Archives for May 2019

Tutorial Tuesday (Photoshop Elements)

UnMASKing the MASK

Y’all remember Karyn Concannon‘s comment a few weeks ago where she offered me some topics for discussion? Well, we’ve done some paper-making (with one more version yet in the works) and now we’ll look at making masks. There has been a mask-making tutorial some time ago, but this one will go a little further and in a bit of a different direction.

Let’s get to work! Go big… it can’t possibly hurt. I’m going 12×12 here.

The whole process uses only brushes. If you’re low on awesome and fabulous brushes, there are TONS of free ones online, my favourite source being brusheezy.com where they have a huge assortment and literally something for everyone. Set your foreground colour to black then select your Brush tool.

I love the look of watercolour paint so I have several brush sets of watercolour swashes. This particular set is called 20 Watercolor Masks and they’re truly fabulous. I’ve got my brush size set to 1600 pixels and the Opacity to 100%.

This is the result of a single click with the brush. Looks like a cloud, doesn’t it? And almost as um… ephemeral.

So I made some copies (CTRL/CMD>J) and stopped when I thought it had enough presence. Then I Merged all the copies into one layer.

But unless I use a very long-distance landscape photo, this isn’t going to be enough of a statement. So I added some more substance by choosing another brush from the same set.

(Notice this second brush is on its own layer. If you get in the habit of doing things on their own layer you’ll have infinite control.) Single click. Interesting! But again, light on the weight.

So I made some more copies. And I shifted them around a little to distribute some of the more obvious aspects. Then I Merged (CTRL/CMD>E) them.

Mmmm. Still not quite the look I’m going for. So I made another copy of the FIRST layer. When you think about masks, you’ll remember that the darker (black) the area the more of the photo is revealed. So you can’t get blacker than black. You can always go back and adjust your layers until your mask pleases your eye.

Don’t be afraid to move the brushes around! You’re the only one you have to please, so make it what you want it to be!

If you’re still not happy with the way your mask looks, you can use a big, soft, round Basic brush (from the brush set that comes with Elements) to either darken areas more, or lighten them (if you’re lightening, use the Eraser tool and a low opacity to avoid going overboard).

See how I’ve softened some of the edges? I only used a black brush. No erasing.

Like I’ve said, YOU’RE the boss here, so you can go as far as you want with your mask. I decided to add some paint splatters, again with a free brush.

Oh my!! I LIKE it!! (If I don’t like how the more distant splatters look once I’ve clipped a photo to it, I can erase those parts OF THE MASK and still have the splatter effect in areas of the photo.)

Now I’m happy with the depth and balance of my mask, I can Merge the layers all together. That’s an important step if you plan to do what I’m going to show you next.

Some designers make phenomenally beautiful masks that are out of the ordinary. (Irina from PrelestnayaP is one such.) For this next step I used a brush that was part of a set chosen for the Brush Challenge back in October 2015. You can download these brushes, designed by Lileya Brogu, here. Take note that I’ve got the Eraser tool selected, NOT the Brush tool.

Whatdya think?

And here’s what it all looks like with a photo clipped to it. Pretty fancy!

Just for fun, and to show you haw easy it is to customize your mask, I Undid (CTRL/CMD>Z) that last step and tried a few other brushes.

This one is really creepy. I downloaded the eyeball brushes for a Hallowe’en project.

See? There’s really no limit to the possibilities – other than the limits of your brush collection!

So once I was done playing with it, I decided to Save it for later. I chose Save As (CTRL/CMD>SHIFT>S) because that’s where I can decide what format to save it in. To be a good mask, it needs to be saved as a .png with a transparent background. Then I decided where to save it – into my personal Elements folder, and what to call it.

The last step is to select the .png options. To preserve the most detail, go with the settings shown below.

How much fun is that??

~~May Featured Designers~~

Happy May!! Has everyone recovered from INSD? I hope everyone was able to join in on the fun and found some great deals!

This month we have TWO designers that have teamed up for this month’s Featured Designer. Miss Fish and Shepherd Studio are bringing you this month’s Daily Download. They both slowed down for a few minutes to answer my questions.

