Archives for July 2019

Tutorial Tuesday (Potpourri)

Can We Talk?

Today I’d like to take a baby step outside my comfort zone and talk about journaling. I struggle with it. I don’t love it. I’m VERY uncomfortable with it. But I know it’s an important part of memory-keeping, so I work at it. I know some of you are shaking your heads, because you’ve read my tutorials and you know how wordy I am. 😉 But somehow, I hate to put all those words onto my layouts.

So let’s deconstruct journaling a little. Why is it important? Well, first of all, the viewer isn’t necessarily going to know who is in the photos, what they’re doing, when it occurred, why they’re together or where it happened. Basic journalism 101. Some of these factors aren’t important every time, but for a scrapbooking layout to be meaningful, at least a couple of them should be included. A date and a location might be all that’s needed. For other layouts, like heritage layouts using very old family photos, more detail isn’t only needed, it’s what makes the layout special. Take this one for example.

I’ve put all the pertinent details in there. Now when others see it, they know a little about this boy. What it doesn’t say is why this layout is important to me, how Kenneth is connected to me… it’s lacking context. But if I tell you it’s part of a family history scrapbook, where I’ll include an extensive, multi-generation family tree, then it might not matter. (Kenneth is currently part of a genealogical mystery my cousin Lynne and I are trying to solve. He’s my first cousin twice removed while Lynne is one generation closer to him; he may have been “born on the wrong side of the blanket”. Now to prove it!)

Another aspect of journaling that matters is format. My personal dislike of narrative journaling is reflected in many of my layouts by its absence. But to other scrappers, narrative works. They’re able to tell a complete story within their page, filled with detail… and my deepest admiration! When I try to do that, it sounds stilted and boring. Here’s a glimpse into Katherine Woodin‘s life; her pages are always filled with day-to-day events and are like a pictorial diary.

Others use narrative journaling to process difficult events, as Biancka did here. That takes GUTS, ladies!!

So how can I inject some context into my layouts without resorting to my brand of stiff, boring, wordy text? Oh there are SO many ways!

Quotes are a good way of both illuminating the layout and grounding the subject matter. If I can find a quote that says what I want to say much more eloquently than I can, I’ll take it! Here’s an example.

Song lyrics are, in my mind, PERFECT for journaling! When I heard this song for the first time, this girl instantly came to mind. Then the perfect photo (by Erin Wallis Photography) came into my hands. Meant to be?

Word art can help tell a story very effectively. This layout is part of my Ireland collection and will be bookended by other layouts related to the Famine to provide more context.

This layout has more detail to flesh out the story.

Let’s not forget journal cards. They’re a combination of word art and sentiment, which can be very useful. Even if they’re just a spot to put your journaling, they can be just what your layout needs. I know I don’t use them as often as I should. For this layout I used a card that had space for me to put my own words, and I used a quote from my daughter. It says it all!

What about word strips? I LOVE them! They can take on the whole job of telling your story; it’s just a matter of finding ones that work. If you have a sense of humour, you can use word strips that actually relate to something else, but communicate your message effectively. In this example, the word strips I used came from a 2014 July Buffet kit from Ponytails, who no longer is a member of the GingerScraps family. They’re Canadian slang terms: Double Double is a shorthand Tim Horton’s coffee order, Beauty is a synonym of fantastic and Eh! is a pure Canadianism. But they made sense with my photo.

What creative journaling methods do you use? Help a girl out here!

Fresh Baked: July 26, 2019

Last newsletter for July! Don’t worry, that doesn’t mean the designers are slacking off and deciding to just save everything for August! Now is the perfect time to start prepping yourself for it, in fact! Templates! Project 365 kits! So Much More!

Remember when you spend $10 in the store, you get a great new collab! Nothing says summer like kids and their lemonade stands!

