Tuesday, 25 August 2015

PRETTY PAGES FROM THE PINK REPTILE GALLERY | by MELANIE

Hello and welcome to the August edition of pretty pages where, every month, we showcase some of the amazing talent we have here.This month Melanie shares her favorite pages.


Corkys
Love the simplicity of the page with the use of elements that provide some interesting details and the pop of color from the matted photo just bring 'joy' to this page.  And, of course, who doesn't love BBQ and Memphis (Home of the King of Rock 'n Roll!)  Great page!

http://www.digishoptalk.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=2049941&title=corkys&cat=500

Funky Monkey
Who doesn't love monkeys and this page just rocks!  Love the monkey, title work with the tape and all and documenting the story, makes this page come to life.  Sweet!

http://www.digishoptalk.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=2046732&title=funky-monkey&cat=500

Strike A Pose | Boat Ride
A blended photo with patterned papers and stitching and I'm instantly pulled into the page to know more.  Love the 3 photos all together with the amazing title work!  Fabulous!!!

http://the-lilypad.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=213690&title=strike-a-pose-boat-ride&cat=844

That's it for this month's Pretty Pages, tune in next month to see what else we find and who knows maybe your project will turn up on the Pink Reptile Blog!

Friday, 21 August 2015

NEW: STAMP IT NO.2 & STOREWIDE SALE

https://the-lilypad.com/store/Pink-Reptile-Designs/

This weekend is our Quarterly Sale with storewide savings of 30% off. Join us as I stock the shelves with this must have new product and snag those favorites that are in your wishlist too!

STAMP IT NO.2
Stamp It No.2 is a pack of 20 fun, grungy brushes. Perfect for blending and adding extra interest and depth to your pages in exactly the color and place YOU want it! [Brushes come in individual .png's as well as in one all containing .abr brush file.]

https://the-lilypad.com/store/Stamp-It-no.2.html
These grungy brushes coordinate well with the first StampIt pack I made, as well as the gesso brush packs. Stamp these brushes on your papers, use them to blend or mask your papers and photos or even use them in your eraser tool and erase one paper partially to have a stunning show through effect.
The "stamp it" packs are so versatile you will find them a great "go to" tool to add that special pizzazz to your pages over and over again!

INSPIRATION

by géraldine
by diane
   by gaëlle    by cynthia
by audrey
by barbara by christa
by iva

Have a great weekend and Happy Scrappin'!

Tuesday, 18 August 2015

MARVELOUS HYBRID VACATION MINI ALBUM


Hello again! I just got back from a wonderful summer vacation. I hope you had a great one too and that you have tons of fun photos that need scrapping because in this edition of Hybrid Gems I want to inspire you to make a cute mini album with those summer pics!


Digital products used:
Pink Reptile's All Eyes On Me Elements and Papers, O Sole Mio Elements and Summer Talk Wordarts.

For my album I used photo's of a wonderful day at the lake with my family.
On each left side of my album I put a big photo and on the right side an embellished page thus creating a certain rhythm making it easy on the eye.

The first thing I did was make the embellished pages in Photoshop. Here are some examples:





I cut 3 rectangles of white cardstock that I folded in 3 pieces each to create an accordion. I glued the first piece to the second and the second to the third obtaining one long accordion forming the base of my album.


Then I printed all of my digital embellished pages twice so I could cut out some of the embellishments.


I stuck one of the pages on the right side of my album and cut the butterfly out of the second page.


Then I added some white wire on the page, added 3D foam to the back of the cut out butterfly and stuck that on top of the wire like this:



To finish the 'double page' I added my photo to the left side of the page.


I followed the same process for each page of my album: cutting one element from  a printed page and sticking it on the right page with 3D foam.

I created two covers for my album.
I cut two pieces of cardstock. I covered them with a printed paper (from All Eyes On You).
On the back side of the cover cardstock I glued another paper covering the cardstock completely and also added some embellishments and a title.

And this is what it all looks like:

front cover

filler pages






back cover

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!

