Saturday, April 18, 2015

Sketchy Saturday Winner!

We have a winner for our April Sketch Challenge!

Grace Tolman! I was immediately drawn to this bright, fun layout using American Crafts ruffled yellow paper. I also love all the layering she's done under the photo and the addition of the butterflies. It's perfect!

Grace, you have won a $10 giftcard to Paper Issues! Please email me at chapinjennifer at yahoo dot com to claim your prize.

Thanks to everyone who played along!

Friday, April 17, 2015

Fan Feature Friday: Prints Charming's Beautiful Papers #1

This week's Fan Feature Friday showcases projects from the first week of Prints Charming's Beautiful Papers, sponsored by Scrapbook Circle. Every Friday, we showcase projects linked to our current issue, so be sure to share your projects for a chance to be featured.

Which projects did Prints Charming have his eye on this week?

1. It's not often you see a two-pager, so Janice's sweet layout about her kitty definitely stood out. The design is purr-fect!

2. Chelsea really worked the beautiful papers from last May's Scrapbook Circle kit. Fantastic work with the word strip paper, Chelsea!

3. Wendy says she linked up this cheerful card because "these bees be stamps, which is also prints." That's right! One of the suggested link ups for the "prints" part of the theme is to show us your stamping skills.

4. Debbie also contributed a stamped card, complete with a pair of sweet love birds sitting on a branch.

5. Grace not only used some adorable princess stamps on her layout, but a great mix of patterned papers too! Even the title work is fit for a princess. :)

6. Juliee really worked the patterned paper, using strips and layering, on this fun and vibrant page!

Thank you all for sharing your beautiful work with us! Be sure to grab the "my project was featured" button from the sidebar to showcase on your blog.

Check back next Friday for another edition of Fan Feature Friday! We'll be featuring projects linked up during the second week of Prints Charming's Beautiful Papers.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Card Double Feature

Hi everyone!

I have a couple of cards to share with you today that showcase a collection I've gotten quite attached to. You know how it goes... You can't stop using it but, you don't want it to ever run out either.

Such is the case with the Cienna collection by Elle's Studio. Gah... I really love it! And it's fun to pair up with other things in my stash like the enamel dots by Bella Blvd. LOVE. THEM. I wanted to replicate a fun trend I've been seeing with dots everywhere.

The following card utilizes a fun way to use up scraps. I love how the muted colors and patterns from the Cienna collection work so well for something like this. Lots of pattern but not overwhelming. 

Swing by the Paper Issues shop and grab yourself some of this loveliness! Use the code below to save 20% off your entire order!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Product Spotlight *Elle's Studio - Cienna*

Elle's Studio Cienna has a fabulous blend of soft & bold, graphic & neutral designs. A few members of the Paper Issues Designs Team did an outstanding job showcasing just how easy it is to work with this great new collection.

Kathleen did a fabulous job combining two distinct patterns to create a fun background for this layout capturing the equally fun moment for her daughter and friends.
The bits and pieces of the collection are perfect little embellishments for this layout.

Jen Boumis whipped this layout up in record time.  So easy to do when every piece coordinates so perfectly.
I just love the way she used the "hello" stamp to create a focal point for her layout drawing your eye toward the center of the page, working its way out to take in all the little details.

Meaghan created this stunning clean and simple layout letting her little details trickle down the page. 
If you you are still hoarding these gorgeous wood veneer pieces from the collection, it's time to pull them out and get them on a page, they are the perfect little accent, in groups or sprinkled throughout, like on this sweet layout.

Devra did a lovely job of using one of the patterned papers fully as her background.
I just love the way she mixed and matched several elements of the collection on one page.  I am a big fan of multiple embellies, the more the merrier I say!

Alex is a layering Master and shows us exactly why with this beauty.
What a great way to make the most of this sheet of 2x3 cards.  Notice the way she is able to ground her photo and keep it the center of attention, even with so many fun and playful patterns on one page.  Told you, master of layering. 

There are plenty of items from the Elle's Studio Cienna collection available right here in the Paper Issues shop.  We would love to see how you are using Cienna.  Be sure to link us up so we can leave you some love.  You can find us on Instagram, use #paperissues and we'll be sure to find you.

Happy Scrapping friends!

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Winner: Eggs-cellent Add-ventures

Our fun-filled, spring-themed Eggs-cellent Add-ventures issue has come to an end so let's find out who won the $20 gift certificate to the 17turtles store. 

Congratulations to Mru! Mru shared this festive, altered pot filled with eggs she created with metal dies. I think it would be great as a centerpiece or as home decor.

Thank you so much sharing your project with us, Mru! Please send your full name and mailing address to within the next 48 hours and we will get your prize right out to you. If we don't hear from you, unfortunately we'll have to choose another winner so don't miss out! :)

new issue started yesterday, called Prints Charming's Beautiful PapersLink your projects AND link back to Paper Issues, for a chance to win Scrapbook Circle's March Main Kit.

Dude... Awesome!

Hey Gang! Heather here to bring you a little snarky inspiration. Do you have a kid, co worker, significant other who may need or.... like a little extra encouragement at time? We all do right? Well check out the Dude Sentiments set to get you going in the right direction. I wanted to make a stash of little 1 1/2" x 1 1/2" squares to be able to pull out to say "Hey,  job well done" or "Dude,  sweet". Sometimes a piece of paper really shows your gratitude. 

So I took some time. Punched out a bunch of stitched squares with the Large Stitched Square Stackables Metal Dies by Lawn Fawn and then got busy stamping. 

I tried to mix up a few of the sentiments and get a nice variety to pass around and spread some cheer. I ended up cutting some of the stamps! Gasp, I know. but guess what. they can remount if you want them to be together. But if you split them apart, you can mix and match sentiments and get a bit more variety. I found that if I stretched them just a touch before cutting, I would be extra careful not to snip any of the edges of the words. 

I ended with an arsenal of 15 and can't wait for the perfect occasion to share one with someone I love (and I know shares my sense of humor). Plus that cute little heart is sure to let the recipient know you care. Here is a peek at the fronts and backs. 

I hope this will inspire you to make a few cards for some loved ones that could use some extra encouragement. If you'd like to pick up some goodies used here, head over to the Paper Issues store and save yourself 20% off with coupon code: TALKTOHEATHER Wow, how about that <3 

Monday, April 13, 2015

New Issue: Prints Charming's Beautiful Papers with Scrapbook Circle

Welcome to our new issue Prints Charming's Beautiful Papers, sponsored by Scrapbook Circle kit club.

By linking up and linking back to the Paper Issues blog, you're playing along for a chance to win Scrapbook Circle's March Main Kit.

Before we get to the details of this issue, let's take a look at what our design team created with product sent to them by Scrapbook Circle.

Row 1: Dona, SherriChristine
Row 2: AnitaJen Boumis, Leah

Note: Clicking on each design team members' name will take you to their blog where you can see their project in more detail.

Here are some ideas for what could you link up to Prints Charming's Beautiful Papers. These ideas are just to get you started. Take them in any direction you'd like. Thinking outside of the box is always welcome. You do NOT have to use our sponsor's product if it's not something you have on hand. 
  • First and foremost, use your favorite patterned papers, especially the ones you've been hoarding. Go ahead, cut into them, so you can showcase them and enjoy the fact that you've documented a memory.
  • Add charms (remember those?) as an embellishment.
  • Use papers with prints of all kinds, whether they be geometric, floral, text, etc.
  • Document those Disney trips, especially photos of Cinderella's beautiful castle.
  • Cinderella's not the only one with a castle. You'll find them all over the world. Have you visited one?
  • Add stamping to your project, that's one way to create a print.
  • How about some pet projects? Show us your fur babies, favorite animal and maybe even add in a paw print.
  • Kids love to dress up so show us those adorable prince and princess photos.
  • Download April's free printable file, All About That Base/Queen of Reality, from the Paper Issues store and use one or more on your project.
  • Use Scrapbook Circle's kits.
Here's what you need to do to be eligible to win Scrapbook Circle's beautiful March Main Kit:

1. Link up as many projects as you'd like. They can be new OR old.

2. LINK BACK to Paper Issues between now and April 26th.

So get to work and start linking up because your project may be shared on the Paper Issues Facebook pageInstagramPinterest and/or right here on the Paper Issues blog during one of our Fan Feature Friday posts (plus you don't want to miss out on the chance to win a great prize, do you?)

Here are the links to Scrapbook Circle's product and social media sites. Please stop by and say hi. Be sure to tell them Paper Issues sent you.