Candidly Speaking

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Hey there! I have a layout in today's article on the Get It Scrapped blog. We are talking about unique ways to scrapbook pages about Parties.  Not only the photos, but the stories and the products used to enhance the stories. I had fun with this one. 

Whenever we have a family party, my Dad and sister manage to capture the best candid photos. Each of our expresssions are unique to our personality and are eveident in each photo.

I used Echo Park Good Day Sunshine for it's bright summery colors, with icons that indicate summer as well as photos such as the camera, the banner and sunglasses. These all indicate the season, as well as the candid nature of the photos.

I scraplifted with Paper Issues which really worked in my favor for this project. It's a simple design so I could get all the photos on the page with out them getting lost or overwhelmed by product. 

My son graduated High School last week. We celebrated with a very casual brunch party. This is a big life changing event for him as well as us and it is an event to always remember.

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

Supplies: cardstock & alpha-American Crafts, Patterned paper, stickers, die cuts and chipboard-Echo Park, Flair-A Flair for Buttons, pen-Tombow

Sweet Dreams

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Hey there! I'm playing along with the Tic Tac Toe challenge at Paper Issues today. Here is the board.

I wound up using the bottom row: Stitching, Patterned Paper and Enamel Dots. I came across these two photos and thought the new PinkFresh Simple & Sweet would be a fantastic choice. The colors are soft, the patterns fairly simple, the sentiments spot on. I started with the Fresh Air paper as the background. I used frames as the base of the embellished squares, adding on chipboard pieces & die cuts. I finished off the page with a little bit of stitching to balance the color, and enamel dots to so the same. Easy pest this one was!

My two guys were so funny about what they had to have in  bed with them in order to fall asleep. My older one just needed his blanket. My younger one had to have ALL THE THINGS in bed with him. So many that sometimes I couldn't find him buried beneath them all.  

Thanks so much for stopping by my creative view today. Come back again soon. I will have more to share.   In the mean time. Shop the Paper Issues store using DEVRA at checkout for 20% off your purchase.

Lean on Me

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Hey there and good morning on this lovely Independence Day! I hope you are enjoying your day, however you choose to celebrate! Today I am sharing a project for the new On the Edge  challenge at Paper Issues . Basically, the focal point of your project should be on one edge of your page. 

So I'm thinking this really isn't going to be that hard. I have new PinkFresh Simple & Sweet siting in from of me. It's so pretty. I was so wrong. I had no problem lining everything up on one side along the edge. I used a frame around my photo,  then set that open some patterned papers. I thought the straws gave it some fun, and after all, there are champagne glasses in the photo too! That really was easy. It was leaving that alone that was so hard. The rest of the page looks so sad and lonely though. So I added a couple of small strips of paper and a chipboard piece along the opposite edge. The focal point is still the right side of the page but now it feels balanced!

Here we are at the Grad party brunch. It was a small gathering, with family and friends that are like family. Children leaving home is a life changing event for everyone. I'm glad we have each other to lean on as we go through this process! 

Thanks so much for stopping by my creative view today. I have lots to share so come back again soon! In the meantime, you better get some of this PinkFresh while you still can! Its 20% off when you use DEVRA at checkout. 

Dont Let the Sun Go Down On Me

Monday, July 2, 2018

Hey Hey! It's July people! July! This year is flying by I tell ya' and it needs to slow down. Anyway, I'm on the Paper Issues blog today sharing one of the new July challenges,  Songs of Summer.

Need a hint what this challenge is about? Use a favorite summer song as inspiration for your project. It's as easy as that. 

Now, I have to admit, I didn't start with my song. What?!? Nope. I actually had no idea what I was going to do for this challenge and it didn't come to me until after I'd chosen my photo. Truth?  It was as I'd decided to stitch the Sunset cut file too. Then it all came together. A beautiful (almost) summer sunset, sunset cut file...oh right, the song! Now all I needed was paper and stuff. I was thinking about the colors of summer sunsets, beach and water.  I was pretty sure Crate Paper had what I wanted and I was so right!  I mixed Wild Heart with some Good Vibes and even a piece of paper from Oasis.  

