Thursday, April 27, 2017

Maggie Holmes Chasing Dreams | Hello Adventure | with Pol Prince

Hi guys! Pol here today to share with you a layout using one of my very favourite techniques - hand stitching.
Ever since I saw Amanda's beautiful mandala page I've been wanting to do a stitched mandala. My go to method at the moment is to print a template off the Internet and use it to poke holes through.
I found this beautiful mandala that a clever friend (Wildchild Designs) made for paper cutting - another hobby of mine! 
I printed it off, stuck it to the front of my 12x12 card with washi tape, and poked holes through it where I wanted them. I had to simplify the design slightly in order for it to translate well to stitching. 

I just used normal DMC embroidery thread, but to create a bit of interest, rather than using all one flat colour, I used this amazing pink ombre thread. 

It actually didn't take as long as I thought it would to stitch, which I quite enjoy anyway. When it was finished it looked amazing and I did wonder how I'd be able to bring myself to stick anything over the top of it!

I decided to go for a smallish photo and minimal embellishments, however it didn't work out much that way, these things never do! Lisa Rukin Swift's technique has obviously rubbed off on me and I now find myself adding All The Things to a page!

This photo of my gorgeous sister and beautiful niece went perfectly with the pink I'd chosen for my mandala, as did the lovely Maggie Holmes 'Chasing Dreams' collection, and some 'Bloom' too.
I absolutely adore the Garden Club paper that I fussy cut the roses from, and the My Darling paper that I fussy cut the bramble leaves from. I was enjoying tucking them all around my photo so much that I forgot it was supposed to be minimal! LOL!

I balanced the page out with some little clusters of embellishments and stickers in the top corners of the page.

Thank you for reading, and if you'd like to purchase any Maggie Holmes, or any other collections, from the Paper Issues Store, you can use code: Pol for 20% off!

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Product Spotlight: Doodlebug

I don't know how it is that we are getting to the very end of April already but the only good thing is we have another Product Spotlight! And this week we are showcasing the new Doodlebug goodness for both girls and boys. The DT has totally rocked out these collections come and get some inspiration.

Mary Ann rocks out her magic as usual on this fabulous page. She used a PI cut file (free in the shop) and added some blue for this one.

I so love what Pol did here!! Just love Its such a fun page and a fabulous use of this line.

Renee is sassy with this collection so much color and fun on this one. And do I spy some PI cards cut out in there with the balloon dogs? Well yes I do. 

Stacie made it all about the rainbows! A perfect photo for this collection and I love the rainbow cut out available in the shop ladies. Stacie can rock a cut file!

Orange rocked out all the color to make this LO shine. Love the pinks and purples and how she stacked those photos. And the little bit of messy is always good.

Devra oh what to say I just love this. I know I say that a lot I mean the PI has the best DT around. But the cut file, the little dinosaurs, all the color its so balanced and really shows off her amazing son.

I had such a fun time showing off my little dudes birthday. This collection was perfect for my little prince! Love the dragon characters in this line.

Now I know that you want to go shopping, you need to go shopping and pick up all things Doodlebug. When you do don't forget to use my code and save 20% off your order.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Making the Pocket Pages Process Easy!

Hello!  I attended a three day crop not too long ago.  I'm a bit of a people watcher so I noticed that lots of people pass the time chatting, shopping or attending classes.  However, there is a large group of people who like to visit other tables and check out what people are working on and what products they are using.  

Quite a few people stopped and chatted with me when they saw that I was working on pocket pages.  They were very curious about my process and the products I choose to use.  They also mentioned that they have attempted pocket pages but just can't seem to make them look "right".  To which I reply, there is no right way!  Everyone's style and memory keeping goal is different.  Do what works for you!  

With that being said, I wanted to share my process with you to show that it doesn't have to be hard or complicated.  Creating pocket pages is fun and simple!  

I complete a double page layout each week.  Is that excessive?  Yes, sometimes.  But that's what I like to do.  I love taking photos and including them in my scrapbook and not necessarily having to choose the most important moments.  Lots of people prefer a monthly approach or creating layouts for special events.  Regardless of what style of pocket pages you create, might I suggest that you always start with your photos.

