [I turned that off eventually because I don’t want to be told what to do. ;)] They added Black and White (automatic and simple conversion to black and white), Black and White Color Pop (keeping a specific area of a photo in color while making the rest of it black and white) and Recompose (resizing your photos without losing important parts of them) to the Guided Edit menu.

And then there were these very useful additions! I haven’t actually played with these either, but I think I should!

V.14 is where there were huge changes made to Elements. Many of the techniques I’ve shared were made possible by these additions: Remove Camera Shake; Remove Haze (!); Batch Edit; one-click Whiten Teeth, frames, photo effects and textures; Photo Illustration; Paint-On Effects; select detailed edges (hair?); remixing 2 photos, improvements to the Recompose edit; RAW editing; new options in Photomerge and an opportunity to print at home came with V.14.

Compared to V.14, there weren’t a lot of changes in V.15, but improved function of some of the menus were a bonus. The Filter Gallery has been simplified and there were a few additions to the Guided Edit menu such as Photo Text (there was a tut on this one), Effects Collage (which lets you apply several effects to sections of a single photo), Painterly (there was a tut on this one too) and Speed Pan (giving a moving object a blurred background). There’s also a cool effect that lets you change a frown into a smile.

Changes to the appearance of the workspace, the location of toolboxes and buttons and other sort of housekeeping things have continued from version to version. There will always be a bit of a learning curve when you upgrade; the larger the gap between your old version and the new one, the steeper the curve.

So this is where my dilemma lies. Do I go from V.15 to Elements 2019? How hard will it be for me to learn the new stuff, and then translate it into easy-to-follow tutorials? Are there enough new things (there are 8 new Guided Edits) I can’t live without to make it worthwhile? 2019 has a powerful new function called Adobe Sensei AI, which does a lot of things automatically in both the Organizer and the Editor. It uses artificial intelligence to tag and organize your photos and videos based on image recognition, it allows for video editing, which V.15 does not, and it has several social media features. Oh and did I mention slideshows?? If you’ve ever had to create a slideshow, you’ll know how much work they are and how hard it is to get them just right. 2019 will automatically select the best photos from a selection and turn them into an animated slideshow guaranteed to impress. There’s also a more useful home screen. It looks like I have some thinking to do…

Fresh Baked: May 24, 2019

No weird holidays to share with y’all today. Summer is starting to get here, and we’re all ready for it! Time for surf, sun, and no need to use the flash! Who’s with me?

Remember when you spend $10 in the store, you get a great new collab! Just because you’re working on that summer body doesn’t mean you don’t deserve a treat!

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/GingerBread-Ladies-Collab-No-Diet-Days.html

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Summer templates Vol.1 – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Summer-Templates-Vol1.html
Summer templates Vol.2 – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Summer-Templates-Vol2.html
Summer templates Vol.3 – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Summer-Templates-Vol3.html
Summer templates Vol.4 – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Summer-Templates-Vol4.html
Summer templates Bundle – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Summer-Templates-Bundle.html

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Full Bundle – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Back-to-the-Coast-Bundle.html
Kit – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Back-to-the-Coast-Kit.html
Clusters&Wordart – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Back-to-the-Coast-Clusters-WA.html
Accents – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Back-to-the-Coast-Accents.html
Stamps – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Back-to-the-Coast-Stamps.html
Painted papers & Masks – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Back-to-the-Coast-PaintPapers-Masks.html
Photomasks – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Back-to-the-Coast-Photomasks.html
QPs Set – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Back-to-the-Coast-QPs-Set.html

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Called to Serve Quickpages: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Called-To-Serve-Quickpages-by-Scraps-N-Pieces.html
I Am Kind Quickpages: https://store.gingerscraps.net/I-Am-Kind-Quickpages-by-Scraps-N-Pieces.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Vintage-Milk-Bottle-Caps.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Springtime-4..html

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

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Collection: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Taste-of-Asia-Collection-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Kit: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Taste-of-Asia-Page-Kit-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Alphas: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Taste-of-Asia-Alpha-Sets-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Frames: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Taste-of-Asia-Frame-Clusters-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Borders: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Taste-of-Asia-Borders-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Wood Papers: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Taste-of-Asia-Wood-Papers-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Messy Edges: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Taste-of-Asia-Messy-Edges-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Glitters: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Taste-of-Asia-Glitters-by-Aimee-Harrison.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Life-s-a-Hoot-BGD.html

