Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Take 5 Challenge - August Features!

It's time for the August Take 5 Tuesday Challenge features, here's some of the projects that were posted in the Paper Issues {friends & fans} facebook group that caught our eye!

Meaghen Calder shared this amazing layout and said this was the first time she had scrapped in almost a year! She used the color turquoise, diagonal design, title journaling, and thread. We're so happy you're scrapping again, Meaghen!

 Look at this darling pocket page layout by Kristie Van Ham! She uses the colors green and turquoise, chipboard, sticker, and a diagonal design along with the sweet photos of her family.

Brenshevia Baker wowed us with this beautiful layout! This was her first time playing along with the Take 5 Tuesday Challenge, she used the color turquoise, 3 squares, flower, a lace doily and a title. Thanks so much for playing along Brenshevia!

And one last project to inspire you! This one is by Michele Fish, she used the colors green and turquoise, journaling, cardstock and title along with that fantastic golf bag that she colored, and the cute golf ball in place of the "O" in her title.

Thank you to everyone that has played along with our Take 5 Tuesday Challenge this month! We always love seeing what fantastic things you all come up with!  Remember you have until September 5th to submit your Take 5 project here in our August Challenge Album in our Paper Issues {friends & fans} facebook group, you could win a gift certificate to the Paper Issues store!!!

**Use code: Mary Ann in the Paper Issues store for 20% off your order!!**

Monday, August 22, 2016

Hello Lovely Ladies!

Good day everyone! I had so much fun working with the We R Memory Keepers Urban Chic collection, I couldn't wait to share my latest layout! I am absolutely in love with this teal floral patterned paper! I love that the collection also includes purple for a change. This collection is just perfect for documenting days or nights out with your sisters or girlfriends! And of course, you can find it in the Paper Issues store right here!

I can not get over the mascara wand that is included in the ephemera pack! It was the perfect embellishment for documenting our day out. And the die cut picture frames are great for layering!

I quickly made this title by using the "hello" and "lovely" die cut ephemera pieces and the cool coordinating alpha stickers!

I had so much fun layering all of the girly ephemera pieces and stickers! Seriously, how fun is that lipstick ephemera piece?!?!

Thanks so much for joining me today! And remember, the We R Memory Keepers Urban Chic collection is available in the Paper Issues online store. So be sure to check it out! And, you can save 20% off your entire purchase when you use the code Tegan!!!

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Girl's Night Mini Album

Hello scrappers, this is Rachel Kleinman joining everyone today! This is a bittersweet post for me here at Paper Issues as it's my last project as a member of the PI Design Team (for now)! I decided to make a mini album about a recent slumber party I had with the cutest 4 year old on the planet. And she happens to be the daughter of a fellow PI team member, Jen Chesnick! I just love how this hobby brings people together, whether it's online or in real life :)

I put together this accordion mini album using almost exclusively goodies from Photo Play Fun with Friends collection. The fun papers and cute sticker sheets were perfect for scrapping my sleepover :)

Here are views of the full accordion opened up, both front and back.

Me, Parker, and Jen... love these ladies!

Yes, I copied a 4 year old and bought the same shoes as her... no shame in my game! Along with stickers from Photo Play I also included some word phrases from Simple Stories Sunshine and Happiness.

We may have shared a meal at Chili's. And taken bathroom selfies. How great are the french fry stickers?!

We ended the night watching the Rio opening ceremonies on a giant air mattress in the living room. Perfect sleep over with my girls!

You can still use my super special code RWKRAFTS for 20% off everything you buy at Paper Issues! Thank you fabulous PI team for making the past 8 months enjoyable and memorable!

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Get Your Splatter On

I do love to get messy with my pages. Having been a digital scrapper at one point, the best thing for me about scrapping is the ability to play with so many different mediums and really have fun creating. Making splatters is a lot of fun for me and I like to add them in LOs to show movement, bring in some bold colors, add depth, or just because I want to have fun getting messy at the time. It really is such a release for me and I hope that you take the plunge and have some fun with paint as well. It really isn't that overwhelming and remember you are usually your own worst critic so shut that nagging voice up with some loud music.

My supply list is pretty short, you honestly don't need a whole lot to get started with different mediums and most of this can be found in your local craft shop with the use of coupons!

I chose my background paper that I wanted to work with. If you just want to try things out and have some fun with paint first before committing to any of your pretty paper stash I would suggest you grab a water color pad. I have a large one which I sometimes cut down and use for backgrounds on my LOs. I also have a flat brush there to spread my gesso on my paper. If you aren't committing to your pretty paper and are using a prepped pad you want need either of those items.  I bought some cheap water colors at Michaels and used a coupon you don't have to get expensive. 

For prepping my paper I put on some gesso, I do like Martha Stewart's brand for this type of messy play because it is thin and spreads a whole lot easier then some of the thicker gesso which I use for stencils. I put a bit too much on there, but getting messy is forgiving. When I had the area covered that I wanted I simply grabbed a paper towel and wiped some off.

I mixed my paint choices, blue + white and red + white, to match the colors in  Cocoa Vanillas Love Always collection. Since I wanted to get a bit brighter then the collections muted tones I mixed until I got it the way I wanted. I then added water to my mix because I want this to flow when I blow it with my straw. 

I started with the blue color and added a generous helping of my paint mix. I get my straw and start blowing the paint into the direction that I want. I did record a bit of my blowing through a straw :) but I also add water when I want to in order to get the paint flowing as you see. 


 You can change the flow of the splatter with the straw and/or turning the paper. Add water as you go if needed and you can always add more paint as you go as well. This takes a bit of practice to get it as you like it. But always remember imperfection is the best perfection when it comes to mixed media.

