Wednesday, 1 October 2014

PINK REPTILE 5TH DESIGNIVERSARY | GUESS THE PRODUCTS

Welcome to the Pink Reptile Design 5 Year Designiversary Celebration!!!

October is a special month around here, because the 15th marks Mirjam's 5 Year Designiversary!  So, today we are kicking off what we hope will be a super fun month! We will have the monthly Challenge and all the usual Tuesday fun here on the blog ... Tutorials, Spotlights, Pretty Pages, and the amazing Hybrid feature, but in addition, we will be throwing a little extra party fun on Wednesdays as well.

Each Wednesday, Oct 1 through Oct 22, we will have a fun Game with prizes for you! And I'm sure we will sneak in some freebies along the way. There will even be a chance to win a GUEST SPOT!!!


Have a hard time remembering all these different dates, but don't want to miss out on the fun? Simply click on the Facebook icon on the top, right corner of the blog (or click here) and Mirjam will be sure to remind you via Facebook, what is going on each week. If you hang out at The Lilypad, we will remind you in the Announcement forum as well. Now let's get this Designiversary party started!

*GAME 1 | GUESS THE PRODUCTS IN ANJA'S LAYOUT


To get this party started, today we have a fun game for you that will test your PRD knowledge. Anja created this gorgeous page with 10 different Pink Reptile Design kits.



Your mission to complete this game, should you accept it, is to guess which 10 Pink Reptile Design kits comprise the pieces of her layout.

Please list the PRD product/kit name along with the page piece (example: paper, brush, brad, etc). There are more than 10 pieces on this page, but only 10 kits were used. For some of the 10 kits, Anja used just one piece, but for others she used a few pieces from the kit. Your list of answers needs to have the 10 kits along with at least one product that came from that kit.

Next Wednesday, Oct 8th, will be a brand new game, so you have one full week to participate and turn in your answers. Good Luck!

As a random example, your answers should look something like this, with a list of 10 PRD Kits and the page element/paper.
1) Forget Me Not - Blue Paper
2) Summer Talk - Beach Word Art
3) Love the Life you Live - Floral Brush

*RULES

All entries must be emailed to me [Jenn McCabe] at prettyinposies AT gmail DOT com. Please do not post your answers here in the comments section. All entries that have the ten correct answers will be entered into a random drawing and one winner will receive a $10 GC to the Pink Reptile Designs store. Answers are due Oct 7th. Winner will be announced Oct 8th.

*WIN A GUEST SPOT ON THE PRD CREATIVE TEAM

Want to win a spot as a Guest Pink Lady on the Pink Reptile Creative Team for Nov, Dec and Jan? You will have your name added to the draw for every game you play. So if you take part in all 4 games, you will be entered in the draw 4 times, thus increasing your chances to win a guest spot. One Lucky Winner will be announced on Oct 29th.

Now let's start playing! Good luck!

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

PRETTY PAGES FROM THE PINK REPTILE GALLERY

We are always in awe with all the beautiful pages found in the Pink Reptile gallery at the Lilypad. Today Cynthia is showing a small selections of current favorites.


The Sweet Spot by Keely [KeelyB]
Cynthia: I am so so in love with Mirjam's September BYO, the theme is amazing and, as you can see here, it adapts to any other theme wonderfully- LOve the tittle spread across the page, the overlapped photo that gives the sense of movement, and the gorgeous details and shadows just make this into a little jewel!!!

http://the-lilypad.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=161886&title=the-sweet-spot&cat=500

It must be Love by Judy [chigirl]
Cynthia: Love this page she made for the blog challenge!!! Love the combination of patterns papers (which I'm a bit useless at!) the word art gives a great touch, every element is perfectly placed & so amazing how the scatters of sequins give more emphases to the elegancy of the photo- Awesome page!!!

http://the-lilypad.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=161863&title=this-must-be-love&cat=844

Summer Fun! by Hélène [buzinettescrap]
Cynthia: Here is another jewel, combining two of my most loved things of dig scrapping: big photos & kit's mixing- The photo is so amazingly integrated on the blend, it gives that dreamy summer feeling- amazing image by the way- and the elements, all so gorgeous and with wonderful shadows, do not seem to have come from different kits! The word art completes this little master piece and her fun tittle/journaling is a plus. Overall…absolute awesomeness!!!

http://the-lilypad.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=161525&title=summer-fun&cat=844

Love by Olga [zinzilah]
Cynthia: Love following Olga's adventures & the day by day of her family- Again, I'm a big fan of big photos as I started scrapping to make a record of our lives, though I have changed styles in the past few years, my goal is to show photos and record moments…which is done here to perfection with so much warmth… The photo being "contraluz" not sure how this is said in English- but against the light kind of thing, gives the page the intimate feeling of a daily beautiful thing- I know well how precious these moments of our daughters can be, and in here is registered to perfection- Love those doodles and the journaling so perfectly completing this awesome page!!

http://the-lilypad.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=161483&title=love&cat=844

As always we hope you enjoyed these picks....remember to keep posting your pages to the Pink Gallery, and keep an eye on the blog as your layout could be in the spotlight next month :)

Happy Scrappin'!

