Tuesday, 22 April 2014

A-MAZE-ING HYBRID BOOKLET


I am always thrilled to see the hybrid projects Géraldine makes with some of my products. This time I really want to share this cute little 'maze-album' she made. It's a folded mini album made of a 12 by 12 inch paper.

I asked Géraldine to tell us a bit about how she made this little gem.

MAZE ALBUM | PETITES TRANCHES DE VIE
by Géraldine


I took a 12x12" white piece of cardstock and I drew 12 similar squares [3x3" each]. I cut the right edge of 3 squares beginning at the top of my paper, then I cut the right edge of the following 3 squares beginning at the bottom of my paper, to finish I cut the right edge of the 3 following squares beginning at the top. I folded each square [dotted lines in the image below].

I made different clusters in 3x3" format on my computer with digital paper and elements, printed them and cut them so I had individual squares that I adhered to my cardstock.


I also printed and cut some flowers and brads to embellish my album.


I decorated my album with flowers, black wire and used 3D foam under some elements [black brad, flower, button] to create depth. I stamped 2 texts in french [with stamps from Kesi'art] and 5 photos. I finished my album by adding washi tape and wood embellishments.


Finally I folded my album and closed it with a piece of cord.
It a small album, perfect to keep it with me in my hand or purse !!

For this album I used the following Pink Reptile products : Lucky In Love | Papers and Elements, Word up!, Lub Dub, Simple Things | Elements, Buttons, Take Note

Have a wonderful day!

Friday, 18 April 2014

LIVE THE LIFE YOU LOVE AND GIVEAWAY WINNER ANNOUNCED!

I have a new full kit in the store that I am really excited about and it is called "Love the Life You Live". I am sure you'll forgive me for wanting to show it to you before I announce the winner of the giveaway...

LIVE THE LIFE YOU LOVE
The kit is vibrant with all the colors of the rainbow and lots and lots of elements in a variety of textures and styles. To top it all of there a complete alpha for creating perfect matching titles or to use as eye catching monograms. All drawn on various bohemian and hippie influences. Perfect for scrapping some timeless shabby chic pages!

Also with Easter at our doorsteps, I think the colors are perfect for those Easter Layouts. The papers remind me of coloring the eggs, and all the little bits are amazing accents!

https://the-lilypad.com/store/Love-The-Life-You-Live.html

https://the-lilypad.com/store/Love-The-Life-You-Live.html

INSPIRATION
Let me prove how versatile this kit is with these amazing pages by the Pink Ladies.

by anja
by carrie
by géraldine, christa and anne
by natascha
by lorry
by elina and jenn
by akizo, marnel and cynthia
by barbara

I can't wait to see what you love in the life you live! So if you feel like sharing, by all means leave a link in the comment section of this post!

GIVEAWAY WINNER


A big congratulations to Judith aka Chigirl!!
 
I've sent you a pm via the Lilypad gallery address you gave. If you didn't receive the message then please e-mail me at pinkreptiledesigns at gmail dot com so I can give your coupon okay? I want to thank everyone for playing and I wish you better luck next time!
 
Happy Easter and Happy Scrappin'!

Thursday, 17 April 2014

GIVEAWAY | WHO WANTS MY NEW KIT FOR FREE?

Here's a chance to win the my latest kit that will go into my Lilypad store tomorrow!

YOUR PRIZE INCLUDES

A brand new kit filled with colorful, beautifully patterned papers and a large assortment of elements in a variety of textures and styles all drawn on various bohemian and hippie influences. Perfect for scrapping some timeless shabby chic pages!

Includes:
1 alpha [upper case, lower case, numbers and punctuation - all seperate .pngs - 88 files in total]
17 papers [9 patterned and 8 matching solids]
61 unique elements

Here's a little sneak peek of what could be yours for FREE. If you like what you see then all you have to do is leave a comment in the comments section of this post.
I will be back tomorrow around noon my time [that's around 6 am EST] to pick ONE lucky winner.

Make sure I can get back to you by leaving a link to your FB page or a link to one of your galleries so I can pm you!

Good luck everyone!

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

APRIL BLOG CHALLENGE

It's a new month and time for a new challenge on the Pink Reptile Blog!

