Sunday, January 21, 2018

Scraplift Sunday 1/21

Hey there crafty friends! You know it's my favorite day of the week, Scraplift Sunday! Today we are lifting Elodie's layout she made for the January Pinspire Me challenge! The tags are so fun and a great way to incorporate all the patterned paper!

Devra- I didn't change very much from the original. This sweet photo of my son and my sister called for something sweet too!  So Pebbles Forever My Always was my choice today. I love the touches of kraft and black in this collection! Since both sides of the From My Heart paper are so awesome, I used them both! The ombre....   I cut my own tags layering and embellishing them with the Puffy Mini Conversation hearts. Xoxo

Wendy traded out some of the tags for flags! Or pennants, whatever you prefer to call them. I prefer to call it a fun mix of shapes! The layers of Fancy Pants embellishment and papers round out this cheerfully fun page!

I'm going to crown Cassie the Queen of Mixing product! She certainly has a way of making all that Pink Paislee, Shimelle and even October Afternoon come together to create this insanely fantastic page! I love all the little bits along the edge! Mad skills I tell ya'! Mad skills!

My favorite thing about scrap lifting is taking a design and making it your own. I'm so happy Sindi played today and did just that! Flipping the design shows how versatile it is! Whoa! how cool do those tags look! Mixing the Crate Paper Good Vibes to make her own! But seriously, finding this color story within this collection. It's beautiful!

Kelly's playful take today just makes me smile. But how can you not? Cool Snap Chat selfies, Crate Paper Main Squeeze? It's all full of smiles and happiness! 

That's all for today! You know what to do now right!?!?! First, go shopping in the Paper Issues shop. What's here now, wont be for long. It's always 20% off too using DEVRA at checkout. Then run fast to your crafty area and make something! Share it with us in the January Challenge Album in our Facebook group! You have until January 4 to get you entries in for a chance to win GC to the  Paper Issues shop.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Discovering My OLW.

So let's talk One Little Words... if you have not heard about this year-long project, you should make your way over to the Ali Edwards blog for more details.  The basic concept is to choose one word that you will focus on the entire year and set goals wrapped about that word; so that you are not necessarily setting up resolutions that you're breaking, but weekly/monthly goals that you're able to work towards and keep.

 It wasn't until the last week of December that I thought to use "DISCOVER" as my 2018 focus word.  I teetered between that and "Simplicity", but I decided to go with my original impression, especially since it leaves me room to be more creative with it. 

I thought it would be fun to incorporate a new subject or topic to "Discover" each month, and create a page about it.  January's theme is all about glamour.  As one of my goals for this year, I vowed to focus on beauty products that will improve the texture of my hair and the tone of my skin.  Not to mention, maybe improve my wardrobe.  I can simplify what's in my closet, only keeping the pieces that absolutely suit my body and style. 

The photo was taken on Snapchat and the collection I used for my first page is "Fashionista" by Echo Park.  I had been saving this line for a special project and I love how well it blends with the gorgeous Rose Gold Foil Large Alphas by American Crafts.  Cassie has a few sets left of those, so I would grab them before they're gone!

I did quite a bit of fussy cutting for this page, and I thought to keep it elegant, simple, yet dramatic.  I love the black & white striped background and the diagonal flow of flowers across the page and the title. 

Every chance I get, I like to incorporate the "Bubbles" Free Cut File.  Whenever I have space on my cutting mat, I quickly add that single bubble and a few sizes and have them handy on my desk.  It's my favorite cut file, and I tend to use these messy circles on a lot of my layouts.  It's a thing. I had such a fun time creating this page, and I'm so happy to be able to share that with you all.

Below you are going to find quick links to the Paper Issues sho and the Friends & Fans Facebook Group.  There are monthly challenges posted, and the more you play along, the more chances you will have to win a gift card!

 Also, using the code "Damaris" at checkout of the paper issues show will save you 20% off of your entire purchase, and any purchase.  You will quality for free US priority shipping if you spend more than $60 after the coupon is applied.

 I appreciate you spending a little time with me today. Have a great week!

Friday, January 19, 2018

Free File Friday: Winter Wonderland or Winter Woes

So we want to know--is it winter wonderland where you are at?? Or would you consider it winter woes?  Maybe you are somewhere warm and instead you get to scroll through our cold weather photos and laugh!  Get over to Paper Issues Free Files and download a cut file or two or a hundred and share your design that includes a free file in our Paper Issues Friends and Fans group on Facebook!

