Designer Spotlight: March 2021

North Meets South Studios!

Well, February sure flew by at our house, and March is upon us. This month’s Designer Spotlight is shining on the creative minds behind North Meets South Studios: Connie Prince and Tracy Anderson, aka Trixie Scraps. Their design styles blend so flawlessly, which only serves to reflect on their very long, strong friendship. Let’s get to know them a bit better. Ladies, get ready!

J: How long have you been designing?

T: I’ll celebrate my 13th year in business this October

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

J: Ah, so you both came to designing around the same time! Connie, what made you decide to start designing?

C: 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: I think that’s fairly common, and it’s definitely part of my motivation to learn digital scrapbooking. What other craft let’s you have your cake (your digi supplies) and eat it too (use the same things over and over!)? Connie, what do you use to create your designs (program, additional tools, etc.)?

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

J: I have 2 scanners and I don’t think I could live without them. Describe your design workplace for us?

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

J: I work on a laptop in my living room, about as minimalist as you can get! So, what motivates and inspires you as a designer?

C: 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: That’s how I feel about my tutorials. I love browsing the Gallery and seeing layouts using some technique I’ve written about. Tracy, you’ve been awfully quiet… so it’s your turn! What’s your favourite kit currently in the GS shop, and why?

T: My recent “She Shall Not Be Moved” is my favorite because it speaks to my faith. And I love the colors!

J: What would your perfect vacation look like?

T: Sitting on a beach somewhere next to Connie with our guys. And preferably with some of the “mommy juice” she makes in my tumbler.

J: Hmm, that sounds… interesting! Maybe we need a recipe for that! Tracy, are you more likely to sing, or to dance in the shower?

T: Sing… I love to sing and serve on the praise team at my church monthly.

J: I love music. It’s a big part of my every day. I’m listening to folk music right now in fact! Let’s talk about another favourite of mine… food! If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?

C: 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.

T: Anything Italian, provided I make it.

J: I never used to like wings, and then my friend Patti’s hubby cooked some and I too was hooked. I love Italian food too. While we’re on a favourites roll, Tracy, what are your most and least favourite colours?

T: Least favorite is easy: orange Favorite is harder to choose… I like blue, purple and pink pretty equally.

J: I’m not overly fond of orange either, but yellow… ICK! Connie, what did you want to be when you were small?

C: 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: Teachers are so under-appreciated. I think they’re super-heroes! Tracy, if you could have a super power, what would you like it to be?

T: Mind-reading. I am often too trusting and also often unsure of where I stand with people. It would be nice to always know what someone was really thinking!

J: Ooh, I don’t think I’d want that. I tend to think everybody is just tolerating me, and to have that confirmed would be pretty awful. Have you ever met anyone who’s famous?

T: Yes, I’ve met a handful of athletes because my husband owned and operated a sports memorabilia company for over 10 years. Among the list are Joe Frazier, Magic Johnson, Alfonso Soriano, Joe Torre, and Julius Erving. But there were a bunch more, too!

J: Cool! The famous people I’ve met are only famous in narrow circles, but that didn’t stop me from fan-girling all over them. That’s a good segué into this: Who would you want to play you in a movie of your life?

C: Cameron Diaz, she’s just quirky enough!

J: And she looks like you a bit, so that would be believable! Tracy, can you play a musical instrument?

T: When the pandemic started, I began taking piano lessons. I’ve come a long way in the last 10 months or so!

J: I took piano lessons when I was a kid, but we didn’t actually have a piano, so practicing was a problem. Same with learning to drive… While we’re talking about celebrities, what celebrity would you like to meet at Starbucks for a cup of coffee Connie?

C: Dolly Parton, she’s a hoot!

J: She definitely is. I feel like she needs a warning label: Liable to make you laugh and cry in the same moment. If you had a warning label what would it say?

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

J: I’m there with you! Tracy, the last question is yours. Aside from necessities, what’s one thing you couldn’t go a day without?

T: Coffee. I mean, I *could* go without it, but I wouldn’t want to!

J: And why should you have to?? Thanks so much ladies for sitting down and chatting with me. Our GingerScrappers have gotten a glimpse into your worlds and I hope those who aren’t already huge fans are converts now.