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/GingerBread-Ladies-Collab-Lemonade-Stand.html

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Bundle: https://store.gingerscraps.net/-2019-August-Bundle-Collection-by-Connie-Prince.html
Kit: https://store.gingerscraps.net/-2019-August-Kit-by-Connie-Prince.html
Mixed Media: https://store.gingerscraps.net/-2019-August-Mixed-Media-by-Connie-Prince.html
Quoted: https://store.gingerscraps.net/-2019-August-Quoted-Pack-by-Connie-Prince.html
Messy Papers: https://store.gingerscraps.net/-2019-August-Messy-Papers-by-Connie-Prince.html
Border Clusters: https://store.gingerscraps.net/-2019-August-Border-Clusters-by-Connie-Prince.html
Week 32 Templates: https://store.gingerscraps.net/-2019-August-Week-32-Template-Pack-CU-Ok-by-Connie-Prince.html
Week 33 Templates: https://store.gingerscraps.net/-2019-August-Week-33-Template-Pack-CU-Ok-by-Connie-Prince.html
Week 34 Templates: https://store.gingerscraps.net/-2019-August-Week-34-Template-Pack-CU-Ok-by-Connie-Prince.html
Week 35 Templates: https://store.gingerscraps.net/-2019-August-Week-35-Template-Pack-CU-Ok-by-Connie-Prince.html
Extra Papers: https://store.gingerscraps.net/-2019-August-Extra-Papers-by-Connie-Prince.html
Alphas: https://store.gingerscraps.net/-2019-August-Alpha-Pack-AddOn-by-Connie-Prince.html
Word Art: https://store.gingerscraps.net/-2019-August-Word-Art-Pack-by-Connie-Prince.html
Pocket Cards: https://store.gingerscraps.net/-2019-August-Pocket-Cards-by-Connie-Prince.html
Quick Pages: https://store.gingerscraps.net/-2019-August-Quick-Pages-by-Connie-Prince.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Project-2019-Ruff-Life-Templates-by-Dagilicious.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Newest-Driver-by-Dandelion-Dust-Designs.html

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Kit: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Summer-Is-Here-Page-Kit-by-JB-Studio.html
Artsy Papers: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Summer-Is-Here-Artsy-Papers.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Flamingo-Flair-Kit.html

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

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Stacked-Pieces-27-Templates-by-Lindsay-Jane.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Stacked-Pieces-28-Templates-by-Lindsay-Jane.html

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Mix 3: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Stacked-Pieces-Mix-3-Templates-by-Lindsay-Jane.html
Mix 4: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Stacked-Pieces-Mix-4-Templates-by-Lindsay-Jane.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Paper-Strip-Mania-Templates-by-Miss-Fish.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Summer-Bundle3.html

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Splatters Photomasks Vol.2 – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Splatters-Photomasks-Vol2.html
Blending Photomasks Vol.2 – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Blending-Photomasks-Vol2.html
Watercolor Photomasks Vol.14 – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Watercolor-photomasks-Vol14.html
Watercolor fantasy Masks Set3 – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Watercolor-fantasy-Photomasks-Set3.html

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Set1 – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Unique-memories-Templates-Set1.html
Set2 – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Unique-memories-Templates-Set2.html
Set3 – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Unique-memories-Templates-Set3.html
Set4 – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Unique-memories-Templates-Set4.html
Full Bundle – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Unique-memories-Templates-Bundle.html

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Kit – https://store.gingerscraps.net/In-the-Summer-yard-Kit.html
Painted papers – https://store.gingerscraps.net/In-the-Summer-yard-Painted-papers.html
Photomasks – https://store.gingerscraps.net/In-the-Summer-yard-Photomasks.html
Masks&Frames – https://store.gingerscraps.net/In-the-Summer-yard-Masks-Frames.html
Stamps – https://store.gingerscraps.net/In-the-Summer-yard-Stamps.html
Stamps&Borders – https://store.gingerscraps.net/In-the-Summer-yard-Stamps-Borders.html
Splatters – https://store.gingerscraps.net/In-the-Summer-yard-Splatters.html
QPs Set – https://store.gingerscraps.net/In-the-Summer-yard-QPs-Set.html
Templates – https://store.gingerscraps.net/In-the-Summer-Templates.html
Full Bundle – https://store.gingerscraps.net/In-the-Summer-yard-Bundle.html

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Bundle – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Strike-You-re-Out-bundle-by-Scraps-N-Pieces.html
Theme items – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Strike-You-re-Out-kit-by-Scraps-N-Piecesk.html
CU Templates – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Strike-You-re-Out-CU-Templates-by-Scraps-N-Pieces.html

