Saturday, November 18, 2017

Boys Rule

Happy Saturday friends! Rachel here and I'm back with a new layout to share with you! Last month, I shared two layouts - both using Shimelle's Glitter Girl. I love how they turned out and thought it was fun seeing the same collection being used two totally different ways. So I've decided to do that again - this time with Pink Paislee's Wild Child. At the end of the month, I'll be back again using the same collection, but with a different look! 

I got so excited when I saw the first sneaks of Wild Child. Being the mom of two boys, boy lines are a must and sometimes hard to come by. I know you will love it too! The best part is that they have a boy AND a girl version. Check out the whole collection here!

I started with Paper 10 as my background and then cut off 1/2" from two sides of a piece of white 12x12 cardstock. The real show stopper was using the free Paint Outline cut file from the Paper Issues store. I took the alpha and created this large "BOYS RULE" title by welding the letters together. I'm a huge fan of Stacie's cut files and the fact that they are free makes them perfect! Check them all out here! After I cut it out, I backed it with many of the fun bright patterns from the collection. I especially love the combination of blues and neon green.

Above the title, I added three photos and a tag which I layered with paper and ephemera. Down the sides, I used enamel dots and several of the puffy stickers! Though, my very favortie part of the whole collection is the Thickers. So many great sayings and I really love how there are so many different fonts in one set.

Thank you for stopping by and checking out today's blog post. Have a wild child in your life? You can pick up this collection in the Paper Issue's store and save 20% with the code RACHEL! XOXO

Friday, November 17, 2017

Fan Feature Friday: Home is Where the Heart Is #1

Hello crafty friends! We're mixing things up a bit this week and shining the spotlight on projects submitted to a variety of our challenges. We love featuring your projects so be sure to share them in our {Friends & Fans} Facebook group.

1. Celise's lovely Home is Where the Heart Is page is about the house she grew up in. The big heart complements the trail of hearts and other elements down the right side of the page.

2. Ali created this beautiful fall page for the Working Title challenge. Isn't the leaf wreath awesome?

3. Raechelle really rocked this month's Sketch challenge! I'm so loving her take on the design.

4. Kat's Take 5 page is full of personality. Such a fun design and use of color!

  5. Joefil used the Autumn Blessings free cut file on her gorgeous page. Such an amazing fall page!

Thank you all for playing along with us! Be sure to grab the "featured by" button below to showcase on your blog.

I'll be back next Friday with a look at more wonderful projects!

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Breaking The Rules.

Whoever said that every layout needs a title, may have been the same person to set the rule that a collection must match the photo(s).  It's just not so.  And I have been known to be guided in my scrapbooking life by those rules.  The truth is, no one knows who made them up, and it's absolutely OKAY to break them. 

Today's layout comes with no title.  Sure we can imagine that the words/phrase on the photo frame counts as a title... but therein lies yet another rule; in which titles need to be big and bold and easily seen.  I'm breaking all kinds of rules with this layout.  Including the fact that I left out the year from the date; and barely filled up the white parts of the page.  The truth is, your layout is yours.  It's a reflection of your current mood, your current creative flow and if you wish to leave out the journaling also, or write it behind the page, by all means.  It's yours!

I used mainly Paige Taylor Evans "Turn The Page" to create this page, with the exception of a photo frame by Becky Higgins Project Life.  I used 2 sides of 1 12x12 pattern paper to create division between the butterflies, and the floral border.  The journal tag is also by PTE and the doily was what I had on hand.  I fussy cut the flowers from another pattern paper, and added cross-hand-stitching to the teal border.  Stitching has become my new favorite crafty technique! 

My desire for you is that you make time to use your supplies, and create art journals, layouts, cards or anything involving your beautiful paper that pleases you, and to tell your story, your way, through your own craft style.

Thanks for checking in and please see below for a list of recommended links.  Also, don't forget to take advantage of my 20% discount "Damaris" at the PI Shop.  Where, spending $60 earns you free priority US shipping.

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Product Spotlight: Fall is My Favorite Color

Hello! This month we are spotlighting fall themed collections and layouts and I hope you will play along in the Paper Issues {Friends & Fans} Facebook Group by linking up your Fall themed layouts to this month's Product Spotlight challenge!

I broke out my trusty double-page layout skills for this layout about picking apples at Applehill in Camino, CA. I used bits and pieces from a bunch of different fall lines and from my stash, including bits from the Roctober special edition Fall Swag Bag. I love a good two-pager every now and again!

Amanda used the Vintage Blessings line from Simple Stories for this adorable layout of her Littles.What a great fall photo!

Kelly used the Carta Bella line, Hello Fall, and a Page Maps sketch from September 15th for this sweet fall photo of her folks! That giant, glitter gold title is pure awesomeness!

Lisa scrapped her daughter's awesome Halloween costume using the Spellbound collection from Fancy Pants as well as various Paper Issues Swag Bags.

Mary-Ann also played along using the Vintage Blessings line from Simple Stories. These photos of her boy when he was teeny tiny with the family pup are so adorable!

Last but not least, Wendy also used the Carta Bella line, Hello Fall, for this bow-licious layout!

Thank you for stopping by to take a look! We cannot wait to see your Fall layouts!

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

DIY Embellishments for Try It Tuesday!

Hi Paper Issues Friends! 

Amanda here for another super fun edition of Try It Tuesday!!!
I love trying new things, and I get really excited by all the wonderful ideas and entries you all share with us! 
This month I want you to try....

 creating your own embellishments!

(and then use that embellishment/s on your project that you share with us!)
So much fun!

Here's just a few suggestions/ideas of DIY embellishments to get you started:

Make your own flowers from dies, layered cut files or ribbons
Paper rosettes
 Layered tags
 Feathered arrows from skewer sticks
 Stitch die cut ephemera together to create a new look
Banners / bunting & flags from washi tape

The possibilities are endless!
& Remember: This challenge is suitable for all creations; scrapbook layouts, cards, OTPs, planners etc

For my DIY embellishments,  I chose to make paper rosettes. 
You'll notice that I hot glued puffy stickers over the center joins for a more 'polished' look......

Aren't they gorgeous?!
You'll also spot that I also created my own layered tag from pattern paper, ephemera, stickers and one of my rosettes. I LOVE how this turned out!
Here's how I combined them all into my layout,

"Sweet Girl"

WOW! Happiness is definitely here!
Such a fun and vibrant page of my sweet girl!
I have used the stunning Crate Paper: Maggie Holmes Carousel collection & it's available in the store HERE.
 I just love how bright and playful it is!
To keep everything looking beautifully coordinated, I used pattern papers and stickers from this line to make my rosettes and tag too!
 Let's take a closer look.....

Oh so gorgeous!!! All the paper pretties!!!
You can see more close ups and details of how I created this layout on my blog HERE.

For more inspiration, our talented team have created a few samples for you too!

Wendy has created her very own leaves with felt and twine for this stunning Fall page! She has combined it with the gorgeous Carta Bella Hello Fall, and a bits n pieces from Echo Park lines. 
Take a look at that stitching  - it's divine!

Stacie is next, and she has made her very own flowers from ribbon, wooden buttons, and those fantastic cut file leaves! The cut file is called Tropic Like It's Hot and it's teamed together with the gorgeous Shimelle: Glitter Girl collection. 
 I just adore those button centers from the Mixed Embellishment Pack. So pretty!

Speaking of adore, Rachel has created the sweetest layered tags for her darling page!
I love the new Cocoa Vanilla Studio: Bohemian Dream collection, and this is exactly why!
It's oh-so-lovely!

And last, but by no means least, Kelly has created her own banner and tag for this awesome, masculine layout! She's used the Freestyle collection from Photo Play, and totally rocked it! Super cool!

And there you have it!
A ton of ideas to inspire you into creating for this month's Try It Tuesday challenge!

I can't wait to see what you make! 
Upload your new projects to the Friends & Fans Facebook Group:

Need supplies before you start?
Get yours in the Paper Issues store HERE
& REMEMBER: Use code AMANDA & you'll save 20% off your total spend - Yay!

