Thursday, September 29, 2016

Maggie Holmes Gather

Hello PI Girls! It's Rachel here and today I'm bringing you a layout I created with Maggie Holmes' new line Gather. In true Maggie Holmes' fashion it shines with floral designs, pastels, and gold accents. You can find it in the store here. My favorite pieces are the 6x6 pad which is always so versatile and the 12x12 chipboard is gorgeous too. I also tucked in a few pieces from some of her older lines so if you scan the whole Maggie Holmes section in the Paper Issues store you'll find lots of goodies!  Don't forget, you can always get 20% off your purchase with my code RACHEL.
Now let's talk details! I used the foldable swan cut file which is free in the PI store and layered some gold paper behind it. It's my favorite part! I used two 12x12 papers - Jane and Joyful.  I also love the tags and large flowers included in the ephemera pack. They are all beautiful and help tie everything together!
Thanks for stopping by ~ Hope you feel inspired to create something beautiful! xoxo ~ Rachel

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Product Spotlight: Cocoa Vanilla Love Always

Hello there! Becky here today putting the spotlight on the Love Always line from Cocoa Vanilla. I love that the sweet soft colors of this line are paired with the blacks and greys which allows for diversity in the photos that you can scrap with this line. My niece's dance photos below are the perfect example. Her costume is all pinks and tulle against a pure black background and I think that the Love Always line helps soften that black background in these photos.
 Heather used this line with wedding photos, obviously perfect. I love that she used elements from all the available embellishments packs that come with a Cocoa Vanilla line - wood veneer, die cuts, stickers, chipboard, ephemera...oh my! The use of two different cut files and all the embellished details provide a lot to look at on this layout.

Stacie did a great job of using the cut apart cards on this layout of her and her husband! I love using "project life"' type cards on my layouts too! Stacie also used one of my favorite love quotes, "Our story may not be perfect...but it's ours."

Ann used this collection for this beautiful photo of her daughter. The soft colors in the collection that include hints of blue really make Ann's photo pop! Ann used a mix of die cuts, wood veneer and ephemera to embellish her layout while still keeping the focus on her photo!

Melanie documented this great photo of her and her husband at the beach. I love her use of the puffy stickers and white space on this layout. The soft colors framed in black really make Melanie's photo stand out against the simple strips of patterned paper.

Amanda  is our resident Cocoa Vanilla expert being both an Aussie girl and a member of Cocoa Vanilla's Design Team! I absolutely loved that she used a black and white photo with this collection! Amanda's use of ephemera scattered across the layout creates interest and draws your eye to the photo! Such a great layout.

Last but not least, Melissa has created this stunning layout featuring her beautiful daughter.  I really love the cut files that Melissa used on this soft layout and anytime somebody can incorporate a tassel onto their layout I know I am going to love it!

Elodie played along using the script patterned paper as a background - this is one of my favorite patterns from this line! I love her use of die cuts and hand doodling! What a great page!

Mary-Ann's layout has me awe struck! That half heart has me so inspired! I adore this layout! I love that Mary-Ann uses a lot of busy patterned papers here yet was still able to make her photos really be the focus of the layout!

 Thank you so much for stopping by to take a look today! Be sure to share your projects  and layouts using the Love Always line from Cocoa Vanilla in the Paper Issues {Friends & Family} Facebook group. Be sure to check out all of the September challenges here

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

You Are Here!

Hello Paper Issues Fans! Carolyn here today with my first blog post! I am so grateful to have the opportunity to create in this talented community. So for this post, I thought I would share a favorite tip, technique and product, all in one layout.


Favorite product: Simple Stories anything! I chose the You Are Here! collection to scrap some vacation photos. I love playing with color and this collection offers lots of fun colors. I also used enamel dots and wood veneers. I couldn't decide if I should leave the wood showing or paint it, so I split the difference and painted half of them. For the background, I matched two similar pieces of paper together so I could use the B side for the yellow strips.

