Tutorial Tuesday – GingerScraps

New Year, New Challenges!

2021 has gotten off to a smashing start at GingerScraps. There have been a lot of “new” ladies joining our Facebook group and that tells me we’re doing something right. I truly believe GingerScraps IS the “friendliest place in the Digi Scrapping world“. Participation in our Forum has grown so much over the last year, especially in the Welcome! subforum. Of course, each of us is looking for something specific when we embark on a new adventure. For me, I came to GS as a creative team member for one of the GingerBread Ladies; this was my “assigned” store. I spent some time looking around, trying to find a way to engage myself and discovered the GingerScraps Challenges. Bonanza!!!

For those of you who have been GingerScrapping for awhile, you probably already have an established Challenge routine and likely won’t feel the need to read on. That’s cool… no pressure! But if you’re still getting comfortable here, you might not have looked into the Challenges and could maybe use some pointers. AND……. there are NEW challenges beginning this month so I want everybody to know about them.

Let’s begin with some general Challenge info. Challenges are one of the best ways of building your skills, and they also provide a framework to build them on by giving specific guidance such as a topic, a technique, a template or a word art. They’re also a good kick-start when you’re not really sure what you’re going to scrap, or when you’ve lost your mojo. But at GS, Challenges also provide a method of growing your stash! Several of the Challenges include access to high-quality freebies, such as brushes, mini-kits, templates and word art – you just have to download them! Even better than that though is the Challenge Reward! These Rewards are mega-kits created in collaboration by several of the GingerBread Ladies and there’s a new one every month. The January Reward looks like this:

Missi (missdamsel) does a really good job of explaining how Challenge Rewards work in the Cookie Jar – the Challenge tracking thread where you link to the layouts you’ve created for the Challenges. More about that later. But I’ll give you a little recap: You must create a different layout for each Challenge. Your Challenge layouts generally must contain at least 50% GingerScraps content – things available in the GS store – although the Designer Spotlight Challenge has a higher required content rule, 90% to be product from the Spotlight Designer(s) only. Another must is that you also post your layout in the Challenge thread. When you upload your layout to the Gallery, please also include the Challenge category in your description so it goes into that Challenge’s Gallery too. There’s a detailed set of instructions for this process in the tutorial A Road Map for Newbies. (**Just had a thought when I was talking to my hubby about this tut… MAKE SURE YOU’RE UPLOADING TO THE CORRECT YEAR’S CHALLENGE GALLERY!) When you’ve completed TEN Challenges and recorded them in your Cookie Jar, you’ll receive the Challenge Reward kit for the month you hit that milestone. Missi keeps track of all the Cookie Jar entries and sends out a Private Message with the coupon code for the Reward to the scrappers who qualify. One thing that can be confusing is that if you go OVER ten layouts in a given month, those “extra” ones aren’t carried over for the next month. If you create ten layouts every month, you get all the Rewards! Okay, that’s the important 411 on general Challenge stuff. Now let’s talk about some of the new ones!! (Each of the Challenges will be linked in the description so you can just click on the red text and go right to the Challenge. All coloured, bold text in this tutorial has a link attached.)

The Challenges are listed in the Forum in alphabetical order, so that’s how I’m going to discuss them. First up is Jumpstart Your Layouts: with Jumpstart Designs. GingerBread Lady Sheri provides each Challenger with a free product – this month it’s a really cute mini-kit – and the “rules” for the Challenge, which will change each month. For January she wants each scrapper to scrap their inner thoughts about the coming year, and include a selfie somewhere on the page. For some of us, the selfie IS the challenge!

Connie Prince has changed the focus of her monthly Challenge so I’m considering it to be a new one. Life Chronicled is a way to scrap about the more ordinary parts of our lives to give our future generations glimpses of our lives as they were every day, to let them into our heads a little so they “know” us. She gives some talking points to help decide where the layout will go. She also includes a mini-kit, that coordinates with one of her larger kits, for inspiration. (It’s not a required component, though.)

