Friday, May 25, 2018

Scrap Lift Sunday Funday!

Scrap Lift Sunday is my favorite holiday! I love being inspired by the creative ladies on the PI Design team - they are the most talented! 

Today I am sharing two layouts that I did for the May lifts from layouts from Kelly Feldman and Anita Bownds, respectively. 

I used the Doodlebug line, Fairy Tales, for my first lift. This line makes me so ding dang happy; the rainbow colors, the unicorns, and ice cream cones, what is there not to love?

 My second lift uses the Shimelle, Glitter Girl collection and clearly I am currently unicorn and rainbow obsessed.

Also, I am still madly in love will all things Nuvo! I used the Ebony Black Nuvo Crystal Drops on my Shimelle layout. If you haven't used Nuvo, be sure to check it out, it is my new favorite product!

Thank you for taking a peek today. Be sure to join in with all of our monthly lifts in the Paper Issues {Friends & Fans} Facebook Group!

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Scraplift Sunday

Hi friends! Do you love Scraplift Sunday?! I know I do! I have so much fun recreating these fabulous layouts from our talented design team. Sometimes I keep it similar to the original and other times I put my own twist on it. This last Sunday we lifted Jennifer's fabulous Get Messy layout. See the original layout here! I used Crate Paper Wild Heart and kept the design very similar.

I love the side by side photos in a grid design. I had several selfies I took with my youngest a few weeks back and they were perfect for this layout! I printed them in black and white which made the Jungle 12x12 patterned paper really pop!

I love Crate Paper's Wild Heart collection! It has a tropical summery vibe, but I've been able to use it with so much more - vacation pics, everyday pics, zoo pics, etc! You can save 20% with the code RACHEL! Now play along with us! Scraplift Sunday is perfect for inspiration to kick start your scrappy week! Also, check out all the May challenges we have going on in the Paper Issues Friends and Fans Facebook group! You've got until June 3rd to play and enter your layouts for a chance to win a PI gift card! XOXO


Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Little Man

Hi scrappy friends! Wendy here today to share with you my layout for Scraplift Sunday. Scraplift Sunday is one of my favorite monthly challenges. The Paper Issues team is so awesome and inspiring. Each member has their own unique style. It's fun to try something new and create a different look, but still include your own personal touch. This month we are lifting the fabulous Anita Bownds. You can see her original layout here on her Insta page. 

I love her Spring layout because it is so simple and clean. I also love the use of tags. They're so popular and included in almost all ephemera packs. I wanted to work with the Family & Co. collection from Fancy Pants. It quickly became apparent that I have run through this collection and things weren't working. I went through my ephemera stash and pulled bits and pieces from Crate Paper's Cool Kid and labels from October Afternoon. That cute "love" paperclip is from Amy Tangerine. When I laid it all out, I decided that even after weeding through my choices, I still had too much. So I flipped the layout and added extra layered tags. Take a closer look below at some of the up close details.

I hope you are feeling inspired to play along and create something new. Upload your creations in the May Challenge album in our Paper Issues Friends and Fan Facebook group. For each new project you enter, you will be entered in a drawing for a chance to win a Paper Issues gift card! That's so exciting! You can even share your projects on Instagram. Tag @paperissues and use #paperissues so we can see your projects and maybe share them, too! 
Are you in need of supplies before you start creating? If so, you should check out ALL THE NEW THINGS that are in the store. Don't forget to check out and download all of the FREE FILES the store has to offer. New designs are always being added.  Don't have a Silhouette Cameo? No need to fret about that! There is a helpful tutorial on how to convert the files. You may view that here. Also, when you spend $75 you will receive free domestic shipping. Don't forget that you will 20% off your entire purchase when you use the code: Wendy.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

What's Up? Challenge Inspiration with Amanda Baldwin

Hi Paper Issues Friends & Fans! 

Welcome back for more fun and inspiration with me, Amanda! 
Today I am sharing my super sweet take on the all new challenge, What's Up?

This challenge is all about utilizing the top section of your layouts! 
Simply feature everything in the top 1/3 of your page; too easy!!!
The possibilities are endless! 

And without further ado, here's what my layout....


So sweet!!! 
Love these two cherubs! My favorite Pick Me Up, indeed! 
And yes, that's the name of the collection I'm highlighting today;
Pink Paislee's Paige Evans: Pick Me Up - check it out in the store HERE
Like all Paige's designs, this range is full of bright colors and patterns that make you feel happy! 
So playful & fun! 
I love white space, it tends to feature a lot in my layouts. 
Needless to say, I chose a white cardstock base for my page, 
but a simple pattern paper would look really awesome with this challenge too! 
Pink, burgundy and gold form the rest of my color scheme, and I have to say, I just love how soft and pretty this combination is! I hope you like it too!