Let’s chat with Juli of Miss Fish first.

How long have you been designing?

2- and three-quarter years so far.

What made you decide to design?

I wanted to make some extra money to get my hair and nails done monthly.

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

My laptop, hooked to a double wide monitor, Photoshop, my new iPad Pro and Procreate.

Describe your design workplace.

I sit in our Family Room at a self-made desk in our bookcase. That puts me in the middle of everything going on in our family. I can also pick and go anywhere (can you say Starbucks?) with my laptop.

What motivates and inspires you as a designer?

Fun colors and fun patterns. I’ve started designing kits this year because of this.

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

My favorite template pack is Wordly Templates. These make me think of vacationing and documenting all my adventures.

What was your first job?

First ever??? Probably babysitting.

Have you ever met anyone famous?

I don’t think so.

What are you reading right now?

I work full time and design; this girl has no time to read.

What is your favorite quote?

Live for the moments you can’t put in to words.

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

Learn how to draw.

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

Michelle Obama

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

Texting to stay in touch with my kids and family. Pinterest for design inspiration and ideas. Google maps because I don’t like getting lost.

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

Drive my car to work and clean my house, maybe even make dinner.

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

To the future.

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

“Sometimes you feel like a nut. Sometimes you don’t”.

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

Margaritas!!!

Make sure to check our her GingerScraps store, her FB Fan Page and her Facebook Group, The Fish Bowl.

Now, let’s talk to Jenn of Shepherd Studio.

How long have you been designing?

About 10 years, but I just came back to digital scrapbook design last year.

What made you decide to design?

Peer pressure.

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

I use Paint Shop Pro mostly, but also use Photoshop and Illustrator.

Describe your design workplace.

I have a designated office space in our home, so it’s filled with my planners and paper crafting as well as my computer for designing. I also have a second monitor I mostly use to stream movies while I work. I keep everything white including all the furniture as I prefer a minimal, clean look.

What motivates and inspires you as a designer?

I’m most inspired by themes and colors. I enjoy designing papers and patterns and work hard to create unique patterns as well as favorite basics with each kit.

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

My favorite kit is Wildflower. I loved the sketches and creating the fun patterns for it. The blues and yellows just remind me of being outside. It’s the kit most like me.

What was your first job?

I worked in the kitchen at a Summer Camp in the Adirondacks

Have you ever met anyone famous?

Several people. I even got to shake President Bill Clinton’s hand.

What are you reading right now?

“How to Be Well: The 6 Keys to a Happy and Healthy Life” by Frank M D Lipman

What is your favorite quote?

“Be the change you want to see in the world.” by Mahatma Gandhi

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

Take my husband to a foreign country. He’s never been outside the US.

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

Oprah

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

Instagram, Etsy, Gmail

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

Rub my back and feet

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

Back in time

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

Dada da da da I’m lovin’ it.

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

Herbal tea

Make sure to check out her GingerScraps store and her Facebook Fan Page.

Also, make sure you are grabbing each day of the Daily Download for a great kit and templates from both ladies.

 

iNSD is Here! Time To Play and Scrap!

Oh. My. Goodness! It’s time for iNSD! Are you ready?

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https://forums.gingerscraps.net/forumdisplay.php?1569-2019-iNSD-inter-National-Scrapbook-Day!!

Speed scraps!
Freebies!
Amazing sales!
An amazing collab! When you spend $20 in the store, you’ll get this amazing collab FREE! Lazy Days and No Diet Day sounds like the perfect weekend to me!

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/GingerBread-Ladies-MEGA-Collab-Lazy-Days.html

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/Big-Stinker-KIT-by-MagsGraphics.html

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http://bit.ly/MFishNSD2019GB

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Creative Box #2 (Full Bundle) – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Keep-your-memories-Creative-Box2.html
Masks&Frames – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Keep-your-memories-Masks-and-Frames-Vol2.html
Grunge photomasks – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Keep-your-memories-Grunge-Photomasks-Vol1.html
Stamps&Borders – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Keep-your-memories-Stamps-and-Borders-Vol2.html
Watercolor Borders – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Keep-your-memories-Watercolor-Borders-Vol2.html
Stamps – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Keep-your-memories-Stamps-Vol2.html

