Fresh Baked: MAY 7, 2021

Happy Friday!! Have you all recovered from iNSD? There were some great sales and fun going on. Personally, I’m ready for the weekend because it means vacation for me. I have a beach calling my name.

Remember when you spend $10 in the store you get this great and fun collab as a gift!

There are some great Fresh Baked items this week. A few designers have special kits for Mother’s Day.

Dear Friends Designs

Dear Friends Designs by Trina

Are you getting a good start on your challenges? Completing 10 challenges will get you this great collab as a reward.

Tutorial Tuesday (GingerScraps Gallery)

Uploading Your Layouts to the Gallery – Step-by-Step 

Sometimes we forget that we’re being joined by new GingerScrappers all the time. And we forget that not everybody has expert computer/web skills. Suzanne Powell has the added challenge of health-related obstacles and she asked if she could have some very straight-forward instructions on uploading her layouts to the Gallery. Well, of course she can!! Let’s get her up and running…

We’ll start right at the beginning, with the Home Page. Across the top, just under the site banner, is a navigation bar with buttons for each of the high-traffic areas on the site. Right in the middle is the Gallery button.

Clicking on that takes us to… the Gallery Home Page. There’s a link to the rules for the Gallery, which explain maximum image and file sizes, very important information that I’ll expand on at the end. The dark blue navigation bar has all the required Gallery functions and a counter that keeps track of all the comments left for your layouts. Just to the left of the counter is the Upload Photos button.

The Gallery command centre looks like this. At the top are some reminders about Gallery limits. It also shows how many images you’ve begun to upload process for but haven’t yet completed. (YES! It’s possible to batch-upload, but that’s a topic for another time.) In the middle of the page is where all the choices are made. I usually start by deciding which Gallery (aka album) my layout belongs in.

Right at the very top of the drop-down that opens when the little arrow is clicked is the Member Galleries area. Each person who has a Gallery at GingerScraps has her own Gallery. Every layout a member uploads is automatically sent to the Member Gallery. Each of the GingerBread Ladies has a Gallery, and each of the Challenges has a Gallery. More about that in a second. Unfortunately, it’s not possible to Members to create their own online albums in the Gallery, but it is possible to add specific layouts to one’s own personal My Favorites album.

The typeface for these Galleries is very small, and Suzanne is having particular trouble with that. Did you know you can Zoom in on your screen the same way you can Zoom in on your layouts? Holding down the CTRL/CMD key and clicking the + sign Zooms in to 110%. The sharpness of the display is affected a little but not enough to be an issue. A second click on the + sign brings the size to 125% and a third click to 150%. Reversing it is easy, CTRL/CMD and the – key does the job.

Before we move on, be aware that navigating the Gallery list isn’t as simple as it sounds. You may have to scroll (slowly) down the list to find the one you’re looking for, particularly if you’re uploading Challenge layouts. You want to be positive you’re putting it into the correct YEAR‘s Gallery. When missdamsel goes looking for your layouts to verify your monthly Cookie Jar count, she won’t include it if she can’t find it! The problem with the Challenges yearly galleries is that they’re not in chronological order, so take the extra minute or so to make sure you’re in the right place!

Once you’ve chosen the Gallery you’re uploading to, it’s time to upload that layout! Click the Choose File button and then find your layout. As you can see, I use a folder system to keep everything easily located. It looks cumbersome but I find it really streamlines certain parts of the process. Click on your image, then click the Open button.

Once you’ve selected the image for upload, this menu opens up. This is a busy image, so I’ve numbered each of the things that need some expansion.

  1. Make sure you’ve got the correct Gallery! you can change it if you need to.
  2. Make sure you’ve got the correct image!
  3. Give your layout a name.
  4. In the Description box, break down your layout and provide credits to the Designer(s) whose product you’ve used. You can also include your journaling here if it’s hard to read on the (itsy-bitsy) image, and any other detail you think is important.
  5. Decide whether you want other Members to be able to make comments on your layouts, and whether you want to be notified when someone gives you some love. (Who doesn’t??)

When you’re satisfied you’ve got everything the way you want it, click Upload/Submit.

Almost there! This seems like a redundancy, but it’s a vital step. If your image is too big, this is where the system will tell you so. The maximum size is 600 x 600 pixels for the image and 500 kB for the file size. Check to see that your layout thumbnail is there. Sometimes the Gallery Gremlins toss out your credits, or they don’t like your title, especially if you’ve used punctuation or a special character. As you can see, part of my title is gone, because I had an apostrophe in it. Everything from the apostrophe on – poof. BUT!! I can add all of it back in here and it’ll be fine. My credits are right there. Perfect. And here’s where you can decide if you want to put your layout into more than one Gallery. The caveat to that is this: each of the Galleries you choose here will count as an individual layout for your daily upload limit, which is 8 images. If you’ve got several layouts you’re uploading at one time, you’ll get a message telling you you’re over your limit when you’re really not. Never fear… ObiJanKenobi has a work-around! Just select a single Gallery in this step. Then, when you’ve completed the process, you can go back and Edit Photo, adding in all the Galleries you want. Easy-peasy! This is also where you can add in some keywords describing your layout, such as the Challenge name, or some other descriptor that will be searchable later.