Before I sign off for today. I want to make sure you all remember that Connie and Tracy are hosting the Daily Download and the Designer Spotlight Challenge for March.

Fresh Baked: March 1, 2021, Survivor News, NEW Guests, NEW Free With Purchase, Monthly Mix, and More

Hang on to your hats everyone, because this post is full of GingerScraps goodness. It’s such an exciting time of the year. Survivor is almost here. Keep your eyes on the blog, newsletter, and forum because sign-ups start very soon. But First!

Click here for thread in the GS Forum!

Now onto the March goodness.

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

Look at these wonderful colors for March. So excited to see what the Designers came up with. And 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. I love the theme of this one! Don’t you just love a good cup of coffee or tea in the morning?

It’s time for a new Monthly Mix. Perfect for some wet and windy March photos.

Now to the March Sneak Peek. This month’s Daily Download is from North Meets South Studios. It looks magical.

We have several designer announcements too.

I’m excited to announce that Angelle Designs is staying on and becoming a member of the GingerScraps family.

Angelle Designs

I’m also excited to announce that we have TWO guest designers for March!

Designs by Lisa Minor

Bio:

This is Lisa from Designs by Lisa Minor. I am excited about my first guest spot at GingerScraps, however, I am not new to the world of digital scrapbooking. For over 10 years I did paper scrapping before discovering the amazing digital world. I now have more than 20 years of digital scrapbooking experience and 17 years as a designer. I turned from scrapbooking to designing and certainly found my passion. I love designing! My kits are full of elements and papers, because sometimes, I just can’t turn off the creativity. My goal is to make each of my kits the perfect instrument for any occasion. My husband and 4 adult children, 3 sons and 1 daughter, are my inspiration for many aspects of life including digital scrapbooking. My husband and I are blessed to have celebrated 34 years of marriage and to have our children nearby or with us in Texas. As my social media exhibits, my family appears often with glimpses of the 75 page family digital book I design each year. My hope is you find inspiration for capturing the special moments in your life as you browse through my shop. It is filled with wonderful items ready for your enjoyment and creativity!

Lisa Rosa Designs

Bio:

Brazilian introvert, multi-passionate creative soul, mother of 2 ladies and 19 plants, owned by 2 cats.

I think this Challenge Reward theme is perfect for the last few weeks. Several people across the US will need this to showcase their strange weather. Complete any 10 challenges and get this full kit as your reward!

And now let’s see some creations from our store CT. You can see more examples in the Gallery.

Remember to keep your eyes on this space for the Survivor Theme Reveal and signups!

Fresh Baked: FEBRUARY 26, 2021

It’s time y’all. Every year, our fabulous Ginger puts together a friendly scrapping competition. Are you ready to guess 2021’s theme?

Click here to jump to the thread in the forum!

Remember, if you spend $10 in the GingerScraps store, you get this amazing kit for free!

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

Have you grabbed the February Monthly Mix Collab? Only a few days left to grab at this great price.

How are those challenges? You get this great kit as a reward with any 10 completed challenges.

Fresh Baked: FEBRUARY 19, 2021

Another Friday and another newsletter filled with awesome GingerScraps goodness.

Hello lovely scrappers! We have a special treat for you, our 2021 Newsletter Hop!
You can hop around our participating designers newsletters and collect a ton of fun free goodies!

All you need to do is sign up to receive the following list of newsletters BEFORE February 24th.

The newsletters containing a new freebie will begin to arrive in your inbox on February 12th. If you are already a subscriber to a newsletter, don’t worry, you will also be receiving the new freebie too!

For a full list of all the participating designers and newsletter links, visit the forum here: https://forums.gingerscraps.net/showthread.php?55609-2021-Newsletter-Hop!
Don’t forget to scroll down all the way to the end of this newsletter for the FREEBIE from the shop!

Remember, if you spend $10 in the store, you get this fabulous kit for free!

Let’s see what goodness we have from our designers this week.

Aimee Harrison

Cheré Kay Designs

Remember, any 10 completed challenges gets you this fabulous reward!