Marina brings us our third new challenge, Magical Scraps Galore’s Surprise Challenge. Each month the focus of the Challenge will be a complete surprise. For January she’s requiring a ten-item overlapping cluster on your layout with a list of each of the 10 objects included when you post your layout to the thread. Clusters can be really intimidating to new scrappers, and if you need some support, there’s a tut for that: Creating Clusters… Not Clutter

While it’s technically not new, the Mix It Up Challenge is now being hosted by Mish Fish every month. It’s similar to the Surprise Challenge in the sense that every month the goals will be a surprise. For January, Juli has given us a 1-2-3-4 list of ingredients for our layouts. 1 word title, 2 photos, 3 flower/element clusters (clusters again!) and 4 (or more) lines of journaling. Piece of cake, right?

This next one is bound to be a huge hit. My Favorite Things with CathyK is another opportunity for personal layouts, focusing on YOU and what you take pleasure in. Cathy would like us to think about, then scrap, some positive moment from 2020 for her inaugural Challenge. It wasn’t the most uplifting of years for far too many people, but there’s always at least some good mixed in with the bad. When I read Cathy’s post, I knew immediately where my layout will go.

Scraps N Pieces is bringing us a Pinterest Challenge. (Don’t worry, you don’t have to get into Pinterest, she’s done it for you!) Each month she’ll provide a mood board created from images she’s pinned, each with a related theme, to provide you with some inspiration. Your layout can take its cues from any aspect of the pinned images that pop into your head. January’s images are about food and how we relate to it. Who hasn’t started a new weight loss plan in January?

And the final new Challenge for 2021 is the Quote Challenge with BoomersGirl Designs. Each month Lori will provide us with a quotation she’s found meaningful. The challenge is to use it as a basis for a layout, but it doesn’t have to INCLUDE the quote. January’s quote is about the gift of time, and what we do with it. Layouts will end up related, but unique, because our personal stories will take us each in a different direction.

I have my personal favourites when it comes to Challenges and I have my own process for doing them. Having worked as an ICU nurse for 25 years, process for me is like breathing! It helps me organize myself and keep myself on track. I start off at the beginning of the month by looking at each of the Challenges I enjoy doing to see if they spark anything. If they do, I right away create a folder for them. (I have folders for everything!) The folder’s name will include the Challenge name and some clues about the topic so I can see at a glance what I should be looking for later when I’m ready to work. If the Challenge includes a freebie like a brush or a mini-kit, I extract the zipped folder right into my Challenge folder. Then when I’m ready to create, I Copy all the photos, elements, paper and whatever else I expect to use into the folder too so it’s all in one place. Once the layout is finished and I’ve posted it to the Gallery, I change the name of the folder by adding a simple hyphen at the front of it that tells me it’s complete. You can see in the screenshot (you had to know there’d be a screenshot!) none of the folders have a hyphen… I haven’t done any work yet. But I’m going to start right away, because I WANT the Challenge Reward!! You might also have noticed that half of those folders are for the new Challenges. Because they’re awesome!

On a more tutorial note, my plan for the coming year going forward is to have the tutorials available as PDF files. It’s a work-in-progress as Ginger and I try to work out the logistics, but we wanted you to know the work is happening to make it a reality! Unfortunately, the amount of time required to convert all 200 previous tutorials would be huge, so they won’t be converted. Stay tuned!

 

Here is a link to this tutorial in PDF version! https://bit.ly/3biN5FP

iNSD Fun and Challenge Reward

Happy Sunday everyone! Are you enjoying all that Ginger has put together for iNSD? So many amazing sales. Check out the store, the forum, and the FB page for updates on all the goodies.

Did you know about all the iNSD fun things going on in the forum? Check out this list.

How about the scavenger hunt? This is always fun and I always end up with a wish list full of new items from our designers.

And wow… this mega collab. Huge collection FREE with a purchase over $20. Believe me, it isn’t hard to make that happen. And these colors are perfect for the Color Challenge this month.

And now, a sneak at May’s Challenge Reward.

