Challenge Spotlight – A Year of Blessings and Template #1

Hi fellow scrappers.  Hope your week is starting off well.

Today we’re focusing on the A Year Of Blessings Challenge and the first Template Challenge.

First up is the A Year of Blessings Challenge. This month it is hosted by Luv Ewe Designs. Her challenge to us was to scrap flowers. That is a perfect subject for me because my husband loves to photograph flowers. While we were vacationing in Lake Lure, NC in Jnue of 2018, we got to experience their Flowering Bridge. It was a super experience. Here is my take on the challenge and a few others I’ve chosen from the gallery.

From Grace:

From Dannisa:

From ktmoonblue:

Aren’t these beautiful?

Next is one of my favorite challenges each month. The Template Challenge. There are two of these each month. This month the first challenge is hosted by Laurie’s Scraps. Look at this gorgeous template that she has provided for us to use.

I love working with templates so these fall right into my wheelhouse. I had a blast pulling out some older pictures of my kids. They are now much older than this.

From KatherineWoodin:

From pjm117:

From poki04:

So much fun playing with these.

Remember, any 10 challenges completed will get you this full kit!

I’ll have an other challenge spotlight on Wednesday!

Challenge Spotlight – Layout Bingo and Project 365/52

Hey there scrappers. We’re starting a new feature here on the blog. Several times during the week, I will be shining the spotlight on a challenge (or two) that you can do to earn a full kit reward from GingerScraps. Check out the post from April 4, or the Cookie Jar thread in the forum for all the fun information about how the challenges work here at GingerScraps.

Today I’m focusing on two the the multi-layout challenges. Most posts will focus on only one challenge.

First up is Layout Bingo with MagsGraphics. I will admit, I had not had a chance to look at this one much until I started. This looks like so much fun. I’m going to give the highlights in this post. To see the full instructions and to get the blank Bingo card for this month, head over to the post in the Gingerscraps forum.

Each month, MagsGraphics will provide a Bingo cards with different items to complete. Things like: 1 layout with a border. 1 layout with a GS Free-With-Purchase Kit, 1 layout about spring break, etc. The idea, of course, is to get Bingo. Specific instructions on how to full out the card are in the forum. The good news, is that only one of the layouts has to be unique for this challenge (not used in other GS challenges). The other spots can be other challenges for this month (or within the last three months).

Here are a couple of finished bingo cards from March. As you can see, some choose to fill out only the line that makes BINGO and others fill out any of the squares that the task is complete.

From gmae:

From gadawg83:

Doesn’t this look like fun? I’m going to try to work on getting BINGO this month. I’ll show my card in a wrap-up post at the end of the month.

Here is a glimpse at April’s card. Remember to head over the forum for the complete rules.

Next, let’s look at the 365/52 Challenge. This one is hosted by Heather Z Scraps. This challenge is fairly straightforward. The only real rule is that the pictures used must be from the current week you are working on. If you take a lot of pictures and document everything, this may be the challenge for you. The good news? Each week counts as one challenge point. If you do layouts for 3 weeks of the month, that’s 3 of your 10 layouts done.

There are so many different ways you can choose to do these. Here are a few below, but browse the gallery and see what others are doing. These is also an FAQ thread on the forum to help if you have questions.

From CindyB:

From pinklily:

From pizazz:

And now for a sneak peek at the kit you will get for completing your challenges:

Leave a comment and let me know if you are going to try either of these challenges.  Happy Scrapping!


April 2020 Challenges

Hey there scrappers. Did you know that GingerScraps has 28 challenges you can complete each month? Yep – 28.  I know. I was blown away when I actually counted them. Did you know that if you complete any 10 of these, you get a free FULL SIZED KIT designed especially for this purpose (see the bottom of this post)? That’s just crazy, right?

In order to get your rewards, you must keep track of your layouts in the Cookie Jar tracking thread in forum. You just copy and paste the information MissDamsel has provided into a new post. During the month, every time you create a layout for a challenge, come back to your message and edit it with the link to your layout in the gallery.

April 2020 – Challenge Reward Info
Monthly Challenge Rules –

  • You will receive the collab of the month in which you COMPLETE your 10 challenges.
    For Example:
    You do 5 in March, 2 in April and 6 in May – you would get the May collab.
    You do 7 in March and 4 in April – you get the April collab
    You do 10 each month you get EACH Collab!! (BEST DEAL!!)
  • Challenge rewards will be sent out after the 5th of the month
  • All challenges layouts must have at least 50% of GS products – Daily Download and Welcome wagon counts. (See individual challenge rules for specific rules on usage such as Designer Spotlight Challenge)
  • Speed Scraps and Chats DO NOT count towards your challenge rewards (of course your host will usually provide fun goodies for all attending their SS or Chat)
  • Every challenge must have a unique LO. Meaning, you can not use the same LO for more then 1 challenge (the only exception is the Layout Bingo challenge – more on that in the next blog post).
  • You are responsible for tracking your completed challenges, find the monthly tracking thread in the “Cookie Jar“, and follow the guidelines.

(Just in case you missed it above – your challenges add up from month to month until you get to 10.)

Challenge Rewards:
Complete any 10 challenges, and you will receive a brand new designer collab!
Each month we will offer a brand new GingerBread Ladies collab as a reward for completing the GS challenges.

Complete any 10 challenges, during the month of April 2020, and receive this collab for FREE!!

Bloom & Grow: A collaboration from our GingerScraps designers
By Designers: JB Studios, LouCee Creations, Miss Fish Templates, Aimee Harrison

  • 2 Alphas {Uppercase, Lowercase, Numbers & Punctuation}
  • 50 Papers
  • 85 Elements

Come back tomorrow for the a spotlight two of the challenges you can choose from.

Fresh Baked: April 03, 2020

Well, Spring has sprung. Well… mostly. We actually had frost on our windows on Thursday morning, but I think we’re past any chance of really cold weather. This was probably the mildest winter since we moved to North Carolina 20 years ago.

It’s the beginning of April, so you know that means a new Free with Purchase. Get this full kit as a bonus when you spend $10 in the store.

~~Signs of Spring~~

Don’t forget to grab the Survivor Mega Collab. Even if you aren’t playing, this bundle has so many great things in it.

Now let’s get a look at all the new releases.

Remember if you complete 10 challenges, you get this amazing kit!

Fresh Baked: April 1, 2020 & NEW Free With Purchase, Monthly Mix and More

Welcome to April!!! It’s time for Easter and April Showers and a little April Fools (No Joke). More on that below.

Our designers have hit it out of the park with this month’s buffet colors. I’m so in love with these kits.

Let’s see what we have in the new April 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!

The designers really ran with the colors this month and many of their themes will mix. Scroll down to the end of they newsletter to see some inspiring layouts by our creative team, created using the April Buffet items.

Remember when you spend $10 in the store, you get a great new collab! Signs of Spring!

I love the colors in the April Monthly Mix. Perfect for those spring flower pictures.

Remember I promised you a April Fools (No Joke)? Look what Ginger and our designers are doing for April 1 and 2!!!!

It’s time for the new Daily Download. Before I give you the sneak peek, let me show you March’s full kit. It is beautiful and fun.

Now for April’s Sneak Peek:

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.

Remember if you complete 10 challenges (yep – only 10), you get a free kit as a reward! Stay tuned to the blog posts this month for some love and spotlight on some of our challenges.

Let’s Bloom and Grow!

Now, as I promised above, let’s get some gorgeous inspiration from our store creative team using the the beautiful kits from our April buffet.  This is just a sampling. You can see more of them in the gallery.

The CT do a beautiful job! Leave them some love in the gallery if you see something you like!

Fresh Baked: March 27, 2020

Well, we made it through another week. This was my first week working totally from home and let me say – it’s weird. Add that some of my family forget I’m supposed to be working and want to chat. It appears it will be this way for the next 3 weeks for sure.

You only have a few more days to get this great kit when you spend $10 or more in the GS Store. Read, Know, Learn, Go!

You can still grab this mega collab even if you aren’t playing Survivor. So many fun baking elements in this.

Now it’s time for all the great new goodies from our Designers.

Remember if you complete 10 challenges, you get this amazing kit!

