Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Product Spotlight: Toy Box

There is nothing like a great boy line and when you add in some retro toys into it well its all kinds of fun. Carta Bella hit is right out of the ball park with the Toy Box collection. Filled with bright colors, retro toys and something for the boys. It is a great collection for not just boys, but pics from times past, or for all those favorite toys you or your children played with at one point. I absolutely love this line and the DT rocked out the layouts to get you inspired.

Kelly created this super fun Layout with all the bright colors and a banner. I can never pull off a banner so I'm totally jealous. And these pictures are absolutely perfect.

Amanda awesome as always really knows how to pull the colors together. This pic is perfect for these bold reds and plaid. Yes Plaid isn't it awesome!!

Stacie scrapped this adorable pic which this kit was possibly made for. So sweet and the circle with journaling it is absolutely perfection!

Devra documented her son and his fidget spinners. Hey love them hate them it matters not because she made this fantastic page with a great cut file as well. Love the added stitching in the corners

I love these bold colors and I had to use this yellow paper. I love it! It was perfect for my youngest in this pic and it was such a fun collection to use. I added some alphas I had in my stash and I think it came together rather well.

So if you haven't picked up this collection yet now is the time you must! And remember if you need to do some shopping use my code for 20% off your total order.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Lucky Fairies - Cat Martin

Hey Paper Issues fans, it's Cat here back with another layout to share with you!  So when coming up with a layout design I was wondering about all of the stash that I have and all the new product lines that are coming out later in the year.  I know many of the companies have shown some of the new lines, and I don't know about you guys, but there are definitely some that I just HAVE to have!  I just love playing with new pretty things.  First however, I have to get some of my stash used up.  Personally there are items that I have, that may not even be very old, that I just seem to have a bit of difficulty working with.  This time I thought about the Take Me Away chipboard pieces.  I have 2 packages of them, due to accidentally ordering 2 and so I have been trying to use them up.  I have lots of the 12 by 12 papers too, but I find I can mix and match those with other product lines, whereas the chipboard always stumps me. Well, no better time like the present to tackle the challenge of using some of it up!
I have to say, I think I made a pretty good dent in it, and I even used some of the Hazelwood chipboard from 1 2 Canoe, which up until now had just been sitting there calling out to me to use it.  I started with a neutral background, but instead of white, this time I went with a black background, that way I could use some mist and a stencil to create an interesting detail on the background.  I also did something I usually never do, and hand stitched on my layout.  I wanted some wispy lines to help show movement so I grabbed 3 different colors of embroidery floss that went well with the Take Me Away collection.  I drew out my design on the back of my paper and then pre-poked the holes.  I divided my thread into 2 so that there were only 3 strands.  After threading them through the needle and knotting them together I had six strands again.
After that was all stitched I created a few layers under my photos using tissue paper, a doily, and the 6x6 paper pad from the same collection.  I used lots of the chipboard, as well as the mirrored word stickers that I had completely forgotten I had!
There are a lot of phrases and words on this layout in the end, but I really love the whimsy and breezy feel of it!  I added even more sparkle with some sequins and finished it all off by doing my journaling on strips of vellum ( since my white gelly roller was nowhere to be seen!)
Thanks so much for stopping by to check out my latest project and I hope I have encouraged you to use up some of your chipboard stash in a fun and freeing way!  That way when all the new lines are released you won't have to worry about having too much already!!! 😆

Monday, June 26, 2017

Beach Life

Hello Paper Issues fans, I am so excited to share my latest layout with you today. I am not a big fan of summer (not crazy about the heat), but I do love the beach! The Pink Paislee Summer Light line was perfect for our spring break pictures from this past April. Here's the layout I created.

Here are some closeups of the fun embellishments included in this line.

I have to say, beach layouts do help me begin to like summer a little more. Thanks for visiting the blog today!

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Scraplift Sunday

Hey there everyone! Devra here again. I hope you are enjoying the first official weekend of summer. I know I am. Well, it's Sunday and you know what that means right? Scraplift Sunday!  Today I have for you this lovely layout from Amanda originally seen in our Product Spotlight earlier this month. The two photos are fun as is the way the title is spread around the page. Wait 'til you see what the team did with it!

