Tuesday, August 22, 2017


Hi Paper Issues fans, it's Amy here to share my last layout as a design team member. I have loved every second I've been on this team, and I'd be lying if I didn't say it's super hard to leave. The PI design team is truly a family, and that makes saying goodbye that much harder. I am, however, excited to be on the Friends and Fans Facebook board and to work on some of the fun challenges!

For my last layout, I grabbed the Creekside collection to use for a cool photo I took of my littlest in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico. Although this line has a camping theme, I stretched it to cover sightseeing as well. I love to use lines in different ways than they were intended. Here's the layout I created.

I added some fun ephemera under my photo and journaling.

I added some more fun ephemera on the other side of the photo for balance.

 I had to add some stitching to the words.

Thanks to Cassie for having me on her amazing design team!! Although I will miss posting on this blog, I am looking forward to being an awesome Paper Issues friend and FAN!

Monday, August 21, 2017

New Issue: Summer In, Summer Out Round 2

Welcome to round 2 of our August issue, Summer In, Summer Out. Scroll down to get all of the details about this theme.

In addition to our monthly issue, there are many other challenges to keep you crafting. You'll find them in our {Friends & Fans} Facebook group. Each challenge has its own album. You can get a look at the August challenge album right here. Please post your issue projects in the New Issue album.

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

Here's a look at some amazing projects from the team:

Clockwise from L: Anna, Mary-Ann, Amanda, Ann

What is Summer In, Summer Out about? These ideas will get you started, but feel free to think outside of the box and use any product you'd like. Projects can be new or old and you're welcome to share as many as you'd like.
  • What are your favorite summer activities (both indoor and out)?
  • Show us your pages about vacations, sightseeing and/or staycations.
  • Use the PI flamingo packaging card.

We're super chatty and love to make new friends, so please stop by and say hi! You'll find us all over the Web:

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Scraplift Sunday

Well hey there! Happy Scraplift Sunday to you! That's right, it's not just Sunday around here! Today I have a simply fantastic page for you from the fabulous Mary Ann Jenkins. This layout can be found in our August Scrap Soup challenge. This layout is delightful! It's so full of photos and fun embellishments! Oh we had so much fun with this one!

I played along again this week, because well, multi photos and new PinkFresh! I love the design of almost a grid but not really. I used more photos, arranging them differently. The sentiments in the Escape the Ordinary reminded me how I felt when I first walked onto that campus! You can find more info on my blog too.

I spy some new AmyTangerine on Kelly's layout! Wow, how cool does the neutral side of Hustle and Heart look here! The pops of color from the ephemera and mini bows are really all this needs. my favorite part about this pages how she clustered everything together. Oh, and pancakes too!

Oh, yeah, time to strike a pose! Rachel went a little Vogue with this one. These black and white photos look divine all dolled up by Pebbles Girl Squad! I love that this collection is really for all ages. 

Anna made this design her own using only one photos. But wow how she used that Maggie Holmes Carousel to fill the page in her signature style. 

I love that Mary Ann played along lifting herself.  I'm always amazed at how different papers and slight tweaks in design can give a page an entirely different look, as he has done here with One Canoe Two Creekside

Well, there you have it. You know the drill. It's your turn now! Take a break, grab some supplies and go play! Share what you've made with us in our Facebook Group. You can find fun chatter and all the Challenges in the August album

You can grab all these products and so much more in the Paper Issues shop. Use DEVRA at checkout for 20% off your purchase!  See you next week!

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Soak Up The Sun - Fancy Pants Designs Hello Sunshine

Hello Paper Issues friends! Marcia here today with some summer layout inspiration using the fun Fancy Pants Designs Hello Sunshine collection and a FREE digital cut file from the Paper Issues store. I love how bright and colorful the Hello Sunshine collection is. It's perfect for lots of summer photos including those beach pictures. I combined it with the FREE Sunburst Background and came up with this...

I did a lot of machine stitching on those sun's rays! I love the look of the white on white and with the ink splatters, it still feels like sunshine. I grounded my photo and embellishments using a strip of pattern paper.  All those fun tags and die cuts on both sides of my photo frame it so well. I especially love that flamingo!! Check out the detailed shots...

Here is the cut file I used today ...
 Sunburst Background

If you are interested in watching my process, I have a YouTube Video.

There is a lot of fun new things in the Paper Issues store. Check it out and use my coupon code Marcia20 and save 20%.

Thanks so much for stopping by today. Enjoy your weekend!

Friday, August 18, 2017

Fan Feature Friday: Summer In, Summer Out #1

It's Friday which means it's time to shine the spotlight on some of the projects posted for our current issue, Summer In, Summer Out. We love to feature your projects so be sure to share them in the New Issue album in our {Friends & Fans} Facebook group.

