Archives for August 2019

Fresh Baked: August 30, 2019

Did you take advantage of the Retirement Sale? Hopefully you got something you truly loved! This week, the designers are gung-ho for celebrating their homes, their lives, and the future, and are inviting you to join them!

Remember when you spend $10 in the store, you get a great new collab! If you’ll never be caught camping without a camper, this is the collab for you!

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/GingerBread-Ladies-Collab-Gone-Glamping.html

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

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Kit: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Baseball-by-Lindsay-Jane.html
Quick Pages: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Baseball-Quick-Pages-by-Lindsay-Jane.html

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

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Usual-moments-Photobook-templates-Set4.html

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Kit – https://store.gingerscraps.net/School-days-Kit.html
Painted papers – https://store.gingerscraps.net/School-days-Painted-papers.html
Masks&Frames – https://store.gingerscraps.net/School-days-Masks-Frames.html
Photomasks – https://store.gingerscraps.net/School-days-Photomasks.html
Stamps – https://store.gingerscraps.net/School-days-Stamps.html
Full Bundle – https://store.gingerscraps.net/School-days-Bundle.html

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Kit – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Fragrant-sketches-Kit.html
Blend papers – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Fragrant-Sketches-Blend-papers.html
Solid papers – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Fragrant-Sketches-Solid-papers.html
Masks&Frames – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Fragrant-Sketches-Masks-and-Frames.html
Stamps&Borders – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Fragrant-Sketches-Stamps-and-Borders.html
Clusters – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Fragrant-sketches-Clusters.html
Splatters&Accents – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Fragrant-sketches-Splatters-and-Accents.html
Full Bundle – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Fragrant-sketches-Bundle.html

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Bundle: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Walkin-on-Sunshine-Bundle-by-Tami-Miller-Designs.html
Paint: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Walkin-on-Sunshine-Paint-by-Tami-Miller-Designs.html
Masks: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Walkin-on-Sunshine-Masks-by-Tami-Miller-Designs.html
Glitter Sheets: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Walkin-on-Sunshine-Glitter-Sheets-by-Tami-Miller-Designs.html
Kit: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Walkin-on-Sunshine-Full-Kit-by-Tami-Miller-Designs.html
Alpha Pack: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Walkin-on-Sunshine-Alpha-Pack-by-Tami-Miller-Designs.html

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Bundle: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Just-Breathe-Bundle-by-Tami-Miller-Designs.html
Alpha Pack: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Just-Breathe-Alpha-Pack-by-Tami-Miller-Designs.html
Extra Papers: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Just-Breathe-Extra-Papers-by-Tami-Miller-Designs.html
Kit: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Just-Breathe-Full-Kit-by-Tami-Miller-Designs.html
Glitter Sheets: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Just-Breathe-Glitter-Sheets-by-Tami-Miller-Designs.html
Graffiti: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Just-Breathe-Graffiti-by-Tami-Miller-Designs.html
Months: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Just-Breathe-Months-by-Tami-Miller-Designs.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Simple-beauty-2..html

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Frames #05: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Essential-Frames-Vol-05-by-ADB-Designs.html
Frames #06: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Essential-Frames-Vol-06-by-ADB-Designs.html
Frames #07: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Essential-Frames-Vol-07-by-ADB-Designs.html
Frames #08: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Essential-Frames-Vol-08-by-ADB-Designs.html

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

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Collection:https://store.gingerscraps.net/Seasons-Summer-into-Fall-Collection.html
Kit:https://store.gingerscraps.net/Seasons-Summer-into-Fall-Full-Page-Kit.html
Graffiti:https://store.gingerscraps.net/Seasons-Summer-into-Fall-Graffiti-Art-Stamps.html
Patterns: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Seasons-Summer-into-Fall-Patterned-Papers.html
Solids: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Seasons-Summer-into-Fall-Solids.html

