Tutorial Tuesday (Potpourri)

Beyond the Ordinary – Holiday Photos

Wow, can it really be only 8 days until Christmas? Even fewer until the first night of Chanukah… Families all over are getting ready for the Main Event and of course, no special occasion is ever complete without the photos to prove it happened. I think I can speak for most of us when I say I’ve taken a LOT of really ho-hum photos over the years. If you’re like me and browsing through the Gallery in late December makes you envious of the amazing photos OTHER scrappers have scrapped, I’m going to offer some thoughts on how to make our holiday photos better. I’m not going to completely rehash this tut from last year but some things do bear repeating.

First, make sure you have fresh batteries and a large SD card for all the great shots you’re going to take. If you’re into phonetography, you might want to trim your in-phone collection by saving them to your computer or the Cloud, then deleting them from your internal storage.

Make a list – physical or mental – of the shots you MUST have. We all have our own preferences for what we want to document so don’t feel like you’re being forced to conform. But there are some sort of standard images we all like.

Even if you feel like decorating for the holidays is a dreaded chore, take some photos of the process. Get a shot of the decor while it’s still in the box. If your kids are helping, turn them into models for your portfolio. Remember to get down on their level. Even the cutest kids aren’t great photo subjects if they’re always shot from above. And get in close!!!! I know I’ve mentioned before that the best crop is the one you do in the viewfinder. so fill the frame! Don’t be afraid to zoom in. Same goes for your pets, if you want them in your photos.

When shooting your tree, look for a different approach than the typical 8-feet-away-so-the-whole-tree-and-gifts-are-in-the-shot. Maybe take some close-ups of your favourite ornaments. Use a portrait mode to soften the background and make the ornament totally the focal point. Get down on the floor and shoot up toward the topper, or shoot down through the branches and make the presents the subject. Turn off all the room lights and shoot the tree with just the tree lights. Experiment with shutter speed and aperture to create some lovely bokeh effects. Add a human or a pet to the frame. Or take a photo of the lights reflected in a window. (If you don’t want your reflection in your photo, stand at an angle to the window and look carefully at what’s in the viewfinder.) Or take a photo of the tree THROUGH the window! Turn off your flash though, so you don’t spoil the shot.

If you’re celebrating Chanukah, there are lots of great ways to take photos of your menorrah. A series, with each night’s new candle lighting, would make a lovely layout. Look at the angles. On the last night, when all the candles are burning, an angled shot from one end with each flame visible would be incredible. Some of my favourite photos of my grandsons are of them lighting a candle, with the soft glow of the flame on their cheeks and wonder in their eyes. (Their mom takes amazing photos.)

We’ve all got a folder full of group photos where everybody is stiffly lined up and fake-smiling at the camera. So how can we take better group shots? Having the subjects doing something together is a good start. If you have snow in your area, have the group build a snowman, or have a snowball fight. Or play football in the snow. Beach ball volleyball (in sand or snow) would make some entertaining shots. But if you just have to have a posed group shot, give some thought to who goes where. If you can arrange the people so that their faces form little triangles, you’ll have a nicer image. Have them turn their shoulders toward each other or the centre of the photo so they can get a bit closer together. Make sure you’ve chosen a landscape setting so everybody will be in focus. Think about trying not to cut people’s legs off. If you can, shoot everybody down front from the waist up. Your subjects will thank you.

Do you go all out with a gorgeous table-scape for your guests? I’ve never done it, but I love seeing how others do it. If you’re hosting and have your table all set well in advance (like the experts recommend for sanity’s sake 😉 ) take a few minutes to look at it with your photographer’s eye. Take a shot of a single place setting. Try and get the whole table in a shot, easiest if you shoot from one end. Take a closeup of your crystal.

Don’t forget to get some shots of the dinner prep. Be stealthy and get some candids of the main cook, or if that’s you, get some of your helpers. Look for interesting camera angles of your turkey, ham or standing rib roast. Ask someone to be the carver and get some action shots. And look for smiling faces as the meal commences.

What about gifts? Well, there’re lots of opportunities around gift opening. Get down on the floor with the kids. Try to capture the moment when they identify what’s in the package. If it’s your thing, you can take some of them channeling Vanna White, holding up a favourite gift. If there’s a very special gift being given, arrange for it to be delivered when you have a moment to frame your image. I really wish I had a photo of myself when I opened a gift from my sister quite a few years ago. It was a resin frame with dragonflies on it, but what made it truly special was that it held a photo of me with my grandfather, who died when I wasn’t yet 4 years old. If you know in advance, you can be ready to catch the emotion.

After the dust settles, you can relax, but don’t forget there might still be some great photos yet to happen. Like when a child falls asleep in the middle of a game, or the dog takes off with a long piece of ribbon… they could be the best shots you get all day. But don’t concentrate so hard on getting good photos that you don’t have fun! At a family reunion, my niece made a point of taking a selfie with every single one of us, and they were all fantastic. If you have mad selfie skills, give it a whirl. You might surprise yourself!

I’ll be taking next Tuesday off, as I expect most of you will too… bigger fish to fry! Merry Christmas! Mazel tov! Kwanzaa blessings to all!

 

Tutorial Tuesday (Photoshop Elements)

DIY Christmas Card Workshop

Woohoo! I’m on deadline today!! Things are looking up. Today’s tutorial isn’t necessarily scrapbooking-related, but it definitely uses digital scrapbooking supplies. It’s also not really in time for this year, but it can be a thought for next year. I’m going to show you how to make 2 personal Christmas cards from 1 sheet of cardstock. The resulting cards are 4 1/4 inches by 5 1/2 inches. You can get 50 envelopes that will hold these beauties at Michaels for $8 (Canadian, so about $5 in the US).

If I would have been thinking I could have skipped this step by putting the dimensions in reverse in the New Document screen. But I didn’t so I had to Rotate the canvas 90°.

Next I snapped a line across the centre of the page, and another from top to bottom. I used the Ruler and the Pencil Tool. To snap a straight line in a project, select the Pencil Tool and set the size of the line you want. I wanted these lines to be faint, so I went with 1 pixel. Line up the cursor with the halfway point along one side of your canvas. You can see a moving dashed line on the Ruler so you’ll know when you’re in the right place. Click once just barely inside the edge of your canvas. Then hold down the Shift key and move the cursor to the same spot on the opposite side and click again. It’s just that easy. Then do the same with the top-to-bottom centre point. These are guidelines for placement of elements and for cutting and scoring later.

Then I opened up the folder where I’d collected the objects I wanted to use. I have a photo taken several Christmases ago, a 3D snowflake from Lindsay Jane‘s Snowed Under kit and a mask from PrelestnayaP‘s December Wishes.

