Monday, April 23, 2018

Scraplift with layers | Sheryl

Hi guys!

Sheryl here with a new layout for Scraplift Sunday week 4! This week we're using this layout by Courtney Sawyer. I love the fact that this layout has different layers of patterned paper. This is my chance to use all of my scraps :)

I started by cutting small pieces of patterned paper from my scraps (Main Squeeze/Good Vibes by Crate Paper and Pick me Up by Pink Paislee) and placed them on this white striped pattern packaging. When you have a lot of colors and patterns going on on your layout, you need some white space to let it "breathe".

I tried creating the same stitched crepe paper she had on her layout. I didn't have one so I used a thin strip of pattern paper, folded it and placed it on top of the layers. It adds great dimension. On top of it I placed a big title from Dear Lizzy's "Daydream" collection.

I used embellishments from the same collections I used the papers from. I added red stitching on top of the layers.

This was a fun layout and great way to use up all the scraps you put aside!

You still have time to participate in this challenge, don't forget to share in our Facebook group  :)

Thank you for joining me today!


Sunday, April 22, 2018

Layering with Rachel T.

Hey friends!

Today I had the privilege of creating a layout for the "layers" challenge! If someone asked me what my style is, I would definitely say that adding lots of layers, ripped layers to be specific, is my style, so this one was right up my alley! I had so much fun mixing and matching pieces from different Maggie Holmes collections to create this layout. I used ripped papers, scraps, tabs, doilies, stickers, labels, tags... Anything I could get my hands on!

To finish it off, I added black paint splatters and some stamps. This really seemed to complete the page (and plus, I seem to be unable to complete a layout without both of those things these days).

There are so many challenges to participate in, so come join us on the Facebook page! Also, if you are ordering from the Paper Issues Store, don't forget to use code RACHEL20 for 20% off of your order.

I have also created a process video on my YouTube channel showing how I put it together. You can watch all of the layers come together one by one and I hope you will feel inspired! xo

Happy crafting!

-Rachel Tallman

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Spring Has Sprung

Happy Saturday friends! I hope your weekend is off to a great start! It's a beautiful spring day here in Georgia and I couldn't be more excited for warm weather! Which makes it perfect timing for sharing this layout! I used Crate Paper Good Vibes to create this layout for the Spring Has Sprung challenge at Paper Issues this month! 

This challenge is all about spring - think babies, baby animals, flowers, bunnies, Easter celebrations, strawberry picking, Spring Break etc. I was inspired by the gorgeous colors and flowers in this collection!

I love lots of layers and had so much fun fussy cutting these flowers! I started with a floral 12x12" patterned paper and then added a slightly smaller piece of wood grained cardstock on top of it. I love the texture the wood grain adds. Find it here! I cut a large circle in the middle of the teal grid paper and put it on top of the cardstock. Next, I layered all the fussy cut flowers along with some ephemera and sticker flowers to the edge of the circle. In the middle I added a family photo and lots of chipboard.

I hope I've inspired you to play along. Check out the rest of the entries here for more inspiration! Once you've created a layout don't forget to share it with us for a chance to win a Paper Issues gift card !Can't wait to see what you create! XOXO


Friday, April 20, 2018

Bossy Scrapper - XOXO

Hello everyone!

I'm on the blog today, sharing my take on the Bossy Scrapper challenge.

Here is the list of requirements that I had to incorporate on to a layout.

I must say, I was more afraid f the list than I should have been! I don't usually start with a design or even sometimes the foggiest idea of what I want to do when I start making a layout. But having this little list made it so easy! It was such a cool experience. The longest part of the layout was choosing the collection I wanted to work with! 

As you can see I worked with the beautiful and soft Simple Stories, Romance. I have been making most of my baby layouts with this collection! The soft colours, muted tones and floral accents lends itself to a more innocent than a charming subject. 
I created my own 3x4 cards out of the 4x6 cards. It wouldn't be one of my layouts without fussy cutting, so the little flowers and leaves made their way onto the layout as my embellishments as well! I made my own tag out of one of the pattern papers and doodled around the edges to make is stand out a bit better on the white background. I also added some black and white bakers twine to the tag, and used my Tiny Attacher to secure the ends to the page. 

I used a few chipboard pieces as well, the little banner piece saying 'Hello Love', two of the flower clusters and the pre-made title.

