Tuesday, 17 July 2018

SAN's FAV SUMMER FONTS


Hello everyone,

For some of you vacation time has already started, here we have to go to school for 1 more week before summer vacation starts. My oldest daughter ends her primary school time. She goes to high school after the holidays. We had a school musical and a big "tropical goodbye party" for her class with all the family members of her classmates.


I am one of the creative mothers who helps making things:  the party-invitation, a gift cheque and a wooden sign for the party.
All such fun things to do and I love making them but you need some nice new fonts doing that right?!
So in my hunt for new fonts I found a whole bunch that I'd love to share with you because they are all FREE!


1. Cake 'n Truffels, 2. Smile of the Ocean, 3. Revilo San, 4. Harmonious Calendar, 5. Moon Tea, 6. Rocket Clouds, 7. Deliciously, 8. Capoon, 9. Southbeach, 10. The Sunset

What's your favorite summer font? I'd love to see it! By all means leave a link in the comments below.

With that I hope you have a great summer and don't forget to enjoy the little things!

Sunday, 15 July 2018

BLOG CHALLENGE JUNE

Hello, hello! Welcome to another blog challenge! This month, we are happy to offer another freebie for you, but before we share the newest template, we need to announce the winner for the June Round Robin Recipe challenge!!! You can take a peek at all the awesome entries HERE.


The lucky winner for this month is Cheryl!!!

Congratulations Cheryl aka CheryInDesigns!!! You have a notification on your TLP account.
All other participants also received their 25% discount coupons via their Lilypad accounts. Please make sure you check your messages everyone and if your coupon didn't come through send an e-mail to pinkreptiledesigns at gmail dot com!

Here's Cheryl's gorgeous page:



For this month, Gaelle created a fabulous template for you to download and scrap with. Your job is to use this template for this month's challenge! Of course you can twist it, shake it and/or turn it around! Use it as is or make it your own! Just click on the image to grab it, it's FREE!

Pink Reptile Blog Challenge


Here's what the talented Pink Ladies did with this awesome template:

by HeidiNicole


by Rikki


by SilentRanks


by Jenn McCabe


by Ferdy


by Chigirl


And now it's your turn to work your template magic! Can't wait to see what you make.



Make sure you use at least 75% of Pink Reptile Design products on your page. Once completed, just upload your page to one or all of your galleries and post a link to your layout in the comments section of this post before the next challenge goes live on August 15th.


ONE favorite page will be chosen as the winner to receive a 10 dollar coupon to the PRD store, but really everyone is a winner, as all other participants receive a 25% discount coupon to the Pink Reptile Designs TLP store. So all the more reason to join in on the fun, right?!

Tuesday, 10 July 2018

FUN WITH FONTS | A PEEK INSIDE THE CHARACTER PANEL


Hello there scrapping friends. I'm back again this month with our new series Fun with Fonts where I'll share some quick tips and tricks for making the most of all those fonts I know you are hoarding! Last month we explored how to work with all those gorgeous glyphs that come with so many of our fonts. I hope you had a chance to play! This time I want to share a few other easy, quick tips to get your fonts to fit your layout better. Sound good?

OK. So ... you download a pretty new font and you start typing your journaling. You really love the look of it and it's just perfect all by itself, but when you look at it with all of the "other stuff" already on your page (such as your title and alphas, other fonts you've used, wordart, or just the overall theme/vibe of what you have created so far), you are left feeling not thrilled with the font after all. Something isn't quite right. Maybe it's the thickness or thinness of the font and the way it plays with the other alphas and fonts already on your page. Maybe it's the height or the spacing between the letters. Whatever it is that isn't working for you ... consider going back into that Photoshop Character Panel that we touched on last month. You can do a lot to alter your fonts even if there are no alternate font choices built in (i.e. Bold, Italic, Condensed, Thin, etc). You can easily change these things your self. Here's an example of what I am talking about.


The journaling on the left is with Explorado Sanserif. I created my page with PRD's Ink Pad alpha for the sub title "Dublin Ireland" so I knew my page was going to have these beautiful stampy, tall letters. I thought the font would go great with it, but when typing out my journaling it did not have the impact I was hoping for. The font felt too short compared to the tall Ink Pad Alpha. So I went into my Character Panel window and played for a bit. The journaling on the right is the exact same font, with just a few minor tweaks made. I think it really plays well with the Ink Pad Alpha now. What do you think?