Devra-I pretty much kept to the original. I did move the title around because it made more sense on my page that way. Beach or pool, makes no difference to me. These playful photos called for Echo Park Summer Dreams.    

Who says you have to do a 4th of July page with the PhotoPlay Live Free collection. I love how this collection works on Kelly's page. But really, simplifying the design here is the perfect way to highlight these photos. BOOM!

Anna also played around with the design of the page. Those smaller photos are such a great idea. So is Echo Park Summer Fun. Look at all those sunglasses! This page makes me want to go outside!

Wow, look how stunning Rachel's page is!  She killed this with the Crate Paper Oasis.  It's such a dramatic photo, surrounded it with light hearted sayings and icons! I like that the embellishments are used as the title. 

Cat,  does such amazing things by mixing ups her products.  Her layering of PhotoPlay Rhapsody and Maggie Holmes Shine is truly brilliant, and not something I would think of putting together. Another unique lift for sure!

Stacie went for the tropical side of Echo Park Summer Fun for her page. She too ket to the original design and also changed up the title. Look at those sweet photos! Now I want ice cream....

Amanda lifted herself by flipping the page on its side. Wow, what a difference that makes. She also chose a summer theme using the new Pink Paislee Summer Lights. What a great use of color and neutrals! 

Wow! So much variety from scrap lifting one page! I'm excited to see what you all come up with now! Share your projects with us in our Facebook group. We want to see them! See you all next week! 

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Pink Paislee Summer Lights - Anna Uhras

Happy Saturday lovelies! Anna here today with a page that totally screams SUMMER!

I have used the stunning and absolutely perfect summer line by Pink Paislee — Summer Lights, which, along with a lot of other new products, is in the store now.

I mostly use plain white cardstock for my backgrounds so this time I challenged myself to use patterned paper.
To soften it up a bit I used white gesso under the layers of paper and photo.

I also have used a FREE cut file for the white whimsical circle behind the layers.

I kept the design pretty simple as my lovely background paper is pretty bold,
just a few stickers for embellishments.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Remember you NEED to grab some of this gorgeous, summery Pink Paislee Summer Lights collection from the Paper Issues store. Don't forget to use my code ANNA to get 20% off of your entire order!

Take care <3

Loads of hugs, Anna xo

Friday, June 23, 2017

Free File Friday: Summer Vibes

It's the first official weekend of summer here and I have all the summer feels! If you haven't checked out the PI free files in the store lately, you are missing out!  Here are just a few that could work with your summer projects:

I was at the lake working on my layout and went with the whitecaps in the lake background to document last summer's adventures. I used Amy Tangerine's On A Whim paper, watercolor resist tag, and chipboard stickers. A few stickers from Bella Blvd Secrets of the Sea and Pebbles Sunshiny Day. It was fun to use the new We R Stitch Happy sewing machine for my waves scattered in the openings. 
Don't be afraid to mix up collections and companies to find little bits and pieces that help tell your story!  I attached the smile script word from the Magical cut file set to add another wavy layer!

Kelly joined this round up with the NSD free file "Awesome" for her hiking layout.  I love how she used the new Photo Play Paper Campfire collection for this outdoorsy design. The earthy colors are just perfect for a hiking adventure!

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Amanda brings the summer brights with the fun Echo Park Summer Fun and the NSD cut file pineapple and the tropical orchid cut file. Her sweet girl is wearing a matching shirt and the cut files look fantastic layered with this collection!

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Rachel joins us with the geometric palm tree and the sunburst background.  The sweet photo looks perfect with these summery cut files.  Bella Blvd Pandas and Popsicles works so well with all the summer vibes. Layering cut files with lots of white space is such a stunning design idea!

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Lisa rocked the butterfly wreath and all of the Simple Stories Hello Lovely mini collection.  The lovely little bits and stickers that Lisa added to the wreath and her layers around her daughter's photo are perfect.

