Friday, November 20, 2020

Steam Punk Digital Scrapbooking Templates, Gorgeous Page Layouts, A New Shop and a Free Sample

Welcome to The Cherry on Top.

I've been feverishly getting products into our new shop, Kreative Design Studio at Design Bundles.  If the name sounds familiar, it is the same one we've been using at ETSY.  I am trying not to confuse anyone.  Hehehe...As if?!  I'll explain much more about our new endeavor, but first I've got to show off these really unique templates AND the amazing pages from my ladies.  Brace yourselves!  The pages are jaw dropping.

Creative Member Caro asked if I'd consider designing steam punk templates.  My first thought was, COOL!  Then after the idea sank into the grey matter, I already started doubting that this would be a "popular" idea.  In good ole Cherry fashion, I then thought, "Fig it!"  Let's do it!  Hehehe...I hesitated putting the preview in the CT's group and the first reaction was a bit skeptical and there was a light amount of enthusiasm.  Then the pages started coming in.  Some ladies didn't even know what steam punk was, but were intrigued.  More pages and the fire was lit!  I got a lot of pages and not just pages, gorgeous, jaw dropping pages that totally blew my mind.  Ok!  Ok!  We'll get started with the pages and then you can check out our new shop and grab that new Commercial Use freebie.

When I have to get my previews together, I usually chose a few that show off the strongest appeal to most of our fans.  This was so hard to do this time.  You'll see just what I mean and if ya don't know what Steam Punk is, you will when you're finished going through the blog.

Steam Punk has a very heavy, industrial feel.  Often metals are incorporated with an even Industrial Revolution time period vibe.  It's modern and it's vintage.  It's incredibly innovative and creative, like our templates.

Designs from CryztalRain 

Often, a darker palette dominates a Steam Punk image as you'll see, but don't let that stop you from going lighter. 

Rosie's Designs was the choice designer from my gals.

Below, the template was slightly repositioned and looks super.

More from Rosie.

Check out all of the delicious texture on the hat!

Goodies from Meagan's Creations at Sweet Shoppe.

Heartstrings Scrap Art also has awesome Steam Punk inspired kits with a bit lighter touch.

Goodies from a mix including Paula Kesserling.

Just look at how incredibly artistic you can go!

Goodies from The Lily Pad.

Here's more of a bright whimsical side.  Stunning!

Heart Strings Scrap Art

Steam Punk is great if you also like vintage.

More from Rosie.

Key Lime Digi Design, again.   Sandy put her kit on sale for you at only $4!!!

Designs from Theresa Banks.

Goodies from Laura Burger.

Caro cracked me up with this one.  Can you find the template?!  Come on...Keep looking...Santa's glasses!  BUAH!  Still worth showing off, right?!

More from Rosie.

Dee's Designs

Another mix.

Just to show you more from Heart Strings Scrap Art and the brighter side of Steam Punk here's a page I did with our EZ2Luv templates.  Don't be turned off by the dark side of Steam Punk.  There's a whimsical really fun appeal, too.

I skipped last week's blog so I could focus on getting more products in the new shop and I'm trying to come up with a more efficient system of getting products in both shops without being too repetitive.  So, I took last week's templates, Crafty Cuttables and...

LLiela Designs

Goodies from GingerScraps Mini Challenge.

JoCee Designs found at Sweet Shoppe.

Ilonka Designs

...merged a couple of layers and designed some cuttables for traditional scrappers.  They can also be used to make pretty papers and they are Commercial Use, too.  Everything in the Design Bundles shop is Commercial Use. Just look back at the pages the ladies designed.  Jarmila's page, directly above.  Isn't that a gorgeous paper?!  The lighting, the texture...It makes a great paper template and I certainly will be adding pretty papers in the Design Bundles shop designed from our templates.  Remember, when you purchase from GingerScraps those products are for Personal Use only.  I'd check both shops in case you prefer the way I use one product over another.

I love making mock ups!  You've seen plenty over the years, right here on the blog.  They are used to display products in a more creative way than the typical previews you see in the digital scrapbooking realm.  Keep scrolling to see what I mean.

Remember these?

I used them to show off freebies and products.

It's a much more appealing manner of product display.

I also use mock ups to show off my own products and I've got a huge list of ideas.  If you'd like mock ups to show off something specific, give me a shout and I'll add it to my list.  You can expect crafty mock ups very soon.

I designed this mock up with someone else's mock up.  Hehehe...I just added the frame and the photo and adjusted the colors of the room a bit.  That's my painting from the Flamazing Collection.  Most of my portion of Flamazing can be found in the new shop and used for Commercial Use.  If you do visit the shop, you can get a glimpse of something to come, but shh....don't tell anyone!

Also new in the shop and I'm so excited about this pack of textured papers.  They are not only layered templates, but I've also included a folder full of each layer in png format.  So if you are a designer who loves to add a lot of texture to your papers, then you'll love this set.  I've only just begun to learn how to use brushes and OMG has it opened up a new world for me.  I'm addicted to making papers!

Get a folder started of textures like these and keep them close at hand to design awesome texture rich papers in a few clicks!

I've got one free sample for you, using the templates.  It is not a layered version.

If you are not familiar with Design Bundles, I invite you to go and take a look around.  It's ideal for crafters and I've been shopping there for quite awhile before I started my shop there.  I also shared free stuff from Design Bundles, which you can also check out a little further down.  You know I love my freebies and will certainly be sharing more of them, right here.

This is so super cute and there is a lot more like it!  So many fun gift ideas!

At the moment, these lovely illustrations are free.  Grab them while you can get them for free!

If you are all about the free stuff, scroll through the blog.  It's FULL OF FREEBIES!

