Monday, 15 July 2019

BLOG CHALLENGE | JULY

Hello! Jenn here.
I hope you are enjoying life where ever you are in the world. Hard to believe we are half way through 2019 already! It doesn't feel that long ago that I was announcing the January challenge and the New Year. Crazy! But enough about the warp speed that time seems to be moving along these days, let's get to the good stuff! We have the winner for the June pets challenge picked! You all created the most adorable and amazing pages! If you want to take a peek at all the lovely entries, you can find them HERE.

The lucky winner for this month is Michele!!!

Congratulations Michele aka michele hillam!!! 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 Michele's gorgeous page:


I'm happy to bring you this month's template freebie! Yay! 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 designs blog challenge freebie

Here's what the lovely Pink Ladies made with this template:

by marilyn
July 15th | Blog Challenge Template Freebie (ready for BLOG) Pink-Reptile-Designs-2019-07-July-Blog-Challenge-web

by gaƫlle
July 15th | Blog Challenge Template Freebie (ready for BLOG) 5d1637cc8030f

by diane
July 15th | Blog Challenge Template Freebie (ready for BLOG) Prd-ju11

by marijke
July 15th | Blog Challenge Template Freebie (ready for BLOG) 19-07-PRDJuly2019-Template-copy

by cindyJuly 15th | Blog Challenge Template Freebie (ready for BLOG) F4dK1au

by kate
July 15th | Blog Challenge Template Freebie (ready for BLOG) Lovely10

by heidi
July 15th | Blog Challenge Template Freebie (ready for BLOG) 48283983546_c345d9da16_b

and one from me [jenn maccabe]
July 15th | Blog Challenge Template Freebie (ready for BLOG) Centra10

Now it's your turn to rock this template! 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 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?!

Wishing you tons of fun and Happy Scrappin'!

Tuesday, 9 July 2019

INSPIRATION | RIDE ON A RAINBOW

Hey everybody,

as much as I am a multi kit scrapper [see my blog post The joys of scrapping with one kit]. I am also rather careful when it comes to colours. Too bright, too colourful, too many colours - not my thing. But when I saw this layout in the Pink Paislee Instagram feed I was smitten.


Aren't those rainbow colours just gorgeous. And totally without paper, but only elements (I count triangles etc. made from paper as elements)! I love it! So my own personal challenge was on. Can I pull it off? Not sure how I am going to go about it. Elements? Papers in various colours? I need to get my thinking cap on...

OK, like two weeks later I came up with this. The quote I found on Pinterest, the photo that goes so well with it is from Unsplash (my favourite go-to stock site).


I started to create a template for the background and then spent a long time looking for papers (my favourite part is browsing through my supplies). Creating the kind of rainbow effect was such fun. It's quite difficult as sometimes papers just don't look good together and it takes a bit of trial and error to find a combination you like.


Then I looked for some photo arrangement and found a template of which I just used the photo spot and mat.


 Next I added the quote, in order to know how much room I have left.


The template I used for the photo spot originally had a generic doily, so I replaced it with one from a kit.


Next came the stitching.


Then a few handdrawn stars and arrows.


No layout without some grunge and stains, right? There were black at first, but...


...with a gradient clipped to the merged stain layers you have given your stains colour variations in no time.


I added some gesso to give it a bit of a more worn look.


After that I looked for some small items to put on the photo mat and found the perfect dymo strips....lost & mad - how perfect can it get?

So, are you a careful colour user or are you going all out on colour? I might give colours a bit more room in the future after seeing how much fun it can be to create something truly bold. If you are like me, give the rainbow a go! It's fun!

Friday, 5 July 2019

NEW: JULY BYOC | NO PROBLLAMA

When I saw the color palette for June I knew I would create someting fun and cheerful, summery and energetic, with no drama and no problamas!

I personally LOVE how the products turned out and with every page the Pink Ladies made and showed to me the smile on my face got bigger and bigger.

I truly hope you will love and enjoy this collection as much as I do. It's colorful, fun and versatile. You will be able to use it again and again.

The new packs are ALL 20% off through July 7th and of course there's special offers for newsletter subscribers!!! Not a subscriber yet? Click HERE to join the gang!


NO PROBLLAMA | ELEMENTS
A great set of 54 unique elements [71 in total] in all kind of shapes, sizes, textures and styles. The perfect set for scrapping some playful, light hearted pages. Thanks to its versatility it can easily be used for many fun occasions.

https://the-lilypad.com/store/No-Probllama-Elements.html


NO PROBLLAMA | 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 & ALTERNATES
https://the-lilypad.com/store/No-Probllama-Papers.html


 NO PROBLLAMA | ALPHA
This colorful, handletter sticker alpha includes upper case, numbers and punctuation. All seperate .png's, 50 characters per color, 15 colors in total. Perfect for some fun mixing and matching titling or eyecatching monograms.

https://the-lilypad.com/store/No-Probllama-Alpha.html

NO PROBLLAMA | 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/No-Probllama-Templates.html


Wishing you a wonderful weekend and Happy Scrappin'!