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

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Second-Chances-4-Templates-by-Dagilicious.html

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Embrace The Day | Collection: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Embrace-The-Day-Collection.html
Embrace The Day | Kit: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Embrace-The-Day-Kit.html
Embrace The Day | Finishing Touches: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Embrace-The-Day-Finishing-Touches.html
Embrace The Day | Journal Cards: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Embrace-The-Day-Journal-Cards.html
Embrace The Day | Stamped Alpha Pack: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Embrace-The-Day-Stamped-Alpha-Pack.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Road-Maps-Vol.-8.html

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

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Stay-At-Home-Mom-Bundle-by-JB-Studio.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Build-Your-Own-Grab-Bag-May-2019.html

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

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

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Templates-White-Space-2-by-Lindsay-Jane.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Templates-White-Space-2-by-Lindsay-Jane.html

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Bundle: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Book-A-Holic-collection.html
Page kit: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Book-A-Holic.html
Journaling Cards: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Book-A-Holic-cards.html
Graffiti Pack: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Book-A-Holic-graffiti-pack.html
Bonus Torn Papers: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Book-A-Holic-bonus-papers.html
Word Bits: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Book-A-Holic-words.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/A-Magic-Carpet-Ride.html

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Bundle: https://store.gingerscraps.net/SLAT-BUNDLE-PNG-Templates-by-MagsGraphics.html
Circles: https://store.gingerscraps.net/SLAT-CIRCLES-PNG-Templates-by-MagsGraphics.html
Hearts: https://store.gingerscraps.net/SLAT-HEARTS-PNG-Templates-by-MagsGraphics.html
Polygons: https://store.gingerscraps.net/SLAT-POLYGONS-PNG-Templates-by-MagsGraphics.html
Rectangles: https://store.gingerscraps.net/SLAT-RECTANGLES-PNG-Templates-by-MagsGraphics.html
Squares: https://store.gingerscraps.net/SLAT-SQUARES-PNG-Templates-by-MagsGraphics.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Painters-Paradise-3-Templates-by-Miss-Fish.html

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

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Stay-At-Home-Mom-Bundle-by-JB-Studio.html

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

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

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Think positive and focus on the good things in life!

Sneak Peeks May 23rd 2019

Happy Thursday! School is almost out and summer is almost here!!!! Where did the Spring go??? To get you ready for the summer, our designers have some great new releases! Let’s take a peek!

From Dagi

From Mags Graphics

From Tinci

From Heather Z

 

From Down This Road

From Miss Fish

From Aimee Harrison

Tutorial Tuesday (Photoshop Elements)

Restoring those Vintage Snapshots

Halfway between my birthday and Mother’s Day, I had the most amazing visit with some relatives I’d never met before. One of the ladies I spend the day with is my Grandmother’s first cousin, who is actually only four years older than my mother. This delightful woman brought along a huge collection of vintage photos, some of them well over 100 years old. Today I’m going to show you one of them and take you through a Guided Edit to restore it. (Spoiler alert: This is NOT a quick edit. It took me about 2 hours to get it to the final version.)

The Guided Edit I’m going to demonstrate today is simply called Restore Old Photo. It’s in the Special Edit toolbox. What I love about these Guided Edits is that everything you’re going to need (pretty much) is all in the Edit toolbox. It’s especially helpful for those who are still learning how to use their software, because each tool in the box has a little explanation of how to use it. Like a mini-tut, if you will.

Here’s my photo. The little girl is my first cousin twice removed, Lily Annie Delia. She was nicknamed Laddie (for her initials) and she really didn’t like it! This photo was taken in the fall of 1916 and was sent to her grandmother as a Christmas gift.

This Guided Edit has more tools within it than can be shown all at once, so don’t forget to scroll down and take a peek. Be cautious of that Cancel button I’ve circled. It resets EVERYTHING back to the original.

The tools are listed in the order you’re most likely to use them, but I found I was bouncing between them as the condition of the photo demanded. Zoom in really closely so you can see the imperfections better and what changes the tools create when you use them.

But first… This is a personal preference here. I like to crop off the white paper border before I do anything else. But there may be times when you want to leave it. Here I show you how I cropped this one. The image was printed slightly askew so I straightened the Crop window level to the demarcation between the carpet and the wall.

This is my new starting point.