If you are like me and only buy when something is ridiculously on sale, my shop at Design Bundles has nearly a dozen items that are around $2!  I'd so love it if you started following me there and hearted our products.  It helps me BIG time and I certainly would appreciate it.

Thanks so much for all of your support.  I certainly hope we inspire you and brighten your day.

Get ready for next week!  It's going to be HUGE!!!  I'll have 2 amazing giveaways in our group and more fabulous freebies.  If ya love The Cherry, get on our mailing list so you can keep up with all of our action. We'd love to have you join us in the group, too.

Happy scrapping!


Saturday, November 7, 2020

Adorable New Scrapbooking Templates, Layout Love and a Free, Adorable Printable Card

Hello, Happy Scrappers and welcome to The Cherry On Top.

In our usual fashion we've got plenty of layout love, tips, tutorials and a new freebie for you hybrid hipsters.  

Today's new templates are really a joy to work with.  I just couldn't help myself and my team totally knocked me out with their pages.  You're going to love them and the coordinating, free card, too.

My little fox is just the cutest.  There is so much you can do with her.  Keep scrolling to see what we do with her and the other templates.

I love how Caro used a Christmas theme with the templates.  A super idea!

What a great quote and another page off theme.  Always, always, always look outside of the theme when it comes to kits and templates and your stash will go a lot further.

This page blends so well and really looks awesome!

Lou Cee Creations

Don't be afraid to use patterns.

Loue Cet Creations

Made By Keuntje

Have some artistic fun and never feel like you always have to use a photograph.


Look how creative Esther was!

Paula Kesserling



In Theresa's page, the fox is just a touch understated by using similar colors, which makes the photos stand out.

Heart Made Scrapbook

I went off theme, too!  The kit was about sunsets, but the colors went great with my neighbors gorgeous flowers.

You can also use our templates to design cards, bookmarks...So easy!  The hard part is all done.  You have to just clip in your pretty papers, adorn and size it just the way ya want.

Check out how we designed our card.

Delete the photos if you're not going to use them.  I didn't want a cluster in the middle so I ditched my ellies.  Don't ditch them if you need their juxstapositioning or the shadows.

I added these fun dots and ready made cluster from my Commercial Use stash...

Then I turned the black facial features to brown by using the color picker and sucking up the colors from my cluster so it matches perfectly.

You can see I moved my cluster, duplicated it and placed it as shown.

Add and or customize a shadow if you like to your cluster (s).

We're going to customize the facial features more. You can duplicate our background layer...

and color it how you want your outline to be...I used the color picker and paint bucket, again.

Make sure you clear the layer style of the layers on top after duplicating them.  The eyes, nose and mouth.

You'll need to simplify those bottom layers...That way the stroke you added to them will "stay" when you clip in the gold paper you created for the outline.  You could also choose to just color the stroke with the picker, but they you lose any texture or sparkle you might want to add.

Then slide that background you duplicated over that layer...

and clip it in for a sweet outline just the color you want.  You could add texture or a paper from your stash.

I did the color picker and duplicated the background again for the paper for the cheeks.  No texture needed there.

That's it!

Add any journaling you'd like and maybe some shadowing.

Click here for the download.

If you are like me and never buy without a sale or great deal, then look no further than our Buffets at GingerScraps.  Every month we put a pack of templates in the shop for just $2 and leave it $2 all month long.  Don't forget $2 Tuesdays as well.

Danica scrapped up her fur baby with a kit also from the buffet.

Just Because Studio

I either leave you with the designer name or shop where you can buy the kit shown on the page.  If you ever need more information, leave us a comment, message or pop over to the group and ask there.  We are always happy to help you find what you are looking for.

Pretty Patterns can go so far.  Take a look at Felicity's page.  She totally blended her background and I think it looks stunning.


Jenn is such a super scrapper and look at her gorgeous daughter! I am SO digging Lou's new goodies.  Look how refreshing and bright they are.  I was looking at Pinterest's colors for winter and was like, meh. This is more my style and certainly what we all could use in these darker times.

LouCee Creations

I'm loving Roxana's cluster and her background.  It's nothing like Felicity's and equally as awesome.  Looks like she ditched the shadows which is yet another way to use the templates.  Now, it looks like one sheet of paper instead of pieces.

Blue Heart Scraps

Just look at all of these patterns!

Magical Scraps Galore

Theresa did such a bang up job on her page.  Matching the picture perfect with all of those fab goodies.

Connie Prince

Heart Made Scrapbook

Heart Made Scrapbook

Made By Keuntje

Xuxper Designs

Cindy always knocks it out of the park with her pages and designs.


A huge shout out of thanks to all of you who grabbed our Kooky Spooky templates.

I used them for my page, below.  No Halloween required!

You've only got over a month to finish your yearbook and get all of this for FREE.  Ya get winter for free.  Find it in the album in our group.  Scrap three pages, tag me and I'll send you the links for spring and so on.  We've got quite a few ladies that are nearly finished with their Yearbooks.  Yay!

If you are ever feeling lost, get to our group and ask away.  You might be surprised at how helpful me and my fans are.  They are just amazing and we love to help.  So don't hesitate.

We've got ya all set!  Free goodies galore, new templates and inspiration.  I'm thrilled you gave us some of your time to check out the blog.  We'd love to see you in the GingerScraps forum and in the group.  Check out the side bar for all of our hang outs.

Happy scrapping!

Steam Punk Digital Scrapbooking Templates, Gorgeous Page Layouts, A New Shop and a Free Sample

Welcome to The Cherry on Top. I've been feverishly getting products into our new shop, Kreative Design Studio at Design Bundles.  If the...