Up to No Good!

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Hey Hey I'm back again! 3rd time in a week! See, I told you I'd be back on track!  I'm up on the Paper Issues Blog today sharing one of our awesome FREE cut files! I don't know about you, but I'm a huge Harry Potter fan. Can you imagine my excitement when I saw the Perfectly Potter cut file arrive in the Paper Issues shop?!?!  I'll take every chance I can get to weave some HP into my daily life.

This saying makes me think of my younger son and all the mischief he tries to create.  So does Wild Child by Pink Paislee. I mean come on, Danger? Wild and Mischief on the embellishments? Yes please!  The funny thing is, I couldn't find the right photos to go with it. Until this night. This wild child of my own was insistent that something was under the couch. I kept telling him nope, nothing is there.  He pushed, pulled and squirmed his way behind it, until he found what he was looking for.  He sure proved me wrong!

I had to decide on how many photos and their size before I could decide how to resize the cut file. Placing the photos in the center of the cut file seemed to be the way to go. I stayed with white behind the words so they would be readable, and stand out behind the green. I filled in the stars because, well, it makes them more wild! I also played off of the stars, using more of them scattered about.

I love how this part of the Perfectly Potter cut file works as a title, the story and design of my page. This just shows you how awesome and versatile our cut files can be!


Thanks so much for stopping by my creative view today! You too can join the Free File Free-for-All challenge this month. Grab a FREE cut file, create something and add it to the February Challenge album in our Facebook Group.  While you are in the Paper Issues shop, take a look at some of the new releases, including PinkFresh and Pink Paislee. Your purchases are always 20% off when you use DEVRA at checkout!


Snow Bros

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Good morning! I know it's been a while. I'm off my game. I'll be trying out a new routine over the next few weeks so bear with me. I promise it will be worth it! Anyway, I'm 'Keeping it Sketchy', with a new project for Paper Issues using the Feb sketch. 

You know me, I have to be different, so I said no to the hearts! I traded them in for snowflakes instead. This page is all about the snowflakes. I used the free Snowflake Grid cut file to create the background. What could be easier than that? Umm, maybe backing it with more snowflake paper, then layering more Crate Paper Snow & Cocoa snowflakes onto the page. I love the extra bits of color and sparkle they add. 

We don't usually get enough snow around here to play in, so we definitely took advantage of it. A nice long walk, even letting the dog off the leash to run around. The best part for sure was watching him laugh in the process, and of course getting a few great photos. 

Thanks so much for joining me and my creative view today. I have a few ore things to share coming up so check back again soon. All new releases are arriving in the Paper Issues shop, so you need to check in there frequently. As always use DEVRA at checkout for 20% your purchase!



Supplies: PP-Crate Paper, Carta Bella, American Crafts, Silhouette, Die cuts-Crate Paper, American Crafts, 


Feel the Love

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Hey there! Good morning and Happy February. Wow. That happened fast! I'm so happy to be the first to share a project in the new challenge format for on the Paper Issues blog today. What new format you ask? Well, today, we revealed ALL of the February challenges. That gives all you crafty friends the whole month to play along with all of them! Each day here on the blog, we will share a project featuring one of our challenges. Ready?

I have for you, something I made for one of everyone's favorite challenges, Take 5 Tuesday.  Here is the new board:


Let's just start with my items, then how I can tell you how I got to them. It may be more than 5! 
1. Red, 2. Patterned Paper 3. Turquoise, 4. Stitching, 5. Heart,  as well as white, polka dots, flair and something shiny. 

First I had my photo. Look at my sweet boys! I feel the love! No matter the differences between them, they are still brothers who love each other. 

So, I started with the Heart Grid FREE cut file. It said "Stitch me" loud and clear. I pared it down to 8 hearts, enlarging them for my grid. You know what else was yelling at me? Crate Paper Main Squeeze! See where I'm going with this? 

All the pretty patterned paper fills up the hearts. What's your favorite? I can't choose! Maybe Smooch? I used both sides of that one, because turquoise and kisses. Maybe it's that Purrrfect multi colored scallop. Clearly I couldn't decide, so I used several. 


When it comes to embellishments, I'm not any better at decision making, so I used them all. Yep. Chipboard, which is where the shiny comes from.  


The cardstock stickers  are so fun to layer with the puffy stickers and ephemera


I guess you could also say having lots to choose from made this so easy to put together! Thanks for taking a look at my creative view today. I hope I've inspired you to create something new. 

The Paper Issues {Friends & Fans} Fans Facebook group is where you can find all of the February challenges, as well as daily chit chat, fun and games. Every time you create and share a project, it's a chance for you to win a GC to the Paper Issues shop! Speaking of shopping, Crate Paper Main Squeeze is available NOW in the shop. Get it before its gone for 20% off using DEVRA at checkout. 