If you are as impatient as I am to wait for paint to dry you can use a heating tool if you have one or a small hairdryer that doesn't blow a lot of air. If you don't have either, depending on what you are doing wait for your paint to dry so its good to think of this if you need to prep your background then want to do something else for a bit because drying time varies. 

This is when I had three colors, I added another pink after this. I realized that it was a bit more intense as far as color went then I intended to go. So I continued after this to add some white ink with a stencil to kind of soften the blow. After adding tissue, and paper, and layers and so many bits and bobs from the Love Always collection I finished with the final LO.

 So as you see starting with the splatters it gave some pop to the LO and really brought focus to the picture. Its a whole lot of fun to get messy and I encourage you to give it a try. Paper Issues has a mix it up Monday challenge every month where you can enjoy a bit more creative play with your LOs. This month is an anything goes so I would really love to see some of you get your splatter on your pages for the Challenger.

Friday, August 19, 2016


Happy Friday everyone!! Who has big plans for the weekend?  I'm hoping there is scrapping some where in mine!  
Today I get to share a new layout I created with Crate Paper Cool Kid.  This line is so much fun! The colors, the patterns, the embellishments...it's all so good!  I have been wanting to scrap this picture of my son for a long time.  He's going to be 17 and this is from his 13th birthday!  Finally used it!

That striped paper is my favorite!  I mixed some Dear Lizzy by using the "today" in the title (love that font) and the little hearts. Of course I had to throw some enamel dots around the page. Can't do a page without enamel dots!!  
If you are looking for papers to scrap those boy pages...or girls, make sure you grab Cool Kid by Crate Paper in the Paper Issues Store!!  
Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!!

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Doodlebug Fun!

Hi there!  I fell in love with the new Doodlebug Designs lines as soon as I saw them... and since I do have a pretty kitty, getting my hands on Smitten Kitten was a given.  And even if you don't have a cat, the papers could really work for a lot of layouts.  The patterns are cute and fun, the colors are bright and cheerful.  Heck, I even kept a lot of the pinks in the layout because we call my cat Jonas a pretty boy all of the time.

And for a bit more fun, next I played around with the Fun in the Sun collection!  Again, vibrant colors and fantastic embellishments to match make this an amazing line to use for your summer photos!!

We'd love to see what you create with these lines and all of the other new goodies that Cassie has loaded into the shop!!  Remember to use the code 'Chelsea' for 20% off of your entire purchase!

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Product Spotlight: Fancy Pants

Hey everyone, today we have a new Product Spotlight using any Fancy Pants collection (we couldn't choose just one).  lol  I used the Life is Beautiful collection for my LO.  I absolutely adore the colors in this collection!

Chelsea also used Life is Beautiful.  This LO has such a beautiful design!

Kelly used the Millie and June collection brilliantly as wrapping paper and DIY bows!

Ann used the Life is Beautiful collection and made this very pretty and feminine LO!

Lisa used the Good Fellows collection.  How cute is that sweet little face?

Becky used the Life is Beautiful collection.  Everything about this is perfect.  The colors, the photos, the title!!

You can get 20% off your order with the code michelle.  Happy shopping!

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Twofer Tuesday: Dear Lizzy, Saturday

Hello! It's Becky here today with this month's Twofer Tuesday Challenge!

I am working on scraping the photos from my daughter's trip to Australia and the new Dear Lizzy line, Saturday, has the perfect summer travel themed papers and embellishments!

This line has a lot of fun patterns in muted tones that work well for "summer" vacation photos even though June in Australia is technically winter! Hot pink and orange beach lines weren't going to cut it for these photos! I was so happy to see that the tones in Dear Lizzy's line were perfect for a "cooler" summer destination!

The puffy stickers from this line are itty bitty and I love them! Itty bitty things make me so happy -- it can't be explained!

I also LOVED the (fat) mini clothes pin embellishments from this line but I was a bit concerned about the bulk they were going to add to my page until genius struck! I took the clothes pins apart and just used one side in order to make it look like I was "pinning" my giant tags to my page!

This made their bulk so much more manageable!

The thicker title Chipboard phrases from this line are on point! I absolutely love that they are multi-color!

Also used for this layout:

Thank you so much for taking a look today! I hope that you will play along with this month's Twofer Tuesday challenge in the Paper Issues {Friends & Fans} Facebook group! You can check out all of August's challenges right HERE! You have until September 5th to play along for the chance to win one of two Paper Issues gift cards!

Monday, August 15, 2016

New Issue: Let's Go for the Gold Round 2

Welcome to round 2 of our August issue, Let's Go for the Gold! 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. August's challenge album is right here. Please post your issue related projects in the Current Issue album.

The deadline for adding your projects is September 5th
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 amazing projects created by the design team.

Clockwise from top left: Michelle, Chelsea, AnnMary Ann
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 Let's Go for the Gold 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.
  • Share your projects about travel, cruises, day trips, etc.
  • Use a world globe, stop sign or stop light as an embellishment and/or use gold, silver or bronze on your project.
  • Tell us about your favorite Olympic athlete or sport.
  • Show us projects about achievements, medals and accomplishments.
  • Download the free August printable, Take Me to the Movies, 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, August 14, 2016

Wild Heart + Pinspire Me

Hello!  Melissa here with a layout inspired by the Pinspire Me mood board this month.  I was drawn to the soft colors and, specifically, the yellow.  I used the new Take Me Away by Pink Paislee in the Store.  Here are a couple of close-up shots.

I used bits from my stash like a transparency frame and a bit of polka-dot paper and labels to layer under the picture.

We would love to see your take on the mood board.  You can see the mood board in our Friends and Fans Group and post your layout there for a chance at a gift certificate to the store.

There are lots of new collections in the store! Use code 'Melissa' to save 20% off your total purchase.  Click Here to see what's new in the store.