Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Stay Rad - Cat Martin




Hey everyone, it's Cat here, and I'm so excited to get to come back and design for the amazing Paper Issues store!  This is my favorite place to shop, and I just love all of the ladies and scrappers that work behind the front lines, on the DT and everyone who makes this community so much fun!

For my first blog post I am participating in one of my favorite challenges, Scraplift Sunday!  I always love this challenge because I am immediately given a visual jumping off point so it's even easier to generate ideas.  For this round I am scraplifting the amazing Amanda-Jayne Baldwin.  I always adore her layouts and this one is no different!

So here is her amazing layout!


And here is my take on her layout :)


I flipped the embellishment clusters and changed her strips of paper to some bakers twine!  I used lots of PinkFresh Studio Escape the Ordinary and Boy Fort as well as some added Crate Paper Cool Kid.  I also used a free cut file from the shop that you can find here

Thanks so much for stopping by and have an awesome day!


Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Love is in the Air

Hey Paper Issues Friends and Fans! 

This is Olivia bringing you my very first blog post! I am so excited (and a bit nervous)
to be sharing my work with you. I've admired the PI Design Team for a very long time and can't believe I get to rub shoulders with these talented ladies!

February is all about love and what better way to show it than with hearts. 

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I took the heart theme and ran with it. I knew I wanted a big heart with lots of little hearts all around the page. So I pulled out Crate Paper's latest Valentine's Day release called Main Squeeze, a few heart dies and punches, any other heart shaped embellies I could find, and got to work. 


I began with a white cardstock base and lightly traced a heart. If you have a die-cutting machine I would definitely recommend using it to either cut or trace a heart; it took me several tries to get a semi-symmetrical shape. Once I was satisfied with the heart, I began placing my photos and large die-cut hearts inside. Then continue to fill it with all the hearts! Big, small, chipboard, glitter, sticker, punched, tasseled (is that a word?), puffy, etc. If you got it, you use it 😄



When I was happy with the hearts I wrote my journaling on the traced outline. *Tip: To make this step easier I would write my journaling first, then place and adhere the hearts. I ended up bumping a lot of them or having eraser flakes stick to the glue as I erased the pencil marks.  


The title is a combination of Main Squeeze chipboard and Thickers, and a 'LOVE' banner from an old CP collection (still one of my all time favs). I trimmed about 1/8th of an inch off each side of the cardstock and adhered it to a deep hot pink paper with some messy sewing. For the finishing touches I added a couple embellishment clusters toward the bottom of the layout and scattered pearls throughout the heart. 

I had so much fun with this theme and I hope you're inspired to play along! There are more Love layouts in the PIFF FB group. You have until March 4th to add your project and have a chance to win a PI gift certificate! Can't wait to see what you make!



Monday, February 19, 2018

Polka Dot Party

Hey Friends, I am up on the Paper Issues blog with my first layout as a design team member. How exciting!





For this layout I played along with the  Polka Dot Party challenge. As soon as I saw this challenge I knew that I had the perfect line to use for my design. I used Doodlebug Dragon Tales , isn’t it the cutest? I just adore the colors in this line and the super cute embellishments. It’s the perfect line to document my little birthdays or just a random day at the house.

Make sure you play along with the Facebook group. Can’t wait to see what you create.




Sunday, February 18, 2018

Love Love Love

Hello everyone! I'm Sheryl and I super excited to be part of the Paper Issues design team, I'm thankful for this opportunity :) :)  I want to share with you a layout I created for Take 5 challenge, I picked the following items: red, heart, stitching, the word love and pattern paper. I'm using the lovely collection 'Main Squeeze' by Crate Paper- there so many fun products to create layouts and cards for Valentine's day.


First, I used plain white cardstock and stitched on it. Then I used the cute washi tapes strips to add colorful pattern. I matt my photo with lots of pattern papers from the 6x6 paper pad. For my title- I used the chipboard 'love love' from the chipboard sticker.



I added few more of the banner chipboard sticker and some the embellishments. The heart with the glitter is so cute and the llama sticker as well!



