Thursday, June 21, 2018

This or That with Debbi

Good morning! Debbi here today with a layout I created for the This or That challenge.

For this challenge, you need to choose one thing or the other from each of the numbered elements below. The items I used are in bold print.

Use this or that but not both:
1. Doodling or paint
2. Enamel Dots or Mist 
3. Tag or Label
4. Flair or Wood Veneer
5. Cardstock Stickers or Chipboard Stickers
6. Sewing (can be Faux) or Twine
7. Thickers or a Die Cut Title
8. Heart or Star
9. Silver or Gold
10. Bow or Doily

My friend had posted a video of her kids playing in the rain in their bathing suits, and the dialogue was so cute, I wanted to capture the moment for her on a layout.  I knew I wanted to use clouds because, you know, the rain...and I found this awesome free cut file from Paper Issues, Cloudy Circle, which was just perfect for holding this sweet story.

I started imagining my layout by noticing that the little girl's bathing suit looked like a rainbow and thinking about how you can make your own rainbow from rain, and that got me to thinking about the stripey paper in a past collection from Simple Stories called Sunshine and Happiness. When I started looking through that collection, the greenish paper sort of looked like rain, and the journaling card sort of reminded me of a movie marquis, hence the title. As I was searching through my Thickers, I came across the word "wonder," and I decided I could do a little surgery and create the word "worm." This foam word was originally white, and I used yellow watercolors to paint it.

This challenge was super fun, and I hope you'll play along! You have until July 1 to submit your layout to the Paper Issues Friends & Fans Facebook page, where there are TONS of fun challenges. Plus there's a chance to win a gift certificate to the Paper Issues store!

Make sure you check out all the cool new products at the Paper Issues store, and if you use the code Debbi, you'll receive 20% off of your entire order. How amazing and generous is that!

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

What's Going Down???

Hi friends! It's Mary Ann here with a new layout for the What's Going Down? Challenge. Just exactly what is this challenge all about you ask? The rules are simple, stay clear of the top and middle sections of your paper, and focus all the attention to the very bottom of your project.
 Sounds simple enough!

For my layout, I layered some strips of paper all the way down at the bottom of my cardstock, 
and then piled on some fun embellishments and my photo too!

To finish it off, I also added a little bit of twine right on top for even more color and texture.
I love the look of the loopy twine!

So how about playing along with this new challenge?
We'd love to see what cute projects you come up with, so be sure to share them with us HERE in our Paper Issues {friends& fans} facebook group. You could win a gift card to the Paper Issues store!!
You have until July 1 to play along, plenty of time to gather up some pretty things and show us
 What's Going Down!

OHHHHHH, and remember while you're shopping in the Paper Issues store to use code: Mary Ann for 20% off your entire purchase!! Yes, the whole thing!

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Ride A Unicorn.

Hey Dolls!

How's your week going so far?  I hope you're taking in enough Vitamin C and photographing your summer memories to play along with our challenges.

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Today I'm sharing my take on Becky's awesome layout design.  Scraplift Sunday is my favorite challenge at PI.  There so much inspiration to be shared throughout this community, right!?  I used Dear Lizzy's "Live Colorfully" collection to build my page, and tried to make it just as quirky as Becky made hers.  I used diecuts, patterned paper, puffy stickers, cardstock & chipboard stickers and even pulled out my favorite small white Martha Stewart scissors to fussy cut some butterflies.

I hope you're playing along with us in the Facebook Friends & Fans Group for your chance to win one of two prizes.  And don't forget to check out the shop for the latest and greatest, and the collection I used... there's still a lot left of it.

Also, feel free to use my discount code and save 20% off your ENTIRE purchase!


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Monday, June 18, 2018

This or That with Sindi

Hello everyone! Happy summer! I'm here to share my layout for This or That. For this challenge, we are given a list of options and asked to choose one or the other. Here's the list:

1. doodling or paint
2. enamel dots or mist
3. tag or label
4. flair or wood veneer
5. cardstock stickers or chipboard stickers
6. sewing (can be faux) or twine
7. thickers or a die cut title
8. heart or star
9. silver or gold
10. bow or doily

And, from that list, here are the choices I made:

1. paint
2. mist
3. tag
4. wood veneer
5. cardstock stickers
6. sewing
7. thickers
8. heart
9. silver
10. bow

This was quite the challenge for me! Here's what I came up with:

I just love mixing bright yellows with cool-toned blues against the bright white of the thread and cardstock. 

I was able to fussy cut the clouds from what was left of a sheet of American Crafts patterned paper. I love it when I can find a use for leftovers! 

