Sunday, 15 September 2019

BLOG CHALLENGE | SEPTEMBER

Hello! Karen here!

We are racing towards Spring here in Australia, cannot come quickly enough I think! I have been battling the cold winds to plant in my very empty garden so cannot wait to see it in full bloom - just lots of bare sticks at the moment...

Ok, onto the important stuff! This month I have a Polaroid based template for you to play along with - use as is or split them up and spread them out as you see fit - very excited to see what you all come up with!

How much fun was last month's challenge? Glad to see my car isn't the only one filled to the brim with 'just in case' supplies...
The lucky winner for this month is Patsy!!!

Congratulations Patsy aka Flowersgal!!! 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 Patsy's wonderful page:


I'm getting addicted to making templates now, I love seeing everyone's interpretations! 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 lovely Pink Ladies made with this template:

By Cindy


By Gaƫlle

By Marijke

By Karen
By Marilyn
By Ferdy
by Rikki
by Heidi
Now it's your turn, enjoy! We can't wait to see what you create!


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 October 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 September 2019

LAYOUT INSPIRATION | ASYMMETRICAL BALANCE


Hello scrapping friends! Hope all is well wherever in the world you are! I'm here today to share a little design inspiration with you. I'm always looking for interesting ways to fill my blank canvas and I hope you find some inspiration in today's post too.

While browsing Pinterest the other day, I came across a few pages that really caught my eye but I wasn't sure exactly why at first. And then it came to me. These three layouts had something in common. Asymmetrical balance!

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This first page by Virginia Walker (confessionsofapaperaddict) has an amazing display of florals that span the page on the diagonal - but what really drew me in was the way they were all white on one end and colorful on the other. Even the sizes of each floral display are different, but it works and gorgeously I might add!

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This next page is from iheartstudio.ca. I loved the beautiful painting filling the center square on the diagonal half and then the journaling as the opposite diagonal half. What a powerful design technique and the result is just simply stunning. I know I will definitely be giving this idea a try soon!

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The last page is by Tina Stepanova. Even though everything is off center, including the paper division, the layout is balanced because that lovely large title fills the space as it extends into the left part of the page. It just helps balance everything out in a beautiful soft asymmetrical way.

I only had time to try out one of these design tricks. I was thrilled to see that Mirjam even has a gorgeous template that is perfect to pull off this look! This template is found in the September BYOC collection Coffee O'Clock. All I did was add a paper to the background to achieve the look! Easy Peasy. Here's how my page came out trying this design tip:

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page credits: Coffee O'Clock BYOC Collection by Pink Reptile Designs

Let us know if you give this asymmetrical balanced page design trick a try!

Friday, 6 September 2019

NEW: SEPTEMBER BYOC | COFFEE O'CLOCK

Another month means another BYOC and this one comes at the start of a new season: Autumn.

The color pallete for September's BYOC with it's warm rusts and moss greens along with turquoise blues and shades of brown and red perfectly matches my feelings for this season of coziness. It makes me think of cuddling up on the couch with a good book and a nice cup of coffee, tea or hot cocoa while listening to the wind and rain outside.

It's exactly that thought that made me decide to create a set of products all about... COFFEE. The new packs are ALL 20% off through Septembert 8th and of course there's special offers for newsletter subscribers!!! Not a subscriber yet? Click HERE to join the gang!Grab a cuppa and let's look at the new stuff!





COFFEE O'CLOCK | ELEMENTS
A great set of 60 unique elements [66 in total] in all kind of shapes, sizes, textures and styles. The perfect set for scrapping those special coffee moments. The fun ones, the special ones, the tasty ones, the cozy ones and the ones shared with family and or friends!



COFFEE O'CLOCK | PAPERS
A great set of 10 beautiful, trendy patterned papers, 10 alternate color combinations PLUS 12 gorgeously textured matching solids. Which makes this a pack of 32 papers in total.

PATTERNS & ALTERNATES
https://the-lilypad.com/store/Coffee-O-Clock-Papers.html


COFFEE O'CLOCK | ALPHA
This very realistic felt alpha includes upper case, numbers and punctuation. All seperate .png's, 60 characters per color, 14 colors in total. Perfect for some fun mixing and matching titles or eyecatching monograms.

https://the-lilypad.com/store/Coffee-O-Clock-Alpha.html


COFFEE O'CLOCK | 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/Coffee-O-Clock-Templates.html


Wishing you a wonderful weekend and Happy Scrappin'!

Tuesday, 3 September 2019

TUTORIALS | LIGHT ROOM CLASSIC, SEARCH TOOLS & THE DEVELOP MODULE

In last month’s post about the Library Module in Lightroom Classic, we’ve imported our photos, added keywords and ratings if we chose and deleted any photos we didn’t want to keep. We can scrapbook one of these new photos OR we can search to find another one. Here’s where that filter bar at the top shines! You can sort by text (like in a caption), attribute (like # of stars) and/or multiple choices of metadata (keyword, camera used….) You can use one of them OR all three options to make your search. You can clear the choices by using “none”. Let’s take a look at the different options.

