Sunday, October 23, 2016

Swag Bag Sunday

What an amazing design team turn out we have for featuring our EXCLUSIVE Swag Bags today.  
We are hoping you will love them enough to grab one and play along with our monthly Swag Bag Challenge.  All you have to do is submit a project, created with a SB and enter it on our PIFF page for a chance to win a gift certificate to the Paper Issues store.  

If you are not sure what a Swag Bag is, go HERE to check them out.  They are little bits and pieces of this and that to give you a sampling of some of the new products in the store.  Each kit varies slightly depending on the ephemera, card or sticker sheet selected.  Now, you must know, there is a limited quantity each month and they sell out pretty fast.  

Let's start with my layout.

The only items I added are the large 12x12 sheet of paper, white enamels and a white gel pen.  Everything else was included in my Swag Bag. 

Ann showed off a little this month and created THREE layouts.  I believe she used two different Swag bags to create them.  Look how amazing and different they all are.  

Kelly whipped up two very different layouts with the October Swag Bag.  Look how amazing they are and how many bits she applied to each one!  Ah-mazing!

Amanda creates so clean.  I just love how her pictures pop.  
This is created with our August Swag Bag.  

How about a super sweet card by Lisa?  It is just perfect for giving.  

Michelle used a mixture of several Swag Bags.  NEVER loose your pieces ladies, you could miss out on combining them and creating a masterpiece such as this one!

Carolyn has the best baby pictures.  You can see that you can create any type of layout with the SB's. Add a little mist and ink and voila, perfection!

The September Swag Bag is pretty awesome too.  Amy used touches of the reds to compliment her school photos.  Look at that amazing frame she create around the center.  So Cool. 

Are you a DOG lover?  You don't have to be to love our Doggie Bag Swag Bags.  
What happens when you have leftovers from Swag Bags?
You make Doggie Bags!
No two bags will be alike.  Each bag will be filled with the contents of previously sold kits.
Again, our Swag Bags sell out pretty quickly.  If you want to secure your Swag Bag each month, you could join our 6 Month Swag Bag Kit Subscription club.  Click on link for details.  

Grab whatever you want from the store for 20% off when you use code: Mary-Ann!!

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Stitch on It

Hello! Stacie here with some project inspiration to get you stitching!  I hope you are having a great weekend and that you are able to carve out some scrappy time!  I am in love with the colors and vibe of We R's new High Five collection.
I love the way stitching can add texture, interest, color, and dimension to your projects.  I started by back stitching around the hexagon in the baby blue color and then backed the openings with the Flair We R paper and Epic paper.
Since hand stitching is no where near as fast as machine stitching or faux stitching, I like to speed up the rest of my layout so it's not an all day project.  This is where sticking to a single collection can help save time and design decisions!  I added ephemera around the photos to add interest, but not overwhelm the busy patterned background.  I also went with a B&W and color version of similar photos to tie in the colors in the layout.
I love adding more thread to my stitched layouts by coordinating some other colors of messy threads under flair, stickers, or clusters of ephemera.
I finished off this sweet layout of my son and husband with mini alpha and watercolor splatters.  I hope you will check out the fun free stitching cut files that are in the Paper Issues store and try them out!  While you are there, be sure to grab all of the gorgeous We R High Five collection or any of the other new items!  You know you need retail therapy every once in awhile! 
Save 20% with my code: Stacie  I have more information on my blog about this project.  
Have a spectacular day!

Friday, October 21, 2016


Hi Everyone!  It's Kathy today with a layout I created for the October Take 5 Tuesday Challenge!  From the challenge list, I chose to use layers, 3 patterned papers, an arrow, something silver and mist!  Take a peek...

I just love this picture of my sweet niece and her new husband!  Cocoa Vanilla's Love Always was the perfect collection to highlight this picture!  Here are some close ups...

We'd love for you to play along with our Take 5 Tuesday Challenge!  Add your project here in the Paper Issues Friends and Fans Facebook Group and you could win a GC to the Paper Issues Store!  You have until November 5th to play along!  Need some scrappy goodies to play?  Use code KATHYS in the Paper Issues Store and get 20% off your entire order! 

That's it for me today, thanks for stopping by to peek!


Thursday, October 20, 2016


Hi PI friends!

Elodie here today with a new layout using the super pretty Cute Girl collection by Crate Paper and one of my iSpyWithPI pics starring my two girls.

