Saturday, December 16, 2017

Corn Dog Kids with Tracey Fox

Hey there, crafty friends! Have you seem the latest Photo Play Paper collection Boys Rule? It's so cute and bright and fun, and since I'm a big fan of bold, primary colors, I just loved using these products. These happy colors in the papers went great with these photos of my nephews. Love how they match their brightly colored shirts, as well as the yellow mustard on their corn dogs!

To assemble the background on this page, I cut the patterned papers from the collection down into strips and arranged them on white cardstock. Once I stuck them down and added a little machine stitching across them, this page came together super fast.

I added a couple of border stickers from the Boys Rule Element Stickers near the bottom of the page where the paper strips ended, and I nestled a title and a word and phrase from the collection's cut-apart sheet into the blank spots in the background pattern.

After I adhered my photos, I finished off the layout with a few more stickers from Boys Rule, some older chipboard bits from my stash, and some precious leftover embellishments I still have from Crate Paper's Cool Kid line. If you still have some Cool Kid products in your stash (or want to buy some of what's left of it in the Paper Issues shop), the Boys Rule collection matches it perfectly. 

Thanks for stopping by today! I'll see you in the Paper Issues Friends and Fans Facebook Group! If you want to check out these products and more in the Paper Issues Shop, don't forget to use the code "TRACEY" to save 20%! 

Friday, December 15, 2017

Fan Feature Friday: Holiday Happenings #1

Happy Friday! It's time to spotlight some of the projects you've created for our current issue, Holiday Happenings. We love featuring your projects so be sure to share them in the New Issue album in our {Friends & Fans} Facebook group.

1. Joefil's stunning and festive page is full of "hanging" die cut ornaments. Such beautiful details!

2. Renee did an amazing job creating a snow globe winter scene using a mix of embellishments and fussy cutting. This page is so creative!

3. Kim created these fun pages to document a "Santa train" experience she had with her family.

4. Barbara rocked the paper strips on her festive page. How cute are the sparkling glitter tree embellishments?

5. Cherrie created a border of pretty trees, sparkling with sequins to complement her photo grid design.

Congratulations to you all for being featured! Be sure to grab the "featured by" button below to showcase on your blog.

I'll be back on Monday with a look at round 2 of Holiday Happenings. :)

Thursday, December 14, 2017

We Wish You A Merry Working Title!

Hi Paper Issues Friends & Fans!

Amanda here for the December edition of Working Title!
And as it's the Season to be Jolly, the challenge for this month is to
Use the title and or, lyrics from a Christmas song!
Such an easy challenge, but oh so fun too!
I literally wish you a Merry Working Title ;)
Can you tell it's the most wonderful time of the year?!)
Okay, okay, I love me some Christmas Carols!

Here's what I've created,


Naww! Isn't this adorable! 
There's a super cute story behind that sweet photograph, 
the short version is.... 
"Love the Nutcracker Mom, as he keeps all your presents safe" Lol! 
This kiddo cracks me up every time! Never a dull moment!
I used Crate Paper's FaLaLa collection for my striking Christmas page, & before you ask,
Yes, that is a Paper Issues happy mail bow adorning my layout too! Love me some Cassie mail!

There's also a few other pretty embellishments on this layout......

The FaLaLa Tinsel Tassels would have to be the most fun adornment for all your Christmas creations this year! Love them! 
I am always a fan of vintage Buttons
and the 6 x 12 Stickers & the  Puffy Stickers are pretty cool too!
Here's a closer look at that song inspired title......

Falalalala lalala la!
Christmas creating is SO much fun!

Here's what our amazing team have created for this challenge......

*Remember: Clicking on a designer's name will take you directly to their blog/instagram for a more detailed look at their project*

First up is Lisa, and she's sharing this fabulous Simple Stories: Very Merry layout! I just love all the pretty details and of course, her Christmas lyrics title! So Beautiful!

Next up is Wendy, and she's also used the gorgeous Crate Paper: FaLaLa collection for her lovely layout! I love this song, and just look at that hand-stitched border!!! Awesome creating!

Damaris is rocking around the Christmas tree with Wham's "Last Christmas" - love it! 
She's used American Crafts Sweater Weather for this stunning page of her sweet boy! I am inspired by her use of a tree embellishment as the letter 'I" in her title too - very clever!

Rachel has created this gorgeous Christmas scene layout using Crate Paper: FaLaLa collection. How cool is that Chipboard Sticker bunting title?!! It's just SO cute!

And last, but by no means least, 
Stacie is sharing this awesome Pinkfresh Studio December Days layout. Love her clever use of white space & just look at that cut file! It's called Tis The Season Circle and you can download it here.

LOVE them all! 
I hope you feel inspired to get creating and play along too!

Be sure to upload all your new Christmas song/lyrics title creations 
(layouts, cards, pocket pages, December Dailys, OTPs, TNs etc)

& remember you can enter as many times as you like! 
Each creation counts as an extra entry to the Paper Issues Gift Card draw*
*Just make sure your projects are NEW ;)  

Need supplies before you get started?
Visit the Paper Issues store HERE
& REMEMBER: Use code AMANDA & you'll save 20% off your total spend! Yay!!!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!
I can't wait to see what you all create!

Merry Christmas!
& til next time,

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Product Spotlight: Fa la la la...

Hello! Today the PI Design Team is sharing their Christmas projects because it's the most wonderful time of the year!

