Thursday, March 30, 2017

Dear Lizzy Lovely Day 'Adventure' with Pol Prince

Hi again scrappy friends! It's Pol here today to share with you a brand new layout I made using the new Dear Lizzy collection, Lovely Day.

I don't know about you guys but I am so fed up of the constant rain and grey skies, I can't wait for Spring to show its face! With that in mind I decided to cheer myself up by creating a fun and cheerful layout with some lovely spring colours.

As I'm sure you all know by now, I absolutely adore stitching on my pages, so of course I had to include that! (I wrote a tutorial on using a Cameo to do hand stitching on your layouts last month).The hot air balloons in the Lovely Day ephemera pack inspired me to stitch some more balloons.

I had been hoarding the beautiful Lovely Day paper but I decided now was the time to use some, as it would make wonderful hot air balloons!
I cut different sizes of balloons out using my Silhouette Cameo, although these would be very easy to hand cut instead. I stuck them to white cardstock using acrylic glue, then pierced holes around the outlines using a little pokey tool, with a small foam mat underneath.
You can get special tools but equally a push pin and an old mouse mat would work just as well on a budget!

I then hand stitched around the balloons in the holes I had poked and secured my thread at the back using acrylic glue. Once this had dried I carefully cut around the stitched outlines.

Once I had my balloons ready I decided I'd better chose a photo for my page! This one was perfect! I spend a couple of hours every other Sunday driving to pick up my kids from their dad. Often I spend the whole time marvelling at how beautiful the clouds are, and I really enjoy the drive. I wanted to document this, so one Sunday I took this photo with my dash-cam.

I wanted some faint, soft clouds in the background, behind my balloons, so I cut a rough cloud shape out of waste card stock. I then used this as a 'reverse' stencil, and gently sponged blue Distress Ink round the outline of the cloud shape. I repeated this several times over the top two thirds of the white background.

I then cut a gentle curve shape out of spare card to use as a stencil for the hills, and over the bottom third of my page I gently sponged green Distress Ink. 
This ended up being two different shades of green blended together due to me not washing my sponge properly after its last use! But it looked really good, and hey, I'm sure they say 90% of art is happy accidents! 

I then arranged my balloons on the page, starting with the biggest for an illusion of perspective, and used foam tape to stick them down and give them dimension. I tucked my photo behind the biggest balloon and then added the balloons from the Lovely Day Ephemera pack. 
The lovely rose gold car also made the perfect addition at the side of my photo. 

I really didn't want much else on my layout because I wanted the focus on the balloons and clouds, but then I remembered the gorgeous Beep Beep paper
I'd been using the other side of the paper with its beautiful soft colours so I hadn't taken much notice of the other side. Those adorable little houses and cars were made for fussy cutting, and looked so cute stuck onto the hills!

I fussy cut some of the flowers from the Lovely Day paper and tucked them in and around my photo.
Finally I added the 'adventure' title from the Shimelle Hello Joy Phrase Thickers

I hope I've inspired you guys to have a go at fussy cutting, or even break out those inks! You don't need any special equipment, all I use is an old make up sponge! If you do, please share your layouts over in the Paper Issues Facebook Group, we'd love to see them!

If you'd like to purchase Dear Lizzy, or Shimelle, or any other collections, head on over to the Paper Issues Store and make sure to use the code: Pol for 20% of your entire order!

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Product Spotlight: Bella Blvd

March is really moving along, its been a fabulous month mainly because its my birthday month. But also because we get to show off all the recent goods from Bella Blvd. Take a look at what the design team has created to help inspire you.

I just love how Rachel used the words paper for the bkg from the Make Your Mark line. All of these flowers are perfect with the black and white picture.

Annelie showed off her beautiful self in this fabulous page using Make Your Mark. Love the strips and how everything meets on together to bring all eyes on her. 

Lisa our card guru really worked this Secrets of the Sea: Boy line love the octopus in the center. Anyone would love getting this card.

Kelly showcased what a great looking couple she is with her husband with the Make Your Mark line. The bold flowers really bring attention to this page.

Renee used the Make Your Mark collection to show off her dog. Love the folded paper and the journaling around the edge. Silly dog has to get in on this collection as well.

Stacie used the Popsciles and Pandas as well as a little of Illustrated Faith for this fun page. These cute little pandas!! I think she either staged this photo or this collection was made just for her.

Devra used Secrets of the Sea Boy collection for this eye catching page. Love this title work so much fun and the added stitching is the best touch.

Krisite did this gorgeous PL week with the Make Your Mark collection. These bright colors make for such a fun spread.

I decided to go with a black solid bkg to show off these great bright colors in the Make Your Mark collection. I used some gold paint on the LO and showed off my bestest little dude.

Remember if you need to go shopping use my code and save 20% off your order

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Heritage Album Using Jen Hadfield's Simple Life

Hello! Kristie here again with another mini album. This album is very special and dear to me.  This month my husband's family is celebrating their 50th anniversary since arriving in Canada.  My husband's grandparents, along with their nine children, immigrated to Canada from Holland in 1967.  Just imagine that for a minute.  Nine children!  I can't even make it to the grocery store some days with my two girls.  

To celebrate their anniversary, some of the family set out to organize a party full of fun games, great food and tricky family trivia.  They asked for help in all areas and I volunteered to make a scrapbook.  My husband's aunt had just recently completed the daunting task of scanning and identifying over 1400 photos.  Thankfully she narrowed those down to about 150 to cover the years leading up to their big move and their first decade in Canada.  

I used a Becky Higgins' album I had on hand and stocked up on Jen Hadfield's Simple Life collection.  I knew I wanted a collection with a neutral color scheme to coordinate with the black and white and sepia tones of most of the photos.  What made this collection even more perfect for this family album was the plant and farming themes that are recurrent in the images and patterns.    

To complete this album I used the 6x6 paper pad, eight pieces of 12x12 paper, the 6x12 accent sticker sheet, tiny word stickers and the die cut pack.  My favorite piece in the entire collection was the 12x12 cut apart sheet of seed package images.  I used the images to set the tone for most of my layouts.

In addition to the products from Jen Hadfield's Simple Life, I also used labels for journalling.  I made these using my Silhouette Cameo.  If you're interested in learning how to make them as well, please check out my tutorial here.   The labels add so much "value" to the album as they identify who is in the photos and the year.  The woodgrain pattern on the labels matched perfectly to the woodgrain present in the collection as well!

Are these photos not unbelievable?  They are so beautiful.  When I first looked at the selection of images I was given to include in the album, I was surprised at just how many family photos there were.  Then I was surprised at how many candid photos there were as well.  Nowadays I feel like we have the luxury of having so many photos, but how many of them are photos with your entire family? 

This collection was definitely different than what I would normally choose to work with, but I loved it.  My favorite patterns were the bicycles, the plaid, and the orange floral.  Even though there were a lot of neutral patterns, the pops of color and whimsy throughout made the album current and yet timeless.

In addition to the stickers and die cuts, I also incorporated the cut aparts from the 6x6 paper pad and the branding strips from the 12x12 papers to create layers and embellishment clusters.  This collection does have more dimensional products like wood veneer and puffy stickers that I would have loved to use, but the album I was working in did not allow for expansion and I feared my album would become too thick had I used them.  

This album was definitely a labor of love.  It really helped that I had the photos organized and labelled for me, but working with one single collection was a real time saver as well.  Even though this album took way longer to complete than initially anticipated (isn't that always the case?), it was so worth it to see my husband's family view the scrapbook while at the party.  

If you'd like to see how this album came together and the steps I took to complete it, I have a series of videos on my YouTube channel.  You can view the playlist here.  I also have an album share video where you can see the complete album and the pieces of the collection I have left over.  Spoiler alert: there isn't much!  I used most of the paper and die cuts and only have a few stickers and phrase stickers left.  I hope to incorporate those into my weekly Project Life or they would be perfectly suited for card making as well.  

I hope you enjoyed a peak into this album and seeing how you can use Jen Hadfield's Simple Life collection when documenting heritage photos.  If you'd like to purchase this collection or anything else in the shop, be sure to use the code KRISTIE to save 20%.  Thank you! 


Monday, March 27, 2017

Mixing Collections.

Good morning Paper Issues!! Renee here with a post for your day! 

I decided I wanted to do a page using what was left of my Hey Mister Collection by My Mind's Eye. So as I'm strolling through the collection- I realized that the navy blue tone would look really good with the navy blue in the Cocoa Vanilla's Wild @ Heart. Why not mix them? 

My inspiration was the man lifting weights, I thought it would be so cute to use! I decided to use this picture of me from the gym- "working out..hard" clearly! Who doesn't enjoy a good gym mirror selfie?? Anyways!!  I love to cluster my embellishments so I took bits and pieces from both collections, trying to distribute them evenly throughout the page. The alphas are from Shimelle's Go Now Go Collection - the copper look to the letters worked with the foil bits in the Hey Mister. 

I love how that even though Hey Mister is a pretty masculine collection and Wild @ Heart is fairly feminine that together they worked so well!! I guess that means I should be mixing lines I wouldn't have more often! 

I included some close ups of my little clusters.

 Hope you enjoyed my page! I challenge you to try to use two lines together you never would have normally and see what comes of it! It'll probably be gorgeous! If not, you may need to go back to the Paper Issue's store and buy some more goodies!!  Remember to use the code RENEE to save yourself 20% on your purchase! A great excuse to buy more right?? 

xo. Renee 

Sunday, March 26, 2017

hello beautiful

Hello! Raechelle here sharing a new to me idea on a scrappy page. I generally don't use strips of patterned paper on my layouts, but I do love the look of them, so when I sat down to create this layout for today, I decided to step out of my comfort zone a bit. 

Since these photos of our two youngest daughters were in black and white, I decided that the gorgeous Wild at Heart collection from Cocoa Vanilla Studios would be perfect to add some soft details, as well as some pretty {bold} colors. 

The strips of patterned paper were layered to create cohesion, but also an opposite effect to balance the layout. 

I also decided to try adding some partial detail border work, and I think this helps draw the eyes to the photos. 

Some chipboard, a few wooden hearts and some stickers provided the perfect finishing details to keep this layout pretty simple. 

Everything but the button twine is the Wild at Heart collection from Cocoa Vanilla Studios. You can find it here in the Paper Issues Store. 
Don't forget to use the code Rae20 to save 20% off your entire purchase! There are new items rolling in so be sure to check them out! 

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Choose Crazy - Annelie Maddock

Hi everyone - Happy Saturday!!
Today I am sharing a page with ME in the photo... Yes! I am a huge advocate for being in FRONT of the camera, and scrapping those "about me" pages. When we are gone we need our families to learn about us and our little secrets too, right?

 For my page I have used the very colourful collection "Lovely Day" by Dear Lizzy/American Crafts. This is a collection I have used a LOT, it's just so wonderful with it's in your face colours and fabulous embellishments to go with it!!
I used one of the chipboard phrases for my title, and to be quite honest, it suits me to a "t"...
My left hand embellishment cluster is full of goodness; stickers, ephemera, wooden button, puffy stickers and more. I have also added some yellow mist splatters on my page. To me - my page is never really done without a bit of mist on it!
Well, there you have it. I hope this has reminded YOU to go and scrap about YOU!

Friday, March 24, 2017

Dolphin Play

Good Morning Friends!
Today, I'd like to share a layout I created for my monthly Paper Issues post using the brand spanking new collection from Crate Paper, Oasis. I'm really digging this collection as it's got a weekend getaway- Miami nights feel to it. It's kinda kitschy!

The photo I used for my layout is of my husband on our trip to the Riviera Maya in Mexico 2 years ago. Yes, I am that behind in scrapbooking photos. LOL! Actually, I don't scrapbook in chronological order, I scrapbook what I feel like depending on the day or challenge.

The background paper I used is the white and light aqua blue ledger looking type called Postcard. It was perfect! I matted my photo with the pale woodgrain that's included in this collection. I knew that when I opened the collection and looked through it, that the ombre pink and purple chipboard frame was something I needed to use first. And I did. It was the first thing I took outta this collection and based everything else around the use of it. I wasn't too concerned with using a feminine frame with a picture of my husband. I think it works well!