It’s time to Bring On Spring!

February Featured Designer Part 1 – Aimee Harrison Designs

So crazy to believe February is more than half over. Have you been collecting the daily downloads from our featured designers this month?

Today I have Part 1 of my Q & A session with our designers. Today we’ll chat with Aimee Harrison Designs.

How long have you been designing?

I have been designing since July 2009.

What made you decide to design?

I had just started scrapbooking digitally, from paper, and decided that I wanted to create my own kits after a few weeks of scrapping. It really spoke to me.

What do you use to create your designs (program, additional tools, etc.)?

I use Adobe Photoshop.

Describe your design workplace.

I have a big desk in my bedroom with a printer/scanner, a second computer and an aquarium for my two frogs next to me.

What motivates and inspires you as a designer?

Telling stories is what motivates me. Color inspires me. History, Geography do too.

What is your favorite kit currently in your GS store and why?

I really love the soft morning colors of my latest kit, I Love Mornings. Morning is my favorite time of day and to me it really inspires me to want to create.

If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Oh, that’s hard, LOL! One thing I absolutely love is my boyfriends steak taco’s. I also love avocado and egg toast. I could eat both of those daily.

What is your favorite game or sport to watch and play?

I love high school and college wrestling. Not WWF. But real, Roman Greco style wrestling. I was the wrestling manager while in high school and the sport still is the most exciting for me to watch.

What did you want to be when you were small?

I wanted to be either and Archaeologist or an artist. I feel that I fulfilled my dreams. I majored in Anthropology in College and spent a lot of time doing Archaeology as well as being a designer!

Aside from necessities, what one thing could you not go a day without?

I cannot go without coffee. I don’t even drink it to stay awake, I drink it for the delicious taste!

Who would you want to play you in a movie of your life?

I think that Winona Rider would be a good fit. Sort of quirky and fun. A bit off balance but in a good way, LOL!

If you had a warning label, what would yours say?

Warning: needs sleep and lots of it

What celebrity would you like to meet at Starbucks for a cup of coffee?

I would meet Jane Goodall. She is one in a million.

Thanks Aimee!!

Make sure to check out her GS Store, her FB Fan Page, and her blog.

Also make sure you are grabbing pieces of this great kit each day. If you have missed any, the full kit will be available in the store in March.

Make sure to stop back in on Saturday for Part 2 and my interview with Tami Miller Designs.

~~January Featured Designers~~

I know – it’s almost the end of January and I’m just now getting this posted. I don’t know about anyone else, but work has been absolutely crazy. I’ve worked enough hours the last two weeks to take a full week off. If only it worked that way.

I had the pleasure to have The Cherry on Top and Key Lime Digi Designs answer my questions. Let’s see what they have to say.

How long have you been designing?

TCOT: I’ve been designing around 5 years.

KLDD: Summer 2013

What made you decide to design?

TCOT: I’ve always loved being creative on all kinds of medium since I was kid. I went from a full time professional to a stay at home to take care of my handicapped sons and I needed some other fun outlet to feel whole.

KLDD: I was on many Creative Teams and Store Team at a large digi site starting beginning around 2007 I think….After a while I picked up enough knowledge and increased my skill set to want to try the next step.

What do you use to create your designs (program, additional tools, etc.)?

TCOT: I use PSE/PS/Procreate/a sketch book.

KLDD: I am still using the out of the box software from right before Adobe moved to subscription. As the saying goes, If it ain’t broke…

Describe your design workplace.

TCOT: Disgustingly neat and tidy. I cannot concentrate in a mess. A glass of wine or tea is as reckless as I get!

KLDD: Organized chaos. I am absolutely terrible at putting away and organizing. I constantly make “digital” post it notes to remind me to do something and then forget about it. I have 3 EHDs that I promise myself will be THE ONE that gets organized. As for my work space, I have from the beginning, and probably will always remain a desktop gal. I can’t do laptop.

What motivates and inspires you as a designer?

TCOT: Absolutely everything! Beauty is everywhere. In a cloud formation. The way the sun reflects on a gently flowing river. The cat napping in just the right position…

KLDD: I love good color harmony, so when I see it on a blouse at a store I will snapshot it or at least make a note of the colors that were in it and run home to make a palette of it.