When you’ve filled in all the blanks and have all the information you need in there, you can click Process.

And there it is! The most recent layout added to my personal Gallery is first on the list. The title is correct, the image is correct and it’s all good!

Would you like a tutorial on batch uploading? Or do you think you can figure it out on your own? Lemme know!

Before I go, I want to give a shout-out to the one and only GINGER who gets these tutorials into PDF form so you can save them to your own computers. I think it’s been a game-changer!

{This is Ginger jumping in to add the PDF … Awe thanks for the shout-out Jan, you’re the best!}
Here is the PDF version of this tutorial: https://bit.ly/3vCfa1u

Fresh Baked: May 1, 2021, iNSD, NEW Guest, NEW Free With Purchase, Monthly Mix, and More

Happy May Day! May brings us iNSD. Have you been over to the forum yet to see all the fabulous things we have going on?

This mega collab is yours as a gift with any $20 spent in the store.

Don’t forget to check out the Buffet Bundles. One easy click to add bundles of Buffet goodies to your cart.

Look at these gorgeous spring colors for May. The designers had fun with these colors. Also check at the bottom to see some samples from our talented store creative team.

Remember any $10 spent in the store gets you this great collab. So many bright colors.

The colors in the May Monthly Mix go so well together.

Now to the May Sneak Peek. This month’s Daily Download is a collab from Miss Fish and Shepherd Studio.

I’m excited to announce that we have a guest designer for May.

Carol W Designs

Bio:
Hi~Everyone~I’m Carol
Nice to meet you all. I come from China. Chinese name is: WEN XIN
Now I live with my parents and a little dog.
I’ve been working with scrapbook since 2009.
I like it very much. A page in a scrapbook.
I had a terrible car accident in 2015. So far one is resting at home recovering.
I became a template designer in 2018. Now we are starting to design some collections as well.
I hope you like my design.

Take a look at the new challenge reward kit. If you complete any 10 challenges this month, you get this beautiful collab as a reward!

And to complete a wonderful Buffet post, let’s see some samples from our talented store CT. You can find more samples in the Gallery.

April 30, 2021: iNSD and Fresh Baked Fun

I’m not even sure I can find words for an intro to today’s post. It’s overflowing with iNSD and Fresh Baked goodies, so I’m just going to jump right into it.

First I am excited to announce that we have a new shop opening. Dear Friends Designs by Trina opens today. Her shop is 50% off starting today through May.

Now, let’s check out all the fun things we have planned for the next week.

Get this amazing mega collab when you spend $20 in the store. Let’s {Bring on the Sun}!!

In addition, you will get this great collab when you spend $10 in the store.

Now let’s get into what the designers are offering for this week of fun!

Aimee Harrison Designs

Tami Miller Designs

Aimee Harrison Designs

Chere Kay Designs

JB Studio

Neia Scraps

Isn’t that an amazing lineup?

Don’t forget to get your challenges in for April. You’ll get this collab as a reward.

Fresh Baked: APRIL 23, 2021

Happy Friday everyone! Did you have a good week? I hope so. We’ve got some great goodies to share with you.

Remember any $10 spent in the GingerScraps store and you get this {happy spring} collab as a gift!

Let’s see what’s new in the store this week.

How are those challenges going? Only 10 completed challenges will get you this {spring beauty}.

Fresh Baked: APRIL 16, 2021

Happy Friday Scrappers. It’s the middle of the month so that means it’s Bake Sale time!! Head over to the store and see what great kits our designers are offering for only $1 each this month!

Remember, any $10 spent in the store gets you this {happy spring} collab.

Let’s see what our designers have for us this week!

Polka Dot Chicks

Memory Mosaic

Have you picked up the Monthly Mix for April? Love the bright spring colors.

How are those challenges going? Remember you only need to complete 10 challenges to get this collab as a reward.

Fresh Baked: APRIL 9, 2021

Are you ready for another big sale in April? It’s our Retiring Products Clearance Sale!!

Make sure you grab what you want from this sale as once the sale is over, the products will be gone.

And remember, when you spend $10 in the store, you will get this great full collab for free.

Let’s see what our designers have this week.

Alexis Design Studio

Key Lime Digi Design

Polka Dot Chicks

Memory Mosaic

How are your challenges going? Any 10 completed challenges gets you this reward.

Designer Spotlight: April 2021

The Cherry on Top!

