Tutorial Tuesday (Individual Style)

Challenge Spotlight: Minikit

Hey GingerScrappers! It’s time for another Challenge Spotlight. This month I’m going to take you through the October Minikit Challenge Gallery. This challenge is hosted by the Polka Dot Chicks, Tammy and Shelby. The Challenge revolves around a minikit they design and provide to participants at no cost. Participants can use all of the kit, or only part of it, and are allowed to use a template. Here’s a look at the October kit, which coordinates with this month’s Buffet colour palette.

Let’s have a look at the layouts that have been posted up to now. The layouts are in the order they were posted to the Gallery and are linked through the member’s user name so you can pop into the Gallery and leave them some praise, if you should so desire.

First up is sparky_mom with a special event announcement. She’d used the entire kit, tucking part of the wavy string under her photo strip and using the large circles on her background as journaling blanks. Congratulations, family!

NHSoxGirl went minimalist with her layout, using the paper with the huge circles as a border for her large-and-in-charge photo.

Alasandra has used the whole kit, with a large-circle paper divider and the paper with the triangles on it cut in triangles to repeat a theme.

MarilynZ has added a word cloud, a soccer ball flair and a silhouette to her minikit. She slightly recoloured the photostrip. Using the large-circle paper as her background compliments the soccer theme.

The big-circle paper is pretty popular! Branma has it in her background too. She’s created a sweet little cluster with the flower elements and anchored her photos with the brads. Cute pup!

AnnieA has a cute series of photos in her photo strip. She’s used everything, with the big-circle paper forming more of a border around the tiny-heart paper. The cluster in the centre ensures the eye goes right to the photos.

I LOVE dhariana‘s use of white space here. I can see she resized the papers, adding a border mask to the tiny-heart paper in the background. There’s only a single photo, and every piece of the kit is visible. Very pretty!

The only part of the kit fontaine didn’t use was the paper with the triangles on it. She recoloured the photo strips and used them as ephemera, using the Paint Bucket to fill her background with the russet colour from one of the big circles. And her photo is masked so it spills over onto the paper behind it.

I so admire people who can use bold prints like these with such great results. Big, bold prints scare me! But not willow… she’s used them very nicely here, and turned one of the circles into a frame for her title.

PixyGirl has used it all, cutting the sides of the photo strip off, recolouring them yellow and using them as paper strips to anchor her photos. The photo strip makes another appearance, but separated into three independent frames.

I’ve never seen this effect jenazs has created before. It looks as though she’s turned her elements into overlays, allowing the papers’ patterns to show through. She has recoloured some of the flower elements with colours pulled from the papers and her photos and turned the brads into flair. Very interesting.

There’s a good amount of white space in this layout by mum23ms. She’s added some ricrac (maybe created using one of our tutorials?) and some splotchy paint behind her photo cluster. She clipped the big-circle paper to the photo strip – it took me several looks at it to figure that out!

Last but not least, we have this very inventive layout from Tbear. She’s used the whole kit, but in some unusual ways. The triangle paper has been snipped into tiny triangles, and scattered like confetti with some super-shrunken brads. The twine has been turned into stems for the flowers. The tiny heart paper has been desaturated somewhat and the big spot paper has been made smaller, duplicated and laid end-to-end to create a border along the bottom. I think this is my favourite of them all.

The first half of October has been unusually summery here in the Okanagan valley. But I see the forecast is showing a sudden descent into much chillier weather, bringing rain with it. I’m actually looking forward to it!

How many of last week’s fonts did you download? I picked up 14 of them! See you next week with a Quick Trick.

Tutorial Tuesday (Individual Style)

Challenge Spotlight: Back It Up with ADB Designs

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Today we’re going to dig into the Back It Up Challenge brought to you each month by Diane of ADB Designs. She likes to remind us to BACK UP our photos so they don’t disappear into the ether and has built this challenge around that reminder. Each month, she chooses a theme for participants to think about while they’re reviewing their files. This month the theme she chose is “reflection”. There are two main definitions for “reflection”, the main one being the concrete “image seen in a mirror or shiny surface”. The other is  “serious thinking or careful consideration”. The layouts you’ve created for this Challenge very closely conform to one or the other of those definitions, as you’ll see. As usual, each layout is linked to the Gallery so you can offer the scrappers your praise. Click on the scrapper’s name and you’ll zip right into the Gallery.

We’ll start with the shiny surfaces. Branma‘s layout doesn’t actually SHOW a reflected image, but she describes one pretty clearly in the text she added to her post in the Challenge thread, “My sister’s and I all favor each other and our lovely mother, even facial recognition program mistake us for each other. It’s funny to catch a glimpse in the mirror and think one of my sisters has come to visit.”

