Tuesday, 20 August 2019


I entered the scrapbooking world the old fashioned way.... playing with papers, elements photo's and lots of glue. Then I discovered and started scrapping digitally.
Sometimes, I like to come back to paper scrapbooking. For me hybrid is the perfect way to combine the best of both worlds. An endless stash of designs that I can personalize and the touch of paper!

Today, I made a hybrid page by using a template from Pink Reptile Designs [ No probllama | Templates]

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I printed it on A4 paper :
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This printed template will help me as a guide to cut the correct dimensions from my papers.

I also printed some elements and papers to make my pag.

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My papers and elements are colored, so I printed my photo in B&W. Now, I'm sure that photo will be in harmony with whatever colors I use on my page.

In Photoshop, I created a background and printed it on cardstock.
I added a brush and a doodling element from No Probllama | Elements and Hello Summer Word art from O sole Mio | Elements.

I have a classical printer, so I cut a white cardstock in A4 format to use with my printer.

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As explained above, I use the printed template as a pattern to cut my papers to the right size

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I put all papers pieces on my page before I glued them to the page, just to make sure everything fits in place

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Papers are [printed] from No Probllama | Papers, except for the green paper that is from So Here's The Story | Papers

After I made sure everything is where it is suppost to be I added elements of decoration and I glued them one by one.

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I added a heart flag (I love it) on my yellow paper as on the template

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And to finish, I glued in the center, a tag titled FINE.
If you follow my creations, you know that I like 3D self adhesive foam! ;)

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My hybrid page is done !

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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!

Thursday, 15 August 2019


Hello everyone. It's Rikkie here.

Welcome to the August blog challenge! First let's have a look at the winner of the template challenge from July. If you want to have a look at all the awesome entries for Jenn's challenge, you can find them HERE.

The lucky winner for this month is JLynn!!!

Congratulations Jlynn aka Tinkerbell1112!!! 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 Jlynn's super page:

This month I have a fun challenge for you. I have been wanting to make a layout about all the stuff I am driving around in my car forever. You probably know it, you forget things in the car and then they stay forever. You have odds and ends "just in case", you are transporting stuff around. I myself have tons of things in my car for bad weather, shopping, emergency, accidents, of course some trash (yes, that, too!!) AND SO ON. 

I swear if I emptied my car I'd be going up hills way faster. So, this month we are scrapping "things I am driving around in my car". In order to make it super easy I created a title wordart freebie with a quote from "Fast and Furious" (which was most probably not meant that way, but who cares).

"A real driver knows exactly what's in his car."

So the challenge is: Scrap the things you are driving around in your car! You don't have to use the quote or the freebie, but, of course, you are welcome to it. I made it pretty big, so just resize it to suit your need. Also it is quite easy to cut it apart (in case you just want to use the car) or to recolor (parts of) it.

Just click on the preview to download.

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Product tip: Check out your stash, maybe you have the Bon Voyage templates which would be awesome for layouts with a car! Link to templates: https://the-lilypad.com/store/Bon-Voyage-Templates.html
Also, some of the girls used the kit "Check out my ride" which fits this topic perfectly: Papers: https://the-lilypad.com/store/Check-Out-My-Ride-Papers.html Elements: https://the-lilypad.com/store/Check-Out-My-Ride-Elements.html Alpha: https://the-lilypad.com/store/Check-Out-My-Ride-Alpha.html

This is what the awesome Pink Ladies created:

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by marijke
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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 September 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?!

OK, then, let's see what YOU are driving around in your car!

Wishing you tons of fun and Happy Scrappin'!

Tuesday, 13 August 2019


Panorama Drama!
As I am from the point and shoot era, learning on a old style film camera, I quite often forget about all the special features that smart phone cameras have on them. And as someone who has picked up the travelling bug, I should remember the Panorama button on my phone way more than I do! But once I do remember, the photos can be spectacular, memorable or just plain fun. And if you do forget that button, I have a tip for turning a series of photos into a panorama like layout.

To get started I find that panorama photos tend to be the highlight of your page so you definitely do not want to crowd them out with too many patterned papers or busy elements – so for once I will keep it simple!

Horizontal Photo
 The classic! Keeping to the rule of thirds is also something to keep in mind as your panoramic photo will tend to take up the width of your page and it will look far better balanced placed towards the top or the bottom part of your page. My elements are on the diagonal and highlight the slope of the mountain on the photo. The background paper has a lovely subtle horizontal strip that works so well with the long photo.

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Vertical Photo
Ok, this is one I never think to do. My daughter was playing with her phone and came up with some fun and unusual selfies, just an ordinary day. Just turn your phone on its side and panorama away! You can have a lot more fun with your page on this type of photo, especially if it an indoors photo as there is often a great big space of nothing in the middle - so good for placing a quote or a bright element!

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This is good for tall buildings and big beautiful trees as well. You have to be mindful of the distortions that can happen  - but they can also result in some very fun photos as well – I have one where my husbands beanie is stretched out to about half a metre from his head – looks like a long elves cap! You can see a bend in this building but I'll just say it's an artistic look!

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Fake it!
So you’ve come back from your holidays and haven’t taken that one wonderful vista because you forgot the panorama feature – this happens to me all the time! You have however taken a number of shots from that one location and although they don’t quite line up, they need to be seen together. This is where a template can come in handy. It allows you to insert a number of different photos but break them up in a natural way, tricking the eye into thinking it is one photo – I have used 4 different photos on my page below. If they don’t quite line up, the a conveniently placed element (like the ampersand and the circle) can be used to cover up the small imperfections. I have used one of the templates from the Reflections set here but there are many others out there that are suitable.

