Tuesday, 27 September 2016

PRETTY PAGES FROM THE PINK REPTILE GALLERY | by GAËLLE


Hello, Gaelle here with my picks for the month of September. The choice was so hard, that I've chosen 4 pages instead of 3!

I love the choice of background with the lines (this is so creative and not typical) so it really caught my eye! I love the use of the mask for the picture too. The embellishment is amazing.

Sick Smile by klee73010
http://the-lilypad.com/forum/galleries/sick-smile.265460/

I love the use of the gesso; it gives some light to the picture. The color combo is lovely too.

With this Ring by corsicar
http://the-lilypad.com/forum/galleries/with-this-ring.265276/

This page is very pretty, I love the big picture blended in the mask and all the little pictures around it. That's an amazing design.

Emmy @ 2 by tlcd1961
http://the-lilypad.com/forum/galleries/emmy-2.265258/

And this gorgeous page by Hélène, I love the cloud for the journaling. And the paint flowers are a cute touch.

Filoute by buzinettescrap
http://the-lilypad.com/forum/galleries/filoute.265130/
That's it for this month, we hope you'll continue to upload your PRD pages to the Pink Reptile Designs Gallery ... we can't wait to see what you make next month!

Friday, 23 September 2016

DSD STARTS NOW WITH LILYPAD'S FREEBIE HOP!


Thanks for visiting my blog during TLP’s Of Wishes. Hopes, and Dreams Part 1 freebie hop.

You can download my part HERE or by clicking on the preview.

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Then, continue on to the next stop at Kristen Aagards blog.

Hop through all 22 stops to get part one for FREE [remember the freebies are only available through September 29th] and make sure to look for part two in the shop as a Free with Purchase during our Digital Scrapbooking Day celebrations, from September 30 - October 3.

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Happy Scrappin'!

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

HYBRID | PERSONALIZED PATTERN BOOK


Hi everyone! As you probably know by now I'm a true scrapbooking addict but apart from scrapping there are more creative things that I love to spend my free time on. You see I also love to sew and I have found many great sewing patterns on Pinterest. Actually I have found so many that I really needed a good storage place.
I bought a white file folder and decided to personalize it to fit my needs with Pink Reptile's Hooked elements, alpha and papers [plus a few things from the retired Handmade With Love collab kit] because they were  just perfect for what I had it mind.


Here's what I did. Step by Step.
First I created my cover plus 3 dividers in photoshop

cover
1st divider
2nd divider
and 3rd divider
After printing I glued my cover page to the file folder.
Like so.
Then I glued my divider pages on piecse of kraft paper to make them more sturdy.
I separated the divider and the tab to create a real divider page...
and did the same thing with the second and third divider.


Then I cut away the kraft paper alongside the tab.
This is what my finished dividers look like.
Lastly I punched holes in the dividers and put them in my folder along with a bunch of transparent pocket pages to hold my patterns.
And this is what the inside of my finished personalized pattern folder looks like!

And if you are currious about my sewing projects...here's a few examples of my latest creations.

I made a dress and a jacket for my daughter's dolls.
My kids love to play dress up, so I made them some costumes. A pirate jacket for my son :
and a super girl costume for my daughter with a red cloak and a glitter red tut. The tutu is a no sew tutu, it's very easy to make and the result is awesome. One of many awesome examples from Pinterest!

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!

Thursday, 15 September 2016

SEPTEMBER BLOG CHALLENGE

Hello! Welcome to the September Blog Challenge! This month, we have another freebie for you, but before we share the latest template and our new monthly challenge, let's see who the winner for August's paint challenge is!!! You can take a peek at all the awesome entries HERE.


The lucky winner for this month is Jan!!!

Congratulations Jan!!! You have a notification on your TLP account.
All other participants will also receive 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 Jan's beautiful page:



For this month's challenge, we are so excited to share another freebie template in our series: "Inspired by the Pink Ladies" where we take a page created by one of our talented Pink Ladies and turn it into a freebie template for you! This month's template is inspired by a page designed by Donna!!! Thanks so much for letting us use your page Donna!

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!

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Looking forward to seeing your pages!


