Too Cool

Sunday, December 31, 2017

It's New Years Eve! And It's also Scraplift Sunday at Paper Issues. Today we are lifting our fearless leader Cassie! Look at all he layers in her lovely wintery page!

I grabbed PhotoPlay Boys Rule today for my page. I love the bright colors and fun patterns. Let's not forget the incredible sayings on the stickers and die cuts. So I cut into some of the papers, layered up some stickers and die cuts, created some small cluster with flair. I moved the twine, but that's all I changed. Easy peasy!

My son is a character. I was cooking his dinner and turned arid to find him like this. the look on his face said, "hey Mom, speed it up would ya'! with all the attitude a teen can have!

Thanks so much for taking the journey through my creative view this year. I hope you will follow along with me next year as well. 

Little Moments

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Hey good morning! I do not like how crazy life has been. I much prefer the regularity of life at a much slower pace. Never the less, I am here today for Scraplift Sunday at Paper Issues. Today we are lifting Tracey!

This page is so fun! I totally changed it! I wanted a simpler look for mine. I chose Pink Paislee Turn the Page for this project. Patterned paper became the blocks, layering a single photo over them. I also used the blocks to house some of the embellishments, so the rest of the page stayed cleaner. Pretty easy right?

I'm so behind printing photos I had to dig deep for this one! I think that every year I've been able to take a trip with my olde son. This was one of those trips to visit my grandparents. It's one of the little moments in time I'd like to remember.

Thanks so much for stopping by my creative view today. I have a plan to get back on track! Stay tuned for more!

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Our Incredible Family

Friday, December 8, 2017

Wahoo! I made it to Friday. Well. that would be a Free File Friday at Paper Issues. Yessss! Today the focus is on titles. Use our free files in your title, on your title, as a base for your title. Get the idea?

I didn't start this layout for this challenge but I'm really happy it ended up this way. As I was working on the original page, I came across the Thankful for Family cut file, which became part of my title. That's when it took a different direction. 

I don't buy a lot of Christmas papers, but I bought some Crate Paper FaLaLa because I thought I could use it on other types of pages. Case in point. It's kind of a Christmas page, but not really. Especially because I added so many Swag Bag bits! I cut apart one of the chevron strips from the Twinkle paper, then used the remaining pieces for the top and bottom of the page. Ut's really a simple design, but you can see how the title really makes the page!

This was the winter of The Incredibles movie. Our son loved it. He called himself Dash and would run around the house in circles as fast as he could proving it to us. Pajamas for the boys were a must. Eventually, we all ended up with clothing of some sort. Thet title also means so much more, but I wont go into that now. So yes, we became the Incredible family. 

Thanks so much for stopping by my creative view today. Head over to the Paper Issues shop and gt yourself some of this Crate Paper FaLaLa. It's so pretty. It will mix well with many other things you have. I promise. Use DEVRA at checkout for 20% off your purchase!

No Snow

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Hey look! I'm 5 for 5 this month! Go me! Well, Today I am here with a layout for the December Add It Up challenge at Paper Issues. This is such a fun challenge. Each month a point total is chosen for us to reach using the items and point values in the chart below. This month, the point total is 200 points!

I like this challenge because I really have to think about what I want to do and how I want to do it. with so many points this month, I had to come up with some ideas using the higher value items, then add on with some of the others, while making the whole page cohesive. So that's exactly what I did. sifting through photos, remembered I had some snow photos. I also have Crate Paper Snow & Cocoa sitting waiting to be used. Boom. Ideas started swirling. I sprayed 5 colors of mist over a stencil onto white cardstock. Then I used 3 snowflake cut files. That was almost 100 points. The rest of the points came from photos, patterned paper, journaling and all the little embellishments, including the wood title and one last paint splatter.. My total came to 206 points

I do not like winter. I don't like to be cold and I don't like being trapped by snow. It isn't so much that I don't like the snow as much as where I live isn't prepared to deal with it. so now when it snows, I get crabby, instead of being able to sit down and enjoy watching the snowflakes fall to the ground, turning everything a magical, shimmering, white blanket.

