Sunday, July 24, 2016

:: mix it up monday features ::

..:: the features ::..

It's been so fun watching as you've uploaded your projects to the July Challenge Album!  Such great projects this month!  Here are a few from our Design Team:

I can't stop looking at this layout by Kelly Feldman. The card with the background she created...and all those little bits...I love it.

OMG Becky Stidham made this fun, bold, layout that is just perfection. The tags! That photo! I can't even.

Violet Ballew used some watercolors to make this gorgeous page in her planner. So beautiful.

And here are a few from our Facebook {Friends and Fans} group!

Amanda-Jayne Baldwin knocked it out of the park with that soft watercolor background and the wow factor of all that gold! 

I just love this layout by Celeste Brodnik. She used the free cut file for this one, and I love all that watercolor in her background. Love these colors!

Maureen Van Dusky even did some writing with water colors on this layout! There is so much going on here and I absolutely love it. I'm a sucker for all that color with pops of black.

Speaking of color, Therese Helsing pulled her colors from the photo for this layout and I love how it turned out! She even water colored her title! Lovely!

Thanks to all that played along this month! You still have a week to play if you haven't! Grab your water colors (or your kids) and use them on a project. Upload your projects to the July Challenge Album here, and you have a chance of winning a gift card to the Paper Issues Store

That gift card will come in handy let me tell ya! There are more and more and more things added to the store each week and you need them! Well, I do! :-) Grab what you need and use the code 'orangegearle' for 20% off your order. 

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Little Moments with Elle's Studio!

Hello everyone, Tegan with you here today! Is everyone getting out and enjoying the summer weather? I have been! I snapped this super cute photo of my sister and my niece this past weekend and couldn't wait to use it on a layout. I used the Elle's Studio Little Moments collection because it is cute and sweet- just like my photograph! I see this collection is now unfortunately sold out of the Paper Issues store, but you can still grab the newest Elle's Studio collection called Sunny Days!

I love all of the tags that Elle's Studio offers with their collections- they make creating a layout so easy! And I just can not get enough of those cute little Bella Blvd bow clips, which are still available in the store! Be sure to check them out before they are gone.

I used the free Falling Stars cut file from the Paper Issues store to make my star cut out. I just deleted all but one star and then enlarged that star to how large I wanted it. This photo was snapped right before the carousel started at our county's fair. I just love their expressions!

One can never have too many tags or wood veneer bits! They help to add color and dimension to a layout. The Paper Issues store still has some labels and wood veneer bits from the Elle's Studio Sunny Days collection- which are super cute as well!

Thanks for stopping by! And remember, you can get 20% off your entire purchase at the Paper Issues store when you use the code Tegan. Happy shopping and have a great day!

Friday, July 22, 2016

San Diego County Fair

Hi there & welcome back...Dani here today!  I thought I would share a layout I made of a recent trip to the San Diego County Fair, with my brother & his family.  It's something I look forward to every year.  I knew I wanted this page to invoke feelings of Summer..whether it be the hot sun, the fresh air, a glass of lemonade, or the beach.  I think I just may have succeeded!  :)


I used a variety of products & lines on this page.  Here are some of the lines I used: Simple Stories, Sunshine & Happiness; Pink Paislee, Fancy Free; Amy Tangerine, Better Together & Elle's Studio, Sunny Days.  I simply love mixing several lines together when creating a layout.  Its always such a nice surprise what I end up with at the end!  Here's a few more close-ups of my layout:


I used one of the chipboard frames from Carpe Diem, to create a few embellishment clusters around my photos.  This helps draw your eyes to the pictures & the journaling strips.


When adding a sub-title or place where the event took place, I like to mix & match colors from my layout to give it added interest.  I usually mix several types of fonts...letter/tile stickers, hand-written, and/or Thickers.


My nephew was so brave on all the rides..just love how he puts his arms in the air.  I had such a blast creating this fun, summery truly captured my feelings of the day! :)


I hope I have inspired you to create something memorable today...& If I have, I hope you will share your projects with us over on the Paper Issues Friends & Fans Facebook group today!!

Thank you so much for stopping by today & don’t forget to use my code, if you decide you just HAVE to HAVE some of these AWESOME products!  You can shop today by simply clicking here!

Till next time, happy scrapping everyone!  XO~Dani

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Hello Summer in DC

Hello Scrappers and Hello Summer!  This is Rachel here and I have a super bright and cheerful layout to share today. And I'll have you know my parents and I have perfected the Selfie game!

Selfies/Us-ies across Washington D.C. 

I colored the white cardstock with some Faber Castell Design Memory Craft Gelatos in colors that match the Sunshine and Happiness collection. By keeping the background simple, I was able to add more embellishments to the layout later.

 There are only two pieces of patterned paper used in this layout. Everything else is from the sticker pack, embellishments, and chipboard pieces.

Make sure you get your Simple Stories 'Sunshine and Happiness' goodies before they sell out (again!). Use the code RWKRAFTS for 20% off your entire order at

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Product Spotlight: Pink Paislee Outfitters

Hey everyone, today we're putting the spotlight on the Outfitters collection from Pink Paislee.  I love when I find a good collection with boyish colors.  This collection has such a nice camping theme I pulled out an older photo of my son eating smores.  I also used the smores PaperPop from the store.

Kelly had the perfect photos for this collection.  Perfection!

