Sunday, July 15, 2018

Scraplift Sunday

A scrap lift makes every Sunday even better!
We are scraplifting Rachel O'Neal today and I loved how she used three travel photos lined up and I started there. All things comes from Crate Paper in the Paper Issues shop.

You can find the details in our Facebook Group. I hope you play along too! And don't forget to use my code for a nice discount.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Songs of summer challenge with Anita

Hi there,
Today I’m sharing a layout for the summer songs challenge using crate paper wild heart 
My song choice is about a girl by navana 
I started with my white cardstock adding stripes of patterned paper to the top and bottom of my layout 

And then adding some stickers and washi tape to the strips 

Next I gathered so ephemera and scraps of patterned paper and layered them underneath my photo 

Then I added my title using gold glitter foam thickers

Don’t forget to check out all the new products and free cutfiles in the paper issues store 

Use code Anita in the Paper Issues store 
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Friday, July 13, 2018

Scraplift Sunday 2

Happy Friday the 13th! An unusual day for Scraplift Sunday, but heck, SLS is fun any day of the week!

And to my surprise, I was given the assignment to scraplift myself! This was a little bit of a challenge because I'm not a very "out of the box" scrapper, and I was all set to copy my layout using a different set of photos, but I decided to challenge myself to not be so literal. Instead of the alphas, I used a cut file. The basic composition is the same except I flipped it.

So, I had this selfie of me with my hair in a pineapple, and I decided I'd document all my hair routines I've recently learned for taking care of my curls, and I decided I needed a pineapple cut file, and Paper Issues actually has two! I used the National Scrapbook Day 2017 Free Cut File.

National Scrapbook Day 2017 Free Cut File

I used the pineapple, flower corner, and leaves from this cut file set and backed them with a Pink Paislee paper by Paige Evans.  A flamingo sticker from last summer's Simple Stories summer collection was a perfect tropical accent to go with the pineapple.

A few enamel dots and an epoxy sticker from Elle's Studio. My journaling tucked behind the frame tells the details of my quirky hair routine.

Whether you're a "literal scrapper" like me or a more out of the box scrapper, I can't wait to see how you lift my layout! Be sure to share it at the Paper Issues Friends & Fans page for a chance to win a gift certificate to the Paper Issues store!

And while you're checking out all the awesome free cut files
don't forget to stop by the Paper Issues store to pick up some cool new supplies, and remember to 
use the code Debbi (no e at the end) 
to get 20% off your total purchase.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Keepin' it On the Edge!

Hey there PI friends, it's Mary Ann with a new layout for the On the Edge challenge. What is On the Edge you say? How about pretending that the center of your project is lava, and you have to stay off it!! So, use any or all edges of your paper for this one. Sounds like fun, right?

For my layout, I kept everything on the right side of my paper. The cute little mermaid swam close to the center with her tail, but it all worked out ok ;) 

To make the circle background (that reminds me of bubbles in the water) I sprayed a few different colors of mist on a scrap piece of paper, dipped the edge of the lid in the mist, then stamped it on to my cardstock. I used a small brush to fill in a few of the circles to add even more color.

How about playing along with the On the Edge challenge too??  You have until August 5 to add your entry HERE in our Paper Issues {friends & fans} facebook group. We would love to see how creative you are!!

**Be sure to use my code: Mary Ann in the PI will get you 20% off your entire purchase!!**

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Bunny Love.

I've been feeling like wanting to do more summer outdoor activities, over crafting.  It happens.  It's real life.  So on weeks when my mojo has gone fishing, I reach for some Paper Issues Sketch inspiration.

Today I'm sharing my take on the July sketch.  It's fun and funky.  We owe it all to Ann, whose been a great help in creating them for us.

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I used Crate Paper’s “Flourish” collection to document my two favorite bunnies.  (Inside joke: I call my husband “Bunny”).  The sketch was pretty simple to replicate.   The toughest part was choosing the photos and the sewing I did around the layout.

This particular set of thickers (by American Crafts for Crate Paper), has allowed me to "gut out" the center and use patterned paper to fill it back in.  I love creating them and you may find that I've been using this technique  more often... check My Blog and/or My Instagram for more crafty shares.

If you have time this week, come visit the Paper Issues shop.  Cassie makes it her priority to fully stock the store with the latest crafty supplies, and I'd love for you to save 20% off of your entire purchase with my discount code "Damaris", when you check out.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you play along with the challenges in the Paper Issues Friends & Fans Facebook Group, to win one of two prizes.


Tuesday, July 10, 2018

July SLS 1

Hi everybody. It's Sindi here today. Yay for scraplifting! I was really excited when I saw the layout we would be lifting for the first SLS of July. I love all Lisa's layouts, but this one in particular really caught my eye: 

I always love designing a layout around a big circle. I created a large circle with hand stitching, and overlapped a few circle layers to match Lisa's cut file. Here's my layout:

I decided to create some embellishments for my layouts by adding a few stitched X's, some buttons, and sequins. I also created some quick paper arrows and stitched those down as well. 

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

Monday, July 09, 2018

Christmas in July with McJen

Hello Paper Issues friends!!

This month the design team is creating projects for PI's Scrappy Christmas in July. If you haven't checked it out yet, please be sure to do so. We are partnering with Tracey Fox (follow her on Instagram) to create festive projects that even includes a weekly YouTube video hop.

This week I chose  to create a 12x12 layout using a black and white photo with Crate Paper's Fa La La collection.

I love the FREE cut files in the PI shop and used the Pines and Needles file, which I foiled using my Minc.

For the embellishments, I chose to stick with gold, white, and black throughout the layout.

I added a bit of journaling in the bottom corner and called it good.

The finished layout has so many layers and tons of texture!

