Sunday, December 4, 2016

December Pinspire Me Mood Board

December is such a beautiful time of year.  
A time to visit with family and spread cheer. 
 There are such fun treats like truffles, hot chocolate, popcorn balls and candy canes.
A sea of white covered pines and amazing textures in the forest.  

If you are inspired by the trees, the fabric snowballs or the combination of various fonts, we hope that you want to play along with our December Pinspire Me Mood Board challenge.  All you need to do is, find something in this board that inspires you, create a project and upload to to our PIFF page HERE.  You may be the lucky winner of a Paper Issues Gift Card. 

Let's take a look at what our spectacular Design Team has created and shared.
Here is my layout.  I used Fancy Pants Merry & Bright Collection. I was inspired by the black, trees on the pillows and the words.

Inspired by the wrapped gifts and sprigs of greenery.

Rachel O'Neal also used Carta Bella Christmas Delivery.  Inspired by the "eat drink & be merry" as well as the overall colors of the board.

Melanie Funke also used Christmas Delivery by Carta Bella.

Stacie Dietz used Pinkfresh Oh Joy.  She was inspired by the tree pillows.

Cassie Box was inspired by all the black and white with a touch of red.

Heather Shank was inspired by the colors and chalk work.

Carolyn Johnson used Christmas Delivery from Carta Bella.  She was inspired by the twigs and the stripes in the straws.

Michelle Gallant drew inspiration from the colors an candy cane stripes.  She also used Carta Bella Christmas Delivery.

Mary Ann Jenkins was in spired  by the plaid wrapping paper and used a mix of collections!

We hope you are inspired to get going on this fun Pinspire Me mood board.  
If this board inspired so many DT members, it surely can inspire you too.  

Be sure to enter your projects HERE in the PI Facebook community.  
There are gift certificates to the Paper Issues shop to be won, and everyone who plays along with our monthly challenges is entered to win!

Remember,  if there is anything you have your eye on in the Paper Issues Store, grab it for 20% off with code: Mary-Ann.  Get free shipping when you reach $60.00.

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Cut It Up Saturday

Hello, PI friends!  We are throwing snowballs at you with this fun,versatile cut file this month!  Check out the awesome inspiration from the design team in using the Cut It Up free cut file for December.

I love how you can use the cut file to layer embellishments on top of the circles or back the openings with papers or photos.  Keep on scrolling down for lots of creative ideas for this cut file!

I used Simple Stories #Whatever mini collection for my take on the December challenge.  I cut out the cut file in black cardstock and added gesso, watercolors, and black India ink to the openings.

Here's one more peek at a close up of the layers.  I shared more of the process today on my blog.

Now, onto the design team projects and they are so incredibly talented!  They rocked this cut file with so many paper collections!

Cassie wows us each time she glues and this is another ahhhhmazing one with her beautiful project using Crate Paper Heart Day!  Believe me you need all the things to this lovely collection as you can see below!  The Heart Day patterned papers are so much fun and that background grid paper is all the heart eyes!

Rachel and her adorable sons stole my heart with this cutest take with layered hearts full of Bella Blvd's Holly Jolly Christmas papers!  I love that she used the Illustrated Faith stamps for her title and the You are Loved stamps on some of the hearts!

Melanie captured this gorgeous snowy tree scene with her camera and partnered it perfectly with Crate Paper's Snow and Cocoa for this stunning white on white use of the cut file!  I love the pops of gold she sprinkled throughout!  Those snow-covered trees have me dreaming of snow!

Michelle brings back the fall season beauty with her use of Fancy Pants Designs Golden Days.  I adore all of the bits of ephemera, feathers, and puffy stickers she was able to add to her circle grid!
Her photos of her daughter are always stunning and these papers just work perfectly with it!

Heather used Merry & Bright by Fancy Pants Designs and I am so loving those circle tags she used to layer!  Wow to all of the ephemera she was able to use along with her two snowy pictures!  It looks so pretty against the patterned paper!

Amanda joined us for her first Cut It Up challenge and we can't wait to see more!  Isn't it fantastic cut out of patterned paper?!  The circle paper number 3 from Pink Paislee Fancy Free works so perfectly in the circle grid! The paint splatters and machine stitching are fab additions to her design!

Carolyn rounds out the team designs with this lovely Crate Paper Snow and Cocoa layout with use of the cut file in bold black cardstock. She snuck in two circle photos behind the cut file to create a diagonal line of photos to doument her cutie's outside snow play! The CP Snow and Cocoa winter critters are so sweet with her pictures---winter beanies for all!

We hope you are inspired and take the time to stop in at the Paper Issues shop to download the free Cut It Up cut file for December and then shop for the best paper collections!