Working in the lower left corner of the canvas, I opened up the Shape Tool, chose the Rectangle, set a Fixed Size of 5.25 by 4 inches and chose a darkish green colour.

The resulting rectangle will fit inside the guidelines for one card. and by Simplifying the layer, I can make adjustments to it as needed because it’s now a Smart Object.

The next step is to add the mask. I resized it to fit inside the green rectangle completely.

The photo went on top of the mask and was resized to approximately the size I’d need. I want the deer and some of the illuminated snow visible later.

Clipping the photo to the mask is simple. Right click>Create Clipping Mask or CTRL/CMD>ALT>G for more recent versions of PSE or just CTRL/CMD>G for versions pre-15.

Final position tweaks included a little shifting and a little more shrinking.

I chose a gold colour from my photo to use for the sentiment. Here’s where all those amazing fonts you have in your stash will come in handy. You can make this text as personal as you want, even making it family- or person-specific. But it still looked like it needed something. So I CTRL/CMD>clicked on the green rectangle layer’s thumbnail to select the outer edges of the rectangle. Then Select>Modify>Contract.

I pondered for a nanosecond how much I should shrink my selection and settled on 25 pixels.

And then I added a Stroke to the new selection. Edit>Stroke (Outline) Selection

I then used the same gold as for the text and added my Stroke. The position for this isn’t a make-or-break thing, so don’t obsess over it.

Yes, I think that’s what it needed.

The final step for this card is to add a trademark to the back. I went with the green for this.

Knowing that it’s on the BACK of the card and should be readable with the card right-side-up, I Rotated the text 180°.

I’m going for 100% honesty here… I saw a card like this second one on Pinterest so I’m not taking credit for the idea. (Ignore the typo on the screenshot please!) I added a new blank layer to the stack and Loaded some watercolour Brushes. These are from a set of 20 free brushes from Brusheezy. I chose 3 shades of wintery blue for the brush area.

I layered the brushes, each on its own layer so I can make adjustments to just one – or all – if I need to.

For a bit of contrast I chose an aqua for the topmost brush layer.

I added in the snowflake and sized it appropriately. But it wasn’t quite enough by itself. So I added a Layer Style from Ooh La La ScrapsIn the Frosty Air collection.

It still was missing something so I turned off the snowflake layer for a second and added a white paint splatter. That makes a big difference!

A few words and it’s pretty much what I was looking for.

A trademark on the back in the dark blue and it’s finished!

I saved the file as a .png so the printer wouldn’t need to add a white background to everything. To turn this into cards, I’ll load up my printer with white cardstock and print several copies. Using my guillotine cutter I’ll cut the cards apart on the top-to-bottom guideline and score then fold along the side-to-side guideline. I choose to print my sentiments for the inside of the card on resume paper (it’s a bit fancier than regular printer paper) and trim to fit the inside of the folded card. Word art would be perfect for this! Another option is to use a sentiment stamp and ink in a colour to match the front of the card. All that’s left is to sign them, pop them into their envelopes and mail them!

Whew… two weeks until Christmas Eve! Better get on that!

Black Friday, Sales, and So much More!

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Turkey Coma time has commenced, and so has the sales! Take advantage and get so many kits to get you through … oh, a couple of days at least.

Enjoy some shopping, without having to leave your home, and enjoy the amazing sales!

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Remember, if you complete 10 challenges, just ten, you get a free kit as well!!

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Everyone has a bad day! At least this kit makes it a little better!

Love and Chaos Ruling This DSD!

“Fillet of a fenny snake,

In the caldron boil and bake;”

Macbeth, Shakespeare

Family. Friends. Life. Love. Chaos. It all plays together and it always creates memories!


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There is SO MUCH GOING ON! Scavenger Hunt. Forum games!


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And when you spend $20, you get this MEGA COLLAB!

You KNOW you want to get in with the DSD Grab Bags!


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Make sure you check out the Scavenger Hunt!


And this is just a sneak of the activities! Make sure you check out the forum for more information: https://forums.gingerscraps.net/forumdisplay.php?1621-2019-DSD-Digital-Scrapbooking-Day-CLICK-HERE-for-all-the-info

Remember when you spend $10 in the store, you get a great new collab! There’s something about the changing of the leaves that makes autumn just shimmer.

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Be-The-Light-5-Grab-Bag.html 

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Traveling-Album-Grab-Bag.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Fall-Blessings-Grab-Bag.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/ADB-Designs/

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Plaids: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Copper-Spice-Plaid-Papers-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Messy Edges: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Copper-Spice-Messy-Edges-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Glitters: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Copper-Spice-Glitters-by-Aimee-Harrison.html

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Hello October – Kit https://store.gingerscraps.net/Hello-October-Kit-Aprilisa.html
Hello October – Cards https://store.gingerscraps.net/Hello-October-Cards.html
Hello October – Template Pack https://store.gingerscraps.net/Hello-October-Template-Pack.html
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Wood Slices No1: https://store.gingerscraps.net/cu-wood-slices-no1-by-Clever-Monkey-Graphics.html
Driftwood: https://store.gingerscraps.net/cu-driftwood-by-Clever-Monkey-Graphics.html
Ornament Caps: https://store.gingerscraps.net/cu-ornament-caps-by-Clever-Monkey-Graphics.html

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Kit: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Farmhouse-Fall-Kit-by-Connie-Prince.html
Border Clusters: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Farmhouse-Fall-Border-Clusters-by-Connie-Prince.html
Word Art: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Farmhouse-Fall-Word-Art-Pack-by-Connie-Prince.html
Messy Papers: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Farmhouse-Fall-Messy-Papers-by-Connie-Prince.html
Plaid Papers: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Farmhouse-Fall-Plaid-Papers-by-Connie-Prince.html
Flowers and Leaves: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Farmhouse-Fall-Flowers-and-Leaves-by-Connie-Prince.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/By-The-Number-3-Templates-by-Dagilicious.html

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Smell My Feet | Collection: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Smell-My-Feet-Collection.html
Smell My Feet | Kit: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Smell-My-Feet-Kit.html
Smell My Feet | Alpha: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Smell-My-Feet-Alpha-Pack.html
Smell My Feet | Element Pack: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Smell-My-Feet-Element-Pack.html
Smell My Feet | Paper Pack: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Smell-My-Feet-Paper-Pack.html
Smell My Feet | Alpha Bundle: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Smell-My-Feet-Alpha-Bundle.html
Smell My Feet | Finishing Touches: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Smell-My-Feet-Finishing-Touches.html
Smell My Feet | Journal Cards: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Smell-My-Feet-Journal-Cards.html

