Saturday, 15 June 2019

BLOG CHALLENGE | JUNE

Hi everyone! It's Karen. Welcome to the June blog challenge! First things first, we need to announce the winner for the May Template challenge!!! So many super cool entries using Rikki’s awesome template, love how you have all made it your own!


The lucky winner for this month is Morgyn!!!

Congratulations Morgyn aka Morgyns!!! 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 Morgyn's super cute page:



My children are at the wonderful age of late teen/young adults which is fun as my responsibility is lessening with each day that passes (yay) but it also means they are far less enthusiastic about my taking random photos of them for my scrapbooking.  So I have to turn to my fur baby to fill in the blanks and when I am completely desperate, our emotionally neglected fish…

So this months challenge is an easy one, show me your pets and if you don’t have any pets then I am more than happy with any other animal that impresses you (Sloths and Meerkats will be viewed very favourably by myself!). Zoo visits, Aquariums, Petting zoos, or maybe even your dream pet- there are endless possibilities!

Now it's your turn to create! We can't wait to see your pages!

Here's how the Pink Ladies have shown their love for all things animal -

by Marilyn
June Blog Challenge - All About Animals! (CT Samples needed) Pink-Reptile-Designs-2019-06-June-Blog-Challenge-web

by Marijke
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by KarenW
June Blog Challenge - All About Animals! (CT Samples needed) Fish-water-copy

by Cindy
June Blog Challenge - All About Animals! (CT Samples needed) M2Vgons

by Mirjam


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 July 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, 11 June 2019

INSPIRATION | ONE KIT FOR THE WIN


Hi Guys! I don't know about you - but I have just not had a lot of time to scrap or be creative lately. It's that busy end of the school year time again ... and even though my girl is older, she still needs her mama to be there for her for a lot of stuff, even if just for support. So what do I do when I have the itch to sit down for 30 or 40 minutes and make a page? I vow to scrap with ONE KIT. Yup - I challenge myself to use just one kit/collection and not fuss.

There's a couple of good tricks to help you achieve this. First, find a photo that really matches the kit you are working with. This way you are not tempted to go rummaging through your stash looking for other things.

Second, if you can't find the perfect kit to compliment your photo, consider changing your photo to B&W. Anything goes with a B&W photo! Or you can use filters or actions (or presets if using lightroom) to tweak the colors of your photo so they better match your kit.

Third, try to find a photo where the subject is a good match for the kit theme. It makes it so much easier to use the contents and word art in the kit if it truly fits your photo's theme.

Finally, take one fun piece in the kit - preferably something that really fits the theme or mood of your page ... and run with it. Repeat it, enlarge it, make it stand out as a focal point.

I sat down and in 30 minutes I had my photo, my kit picked out and my page finished! My photo was perfect for the June BYOC colors and the subject of my photo - my daughter and her pug, really complimented the Better Together theme. They really do make a perfect pair. So I took that adorable pear sticker in the kit and just had fun duplicating it and making it the foundation for my page. Here's my 30 minute page:

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So next time you are itching to scrap and feeling like you just have no time, gift yourself 45 minutes and try the One Kit for the Win method. You just might surprise yourself how quickly you can make page come together. If you did that once a week for a month - you'll have 4 pages that you never thought you had time for!

Friday, 7 June 2019

NEW: JUNE BYOC | BETTER TOGETHER

June.... In my part of the world June has already brought some pretty sunny days. Actually we got the garden set out of it's winter sleep in the middle of May.

I love being able to eat diner outside on the patio again. Just the other day we invited friends over, made a variety of snacks and dishes together and had a wonderful time. I bet you agree that things like that just are better when shared together with family and friends.

It's that thought that inspired me to make this brand new collection of products for the June BYOC.

The new packs are ALL 20% off through June 9th but of course there's special offers for newsletter subscribers!!! Not a subscriber yet? Click HERE to join the gang!

Let's have a look at the new stuff!


BETTER TOGETHER | ELEMENTS
A great set of 60 unique elements [72 in total] in all kind of shapes, sizes, textures and styles. The perfect set to help you scrap about your friendships, team efforts, family events etcetera but thanks to its versatility it can easily be used for many other occasions.

  http://the-lilypad.com/store/Better-Together-Elements.html


BETTER TOGETHER | PAPERS
A great set of 10 beautiful, trendy patterned papers, 10 alternate color combinations PLUS 10 gorgeously textured matching solids. Which makes this a pack of 30 papers in total.

