Wednesday, 15 April 2015

APRIL BLOG CHALLENGE

Hello fellow scrapping friends! Welcome to the April Blog Challenge! Have you noticed a new trend around here? We've been trying to provide creative scrapping ideas through our Trendwatch and Three Way series and then basing our monthly challenges on those ideas to get you to try new things on your pages. What do you think about this? We'd love to have your feedback, as these challenges are for YOU! We hope to make them fun and something that you look forward to.

In yesterday's Three Way series, Write Me, Maybe?, we took a look at using journaling in creative ways on our pages, so we'll be challenging you to do that for April. But before we get into the details of our new monthly challenge, let's talk about the lucky winner for the March Alpha Challenge. Here's a peek at all the amazing entries watch them in full size in my FB album here.

by diane by johanna by karen
by lorry by pitiscrap by gybogi

This month, Mr. Random picked the lucky and talented Ms. Karen!!!


Congratulations Karen!!! You have a PM on your TLP account.
All other participants also received their 25% discount coupons via either their Lilypad gallery accounts or their FB pages. 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 Karen's beautiful page:

For this month's challenge, we are using this poster, found on AllPosters.com, as our inspiration. Since this is a journaling challenge, I want to get a little personal this month and find out a little something about you that perhaps I didn't know before.  Sound fun?


Your page must answer the question "I Cannot Live Without ... ".

I'd love to see you use one of the ideas from our Three Way | Write Me, Maybe? article utilized, or one of your very own creative uses of journaling on your page, but it is not a requirement. Your only requirement is to tell us what you cannot live without. Here's a recap of the Three Way | Write Me, Maybe? article:

1) journal on vellum (and perhaps place over a great photo)
2) journal in bits and pieces on lots of layers of labels
3) journal with a combination of word/journaling strips and play with mixing and matching fonts calling out special attention to key words

If you need some additional inspiration, below are loads of fresh ideas from The Pink Ladies. And remember, if journaling is not your fortay, don't be afraid to incorporate quotes or song lyrics to help you get your message across!

Check out these amazing pages, which are sure to inspire you, by the Pink Ladies:

By Shivani
Guest Pink Lady Shivani says she "cannot live without these every day moments at home!" How adorable are those smiles she gets to enjoy everyday!? I love how she used the vellum over the large photo as a place to tuck in her journaling in the form of a Word Art Quote. She also put her own heart felt journaling on the grid vellum. So gorgeous!!!

By Ellen
I love how Pink Lady Ellen talks about how She Cannot Live Without Aging :) (Specifically how age does not matter. Awesome attitude!) She uses wort art with different fonts as her creative journaling approach. Sometimes premade word art really does convey what you want to say best. So, if you are someone who tends to shy away from journaling, remember you can still express your feelings and get some words on your page this way!

By Iva
Pink Lady Iva creates this masterpiece in black and white while sharing her love for her camera as her object that She Cannot Live Without. I absolutely adore all the different fonts that are on this page with the word art and journaling. Do you see how special words stand out here? So SO amazing!

By Natascha
Pink Lady Natascha uses her love of travel and visiting different places as her Cannot Live Without inspiration. Natascha created such a fun page with the C THRU map vellum and all those labels and tags to place her journaling on! So darn creative! The outlined alpha title in the different colors is pretty cool too!

By Manuela
Pink Lady Manuela created a gorgeous page showcasing the things she cannot live without: tea and knitting socks! Sounds like a lovely combination to me! I love the collage feel of her page with all those frames overlaying each other. A mix of word art with different fonts and a fun alpha for the title help Manuela get her words down on her page.

By Li Li
Budding artist Pink Lady Lili creates a quirky, artsy, and truly beautiful page expressing her Love for Paints. That photo speaks volume! So awesome! Lili puts words to her page with different fonts and tilts & enlarges each word for emphasis. Love it!!!

Awesome inspiration right??? Now it is your turn!

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 May 15.

FREEBIES
Off course there's always a little something for free under the FB Free Gift Tab at the  and to be found HERE on the blog. :)


ONE random winner will 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?!

Wishing you tons of fun and Happy Scrappin'!

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

THREE WAY | WRITE ME, MAYBE?



Hello Friends! Today's blog post is another edition of our Three Way series, where we show you how to stretch your stash and/or share some creative ways to better use your stash.

This time I want to talk about a subject that is either loved or hated by most of you: journaling. Regardless of how you feel about journaling, there is no denying that words on a scrapbook page help tell the story or express feelings and emotions. They can give details, record history and provide dates. Whether you choose to journal your heart out or simply grab some Word Art and a Title ... words on your pages can actually be fun, creative and work as a design element. This is what we are going to strive for in this edition of our journaling Three Way; using journaling as design elements on our pages! Let's look to some well known paper scrappers for inspiration.

First up is this clean, minimalist page by littlelamm. I was drawn not only to her heartfelt journaling, but the use of her journaling on vellum, something I used to do all the time in my paper scrapping days. But now that I've gone digital, I find I hardly ever use this technique on my pages and that just shouldn't be!
ONE So our first creative use for journaling on our pages is to use a paper scrapping trick, and journal on some vellum. This look is spectacular when the vellum is overlaid on a great photo. If writing does not come easy for you, you could use a favorite quote or lyrics from a song to express your feelings and still achieve this elegant look.

