Fresh Baked: October 22, 2021

Welcome to another Friday!! They just seem to come faster and faster don’t they? We are almost at the end of October and the fall temperatures have become more prevalent and we’re starting to see some of the leaves change colors. 

Don’t forget, any $10 spent in the store gets you this kit for free.

Let’s see what new items our fabulous designers have for us this week.

Have you picked up the October Monthly Mix? I love those little gnomes.

And remember. Any 10 completed challenges gets you this great kit as a reward!

Fresh Baked, $1.00 Bake Sale & New Designer @ GingerScraps!

Hello Scrappers! We have a packed newsletter for you today! Our Weekly Fresh Baked goodies, The $1.00 Bake Sale is OPEN and we have a new designer! 

Remember when you spend $10 in the store, you get this great kit for free.

First up, lets look at this weeks New Releases!

I’m so excited to announce that Dagilicious has come out of retirement and opening up shop exclusively at GingerScraps! We are so happy to have her back!

Here is a little bio from Dagi: “My name is Dagmar aka Dagi and I am a mom to two wonderful boys and quite a few of pets too! I have discovered digital scrapbook back in 2008 when my first son was born and I got addicted. I’ve always had a thing for templates, so, since 2012 I have been creating my own. My goal is to make scrapping your memories a little bit easier and faster, because, as you know, there’s always a lot of photos and none can be left behind.”

The monthly $1.00 Bake Sale is OPEN!

Remember any 10 finished challenges gets you this great kit as a reward.

Fresh Baked: October 8, 2021

Did you all have fun during the DSD party? There was so much to do. Did you find some great bargains?

Remember when you spend $10 in the store, you get this great kit for free.

The designers have been busy. There are a lot of new things in the store this week.

POLKA DOT CHICKS

MEMORY MOSAIC

AIMEE HARRISON DESIGNS

CHERE KAY DESIGNS

AIMEE HARRISON DESIGNS

TAMI MILLER DESIGNS

Have you gotten a jump on those challenges with the new goodies from DSD? Remember any 10 finished challenges gets you this great kit as a reward.

Designer Spotlight October 2021

Have You Met Christie (Scrappin’ Serenity)?

I’d like to introduce you all to Christie Dawn, whose wonderful designs are sold at GingerScraps under the Scrappin’ Serenity banner. We had a nice chat so I could know what to tell you about her. Here’s a transcript of our chat for your perusal.

J: Christie! So nice to see you! Let’s get comfy and get to know each other. First, tell me, how long have you been designing?

C: I started dabbling in 2009 and opened my first store in 2010! Wow…hard to believe it’s been 11 years!

J: Hey, that’s about the same time I started learning about digital scrapbooking. When I look at those first layouts, I cringe. I know why I wanted to start digiscrapping – saving money, not having to clean up, and being able to use kits over and over and over. What made you decide to design?

C: I was a stay at home mom, and I just needed an outlet.  I loved Scrapbooking, so I figured I might as well try it.

J: I didn’t actually start paper scrapping until 2005, long after my kiddos were grown up. When they were little I did things like counted cross-stitch and crochet. If digiscrapping would have been a thing then, I’d have been all over it! What do you use to create your designs?

C: I mostly design in Photoshop Elements 13, I should probably upgrade, but it still works, so why change!?

J: No kidding! If it ain’t broke… I do all of my digital stuff on a Dell laptop, sitting in a wing chair in my living room. Would you mind describing your design workplace?

C: Most of the time I work at home, downstairs, on my desktop.  But I do have a laptop I bring when we go camping and have worked from the RV many times.

J: My “other” creative space is a work-in-progress; I have so many boxes I haven’t even opened after our move… 17 months ago. Organizing it all is a big job! But back to you. Which of your current kits in the GS shop is your favourite? What makes it so?

C: Currently my Favorite Kit is – Gamer Girl.  We are big time gamers in my family!

J: My husband is a big gamer too. I’m not. Words with Friends is enough for me! Do you sing, or dance in the shower? I’ve been known to dance in mine a time or two…

C: Definitely Sing!  If I were to dance in the shower it would probably lead to a visit to the ER. lol.

