Friday The 13th! April Fools? Is It May?

I promise you’re not confused on the date. Tried to be a little funny. Plus, it did get your attention!

I don’t know about you, but the year is already starting to really fly by! We’re already almost halfway through April! We’re almost a third of the way through 2019!

But the designers aren’t letting the speeding up of time hinder them from releasing some amazing designs! Whether you have a Girl Scout who will bridging up in the next few months, or you’re just really happy with how life is going, there is something this week that will make you smile, and maybe blow out some candles!

Remember when you spend $10 in the store, you get a great new collab! Spring is here and it’s time to enjoy it!

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/GingerBread-Ladies-Collab-In-The-Springtime.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Sports-Volleyball-GrabBag.html

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[kit] https://store.gingerscraps.net/Hunny-Bunny-by-LDragDesigns.html
[collection] https://store.gingerscraps.net/Hunny-Bunny-The-Collection-by-LDragDesigns.html
[temps vol1] https://store.gingerscraps.net/Hunny-Bunny-TemplatesVol1-by-LDragDesigns.html
[temps vol2] https://store.gingerscraps.net/Hunny-Bunny-Templates-Vol.-2-by-LDragDesigns.html
[journal cards] https://store.gingerscraps.net/Hunny-Bunny-Journal-Cards-by-LDragDesigns.html
[stacked papers] https://store.gingerscraps.net/Hunny-Bunny-Stacked-Papers-by-LDragDesigns.html
[worn out papers] https://store.gingerscraps.net/Hunny-Bunny-Worn-Out-Papers-by-LDragDesigns.html
[glitters] https://store.gingerscraps.net/Hunny-Bunny-Glitterstyles-by-LDragDesigns.html

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[kit] https://store.gingerscraps.net/Unconditional-Love-by-LDragDesigns.html
[collection] https://store.gingerscraps.net/Unconditional-Love-The-Collection-by-LDragDesigns.html
[graffiti] https://store.gingerscraps.net/Unconditional-Love-Graffiti-by-LDragDesigns.html
[journalcards] https://store.gingerscraps.net/Unconditional-Love-Journal-Cards-by-LDragDesigns.html
[wornout papers] https://store.gingerscraps.net/Unconditional-Love-Worn-Out-Papers-by-LDragDesigns.html
[glitters] https://store.gingerscraps.net/Unconditional-Love-Glitterstyles-by-LDragDesigns.html

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

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

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/12×12-Seasonal-Layout-Frame-Templates-by-MagsGraphics.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Everyday-Hexagons-2-Templates-by-Miss-Fish.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Everyday_Square_TemplaesbyMissFish.html

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Happy days Cards – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Happy-days-Cards.html
Happy Easter Cards – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Happy-Easter-Cards.html
Be happy Cards – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Be-Happy-Cards.html
Black&White Cards – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Black-and-White-Cards.html
Life&Dreams Cards – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Life-and-Dreams-Cards.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Usual-moments-Photobook-templates-Set1.html

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Full Bundle – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Blossoming-Bundle.html
Kit – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Blossoming-Kit.html
Embossed papers – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Blossoming-Embossed-papers.html
Clusters & Wordart – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Blossoming-Clusters-and-Wordart.html
Photomasks – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Blossoming-Photomasks.html
QPs – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Blossoming-QPs-Set.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Called-To-Serve-kit-by-Scraps-N-Pieces.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Watercolor-Overlays-01-by-Snickerdoodle-Designs.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Pocket-Scrapping-Templates-Bundle-02-by-Snickerdoodle-Designs.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Branching-Out-5-Grab-Bag.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Springtime-2..html

ADB Designs
https://store.gingerscraps.net/Somewhere-Bundle-by-ADB-Designs.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Blended-4-Templates-by-Aimee-Harrison.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Heirloom-2-Templates-by-Aimee-Harrison.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Love-the-Earth-BGD.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/spring-floral-by-Clever-Monkey-Graphics.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/postage-stamp-frames-by-Clever-Monkey-Graphics.html

