Sunday, November 11, 2018

Scraplift Sunday- Family

Hello!  It is Sunday, and that means there's an all new Scraplift Sunday to check out at Paper Issues.  Today I am showing my lift of Angie's amazing concentric circles!  I am up on the Paper Issues blog today with more on this lift including Angie's original.



Circles are a design element I am drawn to and I couldn't wait to change up the design slightly by using a circular cut file.  The Concentric Dotty Rings free cut file  was perfect for the base of this design idea. I used the Authentique floral paper from the November PI kit: Family Tradition to peek through the back of the cut file. It was a subtle way to add colors behind my background.

Check out the amazing  Jen Hadfield Patio Party woodgrain Thicker words, and I was drawn to how Angie used them in her design.  I lifted that immediately from the PI November kit (yes, the amazing wood-look Thickers are included!), and started pulling little leaves stickers, chipboard, and fall ephemera items.  This November kit includes so many it was easy to find enough to cover the entire space!

Stamps are something  I have so many of and yet, I rarely pull them out to add them to my page designs.  I adore how Angie had the Heidi Swapp word stamps sprinkled throughout her circles admist the ephemera pieces.  Since the cut file had so many holes, I limited the stamping to just a few in three spaces.  The handwritten stamp words by Heidi Swapp are a must to have if you don't already own them!

The gold mist was the perfect touch to add to the swirly effect of the fall leaves.  I added it at the end and love the added color it brings to the design.  The November Family Tradition kit made this design come together so quickly.  I also snuck in there the October kit: Uma Thurman's PLS Corn Maze paper for my photo mat.  It is definitely not just a Halloween kit. The double sided papers are so versatile for other projects.

We hope you are still playing along with this weekend's Fall Online Crop at Paper Issues Friends and Fans Facebook group. There are so many fun challenges to get inspired. Hope to see your entries in the crop albums!

This week's SLS will be posted in the November challenge album. Play along all month long on the November challenges.  This one is a great one to play along with and customize like I did by using a cut file, stamps, embellishments or stickers.

Shop at Paper Issues and grab the new November kits or new holiday collections!
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Friday, November 2, 2018

Happy Haunting!

Happy first Friday of November!!  Time is certainly flying by. Yes, Halloween has passed, but your spooktacular photos are still waiting to be scrapped! Bella Blvd has the cutest Halloween paper collection Sweet & Spooky and it was perfect for my pic of my littlest Ry Guy and I at school! 


  The PI cut file Happy Haunting was perfect to coordinate with this photo!  It's been awhile since I used a large cut file title and I love the little dangling spider!  The larger bat works great as a photo mat and helped to ground my photo.


 The Uma Thurman October scrapbook kit included Nuvo black, so of course I needed to add little dots throughout the design! Have you tried Nuvo crystal drops instead of enamel dots??  If not, you need to try them out!


The Bella Blvd Sweet & Spooky collection has so many cute ephemera and sticker pieces to tuck into layers and sprinkle throughout the design. Using a cut file title is an easy way to create a unique look and a major statement on your layout!


Messy stitching is a great addition to a spooky design or any border!  A few times stitching around the page provides more definition against a patterned background get this orange scallop "Smell My Feet" paper here!

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!  Do you have plans to create some layouts this weekend? 
 If so, be sure to add your October challenges by November 4th 
or add your new challenges to the Paper Issues November Facebook album!

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Thursday, October 25, 2018

Take 5: The Boo Crew

Hi! Today I am up on the Paper Issues blog to showcase this month's Take 5 challenge!  
The list had lots of fun options, but I was drawn to using the
 free Paper Issues cut file  patchwork pumpkin and the word, Boo.  
Check out the rich autumn tones and patterns from the  Forever Fall line from Simple Stories
It is hitting my heart strings with the Elle's Studio wood grain paper in the background.  
Hello, Fall beauty!!


From the Take 5 October list, I selected:  Boo (cut file title), patchwork pumpkin cutfilelarge titlestitchingborder, and a tag

With cut files of this size that dominate the layout design, popping them up with foam adhesive adds a slight shadow and depth to add more interest against the rustic woodgrain background.  I adore when you can paper piece cut files and use up your favorite paper scraps as well!