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Kit: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Strawberry-Lemonade-Kit-by-Snickerdoodle-Designs.html
Collection: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Strawberry-Lemonade-Collection-by-Snickerdoodle-Designs.html
Glitter: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Strawberry-Lemonade-Glitter-by-Snickerdoodle-Designs.html
Borders: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Strawberry-Lemonade-Borders-by-Snickerdoodle-Designs.html
Clusters: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Strawberry-Lemonade-Clusters-by-Snickerdoodle-Designs.html
Words: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Strawberry-Lemonade-Words-by-Snickerdoodle-Designs.html
Bonus Papers: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Strawberry-Lemonade-Bonus-Papers-by-Snickerdoodle-Designs.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Summer-feelings-2..html

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

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Gettin-Muddy-BGD.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Lemon-Zest.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/April-Showers-Bring-May-Flowers-Mini.html

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

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Sneak Peeks July 25th 2019

Happy Thursday!!! Our designers have been working hard bringing you some awesome new releases! Let’s take a peek!

From Dagilicious

From Heather Z

 

From Tinci

From JoCee

From Aimee Harrison

From JB Studio

 

From Alexis Designs

Tutorial Tuesday (Photoshop Elements)

Pick Your Pivot Point

Today’s tutorial is a quickie – short, sweet and very much to the point. The PIVOT POINT that is! I’d seen a tutorial at another site that was compiled by the talented Yobeth Puckett, and I filed it away to examine more closely another time. Yesterday, I dragged it out and tried to make sense of it. Unsuccessfully. At first. Because I was overthinking it. But believe you me, this is going to be a boon to all of us because it’s going to speed up our scrapping and reduce frustration by a lot. I know I’m going to incorporate it into my workflow, starting today.

So you know how sometimes you’re using a template and you decide you really want the stripes on your paper to run diagonally instead of horizontally. So you drag and drop your paper onto your template, then you rotate it to the desired angle. But it looks like my screenshot – the paper isn’t covering the whole paper shape mask you’re planning to clip it to. Then you nudge the paper until it covers the shape. Many steps. But…

Have you paid any attention to the controls the Move tool provides? I know I didn’t. But I’m never going to ignore them again. See that little box made up of dots? It’s a POWERFUL thing. Notice that the central dot is selected.

That gray dot signifies the Pivot Point around which the object rotates. So if I left the centre dot selected, the paper would spin on centre. But if I MOVE the selection to another one of those dots, it changes the Pivot Point!

See? By moving the Pivot Point to the middle of the right side, then rotating my paper on THAT point, the shape is completely covered! To quickly get the exact angle I want on the pattern, I typed in a numeric in the Angle box rather than try to hit a moving target.

Then all I had to do was clip the paper to the shape. As you already know, I use keyboard shortcuts rather than click on a tab, drag the cursor down an options list then click on the one I want. Quick clipping is achieved by CTRL/CMD>G for versions prior to 14 and CTRL/CMD>ALT>G for versions 14 and up.

Sweet! Now I know a shortcut for rotating a paper. But what about something that isn’t symmetrical, like this piece of ribbon. I want the knot to sit on top of the bow’s knot, but I want the ribbon to be at about a 30° angle to the bow. How can it be rotated around a different Pivot Point? Is it even a thing??

Here’s what usually happens. I rotate the ribbon. Then I have to nudge it until the two knots line up. Not the end of the world, but boy, it would be nice to be able to do it even more quickly and easily. Work Smart Not Hard is my mantra after all!

The actual Pivot Point is at the centre of the bounding box around the ribbon, but I want it on the knot. I tried using the tool’s command box but it was a colossal fail. None of the options was right.

This is what happened when I selected the upper left corner of the box. Better, but not what I want.

This is the part where I struggled with Yobeth’s tutorial. I was really overthinking it, trying to drag the Pivot Point to where I wanted it while holding down the ALT key. But all I had to do was hold the ALT key down and CLICK on the spot where I wanted the Pivot Point to go.

It really IS that simple!!!!

I can think of so many ways to use this trick. One that immediately jumped to mind is for rotating photos to match the angle of photo spots on templates. It’ll save so much nudging, I’m not even kidding!

