Thursday, April 19, 2018

Layered on Thick!

My daughter found out that her name, Viola, means purple in Italian, and that's the title on the layout.

I love to layer things up and this time I have layered die cuts, stickers and thickers. If I had some chipboard stickers by my hand, I probably would have used them too. On this layout, I focused on Maggie Holmes collections Carousel and Flourish from Crate Paper.

You can layer smaller things, like here, an embellishment cluster.

Mix and match different types, patterned paper (I used the same paper twice, thats totally ok), vellum pieces, die cuts stickers and puffy stickers. To make the layers pop, use some type of 3d foam.

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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Scraplift Sunday with Anita

Hi there,
Happy Wednesday I hope you’re all having fun with the April challenges 
I’m sharing my take Rachel ‘s layout for scraplift Sunday and I’m using 
Pop on over to the paper issues Facebook group and check out the scrap lift challenge 

I started with  die cutting a few circles out in different patterned papers 
And arranged them in a grid 

Then layering patterned paper behind my photo 
And adding a tag, paper clip and chipboard stickers 

Then I added a sticker and my title in the center from the ephemera pack and sticker sheet 
Then on the die cut circle beside my title I fussy cut a bunny and added a flower sticker 
To have the main focus be the center of the layout 

I hope you have a enjoyed my inspiration today 
Don’t forget to pop on over to the shop and check out all the fabulous goodies in store or pop on over and check out all the fun challenges in the Facebook group.

Use code Anita in the Paper Issues store 
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Tuesday, April 17, 2018


I am so excited about spring! As soon as I heard about the Spring has Sprung challenge, I thought of this photo from many moons ago. My son was so excited about the new baby lambs at his grandpa's farm. This little lamb was the runt of the litter, and we spoiled him rotten.

I used the absolutely gorgeous The Good Life collection from Webster's. I don't have adequate vocabulary to describe how much I love this collection. I never knew I needed lemony paper in my life, but now I'm in love! It's just so bright and pretty. 

If you want to snag some of the lemony wonderfulness, ('cause that's totally a thing), don't forget to use my code to save some cash. And don't forget to post your creations in our facebook group. Happy spring!

Monday, April 16, 2018

It's Time to Get Messy!

There's a new challenge this month here at Paper Issues that you're sure to enjoy, it's all about getting messy with paint! Use a mask, water it down, drop it on, or use any paint technique you can think of. 
All is fair in the art room!

For my layout, I added a 10x10 square of white cardstock to my background paper, then splattered and dripped paint to get a bright and messy design.

I also used lots of  pieces from this months Swag Bag, but the Happy Birthday banner from the bag didn't quite go with my photo, so I cut off the "birth" from birthday, and then painted the words with white paint. Perfect for my un-birthday layout!

Have you ever tried a Swag Bag from Paper Issues?? If you haven't, you really must! They're full of so many fun bits and pieces, and make putting a layout together a breeze. I'm currently working on layout number 3 just from pieces in the April bag!!!  The Swag Bag's do sell out quickly, so if you miss out on this month's bag, you can grab one in Paper Issues store in the month of May.

****And....don't forget to use code: Mary Ann when shopping in the PI store 
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Sunday, April 15, 2018

Head In The Clouds.

Image may contain: textHappy Scrap Lift Sunday!

This week we're lifting Mary Ann's fun layout.  I was inspired by the colors, the "rocket" theme of things, and the use of many photos; (5 to be exact).

I decided to dig up some pictures from a children's church outing last year to Lion Country Safari.  I think it was the first enjoying the rides and the animals; and overall being more involved.  Usually I let the kids have their fun.

I pulled out my hoarded stash of "Wild Child" by Pink Paislee, and quickly got to work.  The lift is not exactly like Mary Ann's, but there are a couple of similarities; like the fact that my clouds are placed more towards the ends of the patterned paper, instead of in the center, where I'd normally place them.  There's also rockets and stars involved.  I tried to have fun with it, adding cardstock stickers, fussy cut pieces, chipboard stickers and even rub-ons; all from the same collection.

I hope you will join the Facebook Friends & Fans group (linked below), and share your projects with us.  The more challenges you enter, the more chances you will have to win one of two prizes!

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Thanks for stopping by and have a great week!