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Grab Bag 1 – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Special-iNSD-2019-Grab-Bag-1-Buy-5-Packs-for-6.html
Grab Bag 2 – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Special-iNSD-2019-Grab-Bag-2-Buy-5-Packs-for-6.html

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Full Bundle – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Flowers-for-mum-Bundle.html
Kit – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Flowers-for-mum-Kit.html
Painted papers – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Flowers-for-mum-Painted-papers.html
Stamps – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Flowers-for-mum-Stamps.html
Photomasks – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Flowers-for-mum-Photomasks.html
Masks&Frames – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Flowers-for-mum-Masks-and-Frames.html
Wordart – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Flowers-for-mum-Wordart.html
QPs – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Flowers-for-mum-Qps-Set.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Be-Balanced-5-Grab-Bag.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Letting-Go-5-Grab-Bag.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Second-chances-3..html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Summer-Travel-Grab-Bag.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/This-is-May-Collection.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Tail-Wagger-iNSD-Grab-Bag.html

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

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Over-The-Line-Template-Pack.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Desert-Heat-BGD.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Desert-Heat-Bundle-BGD.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Dusted-Daydreams-Template-Pack-BGD.html

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http://bit.ly/2PzObjz

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BYOGB1: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Build-Your-Own-Grab-Bag-1-iNSD-2019-by-CathyK-Designs.html
BYOGB2: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Build-Your-Own-Grab-Bag-2-iNSD-2019-by-CathyK-Designs.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/reggae-time-by-Clever-Monkey-Graphics.html

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

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Kit Link: https://store.gingerscraps.net/summer-buzz-revisited-by-Clever-Monkey-Graphics.html
Flower Brushes Link: https://store.gingerscraps.net/flowery-brushes-by-Clever-Monkey-Graphics.html
Wood Tags Link: https://store.gingerscraps.net/wood-tags-by-Clever-Monkey-Graphics.html
CU Oval Wood Slices Link: https://store.gingerscraps.net/CU-oval-wood-slices-by-Clever-Monkey-Graphics.html
Store Link to see all new releases: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Clever-Monkey-Graphics/

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Grab Bag: https://store.gingerscraps.net/May-2019-Grab-Bag-Star-Command-by-Connie-Prince.html
Alpha Pack AddOn: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Star-Command-Alpha-Pack-AddOn-by-Connie-Prince.html
Word Art: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Star-Command-Word-Art-Pack-by-Connie-Prince.html

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

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Simply-Something-Bundle-by-Dagi-s-Temp-tations-and-Made-by-Keuntje.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/iNSD-Blast-Off-Grab-Bag.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/iNSD-Bug-Town-Grab-Bag.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/iNSD-Star-Quality-Grab-Bag.html

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Bundle – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Estimated-Due-Date-BUNDLE-by-Heather-Z-Scraps.html
Kit – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Estimated-Due-Date-KIT-by-Heather-Z-Scraps.html
Elements – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Estimated-Due-Date-ELEMENTS-by-Heather-Z-Scraps.html
Papers – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Estimated-Due-Date-PAPERS-by-Heather-Z-Scraps.html
Alphabets – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Estimated-Due-Date-ALPHABETS-by-Heather-Z-Scraps.html
Word Bits – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Estimated-Due-Date-WORD-BITS-by-Heather-Z-Scraps.html
Flairs & Journal Cards – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Estimated-Due-Date-FLAIRS-and-JOURNAL-CARDS-by-Heather-Z-Scraps.html
Tags – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Estimated-Due-Date-TAGS-by-Heather-Z-Scraps.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/When-Pigs-Fly-GrabBag-by-Key-Lime-Digi-Design.html

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Alphas: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Kmess-May-Flowers-Alphabets.html
Elements: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Kmess-May-Flowers-Elements.html
Kit: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Kmess-May-Flowers-Page-Kit.html
Paper Pack: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Kmess_May-Flowers-Paper-Pack.html
Shabby Papers: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Kmess-May-Flowers-Shabby-Papers.html
Trio: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Kmess-May-Flowers-Trio.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Kmess-May-Flowers-Trio.html

