Monday, February 20, 2017

New Issue: Let's Play Post Office Round 2

Are you ready for Round 2 of our February Issue, Let's Play Post Office?

Check out all of the monthly challenges in our {Friends & Fans} Facebook group. Each challenge has its own albumThe February challenge album is right here. Please post your issue related projects in the Current Issue album.

The deadline for sharing your projects is March 5th for a chance to win a gift certificate to the Paper Issues store.

Here's a look at some beautiful projects created by the design team:

Clockwise from top L: Annelie, Lina, Ali, Devra, Cat, Kristie, Pol, Ann

Note: Clicking on a design team member's name will take you to their blog or Instagram where you can see their project in more detail.

Let's see what Let's Play Post Office is all about. These are ideas to 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.
  • Use office supplies like binder clips, tags, push pins, postage stamps and envelopes.
  • Alter a clipboard.
  • Include stamping on your project.
  • Document a piece of mail or a love letter. 
  • Create a layout about your latest Paper Issues package (either a photo of the box and/or contents).
  • Show us your kids, grandchildren, etc. at play.
  • Share something about Valentine's Day/love.  

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, February 19, 2017

Swag Bag Sunday

Morning.  Welcome to Swag Bag Sunday.  
Our Design Team is going to share a few of our projects with you, using Swag Bags.  
You can play along by creating with a SB and uploading a photo of it to our PIFF FB page.  
This gives you a chance to win a gift certificate to the PI store.  

Here is a peek at the February Swag Bag.  
It comes with this beautiful potato type sack, holding all the bits and pieces together.  

I played along.  However, the Pony Express did not deliver mine in time.  So, I gathered all of my old Swag Bags, which was a ton, and created something from a black and white color pallet.  Oh, then I added RED!

Look at this beautiful watercolor heart layout by Amanda Baldwin.  Little bits and pieces of the January Swag Bag complimented the gorgeous background and amazing photo of her daughter.  

Amanda was also busy with the other bits from the January Swag Bag and
 created a few planner pages.

Miss Kristie Van Ham had the best photos of her littles, and adds just the right touches of the Swag Bag to her Project Life style pages.  

Orange Gearle worked this January Swag Bag.  Her touches of red really help her photo pop off the page.  Look at the placement of all the little goodies.  Those are ALL in this Swag Bag!

Stacie Dietz created this stunning banner style layout, all with the January Swag Bag too!  It is amazing how much is packed into each SB and it is amazing how much Stacie added to this page in such a gorgeous way.  The colors are beautiful, along with her photos.

If you haven't jumped on the train, you must know that our Swag Bags sell out pretty quickly.  If you want to secure your Swag Bag each month, you could join our 6 Month Swag Bag Kit Subscription  Click on link for details.  

Grab whatever you want from the store for 20% off when you use code: Mary-Ann!!

Saturday, February 18, 2017

More Embossing Powder Fun!

Hello my scrappy friends! I have been using a new (to me) technique, and I'm so excited to share it with you! I love embossing powder, the shiny finished look creates so much dimension and adds refined details to a layout. Sadly, my extensive stamp collection doesn't always include a motif I am looking for. For example, January's Pinspire Me challenge had an amazing gold balloon photo that I really wanted to add that idea to my layout, but I didn't have gold balloons or a stamp to create the look I was going for. Instead, I designed exactly what I wanted in Silhouette Studio. Rather than cutting the image, I was able to print and emboss...on VELLUM! I'm not sure why I didn't think of it sooner, I have printed on vellum in the past (it's one of my favorite ways to add journaling!), and I always noticed it took a few extra seconds for the printer ink to dry. Well, those few extra seconds are just enough time to dump some embossing powder all over that image!

You may have seen this layout in PIFF last month, I was so excited about how those balloons came out, I had to try this technique again! This layout uses the amazing Hazelwood collection (and good news, you can grab some from the Paper Issues Store!)
I created a layout about one of my favorite things...Ice Cream! I wanted to have a few simple shiny additions to this layout, so I created the ice cream image in Silhouette Studio. I printed the images on vellum and quickly poured the gold embossing powder on them. I also wanted to add a bit of journaling "these are the moments I hope you remember forever". I designed the phrase in Silhouette Studio as well, that way I can ensure the size is accurate for my design.
I used the patterned papers from Fancy Pants Sweet Nothings (grab yours from the store!) because cream..sweet nothings...and the collection is perfect for so many layouts-not just for Valentine's Day!  

Here are some close ups of the embossed details, I just love how it turns out!

So, just a few tips if you want to try embossing from your printer...
  • Work quickly! I start pouring the powder on the vellum as soon as it comes out of the printer.
  • Don't attempt to do an image that is too large, if your printer takes a while to print your design, by the time you get the vellum out, the first part of your design will likely be dried and won't take the embossing powder.
  • Vellum can cause a paper jam in your printer fairly easily, to avoid this, I make sure there is a stack of printer paper behind my vellum. My printer usually grabs hold of the piece of paper in addition to the vellum, preventing the vellum from jamming!
  • Pre heat your heat tool, turn it on and let it fully heat up before using it on the vellum. This keeps the paper from warping.
  • Move your heat tool around more that you typically would. Heat on the vellum will cause it to warp and discolor if you aren't careful, moving it around instead of targeting one area will prevent this!
The possibilities are endless with this technique! I can't wait to see you try it!
Be sure to save $$$ on all of your scrappy needs (and if you don't have the Hazelwood collection or the Sweet Nothings collection, trust me, you NEED it!).