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Sweater Weather | Kit: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Sweater-Weather-Kit.html
Sweater Weather | Alpha pack: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Sweater-Weather-Alpha-Pack.htm
Sweater Weather | Element Pack: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Sweater-Weather-Element-Pack.html
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Sweater Weather | Finishing Touches: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Sweater-Weather-Finishing-Touches.html
Sweater Weather | Pattern Paper Pack: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Sweater-Weather-Pattern-Paper-Pack.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Cozy-Comfort-DSD-Grab-Bag-by-JB-Studio-and-Aimee-Harrison-Designs.html

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Kit – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Fall-in-Love-KIT-by-Heather-Z-Scraps.html
Elements – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Fall-in-Love-ELEMENTS-by-Heather-Z-Scraps.html
Papers – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Fall-in-Love-PAPERS-by-Heather-Z-Scraps.html
Alphabets – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Fall-in-Love-ALPHABETS-by-Heather-Z-Scraps.html
Accents – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Fall-in-Love-ACCENTS-by-Heather-Z-Scraps.html
Journal Cards – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Fall-in-Love-JOURNAL-CARDS-by-Heather-Z-Scraps.html
Weathered Wood – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Fall-in-Love-WEATHERED-WOOD-by-Heather-Z-Scraps.html
Extra Papers – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Fall-in-Love-EXTRA-PAPERS-by-Heather-Z-Scraps.html
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Mega Kit: https://store.gingerscraps.net/images/T/xctmpLjojid.png
Fall Papers: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Copper-Spice-Fall-Papers-by-Ilonka-s-Designs.html
Ripped Papers: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Copper-Spice-Ripped-Papers-by-Ilonka-s-Designs.html
Borders: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Copper-Spice-Borders-by-Ilonka-s-Designs.html
Overlays: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Copper-Spice-Overlays-by-Ilonka-s-Designs.html
Embellishments: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Copper-Spice-Embellishments-by-Ilonka-s-Designs.html
Clusters: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Copper-Spice-Clusters-by-Ilonka-s-Designs.html
Plaids: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Copper-Spice-Plaids-by-Ilonka-s-Designs.html
Paper Pack: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Copper-Spice-Paper-Pack-by-Ilonka-s-Designs.html

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Collection: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Leaves-Fall-All-Around-Collection-by-Ilonka-s-Designs.html
Mega Kit: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Leaves-Fall-All-Around-Mega-Kit-by-Ilonka-s-Designs.html
Template Pack: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Leaves-Fall-All-Around-Template-Pack-by-Ilonka-s-Designs.html
Borders: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Leaves-Fall-All-Around-Borders-by-Ilonka-s-Designs.html
Fallen Leaves Papers: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Leaves-Fall-All-Around-Fallen-Leaves-Papers-by-Ilonka-s-Designs.html
Shapes: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Leaves-Fall-All-Around-Shapes-by-Ilonka-s-Designs.html
Clusters: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Leaves-Fall-All-Around-Clusters-by-Ilonka-s-Designs.html
Plaids: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Leaves-Fall-All-Around-Plaids-by-Ilonka-s-Designs.html
Paper Pack: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Leaves-Fall-All-Around-Paper-Pack-by-Ilonka-s-Designs.html
Elements: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Leaves-Fall-All-Around-Elements-by-Ilonka-s-Designs.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Jumpstart-Designs/

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Jumpstart-Designs/

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Jumpstart-Designs/

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Kristmess/

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Layered-Page-Templates-Halloween.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Magical-Treats-GrabBag.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Lauries-Scraps/

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Lindsay-Jane/

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/DSD-Page-Kit-Grab-Bag-2019-by-LouCee-Creations.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Magical-Scraps-Galore/

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Bundle: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Memory-Keeper-BUNDLE-by-MagsGraphics.html
Kit: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Memory-Keeper-KIT-by-MagsGraphics.html
Journal Cards: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Memory-Keeper-JOURNAL-CARDS-by-MagsGraphics.html
Wood Papers: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Memory-Keeper-WOOD-PAPERS-by-MagsGraphics.html
Word Art: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Memory-Keeper-WORD-ART-by-MagsGraphics.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Building-Blocks-Album-Templates-by-Miss-Fish.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Blended-Clusters-3-Templates-by-Miss-Fish.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Blended-Clusters-3-Templates-by-Miss-Fish.html

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DSD 2019 Grab Bag 1 – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Special-DSD-2019-Grab-Bag-1-Buy-6-Packs-for-8.html
DSD 2019 Grab Bag 2 – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Special-DSD-2019-Grab-Bag-2-Buy-5-Packs-for-6.html
DSD 2019 Grab Bag 3 – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Special-DSD-2019-Grab-Bag-2-Buy-10-Packs-for-12.html

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Kit – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Copper-spice-Kit.html
Clusters – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Copper-spice-Clusters.html
Painted papers – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Copper-spice-Painted-papers.html
Photo-Blended papers – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Copper-spice-Photo-Blended-papers.html
Solid papers – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Copper-spice-Solid-papers.html
Stamps – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Copper-spice-Stamps.html
Stamps&Bordes – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Copper-spice-Stamps-and-Borders.html
Masks&Frames – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Copper-spice-Masks-Frames.html
Full Bundle – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Copper-spice-Bundle.html

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Blurred Photomasks Set1 – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Blurred-Masks-Photomasks-Set1.html
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Watercolor Fantasy Photomasks Set4 – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Watercolor-fantasy-Photomasks-Set4.html
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https://store.gingerscraps.net/A-Day-In-The-Life-Bundle-by-Scraps-N-Pieces.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Tapestry-DSD-Digital-Scrapbooking-Bundle-by-Shepherd-Studio.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/10-kits-for-25-Scraps-N-Pieces-SNP.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Aprilisa-Designs/

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Personal Use Shop: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Snickerdoodle-Designs-PU/
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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Magical-Scraps-Galore/

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/4-bundles-For-20-DSD-grab-bag.html

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http://store.gingerscraps.net/JoCee-Designs/

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/5-for-10-dsd.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Build-Your-Own-Grab-Bag-iNSD-Offer.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Kristmess/

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/LDragDesigns/

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BYO GB 1: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Build-Your-Own-Grab-Bag-1-by-LDragDesigns.html
BYO GB 2: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Build-Your-Own-Grab-Bag-2-by-LDragDesigns.html
BYO GB 3: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Build-Your-Own-Grab-Bag-3-by-LDragDesigns.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Tami-Miller-Designs/

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JB Studio: https://store.gingerscraps.net/JB-Studio/
JB Studio Templates: https://store.gingerscraps.net/JB-Studio-templates/

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http://bit.ly/ddnd-GS

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Down-This-Road/

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Alexis-Design-Studio/

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http://goo.gl/DQK8T

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/CathyK-Designs/

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Cozy Comfort Grab Bag: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Cozy-Comfort-DSD-Grab-Bag-by-Aimee-Harrison-and-JB-Studio.html
Mini Kit Grab Bag: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Mini-Kit-DSD-2019-Grab-Bag-by-Aimee-Harrison.html

Remember, if you complete 10 challenges, just ten, you get a free kit as well!!

