Tuesday, 21 February 2017

HYBRID | EASY HYBRID LAYOUT


In France, January was cold and rainy... this made me long for the sun so I decided to use my photos taken during my last holidays in October and create a layout with some sunshiny colors.

I actually created my whole layout in Photoshop before I printed it.

I chose my photo and I put it in the center of my digital page.


Then I created my title with two of my favorite Pink Reptile alpha's : first one is  this cute little stitched Garden Party Alpha.


And the second is this really cool stamped Ink Pad Alpha.


The next step was adding some interest and texture to my background with ink splatters brushes.
I selected colors from my photo so they would match perfectly.



Then I replaced my photo by a grey rectangle so I'd have a guide for my actual photo after I printed my page on a piece of cardstock.


Now my layout is ready to be printed :
I also printed a few elements from If Only and Spring Flutters to cut out and glue on my paper page.
My papers elements are printed :


I added two pieces of yellow tape around the grey rectangle. These tapes will be under my photo


I added autoadhesive 3D foam behind my photo and stuck it on my background.


Here you can see the depth this creates.


As a finishing touch I added a wordstrip and voila, my page is finished!


Printing backgrounds like this is an easy and fun way to create a hybrid page!

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! 

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

BLOG CHALLENGE | FEBRUARY

Hello! Welcome to the February Blog Challenge! Whew! January was a crazy month if you were hanging around TLP and played along in the MOC. How many of you finished? If you jumped in and did even just one MOC challenge page, you should go ahead and give yourself a big pat on the back! And speaking of pats on the back, let's see who the winner for January's template challenge is!!! You can take a peek at all the amazing entries HERE.

The lucky winner for this month is Frumpje!!!
Congratulations Frumpje!!! 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 Frumpje's gorgeous page:


For this month's challenge we be using the latest Three Way series Easy as Pie as our inspiration. To play along you need to incorporate a Pie Chart on your page in some way. How you do that is totally up to you. You can use one of the Three Way | Easy as Pie ideas. To recap:

1. Clip papers, paint/brushes, or photos to your Pie Chart and document a Fave or your "Currently"
2. Use elements from a kit to make your Pie Chart
3. Use a Pie Charts as an overall design element on your page

Or you can come up with your own idea for using a Pie Chart on your page. That's it ... this rest is up to you!

And we also included a little Pie Chart Freebie for you to download and play with on your page if you chose to. I cannot wait to see your creative Pie Chart pages!

Pink Reptile Designs

DOWNLOAD HERE


Take a peek at these stunning pie chart pages by the Pink Ladies:

by Diane


by Ellen


by Mirjam


And one using the Freebie Download by Karen W


Another page ... with the Freebie pie chart made into a background paper by Annemieke


Can't wait to see your pages with Pie Charts!

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 MARCH 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, 14 February 2017

THREE WAY | EASY AS PIE


Hello and welcome to the February edition of our Three Way Series -where we show you creative ways to stretch and use your stash. Today’s post is one that I’ve been planning on doing for over a year now and finally got around to getting all the ideas worked out. You see, I’m in a bit of transition period in my scrapping. I have teens in high school who are not as thrilled to be the subject of so many scrap pages these days. I’m finding myself looking inward more often when it comes to what to scrap about next. But I’m still really bad at scrapping selfies and photos of me. So I think this challenge might be a fun way to get more of “me” or rather “you” on the page - if you choose. Of course this idea can apply to any page you’d like to scrap but it’s really fun and works well with all those little things like “Faves” and “Currently” that we want to document.

Today’s Three Way is Easy as Pie! We are grabbing inspiration from pie charts to help us document and design our pages. Here’s a little peek at some of the things that have grabbed my attention over the last year or so:


Cute stuff right?

Like I mentioned, pie charts are a great way to document your “Faves” or the things that you (or your loved ones/pets/etc) are “Currently” into at this very moment in time. This is a great way to tell a story with out needing photos. You can have fun and assign the different pie pieces a % or just let the size of the piece of pie dictate how much you like that specific thing or how much time you spend on that item. It’s so fun to document a daily routine this way.

