Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Paper Strips Sorted with Try It Tuesday!

Hi Paper Issues Friends & Fans!

Can you believe it's the last month of the year already?!!
Let's make it a December to Remember with this month's edition of Try It Tuesday!
This month let's use up all those ends of papers, paper strips and even the printed barcode strips of papers to create with! 

Suggested Ideas include:

 Create a shape such as a star, heart, or snowflake with your paper strips
 Stitch your strips together then die cut out a shape or tag
 Paper piece a cut file shape with strips
 Create multiple borders or frames  
Make a diagonal feature of strips in your background

I'm sure you'll have tons of creative uses for these strips! 

I had so much fun creating for this challenge, here's what I came up with,


JOY indeed! Snow much fun! 
I've used the gorgeous Pinkfresh Studio: December Days collection for my sweet Christmas page.
I had quite a few off cuts and left over papers from the 6 x 6 Paper Pad to use up from this line.
 As I was creating a Christmas layout, I took inspiration from my background patterned paper Ornaments, and decided to create my own paper strip Christmas trees! SO cool!
I just LOVE how effective the paper strip trees look! 
Here's a closer look for you.....

To add to the impact, I decorated my trees with sequin stars, Die Cut ornaments, and even popped a few presents (Puffy Stickers) under the trees. 

How awesome is that Chipboard Frame too?! Loving it all!
I hope my layout has inspired you to get creating but before you do, 
here's some more inspiration from our incredible team.....

First up is Lisa, and she's creating with the super pretty Pebbles: Forever My Always collection
Lisa has cut the barcode strip from the pattern paper, and stitched it onto the base of her page to create a border. SO gorgeous!!!

Next up is Wendy, with this fabulous Elle's Studio: Family Fun layout! 
She has cut her left over papers into strips to create that divine feature panel on the right hand side of her page! Just awesome!!!

Next is Rachel, and she's sharing the Joy of the Season with this beautiful Crate Paper: FaLaLa layout. I love how she's used her strips to create her candy cane style background - fabulous!
You'll also spot that fantastic cut file title! 
It's called Thankful for Family and you can download it for FREE here

Damaris is creating Christmas cards with Crate Paper's Snow & Cocoa collection. She's featured a paper strips background on one, and paper pieced the 
Bubbles FREE cut file on the other. Such a terrific set of cards, I adore them both!

And last, but by no means least, 
Stacie is sharing this fabulous Dear Lizzy Stargazer layout! She has used all the barcode strips to back her incredible cut file background! The cut file featured is called Brush Stroke Chevron & you can download it here. LOVE this!

And there you have it!
So much stunning inspiration to get your creativity ignited!
I can't wait to see what you all create!

Be sure to upload all your paper strip projects (cards, layouts, pocket pages, off the pages etc) in the
Every new entry earns your the chance to win a Paper Issues Gift Card -
 so what are you waiting for?!!
Have FUN!!!

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Thanks so much for visiting, 
til next time, 

Monday, December 11, 2017

December Pinspire Me Mood Board

Welcome to December!  
It is time for our glorious December Pinspire Me Mood Board.  It is soft and clean and full of inspiration.  We are hoping that there is something within this board that inspires you to create and play along with our challenge.  
If you are up for it, create a never before seen project, snap a pic and upload it to our 
Paper Issues Friends and Fans Facebook page and automatically be entered for a chance to win a prize.  Let's scroll down to see what our team has created.  

Eek!!!  Look at that polar bear!!!  
Lisa Swift used Crate Paper Snow and Cocoa for this super cute card.  

Another Snow and Cocoa layout using one of our FREE cut files!!!  Damaris used the Bubbles and Circles & Snowflakes files.  She also included that adorable polar bear!!!  

Using Crate Paper, Ann Tamimi has such a knack for layering.  She also has the best photos of the cutest boy!

Using a different collection is Amanda.  She decided to go non-traditionally and create a layout with out a Christmas paper collection.  Instead, she used Cocoa Vanilla's Wild at Heart.

Rachel's black background has me giddy with excitement.  I love busy, colorful backgrounds.  She used Crate's FaLaLa and the Scallop Lines FREE cut file.  

Cassie achieved a completely different look than the two previous Snow and Cocoa layouts.  She has a touch of whimsy with her floating snowflakes and twine.  

Stacie created a new cut file for her gorgeous Crate Snow and Cocoa layout.  She has even added it to the shop for you for FREE, called Tree Farm!  How beautiful.  

Grab what you need from the Paper Issues store for 20% off with code: Mary-Ann.  Free Shipping on all orders over $60.00.  
Don't forget to download our FREE cut files too.  
There is no limit on what you can download, so go get them all!


Sunday, December 10, 2017

Scraplift Sunday

Woo Hoo! It's Sunday again! That means another round of Scraplift Sunday. Today we are lifting this fantabulous Mary Ann Jenkins creation currently featured in our New Issue, Holiday Happenings. For me sometimes, its the simplest details that stand out to me, like the pine needles from the Pines and Needles cut file, and that winning banner of a title. Let's see how the team played with this today!

Wendy played today with the new Simple Stories Romance collection. Everything about this is beautiful. I love the little bows at the top and the sentiments stickers across the larger heart. Perfection.

I love how Rachel created her title with all the Wild Child Explorer Chipboard pieces in the vertical strip of paper! Even better is that photo! Looks like a wild bunch indeed!

One of my favorite things about Mary Ann, is her ability to mix patterned paper so beautifully. Today is no exception.  She has blended Crate Paper FaLaLa and Sweater Weather to lift herself.  I like her lift every bit as much as the original.

Well, there you have it. Join the fun and play along with us! You can find all of our challenges in the December album in our Facebook Group. Don't miss out on fun chatter, games and the inside scoop on all the Paper Issues happenings. Shop for any of these collections and so much more in
 the Paper Issues shop. It's always 20% off using DEVRA at checkout. 


Saturday, December 9, 2017

Notable Quotable

Hey everyone, it's time for a new quote challenge!  Here's what I picked for this month!

Here's what I made using Crate Paper Falala and a free cut file from the store.

Wendy made this beautiful grid LO!  I love the Christmas feel it has!

I hear there are sales all month long in the Paper Issues store!  Join our Facebook friends and fans group to find the promo codes!

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, December 8, 2017

Free File Friday: Spread Some Holiday Cheer!

It's time to get festive and share your holiday projects here using a Paper Issues free file
This month the challenge is to use a holiday cut file word or phrase for your title or within your design!

Crate Paper Fa La La was just what I needed to get the snowy holiday vibes going with my project. I used the circles and snowflakes background cut file for the all of the cut files in this design. I layered my "snow" thankful title with the Pebbles pink Thickers.

Kelly played with AC Sweater Weather and the Wrapped Up cut file. Such a sweet way to add some cozy winter vibes to your holiday photos! The layered stickers, title, and ephemera on the sides are the perfect addition to her lovely design!

Devra wows us with Crate Paper Fa La La. I love how she used the Thankful for Family words for her holiday Incredibles page. The title is perfection for her photo! Such a beautiful mix of the Fa La La collection's patterned papers.

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Rachel has so much fun layering cut files and created this stunning polka dot wreath with AC Sweater Weather. The winter vibes are real with all of the details included on the wreath are super cute! The title word from the Thankful for Family cut file is the perfect addition to her sweet photo and journaling cluster.

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Cassie got to glue this week and we are so excited she was able to play along with one of the newest cut files in the shop! Love this quote as a title and her beautiful capture of her cool kids makes this extra epic.  How about the amazing border of bits of ephemera from swag bags: stickers, arrows,  tabs & tags?!  Superstar status for days!
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Go shop the Paper Issues sale going on NOW!! 30% off this week. Check out the posts on Instagram or in the Paper Issues Friends and Fans group for more details.

We can't wait to see you play along in December. You have now through Dec 31 to post your entries in PI Friends and Fans in the December album.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Scrap Soup Challenge - December!!

It's time for the very last Scrap Soup Challenge of 2017!! I sure appreciate y'all playing along with Scrap Soup this past year, I've been wowed by your creativity and amazing projects!

Here's the December Scrap Soup list, remember you must use all the ingredients in the recipe, but you can add even more to make it  your own!

Here's my layout using the fabulous Welcome Home collection by Carta Bella. I'm counting the 2 chipboard pieces as my circles, but the enamel dots would work as circles too! The date is easy to add using a rolling date stamp.

Rachel's layout includes sweet photos of her boys along with the Wild Child collection by Pink Paislee. I love how she layered the embellishments and journaling on the circles!

I love Lisa's grid style layout using Jillibean Soup's Shades of Color collection, it's is all about celebrating her birthday! She added embellishments on top of her journaling and photos too, to tell the story of her special day.

Now it's your turn!  Follow along with the recipe and play along with the December Scrap Soup Challenge, you could win a gift card to the Paper Issues store!! Add your project here in the December Challenge Album in our Paper Issues {friends & fans} facebook group!

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for 20% off your entire purchase!

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Add it up

Hey everyone, it's time for a new Add it Up challenge!  Here is how this challenge works. I've compiled a list of items, each with its own point value, to use on your project. Each month, I will post the total number of points your project should have. Some months, I'll choose a lower point value and therefore, a "cleaner" project and other months you need to reach a higher point value. You can use anything on the list as long as it adds up to the total number of points chosen for the month. List of items posted in the comments. 

This month I want to see a total of over 200 points! 

Here is mine with 208 points: Grab the Xs & Os free cut file here

Wendy made this beauty and she used 206 points.  Love these colors together!

Stacie made this super cute LO.  Look at that little face, I just want to squeeze him!

Damaris made this stunning LO using Cocoa Vanilla Bohemian Dreams. Her total was 207 points.

Devra made this AMAZING LO!  It is absolutely stunning with a total of 206 points!

I hope you get a chance to play along this month!