Summer is my favorite season. A summer sunset over the ocean may be one my most favorite things in the whole world. Combine the two and this song, Don't Let the Sun Go Down On Me, is the only the perfect title and inspiration for this page.

The small letters from the sticker sheet provides the right size and contrasting color. Those sunglasses! Yes

  I love the tree leaves and all the ephemera I can stick in and around my photos. Thats little #nofilter sticker says it perfectly.

Well, there you have my take on this new challenge.  Thanks so much for stopping by my creative view today. You can find it and all the other challenges in the July Challenge album in our Paper Issues Friends and Fans Facebook group. the best part is, you have until Aug 5 to enter for your chance to win a Gift certificate to the Paper Issues store.   We love to see what you create! You can find Wild Heart as well as new Carta Bella and so much more in the shop now. Get it for 20% off using DEVRA at checkout.  See you next time!

KEXP Radio

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Good morning! I'm taking part in the Get It Scrapped article using a Half and Half design. 

I chose the triangle across halves foundation for my page today.   It is a design I have used before and l know how to make it work for me using bold or subtle patterns and colors. I like the ability to substitute a journal spot for a photo, or change the size and orientation of a photo which makes the page look different each time. Today I  had three photos to work with, all featuring murals in the back ground, all also featuring my son, creating their own triangle.

I used Crate Paper Wild at Heart and Good Vibes for this page today. The patterns and icons reminded me of the artwork in the murals.

Ever since he was a little boy, my son and husband have called their time out and about together 'Special Outings'. As he's gotten older, the outings have changed, such as this visit to Seattle Center. This ais a great page for the Dads are Rad challenges Paper Issues!

Supplies: Patterned paper, die cuts, stickers, -Crate Paper, Alphas & cardstock-American Crafts, gems-Queen & Co, acrylic shapes-Color Cast Designs

So Flowerful

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Hello there! Check me out! I'm cranking out the Paper Issues June challenges. Today I have a layout for the Striped Sensation challenge. 

You may call this cheating. A striped paper? No big deal. Well, in a way, you may be correct. But I have a story. This paper? It's from the new Doodlebug Design Hello collection.  This royal blue? It's fresh. It's bold. It's new. I love it so much I dreamed about it. Really. I did. I just needed to find a way to use it. I had some ideas but I wasn't wowed by them. Until my son took this photo of me last week. 

Yippee! Flowers! Then the ideas fell into place. Flowers. All the flowers. As many as I could get onto the page in an orderly way. Stickers? check. Die cuts? check. Enamel shapes check. They are layered, clustered and vibrant, but not overwhelming. I'm so happy that this came out really close to how I saw it in my head. 

My son and I hit the farmers market for the first time this season. I wanted flowers. I picked the brightest bouquet, and even grabbed a few 'Horton Hears a Who' flowers as well. It was a lovely morning.

Thanks so much for stopping by my creative view today. Come back again soon, I have more ti share over the next week. Head over the the Paper Issues shop to pick up some Doodlebug Design Hello for yourself or any of the other new products. It's always 20% off when you use DEVRA at checkout.

White Socks?

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Hey there! It's been a few days but I'm on the Paper Issues Blog today with a new project for the Boys Will be Boys challenge. This one is a slam dunk for me!

Or so I though! Why is it when I have something that should be so easy for me I get creative block? Well, I stumbled through that block and came out the other side. Today I started with my photo. Kids are getting older, there are fewer and fewer current photos to play with. I found this one I never knew existed.

This boy and his sense of humor! I'm telling you. I can hear him now. "White socks? Like these? Why would you name a baseball team after your socks?' So it required something playful. I found what I was looking for in a mix of different product, but primarily PinkFresh A Case of the Blahs and Boys Fort. The colors are soft enough that the photo stands out. The prints are small enough that they aren't overwhelming. The style of the two collections work together too.  All of that filled the Bubble Blast cut file so nicely! And guess what else. They kinda look like baseballs. ok. Not really. 

