Wednesday, March 21, 2018

52 Favorites: Playing Catch Up

I jumped right in with 52 Favorites, I mean it seemed simple enough not an every day thing just sit down once a week and pick a moment or two from the week. I had a plan, I could do this it wasn't an every day obligation it was simple. I wasn't going to make it hard for myself, just a travelers notebook and my left over pickings from swag bags. Simple right? Yea, then life said who are you kidding and I put one week off then the next and so far I've managed to do two weeks. I'm rocking it! Like any new year resolution I make, which is why I don't make them anymore.

But hope is not lost! No I can catch up because there are no rules. There aren't things "I need" beyond pictures and my stash. I can do one picture, two pictures, or as many as I like. It doesn't have to be fabulous and presented on a float in a parade. This is just for me, a simple time out to take even if I tend to put it off.

So my plan is to start with the pictures, get those all printed out. That is easy enough I know the size I want and I can easily do a sheet quickly to print.

With pictures set I can add dates to the back any notes that I want to make and be fully prepared to stick in my journal.

The fun part, dump my goodies on my table and stream Jessica Jones as I take some much needed me time and start to catch up. Even if I don,t get it all done right now I can just put it in a box and it will be ready for me to put together when I have a cup of tea and ignore the kids.

See that easy I'm on my way to catching up, its the beauty of 52 favorites its no stress, not perfect, and easy to stay on top of, or lose track and catch up!

It took me a few hours but I'm all caught up. I decided since I got so far along to just finish off and I didn't need to set it aside other than to make dinner. So this isn't really an overwhelming project it is simple to jump in, catch up or keep in stride so do not let this pass you by. And if you want to shop for some goodies or sign up for Swag Bags don't forget to use my code for 20% off your total order.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Scraplift Sunday Week 3!

Happy Tuesday friends! Rachel here and I'm sending good vibes your way and hope your day is off to a great start! I played along with this week's Scraplift Sunday challenge at Paper Issues. Did you?! This week's inspiration is provided by Anita. Check out her fabulous layout: 

I couldn't wait to get started on this one. I used My Mind's Eye Good Vibes. This collection is so vibrant and cool! I had to have it. Check it out here in the Paper Issues' store. I started with the Be Cool patterned paper as my base. I also used white cardstock like Anita. Her original is a mixed media masterpiece, but I chose to take a less messy approach and used these awesome puffy stars from Pinkfresh Studio. You can find the heart ones here!

I scattered the stars and some enamel dots all around my photo and embellishments. My favorite pieces in this collection are the ephemera and chipboard stickers. And of course, the 6x6 pad is always a necessity for me because it's so versatile.

I finished my layout by adding the love this title to my layout. I cut it out from the Good Vibes cut file which coordinates perfectly with this collection. You can find all the cut files here or go directly to the Good Vibes cut file.

Now it's your turn to play along! When you're done share it with us in our Friends and Fans Facebook group. You have until April 1st! Can't wait to see your take on this layout! And don't forget - save 20% in the Paper Issues store with the code RACHEL! XOXO

Monday, March 19, 2018


Good morning scrappers! Wendy here today to share with you a layout I made for the March Scrap Soup challenge. If you are not familiar with it, it is a super fun recipe challenge with a list of items to include on your project. You can add as many other things as you want, but you must include the listed items. This month's list consists of: 3 embellishments, 6 hearts, 2 patterned papers, chipboard title and stamping. 

If you haven't heard yet, I was absolutely in LOVE with the January Swag Bag; so much so that I bought more than one. So when I read over the ingredient list, I knew it would be perfect to use again. For my layout, I used more than 6 hearts in 6 different pattern papers. I also stitched some hearts too to add dimension and texture. Stitching is one of my favorite things to do on all my layouts. I worked with ephemera, a paperclip, puffy alphas and shapes, sequins, and stickers, as my embellishments. I grabbed an old chipboard title and covered it in glitter and viola! I had the start of my title!

How adorable is that guitar with the glittered strings?! It was the inspiration behind my title.

Not only did I stamp the date on a label, but I used a separate roller sentiment stamp for the "you make me happy."


I just love all the little bits and pieces that come in the swag bag!

I hope you are feeling inspired to play along and create something new. Upload your creations in the March Challenge Album here in PIFF to be entered in a drawing for a chance to win a Paper Issues gift card! Want to share on Instagram too? Tag @paperissues and #paperissues so we can see your projects and maybe even share them, too!
Are you in need of supplies before you start creating? Well, you should check out ALL THE NEW THINGS that are in the store. There are so many new items I can hardly keep up with it all. I know those blue alphas I have on my page are currently out of stock, but check out the other colors! When you spend $75 you will also receive FREE shipping. Don't forget you can save 20% off when you use the code: Wendy.  Be sure to stop by the Paper Issues Friends & Fan page to check out other challenges, projects and inspiration. 
Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, March 18, 2018

NASA - Frame it Up Challenge


Have you been playing along with the March challenges?  
I have a fun one for ya.  It is called Frame it Up!  
We want you to use up some of those frames and slide mounts that you have been hoarding.  
Add one or as many as you want, whatever!  
Add your project to our PIFF Frame it Up Challenge album and you are entered to win a prize. 
 It must be a NEW project and no double dipping!