Now I’m ready to create my layout for the Storytelling Challenge. My examples here were set up using some of the items I’m going to use from LouCee CreationsShampoodle and Setter kit. It should be finished and in the Gallery by the time this tut goes live. See you all next week!

 

 

~July Featured Designer – CathyK Designs~

Hey everyone!! I’m sliding in here a bit late with this blog post. With vacation and getting my son ready to go to Belgium for two weeks, I completely lost track of time. Hope your July is going well.

Let’s jump right into my interview with our July Designer – Cathy from CathyK Designs.

How long have you been designing?

I opened my first digi shop in 2008, so about 11 years.

What made you decide to design?

I started making some freebies just for fun, then got hooked!

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

I use Photoshop CS4 and Inkscape, though I am considering moving to Creative Cloud once I update my computer hardware.

Describe your design workplace.

I have a computer desk with a desktop computer and large display in our family room. My work area tends to be pretty cluttered, plus I always have my paper planner and paper notebook open on the desk to scribble down ideas.

What motivates and inspires you as a designer?

I like seeing an idea come to fruition and then seeing how people use that kit to scrap their precious memories. I get inspiration and ideas from color, everyday life, my sons’ activities and interests, magazines, Pinterest, textures, a song, a good quote. Really, anything can be the inspiration for a product!

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

It’s so hard to answer that! I guess my current favorite is my Country Roads collection. At first, that palette didn’t appeal much to me and I struggled to find a direction. I actually started the collection with a completely different theme in mind, then our camping trips reminded me of simpler times, which made me think of country life (since I grew up in a smaller town in the south), so I completely switched directions and absolutely love how the collection turned out! Of course, the title is from the John Denver song that was stuck in my head the ENTIRE time I was working on it! “Country Roads, take me home to the place I belong…”

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Country-Roads-Kit-by-CathyK-Designs.html

What was your first job?

In high school, I was a draftsperson for my father’s HVAC engineering company. This was back in the dark ages before CAD programs when everything was done by hand!

What is your favorite quote?

“The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” I included this one in this month’s Daily Download kit, Chart Your Own Course, because I liked the message.

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

I’d love to take a longer trip to the mountains in our new RV. We’ve only taken short weekend trips so far.

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

Texting app, since that’s the best way to communicate with my young adult sons, Chrome web browser, since you can access pretty much everything you need just using that, and Google Maps.

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

Um, all the boring things I hate to do, like paying bills, organizing paperwork, cleaning, marketing!

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

Definitely back in time to meet my ancestors. Life would be pretty dull if you knew ahead of time how everything was gonna turn out!

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

“Bum-da-dump-bum-bum-bum-bum” from some insurance company.

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

Wine!

Thanks Cathy!! Make sure to check out her GingerScraps Store and  Facebook Fan Page.

Have you been grabbing the Daily Download? If you’ve missed any pieces, it will be available as a full kit in her GingerScraps store beginning in August.

Thanks for hanging out with me today!!

Fresh Baked: July 19, 2019

Hello lovely scrappers! I hope you are all having a wonderful day. We have some amazing new releases for you this week!

And don’t forget you get this super cute collab for FREE with any purchase over $10.00 during the month of July.

Now on to our goodies for the week!

https://store.gingerscraps.net/July-…ie-Prince.html

Bundle: https://store.gingerscraps.net/volle…-Graphics.html

Kit: https://store.gingerscraps.net/volle…-Graphics.html

Journal Cards: https://store.gingerscraps.net/volle…-Graphics.html

https://store.gingerscraps.net/Backyard-BBQ.html

https://store.gingerscraps.net/A-Bugs-Life.html

https://store.gingerscraps.net/Proje…y-Keuntje.html

Time Of My Life | Collection: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Time-Of-My-Life-Collection.html

Time Of My Life | Kit: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Time-Of-My-Life-Kit.html

Time Of My Life | Finishing Touches: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Time-Of-My-Life-Finishing-Touches.html

