Saturday, February 17, 2018

Use Your Stuff - Scraplift Sunday!

Hello, my friends! I am (the other) Rachel here on the Paper Issues Design Team and I am so thrilled to be sharing my first project with you as a team member! Today we are scraplifting a gorgeous layout by Sindi. I love the simplicity and sparkle her layout has and I was super inspired by those “bursts” coming off of the photo, so I decided to take my own unique spin on it.

I am a huge advocate of using up your stash and not hoarding it away (even though sometimes it seems cringe-worthy when we cut into that beloved Maggie Holmes floral - just do it and use it and stick it down!), so that is exactly what I did for this layout.

To start, I used a good ol’ pencil and ruler to draw those “bursts” and then filled them with some delicious and colourful Amy Tangerine stickers and embellishments - sorting them by colour, of course, because that’s just way too much fun! I added corresponding watercolour splatters, minimal journaling, a few paint splatters, and then it was done, just like that! If you know my style at all, you know I love to layer ripped paper behind my photo. This time I added tissue paper! 

There really wasn't much thinking about it - you just stick and plonk! I feel so good about using up some of my favourite Amy Tangerine stickers (from "Better Together" + "Finders Keepers") and being able to show them off on this layout - you can find them HERE in the shop. Give it a try and share it with us on the Paper Issues {Friends & Fans} page because I would love to see! You'll even have a chance to win a gift card to the Paper Issues shop - how cool is that?! Click HERE to access the album where all the entries are to be submitted. Good luck!!! 

If you would like to see the process video, I have a YouTube channel where you can watch step by step as to how I put this together

xo Rachel Tallman

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Friday, February 16, 2018

Big Title Challenge: Pizza

I saw the So Punny collection by Doodlebug Designs and knew it had to be mine. Now we don't do valentines day and it is a valentines heavy collection. But the sushi, pizza and tea elements of this collection really pulled me in. I have two pizza fanatics in this house so I will buy anything pizza because I'm that mom.

I played with the Big Title challenge with this page. Since I've been in a little creative slump I kept it super simple and clean to get back in the saddle so to speak. I love all the fun ephemera in this collection and had so much fun making it not about valentines.

This is such a fun collection and even if your not big into valentines it should still be on your must have list. And remember if you need to shop use my code and get 20% off your total order.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Here's to new adventures

Hi Friends! Today I would like to share my first official Paper Issues challenge with you all! ( Bucket list no.3-tick) This challenge is called 'This or That', and I picked a lot of this and a little bit of that! I used the very pretty 'Turn the Page' collection from Pink Paislee and added my own take to Paige Evans' paper plane page, and created my own giant paper plane for my photo to rest in. I also used loads of the ephemera and stickers from the 6x12 chipboard sticker sheet. So here are my this and that combinations, hand journaling and not typed, thread and not ribbon and then stickers and not washi. I also created my own background by applying Gesso to the 12x12 white card stock and after it dried I had some fun with Gelato's! I love me some Gelato's! I used the 'snow cone' and 'metallic mint'. If you look closely you can see that I stitched along the edges of the clouds to give them a slight pop. Hope this layout inspires you to take inspiration from a collection and make it your own!! See you soon, Leslie.
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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Bigger is Better!

Welcome to my very first blog post here at Paper Issues! It's time to go big with the title and I have used the Free Cut File Thick Paint Alpha for my title. For this layout, I have used bits and pieces from different Simple Stories collections from my stash. There's nothing bad at all using up what you have, but I'm so eager to get my hands on many things of the new stuff that is coming in to the store. 

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

weekend vibes and good times

Don’t you just love the colours of this fabulous colour challenge..
Today I’m sharing my take on the challenge using crate paper good vibes
And a photo of my daughter eve at the beach on holidays with her sister..

So I started off with white I just love white space
And I had a design in mind ...simple but with a little bit of mixed media 
on the background like bubbles in the ocean when the waves crash and that tropical feeling.

I chose the Bloom free cut file and used the different colours from the collection to back the cutfile cutout 

Then I cut some patterned paper to matt my photo on and some for layers and a few bits from the ephemera pack for a tag and more layers behind my photo.
I so love the pops of gold on the chipboard stickers I chose a round bit to add to the center of my cutfile flower

Next I wanted to use part of the title weekend vibes from the ephemera pack and the other part from the gold glitter thickers to spell good times and I needed a ampersand so popped a sticker ampersand from the sticker sheet just tucking it underneath my first part of my title.

