Monday, January 16, 2017

New Issue: Stash Busters Round 2

Welcome to round 2 of Stash Busters, our January issue! Are you having fun making a dent in your scrapbooking stash?

All monthly challenges take place in our {Friends & Fans} Facebook group. Each challenge has its own albumThe January challenge album is right here. Please post your issue related projects in the Current Issue album.

The deadline for adding your projects is February 5th for a chance to win a gift certificate to the Paper Issues store.

The design team did quite a bit a stash busting themselves. Aren't these projects beautiful?

Clockwise from top left: Tegan, Annelie, Raechelle, Cat, Ali, Pol, Renee, Kat

Note: Clicking on a design team member's name will take you to their blog where you can see their project in more detail. Feel free to leave them some love too. :)

What is Stash Busters about? Here are some 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.
  • It's a new year, so make a dent in your stash! What are you hoarding? Is it an old collection? Is there a paper you think is too pretty to cut into? Do you have embellishments you haven't even opened? Get to work creating a project that includes something you haven't used yet or finishes off a collection by using up the scraps.
  • Show us anything about your New Year's celebrations.
  • Scrap a photo of yourself.

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, January 15, 2017

Velcro or Glue?

Hey there! Devra here! Anyone out there a fan of puns? I am! Today I have a project featuring the  absolutely punny Pebbles My Funny Valentine collection. 

I love hearts. They make me happy. And really, is there a better way to show the love between a boy and his Mama? I think not.  I started with the FREE  Open Hearts Circles cut file. I filled in the hearts with both sides of the XOXO,  and Heart Fest  papers. I used the Scattered Hearts  paper under my photo. 

See that piece of ephemera there in the title? That is the whole reason I bought the ephemera pack and these papers. Yep. That's right. My kiddo is the complete definition of a Mama's boy. I say he's attached to me with velcro almost daily. But holy cow. When I saw the 'I love you' and 'I love you more' I was giddy. 

What's a page about love with out sparkly, shiny, glittery, hearts? I tell you these glitter hearts finished off the page nicely for me. Truly, one can never have to many glitter hearts. 

Now that I've spilled my heart out (get it), go get some of this Pebbles My Funny Valentine collection using the code DEVRA fro save 20% on your order. Then join our Product Spotlight challenge in the Paper Issues Friends and Fans Facebook group. We love to see what you create!

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Cut It Up January

We hope you are having a great beginning to 2017!  Whether you are starting off your 2017 album or wrapping up 2016, this cut file can get your pages or projects started!  Get out your Cameo or other cutting machines and join us in all of the creative ways to use any of these cut file images on your projects.  Be sure to go to the Paper Issues store to grab the free download of the January cut files and play along with us this month!

It's Stacie here and I am so excited to show you all that the design team has cut up and created with these free Paper Issues cut files.  To kick it off, I wanted to document our family photo shoot from October.  Hazelwood Gingham made a perfect patterned and floral base to pop up the cut file year frame for our photo.  The floral stickers and paper pieces were a fun way to layer under the the cut file.  

Check out all of the design team inspiration and creative ways to use the January cut file.


Amanda used the snowflake image multiple times for her background along with Crate Paper Snow and Cocoa along with Maggie Holmes Gather.  It is stunning winter bliss!  I love the winter color scheme and layers of fun details.  The wood veneer title is perfect for her beautiful snowy creation!
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Rachel used the 2016 to document a year in review page about herself.  I love this idea and way of documenting all that you are thankful for! Look at all of the gorgeous 1Canoe2's Hazelwood! The gold Thickers are mint colored foam below and they are so eye catching on this project! Such a beautiful grid of Hazelwood pretties!
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Annelie documented this awesome kick off to 2017 and her family photo looks epic for sure!  Love those faces!  These Cocoa Vanilla Studios Totally Rad layers and details just add so much to the fun feel. The bold black cut file pops against the white!

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Pol wows us with the gorgeous Hazelwood collection by 1canoe2.  I love her use of the floral paper all fussy cut to layer with the 2017 cut file and her sweet family photo. Those foam Thickers are some all time faves and go so perfectly with a new year layout!

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Ali made this spectacular, festive night sky with pretty hand stitching and her mega sized 2017 with her New Year's Eve journaling is a perfect way to document the holiday!  Fancy Pants Joy Parade was an amazing match for this festive layout!

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Michelle totally rocked the New Year's vibe with this amazing design using papers from Simple Stories Happy New Year mini-collection,  The banner detail, the stitching, and her beautiful daughter make this one pop with colorful happiness!

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Amy wrote about her New Year's Eve surprise finding her sweetest lil' guy being a night owl! This layout is perfection in showcasing the amazing PI Swag Bag for December (swooning over those sequins & gold paper clip bow!!).  I love how she cut the 2017 in gorgeous gold foil paper and added the gold stitching!  It looks so festive and perfect!

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Cat has this colorful stunner to welcome in the new year! The background is a total party and it is so much fun!  The layers are fantastic and how cute is her snap with the Hello Kitty filter!  I love her combination of several collections.  Big heart eyes for this paper bliss!

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Devra is wrapping up 2016 with this year in review and it is ahhhhh-mazing!  How cool is the mini grid of newsworthy events in her family this past year?! Her title says it all! Big love for all of the Bella Blvd Oh My Stars  and more that she was able to use together for this!

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We hope you are inspired and ready to dust off your cutting machine to try out a new technique or idea using cut files!  You have until February 5th to play along with the New Year's cut files or any of the free Paper Issues cut files that are posted in the Paper Issues store.  Please post your creative project in the challenge album for Cut It Up in our Facebook group.  We can't wait to see what you make with your cutting machines!