I keep it simple and use the same page protector style throughout my album.  This streamlines the process for me.  I know when I print photos that my landscape photos will be printed as 4x6s and my portrait photos will be printed as 3x4s.  I also dedicate one photo per week as a polaroid photo using my Instax printer.  I often print several weeks of photos in one sitting but I always print one week at a time to ensure that I am choosing the appropriate number of photos and I am not over printing.

Once I have the photos printed, I put them directly into the pockets.  I don't really care about the photos being chronological, as in Monday's photos go on the left, then Tuesday's and so on.  I care more about the balance of colors and the balance of people or items.  

I do take a ton of photos of my children, but it is also important to me that myself and my husband are present.  I also love to include photos of our dog, family members, flowers, food, landscape photos, etc.  It can seem like an overwhelming task to narrow down your photos each week but I pick the highlights.  What was most important?  What do you want to remember next year, in five years, in fifty years?  I can easily weed out some of the photos when I think in those terms.  

When I place the photos into pockets I ensure that the people are "spread out".  For example, if I have two selfies I do not want to place them next to each other or on the same page.  I will space them so that they are distanced from each other.  As mentioned, I do take a lot of photos of my children so spacing out their photos is a bit more difficult sometimes, but I do find it helps the flow of the page if you attempt to switch up the subject of the photos a bit. 

After photos are in pockets, it's time for the fun part!  I choose papers and embellishments that I like and I am excited about.  I will often choose one collection and build from there.  I may pick two or three coordinating papers and cut them down to size and slip them into pockets.  Again, I look to see if there is a balance.  Are the colors and patterns "spread out"?  For example, I wouldn't necessarily want all my green based patterns on the left side with none on the right.  Or I may not want to choose two papers that have polka dots or stripes.  

When placing the papers in pockets, I also look for an opportunity to add journalling.  Some patterned papers lend themselves nicely to adding written words, but often they are too busy or distracting if you add handwriting into the mix.  This is when I would add pocket page cards from kits in my stash.  If you do not have any kits, that's definitely okay!  You don't need them.  A simple white 3x4 piece of cardstock or a grid patterned card will lend itself perfectly to journalling.  I often try to include at least one white based card as it allows your eye a bit of a resting place.  

After all my photos and cards are in the pockets, I add the embellishments.  I love creating filler cards by layering stickers, die cuts, labels and alphas.  This is the part that intimidates most people but it doesn't need to be difficult.  Find pieces you love or pieces that fit with the story you are telling.  This layout is pretty easy because it is Valentine's week so I chose a Valentine's collection, but I started with the donut card because I knew it would be the easiest.  I simply took a donut die cut, a sticker and some chipboard alphas to create a little cluster.  It doesn't need to be complicated or overly busy.  I could have also added a label to tell the story of the donut but I didn't really think it was necessary. 

From there I continue to pick pieces from the die cut pack and lay them on photos or cards and just started building from there.  Some people like to focus on one card at a time, but for me the balance of the embellishments is really important so I pay attention to where I'm placing embellishments and labels.  Are they all in the top left corner?  Can I move a cluster to a different location on the photo?  Are the different colors equally represented?  Did I use puffy stickers on one side, but not the other?  These are all questions that run through my mind when completing a layout.  

If you want to keep it simple then I suggest sticking to one collection.  If you have more time or want to add a bit more interest then play around with bringing in items from your stash or die cuts and stickers from other collections.  For example, on the Instax photo below I brought in a pair of glasses from another chipboard sheet in my stash.  The colors matched perfectly and it helped tell the story so it was a win-win situation!  That's part of the fun for me too.  Piecing together these different items to tell the story and using ALL THE THINGS makes me so happy.  I like to use what I have!  

After I have embellished, I add in some labels and do my journalling on the cards.  This is the final step before I step back and look at the layout one last time.   Again, I am always looking to see if the layout is balanced.  Have I used the products evenly on both sides of the layout?  Can I add anything else?  Are the stories being told?  

I really hope this has helped you understand my process when putting together pocket pages.  I think the secret to completing pages weekly, monthly or by event is breaking the process into manageable chunks.  Photos first, then papers and cards, next is embellishments and finally the writing.  That's what works for me!  As with anything, it may not be the same for you, but I hope you will at least attempt to do a pocket page in the near future!  If you'd like to see more of my process and how my pages come together, please check out my YouTube channel where I post process videos, album share videos and hauls from the best store around, Paper Issues!  

Remember to use the code KRISTIE to save 20% off your purchase.  If you have any questions please leave me a comment below.  I'd love to help you conquer your fear of pocket pages!  

Monday, April 24, 2017

Scraplift Sunday Inspiration...On a Monday!

Good Morning and Happy Monday to you!!

Did you know that we have a Scraplift Sunday post every Sunday in our Facebook Group? You should check it out!

This week we are lifting the amazing Annelie

Check out these lifts from some of our Design Team Members..

Here is the layout I created based on Annelie's original!  I used Doodlebug Designs Fairy Tale line! 

Make sure you check out our Facebook Group for daily inspiration and all our Monthly Challenges, Including Scraplift Sunday! You can pick up all your supplies in the Paper Issues Shop for 20% off using code KELLY! 

Doodlebug Fairy Tales Page with Renee.

Hi Paper Issues World!! It's Renee here with my last post on the Paper Issues Design team; but don't fret, you'll see me still all over the Paper Issues Facebook group

I just can't get enough of the Doodlebug's new line Fairy Tales. It's so cute! The unicorns, the rainbows, the balloons! So adorable! So I was excited when they picked it for a Product Spotlight! I wanted to show you the page I made for the spotlight in my own post this month! 

Has everyone seen the new craze for the Unicorn Frappuccinos at Starbucks?  Well I wanted to try one hard core, I love me some good Starby's. But the grand thing about living in Iowa, most of us are in the middle of no where. Which means, no Starbucks. Although- you'd think with them being on every corner- they'd have one in every corn field also. I'll send that to their CEO. 

So instead of actually having one of the pretty drinks, I had the joy of using the Snapchat filter instead that made me look like I had the drink and also turns me in to a gorgeous unicorn! My immediate thought brought me to the doodlebug line because of the great colors, and of course- the unicorn. 

I was inspired by the lovely Terhi in her way of creating pages with a mix of layers and mixed media. I'm sure this doesn't even do her justice!  As always, I used layers- tons of embellishments; I did some modeling paste as well as included some washi. I wanted to go out with a bang and lots of tricks.  I hope you enjoyed my page.

I enjoyed my time on the Paper Issues Design Team; thank you so much for following my journey.  Hope you continue to follow my social media platforms to see what I come up with! You've always all inspired me so much! I can't wait to see what you guys continue to come up with in the challenges ahead. 

As always, I end with my 20% coupon- buy all the things! You will never be disappointed! 

xo. Renee

Sunday, April 23, 2017


It's been awhile since I have finished off a collection, and that is just what I did with the AC Hazelwood. I had just a few bits and pieces left after completing this layout about how I feel like I started to bloom once I hit my mid-forties. 

I decided to do a lot of fussy cutting which adds texture and dimension, and is hands down my favorite technique. 

Use the code Rae20 to receive 20% your entire purchase in the Paper Issues Store. I used the gorgeous Hazelwood collection which can be found here

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Mini album with Annelie Maddock

 Hi everyone, happy Saturday!
I thought I'd surprise you with a MINI ALBUM today! It's a great way to get rid of bit and pieces that you might have lying around. For my album I mainly used Maggie Holmes "Bloom". It's a lovely collection with some gold accents in it that I LOVE!
The base of the album is basically a 12x12" paper. I used this tutorial HERE,
by fellow kiwi Lowri McNabb. I have used it lots before - it's a handy little mini!
The photos are printed on my INSTAX printer, and is now taking pride of place on my daughter's shelf - together with her LEGO friends even! That's what I call a win!


