Saturday, October 21, 2017

Family Fun!

Good morning friends! Wendy here to share with you a new layout I made using Elle's Studio's Family Fun. Recently I have been on a scavenger hunt at my mom's house and looking through all the old family photos. She isn't much of a scrapper and they are sitting in a bin in a closet. I have decided to rescue the pictures and attempt to do something with them. Not all of them are the best of quality or dated, but I still feel it's important to treasure the memories and the family and friends in them. What better collection to use?! The Family Fun collection is full of bright, primary colors and has all the right special, little touches to celebrate what family fun means to you.







For this page,I created a grid design. I really wanted to play off the colors in the photo and use primarily yellow, blue, pink, and red. The big blue bows are actually from Bella Blvd. I also thought it would be fun to create a little shaker full of colorful sequins.

Are you in need of supplies before you start creating? Remember to grab this collection from the Paper Issues store and anything else you may need 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!


Friday, October 20, 2017

Free File Friday: Halloween and Fall Fun

It's time for some spooky fun today using free cut files from PI.  
Let's get started with this month's challenge of using Halloween
or Fall themed cut files to document your favorite autumn memories!

Fancy Pants Spellbound was my choice for documenting my favorite trick or treaters! I paired Spellbound polka dots paper with the web background cut file.  I love how the black cut file webs coordinate with the black title words from the Spellbound ephemera pack.


I love the slight dimension the webs bring to the page by just adhering them
 in a few spots in addition to the center grouping with the photo. 
The Doodlebug spiders are the perfect little addition to sprinkle throughout the web design.

Onto more Fall Fun from the design team:

Amanda wows us with the soft and gorgeous pastels of fall using Jen Hadfield's Simple Life collection. The heart wreath cut file is stunning with her beautiful daughter. 
The wood grain and pastels together is so striking!

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Next up, Lisa masterfully mixes several fall collections to create this apple beauty!
The cut file apple is perfect to supersize and give your embellishments a place to go round!
I love this look against kraft cardstock.  The pretty fall colors just pop!

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Kelly brought the Boo Crew for her delightful take on the challenge using Fancy Pants Spellbound! The patchwork pumpkin all paper pieced using all the collection papers is so gorgeous against the white cardstock. The colors and patterns mixed with her Halloween pictures are so pretty together!
The Bewitched plaid paper border is definitely a favorite from the collection--(yes, you need it!)

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Devra closes out our round up of spooktacular projects with her take using the popular
 I adore the clusters using the FP buttons an the enamel x's! 
Sorting the candy is definitely a tradition in our house, this is such a cute idea to document!

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Thanks so much for stopping by the blog today for Free File Friday.
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Grab all of the free files to get started with some new projects.
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We love to see what you dream up!

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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Planner Junkie

Hi.  I'm Damaris.  And I'm a planner junkie.
Saying it out loud feels empowering!

If you're like me, you're probably prone to purchasing many planners.  Different sizes, styles and for different reasons.  When I first purchased the Carpe Diem "Ballerina" planner I thought I'd be using it to track my blog posts, my blog subjects and maybe online courses.  I epically failed at keeping up with it.  But I was able to find another purpose for it.  Something more meaningful to me, personally. I am a fan of podcasts, and I use this particular planner to house my sermon notes.  Because the podcasts are recorded, (and because I'm way behind on these), I'm able to add titles that coincide with the each podcast.

I used the delicious Maggie Holmes "Carousel" collection.  I made a paper clip with the bow, using a standard gold paper clip and slipping it in the loop behind the bow.  I cut down 12x12 paper to create fun yellow arrows, and used that adorable hot air balloon cardstock to make my own ephemera.  You may even spot some Pink Paislee "Summer Lights" cloud cut-outs on the layout too!


If you're not into sermons, maybe there are other podcasts you listen to that you'd like to keep track of and take notes for.  Maybe each week can be a different podcast theme.  Weight loss.  Craft tips.  Etc. However you decide to use your extra planners and paper supplies, please be sure to share that with us in the PI Facebook Group.  There, you'll also be sure to find more creative ways to use your supplies.


If you are in need of more planner supplies or general crafts,
 click HERE you'll be taken straight to the PI shop.
If you use my code "Damaris", you'll save 20% at checkout!
$60 worth of product also gets you free US shipping!

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Product Spotlight: Happy Halloween!

When witches go riding,
and black cats are seen, 
the moon laughs and whispers,
'tis near Halloween!

