Tuesday, 19 August 2014

TINY TRAVEL ALBUM IN A BOX | SUPER CUTE AND EASY

As the vacation period is coming to an end it might be just the right time to play with those pics that best represent your summer! What better way than to make a cute mini album you can carry around in your purse so you have it at the ready to show your friends and collegues back at work!


Hi everyone! I hope you enjoyed your vacation as much as my family and I did! We did so many fun things that the family album grew 3 inches! As you can imagine I needed a little something more compact to show just the highlights to my collegues at work!

I found my inspiration via Pinterest on the Camille Styles Blog where they featured the cutest little accordeon travel album in a box!



I decided to use only two colors for this project : kraft and blue. Kraft because my pictures were in brown tone and blue because I love blue combined with kraft and on top of that... I wanted to use this beautiful ribbon I got! ^^

Here's how I made it.

I cut a paper strip [30.5 x 5 cm] and folded it in 6 pieces [5 by 5 cm each] to create an accordeon. The last part [0.5 cm] was used to fasten the accordeon at the box's bottom [for this you can use a piece of tape or you could glue it to the bottom].


Then, I cut the box and the box's top. Here's what the cutout box looks like.


Before I put the box together I printed a paper from the Drawn To You Paper Pack by Pink Reptile Designs and glued it on top of the cutout box and then cut it to shape also.


Now I was ready to glue my box together.


I didn't cover the box's top but to decorate it I wrapped a ribbon all around it and finished it with a beautiful bow. Then I glued a square of the same patterned paper in top as the one I used inside the box.


Finally I printed 6 photos of 5 by 5 cm each, glued those on the accordeon, stuck that to the bottom and voìla...my album was finished!

It's a very simple album to create and loads of fun! I hope you enjoyed my post and if I inspired you to make ine yourself 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!

Friday, 15 August 2014

AUGUST BLOG CHALLENGE

It is August 15th and we are in the thick of Summer. I hope you enjoyed June's template challenge. I was thrilled to see so many beautiful pages come in! The lot of you sure ROCKED this template!
All June pages are right here if you want to have a look. Believe me you do!


I let Mr. Random choose the winner of the Jule challenge and here's who ended up at the top of his list:


Congratulations Judith aka Chigirl !! I have sent you 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!

Here's Judy's beautiful page:



As said it's August 15th and we are in the thick of Summer.  Summer means vacations & holidays, exploring & traveling, BBQs & picnics, swimming & sunning, spending time outside in the garden or chilling with a tall cool drink & a good book!

For this month’s challenge, I want you to make a page with a seasonal detail photo that shows how you celebrate Summer! (If you are in the Southern Hemisphere, please participate by showing how you embrace Winter.) 


I want you to really focus on a detail to showcase your current season. Get in close, use a creative angle to shoot your subject, or shoot something unexpected that defines your Summer (or Winter).  If Summer means a visit to the ice cream palor, zoom in on those sticky fingers wrapped around the cone. If you love relaxing with a good book, share a close up of your current summer book, photographed in an interesting way.  If the beach defines summer for you, give us a detail photo of those glistening seashells or your child’s favorite beach tool at the moment.  You get the idea! But be creative and get in close! I can’t wait to see your page and how you define your season in detail!

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


Géraldine celebrates summer paddling in a canoe on the vast waters of the Atlantic Ocean. She must have felt free as a bird!

Natascha focusses on the fact that the weather has been way warmer then usual in the Netherlands. Sun and warm temperatures call for flip flops and Natascha's daughter Sanne loves her red ones.

Health problems are keeping Cynthia in the house this summer. As always she tries to make the best of a bad situation.


Jenn has been growing her own vegetables and aren't they looking just gorgeous! No wonder she is proudly showing and celebrating her crop.


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 September 15.

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


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, 12 August 2014

TRENDSPOTTING | CIRCLES


I’ve been perusing the galleries all over digiland and one thing that is really calling me lately is Circles. I’m seeing them everywhere.

For fun I went hunting for inspiring art featuring circles on Pinterest and to be sure, there is no shortage of circle art. Artists are using circles in every way possible: with chalk, paint, ink, paper and in doodled sketches.