PATTERNS & ALTERNATES


https://the-lilypad.com/store/Better-Together-Papers.html


BETTER TOGETHER | ALPHA
This neat eyecatching sticker alpha includes upper case, lower case, numbers and punctuation. All seperate .png's, 86 characters per color, 10 colors in total. Perfect for some eye catching titles or monograms.
https://the-lilypad.com/store/Better-Together-Alpha.html


BETTER TOGETHER | 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/Better-Together-Templates.html


Wishing you a wonderful weekend and Happy Scrappin'!

Tuesday, 4 June 2019

TUTORIAL | FROM THE TOOL CHEST : THE BURN TOOL


I thought it might be informative to focus on a tool in Adobe Photoshop and see what its uses might be for digital scrapbooking. This month, let’s pick the Burn Tool and see what fun we can have with it.

As you might expect, the Burn tool can be used to darken parts of an element, paper or a photo. The Burn tool icon looks like a hand making a circle and it is nested with the Dodge tool and Sponge tool. It can also be accessed by using the O key as a shortcut.

Let’s take a look at the available settings for the tool:

1 - Select a brush, often a soft round brush gives the most subtle effect

2 - Range – Shadows darkens dark areas, Midtones darkens average/middle toned areas, Highlights darkens light areas

3 - Exposure – brush strength, kind of like opacity

4 – Airbrush, so that it will brush continuously

5 – Protect tones prevents pixel clipping


I must stress that using the Burn tool is usually DESTRUCTIVE because you actually paint or brush ON the paper/element/photo instead of on a layer above it. This is the perfect opportunity to make use of that history panel or the undo buttons, but be careful!

Now that we know HOW to use it, WHY would we want to? Let’s talk about a few situations where it might come in handy for your digital scrapbooking.


1. ADD CONTRAST OR VIGNETTE ON A PHOTO
To add contrast only on the edges of this photo, I used a soft round brush size 600, with Midtones and 50% exposure and painted in multiple layers until I got the effect I wanted.


2. CREATING REALISTIC SHADOWS ON WASHI TAPE

Thanks to several mind-blowing tutorials that came out after the washi tape craze started, we know we can make tape look more realistically “stuck down” using the Burn tool in combination with the Dodge tool. There’s a great tutorial https://pinkreptiledesigns.blogspot.com/2016/11/tutorial-realistic-digital-tape.html from Jenn showing how she shadows tape.

For the light colored tape in my example, I put a tiny 1 px drop shadow on my tape layer and then grabbed the Burn tool. I zoomed in and brushed on the very edge of the frame with Midtones using a 25 px soft round brush with exposure at 35% for 2 or 3 passes. Then I switched to a 10 px size for a couple of passes. After that, I’ll repeat the process with the Dodge tool. I always remember the mantra “dodge above and burn below” to remind myself to Dodge ABOVE the tape and BURN on it. This helps with realism.

You can see the differences between the dark tape and the light as well as un-burned versions included for comparison.


GIVE A "CLEAN" ELEMENT A VINTAGE LOOK
The original element is very clean. To achieve the aged look, I used the Burn tool in two ways. Because the element is white, I used the Highlight range to be able to darken it. I used a soft round brush set to about size 50 with exposure at 30% and painted over the edges. Then to further define small areas along the edges, I decreased the brush size, zoomed in and continued painting and pulling in at the corners. To weather the center portion of the element, I switched to Midtones, increased exposure to 45% and a large brush and painted randomly just a few times over the center portions.


INK THE EDGES OF PAPERS AND ELEMENTS
To ink the edges of this flower I used a very small brush size, Highlights range because the flower is light with high exposure and then just zoomed WAY IN and painted the tiny edges.


DARKEN THE EDGE OF A PAPER TPO CREATE A BORDER 


Like so many other tools in Photoshop, holding down the shift key while using the Burn tool will make it go in a straight line so you can have perfectly straight edges. If you wanted to darken the edges of papers for a decorative inked border, this will definitely help shorten the time. On the down side, the lines are almost “too perfect”. In this example, I have over 50 layers of Burn tool with Highlights and a soft brush with really high exposure (to achieve a dark color) going back and forth over each edge while holding down the shift key. I switched to a smaller sized hard round brush for several more passes for a more distinct line. Then to add in a bit of randomness, I stopped using the shift key and deliberately tucked on and off the edge of the page while burning.