Time Of My Life | Pattern Paper Pack: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Time-Of-My-Life-Pattern-Paper-Pack.html

https://store.gingerscraps.net/Generations-of-love-kit.html

https://store.gingerscraps.net/Layer…lates-USA.html

[KIT] https://store.gingerscraps.net/Welco…agDesigns.html

[journal cards] https://store.gingerscraps.net/Welco…agDesigns.html

[worn out papers] https://store.gingerscraps.net/Welco…agDesigns.html

[alphas] https://store.gingerscraps.net/Welco…agDesigns.html

[borders] https://store.gingerscraps.net/Welco…agDesigns.html

[collection] https://store.gingerscraps.net/Welco…agDesigns.html

[embossed papers] https://store.gingerscraps.net/Welco…agDesigns.html

[glitterstyles] https://store.gingerscraps.net/Welco…terstyles.html

[Collection] https://store.gingerscraps.net/Icecream-Shop-Collection-by-Lindsay-Jane.html

[Kit] https://store.gingerscraps.net/Icecream-Shop-by-Lindsay-Jane.html

[Quick Pages] https://store.gingerscraps.net/Icecream-Shop-Quick-Pages-by-Lindsay-Jane.html

https://store.gingerscraps.net/MissFishSummerBundle2019_2.html

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

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Full Bundle – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Myste…nd-Bundle.html

Kit – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Myste…sland-Kit.html

Painted papers – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Myste…ed-papers.html

Photomasks – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Myste…hotomasks.html

Masks & Frames – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Myste…ks-Frames.html

Stamps – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Myste…nd-Stamps.html

Splatters – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Myste…Splatters.html

https://store.gingerscraps.net/Usual…ates-Set3.html

https://store.gingerscraps.net/Folia…e-Designs.html

Born In The USA – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Born-…-N-Pieces.html

https://store.gingerscraps.net/Simpl…legant-1..html

https://store.gingerscraps.net/Color-Splash-BGD.html

Collection: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Wiste…-Harrison.html

Kit: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Wiste…-Harrison.html

Alphas: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Wiste…-Harrison.html

Borders: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Wiste…-Harrison.html

Titles: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Wiste…-Harrison.html

Graffiti: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Wiste…-Harrison.html

Edges: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Wiste…-Harrison.html

Glitters: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Wiste…-Harrison.html

Bundle & Links to Addl Products: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Two-B…B-Designs.html

https://store.gingerscraps.net/Herit…B-Designs.html

CathyK Designs Shop

And don’t forget that you can earn this super fun collab:

Sneak Peeks July 18th 2019

Happy Thursday! This week has been a scorcher! I hope you are keeping cool indoors and scrapping some awesome pages! Our CT was busy this week with the new releases! Let’s check out their pages!

From Down This Road

From Dagilicious

From Clever Monkey Graphics

From Miss Fish

From Tinci

From Lindsay Jane

 

From LDrag

From JoCee

 

From Aimee Harrison

Tutorial Tuesday (Photoshop Elements 2019)

Even Sketchier Still!

I know, I know… I’ve already shown you more than one way to turn a photo into a sketch. But I haven’t shown you THIS way, which is the easiest and most interesting method I’ve learned to date. And it’s a GUIDED EDIT in PSE 2019 (Amazon Prime Day – $59!) so you know it’s going to be a cinch. Well, it can be as easy or complicated as you make it. I tried this Edit on several photos before deciding that for the sake of expedience, I’d go with the photo below.

This Partial Sketch Edit is reached via Guided>Fun Edits. Right there in the middle!

The Control Panel looks like this and completely leads you through the process. I’m going to show you the results of each of the four options so you can see how it looks and lets you imagine how you could use it.

I’m going to move top to bottom and left to right with the options, starting with the Pencil Sketch. This photo is divided horizontally so it’s not going to be a lot of work to make my selection. The selection portion is the most difficult and time-consuming part of the process. (Just a reminder… the Cancel button takes you right back to Square One, literally, so don’t click it unless you WANT to start all over.)

One thing I discovered right off the bat is that the effect appears as the selection is made. You can see it as it changes. I’m showing a selection made with a fairly small brush at 100% Opacity but there’s nothing that says you can’t do whatever you like. If you’re adept at selection, you can use a bigger brush; don’t forget that you can toggle back and forth between Adding to your selection and Subtracting from it. That means you can remove areas from your selection that you don’t want to convert to a sketch while you go. The Undo (CTRL/CMD>Z) command will take you back a single step if you find too much of the photo is selected with one click.

