Tuesday, 16 May 2017

SAN'S FAV CITY FONTS


We’ve got so many beautiful places in the world and there are so many great cities I wild love to see.  Luckily we can see bits and pieces of  many of them on tv or on the world wide web, but it is never the same as being there for real. I’ve already seen  and stayed in a lot of great cities in Europe during my backpacking holidays in the summer and when wewent on a citytrip but there's still quite a few on my wishlist.

Pictures found on Pinterest



I just love to scrap holiday pictures and journal about what we have seen and did during a day. Here are some city-fonts that I found for your traveling experiences, all free to download!


1. Stockholm, 2. Hong Kong, 3. London, 4. Washington, 5. Paris, 6. San Fransisco, 7. Helsinki, 8. Beijing, 9. Berlin,  10. New York

Which city is high on your wishlist?

Monday, 15 May 2017

BLOG CHALLENGE | MAY

Hello, hello! Welcome to another blog challenge! This month, we are thrilled to offer another freebie template for you to work your magic on, but first we need to announce the winner for April's cosmic challenge!!! You can take a peek at all the awesome entries HERE.

The lucky winner for this month is Melanie!!!
Congratulations Melanie aka Melhope1230!!! 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 Melanie's gorgeous page:


For this month, we are thrilled to share another freebie template created by Gaelle! 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


Here's what the talented Pink Ladies did with this beautiful, versatile template:

by Gaelle


by Diane


by EllenT


by Mirjam 


by Nini


by Jenn


Wow, so many beautiful and creative takes on how to use this template ... and 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 June 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 May 2017

TUTORIAL | TIPS FOR FINDING DESIGNER SUPPLIES FAST


If you are like me, you don’t tag. It’s enough to just get the digital products organized in their proper folders, the photos uploaded on the computer, and then imported into Lightroom. I’ve never been a digi scrapbook supply tagger. And as such … I truly struggle with finding everything in my digi stash.

I don’t have any magic trick to get you to be able to easily find anything in your entire stash … but I do have a few tips to consider when you are completing all those designer challenges (the ones that require a certain percentage of a specific designer’s products).

What I do is use my computer’s search engine. I’m on a MAC so I just pull up a Finder window and in the search bar I can start by typing in the name of the designer as it appears in their file names. Hopefully you are working with a designer that uses only one naming convention. Mirjam uses prd to start virtually all her files. Sometimes if there is a collab, then the other designer’s pieces may be different but this will give you just about everything she makes. Some of the older, retired products may differ a bit in the naming convention. In either case … you can just change the name yourself by adding prd_ to the front of the file name.

Now you might be thinking – “Who cares? I put all my designer kits and products in a folder specifically for that designer anyway. How can this possibly help me find my PRD digital supplies faster?” And while that is true, the trick here is that doing a search with "prd" will populate each piece in the Finder window … meaning you won’t have to open every file one by one to actually see what is inside … it will all be visible.

Here is what it looks like when I go to my PRD folder with all of the PRD kits.



And here is what it looks like when I search for prd in my Finder window. See the prd in the search bar - top right?



The best part is if I've been a bad girl and have not organized my download folder yet and actually put all my new PRD kits into the PRD folder ... I can still see all my PRD stuff: both the stuff filed nice and neat in my PRD Folder and the new "yet to be filed" stuff that still resides in my download folder. I simply make sure I am doing a search for ALL MY FILES as opposed to a certain drive or folder. This even pulls my stuff off any connected EHD (external hard drive) as well.

You can also control how big your thumbnails are. So you can make them tiny if you are doing a quick glance for something or if you want to see the detail and patterns better ... you might make the thumbnails much bigger. Go to View > Show View Options and a little window will pop up where you can adjust that to your liking.



To further drill down within a designer file system of digi products – you really do have to spend a little bit of time studying their naming conventions. This will probably not help you find every red and white polka dot paper, but it will quickly allow you to scroll through the thumbnails so you can pick out the papers easily.

Here’s an example: I know Mirjam names all her papers with prd and pp, so I can just type in prd pp and get a Finder window full of all of Mirjam's papers at a glance. Scrolling through to find a red paper or a woodgrain is easy peasy!



I use this to quickly see all of Mirjam's alphas too. I pick a letter than isn't in most file names ... like "z" or "q" and type prd z because I know Mirjam names her alphas with prd a- z. Searching with prd Zz also works to find all the Alphas that have upper and lower case letters available in the alpha pack. I like doing this rather than typing in "prd alphas" because when you use the search term "alphas" you have to scroll through the whole alpha a-z (and sometimes upper, lower case, numbers and special characters!). Using just "z" condenses the search and shows just one example of each type of alpha - so just the letter Z for each alpha populates the window. Once you pick an alpha that will work, you can easily navigate to the kit folder with all the alphas.



Now as you can see this isn't quite a perfect art ... a little red zigzag stamp showed up in my search for all the alphas because it is named "zigzag stamp" - but it is still a very convenient and fast way to find what you need for those of us who do not tag our digital supplies.

