Tuesday, 21 November 2017

HYBRID | ACCORDEON FOLDER PART 2


Last month I showed you how I made an accordeon folder to help store the printed out photo's that are waiting to be scrapped. In todays post I am going to show you how I embellished the folder so it is a pretty and fun object on my desk. While we close december, I am thinking this will also make a GREAT gift!

Anyway here's part 2 of my accordeon tutorial: the embellishing part


This is how I ended my last post: a finished accordeon folder, plain and simple.



Although I think it already looks really nice, I am sure it will look even better with a little embellishing. So I glued leave shapes cut from glitter paper and wooden ones that I got at my local craft store.



I added a big flower that I cut with my cutting machine [cuttlebug] in a blue paper from All Eyes On You. I love this paper because is has several shades of blue that show perfectly in my diecut flower, giving it a beautiful ombre effect.



For the finishing touch I hand cut the word Snap Shot from a journal card form the Spring Is Journal Card collection.



And this is what my finished folder looks like :






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 November 2017

BLOG CHALLENGE NOVEMBER

Hello Scrapping friends!!! Welcome to November's blog challenge! This month, we are thrilled to offer another freebie template for you, but first we need to announce the winner for October's Round Robin Scraplift challenge!!! You can take a peek at all the gorgeous entries HERE.


The lucky winner for this month is Cinna!!!

Congratulations Cinna aka Carina!!! 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 Carina's gorgeous page:



For this month, we have another freebie template for you created by Jenn @jk703! Yay! 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!

pink reptile designs blog challenge

Here's what the talented Pink Ladies created using the template freebie:

by diane
by annemieke
by jenn mccabe
by kate
by stefanie
by christa
by rikki
and another one by annemieke

I hope this huge sampling of CT pages has you inspired, now let's see your rocking template skills!

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 December 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 November 2017

THREE WAY | STAMPS WITH SASS


Hello friends! 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 kit stamps to sassy up our pages and create pretty embellishments, journaling spots, and custom word art.

Let's jump right in ... I think you will like how easy these ideas are!

First up I grabbed a bunch of doodle stamps from Nuts About Fall | Elements. I placed the mushroom stamp in the center and added the text "Happy Fall" underneath. I then added some journaling and used the Create Warp Text tool to arc my journaling into a half circle. I grabbed just a few leaves and acorns from the scatter doodle stamps that are in the Nuts About Fall kit by just copying and pasting the ones I needed. Together these pieces make for a super cute custom piece of word art!

And here's how it looks on my page:


Next I grabbed a flower stamp from Sea of Love | Elements , a branch from Today | Elements, and a paper element from Boho Bliss. Here's the pieces before I altered them.


For the Boho Bliss element, I extracted the stamp from the background. I arranged them all to form a sort of "topper" element thinking that if I placed two together they would make an elegant journaling spot or area to place a title. I merged all the separate stamps together and used the Color Overlay option to recolor the new stamp.


Here's how the stamp looks duplicated, forming a nice journaling spot on my page:


Finally, I took a stamp from Today | Elements and multiplied it several times. I held down my shift key and rotated each one, with consecutively more rotations each time. I placed all the individually rotated stamps into place to create a circle and  merged all the separate stamps into one. I then turned the wreath into a grey scale image and used the Color Overlay option to recolor the entire wreath. Here's the final wreath and the starting stamp in the center.


And for my page, I made a few more alterations. I recolored it yellow. Then I selected the entire wreath. I created a new layer and with my selection still active, I chose Edit > Stroke (with a 3 pixel wide stroke and a grey color) to create an outline. I then went back to my yellow wreath layer and moved it down and over a little bit to give it that pretty offset look. Here's how it looks on my page:


And there you go ... three sassy stamp ideas to try out on your next page ... all by taking a new look at some of the older stamps already in your stash. Happy scrapping!

Sunday, 12 November 2017

NEW: FALALA SEASONS GREETINGS | DOCUMENT YOUR DECEMBER 2017

December is around the corner, and it is time to get your stashes ready and scrap all the daily goings on as the countdown begins towards the holidays! I have 3 amazing new packs at 30% off through Sunday 11/13 to help you get started.


A better deal is to grab the bundle and pay ONLY 5 dollars [offer is valid through november 13]!

[*If you are a newsletter subscriber there is a great bundle price where you will get all 3 in a bundle at 4 dollars] Click here to subscribe to the Pink Reptile Newsletter.


page by karen
page by elisapage by manuela

FALALA: SEASONS GREETINGS | ELEMENTS
A super versatile set of 52 unique elements in all kind of shapes, sizes, textures and styles [55 in total]. Everything you need to make some eye catching invitations or cards, make personalized placeholders and to scrap your Holiday pages!

http://the-lilypad.com/store/Falala-Seasons-Greetings-Elements.html

FALALA: SEASONS GREETINGS | PAPERS
A beautiful set of 8 wintery patterned papers, 8  alternate color combinations PLUS 6 matching solids.

http://the-lilypad.com/store/Falala-Seasons-Greetings-Papers.html

FALALA: SEASONS GREETINGS | ALPHA
A beautiful, luxurious alpha in sparkly  white, dramatic black, and true Christmassy green and red! Guaranteed to add that extra little oomph to your pages! Each alpha includes: upper case, numbers and punctuation and a bit of punctuation - ! ? & + - = () - 44 characters in total per alhpa, all seperate .png's.

http://the-lilypad.com/store/Falala-Seasons-Greetings-Alpha.html

INSPIRATION

page by diane
page by tracipage by christa
page by stefanie
page by ellenpage by keepscrappin
page by carrie
Wishing you a wonderful weekend and Happy Scrappin'!

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

TUTORIALS | ADDING FOLDS


Hi Everyone! It's Jenn, jk703, here for a fun little tutorial! This one you can add to almost any paper layer, and even try it on some photos, if you like! It's perfect for stretching your stash, and looks best with plain paper! :) Hoping you like it! For my layout and tutorial images, I used Mirjam's new BYOC items - Love Lives Here! Perfect for fall and very versatile for non-fall too!

First, I have a blank white layer to start. If you are in the middle of a layout, create a new layer. It doesn't have to be filled white. (The next step will do that automatically).



Now, we are going to start out with the Gradient Tool. You will want the first choice - black to white gradient, and I used the Diamond Gradient. That is the last box of the options for how the gradient will appear on the layer. One thing that is important is to choose the Difference Blend Mode.



With the white layer or empty new layer, you will click and drag your cursor across the page. Here I did the click and drag approx. 4 times, all on the same layer.


Keep adding more lines, go up and down, sideways, right to left, whichever way you want. When you are happy, your layer should look like some variation of this:



Next, we are going to use a Filter. With your newly made gradient layer chosen, now click on Filter > Stylize > Emboss.



A menu will pop up. Play with the sliders until it looks right to you. I wanted a more crisp line, so my pixels are lower in height. Sometimes, when I played it seemed to get super blurry. At that point, I brought the sliders back to 0 and tried again slowly.



Once you are happy with the Emboss filter, bring in a paper over the Gradient Layer. Then choose the Overlay Blend Mode. Like this:



You can also add an Adjustment Layer, Curves. I tweaked the darker colors a smidge so that my angles had a little bit of additional shadow. Here is what I came up with.



I was playing around, and tried white paper - it's still a work in progress, I think my shadowing could be more defined. The orange was just a little to overpowering for my photo and layout. So, I just made that part of the paper stack on the right.



I would love to see what you create using this technique!
Have fun learning!

Thanks for visiting!
Jenn Marione (jk703)