Saturday, October 1, 2016

Cut it Up Saturday

Hello everyone, it's Danielle here with you today with Cut it Up Saturday. This month's FREE cut file is an arrow background and you can get yours here in the store.

For my layout I used the Pink Paislee Take me Away collection by Paige Taylor Evans. This travel collection goes perfectly with this cut file to point out going places.

Rachel used the cut file on half of her layout and backed it with a mix of Crate Paper and Maggie Holmes papers. I love this design with the gorgeous frames.

Heather rocked the Crate Paper Cool Kid collection with this layout. The colors pop off the white background and perfectly match the colors in the picture.

Michelle changed the cut file up a bit and made this gorgeous layout. I love the ombre effect, it's so pretty!

Carolyn had this adorable picture to document. I love all the bright colors and fun title.

Stacie used her sketch pen with the cut file and it looks amazing! The papers are from the Dear Lizzy Saturday collection.

Melanie used the Pink Paislee Take Me Away collection for this gorgeous layout. I love that multiple colored paper she backed the cut file with!

We can't wait to see what you'll create with this cut file, you can link up your projects overhere in our challenge album.

Thank you for stopping by and have a creative weekend!

Friday, September 30, 2016

Fan Feature Friday: The Unbe-leafable Great Outdoors #2

Today's Fan Feature Friday showcases projects from round 2 of our September issueThe Unbe-leafable Great OutdoorsWould you like a chance to be featured? Be sure to share your projects in the Current Issue album in our {Friends & Fans} Facebook group.

1. Ali was inspired to play along based on all of the projects being shared. I love how she distressed and folded back the papers. Such a great design!

2. Wendy created this beautiful fall card, using a gorgeous wood grain background and fabulous color scheme.

3. Lynn loves to make fall cards, and this one is a beauty!

4. Sandi made this pretty coffee card using one of the first punches she ever added to her collection (the tiny leaves).

5. Kristina created a beautiful thank you card featuring a tree without leaves. Kristina said, "It is autumn after all." :)

6. Lisa chose a great neutral background for her fun camping page, adding in pops of color with a hexagon design.

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

I'll be back on Monday to introduce our October issue. Stay tuned...

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!