Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Little by Little: Shimelle

Today on the Paper Issues blog, we are spotlighting Shimelle's new collection Little by Little.  I loved the mix of brights and pastels for a fun and playful layout about my son wearing his crown pretending he was the king.

I loved the details on this B side of the feather paper for my background. I wanted to fussy cut the triangles from this Higgledy Piggledy paper into bunting/banners and the diagonal lines make a perfect spot to place them.

The papers work so well together and the colors pop from the matching collection embellishments! The mini polka dots that are on the papers are picked up in the wooden button embellies and on the alpha Thickers.  I love the polka dots on the Magic tag!  The foam phrase Thickers are so versatile and come in black and white!

 I hope you'll try cutting up the triangle paper or another pattern in Shimelle's gorgeous collection. There are so many papers that are perfect for some fussy cutting action!  I love to do projects like that while I am watching a tv show!

One more peek!  I love dimension and the shadows it creates on my pages.

Have an amazing day! Thanks so much for stopping by.  
I hope you get out your Shimelle collection and start cutting into it to create something fun!

If you need Shimelle's new collection, Little by Little, check it out in the store and grab it all.  The colors and patterns make this a perfect spring addition to your projects!

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Swag Bag February

I am always excited to get a monthly Paper Issues Swag Bag in the mail!  Cassie jam packs the kits full of page making bliss!  Of course, these are perfect for so many other types of projects- Project Life, card making, off the page, and planner spreads!
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I used the January Swag Bag kit to make this banner layout.  I was inspired by the sweet banners, ephemera, and stickers included in the kit!  It made this design come together so quickly.  I cut several more banners and flags from other cards and layered the heart day cards with paper scraps and my 2 x 2 photos.

I love starting with gesso and the packaging technique with watercolors for random fun! 
 This is how it started:

I layered the pieces and bits from the January kit to make the two strands of banners. The title is You & Me which is a free PI cut file included with the Poppy flowers cut file.  This worked perfect as it is all about our summer date nights. Several papers and ephemera pieces are from Crate Paper Heart Day and others from Pebbles My Funny Valentine!  Those glitter heart stickers added a fun look and texture.  I also glued on a smattering of the sequin hearts included in this kit!

When in doubt--machine stitch it out!  If I get sloppy on the first pass through--I make it part of the design to go over the stitching multiple times! Also, fringe scissor love--I added texture and style to the bottom of several tags by cutting the tags with the fringe scissors.  Love the Simple Stories clear stickers that were included in two of the recent monthly swag bag kits.  These added fun sentiments and helped add interest to papers that were plain!

Thanks for taking a peek today at all things Swag Bag from Paper Issues!  Get your hands on the 6 month subscription to never miss out on the bliss that comes your way-- don't forget that you can use code: Stacie to get 20% off of your subscription to swag bag bliss!

There are always a limited amount of single month to month swag bag kits that are released.  Check in the store today to see if there are any February swag bag kits available! You will love the fun things that are included each month.  I love sneaking them onto so many of my projects!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Simple Life by Pebbles Spotlight

Today we are up on the Paper Issues blog with a spotlight on Pebbles Simple Life by Jen Hadfield.

This picture of my daughter this past fall worked perfectly with the Simple Life collection.  This is definitely an earthy and monochromatic type of layout, but it is always fun to mix it up from the norm!  The woodgrain Thickers are a fave of mine with this collection!

I love the wood veneer set and the butterflies were a must to go with the patterned paper.  I love to add stitching to add a bit of texture and interest!

Have a wonderful day!  I hope you get a chance to check out the design team on the Paper Issues blog and get more ideas and inspiration on how to use Simple Life in your projects!

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Roll the Dice February: State Fair Time

Happy Valentine's Day!  I hope you are off to a sweet start on your day!  We are Rolling the Dice at Paper Issues today and Rachel rolled 5 photos and 3 circles.

I went with Sweet Nothings by Fancy Pants Designs to celebrate this day of LOVE!  This page documents a trip to the MN State Fair.  We love the fair food and the Super Slide!

I went with a banner style layout design to incorporate 5 little pictures in a way different than I normally do--use a photo collage print!  The scraps and strips of Fancy Pants Sweet Nothings paper came in handy to cut at a diagonal and layer!  I added pop dots under them to add dimension above the bold stripe FP paper!

 I played by the original roll and only used three circles!  The rest were the awesome puffy sticker hearts that I absolutely love!  They are so much fun to sprinkle all over!  The black puffy alpha stickers are a classic font that is so pretty!

I added a few bits of ephemera and sprinkled India ink all around the background.  It's the fair--it better have  a fun vibe to it!

We are looking forward to your creative ways to sneak in 5 photos and 3 or more circles.  I hope you play along with Rachel and Roll the Dice!  Post your new projects between now and March 5th to have an entry at the PI gift cards.
 Don't forget Friday, Feb 17th is another edition of Scrap n Chat on Facebook!  We are excited to see you online!  Make plans to chat it up, play the game and complete the challenge!

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Happy Valentine's Day!  Happy Galentine's Day!  Happy Friendship Day!  Enjoy!

Monday, February 13, 2017

Mix It Up Monday- XOXO Arrows

Today we are up on the Paper Issues blog for Mix It Up Monday.  This month Orange is challenging us to try embossing with mixed media!
I gathered up my stash of arrow stamps and embossed them before adding watercolors. I also had some floral stamps that I embossed and painted as well!  Love a good watercolor resist project!

The Simple Stories Love & Adore collection is so easy to work with!  I love the colors in it and that pop of yellow is just my favorite! See the embossed arrows peeking in the top corner? They were so much fun to create a pattern with on the top and bottom of the page.

I added watercolor to the chipboard Love in my title.  I love the mix of ephemera, 4x6 stickers, chipboard, and cardstock stickers included in the Love & Adore collection that worked perfectly with this page.

I added the embossed florals at the top corner of the LO and lower corner of my photo.  See the shine of the embossed arrows at the top edge?!  I love the black, shiny glitter embossing with this collection.  I love the paper elements patterned paper for quick strips of paper to add to a LO.  The polka dots paper add that pop of bold color to draw the eye to the photo.

I hope you will mix it up this month and join us on PIFF for a chance to win a PI giftcard.  Embossing on a project is so much fun to try out.  I have used this technique a few times and it is always fun (think crayon resist art as a child!!)  I love the look it creates.

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