Friday, July 21, 2017

Free File Friday: Travel Adventures

Hello!  Happy Free File Friday!  I hope you have had a chance to check out the Paper Issues store and the new collections that have hit the store this past week.  New product lines bring new cut files for you to download and put to use!  The FFF challenge is to document your travel adventures using a PI cut file.  Here are just a few cut files to inspire your travel (or staycation) adventures from summer or anytime of year!

For my take on a travel adventure, I used the butterfly cut file as a stencil with paint to get a patterned yellow background.  This helped to build up the layers documenting my trip to Waco to see Magnolia Market and the Seed Supply gardens.  I used Simple Stories Summer Days and added two cut file arrows from the Magical cut file set.

Amanda went with Echo Park Summer Fun and the cutest mega sized I {heart} summer vacation background title cut file.  I love the little bits scattered throughout the design documenting her too cool and cute son.  This is a great technique to ungroup the cut file and place it where you want in on your design canvas in the Silhouette Studio (or your cutting system).  This allows you to back the design with patterned papers and use the cut file as your background.

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Anna rocked the All Who Wander quote title cut right into the patterned paper.  Plus, check out the adventure vibes with the map background paper and her adorable photo on the trail.  How about the coolest stitched photo mat paper layers?! The Fancy Pants Dream Big collection really is pretty with travel pages!

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Rachel went outdoorsy and rustic for her travels.  The Simple Stories Cabin Fever collection paired with the leaves are falling background cut file were the perfect team for this outdoor layout.  The added stitched border and stitching on the leaves adds such great texture on top of the log cabin paper.  I love the fall season feel that Rachel brought to our design team round up today!

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Thanks for stopping by the Paper Issues blog today.  We sure hope you'll fire up your cutting machines today and join us in documenting a travel adventure--from far away or close to home. 

 Anything goes as long as you are using a PI cut file to help tell your story in your design.
Don't forget about using cut files on your traveler's notebook entries, pocket pages, cards, or off the page projects. 
 Post your new projects on the Paper Issues Facebook group:  Paper Issues Friends and Fans.  You have now through August 1st to play along with this challenge for a chance at a PI gift card!

Do not delay in stocking up on all of the new items (and free cut files!!) that just arrived.  I have the new collections in my hands and they do not disappoint.  I love the new embellishment items that were added to some collections this release! Check it all out and save 20% with code: Stacie

Tag us on social media!  I want to see what amazing things you create with the PI cut files! Each week we are blown away by your talent in using PI free files in your projects!  Use: #paperissues  #picutfile #PIfreefiles so we can find your super cool work!

Thursday, July 20, 2017

My Little Dude

Hi PI fans, Amy here to share one of my latest layouts. I used the June Swag Bag, along with the cool painting technique Amanda introduced us to for Try it Tuesday. It's now one of my go-to techniques for adding color to my background. Here's my layout.

When I saw this embellishment in the Swag Bag, I knew it'd be perfect for a layout of my littlest.

Another embellishment that was made for my boy.

Thanks for visiting the blog today, make sure you head over to our Friends and Fans page to play along with all our fabulous challenges. There are plenty of new goodies coming soon, so keep your eye on the shop, too!

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Swag Bag Spotlight

Good morning!  Are you unsure about a paper collection and just want a little taste of it?  
Then you want one of our Swag Bags.  Paper Issues puts together a little bag of bits and pieces to give you a sampling of our newest goodies.  No two bags are exactly the same.  They are fun to receive each month.  Kinda like Christmas all year or your birthday every month!  

Go HERE in the store to sign up for a Swag Bag subscription.  It is only $9.99 a month and an additional 20% off with code: Mary-Ann.
Here is this months bag.... Fruit Cup!

Here is how I played along.....I used a modge podge of all my older Swag Bags.  I dug out my hexagon punch and went to town.  You can enter the challenge with any month or a mixture of months.


Lisa Swift created this adorable card with our June Swag Bag. 
 Oh my, any little 4 year old would love this!!!

Anna Uhras used product from the May Swag bag to created this darling card.  What a perfect welcome to your new home kinda card!  

Amanda Baldwin combined the May and June bags to achieve this soft and delicate look on her beautiful project.  

Stacie Dietz went with a patriotic, beachy colored layout with the June Swag Bag and it works perfectly!

Just remember, our Swag Bags sell out pretty quick.  You can order monthly,  but you can also reserve yours each month by signing up for the 6 month subscription.  

If you create something new with any of our Swag Bags, enter in this album HERE, under Swag Bag, for a chance to win a prize to the Paper Issues store.  You can combine any bags you have.  There are no rules except it must be new and mostly from our Swag Bags.

Now, get shopping and use code: Mary-Ann for 20% off everything!  

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Notable Quotable

Hey everyone, Michelle here with a new quote challenge!  I think this may be my favorite yet!  I love summer and all the photo opportunities it brings.  I had to do a beach quote!

Here is my LO inspired by this quote using the new Pink Paislee Summer Vibes:

Let's see what the team came up with!

Mary-Ann made this beauty of a LO.  I love the big title and all the little embellishments!

Amanda made this soft and pretty LO.  I love how the pastel colors remind me of the beach!

Rachel made this super fun LO using free cut files from the store.  Perfection!

Anna made this beautiful bright LO. That background is just amazing!

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, July 17, 2017

New Issue: Let's Taco 'bout It Round 2

Are you ready for round 2 of our July issue, Let's Taco 'bout It?

In addition to our monthly issue, we have plenty of other challenges to inspire you. You'll find them in our {Friends & Fans} Facebook group. Each challenge has its own album. You can get a look at the July challenge album right here. Please post your issue projects in the New Issue album.

The deadline for sharing your projects is August 1st for a chance to win a gift certificate to the Paper Issues store.

Before we get to what this issue is about, let's take a look at these fantastic projects from the team:

Clockwise from top L: Cat, Stacie, Rachel, Devra

Note: Clicking on a design team member's name will take you to their blog or Instagram page so you can see their project in more detail.
What is Let's Taco 'bout It about? These ideas will give you an idea of what the theme is about, but feel free to think outside of the box.
  • Use speech bubbles or phrase stickers.
  • Make a page about funny things kids say.
  • Show us your 4th of July/patriotic projects.
  • Share your favorite part of Taco Tuesday or food in general.
  • Use the PI taco card.

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, July 16, 2017

Scraplift Sunday 7/16

Hey Hey! Let's get this Sunday started off right with a little scrap lifting shall we? Today's Scraplift Sunday layout is brought to you by, well, umm, me. 

I love a good grid design. It is so easy to adapt. You can change the amount of photos, the size  and even the shape of the squares. The possibilities really are endless. Let's see some of the beautiful layouts from the team.

I love the partial page border that Rachel used around her fresh and fun page. The larger photo at the top is a great way to change top this grid design. Elle's Studio springy florals really made theses photos shine.

Cassie really knows how to work a banner on a page. Her inspiration was the 3 photos. What a truly unique and whimsical way too matte photos! I super love all the color and hearts floating everywhere! 

I see what Janet did here and its pretty cool!  She also used the 3 photo idea, but I love the vertical pop of color under the large photo!  Wow,  these Amy Tangerine On a Whim papers are just perfect here!

I spy more Amy Tangerine On a Whim. The 3x3 cut apart cards are so easy to use in a grid design as Amanda's has done here! The bright colors in this collection really contrast with her black & white photos. Such a happy feeling page.

Loom how Anna changed her design with different shaped photos in her grid! Those floating balloons and clouds make this page so airy and light. Fancy Pants Dream Big  really is fabulous here.

That's all for today, but you can look forward to another Scraplift Sunday next week! So, now, go make something inspired by today's layouts. Share them with us in our July Challenge album in our Facebook group for a chance to win monthly prizes. Feel the need to shop for what you see here? Use my code DEVRA at checkout for 20% off your purchase!

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Working Title Gets The Iconic Treatment!

Hi Paper Issues Friends & Fans!

Welcome back for the July edition of Working Title!
Let me start by saying that last month's tiny one word title projects were ALL stunning!
I feel so inspired by you all! 
Thanks so much for playing along!

This month the challenge is to feature an icon in (or on) your title! 
Icons may include hearts, stars, emojis, watermelons, toys etc - basically an image or shape within your title! 
I have chosen to use my icon as a letter replacement....

"Love This"

Love this, indeed! Doesn't it just scream Summer Fun?!!
With so many watermelons in the Echo Park Summer Dreams & Summer Fun collections, I just had to make a feature of them! 
I even added my own watercolor melon for added interest to my layout. 
But today we're all about the titles, so here's a closer look at mine.....

How fabulous is that watermelon chipboard sticker as a 'v' ?!! So cool!
Loving this super sweet Summer page!

SO much watermelon goodness! Love it all!

Hope my layout has inspired you to get creating!
 But before you get started, here's more inspiration from our amazing team.......

*Remember: clicking on a designer's name will take you to their blog/instagram for more pics and details about their project*

First up is Lisa, with this gorgeous layout! 
She has used Pink Paislee's Summer Lights line, with an emoji & heart icon on her title. I love how she embellishes her layouts, isn't this just beautiful?! 

Next up is Rachel with this super sweet page! 
She has use Simple Stories Emoji Love, and made a real feature of those happy emojis! So cute! And how about that incredible Paper Issues background cut file?! Awesome!

Anna has created a super sweet girly page too! 
She's used Pink Paislee's Summer Lights collection, and her heart icon is part of a FREE Paper Issues cut file called I Whaley Love You! Love this!

Kristie is our resident Pocket Page Queen, and you can see why! 
She has used Crate Paper Oasis collection for her spread, and the cutest cameras for her icons. I just love her daily documenting! 

Super cute!

And last, but by no means least, 
Cat shares this wonderful page of her recent travels! 
She has also used cute camera on her title, as well as mix of Pink Paislee and Crate Paper lines for her pretty page! SO pretty!

So many gorgeous creations to inspire you!
Now it's your turn! 
Create a new project, layout, card, pocket page or even off the page item that features an icon in or on the title
& go in the draw to win a Paper Issues gift card! YAY!!!

I can't wait to see what you create!

Need supplies before you start? 
Visit the store here
& REMEMBER: Use my code AMANDA & you'll save 20% off your total spend!

Thanks so much for visiting today!
til next time,