Thanks so much for visiting!
til next time, 

Monday, November 13, 2017

November Pinspire Me Mood Board

Good morning!  How about a little board of inspiration to get you in the scrappy mood.  
This month, we focused on color, texture, the holidays, treats, and the Thankful theme.  
Maybe you are ready to start the research for your family tree, or have captured photos of your children rustling through the colorful leaves.  How about the turkey on the table gathered by family and friends for Thanksgiving?  What is your favorite treat?  Why not use red circles or kraft tags?  Use your die cutting machine to cut words out of a shape.  
There is soooooo much goodness in this collection of photos for the November Pinspire Me Mood Board.  We hope you will play along over at PIFF, for a chance to win a gift to the PI store.  

I played along using Carta Bella Hello Fall for my Apple Tossing layouts.  The cranberries inspired me to create with red.  If comes all the other colors were inspiring as well.  The turkey helped inspire the use of the wild animals in the Carta Bella collection.  

Amanda Baldwin joined in with some Elle's Studio Family Fun.  
She was inspired by the fall and the browns and yellows.  I love the pop of green.  

Rachel O'Neal was inspired by the leaves and colors.  
She used Fancy Pants Family & Co and a free cut file from the PI store called Open Leaves Background!  

Stacie Dietz used Dear Lizzy Star Gazer.  She did a beautiful job being inspired by the leaves and gold color in the file of leaves.  The blue eye from the turkey and the overall fall vibe from the board.  

Grab what you need from the Paper Issues store for 20% off with code: Mary-Ann.  Free Shipping on all orders over $60.00.  
Dont forget to download our FREE cut files too.  
There is no limit on what you can download, so go get them all!

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Scraplift Sunday

Hey good morning! I hope you are ready for today's Scraplift Sunday because it is a good one! Today we are lifting Stacie's spectacular layout that you can find in the November Take 5 Tuesday. Let's talk about this first shall we? I mean come on, where do I begin? Is with the stars? The photos? The paint? Ot is it the strip down the middle? What catches your eye?

We'll begin with Stacie lifting herself. I absolutely love how she changed up her original design, but stayed the bright stripes down the middle, using Amy Tangerine Hustle & Heart this time. This one is every been as amazing as the first one. 

Kelly put her Pink Paislee Wild to good use today!  Wider strips and one photo make this so unique. The combinations of alphas in the title is fantastic!

Can we give Tracey a hand here? She wins for originality in scraplifiting today. Photos down the middle. Genius! It looks like a scene from a photo booth! And talk about the right product! I'd Rather Be Crafting was made for this!

Devra-I was jumping at the bit to scraplift today! I love the strip of color down the middle of the page. I replicated that with Amy tangerine Hustle & Heart. My photos are larger, meaning fewer embellies, but I tucked and layered as many die cuts and stickers as I could find in the colors I wanted. 

Well, you know what I'm going to say next. It's your turn to grab some paper and photos! Join us in our Facebook group for chatter and fun. Show is what you made by adding your projects to the November Challenge album by Dec 3 for a chance to win prizes. Shop for all of these products in the Paper Issues shop and get 20% off at using DEVRA  at checkout. Thanks for playing and see you next week!

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Hidden Journaling

Hi friends! Wendy here today to inspire and share a layout featuring some hidden journaling. I'll be the first one to tell you that I am not eloquent and I don't have a way with words. Luckily, there are some funny and inspiring things out there on the internet available to us. I recently stumbled across a list titled "Rules for my Son." As a mom of two boys, I had to copy the list. But the list was a bit long to write out and display. What better way to include it and still have my photo be the focus of the page than hidden journaling.

As you can see, I typed out my journaling and cut them down to 2.75 x 3.75 cards. I also picked out the Pinkfresh Boys Fort collection I wanted to use.

Next I grabbed a piece of cream cardstock and cut that to 12 x 4. I then used my score board and scored every three inches. Then I folded that accordion style. After that I adhered the typed cards to my folded cardstock and embellished the bottom page a bit. Then I started my normal process of completing my layout.

What I really like about using this style of hidden journaling is that when the page is taken out of the album, you can view it entirely by unfolding it.

I hope I've inspired you to create and journal. If you are in need of retail therapy, go shopping at the Paper Issues store. Get the Boys Fort collection by Pinkfresh and anything else you may want for 20% off when you use the code: Wendy. When you spend $60 you will also receive FREE shipping. Be sure to stop by the Paper Issues Friends & Fan page to check out challenges, projects and inspiration. Thanks for stopping by!