Winter wonderland comes to mind for me when I am out skiing the slopes and capturing the views from the chairlift. American Crafts Sweater Weather text background was in need of some white mixed media to bring some snowy vibes to document this ski trip from last winter.  I added the title from the PI cut file Very Merry Holiday and the snowflakes are from Circles and Snowflakes. See more details on my blog.

Lisa brings us "Snow Loved" and that it is!  She used the Wrapped Up Scarf cut file and she made it a total wow-factor!  American Crafts Sweater Weather is such a fun collection and all of the papers with embellishments look fantastic in the scarf sections! I need to try out this cut file soon!

Damaris rocked the butterfly cut file and altered the background to work in two groupings which is so eye-catching! The mixed media hexagons adds such a great texture and layer to build off of!  The Nuvo dots on the butterflies are the cutest little detail! She used Maggie Holmes and Echo Park for this gorgeous design.

Rachel has had quite the winter playing endless games of Monopoly!  I am so glad she took time to document these fun stories of playing board games with her family during the winter! The Paint Outline Alpha cut file makes the perfect bold title.  The Amy Tangerine word Thickers around the photo add to the game vibes! The AT papers inside all of the title letters add to the playfulness of this design and sweet memory!
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Kelly is documenting her sweet mom and her special time warming up in Florida each winter! Check out the gorgeous white-on-white geo tropical palms cut file with the perfect tropical collection from My Mind's Eye Palm Beach.  I absolutely love the added white Nuvo (or enamel dots) around the palm trees. Her photo just pops with the bright colored layers!

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Wendy joins us with Crate's Snow and Cocoa for her sweet design! The mixed media background and her stitching around the cut file make this design pop! The circles and snowflakes cut file is the perfect match for Snow and Cocoa papers and ephemera. Yes, staying indoors with the ones you love sounds like a great winter plan!
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Devra is all set for winter and her dog Snickers enjoying the fresh snow makes it look like it's winter wonderland outside! The scribbles background cut file looks like snowballs are ready for attack! I love that Devra layered her background and three groupings with photos.Her title Snow Bound, was made with three cut files. Snow Much Frosty Fun and the new dog cut files: Pawprints on my Heart and Dog Gone.  I love how she created "Bound" by mixing the letters from both cut files to make the word she needed! American Crafts Sweater Weather is another go-to choice for documenting winter fun!

Thanks so much for stopping by today to check out the inspiration from the team. So.many.ways. to use cut files!  I hope you're inspired to play along!  

If you have a different cutting system, we have tutorials on how to convert the files.  If you still have specific questions, check on you tube for your specific cutting system, there is often a video to show how to convert files!

Play along now through February 4th. Post your new projects on the 
Free File Friday post in Paper Issues Friends and Fans.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Add A Bit Of Tissue

I just loved the boy and girl Pink Paislee release Wild Child. I will buy most anything boy because it seems like we don't get enough in the scrapping world. But I love that there was a girl line that completed the Wild Child collection and knew I would be playing with it. The first thing that immediately stood out was the cloud paper. Now sometimes I struggle with those types of papers because I feel like it should appear sort of cloud like for the LO. So as I was adding things to my page I was like man this is flat.

I have a couple of go to's when I feel like I have a flat LO and my first grab is tissue paper. Yes people don't toss your tissue paper grab a bit and stick it on a LO. It really adds some depth and it can really soften out a LO

With this LO it just seemed a bit flat and not as light as I wanted it to be. So i just scrunched up a piece of complimenting tissue paper and stuck it under my cluster. Not only did it add depth to the page but it also gave the desired affect of softening that I wanted. 

I added in some twine to try and connect all the little pieces together because it looked a bit separated without it. I love how it all came together in the end. Tissue paper is really an easy inexpensive item to add to your pages so go ahead and give it a try.

And if you need to get some shopping done don't forget to use my code for 20% off your total order

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Swag Bag Spotlight

Welcome to the new January Swag Bag Spotlight post.
One of my favorite things ever!  Small buts and pieces of new product in a little bag to sample.

Grab one from the Paper Issues Store.  You can also sign up monthly so you don't miss a month.

I (Mary-Ann Maldonado) used the January Swag Bag for my layout today. Looks like I may have used every single piece from the kit but I didn't!  There is still soooo much more to play with.  I did add a 12x12 paper, flair and my title with stickers.  My boy, smoking a piece of spaghetti.  Cool huh?