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Bundle: https://store.gingerscraps.net/On-My-Honor-Bundle-by-Connie-Prince.html
Kit: https://store.gingerscraps.net/On-My-Honor-Kit-by-Connie-Prince.html
Messy Papers: https://store.gingerscraps.net/On-My-Honor-Messy-Papers-by-Connie-Prince.html
Alpha Pack: https://store.gingerscraps.net/On-My-Honor-Alpha-Pack-AddOn-by-Connie-Prince.html
Word Art: https://store.gingerscraps.net/On-My-Honor-Word-Art-Pack-by-Connie-Prince.html
Extra Papers: https://store.gingerscraps.net/On-My-Honor-Extra-Papers-by-Connie-Prince.html
Border Clusters: https://store.gingerscraps.net/On-My-Honor-Border-Clusters-by-Connie-Prince.html
Word Bits: https://store.gingerscraps.net/On-My-Honor-Word-Bits-by-Connie-Prince.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Splendid-Blended-Vol.4.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Hippity-Hop-Digital-Scrapbook-Kit-by-Dandelion-Dust-Designs.html

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Collection: https://store.gingerscraps.net/And-Many-More-Collection.html
Kit: https://store.gingerscraps.net/And-Many-More-Kit.html
Finishing Touches: https://store.gingerscraps.net/And-Many-More-Finishing-Touches.html
Journal Cards: https://store.gingerscraps.net/And-Many-More-Journal-Cards.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Road-Maps-Simply-Pockets-Vol.-3.html

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Bundle: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Hop-Into-Spring-Bundle-by-JB-Studio.html
Kit: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Hop-Into-Spring-Page-Kit-by-JB-Studio.html
Flowers: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Hop-Into-Spring-Flowers-by-JB-Studio.html
Cards: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Hop-Into-Spring-Cards-by-JB-Studio.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/On-Cloud-Nine-Templates-by-JB-Studio.html

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Bundle: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Happy-Overlays-4×6-Bundle.html
Horizontal: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Happy-Overlays-4×6-Horizontal.html
Vertical: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Happy-Overlays-4×6-Vertical.html

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Bundle: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Happy-Overlays-3×4-Bundle.html
Horizontal: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Happy-Overlays-3×4-Horizontal.html
Vertical: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Happy-3×4-Overlays.html

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

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

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

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Blue-Heart-Scraps/

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Bundle: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Hop-Into-Spring-Bundle-by-JB-Studio.html
Kit: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Hop-Into-Spring-Page-Kit-by-JB-Studio.html

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

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Studio-Jx2

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

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They say it’s nearly spring! Maybe this kit will inspire Mother Nature to agree!

Sneak Peeks April 11 2019

Happy Thursday!!! It’s already too hot in Florida for Spring. I was hoping to get a couple weeks of great temps before the heat came but nope, its in the 80’s.  At least I got a few layouts done with this week’s new releases! They are awesome! Let’s take a peek!

From Dagi

From Clever Monkey Graphics

From Tinci

From Down This Road Designs

From Lindsay Jane

From JB Studio

From Aimee Harrison

From LDrag Designs

From Miss Fish

Have a great rest of the week!

Tutorial Tuesday (Photoshop Elements)

Stackin’ ’em Up!

I’m seriously in need of a week where I’m actually not scrambling for a tutorial post! I was wide awake at 1 am wracking my brain for a topic. But what do you know… one magically appeared. I remembered there were still some really useful Guided Edits I haven’t shown you yet, so that’s what we’re doing. Let’s look at the Photo Stack, just for fun.

When I tell you that this technique is literally only about a 10 minute job, I know you’re thinking, “She always says that.” But it really is SO much faster even than using a template with photo stack, because with this edit, the software does ALL the copying and stroking. All of it! The hardest part is deciding which of the three options to choose, and I think that comes down to what you want the focus to be.