The Spot Healing tool in the Expert edit mode has a number of options for the tool, but within this Guided Edit, it doesn’t. If you’ve never used it before, you’ll be surprised at how one click can make a huge difference. The secret to a great, invisible edit is to take your time and use a SMALL diameter brush.

See how all that discoloured scratchy stuff is gone now? Typo spotters… that should read “down”. You can move your photo around on your workspace by using the Hand tool.

That scratch and the messy corner will need more help than the Spot Healing tool can provide, so I’ll use the Healing Brush. It’s similar to the Clone Stamp but can be stroked across a blemish like a brush. More details on how this tool works best are to follow.

Now you see it, now you don’t!

This is where I started moving back and forth between the Spot Healing tool and the Healing Brush.

This shows how sometimes there are several types of blemishes in a small area.

The Spot Healing tool is active in this screenshot. I’ve removed most of the discoloured stuff.

It’s very easy to change the size of the brush you’re using in either the Spot Healing tool or the Healing Brush. Those square brackets that don’t have much use outside of algebra are the volume up and volume down buttons for brushes. The [ one makes your brush smaller, while the ] one makes it bigger. I just made my Healing Brush slightly bigger than the scraped area, selected an unblemished area of my photo and painted over it.

These scratches and creases might be erased with the Spot Healing tool, but I didn’t take any chances. I used the Healing Brush.

Here’s the secret to making the Healing Brush and Clone Stamp tools work to their best advantage. (And I literally discovered the trick LAST NIGHT!) If you don’t move the cursor away from your ALT>Click selection before you start using the tool, your “source” point will be… what you’re trying to cover. So always move it, even just a little bit, before you start trying to fix an area. You’ll be able to see where your source is because there will be a little white “plus” sign at the spot where the colour or texture is being sampled. Below I’ve mocked up what you’ll see, but in black to make it more easily seen.

When using either the Healing Brush or the Clone Stamp, work AWAY from your source so you’re moving from clear to unclear. You’re trying to blend away the blotches, not replicate them.

No matter what tool you’re using, when you’re in a spot where there’s lots of detail, you need to slow down and use the smallest brush possible. If you’re too close to an area where the colour or tone is different, your correction will actually only create another flaw.

Hair. It’s one of those love-it-or-hate-it things!

Use the zoom! The keyboard shortcuts – and + make it easy to do. Get in tight where you need to, pull back to make sure it looks right when you need to.

I used the Spot Healing tool, the Healing Brush and the Clone Stamp freely in this area. The Clone Stamp tool is terrific for repeating shapes and sharp edges. By selecting a spot along the edge, for example, I can replicate that perfect spot all the way down the rung.

And on it goes.

Spot Healing worked well for the cross piece here.

I made my way across the photo from the upper left corner over to the right, dropped my working area down then worked back from right to left, repeating until I’d covered the whole photo.

I could stop here, but I want to show you some more options, so let’s press on.

Even though I think I’ve done a great job, I think I want to use the Dust Removal tool to refine the image even more. It’s one of the hidden ones I had to scroll down to find. Adjusting the pixel size, I can tell Elements to find all the remaining flaws that size or smaller and Elements will fix them.

I wanted the Dust Removed first before I went on to the Blur tool. It does exactly what it says it does. It softens the hard edges of an edited area so it doesn’t stand out. I just brushed it over some of the background.

The next several adjustments aren’t using any of the tools, just adjustment modes, so the Blur tool looks like it’s still active. But this screenshot shows my photo after I used the Auto Levels mode.

Then I let Elements adjust it with Auto Contrast.

And a touch of Sharpening.

When I’ve gone as far as I want to with the Guided Edit, I can click on that Next button and go into the Expert edit mode.

Since I discovered Enhance>Haze Removal, I’ve used it SO OFTEN! It does several things all at once – sharpening details and deepening contrast.

And the effect is fully adjustable. I’ve moved both sliders to the left from the default settings.

Don’t worry that you’ve gone too far… you can ALWAYS Undo it all! CTRL/CMD>Z is a scrapper’s best friend! (CTRL/CMD>Y will Redo, so you’ve got options!)

Don’t foget to save your hard work! I named my new photo Laddie Xmas 16 for ease of finding it later.

What do you think?

Fresh Baked: May 17, 2019

Today is considered “Pack Rat Day”. As scrapbookers and photographers, we understand that, right!?! We take one hundred pictures just to get the perfect picture. We have at least twelve kits to choose from for that picture! Time to celebrate us. We’ll let the family celebrate “No Dirty Dishes” on Saturday themselves, right! And then Sunday, we’ll go out and enjoy “May Ray Day” and get more pictures!