I hope you enjoyed the March challenge as much as I did. What I love about these template challenges is seeing how everyone makes the template their own, and what comes through is wonderful creativity!!! A BIG thank you goes out to Em Stafrace of the Nifty Pixel, who provided us with the fun March challenge sketch! 
Another big thank you to everyone that participated! You really rocked the template!

As always, you can find all the challenge entry pages on my Facebook page. The ones for March are right here if you want to have a look. It's really worth your while!

As each page submitted rocks, I am just so glad that I don't have to make a choice. I swear it would be impossible for me! Instead, as I usually do, I let Mr. Random pick the winner for me. So let's find out who won the 10 dollar coupon and let's see what's up for April!


And here's her fabulous page:





Congratulations Karen!! I have sent you a pm on you TLP account.
All other participants received their 25% discount coupons also via their TLP gallery accounts and Katja and Gaelle via FB. Please make sure you check your messages!


April's blog challenge is a pretty simple one. Spring for me is a refresh, a renewal, and with that it brings joy and happiness to me and I'd love to see what Happiness is to you! I have made Happiness Word Art for you to use on your layout. You can download it FREE below just by clicking the image! 


The Random winner will receive a 10 dollar coupon to my TLP store. Everyone is a winner for the challenge, as all other participants receive a 25% discount coupon to my TLP store, so why not, right??!!!

http://bit.ly/1n41fv1
- IMAGE IS LINKED -



Use the "Happiness is" Word Art provided. Let your happiness shine through!!!.  ALSO you must use at least 75% of Pink Reptile Design products.
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 May 15th.

FACEBOOK
Off course there's always a little something for free under the Free Gift Tab at the Pink Reptile FB


To get you started, the Pink Ladies have made some inspirationale pages to show you what happiness means to them:

by anja
by lorry
by céline and sannn
by cynthia
by géraldine and jenn
by christa

Good Luck and let's do some "Happy" Scrapping!

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

KITCHEN PROOF FABRIC COVERS

Normally it's around 5 degrees Celsius here at the beginning of March, the year 2014 however brought us temeratures of 15, 16 and even up til 18 degrees! Woot! My internal clock immediately jumped to Spring Cleaning time and I couldn't help myself when I started a BIG clean up in the kitchen. Once everything was spick and span I realized that 2 of my cooking books didn't meet the spick and span criteria anymore. They were really worn and torn and badly in need of fresh new covers. Problem was they are 3 ring binders which aren't that easy to get especially not in cute patterns and or colours. So I figured it was time to get creative.

I decided I wanted fabric covers because I love the look. Of course not the best choice for your to go to cook books. I mean there's a reason the original covers are tattered and stained. But when my mind is set on something I see only challenges and no problems that are too big they can't be solved. I managed to come up with a solution and lo and behold it worked! I thought it might be fun to share how I did it so you can copy my idea if you want to. I mean... it's not just for cook books! LOL

Here's my final result. Volume 1 is covered with a small plaid cloth and Volume 2 with a bigger one. The green binder next to the 2 of them contains my hand written recipes.



MATERIALS USED



a. sanding block, b. brush for applying the gel medium, c. gel medium [you could also use mod podge or something similar], d. fabric [not too wrinkled otherwise you best iron before using it], e. pencil or fabric crayon to make marks, f. scissors, g. decorative tape, h. contact paper

PREAPARATION


Before I started on my covers I sanded them with a sanding block [a]. It's how I got rid of grease and stains so my gel medium would actually stick to both the fabric and my cover. If you are using a new book,  notepad or journal you can probably get away with skipping this step but I'd give it a little rub anyway just to be safe. Then I wiped of my book covers with a damp cloth to get rid of the sanding dust.

HOW TO
After that I opened one of the books and laid it down on the fabric that I marked all around, including a hem of approximately and inch [2,5 cm]. Then I cut the fabric to size.



Next I closed the book and added gel medium all over the back side and spine, making sure I covered the whole areas. I then carefully placed back the book on the right side of the fabric and pressed the book down firmly. Make sure you check that it is smooth and securely adhered to your book cover. At this point your fabric is just stuck to the back of your book and the spine is already covered in gel medium. I then added gel medium to the front cover, grabbed the fabric and carefully pulled it against the spine and over the front cover while rubbing it with my free hand to make sure I got rid of air bubbles and wrinkles. I turned the book and also rubbed the back neat and tight. My book now looks the same as in the image above with the only difference that now the fabric is glued to the covers.

