Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Heritage Album Using Jen Hadfield's Simple Life

Hello! Kristie here again with another mini album. This album is very special and dear to me.  This month my husband's family is celebrating their 50th anniversary since arriving in Canada.  My husband's grandparents, along with their nine children, immigrated to Canada from Holland in 1967.  Just imagine that for a minute.  Nine children!  I can't even make it to the grocery store some days with my two girls.  

To celebrate their anniversary, some of the family set out to organize a party full of fun games, great food and tricky family trivia.  They asked for help in all areas and I volunteered to make a scrapbook.  My husband's aunt had just recently completed the daunting task of scanning and identifying over 1400 photos.  Thankfully she narrowed those down to about 150 to cover the years leading up to their big move and their first decade in Canada.  

I used a Becky Higgins' album I had on hand and stocked up on Jen Hadfield's Simple Life collection.  I knew I wanted a collection with a neutral color scheme to coordinate with the black and white and sepia tones of most of the photos.  What made this collection even more perfect for this family album was the plant and farming themes that are recurrent in the images and patterns.    

To complete this album I used the 6x6 paper pad, eight pieces of 12x12 paper, the 6x12 accent sticker sheet, tiny word stickers and the die cut pack.  My favorite piece in the entire collection was the 12x12 cut apart sheet of seed package images.  I used the images to set the tone for most of my layouts.

In addition to the products from Jen Hadfield's Simple Life, I also used labels for journalling.  I made these using my Silhouette Cameo.  If you're interested in learning how to make them as well, please check out my tutorial here.   The labels add so much "value" to the album as they identify who is in the photos and the year.  The woodgrain pattern on the labels matched perfectly to the woodgrain present in the collection as well!

Are these photos not unbelievable?  They are so beautiful.  When I first looked at the selection of images I was given to include in the album, I was surprised at just how many family photos there were.  Then I was surprised at how many candid photos there were as well.  Nowadays I feel like we have the luxury of having so many photos, but how many of them are photos with your entire family? 

This collection was definitely different than what I would normally choose to work with, but I loved it.  My favorite patterns were the bicycles, the plaid, and the orange floral.  Even though there were a lot of neutral patterns, the pops of color and whimsy throughout made the album current and yet timeless.

In addition to the stickers and die cuts, I also incorporated the cut aparts from the 6x6 paper pad and the branding strips from the 12x12 papers to create layers and embellishment clusters.  This collection does have more dimensional products like wood veneer and puffy stickers that I would have loved to use, but the album I was working in did not allow for expansion and I feared my album would become too thick had I used them.  

This album was definitely a labor of love.  It really helped that I had the photos organized and labelled for me, but working with one single collection was a real time saver as well.  Even though this album took way longer to complete than initially anticipated (isn't that always the case?), it was so worth it to see my husband's family view the scrapbook while at the party.  

If you'd like to see how this album came together and the steps I took to complete it, I have a series of videos on my YouTube channel.  You can view the playlist here.  I also have an album share video where you can see the complete album and the pieces of the collection I have left over.  Spoiler alert: there isn't much!  I used most of the paper and die cuts and only have a few stickers and phrase stickers left.  I hope to incorporate those into my weekly Project Life or they would be perfectly suited for card making as well.  

I hope you enjoyed a peak into this album and seeing how you can use Jen Hadfield's Simple Life collection when documenting heritage photos.  If you'd like to purchase this collection or anything else in the shop, be sure to use the code KRISTIE to save 20%.  Thank you! 


Monday, March 27, 2017

Mixing Collections.

Good morning Paper Issues!! Renee here with a post for your day! 

I decided I wanted to do a page using what was left of my Hey Mister Collection by My Mind's Eye. So as I'm strolling through the collection- I realized that the navy blue tone would look really good with the navy blue in the Cocoa Vanilla's Wild @ Heart. Why not mix them? 

My inspiration was the man lifting weights, I thought it would be so cute to use! I decided to use this picture of me from the gym- "working out..hard" clearly! Who doesn't enjoy a good gym mirror selfie?? Anyways!!  I love to cluster my embellishments so I took bits and pieces from both collections, trying to distribute them evenly throughout the page. The alphas are from Shimelle's Go Now Go Collection - the copper look to the letters worked with the foil bits in the Hey Mister. 

I love how that even though Hey Mister is a pretty masculine collection and Wild @ Heart is fairly feminine that together they worked so well!! I guess that means I should be mixing lines I wouldn't have more often! 

I included some close ups of my little clusters.

 Hope you enjoyed my page! I challenge you to try to use two lines together you never would have normally and see what comes of it! It'll probably be gorgeous! If not, you may need to go back to the Paper Issue's store and buy some more goodies!!  Remember to use the code RENEE to save yourself 20% on your purchase! A great excuse to buy more right?? 

xo. Renee 

Sunday, March 26, 2017

hello beautiful

Hello! Raechelle here sharing a new to me idea on a scrappy page. I generally don't use strips of patterned paper on my layouts, but I do love the look of them, so when I sat down to create this layout for today, I decided to step out of my comfort zone a bit. 

Since these photos of our two youngest daughters were in black and white, I decided that the gorgeous Wild at Heart collection from Cocoa Vanilla Studios would be perfect to add some soft details, as well as some pretty {bold} colors. 

The strips of patterned paper were layered to create cohesion, but also an opposite effect to balance the layout. 

I also decided to try adding some partial detail border work, and I think this helps draw the eyes to the photos. 

Some chipboard, a few wooden hearts and some stickers provided the perfect finishing details to keep this layout pretty simple. 

Everything but the button twine is the Wild at Heart collection from Cocoa Vanilla Studios. You can find it here in the Paper Issues Store. 
Don't forget to use the code Rae20 to save 20% off your entire purchase! There are new items rolling in so be sure to check them out! 

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Choose Crazy - Annelie Maddock

Hi everyone - Happy Saturday!!
Today I am sharing a page with ME in the photo... Yes! I am a huge advocate for being in FRONT of the camera, and scrapping those "about me" pages. When we are gone we need our families to learn about us and our little secrets too, right?

 For my page I have used the very colourful collection "Lovely Day" by Dear Lizzy/American Crafts. This is a collection I have used a LOT, it's just so wonderful with it's in your face colours and fabulous embellishments to go with it!!
I used one of the chipboard phrases for my title, and to be quite honest, it suits me to a "t"...
My left hand embellishment cluster is full of goodness; stickers, ephemera, wooden button, puffy stickers and more. I have also added some yellow mist splatters on my page. To me - my page is never really done without a bit of mist on it!
Well, there you have it. I hope this has reminded YOU to go and scrap about YOU!

Friday, March 24, 2017

Dolphin Play

Good Morning Friends!
Today, I'd like to share a layout I created for my monthly Paper Issues post using the brand spanking new collection from Crate Paper, Oasis. I'm really digging this collection as it's got a weekend getaway- Miami nights feel to it. It's kinda kitschy!

The photo I used for my layout is of my husband on our trip to the Riviera Maya in Mexico 2 years ago. Yes, I am that behind in scrapbooking photos. LOL! Actually, I don't scrapbook in chronological order, I scrapbook what I feel like depending on the day or challenge.

The background paper I used is the white and light aqua blue ledger looking type called Postcard. It was perfect! I matted my photo with the pale woodgrain that's included in this collection. I knew that when I opened the collection and looked through it, that the ombre pink and purple chipboard frame was something I needed to use first. And I did. It was the first thing I took outta this collection and based everything else around the use of it. I wasn't too concerned with using a feminine frame with a picture of my husband. I think it works well!

For my title, I decided to go stash busting and pull both alphas from my hoard vault. The mint green alpha are from OA and the Thickers are a fabulous wood grain that complimented the rest of the woodgrain in the collection. It's called Boardwalk.

The tags in the background were cut out from the vellum sheet in the collection. I just chose ones that worked well with the rest of the colours on my layout. To embellish, I used pieces from the Ephemera package, pieces from the chipboard sheet and finally some of the sticker accents. All of the pieces are so bright and colourful and I just adore this collection!

There's that frame! Swoon! ❤️

Finally to finish my layout, I used some gold spray mist for splatter and a bit of black as well. What would one of my layouts be with out the use of gold spray mist? LOL

Thank you for stopping by today! I appreciate you being here! Remember that if you're shopping in the Paper Issues Shop, to use code LINA for 20% off your entire order 😊

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Scraplifting Cassie!

Good morning, everyone!  Kat here today to share one of my recent layouts with you.

One of my favorite things about the papercrafting community is getting inspired by all the amazing crafters out there.  I'm always finding new, exciting techniques to try or layout designs to try out for myself.  When I saw an amazing layout by Paper Issues owner, Cassie, I knew immediately that I wanted to lift it.

Here is the layout that Cassie made for this month's mood board challenge:

And here is my lift of it: 

I used Bella Blvd's new Make You Mark collection.  I love all the bright, fun, hand-painted elements of the collection and I couldn't wait to use it to lift Cassie's awesome layout.

I encourage you to lift this layout, too...think of it as an "extra Scraplift Sunday"!  And share your creations with us...

Also, don't forget you can use code KAT20 or any of the other design team members' codes to save 20% off your entire store order!

Happy crafting!

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Product Spotlight: My Mind's Eye

The last release from My Mind's Eye was ahhhh-mazing. With 4 new lines: Hey Mister, Palm Beach, In Bloom and Meow in stock in the Paper Issues shop the Design Team couldn't wait to play with these new lines to inspire you to do the same!

I used the Hey Mister line; perfect for the men in your life, even the men with four legs! The bulldog prints in this line are the best! This line was made for my beast Jaxson and I couldn't wait to dig into all the coordinating embellishments for this line. The Puffy Stickers were my favorite!

Devra also showed the love to her four-legged-friend in this layout! Isn't it amazing the bond we have with animals? I love that Devra documented this moment. I love that die cut bulldog from the Mixed Bag Die Cuts.

Lisa designed this fantastic Father's Day card using elements from the sticker sheet and the Mixed Bag Die Cuts. How lucky is the recipient of this hand made card?

Rachel designed this fun hexagon themed layout using a variety of the patterned papers both in 12x12 and from the paper pad. I adore the gold foiled airplanes on the navy back ground of the Jet Set patterned paper.

Renee designed this fun layout using a FREE cut file from the Paper Issues shop. What a great photo to document! It's the everyday moments that are so special to look back on!

Lina used the Meow line for this non-cat themed layout! The versatile patterns in this line really work for a variety of themes, especially the black stripe and the polka dots! The smile on that child's face! If that doesn't make you happy I don't know what will!

Stacie played along with the Palm Beach line and OH MY GOD I cannot wait to use this line! Flamingos! I love Flamingos! This line is all kinds of pink tropical goodness and I adore the gold foil paired with the pink!

This fresh and fun layout designed by Kat with Palm Beach is all the goodness. The colors make me wish summer was here! Aren't those stripe boarders to die for? If you love that stripe you have to take a look at the A-side of this patterned paper - swoon!

Kelly finishes off today's spotlight with this gorgeous floral layout using the In Bloom line. Perfect for weddings, family formals, prom, and more! And doesn't Kelly clean up nice - she looks gorgeous for her brother's wedding!

Thank you for stopping by to take a look today! Don't forget to link up your projects using the new My Mind's Eye lines in this month's challenge album. We can't wait to see what you create!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

A K.I.S.S. layout (keep it simple stupid!)

Hey hey everyone, it's Cathy back with my March blog post!  So one of the things I try to do when I'm coming up with a blog post is to challenge myself with something new or different from my usual scrappy habits.  Well this time I was kind of drawing a blank.  I realized how many of those "perfect" pictures I still had stashed, just waiting for an amazing layout to be featured in.  I decided to stop being afraid to scrap them and use a tried and tested formula for creativity.  Keep It Simple Stupid or Keep it Scrapped Simple ;) When in doubt of what to do, try doing something familiar, something you know will work!  For me that was a grid design.  I don't do grid designs very often, but I really love seeing when others do them.  A grid design helps so much because you know where your pictures are going to go, all you have to do is embellish your squares! I also kept it simple by using primarily the same collection, that way everything looks cohesive and I don't have to worry too much!  So next time you're in a bit of a scrappy rut, why not give a simple grid design a try, and don't be afraid to scrap those "perfect" photos!


Monday, March 20, 2017

New Issue: Anything Goes Round 2

Welcome to Round 2 of our March issue, Anything Goes! Want to join in? Create a paper project based on the suggested ideas listed below, then post your project(s) in the Current Issue album in our {Friends & Fans} Facebook group.

The deadline for sharing your projects is April 2nd for a chance to win a gift certificate to the Paper Issues store.

The design team created these beautiful projects to share with you:

 Clockwise from top L: Raechelle, Annelie, Elodie, Kat, Amy, Pol, Cat, Devra

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

What is Anything Goes about? These are ideas to get you started, but feel free to think outside of the box and 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.
  • Create a paper project of your choosing — any theme at all. After all, anything goes. :)
  • Share a project about something that goes like a car, bicycle, boat, matchbox cars, toys on wheels, etc.
  • Make something about St. Patrick's Day.

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, March 19, 2017

Swag Bag Sunday

Join the Paper Issues Team as we highlight an amazing bag of bits, the Swag Bag!  Swag Bag Sunday is one of my favorite day of the month.
To grab a Swag Bag, go here to the PI Store.  They sell out fast, so hurry.  
They contain current samplings of all kinds of products along with little embellishments.  

Let us show you.  The only thing I added to my layout was the 12x12 sheet of paper and the two different Thicker letters.  I used the February Swag Bag.

Looks like most of us used the February Swag Bag.  Here Is Rachel O'Neal....

Lisa Swift has a  pretty card....

Cassie Box.....

Another by Amanda....

Elodie Lusseau made a card....

Remember to use coupon code: Mary-Ann for 20% off your order.  If you reach $60.00, shipping will be free!  Hope to see you participate in our Swag Bag Challenge over in the March Challenges on our PIFF Facebook page. You could win a prize!!