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!


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


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!


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


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!


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


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






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


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









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





[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




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




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




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












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


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

Sneak Peeks DSD Edition!

Its DSD tomorrow! That means there’s loads of new kits, grab bags, challenges and contests all coming tomorrow! Let’s check out some of what’s releasing tomorrow!

From Craft-tastrophic

From Ponytails

From Tinci

From L Drag Designs

From Lindsay Jane

From Aimee Harrison

From Luv Ewe

From Clever Monkey Graphics

From Shepherd Studio

From Just Because Studio

From Miss Fish

This is just a peek! Come back tomorrow to see all the goodies!

Tutorial Tuesday (Tips and Tricks)

Are YOU Ready for Digital Scrapbooking Day?

Greetings from the frigid wilds of Alberta. The last week has been a rough one for me and my family; last Tuesday while I was at work in the ICU, my husband slipped on our front steps (he didn’t realize we’d had freezing rain overnight and he was in a hurry) and ended up with a complete rupture of the tendon that holds his left knee-cap in place. Fortunately for all of us, our disabled adult son was already in the van on his way to his day program; his driver witnessed the whole thing and helped hubby into the house and my manager was totally understanding, letting me leave only 90 minutes into my shift. After a full day in the ER, a surgical consult, hospital admission, surgery and discharge where he needed my help, plus being the sole caregiver for our son, I just haven’t had a moment to try anything new and exciting with Elements. So today, instead, we’re going to review!

You might remember that back at the beginning of May, I gave you some tips and tricks on getting the most out of (inter) National Scrapbooking Day. Well, if you’re still unsure that you maximized your opportunities back then, you might want to have another look at that post, because DIGITAL SCRAPBOOKING DAY (week) is dead ahead!

The tips I gave you back in May are still useful for this extravaganza. All the digital scrapbooking stores around the worldwide web have special events and sales, beginning later in the week. Here at GingerScraps, there are a bunch of grab bags specifically designed for DSD, special challenges, another scavenger hunt, and a free-with-purchase MEGA collab. (I’ve seen the MEGA collab… you’re going to love it!!!!) Other stores will have designer blog hops and special events on their sites too…

So start with a PLAN! Don’t just jump into the deep end. Check out the forums at your favourite stores to see what they have going on. Then make yourself a calendar of events. Set some reminders so you don’t miss the entry deadlines, speed scraps or chats.

Make sure you have hard drive space for your purchases and freebies. Or invest in some thumb drives or an EHD to transfer some of your older stuff to so you have lots of room for your downloads. Label this extra storage right away so you don’t forget what you’ve put on it.

Set a BUDGET! It’s way too easy to overspend when you’re surrounded by smokin’ hot deals, and PayPal makes it painless… until later. Figure out how much you have to spend, and stick with it. (With the slightly stronger Canadian dollar this week, I might be able to make my money go a bit farther. 😉 )

Don’t feel obligated to participate in anything that isn’t going to make you happy. Freebies take up a lot of space, both on your computer and in your head; if you don’t think you’ll ever use what the designer is giving away, you don’t have to take it.

While you’re waiting for the festivities to begin, go through your photos and choose some for those challenges you just won’t be able to resist. Let your family know when you’re going to need some uninterrupted time and don’t stay up too late! Because there’s still Black Friday next month – we have to pace ourselves!

Fresh Baked: October 01, 2018

I cannot believe that we’re already to October! The rest of the year is just going to fly on by! The time of year with a zillion holidays is upon us! The designers will be, and are, hard at work with kits perfect for all the holidays and seasonal bucket lists.

It is the First of the month, and that means the reveal of our new Buffet!!

Don’t forget to check out the Buffet Bundles, one easy click to add bundles of Buffet goodies to your cart, and an amazing value too!

[Read more…]

DD: Oct 01

Let’s celebrate making a house a home with this month’s Daily Download! But before I show it off, here’s last month’s AMAZING kit!


And here’s this month’s:


Remember, the download is kept up for 5 days, and then it is taken down. If you miss pieces, the kit will be available for purchase on the first day of the following month.

Fresh Baked: September 28, 2018

Um, can someone explain how it is almost October already? Like, seriously? I swear, 2018 just started, and now we’re finishing up the ninth month already! The month of orange and black and purple is almost upon us! But before it starts, we still have some amazing stuff being released this week!!

Remember when you spend $10 in the store, you get a great new collab! It’s “Beauti-fall”!




