Tuesday, 23 August 2016


Hello fellow scrapbookers! Summer, for me, it the best time to read! I love reading on the beach and in a nice and cozy slightly shadowy spot in the back of my garden.

Inspired by the sunshiny weather I created a bunch of super cute and original bookmarks. You will see that it is very easy to create them and I think you will also agree that these can make great gifts too!

The first thing I did was create my bookmarks in Photoshop. I used Garden Party by Pink Reptile Designs for this project [ elements, papers, journal cards]

Then I printed everything twice : one copy for the background and one to cut elements from.

I prepare my scrapbooking supplies to create my hybrid bookmarks.
I used white cardstock, glue stick, scissors, 3D selfadhesive foam, dies (notch pattern) for my cuttlebug, black wire

I cut my printed bookmarks and then glued them on white cardstock to make them thicker and more ferm.

I cut the lemon jar from my second printed page to glue it on my bookmark. Before glueing it, I added 3D foam.

In the left image below you can see how I added a notch on my bookmark. The noth is there to make sure I can alip my bookmark over a book page and it will be stuck there more securedly.
For this, I used a die to cut the notch with my cuttlebug (dies from Kesi'art). You could of course of course use an exacto knife and cut it by hand.

My bookmark in my book :

I created 2 others bookmarks with different notches.

I added black wire and used 3D foam. Kill two birds in one stone : Grip the wire and glue the button!

I cut the notch with another die. As you can see this one is a little bit smaller.

My finished bookmark

I cut the happy day word strip and glued it on my bookmark with 3D selfadhesive foam

I created yet another hole with a differemt notch die.

And voilá this is what my 3 boomarks look like! Do you like them?

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!

Tuesday, 16 August 2016


Everyone is excited when the long-awaited summer vacation has arrived and we can enjoy that much deserved free time and [hopefully] good weather, go away to other countries and/or other places, enjoy a bit of sightseeing and have a great family time away from the daily grind and everything in a lazy-pace.

However...to all that relaxing comes an end after a couple of weeks and then there’s that day the kids have to go back to school and the  daily routine is there again. The shops here are full of the latest school supplies, pens and calendars and my girls akways look forward to buying new stuff for school. And when the kids are back in school it’s time for schoolprojects, labels for lunchboxes and lesson plans!

images from Pinterest

These fonts are great for some creative homework projects, homeschool print outs, classroom crafts and more and they are all free!

1. Learning Curve, 2. Crayon Crumble, 3. Bookworm, 4. Back To School, 5. Cursive Standard, 6. Collegiate, 7. Print Clearly, 8. Scolar Paper, 9. Chemistry, 10. Tox Typewriter

I just love the Chemistry one!  It reminds me of my science classes!  Which is your favorite?

Monday, 15 August 2016


Hello! Welcome to the August Blog Challenge! This month, we are looking for some bold color and will be playing with digital paint, but before we share the details of our new challenge, let's see who the winner for July's challenge is!!! You can take a peek at all the awesome entries HERE.

The lucky winner for this month is Michele!!!

Congratulations Michele aka michelepixels!!! 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 Michele's beautiful page:

pink reptile designs

For this month's challenge, we are taking a peek at the latest Three Way post titled Paint Me Pretty, where we use paint in bold ways to add gorgeous color to our pages. To recap the Three Way | Paint Me Pretty techniques, you must use one of the following on your page:

1. Stack and layer paints to create a background & fill your whole page.
2. Use paint to create a space to add some embellishments.
3. Stretch and manipulate some paint to create a foundation for a photo.

Feel free to clip papers to any of the above ideas!

Your job for this month's challenge is to use one of the three paint techniques on your page! Before you rock the paint on your own page, take a peek at these pages:

by the Pink Ladies:

This elegant page uses method #1 ... multiple paint swatches stacked together to almost completely fill the background. The paint swatches here are then recolored and one paint swatch even has a paper clipped to it. The colors match the photo and elements and give this page a beautiful classic feel just perfect for the lovely portrait!

by diane

This super fun and creative page uses method # 3 ... paint is stretched and manipulated to create a foundation for the photo (which is an adorable extracted sticker! so fun!) and some paper is clipped to it for bold color! I love how playful this is!

by gaëlle

This bold graphic page uses method # 2 ... paint is used as part of the design to help fill in the diamond shapes on the page ... we see diamond shapes in the photos and text area ... and the paint reinforces that diamond design, helps fill in those remaining white spaces, and creates an area to add some cute embellishments. So creative and artistic!

also by gaëlle

This page takes the theme of paint even a step further! Using method # 1 ... the entire page is artistically filled with multiple swatches of paint to create the background. The yellow paint stands out and really feels like those splatters of paint that explode from the paint ball gun! Love this!

by karen

This modern, minimal page uses method # 3 ... using paints to create a foundation for the photo. Here the focus is not on bold color, but subtle design  as it plays with tone on tone and texture in the most amazing way! I love that the paint foundation area morphs into the title and other design elements on the page (the chevrons and plus signs) by adding stamps near the "paint photo foundation area" in the same subtle tone on tone way. And isn't that new bedroom gorgeous!?!

by mirjam

Now it's your turn!

