Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Printable Perfection

Hello PI friends, it's Danielle here today with Printable Perfection. This is the set of printables we have for you this month and you can grab them for FREE overhere in the store.

My friend and travel buddy is totally addicted to tacos, he wants to make a stop at every Taco Bell we see. That's why I got him the shirt he is wearing in the picture and forced him to wear it during a Taco Bell visit. I used the Simple Stories Life in Color collection and of course the taco printable.




Rachel made this gorgeous layout with the ice cream printable. This one doesn't only scream for ice cream, but for Summer too. Love all the little Summer bits and pieces.

Mary-Ann went for the taco printable, but covered the tacos in the image with the taco PaperPOP, it's so fabulous! She used a paper from Carta Bella Beach Day and a Swag Bag.

Chelsea had the perfect picture to use with the ice cream printable. I love all the soft colors of Crate Paper's Little You collection along with the ice cream theme.

It's your turn, go grab the printable overhere and link up your projects overhere in our challenge album. You might be a lucky winner!!

Thank you for stopping by and have a great day!


Monday, May 23, 2016

Just Breathe

Hey everyone, Michelle here today with a new LO featuring a huge mixture of Crate Paper products.

I think I may have used items from 5-6 different Crate collections on this LO.  As I was digging through my stash trying to find the "perfect" paper for my photo I realized that everything was just too bright for this photo until I opened up my container with my Crate collections.  It seemed like everything I took out matched perfectly so I started pulling random papers and embellishments from different collection.  Here is what I ended up with:




Make sure to check the Paper Issues store so you don't miss out.  It is constantly being updated with new products!!  Use code michelle for 20% off your order!


Sunday, May 22, 2016

..:: mix it up may features ::..


..:: the features ::..

You all did it again!  I completely love the projects that have been uploaded for this challenge so far! Let's take a look at a few of them!


Carolyn Fraser-Johnson used her machine to stitch around and through elements on this layout -- she even used the Paper Issues tissue paper that her haul from the store arrived in!


 Janessa Franco stitched a circle through her layout to hold her photos and journaling.  I love how she got messy with it, too!


I love Stacie Dietz's use of the free cut file! She also did some painting and added a bunch of stitching to highlight the flowers and to frame her photo.

Heather Shank layout is Totally Rad, dontcha think? I love those geers, splatters and the stitching!


Thank you for sharing your projects with us! You still have time to play with us this month and share your page in the May Challenge Album in the Paper Issues {Friends & Fans} Facebook group! You have until midnight, June 5th to upload your project and be eligible for a gift card to the Paper Issues Store

There are so many new items available in the Paper Issues Store. Grab what you need and use the code 'orangegearle' for 20% off your purchase!

Saturday, May 21, 2016

This Guy!

Good morning all! Tegan here.Who, like me, loves a great GUY collection?!?!? Don't get me wrong... I LOVE all those girlie lines out there. But Photo Play's This Guy collection is so different, yet so manly and hip all at the same time! Can you tell that I am in awe of this new collection? I was thrilled when my dad asked me to photograph him with his old car. I couldn't wait to use the This Guy collection with the photos! And, of course, This Guy is available in the Paper Issues store!! And use code Tegan to get 20% off your entire store purchase!!

I used one of the fun 4x6 cards as a layering piece. I love the "rust" color of the card. It matches the actual rust from the car perfectly, wouldn't you say? The light bulb banner is my favorite element from the coordinating sticker sheet! The black tag that I adhered my journaling to is a small tag from the Fancy Pants Atwell collection.

The patterned papers in this collection are great- fun and fabulous, but still manly! I even added a navy blue mini paper clip bow from Bella Blvd.

I actually really like the addition of the gold that I added to this collection. I think it adds just a little pizzazz without getting too feminine. 

Thanks so much for joining me today! I hope I have inspired you to document the man in your life using the fabulous new This Guy collection from Photo Play! And, remember, it is available in the Paper Issues store and you can get 20% off your entire purchase with the code Tegan! How fun is that!!?!? 









Friday, May 20, 2016

Love You

Happy Friday!!  Dani here today to share my most recent layout.  I hope by sharing this, it will free up moms from feeling that every boy creation has to be so masculine.  I think its important to show equally our personality and feelings, as well as our boys.  Here are a few close ups of my layout..featuring me & my oldest son, Anthony:



I do realize some boys might wonder why there are flowers & pink on their pages???  I promise you with time, they will grow to love them.  At least, in my case, they did!  As my boys got older, they encouraged me to make layouts that made me happy...even if it meant adding butterflies & hearts!! :)


I used several different lines on this layout.  Here are just a few...Simple Stories, Carpe Diem, Bella Blvd Illustrated Faith, She Blooms, & Maggie Holmes, Bloom.  I used my computer to type up the journaling and then cut it into strips.  Here's a look at my completed page:


I'm hoping you enjoyed my layout & will give it a try yourself!  If you would like to purchase any of these products, you can find them here at Paper Issues Store today...don't forget to use my code! 