Collection: https://store.gingerscraps.net/360-Life-All-About-October-Collection-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Page Kit: https://store.gingerscraps.net/360-Life-All-About-October-Page-Kit-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Alphas: https://store.gingerscraps.net/360-Life-All-About-October-Alpha-Sets-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Borders: https://store.gingerscraps.net/360-Life-All-About-October-Borders-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Templates: https://store.gingerscraps.net/360-Life-All-About-October-Templates-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Date Tabs: https://store.gingerscraps.net/360-Life-All-About-October-Date-Tabs-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Quotes: https://store.gingerscraps.net/360-Life-All-About-October-Quotes-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Titles: https://store.gingerscraps.net/360-Life-All-About-October-Titles-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Messy Edges: https://store.gingerscraps.net/360-Life-All-About-October-Messy-Edges-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Glitters: https://store.gingerscraps.net/360-Life-All-About-October-Glitters-by-Aimee-Harrison.html


Bundle Collection: https://store.gingerscraps.net/-2018-October-Bundle-Collection-by-Connie-Prince.html
Kit: https://store.gingerscraps.net/-2018-October-Kit-by-Connie-Prince.html
Mixed Media: https://store.gingerscraps.net/-2018-October-Mixed-Media-by-Connie-Prince.html
Snippets: https://store.gingerscraps.net/-2018-October-Snippets-by-Connie-Prince.html
Messy Papers: https://store.gingerscraps.net/-2018-October-Messy-Papers-by-Connie-Prince.html
Border Clusters: https://store.gingerscraps.net/-2018-October-Border-Clusters-by-Connie-Prince.html
Templates: https://store.gingerscraps.net/-2018-October-12×12-Template-Pack-CU-Ok-by-Connie-Prince.html
Extra Papers: https://store.gingerscraps.net/-2018-October-Extra-Papers-by-Connie-Prince.html
Alpha Pack AddOn: https://store.gingerscraps.net/-2018-October-Alpha-Pack-AddOn-by-Connie-Prince.html
Word Art: https://store.gingerscraps.net/-2018-October-Word-Art-Pack-by-Connie-Prince.html
Quick Pages: https://store.gingerscraps.net/-2018-October-Quick-Pages-by-Connie-Prince.html



Bundle – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Celebrate-2018-September-BUNDLE-by-Heather-Z-Scraps.html
Kit – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Celebrate-2018-September-KIT-by-Heather-Z-Scraps.html
Journal Cards – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Celebrate-2018-September-JOURNAL-CARDS-by-Heather-Z-Scraps.html
Word Bits & Dates – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Celebrate-2018-September-WORD-BITS-and-DATES-by-Heather-Z-Scraps.html
Accents – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Celebrate-2018-September-ACCENTS-by-Heather-Z-Scraps.html
Extra Papers – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Celebrate-2018-September-EXTRA-PAPERS-by-Heather-Z-Scraps.html




Bundle: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Need-For-Speed-Bundle.html
Kit: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Need-For-Speed-PageKit.html
Flairs: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Need-For-Speed-Flairs.html
Grunge: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Need-For-Speed-Grunge.html
Clusters: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Need-For-Speed-Clusters.html
Titles: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Need-For-Speed-Titles.html
Cards: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Need-For-Speed-Cards.html

[kit] https://store.gingerscraps.net/Fall-For-Autumn-by-LDrag-Designs.html
[cluster frames] https://store.gingerscraps.net/Fall-For-Autumn-Cluster-Frames-by-LDrag-Designs.html
[journal cards] https://store.gingerscraps.net/Fall-For-Autumn-Journal-Cardsby-LDrag-Designs.html
[worn out papers] https://store.gingerscraps.net/Fall-For-Autumn-Worn-Out-Papers-by-LDrag-Designs.html
[glitters] https://store.gingerscraps.net/Fall-For-Autumn-Glitterstyles-by-LDrag-Designs.html
[collection] https://store.gingerscraps.net/Fall-For-Autumn-The-Collection-by-LDrag-Designs.html

[kit] https://store.gingerscraps.net/Hauntingly-Gorgeous-by-LDragDesigns.html
[clusters] https://store.gingerscraps.net/Hauntingly-Gorgeous-Clusters-by-LDragDesigns.html
[journal cards] https://store.gingerscraps.net/Hauntingly-Gorgeous-Journal-Cards-by-LDragDesigns.html
[wordart] https://store.gingerscraps.net/Hauntingly-Gorgeous-Wordart-by-LDragDesigns.html
[glitters] https://store.gingerscraps.net/Hauntingly-Gorgeous-Glitterstyles-by-LDragDesigns.html
[collection] https://store.gingerscraps.net/Hauntingly-Gorgeous-The-Collection-by-LDragDesigns.html