I am getting started on my 2017 December Album and I have designed my album cover using Crate Paper's Snow & Cocoa. Follow along with my 2017 December album on Instagram here.

Amanda created both a card and a layout using the Carte Paper Falala collection. All the little details are divine!

Damaris designed this fun trimming the tree layout also using Crate Paper's Falala line.

I love how Rachel used the PI Cut Files for this fun layout using Crate Paper Snow & Cocoa.

Wendy also used Crate Paper's Falala line for this festive layout. I love that gold glitter "falala" die cut.

Thank you so much for stopping by to take a look today. We can't wait to see all of your projects in the Paper Issues {Friends & Fans} Facebook group!

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Paper Strips Sorted with Try It Tuesday!

Hi Paper Issues Friends & Fans!

Can you believe it's the last month of the year already?!!
Let's make it a December to Remember with this month's edition of Try It Tuesday!
This month let's use up all those ends of papers, paper strips and even the printed barcode strips of papers to create with! 

Suggested Ideas include:

 Create a shape such as a star, heart, or snowflake with your paper strips
 Stitch your strips together then die cut out a shape or tag
 Paper piece a cut file shape with strips
 Create multiple borders or frames  
Make a diagonal feature of strips in your background

I'm sure you'll have tons of creative uses for these strips! 

I had so much fun creating for this challenge, here's what I came up with,


JOY indeed! Snow much fun! 
I've used the gorgeous Pinkfresh Studio: December Days collection for my sweet Christmas page.
I had quite a few off cuts and left over papers from the 6 x 6 Paper Pad to use up from this line.
 As I was creating a Christmas layout, I took inspiration from my background patterned paper Ornaments, and decided to create my own paper strip Christmas trees! SO cool!
I just LOVE how effective the paper strip trees look! 
Here's a closer look for you.....

To add to the impact, I decorated my trees with sequin stars, Die Cut ornaments, and even popped a few presents (Puffy Stickers) under the trees. 

How awesome is that Chipboard Frame too?! Loving it all!
I hope my layout has inspired you to get creating but before you do, 
here's some more inspiration from our incredible team.....

First up is Lisa, and she's creating with the super pretty Pebbles: Forever My Always collection
Lisa has cut the barcode strip from the pattern paper, and stitched it onto the base of her page to create a border. SO gorgeous!!!

Next up is Wendy, with this fabulous Elle's Studio: Family Fun layout! 
She has cut her left over papers into strips to create that divine feature panel on the right hand side of her page! Just awesome!!!

Next is Rachel, and she's sharing the Joy of the Season with this beautiful Crate Paper: FaLaLa layout. I love how she's used her strips to create her candy cane style background - fabulous!
You'll also spot that fantastic cut file title! 
It's called Thankful for Family and you can download it for FREE here

Damaris is creating Christmas cards with Crate Paper's Snow & Cocoa collection. She's featured a paper strips background on one, and paper pieced the 
Bubbles FREE cut file on the other. Such a terrific set of cards, I adore them both!

And last, but by no means least, 
Stacie is sharing this fabulous Dear Lizzy Stargazer layout! She has used all the barcode strips to back her incredible cut file background! The cut file featured is called Brush Stroke Chevron & you can download it here. LOVE this!

And there you have it!
So much stunning inspiration to get your creativity ignited!
I can't wait to see what you all create!

Be sure to upload all your paper strip projects (cards, layouts, pocket pages, off the pages etc) in the
Every new entry earns your the chance to win a Paper Issues Gift Card -
 so what are you waiting for?!!
Have FUN!!!

Need supplies before you start?
& REMEMBER: Use code AMANDA & you'll save 20% off your total spend - Yay!!!

Thanks so much for visiting, 
til next time, 

Monday, December 11, 2017

December Pinspire Me Mood Board

Welcome to December!  
It is time for our glorious December Pinspire Me Mood Board.  It is soft and clean and full of inspiration.  We are hoping that there is something within this board that inspires you to create and play along with our challenge.  
If you are up for it, create a never before seen project, snap a pic and upload it to our 
Paper Issues Friends and Fans Facebook page and automatically be entered for a chance to win a prize.  Let's scroll down to see what our team has created.  

Eek!!!  Look at that polar bear!!!  
Lisa Swift used Crate Paper Snow and Cocoa for this super cute card.  

Another Snow and Cocoa layout using one of our FREE cut files!!!  Damaris used the Bubbles and Circles & Snowflakes files.  She also included that adorable polar bear!!!  

Using Crate Paper, Ann Tamimi has such a knack for layering.  She also has the best photos of the cutest boy!

Using a different collection is Amanda.  She decided to go non-traditionally and create a layout with out a Christmas paper collection.  Instead, she used Cocoa Vanilla's Wild at Heart.

Rachel's black background has me giddy with excitement.  I love busy, colorful backgrounds.  She used Crate's FaLaLa and the Scallop Lines FREE cut file.  

Cassie achieved a completely different look than the two previous Snow and Cocoa layouts.  She has a touch of whimsy with her floating snowflakes and twine.  

Stacie created a new cut file for her gorgeous Crate Snow and Cocoa layout.  She has even added it to the shop for you for FREE, called Tree Farm!  How beautiful.  

Grab what you need from the Paper Issues store for 20% off with code: Mary-Ann.  Free Shipping on all orders over $60.00.  
Don't forget to download our FREE cut files too.  
There is no limit on what you can download, so go get them all!