Lisa, the designer also known as The Cherry on Top, didn’t have time to sit for an interview so she instead sent me a little bio. Here she is in her own words:

Lisa-Lisa here, from The Cherry On Top.
I grew up State side, where I worked as a teacher.  What a wonderful job to have.  I often found myself underwhelmed by the typical curriculum and so I created a lot of my own, more visually appealing activity sheets and encouraged the kids to also show more creativity in their work. History can be pretty boring for most. I was pleasantly surprised to learn that even teenagers liked to construct scrapbooks to show off their knowledge of historical events.  I didn’t realize, at the time, that I was actually “designing” digitally.  I had next to no program or computer experience.  I even struggled learning how to do e-mail.  Ha!
I originally started scrapbooking traditionally and took those skills with me, over the pond, to Belgium, where I presently reside.  I wanted to make something that I couldn’t find anywhere in paper format.  So, I scoured the internet looking for images and “pieced” together exactly what I needed.  Funnily enough, I thought I invented digital scrapbooking, until I stumbled across the digital scrapbooking world.
I dove in the deep end!  After a couple of months, I was on a praise team at Scrap Take Out where I met a lot of fantastic designers like Fran B and Amanda from A-Manda Creation.  Slowly, I worked myself on to Creative Teams.  At one point, I was on 28 teams.  Talk about a junky! Ironically, I despised templates.  I still cannot get over the grudge I had against them.  Until I realized what a wonderful starting point or catalyst they can be.  Especially, when your mojo is low or the inspiration just isn’t there.  Now, they are my passion.
I find ideas for templates, everywhere.  In an advertisement, greeting card, sketch, nature…I’m always coming up with new ideas, techniques and I make designing unique, easy to use templates my main objective.  They truly are a wonderful tool and certainly an excellent way to learn how to digital scrapbook.  They save so much time, too.
I started off using PowerPoint to scrapbook.  I know, right?!  Then I moved to My Memories for a few years and then Photoshop Elements.  I still mostly use Elements.  It is incredibly user friendly and perfect for designing templates, for the most part.  Occasionally, I jump over to PS when PSE doesn’t offer a particular function I need and I’m pretty sure, that one of these days I’ll morph over to PS, but I still have so much to learn in PSE.
I do design a lot of other products besides templates, but templates are still my favorite.
Thanks for letting us get a peek into your creative process Lisa! Ladies, don’t forget that Lisa‘s also presenting the Daily Download this month. And she has a $2 coupon for her GingerScraps store (linked above in pink): the code is tcotspotlight.
See you again soon!

Fresh Baked: APRIL 2, 2021

Welcome to Friday and a new batch of Fresh Baked goodies. Have you checked out our No Joke Sale?

REMEMBER THIS SALE WILL END ON APRIL 2 AT 11:59PM EASTERN TIME!
Make sure your checkout is complete prior to the close of the sale, as soon as the clock strikes midnight the sale prices will disappear.

Remember, any $10 spent in the store will get you this great collab for free.

And now our Fresh Baked goodies.

Have you gotten started on your challenges yet? Do you have favorites? Remember, any 10 completed challenges earns you this kit as a reward.

Fresh Baked: April1, 2021, NEW Guest, NEW Free With Purchase, Monthly Mix, and More

Happy April Fool’s Day. It may be April Fool’s Day but the sale we have going on is no joke!

REMEMBER THIS SALE WILL END ON APRIL 2 AT 11:59PM EASTERN TIME!
Make sure your checkout is complete prior to the close of the sale, as soon as the clock strikes midnight the sale prices will disappear.

Don’t forget to check out the Buffet Bundles. One easy click to add bundles of Buffet goodies to your cart.

Look at these gorgeous spring colors for April. The designers hit it out of the ballpark with these. Also check at the bottom to see some samples from our talented store creative team.

Remember any $10 spent in the store gets you this great collab. Look at all those {happy spring} colors!!

I just love that that April Monthly mix is a different focus on spring.

Now to the April Sneak Peek. This month’s Daily Download is from The Cherry On Top.

https://gingerscraps.net/gsblog/2021/04/dd-apr-1-2/

I’m excited to announce that we have a guest designer for April.

Memory Mosaic

Bio:
I am Joy, (aka Memory Mosaic) and currently reside in Tennessee by way of Ecuador where we lived for 27 years. I am a wife, married to my best friend for 38 years. I have 3 grown, married daughters, who have blessed us with 13 grandchildren. I have 3 children that God gifted our family through adoption, who are still at home.

I have been scrapping since the late 90’s and I was introduced to Digital Scrapbooking in 2009, and I fell in love. In 2014, I started trying my hand at designing, and in 2015, opened my first design shop.

Take a look at the new challenge reward kit. If you complete any 10 challenges this month, you get this {spring beauty} as a reward!

And to complete a wonderful Buffet post, let’s see some samples from our talented store CT. You can find more samples in the Gallery.