So, in the Pencil Sketch mode at 100%, there’s not a lot of detail visible in the lake. The mountains are well-defined but that’s about all. The clouds are so important to the overall composition so let’s find them.

Ah, there they are! To my eyes, this looks like it’s part sketch and part watercolour. After the Opacity is where you want it, if there’s any fine-tuning your selection needs to give you the look you want, you can click on the Detail Brush and fix it up.

The refining I did isn’t really obvious, and there wasn’t a lot needed.

The best sketch effects blend gently into the photo, and PSE makes that as simple as moving a slider over to the right. Watch as you slide so you know when to stop.

The software developers at Adobe are really upping their game. This Edit also includes a Flip Effect option. So you can turn the part of the photo you DIDN’T select into the sketch and the sketch part back to a photo just with one click.

The second option is a Colored Pencil Sketch. I didn’t know if it would look substantially different from the Pencil Sketch version once I adjusted the Opacity, so let’s take a look.

There definitely is a hint of colour in the lake this time.

With a little tweaking I’ve got this.

And with the edge between photo and sketch softened…

Before I use the Flip Effect button, let’s look at the Pencil and Colored Pencil side by side. Remember there’s a 20% difference in Opacity between them. There is a difference, but I’m not convinced the software is why.

Okay, here’s the Flipped Colored Pencil version.

This one has a lot of promise. How will an Old Photo sketch effect look?

Ah! Very cool!! For reasons I haven’t divined, I had trouble making my selection for this one to exclude the little spit of land at the centre-right of the photo. So after a number of failed attempts to duplicate the selection used in the previous versions, I just let PSE have its way.

See how the mood is SO different with this version? I can’t wait to try it on some of my real old photos.

I really like the way this one looks.

Flipped, maybe not so much. But I do love all the texture.

What will Old Paper do that Old Photo didn’t?

There is a noticeable difference; those creases are awesome!

Dropping the Opacity to about 45% (yeah, too quick on the PrtScr finger!) looks like this. Still moody, but not quite as stormy.

Flipped is pretty. I can’t pick just one!

I can see any (or all) of these printed and framed. Or on a greeting card. Or surrounded by beautiful elements on a layout. So many ways to use this!! I hope you’ll give it a try and let me know how you like it.

Fresh Baked: JUly 12, 2019

We’re halfway through July already. Like seriously, where is the year going? Summer vacation is nearly over! We’re running out of time to hit the beach! There’s not enough time to take a vacation. Well, maybe not! There’s plenty of time to still make some amazing memories, and the designers have released some amazing kits and template series to help you share them!

Remember when you spend $10 in the store, you get a great new collab! Nothing says summer like kids and their lemonade stands!

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/GingerBread-Ladies-Collab-Lemonade-Stand.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Seas-the-Day-BGD.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/April-Showers-Bring-May-Flowers.html

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Bundle: https://store.gingerscraps.net/oregon-bundle-by-Clever-Monkey-Graphics.html
Kit: https://store.gingerscraps.net/oregon-kit-by-Clever-Monkey-Graphics.html
Flair: https://store.gingerscraps.net/oregon-flairs-disks-by-Clever-Monkey-Graphics.html
Word Arts: https://store.gingerscraps.net/oregon-word-arts-by-Clever-Monkey-Graphics.html
Journal Cards: https://store.gingerscraps.net/oregon-journal-cards-by-Clever-Monkey-Graphics.html

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Bundle: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Beach-Party-Bundle-by-Connie-Prince.html
Kit: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Beach-Party-Kit-by-Connie-Prince.html
Border Clusters: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Beach-Party-Border-Clusters-by-Connie-Prince.html
Messy Papers: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Beach-Party-Messy-Papers-by-Connie-Prince.html
Alpha AddOn: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Beach-Party-Alpha-Pack-AddOn-by-Connie-Prince.html
Extra Papers: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Beach-Party-Extra-Papers-by-Connie-Prince.html
Word Art: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Beach-Party-Word-Art-Pack-by-Connie-Prince.html
Pocket Cards: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Beach-Party-Pocket-Cards-by-Connie-Prince.html
Templates: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Beach-Party-12×12-Temps-CU-Ok-by-Connie-Prince.html
QuickPages: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Beach-Party-QuickPages-by-Connie-Prince.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Life-Is-Cool-By-The-Pool-Templates-by-Dagilicious.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Lemonade-Stand-by-Dandelion-Dust-Designs.html