Amanda Baldwin played along using leftovers from past bags.  How fab is this mostly June Swag Bag layout, with bits of others thrown in there.  Love the blues.  

Using or December Swag Bag is Rachel O'Neal.  It sure looks cold in her next of the woods but her photos match the December bag perfectly!

Wendy played with the November 2017 Swag  Bag by created super cool stitched blocks.

Tada....Last but certainly not least is the January Swag Bag from Stacie.  She used the FREE PI Heart Grid Background cut file to make the hearts.  

Head over to our PIFF FB page to play along.  Use any of our Swag Bags to qualify.  Create a never before seen project and upload it on PIFF for a chance to win a prize to the PI Store.

Grab your next bag, or anything from the store for 20% off with Code: Mary-Ann.


Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Love This Life

Hi PI friends! Rachel here and I can't wait to tell you all about today's layout! I'm using my very favorite collection of the moment - Crate Paper Good Vibes. Just the name makes you smile doesn't it?! I love the colors (hello PINK) and so many of the fun patterns. And the ephemera pack does not disappoint!

For my design, I wanted to start with the first word of the title and then alternate sides and fill in the gaps with my photos and ephemera! For my large title, I used the Thick Paint Alpha cut file from the Paper Issues store. The Paper Issues cut files are so amazing and FREE! Hardly a layout goes by that I'm not using one. Check them all out here! These cut files are designed for the Silhouette machine, but can easily be converted for use with a Cricut. Check out this tutorial if you need help!

After my title, I added 2 photos with lots of layers, some chipboard stickers, and then finished off with some journaling strips I typed up. It turned out just as I had envisioned! Don't you love when that happens?!  Hope you love it! I'll be back next week with another Good Vibes layout for you! Thank you for stopping by today!

Need some paper goodness?! January's Swag Bag is in the store and it's so awesome! Every time I open one I am amazed at how much is inside. Take a look! Save 20% with the code RACHEL. XOXO

Monday, January 15, 2018

New Issue: We're Off to a Fresh Start Round 2

Happy Monday! Round 2 of our January issue — We're Off to a Fresh Start — starts now.

In addition to the monthly issue, check out the other challenges in our {Friends & Fans} Facebook group. Each challenge has its own album. January challenges are right here. Please post your issue projects in the New Issue album.

The deadline for sharing your projects is February 4th for a chance to win a gift certificate to the Paper Issues store.

Let's take a look at the wonderful projects designed by the team:

Clockwise from top L: Mary Ann, Sindi, Wendy, Rachel

What is We're Off to a Fresh Start all about?
  • Show us pages about your plans/intentions/resolutions for the new year.
  • Use "2018" on your project.
  • Tell us how you rang in the New Year.
  • Share any project you'd like — anything goes. :)

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

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Scrap Lift Sunday: 1/14/2018

Kelly designed this festive falala layout that is inspiring today's Scrap Lift Sunday layouts below. Pull out some papers and your scissors and glue with us today!


Becky used the Bohemian Dream collection from Cocoa Vanilla for her take on Kelly's layout. She is trying to summon those warmer, summer months with this sunshiny, bright layout!

Damaris used the Sweater Weather line from American Crafts for this awesome lift! She used the "Stitching Snowflake" and the "Lowercase Open Alpha" FREE cut file from the Paper Issues shop. Her title work is absolutely adorable.

Rachel documented this cute photo of her and her husband using Crate Paper's Good Vibes line. She also used a FREE cut file from the Paper Issues Shop, Floral Sweetheart, how apropos!

Wendy document her sweet pup being sweet using some Simple Stories from her stash! Dog layouts are the best, no?

Mary Ann scrapped these adorable photos of her girl playing on this fun carriage at the park! What a fun memory documented with the Turn the Page collection designed by Paige Taylor Evans for Pink Paislee.

Devra used Crate Paper's Good Vibes and Oasis collections as well as the "Puffy Solid Alphs" FREE cut file from the Paper Issues shop on this "punny" layout!

Elodie used the Lovely Day and Saturday collections designed by Dear Lizzy for American Crafts on this adorable layout. She also got feisty with the fussy cutting - look closely!

And final, Kelly lifted herself using the Creekside collection from 1 Canoe 2. She too broke out her scissors for some fussing cutting - all of those white roses are from the Midnight Roses patterned paper.

 Thank you for stopping by today to take a look? Don't forget to play along with all of the Scrap Lift Sunday layouts and all of Paper Issues' other monthly challenges in the Paper Issues {Friends & Fans} Facebook Group