What is your favorite kit currently in your GS store and why?

TCOT: Awe, man! It’s just cruel to make me choose! My favorite template pack, (I assume you mean our own and not another designers?) would be the Planner series. I really dig those realistic, mock up types of pages, currently.

Link to all of the Planned templates:

KLDD: I Belong to the Sea. When I was making it, I was in my element. I live in a coastal area, actually on an island chain, so I guess while making it was like being home. Bonus factoid: That collection began with the colors in the Little Sailor Boy Tin element. A close second though, has to be Indigo Serenade..I mean you gotta check out the CT Layouts on that one. They make me swoon.

What was your first job?

TCOT: I worked at AARP everyday after school, weekends and summers. I started at 13.

KLDD: Counter girl at a deli…hated it and never did food service again…LOL!

Have you ever met anyone famous?

TCOT: The list is very long. I lived in Florida where many famous people can be found and I also worked as a bartender in a huge, popular club not too far from NYC. I guess the biggest names might be John Cougar, John McEnroe, Dawn Wells, Green Day, The Ramones, Hootie and the Blow Fish…

KLDD: I would say quite a few, especially because they are here to relax. The latest one was Norbert Leo Butz. He played the middle son in Netflix’s Bloodline (filmed here in the Keys) and was in original cast of Wicked. He joined the local guys at a jam one night about 3 years ago. He can sing! It was great to be in a small audience of 15 or so people.

What are you reading right now?

TCOT: I’m a super geek. I usually ready between 3-5 books at one time. Half fiction, the other half…dork material. Currently, on my nightstand and in the John is Outlander (#4), The 4th of July, The Great Cholesterol Myth and Marijuana Horticulture.

KLDD: I have been reading a series on the kindle- The Peridale Cafe Mysteries by Agatha Frost. They are easy to do in small bursts and am awaiting Book 20.

What is your favorite quote?

TCOT: “And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.” Abraham Lincoln

KLDD: “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” Maya Angelou

What is something you want to do in the next year that you’ve never done before?

TCOT: I’d love to stop shouting. Next year, any year…I’ve never gone a day without shouting.

KLDD: Become wealthy..haha.

You have your own latenight talk show, who do you invite as your first guest?

TCOT: Ozzy Osborne! He’s a riot!

KLDD: Jason Momoa (Aquaman) would be a fun personality to kick off with.

If you had to delete all but 3 apps from your smartphone, which ones would you keep?

TCOT: I’d need a phone with apps first…

KLDD: Email, banking and maybe one game.

If you could have someone follow you around all the time, like a personal assistant, what would you have them do?

TCOT: Take the darn dog out every time he wants to go outside!

KLDD: I would not as such, but I would welcome a “collaborator”. Life is a learning opportunity meant for sharing.

Would you rather travel back in time to meet your ancestors or to the future to meet your descendants?

TCOT: Family…I’m an ocean away for a reason…I’d rather just stay right here and deal.

KLDD: BACK-remember the disappointment Marty McFly had seeing his self-centered kids…LOL!

What commercial jingle gets stuck in your head all the time.

TCOT: “When it’s time to relax, we’ve got the beer. Miller Beer! If you’ve got the time, we’ve got the beer.”

KLDD: None, really

If you could turn the ocean into a liquid other than water, which one would you pick?

TCOT: Check out last answer…

KLDD: I would not want to take from the sea creatures, so instead how about a kiddie pool of margaritas, like in The Last Man on Earth.

Such fun answers. Thank you ladies so much!!

Want to stalk them? Here are all the details:

The Cherry on Top: GS Store, Facebook Fan Page, Blog

Key Lime Digi Design: GS Store, Facebook Fan Page, Facebook Group

And make sure to grab the Daily Download. I know it’s late in the month. If you have missed the beginning links, you can always grab the full kit in the store next month.

Thanks for hanging out with me tonight!!

~October Featured Designer – Studio Jx2~

Happy (Northern Hemisphere) Fall!!! It’s finally cooling down where I am and I’m so happy. It was becoming ridiculous.

