Friday, 21 October 2016


We never miss the chance for a good party in the TLP forum. You know this! In fact, our 2016 Halloween Bash is a full 10 days long, with new games, challenges and prizes every single day.

Our wog of all Pollys (that's Anne!) is kicking things off with bingo. Yes, bingo. Enough said, right? You must check it out along with our 31% off ALL Halloween products sale AND DO NOT FORGET TO USE YOUR EXTRA SAVINGS COUPON that you can find further down this newsletter!

Be sure to put our Halloween LIVE events on your calendar too. You can find them at the bottom of this post or in the forum here. It's going to be a spook-tacularly great Bash!!!





page by katjapage by helenpage by melaniepage by kim
page by marypage by shivani
page by jenn
page by terese
page by jenpage by bettypage by elina
page by marnel
page by akizopage by natascha
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Have loads of fun and Happy Scrappin'!

Tuesday, 18 October 2016


I love to use thread and sew elements on my digital or scrapbooking pages and my favorite digital stitches are from True To Yourself by Pink Reptile Designs.

This month, I will show you how you can use digital stitches as a pattern to add "real sewing" to your paper page!

First I created my digital layout in Photoshop. I put the stiched element in place.

 I erased some parts of the stitches to obtain the pattern that I wanted

Then I created my background with paint from Lucky In Love and I added a grey square where I wanted to add my photo after I printed the layout.

 I finished my digital layout by adding a few elements from Nuts About Fall.

This is what my finished digital  looked like:

Now I  printed the page on white textured cardstock.

And  I also printed a selection of elements from Nuts About Fall to cut out and add to my printed page.

Then I put in place my sewing machine to add some real stitching on my paper layout. The printed stitches help me to sew the beautiful pattern on my page.

 This is what it looks like when all stitches are done.

 Now all I need to do is add a few of the elemenst that I cut out of the printed sheet.

 A bit of 3D tape underneath that cute blue flower.

And here's another close up of the stitches.

 And voilá! Here's my finished 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!

Sunday, 16 October 2016


Hello! Welcome to the October Blog Challenge! This month, we are playing with script, handwritten fonts as titles for our pages, but before we share the details of this new challenge, let's see who the winner for September's challenge is!!! You can take a peek at all the gorgeous entries HERE.

The lucky winner for this month is Tammy!!!

Congratulations Tammy aka tlcd1961!!! 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 Tammy's lovely page:

For this month's challenge, we are taking a peek at the latest Three Way post titled Fonts for Handwritten Titles, where we use script fonts in bold ways to create titles for our pages. To recap the Three Way | Fonts for Handwritten Titles techniques, you must use one of the following on your page:

1. Use a script handwritten font as your title and write directly on your background with some distressing to the font.
2. Use a script handwritten font as your title and use of the techniques to manipulate the letters for a playful, whimsical look (ex. use puppet warp or put each letter on its own individual layer and tweak them).
3. Use a script handwritten font as your title and add a gradient, a style, or make it into a sticker to stand out.
Feel free to clip a paper to any of the above ideas!

Your job for this month's challenge is to use one of the three font title techniques on your page (and please tell us which method you chose)! Before you rock the font titling on your own page, take a peek at these pages:

by the Pink Ladies:

Karen uses the shoreline font clipped to a paper and distressed a bit to create this gorgeous page.

Gaëlle created a really fun title with a fancy script font turned into a sticker, combined with a sans serif font, and placed within brackets. Super cute!

Diane also paired two different fonts for her title work. She used the Bebas font with each letter on its own individual layer to create a whimsical misaligned look. She also added a 2 px stroke in black around each letter (to help define the light yellow color) and then added a 8 px white stroke for the sticker effect. She also mixed this with a pretty script font for the rest of the words in the title.

Shivani used three different fonts in total. One was simplified and distressed and the other turned into a sticker. The title work is as playful as the photos!

Annemieke used a beautiful script, handwritten font that was already distressed and when placed on her canvas, it has a gorgeous watercolor effect.

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 November 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, 11 October 2016


Hello Scrapping 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 fancy handwritten fonts and using them as titles on our pages.