Uses for Pie Charts:
Faves:  food, movies, music, books, TV shows,
Currently: hobbies you are loving/how you spend your free time/your diet or fitness routine & goals/guilty pleasures
Document: a routine such as your week, a day, your time at work
Or how cute would it be to do a page with 6 little pie charts showing your newborn’s first 6 months of life and how he/she spent her days as she got older vs that very first month of life?

There are so so many ideas for this type of scrapbooking. So let’s switch gears and take a look at ways to actually make a pie chart for this idea.

1. The first idea to use Pie Charts on our pages is to simply use some form of a pie chart as a clipping mask. You can clip paints or transfers, patterned paper or even photos into your pie chart pieces. Take a peek at Pinterest for some inspiration on different styles of pie charts. Then use PS to create your own. Or if you dare - use your tablet to doodle your own handmade pie chart! How fun would that be?

To make one in Photoshop, just start with a basic filled in circle on its own layer. Using your polygon lasso tool cut it into pieces to represent the different things or blocks of time for your pie chart. It doesn’t have to be perfect - just have fun with it.

Here’s the open style pie chart I want to create for my page.


I start with three layers : My Background, a large circle filled with pink (any color works!) and then a smaller circle filled with white. See below:


I select all the pixels for the small white circle by clicking on the layer’s thumbnail + CMD (mac) or Control (PC). This puts those “marching ants” around the small circle and I know those pixels are selected. Then I click on the layer for the large pink circle and hit delete. This cuts a whole in the large circle. I can now hide or delete the 3rd layer (the small circle in white).

Add some guide lines on your page so you can easily see your center.

HINT: A quick tip is to type 50% and select Horizontal guide and then type 50% and select Vertical guide and you will have the center of the page marked. Align your big circle to the center of the page with the Align Tools.

If you use the rectangle marquee tool you can cut a perfect 1/4 chunk out of your pie chart by lining up your rectangle with those guide lines. CMD + X (or Control + X) will cut that chunk out and then CMD + V (or Control + V) will paste it on a new layer of its own.


Also use the polygon lasso tool for cutting custom shapes just like you see in this photo.


I’ve recolored the different pieces of my pie chart and each one is on its own layer. Now the fun part of clipping paint or papers or photos can be done so you can add your pie chart to your page!

Here’s an example of a more standard pie chart with out that cut out circle in the middle. This one has a pretty soft watercolor brush from Daily Routine clipped to each piece. It would look so pretty in different colors!


For my page I took images from some of the TV shows I’ve been binge watching. I was never really a huge TV watcher before so I wanted to document this change in me! Here’s how my page turned out:


2. The second idea I had to use pie charts is to try to find some element in our stash to sit in for the pie chart, instead of making one on our own. Geo tags, little arrows, watermelon chunks, and even patterned papers can work as pie charts!


Here’s my page taking a cute record element from Don’t Stop the Music and using it to record my top most played artists on Apple Music at the moment. Any round object from your kits can work great as a pie chart if you simply cut it up into chunks!


3. The last idea I had was to just use the pie chart as more of an overall design element on the background of my page rather than letting it represent a chunk of time or my favorites. I chose to scrap about my planner addiction so it still kind of ties in with the theme of chunks of time but it is in no way literal. So this third option uses the pie chart repeatedly in the background and almost acts like a patterned paper custom made by you! It can be used on any type of page at all and just adds color and whimsy to the page!


I've included my process in the graphic above, but to recap basically I just grabbed a triangle element from the Sisters Collab with Studio Basic and made a pie chart by combing them all together - merging all the layers into one. Then drew a big circle and used the method in Example 1 above to cut the circle out. Then I left one chunk in the cute multi colors and just recolored each of the other chunks. Here is how my final version of using pie charts on our pages turned out.


So what do you think? Do you have any fun ideas for using pie charts on your pages brewing? I’d love to see and hear your ideas!