This month we have a treat. Our featured designer is Studio Jx2, which is a collaboration of the lovely Jennifer (Luv Ewe Designs) and JoyLynn (Blue Heart Scraps). I asked them both the same questions and thought I would do this Q & A session a little differently. Let’s see what they had to say.

How long have you been designing?

Jennifer: 11 years.

JoyLynn: Just over 8 years — holy moly!

What made you decide to design?

Jen: I started making siggies on Cafemom years ago and found out about digi scrapping. I used it in making tags. Then I created some stuff myself to go with the orders of the requester. I designed before I made my first layout actually.

JL: I enjoy being able to share a bit of my personality with others through things I create. It’s like therapy, in a way. When I’m sad or down, my products are darker in color and more reserved in theme — when I’m feeling the smiles or love or celebration, everything’s brighter and bolder.

What led you to decide to design together?

Jen: JoyLynn and I did a collab many moons ago. We loved how our designs meshed well (and so did our CTs) so we decided to take on a separate name just for our collabs. We have done too many to count over the years.

JL: We’ve collaborated on projects together a ton of times over the years, and always enjoyed how our styles blended together. Opening a new store for just our collaborations was a way to showcase them separately, because we LOVE them all!

What do you use to create your designs (program, additional tools, etc.)?

Jen: Photoshop Creative Cloud and starting on Illustrator.

JL: Adobe Photoshop (still using CS5, because it’s not broken and I’m too lazy to figure out a newer version, lol), Illustrator, Wacom Tablet.

Describe your design workplace.

Jen: My area is a table given to me by my grandma. She used it when she did her homework. There are still ink stains on it that give it character. And my desktops sits on that. Not really fancy.

JL: Lately, I’ve been horrible, and worked a LOT in my bed, lol! I have a wooden lap table that holds my laptop, a huge tile that holds my mouse and tablet, and then the rest of my garbage (pencils and paper for 4839248302483209 To Do lists each week, drink, remotes, everything else) is scattered on the bed or on a side table. It’s been too hot for my craft table in the garage (thank you 100 degrees in October!), the kids take up too much room on the kitchen table, and I haven’t replaced the desk table I got rid of over the summer. It’s…an adventure, lol.

What motivates and inspires you as a designer?

Jen: Many things. Might be a picture and I love the colors in it. It might be a song I have stuck in my head. You just never know.

JL: Enjoying the process, seeing all of the beautiful creations people make with our products. It’s very humbling to be a part of how they choose to remember their lives.

What is your favorite kit currently in your GS store and why?

Jen: Be Balanced. I love the colors and we all need to be more balanced in our lives. We are all so crazy, busy and need to slow down.

JL: Though I honestly love all of our collabs, my current favorite may be the Be (Im)Perfect Kit. The colors are gorgeous, I LOVE the idea behind it that nothing is perfect, but we can still find beauty in the imperfections

What was your first job?

Jen: Sonic Carhop

JL: Cashier at FoodWorld

Have you ever met anyone famous?

Jen: I did get to meet the Pioneer Woman’s boys when I was at her restaurant.

JL: We’ve had a few college/professional football players from our small town area…but that’s about it. Boring, I know.

What are you reading right now?

Jen: Well I am not much of a reader, so nothing at this time.

JL: Hallowed by Cynthia Hand (the 2nd book in the Unearthly series)

What is your favorite quote?

Jen: You can do anything, but not everything.

JL: Even after all this time, the sun never says to the earth “You owe me.” Look what happens with a love like that. It lights the whole sky. ~ Hafiz

What is something you want to do in the next year that you’ve never done before?

Jen: Hope to go to NYC next year for the Thanksgiving Day parade. Have wanted to go for years.

JL: Actually KEEP a New Year Resolution? lol

You have your own latenight talk show, who do you invite as your first guest?

Jen: Ellen DeGeneres. Absolutely love her. She has a kind heart, is giving and is funny.

JL: P!nk.

If you had to delete all but 3 apps from your smartphone, which ones would you keep?

Jen: Jobulator (my full time job), Facebook and Instagram.