J: I can relate – it didn’t end up in the ER but I discovered the shower base needed some no-skid strips that way. Here’s another odd-ball question: If time travel was possible, would you go back in time or ahead? Why?

C: I would go back in time and spend more time with my Granma.  Miss that lady so much!

J: I’d love to spend a few hours with my mom’s paternal grandmother. Maybe then I’d know more about her than just her name… Do you have a favourite colour? Are there any colours you really DON’T like?

C: Purple, Pink, Teal or Black are my favorite colors.  I tend to dislike oranges, yellows, and reds.

J: We’re kindred spirits! What would your dream car be?

C: A 1967 Mustang! We actually found one on FB market place and bought it about a year ago…but it still needs a lot of work!

J: How awesome is that?! Will you paint it purple? You don’t have to answer that. Last nosy question. If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?

C: Love me some Sushi!!

J: You can have ALL of mine. Thanks for letting us peek into your world. Now I should spend some time outside before it gets too cold. Enjoy your month in the Spotlight!

Faithful readers, Christie is hosting the Designer Spotlight Challenge this month and is providing all of us with her Daily Download kit. And… she has this little gift for everybody. Check it out!!

Well. 2021 is 3/4 over already! I know most of us will be happy to have this year in the rear view mirror. See you again soon!

 

Fresh Baked: OCT 1, 2021, DSD, NEW Guests, NEW Free With Purchase, Monthly Mix, and More

Welcome to October! I thought we had a lot going on last month. This may set the record for biggest post we’ve done. When you have the Buffet, Fresh Baked and DSD all on one day, it’s bound to be a big deal.

First a peek at the fun going on in the forum and the store for DSD. There are a so many things happening. And these colors. I so love these for fall.

The designers have outdone themselves for DSD.

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

Look at these colors. With it being October, there are a lot of Halloween kits in this Buffet grouping.

We also have new Fresh Baked Items.

POLKA DOT CHICKS

MEMORY MOSAIC

Remember any $10 spent in the store gets you this great collab. Are you ready for some {autumn dew}?

This new Monthly Mix kit is just so cute. I love the little gnomes.

Now to the Octoberr Daily Download Sneak Peek. This month’s Daily Download is from Scrappin Serenity.

https://gingerscraps.net/gsblog/2021/10/dd-oct-1-3/

We have TWO Guest Designers for October!

Dunia Designs

Bio:

Hi girls! My name is Dunia. I’m originally from Brazil but living for the past 5 years in Michigan. I live with my DH my three kids and my dog Chewie. I’m addicted to coca-cola, chocolate, books and binge-watching series
I’m a designer for over 7 years and I love to create fun, colorful and useful stuff for you to keep your memories alive. And I’m so excited to be a guest at Ginger Scraps this month!

The Scrappy Kat

Bio:

Hello, my name is Katina Curten, but I’m also known as The Scrappy Kat. I have been a digital scrapbooking designer since May of 2009. You may remember me from my 2 previous stores, Stuff to Scrap and Scraps N Pieces. Once those stores closed, I took a 5 year hiatus to raise my son. Now that he is a teenager and I have more time on my hands, I am back to designing. Digital scrapbooking is one of my true loves and I’m so glad to be back at it and to being a part of the wonderful digiscrap community that I missed so much once again.

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

Fresh Baked: September 24, 2021

Here we are at another Friday. And another end of the month. I don’t know why it amazes me that time seems to fly, but it does. Every month I am blown away by how fast it all goes.

Remember when you spend $10 in the store, you get this great kit for free.

There is a wide range of topics and colors in this week’s new releases.

Have you grabbed the Monthly Mix? Only on more week to pick it up at this reduced price.

And you have one more week to complete those challenges. You only need to complete 10 challenges to get this great reward.

Tutorial Tuesday (Individual Style)

Jumpstart Your Layouts!

