Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Love and Mittens - Christmas in July

Well helloooooooo there all my scrappy friends!  It's nearing the end of July, and I don't know about you all, but I am super excited about all the new collections that are being released!  So many cool and lovely new products are in the shop or are coming our way, and I don't know about all of you but I really do like the idea of using up some of my older stock to make way for all the new and beautiful items that will be in my hands soon!

So this time around I chose to dig out my Christmas and winter supplies.  I know for myself I tend to scrap the season, so when it's summer I always want to scrap either my current summer photos or previous summer photos.  This of course means that I neglect my photos from other seasons and holidays until I am actually in that season.  Well with the awesome new winter and Christmas collections coming out I wanted to dig into some of my previous products that I had purchased from Paper Issues.

With all that being said, welcome to my Scrappy Christmas in July.  I have 2 blog posts for this month and both will be using a separate collection plus some extras thrown in here and there.  For my first entry I choose to go with the Snow & Cocoa collection as my jumping off point since the picture I was scrapping was more about the winter season than any holidays.  I combined it with some older Pinkfresh Studio products that I also had.  Even though Snow & Cocoa was a bit more on the vintage and cream side and the Pinkfresh Studio was very stark white I combined them in such a way that it all gelled together!  I used my circle punches to add some patterns and interest to the background since I didn't want to have a ton of layers underneath the photo, considering how busy the background paper was!  And here you go with the final product!

Of course it wouldn't be a blog post from me without a process video to go along with it!

Monday, July 24, 2017

All Who Wander Are Not Lost - Pink Paislee Summer Lights

Hello everyone!  Marcia here today with another Pink Paislee Summer Lights layout. While on vacation in Myrtle Beach South Carolina, I really enjoyed my sunrise walks along the beach searching for shells. I was drawn to this sheet of watercolor pattern paper with shells on it and wanted to use it for my background paper. The colors in the paper matched my sunrise photo so well too. Here is my layout...

I used the Paper Issues Cabin Fever FREE cut file and cut directly onto my photo. The "All Who Wander Are Not Lost" fit so perfectly with the footprints left in the sand along the beach. Then I added the Bloom FREE cut file as an embellishment in the corner of the photo.

There are lots of fun beach ephemera pieces in the Pink Paislee Summer Lights collection and the foil accents are so eye catching!

I added a few torn pattern paper strips at the bottom of my page to set a beachy scene and give me some space to journal.

This is such a gorgeous collection and it's perfect for all kinds of summer activities. 
There are lots of fabulous new items just stocked in the Paper Issues Store. Be sure to check them out. Use my coupon code MARCIA20 and save 20%.

Thanks so much for stopping by today. Have a great week!

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Scraplift Sunday

Hello hello! It's Sunday Funday! Also known as Scraplift Sunday! Take a look at Michelle's stunning layout that we are lifting today! It's so simply designed but the details are what makes this page so beautiful. Let's see some layouts from the team.

I played along this week. How cold I not? I had so many ideas swirling around. My first thought was to flip it, but when I finally decided on a photo, I decided to stick to the original design. Beside, this Shimelle Little By Little paper was perfectly made for this page! I did switch the photo to the other side, and mixed up the embellishments. You can find more info on my blog.

Wow! That Wonky Chevron cut file adds such modern flair to Rachel's layout! I mean wow. That red. Fancy Pants Dream Big has never looked so good. The contrast of the soft and bold dived by the embellishments is stunning!

Amanda played with the bold Amy Tangerine On a Whim for her fun page! I really like the large ephemera clusters she used to not only surround the photo, but extend across the page!

Anna did flip the page on its side and it looks so great! What a fantastic way to play with Pink Paiselee Summer Lights too! The Carousel and Kite cut file is a brilliant choice to complete this lovely page.

Stacie's page is a wowzer for  sure! Could that Creeksode Chicory paper be any more perfect for this page? How about that light touch of paint to highlight the the soft flowers! This is so pretty every way you look at it. 

Well, I'm pretty impressed with how different all these pages are! Now we want to see your take on Michelle's page! Join this challenge as well as our many other challenges by adding your projects into the July Challenges album in our Facebook group!  See you next week!

Remember you can find these products and so much more in the store. Shop and save 20% when you use code DEVRA at checkout. 

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Loving Summer by Fancy Pants Hello Sunshine

Good Morning, Lovelies!

Anna here today to share one of my pages made with the gorgeous Fancy Pants, Hello Sunshine collection.
I've used a FREE cut file by Stacie from the Paper Issues store for my clouds.

One of my favorite challenges here at Paper Issues is Scrap Lift Sunday.
I'm always finding new, exciting techniques, details and designs to try out and do my own thing out of it.
Therefore, when I saw this amazing layout by Paper Issues owner, Cassie,
I knew immediately that I wanted to, with her permission, lift it.

Cassie Box foto.

Isn't it gorgeous!?

Here's my scrap lift of it:

I loved using the gorgeous, summery papers from Fancy Pants for this page.

Also, don't forget you can use my code ANNA to save 20% off your entire store order.

Thanks for stopping by!

Take care <3

Hugs, Anna :)

Friday, July 21, 2017

Free File Friday: Travel Adventures

Hello!  Happy Free File Friday!  I hope you have had a chance to check out the Paper Issues store and the new collections that have hit the store this past week.  New product lines bring new cut files for you to download and put to use!  The FFF challenge is to document your travel adventures using a PI cut file.  Here are just a few cut files to inspire your travel (or staycation) adventures from summer or anytime of year!

For my take on a travel adventure, I used the butterfly cut file as a stencil with paint to get a patterned yellow background.  This helped to build up the layers documenting my trip to Waco to see Magnolia Market and the Seed Supply gardens.  I used Simple Stories Summer Days and added two cut file arrows from the Magical cut file set.