A collection of just about anything will draw the eye in, but a collection of circles, when paired up on a page full of linear objects like frames, photographs and paper blocks, really stands out. There’s just something about a curve, that calls your eye and says “look over here”, when sharing space with a bunch of rectangles!
Like how Donna used circles, instead of rectangular paper pieces as mattes to ground her photos and title against the contrasting wide stripe background. This helps guide the eye to the center of her page where her gorgeous photo is located. The trio of circles leads the eye from the photos to the title and through all the various details she has brilliantly included on her page. The "notebook paper" border is another subtle addition of circles on her page. Love this!

http://www.the-lilypad.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=147003&title=grad-pic&cat=844

This page by Cynthia, is so well executed. I love the varying ways Cynthia has used circles on her page. Her circles, along with that fabulous title (must scraplift!), really nail down the central focused, linear composition on the page. I love the varied sizes of circles, with one over-sized and striped, one being a clock and another having an outer ring. Such an amazing page!

http://www.the-lilypad.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=147225&title=all-grown-up&cat=844

Another widely popular way to use circles is to have them as cut outs on your pages. I love this digital technique and the texture it can add through having various layers on your pages. Here’s a fabulous example by Helen. She creatively uses both cut out circles and layers of paper circles on this gorgeous page. I also love all the cool tones of her color palette with the soft black and white photos. Lovely!

http://www.the-lilypad.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=145317&title=enjoy-wild-spirit&cat=579

Circles are showing up not only as paper pieces, but as stitched, painted and doodled circles as well.
This page by Ellen uses Mirjam’s "Drawn to You paper" of doodled circles in such a playful way. I am in awe of her creativity here! I love that she chose to cut out some of the circles and layer a tiny floral patterned paper from the same paper pack underneath. So awesome!

http://www.the-lilypad.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=148803&title=a-new-way-with-words&cat=844

Circles can also add interest to a scrapbook layout in subtle ways.  Here Audrey masterfully adds circles to her page through the use of elements. I love the way she uses Mirjam's crochet Yo-Yos scattered around the page as the centers of the doodled flourishes.  Truly a creative design element that I adore!

http://www.the-lilypad.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=147641&title=checkmate&cat=844
 
That’s it for this edition of Trend Spotting.
What about you? Do you like to use circles on your pages? Have any unique and creative ideas for adding circles on your scrapbooking layouts? We’d love to hear about how you use them!

Tuesday, 5 August 2014

PINK LADY SPOTLIGHT | ANJA aka TINKELBEL



Let's start with a bit of personal info...

Name:
Anja De Dobbelaere [aka Tinkelbel]

Country:
Belgium

Favourite colour:
That is a difficult one; I don’t really have one specific colour that I like… and what I like most changes from time to time. Also, I like different colours for home decorating and for clothing. But at this point if there is one colour that I’m drawn to, it’s black, and black is not even a colour... Or perhaps that French blue/green colour you often see in France in old objects and stuff…

Favourite food:
I don’t really have one ‘favourite’ food… but I’d say Chinese food comes pretty close to it! We have a Chinese restaurant nearby that is just exquisite, both for take-away and out dining.

Described in one word:
One word??? Let me think… Dreamer?

Time to talk scrap ...

How and when did you start digital scrapbooking?
In 2007 I started an evening course in graphic design, a long lost dream of mine. In 2011 I was looking around for images for my end assignment. I stumbled upon some scrapbooking sites, just by accident, but I wanted to investigate ‘scrapbooking’ further, after my end assignment was finished, it seemed like something I’d been looking for for a long time. So, in the summer that followed I downloaded my first kit (some freebies at first) and started scrapbooking. Finally I had found a way to combine two things I was passionate about: my pictures and Photoshop. Thanks to that graphic design course, I was able to handle design principles and use Photoshop without having to learn the program first. I’ve been hooked ever since!