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Bundle: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Feel-The-Beat-Collection-Bundle.html
Kit: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Feel-The-Beat-Kit.html
Journal Cards: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Feel-The-Beat-Journal-Cards.html
Flair Pack: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Feel-The-Beat-Flair-Pack.html
Ombre Papers: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Feel-The-Beat-Ombre-Papers.html
Plain and Polkas: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Feel-The-Beat-Plain-and-Polkas.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Horsing-Around-BGD.html

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Bundle: https://store.gingerscraps.net/-2019-September-Bundle-Collection-by-Connie-Prince.html
Kit: https://store.gingerscraps.net/-2019-September-Kit-by-Connie-Prince.html
Mixed Media: https://store.gingerscraps.net/-2019-September-Mixed-Media-by-Connie-Prince.html
Quoted: https://store.gingerscraps.net/-2019-September-Quoted-Pack-by-Connie-Prince.html
Messy Papers: https://store.gingerscraps.net/-2019-September-Messy-Papers-by-Connie-Prince.html
Border Clusters: https://store.gingerscraps.net/-2019-September-Border-Clusters-by-Connie-Prince.html
Week 36: https://store.gingerscraps.net/-2019-September-Week-36-Template-Pack-CU-Ok-by-Connie-Prince.html
Week 37: https://store.gingerscraps.net/-2019-September-Week-37-Template-Pack-CU-Ok-by-Connie-Prince.html
Week 38: https://store.gingerscraps.net/-2019-September-Week-38-Template-Pack-CU-Ok-by-Connie-Prince.html
Week 39: https://store.gingerscraps.net/-2019-September-Week-39-Template-Pack-CU-Ok-by-Connie-Prince.html
Week 40: https://store.gingerscraps.net/-2019-September-Week-40-Template-Pack-CU-Ok-by-Connie-Prince.html
Extra Papers: https://store.gingerscraps.net/-2019-September-Extra-Papers-by-Connie-Prince.html
Alpha Pack: https://store.gingerscraps.net/-2019-September-Alpha-Pack-AddOn-by-Connie-Prince.html
Word Art: https://store.gingerscraps.net/-2019-September-Word-Art-Pack-by-Connie-Prince.html
Pocket Cards: https://store.gingerscraps.net/-2019-September-Pocket-Cards-by-Connie-Prince.html
Quick Pages: https://store.gingerscraps.net/-2019-September-Quick-Pages-by-Connie-Prince.html

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Love 2 Learn | Collection: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Love-2-Learn-Collection.html
Love 2 Learn | Kit: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Love-2-Learn-Kit.htm
Love 2 Learn | Alpha Pack: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Love-2-Learn-Alpha-Pack.html
Love 2 Learn | Element Pack: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Love-2-Learn-Element-Pack.html
Love 2 Learn | Paper Pack: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Love-2-Learn-Paper-Pack.html
Love 2 Learn | Finishing Touches: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Love-2-Learn-Finishing-Touches.html
Love 2 Learn | Paints: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Love-2-Learn-Paints.html
Love 2 Learn | Quick Pages: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Love-2-Learn-Quick-Pages.html

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Bundle – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Little-MVP-Dive-Team-BUNDLE-by-Heather-Z-Scraps.html
Kit – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Little-MVP-Dive-Team-KIT-by-Heather-Z-Scraps.html
Word Bits – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Little-MVP-Dive-Team-WORD-BITS-by-Heather-Z-Scraps.html
Scores – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Little-MVP-Dive-Team-SCORES-by-Heather-Z-Scraps.html

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

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Kit: http://bit.ly/GS-MyLilGeniusKit
Elements: http://bit.ly/GS-MyLilGeniusEllies
Papers: http://bit.ly/GS-MyLilGeniusPapers
Alphas: http://bit.ly/GS-MyLilGeniusAlphas