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True Friend | Collection: https://store.gingerscraps.net/True-Friend-Collection.html
True Friend | Kit: https://store.gingerscraps.net/True-Friend-Kit.html
True Friend | Finishing Touches: https://store.gingerscraps.net/True-Friend-Finishing-Touches.html
True Friend | Journal Cards: https://store.gingerscraps.net/True-Friend-Journal-Cards.html

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Paws-itively Dog | Collection: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Paws-itively-Dog-Collection.html
Paws-itively Dog | Kit: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Paws-itively-Dog-Kit.html
Paws-itively Dog | Finishing Touches: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Paws-itively-Dog-Finishing-Touches.html
Paws-itively Dog | Journal Cards: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Paws-itively-Dog-Journal-Cards.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Game-Set-Match-Kit.html

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

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Brain-Freeze-Trio.html

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http://store.gingerscraps.net/Simple-Masks-17-by-Lindsay-Jane.html

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http://store.gingerscraps.net/Simple-Masks-18-by-Lindsay-Jane.html

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Bundle: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Best-of-Florida-collection.html
Page kit: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Best-of-Florida.html
Journaling Cards: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Best-of-Florida-cards.html
Graffiti Pack: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Best-of-Florida-graffiti.html
Watercolor Ombre Papers: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Best-of-Florida-bonus-papers.html
Word Bits: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Best-of-Florida-words.html
Alpha Pack: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Best-of-Florida-bonus-alpha.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Big-and-Little-Templates-7-by-Miss-Fish.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Miss-Fish-Summer-Bundle-2019-1.html

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Creative Box #4 – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Keep-your-memories-Creative-Box-4.html
Stamps – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Keep-your-memories-Stamps-Vol4.html
Stamps&Borders – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Keep-your-memories-Stamps-and-Borders-Vol4.html
Watercolor Borders – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Keep-your-memories-Watercolor-Borders-Vol4.html
Masks&Frames – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Keep-your-memories-Masks-and-Frames-Vol4.html
Grunge Photomasks – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Keep-your-memories-Grunge-Photomasks-Vol3.html

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Full Bundle – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Trip-to-the-Ocean-Bundle.html
Kit – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Trip-to-the-Ocean-Kit.html
Painted papers – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Trip-to-the-Ocean-Painted-papers.html
Masks&Frames – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Trip-to-the-Ocean-Masks-Frames.html
Photomasks – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Trip-to-the-Ocean-Masks.html
Stamps – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Trip-to-the-Ocean-Stamps.html
Stamps&Borders – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Trip-to-the-Ocean-Stamps-Borders.html
Wordart – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Trip-to-the-Ocean-WA.html
QPs Set – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Trip-to-the-Ocean-QPs-Set.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Farmer-s-Market-kit-by-Scraps-N-Pieces.html

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Kit: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Beach-Day-Kit-by-Snickerdoodle-Designs.html
Collection: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Beach-Day-Collection-by-Snickerdoodle-Designs.html
Masks: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Beach-Day-Masks-by-Snickerdoodle-Designs.html
Journal Pack: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Beach-Day-Journal-Pack-by-Snickerdoodle-Designs.html
Borders: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Beach-Day-Borders-by-Snickerdoodle-Designs.html
Bonus Papers: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Beach-Day-Bonus-Papers-by-Snickerdoodle-Designs.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/One-more-chance-2..html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Riding-the-Rails-Bundle-by-ADB-Designs.html

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

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Cosette-Bundle-DOTW-France-plus-FWP-by-ADB-Designs.html

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

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http://bit.ly/1zduiB2

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

cr_thumb3_thumb Hit the beach and catch a wave!!

Happy Thursday! Our designers have made awesome new releases to help you scrap all those summer memories! Let’s check out a peek!

From Clever Monkey Graphics

From Charly Renay

From Down This Road

 

From Dagilicious

From Miss Fish

From Tinci

From Aimee Harrison

From JoCee

From Heather Z

From Neia Scraps

https://gingerscraps.net/gsblog/2019/07/31270/