Chelsea  made this beautiful LO!  I love the little clusters of embellishments.

Mary-Ann blew me away with this amazing LO!  Love the compass background!

Orange is giving me stitching envy with this LO!  So beautiful!
Mary Ann used the mountain background and it looks amazing!  That photo is just fabulous!
You can find this collection and so much new stuff in the Paper Issues store.  Use the code michelle and get 20% off your order!

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Echo Park, Discount Code & Big Photos

Hello!  Melissa here.  I've got a layout today using a big photo and some embellishments from Echo Park's new summer collection.  I pulled out my favorite embellishments from that line and this photo that I love, along with some mists in green and blue and put this together for Mary Ann Jenkins' Take Five Challenge at  Check out that challenge and more for a chance to win gift certificates in our PI Friends and Fans Group.

To achieve the misting look at the top of the page, I sprayed some green mist and blue mist (one at a time) onto some plastic, then put a plastic baggie on my hand and used three fingers to dip into the mist on the plastic and dab around onto the cardstock in various areas to achieve that look.

See what's new in the shop and the three new Echo Park collections in the Store and use code Melissa for 20% off your total purchase!  Here is a bit of Summer Party...

Try the Take Five challenge or any of the other challenges and show us what you do in the Friends and Fans Group for a chance to win a gift certificate!  We would love to see what you come up with.  Have a great day!


Monday, July 18, 2016

New Issue: Gleam Catchers Round 2

Hi everyone and welcome to round 2 of our July issue, Gleam Catchers. Our issues take place in our {Friends & Fans} Facebook group, along with all of our other fun monthly challenges. There's an album for each challenge. July's challenge album is right here. Please post your issue related projects in the Current Issue album.

The deadline for adding your projects is August 1st for a chance to win a gift certificate to the Paper Issues store.

Before we get to the details of this issue, let's take a look at the sparkling inspiration from the design team.

 Top row (left to right): Mary Ann, Corri, Orange
Bottom row (left to right): Tegan, Rachel, Dannielle
Note: Clicking on a design team member's name will take you to their blog where you can see their project in more detail.

So what is Gleam Catchers all about? Here are a few ideas to get you started (use one or use them all). Feel free to 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 shiny elements like glitter, shimmer mist, sequins, silver, gold, etc.
  • Use stars as an embellishment or the word "star" in your title.
  • Create a project that has a Southwestern design, maybe even use a dream catcher.
  • Let's see those baseball and 4th of July/patriotic photos!
  • Use photos that show the catch lights (gleam) in the subject's eye.
  • Download the free July printable, Wining, from the Paper Issues store and use one or more of the images on your project.

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, July 17, 2016

Converting Paper Issues Free Cut Files

So it has been asked in the PIFF group about how to get the free cut files, which are in Silhouette format, into another format like SVG. The process of converting the Silhouette file into a .png format and then opening them in your various cut programs is a rather simple process which I thought I would walk you through here.

The first step in this process is going to the Silhouette store and downloading the software they have available on their website. I should note here that I use Windows so that is what I'll be showing. For those that use a Mac I don't think the process is much different. After you download the appropriate free software you then open your free cut file from the Paper Issues store.

When you open the file you will be able to select the portion of the cut file you want. I will be using the birds on the wire as the example in the following steps. So I first selected and deleted the images I didn't want to use. 

Using the selection tool (see highlighted yellow arrow for the pointer in blue) I simply chose the selection and deleted the images I don't want.

With the birds on the wire selected I then switch to the fill color option in the program (see highlighted portion of this image). From there, I can select to fill my image with a solid color. I've chosen black as it is much easier with the following steps and importing the image later. 

With my image still selected I then make sure that the original outline of the image is black as well by using the line color tool.

Again (see the highlighted image above) I chose black to make it a single solid color so when I import into another program there is no confusion with my selection.

Now I go to my start menu in Windows and search for "snipping tool". I've used various versions of Windows and all have had this tool. Mac users will have to use an alternative method but it doesn't seem difficult according to this website.

With the snipping tool open I select "new" and a selection box will come up on your screen. Use that to select the image you want to capture and then save that file as a .png format to the file you want to save it to.

With the file now saved as a .png you can now open or import the image into your various cutting programs. I easily imported and traced this image in Make the Cut which I can then cut with another machine such as my Pazzle. If you are using a Cricut, you use that software to import your image to import and trace for a cut. YouTube can help if you need it.

What if you don't have a cutter at all? Well having been there I used to cut a lot of files by hand. While not as quick and not as accurate it is an alternative that is easy to do with this method as well. But instead of filling the entire image black you can simply print the pattern from the Silhouette (without registration marks) onto the paper you want to cut or change the outline color and save as a .png to print from another program.

With your image selected choose the line color tool and change it to the color that is easiest for you to print on your paper. You can easily resize your image and even mirror the image if you want to print on the back of your paper to cut the image. I found that easiest as with my cutting skills or lack there of I could easily hide the ink on the back of the  paper.

The mirror tool is great when printing various cut files that require the image to be a certain way front and back. Then you can print from the Silhouette.

Or follow the steps to capture the image and save as a .png and then open in Paint to print or edit as you like.

As you see not having a Silhouette to cut the files from Paper Issues isn't a set back. With a few short steps you can easily use the cut files and enter the challenges and be in the running for the monthly prize (and of course have an awesome LO as well).