[kit] https://store.gingerscraps.net/Hocus-Pocus-by-LDrag-Designs.html
[journal cards] https://store.gingerscraps.net/Hocus-Pocus-Journal-Cards-by-LDrag-Designs.html
[graffiti] https://store.gingerscraps.net/Hocus-Pocus-Graffitiby-LDrag-Designs.html
[wordart] https://store.gingerscraps.net/Hocus-Pocus-Wordart-by-LDrag-Designs.html
[collection] https://store.gingerscraps.net/Hocus-Pocus-The-Collection-by-LDrag-Designs.html



35: http://store.gingerscraps.net/Page-Borders-Rec-35-by-Lindsay-Jane.html
36: http://store.gingerscraps.net/Page-Borders-Rec-36-by-Lindsay-Jane.html


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

cr_thumb3_thumb_thumb_thumb Are you ready for an adventure?

Tutorial Tuesday (Photoshop Elements)

Driven to Distraction

Depth of field. It’s that fabulous effect of a soft, slightly blurry background (and sometimes foreground too) that brings the subject of our shot into sharp focus and minimizes distractions. It’s easily achievable with manual settings on our DSLRs and with some settings on our phones. We all know how it makes our photos look better, but we don’t always have control over it. I snapped this photo of the CN Tower in Toronto with my cellphone. Because of the distance involved even with “portrait” settings, which should have given me a preferential focal point, the whole shot is in the same focal plane. I’m going to show you haw to fake depth of field quickly and easily using another Guided Edit.

You guessed it! Select the Guided tab, then Special Edits>Depth of Field.

There are two options for this Edit, a Simple one and a Custom one. Today we’re only going to look at the Simple method.

So just click on that Simple bar.

The menu looks like this and your next step is to add a blur to the whole photo.

You can increase the amount of blur by using the slider at the bottom of the panel, both before and at any point during the process.

Then you’re going to select the areas you want to have back in focus. I experimented quite a bit so that I could give you the best information and save you some time and frustration.

The secret to the Simple version, especially if you’re working on a photo with a lot of detail, is to make small changes. Click your mouse inside the area you’re focused on, hold down the left mouse button then drag the mouse a short distance and release. (Please ignore the typo on this screenshot. I’ve tried to fix it and WordPress won’t let me!)

If you make your drags too long, the “spillover” focus will bring areas of the photo you want blurry into focus. You can take the drags in any direction that will work for your image.

If you’re not sure how much of the image has been altered by your last drag, you can zoom in on the image. But you can’t go back in and make more drags on the zoomed in image; the software will revert back to the full image when you click on the Add Focus Area bar again.

So with my photo of the CN Tower, I worked my way down the centre of the tower in short drags until I hit a point where the edges were still being left blurry. Always watch what’s happening as you work. Then if you notice areas you don’t want in focus are suddenly popping, you can quickly and easily Undo (CTRL/CMD>Z) those last couple of changes.

Once I got to the point where the edges were still visibly blurry, I adjusted the angle of my drags, but still keeping the start and end points inside the edges of the tower.

As I got closer to the bottom of the tower, I started seeing the buildings to the sides were starting to pop. Oh no you don’t! I changed my strategy again and used some horizontal drags again.

This is particularly important in images with more detail, both in the focal area and the background. Go slowly.

It was at this point that I started to notice that the software created more focus at the beginning of a drag than at the end. So again, I shifted my strategy from going left-right to going right-left. Problem solved!

But before I shut Elements down, I wanted to try it again to see if I could reduce the number of drags needed to get the focus where I wanted it without messing with the blur too much. So I started again, this time taking longer vertical and slightly angled drags.

Here’s a zoom view of the observation deck.

The angled drags were longer than in my first effort, but not running top to bottom as I had done when I was first figuring out how to make this Edit really work.

I cut the number of clicks down by at least 50% and still had a result I was pleased with. So give it a try, Undo as needed and see how you like it!

I have some more photos I want to play with, and you just might see some of them in the Gallery one of these days!

Fresh Baked: September 21, 2018

Fall! It’s finally here! Well, almost! Time for pictures of the leaves to change, the pumpkins to start being carved, and the cooler temps to finally arrive!

Remember when you spend $10 in the store, you get a great new collab! It’s “Beauti-fall”!