How and when did you end up in a CT/ CT’s?
I joined my first team in November 2012. I wanted to join a designers creative team after being disappointed about not succeeding in designing and selling my own kits successfully. I just wasn’t patient enough, I expected sales right away, and next to that I found it was too stressful to design while working 4 days a week. I was so relieved when I let the idea go of designing myself, and shortly afterwards someone introduced me to Jen Maddocks Designs. Jen was looking for a few members, but hardly ever did any real CT calls. That was my very first team, and I’m still with Jen!

How long have you been on my CT?
Officially I was invited to join the Pink Ladies on October 31, 2013. But I had gotten in touch with you off and on through Facebook. Perhaps because we are practically neighbours, you living in The Netherlands, me living in Belgium. And we speak the same language. Most designers I know don’t live so near or don’t speak the same language. And I just loved [and still love] your kits, so I joined the monthly challenges, got talking to you and ended up in your CT!

What software do you use? What type of camera?
I work with Photoshop CC (it’s awesome, I always having the latest version, and the ability to download any other program, I also use Illustrator occasionally and Indesign).
I have purchased a Nikon Coolpix P510 last year in July, a bridge camera. Bridge cameras are somewhere in between compact cameras and DSLR cameras. I love it. But it has so many features, that I’ve now decided I want to make full use of it, and I’ve bought a book about it.

How would you describe your style?
This is a tough question… I don’t think I have just one style. Recently I read an article on the Scrapstacks blog about the new trend in scrapbooking, the Fusion style. I think this describes my style best of all; some sort of mix between art journaling and traditional scrapbooking. Of course, my ‘style’ also depends on the type of kit I’m working with. If it’s a traditional kit, with no brushes or masks or anything to blend, I’ll do traditional scrapbooking, but if I get to chose, I will use brushes and masks and I use the blending modes VERY often. I love dark pages, with brushes and paint functioning as ‘light’ (as done in this page). But I also like bright pages. It really depends on the mood I guess. Sometimes I like goth-style things, sometimes I’m all about angelic moods.


What is your favourite scrapbooking item, something you turn too again and again?
That would definitely be brushes, brushes and brushes. I use them for masking, for blending, I recolour them, blend them again, I use them over and over again, I cannot imagine life without brushes LOL

What is your favourite Pink Reptile product and why?
Ooh, to pick just one… I’m sure that’s a tough one for all Pink Ladies. Mirjams kits are so amazing, with all the bits and pieces she puts in there, the amazing variation of elements, from brushes to ephemera, from quirky buttons to the most genius paper patterns… But if I really do have to pick one, I’d say the Boho Bliss kit, a collab she did with Lynne Marie. I believe it’s the first Pink Reptile kit I ever worked with, and I love the bohemian theme and colours, the elements that are used and the awesome brushes and wordart!


Just for fun… tell us all about a quirky habit of yours!
Quirky habit, do I even have one? LOL.
Well, maybe this: I never leave the house without some make-up on… Or perhaps this: I love to take a hot bath in the evening (and not a shower in the morning), then put on my pyjama’s to sit behind my computer and scrap or watch a good movie with the rest of my family. My daughter has taken over this habit of mine. It’s just pure cosiness. Or perhaps it’s the fact that always seem to turn my desk around my computer into a mess, while I tidy up everything else around the house. Or maybe it’s that I just love being at home, preferably behind my computer if I have nothing else to do. I could do that for days and days and days, if I didn’t have to leave the house for work or social stuff or stocking some food. My husband makes jokes about it, how I, when he leaves in the morning, am put behind my computer, and how I, when he comes home, am still sitting at the exact same spot, LOL. Are these quirky enough?


Name 5 things that you can touch RIGHT NOW from where you are sitting, no cheating!
My headphones, my camera, a cabinet where I keep my cd’s and stereo, an empty cup and a yoghurt that I’m eating whilst I’m answering these questions.

