Tuesday, 20 March 2018


Several days ago, I came up with the idea to make a terrarium out of papers.
A quick search on the Internet gave me many ideas on how to go about this and I went for this one:

For my project I used cacti from "Homebody" designed by Pink Reptile Designs.

I went and searched for a box template in sort of a gem shape that would be perfect for my terrarium. I found this one that worked like a charm!
I just printed it and cut it out.

Then I used it as a guide on a piece of white cardstock.

After I drew in the 'windows' I cut it all out.

I taped plastic squares as windows  and I glued all parts together to form my terrarium.

I added some decoration in the background. In this example I glued wooden leaves and leaves cut from a paper from Drawn To You | Papers.

I cut a cactus from Homebody | Elements and I glued the bottom to a piece of brown felt.

I added several leaves from Drawn To You | Papers paper and I glued them on the felt inside my terrarium.

The last step is closing the box.
Voíla my first terrarium is done!

I created a second one with another cactus from Homebody | Elements.
Same process. Glued it on a piece felt.

I added leaves  that I cut with my cuttlebug machine.
Some embellishments in the background to complete the scene.

And I closed the box.

My new terrariums are done, looking good and even better...they don't need watering!

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 March 2018


Hey there friends!!! This month we are so excited to share a new template freebie with you, but first we need to announce the winner for February's Get Painty challenge!!! You can take a peek at all the gorgeous entries HERE.

The lucky winner for this month is Joanne!!!

Congratulations Joanne aka Jaye!!! 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 Joanne's gorgeous page:

For this month, we have another freebie template for you inspired by a page by our talented Pink Lady Geraldine! 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 this month's template freebie:

by diane

by christa

by marilyn

by jennmccabe

by barbara

by gaëlle

And our very own rikki even made a process video of her page to share with you! Watch her scrap in the video below.

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 April 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 March 2018


Hello! Today I'm sharing a quick page I did with Pink Reptile Designs' Love Lives Here kit.

You can buy these kits here: Love Lives Here Elements, Love Lives Here Papers, & Love Lives Here Tapes

I wanted to customize a few of the elements in the kit to make them more personal for a family themed layout. Here are a few of the elements I grabbed to see how I could play with them in fun, easy ways.

The house element has some fun windows and doors and I thought it would be fun to pop in some family photos. I also thought the boy and girl paper dolls would be really cute if I placed little photo of my family's faces on them. The postage stamps would be cute as little frames for a fave family photo. And lastly, that share the love banner flag could be personalized  with our last name and the date we became a family (for some that means the date of marriage or even the birth of the first child).

So here is how my page came out after I personalized a few of the cute elements Mirjam included in this sweet family themed kit. I love it and think it would be adorable framed and placed in our entry way! I could see making these for family and friends for house warming gifts or Christmas gifts.

Monday, 5 March 2018


Charcil or Pencoal? LOL! Combo of pencil charcoal look. PenChar?  :teehee:

First, make a duplicate of your photo - right click to duplicate or Command + J. This way the original is still available.

Next, choose the new duplicated layer in the Layers Palette. Then click on Image > Adjustments > Desaturate. This will cause your image to turn to a black and white version. I believe for PSE users you have to choose to Enhance>Adjust Color>Adjust Hue & Saturation. Then bring the saturation slider all the way to the left.

Here is my Layers Palette. You will now choose the top layer.

Remember that the Top layer in the Layers Palette should be chosen. Next, change it’s Blend Mode to Color Dodge.

Your image will have an almost over white black and white image. Like this:

The top layer is still selected at this point. Next, click Image > Adjustments > Invert. (For PSE it’s Filter>Adjustment>Invert.) Your image will turn ALL white right after inverting it. It’s normal. Ok.

Next, click on Filter > Blur > Guassian Blur. You will move the slider to a lower number, probably between 20-60, depending on your photo. Mine is around 46.

The image lost a lot of it’s detail when we added the blur. We will get some back.

Create an Adjustment Layer for Levels. I used the half white/half black circle on the bottom of the Layers Palette to do this step.

Now, choose the middle triangle under the chart. Slide it to the right. It will change the image, so watch and slide at the same time. It will bring some of the detail back.

I feel that the surrounding area takes away from him, so I’m going to bring a little more focus to the image. There are two ways to do this. Either using the Eraser Tool, or the Brush Tool. For the Eraser, you basically choose that, and then erase.

For the Brus method select the layer just under the Levels Adjustment. Press D to change your foreground and background colors to the default setting.
Now, choose the Brush Tool, and use a Soft Round Brush, and you will brush over the edges with white.

Here is my final image:

Hoping you enjoyed trying something new this month!
Thanks for visiting!

Jenn Marione | jk703

Friday, 2 March 2018


March comes in like a Lion and out like a Lamb is the old adage. To me it is knowing the end of Winter is upon us and Spring is on the horizon! Welcome to March and another exciting BYOC at the Lily Pad!

The products I made for the March BYOC are, again, inspired by the Month Of Challenges and specifically by the challenges hosted by Carol Johnston aka Iowan on day 26 and the day 31 closing challenge hosted by Laura McCandles.

For both challenges I made a page comparing Then & Now.

You will find that the THEN & NOW packs are perfect for scrapping how everything is constantly changing and document the one thing that remains the same through all of it: the love you feel for each other.

The individual packs are 20% off through March 4 but of course there's special offers for newsletter subscribers!!! Not a subscriber yet? Click HERE to join the gang!

page by jan 
page by ellenpage by karen 
page by christa 

A timeless set of 52 quirky and unique elements in all kind of shapes, sizes, textures and styles [57 in total]. The perfect set to scrap how everything is constantly changing and document the one thing that remains the same through all of it: the love you feel for each other.


A great set of 10 go to patterned papers, 10 alternate color combinations PLUS 10 beautifully textured matching solids. Which makes this a fantastic pack of 30 papers in total!!


page by stefanie
page by barbara

A timeless set of go to alphas; a leather one, a stitched one and brads! Mix them or match them either way they are perfect for eye catching titles and cute as tiny monograms.


page by rikki
page by cynthiapage by carrie
page by kelly
page by susanne

 Rejoice in the little things, give in to whatever tugs at your heart...and off you go!
Let these 4 amazing templates help you capture the changes in your life and document the one thing that remains the same through all of it: the love you feel for each other.Then & Now.

page by carol
page by marilyn

Have a wonderful weekend and Happy Scrappin'!