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It’s time for those wonderful moments in nature!

Time to Party Like It’s 1999!!

Can you believe it, GingerScraps has been open for 11 years!! Join us for a week long celebration {September 6-12, 2019}!

It’s going to be Like Totally Awesome! We have a huge Mega Collab for free with any purchase over $20.00, a 50% off sale, and tons of fun and games in the forum!! Can’t wait to see you there! 



Visit the forum for all the details: GingerScraps 11th Birthday 2019!

Visit the forum for all the details: GingerScraps 11th Birthday 2019!

FREE with any purchase over $20.00 from September 6-12, 2019!

Remember when you spend $10 in the store, you get a great new collab! September is the start of fall and that means APPLES!

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/GingerBread-Ladies-Collab-Like-Them-Apples.html

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Journal Cards: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Memory-Keeper-JOURNAL-CARDS-by-MagsGraphics.html
Wood Papers: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Memory-Keeper-WOOD-PAPERS-by-MagsGraphics.html
Word Art: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Memory-Keeper-WORD-ART-by-MagsGraphics.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Shape-It-Up-Template-Bundle-by-Miss-Fish.html

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Bundle 1: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Miss-Fish-Summer-Bundle-2019-1.html
Bundle 2: https://store.gingerscraps.net/MissFishSummerBundle2019_2.html
Bundle 3: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Summer-Bundle3.html
Bundle 4: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Miss-Fish-Summer-Bundle-2019-4-Blended.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Neia-Scraps/

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/At-School-Templates.html

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Kit – https://store.gingerscraps.net/September-garden-Kit.html
Clusters – https://store.gingerscraps.net/September-garden-Clusters.html
Painted papers – https://store.gingerscraps.net/September-garden-Paint-pap.html
Masks&Frames – https://store.gingerscraps.net/September-garden-Masks-Frames.html
Photomasks – https://store.gingerscraps.net/September-garden-Masks.html
Stamps – https://store.gingerscraps.net/September-garden-Stamps.html
Wordart – https://store.gingerscraps.net/September-garden-WA.html
Full Bundle – https://store.gingerscraps.net/September-garden-Bundle.html
Templates Set1 – https://store.gingerscraps.net/September-garden-Templates-Set1.html
Templates Set2 – https://store.gingerscraps.net/September-garden-Templates-Set2.html

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Special Keep your memories Bundle – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Keep-your-memories-Spec-Birthday-Bundle.html
Special Birthday Grab Bag – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Special-Birthday-2019-Grab-Bag.html

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Collection: https://store.gingerscraps.net/This-is-Me-September-Collection-by-Snickerdoodle-Designs.html
Kit: https://store.gingerscraps.net/This-is-Me-September-Kit-by-Snickerdoodle-Designs.html
Bonus Papers: https://store.gingerscraps.net/This-is-Me-September-Bonus-Papers-by-Snickerdoodle-Designs.html
Pocket Cards: https://store.gingerscraps.net/This-is-Me-September-Pocket-Cards-by-Snickerdoodle-Designs.html
Doodle Borders: https://store.gingerscraps.net/This-is-Me-September-Doodle-Borders-by-Snickerdoodle-Designs.html
Stamps: https://store.gingerscraps.net/This-is-Me-september-Stamps-by-Snickerdoodle-Designs.html
Borders: https://store.gingerscraps.net/This-is-Me-september-Borders-by-Snickerdoodle-Designs.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Second-Chances-5-Grab-Bag.html

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Collection: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Into-the-Wild-Collection-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Kit: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Into-the-Wild-Page-Kit-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Alphas: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Into-the-Wild-Alpha-Sets-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Borders: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Into-the-Wild-Borders-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Titles: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Into-the-Wild-Titles-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Watercolor Papers: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Into-the-Wild-Watercolor-Papers-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Edges: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Into-the-Wild-Messy-Edges-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Glitters: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Into-the-Wild-Glitters-by-Aimee-Harrison.html

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Hello September – Kit https://store.gingerscraps.net/Hello-September-Kit.html
Hello September – Cards https://store.gingerscraps.net/Hello-September-Cards.html
Hello September – Template Pack https://store.gingerscraps.net/Hello-September-Template-Pack.html
Hello September – Bundle https://store.gingerscraps.net/Hello-September-Bundle.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/One-Last-Dip-5-Grab-Bag.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Dream-Big-BGD.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Dream-Big-Bundle-BGD.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Clever-Monkey-Graphics/

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Bundle: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Travelogue-Arkansas-Bundle-Pack-by-Connie-Prince.html
Kit: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Travelogue-Arkansas-Kit-by-Connie-Prince.html
Word Bits: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Travelogue-Arkansas-Word-Bits-by-Connie-Prince.html
Templates: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Travelogue-Arkansas-12×12-Temps-CU-Ok-by-Connie-Prince.html
Word Art and Flair: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Travelogue-Arkansas-Word-Art-and-Flair-Pack-by-Connie-Prince.html
Alpha Pack 2: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Travelogue-Alpha-Pack-2-by-Connie-Prince.html

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Bundle: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Animal-Kingdom-Bundle-by-Connie-Prince.html
Kit: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Animal-Kingdom-Kit-by-Connie-Prince.html
Borders: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Animal-Kingdom-Borders-by-Connie-Prince.html
Messy Papers: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Animal-Kingdom-Messy-Papers-by-Connie-Prince.html
Word Art: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Animal-Kingdom-Word-Art-Pack-by-Connie-Prince.html
Word Bits: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Animal-Kingdom-Word-Bits-by-Connie-Prince.html
Extra Papers: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Animal-Kingdom-Extra-Papers-by-Connie-Prince.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/By-The-Number-1-Templates-by-Dagilicious.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/By-The-Number-2-Templates-by-Dagilicious.html