On top of my photo I added the heart with tassel to add a fun element to my layout.
The 'Main Squeeze' collection is available at Paper Issues, you can get the collection and create beautiful pieces- especially for Valentine's day :) You can use the code SHERYL to save 20% !

Here the Take 5 list:

If you need inspiration and fun challenges, you can join our facebook group Paper Issues Friends & Fans!

Thanks for stopping by!


Saturday, February 17, 2018

Use Your Stuff - Scraplift Sunday!

Hello, my friends! I am (the other) Rachel here on the Paper Issues Design Team and I am so thrilled to be sharing my first project with you as a team member! Today we are scraplifting a gorgeous layout by Sindi. I love the simplicity and sparkle her layout has and I was super inspired by those “bursts” coming off of the photo, so I decided to take my own unique spin on it.




I am a huge advocate of using up your stash and not hoarding it away (even though sometimes it seems cringe-worthy when we cut into that beloved Maggie Holmes floral - just do it and use it and stick it down!), so that is exactly what I did for this layout.

To start, I used a good ol’ pencil and ruler to draw those “bursts” and then filled them with some delicious and colourful Amy Tangerine stickers and embellishments - sorting them by colour, of course, because that’s just way too much fun! I added corresponding watercolour splatters, minimal journaling, a few paint splatters, and then it was done, just like that! If you know my style at all, you know I love to layer ripped paper behind my photo. This time I added tissue paper! 


There really wasn't much thinking about it - you just stick and plonk! I feel so good about using up some of my favourite Amy Tangerine stickers (from "Better Together" + "Finders Keepers") and being able to show them off on this layout - you can find them HERE in the shop. Give it a try and share it with us on the Paper Issues {Friends & Fans} page because I would love to see! You'll even have a chance to win a gift card to the Paper Issues shop - how cool is that?! Click HERE to access the album where all the entries are to be submitted. Good luck!!! 

If you would like to see the process video, I have a YouTube channel where you can watch step by step as to how I put this together

xo Rachel Tallman

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Friday, February 16, 2018

Big Title Challenge: Pizza

I saw the So Punny collection by Doodlebug Designs and knew it had to be mine. Now we don't do valentines day and it is a valentines heavy collection. But the sushi, pizza and tea elements of this collection really pulled me in. I have two pizza fanatics in this house so I will buy anything pizza because I'm that mom.

I played with the Big Title challenge with this page. Since I've been in a little creative slump I kept it super simple and clean to get back in the saddle so to speak. I love all the fun ephemera in this collection and had so much fun making it not about valentines.



This is such a fun collection and even if your not big into valentines it should still be on your must have list. And remember if you need to shop use my code and get 20% off your total order.


Thursday, February 15, 2018

Here's to new adventures

Hi Friends! Today I would like to share my first official Paper Issues challenge with you all! ( Bucket list no.3-tick) This challenge is called 'This or That', and I picked a lot of this and a little bit of that! I used the very pretty 'Turn the Page' collection from Pink Paislee and added my own take to Paige Evans' paper plane page, and created my own giant paper plane for my photo to rest in. I also used loads of the ephemera and stickers from the 6x12 chipboard sticker sheet. So here are my this and that combinations, hand journaling and not typed, thread and not ribbon and then stickers and not washi. I also created my own background by applying Gesso to the 12x12 white card stock and after it dried I had some fun with Gelato's! I love me some Gelato's! I used the 'snow cone' and 'metallic mint'. If you look closely you can see that I stitched along the edges of the clouds to give them a slight pop. Hope this layout inspires you to take inspiration from a collection and make it your own!! See you soon, Leslie.
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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Bigger is Better!

Welcome to my very first blog post here at Paper Issues! It's time to go big with the title and I have used the Free Cut File Thick Paint Alpha for my title. For this layout, I have used bits and pieces from different Simple Stories collections from my stash. There's nothing bad at all using up what you have, but I'm so eager to get my hands on many things of the new stuff that is coming in to the store. 





