Thursday, 23 September 2021

WORK, REST, PLAY DSD BLOGHOP | FREE DOWNLOAD

Welcome everyone to my stop on the TLP Freebie DSD Blog Hop: Work, Rest, Play Part 1: Work

You are going to fall MADLY in love with this ENORMOUS kit that the fabulous designers at the Lilypad have created just for you!

You can grab my part of the hop by clicking HERE or on the preview image below.
NOTE: If you are using the Google Chrome browser, right click on the image and then choose OPEN LINK IN INCOGNITO WINDOW. The download will start automatically when the incognito window is open.



Then, continue on to the next stop at Kim Jensen. Just click on the preview below.
 
 
Remember, the freebies for Part 1 are only available through September 30th at 11:59 pm EDT.  Then look for Part 2: Rest and Part 3: Play in the shop as Free with Purchase kits during our National Scrapbooking Day celebrations from October 1-4.
 
 
We are just warming up in anticipation of Digital Scrapbooking Day (DSD) so be sure to sign up for my newsletter to get a free kit and all the latest news!

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Tuesday, 21 September 2021

HYBRID | CARD INSPIRED BY TEMPLATE

  

 
 
Hi everyone! This month I created a card using a template (template nr 2) from Tranquility Templates as my inspiration.
 

I painted some splatters on a white cardstock. I used watercolor pen and a moistering bush to create splatters



I mixed two colors : green and yellow


When the watercolo is dried, I cut a white paper to create my card and I glued the watercolor paint on the card



The base of my card is finished! Then I added a bit of blue wire


I followed the template by adding paper (Drawn To You | Papers) and tape (No Probllama | Elements)


I added the post stamp with a typewriter from About | Elements


To finish my card, I added another leaf (from Drawn To You | Papers) on top of the tape and a flower from (Unscripted | Elements)


And my card is ready. What do you think?

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 and don't forget to enjoy this wintertime

Wednesday, 15 September 2021

BLOG CHALLENGE | SEPTEMBER

Hello! It's Rikki here! Welcome to the September blog challenge!

First let's have a look at the winner of the template challenge from August where you all used Gaelle's summer-y template. If you want to have a look at all the awesome entries, you can find them HERE.


 

The lucky winner for this month is Angela!!!

Congratulations Angela aka Angela Toucan!!! 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 Angela's  lovely page:

 

 

I always enjoy photos that are in sequence. Someone moving from A to B, a pet playing with something moving around etc. The other day my son gave me the idea for this challenge when he was playing around on one of those balancing poles (no idea what they are called). 

So the challenge is to scrap photos that form a sequence. And since I am aware that not everybody has a pet, a kid or someone else they can snap photos of while they are dancing through the room, you could also use a series of photos that document a before and after (and possible the steps in between). That could be a haircut, some food that you prepared (I am thinking ingredients to cooked meal), some crafty or artsy project, renovations... etc.

Remember: In order to be in the prize drawing you will need to add your gallery page link to the Blog Comments so we know you are participating for the chance to win the $10 coupon, which will go to one lucky winner! All other participants receive a coupon for 25% off the PRD store.

Now, have fun and let's see your before/after or sequence pages!

Here's some pages by the Pink Ladies to give you an idea and get your creative juices flowing:

by nini 

by rikki

by diane

by marilyn

by sylvia

by judy

by esther


by amanda

by cynthia

Now it's your turn! 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 October 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?!

Have fun creating and Happy Scrapping! 

Tuesday, 14 September 2021

INSPIRATION | PAPER PAGES

 

Hello, scrappers!

One of my favorite ways to seek inspiration is the real paper scrapbooking world. And because I can't stand the mess of physical crafting, I just open Photoshop!
Here's a page from Paige Taylor Evans that caught my attention lately. "Wouldn't those flowers look awesome in digital", was my first thought. And what a great way to use all the yummy PRD papers!
This is the page by Paige Taylor Evans:


And here is my digital version:


For my page I used the brand new "Tranquility" collection by Pink Reptile Designs, that is part of the BYOC September 2021 at The Lilypad shop.

I also used the font "Moraless" and the "CU Stylin' #279 - Inner Shadow & Pressed In" by Mommyish.

Tuesday, 7 September 2021

TUTORIAL | CURLED EDGE WITH AGE

 

Can you believe we are in September? It’s a little crazy! I don’t know about you, but even though I LOVE digital scrapbooking, I still LOVE paper scrapbooking. I don’t know that I will ever get 100% away from the paper side, it still calls to me. I love the textures, and I love to feel them.  I will 500% admit that digital scrapbooking offers so many close alternatives that it would be silly for me to overlook them. My continued goal is to find ways to bring some of that “paper” feel to the digital world.