I mixed some random little bits from my stash with the PinkFresh embellies to add a bit more color. The papers and die cuts do enough! I did add some A Flair for Buttons flair, because, well, it provides the extra touch. I used a piece from the Around the World 1 set. The word stickers applied to his humor don't you think? 

It's refreshing to mix things up. I haven't done that in a while. I should try that more often. So should you. You can purchase PinkFresh, Echo Park, Doodlebug and so much more right now in the Paper Issues shop! Use DEVRA at checkout revive 20% off your purchase. Then, go straight to your crafty place, create something and share it with us in the June Challenges album in our Facebook group. Thanks for stopping by today and see you next time!

Life's Okay

Friday, June 8, 2018

Hey there and good morning! I'm off to a slow start this month but I have lots of ideas brewing. I plan on getting more done, little by little. Anyway, today I have a project I made for the Put It On an Angle challenge at Paper Issues.

I know, I know, you think I cheated. I should have tilted the photo or the papers, or designed on an angle. Nope. Not today. I used the Soak in the Sunshine cut file, and all those rays are on an angle. Boom.

Time to break out some more Shimelle Box of Crayons, I stitched the rays in the same colors as the papers. Almost a traditional rainbow but not quite. A bold background like this required little more than the few die cuts, stickers and layers behind the photo. Done.

Sometimes things get a little crazy. Lots going on, everyone is coming and going. Then there is a small moment like this, when I get time with my guys. Everything stops and for that minute I am reminded that life is okay.

Thanks so much for stopping by my creative view today. Come back again soon, I have more to share.  Head over to the Paper Issues shop to pick up some new Jillibean Soup and Simple Stories as well as many other of your favorite manufacturers. They are always 20% off when you use DEVRA at checkout.

My Favorite 4

Friday, June 1, 2018

Hey there! Happy June! Yes, I said June! Already! New Month also means a new round of challenges at Paper Issues!  I wanted to start the month off right so I'm sharing a project I created for our Keep It Sketchy challenge.

This sketch is really fun to play with. It has so many possibilities. Can you see what I did today?!?! I used this awesome Amy Tangerine paper as the burst! Who needs a cut file? This paper did all the work for me. All I had to do was layer a few papers and LOTS of embellishments and I was done.  The embellishments are a bit wackadoo but then it dawned on me that I had the 'You are Unique' flair from the Strut Your Stuff A Flair for Buttons set. That meant the Peacock die cut made a little more sense. The key though is in the details. See all those dots? Yep. Nuvo drops. I know I could have stitched, or sewn to give it some texture, but this was more fun!

You know, our family is as wackadoo as the embellishments in this collection. Sometimes we get a good photo, sometimes not. Regardless, we are who we are and I wouldn't change a thing.

Thanks so much for stopping by my creative view today. Check out some of the new things in the Paper Issues shop including Doodlebug Designs. Shop using DEVRA at checkout for 20% off your purchase.

You Are Loved

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Hey there and good morning! Look at me go! 3rd time this week. Go me! Anyway, Today I have  page for the Free File challenge at Paper Issues

I started with the Stitching Doily cut file. I actually cut & stitched this a few weeks ago, but didnt know what I wanted to do with it. So I let it sit. I was playing around with this Fancy Pants  The Bright Side and had an 'aha' moment! Ding Ding Ding! It's like I made it just for this!  All I had left to do was add some embellies. Would you believe that took me almost as long as stitching the doily? I just couldn't decide how much to put on or when to stop. Well, I was restrained and I love it. 

When he was little, he loved looking close into my eyes. Butterfly kisses? Maybe. But we used to say I. Seeeeeeee.....YOU. 