Becky here today with some Halloween inspiration from the PI Design Team!

I used the special edition Rocktober (fall) Swag Bag to document our jack-o-lanterns from a few years ago! I love carving pumpkins! If you haven't gotten your hands on this kit yet, be sure you do soon!


 Kelly used the brand new Spellbound line from Fancy Pants for this awesome 8.5x11 page of her Halloween costume last year! Be sure to check out all three of the new lines from Fancy Pants, Spellbound, Take Note and Holiday Hustle, in the shop now!


Lisa used bits and pieces from her stash of Paper Issues Swag Bags for this spooktacular Halloween card. 

Stacie used the holographic spider web specialty paper from the Bootiful Night collection by American Crafts for this awesome Spiderman page!


 Wendy used the Midnight Haunting collection from Pebbles for this festive layout. I don't know about you, but I'm ready for some Halloween candy binging!


Be sure to pick up all of the new Halloween lines in the Paper Issues shop before they are gone! We want to see all of your festive layouts so be sure to link them up to the October challenge album in the Paper Issues {Friends & Fans} Facebook group for a chance to win one of two gift cards giving out monthly! 

Thanks for stopping by to take a peak!

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Put A Bow On It!


Hello friends! It's Rachel here and I'm so happy to be back and sharing this sweet layout with you! I'm in love with the combination of colors and patterns in Shimelle's Glitter Girl collection. My inspiration for this layout was mixing all of the pink and yellow patterns together! With so many patterns to choose from I knew I was only going to be able to show glimpses of each one and so I decided to layer and angle them at the top and bottom of my layout. I even used several of the strips that come at the bottom of the 12x12 patterned paper. Have you ever noticed that many of them have patterns on them? When I cut them off, I usually save them because they are perfect for designs just like this!


My favorite pink paper in this collection is Spell It Out and my favorite yellow paper is Snap To It! In the middle of the page I added a black and white selfie of my family. Love them so much! When I have a layout with so much bold colors I love printing off my photo in black and white so the colors don't clash or compete with the layout. I added some older Amy Tangerine thickers for my title, enamel dots, and a few piece of ephemera from the Glitter Girl collection! BUT - my absolute favorite embellishment is this adorable black and white striped bow from Maggie Holmes' Carousel collection! They sold out so quick I totally missed them the first time they arrived in the Paper Issues store. Gasp! So when they restocked I was sure to grab not one but two packs!!! You can find them here and grab them for yourself! 

I hope I've inspired you to create! Thanks so much for stopping by today. Need some retail therapy in the form of paper goodies??! Hop on over to the Paper Issues store and save 20% with my code RACHEL.





Monday, October 16, 2017

New Issue: Which Kraft? Round 2


Hi everyone! Lisa here today to start off round 2 of October issue — Which Kraft?

In addition to our monthly issue, be sure to check out all of our other challenges. You'll find them in our {Friends & Fans} Facebook group. Each challenge has its own album. You can get a look at the October challenge album right here. Please post your issue projects in the New Issue album.

The deadline for sharing your projects is November 5th for a chance to win a gift certificate to the Paper Issues store.

Before we get to what this issue is about, here's a look at some awesome inspiration from the team.


Clockwise from top L: Amanda, Wendy, Damaris, Rachel

Note: Clicking on a design team member's name will take you to their blog or Instagram account where you can see their project in more detail.

What is Which Kraft all about? Here are some ideas to get you started:
  • Anything having to do with Halloween or October outings.
  • Use kraft elements like paper, cardstock, embellishments, etc.
  • Add texture by using burlap or cork.
  • Create a project about the crafts you do.
  • Use a witches' hat, broomstick or cauldron embellishments.

We're super chatty and love to make new friends, so please stop by and connect with us:

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Scraplift Sunday

Hello and happy Scraplift Sunday! Remember, we made that a thing! So today, Ann made this layout we are lifting. It's all about the happy. Happy colors, happy prints, happy photos and even happy birthday! She is the master at texture, and we can't forget the straws! I had fun lifting this layout, the team did too. 


Devra -See, I had to play along. Everything about Ann's layout made me smile. You know what makes me smile? Glitter Girl. Oh my goodness.  The glitter Thickers,  the bright colors, the fun icons stickers, the shaker stickers,  I love it. Anyway, I used one larger photo, then added an extra large embellishment too. I'm going to be sad when I use it all up. really. I am. 