Friday, January 13, 2017

Fan Feature Friday: Stash Busters #1

Would you like to have your Stash Busters project featured? Be sure to share your projects in the Current Issue album in our {Friends & Fans} Facebook group.

1. Jessica aced the stash busting by using a number of items she's had for a while like, "OA paper, Echo Park paper and stickers, and WRMK rub ons (these are quite old!)"

2. Brenda created her super sweet page with a collection she loved — Simple Stories Vintage Bliss. She "bought the whole collection kit when it came out...(and still has) a few sheets of paper and lots of embellishments to use up, so (she) used some on this page."

3. April loves "a scrappy challenge and mixing and matching" and she did a beautiful job of it on her pretty, pretty layout!

4. Kira busted her stash so she could scrap a page about her celebrity crush. So many amazing details on here!

5. This is Nichole's first Paper Issues challenge and I'm so glad she jumped right in! She "stash-busted...old Gossamer Blue paper, ...die-cuts from a Maggie Holmes collection and ...tiny MME letter stickers. I had so much fun breaking out older supplies, I made a kit out of them..."

6. Shannon broke into some October Afternoon chipboard she's been hoarding for at least four years. Didn't she use it beautifully?

Thank you all for playing along with us! Be sure to grab the "featured by" button below to showcase on your blog.

I'll be back in two weeks with features from Round 2 of Stash Busters. :) See you then!

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Pawsitively Pets!

Hello!  Melissa here with another Pawsitively Pets challenge for a chance to win a gift certificate to the Store!  This month is easy - I'm calling it 3 or More - create a layout using 3 or more papers (patterned paper and/or cardstock), 3 or more embellishments, and 3 or accents like enamel dots, puffy stickers or what have you.  Anything else you want to add is fine, too, as long as it's new for the challenge!

Post your layouts in the Facebook Challenge Album to be entered for a chance to win.

I (Melissa) used Fancy Pants' new collection, Joy Parade for this layout of Sara and Sadie.  Use code "Melissa" for 20% off your total purchase!  We've had Sadie since Sara was in fifth grade and she's now a junior in college :)

Amanda has this adorable layout of the sweet, cuddly animal in her son's life!  Isn't he such a cutie!?  Love how she used this Cool Kid collection!  Thanks Amanda!

Annelie made this fantastically beautiful layout using Cocoa Vanilla Studios.  So beautiful!  Lovely layering and I love the sweet photo!

What a gorgeous page by Design Team member Becky!  That puppy is so cozy!  I love this gorgeous page with the mix of pretty paper.  Love.

I love this dreamy layout by Cat Martin.  Love the lovely shades of blue/green and that sweet bunny memory she captured.  Perfect layout, Cat!

Lovely Elodie used Fancy Pants Golden Days collection for this gorgeous layout. I love it!  So serene and beautiful.  Love how her baby girl is so bundled walking her Frenchie!

Kat Benjamin gave us this colorful, fun layout of her handsome dog Moose!  Love all the color here and Moose's pose!  

Isn't this photo priceless and adorable!  Kelly captured a new puppy for Christmas and a happy little boy!  Doodlebug's collection was just perfect for this photo, too! Thanks Kelly!

Lisa created this awesome layout of her napping kitty - aww!  Love love these colors together so much!  There's always so much scrappy goodness to see on Lisa's layouts!

Isn't this fun layout by Pol Prince just fabulously fun!?  How creative she is!  Can you see her stitching around the edges?  Super!  Thanks Pol!

Look at this sweet face!  Oh, my gosh!  I want to pet Tegan's cute dog and then scraplift her fun page!  It's so colorful and happy!  Love it!

Mary-Ann gave us this fabulous layout of her sweet Frenchie!  Isn't this fun!  Love the colorful grid pattern with all the fun goodies :)

Thanks so much for stopping by the blog!  Check out the new collections in the shop here:  New in the Store - save 20% off your total purchase by using code "Melissa" at check out!

Have a great rest of your week!


Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Product Spotlight: Pebbles My Funny Valentine

Hello ladies! Today the Paper Issues Design Team is putting the spotlight on the My Funny Valentine collection from Pebbles.

I tend to use Valentine's Day collections for everything other than Valentine's Day photos, because, why not?! I primarily use Valentine's Day collections for photos of my dogs - because I love them the most - ask my husband! And yes, that is her tongue. I just love this little nugget!

I love this layout from Cassie - pink, pink and more pink and it couldn't be more right! Such a perfect photo for these Valentine patterned papers. And don't even get me started on that twine heart...

I adore this Valentine card holder from Kristie! What a great project that you could do together with the kids to get ready for those upcoming Valentine's Day parties! I always loved getting all those cute little Valentine cards at school. I should make people at work give me Valentines!


 Also from Kristie is this non-love-inspired layout. There couldn't be more perfect patterned paper for strawberry picking photos! Her little one is so proud!

 Rachel used the FREE Love Script Heart cutfile from the Paper Issues shop! That pizza die cut is cracking me up! I really love that Rachel is also using this collection for non-Valentine pages!

Stacie also played along and isn't her title fabulous? Those Heart Thickers are seriously a must have for your stash! They are so amazing! Ahhh-mazing! I love that Stacvy is totally poking fun at her husband's (lack of) photography skills with this page. Too cute!

Thank you for stopping by to take a peek! Don't forget to link up your projects using the My Funny Valentine collections in this month's challenge album in the Paper Issues {Friends & Fans} Facebook group!