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Hoo-ray For Fall | Collection: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Hoo-ray-For-Fall-Collection.html
Hoo-ray For Fall | Kit : https://store.gingerscraps.net/Hoo-ray-For-Fall-Kit.html
Hoo-ray For Fall | Alpha Pack: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Hoo-ray-For-Fall-Alpha-Pack.html
Hoo-ray For Fall | Element Pack: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Hoo-ray-For-Fall-Element-Pack.html
Hoo-ray For Fall | Paper Pack: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Hoo-ray-For-Fall-Paper-Pack.html
Hoo-ray For Fall | Finishing Touches: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Hoo-ray-For-Fall-Finishing-Touches.html
Hoo-ray For Fall | Pattern Paper Pack: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Hoo-ray-For-Fall-Pattern-Paper-Pack.html
Hoo-ray For Fall | Journal Cards: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Hoo-ray-For-Fall-Journal-Cards.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Ilonkas-Designs/

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Create-Your-Own-Grab-Bag-Gingerscraps-2019-by-JB-Studio.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Special-Collab-Grab-Bag-Summer-by-JB-Studio-and-Designs-by-Neia.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Create-Your-Own-Grab-Bag-Templates-Gingerscraps-2019-by-JB-Studio.html

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Mini Bundle: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Dream-Big-Mini-Bundle.html
Kit: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Dream-Big-Kit.html
Word Art: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Dream-Big-Word-Art.html
Cards: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Dream-Big-Cards.html

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Complete Collection: https://store.gingerscraps.net/GOING-COASTAL-Complete-Collection.html
Kit: https://store.gingerscraps.net/GOING-COASTAL-Kit.html
Add-On: https://store.gingerscraps.net/GOING-COASTAL-Add-On.html
Spare Parts: https://store.gingerscraps.net/GOING-COASTAL-Spare-Parts.html
Accents: https://store.gingerscraps.net/GOING-COASTAL-Accents.html
Blended Papers: https://store.gingerscraps.net/GOING-COASTAL-Blended-Papers.html
Wood Papers: https://store.gingerscraps.net/GOING-COASTAL-Wood-Papers.html

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Complete Collection: https://store.gingerscraps.net/SEEDS-OF-LIFE-Complete-Collection.html
Garden Elements: https://store.gingerscraps.net/SEEDS-OF-LIFE-Garden-Elements.html
Country Papers: https://store.gingerscraps.net/SEEDS-OF-LIFE-Country-Papers.html
Country Elements: https://store.gingerscraps.net/SEEDS-OF-LIFE-Country-Elements.html
Accents: https://store.gingerscraps.net/SEEDS-OF-LIFE-Accents.html
Homestyle: https://store.gingerscraps.net/SEEDS-OF-LIFE-Homestyle.html
Blended Papers: https://store.gingerscraps.net/SEEDS-OF-LIFE-Blended-Papers.html
Front Porch: https://store.gingerscraps.net/SEEDS-OF-LIFE-Front-Porch.html
Add-On: https://store.gingerscraps.net/SEEDS-OF-LIFE-Add-On.html
Word Art: https://store.gingerscraps.net/SEEDS-OF-LIFE-Word-Art.html
Clusters& Pretties: https://store.gingerscraps.net/SEEDS-OF-LIFE-Clusters-Pretties.html
Patterned Papers: https://store.gingerscraps.net/SEEDS-OF-LIFE-Patterned-Papers.html
Solid Papers: https://store.gingerscraps.net/SEEDS-OF-LIFE-Solid-Papers.html

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Complete Collection: https://store.gingerscraps.net/ROUGHIN-IT-IN-STYLE-Complete-Collection.html
Campground: https://store.gingerscraps.net/ROUGHIN-IT-IN-STYLE-Campground.html
Journal Bits: https://store.gingerscraps.net/ROUGHIN-IT-IN-STYLE-Journal-Bits.html
Backpacking: https://store.gingerscraps.net/ROUGHIN-IT-IN-STYLE-Backpacking.html
Elements: https://store.gingerscraps.net/ROUGHIN-IT-IN-STYLE-Elements.html
Accents: https://store.gingerscraps.net/ROUGHIN-IT-IN-STYLE-Accents.html
Nature’s Beauty: https://store.gingerscraps.net/ROUGHIN-IT-IN-STYLE-Natures-Beauty.html
Wordy Bits: https://store.gingerscraps.net/ROUGHIN-IT-IN-STYLE-Wordy-Bits.html
Lakeside: https://store.gingerscraps.net/ROUGHIN-IT-IN-STYLE-Lakeside.html
Blended Papers: https://store.gingerscraps.net/ROUGHIN-IT-IN-STYLE-Blended-Papers.html
Patterned Papers: https://store.gingerscraps.net/ROUGHIN-IT-IN-STYLE-Patterned-Papers.html
Plain Papers: https://store.gingerscraps.net/ROUGHIN-IT-IN-STYLE-Plain-Papers.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Layered-Page-Templates-Camping.html

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Mix 5: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Stacked-Pieces-Mix-5-Templates-by-Lindsay-Jane.html
Mix 6: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Stacked-Pieces-Mix-6-Templates-by-Lindsay-Jane.html

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http://bit.ly/1zduiB2

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Jumpstart-Designs

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Birthday Event Challenge:
"Celebrate You" Mini Kit Challenge with Jumpstart Designs
https://forums.gingerscraps.net/showthread.php?48454-quot-Celebrate-You-quot-Mini-Kit-Challenge-with-Jumpstart-Designs&p=562475#post562475

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/JoCee-Designs/

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Connie-Prince/

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Pick-10-for-25_BGD.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Birthday-5-for-10-Grab-Bag.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Neia-Scraps/

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Neia-Scraps/

Remember, if you complete 10 challenges, just ten, you get a free kit as well!!

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Take the journey into fall!

Tutorial Tuesday (Photographing Your Memories)

Let’s All Give Thanks… for AWESOME Photos!

Hey y’all! Life’s about to get VERY hectic for a lot of you, am I right?? In the United States, Thanksgiving marks the run-up to Christmas and then the New Year. I know most of you won’t be even thinking about scrapping layouts for the next several days, and that you’ll be making a bunch of new memories at the same time. We’ve played with a lot of techniques for editing our photos to make them worthy of scrapping, but why not skip a step (or ten)? I think it’s time for another discussion about taking better photos. I know we’ve already talked about that before, but a few reminders probably won’t go amiss. Whether your photos are caught with a point-and-shoot, a high-end DSLR or a cell phone, there are some things you can do to get great photos.