Remember when you spend $10 in the store, you get a great new collab! Just because you’re working on that summer body doesn’t mean you don’t deserve a treat!

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/GingerBread-Ladies-Collab-No-Diet-Days.html

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

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/lemonade-grab-bag-by-neia-scraps.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Easy-to-move-Templates.html

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Full Bundle – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Forever-in-my-heart-Bundle.html
Kit – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Forever-in-my-heart-Kit.html
Painted papers – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Forever-in-my-heart-Painted-papers.html
Embossed papers – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Forever-in-my-heart-Embossed-papers.html
Clusters Set1 – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Forever-in-my-heart-Clusters-Set1.html
Clusters Set2 – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Forever-in-my-heart-Clusters-Set2.html
Accents – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Forever-in-my-heart-Accents.html
Stamps – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Forever-in-my-heart-Stamps.html
Stamps&Frames – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Forever-in-my-heart-Stamps-Frames.html
Photomasks – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Forever-in-my-heart-Masks.html
Simple Masks – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Forever-in-my-heart-Simple-Masks.html
Wordart – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Forever-in-my-heart-WA.html
Edges – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Forever-in-my-heart-Edges.html
QPs Set – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Forever-in-my-heart-QPs.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Chantilly-Lace-by-Scraps-N-Pieces.html

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Kit: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Cracked-Egg-Kit-by-Snickerdoodle-Designs.html
Collection: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Cracked-Egg-Collection-by-Snickerdoodle-Designs.html
WordBorders: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Cracked-Egg-WordBorders-by-Snickerdoodle-Designs.html
Paper Pack: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Cracked-Designer-Paper-Pack-by-Snickerdoodle-Designs.html
Pocket Cards: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Cracked-Egg-Pocket-Cards-by-Snickerdoodle-Designs.html
Word Strips: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Cracked-Egg-Word-Strips-by-Snickerdoodle-Designs.html

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http://bit.ly/2HmWpsM

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Springtime-3..html

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

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

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Collection: https://store.gingerscraps.net/To-Blossom-Collection-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Kit: https://store.gingerscraps.net/To-Blossom-Page-Kit-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Alphas: https://store.gingerscraps.net/To-Blossom-Alpha-Sets-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Borders: https://store.gingerscraps.net/To-Blossom-Borders-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Titles: https://store.gingerscraps.net/To-Blossom-Titles-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Wood Papers: https://store.gingerscraps.net/To-Blossom-Wood-Papers-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Messy Edges: https://store.gingerscraps.net/To-Blossom-Messy-Edges-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Glitters: https://store.gingerscraps.net/To-Blossom-Glitters-by-Aimee-Harrison.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Tickled-Pink-BGD.html

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Bundle Pack: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Travelogue-New-Jersey-Bundle-Pack-by-Connie-Prince.html
Word Art and Flair: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Travelogue-New-Jersey-Word-Art-and-Flair-Pack-by-Connie-Prince.html
Kit: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Travelogue-New-Jersey-Kit-by-Connie-Prince.html
Word Bits: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Travelogue-New-Jersey-Word-Bits-by-Connie-Prince.html
Templates: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Travelogue-New-Jersey-12×12-Temps-CU-Ok-by-Connie-Prince.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Temp-ting-Duos-4-Templates-by-Dagilicious.html

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

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Bundle: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Graduation-Day-Bundle.html
Kit: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Graduation-Day-Kit.html
Photo Overlays: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Graduation-Day-Photo-Overlays.html
Card Stocks: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Graduation-Day-Card-Stocks.html

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

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

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Mother-s-Day-Templates-Vol.1-by-LDrag-Designs.html

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[kit] https://store.gingerscraps.net/Jungle-Safari-Part-by-LDragDesigns.html
[alphas] https://store.gingerscraps.net/Jungle-Safari-Part-Alphas-by-LDragDesigns.html
[candles] https://store.gingerscraps.net/Jungle-Safari-Part-Candles-by-LDragDesigns.html

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[wordart] https://store.gingerscraps.net/Jungle-Safari-Part-Wordart-by-LDragDesigns.html
[journal cards] https://store.gingerscraps.net/Jungle-Safari-Part-Journal-Cards-by-LDragDesigns.html
[collection] https://store.gingerscraps.net/Jungle-Safari-Part-The-Collection-by-LDragDesigns.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Black-and-White-Collection-by-Lindsay-Jane.html