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http://bit.ly/GS-LPPocket4

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Essential Bundle: http://bit.ly/GS-GTSessential
Pocket Bundle: http://bit.ly/GS-GTDpocketbundle
Kit: http://bit.ly/GS-GTDkit
Artsy & Ombré Papers: http://bit.ly/GS-GTDArtsypp
Flowers: http://bit.ly/GS-GTDflowers
Splatters & Scatters: http://bit.ly/GS-GTDsplatters
Pocket Templates: http://bit.ly/GS-GTDpockettemplates
Journal Cards: http://bit.ly/GS-GTDCards
Stickers & Labels: http://bit.ly/GS-GTDstickers

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Connie-Prince/

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Ocean-Bliss-add-ons.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/PrelestnayaP-Design/

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

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

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Happy-Lovely-Sweet-Mini-by-Tami-Miller-Designs.html

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

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

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Sneak Peeks August 29th 2019

Happy Thursday! It’s the last Thursday of the month so I get to show you a sneak peek of the new Buffet coming on Sunday! I hope you will enjoy the holiday weekend and find some time to scrap!

From Down This Road

From Tinci

From Heather Z

From Lindsay Jane

From Aimee Harrison

From JBS Templates

From Alexis Designs

And now lets take a peek at the new buffet!

Have a great weekend!

Tutorial Tuesday (Potpourri)

Making the Most of Milestones

Before I get into today’s discussion I want to thank all of you for your get-well wishes last week. I’m not completely back to normal but can see it from here. I had bronchitis and am still coughing, but no longer running a temp, waking up with a vicious headache or feeling like I’d been run over by a train. I’ve eaten a party-pack of Popsicles over the last two weeks and think I’ll need to keep them in the house all the time now. I forgot how much I like them!

Here in the northern hemisphere, kids are going back to school and summer is winding down. Is it just me or has the first-day-of-school photo shoot gotten as complicated as wedding photos? When my kids were still in school, first day photos were taken standing by the front door for a height reference, with various grimacing and bellyaching. These days it seems, there must be props, special backdrops, dozens of poses and expense. But what can the average mom do to commemorate their precious kiddos’ first days without the headaches? Turns out getting memorable shots doesn’t have to be a huge hassle. Let’s talk about how!

Think about it ahead of time! Planning is never wasted and in this case it can be squeezed in wherever you have a free moment. Think about what you want, how much time you want to put into it, how much advance prep you want to involve and don’t forget to think about your child’s personality. If you have a few minutes, take a look on Pinterest for ideas so you can start palling for them.

Don’t be a slave to the calendar! Nobody’s going to change dramatically in a few days so those first-day photos can actually be taken the weekend before, when nobody’s rushing to get out the door. The weather doesn’t have to be a factor if you don’t take those photos on the exact first day. It’ll also give you a chance to be sure the chosen first-day outfit still fits, is clean and doesn’t have buttons missing.

You don’t need to buy a bunch of props! A simple chalkboard or whiteboard can be highly useful. You can write whatever you want on it and change it between kids. Have your child write his name on the board, then write in the date and their new grade. Simple! Felt signboards can be just as useful, if you already have one. The child’s name, date, grade and school name will all fit on the small ones. An apple, a couple of books or handful of pencils will work as visual connectors to the occasion. Backpacks, lunch bags, new shoes, all those things can serve as props. One image I think would be awesome is of their new shoes, on their feet, with their new backpack leaning against their leg.

Simple backdrops are free! Think a brick wall, the sidewalk in front of your house, their school, a school bus 0r even the siding on your house. Brick walls are classic school images and are nicely neutral. Stand slightly to the child’s side so you’re not perpendicular to the wall, have the child lean his shoulders against the wall then turn a little toward you and start shooting! Have your child stand on the sidewalk with her backpack in hand. Use the portrait setting on your camera, crouch down so you’re on the same level as her eyes and snap! The background will be slightly blurry but still be recognizable. It’ll give the sense of the journey about to begin. Another really effective pose has the child/children walking down the sidewalk AWAY from you, maybe glancing back over one shoulder. OR – use sidewalk chalk to write out the important stuff then have the child lay down on the sidewalk looking up at you. Or shoot down looking at their feet with their new grade in chalk on the pavement. Shooting with the portrait setting from the sidewalk in front of the school can give nice depth of field to provide that sense of growing up and away. If there’s a big sign in front of the school, you could pose your little person sitting cross-legged on the concrete anchoring it to the ground. Another option is to have them posing as if they’re entering the school. And even if your child isn’t going to ride the school bus, they’re dandy backdrops. If your house has clapboard, aluminum or vinyl siding, those horizontal lines can provide a handy journaling spot right on the photo. Simply pose the child to one side of your frame so you have some lovely white space there.

