Sunday, July 5, 2015

Paper Issues Guest Designer ***Katrina Hunt***

Good morning ladies! We have another fantastic guest designer with us today at Paper Issues and we'd love to introduce Katrina Hunt -- one of our most active Paper Issues {Friends & Fans} members!

Katrina caught our eye with her projects during the Paper Issues Crop and she is an avid Swag Bagger and we think that everybody should check out more of her work on the following:

Blog | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook | Pinterest

Hey there!  It's Katrina Hunt from Paper, Scissors and Glue and I am so excited to be guesting on the blog today.  Kelly surprised the heck out of me when she asked if I wanted to play along.  Some of you know my work, but I am a girl that loves layers, colors and doing everyday layouts of random things.  Mostly about the dogs!  Before you ask, they are Cardigan Welsh Corgis and they rule the house.  Jetson, Sheldon, Higgins and Ella are the order they are in on the bench in the layout. Higgins and Ella are pet therapy dogs and we go to visit hospitals and nursing homes.  
Enough about me, let's talk about the project and Swag Bags!  The Swag Bags are perfect for creating 8.5 x 11 inch layouts, along with pocket pages, etc.  I love to switch my style up and do 8.5 by 11 inch pages, just to get the old mojo flowing again.  I also like to do 6 x12 inch layouts as well. So I had the PERFECT kit to create with for my project.  Note, I had to have a pattern paper background which I got from the Paper Issues store, of course!  It's from the Seven Paper/Baxter collection and I added some of those fun mini Doodlebug Design doilies that you can get also! 
Some tips on creating smaller layouts:  

  1. Don't be scared to jump in.  I am one that loves NO white space, so it's a challenge when working on a smaller format, but just take it an area at a time.  
  2. Start with a grid like I did here.  Easy to work on and once you get the grid set, then you can embellish the individual areas (my favorite part). 
  3. Size your pictures a little smaller, it makes it easier to work around and get a feel of working on the smaller canvas.
  4. Have fun!  Most important part of all!
That's all I have for you today.  If you want more inspiration, to contact me, stalk me or anything in-between, my social media links are above! 

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Sketchy Saturday

Good morning! It's time to announce the June Sketchy Saturday Winner and reveal the July sketch! Our June winner is Louise and she created this wonderful card celebrating her son's graduation.

Congratulations Louise! Please send your full name and mailing address to within the next 48 hours and we will get your prize right out to you. If we don't hear from you, unfortunately we'll have to choose another winner. We don't want you to miss out. We loved everyone's entries. Thank you for playing along with us.  

Now for our July Sketch!  This month We created a sketch from this fabulous layout created by Stephanie Buice for Doodlebug Designs.  This clean and well balanced layout features unique and clever ways to use washi tape on your pages. We love Stephanie's work and hope you will too. You can find more on her blog, My Bits of Sunshine, and also follow her on Instagram @stephbuice.

Here is the sketch adapted from Stephanie's layout.  As you can see, we gave you a different option for photo placement. 

Now let's see how our team was inspired by the sketch!

Devra took advantage of the photo placement idea, using 2 larger photos and splitting the title. Whoa, that New Simple Stories Summer Vibes suits this page so well!

Michelle adjusted the sketch into more of a diamond shape. Look at how the October Afternoon Treasure Map papers work for a girl beach page! Awesome!

I love how Kelly layered vellum under her selection of Crate Paper to create this delightful gold, glimmering page.

McJennifer is so clever! She scaled the page down to 8.5 x 11. The new Fancy Pants Making Waves collection is so versatile and easy to use for any type of page!

Oh, look how Mandy Kay set her page slightly off kilter! She too used a wonderful variety of the Simple Stories Summer Vibes on this bright and cheerful page.

This sketch is so versatile that Orange Gearle used it to make this adorable card also using the Ahhhh-mazing Simple Stories Summer Vibes. Seriously -- one collection, so many uses! 

Tarrah nailed the sketch using Amy Tangerine to create this light colorful page about her relationship with her sister. I love how the colors blend together.

Well, now it's your turn! We want to see your projects inspired by the sketch! You have until Friday July 31 to add your projects using the linkup below for your chance to win a $10 Gift Card to the Paper Issues store. You may even have your project featured in a future blog post!

While you are shopping, you can use my coupon code BEACHGAL for 20% off your order.

Friday, July 3, 2015

Fan Feature Friday: Seas the Day #2

This week's Fan Feature Friday showcases projects from the second week of Seas the Day, sponsored by October Afternoon. Every Friday, we showcase projects linked to our current issue, so be sure to share your projects for a chance to be featured.

Let's take a look at the projects that caught our eye this week...

1. Sandi created a "banner" of a boy page with October Afternoon's Treasure Map collection.

2.  Allison's layout has summer written all over it, from the pineapples, to the whimsical kites, to the beach photos.

3. Connie worked the summer theme with wave patterned paper, adorable stamped images (owls in bathing suits!), and a vintage button card that holds anchor "buttons".

4. Stacie's layouts are always a treat and this one, about a visit to a pirate-themed water park, is no exception. Take a look at how she added her photos and other elements to the pre-printed background paper from October Afternoon's Treasure Map collection.

5. Amy's layout has so many amazing elements — layered banners, great title work and fun, fresh colors!

6. The color scheme on Paola's layout is so soft and soothing with its beautiful blues, neutrals and touch of red. The hand stitched sailboat is incredible!

