Monday, November 20, 2017

Home Sweet Home

It's time for round two of Home is Where the Heart Is at Paper Issues.  I am documenting how our neighborhood development looked from Google Earth when our neighborhood lots were being plotted and prepped for building.



I love the bold tonal striped paper that I used in the background. It had such an earthy, home feel to it, I knew it was just the one to document my home-building story. Making a move to a new city and building a home from the dirt upwards, is a scary and exciting adventure. The Thickers/sticker quotes in Turn the Page worked so well with home building and moving with a family of six!



I used the free PI cut file: Heart of the Home for my title Home Sweet Home and the wood slice heart design. I used some of the ephemera from Carta Bella/Echo Park Welcome Home collection.




This design uses the Pink Paislee Turn the Page: patterned papers, ephemera, sticker booklet, chipboard stickers, and wood veneer.  Isn't it crazy how quickly things change?  This photo was taken in 2012 or early 2013.  Now 4+ years later, the houses are all filled in down the street and around the ponds.  This pictures are hard to believe when you see the current development.


Thanks for stopping by for our new issue "Home is Where the Heart Is".  
I hope you are inspired to try out a PI free cut file design or start documenting
 your move, new house, fresh start, or building project. 
 Don't forget to grab a Google Earth image to go along with
 your new neighborhood or old neighborhood story. 
Stop by the Paper Issues store to save 20% on all of the things from Pink Paislee or any of the collections in stock!

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Your Smile is Magic

Happy Tuesday!  I hope you are having a fabulous week and are ready to Try It Tuesday with all of us at Paper Issues.  Amanda Jayne has a fun challenge this month to try out making your own embellishments.
This was easy to play along with as there are always ways to DIY and create fun embellishments for your projects.  Think: tags, rosettes, flowers, layering cut files, etc...

I am using Shimelle Glitter Girl for my design.  I love the pinks and teal for this fun beach photo from West Palm Beach last March.
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I used the Tropic Like It's Hot palm leaves cut file from Paper Issues for the base of my DIY embellies. I layered the ribbon flowers (loops of ribbon stapled in layers with my Tim Holtz tiny attacher) More cut file leaves from the Tropical Palms cut file.  Shimelle wood buttons and enamel dots for the finishing touches. I got the Shimelle mixed embellishment pack in my October PI swag bag!

Thickers with wood grain and glitter?! Yes, please! I love this set paired with the teal foam glitter words!

 Machine stitching on the borders of the patterned papers for a finished look.  Love the Shimelle patterned papers: especially the wood grain stripes and the pink text word paper.  The sparkly stars paper is oh, so magical, too.

Play along with the fun at Paper Issues now through December 3rd! Save 20% on all of the Shimelle products I used as well as all of the rest of the items in stock at Paper Issues.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Pinspire Me: November

It's time to be Pinspired!  We are up on the Paper Issues blog with a new moodboard thanks to the talented Mary-Ann. Take a peek:

I was inspired by all of the leaves and the golden yellow colored leaves in the upper left, the blue around the turkey eye, and the sentiment of thankful. Dear Lizzy florals were the perfect match with my photo of my family. I also added the layer of mint green to match the leaves and the bold mustard gold stripe paper.

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The copper metallic chipboard Thickers worked so well to scatter throughout.


I love how the mixed media turned out on the base layer. I added lots and covered up most of it. It still looks fun peeking out from under the flowers.


 Dear Lizzy flair just had to be used as another pop of metallic . I also love the Maggie Holmes Carousel gold puffy sticker word phrase for the title.


Thanks for stopping by! 
I hope you check out the Pinspire post on the blog
 and get inspired to play along!
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Sunday, November 12, 2017

Scraplift Sunday: Together Quote

Today it's Scraplift Sunday on the Paper Issues blog and we are lifting a layout done by me for Take 5 Tuesday this past week.

I was inspired to use a striped paper as the base to layer and create mixed media effects. Amy Tangerine Hustle & Heart worked perfectly with this design. 

I started with the watercolors and worked on opposite sides of the paper so colors wouldn't blend together while it was wet. A straw from the Paper Issues Swag Bag kit was perfect for blowing the watercolors to create the long splatters.


I started layering ephemera, layered stickers, puffy hearts, mini bows, sticker book stickers, etc... from the Amy Tangerine Hustle and Heart collection.