  • Right now, right this minute, make sure your camera battery is fully charged. If they’re replaceable batteries, put fresh ones in your camera NOW!
  • Make sure you have an empty memory card (fully formatted, of course!) in your camera and a couple of spares so you won’t run out of space. If you’re using your phone, you should move some photos from your internal storage to your computer so you’ll have room for the new ones.
  • Think about how your typical holiday events usually evolve. There will be some traditions that are carried out no matter whose house you’re having the celebrations at, so plan ahead to capture those moments. Make a list, if you need to.
  • If you haven’t done it lately, review the manual that came with your camera. Review the settings and modes you’re most likely to use for your shots and remind yourself what each is doing while you’re shooting. I use the metadata from my most successful bokeh and full moon shots to set my camera up ahead of time so I don’t miss the shot.
  • Practice a few creative techniques that you can memorize so that when you’re ready to take photos of the candles on your dinner table or that gloriously brown turkey, you won’t have to fumble.
  • Refamiliarize yourself with your tripod, if you use one. I have two – an aluminum ball-head one that allows infinite adjustments but takes a lot of room and needs to be set up ahead of time and a Platypod Max, which looks like a little travel iron but is actually a very clever and sturdy tripod that can be set up in minutes on any surface. Why use a tripod? It lets you take longer exposures while keeping the images tack-sharp and it lets you be in the photo! Use the built-in timer and get in FRONT of the lens for a change.
  • Keep an eye on the lighting. Natural light from a big window is fantastic, as long as it’s not backlighting your subject. This is especially important for those group shots we all love. You want everyone’s face to be evenly lit, without harsh shadows everywhere. So maybe turn on some lamps so your flash won’t be so startling. Shoot a couple of test shots so you can see what needs to be tweaked.
  • Get in close to your subject! Even more so when that subject is a child. Get down on their level whenever possible so you capture their best smiles. Shooting from above should be reserved for those special-effect shots, not photos of kids having fun. For the most natural photos of people though, you can use a telephoto lens and shoot them from some distance. (As long as the light is right!)
  • Don’t insist on smiles. You know what I mean… those cheesy grins aren’t going to be your favourite images. Rather than having everybody say “cheese” for your group shots, have them say “family” or “money” or “gotcha”. You could go with a made-up phrase, such as “moldy mozzarella”. Another trick is to tell everyone you’re going to shoot on “3”, then count, “1… 2… (shoot) WHOOPS 3!” then shoot a second shot right after that. You’ll get some natural smiles that way.
  • When taking photos of food, again, get in close and vary the angles. Show the flaky texture of that piecrust, the glisten of the done-to-perfection skin on your turkey, the creaminess of your mashed potatoes, the detail of the frosting on your cupcakes.
  • Composition is key for any photo. Remember the rule of thirds, but don’t be a slave to it. Decide what your focal point will be and compose your photo to make it so – use leading lines where possible and don’t forget white space. Crop your photos in the viewfinder – so much less work later! And don’t forget the background. Is there anything growing out of someone’s head? Take a step to one side or the other and recompose.
  • Take LOTS of photos. Take several of each subject from different angles and distances so you have a choice of which one is best. More is definitely better!
  • Last but not least, have FUN!

When we’re all back into scrapping mode, I’ll have some more paper-to-digi techniques for you. This decluttering business is really a good thing!

Walk in the Light of the Moon This DSD!

There’s something special about a Harvest Moon, or the Hunter’s Moon in October! Especially when it falls close to Halloween! Something so fitting about it.

This weekend is Digital Scrapbooking Day! There’s so much going on! The kit you get when you spend $20 is absolutely AMAZING! It doesn’t matter if you celebrate Halloween or not, the color palette will work for ANYTHING!

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https://gingerscraps.net/

When you spend $20 this weekend, you can get this amazingly gorgeous MEGA collab! The color palette will make you “Howl at the Moon”!

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Do you like scavenger hunts? If so, then this is the game for you!! In each of the designers’ stores, there will be a Gingerbread Man on the main preview of the kit! Find them all, and you’ll get a $7 coupon towards a GingerBread Ladies Shop collab!! And you never know! You might just find a kit you can’t be without!

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https://forums.gingerscraps.net/forumdisplay.php?1473-2018-DSD-Digital-Scrapbooking-Day-CLICK-HERE-for-all-the-info

It’s not just the Scavenger Hunt that you get to play! We have a lot of activities going on!

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https://forums.gingerscraps.net/forumdisplay.php?1473-2018-DSD-Digital-Scrapbooking-Day-CLICK-HERE-for-all-the-info

The designers have also put together some amazing Grab Bags, and they’re only $5 each!! Make sure you check them out! They’re always a big hoot!

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/DSD-2018-GRAB-BAGS

Remember, when you spend $10, you get a free kit!

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/GingerBread-Ladies-Collab-Sisterhood.html

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Kit:https://store.gingerscraps.net/This-is-Me-October-Kit-by-Snickerdoodle-Designs.html
Collection: https://store.gingerscraps.net/This-is-Me-October-Collection-by-snickerdoodle-designs.html
Borders: https://store.gingerscraps.net/This-is-Me-October-Borders-by-Snickerdoodle-Designs.html
Stamps: https://store.gingerscraps.net/This-is-Me-October-Stamps-by-Snickerdoodle-Designs.html
Paper Pack 2: https://store.gingerscraps.net/This-is-Me-October-Paper-Pack-2-by-Snickerdoodle-Designs.html
Pocket Cards: https://store.gingerscraps.net/This-is-Me-October-Pocket-Cards-by-Snickerdoodle-Designs.html
Accents: https://store.gingerscraps.net/This-is-Me-October-Accents-by-Snickerdoodle-Designs.html

tinci
https://store.gingerscraps.net/Celebrate-Fall-Grab-Bag.html

tinci2
https://store.gingerscraps.net/Second-chances-2..html

boom1
https://store.gingerscraps.net/Autumn-Antics-BGD.html

boom2
https://store.gingerscraps.net/Autumn-Antics-Bundle-BGD.html

cath1
http://bit.ly/2OQKsgm

cath2
Grab Bag 1: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Build-Your-Own-Grab-Bag-1-iDSD-2018-by-CathyK-Designs.html
Grab Bag 2: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Build-Your-Own-Grab-Bag-2-iDSD-2018-by-CathyK-Designs.html

clever
https://store.gingerscraps.net/Book-Lover-by-Clever-Monkey-Graphics.html

connie1
Grab Bag: https://store.gingerscraps.net/October-2018-Grab-Bag-Thanks-and-Giving-by-Connie-Prince.html
Word Art: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Thanks-and-Giving-Word-Art-Pack-by-Connie-Prince.html
Pocket Cards: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Thanks-and-Giving-Pocket-Cards-by-Connie-Prince.html
Alpha Pack: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Thanks-and-Giving-Alpha-Pack-AddOn-by-Connie-Prince.html