All I did to get this image was to click just once on the 4 frame spot I’ve shown below.

The very first image has the narrowest border already in place. A single click on one of the border options is the next step.

The medium border is still pretty skinny.

Even the widest one isn’t especially in-your-face. But that’s completely under your control! Before I show you that part, let’s look at the other two stack options.

The eight frame option looks like this with the baseline border.

Beefing up the borders to medium still lets a lot of the original image through.

Then the wider one, still not much of a distraction.

And then there’s the twelve frame option.

Medium

Wide

With this photo I think 4 frames is the right choice. So now I’m going to move to the Expert Editor.

Whoa! Look at all those layers! And each one is another opportunity to fine-tune the final image. (Notice the multiple copies of the photo layer? It’s a GREAT thing!)

Here I’ve selected one of the border layers. The border is actually simply a stroke on its own layer. The default settings are 10 pixels and 100% Opacity.

Pulling the slider to the right makes the border wider. I could also change the colour of the border in this menu if I wanted to.

I’m going to come back to that in a minute. But first, I’m going to unlock the background (original photo) layer so I can edit it. And so I can put a transparent layer underneath it. I right-clicked on the layer in the Layers panel then chose Layer from Background. That makes it like all the other layers, completely editable.

I then added my transparent layer underneath it by CTRL/CMD>clicking on the new layer icon (the blank sheet of paper) at the top left of the Layers panel.

I turned the visibility of the very first black rectangle off and now the original image is visible to the edges and can be erased away, leaving a transparent area instead.

Don’t panic about having to be precise with the erasing. It’s not a problem! All those extra copies of the original photo that are clipped to the stacked layers aren’t going anywhere. You can just use a big eraser and go for it!

After I did that, I decided I wanted to shift the stacked photos so they were entirely inside the canvas. So I CTRL/CMD>Z as many times as I needed to to get back to the black rectangle. Then I resized them a tiny bit, shifted them a tiny bit and rotated them a tiny bit until I arrived at what you see below.

Then I decided to make the borders just a smidge wider. I double-clicked on the fx icon on the first border layer to get into the Styles menu.

I didn’t go overboard, just doubled the width of the border on each one. And then I went back and erased the areas of the original photo layer to make my stack usable.

An advanced version of this Edit would substitute other photos for some of the frames, but it would be almost as much work as using a template would be… the photos would need to be resized and rotated individually then clipped to the spots.

If I was ready to put my layout together, I could just leave it as is for now and come back to it later. But I’m going to save it for later.

In order to be able to use it for a layout, the transparent background is essential. So I’m saving it as a PNG file.

To keep the images sharp I’m using the Slowest setting and Non-Interlaced. I gave it a name and saved it to the folder I’ve created for my (future) layout.

Before I forget, LilyAnn Fisherman left a comment on last week’s tutorial asking me if I couldn’t have made my clock face by texting-on-a-path. So I went back and did it again, using Text on a Shape. It was maybe a tiny bit less work, but I still had to fiddle with the spacing to line the hours up with where they should be on the clock.

And while I was at it, I did a mock-up of what I hope the clock will look like when it’s finished.

Check back in a few weeks to see if I succeed!

Fresh Baked: April 05, 2019

April Showers have begun, and for the Gingerscraps family, it just means that the showers are full of amazing kits and templates!

Remember when you spend $10 in the store, you get a great new collab! Spring is here and it’s time to enjoy it!

