I Love Us

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Hello and good morning!  Oh I'm so happy about today's Product Spotlight at Paper Issues! Fancy Pants Family & Co is what its all about today!

Oh my goodness this collection is loaded with beautiful, saturated colors, and fun everyday family motifs! I love it!  Here is what I di with the first of I'm sure many I will make with it!

I only used 2 papers, Family Matters is the main strip. Altogether is what I sued to with the wreath cut file. Everything else on the page are embellishments. I used the ephemera die cuts, puffy stickers, tags and chipboard alpha, and chipboard pieces.   I tucked and layered around the the photo and that was really it. I got the idea form another DT mate who is a master at this technique. 

I love baseball and take every opportunity to go see a game. Believe me, it's real not that often. my family does not love it as much as I do, but its an excuse to spend a day, or evening together, We've learned our home ballpark has exceptional services for fans with disabilities, That really make the evening even more enjoyable. 

Thanks so much for being here with me today! I love it when you stop by. I really think Fancy Pants Family & Co is a wonderful collection. You should get some. I dont think its going to be around very long. Please use my code DEVRA when you check out for 20% off your purchase 

Supplies: CS-American Crafts, PP,  ephemera die cuts, puffy stickers, tags and chipboard alpha, and chipboard pieces-Fancy Pants, mist-Studio Calico, Silhouette

Dr. J

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Helo there! Im sharing a really fun page I created for today's Get It Scrapped blog article.  There are so many fantastic ways to use embellishments, But how about combining them to create something new!  I chose to use all kinds of embellishments arranged in the shape of a specific motif.

I die cut an oversized basketball and filled it with all the small orange embellishments I could find. It's filled with buttons, brads, sequins and even random chipboard letters. I chose to fill each segment with one embellishment so the shape of the ball could still be seen. By embelliishing the basketball, I have put emphasis on the ball, reinforcing the effort it takes my son to get the ball into the basket.

My son does not like to do his physical therapy 'exercises'. We disguised his exercises as a game of basketball.  Not only did he work hard, he did it without protesting and we all had fun playing together.
Thanks so much for stopping by my creative view today. I always appreciate you being here. My creative team mates put together some really great pages for this article. Be sure to check them out.

Supplies: Cardstock: American Crafts, Patterned paper, stickers, washi tape, ephemera-Bella Blvd, Embellishments: making memories, SEI, Michaels Stores, Perler Beads, American Crafts Thickers, Studio Calico, Button Company, BoBunny, Freckled Fawn, My Minds Eye. 

Happy & Content

Friday, April 7, 2017

Hello there! Yes! I'm back again. Today I'm sharing what I created for the new Pinspire Me challenge at Paper Issues. Check out this fantastical board!

There there is so much inspiration here! At first I thought, oooh, yellow. Then hot dogs.! Well, what really got to me was the font in the first column, middle square. So I grabbed the Amy Tangerine  alpha that it brought to mind and went to work!   I created a bright springy page using primarily the Good morning and Rise & Shine papers, tucking several tags and ephemera under and around the page. The alpha really ties it all together. 

There are days I really wonder what he's really thinking. He got off the bus from school, and just sat down on the front step,  He was just so happy sitting, playing with his toys. It's not something he usually does, or has done many times since this day. But it sure was an enjoyable afternoon! 

Thanks so much for being here twith me and my creative. view today! I hope you will continue to come back, I have so much more to share! Speaking of sharing, we want to see how your are Pinspired! Create something and share it on our Facebook group. Remember, when you shop for Oh Happy life or Nything else that Rick,es your fancy, use my code, DEVRA for 20% off your purchase. 


Dog Selfies

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Good morning!  It's Positively Pets day at Paper Issues! Yep, the day where your projects are all about the animals in our lives. This mo this challenge is an east one. We want to see 3 manufacturers on your projects. Yep. That's it! 

So, here is my furry friend. I started with the new Cross Cross cut file ,  cut with the Good Guy paper from the Fancy Pants Good Fellows collection.  I really just layered papers under the photos, but the fun thing I did was clip the photos to the lines, like hanging from a clothes line. A few clusters of embellishments, including Puffy stickers, wood from Freckled Fawn, mini paper clips by Doodlebug and the American Crafts alphas, and there is my 3 (plus) manufacturers!

My my husband was bored, and probably lonely one night I wasn't home. Good thing we have a dog who's a good sport! Dog selfies were his entertainment for the evening. 