I hope you'll stop by our Facebook group and join in on the fun, and if you're shopping for more scrappy goodies, don't forget to use my code fore 20% off when you stop by the Paper Issues Shop

Sunday, June 17, 2018

That's One Rad Dad with McJen

Hey Paper Issues friends! 

Today we celebrate the special men in our lives - it may be dad, stepdad, uncle, brother, son, or a good friend . . . whoever it is, today is his day.

To honor the special man in my life - my husband - I created a layout for the June Dads Are Rad challenge using Carta Bella's The Great Outdoors collection and letter stickers from October Afternoon (my OA obsession is a story for another day).

This layout was super easy to make and only took an hour. I used a patterned paper with strips and cut it into pieces to create the background. These were placed with a bit of ATG adhesive and then machine-stitched.

The photo was next and it is held in place with foam squares that are doubled up to lift it above the strips of paper. I did back the photo with a couple of pieces of patterned paper and they are held together with a couple of staples.

I used a few stickers from the collection to embellish one corner of the photo. The squirrel is an inside joke and refers to our daughters, who we call squirrels instead of girls. Looking back, I probably bought this collection just for that squirrel sticker. LOL!

Last was the title, which was created using October Afternoon stickers from my stash. These were stitched in place to match the background and keep them in place. A few enamel dots were thrown down and I called it good.

I love this picture of my husband and youngest daughter. There isn't any journaling on this project because I feel the photo speaks for itself.

Thank you for stopping by today! 

Remember that you can use code MCJEN for a 20% discount on your entire order in the Paper Issues Store!!

Be sure to enter this and the other June challenges by 
July 1 for your chance to win a gift card to the PI Store!! For all of the details, visit the Paper Issues Friends & Fans Facebook group (here).

Have a great day!!

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Dads are so rad: Dad Style

Its the month to celebrate Dads here in the United States but when you have a good Dad in your life every day should be celebrated. Creating a page to celebrate the dad of this house was rather easy. It came together quite quickly especially since I used Bella Blvd's Dad Style. This collection doesn't have a whole lot of little bits to really play with but that doesn't really matter. I used a few layers of papers to give it some some layers and take up a bit of space on the page. A few added bits I had in my stash was really all it took for this page to come together. So don't let collections that don't have dozens of things with it be overlooked its easy to make a great page with just a little.

So if you have a dad in your life you want to celebrate stop by and join the challenge. Remember a little can go a long way if used properly. And if you want to grab this collection remember to use my code and get 20% off your total order


Friday, June 15, 2018

This or That

Happy Friday friends! Rachel here with a super fun layout for the This or That challenge! For this challenge, we want you to choose one item from each number and use it in a layout. Check out the list:

1. Doodling or paint
2. Enamel Dots or Mist 
3. Tag or Label
4. Flair or Wood Veneer
5. Cardstock Stickers or Chipboard Stickers
6. Sewing (can be Faux) or Twine
7. Thickers or a Die Cut Title
8. Heart or Star
9. Silver or Gold
10. Bow or Doily

I chose doodling, enamel dots, tag, flair, chipboard sticker, twine, heart, gold, and a bow! It was quite the challenge incorporating so many different items into one layout!

I used Crate Paper Here + There to document part of our trip to see Omaha, Nebraska back in the spring! This is such a fun travel collection perfect for any kind of adventure. One of my favorite parts of the collection is the set of die cut calendars. I used the May one in my layout.

The background paper {called Tour Guide} was kind of overwhelming at first, but once I added my photos and lots of layers it really grew on me. And I love how I could use the chipboard arrow to show exactly where we were on our trip!

Now it's your turn to play along! Check out the challenge post here to see more inspiration and then jump right in! Shopping soon? Save 20% at Paper Issues with the code RACHEL! XOXO

Thursday, June 14, 2018

It's Going Down!

Good morning Paper Issues Friends and Fans! Thanks for stopping by today! Wendy here today to share another fun and inspiring challenge with you. I am sharing a layout I made for the What's Going Down challenge. This time we're asking you to steer clear of the tops and middle sections of your paper and focus ALL the attention of the very bottom of your layout. How fun and different is that? 
When thinking about how I wanted to create my page, I remembered a beautiful page that Damaris recently created. I used that layout  as my inspiration. Below is my layout featuring Cocoa Vanilla Studio's Bohemian Dream that I picked up last summer in the Paper Issues shop. It has taken me this long to cut into it!

