Tuesday, September 26, 2017

"Fun in Yorkville" by Tracey Fox

Tracey Fox here! Today, I am sharing a layout I made with the ADORABLE 2x2 Swatch Books from Pink Paislee Turn the Page. I knew as soon as I saw them that I had to have them. I was inspired by Paige Evans' quilty scrapbook style and this story about visiting family in Illinois to cut up the 2x2 patterned sqaures and stitch them together like a quilt on my page.

To create this quilted look, I just cut up a bunch of the squares into triangles, adhered them to the page, and machine stitched back and forth in a diagonal grid. I added another paper from the Turn the Page collection (Paper 19) to the bottom of the page. Then, I printed lots of photos from our trip into small squares and arranged them into a grid of their own to place on the layout.

After getting my title down, I embellished the layout with some of the Amy Tangerine Museum Pins from Hustle & Heart and stickers from the 6x12 Accent Sticker sheet from Shimelle's new Glitter Girl collection. I love how well some of the items from these bright and colorful collections go together!

Have you snatched up a set of those 2x2 patterned swatch books yet? I'd love to see what you make with them! Don't forget to hashtag your projects with #paperissues on social media and to join us in the Paper Issues Friends and Fans Facebook community! And when you shop at Paper Issues, make sure you use the code Tracey to save 20% off your entire order!

Monday, September 25, 2017

September Swag Bag Spotlight

Ready?  Today, we are highlighting the fabulous Swag Bags that Cassie puts together each month.  It is a little bag of current goodies.  A sampling of this and that to create a quick and easy layout.  I love that everything is precut, coordinating, and bundled together in a cute little bag.  

You can join in on the fun by ordering a month subscription or individually.  Go HERE to check it out.  You can also play along with a never before seen project, uploaded to our PIFF (Facebook page) and automatically be entered into a drawing for a prize to the PI Store.  

Let's see what the team created.

I created this layout using the bag as my title!!!  I drew and cut out the number '70' for my moms age.  Shhhh, she will kill me if she know I told you!!!  I used the current September Swag Bag that just went live in the store today!!

Lisa Swift stash busted with several previous Swag Bags for this gorgeous card!

Wendy Tipton went way back to a December 2016 Bag full of masculine papers and embellishments to document her husband.  

Amanda Baldwin brought a wow factor to the August Swag Bag using a black and white striped background paper and a touch of mixed media.  

Rachel O'Neal got really creative with the 3x4 blocks of paper and cut them into triangles.  How fun is this pattern?  She used the August Swag Bag and a few others.  

Ann Tamimi delicately used the December 2016 Swag Bag to document her darling little girl.  

Remember the Travel Notebook Kit?  Devra Hunt used it along with the June and August bags.  How cute are these circles?

Brighten up a layout like Kelly Feldman did with the August Swag Bag.  So many directions you could go!

Stacie really went crazy with the rainbow of colors and I just love it so much.  She used our current September Swag Bag kit too!

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Sunday, September 24, 2017

Scraplift Sunday 9/24

Oh hello again Scrappy Friends. Who's ready for Scraplift Sunday? I know I am.  Today we are lifting Wendy's delightful little number from the September Add It Up challenge. This layout has it all. You want stitching? You got it. Cut files? You got it. Die cuts, wood pieces, too. Let's see some lists from the team!

Stacie 's layout is so cool! She kinda flipped the design inside out. Her beautiful photo shines sitting on top of the Rosey Posey cut file.

For the love of layers! Look at all the pretty paper layers in Kelly's page! She swapped in circle and filled it with Glitter Girl goodness. Oh my those shaker stickers are my favorite!

Rachel filled her giant heart with  Elle's Studio Family Fun The bright colors of the striped paper are so perfect for that adorable photo

Wendy lifted herself by using the same shape  but in a totally different way with the hexagon background cut file. So fantastic! It still has all the elements of fun she used in the original.