This is one of my favorite challenges. I love our dog and want to remember him always. We want to see what you creat too! Pick up some Good Fellows or some of our other new collections in the Paper Issues shop. Please remember to use DEVRA at checkout for 20% off your purchase!

Thanks for being here with me at my creative view. Come back for more tomorrow!

Supplies: PP, die cuts, puffy stickers-Fancy Pants, wood pieces, Freckled Fawn, clothespins-Darcie, paper clips-Doodlebug, alphas-American Crafts

This is My Perfect

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Good morning! It's time for another Product Spotlight at Paper Issues. Today the spotlight is on the new PinkFresh Live More.  I will be honest, I have not used a lot of PinkFreash in the past, but I LOVE this collection. Maybe its the real life aspect of it, maybe its the colors. But the whole of it appealed to me. So, here is my first attempt!

I cut apart the Focus paper, placing it on white card stock. I went through the phrase stickers, placing relevant ones in between the colored lines. I added a few die cuts, some more phrases and puffy stickers, a title using the copper foil alphas and called it finished, The colors are so light and airy, combined with my photo called for a clean background. As much as I wanted to throw down some splatters, I didn't!

Thanks so much for stopping by my creative view today! I cant wait to create more things with the PinkFresh Live More collection. You should try it too! It's 20% off when you use my code DEVRA at checkout!

Supplies: Cardstock-AMerican Crafts, PP, stickers, die cuts and alpha-Pink Fresh

Wrap & Roll

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Well good morning! Again! Todays is Take 5 Tuesday at Paper Issues. I love this challenge. Picking from a list of things is fun, as well as challenging.  

For my page today I used Yellow, Color of your choice (blue) Wood pieces, Patterned Paper and Stars.  I love circles. And I love this Bubble Ring cut file. Oh it so goes with this photo and story. As I was looking through my stash I found Amy Tangerine Better Together. I didnt realize I had so much of it! I went thru the papers, putting together a blue/green color scheme. I threw in a little yellow and pink for contrast and that's it, Cut files make putting together pages so simple!

Going through old photos has been really fun. I found this of my son have some sensory therapy at school. His teacher was always so creative and trying new things with the kids. I laughed when I saw this because I'd forgotten how much he liked to be wrapped and snuggled when he was a baby. i guess some things don't change.

Thanks for being here today! It's going to be a busy week at my creative view, so come back again soon. I may have been digging in my stash, but guess what? You an still get some Better Together as well as new Simple Stories and Elle's Studio in the Paper Issues shop! You can get 20% off your purchase when you use my code DEVRA

Supplies: CS & alphas-American Crafts, PP, die cuts- Amy Tangerine, wood pieces-Pink Paislee, Freckled Fawn, Enamel pieces-Freckled Fawn, MME, Bella Blvd, Freckled Fawn,  mist-Studio Calico

Pushin' Pedals

Monday, April 3, 2017

Good morning! This month Paper Issues is packed with great challenges! Let's start this fine Monday with our New Issue, Put the Petal/Pedal to the Metal/Medal. There are so many ways to use this theme!  Here are a few ideas for you:

-Use metallics and/or metal embellishments
-Create a project using flowers or about gardening and spring
-Share something about transportation like bicycles, motorcycles, cars (your first car or current ride), toy cars
-Show us a project about awards and/or accomplishments

My page comes from Put the Pedal to the Metal. I've had these photos for a couple year and just hadn't taken the time to get them onto paper until now. I figured I had several bicycle embellishments in my stash, but chose to play with the newest Dear Lizzy collection, Lovely Day.  This line has so many different motifs in it. There is soft & sweet, sarcastic and inspiring. I put a bit of all of that into this page. I had some scraps of More Friday, which I used both sides of, as well as a small piece of the Oh Hello paper. Th rest are pieces of chipboard phrase Thickers and ephemera. As Ive been in a stitching binge. I stitched part of the title, setting it onto a shelf of the scallop background cut file. 

I'm insistent about my son having access to typically learning children while at school. The best way we found to do that is to have him attend a GenEd PE class. Best decision we ever made. He has a bike that he rides almost every day. Twice a year, the PE class has a Bike Safety unit. It was really the first time that he cold do the exact sane thing as everyone else. He may not have been able to go as fast or fluid as them, but he was so happy to be with him it didn't matter. 