Thanks for stopping by my creative view today. You an join all the fun in the Paper Issues Facebook group. Pop your projects into the May Challenges  album by 6/3 for a chance to win prizes! Shop at the Paper Issues shop for 20% off your purchases using DEVRA at checkout. 

Squad Goals

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Good morning! I am still working my way through the May challenges at Paper Issues. Today I'm joining the Girls Rule the World challenge. 

I dont know why I've been waiting to use Pink Paislee Pick Me Up. It's so pretty! Well, anyway used it today. Ive been really into altering papers to use them in different ways on my pages. My latest victim was the specialty vellum. I cut it all apart, using it to fill the page with all the sentiments that make me think of my friends, our relationship and what we do together. It was so easy. I left open spaces and filled them with a variety of embellishments. To soften the lines I added a few pieces of A Flair for Buttons flair. The Strut Your Stuff and Gold & Black Girl Boss fit perfectly on my page. We can talk about the title if you want too. We are our own Squad. It was the only one I was going to use!

These ladies are my Squad, my Tribe. Im soapy to be able to call them my friends. 

Thanks for stopping by my creative view today. one back again, I have more to share. Need some mojo? Head over to the Paper Issues shop and get yourself some new stuff from Echo Park, Doodlebug and more. Use DEVRA at checkout for 20% off your purchase. Join all the fun in our Facebook Group

Sunrise, Sunset

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Hey there paper loving friends! I'm on the Paper Issues blog today with a Pinspirational, Pinsational, Pinspire Me project. Can we talk about how much I love this month's mood board? Lots. A ton. It has color. It has books and paint and donuts. Is that enough? 

Yeah....none of that was my inspiration today. I went in a completely different direction. See that square smack in the center of the grid? Yes. That's the one. It looks divided in half to me. Also like the sun setting over the ocean. Yes, I do know it's yellow, but that's what my creative brain sees. So this is what I came up with. A Yin Yang page divided in half!

I mixed a couple of collections from last fall, One Canoe Two Creekside with Carta Bella Welcome Home. I was looking for muted colors and these worked really well together. I used the sun from the Sun & Fun cut file. I just cut it in half. I layered everything else over it in a mirror image. The two sides of the page pretty much have the same style and types of embellishments. Chipboard, stickers and die cuts all tucked side by side.  The A Flair for Buttons Watercolor Words flair were the perfect addition. the soft color and sentiment fir right in to the page. Are you singing along yet because the title is what joins all of this together and ties right back to that center square! See how I did that?

I've decided the only good thing about the sun rising so late here in the mornings during winter is that I am awake and can take photos. It happened to be a clear day when I could actually see the colors through the clouds. They were pink and blue like cotton candy. It was beautiful. 

Sunsets here are intense. The sky becomes bright with saturated reds oranges and yellows. I treasure the winter sunsets because they are so rare. They too are photo worthy. 

There you have it. I hope I've Pinspired you to join this challenge! You can find it and all the other challenges in the May Challenge Album in our Facebook group. There are several new arrivals in the Paper Issues shop. Get some new Echo Park and Crate Paper now, use DEVRA at checkout and it will be 20% off.  Thanks for stopping by my creative view today and see you next time!

The Fun Stuff

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Oh Hello! Long time no see. Not really but it feels that way. I have a quick and easy project to share today for Paper Issues. Its for the What's Up challenge featuring the May Swag Bag

So what's up? Well, let me tell you. All the elements for this challenge have to be on the top 1/3 of the page! Yikes! I cant do that. Ok, I guess I did, but it was really hard not to add anything else! The truth is, this was pretty easy to complete. I only had limited space and I knew where everything had to go. I grabbed some color coordinated pieces from the Swag Bag, laid them out, trimmed them, sewed on them and that was pretty much it. Placing the embellishments. That was the hard part. I went with a couple of the larger ones and used the scattered sequins to tie it all together. I guess you can say I cheated. I couldn't help but splatter some paint! 