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

GOTTA MAKE, GOTTA HAVE, GOTTA GIVE HYBRID NOTEBOOK

Just as I leave work a great idea for a kit pops up in my mind. I rummage around in my bag to finally find an old receipt and a pen so I can scribble it down. I know...I really need a small notebook for this sort of thing. I just can't find a cute one that is just the right size!

I bet you can understandI had sort of a eureka moment when Géraldine showed me her latest hybrid project! Now why didn't I think of that?!

Hello everyone! I am here to show and tell you how you can make your own customized little notebook. If you decide, like me, to make it from scratch [as I will tell you how to do] you can give it any shape, size or form and add as little or as many elements as your heart desires.

You could also buy a notebook or a diary and customize it by adhering your digitally created, printed out covers. It's easy !

HYBRID NOTEBOOK HOW TO

  1. I digitally created 2 cover designs, front and back, inside and outside, each with a different cluster.
  2. When I liked the way everything looked I printed all 4 of them on white cardstock. 
  3. To thicken the covers and add a bit of firmness to my notebook, I cut 2 cardboard squares from a cereal box and glued my cardstock covers onto them. I made my album a 13 by 13cm square but this can be anything you want really.
  4. Then I cut a bunch of plain papers to size and placed those in between my covers. These are the filler papers, the ones you scribble your notes on. Again you can use anything you like here from, printer paper to ledger, cardstock, old maps, wrapping paper you name it!
  5. I thought the notebook still needed a little finishing touch so I added bits and pieces of cork to give it that extra little oomph.
  6. Finally I used my Bind It All machine to punch holes and bind my book. You could of course also make holes and tie the book together with some pretty ribbons or you could use binder rings. 

Front Cover [kits used: Take Note and Wrap 'n Roll]


Front Cover inside [kits used: Lucky in Love, Take Note, About and More Than Words]


Back Cover [kits used: Lucky in Love, Love The Life You Live and Word Up!]


Back Cover inside [kits used: Take Note]

As always I hope you enjoyed my post and if I inspired you to make your own notebook then by all means make a photo 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!

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

TRENDSPOTTING | CROCHET

Welcome to the latest edition of Trendspotting. While trying to select which trend to spotlight for this month, I thought, how could we possibly have a regular series about scrapbooking trends on the Pink Reptile Blog and not talk about crochet?

It is definitely one of Mirjam’s trademarks … she incorporates all kinds of beautiful crochet bits and pieces in her kits and often creates element packs based on crochet pieces alone.  Not only does Mirjam crochet for her digi scrap kits, she is an avid crocheter and creates the most adorable things. Speaking of adorable things, have you met Geoffrey? If not, you must meet him here. There is a whole category for crochet on the blog. And let me tell you, Mirjam is not alone in loving the art of crochet.

I spent a little time scanning galleries, blogs, and Pinterest in search of all things crochet and paper crafting and I promise you the trail of inspiration and creativity was never ending.  I found out that scrapbooking icon, Ali Edwards, uses crochet embellishments on her pages, as do many, many others.  Card makers use crochet bits quite a lot for embellishing their crafts too. Handmade artists are not only making crochet embellishments of all kinds for scrapbooking, but they are combining paper and crochet together with word art … can I just say … LOVE that! You can even find crochet tutorials, for free or purchase, geared towards scrapbookers and paper crafters!

Here is a small sample of the crochet pretties that caught my eye while on the hunt for crochet in the scrapbooking industry.


I have to admit, I tried to teach myself how to crochet last summer and it didn’t go very well.  I purchased quite a few books with instructions on how to make the cutest flowers and things. What was I thinking? I probably should have waited until I could at least crochet a square before making those purchases! Lucky for all of us, we can simply put down the hook & yarn, and pick out a fun kit by Pink Reptile Designs and easily get that irresistible, homespun crochet look on our pages in a snap!