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

TUTORIAL | STICKERIZING


Hello scrapper! Fresh off of Month of Challenges at The Lilypad, I'm going to put you to a little challenge to learn a new technique! I promise it's an easy one that you will love! I find that I love the learning - hence why I seem to write tutorials! :P So, today's post is about using one of my favorite products of Mirjam's - Ink Pad!

Here, you can see my current layout with the alphabet over all my layers. It sort of looks funny over the torn papers to me, and I like when my scrapping mimics my old paper scrapping days. I decided I wanted to bring more attention to it as well, so I thought I'll "STICKERIZE" it! Yes... I love creating my own new vocabulary words!




First things first, press "D" to have your foreground and background colors set to default - black foreground and white background.

From the Layers Palette, I pressed Command + Shift + then click on the small icons of ALL letters that you want marching ants for. I now have marching ants around all of the the inked letters - WINTER.



Next, you will want to create a new layer BELOW the Inked Alphabet. Within the Layers Palette, chose and highlight the layer right under the last letter.  You can click on the small square with a folded corner which is on the bottom of the Layers Palette. Below, my newly created layer is Layer 5.



So, now that I have my marching ants around all letters,and I've got my layers ready to go, I'm now going to expand those marching ants. Click on Select > Modify > Expand.



Choose a number that you want to expand the borders to - I chose 15. You can do anything you want. The higher the number the thicker the edge. Once you click ok, the borders move out. If you like the amount, then you're done. If you want it a bit thicker, just repeat this step again. I repeated it, and added another expansion of 7 (on top of the 15 already done).



Here is what my marching ants looks like at the moment.



Now, I know I wanted a white fill in... but it wouldn't show well for the tutorial, so I filled in green, and then white. SO...with the marching ants marching, press Command + Delete. This will fill in your marching ants on your newly created layer with the background color, white.



Here is the white, and I added a shadow to the alphabet sticker. They've been STICKERIZED!
(Torn Treasures #3, Fancy Whites paper pack, Winter Talk Word Art and Ink Pad products were used to make my layout)




My final layout with my fun new alpha! :P



Thanks for visiting and I hope this was something fun to learn!
Jenn Marione | jk703

Friday, 3 February 2017

NEW: FEBRUARY BYOC | PUPPY LOVE

It's February, the month of Love and Valentine's Day. I don't know about you, but I thoroughly enjoyed the January MOC5 Challenges at the Lily Pad. It made the month of January zip on by and it is now February.  Celebrating love with the color scheme of reds and coordinating pastels, I have 3 great packs for the BYOC.

Some of the pages I did for the MOC5, reflected my adorable pup Yuki. He is a part of our family and I love him so much. He is my inspiration for my February packs called "Puppy Love"! Whether you want to document your love for a special fur baby or your special someone, I know you are going to love these!

Puppy love will be on sale through Sunday Feb. 3, 2017 at 20% off. [**For those of you that are Newsletter subscribers, check the newsletter for the special bundle price.**]

PUPPY LOVE | ELEMENTS 
A cute pack of 60 unique elements [69 in total] in all kind of shapes, sizes, textures and styles. The perfect set of elements to scrap about the love of your life.

http://the-lilypad.com/store/Puppy-Love-Elements.html
PUPPY LOVE | PAPERS
A great set of 11 timeless patterned papers plus 11 alternate color combinations AND 8 beautifully textured matching solids. Which makes this an awesome pack of 30 papers in total

http://the-lilypad.com/store/Puppy-Love-Papers.html
 PATTERNS + ALTERNATES
http://the-lilypad.com/store/Puppy-Love-Papers.html
PUPPY LOVE | ALPHA
A cute all purpose rubber alpha that will add a great touch of depth tour pages. Inclueds: upper case, lower case, numbers and punctuation [86 characters in total - all seperate .png's]

http://the-lilypad.com/store/Puppy-Love-Alpha.html
INSPIRATION
How about these gorgeous pages to get the creative juices flowing?!

by susanne
by manuela
by miekster by christa
by karen
by donna
by carrie by gaƫlle
by manuela by natascha by ellen
by diane
by barbara

Wishing you a wonderful weekend and Happy Scrappin'!