If there’s anything more beautiful than a waterlily, it’s a waterlily AND its reflection, as kabrak1207 shows us here.

I love how mary-lynne has this photo of reflection that she’s both blended and cleverly overlaid on her title. That’s running away with a theme right there!

I don’t know anybody who doesn’t love seeing autumn’s best colours reflected in still water. kimberlyschiehahn lets those colours take centre-stage here.

This layout by TheLethargicPoet (aka Shilo) is stunningly gorgeous. And it covers both definitions!!

Katherine Woodin‘s layouts are ALWAYS given serious consideration; she documents all the minutiae of life in Project 52-style. With this layout she’s also giving a nod to images in a shiny surface.

And then we have gnana96. She’s been very creative with her title here, creating a reflection of it, as well as showing off the reflected images of these flamingos.

basketladyaudrey has laid out the process of choosing which of her son’s t-shirts deserves a spot on his quilt, which was through serious consideration of their merits.

This lemonade stand was the subject of some serious thinking for Kristi Martin. Probably both before and after the fact. 😉

Rhewko chose the lyrics of a song to act as her journaling for this wedding layout.

Weddings seem to trigger a lot of reflection! Daydreamer reminisced about her own wedding while looking at her sister’s wedding photos.

And what is more likely to bring about reflection that our relationships with the Creator, as etycz has documented?

I often find myself giving serious consideration to what needs doing in my garden. much like grannyNky does with her layout.

I feel like pjm117 is sending us all a message about finding the silver lining in the COVID cloud.

And finally, ranchcreations takes the most literal reflective approach to a quote to derive some inspiration and guidance.

Wow. This is the 10th Challenge Spotlight post. Do you find them interesting? Have you seen something you’d like to emulate? Are you inspired to bring your own Individual Style to a challenge? It always amazes me the different ways each scrapper interprets a Challenge. Awesome!!

Remember, if there’s something you’d like to learn and can’t find a suitable tutorial, you can reach out to me via Private Message any time. Here’s a link to my mailbox: ObiJanKenobi  I get email notifications that I have a PM waiting, so I’ll see it right away and can start planning for you!

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October Challenge Wrap Up

Can you believe October is coming to an end? Here is a wrap-up of the great challenges we have had this month. There is still a few days to get your layouts uploaded.

Ivonne of Craft-tastrophic Designs gave a wonderful fall tree brush to work with for the Brush Challenge. I love how lisar layered it on top of her photo.

There are always so many good layouts in the Buffet challenge. I love anything pumpkin, so this layout from meagan43 caught my eye.

This month for the Color challenge we were asked to use purple and yellow. This layout from Pippin really caught my eye. I just love that cluster.

The Daily Download for September is used for October’s Challenge. We had two fabulous kits from JB Studio and LJS Designs – Class is In. I love the photo in this layout from KAPOH. So cute.

This month’s Spotlight Designers were Mandy King and Pixelily. I love this simple block layout from mdusell using kits from both designers.

Pretty in Green hosted our Desktop Challenge. I love the way Minena used an opaque full photo with the full color elements on top.

CathyK gave us a cute typewriter type font to use for the Font Challenge. Scrapolina has used some beautiful pictures in her layout.

This month the Hybrid challenge (hosted by Just So Scrappy) was to make bag toppers and chocolate bar wrappers. This group by andastra is so cute.

Seatrout Scraps gave us a picture to use as in inspiration piece for the Inspiration challenge. Sheri Catherine was inspired by the hearts and submitted this awesome layout.

For the Journaling Challenge, Dani (JB Studio) gave several prompts to use. This layout from gethane is great.

Little Rad Trio gave us an adorable Halloween Mini Kit for the Mini Kit Challenge.  This layout by shellbyj is so cute.

Tracey of Clever Monkey Graphics gave us instructions of the slow scrap type to use in the Mix It Up Challenge. I really like how Elizabeth used a black and white photo in her layout.

Marina of Magical Scraps Galore gave us a list of items to use in the Recipe challenge. This layout by Pachimac just jumped off the page at me.

Ginger of Dandelion Dust Designs posted a beautiful layout for us to use in the Scraplift Challenge. I just love this layout from Glori2.

Connie Prince challenged us to make a signature celebrating Halloween for the Signature Challenge. I just love the tagline gduncan added to hers.

Kimberly of Leaving a Legacy Designs gave us a cute template to use for the first Template Challenge. I love all the photos Janytime was able to get on her layout.