Devra -I played along too! I went simple with a giant circle, filling it with my title, cut from the Paws Love cut file and Pink Paislee Turn the Page.  I kept the embellishing simple, but man, i love those journaling spots!  

Well, hop to it. It's your turn now to get your lift on. Remember to share your projects with us in our Facebook group.   Just drop them into the September Challenges album. You still have another week to play along for a chance to win a gift card to the Paper Issues shop!

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Solar Eclipse!

Hi friends! Happy weekend to you! I'm back today to show you what I did to document our Solar Eclipse experience! I had a blast with my two boys and it really was such an awesome thing to witness. I knew right away that I wanted to incorporate a pair of the glasses on the layout and that Carta Bella Space Academy would be the perfect collection! I had a lot of it in my stash and maybe you do too?! Another great collection with a space theme is Photo Play My Imagination.

I layered a couple pieces of patterned paper from the Space Academy collection and then added a piece of bright white cardstock on top! I placed my photo on first then layered lots of tags and ephemera around it. To make the glasses easier to use I decided to cut off the sides.

The alphas in my title are actually from Pinkfresh Studio's new Escape the Ordinary collection. Find them here! They are leatherette and have a cool texture to them. And it doesn't hurt that the font blends in well with Space Academy. Under my title I journaled directly on the cardstock. I've been trying to make a conscious effort to work journaling into my layouts so that I have more than just a cute picture on them. 

Lastly, I stamped the date (always important) as well as some stars and added some planet stickers to finish off my layout! The stamped stars, moon, and "You're A Star" phrase are also from the Escape the Ordinary collection. Find the stamp set here in the Paper Issues store. Thank you for stopping by! Hope you feel inspired to document your Solar Eclipse experience now! 

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Friday, September 22, 2017

Free File Friday: Sports and Activities

Welcome back to September's second round of Free File Friday. 
We have a new free cut file for you to download. 

We are "Havin' a Ball" with the hundreds of free cut files in the Paper Issues store. 
Let's see you rock those sporting events or fine arts activities photos
 and create projects using any free PI cut file! 

I was inspired by my niece's red uniform and her team's pink soccer ball 
to cut into Paige Evans' new collection Turn the Page from Pink Paislee.  
It was fun to try out a red and pink color combination!
 I used 4 cut file sets to layer this soccer page up!
The hexagons are the perfect spot for embellishments and stamps.

Lisa is up with her daughter's amazing archery hobby photos.  Fancy Pants Dream Big captured the perfect sentiments along with the Today Be You Hexagon cut file. The sweet sayings in the hexagon background are fantastic for her adventurous photos!

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Amanda is up next with the cloudy cut file and her beautiful daughter. It is such a soft and serene look which is perfect for her dance photo! Cocoa Vanilla Studio's Love Always collection has the most delicate patterns and colors to feel airy an light mixed with the white cut cut file clouds.

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Rachel is rocking Shimelle's Glitter Girl collection for her cool, talented kiddo! I love the layering and fun details she added from this amazing paper collection! She used the Havin' a Ball new cut file and welded three of the music staffs together to create a page of music background.

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Devra is awesome with her boy power on the next project. She used the Freestyle cut file and Bella Blvd Alex collection!  This collection is is so cute with the boy themed gaming systems. The cut files just pop against the background colors since they are cut in bold, black cardstock.  The cut file paper backing on the titles is so eye-catching!

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That's a wrap for another round of Free File Friday at Paper Issues.  
We can't wait to see how creative you get
 with these newest cut files for your sporty kids or to document your favorite sport or activity. 
 There are so many fun ideas above to try out.  
Use the newest cut file or try any cut file from the PI store 
to create a project using the cut file.

Play along in our Paper Issues Friends and Fans group and start posting your new projects!
Each time you play you get another chance to win the monthly gift cards.
Don't forget to tag us on social media! 
It's so much fun to see how you personalize the cut files to make them work for you!

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Out with old, in with the new.