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/GingerBread-Ladies-Collab-In-The-Springtime.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/CU-Messy-Threads.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Laurier-Scraps-And-Designs/

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[kit] https://store.gingerscraps.net/Egg-stra-Special-Day-by-LDragDesigns.html
[The Collection] https://store.gingerscraps.net/Egg-stra-Special-Day-The-Collection-by-LDragDesigns.html
[Wordart] https://store.gingerscraps.net/Egg-stra-Special-Day-Wordart-by-LDragDesigns.html
[Borders] https://store.gingerscraps.net/Egg-stra-Special-Day-Borders-by-LDragDesigns.html
[journal cards] https://store.gingerscraps.net/Egg-stra-Special-Day-Journal-Cards-by-LDragDesigns.html

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[kit] https://store.gingerscraps.net/Hippity-Hoppity-by-LDragDesigns.html
[The Collection] https://store.gingerscraps.net/Hippity-Hoppity-The-Collection-by-LDragDesigns.html
[templates vol. 1] https://store.gingerscraps.net/Hippity-Hoppity-Templates-Vol.-1-by-LDragDesigns.html
[templates vol. 2] https://store.gingerscraps.net/Hippity-Hoppity-Templates-Vol.-2-by-LDragDesigns.html
[journal cards] https://store.gingerscraps.net/Hippity-Hoppity-Journal-Cards-by-LDragDesigns.html
[worn out papers] https://store.gingerscraps.net/Hippity-Hoppity-Worn-Out-Papers-by-LDragDesigns.html
[glitters] https://store.gingerscraps.net/Hippity-Hoppity-Glitterstyles-by-LDragDesigns.html

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42: http://store.gingerscraps.net/Page-Borders-42-by-Lindsay-Jane.html
Rec 42: http://store.gingerscraps.net/Page-Borders-Rec-42-by-Lindsay-Jane.html

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41: http://store.gingerscraps.net/Page-Borders-41-by-Lindsay-Jane.html
Rec 41: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Page-Borders-Rec-41-by-Lindsay-Jane.html

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Bundle: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Warrior-Princess-collection.html
Page kit: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Warrior-Princess.html
Journaling Cards: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Warrior-Princess-cards.html
Graffiti Pack: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Warrior-Princess-graffiti.html
Glitter Pack: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Warrior-Princess-glitter-pack.html
Bonus Papers: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Warrior-Princess-bonus-papers.html

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Keep your memories Creative Box#1 – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Keep-your-memories-Creative-Box1.html
Wordart – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Keep-your-memories-Wordart-Vol1.html
Stamps – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Keep-your-memories-Stamps-Vol1.html
Stamps&Borders – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Keep-your-memories-Stamps-Borders-Vol1.html
Watercolor Borders – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Keep-your-memories-WaterBord-Vol1.html
Masks&Frames – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Keep-your-memories-Masks-and-Frames-Vol1.html

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Full Bundle – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Spring-time-Bundle.html
Kit – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Spring-time-Kit.html
Embossed papers – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Spring-time-Embossed-papers.html
Clusters&Wordart – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Spring-time-Clusters-and-Wordart.html
Photomasks – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Spring-time-Photomasks.html
QPs Set – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Spring-time-QPs-Set.html

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Bundle – https://store.gingerscraps.net/I-Am-Silly-Bundle-by-Scraps-N-Pieces.html
Alpha – https://store.gingerscraps.net/I-Am-Silly-Alpha-by-Scraps-N-Pieces.html
Elements – https://store.gingerscraps.net/I-Am-Silly-Embellishments-by-Scraps-N-Pieces.html
Papers – https://store.gingerscraps.net/I-Am-Silly-Papers-by-Scraps-N-Pieces.html
Cardstocks – https://store.gingerscraps.net/I-Am-Silly-Cardstocks-by-Scraps-N-Pieces.html

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Page templates – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Template-Pack-49-by-Scraps-N-Piece.html
CU Giraffe Templates – https://store.gingerscraps.net/I-am-Silly-Giraffes-CU-Layered-Templates-Scraps-N-Pieces.html