Bundle: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Best-of-Germany-collection.html
Page kit: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Best-of-Germany.html
Journaling Cards: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Best-of-Germany-cards.html
Graffiti Pack: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Best-of-Germany-graffiti.html
Woodgrain Papers: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Best-of-Germany-bonus-papers.html
Word Bits: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Best-of-Germany-words.html




Collection: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Free-Fallin-Collection-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Kit: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Free-Fallin-Page-Kit-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Alphas: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Free-Fallin-Alpha-Sets-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Blooms: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Free-Fallin-Blooms-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Titles: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Free-Fallin-Titles-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Extra Papers: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Free-Fallin-Extra-Papers-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Messy Edges: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Free-Fallin-Messy-Edges-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Glitters: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Free-Fallin-Glitters-by-Aimee-Harrison.html







Bundle: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Passport-Tropical-Paradise-Bundle.html
Kit: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Passport-Tropical-Paradise-PageKit.html
Flairs: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Passport-Tropical-Paradise-Flairs.html
Grunge: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Passport-Tropical-Paradise-Grunge.html
Clusters: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Passport-Tropical-Paradise-Clusters.html
Titles: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Passport-Tropical-Paradise-Titles.html
Cards: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Passport-Tropical-Paradise-Cards.html


Kit: http://store.gingerscraps.net/colors-of-fall-by-Lindsay-Jane.html
Quick Pages: http://store.gingerscraps.net/colors-of-fall-quick-pages-by-Lindsay-Jane.html


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

cr_thumb3_thumb_thumb Are you ready for an adventure?

Sneak Peeks September 20th 2018

Happy Thursday!! Fall is almost here! Here’s to the start of some cooler weather soon! I don’t want it too cold but it would be nice for the heat index outside not to be over 100 degrees! But staying inside and scrapbooking is great for beating the heat! Our designers have a great line up of new goodies releasing tomorrow, maybe there’s something you can find some inspiration in and scrap this weekend!

From Wimpychompers


From LDrag

From Craft-tastrophic

From JoCee

From Lindsay Jane

From Aimee Harrison

Miss Fish

Have a great weekend!

Tutorial Tuesday (Photoshop Elements)

Clusters… Have Them Your Way, the Easy Way!

I’m a big fan of templates. They’re an amazing time-saving tool for getting layouts done, while still allowing for individual style. But once in a while I go rogue and design a layout without using any time-saving devices. And sometimes I shock myself by creating a perfect cluster that looks fantastic… only to find that when I try to recreate it later, I can’t get it quite right. Of course there has to be a WSNH hack for that! And I’m going to show it to you. I’m using a cluster I created for Katie, Ooh La La Scraps‘ genius designer, with her Freezing collection.

If you save your layouts as a PSD file, this part will be super-easy. If not, you’ll be starting from scratch and might want to wait until you have that AHA! cluster creation at a later date.

Let’s assume you’ve got the layout in PSD form. Open up the file in PSE. Then select all the layers of that perfect cluster. To select multiple layers, hold down the CTRL/CMD key as you click on them. Once you have all the layers selected, right-click in the Layers panel and click on Duplicate Layers. (We’ve done this part before.) In the submenu that opens up, select New Document and click OK. A completely new work space will now be there for you to work on separate from your original layout.

Once you’ve got all those layers on your new work space. turn the visibility to all the layers off, except for the one on the very bottom. (Or you can work from the top down, your choice. I work from the background out.)

Now you’ll select a colour to make the place marker for that first layer. Whatever floats your boat… gray, pastel, dark, light, whatever makes sense to you. You’re going to make a New Fill Layer on top of that first layer to create your place marker.

If you’ve never used the Fill Layer function, you’ll be in for a treat. It makes a lot of things much easier! Click on Layer>New Fill Layer>Solid Color.

Make sure you click the box to the left of Use Previous Layer to Create Clipping Mask.

See what happened? All those little beads are blaaaah yellow, but they’re now a place marker for a scatter. You’ll notice that the shadow style is preserved, which is another time saver. But… that shadow style will disappear with the step after this one, unless you copy it. Right-click on the original layer and choose Copy Layer Style.

Then select both the original layer and the clipping mask layer to Merge them. Right-click on the layers, then choose Merge Layers, or CTRL/CMD>E. Once the layers are merged, right click on the new merged layer and Paste Layer Style to it. Voilà… the layer has a shadow again.

Continue on with all the layers in your cluster, using the same process. Change up either the colour or the intensity of each different layer so you can easily see the different components of your template later. When I was putting together the screenshots for this tutorial the whole thing took me about 11 minutes, bottom to top.

This is what my finished cluster template looks like.

When I had all the layers converted to place markers, I renamed each layer. You can right-click and select Rename Layer, or simply double-click on the label within the layer’s box in the Layers panel then just type in whatever works for you.

Now you want to save the fruits of your labour! File>Save As (Shift>CTRL/CMD>S), tell the software where you want to save it, then give your cluster a name.

Tell the software you’re saving the file as a PSD and you’ll have your very own, personally-designed cluster template to use again and again!

I think next week we’ll do another Guided Edit. See you then!