Silliest thing you have ever done… 
Let me think … I don’t know if it’s silly or just brave, but afterwards it seemed like silly… It happened about 20 years ago and I had gone shopping in a busy shopping street in Ghent. I bought myself a coffee in a cosy café nearby and noticed how after me two men came in. They came to sit right behind me and seemed out of place in the café, I don’t know why. And they left really quickly. Too quickly, suddenly I looked at my left, where my bag was, and it was gone! Everything went so fast, the minute they left and closed the door, I noticed the red inner strap of my bag and I just didn’t think, I got up, went straight after them and in the middle of the street, I made them stop, I practically jumped on the big one of the two, and I shouted at them ‘give me back my bag you idiots’. Now everything was so quiet, nobody moved (of course not, typical, nobody wants to get involved)… The two men seemed to be schocked as well by my brave and fierce move, they dropped my bag and made an attitude like ‘nothing happened’. Right, nothing did happen, they didn’t even have the time to steal my wallet or what was in it. So I had my bag back! I returned to the café, and then I started shaking so heavily… The café owner offered me another drink to calm down. I did calm down of course, and I was proud of myself for acting like that, but it might have gone wrong as well. I was definitely no match for these men, I could never have gotten up against them in a fight.

Can you give us a tip on digital scrapbooking?
Maybe this, because that’s what I do all the time: play around with brushes and blend modes. The blend modes are an awesome tool if you know how to use it. If you don’t, just experiment, use a brush, and see what happens if you use blend modes like overlay, soft light, multiply, linear burn, etc. Just go through each and everyone of them. You might be surprised what you come up with and the effects you can achieve just by ‘accident’. Try recolouring your pictures or elements if they don’t quite fit what you had in mind. I recolour elements and pictures through the layer options, there I chose ‘color overlay’ and play – again – with the blend modes.

Friday, 1 August 2014

AUGUST BYOC & DIGISCRAP PARADE

So glad you stopped by because I have loads to tell, show and share! Not only is the August BYOC 2014 hitting the shelves but today is also the start of the 6th Digiscrap Parade. Curious?
Well let me show you what I am talking about.

AUGUST BYOC

DON'T STOP THE MUSIC | ELEMENTS
Get into the swing of things with this super fun set of music & dance inspired elements!
Included are 50 unique elements in a wide variety of shapes, styles and textures! Everything you need to make some ROCKIN' pages!
https://the-lilypad.com/store/Don-t-Stop-The-Music-Elements.html

COPY & PASTE | ALPHA
A tiny, playful and timeless alpha that will definitely jazz up your pages and give them a realistic touch!
https://the-lilypad.com/store/Cut-and-Paste-Alpha.html

TA-DAH | PAPERS
A cute set of 11 sweet patterned papers, all with a wink to retro. There's gingham, stripes, dots, newspaper and flowers plus a great set of 8 matching solids.
https://the-lilypad.com/store/Ta-Dah-Papers.html

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

For my Newsletter subscribers, I have a great bundle coupon for you for my August 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
What about these rocking awesome pages from the Pink Ladies for inspiration!

by susanne
by natascha
by audrey by carrie by marnel
by san
by anja by cynthia
                            by li li
by céline by elina
by keela by ellen by christa
by géraldine

REMINDER
There is still some time to join in on the blog challenge for July found HERE. You have until August 14th to enter. Everyone who enters is a winner. There is a Mr. Random chosen winner for a $10 gift card to Pink Reptile Designs store at TLP, and everyone else will receive a 25% off coupon to the PRD store. Don't forget to enter...I love seeing all of your pages!

DIGISCRAP PARADE | AUTHENTIC

Welcome to the 6th Digi Scrap Parade!
The Parade brings together top designers from some of the very best digital scrapbooking shops on the web [on a quarterly basis] in order to offer customers a fun sampling of the best that digital scrapbooking has to offer. Yup! It's all FREE!

All contributions will be available for the whole month of August so feel free to have a little coffee or scrapping break in between downloading! LOL
You can grab my part here on the blog or on my FB page.

http://bit.ly/1rtUWUg

INSPIRATION 
More inspiration for you!

by christa by madlen by manuela
 
by anja

If you're following the Parade route from start to finish, you should have arrived here from Valentina Creations FB page and your next stop will be Amanda Yi's FB Page. If you get lost along the way, simply head back to the main DigiScrap Parade site to view the master list and get back on track.

Have a great weekend and Happy Scrappin'!