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Collection: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Spring-a-Ling-Collection-by-Snickerdoodle-Designs.html
Kit: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Spring-a-Ling-Kit-by-Snickerdoodle-Designs.html
Word Art: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Spring-a-Ling-Word-Art-by-Snickerdoodle-Designs.html
Accents: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Spring-a-Ling-Accents-by-Snickerdoodle-Designs.html
Alpha: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Spring-a-Ling-Alpha-by-Snickerdoodle-Designs.html
Bonus Papers: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Spring-a-Ling-Bonus-Papers-by-Snickerdoodle-Designs.html
Borders: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Spring-a-Ling-Borders-by-Snickerdoodle-Designs.html
Clusters: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Spring-a-Ling-Clusters-by-Snickerdoodle-Designs.html
Edgers: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Spring-a-Ling-Edgers-by-Snickerdoodle-Designs.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Magical-journey-5..html

ADB Designs
https://store.gingerscraps.net/Smugglers-Notch-Trail-Bundle-by-ADB-Designs.html

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Collection: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Cherish-Collection-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Kit: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Cherish-Page-Kit-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Alphas: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Cherish-Alpha-Sets-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Titles: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Cherish-Titles-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Frames: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Cherish-Frame-Clusters-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Borders: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Cherish-Borders-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Edges: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Cherish-Messy-Edges-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Glitters: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Cherish-Glitters-by-Aimee-Harrison.html

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Hello April Kit https://store.gingerscraps.net/Hello-April-Kit.html
Hello April Cards https://store.gingerscraps.net/Hello-April-Cards.html
Hello April Templates https://store.gingerscraps.net/Hello-April-Template-Pack.html
Hello April Bundle https://store.gingerscraps.net/Hello-April-Bundle.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Candied-Dreams-BGD.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Sweet-Talk-Mini-Kit-by-CathyK-Designs.html

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

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Bundle: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Construction-Zone-Bundle-by-Connie-Prince.html
Kit: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Construction-Zone-Kit-by-Connie-Prince.html
Template: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Construction-Zone-12×12-Templates-CU-Ok-by-Connie-Prince.html
Messy Papers: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Construction-Zone-Messy-Papers-by-Connie-Prince.html
Alpha: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Construction-Zone-Alpha-Pack-AddOn-by-Connie-Prince.html
Word Art: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Construction-Zone-Word-Art-Pack-by-Connie-Prince.html
Extra Papers: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Construction-Zone-Extra-Papers-by-Connie-Prince.html
Border Clusters: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Construction-Zone-Border-Clusters-by-Connie-Prince.html
Flowers and Leaves: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Construction-Zone-Flowers-and-Leaves-by-Connie-Prince.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Big-Words-3.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Spring-Memories-Digital-Scrapbook-Kit-by-Dandelion-Dust-Designs.html

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Sodalicious Collection: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Sodalicious-Collection.html
Sodalicious Kit: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Sodalicious-Kit.html
Sodalicious Finishing Touches: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Sodalicious-Finishing-Touches.html
Sodalicious Journal Cards: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Sodalicious-Journal-Cards.html

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Right Here Right Now Collection: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Right-Here-Right-Now-Collection.html
Right Here Right Now Kit: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Right-Here-Right-Now-Kit.html
Right Here Right Now Finishing Touches: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Right-Here-Right-Now-Finishing-Touches.html
Right Here Right Now Journal Cards: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Right-Here-Right-Now-Journal-Cards.html

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

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

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/PrelestnayaP-Design/

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Studio-Jx2

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

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They say it’s nearly spring! Maybe this kit will inspire Mother Nature to agree!

Sneak Peeks April 4th 2019

Happy Thursday!!! Our designers certainly have that spring spirit! This week’s new releases reflects all the fun Spring brings! Let’s check them out!