Tuesday, 2 July 2019

TUTORIAL | WHICH LIGHTROOM IS RIGHT FOR ME?

Someone recently asked me about the online storage capacity for Adobe Lightroom and my research showed me that there are new subscription options from when I first started using the program. I thought it might be useful to learn the basics of Lightroom and how one might use it for their photos when scrapbooking. This month, we’ll have an overview of both programs and then for the next two months we’ll look at each program individually.

There are now two versions of Adobe Lightroom available for subscription – Lightroom Classic and Lightroom CC.

Lightroom Classic – This is the original version that we are accustomed to using. The Adobe Creative Cloud Photography subscription for $9.99 per month includes Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom CC and Lightroom Classic. With a subscription, each program is updated regularly providing instant access to new features as opposed to waiting for annual or longer upgrades.

Classic is designed for desktop based workflows and the original images are stored on YOUR COMPUTER’s hard drive. The subscription does come with 20GB of online storage that you can use with Lightroom CC as well.

It is in the (1) Library module that we import and access our photos. On the left hand side of the screen, you’ll see the photos you’ve imported and stored in the (2) Folder structure on your computer.

You can use the (3) Library filters at the top center to filter your images with selected text, ratings/attributes, keywords, dates, colors or any number of 20+ other choices to select the photos you want to scrapbook or print.

You can assign multiple (4) keywords for your images and filter based upon them.

The (5) filmstrip at the bottom is another way to scroll through the photos in a folder or in a search.

You can add keywords, metadata and photo editing presets while importing batches of images from your camera or from online storage.

You have the ability to back up your Lightroom catalog (the program will remind you). You would back up your actual images as part of your personal backup strategy. The CATALOG is a database that relates the location of the photos as well as the information you’ve added about them like keywords, ratings and photo edits, etc without actually touching the original image. Backing up the catalog regularly ensures that Lightroom can always “find” your images on your hard drive when you want them.

In Classic, you have the ability to create SMART COLLECTIONS. They are “smart” because the collection of photos will change when new photos are added that meet the rules you set while creating it. For example, I have a smart collection that gathers all photos that I designate as 2 star and above of each one of my family members. So when I’m looking for a great photo of my son to scrapbook I can go there first.

You can synchronize specific collections (not smart collections at this time) between Lightroom Classic, CC and Lightroom mobile so that you can access specific edited photos across multiple devices, but it does share a low res smart preview and not the original image.

Classic has the widest assortment of photo editing tools. The (1) Develop module shows you the standard Lightroom presets along the left. You can also download purchased (2) presets for photo editing and create your own and they will also be included there. On the right hand side, you can tweak exposure, contrast, color, curves, sharpness etc for each image. You also have access to spot removal, a multitude of filter and adjustment brushes to use for editing.

Lightroom CC – This is the new Lightroom option. The Adobe Lightroom subscription is $9.99 per month and includes 1 TB of online storage instead of the 20 GB that comes with Classic. This option does not include Adobe Photoshop. There is also a third option for $19.99 per month which includes all three programs along with the 1 TB of online storage.

CC is designed for a cloud/mobile oriented workflow so that you can edit your images on the go. It’s designed to work seamlessly between mobile devices and your desktop (IF you have Classic as well).

Because it’s cloud based, you can access photos from any device and keep the edits you’ve already made. So you could edit your phone photos on the larger screen of your tablet and the originals, your edits AND the metadata you’ve added are synced to the cloud. The Lightroom mobile app is also a nice option for editing images on your phone.

The 1 TB of online storage could handle approximately 200,000 jpgs so you can back up both your original files and your edits if you so choose. Speaking of backups, because it’s cloud based the backups are automatic. And automatic beats manual all the time!

CC is designed to be easy to learn and optimized for Chromebooks and other mobile devices. The interface is much more streamlined. Along the left (1), you can add images, see your photos and share with others. You’ll notice the familiar (2) filmstrip along the bottom.

Your images are automatically sorted by date. You can create (3) multiple albums to organize your photos and you can easily share those albums with others.

You also have the ability to edit exposure, contrast, shadows etc with sliders (but sized to easily use with your finger) like with Classic and you can use downloaded presets for photo editing. You can access presets installed on your desktop Classic version to CC on a mobile device if you have a subscription for both programs.

It does not have the ability to create smart collections… at least not at this point. But CC has the ability to search with artificial intelligence keywords like beach or mountains which can come in very handy. There are some limits to CC as compared to Classic like no image watermarks, plugin accessibility or a history panel but it does have quicker import speed.

The gap between the two options of Classic and CC seems to get smaller as Adobe keeps updating. You can learn more about the Lightroom subscription models https://www.adobe.com/creativecloud/photography/compare-plans.html?.

I hope this overview was helpful if you’re new to Adobe Lightroom. Next month, I’ll share how I use Lightroom Classic in my digital scrapbooking process.

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Stacia