Teacher Appreciation: A collaboration from our GingerScraps designers
By Designers: Connie Prince, Down This Road, MagsGraphics, Tinci Designs, Wimpychompers

  • 1 Alpha {Uppercase, Lowercase, Numbers & Punctuation}
  • 50 Papers
  • 85 Elements
  • 4 12×12 Template {page, png, psd, tif file formats}

May 2020 – Challenge Reward Info
Monthly Challenge Rules –

  • You will receive the collab of the month in which you COMPLETE your 10 challenges.
    For Example:
    You do 5 in March, 2 in April and 6 in May – you would get the May collab.
    You do 7 in March and 4 in April – you get the April collab
    You do 10 each month you get EACH Collab!! (BEST DEAL!!)
  • Challenge rewards will be sent out after the 5th of the month
  • All challenges layouts must have at least 50% of GS products – Daily Download and Welcome wagon counts. (See individual challenge rules for specific rules on usage such as Designer Spotlight Challenge)
  • Speed Scraps and Chats DO NOT count towards your challenge rewards (of course your host will usually provide fun goodies for all attending their SS or Chat)
  • Every challenge must have a unique LO. Meaning, you can not use the same LO for more then 1 challenge.
  • You are responsible for tracking your completed challenges, find the monthly tracking thread in the “Cookie Jar”, and follow the guidelines.

What is your goal this month? Last month I set mine super high and crashed. So this month, I’m focused on doing 3 or 4 of my favorites and adding one that I don’t normally do.

Enjoy your iNSD!!

Let’s Celebrate: St. Patrick’s Day

Hello scrappers! Next Friday is St. Patrick’s Day. So today we are going to take a look at some of the fun things in the store that will have us scrapping all things St. Patrick’s Day! I am sure most of us know what that holiday is. However for those who do not:

St Patrick’s Day is a global celebration of Irish culture on or around March 17. It particularly remembers St Patrick, one of Ireland’s patron saints, who ministered Christianity in Ireland during the fifth century. St Patrick’s Day is celebrated in countries with people of Irish decent.

Here at GingerScraps we have a section dedicated to this holiday. If what we showcase below is not what you are looking for, you probably can find it in that section.  We are going to showcase a number of digital scrapbooking supplies for your St. Patrick’s Day projects. We will follow it up with some fun layouts as well. All images are linked of course. 🙂

St. Patrick’s Day Digital Scrapbooking Supplies

 

Irish Charm by Clever Monkey Graphics || Irish charm is a fun little mini kit to mix and match with all your other St. Patrick’s Day kits. Enjoy! Make sure you check out Tracey’s other St. Patrick’s Day kits. A Little Irish Luck and Lucky Leprechaun.

 

Happy Go Lucky Page Kit by Kristmess || This wonderful kit was made as part of her Happy Go Lucky Collection. This collection is perfect for all your St. Patrick’s day celebrations but versatile enough for many other spring pages.

 

St Patrick’s Day Templates by Blue Heart Scraps

 

Lucky Me Digital Scrap Kit by Just So Scrappy || This kit is part of the Lucky Me Collection

 

March Sectional Templates by Miss Fish Templates || March Sectional templates offer you 2, 12×12 digital scrapbook templates perfect for your favorite spring photos. These templates have divided sections to show off lots of fun patterned papers along with your photos. The Flower and Shamrock/clover shape let you scrap your fun March memories in a unique way.

 

Lucky Me by BoomersGirl Designs || Not just for St. Patrick’s Day, this kit is also perfect to help us celebrate the everyday things in our lives that make us feel lucky. The fresh color palette includes white as well as shades of purple, green and yellow.

 

Project 2015 March – Kit by Connie Prince || This kit is part of the huge Project 2015 March Collection

 

Oh So Lucky! by Magical Scraps Galore! || It’s always important to remember just how lucky we are. In shades of green and turquoise, with a dab of white and black, Oh So Lucky! collection is perfect to scrap St Patrick’s Day celebrations, your Irish heritage, as well as March or springtime layouts and all those lucky everyday moments that you wish to cherish forever.

 


Lucky Girl: A collaboration from our GingerScraps designers.
This kit includes:
1 full alpha, 34 papers, 36 elements, 6 journal cards

 

Lucky One Kit by CathyK Designs

 


St Patrick’s Day Layouts

Lucky by kristal

 

2013 Being Irish for the Day by TraceyMonette

 

Be the Rainbow by Jazz2000

 

County Kerry by Elizabeth

 

St. Patrick’s Day by familyhistoryscrapper

 


St. Patrick’s Day Freebie!