From Down this Road Designs

From Wimpychompers

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From Dagi

 

From Magical Scraps Galore

From Tinci

 

From LDrag

From Aimee Harrison

Tutorial Tuesday (Photoshop Elements)

I almost didn’t think there would be a tutorial this week. I spent a huge chunk of time going through the paper clutter in my dining room sorting what needs to be kept and what could go to the shredder and at the end of it I was mentally exhausted. So I figured I’d do something fun; we’re redecorating and I want one of those huge farmhouse style clocks to go in the dining room. Bargain shopper that I am and not thrilled with the retail prices on these clocks, I took my $50 Lowe’s gift card and bought an 18″ chunk of stain-ready pine then started looking at examples on Pinterest. I knew I wanted Roman numerals on my clock so those are the ones I concentrated on. But how to get those numerals onto my slice of pine… PSE to the rescue. I thought.

I wasn’t anticipating the number of times I’d have to undo it all and start over. So I thought, “Maybe someone else could learn from my mistakes!” I had already decided I would use the Warp text tool and had to figure out how to bend it to my will.

I tried a couple of options from the menu before settling on the Arc warp. It gives a beautiful curve but doesn’t distort the text too much.

To give myself something to gauge the curve against, I used the Custom Shape Tool to pull out a nice perfect circle. The sliders do some crazy things to text! I went all the way over to the right with the Bend slider, but felt it didn’t leave quite enough space between the 8 and 9 or the 2 and 3. So I adjusted back to 94%

Then I typed out the rest of the numerals and warped them. But something doesn’t look right. I went back to my example on Pinterest and yep… it’s not right. The numerals on the bottom half are backwards.

So I deleted that text layer but while I was trying to figure out how to turn the numerals on the bottom half around, I pulled in some Guide lines to make positioning the 12, 3, 6 and 9 easier.

And I tried it again.

And failed. Again. So I thought, what if I flip the numerals horizontally?

Think it worked? As you can see, the bottom arc is a LOT bigger than the top one, which I did nothing to other than warp it.

Even after I resized and rotated the two halves to a more correct position, it still was wrong. Even after several more tries to get it right, I still didn’t have it.

So I took a break. I went to work, spent the day recertifying my special competencies and writing two exams. I put it out of my mind altogether. Then after I got home and had a nice glass of pino grigio to forget the stress of my math exam, I had a EUREKA moment! Maybe I needed to put the characters in reverse order then spin them around 180°.

Did it work?

YES!! With some caveats.

I adjusted the space between some of the numerals and rotated everything a smidge.

WooHOO! Now I can print it out in the size I want – even if I have to put it on four sheets – and trace them with carbon paper onto my clock. I’m so excited to see it all finished!

So there’s another way to add some originality to your text!

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Photoshop Layer Style Pattern Adjustments

Did you know that, when using the full version of Photoshop, you can easily adjust the position of a pattern within a Photoshop Layer Style? Photoshop Elements does not have the option available, but there is a work-around.  It’s very easy! Here’s how:

Photoshop:

1. In the Layers Panel select the layer that has the style you want to adjust.

Moving a Pattern in a Layer Style Tutorial Snickerdoodle Designs

 

2. Click on “Effects” (or anywhere in the “Effects” area, but not on the name of the Layer itself). This will open the Layer Style Panel.

3. Click on “Pattern Overlay” in the Layer Style options box on the left to make it active.

4. You can see the entire Pattern on the right, in the Pattern Overlay options box. This is handy for re-positioning reference.

5. Move to your document. Place your cursor on the object to which you have applied the style. In the image above, I have placed the cursor on the rounded rectangle.

6. Left click and hold down with your mouse, then move your cursor around within the bounds of the object to reposition the pattern.

7. When you are happy with the result, release the mouse.

So how is this useful?

For the purposes of this tutorial, I used my seamless Watercolor Styles 02. Because the styles are seamless, I moved around the pattern in just one of the style effects and was able to quickly come up with 9 different looks. The ability to reposition patterns exponentially multiplies the options you have when using seamless styles with color variations.

 

There are 15 style effects in this one pack. So if you, by chance, were able to get 9 different looks from just ONE style, it is conceivable that you could get 135 different patterns from this pack (15 styles X 9 looks per style)!  I won’t guarantee you could get 9 different looks from each effect, but just wanted to emphasize how moving a pattern in a style can add to the versatility of many styles.