Thanks so much for stopping by my creative view today. I truly appreciate you being here with me. I have so much more to share so come back again soon. Snow & Cocoa as well as many other winter lines are in the Paper Issues shop. Get them for 20% off using DEVRA at checkout.

Supplies: CS-American Crafts, PP, die cuts, wood pieces-Crate Paper, sequins-Shimelle, paints-Tattered Angels, Heidi Swapp, Dylusions, stencil-TCW, silhouette


Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Good morning! It seems this month is all about the Holidays everywhere you look.  Get It Scrapped is no exception. Holiday letters are a great jumping off point for a scrapbook page. This approach is the inspiration for today's blog article.

I don't send a holiday letter and have no plans to send one in the future. I would however consider doing a scrapbook page like this again next year. It's a nice easy way to sum up the year on one scrapbook page. The challenging part for me was coming up with a story to tell that involved all of us. To comquer that, I wrote an actual holiday letter.

I started with a design that could accommodate long journaling. Then I grabbed Happy Hanukkah by PhotoPlay to establish and support the holiday theme. 

This could also be a great way to write journaling from the perspective of each person in a photo, holiday themed or not. I would consider doing that in the future as well. 

A lot can happen in a year's time. I shared what is currently happening in each member of our family's life. For my children it's what's new for them in school this year. For my husband and I it's career changes.

Thanks so much for stopping  by my creative view today. Come back again soon, I have more to share. Check out the blog today for more Holiday letter scrapbook page ideas. 

Supplies: cardstock-American Crafts, Patterned paper and stickers-Photoplay Paper, printer-Epson, adhesive-EK Success, Recollections

Toot Toot

Monday, December 4, 2017

Monday Monday! It's New Issue Monday at Paper Issues! Join us this month for all the Holiday Happenings you can think of. Need some ideas? Try some of these:

December holidays, pictures of holiday d├ęcor (lights, tree, menorah, etc.), favorite gift, holiday menu, cookie decorating, gingerbread houses, winter activities. 

My page is inspired by a tradition in my husbands family. I don't have the opportunity to make many Christmas pages, so it was a treat for me to play with Pebbles Merry Merry and Crate Paper FaLaLa. I love the Twinkle paper was very excited about that little elf in the die cut package! I did get a bit cheeky with the music notes from the Have a Ball cut file. But oh well, it made my point!

When my husband was a child, every Christmas he had to wait on the stairs until his Dad blew a horn letting him know it was ok to come downstairs. Well, he tried to implement the same tradition in our family. It didn't work so well. Especially when he had to ask our son to blow his own trumpet!

Thanks so much for stopping by my creative view today. Check out the Paper Issues store for all of your holiday paper shopping needs. Everything is always 20% off when you use DEVRA at checkout.

Supplies: PP-Pebbles, Crate paper, die cuts & stickers-Pebbles, Buttons-Crate paper, flair-Fancy Pants, twine-Doodlebug Design, Thickers, sequins

Life: Changing

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Well happy Sunday to you. It's not just Sunday, It's Scraplift Sunday at Paper Issues.  Today we are lifting a layout by a former member, Elodie. 

First thing I did was flip the design. It felt right this way for me. Then I combined some of the Pink Paislee Turn the Page paper with sone if the washi tape strips. Then I felt like stitching. The rest was easy. I layered up some die cuts and chipboard Thickers, a sprinkling of sequins, some flair and I was done. 

I'd been thinking about this for a long time. I wanted to do something for me. Well, I finally took the plunge and got a part time job. This is me at work. 

Thanks for stopping by my creative view today. Stop by the Paper Issues shop to get some new goodies. They are always 20% off when you use my code DEVRA at checkout.

Supplies: Cs-American Crafts, stickers, paper, die cuts, sequins-Pink Paislee, flair-A Flair For buttons

Time Flies

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Good morning! How did is get o be December already?!?!? Anyway, welcome to the first challenge of December at Paper Issues!  It's Sketchy Saturday. Wanna see the sketch?