Favorite tip: cutting out photo backing. I'm such a paper hoarder and I often cringe when most of a sheet is used to matte photos. So I cut the inner piece of the matte out for later use. Sometimes I use my paper cutter, this time I used scissors. It means layouts take longer to complete but I think it is worth the extra effort.

Favorite technique: fussy cutting. I cut out the flamingo from one of the cards. To add some extra interest, I used Tim Holtz Mermaid Lagoon Distress Paint for splatters and highlighting the pictures.

I hope you've been inspired to get those summer pictures scrapped! Don't forget to check out the Paper Issues Store for lots of scrappy goodness. Use the code "Carolyn" at checkout for a 20% discount.
Have a great day!

Monday, September 26, 2016

New Hair Don't Care - Sharing some Amy Tangerine!

Hi Everyone!  Kelly here today sharing this layout using some Amy Tangerine - Oh Happy Life.  

This line has it all, literally!  There are 24 Double Sided papers with a little bit for everyone.  The embellishments are amazing as well!  I used some of the clear acetate pieces in the ephemera pack as well as the clear sticker sheet.  The thin washi in this line...amazing!!
 I finished it off with her thickers phrases.  

It was a great day, I cut 11 inches off my hair and got a little pep in my step that day.  

Thank you for stopping by today, and remember you can get all your Amy Tangerine goodies in the Paper Issues Shop for 20% off All Day, Every Day using code KELLY. 

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Swag Bag Sunday

Good morning!  The PI DT really loves Cassie's Swag Bags and we have heard that you love them too.  We have decided to re-emphasis them and offer you a monthly challenge!   

All you have to do is add your never before seen Swag Bag entry to the PIFF Album each month for a chance to win a gift certificate to the Paper Issues store.  Easy peasy.  

If you are not sure what a Swag Bag is, go HERE to check them out.  They are little bits and pieces of this and that to give you a sampling of some of the new products in the store.  Each kit varies slightly depending on the ephemera, card or sticker sheet selected.  Now, you must know, there is a limited quantity each month and they sell out pretty fast.  

Lets take a look at what our cool design team has created with our recent Swag Bags.

Here is my layout, I used the August SB.  I pained the wood veneer and cut my 3x4 strips in half and created a column.  

Take a look at the simplicity of Ann's layout.  I say simplicity but not really!  The mixed media layering with stamping and tassels, is not simple!  What I mean is, if this is your style of scrapping, then you will be able to create tons of projects from one Swag Bag.  Ann used the June SB and it is absolutely my favorite layout of hers.  

It looks like Heather used tons of product on this layout, but look close.  A patterned paper background, detailed tag,  and chipboards all provide details that help a layout come together.  Her use of washi and inks really tie it all together for a wonder layout of her mom.  She also used the August SB.  

Stacie also used the August SB and did a stunning grid pattern for her layout.  Be sure to look at every square for little details!  I love how she used paper and a wood veneer to create the '10.'  Clever.  

Again, our Swag Bags sell out pretty quickly.  If you want to secure your Swag Bag each month, you could join our 6 Month Swag Bag Kit Subscription club.  Click on link for details.  

Grab whatever you want from the store for 20% off when you use code: Mary-Ann!!

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Sweet Sisters

Hey Friends!
Lina here on the blog today. I'm super excited to share my first blog post on the blog 😊
Today's layout was made with the super awesome collection, Cute Girl from Crate Paper. Swoon! I love this collection like it's nobody's business 😜

Seriously, all the cuteness in this collection is too much! Especially all the kitties. I wanted my layout to have pops of black and so I used the black to anchor the photos and some of the embellishments.

To finish off my layout, I added some HS Color Shine to pull everything together. You know me and gold... we're besties.

You can find the entire collection, including Cool Kid, in the SHOP . And, if you use my code, you'll save 20%. It doesn't get better than that!
Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, September 23, 2016

Every city has a story

Hello everyone,

I'd like to share a layout with you today I made with the wonderful Dear Lizzy Saturday Collection. 