Make sure you use at least 75% of Pink Reptile Design products on your page [Pink Rep[tile freebies are okay to use too]. 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?!

Wishing you tons of fun and Happy Scrappin'!

Tuesday, 9 August 2016


Hello Scrapping Friends! I have a brand new edition of my Three Way Series, where we show you creative ways to use and stretch your stash. Today we are going to be playing with paint strokes on our pages.

I've been inspired by the colors of summer lately. Everything is bright and in full bloom. So I thought why not find some ways to get bold color on our pages with paint. Are you ready to play with me? Let's do this ...

For my first page I decided to stack two different paint strokes from Stamp It No. 1 and Dreams | Elements and basically just fill up the whole page with these paint strokes. I wanted to use a B&W photo ... so really any color was fair game for my page. I went with a bright blue and turquoise. 
One tip is that when working with paint strokes from a kit ... remember that they are forgiving, meaning you can squish and squash them and it doesn't really distort them. Who's to know that you did that right? So go ahead and pull out the sides to make that paint stroke fit your needs. I give you permission! :) 
Then I grabbed some watercolor flowers from Sing Like Nobody is Listening Collab, recolored them, and put a white background on them. I also grabbed a flowers stamp from Luv Ya Ma | Elements (recolored, made into a sticker) to really play up the punch of painterly color on my page. I love how bold this page is!

For my second page, I repeated the photo a few times and went with a minimal, clean grid design. This time those same paint stroked got squished tighter to form a rectangular shape to match the shape of the photo. I wanted these painty strokes to fill in those 3 remaining spaces (or grids). This design left me plenty of room to add a punch of color and a few cute elements to dress up my page. I love the look of this modern grid style page!

My third example of using paint went in a different direction than I intended, but I love the outcome. Here, I just made those very same paint strokes into a big foundation for my page. I intended for it to be a big, bold pop of a single color of paint under my B&W photo. But at the last minute I grabbed a cool graphic pattern paper from Sing Like Nobody is Listening Collab and clipped it to the paint. I love the effect of painterly edges with the graphic lines of the patterned paper.

Watch this video to see how I made my pages in a more step by step way:

Pink Reptile Designs: Three Way Series | Paint Me Pretty from mirjam schurings on Vimeo.

So what do you think? Ready to go painterly on your next page?

Friday, 5 August 2016


Welcome to another fabulous BYOC (Build Your Own Collaboration) at The Lilypad! I am so excited about the beautiful color palette for August. It's just PERFECT for all those wonderful fun & happy sunshiny summer pages!

I just love all the blooming fresh flowers and plants in the summer, and many people are enjoying their yard with little gatherings. My Garden Party packs would be perfect for those fun Summer "Garden Party" photos! The Garden Party packs will be on sale at 20% off through Sunday 8/7.

[If you are a Newsletter Subscriber, there is a VERY special bundle at a very special price that you can grab this weekend ONLY!! It includes 2 matching packs of journals cards and wordarts that will be released on Wednesday  8/10!]

So common and join me at my Garden Party!

A super fun set of 53 unique elements  [58 in total] made to scrap about that fabulous garden or tea party, neighborhood gathering, backyard bash, or that perfect picnic for two!


A great set of 11 fun and fresh papers plus 5 beautifully textured matching solids.


A great pack of go to alpha's! Both guaranteed to add that extra little oomph to your pages! The stitched one includes lower case, numbers & punctuation & the label one includes upper case [58 characters in total], numbers and punctuation [55 characters in total] ... the staple is also part of the deal!


And before I show these packs in action I want to remind you that this week ALL alpha's are 25% off at TLP!



by diane
by  susanne
by cynthia by gaëlle
by barbara
by diane by gaëlle by ellen
by karen
by cynthia
by christa by ellen
by mirjam
by elina

Wishing you a wonderful weekend and Happy Scrappin'!