Thursday, August 17, 2017

Family Pocket Page with Maggie Holmes' Carousel

Hello!  Kristie, your Paper Issues pocket page gal, here!  Today I am sharing with you the title page in my second album for 2017.  I'm so, so happy that I am nearly up to date with my weekly spreads.  You know what really helps motivate me to keep up to date!?  Pretty product!

When I first saw Maggie Holmes' Carousel I fell in love INSTANTLY!  The colors, the bows, the designs. Need I say more?  

As always, Maggie Holmes' collections have a ton of interesting and unique pieces.  I just can't help but get them all.  I used one of the cards from the card package as a base for my title card.  I layered a floral chipboard piece, some gorgeous gold Thickers and a puffy sticker to finish it all off.   

There are some seriously gorgeous pieces of ephemera in the die cut pack!  I absolutely love the sentiments, hearts and cameras throughout.  This collection also has some adorable fair and circus themes as well.  

The gold Thickers in this collections are absolutely PERFECT!  The package comes with quite a few of each letter and they are small enough to add to photos or cards in your pocket pages.  

Also, can we just talk about these bows!  I want to put them on everything!  You just can't go wrong with a black and white bow.  I may just try to make my own!!

Thank you for looking!  Thank you for all your support these last twelve months.  It's been an absolute dream come true to be apart of the greatest design team for the best scrapbooking store around.  This will be my last blog post as a Paper Issues Design Team member but you will still see me around lots as I participate in the challenges over on the Paper Issues Friends and Fans Facebook group - especially my favorites Take 5 and Scrap Soup!  If you'd like to keep up to date with my creative process you can always follow me on Instagram and on YouTube.  

If you'd like to purchase any of the products I used for this project, or anything else that catches you eye, hop on over to the Paper Issues Store and use the code KRISTIE to save 20% off.  

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Product Spotlight: Stitch Happy

Stitching is a great addition to any LO. Be it hand stitched or on a machine. And with the Stitch Happy machine it just became even easier for scrappers to give stitching a go on a LO. Its a great introduction to a sewing machine with simple controls, light weight for crops, and it has a guide for those of us who can't sew in a straight line (I am guilty). There are great threads to grab in the shop as well even twine! Do note the twin that is made is not as thick as regular twine but it is the same fabulous look on a page. Also Cassie is so fabulous she can even help you order a machine. Yup thats right just send her an Email for your inquiry.

Now on to what the fabulous design team stitched up to get you inspired this week. Don't forget to add your stitched layouts in the facebook forum for your chance to win.

Lisa added some stitching on this wonderfully yellow card using the Paper Issues Swag bag and some bits she had in her stash. Remember stitching doesn't have to be major to make an impact.

Rachel did a fab job stitching white on white which I absolutely love. She used Summer Lights by Pink Paislee.

Marcia did a fabulous job showing off Maggie Holmes Carousel collection. I just love all the machine stitching around the triangles. It really adds to the texture vs non stitching. 

Stacie went heart crazy with Pink Paislee Oh My Heart.  She hand stitched  with the We R twine that added that special touch to the LO.

Devra who always wows me with her hand stitching bought a Stitch Happy machine and used it here for an added touch to this LO. 

I used Photo Play's My Imagination that I had stashed way in the bottom of my stash box. I buy all things boy and this was perfect with the cut file in the shop. As you see I'm not so much for straight lines, perfection is for those who aren't me. I have fun with my machine even if I have no clue as to what I'm doing. That's what this is all about enjoying your creative time.

Remember if you have to shop use my code and save 20% off your total purchase. If you want a machine send Cassie an Email and grab loads of thread while you're at it.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Add it up

Hey everyone, it's time for another Add it Up challenge!  Use the following list to add the items on your LO.  This month I want to see a total of 110-120 points.  Feel free to use anything on the list!

I used the beautiful Faith collection from Simple Stories.  I love all the blue in this collection.  It went perfectly with my photo!  I also used a free cut file from the Paper Issues store!

I absolutely love Cat's LO!  The pretty colors, the layers, the photos and the amazing title work!

Next up we have Kelly's beautiful LO.  I love all the little details she added and those fabulous photos!

I don't even know what to say about Rachel's LO.  It is AMAZING!  That unicorn with the eyelashes! Wow!

Stacie has this beauty with that amazing cut file she created!  I absolutely love this!

You can find most of these supplies including the free cut files in the Paper Issues store!  Use the code michelle and get 20% off your order.  

Monday, August 14, 2017

August Pinspire Me Mood Board

Welcome to the new Pinspire Me Mood Board challenge.  
I created this board for PI with a night out in mind.  Whether you go out on date night with your man, bring the kids to a fair, or hit a movie as a family.  This board is sure to inspire creativity.  
Be inspired by the theme, the colors, the designs within the individual photos.  
Whatever inspires you, create a page and join us on the PIFF Facebook Page for a chance to win a PI gift card to the store.

I played along.  I was inspired by the theme of the board and the yellow and greens in the candy photo!  I only added Thickers and enamel dots.

Some our design team members played along too. 

Marcia Dehn-Nix created this larger than life layout of a paint night she had with her daughter.  She photographed the art, enlarged the photo and used it a a focal point.  Her incorporation of Fancy Pants Dream On is just perfect for it.  

Stacie Dietz always rocks our FREE Cut Files.  She was inspired by the boy in the candy photo and the movie clapperboard.  She used Amy Tangerine Hustle and Heart.

Here is another Fancy Pants Dream Big layout with another FREE Cut File.  Our team really used the files to perfection.  Anna Uhras was inspired by the colors and the little boy with candy too.  Her little man eating ice cream is just darling surrounded by hexagons.  

