Monday, May 21, 2018

Take 5 or More!

Today I am participating in the Take 5 challenge over in the 
Paper Issues PIFF group and here on the PI blog.  

You can use any of the items on the list but you MUST use 5.  
This was super easy for me since I love to add lots of things to my layouts.
Here is the list....

I used: Pink, Blue, Flowers, Patterned Paper, Stripes, Bow, and Layers!  That is 7 things from the list!

Over Thanksgiving last year, my family went to see some dear friends in Texas.  
Since we were all girls, I used the girliest stuff I could find from the Paper Issues store!  I used Maggie Holmes Carousel collection made by Crate Paper.
I added a few flair for just the right added embellishments.

Head to the PI store to get what you need to play along.  Use code: Mary-Ann for 20% off.

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Sunrise Sunset

Hey there paper loving friends! Devra here today with a Pinspirational, Pinsational, Pinspire Me project. Can we talk about how much I love this month's mood board? Lots. A ton. It has color. It has books and paint and donuts. Is that enough? 

Yeah....none of that was my inspiration today. I went in a completely different direction. See that square smack in the center of the grid? Yes. That's the one. It looks divided in half to me. Also like the sun setting over the ocean. Yes, I do know it's yellow, but that's what my creative brain sees. So this is what I came up with. A Yin Yang page divided in half!

I mixed a couple of collections from last fall, One Canoe Two Creekside with Carta Bella Welcome Home. I was looking for muted colors and these worked really well together. I used the sun from the Sun & Fun cut file. I just cut it in half. I layered everything else over it in a mirror image. The two sides of the page pretty much have the same style and types of embellishments. Chipboard, stickers and die cuts all tucked side by side. Are you singing along yet because the title is what joins all of this together and ties right back to that center square! See how I did that?

I've decided the only good thing about the sun rising so late here in the mornings during winter is that I am awake and can take photos. It happened to be a clear day when I could actually see the colors through the clouds. They were pink and blue like cotton candy. It was beautiful. 

Sunsets here are intense. The sky becomes bright with saturated reds oranges and yellows. I treasure the winter sunsets because they are so rare. They too are photo worthy. 

There you have it. I hope I've Pinspired you to join this challenge! You can find it and all the other challenges in the May Challenge Album in our Facebook group. There are several new arrivals in the Paper Issues shop. Get some new Echo Park and Crate Paper now, use DEVRA at checkout and it will be 20% off.  Thanks for stopping by and see you next time!

Friday, May 18, 2018

PI Partners Up with Cat

Hey everyone, it's Cat here, with my take on the PI Partners Up challenge!  This month we partnered with Let's Get Sketchy!  Definitely pop over to their blog and check out the awesome entries from their team members!   So here is the sketch that we worked with for this month!

This is a great versatile sketch.  You could alter it, flip it, or interpret it however you want!  Here is my interpretation of the sketch.

I hope you get a chance to check out all the other amazing layouts that have been created with this sketch, and thank you so much for stopping by today!

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Mom Wow

Hello lovely friends! 

It's Olivia. I love celebrating mothers, and even though it can be difficult for many reasons, I truly believe whether you've been pregnant, given birth, adopted, fostered, worked with, or given any other kind of support to others you are a mother. Women are incredible beings! 

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Last summer I became a mother for the fourth time. I've hardly scrapped his first year so this was a great way to start. 

I fussy cut florals from a Maggie Holmes paper, and bent or popped them up to give a little dimension & movement. There's a little bit of grey ink on the edges to keep them from blending into each other. Next, I layered my photo with blue and pink layers, a die cut floral wreath, and gold foil polka dot tissue paper. I used cardboard to elevate my photo. A few smaller embellies surrounding my photo and title, journaling on the LH side of the paper, and ink splatters were the finishing touches. 

As I was photographing this I decided it looked a little empty, so I scattered some enamel dots around and tucked some thread under the birdie. 

I hope you take some time to record your thoughts and feelings about mothers and motherhood. And if you're comfortable, please share with us in the Paper Issues Friends and Fans FB Group. We'd love to support and cheer you on through this journey. 

There's also a code if you need a little retail therapy 😉

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Scraplift Sunday Week 2

Hey lovelies, today I am up on the blog sharing what I created for Scraplift Sunday. For my layout I used 
Wild Heart by Crate Paper. This collection was so much 
fun to use. 

Everything except the fussy cut flowers and puffy gold hearts came from the Wild Heart line. I just love how the green and pink went to together so well. 

