Sunday, May 20, 2018

Colors of Summer


Today I am up on the Paper Issues blog sharing my lift of this Sunday's Scraplift challenge. This week we are lifting the inspirational layout by Jen McMurtrey.  I love the new collections from Pinkfresh Studio and used Be You and Let your Heart Decide for this design.



Here is Jen's beautiful original design using Elle's Studio Noteworthy collection:

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I adore this design's use of color blocking
 and I had fun time sorting through my Pinkfresh collections 
in search of embellishments that matched these color families.

The use of foam pop dots adds to the height variety in the quadrant of photos. 
  I lifted up two of them to vary it and create shadows along with
 the use of puffy stickers and enamel shapes which add shine and texture!


The metallic alpha add the perfect amount of shine. I adore the many colors of the Pinkfresh mini alphas that are carrried in the PI store.


I used the packaging technique (small pieces of plastic packaging with watercolors added) dab on the background paper to get the splotchy, spotty look of the watercolors to coordinate with the colors.  For some of the colors, I mixed multiple colors from the watercolor palette to get the exact match.


The golden color paper and the bright green were both cut from the Let Your Heart Decide collection Escapade paper and it is a favorite as it is ombré!


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  I hope you are inspired to play along at Paper Issues this month
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Sunday, April 29, 2018

You Make Me Smile

I am up on the Paper Issues blog today showcasing the Notable Quotable challenge for April. Here's the quote image:
I was inspired by the flowers and mason jar.  I used the mason jar cut file from the PI free files and made that my focus on the design.


For this layout, I was all about adding extra dimension to the cut file. I added watercolor to the stems to add a touch of green.  Amy Tangerine's Sunshine and Good Times new collection has fun patterns and spring colors that worked well against the dark background wood grain. The vellum layer for the mason jar softened the background and helped be the base of the photo.


Lately, I have used so much gold in my projects. It was a nice change to dig through my stash for silver. The silver pink foam Thickers were from an older Pink Paislee collection. I had silver chipboard frames that worked as a dimensional layer behind the photo.


After backing the flowers, I added enamel dots to the centers for added color and shine! The messy threads were a fun addition since I didn't use a bow or twine (or any sewing!!) on this design. I love the texture they add to the flower bouquet.


I hope you have enjoyed the weekend crop at Paper Issues, as well as our April Challenges.  The crop challenges are open through the week so you can enjoy International Scrapbook Day and play along with PI! Check out Paper Issues {Friends and Fans} for all of the details. April challenges are open through April 30th.  Spring Crop is open until May 6th at midnight pacific time.


Friday, April 6, 2018

Celebrate 14

Hello!  It's all about celebrating today!  I absolutely adore this month's swag bag kit from Paper Issues and couldn't wait to create a fun birthday page with it.  
April is my birthday month, so it's all about throwing the confetti around to whoop it up! 
 Evan my 14 year old may not love the colorful page design, 
but I went with the inspiration from the candles on his birthday pie!
Here's my rainbow confetti birthday celebration:

Here's a look closer at the colorful details:
I printed out a large number 14 from my computer to layer the paper strips over.  I then flipped it over to cut using the dark outline of the numbers as my cutting guide.


 Finished with the paper strips.  These are all from the 3x4 papers included in the April kit. 
 Plus, there are still several I didn't use in this design. 
Gotta love a swag bag and the ability to use it for several projects!


Layout with the "confetti" splatter- Nuvo mists from the Paper Issues store, Heidi Swapp Shine from past swag bags, and Shimmerz mists.I loved the ephemera piece that said "happy" to tuck in above the yellow birthday paper.


I loved the puffy glitter ephemera from Shimelle's Glitter Girl collection.  It adds the perfect dimension in the vertical stack of paper layers.

The Pebbles Happy Hooray chipboard banner stickers worked
 so well to create a banner across the entire middle of the design.


So that's my pop of colorful to start off your day.  I hope you are inspired to grab an April Swag Bag kit from the Paper Issues store and create your own "Party on a Page".
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Saturday, March 17, 2018

Oh, Boy!

Playing along at Paper Issues!  I busted out the Pink Paislee Wild Child and was inspired to use this space paper for my son's silly outer space photo! I mean how perfect--a Star Wars shirt, the outer space window, and all of the Wild Child supplies I need to use!



A few close ups, here's my ham!  Space-loving, everything Star Wars, Ryan!


Love all of the pops of red and metallic red throughout the Wild Child ephemera and stickers. Cut file title from Paper Issues found within this set: Greatest Adventure.


Yes,  I wanted it showered in splatters of paint to add to the spacey feel and depth of the design. Find this cut file title on My Greatest Adventure cut file.  This is a bonus cut file that isn't shown on the store image.

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Friday, March 16, 2018

Dream It, Wish It...

Today I am up on the Paper Issues blog sharing my love for PI Swag bags!
Paper Issues monthly Swag Bag kits are so easy to create with!
Here is how I  used the February "Write It Down" kit
to create my second project.  For this layout, I was inspired by 
the numerous Vicki Boutin "All the Good Things" collection items. 
 I added mixed media paint stripes in the background 
to pick up the minty-blue hues in the butterfly and embellishments.


Here's a pic of the February Swag Bag- the kit I used was a variation of this as all kits are slightly unique!


Here are a few close up views of the mixed media and hand stitching that I added for the butterfly trailing throughout the background. I added Shimmerz watercolor paint splatters and painted the cork star to be color-coordinated.


I attached the butterfly in the center and lifted up the wings with foam pop dots to give it dimension. The background paper is Jillibean Soup. The thread was the perfect match to bring the color across the page!



Time at the hotel pool, means hours of swimming and pretending to be a mermaid.  
Yes, always a mermazing time at the pool!
All of the Swag Bag kit papers become layers and pops of color for the photo cluster.
  The Vicki Boutin ephemera, journaling cards, and bird clip added the perfect little touch at the top.


The bow pin balanced out the pops of black that were scattered throughout the design.  I love the gold paper clip embellishment to group all of the layers together.


Here's how I used the February Swag Bag the first time using a background 
cut file from Paper Issues and the brighter colored swag bag items. 
See how you can create such a different look with the same kit??? 
 I love the versatility of each month! The Jillibean Soup felt bow is adorable to clip on photos!
Guess what...I still have February Swag Bag items left after two layouts!  
This is why you totally need one or both of the kits available in the shop!


Check out the matching watercolor splatters! I loved the rainbow vibes from this kit!


If you are wanting to see more- here's the March Swag Bag kit called- I've Got This! It's so bright and bold! This kit will be so perfect for Spring Break photos or documenting spring fun!



I can't wait to see what you create!  Please share your projects on social media and tag Paper Issues or play along in the Paper Issues Friends and Fans Facebook group.  
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