I hope you found some inspiration here today, to make your own mini album with your bits and pieces!

Friday, April 21, 2017

So Happy Together

Hey Peeps!
It's Lina and this is such a bittersweet post for me today... It's my last blog post as a Design Team Member ☹️ I've enjoyed my time on the team and working along side the most amazing and encouraging group of ladies I've ever had the pleasure of meeting! Before I start crying, again, let's move onto my layout and what I've created.

I lovingly used the latest Maggie Holmes collection, Chasing Dreams. But, instead of using it the way it was intended and by this I mean with all the florals and more of the girly side, I decided to use it mainly for the colours. I mean look at them all, aquas, pinks, yellows and blues. It was perfect for a more modern and simplistic layout.

For my background, I started with that black on white plus sign sheet and added a half sheet of the triangle grid to it. I love the pattern mix of it. Then I decided to pull my favourite, bolder, non floral patterned papers from the collection and added a ton of layers. My picture is matted with a ton of random papers and then popped up with some foam sheets. I love the dimension!

Many titles ran through my mind but ultimately, I decided on So Happy Together. It was a great excuse to use up the chipboard word Thickers. Those are always the last to be used in my stash. For the "So" part of the title, I used the Thickers that were created for the collection in Cloud.
Then, to embellish, I used the donut Thank You cards that come with your order. I fussy cut both the donuts and donut holes and used them as embellishments on my page. can you spot them? They were just PERFECT for this layout! Glad I hoarded them for a bit 😛

I used a doily from my stash underneath all my layers of patterned paper. It added just a touch of softness to all the hard and linear lines of my layout.

I also continued to embellish using the accent sticker words, accent sticker, chipboard, and ephemera. I like the bold look of my layout using a line that is very soft and feminine in style.
I finished off my layout with a sprinkling of Dylusions Ink Spray in Lemon Zest and called the entire thing done!

Thank you for stopping by today and for all the love throughout my two terms. My heart is full!

Thursday, April 20, 2017

My Team || 12 x 12 Layout

Good morning everyone!  Kat popping in today to share a new layout with you.  Last week the new Family & Co. line from Fancy Pants Designs was featured on the blog.  While I didn't participate in that spotlight, I still thought it would be fun to create a layout using the new, fun line.  All the cute patterns and primary colors really speak to me.

I kept this layout very simple and took inspiration from this amazing layout by fellow design team member Cat Martin.  I built my background by cutting out a bunch of 3"x3" squares and creating a grid design.  Then I layered my photos and minimal embellishments on top to create this: 

Have you purchased this fun new line yet?  You can do so here.  And make sure to use code KAT20  (or any of the other design team codes!) for 20% off your entire store order!

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Product Spotlight: Simple Stories Emoji Love

Have you seen the new Emoji Love line from Simple Stories? This line is so much fun -- especially if you have teenagers (who may or may not be similar to mine...can we say texting addicts)!

Ann's layout cracks me up! I mean honestly, if you cannot torment your own teenagers, then what is the point? If we have to raise teenagers then tormenting them is our God given right! I love the phrase stickers Ann used which are from the 12x12 sticker sheet!

This fun greeting card from Lisa literally depicts the story of my life! All things are possible with a latte in hand and free wifi! The Simple Stories 4x6 journaling cards are totally perfect for cards - be sure to check out all the journaling card options in the shop!

 I love how Pol used an abundance of die cuts from the bits & pieces pack for this fun mixed media layout! Isn't it great how Pol layered the die cuts around her photo? These die cuts are seriously my favorite!

The way Stacie used the 2 Cool patterned paper is awwwwe-some! I adore the layering of the same colored die cuts over the big bold stripes! Also, you seriously could NOT have a better line of paper for this exact photo!

Be sure to grab some of this fun line from the Paper Issues shop before it's gone! Link your projects using the Simple Stories Emoji Love line in the Paper Issues {Friends & Fans} Facebook page in this month's challenge album for a chance to win!