What about Styles that are not seamless?

If you are working with a style that is not seamless, and the shape to which you want to apply a style is larger than the pattern size, you will see the pattern seams. Here’s what that would look like:

By repositioning the pattern, depending upon the size of the style and of the object, you have a good chance of being able to hide the seams. By dragging the pattern a bit to the left, this is the result I was able to achieve with this style:

What about Photoshop Elements users?

To date, Adobe hasn’t included the ability to move patterns around in Photoshop Elements.  They can, however, Scale a pattern, which can be helpful.

In the top menu bar: Layer > Layer Style > Scale Effects

Another window will open which has a slider, allowing you to make the pattern larger or smaller. When making a pattern much larger than it is intended, you may degrade the quality of the pattern, so that’s just something to be aware of.

 

Thanks for stopping by the blog today. I hope you have found this tutorial helpful. If you would like to download a PDF for reference, you may do so here.

Snickerdoodle Designs

Fresh Baked: March 29, 2019

We know! We know! You’re excited for all the new stuff coming in April! I promise, though, the wait will be worth it!

For now, enjoy the new items! The designers are ready for spring! We hope you are too!

Remember when you spend $10 in the store, you get a great new collab! Birthdays in March are so much more special!

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

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Weekly-Collection-3-Pocket-Templates-by-JB-Studio.html

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Bundle: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Proud-As-A-Peacock-Bundle.html
Kit: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Proud-As-A-Peacock-Kit.html
Stickers: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Proud-As-A-Peacock-Flairs-Stickers.html
Alphas: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Proud-As-A-Peacock-Alphas.html
Glitters: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Proud-As-A-Peacock-Glitters.html
Cardstocks: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Proud-As-A-Peacock-Cardstocks.html

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

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[KIT] https://store.gingerscraps.net/My-Little-Man-by-LDragDesigns.html
[COLLECTION] https://store.gingerscraps.net/My-Little-Man-Collection-by-LDragDesigns.html
[GRAFFITI] https://store.gingerscraps.net/My-Little-Man-Graffiti-by-LDragDesigns.html
[CLUSTER FRAMES] https://store.gingerscraps.net/My-Little-Man-Cluster-Frames-by-LDragDesigns.html
[JOURNAL CARDS] https://store.gingerscraps.net/My-Little-Man-Journal-Cards-by-LDragDesigns.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Meant-To-Bee-by-LDragDesigns.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/March-Madness-2019-Wordly-Templates-by-Miss-Fish.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/March-Madness-2019-Paper-Stackers-Templates-by-Miss-Fish.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/March-Madness-2019-Photo-Finish-Templates-by-Miss-Fish.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Watercolor-photomasks-Vol10.html

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Bundle – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Spring-picnic-Bundle.html
Kit – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Spring-picnic-Kit.html
Painted papers – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Spring-picnic-Painted-papers.html
Solid papers – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Spring-picnic-Solid-papers.html
Photomasks – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Spring-picnic-Photomasks.html
Masks&Frames – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Spring-picnic-Masks-and-Frames.html
Stamps&Borders – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Spring-picnic-Stamps-and-Borders.html
Accents – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Spring-picnic-Accents.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/One-more-chance-1..html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Pear-Butter-and-Strawberry-Jam-Bundle-by-ADB-Designs.html

ADB Designs
https://store.gingerscraps.net/Thunder-Basin-Saga-Bundle-by-ADB-Designs.html