Teenagers can still have first day photos! I know mine gave me serious eye rolls every year after they finished middle school. But I still made them stand there for 10 seconds while I snapped off a quick photo. One way to make it less onerous for them is to print out some little signs on plain paper for them to hold up, using hashtags (let them choose for even more cooperation) like #senior, #backtoschool, #lamephotoday or #almostdone. Tater Tots and Jello has a nice collection of printables all ready for you. Oh, and let them decide how they pose.

Telling stories is what it’s about! Especially for the really little ones, that first day of school is going to be exhausting. They’ve gotten up earlier than they have in weeks, they’ve had a lot of overwhelming new experiences and met a ridiculous number of new people. So you might want to get a photo of them as they arrive home, looking tired and out-of-sorts. One idea I particularly like is the t-shirt one: buy an oversized t-shirt in your little one’s favourite colour (at the moment, ’cause we all know that’s going to change!) then have “Class of [graduation year]” printed on the front. Each year, take a photo of them wearing it. It’ll perfectly chronicle their growth and development and eliminate the conundrum of “what to wear”. Another way to capture that changeling changing is to take a first day photo AND a last day photo for each year. Oh, before I forget, I saw a brilliant idea yesterday. Print out LAST year’s first day photo as an 8×10, frame it in a dollar store frame and have your child hold it in front of them. Perfect record of them as they grow!

These tips can be applied to other occasions as well with just a little thought and very little money. Look online for free printables. They’re everywhere and for every possible event. I’m looking forward to seeing all the back-to-school layouts that I know will be filling up the Gallery any day now!

Fresh Baked & 65% Off Retirement Sale!

It’s never easy to say goodbye to amazing things, but to make room for even more wonderful products, it’s time for a Retirement Sale here at Gingerscraps! It’s a bonus for you, though! SIXTY-FIVE PERCENT OFF!!

Remember when you spend $10 in the store, you get a great new collab! If you’ll never be caught camping without a camper, this is the collab for you!

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/GingerBread-Ladies-Collab-Gone-Glamping.html

It’s time for the Summer Retiring Products Sale! Get the items in the sale category for 65% off, at the close of the sale these items will be retired from the shop, so make sure to get them while you can!

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Summer-Retiring-Products-65-Off-Sale

*IMPORTANT NOTES*
This sale will end promptly at 11:59pm (Eastern Time) on August 29, 2019.
Please remember to download these items asap!
These are retiring products, after 45 days they will be removed from the server and no longer available to download.

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Little-Country-GB.html

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http://store.gingerscraps.net/Page-Borders-44-by-Lindsay-Jane.html

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http://store.gingerscraps.net/Page-Borders-43-by-Lindsay-Jane.html

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43: http://store.gingerscraps.net/Page-Borders-Rec-43-by-Lindsay-Jane.html
44: http://store.gingerscraps.net/Page-Borders-Rec-44-by-Lindsay-Jane.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Ocean-Bliss-add-ons.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/MissFish-Retirement-BundleAug2019.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Carded-1-Templates-by-Miss-Fish.html