Amanda went with Echo Park Summer Fun and the cutest mega sized I {heart} summer vacation background title cut file.  I love the little bits scattered throughout the design documenting her too cool and cute son.  This is a great technique to ungroup the cut file and place it where you want in on your design canvas in the Silhouette Studio (or your cutting system).  This allows you to back the design with patterned papers and use the cut file as your background.

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Anna rocked the All Who Wander quote title cut right into the patterned paper.  Plus, check out the adventure vibes with the map background paper and her adorable photo on the trail.  How about the coolest stitched photo mat paper layers?! The Fancy Pants Dream Big collection really is pretty with travel pages!

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Rachel went outdoorsy and rustic for her travels.  The Simple Stories Cabin Fever collection paired with the leaves are falling background cut file were the perfect team for this outdoor layout.  The added stitched border and stitching on the leaves adds such great texture on top of the log cabin paper.  I love the fall season feel that Rachel brought to our design team round up today!

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Thanks for stopping by the Paper Issues blog today.  We sure hope you'll fire up your cutting machines today and join us in documenting a travel adventure--from far away or close to home. 

 Anything goes as long as you are using a PI cut file to help tell your story in your design.
Don't forget about using cut files on your traveler's notebook entries, pocket pages, cards, or off the page projects. 
 Post your new projects on the Paper Issues Facebook group:  Paper Issues Friends and Fans.  You have now through August 1st to play along with this challenge for a chance at a PI gift card!

Do not delay in stocking up on all of the new items (and free cut files!!) that just arrived.  I have the new collections in my hands and they do not disappoint.  I love the new embellishment items that were added to some collections this release! Check it all out and save 20% with code: Stacie

Tag us on social media!  I want to see what amazing things you create with the PI cut files! Each week we are blown away by your talent in using PI free files in your projects!  Use: #paperissues  #picutfile #PIfreefiles so we can find your super cool work!

Thursday, July 20, 2017

My Little Dude

Hi PI fans, Amy here to share one of my latest layouts. I used the June Swag Bag, along with the cool painting technique Amanda introduced us to for Try it Tuesday. It's now one of my go-to techniques for adding color to my background. Here's my layout.

When I saw this embellishment in the Swag Bag, I knew it'd be perfect for a layout of my littlest.

Another embellishment that was made for my boy.

Thanks for visiting the blog today, make sure you head over to our Friends and Fans page to play along with all our fabulous challenges. There are plenty of new goodies coming soon, so keep your eye on the shop, too!

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Swag Bag Spotlight

Good morning!  Are you unsure about a paper collection and just want a little taste of it?  
Then you want one of our Swag Bags.  Paper Issues puts together a little bag of bits and pieces to give you a sampling of our newest goodies.  No two bags are exactly the same.  They are fun to receive each month.  Kinda like Christmas all year or your birthday every month!  

Go HERE in the store to sign up for a Swag Bag subscription.  It is only $9.99 a month and an additional 20% off with code: Mary-Ann.
Here is this months bag.... Fruit Cup!

Here is how I played along.....I used a modge podge of all my older Swag Bags.  I dug out my hexagon punch and went to town.  You can enter the challenge with any month or a mixture of months.


Lisa Swift created this adorable card with our June Swag Bag. 
 Oh my, any little 4 year old would love this!!!

Anna Uhras used product from the May Swag bag to created this darling card.  What a perfect welcome to your new home kinda card!  

Amanda Baldwin combined the May and June bags to achieve this soft and delicate look on her beautiful project.  

Stacie Dietz went with a patriotic, beachy colored layout with the June Swag Bag and it works perfectly!

Just remember, our Swag Bags sell out pretty quick.  You can order monthly,  but you can also reserve yours each month by signing up for the 6 month subscription.  

If you create something new with any of our Swag Bags, enter in this album HERE, under Swag Bag, for a chance to win a prize to the Paper Issues store.  You can combine any bags you have.  There are no rules except it must be new and mostly from our Swag Bags.

Now, get shopping and use code: Mary-Ann for 20% off everything!  

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Notable Quotable

Hey everyone, Michelle here with a new quote challenge!  I think this may be my favorite yet!  I love summer and all the photo opportunities it brings.  I had to do a beach quote!

Here is my LO inspired by this quote using the new Pink Paislee Summer Vibes:

Let's see what the team came up with!

Mary-Ann made this beauty of a LO.  I love the big title and all the little embellishments!

Amanda made this soft and pretty LO.  I love how the pastel colors remind me of the beach!

Rachel made this super fun LO using free cut files from the store.  Perfection!

Anna made this beautiful bright LO. That background is just amazing!

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, July 17, 2017

New Issue: Let's Taco 'bout It Round 2

Are you ready for round 2 of our July issue, Let's Taco 'bout It?

In addition to our monthly issue, we have plenty of other challenges to inspire you. You'll find them in our {Friends & Fans} Facebook group. Each challenge has its own album. You can get a look at the July challenge album right here. Please post your issue projects in the New Issue album.

The deadline for sharing your projects is August 1st for a chance to win a gift certificate to the Paper Issues store.

Before we get to what this issue is about, let's take a look at these fantastic projects from the team:

Clockwise from top L: Cat, Stacie, Rachel, Devra

Note: Clicking on a design team member's name will take you to their blog or Instagram page so you can see their project in more detail.
What is Let's Taco 'bout It about? These ideas will give you an idea of what the theme is about, but feel free to think outside of the box.
  • Use speech bubbles or phrase stickers.
  • Make a page about funny things kids say.
  • Show us your 4th of July/patriotic projects.
  • Share your favorite part of Taco Tuesday or food in general.
  • Use the PI taco card.

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: