Sunday, 15 December 2019

BLOG CHALLENGE DECEMBER

Hello everyone! Karen here.
Welcome to the December blog challenge! Before we take alook at this month's challenge let's have a look at the winner of the challenge from November, lovely Rikki's Fabulous template - loved the circles. If you want to have a look at all the awesome entries, you can find them HERE.

The lucky winner for this month is Patsy!!!

Congratulations Patsy aka Flowersgirl!!! 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 Barbara's wonderful page:

Because this is the busiest time of the year, I'm keeping this month's challenge simple.

It's all about the Alpha's!!

Just use any of Pink Reptile Designs Alphas on your page somewhere - make it big and bold or throw it in your journalling, the more the better! You can make it seasonal or something completely different - it's all good!

This is what the awesome Pink Ladies made with it:

page by gaëlle
page by marilyn
page by stefanie
page by cindy
page by carrie
page by mirjam
page by karen [mine]
And for even more inspiration check out my blog post about it HERE.

Now it's your turn to create! We 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 January 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?!

Wishing you tons of fun and Happy Scrappin'!

Tuesday, 10 December 2019

INSPIRATION | SCATTER SAVVY

As usual today's inspiration blog post is brought to you by Pinterest! I can't get enough of the inspirational paper layouts I see on Pinterest and want to TRY ALL THE THINGS!

But I'll just stick to one for now! Today I thought I'd share some paper pages that caught my eye. They all use scatters ... or tiny elements ... in beautiful ways. So often I use a scatter of beads or sequins as a final touch on my pages. But these scrappers have me considering changing my ways.

This first page, by Stefanie Ried, uses a scattering of paper hearts to fill the entire white space of her page design. It has such a pretty soft look to it and the pastel, ombre colors are so beautiful. Love the variation of heart sizes too! So neat!

This next page, by Bea Valint, goes way beyond the "scatters as a finishing touch" idea! The sweet little scattering of bright paper flowers is a big part of the design composition and takes the page from pretty to WOW! I love this page so much and really want to try this idea very soon!

The last example for today is this page by SteffiandAnni, and it is just so sweet and feminine that I had to try it out. I love the way the scatters frame the photo and journaling. This look is so easy to pull off too. Just add your photo to the center of the page and grab some tiny scatterings of things - paper, dimensional, stamps (it all works!) and frame the photo with your tiny embellishments.
That's it!

If you have puppet warp - it's under the Edit menu in Photoshop - you can easily take a pre made scatter and move the individual pieces around to where you want them. I did this with the hearts and it made the process so much easier than adding a ton of separate hearts. When working with scatters, Puppet Warp is definitely your friend!

Here's my page with this idea:

What do you think? Tempted to try to work with scatters and tiny embellishments in a new way on one of your future pages soon? If so ... we'd love to see what you make! Thanks for looking and happy scrapping!

Monday, 9 December 2019

NEW: DECEMBER BYOC | MAKE IT HAPPEN

Hello December!!!

Eleven months have passed and we are now in our last month of the year. I don't know about you, but besides all of the fun and festivities of the Holidays, I also use the month of December to reflect. I review all of my accomplishments and goals of the year and check each one off that I have achieved. With doing this at the beginning of December, if there was something specific you wanted to accomplish in 2019 and didn't get a chance, this gives you the whole month to MAKE IT HAPPEN! If the year flew by faster than you expected, no problem... 2020 is just around the corner!

First thing on my goal list for 2020 is finish another Mont Of Challenges. Are you joining us? Then I think these packs will come in mighty handy because they are truly super versatile! As is the FREE set of date labels a little further down this newsletter by the way!

https://the-lilypad.com/forum/threads/moc8-will-you-accept-the-challenge.67532/



The new packs are ALL 20% off through December 8th and of course there's special offers for newsletter subscribers!!! Not a subscriber yet? Click HERE to join the gang!

page by karen
page by stefanie

MAKE IT HAPPEN | ELEMENTS
A great set of 55 unique elements
[81 in total !!!!!!!] in all kind of shapes, sizes, textures and styles. The perfect set for scrapping about goals you want to set and reach. Make it happen!

https://the-lilypad.com/store/Make-It-Happen-Elements.html

page by susanne
page by ellenpage by karen

MAKE IT HAPPEN | PAPERS

A great set of 10 beautiful, trendy patterned papers, 10 alternate color combinations PLUS 11 gorgeously textured matching solids. Which makes this a pack of 31 papers in total.