Here are some of the ways the Pink Ladies use Mirjam’s crochet pieces on their pages:


Anja uses the latest Poke A Dot elements for her gorgeous page, adding buttons to the centers and strings around them to give her page a happy, family feel. I love the way she lets them fall off the edge a bit.


Helen also uses the Poke A Dot elements front and center for her sweet page about snuggles after work! I get such a warm, homespun feeling looking at this page!


Cynthia uses the most adorable crochet scrapbooking embellishments I think I have ever laid eyes on for her page ... aren't the telephone and doll legs with shoes darling? These are from Chatterbox. There are lots of pretty flowers in the kit too! 


Ellen uses the Silly Collab, featuring the famous Geoffrey the giraffe, along with lots of lovely crochet leaves to give her clusters of flowers dimension and texture.

If you are wondering how you can find all these lovely crochet pieces, do you know you can do an advanced search for multiple items while browsing The Lilypad store? For Search for Pattern, simply type in crochet and under Designer, select Pink Reptile Designs ... and you will see all the PRD products with crochet items.

So cool! And here is a closer look at the latest crochet element pack, Poke a Dot, from Pink Reptile Designs. Newly released and it matches the entire September BYOC at The Lilypad. Gorgeous!

http://the-lilypad.com/store/Poke-A-Dot-Elements.html

So ... let us know! Do you love to use crochet pieces on your pages? If so what are your faves?

Monday, 15 September 2014

SEPTEMBER BLOG CHALLENGE

It is September 15th, and here on the Pink Reptile Blog, that means it is challenge time again!  But before we dive into the new stuff, let’s pick a winner and give you a chance to see what everyone did for their pages last month. It was fun to see how everyone spent their season (summer or winter) through their detailed photo.

Got curious? Well you'll be able to find them all here in the August challenge album.

Before I tell you about the new challenge, that I am SO sure you are going to LOVE, let's see who our August winner is.


Tatadada!

Congratulations Gaëlle!! I have sent you a PM via your Facebook account.
All other participants received their 25% discount coupons via their Lilypad gallery accounts. Please make sure you check your messages everyone!

Here's Gaëlle's super cute page!


by jenn mccabe

Welcome to the September Blog Challenge! This month we are using a piece of artwork created by Mathilde Aubier, for a Rock Festival, as an inspiration piece for our page.


 • To participate, you simply need to create a page, using at least 75% Pink Reptile Products, that is inspired in some way by this piece of art •

There are so many aspects to this collage that could inspire a scrapbook page. I was really drawn to the soft, calming color palette and the textures, plus I think it's really cool that there is what sort of looks like a journaling spot on the art piece. The fact that the page is basically divided into four large triangles could be the starting point for your layout or perhaps you wish to incorporate those over-sized triangles into just a part of your composition. The textures are gorgeous, I could see a page created based on wrinkled patterned papers, wood grain patterns, or fabric textured card stock. The extracted vintage photograph is really cool too and would be the perfect starting point for an art journaling layout. Maybe it is the geometric shapes that you are drawn to ... it would even be fun to create a page with stamped triangles or big wonky dots.

To assist you in creating your page, I've created a free mini kit, with a few key pieces inspired by the collage. Feel free to just pull out the pieces you need. There is a triangle, quadrant template (in PSD/Tiff format) that you can use to easily divide up your background papers. Also included in the mini kit is a wonky dot overlay that you could recolor or clip papers to. There are stamped triangles to play with, a lined journaling spot, and a diagonal title block.

- IMAGE IS LINKED -  JUST CLICK ON PREVIEW TO DOWNLOAD
http://bit.ly/YA0RLP

Here's some sample pages from the Pink Ladies to get the creative juices flowing!




Kari created this beauty with a gorgeous pinup inspired photo of a close friend. Love that she used the collage's vintage lady as inspiration. She also incorporated the big triangles, wonky dots, lined journaling, the diagonal title and added lots of gorgeous textured papers on her page! She fully embraced loads of inspiration from the art piece onto her amazing page!



Anja created this absolutely dreamy page with beautiful vintage graphics, over-sized wonky circles, and textures galore ... from the wood grain and delicate floral patterns to the solid highly textured papers. Love!


Geraldine put together this stunning layout using the wonky spots with a soft opacity and two paper tones in the background, as the foundation for her page. She added a black silhouette and placed her title on a diagonal just like in the art piece.  



Emma created this gorgeous page with triangles as her source of inspiration. Not only did she use them in the background, but added fun dimensional triangles with papers and perfect shadows! She also played with lined journalers and scattered tiny circles across her page. So lovely!