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Full Bundle – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Place-for-swimming-and-dreaming-Bundle.html
Kit – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Place-for-swimming-and-dreaming-Kit.html
Painted papers – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Place-for-swimming-dreaming-Paint-pap.html
Stamps – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Place-for-swimming-dreaming-Stamps.html
Stamps&Borders – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Place-for-swimming-dreaming-Stamps-and-Borders.html
Photomasks – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Place-for-swimming-dreaming-Masks.html
Masks&Frames – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Place-for-swimming-dreaming-Masks-Frames.html

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

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/ArtsyAccents01.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Happy-Fall-Ya-ll-Bundle.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Must-Love-Horses-Bundle-by-Tami-Miller-Designs.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Into-The-Wild-South-America-Bundle-by-ADB-Designs.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Summer-Stroll-Bundle.html

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Collection: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Poppy-Lane-Collection-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Kit: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Poppy-Lane-Page-Kit-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Alphas: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Poppy-Lane-Alpha-Sets-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Borders: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Poppy-Lane-Borders-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Graffiti: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Poppy-Lane-Graffiti-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Extra Papers: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Poppy-Lane-Extra-Papers-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Messy Edges: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Poppy-Lane-Messy-Edges-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Glitters: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Poppy-Lane-Glitters-by-Aimee-Harrison.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Got-Smores-BGD.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/August2019-Template-Bundle-by-Connie-Prince.html

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

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I Luv Teaching | Collection: https://store.gingerscraps.net/I-Luv-Teaching-Collection.html
I Luv Teaching | Kit: https://store.gingerscraps.net/I-Luv-Teaching-Kit.html
I Luv Teaching | Alpha Pack: https://store.gingerscraps.net/I-Luv-Teaching-Alpha-Pack.html
I Luv Teaching | Element Pack: https://store.gingerscraps.net/I-Luv-Teaching-Element-Pack.html
I Luv Teaching | Paper Pack: https://store.gingerscraps.net/I-Luv-Teaching-Paper-Pack.html
I Luv Teaching | Word Art: https://store.gingerscraps.net/I-Luv-Teaching-Word-Art.html
Brain Power Prints | Paper Pack: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Brain-Power-Prints-Paper-Pack.html
I Luv Teaching | Journal Cards: https://store.gingerscraps.net/I-Luv-Teaching-Journal-Cards.html

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

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Bundle: http://bit.ly/GS-PPArtyBundle
Kit: http://bit.ly/GS-PPartyKit
Elements: http://bit.ly/GS-PPartyEllies
Papers: http://bit.ly/GS-PPartyPP
Alphas: http://bit.ly/GS-PPartyAlphas
Artsy Papers: http://bit.ly/GS-PPartyArtsy
Ombré Papers: http://bit.ly/GS-PPartyOmbre
Cardstocks: http://bit.ly/GS-PPartyCardstocks
Flowers: http://bit.ly/GS-PPartyFlowers
Extra Papers: http://bit.ly/GS-PPartyXpp
Wordbits: http://bit.ly/GS-PPartyWordbits
Wordarts: http://bit.ly/GS-PPartyWordarts
Masks & Overlays: http://bit.ly/GS-PPartyMasks
Splatters & Scribbles: http://bit.ly/GS-PPartySplatters
Text Paths: http://bit.ly/GS-PPartyText
Stickers: http://bit.ly/GS-PPartyStickers
Wavy Templates: http://bit.ly/GS-PPartyWavy

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http://bit.ly/GS-LPPocket3

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Kmess-Retiring-Bundle-1.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Kmess-Retiring-Bundle-2.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/PrelestnayaP-Design/

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Summer-Retiring-Products-From-Connie-Prince

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Bundle: http://bit.ly/GS-BTSbundle
Kit: http://bit.ly/GS-BTSkit
Artsy & Ombré Papers: http://bit.ly/GS-BTSartsypp
Flowers: http://bit.ly/GS-BTSflowers

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

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

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Happy-Lovely-Sweet-Mini-by-Tami-Miller-Designs.html

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

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

cr_thumb_thumb_thumb_thumb What really makes you happy?

