Challenge Spotlight – A Year of Blessings and Template #1

Hi fellow scrappers.  Hope your week is starting off well.

Today we’re focusing on the A Year Of Blessings Challenge and the first Template Challenge.

First up is the A Year of Blessings Challenge. This month it is hosted by Luv Ewe Designs. Her challenge to us was to scrap flowers. That is a perfect subject for me because my husband loves to photograph flowers. While we were vacationing in Lake Lure, NC in Jnue of 2018, we got to experience their Flowering Bridge. It was a super experience. Here is my take on the challenge and a few others I’ve chosen from the gallery.

From Grace:

From Dannisa:

From ktmoonblue:

Aren’t these beautiful?

Next is one of my favorite challenges each month. The Template Challenge. There are two of these each month. This month the first challenge is hosted by Laurie’s Scraps. Look at this gorgeous template that she has provided for us to use.

I love working with templates so these fall right into my wheelhouse. I had a blast pulling out some older pictures of my kids. They are now much older than this.

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From poki04:

So much fun playing with these.

Remember, any 10 challenges completed will get you this full kit!

I’ll have an other challenge spotlight on Wednesday!

Sneak Peeks … April 03, 2020

So. Hi. Hmm. Really not sure what to put. I mean it’s exciting there are new kits coming out. Plenty of time to create those layouts and all that. But the face of the world is changing, and it’s scary. I promise, this isn’t to bring you down, but check out the forums. There are plenty of people, of all different backgrounds, stuck in the same circumstances.

And, also, a big huge shout out to all the healthcare workers, from the doctors and nurses, to the ones keeping those patients fed and those rooms clean, we appreciate you.

To the mail carriers, thank you for helping us maintain that quarantine, and delivering our goods. And all the other folks doing deliveries as well!

To the cashiers and stockers, truck drivers, and all the other essentials, the world is still moving because of you. Thank you!

Now, for some adorable layouts to showcase some awesome new stuff coming out!

Scrappin’ Serenity has an amazing kit coming out, and it’s all about those April Showers!

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Fresh Baked: April 1, 2020 & NEW Free With Purchase, Monthly Mix and More

Welcome to April!!! It’s time for Easter and April Showers and a little April Fools (No Joke). More on that below.

Our designers have hit it out of the park with this month’s buffet colors. I’m so in love with these kits.

Let’s see what we have in the new April Buffet!!

Don’t forget to check out the Buffet Bundles, one easy click to add bundles of Buffet goodies to your cart, and an amazing value too!

The designers really ran with the colors this month and many of their themes will mix. Scroll down to the end of they newsletter to see some inspiring layouts by our creative team, created using the April Buffet items.

Remember when you spend $10 in the store, you get a great new collab! Signs of Spring!

I love the colors in the April Monthly Mix. Perfect for those spring flower pictures.

Remember I promised you a April Fools (No Joke)? Look what Ginger and our designers are doing for April 1 and 2!!!!

It’s time for the new Daily Download. Before I give you the sneak peek, let me show you March’s full kit. It is beautiful and fun.

Now for April’s Sneak Peek:

Remember, the download is kept up for 5 days, and then it is taken down. If you miss pieces, the kit will be available for purchase on the first day of the following month.

Remember if you complete 10 challenges (yep – only 10), you get a free kit as a reward! Stay tuned to the blog posts this month for some love and spotlight on some of our challenges.

Let’s Bloom and Grow!

Now, as I promised above, let’s get some gorgeous inspiration from our store creative team using the the beautiful kits from our April buffet.  This is just a sampling. You can see more of them in the gallery.

The CT do a beautiful job! Leave them some love in the gallery if you see something you like!

Fresh Baked: March 27, 2020

Well, we made it through another week. This was my first week working totally from home and let me say – it’s weird. Add that some of my family forget I’m supposed to be working and want to chat. It appears it will be this way for the next 3 weeks for sure.

You only have a few more days to get this great kit when you spend $10 or more in the GS Store. Read, Know, Learn, Go!

You can still grab this mega collab even if you aren’t playing Survivor. So many fun baking elements in this.

Now it’s time for all the great new goodies from our Designers.

Remember if you complete 10 challenges, you get this amazing kit!

It’s time to Bring On Spring!

Fresh Baked: March 20, 2020

Happy Friday!! We at Gingerscraps hope you are all weathering these tough times safely. Let’s see if we can find you some new goodies to scrap with while you are staying in and trying to stay healthy.

It is time for our 10th season of Scrapping Survivor!! Whoop Whoop! We have a few fun changes this year, you can read all about them in the forum. Are you ready to hear our theme this season … drum roll please … this years theme is *Sugar & Spice Bakery* and we have baked up some really fun challenges and an AMAZING Mega collab!

Here is a link to the official Scrapping Survivor Season 10 sub-forum you can sing up in the “sign ups” thread:

2020 Scrapping Survivor 10 *Sugar & Spice Bakery*

Remember when you spend $10 in the store, you get a great new collab! Read, Know, Learn, Go!

Here is the amazing MEGA Collab for this season of Survivor: It is HUGE and you are going to love it!

Now let’s see what fun stuff our designers have for us this week.

Remember if you complete 10 challenges, you get this amazing kit!

It’s time to Bring On Spring!

Designer Spotlight: NMSS

Greetings and salutations! I know you’re all wondering why I’m popping up and it’s not Tuesday. Well, I’m stepping in to bring you the March Designer Spotlight. We’re chatting with the lovely Connie Prince, the South half of North Meets South Studios. Let’s get to know her a bit better, shall we?

J: How long have you been designing?

I began designing digital scrapbooking products in 2004-2005ish, but officially selling in 2006.

J: What made you decide to design?

At the time the offerings were so limited, I was a paper scrapper and want to add unique elements to my layouts which I began to make digitally and print. It didn’t take long to realize I could do the whole thing digitally so much easier!

J: What led you to decide to design together?

Tracy & I developed a friendship early on. I think the progression into forming a brand together just happened. At the time she lived in the northeast and I am of course from the south. We named our brand North Meets South Studios. She’s in the midwest now, but you really can’t take the New Jersey out of a girl so we are sticking with our original name lol.

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

I use Photoshop CC, Illustrator. I also have a scanner that I use pretty often to scan things to extract.

J: Describe your design workplace.

It’s pretty minimalistic. I have a double monitor setup, that’s the most exciting thing about it lol.

J: What motivates and inspires you as a designer?

I enjoy the process, coming up with an idea and creating it. The most rewarding part is seeing someone else use something that I’ve created to preserve their own memories.

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

About A Boy is my current favorite (usually my latest is my favorite lol).

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

Chicken wings, hands down I am obsessed! However, if I could only eat at one restaurant the rest of my life it would be Waffle House.

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

None of them? lol I’ll watch some when the Olympics are on.

J: What did you want to be when you were small?

I can’t really remember wanting to be anything in particular, I played school a lot so maybe a teacher? I did grow up and get a degree in education, but I didn’t really enjoy teaching very much so I retired early 🙂

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

My phone or computer!

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

Cameron Diaz, she’s just quirky enough!

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

I would have a bunch, but definitely: If you leave cookies unattended she will eat them!

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

Dolly Parton, she’s a hoot!

J: These two designers are very talented. I hope you’ll give their store a look and that you’ll take part in the Designer Spotlight challenge. And don’t forget to pick up your Daily Download here on the Blog!

Fresh Baked: March 06, 2020

I cannot believe how swift this year is already passing! We’re into another new week, and it’s almost time to “Spring Forward” with the time change. If you’re in the part of the world when you move time forward an hour, don’t forget to check your calendar! It’s this WEEKEND! :O

Remember when you spend $10 in the store, you get a great new collab! Read, Know, Learn, Go!

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Remember if you complete 10 challenges, you get this amazing kit!

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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.

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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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.