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Sometimes the panoramas are just a little bit dull or you have taken a heap of them but don’t want them on every page you do – stack them up and use them for a title page on your photo book. It is a very quick page to create but gives the reader a nice feel for the rest of the book.

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So get out there and take some fun Panorama shots, it's not that hard and scrapping them is so very easy - they practically do it themselves!

Tuesday, 6 August 2019


Last month, we had an overview of Adobe Lightroom and the differences between Lightroom Classic and Lightroom CC. Now, we’re going to talk about how I use Lightroom Classic when digital scrapbooking, more specifically the Library Module.

It seems like I’m using my cell phone for most of my photos these days, so that’s where I’m going to go to download a group of photos.

Remember, the left hand side of the screen is representative of your computer hard drive. So to select my source I’ll scroll down to iCloud photos and downloads. Notice I have several other spots that I could select for my photo source, like Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive and iCloud Drive. The process is the same.

All of the photos in that folder will populate in the center of the screen. Potential duplicates are grayed out because I have “Don’t import suspected duplicates” checked on the right hand side. I’ll check only the photos I want to import. I should mention I’m not a deleter, not in-camera or on my hard drive for the most part.

I have my Lightroom set up to Build Smart Previews on import. Smart previews are a different smaller type of file, a DNG file, that allow you to edit images that aren’t connected to your computer, like an EHD that is disconnected. I also have it set to not import duplicates like I mentioned.

To maintain consistency, I do rename files according to date. My destination is a Photos folder on my Synology where a new date subfolder is automatically created by photo date.  I upload using a copyright with my name and the year so I know which photos I actually took myself. I could choose to apply a specific preset to the entire batch upon import, too.

You’ll note at the top that I have it set to COPY my photos upon import instead of MOVE. Let’s just say that I had a bad experience where I thought I imported images but somehow deleted them and lost the opportunity to import them again. So now, I Copy them instead and then once in a while I’ll go into that downloads folder and delete all the images. This is totally personal preference.

After import, my first step is generally to scroll down and add Keyword tags on the right hand side. Add as many keywords/phrases as you want and hit enter. They’ll all show up in the box separated by commas. This is where it’s important to be detailed. The more keywords you have, the easier it will be to search your photos later.

Notice the Keyword Set area on the right side. I have one called US that includes each of my immediate family members and then a couple of groups that I use all the time. Family and relationships tend to be the focus of many of my pages so that keyword set is the one used most often. You can create several nine keyword groups as set favorites and use them as quick one-clicks.

In the middle section above the filmstrip there is a little rectangle with a face on it. This is for facial recognition and it’s pretty awesome! You click on it and all of the faces in the photos are brought into the middle. For faces it recognizes, Lightroom will add a suggested name.

I don’t use facial recognition all the time. In an upload including a lot of crowd or travel photos like from my daughter’s honeymoon I didn’t use facial recognition because it would have tried to tag all the random people on the streets. It was easier just to tag the two of them using the keyword set.

You can approve the suggested name by clicking the checkmark. You can change the name or click no if it’s not a face you want to tag. The more photos you add and tag with names, the smarter the program gets about recognizing the faces.

My next step is to rate my photos with a certain number of stars. No stars - a “meh” photo I’m not itching to use for anything. 1 star – this I would use to scrapbook or print. 2 stars – a great photo that I know I’ll use. 3 stars – daughter in her wedding dress AMAZING kind of stuff :)

Remember when I said that I don’t delete many photos? I do that because I never know what I might use to tell a story. Sometimes you have good pictures to support a memory, sometimes you don’t. And I have been known to use a blurry photo if it captured the feeling of the moment.

I generally find it better to rate my photos using the full screen mode or FIT view (the second rectangle above the filmstrip) so that I can see the sharpness of the photo. You can scroll right or left in the filmstrip along the bottom or use the arrow keys.

A useful tool when rating photos is the Comparison View, the rectangle with the XY. I find this most helpful when looking at multiple photos from a photoshoot or event to narrow down my favorites.

If you want to look at more than two similar photos, you can use the Survey View.

Another method of selecting good or bad photos to be deleted is to utilize the pick and reject flags. The white flag is used for picks, the black flag for rejects. Some people use the “pick” to mark the photos they want to use or print, like I use the 1 star designation.

Others use the “reject” flag to mark the photos they want to delete after evaluating them. To do this, you would filter by the black flag at the top of the screen to get all the photos (from your most recent import if that’s the folder you have selected on the left hand side) you’ve marked for deletion. Then hit the delete key.

Of course, the program wants to know if you’re sure! To confirm deletion, select either delete from disk or remove. Delete from disk means delete from your computer completely, remove just takes them out of the Lightroom catalog.

Now that we’ve imported our photos, added keywords and ratings if we choose and deleted any photos we don’t want to keep, we can scrapbook one of these photos, print it, include it in a photobook or use it on social media. Next month, we’ll focus on using the keywords and ratings to search for other photos in your library and then we’ll edit them for use on your digital scrapbook pages.

See you next time!


Friday, 2 August 2019


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 August 4th and of course there's special offers for newsletter subscribers!!! Not a subscriber yet? Click HERE to join the gang!

A great set of 66 unique elements [90 in total!!!!!!] in all kind of shapes, sizes, textures and styles. The perfect set for scrapping those moments to remember. The fun ones, the quirky ones, the big ones and the little ones!


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


This colorful plastic alpha includes upper case, lower case, numbers and punctuation. All seperate .png's, 86 characters per color, 9 colors in total. Perfect for some fun mixing and matching titles or eyecatching monograms.


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.


Wishing you a wonderful weekend and Happy Scrappin'!