Monday, October 23, 2017

October Swag Bag Spotlight

Are you ready for one of my favorite things??  It is Swag Bag Spotlight time!!! 
The October kit is fab and fun of Dear Lizzy and Shimelle! You will love it, I do.

I played along.  Not every Swag Bag is the exact same, however, I received this exact kit.  Since it was full of Shimelle and Dear Lizzy. I grabbed a Dear Lizzy 12x12 background paper, two old punches and went to town!

Stacie Dietz also played along with the October Swag Bag.  She cut each paper with a FREE Cut Files on her Silhouette.

Wendy Tipton dug out last months SB and used the pom pom ribbon on the top and bottom!  
Cute idea.  

Amanda Baldwin added a few more fun items to her September SB layout.  She used Amy Tangerine Hustle and Heart Thickers and a Shimelle Background paper.  

Ann Tamimi focused on the Birthday theme from the September SB and cut a fun cupcake from our FREE Cut files.  

Look at this FREE cut file that Rachel O'Neal used.  it is perfect for placing the 3x4 SB cards behind.  

Ok, so we haven't seen many 8 1/2 x 11 layouts lately I think we need to get back into it!!!   Look how Kelly Feldman used the September SB.  Circle punches make it look like layers of  borders.  Nice.

Did you get the Rocktober Kit?  Devra Hunt pulled together this adorable card that is perfect for Thanksgiving and spreading the love.  

So, you know the deal.  These fun Bags sell out rather quickly.  Get over there and get yourself a sampling of the newest products in one of our Swag bags.  
Use code: Mary-Ann for 20% off anything you want from the store.  


Sunday, October 22, 2017

Sraplift Sunday 10/22

Well would you look at that! Seems that Scraplift Sunday has rolled around again!  Today we are lifting this phenomenal layout Michelle made for the Notable Quotable challenge. What fun it is! Angles, clean lines and patterned paper! We couldn't ask for anything better. Well had a lot if fun with this page, and you'll see a common theme. Let's take a look!

Here's mine. I love this layout as it it, I didn't want to change it very much. I used only two photos and added some extra embellishments. I'm still playing with Shimelle Glitter Girl. I can't get enough of it! The bright colors and patterns make me happy.

Damaris chose the sweet side of Pink Paislee Turn the Page for her page. A perfect match to her photos. I really like the ay she stretched he angles just so slightly. I'm that fussy cutting just may be her thing!

Rachel kept hers simple and it's awesome! The black & white with bits of color from Maggie Holmes Carousel. What perfect papers to tell her story. 

Amanda flipped the design on her page using Dear Lizzy Star Gazer. How perfect are the papers and embellishments for her sweet photos?

Kelly joined again this week too sharing a page about one of her recent travel adventures.  Echo Park Under the Sea is wonderful! I love the pops of red under her photos of the seals! 

Wendy also changed up the directions of the layout. She added some beautiful stitching, different sized photos, and a larger title to her page featuring Fancy Pants!

Stacie also used Shimelle Glitter Girl. Wow! Those vacation photos shine against the bright pinks! Yes, this is definitely a very happy page!

Like I said, there was a similar theme to our layouts today. We all stayed really close to the original design. Well, now its your turn. Grab some supplies, create a layout, then share it with us in the Paper Issues {Friends & Fans} Facebook Group . You can add your projects into the October Challenges  the album until Nov 5 for a chance to win prizes. All the information about our Fall Crop is there too!

Speaking of the Fall Crop, there is still time to stock up on supplies! Use DEVRA at checkout to receive 20% off your purchase. 

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!
Here are just a few you can find for free in the PI store!

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.
Next stop, get over to the Paper Issues free file section and start downloading!
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: