Thursday, September 21, 2017

Out with old, in with the new.

Hi, I'm Wendy and I'm one of the newest PI girls... and I have issues. Paper issues for sure. I like to buy ALL THE THINGS. If you're like me, those kinds of issues can be overwhelming, right?? We buy all the new things to stack on top of the old things and it piles up. As they say, out with the old, in with the new. So stash bust that old stuff to make space for the new stuff!

I pulled together all kinds of papers to make this layout. I stash busted a couple of older collections by using some Authentique, Bella Blvd, and Bo Bunny. Then I threw in some newer papers and embellishments from American Crafts, My Mind's EyeOctober Afternoon, and Photo Play. You would never even know that the American Crafts papers are Christmas papers!

Don't get overwhelmed by your stash. Don't be afraid of mixing older and newer products. When looking through your collections, look for similar colors and patterns. Draw inspiration from the colors in your photos too.

Be sure to join the PIFF Facebook group to see lots of inspiration and fun challenges. Stop by the Paper Issues Store and shop for ALL NEW products AND FREE cut files. Use code Wendy for 20% off your entire purchase!

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Product Spotlight: Unicorns, Rainbows & Sparkles - Oh my!

Hello ladies! Becky here today putting the spotlight on rainbows and unicorns, because what could be more fun?!? If you are anything like me, you have been going insane over all of the amazing lines featuring rainbow patterns and unicorn embellishments! I seriously cannot get enough! Check out all of these fabulous lines in the shop now:

Our design team has pulled together some fabulous inspiration using these lines!

I used the Fairy Tales line from Doodlebug to capture one of my daughter's many magical snap chat photos! How boring selfies where before Snapchat!

 Amanda designed this whimsical page using the Glitter Girl line from Shimelle. The unicorn background paper couldn't be more perfect for this carousel photos.

Ann designed this striking layout with so many fun details and layers using the embellishments and papers from the Carousel line by Maggie Holmes. You can find that amazing unicorn die cut in the ephemera pack.

This hilarious page from Devra captures her "unfiltered" and playful nature! Devra used papers and embellishments from Shimelle's Glitter Girl line. And that camera shaker sticker...? So awesome! Also, those woodgrain and glitter thickers - to die for!

Mary Ann also used Shimelle's Glitter Girl line to document this adorable photo of her girl.  I adore that speech bubble journaling die cut from the ephemra pack!

Stacie played along with the Glitter Girl line as well as one of the FREE Paper Issues cut files. Stacie's photo is freaking awesome!

Tracey documented her first day at her new job using Shimelle's Glitter Girl line. So often we, as the moms and wives, are so busy documenting everybody else in our family that we forget to take a moment and include ourselves in our family's story! What a great reminder!

Thank you for stopping by to take a look today! Be sure to link up your layouts using rainbows and unicorns to this month's Product Spotlight challenge! We can't wait to see what you create.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

First Annual Triathlawn - Elle's Studio Family Fun

Hi all! Tracey here, sharing my first design team layout for Paper Issues. I used the Elle's Studio Family Fun collection to create this page about the time I officiated a cornhole tournament as part of my friends' first annual TriathLAWN event. Even though the collection has a lot of family and home themes to it, it's super versatile for documenting any story you want to tell!

I just love how this leafy patterned paper from the collection worked with the theme of my page. I used both the A and B-sides of the paper and paired it with other versions of the same pattern from the 6x6 paper pad and a 4x6 tag from the collection. I also used a bit of that delicious wood grain paper along the bottom of the page and to mat my photos.

After cutting the title (the official logo from the event) on my Silhouette, I embellished the page with various puffy stickers, diecuts, and tags from the collection. I stitched the diecut triangles together to create a banner along the bottom of the page. Finally, I also added a few of the plus sign stamps from the collection's stamp set and finished the page off with a few splatters.

I can't wait to see what you make with this bright and colorful collection. I hope you'll use the hashtag #paperissues if you share your work on social media, and join us in the Paper Issues Friends and Fans Facebook community! Shop this collection and all Elle's Studio products in the Paper Issues store here, and don't forget to use the code Tracey to save 20% of your order!

Monday, September 18, 2017

New Issue: Let's Give Them Pumpkin to Talk About Round 2

Hi everyone! Welcome to round 2 of our September issue — Let's Give Them Pumpkin to Talk About. Scroll down to get all of the details.

In addition to our monthly issue, be sure to check out all of our other challenges. You'll find them in our {Friends & Fans} Facebook group. Each challenge has its own album. You can get a look at the September challenge album right here. Please post your issue projects in the New Issue album.

The deadline for sharing your projects is October 1st for a chance to win a gift certificate to the Paper Issues store.

Before we get to what this issue is about, let's take a look at some inspiration from the team.

Clockwise from L: Damaris, Wendy, Tracey, Rachel

What is Let's Give Them Pumpkin to Talk About about?
  • Show us anything to do with fall, whether it's apple picking, a fall tradition, a visit to the pumpkin patch or your favorite thing about fall.
  • Use a fall collection for a non-seasonal page.

We're super chatty and love to make new friends, so please stop by and connect with us:

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Scraplift Sunday - Scraplifting Damaris

Well would you look at that! It's Sunday again. You know what that means right? It's Scraplift Sunday! We're making scrapping so easy for you today. First, take a look at this layout we are lifting today. Damaris created it for out Try It Tuesday challenge. Second, take a look at how the team lifted this layout. Third, give it a try! 

Devra here, and I joined the challenge this week. I traded in the circles for toys. Carta Bella Toy Box that is. Toys are scattered everywhere. I sued all the embellishments. Chipboard stickers, brads and enamel shapes, they are all there. From top to bottom, bottom to top.  Hey, kind of like my son's room!  

Rachel admitted she's not ready to let go of summer yet. I'm so glad she hasn't! All of our favorite things about summer, and Pink Paislee Summer Lights are on this page. I really like the change she made to a single photo. I don't know about you, but now I want to go tot the beach!

Tracey played along today and I'm so glad she did. She used Carta Bella Hello Fall and the Pebbles Wood Die cut paper beautifully to give us a unique spin on the lift. I love leaves! 

Wow. Amanda created some great texture here with her painting and mixed media skills. What a great background for her framed photos to sit. The little bits of Cocoa Vanilla Wild at Heart finish this off perfectly. 

Wendy also pulled out some pulled out some Cocoa Vanilla for her fun page about her son. She used one larger photo and it works great! I love all the gears with the little bits in between!

Look how pretty! Kelly played with Pebbles Girl Squad. I love how she used all the different papers in this collection to create her circles. The little added bits are the perfect finishing touch.

Looks like Cassie did some fussy cutting of that lovely Creekside Rings & Crosses paper. The larger circles look amazing as the base for her photo. This page is just yummy!

See, we've given you several ideas how you can lift this layout. So go! Get your supplies and start scrapping! Then add your projects in to the September Challenge album in our Facebook group. You dont what o miss out on a chance to win prizes at the end of the month!

But wait! Need more supplies? Get them in the Paper Issues shop at 20% off when you use DEVRA at checkout! 

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Hungry. Growing. Messy. Boy.

Hi, it's Damaris.
One of the newest PI Girls.
Just feeling a little nostalgic this month.
If you're like me, you may be conflicted between wanting to actually scrapbook using older paper collections (because you refuse to be labeled a hoarder), and keeping the collections you once loved so dearly stored away since the "STYLE" is long gone.  Never fear, this feat is actually possible!  You can use what you have and build your page to a more modern format by just adding splashes of paint, sprinkles of stickers and clusters!  We all love those cute clusters!  Mix the old stash with some new embellishments and make those photos come alive!