Here's my page with the title and journaling using The Hedgie Font, on the vellum and then placed over the photo, just like in littlelamm's example. I personally adore this look!


Make sure you check out this amazing new vellum pack, C-Thru's nr. 1 in the shop!

Now let's take a look at another paper scrapper, Jill Sprott.  On her beautiful page she creatively uses tons of layers of labels to tell her story. This is such a playful, bold look and what an awesome way to make use of your label stash!
TWO
So our second creative use for journaling is to use lots of labels and write your story in bits & pieces. Your labels could act as speech bubbles or call outs, you could document a "He said, She said" page, or tell the details of a conversation with this technique. So many creative possibilities with this one!

Here is my page with my journaling divided up into the various little labels from different kits.


How perfect is Mirjam's Labels & Tags element pack for this idea?


The last inspiration piece we are going to look at today is by paper scrapper, Sasha Farina. I fell in love with her simple mix of word art strips and playful mix and matching of fonts. What a striking way to include journaling on a page! The splash of color behind the fonts is an extra special little touch that makes the page sing!
THREE
So our final creative way to journal on a page is to use journal strips for part of the story, while mixing and matching fonts to call attention to special words that we want to stand out on our page. Using a brush, paint, or transfer behind those fonts takes it a very simple, but creative step further.

Here's my page using this journaling technique.

I used some fun Pink Reptile Designs fonts for this layout. The text is using The First Case font and the bold subtitles are done with The Hedgie Hog font. The transfer behind my bold subtitles is from the Seriously? | Elements kit.

http://the-lilypad.com/store/The-First-and-Second-Case-Fonts.html
http://the-lilypad.com/store/The-Hedgie-Hog.html
http://the-lilypad.com/store/Seriously-Elements.html

So what do you think? Are you ready to try using journaling as design elements on your pages? I know I am going to be more aware of how I put my words on my pages.

Tuesday, 7 April 2015

PINK LADY SPOTLIGHT | ANNE

Name: AnneOfAlamo

Country: United States (New Mexico and yes it is a state) in the middle of a desert, high up in the mountains!

Favourite colour: RED and Turquoise cause I love them together!!

Favourite food: Oh I love starch! Donuts yum, bread, muffins, tortillas...oh I gained weight writing that!

Describe you in one word: Insane- I thrive in chaos!

1. How and when did you start digital scrapbooking?
We adopted a 4 year old in 2001, and he had zero photos before we brought him into our heart and home. I was insane taking pictures, printing and filling photo albums.  I started making digital pages with power point! Oh flat rectangle pages, hilarious to look on now, but they are printed and still loved.

2. How and when did you end up in a CT/ CT’s?
I was a freebie grabber, and there was a new designer contest going on in 2008.  These ladies would all make kits and give them away.  Full kits!!! I loved it, had so much fun.  Charlie Scraps (she is a butt kicking awesome pro photographer now), won the contest, and she needed a team.  I applied, and then went insane on CTs. I was on over 20 teams at one time! Yeah, insanity is a good ONE word to describe me!

3. How long have you been on my CT?
Mirjam, who I love as a person so much.  I watched her at her old store, and one of my friends sold there (Studio 68) and I would be up all night chatting and mentioned how I would love to be on Pink Reptile Designs team.  The next day, I got an email.  I squealed so loud! I think that was 2010 or so? I took a hiatus in 2012, when we adopted 3 more kids....INSANE much? But when she began guesting at the Lily Pad (in 2013), I came with her, fired up to have her be a permanent designer!

4. What software do you use? What type of camera?
My oldest son got me CS5 a few years ago! I am addicted to Puppet Warp! I can play with shadows for hours.  I have a Canon P&S that I carry with me everywhere.  I just got a new to me Big Girl Canon, the mighty 450D Rebel, and I am teaching myself and pushing myself to learn the RAW camera!

5. How would you describe your style?
My style?? Eeeeeeeeeeeek, I love a mess, it is true, but I think story teller could describe me, if I use journaling, or the title, or even elements to help tell the story.  I take millions of pictures and print lots of books, so the story gets read again and again.