Saturday, 15 August 2015

AUGUST BLOG CHALLENGE

Hi everyone! Welcome to the August Blog Challenge! I can't wait to share this challenge with you, because seeing what you all create month after month, is one of my most favorite things! But before we get into the details of our new monthly challenge, let's see who the lucky winner for the July Repitition Challenge is!!! You can take a peek at all the amazing entries here.



This time around Mr. Random selected the talented Karen W!!!

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


by Jenn McCabe

For this month's challenge, let's take a look at the latest post from the Three Way series, Scatter Matters. Take a scatter, or other teeny tiny elements, and make them into something creative instead of just cascading them or randomly placing them on your page. The scatters must do ONE of the following on your page:

1) take on a shape
2) fill in something/or some specific space
3) create some sort of line or doodle

I absolutely can not wait to see these "creative un-scattered" pages!

Check out these jaw dropping, inspiring pages by the Pink Ladies:

First up is this super sweet page by Guest Pink Lady Diane. Diane used #2 and filled a stripe with the perler beads and acrylic flowers to give a lot of texture to the striped background paper.

page by Diane

Next up is this adorable page by Geraldine, where she fills a vellum pocket with sweet little sequins and glittery stars. Such a cute idea!

page by Géraldine
 
This beautiful and colorful page by Shivani mixes #1 and #2. She also chose to fill an entire stripe of the background paper with little beads and took it a step further by outlining a cute star shape with the same beads for added interest. Such a unique and fun effect!

page by Shivani 

And last but not least, our amazing designer herself, Mirjam, has created this page using idea #2 and has filled in a heart element with tiny red needs. I love the dimension this adds to that sweet little heart!

page by Mirjam

Now it's 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 September 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, 11 August 2015

THREE WAY | SCATTER MATTERS


Hello Hello! Welcome to 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.

Today I hope to inspire you to use your scatters creatively, as a design focal point on your pages, instead of just using them in a random grouping ... or well ... as a scatter. Scatters in scrapbooking are teeny tiny bits: like sequins, bling, seed beads or even paper confetti. Anything really teeny and tiny can be made into a scatter. In scrapbooking, we often find them randomly bunched together and cascading down a page or grouped together within a small area of a page. It is a gorgeous look and often adds that little bit of final finishing touch.

But ... the Three Way Series is about going beyond the usual and finding new ways to use the old ... so we are going to look at ways to mix it up and use those scatters in some creative and page wow'ing ways! Ready? Let's get started!


ONE
First up is this example, where I took 4 individual little sequins from the Sea Of Love Elements and made them into a sweet little circle element. You can't go wrong with circles, and even better if you group them in threes. It's a design trick sure to please the eye!

To make these sequin circles: I created a new layer, drew a circle with the marquee tool, filled it with a solid color, and then went to work placing individual sequins around the perimeter of the circle. I didn't worry too much if everything was perfectly spaced out. I kinda like the handmade look of my sequin circle and perfection was just not necessary for me.

TIP: turning off SNAP, and turning on the GRID helps ... in PS you find those under the View Menu.

*Think about other shapes you could make with sequins or other tiny "scatter" bits. The possibilities are endless! You can arrange your scatters into:

a swirl or flourish
make a heart
or cute geometric shapes like triangles and diamonds.


TWO
Next up, is this page where I used a tiny scatter of seeds beads from Sea Of Love Elements to recreate waves for my page.

To make my seed bead waves: I used the marquee tool to select one bead from the group and CUT and PASTED it so it was on its very own layer. I did this with the seed beed scatter until each and every little seed bead was on its own layer. Then I took the cute little dotted line wave stamp in the Sea of Love element kit and put that down on my page over and under the photo (I used three copies of it), to mark off where I wanted my little seed bead waves to appear. The dotted wavy line stamp worked as my stencil. Now this took some time, I'm not going to lie, but the end result is really cute! I then tediously placed each tiny little bead (making lots and lots of copies as needed) along the wavy line stencil, until my waves were complete. Then I hid the stencils. (Or you can simply delete them.)

TIP: You are going to have a ton of layers of individual seed beads for this type of look, so utilize your Group Folder in your Layers Palette (it is at the bottom of the Layers Palette, next to the New Layer icon and it looks like a Folder). Place all the seed beads in here, so you can collapse it ... and save your sanity while working on other areas of your page later!