How about the Family & Co. collection by Fancy Pants.  Always a classic choice and Michelle Gallant went to the movies with it.  

Excited over our Mood Board was Cat Martin.  She loved it all and I love this layout.  Her use of tickets are perfection.  She mixed together our June Swag Bag, Simple Stories Summer Days and Crate Paper's Cool Kid collection.  

Amanda Baldwin mixed some Pinkfresh with Carta Bella as she was inspired by the movie theme.  The colors were portrayed in her layout just right!

Lisa Swift's daughter has an obsession for Sherlock Holmes.  She she documented that fact and used the Dream On Collection from Fancy Pants too.  

k fans, time to get going so you can have a chance to win a prize.  If you need more product, use code: Mary-Ann for 20% anything you need from the store. 


Sunday, August 13, 2017

Scraplift Sunday

Good Sunday morning to all of you crafty people! It's Devra here again bringing you today's Scraplift Sunday. This week we are lifting this delightfully fresh layout Rachel created for our most recent Working Title challenge.  I know the team had fun with this. Let's take a look!

I played today! I was attracted to the simple design, the stacked title and all the embellishments! So I went to town! I started by cutting the 'Rock Star' from the Freestyle Skate cut file out of some Bella Blvd  and finished with wonky silver stitching thanks to the Stitch Happy sewing machine. You can see more on my blog.

Wow wow wow, its always fun to lift yourself as Rachel has done today. He slight adjustment to the size of the title is super! I always find it amazing how just changing paper can make such a difference. Fancy Pants Hello Sunshine really does make this one in a melon!

Kelly worked her magic on her lift that features Pink Paislee Sweet Freedom. I mean that row of stars. All the stars! Even in the little bits a the top! Looking at this makes me happy.

This page by Anna is truly breathtaking. I really feel the dream, here as the Fancy Pants Dream Big paper suggests. The birds are perfectly paced as is everything on this page surrounding that beautiful photo.

Cassie is letting us know once again that she is the mix master of the papers. Her mixes of colors and patterns never ceases to amaze me and today is no different. The layers across the bottom are truly fantastic!

We would love for you to play along! Share your projects with us in our Facebook Group for a chance to win prizes each month. You can find all of our challenges in the August Challenges album. Check out the store for all the new releases. Use code DEVRA at checkout to receive 20% off your purchase.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Love This Guy - Cat Martin

Hey all my dapper scrappers out there, it's Cat and I'm back with my first blog post for the month of August! August is a sunny warm month filled with lots of summer adventures and perfect photo opportunities, so why aren't I showing you one?  Well August is also my wedding anniversary ( and I bet many of yours out there as well!)  and so I decided I wanted to focus on some love and relationship inspired layouts!  

For my first one here I am exclusively using the new Carousel collection by Maggie Holmes.  I know that seems a bit weird for someone like me who loves to mix and match patterns and collections but I am seriously loving this new collection.  I am so digging the colours, patterns and icons of it and while I'm sure everyone's immediate thought is to use it for girly layouts I think it can transition well into any sort of layout!  The pops of black just give it a fun graphic feel to counter balance the soft pastels and vintage images!

If you want to see how it all came together don't forget to check out my process video below as well!


Friday, August 11, 2017

Free File Friday: Cut File Titles

This month for Free File Friday:  use a cut file title from the Paper Issues free files in your project.  Pick a single cut file word, a fun saying, phrase, or a whole quote. 
We want to see you use cut file words!
Here are a bunch of ways to get your creative wheels spinning:

I converted the Sun & Fun title into a stitching cut file with little dots instead of cut lines.  You can find more details on my blog on how to do this with the Silhouette. Next, I hand stitched my title and added watercolors to the insides of the title to match the Bella Blvd Secrets of the Sea collection. 

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Here's a picture of how I cut the file with regular cut lines and then use that to help guide me where to stitch on my background.

Amanda is up next with her "Explore" layout. I love how she used Bella Blvd Make Your Mark to back the cut file flowers and leaves. The title is so pretty lightly colored and mixed with the stickers to define its placement. I love how light and airy this feels when cut files are cut on white and layered against a white background.

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Anna is rocking the large ampersand cut file as part of her title.  It is beautiful all stitched and full of Pink Paislee Oh My Heart collection. I love the dimension she added with the Oh My Heart Thickers. Her photo is the perfect match to these playful colors!
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Lisa used the scripty summer as part of her layout title. I love all of the Pebbles Girl Squad that she used to create her deliciously sweet tribute and a cake photo! Also check out the cute Amy Tangerine Hustle and Heart mini bows that she scattered throughout her design.

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Devra is up with her cool dude layout.  I love how she rocked Summer Lights with her chill boy page. The dude cut file title is such a fun addition to her mix of title words.  Check out woodgrain paper, it is so awesome as a background. The  Stitch Happy twine border is perfect for this chillax design.

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Rachel is closing out the design team round up of inspiration with her awesome design. Her photo is just perfection peeking out with this mega-sized title. The Photo Play Paper Freestyle papers and embellishments  like the enamel plus signs are such amazing match to her boy design.  The border stitching just pops against the wood grain paper. Try supersizing a cut file word to tuck your photos behind on one of your projects.  It is such a cool effect!

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You have now through September 3rd to play along with our Free File Friday cut file word(s) challenge.  
We can't wait to see how you've been inspired to use a cut file title in your project.
Please link up your awesome work in our August album in Paper Issues Friends and Fans for a chance to win one of the monthly gift cards.
Tag us on social media. We love seeing all of the fun ways you use PI cut files.
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