I hope you enjoyed these great items and lovely scrapped digital scrapbooking layouts for St. Patrick’s Day. I want to leave you with a freebie alert. Make sure you are checking out of Challenge Forum; and participating of course. This month’s Mini Kit Challenge has a mini kit perfect for those St. Patrick’s Day projects. Click HERE to go check it out.

 

In case you were wondering more about those fun challenges; and what is in it for you (besides new layouts):

 

March 2017 – Challenge Reward Info
Monthly Challenge Rules – 

  • You will receive the collab of the month in which you COMPLETE your 10 challenges.
    For Example:
    You do 5 in March, 2 in April and 6 in May – you would get the May collab.
    You do 7 in March and 4 in April – you get the April collab
    You do 10 each month you get EACH Collab!! (BEST DEAL!!)
  • Challenge rewards will be sent out after the 5th of the month
  • All challenges layouts must have at least 50% of GS products – Daily Download and Welcome wagon counts. (See individual challenge rules for specific rules on usage such as Designer Spotlight Challenge)
  • Speed Scraps and Chats DO NOT count towards your challenge rewards (of course your host will usually provide fun goodies for all attending their SS or Chat)
  • Every challenge must have a unique LO. Meaning, you can not use the same LO for more then 1 challenge.
  • You are responsible for tracking your completed challenges, find the monthly tracking thread in the “Cookie Jar”, and follow the guidelines.


Challenge Rewards:
Complete any 10 challenges, and you will receive a brand new designer collab!
Each month we will offer a brand new GingerBread Ladies collab as a reward for completing the GS challenges.

Complete any 10 challenges, during the month of March 2017, and receive this collab for FREE!!

Brighter Days Ahead: A collaboration from our GingerScraps designers
By Designers: Craft-tastrophic, Lindsay Jane, Neverland Scraps, Ponytails Designs


  • 1 Full Alpha
  • 39 Papers
  • 110 Elements

Challenge Summary- March 2015

I am in disbelief this month is coming to a close today but that means NEW CHALLENGES tomorrow! But today, I want to showcase some awesome layouts made for this month’s challenges!

kfedolfi made this beautiful page for the Brush Challenge:

Florida 2011

boba80 put this awesome LO together for the Buffet Challenge:

squeaky clean

Pippin used Green so well in her LO for the Color Challenge:

Lazy_days

Look at this fun layout for the Daily Download challenge gethane made:

2015-03 DD Google Fiber

mskinsey made this cute page with Sandy Pie Designs Designer Challenge:

Ant's 1st birthday party LHpg

A-M made this cute Desktop for the Desktop Challenge:

March Desktop

I love this page JIC Creations made for the Font Challenge:

P52 Week 8

Take a look at this great card BlueCat made for the Hybrid Challenge

You Are My Rock

Smurfie made this awesome photoless layout for the Inspiration Challenge:

Irish Blessing

Nani created this great page for the Journaling Challenge:

Recharge

sparkysgirl used the prompts in the Pop Quiz Challenge to make this beautiful LO:

Running

MarcelaRelvas used the Mini kit from Craftastrophic to make this stunning page for the Mini Kit Challenge:

Jo

fl_connie made a page for the Mix It Up Challenge around the best Christmas Cookie recipe:

Christmas Tree Cookies
emscraps documented her week in the Project 365/52 Challenge:

P52- Week 10: Mar 2-Mar 8

KatherineWoodin used the Recipe Challenge for this page:

8-Carter_sleeping_2014_small

shmooangel used the Scraplift Challenge for her LO inspiration:

Jess 2012

KAPOH used green to make this awesome Siggy for the Signature Challenge:

#13

jang used the template from the Template Challenge #2 to make this pretty layout:

PS_-_GS_March_Temp2

And take a look at verstej2‘s LO for the Word Art Challenge:

As Fresh as Spring - Left

This month’s challenge layouts were stunning! I can’t wait to see what gets created for April!