I knew, I wanted to use the 'every city has a story' card from the cut apart sheet on this layout. I gathered some papers and embellishments that coordinate with the card and started the layout without the picture, which is very unusual for me. 

We went on a short trip to Helsinki recently and I wanted to use a selfie we had taken but had some issues with getting the picture off my phone and printing it. 
I layered the papers and some of the die cuts, put the title on the page and when I finally had my picture printed I added it to the layout, adapted some things and finished it up with some puffy stickers and stickers. I put some of the embellishments on fun foam and pop dots to add more dimension to the layout.

I really love the Saturday collection, it's perfect for scrapbooking city pictures. I hope, I have inspired you do do some pretty things with this collection. You can find it overhere in the Paper Issues store, use code Melanie to get 20% off. 

Have fun creating.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Girls Just Wanna Have Fun

Hi there!

Elodie here and I'm thrilled to be sharing my first Paper Issues blog post with you today! For this first post, I made a girly layout featuring the gorgeous Fancy Free and Take Me Away lines by Paige Evans and Pink Paislee, along with a fun photo of me and my girls, including the furry one, snapped in a corn maze a few weeks ago.

This page uses some of my scrappy favorites: stitching, sequins and floral paper. I started by stitching a frame on the background paper, adding white sequins along the way. I played with my craft scissors and cut pretty flowers in some Fancy Free and Take Me Away papers. I placed them around the picture in the center of the page, along with die-cuts, buttons and alphas.

I made a little cluster on the pic using a paper clip, a chipboard heart and a journaling strip to complete the title, and I added droplets of black ink as a finishing touch.

I just love these two collections! They are so pretty and really work well together! You can find them in the Paper Issues store, along with lots of beautiful supplies. Don't forget to use the code Elodie to get 20% off your order!

Thanks so much for stopping by the PI blog today! Wishing you a great day!

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Product Spotlight: Amy Tangerine Oh Happy Life

Hey everyone, today we have the spotlight on the new Amy Tangerine Oh Happy Life collection.  This collection was so much fun to work with.  I love all the bold and bright colors and it can easily be used for boys and girls.

As soon as I saw the brights in this collection I knew I had to scrap this photo of my daughter playing in a ball pit.

Alex created this amazing background by adding a white sunburst cut file.  Amazing page!

Amanda's LO just screams of happiness.  How sweet is that photo of her kids?

Ann went with softer colors on her LO.  This makes me want donuts!

Heather used 4 photos to document some fun birthday photos.  I'm always so impressed with multi photo LO's!

Stacie created this amazing background with washi tape!  Isn't it beautiful?

Rachel created this fun background with a free cut file you can find in the Paper Issues store.

Kelly's LO makes me smile.  The brights with the B&W are perfect!

Amy created this fun design by using the chevron pattern paper as her background!

Mary-Ann added some fun doodling on her LO.  I love every bit of this!

Orange created this stunning LO.  I love all the layers on this!

Don't forget to go see all the new items in the Paper Issues store!  Get 20% off with the code michelle!

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Up A Tree

Hi Everyone!  It's Kathy today with a fun layout I created using the Woodland Forest Collection from Pebbles.  I know we are not supposed to double dip on challenges, but.... I sort of did!  I played along with the current challenge "Unbe-leafable Great Outdoors" and I used the September Sketch!  Take a peek...

I just love the little critters on the Accent Stickers!  I also can't resist the phrase stickers!  Here are some close-ups.
Have you played along with our September Challenges?  There are so many, you're sure to find one that interests you!  Just check out the September Challenges Album in the Paper Issues Friends and Fans Facebook Group.  You could win a Gift Card to the Paper Issues Store just for playing along! Need some supplies?  Use code KATHYS in the Paper Issues Store for a 20% discount!
That's it for me today, thanks for stopping by to peek!