Thanks so much for joining me along my creative view. I think this is my 5th LO with the  Lovely Day collection. I guess I really like it. That means that you will too. You can get that and so much more in the Paper Issues shop. Use my code DEVRA at checkout for 20% off your purchase. We love to see what you create. Please join us and share your work in our Paper Issues {Friends & Fans} Facebook group.

Supplies: CS-American Crafts, PP, chipboard, ephemera- Dear Lizzy, doilies-BoBunny, Doodlebug, enamel dots-Freckled Fawn, MME, puffy stickers-Freckled Fawn, cut file-Paper Issues, Silhouette, mist-Studio Calico, Dylusions.

500 Miles

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Good morning! How is it April already? I think that is the real April fools joke! Anyway, I'm going to start the month off right, beginning with Sketchy Saturday, the first Paper Issues challenge of the month. You can find all the details and rules of participation on the Paper Issues blog. Hen join us in our Facebook group to share your projects! Here is our new sketch. It's a fun one to play with! 

Here is my page using the sketch. I saw a lot of different ways to play. But I was really inspired to take the design and use it as the foundation for the page. Bella Blvd Make Your Mark was still on my desk and I thought it would be a great collection to use for these photos. I cut the Paint Me Pretty and Daily Details, and Make Time papers to use as the base of the design. I placed my photos on top, added several different embellishments and called it finished. It's a bright colorful page, indicative of how I feel about it.

I was recently gifted this FirBit. Sometimes a random act of kindness strikes at a time when you need it most, and therefore truly means a lot. This is one of those times. So the best way I can think of to day thank you is to use it everyday, which I am. My goal it to get to those 500 miles by June and I am well on my way. I'll keep you posted. 

As always, thanks so much for being a part of my creative view. I am really happy I bought the Bella Blvd Make Your Mark collection and I think you  will be too. So please, throw some in your cart and use my code DEVRA at checkout for 20% off your order. Cant beat that!  

Supplies: CS-AC, PP, chipboard, stickers, alphas-Bella Blvd, enamel pieces-Bella Blvd,Freckled Fawn, MME, ColorCast Designs, Wood pieces-Pink Paislee, mist-Heidi Swapp

We Mermaid for Each Other

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Hey there paper people! It's Wednesday and that means a new Product Spotlight at Paper Issues! Today's highlight is all the new Bella Blvd. There are several new collections available in the shop. There's really something for everyone this spring. 

I used a combination of Make Your Mark and Secrets of the Sea. My inspiration for this page actually started with an old photo and the FREE Mermaid cut file. The two really screamed to jibe used together. I'm a sucker for turquoise, green and blues, yes the Boy color Secrets of the Sea is what caught my attention. I had the Make Your Mark  on my table for another project when the Believe watercolor paper caught my eye. The colors are the same, so I backed only the word Mermaid with it, then used the rest of it to matte the page. Speaking of the Mermaid, I'm on a bit of a stitching binge lately. I wanted that word to stand out so it worked! 

This is us on our honeymoon. It's one of my favorite photos of us taken that week. We said to a waterfall, then climbed it and jumped in! It was a great day and so much fun!

Thanks so much for stopping by my creative view today. I love these new Bella Blvd collections. One of my favorite thing about Bella is the bright clear colors. That is right up my alley. So if you like bright colors too, I suggest you head over to the Paper Issues shop and get some for yourself!  Use my code DEVRA at checkout for 20% off your order!

Supplies: PP, die cuts-Bella Blvd, Enamel pieces-Bella Blvd, Freckled Fawn, My Minds Eye, mist-StudioCalico, Silhouette, 

He Knows

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Good morning! There's a new Product Spotlight on the Paper Issues blog! Today we are highlighting the new collections by My Minds Eye: Hey Mister, Palm Beach, In Bloom and Meow.

Im using the Hey Mister collection. It's definitely a masculine line, and it has a bit of everything. Dogs, Dads, and umm...astronomy! I began with the Hey There paper. I cut it apart, then layered it over card stock. I got the idea for the title while I was moving the photo around. I covered up the 'Y' and was left with the HE. I went through all the stickers, die cuts and chipboard to find the right embellishments for the page. I have to say the little puffy stickers are my favorite!

I want to know how dogs know what we feel. This is my dog with my son, moments after I told him my Grandmother, his Great Grandmother had passed away. Our dog climbed over to him, put his head on his lap, and stayed there. He just knew something was wrong. 