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

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

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/2019-iNSD-PU-Grab-Bag-by-LDragDesigns.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/2019-iNSD-Template-Grab-Bag-by-LDragDesigns.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Many-Flowers-Collection-by-Lindsay-Jane.html

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Kit: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Many-Flowers-by-Lindsay-Jane.html
QuickPages: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Many-Flowers-Quick-Pages-by-Lindsay-Jane.html

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

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Personal Use: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Snickerdoodle-Designs-PU/
Commercial Use: https://www.oscraps.com/shop/SD-Commercial-Use/

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

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/10-kits-for-20-Scraps-N-Pieces-SNP.html

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

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/insd-grab-bag-2019.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/4-Bundles-For-20.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/5-Kits-for-10.html

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

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http://bit.ly/mags_GS

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http://bit.ly/MFish_5BYOB2019

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http://bit.ly/MFishBunofBun19

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/iNSD-5-for-5-BYOGB.html

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http://bit.ly/1zduiB2

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http://goo.gl/DQK8T

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

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Down-This-Road/

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

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

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

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

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 iNSD Edition!

Tomorrow is the start of one of the best weeks for scrapbooking! It’s International Scrapbook Day and at Gingerscraps, that lasts for an entire week! Check back tomorrow to see all the fun we will be having! Let’s take a peek at some of the goodies releasing tomorrow!

From Key Lime Digi Designs

From Mags Graphics

From Clever Monkey Graphics

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From Tinci

From Dagi

From Down This Road

From Lindsay Jane

From CathyK

From LDrag

Come back for all the fun tomorrow!

It’s Gonna Be May!

May Day. Cinco de Mayo. May the Fourth. Mother’s Day. Memorial Day. Last days of school.

May is FULL of fun times and exciting happenings! This month is all about getting out, enjoying some sunshine, and making lots of memories!

Don’t miss out on a chance to scrap those memories with gorgeous kits and wonderful collections!

It is the First of the month, and that means the reveal of our new Buffet!!

Don’t forget to check out the Buffet Bundles, one easy click to add bundles of Buffet goodies to your cart, and an amazing value too!

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The designers all had their own take on what the colors and theme said to them! I love the variety!

The designers definitely each made the palette their own and came up with some gorgeous designs, each unique but working so well with the other designers’ creations

The CT did such a great job showing how well all of the kits blend. They all did wonderful work!

This is just a few of the layouts.

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

April’s Monthly Mix, Bound by Love, was created by Pixelily Designs, Dagi’s Temp-tations, and Scraps N Pieces. Family means everything, and this month is the perfect time to focus on that love!

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/GingerBread-Ladies-Monthly-Mix-Bound-By-Love.html

A new month means a new daily download! I’m really excited to see the layouts that will come out of this kit! But, before I show off the new Daily Download, I just have to share what we had last month!

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Love-This-Day-By-LDragDesigns.html

Celebrate every day!

May’s is just amazing!

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https://gingerscraps.net/gsblog/2019/04/dd-may-1/

Make sure you get all the pieces while you can!

Remember, the download is kept up for 5 days, and then it is taken down. If you miss pieces, the kit will be available for purchase on the first day of the following month.

And our new guest for May is Ilonka of Ilonka’s Designs!

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And when we asked for a little bio from her, here is what she had to share:

Hi, I am Ilonka. I am from a small town in The Netherlands and live there close to the sea and the beaches. I started as Ilonka’s Designs in January 2013 with designing templates for digital scrapbooking. At first all templates were freebies, when lot’s of digital scrappers started to use the templates and liked working with them it became more serious. At the end of March 2013 I opened my first store and only a few weeks later a I got a change to open a second store. At first the stores were filled with only template packs, soon after the opening of the second store my I released my first scrapkit. Up till now the main focus is still on designing scrapkits and template packs. The style of my scrapkits is classic and realistic or a mix of realistic elements mixed with illustrated elements.

And here are just a few things that she has in her store!

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

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

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

And she has a great sale going on as well:

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

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!