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Sparkle & Shine

Hi everyone! Elodie here today and I'm happy to be back to share a new layout with you. I played along with the Notable Quotable challenge and I was inspired by the flowers and also by the quote for my title. I used the new Be You collection by Pinkfresh Studio and a photo of my little miss sunshine. Here is my page!

And here is this month's quote!

For the background, I picked the Real paper with its pretty floral border. Perfect to go with this spring-inspired quote! I hand stitched two concentric circles on the background paper using dark blue thread. I then backed the photo with a paper from the 6x6 pad and adhered it on the left-hand side of the page with foam squares.

Next, I tucked a doily under the picture, along with some Be You die cuts, a cute tassel bow and a tab on which I stamped the date. For the title, I used shiny puffy alpha stickers from the collection and placed them along the smaller circle.

Then I moved on to the big circle and adorned it with pretty Be You embellies: puffy stickers, wood and epoxy buttons, die cuts and a couple of butterflies that I cut in 6x6 papers. I adhered some embellies and the photo with foam squares for dimension. I finished my layout with puffy diamond stickers and stars from the alpha sticker sheet that I scattered on the page.

Join us in the Paper Issues Friends and Fans Facebook group to play along and check out all the fun April challenges! You could win a gift card to the Paper Issues store where you can find beautiful Pinkfresh Studio goodies, along with a lot of pretty supplies!

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Have a great day!


Friday, April 13, 2018

Play Ball with McJen

Hello Paper Issues friends!

Spring has sprung and if you know anything about the PI gals, they are major sports fans - especially baseball. To celebrate the arrival of baseball season, Paper Issues is hosting the Opening Day Challenge during the month of April.

While I do enjoy baseball, I have to admit that I am not a die-hard fan (sorry Devra). However, last summer we were able to watch our home team, the Seattle Mariners, play against the Angels while we vacationed in Anaheim.

For this 8 1/2 x 11 project, I began by using the FREE Have a Ball cut file from PI with the Pink Paislee Sweet Freedom Collection. 

To create the background, I isolated the baseball in the cut file and duplicated it in various sizes. Next, I arranged them so they were all touching and welded the shapes together to create one cut file. I originally planned on making a 12 x 12 layout but found it wasn't working for me. I cut the blue patterned paper down, attached the cut file, and then trimmed around the edges so it fit.

I matted the photos on patterned paper and placed them along the top third of the page for balance.

Two banners were created from patterned papers and placed behind the larger photo. These were followed by several of the floral stickers and word sentiments from the collection.

Next was the title using wood and gold Thickers that are glued in place. While the glue was drying, I used a typewriter to create the journaling strips above and below the photos.

Last were the star stickers and enamel dots to give more color and texture as well as create a visual triangle.

Thank you for visiting today! Don't forget to visit the Paper Issues Store for the FREE cut file used on this layout as well as all of the paper goodness you could ever imagine. Use code McJen at checkout for a 20% discount on your entire order.

Now for the details of the challenge . . . 

Play Balllllllll! Or watch people play. That counts too! We encourage you to grab those baseball themed photos and get them in the books. Not a ball fan, how about Field Day activities, team work, or stitching. Be creative, because we bet you hit a home run!

You have through April 30th to play along. Your entry must be new and no double dipping! That means, you can only submit each project once

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Bossy Scrapper + Swag Bag = Perfection

Bossy Scrapper was no April's fools joke for sure. I looked and said to myself "a banner" ?? I have a confession, ok not really a confession because I've made this well known to those around me, I don't do banners. Really I maybe used a banner once or twice before. Generally they just sit there and stare at me and eventually end up in the donation pile. But then I saw the April Swag Bag and all its lovely awesomeness and sure enough a banner. Well my job was made easy and a banner I did add.

It was a month of birthdays for us last month between me and my youngest son, so the birthday themed pieces in the April Swag Bag were timely. I also used some left overs from the Pebbles Birthday Wishes collection which of course went perfect. Now normally I would layer those 6 cards that was on the list but I thought no lets not be the norm and do something different. And I do believe that it worked here.

So reach into the not so norm grab a Swag Bag and get with the Bossy Scrapper challenge or something else that strikes your fancy. Remember if you need to scrap use my code for 20% off your entire order.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Keepin' It Sketchy!