Oh, look at Rachel's sweet boys all dressed and ready to go. She really knows how to make the best use of Elle's Studio Family Fun. It suits her clean style. The looped twine adds some whinsy and all the hearts, oh all the hearts. 



Boo! Kelly is starting halloween early with this ghoulish lift! She broke out the Fancy Pants Spellbound. I love her clean approach to this page and how she stretched it across the whole page. 


Wendy's in the Christmas spirit already! I like her use of the 2 different sized photos. This page is full off all the Christmas goodies, especially glitter! 



Ok, so there you have it. One layout, several lifts.  You know we want to see your projects! Join us in our Facebook Group for daily chatter. Find Scraplift Sunday and so many more challenges in the October Challenge album. Feel like some new goodies? Use DEVRA at checkout for 20%v off your purchase.


Saturday, October 14, 2017

A "Spellbound" Halloween with Tracey Fox



Hey everyone! Today, I’m sharing a Halloween layout using products from Fancy Pants’ Spellbound collection. I don’t usually do a lot for Halloween, so it’s rare that I have Halloween photos to scrap, but I DO go to a lot of movies, so I thought these products worked perfectly to document the Harry Potter movie marathon I attended over Halloween weekend last year. I just love the soft purples and minty greens mixed in with the traditional black and orange in this collection! 



To make my page, I layered up some of the collection’s patterned papers and lots of  the Spellbound Tags Die Cuts (including a bit of the product packaging) under my photos of the theater and the marathon schedule. 



After adhering my journaling strips, I distressed up some old chipboard alphas from my stash to create the title, “Epic Binge,” because eight movies in one weekend was a serious binge-watch! I used some of the fun bakers’s twine included in the diecut pack of tags and wrapped it around some of the letters. 



I hope you’ll have fun making Halloween projects this October! Join us in the Paper Issues Friends and Fans Facebook group and share what you’re making with us! You’ll especially want to be there with us for the Paper Issues Fall Crop October 27-28! And when you shop the store, be sure to use the code “TRACEY” to save 20% on your entire purchase!


Friday, October 13, 2017

Fan Feature Friday: Which Kraft? #1


Happy Friday everyone! Lisa here to shine the spotlight on some of the projects you've created for our current issue, Which Kraft? We love to feature your beautiful work so be sure to share your creations in the New Issue album in our {Friends & Fans} Facebook group.

1. Bethany loves kraft paper so this issue was right up her alley! There are so many great neutral elements on her page, including "stitched" tags and fussy cut flowers.



2. Christy's take on this issue is absolutely fabulous! Look at all of the leaves tucked around the photo and how the design mimics the circular background.


3. Jenessa created this beauty on kraft paper and added in so many wonderful details.



4. Janet created this spook-tacular Halloween page. Love her use of the chipboard frames!



5. Laurie's sweet Halloween page features traditional colors paired with gold glittered embellishments. Great combo!



6. How cute is this Halloween card by Danielle? I spy an adorable Wanda Witch Doodle-pop sending her best witches. :)


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


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


Thursday, October 12, 2017

Scrap Soup - October!

Can you believe it's already time for the October Scrap Soup Challenge?? Me either!!
As always, you must use everything in the recipe, but you can add as many extra "ingredients" as you would like to make it your own!

Here's this month's list:




For my layout, I used pieces from the amazing Rocktober Kit and the Boo Crew FREE cut file. I love all the bits and pieces in the Rocktober kit, a little bit of Halloween and Fall too!
For the cut file, I cut out all of the inside pieces, leaving only the border of the pumpkin. Is that paper pumpkin carving??  ha!




Stacie's layout features the Bootiful Night collection along with the cute Trick or Treat Sweets Cut File (that she designed!) that is available for FREE here in the Paper Issues store! Such a darling layout, Stacie!




Wendy's layout reminds us how much we love fall! I really like how she used Carta Bella's Hello Fall collection to layer under her photos. What a great way to remember your favorite fall treat!



How about playing along with the Scrap Soup challenge?? Did you know you could win a gift card to the Paper Issues store!! Be sure to add your project here in the October Challenge album on our Paper Issues {friends & fans} Facebook page to be entered in the drawing. Upload as many NEW projects as you would like for even more chances to win, each project counts as an extra entry!  Entries for this and all challenges close on November 5th and winners announced November 6th.


And, while shopping in the Paper Issues store, remember to use code: Mary Ann for 20% off your entire purchase!!