Other helpful hints ... if you are looking for a brush, stamp or paint type of element, these are some of the most common terms Mirjam uses to name those elements in her kits:

stamp
transfer
paint
brush
splatter
texture
doodle
mat

Word Art pieces are usually:

wa
quote
wordstrip
wordbits
dymo
bubble

So ... spend a little time getting to know your fave designer's naming conventions and utilize your Finder window on a Mac or Explorer window on a PC, so the next time you sit down to create a page for a designer challenge you can find what you need FAST! I bet we can all agree, having more time for scrapping is a GOOD THING!

Saturday, 6 May 2017

SPECIAL SATURDAY RELEASES

Yay! I sure hope you are having a blast with all the Digital Scrapbooking Day festivities! I know I am am! Woohoot!

I am here  because apart from the May BYOC collection I made another 2 products for Special Saturday. Yup. They are new in store TODAY and they are also 30% off through May 8. 

[Newsletter subscribers make sure you check this weekend's newsletter because apart from the special BYOC bundle there's also a special offer for these cuties in there for you!]

STUNNING STITCHES NO.7
15 unique stitches that will add a realistic touch to your pages and give them that extra little oomph! [provided in seperate .PNGs] PLUS a Photoshop stitch shadow style.

http://the-lilypad.com/store/Stunning-Stitches-No.7.html

SO TAKE SHAPE | PAPERS
A super cool set of 8 shaped papers with and without beautifuly hand doodled borders PLUS those 8 border doodles all in sperate .png files for maximum possibilities and maximum customizing!

http://the-lilypad.com/store/So-Take-Shape-Papers.html

INSPIRATION
page by susannepage by mirjam
page by stefaniepage by géraldine


Enjoy the rest of your weekend and Happy Scrappin'!

Friday, 5 May 2017

iDSD STOREWIDE SALE & MAY BYOC


Holy schmoly do we have a jam packed weekend  at the Lilypad: full of gorgeous new products, a fabulous sale, prizes to win and games to play ! 

As for new products we are kicking off with the May BYOC!
I made 3 packs and they are all 30% off through May 8.
[**For those of you that are newsletter subscribers, check the newsletter for the special bundle price.**]

Before I show you the new goodies I would like to point out that there's still time to Pick Your Prize from each Lilypad designer's store! Just click on the image below to go to the Pink Reptile thread!
pink reptile designs

Now let me show you my new goodies

BLUE SKIES | ELEMENTS
A cute pack of 57 unique elements [69 in total] in all kind of shapes, sizes, textures and styles. The perfect set of elements for all those beautiful spring days and then some!

http://the-lilypad.com/store/Blue-Skies-Elements.html

BLUE SKIES | PAPERS
A great set of 10 timeless patterned papers plus 10 alternate color combinations AND 8 beautifully textured matching solids. Which makes a total of no less then 28 papers in the pack!

http://the-lilypad.com/store/Blue-Skies-Papers.html
PATTERNS & ALTERNATES
http://the-lilypad.com/store/Blue-Skies-Papers.html

BLUE SKIES | ALPHA
A timeless, quirky and very versatile paper alpha.Use these as monograms or for titling whatever you choose this will definitely add that extra oomph to your pages!   Includes: upper case, lower case, numbers and a tiny bit of punctuation [65 characters in total - all seperate .png's]

http://the-lilypad.com/store/Blue-Skies-Alpha.html

INSPIRATIONpage by barbara
page by ellen
page by géraldinepage by cynthia
page by gaëlle
page by stefanie
page by dianepage by amberpage by jan

page by susanne

Wishing you tons of fun this weekend and happy shoppin'!

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

TUTORIAL | STRETCH YOUR STASH


Woot! I'm back to share another fun way to stretch our stash with my fellow scrappers! This is Jenn, aka jk703, sharing this fun and easy tutorial today! There are a bunch of metal and "fillable" alphabets in the Pink Reptile Designs store. Here are a few that I found when looking to see which one I wanted to work with for this tutorial.

   

I'm using Mirjam's Sketch and Wire Alpha, but this technique will work on all metal alphas or any open alphabets.


And here is the layout that I'm working on. I've use Cattitude Papers and Elements and the font is Special Elite. See the wire alpha at the bottom, I want to fill it in, and then see which pattern or paper works best to bring more attention to the title.


I have each letter on it's own layer, and then I have a blank later below all the letters. I am using the Magic Wand tool.


Here is the tricky part. You choose the first letter in the Layers Palette, and then use the magic wand in the open space of that letter on the layout. Mine is the 'S.' Once I clicked on the inside of that letter, I had marching ants on my layout. Then, leaving those marching ants alone, in the Layers Palette, I then clicked on the next letter - the 'i' layer to choose it. After choosing, I clicked on the inside of the 'i' on the layout. Then, I had marching ants on both the 'S' and the 'i' on my layout. I did this until all my letters had marching ants on my layout. All letters have marching ants, I found my blank layer under the letters, and chose that as my selection. I pressed the Control + Backspace, and those letter shapes were filled with the background color - white.


Next, I put a paper above my filled title, and clipped it! I started with the plain pink:


Then I tried the pattern pink on the top of the layout:


Finally, I tried black.


I ended up liking the one that was filled with the same pattern as above and used that one!


This can really pull a layout together, and give you different ideas how to fill up those alphabets.
I hope you learned something you might use when scrapping along!

Thanks for visiting,
Jenn | jk703