Here's a few close ups for you....

Super sweet! 
Loving all the embellishment clustering around my photograph!

The gold foil Thickers in this line are pretty fabulous too! LOVE! 

SO much pretty squeezed into the top of my design! 

Hope my layout has inspired you to play along with the new What's Up? challenge!
You can see more of my Paper Issues creations by following me on instagram HERE

Need supplies before you get started?
& REMEMBER: Code AMANDA will save you $$$ at checkout! Yay!

Thanks so much for visiting today, 
til next time, 

Monday, May 21, 2018

Take 5 or More!

Today I am participating in the Take 5 challenge over in the 
Paper Issues PIFF group and here on the PI blog.  

You can use any of the items on the list but you MUST use 5.  
This was super easy for me since I love to add lots of things to my layouts.
Here is the list....

I used: Pink, Blue, Flowers, Patterned Paper, Stripes, Bow, and Layers!  That is 7 things from the list!

Over Thanksgiving last year, my family went to see some dear friends in Texas.  
Since we were all girls, I used the girliest stuff I could find from the Paper Issues store!  I used Maggie Holmes Carousel collection made by Crate Paper.
I added a few flair for just the right added embellishments.

Head to the PI store to get what you need to play along.  Use code: Mary-Ann for 20% off.

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Sunrise Sunset

Hey there paper loving friends! Devra here today with a Pinspirational, Pinsational, Pinspire Me project. Can we talk about how much I love this month's mood board? Lots. A ton. It has color. It has books and paint and donuts. Is that enough? 

Yeah....none of that was my inspiration today. I went in a completely different direction. See that square smack in the center of the grid? Yes. That's the one. It looks divided in half to me. Also like the sun setting over the ocean. Yes, I do know it's yellow, but that's what my creative brain sees. So this is what I came up with. A Yin Yang page divided in half!

I mixed a couple of collections from last fall, One Canoe Two Creekside with Carta Bella Welcome Home. I was looking for muted colors and these worked really well together. I used the sun from the Sun & Fun cut file. I just cut it in half. I layered everything else over it in a mirror image. The two sides of the page pretty much have the same style and types of embellishments. Chipboard, stickers and die cuts all tucked side by side. Are you singing along yet because the title is what joins all of this together and ties right back to that center square! See how I did that?

I've decided the only good thing about the sun rising so late here in the mornings during winter is that I am awake and can take photos. It happened to be a clear day when I could actually see the colors through the clouds. They were pink and blue like cotton candy. It was beautiful. 

Sunsets here are intense. The sky becomes bright with saturated reds oranges and yellows. I treasure the winter sunsets because they are so rare. They too are photo worthy. 

There you have it. I hope I've Pinspired you to join this challenge! You can find it and all the other challenges in the May Challenge Album in our Facebook group. There are several new arrivals in the Paper Issues shop. Get some new Echo Park and Crate Paper now, use DEVRA at checkout and it will be 20% off.  Thanks for stopping by and see you next time!

Friday, May 18, 2018

PI Partners Up with Cat

Hey everyone, it's Cat here, with my take on the PI Partners Up challenge!  This month we partnered with Let's Get Sketchy!  Definitely pop over to their blog and check out the awesome entries from their team members!   So here is the sketch that we worked with for this month!

This is a great versatile sketch.  You could alter it, flip it, or interpret it however you want!  Here is my interpretation of the sketch.

I hope you get a chance to check out all the other amazing layouts that have been created with this sketch, and thank you so much for stopping by today!

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Mom Wow

Hello lovely friends! 

It's Olivia. I love celebrating mothers, and even though it can be difficult for many reasons, I truly believe whether you've been pregnant, given birth, adopted, fostered, worked with, or given any other kind of support to others you are a mother. Women are incredible beings! 

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Last summer I became a mother for the fourth time. I've hardly scrapped his first year so this was a great way to start. 

I fussy cut florals from a Maggie Holmes paper, and bent or popped them up to give a little dimension & movement. There's a little bit of grey ink on the edges to keep them from blending into each other. Next, I layered my photo with blue and pink layers, a die cut floral wreath, and gold foil polka dot tissue paper. I used cardboard to elevate my photo. A few smaller embellies surrounding my photo and title, journaling on the LH side of the paper, and ink splatters were the finishing touches. 

As I was photographing this I decided it looked a little empty, so I scattered some enamel dots around and tucked some thread under the birdie. 

I hope you take some time to record your thoughts and feelings about mothers and motherhood. And if you're comfortable, please share with us in the Paper Issues Friends and Fans FB Group. We'd love to support and cheer you on through this journey. 

There's also a code if you need a little retail therapy 😉

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Scraplift Sunday Week 2

Hey lovelies, today I am up on the blog sharing what I created for Scraplift Sunday. For my layout I used 
Wild Heart by Crate Paper. This collection was so much 
fun to use. 

Everything except the fussy cut flowers and puffy gold hearts came from the Wild Heart line. I just love how the green and pink went to together so well. 

For this Scraplift we lifted Kelly’s awesome layout. 

Can’t wait to see how you play along! 

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

PI Partners Up with Sheryl

Hey guys!

We are teaming up with Let's get sketchy, this is a fun challenge where you have to make a layout using this sketch.

For this layout I used the new collection by Crate Paper "Here + There". This collection has a really
great variety of embellishments and paper perfect to document your travel photos.

I added spritz of colors for my background using my Shimmerz.
I used the 6X6 paper pad and few die cuts from the ephemera pack. I added stitching on top of the layout to adhere everything.

I added as well some stickers from the sticker sheet and chipboard stickers. Finally, I added I used the glittery alpha stickers to create my title.

I hope you can join us in this challenge and show us your take on it!

Thanks for stopping by,

Monday, May 14, 2018

What's Rachel Lookin' At?

Hello, my friends! 

Today I am excited to share with you my scrapbook layout for the “What are you Looking At?” challenge! For my photo, I picked a picture of a pile of books that are some of the books I read in 2017. Are any of those your favourites? I love to read! 

For this layout, I was inspired by a lot of the layouts lately that have had multiple layers of papers angled on the page and full of embellishments. It almost looks like the papers have just been slapped on the page. I love the effortless, messy, yet complete look it gives! Plus, it gives me good reason to use up those 12x12 papers and show them off in an awesome way!

I used that pink library card looking paper from Paige Evans’ “Pick Me Up” collection, along with my favourite floral paper. This was my first layout using this collection, so it was fun to be able to have such a large variety of papers and embellishments to choose from! I even snuck in a few pages from her previous collection "Turn the Page".

If you want to join in on the fun, head over to our Facebook page. And if you're thinking about placing an order in the Paper Issues shop, don't forget to use the code RACHEL20 for 20% off. With all of the new collections out and in the shop, I'm having a blast playing with new and exciting products! 

Talk soon,
Rachel Tallman

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Take 5 with Wendy

Good morning friends! Wendy here to share with you a layout for the May edition of Take 5. If you aren't familiar with this challenge, it's easy! From the list below you choose five things to add to your layout. That's it! You are more than welcome to use more than five, but you must pick five! Here's the list for this month:

Last fall I embarked on a project of digging through pictures at my mom's house. There is a treasure trove of photos there. Since they are older photos (not to mention that that have been sitting in a bin in the closet) they aren't the best of quality. I still feel it is important to scrap these memories of people and events regardless of their condition. So I am definitely up for the challenge of preserving them as best as I can. I love this picture of my grandma with two of her sisters being silly acting out the three wise monkey's principle of "see no evil, speak no evil, hear no evil."

I stash busted my Echo Park collection The Story of Our Family for my layout. I was very drawn to the owls and thought they were cute and fun. Then I had the idea of putting them in trees. That's when I was inspired by Cassie's layout. Instead of having cascading hearts, I would have giant trees that resembled the trees in this collection. I also used Fancy Pants (the hexagon pattern) and Simple Stories (that beautiful wood grain paper).

 My oldest son is an excellent drawer and, when I was bouncing my idea off him, he offered to sketch out a tree that I could use. I cut it out, mirrored it, and cut out a second one. I liked them, but thought they were a little plain so I doodled bark on them for fun! I free handed it and wasn't very careful with my design or my lines. I think they look more funky and unique that way.

My layout includes the following from the list: 2. pink, 3. blue, 4. flowers, 5. patterned paper, 6. stripes, 8. doodling, 12. layers, and 14. stickers. I hope you are feeling inspired to pick at least five items from the list and play along with this challenge. Or any of the other monthly challenges Paper Issues offers. Are you in need of supplies before you start creating? You can grab all your scrappy goodies from the Paper Issues store for 20% off when you use the code: Wendy. When you spend $75 you will also receive FREE domestic shipping. Be sure to stop by the Paper Issues Friends & Fan  Facebook page to check out challenges, projects, and inspiration. Thanks for stopping by!