JL: My ereader app (because I try to read a LOT), Photomath (I CAN work out the multi-step Algebra 1 and Algebra 2 homework problems by boys have, but if I can save a little time on homework checks, I’m all about it!), and Facebook — because as draining as social media feels sometimes, it’s the easiest way for my not-always-social self to keep up with those I care about.

If you could have someone follow you around all the time, like a personal assistant, what would you have them do?

Jen: Make lists for me and tried to have them keep me organized.

JL: Talk to people for me?! I’m horrible with my words when it comes to using them verbally (written? I’ve got that down pat!). I get nervous and tongue tied and lose my train of thought.

Would you rather travel back in time to meet your ancestors or to the future to meet your descendants?

Jen: In the past and learn more about my family history.

JL: Future

What commercial jingle gets stuck in your head all the time?

Jen: Like a good neighbor State Farm is there. Not sure why lol.

JL: I try to avoid commercials like the plague — that’s what DVR and the fast forward button is for 😉

If you could turn the ocean into a liquid other than water, which one would you pick?

Jen: Dr. Pepper…yummy.

JL: Sweet Tea. 😉

Thank you ladies so much for “chatting” with me.

Make sure to check out their GingerScraps Store for their beautiful kits. They each also have a Facebook Group and there is always fun things going on there.

Jennifer – Luv Ewe Designs Fan Group –

JoyLynn – Blue Heart Scraps Fan Group –

Have you been grabbing the Daily Download? I love the sentiment of this:

Have a great rest of the month!!

~August Feature Designer – Magical Scraps Galore~

Hey there everyone. Just popping in here to talk about our August Feature Designer. This month we are focusing on Marina of Magical Scraps Galore. She was awesome about answering the questions I had for her. Let’s see what she had to say.

How long have you been designing?

I started designing in 2011, so it’s been 8 years now.

What made you decide to design?

I started to make my own digital papers and embellishments for scrapping our second trip to Disney World, which of course were very basic. I had so much fun that I decided that I wanted to learn more about digital scrapbook designing, so I spent hours and hours reading and watching Photoshop tutorials. Then I took park in the design challenges hosted by MouseScrappers, and after that I opened my first shop in 2013.

What do you use to create your designs (program, additional tools, etc.)?

I use Photoshop, Illustrator, and ArtRage.

Describe your design workplace.

I design in my studio at home, with my two cats sleeping by my computer or on my lap.

What motivates and inspires you as a designer?

My main motivation and inspiration are my kids and my trips around the world.

What is your favorite kit currently in your GS store and why?

Mmmm this is a tough one … I have several kits that I love, especially my travel collection, but one of my favorite kits is Destinations: Road Trip. I love the colors and the retro feel.

What was your first job?

My first job was as a proofreader for a consulting firm.

Have you ever met anyone famous?

Yes, I met Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy in the Harry Potter films)

What are you reading right now?

I’m currently reading Book 2 of the Game of Thrones series (A Song of Ice and Fire)

What is your favorite quote?

Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass. It’s about learning how to dance in the rain.

What is something you want to do in the next year that you’ve never done before?

Next year I’m celebrating both my 50th birthday and 20th wedding anniversary with a roadtrip from Mt Rushmore to Las Vegas, making stops in many Utah and Arizona National Parks.

You have your own latenight talk show, who do you invite as your first guest?

Jason Momoa

If you had to delete all but 3 apps from your smartphone, which ones would you keep?

I’d keep Spotify, Instagram, and my running app.

If you could have someone follow you around all the time, like a personal assistant, what would you have them do?

I’d have them cook!

Would you rather travel back in time to meet your ancestors or to the future to meet your descendants?

To the future, definitely!

What commercial jingle gets stuck in your head all the time.

I’d say none, I’ve been watching Netflix only lately.

If you could turn the ocean into a liquid other than water, which one would you pick?

Red wine!

Thank you so much Marina!!

Make sure to check our her GingerScraps store, her Facebook Fan Page, her Facebook Group, and her webpage (she has some freebies if you sign up for her newseletter).

She’s having a sale all month to celebrate being our Feature Designer. And make sure you are grabbing the Daily Download as well.

Have a great day!!