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

by Jenn McCabe

by Nini

by Gaëlle

by Erin

by Diane

by Shivani

original page by Donna

Now it's your turn!


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?!

Wishing you tons of fun and Happy Scrappin'!

Tuesday, 13 September 2016

THREE WAY | FAR-OUT CUT-OUTS


Hello! Today 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 elements, patterned papers, and stamps/rub-ons to expand on the Silhouette "cut-out" look from last week's post. You can find that post HERE.

As I mentioned last week, the "cut" file look on paper pages is everywhere. I didn't want to just stop at using one scallop element border (from last week's tutorial) to create a fun digitally "cut" Silhouette look on our pages, although we are going to be using that as one of our three examples today. I wanted to showcase a bunch of ways we can use our digital stash to get this "cut-out" look.

ONE WAY
First, let's take a look at that scallop mat we made last week and show one way to finish off the page with lots of patterned papers stacked underneath the "cut-out" mat. In my page below, I used three different pages from Love Bug to add color and interest and create a fun "cut-out" look foundation for my photo. This was so easy and came together super fast. This would be an example of using the negative "cut" shape.


TWO WAY
Second, I decided to browse through my papers for interesting patterns to see which would make a good selection for cutting. I found a paper with lots of fun sizes of circles from the Adventure kit. I used the Magic Wand tutorial from last week to select the circles from the background and then "cut" that shape out of a piece of carstock. Now the newly "cut" shape can work as a negative "cut" to delete from another paper or it can be used as a positive "cut". To use it as a positive "cut", simply clip some paper to it as you would create any clipping mask. My page used the circle cut shape in the positive and then I clipped an ombre paper from To Gather to it.  I made the mat a bit smaller than my 12x12 page. I duplicated it and placed one on the left and one on the right side ... with a bit of space for journaling in between. This would be an example of using the positive "cut" shape.


THREE WAY
My third and last example, uses an adorable light bulb rub-on/stamp from Spring Flutters as the basis for my "cut-out" shape. I made enough duplicates of my shape to completely fill one row across my page. Then I duplicated the row 2x, for a total of three rows. The middle row is slightly off center to match up better and fill in the spaces. I knew I just wanted this one to be more like a wide paper mat border running the width of my page, rather than filling up the entire page top to bottom, so I just did 3 rows across. After getting all my light bulb shapes lined up, I merged them onto one layer, and instead of using them as a selection to "cut" another paper, I clipped the cardstock to the shape. This would be an example of using the positive "cut" shape. I added a shadow and then to add even more interest, I created a sticker out of the light bulb rub-on by adding a thin border of white around it. This was placed over a few of the light bulbs for added dimension and interest.


Tip: Cut files that line up to create a border or mat, are usually all touching each other or intersecting at some point so that way they don't fall apart. So to create an "authentic" cut file, make sure (for what ever shape you are using) the pieces all touch each other so there is no disconnect. Technically the bottom part of my light bulb is not connected to its glass counterpart. I could brush a little line on the edges to connect them, but it's such a slight disconnect that I didn't worry about it in this case. But I just wanted to point that out for you to consider as you try your hand at this digitally.

I kept my pages on the softer side to match the soft photo, but image what these digital "cut" files would look like with paint brushed all over and underneath them! And I have to say it was really hard to just stop at making "cut" files with these 3 examples. I have a huge list forming of all the cute things from my digital stash that I want to use make "cut" files on future pages. If you use these tips to make digital "cut" files on your pages, I'd love for you to link us up, so we can see what you make!

Happy scrapping ... and cutting!

Tuesday, 6 September 2016

TUTORIAL | SILHOUETTE CUT-OUT LOOK


Hey there! I don't know about you but in my Pinterest feed I am seeing scrapbook pages with paper cut-outs popping up ... all day, every day. And I have to say ... the pages are so unique and full of gorgeous pattern and color. I love the look! Most of the pages are traditional paper scrapbook pages and the layout artist is using some type of cutting machine like a Silhouette or a Cricut. But, that doesn't leave us digital artists out of the fun! We can most definitely join in on the fun of this popular trend using our scrapbooking software!