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Kit: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Black-and-White-by-Lindsay-Jane.html
Quick Pages: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Black-and-White-Quick-Pages-by-Lindsay-Jane.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/8×8-Print-Ready-Graduation-Frame-by-MagsGraphics.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/20-x30-Collage-Poster-Template-by-MagsGraphics.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Blended-Stories-3-Templates-by-Miss-Fish.html

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

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

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Sneak Peeks May 16th 2019

May is almost over which means school is almost out! I am not ready! It seems like the school year flew by and pretty soon spring will be done and summer will begin. Florida is officially in summer. It’s getting into the 90’s already.  At least I can beat the heat and scrap to my hearts content this weekend! Our designers have lots of goodies releasing tomorrow! Let’s take a peek!

From Dagilicious

From LDrag

From Tinci

From Lindsay Jane

From Neia

From JB Studio

From Miss Fish

From JoCee

From Aimee Harrison

From Snickerdoodle

Tutorial Tuesday (Photoshop Elements)

Repeating Patterns, Part Three

In Part One, we built a repeating pattern essentially on a grid. In Part Two, we went a little further and created a repeating, staggered pattern. And now, in Part Three we’re taking all that we’ve learned to create a repeating pattern with multiple options. Ready?

Open up a new canvas 2 inches square with a resolution of 300 pixels per inch.

Then duplicate your blank layer. The reason for this will explain itself.

Now take a look through your brushes or stamps and choose the one you’ll use first. I used a dragonfly from a free set of butterfly brushes (sorry, can’t find a ling to them). Resize it so it fits into a fraction of your square.

You can see that I’ve duplicated the dragonfly and positioned them in opposing corners.

Then I changed my foreground colour and chose a butterfly stamp, adding it to one of the vacant corners.

And duplicated THAT layer then I Merged all the layers.

I think you might remember this part. Edit>Define Pattern will let you save your creation as a pattern for use with the Pattern Fill tool.

You don’t HAVE to give it a name, but it might make it easier to find later.

Now you need a solid paper for your background. It can be textured, or not.

Then select the Paint Bucket tool, but instead of the Color Fill, go with Pattern Fill. Then go find your new creation.

One click on the paper and BINGO!

But wait! There’s more!!

This time I added some glitter to my brush layer.

And then some hearts…

… and some MORE glitter.

I missed a screenshot where I added in the silhouette of a girl jumping for joy, but you can see the result here.

Look at how amazing it looks with the glitter, which is still there.

Let’s try that one in a staggered pattern. I opened a new 2 inch tall, 4 inch wide canvas and applied the pattern to it. Then I deleted the second repeat so I’d have somewhere to put the offset. Filter>Other>Offset.

I used the same settings I had for the first staggered pattern we did back in Part Two. Then I Edit>Defined Pattern with a different name.

Yes, the same steps as before.

And there’s my new staggered-pattern paper! I could learn to love this technique!!

Have you tried any of the parts of this tutorial? I’d love to see yours!

Fresh Baked: May 10, 2019

Sunday, in this neck of the woods, it’s Mother’s Day. So, from all of us here at Gingerscraps, Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms and mums out there. Adopted, honorary, furry ones too! Have an amazing weekend and make sure you check out the amazing new goodies in the store this week!

Remember when you spend $10 in the store, you get a great new collab! Just because you’re working on that summer body doesn’t mean you don’t deserve a treat!

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/GingerBread-Ladies-Collab-No-Diet-Days.html2
https://store.gingerscraps.net/Photo-Frenzy-Chevron-Days-Templates-by-Miss-Fish.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Cluster-It-Up.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Life-is-Grand-Templates-by-Miss-Fish.html

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Bundle – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Flower-Sonata-Bundle.html
Kit – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Flower-Sonata-Kit.html
Stamps+Borders – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Flower-Sonata-Stamps-Borders.html
QPs Set – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Flower-Sonata-QPs-Set.html

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Full Bundle – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Marvelous-weekend-Bundle.html
Kit – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Marvelous-weekend-Kit.html
Painted papers – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Marvelous-weekend-Painted-papers.html
Stamps – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Marvelous-weekend-Stamps.html
Photomasks – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Marvelous-weekend-Photomasks.html
Masks&Frames – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Marvelous-weekend-Masks-and-Frames.html
Wordart – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Marvelous-weekend-Wordart.html

