Friday, September 22, 2017

Free File Friday: Super Star Soccer!

It's FriYAY! I am so excited to show you another week of Free File Friday and today we are releasing a new file called Having a Ball! Go check out more details on the Paper Issues blog!

I was excited to get to my niece's soccer game and snap some pics of her in action!  My kids are not soccer players so it's always fun to watch a new sport for a change!
I love how Paige Evan's new Turn the Page collection worked for her soccer pictures! Red and pink is  such a fresh color combo!

The red was definitely a fun color to scrap with. I think Turn the Page is a must have collection!  
The embellishments (hello, stars!!) and mini paper pads are adorable!

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Hello Super Hero Friends!

Today it's all about the glitter and rainbows on the Paper Issues blog.  We are showcasing new products that just bring the wow factor!  I focused on Shimelle's newest collection, Glitter Girl and using a PI cut file for the base of my layout.

The puffy glitter shaker stickers are a must! Look how it fits almost perfectly in the cut file opening! These shaker stickers are so cute and add so much fun and playfulness to a layout design.The wonky paper polka dots"Get Messy" make this background so much fun. I love the clean white paper as a base for the colorful dots and prints.

Glitter foam Thickers in teal!! Yes, please! Love the fonts and the mix of block print and cursive.

The rainbow ombre style polka dot paper is so pretty as a raised layer off of the mixed media background.

Ok, just one more close up! I love these fun colors and the variety of prints in the new Shimelle collection. The Pink Paislee Girl Squad thickers were a favorite and it's perfect down below the main title.
Have a gorgeous day! Thanks for stopping by and taking a peek! 
Play along with all things glitter and fun of sparkle!
Get all of Shimelle Glitter Girl for 20% off with code: Stacie 

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Love this! Scrap Soup

Hello!  I played along with Mary Ann's Scrap Soup Challenge at Paper Issues.  Each month she gives you a recipe of what to use in your design. Check out the PI blog today with ideas on how to join in the fun.

I love using a Swag Bag kit from the Paper Issues store when I am scrapping away from home as it provides so many great coordinating pieces and papers to create something fun!  
This was the July kit and it worked so well with my photo and sunset color scheme.
 The big Amy Tangerine chipboard Thicker started the circle grouping and layers of polka dot papers.  I love adding chipboard elements like this to add height and instant titles or sayings! All the circles!

 I layered a sun and the title piece from Fancy Pants Designs. The background close ups show water colors, acrylic paint, and Shimmerz.

I added machine stitching around the photo to add more texture and a cohesive border to my photo.

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you try Mary Ann's Scrap Soup today and post your challenge entries online in the Paper Issues Facebook group.
Save 20% on your next Swag Bag or anything else from the store.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Fall's Finest Moments

Today it's all about the circles for Try It Tuesday at Paper Issues
I wanted the look of coffee rings/coffee stains on a napkin for my background. 
 I dipped a circle cup into watered-down tan Mr. Huey's mist.

I used Maggie Holmes for Crate Paper.  I love her new Carousel line. 
The colors worked with the fall feel I was going for. 
The puffy Thicker phrases, chipboard pieces, and stickers all add details and dimension to the design.
I love the Kraft Chipboard Thickers for a page all about coffee and fall!

A close up at the "cup rings" for a coffee background minus the caffeine!  I added the Maggie Holmes Carousel woodgrain background paper edge to balance the brown touches. The gold plaid paper is a total fave. It just pops with fall tones!

Splatters and banners.  Coffee is totally worth celebrating in my book! 
I wanted my stitching to stand out a bit more, so I kept in white thread, but added a bobbin of black thread which makes the stitch have just a point of color showing through.

Repeated colors and journaling to finish it off. Don't forget a bow!

Go grab Carousel in the shop and start creating some fun projects! 
 It doesn't have to just be used for fair pages or adventure parks with zoo animals!
Try out this month's Try It Out with a fun circle theme.  
Post your new projects in Paper Issues Facebook group.
Get your shop on soon--new things have been arriving!!

Monday, September 11, 2017

Pinspire Me: Adventure Awaits

Hello!  Today on the Paper Issues blog you can catch the latest moodboard for Pinspire Me. 
 I was inspired by the globe and the saying Adventure Awaits along with the inspirational quote.

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 I played along with Fancy Pants Designs Dream Big.  It is a perfect collection to inspire and carry the sentiment I wanted to leave for my littlest. I love this scripty text  Daydream Believer paper. The light gray color works well as a muted background.

A few more looks:

I used texture paste and scraped black acrylic paint behind my photo. You can find the cut file title in the Free Files section of the Paper Issues store.

The Dream Big ephemera, puffy sticker phrases, and star stickers worked well with the colors in the fall photo.

Fall photos with golden light filtering in are some of my favorites!

I hope you are inspired (Pinspired!) to join us on the Facebook Paper Issues group to post your entries into this challenge and more! Don't forget to check out the free files section of the Paper Issues store for more cut files for your projects.

