Monday, 18 December 2017


Several weeks ago, I discovered shaker box cards while browsing and pinning on Pinterest.
I loved the idea so much that I decided I wanted to make one. It turned out better than I could have imagined and was so much fun to do that I decided to share the process with you!

To create the shaker box, I cut a rectangle from a piece of foam carton. I stamped a ring stamp to draw a circle and then I cut out the inner circle.

I cut two rectangles from a plastic sheet.

To close the inner circle, I used double sided scotch tape and adhered one of rectangles that I cut from the plastic sheet.

I filled the circle space with pearls [black and transparent]. I choose these two colors to match the paper that I selected before I started on my card.

I enclosed the pearls in the circle by adding the second plastic sheet.

On my printed paper [from Homegrown collab by Pink Reptile Designs and Amy Wolff ], I again used the circle stamp to indicate the circle gap.

I cut this circle to create a hole but made it a bit smaller to hide the irregular cutting edge in the foam.

With double sided scotch tapeI stuck the patterned paper to the shaker box.

I wrapped the shaker box with the printed paper.

Then I glued the shaker box on my card made from white cardstock

I decorated my shaker box. For that, I cut several patterns with my cuttlebug machine: feathers in brown glitter paper and leaves from a blue cardstock.

I glued these two decorations near the gap.

Then I pierced the foam carton to be able to add a brad.

To finish, I added a white resin flower.

And voilá my shaker box is done !

I give you a second example created with another paper from Pink Reptile Designs [Forget Me Not | Papers]
I used a metallic charm in the place of the flower

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!

Friday, 15 December 2017


Hello friends!!! Welcome to December's blog challenge! Before we reveal the last blog challenge of the year, we need to announce the winner for November's Template challenge!!! You can take a peek at all the gorgeous entries HERE

The lucky winner for this month is Meibritt!!!

Congratulations Birgit aka Meibritt!!! 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 Meibritt's gorgeous page:

pink reptile designs

I was looking back at both my pages and the pages in the PRD gallery recently and one thing I noticed is that a lot of us use a white border as a frame or mat for our photos. This is my favorite "go to" for photos on my scrapbook pages because that white draws the eye and I love when my photos are the first thing someone notices. But ... there are so many other ways to frame or mat photos. My challenge to you is to try to find a "new to you" way to frame or mat your photo ... it can be anything except a white border! For some really fun and fresh ideas, check out the recent Three Way | Photo Mat Magic post where I recreated some charming photo mat ideas using an Anthropologie Ad as inspiration. Here's a quick peek at the inspiration in case you want to try these or just be inspired by them.

So to recap: create a page with a "new to you" frame or photo mat idea. It cannot be a white border. That's it ... have fun and we can not wait to see your beautiful creations!

Here are some CT pages to further inspire your creative framing/photo mat ideas:

by RikkiD

by silent ranks

by miekster

by dvhoward

and another by Rikki

by Ga_L

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 January 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, 12 December 2017


Hi everyone! Here we are at the last month of the year. Incredible how fast 12 months goes by! For our last Three Way series post, where we show you creative ways to use and stretch your stash, for the year 2017 ... I wanted to share with you an Anthropologie Ad that I was inspired by. I loved the different ways they matted the photos and thought this would translate well to scrapbooking.

Here's part of the AD from Anthropologie that made it's way into my inbox:

I took the awesome inspiration from the Ad, and scrapped one photo 3 different ways with fresh photo mat ideas. Take a look:

1. The first example has a strip of solid paper under the photo and as a photo corner at the top. It uses white space to make everything pop. A small typewriter font is used for a title or details about the photo. And finally a little bit of word art is placed right over the photo as a way to add more text details about the photo. Here's how my first photo mat magic page turned out:

2. The second example uses three different color blocks as the photo mat. I love this because I am one who almost always uses a white border around my photos, so this idea gave me an opportunity to push myself to use color. I kept the striped color blocking look for my page, but it would also look good if the photo mat was done in different shapes - say triangles maybe? And I really love the idea of adding text details in two colors with a little arrow between them. Fresh and fun! Here's my page:

3. The third example uses a piece of diagonal striped paper with some torn edges. To make my own, I used a torn piece of paper from the Make a Change collab. I selected it (marching ants around it), aded a new layer, and on the new layer, I filled the torn paper selection with a white fill. I then drew a rectangle to the full size I wanted the diagonal striped paper photo mat to be and filled that with white. I placed both layers so that they lined up nicely and then I merged these two layers creating a custom made photo mat with a nice torn edge near the bottom. I clipped some striped paper to it. I used a handwritten font and applied a distressed stamp look style to it for the title. I finished off the look with a tiny stamp detail. Here's my final page:

What do you think? Did Anthropologie deliver some awesome photo mat magic or what? I had so much fun trying these ideas on my pages. So don't forget to eye up your inbox contents for possible scrapbooking inspiration before you hit delete. You never know what may inspire your next page.

Tuesday, 5 December 2017


Hi all!

This is Annemieke for this month's Hybrid on the Pink Reptile Designs blog
Last year I visited a blog of a very talented and inspiring Dutch girl, who wrote a blog about making your own personalized tea lights. I fell in love immediately and have made them as a gift to friends. Since her blog is offline, I decided to make my own tutorial to tell you how to make them.
Maybe you can make your own and wrap them up as a Christmas gift...

I have one very important note; I have never had problems burning the tea lights, but since the bottom is of paper it's only safe to burn them when you are next to them, please, never leave them unattended to prevent burn damage

To start making your own tea lights download the template HERE
pink reptile designs blog

I used some Pink Reptile elements to fill the circles of the template, you can also add some text, like I did
I added some Christmas text to the template as a gift for you

Now, let's get started!
What you need:

- template
- scissor
- tea lights
- toothpick

Fill up your template with elements or text of your own choice and print it out, ofcourse, I used some my favorite Pink Reptile Designs elements

If you are ready filling the template, print it out on A4 format, this way the circles will fill the tea light perfectly
Cut them out

Now, prepare the tea lights. It's important to buy tea lights like shown on the picture below, you have to be able to pick out the metal circle with the candlewick

Take your paper cuts and make a hole in the middle with the toothpick

Turn the toothpick slightly around to make the hole a bit bigger. This way it will be easier to put them over the candlewick

Slightly put back the candlewax and place them back in the tea light, now they are ready to burn...

After 45 minutes, the wax is all melted and transparent, this is what you will see

You can add some washi tape to the sides to make them more special

Make your own collection and put them in a jar to give to a friend, succes guaranteed

Hope you liked it! Wishing you lots of fun making your own!