Thanks so much for being here with me and my creative view today.   Im having so much fun with  Hey Mister! I've made 3 pages already! I want to see what you can do with these new My Minds Eye collections. You can get 20% off your purchase in the Paper Issues shop when you use my ode DEVRA at checkout

Supplies: Cardstock-American Crafts, PP, die cuts, sticker and chipboard-MME, brads & metal-Freckled Fawn, flair-Accent Scrapbooking, wood piece-Color Cast Designs.

So Very Lucky

Monday, March 20, 2017

Good morning! Today at Paper Issues we are revealing the second half of our Anything goes Issue. So the funny thing is, it took me forever to decide what to do! 

Then one by one, things happened, ideas formed, and this page came together. First was the March free cut file. I honed in on the word lucky. Then came the photo and the Instagram post that went with it. Lastly, I'm obsessed with the Hazelwood collection. I cant get enough of it. 

I cut and stitched the cut file. I have just about scraps left of the Hazelwood papers. I used them to back the photo. The washi tape in this collection has been one of my favorite items to use. The strips add just the right touch to the page. Really, after I finished stitching, I added some ephemera pieces, stickers and cork pieces, finishing the page other quickly.

I took the journaling straight from my Instagram post. Every moment has two directions. I chose to take this as a grateful moment. There are many struggles in having a child with special needs, snuggles and smiles are not one of them

Thanks so much for stopping by my creative view today. I cant say enough about this Hazelwood collection. You can get some and so much more in the Paper Issues shop for 20% off when you use my code DEVRA.

Supplies: Cardstock-AMerican Crafts, Hazelwood collection by One Canoe Two, Silhouette, DMC thread.


Better W/Bagels

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Good morning! A new Roll the Dice challenge is up at Paper Issues! Today the dice landed on 2 photos and 3 strips of washi tape. I can do that no problem!

I got my hands on the newest Amy Tangerine collection, On a Whim. The colors are so up my alley. I love bright, vibrant colors! The Fine Apple striped background was a happy accident. I wasn't planning on using it, but the more papers I laid on top, the more I liked it! Some of the sayings on the In Good Company cut apart page were really just spot on, so I chose a grid design as a good way to feature them. I embellished the two squares of patterns paper with die cuts, stickers, chipboard and flair. The 3 strips of washi are under the title and that's that. Sometimes simple is the best way to go, especially with bold patterns and colors. 

I'm at he table eating with my son, when he stands up, grabs a bagel and hands it to me. He wants to eat it. Why is this remarkable? The boy does not eat bagels. Ever. He does not ask to try new foods. Ever. He hands food back to us when we ask him too try new things. Anyway, he proceeds to eat half a bagel with cream cheese. And he seemed to really enjoy it. Why? Who knows. I still wonder if he thought it was something else...like a donut. Now to see if he'll do it again!

Thank you so much for hanging out at with my creative view. If I were you, I'd treat yourself to some of this awesome On a Whim collection in the shop. While you are there, you can also pick up new Simple Stories and PinkFresh. Better yet, use my code DEVRA for 20% off your purchase.

Supplies: PP, die cuts, stickers, Chipboard Thickers, washi tape, alphas-AmyTangerine, flair-A Flair for buttons, enamel dots-Freckled Fawn, mist-Tattered Angels



Hey there! I'm happy to be a part of the newer article on the Get It Scrapped blog. Once again, Debbie has taken us to new places for inspiration. Today, our pages and stories have not only been inspired by, but influenced by Humans of New York. 

Our assignment, was to journal in the style of HONY, from the subjects's perspective. This is not my story to tell, it's his. 

It seems, music plays a part in every generation. I am watching now as it has grabbed my teenage son's attention. He is always listening to music. He uses it to tune out noise, to calm him and to energize him. It has connected him to friends, both real and virtual.  He spends time seeking out new music, listening to many genres. 

Music has always played a part in our family, making this a subject in which we could have a lively discussion. I learned he hasn't fully grasped what music means to him yet. I also learned that in a literal sense, the difference between how his generation and mine source, listen and purchase music is digital and analogue. I enjoyed writing a story from someone else's point of view, but I scrapbook so my 'readers' understand the stories, feelings and memories from my perspective.

I loved having a paper collection with a theme that coincided with my photo and story. The music motif within the collection are current and relevant, therefore very fitting for my page.