The combination of colors with the black and photo create and elegant feel.

Please join in the fun this month and get ahead on your holiday cards, finish a daily album, or just get those photos scrapped.

Want to see how I created this layout step by step? Click here to view my very first YouTube video!

Need supplies? Cassie has created a Christmas in July Mini Album Kit that is available now in the PI shop. Be sure to use code MCJEN to receive a 20% discount!!

For more details on #scrappychristmasinjuly, visit the Paper Issues Friends and Fans Facebook group. You have until August 5 to get your entries in for a chance to win a 
PI gift card.

I am so excited to see what you all create! 

- McJen

Sunday, July 08, 2018

Working with Water Colors

Working with mixed media can often times feel overwhelming. Just the thought of a mess, gesso, and lots of paint choices can put anyone off. But it doesn't have to be a major work of art it can also be something small. For my project for this challenge I decided to go with a title. I'm not in my regular space so I don't have all my play items so this was an easier choice for me. I used watercolor paper for my title with my silhouette. This way I didn't need any to prep my paper with gesso. I used some really cheap water colors as I am not making a work of art that will be in a museum. So simple so easy that anyone can do this.

I used the Let's Go cut file that is free in the shop and started off with a white base. Then I just added all sorts of blues I had and then some more white to make it sort of look like water. I put it all on a angle to go with the words on the paper. I love me some Fancy Pants and this Pool Side collection is no exception. It was very easy to create a title between the cut file and the word strip. And not it wasn't planned but hey when a LO comes together it doens't have to be planned.

I don't think anyone would be put off by a little mixed media. It really doesn't have to be overwhelming and it can be such small things like a cut file that make the LO more unique then what someone else may do. So get a little messy and join in on this fun challenge. Don't forget if you need to go shopping use my code for 20% off your total order.

Saturday, July 07, 2018

On the Edge

Hi friends! Rachel here today and I've been eagerly awaiting my time to share this layout with you! I played along with Paper Issues On the Edge challenge. As you can imagine from the name, this challenge requires you to stay away from the center of your layout -  just use one or more edges of your paper! Easy enough right?

I started with this lovely patterned paper from Maggie Holme's Flourish collection. I love it so much that I have multiple sheets of it. So I decided to use a second sheet along with the Freshly Picked cut file. Download it for free here! As you can see from the image below, I only used part of the circle and trimmed off the rest. I love how the paint lines from the cut file and the background paper run together.

I purposely didn't secure the edges of the leaves down. I like how the raised edges gave it added dimension. I slipped in small pieces of the beautiful gold decorative trim and a few embellishments along with my photo. A simple typed journal strip and a date was all I needed to finish it off!

Hope you like it and feel inspired to play along with us! Check out all the July challenges here in our Paper Issues Friends and Fans Facebook group! Then if you are shopping (and there are some awesome new collections in the store and even more on the way) save 20% with the code RACHEL. Thanks for stopping by today. I hope you have an awesome weekend! XOXO

Friday, July 06, 2018

Woof Woof Woof

Good morning friends and happy Friday! We've finally made it to the end of the week. Wendy back with you here today to share with you a layout I made for the Tic-Tac-Toe challenge. This is such a fun and easy challenge. You pick three elements you want to use and pick three in a row. You decide if you want to go across, diagonal, or up and down. Here's this month's board. 

I knew for sure that I wanted to include stitching because that's one of my favorite things to do. I decided to take the easy route and go across and use patterned paper and enamel dots. I chose to use  a Simple Stories Simple Set called Life is Ruff and a photo of my grandma from the 1940's.

This is my finished layout, but it took a lot of work to get here.

As I said, I knew I wanted to stitch. I had a very specific idea in mind so I downloaded the free Pawprints On My Heart cut file and traced it. I poked holes with my paper piercer and set off with doing some string art. I love string art because it gives so much texture and detail. I didn't get very far before realizing it wasn't looking as I had hoped and the paw prints were a little lost. I took it all out and just did a normal solid stitch. Even after I finished, I still wasn't in love with it. The double hearts and paw prints still looked lost. It occurred to me that it would help if I put the cut file back in between the stitching. 

I did that and I started to like it. I added some more pattern papers behind my photos and it was really starting to come together. I cut a few of the speech bubbles from the paper and popped it up with pop dots.

 I pulled out my Woof die and used yellow cardstock for that. It too was looking lost. I'm convinced it's because I used this bone patterned paper. I pulled out some distress ink I thought would match and some water color paper and made a simple background for the woof title.

I added some shape and label stickers from the accompanying sticker sheet, piled on some enamel dots and hearts and called it complete! This project really came together and turned out so different than I envisioned. I actually think I like it better than what was in my mind's eye. 

I hope you are feeling inspired to play along and create something new. You should definitely play along with this Tac-Tac-Toe challenge. Make sure to upload your creations in the July 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 very 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. Thanks for stopping by and looking!

Thursday, July 05, 2018

Working With Watercolors

Working with Watercolors means just that!  Dig them out or grab your Gelatos, maybe paint if you don't have watercolors.  Ya know, you could even try crayons if you must.  
We just want you to play along with us.  

It's Mary-Ann here today, and I don't normally try my hand at watercolor.  So this was a fun challenge for me.  I tried to create blocks of colors with my watercolors, that matched as close as I could get to the striped paper in the background.  I was off with the blue, so I covered that with my photo.  Problem solved!

I used MME (My Mind's Eye) Wander collection.  
It is perfect for documenting my sons Boy Scout trip from last year.  

So, to play along, all you have to do is, create a new project with watercolors.  You can find several watercolored inspired products in the Paper Issues Shop.  You have until August 5th to play along. Your entry must be new and no double dipping! 

Use code: Mary-Ann to get 20% off anything you need from the PI store!