Here is my process video

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Monday, February 12, 2018

Swanky Swatches

I am so excited to come and share with you my take on Paper Issues’ new challenge: Swanky Swatches! For this challenge, you can take inspiration from the color scheme shown here:

I definitely loved this color scheme as soon as I saw it. I searched through my stash and found some papers that worked perfectly. I used up a lot of leftovers on this layout. It has bits of Pink Paislee, American Crafts, and some Crate Paper.

Because I am a big weirdo, I love using geometric-ish elements on my layouts. Hence the arrows and parabolic curve (that’s a fancy word for: I used straight lines to make a curve. You’re welcome).

I hope you’ll play along! Be sure to share your projects in the facebook group. And if you need to shop for more scrappy goodies, be sure to use my code for 20% off. 

Sunday, February 11, 2018

2/11 Scraplift Sunday!

It's time for another Scraplift Sunday here at Paper Issues! 
Scraplifts are always a favorite, they are such a quick and easy way to get your photos scrapped. You can copy it exactly or make it your own by picking a few elements or colors or what ever inspires you! Today we are lifting this amazing layout by Sindi.

I really, really loved everything about Sindi's layout, so I went for the 
"I'm going to copy it very closely because I love it so much" approach. Ha!

I started by printing my journaling directly on my cardstock, added a border strip at the bottom, then did some machine stitching to give a little texture to the background. I cut my patterned paper in shapes similar to what Sindi did, and also used just one small photo like she did. Next came the title, embellishment pieces and a few splatters of few mist and some pretty sequins scattered about. 
See, quick and easy! I think the measuring to get my journaling to print in the correct place took most of the time, and I may have used my blow dryer to help the mist dry quickly, but it was less than 30 minutes from start to finish. It's another layout complete and another memory to add to the album!

How about playing along with our Scraplift Sunday Challenge?  
You could win a gift card to the Paper Issues store!! 
there is an album for all of February's challenge entries.
We'd love to see your scraplift!

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for 20% off your entire purchase!!***

Saturday, February 10, 2018

I'm Fondue You.

Hello Sweethearts!

We're back today with a fun sketch!  If you have a cutting machine, you may want to crank it up and CLICK HERE to download the free "Scattered Hearts" cut file from the Paper Issues shop.  If it's your first time here, you can check out This Link for all of the beautiful free cut files; there's so many to choose from, but fair warning, you may spend at hour or two downloading them all.

Okay, now on to the sketch.  The lovely Ann has designed such an innovative layout for us to mimic.  I, for one, was smitten over it and took my time making sure I used all of my favorite pieces of pattern paper to bring this design to life, along with the negative pieces of the cut file and Copic makers.  That's right!  I thought of those people that don't have a cutting machine, but do have a few heart punches they can use.  I first glued the heart pieces on the cardstock, then used 3 color Copics to add borders to the white hearts, so that they're not just 'sitting there'.  I also flipped the sketch in the opposite direction.  If you find my pages lack journaling, never fear!  I always add it after I take the photo... because I'm not very FONDUE of my handwriting.  lol

I hope you have enjoyed visiting the blog today.

If you join the challenge in the Paper Issues Friends & Fans Facebook Group, you are automatically entered to win 1 of 2 $10 gift cards to the Paper Issues shop!  What's great is you can use my 20% discount when checking out!  

I hope to see your layout shares and come back tomorrow for more scrappy inspiration!


Friday, February 9, 2018

Love is in the Air

Hi friends! Elodie with you today with a brand new layout to share! Have you seen all the fun challenges in the Paper Issues Friends and Fans Facebook group? I played along with the Love is in the Air challenge that is all about Valentine's Day projects and love. I used the super pretty Sweet Nothings collection by Fancy Pants and a photo of me and my sweetheart snapped at the Niagara Falls a few years ago. Here is my page!

I'm a big fan of patterned papers and I used a lot of them on this page! I picked the bold Love is in the Air paper for my background and placed a strip from the Love Garden sheet in the center of the page. Next, I made pretty layers using papers from the Sweet Nothings 6x6 pad and I topped them with the matted pic. I adhered it with foam squares to make it pop.

I then moved on to the embellishing part and added pretty Sweet Nothings embellies on my layers and on the photo:  big letters and hearts from the tag pack as well as die cuts and puffy stickers. I adorned the top and the bottom of the page with cute hexagonal tags that I topped with die cuts and a puffy sticker for the title.

Last but not least, I added a bit of shine to my layout with glittery enamel dots and a bow from my stash as well as gold washi tape, from the Shimelle Little by Litlle line, that I tucked under the layers.

I love the bold colors of this Valentine's Day collection! You can find some Fancy Pants Sweet Nothings goodies, along with more pretty supplies, in the Paper Issues store. And join us in the Paper Issues Facebook group to share your Love is in the Air projects and to play along with more awesome challenges!