Sneak Peeks August 22nd 2019

Happy Thursday! Let’s get to seeing a peek of the awesome new releases coming out tomorrow!

From Down This Road

From Just Because Studio

From Aimee Harrison

From Miss Fish

Be sure to check out all the new releases tomorrow!

We Interrupt Your Regularly-Scheduled Tutorial…

I’m so sorry, y’all. There isn’t a Tutorial Tuesday post this week. I’ve been so sick since Wednesday and don’t have the ability to concentrate hard enough to do much other than decide what my priority will be with my next coughing spell: holding my aching head, trying to keep my chest from hurting, hoping that the gunk I get moving doesn’t escape into the room or trying not to pee my pants. I hope to be back up to snuff by next Tuesday though. Thanks for your understanding.

Fresh Baked: August 16, 2019

Something they don’t talk about in August: major thunderstorms. Trying to write this with minor power blips and the risk of tornadoes. Thankfully, we’re okay! I’m thankful for a laptop, a lot of memory cards, and digital back-ups. And gorgeous kits and templates to look at while I’m waiting for the storms to pass!

Remember when you spend $10 in the store, you get a great new collab! If you’ll never be caught camping without a camper, this is the collab for you!

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/GingerBread-Ladies-Collab-Gone-Glamping.html

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

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/The-Zoo-Collection-by-Lindsay-Jane.html

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Kit: https://store.gingerscraps.net/The-Zoo-by-Lindsay-Jane.html
Quick Pages: https://store.gingerscraps.net/The-Zoo-Quick-Pages-by-Lindsay-Jane.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/A-Sweet-Surprise.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Ocean-Bliss-add-ons.html

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Bundle: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Backyard-Games-BUNDLE-by-MagsGraphics.html
Kit: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Backyard-Games-100-PIECE-KIT-by-MagsGraphics.html
Flair: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Backyard-Games-FLAIR-by-MagsGraphics.html
Journal Cards: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Backyard-Games-JOURNAL-CARDS-by-MagsGraphics.html
Word Art: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Backyard-Games-WORD-ART-by-MagsGraphics.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Foursome2-Tempaltes-Mfish.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Big-and-Little-8-Templates-by-Miss-Fish.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Travelers-Notebook-5-byMissFish.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Mermaid-Life-6-Grab-Bag-by-Neia-Scraps.html

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Masks&Frames – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Keep-your-memories-Masks-and-Frames-Vol5.html
Stamps – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Keep-your-memories-Stamps-Vol5.html
Grunge Photomasks – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Keep-your-memories-Grunge-Photomasks-Vol4.html
Stamps&Borders – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Keep-your-memories-Stamps-and-Borders-Vol5.html
Watercolor Borders – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Keep-your-memories-Watercolor-Borders-Vol5.html
Creative Box #5 – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Keep-your-memories-Creative-Box-5.html

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Kit – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Sweet-vacation-Kit.html
QPs Set – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Sweet-vacation-QPs-Set.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Full-of-memories-Templates-Vol63.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Barefoot-Blue-Jean-Night-Kit-by-Scraps-N-Pieces.html

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Kit: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Nature-Hike-II-Kit-by-Snickerdoodle-Designs.html
Collection: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Nature-Hike-II-Collection-by-Snickerdoodle-Designs.html
Masks: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Nature-Hike-II-Masks-by-Snickerdoodle-Designs.html
Borders: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Nature-Hike-II-Borders-by-Snickerdoodle-Designs.html
Stamps: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Nature-Hike-II-Stamps-by-Snickerdoodle-Designs.html
Word Art: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Nature-Hike-II-Word-Art-by-Snickerdoodle-Designs.html
Bonus Papers: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Nature-Hike-II-Bonus-Papers-by-Snickerdoodle-Designs.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Natural-Beauty-Bundle-by-Tami-Miller-Designs.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Moments-and-memories-vol.-10..html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Fur-Trade-Frontier-Bundle-by-ADB-Designs.html