As always, thanks so much for stopping by my creative view today. Im gearing up for crafty weekend, so come back later this week for more!

Supplies: Card stock and alpha-American Crafts, Patterned paper, washi, stickers, tags, die cuts-Bella Blvd, enamel dots-peeler beads, brads-basic Grey Simple Stories, mist-Heidi Swapp, pen-EK Success

Choose Crazy

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Good morning! Devra here today. I love this time of year when all the new collections are available.  There's so much to choose from! I get so many ideas that sometimes I get overwhelmed and just don't know where to begin! That's when I look for a challenge to get me started in the right direction. Fortunately, there are many challenges to participate in every month in our Paper Issues {Friends & Fans} Facebook group. 

For today's project, I decided to join today's Scraplift Sunday challenge, lifting an amazing LO by Cat Martin featured in our February Notable Quotable post. The layout is vibrant and full of energy,t making me think of this silly photo. Hmm, which collection will work best? I landed on the new Dear Lizzy Lovely Day collection, moistly because of the Lovely Phrase Thickers! I mean Choose Crazy! Yes!

I used both sides of the Oh Hello floral/polka dot paper with the More Friday paper sandwiched in the middle.

I layered and clusters several die cuts and stickers, accenting them with enamel dots, flair and more chipboard pieces. 

I am having way to much fun with this collection and cant wait to create more with it. Go get some of this delightfully fun Dear Lizzy Lovely Day, as well as many more new collections in the shop and use my code DEVRA when you check out for 20% off your purchase! Thanks so much for stopping by my creative view today! I apreciate you being here and cant wait to show you what else  I create this month!

Supplies: PP-Pink Paislee, Dear Lizzy, stickers, die cuts, chipboard-Dear Lizzy, enamel pieces-My Minds Eye, Freckled Fawn, Doodlebug Design, Flair-A Flair for Butons, washi-Amy Tangerine


Saturday, March 11, 2017

Well good morning to you! For sure March has arrived like a lion. I feel like I'm going non stop! Anyway, I did stop long enough to use the new FREE cut file for Cut It Up Saturday. It's available in the Paper Issues shop today. 

This is a 2 part file. I used the star backgound for this layout. I began by spraying bronze, gold and silver mist on card stock before I cut it out. I do recommend letting the paper dry completely before cutting. I learned the hard way, I was a bit too anxious to put my page together. Anyway, after cutting, I grabbed the new My Minds Eye Hey Mister. This line is an interesting mixture of motif. Space, male and dogs. Ok. I used some of the space motif. The page is backed by the Galaxy Guy paper. i also used both sides of the Geo Gee paper under my photo. I love the chipboard and stickers in this collection. Oddly they seem to be pretty versatile. I needed to add a little contrast,  so I added some colored stars from my stash. 

The super moon. At the last minute, my son decided he wanted to go see it. Well, the place to go is the high school parking lot. It's at the top of a hill. I swear the moon was so close we could touch it. Well, that's what my camera made me feel like anyway. It took several tries, but iFinally got my camera on the right setting, Of the hundreds of photos I snapped, this is the best one. 

Thanks so much for being here with me and my creative view. There are a bunch of new collections in the Paper Issues shop. Treat yourself  to some of this My Minds Eye Hey Mister. or anything else that strikes your fancy. Please use my code Devra for 20% off your order!

Supplies: CS-American Crafts, PP, stickers, chipboard, puffy stickers-My Minds Eye Hey Mister.stars-Color Cast designs, alpha-American Crafts, Count Your Lucky Stars file, silhouette, mistHeidi Swapp


Don't Grow Up

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Hello there! Its time for the new Notable Quotable challenge at Paper Issues! Let me tell about this. We give you a quote, and you create a project inspired by it. It's that easy.  

So this month is a quote from Peter Pan about growing up. Yep. It was that easy. The Dear Lizzy Lovely Day Chipboard Phrase Thickers  include a sentiment that couldn't be more suited for this quote.  If yo know me, you Dear Lizzy isn't really my thing. But I have to say, these papers are working for me right now. I started with the phrase. I found a photo of my son that I could use to expand on that sentiment. From there I grabbed the Circle collage FREE cut file, thinking i could use it to frame the photo. And that it did. I love the B sides of Beep Beep, Dreamer, and Oh Hello . The and used them to back the file. The consistency of color of the watercolor prints, are so pretty and really are just the right shades for the photo. 