 Play along with this Cut It Up challenge now through January 6th for a chance to win a gift card to the PI shop.  
We can't wait to see what you create!  
Tag us on social media, PI friends, we would love to see what you have made!
 Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, December 2, 2016

Fan Feature Friday: Going Cold Turkey in Snow-vember #2

Would you like a chance to to have your Going Cold Turkey in Snow-vember project featured? Be sure to share your projects in the Current Issue album in our {Friends & Fans} Facebook group.

1. Esther filled her beautiful fall page with amazing details!

2. Do you want to build a snowman? Harmony did, despite the lack of snow in TN. Super cute!

3. Cherrie's layout design is full of fun circles, a mix of photos and embellishments.

Thank you all for playing along with us! Be sure to grab the "super fan" image below to showcase on your blog.

See you on Monday with a look at our December issue!

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Plan on It...Christmas Wishes

Hello, Violet here on the blog today. 'Tis the Season to be jolly! I Love this time of the year. This months Plan on It challenge is Christmas Wishes. I used the Snow & Cocoa by Crate Paper to decorate my Travelers Notebook this month.

This collection worked awesome for my December Planner. All the pastels and Winter planner paperclips made the perfect fit in my planner.

I started by making TN insert using the Snow & Cocoa Collection Paper and continued to fill my pockets with sticky notes and stickers all planner girl essentials. Below is another example of the beautiful Holiday goodness going on in my Planner.
One of my favorite parts of opening my planner is seeing this shaker mason jar. I can just hug Crate paper for bringing this to the line. The snowman and sequence and all the way you can personalize was absolutely genius! and it made the cutest addition to my TN pocket.
One item I never get tired of making is bookmarks for my planners. I make them for every season and I love the fact that they add character and dimension to my planner and how they peek out makes my planner heart skip a beat. This collection had so much variety and beautiful colors.It was so easy to make my planner a beautiful Christmas planning play ground.

Thank you everyone who took time to stop by the blog. Don't forget to post our planner Christmas Wishes Planner Spreads to the Paper Issues Friends and Fan Facebook Group for a chance to win gift card to the Paper Issues shop. You have until January 1, 2017 to enter. I wish everyone a Wonderful Christmas and Happy Holidays.


Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Product Spotlight: Crate Paper's Snow & Cocoa

Hello, it's Becky here today and the Paper Issues Design Team is helping me put the spotlight on Crate Paper's Snow & Cocoa line this week! 

I absolutely love what the girls have created with this line!

Amanda used the adorable snowmen embellishments clustered around this super sweet black and white photo and it is just so ding dang cute. The little quote that Amanda included underneath her photo is too perfect!

Ann did her magic again with this line! She is the queen of 3D embellishments and layering. I absolutely love the die cut and patterned paper layered trees - perfection! 

Heather is quickly becoming the queen of cut files! I don't know what Heather ever did without her Silhouette before now! I love how she tucked die cuts in and around the snowflake cut file - so darn clever and cute to boot!!

Lisa, our resident Card Queen, put together this adorable little greeting! Who wouldn't want to receive one of Lisa's greeting card masterpieces in the mail? I adore this little die cut of a boy enjoying his hot cocoa!  

Melanie used all the adorable woodland creature die cuts on this cute layout featuring her furry little friend! Melanie's layout is getting me excited for the first snowfall of the year! Bring on winter!

I absolutely adore how Melissa used this circle cut file on her layout putting patterned papers in some of the openings and die cut and chipboard pieces into others!  I adore that fuzzy white bear peeking through the center!

 The only thing cuter than Rachel's two boys in this photo with the Gingerbread Man are those fuzz ball tree toppers! Oh. My. God. Every Christmas tree should be topped with poofy fuzz balls! 

Stacie broke out her mixed media supplies and her sewing machine for this layout! I love this photo of her daughter playing in the snow with her bright red beanie on! I also love the layering that Stacie did on this layout!

Carolyn caught two little girls in her Hello Kitty Snuggy trap? :) Aren't they adorable? I love how she use's the calendar card as a journaling card here!

Orange documented this Winter Wonderland photo perfectly!  I want to go play in the snow so badly! I love the gold snowflakes on this one and the thread peeking out from behind the cut files!

Thanks so much for stopping by to take a look today! If you don't have your hands on Crate Paper's winter collection, Snow and Cocoa, be sure to pick it up from the Paper Issues shop using the code below for 20% off your entire order from the Paper Issues shop! Be sure to link up all of your projects using this collection in the November challenge album in the Paper Issues {Friends & Fans} Facebook group.