For this Scraplift we lifted Kelly’s awesome layout. 

Can’t wait to see how you play along! 

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

PI Partners Up with Sheryl

Hey guys!

We are teaming up with Let's get sketchy, this is a fun challenge where you have to make a layout using this sketch.

For this layout I used the new collection by Crate Paper "Here + There". This collection has a really
great variety of embellishments and paper perfect to document your travel photos.

I added spritz of colors for my background using my Shimmerz.
I used the 6X6 paper pad and few die cuts from the ephemera pack. I added stitching on top of the layout to adhere everything.

I added as well some stickers from the sticker sheet and chipboard stickers. Finally, I added I used the glittery alpha stickers to create my title.

I hope you can join us in this challenge and show us your take on it!

Thanks for stopping by,

Monday, May 14, 2018

What's Rachel Lookin' At?

Hello, my friends! 

Today I am excited to share with you my scrapbook layout for the “What are you Looking At?” challenge! For my photo, I picked a picture of a pile of books that are some of the books I read in 2017. Are any of those your favourites? I love to read! 

For this layout, I was inspired by a lot of the layouts lately that have had multiple layers of papers angled on the page and full of embellishments. It almost looks like the papers have just been slapped on the page. I love the effortless, messy, yet complete look it gives! Plus, it gives me good reason to use up those 12x12 papers and show them off in an awesome way!

I used that pink library card looking paper from Paige Evans’ “Pick Me Up” collection, along with my favourite floral paper. This was my first layout using this collection, so it was fun to be able to have such a large variety of papers and embellishments to choose from! I even snuck in a few pages from her previous collection "Turn the Page".

If you want to join in on the fun, head over to our Facebook page. And if you're thinking about placing an order in the Paper Issues shop, don't forget to use the code RACHEL20 for 20% off. With all of the new collections out and in the shop, I'm having a blast playing with new and exciting products! 

Talk soon,
Rachel Tallman

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Take 5 with Wendy

Good morning friends! Wendy here to share with you a layout for the May edition of Take 5. If you aren't familiar with this challenge, it's easy! From the list below you choose five things to add to your layout. That's it! You are more than welcome to use more than five, but you must pick five! Here's the list for this month:

Last fall I embarked on a project of digging through pictures at my mom's house. There is a treasure trove of photos there. Since they are older photos (not to mention that that have been sitting in a bin in the closet) they aren't the best of quality. I still feel it is important to scrap these memories of people and events regardless of their condition. So I am definitely up for the challenge of preserving them as best as I can. I love this picture of my grandma with two of her sisters being silly acting out the three wise monkey's principle of "see no evil, speak no evil, hear no evil."

I stash busted my Echo Park collection The Story of Our Family for my layout. I was very drawn to the owls and thought they were cute and fun. Then I had the idea of putting them in trees. That's when I was inspired by Cassie's layout. Instead of having cascading hearts, I would have giant trees that resembled the trees in this collection. I also used Fancy Pants (the hexagon pattern) and Simple Stories (that beautiful wood grain paper).

 My oldest son is an excellent drawer and, when I was bouncing my idea off him, he offered to sketch out a tree that I could use. I cut it out, mirrored it, and cut out a second one. I liked them, but thought they were a little plain so I doodled bark on them for fun! I free handed it and wasn't very careful with my design or my lines. I think they look more funky and unique that way.

My layout includes the following from the list: 2. pink, 3. blue, 4. flowers, 5. patterned paper, 6. stripes, 8. doodling, 12. layers, and 14. stickers. I hope you are feeling inspired to pick at least five items from the list and play along with this challenge. Or any of the other monthly challenges Paper Issues offers. Are you in need of supplies before you start creating? You can grab all your scrappy goodies from the Paper Issues store for 20% off when you use the code: Wendy. When you spend $75 you will also receive FREE domestic shipping. Be sure to stop by the Paper Issues Friends & Fan  Facebook page to check out challenges, projects, and inspiration. Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, May 12, 2018


I'm very excited to be on the blog today! My challenge was to create a layout inspired by the beautiful Mood Board for this month. This colours on this mood board scream summer, new beginnings, youth, growth and beauty. So what better photo to scrap than that of my beautiful daughter! I thought that the colours on this photo was perfect fr this challenge, and I have been wanting to scrap this pic for a while now, but didn't have the right challenge to scrap it under.

I used the Flourish collection from Crate Paper, the yellows, blues and greens in the collection are just striking. I fussy cut the flowers from the Grandiflora Magnolia sheet, and placed them all around my photo cluster. The photo is matted on a tag and a frame. I also experimented with some mixed media, I wanted a very subtle texture in the background, so I took a Kaisercraft stencil and applied some texture paste to the page through the stencil. I used some of the chipboard as subtle colour accents, the butterfly to balance the other larger emphemera butterfly and then the small blue heart and small blue word accent so bring in some more of the blue I had going in the photo cluster.
Lastly I added some Heidi Swapp black and gold color shine. 

I hope that you give this challenge a go, the colours in the mood board are so very inspiring and uplifting!
Have a great Day!  Leslie.   

Friday, May 11, 2018


This challenge gave me the kick to scrapbook photos of my mom, who passed away almost three years ago. It was hard to scrap this fist layout and the tears fell down my cheeks. But while scrapbooking, I had a moment filled with memories and I feel that I have to make more layouts with photos of her, to tell her story and to keep her memory alive.

Shortly after this first layout, I scrapped a photo from her funeral, and I add it as an extra layout. Please, just don't scrapbook happy memories, scrapbook the sad ones too, and the hard times. Life isn't all about joy and happiness. 

I have used mostly Crate Paper Here & There and a little piece of Flourish. The enamel hearts comes from Pinkfresh Studio as the leatherette leaf.

The embroidery thread comes from my mom's stash that I now have.

My mom loved the song "the Sound of Silence" and that title was perfect to use. The flowers comes from the Mason Jar Fresh Picked Flowers Free Cut File.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Love you Layout with Anita - Free Cut file

Hi everyone,
Today I’m sharing a layout using a free cutfile for free cutfile Friday ..
I decided on this big beautiful heart with flowers and a photo of my (squishy bear) kitty 
My patterned papers I chose are from the crate paper flourish collection you can find then in the paper issues store 

I started off by backing my white cardstock with the blue floral aand using it to back off the flowers of the heart cutfile with the blue patterned paper and light pink to the smaller ones. Then decided on the pink geo patterned paper behind the heart and to soften the pink I added vellum in front of it . Next I add some of the same colors to matt my photo on with a bit of tissue paper behind my photo to add more texture and soften it then using some of the ephemera I add some behind my photo layers 

check out this wonderful free cutfile from paper issues

Using the chipboard stickers and some glitter thickers I added my title 
Then some bling from my stash to the centres of the blue flowers 

And a butterfly sticker and a vellum frame and a chipboard heart on a paper clip to my photo 

Then using some dragons eye sparks paint I flicked some to 3 spots on my layout and then paint all the little leaves with it

Then to finish it of I machine stitched a border around the edge of the cardstock..

I hope I’ve given you some fun inspiration today...

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Wednesday, May 09, 2018

Debbi Is Mad for Monochromatic!

Hi, Paper Issues Fans! I'm so excited to be sharing my first layout as a member of the Paper Issues design team! My first assignment was to create a monochromatic layout, which took me a little out of my comfort zone because if you know my scrappy style, I'm all about color, and lots of it, but I love a challenge, and I had a blast creating my layout for this one!

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I went with orange to match the stars in my photograph. Using one of Paper Issues awesome free background cut files is a perfect option for the monochromatic challenge, and I chose the Star of the Show cut file as my starting point.

I backed all of those wonderful scattered stars with scraps from my stash, including several from Studio Calico's Thataway 6x6 paper pad. 6x6 pads are perfect for backing intricate die cuts because the patterns are smaller-scale. I also used some orange parts from the Patchwork Show paper from Amy Tangerine's Hustle & Heart collection. And that beautiful scripty "Stars" in my title, is another Paper Issues free cut file called I Love You More Than All of the Stars.

Here are the files I used. You can see I used a part of each of them.

Star Of The Show-Free Cut File  I Love You More Than All Of The Stars Free Cut File

I layered up my photo with some orange patterns as well as some black and white papers for contrast. The puffy stars are by Pinkfresh Studio.

Here's a look at my story, which is partially hidden when it's tucked behind the photo cluster.

I hope you'll give this fun challenge a try! Be sure to join us on the Paper Issues Friends and Fans Facebook Page and share your creation there for a chance to win a Paper Issues gift certificate. 

If you order some of the awesome scrappy goods for sale at Paper Issues, make sure you use the code Debbi and you'll receive 20% off of your entire order. How amazing is that!