It's a pretty fantastic sketch don't you think? I like it because it gives me a chance to play with clustering and layering, two things I like to do. A lot. First up, figuring out how to do all that and make it work. All I had to work with in the Simple Stories Old School is tickers and papers. Nothing a little fussy cutting and pop dots cant fix! Let's throw in some flair and acrylic stars in there too for something different. Hey look! It came out great!

I remember taking that photo on the first day of Kindergarten like it was yesterday. It's pretty hard to believe it was 12 years ago already. There is some truth to "Time Flies the you are having fun". Now I want time to slow down a bit. So much and not enough have happened over the last 12 years. I need to remember it all. 

Thanks so much for stopping by my creative view today. Come bak again soon. I'll have a lot going on this month. 

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Supplies: CS & alpha-American Crafts, pp-stickers-Simple Stories, acrylic-Color Cast Designs, flair-A Flair for Buttons

4th Meal

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Good morning! Today at Get It Scrapped we are talking about using Contrast to create Flow on scrapbook pages. When we use contrast in our designs we should do so with purpose and intention.

I worked with mostly neutrals on this page, creating contrast with the rust and green. Focus is kept on the photos being anchored by both colors in the vertical paper pieces. Flow is created with the title pointing towards the photos, also in the same rust and green colors. From there your eye should see the embellishments under the photos, moving top toward the top of the page, back again to the title area.

He finallyt hit that age where he's always hungry. He cam home from school, went to the fridge, took out the leftovers and ate. Barely saying hello.

Thanks so much for stopping by my creative view today. Come back again soon, I always have more to share.
Supplies: patterned paper, die cuts, stinters, alphas-PinkFresh Studios, die cut -Paper Issues, Silhouette, pen and adhesive-EK Successs

Party On...

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Good morning! I feel like I have neglected my blog. What has really been neglected though is my crafty time. Life changes have cut into that the past couple of weeks. Im trying to get a handle on everything so I can change that! Anyway, It is Scraplift Sunday at Paper Issues and I am joining the fun!  Today lifted Mary-Ann and her amazing Pinspire Me layout. 

I love her original and did tried to recreate some of the layering and embellishment clustering. Shimelle Glitter Girl is so bright and colorful, I have to be careful not to go to crazy. That led t me using smaller clusters and less layering. That's ok. That's what scraplifting is all about. Using someone else to inspire you.

I may (or may not) be almost doom with my birthday photos. Regardless, this could be the opening or closing page of the book. You decide for me. I had as much fun with my letterboard as I did the party, just kidding. 

Thanks for stopping by my creative view today. Come back again soon. I have more to share. 

Meet Phillip

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Hey there and good morning! I'm up on the Paper Issues blog today with another edition of Scraplift Sunday! Guess who we re lifting today? ME! with this layout I created for The first November Free File Friday. I like the design of this page. It's not fancy or super unique, but it has lots of room for interpretation an reinvention.

So reinvent I did. I changed up the background, being inspired by the card sketch I saw on the PebblesInc blog. I also changed the size of my photos to 3x4. The among design didn't leave room for embellishing above the photos, so I over embellished the bottom of the page, including moving the title there. I don't get to do much with Halloween collections anymore, m so it was fun to be able to play with Pebbles Halloween Haunting.

Not only do I not et to play with Halloween anymore, this is the last time he will carve a pumpkin at home! So yes, many photos were taken and he even named it this year. But only because I asked if he had a name. Oh well.

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Showers are Over Rated

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Good morning! Time for a new Scrap Soup challenge at Paper Issues. This is such a fun challenge. I like being given some parameters to use, but still am able to design my page however I want. 

Well it was easy to get all the elements together today! For some reason, I keep going back to Shimelle Little by Little for photos of my kiddo and I. Title and journaling are pretty much a no brainer for me. 4x6 I had a choice to layer paper or find another way. I chose a 4x6 cut apart journaling card. The wider yellow strip is the 1x9 and I tore the edges of the star strip as well as the top yellow strip.  The raining clouds are supposed to be the visual image of the title. See. Easy!

I love, love, love that he has discovered snuggling, but sometimes, he would stay that way for hours and I really do need to get up and do stuff. Sometimes I just want to take a shower, so I can get my day going. I shared this photo and that sentiment with a friend of mine who very sarcastically responded with, "showers are overrated'.