This cut file and title was cut out of another Simple Stories collection tone on tone patterned paper.
  It adds subtle interest with the slight pattern and is a fun change from standard cardstock.
 I also splattered the cut file with gold mist drops before I added the paper backing pieces.
As for my photo, my crew of trick or treaters was unposed 
and unaware I was snapping their picture.  
Love when you can just capture a small moment in time!


The stitching added to the rustic look of the Elle's Studio background wood grain paper and the colors used in this Forever Fall collection.  It added a basic border around the layout and finished it off. The baker's twine secured the cute fox tag and was easy to add to the pumpkin stem!


Definitely grab this wood grain paper (it's in stock!!) and 
the Simple Stories Forever Fall collection for any kind
 of autumn celebration or photos of fall!  
It is beautiful and so very versatile even for Halloween!

Thanks for stopping by my blog today.  
 group anytime before November 4th!
I look forward to seeing your Take 5 challenge entry or
 any of the others that are waiting for you!
Tag us on social media when you use a Paper Issues
 cut file or play along with a challenge. 

 I look forward to gathering inspiration from you!

Get your SHOP on and stop by Paper Issues for all of the best!
Fall Crop is just a few weeks away...
be prepared and get some new items to inspire you!
Happy creating, friends!

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Swanky Swatches: Beautiful Ordinary Family Life

Hello! I am up on the Paper Issues blog today with a new October challenge!
 It is time to bring out the rich fall colors and this month's
 Swanky Swatches challenge has the perfect set of colors
 to work with on your projects.  I went right for the new Pinkfresh Indigo Hills 2 collection!



Here's the swatch to base your October design off of:
You can see I was inspired by the top three on the paint swatch and the bottom gray tone. 
Another fall paper grouping that would be perfect is Pink Paislee's Auburn Lane!


The Pinkfresh Indigo Hills 2 Eminence paper was the lavender/light blue wash paper used to cut the Paper Issues free circle blooms cut file out of to begin my layers above the wreath design background paper from Pinkfresh.


Next, I stitched on the Paper Issues free  Leaves & Laurels cut file out of golden patterned paper and more Eminence Pinkfresh paper. Check out those sweet coordinating Pinkfresh mini alpha stickers!  They are puffy, cute, and perfect for the little title words or details you want to document!


The Pinkfresh ephemera pack and puffy stickers had several leaves that were perfect for tucking in along the stitched border to create more texture and depth. Add a sprinkling of Pinkfresh Indigo Hills 2 enamel dots and it's complete-- instant fall wreath for your autumn photos! Love that this paper already had paint splatters and inked lines for an amazing base to build up my wreath design.


Thank you for visiting my blog today!

I can't wait to see how you interpret the amazing Swanky Swatch challenge this month!
 Don't forget to tag us online and post your creations to our October challenge albums on Facebook.
Play along with October challenges now through November 4th!

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 October scrapbook kits (that match perfectly with this swatch!),
 and more from Pink Paislee and Pretty Little Studio!

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Circle Blooms
Circle Blooms-Free Cut File

Leaves & Laurels
Leaves & Laurels-Free Cut File

Friday, September 28, 2018

Week 39: 52 Friday Favorites

Happy Friday! It's week 39 with our series 52 Friday Favorites
I am up on the Paper Issues blog today sharing my week in review!
This week I documented how proud I am of Brooklyn as a 7th grader 
playing up in high school tennis. I think she is so brave and has rose to the challenge.
 I think it definitely worthy of a shout out in my family's notable 52 weeks of highlights! 


I stashbusted some of the Pebbles Girl Squad stripe paper, Wild Child by Pink Paislee embellishments, and Thickers by Vicki Boutin for AC from the Paper Issues August kit Blue Ain't Your Color! The Pinkfresh enamel hearts added the perfect amount of color and shine, too! I adore the Crate Paper Rose two-tone alpha Thickers that you can still grab from the store!


I love this format to use small photos that I've printed and it's a great way to use up favorite scraps of paper and embellishments on a smaller scale. Some weeks I document on a single page and other week's like this one I wanted a larger title to create a double-pager entry.
I love these stripes and how they make all of the green in the tennis pictures pop! It was fun to get them to meet up in the middle at opposite angles in a V-design.


Sometimes my journaling is anything but straight when I am done.  
I think it looks pretty intentional when you add messy/wonky lines to your writing!

Let's see what is your favorite memory of the week! 
 Please post your entries in the Paper Issues 

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