Bright silly colors and all the heart eyes for Minions! Especially mine! I love that there is always a summer movie to see on someones birthday. Its always a great family activity to celebrate.

Thanks so much for stopping by my creative view today. If you haven't picked up your May Swag Bag now is your chance. There are still a few in the Paper Issues shop along with new Echo Park and Crate Paper. Get them for 20% off using DEVRA at checkout. Now its your turn to join all the fun and challenges!

Flower Shop

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

May Day, May Day! I can't believe it's May already. At Get It Scrapped, we are starting the month off  with a new blog article. The topic is The 5 Page Parts As Focal Points on the Scrapbook Page. Canvas, photos, embellishments, title, and journaling.

Although not every scrapbook page needs ALL 5 page parts, I think we can all agree that each of these parts can play an important role on the page. The purpose of this article is to illustrate the importance of each page part in the context of the whole page.

I started my whole process for this page with the canvas as the focal point. The flower shop storefront printed on white washed wood grain paper drew me to the flower photos. I used a second piece of paper and dimensional adhesive to give the awning and some of the flower pots a 3D look. Placing the photos behind the printed flowers, then layering embellishments, including the 'title' gives the page a real feeling of being in a flower shop.

Every April for the past several years, we have visited the tulip fields. Each year I try to focus on something different. This year it was the field of flowers themselves. The vast amount of flowers together looked to me like a bright vivid blanket of color as far as you can see. 

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

Supplies: Patterned Paper, stickers, chipboard-Carta Bella, adhesive, recollections, EK Success, Pen-Sakura

Scooby Who?

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Hey there! I have a project to share today for Paper Issues and A Flair for Buttons. I think Paper Issues has some of the best free electronic cut files. Like this one that I used today. It's the Inner Circle cut file, it's new, and I couldn't wait to use it. But how?

Well, all it took was finding this photo. Scooby Doo and this cut file go hand in hand! At least in my head they do. So I pulled out some PhotoPlay Boys Rule and got busy. Guess what. It worked! Navy and green, wonky patterned paper, small little clusters let this cut file be the star of this page, after the photo of course! The finishing touch for me is flair from the Super Hero set. It was perfect for this!

So Scooby Doo is like a right of passage for kids right? My son LOVED (and maybe still does) it. He had stuffed animals, blankets, books. You name it. When we went to Great American and he saw Scooby stuff all over he went nuts. He insisted on playing games so he could win more Scooby! When he saw what we call Big Scooby, he made Dad play until he won. He was so excited it was hard to say no. He carried him to the car just like that. 

Thanks so much for stopping by my creative view today. Check out all the Free Cut Files. Shop the many new paper collections in the Paper Issues shop today using DEVRA at checkout or 20% off your purchase. 

You are Magic

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

May Day! May Day! How is it May already? I don't know but it is! Im happy to be here to share my first project for May with Paper Issues Partner's Up challenge. This month's partner is Let's Get Sketchy. So you know what that means? A sketch! 

It's a pretty nifty sketch don't ya' think?  Well of course I used it my way though. Ready? I really have been wanting to use this marble paper in the Dear Lizzy Stay Colorful collection.  I though it would be great for the torn element. Yep, it was perfect. It looked so good I decided not to add another strip of paper. I loaded up the layers under the photo instead. I added embellishments in the lower corner instead of paper. This collection is so wonky, I've been challenging myself to use some of the crazy icons and magical creatures in it. This time its the cat in the bike riding past the row of houses!

I layered die cuts, stickers and strips of paper under the photo then built up the cluster with foam tape and more layers of stickers. 

That title? My dog is magic. He has magical calming powers. We call him a calming soul and he truly is. Ahhh, see?!?! All the magical creatures.  Magic. 

Thanks for stopping by my creative view today. It's the first of many posts this month so I hope you'll come back again. You have all month long to join the May Challenges. You can find them in our  Facebook Group .  Paper Issues  is constantly getting in new items. Check regularly and shop using DEVRA at checkout for 20% off your purchase.