Tuesday, February 13, 2018

weekend vibes and good times

Hi 
Don’t you just love the colours of this fabulous colour challenge..
Today I’m sharing my take on the challenge using crate paper good vibes
And a photo of my daughter eve at the beach on holidays with her sister..





So I started off with white cardstock...as I just love white space
And I had a design in mind ...simple but with a little bit of mixed media 
on the background like bubbles in the ocean when the waves crash and that tropical feeling.


I chose the Bloom free cut file and used the different colours from the collection to back the cutfile cutout 

Then I cut some patterned paper to matt my photo on and some for layers and a few bits from the ephemera pack for a tag and more layers behind my photo.
I so love the pops of gold on the chipboard stickers I chose a round bit to add to the center of my cutfile flower


Next I wanted to use part of the title weekend vibes from the ephemera pack and the other part from the gold glitter thickers to spell good times and I needed a ampersand so popped a sticker ampersand from the sticker sheet just tucking it underneath my first part of my title.



Here is my process video








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Monday, February 12, 2018

Swanky Swatches

I am so excited to come and share with you my take on Paper Issues’ new challenge: Swanky Swatches! For this challenge, you can take inspiration from the color scheme shown here:




I definitely loved this color scheme as soon as I saw it. I searched through my stash and found some papers that worked perfectly. I used up a lot of leftovers on this layout. It has bits of Pink Paislee, American Crafts, and some Crate Paper.



Because I am a big weirdo, I love using geometric-ish elements on my layouts. Hence the arrows and parabolic curve (that’s a fancy word for: I used straight lines to make a curve. You’re welcome).




I hope you’ll play along! Be sure to share your projects in the facebook group. And if you need to shop for more scrappy goodies, be sure to use my code for 20% off. 


Sunday, February 11, 2018

2/11 Scraplift Sunday!

It's time for another Scraplift Sunday here at Paper Issues! 
Scraplifts are always a favorite, they are such a quick and easy way to get your photos scrapped. You can copy it exactly or make it your own by picking a few elements or colors or what ever inspires you! Today we are lifting this amazing layout by Sindi.



I really, really loved everything about Sindi's layout, so I went for the 
"I'm going to copy it very closely because I love it so much" approach. Ha!



I started by printing my journaling directly on my cardstock, added a border strip at the bottom, then did some machine stitching to give a little texture to the background. I cut my patterned paper in shapes similar to what Sindi did, and also used just one small photo like she did. Next came the title, embellishment pieces and a few splatters of few mist and some pretty sequins scattered about. 
See, quick and easy! I think the measuring to get my journaling to print in the correct place took most of the time, and I may have used my blow dryer to help the mist dry quickly, but it was less than 30 minutes from start to finish. It's another layout complete and another memory to add to the album!




How about playing along with our Scraplift Sunday Challenge?  
You could win a gift card to the Paper Issues store!! 
there is an album for all of February's challenge entries.
We'd love to see your scraplift!


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for 20% off your entire purchase!!***

Saturday, February 10, 2018

I'm Fondue You.

Hello Sweethearts!

We're back today with a fun sketch!  If you have a cutting machine, you may want to crank it up and CLICK HERE to download the free "Scattered Hearts" cut file from the Paper Issues shop.  If it's your first time here, you can check out This Link for all of the beautiful free cut files; there's so many to choose from, but fair warning, you may spend at hour or two downloading them all.

Okay, now on to the sketch.  The lovely Ann has designed such an innovative layout for us to mimic.  I, for one, was smitten over it and took my time making sure I used all of my favorite pieces of pattern paper to bring this design to life, along with the negative pieces of the cut file and Copic makers.  That's right!  I thought of those people that don't have a cutting machine, but do have a few heart punches they can use.  I first glued the heart pieces on the cardstock, then used 3 color Copics to add borders to the white hearts, so that they're not just 'sitting there'.  I also flipped the sketch in the opposite direction.  If you find my pages lack journaling, never fear!  I always add it after I take the photo... because I'm not very FONDUE of my handwriting.  lol


I hope you have enjoyed visiting the blog today.

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I hope to see your layout shares and come back tomorrow for more scrappy inspiration!

Smooches!