You ever noticed how your photos or papers start to curl over time?  Well I’m going to show you how to create that effect digitally.

For this tutorial, I will bet using Photoshop CC.  Since, this tutorial will be using a photo in a frame, I've decided to use Pink Reptile Designs Coffee O'Clock Collection including one of the templates.

I'm going to approach this from more of a layout perspective.  I'm going to open Photoshop and open template No 4 in the template pack.


Since I want to see the "bent" photo effect in real time, I'm going to go ahead and insert a photo of choice into the frame and clip it to the mask.


Now, I'm going to show you how to achieve that "bent" look.  This particular photo/template already has a nice square "filled" in mat.  (If it didn't then I'd want to make my own photo mask the same size & then follow the below steps).


First thing I'm going to do, is select photo matte and add a drop shadow (I am aware that a shadow already exists for the photo matte and that one needs to remain there for it, the shadow I'm creating will be used to create the "bend" look).  To add a drop shadow, click on the "fx" icon and select drop shadow.


The layer style screen should pop and look like this.  I leave the blend mode as "linear burn," set the opacity to "40%", since the template already has a drop shadow angle being used at 45% I want to make sure I use the same angle of 45% for this shadow and I have distance @ 11, spread @ 7% and size @18 and click "ok."


When you first look, it doesn't look like anything changed.  Take a closer look, the photo matte, is showing a "drop shadow" has been added.


The next step is to separate that "drop" shadow from the photo matte.  To do this, make sure the photo matte layer is selected, right click on "drop shadow" and select the "create layer" option.


This lovely little message will pop up and it's just saying there are somethings that may not carry over by creating a separate layer.  Just select "ok."


Now we have another photo matte layer.  I went ahead and renamed it to "photo bend layer" so that way I know I'm working with the correct layer. 

Next, I select that layer and drag or move it to where it is layered right on top of the photo.  Also, notice how this layer looks on top of the photo.


Once the "bend" layer is moved up over the photo, the photo will look something similar to this.  

If you notice, the shadow matches the original photo matte shadow.  That is a good thing.....that is important for the "bend" to look like it belongs.  I only need to make one slight adjustment to this "bend" layer.  I need to move it up, so that it's overlapping the top edge of the photo/matte. This will help create that optical "bend" illusion.  Selecting the "bend" layer, I then use my up arrow key to nudge this layer up. Now, I'm going to apply a layer mask to this "bend" layer.   First select the "bend" layer and then go down and select the "layer mask" icon (see the icon circled below).

Your "bend" layer should now look like this.  Before we go further, we need to make sure the foreground color is set to "white" (see on the lower left below).


Once the foreground color is set to "white," with the "bend" layer mask selected (notice where the white lined rectangle is at on the "bend" layer), click on the "gradient" tool.

Now, it's time to apply this gradient blend to the layer mask (this is why the "layer mask" of the "bend layer" has to be selected).  I take my mouse and I click on the actual "bend" layer starting about 1/4 inch from the top of the layer and drag my mouse down just a little bit.  (I've placed and x on the example as guidance for you ). 


By bringing the mouse straight down just like an 1/8th of an inch, it forces the rest of the "bend" layer to be hidden (which is what we want).  I've circled what the "visible" part of the "bend" layer and when you look to the right, you can see on the layer mask portion of this layer, the part that is "hidden."

 

Now, we just make adjustments to the blend mode/opacity to make this "bend" look more realistic.
Start with making sure the "bend" layer is selected.  I like to leave the blend mode at "linear" burn (you can play with modes and fine tune to your preference). First thing I adjust is my fill % and I dropped mine from 40% to 35%.  Sometimes messing with the opacity too much can mess the look up, so I only made a slight adjustment to the opacity and dropped it from 100% to 90%.


Take a look at the top edge of the photo....by nudging the "bend" layer up over the edge, it helped aid in the illusion that the edge is curled/bent slightly by causing some additional shadowing along the top between the BG and the photo and then there’s the actual shadowing on the photo.  Kinda cool, huh?  

Here's what my complete layout looks like.  I also used "Coffee O'Clock" for the rest of the layout.


Hope you enjoyed this tutorial, can't wait to see you try this technique.   When you do, make sure you tag Mirjam and myself ("mywisecrafts") in the forum so we can leave you some love.  If you post it on social media, you can also tag "Pink Reptile Designs" & "mywisecrafts" there as well and we will leave you some love as well.

Catch you around the gallery!!!

xxxxx,
Esther (mywisecrafts)