Thanks so much for stopping by my creative view today. I've got more up my sleeve, so come bak again soon.

Pooch Smooch

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Good morning! It's Take 5 Tuesday at Paper Issues today. Here is the November board.

I'll start with the items I used. It was more than 5. Yellow, Die Cuts, Stitching, Stripes, Patterned Paper and animal. First I cut the heart, then I stitched around it. The stripes were created with the Pink Paislee Turn the Page washi tape strips The patterned paper sits behind my photo, the animals are the chipboard and stickers butterflies and birds as well as my dog in the photo. See, easy peasy.  

Yes, I am one of those dog people. But no, I do not kiss my dog on the mouth. It just looks that way. I also love him with all go my heart. 

Oh yes, today is short and sweet. Thanks for stopping by my creative view today. I always appreciate you being here. Come back again later this week as I have more to share.

Family Matters

Monday, November 6, 2017

Hey there Hi there! Just a regular old Monday here. Nope. Scratch that. It's New Issue Monday at Paper Issues called Home is Where the Heart Is .  Need some ideas? Well here you go:

Create a project about your home (favorite room, neighborhood, new home, renovations, favorite spot in your town/state); use heart embellishments; share November activities, family gatherings, Thanksgiving traditions and/or favorite recipes.

Me? I went with the Family idea. Ive had this photo sitting our for a very long time. Just couldn't decide what to do with it. Well, now that I have Carta Bella Welcome Home, this made perfect sense. I love this chalkboard framed aper and challenged myself to use it. I came across the Leaves & Laurels cut file and well, this is basically the result. I wanted to hand stitch the title. It seems to gp with the feel of the page.  There really are no embellishment on the page, it didnt seem to need them. I think this needs too go on the wall....

It is getting harder and harder to get family all together. Celebrating Dad's birthday is a good excuse don't you think? Nothing makes him happier than having all his girls around. Glad we could make that happen for him.

Thanks so much for stopping by my creative view today. Come back gain soon. I will have something new to share. See more about this cahelllenge on the Paper Issues blog. Join us in our Facebook group for chit chat and all our monthly challenges. 

School is cool

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Hey hey! Happy Sketchy Saturday at Paper Issues! Check out this awesome grid style sketch!

My very first instinct was to create a 2 page layout from the sketch, so I did. I had these photos that were in a frame that broke and I wanted to keep them together. They also were all 4x6 in size. It was easy enough to cut them down but not all the same size. The result is a grid that also breaks the plane. large and many photos call for simplicity on a page. Fancy Pants Take Note is just that. I chose the Little Things as the only patterned paper. The rest are die cuts , buttons and other little bits from my stash. It was fault easy to put together, and has a nice clean, but interesting look. 

Thanks so much for stopping by my creative view today. Come back gain soon, I have so much to share. Take Note is available in the Paper Issues shop. Pink some up for yourself for 20% off using DEVRA at checkout

Picking Apples

Friday, November 3, 2017

Hello there! Ive been neglectful I know. But it's November, so I'll be be posting regularly. There are a whole slew of challenges coming up at Paper Issues. Today is the first  Free File Friday of the month, We are using our FREE cut files to scrap our fall activities. 

Today I used the Apple Wreath cut file for the title of my page. I could have gone very literal with the apple wreath itself, but that would have been overkill. I love the simple patterns in the new Carta Bella Welcome Home collection. I am not into the farm style look for my home, but that papers I can work with! I did add in a paper from HelloFall. I needed a pop of color! I really was feeling the simple thing so I could focus on the photos. Lots of paper, few embellishments!

Picking apples is a family activity we love. We live in an area with many, many apple orchards, and try to find a new one to go to each year. This year we hit the jackpot! There were tons of activities for people of all ages, The apples were just ready to be picked so there were many to grab. Farm animals, corn maze, hay rides and all kinds of food to choose from including apple cider donuts and caramel apples as big as your head. I would go back there again planning ahead to spend more time wandering around. 

