Up One, Down Two,

Sunday, September 20, 2020

Hello there! I'm on the Paper Issues blog this finest of Scraplift Sundays! Oh my do we have a LO to lift today! Stacie created a masterpiece. Man, I don't know if I can do it justice, but I sure tried!

I don't know what is more striking, the background stitching or the fact that it's on a chalked black background...It's genius. All of it. I wanted to recreate it, but in my own way. Well duh, that's why it's called scraplifting... anyway. I thought of using paint, creating streaks with ink, even layers of paper. Then I saw these photos and realized I had to stitch, but in a different way. At the same time, my August Paper Issues Kit and Swag Bag arrived giving me my colors. 

I have a whole bunch of old stitch templates. I used several of those to hand stitch the background, as well as the Pretty Little Studio Clear Stitch Stickers. Once I was done stitching, the rest was fairly simple. As in Stacies, the background speaks for itself! I layered several swag bag papers under the photos adding a few select pieces of PinkFresh Let's Stay Home ephemera and Chipboard flair.  Really, deciding on the background was the hardest part! ok, maybe teaching my son to sew as, but we won't tell him that!

Yep. I think the monotony and isolation of this never ending quarantine has finally gotten to him. He's like me and cant sit and do nothing. He asked me to teach him how to sew. He came home a few weeks ago to visit and that's what we did. He found it calming and relaxing. Mission accomplished. 

Thanks so much for stopping by today! You can find KitsPinkFresh Studio and so much more in the Paper Issues shop.  Don't miss out! Use DEVRA at checkout for 20% off your purchase. Then make all the thinsgs and head over to our Facebook Group for all the fun, games and September Challenges. See you next time!


Stop, Drop & Read

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Well Hello there! Did someone say Books? Oh yeah!  I'm on the Paper Issues Blog today sharing this project for the Book Worm challenge.

There couldn't have been a challenge better suited to me. When he was a little boy, I would find him sitting exactly like this. On the floor, in the grass, in his bed, sitting the exact same way. 

Simple Stories Bro & Co couldn't have been more suited for this photo. I'd been waiting to use the So Rad paper for just the right photo. You should know by now I like to put paper to work for me. It makes putting a page together so easy!  Well, that is after I pushed the photo, ephemera and stickers around for an hour 😁 Those stripes! Could there have been a better place to house a title?!?!?  Every time I looked at the Level Up paper, all I saw were banners, so I cut it up! It ties in all the colors and adds some whimsy. Easy Peasy. It's simple, but detailed. 

Thanks for stopping by my creative view today. I have all my projects on Instagram @thebeachygal as well. There is still plenty of time to join the September Challenges. You can find them and join all the fun and games in our Facebook Group . I think I have enough Simple Stories Bro & Co for one more project. It's still available in the Paper Issues Shop. Grab some for yourself and use DEVRA at checkout for 20% off your purchase. 

Emmy Watch

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Hey there, I'm on the Paper Issues blog today and we are saying hello to September! A new month means a whole new group of challenges! September also means the return of my favorite TV shows and the arrival of new ones! 

It's Season Premiere time! Yep. That's the name of this challenge. My page is all about TV! I love the Emmy Awards. With so much time at home, I decided I was going to watch as many nominated shows as possible!  With a little help from PinkFresh Studio Let's Stay Home and the Binge Watch FREE cut file, I was able to show off some of my favorite shows so far. 

Speaking of favorites, I also love frames. LOVE. They are such a fun way to feature a photo. I like to embellish them with stickers and ephemera also fill them with embellishments. My last favorite thing today? PinkFresh has the best sentiments on their stickers. I found a sticker to match something about each show!

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Join the fun in our Facebook group where you can find this and all the new September challenges. Every challenge you play along with earns you a chance to win a gift card to the Paper Issues shop! Grab some PinkFresh new Fancy Pants and so much more using DEVRA at checkout for 20% off your purchase! You'll be glad you did! See you next time. 

Be the Color

Monday, August 24, 2020

Hey there and welcome to the last week in August. Say what? Anyway, I'm on the Paper Issues Blog today with a project for the Let's Get Strip Faced challenge.   