This was such an easy way to use up some Thicker words from my stash! Most are from Amy Tangerine collections and just two were from Dear Lizzy.  Don't forget to cut things apart to form words you need!  I did this trick for the word "place." The layered globe sticker is absolutely the cutest.


By starting with the Bright Side paper as the base to match watercolors and ephemera, it becomes an easy process to match things up by stripe color. By grouping things tone on tone, it looks less crazy busy, and more layered and colorful. The eye can clearly scan the page and focus back on the small b & w photos. I especially love the clear heart stickers in all the colors found in the sticker book.  You get a whole page of the mini wonky hearts!


Have a wonderful week ahead!  
We hope you are inspired to play along with this week's scraplift or any of the new November challenges.  Please tag us on social media so we can be inspired by your creating and leave you some love!


Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Take 5: My Sun, My Moon, & Stars

Today it's all about Take 5 Tuesday on the blog at Paper Issues. Mary Ann has some great prompts for November.  Pick 5 and play along! This striped paper Paper 22 from Turn the Page by Paige Evans for Pink Paislee was begging to be used with the stars and rainbow painting.

Grab those 6x6 pads of paper and Thickers and hand cut letters or use your cutting machine to create your quote or title. I love the look of tone on tone patterns for subtle dimension and a title that isn't too distracting.

I started with the gesso and watercolors with a straw to get the splatter and drip look. Lift up some of the letters edges to create shadows.

 The Turn the Page collection has a few papers that can be fussy cut along with sticker sheets or Thickers that have stars. I put on my fave movies or shows and cut the paper 12x12 and the 6x6 version to create the rainbow  of colors I needed to coordinate with the striped paper.  I added foam adhesive to pop up some of the layers, stars, and my photos.

Thanks for stopping by. Enjoy your time picking at least 5 prompts to play along. Paper Issues has a big sale going on this week. Check the Facebook group or Instagram for more details.


Friday, November 3, 2017

Free File Friday: Little Boo

It's time to check out some Fall Fun for November's new FFF at Paper Issues
 What fun things have you been up this autumn?  
 Any pictures from Halloween this year? Any trips to the pumpkin patch or apple orchard? 
We can't wait to see you document it with any of the free files at Paper Issues.

A few close ups of the details: I added the watercolor stems for the pumpkins after I stitched them. I then added more paint over the stitching to make it a layered, deeper green.  I love the Pebbles Midnight Haunting papers. The Pumpkin Patch background layered with the black EEK paper makes a  great "blackboard effect" to layer the pumpkins.


The swirly orange paper I layered with the cut file is Pink Paislee Spellcast.  
It's truly the perfect pumpkin color.

I hope you will share your Fall fun with us on the PI Friends and Fans Facebook group.  
Download the free files and start documenting your awesome autumn adventures.
Post your new projects between now and December 3rd.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Notable Quotable: Together Hooray!

It's time to be inspired by Michelle's quote pick of the month. Check out the Paper Issues blog today for all of the details! I love this month's print from the talented Amy Tangerine.  The rainbow colors and her script writing made this layout come together in a flash.
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I used her new On A Whim collection and I love how the daisy cut file made the patterned paper pop against the bold pink!
I used the daisy frame cut file to be my photo border.  I love the Amy Tangerine half circle felt embellishments.  They add another texture, dimension, and color to a project. I love how these worked out perfectly for the flower centers.  My next new item added to the collecion are the enamel pin stickers. The camera was the perfect embellishment for my cousin and I, as we tried to snap so many selfies.

The paper clip flower has to be my favorite paper design.  I love how it looks on petals. Splatters of watered down acrylic paint finished it off! All the colors and patterns add to the quote vibe by Amy Tangerine. Speaking of Amy--did you see Cassie is offering 50% all of Amy Tangerine products that are in the shop. Code at checkout: AMY use code before Sunday!


We hope you will join us in the PIFF group and submit your CROP challenges before Friday/Sat.
This project gets linked in the Notable Quotable November gallery.


Monday, October 23, 2017

Favorite Moments: Swag Bag October kit

Happy Monday! Are you rocking a "swag-ger" in your step today? Go check out the PI blog for all sorts of swag bag kit inspiration. 
 I dug right into the October kit which included so many awesome embellishments.

 Swag Bags are the perfect motivator to get you creating all sorts of projects.  
I love using them on layouts, but swag bags can be used for planners, pocket pages, paper crafts, traveler's notebooks, and so much more.