*Think about other ways you could incorporate something like this onto your pages with tiny elements:

a scallop or zigzag border
a chevron pattern
a row of scatters all lined up and spaced out evenly

I think I will be doing this a bit more on my future pages!


THREE
The last example I have to share with you really takes this idea to the next level! I used my scatters in two different ways on this page. Can you tell I am a teeny bit addicted to playing with my scatters in this manner now? hee-hee.

I combined individual teeny stars from a bunch of kits and a star confetti scatter from the If Only Elements to fill in one of the rays in the starburst paper from Sing Like Nobody is Listening. I love the look ... and that "ray full of stars" really draws the eye over to the title. The word ONE in the title is cut out from a piece of background paper, also from Sing Like Nobody is Listening, and filled with sequins. I love the look of that one little word in my title filled up with pretty and colorful sequins!

To make the ray of stars: I simply grabbed individual tiny stars from a few kits and started copying them, resizing them and placing them within the starburst. I then grabbed the star scatter from If Only, and used the same method as in the seed bead wave above, to CUT and PASTE some of the stars and place them on their own layers so I could move them where they fit best, and contain them within the ray.

Tip: For the star scatter, I did not need to place each and every star on its own individual layer. I just cut and pasted small groups as needed to make them better fit within the ray.

To make the sequin word ONE for my title: I used individual sequins and grouped them into a few different layer groups. What I mean is, I took about 5 or 6 individual sequins and grouped them together, to make it easier to copy and paste (a group of 6 sequins fills a space quicker than grabbing them all individually). Then I took 7 or 8 and arranged them in a slightly different manner (so they didn't create too much of a similar pattern and looked more hand placed). Then I copied and pasted these groups (rather than individual sequins, which would have taken forever!) and moved them around to fill in the letters for the word. Use the link icon to group a few sequins together or highlight them all and merge them together.

TIP: Where needed I did grab an individual sequin to finish filling in the word and make it look more hand placed.

*Think of all the cute things you could fill with tiny sequins or bits:

to fill in those cute little mason jars
fill in the colors of a rainbow
leaves on a tree
stars in a night sky
make flowers on stitched or stamped stems
as bubbles for a page about water
decorate a Christmas tree
sprinkles on a cupcake or ice cream cone!!!

There are just so many possible ways to un-scatter those scatters and turn them into something really special on your pages! I hope you enjoyed this edition of the Three Way Series. Happy Scrapping!

Friday, 7 August 2015

NEW: AUGUST BYOC | ALL EYES ON YOU

And another has passed with the blink of an eye.  Summer is just zooming by, and there is still so much to do, and so little time... and it's  all up to you to get it done!

My contribution for the August BYOC is the perfect element pack to scrap the moments when you [or any of your loved ones] were the center of attention! Willing or not! The color pallet is absolutely fabulous this month. I know you are going to love mixing the elements and papers along with the alpha with everything you already have in your stash.

The August BYOC will be on sale at the Lily Pad for 20% off through Sunday August 9. If you are a newsletter subscriber, check for the coupon code for a special bundle price!

ALL EYES ON YOU | ELEMENTS
57 unique elements [61 in total]

https://the-lilypad.com/store/All-Eyes-On-You-Elements.html

ALL EYES ON YOU | PAPERS
16 papers: 10 patterned papers and 6 solids [including 2 ombre papers]

https://the-lilypad.com/store/All-Eyes-On-You-Papers.html

ALL EYES ON YOU | ALPHA
upper case, lower case, numbers and punctuation [86 characters in total - all seperate .png's]
PLUS a bonus background paper [as shown in preview]

https://the-lilypad.com/store/All-Eyes-On-You-Alpha.html

INSPIRATION

Here is some inspiration from the fabulous Pink Ladies!

by karen
by anja
by diane by mirjam
by natascha
by li li
by carrie by cynthia
by cynthia
by shivani
by elina
by iva by rozsa by jan
by ellen
by barbara

Don't forget you still have until August 14th to submit your pages for the July Blog challenge. I look forward to seeing what you create with the August BYOC!
Happy Scrappin'!