Supplies: CS-American Crafts, thread DMC, Crate Paper Main SqueezeHeart Grid cut file, Silhouette, A Flair for buttons


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XOXO

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Good morning! It's Scraplift Sunday at Paper Issues! Today we are lifting Elodie! I love this. to me it's a great design that can be lifted directly, or adapted so may different ways!


I didn't change it very much. I added several more tags, layering and embellishing them. Extra layers and die cuts around the photo too. I wanted a soft but playful feel to the page and it turned out exactly the way I wanted.  Pebbles Forever My Always made all of this so easy to do so. The little touches of kraft and mint are a perfect contrast to the various shades of pink. The woodgrain heart A Flair for Buttons fits right in, and stands out at the same time.


My sister and my son. Aunt and nephew. Their love and affection for each other is always present and evident. I love watching them together.

Thanks so much for stopping by my creative view today. I'll be back this week with more to share. Head over to the Paper Issues shop to get yourself a treat. It's always 20% off when you use DEVRA at checkout.





It Happened in 2017

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Hey there! Today at Get It Scrapped we are talking about creating a Year in Review on our scrapbook pages. Not just any old review, but creative designs to help tell your stories. 
I do create a year in review page. It's usually more fun for me than this year's was. Creating this page gave me a reason to look for the positive, fun and meaningful moments of the year. 
The design came to me when I saw this Polaroid Frame Banner cut file in the Silhouette store. I thought I could use some of the frames for photos, some for journaling and some to embellish. I altered the file by eliminating some of the frames, adding my own colorful chipboard frames around the photos to highlight them so I could use larger photos.  Two challenges arose while using this design. The first was I couldn't place the photo and journaling next to each other on each 'row'. That called for black arrows to point towards the journaling for each photo. The other was there wasn't much room to embellish. I chose 2 meaning fun ones, hearts to show the family love and month stickers to give the appearance of moving through the year.


Although 2017 wasn't my favorite year overall, there were some standout moments. I chose to focus on some of the most important events and moments, with a silly fun one thrown in there too. 

Supplies: Cardstock & Stickers: American Crafts, Patterned paper-Crate paper, frames-Simple Stories, Alphas-Basic Grey, American Crafts, arrows-Studio Calico, Freckled Fawn, cut file-Silhouette







CREATIVE APPROACHES FOR YOUR “YEAR IN REVIEW” PAGES
Posts on Jan. 30
Year in review pages can be a fun way to combine our favorite moments and stories for the span of a year all in one page or spread. 
Your assignment is to find a creative way to present these moments and stories on the page. These pages should combine 5+ photos and a good deal of journaling in a standout way. We’re looking for something more than a straightforward grid/block design for this page, push the envelope and look for other approaches to present the photos and story on the page 
1. What is the story/message behind the page?
2. Do you regularly make “year in review” pages or was this a first?
3. What was the biggest challenge that you encountered with this approach and how did you address this challenge in your page design?
4. What creative approach did you take to presenting multiple photos and ample journaling on the scrapbook page?
5. Supplies

Tequila Mockingbird

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Hey there and good morning! It's another Scraplift Sunday at Paper Issues and today awe are lifting this awesome layout by Kelly.


Crater Paper Good Vibes has been appealing to me. The more I looked at it, the more it made me laugh. Why? Well, look at this page! Let's talk about the embellishments because that's really what makes this collection. It's a hodge podge of happy sayings, trendy sayings and icons. When you put it all together,  you get an eclectic mix that somehow works together.  

I didn't change much from the original design. My papers are a little larger, my photos are horizontal, but that's about it. Fun layout to lift and easy to play around with! ok, I lied.  How about that title! not on but two larger words and two cut files! Paint Outline and Puffy alphas!


My book club holiday party got a little out of hand. Wine may have been poured, book exchange was mayhem, uncontrollable laughter may have occurred as a result of one book in particular.... It did for me and a friend that's for sure. 

Thanks so much for stopping by my creative view today. Head over to the shop to get what's left of Good Vibes or maybe some other things that catch your eye. It's always 20% off when you use DEVRA at checkout!




Dream Chaser

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Good morning! The January Notable Quotable challenge is on the Paper Issues blog today. This quote spoke to me so I jumped on this one!
The word 'dream' stood out to me, so that's where I began.  When I thought about paper collections for this, I decided Pink Paislee Turn the Page had what I was looking for. This collection has many inspirational sayings and icons perfect for this page. I grabbed all the blues & greens I could find, and began by cutting apart all the hexagons from paper #17. Then I layered some other papers behind the photo. I scattered all the stars from the Fresh Start Icon Thickers , adding a few pieces of ephemera. The title is a sticker, and says exactly what I wanted it to say.


My son is a senior this year, so we are all thinking about what's next. We all have dreams for him, but none are important if they are not his. Im not sure he knows yet what they are, but once he does, I know he wont stop until they are real. 

Thanks so much for stopping by my creative view today. I've got some more projects to share, so come back again soon.   The more I play with Turn the Page, the more I like it. you can get some for yourself in the Paper Issues shop for 20% off using DEVRA at checkout




 
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