But before we get started, the first step in sorting through your images is determining the size of your search pool. You can limit your search only to your most recent import, to all of your photos or to individual folders all based on your folder tree structure. You’ll just click the appropriate folder or section on the left hand side before using the filter bar at the top.

You can sort your photos by Text. The program will include keywords as text but more importantly it will search through your captions if you’ve added them. In this example, I’ve used “wings” as a sort and I’ve picked up chicken wings, earning flight wings and photos taken at #delandwings. You’ll notice I have photos with stars and ones without. If I wanted to see only photos with star ratings, I would choose both a Text AND Attribute search.

Another sort choice is by Attribute. You can sort by pick/white flag, reject/black flag or the center choice of any flag at all if you utilize flags in your organization structure. The next section to the right will allow you to search for edited photos or non-edited ones. This would allow you to easily check a folder of photos to see if you’ve edited any for scrapping.
My most used attribute sort is by number of stars. I can click the greater than or equal to sign and one star and get all the photos that are one star and above, or click two/three stars and only get my highest rated photos.

Another option is to sort by color. Imagine importing your holiday photos, selecting pics that go together that you’d like to scrap on one page and highlighting them a certain color. You could sort/gather several layouts worth of photos very easily and then when you’ve scrapped them, just remove the color tag. Let’s say you don’t want to keyword your photos extensively, you could just use color tags to identify members of your family.

The far right attribute search is photo type. The options are master photos (your originals), virtual copies and videos. Obviously, this could make finding your video files a snap!

A virtual copy is pretty much what it says, a copy but only of the thumbnail and not the original photo so it doesn’t use double the space. Maybe you have an amazing photo that you’d like to edit in color, a retro preset and black-and-white but you want to see all three easily. You can right click on the photo on the center grid OR in the filmstrip and click Create Virtual Copy. This will create a copy that can stack together with the original image if you choose. You can recognize the copy by the name Copy and the small number (i.e. 2) identifies that copies exist.

Sorting by Metadata is where the magic happens! See that pull-down menu? You can sort by ANY OF THOSE CRITERIA as a main sort. Then, you can add a secondary sort, tertiary etc to really fine-tune your selection.

So I could sort by keyword for my dog, then add a secondary keyword sort for ones that include me as well, then narrow it to photos from December of 2016 which were taken with my “big camera”. Imagine the possibilities! So this is where you can see that the time and effort you put into keywording and rating your photos will pay off when it’s time to scrapbook. Once you’ve identified the photos you want to use, it might be time to tweak them a little in the Develop Module.

In the upper left hand quarter you’ll see the Navigator. Fit, fill, 1:1 etc. are ratios to quickly zoom in closer on the photo selected. Below that you’ll see the develop presets that you have installed. I have several of my favorites designated as such so they are at the top and easier to access. You can scroll down to see all your presets.

A quick fix for many photos is white balance. As with most photo editors, you click the black and white wand and then click on your photo in a space where the color values are very close together like white, black or a medium gray. Then the photo’s color cast will change. Click reset in the lower right if it’s not correct. You can also change the photo’s temperature (cool vs warm tones) below that.

Scroll down the screen to access exposure, contrast, saturation and many more sliders. You’ll also find the Detail section where you can adjust the sharpening slider and see the changes in real time up close.

Curve adjustments are preferred by some as compared to adjusting sliders so those are also accessible along the right side.  

Under the histogram, you’ll see the red-eye correction tool and the spot removal tool along with the crop overlay, radial and gradient filters and the adjustment brush. Crop overlay will come in handy when prepping photos for print or perhaps wall canvasses. We’ll focus on more editing specifics in a later post. 

You might have noticed the copy and paste buttons below the presets section on the left. These come in handy when you have several photos taken at the same time in the same conditions. For example, I have a bunch of photos of the pupster taken in the yard all in a row. So I can select one and spend a few moments tweaking the white balance, exposure, contrast etc until it’s just right. Then, I’ll hit the Copy button.

This selection box appears. I can check as many of these as are appropriate for the situation. I won’t select choices that I don’t want to apply to other photos.

Then, I can select other photos in the filmstrip at the bottom from the same photo session and click paste and my edits will transfer. If I don’t like the edits, I can select reset and the photos will revert to their original state.

I should also mention that you don’t have to use the Develop module in Lightroom Classic if you’re more comfortable editing your photos with Adobe Photoshop tools or photo actions or other photo editors like RadLab or Topaz to name a few.

If I’m not using a new photo on a scrapbook page, I’ll search for one from my collection using multiple keywords, star ratings and date taken. Then, I tend to make a few tweaks for white balance, contrast, saturation etc for pet and everyday photos. For people pictures, I’ll use one of the many Lightroom presets I’ve purchased or I’ll pull them into RadLab for editing.

Now that I’ve shared how I use Lightroom Classic in my digital scrapping process, next month we’ll focus on Lightroom CC.

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Stacia