Thank you so much for visiting the blog today! Have a wonderful day!

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Progressively Better with McJen

Hello PI friends! It's McJen today sharing my first project as a member of the Paper Issues Design Team.

If you haven't checked out one of the live videos on Facebook with Kelly and Becky, you are missing out on some serious fun! Last Friday both ladies hosted the Progressively Better Challenge, where they created a recipe for a layout with help from viewers and completed the project live. 

I played along and came up with the following project using the Amy Tangerine Hustle & Heart and On A Whim collections (available here).

I love this challenge because it forced me to work quickly rather than spend my usual three hours on a layout. I began with a piece of card stock, 6" x 7" patterned paper, and one photo per the recipe.

As ingredients were added to the recipe during the live video, the layout began to take shape.

With everything adhered, I doodled the flowers on the turquoise paper, added embellishments and title, and used twine on the left edge of the layout. 

Last, I completed the project by adding enamel dots using Nuvo Crystal Drops. If you look closely, you will notice that I accidently smeared the dots when they were still wet. There was no way to cover it up, so in the end I just rolled with it. However, I did place my PI footer over the smears for my main project photo.

Everything used on this layout is available in the Paper Issues store. Please remember to use code McJen at checkout to receive 20 percent off of your entire order! 

Scroll down for a complete list of the Progressively Better Challenge recipe and link to a replay of the live video. Be sure to enter your new project in the challenge by March 4 for a chance to win a gift certificate to the Paper Issues store.

See the video here:

Here is your list as it went live:
Start with a cardstock background 
Add 6”x7” patterned paper
Add 1 patterned paper layer any size
Add 1”x12” paper strip
Add 2 pieces of ephemera
Add 1 tag
Add doodling
Add 1 sticker
Add a big title
Add 2 layers anywhere. Can be paper can be embellishments. Anything.
Add enamel dots/shapes
Add twine or ribbon
Add a sub title
Add the date

You have until March 4th to enter a project based on this challenge. Please keep in mind this must be a NEW made for this challenge project.

Please, no double dipping. Only enter your project for one of our challenges.

We hope to see your take soon!

You have until March 4th to enter a project based on this challenge. Please keep in mind this must be a NEW made for this challenge project. 

Please, no double dipping. Only enter your project for one of our challenges.

We hope to see your take soon!

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Polka Dot Party Challenge

It is really fun that Paper Issues has changed up the challenges just a bit. We get more notice and can jump in at anytime choosing all of our favorites. Change is definitely good at Paper Issues! I am playing along with the Polka Dot Party challenge and the first thing that came into my mind is Maggie Holmes. She is always a great choice when you need some polka dot fun and let me tell you the Carousel collection certainly did not disappoint. And lucky for me I had loads in my stash.

I started off with the polka dot paper as my background and built it from there. I decided to put it on an angle as I think it gave it a bit more interest then having it all lined up straight across the page. I also added the gold polka dot acetate paper. I always grab specialty papers as they always are a touch of fun. The Carousel is my sons favorite spot in the mall and he loves the cups so he can spin his little heart out.

Polka dots are so much fun to create with and I hope you decided to join in for this challange. There is a gift card up for grabs so more incentive. If you need to shop for some polka dots don't forget to use my code for 20% off your order

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Bigger Is Better!

Hi friends! Happiest of Tuesdays to you! Rachel here and today I get to talk to you about the new Bigger is Better challenge. I love our new format in the Paper Issues Friends and Fans Facebook group! We're mixing up the challenges so that each month there will be a host on new challenges for you to play along with. Also new - all the challenges are released on the 1st of the month so you can see all of them right away and pick & choose which one you want to start with. The Bigger is Better challenge is all about a BIG title on your layout! This could mean big in font size or just big in length! Think large stickers, chipboard, use your cutting machine, etc. Be inspired however you want!

I had some Elle's Studio Family Fun that I needed to use up. I took a piece of white cardstock and cut out several stars all over the page. Then I backed them with different patterned papers from the collection. This was perfect for using up a lot of the scraps I had left over. I hand stitched around the larger stars to add some dimension. Next, I added my two photos along with several layers behind them. My son had just lost another tooth and he was pretty excited to show off his new smile!

His smile was the inspiration for my title. I made my own title with black cardstock and a simple font from my Cricut collection. I typed out my story and cut it into small word strips and added it under my title. I finished the layout with a few extra star stickers and embellishments! I love how the large title really pops and helps fill in some of the white space.

I hope I've inspired you to play along with this challenge! You can see more big title layouts here! Don't forget you have until March 4th to play along for a chance to win a PI gift card. Can't wait to see what you make! XOXO