Friday, December 31, 2010

Happy New Year!

We have so much to be happy about as we start 2011!  Not only do we have a fabulous new issue of Magazine AND a full (and gorgeous) free digital kit to share, we also have the first issue of our brand new sister publication:  GingerScrapsStreet Magazine.  This new mag puts an emphasis on all that is digital and hybrid.  We hope you will love it!

You will see the work of our darling new dozen staff members between both issues.  We could not be more excited about having all of these talented writers and designers with us.  Here is to an amazing 2011.

Ready for some inspiring reading?

Free Digital Kit by the super talented Jennifer Labre Designs!

Downloads available all month long!  

We wish you the happiest of New Years and look forward to chatting and creating with you all year long!

Thursday, December 30, 2010

More from GCD!

I made a holiday card with the gorgeous GCD papers we received.

I used my tab-maker punch to make the tab and the "noel" sticker and "JOY" chipboard letters are all by Creative Charms. I cut out the ornaments from one of the papers and "hung" them on red floss.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Hello friends! A friend of mine wrote a poem about Christmas which was published in "The International Library of Poetry". I wanted to share this with you all... Let's not forget the true meaning of Christmas. Happy holidays everyone!

Meaning of Christmas

This is the time to celebrate, but no one has patience, no one can wait.
Lines are long, sales-people are tired. We want that gift our loved ones admires.
A doll for Susie. A shirt for Dan. A truck for my husband. for me a mini-van.
My son, he wants a game for the computer. My daughter just wants a boyfriend to suit her. So after work I'm off to the mall with my bottle of Tylenol.
My head is pounding. My feet are sore, but somehow I'll make it to one more store.
The day of Christmas is finally here. I see the ones that I love so dear. I look at my family with hearts aglow. They look back at me and we all know, the meaning of Christmas is not just in giving, but what's in our hearts and how we are living. God gave us a gift, the birth of his son and the love that God has is for everyone.

by Jodye Gottlieb

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Make your own Holiday cards!

This year, I decided to make my own cards rather than buy them and I am going to share with you how you make your very own in no time! Forget about spending $1 per card and make your own!

Here's what I used:
Plain White Envelopes by Staples
Photo paper by Staples
Papers and embellishments
Black pen by Creative MemoriesStraight Trimmer by Creative Memories
Score blade by Creative Memories
Foam dots by Creative Memories
Tape runner by Creative Memories

Using your trimmer, cut a piece of pattern paper to 8-3/4x6-1/2".
Score the pattern paper at 4 1/2".
Attach a 4x6 photo to the front of the card.
Attach the embellishments as shown.

Once you've created the card, scan the card, crop out the background. Print the cards on photo paper and mail them out! This is a quick and easy solution for your Christmas cards and will only cost you about 10 cents per card after you buy your supplies, rather then spending a great deal of money on boring cards.

I love how my card turned out and I hope I inspired you in some way with this class!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Happy Holidays!

We hope everyone is having a wonderful holiday season!  We are going to give the Wednesday Freebie a holiday break for the next two weeks while we all enjoy our family time.  We will be back with new pretties in the New Year.

We wish you a wonderful season!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

A Little Piece of Christmas

This Christmas I wanted to create some decorations to lay across my mantel piece. As I was searching around the Internet, I discovered how to make this cute ornaments. I didn't hang them up. I wanted them to look like ornaments spread across my mantel piece.

Our sponsor this month is G.C.D. Studios. Their Christmas papers were perfect for this project! Thank you so much for sponsoring us this month!

Happy Holidays Everyone!

Friday, December 17, 2010

Sweet fun with GCD

I had such fun working with one of our fabulous December sponsors:  GCD Studios.  My absolute favorite papers had to be the ornaments pair.  I am not normally one to cut items from sheets of paper, but I could not stop myself.  I put these ornaments on EVERYTHING. 

I always like to have a few little sweets on hand that I can grab for those last minute gifts.  I made up several of these little containers of mints.  They took only a few minutes and I love the results!

Supplies:  Paper: GCD Studios, Die Cuts: Jillibean Soup, Alphabet: American Crafts, Bling: Kaisercraft, Marker: Copic.

Thanks, GCD Studios for being our sponsor and for creating such adorable papers.  You inspire me!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Welcome to the Wednesday freebie everyone! We have the last of the little mini kit this week! Called The Taste Of Snow, this was inspired by our December Magazine cover winner Mary B. Giemza. You can see her lovely card here

Today we have the papers for you to complete your kit.

You can get them here using the password snowman.

We hope you enjoy them!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010


I used to think that Christmas is really just for kids - - it's all about toys and candies and gifts. I look at them and see how happy they are when they receive and open their gifts - - you can literally see their eyes widen and well up from too much excitement!!!