Happy Wednesday friends! Rachel here and I'm in LOVE with this month's Paper Issues sketch! Sketch challenges are perfect for getting your scrappy mojo going! If you're in a scrappy slump take heart and take a look:

When I saw the strips of paper behind the photo I knew I wanted to use Maggie Holme's newest collection - Flourish! It's over-the-top gorgeous and everything you would expect from her collection. I started with the Goldenrod patterned paper. The black and white floral background was a perfect contrast to the beautiful, bright colors in the Anne patterned paper. I cut strips from the paint stroked paper and layered them together. 

I  added chipboard and ephemera around my photo. I also love the town houses that are in so many of the embellishments. I fussy cut these from the Home Sweet Home paper. I finished the layout with a few words that I typed up on my We R Memory Keepers typewriter. 

If you haven't played along yet, now's the time! See more ideas in our challenge album here! Love some Maggie Holmes?! You can get this collection in the Paper Issues shop and save 20% with the code RACHEL. Thanks for stopping by and have an awesome day! XOXO

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

You + Me

Hi, crafty friends!! Wendy here today to share with you a layout featuring just one of the hundreds of free cut files Paper Issues has to offer. Have you spotted it on my layout yet? I actually used the Xs and Os grid file. One of the reasons I love cut files is because they are so versatile and you don't actually have to use them on your page. You can use them as templates like what I have done here. I traced the cut file onto my cardstock then stitched it. For a slightly different and dramatic look, I stitched colors in an ombre style going from deep red to white. 

This photo was taken last December, but who says you can't use Valentine's paper for pictures year round? I used the Pebbles Forever My Always collection. After I started piling on the ephemera I realized that this was looking awfully familiar... That's because it reminded me of my favorite January Swag Bag!! I pulled some bits and pieces out of the bag and took a good look at the cute bag in black and white houndstooth that Paper Issues is known for. I decided to incorporate the bag into my layout also. 

Most of these cute embellishments are from the Swag Bag, including that fun straw and heart on a stick. 

The "you + me" strip is actually the barcode strip. You can definitely use those little strips of papers on your layout. I also paired the ephemera with some alpha Thickers from my stash. 

I hope you are feeling inspired to play along and create something new. Try to use one of our cut files in your project, too! There are so many designs for all occasions. Upload your creations in the April Challenge album in our Paper Issues Friends and Fan Facebook group. For each new project you enter, you will be entered in a drawing for a chance to win a Paper Issues gift card! That's exciting! You can even share your projects on Instagram. Tag @paperissues and use #paperissues so we can see your projects and maybe share them, too! 

Are you in need of supplies before you start creating? If so, you should check out ALL THE NEW THINGS that are in the store. When you spend $75 you will also receive free domestic shipping. Don't forget that you will 20% off your entire purchase when you use the code: Wendy

Monday, April 9, 2018

Cherish the Florals with Amanda!

Hi Paper Issues Friends & Fans! 

Amanda here, and I am so happy to be joining you today for some Free File inspiration!
Paper Issues have SO many awesome free cut files for you to download!

One of my all-time favorites is the Cherish Florals set - it looks like this....

So gorgeous, huh?!
So many possibilities from just one file! 
I have used that sweet butterfly for my project today - 

Here's my layout....


Oh isn't this beautiful, indeed!
I have combined our Cherish Florals butterfly with the super pretty Cocoa Vanilla Studio Bohemian Dream collection for this gorgeous mother-daughter page! Love it!
Such a happy day spent with my darling girl! 

To recreate this look, simply enlarge the butterfly and back the cut file with pattern papers. 
Super simple, but oh so effective!
Here's a few close ups for you......

That cut file is really something! And teamed with all those pretty blooms, it just shines! 

Those florals are SO pretty!

And who doesn't love a butterfly flair button?!  
Or a chipboard title....

Just gorgeous!
Paper Issues cut files really add that 'wow' factor!

I hope you feel inspired by my creation today! 

If you haven't added this cut file to your library yet, what are you waiting for?!!
You can download this amazing Free File here 
Or download hundreds more from the store in our Free Files section

***Be sure to upload & share your Free File layouts and projects in our 
 You'll also go in the draw to win a store Gift Card for every new entry you upload!

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Thanks so much for stopping by today!
til next time,