I used My Mind's Eye Blastoff collection for this challenge.  I used up some of my old Crate Paper frames.  I am not sure what collection they came from but I have tons!

Use code: Mary-Ann for 20% off your entire order in the Paper Issues store.  

Saturday, March 17, 2018

52 Friday Favourites with Amanda!

Hi Paper Issues Friends & Fans! 

Welcome back for more memory keeping inspiration!
Amanda here, & I am so very excited to be sharing a peak into my

52 Friday Favorites pocket album!

If you're new around here, 52 Friday Favourites is our year long journaling project. 
Simply choose something each week to document; photos, fave moments, lists - the possibilities are endless! 
And the best part -  you can start this challenge TODAY! 
Yep, it doesn't have to be a full 52 weeks. 
Just jump on in and start recording one thing a week! Yay!!!!
To be completely honest with you, I love pocket page scrapping but...
 I NEVER complete more than one month before giving up, lol!

52 Friday Favourites works better for me as it's only one thing a week
& to make it even easier,
 I am using a pocket size notebook 3.5" x 5"
This not only looks awesome,
 but also makes it so much quicker for me to play along each week!
But enough chatter,
here's a peak into my album thus far....

52 Friday Faves

Here's what my album looks like!
 It's a Pink Paislee C'est La Vie mini notebook and you can find it in the store HERE
So cute! (& it fits inside my pocket size Filo - perfect!)

Cover page using cute Alphas from the store.

I am also using a combination of Pink Paislee and Cocoa Vanilla Studio products to create this album with! They seem to partner perfectly, but you be the judge!
Here's my weekly entries.....

 Week 1

A super cute out take and yes, face palm from mister 5!

Week 2

Summer nights spent playing at the beach.

Week 3

 More beach fun! (It was Summer in Australia)

Week 4

Vacay vibes and theme park fun!

Week 5

This was a big week for my momma bear heart! 
Mister A for awesome started school & Miss M turned 12!!!!

Week 6 

Hanging out at the Festival Theatre with my fave guy!

Week 7 

My beautiful tiny danseur performing!

Week 8 

Yep, more beach time! 

Week 9 

Lol... more beautiful beach days! 
It's Autumn now, but we still try to visit the beach daily until Winter hits!

Week 10

Another hot Autumn day, so keeping cool after school!

And there you have it!
My version of the 52 Friday Favorites challenge! 
I am a big fan of letting my photos tell the story.
I also like to keep my journaling private - so it's often hidden or kept to a minimum.
Sweet, simple and already a mini album to treasure!
Follow me on instagram @happy_arty_days to see my next installments ;)

What does (or will) your take on this fun challenge look like?
for more inspirational ideas 
AND to upload your entries too!
*Every new entry gives you the chance to win our monthly prize!*

Need supplies before you get started?
& REMEMBER: Use code AMANDA & you'll save 20% off your total spend! Yayyy!!!

I can't wait to see you 52 Friday Favorites!
Are you on instagram? 
Tag us @paperissues & use the hashtags #paperissues and #52Fridayfaves so we can find you and share the love!
We may even feature your projects! 
So what are you waiting for! 
Have some scrap happy time for yourself!

Thanks for stopping by today, 
til next time, 

Friday, March 16, 2018

Swag Bag Dream it, Wish it, Do it

Happy Friday!
It’s all about the Paper Issues Swag Bag kit today! 
This is my second project made with the February kit. 
Yes, these amazing monthly kits are so plentiful, 
that I wanted to show you how easy it is to create multiple designs with each kit. 
I love the coordinated Paper Issues monthly Swag Bag kits,
and with the February "Write It Down" kit, I was inspired 
the numerous Vicki Boutin "All the Good Things" collection items. 

To create movement in the background, similar to being poolside with kids, I added mixed media splatters and hand stitching to show the butterfly trail.  I wanted to make this a girly-design as my daughter loves to show us her imaginative side as she is in the pool for hours on vacay.  From handstands, diving, or being a mermaid she loves to dream it up in the pool!

Swag bag papers make the best layers for photos.  I wanted lots of repeated colors and patterns peeking out to connect the colors in the embellishments used in the clusters.  The background stripes were created with a mix of mist and white acrylic paint to match the Vicki Boutin butterfly.

These colors were easy to pull together as this kit contained several All the Good Things ephemera, tags, and journaling spots. The butterfly was a definite must to use!  I had the Jillibean Soup background paper from their Shades of Color collection which coordinated well with the design.