Thursday, May 19, 2016

1 Cut File - 3 Ways

Welcome back scrappers! This is Rachel Kleinman here to share 3 unique ways to use 1 {free} cut file! I had a lot of fun finding ways to use up every single little bit of that cut paper!


free paper issues cut file

The "Embrace Life" was my first layout using the cut file in the most traditional way... as a cool background pattern. I paired it with a whole-lotta Fancy Free embellishments and papers.. I love the bright colors in every bit of that collection. The photo is of my husband and I at The National Aquarium in Baltimore :) {daaaawwww}


Next I used some of the triangles that were cut out of the file. Since the 12x12 papers are double sided, I was able to use the reverse side of the triangles to get a completely different look!


I glued several columns of triangles, all in different lengths, then sewed them down the middle. I loved the background so much that I really struggled with the rest... but I kept it very simple and I'm happy with the outcome! I used Fancy Free papers and Crate Paper Hello Love embellishments.


For my final layout I pulled out my favorite mixed media products and got messy!


I actually recreated the cut file but using my original cut cardstock as a template for gluing the triangles in the right place...


One by one, I took the triangles off the Silhouette mat and glued them onto my cardstock. Then I covered the entire cardstock in gesso, let it dry, and then colored it with red, pink, and yellow Gelatos.


I love the texture from the triangles... it almost makes the cardstock look embossed!

Thanks for joining me today! You can download the free file HERE and create your own original way to use it on your next layout! Have fun!

Of course you can always use code RWKRAFTS to save 20% off your entire order at Paper Issues!









Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Product Spotlight: Illustrated Faith She Blooms



Hey everyone, we have a new Product Spotlight today using the She Blooms collection from Illustrated Faith. As you will see from the LO's the team created, this collection is very versatile.

I knew I wanted to use the pretty watercolor flowers on my LO so I used it to back my cut file.  I love that it has so many different colors!  I had this pretty photo of my daughter spinning and it was just perfect for this collection!



Cassie used mostly B&W with some yellow to accentuate those yummy peaches!   I love how she adds her title on the side!



Chelsea has this fun multi photo LO!  The distressed edges look fabulous!



Kelly also used some pretty watercolor flowers on her LO!  I like how this LO has a tropical feel to it!



Amy's LO's is so beautiful!  I love the stitching she added on the circles!  She also used one of the free cut files in the Paper Issues store!



Dannielle made this pretty LO!  I love all the bits and pieces she added!



Mary-Ann has this stunning LO!  The B&W really pops with all these pretty colors!



Orange has amazing mixed media skills.  This LO is absolutely gorgeous!



You can get this collection in the Paper Issues store!  Get 20% off with the code michelle!


Tuesday, May 17, 2016

All About Straws

When I first saw the wood grain straw that Cassie put in the April swag bag I knew I had to have it. One of my (many) new obsessions is straws, I simply can't get enough. And some ask well Ann what in the world do you do with straws in a LO? Well let me tell you there are plenty of things to do with straws, don't be intimidated folks grab your straw and use it. It layers up wonderfully, you can use it for flags, you can give your page easy dimension, you can stick those straws anywhere to create balance or height, and even use them for products off the page.


As you can see in this LO with the swag bag I cut my straw and used it to help balance out the grouping at the bottom of the page.  I liked the look of the straw cut and helping to balance out the bottom. 


This was a page I did for one of PIs mixed media challenges using the Totally Rad collection by Cocoa Vanilla. I had a whole lot of dimension with this page starting from the packaging we all get with our PI orders so adding a straw accomplished two things. 1. Some of my elements didn't appear off balance sticking a straw in the back helped support the height off the page. 2. It helped me gain some height in the page vertically against a LO that was quite horizontal.

So there are many ways to use your straws and there are plenty in the shop so with your next order grab a couple and see what you can do with them. I'd love to see what you created with them for PI challenges. And don't forget when you order use my code for 20% off your purchase!





Monday, May 16, 2016

New Issue: Save the Drama for Your Mama Round 2



Welcome to Round 2 of Save the Drama for Your Mama! Our monthly issue takes place in our {Friends & Fans} Facebook group, along with all of our other fun monthly challenges. There's an album for each challenge. May's challenge album is right here. Please post your issue related projects in the Current Issue album.

The deadline for adding your projects to the challenge album is June 6th 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: Dannielle, Chelsea, Kathy, Janet

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 Save the Drama for Your Mama 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.
  • Use a large, dramatic element on your page like a title, embellishment or photo.
  • Share a project about your mom (or someone who's like a mom) and the things she says, the lessons she's taught you and/or how you're alike/different.
  • Use the new Paper Issues "Save the Drama for Your Llama" card on your project.
  • Create a page about a stage show you've seen, your favorite TV drama, a musical, etc.
  • Download the free May printable, Eat All the Things, from the Paper Issues store and use one or more of the images on your project.

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