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Anna created with the lovely florals and #title words I love when she mixes multiple cut files! She used the new Pink Paislee Summer Lights and it is ombre perfection! Simple and beautiful effect!

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Devra closes out our summer cut file round up.  I love how she used the geo palm trees and added hand stitching around them. It truly looks like string art perfection!  Isn't Summer Lights by Pink Paislee amazing peeking out of this fun cut file?!  It is absolutely the cutest with the tropical photo.

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Now it's your turn.  Try a PI cut file out and tag us online.  
Show us what you are up to with a summer-themed layout, project, or card!  
We can't wait to see how you use our summer cut files for your projects.

If you haven't shopped in awhile there are sooo many new things that are just calling your scrappy powers to check them out!

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Mermaid Hair, Don't Care - Pink Paislee Summer Lights - Marcia Dehn-Nix

Hello Paper Issues friends!

Marcia here today with some inspiration from the new Pink Paislee Summer Lights collection. There are so many things I love about this collection ... I love the beach themed papers. They are perfect for scrapping a recent beach vacation my family took. I love the soft jewel tone colors that look like watercolors. Plus there are so many inspiring die cut quotes that make a layout title a breeze .... The Ocean is Calling and I Must Go ... or Mermaid Hair, Don't Care. That last quote was perfect for this photo of my daughter posing with a couple of clam shells. Her unruly curly hair is just something she doesn't fuss about when at the beach.

There are a lot of FREE Paper Issues cut files on this layout! Those gorgeous flowers are from the Summer Days cut file. Do you see the clam shells tucked under the flowers? and that starfish? They are from the Feels Like Summer cut file. There are even a few palm leaves from the Tropical Palms cut file and of course I cannot forget those circles framing the photo are from the Magical cut file. 

I used some Heidi Swapp Color Shine and the plastic smoosh technique to create a blue watercolor like background. Embellishing is easy with the die cut ephemera packs.

Those Coastline Thickers I used for my title are foil covered foam. Their reflective quality makes them a bit difficult to photograph, but they are oh so pretty!

I hope you enjoyed my layout today. Load up on those FREE cut files as well as anything else that caught your eye. You can use my discount code and save 20%.  Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a great week.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Swag Bag Spotlight

I'll say it again!  My favorite time of the month is when I receive an email stating that my Swag Bag has shipped.  I have subscribed to this awesome bag of goodness, so it comes to my door each and every month. (Go HERE if you want to check out the details to sign up.)  This month, it is called, "This Kid is a Star."  Fun title, but you can totally create any theme you want.  

Let's take a look at what our fabulous design team has created with Swag Bags.

I played along after a little down time.  This is just what I needed to get my creative juices flowing.  I did use a cloud punch to create a couple more clouds.  Not all SB's are exactly the same but I do believe I received the exact one you see above!!!  Here is what I did.....

Now, on to our other fab designers.....  Our Pocket Page gal, Kristie Van Ham never disappoints with her fabulous design and cute little fam. She used the perfect mix of March and May Bags.

Digging deep into her stash of Swag Bags is Lisa Swift with this well put together card.  

The precut paper pieces can be cut even more and layered into a grid pattern like Amy Coose did on this fab spread.  She used our May SB.

Amanda Baldwin LOVED the mini alphas in the May kit, she created her entire title using them.  

Using the super cool, darker Swag Bag from April is Kelly Feldman.

Our bags can be used for any occasion.  As you can see here, Anna Uhras used the May bag for documenting her daughter getting her license.

Devra Hunt is another one that likes to combine the bits and pieces of different SB's.  She used mostly May with a but from February.  

#awesome is all the pieces that blend together to create a super handsome layout like Cassie Box has here.  This one is made from our June Bag.  

Stacie Dietz chopped up some of the papers that came with the kit.  You can do sooooo much with a Swag Bag, the possibilities are endless.  

So, did these fun designs convince you that you need a Swag Bag?  Go HERE to test drive one or sign up for our monthly kit that ships directly to you.  Use my code: Mary-Ann to get 20% off EVERYTHING you order from the PI store.  Get your total to over $60 and get free shipping.