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

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

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Super-Dad-BGD.html

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Bundle: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Beer-Fest-Bundle-by-Connie-Prince.html
Kit: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Beer-Fest-Kit-by-Connie-Prince.html
Templates: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Beer-Fest-Border-Cluster-Templates-CU-Ok-by-Connie-Prince.html
Borders: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Beer-Fest-Borders-by-Connie-Prince.html
Alpha Pack: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Beer-Fest-Alpha-Pack-AddOn-by-Connie-Prince.html
Word Art: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Beer-Fest-Word-Art-Pack-by-Connie-Prince.html
Extra Papers: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Beer-Fest-Extra-Papers-by-Connie-Prince.html
Messy Papers: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Beer-Fest-Messy-Papers-by-Connie-Prince.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/The-Bigger-The-Better-4-Templates-by-Dagilicious.html

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Collection: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Fair-Days-Collection.html
Kit: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Fair-Days-Kit.html
Finishing Touches: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Fair-Days-Finishing-Touches.html
Journal Cards: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Fair-Days-Journal-Cards.html

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Kit: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Summer-Birthday-Page-Kit-by-JB-Studio.html
Papers: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Summer-Birthday-Papers-by-JB-Studio.html
Elements: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Summer-Birthday-Elements-by-JB-Studio.html
Wordbits: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Summer-Birthday-Word-Bits-by-JB-Studio.html
Title Templates: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Summer-Birthday-Title-Templates-by-JB-Studio.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Life-Pages-Pocket-2-by-JB-Studio.html

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

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

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Happy-Lovely-Sweet-Mini-by-Tami-Miller-Designs.html

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Bundle: http://bit.ly/FIEbundle
Kit: http://bit.ly/FIEkit
Artsy & Ombré Papers: http://bit.ly/FIEArtsy
Flowers: http://bit.ly/FIEflowers
Cards: http://bit.ly/FIEcards
Stickers: http://bit.ly/FIEstickers
Wordbits: http://bit.ly/FIEwbs

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Sneak Peeks August 15th 2019

 

Happy Thursday! It’s the first week of school down in Florida! My oldest is in school and that gives me more time to scrap! Celebrate the start of the school year by treating yourself to some of this week’s new releases! Let’s take a peek!

From Dagilicious

From JB Studio

From Down This Road

From Tinci

From Lindsay Jane

From Aimee Harrison

From Miss Fish

From Snickerdoodle

From Neia

Have a great weekend!

Tutorial Tuesday – Back to Basics

Anatomy of a Well-Composed Layout

Last week’s tutorial about stacking papers brought this comment from Franghurst: “I found this article very useful.  I have never stacked a paper digitally and I now feel comfortable enough to give it a try.  It’s great when you give us a brand new idea about doing something but I must admit, I like the articles when you go back to the basics.  It’s fun to be reminded how to do things that you learned about a while back.” Of course, that got me thinking. And thinking some more. Today we’re going to go right back the most basic aspect of scrapbooking: composition!

When I look at the layouts in the Gallery, there are layouts that snag my attention right away. I think you know what I mean. There are some things these really fabulous layouts have in common: they’re well-composed. It might not be obvious what makes them catch the eye, so let’s talk about the six basic components of composition. These are focal point, leading lines, balance, rule of thirds, white space and movement.

Focal point: Usually the purpose of a layout is to showcase a photo, or photos. So typically they will be the focal point. But not always. Sometimes the scrapper wants the focus on the story it’s telling, and sometimes the focus is on some other aspect of the layout. This piece by shawnbear is definitely focused on the large photo. She has used several tools from the composition list to achieve her goal.

The size of the photo is the first tool; the rays of paper and the column of elements does the rest.

Leading lines: What exactly are leading lines? They are whatever linear aspects of a layout that lead the eye right to the focal point. Like shawnbear‘s papers. This layout by gwalters goes even deeper into leading lines because they’re both in the main photo AND the layout.