Hi, I'm Wendy and I'm one of the newest PI girls... and I have issues. Paper issues for sure. I like to buy ALL THE THINGS. If you're like me, those kinds of issues can be overwhelming, right?? We buy all the new things to stack on top of the old things and it piles up. As they say, out with the old, in with the new. So stash bust that old stuff to make space for the new stuff!

I pulled together all kinds of papers to make this layout. I stash busted a couple of older collections by using some Authentique, Bella Blvd, and Bo Bunny. Then I threw in some newer papers and embellishments from American Crafts, My Mind's EyeOctober Afternoon, and Photo Play. You would never even know that the American Crafts papers are Christmas papers!

Don't get overwhelmed by your stash. Don't be afraid of mixing older and newer products. When looking through your collections, look for similar colors and patterns. Draw inspiration from the colors in your photos too.

Be sure to join the PIFF Facebook group to see lots of inspiration and fun challenges. Stop by the Paper Issues Store and shop for ALL NEW products AND FREE cut files. Use code Wendy for 20% off your entire purchase!

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Product Spotlight: Unicorns, Rainbows & Sparkles - Oh my!

Hello ladies! Becky here today putting the spotlight on rainbows and unicorns, because what could be more fun?!? If you are anything like me, you have been going insane over all of the amazing lines featuring rainbow patterns and unicorn embellishments! I seriously cannot get enough! Check out all of these fabulous lines in the shop now:

Our design team has pulled together some fabulous inspiration using these lines!

I used the Fairy Tales line from Doodlebug to capture one of my daughter's many magical snap chat photos! How boring selfies where before Snapchat!

 Amanda designed this whimsical page using the Glitter Girl line from Shimelle. The unicorn background paper couldn't be more perfect for this carousel photos.

Ann designed this striking layout with so many fun details and layers using the embellishments and papers from the Carousel line by Maggie Holmes. You can find that amazing unicorn die cut in the ephemera pack.

This hilarious page from Devra captures her "unfiltered" and playful nature! Devra used papers and embellishments from Shimelle's Glitter Girl line. And that camera shaker sticker...? So awesome! Also, those woodgrain and glitter thickers - to die for!

Mary Ann also used Shimelle's Glitter Girl line to document this adorable photo of her girl.  I adore that speech bubble journaling die cut from the ephemra pack!

Stacie played along with the Glitter Girl line as well as one of the FREE Paper Issues cut files. Stacie's photo is freaking awesome!

Tracey documented her first day at her new job using Shimelle's Glitter Girl line. So often we, as the moms and wives, are so busy documenting everybody else in our family that we forget to take a moment and include ourselves in our family's story! What a great reminder!

Thank you for stopping by to take a look today! Be sure to link up your layouts using rainbows and unicorns to this month's Product Spotlight challenge! We can't wait to see what you create.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

First Annual Triathlawn - Elle's Studio Family Fun

Hi all! Tracey here, sharing my first design team layout for Paper Issues. I used the Elle's Studio Family Fun collection to create this page about the time I officiated a cornhole tournament as part of my friends' first annual TriathLAWN event. Even though the collection has a lot of family and home themes to it, it's super versatile for documenting any story you want to tell!

I just love how this leafy patterned paper from the collection worked with the theme of my page. I used both the A and B-sides of the paper and paired it with other versions of the same pattern from the 6x6 paper pad and a 4x6 tag from the collection. I also used a bit of that delicious wood grain paper along the bottom of the page and to mat my photos.

After cutting the title (the official logo from the event) on my Silhouette, I embellished the page with various puffy stickers, diecuts, and tags from the collection. I stitched the diecut triangles together to create a banner along the bottom of the page. Finally, I also added a few of the plus sign stamps from the collection's stamp set and finished the page off with a few splatters.

I can't wait to see what you make with this bright and colorful collection. I hope you'll use the hashtag #paperissues if you share your work on social media, and join us in the Paper Issues Friends and Fans Facebook community! Shop this collection and all Elle's Studio products in the Paper Issues store here, and don't forget to use the code Tracey to save 20% of your order!