My view changed when I got my own kids. Suddenly, I feel that the joy in giving gifts and kisses makes you look forward to Christmas. While I still make sure that they still get their own loot of toys and candies - - I tell them that what's most important is love and family and faith in this season.

I made a layout using papers from Upsy Daisy Designs with that thought in mind and I thought I'd share it with you here:

Supplies: Papers, Brads: Upsy Daisy Designs, Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper, Stickers: Doodlebug Design, Chibpboard: American Crafts, Paint: Pebeo, Specialty Glue, Liquid Pearls: Ranger Industries, Pen: Uni-ball.

Why not create a layout today and share with us what you think of Christmas? I hope I inspired you to play!!!

Have fun creating,

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Wednesday freebie

Welcome to the Wednesday freebie everyone! We have a little mini kit which we are giving out over the next two weeks! Called The Taste Of Snow, this was inspired by our December Magazine cover winner Mary B. Giemza. You can see her lovely card here

Today we have the elements, just a handful along with an alpha...

You can get them here using the password snowman.

Make sure to turn up next week for the matching papers. Enjoy!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Feeling sketchy?

Did you ever use the phrase "hmmm that's a bit sketch" when referring to something being questionable?  I was just reminded of that phrase when I typed in the title of this blog post.  Which kind of relates to the topic at hand - sketches!  Our wonderful road maps to scrapbooking and card making!  The great thing about sketches is that they don't have to be used literally.  You can question the layout of the sketch and adapt it for yourself.

In this month's issue of ScrapStreet, I am featuring the lovely Allison Davis in the Blog Bay article.  If you haven't heard of Allison yet, may I strongly suggest you go check out her blog?  Not only is she extremely talented in the sketch and scrapbooking arena but she is also one of the sweetest people I've met!  We are featuring one of her "sketches of the week" in the article along with some examples from friends and family.  Several are on her fabulous new Creative Team.

So let's chat a bit about sketches.  I know some people don't like using them or just never had a desire to but others appreciate the foundation they can bring when you are in a creative rut.  Sometimes you have some papers and photos that you just don't know what to do with.  Everything you do doesn't look right and you are about ready to toss it all on the floor.  It's at that point I start to look at my favorite sketch sites.  I browse the design teams examples and the creative wheels start to turn.  Sometimes I end up using the sketch and other times I begin using it but what happens is Mo and Jo show up and I come out with something completely different!  Pretty cool I say!

I wanted to share with you the sketch Allison posted on her blog for the Creative Team call:

Used with permission. Source: Allison R. Davis blog

Here is the layout I created based on the sketch:

Supplies: Paper, stickers: Lily Bee Design, Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper, Alphabet: American Crafts, Alphabet Stickers: Doodlebug Designs, Flowers: Prima Marketing, Ribbon: Pink Paislee, Bling: Kaisercraft, Floss: DMC, Pen: Zig Memory Systems, Sketch: Allison Davis, Other: thread, Tools: Punch: Fiskars, Electronic Cutting Machine: Silhouette SD, Other: Sewing machine

It's pretty straight forward and almost an exact interpretation but think of all the possibilities... You could do a single photo layout and use patterned paper where the other two photos were to go.  You could flip the sketch and do 3 landscape oriented photos.  You could do one big photo.  You could even shrink up all the dimensions and have yourself a nice looking layout utilizing lots of negative space.  The options truly are endless!

So what are some of your favorite sketch sites?  And do you even use sketches? I'd love to know!

Until next time.  My next post will be on my birthday and I'm really excited about that!


Thursday, December 2, 2010

Welcome New GingerScrapsStreet Staff!

We are so thrilled to announce the very first staff of our new digital and hybrid collaboration magazine!  We sorted through so many wonderful applications and would like to thank all of you who shared your talents with us.  We will be calling for a super Creative Team later this week!  If you love to play with all things digital, keep an eye out for more details!

We selected 9 fabulous staffers to lead our newest publication.  Please help me welcome:

Julie Ann Shahin
Blog: Julie Ann Shahin 
Jeannie DeGruccio
Maria Snell
Blog: MariaS

Jodi Dolbel
Blog: Jodi's Scraphaven
Sara Frisch

K Andrew 

 Casey Thompson
Sara McCarthy 
Our first issue will hit your inboxes on January 1, 2011.  We can't wait!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Welcome New Street Staff!

We were humbled by the amazing applications we received from so many talented artists.  Thank you all for taking the time to share your work with us!  The decision was difficult, but lots of fun!  We are so thrilled to share the six amazing women who are now part of Magazine's Staff.

Without further ado, congratulations and welcome to:

Robyn Schaub
Blog: Dreaming In Scraps
Christa Paustenbaugh
Blog: The Paustenbaughs
Frances Sylvia
 Sarah Mullanix
Blog: Welcome to my Neighborhood
Liz Qualman
Blog: My Little Sketch Blook
Romy Veul
We cannot wait to share more of their work with you!