Saturday, March 17, 2018

52 Friday Favourites with Amanda!

Hi Paper Issues Friends & Fans! 

Welcome back for more memory keeping inspiration!
Amanda here, & I am so very excited to be sharing a peak into my

52 Friday Favorites pocket album!

If you're new around here, 52 Friday Favourites is our year long journaling project. 
Simply choose something each week to document; photos, fave moments, lists - the possibilities are endless! 
And the best part -  you can start this challenge TODAY! 
Yep, it doesn't have to be a full 52 weeks. 
Just jump on in and start recording one thing a week! Yay!!!!
To be completely honest with you, I love pocket page scrapping but...
 I NEVER complete more than one month before giving up, lol!

52 Friday Favourites works better for me as it's only one thing a week
& to make it even easier,
 I am using a pocket size notebook 3.5" x 5"
This not only looks awesome,
 but also makes it so much quicker for me to play along each week!
But enough chatter,
here's a peak into my album thus far....

52 Friday Faves

Here's what my album looks like!
 It's a Pink Paislee C'est La Vie mini notebook and you can find it in the store HERE
So cute! (& it fits inside my pocket size Filo - perfect!)

Cover page using cute Alphas from the store.

I am also using a combination of Pink Paislee and Cocoa Vanilla Studio products to create this album with! They seem to partner perfectly, but you be the judge!
Here's my weekly entries.....

 Week 1

A super cute out take and yes, face palm from mister 5!

Week 2

Summer nights spent playing at the beach.

Week 3

 More beach fun! (It was Summer in Australia)

Week 4

Vacay vibes and theme park fun!

Week 5

This was a big week for my momma bear heart! 
Mister A for awesome started school & Miss M turned 12!!!!

Week 6 

Hanging out at the Festival Theatre with my fave guy!

Week 7 

My beautiful tiny danseur performing!

Week 8 

Yep, more beach time! 

Week 9 

Lol... more beautiful beach days! 
It's Autumn now, but we still try to visit the beach daily until Winter hits!

Week 10

Another hot Autumn day, so keeping cool after school!

And there you have it!
My version of the 52 Friday Favorites challenge! 
I am a big fan of letting my photos tell the story.
I also like to keep my journaling private - so it's often hidden or kept to a minimum.
Sweet, simple and already a mini album to treasure!
Follow me on instagram @happy_arty_days to see my next installments ;)

What does (or will) your take on this fun challenge look like?
for more inspirational ideas 
AND to upload your entries too!
*Every new entry gives you the chance to win our monthly prize!*

Need supplies before you get started?
& REMEMBER: Use code AMANDA & you'll save 20% off your total spend! Yayyy!!!

I can't wait to see you 52 Friday Favorites!
Are you on instagram? 
Tag us @paperissues & use the hashtags #paperissues and #52Fridayfaves so we can find you and share the love!
We may even feature your projects! 
So what are you waiting for! 
Have some scrap happy time for yourself!

Thanks for stopping by today, 
til next time, 

Friday, March 16, 2018

Swag Bag Dream it, Wish it, Do it

Happy Friday!
It’s all about the Paper Issues Swag Bag kit today! 
This is my second project made with the February kit. 
Yes, these amazing monthly kits are so plentiful, 
that I wanted to show you how easy it is to create multiple designs with each kit. 
I love the coordinated Paper Issues monthly Swag Bag kits,
and with the February "Write It Down" kit, I was inspired 
the numerous Vicki Boutin "All the Good Things" collection items. 

To create movement in the background, similar to being poolside with kids, I added mixed media splatters and hand stitching to show the butterfly trail.  I wanted to make this a girly-design as my daughter loves to show us her imaginative side as she is in the pool for hours on vacay.  From handstands, diving, or being a mermaid she loves to dream it up in the pool!

Swag bag papers make the best layers for photos.  I wanted lots of repeated colors and patterns peeking out to connect the colors in the embellishments used in the clusters.  The background stripes were created with a mix of mist and white acrylic paint to match the Vicki Boutin butterfly.

These colors were easy to pull together as this kit contained several All the Good Things ephemera, tags, and journaling spots. The butterfly was a definite must to use!  I had the Jillibean Soup background paper from their Shades of Color collection which coordinated well with the design.

Here's the first layout I created with the February Swag Bag-
 a free Paper Issues background cut file and Crate Paper Cute Girl stripe paper called for all
 of the bright, colorful Swag Bag embellishments and papers.  
Isn't it crazy to see two totally different stylized projects 
and color schemes all from one month's kit?!

So there you have it... Swag Bag kits and how to get creative with them!
 Cassie has two kits currently available in the shop!!  
Yes, grab them both if you haven't already, they never last long in stock!
Here's a quick peek at how the kits look!

I hope I have given you a few ideas to try a swag bag kit
 for your layouts, pocket scrapping, or the perfect size
 for Traveler's Notebook designs--vacay scrapping!
The best part--you can save 20% off of all of the things!!

We can't wait to see what you create this weekend!  
Post in our Facebook Friends and Fans group for the March challenges.
  Tag us on social media!  We love to see what you are creating!
Stop by my blog for more swag bag inspiration!

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Back, Back, Back!

Well hello!  Devra here again today with a project for the awesome new Put It on an Angle challenge.  Now I know, you are looking at my page thinking, angles? where are the angles?  It's so round! Well, I'll just tell you a little about what I did here.

I like to buy paper.  I may have Issues. It's a fact. My boys are getting older. Also a fact. Truly, I have no need for planets and rocket themed papers anymore. But I needed it! (Issues) It's a good thing that I like to take themes and ideas and put them to work for me interpreting them in other ways. So really, here is a perfect example. Yep, rockets and planets for umm...swimming? Yes I did.

But I have to tell you, the real reason for my having this  My Minds Eye Blast Off  collection was these photos right here! My boy is a back stroke specialist!  I caught his take off (see what I did there) frame by frame. Well, I couldn't just choose one photo out of the group could I? What did I do, well, I put them at an angle!

This My Minds Eye Blast Off  collection caught my eye for another reason. This Plaentoids paper. It screamed "fussy cut" at me.  So I did. I cut it apart, then put it back together into another shape. Itall of those works well as a home for all of those photos!

Fussy cutting also enabled me to use the rockets as die cuts, which I embellished with the puffy stickers  and 6x12 accent stickers.  I love the holographic elements. It makes it plays well with the water in the photos

Well, there you have it! Want to know more? You can find more info about this page on My Blog. Want this collection along with so much more?!?!? Get it in the Paper Issues shop. Use DEVRA at checkout for 20% off your purchase. I hope to see you playing along with us this month. We have so many inspiring March challenges. Join the fun in our Facebook group!

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Lucky Heart

Hi everyone, it's Cat here and I'm back with another layout for the awesome Paper Issues!  Now I was playing along with the Do You Feel Lucky challenge that can be found on PIFF!  Now, I don't really celebrate St. Patrick's Day, and I never really get a chance to even take photos for the day, so I decided to go with one of the other ideas for the challenge.  I decided to use the word Lucky in my title and also to create my own four leaf clovers!

I started off by cutting out the Beautiful Bouquet cut file from the shop, which you can get for free here.  I cut it out in a light pink card stock, and then used an older Maggie Holmes paper for my background.  The great thing about Maggie Holmes is that many of her collections work so well together, so I was able to combine some older papers and products, with newer products that can be found in the shop!

I'm really happy with the finished product, and I hope you're inspired to participate in this challenge as well.  There are so many ways that you can interpret it to fit your scrappy style, there's no reason not to!


Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Tell Me a Story

Good morning PI friends!

Olivia here - I am happy to be back sharing a project with you. One of the things I love most about scrapbooking is telling the story. Adding a bit of journaling is the final touch to each project. Tell Me a Story is just the push to get those words flowing.

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I had so many ideas swirling it was hard to glue one down, but I chose to go with one of my fav ways to get a lot of photos & words on a page without being visually overwhelming. I created a flip book right on the layout.

It's really quite simple to make. I choose several patterned papers from Paige Evans Turn the Page collection and began trimming them just bigger than my photos, making each layer just smaller than the last. I scored a half inch flap on each piece and glued the flap down. It was easiest to glue the flaps together and then adhere the book to the layout. 

  I intended to put the smallest photos on the smaller pages, and biggest photos on the bigger pages but after some shuffling I mixed the two sizes. 
Each photo is matted on white cardstock. I typed up most of my journaling and adhered it to a page. There's also a small, handwritten journaling tag on the back of the page.  

Now the fun part! I chose to keep the embellishments to a minimal so the story could shine. A few floral bunches, scripty word stickers, and drops of pink, blue, and yellow mists were all I needed. I love the idea of having a little storybook right on a layout. There's lots of room for photos and words, or few embellished clusters. This is also a great way to collect artwork snippets without overwhelming an album. 

Thanks for taking a look! I hope you are inspired to record your stories and try making a little book on your layout! I'd love to see your work - share in the PI Friends and Family FB Group! And remember to use the code below to save while shopping! 

Monday, March 12, 2018

Weekly Pick Me Up with Scraplift Sunday

Hey Paper Issues Friends and Fans! 

It’s Courtney here, sharing for this weeks #ScrapliftSunday. 

For this week, we are taking inspiration from the awesome Rachel O’Neal. 

I totally fell in love with how she used different sized circles all over the page, and the word phrases sprinkled throughout her layout. I wanted to lift something similar, but give it my own touch, and I’m so happy with the way it turned out! 

For this layout I used the new line from 
Pink Paislee line by Paige Evans called Pick Me Up. 

 I love this line! It has a great mixture of papers that I can use for my boys or my daughter.   
I used the 6x6 paper pad to create my circles, to mat my photo, and I used Paper # 16.
 I also used the ephemera pack, and puffy stickers. 

After I matted the photo with one sheet, I decided to add some acrylic paint, to give it some more dimension without overshadowing this awesome picture of my daughter.
I then added my word veneer phrases, 
and hearts. 
 Lastly, I had to add my usual enamel dots, glitter washi, sequins, and tiny word stickers. 

Thanks for stopping by, don’t forget to play along with the 
PIFF group on Facebook, and share those projects! I can’t wait to see what you create! 

Don’t forget to stop by the 
Paper Issues store and use the code Courtney to 
receive 20% off your purchase. 

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Hello with free cut file!

Hello happy scrappers!

Sheryl here with a layout using the beautiful bouquet cut file available on the store.
I used Dear Lizzy's "Star Gazer" collection to scrapbook this layout.
I love this collection so much, it has so much stars, unicorns and the colors are just lovely.

I used pink shimmerz watercolor on the yellow and white stripes pattern paper.

I used the giant thicker "Hello" as my title and colored it with blue metallic watercolor.

I used the washi tapes from the collection on top of the cut file. I added puffy stickers and embellishments to finish the layout.
I hope I inspired you to participate in this challenge, there are so many fun cut files you can use and they are free!

Here is my code to save 20% on the store.

Thank you so much for stopping by,

Friday, March 9, 2018

Sunday Morning Snuggles

Well Good morning to you! I'm here today with my first March project. Feel the Beat is a new challenge. We've chosen this record album as inspiration. Not feeling the cover itself? How about a song title or lyrics? 

I was inspired by two parts of the cover. The circles, and the line connecting the two 'O's. I knew I didn't want to do a plain circle grid.  The new Dot Grid cut file however, gave me some other ideas! Look! It's a different kind of a circle grid! Wahoo!

So next was what to cut and glue! Since PinkFresh Case of the Blahs and Let Your Heart Decide were both staring at me, I mixed them up and used them both. I love when I can do that. It makes me feel like I'm getting more out of my stash.  The Quirk paper makes a great background in color and pattern don't you think? That grid I mentioned? I guess I didnt get away from it after all.  I surrounded my photo with small clusters of embellishments created with ephemera, frames and stickers. Do you see!?!?! I even connected some of the circles with thread!

Now, I know some of you are sitting here wondering why and how you can use  Case of the Blahs. You don't have to have a bad day to use this collection. Nope. As you can see, this is not a 'Blah' page at all. That's the beauty of interpretation. I took these wonderfully snarky, sarcastic phrases and applied them to a happy photo and story.

Here are a few close ups of some of the phrases. Sad? No way! These are perfection!

Seriously. These are so perfect for my story! Sunday morning snuggles happens where? Oh yes, On. The. Couch! 

Thanks so much for stopping by today! You can find more about this page on my blog. We want to see what you are creating! Join our Facebook group where you can find all of our March challenges as well as daily fun and games. Head over to the Paper Issues shop to get yourself some new things! I'm enjoying all the new releases including this PinkFreshShimelle and Crate Paper! Your purchase will be 20% off when you use DEVRA at checkout!

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Oh, the places you will go!

Hello! Its my turn today to share a layout with you that I made as part of the Partners Up Challenge. 

Here is the sketch we had to work with.

As you can see I interpreted this sketch quite loosely. However I did take this opportunity to go and dig out my sewing machine! I love sewing on my layouts, however, I always hand stitch. This time I did do some hand stitching on the clouds, but the big challenge for me was to machine stitch the large circles around the page. I'm not quite sure how many circles I stitched, but I think it turned out well.

For this challenge I used the Shimelle 'Starshine' collection and the Pick Paislee 'Pick me up' collection. I used the constellation page from the Shimelle collection for the background. I cut around the circle printed on the page and stuck it on a piece of white cardstock. I whitened out the dark edge with some Gesso and white acrylic paint. Then I blended the paint so that it would create a sort of haze. Next I did the circle machine stitching. I placed my black and white photo in the center and embellished around it. I paper pieced a little sail boat together, inspired by the little sail boat in the 'Pick me up' collection. 

I hope you take part in this challenge! It really pushed my boundaries. I  used my sewing machine on a layout! Yay!

Pop over to the Paper Issues shop. All of the collections I used are in the shop! Remember to check out using my name, 'Leslie'.