connie2
https://store.gingerscraps.net/DSD-Build-Your-Own-Kit-Grab-Bag-Offer-1-by-Connie-Prince.html

connie3
https://store.gingerscraps.net/DSD-Build-Your-Own-Template-Grab-Bag-Offer-2-by-Connie-Prince.html

craft1
https://store.gingerscraps.net/Craft-Templates-Mix-and-Match-Bundle.html

craft2
https://store.gingerscraps.net/Craft-Templates-Holidays-Valentine-Bundle.html

craft3
https://store.gingerscraps.net/Craft-Templates-Love-Bundle.html

dand
https://store.gingerscraps.net/Cozy-Up-Digital-Scrapbook-Kit-By-Dandelion-Dust-Designs.html

day
http://bit.ly/ddnd-GS

dear
https://store.gingerscraps.net/Give-Me-All-The-Photos.html

heather1
Bundle – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Animal-Kingdom-BUNDLE-by-Heather-Z-Scraps.html
Kit – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Animal-Kingdom-KIT-by-Heather-Z-Scraps.html
Elements – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Animal-Kingdom-ELEMENTS-by-Heather-Z-Scraps.html
Patterned Papers – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Animal-Kingdom-PATTERN-PAPERS-by-Heather-Z-Scraps.html
Solid Papers – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Animal-Kingdom-SOLID-PAPERS-by-Heather-Z-Scraps.html
Alphabets – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Animal-Kingdom-ALPHABETS-by-Heather-Z-Scraps.html
Extra Papers – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Animal-Kingdom-EXTRA-PAPERS-by-Heather-Z-Scraps.html
Word Bits – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Animal-Kingdom-WORD-BITS-by-Heather-Z-Scraps.html

heather2
https://store.gingerscraps.net/100-Acres-GRAB-BAG-by-Heather-Z-Scraps.html

jb
https://store.gingerscraps.net/Falling-In-Love-Digital-Kit-by-JB-Studio.html

jo
https://store.gingerscraps.net/Perpetual-Planner.html

key
https://store.gingerscraps.net/The-Lost-Art-of…-Series-Pen-To-Paper-Collection-by-Key-Lime-Digi-Design.html

ldrag1
[kit] https://store.gingerscraps.net/Fright-Night-by-LDragDesigns.html
[cluster frames] https://store.gingerscraps.net/Fright-Night-Cluster-Frames-by-LDragDesigns.html
[journal cards] https://store.gingerscraps.net/Fright-Night-Journal-Cards-by-LDragDesigns.html
[worn out papers] https://store.gingerscraps.net/Fright-Night-Worn-Out-Papers-by-LDragDesigns.html
[glitterstyles] https://store.gingerscraps.net/Fright-Night-Glitterstyles-by-LDragDesigns.html
[the collection] https://store.gingerscraps.net/Fright-Night-Bundle-by-LDragDesigns.html

ldrag2
https://store.gingerscraps.net/LDragDesigns/

ldrag3
https://store.gingerscraps.net/LDragDesigns/


https://store.gingerscraps.net/Movie-Night-Collection-by-Lindsay-Jane.html

lin02
Kit: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Movie-Night-by-Lindsay-Jane.html
Quick Pages: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Movie-Night-Quick-Pages-by-Lindsay-Jane.html


https://store.gingerscraps.net/LouCee-Creations/


https://store.gingerscraps.net/DSD-2018-5-Template-Grab-Bag-by-Luv-Ewe-Designs.html

mags1
https://store.gingerscraps.net/On-The-Menu-BUNDLE-by-MagsGraphics.html

mags2
Bundle: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Playful-Pets-BUNDLE-by-MagsGraphics.html
Kit: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Playful-Pets-KIT-by-MagsGraphics.html
Elements: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Playful-Pets-ELEMENTS-by-MagsGraphics.html
Papers: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Playful-Pets-PAPERS-by-MagsGraphics.html
Alpha: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Playful-Pets-ALPHA-by-MagsGraphics.html
Journal Cards: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Playful-Pets-JOURNAL-CARDS-by-MagsGraphics.html
Word Art: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Playful-Pets-WORD-ART-by-MagsGraphics.html

miss1
https://store.gingerscraps.net/Miss-Fish-DSD-2018-Blended-Memories-Grab-Bag.html

pony1
https://store.gingerscraps.net/Beach-Hair-Don-t-Care-Grab-Bag.html

pony2
https://store.gingerscraps.net/Adventure-In-the-Woods-Grab-Bag.html

scraps
10 for $20 – https://store.gingerscraps.net/10-kits-for-20-Scraps-N-Pieces-SNP.html
5 for $15 – https://store.gingerscraps.net/5-kits-for-15-Scraps-N-Pieces.html


$5 Bundle: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Grace-bundle-shepherd-studio.html
Kit: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Grace-Digital-Scrapbooking-Kit-by-Shepherd-Studio.html
Journal Cards: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Grace-Journal-Cards-for-Pocket-Scrapbooking-by-Shepherd-Studio.html
Templates: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Love-to-Scrap-Volume-5-Templates-by-Shepherd-Studio.html
Planner Kit: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Grace-Planner-Kit-by-Shepherd-Studio.html


$5 bundle: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Farmhouse-fall-bundle-by-shepherd-studio.html
Kit: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Farmhouse-Fall-Digital-Scrapbooking-Kit-by-Shepherd-Studio.html
Templates: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Love-to-Scrap-Volume-4-Templates-by-Shepherd-Studio.html
Journal Cards: https://store.gingerscraps.net/farmhouse-fall-journal-cards-by-shepherd-studio.html

1
https://store.gingerscraps.net/BoomersGirl-Designs-Pick-10-for-20_DSD2018.html

2
https://store.gingerscraps.net/CathyK-Designs/

3

4
https://store.gingerscraps.net/LDragDesigns/

5
https://store.gingerscraps.net/Miss-Fish-5-Build-Your-Own-Grab-Bag-DSD-2018.html


https://store.gingerscraps.net/Kmess-Build-Your-Own-Grab-Bag.html


https://store.gingerscraps.net/Kristmess/

8
https://store.gingerscraps.net/Magical-Scraps-Galore/

9
http://store.gingerscraps.net/Neia-Scraps/

10
http://store.gingerscraps.net/Neia-Scraps/

11
http://store.gingerscraps.net/Neia-Scraps/

Remember, if you complete 10 challenges, just ten, you get a free kit as well!!

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It’s time to open our hearts and be thankful for all of our blessings.

Tutorial Tuesday (Tips and Tricks)

Making the Most of (inter)National Scrapbooking Day!