I used Echo Park's "All About A Boy", and a couple of Amy Tangerine's & Fancy Pants' puffy stickers, to create an updated layout of my 1st grader - who was 18 months at the time of these photos.  I may be on a journey to documenting his baby photos; for the simple fact that he's about to be 7 and it is really resonating in my heart.

Come visit the PI Shop for more Echo Park and other collections.  Don't forget to take advantage of my coupon code "Damaris" by saving 20% on your total purchase.  And if you have created layouts, make sure to share them with us in our Facebook Group!

Friday, September 15, 2017

Fan Feature Friday: Let's Give Them Pumpkin to Talk About #1

Happy Friday everyone! It's time to shine the spotlight on some of the projects you've created for our current issue, Let's Give Them Pumpkin to Talk About. We love to feature your projects so be sure to share them in the New Issue album in our {Friends & Fans} Facebook group.

1. Chelsea did a beautiful job stash busting Jen Hadfield's Warm & Cozy collection to scrap this pretty selfie.

2. Natalie shared this oh-so-sweet page about her little one. I'm loving the warm, fall colors. Such a great combo!

3. Melanie designed this fresh, beautiful fall page using Simple Stories' Hello Fall collection.

4. Darby is creating a scrapbook for a friend. How adorable is this sweet, fall addition?

5. Heather knocked it out of the park with this unbe-LEAF-able wreath design! It's a stunner!

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

See you on Monday with a look at round 2 of Let's Give Them Pumpkin to Talk About!

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Scrap Soup Challenge - September!

Hello Paper Issues friends, it's time for the September Scrap Soup Challenge!! Join in on the challenge by using all 5 ingredients. You can add more to the recipe to make it your own, but you must use the 5 original ingredients.  We'd love to see how creative you are!

For my layout, I used all 5 items from the list, and counted my photo as one of the three required rectangles. I also have a few more than 4 embellishments, but remember, you can add as many extra things as you would like!

Lisa's  layout is about her daughter learning to drive. She used the cutest embellishments, I especially like the "Darling, You've Got This" and her Road Ready title!

Next up is Wendy with this layout about her best friend.  Don't you love her mix of patterns and designs!!

I love the soft feminine look of Amanda's layout. The mix of the Explore Flower FREE cut file with the doilies is so pretty!

I love the mixed media background design on this amazing layout from Stacie! Such perfect colors to go with her photo!

And finally, a sweet layout from Devra using the Boys Fort collection from Pink Fresh Studio. This one is about the connection between father and son. I love the look of all the layers under the photo!

Now that you've been inspired, how about playing along with the Scrap Soup Challenge too!  You can upload as many NEW projects as you would like to go in the drawing to win a Paper Issues gift card, each project counts as an extra entry! Upload your projects here in the Scrap Soup Challenge in our Paper Issues {friends & fans} facebook group. This and all challenges are due October 1st and winners announced October 2nd.

***Use code: Mary Ann in the Paper Issues Store 
for 20% off your entire order!!***

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Maggie Holmes Carousel

Hi friends! Rachel here and I'm so excited to be back on the Paper Issues Design Team. It's such an honor to be here and able to share my love of scrapbooking with you. This summer, Maggie Holmes released her newest line - Carousel. I love everything about it - the colors, patterns and fair like ephemera make it a fun collection to play with. 

I started with a piece of white 12x12 cardstock. Then I cut out several 1" strips from some of my favorite patterned papers in the collection. The Dazzle paper is definite must! To make the symmetry work for this layout, I first made sure the triangles in each corner were exactly the same size. Then I used a strip of paper like a ruler to make sure the spacing was even between each 1" strip.

For added dimension, I hand stitched between the strips with gold We R Memory Keepers thread. I love the quality of this thread - it's thick and has a metallic shine to it. There is gold and several other colors in the Paper Issues store. In the center, I added my photo along with ephemera and puffy phrase thickers

Hope you feel inspired! As always, thank you for stopping by. Need some Maggie Holmes in your life? Use my code RACHEL to save 20% off in the Paper Issues store! XOXO