Thanks so much for being here at my creative view today. Come back again soon, I will have lots going on this month. You can get Welcome Home as well as many other new collections in the  Paper Issues shop, Use code DEVRA at checkout for 20% off your purchase!

Supplies: PP, die cuts, chipboard-Carta Bella, enamel dots-Simple Stories, Apple Wreath cut file, Silhouette

Over the Shoulder...

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Hey hey! Scraplift Sunday is on the Paper Issues blog! Today we are lifting Michelle's layout for the Notable Quotable challenge. 

Yep, Shimelle Glitter Girl again! I cant stop! Pink, and turquoise and happy silliness to my heart's content!  I hardly changed anything from the original design. Different sized photos and some extra embellishments.

More photos from my birthday. One of my friends walked in and threw something around my neck, grabbed my wineglass and all of a sudden I had free hands. She said she was bored the night before and started knitting. Next thing she knew she's made me a wineglass holder! Genius I say!

Thanks so much for stopping by my creative view today. Come back gain soon, I have more to share.

If you can't tell by now this is Shimelle Glitter Girl my favorite, favorite collection, You can get it for 20% off using DEVRA at checkout.

I Want Candy

Friday, October 20, 2017

Hey hey we made it to Friday! It's not just Friday though, It's Free File Friday at Paper Issues. Today's theme is to use our cut files on your Fall or Halloween projects.

I used the Trick or Treat Sweets cut file on my page today

While trying to decide what I wanted too do, I came across this photo. Bam! Decision made. The title was pretty much hand picked for me. All I did was make it larger and place it vertically on my page. That's the cool thing about cut files. They don't have to be elaborate to be effective. Fancy Pants Spellbound is my Halloween paper of choice this year. The colors are so different form any Halloween collection I've used before. I love it. 

Every year, since he began Trick or Treating, my son would come home, dump his bag of candy on the floor, sort it, then count each pile. The fun part was, when he was little we could take what we wanted and tell him it was icky.  As he got older he was more aware of what kinds of candy he had.

Thanks so much for stopping by my creative view today. I appreciate you being here and hope you'll come back again soon. I always have something to share.

Trick or Treat

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Oh good morning! Happy middle of the week to you! It's Product Spotlight day at Paper Issues and it's all about Halloween!  

Ok, the truth is I love Halloween. I do. It's a fun meaningless holiday. It's all about the fun. Did I say fun? And candy. And awesome Halloween paper. Like this Fancy Pants Spellbound. Growing up, Halloween colors were orange and black, In the recent years, we've seen more purple, even some lime, added to the mix, but the mint in this collection is new! I like it!  I cut the Bewitched paper using the plaid cut file, layering it over the mint side of Spot of Sweet paper I also used the Trick or Treat Sweets cut file for my title. I tucked and layered the Tags in several spots, finishing off with buttons, twine and Flair from A Flair for Buttons

My kids have outgrown the trick or treating and I can't seem to talk them into wearing costumes to answer the door. So I had to dig out some other photos. I came across this one photo of my Grandma. I think it's from her last Halloween. She loved answering the door and talking to all the kids. 

Thanks so much for stopping by my creative view today. I've got a more things planned over the next few days so come back again soon.  Remember to stock up on all your Halloween goodies before it's too late! Use DEVRA at checkout to get yours at 20% off 

50 & Fabulous

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Hey there! The new Add It Up challenge is on the Paper Issues blog today.  This is such a great challenge. Each month we have two stay within or reach a certain mount of points, given to us. Points are achieved based on the chart below. This month we had to stay under 50 points!  

Well, I thought this would be easier than it was. But I did it at exactly 50 points. I used one piece of the Shimelle Glitter Girl paper. called Be a Square one photo and a couple of stickers. It's supposing how quickly things add up! You will be seeing so much more of this from me. I'm doing a whole series of photos with this collection. I love everything about it.

Yep, more photos from my birthday. My sister made me put on the crown and sash. I said one photo only. Then I took it off and put it away. 

Thanks so much for stopping by my creative view today. I have a bunch of stuff up my sleeve, so come back again soon. You can still get Glitter Girl in the Paper Issues shop. Get it for 20% off using DEVRA at checkout!