The wire of the fence draws the eye to his face. with one eye framed by them. The chevrons lead the eye to her title. And the concentric paper squares emphasize the converging lines of the layout quite neatly.

Balance: There are lots of ways to create balance in our layouts. The goal is to have areas of equal weight. Flissy61 has done just that.

She’s got the large blended photo balanced by the trio of smaller photos at the bottom. Let’s talk about those small photos for a second. Notice how she has a photo of just the sculpture and a photo of just her daughter, flanking a photo of both. Bingo! Balance. Then she’s used repetition to add more balance to the image with the two vines and the pennants.

Rule of Thirds: This is something I discussed in a previous tutorial on taking better photos. The “Rule of Thirds” means imaginarily dividing your image into thirds, both horizontally and vertically, then placing any (or all!) intersection of those imaginary lines over a focal point. lmtroch has done that in her layout below.

Do you see it? (My lines might be a little off… I eyeballed them.)

White space: This isn’t a literal thing… more of an uncrowded area of the layout where the eye can go to rest. Jill is a master at the use of white space – literally in this layout!

I think white space is a vastly underused tool. But see how effective it is to have these two large areas of just paper.

And last is Movement. By this I mean the way the layout guides the eye around to take in all its components. becky_a makes it look easy.

It really doesn’t matter where you start with this layout, your eye is moved around the whole thing perfectly. Here again, the placement of her photos is key; they all are facing the centre of the layout – harmonious and very pleasing. The bubbles act as a vector to move the viewer, as does the piece of string. And the three little flower clusters keep things on track.

Okay. There you have the factors that create strong compositions. I invite you take a good look at each of these layouts and see if you can pick out each of the “rules” in them. You might also take a critical look at the templates you really like and analyze what makes them attractive to you. I bet you’ll find at least a couple of ways to fit them into the “rules”!

~August Feature Designer – Magical Scraps Galore~

Hey there everyone. Just popping in here to talk about our August Feature Designer. This month we are focusing on Marina of Magical Scraps Galore. She was awesome about answering the questions I had for her. Let’s see what she had to say.

How long have you been designing?

I started designing in 2011, so it’s been 8 years now.

What made you decide to design?

I started to make my own digital papers and embellishments for scrapping our second trip to Disney World, which of course were very basic. I had so much fun that I decided that I wanted to learn more about digital scrapbook designing, so I spent hours and hours reading and watching Photoshop tutorials. Then I took park in the design challenges hosted by MouseScrappers, and after that I opened my first shop in 2013.

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

I use Photoshop, Illustrator, and ArtRage.

Describe your design workplace.

I design in my studio at home, with my two cats sleeping by my computer or on my lap.

What motivates and inspires you as a designer?

My main motivation and inspiration are my kids and my trips around the world.

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

Mmmm this is a tough one … I have several kits that I love, especially my travel collection, but one of my favorite kits is Destinations: Road Trip. I love the colors and the retro feel.

What was your first job?

My first job was as a proofreader for a consulting firm.

Have you ever met anyone famous?

Yes, I met Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy in the Harry Potter films)

What are you reading right now?

I’m currently reading Book 2 of the Game of Thrones series (A Song of Ice and Fire)

What is your favorite quote?

Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass. It’s about learning how to dance in the rain.

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

Next year I’m celebrating both my 50th birthday and 20th wedding anniversary with a roadtrip from Mt Rushmore to Las Vegas, making stops in many Utah and Arizona National Parks.

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

Jason Momoa

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

I’d keep Spotify, Instagram, and my running app.

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

I’d have them cook!

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

To the future, definitely!

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

I’d say none, I’ve been watching Netflix only lately.

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

Red wine!

Thank you so much Marina!!

Make sure to check our her GingerScraps store, her Facebook Fan Page, her Facebook Group, and her webpage (she has some freebies if you sign up for her newseletter).

She’s having a sale all month to celebrate being our Feature Designer. And make sure you are grabbing the Daily Download as well.

Have a great day!!