Ferdy made magic on her page with her adorable photo ... I really feel the vintage "sock hop" vibe going on with the headband and red lipstick! She also used the big triangles with highly textured papers. She scattered her page with lots of wonky dots and layers of circles (the fun records!) in the center. Such a playful layout!

And surprise! Look who scrapped a special page just for this challenge ...

Our very own Mirjam made this amazing beauty to share with us! She used tons of textured papers and big wonky circles. She also clustered .... layers of circles, an extracted black & white image, and a diagonal title together to create the focus for her super fun page! I am so in love with this page! (also I really need to get my hands on her Heimili Alpha she created for the September BYOC!)

As you can see there are just so many ways to be inspired by this art collage. I can't wait to see what you all do for this challenge.


ONE random winner will receive a 10 dollar coupon to the Pink Reptile store but really everyone is a winner as all other participants receive a 25% discount coupon to my TLP store, so all the more reason to join in on the fun, right?!

Wishing you tons of fun and Happy Scrappin'!

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

SAN'S FAVE AUTUMN FONTS

 by Pink Lady San

This year is just flying! At the moment I am enjoying the last days of summer but you van already see that nature is at the start of a change. It won’t be much longer before the leaves will be turning in all shades of orange and red and I'll be bringing my girls to school in misty landscapes, glad that I have a scarf around my neck to protect me againts the cold wind and the rain. I just love autumn to pieces because I enjoy walking through the forrest while collecting leaves and all kinds of beautiful treasures from the trees. Apple picking at a yard and baking apple-pies and I just love to read a good book all cuddled up on the couch with a cup of tae when the rain is ticking against the window. Plus, last but not least, we all know that this time of year you will be more indoors which means there more time to scrap!

As a font addict I like to be prepared for every season. I already gathered a pretty neat collection of typefaces for the season and would love to share some of my favorite decorative, simple, cursive and handwritten and of course TOTALLY FREE samples with you and hopefully inspire you to use them on your fall pages!


I hope you al have a warm and cozy fall season, take lots of pictures with all those beautifull colors and enjoy!!

Friday, 5 September 2014

SEPTEMBER BYOC & MSA FEATURE

I know it's the start of a new month which means I am here to show you what I made for the September BYOC but....that's not all folks! I am also September's featured designer at My Scrapbook Art!

So let me show you the new BYOC goodies that are 20% off through Sunday September 7 and of course the featured kit that you'll be able to find exclusively and on sale for just $4.00 at the My Scrapbook Art store through the month of September and if you are a Featured Presentation Pass Holder, you can even download the kit for free in the MSA forum.

SEPTEMBER BYOC
Summer is mostly spent outdoors. Now with the seasons changing we all tend to migrate indoors. That and this month's BYOC colors inspired me to create my Heimili products."Heimili" means home in Icelandic and we all know that Home IS where the heart is!

HEIMILI | ELEMENTS
The perfect element pack to make comfy, cozy pages with a touch of Scandinavian folklore. Included are 50 unique elements [56 in total] in a wide variety of shapes, styles and textures!
https://the-lilypad.com/store/Heimili-Elements.html

HEIMILI | PAPERS
10 timeless patterned papers plus 10 beautifully textured matching solids.
https://the-lilypad.com/store/Heimili-Papers.html

HEIMILI | ALPHA
This fun and playful slightly wrinkled paper alpha includes upper case, lower case, numbers and punctuation. It also includes a beautiful word art quote as a bonus.
https://the-lilypad.com/store/Heimili-Alpha.html

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

For my Newsletter subscribers, I have a special bundle coupon for you for my September BYOC packs. If you are not a Newsletter subscriber and want to become one, click here so you will not miss out on any future specials or Newsletter Freebies. 

INSPIRATION FROM THE PINK LADIES

by natascha
by emma
by ellen by sandra
                            by anja
by géraldine by kari
by christa by cynthia by ashley
by kari
by marnel by neenee
by susanne

FEATURED DESIGNER AT MY SCRAPBOOK ART
I am honored and excited that I was asked to be featured designer at MSA! I really wanted to make a super fun, easy to use, versatile kit and I am happy to say that personally I think I managed to do so. What do you think?

UNDER THE WEATHER

INSPIRATION 
And here's a few pages by the pink ladies to show you the kit in action.

by barbara by helen by kari
by emma

That's it for today.
Wishing you a great weekend and Happy Scrappin'!