Friday, February 17, 2017

Fan Feature Friday: Let's Play Post Office #1

Would you like to have your Let's Play Post Office project featured? Share your projects in the Current Issue album in our {Friends & Fans} Facebook group and you may see it here in the coming weeks. :)

1. Wendy created this sweet card featuring a "little stamped bunny...holding a glitter heart with his tulip stamp hands".

2. Brenda stamped the background on this cute layout about her grandson playing.

3. Heather did an incredible job documenting letters from her husband using the Sweet Nothings collection from Fancy Pants. Such a gorgeous page!

4. Wendy created a beautiful two-pager to document the note her husband wrote her when he asked her to marry him. Very sweet!

5. Take a look at the wreath on Darby's page and the cute Snapchat-filtered photo to go along with it!

  6. Melanie's pretty page has plenty of notebook edging and even staples. Way to work the office supplies, Melanie!

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

I'll be back next week with more features from Let's Play Post Office. :) See you then!

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Wonderful You

Hi everyone! Elodie here with you today sharing a layout using the beautiful Oh My Heart collection by Paige Evans and Pink Paislee and a fun photo of my girls. I played along with the February Pinspire Me challenge and its gorgeous mood board. I was inspired by the rainbow colors, the black and white bits and the hearts.

I started by drawing a spiral on the background paper, pierced it following the pencil lines and then went along with a needle and white thread. It took me a little while but I like stitching on layouts: I find it relaxing! 

I got busy drawing hearts in 6x6 papers, using the paper hearts from the Oh My Heart ephemera pack as a template. I cut them out and placed them on the stitched spiral, along with puffy stickers and chipboard pieces from the collection. I then adhered the matted photo in the center of the page with foam squares and adorned it with a cute bird sticker, pretty flowers and a banner for the title.

I just love the fun patterns and pretty colors of this line! You can find it in the Paper Issues store and get 20% off your order with the code Elodie. And join us in the Paper Issues Friends and Fans Facebook group to play along and share your Pinspire Me projects!

Here is the beautiful February mood board. So inspiring, right?!

Thank you for visiting the PI blog today! Have a great day!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Product Spot Light: Simple Life by Jen Hadfield

This week we picked the gorgeous Simple Life by Jen Hadfield. I love love love all browns and natural tones in this line. Really it is a home and cozy sort of collection that makes you want to sit on a porch on the rocking chair with a glass of ice tea just watching the world go round. It is a fabulous collection and the Design Team really rocked it to help inspire you.

Pol used this cut file and filled with with colorful papers to really make this layout pop. The small cluster of ephemra and the black and white photo are the perfect touch to balance this page off.

Now I would have never thought wedding pics for this line but my goodness Renee really made it all work beautifully. Isn't this perfect!!! And the cake!

Mary-Ann had the perfect pics for this collection. Cows!! Mooo aren't the fun! love all the pics and she used the cow cut out haha I don't even know what to do with it but now I'm going to go look for cows.

I zoned in on the yellows against this wood paper I think it really pops. I grabbed some yellow buds on a vine that I had in my stash and I think worked really good here.

Stacie did wonders with all these earth tones in this line. The nature picture was the perfect touch and the use of the butterflies was a great touch.

Cassie used this honeycomb pattern with some of the wood veneer pieces  for a simple, yet stunning layout!

Kelly took one of our Free Cut Files and trimmed it out with stickers and wood veneer. 

So come on over to PIFF and join us with this weeks spotlight challenge I know you'll have loads of fun with this collection. and remember if you need to shop use my code and get 20% off your total order.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Roll the Dice!

Happy Valentines Day friends! I hope you are having an awesome day and sharing love with all those around you! Today, I want to get you started on the Roll the Dice challenge for February! This month, our special element is circles! So my boys rolled the dice again and the verdict was 5 photos and 3 circles! Hope you are up for a challenge! 

For my layout, I decided to cut my photos in circles! To create this circle pattern I used my Cricut machine. In Cricut Design Space (could also be done in Silhouette Studio), I grouped all the circles in varying sizes next to each other and then welded them together. I then added a smaller circle inside of each one so it would be like a frame for each picture or patterned paper. 

The collection I used is We R Memory Keepers High Five! I love this collection - it's beautiful and earthy! Best of all, there is still plenty of it in the Paper Issues store. The base 12x12 paper is called Brave. It's great for journaling right on your layout! The 6x6 pad I use for filling in small spaces, layering photos or backing cut files. Need embellishments for this line? The puffy sticker and 6x12 stickers are also available.

Now on to the Design Team! They rocked this challenge. Note: If you click on each person's name it will take you to their blog or Instagram account.

Ali made this cute layout with Photo Play Paper. I love how two of her circles are Christmas ornaments hanging on her layout!

Pol made this adorable bath time layout! I think it's just the cutest and so creative! She used Cocoa Vanilla for her papers and embellishments,

Amanda wows again with Pink Fresh Studio Indigo Hills! This line is perfect for her beach photos with her son!

Devra's layout is making me hungry! I love all the colors and embellishments in this Shimelle Go Now Go line! 

Elodie's fussy cutting is always amazing. Her papers are from Maggie Holme's Chasing Dreams collection.

Stacie made this awesome banner layout and included her pictures in it. So creative! She used one of my new favorite lines Fancy Pants Sweet Nothings!

Thank you for stopping by today! Now I hope you will play along with us. Just create a layout with 5 photos and (at least) 3 circles. Then post it in our February Challenge album in our Paper Issues Facebook group for a chance to win a Paper Issues gift card. 

If you are shopping in the store don't forget you can always use the code RACHEL for 20% off your purchase! Love cut files for your Cricut or Silhouette?! Check out our free files here

XOXO ~ Rachel