Back, Back, Back!

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Welll hello!  I have a project on the  Paper Issues blog today for the awesome new Put It on an Angle challenge. Now I know, you are looking at my page thinking, angles? where are the angles?  It's so round! Well, I'll just tell you a little about what I did here.

I like to buy paper.  I may have Issues. It's a fact. My boys are getting older. Also a fact. Truly, I have no need for planets and rocket themed papers anymore. But I needed it! (Issues) It's a good thing that I like to take themes and ideas and put them to work for me interpreting them in other ways. So really, here is a perfect example. Yep, rockets and planets for umm...swimming? Yes I did.

But I have to tell you, the real reason for my having this  My Minds Eye Blast Off  collection was these photos right here! My boy is a back stroke specialist!  I caught his take off (see what I did there) frame by frame. Well, I couldn't just choose one photo out of the group could I? What did I do, well, I put them at an angle!

This My Minds Eye Blast Off  collection caught my eye for another reason. This Plaentoids paper. It screamed "fussy cut" at me.  So I did. I cut it apart, then put it back together into another shape. Itall of those works well as a home for all of those photos!

Fussy cutting also enabled me to use the rockets as die cuts, which I embellished with the puffy stickers  and 6x12 accent stickers.  I love the holographic elements. It makes it plays well with the water in the photos

So this is it. the very last swim meet ever for him. I wanted to take in every moment. I wanted to permanently remember some of my favorite things about him swimming. For years he has been best at backstroke (regardless of what he says). I was so happy to capture his takeoff in sequence. His takeoffs are amazing. He goes so far under water and I don't know how he does it. I have loved every minute of his meets and will miss watching him swim.

Well, there you have it!  Want this collection along with so much more?!?!? Get it in the Paper Issues shop. Use DEVRA at checkout for 20% off your purchase. I hope to see you playing along with us this month. We have so many inspiring March challenges. Join the fun in our Facebook group!

Dont Be Such a Blockhead

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Good morning!  I'm sharing a project with Get It Scrapped , Paper Issues Pinspire Me challenge and A Flair for Buttons today. Titles are something I think we all had debates about. Does every page need one? Is it important?  For me. the answer is YES! I love a good title. It's an entrance to my page. Check out the Get It Scrapped blog today as we take titles to a new level by talking about Title Orientation. This is when you play with words, letters or angles to add to your story and/or photo.

The mood of the page is playful and I wanted the title to fit in with this too. Choosing a long title enabled me to play with font, color and orientation. I gave emphasis to the word 'block' by using a contrast color, red, using a serif font and finally by placing the letters into a square or blocked shape. Doing this ties the title directly to both the photo and the story of the page.

In keeping with the playful mood, I chose PhotoPlay Boys Rule. In case you haven't noticed, I have a thing for bright colors. The energy of the patterns connects with the energy of my boy playing. The square headed robot sticker was a must use. How could I not? Lastly, to soften all the square lines in the page, I added some circlesparticularly the camera flair. Reminding me its a photo moment. 

My son received a set of stacking boxes as a gift. His way of exploring and playing with them was to knock them down, then put them on his head. Then he's laugh and do it all over again.

Thanks so much for stopping by my creative view today. Check out the Pinspire Me inspiration in the Paper Issues Facebook group. Head over the the Get It Scrapped blog to learn more about title orientation, and everyone needs a bit of Flair on their pages!   

Supplies: Cardstock and alphas-American Crafts, Patterned paper, stickers-PhotoPlay Paper, enamel pieces-Kaiserkraft, Bella Blvd, Simple Stories, Basic Grey, Flair-A Flair for Buttons, pen-EK Success, adhesive-Recollections, EK Success

Sunday Morning Snuggles

Friday, March 9, 2018

Well Good morning to you! I'm up on the Paper Issues Blog today with my first March project. Feel the Beat is a new challenge. We've chosen this record album as inspiration. Not feeling the cover itself? How about a song title or lyrics?

I was inspired by two parts of the cover. The circles, and the line connecting the two 'O's. I knew I didn't want to do a plain circle grid.  The new Dot Grid cut file however, gave me some other ideas! Look! It's a different kind of a circle grid! Wahoo!

So next was what to cut and glue! Since PinkFresh Case of the Blahs and Let Your Heart Decide were both staring at me, I mixed them up and used them both. I love when I can do that. It makes me feel like I'm getting more out of my stash.  The Quirk paper makes a great background in color and pattern don't you think? That grid I mentioned? I guess I didnt get away from it after all.  I surrounded my photo with small clusters of embellishments created with ephemera, frames and stickers. Do you see!?!?! I even connected some of the circles with thread!

Now, I know some of you are sitting here wondering why and how you can use  Case of the Blahs. You don't have to have a bad day to use this collection. Nope. As you can see, this is not a 'Blah' page at all. That's the beauty of interpretation. I took these wonderfully snarky, sarcastic phrases and applied them to a happy photo and story.

Here are a few close ups ion some of the phrases. Sad? No way! Check out the awesome A Flair for Buttons flair! This silhouette is in the Hexagon Boy set. So perfect for this!

Seriously. These are so perfect for my story! Sunday morning snuggles happens where? Oh yes, On. The. Couch! Oh and the Smash Phrases Flair has wonderful little sentiments that fit right into this page!