1. Ali created this gorgeous page about her son's favorite activity. I love the folder corner and journaling combo!

2. Laura shared this sweet, summery page about her niece enjoying her backyard pool.

3. Sherry posted this beautiful page all about Florida sunsets. Look at her beautiful title work!

4. Angie's TN pages are super fun and full of color. I love that she documented her love for having coffee and donuts on her front porch!

5. Tiziana lifted a page from Shimelle Laine to create this beauty! The circles look amazing against the hexagon background!

6. Patricia documented a trip to San Diego using a pretty color scheme and a great mix of patterns.

Thank you all for playing along! Be sure to grab the "featured by" button below to showcase on your blog.

I'll be back on Monday with round 2 of our August issue.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Family Pocket Page with Maggie Holmes' Carousel

Hello!  Kristie, your Paper Issues pocket page gal, here!  Today I am sharing with you the title page in my second album for 2017.  I'm so, so happy that I am nearly up to date with my weekly spreads.  You know what really helps motivate me to keep up to date!?  Pretty product!

When I first saw Maggie Holmes' Carousel I fell in love INSTANTLY!  The colors, the bows, the designs. Need I say more?  

As always, Maggie Holmes' collections have a ton of interesting and unique pieces.  I just can't help but get them all.  I used one of the cards from the card package as a base for my title card.  I layered a floral chipboard piece, some gorgeous gold Thickers and a puffy sticker to finish it all off.   

There are some seriously gorgeous pieces of ephemera in the die cut pack!  I absolutely love the sentiments, hearts and cameras throughout.  This collection also has some adorable fair and circus themes as well.  

The gold Thickers in this collections are absolutely PERFECT!  The package comes with quite a few of each letter and they are small enough to add to photos or cards in your pocket pages.  

Also, can we just talk about these bows!  I want to put them on everything!  You just can't go wrong with a black and white bow.  I may just try to make my own!!

Thank you for looking!  Thank you for all your support these last twelve months.  It's been an absolute dream come true to be apart of the greatest design team for the best scrapbooking store around.  This will be my last blog post as a Paper Issues Design Team member but you will still see me around lots as I participate in the challenges over on the Paper Issues Friends and Fans Facebook group - especially my favorites Take 5 and Scrap Soup!  If you'd like to keep up to date with my creative process you can always follow me on Instagram and on YouTube.  

If you'd like to purchase any of the products I used for this project, or anything else that catches you eye, hop on over to the Paper Issues Store and use the code KRISTIE to save 20% off.  

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Product Spotlight: Stitch Happy

Stitching is a great addition to any LO. Be it hand stitched or on a machine. And with the Stitch Happy machine it just became even easier for scrappers to give stitching a go on a LO. Its a great introduction to a sewing machine with simple controls, light weight for crops, and it has a guide for those of us who can't sew in a straight line (I am guilty). There are great threads to grab in the shop as well even twine! Do note the twin that is made is not as thick as regular twine but it is the same fabulous look on a page. Also Cassie is so fabulous she can even help you order a machine. Yup thats right just send her an Email for your inquiry.

Now on to what the fabulous design team stitched up to get you inspired this week. Don't forget to add your stitched layouts in the facebook forum for your chance to win.

Lisa added some stitching on this wonderfully yellow card using the Paper Issues Swag bag and some bits she had in her stash. Remember stitching doesn't have to be major to make an impact.

Rachel did a fab job stitching white on white which I absolutely love. She used Summer Lights by Pink Paislee.

Marcia did a fabulous job showing off Maggie Holmes Carousel collection. I just love all the machine stitching around the triangles. It really adds to the texture vs non stitching. 

Stacie went heart crazy with Pink Paislee Oh My Heart.  She hand stitched  with the We R twine that added that special touch to the LO.

Devra who always wows me with her hand stitching bought a Stitch Happy machine and used it here for an added touch to this LO. 

I used Photo Play's My Imagination that I had stashed way in the bottom of my stash box. I buy all things boy and this was perfect with the cut file in the shop. As you see I'm not so much for straight lines, perfection is for those who aren't me. I have fun with my machine even if I have no clue as to what I'm doing. That's what this is all about enjoying your creative time.

Remember if you have to shop use my code and save 20% off your total purchase. If you want a machine send Cassie an Email and grab loads of thread while you're at it.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Add it up

Hey everyone, it's time for another Add it Up challenge!  Use the following list to add the items on your LO.  This month I want to see a total of 110-120 points.  Feel free to use anything on the list!

I used the beautiful Faith collection from Simple Stories.  I love all the blue in this collection.  It went perfectly with my photo!  I also used a free cut file from the Paper Issues store!

I absolutely love Cat's LO!  The pretty colors, the layers, the photos and the amazing title work!

Next up we have Kelly's beautiful LO.  I love all the little details she added and those fabulous photos!

I don't even know what to say about Rachel's LO.  It is AMAZING!  That unicorn with the eyelashes! Wow!

Stacie has this beauty with that amazing cut file she created!  I absolutely love this!

You can find most of these supplies including the free cut files in the Paper Issues store!  Use the code michelle and get 20% off your order.