So how many of you are Challenge fans? If you aren’t, you should be!! The GingerBread Ladies designers are incredibly generous with their talents both through their participation in the GingerBread Ladies‘ collaborations: Monthly Mix, Free-with-Purchase and Challenge rewards, and within the Challenges themselves. Did you know there are freebies included in several Challenges EVERY month? Brushes, templates, word art, mini kits, add-ons – so many gifts!! Sheri, whose design handle is Jumpstart Designs, provides a mini kit every month in the Jumpstart Your Layouts Challenge (although these minis are the same size as some designers’ full kits…) and they’re amazing. I posted my JSYL Challenge layout to the thread in the Forum and couldn’t help but notice how every scrapper’s layout – using the identical collection of supplies – looked SO different. So I thought we could talk a bit about how we all have such individual approaches to creativity.

This is the preview for the Jumpstart Your Layout Challenge. Like all of Sheri‘s kits, the colour palette is versatile, it’s a bit grungy, a bit pretty, a bit sophisticated and 100% awesome.

A-M chose to use only the cream and brown parts of the kit. Her layout is simple, but eye-catching. Having a black-and-white photo as the centerpiece was genius.

Breoni too chose mainly the neutrals, but added a couple of aqua pops… which are the perfect accompaniments for her photo. Her positioning of the metal tag and ribbon element frames her face and really leads the eye to her photo.

In keeping with the mostly cream background, next up is this beauty. What makes this layout by nimble4u truly stunning is the way she’s used her photo. She embellished with restraint and the sentimental feel of the photo is the star of the show.

Roxana has added a bit more of the aqua to her layout. The large word art is perfectly displayed against the aqua paper and the photo she chose adds a bit of whimsy. I think she’s used every single item in the kit as well, even though it’s not a requirement.

Kristal’s background is also mainly cream, but with some taupe details that adds to the seaside impact of her photos. Masking the boat photo with some aqua behind it makes it look like the water continues outside the photo. Genius!

Maskyra used the papers with such panache! The grungy, rubbed, torn and splattered background is a masterpiece! Her layout is a bit of a segué from mostly neutral/cream background into more colour detail.

This layout by beckturn moves us to an aqua background with a beautiful tear revealing the shades-of-brown striped paper behind it. I love the way she repeated her heritage photo with a tighter crop on the girls’ faces.

What immediately caught my eye about jcfdelaware‘s layout is the undulating anchor behind her photos. With aqua paint behind all the brown paper hexagons, it moves the eye across the page. and the large word art tucks into the lower left corner so neatly.

LisaCampbell‘s layout doesn’t really use a lot of aqua elements, but it “reads” as an aqua background, thanks to the curved paper cuts and aqua paint wrapping around her photos. (

Alasandra‘s layout just screams HAPPY to me! The aqua elements pop right off the paper.

I love how Pippin has turned her photo to sepia and makes it look like it grew out of the paper behind it. The dark brown border draws the eye, the bokeh leads it to the photo and the clusters keep it moving.

This layout is so perfect in every respect! It’s from the creative mind of kabrak1207 and is gently shifting us toward a darker brown palette. Her use of the scalloped borders is clever, and really frames the focal photo perfectly.

MomDoc_99 went monochromatic with the browns and it works very well. The scatters echo the circles on the background paper  and by framing the photos inside a circular paper mat and creating a similar frame for her title, her repeating shapes create a pleasing layout.

Here, DebraB has given us a grid-style layout on a deep brown background that makes the photos stand out. The border along the left draws attention to her journaling. I love how she used only part of the word art on a paper strip to customize her look.

And last… this layout by galavictor is completely different! She’s changed the Blend Mode on the striped paper and the floral aqua paper to accent the orange in her photo, created a bokeh effect with the scatters while also making brilliant use of masking to blend papers together and fade the photo into them. She applied some Layer Styles to the word art too. So much creativity!!

There you have it, fifteen unique layouts using a single kit. (You can see my own vision for this kit here. And yes, my granddaughter does eat non-stop.) What might YOU do with this FRE-E-E-E-E-E-E kit?