This week’s tutorial isn’t filled with screenshots or long, detailed instructions. Instead, I’m going to offer you some tips to make  (inter)National Scrapbooking Day (which seems to have stretched out to a week…) work for you. I’ve been seeing a LOT of sneak peeks, ads and excited chatter, and I know there will be an overwhelming number of opportunities to get your scrap on, starting at different times over the coming week.

Here at GingerScraps, the people behind the scenes have been very busy organizing a celebration jam-packed with sales, games and a ton of fun. There’s a store-wide 50% off sale and a gigantic free-with-$20-purchase collab for starters. The scavenger hunt is not only fun, it might show you designers you’re not familiar with and may soon become new favourites. Our designers have created a fine selection of $5 grab bags – they’re always a great deal. And then there are the chats, speed scraps and games in the Forum. You don’t want to miss them!! And that’s just this one (albeit fantastic!) store!!

Back in 2010 when I was a digiscrapping newbie, iNSD and DSD (Digital Scrapbooking Day) were so exciting, but I found that I was a bit scattered in my approach. I ended up confused and bewildered, I overspent, and I wound up with a bunch of freebies I never use. So here are my tips for making iNSD work for YOU instead of the other way around.

  1. Don’t dive in head-first! Take some time to look at the stores you frequent to see what their special events look like. Make a list of things that interest you, including dates and times for things like chats or speed scraps. That way you can see conflicts easily and make a decision about which will be more fun for you. Also include deadlines for any contests you may want to enter. Planning right at the beginning will really help.
  2. Once your list is compiled and double-checked, create some kind of reminder for things that have a specific time associated with them. This can be as simple as a couple of Post-It notes stuck to the edges of your monitor, or as techie as reminders on your phone, complete with beeps or bells to prod you into action. I don’t know about you, but I’m becoming more forgetful all the time and without the pings on my phone, I’d miss a lot of things!
  3. Set a budget and stick to it. Figure out BEFORE you look at the sales how much you can afford to spend and make sure you don’t go over. Because iNSD is the same week as my birthday, I tend to be a little generous to myself, but I won’t spend more than $20 at any one store, and no more than about $50 for the entire event.
  4. There are going to be lots of blog-hops with free collections from various sources out there. Don’t fall into the “but it’s FREE!” trap. Even free is too much if it’s something you don’t love and won’t use. Think of the storage space you’ll waste if you go hog-wild with the freebies. Look at each and every freebie with a discerning eye and only download the ones you know will work for you. Take a look at how much room you have for new files and perhaps move some less-favoured (and therefore less-used) stuff onto a memory stick or external hard drive.
  5. Speaking of blog-hops, if you find one that’s especially fabulous and you HAVE to have it, you might find yourself signing up for newsletters or Facebook pages for designers you may never want to have on your Rolodex (or filling up your inbox). So make a list of ALL the places where you’ve signed up/subscribed/liked/followed so that you can later return and un-do them again.
  6. You might want to give some thought to pre-planning for any speed scraps you might join. Create a folder of possible photos to use. Have some in there that are in landscape format as well as some in portrait format, and some that can be made square or circular without losing anything important. Also have some that will work for multi-photo layouts, just in case. This will save you a lot of time when the speed scrap starts. Make sure you’re unlikely to be disturbed for the 2 hours a speed scrap usually lasts. And have a beverage and a snack ready before you begin.
  7. Don’t try to conquer the GS scavenger hunt in a single sitting!! Your eyes will thank you. But by all means, DO play along. This is the exception to my rule about freebies, since the prize is YOUR choice of a GingerBread Ladies collab. Who couldn’t use one of those? (I have my eye on one of the Monthly Mix collections that I don’t have in my stash.)
  8. And finally, review the tutorial I’ve provided on using a multi-file extractor. Don’t wait to unzip and organize all those amazing kits you’ve gathered, do it while you’re on a roll! You won’t regret taking the time now, but if you leave it, you might never actually look at any of the super-duper kits you just bought. And that would be a terrible shame!!

I’ll see you all again once we emerge from our NSD-induced fugues!

Let’s Celebrate! | Valentine’s Day

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It is that time of the year. You know what this blog post is going to be all about, don’t you? 🙂 February brings Valentine’s Day for us in the states. All things love, hearts, pink and red. So with that in mind, we are going to take the hard part of your digital scrapbooking shopping and bring you a ton of Valentine’s Day stuff all in one post. All images are linked to the store. Don’t forget, there is a section just for Valentine’s Day in the store. You can these items and more there.

Cannot mention Valentine’s Day digital scrapbooking supplies without mentioning this month’s Monthly Mix! This might be one of my most favorite Monthly Mixes to date; and I generally don’t lean towards all things lovely dovey when it comes to my digital scrapbooking supplies. I just love this one though!

GingerBread Ladies Monthly Mix: Date Night : A collaboration from our GingerScraps designers.

Date Night: This purple and pink filled kit will be perfect for any date night or special romantic occasion. It is full to the brim with hearts, champagne glasses, flowers and much much more. You’ll, no doubt, have an amazing time using this lovely kit to remember your romantic adventures for years to come.

This collab includes:

  • 1 Full Alpha
  • 44 Papers
  • 93 Elements

Here are some more great supplies from our GingerScraps’ designs to get your lovey dovey Valentine’s Day scrap on!


This wonderful Alphabet was made as part of my To Have & To Hold Collection. This collection is perfect for all your formal celebrations, like engagements, weddings and wedding anniversaries and much more!

 

Remember that fluttery feeling in your stomach when you had a CRUSH on that special person? This “Crush On You” Collection is perfect for scrapping those LOVE-ly memories!
This is the MAIN KIT. It contains 20 Papers and 58 Elements.

 

Beyond by Craft-tastrophic
Includes 12 textured papers and 40 elements
Personal use Only

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Let’s Celebrate – The New Year!

Happy 2018 scrappers! Here we are at the start of a new year. Let us hope that this year doesn’t blow past us like 2017 did. Did you celebrate the new year? Did you stay up until midnight and kiss 2017 goodbye? I didn’t. It was the 1st year I didn’t actually. I was just too tired to stay up. Didn’t even get any photos either. However, I know most of you all did! So today we are going to take a look in the store at all the new New Year goodies. There are a lot of them this year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There you go. Just a glimpse into the selection of New Year products offered here at GingerScraps.  There are 20 pages of goodies! If none of these are what you are looking for, make sure to check out the New Years section in the store.  I pray that 2018 treats us all kind. That we have a wonderful year full of memories that are scrapped.

We would love to see your layouts with these or any other new year products offered here at GingerScraps. Make sure you upload your layouts in the gallery and then come back here and link us up! We would love to see your creations and leave you some love.