7. Is there anything "fishy" about Lisa's layout? I don't think so. It's totally adorable — hook, line and sinker.

8. Celeste based her wonderful page on a sketch, using classic nautical colors with a pop of yellow.

9. Barbara also joined in on the fun and shared this fun page about a day at the pool. She used a great mix of papers to go along with her theme.

10. Janet created her fresh and pretty layout with Simple Stories new Summer Vibes collection. The sherbet colors are perfect for a summer page!

Thank you all for sharing your beautiful work with us! Be sure to grab the "my project was featured" button from the sidebar to showcase on your blog.

You'll want to "tech" the blog on Monday for a brand new issue and to find out who our wonderful sponsor is. See you then!

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Friends Indeed

Hi everyone!

It's Tarrah McLean popping in today to share a layout with you that I recently created using the pretty American Crafts/Amy Tangerine Rise and Shine collection!   

I started off my layout by spraying some Heidi Swapp Color Shine in similar colours to the Rise and Shine collection. I included some journaling on the tag tucked under on the left of my layout..

Products from the Paper Issues store I used are:

All these yummy goodies plus loads more are available in the Paper Issues store right now!! Don't forget to use my name 'Tarrah' for a 20% discount whenever you shop!
Thanks so much for joining me on the Paper Issues blog today!
Don't forget you can link up to our current Seas the Day Issue here with any Summer project (new or old) for a chance to win some cool prizes!

Happy creating and happy shopping!

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

I find you TOTALLY Pinspiring!

Hi there, crafty friends with issues!
This is Leah, joining you on one of my holidays - HAPPY CANADA DAY to all of our Canadian friends who are joining us today!  We hope you're enjoying time with family, friends, FOOD and fun!  But mostly food!  ;)

Have you played along yet with our June PINspire Me in our Facebook group?  The mood board for June is, quite possibly, the happiest thing you ever did see!  Rainbows and summer and candy and sprinklers and sunshine and sand and smiley faces!  Check out this beauty:


And if the board itself is not enough to get your creative juices flowing, you'll want to CLICK HERE to see the original post with fab projects from our Creative Team, AND....  I've got a few projects to share from our crafty friends who rocked this!

Oh, Sandy Ross, you had me at TWO-PAGER!  This awesome spread features those little dudes perfectly, captured doing the boy stuff they do, including the shenanigans, the buildin' and the cheesin'!  It's easy to see how you were Pinspired with those gorgeous, happy colors!

Janice Daquila-Pardo, are you kidding me?  Not only can we all learn a little something from Ferris Bueller (LOVE the quote!), but the orientation of your page, the bright, poppin' colors, and those lines?  Yeah, that's inspiring!

The happy factor is comin' atcha at FULL FORCE with this super cute card from Heather Wilson Shank!  Smiling critters, that gorgeous yellow, clean lines and a BIG sentiment screaming a happy hello!  SO FUN!

Um, you can see why THIS one definitely caught my eye!  Sandi Pressley took the solitary black and white image and ran with it, adding a tiny pop of teal to knock this page out of the park!  I love how our Pinspire Me Mondays appeal to so many different people in so many ways.  Love your clean and simple interpretation, Sandi!

Heather Rulien Conklin - your card is full of gorgeous techniques that we Paper Issues folks LOVE!  The combination of colored inks and the floral/doily stencil?  PERFECTION!  And the bold, black sentiment on vellum?  Well, we love vellum here.  And I love your card!

Keep sharing your Pinspired projects with us, folks!  The new mood board will go live on July 13th, so there's still plenty of time to be Pinspired and to Pinspire your fellow crafty friends!  Join us for this one HERE, and because I know you're looking for more excuses to get your craft on, CLICK HERE for our current Link Party, sponsored by October Afternoon!  There's a whopper of a prize to be won!

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

:: Our Adventure ::

Hi! Orange Gearle here today to share a mini book documenting our trip to the Indiana Sand Dunes. For this project I used mostly Crate Paper's Journey Collection.

I repurposed a very small clipboard for this mini by taking off the original clamp and replacing it with a Tim Horton two ring binder piece. I cut my papers and printed my photos in a variety of sizes (mostly the same width but varying lengths) to create a bit of extra texture and interest.

I worked on this project over a period of time.  In order to make it as easy as possible I stuck with one basic collection, pulled items that matched the collection and/or theme from my stash, and then placed everything in a tray (from Target).  This was so helpful. I was able to work on this project just about anywhere because I put everything together and I could just grab the tray and go (to another house, another place within our home, etc).

I simply love all of the gold and transparent pieces in this collection!

Sometimes I chose to print a photo or two (usually a favorite) a bit larger and let it just be a page on it's own (with a few embellishments -- digital and/or traditional).

One of my favorite things about creating mini books is including the ephemera that is part of the story.  An example: I created a few pages with "pockets" in them and included all the ephemera (like the room key, or a receipt).  I did most of my journaling on tags that I was able to place in pockets throughout the book, shorter stories were handwritten on a journal card or label.


I had a blast creating this mini book!

If you would like to purchase the Crate Paper Journey collection, or all the things, click on the links and head over to the Paper Issues store!  Make sure you use the code orangegearle for 20% off your entire purchase!