Lastly, I added a border around the layout to bring everything nicely together.  

If you are interested in seeing exactly how this layout came together you can pop over to my YouTube channel and watch the process video. 

And that is that!

Have a great day!     

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Layered on Thick!

My daughter found out that her name, Viola, means purple in Italian, and that's the title on the layout.

I love to layer things up and this time I have layered die cuts, stickers and thickers. If I had some chipboard stickers by my hand, I probably would have used them too. On this layout, I focused on Maggie Holmes collections Carousel and Flourish from Crate Paper.

You can layer smaller things, like here, an embellishment cluster.

Mix and match different types, patterned paper (I used the same paper twice, thats totally ok), vellum pieces, die cuts stickers and puffy stickers. To make the layers pop, use some type of 3d foam.

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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Scraplift Sunday with Anita

Hi there,
Happy Wednesday I hope you’re all having fun with the April challenges 
I’m sharing my take Rachel ‘s layout for scraplift Sunday and I’m using 
Pop on over to the paper issues Facebook group and check out the scrap lift challenge 

I started with  die cutting a few circles out in different patterned papers 
And arranged them in a grid 

Then layering patterned paper behind my photo 
And adding a tag, paper clip and chipboard stickers 

Then I added a sticker and my title in the center from the ephemera pack and sticker sheet 
Then on the die cut circle beside my title I fussy cut a bunny and added a flower sticker 
To have the main focus be the center of the layout 

I hope you have a enjoyed my inspiration today 
Don’t forget to pop on over to the shop and check out all the fabulous goodies in store or pop on over and check out all the fun challenges in the Facebook group.

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Tuesday, April 17, 2018


I am so excited about spring! As soon as I heard about the Spring has Sprung challenge, I thought of this photo from many moons ago. My son was so excited about the new baby lambs at his grandpa's farm. This little lamb was the runt of the litter, and we spoiled him rotten.

I used the absolutely gorgeous The Good Life collection from Webster's. I don't have adequate vocabulary to describe how much I love this collection. I never knew I needed lemony paper in my life, but now I'm in love! It's just so bright and pretty. 

If you want to snag some of the lemony wonderfulness, ('cause that's totally a thing), don't forget to use my code to save some cash. And don't forget to post your creations in our facebook group. Happy spring!

Monday, April 16, 2018

It's Time to Get Messy!

There's a new challenge this month here at Paper Issues that you're sure to enjoy, it's all about getting messy with paint! Use a mask, water it down, drop it on, or use any paint technique you can think of. 
All is fair in the art room!

For my layout, I added a 10x10 square of white cardstock to my background paper, then splattered and dripped paint to get a bright and messy design.

I also used lots of  pieces from this months Swag Bag, but the Happy Birthday banner from the bag didn't quite go with my photo, so I cut off the "birth" from birthday, and then painted the words with white paint. Perfect for my un-birthday layout!

Have you ever tried a Swag Bag from Paper Issues?? If you haven't, you really must! They're full of so many fun bits and pieces, and make putting a layout together a breeze. I'm currently working on layout number 3 just from pieces in the April bag!!!  The Swag Bag's do sell out quickly, so if you miss out on this month's bag, you can grab one in Paper Issues store in the month of May.

****And....don't forget to use code: Mary Ann when shopping in the PI store 
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Sunday, April 15, 2018

Head In The Clouds.

Image may contain: textHappy Scrap Lift Sunday!

This week we're lifting Mary Ann's fun layout.  I was inspired by the colors, the "rocket" theme of things, and the use of many photos; (5 to be exact).

I decided to dig up some pictures from a children's church outing last year to Lion Country Safari.  I think it was the first enjoying the rides and the animals; and overall being more involved.  Usually I let the kids have their fun.

I pulled out my hoarded stash of "Wild Child" by Pink Paislee, and quickly got to work.  The lift is not exactly like Mary Ann's, but there are a couple of similarities; like the fact that my clouds are placed more towards the ends of the patterned paper, instead of in the center, where I'd normally place them.  There's also rockets and stars involved.  I tried to have fun with it, adding cardstock stickers, fussy cut pieces, chipboard stickers and even rub-ons; all from the same collection.

I hope you will join the Facebook Friends & Fans group (linked below), and share your projects with us.  The more challenges you enter, the more chances you will have to win one of two prizes!