 The little mini flip book card from Maggie Holmes was the perfect spot for mini 2x3 photos of my parents with all of their grandkids. I used my Silhouette Cameo sketch pens for the journaling to document these special photos taken on my parent's anniversary.


After the journaling was set, I added gesso and gold acrylic paint with the packaging technique.  After it dried, I splattered green watercolor. I used my Cameo to cut the cut file daisy from the Rings of Life cut file to cut into the 3x4 cards which coordinated with the florals and my photo.  With the remaining scraps, I cut the little flowers from Made with Love.  How about that amazing Maggie Holmes bow?!  I love that it fit right below my wreath of flowers.


I love the Dear Lizzy Star Gazer big wood veneer paper clip that was so perfect for clipping down the Maggie Holmes Carousel interactive flip booklet of photos. Simply slide the clip over and look at the other photos. This would be the perfect spot for hidden journaling or having my kids write messages to their grandparents.

 The October kit was jam packed full of embellishments--including an entire set of mixed embellishments from Shimelle Glitter Girl.  I used the sequin stickers and enamel dots in the larger flowers around the page. I have already used the embellishments on another layout and still have more remaining!


 Nuvo glue was perfect for any flower or embellishment gluing. If you haven't tried Nuvo, you are missing out-- the small tip is perfect for precision glue jobs like cut files! I tied in the word "golden" into my journaling as I wanted to add to the sparkle that was prompted by the gold sequins in this kit along with the gold strip attached to the Maggie Holmes flip booklet.


So that's it! Get the new October Swag Bag kit that is new in the shop today!  Save 20% off with code: Stacie  You will not be at a loss at what to do--these fun embellishments can be used on so many projects.   Get yours before it sells out, and they usually sell out fast!


Sunday, October 22, 2017

Happy In Hawaii

It's Scraplift Sunday at Paper Issues!  Stop by the blog and play along!  It's a fun way to incorporate multiple patterns and photos. Michelle created a fabulous design to lift.

I used Shimelle's Glitter Girl collection for my photos of Brooklyn
 having so much fun this past summer in Hawaii.  
Snorkeling with sea turtles for the first time and
 poolside with a flamingo floatie is what summer is all about.
I am crushing on these colors together. 
Teal, red, and pinks are so much fun paired with the ever so fave of mine- woodgrain! 
Glitter girl pattern papers worked so easily together--
I love when things just work out with your photos! 
I used the solid pink triangle from the one side of Make a Statement 
and the hexagons from the other side!  
The Embrace Chaos text paper is a great neutral to build a layout off of!


And so you ask, "Why should I glitter?"  Hello. Bokeh photos!!  
Seriously though.  Get that sparkle on.  Boys need some sparkle in their 
lives, too, think outside of the box and grab all of the sparkle included in this collection!
Grab all of the Shimelle Thickers teal words and woodgrain gold alpha.  
I also added the two tone red-pink Thicker alphas from the Valentine collections.


Here's a quick close up of my fave parts of this lift.  
The stitched seams and the enamel dots lining the paper edges. I also had to sneak in some tropical bliss, so I added Pebbles Sunshiny Day puffy stickers. 
 See those adorable hearts with gold edges?  
Those are new Valentine's Day collection from Crate Paper Main Squeeze.



This was such a fun lift.  Cut your papers at an angle and get playing along!  I hope you are inspired to mix it up and try some new products or actually cut into things you were hoarding like I was!

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Friday, October 20, 2017

Free File Friday: Boo! It's Halloween!

It's time for a Free File Friday at Paper Issues.  
It's all about the Boo factor!  
Show us your Halloween designs and projects or a festive fall page
using a Paper Issues free file.
Here's my take using new Fancy Pants Designs Spellbound and the web background cut file.


I love the scripty ephemera titles included in Spellbound and how the thin black lines mimic the lines on the spider web cut file background. I love the pops of orange in the pumpkins and in the polka dots which coordinate with the bricks.  The bats and Doodlebug Booville spiders are the perfect spooktacular little bits to add to the design.


The webs background cut file was cut in black cardstock are stuck down in just a few spots to give it dimension.


Join us online on the Facebook Paper Issues Friends and Fans group. Share your projects using free cut files, especially Halloween or Fall projects!  This month your challenge is to use leaf cut files or Halloween or Fall designs.
Save 20% using code: Stacie on all things in stock at Paper Issues.  As always, cut files are all in stock and FREE.  Download one, a few, or ten! Hope you are inspired to play along!