For the past few months, I've been working on Saturdays. I think he notices. On Sunday mornings when we get up, he takes me to the couch where we sit together for quite some time. Im pretty sure that's his way of telling me his misses me. I'm not gonna lie. I enjoy every minute of it. There is no better way Id like to spend a lazy Sunday morning than snuggled on the couch with this guy. 

Thanks so much for stopping by my creative view today! I'll be back in a few days with more stories to tell and photos to share.  Head over to the Paper Issues shop to get yourself some new things! I'm enjoying all the new releases including this PinkFreshShimelle and Crate Paper! Your purchase will be 20% off when you use DEVRA at checkout!


Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Good morning!  Let's talk trends today. Even better, let's talk about using current trends on our scrapbook pages. Today at  Get It Scrapped we are talking about Pom Poms. They are everywhere. Today, they are on our scrapbook pages.

I think of pom poms as festive, therefore perfect for a party page.  My initial thought was to use them as confetti, and place them into some of the die cut spaces to add dimension as well as color. The pom poms were too dimensional and looked out of place on their own. Using the pom pom frame connects the free floating ones to the photo. After adding other embellishments with dimension, color and texture, the pom poms seemed to blend in better. 

I (reluctantly) agreed to a birthday party thrown by my husband and my sister. I just really wasn't sure how I wanted to celebrate. It wound up being a day to remember. 

Thanks so much for stopping by my creative view today. I've been using Shimelle Glitter Girl for all of my birthday photos, today is no exception. I also used a couple of cut files from the Paper Issues store, Filled With Joy to create the confetti background and Happy Hooray for the banner. I'm adding this project to the This or That challenge. It's one of several new challenges in the Paper Issues Facebook group.  

Supplies: Patterned paper, die cuts ephemera, stickers, Thickers, enamel dots-Shimelle for American Crafts, pom poms, acrylic stars-Maggie Holmes for American Crafts, Frame-Crate paper, twine and paper clips-Doodlebug Design


Monday, February 26, 2018

Good morning! I have another project to share today for Paper Issues.  It's our week 3 Scraplift Sunday, when we lifted this lovely page byAmanda-Jayne

I did change the design a bit by creating 3 solid clusters. I played with the awesome Swag Bag to create this. Really. that's all I used. The Feb bag was filled with all these bright colors, inspiring sentiments and springy embellishments. I sorted through everything first, then grouped them by colors and item type. From there I zeroed in on the sentiments and all the butterflies. I cut, placed and layered and was pretty much done. 

Thanks so much for stopping by my creative view today. I have more stuff to share so come back again soon. The March Swag Bag should be in the shop soon. The subscription is so worth it! New stuff is arriving in the Paper Issues shop every week. Shop using DEVRA at checkout for 20% off your purchase!


Sunday, February 25, 2018

Hello! Just a quick little post today sharing a page I made for Scraplift Sunday today at Paper Issues.  We are lifting Mary Ann's LO from the January Issue.  I love it's simplicity, but of course I had to give it my own spin.

 I didnt change the design much, but I did use all photos instead.  As usual, I had to throw down some layers of paper and tags under them too. You see, I had a hunch I would need this Carta Bella Cabin Fever. Even if it didn't snow, I'd have some great plaids to use for some masculine photos! Lucky for me it snowed! I also used a few of the snowflakes that were left over from the Snowflake grid cut file I sued on another page. 

I'll be honest. I'm not a fan of long snowy winters. I dont like it in my driveways, or on the roads.  I much prefer to admire the snow as it sits upon mountain tops. However, I do love to see fresh white snow on the trees, which is always a chance to grab some new photos.

Thanks so much for stopping by my creative view today. Check out the Paper Issues Facebook group for more challenges and ideas. Gran some new 2018 releases in the Paper Issues shop while you can. They are always 20% off when you use DEVRA at checkout!

Supplies: PP, die cuts-Carta Bella, wood pieces, Crate paper, Nuvo drops, Stickles, Silhouette, Dylusions mist.

Up to No Good!

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Hey Hey I'm back again! 3rd time in a week! See, I told you I'd be back on track!  I'm up on the Paper Issues Blog today sharing one of our awesome FREE cut files! I don't know about you, but I'm a huge Harry Potter fan. Can you imagine my excitement when I saw the Perfectly Potter cut file arrive in the Paper Issues shop?!?!  I'll take every chance I can get to weave some HP into my daily life.

This saying makes me think of my younger son and all the mischief he tries to create.  So does Wild Child by Pink Paislee. I mean come on, Danger? Wild and Mischief on the embellishments? Yes please!  The funny thing is, I couldn't find the right photos to go with it. Until this night. This wild child of my own was insistent that something was under the couch. I kept telling him nope, nothing is there.  He pushed, pulled and squirmed his way behind it, until he found what he was looking for.  He sure proved me wrong!

I had to decide on how many photos and their size before I could decide how to resize the cut file. Placing the photos in the center of the cut file seemed to be the way to go. I stayed with white behind the words so they would be readable, and stand out behind the green. I filled in the stars because, well, it makes them more wild! I also played off of the stars, using more of them scattered about.

I love how this part of the Perfectly Potter cut file works as a title, the story and design of my page. This just shows you how awesome and versatile our cut files can be!

Thanks so much for stopping by my creative view today! You too can join the Free File Free-for-All challenge this month. Grab a FREE cut file, create something and add it to the February Challenge album in our Facebook Group.  While you are in the Paper Issues shop, take a look at some of the new releases, including PinkFresh and Pink Paislee. Your purchases are always 20% off when you use DEVRA at checkout!