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Saturday, April 14, 2018

Sparkle & Shine

Hi everyone! Elodie here today and I'm happy to be back to share a new layout with you. I played along with the Notable Quotable challenge and I was inspired by the flowers and also by the quote for my title. I used the new Be You collection by Pinkfresh Studio and a photo of my little miss sunshine. Here is my page!

And here is this month's quote!

For the background, I picked the Real paper with its pretty floral border. Perfect to go with this spring-inspired quote! I hand stitched two concentric circles on the background paper using dark blue thread. I then backed the photo with a paper from the 6x6 pad and adhered it on the left-hand side of the page with foam squares.

Next, I tucked a doily under the picture, along with some Be You die cuts, a cute tassel bow and a tab on which I stamped the date. For the title, I used shiny puffy alpha stickers from the collection and placed them along the smaller circle.

Then I moved on to the big circle and adorned it with pretty Be You embellies: puffy stickers, wood and epoxy buttons, die cuts and a couple of butterflies that I cut in 6x6 papers. I adhered some embellies and the photo with foam squares for dimension. I finished my layout with puffy diamond stickers and stars from the alpha sticker sheet that I scattered on the page.

Join us in the Paper Issues Friends and Fans Facebook group to play along and check out all the fun April challenges! You could win a gift card to the Paper Issues store where you can find beautiful Pinkfresh Studio goodies, along with a lot of pretty supplies!

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Have a great day!


Friday, April 13, 2018

Play Ball with McJen

Hello Paper Issues friends!

Spring has sprung and if you know anything about the PI gals, they are major sports fans - especially baseball. To celebrate the arrival of baseball season, Paper Issues is hosting the Opening Day Challenge during the month of April.

While I do enjoy baseball, I have to admit that I am not a die-hard fan (sorry Devra). However, last summer we were able to watch our home team, the Seattle Mariners, play against the Angels while we vacationed in Anaheim.

For this 8 1/2 x 11 project, I began by using the FREE Have a Ball cut file from PI with the Pink Paislee Sweet Freedom Collection. 

To create the background, I isolated the baseball in the cut file and duplicated it in various sizes. Next, I arranged them so they were all touching and welded the shapes together to create one cut file. I originally planned on making a 12 x 12 layout but found it wasn't working for me. I cut the blue patterned paper down, attached the cut file, and then trimmed around the edges so it fit.

I matted the photos on patterned paper and placed them along the top third of the page for balance.

Two banners were created from patterned papers and placed behind the larger photo. These were followed by several of the floral stickers and word sentiments from the collection.

Next was the title using wood and gold Thickers that are glued in place. While the glue was drying, I used a typewriter to create the journaling strips above and below the photos.

Last were the star stickers and enamel dots to give more color and texture as well as create a visual triangle.

Thank you for visiting today! Don't forget to visit the Paper Issues Store for the FREE cut file used on this layout as well as all of the paper goodness you could ever imagine. Use code McJen at checkout for a 20% discount on your entire order.

Now for the details of the challenge . . . 

Play Balllllllll! Or watch people play. That counts too! We encourage you to grab those baseball themed photos and get them in the books. Not a ball fan, how about Field Day activities, team work, or stitching. Be creative, because we bet you hit a home run!

You have through April 30th to play along. Your entry must be new and no double dipping! That means, you can only submit each project once

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Bossy Scrapper + Swag Bag = Perfection

Bossy Scrapper was no April's fools joke for sure. I looked and said to myself "a banner" ?? I have a confession, ok not really a confession because I've made this well known to those around me, I don't do banners. Really I maybe used a banner once or twice before. Generally they just sit there and stare at me and eventually end up in the donation pile. But then I saw the April Swag Bag and all its lovely awesomeness and sure enough a banner. Well my job was made easy and a banner I did add.

It was a month of birthdays for us last month between me and my youngest son, so the birthday themed pieces in the April Swag Bag were timely. I also used some left overs from the Pebbles Birthday Wishes collection which of course went perfect. Now normally I would layer those 6 cards that was on the list but I thought no lets not be the norm and do something different. And I do believe that it worked here.

So reach into the not so norm grab a Swag Bag and get with the Bossy Scrapper challenge or something else that strikes your fancy. Remember if you need to scrap use my code for 20% off your entire order.