Here's the first layout I created with the February Swag Bag-
 a free Paper Issues background cut file and Crate Paper Cute Girl stripe paper called for all
 of the bright, colorful Swag Bag embellishments and papers.  
Isn't it crazy to see two totally different stylized projects 
and color schemes all from one month's kit?!

So there you have it... Swag Bag kits and how to get creative with them!
 Cassie has two kits currently available in the shop!!  
Yes, grab them both if you haven't already, they never last long in stock!
Here's a quick peek at how the kits look!

I hope I have given you a few ideas to try a swag bag kit
 for your layouts, pocket scrapping, or the perfect size
 for Traveler's Notebook designs--vacay scrapping!
The best part--you can save 20% off of all of the things!!

We can't wait to see what you create this weekend!  
Post in our Facebook Friends and Fans group for the March challenges.
  Tag us on social media!  We love to see what you are creating!
Stop by my blog for more swag bag inspiration!

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Back, Back, Back!

Well hello!  Devra here again today with a project for the awesome new Put It on an Angle challenge.  Now I know, you are looking at my page thinking, angles? where are the angles?  It's so round! Well, I'll just tell you a little about what I did here.

I like to buy paper.  I may have Issues. It's a fact. My boys are getting older. Also a fact. Truly, I have no need for planets and rocket themed papers anymore. But I needed it! (Issues) It's a good thing that I like to take themes and ideas and put them to work for me interpreting them in other ways. So really, here is a perfect example. Yep, rockets and planets for umm...swimming? Yes I did.

But I have to tell you, the real reason for my having this  My Minds Eye Blast Off  collection was these photos right here! My boy is a back stroke specialist!  I caught his take off (see what I did there) frame by frame. Well, I couldn't just choose one photo out of the group could I? What did I do, well, I put them at an angle!

This My Minds Eye Blast Off  collection caught my eye for another reason. This Plaentoids paper. It screamed "fussy cut" at me.  So I did. I cut it apart, then put it back together into another shape. Itall of those works well as a home for all of those photos!

Fussy cutting also enabled me to use the rockets as die cuts, which I embellished with the puffy stickers  and 6x12 accent stickers.  I love the holographic elements. It makes it plays well with the water in the photos

Well, there you have it! Want to know more? You can find more info about this page on My Blog. Want this collection along with so much more?!?!? Get it in the Paper Issues shop. Use DEVRA at checkout for 20% off your purchase. I hope to see you playing along with us this month. We have so many inspiring March challenges. Join the fun in our Facebook group!

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Lucky Heart

Hi everyone, it's Cat here and I'm back with another layout for the awesome Paper Issues!  Now I was playing along with the Do You Feel Lucky challenge that can be found on PIFF!  Now, I don't really celebrate St. Patrick's Day, and I never really get a chance to even take photos for the day, so I decided to go with one of the other ideas for the challenge.  I decided to use the word Lucky in my title and also to create my own four leaf clovers!

I started off by cutting out the Beautiful Bouquet cut file from the shop, which you can get for free here.  I cut it out in a light pink card stock, and then used an older Maggie Holmes paper for my background.  The great thing about Maggie Holmes is that many of her collections work so well together, so I was able to combine some older papers and products, with newer products that can be found in the shop!

I'm really happy with the finished product, and I hope you're inspired to participate in this challenge as well.  There are so many ways that you can interpret it to fit your scrappy style, there's no reason not to!


Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Tell Me a Story

Good morning PI friends!

Olivia here - I am happy to be back sharing a project with you. One of the things I love most about scrapbooking is telling the story. Adding a bit of journaling is the final touch to each project. Tell Me a Story is just the push to get those words flowing.

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I had so many ideas swirling it was hard to glue one down, but I chose to go with one of my fav ways to get a lot of photos & words on a page without being visually overwhelming. I created a flip book right on the layout.

It's really quite simple to make. I choose several patterned papers from Paige Evans Turn the Page collection and began trimming them just bigger than my photos, making each layer just smaller than the last. I scored a half inch flap on each piece and glued the flap down. It was easiest to glue the flaps together and then adhere the book to the layout. 

  I intended to put the smallest photos on the smaller pages, and biggest photos on the bigger pages but after some shuffling I mixed the two sizes. 
Each photo is matted on white cardstock. I typed up most of my journaling and adhered it to a page. There's also a small, handwritten journaling tag on the back of the page.  

Now the fun part! I chose to keep the embellishments to a minimal so the story could shine. A few floral bunches, scripty word stickers, and drops of pink, blue, and yellow mists were all I needed. I love the idea of having a little storybook right on a layout. There's lots of room for photos and words, or few embellished clusters. This is also a great way to collect artwork snippets without overwhelming an album. 

Thanks for taking a look! I hope you are inspired to record your stories and try making a little book on your layout! I'd love to see your work - share in the PI Friends and Family FB Group! And remember to use the code below to save while shopping!