Friday, September 8, 2017

Free File Friday::First Day of Preschool

Hello!  It was my back to school week here in Minnesota, so this is all about getting those school related photos scrapped with a fun free PI cut file.  Check out the Paper Issues blog for more inspiration from the Design Team.
 Here are a few close ups of the cut files I used (Love you to the Moon and Back - stars and the new School and Sports words cut file that's being released today.)
I used lots of Amy Tangerine Hustle & Heart from papers to stickers to tags and cut aparts.

 The School and Sports cut file words were so helpful in spelling out the title. The Hustle and Heart clear sticker booklet always has things to use on each design.  Loved the pen and pencil stickers for this school design.
 The coolest backpack from the Pebbles Girl Squad ephemera.  Stars cut file from the Love you to the Moon....

Amy Tangerine Hustle & Heart ephemera with gold foil and Fancy Pants tags from Family and Co.

 Hustle and Heart layered chipboard stickers.  I love that I was able to reposition these layers to make the sticker work for my design.

Have a wonderful start to your weekend.  I hope you are inspired to play along and download some free Paper Issues cut files.  They are free--download as many as you need!

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Don't Grow Up Today

Check out the rainbows that are showing up in the Working Title with Amanda today on the Paper Issues blog.

She is in middle school, but yet it makes my heart so happy when she wants to do things like make a stuffed animal with her younger brother! It's ok with me if they pause before growing up!! 
I started with the mixed media background of pink watercolors with salt and acrylic splatters of white.  Doodlebug Fairy Tale stickers and enamel hearts to add more rainbow embellies.

 Dear Lizzy phrase Thickers to add some multi-colored title pop to the photo!

A bit of wonky stitching on the edge and the Lawn Fawn rainbow plaids scream happiness!

Hope you have time to add a kick of rainbow in your title this month!
  Add your rainbow colored title layout to the album in Facebook group: PIFF.  
We can't wait to see your creative take!

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Take 5 Tuesday: Rocking Fall Break

Hey there! Thanks for stopping by to check out Take 5 at Paper Issues!
Take 5 is such a fun challenge to check out each month! 
 Paper Issues blog has the inspiration and the list for the month to refer to and start creating!
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Here's my take: I used Pebbles Girl Squad
2. gold 4. leaves 6. Fall title 7. patterned paper 8. cardstock 11. stitching 13. date 15.frame

I love this fun guitar, music themed paper from Pebbles Girl Squad.  It's perfect for a boy page just how you see that I used it.  It can rock the best of boys' themes, too!  How cute is his kid's meal served in a guitar?!
The gold foam Thickers are from the newest collections for Halloween called Spooktacular.  They are backed with black foam and I loved the contrast it provided!

The Amy Tangerine sticker book has a whole page of gold and colorful mini hearts.  Yes!  I love them to sprinkle on my pages!

The We R Memory Keepers Stitch Happy Twine can be used on its own without the machine! Grab some today for your messy threads or other fun ideas to embellish! More Amy Tangerine Hustle & Heart mini heart stickers from the sticker booklet!

Save 20% with code: Stacie to grab all of the things!!  
There are more new things hitting the store so don't miss out!

Thanks for checking out my blog today. 
I can't wait to see what you create for Take 5 in September!

Monday, September 4, 2017


There's a new issue at Paper Issues and it's called.... "Let's Give Them Pumpkin to Talk About" and that was a go sign to me to bust out the autumn collections for my project. I love this sweet family photo and it was the perfect reason to use the PI Rings of Life cut file.

I stuck with lots of Carta Bella's Hello Fall and grabbed the script gold foil foam Thickers from one canoe two and small gold Thickers from Maggie Holmes Carousel collection.

The Paper Issues free file wood slice cut file background made a great base to layer the photo and title. This photo was each family member's hand and a leaf we had picked-it is truly a family tree!

The small lowercase foam Thickers from Maggie Holmes Carousel collection have a soft green foam layer which picks up the green in the photo background. You can see how some of the tree rings I chose to leave unglued to provide more dimension and shadows. The Carta Bella cardstock stickers and Fall Forest tree paper made this design come together.

I love using the natural outline of the shape to place my longer title. I love using two fonts of Thickers alpha to accentuate certain words in a longer phrase. This soft patterned background paper is the perfect way to look at a background as your light neutral to build layers on!

I hope you'll get in the Fall spirit and join us at Paper Issues for this newest issue.
If you need new Fall collections--check out at Paper Issues for all the latest!  
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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Preschool Picasso

Check out the blog today at Paper Issues for all of the Amy Tangerine Hustle & Heart inspiration.  I love this bold collection that can be used for documenting so many fun things.  I have used it for travel pages, a page about my son with his cool sunglasses, a beach wavy design, and now an artist layout.

Here's mine using the painting icons as inspiration for this preschool art photo!

A few close ups:
Stitched border and a wonky, freestyle circle for the title and focal area of the layout. Perfect sticker book gold hearts to scatter and ephemera for layering..

White on white letters make me happy! They are the perfect size to add stitching over to ensure that they don't fall off the mixed media background.

The Hustle and Heart layered stickers are beautiful.  The puffy hearts are a sweet size to add to embellishing.

Be sure to stop by the Paper Issues shop for more beautiful Hustle an Heart items. 
 It is worth your time to stop in and shop--new items and so much in stock.