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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Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Sweet Moment

I am playing along with the new Paper Issues Challenge called PI Partners Up.  This month we are partnered with the CSI Scrapbook blog site.  They have fun "cases" each month to solve by creating something from the case file that inspires you.  The Hawaiian case photo or tropical beach image had me all inspired to pull out our Hawaii vacay pics!

The CSI Case #247 was a tropical scene and that screamed Hawaii to me!

I used lots of Amy Tangerine Hustle &Heart for this tropical scene.  How perfect is the Sweet Sensation pineapple paper for the border?! It fit the colors in the CSI scene.  The tropical pink flowers were a must to scatter throughout my design and pick up the photo included in the CSI case for February.
I used a PI free cut file for the pineapple and backed it with more AT Hustle & Heart papers.

I added acrylic paint splatters to tie in the white Thickers and cut file outline. 

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Friday, February 2, 2018

Free File Free-For-All

I am over on the Paper Issues blog today because It's Free File Free-For-All!
It's Friday!!'s Groundhog in the spirit of seeing shadows, 
I created a fun black and white design using the heart wreath cut file today! 
 I love the Forever My Always collection from Pebbles. 
 These papers were so much fun to get creative with!  
Let's check out my take for February and Paper Issues Free File Free-For-All!

My why-
This guy--he is literally the sweetest.  
He will randomly say multiple times a day...."Mom?" 
 "Yes, Ryan?"
  "Mom, I love you."
  I mean my heart melts each and every time.
  He gives us all kisses.  
He makes sure we are happy.  
He just started opening my car door 
for me each morning before school...
and he waits outside so he can close my door, too.
Yes, so much love for this kid.  
I don't want to forget these moments. 
 We know they grow up in a blink!

Here are a few close ups:
Gesso and mixed media in the background. I used gelatos and the packaging technique for the color to bring color to the black and white background. I wanted the cut file heart wreath popped up with foam dots to create more of a shadow and depth from the bold text patterned paper.

  Still a fan of a touch of gold shimmer to a few of the embellishments scattered throughout.  Enamel dots and hearts are the perfect sprinkle!

See what I mean?!  All the Groundhog Day homage with the dark shadowy colors, black and white photo, and popped up layers!  The ephemera for Forever My Always, is just perfect for layering.

 I love the pink stitching against the dark backdrop.  Also, I just had to rough up the edges to curl back the patterned paper to show the soft pink and cute hearts.It ties in the colors of the cut file and the mixed media gelato colors that I layered.

So that's how I kicked off the new challenges at Paper Issues!  I sure hope you will join me and post your new creations using cut files or other PI free files in the February album!

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Always be the Color

It's Scraplift Sunday at Paper Issues and today we are lifting the amazing design by Amanda!  
Go stop by the blog and check out her awesome
 starry original using Dear Lizzy Star Gazer  
and the PI design team members unique takes on it!
For my take I used a mini paper art spinner
 that was originally designed for little 2x2 pieces of paper, 
I used heavy duty tape to secure my paper and I was in business for spin art background.

Here's a look at the process:

Jillibean Soup Shades of Color paper spinning
 after I added a dropper of Jillibean white watered-down acrylic paint 
to several rings on the background.

After:  Wet paint from the spin art machine.
 Isn't it kind of cool?  It was hard to cover it up!!
 I definitely will be trying out some other colors and layering colors
 to see how rad it can turn out to be for a magical background!

To fill in the burst color areas I added lots of Jillibean Soup Shades of Color ephemera.  I raided my sequin stash and found colors that coordinated in each section of the background.  I also included chipboard bits and Girl Power stickers from Pink Paislee Wild Child, and Dear Lizzy Star Gazer.

The Jillibean word sticker worked so well as a layer over the Wild Child rainbow.  The mix of embellishments wasn't too overpowering in the background as the white edges blended with the white paint spin splatters and they were mostly tone on tone. A part that I love is the "My Girl *bee* heart" cluster, as we often call Brooklyn "B" or busy Bee.

I absolutely love this photo of Brooklyn playing in the fresh powdery snow from Christmas break.  It makes my mom heart happy when she still wants to play outside and lets me take pictures!

So there you have it.  Play--
Play with new methods.  Try new mediums.
Give this a whirl.
Push yourself to use those papers and supplies you haven't touched!
I dare you to play--right now!
Capture your family or friends being playful.
Or take some time just for you--
have some creative play time.
We can't wait to see you play along with the challenges at Paper Issues.

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