For my title, I decided to go stash busting and pull both alphas from my hoard vault. The mint green alpha are from OA and the Thickers are a fabulous wood grain that complimented the rest of the woodgrain in the collection. It's called Boardwalk.

The tags in the background were cut out from the vellum sheet in the collection. I just chose ones that worked well with the rest of the colours on my layout. To embellish, I used pieces from the Ephemera package, pieces from the chipboard sheet and finally some of the sticker accents. All of the pieces are so bright and colourful and I just adore this collection!

There's that frame! Swoon! ❤️

Finally to finish my layout, I used some gold spray mist for splatter and a bit of black as well. What would one of my layouts be with out the use of gold spray mist? LOL

Thank you for stopping by today! I appreciate you being here! Remember that if you're shopping in the Paper Issues Shop, to use code LINA for 20% off your entire order 😊

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Scraplifting Cassie!

Good morning, everyone!  Kat here today to share one of my recent layouts with you.

One of my favorite things about the papercrafting community is getting inspired by all the amazing crafters out there.  I'm always finding new, exciting techniques to try or layout designs to try out for myself.  When I saw an amazing layout by Paper Issues owner, Cassie, I knew immediately that I wanted to lift it.

Here is the layout that Cassie made for this month's mood board challenge:

And here is my lift of it: 

I used Bella Blvd's new Make You Mark collection.  I love all the bright, fun, hand-painted elements of the collection and I couldn't wait to use it to lift Cassie's awesome layout.

I encourage you to lift this layout, too...think of it as an "extra Scraplift Sunday"!  And share your creations with us...

Also, don't forget you can use code KAT20 or any of the other design team members' codes to save 20% off your entire store order!

Happy crafting!

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Product Spotlight: My Mind's Eye

The last release from My Mind's Eye was ahhhh-mazing. With 4 new lines: Hey Mister, Palm Beach, In Bloom and Meow in stock in the Paper Issues shop the Design Team couldn't wait to play with these new lines to inspire you to do the same!

I used the Hey Mister line; perfect for the men in your life, even the men with four legs! The bulldog prints in this line are the best! This line was made for my beast Jaxson and I couldn't wait to dig into all the coordinating embellishments for this line. The Puffy Stickers were my favorite!

Devra also showed the love to her four-legged-friend in this layout! Isn't it amazing the bond we have with animals? I love that Devra documented this moment. I love that die cut bulldog from the Mixed Bag Die Cuts.

Lisa designed this fantastic Father's Day card using elements from the sticker sheet and the Mixed Bag Die Cuts. How lucky is the recipient of this hand made card?

Rachel designed this fun hexagon themed layout using a variety of the patterned papers both in 12x12 and from the paper pad. I adore the gold foiled airplanes on the navy back ground of the Jet Set patterned paper.

Renee designed this fun layout using a FREE cut file from the Paper Issues shop. What a great photo to document! It's the everyday moments that are so special to look back on!

Lina used the Meow line for this non-cat themed layout! The versatile patterns in this line really work for a variety of themes, especially the black stripe and the polka dots! The smile on that child's face! If that doesn't make you happy I don't know what will!

Stacie played along with the Palm Beach line and OH MY GOD I cannot wait to use this line! Flamingos! I love Flamingos! This line is all kinds of pink tropical goodness and I adore the gold foil paired with the pink!

This fresh and fun layout designed by Kat with Palm Beach is all the goodness. The colors make me wish summer was here! Aren't those stripe boarders to die for? If you love that stripe you have to take a look at the A-side of this patterned paper - swoon!

Kelly finishes off today's spotlight with this gorgeous floral layout using the In Bloom line. Perfect for weddings, family formals, prom, and more! And doesn't Kelly clean up nice - she looks gorgeous for her brother's wedding!

Thank you for stopping by to take a look today! Don't forget to link up your projects using the new My Mind's Eye lines in this month's challenge album. We can't wait to see what you create!