Archives for February 2020

Fresh Baked: February 28, 2020

It’s the last day of the month …

Wait, no it’s not. It’s Leap Year, which means you still have one extra day left for February! A few more moments of the month of love!

Remember when you spend $10 in the store, you get a great new collab! One way to spend your Leap Day is to do a Random Act of Kindness!

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As promised, here is the Newsletter Leap Freebie just for our wonderful Newsletter subscribers!

Alpha_1_RED: http://bit.ly/38df5WJ
Alpha_1_RED_Sheets: http://bit.ly/31HtZSF
Alpha_2_BLACK-HEART: http://bit.ly/2Sdsed6
Alpha_2_BLACK-HEART_Sheets: http://bit.ly/2SCFwPo
Alpha_3_WOOD: http://bit.ly/2SvRdal
Alpha_3_WOOD_Sheets: http://bit.ly/37eXlJg
Alpha_4_BLUE-DOT: http://bit.ly/2UEcsJW
Alpha_4_BLUE-DOT_Sheets: http://bit.ly/38fpoJU
previews_tou_extras: http://bit.ly/3boiWm3

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

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If you can imagine it, you can create it.

Sneak Peeks February 27th 2020

Happy End of the Month sneak peek! We have new releases for tomorrow and a new Buffet on Saturday! Let’s take a peek!

From Snickerdoodle Designs

From Dagilicious

From Alexis Designs

From Scrappin Serenity

From Carol W

From LDrag

From Aimee Harrison

And take a peek of the new Buffet!

Tutorial Tuesday (Potpourri)

Is Exhaustion a Thing?

Well, last week was a total whirlwind! It still feels a lot like a dream, but we now own a beautiful new house in a surreal setting, even though we’re not moving into it until early May. The trip itself was pretty exhausting, both mentally and physically. Somehow we got to the airport without our son’s photo ID, without which he couldn’t board the plane. (We live 30 miles away, on the other side of a major city…) The airline was amazing and got us on a later flight so I could run home and get it. We ended up getting there 5 hours later than originally planned, but in the end that was fine. All the things that needed to happen to get us into the house happened, and I’m planning and scheming every minute of the day. All of this is leading up to me apologizing for not having a tutorial for you today, but in its place I’m going to give you a sneak peak at some of the photos you’ll see in my layouts in the coming weeks. And then I have a couple of little challenges for y’all.

What do you think??

Okay. Your first challenge is to find one of your layouts where you’ve used something you learned from Tutorial Tuesday and send me a private message (JaninAlberta) with a link to it. Don’t tell me what you did, I’m going to see if I can figure it out! Next week I’ll compile all the layouts I get from you into a blog post and share your successes with everybody else.

Your second challenge is to help me come up with a new user name. When we move, I’ll no longer be Jan in Alberta… I’ll still be Jan, but living in Kelowna, British Columbia. Ginger has told me I can change my user name when the time comes and I’d like it to be a bit more creative! Help?

Have a great week!

February Featured Designer Part 2 – Tami Miller Designs

Happy Saturday everyone. I hope you are enjoying your weekend. I’m in the midst of laundry and packing for a quick trip to St. Louis next week. Before I get swallowed up with all that, I wanted to get you Part 2 of my Q & A Session with February’s designers. Today I am chatting with Tami Miller Designs. If you missed Part 1 with Aimee Harrison Designs you can find it here: http://bit.ly/2V65ptr.

How long have you been designing?

I have been designing since 2009.

What made you decide to design?

I purchased software to learn how to create blog backgrounds, and I came across digital scrapbooking while researching that.

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

I use that same bamboo tablet (lol, it’s had tea spilled on it several times and still works), Photoshop Creative Cloud, Artrage, my camera, and my scanner.

Describe your design workplace.

I work at a desk in the corner of my bedroom with two moniters, a pc, and my bamboo tablet.

What motivates and inspires you as a designer?

Color.

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

My favorite is Queen for a Day-I just love the colors and texture and I think it resonates with women.

If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Mongolian Beef.

What is your favorite game or sport to watch and play?

I’m not much for sports, but I like puzzle games on my phone, and World of Warcraft.

What did you want to be when you were small?

A novelist.

Aside from necessities, what one thing could you not go a day without?

My phone.

Who would you want to play you in a movie of your life?

Hilary Swank.

If you had a warning label, what would yours say?

Don’t touch my Diet Dr. Pepper (courtesy of my daughter).