Saturday, April 28, 2018

Hey hey! I'm on the Paper Issues Blog today with my take on Scraplift Sunday week 2! Check this out! Kelly made it and its incredibly fun. It was fun too lift too!

So here's what I did! OMG I had so much fun with this page? Want to know why? Well, let's start with my photo. I got to meet one of my fellow  team mates! Yes! How cool, is that! So I had to some to come up with just the right supplies right?

I did! My Minds Eye Good Vibes has just the vibe I was looking for!  I mean, its for girls right?!?  Look at all those bright colors and fun icons! They were made for me! Camera? √ Flowers? √ Cool fun words? √ 

Well, after I laid out all my stuff, I cut and stitched my title using the Thick Paint Alpha cut file. Then came the fun part which was tucking and layering all of the die cuts, stickers, and extra little bits. Since my title was smaller, I extended all the embellishments!  I may have over done it but I couldn't stop myself. The more I looked at my supplies, the more I found to play with!

I even put a brad in the center of the flower!

So now I challenge you to a little bit of scrap lifting! Join us in our Facebook group to find this and all of our other April challenges. You have until May 6 to get your entries in. Looking for even more inspiration? The Spring Crop is in full swing! There are live challenges, chatter, games and prizes!

You'll need new supplies for all of these challenges! Shop all your favorite brands in the Paper Issues shop for 20% off using DEVRA at checkout. 

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

The Red Door

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Good morning! I love the topic on the Get It Scrapped blog today. Stitching. But using it in creative and meaningful ways on the scrapbook page. I stitch often on my scrapbook pages. I love how I can change the look by adding a small detailed touch or bold statements with color and design. 

For this page, I cross stitched a heart from the Shimelle Box of Crayons journaling tablet. It already had dots to create lines (like a bullet journal). This made it easy to poke the holes in the right places using a paper piercer. I hand stitched with a needle and embroidery floss.

The cross stitching and the heart represents what the 'red door' means. It's the Cardiac unit at the hospital. It's about healing hearts. It's stitched together. It's repaired. It's stitched completely. It's whole. It's full. It also represents my feelings of gratefulness and hope, as one 'crosses their heart' or 'counts their blessings'.

This is a story about perspective and feeling grateful for the way things are. Although I face many challenges with my family, things could be so much worse than they are.

You also know I like playing with product, trying to use them with purpose, but in unintended ways. I mixed together PinkFresh A Case of the Blahs and Let Your Heart Decide. I chose the embellishments that best described my feelings and helped to tell my story. I'm joining the Notable Quotable challenge at Paper Issues as yes, I'm always trying to look on the bright side. 

Thanks so much for stopping by my creative view today. I have so much more to share, I hope you'll come back again soon.

Supplies: Patterned paper, stickers, ephemera, wood pieces and alphas-PinkFresh Studio, Heart shaped journaling spot-Shimelle, embroidery bfloss-DMC, needle, unknown, Paper piercer, pen and adhesive-EK Success, tassle-Unknown, enamel pieces-Basic Grey, Nuvo drops, Mist-Heidi Swapp, Tattered Angels and Studio Calico

Stay Magical

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Good Morning! Just wanted to share a little something I made for the Paper Issues Spring has Sprung challenge.  

For weeks Ive been eyeing all the florals in the Dear Lizzy Stay Colorful collection. I just wanted to fussy cut them all, especially the gold foil vellum!. So I did. I cut them apart, then layered them to create my own colorful flower garden. I suck in a few butterflies, and wait! I spy a unicorn too! The flowers are the star of the show here so not much else was really needed. 

Im reorganizing my craft space and came upon these photos while cleaning. Thy have always been a favorite of mine and thought they fir with what I was doing on this page. 

Thanks so much for stopping by my creative view today. Come back again soon, I have more to share. Head over to the Paper Issues shop to get some  Dear Lizzy Stay Colorful for yourself! It's 20% off when you use DEVRA at checkout!