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Collection: https://store.gingerscraps.net/360-Life-Apr-Create-Collection-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Kit: https://store.gingerscraps.net/360-Life-Apr-Create-Page-Kit-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Alphas: https://store.gingerscraps.net/360-Life-Apr-Create-Alpha-Sets-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Frames: https://store.gingerscraps.net/360-Life-Apr-Create-Frame-Clusters-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Blooms: https://store.gingerscraps.net/360-Life-Apr-Create-Blooms-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Extra Papers: https://store.gingerscraps.net/360-Life-Apr-Create-Extra-Papers-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Messy Edges: https://store.gingerscraps.net/360-Life-Apr-Create-Messy-Edges-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Glitters: https://store.gingerscraps.net/360-Life-Apr-Create-Glitters-by-Aimee-Harrison.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/20-20-Vision-BGD.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/CU-easter-grass-by-Clever-Monkey-Graphics.html

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Bundle: https://store.gingerscraps.net/-2019-April-Bundle-Collection-by-Connie-Prince.html
Kit: https://store.gingerscraps.net/-2019-April-Kit-by-Connie-Prince.html
Mixed Media: https://store.gingerscraps.net/-2019-April-Mixed-Media-by-Connie-Prince.html
Quoted Pack: https://store.gingerscraps.net/-2019-April-Quoted-Pack-by-Connie-Prince.html
Messy Papers: https://store.gingerscraps.net/-2019-April-Messy-Papers-by-Connie-Prince.html
Border Clusters: https://store.gingerscraps.net/-2019-April-Border-Clusters-by-Connie-Prince.html
Week 14: https://store.gingerscraps.net/-2019-April-Week-14-Template-Pack-CU-Ok-by-Connie-Prince.html
Week 15: https://store.gingerscraps.net/-2019-April-Week-15-Template-Pack-CU-Ok-by-Connie-Prince.html
Week 16: https://store.gingerscraps.net/-2019-April-Week-16-Template-Pack-CU-Ok-by-Connie-Prince.html
Week 17: https://store.gingerscraps.net/-2019-April-Week-17-Template-Pack-CU-Ok-by-Connie-Prince.html
Week 18: https://store.gingerscraps.net/-2019-April-Week-18-Template-Pack-CU-Ok-by-Connie-Prince.html
Extra Papers: https://store.gingerscraps.net/-2019-April-Extra-Papers-by-Connie-Prince.html
Alpha Pack AddOn: https://store.gingerscraps.net/-2019-April-Alpha-Pack-AddOn-by-Connie-Prince.html
Word Art: https://store.gingerscraps.net/-2019-April-Word-Art-Pack-by-Connie-Prince.html
Pocket Cards: https://store.gingerscraps.net/-2019-April-Pocket-Cards-by-Connie-Prince.html
Quick Pages: https://store.gingerscraps.net/-2019-April-Quick-Pages-by-Connie-Prince.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Simply-4.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Project-2019-Lucky-Ducky.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Spring-Cleaning-Digital-Scrapbook-Kit-by-Dandelion-Dust-Designs.html

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Theatre Production Colleciton: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Theatre-Production-Collection.html
Theatre Production Kit: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Theatre-Production-Kit.html
Theatre Production Finishing Touches: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Theatre-Production_Finishing-Touches.html
Theatre Production Journal Cards: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Theatre-Production-Journal-Cards.html

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Beyond The Sea Collection: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Beyond-The-Sea-Collection.html
Beyond The Sea Kit: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Beyond-The-Sea-Kit.html
Beyond The Sea Finishing Touches: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Beyond-The-Sea-Finishing-Touches.html
Beyond The Sea Journal Cards: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Beyond-The-Sea-Journal-Cards.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/My-Brother-My-Pal-KIT-by-Heather-Z-Scraps.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Snickerdoodle-Designs-CU/

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

They say it’s nearly spring! Maybe this kit will inspire Mother Nature to agree!

Sneak Peeks March 28th 2019

We come to a close of another month! Spring is here and the temperatures are rising. Celebrate all those springtime memories with a few new kits from our fabulous designers!

From Heather Z

From Dagi

From Tinci

From Down This Road Designs

From JoCee

From Miss Fish

From Aimee Harrison

From LDrag Designs

And… here’s a little sneak peek of the April Buffet!

Have a great weekend!