It's the hems I need to deal with now. For this I cut off all cornes at angle of approximately 45 degrees leaving about 1/8 of an inch [3 mm] margin between the corner and the edge of the cut.. You could make marks but it's not a problem if the angles slightly differ so I did it on sight.



I made two cuts in the fabric by the spine also at an angle of app. 45 degrees. The cuts should end with where the cover creases.  Do this on both ends of the book.



Now add some gel medium all around the edge of the left inside of your book and smooth the fabric over the edges. Pay attention to the corners and make sure you pull the fabric firmly over the edges. Do the same for the right inner side of your book and the spine bits. I was covering a binder in which case the spine bits are very easily to smooth over the edges since there's lots of room to work. If you are covering a book you'll want to make straight cuts that allign with the width of the spine and add your gel medium on the fabric bits instead of the cover itself and push those bits down into the little gap between the cover and the binding with a letter opener or a knife.







Once I'd done both my books I left them to dry and continued working on them the next day when I prettied up the fabric edges with some decorative tape and repeated the whole covering process with contact paper to make them stain proof.



Monday, 7 April 2014

SUPERSTITIOUS AT THE DAILY DIGI

 The DailyDigi

I am super excited to be featured at the Daily Digi this month and I am here to proudly show you the kit I made for the April Digi Files!

Swing by and check out my feature there, enter for a chance to win $10 to my store and grab a coupon code for 30% off your next purchase!



Happy Scrappin'!

Friday, 4 April 2014

APRIL BYOC | ROMANTIC, SLIGHTLY GRUNGY AND FRESH


Happy April everyone!

April Showers bring May Flowers....Just wait until you see what I made for the BYOC this month! Believe me when I say the color palette is refreshing and exquisite! Gorgeous pastels that will fit all those glorious spring layouts perfectly and I am betting you will just love the realistic 3 dimensional feel the alpha, elements and papers I created will give your pages!

DOG EARED  | ALPHA
Those dog eared corners and crumple textured letters will be jumping off your pages and give them an instant realistic look! Included are upper case letters, numbers, ampersand and I also included that kraft background paper as a bonus.

https://the-lilypad.com/store/Dog-Eared-Alpha.html

YO-YO | ELEMENTS
In addition to the crocheted yo-yos and leaves, I included a set of knotted twills, brads and string bows to 'fasten' the yo-yos to your pages: a super fun set of to go to page accents that will give your layouts that instant handmade wow factor!

https://the-lilypad.com/store/Yo-Yo-s.html

REVERIE | PAPERS
This paper pack contains 12 yummy romantic and slightly grungy patterned papers plus 7 beautifully textured matching solids.

https://the-lilypad.com/store/Reverie-Papers.html

I really hope you will have as much fun making pages with these products as I had creating them. I'd love to see what you make with them so if you feel like sharing, by all means leave a link in the comment section of this post!

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

INSPIRATION
The Pink Ladies and Pollys have sprung into action and made these beautiful layouts to inspire you:

by géraldine
by lorry
by cynthia, céline and christa
by akizo
by farrah, marnel and nini
by anja
by elina and renee
by jenn

FREE GIFTS AND PRIZES
There is still time to enter the March Blog challenge. One random winner will win $10 to the Pink Reptile Designs store, and everyone else will get a 25% discount coupon just for entering so really EVERYONE is a winner. We are playing with this awesome template by super talented Em of The Nifty Pixel:

http://pinkreptiledesigns.blogspot.nl/2014/03/march-blog-challenge.html

Click here for the challenge details!

For my Newsletter subscribers I have a great little freebie that coordinates with the April BYOC releases. If you are not a subscriber make sure you sign up here as you don't want to miss this, along with future goodies!!

http://blogspot.us2.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=d08ecf3b3a13069a202068b2f&id=0416376f55

And lastly I wanted to let everyone know that I have a new freebie on my Face Book page. Three GORGEOUS quickpages derived directly from the brilliant creative mind of our very own Li Li, so make sure you stop on by!

https://www.facebook.com/pink.reptile.designs/app_14167664298

And with that I would like to wish you a wonderful weekend and Happy Spring Scrappin'!