 

PS… What do you think about a Challenge spotlight post every once in awhile?

PDF Version: https://bit.ly/2ZeFvb3

 

 

Fresh Baked: September 17, 2021

Oh my goodness. It’s already mid-September and the season is definitely changing. It’s getting to be cooler here and I am loving it.

Remember when you spend $10 in the store, you get this great kit for free.

Let’s see a sampling of what is new in the store this week.

Have you picked up the September Monthly Mix? It’s great for those school pics.

Are you working on those challenges? Just 10 completed challenges gets you this great kit as a reward.

Fresh Baked: September 10, 2021

Happy Friday. Have you all recovered from the epic 13th birthday party? I hope you had some fun in the forum and grabbed some great deals in the store.

Remember when you spend $10 in the store, you get this great kit for free.

We’ve got some great kits new in the store this week. Let’s see a sampling of what the designers are adding.

JB STUDIO

AIMEE HARRISON

POLKA DOT CHICKS

MEMORY MOSAIC

Are you working on those challenges? Just 10 completed challenges gets you this great kit as a reward.

Designer Spotlight: September 2121

It’s HeartMade Scrapbook!

Today I’d like to introduce you to one of our newest designers, HeartMade Scrapbook – who is also known as Ngoc! She very graciously agreed to let me pick her brain, and now I get to share what I’ve learned about her with all of you.

J: So tell me, how long have you been designing?

N: I’ve been designing since May last year (2020).

J: Ah, another CoVid convert! Welcome to GingerScraps!! What made you decide it was time to hang up your Creative Team hat and jump into designing?

N: In 2020, the CoVid-19 epidemic broke out, I have more time and I want to try a whole new field. And there’s really a lot to learn, but I’m very happy with the design.

J: I think all of us would be thrilled to have more time. What tools do you use in your design process?

N: I use Photoshop and Illustrator.

J: Well, you’re way ahead of me. I’m still plodding along with Elements. What’s your design motivation/inspiration ?

N: My main motivation and inspiration are my kids and the life around me. I want to be a memory keeper!

J: Most of us would say the same. It’s pretty much the whole purpose of our community. Now I’d like to know which of your kits currently in the GingerScraps shop is your favourite, and why.

N: Cool Summer: Because I like pastel colors and summer is my favorite season!

J: Abrupt subject change!! What would you do if you won the lottery today?

N: I will buy a farm in the countryside to grow vegetables and flowers.

J: That sounds like a LOT of work! Are you more likely to sing, or to dance, in the shower?

N: Yes, I will sing sometimes, even though I’m not very good at it.

J: Everybody is a star in the shower! Weird question… If time travel was possible, would you go forward in time or back, and why?

N: I would go to the future, I want to know when covid-19 will end.

J: You and all the rest of us! 🙂 It has really turned the world upside down, hasn’t it? Design-y question again. What colours do you love, or NOT love?

N: My most favorite colors are pastel & bright colors. My least favorite colors are dark and heavy colors.

J: I love jewel tones most. And I’m so happy there are designers who do too. Last question, another one about favourites. If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?

N: It’s PHO Vietnam, widely known as Vietnamese noodle soup, is a highlight of Vietnamese cuisine. I can eat it everyday and never get bored – Vietnamese people love eating PHO for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Despite looking simple outside, PHO has the fascinating complexity of textures and flavors. Normally, PHO Vietnam is made of rice soft noodles called “banh pho”, some slices of meat, traditional herbs and is served with consommé which is made by the simmering bone of the chicken, pork or beef.

J: I’m missing out, clearly! I’ve never had pho. But to do it justice, I think I’ll wait until my CoVid-damaged sense of taste goes back to normal (if it ever does…) since all of a sudden I’ve developed an extreme distaste for anything containing onions.

Now, before we go, Ngoc has a gift for us! She’s got a 50% off coupon for her store. Thank you so much for visiting with us, sharing your talent, and for the gift!

 

 

 

 

The coupon code is HMS-SPOTLIGHT and it’s valid until midnight September 30th.