Dear Friends Designs gave us a fabulous template to use for the second Template Challenge. I just love the blues in this layout from khannen.

JoyLynn gave us wonderful fall words to use for the Word Art challenge. This layout from DianeInOz is just fabulous.

And this is just a sampling of the awesome layouts submitted this month. Each is linked, so please go leave them some GS love.

You still have a few days to get your layouts done to get this month’s collab.


Spotlight – Journaling Challenge

Hey there. Just popping back in here to feature another of the fabulous GingerScraps challenges. Today we’re spotlighting the Journaling Challenge hosted by Dani of JB Studio.

Each month Dani challenges us with a different focus to get us journaling our memories. For October, this is what she gave us:

  • My favorite story from today…
  • Today I want to remember…
  • A challenge I/you/we tackled today…
  • Something I love about you right now…
  • My favorite moment/time of the day…
  • Around the room… (capture a room in your house – kids rooms are her favorite for this)
  • Document your day… (scrap the facts and then add in some feelings)

Let’s see what some of our members came up with:

Aren’t these wonderful. Each layout it linked to the gallery (just click on it). Head on over to the gallery to leave some love on these wonderful layouts.

Remember, it only takes 10 challenges complete to get this great collaboration:


Spotlight – Hybrid Challenge

Good evening everyone. I thought I would pick a challenge to spotlight that a lot of people just scroll by, but can really be fun.

We’re going to look at the Hybrid Challenge. Katie of Just So Scrappy has a wonderful Halloween Hybrid project for us (but as you can see from the layouts, it doesn’t have to be Halloween).

Katie provided a template to use to make Hershey Bar and Hershey Nugget wrappers. This is what she designed with the template:

Let’s see some of the ideas submitted by our members:

How much fun are these? I would love to see what you can come up with as well!!

Remember, this challenge counts for your 10 for the monthly challenge reward.

See you next week for another spotlight!!

Spotlight – Word Art Challenge

Hey y’all. Today I’m spotlighting the Word Art Challenge. Tracey of Clever Monkey Graphics gave us this word art to use this month.

Let’s see all the ways this was used.

Aren’t these all awesome. Head over to the forum to see some of the other layouts posted.

Don’t forget, 10 challenges gets you this fab collab.


Challenge Spotlight – Recipe Challenge

Hi everyone. Today’s spotlight is on the Recipe Challenge hosted this month by Sandy of Key Lime Digi Design.

This is the “recipe” she handed out:

1 piece of ephemera, (milk cap, playing card, seed packet, postcard, map, etc)
2 ribbons, lace, string or other trim
3 papers of any type
3 flowers (or stars)
2 buttons
1 something wooden

And the following is some of what have been submitted. I love this challenge and how it shows so many ways people can go with the same instructions.

These are just awesome. Remember, with 10 completed challenges, you will get this full collab:

And one more thing before I go…it’s time for SCRAPPING SURVIVOR. Have you signed up yet? You know you want to. Sign ups are open through July 19.


Have a great week!!


Challenge Spotlight April 21st, 2015

Happy Tuesday! There are 9 days left to get your challenges completed to earn this great collab! A new one will be out on May 1st.

This week’s spotlight is on the Brush Challenge. I love the brush challenge because it adds a little something extra to your page when you use brushes. I love how you can customize the color, size, etc. This month’s challenge is hosted by Craft-tastrophic. She has these great brushes for us to use!

Let’s take a look to see some amazing layouts using these brushes!

In Flower



Every little moment

Have a great week filled with lots of memory making and scrapping!

Challenge Spotlight April 7, 2015

Happy April! Did everyone enjoy finding eggs and the Spring weather? It’s a brand new month filled with awesome challenges! Make sure you get 10 done so you can get this awesome collab:

One challenge I always love is the Buffet Challenge! There’s always a lot of great inspiration and all you have to do is use a kit or kits from the Buffet to make your LO!

Take a look at some of these awesome LO’s!

I hope these fabulous layouts have given you some inspiration to create your own awesome layout for the challenge!

Challenge Spotlight February 24th, 2015

Happy Tuesday! It’s hard to believe this is the last Tuesday this month! Two months of 2015 down! There’s still 4 more days left to get those challenge layouts done! This week’s spotlight is the 2nd Template Challenge hosted by Missy of Scraps By Missy. She created this awesome template for us to use!

The challenge is simple, use this template to make an awesome layout! What I love about templates is no two people use the template the same. Everyone puts their own personal touch on it! Check out how other members have used this awesome template!

My Love



Feb Template 2 Challenge

How will you personalize this template! Be sure to post in the Forum and record it on your tracking thread!