Friday, November 24, 2017

Free File Friday: Thankful for Fridays...and...

Hello and welcome back to Free File Friday on Black Friday! Happy Shopping for all the free files!  We are thankful it's Friday and thankful for so much more!  Please join us in documenting what you are thankful for using a PI free cut file (or two!)  If you are in need of a cut file to get you started on this theme, we've got you covered:

For my thankful post, I went way back to one of the very first PI cut files in the free files section, the leaves were part of a Grateful Leaves November set.  I took the leaves and welded them together to create the groupings to layer under the Maggie Holmes Carousel florals. This paper and the chipboard flowers were begging to be painted with gold gelatos. So very thankful for my sweet girl and beautiful golden fall photos.

My second thankful project uses the PI cut file Fall is my Favorite and the beautiful Cocoa Vanilla Studio Bohemian Dream. Since it was a turkey coloring page the "color" details from the title to the watercolored background, and the ephemera pieces helped to connect this colorful vibe. We are thankful for traditions big and small that we revisit each holiday season!

Let's check in with the design team to see what they've created.

First up is Wendy, who wows us with her gorgeous hand stitching border and the cute Paws Love cut file with Bella Blvd. Being thankful for her Adolf pup, this is such a cute design and journaling to note how her sweet pet completes their family.

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Rachel is thankful for mom life! This sweet design uses Better Together and Fall is my Favorite cut files. I love the mix of patterns from Cocoa Vanilla Studio Bohemian Dream. The sweater weather heart is so beautiful backed with florals and solid stripes. Such stunning layers!

Lisa rounds out our post with this cool, colorful design using Pink Paislee Summer Nights.  The cut file title using the PI puffy solid alpha. I love the beach vibe and all of the embellishment details that Lisa is so creative with! I would agree vacation time and trips to the beach are definitely special times to be thankful for!

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Now it is your turn!  Please link up to the November challenges in the PI Friends and Fans.
  We can't wait to see what you are thankful for.  
Use any Paper Issues free cut files in your project and
 post it on or before December 3rd to have a chance at a PI gift card.
Don't forget to shop small this weekend!  
Cassie has all that you need in stock in the Paper Issues store

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Thankful for Friends like YOU!

Happy Thanksgiving to all of our readers in the States!  We are thankful for all of you!!

I am sharing this layout using Carta Bella Paper  and some photos from Thanksgiving 2016. It was a hard year, our first without our son who was stationed in Florida at the time.

Lisa used our Magical Cut File  and Simple Stories Hello Fall 

Rachel used PinkFresh Studio Boys Fort and had her sons write their 5 Thankful for's

Devra created this fun Thankful box for everyone to write what they are thankful for in. 

Thank you, again for being here with us!  We appreciate each and every one of you.  You can use code THANKS in the Paper Issues Shop all weekend for 30 % Off. 

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Farm Sweet Farm

Hey everyone! Today I'm sharing with you a layout using products from Carta Bella's Welcome Home collection.When I first saw these products, I just loved the neutral tones paired with the floral and natural elements. I thought they would be perfect to document my older family photos I recently acquired copies of. Don't you just love when that happens and stuff just works out perfectly? Here's my layout.

I love the floral chipboard elements and those fantastic pennants that I stretched across the page to make a banner with handstitching. I thought it ended up looking quite perfect. I just have to throw in there, too, that today my grandma would have been celebrating her 94 birthday, but she passed away this summer. And that little cutie my grandpa is holding? That's my mom!

I am so looking forward to using more of this sweet collection as I delve further into black and white photos of my grandparents... because of course I bought tons of it! Thanks so much for stopping by to see my latest project. I hope you are feeling inspired to create beautiful things. Be sure to join the PIFF Facebook group to see lots of inspiration and fun challenges. Stop by the Paper Issues Store and shop for ALL NEW products AND FREE cut files. Use code Wendy for 20% off your entire purchase!

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

"Hello Santa" with Tracey Fox

Hey there! Today, I'm sharing a 12"x 12" holiday layout I made using American Crafts Sweater Weather papers and one of those awesome Chipboard Words from Dear Lizzy's Stargazer collection. Since the Dear Lizzy chipboard words can be altered, I decided to add some bling by masking and heat embossing the word with silver glitter embossing powder to give the word a paint-dipped look.

The bright and cheery Sweater Weather papers were just right for these photos of my brother and me as children getting a surprise visit from Santa (who was actually our granddad in disguise). I love how the little pops of pink in the collection go with my pink footie pajamas. 

To finish off the layout, I stamped some holiday sentiments inside the frames on the background paper. I also added some silver chipboard stars from my stash and paired them with some of the FaLaLa Crate Paper Epoxy Stickers

I'd love to see what pages you make with the Christmas & Holiday products in the Paper Issues shop! Join us in the Friends and Fans Facebook Group, and don't forget to use the code "TRACEY" when you shop to save 20% off your order!

Monday, November 20, 2017

New Issue: Home is Where the Heart Is Round 2

Hi everyone! Are you ready for Round 2 of our November issue — Home is Where the Heart Is?

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 November challenge album right here. Please post your issue projects in the New Issue album.

The deadline for sharing your projects is December 3rd for a chance to win a gift certificate to the Paper Issues store.

Before we get to what this issue is about, let's see what the team has created to inspire you using all sorts of goodness from the Paper Issues store, including FREE cut files:

Clockwise from top L: Stacie, Damaris, Tracey, Rachel
What is Home is Where the Heart Is all about? Here are ideas to get you thinking...
  • Create a project about your home, whether it's your favorite room, your neighborhood, new home, renovation projects or a special spot in your town/state.
  • Use heart embellishments.
  • Share November activities and family gatherings.
  • Tell us about your Thanksgiving traditions, recipes, etc.

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

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Scraplift Sunday

Hey hey and good Sunday morning to you! That would be Scraplift Sunday around here! It's that day of the week when you feel like scrapping, but aren't sure whatt you want to do. Never fear, we have inspiration for you. Today we are lifting me, Devra and a layout I created for Free File Friday. I think the simple design can be easy to re-create, but also fun to change a bit to make your own. Let's see what th team has for you this week.

Devra-I lifted myself, joining in today too. I guess I do that more often than I realize. I have several designs that I like to reinterpret. Let's add todays to my list of favorites! I grabbed some Pebbles Midnight Haunting to create the diamond pattern under my photos. The Plaid Background cut file is making another appearance. I cut it apart using it as a matte under my photos. I grabbed bits and pieces from a few Swag Bags for embellishments. See, its the same, but also very different. 

Damaris joined us today with her own twist on her lift. She used a bold Pink Paislee pattern for her background, and less layering under her photos. Looks great to me!

Wendy's having fun with old photos. These look great with all that Pink Paislee layered underneath. She stayed true to the original layout. I like how she moved the title around and added different shaped tags!

Well, you know the drill! It's your turn! Go get some paper, scissors and glue and make something! When you are finished, we want to see it! Share it with us in the November Challenge album in our Facebook group. You have until Dec 3 to enter for your chance to win a Gift certificate to the Paper Issues store. When you shop, use DEVRA at checkout to receive 20% off your purchase. 

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!