Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Product Spotlight: My Mind's Eye

The last release from My Mind's Eye was ahhhh-mazing. With 4 new lines: Hey Mister, Palm Beach, In Bloom and Meow in stock in the Paper Issues shop the Design Team couldn't wait to play with these new lines to inspire you to do the same!

I used the Hey Mister line; perfect for the men in your life, even the men with four legs! The bulldog prints in this line are the best! This line was made for my beast Jaxson and I couldn't wait to dig into all the coordinating embellishments for this line. The Puffy Stickers were my favorite!

Devra also showed the love to her four-legged-friend in this layout! Isn't it amazing the bond we have with animals? I love that Devra documented this moment. I love that die cut bulldog from the Mixed Bag Die Cuts.

Lisa designed this fantastic Father's Day card using elements from the sticker sheet and the Mixed Bag Die Cuts. How lucky is the recipient of this hand made card?

Rachel designed this fun hexagon themed layout using a variety of the patterned papers both in 12x12 and from the paper pad. I adore the gold foiled airplanes on the navy back ground of the Jet Set patterned paper.

Renee designed this fun layout using a FREE cut file from the Paper Issues shop. What a great photo to document! It's the everyday moments that are so special to look back on!

Lina used the Meow line for this non-cat themed layout! The versatile patterns in this line really work for a variety of themes, especially the black stripe and the polka dots! The smile on that child's face! If that doesn't make you happy I don't know what will!

Stacie played along with the Palm Beach line and OH MY GOD I cannot wait to use this line! Flamingos! I love Flamingos! This line is all kinds of pink tropical goodness and I adore the gold foil paired with the pink!

This fresh and fun layout designed by Kat with Palm Beach is all the goodness. The colors make me wish summer was here! Aren't those stripe boarders to die for? If you love that stripe you have to take a look at the A-side of this patterned paper - swoon!

Kelly finishes off today's spotlight with this gorgeous floral layout using the In Bloom line. Perfect for weddings, family formals, prom, and more! And doesn't Kelly clean up nice - she looks gorgeous for her brother's wedding!

Thank you for stopping by to take a look today! Don't forget to link up your projects using the new My Mind's Eye lines in this month's challenge album. We can't wait to see what you create!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

A K.I.S.S. layout (keep it simple stupid!)

Hey hey everyone, it's Cathy back with my March blog post!  So one of the things I try to do when I'm coming up with a blog post is to challenge myself with something new or different from my usual scrappy habits.  Well this time I was kind of drawing a blank.  I realized how many of those "perfect" pictures I still had stashed, just waiting for an amazing layout to be featured in.  I decided to stop being afraid to scrap them and use a tried and tested formula for creativity.  Keep It Simple Stupid or Keep it Scrapped Simple ;) When in doubt of what to do, try doing something familiar, something you know will work!  For me that was a grid design.  I don't do grid designs very often, but I really love seeing when others do them.  A grid design helps so much because you know where your pictures are going to go, all you have to do is embellish your squares! I also kept it simple by using primarily the same collection, that way everything looks cohesive and I don't have to worry too much!  So next time you're in a bit of a scrappy rut, why not give a simple grid design a try, and don't be afraid to scrap those "perfect" photos!


Monday, March 20, 2017

New Issue: Anything Goes Round 2

Welcome to Round 2 of our March issue, Anything Goes! Want to join in? Create a paper project based on the suggested ideas listed below, then post your project(s) in the Current Issue album in our {Friends & Fans} Facebook group.

The deadline for sharing your projects is April 2nd for a chance to win a gift certificate to the Paper Issues store.

The design team created these beautiful projects to share with you:

 Clockwise from top L: Raechelle, Annelie, Elodie, Kat, Amy, Pol, Cat, Devra

Note: Clicking on a design team member's name will take you to their blog so you can see their project in more detail.

What is Anything Goes about? These are ideas to get you started, but feel free to think outside of the box and to use any product you'd like. Projects can be new or old and you're welcome to share as many as you'd like.
  • Create a paper project of your choosing — any theme at all. After all, anything goes. :)
  • Share a project about something that goes like a car, bicycle, boat, matchbox cars, toys on wheels, etc.
  • Make something about St. Patrick's Day.

We're super chatty and love to make new friends, so please stop by and say hi! You'll find us all over the Web:

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Swag Bag Sunday

Join the Paper Issues Team as we highlight an amazing bag of bits, the Swag Bag!  Swag Bag Sunday is one of my favorite day of the month.
To grab a Swag Bag, go here to the PI Store.  They sell out fast, so hurry.  
They contain current samplings of all kinds of products along with little embellishments.  

Let us show you.  The only thing I added to my layout was the 12x12 sheet of paper and the two different Thicker letters.  I used the February Swag Bag.

Looks like most of us used the February Swag Bag.  Here Is Rachel O'Neal....

Lisa Swift has a  pretty card....

Cassie Box.....

Another by Amanda....

Elodie Lusseau made a card....

Remember to use coupon code: Mary-Ann for 20% off your order.  If you reach $60.00, shipping will be free!  Hope to see you participate in our Swag Bag Challenge over in the March Challenges on our PIFF Facebook page. You could win a prize!!  

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Stitched Leaf Tutorial

Hey everyone! I'm so excited to share two of my current obsessions right now...Wild at Heart and stitched leaves! 

The Cocoa Vanilla Studio Wild at Heart collection is absolutely gorgeous! I can't stop drooling over it. The florals are outstanding and lately I'm loving adding stitched leaf elements to florals!

Here's how I have been adding some dimension to those gorgeous florals...

First step, draw your leaf with pencil. Then back that part of your cardstock with duct tape. Next, pierce the edges of your leaf, you want your holes to be somewhat close together to get a better fill (this is why you need the duct tape, to support all of those tiny holes!).

Next, about halfway down the middle of your leaf add one hole straight from the tip (point B in the photo). Your first stitch will be from the tip (point A) to point B. 

Now you are ready to start filling in your leaf! Go up through point C, the point parallel to the left of point B. And now down through point D (directly right of your leaf's tip). 
Next you will go up through point E and down through point F. 
This pattern will continue until your leaf is filled completely. Go up through the hole directly below point C, down through the hole directly below D. Now up again directly below point E and down through the hole directly below point F. 

I have relabeled the points for you to make this more clear. Up through A, down through B. Up through C, down through D. Working with the next point each time, quickly your leaf will be full! 

It seems complicated at first, but once you figure out the pattern, it goes very quickly! 

If you want a two toned effect you can easily switch floss colors! 

Now your leaf is ready for a flower! 

If you haven't already, go grab some of this gorgeous collection and save 20% with code Ali! 

Friday, March 17, 2017

Fan Feature Friday: Anything Goes #1

Before I get to today's features, I just want let you know that our Spring Crop has started in the Paper Issues {Friends & Fans} Facebook group. The design team has plenty of challenges (23, to be exact) to keep you busy throughout the weekend. Did I mention it's loads of fun and there are prizes? :)

OK, so on to this week's Anything Goes features. If you'd like to see your project featured, be sure to share your projects in the Current Issue album in our {Friends & Fans} Facebook group.

1. Beth shared this super sweet page, with pretty florals and a great banner design.

2. Bethany's page showcases a beautiful diagonal design that mixes her title with clusters of pretty embellishments.

3. Brande created a great monochromatic, masculine page.

4. Bethany created this fun and frosty page about ice skating in Minnesota.

5. Tina shared this cute boyish page, complete with fun banner work and use of embellishments.

Thank you all for playing along with us! Be sure to grab the "featured by" button below to showcase on your blog.

I'll be back next week with more features from Anything Goes. :) See you then!