Fresh Baked: FEBRUARY 12, 2021

Happy Friday Everyone!! Do you have big plans for Valentine’s Day? Our newsletter is full of great kits to scrap those Valentine’s Day photos. We have some great things in this weeks newsletter.

Hello lovely scrappers! We have a special treat for you, our 2021 Newsletter Hop!
You can hop around our participating designers newsletters and collect a ton of fun free goodies!

All you need to do is sign up to receive the following list of newsletters BEFORE February 24th.

The newsletters containing a new freebie will begin to arrive in your inbox on February 12th. If you are already a subscriber to a newsletter, don’t worry, you will also be receiving the new freebie too!

For a full list of all the participating designers and newsletter links, visit the forum here: https://forums.gingerscraps.net/showthread.php?55609-2021-Newsletter-Hop!
Don’t forget to scroll down all the way to the end of this newsletter for the FREEBIE from the shop!

Remember, if you spend $10 in the store, you get this fabulous kit for free!

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

How are your challenges going? We’re almost halfway through February. Any 10 completed challenges gets this great reward!

 

Fresh Baked: FEBRUARY 5, 2021

Happy Friday everyone. I hope this week has treated you well. I’m ready for the weekend. We’re getting away for a long weekend to the beach.

Remember, any $10 spent in the store gets you this fun collab for free!

Let’s see what the designers have for us this week.

Have you gotten started on your Challenges for February? What is your favorite of our challenges?

Any 10 completed challenges gets you this beautiful kit as a reward.

Fresh Baked: February 1, 2021, a New Designer, NEW Free With Purchase, Monthly Mix, and More

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

I love the February Buffet colors. You know the designers came up with some great ideas for the Buffet.

Remember any $10 spent in the store gets you this great collab. I love the theme of this one!

It’s time for a new Monthly Mix. This is perfect for all those Valentine photos.

Now to the February Sneak Peek. This month’s Daily Download is from Scraps N Pieces. It looks delicious.

I’m excited to announce that our guest designer from January is staying on and becoming a member of the GingerScraps family.

Heartmade Scrapbook

Look at this awesome new Challenge Reward for February. Complete any 10 challenges and get this full kit as your reward!

Now, let’s see a little of what our store CT put together for these. You can see more in the Gallery.

Fresh Baked: JANUARY 29, 2021

We’ve made it to the last Friday in January. That didn’t take long. I hope that your January was a fresh start from the craziness of 2020. We’ve got some fun things coming up, so make sure you check the newsletter each week.

If you spend $10 in the store, you get this awesome kit for free. Last chance to get it free. If you miss it, it does go into the store and can be purchased on February 1st.

Let’s see what our designers have for us on this last Friday of January.

Aimee’s GingerScraps Store

Tami’s GingerScraps Store

Have you picked up the Monthly Mix for January. I love that snowman in the preview.

How are your challenges going? You still have a few days to finish them. Remember, any 10 challenges completed gets you this full kit as a reward.

Fresh Baked: JANUARY 15, 2021

Welcome to another Friday. We’ve got quite a full newsletter today.

Remember when you spend $10 in the store you get this beautiful collab for free.

Today starts the January Bake Sale. Take a look at some of the great goodies our designers have put on sale for $1. The sale runs from today until the 20th.

And now, let’s look at what our designers have for new releases this week.

https://store.gingerscraps.net/Miss-Fish-Templates/

https://store.gingerscraps.net/Shepherd-Studio/

We’re halfway through January. How are your challenges going? Just 10 completed challenges gets you this great collab as a reward.

Fresh Baked: JANUARY 8, 2021

Happy Friday everyone. I don’t know about you but I’m glad this week is just about over. Having had the week between Christmas and New Year’s off, this week was rough to get back into the swing of things. I’m tired.

Remember, when you spend $10 in the GingerScraps store, you get this great full kit for free. Perfect for those snow pics.

Let’s see what our designers have in the store this week. I’m seeing a trend to what 2020 was and what 2021 can be.

I love the sneak peek of the challenge reward kit. Any 10 challenges completed gets you the great collab as a reward.