Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Love This Life

Hi PI friends! Rachel here and I can't wait to tell you all about today's layout! I'm using my very favorite collection of the moment - Crate Paper Good Vibes. Just the name makes you smile doesn't it?! I love the colors (hello PINK) and so many of the fun patterns. And the ephemera pack does not disappoint!

For my design, I wanted to start with the first word of the title and then alternate sides and fill in the gaps with my photos and ephemera! For my large title, I used the Thick Paint Alpha cut file from the Paper Issues store. The Paper Issues cut files are so amazing and FREE! Hardly a layout goes by that I'm not using one. Check them all out here! These cut files are designed for the Silhouette machine, but can easily be converted for use with a Cricut. Check out this tutorial if you need help!

After my title, I added 2 photos with lots of layers, some chipboard stickers, and then finished off with some journaling strips I typed up. It turned out just as I had envisioned! Don't you love when that happens?!  Hope you love it! I'll be back next week with another Good Vibes layout for you! Thank you for stopping by today!

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Monday, January 15, 2018

New Issue: We're Off to a Fresh Start Round 2

Happy Monday! Round 2 of our January issue — We're Off to a Fresh Start — starts now.

In addition to the monthly issue, check out the other challenges in our {Friends & Fans} Facebook group. Each challenge has its own album. January challenges are right here. Please post your issue projects in the New Issue album.

The deadline for sharing your projects is February 4th for a chance to win a gift certificate to the Paper Issues store.

Let's take a look at the wonderful projects designed by the team:

Clockwise from top L: Mary Ann, Sindi, Wendy, Rachel

What is We're Off to a Fresh Start all about?
  • Show us pages about your plans/intentions/resolutions for the new year.
  • Use "2018" on your project.
  • Tell us how you rang in the New Year.
  • Share any project you'd like — anything goes. :)

We're super chatty and love to make new friends, so please stop by and connect with us:

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Scrap Lift Sunday: 1/14/2018

Kelly designed this festive falala layout that is inspiring today's Scrap Lift Sunday layouts below. Pull out some papers and your scissors and glue with us today!


Becky used the Bohemian Dream collection from Cocoa Vanilla for her take on Kelly's layout. She is trying to summon those warmer, summer months with this sunshiny, bright layout!

Damaris used the Sweater Weather line from American Crafts for this awesome lift! She used the "Stitching Snowflake" and the "Lowercase Open Alpha" FREE cut file from the Paper Issues shop. Her title work is absolutely adorable.

Rachel documented this cute photo of her and her husband using Crate Paper's Good Vibes line. She also used a FREE cut file from the Paper Issues Shop, Floral Sweetheart, how apropos!

Wendy document her sweet pup being sweet using some Simple Stories from her stash! Dog layouts are the best, no?

Mary Ann scrapped these adorable photos of her girl playing on this fun carriage at the park! What a fun memory documented with the Turn the Page collection designed by Paige Taylor Evans for Pink Paislee.

Devra used Crate Paper's Good Vibes and Oasis collections as well as the "Puffy Solid Alphs" FREE cut file from the Paper Issues shop on this "punny" layout!

Elodie used the Lovely Day and Saturday collections designed by Dear Lizzy for American Crafts on this adorable layout. She also got feisty with the fussy cutting - look closely!

And final, Kelly lifted herself using the Creekside collection from 1 Canoe 2. She too broke out her scissors for some fussing cutting - all of those white roses are from the Midnight Roses patterned paper.

 Thank you for stopping by today to take a look? Don't forget to play along with all of the Scrap Lift Sunday layouts and all of Paper Issues' other monthly challenges in the Paper Issues {Friends & Fans} Facebook Group

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Notable Quotable

 Hey everyone, it's time for a new quote challenge.  I went with a more neutral one this month, just to make it a little harder!  Take inspiration however you want.

Here's mine.  I used the whole quote.  The photos are from my daughter going to a hockey camp with gold medal olympians!  I used a mix of Dear Lizzy products and the Heart Background cut file.

Lisa used the new Echo Park Fashionista collection and made this pretty pink LO.

Rachel used Crate Paper Good Vibes.  I love the design and layers!

Wendy used Carta Bella Welcome Home.  I love all the little strips for the journaling.

Kelly made this pretty patriotic LO!  I love those stars!

Devra made this beauty with the Turn the Page collection from Pink Paislee!  It's so beautiful!

Join our facebook group Paper Issues Friends and Fans to play along with our challenges for a chance to win a GC to the store.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Fan Feature Friday: We're Off to a Fresh Start #1

Happy Friday! It's time to spotlight some of the projects you've created for our January issue, We're Off to a Fresh Start. We love featuring your projects so be sure to share them in the New Issue album in our {Friends & Fans} Facebook group.

1. Fleur created these fun and colorful pages in her One Little Word book. How cute are those pom pom frames?

2. Heather's designs are always amazing and this page is no exception. So many beautiful details and the layering is spot on.

3. Kim's page has a great tropical feel! That's because she documented a bucket list item — to visit Hawaii again.

4. Chelsea hasn't scrapped in a while but she got back into the game with this beautiful page! Don't you love the awesome grid design?

5. Raechelle created an awesome page about her 2018 crafting goals. Isn't that a great idea? She also used some of the FREE cut files available in the shop. Be sure to check them out!

Thank you all for playing along with us! Be sure to grab the "featured by" button below to showcase on your blog.

I'll be back on Monday to give you a look at round 2 of We're Off to a Fresh Start. :)

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Scrap Soup - January 2018!

We have a new Scrap Soup Challenge for you today!  Remember you must use everything in the soup recipe, but can add more to make it your own!

Here's my layout, using 3 stickers as my "3 of the same types of embellishments". I also used the wagon wheel from the Howdy, Cowboy cut file that is available for FREE in the Paper Issues store!

Wendy's layout has lots of bits and pieces from Crate Paper's FaLaLa collection. I love the old family photos and the mix of pastels and brights together.

Photo Play's Boys Rule collection is front and center on this fun layout from Kelly! I like how she split her layout diagonally for the half patterned paper part of the challenge! So eye catching!

Lisa shares a trip to the aquarium. She is always so good at coming up with the catchiest titles for her layouts, and here's proof!

Up next is Damaris with this cute, cute, cute birthday layout made with the Pebbles Happy Hooray collection. She uses die cuts as her 3 same type embellishments. I love how she added "fourth" above the banner!

And finally, from Stacie, this beautiful layout using her very own Floral Sweetheart cut file. Did you know Stacie makes all of the Paper Issues FREE cut files?? Yes she does!! Check them all out here in the Paper Issues store!

Now that we've inspired you, how about playing along with the Scrap Soup challenge too?  Link your project here in our Paper Issues {friends & fans} facebook group. You could win a gift card to the Paper Issues store!!

***Use code Mary Ann in the Paper Issues store 
for 20% off your entire purchase!!***

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

What does 2018 have in store for you...?

 2018 is upon us and I can hardly believe that we are already 2 weeks in! I swear, I cannot even keep track of how fast time flies! 

This month's product spotlight is all about welcoming in 2018 and saying goodbye to 2017! What are you most looking forward to in the New Year? Do you have resolutions or goals that you want to stick to in 2018? What where your favorite moments from 2017? We can't wait to see your projects this month!

Becky used the Dram Big line from Fancy Pants to document her 2018 motto! You have to get yourself into your scrapbooks some way, right?

Amanda used Pebbles' Girl Squad and the September Swag Bag for this layout about her goal of letting go, being comfortable with herself and having fun in 2018! Sounds like a great idea and I adore this layout!

Rachel used Pink Paislee Wild Child and the Thick Paint Alpha FREE cut file from the Paper Issues Shop on this layout. Her boys are starting off the new year with spiffy new hair cuts!

Thank you so much for stopping by today!  Don't forget to play along with all of the January challenges in the Paper Issues {Friends & Fans} Facebook group!

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Let's Party with Try It Tuesday!

Hi Paper Issues Friends & Fans!

Amanda here, & I am so super dee duper excited to be welcoming in the New Year with you all!
To get celebrating in style, we're going to try using party decor in our projects this month!
Suggested items that you could use include:
- straws
- banners
- streamers
- sequins
- ribbons & bows
- napkins
-party favours

Use one, or use a few, on your creative projects!
This challenge is suitable for ALL project types - cards, layouts, planners, TNs, pocket pages, OTPs etc. & you can enter as many new creations as you like!
I can't wait to see what you'll come up with!

Here's my sample layout for you....

"Birthday Wishes"

Eeeep! Isn't this the cutest!!!
I have used the super bright and fun, Pebbles Happy Hooray collection - LOVE it!

When it comes to buying #allthethings I may have issues! 
Why on earth did I buy that Cake Topper Set when I don't get time to bake?!! LOL!
Well never fear, I used it, as well as some party straws, to create my layout today! 
And I have to say, I am pretty pleased with how this page came together.
Here's a closer view for you.....

Oh this just screams PARTY time!!! SO cute! 
I've created an adorable lil party scene around my birthday boys photo!
I use pattern paper Party Animal and my Fringe Scissors to create the appearance of grass, and then I  proceed to build the 'scene' up. 
The Die Cut party animals in the grass are the cutest! 

I insert my Cake Toppers Happy Hooray skewers into my paper straws, so they no longer look like cake decorations, and I apply the banner too! 
Who would've thought the Cake Toppers would be perfect for a layout?!!
I fussy cut some sprinkle clouds from pattern paper, Sprinkles On Top, and add Puffy Icon Sticker balloons to the 'sky'. SO cool!

A few more Ephemera Die Cuts & embellishments complete my Happy Birthday page!

Cuteness overload!
Such a bright and fun collection for documenting those celebrations with!
Absolutely adorable!

I hope you feel inspired by my colorful creation!
I can't wait to see what you'll create for this challenge but before you get started,
 let's take a look at what our talented team has created too!

*Remember: Clicking on a team members name will take you directly to their blog/instagram account for a more detailed look at their project*

First up is Wendy with this spectacular celebration page! 
She has used sequins as her party supply, and coordinated her diagonal design with 

Next is Devra with this incredible concertina fold card - WOW! 
She has also used the Pebbles Happy Hooray collection & I just adore the party straw 'candles' on her birthday card design. Check out those fabulous 'flaming' Happy Thickers! So awesome!

Rachel is next, and she's got some gorgeous Valentine's Day inspiration for you! 
She has used Crate Paper Main Squeeze & supported her adorable photo cluster with red party streamers. SO sweet, indeed! 

And last, but by no means least, 
Stacie is sharing some Christmas Magic!
She has included a black & white striped treat bag, as well as a glittered gift tag as her party supply items. Stacie has also recorded her son's Christmas Wish List onto the tag - I love hidden journaling, so clever!
The collection is Pinkfresh Studio December Days & doesn't it just look amazing?!!

I think you'll agree with me that our team has some serious talent! 
Thankyou ladies for such wonderful inspiration!
Please be sure to visit their blog's and leave them a lil love! 

And now it's your turn!
I can't wait to see what you'll create for this fun edition of Try It Tuesday!

**Upload your creations in the January Album of Paper Issues Friends & Fans Facebook Group HERE to go in the draw to win a Paper Issues Gift Card**
Sharing on instagram? 
Tag @paperissues  and #paperissues so we can like, comment and maybe even share your project too!

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Thanks so much for stopping by!
Til next time,