Elf Off the Shelf

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

 Hello Hello! I'm on the Paper Issues blog and yes, I know it's January, Christmas is long over, yeah, yeah, yeah...but I need to warn you! There's an elf on the loose! He wears a red & green sequin hat and never stops smiling while wearing... Ok, ok, Phew! I caught him! I'll be able to store him on this layout I made for the Jenga challenge. 

Jenga is a family favorite game. Stack 'em high and watch them..fall! Well, I went with a stacked design today using mostly Pretty Little Studio Christmas Cheer. It's a pretty simple page but you want to know the hardest part? Deciding which paper and how to place them! I lie. this one wasn't that hard. Staying in black and white made it easier. I added most of the color using colored labels   and other embellishments. I even used the title as one of the stacked layers, and it holds the photo too, An even 'square', just like the game.

Thank you for being here! This was a fun challenge! I encourage you to try it or any of the other January Challenges! You can find them all in our Facebook group! Start your year with some new supplies. Grab them in the Paper Issues shop for 20% off using DEVRA at checkout. See more on Instagram @thebeachygal



Friday, January 1, 2021

Hello and Happy New Year!  I'm  kicking off the all new 2021 challenges on the Paper Issues blog. Have you figured out the January theme? That's right! Games!  So let's get these games started already! First up is the Pictionary challenge. You can call it a mood board, I call it full of ideas! There are games, colors, shapes, pretty much anything!

I was giddy when I saw the Game Boy! Umm, maybe I still have one 😮 My son and I love to play Mario Kart, and yes we still have our Wii. I suck, but we always have fun and laugh while we play.

 I grabbed the last bits of Simple Stories Bro & Co. I never in a million years thought I would use the game controller stickers, but man was I happy to have them! I literally layered a bunch of scrap pieces under the photos, then tucked the few remaining journal bits I had as well. Oh and that banner?  I fussy cut from the Level Up paper! I wanted to make a fun light hearted page with these photos. Mission accomplished!

Thanks for starting the new year with Paper Issues. Join our Facebook group to find all the new January Challenges. Enter one or enter them all. Each entry gives you a chance to win a gift card to the Paper Issues shop! Grab your favorites in the shop and remember to use DEVRA at checkout for 20% off your purchase. See you next time!


The Write Stuff

Wednesday, December 30, 2020

 Hello Hello! I'm up on the Paper Issues blog today. I cannot believe this is my last post of the year!And what a crazy year it's been!  Thought I'd end on a good note. I used this week's sketch for a layout that made me smile. 

I'll say this sketch had me stumped! I couldn't find photos in the right orientation.Or even a combination of photos and journal cards to ephemera. That's when I decided to do my one thing. That always seems to work. I chose 3 vertical photos work with. So instead of a photo block, I now have 1 main photo and 2 supporting it. Still 3! 

Now the fun part. I have a bunch of Studio Tekturek papers, stickers and flair. I love them. The patterns are great, There are bold and muted, like this 3 stars/4 dots paper I used as the background. It looks like it's whitewashed! Cool right? I added a bit of tonal stenciling using Tumbled Glass Distress Oxides. I love the extra texture it gives the paper. I used the This Summertime cut apart paper for the ephemera. Labels-check, tags-check, snarky sentiments-yes please! I was even able to cut the Pencil,  A, B and C I used in the title. oh, and my line is horizontal across my page. Dare to be different is my motto!

So you see, the sketch is still there. It just looks a little different. That's the point of  sketch right? Be inspired!

Thanks so much for stopping by my creative view today and all year. You deserve a treat for that! ! Grab yourself some Studio Tekturek,  new Elle's Studio , or whatever makes you smile ! Remember to use DEVRA at checkout for 20% off your purchase. You have until Jan 3 to enter your projects for a chance to win a gift card to the Paper Issues shop. Add your projects to the December Album in our Facebook Group. See you next year! 

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Shine Bright

Thursday, December 17, 2020

Hey there! Happy Holidays! Speaking of holidays, I'm on the  Paper Issues blog today with a project for the Light the Candle challenge. This challenge has my name written all over it, especially this time of year. We celebrate Hanukkah in our home so there are plenty of opportunities to light candles. 