What celebrity would you like to meet at Starbucks for a cup of coffee?

Stephen King.

Make sure to check out her GS Store, her FB Fan Page, and her FB Group.

Also make sure you are grabbing pieces of this great kit each day. If you have missed any, the full kit will be available in the store in March.

Have a great rest of February!!

Leap Year Hop!

Did you know 2020 is a Lead Year? Yep, that means we have one extra day in February! The GingerScraps designers wanted to show you some extra love, join us for a Newsletter Leap! Head over to the forum and sign up for every participating designers newsletters.
All you need to do is sign up to receive newsletters BEFORE February 26th. The full list is posted in the GingerScraps forum here: https://forums.gingerscraps.net/showthread.php?50186-2020-Newsletter-quot-Leap-quot-

If you are already a subscriber to a newsletter, don’t worry, you will also be receiving the new freebie too! To grab the FREEBIE from the GingerScraps shop make sure you scroll down the the end of this newsletter!

Forum Link with all the details: https://forums.gingerscraps.net/showthread.php?50186-2020-Newsletter-quot-Leap-quot-

Remember when you spend $10 in the store, you get a great new collab! One way to spend your Leap Day is to do a Random Act of Kindness!

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As promised, here is the Newsletter Leap Freebie just for our wonderful Newsletter subscribers!

Alpha_1_RED: http://bit.ly/38df5WJ
Alpha_1_RED_Sheets: http://bit.ly/31HtZSF
Alpha_2_BLACK-HEART: http://bit.ly/2Sdsed6
Alpha_2_BLACK-HEART_Sheets: http://bit.ly/2SCFwPo
Alpha_3_WOOD: http://bit.ly/2SvRdal
Alpha_3_WOOD_Sheets: http://bit.ly/37eXlJg
Alpha_4_BLUE-DOT: http://bit.ly/2UEcsJW
Alpha_4_BLUE-DOT_Sheets: http://bit.ly/38fpoJU
previews_tou_extras: http://bit.ly/3boiWm3

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

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If you can imagine it, you can create it.

Sneak Peeks February 20th 2020

Happy Thursday! Are you ready to take a peek at what’s releasing tomorrow? Our designers have lots of goodies ready for you!

From The Cherry On Top

From JB Studio

From Tinci

From Dagilicious

From Luv Ewe

From Miss Fish

From Lindsay Jane

From Carol W Designs

From Aimee Harrison

From LDrag

February Featured Designer Part 1 – Aimee Harrison Designs

So crazy to believe February is more than half over. Have you been collecting the daily downloads from our featured designers this month?

Today I have Part 1 of my Q & A session with our designers. Today we’ll chat with Aimee Harrison Designs.

How long have you been designing?

I have been designing since July 2009.

What made you decide to design?

I had just started scrapbooking digitally, from paper, and decided that I wanted to create my own kits after a few weeks of scrapping. It really spoke to me.

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

I use Adobe Photoshop.

Describe your design workplace.

I have a big desk in my bedroom with a printer/scanner, a second computer and an aquarium for my two frogs next to me.

What motivates and inspires you as a designer?

Telling stories is what motivates me. Color inspires me. History, Geography do too.

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

I really love the soft morning colors of my latest kit, I Love Mornings. Morning is my favorite time of day and to me it really inspires me to want to create.

If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Oh, that’s hard, LOL! One thing I absolutely love is my boyfriends steak taco’s. I also love avocado and egg toast. I could eat both of those daily.

What is your favorite game or sport to watch and play?

I love high school and college wrestling. Not WWF. But real, Roman Greco style wrestling. I was the wrestling manager while in high school and the sport still is the most exciting for me to watch.

What did you want to be when you were small?

I wanted to be either and Archaeologist or an artist. I feel that I fulfilled my dreams. I majored in Anthropology in College and spent a lot of time doing Archaeology as well as being a designer!

Aside from necessities, what one thing could you not go a day without?

I cannot go without coffee. I don’t even drink it to stay awake, I drink it for the delicious taste!

Who would you want to play you in a movie of your life?

I think that Winona Rider would be a good fit. Sort of quirky and fun. A bit off balance but in a good way, LOL!

If you had a warning label, what would yours say?

Warning: needs sleep and lots of it

What celebrity would you like to meet at Starbucks for a cup of coffee?

I would meet Jane Goodall. She is one in a million.

Thanks Aimee!!

Make sure to check out her GS Store, her FB Fan Page, and her blog.