If you are a regular blog reader, then you already know our amazing San does a quarterly Fave Fonts post where she highlights various favorite fonts from around the web. You can find her posts (and lots of handwritten script font freebies) HERE. And ... if you follow Pink Reptile Designs on Facebook or are a Newsletter Subscriber, you will also know that Mirjam often highlights fabulous free fonts that she spots around the web. If you are not a Newsletter Subscriber and want to sign up, CLICK HERE. Trust me, if you haven't seen these fonts, you are missing out. They are usually only available for a short period of time, so when you see them grab them fast.

Before we delve into playing with 3 different versions of fancy handwritten fonts for making fabulous titles on our pages, I want to share some Pinterest inspiration with you. Have a look at these pretty pages. The one thing they all have in common is a big bold title made from a handwritten script font!
Are you ready to try some of these ideas on your digi pages? I know I am. A pretty title with a handwritten font can really make a beautiful statement on a page and give it that final finishing touch. So, let's get started!

ONE. For the first title I used the Ilana Bloom font. This was a find by Mirjam and was mentioned in a past newsletter and on her Facebook page. I hope you were able to grab it, because it is gorgeous and one of my new favorites! We will be placing the font directly on our page background. Take a look at Pinterest inspiration #3 in the image above. I used black for most of my title, but decided to color the letters of the word "color". I also used a small simple sans serif font for the "filler" words, so the important words will stand out. Here's how my page turned out:

TIP #1: To give it a realistic look on your page use a distressing style, play with opacity, use a low opacity scruffy eraser brush to gently take away some of the "ink", or in your Layer Styles play with the "blending options/blend if" features. These tricks help the font blend into the page background. On my title, you can see the words have a gentle distressed look which makes them feel like they are stamped on the white cardstock, rather than floating on the page.

TIP #2: Sometimes these freebie script/handwritten fonts need some tweaking to look good. You may find that the script letters don't connect so well. If this is the case, play with your Character palette settings. Use the tracking feature to bring the entire word or even individual letters closer together, so they appear "connected" and more like natural script handwriting. If you have puppet warp, you can also move individual letters around to get them to align and connect better. I used both techniques on the word "color" for my title.

TWO. For my second title example, I used Acryle Script font from Sans' Fav Calligraphy Fonts post. My title has a paper clipped to it and resembles many of the paper pages with the script silhouette titles in the Pinterest inspiration above.

TIP #3: Make a copy of your title text layer. A lot of these features that I am playing with today, to alter my titles, require you to rasterize your text layer and thus make them uneditable. If you decide you don't like something, it is much easier to go back to the original text layer and start over.

TIP #4: These letters connected nicely for me for the most part, but I love the "Seriously" layout (in the Pinterest inspiration above) and wanted to recreate that title look on my page where some of the letters are raised and some are dropped down a bit. It reminds me of a playful title made with alphas. So to do this digitally with a font, I used puppet warp to move, twist, turn, raise some letters and lower other letters to get that fun whimsical look for the title. If you don't have a version of Photoshop with Puppet Warp, you could put the letters on individual layers. Then you would have to move then up and down and twist and turn them. The transform tool's warp feature may also be useful if used gently. Investigate the Filters as well ... a lot of them will help you transform your text.

THREE. Our last title uses the Lovetime font and you can still find the link on the Pink Reptile Designs Facebook page. (NOTE: As of the time this post was written, it was still available, but please note this could change at any time.) For this handwritten title, I recolored the word "serene" with a gradient adjustment layer. I also made my title into a sticker. For this font, you can see how the "e" and "r" do not align so perfectly. Here is another example where you can play with the tracking, use puppet warp or the transform tool's warp feature, or put some letters on individual text layers to create a seamless script word. I chose to leave this one alone.

TIP #5: I used a premade radial gradient in a rainbow of colors and then swapped out the rainbow colors with the colors found in the papers and elements using my color picker. I find this is easier than creating a gradient from scratch (especially when you are using a lot of colors).

TIP #6: The gradient title was a little too sleek and polished for my taste, so to give it a quick distressed look I added a layer mask to the gradient fill layer, and painting with a scruffy brush in black on that mask, I scuffed up my title just a touch with a low opacity.

TIP #7: Make sure your title font is white so it matches the sticker color. Otherwise when trying to scruff up & distress your title, you will end up with some funky results. If your sticker color is off-white, then simply match the text layer to the off-white color you used for the sticker background.

So that rounds out our three ways to use handwritten script fonts as titles on our digi pages. Hope you are inspired to try some of these tips and tricks on one of your future pages.