PATTERNS PLUS ALTERNATES
https://the-lilypad.com/store/Make-It-Happen-Papers.html

page by diane
page by christa

MAKE IT HAPPEN | ALPHA
This timeless fabric alpha includes upper case, lower case, numbers and punctuation. All seperate .png's, 86 characters per color, 11 colors in total. Perfect for some fun mixing and matching titles or eyecatching monograms. Note that the files are larger than usual because of the amount of detail and texture!

https://the-lilypad.com/store/Make-It-Happen-Alpha.html

page by gaëlle
page by cindy
page by ferdy

MAKE IT HAPPEN | 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 tell your stories in an eye catching way.

https://the-lilypad.com/store/Make-It-Happen-Templates.html

page by marilyn
page by marijke
page by barbara  
  And with that I want to wish you a wonderful weekend and Happy Scrappin'!

Tuesday, 3 December 2019

TUTORIAL | HOW TO CREATE YOUR OWN HOLIDAY BOKEH

Sometimes you want to take one of your holiday photos and make it a little more sparkly and festive. You could buy bokeh brushes but it’s really easy to make your own. Let me show you how.


First, open a holiday photo and select the brush tool either with keyboard shortcut B or using the toolbar. I’ll use a hard round brush for sharpness. I ended up selecting about a 200 pixel brush here.


Well, that’s no good! Straight lines aren’t what I need. Let’s try to introduce some randomness.


In the brush settings panel, I’ll click the checkbox on Shape Dynamics and then click in that shaded rectangle which brings up selections specific to that option. Increasing size jitter will vary the size of the dots. Increasing the minimum diameter will ensure the dots stay fairly large which would be realistic for reflecting tree lights. Increasing the roundness jitter a little makes the circles not quite perfect, again for a little more realism.


Now that’s more like it! I opened a new layer above my photo and painted using my brush tool to see how it was looking. I didn’t use one continuous stroke, instead using several for variety. But it still feels a little too perfect…


So I click on Scattering to add more randomness. This brings up another menu with options. I increased the scatter to 800% and the count to 3. The count decides how many additional brush tips will be added to the selection. A larger count would be too busy in this application. Choosing the fade of 10 means that the scattering is gradually reduced based on the number of steps I chose.


Now we’ll work on the opacity of the dots. I could turn the opacity down on the entire layer but that gives no variation in color. So we’ll select the transfer option in the brush panel and that gives us the option of an opacity jitter slider like we used scatter in our last example. Now the color of my dots varies from dark to light in each stroke of my brush.


I’m ready to start brushing now. I used the eyedropper to select the color of the snowflake and clicked several times from the top left to the bottom right. Then, I selected a lighter color and did it again. It’s starting to look like bokeh!


I’ll click on each brush layer in my layers panel and add a Gaussian blur to it. I played around with the radius and decided on 9. You’ll notice that the dots are still a little strong looking. Let’s fix that.


I reduced the opacity on both brush layers so that it looked more realistic. It turned out to be about 60%. We could call it done at this point and scrapbook this photo as is. Or we could go the extra step and add a little more sparkle.


I use my line tool, nested under the rectangle tool, select drawing in pixels instead of in a shape. I choose a small weight of 2 pixels because I want to draw a thin line.


I draw a tiny line and then apply a motion blur to it like so. I want the edges of the line to extend.


Then I duplicate that layer and use the transform tool to rotate it 90 degrees. I merge those two layers together, duplicate THAT layer and rotate it 45 degrees to create a little starburst. Another touch is to slightly reduce the size of one half of the starburst to make it less symmetrical.



To get the little hazy circle around the starburst, I’ll use my elliptical tool to draw a circle around the starburst. Then I’ll add a tiny 1 pixel stroke to create the line. Next, add a Gaussian blur to the stroked circle. That’s perfect! Now I can merge the layers, duplicate it, resize the copies to varying sizes and place them over some of the lights on my photo to create sparkles.


Is there an easy button for this? I searched the custom tools and found a sun shape that is quite similar. There is a tiny circle inside but it works fine when placed over the tree lights on my photo.


Zoomed in and at full opacity these are a little obvious. But that’s an easy fix, just reduce the size and opacity until they are just a nice sparkle over the lights. I also erased a couple of the bokeh dots that were distracting on top of the tree. Here’s my final version with multiple sparkles included. What do you think?

I hope I’ve given you a little trick you can use with your photos this holiday season.

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Stacia