If I only wanted to add a darker orange color to my edges I would use the Midtones range instead. That would also be perfect for burning to showcase the lines on a torn/worn/crinkled paper.


ADD DIMENSION TO AN ELEMENT

Using the Burn tool on this worn paper strip, I was able to bring out the weathered touches in it. I used Midtones because the element itself is average in color but kept the opacity between 10 and 15% so that I could build upon the effect in a subtle manner. I also kept the brush soft and fairly small painting over the tiny imperfections and folds to bring out their texture.


SHADOW A PAPERCLIP

First, I assembled the cluster where I wanted everything. I placed the paperclip layer above the other elements deciding which parts would be hidden. Then I went to the pink arrow tab layer and used the Burn tool with a very small 6 px brush, Highlights range and 9% exposure and burned on the very edges of the paper clip where I wanted it to be UNDER the pink tag. Then I dodged on the center line on top of the paper clip. I did the very same steps on the kraft tag, burning the very sides of the paperclip and dodging down the center. Final step is to add a layer mask to the paperclip and brush on it using black to “erase” the portion of the paperclip that will be under the tags.

Of course, these are only a few ways that the Burn tool can be used while scrapbooking. (kits used for examples are Pure & Simple and You Can Do This)


So to recap, choose your Range based on the color of the item you want to burn, start off with fairly low Exposure and then build upon it, and select your type and size of Brush based on the task at hand. Then, save your page before you get started using the Burn tool. If things go awry and you don’t get the effect you’re hoping for, just undo or go back in your History panel to start over.

Tell me… what’s YOUR favorite use for the Burn tool?

Tuesday, 28 May 2019

PRETTY PAGES by JENN


Hello scrapping friends!

Today I have two things to smile about. First, the end of May marks the beginning of summer here in the US! I'm so excited for warm weather and lazy summer days. And second, I'm enjoying this beautiful sunny morning sipping a cup of coffee and peeking at all the pretty pages in the PRD gallery. I found some beauties to share with you.

This page by dotcomkari is a blast from the past. This is an older kit from PRD On Cloud Nine (a collab with Allison Pennington) and it's always been a fave so it was really fun to see it highlighted in the gallery so beautifully. I love whimsical composition and cloud clustering. Very sweet photo too!

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This next page by Dady showcases photos of nature - one of my favorite subjects to capture! I love the trio of photos and the amazing use of both color and realistic shadowing! The composition is lovely too!

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And finally, this page by mary kate is so fun! The travel notebook style page design, pretty colors, retro vibe, priceless family photo all capture the eye ... but the best part of this page has to be the fabulous story telling! This is what scrapbooking is all about - getting those special stories told for future generations! And what a story it is! Love!

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Hope you enjoyed these May gallery picks. Keep sharing your pages in the PRD Gallery ... your page just may be the next page we feature! Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, 21 May 2019

HYBRID | TOOTH BOX


Hi everyone! It's GĂ©raldine with another fun hybrid post. My daughter is turning 8 next Saturday. She is a beautiful young lady with a few teeth missing since she started changing teeth. Such a defining moment in time right? I decided to create a box for her where we can safekeep them.

To make the box I cut a rectangle from cardstock of a cereal package.

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I glued a blue paper (printed from Farm Fresh) to cover one side of my box. It will be the inside.
then I cut the cardboard to the shape of my box.

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Then I folded the box :

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Once that was done I created the cover of my box. I cut a rectangle from the same recycled cereal box cardstock and I covered it with the x-es paper from Pure & Simple.

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Before I glued the cover to my box, I attached two strings to create a way to close the box.

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Then I glued the box to the cover.

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I covered the front of the cover with the same blue paper (from Farm Fresh), and I decorated it with some leaves cut from a Drawn To You paper.

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As a finishing touch I added a star element from Say Cheese | Elements and a little tooth that I handcut from white paper.

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And this is what the finished box looks like.

As always I hope you enjoyed my post and if I inspired you in any way, shape or form then by all means make a photo of your project and upload it to your gallery so you can leave a link in the comment section below! I'd love to see what you made!