Thursday, 15 October 2020

BLOG CHALLENGE | OCTOBER

Hi everyone! Welcome to the October blog challenge! First things first, we need to announce the winner for the September challenge!!! You ladies did an outstanding job with the name challenge. You can find all the awesome entries HERE.

 


The lucky winner for this month is Janis!!!

Congratulations Janis!!! 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 Janis's gorgeous page:

 


I'm happy to bring you this month's template freebie by Gaëlle! Another super fun one to play with!

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! 


 

 

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

by rikki

by amanda

 by marijke

 

by sylvia

by kate

by marilyn

by nini

by gaëlle

 Now it's your turn to show us what you can do! 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 November 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, 13 October 2020

INSPIRATION | CLEAN & SIMPLE

 

This month I had to rearrange a lot of shelves and books and all my scrapbooking books came in sight again. Back in the day I bought lots of them and subscribed to magazines, magazines that don't exist anymore, but they were awesome back then.

One of the first scrapbookers that I heard about was Cathy Zielske with her "clean and simple scrapbooking" style. I have two of her books and this month I went through them to get something clean and simple done. Not only is the style quite beautiful, but it also gets a page done in record time (unless you agonize over your product choices).

The book came out in 2004, right after when I started digiscrapping, and it is now as good as it was back then. I lifted a page from the book and couldn't be happier with the result.


Why don't you either get some inspiration from Cathy on her website or dig out your old books and get inspiration from something that you have already forgotten you had.

Credits:
Carefree; Basically Kraft; Color Me Happy Papers; Feeling Blue; Homebody, Nostalgic. All by Pink Reptile Designs
Font: Appareo, Allegretto Script, Brush up

Tuesday, 6 October 2020

TUTORIAL | SCRAPPING WITH ADOBE SPARK POST

 
We've been discussing mobile/app scrapping over the last several months. I thought we should examine some of the related Adobe video and social media apps that we might use in our hobby. This month, we'll look at Adobe Spark Post, which is part of your Photoshop CC/Lightroom photography plan subscription. This allows you to use the app's premium content.


You can download the app from the app store and sign in with your email/verification code/password. It opens onto a splash screen with a vibrant collage of images they call "templates" each of which can be opened and edited. You can also click the green + sign to create your own from scratch.


The first template I picked looked like a great way of creating an Instagram story type image. You are able to change the color scheme, edit and move the text, replace the photos as well as add or delete more and MANY MORE types of edits.


The first thing I changed was the text. Notice all of the options that can be tweaked in the context menu. There are TONS of different fonts to choose from. You can change the color of the text and the shape in which they are placed, the size and spacing, the alignment and opacity. 


Next I changed the color scheme. I could have created my own using the "custom" option at the very far left but scrolled to the right and found one I liked.





Then I clicked on each of the photos and then on replace. This brings up a selection box showing places to choose from, like your camera roll or photo library. I used crop and shape to move the photos around inside the shape a bit and duplicated one (and rotated it using the little rotate icon). You can also apply a filter to your photo if you haven't already done so. There is also a spot for the basic photo editing tools of contrast, brightness, saturation, warmth and sharpening.




When I was satisfied with the end result I hit the share button at the top right. Because this particular template had animation I had the option of how to save it. I chose a still image and saved it to my camera roll. I also had multiple social media outlets that I could also choose from. Also, because I have an Adobe subscription my images are synced between my computer and iPad.




How else could I use this app? What about creating my own pocket card! I went back to the home splash screen and picked a super simple square template, just a photo with a text overlay that I could use on a scrapbook page and also in an Instagram post. I could definitely see myself also using it on a pocket style PL page. Fairly quick... replace the image this time with one from my Lightroom and edit the text boxes. But the text wasn't in the right spot. I clicked on one bit of text and saw the option of select multiple. I used that to select all the text, the shaded box and the frame to nudge them all at once. Then save when I'm done.

Now off with the training wheels... how about creating one without a template? 




There are a plethora of size options to choose from. You can see all of the social media sizes, ones sized for printing and then the variations of standard sizes that can be sized up and down. I selected a 4x3. I can tap to add a text box and change the font, then replace the solid color with a photo. 



Then I tried out some of the shape options, adjusted the size, spacing and opacity to get it the way I wanted. Super simple, right?


I know that creating pocket cards on my computer using PS is pretty easy, but getting them in a format to quickly share them on social media and use them on my mobile devices does require a few extra steps while the Spark Post process is less time intensive. It was also very intuitive! So many of the different choices and options are ones I'm used to from other Adobe products.

Why not download the Adobe Spark Post app and give it a try yourself? I'm excited to see what you create with it!


_________________
Stacia

 

Saturday, 3 October 2020

DSD | SPECIAL SATURDAY RELEASES

 It's still partytime!!!!!

With the
Special SATURDAY releases I am adding a fun collection of 6 new products that I am offering in 2 money saving new products bundles at VERY special DSD prizes.

I also made some
Commercial Use products. I am only showing the CU stuff in this newsletter this once so you know it's out there.
There will be a seperate newsletter for CU stuff from then on. So....if you are interested in CU please update your newsletter preferences. I will show you how at the end of this newsletter.






Grab all 4 Photographic products at a
SPECIAL 5 DOLLAR ONLY DSD BUNDLE.
Offer is valid through October 5, 2020.

The bundle includes:

  • Photographic | Elements - A great set of 64 unique elements [89 in total !!!!!!!] in all kind of shapes, sizes, textures and styles. The perfect set for some timeless pages about anything and everything that's needs scrapping.
  • Photographic | Papers - A great set of 10 beautiful, subtly textured patterned papers, 10 alternate color combinations PLUS 12 gorgeously textured matching solids. Which makes this a pack of 32 papers in total.
  • Photographic | Alpha - This realistic looking paper alpha includes upper case,numbers and punctuation. All seperate .png's, 60 characters per color, 12 colors in total. Perfect for some fun mixing and matching titles or eyecatching monograms.
  • Stamp It No4 - 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 aswell as in one all containing .abr brush file]

The individual packs are 40% off through October 5

Photographic | Elements , Photographic | Alpha, Stamp It no.4 | Brushes & Stamps, Photographic | Papers








 

Grab both Artsy Bits products at a
SPECIAL 3,50 DOLLAR ONLY DSD BUNDLE.
Offer is valid through October 5, 2020.

The bundle includes:

  • Artsy Bits | Page Gemmies - A great set of 27 unique handdrawn crafty elements [43 in total]. Perfect for making an artsy page with a handmade look, adding a fun touch to your art journal pages, ATC cards and planners.
  • Color Me Happy | Papers - A must have to go to rainbow pack of 42 solid papers. A perfect color for ANY page. Mix and match with your favorite elements and let your creativity take flight!

The individual packs are 40% off through October 5



 Artsy Bits | Page Gemmies, Color Me Happy | Papers




I also made some Commercial Use products. I am only showing the CU stuff in this newsletter this once so you know it's out there.
There will be a seperate newsletter for CU stuff from then on. So....if you are interested in CU please update your newsletter preferences. I will show you how at the end of this newsletter.

Here's the new CU stuff.

It's all 50% off through October 5

Just click on a preview to go to the product in the store.






And with that I am wishing you a wonderfyl weekend and Happy Shoppin'!