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Travel 1: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Summer-travel-1..html
Travel 2: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Summer-travel-2..html
Travel 3: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Summer-travel-3..html
Travel 4: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Summer-travel-4..html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Singular-3-Templates-by-Aimee-Harrison.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Duality-3-Templates-by-Aimee-Harrison.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/More-Than-a-Mom-BGD.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Simply-Pockets-Templates-by-Dagilicious.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Simply-Simple-Templates-by-Dagilicious.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Field-Of-Dreams-Digital-Scrapbook-Kit-by-Dandelion-Dust-Designs.html

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Bundle: http://bit.ly/EasterHBundGS
Kit: http://bit.ly/EasterHKitGS

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Bundle: https://store.gingerscraps.net/A-Boy-Thing-Bundled-Collection-by-JB-Studio.html
Kit: https://store.gingerscraps.net/A-Boy-Thing-Page-Kit-by-JB-Studio.html
Papers: https://store.gingerscraps.net/A-Boy-Thing-Papers-by-JB-Studio.html
Elements: https://store.gingerscraps.net/A-Boy-Thing-Elements-by-JB-Studio.html
Alphas: https://store.gingerscraps.net/A-Boy-Thing-Alphas-by-JB-Studio.html
Wordbits: https://store.gingerscraps.net/A-Boy-Thing-Wordbits-Wordarts-by-JB-Studio.html
Splatters: https://store.gingerscraps.net/A-Boy-Thing-Splatters-by-JB-Studio.html
Artsy: https://store.gingerscraps.net/A-Boy-Thing-Artsy-and-Ombre-Papers-by-JB-Studio.html
Stickers: https://store.gingerscraps.net/A-Boy-Thing-Stickers-by-JB-Studio.html
Clusters: https://store.gingerscraps.net/A-Boy-Thing-Clusters-by-JB-Studio.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Tooth-Fairy-Fun-Mini.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/On-Froggie-Pond-Mini.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Some-Bunny-Loves-You-Mini.html

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Bundle: https://store.gingerscraps.net/May-Flowers-Buffet-Bundle.html
Borders: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Kmess-May-Flowers-Borders.html
Stacked Papers: https://store.gingerscraps.net/May-Flowers-Stacked-Papers.html

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[kit] https://store.gingerscraps.net/Egg-citing-Day-by-LDragDesigns.html
[Collection] https://store.gingerscraps.net/Egg-citing-Day-The-Collection-by-LDragDesigns.html
[Templates] https://store.gingerscraps.net/Egg-citing-Day-Templates-by-LDragDesigns.html
[Borders] https://store.gingerscraps.net/Egg-citing-Day-Borders-by-LDragDesigns.html
[Journal Cards] https://store.gingerscraps.net/Egg-citing-Day-Journal-Cards-by-LDragDesigns.html
[Alphas] https://store.gingerscraps.net/Egg-citing-Day-Alphas-by-LDragDesigns.html
[Embossed Papers] https://store.gingerscraps.net/Egg-citing-Day-Embossed-Papers-by-LDragDesigns.html
[Worn Out Papers] https://store.gingerscraps.net/Egg_citing-Day-Worn-Out-Papers-by-LDragDesigns.html
[Glitters] https://store.gingerscraps.net/Egg-citing-Day-Glitterstyles-by-LDragDesigns.html

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Blocked & Stitched Temps Vol.14: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Blocked-and-Stitched-Templates-Vol.14-by-LDragDesigns.html
Stacked & Blocked Temps Vol.15: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Blocked-and-Stitched-Templates-Vol.14-by-LDragDesigns.html

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Photo Focus Temps Vol.7: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Curved-Photo-Templates.html
Curved Photo Temps Vol.8: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Curved-Photo-Templates.html

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

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

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Collection: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Gulls-Just-Wanna-Have-Fun-Collection.html
Kit: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Gulls-Just-Wanna-Have-Fun-Page-Kit.html
Mini kit: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Gulls-Just-Wanna-Have-Fun-MiniKit.html
Hashtags: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Gulls-Just-Wanna-Have-Fun-Hashtags.html
Alpha: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Gulls-Just-Wanna-Have-Fun-Alpha.html

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

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Dagi-s-Temp-tations/

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https://www.facebook.com/groups/JBStudio/

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

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