Oh I had ideas for this challenge. Ok, one idea really and it involved rainbows, patterned paper and Swag Bags. Who doest love that? Let's talk about the Swag Bag for a sec. These papers are already cut into 3x4 pieces of paper. All I did was grab a handful of paper, 2 of each color in the rainbow, then cut them into strips. That's when the fun happened! I wove the 2 pieces together! Oh yeah, that was totally relaxing. Then I wove all the colors together. So cool! I didnt want to cover it up! But I did. I only added a few embellishments, some glittery Amy Tangerine hearts, some Shimelle Never Grow Up stickers and a variety of enamel dots and shapes. It really didn't need much else.  I really like manipulating paper to fit my needs. Try it sometime! its fun to do something different!

I'm so happy you stopped by my creative view today! You can find this and all of our challenges in the  August Challenges album in our Facebook Group.  You have until Sept 6 to play along for a chance to win a gift Card to the Paper Issues store!  Remember to use DEVRA at checkout for 20% off your purchase!  See you next time!

Everyday Adventures

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Well hello there! I'm on the Paper Issues blog again today bringing you another of our awesome sketches! Check this baby out! So many possibilities!

So let me tell you a little secret. I actually started this layout a while ago. If I remember, I got stuck, so I never finished it. I started again determined to finish. 

There was only one choice of paper for this photo. Vicki Boutin Let's Wander and watercolor foundations paper. Need anything else? Not really.  Want to know another secret? I wasn't feeling the big background circle. Nope. What I did have though were some scraps of the Beach Vibe paper that I have cut some circles out of. Wow. What an awesome background! I cut another paper, layering strips. Then I covered them with a bunch of ephemera, stickers and chipboard. That's all I did. Really. I see the sketch don't you? 

I do not take for granted that he will spend time with me. Not only that, he makes the time to spend with me. We went to one of our favorite spots, Snoqualmie Falls for a morning of fresh air. It's nice to get lost in our own backyard.

Thanks for stopping by today. Find this and the rest of my stuff on Instagram, @thebeachygal. You can find  Vicki Boutin and so much more in the Paper Issues shop. Use DEVRA at checkout for 20% off your purchase. Head over to our Facebook group to join this and all of our August challenges.  Even better, this weekend is our Summer Crop, you totally want to be there for fun & games and more than 20 new challenges.  Hope to see you there!

Buzzed Bros

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Oh Boy! It's a new month of challenges and I'm sharing my first one on the Paper Issues Blog today. Did I already say Oh Boy? I meant Oh Buoy! No, there will be no boats or anything nautical. This page is all boy! My boys and their freshly self done haircuts that is. 

I've been so inspired by Danielle and her mixed media mayhems that I decided to give it a try myself. I created the background using Vicki Boutin foundation paper, art crayons, both wet and dry and stencils. 

Once I had finished the background, I had to figure out the rest. Well, I had already chosen Simple Stories Bro & Co to use.I grabbed a couple of papers, mostly Live Out Loud. I even used both sides! I combined some Combo Cardstock Stickers and Journal Bits to created some cool embellishment layers. The Foam Phrase Stickers are ready made titles. Who doesn't love that? 

There you have it.  I hope I inspired you to try mixing the media! I loved it! Head over to the Paper Issues shop to get yourself the things I used here and so much more! Use DEVRA at checkout for 20% off your purchase. Find this challenge as well as many more in the August Challenge album in our Facebook group. We cant wait to see what you make!  See you next time!

So Cheesy

Thursday, July 30, 2020

Hey there! I'm on Paper Issues Blog the today with this little number I made for the Make A Splash challenge. Nobody said this had to be about the pool or ocean did they?  This is all about water, or in my case, watercolors. 

I've been sitting on my Dina Wakely gloss sprays. Do I know how to use them? Nope. Was I going to give them a try? Yup. And so I did. I sprayed at the top of Vicki Boutin Foundations paper, then used a paint brush to dribble the paint down the page. I wanted it to look like melting cheese. Cheesy right? 
Then I took some Vicki Boutin Art crayons and stencils to create the rest of the background. I was inspired by CassieBox and Kelly Feldman, the way they used the drips on their paper.  The only thing left was paper. What could be better than all the food themed pieces from you guessed it, Vicki Boutin's Let's Wander

This was easy peasy and so cheesy! Head over to the Paper Issues shop to get yourself all the things I used here and more! Use DEVRA at checkout for 20% off your purchase. Find this challenge as well as many more in the July Challenge Album in our Facebook group. We cant wait to see what you make!  Until next time....