This year I'm so excited to have PhotoPlay Festival of Lights Hanukkah papers and ephemera  to play with. The papers have several fun patterns, including one with candles and menorahs. Couldn't have been any easier to choose that one. 

I do a lot of paper straight across the page and thought why not do something different. So it's at an angle instead.   You know Ive talked about frames before right? Well guess what I used again? That's right, frames! I just love to use them to house all kinds of embellishments. Having some themed pairs today really made this page really was a piece of cake to put together. 

Thanks so much for stopping by today. Check out all of the December Challenges in our Facebook Group. You can grab all of your Holiday paper needs in the Paper Issues shop. Use Devra at checkout for 20 % off your purchase. See you next time. 

Quite the Spread

Friday, December 4, 2020

Hey there, hey there. It's my turn on the  Paper Issues Blog today.  I'm making lists of all the things I have...oh wait. Nope, scratch that. I'm sharing my layout for the Makin' a List, Checkin' it Twice challenge!  

So lists! I make them. Don't always follow them. Couldn't come up with one to save my life when I needed to for a scrapbook page. Ahhh, but then Thanksgiving rolled around. There was so much food. Why not list everything we made and ate! So that's what I did. Yep. We had a lot of food

Let me back up a bit though. Thanksgiving and the November kit were made for each other, but I couldn't find a background paper that made me happy, so I made my own. I know, I know, I have hundreds of papers and I couldn't find one? Anyway, Distress Oxides and Vicki Boutin Stencils to the rescue. I smooshed the background then layered darker colors over the stencil. After I painted, I cut, tore layered and glued papers and ephemera. And I have to say the Simple Stories frames were my favorite part of this kit! A little secret? I combined a few of the sticker words to make the word Thanksgiving. It's not perfect, but it works!

Thanks for stopping by today! Head over to the Paper Issues shop to pick up the December Kit and some Distress Oxides. Use DEVRA at checkout for 20% off your purchase. Join our Facebook Group to find this and all of the December challenges. See you again next time!

When September Ends

Monday, November 30, 2020

Hey there! I'm on the  Paper Issues blog today closing out November with a little This or That challenge. 

I actually really like this challenge. Sometimes it's a piece of cake, other times not so much. This is one of the easy times! Today I used Pumpkin, Orange, Thicker title, Leaves, Faux stitching, 3D bow, small hearts. Boom. 

I still cant get enough of this Amy Tangerine Late Afternoon. It's my favorite fall collection. I messed around with some Distress Oxides before I did anything. The way the background turned out kinda makes me think of falling leaves. But anyway, the hardest part for me was orange OR red! Stopping sticking with pumpkins kept me with orange. I used stickers and ephemera with leaves and hearts. I added Pretty Little Studio faux stitching and I tied a bow with twine. The Thickers were a no brainer. See? Easy!

That's about it for me today! You can enter November Challenges until Sunday Dec 6. December challenges will be revealed tomorrow in our Facebook group. Shop the store for Amy Tangerine and so much more. Use DEVRA at checkout for 20% off your purchase. See you next month!

Thankful for You

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Hey there friends! I'm on the Paper Issues blog  today with a project for the Ties That Bind challenge. So this challenge was bit more difficult than I thought. Yes, yes I know I could have tied a knot or a bow and called it a day but really that is not much a of a challenge for me? 

Well, enter the November Kit! As soon as I opened it the ideas come flooding! It's filled with Simple Stories Cozy Days and, oh, where should I start? How about these awesome chipboard frames! I tied some twine around the pumpkins stems, then a bow around the top of the frame. 

Maybe I should back up a bit...because before I could even lay down any paper, I had to make my background!Yes, that's right, I jumped on the Distress Oxide train. I mixed some colors through an Altenew stencil . I think I am never going to use a solid background again. 

Anyway, I trimmed, layered, tucked and tore a few papers and ephemera, then reconnected the two sides by tying them back together with more twine. And come on, I think we need to talk about how these two young men are the ties that bind, to each other and to me!

Thanks for stopping by today. Head over to the shop fast to grab yourself a  November Kit, some Distress Oxides and anything else that catches you eye. Use DEVRA at checkout for 20% off your purchase. Share what you make with us in our Facebook Group where you can find this and all of the   November Challenges. See you again soon!