Also make sure you are grabbing pieces of this great kit each day. If you have missed any, the full kit will be available in the store in March.

Make sure to stop back in on Saturday for Part 2 and my interview with Tami Miller Designs.

Valentines’ Day AND Newsletter Hop!

Did you know 2020 is a Lead Year? Yep, that means we have one extra day in February! The GingerScraps designers wanted to show you some extra love, join us for a Newsletter Leap! Head over to the forum and sign up for every participating designers newsletters.
All you need to do is sign up to receive newsletters BEFORE February 26th. The full list is posted in the GingerScraps forum here: https://forums.gingerscraps.net/showthread.php?50186-2020-Newsletter-quot-Leap-quot-

If you are already a subscriber to a newsletter, don’t worry, you will also be receiving the new freebie too! To grab the FREEBIE from the GingerScraps shop make sure you scroll down the the end of this newsletter!

Forum Link with all the details: https://forums.gingerscraps.net/showthread.php?50186-2020-Newsletter-quot-Leap-quot-

Remember when you spend $10 in the store, you get a great new collab! One way to spend your Leap Day is to do a Random Act of Kindness!

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As promised, here is the Newsletter Leap Freebie just for our wonderful Newsletter subscribers!

Alpha_1_RED: http://bit.ly/38df5WJ
Alpha_1_RED_Sheets: http://bit.ly/31HtZSF
Alpha_2_BLACK-HEART: http://bit.ly/2Sdsed6
Alpha_2_BLACK-HEART_Sheets: http://bit.ly/2SCFwPo
Alpha_3_WOOD: http://bit.ly/2SvRdal
Alpha_3_WOOD_Sheets: http://bit.ly/37eXlJg
Alpha_4_BLUE-DOT: http://bit.ly/2UEcsJW
Alpha_4_BLUE-DOT_Sheets: http://bit.ly/38fpoJU
previews_tou_extras: http://bit.ly/3boiWm3

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

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If you can imagine it, you can create it.

Sneak Peeks February 13th 2020

Happy almost Valentine’s Day!! Our designers have some great goodies to celebrate the holiday! Let’s take a peek!

From Aimee Harrison

From Tinci

From Luv Ewe

From A Cherry On Top

From Scrappin Serenity

From JB Studio and Aimee Harrison

From LDrag

From Miss Fish

From Carol W

From Heather Z

Tutorial Tuesday (Photoshop Elements)

Effect? Affect? What’s the Difference?

Today’s tutorial has some common elements with last week’s. I’m going to show you how to turn a photo into a work of art, and to blend it into a layout. But that’s where the similarities end! I played around for quite awhile before I got the look I was after, but lucky for you, I kept track of what I did so you can skip the experimentation and go right to the good part.

There are so many ways to make Photoshop Elements do fantastic things. I first played with the Filter Gallery, but didn’t get what I wanted. So then I started looking at the Effects Gallery. There’s where I found the pot of gold.

First I made a copy layer of my photo. (I actually tried to work right on the background photo layer but didn’t like where I ended up – no control!)

Then I clicked on the Effects button down at the bottom right of the work space. From the Effects Gallery I chose Vintage and then Pencil Sketch. (Yes, I’ve done a couple of sketch tutorials before, but this one is different. And a lot easier!)

One click and this is where I went.

Elements has created another Copy layer and then added the Sketch effect to yet another separate layer.

I tried out each of the Blend Modes until I found one I liked – Hard Light. It brought back some of the colour but kept the sketchy look.

I made another copy, of the very topmost layer and it lightened up the image and blew out some highlights.

Blend Mode change to the rescue! I changed it to Multiply, and got a really arty looking image. I Merged all the layers and saved my new image as Sketch Edit.

I don’t think anybody can guess what I did when I added the Sketch Edit copy of the photo to this blended template from Heartstrings Scrap Art. I decided to try some Blend Modes and settled on Luminosity. I love how it turned out.

I hope you’re having as much fun as I am when you try my techniques. But I feel it’s only fair that I let you know I may be MIA a bit in the next while. We’re closing on our brand-new house (in another province) next Tuesday!! It’s been a long haul since we signed the construction contract, and in some ways it feels a little surreal now that it’s finally done. We’ll be out of town tying up all those loose ends next week but I’ll try to have something for you for the following week… even if it’s just photos of the new house. We won’t be moving for a few weeks yet, and I’ll make sure you have a heads-up for that. Thank you for supporting me in this amazing hobby we share!