All I did was increase the font height from 100% to 140%. I changed the tracking to 50 - this gave each character some additional space. This also can be used with negative #s, so setting it to -50 will squeeze those characters together, instead of spacing them out. And then I just adjusted the leading to 24 pt - that is the space between the lines in the paragraph.

Other things you can do are: create a faux bold text. This is great if you are applying styles or making stickers from your fonts and the font does not include an alternate bold font. There's a faux italic option too.

The little "fi" and fancy "o" are pretty cool too! The "fi" is for standard ligatures which means that for certain character combinations, such as f and i, when they are typed next to each other in a word, the 2 separate characters are combined as one character so they connect better when typed. The f and i are very common, hence the reason "fi" is used as the button for this option. This prevents the dot in the "i" from sitting on top of the f's curve at the top. It just gives a more professional and polished look to the type. If the font includes this option, then "fi" will be available to select and you simply click to select it and click again to toggle it off. In the example below, you can see it lowered the first "l" in college a bit.

The fancy "o" is for contextual alternatives. This gives you some alternate characters and allows for better flow or joining of those characters within a word. Again if available for your font, you will be able to toggle it on and off. In my example, all it really did was give the ending "y" and "e" a little loopy curl on the tails. The "st" allows you to do the same thing, just individually as opposed to PS assuming which letters you want contextual alternatives for.

The fancy capital "A" will pull in an alternate letter (usually a capital letter) with a flourish or swash if available (alternate glyphs - like we discussed last month).

And finally the "Aa button with the line over" it will allow you to see alternatives available for the characters if available. See below:


There are quite a few other fun buttons and choices to play with as well, such as strike-through, super/subscript, small caps and all caps. Have fun exploring this versatile panel.

Here's my page with some fancying up of the "Trinity College" title using the options in the Character Panel and making those few small adjustments to the journaling font to better match the Ink Pad Alpha subtitle.


I hope you take the opportunity to play with all these fun options in your character panel to customize your fonts so they better match the look and feel of your layouts! Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, 6 July 2018

NEW: JULY BYOC | JUST LIKE DAD


While I was trying to come up with the perfect gift for my Dad for Father's Day I was thinking of past years and how I went from a 'hand' painting and a handmade clay ashtray [even though he never smoked], to socks, pajamas and aftershave. I realized  the ashtray and the 'hand' painting were still there, kept in a drawer, but the socks and pajamas were not because they didn't have that emotional value.

So...I decided to scrap a little mini album about some of our best father daughter moments and he LOVED it!
 
This is my grandma, great grandma, dad, me and my aunt.

It made me realize once more how important it is to pereserve and share memories! And I also knew what the theme of my next kit would be: It would be all about Dads!

With that in mind I created 4 brand new packs for this month's BYOC that are 20% off through July 8th but of course there's special offers for newsletter subscribers!!! Not a subscriber yet? Click HERE to join the gang!




JUST LIKE DAD | ELEMENTS

A great set of 60 quirky and unique elements in all kind of shapes, sizes, textures and styles [70 in total]. Perfect for scrapping pages of your releationship with your dad, how the kids take after their dad or how they adore him. But the pack is so versatile that it will allow you to scrap about many other topics too!

https://the-lilypad.com/store/Just-Like-Dad-Elements.html


JUST LIKE DAD | PAPERS
A great set of 11 beautiful patterned papers, 11 alternate color combinations and 1 bonus color combination PLUS 10 beautifully textured matching solids. Which makes this a fantastic pack of 32 papers in total!!

PATTERNS & ALTERNATES


JUST LIKE DAD | ALPHA'S
A timeless set of go to alphas; a wrinkled paper one, a plastic pepita patterned one and brads! Mix them or match them either way they are perfect for eye catching titles and cute as tiny monograms.

https://the-lilypad.com/store/Just-Like-Dad-Alpha-s.html


JUST LIKE DAD | TEMPLATES
Rejoice in the little things, give in to whatever tugs at your heart...and off you go!
Let these 4 amazing 12 x 12 templates help you capture all those special dad moments. [Contains  PSD, .TIFF and .PNG files. Shadows are included in all file formats].
https://the-lilypad.com/store/Just-Like-Dad-Templates.html 

 by ellen

by carrie

Wishing you a wonderful weekend and Happy Scrappin'!