Time seems to be moving too quickly right now and I just want it to stand still, for all of us. For just a little while longer. He's at the point where he's trying to live his life and think about the future. I just want to let him be  kid for a little bit longer. 

Thanks as always for stopping by my creative view today. There is so much going on this month, I'll hope you'll come back often. More new collections have arrived in the Paper Issues shop including Bella Blvd, Illustrated Faith and Pink Paislee Sweet Freedom. Remember, you can use my code DEVRA for 20% off your purchase!

Supplies: PP, Die cuts, stickers, chipboard-Deal Lizzy for American Crafts, enamel pieces-MME, Freckled Fawn, CS-American Crafts, Silhouette


Do You VooDoo?

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Good morning! Whoa! It's March already! Well, that just means a whole new round of challenges at Paper Issues. Let's get things started with this month's Sketchy Saturday challenge.

Look! its a multi photo sketch! And what a beauty it is! 

Oh, I went over the top with this one! I have so many donut photos! And This Doodlebug Cream & Sugar collection is so perfect for them! Oh, the plaid Sugar Doodles paper and hooray for Donut paper! Like I said, over the top. Donuts are everywhere. Stickers, Die cuts, and flair! I used so many strong patterns with bright colors. that I decided to leave the top and bottom of the page open. It would have been just one thing to many to add more to it. 

We were told oh, you have to try VooDoo donuts if you ever go to Portland. Well, we went to Portland, and found VooDoo donuts. Now it's become a tradition for us to get a few, ok, a dozen, every time we road trip there.

Thanks so much for stopping by my creative view today. Get ready. It's going to be crazy around here this month.   I highly recommend you get some of this Doodlebug. Not your cup of tea? We have many new lines in the store from My Minds Eye, Cocoa Vanilla Studio and more. Use my code DEVRA for 20% off your purchase

Supplies : Cardstock-American Crafts, PP, Die cuts, Stickers, washi tape, enamel dots-Doodlebug Designs, Alpha-Fancy Pants, mist-Tattered Angels, flair-A Flair for Buttons


Monday, February 20, 2017

Good morning and welcome to round two of this month's Issue Let's Play Post Office at Paper Issues! Haven't played along with one of our Issues yet? Here are some ideas to get you started

-Use office supplies like binder clips, tags, push pins, postage stamps and envelopes. -Alter a clipboard. -Include stamping on your project. -Document a piece of mail or a love letter. -Create a layout about your latest Paper Issues package (either a photo of the box and/or contents). -Show us your kids, grandchildren, etc. at play. -Share something about Valentine's Day/love.

I was mostly inspired by these photos and the story they tell. So I went with the envelope/love letter idea. This Fancy Pants Sweet Nothings has been staring me in the face. Especially when I saw that SWAK in the ephemera pack! I love the variety of embellishments with this collection. The tags and puffy stickers are the best! I have them mixed in each of my embellishment clusters. I love that there are other patterns and colors in this line so I can use it for other purposes than Valentines.

My son is affectionate as they come. He will hug, cuddle and snuggle, but has never given us kisses. For some reason, this time when I said "give Dad a kiss", he did! It was a big, sloppy, wet, toddler like first kiss, but we didnt care! The funniest part about it, was when We asked him to 'give Mom a kiss", he shook his head NO. 

Thanks as always for being here with me and my creative view. I loved playing with  Fancy Pants Sweet Nothings and am happy we had it as one of our Product Spotlights this month. I'm also happy to play along at Scrap Our Stash this month and their tic-tac toe board. I used the top row: red, polka dot paper and tags. 

You can play with us too when you purchase some from the Paper Issues Shop. Use my code DEVRA for 20% off your purchase too!

Supplies: PP, ephemera, puffy stickers, tags, alphas- Fancy Pants Sweet Nothings

Taste of Chicago

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Hey there! Im back yet again today with another layout for Paper Issues. Today is the new Roll the Dice challenge. This month the dice rolled to 5 photos and at least 3 circles. You can play along by linking your challenge in our Facebook group, Paper Issues Friends and Fans 

Usually, if I'm working with 5 photos, I would make a 2 page layout. The subject of this page, really called for only one page. I printed all 5 photos on one 4x6 card. I dove back in to my stash of Shimelle's Go Now Go for this page of my favorite places to eat in Chicago. The base of the page is the Stroll paper. I loved the pre printed aspect and it gave me the two places to tuck my photos. I layered some more papers under the photos and created several embellishment clusters. circles are all around the page and the Adventure Thickers finish of the page. 

On our last vacation to visit friends in Chicago, we went all out. With food that is. We pretty much ate only pizza and Portillo's. But that's another story. I took photos of some of my other favorite places I liked to go to when I lived there.  

Thanks again for being with me along with my creative view. You too can get some of this great Shimelle line as well as her new line Little by Little and so much more in the Paper Issues shop. Use my code DEVRA for 20% off your purchase too!

Supplies: PP, stickers, chipboard, alphas, ephemera, wood buttons-Shimelle's Go Now Go

Fist Bump

Monday, February 13, 2017

Hey there! I broke out of my box, or umm, went outside the lines a little bit for today's Mix It Up challenge at Paper Issues.  This months challenge is to use embossing power on your project.

So, I dug out my stamps, pigment ink and embossing powder. I even grabbed a stencil too.  This is stuff I have, will never get rid of, but hardly ever use!  I placed the ink over the stencil randomly, in 3 places on the page, then embossed it. I also inked, stamped and embossed the cut file in the title. I cut around the embossed areas and slid the Bella Blvd Alex papers underneath. A few Tabbies and paper pieces and I was finished.  So now, I have to remember how fun to was to use my heat gun!

This photo is a few years old, but it was at a time when he was learning social greetings. High fives and fist bumps were a couple that we could get him to do. Not a big deal to many, but it was to us.

Thanks as always for being here with me and my creative view. You can get yourself some Bella Blvd Alex as well as some other new goodies in the Paper Issues shop. Please use my code DEVRA for 20% off your purchase.

Supplies: CS, alpha and Embossing powder-American Crafts, iml-ColorBox, Stencil-TCW, Cut File-Paper Issues, Silhouettte, PP-die cuts, stickers-Bella Blvd, 

He Always Has Time For You

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Hey there and good morning to you! I love this time of year! Want to know why? No, it has nothing to do with the weather. It has everything to do with new scrappy releases!  There is so much to choose from that I have a terrible time deciding which collections to buy! This time around is no exception!

Well, I settled on a few, ok, several lines. Today I am using the new Pink Paislee Oh My Heart by Paige Taylor Evans. My son and my Mom have such a social bond. This collection seemed to have everything in it to showcase this.

I began by die cutting the heart from Paper 14. I layered that over Paper 21. Then I was stuck! Hmmmm, cardstock or more patterned paper as the base of the page? As you can see, more patterned paper won out. Paper  8 to be precise. I love stitching on my pages, so I did some stitch art over the heart. (A little rhyme for you there).

The ephemera die cuts, Puffy Stickers and Accent Thickers add just the right finishing touches to my page.

 The copper foil ephemera is my fav!

Thanks so much for taking a look today. I hope I've given you some ideas using Oh My Heart . I cant wait to create more with it! You can get some for yourself along with so many other new collections in the Paper Issues shop! Use my code, DEVRA to save 20% on your purchase!

Supplies: PP, die cute, puffy stickers, chipboard-Paige Taylor Evans for Pink Paislee, alphas-Webster's pages, Freckled Fawn, cut file, Silhouette


Saturday, February 11, 2017

Hello there! It is Cut It Up Saturday on the Paper Issues blog. That means a new FREE cut file has been released. It's so awesome. You are going to love it.

Ok, So I was a little crazy. I got this idea in my head and I went with it. I searched my stash for ombre`paper to cut. After I cut it, I had to keep them in color order! I also cut a and traced a larger heart as a template, then stitched around it.  Yep, then I laid out all the hearts, stuck'ed down, and folded them up. After all that, the rest was easy...Crate Paper Heart Day was already in my head. I layered a few papers under the photo, clustered some stickers, die cuts and chipboard and was done. 

It seems most of our family photos lately are selfies. I guess that's what happens when the rest of your family lives far away. Anyway, this is us. Just the way we are. I love us just like this.

Thanks, as always, for stopping by my creative view today. Head over to the Paper Issues store to do some shopping. There are many new colorful collections to choose some. Be suer to use my code DEVRA at checkout for 20% off your purchase. 

Supplies: PP-Echo Park, Crate Paper, die cuts, chipboard-Crate paper, stickers-Pebbles, Crate paper