I tend to put all my focus in the middle of my paper so I'm definitely trying something new. Also, white space on my layouts is not something I'm always comfortable with. I like to add lots of small embellishments (sequins and enamel dots, in particular) everywhere. 

Here are a couple close ups for you.

As you can see I couldn't stay away from all the little bits and really wanted to carry them further up the page. I barely restrained myself. I used some puffy hearts from Pinkfresh, epoxy stickers from Elle's Studio, purple Nuvo dots and the violet Mica Mist also from Nuvo. I really was able to embellish and have a complete look with everything at the bottom of my page!

I hope you are feeling inspired to play along with the What's Going Down challenge in the Paper Issues Friends and Fan Facebook group. There are several new and fun challenges each month. 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

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Put it on an Angle!

Mary-Ann here again with you today.  I LOVE striped paper, don't you?  It is fun to challenge the paper, and add something on an angle on a stripe!  That is what today's challenge is all about.  The angle that is.  Not the striped background.

Put anything on an angle.  Your entire layout or just a couple pieces.  It does not matter.  
We just hope you'll play along, cause this one is super fun.  

I used a Fancy Pants base paper and the rest if from the June Swag Bag.  

Head over to the Paper Issues store, grab what you need for 20% off with code: Mary-Ann.


Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Let's Get Sketchy with Mary-Ann!


How about a fun sketch to get back on track?  I feel sketches are a fantastic way to to give you inspiration whether you need help or not!

I think this sketch is super fun because you have a small sun, with a larger sunbeam in the background.  Instead of using an actually sun ray, or beam, I chose a background paper that gave my layout the same feel.  There are actually a few FREE sunbeam Cut Files in the PI store if you want to start the base of your layout with that.  

I mixed a little Elle's Studio with a lot of Jillibean Soup.  Neither of these collection have anything to do with summer, which is the theme of my layout and I love how it turned out!

So, head to the Paper Issues store to see what you may need.  
Grab anything for 20% off with code: Mary-Ann.


Monday, June 11, 2018

Boys Will Be Boys-Real Life

Hello, Stacie here and today it's all about the Boys Will Be Boys challenge! 
 I couldn't wait to document my kindergartener's school photos
 since we just wrapped up the school year.
  It is extra special to document these stories since
 I teach down the hall from him and I often come upon photo ops that make me laugh! 

The perfect match was Shimelle's Box of Crayons collection 
These together created the perfect school vibe I was going for with this design.
  My "Mr. Independent" Ryan insisted on wearing his brother's football jersey to school. 
He knew most shirts with words, "the words" go in the front, 
so of course his last name had to be front and center!

I added details to the story in the alphabet letters scattered throughout the page.
The black writing doesn't stick out lots unless you read it closely, 
but it helps add a subtle design connection with the pencils and crayons.

The Box of Crayons collection has such an abundance
 of cute embellishments which fit this design with childish charm.
This cut file was fun to tuck embellishments under and layer over.

Do you have a "Boys will be Boys" story to document? 
 I sure hope you will play along this month and post your 
So many new products in stock at Paper Issues, stop by and stock up for 20% off!

Sunday, June 10, 2018

White Socks?

Hey there! It's Devra here today with a new project for the Boys Will be Boys challenge. This one is a slam dunk for me!

Or so I thought! Why is it when I have something that should be so easy for me I get creative block? Well, I stumbled through that block and came out the other side. Today I started with my photo. My boys are getting older, (cue the tears😢) and there are fewer and fewer current photos to play with. I found this one I never knew existed.

This boy and his sense of humor! I'm telling you. I can hear him now like it was yesterday, "White socks? Like these? Why would you name a baseball team after your socks?" So it required something playful. I found what I was looking for in a mix of different product, but primarily PinkFresh A Case of the Blahs and Boys Fort. The colors are soft enough that the photo stands out. The prints are small enough that they aren't overwhelming. The style of the two collections work together too.  All of that filled the Bubble Blast cut file so nicely! And guess what else? They kinda look like baseballs. ok. Not really. 

I mixed some random little bits from my stash with the PinkFresh embellies to add a bit more color. I still love those little wood pieces. The word stickers applied to his humor don't you think? It really didnt need very much. The papers and die cuts do enough!

It's refreshing to mix things up. I haven't done that in a while. I should try that more often. So should you. You can purchase PinkFresh, Echo Park, Doodlebug and so much more right now in the Paper Issues shop! Use DEVRA at checkout revive 20% off your purchase. Then, go straight to your crafty place, create something and share it with us in the June Challenges album in our Facebook group. Thanks for stopping by today and see you next time!