I love creating scenes on my pages and, this time, I wanted to make a butterfly. I started by spreading gesso with an old store card on the background paper to tone it down a little bit. I then drew and cut the wings from 6x6 paper pad sheets.

I placed the picture and the title in the center to make the butterfly's body. I then embellished the wings with stickers and acetate die-cuts and the photo with a paper clip and a puffy sticker.

I adhered the picture with foam squares and used only a tiny bit of glue on the wings to bring dimension to the page. I added a couple of cute puffy stickers and black scallops that I cut from another 6x6 paper and my little scene was complete.

I love every single bit of this adorable collection and it's perfect to document life with girlies. You can find it in the Paper Issues store, along with a lot of other beautiful supplies. Don't forget to use the code Elodie for 20% off your order! You can also share your iSpyWithPI pics and layouts in the Paper Issues Friends and Fans Facebook group. See you there!

Thanks for stopping by the PI blog today. Have a great day!

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Product Spotlight: We R Memory Keepers High Five

Hey everyone, today we're putting the spotlight on the High Five collection from We R Memory Keepers.  This collection has such a beautiful color combo.  I loved working with this!

I dug out an older photo of my son and a triangle punch for this LO.  After I had the triangles punched out I just added a little stitching and some embellishments and it was done!

Ann made this beautiful LO!  I love the torn and stitched pieces!

Heather's LO is just stunning!  That big frame and leaves are perfect!

Kelly's LO is just gorgeous!  I love how B&W photos look with this collection!

Lisa made this adorable card!  Love that raccoon!!

Rachel die cut a big title on this LO!  The raccoon pj's on the boys, how adorable are they!

Stacie's LO is just gorgeous!  I love how she worked in that whale paper!  That title is a free cut file in the Paper Issues store!

You can still get this beautiful collection in the store along with so many new collections!
Use the code michelle for 20% off your order!

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Fantastic sunset

Hello everyone, Melanie here today,

I want to show you a layout I made using this free cut file from the Paper Issues store 
and the lovely Maggie Holmes Gather collection. 

For this layout I wanted to make the picture stand out. I printed it 13x18 and used my big shot to cut it into a circle. I backed the cut cardstock with patterned papers that match the photo, and I used white cardstock for the place where I wanted to put my picture. I put it on fun foam to make it stand out and used a foam word as my title. 

I finished the layout with some word strips (some on foam pop dots) and enamel dots. 

I hope you are inspired to make something pretty with the cut file and this lovely collection. It's so versatile. You can also find circle dies in the shop. Use code Melanie to save 20%

Have fun, creating. 

Monday, October 17, 2016

New Issue: You Knock My Fox Off Round 2

It's time for round 2 of our October issue, You Knock My Fox Off. Our issues take place in our {Friends & Fans} Facebook group, along with all of our other fun monthly challenges. There's an album for each challenge. The October challenge album is right here. Please post your issue related projects in the Current Issue album.

The deadline for adding your projects is November 5th for a chance to win a gift certificate to the Paper Issues store.

Before we get to the details of this issue, let's see what the design team created to inspire you.

 Top (L-R): Alex, Melissa 
Middle (L-R): Rachel, Kathy 
Bottom (L-R): Kristie, Carolyn

  Note: Clicking on a design team member's name will take you to their blog where you can see their project in more detail.

What is You Knock My Fox Off about? Here are a few ideas to get you started (use one or use them all). Feel free to use any product you'd like. Projects can be new or old and you're welcome to share as many as you'd like.
  • Use woodland animal embellishments.
  • Create something about the people you love.
  • Have an element hang off the side of your project.
  • Use the Paper Issues fox card.
  • Scrap pictures about fall, Halloween, and doors.

We're super chatty and love to make new friends, so please stop by and say hi! You'll find us all over the Web:

Sunday, October 16, 2016

My Own Real Life Princess

Good Morning Beautiful People!
I'm happy to share this 12x12 layout I created for my blog post today. I worked with the beautiful Gather collection from Maggie Holmes. I must admit though, for the most part, I love anything Crate Paper and this collection was no exception!

There is so much "pretty" in this collection. Everything from the gold glitter Thickers, florals, and lovely pattern papers. I just had to create a layout of my oldest little with this collection. Here she was dressed in her Belle costume from Beauty and the Beast.

 All the florals in this collection are just exquisite and I created a couple of clusters to compliment my photo.

 Gold glitter word Thickers... sigh!

Thank you for stopping by today! I appreciate you! 💛