If you haven't seen these cut out looks around ... I'll share some of the gorgeous inspiration I have seen in my Pinterest feed from many talented paper scrappers:


In this very small sample of pages using cut files, you can see so many different ways the layouts artists have used them on their pages:
backed with pattern papers, painted on, watercolored, and the negative image used with swatches of paint underneath. Each is so diverse and beautiful in its own right.

So let's take a look at how we can approach this digitally. (Note: I am using Photoshop CC 2015.5. So things may look different depending on what version you have, but most things should be do-able for you.)

I found a cute scallop border element in Pink Reptile Design's mini kit for the August Scrap Parade: On This Day.


This shows what our selection ("marching ants") looks like when we first click on our scallop. See how the little white dots have a ring of "marching ants" around them? We don't want that! That means those circles are not part of our selection.
This is what we want:
Now with your selection still active (those marching ants should still be dancing around in that scallop shape!) create a new layer and pick a color for your foreground (I am going to use black). Use your paint bucket tool on that new layer to fill in the scallop shape. You do this by clicking any where inside the marching ants with the paint bucket tool. You can now delete the original scallop element layout from the On This Day mini kit.


Now we are ready to do the "cut-out" look. We are simply going to fill up our page with copies of this shape, stacking them and placing them off kilter as we go until we fill up our page. Press Command D (on a Mac) or Control D (on a PC) to deselect the scallop. You can copy the scallop shape by pressing Command J (on a Mac) or Control J on a PC. Another way is holding down ALT while you drag the scallop shape ... when you do this you must have the Move Tool selected & you will see a white triangle along with the usual black triangle. Another way is to go up to your Menu options and select > Layer > Duplicate Layer. There are other methods ... use whatever is fastest for you!

Arrange each copy the way you want it to look on your page. You can see my example below.


A TIP: Under View, make sure >Extras, >Snap and >Rulers all have check marks next them : this turns lets you see your spacing. See the pink in between my scallops? It might be hard to see, but it is telling me that each scallop snaps and is spaced exactly .25 inches from each other. When set the spacing for the first two scallops, as you drag each of the other copies around your page, you can chose to let go and drop it at any distance, but when you get close to the .25 inches it will snap and let you know when it is there! Of course if you like a messier and uneven look - you can certainly vary your spaces. You can rotate them slightly to and even stack them overlapping each other.

Here is how I arranged my scallops:


Once they are in place, select all of the layers of scallops, and go to >Layers >Merge Layers. This places them all on one layer and will allow you to "cut" this newly merged shape out of a piece of card stock or patterned paper, which we will be doing in just a minute. Before we move onto the "cutting" part, let's get a piece of card stock out and place it on our page under the scallop layer.

Here's what my Layers palette looks like with the Merged scallops in black all on one layer and the Love Bug cardstock below it.


Now select your scallops. Use the Magic Wand method from earlier or another easy way is to Command click (on a Mac) or Control click (on a PC) over the layer thumbnail in your layers palette. Don't click on the grey area, click on the "thumbnail" or "image" next to the grey area. This places those "marching ants" around all of the scallops on your page.


Now we are ready to digitally "cut" this shape from our cardstock. Click on your cardstock layer (or whatever paper you chose) and press delete. Those "marching ants" will digitally "cut" that shape out of the cardstock/paper. To see it, go back to the scallop layer and click on the eye icon in front of the layer thumbnail in the layer palette to turn that layer off. You should see a "hole" cut out of your paper revealing the white background below.

Click Command D (on a Mac) or Control D (on a PC) to deselect the scallop shape and those "marching ants" should go away. Now put your favorite paper drop shadow on your cardstock/paper layer to really see the cut-out better. Here's my cut-out with a patterned paper from Love Bug positioned underneath.


And if you prefer, you can watch a video version of this tutorial!

Pink Reptile Designs: Tutorial | Get a Silhouette Cut Out Look on your Digital Pages from mirjam schurings on Vimeo.

I hope you have fun making your own digital "cut" files. You can add different patterns of paper under each scallop or paint under your cut-out mat to get an endless amount of looks for your pages!