6. What is your favourite scrapbooking item, something you turn too again and again?
Alphas! Oh my, I like to mix and match them always.  I adore starting a page with a humongous title and work around that! Paint it, twist and warp and enjoy expanding the page from the Word.

http://the-lilypad.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=87726&title=blow&cat=500%22%20http://the-lilypad.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=87726&title=blow&cat=500
blow
 
7. What is your favourite Pink Reptile product and why?
Noted!!! The brilliant red and black alphas (in her Noted kit) are always popping up on my page! Then there are these two alphas she has that go together like peanut butter and jelly: Wicked, (it is a sketch type alpha-sold separately) and you lay the I believe in Miracles (is also in the kit) alpha on top...oh the effect is beyond remarkable!! I am serious, you have to try it!

http://the-lilypad.com/store/Noted.html
http://the-lilypad.com/store/Wicked-Alpha.html
http://the-lilypad.com/store/I-Believe-in-Miracles.html

the Boy's got very LONG legs -never ending

8. Just for fun… tell us all about a quirky habit of yours!
My life is quirky.  A habit, hmmmmmmmmmmm something I do all the time? Oh I love to clean house! I do, it is like therapy to me...so I am a flylady by habit! I clean out drawers, scrub floors on a ritual habit.

http://the-lilypad.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=87719&title=pure-joy&cat=517
pure joy

9. Name 5 things that you can touch RIGHT NOW from where you are sitting, no cheating!
Headphones, Check from my mom for our anniversary! (woot), Camera, Sharpies (lots of them) and my checkbook! I could grab more, cause my desk is a mess most of the time.

10. Silliest thing you have ever done…
Silliest thing? Oh this is one I love, I am very very pale person.  When I go to a coffee place or anywhere you order food, I like  to make up obscure names for pick up.  My favorite is AfriKa with a K.  I always say that too, with a K! It is hilarious to see them write it down, and then call me !
I also put on fake eyelashes once...hilarious:

http://the-lilypad.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=87713&title=fake-lashes&cat=545
fake lashes

Then there was the time I put Jordan's underwear on my head!

http://the-lilypad.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=87729&title=silly-right-here-right-now-today&cat=544
silly right here right now today

11. Can you give us a tip on digital scrapbooking?
Friends never let friends fonts float!   I am dead serious....your journaling, unless it is alphas and you are going all artsy fartsy....get the stuff to lay in your page...blend it or what not, but I beg of you do not shadow your fonts!

http://the-lilypad.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=87739&title=listen-one-little-word&cat=545
example page : listen - one little word

AND PRINT YOUR PAGES!! Please, typed in caps, but meant with love!
I was going thru the Pink Reptile Gallery, and so many memories came flooding back, not just my pages but others in there. Watching your stories unfold are amazing, and having them surrounded by Mirjam's (our Pink Reptile Designer), makes them like family!

*****

Thank you Anne, for sharing your pages and your lovable personality with us. Just like you, your pages are full of family, laughter and so many fun stories ... and whenever I look at your pages your stories always jump out at me and then draw me in for a closer look. It is truly amazing. You infuse fun, silliness and love into all your pages! I cannot believe that at one time you were on over 20 Creative Teams, that is mad love for digital scrapbooking! Love your tips for using fonts on digital pages and your ideas for using and mixing alphas. I know a lot of scrappers who shy away from using alphas, but they can add so much magic to a page! I have to say though, I am a tad jealous that your quirky habit is that you love cleaning house! Any tips on how to get that habit to rub off on me? LOL
Again, thanks for sharing a little bit of you with us Anne!

Friday, 3 April 2015

APRIL BYOC | ACCIDENT PRONE

Whoa...another new month and that means time for a new BYOC at the Lily Pad!

I just love April and Spring. It is rejuvenation and getting out and about. All of us that have been in doors with "Cabin Fever" over what seems to be a really long winter come out to enjoy the sunshine and the warming temperatures. The adults are getting ready to garden and the children are getting on their bikes and are happy to be outside playing. With that being said, more than likely there will be a few scraped knees, and I have the perfect 3 packs to document those little "boo-boos" for you. [Hopefully they are only little scrapes and nothing serious].

All my April BYOC products can be purchased individually at 20% off through Sunday April 5, 2015 but if you are a Newsletter Subscriber you get exclusive access to the Accident Prone bundle that is an amazing 50% off!

Now without further delay, here are the details:

ACCIDENT PRONE| ELEMENTS
A playful, fun and super pack of elements perfect for scrapping about all your little mishaps! Included are 61 unique elements [77 in total] in a wide variety of shapes, styles and textures!

https://the-lilypad.com/store/Accident-Prone-Elements.html
ACCIDENT PRONE | PAPERS
A gorgeous set of 9 all purpose, patterned papers with all sorts of fun timeless designs plus 5 beautifully textured, matching solids.

https://the-lilypad.com/store/Accident-Prone-Papers-prd_AccidentProne_pp.html

ACCIDENT PRONE | ALPHA
The perfect coordinating alpha for the elements and papers and for all of your layouts. In addition to the alpha there are 3 hand drawn doodled arrows to accent your pages.

https://the-lilypad.com/store/Accident-Prone-Alpha.html
https://the-lilypad.com/store/Pink-Reptile-Designs/
INSPIRATION
Here is some inspiration from our Pink Ladies, guests and Polly's on their minor "boo-boos".


by anne
by géraldine
by san by susanne

by anja
by ellen by cynthia
by judith by manuela by carrie
by helen
by audrey
by celeste by li li
by shivani
by elina

Please post your pages with Accident Prone products to the Pink Reptile Gallery! I´d love to see what you make and your page might just be picked for the next Pretty Pages post here on the blog!

Have a wonderful Holiday weekend to all those that celebrate Passover & Easter, and as always Happy Scrapping!